TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez: We need more in attackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says they need to improve their attack next month.Benitez was frustrated after their 0-0 draw with Fulham.He said, “We have to put into perspective where we were at the beginning and we are now playing against teams like Fulham and Wolves who have spent a lot of money during the summer.”But we carry on with a group of players who have been doing really well for us, fighting every game, but sometimes in these types of games you can see we need a little bit more and that is what we are looking for.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: Keeping Mitrovic quiet key to defeating Fulhamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says keeping Aleksandar Mitrovic quiet is key to defeating Fulham.Nuno knows that stopping the 24-year-old, who has netted 13 times for club and country this season, will be key to Wolves’ hopes on Boxing Day.“Last season in that moment he was a player who really helped them to get promoted,” Nuno said. “Their performance was fantastic and he is a very good player. I think he is one of the strikers who plays better with his back against the goal and we have to work on that.”Last season he created a lot of problems, especially because he was man to man with our last reference of defence. We have to balance better.”
Mourinho names Ronaldo Nazario as greatest player of all-timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has named Ronaldo Nazario as the greatest player of all-time.Having enjoyed a glittering managerial career, which has seen him take charge of Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Mourinho knows a thing or two about talented footballers. “Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers, they have remained at the top every day for 15 years,” Mourinho told LiveScore.“However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo [Nazario]. When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I’d ever seen take to the field.“Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wolves captain Coady: Strange playing against Liverpoolby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady admits it still feels strange playing against Liverpool.The centre-back spent 15 years at Anfield before joining Huddersfield Town in 2015.”It’s a weird feeling, when I play against them I want to win more than ever. I don’t know why that is. I just do,” said Coady.Asked about the Reds’ chances this season, Coady added: “I know it’s early doors, but I think with Liverpool this year they don’t seem to be panicking.”People are talking about them conceding and not keeping clean sheets but when they do they think it’s okay cause we can score another. City seemed like that last year.”With Liverpool, they missed out on the Champions League the year before and then they kick on again because the manager is that good.”I don’t want to speak too soon but they look to be going [up] again which is so good to see for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bat Tricks GirlSoftball, as we all know, is a game of statistics. Here’s an impressive number for you. The below Vine, posted one day ago, has nearly 8 million loops. Why? Because it features an incredible softball bat trick.The girl’s name is Marisa Arriaga, and she hails from Cedar Hill, Texas. She posted the original video back in June, but it’s gone viral the past 24 hours. In the clip, she lifts a bat off of the ground with her foot, bounces it behind her back, kicks the ball off of the tee, juggles it, and then crushes it into the woods. It’s awesome.Bat tricks? pic.twitter.com/M2JqHXR08l— marisa (@marisa_arriaga) June 24, 2015Yeah, I can’t do that. Impressive, to say the least.
Former Florida State running back Karlos Williams is upset – and a little misinformed. Saturday afternoon, Williams, who is clearly watching his alma mater take on Syracuse, tweeted out his displeasure with head coach Jimbo Fisher for starting freshman Jacques Patrick over junior Mario Pender at running back in place of injured star Dalvin Cook. The only problem? Pender is out for the contest, still recovering from a collapsed lung he suffered back in September. Williams later realized his mistake.Pender ain’t dressed. Wtf— Karlos Williams Sr (@Karlos_29_SR) October 31, 2015 Pender did return to practice this week, for what it’s worth. But he’s been listed as out since Thursday.Fisher also said that Terrance Smith, Mario Pender, Marcus Lewis, Derrick Kelly will be out for Syracuse. Ryan Hoefeld is questionable.— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) October 29, 2015Another reminder to never tweet.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – JANUARY 05: Players of the North Carolina Tar Heels wear a patch on their jersey to remember ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott, who recently passed away from cancer and was an alumni of the University of North Carolina before their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Dean Smith Center on January 5, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The basketball edition of College GameDay is attempting to make Jay Williams its version of Lee Corso. This season, Jay has been making his pick for the games the crew travels to by unveiling a jersey from under his suit at the end of the broadcast. Today, GameDay went to South Bend for Notre Dame vs. No. 2/1 North Carolina. Williams, a former Duke point guard, wouldn’t go so far as to pick the Irish to make the upset, but he also refuses to wear UNC gear, so he called a bit of an audible for his jersey choice.North Carolina is embracing the pick anyway.Apparently, @RealJayWilliams got the #OneCarolina memo.#GoHeelsGoPanthers #KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/ZEGjZmo52x— UNC Tar Heels (@GoHeels) February 6, 2016That seems like a fair compromise.
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Romelu Lukaku is a “big part” of his squad, despite the Belgian striker finding himself on the bench at Old Trafford.Lukaku has only started one match since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month – a FA Cup third-round victory over Reading – amid a six-game winning streak.The Belgium international has made three substitute appearances in the Premier League, scoring twice, as Solskjaer prefers a front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. 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? However, Solskjaer said Lukaku remains an important member of United’s side ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.Our #MUFC team news ahead of #MUNBHA features the latest on @Alexis_Sanchez…— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 18, 2019″He’s a big part of the squad, definitely, with his personality around the place,” Solskjaer said. “There’s no one scoring as many goals as him in training. “There are the three who play the most but then you’ve got [Romelu Lukaku], you’ve got Juan [Mata], you’ve got Alexis [Sanchez], so I’ve got a front six I can rotate with and Rom is definitely going to be playing games.”Solskjaer, whose in-form United are sixth and level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, continued: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three most of the time.”We’ll be OK to be able to rotate and there’s enough games and playing time. “It’s about taking the chances when you get them, and to be fair, Rom has scored three already and Marcus has scored three. Paul [Pogba]’s scored four since I came here. It’s up to the strikers to take them.”
