Italy Mancini open to coaching Italy Dom Farrell 20:21 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Italy Italy v Sweden Zenit WC Qualification Europe Premier League The Azzurri are yet to appoint a replacement for Gian Piero Ventura and the experienced coach would consider taking charge of the national team Roberto Mancini has refused to rule out the prospect of becoming the next Italy boss.Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November after the Azzurri suffered a play-off defeat to Sweden, failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.A successor is yet to be appointed after Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio stepped down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mancini is currently in charge of Zenit and, while the ex-Inter and Manchester City boss maintains he is happy working in Russia, he was unwilling to take himself out of the running should his country come calling.”Before choosing the coach, it seems to me that we have to choose a the new FIGC president, ” the 53-year-old told Mediaset.”But I absolutely do not exclude coaching Italy. I think like other coaches – you can never exclude anything.”Mancini added: “My experience in Russia is going. We started well, then had a difficult spell and we’ll restart the league in second place. We hope to make up ground on Lokomotiv.”Auguri di buon anno!Happy new year!С Новым 2018 Годом! pic.twitter.com/Eym33t1YBI— Roberto Mancini (@robymancio) December 31, 2017After 20 games and with the competition currently on a mid-season break, Zenit are eight points shy of Lokomotiv Moscow at the top of the Russian Premier League.Mancini’s men will face Scottish champions Celtic in the Europa League round of 32 next month.
Transfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Mkhitaryan set to leave Old Trafford Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:30 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Mourinho hints at Mkhitaryan exitJose Mourinho has suggested that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to leave Manchester United.Mkhitaryan has reportedly been part of the negotiations regarding Alexis Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford and looks set to be heading to Arsenal.Read the full quotes right here on Goal! Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea in for Alexis after Man City withdrawalManchester United’s main rivals for Alexis Sanchez’s transfer now appear to be Chelsea after Man City dropped out of the race, reports the Manchester Evening News.City had appeared close to signing the Arsenal star, but have now withdrawn from contention frustrated at the pace of negotiations.But United have not landed their man yet, and could even see a reported £35 million fee pushed up by the Blues’ late interest. Ronaldo wants Man Utd returnCristiano Ronaldo has told his Real Madrid team-mates he wants to return to Manchester United in the summer, claims AS . The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is unhappy with the failed promises regarding a new contract at Madrid and is looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.The 32-year-old, who has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain as part of a swap deal involving Neymar, previously spent six hugely successful years at United before leaving for Madrid in 2009.Dortmund sign AkanjiBorussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of reported Manchester United and Liverpool target Manuel Akanji from Basel.The two Premier League giants were said to be interested in the services of the 22-year-old, but Dortmund have beaten both to the prize in a deal thought to be worth in the region of €22 million.Akanji, a Switzerland international centre-half, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Signal Iduna Park.Read the full story on Goal! Martial a makeweight in Alexis bidManchester United are closing in on a move for Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and could throw in Anthony Martial as part of a deal for the Chile international, the Evening Standard reports.The Red Devils are ready to throw in the France star as part of the transfer, which could prove decisive as the Gunners hold out for a fee of around £30-35 million. Manchester City, meanwhile, have stalled their interest.€50m China offer for NainggolanGuangzhou Evergrande have offered €50 million to Roma to sign midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .Roma may be pressed into selling one of their key players, either in the January transfer window or the summer, and Nainggolan’s future is uncertain.The Belgium international, who has previously been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, could earn a €12m annual salary by moving to China, with Guangzhou Evergrande’s total outlay on the fee likely to come close to €100m due to the luxury tax for signing players from overseas.City pull out of Alexis dealManchester City have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, leaving rivals Manchester United with a clear run at tying up a shock deal for the Arsenal man in the coming days.City made it clear on Friday that they would walk away from the deal if the total price of a January move did not suit them, and that is exactly what has happened.Read Sam Lee’s report right here on Goal! Arsenal explore Auba & Mkhi dealsArsenal are exploring the possibility of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in addition to Malcom, reports the Daily Telegraph . With Alexis Sanchez seemingly now on his way to Manchester United , the Gunners are searching for a replacement and are closing in on a £44 million deal for Bordeaux star Malcom .But Arsenal are also interested in signing Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and the Gabon striker’s former team-mate Mkhitaryan from United as part of the Alexis deal.City make striker promise to PepManchester City have promised Pep Guardiola the funding to sign a new striker if the club doesn’t land Alexis Sanchez, reports the Manchester Evening News . With City having chased the Arsenal star but seemingly come up short , the report suggests that Guardiola will turn his attention to Antoine Griezmann.Despite being linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, the Atletico striker has long been admired by the City boss and would become a top prospect for the summer. PSG raise Guedes pricePSG have raised their asking price for Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester United target Goncalo Guedes to €70m, reports Telefoot . The 21-year-old is on loan with Valencia and has also drawn interest from the Spanish side for a permanent deal. Man Utd to offer De Gea new dealJose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United will offer David De Gea a new contract.United have an option to extend De Gea’s current deal, which runs until 2019, by a further year, and Mourinho has confirmed that the club will trigger that clause while also attempting to negotiate longer terms with the Spain international.Read the full story on Goal! Lucas set for PSG exitLucas Moura has confirmed that he is likely to leave PSG this January, amid interest from Manchester United.The Brazilian winger, who has spent five years in the French capital, has found his game time severely limited this season following the club’s acquisitions of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.Check out his comments on Goal!
