Crystal Palace boss Hodgson confident Zaha will find his best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident Wilfried Zaha will find his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action following a late return from the Africa Cup of Nations, Zaha has so far failed to open his account for the new season or provide any assists.Hodgson said: “Very few people in our teams have scored goals, we’ve only scored three so it is quite easy to remember who the goalscorers were.”As for assists it is only three possible assists, so it is probably a little unkind to start saying ‘you are not assisting enough or scoring enough.”I would say that we expect a lot more from Wilf in terms of assists and goals and I think that we are going to get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Agent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogbaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde can see him playing with Paul Pogba in the future.It’s been suggested Valverde’s emergence will see Real drop their interest in the Manchester United star.”Pogba is a fantastic player. In the future they can play together, but you have to be careful,” agent Gerardo Rabajda told Radio Marca.”The future is promising but Fede must keep his feet on the ground. He knows he got this chance but he has to stay calm and keep growing. He has proved on the pitch that he has status. He knows when to talk and when to be quiet. We are talking about a future Ballon d’Or winner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Forget Ronaldo! Liverpool keeper Alisson biggest Messi nemesisby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has played down his great success against Barcelona.Alisson was voted goalkeeper of the year at the Best FIFA awards last month having helped Liverpool win the Champions League and Brazil the Copa America during the summer.On both occasions, the Reds shot-stopper came up against Messi in the semi-finals, facing Barcelona and Argentina. Alisson was also part of the Roma team that eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League the previous campaign.He told Mundo Deportivo: “The truth is that Messi played very well in the first leg in Barcelona (against Liverpool) and scored two goals, but in the return I managed to stop him in some important moments.”Messi is one of the best players in football history, but I don’t think only of duels with him. Both Barcelona and Argentina are two very good teams that have high quality players.”Luckily, in the last three matches I have been able to overcome him, but the merits are of the whole team: Roma, Liverpool and Brazil.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
We’re a little more than a day away from the 2015 Final Four. At 6:09 p.m. E.T. Saturday, Duke and Michigan State are set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Following that contest, at roughly 8:49 p.m. E.T., Kentucky and Wisconsin will play. Here’s the official game ball for the Final Four. It features the national championship trophy. Official game ball. Trophy embossed. pic.twitter.com/jJt9v0hq2i— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) April 3, 2015Which team will be throwing that ball into the air late Monday evening?The Final Four games will be televised on TBS.
ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation pic.twitter.com/RICr6tAax5— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD pic.twitter.com/lxvJ5vDfNA— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.
Alabama Football/InstagramAlabama is ready for football.Are you?You will be after watching the following hype video.The Crimson Tide released this, “Who is ready for some Alabama football?” hype video on Instagram.Check it out:Alabama, No. 1 in both the preseason polls, opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against USC at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Vimeo/Frank MartinMark Richt is a bit upset after the All-ACC teams were announced on Monday afternoon.The All-ACC teams were announced on Monday, and there were few surprises on the list. Lamar Jackson was named All-ACC First Team at quarterback. Dalvin Cook and James Conner were the league’s top two running backs. Mike Williams, Amba Etta-Tawo and Ryan Switzer got the nods at wide receiver. You can check out the entire list over at CBS Sports, if interested. But Miami head coach Mark Richt is upset with how it all shook out on the other side of the ball.Richt, noting that Miami’s defense is among the best in the country, was upset that just one of his players – cornerback Corn Elder – made All-ACC Second Team. He clearly thinks the Hurricanes’ defense, which is ranked 14th in the country in terms of points per game, deserved more.It is hard for me to believe that we have one of the best defenses in America and only can get one guy as a second team all ACC performer.— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) November 28, 2016All in all, Miami had three representatives in the two teams. Elder and punter Justin Vogel made All-ACC Second Team Defense, while wide receiver Ahmmon Richards made All-ACC Second Team Offense.
