Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory A-League Review: Late own goal earns Phoenix shock win, Adelaide rescue dramatic point Ryan Benson 19:22 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United Melbourne Victory Adelaide United Wellington Phoenix Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Late goals were the order of the day in the A-League, as Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United both benefited on Wednesday. Wellington Phoenix claimed only their second A-League win of the season on Wednesday, as they beat Melbourne Victory 2-1 thanks to a late Mark Milligan own goal.Phoenix had not won any of their last seven league games and were given an early boost as Rhys Williams was sent off in the eighth minute – match official Matthew Conger using video assistant referee (VAR) technology to upgrade his initial decision of a booking when Andrija Kaludjerovic was taken down while through on goal.Victory, at least initially, did not appear to suffer as a result, taking the lead just before the break through former Wellington player Kosta Barbarouses, as the tricky winger left his marker in a knot and then beat Lewis Italiano at the near post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The hosts were denied an equaliser shortly after, as Roy Krishna was incorrectly flagged offside in the lead-up to Kaludjerovic finishing off a counterattack, much to Phoenix’s anger.But Krishna did level in the 64th minute, burying the ball from close range after Lawrence Thomas spilled Nathan Burns’ 20-yard effort.And the turnaround was completed late on when Milligan inadvertently put past his own goalkeeper, as Phoenix closed to within three points of Brisbane Roar.A man down, we’ve fallen short in Wellington #WELvMVC #ALeague pic.twitter.com/pVwt0Xqf0W— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) January 10, 2018In the other game on Wednesday, Adelaide United also left it late away to Western Sydney Wanderers, the visitors rescuing a 1-1 draw in the 86th minute when Apostolos Stamatelopoulos cancelled out Jack Clisby’s opener.Four points away from home in our last two outings. We’re back at Coopers to take on Sydney FC this Sunday! #AUFC #WSWvADL pic.twitter.com/oup8jx8ogP— Adelaide United FC (@AdelaideUnited) January 10, 2018Both sides remain in the play-off places after the draw.
Manchester United 3 Stoke City 0: Valencia, Martial and Lukaku trim gap at the top Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:50 1/16/18 Getty Images Alexis Sanchez may be bound for Manchester United but Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku showed they have ample firepower against Stoke. Manchester United closed the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester City to 12 points with a 3-0 win over struggling Stoke City at Old Trafford.Manchester City were beaten in the top flight for the first time this season on Sunday, 4-3 at Liverpool, and United’s victory, along with reports they are set to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez at the expense of their neighbours, means there is a fleeting instance this term of the bragging rights residing on the red side of town.Stoke, with newly appointed manager Paul Lambert watching from the stands, acquitted themselves well and carved out some clear first-half chances, only for Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial to breach the Premier League’s most porous defence with fabulous first-half finishes, while Paul Pogba was influential in the hosts’ midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Martial and Juan Mata passed up chances to compound the Potters’ misery after the break, meaning Romelu Lukaku’s 72nd-minute third goal felt wholly inevitable, as thoughts began to turn towards the Belgian’s prospective new strike partner.Lambert must now rouse a side in the relegation zone who have suffered eight defeats in 11 league games, with 50 in their goals-against column this season.The #MUFC striker controls @AnthonyMartial’s pass, turns past two defenders and fires low and hard past Butland – get in! pic.twitter.com/ygIIvqhww1— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2018Stoke’s caretaker boss Eddie Niedzwiecki handed a debut to right-back Moritz Bauer and the £5.5million signing from Rubin Kazan was a touch fortunate not to be punished for hauling Martial down inside the area after six minutes.It was Bauer’s opposite number Valencia who raided forward from full-back to cut inside Josh Tymon and arrow an excellent left-footed shot into the top corner shortly afterwards.Xherdan Shaqiri called United goalkeeper David de Gea into action as he looked to add to his catalogue of spectacular volleyed goals, while Stephen Ireland – making his first Premier League start since April 2015 – should have done better when he hooked a shot wide