Transfers Willian has no doubt Fred will shine at Manchester United Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 06:48 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League Videos Jose Mourinho’s side have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the midfielder, whom the Chelsea man thinks will be a hit in England Willian has tipped incoming Manchester United midfielder Fred to be a big hit in the Premier League.United on Tuesday confirmed an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk has been reached to bring the Brazil midfielder to Old Trafford, with the fee reported to be in the region of £52 million (€60m$70m).International team-mate Willian is preparing for Brazil’s World Cup campaign alongside Fred at their pre-tournament training base in London and told reporters the big-money transfer had been a topic of conversation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Of course, no doubt about that,” he said when asked whether the 25-year-old would be a success in England’s top flight. “He has a lot of quality and he can improve a lot.”He is going to one of the best teams in the world. I am happy for him and hope he will do well at Manchester United.”He’s very happy to come to the Premier League to play. We talked a little bit about that. He is excited to start.”But now it is time to think about the World Cup. I think he is very happy but now is the time to think about the national team.”Willian has himself been touted for a move to United and a reunion with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after a frustrating season at Stamford Bridge, where he was named the Players’ Player of the Year despite often being benched by Antonio Conte.”I was happy with my performance during the season. I played very well and always tried to do my best, always tried to work hard,” he added.”Sometimes to stay on the bench is difficult but I respect the decision of the manager.”That was that and I have nothing else to say about my club. Now I am focused on the national team and the World Cup and I am ready for it.”
Ghana Ghana FA dissolved by government amid corruption allegations Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 10:26 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Goal Ghana Iceland v Ghana Friendlies World Cup Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo made the decision to dissolve the nation’s football association amid fraud and corruption claims. Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) has been dissolved by the country’s government amid allegations of corruption and bribery.Nana Akufo-Addo – the president of Ghana – made the decision Thursday after footage emerged from a documentary allegedly uncovering fraud and corruption under the leadership of GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.In the documentary ‘When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’, Nyantakyi was pictured accepting a cash gift from an undercover reporter who was pretending to be a businessman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Ghanaian government is set to announce, “provisional measures to govern football activities in the country until a new body is duly formed”.”The Government is shocked and outraged at the contents of the recently-aired video documentary, which captures the investigation conducted into football administration by the journalist, Anasa Aremeyaw, titled ‘Number 12’: When Misconducted and Greed become the Norm,” a statement – signed by Ghana’s information minister Mustapha Amid – read.”The documentary exposes the gross malfunctioning of the Ghana Football Association [GFA], characterised by the widespread fraud, corruption and bribery. As a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within GFA, government has decided as follows:”The conduct of all officials of the GFA, together with that of the suspended Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority [NSA], Robert Sarfo Mensah, shown in the documentary to be involved in questionable, potentially criminal acts, is forthwith, referred to the Police for further investigation and appropriate action. The Police are to take all such relevant measures as are necessary to ensure that the contents of the documentary are rapidly and thoroughly investigated.”Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, government has decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved. Government will shortly, thereafter, announce provisional measures to govern football activities in the country, until a new body is duly formed; and”Government will communicate these decisions to the Confederation of African Football and the Federation of International Football Association, and engage with them on these developments to chart a way forward for Ghana football.”PRESS RELEASE: Ghana Football Association Statement on documentary by tiger eye on alleged acts of corruption https://t.co/O0AFvJHWl6 pic.twitter.com/rEHGFM3jIZ — Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) June 7, 2018 Earlier on Thursday, the Ghana FA released a statement on the alleged acts of corruption, asking for a copy of the footage having not been consulted first.In a statement signed by general secretary Isaac Addo, the FA said: “The GFA was not provided with an opportunity to watch the premiering of the documentary as it was neither provided with an advanced copy of the said documentary nor furnished with tickets by Tiger Eye PI to watch the airing.”Though the GFA did not commission Tiger Eye PI to undertake this exercise and have not been provided with the opportunity of watching the documentary, we view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.”To this end we believe it’s only fair and proper that Tiger Eye furnishes us with the said documentary and hereby request Tiger Eye as a matter of urgency to furnish us with all the recorded material on this documentary to enable us forward it to the appropriate quarters for further investigations.”…The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption. The GFA wishes to assure all that as an institution it does not condone any manner of corrupt practices.”We wish to put on record that eight months ago, we got evidence of some external influences seeking to manipulate matches in our various competitions. As soon as it became clear to us that we were facing the possibility of some external influences seeking to destroy the sanctity of the game in Ghana, we wrote to FIFA seeking assistance to help combat this menace.”The action we took was in furtherance of the GFA’s desire to fight against match manipulation and maintain the integrity of our game and federation. We received a full FIFA response few days later, with an action plan on how we can fight the menace of match manipulation through a roadmap for the implementation of the national integrity initiative. We are still working with FIFA Integrity Department to find the appropriate dates for the action to help educate our members on the dangers of this menace.”The GFA will subsequently be undertaking a holistic review and continue with our reforms geared towards the enhancement of its operations in dealing with alleged acts of corruption in the game. We urge the football fraternity to remain calm and provide us with all the support we need as we bid to restore confidence and trust in our beautiful game.”
