Arsenal’s 2-goal Aubameyang: Burnley most physical I’ve facedby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says their 3-1 win at Burnley was the most physical he’s ever played in.The Gabon international found the net twice to move to the top of the Premier League’s scoring charts.”Yes, it was a physical battle, it was really, really hard,” he said. “But we won and that’s the most important thing.”It was really, really hard and I think all the team fought and did well.”On being top scorer, he added: “I think it’s cool, and it’s good to know, but now I’m just looking forward because the season is still long.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth striker Wilson happy goals now flowingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Callum Wilson was happy to score in victory over Southampton.With England manager Gareth Southgate in attendance, the former Coventry forward struck his fourth goal in three Premier League fixtures.He notched a double against Everton in a 3-1 victory for Cherries at Vitality Stadium last weekend, while also scoring in a 3-1 loss at Leicester.“It was a slow start from me. I always like to get off the mark early on in the season,” said Wilson told the Daily Echo.“It took me three or four games to get going but now I am up and running. I am working hard. As always, there is no rest now. This is where the hard work starts to keep maintaining that form.”
UNCOVERED: Messi’s rallying speech to inspire Barcelona triumphby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePart of Leo Messi’s rallying speech at halftime of Barcelona’s victory over Inter Milan was caught on camera.After a disappointing display in the opening 45 minutes, being 1-0 down on the scoreline, Messi spoke to his teammates in the tunnel as they prepared to go back out on the pitch. Ernesto Valverde’s tactical change made a huge difference but it was another example of Leo leading this Barça team.”We aren’t going to go crazy, lads. We’re going out there and will press more, just as normal,” Messi was caught on camera saying. Gerard Pique backed him up insisting that the team pressed as a unit otherwise it wouldn’t work. Luis Suarez added a standard: “Come on, let’s go. Let’s go.”Barca stormed back to win the Champions League tie 2-1. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Notre Dame football hosts Michigan State under the lights Saturday night. The Fighting Irish released a hype video to celebrate the occasion on Friday.Saturday night, Notre Dame and Michigan State, both of which have national title aspirations this year, renew their rivalry in South Bend. For Notre Dame, it’s a must-win given its early-season loss to Texas. The Spartans will need a victory to stay undefeated in this young season.Friday morning, Notre Dame released a short hype video to celebrate the contest. It’s called “Under the Lights” – which is obviously appropriate. Check it out:Avoid the noise. Leave it all on the field.@NDFootball vs Michigan State rivalry continues.Saturday7:30pm | NBC pic.twitter.com/TvaPJEA6pX— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 16, 2016Notre Dame and Michigan State have played some classics the past few decades, and Saturday’s contest should not disappoint.
Ivory Coast reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday as Wilfried Zaha gave them a 1-0 win over Mali.The Crystal Palace winger, a reported transfer target for Arsenal, struck with 14 minutes of regulation time remaining after his side had survived some heavy pressure during the first half.Two-time champions Ivory Coast will meet Algeria in the last eight after they dispatched Guinea 3-0 in Cairo on Sunday. Article continues below 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 Hamari Traore blasted over after being backheeled into a good position by Moussa Marega, as Mali started the stronger of the teams.Abdoulaye Diaby’s free-kick looped goalwards and had to be tipped over by Sylvain Gbohouo, while Marega twice came close before the break as Ivory Coast struggled to get a foothold.They improved after the break, though, and should have taken the lead 67 minutes in when Jonathan Kodjia could only find the side-netting after goalkeeper Djigui Diarra had slipped.Zaha made no such mistake nine minutes later, though, guiding a finish past Diarra after Kodjia glanced on a long kick up the field and Mali’s defence were left in disarray.Mali, who have now failed to win any of their five meetings with Ivory Coast, pushed for a late leveller but Gbohouo made a fine stoppage-time save to keep out a fierce strike from Kalifa Coulibaly.He came, he saw, he scored #MLICIV #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/NUUZrHJ4sh— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 8, 2019 read more
Atletico Madrid have no proof to back up their claims Barcelona had an agreement in place with Antoine Griezmann as early as March, according to Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu.Barca triggered Griezmann’s €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause and completed the signing of the France international on Friday, presenting him as their player two days later.But shortly after Barca announced Griezmann’s signing, Atletico released a statement challenging the deal, adamant the player and the Catalan club struck an agreement over personal terms in March. 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? As such, Atletico felt they were entitled to €200m (£179m/$225m) rather than €120m, the figure his release clause dropped to on July 1.However, Bartomeu is relaxed about the situation and is convinced Atletico have no grounds for such demands.”I have spoken to them, but I do not think there is any proof, because there is no evidence of anything,” Bartomeu told reporters at Griezmann’s presentation.”I understand everyone defends their interests and I’ve spoken to [Enrique] Cerezo [Atletico president], but I don’t see that the case can evolve in a positive way for them. There’s nothing.”We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March.”Cerezo, however, has claimed that Atletico do have evidence of wrongdoing. “If the club have made this statement it’s because there’s evidence,” Cerezo told RAC1.”We have to study it and we’ll demand the amount we consider to be necessary.”Griezmann scored 133 goals in 257 appearances after joining Atletico Madrid in 2014, leaving as the club’s fifth-highest goalscorer in their history. The France star won a Europa League title, a Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup during his time with the capital club.
