Chivas vs. Cruz Azul: Team news and live stream

first_imgGuadalajara v Cruz Azul Chivas vs. Cruz Azul: Live stream, team news, kick-off time, & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 09:22 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Lopez La Chofis Chivas Rocio Vazquez Guadalajara v Cruz Azul Liga MX Guadalajara Cruz Azul Two of Liga MX’s ‘grandes’ look for their first victory of the Clausura after opening-weekend draws Saturday brings the first meeting between Liga MX ‘grandes’, the name given to the four biggest clubs historically, this season.Chivas secured a road draw against Toluca on Sunday afternoon thanks to a goal from Javier “La Chofis” Lopez.Mexico City side Cruz Azul hosted Club Tijuana but could manage only a scoreless draw with Xolos in manager Pedro Caixinha’s debut in charge of the club. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Chivas vs Cruz Azul Date Saturday, January 13 Time 10:06 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Rodolfo Pizarro ChivasWatch Tigres vs. Santos Laguna 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.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chivas players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Cota, Jimenez Defenders Alanis, Slacido, Pereira, Marin, Hernandez, Sanchez, Basulto Midfielders Pineda, Lopez, Sandoval, Benitez, Pizarro, Perez, Cervantes, O. Macias Forwards Pulido, Brizuela, Zaldivar, C. Cisneros, R. Cisneros, J. Macias The biggest question in the roster is at center back, where Chivas dipped into their reserves in week one with Carlos Salcido leaving because of a family matter, Oswaldo Alanis locked in a contract dispute with the club and Jair Pereira nursing a knock.Alanis apparently is eligible this week after being taken out of consideration for the squad because the dispute. Still, manager Matias Almeyda said he’s a bit behind after missing so much of the preseason. Michael Perez is out with a knee injury. Angel Zaldivar is a long-term injury absence after suffering a left ankle injury.Potential starting XI: Cota; Sanchez, Pereira, Marin, Hernandez; Pineda, Salcido; Lopez, Pizarro, Sandoval; Pulido Position Cruz Azul players Goalkeepers Corona, Allison Defenders Roco, Dominguez, Velazquez, Flores, Aldreta, Maduena, J. Silva  Midfielders F. Silva, Salas, Montoya, Rodriguez, Cota, Baca Forwards Cauteruccio, Fierro, Mena, Mendez, Zuniga Walter Montoya, who signed from Sevilla this winter, has secured his work visa and is eligible to face Chivas. This also could be the debut of Carlos “Gullit” Pena, who La Maquina brought back to Mexico on loan with Rangers. Pena had a poor stint with Chivas before returning to Club Leon and then joining Caixinha in Europe.Edgar Mendez will be serving the second game of a six-match suspension for spitting at a player during Cruz Azul’s Liguilla series against Club America.Potential starting XI: Corona; Maduena, Velasquez, Dominguez, Aldrete; Baca, Pena; Mena, Montoya, Rodriguez; MoraGAME PREVIEW Angel Mena Cruz AzulTwo teams looking to grasp on to former glories meet at the Estadio Chivas on Saturday.For Chivas, the glory doesn’t seem so far away. They won the Clausura title last time around but failed to make the playoffs in the Apertura which followed.Cruz Azul made the playoffs but was eliminated by Club America in the first round and has had a winter of transition after manager Paco Jemez left the club.Former Santos Laguna boss Pedro Caixinha has taken over after a short, unsuccessful stint with Rangers. He’s brought in Carlos Pena on loan from the Scottish club and also signed Walter Montoya from Sevilla. Both could make their debuts Saturday for La Maquina, although that may have to wait.Either way, the Cruz Azul attack will be eager to get its first goal of the season and Chivas could provide an opportunity. There has been turmoil at the back where center back Oswaldo Alanis has been in a contract dispute with the club, Carlos Salcido missed Round 1 with a personal issue and Jair Pereira is coping with injuries.Chivas also were uncharacteristically terrible at home last season, winning just once and drawing four times at the Estadio Chivas for seven points. Only Queretaro earned fewer home points.A superb showing from Javier Lopez, who formerly was nicknamed “La Chofis”, has manager Matias Almeyda hoping he’ll make a name for himself aside from the goofy nickname, a play on the name Sofia.He got off to a good start with a tidy finish against Toluca to help Chivas secure a road point in a 1-1 draw.Lopez will need more help up top for Chivas to delight the home fans. Forward Alan Pulido saw little of the ball. A positive substitute appearance from winter signing Gael Sandoval could earn the former Santos Laguna player his debut start in Guadalajara.Were it not for Chivas’ strange struggles at home last season, they’d enter the contest as a heavy favorite. As it is, the game could go either way and may have a significant say in which grande returns to the top.last_img read more

