About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Matuidi: Now I realise why Ronaldo has achieved so muchby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has paid tribute to teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.The Frenchman admits Ronaldo’s work ethic has stunned him.He told JDD: “He’s a very big one. He works a lot … You have to see him to understand, because you can say ‘yes, but hey, everyone works’. OK, but the way he works, also putting into perspective everything he has already won. “I had heard about it, of course, but I was surprised. The day after a game where we were all tired, he was already working in the gym. One of the first arrived, one of the last out. At his age, with his record, he would not need all that. But he still wants to prove, to win everything, even in training. “When I look at him and go through his career, I tell myself that everything is deserved.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche scoffs at ‘phantom rumours’ for Tarkowski and Liverpool: Bizarre!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has scoffed at reports of Liverpool being interested in James Tarkowski.Wild rumours have the defender being linked with a loan move to the Reds.And Dyche agrees: “We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.”We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say so you play two weeks and after that the others come in.”There are a lot of rumours out there, and not much fact.”The most amazing one is the Tarky one. That is just bizarre. It’s that time of the season, and everyone is looking for a snippet, but there is a lot of phantom stuff out there.”
Twitter/@markpantoniFor all of the crazy expectations placed on defending national champion Ohio State, the Buckeyes are about as loose as a team can be. No group seems to have as much fun off the field. Even special teams meetings, which you’d expect to be fairly dry and dull, get pretty live. Director of player personnel Mark Pantoni posted a video from a recent specials meeting, which features a number of Ohio State players—most notably linebacker Chris Worley—dancing. Even assistant coach Kerry Coombs gets into it a bit.Just your typical start to kicking meeting pic.twitter.com/7nqoAA3AF2— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) August 31, 2015In 2015, just about everything is a party in Columbus.
Dontavious JacksonESPN released its official FPI rankings Thursday ahead of the 2016 college football season, which includes projected win-loss records for every FBS squad. The Florida State Seminoles, despite having the third-toughest schedule in the nation, have the highest projected win total, at 10.6 games.Clemson, FSU’s main competition in the ACC, has virtually the same projected win-loss record, at 10.5-1.9. LSU, not Alabama, is the SEC’s top dog, with a projected 10.5 wins in 2016.Here’s a look at the top 20. You can head over to ESPN to see numbers for every team in the country. Kansas is actually the team projected to record the lowest number of wins this year – at 2.5. That would be an improvement, considering the Jayhawks went winless in 2015.Some other notes:Tennessee, not Alabama, is given the second-best chance at winning the SEC.While Washington has the highest projected win total in the Pac-12, USC is the favorite to win the league.Michigan is given the best chance to win the Big Ten – in Jim Harbaugh’s second year.Oklahoma is given the highest percentage chance at going undefeated.Boise State is the non-power five school with the highest number of projected wins.It’ll be interesting to see how the season plays out – and how accurate ESPN’s projections wind up being.
Tottenham will bid for a sixth straight Premier League win on the bounce to keep themselves in the Premier League title picture when they host Wolves at Wembley.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were given a late Christmas present when they went second on Boxing Day courtesy of their 5-0 win over Bournemouth .Wolves have a decent record against the top six this season having beaten Chelsea and held Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United to a draw. 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? They are 14 points clear of the bottom three and are set for a comfortable campaign back in the top-flight, despite a recent 2-0 loss to Liverpool. Game Tottenham vs Wolves Date Saturday, December 29 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being shown on TV or being streamed live online, but highlights will be available on BBC. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Son, Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Skipp Forwards Kane, Llorente Dele Alli returns to the starting line-up after missing the 5-0 win over Bournemouth with a hamstring injury.Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier are all absent while Mousa Dembele is not yet fit enough to return to the squad.Moussa Sissoko partners Harry Winks in midfield, with youngster Oliver Skipp on the bench.Tottenham XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Walker-Peters, Foyth, N’Koudou, Skipp, Lucas Moura Position Wolves players Goalkeepers Patricio, Ruddy, Norris Defenders Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Hause, Boly, Vinagre, Iorfa, Ebanks-Landell Midfielders Neves, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Jota, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Giles, Watt, Pote Forwards Cavaleiro, Costa, Bonatini, Jimenez, Traore, Ashley-Seal Leander Dendoncker makes his first Premier League start for the club against Spurs, alongside Ruben Neves in midfield.Neves had been left on the bench against Fulham, while Raul Jimenez leads the line.Possible Wolves XI: Patricio; Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Otto; Neves, Dendoncker; Traore, Raul, Cavaleiro. Subs: Ruddy, Costa, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre, BonatiniBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are major favourites and are favoured at odds of 4/11 to win according to bet 365 . A draw is priced at 17/2 with Wolves an outsider at 9/1 for the three points.