TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re planning for January and summer windowsby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed they have plans for the January market.Solskjaer’s side have endured the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reiterated his support of the under-fire manager.”I speak to Ed loads of times and we speak regularly,” Solskjaer said. “As we’ve spoken about so many times, we do have a plan and we know that we’ve made some decisions that maybe in the short-term would harm us, but we know in the long-term will benefit us. And that’s part of the plan.”But results are always are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker if we get results and performances.”But I’m sure we will get there. It’s just still planning for the next transfer window, summer transfer window and how we see the team moving forward.”
Instagram/Taylor LewanMichigan State has owned Michigan on the gridiron in recent history, winning seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs. But one prominent former Wolverine is tired of living in the past, and Wednesday he had a little fun at the expense of his new Tennessee Titans teammate – a former Spartan.Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was drafted 11th overall back in 2014, apparently wasn’t a fan of what former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who was drafted eighth overall this year, had hanging in his locker room. Lewan, after seeing Conklin’s Spartans jersey, playfully told him to “grow up” on Instagram. He added a “Go Blue” for fun too. Lewan and Conklin are both expected to play prominent roles for the Titans this year.
Carlos Vela is waiting to “see what happens” amid reports linking him with a surprise move to Barcelona.The Spanish side are reportedly looking to sign an attacker this month to boost their La Liga and Champions League hopes, with LAFC attacker Vela one of those highlighted as a candidate.Sport claimed Barca had reached an agreement with the Mexico international and planned to sign him on an initial loan deal but soon backed out. 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? While the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad player would not say whether or not a move was in the works, he says he is happy enough in Los Angeles.”They are issues for the clubs and agents,” Vela told ESPN. “I’m relaxed, working on the preseason and the most important thing is to be happy in the place you are. In the future we’ll see what happens.”Whatever I may decide or happens I’ll be happy because I’m loving being in Los Angeles with my team enjoying the day-to-day and I don’t have anything to lose in any case.”The 29-year-old joined LAFC from Real Sociedad a year ago, enjoying a 14-goal debut season in MLS as his side reached the playoffs. But he is confident he can do even better next time around as his side prepare for the new campaign, which begins in March.”I enjoyed [the first season] a lot, I took on the responsibility,” he added. “This year I’ll take on more and I can give more to this club and this league. I’ll work to that end.”Vela has been kept out of the national team in recent months, but his situation could change as Gerardo Martino takes charge. However, he is yet to discuss the prospect of a return with the new coach and says he is willing to step aside to give younger players a chance.”I think they’ve taken a great decision in bringing in Tata,” he said. “Obviously I have to speak to him to see his plans with me or without me.”I’ve not had the chance to talk with him, but I know I’ll do so before the next call-ups [in March]. I wish him the best. I’m open to keeping going or to stepping aside for the youngsters, whatever is best for Mexico.”
Hamza Choudhury has apologised for his rash challenge that hospitalised Jonathan Bamba during England’s Under-21 Euro clash opener with France.The young Lions were leading 1-0 at the time of the sending off, but the 10 men conceded two late goals, losing the game which jeopardises their chances of reaching the semi-finals.The 21-year-old apologised to the France bench immediately after injuring Bamba’s ankle, with the Lille winger, while not suffering a fracture, will miss the rest of the tournament with severe bruising, it was confirmed on Wednesday. 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? Describing the dismissal as the worst moment of his career, Leicester midfielder Choudhury said: “I just want to let everyone know that I know I have let them down. I just want to get that message out there and really apologise.”I remember that the ball was there to be won but, honestly, watching back it looked like I was over-aggressive. It wasn’t malicious and I didn’t want to hurt him whatsoever.“I saw the ball and tried to take it but I mistimed it. I don’t think I have ever felt worse in my footballing career than I do right now. I have let the lads down, I have let the country down. I understand playing at this level comes with a certain pressure.”Choudhury is now suspended for Friday’s must-win match with Romania and will have to wait to discover if he will be banned for a second match.The Foxes man has clearly been distressed by the tackle but said that his team-mates have been really supportive.“I will go back and think about it,” he added. “The next time I get in that situation, I won’t make that tackle. Right now, I am just upset.”The lads were brilliant with me to be honest; they picked me up off the floor, they told me to keep my head up. But right now, I can’t. I just can’t. It’s a really difficult time.”The young midfielder’s only other red card of his career came three years ago, while on loan at Burton Albion.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah might be one of the greatest forwards in the Premier League, but his trophy cabinet isn’t as load as you would think.The 27-year-old has won several individual accolades and honours including multiple Premier League Golden Boot awards, but has only lifted three major trophies in his career, with two of them coming during his time at Basel.His biggest accomplishment, however, is still fresh, having lifted the 2018-19 Champions League trophy with Liverpool – his first piece of silverware with the Anfield club – and could open up doors for a “golden era” under Jurgen Klopp. 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? He hasn’t won any major trophies with Egypt either, though he came close. The forward finished third place with the Pharaohs in the African Under-20 Championship in 2011 and picked up a runners-up medal with Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, losing to Cameroon in the final.Things could change with the 2019 edition of the AFCON coming up this summer, however. Swiss Super League 2012-13, 2013-14Salah’s first introduction to professional football came through his time at Egyptian Premier League side Al Mokawloon Al Arab, where he spent three seasons before moving to Switzerland after signing for Basel in 2012.His first taste of silverware came through winning the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Swiss Super League, scoring 20 goals in 79 overall appearances.An £11 million move to Chelsea followed in January 2014 (he was still awarded a Swiss Super League medal following his contributions from the first half of the season), and he made his debut on February 8, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Newcastle.Despite being seen as a promising signing for Chelsea, Salah was loaned out to Fiorentina for the 2014-15 campaign after barely being named in the squad by Jose Mourinho.Chelsea were crowned 2014-15 Premier League champions, and though Salah only made three appearances for the Blues before to his loan move to Italy, Mourinho stated he would receive a replica winner’s medal from the club for his contributions – but it’s an honour that hasn’t been officially counted.Following his move to Fiorentina, he was then loaned out to Roma for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaign.At the end of his first season with Roma, Salah was named Player of the Season, finishing as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions and six assists.He finished as Serie A runners-up with Roma in his second season – ultimately winning no trophies in Italy – before signing for Liverpool for a bargain deal of £35m during the summer of 2017.Champions League 2018-19Salah hit the ground running immediately following his move to Anfield, breaking numerous records in his debut season on Merseyside and earning several individual honours.Liverpool came fourth in Salah’s first full season at the club and finished as runners-up in the 2017-18 Champions League final, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.The Egypt international won no club honours in his first season but picked up several individual accolades such as the Premier League Golden Boot, the FIFA Puskas Award as well as Premier League Player of the Season – and broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring Premier League record.He also broke the record of most goals in a 