Posted on Leave a comment

Glenn Murray shows Wolves value of a finisher as Brighton make it three wins in a row


data-js=”article-body” data-insert-mobile-adslot>

Chris Hughton acknowledged Glenn Murray’s fearlessness after Brighton’s 35-year-old striker secured a third consecutive win in the top flight for his club for the first time since 1981.

Knocked out and, Murray displayed a prize-fighter’s powers of recovery to start this game and score his 100th goal for the Albion after an interchange with the full-back, Bruno, who is 38.

“Glenn was adamant he was fine and wanted to play,” Hughton said after Brighton drew level with Manchester United on 14 points. “For us it was always about – wouldolari feels the club needs to consider the futures of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.Solari admits the pair are now in the veteran status.”They are very intelligent football players and, alongside Casemiro, they built one of the best midfields in Real Ma there be a nervousness? Because we followed the protocol we knew medically he was fine. So then really it’s about the player – [whether] we feel there might be some reluctance, a bit of fear. But we never got that feeling off Glenn. My thoughts were always to play him because wjoined Wolves in a deal worth £1m, but will remain on loan at Rochdale until the end of the season.The 17-year-old England Under-18 international scored against Manchester United in the EFL Cup in September.Matheson has made 15 starts for the Leaguee were able to.”

This victory against a stylish but blunt Wolves side marked the first time in 37 years since Brighton have won three in a row at this level. And they have now earned 39 of their 54 Premier League points at the Amex Stadium. 

Murray reached his century a week after he swallowed his tongue on the pitch at St James’ Park and ended up at the local infirmary. If his first-half performance was unconvincing, his work after the interval showed why he has become indispensable to Brighton’s new life at the top.

He also reminded Wolves what they lack: a finisher to round off their incisive passing, which was too good for Hughton’s team in the first-half. Raul Jimenez, with two, is the only Wolves player to score more than one in the league this term, but he was innocuous and removed after an hour.

Murray’s role as totem was further enhanced by his perseverance, which reflects Brighton’s talent for fighting back in games that seem to be going against them.

Wolves changed their league starting line-up for the first time this s want to see a summer transfer settled.That’s according to BILD reporter Christian Falk, who insists both parties are in agreement about an end of season move.Falk posted to social media: “Our story: Leroy Sane is trying to get back into the Germany eason, in their 10th outing, with Diogo Jota apparently paying the price for last week’s defeat to Watford. Adama Traore, who has impressed from the bench, was the beneficiary, for 60 minutes, at any rate. Frustrated by the lack of a goalscoring threat, Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolves manager, made a double substitution after an hour, sending on Ivan Cavaleiro for Jimenez and Kota for Traore. But still Wolves failed to convert possession into goals. Santo said he was “disappointed because we conceded to Brighton’s only shot, disappointed because we were not focused for [Murray’s] goal.”

Hughton on the other could reflect on another notable advance. “The focus in the changing room is on three on the spin, which for a team like ours is very difficult to do,” he said. “In the last two weeks we’ve had to rely on determination in the team – on team spirit, and players defending very very well.

“In the second season in this division you’re always looking down as opposed to up. It’s all about picking up points and securing as big a gap as you can from that bottom three.”

Posted on Leave a comment

Rafa Benitez remains untouchable at Newcastle as he insists ‘2nd place would be fine with me’


data-js=”article-body” data-insert-mobile-adslot>

However, there is also no disguising the fact, Benitez has a squad that is the envy of the division, with the highest wage bill seen outside the top flight. A failure to go up as champions will be just that, regardless of the relief that will pour out of St James’ Park as soon as promotion is assured.

“Second place would be fine with me,” said Benitez, when asked if the title was Brighton’s to lose, although midfielder Isaac Hayden perhaps gave a more honest appraisal of the situation.

“It always matters if you finish first or second doesn’t made eight Premier League appearances and played a crucial role out a January loan move for Vinicius Junior.Looking ahead to Los Blancos’ clash with Alaves at the Estadio de Mendizorrotza on Saturday, Zidane hinted that Vinicius may get his chance to play in the coming weeks.”Vinicius is not going to leave,” Zid in Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup but he is now being considered by LaLiga club Real Betis, according to Estadio Deportivo. Adrian is being considered as a signiit?” said the former Arsenal and Hull City player. “As much as you want to say it doesn’t matter or promotion is the main thing, and of course it is, everyone wants to get promoted, that’s the aim.

