TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sassuolo midfielder Sensi backed for move to AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSassuolo midfielder Stefano Sensi has been backed over a move to AC Milan.Sensi is a January target for the Rossonero.“The right man for Milan? Yes because Stefano is young and has great potential,” Alberto Aquilani, who played for both clubs, told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He’s grown a lot in recent months. He reminds me of Verratti for the way he plays. A regista and mezz’ala in one? Exactly. He can carry out both roles in the middle of the park.“As a regista he has an excellent vision, even if he lacks physicality, or if you want to build a team devoted to dribbling then he’s ideal.“Stefano’s a very polite and down-to-earth guy, who has his head on his shoulders. I certainly didn’t find him, but what struck me was his attention to the advice I gave him in training.“He’d often run a bit on empty, so I suggested to him the position to occupy tactically, which would make the most of his characteristics.”
Barcelona boss Valverde satisfied with win at Getafeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was satisfied with their 2-0 win at Getafe. It wasn’t a great performance but it was an important win. “It was important not to make mistakes early on like we have done in other games,” Valverde said. “That was fundamental. The goal calmed us down and, from there, we imposed ourselves well. We didn’t give much away and had chances to score more.”If you want to win La Liga you have to win a lot of games away from home, not just your home games. Getafe were a tough rival, it’s a hard place to come and we’ve played well. Now we have three days to prepare for Inter.” Clement Lenglet was sent off late on and, with Samuel Umtiti injured, it means Barcelona will be short in defence for the home game against Sevilla next weekend. “We have players from the B team who can help,” said Valverde, who’s likely to pair Gerard Pique with Jean Clair Todibo. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
dabo swinney hype video clemsonWednesday morning, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was officially named the Home Depot Coach of the Year. Swinney, who has been with the Tigers since 2008, helped the team finish as the only undefeated team in the country through the regular season.To celebrate the accomplishment, Clemson has released a quick hype video in honor of Swinney. Check it out:JUST ANNOUNCED—Dabo Swinney named CFB Coach of the Year! The #ClemsonFamily is proud to call him OUR COACH! #ALLIN https://t.co/wpwWUh1UlO— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 9, 2015Despite the award, Swinney’s job isn’t done in 2015. His Tigers take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve. A victory means a shot at a national title in January.
The search and rescue operation for Emiliano Sala was resumed on Thursday, police confirmed.The aircraft carrying the striker from Nantes to Cardiff disappeared on Monday, losing contact with air traffic control near Casquets lighthouse – around eight miles north west of Guernsey in the English Channel.The search for the plane has been underway since, but has so far turned up nothing and been hindered by difficult conditions. 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? Police have said the chances of Sala and the pilot surviving are “slim”, but Cardiff City continue to pray for the Argentine, whose club record £15 million ($19m) signing had just been announced on Saturday.It was uncertain if the search would pick up again on Thursday, but Guernsey Police confirmed that it is underway again, tweeting: “We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.” 24th January7.50am update.We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.Further information released when available—The search and rescue operation for Emiliano Sala was resumed on Thursday, police confirmed.Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019 Sala’s former Bordeaux team-mate Diego Rolan said Sala contacted a friend before the plane took off, telling him he was worried something would go wrong.”I received a message that Emiliano had sent to one of his friends in Argentina and I was very scared by everything that’s happened. I am in shock. Before he had left he predicted everything that happened and sent it to a friend who was also very scared.”He told a friend that he was very scared about the plane and that if they could not find it, they would already know what happened. What he predicted is what happened.”Argentine publication Ole also released what was claimed to be audio messages Sala sent to friends over WhatsApp.”I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart,” he said in one, adding in another: “If you do not have any more news from in an hour-and-a-half, I don’t know if they need to send someone to find me… I am getting scared.