TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hopes to be busy during the January market.But he doesn’t expect a bumper transfer budget from owner Mike Ashley.”I am used to wheeling and dealing all my life,” he said. “I don’t think I was breaking the record in transfer windows, never, ever, with any of my teams. “We had to sell players to buy players. I don’t have any problem with that if you do things in time and find the right players. The main thing is to find the right players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly droppedby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped during Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing.Maupay scored Albion’s quickest ever Premier League goal after 150 seconds when the disorientated Hugo Lloris inexplicably dropped the ball before suffering a dislocated elbow when he fell.“We sensed their heads went down after the first goal – that’s why we kept pushing and putting pressure on them,” said Maupay. “Losing Lloris and the goal so early was hard for them and they looked worried. We knew they were having a tough time so we wanted to keep going at them. And it worked because they dropped a bit and we got the second goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When it comes to college housing, Ohio State football players have it pretty good. Buckeye linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada showed off their apartment on the first episode of “OSU Cribs,” and we must say, they have a pretty nice pad. There is plenty of Ohio State-themed memorabilia around, as you’d expect, but they also show off the strobe light and fog machine set up. And of course, like any good episode of Cribs, we get a look at the players’ cars.Playing football at Ohio State looks like a decent time. Not that we didn’t already know it.
It was a landmark occasion for both Ada Hegerberg herself as well as woman’s football when she won the inaugural Ballon d’Or trophy awarded to a woman in December 2018.Since breaking through at Lyon, she has emerged as one of the most lethal and prolific footballers in women’s football, already racking up close to 250 goals at just 23 years of age – not only leading her club to domestic and European success, but picking up a handful of individual accolades along the way.With the Women’s World Cup set to take place this summer in France, however, Hegerberg is a notable omission from the Norway national team after she made the decision to quit international football in 2017. 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? But why has she decided to retire from national team duty, especially ahead of a World Cup summer?Who is Ada Hegerberg? Hegerberg is a striker for Olympique Lyonnais and was the first ever female recipient of the Ballon d’Or, which she won in 2018 alongside the likes of the male winner Luka Modric and Kopa Trophy recipient Kylian Mbappe.She is a gifted and naturally skilled footballer, having already won a hat-trick of Champions League trophies at the age of 23, as well as netting 33 goals in 21 games in the 2017-18 campaign to help Lyon to a fourth straight league title – in addition to breaking the record of the number of goals scored in a single Champions League season.She has already scored almost 300 career goals since making her professional debut for Norwegian side Kolbotn in 2010, and it is safe to say that she still has her very best years to come after already having achieved her career highs.Before she decided to distance herself from national team duties with Norway in 2017, she netted 38 goals for her national side in 66 appearances, winning the award of Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 2016. In doing so, she was the first woman to win the award in 20 years.What was the controversy surrounding Ada Hegerberg at the Ballon d’Or Ceremony?Hegerberg made history when she was crowned as the first female winner of the Ballon d’Or, but her crowning moment will forever remembered with the small footnote that came with a controversial remark made to her by DJ Martin Solveig, who was a host on the night.On a night where all the attention should have remained on Hegerberg’s victory, it came with the footnote of the DJ’s crass remark that seemed to reduce her to a mere object – instead of the professional athlete and skilled footballer that she is.After receiving her award, the DJ has asked her to ‘twerk’ onstage, which prompted Hegerberg to decline his request and leave the stage.It was an inappropriate remark to make for many reasons, the major being that it could be construed as an incident of sexual harassment, but it is one such example that proves how far women’s football still has to go to earn the same respect the men’s game.Speaking after the incident, Hegerberg insisted that she did not feel offended by the remark, and put forward her disappointment and not being asked a more relevant question:”It depends how you look at the situation,” Hegerberg stated at the time. “I didn’t feel in an awkward position.”Obviously, the question could’ve been asked in another way. When you’re on stage you want to get questions about how you feel winning such an award.”After an onslaught of social media criticism condemning the DJ, he delivered an attempt at an apology on Twitter, stating: “I explained to [Hegerberg] and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly, congratulations to Ada.”Why won’t Ada Hegerberg be involved with Norway at the 2019 World Cup?Despite being the face of Norwegian football after coming up at Toppserien side Kolbotn in 2011 and breaking the record as the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the league’s history, aged 16, Hegerberg has decided to distance herself from the Norway national team since 2017.At that time, Hegerberg – who was a full Norway international with 66 caps and 38 goals to her name – became so disillusioned with the way that women’s football was being treated in her home country that she decided to hang up her boots for her national side.Following Norway’s exit from the Euro 2017, Hegerberg stated that she would not be representing her country any longer, and with just six months to go until the Women’s World Cup in France, she doesn’t seem likely to reverse her decision in time for the competition.She previously stated that the ‘fundamental’ reason for her happiness with her national side was outside the responsibility of coach Martin Sjogren and mostly with Norway’s male-dominated football federation NFF.”There are several changes that would need to be made before I’d evaluate returning,” Hegerberg stated in December.