“But I think there will be a little bit of a sour taste if we weren’t to go on and win the title. But at the end of the day, promotion is the main objective and you don’t get promoted without winning the games.

“It doesn’t matter about Brighton or Huddersfield, as long as we perform and we get the points necessary in the last few games we are promoted anyway.”

Despite Newcastle’s slightly surprising vulnerability, particularly at home, Benitez has rarely stopped smiling since he became manager.

It is all part of the charm offensive and if it looks forced at times, there is no questioning the positive impact he has had since he arrived in March last year.

Even if they fail to return to the Premier League as champions, Benitez has healed wounds at a club that was tearing itself apart before he arrived 13 months ago. Promotion, in whatever form it is achieved, will prevent financial meltdown, as well justify his own extravagant salary and reputation.

Benitez has united Newcastle with it supporters again and has therefore been spared the sort of criticism that would have been fired at others in his position during the various setbacks this season. It is that calmness under pressure that makes him ideal and two wins and a draw from their remaining four games, will guarantee promotion, with Huddersfield eigndes.The Sun says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has handed United a transfer boost by cooling his interest in Portuguese goal machine Fernandes.Guardiola is making a long-term successor to Fernandinho his No1 priority in the summer window.It meaht points behind with only 15 left to play for.

“After the performance against Leeds, you say to anyone who is a Newcastle fan, that the team will do well in the next games and get the points we need, they would say yes please,” said Benitez.

“I am not pleased because we could not get the three points, but I am happy with the performance and the way the players have reacted.

“We have had a defeat [sic] and made some mistakes but we should have won easily and the performance of the team was so good that we have to be positive.”

Posted on Leave a comment

Improved Miami trying to catch improved Bills


The have already doubled last year’s win total, which means they’re better than abysmal. With a victory Sunday, they could even stake a claim as the most improved team in the AFC East.

Miami plays the surprising Buffalo Bills, who lead the division at 5-1. The Dolphins are last at 2-4 and eager to accelerate their progress.

This game’s important for a lot of reasons,” Miami coach Tony Sparano says.We need to win in our division. We don’t want to fall behind these people. We’re not conceding anything here.”

The Dolphins have been chasing the Bills for a while. Buffalo has won the past four games in the series and seven of the past eight.

And now the Bills could be bound for their first playoff berth since 1999.

We’re off to a good start and we’re beating some pretty good teams,” offensive lineman Duke Preston says.But this thing is far from over and far from set in stone in terms of where we’re going. We need to keep the foot on the pedal.”

The Bills have benefited from a soft schedule, with none of the teams they’ve beaten above .500. Still, the only time they started a seass been hit by a major injury absence.Ritchie has been ruled out for at least two months with ankle ligament damage after being forced off in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester.Ritchie sustained the injury following a tackle from Leicester mion faster was in 1964, and the latest win may have been their most impressive yet: a 23-14 victory over San Diego.

Over the last couple of years, they’ve just been getting better and better,” Miami quarterback Chad Pennington says.They’ve turned some close losses over the past few years into close wins this year.”

Buffalo has come from behind in the fourth quarter to win three times. But coach Dick Jauron sees little significance in his team’s one-game lead over second-place New England in the division.

We’re actually not at the top of it,” Jauron says.We haven’t played a division game.”

A scheduling fluke has the Bills playing all six division games in the final 10 weeks.

The rebuilding Dolphins are 1-1 in the division, and they’ve played to the level of their opposition, which bodes well for Sunday. They upset last year’s AFC finalists, New England and San Diego, while only one of their losses came against a team that has a winning record: Arizona.

“We’ve played well against really good teams,” guard Justin Smiley says.

“They’re a lot better team than they were last year,” Bills safety Donte Whitner says.

Miami has lost two in a row, however, stalling momentum under the new Bill Parcells regime.

Parcells likes physical, run-oriented teams, and the ground game was expected to be the Dolphins’ strength this season. But they’ve been more productive with the pass, and much of their success on the ground has come in the Wildcat formation, with direct snaps to leading rusher Ronnie Brown.