Balboa: Leon is going to love Donovan

first_imgLandon Donovan Balboa: Leon is going to love Landon Donovan Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 13:57 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Landon Donovan LA Galaxy Isaiah J. Downing Liga MX León The U.S. national team legend consulted the former LA Galaxy star on his surprising move to Liga MX and believes it can be a positive experience When Landon Donovan was weighing the decision to come out of retirement and join Liga MX side Club Leon, he reached out to a select number of people about the move. One of those people was a fellow American who made the same move more than two decades ago.U.S. national team legend Marcelo Balboa spent a year playing for Leon, joining the club shortly after his successful showing at the 1994 World Cup.”He asked me questions about Leon and I told him everything I knew, and a few days later it comes out that the president says its a done deal,” Balboa told Goal. “It’s a great club, an absolutely fantastic club. The fans are absolutely fantastic people. They accepted me, a guy who played for the United States, and they treated me well. I can see the appeal of why Leon wants him, and all those things.” 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 Donovan’s decision to come out of retirement to play in Mexico was seen as a surprise, to the point that it was thought to initially be just some publicity stunt or hoax. Now that it appears to be a very real return for the 35-year-old star, the question is whether he will be able to come out of retirement for a second time and play well enough to keep the move from becoming a disaster.”It’s not easy playing in Liga MX, he’s definitely got his work cut out for him,” Balboa said. “But since when have you seen Landon back off a challenge. I think all athletes love a challenge. He’s [soon going to be] 36, it’s going to be a challenge for him to get fit, it’s going to be a challenge for everything, but I think it’s a different chapter in his life and just chatting with him, and knowing how competitive he is, I think he’s ready for it.”Balboa spent a year at Leon before being a part of Major League Soccer’s launch in 1996 as a member of the Colorado Rapids. Fellow U.S. legend Eric Wynalda also had a brief stint with Leon, which counts U.S. national team goalkeeper William Yarbrough among its current players.”I tried to get into Liga MX a long time before I got an opportunity after the 1994 World Cup,” Balboa said. “I always thought it was an attractive league. I think it’s a very, very competitive league. It fits the style that I wanted to play and then I played there and it was a perfect fit for me.”I think there’s a lot of players out there that would love the opportunity to go to Liga MX. Landon’s just fortunate to be able to find it.”The brave don’t live forever but the cautious do not live at all. I’m excited for this new adventure 😎⚽️🦁💚— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) January 13, 2018Donovan made a career of frustrating Mexican fans with his exploits against El Tri, but the reality is he developed a strong following among Mexicans and was often mobbed by fans whenever he would travel to the nation for matches with the U.S. national team and LA Galaxy.Balboa sees Donovan receiving that same sort of support from Leon fans, though not from the teams he will be facing in Liga MX.”They’re going to love Landon. The people in Leon are going to love Landon and the the people he plays against are going to hate him. That’s just what it is,” Balboa said. “When I played for the U.S. and Leon, and I got killed when I went to America or Toros Neza or Veracruz, people hated me because I was the American center back. The good thing is they all thought that I was (Alexi) Lalas so I didn’t care.”I think there was a time when (Donovan) was younger, and all the stuff that happened at Azteca, where Mexicans hated him. But they respect him.”While some view Donovan’s decision to come out of retirement as a bad move, Balboa sees it as one that will prove successful for a player he feels still has something to give on the field.”The guy retired at too young of an age to begin with,” Balboa said.last_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Klopp can’t make Sturridge any promises Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:50 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Reds can’t make Sturridge any promisesLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he can’t promise wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge more playing time if he does end up staying on Merseyside.With his minutes dwindling, the 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from Anfield in January. Inter, Roma and Sevilla have been mooted as potential destinations.Read the full story on Goal! 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 Klopp has long list of targetsJurgen Klopp LiverpoolJurgen Klopp is not expecting further movement at Liverpool during the January transfer window, but he has targets identified across the globe.The Reds boss has said: “We are constantly looking, my iPad is full of players from all over the world. That’s what we do.”Read the fully story on Goal.Klopp says Reds likely won’t add moreJurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it was unlikely the Reds will make further signings in January.The club continue to be linked with a host of players after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for €160m, but the German boss says the Reds are likely done spending in January.Read the full story on Goal! West Ham want Deeney if Sturridge falls throughTroy Deeney Watford Premier LeagueWest Ham will make a move for Watford striker Troy Deeney if they are unable to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool, reports The Sun .  The Hammers have lined up the 29-year-old as an alternative if a deal for Sturridge – reported to be a loan with a £25m purchase obligation in the summer – doesn’t materialise. No change on Sturridge futureDaniel SturridgeLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not aware of any developments on a possible exit for Daniel Sturridge and says the striker could be in the squad to face West Brom on Saturday.The England international, who has made only five starts in the Premier League this season, has been linked with loan moves to Inter, Sevilla and West Ham this month.However, with just days remaining of the transfer window, Klopp says Sturridge is no nearer leaving the club and could be involved in the FA Cup fourth-round clash at Anfield.Read the full story on Goal right here! Luan rubbishes Liverpool linkLuan GremioGremio star Luan has denied that Liverpool have made an offer for his services.Rumours this week have suggested that the Reds have entered into talks with the Brazilian club, as they prepare to trigger his £15.75 million release clause.However, the 24-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with Barcelona, has now rubbished such reports.Read the full story on Goal right here! Why Mahrez was at ArsenalRiyad Mahrez ArsenalRiyad Mahrez’s recent visit to Arsenal has sparked talk of an imminent transfer, but Leicester boss Claude Puel claims the winger was on a scouting mission.The Algeria international is generating plenty of speculation once again with the latest recruitment window open.Potential moves to Liverpool and Arsenal have been mooted for the 26-year-old , with his presence at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday fuelling rumours that he could be heading to north London.Read the full story on Goal right here! Liverpool & Spurs bids for Pastore rejectedJavier Pastore PSG Nantes Ligue 1 18112017Liverpool and Tottenham have seen approaches for Javier Pastore rebuffed by the Paris Saint-Germain player, reports  Gianluca Di Marzio .The Argentine will only consider offers from Italy, where he spent several years prior to joining PSG at Palermo. Inter have registered their interest, but PSG will only consider a permanent move.Liverpool set to sign Falkirk defenderJurgen Klopp Liverpool EvertonLiverpool are set to sign Falkirk defender Tony Gallacher, report the Scottish Sun .The 18-year-old has spent the week on trial at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp has sanctioned a bid worth £200,000, which Falkirk have accepted.Gallacher has won caps at three Scottish youth levels – Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18.last_img read more

