10 months agoNorway PM Erna Solberg: I’m no Man Utd insider

first_imgNorway PM Erna Solberg: I’m no Man Utd insiderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorway PM Erna Solberg admits she was wrong to declare Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager before the club had announced it.The appointment was officially announced by United on Wednesday morning – several hours before Solberg’s socia media post.Speaking Thursday at her twice-a-year news conference, Solberg said she had no inside information on Solskjaer’s appointment, adding: “I was seen as an oracle of truth. “I deleted the tweet as I felt I wasn’t the authority to confirm it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoBrawl sparked as Barton sent off in Fleetwood defeat

first_imgBrawl sparked as Barton sent off in Fleetwood defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFleetwood Town boss Joey Barton was sent off in defeat to Bristol Rovers.Cod Army boss Barton was sent to the stands as referee Brett Huxtable lost control shortly after Rovers full back James Clarke had stolen the points in the 94th minute.Players and coaching staff from both teams then squared up by the dugouts as former Burnley captain Barton straight marched across the pitch to join striker Ched Evans who was shown a dubious 55th minute red card for a collision with Rovers skipper Tom Lockyer.Huxtable added eleven yellow cards to the reds including one for unused Rovers sub Stefan Payne and Barton said: “That’s as bad a refereeing performance as I’ve seen and that includes junior football. The Rovers staff even warned us about him.“It wasn’t that type of game. Unfortunately someone who was way out of his depth has ruined a good game of football.”Front row view of the Joey Barton show. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer chap pic.twitter.com/ldojMXAigB— Oliver (@Dodgy_Lino) December 22, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoCSKA falling behind Serie A pair in Gabbiadini race

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say CSKA falling behind Serie A pair in Gabbiadini raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCSKA Moscow are struggling to stay in the race for Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini.The Mirror says the Italian international has only scored 12 goals in three seasons at St Mary’s following his £15 million move from Napoli.Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to dump some of his under performing players next month and Gabbiadini who has only scored one this season is among them.He is wanted back in Serie A by Fiorentina and Bologna but they are both only interested in loan moves with an option to buy.Hasenhuttl would rather a permanent deal which CSKA are willing to offer as well pay around £5 million to get their man. last_img read more

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Fans Poking Fun At Wildcats Recruit Isaiah Briscoe After He Accidentally Suggests Derrick Rose Went To Kentucky

first_imgJohn Calipari, to his credit, has had a great deal of success putting his college players in the NBA. While most of Cal’s representatives in the league hail from Kentucky, there are a still a few – like Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose – leftover from his Memphis days.Wednesday night, during the McDonald’s All American Game, top UK recruit Isaiah Briscoe was asked by ESPN’s Jay Williams why he chose to play for Coach Cal. Briscoe’s response involved him listing off the names of numerous NBA stars coached by Calipari. And while he was probably just mixing up his words, he did suggest that Rose had played for Kentucky.Fans on social media, predictably, have been having a field day with the quote, perhaps unfairly. Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”— The Golden Jew (@GoldenJew) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe: Derrick Rose went to that other school called Kentucky which is actually called Memphis— Connor Gross (@Cgross920) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe realizes Rose & Evans played for Cal at Memphis right? #McDonaldsAllAmericanGame— Jacob McCallister (@RockChalkJacob) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/UQZQ12VGHb— Christopher Burr (@HeisenBURRRg) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/mI1tN9g9mc— Keep It Real 2015 (@A2K4Life) April 2, 2015Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/rSMkVTx4UK— Keyser Söze (@WhoButMe_) April 2, 2015@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/nCiItEK0Wx— Bryan Evans (@BryGuy2103) April 2, 2015Briscoe is clearly aware that Calipari coached at Memphis, so perhaps he just got nervous live on television. Either way, he’s taking a beating on social media.last_img read more

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Hazard: I am a leader

first_imgChelsea attacker Eden Hazard insists he aims to be a leader every time he steps out onto the pitch, rejecting Maurizio Sarri’s recent criticism of him.The Blues secured their place in the Carabao Cup final with a penalty shootout victory over Tottenham, after a thrilling second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.Sarri’s side were 1-0 down from the first leg, but they levelled the aggregate score with a 2-1 win in normal time, thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante and Hazard. 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? After neither side could find a winning goal in extra time, Chelsea came out on top in the shootout, with David Luiz netting the decisive penalty to spark wild scenes of celebration among the home faithful.Hazard was deployed in his favourite position on the left-hand side of the front three and his dynamic performance was the catalyst for Chelsea’s success.The Belgium international was the subject of criticism from Sarri at the start of the week, as the Italian questioned Hazard’s ability to lead as part of a team.After Thursday’s game Hazard was asked if he felt like a leader, to which he responded defiantly: “I always say that on the pitch I’m a leader. I think I am a leader.”Chelsea will now look forward to facing off against Premier League champions Manchester City in the final at Wembley on February 24, with their opponents aiming to win the trophy for a second successive year.Hazard also added that he was pleased with his own display against Spurs, before looking ahead to an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.”My job on the pitch is to just do what I can do so I am happy,” he stated. “We have two days now to recover for Sunday which is also a tough game.”The boys deserve today. We played the best game and we deserve it.”Sarri’s men are now well placed to challenge for silverware on three fronts while also fighting to secure a top-four Premier League finish and Champions League qualification.Chelsea are back in Premier League action just three days after hosting Sheffield Wednesday, with a trip to Bournemouth on the cards as the fixture list begins to pile up.last_img read more

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Oklahoma vs. Texas Preview, Prediction, Spread, Game Time, Channel

first_imgCharlie Strong dons a cowboy hat.Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoOklahoma vs. Texas preview: the Sooners look for revenge from last year’s shocking Red River Showdown loss to the Longhorns.On Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m. E.T., the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns face off at the Cotton Bowl, which has a listed capacity of 92,100, in the Red River Showdown. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Read on for our Oklahoma vs. Texas preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on the network’s Football Power Index, Oklahoma has a 76.4-percent chance to defeat the Longhorns. Texas won last year’s matchup 24-17. Texas holds a 61-44-5 advantage all-time in this longstanding rivalry. According to OddsShark, Oklahoma opened as a 6.5-point favorite in this one, and that line has moved up to 10.5 points at most sports books.Spread: Oklahoma Sooners -10.5Game Time: 12:00 p.m. E.T.Channel: FOX Sports 1Oklahoma vs. Texas preview:Last year, this game was Oklahoma’s only loss of the regular season. The Sooners wound up taking home the Big 12 title and heading to the College Football Playoff, where they lost to Clemson in the semifinal, but there is no way the loss to Texas doesn’t stick in their craw a bit.Like last year, Oklahoma will enter this game as a fairly substantial favorite. It probably does not have the same CFP ramifications, at least not as of now, however. OU was hit with a brutal schedule this season, and has already dropped games to playoff contenders Houston and Ohio State.Meanwhile, Texas may be playing for Charlie Strong’s job. Last year’s win over Oklahoma probably helped secure his fate for 2016. Once again, it sounds like he’s on the hot seat. If he can beat the hated Sooners again, that will go a long way towards quieting those talks again, although he’ll need to win more than five games this season either way.Both teams feature high-flying offenses and can put serious points on the board. We’re not sure if it will be another stunner, or even close, but it will likely be fun.Oklahoma vs. Texas prediction:It is hard to imagine Baker Mayfield and the Sooners dropping this one again, especially considering the tumult surrounding Charlie Strong’s program of late. Both teams should be able to move the ball and score, but we trust Oklahoma much more, especially considering the struggles that Texas has had one defense.Oklahoma 45, Texas 32last_img read more

