Everton, Crystal Palace move for Valencia striker Michy Batshuayiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia striker Michy Batshuayi is being offered a return to England.On-loan at Valencia from Chelsea for the season, Batshuayi has been told coach Marcelino wants him to cut short his loan this month.The Belgium international would prefer to stay, though the Guardian says two Premier League clubs are now in contact about bringing him back to England.Everton and Crystal Palace are both keen, while Olympique Marseille are also watching developments.For their part, Valencia want to move on Batshuayi to free up a loan slot for Marcelino’s squad. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Scouse tough to understandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he struggles to understand the Scouse accent.The 26-year-old says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.He told the Daily Star: “The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Accents aside, Alisson says he’s “comfortable and happy” with his new life in Liverpool, with his wife Natalia.He said: “It’s been easier to adapt to England than it was moving from Brazil to Italy, probably because I’m more mature and experienced now.“Signing for Liverpool was a huge step forward in my career and I’m really proud to be here.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Garner on target as Man Utd beat Lincoln in EFL Trophyby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Garner helped Manchester United to victory over Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.It was United’s second consecutive win in the competition after beating Rotherham in the opening game.Neil Wood fielded a back four with the average age of 17.5 years, but it didn’t matter as Garner’s first-half strike was enough to seal victory.United also struck the woodwork on two occasions against the League One Club. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Art Briles is no longer the head coach at Baylor, and if the latest report by Joe Schad is true, it looks like some of his assistants may be out soon too. Schad, formerly of ESPN, posted a long note to Facebook Tuesday afternoon, reporting that a former Baylor student named Dolores Lozano claims she was assaulted by former football player Devin Chafin and that both Briles and assistant Jeff Lebby knew about it. She even alleges that she and Lebby exchanged texts about the situation. She says that she brought allegations to the Waco Police, but Chafin was allowed to continue playing. She says the school never had a formal hearing either.Schad also reports details of the alleged assault and includes photos of the injuries Lozano reportedly suffered from the incident. Here is a photo provided to me by former Baylor student Dolores Lozano pic.twitter.com/lHAwUnI0g3— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016Jeff Lebby, currently the Baylor passing game/RBs coach, did not have immediate comment about Lozano’s claims— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016The fallout at Baylor does not appear to be over just yet. Obviously, this is awful. Expect more repercussions here.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is not concerned by the prospect of Robert Lewandowski being Bayern Munich’s only recognised out-and-out striker for the remainder of the season.Bayern sanctioned the sale of Sandro Wagner on Wednesday, just a year on from his arrival from Hoffenheim, after the Germany international received a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda.Speaking after the transfer was confirmed, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic stated: “Sandro Wagner came up to us and asked for a release from his contract. He has a very attractive offer from China and we have met his request. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We expressly thank Sandro for spending time with FC Bayern and wish him all the best and much success for his future in China.”With Bayern trailing leaders Borussia Dortmund by six points in the Bundesliga table, and still competing in the DFB-Pokal and Champions League, the decision to sell without drafting in a replacement came as a surprise to some.But Bayern chairman Rummenigge is confident the likes of Thomas Muller or Serge Gnabry could fill the void should something happen to Lewandowski.”Sandro asked [to leave] because he had an offer from China with an incredibly high salary,” Rummenigge told reporters.”We discussed that with the coach and Niko Kovac thought that with Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, in case of doubt, we have alternatives.”But Robert Lewandowski has never been injured at Bayern Munich since 2014.”Rummenigge also accepted Bayern face a tough task to hunt down a Dortmund side who have lost just once in the league this season.”Borussia Dortmund are playing a very good and very stable season,” he added. “Catching them up there again will be very difficult, but we will work to keep the tension at the top alive.”
