Everton closing on deal for RB Leipzig ace Jean-Kevin Augustinby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are closing on a deal for RB Leipzig ace Jean-Kevin Augustin.The Sun says the German club’s price tag might prove a stumbling block for the Toffees, however, as Leipzig want £38 million for the forward. In an effort to sweeten the deal, Marco Silva might be willing to let Ademola Lookman return to the Bundesliga side permanently.The Everton youngster excelled at Leipzig last season on loan and the German club still retain an interest in the 21-year-old. Augustin has scored eight goals in 23 games in all competitions this campaign and could be the man to add firepower to Marco Silva’s attack. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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Inter Milan boss Conte: Sensi injury rocked usby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte says defeat to Juventus was a wake up call.Paulo Dybala and substitute Gonzalo Higuain secured Juve victory at San Siro, despite a Lautaro Martinez equaliser from the penalty spot.“I think we above all paid for Sensi’s injury the moment he went off, as we rather lost our way. We didn’t start the second half well, but then it was more balanced again and either team could score,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.“Juventus got the goal, they certainly showed all their heavy artillery in attack, all their experience in how to control a game like this. I cannot complain to the lads, as they gave their all, but as I’ve always said, we have a long road ahead of us to reach their level in terms of experience and game management.“We need to improve and that was inevitable, as we are at the start of this journey. I did see the statistics and it was a very balanced encounter, they could’ve scored and so could we. We both had chances, but experience and the quality of a big club made the difference.“We tip our hat to them, we’ll roll our sleeves up and keep working.”He added: “It’s an important game against a very strong team. I had always lost against Juventus, with Arezzo and Atalanta. I am disappointed at the defeat, not because it was Juventus. I tip my hat to them.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona captain Messi quickly impressed by De Jongby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has quickly been impressed by Frenkie De Jong.The Holland midfielder arrived in the summer from Ajax.Messi has been impressed and says: “For him, it was easy to adapt to the team because he came from a philosophy similar to Ajax. “He grew up with the same idea, the same way of playing. He adapts well. He likes to have the ball, make passes between the lines. “He is very complete.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Over the last week or so, Florida and LSU’s football programs have been arguing on social media over which program is the rightful “D.B.U” – the true home of elite defensive backs. The Gators released a “D.B.U” hype video and players from the two programs spatted on Twitter. The Tigers have responded with a video of their own. Check out this “LSU is DBU” video released by LSU’s video production team this afternoon. It’s pretty great. LSU is DBU from LSU Football on Vimeo.
Earlier this week, ESPN’s Outside the Lines published a report detailing a number of incidents of either alleged domestic violence or sexual assault involving Baylor football players – and how some of the school’s staffers and coaches reportedly knew about the allegations and chose not to punish them. It was also reported that the university’s board of regents is debating what to do with head coach Art Briles in the aftermath.Friday night, Baylor assistant Randy Clements took to Twitter with a shot at the media. He tweeted, then deleted a note about the media “speculating” in regards to Coach Art Briles. The tweet was only up for a short time before being taken down.Obviously, it isn’t really in the best interest of any staffer, coach or player to take to social media regarding this topic until the dust has settled. The alleged crimes are being taken very seriously – and any comment from someone at the school could be taken as insensitive.
UndisputedWednesday, Shannon Sharpe responded to Dabo Swinney’s comments criticizing Colin Kaepernick’s protest method.Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said yesterday that he believes Colin Kaepernick is being a distraction to his team. Shannon Sharpe responded to Swinney’s comments in this clip from his show with Skip Bayless, Skip and Shannon: Undisputed:”Protests, dissent is supposed to be uncomfortable.” — @ShannonSharpe responds to Dabo Swinney pic.twitter.com/uxK0jKd89S— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 14, 2016Sharpe stated that protests are supposed to be uncomfortable:“I’ve tried talking. I’ve tried it. But you won’t listen. So I must take a stand. And then when you say, ‘well, what is he doing?’ Then I get to tell you”In response to Swinney saying “I just think there’s a right way to do things and I don’t think two wrongs make a right,” and criticizing Kaepernick’s method, Sharpe issued the following statement:“When is the right time? When can we start talking about the 400 years? When is the right time? Tell me the right time.”Sharpe continued asking for what specific point in time he should be waiting for before starting a protest. Kaepernick’s protest has created a divide within the country, with those supporting the protest, and those opposing it. One thing remains clear, this protest doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
Jurgen Klopp fears Manchester City will teach Liverpool a lesson in the Community Shield if the level of defending displayed in pre-season does not improve.The Champions League winners have lost three and drawn one of their past four friendly matches.Ten goals have been conceded in that run, including three in the most recent defeat to Serie A side Napoli in Edinburgh. 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? Klopp does not know whether key trio Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino – all of whom return to training this week – will be available for Sunday’s clash against City at Wembley and admitted his team are unlikely to be at full capacity.But the German is not prepared to accept anything less than a competitive performance.”I don’t think we can expect to play our best game of the season,” Klopp said.”That’s how it is with the pre-season we’ve had, but we have a long season after that. But it’s not about that, it’s about winning a football game and that’s what we will try. There are different ways to do that and we hope to find one.”I don’t know exactly why people play this competition if [they think] it means nothing. “I won it five times in Germany and nobody mentions it, but we play it every year. If you win, nobody cares. If you lose, some care.”It’s a game we play against City and that’s the most difficult game of the season in every season, so we have to be ready and it’s a good test for the things which are there in that moment.”We have to make sure we defend in a pretty good way because if you don’t defend well against City we could get a proper knock, and that’s not the idea of the game.”Though adamant the outcome will not chart a course for Liverpool’s season, Klopp bristled at the idea of the Community Shield being considered a glorified friendly.”