Raiola: Donnarumma should leave Milan

first_imgMilan ‘Donnarumma should leave’ – Raiola wants Barca and Real Madrid target out of AC Milan Rob Lancaster 01:43 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) GianluigiDonnarumma - Cropped Getty Images Milan Serie A Despite signing a long-term contract extension as recently as July, the star teenage keeper has been advised to seek a new club Gianluigi Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola believes the teenage goalkeeper should leave AC Milan.Donnarumma was tipped to depart the Rossoneri last year, amid links with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as Paris Saint-Germain.However, the 19-year-old Italy international instead signed a contract extension with the Serie A club, agreeing terms on a new four-year deal in July. 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 While Raiola – who has made no secret of his difficult relationship with Milan’s CEO Marco Fassone and director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli – obeyed his client’s wishes in negotiating the terms, he feels Donnarumma should still consider a San Siro exit. “Gigio made a choice, to stay at AC Milan, and I respect it,” he said in an interview with RAI.”If he should ask me to leave I would work on it immediately because there are important requests.”In my opinion, Gigio should leave Milan.”The schedule for March: https://t.co/A1DLdinQtRStarts with the #DerbyMilano and ends with #JuveMilanIn between #ACMAFC and #AFCACM in @EuropaLeague What else could you ask for? pic.twitter.com/5kqwBvAwbB— AC Milan (@acmilan) March 1, 2018Donnarumma, who made his first-team debut at the age of 16, declared his happiness at Milan in December after reaching the milestone of 100 appearances for the club.The talented teenager played a starring role as Gennaro Gattuso’s side reached the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, saving two penalties in a dramatic 5-4 shootout success over Lazio.Reports in Italy have linked Napoli’s veteran Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is available on a free transfer at the end of the season, with a move to Milan.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains Tuanzebe Cup captaincy

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains Tuanzebe Cup captaincyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained handing Axel Tuanzebe the captaincy for their Carabao Cup shootout win over Rochdale.Fans reacted with surprise when the 21-year-old defender was named captain ahead of the returning Paul Pogba.Speaking to talkSPORT Solskjaer said: “Axel is a captain in the making, he’s a leader- why not give it to young kids? “We know we can give it to Sergio (Romero) and we can give it to Paul, that’s no problem and they’ve been captains before.”But it was Axel today and how does he handle it? He was absolutely fine, he enjoyed it.”It’s just a way of telling him that we trust him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard slams FIFA for ‘wrong, strange’ Leeds choice

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard slams FIFA for ‘wrong, strange’ Leeds choiceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has slammed FIFA’s decision to award Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United their Fair Play award on Monday.Bielsa and his players were awarded the Fair Play Award for allowing Aston Villa to score against them in April.Renowned coach Bielsa, currently in his second season at Leeds and in English football, caused something of a stir in January when he admitted to having watched all of United’s opponents train.The club was fined £200,000 as a result – a penalty Bielsa paid out of his own pocket – and the 64-year-old was the subject of some derision as a result.Lampard, in charge of Derby last season, said: “I don’t think it’s right, to be straight.“It’s strange. Everyone had the same reaction. There was a lot of news about “SpyGate,” at the time, quite rightly so, and it got dealt with in the right way – and when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year, it’s strange.“I don’t know who votes for it. Everyone knows what happened with ‘Spygate’ – it is well documented. The rules changed because of it and they were fined.“I felt it was improper, to get a fair play award off the back of that. I thought it was irony at first.“It was a dead rubber against Villa. The game had slowed down to the point of the ball going out, and it was quite right they gave Villa the opportunity to score.“It was quite right to level out the balance of what had happened. That was that. But it was a strange decision for them to win.” last_img read more

17 days agoPablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyol

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Pablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin is delighted taking charge of Espanyol.The former Girona coach succeeds David Gallego, who was sacked yesterday.Machin said at his presentation: “Thank you for the confidence shown and for the love that I am already feeling in these hours and I will surely be reciprocal with the fans. “I come to a historic club, at a time that is what it is. I have a great hope, but also a responsibility to leave it in the place it deserves.”It is an exciting year, we are in three competitions, although never leaving aside LaLiga.”What I can promise is maximum involvement, I will require the technical staff and the environment to do the same. I know for success we need that.” last_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook

first_imgLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cookby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Chelsea are eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.The 22-year-old returned to action last month having been sidelined since December with knee-ligament damage.The Daily Mail says Liverpool and Chelsea have identified the former Leeds star as a target, should he prove his form and fitness this season.They’re both said to be in the market for the best of emerging English talent and Cook’s high energy style in the middle of the park is thought to be the attraction.He has even been likened to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson given his running, passing ability and leadership qualities. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Georgia Football: Malcolm Mitchell’s Latest Trick Catch Video Is Unbelievably Impressive

first_imgGeorgia's Malcolm Mitchell performs trick catches at practice.IG/money_mitch26 There may be better wide receivers in the country, but no one makes trick catch videos like Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell. The Bulldog pass catcher’s first videos showed him catching passes from his back, in an attempt to one-up New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. Today, he put out a video that blows it out of the water. He catches balls from his back while laying on a table, he catches a pass between his legs, and he even juggles two other football’s while catching a third from a JUGS machine. You need to watch this.If these skills translate to the field at all, Georgia’s going to be a must-watch team in 2015. With Nick Chubb in the backfield, they probably already are.last_img read more

Celtic tie teenage sensation Dembele to pro deal

first_imgTeenage sensation Karamoko Dembele has signed a professional contract with Celtic that ties him to the Scottish champions until 2021.Dembele has progressed through the youth ranks at Celtic at an alarming rate , playing for their Under-20 side in 2016 at just 13.The 15-year-old’s rise has seen him linked with Chelsea and Manchester City but he will begin his professional career at Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers expecting him to be challenging for a first-team place soon. 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? “My goal is to play for the first team,” Dembele told the club’s official website. “As soon as I can, I’m going to try to get into the first team, 100 per cent.”In the reserves, every training session, every game – it’s all to prove myself to the manager that I can play in the first team.”He added: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone, and I’d like to thank everyone for everything they’ve done for me.”I’d also like to thank everyone for the training I’ve received, the discipline I’ve been taught, and the advice I’ve been given all the way.”Getting attention at a young age has been hard. You need to be strong mentally, you need to stay grounded, and you just need to get on with everything that you do on a daily basis.”Seeing players come through the academy and into the first team gives you hope, because you know they’ve taken the same path.”That means you’ve got a chance to make it into the first team if you work hard and give it your all.”last_img read more

Valverde ‘not frustrated’ by De Jong & Vela wait

first_imgBarcelona’s links to Frenkie de Jong and Carlos Vela were brushed aside by head coach Ernesto Valverde, who insisted he was not frustrated while waiting for signings.Highly rated Ajax midfielder De Jong is a target for Barca and Manchester City, as revealed by Goal, although Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have stolen ahead in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.Compared to one of the most sought-after young talents in the world, Los Angeles FC’s former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward Vela would represent a more left-field solution to Valverde’s desire for extra cover in attack. 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? “I insist on the same answers – he’s a great player who is on another team,” the Blaugrana boss said when De Jong was brought up at his news conference prior to Sunday’s La Liga match against Leganes.”If I start talking about what’s going on in the press, it’s not going to go away. I’m not going to comment on this. All the respect to De Jong and Ajax.”A reporter from Vela’s native Mexico raised the subject of his future and Valverde apologetically chose to be similarly evasive.Valverde said: “He’s a great player. He’s played in our league but we don’t normally talk about players from other clubs.”A lot is said about every name that comes up. I can understand, being Mexican, why you are interested but he plays for another club.”On his search for a centre forward, Valverde added: “No, I’m not frustrated. I know the club is working on possibilities but we’ll wait and see. It’s not as easy as it might appear.”We’ll see if something can be done and if not we’ll carry on with the players that we’ve got. It’s not something that we’re thinking about all the time but if a name comes up and we can sign him, it’s a possibility.”Malcom Barcelona Copa de Rey 31102018Any new recruit will hope to fare better than former Bordeaux winger Malcom.The 21-year-old has been restricted to 10 appearances in all competitions since spurning Roma to move to Camp Nou during the close season, with speculation linking him to Tottenham and a €50 million (£45m/$57m)  bid from the Chinese Super League revealed by Goal over recent days.”Of course he wants to play games and score gaols and that is what I want from him,” Valverde said.”He is a player who has a place here at the club. He’s a part of the squad like any other player. He’s got certain qualities that we want to see on the pitch”He is a great player, we want to see him be a decisive player.”last_img read more

