Swansea City v Arsenal Arsenal team news: Mkhitaryan and Giroud on the bench at Swansea Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 02:56 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Swansea City v Arsenal Premier League Swansea City Arsenal The new signing from Manchester United could make his debut, while the French striker is in the team as transfer rumours swirl Henrikh Mkhitaryan could make his Arsenal debut off the bench as the Gunners face Swansea City in Premier League action on Tuesday.The Armenia international completed his move from Manchester United last week, and has been named in Arsenal’s matchday squad for the first time but doesn’t start due to a lack of match fitness.Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud also makes the bench for the Gunners, despite Goal reporting that Chelsea have agreed an £18 million fee for the France striker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 31-year-old is expected to complete his move to the Blues on Transfer Deadline Day in a move which will help facilitate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s long awaited move to Arsenal.Jack Wilshere misses out with an illness after starting the last eight league matches for Arsenal. Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Ozil, LacazetteSubs: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Mkhitaryan, Nketiah, Giroud Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea Chelsea return for Zola possible but not tied to Sarri appointment Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:10 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League The Italian’s agent claims a Blues legend could still be heading back to Stamford Bridge this summer even if the former Napoli boss does not join him Gianfranzo Zola could be heading back to Chelsea this summer regardless of whether or not Maurizio Sarri becomes the club’s new manager, says the Italian’s agent.Amid much talk of change at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte is still to be relieved of his duties.With the Premier League title winner still at the helm and little progress having been made in pursuit of Sarri, who remains tied to a contract at Napoli despite having been replaced, the Blues find themselves in coaching limbo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move They may, however, decide to bring an iconic figure back to west London, with Zola’s representative claiming that a position with Chelsea is not tied to Sarri arriving alongside him.Fulvio Marrucco told Radio Kiss Kiss: “Sarri to Chelsea? I can only answer for Zola: I don’t know if Sarri will be the new Blues coach.“The first step is the possible sacking of Conte. After that, Chelsea will have to reach an agreement with Napoli and then Sarri.“I’ve never met the Blues, but the idea of Zola going there doesn’t run parallel to Sarri’s arrival in London.“Zola’s a legend there. We must clarify what the role of my client will be.”Zola took in 311 games for Chelsea during a distinguished playing career.Having joined the club in 1996, he departed seven years later having netted 80 goals and tasted two FA Cup wins, a Cup Winners’ Cup triumph and a UEFA Super Cup success. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Junior Touch Football is booming all over the nation and in the New South Wales North Coastal town of Taree the growth and expansion of the sport has reached exceptional levels.Taree has always been renowned as a great junior nursery for budding sporting stars with athletes of the ilk of Hockeyroo sisters Julie and Kristen Towers, Surf Lifesaving star Reen Corbett, Gymnast Nicole Alexander, and a host of Rugby League champions including NSW State of Origin Captain Danny Buderus and Manly flyer Chris Hicks emerging from the region in recent times.The town are no slouches in the Touch Football stakes either, with 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup champion Kylie Hilder and former Youth World Cup star Anthony Avery learning their Touch Footy in Taree, and now lending their assistance to coach and mentor some of the town’s outstanding crop of junior players.Three weeks ago 106 eager youngsters donned their lime green shirts and black caps to attend the “Blackest Cats” Junior Development Camp under the tutelage of some of Australia’s best coaches and marquee Open players.The camp was another great stepping stone in the Club Taree Junior Development program that has been building steadily over the last five years under the guidance of an extremely dedicated and passionate Junior committee who have provided the opportunity for young people in the area to play Touch Football.Taree Junior Touch Football Coordinator Terese Putan heads up an impressive group of locals who work tirelessly to allow the budding touch football champions of Taree the chance to participate in numerous local, New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and Touch Football Australia (TFA) programs including the highly popular AusTouch program, the NSWTA Junior State Cup, and a well organized and successful local Junior Competition.Taree Junior Touch has a proud history, having first been established under the guidance of Mick Callinan around 10 Years ago. Mick was the heart and soul of the Taree juniors and worked selflessly for many years before convincing Terese Putan to get involved with the junior committee five years ago. Terese took over as Junior Coordinator two years ago and has been working diligently to build on the foundation Mick Callinan had laid for the Junior competition all those years ago.Taree Touch Association currently (TTA) has a hard working and dedicated junior committee that have worked together to make the 2007 season a great success. The TTA Junior Committee consists of; Graham Goodwin (President) Terese Putan (Junior Coordinator), Narelle Salmon (Treasurer), Michelle Sleigh (Publicity Officer), Darren Rowsell (Referee Coordinator), Lyn Jones and Sally Murray (Canteen Supervisors), Craig Greenaway (AusTouch Coordinator), and Julie Rowsell and Graeme Pitman (Committee members).Over the last two years Taree’s Junior competition has doubled team nominations with a total of 49 teams (443 players) nominating in under 9’s through to under 18’s and the rapid expansion shows no sign of slowing down.Taree’s stellar progress can be attributed to a number of factors including their hard working committee, the adoption and consolidation of the TFA introductory AusTouch Program for Juniors, the participation of their youth teams at the NSWTA Junior State Cup and other tournaments, and the acquisition of a major sponsor in “Club Taree” who have pledged $ 25,000 over a three year arrangement.The TTA are excited about their ever-expanding Junior program, particularly the growth of their younger age divisions in the 6-11 years age categories.Terese Putan believes the TFA AusTouch program has played a pivotal role in the increased number of junior participants in the Taree Junior Competition.“In July this year I attended the NSWTA State Conference and was inspired by Marianne Maguire, National Participation Manager for TFA to get the AusTouch program running for our juniors. With the backing of our committee, I set about getting it started. We had 12 leaders do the AusTouch Leader Training and Craig Greenaway then took over the running of the program. Craig was so organised and had everything set up ready each week half an hour before the players arrived. On our first afternoon there would have been in excess of 500 people – kids and parents at the recreation grounds for the first time slot. The feedback from parents that attended that first afternoon was that it was the best-organised junior sport in our area and that other sporting groups could learn from us. This was just so positive to hear, being our first time of running the program,” Teresa said.Prior to starting the Taree Junior competition season and AusTouch, Terese organised development assistance from the NSWTA with Hunter Western Development Officer Riley Sohier and local committee members conducting clinics and distributing flyers at five of Taree’s local schools.Winter sports were also targeted and a local advertising campaign was undertaken.Taree conducted the AusTouch program over 4 weeks starting on Monday the 3rd September with 7 leaders running the activities.158 players (20 teams) aged 11 and under, took part in the AusTouch program and after the 4 weeks went straight into social game play for 10 weeks. The junior season concludes Monday 17th December 2007.Taree wanted to target the beginner age divisions with the implementation of the AusTouch program to encourage junior participation and improve skill levels of players so that they could transition smoothly into the local competition.Taree has also made huge leaps in terms of their representative pathways and tournament experiences.Teams have been selected to play in all 10 available boys and girls age divisions at the 2008 NSWTA Junior State Cup, improving on the 6 teams Taree fielded just two years ago.Taree Junior Representative teams have always been reasonably successful in the past with three teams annexing Junior State Cup crowns over the years. The Boys 18’s team won in 1999, the Girls 14’s won in 2003, the Girls 16 Years were runners up in 2004 and 2005, whilst the Boys 18 Years were joint winners in 2005. Numerous Taree teams have played in and won the Plate Final division and most Taree combinations make it through to the quarterfinal stages of the showcase event every year. In the NSWTA Open State Cup to be played this weekend 7, 8, 9 December 2008 in Port Macquarie, Taree will field an Under 20 Men’s, Under 20 Women’s, a 40s Men’s, and 50 Men’s team at the event. Next year will see the addition of a Senior Mixed side in a clear indication that touch football is growing not just in junior ranks, but in adult competition as a sport of choice for the local community in Taree.Taree have been proactive in chasing sponsorships to alleviate costs for their members, and wisely engaged Michelle Sleigh to fill a Publicity/sponsorship officer role for the TTA this year with almost immediate results. Michelle sent out many letters seeking sponsorship from local businesses, with the main aim to provide new uniforms for all Taree’s representative players.“Club Taree” responded, and were so impressed with the TTA’s hard working committee, and the way that Touch Football was growing and developing in the area, that they came on board as the principal sponsor of the Association and provided Taree with funding for 13 new sets of uniforms. To further develop the Club Taree Junior representative squads Therese organised for the “Blackest Cats” to run a two-day development clinic on the 17 and 18 November 2008. The “Blackest Cat” crew includes some of Australia’s best Touch football talents in Tony ‘Tash’ Eltakchi, Jason “Stanto” Stanton, Garry “GS7” Sonda, and National coaching identities Tony Trad, Ian Stanley and Karley Banks who shared their considerable knowledge and expertise with coaches and players over a high quality and fun-filled two days.All players that attended the clinic received a lime green T-shirt, touch ball, Blackest Cat cap and a custom made lime green “Stanto” kit bag.The Blackest Cats camp was the talk of the town with the professionalism and level of expertise on offer a huge bonus for local touch football enthusiasts. The Blackest Cat presenters combined a unique mix of fitness, laughs, learning, skills, game play, and more laughs as Therese Putan explains.“The players learned so much and had heaps of fun doing it. The smile on the faces of the players (and the Coaches) said it all. The skills and development the players received over the two days will stay with them forever and will only improve their ability as Touch players, and of course our chances at next year’s State Cup,” Terese said.Terese was loath to spotlight any one contributor on the Taree committee who has enabled Taree Touch to excel on the junior sports fields this year, choosing instead to highlight the teamwork and passion displayed by all volunteers who make the Taree Touch Association the successful entity it is.“All the Taree TAA junior committee work tirelessly to keep the juniors going, it all works so well because we all love the game and want to pass that passion onto our junior players. One day, it would be nice to see some of these juniors running the committee,” Terese said.No doubt the cooperative environment and can-do attitude the current committee has cultivated will be a beacon for the future for the Taree Touch Association who will continue to set the pace for junior competitions the nation over.
