Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have admitted they are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.And reports had suggested that top teams like Juve, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and PSG were interested.Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ sporting director, is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “He’s a great player, we really like him and he plays for a great team. His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations that the market offers, so we’ve also been alerted to Ramsey.”I repeat, for now he’s an Arsenal player and we’re not the only team who want him.”Juventus do have a history of nabbing players on free transfers. Emre Can joined last summer after his contract at Liverpool expired.Ramsey has 2 goals and six assists in 8 Premier League starts and 10 substitute appearances. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potentialby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says their approach to the market is about targeting potential.Klopp admits buying readymade players isn’t in the plan.He told the Liverpool Echo, “In football, there are two ways to improve. One is to sign good players and the second is training, but having time together is always good. You don’t have time together in football, usually, but we had it then, which was really good.”We don’t start at minus 20 and say ‘by the way, set-piece, we do this, we do that’ and you have to explain to six players and you think ‘oh God!’. Having a basis is brilliant, but you need world-class players and if they are not world-class already, they need the world-class potential. That is what we need at a club like Liverpool.”I think that is what we tried to do and it I think it worked pretty well. All the boys have improved a lot since we were together and that is what you have to do. So whatever we achieved, we did it because the boys always took the next steps, got more mature, got more confident and more convinced about the way we play.”I think meanwhile, it becomes really natural for the boys and that is so important. For us, our big target was to qualify for the Champions League and it was clear we wanted to do that. But it’s the most difficult league to do this in, in England but it happened somehow.”
Friday, the FBI and local police in Columbus, Ohio, released photos and sketches of a man they claim is a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in the central Ohio area. How does this relate to college sports, you ask? The man is wearing Ohio State gear in every photo, and he’s been dubbed the “Buckeye Bandit” by the authorities and the media. The robberies go back all the way to 2013.Here are some photos, via ABC 6. Busted Coverage brought the topic to our attention.FBI Seeks Help Finding ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Serial Bank Robber – http://t.co/d2kT4Y5XGg pic.twitter.com/C06HUOdJkc— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 20, 2015FBI hunting for ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Ohio State fan who won’t stop robbing banks http://t.co/XucAtdRzbL pic.twitter.com/qAwedEVJIJ— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 20, 2015In all seriousness, let’s hope the suspect is caught soon and brought to justice.
jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkGiven Michigan’s last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this week if he’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he’d be rooting for whatever is “best” for Michigan – which, clearly, means he’s rooting for his program’s arch-rival.Harbaugh asked if Bo Schembechler would root for Ohio State or Michigan State on Saturday: “He’d root what’s best for Michigan.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Harbaugh on @StoneyandBill about OSU : “What’s best for Michigan” is what he wants— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 19, 2015Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can’t root for OSU because of hate: “why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh won’t say ‘go Bucks” on @StoneyandBill :” What’s best for Michigan. I’d say it but I won’t because you’re telling me to say it.”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh: “What’s best for Michigan is what (I’ll be rooting for).”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?
Twitter/@JENNeraly_crazyLocker room dances after big college football wins have become quite ubiquitous. On-field dances while you watch the clock run out on an arch-rival? Now that’s next level. With just six second left in regulation, Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas stood on the field and danced, eventually morphing his moves into the beginning of an “O-H-I-O.” We’re sure plenty of Buckeyes at home were ready to finish it, as the door slammed on the Wolverines.Mike Thomas. Lol #GoBucks @Cantguardmike #shhhh pic.twitter.com/Rhd8Y7msS1— Lindsey (@lindzlou01) November 28, 2015LOL This man @Cantguardmike is a FOOL!! #Zone6 https://t.co/J0q9QxzROR— Zach S ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 28, 2015Ohio State has been up-and-down this season, but it picked a perfect spot for its best game of the year. Now, they need to root for Penn State to pull off a big upset.