Fantasy football: Quadruple-chasing City in fine fettle

first_imgPep Guardiola has rather understandably written off Manchester City’s chances of winning the quadruple as “fantasy” but after their 5-0 FA Cup demolition of Burnley on Saturday, the Blues’ ongoing presence in all four competitions is going to play a major part in their chances of success this season.Liverpool are already out of this particular tournament and Jurgen Klopp’s side will have the opportunity to go further ahead in the Premier League while City are busy disputing the Carabao Cup final.There is also the prospect of March’s Manchester derby being pushed back until April or even later, given a potential fixture pile-up. How City handle all of these games will make or break them, and their campaign. 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? It could certainly spell fatigue further down the line and City fans might even be hoping Liverpool beat Bayern Munich so that the Reds cannot concentrate fully on the Premier League title from March on.However, right now, supporters, players and managers would all rather be in these competitions than out of them and, in that respect, City are in an enviable position.They will face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final next month, not long after a presentable-looking Champions League tie with Bundesliga strugglers Schalke.With Arsenal and Liverpool out of the FA Cup, City can also keep their fingers crossed for a comfortable fifth-round draw.If they are distractions from the Premier League, they are certainly welcome ones, and with a squad as deep as this, there should be every confidence that they can stay in the fight for a few more weeks or even months yet.That is how they have got this far, of course. A mixture of young hopefuls and experienced squad players earned them a place in the Carabao Cup final, yet in the FA Cup Guardiola has consistently gone strong.On Saturday at the Etihad, City’s substitutes had scored 51 goals between them in all competitions this season.Manchester City celebrate vs Burnley, FA CupOver the two FA Cup games to date, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and David Silva have not started but Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus all have, and with Bernardo Silva and the always influential Fernandinho thrown into the mix on Saturday, it shows that Guardiola would rather win this trophy than sit at home and rest up for a Premier League game.There may be weak spots in some areas of the squad, namely at the base of midfield and at left-back, but when you consider that three of City’s left-sided defenders missed out on Saturday’s squad and they could still call upon Danilo, it is hard to make that case too strongly.Fernandinho, however, is as close as it comes to irreplaceable in this team and his fitness in the coming months will also prove crucial, so he will have to be managed carefully. As happened at Huddersfield last Sunday, the Brazilian was substituted as soon as City went 3-0 up. Anyway, what sense in looking too far ahead? This article could have been written a year ago, with City ready for a Carabao Cup final, ready to play Basel in Europe and drawn against Wigan in the FA Cup.They lost at Wigan, of course, and as soon as Basel were beaten, they faced up to the reality of facing a proper challenge, eventually losing to Liverpool in the Champions League, after a combination of the Reds’ accuracy and the refs’ inaccuracies.So, for now, all they can do is focus on the challenge at hand.”We are able to try to win tomorrow, that’s all I can assure you,” Guardiola said on Friday when asked about the prospect of winning the quadruple. “The other is fantasy.”The Catalan was impressively restrained in his response to a topic that has quickly resurfaced now City are winning again. After all, less than a month ago he was asked whether he should change his entire footballing philosophy on the back of two defeats, at home to Crystal Palace and away to Leicester.Those dark days seem a long way off now. After losing at Leicester, City have won eight out of eight in all competitions, scoring 33 goals and conceding just twice, and not since the statement victory over Liverpool on January 3.If that keep up anything like that form, it could be a very special season indeed.But there is a long way to go yet. City are still in all four competitions. For now, though, everything else really is fantasy. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Watch Nebraska Fans Congratulate The Huskers After The Northwestern Win

first_imgNebraska football players walking onto the field.Nebraska football/TwitterNebraska fans came out in full force to the Cornhuskers matchup against Northwestern.Just in case your were wondering who has the best fans in the world, Nebraska has the answer. Unsurprisingly, it’s Nebraska. After the Cornhuskers dominated the Wildcats on Saturday, their loyal fanbase stuck around post-game to see their players into the locker room.The best fans in the nation.#GBR pic.twitter.com/cnUOiUNRA8— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 25, 2016Although the game was played at Ryan Field, it may as well have been a home game for the Cornhuskers. They felt comfortable from the opening whistle en route to a 24-13 win over a tough Northwestern team.Nebraska entered the contest as the No. 20 team in the country, and after improving to 4-0, should climb in the rankings. The Cornhuskers get three very winnable games in the coming weeks, which could set up a battle of undefeated teams when they travel to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Week 8.Best fans in the nation? It certainly seemed that way Saturday night.last_img read more

PSG announce Bulka signing from Chelsea

first_imgLigue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of goalkeeper Marcin Bulka on a two-year deal from Chelsea. The Poland youth international arrives in the French capital on a free transfer, and has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at the club until the end of June 2021.Bulka arrived in west London in the summer of 2016 after beginning his career in his home country with FCB Escola Varsovia. 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 During his time in England the 19-year-old, who originally hails from Plock in central Poland, won the 2017 and 2018 championships for Chelsea’s Under-18 side.He also made four UEFA Youth League appearances with their U-19 team during the 2017-18 campaign, and went on to reach the final of the European competition.After signing on the dotted line, Bulka said: “I am really pleased and honoured to join Paris Saint-Germain today. “Not only is this club a great reference in France and Europe, but it is also renowned for allowing many young players to express their potential in recent years. “After my experience in England, I will do my best to continue my progress here with a fantastic squad and especially with top level goalkeepers. I can’t wait to join training next Monday!”In a statement posted on PSG’s official website, a club spokesperson added: “The club welcomes Marcin and wishes him every success as a Paris Saint-Germain player.”The teenager will look to jostle for positon against a whole host of goalkeepers currently on the books at the Parc de Princes, with French stoppers Alphonse Areola, Sebastien Cibois and Remy Descamps already at the club, along with German international Kevin Trapp.Described as tall, agile and quick, Bulka featured frequently in 2017-18 season for Chelsea’s reserves and made his development squad debut at Stamford Bridge. He also became a regular in the Checkatrade Trophy squad that reached the semi-finals before he commenced pre-season training with the first-team in July 2018.Speaking to TVP Sport late last month, Bulka revealed his reasoning for leaving the English capital, saying: “I informed the club that I would not sign a new contact (which expired on June 30).“I left Chelsea not only because of (Chelsea goalkeeper) Kepa, but there were also several other aspects that we talked about after the preparations for the season last year and which were not met.”last_img read more

Big 10 Running Back Facing 2.5 Year Suspension

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A Big Ten running back is facing a possible 2.5 year suspension, according to a new report published by the Indianapolis Star.Morgan Ellison, a sophomore running back at Indiana, is facing a lengthy suspension for alleged sexual assault.The running back denies the assault, saying everything was consensual.From the report:An Indiana University panel determined that football player Morgan Ellison sexually assaulted a fellow IU student while she slept and then used force to continue the assault when she woke up, IndyStar has learned.In its findings, the University’s sexual misconduct hearing panel concluded that “the aggravating factor of [Ellison] engaging in sexual activity while Complainant was asleep, and [Ellison]’s use of force during the incident” led to the determination that Ellison should be suspended from Indiana University for 2 1/2 years, according to records obtained by IndyStar.Attempts to reach Ellison Wednesday for comment were unsuccessful.Ellison has not played this season, but he’s been allowed to return to practice.Indiana, 4-2, is set to play Iowa on Saturday.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Its Final “Bottom 10” For 2018

first_imgMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)With the college football regular season basically wrapped up, ESPN has released its final “Bottom 10” ranking for 2018. Unfortunately for Michigan fans, the Wolverines are on this list.Now, if you’re familiar with the “Bottom 10,” you know it is a mix of truly putrid teams and legitimately good programs coming off ugly losses. Michigan fits in the latter after last week’s 62-39 drubbing at the hands of Ohio State.The loss cost the Wolverines a shot at the Big Ten title and the College Football Playoff. It also earned them the No. 5 spot in the “Bottom 10.”Michigan isn’t the only Power 5 team finishing the season in embarrassing company. Rutgers, Louisville and UNC are also on this ignominious list.Here is ESPN’s full final “Bottom 10“:UTEPCentral MichiganRutgersUConnMichiganSan Jose StateRiceLouisvilleGeorgia StateUNCAt least Michigan fans can take solace in one thing. Unlike any other team on this list, they will finish their 2018 season playing in a New Year’s Six bowl.That should help ease the pain a little bit.last_img read more