The messages will then be posted on www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the series. There are many ways that you can show your support for the Australian teams as they take on arch rivals New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex. Post your messages of support in any of the following ways: The TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia The TFA Twitter page – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (Be sure to use the #transtasman2012 hashtag throughout the series) Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Whether it be a message of support to your favourite player, favourite team or the whole contingent, make sure you let them know that you’ll be supporting them during the series. Stay tuned to the following websites for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, while Player Profiles will also be uploaded to the website in the coming days. www.austouch.com.au http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0 Be sure to stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel in the lead up to and during the series for all of the highlights of the event – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
Saturday, May 19Cowboys v Titans – 1300Smiles StadiumMen’s Titans: Jakob Hall (1), Kingston Lamberg (2), Peter Norman (3), Graeme Clancy (4), Tom Maher (6), Lewis Mcalister (7), James De Veer (8), Corey Russell (9), Tristan Wagg (10), Adam Pryde (12), Brad Russell (13), Wayne Unawai (15), Jayden Fielding-Smith (16)Women’s Titans: Marriki Watego (1), Sammy-Jo Curtis (2), Georgina Rackemann (3), Taylah Connell (4), Belinda Hammett (6), Tarryn Aiken (7), Rebecca Mi Mi (8), Brit Donavan (9), Ash Kearney (10), Lessa Mi Mi (11), Marama Thomas (12), Lucia Fildes (13), Paije Hockings (14)Men’s Cowboys: Michael Law (1), Shaun Francis (2), David Zanette (4), Damon Moore (5), Daniel Withers (6), Jayden Benbow (7), Justin Cridland (9), Lachlan Pierce (10), Jared Townson (11), Jack Hughes (13), Samuel Pierce (14), Malcolm Kenny (15), Cormac Hoch (16)Women’s Cowboys: Rae Barker (2), Georgia Harris (4), Mikayla Newman (5), Jessica Bourke (6), Rebecca Goulding (7), Anna Hicks (9), Brittney Brown (10), Tamara Hussey (11), Abby King (12), Hagiga Mosby (13), Naomi Parslow (14), Rylie Seamark (15), Indianna Tillett (16) Friday, May 18Where: ANZ StadiumWho: Eels v TigersTime: 3:55pm Touch Tap OffNRL Match Following: Parramatta Eels v NZ WarriorsPurchase Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=EELS1118Fox Broadcast Details: LIVE! Saturday, May 19Who: Cowboys v TitansNRL Match Following: North Queensland Cowboys v South Sydney RabbitohsWhere: 1300Smiles StadiumTime: 3:05pm Touch Tap OffPurchase Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=COW1118Fox Broadcast Details: Sunday 20th May 2018 at 10:45am Friday, May 18Eels v Tigers – ANZ StadiumMen’s Tigers: Cameron Nicholls (1), Madalitso Masache (2), James Blackwood (3), James Shute (5), Scott Buckley (7), Nicholas Good (8), Justin Costello (10), Ryan Goss (11), Stuart Brierty (12), Tjadyn Ashby (13), Robert Nakhla (14), Jake Grech (15), Stephen Roberts (16)Women’s Tigers: Ashleigh Quinlan (1), Toni Breeze (2), Kirstie Jenkins (3), Patricia Michaelopoulos (6), Maddison Studdon (7), Abbey Papenhuyzen (8), Claire Tandek (9), Elin Mortimer (10), Logan Flanagan (11), Hinerangi Andreassend (13), Amy Webb (14), Courtney Young (16), Tyla Gambell (15)Men’s Eels: Georgie Palau (1), Ciaran Toner (3), Daniel Barton (4), Jed Ibbotson (5), Dylan Hennessey (6), Jordan Marshall king (7), Simon Lang (8), Kyle Jermyn (9), Alex Nicholls (11), Kai Simbolon (12), Luke Mansour (14), Mark Roberts (15), Caidyn Wynyard (16)Women’s Eels: Zara Nicholas (1), Lucy McDonald (2), Chloe Cheney (3), Stephanie Maiolo (4), Laura Peattie (5), Danielle Davis (6), Tayla Clifford (7), Hannah Dyball (9), Samantha Rodgers (10), Aaliyah Paki (13), Elesha Dougal (14), Rebecca Beath (15), Faith Nathan (16)
Arsenal legend Wright demands Ozil answers: Where is he?by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Ian Wright wants to know what’s wrong with Mesut Ozil.Manager Unai Emery was coy on the German’s future after he was left out of Wednesday night’s loss to Spurs. But Wright is demanding answers about the club’s highest paid player.”I’ve got to say now, we have got to find out what’s going on with Ozil. He weren’t in the squad again,” said Wright on his official YouTube channel following a 2-0 defeat to Spurs.”Is he ill? What’s wrong? We need to know because we cannot afford to carry that kind of weight in respect of wages and find out what is going on with our so-called star player.”Is he leaving in January? Is he leaving at some stage? Is he in the manager’s plans? It doesn’t look like it.”So they’re going to have to sort that out but as long as the guys get together and go again, that’s the main thing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: West Ham draw good for neutralby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his team are yet to hit top gear after their 2-2 draw with West Ham.The Hammers and the Cherries split the game’s four goals between them, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Cresswell on target for the visitors, either side of Josh King’s and Callum Wilson’s strikes.Howe said: “For the neutral, they would have loved it. It was end to end and very open. For the respective managers, I think it was probably not so easy to watch.