Sampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be soldby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero insists no-one will be sold this month.Samp are just three points off the top four.“After the game, on the bus, I congratulated all the players,” Ferrero told Il Secolo XIX.“I told them I was proud of how they face the Bianconeri. The fans can be calm, I won’t sell anyone. The base of the group is strong and united, it will remain.“At the most we’ll see if there’s an opportunity to bring in someone promising, like in recent years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Silva safe as Everton defeat West Hamby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton eased the pressure on manager Marco Silva with an impressive win over disappointing West Ham United at Goodison Park.Silva is fighting to ease doubts over his future after four straight Premier League defeats plunged Everton into the relegation zone – but this was a vastly-improved, excellent display to earn three vital points.He made five changes from the side that lost at Burnley and was rewarded with a piece of individual brilliance from recalled Brazilian Bernard, who tricked his way into the West Ham area before beating keeper Roberto Jimenez with a clever finish after 17 minutes to set Everton on their way.Everton had numerous opportunities to extend their advantage but Roberto produced a succession of fine saves, especially from Tom Davies and Alex Iwobi, while Richarlison hit the woodwork. It was in stoppage time that second-half substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, dropped for the first time since he became Everton’s record £45m signing in summer 2017, ended any doubts about the outcome with a magnificent 25-yard rising right-foot drive.Everton attacker Theo Walcott said at the final whistle: “The game felt like we need to start taking our chances, we had so many. It showed how good we can be going forwards. We know the quality in the team, we know what to expect from each other.”The fans were fantastic today, but then they always are. The sense of urgency was what we needed.”
Juventus watching Tottenham youngster Troy Parrottby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are watching Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott.The Irish teen is yet to make a first team appearance for Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League.The striker is being earmarked as one of Spurs’ most promising youngsters and there is hope he can break into the first team before the end of the season.Calciomercato says Juventus have been impressed by the youngster and will continue to monitor his development.The report claims the Bianconeri are interested in the Irishman and are deciding on whether to make a move when the transfer window reopens. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool will not wilt under the pressure of ending their 29-year wait for a league title, according to former Reds legend John Barnes, despite missing the chance to go seven points clear.Manchester City’s defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday opened the door for Liverpool to strengthen their grip on first place in the Premier League.However, the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at Anfield 24 hours later, meaning their advantage only stands at five points. 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? Barnes is not concerned, though, and believes Jurgen Klopp can guide Liverpool to success this season.”It’s not all doom and gloom,” he told talkSPORT. “It was a great opportunity to go seven points clear, but we’ve added another point.”It’s only January and teams, including Liverpool and Manchester City, will drop more points. We’re not going to have another situation like last year where City went so far ahead of everybody else and didn’t drop points.”Liverpool drawing against a struggling Leicester team, City losing to a struggling Newcastle team – this happens in the Premier League.”So I’d rather see this as a point gained. Yes, it’s an opportunity lost to go seven clear, but we’re one point further ahead.He added: “The pressure isn’t necessarily going to show now, there’s still a long way to go. The pressure really comes into focus around March.”But I think the Jurgen Klopp factor is very important – he really takes every game as it comes, the pressure is to perform in every game, he puts demands on those players to give 100 per cent every time. So I think they’re able to handle the pressure.”Liverpool had enjoyed a seven-point lead earlier this term, but the champions narrowed the gap with a 2-1 win over the Reds at the Etihad on January 3. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane cancelled out a Roberto Firmino effort on that occasion, three months after the sides played out a goalless draw in the reverse Premier League fixture.Liverpool could have another chance to extend their lead at the top when they play West Ham on Monday if City drop points at home to Arsenal on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Alexis Sanchez needs regular match action either at Manchester United or elsewhere, says Chile great Ivan Zamorano.Sanchez left Arsenal for United in January 2018 but has struggled to find his best form at Old Trafford, starting just nine Premier League games last season and scoring once.The 30-year-old has continued to score for Chile, though, netting twice so far at the Copa America, yet Zamorano believes the rust from his club campaign has still been evident in the wins over Japan and Ecuador. 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? And the former Chile star wants Sanchez, who has been linked with Juventus, to be a starter wherever he begins next term.”What’s best for [Sanchez] is to play – wherever he can, be it at Manchester United or any other team,” Zamorano told Omnisport.”The important thing is for him to be constantly competing. I talk from my experience. Sometimes when you’re abroad and you’re not playing, it is hard to regain the level.”We’ve seen it. Alexis hasn’t played in Manchester for a long time, but the second he puts on the Chilean shirt, he’s different. That’s what we like.”No matter how you are doing at your team, we hope at the moment you put on the Chilean shirt you give your best, and that’s what Alexis is doing.”I’m very happy to see him regaining his level and to see him being a vital part of Chile, being a protagonist in South America again.”Sanchez was set to be assessed for an ankle injury ahead of Monday’s clash against Uruguay, with Chile having already sealed their progression out of Group C.Man Utd have already brought in Daniel James from Swansea after the 21-year-old impressed with his pace in wide areas for the Championship side last season.James will provide extra competition for Sanchez next term with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be keen to reshape his squad with young players. Senior players Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba could to depart Old Trafford this summer, with Ander Herrera having already departed following the expiration of his contract.James could get his first competitive opportunity for the Red Devils in their opening Premier League game against Chelsea on August 11.
United States coach Jill Ellis believes playing under Manchester United great Alex Ferguson has rubbed off on her England counterpart Phil Neville.The Lionesses are one step away from reaching their first Women’s World Cup final in France having advanced to a semi-final date with the U.S. in Neville’s maiden major tournament in charge.Neville had never managed a senior male or female team prior to landing the England job in January 2018, but he is quickly earning admirers thanks to the Lionesses’ run. 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 Ellis is not surprised by the success Neville has enjoyed in the past, pointing to a decorated playing career where he won 10 major trophies at Manchester United with Ferguson in charge.”A lot of us are products of our environments and obviously he had a pretty good mentor there for a while,” Ellis said at a news conference to preview Tuesday’s last-four clash with England in Lyon.”I’m not surprised [by Neville’s success]. In terms of managing a team, I think the team has made strides, you can see they’re playing hard, bought into what he wants them to do, I think he’s done a really good job.”I haven’t seen Phil on the inside so I can’t speak to what he’s like in front of his team. My interactions have been purely professional, he conducts himself in a great way. I enjoyed our sideline conversations – he seems like a really genuine person.”As it relates to Sir Alex, I grew up a Man United fan so I can’t speak enough about him as a manager, [he] brought the best out of his players, was ruthless at times.”In that regard, having probably been around Sir Alex at an internal level… everybody affects us, everybody influences us, you take a little bit of that away.”Some things you like, some things you don’t. In our lives we’re all affected by people we come in contact with so I’m sure that’s had the same effect.”The semi-finals are coming. And we can’t wait. #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/PNqA9UI4FU— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 30, 2019Ellis can also list Ferguson as an inspiration, albeit her meeting with the Scot at an awards ceremony was far briefer.Born in England, Ellis grew up a fan of Premier League giants United and said it was natural a great like Ferguson would also influence her. “[He was] super gracious, charming, nice,” she added of the Scot. “It was a brief interaction but I’ve read his books and being a young Man United fan back in the day, I was all in!”I think for me I’ve had a lot of different influences in my life. I’m a sum of all the parts. I think I’m authentic in who I am but I definitely think you grow and you learn from watching and speaking to other people in terms of the experiences you have.”
