TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Xavi says Barcelona must persist with Ousmane Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Xavi says management must persist with Ousmane Dembele.The World Cup winner is again on the outer at Barca following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and a catalog of more disciplinary problems.But Xavi told ARA: “Always trust Dembélé? Yes, he has a huge potential. He is fast, skillful and uses both his feet, which complicates the life of defenders. But if (Lionel) Messi asks from him more professionalism, it must be true. He has injuries. He is a young boy and he has the ability to mature, no doubt. “But it also depends on him. I knew players with a lot of potential who did not evolve afterwards. And at the same time, players with less potential have been in Barcelona for many years. It’s a question of mentality.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal director Venkatesham plays down January transfers: It must be tacticalby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has played down the likelihood of the club making moves in the January transfer window.The Gunners were active in the summer market, signing Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli.But Venkatesham says any more signings in January will only come out of necessity.He told Bloomberg: “Well listen, we’ve just been through the transfer period in the summer, that’s what we always call the main transfer window. “We were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we’re very excited about, predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years. “When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.The January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer and we’re really pleased with what we did in the summer.’Asked whether the defence would be strengthened again, he continued: “Listen, as I’ve said, we’ve been really focused over the summer, we made some defensive reinforcements signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.”We’re looking forward to seeing how those players progress and how they do over the course of the season. “The players that we look for are the players we believe will make the biggest impact on the pitch from a sporting perspective.”
College basketball fans, particularly student fans, have long looked for different ways to distract visiting teams during games. Some of the more creative methods have been displayed when opponents go to the line to attempt free throws, and such was the case with some fans at Davidson during last night’s game against Dayton. With 7:16 remaining in the game, and Davidson leading 66-49, Dayton shooting guard Jordan Sibert stepped up to attempt a pair of foul shots. It was then that TV cameras caught five Davidson fans, clad only in black speedos, dancing and gyrating in an attempt to throw off Sibert’s concentration.The tactic failed, as Sibert nailed both shots. Still, the Wildcats knocked off the 22nd-ranked Flyers, 77-60, and this quintet of fans left an indelible image on the minds of anyone who saw their stunt.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: The Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Back in late December, five-star defensive end recruit CeCe Jefferson told reporters that Ole Miss was the leader to land his services this upcoming National Signing Day. Judging by the Instagram video he posted Saturday night, it doesn’t look like much has changed.Jefferson posted a video of himself, four-star linebacker recruit Jeffery Holland and Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze bobbing their heads to a Lil Jon song. He then made the team’s “Landshark” gesture. Freeze followed suit.Turn up coach freeze! With @holland_jeffA video posted by Hi Im Carl (@thatboycece7) on Jan 24, 2015 at 5:59pm PST Jefferson would be a huge get for Ole Miss, which currently has the 17th-ranked class in the country, according to 247 Sports.
Twitter/@Follow24HodgeOn Monday, N.C. State received a commitment from three-star forward Shaun King. It did not take long for Kentucky to muddle up this recruitment, offering King shortly after his decision. King did not sign anything tying him to the Wolfpack, and is reportedly weighing his options.Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge is not happy about this develop, and took to Twitter to express his discontent. He doesn’t specifically call out John Calipari, and denies that he is referring to Kentucky, but that is pretty clearly the target here.I remember when there was a time when coaches respected already “committed” athletes. I only had ONE not do so…seems old dogs=old tricks.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015CBB recruiting is a vicious part of the business. It’s the guy trying to get a woman’s phone # and she says “I have a bf” and he says “so?”.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Why is #BBN on my back? I made no mention of Coach Cal in my tweets. Seems to me Cinderella’s shoe must fit huh? http://t.co/qQebzKBWs2 #WPN— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015College basketball is about the perfect fit. Choose the morally hollowed/sexier pick? Don’t be mad when they cheat on you/over recruit.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015@shacker56 this argument NEVER gets old.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015“@shacker56: I am not 1 of the fans that trash plyrs 4 who they pick.Trashing a coach is not cool** which coach YOU THINK fit the narrative?— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Hodge has a point, and generally, college basketball recruiting does not get as cutthroat as college football does after commitments occur. However, it is up to Kirk to make the decision that is right for him, and if Kentucky causes him to reevaluate things, so be it.