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Spurs can complete a stunning December in which they have gone second in the Premier League, qualified for the last 16 phase of the Champions League and reached the Carabao Cup semi-final.The North Londoners last won six league games in a row in April which cemented their top-four status, but they have grander designs this time around.Manchester City’s shock back-to-back defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Leicester buoyed Spurs to second table in the league, and they have now emerged as surprise title challengers – remaining just six points behind table-toppers Liverpool one point above Pep Guardiola’ side.Pochettino has played down Spurs’ title hopes , however, refusing to acknowledge that his side are major contenders despite sitting comfortably in second place.”I repeat like yesterday now I’m more relaxed I think the same,” Pochettino told reporters. “We are in a very good position. I think we are in a position that the team deserves to be.”But another thing is to be a real contender at the end of the season. We need to show that we can be consistent throughout the whole season.”Manchester City have shown in the past they can be real contenders because they won the last Premier League and of course Liverpool made an unbelievable investment and they are doing well and they are at the top of the table.”It’s good news for the North Londoners, though, as Liverpool’s next two league fixtures are massive clashes against Arsenal and Man City.Any fears Wolves may have had that the second half of the campaign would be consumed in a battle against relegation have been firmly eased.Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had a knack of causing the top six problems this term and have come away from Old Trafford and The Emirates Stadium with well-earned draws.The comeback win over Chelsea at Molineux was perhaps the most impressive display, however, and the Midlanders will need similar levels of intensity to cope with Spurs. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Crystal Palace host Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday with the intention of causing another upset.Roy Hodgson’s side have been in good form lately and dealt a blow to Manchester City’s title challenge when they surprisingly won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium a week ago.Though they were held by Cardiff subsequently, they played a strong match. 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? Chelsea, meanwhile, have been a little inconsistent of late, with losses against Wolves and Leicester causing them to fall 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool and set their sights simply on a top-four finish. Game Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Date Sunday, December 30 Time 12 noon GMT / 7am ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky 1 and Sky Sports Main Event. It can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Crystal Palace players Goalkeepers Hennessey, Guaita, Speroni Defenders Sakho, Tomkins, Dann, Riedewald, van Aanholt, Schlupp, Souare, Ward, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly Midfielders Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Meyer, Puncheon, Williams, Kaikai, Townsend, Zaha Forwards Ayew, Wickham, Sorloth Christian Benteke is training once more but is not expected to return to action until the middle of January.There are doubts over goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy and defender Martin Kelly.Crystal Palace starting XI: Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp; Zaha Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Chelsea will have a strong squad to select from, with all of their regulars available. Andreas Christensen and Victor Moses, however, are sidelined.There are doubts over Pedro and youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, with both missing out. Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas have been left out as they are linked with moves away in January.Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 8/11 on an away win. Palace’s chances of victory are rated 17/4 and a draw is available at 29/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Fourth in the league, some of the lustre has been lost from the beginning to Maurizio Sarri’s time at Chelsea. Despite a couple of recent hiccups, though, the Italian has made good progress and has put the Stamford Bridge side in the thick of a highly competitive fight for Champions League football next season.The biggest headache he currently faces comes in the form of Eden Hazard, who has refused to commit his future to the club .Reports linking the Belgium ace to Real Madrid refuse to go away, and yet his value to the Blues is undoubted, with 10 goals and nine assists already this season in the Premier League, including a double that carried his side to victory over Watford on Boxing Day. “It’s time to decide,” he said when quizzed on the player’s future .“I am the coach. I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.“I think we have to solve the problem.”The speculation has not affected the attacker, who has been used as a false 9 of late and is now up to 100 goals for the club .Palace boss Roy Hodgson is only too aware of the threat that he will carry against his side.“He is a top player and widely regarded as one of the top forwards in Europe,” the ex-England boss said. “He showed that in the World Cup and his performances taking Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals.“He has got all the skills that make him hard to contain but he is always wise in his play.“He knows the right moment to produce those skills. When he gets past his defender he has a very good finish as he showed the other day when he rounded the goalkeeper [in the win at Watford].“When people do that you think: ‘That was obvious, an easy goal to score.’ But it’s having that knowledge, composure and understanding and not least the physical and technical ability to do it.“All good goals have people in pubs all around the country saying: ‘I might have done that,’ when in actual fact it’s much harder sometimes!”Having subdued Manchester City a week ago, Palace are out to continue an unbeaten run of three matches. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans prior to the game at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan is the heavy favorite against Michigan State this weekend, but Jim Harbaugh still praised his counterpart Mark Dantonio on Monday.Speaking with media, Harbaugh called Dantonio’s rebuilding of the MSU program “one of the best coaching jobs ever.”Harbaugh calls Mark Dantonio’s tenure at Michigan State “one of the best coaching jobs ever.”— Brandon Justice (@LandOfJustice) October 24, 2016Jim Harbaugh: Mark Dantonio has done one of the best coaching jobs in the history of college football https://t.co/pGAd0wuEt5— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 24, 2016Perhaps there is a bit of hyperbole in what Harbaugh said, but it is tough to argue that Dantonio has been awesome in East Lansing. Since taking over the Spartans in 2007, he’s won 11 or more games in a season on five occasions. From 1966-2006, Michigan State won 10 games in a season exactly one time, in 1999.Dantonio has also led the Spartans to three of the program’s nine Big Ten titles, and took them to the College Football Playoff last season. His teams have never missed a bowl game, either, though that streak might end this season. He’s also led Michigan State to seven wins over Michigan in the last eight tries, though again, that streak might end soon.Michigan State (2-5) takes on No. 2 Michigan (7-0) at noon on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
Twitter/@OrlandoPace_HOFOrlando Pace, the legendary Ohio State lineman and Hall of Famer, will serve as guest picker on College GameDay in a few moments.We’ve had an interesting mix of College GameDay guest pickers this season, but for today’s huge Ohio State-Michigan match-up, ESPN didn’t mess around. They got Orlando Pace, an NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and former Buckeye great, to choose games along with Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, and the GameDay crew.Many speculated that LeBron James, who is at today’s game, would serve as guest picker, but we’re sure Ohio State fans are pretty content with one of the best players in program history taking on the role.No offense to Lebron but the real GOAT – Orlando Pace – is here. pic.twitter.com/opzVxVXtc3— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) November 26, 2016After a sterling college career, which landed him in the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013, Pace went on to be the No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, behind just Peyton Manning. He spent 11 seasons with the St. Louis Rams and one with the Chicago Bears, making seven Pro Bowls, three All-Pro teams, a spot on the NFL All-Decade team for the 2000s, and of course, played a key role in the Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV win. At Ohio State, he won the 1996 Outland Trophy and was a two-time All-American.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Any Michigan fans worried about Jim Harbaugh possibly leaving for the NFL?Don’t be, according to some current Wolverine players.A number of current UM players told reporters this afternoon that Harbaugh reassured the team this week he will not be leaving Ann Arbor.Dymonte Thomas said Harbaugh told the team yesterday he’s not leaving for any job— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 13, 2016Erik Magnuson says Jim Harbaugh talked to the team the other day: ‘He said he ain’t going nowhere.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 13, 2016So does this put an end to any Harbaugh-to-the-NFL speculation? Of course not, not at least until every NFL coaching vacancy is filled this off-season.Still, the indications continue to be that he is planning on being at his alma mater for a long time.
Kieran Tierney will be a “sensation” for Arsenal, says Celtic legend Davie Hay, with the Gunners considered to have landed themselves a bargain in a £25 million ($30m) transfer deadline day deal.After several weeks of speculation regarding the 22-year-old full-back, he was finally prised away from Parkhead before the summer window slammed shut in England.Celtic had been understandably reluctant to part with a prized asset, with an academy graduate having flourished after stepping onto a senior stage in Glasgow. 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? Hay, though, acknowledges that the lure of the Premier League was always going to be too great, with Tierney now ready to show a wider audience just how good he can be.The Hoops icon told the Evening Times: “The moment Kieran Tierney burst onto the scene four years ago as a 17-year-old, which is when he made his debut, and who played as if he was a seasoned pro, I quickly concluded that one day a club from a bigger league, and importantly with a lot of money, would come in with a record bid.“It didn’t take long for most of us to realise the Celtic had produced a real gem. The best we’ve seen in a long time. That this was a lad who could play anywhere he wanted. Keeping Tierney a secret was never on the cards.“Arsenal bid £10million for him when he was 19. That was knocked back. They were never going to go away forever. Everton had a nibble a year ago. God knows how many other clubs have sent a scout to Celtic Park“KT was always, one day, going to say his goodbye to the club he will always support to go on an adventure.”Hay added: “Arsenal have done well to get him for £25million and I’m sure most Celtic supporters, while disappointed, understand why one of their own is now an English Premier League player.“How good is he? I was fortunate to play with Tommy Gemmell and Danny McGrain. I have no hesitation putting young Kieran in that bracket in terms of the great full-backs produced by Celtic.“My guess is that Tierney didn’t want to leave Celtic. There was no banging on Neil Lennon’s door, he didn’t put in a transfer request and never once spoke about playing elsewhere.“However, some opportunities are too good for anyone to turn down.“Arsenal haven’t won so much in recent times; however, we are talking about a huge club in a fantastic league, and it’s a team which I believe is getting better.“I have no fear about Tierney being good enough. He is going to be a sensation.”Tierney will be hoping to make an immediate impact in a new-look Arsenal side, with it possible that a number of fresh faces will line up for the Gunners in their 2019-20 season opener away at Newcastle on Sunday.