Napoli coach Carl Ancelotti warns against January signingsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti doesn’t expect any January signings.Ancelotti is satisfied with the quality of his squad.He said, “An extra player would result in problems for management. No-one will leave, unless somebody gets stuck in front of the gate at our training complex because they want to be sold.“At the moment I see a compact and happy group. If I said I liked Pavard then that would be a lack of respect for Hysaj, Malcuit and Maksimovic, who I’m very happy with.“The market doesn’t interest me much right now. My experience of Serie A as an outsider was different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come goodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good after their 0-0 draw with Brighton.They did have some presentable chances but neither Joelinton or Miguel Almiron could convert when it mattered.Bruce said: “I think it’s always been a concern, but if you look at the chances we’ve had, they’re big chances at this level.”They’re arguably better than what Brighton had.”Even though they’ve had 70 per cent of possession, we’ve probably had the best chances out there, which is a disappointment that we haven’t taken one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his team is still not ready to win the Champions League.It is no secret that two-times defending Premier League champions City want to win Europe’s biggest club competition.But they have failed in the early knockout rounds for several seasons in a row.And Guardiola believes their profligacy in front of goal will cost them in Champions League matches.”We miss a lot of chances in the final third [during a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday] and we have to do that to be clinical. When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,” he told reporters.”We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve. We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot. I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 05: Oregon Ducks fans celebrate an impending victory against the Arizona Wildcats during the PAC-12 Championships at Levi’s Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)For some Oregon fans, last week’s loss in the College Football Playoff National Championship hurt a bit more than it did for others. One Ducks supporter, who made a bet on the game with his buddy, had to endure physical pain as a result of the Buckeyes’ victory.The fan in question, who made it clear that he still supports Oregon, was forced to get a huge Ohio State tattoo on his thigh. His friend posted a photo of the new ink, and he himself posted a sad face emoji.LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. HERE IS THE TATTOO. A man of his word @Debellonia88 pic.twitter.com/HWUah8BL5D— H (@Hlee3D) January 21, 2015— Sun Duck (@Debellonia88) January 21, 2015If the two schools ever meet in the playoff again, you can guarantee this guy will be looking to double down on his wager.[Deadspin]
Sheffield Wednesday are in talks to sign Michael Hector from Chelsea but are struggling to match the Blues’ valuation ahead of transfer deadline day.Hector impressed on loan at Hillsborough last season after making 39 appearances in all competitions and he was named the Championship club’s player of the year.The Owls have been hoping to strike a deal for Hector all summer, with a large section of the fanbase urging the club to bring back the centre-half on a permanent basis. 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? The 27-year-old has never made a competitive appearance for Chelsea and he is hopeful of ending his spell with the Europa League winners after four loan moves in recent seasons.Chelsea signed Hector from Reading for £4 million in 2015 but a series of managers from Jose Mourinho to Frank Lampard have not been able to find a place for him in the first team.However, there are concerns that Hector might remain at Stamford Bridge until his contract expires next summer as talks heat up between the two parties before Thursday’s 5pm BST deadline, with Chelsea understood to want to recoup at least the £4m they paid for the player four years ago.Hector is a Chelsea fan and he is one of several players who could leave the Blues ahead of the transfer window closing in England on Thursday.Danny Drinkwater may leave before the deadline, with Premier League duo Norwich City and Brighton exploring how to fund loan deals to pay a proportion of the £35m ($43m) midfielder’s £100,000-a-week wages. Everton are interested in loaning Fikayo Tomori after Lampard signalled his intent to keep Kurt Zouma, who impressed on loan at Goodison Park last season.The France international remaining at Stamford Bridge means that Tomori is being allowed to leave on loan for another year, despite featuring heavily in pre-season and having done well at Derby County last season.Trevoh Chalobah is set to leave on loan after he agreed to extend his contract for another season, with Huddersfield Town and Norwich among the clubs interested.Baba Rahman has attracted interest regarding a permanent move away from Chelsea from clubs in England and France, while the Blues are looking to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko and have had talks with Galatasaray over a loan move .Davide Zappacosta, meanwhile, is also up for sale. Chelsea have raised well over £100m ($121m) from player sales this summer although they cannot buy anyone in the current transfer window due to the ban imposed upon them by FIFA.