Liverpool are determined to build on their Champions League triumph and land more major silverware in 2019-20, says Andy Robertson.The Reds had gone seven years without lifting a trophy before wrapping up a memorable European success in Madrid.Jurgen Klopp’s side, on the back of three previous final defeats under their German coach, made amends for narrowly missing out on the Premier League title by claiming a continental crown. 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? Those on the books at Anfield now have a taste of that winning feeling and are eager to compete across multiple fronts again next term – with two more honours up for grabs on their schedule.“We have got massive games from the off: Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield,” Robertson told the club’s official website.“Of course it’s the game just before the season starts but you’re still playing in a massive stadium against one of your biggest rivals. Then we’ve got Chelsea in the Super Cup.“The biggest one is Norwich for getting the Premier League off to a good start in front of our home fans for the first time since we won the Champions League. That’s what we’ve got to use as motivation now – the winning feeling we had.“Last season was completely different, we used the disappointment and heartbreak of losing as motivation to not be in that position again. That’s probably why we had so many last-minute winners, big comebacks and things like that.“This season we need to use that feeling of being on that bus and lifting that trophy to drive us forward. We want more of that feeling. That’ll be in all our minds for the season ahead.”Robertson contributed significantly to Liverpool’s cause in 2018-19, registering 13 assists across his Premier League and Champions League outings.His efforts were complemented by those on the opposite flank of Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the pair of buccaneering full-backs ready to rekindle their personal battle for posting the best numbers.Robertson added when asked if the pair will be staging another assist competition: “We’ve had a brief discussion over it. We’ll set it up again.“Probably too much was made of it but for me and Trent it brought the best out of us, the numbers we both produced. Near the back end of the season he was unbelievable with the numbers he produced.“I feel it brought the best out of both of us. If we can do that and get similar numbers this season, of course it helps the team. That’s what both of us want to do.“But first and foremost we want to just put in the same performances we put in last season and try to kick on even further.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers at on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top recruits in the 2018 class has announced a new commitment. It’s a big one.Ale Kaho, a five-star linebacker in the 2018 class, had been committed to Washington, however, he’s gotten out of his pledge to the Huskies and chosen a new program.The five-star recruit was released from his national letter of intent earlier this week. According to 247Sports, he’s decided on a commitment.Kaho has committed to Alabama.From 247Sports:The former five-star linebacker from Reno, Nev., was released from his national letter of intent with Washington on Monday and a source close to the situation has informed 247Sports that Alabama will be the landing spot. It is expected that Kaho, the No. 1-rated inside linebacker in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports rankings, will depart for Tuscaloosa as early as Wednesday night.The 6-foot-1, 218-pound prospect was a longtime commit to Brigham Young during the recruiting process before flipping his commitment to the Huskies just prior to the early signing period last December. He signed with Washington last year and arrived in Seattle this summer, but never enrolled while wrapping up required coursework. Huskies head coach Chris Petersen cited “personal reasons” for the release of the program’s highest-rated incoming freshman.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker is ranked the No. 21 overall recruit in the 2018 class by 247Sports.
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A college football player has been suspended by his program for endangering the life of an animal. According to a report, Mississippi State indefinitely suspended offensive lineman Michael Story as a result of the charges.Brett Hudson of The Commercial Dispatch wrote the suspension is a result of Story mistreating a dog. According to the report, police arrested Story on a misdemeanor count of aggravated cruelty to a cat or dog.Story allegedly locked his dog in his apartment with no food or water.Here are the details from the report.In the complaint, the accuser, whose name is redacted, said Story “shut Kodak the Great Dane in the back room of his apartment and did not feed or water Kodak the Great Dane since Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, until Aug. 18, 2018. Mr. Story then stated at a later time that Kodak the Great Dane had been in the bedroom of the apartment for roughly a week’s time.”New head coach Joe Moorhead wasted no time in suspending Story.The junior offensive lineman has been working with the second-team. He started two games for the Bulldogs as a freshman, but hasn’t stared for the program since.
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 07: Fullback Dimitri Flowers #36 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 38-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football program announced some devastating injury news this evening. The Sooners’ star running back, Rodney Anderson, is out for the season.Anderson suffered an injury in the Sooners’ Week 2 victory over UCLA on Saturday afternoon.Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced tonight that Anderson is out for the year.Coach Riley announces Anderson will miss remainder of the season.Release: https://t.co/OuArAvxIEj pic.twitter.com/X2m0LB0pV5— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 10, 2018From Oklahoma:University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Sunday evening that preseason All-Big 12 running back Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of the 2018 season due to a knee injury sustained in the second quarter of OU’s 49-21 win over UCLA on Saturday.“We’re heartbroken for him,” said Riley of Anderson. “He’s overcome so much in his career, and if anybody can do it again it’s Rodney.“He’s played a lot of great football and has a lot more ahead of him. He’s just a tremendous person and player and we’ll miss him on the field. But we know he’ll be with us every step of the way as a team captain, and that other players will step up in his place.”Anderson seemed primed for a huge year. It’s a major loss for the Sooners.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Tom Herman’s wife, Michelle Herman, unfortunately found her name in the headlines this week thanks to former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith.Smith, who coached with Herman at Ohio State, made some serious accusations against the Herman family during a lengthy Twitter rant.The former Buckeyes’ head coach accused the Hermans of several things, including helping Brett McMurphy break his domestic violence stories.Texas’ head coach appeared to respond to Smith’s accusations with an “OK. Cool. #HookEm” text message that has gone super viral.Mrs. Herman doesn’t seem to be afraid of any of the talk.Check out what she’s wearing to tonight’s game:Gameday ready! Thanks @NNVaughns for the t-shirt. Don’t forget a portion of the proceeds are being donated to Woman Called Moses @wcmcares ?? pic.twitter.com/23o43KJkDF— Michelle Herman (@belletjh) November 17, 2018Michelle Herman also changed her Twitter bio to the following:Well played, Mrs. Herman.