“We had a slow start and were a little lethargic out of the traps. We showed really good character to stay in the game and fight our way back.“We fought our way back so well that we found ourselves 2-1 ahead and then that was probably the key spell in the game – could we get a two-goal cushion? We didn’t and that let West Ham back in to get a point.”Howe added: “I still don’t think we’ve hit our best efforts yet in terms of performance. I think we’ve got more to come and I thought that was evident again today. There were some really good signs but a lot of room to improve.“In terms of our general play and how the team sets up and what we’re delivering, I do think there’s more to come.“I see these players on a daily basis and know how good they are. It’s a really positive thing for me – we’re picking up results when not playing at our very best.“There have been a lot of changes to the team in recent times with the injuries and we’ve had a lot of new players coming in so it may take time to get that rhythm exactly where we want it but it’s up to us to try to find it quickly.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski suffers heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski faces a long injury lay-off with a torn hip muscle.The Daily Mail says it is understood the Poland international, West Ham’s player of the year last season, faces at least a couple of months on the sidelines.Fabianski suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday, a result which lifted them to third in the table for 24 hours.The 34-year-old was replaced by Spaniard Roberto, who joined West Ham on a free transfer in the summer.Roberto, 33, had previously been limited to two appearances in the Carabao Cup and was hardly convincing as West Ham lost 4-0 at League One Oxford last week.West Ham also signed David Martin, son of former Hammers defender Alvin, over the summer as third-choice keeper.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane on Salah row: I was frustratedby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane insists he and Mohamed Salah are fine.Ahead of their Champions League clash with RB Salzburg, Mane was asked about his meltdown at Burnley last month.”These things happen in football,” a smiling Mane said. “I was frustrated because you want to score more goals. For the team it’s important to score as many goals as we can, but we have become friends. It’s all forgotten and it’s all behind us.”On his hopes this season, Mane was asked if he’d prefer winning the Premier League or successfully defending the Champions League.Mane said: “Good question. I would say both, both are important and both are my target. We have nothing to lose, we will fight for both.”We are better this season than last season, we are working hard every single day.”
Nuno hails 2-goal Adama Traore as Wolves stun Man Cityby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves shocked champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad.Adama Traore scored twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won in the top flight at Manchester City for the first time since 1979.Traore scored the first 10 minutes from time as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Joao Cancelo. He added a second on the break deep into injury time.City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season, having dropped just three in the whole of last season and seven the year before that.Wolves manager Nuno said: “We played good, the performance was good but defensively was very good and very organised. The boys worked hard until the end. The fans enjoyed it.”We had a couple of good chances early on but it is too difficult to play against Man City. They play so fast but the chances came eventually. More importantly is how the players did their tasks, very good.”Adama Traore is improving, he is special because he is very fast, he is unique in that and we searched for a moment of talent, Adama did well.”It has been a long season already, too many games, but we always compete. I cannot say any game they have not done that, this is the way we want to work, maintain and sustain this. The players go to their national teams and hopefully come back healthy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lille chief Campos concedes they face losing Newcastle target Osimhenby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille sports chief Luis Campos admits they already face a battle to keep hold of Victor Osimhen.He has scored seven goals this season and been watched by Newcastle United chief scout Steve Nickson.The Toon’s interest has reached Campos, who concedes: “I would like to have the best players and continue with them for all seasons. But when you’re in a club like Lille, we have a lot of clubs in front of us. “Someone who scores goals is hard to keep.”If he continues like this, I think we will be attacked. We already have experience of this, it is normal in the current football. “Like all players who have arrived at LOSC, the idea is to help them progress and help the club to progress.”