[To call it a] ‘curtain-raiser’ is unbelievable,” he said.”We try to be as ready as possible. If we had eight players available, for example, I would like to try to win it. It’s a final.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool had a bittersweet start to their 2019-20 Premier League campaign, seeing off Norwich in a 4-1 rout at Anfield – but having to deal with goalkeeper Alisson picking up a calf injury.The Brazil international was forced off the pitch after just 38 minutes and Liverpool’s worst fears looked set to have been realised when a stretcher was brought on, though Alisson was able to hobble off.Regardless, Alisson’s injury will be a massive blow for the Reds, with the star shot-stopper a huge part of their European glory and Premier League runners-up status last season. But how long will he be on the sidelines for, and how many games will he miss? 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? How severe is Alisson’s injury?Initially, Jurgen Klopp did not reveal a timeframe for Alisson’s return, but Liverpool quickly moving to sign a one-year deal for veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan in the aftermath isn’t a good sign.The German, however, later admitted that the goalkeeper would be out ‘for a few weeks’ with his calf injury and dismissed the possibility that he would be absent for more than six weeks.“[It’s] not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,” he told reporters.“I don’t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back, but it will not [be] tomorrow for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see. “I saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.”Klopp has already confirmed that Alisson will miss out on the UEFA Super Cup clash against Chelsea in Istanbul, with reserve goalkeeper Adrian set to replace the Brazil international as first-choice goalkeeper and Lonergan on the bench.Should Alisson be in recovery for two weeks or so, as per Klopp’s latest update, he looks set to be absent for several key clashes on top of the Super Cup game, including a home game against Arsenal on August 24.He could be back following Liverpool’s welcome of Newcastle at Anfield, but in the worst-case scenario event that he does need a maximum of six weeks to recover, he could be fit for Liverpool’s visit to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in late September.There is a possibility that he is likely to miss out on Liverpool’s opening Champions League matches as well should his recovery take longer than expected, as the group stage of the competition begins on September 17.Games Alisson could miss for Liverpool Date Game Competition Aug 14 Liverpool vs Chelsea UEFA Super Cup Aug 17 Southampton vs Liverpool Premier League Aug 24 Liverpool vs Arsenal Premier League Aug 31 Burnley vs Liverpool Premier League Sep 14 Liverpool vs Newcastle Premier League Sep 22 Chelsea vs Liverpool Premier League Sep 28 Sheffield United vs Liverpool Premier League Oct 5 Leicester City vs Liverpool Premier League Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Zach Harrison is the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio. The five-star defensive end, an Olentangy Orange product, is the No. 5 overall recruit in the country. He’s one of Urban Meyer’s most-important recruits in years.Ohio State hosted Harrison on a visit this weekend, as the five-star prospect watched the Buckeyes’ victory over Nebraska at Ohio Stadium.Another school is currently “trending” for Harrison, though. It’s not one Ohio State fans are going to like.The Michigan Wolverines are trending for a five-star 2019 prospect.https://t.co/GHLcReCR92— 247Sports (@247Sports) November 5, 2018From 247Sports:Fresh off a statement 42-7 victory against Penn State, Michigan picked up momentum in recruiting for the No. 1 recruit from the state of Ohio. Defensive end Zach Harrison of Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy Orange High began trending toward the Wolverines following the weekend.The 247Sports Composite five-star recruit and No. 5 overall recruit in the nation picked up six Crystal Ball predictions toward Michigan over the last 24 hours, including one from director of football recruiting Steve Wiltfong. Wiltfong breaks down his prediction for VIPs inside.Ohio State leads with a 65 percent forecast in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but the Wolverines continue to gain ground. While Harrison lives within a stone’s throw of Columbus, he recently visited Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ victory over Wisconsin.Harrison is as big of a “must-get” recruit as it gets for Urban Meyer and Ohio State. He’s an elite five-star prospect who plays his high school football in the shadows of Ohio Stadium. Losing him to any other program would be a major blow; losing him to Michigan would be devastating.Still, Ohio State is seen by most as the favorite to land him, with 65 percent of the predictions on 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.” We appear to need to keep a close eye on Michigan moving forward, though.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin converse against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has sent a message to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide ahead of tonight’s national title game.Kiffin, who spent three seasons under Saban in Tuscaloosa, is wishing Alabama well against Clemson.The FAU head coach responded to an article from the New York Times that discussed Saban’s “rehabbing” of former college football head coaches.Kiffin is one of many notable coaches who have spent time on Alabama’s staff under Saban.The “Nick Saban Witness Protection Program,” as the Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley dubbed it earlier this month, has in recent years hosted a number of doghouse-inhabiting former head coaches, including Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and even Locksley himself, who as Saban’s offensive coordinator helped make quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a Heisman Trophy finalist and fine-tuned an offense that might be the most explosive in Alabama’s history.Kiffin is thankful for his time at Alabama.“Thanks coach from all of us!!” he tweeted. “Now go win another one tonight!!”Thanks coach from all of us!! Now go win another one tonight!! #RTR. @UofAlabama @espn @nytimes https://t.co/eJi3Mh4DLi— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) January 7, 2019Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.