10 months agoYan Valery proud of Southampton breakthrough

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Yan Valery proud of Southampton breakthroughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveYan Valery is delighted to have made his debut for Southampton.The 19-year-old right back has graduated from Saints’ under-23 side to regular first team action in the space of six weeks. He told the Daily Echo: “Obviously, I wanted to become the first choice right back at Southampton.“I can’t say I could see it coming, but I was ready and waiting for it. It’s been amazing.“I’ve worked hard in the under-23’s and we were doing great this season. I wanted to improve myself and become a better player.“I’ve been playing a lot and the manager has shown me that he trusts me, so I’ve been really pleased with it.“I just wanted to give it back on the pitch, so it’s been really good.“If you are the first choice right-back in the Premier League then you can start thinking about the national team as well.“I’ve got a lot of dreams and targets but the main one was to be the first choice right-back at this club.“It’s been a really big month for me and my family, they are really proud of it.” last_img read more

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13 days agoAtletico Madrid boss Simeone: I really respect Klopp

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Simeone: I really respect Kloppby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admits he’s a fan of Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp.Simeone has highlighted Klopp as the manager he admires most in European football.He said, “A manager that I respect? Jurgen Klopp without a doubt. “He had to lose things, as well as winning some beautiful things, but he’s always done it with one style. “I see him really close to his players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Notre Dame Freshman Guard Rex Pflueger Is Pretty Good At Dunking

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame's mascot during a basketball game.PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot, the Notre Dame Leprechaun, performs in the first half against the Northeastern Huskies during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)We’ve seen several videos this off-season featuring college basketball players throwing down ridiculous dunks at their school’s practice facilities. Notre Dame freshman guard Rex Pflueger is the latest to record his aerial exploits and share them with the world. Pflueger posted this video, featuring three dunks, on Twitter today. The first one is the best, in our opinion, but all three are pretty impressive. Dunks DuLac!!! @NDmbb #dunkweek #flightbrothers pic.twitter.com/5jllt5F6rB— Rex Pflueger (@rexpflueger_1) August 30, 2015last_img read more

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Ohio State Still No. 1 In Latest Coaches’ Poll

first_imgCoaches Poll shows numbers 4 through 8.Coaches Poll Ohio State Still No 1 tarean folstonInstagram/Malik ZaireThe first weekend of college football is officially in the books. What did we learn? Well, Ohio State, despite looking a bit shaky in the first half against Virginia Tech, is going to be very difficult to beat, given the plethora of weapons it has at its disposal. But a number of other top squads – including Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State and Texas A&M – may give the Buckeyes a run for their money this year.Only three teams ranked in last week’s Coaches’ Poll – No. 15 Arizona State, No. 20 Wisconsin and No. 21 Stanford – lost this past weekend. Both the Sun Devils and the Cardinal were left out of the rankings this week.In the latest Coaches’ Poll, released Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State remained the No. 1-ranked team in the country, notching all but one of the first place votes. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, TCU, Baylor and Oregon. Utah and Texas A&M are the only two teams to enter the poll.Here’s the entire list, via USA Today:1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Oregon6. Michigan State7. Auburn8. Florida State9. Georgia 10. USC11. Notre Dame12. Clemson13. UCLA14. Ole Miss15. LSU16. Georgia Tech17. Oklahoma18. Arkansas19. Texas A&M20. Arizona21. Missouri22. Boise State23. Tennessee24. Wisconsin25. UtahYou can check out last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?last_img read more

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Photos: Nebraska Wearing Custom Gold And Orange DLillard1 Sneakers For 3rd Annual #AveryStrong Game

first_imgAvery Strong hashtag for Nebraska.Twitter/@TMAG1CFormer Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman now coaches at New Mexico, but the Huskers are still supporting his son Avery’s battle with leukemia. Today, when Nebraska hosts Michigan, it will have its third annual #AveryStrong game. Students will be wearing #AveryStrong shirts, and NBA star Damian Lillard is providing the team with gold and orange DLillard1 sneakers, which represent pediatric cancer and leukemia awareness.Shout out to @HuskerHoops and what they are doing to support pediatric cancer and young Avery today. #AveryStrong pic.twitter.com/Fj1YoCB7m2— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Avery Harriman is only 8 years old, but has battled and beaten childhood leukemia 3 times. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016The #miadidas #DLillard1 and tees @huskerhoops will wear today have gold for pediatric cancer and orange for leukemia. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Here is more on #AveryStrong from Nebraska:To honor the fight that Avery has gone through, the first 500 students at Saturday’s game will receive an #AveryStrong shirt provided by Husker IMG Sports Marketing, turning the Red Zone gold on Saturday. The gold shirt symbolizes pediatric cancer, while the orange is the color for leukemia, symbolizing Avery’s battle. Fans between the ages of 18 and 44 can sign up on Saturday to join the national bone marrow registry, as volunteers will be on hand to swab the cheeks of potential bone marrow donors. Any fan who signs up for the Bone Marrow Registry on Saturday will receive a free #AveryStrong T-shirt. In addition, information will be available to fans about the National Marrow Donor Program. Avery and other children battling pediatric cancer will be special guests of the Husker basketball program on Saturday and be recognized during pregame and halftime ceremonies.This is an amazing move by the program to continue to support Avery and the Harriman family, even after Chris moved on to another school.last_img read more

