SNAPPED: Man City striker Aguero involved in accident as car comes off second bestby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the love Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash on Wednesday morning.Aguero was on the way to training when the accident occurred. The Argentine walked away unscathed, but his Range Rover was not so lucky.Photo: Sergio Aguero’s car involved in a crash this morning.[via @MailSport] pic.twitter.com/FVKHzUObt9— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) October 16, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Month: October 2019
3 days agoLiverpool confirm they will play in Club World Cup3 days agoLiverpool confirm they will play in Club World Cup
Liverpool confirm they will play in Club World Cupby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have confirmed they will play in the Club World Cup in December.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are top of the Premier League after nine games, might end up playing in the Club World Cup final on December 21 in Qatar before facing Leicester City on Boxing Day.A statement read: “Liverpool is to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament which brings together teams from six football federations from around the world.”As part of its preparations, the club is taking part in a series of fact-finding meetings and consultations with various authorities, including FIFA, the Qatar Supreme Committee, the UK Foreign Office and a range of non-governmental organisations.”The club values and appreciates the input that has been provided by various supporters groups, notably Spirit Of Shankly and Kop Outs, throughout this process and will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure travelling fans are provided with the information they require.”In keeping with that ongoing commitment, the club will offer updates at the appropriate times and would encourage supporters to monitor official LFC channels.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Manchester City returned to winning ways ahead of their blockbuster showdown against Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-1 win at Southampton.The defending champions ceded ground to Jurgen Klopp’s side with back-to-back defeats versus Crystal Palace and Leicester City, and they once again let an early lead slip as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – later sent off for a reckless lunge on Fernandinho – cancelled out David Silva’s 10th-minute opener.A James Ward-Prowse own-goal on the stroke of half-time, moments after the Southampton midfielder had penalty claims rejected, and Sergio Aguero’s injury-time header steadied City nerves before the break. 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? Pep Guardiola’s men replace Tottenham in second and trim the deficit to the summit to seven points, while Burnley’s win over West Ham means only goal difference is keeping Southampton out of the bottom three.Charlie Austin stole in behind the City defence, only for heavy touch to let him down, before Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva had no such problems down the Southampton left as they deftly set up David Silva for an assured finish.Mahrez and Sergio Aguero both went close to doubling City’s advantage but, after Ederson brilliantly kept out an Austin header, makeshift left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko carelessly gave away possession in the 37th minute and Hojbjerg clattered home emphatically.Zinchenko was then fortunate to see a clumsy challenge in the box on Ward-Prowse go unpunished – the Southampton man’s disappointment compounded as he lucklessly put Raheem Sterling’s cross through his own net.An eventful half for the Ukraine international concluded with a pinpoint cross that Aguero headed beyond Alex McCarthy’s lacklustre attempts to save.The whole squad (minus @edersonmoraes93) come together to celebrate @aguerosergiokun’s goal… Brothers! pic.twitter.com/xsnDfgvFkC— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 30, 2018The Southampton goalkeeper partially redeemed himself by standing up to Sterling when a slick one-two with Bernardo Silva in the 55th minute picked apart his defence.City were again close to a fourth when Aguero turned to lash against the top of the crossbar left-footed.Mahrez was substituted after he missed an 80th-minute one-on-one, while Hojbjerg was dismissed for his ugly challenge late on.What does it mean? All eyes on the Etihad on ThursdayThe closely fought title battle many have anticipated this season has threatened to go up in smoke over recent weeks, with City buckling under the strain of Liverpool’s relentless pace. Guardiola’s men again showed vulnerabilities before half-time that will not have gone unnoticed on Merseyside, but victory over their rivals would trim the deficit to four points and set up a 2019 to remember in the Premier League.Danilo adds sharpness to CityBenjamin Mendy’s knee injury and Fabian Delph’s red card at Leicester necessitated Zinchenko’s latest free-form interpretation of the left-back role, but right-back has also been a problem for City of late, with Kyle Walker turning in a succession of tired performances. Danilo’s return from an injury-ravaged spell has taken the England defender out of the firing line. The Brazilian snapped into early challenges and passed sharply to get the visitors up and running at St Mary’s. A move over to left-back to reintroduce Walker and spare Zinchenko from Mohamed Salah et al might be in the offing this week.McCarthy comes up shortGoalkeepers are a notoriously self-critical breed and McCarthy will not look back on this performance with any particular fondness. It feels harsh to be too critical over the Ward-Prowse own-goal, although the Saints keeper did get a decent enough touch on the deflected ball. Aguero did well to direct his header down but, if Southampton are to succeed on such tough assignments, those are saves McCarthy has to be making – as he belatedly did from Sterling and Mahrez after half-time.Key Opta Facts:- Manchester City have won five consecutive Premier League games against Southampton for the first time.- Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 competitive matches – their longest streak since a run of 10 ending in February 2015.- Bernardo Silva has been directly involved in 10 goals in 19 Premier League games this season (five goals, five assists), equalling his total in 2017-18 in 35 games (six goals, four assists).- Sergio Aguero has scored 50 Premier League goals under Pep Guardiola, 16 more than any other player has for the club under the Spaniard.What’s next?A season-defining outing awaits City, while a similarly tricky task is on the agenda for Southampton when they travel to Chelsea on Wednesday. read more
Liverpool were “scared” by West Ham in their 1-1 Premier League draw at London Stadium on Monday, according to Mark Noble.Although the Reds took the lead through Sadio Mane, the goal should have been ruled out as James Milner – who provided the cross for his team-mate to score – was in an offside position in the build-up.West Ham quickly equalised and Declan Rice’s free header could have given them a half-time lead, while Noble went close to scoring late on for the hosts. 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? Divock Origi almost won it in added time for the visitors, yet Noble hailed a fine performance from Manuel Pellegrini’s side as they bounced back from three straight losses in all competitions.”January was a bad month for us,” Noble said to Sky Sports.”We defended fantastically well and probably deserved to win tonight. You can’t play man to man against Liverpool and out-pass them. You have to keep your shape and stop them.”We scared them. You have to do that against the top teams. I’m just gutted we didn’t come away with the three points.”We’re gutted in there because the goal was clearly offside. We scored a fantastic set-play and didn’t manage to get a second goal.””We’ve made it hard for ourselves but let’s enjoy it – you need to enjoy pressure” – @VirgilvDijk #WHULIV pic.twitter.com/KsKz4F8bQr— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was quick to laugh off Noble’s assessment, though, saying that he saw a poor performance, not a scared team.”I like that really. I would wish for all West Ham fans that Mark Noble and his team would scare more teams and not only us tonight,” Klopp said.”I don’t know him really well, so I don’t know why he speaks about us after a game like that. They defended well, that’s true. They didn’t scare us.”It’s a normal away game. We won away games when we played worse than tonight and nobody spoke about it. Last year we won at Crystal Palace 2-1 with two offensive situations pretty much. Tonight we had more.”They have quality – no doubt about that. Why they don’t get results more often, I don’t know. But tonight they had a result, 1-1, but I didn’t see that they scared us.”Liverpool were without Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren due to injury – with Milner having to fill in again at right-back – while Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum also sat the match out. But while Virgil van Dijk acknowledged defensive alterations have hampered Liverpool, he said it was no excuse for consecutive 1-1 draws, results that mean a Manchester City win at Everton on Wednesday will see the champions take over at the top. “It’s tough but they were decent and defended well. It could have been a lot better,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports. “It is what it is. We have to keep going. “That [set pieces] is their strength, they practice on it a lot. When you have a back four who don’t change it is maybe a bit easier. But we have enough quality to fill it. “What can we do? We take it game by game. We’re still top of the league. You need to enjoy the pressure. You can also be playing for nothing. We’re still in the race. We go again.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Video: Should Michigan’s Devin Bush Have Been Called For Targeting?Video: Should Michigan’s Devin Bush Have Been Called For Targeting?
Michigan’s Devin Bush may have gotten away with one on Saturday afternoon.Michigan and Michigan State are trading blows in East Lansing, and at the moment, the Wolverines hold a 24-10 lead. But one particular hit has Spartans fans a bit upset – both with the Wolverines and the referees.During a punt return by Michigan, Wolverines freshman linebacker Devin Bush absolutely lit up Spartans linebacker Chris Frey. While it was a solid block for Jabril Peppers, it’s very debatable as to whether it should have been called targeting. Check it out:Devin Bush Jr laying the hammer down! pic.twitter.com/2HQFtXIldl— Mike Trainor (@GoldGloveSS) October 29, 2016Is this targeting? https://t.co/JJfrMY3mC9— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) October 29, 2016I’ll say it: That should have been targeting on Devin Bush. That hit needs to be officiated out of the game.— Russ Levine (@pudge44) October 29, 2016Yeah that’s targeting from Devin Bush.— Alex Lasher (@mad_Flash5) October 29, 2016Bush was not penalized and remained in the game. Frey eventually returned to the game as well.Expect plenty of talk about this play.
