Rangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davisby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers veteran Gareth McAuley has backed a move for Southampton midfielder Steven Davis.McAuley believes that his Northern Ireland team-mate would be an ideal addition.”I don’t know if it’s on the cards, but he’s certainly the player who has been here before, who has captained the club and knows what it’s about,” said McAuley.”The last time I spoke to Steven was at the last international game. He was keeping his cards close to his chest.”I know he’s frustrated that he’s not playing football and, if the opportunity is there for him and things are right with Southampton, then I’m sure that he would love to (come back).”It’s an amazing club. I can’t think of anywhere better to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe insists Faria influence not stretching to transfer policyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has played down the influence of new coach Hugo Faria on transfer policy.The former Portugal under-20 international recently joined the Dorset club as a first-team assistant coach. Howe bolstered his squad over the summer with the signings of Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico from La Liga outfits Levante and Leganés, respectively.However, he played down suggestions Cherries would prioritise foreign recruits in future transfer windows following Faria’s arrival.“I wouldn’t draw too many conclusions from it but we have a group of players who need to be communicated with perfectly,” said Howe to the Daily Echo.“We can’t take chances on information which may get lost. For that alone, it was important.”
DONE DEAL: Iborra leaves Leicester for Villarrealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVicente Iborra has left Leicester City for Villarreal. The Spanish midfielder made 37 appearances for the Foxes since joining from Sevilla in July 2017.A statement on the Villarreal website read: “Iborra is an experienced midfielder who is dominant in the air. “He has quality in front of goal, timing his runs from deep to perfection. He is a prestigious signing for the Yellow Submarine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@timringTVNotre Dame hosts its senior day today in South Bend, and when it was Sheldon Day’s turn to greet his mother on the field, things got pretty emotional. Day’s mom couldn’t quite wait for him to hit midfield, so she jogs up to meet him, the two do a special handshake, and then emotionally embraced. It was a fantastic moment:Sheldon Day’s mom doesn’t wait for her son at midfield. Great Senior Day moment at Notre Dame Stadium pic.twitter.com/9vSKZ4PJPK— Tim Ring (@timringTV) November 14, 2015Notre Dame leads Wake Forest 21-0 early in the second quarter.
Real Madrid are set to make a formal offer for River Plate star Exequiel Palacios “in the coming days”, according to agent Renato Corsi.Palacios helped River to Copa Libertadores glory in December and the talented 20-year-old midfielder has been linked with Madrid and La Liga rivals Barcelona.River president Rodolfo D’Onofrio last month said Madrid were planning further negotiations to sign Palacios, who made his Argentina debut in September. 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? And Corsi revealed a transfer to send Palacios to the Santiago Bernabeu is at an advanced stage.”The leaders of River got together with Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi,” Corsi told La Oral Deportiva de Radio Rivadavia.”In the coming days there will be a formal offer and the operation is quite advanced.”The family, Exequiel and I want him to go in June and Real Madrid don’t have a problem with him staying at River until then.”Corsi added: “Real Madrid want him and supposedly River will sell. They agree, so between Monday and Tuesday the formal proposal will be presented.”
After Sweden’s pre-match press conference, head coach Peter Gerhardsson wandered around the Stade de Lyon’s carpet-like turf.“This will be impressive,” he said, ahead of their Women’s World Cup semi-final clash with the Netherlands. He was wrong. If the United States, through to their third successive final after beating England yesterday, were looking for something to learn from this game, it’s that they have little to fear on Sunday. 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 Jackie Groenen’s arrowed strike would eventually see the Netherlands through in extra time, winning 1-0 after a gruelling 120 minutes of football, but now they face a long road to recovery before Sunday’s final – all with a day less to do so, too.Static going forward and lacking creativity in the middle, it was not a performance we have become accustomed to seeing from Sarina Wiegman’s side given the star quality throughout their front line, key in helping them surprise all by winning the 2017 Euros.It may have been a come down from the pure exhilaration of yesterday’s semi-final between England and the USA, but few would complain at voting this the worst game of the tournament.Vivianne Miedema, the Netherlands’ 22-year-old star who broke the country’s scoring record earlier this month, was as isolated as ever, with Lieke Martens, The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2017, hauled off at half time.For Sweden, their creative spark, Kosovare Asllani, struggled before being stretchered off with a serious-looking injury, with the contrasting colours of orange and yellow behind opposite goals the most eye-catching aspect of a very cagey affair.But what Jill Ellis and her coaching team will know if that they will have to work much, much harder to break down the Netherlands in the final than they did England in the semi-final.While the Lionesses were shaky at the back, suspect to errors and messy in their marking, the Oranje were tight and compact, allowing Sweden little to no opportunity in breaking them down.Dominique Bloodworth and Stefanie van der Gragt were immense, with Desiree van Lunteren unbeatable down the right-hand side – the latter particularly pleasing for Wiegman given Christen Press’ display against England and Megan Rapinoe’s potential return for the final.When Sweden did break through, they found Sari van Veenendaal in their way. Her reflex save in the first half to deny Lina Hurtig was impressive enough, but a fingertip save to push Nilla Fischer’s strike onto the post was even better.There was no glitz and glamour here. No superstars grabbing headlines with their celebrations and certainly no game for the ages.But if the Netherlands – who had been unconvincing at the back this tournament up until this game – can be this tight defensively against Alex Morgan and co., there is no reason to write them off.After finishing third in their group at the 2015 World Cup, the Oranje suddenly have a chance to hold the titles of European champions and world champions at the same time – and against all the odds.Now that, would be impressive.