Leicester City 2 Watford 0: Vardy & Mahrez decisive as Puel’s men go seventh Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:58 1/21/18 Getty Images Leicester City were wasteful at home to Watford on Saturday, but it mattered little as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez secured a 2-0 win. Leicester City’s star men Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez made the difference as Claude Puel’s men comfortably beat Watford 2-0 at the King Power Stadium, moving them up to seventh in the Premier League.The Foxes looked significantly the more threatening in attack and, although they wasted several chances, victory never looked in doubt as Vardy’s first-half penalty was added to late on by the lively Mahrez.Watford’s recent run of just one win – against Leicester on Boxing Day – in 10 league matches rarely looked like being improved upon, as their opponents dominated the first period. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Leicester were deserving of the lead when Vardy found the net from the spot in the 39th minute, after winning his 13th penalty since the start of the 2014-15 season, more than any other player.13 – Since the start of 2014-15, Jamie Vardy has won more penalties in the Premier League than any other player (13). Nuisance.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2018Puel’s side remained in the ascendancy upon the restart and continued to craft opportunities, but Watford managed to survive several scares.Andre Gray made an impression late on after coming on as a substitute, before Mahrez’s fine solo goal made sure of three points for Leicester as they moved above Burnley on goal difference.There was every indication early on that Watford’s defenders were going to be in for a long day, as Leicester started the contest in a voracious mood.Vardy was the first to go close in the sixth minute, catching Watford short at the back and forcing Orestis Karnezis into a save with a rasping 20-yard drive, before Shinji Okazaki sent the rebound over with a diving header.Karnezis had to be alert again a few moments later, crucially tipping Wilfred Ndidi’s header around the post.Watford did improve slightly and Andre Carrillo gave Kasper Schmeichel something to do with 20 minutes played, drilling a low strike at the Dane from distance.But Leicester soon took control again and deservedly went ahead six minutes before the break.Vardy darted into the area and was tripped by former Leicester team-mate Molla Wague, with the England international coolly dispatching the resulting spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.Watford showed few signs of encouragement after the break and nearly found themselves two behind in the 51st minute, but Okazaki’s left-footed effort was easily gobbled up by Karnezis following Vardy’s cut-back.They had another escape just before the hour mark, as Marvin Zeegelaar cleared at the vital moment after Ben Chilwell’s low delivery across the face of goal looked set to find Vardy.The visitors were afforded a rare chance 23 minutes from the end, but Gray saw his effort kept out by Schmeichel after the ball dropped kindly in the area.Gray saw another opportunity go to waste soon after, racing into the left side of the area and seeing his effort brilliantly saved by Schmeichel when one-on-one.And Leicester took full advantage of that let-off to wrap things up in stoppage time – Mahrez skipping past Christian Kabasele and slotting into the right side of the net.Full-time: Leicester City – WatfordOne for Vardy, one for Mahrez #LeiWat pic.twitter.com/VOVV8x4SI6— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 20, 2018 Key Opta stats:- Leicester have won eight of their last 10 home league matches (including play-off encounters) against Watford, including each of the last three Premier League clashes.- Only Stoke (18) have gone behind in more Premier League games this season than Watford (17).- Jamie Vardy has scored 10 or more goals in each of his last three Premier League campaigns, scoring 47 goals in 94 appearances the process. read more
Transfers Spanish press trying to confuse Neymar with Madrid rumours, says Marquinhos Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:18 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) AFP Transfers Real Madrid Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais v PSG Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Primera División The Paris Saint-Germain defender has hit out at media outlets in Spain for running stories about the Brazilian potentially joining Real Madrid Reports linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid are an attempt from the Spanish press to unsettle the Brazilian, according to Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Marquinhos.Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when he signed for PSG from Barcelona in a €222 million deal in August.But Spanish media outlets have consistently linked Neymar with a move to Barcelona’s rivals as a potential successor to Cristiano Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neymar has scored 15 Ligue 1 goals to help PSG establish a strong lead at the top of the table, but he has clashed with strike partner Edinson Cavani over penalty duties.Marquinhos, however, claims Neymar is settled in the French capital, with PSG set to face Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League next month.”I think they want to bother us a bit,” the defender told Canal+ of the Spanish press ahead of Sunday’s trip to second-placed Lyon.”When we see the performance of Neymar, I think they want to make confusion in his head.”They play with us. He has just arrived in Paris.”Everyone sees that he is good and happy. He has friends here and he has everything he needs to bring him to his goals.”
