About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard off bench to fire Chelsea into Carabao Cup semifinalsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard came off the bench to fire Chelsea into the Carabao Cup semifinals after victory over Bournemouth.The match was six minutes away from going to penalties when Pedro’s back-heel gave Hazard a chance, with his shot deflecting off Charlie Daniels and past Artur Boruc.Bournemouth, who were aiming to reach the semi-final of a major cup competition for the first time in their history, had chances but Callum Wilson shot just wide and Lys Mousset had an effort saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.Chelsea join 2018 winners Manchester City, Tottenham and League One side Burton Albion in the last four.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner on Southampton defeat: Not good enoughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner was unhappy with his players after defeat at home to Southampton.Saints were impressive for the 3-1 win.Wagner lamented, “The first-half was not good. For the first time in a long time we looked nervous in ball possession and did not perform. The second-half was better. Everyone was lively after the goal.”We passed too many times backwards when we had the opportunity to go forward. We were not brave enough.”Hopefully Jonathan Hogg (knee) is back next week. Losing four midfielders together is not easy, but we have belief in every squad player. That is why they are at the football club.”
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenhamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is full of praise for Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino left the St Mary’s side to join Spurs back in 2014 and guided them to the Champions League final last season.Hasenhuttl said: “Last year he wasn’t allowed to sit on the bench which is maybe the reason why we could take the three points.“It was an unbelievable game from us. I didn’t know how we could end up winning this game because in the first half they should have been four goals up.“If you want to take points against such a team then you need to have a nearly perfect performance and even then, you are not sure.“I think he has done a fantastic job in Tottenham and took them from being a struggling team to Champions League finalists. It’s unbelievable the job he does there.“We don’t look too much on them because I think it’s important for us to concentrate on the qualities that we have.“We know that it’s a big challenge, but we like these challenges.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clashby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is out of their clash at Ajax in the Champions League.Blues attacker Ross Barkley will also miss the game.The pair of midfielders missed the final training session on Tuesday morning in Cobham ahead of the flight to Amsterdam after failing to recover in time from their injuries.Barkley limped off before half-time against Newcastle on Saturday after damaging his ankle. Kante, meanwhile, has been out since picking up a groin injury while on international duty with France.Chelsea were handed a boost as defender Emerson Palmieri took part in the session, warming up with his team-mates before doing some ball work, reports the Daily Mail.
Australian bank helps Crystal Palace collect Man Utd fee for Wan-Bissakaby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have managed to land £22.5 million of the Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer fee early thanks to a deal with Australian bank Macquarie.The Premier League side sold one of the instalments they are owed by Manchester United for the right back.Wan-Bissaka moved clubs in the summer, while the deal was structured based on payments over the course of the next few years.United were set to pay Palace the £22.5 million figure in the coming summer.The Evening Standard says Palace have the money early, which allows them to continue reinvesting it in the club.Chairman Steve Parish wants to improve the main stand at their Selhurst Park stadium, among other upgrades. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
ESPN.Mike Tirico will be the voice of Notre Dame football for three games this season.The NBC sportscaster will be calling the Fighting Irish’s first three home games of the 2016 season (Nevada, Michigan State and Duke) while Dan Hicks is out on assignment.Tirico will do play-by-play for Notre Dame’s first 3 matchups (Nevada, Michigan St, Duke) while Dan Hicks is on assignment.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 30, 2016The schedule for those three games:Sept. 10 vs. Nevada, 3:30 p.m. E.T. on NBCSept. 17 vs. Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. E.T. on NBCSept. 24 vs. Duke, 3:30 p.m. E.T. on NBCTirico left ESPN for NBC earlier this year. It was presumed by many that Tirico would be calling NBC’s Thursday Night Football NFL games, but that won’t be happening, as the league mandated that the Sunday Night Football crew (Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth) also calls TNF.Notre Dame opens its season Sunday against Texas. That game will be televised on ABC at 7:30 p.m. E.T.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Early last season, Tre Bryant looked like he could be a star in the Big Ten. Through two games against Arkansas State and Oregon, he ran for 299 yards and two scores.That game against Oregon wound up being his last. Bryant’s football career has been unfortunately cut short.With 107 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Ducks, Bryant went down with an injury. After surgery, he wound up missing the rest of the season.He has had two additional surgeries since, and despite feeling better, his knees are both “bone on bone,” according to head coach Scott Frost.Tre Bryant announced his retirement from Nebraska football on Friday night.He made the announcement in a lengthy note posted to Twitter.“Time waits for no Man” #GBR pic.twitter.com/kqeQsYsbTV— Tre Bryant (@TreBryant_8) August 24, 2018From his note:“Football is a physically demanding game as I would come to learn later in my career. Three knee surgeries later, I began to notice the passion I had for the game being replaced with frustration. Frustrated with the results I would witness on film, seeing a hole on the field and just not being able to make the cutback. I began to hate the game I grew to love so damn much. When fresh, I was able to rock but my daily performance was honestly nowhere near my standards. My body couldn’t keep up with the college grind and I had to learn to accept that. I am forever grateful for my journey as a football player. The relationships and memories made along the way will last a lifetime. Having the opportunity to wear that ‘N’ and represent Nebraska every time I took the field was a true blessing.”[…]When I got injured last season, I told myself I would jog off the field when my last day of football came, rather than being carried off in pain. Thanks to this staff and fall camp, I was able to make that a reality. I jogged off the practice field with a smile on my face, enjoying my last day of Football. Time waits for no Man… My time with Football is up… #GBR”Frost, who did not have the chance to coach Bryant in the regular season, hoped that he would have a role in the new Huskers offense this fall. From the Omaha World-Herald:“He’s good enough to be a great player, and I feel terrible for the kid because I think he had a future in the game and a bright future in the game. But it’s hard. Without saying too much, he talks about going home and not being able to sleep at night because of aching and pain in there.”[…]“He’s been incredible since we’ve been here,” Frost said. “He’s had some knee issues and at the beginning of camp looked great and I think he felt great. I think he’s just kind of figured out that he can’t do it with the condition that he has. So we’re going to support him and help him any way that we can. But I just don’t think that his knees will hold up right now.”It’s really rough news for a player with such upside, but it appears that he’s taking things okay, and stepping away from the game at the right time.[Omaha World-Herald]
TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 19: General view of Sun Devil Stadium as the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks warm up prior to the college football game on September 19, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Warhawks 38-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Week 2 of the 2018 college football season is arriving. This weekend’s slate isn’t filled with appealing contests, but typically, a boring schedule on the surface turns into craziness on the field.Will that be the case for Week 2?Maybe.One college football analyst, Ralph D. Russo, is predicting a major upset.Russo revealed his picks for the week on Wednesday. They include a top 15 team falling on the road.The pick: Arizona State over No. 15 Michigan State.From the AP:No. 15 Michigan State (minus 5½) at Arizona StateSun Devils are 9-0 against Big Ten teams in Tempe, not including losses to Nebraska and Penn State before they were in the conference … ARIZONA STATE 34-27, UPSET SPECIAL.Michigan State and Arizona State are set to kick off at 10:45 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN.