Guardiola: Man City players produced marvellous responseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are again top of the table after a 3-1 victory over Everton.Gabriel Jesus scored his first Premier League goals since August, although City needed to work hard to gain the upper hand.The pressure eventually told in the 22nd minute when City capitalised on a poor Yerry Mina clearance.Everton hauled themselves back into the contest thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 65th-minute header.But the hosts restored their two-goal cushion four minutes later when Fernandinho found an unmarked Raheem Sterling, who came on three minutes earlier, to head in from close range.“The players responded [to the defeat at Chelsea] in a marvellous way,” stated City manager Pep Guardiola.“Everton have top players. Today was tricky – a dangerous, dangerous game – especially with less than three days of recovery”They draw at Stamford Bridge and at Liverpool, it came down to the last second.“They have experienced players and it was something on our minds. The game wasn’t over until the end.“Of course, we can improve and do better. Spaces were there today but there was a problem with our process. After Hoffenheim, I’m very pleased.“Hopefully, we can improve. Spaces were there but we didn’t find them. Against Chelsea, it was more complicated to find them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino: Chasing ‘Invincibles’ not impossibleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has admitted they are thinking about emulating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ this season.As the Reds overcame Manchester United 3-1, they are still unbeaten in the league.While they still have a long road ahead to finish the whole league season unbeaten, it is a goal they want to achieve.”Of course it’s very difficult to stay unbeaten in this league,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.”We’ll only do it with hard work.”That’s what we’ve been doing until now, including going back right to the start when we came back for pre-season.”We need to keep focused and fighting until the end to reach our goals and see where that gets us by the end of the season.”This team has lofty ambitions and aims high. We are going for titles, we are a big club, we are always fighting for trophies.”We’ll continue playing well, the way we are, and we’ll see where it gets us.”
Bournemouth boss Howe: I spoke with Chelsea assistant Zola about Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed he spoke with Gianfranco Zola in regards to Callum Wilson after Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup meeting with Chelsea. Blues assistant Zola talked up the club’s interest in Wilson before the quarter-final, which Bournemouth lost 1-0.And Howe revealed he had word with Zola after the game. “I spoke to Gianfranco afterwards and yeah we had a little chat about that situation,” said Howe.”But Gianfranco is an incredible person and a really nice guy. And, you know, Callum from our perspective is a huge part of what we are doing here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea hero Nevin: Man City, Juventus would’ve loved Jorginhoby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes that Manchester City and Juventus are two clubs that would have loved to sign Jorginho this summer.Many fans were assuming that Jorginho would be the first casualty of the Frank Lampard era, given he was a Maurizio Sarri favorite.But Lampard has found a place for the Italy international, making him one of the key midfielders of his new-look attacking setup.And Nevin believes the playmaker has enough quality to interest the top clubs in Europe.”To be honest I thought Jorginho was fabulous last season as well and didn’t buy into the no-forward-passing problem being his fault or even true,” Nevin told the club’s official website.”It was the style of the team and in the end it was successful as we know. There were even a few occasions when he was booed at the Bridge last season and it really upset me. He is the bravest player you will ever meet because of where and how often he takes the ball.”He also controls games as well as just about anyone on the planet just now. Happily Frank agrees and has let him off the leash to be more positive and take a few chances going forward more quickly.”I agree it is even better now than it was last season for our number five. Everyone else does seem to be seeing his attributes now though and it is a huge relief. I would have hated to lose him to Juventus or Manchester City, because that is the standard of clubs that would have grabbed him in a heartbeat.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea ace Willian: Weird having Lampard as managerby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian is happy having a former teammate in charge at Chelsea.Chelsea handed Frank Lampard the reins to his former club after Maurizio Sarri decided to join Juventus in the summer, and Willian is happy working with him.The Brazilian played alongside Lampard at Stamford Bridge between 2013 and 2014, and has revealed that he tipped his former colleague to make the leap into coaching.Willian said: “It’s a bit weird he is my boss now, but I am very happy to work with him again.“He has given me the confidence to play. He wants me to be happy.“He was an intelligent player, one of the best in his position. A quality player.“When you see players like him you can say maybe in the future, he can become a manager.“A part of the performances I have had in the past couple of games I have to dedicate to him.”