Supporters’ Shield leaders Los Angeles FC put their derby disappointment aside to overcome Atlanta United 4-3 in a thrilling MLS clash on Friday.LAFC succumbed to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick in last week’s loss to city rivals LA Galaxy, however, Bob Bradley’s high-flying side bounced back.Four unanswered goals from Adama Diomande, Diego Rossi, Carlos Vela and Eduard Atuesta saw LAFC come from behind to beat the reigning MLS champions in Los Angeles. 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? Mo Adams gave Atlanta a second-minute lead before Diomande, Rossi, Vela and Atuesta scored in a 12-minute period prior to the interval.And Counting… @11carlosV is on another level #LAFCvATL pic.twitter.com/1APbHealk1— LAFC (@LAFC) July 27, 2019Josef Martinez reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage time and Eddie Segura’s 51st-minute own goal gave Atlanta some hope away from home.However, LAFC held on for their fourth victory in five league games to move 12 points clear atop the Western Conference and 10 clear in the Supporters’ Shield race.Don’t call it a comeback @EduardAtuesta with our 4th goal in the last 12 minutes!!! #LAFCvATL pic.twitter.com/M9UrosIGVU— LAFC (@LAFC) July 27, 2019Meanwhile, New York City FC claimed back-to-back wins by defeating 10-man Sporting Kansas City 3-1.Alex Ring scored and had two assists to lead NYCFC to third in the Eastern Conference.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Summer is coming. This means the start of the 2018 college football season isn’t that far away.Teams will be reporting to preseason camp in a couple of months. Week 1 is a little more than three months away.Who’s excited?Everyone, probably.The following five teams might want to contain their excitement a little bit, though. ESPN’s Football Power Index can see them disappointing.1. West VirginiaThe Mountaineers are expected by many to start the year ranked inside the top 15. WVU got both its star quarterback and its star wide receiver back. However, the FPI is not nearly as high on West Virginia as the analysts. The computer model ranks West Virginia as the country’s No. 36 team.2. South CarolinaThe Gamecocks are another trendy darkhorse pick by some analysts. Paul Finebaum, for example, sees South Carolina as a very tough opponent for SEC East division favorite Georgia. The FPI, though, isn’t very high on Will Muschamp’s team. It has South Carolina ranked No. 28.3. NebraskaThe Huskers enter Year 1 of the Scott Frost era with a lot of optimism – and they should. The first season, though, could be a tough one. Nebraska’s schedule is rough and ESPN’s FPI doesn’t see the Huskers faring that well. It ranks Nebraska No. 50.4. Florida StateThe Seminoles were really young in 2017 and they return a lot of their talent. They could be a popular College Football Playoff pick for some. However, the FPI sees them being more of a top 25 team than a top 10 team. It has FSU ranked No. 18.5. MichiganThe Wolverines enter the 2018 season with some serious expectations. Michigan should have 5-star quarterback Shea Patterson behind center. This needs to be the year the Wolverines seriously compete for a Big Ten and College Football Playoff berth. A win against Ohio State might be necessary, too. The FPI, though, has Michigan being ranked outside the top 10.***You can view the full FPI rankings here.
BOONE, NC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Miami Hurricanes and Appalachian State Mountaineers at Kidd Brewer Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Boone, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Appalachian State’s first-ever appearance in the AP Top 25 looks like it will be a short one. They are in the process of getting smoked.Midway through the fourth quarter, App State trails Georgia Southern 27-7. A loss would knock the No. 25 Mountaineers out of the rankings.Now, this isn’t a crazy result by any means. Georgia Southern is 6-1 and in the hunt for the Sun Belt title. In fact, we put App State on “Upset Alert” earlier today.However, the way App State is getting beat is noteworthy. Not only are they down three scores, but their starting quarterback was injured in the first quarter.Zac Thomas took a big hit early in the game and didn’t return.An injury to Zac Thomas would be brutal to the @AppState_FB offense ? pic.twitter.com/kQzJlHK5ZN— Collin Wilson (@_Collin1) October 25, 2018A loss tonight is bad enough, but losing Thomas long-term would be a massive blow.You can catch the end of Appalachian State-Georgia Southern on ESPNU.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)The second College Football Playoffs rankings are here. After 10 weeks of college football action, the College Football Playoff committee convened to determine the top 25 teams in the nation.Alabama entered the week as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country, followed by Clemson. However, with the Tide’s win over former No. 3 LSU over the weekend, there was a change at the top of the rankings.Following the Tigers’ loss on Saturday night, Notre Dame jumped up to the No. 3 spot. The Michigan Wolverines, coming off of a dominant performance against Penn State, come in at No. 4 in the nation to round out the playoff foursome.After that, the rankings get muddied.Take a look at the full top 25 below.Here’s the full #CFBPlayoff Top 2️⃣5️⃣ rankings for games played through November 3.Is your team in? ? pic.twitter.com/xWS6h2DT5I— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 7, 2018With a huge win over Texas this weekend, the West Virginia Mountaineers saw a steep climb in the rankings. After sitting at No. 13 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, West Virginia jumped up to No. 9 after the win over the Longhorns.A huge matchup with No. 6 Oklahoma late in the season looms large for the Mountaineers.