Lille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille have informed Chelsea they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes next month.Last summer, Chelsea asked Lille to keep them informed of the Brazilian’s situation with the view to bringing him to England.RMC says Lille have told suitors they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes in January.Chelsea are in contact, along with Wolfsburg and Schalke 04.PSG are also interested in the midfielder, who they see as a replacement for contract rebel Adrien Rabiot. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan enquire about Fulham midfielder Johansenby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are interested in signing Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen.The 27-year-old was a key member of the team that won promotion under Slavisa Jokanovic last season.But the Norway skipper has only managed to start 4 Premier League games this term.The likes of Jean Michael Seri and Calum Chambers are ahead of him in the pecking order.Per Sky in Italy, Milan are looking to sign him this winter on a cut price deal – or on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Rubi urges calm: We’ll move forwardby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis coach Rubi has urged calm after defeat to Real Sociedad.While admitting he was worried, Rubi dismissed talk of relegation.“Everything worries me, I don’t want to see Betis where it is now, I don’t want to see Betis suffering but I am convinced that we will finish in a good position and we will pass 50 points,” he said. “You can remind me when the season is over.”Rubi added: “My personal situation does not worry me, I am convinced that we will move forward.”
Joao Felix showed why Atletico Madrid were happy to pay €126million to sign him with a hand in both goals as the Rojiblancos beat Juventus 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.In a repeat of last season’s thrilling Champions League round-of-16 tie that Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate, Atletico took a measure of revenge in an entertaining encounter at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, where Thomas Lemar turned Joao Felix’s volley into the net to give Diego Simeone’s men the lead.The pair combined again for Atleti’s second, which was scored by teenage sensation Joao Felix, whose performance full of energy and flair will have delighted his coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The result rounded off a satisfying pre-season for Atletico, who beat rivals Real Madrid 7-3 earlier in the ICC, while Juve coach Maurizio Sarri gave Paulo Dybala a run out after his mooted move away from the club failed to transpire.PureTalent pic.twitter.com/I6etpBQVyX— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 10, 2019Giorgio Chiellini’s close-range volley was turned over the bar by Jan Oblak, who got down well to make a one-handed save, and Cristiano Ronaldo fired over the crossbar from the edge of the box as Juventus enjoyed a positive start.But Atletico punished the Bianconeri’s wastefulness after 23 minutes when Joao Felix met Kieran Trippier’s cross with a side-footed volley that deflected off Lemar’s thigh on its way past Wojciech Szczesny and into the net.The lead lasted just six minutes as Khedira capitalised on some hesitant Atletico defending and sent a low drive into the bottom corner of Oblak’s net, with Douglas Costa’s step-over helping to distract the goalkeeper.Lemar returned the favour to Joao Felix just after the half hour, floating a weighted pass into the box where the teenage forward slid in ahead of Matthijs de Ligt to score with a half-volley from 12 yards.After Costa hit the outside of the post with a low drive early in the second half, Adrien Rabiot went even closer, crashing a thunderous effort against the upright from 20 yards.Mario Mandzukic played in Dybala for a chance in the box 13 minutes from time but his deflected shot was saved at full stretch by Oblak, meaning Atletico entered the new season on a winning note. read more
Arsenal’s battling 1-0 win in their season opener at Newcastle means they have now kept as many away clean sheets as they did in the entirety of the last campaign.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who shared the Golden Boot last season with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, picked up where he left off with a well-taken second half goal to earn the Gunners a scrappy victory at St James’ Park, their 13th win in 14 meetings against the Magpies.It means Arsenal equalled their 2018-19 clean sheet record after just one game of the new campaign. Unai Emery’s side had to wait until mid-April to record a shutout on the road last year, with Aubameyang also on target in a 1-0 victory against Watford at Vicarage Road. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It also means the Gunners have won and kept a clean sheet in their opening game of a Premier League season for the first time since a 1-0 victory over West Brom at the start of the 2008-09 campaign. And After ending last season with a 3-1 win at Burnley, they have now recorded consecutive away wins in the Premier League for the first time since October 2018; a run that also included a victory against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.Only Manchester United and West Ham conceded more goals than Arsenal’s 51 in the Premier League’s top ten last season, so Emery must be encouraged by the performance of his defenders, who comfortably kept the Magpies attack at bay in the north east.The departure of captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux put even greater focus on the Arsenal backline going into the new campaign, though deadline-day signings David Luiz and Kieran Tierney will significantly bolster Emery’s defensive options in the coming weeks.Luiz was short of match fitness following his move from Chelsea so was only named among the substitutes against Newcastle. Tierney meanwhile is hoping to return by the end of the month as he continues his recovery from a double hernia operation.Next up for Arsenal is a home game against Burnley next Saturday. Newcastle travel to Carrow Road to take on newly promoted Norwich the same day.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray garnered the most headlines, but he wasn’t the only college football player selected in the first round of the MLB Draft tonight. A four-star wide receiver is off the board as well.Jordyn Adams, a four-star wide receiver prospect slated to suit up for North Carolina this fall, was picked 17th overall by the Los Angeles Angels. That is eight picks after Murray went to the Oakland Athletics.Adams is a top-60 football recruit with a bright future on the gridiron. He is committed to UNC to play both sports.However, it might be tough for him not to sign with the Angels.The signing bonus for the 17th pick is over $3 million.Big time UNC football recruit Jordyn Adams of Green Hope HS goes 17th overall to the Angels in the MLB draft. That puts him in line for a roughly $3.5M signing bonus and a tough decision about his athletic future.— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) June 5, 2018Adams could potentially play both sports, but that’s up to the Angels if they are comfortable letting him do that.Otherwise it will have to be one or the other.The 2018 MLB Draft will continue tomorrow.
NORMAN, OK – DECEMBER 3: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a wet flag after a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys December 3, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 38-20 to become Big XII champions. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)If you’re a fan of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech or West Virginia, you probably will want to take a look at this announcement from the Big 12. The league has revealed the kickoff time and TV info for its championship game.The 2018 Dr. Pepper Big 12 Football Championship will be contested on Dec. 1 at noon ET. ABC will broadcast the game.The game will be played once against at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It will be one of four conference championship games played that day.This will be the second Big 12 title game since conference realignment. Last year, Oklahoma routed TCU 41-17 to take home the conference crown.SAVE THE DATE:?#Big12FB Championship? December 1, 2018⏰ 11 a.m. (CT)? @ABCNetwork pic.twitter.com/Yu4nDu4HCo— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 24, 2018Right now, Texas sits atop the Big 12 with a 4-0 conference record. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and West Virginia are right behind at 3-1 in league play.Oklahoma’s lone loss is to Texas, while Texas Tech fell to West Virginia and the Mountaineers were beaten by Iowa State. There’s a chance that the OU-WVU regular season finale on Nov. 23 will decide a spot in the conference championship game.An Oklahoma-Texas rematch on Dec. 1 would be tremendous, but there are a number of other exciting possibilities for the Big 12.There’s a lot of football left to be played.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been pretty great today. The starter is 15-for-26 for 271 yards and three touchdowns, a few of which have been gorgeous throws.And yet, in the red zone, Haskins hasn’t always been handed the reigns of the Ohio State offense.Urban Meyer has been known to design packages for other quarterbacks. It worked out pretty well for his national championship Florida Gators team that featured Chris Leak and a young Tim Tebow.Meyer appears to be trying to recreate some of that magic with Tate Martell in the Tebow role. Martell is a tremendous athlete, but he isn’t freshman year Tebow, and Haskins is probably a more gifted player than Leak.Urban Meyer got criticized for his Tate Martell package earlier, and after Ohio State just settled for a field goal from the two, people are really piling on.Ohio State took a 27-19 lead on the kick, but that is still just a one score game vs. a very good Michigan team.Despite Martell getting a number of opportunities as the quarterback near the end zone, he has not attempted a throw, and has not this year since the September win over Tulane, and he has just one rushing yard.Why Ohio State takes out an elite passing QB for a QB who they won’t have throw the ball at all is a mystery. News flash: Haskins is really good.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) November 24, 2018I have never really understood the point of the Tate Martell goal line package.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 24, 2018Urban Meyer kicking a FG from inside the 2 yard line is the sort of gaffe that can cost them a conference title.— Jeff (BPredict) (@BPredict) November 24, 2018This Tate Martell red zone experiment has backfired. Again. Ohio State settles for a field goal for second straight time inside the 5. Buckeyes lead 27-19, but have left the door open.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 24, 2018They gonna leave Martell out there for the FG too?— Anthony Lima (@SportsBoyTony) November 24, 2018The offensive play calling on this spot of the field has been weird for Ohio State today. Dwayne Haskins moves them all the way down to that spot, and then he come out… why? Make Michigan guess or something.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) November 24, 2018interesting decision by ohio state to put their “he never throws” quarterback in against the best defense in america, which somehow knew what was coming— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) November 24, 2018[dusts off old “let Justin Fields actually throw the ball maybe” tweets, replaces “Justin Fields” with “Tate Martell”]— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) November 24, 2018If Ohio State wins, it will be a small part of the story about this game. It really feels like he should trust Haskins and his other playmakers near the end zone though.In some games, there may be spots where Martell works. Against this stout Wolverines team though, it doesn’t seem to be happening.