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Wears Allen Iverson Jersey To ODU Satellite Camp

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Another day, another satellite camp for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. This morning, the khaki-wearing coach was at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. for a camp. Harbaugh, who wore a Hank Aaron jersey before a camp in Atlanta earlier this week, took the field wearing an Allen Iverson jersey today. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is wearing an Allen Iverson jersey at ODU’s football camp. pic.twitter.com/Tblj1g3uqO— Harry Minium (@Harry_MiniumVP) June 5, 2016This makes some sense because ODU is about a half an hour away from Iverson’s hometown of Hampton. It will be interesting to see which other jerseys Harbaugh breaks out on the camp circuit.last_img read more

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Solskjaer not expecting January signings

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he does not believe his side will make any signings in January. United have won all four of Solskjaer’s matches in charge so far after the Norweigan took over for the sacked Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was let go in part due to his public complaints over the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market, with the Portuguese particurally frustrated by the club failing to sign a centre-back.  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? Solskjaer, though, has said he is content with his squad and doesn’t believe United will make any signings while the January transfer window is open. “I’m happy with squad I’ve got,” the 45-year-old said.”I don’t expect anyone to come in but obviously if the club have targeted and identified a few and I think they might fit here, I’ll give my thumbs up. But it’s not just my decision.”Nobody had to tell me I had loads of talented players [to inherit at United]. I can see that from outside.”Though United may not make any January signings, Solskjaer praised the scouting work the club does behind the scenes earlier on Friday.”The club’s probably had a plan, you don’t just plan the next day and next month but this transfer window has probably been planned since the summer and the year before, the structure is phenomenal,” the United boss told reporters.After wins against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle to begin his United career, Solskjaer will lead United on Saturday when they face Reading in the FA Cup. The Red Devils will then return to Premier League action on January 13 when they travel to Tottenham.last_img read more

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Valverde wants confident Coutinho

first_imgBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hopes Philippe Coutinho’s brace against Sevilla gives the Brazilian attacker a boost in confidence.Coutinho netted twice as Barca thrashed Sevilla 6-1 on Wednesday to claim a 6-3 aggregate success in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.The 26-year-old has been questioned this season, but converted an early penalty – given to him by Lionel Messi – before adding another in the second half. 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? Valverde praised Coutinho and said he hoped that would give the attacker the boost he needed.”Leo has given it to him to take and he has taken a great responsibility and made it 1-0,” Valverde said.”I hope the success gives him more confidence.”Coutinho extended his thanks to Messi after the game for allowing him to step up to the spot.Barca looked in trouble in the tie, but Coutinho’s double and goals from Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Messi saw them seal a comeback win.Valverde said it showed his team, who are top of La Liga, could step up when needed.”The best thing is that we have security and we confirm that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he said.Messi meanwhile stressed the victory showed the Catalans are a club that would never throw away any competition. Barcelona are next in action with a La Liga clash at home to Valencia on Saturday.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer Was Reportedly Unaware Of Zach Smith’s 2013 Arrest

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith has released a new statement about Urban Meyer regarding his newly-reported 2013 arrest.Smith, according to reports uncovered by The Blade’s Kyle Rowland, was arrested in 2013 on drunken driving charges.The Blade obtained police reports that show Smith, who worked under Urban Meyer at both Florida and Ohio State, was arrested in February 2013.An officer pulled Smith over at 2:43 a.m. Feb. 23, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio, for speeding — 67 in a 50 — on State Rt. 257 at Summit View Road, about three miles south of the Columbus Zoo.According to the Dublin Police report, which The Blade obtained through a records request, Smith was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Smith refused a breathalyzer test. The arresting officer wrote in his report he “observed Smith’s eyes to be red and glassy. There was a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.”Smith, through his attorney, says that Urban Meyer was not aware of this arrest, per ESPN’s Dan Murphy.Former Ohio State coach Zach Smith, through his attorney, says Urban Meyer didn’t know about his OVI arrest in 2013. Story coming soon.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 13, 2018Urban Meyer has been on paid administrative leave for a week and a half. Ohio State is investigating how he handled domestic violence accusations against Smith in 2015.OSU said its investigation into Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ program would take two weeks. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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College Football Star Will Be “Reprimanded” Before Team’s Bowl Game

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)One of the top defensive players in college football will be “reprimanded” before his team’s bowl game, but he’ll be able to play in the contest.LSU head coach Ed Orgeron announced this morning that senior defensive back John Battle will not be suspended for the Tigers’ bowl game against UCF.Battle appeared to throw a punch at the end of the LSU-Texas A&M game when a scuffle broke out on the field between the two programs.Orgeron has not specified what the “reprimand” will be yet.“He will be reprimanded…he will play. We’re not sure what the punishment will be yet,” Coach O said.Ed Orgeron on John Battle:”He will be reprimanded…he will play. We’re not sure what the punishment will be yet”#LSU #FiestaBowl #UCF @Fiesta_Bowl— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) December 11, 2018Battle is a multi-year starter for LSU’s secondary, which is annually one of the top units in the country.LSU and UCF are set to kick off in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. The game will begin at 1 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

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