Spalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win itby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says they’re in the Coppa Italia to win it.Inter meet Benevento in the round of 16 on Sunday.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” said Spalletti.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”On winning the Coppa, he added: “It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man City striker Aguero admits being Liverpool and Owen fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits he grew up a fan off Liverpool.And he says Michael Owen was his favourite striker.Aguero has been Manchester City’s main man for eight years, winning four Premier League titles in the process. His latest league triumph came at the expense of Liverpool, who were searching for their first in the competition. Owen revealed his own admiration for Aguero in his book when discussing the finishing of United striker Marcus Rashford.He argued: “Players like Robbie Fowler, Aguero or Harry Kane, these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”It seems the respect is mutual, as Aguero wrote in his autobiography Born To Rise: “I’ve always liked Liverpool, maybe because I used to play for Independiente who also played in red.”As a kid, I wanted to be Michael Owen and when I saw him score that goal for England against Argentina I thought ‘you little sh**’! Even aged 10, I knew they couldn’t allow him that much space. He was a terrific player at that time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Phelan: How Sir Alex ended my Man Utd careerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan has revealed how his time as a player at Old Trafford was brought to an end.Phelan signed for the Old Trafford outfit from Norwich City in 1989 but his career with the club came to a frustrating end five years later. “He came up to me the Friday before the game on Saturday, last game of the season, and pulled me to one side at the training ground,” Phelan told The Athletic.”He said: ‘Enough’s enough, son. I’m letting you go’. ‘Letting me go where?’ ‘You’ve done terrific for me, but I’m going to bring in some of the young kids’.””This is when the Class of ’92 were around. I was older then, a little bit gobby.”‘Who?’ ‘I’m going to play Gary Neville’. ‘Gary Neville? What’s he got? Come on, Gaffer. You’re gonna play a kid?’ ‘Yeah’.”Phelan would go on to join West Brom, where he would spend 18 months before deciding to hang up his boots. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Saturday, Kentucky capped off an undefeated regular season with a victory over rival Florida. As the team continues to march toward the goal of a 40-0 campaign, the players will be sporting some new gear in the postseason. Monday, Kentucky’s equipment Twitter account unveiled a photo of the new Kobe 10’s that the Wildcats will be wearing for both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. They’re customized with “Kentucky” written on the inside.Players are getting custom Kobe 10s for the @KentuckyMBB post-season run from @nikebasketball! #31notdone #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/E969CjIP7U— UK Equipment Staff (@UKequipment) March 9, 2015Duke was also given customized versions of the same shoe earlier this week.Friday, Kentucky, which earned a double-bye in the SEC Tournament, will get the winner of Alabama vs. Florida.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 26: Albert, the mascot for the Florida Gators, performs during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tomorrow’s Florida-Ole Miss basketball game is “’90s Night” in Gainesville, and the Gators have been posting really cool NBA Jam-style promo clips for the special event on their Instagram page. Between Dorian Finney-Smith jumping off the screen for a huge baseline slam, and Chris Chiozza catching literal fire, these “Gator Jam” videos are pretty awesome.The Gators and Rebels tip off at 9 p.m. We hope Florida has plans to roll a few more of these out before game time.
Tottenham travel to Fulham on Sunday, aiming to keep their Premier League title hopes alive against ever-increasing odds.A 1-0 loss to Manchester United last weekend was only the tip of the iceberg for manager Mauricio Pochettino, who saw star man Harry Kane ruled out for six weeks due to an ankle injury.Nevertheless, they will hope to negotiate a trip to relegation-threatened Fulham successfully to cut the gap at the top of the table to Liverpool to nine points and remain firmly ensconced in the top four. 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? Game Fulham v Tottenham Date Sunday, January 20 Time 4:00pm GMT / 11am ET Stream (US only) 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 NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Fulham players Goalkeepers Rico, Fabri, Bettinelli Defenders Chambers, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan, Fosu-Mensah, Christie, Odoi Midfielders Anguissa, McDonald, Cisse, Seri, Cairney, Johansen, Torre, Sessegnon, Kebano, Schurrle, Ayite Forwards Mitrovic, Kamara, Vietto, Babel Alfie Mawson is missing for the hosts and there are doubts over Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, but otherwise they have a clean bill of health.Ryan Babel could be in line to feature after signing from Besiktas earlier in the week.Aboubakar Kamara is unlikely to be picked after a training ground bust up in midweek.Possible Fulham starting XI: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream; Christie, Seri, Chambers, Bryan; Schurrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Tottenham’s attacking issues are well documented, with Harry Kane set to miss out until the start of March and Son Heung-min away on international duty at the Asian Cup.Additionally, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko are missing from the midfield, while Moussa Dembele has recently been sold to Guangzhou.There are doubts over Lucas Moura and Eric Dier.Possible Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Winks, Skipp, Rose; Alli, Eriksen; LlorenteBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are 8/11 favourites with bet365, despite their injury issues. Fulham are priced at 9/2 to take the win, 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 Tottenham’s trip to Fulham is their first in a make-or-break period in their campaign that will also see them contest a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea this week.Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is at breaking point, with the sale of Moussa Dembele, the international commitments of Son Heung-min and a medium-term injury for Harry Kane all eating away at what little depth was available.Though there are still 11 days left in the transfer window, the Argentine says that he will not be drawn into making hurried signings.“I don’t see it as a gamble not to sign a forward,” he said. “I think in the end, if for another transfer window we don’t sign players or we are not going to sign a striker, that is not going to be a gamble, it’s not going to be a risk.“I think we have players that can cope with that place when Harry Kane is not available. “If we want to find another Kane, I think we are going to make a mistake because to find another Kane is impossible because we are talking about one of the top three, four or five best strikers in the world. “We have the possibility to create our new star through the academy. Of course, that is our objective – to try to create the new star of Tottenham, to find him here in our academy, would be the most exciting thing.”Pochettino’s replacements will first be put to the test against opponents whose yoga sessions have hit the headlines this week.Reports suggest that strikers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara came to blows during the class over a comment the latter said to the instructor. A week earlier, the pair had an on-field spat over a penalty, which was subsequently missed by Kamara.Having lost their last three, including a 2-1 defeat at home by Oldham in the FA Cup, it will take a remarkable turnaround for the Cottagers to take anything against even a depleted Spurs side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the USA, the Gunners have confirmed.The Frenchman is the north London club’s captain but they are reportedly open to offers for him this summer as Unai Emery looks to reshape his defence. Koscielny has been a long-term servant at Arsenal having first joined them in 2010. 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 He missed the first half of last season with a serious achilles injury that ruled him out for 10 months, a duration that included the 2018 World Cup which his nation France went on to win. A club statement on Thursday morning read: “Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.”We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions. “We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”Arsenal are reportedly ready to let Koscielny’s contract, which expires in 12 months time, run down.A return to France for the centre-back has been widely mooted, the 33-year-old having previously played for Lorient, Tours and Guinamp in his homeland.Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen are also said to be interested in signing him.But a number of big-money offers from Ligue 1 have apparently turned the Frenchman’s head.Bordeaux are beleived to want to sign him on a three-year contract, and 33-year-old Koscielny keen on securing long-term security.Arsenal are set to announce the signing of 18-year-old Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba for £26.5 million ($33m), having fought off competition from north London rivals Tottenham for his signature. Saliba’s arrival would likely see Koscielny move further down the defensive peckin order at the Emirates and he is keen to get regular first-team action in the latter years of his career.The Gunners are also persuing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, having submitted a £15m bid for the defender already, but the Hoops value him at £25m ($31m).And new technical director Edu, who will oversee recruitment as part of his new role, will have a say on any future investments, with Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha another key target this summer. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)This past weekend of college football was fantastic, as many upsets occurred in each major conference on Saturday. While fans are preparing for another excellent slate of games in Week 8, the kickoff times for most contests in Week 9 are out, and it should excite the majority of the nation.Each Monday, the five major college football conferences release the kickoff times and channels for the games scheduled two weeks ahead.Now, let’s look at the game times and channels for every ‘Power 5’ game in Week 9.Here is what we have so far:Thursday, October 25Baylor at West Virginia: 7:00 p.m. ET, FS1Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNFriday, October 26Miami at Boston College: 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNIndiana at Minnesota: 8:00 p.m. ET, FS1Utah at UCLA: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNSaturday, October 27Vanderbilt at Arkansas: Noon, SEC NetworkClemson at Florida State: Noon, ABC or ESPNWake Forest at Louisville: Noon, Regional Sports NetworkPurdue at Michigan State: NoonTexas Tech at Iowa State: Noon, ESPN2Wisconsin at Northwestern: NoonNorth Carolina at Virginia: 12:20 p.m. ET, Raycom SportsTCU at Kansas: 3:00 p.m. ET, FS1Duke at Pitt: 3:30 p.m. ET, Regional Sports NetworkIllinois at Maryland: 3:30 p.m. ET, BTNIowa at Penn State: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPNKansas State at Oklahoma: 2:30 p.m. ET, FOXFlorida vs. Georgia: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBSKentucky at Missouri: 4:00 p.m. ET, SEC NetworkTexas A&M at Mississippi State: 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNTennessee at South Carolina: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC NetworkTexas at Oklahoma State: 8:00 p.m. ET, ABCOregon at Arizona: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNWashington at Cal: 6:30 p.m. ET, FS1NC State at Syracuse: Six-day hold, ABC or ESPNWashington State at Stanford: 7:00 p.m. ET, Pac-12 NetworkArizona State at USC: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ABCOregon State at Colorado: TBDBethune-Cookman at Nebraska: Noon ET, BTNWe will update you with any more info on these game times as it comes in.
AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Iowa State Cyclones fans stormed the field after the Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)One would think that a week of lead time isn’t enough to get a college football game scheduled, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Iowa State football had a game canceled earlier this year, and its make-up opponent for next week also had to bow out.The Cyclones were set to host South Dakota State in Week 1, but bad weather led to the game being canceled.In its place, ISU came to an agreement with FCS club Incarnate Word, assuming the Cyclones weren’t in the Big 12 Championship, and UIW wasn’t in the FCS Playoffs.The Cardinals were 1-10 last season, and had blowout losses to FBS clubs New Mexico and North Texas to start its season, so that didn’t seem like a major concern. And yet, UIW finished with six wins in its final eight games, snagging a share of first place in the Southland Conference, and a spot in the playoffs at 6-4.With the Cardinals set to at Montana State on Saturday, Iowa State had to find yet another new opponent for Week 14.Iowa State football managed just that, adding Drake to its schedule just over a week before game time.Iowa State to play host to Drake on Dec. 1. #CyclONEnation? https://t.co/AYK6WiUEUw??? pic.twitter.com/EJWgaQjiIp— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) November 20, 2018From ISU’s release on the new game:“We’re most grateful to Drake Athletics Director Brian Hardin, Coach Rick Fox and the Bulldog leadership team for working with us through a very fluid situation,” Pollard said. “Coach (Matt) Campbell wants to play a 12th game and I believe our fans would welcome another chance to see this bowl-bound team play. I know the Bulldogs will enjoy the chance to play at Jack Trice Stadium and compete against a Power 5 opponent.”Drake, which is located in Des Moines, is 7-3 on the season, but did not make the playoffs after finishing tied for second in the Pioneer Football League.The Bulldogs have not faced an FBS opponent this year.[Iowa State]
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Although Antoine Wesley has one more year of eligibility remaining, the star wideout is clearly ready for the next chapter of his football career.Wesley finished his junior season with 88 receptions for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns. Now, he’ll embrace the challenge of playing in the NFL.In a heartfelt post on Twitter, the Texas Tech wideout announced that he’ll forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.The main message was about taking the next step, but he also went out of his way to express his appreciation for the Red Raiders, saying “I will always cherish my time at Tech. I learned how to work and how to take responsibility for the man next to me.”Here is Wesley’s full announcement:Blessed for the past. Excited for the future! GUNSUP ALWAYS ??LOVE YOU TEXAS TECH RAIDERS & RED RAIDER NATION ⚫️? pic.twitter.com/w3Xsobo3BO— Antoine Wesley (@antoine_wesley) December 10, 2018The Texas Tech star also released a video on Twitter, as he says goodbye to his time in the Big-12.pic.twitter.com/J1WgXzCUrg— Antoine Wesley (@antoine_wesley) December 10, 2018Perhaps Wesley can follow in his former teammate’s footsteps, as Keke Coutee went from dominating with the Red Raiders to becoming an important role player for the Houston Texans.Congratulations to Wesley on an impressive stint at Texas Tech.