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Barcelona, Spurs learn price for Celta Vigo star Maxi Gomezby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo are demanding top price for Maxi Gomez.The Uruguay striker is interesting Barcelona ahead of the January market as the LaLiga leaders seek a new striker signing.Marca says Celta have fielded an approach from Barca and made it clear that Maxi won’t be leaving on the cheap.A price of €50m has been slapped on the forward, who is prepared to leave Celta next month.Maxi is also a favourite of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, with enquiries having been made after the player last summer.At Barca, they see Maxi as a long-term replacement for 32 year-old striker Luis Suarez. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Barcelona coach Tata Martina to take charge of Mexicoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona coach Tata Martina is to be named new trainer of Mexico.Martina takes charge of El Tri after leading Atlanta United to MLS Cup glory this season.”We will be announcing decisions and signing the contract probably early next year, possibly in the first days of January,” said Mexican Federation president Yon de Luisa.Martina’s contract will run to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.This summer, Juan Carlos Osorio led Mexico to the final 16 of the World Cup in Russia. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Koeman: Liverpool defender Van Dijk can take criticism; that’s why he’s so goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk’s willingness to take on criticism will see him continue to improve.Koeman signed Van Dijk for Southampton and made him his Oranje captain this season.He told De Telegraaf: “We have a history with eachother. That is easier for me. When I became a national coach, I knew who Virgil van Dijk was. “I did not know how Matthijs de Ligt was as a person. Ah, sometimes Virgil estimates situations too easily. I’m trying to change that. If that succeeds, he will really be the best in the world.”He also knows how I am. That is why I can criticise. Virgil does not think: oh, dear, I’m being hammered. And yet I think afterwards that I should not have openly criticised him. Sometimes, as a coach, I have to protect players a bit more. I know that this is not necessary in his case.”There is respect from me to him. What I did after that match (against France), I cannot do with everyone. It was nice that later in the season he caused a penalty at Liverpool against Manchester City and the next day with the Dutch National Team he joked about that moment when he greeted our entire staff. He thought, if I do not start it myself, I will cop it from the coach … He is a top fella. He is anchored and very critical of himself.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Donyell Malen watched by Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDonyell Malen is being watched by Liverpool as he stars for PSV Eindhoven.The striker scored FIVE goals in one game last weekend as the Dutch Eredivisie giants smashed Vitesse Arnhem 5-0, says The Sun.Malen has bagged 11 goals in 14 games for PSV.Arsenal let Malen return to his native Holland after just over a year in England.He scored 10 goals in 37 games last term after struggling for game time the previous season.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Judge held talks with PSG striker Cavaniby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United once held talks with Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, but the deal did not materialise.A report in The Athletic indicates that United transfer guru Matt Judge engaged in talks with the Uruguayan a few years ago.But it appears the Uruguay international was happy at PSG and a possible move was shut down by Cavani’s brother.It is said that Cavani’s sibling added various demands into a possible deal that United did not think were suitable.United could go back in for Cavani in the summer, as they need a senior forward and he will likely leave PSG on a free transfer.The veteran is now 32, but could still do a job for United for a couple of seasons – a la Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