from inside the United box in the 17th minute.There was a more glaring miss from the former Manchester City midfielder when he lost his footing and shovelled an attempt past the post from Shaqiri’s ball into the box, before De Gea was bested by Peter Crouch in the air and Phil Jones bailed out his goalkeeper with brilliant block to deny Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.Martial had an effort deflected behind off Kurt Zouma as United look to reassert themselves and the France forward accepted a pass from Pogba to curl a wonderful shot beyond Jack Butland from 20 yards and make it 2-0 after 38 minutes – an advantage preserved when De Gea got a strong hand down to Shaqiri’s thumping strike in the final action of the half..@AnthonyMartial’s scoring record v Stoke at Old Trafford:2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 pic.twitter.com/hkzo2NglI3— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2018Butland rushed out early in the second period to thwart Martial, by which point Stoke’s resolve seemed to have dissipated.The ex-Monaco youngster should have had a second before the hour when he bundled between Kevin Wimmer and Bruno Martins Indi to sidefoot at Butland from close range.Under pressure from Jesse Lingard, Zouma then sold Darren Fletcher short with an awful pass and Lukaku scampered towards goal, with the ball finding Mata via Lingard.The Spanish playmaker threaded the ball narrowly wide of Butland’s far post and chose to forgo precision for power when he lashed over the bar in the 65th minute.It remained for Lukaku to offer a timely reminder of his centre-forward qualities, taking down a drilled pass from Martial to muscularly turn and finish with aplomb.Marcus Rashford came off a bench lacking rumoured Sanchez makeweight Henrikh Mkhitaryan to test Butland with a deft backheel, while fellow substitute Mame Biram Diouf fired into the side-netting after De Gea saved to crown Stoke’s misery. Key Opta stats: – Manchester United have won 28 of a possible 30 points in Premier League home games against Stoke.- Stoke have conceded 50 Premier League goals this season – five of the previous six sides that conceded 50+ goals at this stage of the season were relegated (exception: Swansea in 2016-17).- Stoke have conceded more league goals than any other team in Europe’s big five divisions this season (50).- Antonio Valencia has scored three Premier League goals for Man Utd this season (19 apps), as many as in his previous four seasons combined (103 apps).- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League games (4 goals, 10 assists).- Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 13 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Man Utd at Old Trafford this season (10 goals, 3 assists).- Anthony Martial has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances against Stoke at Old Trafford.- Stephen Ireland made his first Premier League start since April 2015 vs Sunderland – 996 days ago.- Jack Butland (43) has conceded more Premier League goals this season than any other goalkeeper.- In contrast, David de Gea has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than any other goalkeeper (13). read more
Premier League Premier League UK TV rights: How to get access to every football match Goal 20:35 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Premier League Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Stoke City Southampton Burnley Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion Huddersfield Town Liverpool West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion Watford Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Chelsea Picking a package can be confusing – Goal looks at how to get access to every single Premier League match available on TV in the UK Not since before the inception of the Premier League has England’s top-flight football been available on terrestrial TV and with so many different platforms and ways to watch these days, things can become confusing very quickly.At present, rights to broadcast Premier League matches in the UK are limited to BT Sport and Sky Sports, with the latter holding the lion’s share of the 168 available clashes.There is, however, a way to consolidate everything into one easy package, as well as being able to pay for one-off matches or even get a weekly pass if you have your eye on a couple of games within a few days of each other. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal breaks down what’s available:Sky Sports TV packageFor a time, Sky had a monopoly on the Premier League’s matches, but they now share the rights with BT Sport. However, Sky still broadcast far more than their competitors – 126 games in total.That includes Saturday’s 12:30 kick-offs, Sunday’s 13:30 and 16:00 kick-offs and all Premier League matches shown on weekdays.As a new customer, the cheapest possible way to get access to all of Sky’s Premier League matches is their Sports and Entertainment package which, at the time of writing, will set you back £40 pounds plus a one-off installation fee of £20 for their TV box. It is possible to add BT’s additional matches to your Sky box but it must be done through a third party (Virgin) and costs £25.99 per month plus a £30 activation fee.See here for an up to date list all of Sky’s options.BT Sport TV packageWhat BT Sport lacks in Premier League coverage (42 matches compared to Sky’s 126) it makes up for in Champions League and Europa League coverage, so it’s really up to the customer to decide what they prefer if they want to pick between the two.BT’s coverage of England’s top-flight includes Saturday’s 17:30 kick-offs and Sunday’s 12pm kick-offs.The cheapest way to get your hands on BT’s games means getting a standard internet package, including line rental for £28.49 per month, with a one-off activation charge of £59.99. Or if you want the speedier, fibre-optic internet version, it’s £39.49 per month and a £79.99 activation fee.See here for an up to date list of all of BT Sport’s options.Virgin Media TV packageIf, like Freddie Mercury, you want it all, the easiest and cheapest monthly option is Virgin, whose sports package includes both BT and Sky Sports’ matches for a fee of £64.50 per month with a combined installation and activation fee of £60.At present, they are offering new customers a bundle which includes all of the above plus line rental and broadband for £75 all in. If you want everything and to pay it all at once, this is the way to go.See here for an up to date list of all of Virgin Media’s options.Premier League on Now TVMaybe contracts aren’t for you, or you just don’t want to pay for matches you’re almost certain to be snooze-fests. If that is the case, you can watch all of Sky Sports’ matches through Now TV, who offer a pay-as-you-go type service.A day pass will cost you £7.99 and lasts, you guessed it, 24 hours, while a weeklong pass will you get you seven full days and a month will set you back £33.99.It’s worth making clear that Now TV does not have access to any of BT Sport’s matches.See here for an up to date list of all of Now TV’s options. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Touch Football Australia have recently updated their Sponsorship section of the website.This section can be accessed by holding your mouse over the ‘Sponsors’ tab on the left hand side of the homepage and then clicking on each of the 3 pages.Or you can view all of the information on our current sponsors, how to become a sponsor and the sponsorship opportunities, by using these links:TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA (TFA) SPONSORSHOW TO BE A SPONSORSPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The young Mets team, who are preparing for the New South Wales Touch Association’s Junior Regionals in Forster later this month, train at the same venue as where the camp was being held and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad thought it would be a great opportunity to help the side out. “They were training at the same venue and given that Penrith Touch Association and Mets have always bent over backwards to help us out whenever we need fields and things like that for our camps I thought it was just a way of us giving back a little bit to those permits and affiliates that help us out,” Trad said. “They were great, they were really excited but I think our guys love it too. They really enjoy getting involved with the younger kids. It was really hot out there but the boys were showing a lot of skill and some of those young boys for their age they’ve got a fair amount of skill and class about them so our future’s looking bright.”The Men’s Open squad did some skills work with the side as well as a coaching clinic and some games, and it wasn’t just the Mets boys that enjoyed the experience. “Our squad loved it, they really like to put back, they are a great bunch of young men and they like to put back into the game, especially when dealing with young kids. So for them it was a lot of fun but it was really good, they really enjoy doing that kind of work, they relish it,” Trad said. The camp was the final selection event for the squads in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series which starts on Thursday, 26 April in Mudgee. Trad says it was one of the ‘tougher camps’ but the players are looking forward to the upcoming series. “We did a lot of good work, we played some hard games, we had good refereeing so I really enjoyed it and we got a lot out of it. A lot of questions were answered because it’s a very short preparation so we’ve got to hit the ground running so we certainly did that on the weekend.”“It’s been a long season coming from a World Cup and we’ve just had the NTL but as soon as the boys got together, and there’s a lot of young guys in that squad as well, there was definitely a sense of excitement and anticipation. I think the young boys bring out the best in the old fella’s and the old fella’s like to make sure the young guys don’t get it all their own way and that makes a nice competitive edge to the training and builds a great atmosphere and a great culture so they are really looking forward to it,” Trad said. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, please visit the following websites:www.austouch.com.au http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6460&pID=14
