About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp prepared to be dumped from Carabao Cupby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are still waiting to learn of their Carabao Cup status.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have yet to receive any indication from the EFL when they will discover their fate after fielding an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons. The strongest sanction is expulsion from the competition – manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must accept whatever punishment is given.”If it was our fault,” said Klopp, “we need to get punished.”
Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.
Vine/Dan LyonsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield is this year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, and for good reason. The junior shooting guard does everything for the Sooners, and in tonight’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, that includes making a crucial block on a fast break lay-up attempt that could have cut the Oklahoma lead to two points. Dayton guard Darrell Davis stole the ball from OU’s Jordan Woodard, and immediately took off for the hoop. As he released the ball, Hield made a fantastic play to reject the shot out of his hand. Instead of a two-point game, Oklahoma was fouled and extended the lead.Oklahoma finished the game with a 72-66 win, and will face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.
NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.
Alexis Sanchez remains a “really special player”, says Ander Herrera, with Manchester United set to see the best of the Chilean forward in 2019.A high-profile switch to Old Trafford has not gone to plan for the South American, who arrived from Arsenal in January 2018.Twelve testing months have seen him deliver just four goals to spark serious questions of his value and future. 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? United have, however, kept faith in a player who has also suffered a series of niggling knocks, with there a belief on their part that Sanchez will come good.Herrera is among those to share that opinion, with the Spaniard telling MUTV ahead of an FA Cup reunion for the ex-Gunners star with his former club: “He did amazing for them.“He was the best player for them every single season he was there, so I think Arsenal fans will receive him in a good way, because he has been fantastic for them.“He has given everything and now we have him. Now we want to enjoy him. His character makes him a really special player and I think we are going to see the best of Alexis in 2019.”Sanchez and United are due at Emirates Stadium on Friday.A heavyweight fourth-round clash will have plenty riding on it, with the Red Devils and Arsenal determined to get their hands on silverware this season.Herrera has enjoyed success in the FA Cup before, netting on his first appearance in the competition against Yeovil back in 2015 before going on to lift the trophy a year later.He added on his desire to form part of another trophy quest: “I really like this competition.“I like the way English football organise this competition. It’s very exciting, it’s very emotional for the fans, for everyone.“In Spain, the games are two legs, because you have to play at home and you have to play away, but, in England, the fact you have to play only one game and, in case you draw, you have the replay makes the competition very, very emotional and very exciting.“I have very good memories. I have lost the final, I have won a final.“I have played in some of the stadiums, all the stadiums, also in some of the stadiums of lower teams, so I really like this competition. I think the atmosphere is always really, really good.”
PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that striker Hirving Lozano has been released from hospital after suffering a head injury in Saturday’s Eredivisie win against Groningen.The 23-year-old was involved in a clash of heads with Tim Handwerker and was unable to finish the game.There were concerns after the match as the extent of the problem with Mark van Bommel himself stating ‘it does not look good’. Therefore Sunday’s news came as a welcomed relief for the club’s fans. 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? An official statement from PSV said: “Hirving Lozano has left the St. Anna Hospital and is now at home.”His workload will be examined from day-to-day on the basis of the applicable FIFA protocols.”El Chucky = home 🙂Lozanodischarged from the hospital#PSVGROhttps://t.co/7Q1bQ5K3U9— PSV (@PSV) January 27, 2019That could mean the Mexican is ruled out for several weeks and might miss upcoming games against Fortuna Sittard, Utrecht and Hereenveen.Despite being withdrawn just before half-time in the 2-1 win against Groningen, Lozano did score the decisive goals in the match, by netting a first-half brace.The result helped increase their gap over second-place Ajax, who now trail PSV by five points following Sunday’s 6-2 defeat to Feyenoord.Lozano is enjoying a superb season for the reigning Dutch champions and has scored 13 times in 19 league games.His tally this campaign is just short of his overall goal haul from the 2017/18 season, when he bagged 17 Eredivisie goals.He has also enjoyed success in the Champions League this campaign and was on target and against Tottenham and Inter.Unsurprisingly his impressive showings have seen him be linked with some of Europe’s top clubs. However, this injury looks to have put to bed any hope of him leaving this month.He hasn’t exactly squashed any rumours and in November claimed: “I hope that God, some day, gives me a shot at playing in the Premier League.”“I think the Premier League is great. I think that it would be fabulous to play with any of the clubs, but I would love to play for one of the big clubs,” he added.Lozano was also one of Mexico’s top performers at the World Cup, not least when he netted the winner in his country’s opening game against the reigning world champions Germany.
