About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool No2 Krawietz: Klopp still working towards long-termby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz has assured fans that manager Jurgen Klopp is still working towards the long-term.A sixth European Cup was secured in June as Klopp finally triumphed in his fourth final with the Reds, having just guided them to a record-breaking second-place points tally in being pipped to the Premier League title by a point.Four years on from his arrival Liverpool sit top of the standings, having considerably turned the tables on City having already established an eight-point lead over the defending champions.”We knew it wouldn’t be easy, we didn’t expect it would be easy,” Krawietz told liverpoolfc.com.”We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here any more.”Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that can go on.”I would say it’s not too bad so far, a few things worked out pretty well. Today we are where we are and it was a good journey so far.”
AWESOME! Max Taylor makes emotional Man Utd U23 debutby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Max Taylor was proud to make his U23 debut last night.Taylor was named on the bench as his recovery from cancer treatment continued. But he was sent on to make his debut at this level in a 4-1 win over Swansea City.Taylor impressed after entering the pitch on 37 minutes.He later posted to social media: “What a feeling. Back on the pitch with the boys and a 4-1 win”.What a feeling. Back on the pitch with the boys and a 4-1 win pic.twitter.com/B9hx9a9lYs— Max Taylor (@maxtaylor00) October 21, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Twitter/CalipariThe U.S. Basketball Writers Association recently voted Virginia’s Tony Bennett its Henry Iba Award Winner as the national Coach of the Year. According to the Associated Press, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was asked on Tuesday about Bennett taking home the honor, and his response is one that probably caused a ripple across the Bluegrass State. “I think John Calipari has done a brilliant job, so I’d put him at the top” of the list of candidates.Pitino added, “When you’re undefeated and nobody’s beaten you, it’s clear cut who the coach of the year is right now.”Sure, Calipari is the skipper of the undefeated and top-ranked team in the nation, but that team is Kentucky, Pitino’s former employer and Louisville’s biggest rival, so this response is somewhat noteworthy. Still, Calipari as coach of the year isn’t exactly an outside-the-box thought from anyone.The most surprising thing, given Pitino and Calipari’s respective resumes, is that neither of them has ever won the USBWA Coach of the Year award.
AC Milan have completed the signing of Leo Duarte from Flamengo in a deal reportedly worth €11 million (£10.2m/$12.3m).The Rossoneri beat Roma in the race to sign Duarte, who joins on a five-year deal after deciding to continue his career in Italy with his first move abroad.Duarte had spent his entire professional career with Flamengo, making 92 total appearances across four seasons with the Brazilian club. 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? He claimed two trophies with the club, winning the Campeonato Carioca: in2017 and 2019.The arrival of the 23-year-old centre-back strengthens the defensive options available to new Milan boss Marco Giampaolo ahead of the 2019-20 season.He’ll join a backline that includes the likes of Theo Hernandez, Matteo Musacchio, Mattia Caldara, Davide Calabria and Alessia Romagnoli.Duarte follows in the footsteps of Lucas Paqueta, who swapped Flamengo for Milan in a €35m (£32.3m/$39m) transfer in January.Primeiro Rubro-negro Agora Rossonero Bem-vindo, Léo #ForzaMilan pic.twitter.com/o0bK2Dts5o — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 7, 2019 A statement on the club’s official website said: “AC Milan is delighted to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo for the acquisition of Brazilian defender Leonardo Campos Duarte da Silva.”Leo Duarte will be the 36th Brazilian footballer to wear the Rossoneri jersey, thus continuing ‘The Green and Yellow’ tradition that is part of the history of AC Milan.”Duarte is the latest signing as part of a busy summer for Milan, who have been reconstructed under Giampaolo after finishing fifth last campaign.Milan have brought in Hernandez, Franck Kessi, Rafael Leoa and Ismael Bennacer as the club has spent big this summer.There have also been some notable exits, with longtime defender Ignazio Abate leaving the club while Manuel Locatelli, Patrick Cutrone and Tiago Djalo have been sold for fees.Milan qualified for the Europa League via their fifth-place finish last season but were later excluded due to financial fair play issues. The club opens the season on August 25 with a visit to Udinese in Giampaolo’s first official match in charge.
