Ex-Chelsea No2 Alessio admits they considered Dzeko, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea assistant coach Angelo Alessio admits they considered a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko when Antonio Conte was in charge.However, no serious offer was made for the Bosnia international.”A lot has been talked about, but there was never a real negotiation,” Alessio told RMC Sport, when asked how close Dzeko was to signing for Chelsea.But he reiterated an agreement between Chelsea and Roma was not in the pipeline.”Yes, he likes players who have the characteristics of Dzeko: a high point, structured and which brings the team up,” Alessio added.”But in the end there was never a real negotiation between the two companies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Barcelona will offer Griezmann for Neymar – in Janby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona refuse to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.It’s since been formally confirmed by Barca that PSG turned down two separate offers for the Brazil captain over the summer.And now they’re to try again in January, according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda says Barca are willing to offer Antoine Griezmann in part exchange.He said, “It is something that Barcelona wants, because I already said here a few weeks ago that (Lionel) Messi is not happy with (Antoine) Griezmann because he takes away space on the pitch. “So the chances of the Frenchman leaving sooner rather than later increase exponentially. There is a club that has always loved him and it is PSG. The operation that Barcelona’s board of directors has in mind is to negotiate Neymar-Griezmann in the winter market.”
Twitter/@SC_ClevelandMichigan State played Ohio State to a 7-7 draw late into the third quarter, but after a disasterous special teams blunder, the Buckeyes have a 14-7 lead. Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings Jr. muffed an Ohio State punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Sparty six yard line.Disaster strikes #MichiganState as a muffed punt puts the Buckeyes in great field position! #MSUvsOSU https://t.co/xavzH6VwRe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 21, 2015On first down, J.T. Barrett found Jalin Marshall with a little pop pass in the end zone. Marshall made an impressive grab to secure the go-ahead touchdown, getting one hand on the ball before securing it for the score.Just like THAT… TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES pic.twitter.com/lqb3lrFMjz— SC Cleveland™ (@SC_Cleveland) November 21, 2015Even without Connor Cook, this Big Ten East battle has been a good one, but right now the undefeated Buckeyes have all the momentum.
A body has been successfully recovered from the wreckage of the plane that went down in the English Channel with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board. The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed late on Wednesday that the victim, who has not been publicly identified, will now be passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors. The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board on January 21. 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? A private search was launched, backed by donations from the public, after authorities halted their initial efforts to find the plane and the wreckage was found under water on Sunday, 24 nautical miles north west of Guernsey. The AAIB said one of the occupants was visible amid the remains of the plane and have now confirmed that a recovery has been successful. However, it said attempts to retrieve the aircraft have been stopped due to bad weather.”Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations,” the AAIB said in a statement.Update: AAIB investigation into the loss of light aircraft N264DB https://t.co/nlUR7G0fyZ pic.twitter.com/88z6YjOBgP — AAIB (@aaibgovuk) February 4, 2019 “In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner. “Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.”We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring.”Sala had been travelling to Cardiff after saying goodbye to his former team-mates at Nantes, having sealed a transfer to the Premier League in a club-record deal for the Bluebirds.Nantes have reportedly demanded the first €6 million installment of the transfer fee, with Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman insisting they would send the payment “when we think it’s the right time to do it”.”The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet,” he told L’Equipe about the lack of payment so far. “We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Uganda produced an early Africa Cup of Nations shock as they beat Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in Cairo on Saturday, their first victory in the tournament since 1978.The Cranes managed just a solitary point in 2017, their only other tournament appearance since the 1970s, but against DR Congo they looked a force to be reckoned with and deservedly ran out comfortable winners.Despite having the more established talents, DR Congo were second best throughout the first half, going behind early on to the dangerous Patrick Kaddu and then having the frame of the goal come to their rescue just before the break. 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? Emmanuel Okwi made it 2-0 just after the restart and from there the Leopards never looked like clawing their way back, while the Cranes soar to the top of Group A, ahead of Egypt on goal [email protected] moment of prayer at halftime #TotalAFCON2019 @JanetMuseveni @KagutaMuseveni @BebeCoolUG @MosesMagogo @NCSUganda1 @Parliament_Ug @kawowosports @CAF_Online pic.twitter.com/lEGDwPMpqt— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) June 22, 2019Uganda made a hugely promising start and were rewarded in the 14th minute, as Kaddu got in front of the oblivious Cedric Bakambu to glance a header in at the near post from Farouk Miya’s corner.That should have jolted DR Congo into action, but Uganda continued to pile the pressure on – Kaddu inexplicably heading wide from close range just four minutes after the goal.Michael Azira then saw his 20-yard drive skim the top of the crossbar in the 41st minute, shortly before DR Congo finally showed signs of life in attack, with Bakambu forcing a stunning save from Denis Onyango.DR Congo’s task became even tougher just two minutes into the second period – Okwi meeting Miya’s left-wing free-kick with a looping header that beat Ley Matampi from about 16 yards.Jonathan Bolingi almost pulled one back when his header hit the top of the crossbar with 20 minutes to go, but Uganda held firm to secure the points.KEY OPTA FACTS- DR Congo lost their first AFCON group stage game since January 2006 (0-2 against Cameroon), last edition played in Egypt. They lost their opening game in the competition for the first time since January 2004 (1-2 against Guinea).- Uganda kept only their second clean sheet in 20 AFCON games, their last being a 3-0 win against Morocco in March 1978.- Farouk Miya has been involved in Uganda’s last three goals at the Africa Cup of Nations (1 goal, 2 assists).