I’m not happy with where we are right now running the football,” Sparano says.We’re getting better. It’s just got to happen faster.”

In their victories, the Dolphins have averaged 192 yards rushing per game and 5.1 per carry. In their defeats, the averages are 72 and 3.3.

Obviously we need to be more effective in the running game and get things going,” Brown says.We’ve shown glimpses of what we’re capable of doing, but we still have a ways to go.”

In last week’s loss to Baltimore, the Wildcat was shut out for the first time, netting 4 yardshampions League was “massive” for Chelsea.The game look destined for a draw before Willian smashed in a world-class volley to give the Blues all three points.It means Chelsea are equal on points with second-placed Valencia in Group H. Speaking after in five plays. The Dolphins blamed their execution rather than the Ravens’ scheme, and they say the package includes some wrinkles they have yet to try.

I don’t think we need to fear it, butpen to a return to Ligue 1.Cut loose by Real this week, Silva has previous experience in Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille.He told Foot Mercato: “Ligue 1 has great clubs and players who represent their national teams around the world, I had a strong e we definitely need to be ready for it,” Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny says.It’s very unique in the league, and they have had a lot of success with it. As long as we are real disciplined in our keys and everyone lines up where we are supposed to be, we should be all right.”

Miami may need some Wildcat fireworks to keep up with the Bills’ improved attack.

The Buffalo offense has totaled 14 touchdowns – seven rushing and seven passing – after scoring only 20 all of last season, a franchise record low for a 16-game season.

Trent Edwards’ growth at quarterback reached a new level last week, when he set a team record by completing 83 percent of his passes (25 of 30) to help beat the Chargers.

Honestly, he looks to me like a different player,” Sparano says.When I watch him, I’m looking at this guy that’s really a veteran type of a quarterback.”

Edwards is better. The Bills are better. The Dolphins are better. Sunday will determine who’s best – for one day.

Posted on Leave a comment

Auburn vs. Mississippi State: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, kickoff time, odds, pick, prediction


No. 7  is coming  off a big road win at Texas A&M and will be looking to keep the momsays Rangers and Roma have enquired about taking Phil Foden on loan.The City youngster has been the centre of attention in Glasgow and Rome ahead of the closing of the transfer window.Foden, one of the bright sparks of England’s otherwise disappointientum going Saturday night when the roll into town in a key SEC West battle. The Tigers defense was flat out nasty against the Aggies and only gave up just 2.7 yards per rushing attempt. That, coupled with the fast start from the offense, helped them build a big lead before alla defender Gabriel Paulista is on his radar.Gabriel is set to gain Spanish nationality in the near future and Enrique has revealed that the Valencia centre-back is among his options for La Roja’s defence.”I am aware of every player who could be calleowing a few late touchdowns to make it interesting on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs rebounded from the loss to Kansas State two weeks ago with a resounding win over Kentucky in Starkville, Mississippi, last weekend.

If Auburn is to keep its hopes of reaching the SEC and national title games alive, they will need to win tough conferences test like this down the stretch. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, could play spoiler in one of the deepest conferences in football once again.

What will happen Saturday night on The Plains? Let’s break down the game and make picks straight up and against the spread.


 It’s safe to say that the Tigers’ defensive front is one of the best in the nation, and will keep them in every game they play. Because of that, and the rest of the rushing attack has been the centerpiece of an offense that is still building with true freshman taking the snaps. Nix is 13th in the SEC in passing with 161.3 yards per game, and coach Gus Malzahn has essentially ignored short and intermediate routes over the middle despite those typically being a big part of an RPO-based offense. The Bulldogs have given up 143.2 yards per game on the ground, which means that you’ll probably see more of the same attack from Malzahn.

Quarterback ‘ status is still in doubt heading into the matchup. What isn’t in doubt is that his backup Garrett Shrader was pretty solid in his first start last week when he completed 77.3% of his passes. Why was he so efficient? Because running back is an absolute monster. The junior has topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in all four games this season, ripped off 120 yards and three touchdowns last weekend and leads the nation with 20 rushing plays of 10 or more yards. The problem for the Bulldogs is that they’ve given up 4.5 yards per rushing attempt — 12th in the SEC.

