AWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staffby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe will leave Besiktas with the gratitude of many of the club’s staff, it has been revealed.Due to the club’s financial problems, the former Real Madrid defender has agreed to terminating his contract this month.However, before Pepe’s departure, it’s emerged he paid the month’s wages of several of the club’s staff, including chefs and groundsmen, as Besiktas struggled to meet their obligations, reports Marca. Pepe is now set to become a free agent and can immediately sign for a new club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace chairman Parish tribute to Charlton signing Williamsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has paid tribute to Jonny Williams after his departure yesterday.Williams has left Crystal Palace Football Club and joined League One side Charlton Athletic, bringing his 17 years at the south London club to a close.Parish said: “Jonny leaves today as a hugely admired, immensely popular and well respected figure. “He’s been with us since the age of 8, featuring heavily in our promotion winning season including starting in the final. He has great talent, and has always been a joy to have at the club. “I know we all hope he becomes a huge success at Charlton Athletic and continues to achieve great things with his beloved Wales.”
Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish: How Ireland link sparkedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa star Jack Grealish has spoken how he sparked an international tug of war for his future.Grealish had trials for England at youth level when he was 15 but ended up hitting his head on a sink and had to be sent home.Before the next camp came around, Grealish ended up having trials for Ireland. Grealish told The Sun: “When I was young, I had trials for England. I think I was 15.”I got there and I was rooming with Diego Poyet, Gus Poyet’s son.”I woke up in the middle of the night.”I don’t know what it was, but I somehow collapsed in the bathroom and hit my head on the sink.”Grealish added that he wanted to stay at the training camp but wasn’t allowed to. After hitting his head on the sink, Grealish was sent home and ended up playing for Ireland at youth levelHe said: “Diego woke up and found me. I had to go and get checked out by the doctors.”The next morning I was completely fine, and I was like, ‘Please let me stay, let me stay’.”But they said, ‘No, you need to go home. You can come to the next camp’. “During that time I had trials for Ireland.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Norwich announce Official Primary Club Partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City has confirmed Alvexo as its Official Primary Club Partner, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukChief Operating Officer at Norwich City, Ben Kensell, said of the partnership: “We’re delighted to have Alvexo on board as a partner and are thrilled to welcome them to the Premier League. “We know Alvexo pride themselves on tradition, integrity and innovation so it is great to partner up with a business that is aligned with the values of the Club.”Managing Director of VPR Safe Financial Group, Yael Kleinman, added: “We are excited in having established our partnership with Norwich City FC and believe in the future prospects it holds for both of us.”We share a commitment to integrity, experience and tradition while striving to grow and strengthen our client and fan base with a team of professionals dedicated to strong performance and maintaining long term loyalty.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Oklahoma assistant coach Mike Stoops appeared to accuse Charles Walker of quitting on his teammates.Just days after Charles Walker told Bob Stoops that he was leaving the team to prepare for the NFL Draft, Oklahoma defensive coordinator and brother of Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, criticized Walker for his decision.Walker has missed the last six games after suffering a concussion in the Sooners game against TCU. The defensive tackle is projected as a high pick in this year’s NFL Draft. According to NBCSports, the concussion Walker suffered in the game against TCU was the defensive tackle’s second in just 10 months. It appears he made a business decision to leave the team in order to prepare for his future.Well, Mike Stoops wasn’t having any of it. Stoops called out Walker for quitting on his teammates:“Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach. That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him. He thought this was a better avenue so you would have to ask him for those (answers). …“[Y]ou can’t have guys coming and going and have a group of players committed to what they’re doing day in and day out, putting all the time and energy into it. It’s not fair to the players that are on our team if they’re not committed to the team.”Oklahoma is fighting for a Big 12 title and perhaps a spot in the College Football Playoff. The Sooners have two games remaining, against West Virginia this week and a rivalry game against Oklahoma State next weekend.