NFL Insider Is Not A Fan Of Kyler Murray’s Father

first_imgkyler murray walks off the field after the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)With the MLB and NFL waiting on Kyler Murray to fully commit to one career path, the intriguing athlete is facing criticism for the way his current situation is playing out.It’s hard to blame Murray for taking his time with so much at stake, but the lack of clarity is truly causing a stir around the NFL.One major issue taking place right now is that Murray’s father is running the show behind the scenes.This glaring problem was magnified on national television during the Dan Patrick Show last week. Despite the fact that executives involved in two professional leagues are waiting to hear his final decision, Murray has basically gone silent.Even though Murray has hinted that he wants to play football, the dual-threat quarterback hasn’t confirmed that he’ll pursue that dream. Instead, there is concern growing about the advice he’s receiving from close family members.According to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, Murray’s father is assuming the responsibilities of an agent right now, which could influence the Heisman Trophy winner into the wrong direction.From Bleacher Report:“He’s still going in the first [round], but he needs to get an agent and do it the right way,” one person told Miller. “This is Lavar Ball all over again,” another NFL insider said, referencing Murray’s dad managing the situation.Murray has the potential to succeed at the next level, but he’ll need to allow an agent to guide him through this challenging process. It’s extremely rare for an athlete to have offers to play multiple sports, and that alone can complicate matters.It’ll be important for Murray to squash all these negative vibes surrounding himself before it affects his stock for the NFL Draft.last_img read more

Report: Season-Opener Between Oklahoma, Houston Moved To September 1

first_imgA photo of a referee standing on a football field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: A head linesman waits during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The NFL draft is just a few hours away, but the college football world doesn’t want to be left out of the headlines.A major season-opener has been moved to accommodate the TV schedule. According to a report from college football insider Brett McMurphy, Houston and Oklahoma had their season-opener moved from August 31 to September 1.The Cougars will now travel to take on the Sooners in the only Sunday night game of the weekend.Here’s the news from Stadium:“Houston at Oklahoma opener has been moved to Sunday night Sept. 1 for TV purposes, sources told our Brett McMurphy. UH-OU was originally scheduled for Aug. 31.”BREAKING: Houston at Oklahoma opener has been moved to Sunday night Sept. 1 for TV purposes, sources told our Brett McMurphy. UH-OU was originally scheduled for Aug. 31.— Stadium (@Stadium) April 25, 2019Why the change?Well, it might have something to do with Jalen Hurts’ decision to transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma. With Hurts on the roster, the Sooners are a bigger draw for television networks – which could have precipitated the move.Regardless of the decision why, the Cougars and Sooners will own Sunday night after the move.No other college football game is scheduled for Sunday. Notre Dame and Louisville are set for kick off on Monday night to close out the first full weekend of college football.Stay tuned for the latest college football news, including the draft.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Soundbar goes on sale in India: Price, features, where to buy

first_imgXiaomi Mi Soundbar goes on sale in India: Price, features, where to buyXiaomi says that with the Mi Soundbar the company basically aims to complete the home audio experience for usersadvertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 10:09 IST HIGHLIGHTSInterested customers will be able to grab the Mi Soundbar from Mi.com and Mi Home stores.The Mi Soundbar will be available for Rs 4,999.The Soundbar comes with five connectivity options including Line-In, AUX, Optical, Bluetooth and S/PDIF.Xiaomi launched two Mi TVs and Mi Sound bar last week. On Tuesday, the two new Mi TVs including Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55-inch and Mi LED TV 4A PRO 43-inch went on sale and today, i.e, on Thursday, the Mi Soundbar is all set to go on sale in India for the first ever time. Interested customers will be able to grab the Mi Soundbar from Mi.com and Mi Home stores for Rs 4,999. The sale will kick off at 12pm.Xiaomi says that with the Mi Soundbar the company basically aims to complete the home audio experience for users. The Mi Soundar comes with eight drivers, including two 20mm dome tweeters for the highs, two 2.5-inch woofers for the mids and four passive radiators for the lows and enhanced bass. Xiaomi claims that “Mi Soundbar ensures no tune goes unheard.”The Soundbar comes with five connectivity options including Line-In, AUX, Optical, Bluetooth and S/PDIF. This makes the Mi Soundbar compatible with almost any TV, from CRT to LED. This otherwise means that the users need not have a Mi TV to connect the Mi Soundbar. The users will be able to connect the Soundbar to any of the existing TVs.Not just that the Mi Soundbar comes with Bluetooth connection which means that it can be paired with any smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled smart device.Besides the amazing sound that it produces, another highlight of the Mi Soundbar is that it is easy to setup. To set up the Mi Soundbar users will just need 30-seconds. “Setting up Mi Soundbar is a breeze, a far cry from the home audio solutions currently in the market,” says Xiaomi.advertisementAs the as the overall design is concerned the Mi Soundbar has a stylishly designed in a bar shape with fabric mesh overlay. Talking about the design of the Mi Soundbar Xiaomi says, “With a clean design that has become the hallmark of Xiaomi products, Mi Soundbar blends into any room’s decor effortlessly.” Another good bit is that the Mi Soundbar is pretty lightweight, compact, and sports a very sturdy design.ALSO READ | Xiaomi 55-inch Mi TV 4X Pro, 43-inch Mi TV 4 Pro goes on sale in India: Price, specs and all you should knowALSO READ | iPhone XI renders leak again, show smaller notch, slimmer bezels, triple rear camerasGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Xiaomilast_img read more