The National Youth Championships had some very special guests today, with the guys from Blue Care coming down to Sunshine Coast Stadium to participate in a Super Clinic with the TFA Staff and a number of representatives from the ACT, Tasmanian and Victorian NYC sides. With plenty of games, skills and drills, the guys from Blue Care had a great time, learning plenty about the game of Touch Football and loved the chance to meet some of the stars of the NYC.The group made up of adults and young adults with intellectual disabilities, were looking forward to seeing some games of Touch Football over the weekend, particularly the State of Origin series. The state pride started early with a couple of the group being from NSW, the cross border rivalry brought out the competitive instincts throughout the clinic.Clinic Participants Grant and Leigh were particularly patriotic which was great to see, both said how much the loved the games and wanted to play more and more, whilst carer Coral was extremely grateful to TFA for the holding of the clinic and the inclusive nature of the sport.Alissa, sister of former NRL Star, Chris Flannery, had plenty of previous experience with Touch Football and loved the chance to show off her skills, and to take on some of the NYC players.With the clinic drawing plenty of interest from spectators and teams preparing for games later in the day, it was particularly special to see the joy the event brought to not only the participants, carers and players but also those who were watching on.Leaving with a couple of special gifts from TFA, the guys are sure to continue to working on the skills, and are looking forward to next year’s event already.Related LinksNYC Special Guests
The worldâ€™s biggest touch tournament is in full swing for the 33rd year, with over 400 teams and 5,000 students competing on the fields at the Whites Hill Touch Complex, Brisbane. Over 1180 games will be played through to Sunday 8 October with students from the Sunshine State battling it out for the 13â€™s, 15â€™s, 18â€™s Boys and Girls and 18â€™s Mixed titles. Results will be updated at the end of each day here, check out the day 1 results now.You can also download the Official All Schools Program for more information on this yearâ€™s tournament.Watch some of the activity from last yearâ€™s tournament below: Related Links2016 QLD All Schools 2015 Honour Roll 13 Boys â€“ EMMAUS (Rockhampton)13 Girls- CHANCELLOR SC15 Boys- KEEBRA PARK SHS15 Girls- BENOWA SHS18 Boys- THE ROCKHAMPTON GRAMMAR18 Girls- CHANCELLOR SC18 Mixed- ST COLUMBANâ€™STo keep up to date with all the action, including draws, news and schedules, head to the All Schools website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.
Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is known for his sideline intensity. That intensity boiled over and got him in trouble just now during the Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama. After Auburn defender Jonathan Ford was penalized 15 yards for a late hit, Muschamp lost his mind on the official and was docked an additional 15 yards. Muschamp wasn’t done either. After the drive ended in an Adam Griffith field goal to give the Tide a 22-13 lead, Muschamp sought out the ref he previously blasted and gave him another earful. WATCH: Auburn DC Will Muschamp goes ballistic, has to be held back as he tells the ref: “I want a fair game.” pic.twitter.com/LE8VdhY3zj— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) November 28, 2015He’s clearly very unhappy.
Instagram/therockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson became famous for his time in the WWE, and later on, his hit movies, but first he played football at Miami. The Rock continues to be a big Hurricanes supporter. Miami gets knocked for its fan support at times, but the ‘Canes definite have their diehards, and today, The Rock proved it with a pretty crazy Instagram video. According to his caption, a pair of ‘Canes fans followed The Rock for miles, and got out of their car in heavy traffic to have him autograph a poster. Oh, and to throw up “The U.”Luckily for them, The Rock is an awesome guy, so he complied. We’re not sure all legendary former athletes would be so gracious.
Alisson has been an “unbelievable” addition for Liverpool, says James Milner, with the Brazilian goalkeeper considered to have been the Reds’ star man this season.Jurgen Klopp invested £65 million ($84m) in luring the 26-year-old away from Roma during the summer transfer window of 2018.The No.1 spot had become something of an issue for Liverpool, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius failing to convince. 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? Bringing in a man who topped the keeping charts in the Goal 50 has proved to be a shrewd move, with Milner among those happy to talk up the many qualities Alisson has added at Anfield.He told the official Liverpool FC magazine when asked to pick a standout performer for 2018-19: “It’s hard to pick out one player because everyone in the squad has done so well, not just the 11 who are starting.“We have made a lot of changes during games and a number of players have come in and done really well.“I think maybe one you could select is Alisson.“Coming to a new league is never easy. It’s a new lifestyle and you are also getting used to the weather and things like that, but he’s been unbelievable: from how he is around the place, to how good he is on the pitch with his feet and with the saves he makes.“Every single player makes mistakes and sometimes as a ‘keeper you maybe feel a bit different because mistakes often result in a goal, but if he makes a mistake it doesn’t faze him in the slightest and he remains confident and continues playing as if nothing has happened. That’s so important.“He’s been unbelievable for us this season so far and I believe that he’ll be a massive, massive player for us going forward.”Alisson has kept 13 Premier League clean sheets so far, with that return enough to have him leading the race for the Golden Glove.That return has been secured from just 22 games, with new-found defensive resilience having contributed significantly to Liverpool’s efforts this term.Klopp’s side currently lead the title race from defending champions Manchester City, with a four-point advantage held at the summit.Milner, Alisson and Co will next be in action on Saturday when Crystal Palace pay a visit to Merseyside. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union are at the Nebraska vs. Fresno State game Saturday night.Star actress Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and as most Cornhusker fans know, she’s a huge fan of the Nebraska football program. Saturday night, she and her husband, Chicago Bulls star guard Dwyane Wade, are on-hand to watch the Cornhuskers open their season against Fresno State.In fact, it looks like the duo was offered the opportunity to get onto the field before the contest. The team’s Twitter account also posted a cool video of them.Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union on the field prior to #Huskers game. pic.twitter.com/lklayzEeVH— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 4, 2016In the house.✊ @DwyaneWade and @itsgabrielleu.#GBR pic.twitter.com/BpmudGlHCX— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 3, 2016Nebraska and Fresno State are just getting underway. We know which side Union and Wade are rooting for.
The mother of an Ohio State linebacker has weighed in on Austin Kendall’s trash talk.Monica Washington, the mother of Buckeyes’ starting middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan, hopes the Buckeyes “light (Austin Kendall’s) ass up!”She tweeted this earlier today at her son.McMillan himself has not tweeted about what Kendall said (he called Ohio State’s defense “basic” and said his team’s starting QB, Baker Mayfield, will light them up) but plenty of his teammates have.It’s safe to say McMillan’s mother isn’t the only one who’s fired up.Do it look like we care #HowSheGoneEat #BIA pic.twitter.com/KG3eyLIMSV— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) September 15, 2016Say no more ?? https://t.co/f0konkq3On— Tracy Sprinkle (@TSprinkle93) September 15, 2016Say less ✍? https://t.co/b3b4gMnsjn— QBKILLA (@JayHolmes_) September 15, 2016Say less ..— samwise (@Sam_Hubbard_) September 15, 2016It might be impossible for Ohio State’s defense to “light (Kendall’s) ass up” considering he’s the backup quarterback, but the Buckeyes will surely be looking to light up everyone’s that is on the field for the Sooners.Ohio State and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on FOX.[Bucknuts]
Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser has responded to rumours linking him with a move away from Dean Court this summer, stating that he does not believe teams will fork out the reported £30 million ($38m) price tag the club have placed on him.Premier League side Arsenal have been the team mentioned most when Fraser’s future has been discussed in the media, while Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old Scotland international.As stated, the Cherries are said to have set their demands at £30m, a figure that would blow most of the Gunners’ summer budget, and the player himself claims that he can’t imagine interested parties meeting the alleged asking price. 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? “I honestly don’t think anyone will be paying that [£30m],” Fraser told the Scotsman. “It was six or seven months ago that we last spoke about my future, but nothing since. Even in the end of season meeting I had with the manager [Eddie Howe], we didn’t speak about my future.“He knows I’m not one to speak about it. If something happens, it will happen. If it doesn’t, then I’m not one to throw my rattle out of the pram. I’ll keep trying my best. I keep getting things tagged on Instagram that I’m going places and I think ‘Am I?’.“I’ve got a year left with Bournemouth. If I’m there, I’ll give my all. If I’m somewhere else, I’ll give my all. I just want to play well, do my best and work hard for my team-mates.“It’s nice [to be linked with big clubs]. But I’m just one of those players who enjoys playing football, wherever I am. I never look too far ahead, I never want to try and think ‘where am I going to be playing?’.“Because if you start thinking like that, then you’ll probably start playing badly and not concentrating on the here and now on the pitch.“Not once, since the season stopped at Bournemouth, have I thought ‘where am I going to be next season?’ It was just about staying fit for the Scotland matches against Cyprus and Belgium and then wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. As long as I’m enjoying my football, that’s all I care about.”
Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations quest continues against DR Congo in Cairo on Wednesday.Their campaign got off to a solid but unspectacular start in their opening clash against Zimbabwe, with a single goal from Trezeguet sufficient to claim the win.Next up at the Cairo International Stadium is DR Congo, who are fighting for their lives in the competition after suffering a surprise 2-0 loss against Uganda in matchday one. 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? Can Mohamed Salah & Co. keep their momentum going? Game Egypt vs DR Congo Date Wednesday, June 26 Time 9:00pm BST / 4:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be available to watch on TV via Eurosport 2 and available to stream via Eurosport Player. UK TV channel Online stream Eurosport 2 Eurosport Player Squads & Team News Position Egypt squad Goalkeepers A. El Shenawy, M. El Shenawy, Genesh Defenders B. El Mohamady, A. El Mohamady, Gaber, Hegazi, Ashraf, Mansour, Hamdy, Alaa Midfielders Ghazal, Trezeguet, Hamed, Soliman, Elneny, El Said, Emad, Warda Forwards Mohsen, Salah, Ali, Kouka Egypt have doubts over defender Ahmed Hegazi but otherwise have everyone available for their second match of the tournament.There has been some suggestion that Mohamed Salah could play as a striker in this clash. It was a move they considered before but it was felt he was still tired after his exploits with Liverpool last season.Possible Egypt starting XI: El Shenawy; El Mohamady, Alaa, Hegazi, Ashraf; Hamed, Elneny; Salah, El Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Position DR Congo squad Goalkeepers Matampi, Mossi, Mandanda Defenders Mpeko, Muzinga, Ungenda, Tisserand, Moke, Masuaku, Luyindama, Shabani Midfielders Akolo, Mulumbu, Mputu, M’Poku, Bope, Maghoma, Mbemba Forwards Bolingi, Bolasie, Meschak, Bakambu, Assombalonga DR Congo have picked up no fresh selection problems since their opening match, although they are without defender Fabrice N’Sakala, who failed to make the squad for the tournament due to injury.Possible DR Congo starting XI: Matampi; Issama, Luyindama, Tisserand, Masuaku; Bokadi; Elia, Mbemba, M’Poku, Bolasie; BakambuBetting & Match Odds Egypt are 4/9 favourites to win this match with Bet365. DR Congo are out at 13.2, while the draw is available at 16/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Host nation Egypt went a long way to lifting the pressure on their shoulders ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations by recording a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in their opening match, but the nature of their success does leave question marks over Javier Aguirre’s side.Although they dominated possession in that encounter, they struggled to break their opponents down while star man Mohamed Salah had an uncharacteristically difficult night and was wayward with the chances that came his way.Back at the Cairo International Stadium, they are determined to give a stronger account of themselves against opposition who are, on paper, stronger.“Our team was impacted by the pressure of the opening game and we aim to improve our performance against DR Congo,” Ahmed Elmohamady, the Egypt captain, said.“Playing at home and with our fans must be a motiviation and not be pressuring. We clearly dropped against Zimbabwe in the second half. Aguirre contemplated solutions with the players for this issue and the team will appear with an entirely different face against DR Congo.”Moreover, he has backed an improved display from Salah.“He deals very well with pressure,” the Aston Villa man said. “He experienced tougher situations with Liverpool and Egypt and his presence with us is vital due to his abilities and experience. He helps the players on the pitch greatly.”Indeed, the pressure is on a DR Congo side who were surprise losers to Uganda in their opening match. Although it would be possible to qualify with a third-placed finish in Group A, in order to stand a realistic chance of this, they cannot afford to lose for a second time.“We will work on not losing against Egypt and come out with at least a point to help us qualify against Zimbabwe in the last game. We’re going to enter the game looking not to lose and try to get a point,” coach Florent Ibenge admitted.“We will be able to handle Egypt and we have to be able to play under any conditions and temperature isn’t an excuse to losing against Uganda.”Both sides are seeking to show an improvement, but it is DR Congo who really must raise their game.
