TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to splash out on Liverpool striker Divock Origiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are ready to splash out on Liverpool striker Divock Origi.The Sun says Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri is ready to pay £15million for Origi.Ranieri has been given money to strengthen his struggling side and hopes to agree a fee for Anfield fringe man Origi, 23, this week.The Belgian scored a last-gasp winner in last month’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, but he will be allowed to leave if the deal is right as his first-team chances are slim.Fulham will have to throw big money at Origi as he has other interested clubs on his trail — and the Cottagers, one off the foot of the Premier League table, are staring at relegation.However, owner Shahid Khan is willing to spend again and will let Ranieri strengthen in four or five areas of his squad.
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Coventry sign Wolves forward Bright Enobakhareby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCoventry City have signed Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare on loan until the end of the season.The 20-year-old spent the first half of the campaign on loan with Kilmarnock, making six appearances for the Scottish Premiership club.Enobakhare joined Wolves aged 15 and has played 49 times for the club since making his senior debut in August 2015.He featured in 21 league games last season as Wolves won promotion to the Premier League.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Todd Cantwell happy with Norwich boss Daniel Farke’s supportby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTodd Cantwell has thanked Norwich City boss Daniel Farke for showing faith in his abilities.The 21-year-old has a been shining light for the Canaries, having scored in Saturday’s huge win over Manchester City.”He’s shown a lot of faith in me, giving me the opportunity to play and I’m trying to show that back to him in the games that he picks me for.” Cantwell said.”I think it’s important to have that relationship with the manager off the pitch as well and I get on really well with him personally. I’m thankful for what he’s done for me.”
Where do Dabo and the defending champs come in?Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier have traded barbs over the years, given the rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina, but as you’ll see below, they have nothing but respect for each other off of the field. Tuesday, Swinney, the day after it was announced that Spurrier would be retiring as head coach of the Gamecocks, had some heartfelt words for his adversary. Swinney told reporters during his weekly press conference that Spurrier is “one of the best to ever walk the sideline.” Check it out, via TigerNet.com:Spurrier certainly made his mark on college football. It’s great to see that even his biggest rivals recognize it.[TigerNet.com]
Eden Hazard reached a century of goals for Chelsea to inspire them to a 2-1 victory over Watford in Wednesday’s Premier League clash.The Belgium star moved onto 101 for the Blues, striking either side of Roberto Pererya’s stunning volley to seal all three points for Maurizio Sarri’s side at Vicarage Road.The result puts Chelsea back in the driving seat in the race for the top four, with Arsenal having dropped points earlier in the day and champions Manchester City now only four points ahead in third place. 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? Willian dribbled past Ben Foster and shot wide with the best of the early chances, the incident forcing Watford to take off Christian Kabasele after he injured his arm when colliding with the post.Hazard, again deployed as a false nine, failed to connect with Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross with the goal at his mercy but made amends in first-half injury time, rounding Foster and finishing after Mateo Kovacic won back the ball in Watford’s half.However, the lead did not last until half-time, Pereyra smashing home a volley from Jose Holebas’ cross to restore parity.Watford felt they deserved a penalty when David Luiz shouldered Gerard Deulofeu to ground shortly after the break, and their frustrations were compounded 58 minutes in when Hazard scored from the spot after being brought down by Foster.Willian and N’Golo Kante each fired narrowly wide after more fine work by Hazard, but Chelsea’s one-goal lead proved enough, with Troy Deeney missing Watford’s best chance for a leveller as he prodded over the bar.19 – Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in the Premier League this season (10 goals, nine assists); the most of any player in the competition. Leader. pic.twitter.com/Si7ZWPtv8T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2018What does it mean? Sarri’s men steal march in top-four raceWith Arsenal failing to beat Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea were able to move two points above the Gunners in the final Champions League spot.It was an important result for Sarri’s side given the shock defeat to Leicester City last time out, and will give them a morale lift during this hectic stage of the season.Watford sit ninth by virtue of Everton’s thrashing of Burnley, but Javi Gracia will be reasonably encouraged by the standard of his side’s performance.Where would Chelsea be without Hazard?He might not always like playing the central attacking role, but Hazard is the reason Chelsea won this game and have a two-point cushion to fifth-place Arsenal. There are few more decisive players in England.Boxing Day blues for FosterChelsea failed to threaten Watford’s goal too often, and when they did, they faced an out-of-sorts Foster. He went to ground too early for Hazard’s first and clumsily conceded the penalty. He did at least try to make amends by going up for a late corner, which saw him attempt a bicycle-kick throughball.Key Opta Facts100 – Eden Hazard has become the 10th player to score 100 goals in all competitions for Chelsea. Paradise. #WATCHE pic.twitter.com/Mx0CcvApCQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2018TottenhamWhat’s next?Chelsea head to Crystal Palace on Sunday, with Watford in action a day earlier at home to Newcastle United. read more – Chelsea have only lost one of their seven Premier League games against opponents that started the day in the top 10 this season (W3 D3), with that lone defeat coming against in November (1-3 at Wembley).- After losing just three of their first 13 home league games under Javi Gracia (W8 D2), Watford have since lost three of their last four (W1).- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League games played on Boxing Day (W9 D5), since a 2-4 loss at Charlton in 2003-04.- There were just 137 seconds between Chelsea opening the scoring and Watford equalising through Pereyra.