VineFormer BYU star Matt Carlino is no stranger to big shots, and the new Marquette Golden Eagle hit a huge one with under a second left against Big East rival Georgetown. With a few second remaining in the game, and Marquette down two, Carlino takes the ball up the floor, and hits a huge shot with his toes barely touching the three-point line. The shot was literally inches away from ending the game. Instead, we’re heading to overtime.The shot caps a monster game for Carlino, who has 25 points against the Hoyas. He’ll have his chance to help Marquette win it in overtime.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The NCAA’s college football attendance numbers for 2014 have officially been released, and while there aren’t too many big surprises, there are some interesting trends in the data. In terms of home attendance numbers, the top ten features five schools from the SEC, four schools from the Big Ten, and one school from the Big 12 – no surprise, all of them have huge stadiums that seat ridiculous numbers of fans. But what about overall attendance numbers? Which schools do fans come out for both at home and on the road?We’ve gone through the NCAA’s numbers and put together the list of the top 20 programs in terms of overall attendance per game. Yes, we realize that the playing field is not level across the country, as teams have different schedules, different stadium sizes and different game totals. Still, the No. 1 team on our list won’t surprise you.Here are the 20 college football teams that fans saw the most in-person, on average, during the 2014-2015 season.Get Started: Programs Ranked 20-16 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
IG/BleacherReportPoint guard Dennis Smith Jr. is one of the top uncommitted players in the class of 2016, and at NBA MVP Steph Curry’s camp, he showed why. The five-star out of North Carolina dribbled the ball through his defender’s legs in a one-on-one game, corralled it behind him, and converted with an emphatic dunk. He impressed the Golden State Warriors star in the process. Check it out. 5-star recruit Dennis Smith Jr. goes through his opponent’s legs during the 1v1 contest at @wardell30’s camp #sc30selectA video posted by Bleacher Report (@bleacherreport) on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:04pm PDT Smith, who comes from Greenville, has offers from Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and others. We can see why all of those big-time programs want him.
Thomas Tuchel is adamant Neymar “feels very happy” and wants to become a leader at Paris Saint-Germain, amid reports of a potential return to Barcelona.Neymar joined PSG from Barca in 2017 for a world-record fee of €222 million (£199m/$254m), a deal that made waves in the sport and caught the Catalan club by surprise, as the Ligue 1 side triggered the Brazilian’s release clause.Much of Neymar’s time in Paris has been dominated by reports linking him with further transfers, with Real Madrid said to be particularly interested last year before Cristiano Ronaldo departed for Juventus. 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 rumour disappeared and has since given way to equally strong suggestions Barca are trying to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou and the Brazil star is said to be keen on a return.But Tuchel is convinced Neymar – who returned from a leave of absence in time for Sundays 4-0 Coupe de France win over Pontivy – is focused on being a leader for PSG.Speaking before facing Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday, Tuchel said: “I think that Neymar feels very, very happy. He is professional, very decisive, with a good state of mind.”I think he feels good here, both in the locker room and on the pitch. He is disciplined, does a lot on the pitch. You’ve seen his statistics and what he does in training.”We are very satisfied with his work. I have the feeling that he wants to show that he is capable of being a leader for PSG, and that’s great for us, because on top of that he is one of the best players in the world.”I have to talk to Neymar, to find out if it’s really a good thing to play every game or not. Against Pontivy, he came back into shape, with a good frame of mind, and he wanted to play 90 minutes.”But now we also have to spare his playing time. With Neymar, I have to take responsibility, because if It was just up to me, he would play every game.”It’s good that he came back earlier, with that state of mind, and that he does not choose his matches. But I’m waiting for him to play like he is 100 per cent in a few weeks, because he’s a key player who makes the difference.”Aside from the Neymar rumours, Tuchel conceded that he is nervous about the January transfer window, particularly with question marks remaining over the futures of Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra.While Rabiot is expected to leave sooner or later, Diarra is reportedly considering immediate retirement, and the prospect of losing both this month makes Tuchel uncomfortable.”We looked for a number six [midfielder] in the last transfer window summer and we did not find one,” Tuchel said.”You know the situation [with Diarra]. Nothing is finalised between Lassana Diarra and PSG. Obviously, being without Adrien Rabiot and Lassana makes me a bit nervous.”
