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9 months agoHakimi admits discussing Real Madrid with BVB pal Alcacer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakimi admits discussing Real Madrid with BVB pal Alcacerby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAchraf Hakimi admits he’s spoken with Borussia Dortmund teammate Paco Alcacer about the pair of them playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.While Hakimi is on-loan at BVB from Real, Alcacer has just been sold by Barcelona to the Germans.”Here I have the continuity I needed, I feel more mature, more important, more a player,” said Hakimi.”I have to go back to Madrid in 2020 but in two years’ time anything can happen.” Asked if he and Alcacer had spoken about playing together for Real, he added: “We’ve talked about it once.” last_img read more

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9 months agoMan Utd plan mega offer for ‘devastated’ Koulibaly

first_imgMan Utd plan mega offer for ‘devastated’ Koulibalyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are preparing a mega offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The Mirror says United will offer Koulibaly an escape route away from Italy’s racists.United have made the 27-year-old Senegal international a prime summer target after failing to land him before the start of the season. And they believe Koulibaly will this time attempt to force his departure from the Serie A club after being targeted by bigots.The issue has left Koulibaly devastated – and a move away from Italy now appears to be the most likely outcome.Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ruled out the player’s departure during the January transfer market. He has claimed to have rejected a £95million bid from United in the summer – a declaration that has been denied at Old Trafford.But while United sources insist their interest in Koulibaly never went beyond making an enquiry about a valuation, they have made signing the France-born defender a priority. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Plenty of one-on-one meetings in Dubai

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Plenty of one-on-one meetings in Dubaiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he used their trip to Dubai to get closer to the players.He revealed that he had ­individual meetings with a number of players in a bid to develop the kind of personal touch that has been missing at the club.Solskjaer said: “I haven’t managed to speak to every single player on this trip but we have had quite a few individual chats, both formal and informal.“That’s just the way I believe in things. It’s probably easier for them to speak to me rather than in front of a big group.“That was the way I enjoyed being coached as well. I always loved one-to-one coaching here with chats to the ­gaffer (Ferguson), Rene (Meulensteen), Carlos (Queiroz), Steve McClaren and Kiddo (Brian Kidd).“Every single player needs that ­connection, because they want to know what is expected of them. It’s not just me telling them what to do. It’s about me asking, ‘What are your strengths? What do you feel? What can you give to the team?'” last_img read more

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a month agoBruce says Newcastle fans fed up with takeover talk

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bruce says Newcastle fans fed up with takeover talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce says fans are fed up with takeover talk.A brochure emerged this week detailing Peter Kenyon’s alliance with GACP Sports, a Florida-based investment firm, aiming to raise cash, and promising big returns for anyone buying a stake in the Toon.Bruce said on Friday: “All the players are professionals. They’ve heard it all before. They’ve probably seen it how many times? Five? Six? Twice a season for the last five years? It’s common knowledge the club’s for sale.“It’s an on-going saga, isn’t it? Until it’s bona fide. I think people are saying ‘here we go again’.“It’s got nothing to do with me. I’m not really bothered about it. I’ve been involved with them before. It’s something I can’t really influence.“Lee Charnley runs the club fantastically well on a day-to-day basis. We have regular contact, every day, twice a day. I’m fine with it.“I’ve been involved in it all before at Aston Villa. I’ve been involved in a takeover at Birmingham City. If it’s true, then I get involved.The only thing I can influence… hopefully we can play better than we did last Saturday.” last_img read more

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19 days agoVictor Valdes departure from Barcelona due to be confirmed

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Victor Valdes departure from Barcelona due to be confirmedby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Valdes’ departure from Barcelona is set to be confirmed.It was announced on Friday that Valdes would not be on the bench for the U19s on Saturday and his dismissal is expected to be confirmed in the next 48 hours. Patrick Kluivert, the director of youth football at the club, is clear on his job and doesn’t want anyone stepping out of the line established by the club. For that reason, he advised Valdes to return to the 4-3-3 system. But Valdes didn’t take it well, says Sport. Valdes has already said goodbye to the players. Barça are now looking for a substitute and the best placed at the moment is Franc Artiga, the current Juvenil B coach. last_img read more

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John Calipari Announces That Every Kentucky Player Will Submit Name For NBA Draft

first_imgJohn Calipari asks fans to vote for former Kentucky players in the NBA All-Star game.coach calipari nba videoThis year, the NCAA made a big college basketball rule change, which allows players to withdraw from the draft process after the NBA Combine, allowing players to receive real feedback on their prospects. It is an incredibly pro-player rule, one of the few that the NCAA has enacted in recent years, and as you’d expect, Kentucky head coach John Calipari is a fan. Today, he made an announcement that shouldn’t be all that surprising with the new rule, but will likely make some waves anyway: every single Kentucky player, walk-ons included, will enter the Draft in hopes of a combine invite.Met with our team today. Told them that during the season it’s about the team and sacrificing for each other – which they did this year.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016When the season’s over, it’s about each individual player and what’s right for them and their families.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016With that being said, every player who is eligible for the draft, including our walk-ons, will submit their names for the NBA Draft …— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016… in hopes of being invited to the combine in May.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016The new rule states they can submit their name a total of three times. If they choose to withdraw, they have until 10 days after the combine— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016It’s a true win-win for the student-athlete.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016Calipari has long said that the NBA Draft is just as important  for his program as the national championship. One of his program mottos is “succeed and proceed.” No one has gamed the one-and-done era like Calipari, so it is no surprise that he likes this new rule.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

