Chambers says Arsenal deserved more from Man Utd tripby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Callum Chambers believes that his side were unlucky to not get three points at Old Trafford.The Gunners played out a drab 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday night.They equalised in the second half through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after a stunning first half strike from Scott McTominay gave the home side the lead.But they were unable to take any of the half chances that fell their way to win the game.”As a team I thought we played well, we put in a shift and I thought we created chances throughout the game,” Chambers told his club’s official website.”I think we’ve come off with mixed emotions. We know that Old Trafford isn’t an easy place to come, so when you come off the pitch feeling you could’ve won but get a draw, it’s not a bad result.”Their fans were making a lot of noise. In those moments we had to stay strong as a unit, as a team, and I think we did that.”We rode the storm and created our own chances, we put our own authority on the game as well. We came off feeling like we could’ve got something. It was a good, strong performance today.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham boss Pochettino no longer Man Utd first choiceby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is no longer Manchester United’s first choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should the Norwegian get the sack, it’s been claimed.Pochettino has long been on the radar of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Solskjaer has struggled at the helm this season, with Manchester United just two points off of the relegation zone after eight games played. Gazzetta dello Sport says United have started to prepare for life after Solskjaer, should the axe be wield.And Massimiliano Allegri has moved to the top of the wishlist, in place of Pochettino, who is currently struggling at Tottenham. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FiveThirtyEight.comYesterday’s games caused a major shake-up in the College Football Playoff picture, with Ohio State and Oklahoma State each falling from the ranks of the unbeaten. ESPN’s analytic-driven site FiveThirtyEight has been updating a probability rankings chart using three predictive measures to find which teams have the best chance to reach the College Football Playoff and win the national title. FiveThirtyEight editor Nate Silver has more on how these stats work here. Here’s the updated rankings, after yesterday’s action.The Spartans have an inside track into the playoff, should they win out. Our model updates: https://t.co/fmhyQoZCGN pic.twitter.com/ChU08XOP6r— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 22, 2015In total, FiveThirtyEight gives 13 teams a better than one-percent chance to make the four-team field. Next weekend is going to get pretty wild.[FiveThirtyEight]
Paul Finebaum/ESPN.Michigan might have lost its starting quarterback for the season.Wilton Speight, the Wolverines’ starting quarterback, is reportedly out for the season with a broken collarbone. Jim Harbaugh has since denied the report, but did admit that the QB is hurt and will be out for a couple of days “at least.”Typically, losing a starting quarterback is reason for panic.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum says Michigan fans shouldn’t be doing that, though.“Keep your eye on the selection committee and how they weigh injuries,” Finebaum said during Monday’s College Football Live. “They’re watching this like we are right now. It’s also worth remembering Ohio State did pretty well a few years ago with a third-string quarterback.”Michigan is expected to start John O’Korn at quarterback if Speight is out. O’Korn, a senior transfer from Houston, was a heavy competitor for the starting job in the preseason, and should be able to step in and fill Speight’s role.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists he has complete faith in his squad ahead of his first game in charge of the Blues, despite the transfer ban cloud that has hung over the club this summer.The west Londoners were left bewildered earlier this year when they were handed the punishment for allegedly breaking FIFA rules over the signing of foreign under-18 players.Though the club are hoping to have their two-window ban overturned before transfer business resumes in January, the ruling leaves Lampard to work with the players already at his disposal when he arrived to replace Maurizio Sarri. 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? His job was further complicated when creative lynchpin Eden Hazard was sold to Real Madrid, but the former England midfielder claims he trusts the squad of players he inherited.“We’ve got a group here I believe a lot in,” he told Sky Sports ahead of their opener against Manchester United at Old Trafford.“I know we have a transfer ban and a lot of the talk around us has been questioning what we can do, but I certainly believe in the squad. “We know the bar has been raised by Manchester City and Liverpool last season and there is the challenge – can we close the gap?”I will do my best. I’m not going to jump into the future because, as we know, this is a tough business and there are expectations everywhere. “But I will certainly give all I can, that’s how I did it in my playing career, I tried to work as hard as I could get and get every ounce out of myself and I will do the same as a manager.”The 41-year-old, who led Derby County to the Championship play-off final last season before moving to Stamford Bridge in July, spent 13 years in the blue of Chelsea, winning nine domestic trophies and two European titles during that time.Yet the ex-West Ham man says his success as a player, and those he shared it with, will not influence his style of management. “I don’t believe in harking back to previous eras because everything changes,” he said.“For me to reel off players like Didier Drogba, John Terry and Petr Cech etc is pretty pointless. I am not setting my expectations on anything that has gone.“When the players walk through the corridor, they should look at the pictures of them with trophies and be inspired without a doubt, but I don’t think you can rely on that or set a tone on that.“We are a different bunch of players, I am a manager now and I want it to be my way.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Notre Dame football got some potentially big news this afternoon. Te’Von Coney, who was arrested on a marijuana charge back in 2016, has finally gone through the legal system.Coney was one of five players booked on charges stemming from an August 1, 2016 incident. The group also featured Max Redfield, Kevin Stepherson Jr., Dexter Williams, and Ashton White.Four of the five were booked on marijuana possessions. Redfield was also charged with possession of an unregistered handgun, and was dismissed from the Notre Dame football team. He wound up finishing his career at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania.Coney’s case has had a number of strange twists over the last year. From the News-Sentinel, back in May :Last October, Coney, a first-time offender, was ordered to probation for a drug screen but in December the court rejected a plea and a sentencing hearing was canceled.A change of plea hearing was conducted in March, but on April 30, Coney asked to withdraw a plea agreement “based on the results of the testing in April of 2018,” according to the joint motion filed and was scheduled for the Aug. 1 bench trial. The court records do not specify what those results were.He was set to stand trial in August, but things have been resolved over a month earlier than that.Te’Von Coney entered a plea agreement, which was approved by the judge residing over the case.As a result, he will have one year probation after the guilty plea. That is good news for the Fighting Irish.Earlier this year, Brian Kelly said that he expects Coney to be good to go for the start of the season, pending on the result of this trial. From the South Bend Tribune:The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native is expected to be eligible to play out his final season of eligibility in 2018. In an interview with the Tribune earlier this month, ninth-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly said, “If he takes care of it in the manner I expect him to, he should be full go, ready to play when we get to (August training) camp.”Last season, Coney broke out as one of the top defensive players on the Fighting Irish roster. He recorded a team-high 116 total tackles, along with three sacks, and a forced fumble. He had one of his best career games against LSU in the Citrus Bowl, notching 17 tackles in the win.[South Bend Tribune]
KNOXVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 19: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Vanderbilt Commodores on November 19, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. Commodores defeated the Volunteers 28-24. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)One of the top athletes in the 2020 recruiting class has announced his decommitment this morning.Kristian Story, a four-star athlete in the 2020 class, announced this morning that he’s backing off his commitment to Tennessee.The 6-foot-1, 206-pound athlete is a dual-threat quarterback. He’s ranked the No. 7 ATH in the 2020 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Story committed to Tennessee back in the spring. He says the Volunteers are still one of his top schools, but he committed too fast.Breaking: 2020 #Rivals100 athlete Kristian Story has backed off his pledge to the #Tennessee #Vols and re-opened his recruitment.Story gives the latest: https://t.co/o15lVIH8fk pic.twitter.com/HORaxfGbpz— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) September 4, 2018“Oh yeah, Tennessee is still one of my favorite schools. I still like them. I just committed to them too fast. It is nothing against them.“I just did not think about it long enough. Tennessee is a great program and I like what coach Pruitt is doing there,” he told Rivals.com.Clemson, Nebraska, Louisville and Mississippi State, among other programs, are expected to be considered moving forward.
Week 9 of the 2018 college football season kicks off this afternoon with a battle between some notable ACC rivals, as Florida State is hosting Clemson.It’s a down year for the Seminoles, who are in the first season of the Willie Taggart era, but the program could still pose a tough test for the Tigers.Clemson, of course, is undefeated and seems headed for another College Football Playoff birth, but the Tigers could get tripped up by FSU today.Paul Finebaum doesn’t see it happening, though.The ESPN college football analyst has made his prediction for this afternoon’s Clemson-Florida State game. He likes the favorite.Finebaum said on ESPN this morning that he believes Clemson will “make a statement down in Tallahassee.”Clemson enters this afternoon’s game as a sizable favorite. The Tigers are favored by 17.5 points heading into today’s game.Kickoff is set for noon E.T. The game will be televised on ABC.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)We’re now less than 30 minutes away from college football’s game of the week, which features Boston College playing host to Clemson.The Tigers come into tonight’s game ranked No. 2 in the country. Dabo Swinney’s team has been blowing out the competition in recent weeks, with the Trevor Lawrence-led offense looking fairly unstoppable. Clemson’s defense is among the country’s best, too.Boston College will be looking to play spoiler.The No. 17-ranked Eagles will have both the crowd and, potentially, the weather on its side for tonight’s game against the College Football Playoff favorites.It should be a good one.ESPN has released its prediction for the game. It’s not surprising.ESPN’s Football Power Index gives No. 2 Clemson an 88.5 percent chance of winning tonight’s game, meaning No. 17 Boston College has just an 11.5 percent chance of pulling off the upset.Clemson and Boston College are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ABC.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We had an FBS head coaching firing late on Friday night amidst all of the craziness with the rivalry games.In case you missed it, Central Michigan University announced a major change in its football leadership.The program has decided to move on from head coach John Bonamego.Bonamego, 55, was CMU’s head coach from 2015-18. He was previously an assistant coach with the Detroit Lions.Central Michigan Announces Football Leadership Change https://t.co/oA9DOi3UsI— CMU Football (@CMU_Football) November 24, 2018From Central Michigan:“Making a leadership change is a difficult decision, especially when you know that coach has given his all to CMU,” Alford said. “After conducting a 360-degree evaluation of the program, it was clear that a change is needed if we are going to compete for and win championships. We greatly appreciate all that John has done for his alma mater and wish him the best moving forward.”Bonamego just finished his fourth season at CMU with an overall record of 22-29 and a MAC record of 15-17. The Chippewas were 1-11 overall, 0-8 in conference action this past season.Cory Hall will provide leadership for the program until a new head coach is named.There have been several major firings so far this month and more are likely to come when the regular season ends this weekend. Stay tuned.