Southampton loanee Elyounoussi enjoys Celtic debutby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMo Elyounoussi was delighted after making his debut for Celtic. The winger, on loan from Southampton, set up the winner in his first start for the Scottish giants.He said: “It was good to get the chance to play. I am proud of getting the win.”It was a good first five minutes and I almost scored but in the end I was happy to assist James in front of the goal and win the game.”It was a tough game and the pitch wasn’t the best and a bit dry but we came here for three points and that’s what we got.”He added: “They have been taking care of me since day one.”In time I will get more time to know them and on the pitch know each other and how they want to play and I want to play and hopefully that will get better in the future.”I am proud to get the debut and the three points is nice and now it’s Rennes on Thursday and we go again.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Inter Milan striker Eto’o: Balotelli gave us only 10% of what he can doby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o says Mario Balotelli could’ve been a worldbeater.Eto’o was still with Inter as Balotelli, now with Brescia, was breaking through as a teenager.He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Mario loves me like a little brother, but he never showed even 10% of his qualities.”The Mario I saw in training when he wanted to, I never saw the same in a game. “Too bad, in some moments he knew how to mark the hearts of those who watched him, but he could have marked them every day for twenty years…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
@_cavtion_Donte Vaughn, a four-star cornerback in the 2016 class, has trimmed his list to eight schools. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound prospect out of Memphis, Tenn., is ranked the No. 27 CB in his class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. His top eight is very SEC-heavy. Here’s the statement he released with his top schools. @_cavtion_Vaughn is considered by most recruiting analysts to be favoring Tennessee, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.
Georgia-Bama Pre-GameAlabama and Georgia are less than a half hour away from kick-off, and emotions are already running high in Athens. According to media members on the scene, Georgia and Alabama players engaged in some taunting pre-game, with Bulldog players meeting the Crimson Tide as the team took the field. Oh my, Georgia players rushing to the sideline to get in faces of Bama players as they come on the field. Refs had some work separating them— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 3, 2015Looked like a good bit of chest-bumping between Alabama and Georgia players when UA came out of the tunnel onto the field— Tommy Deas (@tommydeas) October 3, 2015Alabama player jumped up/down coming out of tunnel in corner of UGA endzone, Georgia players responded with own jumping. But no brawl— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) October 3, 2015AL.com’s Michael Casagrande has video of the mini-altercation.Almost got ugly pre game. Alabama and Georgia players barking. Refs separate them. pic.twitter.com/0rzui88i5O— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) October 3, 2015This game is shaping up to be an intense one.
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sell defender Ola Aina to Torino this summer, Goal understands.The 22-year-old, who is a product of the Blues’ youth system, spent last season on loan with the Serie A club and looks to set to return there permanently.Speaking to Sky Italy, Torino president Urbano Cairo confirmed that the club have exercised their option to buy Aina with the defender’s current deal set to expire at the end of June. 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? “We exercised our option to buy Ola Aina, as well as [Christian] Ansaldi and [Koffi] Djidji,” he said. “Now Torino own all their players.”Aina plays predominately as a right-back, but is capable of playing as a wing-back or wide midfielder.He previously spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Championship outfit Hull City, where he made 44 league appearances.At Torino, Aina was equally as important and he played 30 of the Turin-based outfit’s 38 Serie A matches last year.The defender has made six appearances for the Chelsea first team, three of which came in the cup competitions and three in the Premier League.Aina is also a Nigeria international and has earned eight caps for the national side, the last of which came in October.Given Chelsea’s impending transfer embargo, in which the club are restricted from signing players for the next two windows, added importance has been given to the club’s numerous returning loan players, several of whom could force their way into the first-team picture at Stamford Bridge in 2019/20.Chelsea currently only have Cesar Azpilicueta and David Zappacosta as the club’s recognised right-backs, and Reece James could therefore be expected to compete with the duo for a starting berth.Among the numerous loan signings expected to play a part next year for the Blues are: Tammy Abraham, who helped fire Aston Villa back to the Premier League, French defender Kurt Zouma, who was at Everton and Mason Mount, who spent the previous campaign under the tutelage of former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.While the London club look unlikely to welcome any new signings to the Bridge this summer, they can look forward to the arrival of Christian Pulisic. The American was signed by Chelsea in January but immediately loaned to former club Dortmund.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)The ongoing Zach Smith situation, and Urban Meyer’s response (or lack thereof), has people digging up old interviews and quotes from 2015. The day after the alleged October 25 incident between Smith and his ex-wife, Meyer had some interesting things to say about Jameis Winston.That fall, Meyer was interviewed by former FOX News host Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor. The discussion came in the wake of the Jameis Winston crab legs incident.The Ohio State coach said that “it would have been hard” to let the crab legs theft go.At the time, Sporting News noted that it was an interesting stance for Meyer to take, given some of the things that went on during his time as head coach of Florida.Meyer’s comments were surprising, considering during his time at Florida he had at 31 players arrested and all kinds of player behavior issues. One of the players, Aaron Hernandez, got into a slew of trouble when he was involved in an altercation outside a bar during his freshman year, was questioned about the shooting of two men, and failed multiple drug tests.Out of all those incidents, he was suspended only one game for a failed marijuana test. Hernandez, of course, found far more serious trouble after moving on to the NFL.Stealing crab legs was far from the most serious thing that Winston was accused of while at Florida State, of course. It was also much less serious than what Smith had allegedly done to his soon-to-be-ex-wife on October 25.As The Athletic’s Aaron Torres points out, the interview was conducted on October 26, one day after the Zach Smith incident.This is wild: One day after the alleged domestic incident, that Urban Meyer allegedly knew about (Oct. 25, 2015), Meyer went on Bill O’Reilly’s show and said that he’d have trouble keeping Jameis Winston on his team after Winston stole crab legs. ONE DAY https://t.co/M5KDxeN3Eb— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) August 1, 2018That afternoon, Courtney Smith filed a police report against the Ohio State wide receivers coach.Now, it is unclear if Meyer was aware of the incident at the time that he went on with O’Reilly, who has since been fired after being accused of sexual harassment by fellow employees. He has admitted to knowing about the 2009 incident between the Smiths, though.It may be a sick coincidence, but once again, it is a bad look for the Ohio State head coach.