Mexico stayed alive at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Costa Rica in the quarter-finals on Saturday.Raul Jimenez’s first-half goal had put Gerardo Martino’s side ahead at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.However, Bryan Ruiz’s controversial second-half penalty drew Costa Rica level and a shoot-out followed despite chances for both sides. 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 Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant save late in extra time and again in the shoot-out, denying Keysher Fuller to claim a 5-4 success.¡A SEMIFINALES! @CocaColaMx y @PoweradeMx te dejan el marcador final del duelo Costa Rica en la Oro.#PasiónyOrgullo | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/zITjoseeJl— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 30, 2019Despite a lively start by both teams, there were few chances at either end until Costa Rica threatened just after the half-hour mark.Celso Borges stepped up to curl a 25-yard free-kick just wide, before the midfielder later hit the post, although the move was flagged offside anyway.Instead, Mexico took the lead just before half-time through Jimenez.Jimenez’s initial strike after a Rodolfo Pizarro cross from the left was blocked, but he produced a composed finish from inside the area to make it 1-0.Costa Rica found a way back into the game early in the second half after a controversial penalty decision.Luis Rodriguez was ruled to have brought down Joel Campbell, who was about to shoot, although replays showed he got the ball and any contact appeared to occur just outside the area.Still, Ruiz made the most of the chance from the penalty spot, converting to bring Costa Rica level.That seemed to bring Mexico back to life as Jimenez forced a fine save from Leonel Moreira before also shooting wide in the 62nd minute.In what was an end-to-end finish to the 90 minutes, Mexico almost found a winner through substitute Carlos Rodriguez, who hit the crossbar from close range.The chances continued in extra time, the best falling for Jonathan McDonald, whose powerful low strike was well saved by Ochoa in the 108th minute.Jimenez had a penalty saved to begin the shoot-out but Mexico recovered, Randall Leal missing the target before Ochoa superbly denied Fuller. What does it mean? Mexico find a way, but only justIt looked like Martino’s perfect record at the helm was coming to an end as Mexico fell behind in the shoot-out. However, after seven wins from as many games under Martino heading into their meeting with Costa Rica, Mexico found a way again.Ochoa steps up at key momentMexico only got to penalties thanks to Ochoa, who did well to deny McDonald in extra time. The goalkeeper then delivered the key save in the shoot-out, diving to his right to deny Fuller.Martino mistake for MexicoThey edged into the semi-finals, but Mexico will need to find a way without Martino in the last four. The coach picked up his second yellow card of the tournament during extra time and is suspended.What’s next?Mexico will face surprise semi-finalists Haiti on Tuesday, while Costa Rica look ahead to a friendly against Uruguay in September. read more
Major College Football Team Adds Another Game To 2018 ScheduleMajor College Football Team Adds Another Game To 2018 Schedule
RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: The North Carolina State University Wolfpack kicks off to the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 18, 2004 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)NC State football is among the various teams to lose a game due to weather issues this season. For the Wolfpack, it was a high-profile non-conference game against a very good West Virginia.Unfortunately for fans of the ‘Pack and the Mountaineers, they aren’t getting that game back.NC State will play a 12th game, however. East Carolina lost its game at Virginia Tech earlier in the year due to Hurricane Florence.The Pirates will now head to Raleigh on Saturday, Dec. 1.NC State football announced the game earlier today.As one would imagine, it hinges on the two teams not making their respective conference championship games. Considering Clemson’s dominance in the Atlantic and ECU’s struggles in recent years, that seems unlikely.“This replacement game makes sense for both schools,” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “NC State lost a home game and ECU lost a road game due to Hurricane Florence. We’re pleased to be able to secure this twelfth game for both our fans and our team.”[…]“While we remain focused on ACC play, we’re glad to schedule this game should it be needed,” said Head Coach Dave Doeren.In addition, the two North Carolina programs have tacked on an additional home-and-home to an existing series.Additionally, NC State and ECU have agreed to an extension of their longstanding series with games in Raleigh in 2025 and in Greenville in 2028. The teams are already scheduled to open the 2019 season in Raleigh and will play in Greenville in 2022.NC State is 4-0 on the season, and hosts Boston College at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. ECU is 2-2, and will travel up to Temple this weekend.
