Andriy Lunin asks Real Madrid to let him stay with Leganesby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeganes goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is reluctant to return to parent club Real Madrid this month.While he is playing understudy to regular goalkeeper “Pichu” Cuéllar, Lunin is happy in his surroundings in the Madrid suburbs where he has forged an excellent relationship with the rest of the “Lega” squad and goalkeeping coach Joseba Ituarte.As such, reports AS, Lunin has requested to stay at Butarque through to the end of the 2018/19 season.Lunin has played 274 minutes of competitive football with Leganes so far this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent: Barcelona pushed hard to sign Man Utd defender Victor Lindelofby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona were keen on Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof this summer, says his agent.Lindelof’s agent – Hasan Cetinkaya – has claimed that Barcelona ‘s interest in his client intensified after Juventus won the race to sign Dutch starlet Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax. “Victor Nilsson Lindelöf was perhaps Manchester United’s best player last season and with that comes interest from clubs who are better on the pitch right now,” he told Sport Bladet after the Swede penned new terms last week. “When Mathijs De Ligt chose Juventus, Victor became Barcelonas first choice. His play style, his DNA is very close to the way Barcelona plays.”He’s one of the best center backs on his feet and Barcelona wanted him. That was it. I can talk openly about that now.”His agent claimed he attempted to push through a move to Spain but United were unwilling to sanction the deal.He added: “They contacted Ed Woodward multiples times with concrete offers. I met with their head of transfers Matt Judge to try and get a deal through.”But they said ‘There is no way. Victor is one of our best players’.”
Leicester midfielder Praet insists they’re going for Europeby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City midfielder Dennis Praet insists they’re going for Europe this season.The Foxes are third in the Premier League table after seven matches, only behind Liverpool and Manchester City.He said, “We are trying to force European football.”That is what we are aiming for. It is going very well now, but there are teams behind us who will return and must do so, such as Tottenham and Arsenal.”We are enthusiastic and bring good football. European football is our goal and that would be a great step for Leicester.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Italy coach Mancini urges Everton striker Kean ‘to be more careful’by Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini has urged Everton striker Moise Kean to keep his cool during games.Mancini has commented on Kean’s recent red card after the Everton striker was sent off on U21 duty.The Blues star was in action against Republic of Ireland U21s on Thursday but saw his evening cut short after being dismissed for an altercation with Tottenham Hotspur’s Troy Parrott, who also saw red.”‘m sorry for yesterday’s expulsion,” Mancini told reporters on Friday.”He was also unlucky. But he is always involved, he must be more careful.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LSU head basketball coach Johnny Jones had already locked up a pretty transformative 2015 recruiting class, and added to it today with the commitment of four-star shooting guard Brandon SampsonBrandon Sampson in his #LSU hat pic.twitter.com/n3hIcS6ady— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) April 20, 2015Sampson chose his hometown Tigers over schools like Cal, St. John’s, and USC, and joins a class that already features consensus No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, and five-star guard Antonio Blakeney. With Sampson in the fold, LSU has jumped conference-mate Kentucky for the No. 1 class in the country. Kentucky is still pursuing a few top players, so there is a chance that the Wildcats will retake the top spot by the time the classes are finalized, but this should be considered a major victory for Tiger fans either way.
Lionel Messi’s presence for Argentina is a privilege not a nuisance, team-mate Giovani Lo Celso insisted ahead of the nation’s decisive Copa America clash against Qatar.Messi and Argentina are in danger of a Copa group-stage elimination as La Albiceleste prepare to face guests Qatar in Porto Alegre on Sunday.After a 2-0 loss to Colombia and a 1-1 draw against Paraguay from two Group B matches, pressure is on Argentina, with captain Messi firmly in the spotlight. 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? Messi – the country’s all-time leading scorer – is yet to win a senior trophy with Argentina following back-to-back Copa finals in 2015 and 2016 and a runners-up appearance at the 2014 World Cup.When asked if Messi’s presence is more a nuisance than an opportunity for young players as Argentina eye their first major title since 1993, Lo Celso hauled the 31-year-old superstar.”I think not, I see the opposite,” Lo Celso told reporters. “Having Leo as a partner and playing with him is a privilege. On the contrary, it always solves everything.”In that sense, of course we try to take advantage of it. So having him in training, like in games is a privilege. These are things that do not happen every day, sharing trainings and matches with him.”When I’m young, I try to observe, to learn a lot. Because it does not always happen and for me it’s a privilege and try to learn as much as I can alongside it.”Argentina are bottom of Group B, below Qatar on goal difference, though a win and finishing third could be enough to tee Lionel Scaloni’s side progress.”From a mental and psychological perspective, we’re in good shape because we have the possibility of progressing and if we win we’re in the next round,” Scaloni said.Scaloni added: “These young people need support, it’s too much pressure on them from life or death. It’s a football match, we have to win and that’s enough.”I believe they need this support, we know what is happening, but they are young people who need this support and positive thinking to give the best and to make the climate the best possible.”Scaloni tinkered with his line-up against Paraguay – dropping Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria to the bench – and he could make more changes for the Qatar clash.Asked if Paulo Dybala could play alongside Messi given their similarities, Scaloni responded: “They can play together, they’re two top-level players and they need to work together, which they haven’t done much, but with compromise they could do it.