England and Scotland have been building up to their World Cup opener for months but the day has finally arrived that the teams will get to face off at Nice’s Allianz Riviera.The Lionesses approach the tournament as one of the favourites to go all the way in France, though they suffered a hiccup in their preparations for the tournament with a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in a friendly in Brighton last week.Scotland, meanwhile, have qualified for the tournament for the first time and are seeking to continue an undefeated run of five matches that has seen them defeat Brazil and Jamaica in the last couple of months. 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US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / FOX Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One and can be streamed via BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayer Squads & Team News Position England squad Goalkeepers Bardsley, Telford, Earps Defenders Bronze, Greenwood, Houghton, Bright, Stokes, Williamson, McManus, Daly Midfielders Walsh, Scott, Moore, Stanway, Carney, Staniforth Forwards Parris, Taylor, Kirkby, Duggan, White, Mead Despite it being the opener, Phil Neville lacks the full set of players at his disposal.Toni Duggan and Demi Stokes may not have been fit to feature and did not make the XI, while Neville has opted for Bethany Mead over Karen Carney. The former Manchester United defender has suggested the XI that he uses on Sunday will be the one he picks in all the group games, where possible.Confirmed England starting XI: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Greenwood; Walsh, Scott; Parris, Kirby, Mead; White Position Scotland squad Goalkeepers Alexander, Lynn, Fife Defenders Smith, Docherty, Corsie, Beattie, Lauder, Arthur, Howard, J.Murray Midfielders Love, Little, Weir, Crichton, C.Murray, Arnot Forwards Evans, Ross, Emslie, Clelland, Brown, Cuthbert Scotland are similarly free of injury concerns approaching their opening World Cup fixture.Confirmed Scotland starting XI: Alexander; Howard, Corsie, Beattie, Docherty; Evans, Weir, Little, Emslie; Cuthbert; MurrayBetting & Match Odds England are hot favourites to win this match with bet365, priced at 2/9. Scotland are out at 12/1 while a draw is available at 19/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview After finishing third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, England intend to go all the way in France, having approached the tournament in a bullish manner.They received something of a knock, therefore, when they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to New Zealand in front of 20,000 in Brighton at the start of the month. Though they dominated the game, playing with an XI that was a little below full strength, it was not the ideal send off prior to Nice.“The challenge now is for us all to perform on the big stage,” manager Phil Neville said after that loss.“We’ve talked long and hard about it, we’ve not been shy about our expectations. Now we need to deliver. That’s my challenge and my excitement. We’ve dreamt of this moment all our lives.”When we get to it we’re going to have to perform. I’m going to have to manage better than I ever have and they’re going to have to play, to have any kind of success they are going to have superhuman efforts. People don’t just knock on the door and give you a World Cup medal.”Meanwhile, he shrugged off the defeat against opponents ranked only one spot higher than the Scots in the FIFA ranking.“If we’d have won today, it would be ‘it was just New Zealand’. The players are deflated because of the crowd. I think they know really that it’s all about the Scotland game now. Nothing in the Denmark or New Zealand game was going to change our thinking,” he said.Kerr’s side, meanwhile, were watched by a record crowd of 18,500 as they defeated Jamaica 3-2 in Glasgow on May 28, Erin Cuthbert’s long-range goal the highlight of a satisfactory night for the World Cup debutantes.“We experimented a bit. We wanted to see players in different positions. The most important thing for us is to go away and reflect,” the manager said after the Hampden encounter.“As much as there were good things in the game, there are things we need to improve on. Jamaica were very direct and they have some very quick players and at times we struggled to cope with that.”Nevertheless, Scotland travel to Nice undefeated in their last five internationals and hoping to stretch that record to six against the Auld Enemy.
Willian claims he will be inheriting the Chelsea number ten shirt from Eden Hazard, with Christian Pulisic seemingly set to fill a different jersey.A new arrival at Stamford Bridge would have seemed a logical choice to fill the boots of a departed star turn in West London.Hazard has completed a big-money move to Real Madrid, leaving behind a sizeable void. 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? United States international Pulisic is among those set to be charged with the task of trying to counter the departure of a talismanic figure.He has, however, been eager to play down expectations and is keen to avoid being billed as the next Hazard for Chelsea.With that in mind, the weight of filling the No. 10 spot is set to be passed elsewhere.Willian, with six years in English football under his belt, is ready to step in and become a creative focal point for the Blues. He has donned number 22 since being snapped up from Anzhi Makhachkala, but says he has already been informed of a change in attire.“Number ten is now mine. The club has said it will change [my shirt number] and it will be mine,” Willian told Desimpedidos.The Brazil international is accustomed to filling that shirt and is looking forward to stepping into Hazard’s shoes.He added: “I have always liked playing with number ten.