Ohio State fans are justifiably still giddy about their team’s College Football Playoff National Championship victory two weeks ago. One fan decided to show her support with a huge OSU-themed cake, and in the process, honored deceased Buckeye lineman Kosta Karageorge.Karageorge, a walk-on, went missing in late November, and eventually turned up dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had suffered a number of sports-related concussions (he also wrestled at OSU) before his disappearance. He wore No. 53 during his time with the program.Here’s the photo of the baked tribute, from a fan named Arlena McCoy:@EzekielElliott Here’s the cake I made Saturday for, The Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team… pic.twitter.com/IOqc9xO8KB— Arlena M. McCoy (@McCoyArlena) January 26, 2015Pretty cool, and it’s good that the Buckeye faithful are keeping Kostageorge’s memory alive, even in atypical fashion.
As ESPN’s Dick Vitale has made us all aware, Duke vs. North Carolina is the best rivalry in the sport of college basketball. And with every great rivalry comes some aptly-timed trash talk. UNC’s student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, kicked things off right Wednesday morning, just hours ahead of tip-off at Cameron Indoor.In the weather section of today’s issue, you’ll find two shots at the Blue Devils. While it will be 36 degrees outside Wednesday, it still won’t be “as cold as Coach K’s heart.” Thursday, the sky will be the “right shade” of blue.from @dailytarheel. yup, the game is tonight. pic.twitter.com/Z5SwUiDNAk— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) February 18, 2015Given the fact that Coach K attended the late Dean Smith’s funeral, we’re not so sure about that first dig. Regardless, we hope Duke responds in some fashion.
Draymond Green Twitter/DraymondDetails regarding Draymond Green’s arrest this past Sunday are starting to trickle out – and they don’t paint a pretty picture. Green, current Golden State Warriors star and former Michigan State Spartan, allegedly got into a number of verbal altercations with current MSU defensive back Jermaine Edmondson over the course of two nights. It all seems to have culminated at Conrad’s Grill early Sunday morning, when Green allegedly hit Edmondson in the face.Edmondson released a statement to the police, and it’s pretty clear that he plans on pressing charges. Here’s a transcript of the note.My name is Jermaine Edmondson and I am making a statement on the incident that took place last night.Friday, July 8th I went out to the bar Ricks and came across Draymond Green and two other males that were with him who followed everywhere he went. I was talking to one of my teammates when Draymond bumped into me and I said “hey bro can at least say excuse me” he looked at me and continued to talk to my teammate asking him who I was. I told him don’t worry about who I am and I asked who he was to think that it’s okay to bump into somebody without saying excuse me. He then said I pay for n*ggas like you scholarships. I then started to say you have me messed up before I was choked out by 2 guys who were with him. I was taken downstairs by 3 of Ricks employees to calm the situation until I heard my girlfriend yell. So I run over to her to see what was going on and she said she was choked by another one of the guys who were with Draymond for trying to calm the situation down. This is wrong on so many levels for someone to think that something like this is okay. Me and my girlfriend were both choked in front of our peers and we couldn’t do anything about it.Saturday, July 9th (the night of my birthday) Me, my girlfriend, and a couple of other friends went back to Ricks to celebrate and enjoy my night. As the bar was closing my girlfriend and I went to Conrad’s. I noticed Draymond was in there. I didn’t pay him any mind until he walks all the way across the line to look my girlfriend up and down and smirks at her. I still did not say a word to him. About 5 minutes later when everyone is outside, I see my roommate and Draymond talking. I walk over and I tell Draymond that last night wasn’t cool. As he responded to me he began to poke me on my shoulder and I tell him that he doesn’t need to put his hands on me, we can just talk. As I started to talk again, boom, I’m punched in my jaw. In front of all my peers and friends.As far as today, I’m not feeling the best. My neck and my jaw still hurts along with the headache that I’ve had since I was hit. I would like to take further action on this situation and I am willing to fully cooperate to get this situation taken care of.Here’s a photo of the statement, for those interested.Here is Edmondson’s statement for those interested. Problem started the night before at a nearby bar. pic.twitter.com/hg0QyqH62b— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) July 13, 2016As reported earlier, Green faces a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail. We’ll keep you updated.