Curtis Jones is “buzzing” despite seeing his senior debut for Liverpool end in defeat, with the 17-year-old given an opportunity to impress in an FA Cup clash with Wolves.A Merseyside native, the talented teenager was handed his first-team bow by Jurgen Klopp at Molineux on Monday night.He was asked to provide creativity on the flanks, and put in a promising performance against experienced opponents. 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? Jones is delighted to have been given his big break at such a young age but, having lived the dream so early in his career, says there will be no resting on his laurels as he chases down more minutes.He told reporters on the back of a 2-1 reversal: “It was a big thing for me. I was grateful, I was honoured, and I can only thank the boss for putting me out there.“As a 17-year-old boy coming from Liverpool, it’s every kid’s dream being a footballer and going out there and playing for Liverpool.“So to do that at 17 it’s a massive achievement for me and I’m absolutely buzzing“For any player that hasn’t had a lot of game time for the first team, getting the chance to come on, the only thing they want is to get back out there and show their talent and what they’re capable of doing.”Jones was initially pencilled in for bench duty against Wolves, but was drafted into the starting XI when Adam Lallana suffered the latest in a series of untimely knocks.“I actually found out on Sunday,” added the highly-rated midfielder.“I was meant to be just part of the squad but unfortunately one of the lads got an injury and then I got the nod and I was buzzing.“I wouldn’t say I was nervous, I was more excited than anything. I tried to go out there and play how the boss wanted me to play and I enjoyed it.”On the advice he was offered by those around him, Jones said: “I spoke to Milly [James Milner] before the game and he told me to be myself and be confident.”I was trying to get on the ball and play the way I normally play with confidence, skill, flair. But they’re good opposition and, give them credit, they know how to deal with players that are good on the ball.”I was trying to do what I can and I’m absolutely buzzing to have made my debut.”Jones was not the only teenager to figure for Liverpool in what turned out to be a very young side, with 18-year-old Rafa Camacho also starting and Ki-Jane Hoever replacing the injured Dejan Lovren early on at the age of just 16. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
You never thought it would be straightforward, did you?Liverpool are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, but boy did they suffer to get there!Anfield had forgotten what a Jurgen Klopp rollercoaster felt like, but they got a thrilling, terrifying reminder here. This was a throwback to days gone by, heavy metal football, organised chaos and all that. Crystal Palace, 14th in the table, gave the league leaders the fright of their lives. 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? The Eagles led at half-time and were level at 2-2 with just 15 minutes remaining. And they refused to go away even after Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane had seemingly made the game safe late on.The noise which greeted the final blast of referee Jon Moss’ whistle said everything. This was a victory to be enjoyed, at the end of an afternoon to be endured.At the end, Klopp made his way down to the Kop. A clench of the fist brought a guttural roar from English football’s most famous stand. He knew how important this was, and so did his supporters. “Someone asked me the main feeling, the main emotion, at the final whistle,” he said. “It was relief.”Early in his reign, a defeat here to Palace left him “feeling pretty lonely” as fans gave up on their team as they toiled, but things have changed dramatically since then. Now, there is a perfect harmony, from the stands to the field. The faith is there, and so is the belief. Nobody was leaving this game early.Sure, they would all have preferred a less taxing afternoon. Yes, Liverpool will come unstuck if they repeat some of the basic errors which were on show here, and yes there will be concern at James Milner’s red card and a late injury to Fabinho, with Klopp’s squad already stretched at present.But the long and the short of it is simple; Liverpool remain in the driving seat, and passed yet another examination of their championship credentials. They’ve won 19 of their 23 league games so far; 14 more victories will end that long, painful wait for a league title, no matter what happens elsewhere.”I’m pretty sure a lot of people thought today was the day that was lose it,” said Klopp afterwards. Manchester City, his pursuers, must have been rubbing their hands together in glee at times as events unfolded. Instead, Pep Guardiola’s side go to Huddersfield on Sunday knowing they are the ones under pressure. They have to win, and hope Liverpool’s luck runs out or that their nerve deserts them. Neither happened here.Palace had blown the race open by winning at the Etihad before Christmas, and they threatened to throw another spanner in the works here.Roy Hodgson had never lost, or even conceded a goal, in his four previous visits to Anfield – though his ill-fated stint as Liverpool boss, of course, balances that record out somewhat – and the Londoners, led by the dangerous Wilfried Zaha, gave an excellent account of themselves once more.Andros Townsend had the Eagles ahead at half-time, the first time Liverpool had trailed at home at the break in a league game since December 2017, but whatever Klopp said during the interval had the desired effect. Liverpool, first through Salah and then through Roberto Firmino, scored twice within eight minutes of the restart.”We needed players in decisive areas, and more bodies in the box,” Klopp said.Still, there was a chaotic feel to proceedings, with