Major League Soccer is headed to St. Louis and Brian McBride is already excited for the prospects of a rivalry between the expansion side and Chicago Fire. The two cities have a long history of sports rivalries, with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals sharing a division in Major League Baseball, while the Blackhawks and Blues are both members of the National Hockey League’s Central division. That rivalry will now have the chance to extend to the soccer pitch, with St. Louis set to begin play in 2022 after being awarded a team by MLS on Tuesday. 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? And McBride, who played his college soccer at St. Louis University and made over 100 appearances for the Fire during his professional career, is thrilled by the prospects. “I’m really excited,” former Fulham and Columbus Crew forward McBride said on ESPN. “And not just because St. Louis deserves it, and the history of St. Louis. “But now you’ve got this rivalry between Chicago and St. Louis. [It] is there in all professional sports that they both have sports in. And now you have it with the Fire and the St. Louis team that’s coming in. It’s going to be really special.”The new outfit in St. Louis will be the 28th team in MLS, but the club will be the first in one regard – with a majority female ownership group, the first of it’s kind in league history and a rarity in top-level professional sports. And those new owners are hoping to continue the proud legacy of sports achievement in the city as they add a soccer club to the roster of professional teams. “The most interesting aspect, and one we are very proud of, is the fact that we are the first female majority led ownership group in MLS history, and one of few in all professional sports,” St. Louis owner Carolyn Kindle Betz at Tuesday’s announcement. “This is truly a historic day for St. Louis. “I believe it was just a couple months ago we were celebrating our very first Stanley Cup win. So being awarded this MLS team just continues to add to the positive momentum going on in our city. “We are providing a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people and their love for the game. As we have stated from the beginning, we did not want to take resources away from the city. Our goal has always been overwhelmingly to privately finance a team and stadium that fuel the region’s continued growth, bringing people together and creating a lasting legacy for this city.”
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions are locked in a tight contest with the Michigan State Spartans as the game heads to the fourth quarter. Penn State held a 14-7 lead at the half, but the Spartans battled back and the game is tied at 14.The Nittany Lions have struggled in recent history against the Spartans and are in danger of dropping yet another to the division rival. What’s worse for Penn State is the team may have just lost starting running back Miles Sanders to an injury.Sanders ran for a short gain but got rolled up on and could be seen limping off the field.Cameras caught Sanders on the sideline and he seemed to be testing out his left leg.Miles Sanders appears to be in discomfort heading toward the sideline.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 13, 2018The star tailback picked up right where former Penn State star Saquon Barkley left off with the Nittany Lions. He leads the team in rushing and had 152 yards on just 11 carries before leaving the contest.UPDATE: It appears Sanders is good to go.Miles Sanders was ready to check back in if Michigan State accepted penalty, re-played third down. https://t.co/PMRwLCDgxI— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 13, 2018That’s good news for the Nittany Lions moving forward.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)A college football head coach will be leading his team with a heavy heart in its bowl game.Temple interim head coach Ed Foley will be coaching the Owls in their bowl game on Thursday, but he’ll be doing so after learning some terrible family news.Foley’s younger brother passed away last week.Philly.com had more on the tragic news:Since Friday, the bowl preparation has also provided a sense of refuge after the news that day that Cliff Foley, Ed’s younger brother, had passed away.Ed Foley said on Wednesday the cause of the death was still unknown.Cliff Foley, a 1987 graduate of Cherry Hill East where he starred in football and baseball and then enjoyed an excellent baseball career at Villanova, has been living for years in Plano, Texas.During Wednesday’s final press conference at Independence Stadium, Foley talked about his brother and dealing with the tragic situation. (He was asked before the press conference if he would be willing to discuss his brother and Ed Foley was more than willing to oblige.)Our thoughts are with the Foleys and their family and friends.Temple is set to play Duke in the Independence Bowl on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. E.T.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Clemson Tigers once again proved why they are one of the best program in the country year-in and year-out. The Tigers dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl to the tune of a 30-3 win.After the game all of the familiar playoff questions popped back up. Why was Notre Dame in the playoff ahead of Georgia and Ohio State?Those teams finished at No. 5 and No. 6 in the rankings respectively and missed out on an opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff.Now other coaches are wondering about the playoff committee’s method of operations. An anonymous coach spoke with college football insider Bruce Feldman and offered the following comments:“When will the (CFP) committee actually watch personnel? Notre Dame doesn’t have players anywhere close to the three other teams or Georgia. Like watching a NFL team play a college team,” the coach said.Text from an FBS head coach: “When will the (CFP) committee actually watch personnel? Notre Dame doesn’t have players anywere close to the three other teams or Georgia. Like watching a NFL team play a college team.”— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 30, 2018Arguments about the playoff will be made until the end of time.