Frank Lampard will regret it “forever” if he turns down the chance to return to Chelsea as manager this summer, claims former team-mate Mark Bosnich.A Blues legend is the firm favourite to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.He is only one season into a coaching career, with Championship side Derby having been guided to the play-off final in 2018-19. 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? That experience is considered to be enough for Chelsea to make a move, with Lampard’s strong ties to the Blues making him of obvious appeal to the club’s board and fans.Some have suggested that it may be too soon for the ex-England international to take such a jump up the management ladder, with more of a schooling required before heading back to west London.Bosnich, though, believes that a transfer ban will have lowered expectations and provided the perfect platform for Lampard to ease his way into life in a Premier League dugout.The former Blues goalkeeper told talkSPORT: “I think it’s a great move for both parties.“From a Chelsea perspective, the fact they’re banned for two transfer windows and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, it may not be a smooth ride for them, but having a club legend will give them some breathing space.“And for Frank, it’s a fantastic move.“It’s a dream job, very few people in the world will be offered this job.“If he stays with Derby and just say, for example, he loses seven of the first 10 games and things aren’t going particularly well, he’ll forever be saying to himself, ‘I should have taken that opportunity’.“I think it’s a really good move and I really do hope it works out for him.“I was very close to Frank during my time at Chelsea. He not only was a wonderful player, he is a wonderful man as well and I think this will be ideal for him.”Sources close to a mooted deal have revealed that moves to take Lampard back to Chelsea remain ongoing.The Blues have already appointed Petr Cech to a technical advisor role and could appoint another former star in the shape of Claude Makelele to a similar backroom team post. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jose Mourinho is longing for a return to football management seven months after being sacked by Manchester United, but has stressed that he is waiting for “the right project” to present itself.The Portuguese, 56, spent two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, winning them the Europa League, but otherwise struggled to transform them back into serious title challengers.He was dismissed after a bad run of form, while he also attracted criticism from supporters for appearing to alienate several United players during his time at the helm. 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? Mourinho has been linked with numerous jobs since leaving United, with Benfica, Lyon and most recently Newcastle said to have been interested.But, after rejecting speculation surrounding the Magpies due to a desire to challenge for honours, the former Real Madrid boss reiterated his plan to only accept the perfect offer.When asked by Sky Sports if he was hungry to return to management, Mourinho said: “I am, but I will wait for the right club, for the right project.”And, in the meantime, I am doing things I like to do. I prefer to work, but I like other sports and this is a good opportunity to enjoy [things other than football].”Clearly enjoying his downtime, Mourinho was pictured at Silverstone watching qualifying for Sunday’s British Grand Prix, where Valtteri Bottas pipped Lewis Hamilton into pole position.The day before, he had been seen further south at Wimbledon as Roger Federer booked his place in Sunday’s showpiece with a semi-final defeat of eternal rival Rafael Nadal.Back on the football pitch, the Portuguese has been linked with a first foray into international management, a challenge he has admitted to being keen on.But with plenty of big clubs under pressure to deliver results early in the new season, Mourinho may prefer to bide his time and wait for one to turn to him in their time of need.Whether his time as a Premier League manager is up remains to be seen, but with bridges burned at Chelsea and United it is hard to imagine he will be making a return at either club.This is already his longest spell away from management in over a decade; after his shock exit at the end of his first spell at Chelsea, it was almost nine months before he took over at Inter in the summer of 2008.