Marcus Rashford says that he has no issues with Paul Pogba’s penalty on Monday despite the Frenchman missing from the spot as Manchester United dropped points.The Red Devils were forced to settle for a draw with Wolves on Monday at the Molineux Stadium, with Anthony Martial and Ruben Neves scoring in either half of the teams’ second Premier League match of the season.But Manchester United could have seized the lead in the second half through Pogba, who fired his spot-kick into a diving Rui Patricio as the World Cup winner opted for power over placement. 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? Patricio’s save was enough to seal a tough point for Wolves while earning Pogba plenty of criticism for missing his fourth penalty of the calendar year.Following the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated that both Pogba and Rashford have been designated as penalty takers, and the latter says he has no problem with conceding Monday’s spot-kick to the former despite the miss.”Paul wanted to take it. It’s that simple. Everybody can miss a penalty,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “He’s scored countless penalties for us and throughout his career. It’s normal to miss one. We forget about that now.”We go again in the next game and if we play how we played today, with a bit more urgency, we’ll be fine.”He added: “It’s simple. If you want to take it, you take it. I took one last week so for me it’s no problem for him to take one this week. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t score but it’s football.”Pogba’s decision to take the penalty was criticised by former Manchester United star Gary Neville, who said that he was “fuming” when he saw the midfielder step up to the spot .But Rashford backed his team-mate and said that both he and Pogba are confident from the spot, and that whoever takes the next one will have plenty of belief when the situation arises once again.”The confidence that you’re going to score the goal is always the same. And so it should be,” he said.”We practice pretty much all week and we score the majority of the time so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have the confidence to take the penalty.”Like I say, it’s unfortunate we didn’t score it but it’s not on him it’s as a team. We take that forward into the next game.”Next up for Manchester United is a clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Since Jim Harbaugh took over Michigan, the Wolverines have relied on transfer quarterbacks, to pretty mixed results. Iowa transfer Jake Rudock was a nice surprise for UM in year one, but guys like John O’Korn and the inherited Wilton Speight were less effective. Now, another transfer quarterback is expected to start at Michigan: former Ole Miss star Shea Patterson.Hopes for Patterson are high. He is, of course, not leaving Oxford because he could not cut it in the SEC. Rather, due to the fallout from a few different scandals that hit the program, he elected to reboot his college career elsewhere.No program would turn down a five-star quarterback talent like Patterson. However, some programs like Michigan have been very reliant on guys coming in from other programs, and that could wind up creating an unhealthy dependency. SI’s Andy Staples argues that a reliance on transfer quarterbacks could have a negative impact on recruiting.Naturally, he compared how Michigan has handled things under Harbaugh to Ohio State. Urban Meyer has been very good at bringing quarterbacks into the program through recruiting.It certainly will be something opposing coaches use against the Wolverines in recruiting if it keeps up. In Harbaugh’s three seasons at Michigan, his starters have been Jake Rudock (Iowa graduate transfer), Wilton Speight (inherited from Brady Hoke), John O’Korn (Houston transfer) and Brandon Peters (recruited by Harbaugh’s staff). Speight has transferred to UCLA, and Peters may get supplanted by Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson. So here is what Urban Meyer might say if he finds himself recruiting the same quarterback as the Wolverines.Player: I’m also considering Michigan.Meyer: Remember J.T. Barrett?Player: Of course.Meyer: I signed him. You know Dwayne Haskins?Player: Your new starter?Meyer: The very same. I signed him, too. Do you know how many of my starting quarterbacks I inherited or signed at Florida and Ohio State?Player: How many?Meyer: All of them. Now who would you rather sign with?Staples raises similar issues at schools like Florida and LSU. Neither has had a secure quarterback position in some time, and both have brought