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is on track to set another Premier League record, with one of Jose Mourinho’s marks in his sights.Fresh from becoming the first manager to win the English domestic treble with the Citizens last season, Guardiola is closing in on the record for least amount of matches required to get 100 Premier League wins.Mourinho currently holds that record from his time at Chelsea, with his first 100 wins coming in only 142 league matches in charge of the Stamford Bridge club. 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? But Guardiola looks set to surpass that mark as he currently has 87 wins from 114 games – meaning he only needs 13 victories in the next 27 matches to eclipse Mourinho’s mark.Unless disaster strikes at the Etihad, Guardiola will also eclipse the games it took to reach 100 wins for Sir Alex Ferguson (162), Arsene Wenger (179), Rafa Benitez (181) and Claudio Ranieri (187).If the Spanish tactician maintains his current win rate with City, it will only take 17 matches for him reach 100 victories, meaning he will set a new mark of 131 games to reach the century – which is 11 quicker than Mourinho.There is one record that Guardiola cannot take off Mourinho – and that’s the most points earned in the first 100 Premier League matches – with the City boss picking up the same amount of wins as his managerial rival (73) but finishing with three less points (234) courtesy of having more draws.Manchester City can win their first trophy of the campaign on Sunday when they take on Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley.Their Premier League campaign begins with a trip to London to face West Ham before a home game against Tottenham, the team that vanquished the Sky Blues in last season’s Champions League quarter-final.Guardiola will be bidding to become the second manager in Premier League history, after Ferguson, to win three successive league titles – a mark Guardiola achieved in La Liga with Barcelona (2008-11) and with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich (2013-16).Ferguson achieved the Premier League title hat-trick with Manchester United twice – winning the trophy between 1998-2001 and 2006-09. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Bayern Munich have signed Ivan Perisic on a season-long loan from Inter, with an option to make the deal permanent next year.The 30-year-old joined Inter in 2015 and has been a regular starter during his four years at San Siro, scoring eight goals in Serie A last term.He will provide competition to Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman at the Allianz Arena and could be included in Bayern’s opening league game against Hertha Berlin on Friday. 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? Head coach Niko Kovac has been in the market for at least one new wide forward following the departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.#FCBayern have signed Croatia international Ivan Perišić. The World Cup runner up will join the club on loan from Inter Milan with immediate effect. #ServusIvan #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/gHJVZtxYOC— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 13, 2019Bayern’s hopes of signing Manchester City’s Leroy Sane in this transfer window were effectively scuppered last week following the news he will be out for six to seven months after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee.Perisic has previously played in the Bundesliga, initially for Borussia Dortmund before joining Wolfsburg midway through the 2012-13 season. He won the domestic double with Dortmund in 2012 and went on to win another DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup with the Wolves.He has made 82 appearances for Croatia and starred at the 2018 World Cup, scoring in the semi-final against England and in the final defeat to France.”I am very happy to be back in Germany,” Perisic told Bayern’s official website.”Bayern is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. We want to attack not only in the Bundesliga and in the DFB-Pokal, but also in the Champions League.”Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “Ivan will help us with his many years of experience at an international top level immediately. “He is technically strong and flexible in attack. I’m sure Ivan will integrate quickly as he already knows the Bundesliga and our coach Niko Kovac well.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Davis – Pool/Getty Images)With fall camp in full swing nationwide and Week 1 right around the corner, the time is now for new college football preseason top 25 polls to be released.The preseason Coaches Poll’ was released last week. The AP is set to drop its final preseason top 25 on August 20, and earlier today, Sports Illustrated unveiled its rankings.Now, CBS Sports’s top 25 has been published. Alabama and Clemson lead the way, followed by Georgia, Ohio State and Wisconsin.You can see the full top 10 below:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateWisconsinWashingtonOklahomaPenn StateAuburnMichigan StateAt first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything that catches the eye in this top 10. All the teams look like they belong, any debate is likely to be about where a team should be placed, not that it doesn’t belong in this group.You can see the entire CBS Top 25 here, as well as the rest of their 1-129 rankings here.For a look at The Spun’s preseason top 25, click here.
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his rankings following the third week of the 2018 regular season.Herbstreit, who was on the call for Saturday night’s Ohio State-TCU game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has made a slight change to the top of his rankings.The ESPN analyst updates his top four after each week of the season. He’s bumped a new team into his No. 2 spot.Herbstreit’s new top four:AlabamaGeorgiaClemsonOhio StateHerbstreit unveiled his new rankings after the Ohio State-TCU game on Saturday night.Herbstreit said that Georgia has been playing so well that the Bulldogs are worthy of being bumped into the No. 2 spot. All four of these teams have been fairly dominant so far this season, though.The new Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll top 25s will be released later today.