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will undergo a medical in Spain on Thursday as he closes in on completing his move to Atletico Madrid.Goal understands the Spain international will depart Stamford Bridge on an initial six-month loan deal, with the Liga outfit having the option to buy Morata for £43.7m ($57m) at the end of the season. There is understood to be a further £4.4m ($5.7m) in loan fees.His departure from west London has been signed off following the confirmation of Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival on a loan deal from Juventus, with the Argentina international reuniting with his former boss at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri. 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? And Sarri confirmed his happiness at having finally landed Higuain’s signature after Morata made it clear that he wanted to leave the club during the January transfer window“I think that Morata is a very good player,” he told reporters ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham. “I think that Morata has the characteristics for playing in my team”But Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team.”So it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100 per cent for his mental situation. But I think that Morata is potentially a very important player. From the physical and technical point of view, he is a very good player and suitable for my football.”The situation changed in the last month. So we needed to change. I don’t know [about the transfer market]. As you know very well, I don’t want to follow the market day by day. I don’t know the actual situation.”Morata told me 10 days ago that there was an opportunity in Spain, but I don’t know where.”We have some problems in scoring. Higuain usually is able to score 25 or 30 goals every season. But, as I told you before, in the market in January it’s very difficult to secure a very important striker.”Gonzalo was in a situation that we could try to buy him, and so we decided to try for Higuain.”Higuain was not registered in time to be eligible for the meeting with Mauricio Pochettino’s side as the Blues look to overturn a 1-0 deficit following the first leg at Wembley.Chelsea do have the option to make the deal permanent either this summer or at the end of the 2019-20 campaign should they extend the current loan move – a signal that the club’s normal policy of not offering long-term contracts to players over the age of 30 might be changing.And Sarri believes that 31-year-old Higuain is not too old to have a long term future in the English capital“Thirty-one and 32 is not really very old. I think that, for a striker, it’s very difficult to score with continuity when they are 22 or 23. So the best is from 27 to 32 or 33.”I don’t know exactly the details of the contract, though, so it’s very difficult for me to answer.”“It’s up to him. He has to score, first of all. I think that, for a long-term contract, he has to do very well. He has to play. He has to score. He has to be useful for the team.”Away from the transfer market, Chelsea have been in declining form over the winter period, leading to increased focus on their new manager and his players.Chelsea’s most recent match saw them well beaten at the Emirates Stadium in a 2-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal. and Sarri caused a stir post-match by claiming that his players were “extremely difficult to motivate”.The Italian, though, does not believe that his words should be construed as a warning to his players.“I didn’t attack my players,” he continued. “I told only my opinion about our problems. But I wanted them to realise the problem – I think it’s my job.”Of course, I have the responsibility also of the mental point of view, so the performance was my fault, of course.”But I said I am in trouble because it’s very difficult to motivate them, but I didn’t want to attack them. I didn’t attack my players. I only texplained to the journalists my problem.”They are very good boys. With this little problem that I think I can help them (with).“But I didn’t want to attack them. If we have a problem, I think we have to discuss the problem. We have to try and find the reason for the problem. We have to try and do something to improve. I cannot see a big problem with this. Why? Why would I keep it a secret?“I don’t know why, otherwise it would have been easy for me. I don’t know exactly the reason, or maybe there are 100 reasons. It’s difficult, but we have to try something to improve in this. We are changing something in training, something in pre-match.”We are trying to do our best, of course. But, for us, it’s a problem – not always, but even in some very important matches. So it’s really very strange.”When you play against Arsenal or Tottenham, you usually arrive at the match with a very high level of motivation and determination, but we made mistakes in this kind of match.”So it’s very strange and we need to improve. But they agree with me. I discussed it with the players after the match, and I said to them the same things as in the press conference. It’s not a big problem. I want to be direct with them in private and in public.”I said that, for me, it was very difficult to motivate them. Not impossible, but it’s very difficult.”