“Since I was a kid playing indoors football, I have always used the number ten. At Corinthians I was also number ten.”With Willian set to succeed Hazard as ten, Pulisic will be taking on a different number.His first outing for Chelsea, in a pre-season clash with Kawasaki Frontale, saw him take on the 24 shift. That squad number is up for grabs in the Blues’ first team squad.If he takes it, then the path is cleared for Willian to follow in Hazard’s footsteps.Callum Hudson-Odoi could have been another contender to take the number ten shirt, but he is just 18 years of age and currently nursing his way back from an Achilles injury.There is also uncertainty over his future at Stamford Bridge, although new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is eager to get the exciting England international winger tied down to fresh terms. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Arizona State Sun Devils cheerleaders pose before the team’s first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buffaloes won 97-85. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)In four years of the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 has been left out twice. The Pac-12 Networks aren’t nearly as fully-flushed out as the Big Ten and SEC equivalents. The schools are starting to fall behind in terms of revenue.When the Power Five era began, after the Big East football league got poached and divided up, many thought the ACC would be the most vulnerable league. Further expansion drove that narrative. The Big Ten took Maryland from the league, adding the populous DMV region to its marketshare.Then it was the Big 12 that seemed to have the most issues. The league has the smallest base of schools, and was famously left out of the 2014 College Football Playoff, when Baylor and TCU finished fifth and sixth and were jumped late by Ohio State.The Longhorn Network and Texas’s (arguably outsized) influence over the league had some wondering whether other schools could look to leave. There have been rumors about Oklahoma looking elsewhere, which would really shift the balance.However, less than five years into this current Power Five set-up, it is the Pac-12 that looks the weakest. The West Coast league definitely receives less attention, there seems to be a fan enthusiasm gap, and coaches and administrators are beginning to grow weary of the issues that the league faces. CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd spoke to a few on-the-record Pac-12 higher-ups who are frustrated with the league.“I’m fairly critical of the Pac-12 organization,” Cal chancellor Carol Christ said late last year.[…]“The gap between us and the other [leagues] continues to grow,” he said. “We’ll be competitively disadvantaged even moreso. … That’s real money in terms of being able to compete, support facilities, support coaches and support programs.”The sky is not falling out West but cracks are beginning to appear in a once-solid foundation. First, there are those vocal critics. Christ, Anderson and new Washington State president Kirk Schulz have weighed in.“This is a concern of the Pac-12 presidents, and I can tell you it’s a large discussion point with meetings with the commissioner at every single meeting,” Schulz said. “… The Pac-12 schools have got to be competitive with the ACC, the SEC and the Big Ten and Big 12, and we’re falling behind.”The easiest thing to point to might be the Pac-12 Networks, which many in the heart of the league’s footprint can’t even see. Distribution of the network is a major issue, and it is way behind the Big Ten and SEC’s outputs. The ACC is also launching a linear network with ESPN, much like the SEC has. As Dodd notes, and I outline above, part of this is cyclical. However, the Pac-12 hasn’t exactly helped itself with scheduling, or success on the courts and fields. The thing working most in its favor may also be location, even if “East Coast bias” is an issue. There isn’t an obvious landing spot for most Pac-12 programs.[CBS Sports]
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)If you are a college football fan, Notre Dame is a program that you either love or hate. Right now, the Irish aren’t feeling the love from ESPN.Yesterday, ESPN unveiled a graphic for the start of bowl season. It featured five people in it.There was Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma signal caller and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. There were also two head coaches, Urban Meyer and UCF’s Josh Heupel,The college football bowl season starts … NOW! pic.twitter.com/7Dg5HeTy8T— ESPN (@espn) December 15, 2018As you can see, one program that is in the national title hunt isn’t there: Notre Dame.Even though the Irish are in the College Football Playoff, they didn’t make the graphic. They’re not happy about it either.?#GoIrish https://t.co/bjy4ZTuUpq— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 15, 2018Mad disrespectful ?? https://t.co/jiEF5UQ9R7— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) December 16, 2018The disrespect https://t.co/CPYDPQXKiR— Isaiah Rutherford (@zay_rutherford) December 16, 2018Notre Dame will have a chance to fire back at the perceived slight when they take on Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on December 29.Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts has certainly endeared himself to Alabama fans on the field with his performance in this month’s SEC Championship Game. He made one fan’s year off the field this week as well.During some rare time off, Hurts went to surprise Alabama fan Denise Albritton at her job. The University of Alabama police helped arrange the meeting.As you can see in the video below, Denise was shocked and thrilled to see Hurts.This was so precious it almost made me cry ?❤️Jalen hurts and University of Alabama Police surprise fan Denise Albritton. Merry Christmas #JalenHurts pic.twitter.com/qnwnczmI1v— TJ LSU DAD (@tj_lsudad) December 22, 2018A gift like this right around the holidays is even better. That’s awesome that Hurts was willing and able to do that.He acknowledged the video on Twitter as well.I heard Denise was a big fan, so I went and payed her a visit at work while I had some down time. She is a very down to earth and strong woman. It’s all love ❤️ . #AllGlory2God https://t.co/4pPNQmO2f3— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) December 22, 2018Even if Hurts elects to transfer this offseason, as many expect he will, he will always be a big part of the Alabama family.We know Denise Albritton will never forget him.