Inter Milan agree personal terms with Atletico Madrid defender Godinby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are closing on a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.Sky Italia says Godin has agreed to join Inter for €6m per year once his Atletico contract expires.The veteran will play out the season in Madrid before moving to Milan.The Uruguay international will sign a two-year contract worth €6m per season, including bonuses, with the option for a third campaign.It’ll be €4.5m guaranteed, along with various team and individual bonuses to take it up to €6m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
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Crystal Palace winger Townsend happy playing for Hodgsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is happy playing for manager Roy Hodgson.Hodgson gave Townsend his first cap as England manager.Speaking on the former England boss, Townsend said, “Even before he joined Palace, he’s a manager who’d always put his faith in me whether I was in the team at Spurs or out of the team, he’d always selected me for the England squads and given me game time. Nine times out of 10 I’d repay that faith.”Coming here, he’s been no different, it’s just been on a daily basis. He’s very hands on on the training pitch, he likes to do a lot of shape work. He likes to drill into your mind what you’re going to face on a Saturday afternoon. It’s working for us and long may that continue!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Blackburn manager Mowbray demanding better from Man City loanee Adarabioyoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is demanding better from Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo.The 21-year-old has endured a dismal loan spell so far, missing five games through injury. Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “We are learning about his body reacts to different situations.“I think when you’re at Man City you might not have a manager like me telling me to push up, make tackles, put his body on the line, the intensity levels he’s been used to are different.“His body is finding that adjustment difficult but he will acclimatise at some stage and the talent he has will be a big asset to our club.”
UCLA, the No.11 seed in the South, just upset sixth-seeded SMU 60-59 in truly bizarre fashion. The Bruins had possession of the ball after an awful SMU turnover, trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining. They ran their offense and got the ball in the hands of point guard Bryce Alford, who had hit 8-of-10 three-pointers up to that point.Alford launched an off-balance three-pointer from the left wing. From the release, it looked like it was going to fall short. SMU center Yanick Moreira thought the same thing, and he jumped up to corral what he thought would be an airball.Except, it wasn’t. Moreira was ruled to have goaltended the shot, and Alford was awarded what would be the game-winning three-pointer. SMU’s final two shots fell short.Did the refs get it right? You be the judge.
EA Sports have revealed the list of players nominated for the annual Team of the Year as part of FIFA 19 Ultimate Team.For the second year in the row, the Team of The Year will be voted on by a carefully curated list of media, athletes and EA SPORTS FIFA community members to decide an 11-man team from the list of 55 nominees. Each voter has received a custom ballot box and will vote by tagging #TOTYVote on social media.A final squad will be unveiled on January 7 and will be available in packs for FUT players for a limited time. 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 team will consist of three attackers, three midfielders, four defenders and a goalkeeper in a standard 4-3-3 formation.Headlining the attackers are players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard.The midfield nomnees are led by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, who is joined by other strong contenders in Kevin De Bruyne, N’Golo Kante, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, and Paul Pogba.Real Madrid stars Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane headline the defensive nominees alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joshua Kimmich, Marcelo and Kyle Walker, while David de Gea, Alisson, Jan Oblak, Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois are the goalkeeping nominees.Last season’s Team of the Year featured Ronaldo, Messi and Kane in the attack, De Bruyne, Modric and Kante in the midfield, a backline featuring Jordi Alba, Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves as well as De Gea in goal.Ballots submitted by those chosen as part of the vote will account for 60% of the final vote while the remaining 40% of the votes will be cast by EA Sports.
Rafinha hopes Neymar returns to Barcelona to reestablish the “pure magic” of his combination with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Neymar, 27, is heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou, two years after his €222 million($250 million/£199 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain shook the footballing landscape while breaking a world record in the process.The Brazilian has since gone on to make 58 appearances for the Ligue 1 club while scoring a total of 51 goals across all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare However, while he has helped the club continue domestic success to the tune of two Ligue 1 trophies, a Coupe de France and a Coupe de la Ligue, Champions League success has been as elusive as ever.PSG fell to Manchester United this past season in stunning fashion, as the Red Devils came from behind in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.Rafinha, though, would welcome the Brazil international, who scored 105 goals during his four seasons at Barca, combining with Messi and Suarez during three of those, back to the club.”I hope Neymar comes back. He is a great player that would be really good for Barcelona,” the midfielder said on Thursday, via Spanish media.”I have never seen anything like the Messi-Ney-Suarez trident, pure magic. And I hope [Antoine] Griezmann comes, too.” Post-it: An MSN game Who has the best aim? #Messi @LuisSuarez9 @Neymarjr #BarçaUSTour pic.twitter.com/trJZNt2cUo — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 25, 2017 With Griezmann and Neymar potentially arriving, several players – including Rafinha – are linked with moves away from Camp Nou.Rafinha, who is contracted at Barca until 2020, is a reported target for Valencia, but the 26-year-old wants to stay with the La Liga champions for the foreseeable future.”I see myself in Barcelona next season and I will fight to continue,” he said.”I want to play football and Barcelona is my home, I have a contract with the club and I have a lot of confidence.”Even without the likes of Neymar and Griezmann, Barcelona were able to win the La Liga trophy this season, the club’s second consecutive title and eighth in the last 10 seasons.They finished ahead of second-place Atletico Madrid, who have added Joao Felix this summer while watching the likes of Rodri, Diego Godin and Griezmann depart, as wella s Real Madrid, who have made a number of splashes this summer to sign Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy.
Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio underwent successful surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his left knee. Asensio ruptured his ACL and external meniscus in a blow to Madrid’s season in the International Champions Cup clash with Arsenal last month. The 23-year-old suffered the injury after coming on as a second-half substitute in Madrid’s penalty shoot-out victory at FedExField in Maryland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The operation was carried out by doctor Manuel Leyes, under the supervision of the Real Madrid medical services,” a Madrid statement read. “Asensio will remain in hospital until he is well enough to be discharged. From that point on, his recovery program will begin.” While Asensio had surgery on Wednesday, Madrid continued their La Liga preparations with a 1-0 win over Salzburg. Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the match as he opened his account for Madrid after arriving from Premier League side Chelsea. Madrid – who finished third in La Liga last season – will face Roma on Sunday before opening their 2019-20 campaign away to Celta Vigo on August 17. Reflecting on the match, Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said: “I’m really pleased. We put in a good performance, that’s why we came here. We’re going to do great things this season and now it’s important to carry on with our pre-season preparation because there’s still another game before La Liga kicks off. We’re gradually getting ready and we’re better every day. That was confirmed by today’s match. “I value the team’s efforts because it’s not easy and it was important to put on a display like this against a tough side. There are no small teams. If you’re not focused, any team can make life difficult. “We were disciplined and showed intensity. We struggled a bit more in the second half but we’re happy to have won the game.” “I’m pleased because ultimately all a coach wants is to have all his players available,” Zidane added. “There’s still one more game before La Liga and we want to be in great shape in order to compete. If we compete well, we’ll achieve great things.”
Liverpool have agreed a one-year deal for veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, with Jurgen Klopp admitting that Alisson Becker will be out for ‘a few weeks’ with a calf injury.Alisson pulled up with a calf injury after attempting a goal-kick in Friday evening’s Premier League curtain-raiser, a match which the European champions won 4-1 against Norwich City.Free agent Adrian was signed as Simon Mignolet’s replacement after the latter departed for Club Brugge in his home country of Belgium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Former West Ham man Adrian replaced Alisson after 39 minutes and looks set to retain the number one spot until the Brazilian returns, with young shot-stopper Caoimhin Kelleher still not yet fit.Klopp admitted after the match that Alisson’s injury ‘doesn’t look too good’ and have moved to sign another free agent in Lonergan, the 35-year-old signing a one-year deal with the Anfield side.Goal can confirm that Lonergan will make Liverpool’s bench on Wednesday as they take on Chelsea for the UEFA Super Cup at Besiktas’ Vodafone Park in Istanbul.Barring any further injuries, Adrian will start a clash that Klopp’s men will still be odds-on favourites to win.Speaking to Liverpool’s official website on Monday, Klopp said of Alisson’s injury: “[It’s] not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while.“I don’t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back, but it will not tomorrow for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see. “I saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.”Chelsea will hope the the Reds’ loss of Alisson will give them an advantage in Turkey despite Klopp having a fierce back-line at his disposal, with the Blues having fallen to a 4-0 defeat to Man Utd in their first clash of the Premier League season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners takes the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Oklahoma enters the 2018 season as one of the top national title contenders. The Sooners have made it to the College Football Playoff twice, but have yet to win the ultimate prize.The Sooners have a tough schedule this year. They play a dangerous FAU squad in the season opener, and have to travel to Iowa State, TCU and West Virginia.Additionally, Oklahoma still has its annual rivalry game with Texas in Dallas. But is a home game looming as a potential “trap” game for the second year in a row?Last year, the Sooners were upset in Norman by Iowa State. Sporting News writer Bill Bender thinks Kansas State could be a sneaky test for OU this year.In this feature, Bender named the top “trap game” for each national title contender. He picked K-State for Oklahoma.The Sooners host the Wildcats on Oct. 27.It’s a home game, but the Sooners are prone to unexplained slipups in these spots. This one comes after a three-week stretch in which Oklahoma will play Texas and TCU around a bye week. The Sooners can’t take a Bill Snyder-coached team lightly.Last year, losing to Iowa State didn’t cost Oklahoma the Big 12 title or a berth in the CFP.Still, they’d much rather not get upset in the first place.
GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 07: Tim Tebow watches the action during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Most people seem to agree with Nick Bosa and his decision to not return to the field at Ohio State this season following his core injury that required surgery.Tim Tebow is not most people.The ESPN college football analyst went on a lengthy rant Saturday morning about Bosa’s decision and how he would end up regretting it.Here’s what he said:“This is a really tough situation, because yes, he’s got a severe injury and he’d probably be out until early December healing from it. One one side you can say ‘you know what, if he waits and he goes and trains, he can probably make 20 to 30 million dollars, and that’s amazing.’But at the same point, when you’re 50 years old and you look back, aren’t you going to regret it a little bit? To say ‘my guys went to the playoff and they played Alabama in the championship… I could have been with them, but I was more worried about the money.’Listen, your family’s already made however many million. You’re probably still going to make that. And I get that you want to be safe and keep your body [healthy], and I can see both sides. I get where he’s coming from. But at the same point, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You’ve got a team that has a chance to win a championship. Your brother’s got one. You don’t want to compete to go win a championship like your brother?For me, what I would do? I would wait, I would get healthy, and if my team was in the Playoff, I’m going to compete with my team. But that’s who I am.”Fair or unfair?