Real Madrid have been urged to sign one of Lionel Messi’s children by Alvaro Arbeloa after the Barcelona superstar revealed his son Mateo cheers for their La Liga rivals.Messi claimed another La Liga title this season but Champions League and Copa del Rey defeats to Liverpool and Valencia respectively have seen the five-time Ballon d’Or winner ruthlessly trolled by his own son.”Thiago never misses a match,” Lionel Messi told TyC Sports. “Mateo loves football, he wears all the shirts. 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? “We were playing at home and he said to me, ‘I’m Liverpool, who beat you’; ‘Valencia won, eh – I’m Valencia’.”The TV is there, and he cheers Madrid’s goals to annoy his brother. He’s the one who is a Madrid fan.” Messi’s comments caught the attention of former Madrid full-back Arbeloa, who won La Liga and two Champions League trophies during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.”Let’s get him [Mateo] signed,” ex-Spain international and World Cup winner Arbeloa tweeted on Wednesday.Messi – preparing for the Copa America with Argentina – scored a La Liga-high 36 goals in 2018-19 as he claimed his sixth European Golden Shoe.The 31-year-old finished the season with 51 goals in all competitions as Barca reached the Champions League semi-finals and Copa del Rey decider.Messi scored twice in the first leg of the Champions League last four in a 3-0 drubbing of their Premier League opposition – including a sublime free-kick – but he and Barcelona were stunned at Anfield and beaten 4-0 by the eventual winners – the biggest comeback ever at that stage of the competition – with Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum each grabbing a brace.The Liga champions were shocked again in the final of the Copa del Rey as Messi’s second-half strike proved to be a mere consolation after Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo put Barcelona 2-0 down at half-time, ending their four-year streak of winning the competition.The Blaugrana are set for a summer overhaul, with a deal for Ajax star Frenkie de Jong already wrapped up and a deal for his team-mate Matthijs de Ligt looking likely to follow as Ernesto Valverde hopes to improve on an ultimately disappointing year.
The Premier League returns for the 2019-20 season in August and fantasy football fever is building ahead of the first week.It’s time to pick a clever team name, reactivate old leagues and challenge friends in the battle for supremacy in the fantasy realm.Figuring out how best to use your budget in order to get the best players into your squad is the biggest issue at the start, but in order to really succeed, a fantasy football team needs constant care. 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 With the Premier League’s big kick-off fast approaching, Goal takes a look at the fantasy football games on offer and gives you a few tips to get off on the right foot.Premier League fantasy football gamesThere is no shortage of fantasy football games out there for fans of the Premier League, but the most popular is without doubt the league’s official one.Known as Fantasy Premier League, the official game is already open and you can start to assemble your panel of champions with a £100 million budget.For those who have grown frustrated with the traditional style of fantasy football game or if you want to make things extra interesting, players can also take part in a draft version, which limits the player pool and involves trades.While for many the official game may be the only show in town when it comes to fantasy football, there are other versions available to play, with some newspapers and sports websites running their own.Sky Sports offer the incentive of cash prizes for those who take part in their fantasy football game, with the overall winner pocketing the biggest sum and money on offer for second and third place too.The game is broadly similar to the official version – there are some variations when it comes to things such as transfers – and Opta provide the stats.The Sun also offer a fantasy football game through their ‘Dream Team’ and it is even more different to the official version, but, of course, the same idea applies.Dream Team fantasy football players have to make do with a £50 million budget, but the prices are scaled down somewhat too. There are three different versions – Season, Weekender and Draft.Fantasy football tips – how to win?Winning at fantasy football isn’t just as simple as picking the best players, as any aficionado will tell you. Fantasy managers need to be clever about their selections.If you’re a fantasy football novice or a long-suffering underachiever, we’ve got some tips that should help you get off to a solid start this season.1. Focus on your first XIThe official game requires players to select 15 players in their squad, but only 11 of them will earn points at any one time, so you have to focus on your starting players.What that means in practice is investing your budget in the players you hope to use each week and saving money by choosing the cheapest possible options as subs.Of course that doesn’t mean you need to disregard the back-up players completely, just be shrewd about it – find the balance between who is cheap and plays regularly.2. Use your budgetGenerally speaking, it’s a good idea to spend your whole budget, or most of it at least.Don’t be afraid to splash out if it means getting an expensive player, such as Mohamed Salah or Sergio Aguero, who is practically guaranteed to serve up points.That said, with players’ values fluctuating