About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle defender Fabian Schar warns: We’re not yet safeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Fabian Schar has warned they’re not yet safe from relegation.Schar has insisted Newcastle still have plenty of room for improvement – despite pulling six points clear of the drop zone following victory at Huddersfield.Speaking after the game Schar said: “At the moment, we have quite good results away.“We have another important week in front of us with a game at home, and it’s another big chance for us.“We are not comfortable with the results at St. James’ Park – we always want to get points there, so we have to try and show the fans what we’ve got and (how) we can play.“We can improve a lot of things.“At the same time, we always have to be focussed and play with our heart.“Even if it is a home game, we have to be able to defend like we do away.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace chairman Parish: These kids set to follow Wan-Bissaka…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is delighted with the progress of their young players.Parish expects more to follow Aaron Wan-Bissaka into manager Roy Hodgson’s first team.He told the club’s website, “…our U23s and U18s both won their respective leagues, which were brilliant achievements for our Academy. “Aaron’s progress through the ranks has been something to celebrate, but he’s not the only one to force his way into Roy’s plans. Sam Woods and Ryan Innis made their first team debuts, whilst James Daly, Nya Kirby and Giovanni McGregor have made the first team bench this year. It is an exciting time to be a young player in our Academy.”
Chelsea midfielder Cesc on emotional farewell: This career goes so fastby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has spoken of his final game before joining AS Monaco.The midfielder was handed a rare start and given the captain’s armband for his final appearance in a blue shirt for the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Fabregas missed a first-half penalty but Maurizio Sarri’s side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to Alvaro Morata’s double.The Blues boss withdrew Fabregas in the closing minutes so supporters could give the Spaniard a deserved send off after 198 games for the club.”Time flies,” said Fabregas. “It feels like last week that I started playing professionally and now it’s more than 15 years.”It goes so fast and you have to be ready every three days, for the criticism with everyone saying how good you are and the ups and downs.”It feels like growing older it never goes away it is technique. Physicality goes away. Technicality stays with you.”Nottingham Forest keeper Luke Steele denied Fabregas the perfect send off when he kept out the former Arsenal man’s spot-kick.Fabregas added: “I saw the keeper going down in the middle of the run and I thought I had it. It was unfortunate.”The day I got 100 caps for Spain I also missed a penalty, so it was destiny.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benfica president Vieira: Mourinho? Money is no problemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has the financial backing to hire Jose Mourinho.The sacked Manchester United manager has been raised by Vieira as a replacement for the sacked Rui Vitoria.There’s been claims Mourinho’s personal demands would be too much, but Sport says the president has said “the money is no problem”, opening the debate again.Vieira insists he had not spoken to Mourinho though. Bruno Laje is working as interim coach for now and the president said that he will stay in charge until the end of next week. Mourinho is a free man after being sacked by Manchester United.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea smash seven past Grimsby as debutante James shinesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea demolished Grimsby Town by seven goals to one to secure their place on the Carabao Cup fourth-round on Wednesday.Teenager Reece James was excellent on debut, scoring and setting up two goals.Michy Batshuayi also took advantage of his first start of the season by scoring a brace.Ross Barkley, Pedro and Kurt Zouma also got on the scoresheet.Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the win in his first appearance since going down with an Achilles injury in April.
Real Madrid will move for Spurs star Eriksen in Januaryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid will move for Christian Eriksen in January, according to reports.Eriksen wanted to leave Tottenham this past summer, but no suitable offers arrived.He will become a free agent at the end of the season, yet Real want him as soon as possible.Marca says Real will bid for the Dane during the winter transfer window as they don’t want to take any risk of losing him.Spurs would likely accept an offer as Eriksen will walk for free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland’s football program has been struggling with its crowd all season, as the Terrapins rarely have a packed house in College Park, Md.With everything that the program has gone through this week, many were hoping that it would change today.Maryland is hosting Michigan State at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.Unfortunately, it’s looking like a late-arriving crowd at best.It’s apparently going to be a late-arriving crowd for Michigan State at Maryland. pic.twitter.com/gADdQeiOiU— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) November 3, 2018Plenty of good seats available with 8 mins before kickoff at Maryland. pic.twitter.com/8LE8elPDvp— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 3, 2018This is really disappointing. Maryland has played well this season and the Terps could use some serious support today.Kickoff is set for noon E.T.The game will be on ESPN2.