Finals day of the 2013 Queensland Junior State Cup has already been a memorable one for Joshua del Castillo, being upgraded to his Level 3 badge as well as getting named to officiate in the 16’s Girls final. What will make the day even more special is the fact that he gets to share the final with his brother, Christian, with the brothers to both officiate in the final together. Josh was also given the male referee encouragement award for the event, and says he is ‘over the moon’ with his results. “It is a really great tournament, a lot of good games, some really great players, it is really fun to be here.”Josh says he is looking forward to refereeing with his brother in the final and was quick to engage in some friendly brotherly banter. “I outranked him on the 16’s Girls final.“It’s really good, I hope I can outclass him, should be good fun.”Josh became involved with refereeing through Rick Borg and says he has learnt plenty from the former Australian number one referee. “He’s helped me a lot, because he’s from Ipswich, he’s taken us up to Brisbane over the years to get some better games and help us and give us good feedback.”Toowoomba’s Matt Prendergast was named male referee of the tournament and says he enjoys coming to the Junior State Cup for many reasons. “It’s a great carnival to come through, even with the juniors, giving them a hand as well, as well as for my own benefit with the panel coming along to my games and giving me the encouragement and the feedback that I require as well to improve my game,” Prendergast said. Prendergast says that he was surprised to be named as the referee of the tournament and is looking forward to this afternoon’s 18’s Boys final. “You’ve got a fairly decent group of referees here officiating as well so it’s really good.” “I enjoy the atmosphere, you get to just get involved with the players as well, the younger ones test you as well as the senior ones.” Related LinksQLD Junior State Cup
Barcelona teen Ansu Fati to secure Spanish citizenshipby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona teen Ansu Fati’s Spanish citizenship is set to be secured today.Fati has been one of the great revelations from this 2019/20 season so far and, at just 16 years of age, he has done enough for the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to ensure that he receives Spanish citizenship, which he will do so on Friday, says Marca.The Barcelona forward was born in Bissau but moved to Seville at six years old, and now Spain are desperate for him to feature at the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil, which will get underway on October 26.Fati’s presence at the tournament will prevent him from playing in the first Clasico of the season as Real Madrid will travel to the Camp Nou on October 27. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth captain Simon Francis: Burton wanted it moreby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth captain Simon Francis admits League One Burton “wanted it more” for their Carabao Cup third round defeat on Wednesday. The defender made his first appearance back in Eddie Howe’s side after nine months out following a serious knee injury. Francis told the Daily Echo: “On a personal note, great to get back in the team after nine months out but it was certainly not the way I would have wanted it.“Normally you want those to go down as a game and night to remember but (it was) for all the wrong reasons.“It was a disappointing result, disappointing for our fans. I’m sorry to them, they had to travel a long way and it’s certainly not the result we wanted, not the performance we wanted and we are out of the cup.“We have only got ourselves to blame. We weren’t at our best, nowhere near it.“We were second best to a League One team who just wanted it more than us.”