Gonzalo Higuain is not the right striker for Chelsea and will struggle to play in the same team as Eden Hazard and Willian, according to former Blues boss Ruud Gullit.Chelsea finally agreed a deal to bring the Argentine forward to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after weeks of speculation.Higuain has joined on loan from Serie A champions Juventus until the end of the season, whilst Alvaro Morata is set to be offloaded to Atletico Madrid. 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 Dutch legend Gullit believes that the former Real Madrid striker is not flexible enough to work with the team’s creative focal points Hazard and Willian.Speaking to BBC Sport, Gullit said: “Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play.“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves.“So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under [Maurizio] Sarri, they never do. “Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.”Higuain will make his first start for the Blues against Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.Hazard meanwhile came under fire from Sarri after last week’s 2-0 defeat away at Arsenal, with the Italian claiming that some of his stars were difficult to motivate as they slipped to a fourth league defeat of the season.The Belgian had begun the season in some of the best form of his career, helping Chelsea to a blistering start that seemingly had them in contention for a title challenge in the season’s early weeks.He continues to be the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, speculation that has not gone away despite the team’s stuttering form and Sarri’s criticism of Hazard.“The next time Sarri is asked about Eden Hazard he should avoid saying anything negative, whatever he actually thinks,” said Gullit.“It is very, very risky to criticize your players in public like Sarri did this week – even if you know you are right.“Sometimes as a manager you really want to be open about what you are thinking, good or bad, and for the right reasons. You are hoping your players respond in the right way.“But if that openness is misinterpreted by them, then you have more problems.”
Uriel Antuna scored a hat-trick as Mexico thrashed Cuba 7-0 in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener in California on Saturday.Antuna stole the show with his treble, which went with a Raul Jimenez brace and goals from Diego Reyes and Alexis Vega in what was a one-sided encounter at the Rose Bowl.Gerardo Martino’s men struck four times in the first half, marking their fifth win in as many games since he took over in January. 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? Cuba were outclassed by a Mexico side who showed why they are once again among the favourites for the title.Mexico dominated from the outset and needed just two minutes to open the scoring through Antuna, who was a late addition to the Mexico squad as an injury replacement.Jimenez hit the post after a cross from the left and Antuna was on hand to scramble in his first international goal.Mexico’s second just after the half-hour mark through Jimenez had been coming as the forward caused Cuba plenty of problems.Andres Guardado chipped a pass through a poor Cuba defence, Jimenez producing a composed finish into the bottom corner.Mexico struck twice more before half-time through Reyes and Antuna. @Diego_Reyes13@Raul_Jimenez9 #GoldCup2019 | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/3B1arTLdcE— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 16, 2019Jimenez side-footed a corner that drew a save from Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez, but the rebound fell straight to Reyes to tap in.Antuna completed his brace just prior to the break as Jimenez’s cross was blocked by a last-ditch clearance, the LA Galaxy forward – who is on loan from Manchester City – on hand to rifle into the roof of the net from close range.#2T MEX 4-0 CUB1, 2, 3… ¡Luz verde! ¡Arranca la parte complementaria! ¡Hay que seguir con todo! #GoldCup2019 | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/JEspk0QD06— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 16, 2019Mexico’s intensity dropped slightly to begin the second half, but Jimenez struck again, firing through Sanchez’s legs after a pass from Carlos Rodriguez.Vega came off the bench to net his first at international level, tapping in after Antuna unselfishly crossed for him to score the easiest of goals in the 74th minute.In just his third international, Antuna completed his hat-trick, putting away a rebound after Sanchez did well to keep out a Rodriguez effort. What does it mean? Mexico flex muscleThis was meant to be a one-sided affair and Mexico ensured it was with a blistering first half. Mexico are seven-time Gold Cup champions and they deserve to be favourites for number eight.Jimenez provides major impactJimenez, who starred on loan at Wolves from Benfica last season before the deal became permanent, impressed. As well as scoring his 18th and 19th international goals, the forward was involved in three other goals.Martino proven right so farMartino said in the lead up he would prefer Mexico to play at the Copa America over the CONCACAF Gold Cup. With wins over Chile, Paraguay, Venezuela and Ecuador this year, Mexico were never going to be threatened by Cuba and it remains to be seen how much they will be tested throughout the tournament.What’s next?Mexico’s campaign continues against Canada on Wednesday, while Cuba face Martinique on the same day. read more