Premier League: Advantage Liverpool as Manchester City fume over Spurs stalemate

first_imgPremier League: Advantage Liverpool as Manchester City fume over Spurs stalemateWhile only a point separated the two sides last season, Liverpool have taken an early advantage with a 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday. Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham Hotspur after a VAR review ruled out their injury-time goal. advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 08:49 IST Premier League: Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time effort was cancelled after a VAR review in their 2-2 draw vs Spurs (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSadio Mane on target to help earn Liverpool victory at SouthamptonArsenal battle to 2-1 win over BurnleyVAR controversy as Manchester City played out 2-2 draw against SpursManchester City were held to a controversial 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, allowing Premier League title rivals Liverpool, who won 2-1 at Southampton, to gain an early two-point advantage.Only a point separated the two sides at the end of last season, with City winning their final nine home games, but their first outing of this campaign at the Etihad ended in a draw after a VAR review rubbed out Gabriel Jesus’s injury-time effort.The Brazilian drove in what looked like the winner but, as City celebrated, VAR officials spotted a handball by City defender Aymeric Laporte before Jesus struck home.The incident had echoes of City’s Champions League exit to Spurs in April, when they also had what would have been a decisive late goal ruled out by VAR.”It was deja vu, deja vu,” said City manager Pep Guardiola, unhappy at what he saw as inconsistency in the use of the video system.City took the lead in the 20th minute through a Raheem Sterling header but three minutes later Erik Lamela brought Spurs back level.Sergio Aguero restored City’s lead 10 minutes before the break, with the excellent Kevin De Bruyne once again the provider with a low ball.Mauricio Pochettino made an inspired Spurs substitution when he sent on Lucas Moura in the second half and the Brazilian scored with his first touch, beating Kyle Walker to head in a Lamela corner.But despite an outstanding contest, the game will inevitably be remembered for the late overturning of Jesus’s goal.advertisementNervy Liverpool beat SouthamptonA nervy Liverpool, meanwhile, made it two wins from two as Sadio Mane scored against his former club.Juergen Klopp’s side, who had been in action in Istanbul on Wednesday when they beat Chelsea in UEFA’s Super Cup, struggled to get going at St Mary’s but produced a moment of quality at just the right time, Mane brilliantly giving them the lead on the stroke of half time.Mane’s 20th goal in all competitions in 2019 settled Liverpool who were vastly improved after the break, with Roberto Firmino making it two after capitalising on a defensive mistake from Saints.Danny Ings’s late goal against his former club was mere consolation for Southampton as Liverpool made it 11 consecutive Premier League wins, equalling their best winning streak in the competition.”Once we scored the first goal it was easier for us. I’m sorry it is against my old team and sorry I have to score but I’m wearing a Liverpool shirt now,” said Mane.Hard work for ArsenalEarlier, Arsenal also kept up a 100 percent record but made hard work of getting the better of a determined Burnley side at the Emirates, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s seventh goal in four appearances against Burnley earning Arsenal a 2-1 win.Arsenal manager Unai Emery gave first starts to new signings David Luiz and Dani Ceballos, with the latter involved immediately, setting up Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal’s opener.Burnley, though, were level before half time through Ashley Barnes, who scored his third goal of the season from close range.After the break, Ceballos continued to stand out, setting up Aubameyang for his superb winner in a match which saw Burnley have more shots at goal.”In a lot of moments we couldn’t impose our gameplan because they pushed and their gameplan was a struggle for us,” Emery said.Last season’s Championship top goalscorer Teemu Pukki took his Premier League tally to four with a hat-trick to earn Premier League new boys Norwich a 3-1 win over Newcastle United.Everton were far from their best against manager Marco Silva’s former side Watford, but Brazilian Bernard’s first home Premier League goal was enough for the hosts to secure the 1-0 victory.A penalty conceded inside 40 seconds set Aston Villa on the back foot against Bournemouth, Josh King converting, before Harry Wilson put the visitors 2-0 in front.Villa, who also lost their opening match, piled on the pressure in the second half but Douglas Luiz’s 30-yard stunner was all they could muster in reply.Also Read | Aubameyang, Lacazette help Arsenal sink Burnley 2-1Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manchester CityFollow LiverpoolFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow ArsenalFollow VARFollow Gabriel JesusFollow Sergio AgueroFollow Sadio Mane Nextlast_img read more