Liverpool rattled by the threat of Zaha on the break, and unable to control the game in midfield. “Pretty much every time we lost the ball, it was a counter attack,” Klopp admitted. “Zaha had a really good game, and gave us lots of things to sort.”Still, there was a frustrating feel to Palace’s equaliser for 2-2, with James Tomkins left pretty much unchallenged to head home Luka Milivojevic’s corner. It was the first time in 17 league games that Liverpool had conceded twice at home.At that point, Zaha was terrorising Milner, but the stand-in right-back stil had enough in the tank to get on the end of a deep Fabinho cross, the ball flicking off Julian Speroni and dropping for Salah to slam home on the goalline. It was the Egyptian’s 50th Premier League goal; only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy have reached that landmark in fewer games. “An exceptional achievement from a world class player,” said Klopp, who joked that Salah could have got there sooner “if I hadn’t used him so often on the right wing.”Milner walked late on, booked twice for fouls on the rampaging Zaha, but with 10 men Liverpool still found a killer goal through Mane, courtesy of some brilliant work from Robertson down the left. Even Max Meyer’s late strike, which offered the briefest of late hope to the visitors, couldn’t sour the mood, though Klopp admitted to a moment of panic when substitute Rafa Camacho challenged Zaha in the box in the 96th minute. “I don’t want to think about if he had missed that ball!” he grimaced.He didn’t, though, and seconds later came the end. And so Klopp and his players head away for some warm weather training, a welcome break from the frost, the snow and the chill of Merseyside.City will play four times, twice in the league and twice in the cup, by the time Liverpool return to action against Leicester on January 30. Klopp says they will use the time to train and to recover, and he will hope to have at least a couple of his injured players back for that clash with the Foxes.It will be a pivotal one, but then they all are when you’re in Liverpool’s position. This felt like a huge win for Klopp’s men, in a season where they’ve already had plenty of them.They did it the hard way this time around, but they can put their feet up now. After a game like this, they’ve earned it. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
“A semi-final defeat would represent failure. This England team is ready to win now.” Phil Neville’s comments before the Lionesses’ clash with world champions and current world number one, the United States, were a little surprising to the casual onlooker.England had navigated a pretty tricky group, a farcical Cameroon clash and blown away Norway, conceding just one goal in five games, but the USA are a different entity altogether. 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 But it’s comments like that which are helping teams like England close the gap on the Americans.Three-time world champions, and huge favourites for Sunday’s final, their mentality is a significant part of that success.“I remember the first day I spoke to him on the phone, I’d never met him before,” Sue Campbell, the FA’s Director of Women’s Football, told the Associated Press, explaining her first conversation with Neville.“I was speaking to see whether he would apply for the role. We must have talked for an hour and a half and I put the phone down and I just looked up and said, ‘That is who I’m looking for.’“I could sense it. Just his emotional intelligence, his winning mentality, his absolute commitment to the women’s game in terms of wanting to grow women coaches.”England’s approach to their semi-final with the USA was fearless, with total belief in their team and their ability to beat their opponent.They had come close in March when the two met in the SheBelieves Cup, drawing 2-2 before claiming the title with a win over Japan.But the Women’s World Cup to the USA is like what the Champions League is to Cristiano Ronaldo or the French Open is to Rafael Nadal – this is their stage. This is where they thrive.For the Lionesses to go toe-to-toe with them like they did in that 2-1 defeat, in a game that will go down as one of the competition’s greatest ever, was impressive.This was much different to their last World Cup semi-final, also against the reigning champions, when they took on Japan in 2015.It was different in many ways; expectation, pressure, but, most of all, style.Neville has defended former boss Mark Sampson’s tenure while in France.“I think people underestimate the quality of that 2015 team. People talk about them being underdogs, and I don’t like the reference to the style of football they play,” he said before the clash with Japan in this year’s group stages.“People referring back to 2015 as a team that didn’t play great football, played long ball and all the negatives – they actually got to a semi-final of a World Cup, and I think Mark Sampson deserves unbelievable respect, and those players.“They didn’t just kick every ball long, they played good football. I think if I was in that 2015 team, I’d be saying actually, you try and beat what we did.”But this is now a team that have endeared many with their style of football.Defensively, they’ve been questionable. The USA exposed those flaws ruthlessly, flaws that were papered over by four successive clean sheets.But their attacking play, attractive possession style and relentless high pressing makes Neville’s England team an exciting one to watch and one you want to get behind.In the same press conference, Lucy Bronze had a different take on things to her manager, saying that his team are playing the way England want to play and can win on their own terms now.It’s a philosophy and model for the long-term, with the FA Women’s Super League developing some outstanding footballers who will integrate into that as and when their time comes.The likes of Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh have gained crucial experience this summer, while the list of young players who narrowly missed out on the squad and the talent in the youth teams is an incredible prospect.