For the second straight Gold Cup match, the U.S. national team followed up a forgettable first half with a dominating second half, with Saturday’s thrashing of Trinidad and Tobago sending a clear message to the Gold Cup field that the defending champions are starting to find their way. After a largely lackluster first 60 minutes that lacked crisp passing and quality chances, the USMNT transformed into a totally different team in the second half, overwhelming the Soca Warriors, with Christian Pulisic leading the attack and Gyasi Zardes showing he can deliver goals that aren’t of the accidental variety. Much like they did against Guyana, the Americans turned on the style after halftime, and Saturday’s transformation was even more dramatic. The second half was everything the first half wasn’t for the Americans, with Pulisic, Arriola and Tyler Boyd stretching the Trinidad and Tobago defense, and Zardes finishing off a pair of chances to spark the romp. 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? Pulisic settled into a groove in the second half, giving the Soca Warriors fits with his movement and quickness. He set up a pair of goals and contributed a goal of his own to propel the Americans to their biggest-ever blowout in Gold Cup history. “That’s why Chelsea paid $60 million for him,” Trinidad and Tobago coach Dennis Lawrence said. “Because we kept him quiet for 65 minutes and then he found a way.” Saturday marked Pulisic’s best national team performance in two years, and easily his best under Berhalter, with the former Dortmund man showing what he can do in Berhalter’s system, which is dominate. “What we’re doing is trying to put him in position where he can do exactly that,” Berhalter said. “The structure around him accommodates him being flexible and he can go wide, he can come inside. He can create space for himself. We can use the striker to get him the ball, bouncing it back to him. “That’s what we’re trying to do, and the reason we’re trying to do that is because he has these game-changing abilities and you saw that tonight,” Berhalter said. “Very fluid with his movement, dynamic, able to take players on, good ball security. And today was great because the final product was there also, which is always important for attacking players.” The United States rattled off four goals in 12 minutes, blowing open a game that came close to being tied up when Levi Garcia forced a diving save from Zack Steffen. Garcia’s chance was a last gasp for a Trinidad side that began losing its defensive shape and making mental mistakes, which opened the door for Pulisic and his teammates to run wild. “We wanted to put them under pressure the whole game and we knew that if we did that, and moved the ball quickly, we would wear them out,” said Pulisic. “They were very man oriented and it was tough to break the lines, but we just said you have to keep moving and finding the right spaces and in the end we did a good job of that in the second half. “Obviously when you continue to do that the whole game, and you press them every time you lose the ball, it’s tough for them and they got tired,” Pulisic said. “You could see that, and we did that really well tonight.’ Saturday’s 6-0 rout, coupled with the 4-0 win against Guyana, have helped eased some of the concerns surrounding the USMNT after back-to-back friendly losses against Jamaica and Venezuela. “We weren’t ready to kill ourselves after the results in the two friendlies and we’re not ready to anoint ourselves champions of the world either,” Michael Bradley said. “This is still a work in progress. We feel good about the work that’s going into it. We feel like we’re on the right path. We feel like we’re building something that can continue to get better and better, but we understand these are all steps along the way.” The Americans head into their group finale against Panama on Friday with momentum, with Pulisic rounding into form, a defense that hasn’t allowed a goal yet, and a group that is adapting to Berhalter’s system. “What we’re seeing is the team is getting confident, and we’re getting fit and that’s important,” Berhalter said. “I classify today as a good game. We still know there’s a lot we can improve on and we want to keep progressing as this tournament goes.” “The first two games have been good, but they’re just the start,” Bradley said. “We understand that as the tournament goes on games get harder, things get more competitive, and the level from everybody has to go up.”