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I don’t need vote of confidenceby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Ed Woodward’s public support was “not needed”. Despite their poor form, Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward said at United’s quarterly investors’ call last Tuesday that “it’s important that we’re patient while Ole and his team build for the future”.”I’m not sure if it was needed,” Solskjaer said of Woodward’s address. “But it was that time that he had his annual earnings.”Of course, I’ve had loads of conversations with the board and the club and how we’re seeing this, moving forward. What it says in the press, I don’t worry too much about.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Burnley boss Dyche impressed with McNeil consistencyby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has been impressed by Dwight McNeil’s consistency.The 19-year-old shot onto the scene last season and has maintained that momentum into the current term.And Dyche says the Clarets academy graduate should be proud of his efforts.”I think over time it’s not surprising how well he’s done, it’s the consistency he’s done it with,” said Dyche.”Young players coming into a side can have ups and downs, quiet periods. But he’s not really had that many quiet periods, he’s kept his consistency high.”I don’t think I’ve been surprised because otherwise I would not have put him in, it’s more of a respect for the way he’s adjusted and been so calm about it and kept his performance levels up.”Some young players have a flier and then it eases down a bit. He hasn’t really done that and he’s continued in the side by merit, by his performance levels. His adaptation levels to the Premier League have been excellent.”Going away in the summer, you wonder what he will be like when he came back, but he’s been fit, he’s been active and alive. All good from that point of view.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Manuel Pellegrini expects Felipe Anderson to go from strength to strength for West Ham in the second half of the Premier League campaign.The Brazilian scored two stunning goals in the space of six second-half minutes to secure a 2-1 comeback victory for West Ham over struggling Southampton on Thursday.Having started all 19 of his side’s league games, Felipe Anderson now has eight goals to his name, and Pellegrini believes the former Lazio winger still has plenty of scope for improvement. 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? “I always say that Felipe is just knowing what it is to be playing in the Premier League,” said the Chilean.”In every game he is improving, it is not easy for a midfielder to score eight goals in the middle of the season, I am sure that he will continue improving in the second half.”15 – West Ham have won 15 points in the Premier League in December (P6 W5 D0 L1); their most in a single month of a season in competition history. Bubbling. pic.twitter.com/GYaarnYBsj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 27, 2018However, Pellegrini is unsure if Felipe Anderson can be classed as the best player outside of the Premier League’s top six clubs just yet.”I don’t know that,” he added. “I think for me it is more important that the team plays well and that Felipe is playing well in that, in that you always need high individual performers to win.”Victory took the Hammers into the top half, having won five of their last six league outings, a remarkable turnaround after they lost their opening four games of the campaign.But Pellegrini insists his men must take things game by game if they are to maintain their fine form.”It depends if we keep playing in this way,” he said.”I said during the week that we needed to recover those three points that we lost at home against Watford and if we are also able to get 27 points, it was a very good first half [of the season] for us.”The Saints, meanwhile, remain just three points above the relegation zone, and boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was frustrated at how easily his side capitulated.”The way we lost it was too easy, we didn’t play such a good game,” he told BBC Sport.”If you give it away like we did then you don’t deserve to win. [Their goals] were too easy.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is unable to offer any guarantees that he will stay at the club until the end of the season.Benitez is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has been reluctant to begin talks over an extension.The Spaniard has grown increasingly frustrated at the club’s inability to compete in the transfer market and has frequently clashed with its hierarchy over their failure to strengthen the squad. 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? The Magpies, currently 17th in the Premier League, have yet to make a signing this transfer window and saw a move for Lazio full-back Jordan Lukaku collapse on medical grounds last week.When asked whether he could guarantee that he would stay until May, Benitez told reporters: “No, I cannot guarantee anything. I guarantee I will be focused and try to do my best every minute.”Benitez revealed the club remain in talks over potential new signings ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline but admits time is running out. When asked why the club had failed to sign any players so far in this window, Benitez added: “It’s not a question for me. The way things are going on here, I can say yes or not to the proposals that I receive.“I can give some names but I don’t do any negotiations, anything. In the end I can say yes or not so you give me this or that I can choose one or the other one. That’s it. I can say yes if we need that.”When pushed on whether he would resign if the club failed to land any transfer targets, Benitez added: “We will wait until Thursday and see what happens.”Hopefully we can get three points against Manchester City [on Tuesday] and then everybody will be happy.”I came here and I decided to stay in the Championship because I can see the potential of the club. I will try to do my best until the last minute.“Believe me, I can see where you are with your questions and I can see what is going around the fans, but still I have a cold mind, we have to stick together. We have to work hard together and it is the only way, and the best way, if we want to stay in the Premier League.“What I have to give back to the fans is this: I am a professional, I will work hard and I will try to do my best.”
Liverpool face Tottenham on Saturday in the Champions League final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, with the fixture the biggest club match in the European footballing calendar.The 64th European Cup final – and the 27th since the competition was rebranded in the 1992-93 season – promises to be a particularly special affair.Played between two Premier League clubs with give it a special atmosphere, though it also offers the opportunity for managers Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino to score their first silverware at the Reds and Spurs respectively. 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? Both bosses have been lauded for the work they have done with their clubs, but they have nothing tangible to show for it as yet. For one of them, that will change in the Spanish capital.If those sub-plots are not enough to stir intrigue, the very fact that the teams are known as two of the most dashing and dynamic on the continent should be sufficient to draw the attention.With an expected television audience of over 300 million worldwide drawn from more than 200 different countries, it will be one of the biggest events of the year.How to watch the Champions League final in the UK UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport Live / YouTube The Champions League final will be readily available to watch in the UK, with subscribers to BT Sport able to catch the game on BT Sport 2 or BT Sport 4K UHD, though the latter channel is not available on Sky subscriptions.Streaming the match also promises to be straightforward for subscribers, who can use the BT Sport Live app to watch the game unfold as it happens.There will also be the opportunity for non-subscribers to watch the game live. It will be made available to stream via the BT Sport website, the BT Sport YouTube channel and also the BT Sport app.This was successfully implemented during last season’s Champions League final, in which Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid, with Loris Karius’ errors and Gareth Bale’s stunning overhead kick the standout memories from that encounter in Kiev.The match is not available, however, on free-to-air television.For fans wanting to tune in via the radio, BBC Radio 5 Live will be carrying a commentary of the game. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Luis Suarez added to the growing doubts over Antoine Griezmann’s prospective move to Barcelona by declining to comment on the transfer reports, despite indicating he would back a swoop for Neymar.Griezmann was thought to be bound for Camp Nou after announcing his decision to leave Atletico Madrid, but Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed the Blaugrana have not spoken to the 28-year-old .When asked about the prospect of lining up alongside Griezmann in 2019-20, Suarez referred back to comments he made in December 2017 when he described the World Cup-winning forward as “an elite player”, but stopped short of reiterating his support for a move. 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? Suarez told RAC1 : “What I have to say, as I said last year, is that he is a quality player.”But he is an Atletico player and I prefer not to comment on it.”With reports linking Brazil talisman Neymar with a move back to Barcelona following a tumultuous second season at Paris Saint-Germain, Suarez indicated he would welcome him back with open arms . Such a move would reunite the feared ‘MSN’ lineup which carried Luis Enrique’s team to the treble in 2014-15.Suarez will turn 33 in January and he said he accepts the club will be looking for goalscorers who can pick up the mantle as his career enters its twilight years.”A Barca player has to be prepared for competition and the club bringing in a partner who can impersonate you in some moments. We all want to help the club,” he added. “I do not say who to bring in or who not to bring in.”I took over last season and I assume that over the next few years the club has to bring a young player, a number nine, not only to compete with me but for the future of the club, because I also want what’s good for the future of the club.”I assume my responsibility because I am 32 years old and I am going to be 33.”In the meantime, Suarez will be focused on international duty.He scored on Sunday as Uruguay got their Copa America campaign off to a flying start with a 4-0 win over Ecuador, with matches against guests Japan and reigning champions Chile to follow in the group stage.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 11: Nebraska Cornhuskers HEad Coach Bo Pelini (center) leads his team onto the field before their game against the Udaho Vandals at Memorial Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Idaho 38-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Iowa vs. Nebraska has developed into a nice Big Ten West rivalry. Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, the series has been split 4-3 Hawkeyes. During that time, the game has been played on “Black Friday,” or the day after Thanksgiving.Nebraska has long played a rival every year on Black Friday. Back in the Big 12, Oklahoma and Colorado filled that role.Since changing conferences, Iowa’s been the team, and it is a logical choice. However, that is set to end in a few years.In 2020 and 2021, Nebraska will face Minnesota to end the year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Iowa will face Wisconsin, also on Saturday.Former Nebraska head coach Mike Riley and athletic director Shawn Eichorst pushed for a move off of the traditional Friday game. However, both are gone, and from the Iowa side, there seems to be some optimism about getting the Black Friday game back going in 2022.Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, a proponent of the Friday game, said as much last month. From Land of 10:“It sounds like we’re going to rekindle it, right, whatever year that is,” Ferentz said at a Iowa youth camp event in Johnston, Iowa.[…]“I think after that, I think we’re back together and I think it’s maybe a long-term thing,” Ferentz said. “But I thought the last one was long term, too. We saw how that turned out.”Hawkeyes AD Gary Barta also says he’d like get the Iowa vs. Nebraska game back on Black Friday, and he told new Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos as much:“We were at a meeting at the time, and at one of the meetings, he just pulled me aside and asked where I stood and where [football coach] Kirk [Ferentz] stood,” Barta, Iowa’s athletic director, recalled after the first day of the Big Ten’s spring meetings wrapped up early Monday evening.“And we said we always like, and still like, that Friday matchup. We love playing Nebraska in that series.“So who knows? No updates. It isn’t done, but it’s something that Kirk and I remain interested in.”There is also the possibility of Iowa and Wisconsin moving their 2020-21 games up to Black Friday, per the Land of 10 report.If both coaching staffs and athletic departments are open to it, and both fan bases want it, hopefully the Big Ten makes this work. Right now, schedules are only set through 2021.[Land of 10]
CORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced his plans to transfer to the University of Miami. He announced the move on Twitter on Tuesday night after rumors of his impending departure grew louder.Martell, a former top recruit, is a rising red-shirt sophomore which means unless he’s able to graduate by the end of the spring semester – or get a waiver from the NCAA – he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season.Several reports suggested Martell was on track to graduate from Ohio State by May, but that appears to be up in the air after his transfer.With that in mind, it’s likely Martell requests a waiver to gain immediate eligibility for the coming year. Martell’s attorney, Travis Leach, spoke with the Toledo Blade on their strategy for gaining Martell’s eligibility.Urban Meyer’s decision to step down will play a key role.“That definitely is part of it,” Leach told The Blade when asked about the coaching staff. “You try to throw as much against the wall as you can. I think the fact that there were some circumstances that happened, some personality clashes at the school — we want to be fair to everyone involved. That’s the approach we’re going to go down.”The year of the transfer quarterback was in full swing this offseason. Martell’s eligibility and the eligibility of Justin Fields – who transferred to Ohio State – will be key story-lines heading into the 2019 season.Stay tuned.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Joe Alleva, who has been the AD at LSU since 2008, is expected to step down from his post, possibly as soon as today, according to a new report.The Baton Rouge Business Report cites a high-ranking university source for Alleva’s impending departure. They also say a deal is being negotiated to replace the 65-year-old official with “a nationally recognized leader in university athletics.”Alleva came to LSU from Duke in July 2008. He spent 10 seasons as the AD of the Blue Devils before that.Alleva could step down as early as today, and sources say a deal is in the works to replace him with a nationally recognized leader in university athletics. https://t.co/23y6tWa1VG— Business Report (@brbizreport) April 17, 2019While LSU has achieved plenty of on-field success under Alleva’s watch, he has drawn scrutiny from alumni and supporters for his recent handling of head men’s basketball coach Will Wade’s suspension and has been a target of criticism dating back to the end of Les Miles’ tenure as football coach.Via Business Report:Though Alleva is coming off one of LSU’s strongest seasons in years for its football, basketball, gymnastics and softball teams, among others, the embattled athletics director has been an unpopular figure among fans and, more importantly, boosters, since failing to fire football coach Les Miles in 2015 to ink a deal with Jimbo Fisher, now the head coach at Texas A&M.Stay tuned for more updates on this developing situation.
Sneha Saha New DelhiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 10:27 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi launched its first ever Redmi branded phones in China last week, aka the Redmi Note 7.The Redmi Note 7 was launched for a starting price of 999 yuan, which translates to Rs 10,500.The Redmi Note 7 will go on sale in China on January 18.Xiaomi launched its first ever Redmi branded phones in China last week, aka the Redmi Note 7, for a starting price of 999 yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 10,500. The Redmi Note 7 is all set to go on sale this week and Xiaomi is very confident that around 1 million or 10 lakh units of the phone will be sold in the first sale itself. Xiaomi Redmi product manager says that 1 million units of Redmi Note 7 will be in stock during the first sale of the phone on Jan 18.Notably, the Redmi Note 7 has been launched only in China and as of now, there are no reports whether or not the phone will hit the Indian shores. But considering Xiaomi brings all its Note devices to India starting from Note 3, Note 4, Note 5 and Note 6 Pro, we expect the Redmi Note 7 to also come to the country very soon. In China, the Redmi Note 7 has been launched in three variants and all the models will go on sale this week, on Jan 18.The base model of the Redmi Note 7 packs 3GB RAM/32GB of internal storage and will sell for 999 yuan (roughly around Rs 10,500), while the second variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage at 1199 yuan, which roughly translates to around Rs 12,400. Lastly, the top-end model of the Redmi Note 7 comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which will be available for 1399 yuan, roughly translates to Rs 14,500.Let’s recap the specs sheet of the Redmi Note 7. The newly launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 7 is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC coupled with Adreno 512 GPU, with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD card. The Note 7 is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support.advertisementOn the camera front, the Redmi Note 7 includes two cameras on the back panel and single sensor on the front. On the rear panel, the Redmi Note 7 comes with a primary camera of a 48MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary camera includes a 5MP sensor for capturing depth/portrait pictures. On the front, the Redmi Note 7 includes a 13-megapixel camera and include features like AI face unlock, AI smart beauty, AI single shot blur, and others.Sadly, the Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo and not Android Pie based on MIUI 10. But considering some of the Xiaomi phones are getting upgraded to MIUI 10 and Android 9 Pie, we expect the latest software to come to Redmi Note 7 very soon.ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 is almost water resistant, but you should still be carefulALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 6 Pro: Xiaomi makes a new note on designALSO READ | After Redmi Note 7 launch, Note 7 Pro to offer even better cameraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow Redmi Note 7 Xiaomi aims high with Redmi Note 7, wants to sell 10 lakh units in JanuaryXiaomi Redmi product manager says that 1 million units of Redmi Note 7 will be in stock during the first sale of the phone on Jan 18. advertisement
