Barcelona coach Valverde: Murillo needed due to emergency situationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says a deal for Jeisson Murillo was due to an “emergency situation”.The defender has arrived on-loan from Valencia.For the coach he was a must because the team was in an emergency situation and needed “a centre back with experience”. “It was an emergency situation. We were looking for a player with experience, who knew La Liga. A priority,” explained Valverde.Valverde said he is also pleased with the summer signings. Of Arthur and Lenglet he said “they fit in very well and have moulded absolutely with our style.” On Malcom he said: “He has not played as much as the others but we hope that he will help us. He’s a winger, a different player, with a big future ahead of him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona legend Puyol: Fun seeing Liverpool defender Van Dijk up for Ballon d’Orby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Carles Puyol is a fan of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.Puyol is happy seeing a fellow centre-half nominated for the Ballon d’Or – something he says is well deserved.He said, “Van Dijk is one of the best in the world. “He is a complete defender, always calm, a great player.”The limelight usually goes to strikers, so it’s fun to see a defender get recognition.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer rules the college football world on the field. Jim Harbaugh now rules the college football Twitterverse.As pointed out by Maize n Brew, SB Nation’s Michigan blog, the Wolverines’ new head coach is now the most-followed college football coach on Twitter. Ohio State’s coach held the top spot until a couple days ago. As of 1:30 p.m. E.T. Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh is at 269K, Meyer is at 263K. Why has Harbaugh gained so many followers? He’s kind of a nut. Attacking this day with Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 15, 2015Thought of the day – What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 7, 2015Urban Meyer, meanwhile, probably (definitely) doesn’t even run his own Twitter account. So this isn’t a fair fight.
GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Byron Cowart was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 defensive end in the country last year. His first year at Auburn was a disappointment, but he was an elite high school player. According to a teammate of 2016 Florida signee Jachai Polite, the Gators are getting an even better player. Marcus Tatum, an offensive tackle heading to Tennessee, went up against Cowart at a UCF camp, and doesn’t thinks Polite is better across the board. From SEC Country:“Jachai is way better than Byron Cowart, by a lot. I went against Byron when I was a sophomore at the UCF camp and I was kicking his butt on a sprained MCL. I played right tackle and he was this big-name guy.“When I go against Jachai, it’s a different story. He’s got better moves than Byron, better pad level, better speed, everything. In that same camp, things just clicked for (Jachai) and he was dominating. That’s really when he started becoming a beast.”Pretty strong words there. Polite was not nearly as highly rated as Cowart, rated three stars by 247Sports. Of course, that only means so much. It Tatum is right, Florida may be getting a very nice player.[SEC Country]
Gary Neville has reiterated that his “one problem” with Paul Pogba was his controversial social media post in the aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s sacking. The French midfielder deleted a post that asked users to caption an image of Pogba with a wry smile just hours after Manchester United dismissed their manager. Pogba’s team insisted that the post was scheduled before Mourinho’s sacking, but Neville has dismissed that rationale. 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? “Everyone always concentrates on Paul Pogba,” Neville said on Sky Sports on Wednesday. “I only have one problem with Paul Pogba and that was his post, which I think disrespected Jose Mourinho in losing his job.”We know it didn’t come from the club, we know it didn’t come from adidas, we know it came from Paul Pogba, so my view personally is that was a massive disappointment to disrespect somebody that’s lost their job.”Pogba and Mourinho had a notoriously poor relationship, with the manager often benching the Frenchman and stripped him of his vice captaincy earlier in the season. With caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm, though, Pogba has been reinvigorated. The World Cup-winner has four goals and three assists in Solskjaer’s first three games, and was named named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for December.Neville has taken note of Pogba’s impact on the field, and is ready to led bygones be bygones when it comes to Pogba’s ill-timed social media post. “I’ve always said that Manchester United are a far better team with him in it,” Neville said of Pogba. “There is a line that needs to be drawn, perhaps you forget everything that’s happened in the past.”However, all is forgiven because you move on in football but the fact of the matter is that he’s now performing how he should be, and that is a massive plus for United because he is a big player.