Liverpool players will surely be wondering what more they can do when they attempt to improve upon their last campaign in 2019-20.Jurgen Klopp’s job involves rallying his squad to go again after a season that saw them miss out on Premier League glory despite amassing a remarkable 97 points and that unenviable task gets under way in earnest in early July.The Reds won their sixth Champions League title, but their performance in the domestic cups left plenty to be desired and they will be eager to improve on those fronts this coming season having watched rivals Manchester City achieve an unprecedented treble. 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? Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Liverpool’s pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.Liverpool pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 11 Tranmere Rovers 0-6 Liverpool 7:30pm / 2:30pm Prenton Park, Birkenhead Jul 14 Bradford City 1-3 Liverpool 3pm / 10am Valley Park, Bradford Jul 19 Liverpool 2-3 Borussia Dortmund 1am / 8pm Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana Jul 21 Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla 11pm / 6pm Fenway Park, Boston Jul 24 Liverpool 2-2 Sporting 1am / 8pm Yankee Stadium, New York Jul 28 Liverpool 0-3 Napoli 5pm / 12pm Murrayfield, Edinburgh Jul 31 Liverpool 3-1 Lyon 6pm / 1pm Stade de Geneve, Geneva Aug 4 Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City* (5-4 pens.) 3pm / 10am Wembley Stadium, London *2019 Community Shield Liverpool kicked off their pre-season preparations with games in mid July against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City before making their way across the Atlantic for a tour of the United States.Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund were the first Stateside opponent and that game took place in Notre Dame Stadium on July 19. Three days later it was La Liga opposition, with a clash against Sevilla in Boston on July 21.The Reds then made a trip to New York to play Sporting on July 24 before returning to the UK four days later for a game against Serie A giants Napoli at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield – the home of Scottish rugby.A clash against Ligue 1 giants Lyon takes place in Geneva on July 31 before Liverpool lock horns with familiar foes Manchester City at the beginning of August for in the Community Shield – the official curtain-raiser for the English club season.They had been scheduled to face Bundesliga side Schalke, but the game has been cancelled due to the earlier date on which the Reds open their league campaign.Liverpool 2019-20 transfer activity Having spent big money in recent years to bring in players such as Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, the summer of 2019 is set to be a relatively quiet transfer window for Liverpool.The squad that Klopp has built is a formidable one, which the 2018-19 campaign showed, and accordingly, the German coach is under no great pressure to strengthen too much.A forward, to take pressure off Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, is high on the agenda when it comes to areas in need of bolstering. The likes of Timo Werner and James Maddison have been linked.There will certainly be a number of first-team departures, however, with Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno leaving for free, while Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings will also be heading through the exit door.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date DF Sepp van den Berg PEC Zwolle £1.3m Jul 1 FW Harvey Elliott Fulham Undisc. Jul 28 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date DF Alberto Moreno Released Free Jun 30 FW Daniel Sturridge Released Free Jun 30 DF Conor Randall Released Free Jun 30 GK Adam Bogdan Released Free Jun 30 FW Danny Ings Southampton £20m Jul 1 FW Sheyi Ojo Rangers Loan Jul 1 MF Allan Fluminense Loan Jul 1 MF Marko Grujic Hertha Berlin Loan Jul 1 MF Rafael Camacho Sporting £5m Jul 1 GK Kamil Grabara Huddersfield Town Loan Jul 15 GK Simon Mignolet Brugge £8m Aug 4 FW Harry Wilson Bournemouth Loan Aug 6 Liverpool 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Liverpool kicked off their 2019-20 Premier League campaign at Anfield on August 9 against newly promoted Norwich City.The Reds face Manchester United for the first time in the season on October 19, with a repeat of last season’s Champions League final in store against Tottenham the week after. Klopp’s side lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield on November 9.The first Merseyside derby of the season against Everton is set to take place at Anfield on December 4, with the Toffees hosting the return fixture next March.Liverpool 2019-20 squad numbers No. Pos Player 1 GK Alisson 2 DF Nathaniel Clyne 3 MF Fabinho 4 DF Virgil van Dijk 5 MF Georginio Wijnaldum 6 DF Dejan Lovren 7 MF James Milner 8 MF Naby Keita 9 FW Roberto Firmino 10 FW Sadio Mane 11 FW Mohamed Salah 12 DF Joe Gomez 13 GK Adrian 14 MF Jordan Henderson 15 MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 20 MF Adam Lallana 23 MF Xherdan Shaqiri 24 FW Rhian Brewster 26 DF Andrew Robertson 27 FW Divock Origi 32 DF Joel Matip 40 MF Ryan Kent 48 MF Curtis Jones 51 DF Ki-Jana Hoever 62 GK Caoimhin Keller 65 DF Yasser Larouci 66 DF Trent Alexander-Arnold 67 MF Harvey Elliott 72 DF Sepp van den Berg Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Fisheye view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45-9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)With Week 3 in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.Win-loss predictions for the top 25 are below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.Alabama: 12.0–0.9Georgia: 11.4 – 1.5Ohio State: 11.1 – 1.4Penn State: 10.5 – 1.8Oklahoma: 11.3 – 1.5Clemson: 11.4 – 1.4Washington: 10.2 – 2.5Michigan: 8.6 – 3.6Mississippi State: 9.2 – 2.9Auburn: 7.9 – 4.1Oklahoma State: 9.7 – 2.8Miami (Fla.): 9.1– 3.4Michigan State: 8.2 – 3.9Texas A&M: 7.6 – 4.4Notre Dame: 9.6 – 2.4Stanford: 9.0 – 3.2LSU: 8.3– 3.7Wisconsin: 8.2 – 4.3Virginia Tech: 8.6 – 2.8Boise State: 10.5 – 2.5Duke: 9.0– 3.2West Virginia: 7.3 – 3.9Iowa: 9.1 – 3.3Boston College: 8.6– 3.5Texas: 7.2– 5.0ESPN’s FPI can be found here.
TEMPE, AZ – OCTOBER 1: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the USC Trojans on October 1, 2005 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. USC won 38-28. (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Herm Edwards and the Arizona State Sun Devils took on Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins in an all-Pac-12 affair. The Sun Devils held a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter when a very controversial call went down.Arizona State’s Merlin Robertson put a lick on UCLA quarterback Wilton Speight and was called for targeting. After reviewing the play, officials confirmed the targeting an ejected Robertson from the remainder of the game.Because the foul came in the second half, Robertson will have to miss the first half of the team’s game against Oregon next weekend.Video of the foul was released a few minutes after the call and fans were not pleased.Check it out.Arizona State LB Merlin Robinson was called for targeting against UCLA. He’ll miss the first half against Oregon. pic.twitter.com/X26k7pqGIt— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) November 10, 2018It appears Robertson puts his facemask right in the chest of Speight, which should not be a targeting call.Regardless, the Sun Devils stopped UCLA from scoring and then went for a touchdown to move the score to 24-14 with just over eight minutes remaining.
Next Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s doping ban doubled to eight yearsJemima Sumgong, who won the 2016 Rio Olympic gold in women’s marathon, was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).advertisement Reuters New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 21:29 IST Jemima Sumgong had won gold in the women’s marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJemima Sumgong found guilty of providing false information while defending herselfSumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017Sumsong became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold in 2016Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has had her doping ban doubled to eight years after being found guilty by the IAAF of providing false information while defending herself against her initial sanction, the Athletics Integrity Unit have said.Sumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).The 34-year-old, who became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said she had been injected with EPO by an “impostor” during a doctors’ strike in Kenya.That claim was rejected as “not authentic” by the disciplinary tribunal of international athletics’ governing body (IAAF).In a ruling dated Jan. 17, the tribunal said there was also “compelling evidence” Sumgong had falsified her medical records and lied about her whereabouts after the positive test for EPO.Her actions constituted a second anti-doping offence of “tampering with a doping control” and merited the imposition of a second four-year sanction, the tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, said in its ruling.Accordingly, Sumgong is now banned until is April 3, 2025, although she has the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Athletics Integrity Unit head Brett Clothier welcomed the tribunal’s decision.”We hope that it sends a message to dopers that the AIU has strong investigative capabilities and does not tolerate false evidence in doping cases,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.”We also want to underline the vital support of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in pursuing this case. They are a valuable partner in the fight against doping in Kenya.”advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jemima Sumgong