Napoli coach Ancelotti: Koulibaly subject of monkey chants throughoutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti says he’s prepared to take his players off the field if they’re subject to racist abuse.Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly barracked by racist taunts throughout defeat to Inter Milan.He was booked at San Siro and reacted with sarcastic applause to the referee, prompting a red card.Lautaro Martinez went on to win the game at the 92nd minute, creating tension that went beyond the final whistle.“I asked the referee for information on the red cards and nothing else. Those incidents rather decided the match, as we had done very well in the second half and were pushing hard.“We even had the chance to win it when down to 10 men, but tempers were a little raised at the end,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.“There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times. Koulibaly was certainly irritable. Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game.“We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements? Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us forfeit the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.“It’s not good for Italian football, seeing this.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Reading sign Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bakerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReading have signed midfielder Lewis Baker on loan until the end of the season after Chelsea recalled him from his loan at Championship rivals Leeds.The 23-year-old agreed a season-long loan with Leeds in June but made just two league starts for the leaders.Baker, whose only Chelsea appearance was in 2014, has also had loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem and Middlesbrough.”Importantly, he knows what it takes to meet the demands of this division,” said Royals boss Jose Gomes.Baker is Reading’s second loan signing this month, following the arrival of Ovie Ejaria from Liverpool on Monday. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Sunderland sign Burnley defender Jimmy Dunneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland have signed Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne on loan until the end of the season.The 21-year-old spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Scottish Premiership side Hearts.The Irishman, who helped Accrington win the League Two title in 2017-18, could make his debut against Luton on Saturday.”I’m very excited to be here. I’m looking to step up and keep developing my game,” he told the club website. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Anyone who has ever pulled a hamstring knows how painful it can be. Former Louisville defensive lineman B.J. Dubose, competing at the NFL Combine Sunday morning, did just that, pulling up lame near the end of his 40-yard-dash run. Dubose eventually lost his balance and fell to the ground as well. It’s tough to watch.B.J. Dubose. That’s no good. https://t.co/ZRBQeo3N0k— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) February 22, 2015We’re actually surprised this doesn’t happen more, given the fact that these athletes are giving it their all for four to five seconds. Hopefully he makes a fully recovery.
Braxton Miller’s first NFL training camp appears to be going well.The Houston Texans’ rookie wide receiver has only been playing wideout for about a year, but he looked like a seasoned-veteran while making a one-handed catch at practice today.Check this out:Another day at the office.Check out video from practice.We you @BraxtonMiller5.: https://t.co/8AHggQ6neS pic.twitter.com/Gs4FYtO0Rc— #TexansCamp (@HoustonTexans) August 3, 2016Here’s a better look at the catch.Braxton Miller doing @BraxtonMiller5 things pic.twitter.com/tUTYArNWK9— First Picks Sports (@1stPicksSports) August 4, 2016Houston’s coaches lauded Miller’s playmaking ability back in July.From HoustonTexans.com:While his position coach Sean Ryan wasn’t as expansive in describing Miller’s role in the offense, the wide receivers coach did acknowledge the rookie pass-catcher is a dynamic addition to squad.“I think Braxton is coming along great,” Ryan said. “Another good inside and outside guy. Great skill set, change of direction, catching the ball well. I’ve been really happy with him.”Miller said then that he thought his transition into playing wide receiver – especially on the outside against press coverage – was going well.“I’ve adapted pretty well,” Miller said. “That was one of the main things coming out. That’s why I wanted to go to the Senior Bowl, basically. The whole time at the Senior Bowl, I was playing outside and I was going against the better DB’s in the country. I had to come out there and really prepare myself to be ready for big competition and playing outside receiver. I adjusted really well. Right now I’m just out there having fun with it. I’m still learning the techniques and everything, but still being the playmaker and being myself.”Miller, 23, was a third-round pick out of Ohio State by the Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft. The former quarterback made the switch to wide receiver prior to the Buckeyes’ 2015 season as a result of a shoulder injury.The Texans open the 2016 season on Sept. 11 against the Chicago Bears.