“We’re handing over a baton to an amazing group of youngsters that have done it before and can go into major tournaments with their heads held high,” Carly Telford said after the USA defeat.“Once there was a time when we couldn’t get close to the Americans. There’s a lot of respect when they’re having to play defensive against us and blocking out into a five or a four.”Neville and his team won’t return to England with the World Cup trophy as they wanted.After reaching their third successive semi-final at a major tournament, just 12 months after Gareth Southgate’s men crashed out at the same stage in last summer’s World Cup, questions are beginning to be asked about the psychological barrier of reaching that first final.But a fourth placed finish is nothing to be ashamed of, particularly given the manner in which they have accomplished it.England have only taken steps forward this summer. Now, the hope is that the FA can capitalise on the buzz around women’s football and push the sport on.That’s out of the Lionesses’ hands though, with them having done everything possible and more to show that the future of the women’s game in England is very, very bright.
David Alaba admits he is still open to “new challenges”, with it possible that ambition could lead him away from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020.As things stand, the Austria international is tied to a contract with the Bundesliga champions through to 2021.Neither side of that agreement wants to run it down to free agency. 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 means a decision will have to be made next summer on whether fresh terms are agreed or a move elsewhere is made.Alaba is yet to decide which path he will take, with the 27-year-old eager to keep his focus locked on the present for now.He told Austria Press Agency when quizzed on his future, with speculation having previously linked him with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid: “My focus is on Bayern.“I don’t know what will happen next year, but I have always stressed that I am a player looking for new challenges — whether that will be at Bayern or elsewhere, I cannot say.”Whether Alaba remains with Bayern past the end of the current campaign remains to be seen.He is, however, looking for the German title holders to bolster their ranks before the summer transfer window slams shut, with more bodies considered to be required.A loan deal for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been agreed, with Alaba admitting that fresh faces are necessary despite Bayern doing another domestic double in 2018-19.He added: “The season lasts a long time, and we need not only a high-level squad but also a big squad.“I think there should be one or two more players to raise the level of competition and to be well positioned with respect to depth.“I have faith in our bosses and I think there is still some work to be done.”Bayern opened their 2019-20 campaign by dropping points on home soil, with Hertha Berlin heading back to the capital with a share of the spoils after a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena.Niko Kovac’s side will return to Bundesliga action next Saturday when they take in a trip to Schalke.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State’s 2018 season is underway. The Buckeyes are currently leading Oregon State, 14-7, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.Of course, OSU has made its debut without Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion-winning head coach is suspended for the first three games of the season.Meyer is watching the game at home with his family in Dublin, Ohio. He’s able to return to practice on Sunday. He can return to the sideline Week 4.There have been plenty of Urban Meyer jokes today – there were quite a few signs on College GameDay – and there’s been a running joke during Ohio State’s game.The Buckeyes have been great in the Meyer era, but if there’s one criticism of the head coach, it’s been his over-reliance on the quarterback running game.So far against Oregon State, though, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has zero rushing attempts. The Buckeyes have rightfully been working the running backs.“Two drives in, Ohio State running backs have seven carries, quarterbacks have zero. Somewhere in Dublin, Urban Meyer just threw his remote control,” Tom Orr tweeted.Two drives in, Ohio State running backs have seven carries, quarterbacks have zero.Somewhere in Dublin, Urban Meyer just threw his remote control.— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) September 1, 2018Well played.Ohio State and Oregon State are playing on ABC.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 06: The Miami Hurricanes’ cheerleaders celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half at Kenan Stadium on October 6, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina defeated Miami 33-27. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Miami entered the 2018 college football season with a lot of hype.The Hurricanes began the year ranked inside the top 10. There was talk of Miami contending for an ACC championship and a College Football Playoff berth.Then, the season started.Miami opened its season with a blowout loss to LSU. The Hurricanes were dominated in nearly every facet of the game.The U is in need of a bounceback game against the Savannah State Tigers this afternoon. They should get it.Someone who will be cheering Miami on today is Katarina Elle Zarutskie. She’s going viral on IG.Katarina is an IG model with nearly 200,000 followers.You can follow her on IG here.
Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is predicting a couple of major upsets today. The picks were revealed on ESPN’s College GameDay this morning.Herbstreit first predicted No. 8 Notre Dame to go down in a major upset. He has the Fighting Irish losing to Vanderbilt at home.Notre Dame isn’t the only top 25 team he has falling, though.Herbstreit just unveiled another top 25 upset pick.The ESPN college football analyst has Arizona State, which entered the top 25 after its win over Michigan State, losing to San Diego State.Week 3 #CFB PicksDesmond Howard – Arizona StateRoman Reigns – Arizona StateLee Corso – Arizona StateKirk Herbstreit – San Diego State— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) September 15, 2018Arizona State and San Diego State are set to kick off at 10:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State held a press conference to announce Urban Meyer’s retirement following the team’s game against Washington in the Rose Bowl. Meyer’s departure coincides with the rise of offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who will take over for Meyer for the 2019 season.Day served as the team’s acting head coach when Meyer served his three-game suspension earlier this season and led the team to a 3-0 record in those games.But was he athletic director Gene Smith’s first choice? According to an interview with Eleven Warriors, Smith compared Ryan Day against three other coaches.“I had a bigger list, but it came down to three that I was comparing (Day) against,” Day said in the interview. Two were college coaches, while one was an NFL coach – plus a fourth that Smith considered, but is out of coaching.So, who were the three (four) coaches?This is purely speculation, but it makes sense for Smith to think about these three, plus one retired:Tennessee Titans coach Mike VrabelIowa State coach Matt CampbellCincinnati coach Luke FickellRetired head coach Bob StoopsVrabel coached under Urban Meyer. Sure, he’s at the NFL level right now, but it couldn’t hurt for Smith to reach out to an experienced head coach.Matt Campbell was rumored as a potential replacement for Urban Meyer earlier this season and has shown he’s a top coaching candidate during his time with the Cyclones.Luke Fickell served as Ohio State’s interim head coach before the school hired Urban Meyer. After a successful stint at Cincinnati a call from Smith should be expected – assuming there was an opening.Bob Stoops, although out of coaching, was also rumored for the Ohio State job should Meyer move on.Gene Smith decided Day was the better candidate and a safer hire at the end of the day.[Eleven Warriors]
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We’re about 24 hours away from the first College Football Playoff semifinal, as Clemson will meet Notre Dame in a battle of undefeated teams.The Tigers are entering this matchup with one huge blemish, which is the news of Dexter Lawrence failing a drug test. With the All-ACC defensive tackle out of action, it leaves a gaping hole in the trenches, where Clemson usually has four potential first-rounders across the line.Fortunately for the Fighting Irish, the team underwent zero distractions before this monumental game. However, they are dealing with the pressure of finally overcoming an elite opponent.Neither team began the season looking relatively strong, until Dabo Swinney and Brian Kelly made the decision to bench their starting quarterbacks.Clemson went with true freshman Trevor Lawrence over Kelly Bryant, whereas Notre Dame opted for Ian Book over Brandon Wimbush. These offenses have truly elevated their production since these changes were made.One huge difference between the two sides is their efficiency on the ground. The Tigers overwhelm their opponents with a heavy dose of Travis Etienne in the backfield, and the unit as a whole averages an incredible 259.8 rushing yards per game.The winner of the Cotton Bowl will face the winner of the Orange Bowl match-up between Alabama and Oklahoma.Goodyear Cotton Bowl ClassicNotre Dame vs ClemsonAT&T StadiumArlington, TX12/29 4:00PM ET TV: ESPNClemson -13RT for ClemsonLike for Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/DqgmyiB4s0— NCAAF Knowledge (@NcaafKnowledge) December 28, 2018It’ll be interesting to see how Lawrence performs on the biggest stage of the year. He’s answered the call throughout the majority of the season, but now he’ll have to meet championship-level expectations.Notre Dame and Clemson are set to kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium.The game will be on ESPN. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Tom Rinaldi, and Holly Rowe will be on the call.