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Art Briles’ Daughter Posts Lengthy Note On Facebook About Her Dad’s Firing From Baylor

first_imgFacebook post by Staley Lebby about Art Briles.Staley Lebby“I just stopped crying long enough to be able to write this.” That’s how Art Briles’ daughter, Staley, began her lengthy note on Facebook regarding her father’s firing from Baylor. It was announced earlier today that Briles, who had been the head coach of the Bears’ football team since 2008, was being fired amid the program’s sexual assault scandal. Here’s her full note. Art Briles daughter, Staley Lebby, posts her thoughts on facebook about her father’s firing at #Baylor. pic.twitter.com/TbCq4iEGWS— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) May 26, 2016Staley Lebby is married to Jeff Lebby, the Bears’ passing game coordinator and running backs coach. It is unclear if he will remain on staff. She is not alone in her feelings about Briles’ firing, either. Many Baylor players took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the school’s decision.last_img read more

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Real Betis vs Real Madrid: Navas recalled to starting XI

first_imgWith La Liga officially reaching the halfway mark of the 2018-19 campaign this weekend, Real Madrid have a chance to set themselves up for a consolidated push for league leaders Barcelona and the top four.Los Blancos currently sit two points outside the Champions League qualification spots in the table and 10 off the Catalan club at the summit after a rocky season so far.But Santiago Solari’s side have shown time and time again throughout the years that it’s never wise to count them 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? They travel to fellow European place chasers Real Betis, who are hot on their heels, looking to bounce back from their last league defeat against Real Sociedad – so can they avoid consecutive losses for the second time since September? Game Real Betis vs Real Madrid Date Sunday, January 13 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Real Betis squad Goalkeepers Lopez, Robles Defenders Mandi, Bartra, Feddal, Guerrero, Barragan Midfielders Carvalho, Canales, Lo Celso, Guardado, Joaquin, Boudebouz, Javi Garcia Forwards Sanabria, Tello, Inui, Moron, Leon, Lainez Real Betis staring XI Pau López; Barragán, Mandi, Bartra, Francis; William, Guardado, Canales, Lo Celso; Joaquín y Sanabria.. Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Casilla, Navas, Luca Defenders Ramos, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Reguilon, Odriozola, Vallejo Midfielders Modric, Valverde, Casemiro, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Benzema, Brahim, Vinicius Jr., Cristo Real Madrid starting XI: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho, Reguilón; Casemiro, Valverde, Modric; Benzema, Vinicius.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are favourites to pick up the three points and can be backed at 11/10 with bet365 . Real Betis are priced at 9/4 while a draw is 14/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Benzema 2018-19Real Madrid may be Club World Cup champions after their victory over Al Ain in December – but Los Blancos’ return to action since the winter break has produced mixed results.They were unexpectedly downed 2-0 by Real Sociedad in La Liga before bouncing back to hand a 3-0 hiding to Leganes in the Copa del Rey.They will be looking to carry that momentum back over to the league as they attempt to haul themselves into title contention again – or at the very least, challenge for a top four spot.Santiago Solari’s position isn’t strictly assured at the club and the coach will be keen to throw down a gauntlet to his challengers reminding them of what he is capable of.However, he will be forced to do so without a number of key stars, with several of Madrid’s best and brightest sidelined for the next few weeks.Gareth Bale, Marcos Llorente, Thibaut Courtois, Toni Kroos and Asensio are among those who are unable to feature for the trip to face Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin.Quique Setien’s side are blessed with virtually a clean bill of health in contrast but come into the game on the back of a humiliating 2-1 loss to Huesca.That result meant that the hosts were unable to close the gap on their visitors ahead of this clash – but having already toppled Barca this season, they will be hopeful of delivering another key upset.last_img read more