depending on their form, it’s not necessarily a bad idea to leave a small amount left over if you want to make some early transfers. Just don’t leave £10 million in the bank – that could get you someone like Jamie Vardy or Alexandre Lacazette!3. Bargains!It probably goes without saying, but try to get value for money for at least a few players in the squad. Sometimes a player who recently signed for a big club can be undervalued – Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Manchester United for example.Keep an eye on players from newly promoted teams too. In many cases, the brains behind fantasy football will be keenly aware of the potential points-getters, but sometimes they are too conservative and you should try to take advantage of any oversight.4. Pay attention to The ScoutThe official fantasy football game runs a scouting column, where experts give their views and predictions about who the best players to choose are, which is particularly useful if you’re not really that invested in football (surely not?)The Scouts are not always right, but they regularly suggest bargains and offer an educated assessment of the players who are in form or most likely to bag some points.5. Choose attacking and goalscoring midfieldersIn fantasy football, picking goalscoring midfielders is crucial if you want to stand any chance of winning your league. By and large, in the modern game, wingers tend to be most likely to find themselves amongst the goals, but occasionally a central midfielder – think a Frank Lampard type of player, for example – will emerge.As well as that playmakers and midfielder who take charge of set-pieces are desirable due to the fact that they are likely to pick up plenty of assists throughout the season.Defensive midfielders tend not to provide assists or score goals so, it’s usually a good idea to avoid selecting them.6. Check your team every weekInjuries, suspension or a loss of form can cause irreparable damage to a fantasy football team during a season, so you simply have to keep an eye on those things.Set a reminder on your phone, mark it in your diary – do whatever it is you have to do to ensure you don’t miss a week.7. Pick a team name you won’t regretFinally, spend a little time considering what you’re going to call your team. It won’t get you any extra points, but you and everyone else will be looking at it for the season, so make it a good one! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)It’s decision day for Urban Meyer. Ohio State’s head coach is about to learn his status as the school’s head football coach.The university’s Board of Trustees began its meeting at 9 a.m. E.T. They quickly broke off into a private “executive session” to discuss the future of Meyer as the Buckeyes’ head coach.The Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May reports that an inside source has told him the BOT and the school’s president, Michael Drake, will be making the decision on Meyer together.“Interesting if true, an insider with ties to the Ohio State board of trustees tells me he’s been told the board and Pres. Michael Drake will make the decision together on Urban Meyer, not Drake alone,” he tweeted.Interesting if true, an insider with ties to the Ohio State board of trustees tells me he’s been told the board and Pres. Michael Drake will make the decision together on @OSUCoachMeyer , not Drake alone.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 22, 2018Urban Meyer has apparently arrived at the meeting. It’s unclear what this means, but it seems like it could mean a decision is on the way.WSYX6 captured photos of Meyer’s arrival.Breaking- @OSUCoachMeyer spotted by @wsyx6 crews on campus. Right now university trustees are discussing outcome of investigation. @TheFeverABC6 Decision on his future will be made by @OSUPrezDrake pic.twitter.com/qe3wATbWAo— Rodney Dunigan (@RodneyWSYX6) August 22, 2018Stay tuned.
FOX SportsMichigan star Chase Winovich has quickly become the best interview in college football.After his Wolverines put together a dominant defensive performance en route to a 21-7 win at rival Michigan State, he popped off during an on-field interview.Michigan players and fans love calling Michigan State “little brother.” During the interview, Winovich said that Michigan had to put “little brother” was acting up, and had to be put in his place.”We knew they couldn’t hang with us… Sometimes your little brother starts acting up, and you just gotta put them in place.”– @Chase_Winovich was wildin’ postgame after @UMichFootball beat Michigan State. ? pic.twitter.com/MGXX3V9UAp— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 20, 2018Combined with the pregame scuffle, Michigan’s post-game stomping on the midfield Spartan logo, and the barbs traded between Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio, this game was all kinds of chippy. Winovich’s interview was just another piece of that.Rather than walk his comments back, Chase Winovich hopped on Twitter moments ago and doubled down.We’re sure Michigan fans will appreciate this.I’d like to take this moment to apologize… FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Go Blue!— Chase Winovich (@Chase_Winovich) October 20, 2018Michigan held Michigan State to just 94 total yards, holding the Spartans to less than one yard per carry and under three per pass attempt.If the Wolverines keep playing like that, Winovich is going to get plenty of more air time all the way through what could be a truly pivotal rivalry game against Ohio State with a College Football Playoff berth on the line.