Kirk Herbstreit/ESPN.ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit recognized his top performances from Week 10.Per his weekly tradition, Herbstreit revealed on Twitter which teams and players caught his eye over the weekend. He named five players and five teams, as alwaysHere were Herbstreit’s top performers:My top PERFORMANCES of WK 10 Team 1-Miss St2-Bama3-Ark4-Ohio St5-UTSAPlayer1-Bama Def2-L.Jackson3-D.Foreman4-C.Samuel5-W.Worth— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 7, 2016Herbstreit fudged things a bit putting the entire Alabama defense at No. 1, but can you blame him? They thoroughly dominated LSU.Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Texas running back D’Onta Foreman, Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel and Navy quarterback Will Worth round out the best individual performers.What do you think of Herbie’s list? Did he miss anything?
Kyle Walker’s own goal and Ross Barkley’s mistake in extra time saw Netherlands earn a 3-1 win against England that books a place in the inaugural Nations League final for Ronald Koeman’s men.Marcus Rashford’s first-half penalty opened the scoring in a low-quality affair in Guimaraes, the striker converting a penalty he won when clumsily brought down by Matthijs de Ligt.The Ajax captain made amends in the second half with a towering header to level the scores before England substitute Jesse Lingard had what seemed a winner ruled out for offside with seven minutes to go. 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? In the added period Netherlands won the game in farcical fashion, Walker diverting the ball into his own goal after an awful error by his Manchester City team-mate John Stones, before Barkley’s poor pass allowed Quincy Promes to seal a final date with Portugal on Sunday.Steven Bergwijn and Depay fired efforts straight at Jordan Pickford amid sloppy passing from either side and another mistake led to the opening goal for England in the 32nd minute.Rashford has scored all of his career penalties #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/m4tn1aHurC — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 6, 2019 De Ligt lost possession and was beaten to the loose ball by Rashford, the Manchester United striker sending Jasper Cillessen the wrong way from the penalty spot.Jadon Sancho planted a free header straight at Cillessen from Fabian Delph’s pinpoint centre before Pickford saved well from Depay following a Walker error.Georginio Wijnaldum called Pickford into action again before Stones wasted a headed opportunity for England.Netherlands were steadily building pressure on England’s goal, though, and it told in the 72nd minute when De Ligt rose highest to nod home Depay’s right-wing corner.CHARACTER. #nedeng pic.twitter.com/Zip96WkWiS — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) June 6, 2019 England thought they had won it with seven minutes to go when Lingard raced on to Barkley’s pass, but a lengthy VAR check ruled the goal out for the tightest of offsides, then Raheem Sterling clipped the crossbar deep in added time.And a comedy of errors saw Netherlands nudge ahead in the 97th minute.A dallying Stones was robbed by Depay and although Pickford made a fine save from his effort, Promes reached the rebound first and his off-target strike was deflected in by Walker.Promes then wrapped it up in the 114th minute as England imploded, Barkley’s under-hit pass allowing Depay to again steal in and this time set up his team-mate for a simple finish.What does it mean? Tired legs cause regular errors Gareth Southgate opted to rest his fit-again captain Harry Kane – who returned from injury in the Champions League final – and others struggled to maintain high energy, with concentration levels often flagging. But there is one more big game to come for Netherlands, whose Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum can add the Nations League to their Champions League crown collected last weekend in Madrid.De Jong ready for Barcelona move With both sides struggling to retain possession at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong stood out as a shining light in midfield. The Ajax star looks poised to impress on a bigger stage.Stones’ moment of madness costs England Defensive errors were a feature of both sides, but Stones played himself into trouble with two needless turns on the ball just outside his box. Depay rapidly closed him down and another mistake from Walker, who was slow to react, cost England any chance of reaching the final.Key Opta Facts:- England have lost three of their last four international matches against the Netherlands (W1 D0 L3).- Netherlands have only lost two of their last 15 international matches against England (W6 D7 L2) and lost just one of their six competitive games against the Three Lions (W3 D2 L1).- Two of England’s last three defeats when leading at half-time have been against the Netherlands (also March 2016) – the other was against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.- Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in his last seven international appearances for England – one more than in his first 25 games for England (3).- Raheem Sterling became the third youngest player to reach 50 caps for England (24y 180d), behind only Wayne Rooney in 2009 (23y 159d) and Michael Owen in 2003 (23y 179d).- England have scored with 20 of their last 21 penalties (excluding shootouts), with only Harry Kane failing in that time against Turkey in May 2016.2 – The Netherlands have scored two goals in extra-time for the first time since 1907 v Belgium. Historic. pic.twitter.com/WmuC1Zd0Rr— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 6, 2019What’s next? Netherlands will play Euro 2016 champions Portugal in Sunday’s final, with the Three Lions’ hopes of claiming their first major silverware since the 1966 World Cup over. Southgate’s side will instead face Switzerland in the third-place play-off earlier on the same day. read more
