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10 months agoLiverpool captain Henderson reveals he’s still in Gerrard contact

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool captain Henderson reveals he’s still in Gerrard contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he remains in contact with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.Henderson took over the captaincy from Gerrard four years ago.”It was a big responsibility when I first got the role but I always looked forward to it. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it,” reflects Henderson. “I spoke to Stevie in a lot of detail before he left and still speak to him now and again. As time has gone on, it has got a lot easier. I’ve learned a lot.”With Liverpool unbeaten this season he says: “I feel we’re ready. We definitely have the potential to win trophies.”I have every confidence, with the people and talent we’ve got in the dressing-room, that we can produce trophies in the very near future.” last_img read more

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a month agoInter Milan eyeing Chelsea striker Giroud for January

first_imgInter Milan eyeing Chelsea striker Giroud for Januaryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are eyeing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud for January.Calciomercato says the Nerazzurri are already reassessing their options up top.Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic – signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer – could be the subject of a loan bid.While Inter are also weighing up a move for World Cup winner Giroud – who could be tempted to leave West London should he continue to play second fiddle to Tammy Abraham.Giroud is seen as a cheap option for the 2010 Champions League winners with the 32-year-old available on a free transfer in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 days agoGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City role

first_imgGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City roleby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has spoken of his role with Manchester City.Van Bronckhorst spent time at the City Football Academy after his departure leading to suggestions he could be involved in Pep Guardiola’s coaching setup.He revealed that a return to management is in the pipeline, hinting that his time at Man City may not last very long.”I am doing well,” he told Voetbal International.”I have been to Manchester a number of times and travel a lot.”I see new things, experience new things and continue to develop. For me, that is very beautiful at the moment.”Ultimately, I want to be a head coach again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Pat Connaughton’s Dunk Puts Ashley Judd In A Funk

first_imgAshley Judd is not happy during Notre Dame vs. Kentucky.The upset special could be on in Cleveland. Notre Dame is hanging with Kentucky thus far, and even has a 46-42 lead early in the second half. The Irish’s most recent basket came on a ridiculous dunk by senior guard Pat Connaughton. It caused Wildcats superfan Ashley Judd to readjust herself in her seat.Connaughton is having a fantastic game – racking up seven points, nine rebounds and two assists thus far. It’s going to be a great finish.last_img

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Report: Duke-Michigan State, Indiana-UNC Highlight 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups

first_imgacc big ten challenge logo.Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNutA pair of rematches, one from the 2015 Final Four (Duke-Michigan State) and the other from the 2016 Sweet 16 (Indiana-North Carolina) are the headlining matchups of the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein tweeted out all 14 pairings this evening. Michigan St at Duke headlines the 2016 ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Complete matchups via @JonRothstein … pic.twitter.com/OQNsxUQcmF— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) May 23, 2016This will be the third meeting in as many seasons for the Spartans and Blue Devils. In November 2014, they clashed in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis before squaring off again at the Final Four in the same city in April 2015. Duke owns the overall lead in the series, 10-2, with MSU last registering a victory in the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.Indiana leads the all-time series against North Carolina, 8-6, but the Tar Heels thrashed the Hoosiers 101-86 in the Sweet 16 in Philadelphia in March. The last time these two teams met in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Hoosiers blasted the Heels, 83-59 in 2012. Besides these two games, Syracuse-Wisconsin, Notre Dame-Iowa, Virginia-Purdue and Louisville-Ohio State also look like intriguing matchups. No wonder this event is always entertaining year in and year out.last_img read more