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‘Liverpool should favour Lucas or Zaha over Griezmann’

first_imgLiverpool should be looking at the likes of Lucas Moura and Wilfried Zaha if they are in the market for another forward, says John Aldridge, with links to Antoine Griezmann considered “extravagant”.The Reds have are among those said to be keen a World Cup winner currently on the books at Atletico Madrid.Griezmann has made no secret of his desire to secure a summer switch and has previously seen a move to England mooted, with Manchester United considered to have been leading the chase. 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? Aldridge sees no reason for Jurgen Klopp to spend big on a France international with no prior experience of the Premier League, with there better options to be found on the books of domestic rivals Tottenham and Crystal Palace.The former Reds striker said in the Irish Independent: “With [Daniel] Sturridge leaving the club and his huge wages coming off the weekly bill, it opens up the opportunity for Klopp to sign an out-and-out goalscorer who could offer something different if one of the front three is injured or out of form.“Antoine Griezmann has been mentioned as a possible target, but he would be a very expensive option as his transfer fee and wages would be extravagant for a player who would expect to start every week.“So I wonder whether Lucas Moura could be prised away from Tottenham, as he had to be a little bemused to be left out of their Champions League final starting line-up after he scored a fantastic hat-trick in the semi-final against Ajax.“Moura is a tricky forward who could slot into the team if any of the front three were out and the same could be said of his team-mate Son Heung-min, although I would be surprised if Spurs allowed the South Korean to leave after his outstanding season.Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2018-19“It may be that Klopp and his excellent team of scouts have an ace up their sleeves as they look for an extra striker, with their signings over the last couple of years confirming they tend to get things right when they bring players to Anfield, so I’m confident they will get this one right.“Maybe they should look into the possibility of recruiting Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, who is rumoured to have made it clear he wants to move on to play Champions League football.“Zaha has given Liverpool some real problems in the last couple of years and Klopp’s ability to turn talents of his type into consistent performers has to make him the kind of player who could thrive at Anfield.“Transfer fees and wages will be an issue for Liverpool. They won’t pay the kind of crazy money on offer at clubs being fuelled by owners using up spare change from their country’s oil business to play fantasy football.”Liverpool are said to be in the market for more attacking options this summer, with another striker and a creative playmaker reported to be on Klopp’s wish list. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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‘Hazard & Jovic have returned excitement to Madrid’

first_imgReal Madrid legend Fernando Hierro claims “excitement has returned” to the club on the back of big-money deals for the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.The Blancos were expected to invest heavily in the summer transfer market.They have not disappointed, with Ferland Mendy another of those to have been brought in at the Santiago Bernabeu. 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? There is also the promise of more to come, with Real continuing to be linked with the likes of Paul Pogba and Neymar.Whatever happens from this point, iconic former captain Hierro believes optimism has been brought back to the Spanish capital on the back of a disappointing 2018-19 campaign for all concerned.He told Marca: “The excitement has returned.“They’re making great signings, something logical after a bad season. They’re moving quickly and well.”Hierro also believes that having Zinedine Zidane back at the helm bodes well for Madrid, with the Frenchman having previously overseen a La Liga title success and three Champions League triumphs.“This has been the best news for Real Madrid,” said Hierro.“With him at the helm, everything will go back to normal.“He will be the reference point of the group. His return to the club has been the best thing that could have happened to Real Madrid.”Real Madrid's Fernando Hierro lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2002Hierro was among those linked with a move into the Bernabeu dugout as Santiago Solari’s reign came to a close.He has previously worked as an assistant to Zidane, while he also oversaw Spain’s campaign at the 2018 World Cup following the pre-tournament dismissal of Julen Lopetegui.The 51-year-old has been out of work since that interim role in Russia and is keeping his options open as he mulls over a next move.Hierro added on his future: “I’m not in any rush.“I’m relaxed, enjoying the moment, enjoying life and living all the situations that I come across day by day.“Things will happen and decisions will have to be made, but I’m relaxed for now. When something really calls out to me, that will be when I think about the next step.“I’m enjoying everything that comes my way. It’s not a question of missing something or not. I’m enjoying life.”last_img read more