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh came into today’s game against Ohio State never having beaten the Buckeyes. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the game is over and that hasn’t changed.Ohio State dominated Michigan all afternoon, ending up winning 62-39, to finish the season at 11-1, while the Wolverines dropped to 10-2.This was a game Harbaugh had to have and he didn’t get it.It’s fair to ask, if Harbaugh was unable to beat Meyer this season, when is he going to beat him?Harbaugh was pretty quiet while speaking to reporters after the game.Michigan’s head coach had a simple message:“We’ll take responsibility for it,” Harbaugh told reporters.OK then.Michigan will now be off next weekend, awaiting its bowl game destination. If Ohio State wins next week and heads to the College Football Playoff, the Wolverines could be Rose Bowl bound.Stay tuned.
Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)With bowl games only a week away from starting, everyone is analyzing matchups to see which ones are going to be the most compelling to sit down and watch.There are certainly some games that, on paper, look like they could be instant classics: Michigan vs. Florida in the Peach Bowl, Penn State vs. Kentucky in the Outback Bowl, LSU vs. UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, and, of course the two College Football Playoff games.But ESPN analyst David M. Hale decided to take it a step further by analyzing all 40 bowl games and selecting the one that fans would likely find the most entertaining.Hale ultimately chose the Alabama-Oklahoma matchup in the Capital One Orange Bowl as the No. 1 most entertaining matchup.Here’s the rationale he gave for the selection:Tua vs. Kyler. Heisman winner vs. Heisman runner-up, we presume. What’s not to like? Sure, we heard all the stories about Oklahoma’s shoddy defense, but who cares? Aren’t we tuning in to see Tagovailoa throw for 800 yards? And what could be better than seeing Murray’s athleticism put to the test by Alabama’s ferocious defense, led by Quinnen Williams? Sure, the SEC folks wanted Georgia again. Of course they did. They know Alabama can win that one. But Murray is exactly the type of quarterback who has challenged Nick Saban in the past, and Oklahoma’s offensive line will likely be the best one Alabama has faced this season. This game really has it all — from the high stakes to the elite QB play to the potential for offensive fireworks from the opening kick. Whether or not Oklahoma deserved to be the fourth team in, the playoff committee ensured it created one heck of a matchup.The game certainly looks to be one of the highest-scoring games of the year, pitting two of the nation’s top scoring offenses against each other.
In four years at Miami, Cager recorded 45 receptions for 681 yards and ten touchdowns. This past year he recorded career highs with 21 receptions for 374 yards and six touchdowns.Wolf was less prolific with the Vols, making eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown during his four years there.While Smart will certainly be happy to see his two transfer acquisitions up to speed, it’s hard to argue that Georgia benefited overall from the first year of the transfer portal.Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields is one of six Georgia players who have left the team via the portal. LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on November 3, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs have lost their fair share of players to the NCAA transfer portal. But they’ve also picked up a few players who are quickly making an impression on head coach Kirby Smart.Speaking to the media this week, Smart spoke glowingly about graduate transfers wide receiver Lawrence Cager and tight end Eli Wolf. Cager joined the Bulldogs in a transfer from Miami (FL), while Wolf joins from SEC rival Tennessee.Smart complimented Cager and Wolf on their maturity, and believes that they’ve already “bought in” and “blended in” to the program. Via DawgNation:“I’ve seen them workout, and they do that hard… They are very mature, just what you’d expect.“These guys come from two really good programs, they work really hard, they know this is their season, so this is their opportunity to shine, and I feel like those guys have bought in and they’ve really blended in well.”Cager and Wolf will likely need to be up to speed if they hope to contribute in their lone year with the team. Georgia will be without several of their top receivers last year, who have moved on to the NFL.