Viewing information

: Saturday, Sept. 28 | : 7 p.m. ET: Jordan-Hare Stadium — Auburn, AlabamaESPN |    

Game prediction, picks

Auburn’s philosophy is simple — run the ball, play defense and pick spots for Nix to open things up just enough in the passing game to keep opposing teams honest. The same plan will work on Saturday night. Whitlow will wear down a Bulldogs defense thak-four has given his side more freedom.The Magpies blew West Bromwich Albion away by scoring three goals in the first-half of their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Tuesday.And Bruce thinks moving from a back-five has freed up his attacking players.He said:t lacks depth, allow Nix to work off play-action and lead the Tigers to an ugly, yet efficient win and cover. It might be sketchy deep into the second half, but the Tigers are just too much for these Bulldogs. 

AUBURN -11.5 S/U

Posted on Leave a comment

Stanford star RB Christian McCaffrey declares for NFL Draft


This felt like only a matter of time. On Wedensday, dynamic Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced he was leaving college early to declare for the .

In a letter on Stanford’s website called “,” McCaffrey said it was “the best time to live out my dream” and that “there’s nothing more I can put on film.”

I’ve talked to many in and out of the game and received oli president Fabrizio Corsi says they’re yet to field a concrete offer for Ismael Bennacer.The former Arsenal junior’s form this season has brought him to the attention of Napoli – and also has led to talk in Italy of the Gunners re-signng him.Arsenadvice from people whose opinions I greatly respect, including Toby Gerhart, who was here for a game this season. I took their feedback and came to a conclusion: I’m ready.

I talked to Coach Shaw about everything. He completely agreed. Really, it just made sense. The opportunity is right in front of me.

McCaffrey went on to write about the difficulty of leaving Stanford, but this is, as he admits, a clear-cut choice. He is expected to be a first-round pick, . That window may not red PSG striker Edinson Cavani this month.The Telegraph says United are weighing up the possibility of signing Cavani – but are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.Cavani is out of contract at Paris-Saint Germain this summer and lbe there a year from now.

The juni manager Steve Bruce’s appointment has given the players a lift.Shelvey was speaking after their preseason win over West Ham.He said: “At every club when a new manager comes in the training goes up a notch. The players get busy and everyone’s lookior has been one of the most exciting and versatile players in over the past two seasons. He was a Heisman finalist in 2015 and totaled more than 3,800 yards during his breakout campaign. His 2,327 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns were solid, but less notable in 2016.

The timing is also right as far as workload goes. McCaffrey is a utility player who has nearly 600 rushing touches alone over the past two seasons. Put simply, he’s put in the work and there’s nothing else left for him to prove at this level.

Posted on Leave a comment

SEC Power Rankings: Arkansas, Auburn climb as SEC West dominates top of list


For those wondering whether was a legitimate threat to , Saturday’s 49-10 whitewashing in Knoxville gave you an emphatic “no” as the answer to that question.

In Week 9 ittriker Danny Ings.The Telegraph says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an approach for the 27-year-old after Marcus Rashford was ruled out for six weeks with a back injury.Ings has been in top form for the Saints this season, netting 16 goals in all competit’s going to be Texas A&M’s turn to try and knock off the champs, and the Aggies must do so as 16.5-point underdogs in Tuscaloosa. Alabama appears to be back to juggernaut status in the SEC, which means the intrigue for the top spot in our power rankings remains pretty low.

However, the rest of the rankings got shuffled up thanks to some big wins by teams like and , and more confusion at the bottom of the conference.

Here are the Week 9 SEC Power Rankings:

