About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl demands intensity lift from playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is demanding a higher level of intensity from his players.The Austrian cancelled a day off last week, conducted intensive video sessions and staged one-on-one meetings with his players. His methods worked wonders as Sunday’s victory over Arsenal, the first at home since April, moved Southampton out of the relegation zone.”You can be sure as long as I am manager that if I have the feeling one guy makes one step less, I will tell him. And when I tell him, I am sure he will immediately improve,” he said.Hasenhuttl rewarded his players with a day off this week and admitted it would be tough to change a winning side. “At the moment I am happy I found a first XI who showed me against Arsenal that it is possible they fit well together,” he said.”I am not in the situation that I’ll change everything because one or the other player is a little bit tired. That is not in my mind at the moment. I am glad I’ve found a first XI and to get in this team is not so easy because they put something in my account and showed me they are able to win.”
De Visser urges Chelsea to re-sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouthby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea transfers adviser Piet de Visser has urged the club to re-sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.Netherlands international Ake switched from Stamford Bridge to the South Coast for £20m in 2017, having struggled to break from the academy into the Blues first team.Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Ajax in the Champions League, De Visser told De Volkskrant: “Ake should have played for Chelsea by now. He’s so good.”How often does he not score with his head? He has timing and insight. I hope they buy him back. “That boy is perfect for them and he has played with Lampard.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ohio state ezekiel elliottThe national champion Ohio State Buckeyes are in Washington D.C. Monday morning, and in just a few hours, they’ll make their way to the White House to officially be congratulated by President Barack Obama on winning the inaugural College Football Playoff. The leader of the free world may, however, want to make sure he has an extra body guard on staff before they arrive.OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott and his teammates enjoy trolling people when they’re live on television, using a move called “salmoning.” Basically, the way we understand it, the perpetrator moves his hand back and forth to mimic a salmon swimming, before poking or tickling the subject right at the end. Elliott, on Twitter, suggested that he’s planning on figuring out a way to do it to Obama this afternoon.@Jboren50 thanks Jacoby. You are greatly appreciated. Now we need to plan the salmoning of the president @BarackObama— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) April 20, 2015If @EzekielElliott doesn’t salmon @BarackObama today, was the trip to the White House even worth it?— Jillian Yuricich (@Jill_Yuricich) April 20, 2015Here’s video of Elliott doing it to the president of the Sugar Bowl live on television.We hope he pulls it off, and somehow isn’t attacked in the process.
Sergio Ramos scored the 100th goal of his career as Real Madrid battled to a 3-0 home win over Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie.Madrid, beaten 2-0 at home by Real Sociedad in LaLiga on Sunday, were again unconvincing for large periods of Wednesday’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu but pulled through after the break.Captain Ramos gave them the lead shortly before half-time with a penalty, taking his tally for club and country to three figures after Alvaro Odriozola was fouled by Gerard Gumbau. 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? With Leganes tiring in the second period, Lucas Vazquez capitalised on a defensive mistake before Vinicius Junior cushioned in a low volley to put Madrid in a strong position ahead of the second leg.Madrid had the first good chance in the 15th minute but Karim Benzema could not get enough power on a header from Odriozola’s cross to trouble Ivan Cuellar, the striker then rifling over when found by Vazquez.Martin Braithwaite headed a corner straight at Keylor Navas, deputising for injured Thibaut Courtois, and the striker failed to hit the target with another good chance soon after.Braithwaite was proving a handful and the Dane, making his debut after joining on loan from Middlesbrough, forced a fine save from Navas after beating Benzema to Nabil El Zhar’s cross.But Madrid took the lead from the spot in the 44th minute, Ramos converting a penalty awarded when Gumbau clumsily felled Odriozola as the full-back ran into the box.Vazquez doubled the hosts’ lead in the 68th minute. Benzema’s pressing won the ball back deep in Leganes’ territory after Unai Bustinza’s poor pass, with Vinicius unselfishly squaring for Vazquez to tuck the ball home.Vinicius completed the scoring with 13 minutes remaining, beautifully finishing an Odriozola cross to net for his second consecutive appearance in the Copa del Rey.FT: @realmadrid 3-0 @CDLeganes@SergioRamos (p) 44′, @Lucasvazquez91 69′, @vini11Oficial 77′.#Emirates | #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/yAfyo4DBtj— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) January 9, 2019 Madrid flirt with another shockLast season, Leganes dumped Madrid out of the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu, reaching the semi-finals for the first time in their history. Madrid can count themselves fortunate their two goals in the second half have effectively ended the tie early as they did not impress.Vinicius a talent to watchA goal and an assist was a fine return for Vinicius, who will play a key role in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era at Madrid. The 18-year-old was his side’s brightest performer, earning a high five from Santiago Solari when he was substituted immediately after his goal, Brahim Diaz coming on for his debut following his move from Manchester City.Benzema’s struggle for form continuesWith Isco and Luka Modric benched, Madrid’s supply line to Benzema was lacking. The former France forward, who looks low on confidence, could and perhaps should have scored a pair of early goals, but he did at least help to create his side’s second.What’s next?Leganes host Huesca in LaLiga on Saturday, with Madrid heading to Real Betis a day later. The sides then resume the tie in a week. read more
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Michigan football will look to get into the win column this weekend when it hosts Western Michigan in its 2018 home opener.The Wolverines are coming off a 24-17 loss at Notre Dame. The loss puts the Wolverines’ backs against the wall early, as they need to go 10-1 the rest of the way against a really tough schedule to even have a shot at the CFP.Western Michigan lost its season opener to a Power 5 opponent, Syracuse. The Broncos were outgunned 55-42 in a wild shootout.ESPN’s FPI has unveiled its prediction for the game. You can see it below.Clearly, the computer model is all-in on the Wolverines.Michigan and Western Michigan will kick off at noon ET on Sunday from the Big House.The game will be broadcast on FS1.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan Stadium is now less than two hours away from hosting one of the biggest games of the Big Ten’s season, with Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines set to host Wisconsin.No. 12 Michigan is set to host No. 15 Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T.Michigan fans are ready – too ready in some respects, probably.You ready yet? #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/PPaP38S1hO— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 13, 2018This Michigan fan’s NSFW sign for tonight’s game has been going viral on social media.Check it out:@bustedcoverage My Mistress Thinks I’m at Bible Study with the Urban Legend #CollegeGameDay #B1G #GoBlue #OnWisconsin #badgers #Michigan pic.twitter.com/KKzUxKBgQQ— Crystal Metheny (@UM_PartyQueen) October 13, 2018That’s a little much, maybe.Michigan and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ABC.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama and Oklahoma are set to battle it out in the Orange Bowl for the right to play Clemson in the national championship on January 7. We’ll get to see Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray go against the Alabama defense.It might be worth seeing if Isaiah Buggs and Cody Ford battle it out in the trenches tonight too. Buggs, an Alabama defensive end and Ford, an Oklahoma offensive tackle, got into a bit of a pregame tiff.Fortunately, nothing physical happened. However, media on the scene reported they were clearly getting into it verbally.There were some words between Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs and Oklahoma OL Cody Ford as the two teams left the field just now. It didn’t seem close to blows, but they had to be separated.— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 30, 2018TheFranchiseOK.com’s John Hoover has some more details on what went down.Bama just exited field. Some #Sooners walked toward exit. Not much activity. Then OL Cody Ford showed up, started exchanging shouts, trash talk and aggressive pointing with DE Isaiah Buggs. Game officials were between them, but both had to be held back. #BoonerSooner #RollTide— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) December 30, 2018Considering Buggs and Ford will likely go head-to-head at times tonight, the trash talk probably won’t end pregame.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at approximately 8:10 p.m. ET.ESPN will broadcast the game.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Pittsburg (Kan.) linebacker Dylan Jordan, one of Nebraska’s top remaining recruiting targets, has set his schedule for the month leading up to National Signing Day.Jordan will take four or five official visits this month: Utah (Jan. 11), TCU (Jan. 18), Nebraska (Jan. 25) and Kansas and/or Kansas State (Feb. 1).He added that he will announce his commitment on either Jan. 28 or Feb. 4.AGTG???? I’d like to focus my recruiting on these 5 schools!? pic.twitter.com/YNUCKbAI3g— DJ3️⃣ (@thedylanjordan_) January 2, 2019Nebraska offered Jordan on Dec. 26 and have established themselves as a candidate to land him.Jordan is a three-star linebacker, according to Rivals.com. Besides his five finalists, he was also offered by Missouri State, Utah State and Western Illinois.Currently, Nebraska’s 2019 class ranks 24th nationally. The Huskers signed 23 players during the early signing period.To view the 2019 national team rankings, click here.
CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Johnny Manziel’s football career took another major hit on Wednesday. The Canadian Football League announced Manziel has been kicked out of the league.According to a release from the CFL, Manziel “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.” The CFL went on to inform its teams that the league will not register a future contract for the former college football star.Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed released a statement about the move.“We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement. We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed,” he said on Wednesday.BREAKING: The Alouettes announce they have released Johnny Manziel.The forensics never stop. pic.twitter.com/mWLAhwfOWm— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) February 27, 2019Manziel played in eight games for the Alouettes during the 2018 season.He completed over 64-percent of his passes for the team, racking up nearly 1,300 yards through the air. While his completion percentage is solid, his touchdown-to-interception ratio of 5-to-7 was subpar.Manziel also showcased his ability to run the football, averaging 7.4 yards per carry for 215 yards in eight games.The former Texas A&M star could look at the XFL or Alliance of American Football if he wants to continue his football career.