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Report: Barcelona 3 Leganes 1

first_imgLionel Messi played an important role off the bench with an assist for Luis Suarez before scoring himself as Barcelona secured a 3-1 win over Leganes at Camp Nou.Ernesto Valverde’s decision to rest Messi almost backfired after Martin Braithwaite cancelled out a goal from Ousmane Dembele, who was later forced off injured, but the Argentinian came off the bench to inspire Suarez’s goal and then rounded out proceedings.Dembele was almost unplayable right from the start and it came as no surprise to see him find the breakthrough with a tidy finish just after the half-hour mark. 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? The France international was unfortunately replaced due to a suspected hamstring problem shortly after Braithwaite made the scores level, but Suarez put Barca back in front in the 71st minute after Messi’s shot had been saved, and their main man made sure the five-point gap to second-place Atletico Madrid was restored.The lively Dembele was crucial when Barca’s dominance finally resulted in a chance in the 31st minute, the forward feeding Suarez, who prodded into the side-netting from an acute angle.But Leganes were not so lucky just over 60 seconds later.Gerard Pique found Dembele after a charging run up the right flank and the winger darted inside, offloaded to Jordi Alba, before then steering the Spaniard’s cut-back in off the right-hand post from 12 yards.Despite Barca’s control, Leganes levelled out of nowhere in the 57th minute – Braithwaite slamming home from close range after an excellent run and cross from the right by Youssef En-Nesyri, adding to his goal against Real Madrid on Wednesday.Messi was introduced shortly after and, although they lost Dembele to an innocuous-looking injury, Barca powered to victory.Their talisman’s long-range strike was saved by Ivan Cuellar, but Suarez bundled in – catching the goalkeeper in the process – to secure the points, despite a lengthy VAR delay.Messi then completed the scoring in the second minute of stoppage time, emphatically firing home with his right foot from the centre of the box after receiving Alba’s pass.On  @Dembouz now has a CAREER-BEST 13 goals this season, across all competitions! Keep the fireballs comin’ Ousmane!  pic.twitter.com/HxGV4MW9Nh— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 20, 2019What does it mean? Luck not on Dembele’s sideIt is fair to say things have not always gone to plan for Dembele so far at Barca. Injuries, reservations about his attitude and questionable timekeeping, mean he has attracted headlines. But his goal on Sunday was his 13th of the season, making it his most productive campaign as a professional, only to then suffer another injury.Ous the man?Dembele looked really up for this contest right from the off, completing mazy runs that otherwise looked impossible to pull off. His final pass was a little wayward early on, but he got the fans off their seats and scored a deserved goal with a fine finish.Coutinho fails to grasp his opportunityPhilippe Coutinho is having a difficult season. Handed only his third start in LaLiga since early November, he saw plenty of the ball but did not make much of an impact in the final third.Key Opta Facts:- Ousmane Dembele has scored 13 goals for Barcelona this season in all competitions, his best goal tally in a single season (12 goals for Rennes in 2015-16).- Luis Suarez has scored 15-plus goals in each of his last seven league seasons (five for Barcelona in LaLiga and two for Liverpool in the Premier League). – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 22 La Liga goals as a substitute, more than any other player in the 21st century. – Dembele completed 11 dribbles against Leganes (15 dribbles attempted), the most by a player in a LaLiga game this season. – Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has won a La Liga managerial game against Leganes’ Mauricio Pellegrino for the first time (D1 L2). 15 – Luis Suarez has scored 15+ goals in each of his last seven league seasons (five for @FCBarcelona in @LaLigaEN and two for Liverpool in the Premier League). Predatory. pic.twitter.com/UpGIyihlPq— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 20, 2019What’s next?Barca face a trip to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, before returning to LaLiga action in a Catalan derby at Girona four days later. Leganes host Eibar in the league on Saturday. read morelast_img read more

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PSG target Allan staying at Napoli – Ancelotti

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti insisted Allan will not be moving to Paris Saint-Germain, declaring “the matter over” after the midfielder missed Napoli’s draw at AC Milan.Allan was dropped for Saturday’s 0-0 Serie A stalemate in Milan amid uncertainty over his future, with French champions PSG reportedly finalising a transfer in excess of €100 million (£87m/$114m).Ancelotti confirmed post-match that 28-year-old Allan had been contacted by a club regarding a move, noting that it was something that should not have occurred.  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 further explained that while Napoli listed to what the midfielder had to say, they decided against making a move, and declared Allan will will return to the team to face Milan in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Tuesday.”As far as I am concerned, the matter is over, Allan will remain our player and we never intended to sell if not for something extraordinary,” head coach Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.”The player has been contacted, even though that shouldn’t happen, and we listened to his requests, after which nothing happened.”He will stay with us and play on Tuesday.”Allan arrived from Udinese in 2015 and became an important piece for former manager Maurizio Sarri over recent seasons, starting over 30 games in both 2015-16 and 2017-18.The midfielder enjoyed arguably his finest season in Italy last year, as he scored four goals and added five assists in Serie A.He has continued to be a productive player for Ancelotti this season as he has has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Napoli this season, 18 of those in Serie A, where he has added a pair of assists.Allan and Napoli are currently second in Serie A, eight points behind reigning champions Juventus, who can increase that gap to double digits with a win over Lazio on Sunday.last_img read more

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