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Jimenez helps Mexico earn Gold Cup final place

first_imgMexico needed a contentious penalty from Raul Jimenez to edge past Haiti 1-0 after extra time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals.With suspended coach Gerardo Martino watching on from the stands at State Farm Stadium, Mexico were frustrated by the minnows on Tuesday.They were unable to create much of note through 90 minutes, but eventually found a breakthrough early in extra time through a Jimenez penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare After a soft spot kick was awarded, Jimenez stepped up to send 10-time champions Mexico into the decider.#2TE HAI 0-1 MEX¡Últimos 15 minutos del encuentro! ¡Vamos juntos por el pase a la Final! #GoldCup2019 | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/koYse5sL6x — Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) July 3, 2019 Mexico had struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout the first half as Haiti defended desperately.Roberto Alvarado fired a decent opportunity wide in the 10th minute before Jimenez put an effort over the crossbar from close range.Haiti were well-organised and frustrated Mexico, who struggled to put shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.Jesus Gallardo and Jonathan dos Santos missed the target with efforts, while Jimenez forced a relatively comfortable save from Johny Placide with a 35th-minute header.Haiti also had their moments, threatening early in the second half as Frantzdy Pierrot fired wide on the turn in the 49th minute.Andres Guardado was the next to threaten for Mexico, his curling 20-yard free-kick tipped over by Placide, whose last-ditch tackle later denied substitute Uriel Antuna.Forced to go into extra time, Mexico finally forged ahead in somewhat controversial fashion through Jimenez. The forward went down in the area under the slightest contact, before stepping up to convert from the penalty spot.¡GOL DE MÉXICO! Raúl Jiménez de penal pone en ventaja al Tri ante Haití en tiempo extraMás videos exclusivos en APP Goldcup. Descarga iOS https://t.co/4GIZh6UBwf | Android https://t.co/NMJjuZ0ped pic.twitter.com/CwmLFI8mhk — Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 3, 2019 Haiti’s brave effort went to the end as they almost stunningly equalised in the 119th minute, Mikael Cantave’s 20-yard strike hitting the crossbar with Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa beaten, while Luis Montes missed an open goal at the other end.What does it mean? Mexico’s struggles continue Martino’s men looked in fine form leading into the tournament and again to open the Gold Cup. However, they have battled to wins over Martinique, Costa Rica and Haiti in recent matches.Jimenez delivering for Mexico The forward was the most threatening for Mexico and won and converted the match-winning penalty for his fifth goal of the tournament. Jimenez has now scored in three straight games for Mexico.Haiti almost cause a shock This was quite the performance by Haiti. The minnows, who stunned Canada in the quarter-finals, sat relatively deep and frustrated Mexico for long periods, only to be undone by the extra-time penalty.What’s next? Mexico will face either the United States or Jamaica in the final in Chicago on Sunday, while Haiti look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September. read morelast_img read more

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Diallo praises ‘real killer’ Mbappe

first_imgKylian Mbappe has become a “real killer” in front of goal as Abdou Diallo hailed the Paris Saint-Germain star’s development. Mbappe has flourished at PSG since arriving from Monaco, helping the French giants to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles. The 20-year-old World Cup winner scored a league-high 33 goals last season, and 39 across all competitions.  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? Diallo – who left Borussia Dortmund for PSG in the off-season – knows Mbappe from the pair’s time together at Monaco and the centre-back told reporters: “He grew up, he gained a bit of weight. “But he is the same. Of course, he is more mature. Now, we can talk about more things with him. “When I was in Monaco, he was very, very young. But he is still the same. “In the game, he is becoming a real killer. He didn’t have those qualities when he left Monaco, even if he scored many goals for Monaco. Now, he is very accurate.” Mbappe scored as PSG opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win at home to Nimes last week.  The club are still in the middle of a transfer saga surrounding Brazilian star Neymar, who continues to be linked with a move to La Liga, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his signature.  PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has said that the Brazilian could still stay with the French giants, with Neymar having returned to training, but ruled out him being part of the starting side as the club look to continue their strong start to the season away to Rennes on Sunday.  “He started the training session with us, but finished individually,” Tuchel told a news conference. “It’s a little too early [for him] to start in a match, especially at Rennes’ home. “He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us. That leaves Mbappe to once again lead the line and help carry the load in his absence, which the French forward has done exceptionally well. The club will then have a week to recover before taking on Toulouse on August 25.last_img read more

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