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester City-bound goalkeeper Zack Steffen and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie headline the 28-man squad Gregg Berhalter is calling in for Wednesday’s friendly against Jamaica at Audi Field. With the deadline to submit his 23-man Gold Cup roster set for Wednesday evening, Berhalter will look to make his final decisions on roster spots in the coming days. Two players not on the 28-man roster, but who are expected to be part of the Gold Cup squad, are Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams. Those two are on break after the conclusion of their Bundesliga campaigns, but are expected to join up with the U.S. team once the final Gold Cup squad is set. New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long is on the roster for the Jamaica friendly despite the hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for two weeks. Berhalter will have a chance this week to determine whether Long can recover in time to be a factor for the Gold Cup, or if he will wind up joining John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin on the list of injured U.S. defenders who will miss the summer tournament. 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? Another player who is set to miss the Gold Cup is Club Brugge goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who is recovering from a finger injury and wasn’t available for selection. His absence will open up a goalkeeper spot alongside Steffen and Sean Johnson at the Gold Cup, with LAFC’s Tyler Miller and Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan the contenders for that spot. The squad also features some new faces in Derby County midfielder Duane Holmes, and New Zealand-born midfielder Tyler Boyd, who recently finalized a change of association with FIFA to play for the United States. The USMNT will face Jamaica before taking on Venezuela in Cincinnati on June 9 in the final pre-Gold Cup tuneup. The Americans open their 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on June 18 against Guyana in Minnesota. Here is the USMNT roster for the friendly against Jamaica: GOALKEEPERS: Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Tyler Miller (LAFC), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC) DEFENDERS: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Omar Gonzalez (Club Atlas/MEX), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC) MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Duane Holmes (Derby County/ENG), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC); Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes) FORWARD: Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Tyler Boyd (Vitoria Guimares/POR), Joe Gyau (Duisburg/GER), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was the hero of the College Football Playoff title game. Just a few months earlier, he was contemplating a transfer.The five-star recruit was trapped behind incumbent starter Jalen Hurts on the Alabama depth chart. Even though he was only at the beginning of his freshman season, Tagovailoa wasn’t seeing the field much.This afternoon, during an appearance at his former interemediate school in Honolulu, Tagovailoa admitted he not only thought about transferring. He even had a place picked out.The southpaw wanted to leave Tuscaloosa for USC, according to Hawaii News Now’s Taryn Hatcher.“I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available,” Tagovailoa told the crowd of seventh and eighth graders. “I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me so much.”The former Crusader went on to tell the students that this particular conversation with his father took place early in his time in Tuscaloosa – and that it actually landed him in hot water with his family.He said his parents told him he had to push through, and he knew they were right.Luckily, Tagovailoa stayed put, and he ended up helping Alabama in the biggest spot of all. He relieved an ineffective Hurts at halftime of the national championship game against Georgia and threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winner to Devonta Smith in overtime.Tagovailoa’s performance appeared to put him in the driver’s seat to win the starting job this off-season, but Nick Saban has yet to make a decision. That hasn’t stopped some pundits from declaring him one of the top signal callers in the nation and a Heisman Trophy candidate.What a different a year makes.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Overall, the Big Ten quarterback situations are pretty settled. There are situations like Michigan, where a starter hasn’t been named, but we’re all extremely confident that Shea Patterson will win it. ESPN has broken down the top Big Ten quarterback battles that continue to rage on.Ohio State’s is just about wrapped up. There was some drama while Joe Burrow was still on the roster. He was the Buckeyes quarterback with the most experience within Urban Meyer’s system.Burrow recently elected to transfer after graduating from Ohio State. He will now battle for the starting job at LSU.That leaves Dwayne Haskins, who impressed last season in spot duty, and freshman Tate Martell. Most view Haskins as the strong favorite.ESPN’s Mitch Sherman agrees with that take on Ohio State’s quarterback battle.Sherman actually goes as far as to drop Haskins as a potential surprise Heisman name to watch. From ESPN:No doubt it’s Haskins, already viewed as a Heisman Trophy candidate after he threw for 565 yards and four touchdowns last season and led a comeback win at Michigan in place of injured starter J.T. Barrett.The other team listed may not have the championship aspirations as Ohio State. However, there is a bit more drama with the quarterback battle.A number of players are vying for the Nebraska quarterback job, most notably Tristan Gebbia, Adrian Martinez, Andrew Bunch, and Noah Vedral. Bunch is a walk-on, and Vedral will likely have to sit out this fall, if he doesn’t receive a waiver, after following head coach Scott Frost from UCF.Sherman goes with Martinez, a true freshman, over redshirt frosh Gebbia. From his write-up:Long term, it’s Martinez, vying to become the first true freshman starter at Nebraska since Tommie Frazier in 1992. He fits the Frost system and brings great intangibles.This one can definitely go either way. No matter what happens, Nebraska fans should have some serious renewed excitement this fall.[ESPN]