RankTeamReasonLast Week1Alabama is figuring out how good he is and is building confidence each week. The defense is outscoring some offenses. Lane Kiffin’s tossing his visor to Vols fans. It’s just another season of Alabama football in T-Town. 12Texas A&MThe bye week gave the Aggies extra time to prepare for the Tide. We’ll see if that pays dividends on Saturday. The good news: they have a rare quarterback with great memories of playing Alabama in . 23ArkansasA week after taking a loss at the hands of Alabama — no shame there — the Hogs turned around to beat Ole Miss in thrilling fashion for the second straight year. This is a resilient Arkansas bunch and, while the defense has some holes, the offense is clipping along despite having replaced so much from last year. I’ve been impressed by the Razorbacks so far this season. 54Auburn*whispers* Auburn might be good, y’all. The defense appears to be nasty and the offense is starting to play well. I need to see the offense do it against someone other than and ULM before I’m fully on board, but I have one foot on the Tigers’ bandwagon. First test: Arkansas this week. 65Ole MissI have a feeling Hugh Freeze is about tired of playing Arkansas after the way the last two games have gone. The Rebels fell to 3-3 with the loss Saturday, but they’re probably the nation’s best 3-3 team for whatever that’s worth. Things don’t get easier this week as they must head down to Baton Rouge for a night game with LSU.36Somehow, the Gators are now your SEC East leaders. This appears to be happening again. The defense in Gainesville is filthy. The offense can do things against mediocre-to-bad defenses, and, lucky for them, that’s what the entire SEC East is made up of outside of Knoxville. The makeup game in Baton Rouge looms very large for the SEC East title race. 87LSULike Auburn, LSU has seen a resurgew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.The young pair were outstanding in their Champions League triumph last season.”Both Andy and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] on the other side had incredible seasons,” Warnock told”I think last seasonence since their loss on the Plains. Coach O has the boys in Baton Rouge playing inspired football and a win on Saturday against Ole Miss would have them right back in the conversation for the SEC West race with only one conference loss. 78TennesseeThis might be a harsh drop for the Vols, but that wasn’t just a loss to Alabama — it was a crushing defeat. Tennessee got outplayed in all three phases of the game by the Tide and looked to clearly be the inferior team. That said, the Vols should make a steady climb back up these rankings as they will be heavy favorites in each of their final five games to close the season. 49A bye week after a victory is a good thing for Kentucky. Another winnable game is coming the ‘Cats way this week in the form of Mississippi State. Bowl eligibility is not out of the question for Kentucky, which is an amazing thing to think about after the start to the season. 1010I don’t understand this Vanderbilt team, but I can’t help but love them. is a monster at middle linebacker and when the defense is right they’re nasty. The offense is still miserable to watch, but every once in a while the running game gets rolling. The road win over is a huge moment for Derek Mason’s bunch, so enjoy this one ‘Dores. 1411Mississippi StateTake pride in being one of the ‘s best quarterbacks so far this season, Bulldog fans. That will help take the sting out of this season in Starkville. 1112GeorgiaI was wondering if Georgia could find new lows this season. Losing to Vanderbilt at homr is happy with what he’s seen from Adams and is backing him to come good.He said: “He is a little bit unlucky sometimes with his actions. The pre-season was much easier for him where he scored immediately and this gives you self-confidence.“He ie for the first time since 2006 seems to qualify. 913The Tigers took it on the chin in Gainesville on Saturday. The somewhat promising offense of the early season has turned back into a pumpkin. 1214Alright, Gamecocks. You’re nearly three touchdown favorites this week over UMass. You can do this. Get yourselves a convincing win this week. 13

Posted on Leave a comment

Bowl Bits: Louisiana Tech 35, Illinois 18 (Heart of Dallas Bowl)


Louisiana Tech picked up its first bowl win since 2008 by beating Illinois 35-18 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Thster City youngster Brandon Barker is wanted by Celtic.The Celtic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”>Daily MailCeltic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”> says Celtic are lining up a cut-price e Bulldogs win was just the latest for Conference USA, which is having a very nice bowl season as the conference now sits at 4-1.

: If you were to look at the box score and not know the final score you’d probably think Illinois won the game. The Illini outgained Louisiana Tech by nearly io has been named new coach of SPAL.Di Biagio replaces Leonardo Semplici, who had been with the club since 2014 and brought them up from Serie C to A, was given his marching orders yesterday after a poor run of results.He will sign a six month contra100 yards (they had a 200-yard advantage in the third quarter) and held on to the ball 10 minutes longer than the Bulldogs, but it was Louisiana Tech making the big plays that Illinois couldn’t.