Hardik’s break from cricket helped him become a better cricketer: Krunal PandyaMumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya feels that the time his younger brother Hardik spent away from the game helped him become a better cricketer. Hardik overcame a back injury and a massive controversy following his sexist comments on a popular TV show.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 13:04 IST Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya feels that the time his brother Hardik spent away from the game helped him become a better cricketer. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKrunal Pandya feels that the time his brother Hardik spent away from the game helped him become a better cricketerHardik overcame a back injury and a massive controversy following his sexist comments on a popular TV showKrunal said the thing he likes the most about Hardik is his never give up attitudeMumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya feels that the time his younger brother Hardik spent away from the game has helped him become a better cricketer.Hardik seems to be in menacing form with the bat ahead of the World Cup, having overcome a back injury and a massive controversy following his sexist comments on a popular TV show.”When he was away from the game due to injury and the other reasons (controversy), he worked a lot on his fitness. We started playing the game together and one thing that I can say that cricket has always been his priority.”Honestly, there are very few players who have a work ethic like him. His goal is always to improve and if you do that, you become consistent,” said Krunal after the Pandya brothers guided Mumbai to a 40-run win over Delhi Capitals here Thursday.Be it spinners or bowlers with express pace, Hardik has developed the ability to hit them out of the park.”Earlier he used to smash spinners, now he is also doing the same to pacers. He worked on that area during the off time he got and he has gotten the desired results,” said Krunal.”What like I most about is never give up attitude. Every year, he is adding something or the other to his game. In fact, I have also a learnt a lot from him.”Hardik (32 off 15) and Krunal (37 off 26) had amassed 51 off last 18 balls to propel Mumbai to 168 for five against Delhi Capitals.advertisementKrunal said the extra 20 runs in the death overs made all the difference on a difficult Kotla wicket.”I guess while batting it was a very tricky wicket. When I went inside and when Hardik came in we were not aiming for 170, we thought 145 was a good total on this wicket. The way Hardik batted, it changed the momentum for us and we ended up with those extra runs,” he said.”While bowling we knew how the wicket would behave and our bowlers knew to how to bowl on it.”While bowling, Krunal, who picked up the wicket of Colin Munro, also tried to bowl with a slingshot action like Kedar Jadhav.”The way T20 is going, you have to keep coming up with something new. The batsmen are hitting sixes from ball one and Rishabh (Pant) was batting, so I thought it was a good time to try something new,” said Krunal.Also Read | Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wishes birthday boy KL Rahul: Let’s make it our yearFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Krunal PandyaFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019
Promised AB de Villiers I will score a hundred: Virat Kohli after fireworks vs KKRIPL 2019: Virat Kohli, who smashed a 58-ball hundred in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s thrilling win over Kolkata Knight Riders, said he had promised AB de Villiers a hundred on Friday and said he would hug his mate if RCB won. Rajarshi Gupta KolkataApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 11:46 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli scored his 5th IPL hundred as RCB beat KKR by 10 runs (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli was named man-of-the-match after his 5th IPL hundred helped RCB beat KKR on FridayKohli was named man-of-the-match after RCB won by 10 runs to stay alive in the 2019 IPLKohli said he had promised AB de Villiers he would score a hundred before leaving for Eden GardensVirat Kohli delivered on a promise made to close friend AB de Villiers. Before leaving the team hotel in Kolkata, Kohli told AB de Villiers he would score a hundred for him as Royal Challengers Bangalore faced a must-win match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.The odds were stacked up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Before Friday, they had lost 7 out of their 8 matches. AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli’s most trusted ally, was ruled out of the game. And Virat Kohli had not scored another hundred after 4 centuries in the 2016 IPL. But he is man of his words.After KKR decided to bowl, RCB were on the backfoot when Parthiv Patel and Akshdeep Nath were dismissed cheaply. Moeen Ali started the carnage with 3 sixes and 2 fours off Kuldeep Yadav’s final over before Kohli took over.Virat Kohli had reached 50 off 40 balls; his next 50 came off 17 balls. Virat Kohli finally fell for a 58-ball hundred off the final ball of the innings. No other captain has scored 5 IPL hundreds. Other than Chris Gayle (6), no other player has more hundreds in the IPL. The 100 was of high quality and it could have only been made by a man of Virat Kohli’s stature.