Paul Pogba is still under consideration for the Manchester United captaincy despite admitting that he was ready to leave the club.The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new club captain after Antonio Valencia was released at the end of last season.Injury restricted the Ecuador international to just nine appearances in all competitions last campaign, with Ashley Young regularly taking the armband in his absence. 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? Young again led the team out for their first pre-season game of the summer against Perth Glory in Australia on Saturday, though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says a permanent skipper will not be appointed until after their final pre-season friendly against AC Milan on August 3.Pogba captained United on occasions last season but would be seen as a surprise contender for the permanent role given he admitted earlier this summer that he was ready for “new challenge”.That immediately sparked speculation of a big-money move away from Old Trafford, with Real Madrid and former club Juventus reportedly leading the chase for the France World Cup winner.Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola only furthered those rumours by adding that he is “in the process” of ensuring the 26-year-old will leave Manchester United before the start of the new season.When asked whether a decision had been made about a new captain, Solskjaer told reporters: “No, it hasn’t, So we’ve got quite a few possibilities there and when the season starts we’ll announce, of course we’ll have a good assessment, see how pre-season goes.”But, as you saw, Ashley will wear it when he’s playing until we decide on someone, yeah.”When asked whether Pogba would be among the contenders, the Norwegian added: “Yeah. I don’t think that needs explaining, we’ll discuss that later on.”Pogba was given a mixed reception from the crowd at the Optus Stadium in Western Australia, where played the second 45 minutes for United against A-League side Perth Glory.Marcus Rashford’s 60th-minute strike and a late second from James Garner secured victory for the Red Devils.They take on Championship side Leeds at the same venue in their second pre-season friendly on Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State interim coach Ryan Day filled in for Urban Meyer on his weekly call-in show on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus this afternoon.Day, who will be leading the Buckeyes’ program in Meyer’s absence, was asked about the plan for freshman quarterback Tate Martell.Martell, a former top recruit, is the backup to Dwayne Haskins, but he’s expected to see the field at times this fall.Day said that at this time, there are no special packages developed for Martell, but he should get some playing time on Saturday.“He’s had a nice preseason,” Day said. “He brings a different skill set to the table. Really dynamic with his feet, but he’s also improved throwing the ball. So we’re not going to put him in right now for packages or things like that. We’re just going to let him go play the offense and let him go.”Oregon State isn’t expected to pose too much of a threat to Ohio State on Saturday, so Martell should get a decent amount of playing time in the second half.Ohio State and Oregon State are set to kick off at noon.
For the second year in a row, Ohio State had a major letdown game in the middle of its Big Ten schedule. Last year, it was Iowa. This year, it was Purdue.The Buckeyes were absolutely dominated by the Boilermakers in all aspects of the game on Saturday night, falling 49-20. Ohio State, surprisingly, was unable to get anything going on the ground, rushing for just 53 yards on the day. Purdue, meanwhile, rushed for 161 yards.Ohio State had trouble stopping freshman sensation Rondale Moore, who finished with 12 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Moore’s 43-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter was the crushing blow.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, in the loss, finished 48-of-72 for 468 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Buckeyes rushed the ball just 22 times.Rondale Moore with the DAGGER(via @CBSSportsHQ) pic.twitter.com/9trRGH7dZJ— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) October 21, 2018Ohio State, with the loss, moves to 7-1 on the season. The Buckeyes still control their own destiny in the Big Ten East however, since Michigan is still on the slate.Purdue, meanwhile, moves to 4-3 on the year. They’re inching closer to bowl eligibility.It’ll be interesting to see how Ohio State bounces back. This was as rough a loss as the Buckeyes have had in quite some time.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan team are getting ready for their third clash with Florida since he took over in 2015.On the heels of an all-time blowout loss to Ohio State that knocked his team out of the College Football Playoff ranking, Harbaugh’s Michigan team will be looking for a little redemption.Florida suffered early season losses to Kentucky and Georgia, while a loss to Missouri ensured the Gators would not be competing for the SEC title.The game will be played on December 29, and the kickoff time and channel have now been released.It’s official.We’ll see you in Atlanta for the @CFAPeachBowl! #GoBlue ? pic.twitter.com/6f4Meei3rl— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 2, 2018Back in the 2015 season, a two-loss Michigan team coming off a blowout loss to Ohio State was ultimately pitted against Florida in the Citrus Bowl.The Wolverines won that game 41-7, and improved their all-time record against Florida to 5-0.Michigan and Florida will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The game will be available on ESPN.