Atletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The best bit in sports radio is The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz‘s “What He Looks Like Game.” Le Batard, Stugotz and Co., with the help of their listeners, try to come up with perfect descriptions of what people in sports look like. Some examples:Paxton Lynch looks like the old school Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.Vin Scully looks like the one real human in a Disney movie filled with animated talking animals.Dan Gilbert looks like the guy who shaves in the locker room mirror at the gym while totally nude.They’ve come up with one for Jim Harbaugh and, Ohio State fans, it’s pretty perfect, right?Jim Harbaugh looks like the guy who yells at his wife in front of everyone when they lose at Pictionary on gamenight pic.twitter.com/Whz6ERQVAI— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 8, 2016He totally does.
Marco Silva insists he has no interest in the impact Manchester City’s trip to Everton might have upon the Premier League title race.City will replace Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool at the summit on goal difference if they leave Goodison Park with victory on Wednesday.AdChoices广告However, Silva’s own predicament in trying to turn around a slump of three wins and seven defeats over the course of 12 matches in the Premier League since the start of December is at the forefront of his mind. 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? Speaking at a pre-match news conference, he rejected suggestions that the loyalties of Everton fans might be compromised by their desire to see Liverpool fall short in their quest for glory.”What I want really and what my feeling is, it is not this title race,” Silva said. “It is not for us to look to that fight. We know what is our fight.”For sure, what our fans want tomorrow is our team winning the game. At this moment, not just two teams are fighting – more than two teams are fighting for this title. There are many games to play. Nothing will be decided by this game against City.”Silva’s personal fight would appear to be keeping a job where Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce have all been shown the exit door over recent seasons.Everton’s recent slump moved owner Farhad Moshiri to restate his opinion that the former Olympiacos, Hull City and Watford boss is his man for the long-term and a coach who can develop young talent at the club.”This is something I have felt from the first day since I joined this club,” Silva said of his boss’ support.”When you are winning games the things people say are good. When you are not, it is normal this type of situation.”It is nothing new in our club. If you look at the last three seasons it is maybe every month this type of situation. I am here to talk about the present and nothing more.”You are always in contact [with Moshiri]. I know his feelings and our project.”| The manager confirms @IGanaGueye is available for tomorrow’s game against @mancity – but Yerry Mina, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka will miss out.https://t.co/xkKr74QwhR— Everton (@Everton) February 5, 2019Silva will welcome back Idrissa Gueye after the influential midfielder sat out Everton’s previous two games with a knock – a welcome boost for the challenge of taking on Pep Guardiola’s side.”It will be really tough. In my opinion that team play the best football in the Premier League even if in some away games they didn’t achieve the results,” he added.”They obligate the teams to suffer. They will play with 70 or 80 per cent of the ball. We have to be ready to suffer and be solid in these types of moments.”When we have our moments with the ball we have to be ambitious to try and make some damage on them.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Marcus Rashford has revealed the hurt he is feeling at Manchester United’s current plight, but is confident the club can be successful under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.England international Rashford has pledged his long-term future to United by signing a new contract until 2023 on the back of a season when he reached double figures for Premier League goals for the first time.However, it was an ultimately disappointing campaign for United as, despite experiencing a memorable uplift following Solskjaer replacing Jose Mourinho as manager in December, the wheels came off in the closing two months of the season. 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 United finished sixth in the Premier League to miss out on Champions League qualification and ended the season trophy-less, but Rashford is determined to help the club to get back on track.“It is a huge sense of pride and a huge feeling for me to sign the contract,” Rashford told The Times. “Manchester United are one big family. Some clubs don’t have that — it’s just a football club. That’s why Manchester United are more than a football club to me.“Me being a fan changes the emotional side of it. Say we lose a game, it affects me more than it should because I’m a fan. It hurts every day to see where we are now, [compared] to where we’ve been in the past. I use that pain as motivation. It makes me more determined to put the club back where they belong.“There’s nothing I want more than to see the club winning the Premier League again, winning the Champions League again. Everybody here deserves much, much more than what we’re giving them right now, not only the fans, the club itself.”They don’t deserve to be where they are now. As players, we’re the ones who have the opportunity to try and forget about the past five, six years and put the club back on track.”Solskjaer was a key figure during the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Rashford is convinced a brighter future for United lies in store under the Norwegian.Rashford added: “He just gets it. He understands. He’s been a player here. He knows how we may feel in certain moments because he’s been there himself. The fact that he understands us way more than a normal manager is why he’s fitted in straight away.”On whether the Solskjaer ‘revolution’ will work, the 21-year-old said: “That’s what drives me every day. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be waking up every morning and giving 100 per cent to try and put the club back where they belong.“I believe in the players, the staff and the manager. The players have the faith in the manager now. If we’re going to do it, now’s the time.“We’re looking forward to the new season. One season is not going to change it. It can take two or three seasons but I feel we’re ready to take the first step, and really start showing people that we are Manchester United.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: A general view of Ohio Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave as Ohio State continues its investigation into how Meyer handled assault allegations against his former assistant Zach Smith. The investigation began after Brett McMurphy’s report alleging Meyer knew of the allegations following Meyer’s dismissal of the allegations at Big Ten Media Days.Ohio State announced a two-week timeline for the investigation, which started nearly two weeks ago. A decision from the investigative committee is likely to come soon.In a recent interview with WOSU, university president Michael Drake was asked if athletic director Gene Smith is also under investigation. Drake doesn’t appear to be getting briefed by the investigative committee.Here’s his comment. “I don’t know all the questions they’re asking or what they’re going about. I’m waiting until they come forward and then we’ll try to use that information the best way we can,” he said.Ohio State president Michael Drake asked by @WOSU Thursday if AD Gene Smith is also under investigation: “I don’t know all the questions they’re asking or what they’re going about. I’m waiting until they come forward & then we’ll try to use that information the best way we can”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 17, 2018Drake was also asked about a potential timeline for the investigation. The Ohio State president responded the investigation “will be finished when it is finished.”Ohio State set the initial deadline for Sunday, but that appears to be a working timeline.Stay tuned for more.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has reacted to the latest interview with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, whose three-game suspension has come to an end. Finebaum didn’t hold back.Meyer spoke exclusively to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi about his suspension and everything that went into it. More details can be seen here.Finebaum was asked on SportsCenter about Meyer’s interview and his current reputation.“I think his credibility outside of the bubble of Columbus, Ohio is still shattered,” Finebaum said on ESPN. “I don’t think many people around the country buy or believe much of what he has said. Having said that, I do know college football fans. He has possibly the second-best team in the country. Once he gets out there, the majority of fans will push all of this away and start wondering is this team good enough to challenge Alabama? I know this sounds basic. If you’re concerned about Courtney Smith, which I am and a lot of people are, this may nauseate to a certain level. But that’s the business and nature of college football.”Finebaum did think it was evident that Meyer had listened to people around him. He handled questions better than he did at his original press conference.“He went from being obstinate, denying everything, being defiant to, bit by bit, this is now the fourth iteration of his apology tour that he is now trying to fit his answers to what the criticism has been. My belief is this. He still doesn’t believe Courtney Smith. He apologized to her, literally, with a gun to his head. I don’t think he really wanted to. If you watch every version of what he has said, he’s still the same person. He’s calmed down. He’s not fighting everyone around him. He knows there’s a football team that he has to get to where he returns as a full-time coach. No doing Sunday through Friday. He answered a lot of very-difficult questions with parse answers.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane at Ohio Stadium.
It hasn’t been a great day for some of the undefeated college football teams. Cincinnati and NC State have already gone down, and now USF football is in trouble.More disturbingly for Bulls fans, USF is in trouble against the UConn Huskies.USF has played itself up to No. 21 in the country at 6-0. They haven’t gotten as much attention as rival UCF, which ran the table last year, but have still gotten some credit.The Bulls have had some very close calls, though.USF pulled a rabbit out of a hat to beat Illinois earlier in the year, 25-19, and did it again against another bad team last week, sneaking by 1-5 Tulsa on the road 25-24.At the half tonight, USF football is tied at 7-7 with 1-5 UConn.The Huskies are, by any metric, one of the worst teams in all of FBS football. Their only win on the year came against FCS Rhode Island, and it was a close game.Let’s check in on the worst undefeated team in my ratings against the worst team in my ratings pic.twitter.com/CShI0mbU2e— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 21, 2018UConn has surrendered at least 49 points in every game this year. The average score of a Huskies game this year is 53.7-20.3.There is plenty of time left. This would be a monumental upset if UConn can pull it out though.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One major college football program’s players don’t appear to be happy with their team’s bowl game selection.Georgia Tech, which finished the season at 7-5 (5-3 ACC), received the lowest bowl game selection out of all of the ACC’s teams.The Yellow Jackets will be taking on Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.Georgia Tech finished below Virginia (Belk), Miami (Pinstripe) and Virginia Tech (Military) in the bowl game selection process, despite beating all of those teams in the conference.“How do we finish FOURTH in the ACC and get the lowest bowl in the ACC!!!! HOW!!!!!” one player tweeted.How do we finish FOURTH in the ACC and get the lowest bowl in the ACC!!!! HOW!!!!!— Qua Searcy (@Qua_Searcy82) December 2, 2018“I’m baffled at this bowl game…” another player added.I’m baffled at this bowl game… ??♂️— Quon (@quonmarshall16) December 2, 2018You can view all of Georgia Tech’s players’ reactions here.Georgia Tech and Minnesota are set to kick off at 5:15 p.m. E.T. on Dec. 26. Maybe the Yellow Jackets will take out their anger on the Golden Gophers.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)If the Oklahoma Sooners are going to stun the college football world and defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide, then Kyler Murray will most likely have to put together a Herculean effort.On the other sideline will be Tua Tagovailoa, who is dynamic in his own right, but might not have the tools that Murray possesses. Although the Alabama quarterback is one of the best in the country, head coach Nick Saban is having trouble finding a player that can mimic the Heisman Trophy winner’s actions during practice.When discussing the team’s recent practices, Saban said “If we had someone who could duplicate what he does, we’d be playing him.”After dedicating the first few practices to fundamentals and a camp like feel, Alabama began game prep for Oklahoma today. Nick Saban said players got fed a lot of information today. Mimicking QB Kyler Murray is difficult, though, he added. “If we had… https://t.co/hweIkfnguO— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 17, 2018Clearly Saban is very impressed with the overall skillset of Murray.The Crimson Tide usually find a way to neutralize the opponent’s top offensive weapon, but this time around might be different. Whether he’s using his arm or his legs, Murray constantly gives opposing defensive coordinators headaches.The Orange Bowl will take place on Dec. 29 from Hard Rock Stadium.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET, as it will be broadcast on ESPN.