Harry Maguire has what it takes to captain Manchester United after his impressive debut for the club, according to former centre-back Gary Pallister.United made Maguire, 26, the world’s most expensive defender when they signed him from Leicester in a £80 million ($97m) deal, breaking the record set by Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.The England international stood out in the United back line as they started the Premier League campaign with a 4-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday. 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? Current and former Red Devils stars have sung the defender’s praises since the victory at Old Trafford, including coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho and Jonny Evans.And Pallister is the latest to hail Maguire’s immediate impact, saying he expects him to be wearing the captain’s armband before long.”[Maguire] is not afraid to put his head in where it hurts, he wins his tackles, he’s a big lad, a big unit and he has that presence that you need to be a captain and he leads by example,” Pallister, who spent nine years as a United player, told American Gambler. “I’m not 100% sure if he’d be a screaming and shouting captain, but you can have all different types of captains. You can have a Tony Adams or a John Terry who shout and scream, or you can have an [Eric] Cantona who doesn’t shout and scream but just leads by example on the pitch. I don’t know which category he falls into, but he looks a figure of authority within the side and I could definitely see him becoming United captain in the future.”The four-time Premier League winner added: “I think Maguire is such a dominant centre half, he does the basics really well and also has the ability to bring the ball out and help create things.”Considering the kind of fee that he came in for and the pressure that he’s under because of that fee, the way he played was huge bonus for United.”Everyone is expecting Maguire to be like Van Dijk, and whether he can play that role or not will have to wait to be seen. He’s made a good start, we know that he’s a quality player and we’re looking for those leadership qualities in that side, which I think have been lacking; hopefully Harry can provide that.”He can head it, he can chest it, and he does all of the basics well. He’s got aggression but he’s also got that calmness and doesn’t panic when he’s given the ball in tight situations, and we all know how comfortable he is on the ball from watching Leicester and England.”It’s early days but he brought calmness to the back four, but he’s only finding his feet within a team that he’s only played one game for. He’s only going to get better, and the same for Wan Bissaka; he’s only played one game but already his tackling, his spirit and his speed excites the fans.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Earlier tonight, an unconfirmed internet rumor that Notre Dame starting quarterback Ian Book was going to be suspended sent Fighting Irish fans into a frenzy. It would obviously be a huge blow.Book was rumored to be guilty of some type of academic impropriety that would result in his being suspended. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like it is actually happening, at least right now.First, One Foot Down, the Notre Dame SB Nation blog, refuted the rumor. Now, two veteran beat writers are doing the same.Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated said Book is “fine” as it relates to his standing with the football team. Prister adds there is no valid source to confirm or deny the rumor.Communication w/ #NotreDame football source says Ian Book is “fine” as it relates to continued, normal participation w/ football team. No valid source to confirm or deny speculation of academic issue. Subscribe to Irish Illustrated.— Irish Illustrated (@timprister) October 9, 2018Pete Sampson of The Athletic also seemed to downplay any of the Book murmurings.A note on journalism on Twitter.1. I read my mentions.2. I’m not going to respond to questions on rumors.3. I will look into them.4. And if there’s something to report, I’ll report it after checking with multiple sources.5. If there’s nothing to report, I won’t.6. See #5— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) October 9, 2018Since taking over for Brandon Wimbush in Week 4, Book has played exceptionally well. For the season, he’s completed 77-of-105 passes for 887 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception.Notre Dame is ranked fifth in the country and will take on Pitt at home on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET.
ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight is predicting several ranked teams to go down in games this weekend.The computer model, which outlines season-long and game-by-game predictions, has four top 25 teams falling this Saturday.These four top 25 teams:No. 24 Michigan State vs. No. 6 MichiganNo. 16 NC State at No. 3 ClemsonNo. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSUNo. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington StateThree of these four losses are probably expected.The No. 12 Oregon to No. 25 Washington State loss, though, would shake up the Pac-12 race quite a bit. Everyone is really high on the Ducks coming off this past weekend’s win over Washington.What are your picks for Saturday?