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Combine usually features the best prospects in the country, but this year’s scouting event will be without a few talented players because the league is not allowing players with legal troubles in their past to participate. It turns out that this includes Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson.Ferguson had his invite from the NFL rescinded due to a battery charge resulting from a fight at McDonald’s. This physical altercation occurred while he was a freshman.After finishing his senior season at Louisiana Tech with 17.5 sacks, Ferguson put himself on the map and boosted his draft stock to an undisputed first-round pick.Now that he won’t have the chance to showcase his skills at the combine, the star pass-rusher will have to impress scouts at his pro day.In the meantime, Ferguson’s agent released a fiery statement to shed light on why the NFL should welcome any and all prospects.“No person is perfect, and people are entitled to second chances and opportunities and one would hope the NFL is an open minded Industry Leader, Diverse League and Business would want to see the best in their players, educate them and help them mature, learn and be better people,” Safarrah Lawson said.The full statement can be read here:A strong statement from agent Safarrah Lawson on #LaTech prospect Jaylon Ferguson, whose invite to the Combine was rescinded yesterday. pic.twitter.com/KuETpnVhAO— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2019There is no telling if Ferguson’s absence from the event will lower his value heading into the NFL Draft.However, not having the chance to explain how he’s matured over the course of his collegiate career will allow those question marks on his resume to linger until April.
Delighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India TodayVijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu in the 15-man India World Cup squad, which was announced on Monday.advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 15:16 IST Vijay Shankar’s ability to contribute with the bat, ball and on the field worked in his favour (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu in India’s 15-man World Cup squadShankar is expected to fill the No.4 slot in the Indian batting lineupThe Tamil Nadu cricketer has scored 165 runs in 9 ODIs for India at an average of 33Vijay Shankar’s inclusion in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup may have raised a few eyebrows but captain Virat Kohli has complete faith in the the all-rounder’s abilities and is confident that the Tamil Nadu cricketer will be a huge asset to the team in the showpiece event in England and Wales.Vijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu in the 15-man squad, which was announced on Monday. Chief selector MSK Prasad justified Shankar’s selection by saying that his ability to contribute with the bat, ball and on the field worked in his favour.India captain Virat Kohli reiterated Prasad’s sentiments and added that he is very excited to have Shankar in the squad, who is expected to fill the No.4 slot in the batting lineup.”Vijay Shankar brings in a lot to the team and hence, I am delighted to have him,” Virat Kohli told Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports India Today Group.A Billion are pinning their hopes on him. He says he is in the best space possible. Fully satisfied with the team he has. Says he always knew @msdhoni is the glue. Loves the collective excitement he senses in the team. @imVkohli in English and Hindi on @IndiaToday @aajtak pic.twitter.com/k5bMLGXvA4Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 18, 2019Vijay Shankar’s impressive performances with the bat gave India a bit of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.Shankar has performed well in the limited opportunities that he has got in the one-day side so far, scoring 165 runs from 9 matches at an average of 33 and a strike rate of over 96.advertisementApart from his ability with the bat, Shankar is also a handy medium fast bowler with a decent economy rate of 5.61. He is also a terrific fielder who can be stationed in the inner circle as well as the outfield in limited-overs cricket which is why he was picked over the 33-year-old Ambati Rayudu, who has been far from impressive with the bat this year for Team India.The Hyderabad veteran made a strong comeback to the limited-overs Indian team in 2018. He amassed 392 runs, including a century and three fities, in just 10 innings at an impressive average of 56.00. However, in 2019, Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87.Rayudu has been struggling to get going in IPL 2019 as well. The CSK batsman has scored just 138 runs from 8 matches at a paltry average of 19.71.Shankar on the other hand, is a highly-rated cricketer who has come up the ranks quickly in domestic cricket and has forced his way into the Indian team with consistent performances.Also Read | Ordered 3D glasses to watch World Cup: Tweets Rayudu after exclusionAlso Read | Team India may use Vijay Shankar as surprise element at No.4 in ICC World CupAlso Read | Ravi Shastri wanted 16-man World Cup squad, says excluded shouldn’t lose heartAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow Virat KohliFollow Team IndiaFollow India world cup squadFollow 2019 Cricket World Cup