in a number of transfers.The one school that has done well in this type of system is West Virginia. Will Grier is a potential Heisman contender, and leads many lists for the best quarterback in the country heading into the 2018 season.Somewhat ironically, the school he left… is Florida. He was thriving with the Gators, until a failed PED test led to a suspension and eventual transfer. Like Patterson, it wasn’t because a lack of playing time success on field. Those types of transfers are not the norm.So yes, taking in a big name transfer quarterbacks can be an attractive option for a team in need. And there is a good chance that Patterson works out spectacularly for the Wolverines. However, it is probably the most sustainable way to build a program, something that Jim Harbaugh is likely aware of.[Sports Illustrated]
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State University released on Tuesday more documents related to the investigation into Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The new documents included some screenshots of text messages sent to and from Meyer over the past couple of months.A text message back-and-forth between Meyer and his agent, Trace Armstrong, was going viral on social media. There was one aspect of the back-and-forth that had people talking.Texts between Urban Meyer and agent Trace Armstrong. Meyer tells Armstrong that Zach Smith was fired for “cumulative stuff” and “I will not tell the media.” pic.twitter.com/p34CdpBZuk— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 28, 2018There have been questions about the message from Meyer’s agent that told him two women were going to need his phone for a couple of hours.Of course, this led to rampant speculation on social media, but context is important. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has provided everyone with it.Those two women are from Meyer’s legal team. They needed to go through Meyer’s phone and then hand over everything to the investigation.Deleted that last tweet because I goofed one very key word. “They” were members of Meyer’s legal team. Stuff from the phone was then turned over to Ohio State. My bad on the dumb wording on the last one. https://t.co/cye5DNcXZi— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 29, 2018So, there’s some context. More details surrounding the Ohio State-Urban Meyer-Zach Smith saga are expected to be released at a later time. There are still more documents centered on the Meyer investigation that have yet to be released.Ohio State, meanwhile, is a couple of days away from opening its season. The Buckeyes begin the year on Saturday against Oregon state.Interim coach Ryan Day is leading the Buckeyes during Meyer’s suspension. Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season, though he’s able to return to the practice field following the opening game.Meyer will be able to return to the sideline Week 4. He’ll be back one week before that massive game at Penn State. Ohio State is opening the year ranked inside the top five of both of the major preseason polls. Meyer will be returning to a team with Big Ten and national championship expectations.
PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: The Stanford band, the Stanford trees, and fans cheer on the Stanford Cardinal after a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers in the first quarter on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Stanford won 38-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Last weekend, Stanford had its undefeated season crushed by Notre Dame. Now, the Cardinal will have to get back on the winning track against Utah.If the saying of “look good, feel good, play good” actually works, then Stanford should be in excellent shape for tonight’s game.While the Cardinal are known for their red and white uniforms, they’ll wear awesome black helmets this weekend. Even though it might just be for one game, Stanford’s new helmet design is absolutely fantastic.Hey @darrenrovell what do you think of the new hotness for tonight? #PAC12afterdark @StanfordFball @CardinalEquip @UNISWAG pic.twitter.com/znD7ykefIB— Greg Valenzisi (@SiziBITW) October 6, 2018Many programs have showcase alternate uniforms, but something about adding black to Stanford’s colors makes it pop.With Bryce Love’ status still up in the air, Stanford will need more from its passing attack. Perhaps, the new look will reignite the Cardinal’s defense, which allowed 38 points on the road against Notre Dame.Stanford and Utah will kick off tonight at 10:30 p.m. E.T. from Stanford Stadium.The game will be available on ESPN.