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 02: SiriusXM host Danny Kanell (L) and collegiate football player Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners attend SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)Danny Kanell loves taking jabs at Florida, and as part of a Mike & Mike segment, he got into the role of a Gators fan to stump for the 8-3 team to make the College Football Playoff.ESPN’s Mike & Mike is having fans submit short videos explaining why their favorite team should be in the College Football Playoff. We assume most of the entrants are coming from schools like Washington, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Michigan–teams that are actually in contention for one of the four coveted spots. Danny Kanell, however, took things in another direction.Kanell, a former Florida State quarterback, got into character as a Florida fan/SEC homer, and submitted a video explaining why Florida, which is currently 8-3 and set to face Alabama in the SEC Championship, should be in the field. We especially like his assertion that teams like Michigan and Ohio State don’t play defense.We’re sure Gator fans will love the former ‘Nole star’s characterization here.Florida remained at No. 15 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, despite a loss to Kanell’s Seminoles last Saturday. Even with a win over Alabama, there doesn’t seem like a real path for Jim McElwain’s team to crash the party.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Big Ten Media Days are underway in Chicago. Over the next two days, all 14 coaches from the conference are set to speak to reporters about the upcoming season.Scott Frost was the first head coach to take the podium. The Nebraska head coach was asked about everything from recruiting to rivalries to the College Football Playoff.An answer to one question specifically should have Husker fans excited, though.Frost was asked about his former head coach, Tom Osborne. Nebraska’s new head coach said Osborne is his “hero.”The full answer can be seen below:Scott Frost on Tom Osborne, “Coach Osborne is my hero in this sport” #Huskers pic.twitter.com/dHb3K0mi5Q— Dan Corey (@DanCorey1011) July 23, 2018Frost talking about his love for Osborne should have Nebraska fans drooling heading into the 2018 season. And rightfully so.The Huskers’ program is, finally, back in the right hands.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Alabama and Clemson are set to meet in the College Football Playoff national title game on Monday evening.The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are set to play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home to the San Francisco 49ers.There are reportedly some concerns about the state of the playing surface heading into Monday night’s game.“Field conditions a big concern tomorrow night even if the new turf is being kept under wraps,” Bryan Fischer tweeted.Field conditions a big concern tomorrow night even if the new turf is being kept under wraps. pic.twitter.com/3OhMTYQ6PH— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) January 6, 2019The San Francisco Chronicle had more details on the state of the field:More rain is in the forecast for Sunday and, as 49ers fans remember from the early years at Levi’s Stadium, that’s not great news for Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game.New turf, covered by a tarpaulin Saturday, was installed after the Redbox Bowl on Monday.“That was always the plan,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. “We’ve put in a new field every time we’ve been outdoors. We’re confident about the field.”Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – APRIL 13: An interior view of the stadium before the start of Texas A&M Aggies Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The Montreal Alouettes announced on Saturday that they had dismissed former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman after one season in charge.Sherman went 5-13 in his lone campaign in Montreal, failing to reach the playoffs. With the 2019 season set to get underway on Friday, the Alouettes will turn to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Khari Jones as an interim head coach.We would like to thank Mike Sherman for his hard work and dedication with our team,” said Alouettes’ General Manager Kavis Reed in a press release. “We would have preferred a different turn of events, but we believe that we are making this decision with the best interest of our organization and our team in mind.”BREAKING NEWS: The @MTLAlouettes have parted ways with head coach Mike Sherman.MORE | https://t.co/XG3s33cI8T pic.twitter.com/ek6sa2pWz3— CFL (@CFL) June 8, 2019 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Prior to heading to Canada, Sherman spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the head coach at Nauset Regional High School in Massachusetts. He resigned from the post in May 2017.In four seasons at Texas A&M from 2008-11, Sherman compiled a 25-25 overall record and a pair of bowl appearances. He was fired and replaced by Kevin Sumlin.Sherman was the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers from 2000-05. During that time, he went 57-39 in the regular season and reached the playoffs four times.Sherman’s teams went 2-4 in postseason play, twice losing in the NFC Divisional Round.