PROVO, UT – NOVEMBER 12: General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium during the game between the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Brigham Young Cougars on November 12, 2016 in Provo Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After years with the WAC and then Mountain West, BYU football struck out on their own and went independent after the 2010 season.That doesn’t mean the Cougars aren’t interested in a conference partnership again.Outside of Notre Dame, BYU is probably the most competitive FBS independent out there, especially now that Navy is in the AAC for football. If a Power Five league came calling, though, the Cougars would listen.The school had a dalliance with the Big 12 a few years ago, as one of the primary programs mentioned as potential expansion candidates. Ultimately, the league decided to stay at 10 teams.BYU Cougars athletic director Tom Holmoe won’t rule out joining a league, but it won’t come for a few years.He spoke to KUTV about the possibility of moving to a new league. BYU definitely sounds interested, but the timetable is put off until the leagues start the next round of media rights negotiations.Holmoe put the year that it could happen at 2023. Via CollegeFootballTalk:It sounds as though that will be the case for at least the next four or five years, as athletic director Tom Holmoe told KUTV that he doesn’t foresee realignment involving the school happening again until at least 2023 and only after then could the program consider a move to a league even if it’s not of the Power Five variety.“When they say 2023, it’s a little bit before and a little bit after when those big conferences renew or redo their broadcast rights agreement. After that time, if there is a change for BYU, then he would have to think about it and what the future would hold for sure,” said Holmoe. “We’re paying attention to see how those things go but you’re not going to see any movement for the next couple of years.”In terms of the current Power Five, the Big 12 probably makes the most sense for BYU. It is anyone’s guess what the college football world will look like in a few years though.[CollegeFootballTalk]
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 16: Cornerback Trae Waynes #15 of the Michigan State Spartans and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa #18 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers reach for a pass during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)There was a major upset in the Big Ten last weekend, with Purdue falling at home to Eastern Michigan. Could another one be on the way today? It looks like it.Nebraska, which fell in its season opener to Colorado last Saturday, is without starting quarterback Adrian Martinez this afternoon. The Huskers’ offense is hurting in a major way.Walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch is starting in Martinez’ place. Nebraska’s offense has struggled to protect him. The Huskers also have multiple turnovers.It’s Troy 10, Nebraska 0 with about 12 minutes to play in the second quarter.ROOKARD TO THE ?!!!!Cedarius Rookard with a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown and Troy leads Nebraska 10-0 in second quarter.2Q | 12:17 | #RTW #OneTROY pic.twitter.com/Chx1GW1GCv— Troy Trojans Football ⚔️ (@TroyTrojansFB) September 15, 2018Nebraska hired Scott Frost knowing it was a multi-year project to get the Huskers back to the level they want to be at. However, starting the season 0-2 with back-to-back home losses would be quite the blow.The Huskers and the Trojans are playing on BTN.
In the aftermath of the Cleveland Browns firing head coach Hue Jackson, many people put Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley at the top of the list of candidates. Given his history with rookie QB Baker Mayfield when he was a star for the Sooners, it might seem reasonable.Of course, Mayfield himself might have a role in who becomes the team’s next head coach, and he was asked what he thought about Riley this week.In a relatively safe response, Mayfield said that while he loved his former college coach, he was going to make due with what he has in Cleveland now.“I love Linc, but we have what we have,” Mayfield said. “He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine.”Would Baker Mayfield like to see Lincoln Riley become the Browns head coach?“I love Linc, but we have what we have. He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine.” pic.twitter.com/Cb3ukeb3QD— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 31, 2018Riley has recently stated that he doesn’t have “that itch” to coach at the NFL level at this time.Last year, in his first year as head coach of the Sooners, Riley coached Mayfield into college football’s top QB. Their year together culminated in a Heisman trophy for Mayfield, a Big 12 title for Oklahoma, and a spot in the College Football Playoffs.Hue Jackson was fired after a 2-5-1 start to the season.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts issued a statement on Twitter following his performance in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.Hurts, who had been relegated to backup duty with Tua Tagovailoa’s emergence, was thrust back onto the field today when the Heisman Trophy frontrunner went down with an injury.The dual-threat quarterback played like anything but a backup. Of course, this is unsurprising, as the only reason Hurts is a backup is because he’s playing behind the best quarterback in the country.Hurts took to Twitter with the following message after the win:“You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!” he tweeted.You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!#AllGlory2God #NeverLoseFaith #Blessed #Wow pic.twitter.com/RrcgdUFTQu— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) December 2, 2018Good for Jalen.Alabama will learn its College Football Playoff fate on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson Tide will undoubtedly be ranked No. 1, but there are serious questions about the No. 4 spot.The College Football Playoff field will be unveiled on ESPN.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Former star Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has officially made a decision on his future, announcing whether he’ll be pursuing a career in the MLB or the NFL. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is choosing football.Murray, a top 10 pick in last year’s MLB Draft, has been flirting with both football and baseball over the past couple of months, refusing to reveal which way he was leaning.This afternoon, Murray took to Twitter to announce his decision. He is fully committed to pursuing a career as an NFL quarterback.“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray tweeted.“Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.”Here’s his full announcement:pic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019This is tough news for the Oakland A’s, who took Murray in the first round of last year’s MLB Draft and allowed him to play one season of football at Oklahoma before heading to the minor leagues.However, it’s not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. There are some who believe he could be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.The NFL Combine begins at the end of February. Murray is expected to participate.