Benjamin Mendy was chased by two stewards as he ran onto the pitch to celebrate Manchester City’s win over Liverpool on Thursday night.The injured left-back, wearing a bright orange jacket and white jeans, was presumably mistaken for a supporter as he darted from the tunnel area to congratulate his team-mates at the full-time whistle.A video posted on Twitter shows Mendy racing towards Sergio Aguero, who scored the opening goal of the game in the huge title race clash at the Etihad Stadium, to celebrate with the Argentine, with the stewards following behind. 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? And he had reason to be delighted with the result, with City claiming a 2-1 win that brings them to within four points of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.Mendy found the video of him running on the pitch, pursued by stewards (nicked from his Insta) pic.twitter.com/FyUa6AEdi7— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) January 4, 2019Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had started the game well and looked certain to take the lead when John Stones’s attempted clearance smashed directly off Ederson and looped towards goal.He somehow managed to chase back and clear the ball to safety, however, with goal-line technology ruling that the ball was a matter of millimetres from crossing the line.City would eventually lead through Aguero and then, despite Roberto Firmino pulling one back, grab what proved to be the winner in the second half courtesy of Leroy Sane’s impressive low finish.Pep Guardiola’s side are now second place in the table, four behind Liverpool, with the Spaniard admitting after the match that the title could well have been over had his side not picked up the win.And Mendy clearly couldn’t contain his excitement as Anthony Taylor blew for full-time, running towards Aguero and giving him a kiss on the cheek.The Frenchman, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, reacted to the video on social media, writing: “bro was about to tackle me!”Next up for City is Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Rotheram before they face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup semi-final on January 9.
Clasicos are rarely wholesome experiences. They tend to be games beset by nerves, tension, arguments and spats.We had all of that at Camp Nou on Wednesday, as Barcelona drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg. But we also had growth.It is just half-time in the clash between football’s biggest rivals, but both sides will leave pleased with their evening’s work. 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? Certainly, Real Madrid showed just how far they have come under Santiago Solari.In October, they came to this stadium and were given a savage beating by Barcelona, with the Catalans romping to a 5-1 victory which resulted in Julen Lopetegui being sacked as Blancos boss.Since then, Madrid have made slow but steady progress and, remarkably, they now seem in a state of calm. For a club which usually is a box of fireworks, that is no mean feat.Zinedine Zidane’s greatest achievement as Real Madrid coach, on the way to three consecutive European cups, was steadying the ship, and it seems Solari is now doing likewise.The coach is achieving it in a different way, though. Solari isn’t afraid to make decisions that other coaches would shy away from.The Argentine has brought in Vincius Junior, a player Lopetegui overlooked, and the Brazilian’s explosive impact on the left flank has helped reignite Madrid’s season.In the Clasico, the teenager was erratic but still made an important impact. It was his cross to Karim Benzema that led to the opening goal, with the Frenchman squaring for Lucas Vazquez to finish in the sixth minute.Gareth Bale saw the goal from the bench and it looks like the Welshman will remain one of the high-profile victims of Real’s resurgence, alongside Isco.Solari’s attacking trio of Vazquez-Benzema-Vinicius is balanced. Bale no longer seems to fit up front.After coming on in the second half, the forward performed poorly, failing to link up with his team-mates and eventually wasting a good chance to put Madrid back in front.Barcelona had levelled in the 58th minute through a player enjoying growth of his own.Malcom may well have saved his Barcelona career on a night which started badly for him but ended brilliantly.After missing an early chance when Luis Suarez played him in, the winger refused to wallow in self-pity and sparked Barcelona’s recovery.Lionel Messi’s thigh problem sustained against Valencia kept him out of the starting line-up and Malcom grasped the chance to replace the Argentine with both hands.Eventually, he put Barcelona level on the night, showing the confidence to curl home from a tricky angle even with team-mates screaming for the ball.However, this Clasico was just the prelude to two more coming up in under a month, with the second leg on February 27, before a vital clash in La Liga on March 2.Both Madrid and Barca have tough schedules in the next four weeks which could end up defining their season.The Champions League kicks