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.”