Brendan Rodgers would have some “cheek” plotting a raid on his former employers at Celtic for Callum McGregor, says Chris Sutton, with doubts cast over Leicester’s supposed interest.It has been suggested that the ex-Bhoys boss will look to familiar faces at Parkhead when piecing together his summer transfer plans.Scotland international midfielder McGregor is among those said to be registering on the Foxes’ radar. 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? Sutton, though, is not convinced that Rodgers would risk further damaging his reputation in the eyes of those in Glasgow, or that Celtic would have any interest in parting with a prized asset.The Hoops legend told the Daily Record: “There’s been talk about Brendan Rodgers taking McGregor to Leicester City but I would be stunned if that happened.“Not only would it be some cheek from Rodgers after the way he left the club but it would also be a major decision for Celtic to sell such an important player.“They should be strengthening the squad rather than weakening it further.”On the areas that he feels Celtic need to be addressing, former frontman Sutton added: “There’s still work to be done and the right-back situation needs to be addressed pretty quickly after Mikael Lustig all but confirmed he’d be leaving.“It’s fair to say the Swede splits opinion. I think he’s been a good servant for Celtic but the time is about right for a change.“I know [Neil] Lennon likes him and would probably prefer to have him around, even as back-up, but you can understand why the club would offer him reduced terms if he would be having a reduced role.“It’s an area Celtic need to address though with the Champions League qualifiers just around the corner and the new right-back certainly has to be better than Jeremy Toljan showed during his loan spell.“The Borussia Dortmund man didn’t fancy some of Scottish football’s less than finer points and that’s something Lustig’s replacement will need to handle – as well as getting smashed in training.”Celtic are in the market for additions after completing another domestic treble in 2018-19, with Lennon having been handed the managerial reins again on a permanent basis after helping to finish the job that Rodgers started.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Tavien Feaster #28 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide with a score of 44 to 16.(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)After three years and two national championships at Clemson, running back Tavien Feaster is set to transfer for his final year. But he’s set to visit a school that could give him a chance to visit his soon-to-be former Tigers teammates.According to VTScoop, Feaster is poised to visit ACC-rival Virginia Tech this coming Thursday. Per the report, Virginia Tech and South Carolina are the front-runners for his services next season.Coming out of high school in 2016, Feaster was the No. 29 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He was the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of South Carolina.Clemson RB grad transfer Tavien Feaster is set to visit Virginia Tech. No. 29 player in the 2016 classhttps://t.co/3NIdEBHhGz pic.twitter.com/ROTJU4YK5u— EvanGWatkins247 (@EvanGWatkins247) May 30, 2019 In three seasons for the Tigers, Feaster recorded 1,330 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns, and a 6.0 yards per carry average.He has relatively little wear on his body, having carried the ball only 222 times in three years, and never carrying more than 20 times in a game.Feaster had one of his best performances this past year against Louisville. On only 6 carries, he rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns.Suffice it to say, either Virginia Tech or South Carolina could be getting a runner with big-play potential and championship experience.Feaster will be immediately eligible to play in 2019 as a graduate transfer.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a first quarter touchdown reception against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Alabama football has been criticized recently for its lack of a challenging non-conference schedule. To their credit, the Crimson Tide have been trying to step their game up in that regard for the future.Today, Alabama and Wisconsin announced they have scheduled a future home-and-home series. The games will take place in 2024 and 2025.The Badgers will host the Crimson Tide in Madison on Sept. 14, 2024, while Alabama will return the favor in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 13, 2025.This will be the third and fourth times these two accomplished programs have met. They split the first two. Alabama beat Wisconsin in the AdvoCare Kickoff Classic in Arlington, Texas to open the 2015 season, while the Badgers won the first meeting back in 1928.Badgers are booked. ✔️Home-and-home series for 2024 and 2025 seasons.🗒️» https://t.co/XD2lO8Q5xN#BamaFactor #RollTide pic.twitter.com/ZhRMCx6i1Q— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 29, 2019With Wisconsin now on the docket, Alabama will face Texas (2022-2023), West Virginia (2026-2027), Notre Dame (2028-2029) and Oklahoma (2032-2033) in future non-conference series.The Badgers meanwhile will play Notre Dame in 2020 and 2021, Washington State in 2022 and 2023, Pitt in 2026 and 2027, UCLA in 2029 and 2030 and Virginia Tech in 2031 and 2032.In that time frame, Wisconsin also has non-conference matchups scheduled against Army, Buffalo, Hawaii and others.We’re always down to see two major programs square off early in the season, especially when it is an SEC-Big Ten battle. Count us in as being big fans of this series being scheduled.