“It’s not about me having to change my opinion. It’s about what they (NFF) must do to improve themselves as both a national team and a football federation, first and foremost. They still have a long way to go. There’s not more to say from my side.”2017 was a landmark year for women’s football after they stood up for parity with their male counterparts on the international stage to campaign for equal pay. Norway was a pioneer in advocating for equal pay for their women’s team to be on the same pay grade as their male teams, after the Norwegian Football Association (NFF) and the country’s players’ association (NISO) signed an agreement for equal wages.Though Norway was successful in their campaign, it wasn’t enough for Hegerberg, who remains frustrated with the general problems at large regarding women’s football – as well as the men’s – and how it continues to be treated and handled in her home country.”It’s not always about the money,” she told reporters.”It’s about preparing, taking action, professionality, really clear points I’ve put quite directly to them when I made the decision.”I wanted it to be a clear case, but it got quite messy in the media unfortunately. That was not my intention at all.”I know what I want and know my values and therefore it’s easy to take hard choices when you know what the ambitions are and what values you stand for, so it’s all about staying true to yourself, be yourself.”When asked if being able to play in the World Cup for Norway would be enough for her to return to the national side, she responded: “This isn’t about being tempted. It’s about a decision I’ve made that is independent of whether the national team wins matches.”Lise Klaveness, a lawyer, football commentator and former Norway international, has since taken over as director of the NFF. Though Hegerberg has stated that she has had ‘good conversations’ with Klaveness, her decision has not changed.“Ada has made a well-grounded choice about not playing for the national team,” Klaveness said shortly after Hegerberg won her award. “It’s a sad situation we would rather not have.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes his side have what it takes to lift the Premier League title after coming agonisingly close to glory five years ago.Jurgen Klopp’s side are in contention for their first Premier League title since the 1989-90 campaign with the Reds currently topping the table, four points ahead of second-place Manchester City.It’s the closest Liverpool have come to a championship since the 2013-14 campaign, when the Reds won 11 straight games down the stretch, only to fall short with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace in two of the season’s final three games. 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? Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are the only three players from that side that still remain with Liverpool, and the Belgian has backed the current iteration of the Reds to do what the team of five years ago could not.Mignolet pointed to Liverpool’s more balanced attack as a principle reason they can lift the league trophy come May.“It’s only Hendo, Studge and myself still here from the last time we really fought for the title,” the Belgian told the Liverpool Echo.“Back then a lot of it was about Luis Suarez and Studge, whereas now the goals are shared about more. We had a really good team in 2013-14 but the moment we got one or two injuries it became difficult.“We’ve got a broad squad now which means we can cope with injuries. That’s probably the biggest difference with last time.“The general quality of this squad is the best I’ve ever known. When we play 11 v 11 in training it’s like being involved in a top match in the Premier League.“It’s not 11 first-teamers against 11 reserves, it’s two Premier League sides facing each other in training. It’s high quality.”Another key difference between this year’s side and the team from five years ago can be seen in the back line.Liverpool conceded 50 goals in 2013-14, the most of any of the top five finishers that season. In contrast, the Reds have the league’s best defence this season, giving up just 13 goals in 23 games.Mignolet pointed to one key addition the club made last season as a big reason behind his side’s defensive improvement. “I think a big part of that [improvement] is Virgil van Dijk,” Mignolet said. “Ever since he’s come in he’s made a huge difference.“It’s not only his playing ability but the character and the leadership he sends out from the back. It’s especially important when you play teams like Brighton and Crystal Palace recently.“It’s the pressure he eases with his clearing headers. He always makes it look so easy. Something that’s very difficult for anyone else, just looks like a walk in the park for Virgil. He’s made us a lot more solid than before.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Youtube.Get excited for Michigan State football’s big contest against Notre Dame this Saturday with a new hype video.Michigan State football has championship hopes this year, but a lot of analysts still don’t give the Spartans or the Big Ten Conference the respect they deserve. In light of this, one fan decided to take matters into his own hands with a video titled “Doubt Us.”We’ve all been the underdog before, and even if you aren’t a fan of Michigan State, the video conveys the type of message everyone can get behind. Sometimes, you have to let the doubters and detractors fuel your fire, and that’s exactly what the Spartans are doing this year.The Spartans travel to South Bend this Saturday to take on perennial powerhouse No. 12 Notre Dame.Notre Dame is an eight point favorite to win, but if the video is any indication, the Spartans should definitely not be counted out.