Dabo Swinney: Alabama Inspired Clemson’s Uniform TraditionDabo Swinney: Alabama Inspired Clemson’s Uniform Tradition
WINSTON SALEM, NC – NOVEMBER 19: Mike Williams #7 celebrates with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after scoring a touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the game at BB&T Field on November 19, 2016 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Dabo Swinney doesn’t like wasted energy on things like uniforms. Hence why fans know exactly what the Tigers will wear on a game-to-game basis.When he took over as interim head coach, Swinney wanted to simplify Clemson’s uniform options, so that he and others didn’t have to spend time figuring it out every week, which was a trend under his former boss Tommy Bowden.Where many schools have trended towards more uniform options and combinations, no doubt inspired by programs like Oregon, Clemson has set rules for what it will wear and when.At home, it is orange jerseys and white pants. On the road, all whites. The purple uniforms are broken out for Military Appreciation Day games. And if Clemson is competing for some kind of championship, the Tigers wear orange pants.That rule was broken once: for Clemson’s first win with Dabo Swinney as head coach. The Tigers wore “orange britches” for that trip, despite it not being a championship, although Swinney still counts it among the biggest games in his career. This weekend, the Tigers will be back in those pants for the first time at Boston College since, with the ACC Atlantic hanging in the balance.Dabo Swinney expounded on his decision to simplify the Clemson football uniform rotation, and he took his inspiration from his alma mater Alabama.Via TigerNet:“You talk about wasted energy every single week. Can we wear this? I was like, can we just worry about what matters in this? And that’s what I came from, I mean, there was no discussion about a uniform where I came from for 13 years. You just didn’t even talk about it. And so I wanted to just kind of create that consistency and that mindset. So, I sat down and looked at old pictures. And I said ‘this is what we should be and this is what we should do.’ And this is where we ended u, and I knew there was an orange britches tradition, something that was unique to Clemson and I didn’t want to lose that.[…]“I just said we would wear the orange pants when there’s some type of championship on the line. If there isn’t then we aren’t wearing them. We started that in 2009. We actually, ironically, wore them in my very first win. That was a championship, trust me. We probably aren’t here now if not for that, trust me. So now we kind of started that consistency and then obviously the purple has been a part of our history, too. And so, we kind of incorporated that into the military appreciation as a way to embrace that part of our uniform, but honor the military. But we don’t have any questions. There’s no drama or any of that stuff.”Incorporating stuff from ‘Bama is way easier said than done, but Clemson is probably the closest thing there is in the sport at this point, and one of the few programs that have give the Crimson Tide a constant challenge. It’s impossible to argue with the results.[TigerNet]
What Dwayne Haskins’ Personal QB Coach Has Said About His DecisionWhat Dwayne Haskins’ Personal QB Coach Has Said About His Decision
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has yet to announce his NFL draft decision, though many people expect he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins has until mid-January to decide.Earlier today, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Haskins received a first-round grade from the NFL’s advisory board. A player can receive a first or second-round projection or advice to return to school.If Haskins’ trainer Quincy Avery is to be believed, that first-round grade will be enough to get Haskins to leave school.In late September, Yahoo’s Pete Thamel wrote a feature on Haskins. In it, Avery said a first-round projection would likely be enough to get Haskins to leave school.Private trainer Quincy Avery, who works with Ohio State sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel back in September: “If he has a first-round grade, he’s going to be playing in the NFL next year. It’d be almost irresponsible of him not to.” https://t.co/CCWYlhamYc— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) December 23, 2018If Oregon’s Justin Herbert elects to return to school, Haskins could be the No. 1 overall quarterback prospect in the 2019 draft class, which might be enough to entice a team to pick him in the top 10.Haskins and the Buckeyes will play Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1. Any decision for the redshirt sophomore will come sometime after that.The Rose Bowl will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.
U.S. Senator Calls For Major Change To College Basketball, FootballU.S. Senator Calls For Major Change To College Basketball, Football
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – MARCH 22: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball as teammate Zion Williamson #1 celebrates against the North Dakota State Bison in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A United States senator has called for a major change to big-time college sports on the morning of the Sweet 16.Chris Murphy, a 45-year-old senator from Connecticut, took to social media this morning to call for changes to college basketball and college football.The U.S. senator has joined the long list of people calling for major student-athletes to be compensated outside of their scholarships.“It’s time for the NCAA to find a way to compensate student-athletes. College football & basketball have become a multi-billion dollar industry and everyone is cashing in except the players who are doing the work,” he announced.“That’s why today I released a report called Madness, Inc. which does a deep dive into the profits of college sports and how it’s making everyone rich but the students.”🚨 THREAD: It’s time for the #NCAA to find a way to compensate student-athletes. College football & basketball have become a multi-billion dollar industry and everyone is cashing in except the players who are doing the work.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 28, 2019That’s why today I released a report called Madness, Inc. which does a deep dive into the profits of college sports and how it’s making everyone rich but the students. https://t.co/uKFGNjY4tA— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 28, 2019Murphy added that he knows there isn’t an easy solution, but something needs to change.“I’m not saying there’s an easy solution. But the NCAA has found a way for everyone else to make money as a part of this complicated system – they can figure out a way for students to get their fair share,” he writes.The simple change, you would think, would be to let student-athletes profit off of their likeness. Let them get endorsement deals, sign autographs for money, etc.