The Bulldogs finished with only 361 yards of offense, but 150 of them came on two plays: an 80-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Dixon and a 70-yard pass to Carlos Henderson that set up another Dixon score. T fans while stuck in traffic following Sunday’s draw against Crystal Palace.A video posted to social media shows a number of supporters surrounding Aubameyang’s chrome Lamborghini Aventador as he tries to make his way home from the Emirates Stadium.Ohe Bulldogs also had a pick-six courtesy of Xavier Woods, who picked off a Reilly O’Toole pass in the second quarter and took it 69-yards to the house.

: It has to go to Louisiana Tech defensive end Houston Bates. Bates was in an odd position in this game, as he spent the beginning of his career with Illinois before transferring to Louisiana Tech for the 2014 season. Bates was not kind to his former team in this one, finishing the day with 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He had 3.5 sacks for the Illini in the entire 2013 season.

: I’ll let you decide. It’s either Kenneth Dixon’s 80-yard touchdown catch and run…

Add 7 more Cody Sokol finds a wide-open Kenneth Dixon for an 80 yd TD. 14-3 Louisiana Tech »

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB)

…or it’s the kicker slipping and falling down on the opening kickoff. You tell me.

: Reilly O’Toole is Illinois’ quarterback, and he also has a name that sounds like a restaurant chain.

Present your ticket stub for half price jalapeño poppers tonight at any Dallas area Reilly O’Toole’s

— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini)

. Listen, the game wasn’t good. If you are somebody who thinks there are too many bowl games every season, this is probably a game you’d point to as evidence. And I get that. I wouldn’t agree with you, but I get it.

But even though the game itself wasn’t the best-executed football you’re ever going to see, it had enough moments to warrant the C+ grade. Even if some of those moments were just for the belly laughs at the sheer idiocy of it all.

Posted on Leave a comment

PGA DFS, BMW Championship 2019: Best DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy golf lineups, picks


tar Belgrade ace Milan Pavkov admits an early miss against Tottenham is still haunting him.Tottenham ran out 4-0 Champions League winners at tSanllehi says football director Edu deserves the credit for Mikel Arteta’s appoiness admitted he feared that Chelsea needed a new striker after suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat by Manchester United in their first Premier League game of the season. He told Sky Sports: “Frank will point to them having 54 per cent possession of the balltment.Sanllehi revealed it was Edu who drove the deal.He said, “It’s been of course led by Edu, our technical director, he’s the one that made the first filter of the cohe Marakana, but Pavkov had a great chance to score for Red Star on 22 minutes.In an one-on-one with Spurs g

Posted on Leave a comment

Spieth, Palmer try to capitalize on ball-striking as they chase Zurich Classic win


Milan are expected to soon apa America did the world of good for Tottenham teammate Juan Foyth.Foyth only had three caps for Argentine prior to the tournament, but managed to play a big role in the country finishing third in the tournament.”He’s a young player who always wants nnounce the departure of director Zvonimir Boban.Corriere dello Sport repostimate Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last-16 tie.The Reds are 25 points clear on top of the Premier League, while Atleti have struggled in the La Liga and currently over 10 points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. But Klopp says none of rts this morning that Boban said his farewell to staff and players on Tuesday.Boban’s position has become untenable after launching a public attack

Posted on Leave a comment

VIDEO: Graham DeLaet does his best Tiger Woods impression


e Magpies were beaten 3-1 on a day in which Jetro Wi, have revealed that the booze was flowing as they celebrated the “incredible” victory against Manchester City.Norwich stunned the champions on Saturday.“It was incredible… a lot of alcohol was consumed,” she told talkSPORT.“We are totally ovllems handed them the lead on Merseyside.But two goals from Sadio Mane and a strike from Mo Salah added some reality to the scoreline.Bruce said: “I am pleased with a lot of parts todao Crystal Palace was a blow.The Wales international, who marked his debut with a goal in the 4-0 home win over Chelsea, equalised against the Eagles and believes that the Reds deserved to get more from the game given an improved second-half performany, there is

Posted on Leave a comment

Jon Gruden thinks the NFL should abolish instant replay


With the unrivaled popularity and nonstop scrutiny, the NFL will always be one play, one missed call, one botched coin flip away from controversy. Fair or not, it’s the reality of doing business in a day and age where nothing slips past Internet sleuthers, media talking heads and just about everybody else.

But instead of more oversight and regulation — namely in the form of more instant replay — ESPN analyst and former coach Jon Gruden is in favor of less of it. Like, a lot less of it.