Inter captain Samir Handanovic fired a broadside that seemed to be aimed at unwanted stars Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan when he called for players to respect their “duties towards the club”.Icardi was stripped of the Inter captaincy last season amid conflicting views of an apparent knee injury and internal disagreements with the club’s hierarchy, while Nainggolan was suspended by the Nerrazurri midway through a turbulent first term at San Siro.Chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed both players have been told they can leave the club, and Handanovic indicated they would not be missed by a squad beginning to thrive under the rules being laid down by new coach Antonio Conte and team manager Gabriele Oriali. 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? “We are happy that Lele Oriali has returned as team manager, because he is the link between the club and squad, he sees everything,” Handanovic told a news conference.”He is here because we want to get back to having the values that were lost over the years. Players have duties towards the club too, they can’t just think they are allowed to do anything because they are talented.”With Oriali’s return and Conte in charge, we can improve a great deal.”The future remains unclear for Icardi and Nainggolan, but Handanovic indicated his support for the club’s decision to let both players leave, saying: “The club has been clear in its position. I do not need to add anything more.”He went on to speak about his approach to captaining the team, doubling down on the insinuation that Icardi failed to commit to the responsibility.”I feel great pride in wearing the captain’s armband,” said Handanovic.”My attitude has not changed, though. A captain is someone who takes responsibility and speaks when he has to, trying always to be fair.”It takes many captains in a team, as one is not enough.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is still adapting to the use of VAR in football despite seeing the technology come to his side’s rescue once again to grab a draw against Manchester City. Pochettino’s men faced a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium to kick off their Premier League campaign, and unsurprisingly found it difficult to keep pace with the reigning champions. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both scored to put City up twice over the course of the 90 minutes, although on each occasion Spurs found a way back. 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? Erik Lamela hit from range to cancel out Sterling’s early effort in the first half, before a header from substitute Lucas Moura tied the game at 2-2. But all of Spurs’ exertions could have counted for nothing were it not for VAR, in use for the first time in England’s top flight. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!Deep into injury time City thought they had grabbed victory through Gabriel Jesus’ goal, only for play to be brought back for a handball in the area during the build-up to the strike. The incident was uncannily akin to Tottenham’s incredible win over the Citizens in the Champions League quarter-finals, where they also benefitted from a last-gasp decision from ‘upstairs’. And while Pochettino is by no means a fan of the new technology, he is trying to make his peace with the advances.”We need to accept that [VAR]. I was a little bit critical of VAR but now we have to accept the rules,” the Argentine signalled after the final whistle to the BBC. “Now it benefits us. No doubt it won’t benefit us at other times. It’s a rule we need to accept.”Saturday’s draw cut short a run of 15 consecutive victories for City in the Premier League, dating back to the start of February. But while Pochettino was happy to see his charges take something from the game, he nevertheless wants to see improvements as the season progresses.”I’m very pleased with a point and but also knowing we need to improve. We are in a process where we need to improve in all areas and the team is going to improve step by step but we need time,” he explained.”It was an unbelievable goal [by Lucas Moura]. Always when you play a team like Manchester City, you have to play your best.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Last week, Paul Finebaum addressed the future of Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn after the team’s second loss of the season. Finebaum felt that Malzahn’s “likely not going anywhere” given the fact that he just signed a big contract extension.However, after another loss, Malzahn’s immense buyout might not be that big of an obstacle. The Tigers fell to 4-3 on the season after sitting at No. 7 following the team’s season-opening win over Washington.Auburn’s latest loss was an embarrassing 30-24 loss to Tennessee. Fans of the program aren’t happy and now a local Auburn reporter said he’s “not ruling out” a change at head coach.