Jordan Henderson wants Liverpool to “dream big” in 2019-20, with the Reds skipper eager to keep focus locked on the future and “The. Next. One”.Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the new season as holders of the Champions League crown and serious contenders for the Premier League title.Much is expected of the men from Merseyside, with impressive progress having been made over recent years. 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? Henderson is determined to deliver on the hopes and dreams of a loyal fan base, with everyone connected with the Reds needing to focus on the challenges to come rather than the success of the past.He said in his programme notes for a season opener at home to Norwich on Friday: “In this league, the moment you’re complacent or arrogant you are done for. It’s why staying focused and staying hungry is critical and I’m confident as a dressing room we have those qualities.“Someone showed me a Twitter exchange over the summer that actually captures the mentality we’re looking for, not just this coming season but in general. It was a poll by supporters asking to pick the club’s greatest ever European night at Anfield. A Liverpool-supporting journalist replied “The. Next. One”.“For us, that’s the focus for this season – on to the next one. But for us that mantra isn’t about just European nights or trophies and titles in general, it’s about each and every match we play.The Reds were beaten in the Community Shield final by Manchester City on penalties last weekend, after a tense 1-1 drawn in normal time.Henderson expressed his delight with the support Liverpool received at Wembley before insisting that team is now fully focused on making even greater strides forward during the new campaign.“As a team we want our supporters to dream and dream big,” he added.“At Wembley [in the Community Shield] the passion and noise from the Liverpool fans was magnificent. They showed the right mentality – when Liverpool play it always matters. They gave everything to make the atmosphere special and it made a difference to us and how we attacked the game. The supporters who went to Wembley helped set the tone. For each game, give everything you have.“We want everyone to have the biggest ambitions possible. It’s our job to deliver and to do that we can’t afford distraction and we can’t afford to pause and feel satisfaction.“What we achieved last season will be cherished by everyone connected to this club forever, not least myself. But now, for us as a group of players, we’re already focused on 2019-20.“Quite simply we have to be if we want to have a chance of success again. What we can afford is to keep the focus on what’s ahead and what we can positively affect.“The. Next. One.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Ohio State Buckeyes make their way out onto the field before the AllState BCS National Championship against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver Marcus Washington was set to announce his college decision on August 7. The St. Louis native is considering Ohio State, so this week’s news involved Urban Meyer (and Zach Smith, who would have been his position coach before being fired) has thrown a major wrench in his recruitment.Smith is still listed as his lead recruiter at 247Sports. Obviously, that has not yet been updated.The Buckeyes are believed to be one of the major contenders to land the blue-chip receiver. Ohio State has 20-percent of the predictions over at 247Sports’ crystal ball.His home state Missouri Tigers are the favorite, per the crystal ball, with the other 80-percent. However, the Buckeyes are obviously the more prominent program between the two.In May, Washington’s top six also featured Florida State, Georgia, Oregon, and Texas. That was the last list he put out via Twitter. The tweet featuring the six schools in pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline.With the uncertainty at Ohio State, Marcus Washington has delayed his decision.He made the announcement earlier this evening via Twitter.Due to everything happening in college football right now my family & I have decided it’s best I delay my commitment date and reopen my recruitment fully….— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) August 2, 2018Washington took a visit to Columbus back on June 22. It is unclear when his decision will now come, but he has until December for the early signing period and February for National Signing Day. Choosing against rushing to make a decision with Ohio State’s situation up in the air is the right choice.The four-star wide receiver is ranked No. 154 in the class of 2019, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. He is the No. 26 wide receiver and No. 3 player in Missouri.The Buckeyes have one receiver already pledged to the class of 2019: five-star Garrett Wilson out of Texas. He is the No. 2 player at the position.On Wednesday, another blue-chip receiver appears to have reacted similarly to the Meyer news. Five-star 2020 recruit Julian Fleming, who is ranked No. 1 at the position in his class, tweeted that his recruitment is now “100-percent open.” Rivals analyst Adam Friedman tweeted that he believed it was a reaction to the Ohio State situation, though he has denied as much.
SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 30: Arena Stadium view as the Syracuse marching band takes the field during the game between the University of Miami and Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome on November 30, 2002 in Syracuse, New York. Miami won 49 to 7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)Syracuse’s football program is off to one of the best starts in recent history this year.The Orange are 4-0 and set for a major showdown this weekend against No. 3 Clemson.Things got a little dicey in the stands during Saturday’s game against UConn, though.Video has emerged of a fight in the stands:Syracuse is 4-0 & the ladies seem ready for Clemson pic.twitter.com/YFBGsPaoAT— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 24, 2018Welp, hopefully no one was hurt too badly.Syracuse and Clemson are set to kick off at noon on Saturday.