“I would eliminate all of it,” Gruden said in an interview with Men’s Fitness, via .  “Everything’s disputed now. Was he inbounds? Was it a turnover? It’s taken the juice out of the stadium. There are too many timeouts. Let the people at Southampton was their first away from home in the Premier League since March.Reid told the Guardian: “It is a struggle. I was at the Man City game recently and some people were clapping. We got beat 3-1. Standards have slipped.“Manchester Cityon the field officiate and hold them accountable. Look, there’s going to be some bang-bang plays that have to be officiated. And who’s going to make the decision? The instant replay man in New York City?”

The incessant time stoppages make for a fair argument against instant replay, but we can only imagine the social-media outrage should, God forbid, an official miss a call. We’re already inundated with conspiracy theories every time (insert team you think is backed by the Illuminati) catches a break.

Ultimately, the goal should be to get the call right. We’d like to think that happens more often with instant replay. That said, replay reviews can and should be shorter for the benefit of everybody invoto congratulate him after their 2-0 win over Manchester United last night.The Gunners claimed their first win under Arteta in convincing fashion as Ozil’s resurgence under his former team-mate continued with an impressive performance.And Arteta was klved, from the fans in the stadium to those watching on television, to the players and coaches. Whether that happens is another matter.

But doing away with replay altogether doesn’t seem like a long-term solution, even if we talk about holding people accountable. The NFL does that now when it punishes officials for egregious mistakes. We’re not willing to say the officiating is sio Turin.The France international is expected to leave United this summer, with Juve and Real Madrid both keen.And Tuttosport says Juve are already doing their sums ahead of the summer market.Juve’s board believe it will take €100m to convince Unitegnificantly better as a consequence. 

Posted on Leave a comment

Brandon Weeden, Terrance Williams deliver perfect game-tying TD


Who had leading the on a 91-yard, game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter against and the ?

Well, that’s exactly what happened on Sunday Night Football. With the Saints holding a 20-13 lead in the fourth quarter, Weeden engineered an eight-play drive that spanned over 90 percent of the field. The drive ended with this perfect fade to , who did well to secure the ball while going to the ground.

The Cowboys tie it up!

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports)

And, of course, that last detail is something injured Cowboys wide receiver appreciates.

40 just got humbled

— Dez Bryr he left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona.The Atletico striker spoke to Youtube channel Que Partidazo. “His dream was to play with (Lionel) Messi and with (Luis) Suarez,” said Costa.”We all know the player that (Griezmann) is. As a player you always waant (@DezBryantptain David Beckham.Nevin wrote for “One skill that looks much easier than it first appears is sending in a vicious cross at pace, with perfect direction while on the run. Think of David Beckham at his best, his crossing was his finest)

Brees responded by marchit how his side have proven the critics wrong about their Premier League chances.The newly promoted club were written off by most pundits as certainties to go down.But they have thrived in the top flight and could win European qualification for next sng the Saints right down the field, but the Saints missed the field goal, which means overtime will settle this game.

Posted on Leave a comment

Rams switch to year-to-year lease, can leave in 2016


The notified St. Louis regional officials they’re converting their 30-year lease, which was set to expire in 2025, to a year-to-year tenancy, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The move means the team will play at the Edward Jones Dome next season but is after March 31, 2016.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is planning a domed, 80,000-seat stadium on the site of a defunct horse track in Inglewood, Calif. Monday, yan Giggs has claimed Daniel James is the fastest player he has ever witnessed in his playing and managerial career.The 21-year-old was signed by United from Swansea City on Wednesday.”First of all, his best attribute is his speed,” Giw six-year naming rights deal with insurance company Reale Seguros, /.The financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed, but Spanish outlet Palco23 says it is worth an annual €1.5 million (US$1.7 million).The deal, which sees Reale Segggs told Unitedproject organizers with 20,000-plus signatures to get the plan before voters in Inglewood, reports the Associated Press.

A task force appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon countered with a proposal for a 64,000-seat, open-air stadium north of downtown St. Louis. officials have said they’re working on a viable plan for St. Louis, per the Post-Dispatch.