back into action with Barca facing Lyon and Madrid clashing with Ajax.Barcelona must travel to Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla in La Liga, while Real Madrid face bitter city rivals Atletico this weekend.In the space of just a month, everything could be turned on its head.A disastrous season for Madrid could become a sensational one if they manage to knock Barcelona out of the cup and score a league victory which would bring them back into the thick of the title race.Or if the Catalans, with Messi back, can win at the Bernabeu twice in four days, then they would be well positioned for a shot at another treble, after their successes in 2009 and 2015.Only after the dust settles on the third occasion these teams meet in the space of a month will we understand the true lie of the land.For now, enjoy a rare, wholesome Clasico. The fire and fury won’t take long to arrive.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Recruiting is heating up all across the country. More and more prospects are committing to programs, while others are taking advantage of the new early official visit period.Ohio State had been on top of the Big Ten recruiting standings for quite some time. That changed over the last couple of days, as Michigan landed five commitments in a two-day span.Three-star athlete George Johnson Jr. became the fifth recruit to commit to the Wolverines since yesterday when he revealed his choice earlier this evening. Johnson joins four-star defensive tackle Mazi Smith, four-star running back Zach Charbonnet, three-star cornerback D.J. Turner II and three-star tight end Erick All.https://t.co/UBv2OnYaQ1— George Johnson 7️⃣ (@john7_g) June 25, 2018With the recent flurry of commitments, Michigan has overtaken Ohio State for the top spot in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are No. 5 nationally as well, while the Buckeyes check in at No. 10.Here is a look at Michigan’s current class:Of course, there’s a long way to go until Signing Day, and Ohio State could easily take back the top spot soon.Still, this is a good sign for Michigan, especially considering some had been worried about the Wolverines’ recruiting earlier in the spring.
A starting college football quarterback has decided to forego his final season of eligibility, but he won’t be pursuing a professional career.Old Dominion starting quarterback Blake LaRussa, who led his team to an upset victory over Virginia Tech, is leaving the program.The quarterback will be transferring to a seminary school with plans to be a Christian minister.The Virginia Pilot had more:Old Dominion quarterback Blake LaRussa, a former walk-on who will forever hold a place in Monarch lore for leading a historic upset of Virginia Tech, is walking away, at the height of his career.The redshirt junior from Bishop Sullivan Catholic announced Wednesday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enroll in seminary school.“It has been an incredible journey with Old Dominion football, but I would like to announce that I will be moving on from football after I graduate this spring and will be going into full-time ministry,” LaRussa said in a statement released by ODU. “This fall (2019) I will be going to seminary school to start my Master’s of divinity. I am so grateful for all my coaches and teammates who I have grown so close with these past four years.”LaRussa threw for more than 3,000 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season.“I am confident entering this next chapter of my life and excited to pursue what I have always known to be my heart’s greatest desire, and that is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and help people find hope,” LaRussa said.
BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 21: Wide Receiver Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after catching a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)The NFL season is nearly at its end. Four teams remain with the New England Patriots taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Conference Title Game and the New Orleans Saints hosting the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC title game.With the title games nearly here, Pick Six Previews looked at the rosters for each conference title team and came up with a list of the colleges with the most players in the AFC/NFC championships.Unsurprisingly, the top teams on the list are also some of the top teams in college football. Ohio State held down the top spot with nine players headlined by Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas.Georgia was second with seven and Tennessee rounded out the top three with six.Schools with most players on NFL Rosters (active) in the AFC/NFC Championships:9 – Ohio State7 – UGA6 – Tennessee5 – Alabama5 – Cal5 – Florida5 – FSU5 – Iowa5 – LSU5 – SMU4 – Auburn4 – Miami4 – Oregon4 – Oregon State4 – Rutgers4 – Washington— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) January 15, 2019SMU and Rutgers are the surprise college football teams on the list with five and four respectively. Jared Goff (Cal) is the only quarterback whose alma mater made the list.