TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri desperate for Wilson if Higuain move failsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would be willing to spend £50m on Callum Wilson – if he isn’t able to sign Gonzalo Higuain.The Italian is keen on a reunion with Higuain, who he managed for one season at Napoli. However, Blues chief-executive Marina Granovskaia is not convinced that the 31-year-old is the answer to their forward conundrum.Any deal for Higuain is also complicated by the fact that he is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.According to Sky Sports, the signing of Bournemouth forward Wilson would appease Sarri.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola confirmed the club’s interest in the 26-year-old last month. Wilson has score 10 goals in 23 matches for the Cherries this season.
Association of Journalists rejects Barcelona defender Pique’s accusationsby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Association of Journalists has rejected Gerard Pique’s latest accusationsThe defender alleges that the Barcelona board helped facilitate a news story which highlighted the playing staff as the reasons behind the Blaugrana’s poor start to the campaign. It was a piece which highlighted a number of issues, suggesting that the power of the Barcelona dressing room had long been a source of negativity at the Camp Nou. The Association of Journalists doesn’t accept the accusations by Gerard Pique against our fellow journalists, suggesting they were writing on the request of another party,” the group’s statement read.”We will never tire of asking for more respect for the profession and those within it.”Journalists do not accept people telling us how to do our work, and they try to discredit us because they don’t like what we write, freedom of the press is a fundamental right of a democracy and professionals work to avoid any conflict of interest in accordance with the Code of Ethics.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Zach Farmer Randy JohnsonRandy Johnson, a five-time Cy Young winner and a 10-time All-Star, was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame today. During his speech, the man known as “The Big Unit” sent a special message to Zach Farmer, an Ohio State pitcher who is currently in his second battle with leukemia. Farmer, a left-hander like Johnson, is tragically not expected to live for much longer. Johnson spoke on the phone with Farmer recently and gave him a heartfelt shout-out during his speech. The best moment from Randy Johnson’s speech was his shout-out to @zfarm34 who’s battling leukemia. #RJ51HOF #12Sports pic.twitter.com/tZk0iEtXt6— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) July 26, 2015Stay strong, Zach.
al golden gives game ball to hunter knightonAl Golden has been on the hot seat at Miami for what seems like two seasons now, and Saturday’s 58-0 home loss to ACC favorite Clemson was the final straw. Miami announced that Golden has been “relieved of his duties” in a statement this evening.Golden Relieved of his Duties Effective Immediately – https://t.co/vdB4TtmNt9— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) October 25, 2015University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced today that he has relieved Head Football Coach Al Golden of his duties effective immediately. Assistant coach Larry Scott will serve as the Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. “Coach Golden has led our program through some very difficult times and he has done so with class, integrity and a true desire to see our students succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” James said. “However, we have a proud tradition of excellence at Miami, not just in football but in all sports, and we want to compete for ACC and national championships. I simply believe that now is the time to bring the Hurricane Family together and rally behind our young men.”This is a shift from Saturday, when James stated that Golden would not be let go. Golden finishes with a 32-25 record. Miami has been stocking large recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018, so it will be extremely interesting to see what happens with those young players. [Hurricane Sports]
PlayoffWho are your College Football Playoff “sleepers”?ESPN has named theirs. The World Wide Leader, which also tabbed the five most-overrated College Football Playoff contenders, has released their five-biggest sleepers. By conference, they are:ACC – LouisvilleBig 12 – TCUBig Ten – Michigan StatePac-12 – UtahSEC – Ole MissLeading off a week of roundtable discussions on expectations for 2016, here are your CFB playoff sleepers: https://t.co/akNK5xhXBF— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 16, 2016The “sleeper” with the best chance might be Michigan State. The Spartans get both Michigan and Ohio State in East Lansing, Mich. this season. Mark Dantonio’s squad’s toughest non-conference game comes at Notre Dame, but it also presents the team with a great opportunity for a signature win. Ole Miss and Louisville are probably talented enough to make it, but their schedules are more difficult and there are more proven teams in their respective conferences. TCU and Utah seem to have the toughest roads. [ESPN]