Arsenal have made an emphatic start to 2019 and will seek to keep it going when they face West Ham in Premier League action on Saturday.Unai Emery’s side were dealt a stark reminder of how far behind the very elite they remain as they lost 5-1 to Liverpool in December but have bounced back in impressive form, recording thumping three-goal wins over Fulham and Blackpool.They remain very much in the hunt of the Champions League, and with Chelsea wobbling will aim to increase the pressure on their neighbours by winning against the Hammers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Manuel Pellegrini’s side are up to 10th in the standings after a slow start to the season but have won only one of their last four. Game West Ham v Arsenal Date Saturday, January 12 Time 12:30pm GMT / 7:30am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position West Ham players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Adrian, Trott Defenders Zabaleta, Cresswell, Diop, Masuaku, Ogbonna Midfielders Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Felipe Anderson, Obiang, Coventry, Powell, Holland Forwards Antonio, Arnautovic, Carroll, Diangana, Perez Samir Nasri starts for West Ham against former club Arsenal in what is his first Premier League appearance since August 2016.There’s also a place in the XI for Marko Arnautovic, despite reports that he is considering a lucrative switch to China.Elsewhere, Manuel Pellegrini goes with the same back four that started the 2-2 draw with Brighton in the FA Cup last time out.West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Antonio, Nasri, Anderson; Arnautovic.Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Obiang, Snodgrass, Diangana, Lucas Perez, Carroll. Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez Defenders Sokratis, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Kolasinac, Medley, Pleguezuelo Midfielders Elneny, Ramsey, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock Forwards Iwobi, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah The headline team news for Arsenal centres around the absence of Mesut Ozil from the matchday squad.It’s unclear why he’s been left out at this stage, with Unai Emery opting for an attacking trio of Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi also return to the starting XI having been rested for the 3-0 FA Cup win over Blackpool.Arsenal XI: Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Sokratis; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette.Subs: Cech, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Monreal, Torreira, Ramsey, Nketiah.Betting & Match Odds Arsenal are priced as 21/20 favourites with bet365. West Ham can be backed at 5/2 and a draw is 3/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Departures are currently on the agenda for both Arsenal and West Ham as they prepare for their second Premier League outings of 2019.Aaron Ramsey is set to depart the Gunners for Juventus on a Bosman deal in the summer, much to the chagrin of Martin Keown, who branded their inactivity regarding the Welshman “astonishing”.“If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing,” he told the Daily Mail. “Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.”Meanwhile, the Hammers are facing a fight to retain the services of Marko Arnautovic, their leading marksman and a striker who has been linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.Manuel Pellegrini claims there is “no news” in the wake of speculation of a £35m ($45m) bid and believes the Austria international will remain a threat on Saturday.“He will have his head in the right place for the game against Arsenal,” the Chilean stated before admitting: “Marko is a player of our team, players of his quality will be wanted by other clubs. I want to keep him of course, but you never know what might happen in the future.”If the Hammers are to cause an upset on Saturday, as they have already done against Manchester United at home this season, they will have to reverse a nasty recent trend against their London rivals.Arsenal have won five of the last six meetings between the clubs, with the exception a 0-0 draw in the Premier League last season. Arnautovic gave West Ham the lead when they went to the Emirates earlier this season, but a Nacho Monreal equaliser and a stoppage-time striker from Danny Welbeck sandwiched an Issa Diop own goal as the Gunners ran out 3-1 winners. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ESPN.ESPN’s Desmond Howard is souring on Ohio State.Desmond Howard disagrees with his colleague Paul Finebaum, who thinks the Buckeyes will win out and make the College Football Playoff.The former Michigan Wolverines’ star thinks the “blueprint” on how to beat Ohio State is out.From ESPN’s College Football Live today:“I strongly disagree with (Finebaum),” Howard said during Tuesday’s show. “Wisconsin laid out the blueprint on how to deal with the Buckeyes and then Penn State handled their business. Penn State followed what Wisconsin did and handled their business. I don’t think they’re going to win out and the Michigan game’s a toss up, but Ohio State may even lose before they play Michigan.“They still have Sparty too. Don’t look past that game. They always win games they have no business winning especially like last year in Columbus.”Ohio State and Michigan are set to play on Nov. 26.[247Sports]