38-game Premier League season (32), most goals in a season by a Liverpool player in the Premier League era (44), most games scored by a Liverpool player in during a single campaign (34), and fastest Liverpool player to score 40 goals (45 games).Salah’s next season on Merseyside, however, brought far happier memories, as he won a consecutive Premier League Golden Boot (shared with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).He then won his first trophy with Liverpool when the Reds defeated Tottenham 2-0 in the 2018-19 Champions League final in Madrid.The Egypt forward scored a penalty in the UCL final in the first opening 10 minutes of the game following a handball offence committed by the north Londoners, helping Liverpool lift their sixth UCL trophy and their first in 14 years.It was the Reds’ second successive Champions League final following the devastation of losing out on the 2018 edition in Kiev.Salah scored five goals and assisted twice during Liverpool’s run to the final in which they defeated the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Porto and a particularly memorable semi-final win against Barcelona, in which Klopp’s side beat the Spanish champions 4-3 on aggregate to book their place in the final.Salah had missed out on the win against Barcelona due to injury but was in the stands at Anfield, and duly returned for the ultimately victorious UCL final on June 1. 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Once again, college football fans were spoiled with another amazing weekend of action. From Ohio State defeating Penn State on the road to Notre Dame manhandling Stanford, it’s only inevitable that changes would be made in the AP Top 25.Perhaps the only guarantee is that Alabama is ahead of its competition. Nonetheless, several teams are certainly gravitating toward title-contending status.Following this past Saturday’s slate of games, Stadium’s college football insider Brett McMurphy had an interesting top 25. His top three teams all reside in the SEC.Here’s his list:AlabamaGeorgiaLSUOhio StateNotre DameOklahomaClemsonWest VirginiaAuburnWashingtonPenn StateMichiganKentuckyStanfordUCFMiamiColoradoOregonTexasWisconsinFloridaUSFMichigan StateNC StateCincinnatiMcMurphy went on to discuss his ballot, after receiving criticism for his ranking on the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish.Our CFB insider @Brett_McMurphy broke down his AP Top 25 ballot following Week 5 and fielded some questions from his Twitter followers in a new segment called: “Your A Idiot.” pic.twitter.com/4NlzFGFrh6— Stadium (@WatchStadium) October 1, 2018West Virginia had a nice boost in McMurphy’s poll, as the Mountaineers are firmly in his top 10. As for the biggest drop, BYU fell out of his list due to its blowout loss against Washington.With more intriguing matchups coming up this weekend, it’ll be interesting to see how McMurphy grades the elite programs in college football.
EVANSTON, IL – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes walks off the field after their win over Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 17, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Iowa Hawkeyes won 40-10. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes lost to the Northwestern Wildcats last weekend. With the win, Northwestern clinched the Big Ten West and will meet either Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.Meanwhile, another loss for the Hawkeyes makes three-straight for the team after a hot 6-1 start to the year. With the losses piling up, many Iowa fans are unhappy with the use of one of their preseason All-Americans over the past few games.Preseason All-American tight end Noah Fant has been seldom used, despite ranking second in receptions and receiving yards and first in receiving touchdowns. Fant played just nine snaps in the second half of the loss to the Wildcats.Even former Iowa stars are getting in on the debate over Fant’s misuse.noah fant i feel your pain brother. hang in there. stay silent stay the course and stay focused. don’t say or do anything out of frustration that may impact your future. high road!— DJK (@DJKoulianos15) November 11, 2018After the Northwestern loss, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz revealed why Noah Fant hasn’t played much over the past few games.According to The Gazette, Ferentz called sophomore tight end T.J. Hockenson “a little bit more versatile as a tight end.” Perhaps the coaching staff thinks Hockenson is a better blocker, which would explain why the team uses him more.Fant figures to be an early pick in the 2019 NFL draft – potentially in the first half of the first round.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a 62 yard touchdown reception thrown by Tua Tagovailoa #13 against the Clemson Tigers during the first quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Whether it is a Top 25 poll, recruiting, coaching, or quarterback rankings, this off-season virtually everything ultimately comes down to Clemson vs. Alabama.That shouldn’t surprise. Dabo Swinney has elevated his program to Alabama’s level, beating the Crimson Tide in two of the last three national title games.247Sports put out a ranking of the best quarterback/wide receiver combinations in the country. You can probably guess how it shakes out.Like so many other categories in college football, Alabama and Clemson finished Nos. 1 and 2 in best quarterback/wide receiver combo.In this list, it is Alabama that comes out on top, with the impressive pitch-and-catch duo of Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy. Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy may be the scariest returning quarterback-wide receiver duo in the country. Tagovailoa was the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up, while Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s best wide receiver). The combination of Jeudy’s elite speed and route running make him an easy target for a quarterback with Tagovailoa’s accuracy. That was on display for much of the 2019 season, as Jeudy finished with 14 touchdowns and 1,315 yards on 68 catches. The junior is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and that puts tremendous pressure on defensive backs.Jeudy was the clear No. 1 threat for the Crimson Tide. The Tigers may actually be a little deeper, with Tee Higgins joining Justyn Ross on the outside. Ross got the nod here.True freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross both lived up to their 247Sports Composite rankings last season. Lawrence was the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2018, and the quarterback quickly took over the starting role from incumbent Kelly Bryant, who is now at Missouri after transferring. Lawrence became just the second true freshman starting quarterback to lead his team to a national championship. Ross, the class of 2018’s No. 1 player in Alabama, was also a major key to Clemson’s 15-0 season. After totaling just one game over 100 yards receiving during the team’s first 13 games, Ross caught 12 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns during the College Football Playoff. Rising junior Tee Higgins (12 touchdowns) actually led the Tigers in receiving until Ross’ outburst in the playoff, but we should expect Ross to have big games throughout the entire season in 2019.The rest of the list is a very interesting one, featuring some much smaller programs and names that college football fans may not be super familiar with. At No. 3, we have a Conference USA program.3. Mason Fine/Rico Bussey Jr. (North Texas) 4. Justin Herbert/Juwan Johnson (Oregon) 5. Jalen Hurts/Ceedee Lamb (Oklahoma) 6. Sam Ehlinger/Collin Johnson (Texas) 7. Cole McDonald/Cedric Byrd (Hawaii) 8. JT Daniels/Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC) 9. Ian Book/Chase Claypool (Notre Dame) 10. Jake Fromm/Demetris Robertson (Georgia)Head to 247Sports for the full list.
The 10 favorites, named on The Paul Finebaum Show, can be seen in a screengrab from Saturday Down South. Ohio State comes in at No. 12 on the list.Clemson, Alabama, Michigan and Georgia are the four favorites, though that would mean two SEC teams making it in. Oklahoma sneaking into that fourth spot is probably more likely.The 2019 college football season is set to begin two weeks from Saturday, when Florida and Miami kick things off in “Week 0.”Who are you picking to make it right now? NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor has been updated ahead of the upcoming college football season. It features some surprises.The College Football Playoff predictor has named 10 favorites for this year’s playoff.Notably absent from that list: Ohio State.The Buckeyes, with a new head coach (Ryan Day) and a new quarterback (Justin Fields) are not among the 10 favorites for this year’s College Football Playoff.
OXFORD, MS – OCTOBER 01: Head coach Hugh Freeze of the Mississippi Rebels reacts during the second half of a game against the Memphis Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Hugh Freeze is still recovering from a recent surgery, but that won’t stop him from coaching his team in their season opener.Liberty’s new head coach suffered from a herniated disk in his back which eventually led to surgery. Shortly thereafter, doctors discovered a serious staph infection.Seeing as Freeze is just two weeks into a 4-6 week recovery time frame, many expected the head coach to sit out tonight’s game. But to the surprise of many, Freeze will coach tonight. But with a couple of logistical changes.Freeze will work from a hospital bed in the coaches’ booth as Liberty plays No. 22 Syracuse. The plan is for Freeze to video-conference the team before the game and at halftime.Here’s a look at Hugh Freeze’s seat in the coaches’ booth.Freeze will essentially videoconference with his team pregame and at halftime and do so during postgame press conference.The plan is to fly him to Louisiana next week to be with the team on the road. pic.twitter.com/YA1HAXiQ43— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) August 31, 2019Here’s Hugh Freeze coaching from his hospital bed pic.twitter.com/SSURR2KErM— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) August 31, 2019The photos of Freeze’s coaching situation are going viral. The Liberty head coach is clearly dedicated to his team.Seeing as this is a home game for Liberty, the traveling aspect doesn’t have to be dealt with. But what’s the plan for Freeze next week when his team goes on the road?“The plan is to fly him to Louisiana next week to be with the team on the road,” Nate Mink said, via Twitter.Will Freeze’s dedication motivate Liberty to potentially pull of an upset of Syracuse? Either way, the commitment is admirable.