Late Monday, the governor’s task force released this statement, obtained by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora:

“The Rams told us today of their decision to engage in an annual one-year lease with the rtens.The Belgium international is off contract in June and free to discuss Bosman terms with foreign clubs.Le 10 Sport says Chelsea and Inter are in contact with Mertens’ minders.The 32-year-old Mertens remains in limbo, as he has not yet been able [Convention & Visitors Bureau], as well as their submission of petition signatures for the ballot initiative in Inglewood. We appreciate the Rams personally informing us of their decision here in St. Louis as well as their filing in Inglewood. Neither of these actions was unexpected, nor do they have any effect on our stadium plans for the north riverfront of St. Louis.”

For Kroenke to move the Rams to the Los Angeles area, he must get approval from 24 of the league’s 32 teams.

Posted on Leave a comment

Richard Sherman impressed with Odell Beckham Jr: He’s a great player


For the second week in a row, wide receiver Jr. finished a game with over 100 yards receiving. In Week 9 against the , Beckham put up 158 yards . Then on Sunday against the , Beckham followed that up with seven catches for 108 yards. 

spent part of the game covering Beckham and he came away impressed with the Giants rookie after . 

“Be says Fernandes could be in stands for United’s visit to Liverpool on Sunday as talks continue over the Sporting captain’s transfer.United are moving to secure the transfer of midfielder Fernandes for a fee in principle of £50million rising to £65mckham is a great player,” Sherman said, . “So they had to depend on him and take risks and take shots in games like this. He was able to get one earlier, which was a great play by him.”

That ‘one’ Beckham got against Sherman was a 44-yard catch in the first quarter. 

It was a nice catch, but that was only half of it. Beckham also put on a nice double-move.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also came away from the game impressed with Beckham.

“I thought Beckham was really good,”Carroll said. “He really came out of there and he was the big factor early on. I thought he showed that he was a really good football player [a target for Arsenal after their sacking of Unai Emery on Friday.The Daily Mail says Wolves players are growing increasingly concerned that Nuno’s time at the club may be coming to an end. But the club would.The 21-year-old, signed from Crystal Palace in the summer, has been impressive on the field so far this season.And speaking to club’s website, Wan-Bissaka said he was also feeling good off the pitch.He said: “I’ve settled down now. A couple of weeks fight hard to keep Nuno, whose £3m-a-yearSunday], and they’ve got a great one in that kid.”

Beckham and Sherman exchanged jerseys after the game, where the Pro Bowl corner gave the rookie some advice. 

“‘You’re the real deal. You just have to keep working,'” Beckham said that Sherman told him. “And he was kind of telling me some of the things that were going on and some of the things he was seeing. He said, ‘You’re going to be a great player. Keep working.'”

Posted on Leave a comment

Sheriff: Aaron Hernandez ‘probably’ will be allowed to watch Patriots


Aaron Hernandez didn’t get to watch go up against the last time the and played, but this time around, Hernandez will likely be allowed to watch. 

Suffolk Sheriff Steven Tompkins  that Hernandez has been a ‘model citizen’ in jail and that he’s likely earned the right to watch his former team play. 

“He’s doing fine,” Tompkins said. “No problems, no complaints, so I think everything’s working out right. He can probably watch the Patriots games.”

When the Patriots and Broncos played in January’s AFC Championship game, Hernandez and wasn’t allowed to watch. Hernandez then  to his legal team in Boston.

The former Patriots tight end turned triple murder suspect is currently in jail as of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Hernandez is also shooting thatb Brugge attacker Arnaut Groeneveld.Voetbal International says Groeneveld, 22, feels ready to take a new step in his career this summer.Club Brugge resisted an approach from ACk fullback Stephen O’Donnell.The Daily Mail says Middlesbrough, Derby County, Stoke City and Sheffield United are all interested in the Scotland right-back.The 27-year-old has 12 months remaining on his Killie contract and the board at Rugby Park cou Milan towards the end of last season, but now Spurs are in contact about took placestripped of the captaincy at Arsenal, Xhaka has found fresh support with his national team.”The matter is ticked off for me,” said Xhaka. “I’m ready.” Nati coach Vladimir Petkovic is delighted with what he’s seen from Xhaka in training, having been i outside of a Boston nightclub in 2012. 

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges.