TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG shopping in Premier League to find new midfielderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are shopping in the Premier League to find a new midfielder.The Sun says Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is among a five-man wishlist for January.PSG are also looking at Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong as a new central midfielder but competition for the Dutchman means they have drawn up alternatives.Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Salzburg’s Diadie Samassekou are all too under consideration.Lemina is high on PSG’s list on their budget, as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.
Watford boss Gracia plays down Deeney wind-up celebrationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia hailed goalscorer Troy Deeney after victory over West Ham.The Watford captain slammed home a first-half penalty and Gerard Deulofeu added a late second to stun West Ham 2-0 and scupper their bid to win five matches on the spin.Deeney celebrated his successful spot-kick by punching the corner flag out of the ground in front of the West Ham supporters.”What I saw was that after the goal he was running to the corner,” Gracia said.”I don’t know what he said. I can’t tell you if it’s a good or bad celebration, I often see players running into the corner.”I like the way he plays, his commitment, all the things he does day by day. Like all the players he maybe makes mistakes but he is our captain and an important player for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon consortium to drop Newcastle takeover bidby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon’s consortium is set to drop their takeover bid of Newcastle.The Sun says his offer is still £100million adrift of Mike Ashley’s asking price.Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief Kenyon has come up with a way of increasing the original £200m he and his consortium have at their disposal.But extraordinarily, for owner Ashley to get the £300m he wants, Newcastle would have to qualify for the Champions League in the next decade.Kenyon has been working with the American Rockerfeller Capital Management to raise extra cash but the additional £100m would depend on the club reaching certain goals.One of them would be to finish in the Prem top four within ten years.Ashley has rejected that suggestion, wanting all the money up front.
RB Leipzig coach Nagelsmann has dig at Everton over Lookman treatmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Leipzig coach Julien Nagelsmann has had a dig at Everton over their summer arrival Ademola Lookman.The 21-year-old has made just one substitute appearance since returning to Leipzig in July.“Some (new signings) still need a bit of development time because they did not have the regular game time at their previous clubs,” Nagelsmann told Kicker.“Experience has shown that newcomers usually take a little longer to get along with what I want.“We have many video sequences with text attached. And then it is not easy if you can’t speak the language yet.“With a player like Ademola Lookman, who played very little at Everton, it takes more time than with Christopher Nkunku, who made 29 games at PSG last year. That’s completely normal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DUMPED? Liverpool risk expulsion from Carabao Cupby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool risk expulsion from the Carabao Cup if they are found to have fielded an ineligible player against MK Dons on Wednesday.The EFL is investigating the third-round win, in which Liverpool fielded four teenagers in the starting line-up.Sanctions could range from a fine to being ejected from the cup. Liverpool face Arsenal in the next round.”The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players,” a club statement said.”We are working with the relevant authorities in order to establish the facts of the matter and will be making no further comment until this process is complete.”The EFL added: “We are currently considering the matter.”The identity of the player in question has not been disclosed. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rice demands West Ham response against Sheffield Utdby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United star Declan Rice wants to see his team put in a great performance against Sheffield United.The Hammers were disappointed to lose out against Everton on Saturday in the early kickoff.But they know that getting back to winning form is crucial if they want to challenge for a European position in the league.”We know we need to perform better than we did at the weekend,” Rice explained to the club website. “You have to be honest and it was shocking, we let the fans down, we let ourselves down.”We reviewed the game and watching it back was tough because we all know we’re not those players. We could have played so much better. That’s in the past now, we’ll look forward to Saturday because there’s no better way to get over that than another game at home when we’ll try to get the three points.”One win puts us back towards fifth, sixth position. We need to stay positive and we need everyone behind us on Saturday to be that twelfth man and push us on.”Sheffield United have performed well – they’ve beaten Arsenal, drawn with Chelsea, narrowly lost to Liverpool so we know it’s going to be tough for us. “But we’re the home team on Saturday and it’s massive that we go out there and put on a performance. Especially after the Everton game it’s going to be key that we get three points.”
Streamable/Krusty Sox SportsPaul Finebaum is in hot water over his comments earlier in the week about the Colin Kaepernick protest situation.On Monday, when the entire sports world was enveloped in debate over the 49ers quarterback’s protest of the national anthem over concerns with the oppression of African-Americans, Finebaum stated that said oppression does not exist.Awful Announcing has a clip of Finebaum’s Monday statement.On Tuesday, Finebaum doubled down during a segment of College Football Live, and got into a pretty heated debate with Joey Galloway.This morning, Finebaum went on SportsCenter with Cari Champion to apologize for his statements at length.To Finebaum’s credit, he says he spoke with Marcus Spears and Galloway about his statements, and his eyes are “wider-open” on the issues that the black community faces in America. Krusty Sox Sports has video of the segment:From Paul Finebaum’s apology:“I could spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can’t. I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better. I’ve lived in this country, I see what is going on all across the country from North to South to East to West and I have no excuse. I can’t explain why I articulated the words the way they did, but I did and there is a public record of it and there’s a natural reaction and I respect that.All I can say is that I made a terrible mistake in trying to express a feeling that I probably – not probably – I had no right to express. I don’t know whether this will mean anything to anyone but I feel compelled to answer your question that way – that it was a terrible mistake on my part and my eyes are wider-open today than they have ever been as a result.”Champion accepted his apology at the end of the segment.[Krusty Sox Sports]
Twitter/@OTLonESPNThe Notre Dame academic scandal ruling came down yesterday, and the school has to vacate its 2012 and 2013 wins. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum says the program “sold its soul.”Finebaum, whose radio show is simulcast on SEC Network, weighed in on the Notre Dame issue on Outside The Lines today, and issued a scathing opinion on the state of the Fighting Irish. He says the once-proud program “sold its soul” in an attempt to return to the top of the sport.”@NotreDame has simply sold its soul to try to win more football games…” – Paul Finebaum pic.twitter.com/O0MhpwgmJt— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) November 23, 2016The vacated wins have a pretty significant impact on Notre Dame’s place among the all-time winningest programs. Before the penalty, Notre Dame was second in all-time wins. It falls all the way to fifth without the 2012 and 2013 seasons counted. In my opinion, vacating wins is an ultimately vacuous penalty for any program, but we’re sure some Notre Dame fans aren’t thrilled by the development.Not every ESPN college football analyst is as harsh as Finebaum with regard to the Fighting Irish. Earlier, Kirk Herbstreit discussed head coach’s Brian Kelly’s hot seat status with the Chicago Tribune, and said that he believes that one bad season is clouding the good that he has done for the Fighting Irish program. However, with everything else that has gone on off the field during Kelly’s tenure, including this Notre Dame academic scandal, there are some serious questions that can be raised about the state of the football program.
If you’re a college football prognosticator, it is never a good thing when your pick for the national championship loses in Week 1.That’s what happened to ESPN’s Desmond Howard though. Howard’s faith in his alma mater did not pay off.Last week, Howard picked Michigan to win it all. Many criticized the pick, partially because Howard went to Michigan and partially because the Wolverines weren’t regarded as one of the top national title contenders by many pundits.Howard’s playoff field was Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and West Virginia.Desmond Howard just now …. “Michigan wins it all” pic.twitter.com/S1P80KoIKz— angelique (@chengelis) August 25, 2018Well, Michigan lost to Notre Dame last night. That doesn’t eliminate Jim Harbaugh’s team from the College Football Playoff race, but it makes things exceptionally hard.Michigan will have to run the table in the regular season, beating Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin in the process. Then, they’ll have to likely beat Wisconsin again in the Big Ten title game.The odds of that happening are pretty slim. It is just too difficult a schedule to deal with without slipping up once or twice.That’s bad news for Desmond Howard.