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leaves the field after the win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave while the university looks into how he handled domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. But a decision could come as soon as Wednesday after the school’s board takes a look at the findings of a six-person committee hired by the school to investigate the matter. Much of the debate still centers around determining what Meyer knew – and when.USA Today did a deep dive into Meyer’s contract this week. The publication found that when it comes to reporting alleged sexual misconduct, Meyer’s contract is one of the strictest in the Big Ten.Meyer, Maryland coach D.J. Durkin and Illinois coach Lovie Smith all have specific policies in their contracts regarding alleged sexual misconduct.It’s unclear exactly what this means for Meyer in the context of the investigation. Here’s more, via USA Today:According to his coach’s contract and Ohio State’s Sexual Misconduct policy, however, Meyer is required to report all allegations of sexual misconduct occurring within the university community – making the document’s policy on sexual misconduct among the strictest in the Big Ten, according to a USA TODAY Network examination of the contracts.Generally, Big Ten coach’s contracts include language binding them to all university rules, indirectly subjecting them to the university sexual misconduct policies which are outlined in separate documents. However, Meyer’s contract, along with Illinois coach Lovie Smith and Maryland coach D.J. Durkin’s contracts, for example, specify coaches must report allegations of sexual misconduct in addition to simply mentioning that they are subject to all university policies.This past Sunday, the school wrapped up its two-week investigation into how Meyer handled the allegations against Smith. It’s unclear when the school’s president, Michael Drake, will make his decision. There are already rumors that Meyer could be looking at a short suspension instead of a firing.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State continues to win football games, but head coach Urban Meyer still sees ways to improve. Despite being undefeated, the Buckeyes could put one starting position up for grabs.Although Ohio State isn’t experiencing deficiencies on special teams, Meyer won’t remain content with the team’s production. In fact, he won’t shy away from a possible position battle in the middle of the season.When talking about Blake Haubeil’s performance on Saturday, Meyer hinted that it’s possible that he could take the starting job from Sean Nuernberger.Urban Meyer says “it’s open for conversation” that Blake Haubeil could take the field goal kicking job from Sean Nuernberger after making three field goals last weekend.— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) October 15, 2018Haubeil was perfect over the weekend, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts.As for Nuernberger, the senior kicker is perfect on extra points, yet struggling on field goals. Through seven games, he’s made just 60 percent of his attempts.Making this drastic of a change in October might be risky, but Haubeil certainly deserves this opportunity. Unlike Nuernberger, the sophomore connected on an attempt of 40 yards or greater.Both kickers will have an excellent chance to cement their spot as the starting kicker, as Ohio State meets Purdue.
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)There were three major quarterback recruits on the transfer market in the 2016 offseason – Kyler Murray, Kyle Allen and Will Grier.Oklahoma’s football program was interested in all three quarterbacks, but ultimately ended up making the major push for Murray, who committed to the Sooners in early 2016.Bob Stoops was leading the Sooners’ program at the time, but it was apparently Lincoln Riley who made sure OU made the push for Murray.Riley revealed that he told Stoops he thought Murray could win the Heisman Trophy if they got him to Norman, Okla.“I like the other two but if Kyler comes here, he’s going to win the Heisman,” he told Stoops.Lincoln Riley says when #Sooners coaching staff was evaluating transfer market between Kyle Allen, Will Grier and Kyler Murray, Bob Stoops asked Riley after watching film of all three what he thought. “I like the other two but if Kyler comes here, he’s going to win the Heisman.”— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 10, 2018Both Riley and Stoops were in New York on Saturday night to watch Murray accept the 2018 Heisman Trophy award.Oklahoma will now move on to the College Football Playoff, where No. 1 Alabama awaits.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: The Clemson Tigers Rally Cats perform during a stoppage in play of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)The top quarterback in the Class of 2020, DJ Uiagalelei, has been on Clemson’s radar for a long time. After making an unofficial visit to another potential suitor, Uiagalelei is reportedly close to making his decision.In a recent interview with 247Sports, Uiagalelei announced that he is planning on making his decision in May. He clarified that he is still figuring things out, and has a lot to weigh between Clemson and Oregon.“Right now, Im still figuring out the exact date of when I’ll announce but I’ll tweet that out soon. It will be in May sometime and I’m going to put out a video to release the news…”Uiagalelei is coming off his final unofficial visit to Oregon, and has spoken glowingly about the Pac-12 giants. Oregon has not had the same level of recent success as Clemson, but has still developed plenty of quality quarterbacks.“I’m still figuring things out but yeah, I have a good idea right now,” Uiagalelei said. “It’s tough because Oregon and Clemson are both great schools but really different in every way… Oregon fits me and I have a great connection with Clemson as well.”The St. John Bosco quarterback is the No. 6 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, per 247Sports. He is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of California.Uiagalelei saw a massive improvement at high school last year. He finished his 2018 season with 48 touchdowns, only seven interceptions, plus 3,366 passing yards and a 69.6-percent completion rate.With Clemson already in a position to get several of the top prospects in the Class of 2020, getting Uiagalelei could give the Tigers one of the best recruiting classes ever.