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Guardiola: Bernardo Silva did everything against Liverpool

first_imgPep Guardiola was full of praise for Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva following his side’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool, claiming the diminutive midfielder “did everything” in the win.With the reigning Premier League champions trailing Liverpool by seven points coming into the match at the Etihad Stadium, a victory seemed all but required to keep the Reds from running away with the title.A goal from Sergio Aguero opened the scoring late in the first half, while Leroy Sane struck the winner in the second half after a Roberto Firmino goal had pulled Liverpool level. 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? The victory shrinks Liverpool’s lead at the top down to four points after 21 games, with Man City also moving back into second place ahead of Tottenham.Silva picked up the assist on Aguero’s opener and was all over the field, tracking an incredible 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles) over the course of the match.That distance is actually the most by any player in a Premier League game this season.And Guardiola spoke about Silva following the contest, praising the completeness of the midfielder’s performance and hailing how well he did against the likes of Liverpool’s star defender Virgil van Dijk.“Bernardo Silva did everything,” Guardiola told reporters. “He is the smallest one but shows us that to play football you don’t have to be taller or more physical.“He is incredible. I haven’t seen performance like that in a while. It was clean and clever. Against Van Dijk he was comfortable.”13.7 – Bernardo Silva covered 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles) against Liverpool, the most by any player in a Premier League game this season. Endurance. pic.twitter.com/QTZewXE1mn— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2019Man City are next in action on Sunday in the FA Cup, as they host Championship side Rotherham United.A Wednesday clash in the Carabao Cup semi-finals against League One side Burton follows with the champions returning the Premier League action on January 14 against Wolves. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Carrasco drops move hint amid Arsenal rumours

first_imgYannick Carrasco claims to have “one team” interested in signing him as he prepares to leave China amid reports Arsenal will make a fresh move for a long-standing transfer target.The Belgium international has made no secret of his desire to return to European football.He has only spent a little over a year in Asia, but the 25-year-old is ready to cut short an adventure at Dalian Yifang. 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? A move to Emirates Stadium was mooted in January, with speculation regarding a switch to north London now carrying over into the summer.Carrasco has stopped short of naming Arsenal as his most likely destination in the next window, but concedes that he is closing in on an agreement that will suit all parties.The former Atletico Madrid forward told Sky Sports: “I want to go back to Europe.“One team is interested in me but I can’t say which one and in which league.“But hopefully my team in China can help me come back to Europe.”Eden Hazard Real Madrid GFXCarrasco is unlikely to be the only Belgian star on the move over the coming weeks.Several of his international colleagues are also being linked with high-profile switches.Questions are being asked of the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Toby Alderweireld, amid uncertainty regarding their respective futures at Manchester United and Tottenham.It is, however, Eden Hazard who is generating the most headlines, with the Chelsea talisman set to bring a seven-year spell in the Premier League to a close by sealing a big-money transfer to La Liga giants Real Madrid.Carrasco said of a fellow countryman: “He’s one of the best players in the world and can go anywhere and do well.“If he went there [Real Madrid], he could be an important player for them just as he has been for Chelsea and Belgium.”Goal has revealed that those at the Santiago Bernabeu are in the process of making a final push to land Hazard in a €120 million (£106m/$135m) agreement.last_img read more

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Kerr lands stunning praise from Jamaica coach

first_imgAfter becoming the first Australian to score a World Cup hat-trick, the praise for Sam Kerr has been coming from all angles with even Jamaica’s coach weighing in with some massive compliments.Despite seeing Kerr dismantle his side in the Matildas 4-1 win, Hue Menzies admitted he’d pay to watch the Australian captain in action. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” Menzies said post-match. 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? “The kid is just resilient, she’s a goal scorer, she plays for her badge and her country. I love her attitude, particularly in the box, you can’t teach that.”I would pay to come and watch her.”Having scored her first World Cup goal against Italy in the Matildas opening game, Kerr is now the joint-top scorer in France and will be key in Australia’s Round of 16 clash against Norway.Unsurprisingly green and gold coach Ante Milicic is fully aware just how crucial Kerr is to his side.“She’s an inspirational leader,” Milicic said.Sam Kerr Matildas“We as an Australian footballing community should be thankful that we’re witnessing one of the best players in the world, live.”If there’s one player that you’re really happy for to score the goals, it’s Sammy. So I’m delighted for her – it’s history, as an Australian player at a World Cup to do what she’s done.”I think all the accolades must go to Sam, but also the service she got throughout the game from the rest of the team.”While Kerr’s third and fourth goals against Jamaica were routine finishes from close range, her first two came via thumping headers.The 25-year-old admitting a Socceroos legend has played some part in her heading ability. “I grew up watching Timmy Cahill,” Kerr said.”I practice it a lot, but I’m also gifted. I’m not a religious person but if I was I’d say I was blessed.”last_img read more