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have destroyed many bowling attacks together. On Friday, he was without his mate but he did not forget his promise.”Before leaving, I told AB I will get a hundred for you, so he must be pretty happy,” Virat Kohli, also the man-of-the-match told the broadcasters.advertisementAB de Villiers was pumped and he tweeted minutes after Kohli’s masterclass at the Eden Gardens.VIRAT!!!!!!!!!!! you little biscuit @imVkohli Top knock from @MoeenaliAli as wellBowlers to follow through what’s been a very good 1st halfAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 19, 2019By the way, Virat Kohli also promised AB de Villiers a hug if RCB won. There would be plenty of that Friday night in the RCB camp.Virat Kohli lauded Moeen Ali for his assault on the KKR bowling attack. He smashed 66 off 28 to give RCB the momentum they needed in the middle overs after a slow start. From 70 for 2 off 10 overs, RCB finished with 213 for 4 off 20.”Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game. Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it.”He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs. It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player,” Kohli said after RCB secured their 2nd win of the 2019 Indian Premier League.Virat Kohli has lost way too many games this season and he said it was a relief to finally win again. Andre Russell had exploded with Nitish Rana earlier in the evening – Virat Kohli had undoubtedly thought of the Russell carnage in Bengaluru 2 weeks ago when his sixes blitz helped KKR trump RCB in another high-scoring contest.Back then, Virat Kohli was upset with his bowlers for not showing enough courage. On Friday night, he doffed his hat to Marcus Stoinis and Moeen Ali who held their nerves in the final 2 overs to deny Nitish Rana and Andre Russell.”It felt really good, especially winning here. It was crucial for us to come here and get a win. Not walking to an interview straight after the game is a relief. You have to leave it to the bowler in those (end overs) situations. I think the way Stoinis bowled that 19th over was very good. Those three balls were crucial in the end, and in the end Moeen showed composure,” Kohli said.Also Read | RCB survive Russell-Rana scare to seal victory after Kohli 100Also Read | Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also Read | Virat, you little biscuit: AB de Villiers reacts after Kohli’s 5th IPL hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 14:03 IST IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya notched up his highest-ever IPL score in Kolkata on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya was dismissed on 91 in MI’s unsuccessful chase of 233 vs KKRHardik smashed the fastest fifty in IPL 2019 at Eden Gardens on SundayMy confidence will obviously grow high. I really want to win this IPL: HardikMumbai Indians were reeling at 58 for 4 in chase of a mammoth 233-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Andre Russell had demolished the MI bowling attack smashing a 40-ball 80 in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Not a lot of cricketers have been able to overshadow Russell’s masterclass in IPL 2019 but in-form India all-rounder Hardik Pandya managed to do it with ease.Pandya gave Mumbai Indians dugout and their fans a glimmer of hope in their 233-run chase with some extraordinary ball-striking skills. Pandya smashed the fastest fifty of IPL 2019 (17 balls) and made 91 from just 34 balls before getting out in the 18th over in a bid to bring the asking rate down.Pandya was hitting sixes at will. To be precise, he had hit a six every four balls on Sunday and gave KKR a huge scare before perishing while trying to add another six to his tally.Panya was just 9 runs short of his maiden T20 century but the Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder said he didn’t play for records and has never cared about personal milestones.”I don’t care about records. I’m someone who will never play for records. For me, I don’t care about the numbers, I don’t care about my stats. It’s just that in short, the team should win. That’s the only focus I always have. It’s good to be honest but I will never play for records. I had no idea… In the end, for me, what matters is that the team should win. Today [Sunday] was not our day and I don’t count these records,” Hardik Pandya told Mumbai Indians.advertisement| #KungFuPandya is striking the ball cleanly and we’re all loving it #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #KKRvMI @hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/RLbALGbF3zMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Hardik added: “I knew I had to keep scoring runs and keep hitting sixes. To be honest, I didn’t have much of a plan. It was simple. Everyone knew what I had to do – just go and enjoy my game, keep hitting and make sure I don’t get out.”Hardik Pandya has been in fine form in IPL 2019. The India all-rounder missed out on most part of the limited-overs tours to Australia and New Zealand earlier this year due to an off-field controversy.On his comeback, Hardik has batted at a different level altogether. His IPL 2019 numbers 355 runs at close to a strike rate of 200 from 12 matches tell us a lot about his improved consistency.Want to continue good form at 2019 World Cup: HardikStressing he wants to carry forward the batting form to the 2019 World Cup, Hardik said he is keen on completing an IPL-World Cup double this year.”My confidence will obviously grow high. I really want to win this IPL. After that, I have the World Cup – which is my dream. I want to get the World Cup and I want to make sure I keep doing this, what I’m doing right now. Hopefully, we get the IPL trophy and the World Cup,” Hardik said.Also Read | Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to set new IPL recordAlso Read | I try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh KarthikAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Hardik PandyaFollow 2019 World Cup graphs advertisement scorecard I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKRSpeaking to Mumbai Indians after smashing his highest IPL score of 91 from just 34 balls on Sunday, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said he wants to carry forward his form and contribute to the senior national team at the 2019 World Cup view more view less commentary No data available!