Tragic news unfolded over the weekend. A junior college football player passed away after practice on Monday afternoon.According to a report from the Star-Tribune, Sean W. Giles died while swimming in a Minnesota lake earlier this week. Giles was a second-year student at Vermilion Community College and played defensive end for the program.The report details Giles was swimming with friends and teammates following a practice when he went underwater.Here’s more from the report:A rescue squad pulled Giles out of the water roughly 20 minutes later and began lifesaving efforts before he was taken to a hospital in Ely, where he was declared dead, the Sheriff’s Office said.School provost Shawn Bina released a statement following Giles’ passing. “There is a lot of shock among students and teammates. Sean was known as a happy and confident young man. There always was a smile on his face.”Our thoughts are with his family.[Star Tribune]
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Clemson dodged a huge bullet on Saturday, surviving Syracuse’s upset bid with a 27-23 victory that required a last-minute touchdown drive. After the game, Tigers fans rushed the field to celebrate the win……because Clemson fans rush the field after every home victory – regardless of opponent. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1950s. If you’ve covered college football for any significant amount of time, you know this.Whoever runs ESPN’s college football Twitter account may want to brush up on their knowledge of one of college football’s best traditions. After the win, the account posted a photo of the field rush – implying that it was a surprise.The tweet was quickly deleted, but the Internet never forgets. Danny Kanell also called them out after seeing it himself.Do better @ESPNCFB …they do it EVERY home game. One of best traditions in cfb. Smh. https://t.co/ATQbia8siC— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 29, 2018Every week, Clemson fans have to explain to fans of other programs that they purposely rush the field after every home win. But you shouldn’t really have to explain that to someone working at ESPN.Either way, Clemson is still undefeated and sitting in good position to win the ACC. Now they just need a good report on the health of quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of the game between the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and the Texas Longhorns on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)A college football player will not be playing in his team’s game today after suffering an injury at his team’s hotel.Texas defensive back Brandon Jones is dealing with an ankle injury and he apparently aggravated it at the team hotel.It’s unclear what caused the hotel injury.“Junior DB Brandon Jones aggravated an ankle injury at the team hotel this morning and is out for today’s game,” Texas writer Anwar Richardson tweeted.Texas Football Update: Junior DB Brandon Jones aggravated an ankle injury at the team hotel this morning and is out for today’s game.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) November 3, 2018It’s not great.Goodness.Texas DB Brandon Jones aggravated an ankle injury AT THE TEAM HOTEL this morning.He’s out today.— Bob Ballou (@BobBallouSports) November 3, 2018Texas is facing one of the top passing offenses in the country in West Virginia, so this is not ideal.Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. on FOX.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The attorney representing Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and his attempt to gain immediate eligibility for 2019 has commented on Tate Martell.It’s quite a comment.Martell, a rising redshirt sophomore, has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, allowing other schools to contact him.If Martell decides to transfer, he could seek a waiver from the NCAA, allowing him to play right away in 2019.Fields’ attorney, Tom Mars, is an expert in the field, but he won’t be helping Martell…“I’m not representing Tate Martell, and I have no intention of doing anything on his behalf,” he told the Columbus Dispatch.Tom Mars, who is Fields’ attorney related to his waiver request and has represented many others in similar situations, won’t do the same for Martell: He told me: “I’m not representing Tate Martell, and I have no intention of doing anything on his behalf.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) January 10, 2019OK then.Martell, a former four-star recruit, had said – strongly – that he had no intentions of transferring, but it seems like he might’ve changed his mind.Two schools could be serious contenders.Can confirm that Tate Martell is now in the NCAA transfer portal. He’ll begin to explore options outside of Ohio State — believe Miami and West Virginia are two schools that are worth watching.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) January 10, 2019Fields, meanwhile, is expected to hear from the NCAA about his waiver request within a month or so. Martell could wait to make his decision until then.
EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Oregon’s football program has been searching for a new defensive coordinator for a couple of weeks, as the Ducks parted ways with veteran DC Jim Leavitt earlier this month.The Ducks have reportedly found their man. Multiple outlets are reporting that Oregon has gone to Boise State for its next defensive coordinator.Dave Southorn is reporting that Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos is leaving the Broncos for the same position at Oregon.“Breaking: Boise State DC Andy Avalos will leave to take the same job at Oregon,” he tweeted.The hiring has been confirmed by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.“SOURCE: #BoiseState defensive coordinator Andy Avalos is expected to become the new DC at #Oregon.. the move was 1st reported by Dave Southorn,” he reports.Avalos is a former Boise State linebacker and he’s been the Broncos’ defensive coordinator for the past three seasons.Oregon got a good look at Avalos at the end of the 2017 season, when Boise State’s defense held the Ducks to 280 yards and 4-of-14 on third downs in the Las Vegas Bowl.The hiring has yet to be officially announced.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 07: A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet on the opening kickoff during the game against the Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish usually recruit well, but it appears the program could actually get even better in that department. With Lance Taylor serving as the running backs coach, one intriguing prospect suddenly has interest in heading to South Bend.DeaMonte Trayanum received an offer from Notre Dame last year, yet the four-star tailback wasn’t exactly overwhelmed with excitement. However, the Akron native is now having second thoughts about the Fighting Irish.Even though Trayanum has offers to play for other prestigious programs like Ohio State and Wisconsin, Notre Dame is firmly in the mix. He believes the addition of Taylor to the coaching staff is the true difference maker.In fact, the explosive running back wants to book a visit with Notre Dame in the near future.From 247Sports:“I know that I want to definitely take a visit before I move forward with Notre Dame, but I like coach Taylor,” Trayanum told Irish Illustrated. “The name speaks for itself – it’s Notre Dame. I knew that this was something truly special that I couldn’t just overlook, but visit-wise I want to make it up (to South Bend) next month.”[…]“Notre Dame kind of got back in the picture when they hired coach (Lance) Taylor as the new running backs coach.”Trayanum is the No. 6 recruit from the state of Ohio, per 247Sports.Notre Dame has five commits right now for 2020, which includes one quarterback and two tight ends. The potential of adding Trayanum would give the school incoming talent at every major position on offense.[247Sports]