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‘Arsenal need two new centre-backs immediately’

first_imgArsenal need to bring in two new centre-backs “immediately”, claims former Gunners star Charlie Nicholas.There are already plenty of options for Unai Emery to consider in that area of the field.As things stand, the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are competing for starting berths at Emirates Stadium. 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? They boast plenty of experience between them, but have struggled to convince of late and fans have become frustrated by performances – particularly those of Mustafi.With that in mind, Nicholas believes there is a need for Arsenal to freshen up their squad during the current transfer window.Quizzed by Sky Sports on the recruitment priorities for Emery, the ex-striker said: “Two centre-backs. Immediately. They need a bit of pace – the guy who had pace was Laurent Koscielny but he kind of lost it about two to three seasons ago after the injuries.”After that, I’m happy to add bonuses in midfield and potentially a winger or another striker but for Arsenal, ultimately it has to be two centre-backs.”Arsenal under Emery have to be a unit. You have to get the defensive structure right. Nacho Monreal has actually done OK for Arsenal considering what his limitations truly were.”He was a left-back, he was never a centre-back but he had to play there and that always told me that the reality was that Arsenal’s big problem has been centre-backs.”Hector Bellerin is still a bit away from fitness and we need cover but I’m really disappointed that we haven’t got any youngsters coming through that are really threatening to take over.”If we can get a left-back like [Kieran] Tierney then great but two centre-backs are the absolute key.”Tierney is considered to have been identified as Arsenal’s top target for now, but they have been made aware that they are going to have to dig deep in order to land the Celtic left-back.If his services are secured, then it could be that attention is shifted to the heart of the defence as further reinforcements are sought on a limited budget in North London.The Gunners had reportedly been confident of securing a deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but couldn’t make the numbers add up after failing to qualify for the Champions League.last_img read more

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‘Comparing Messi to Maradona is terrible’

first_imgFormer Real Sociedad and current Al Ahly coach Martin Lasarte believes the comparisons between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are “terrible” and feels football has been “unfair” to Argentina in recent years.Messi finished another international tournament without silverware with Argentina as the Albiceleste went out in the Copa America semi-finals against Brazil this summer.That setback continued a run of near misses for Messi and Argentina, following the 2014 World Cup and 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America. 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? The World Cup saw Argentina fall in extra-time to Germany while the two previous Copa Americas had Chile defeat them on penalties.The star man’s frustration appeared to boil over following his red card against Chile in the third-place game, with Messi calling out CONMEBOL’s officiating as biased toward Brazil in the semi-final.And Lasarte admits the difficulty surrounding an Argentina side that continuously fails to win silverware despite their talent, but lamented how the game has been cruel to Messi and his team-mates.”We all have the feeling they have elements for having much more and they don’t reach these goals,” Lasarte told Goal. “I think football has been unfair with Argentina. They reached a lot of finals and haven’t been able to be the champions.”Lionel Messi Argentina Chile Copa America 2019Lasarte has particular sympathy for Messi, who has often come under fire from critics following those international defeats.The comparison to Argentine legend Maradona in particular irks the Uruguayan.“Often Messi has been excessively blamed but he is a human,” he added. “Both in Argentina and with Barcelona, I have the feeling he is surrounded, maybe badly surrounded.“The comparison with Maradona is terrible, it must be hard to be compared to him.”It is painful to see Messi’s career going on without titles with Argentina”.Messi’s ire for officials during the Brazil semi-final included the usage of VAR, or the lack thereof, at key moments.Lasarte also took issue with VAR, understanding its importance to the game but taking umbrage with the implementation.”VAR was the main character,” Lasarte said of the system at the Copa America. “It modified many decisions and there still was controversy.“It arrived for staying but it needs a better adaptation. You can’t wait for a minute and a half for knowing a decision because it transforms the game. Justice can’t be an excuse”.last_img read more

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