“I’m not ruling out a change at the end of the season even though he (Malzahn) has a contract that has at least 38 million dollars in buyout money…from what I’ve been told, there’s not much concern there when it comes to the money,” said Brandon Marcello.”I’m not ruling out a change at the end of the season even though he (Malzahn) has a contract that has at least 38 million dollars in buyout money…from what I’ve been told, there’s not much concern there when it comes to the money” – @bmarcello pic.twitter.com/jjhYUemqxz— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 16, 2018Would the university fire Malzahn despite the nearly $40 million buyout? Malzahn signed a seven-year, $49 million deal after Auburn’s 10-4 season in 2017.He might be out sooner rather than later.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have nearly completed their Class of 2019, but are already laying plenty of groundwork for 2020. When they host their Junior Day this weekend, a sizable number potential recruits will be in South Bend.According to OneFootDown, Notre Dame will be hosting ten prospects from the Class of 2020. Six of the prospects will be players the team has made an offer to, and another four are players the team has yet to offer.The six offered recruits are defensive back Lathan Ransom, offensive lineman Reece Atteberry, wide receivers Justin Robinson and Maliq Carr, running back Jutahn McClain, and cornerback Landen Bartleson. The first three are four-star prospects, while the latter three are three-star prospects.Notre Dame this weekend🍀✨ #GoIrish— JuTahn McClain (@JMcClain0202) February 19, 2019The four recruits that Notre Dame has yet to make an offer to are running back Kyle Edwards, defensive ends Cameron Large and Jaden Hardy, and wide receiver Jay Brunelle. All four are three-star prospects.The Fighting Irish have already laid the groundwork for what should be a solid Class of 2020, having already secured five commitments.247Sports rated Notre Dame’s Class of 2019 as No. 15 in the nation.With the five recruits the team has so far, the Class of 2020 has so far received an identical No. 15 ranking.Notre Dame is also set to host graduate transfer wide receiver Eric Kumah from Virginia Tech. Should Kumah complete his transfer to Notre Dame, he will likely be among the last recruits in the 23-man class.[OneFootDown]
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley is in Nashville to attend the 2019 NFL Draft where he expects to hear several of his players’ names called. But there’s one particular who he hopes gets drafted, in part to vindicate how his college career was negatively impacted by the NCAA.Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Riley expressed his frustration at the NCAA’s handling of defensive end Amani Bledsoe’s case. The controversy around Bledsoe stems from a substance use ban that cost him the bulk of his college career.Via OUInsider:“Yeah, it has been frustrating,” Riley said Tuesday morning on the Big 12 post-spring teleconference. “I mean, and it’s probably just more of the personal side. You know this kid. This is a kid that through his entire career was never on one [bad] list, never missed a class, never missed a workout, I mean, just as good as you could draw him up, just did everything right. And to see him get the strictest penalty in sports for something that was, the facts of the case—it’s questionable at best—yeah, it is frustrating.”Bledsoe tested positive for a banned substance in October 2016 and was suspended for the rest of his freshman year and part of his sophomore year. In addition, he had a year of eligibility revoked, effectively ending his college career after his junior season.His appeal in the case was denied, but OUInsider reported that the specific rules in question could be altered – not that it will do Bledsoe any good.As a result, the former four-star defensive end didn’t get a chance to show off his skills fully until his junior year.Lincoln Riley praised his stud defensive end for how he handled the situation, and expects him to have a long and successful NFL career.“But he’s the kind of guy [that] he’s going to make the most of it,” Riley said. “Somebody’s going to give him a chance, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all for him to go have a long, great career. And I damn sure hope he does.”Good luck Mr. Bledsoe![OUInsider]