first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benitez now free to walk out of Newcastleby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez could walk out of Newcastle United today.The Mirror says the only thing keeping manager Benitez from walking out before now has been the £6million he would have had to pay to his sportswear tycoon boss for breaking his contract.But that clause has now expired, and Benitez can quit St James’ Park for nothing.However, he recognises any movement in the manager’s chair could end in relegation disaster.Even though he is putting his managerial head on the block by staying put, he doesn’t want to turn his back on the Geordie fans. last_img read more

first_imgTagsAustralia/Asia NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ABC deal for A-League and W-League club competitionsby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAustralian public-service broadcaster ABC has struck a two-year deal with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to provide free-to-air coverage of the A-League and W-League club competitions, as well as matches involving the men’s and women’s national teams, reports SportBusiness.It will mark the first time that ABC has broadcast the A-League, the top tier of the men’s club game in Australia. The deal also marks a return of ABC’s W-League coverage, with the broadcaster having served as the inaugural partner of the women’s competition from 2008 to 2017.Under the agreement announced by FFA and its pay-television rights holder Fox Sports, ABC will broadcast 29 live regular-season matches at 5pm on Saturdays during the 2019-20 campaign, with coverage to be shown on television and via the iview on-demand service.For the A-League 2020 Finals Series, ABC will provide delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the grand final. It will also show 14 rounds of the 2019-20 W-League season and the entire W-League Finals Series live.Additionally, ABC will broadcast every men’s national team match which Fox Sports has rights to. The broadcaster will also show the women’s national team’s upcoming matches against Chile on November 9 and November 12, as well as next year’s Asian qualifiers for the women’s Olympic tournament.Fox Sports will continue to provide live coverage of all A-League, W-League and national team matches via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane: Strong Courtois aware of the situationby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was withdrawn at half-time with Real trailing 2-0 against Club Bruges in midweek, and the club later said the Belgian had been suffering from gastroenteritis – rather than an anxiety attack as claimed in the Spanish media.Courtois was jeered by members of the home support during the 2-2 Champions League draw.On Courtois, Zidane said: “Regardless of whether it’s fair or not, it is what it is. He’s strong and is aware of the situation. The first-half performance the other day was down to everyone.”The important thing is how he’s feeling. He’s not the only one who was responsible for that first half against Bruges. At Real Madrid you’re not allowed to make any mistakes, we can never concede and always have to score. Whenever that doesn’t happen, bad things are always going to be said about Real Madrid. We always have to give our all.”Nobody is a guaranteed starter, not Courtois or anybody else. I never said that. I’m going to use all of them.” last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton: Embrace top 2 testby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton says they must embrace their upcoming two games.Villa travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday before hosting current leaders Liverpool the following weekend.Goalkeeper Heaton said: “They are widely regarded as the two best teams in the league and we are playing them back-to-back – that is what the Premier League is all about.“There is no fear or worry there. It is just a hunger to go and embrace the games, to go and put our stamp on them and try and get the wins.“Of course, it is going to be tough. We know how much quality they gave got. They are both great sides.“But we have a lot of quality here. These are the kind of teams you want to go up against. We have seen already this season it can be done. We just want to make sure we give ourselves the best chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more

first_imgGary Pinkel after big win against BYU.Gary Pinkel DanceMissouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced yesterday that he would stepping down at the end of this season due to health reasons. Whether it’s been his team’s up-and-down season, the unrest on campus, or his personal battle with lymphoma, Pinkel has faced more than his fair share of adversity this fall. So perhaps that’s why the scene following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU tonight was so touching. After the game, Pinkel’s players surrounded him, chanted his name, and urged him to dance. The veteran head coach obliged, and appeared to get emotional in doing so. “and the GP, GP ayyyyyyy chant has erupted” among players— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 15, 2015Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance.— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 15, 2015That’s awesome. Hats off to Pinkel and his team.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Katy Perry attends the Los Angeles opening night performance of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at Ahmanson Theatre on October 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)Last year, pop superstar Katy Perry joined ESPN’s College GameDay and, among other things, joked that LSU fans smell like corndogs. Saturday, she doubled down on trolling the Tigers and their fans.Perry apparently found the time to record an intro for Ole Miss today as they took on LSU in Oxford. Perry got the “Hotty Toddy” chant started and then chowed down on a corndog. Here’s video – it’s amazing.Katy Perry pumping up Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. #OleMiss vs #LSU— Scott Satchfield (@Satchfield) November 21, [email protected] is the greatest!! @OleMissFB— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) November 21, 2015Katy Perry and Ole Miss – apparently a match made in heaven.last_img read more

first_imgWendie Renard scored two headers as France opened the Women’s World Cup with a one-sided 4-0 defeat of South Korea.Eugenie Le Sommer’s 11th goal in her last 11 appearances for France in all competitions gave the tournament hosts an early lead in Paris.Before half-time a pair of towering Renard headers made it 3-0 to Corinne Diacre’s side, who are among the favourites to win the tournament, allowing them to ease off after the interval. 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? But with six minutes to go France wrapped things up in superb style, Amandine Henry scoring from outside the penalty area to send a strong message to their World Cup filled the stadium tonight! #FRAKOR | #FIFAWWC— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 7, 2019France opened the scoring in just the ninth minute at a packed Parc des Princes.A composed attack led to Henry squaring a low cross for Le Sommer to steer a first-time finish past helpless Korea goalkeeper Kim Minjung.France seemed to have doubled their lead in stunning fashion in the 26th minute, Griedge Mbock Bathy swivelling to volley home a headed pass from Renard, but the goal was ruled out for offside following a VAR check.More goals duly arrived before the break as Gaetane Thiney’s corner was powered home by Renard before the defender’s aerial power told again, this time from Amel Majri’s set piece.Wendie Renard, loving life #FRAKOR | #FIFAWWC— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 7, 2019Korea’s comparative lack of physicality continued to give France a major advantage but Henry’s effort from the edge of the penalty area was easily gathered by goalkeeper Kim.Substitute Kang Chaerim went close to scoring a spectacular consolation for Korea, with their first shot in the 69th minute, but her rising drive narrowly cleared the France crossbar.France got sloppy in the closing stages and a rare Renard mistake allowed Lee Mina to run through on Sarah Bouhaddi’s goal, but composure deserted the forward and she fired wide of the target.But Les Bleues were able to sign off the tournament opener with a fourth goal in the 84th minute, Henry whipping a sensational strike across Kim from 25 yards out.Key Opta Facts- France’s 4-0 win over Korea Republic in this match was the biggest win by a host nation in their opening game of a FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament since China PR defeated Norway 0-4 in 1991. In that year, Norway went on to reach the final before losing to the United States.- France’s victory means that seven of the eight host nations of a FIFA Women’s World Cup have won their opening game of that tournament, including the last six in a row. The only host nation not to win their opening match at a Women’s World Cup tournament was Sweden in 1995 (0-1 vs Brazil).- Le Sommer’s goal was her 75th for France in all competitions; the only female with more is Marinette Pichon (81 goals).- Ten of Renard’s last 11 goals for France have come from headers and this was her first international goal since March 2017 vs England.- Renard scored twice in an international match for France for the first time since November 2013 vs Bulgaria – 2017 days ago. read morelast_img read more

first_imgTobin Heath believes the United States Women’s World Cup win over the Netherlands can be a springboard for their equal pay fight.After the USA emerged 2-0 winners in Lyon, large parts of the stadium could be heard chanting ‘equal pay’, something which followed the booing of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.And Heath, who started six of her country’s games as she claimed her second World Cup title, is excited about what comes next. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “ We’ve been fighting for this for a long time as a team and to be on this platform on the world stage and to hear the stadium chanting for it, it was a really, really powerful moment,” the winger said.“I hope that causes change. It’s really cool to be not just winning and fighting for things on the field, but fighting for things off the field and doing so in a way through sport I think is really powerful.“I think it’s just the start of something massive and culture-changing.“Unless we get to the final and obviously win the final, maybe that chant isn’t being chanted.“So I think in a lot of ways, this team has been kind of, I guess you could call it synchro-destiny with this fight for equal pay and I think it’s our responsibility and it’s something that we love to do.”Heath’s international team-mate Megan Rapinoe has been at the forefront of the push for change, with the fight for equal pay just one thing she has been very vocal about.Some worried the non-football related headlines she was grabbing could have a negative impact on this team, as they aimed to pick up back-to-back World Cup titles.But it certainly didn’t, and it didn’t affect Rapinoe either, who won both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball for her efforts on the pitch.“We’ve got to celebrate these great, great sports moments and she had a fantastic tournament. She’s an incredible player,” Heath said.USWNT Women's World Cup 2019“Alex [Morgan] had a fantastic tournament, Rose [Lavelle] had a fantastic tournament.“It’s these special moments that only the World Cup brings around so we didn’t need to celebrate our teammates, they did wonderful.”Speaking more about Rapinoe’s impact, the 31-year-old said: “She’s a fantastic leader for us both on and off the field and I think she’s really led with a lot of grace and by action too.“It’s not easy to speak up and then also to follow it up by action but she’s done it so well, especially in this tournament, to stay focused and motivated at the task at hand but also be fighting a parallel fight as well.“It’s kind of synonymous with the US women’s national team, you know.“We fight to win games and we fight for things off the field too. But to see the momentum that this tournament has kind of pushed forth with all of those is just fantastic.”The victory also answered a lot of critics who questioned coach Jill Ellis and also the team, particularly after they crashed out of the 2016 Olympics in the quarter-finals, losing on penalties to Sweden.“To be able to say [we are] world champions, I think [that] is the only thing that you can say against critics in a lot of ways,” Heath added.“This team has been through so much, from 2015 to 2016 to now.“It’s incredible and it speaks volumes to this group and to kind of the resilience of this group and the players that have been a big part of the last however many years in order to bring this team and keep this team at the top.“It’s not easy, especially in this generation of football where more and more teams are competitive. You saw this in the tournament. “For us to still remain where we are I think is a testament to the determination and the hard work that goes in every single day with these players and with the staff.”last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)There are still three weeks left to the college football season, but the College Football Playoff field looks pretty firm. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson are not expected to lose another game, but FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt thinks spots No. 3 and No. 4 are be in play.On Wednesday’s edition of The Herd With Colin Cowherd, Klatt expressed his opinion on which games were most likely to affect the College Football Playoff rankings.“You’re waiting for the Ohio State-Michigan game and the Syracuse-Notre Dame game.”The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are currently ranked No. 3 while the Michigan Wolverines are ranked No. 4.No. 13 Syracuse is the only ranked team left on Notre Dame’s schedule. With no conference title game to play, the Fighting Irish need to make a good impression in order to keep one-loss teams with a 13th game from passing them.As for Michigan, the Wolverines need to avoid losing to arch-rival Ohio State. The College Football Playoff has never admitted a two-loss team before, and Ohio State would be able to play for the Big Ten Championship, and possibly a Playoff spot, with a win over Michigan.Notre Dame plays Syracuse at Yankee Stadium on November 17, 2018.Michigan plays Ohio State at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018.last_img read more