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walks past a video board displaying an image of Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma after he was picked #1 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Browns are expecting a lot out of Baker Mayfield. That’s what happens when you make someone the No. 1 overall pick.The major question is when do they believe Mayfield will begin fulfilling expectations. Often times, No. 1 picks start right away for their teams, but that might not be the case for Mayfield.Cleveland did sign Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, and the Browns are looking to show as much improvement as possible after going a mind-boggling 1-31 the last two years.They might not be able to show as much progress being led by a rookie QB. Therefore, Mayfield may have to wait his turn.ESPN’s Pat McManamon, who covers the Browns, was asked for his “early impression” of Mayfield. His answer illustrates the decision the Browns must make.The Browns don’t want Mayfield to start this season and are giving Tyrod Taylor the starter’s reps. That’s as it should be given the plan, and given Mayfield has a long way to go in learning the NFL game, speed and fundamentals. Status: Too soon to tell.If we had to guess, Taylor will start the season but while Cleveland should win some games in 2018, they probably aren’t a playoff team.Once they begin to falter and fall out of contention, the job will likely go to Mayfield. The franchise must find out what they have in him as soon as they can.He’ll be the starter in Cleveland, it is just a matter of when.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the start of the Miami Hurricanes against the Clemson Tigers game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)This Saturday, the No. 4 Clemson Tigers face a tough road challenge against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Clemson is still undefeated at 5-0, while Wake Forest owns a 3-2 record.Preview: Last weekend, Clemson needed a gusty effort from Chase Brice, as the backup quarterback led a huge comeback against Syracuse. Even though Trevor Lawrence is expected to play, the Tigers will need to keep the star freshman protected.Wake Forest had a very favorable game against Rice, scoring 56 points in a victory. Sam Hartman hasn’t been consistent under center, but his performance last weekend was phenomenal.Will Trevor Lawrence or Chase Brice get the start at QB for Clemson on Saturday?The Tigers are only 1-4 ATS this season despite being 5-0 SU, while Wake Forest has covered the spread the last 4 times these teams met.https://t.co/IKfrzNlUnx— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 1, 2018Date: Saturday, October 6Game Time: 3:30 PM ETChannel: ESPNAnnouncers: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky BoimanPrediction: Lawrence might not be 100 percent for this ACC showdown, but Wake Forest’s defense is vulnerable against the pass. Regardless of all the chatter surrounding the quarterback position at Clemson, the Tigers should win this game with little trouble.Even if Lawrence doesn’t impress in his return, Travis Etienne has proven that he can carry an offense on the ground. Clemson wins by 21 on the road.
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)TCU football starting quarterback Shawn Robinson was benched on Saturday, with the Horned Frogs down 28-7 against Big 12 favorite Oklahoma.Robinson was not playing well at all before the decision. However, it now appears that injuries may have also been a factor in the decision.The sophomore is set to go under the knife to repair a shoulder injury.Today, TCU football head coach Gary Patterson announced that the Shawn Robinson surgery will be season-ending.From Dallas Morning News Big 12 reporter Chuck Carlton:TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson, who has been battling through a shoulder injury, will have season-ending surgery, coach Gary Patterson said. Penn transfer Michael Collins is the starting QB.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) October 22, 2018Robinson was just 3-for-8 for 21 yards before leaving the game. He was replaced by Michael Collins, who transferred in from Penn.Collins was just 7-for-17 against a spotty Oklahoma defense, but did throw for 142 yards and two touchdowns off the bench. He was also intercepted once. He also got in the SMU game, where he did not throw a pass, but rushed for a score.On the year, Collins is 13-for-31 for 247 yards, three touchdowns, and the one pick. Robinson completed 60.8-percent of his throws on the year for 1,334 yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He also ran for three touchdowns.Collins gets the Kansas Jayhawks on the road for his first FBS start. After that, the 3-4 Horned Frogs finish up with Kansas State, at West Virginia and Baylor, and vs. Oklahoma State.