ABC.The AP voter who ranked Michigan ahead of Ohio State has written a statement.Tom Murphy, an AP Poll voter who writes for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ranked Michigan ahead of Ohio State in the latest top 25. He was the only AP voter (there are 61) to do so.The ranking was justified, in Murphy’s mind, because of the perceived poor officiating that occurred in the double-overtime contest in Columbus.“The Wolverines essentially outplayed their arch rival on the road and I don’t think the football reached the necessary 15-yard line on J.T. Barrett’s fourth-down run in double overtime. As that was the game-decided play, I appointed myself as the replay official and deemed Michigan the winner,” he wrote.Murphy has faced some serious criticism for his vote and issued the following statement today, admitting he made a mistake.I have heard from many of you over the last 24 hours. I have looked and listened. As I cast my ballot for this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, I had not seen all the available angles of Ohio State’s fourth-down run in the second overtime. If I had, I would not have been as definitive in my view of the spot on J.T. Barrett’s run.My error was in not having a greater appreciation for the well-trained game officials who spotted the gain and confirmed the call on the field. For that I apologize and confirm that I respect the decision of those officials and the outcome of the game.You can read his full letter here.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the Reds will have more competition than just Premier League champions Manchester City this season.The Reds pushed City all the way in the league last term but saw Pep Guardiola’s men defend their title by only one point on the final day.Liverpool bounced back by claiming a sixth European title and the two sides are widely expected to battle for domestic and continental prizes again during the 2019-20 campaign. 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? That will start with Sunday’s Community Shield between Liverpool and City at Wembley, yet Henderson does not believe the Reds can afford to be complacent about the chasing pack.”Everyone will talk about Liverpool and City because they won the league and were so good and we won the Champions League,” Henderson said. “It is easy to do that.”You have to look at the other teams. They are going to improve. There are more teams than us and City who will be competing.”But you have to respect them so much for winning the Premier League back-to-back. That is so difficult. They keep raising the bar and keep improving with the squad they have.”So, we need to be doing the same and I think we will. The players are hungry. They want more. They want to keep working hard and the manager will make sure of that.”We have great senior players in the team. We have to focus on what is ahead and keep challenging for all the trophies.”While Champions League finalists Tottenham and the rest of the top six will hope to be involved again at the business end of the season, Henderson is confident Liverpool can compete once more.”We showed we were not disheartened after we did not win the league to go and win the Champions League,” he said. “It was a big moment for us.”We can use last season as the fuel to be even better to win it this year and compete again.”We know how good City are and other teams will improve. The Premier League is so difficult. That showed last year, to play as we did and win so many games and not win it.”But we keep going, giving everything and improving, and hopefully we challenge.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)In almost all cases, players and coaches pay lip service to the notion that they are only looking ahead to the game in front of them. That isn’t the case for Ohio State and its biggest rival, though.Michigan is always on the Buckeyes’ minds, even when that game is months away. The team even spends time in the spring practicing specifically for that rivalry.There are a number of reasons why Ohio State has dominated that series so much since Jim Tressel took over the program almost 20 years ago. Still, it is hard to argue that the attention paid to the “Team Up North” doesn’t have any impact, given the results.Ryan Day was asked about his approach to the Ohio State-Michigan game, and he says he plans to continue the things that Urban Meyer did to keep the rivalry in focus.He went out of his way to say that he expects a tough game this season, before confirmed that the Michigan game is an every day agenda item for the program, like it had been under Meyer. He spoke about it at the Columbus Morning Sports Report earlier today. Via 247Sports:“First off, a lot of deep breaths when I started thinking about the game. I start to get a little worked up,” Day said. “And the way last year’s game went, we’re going to have our hands full next year because that kind of got one-sided and they didn’t expect that.“But we still have our Team Up North periods, which we do in the spring. This is a period where we’re practicing against them for 10 minutes. We turn on the loudspeaker and play our music and play highlights from the game before. Coach (Mick) Marotti, our strength and conditioning coach, will have those days where, if there’s 225 days until The Game then there are 225 reps that they’re about to do to end the workout. Things like this to make sure everybody understands what that rivalry is. We have a huge ceremony in the spring with the Gold Paints where former players come in and talk to the team about the rivalry. We show a video.“Nobody’s allowed to wear blue in the facility. If they do, they have to do five push-ups right on the floor. It doesn’t matter if they’re 90 years old or in a stroller, we make them do it. We make them do it. If they say the word in the facilities, same thing. So it’s a way of life. In our recruiting room, we have a list of all the people they’ve recruited, and that’s our first thing is to beat them. Then after that, we kind of go from there. So we have to live it every day.”Ohio State has national title aspirations every year, and they want to beat the Michigan States and Penn States and whichever elite programs they have in the non-conference. Even with the recent dominance, though, nothing tops the Michigan game for those in Columbus.[247Sports]
Glenda Hudson was upset when she heard Jim Harbaugh’s comments on mental health today. Her son, James, left Michigan and claims the NCAA is blocking his immediate eligibility at Cincinnati because he never reported issues at Michigan. For the first time, she’s speaking out: pic.twitter.com/9nTjTbs8wP— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 20, 2019Last night, former Wolverine player Jared Wangler took to Twitter to defend Harbaugh and implored people to stop letting “mediocre writers and twitter keyboard warriors create a false narrative.”“As someone who played under Coach Harbaugh for four years I can’t sit back and watch writers misconstrue his comments for click-bait and for the uninformed public to run wild with it,” Wangler wrote.“The Michigan Football program does a phenomenal job taking care of their players. Mental health is not something to take lightly nor is it fair to falsely accuse a man of inadequately providing support for his players.”This was really well said. As someone who played under Coach Harbaugh for four years I can’t sit back and watch writers misconstrue his comments for click-bait and for the uninformed public to run wild with it. https://t.co/pEePeNrqcf— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) July 20, 2019Coach Harbaugh, along with the rest of the staff, hold players to high standards in an ethical manner. As for the general public, stop letting mediocre writers and twitter keyboard warriors create a false narrative on something they know nothing about.— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) July 20, 2019Wangler played for the Wolverines from 2014-18, finishing out his career as a fifth-year senior last fall.His comments will raise some eyebrows, but it is quite clear he’s a big supporter of his coach. PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh voiced a number of opinions on the transfer process in college football during Big Ten Media Days last week.Harbaugh advocated for every student-athlete to have the ability to transfer one time without the penalty of sitting out a year, which drew praise from writers and analysts. However, some of his other remarks drew criticism, including from the mother of a former player.In an interview with ESPNU on Friday, Harbaugh questioned some players who claimed to be transferring because of mental health issues. In response, the mother of Michigan transfer OL James Hudson spoke out, saying she was disappointed by the comments not only as a mother but as a mental health professional.Hudson is claiming the NCAA won’t give him a waiver to play immediately this season at Cincinnati because he did not report any mental health issues while at Michigan.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)One of college football’s best rivalries that used to be is set to get back in action this weekend, when Colorado hosts Nebraska in Week 2.The old Big 12 rivals are both coming off Week 1 victories.Colorado and Nebraska met in Lincoln last year, with the Buffaloes squeaking out a close win to spoil Scott Frost’s first game.The Huskers are favored in the rematch, though the Buffaloes could be a popular upset pick. Colorado’s athletic director sent a message to his fan base ahead of Saturday’s game. He’s asking for “civility.”Colorado AD Rick George asks for “civility” this week among CU fans this week as Nebraska fans arrive in Boulder.— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) September 3, 2019Nebraska fans are known as some of the most-welcoming fans in the country, so it would be nice for Colorado to return the favor this year.It’ll be televised on FOX.