Twitter/@R0BaTOThere isn’t much to say here. Let’s just get to Jourdan Lewis doing unthinkable things.You know those highlights the big time networks run to introduce their highlight shows and such? Yeah, every single one from here on out should lead and close with this Jourdan Lewis interception from here on out.My goodness, what a play.ajohnsonnba: Jourdan Lewis ABC College Football Studio https://t.co/078cfoTavi pic.twitter.com/CFgnKDrTEU— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) October 1, 2016.@JourdanJD looks like Air Jordan in this game-sealing interception! #WISvsMICH #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/aYepHv13vj— G.E. Anderson (@g_e_anderson) October 1, 2016Yes, in case you missed it, that’s a one handed catch in mid-air nearly horizontal with the ground. Talk about athleticism.The Wolverines and Badgers were caught up in a very close contest until late in the fourth quarter when Wilton Speight found Amara Darboh down the sideline for a long touchdown.This absurd play iced the game as the Wolverines topped the Badgers 14-7.Jim Harbaugh and the maze and blue improved to 5-0 on the year. It was their first real test of the season and the first time this year they were held to fewer than 45 points in a game.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Over the past few weeks, Urban Meyer has fielded questions about his health and potential future as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Following his health scare against Indiana earlier this season, Meyer revealed he’s dealing with a cyst that leads to severe headaches.When asked if he plans to continue on as the head coach of the Buckeyes, Meyer has remained adamant that he wants to coach. However, one Ohio State insider is questioning that desire.Earlier this week, 247Sports editor Dave Biddle asked Meyer about his future with the program and came away with more questions than answers.Here’s what Biddle had to say about the situation.“When I asked him earlier this week if he wants to respond to all of the rumors out there that he’s going to retire after this year, he said simply, ‘I plan on coaching.’ I was almost shocked that he didn’t have a more forceful denial. Then I asked him to follow up. Can you say definitively that you’ll be coaching at Ohio State? He said yes. You might take him at his word.Just the way he answered that question gives me some doubts. If you’re a Buckeye fan out there and you’re curious, I think there’s now at least a chance that Urban Meyer is strongly considering walking away after this season. If I had to guess right now, I do think he’ll be back in 2019, but the way he answered the questions earlier this week really gave me pause.”Ohio State came in as the nation’s No. 10 team in the first College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night. The Buckeyes will have a chance to fight their way back into the College Football Playoff race if the team can take care of business in the Big Ten.A huge matchup with Michigan looms at the end of the regular season. This weekend Ohio State hosts Nebraska.As for Meyer’s future beyond this season, the questions will continue.[247Sports]
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 14: The USC Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal play with crowde stands in the background on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 55-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Clay Helton remains the head coach of the USC football program, though an announcement on the future of the Trojans could be coming later today.While many expect the head coach to be fire, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler hinted during their broadcast that Helton could be returning in 2019.Helton said at his press conference that USC’s athletic director, Lynn Swann, told him that “better days” were ahead. Some have speculated that those words mean Helton will be returning.One ESPN insider has heard that Helton has a huge buyout, which could contribute to him coming back in 2019.“If Clay Helton’s buyout is around $15 million, which I’ve heard from multiple people, there’s a bigger problem with the USC athletic department than a bad football coach. We’re talking about an interim coach who had never been a head coach before and was in Memphis for a decade,” he reports.If Clay Helton’s buyout is around $15 million, which I’ve heard from multiple people, there’s a bigger problem with the USC athletic department than a bad football coach. We’re talking about an interim coach who had never been a head coach before and was in Memphis for a decade.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 25, 2018USC does have some big boosters, though. Colin Cowherd reports that several of them are calling for a change.“According to ABC announcers, Clay Helton is safe. If safe now means top USC boosters have told Lynn Swann to fire him, then yes, he is safe,” he reports.According to ABC announcers, Clay Helton is safe. If safe now means top USC boosters have told Lynn Swann to fire him, then yes, he is safe.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 25, 2018Stay tuned.