Ryan Shazier has been making some nice progress in his rehab from the scary spinal injury suffered late in the 2017 NFL season. The former Ohio State star won’t be playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers this fall, but he’s still expected to be a visible part of the franchise moving forward.The former Buckeyes’ standout has some off-the-field things to look forward too, also.Shazier announced today that he and his partner are expecting another child.“The plan god has placed around this family is very bright. So we’re so excited to let everyone know we have a wonderful blessing coming and I can’t wait to welcome another beautiful Shazier,” he wrote.More photos of the announcement can be seen below:The plan god has placed around this family is very bright. So we’re so excited to let everyone know we have a wonderful blessing coming and I can’t wait to welcome another beautiful Shazier. #shalieve #boyorgirlThanks @emmai_alaquiva for capturing this beautiful moment!! pic.twitter.com/LzjPQ0zkxc— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) July 24, 2018Congrats to Ryan!
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 3 of the 2018 college football regular season has arrived. Hopefully, it doesn’t disappoint.This week’s slate of games is highlighted by a major showdown in the SEC, where Auburn is set to host LSU.Elsewhere, Ohio State and TCU are set to meet in a major non-conference game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.ESPN’s College GameDay will be live from TCU’s campus this morning. It should be pretty awesome.The Buckeyes, though, enter the game as the big favorite. The oddsmakers list Ohio State as a double-digit favorite entering the contest.One ESPN reporter is picking the upset, though.ESPN veteran college football reporter Ivan Maisel is picking TCU to pull off the upset against Ohio State.The score prediction: TCU 31, Ohio State 28.This is the Buckeyes’ final game of Urban Meyer’s suspension. He returns to the sideline in Week 4.Ohio State hasn’t missed him yet, but maybe that will change on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 27: A Wisconsin Badger cheerleader waves the “W” flag after a touchdown against the South Florida Bulls on September 27, 2014 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)Wisconsin has given us the first major upset of the 2018 college football season. The Badgers, the No. 6 team in the country, fell at home to BYU this evening.The College Football Playoff contenders fell when their Lou Groza Award watch list kicker missed a 42-yard attempt with less than one minute to play.BYU secured the win, 24-21.Wisconsin fans are hurting tonight, understandably. This reaction from some Badgers fans in the stands is going viral on social media.pic.twitter.com/CKjUeic976— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 15, 2018Tough day for the Badgers.Wisconsin can still achieve everything it wants to this season, though. The Badgers can still win the Big Ten and contend for a College Football Playoff spot but they’re going to need to start playing a lot better moving forward.
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The NCAA laid down an “unethical” charge on a former national title-winning head coach earlier this week. Former UConn head coach Kevin Ollie was fired from the university six months ago and now he’s facing a major penalty.According to a report from ESPN, Ollie is facing a show-cause penalty after the NCAA levied an unethical conduct charge against the former Huskies coach.The alleged violations against Ollie include recruits shooting around with the coach himself, a phone call with NBA great and program booster Ray Allen, and conversations with San Antonio Spurs guard Rudy Gay.ESPN’s report details the penalties levied against Ollie.Ollie is specifically accused of arranging a five-star recruit’s phone calls with Allen and Gay; having impermissible contact with a recruit; providing impermissible meals to a pair of recruits during unofficial visits; shooting with a recruit during an unofficial visit; failing to monitor Hamilton, who the NCAA alleged violated rules by training UConn players on campus and near his home in Atlanta; and giving Hamilton tickets to a UConn-South Florida football game, an NCAA violation because Hamilton’s son was a recruitable prospect at the time, per the NCAA.Ollie denied the allegations when they were levied against him following his firing from the university. He is in a lawsuit with UConn after the program fired him with $10 million left on his contract.An arbitration hearing remains in the works and is expected to come to a close in the next few months.