New Chelsea signing Gonzalo Higuain has revealed the anguish over a life-threatening illness suffered by his mother which almost prompted him to leave football altogether.Higuain, 31, this week sealed a move to Stamford Bridge that saw the Blues assume the remainder of the loan deal the Argentine had previously agreed to join AC Milan from Juventus.The move sees him team up once more with Maurizio Sarri, rekindling a partnership that brought scores of goals when the pair worked together at Napoli. 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? But Higuain admits that he almost retired from professional football in 2016, after learning that that his mother Nancy suffered from a serious medical condition – she has since made a full recovery – following Argentina’s defeat in the Copa America final to Chile.“I decided immediately that I must stop playing football so that I could look after my mum,” Higuain explained to the Mirror.“I suspected something was wrong at home during the Copa America, but it was still a huge shock when I was told the truth.“I felt guilty, because I played in that final without knowing. My whole world came crashing down in that moment. I was not interested in anything else but my mum.”I told her I was finished with football and if it had been down to me I would have stopped playing.“Her reply was that when I played football it made her happy. She told me that she would not allow me to give up something I loved. She asked me to carry on for her — and I knew I had to grant that wish.“My family and friends are everything to me. After that, comes football. People need to understand that. They see you kick a ball and they don’t think you have anything to think about outside the game.”With Alvaro Morata set for a move to Atletico Madrid before the close of the January transfer window, Higuain’s main rival for a starting spot up front is likely to be Olivier Giroud.And the France international is eager go head to head with Pipita, believing that competition for places will only serve as extra motivation. “Gonzalo’s arrival will help me to step up again and keep me fighting to be competitive by working hard in training,” he explained.“And it’s going to be a benefit for the team. I hope he will help us to win trophies.”Chelsea continue their FA Cup challenge on Sunday at home to Sheffield Wednesday, before travelling to Bournemouth in Wednesday’s Premier League test.
West Brom and Brighton face-off in an FA Cup fourth-round replay for a chance to play Derby County in the next round.With Brighton looking safe in the Premier League they may look to this competition as a real chance to lift some silverware with a favourable draw in the next round and multiple top teams already eliminated from the competition.AdChoices广告West Brom will have promotion at the forefront of their minds but a win here to boost their confidence may be exactly what they need. 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? Game West Brom vs Brighton Date Wednesday, February 6 Time 8:05pm GMT / 3:05pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+ US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will by shown on BBC One and can be streamed on the BS UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position West Brom players Goalkeepers Johnstone, Myhill, Bond Defenders Gibbs, Bartley, Mears, Townsend, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi, Holgate, Melbourne Midfielders Johansen, Morrison, Livermore, Phillips, Montero, Brunt, Barry, Hoolahan, Field, Harper, Murphy Forwards Robson-Kanu, Gayle, Rodriguez, Leko, Edwards, West Brom will be without ineligible loanees Stefan Johansen and Jefferson Montero, who joined after the original game, and the cup-tied Jacob Murphy.Potential West Brom starting XI: Johnstone; Holgate, Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Mears, Barry, Livermore, Hoolahan; Robson-Kanu, Leko, Rodriguez. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Button, Steele Defenders Dunk, Duffy, Bruno, Montoya, Bong, Bernardo, Balogun, Burn Midfielders Bissouma, Propper, Stephens, Kayal, Gross, March, Izquierdo, Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh Forwards Locadia, Murray, Andone Brighton also have a fully available squad and, with the FA Cup looking a winnable competition, they may go with a strong team here.Potential Brighton starting XI: Ryan, Bernardo, Dunk, Duffy, Balogun; Propper, Stephens, Gross; Izquierdo, Knockaert, MurrayBetting & Match Odds Despite being the away team Brighton are favoured for this fixture with odds of 29/20 being given for a Seagulls win. A draw can be backed at 12/5 whilst a West Brom win is priced at 21/10Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Both teams will be looking for better performances than in the previous meeting which ended 0-0 and forced this replay.Derby await the winners of this tie and due to Frank Lampard’s team being weaker opposition both of these sides may fancy their chances of getting a step closer to Wembley this season.Chris Hughton has to be relishing this competition as Brighton have a real shot of lifting some silverware for the first time in their history, with two Championship clubs standing between them and the quarter-finals.Hughton will not make the mistake of underestimating his opponents as he realises that West Brom have a squad ready for the top flight.“It’s a big challenge for us. We’re up against a team that are in a very good position in the Championship,” said Hughton.“What they will be doing is giving everything they can to get straight back to the Premier League.”Hughton was clearly impressed with West Brom’s business in January as they signed four players with top-level experience; Jefferson Montero, Stefan Johansen, Jacob Murphy and Mason Holgate. Although only Holgate from the new arrivals is available for this game.“They’ve brought in some good players in this window, so they’ve got a very good squad and a team that has recently been in the Premier League.”Baggies boss Darren Moore believes that the team spirit at the Hawthorns could be the deciding factor in this fixture”We’re in an exciting part of the season, the confidence is good here, the team morale and togetherness is there. We’re fighting for one another.”With promotion still West Brom’s main aim they may rest players with an important game against Stoke at the weekend, whilst Brighton look safe in the Premier League so they can prioritise the FA Cup.