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Man Utd counter-punch Watford into submission in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent manager

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et this was 90 minutes that supported that the only change from the “defensive, counter-attacking football” of Jose Mourinho “is that Solskjaer is winning”. United certainly do the counter punch well, and the game’s highlight was a sublime pass from Shaw for Rashford’s goal, but Watford had 20 shots all told and as many on target – eight – as their opponents had efforts at all.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera were uniformly dismal, outshone throughout by Doucoure, and with no platform in midfield, United were indebted to some robust defending and Watford’s tendency to snatch at chances. Pogba has had a lot more good games under Solskjaer than bad ones but it is telling that when he plays poorly – and he spent much of this match half-heartedly milling around and cheaply conceding possession – United suffer terribly for it.

Addressing that is one of several challenges for Solskjaer. “Paul is important for us and we couldn’t keep the ball,” he said. “He has been away, played two games with France – a bit deeper for them – so that is something we may have to think about to get him more involved.”

“This is the start of the start,” said Solskjaer in his programme notes, although that message had obviously not got through to his players before Rashford opened the scoring. United were slow, sloppy, sluggish and half asleep. Passes were underhit or misplaced, which invited needless pressure against a Watford side who could not have imagined they would be given so much room and who, with a little more composure, could and probably should have taken the lead. Doucoure dragged a shot wide from 12 yards as the goal opened up, Troy Deeney forced David De Gea to scoop the ball away with a header and an effort from Roberto Pereyra lacked the power to trouble the United goalkeeper.

olskjaer will have b boss Chris Wilder blew a fuse over VAR after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham yesterday.Wilder called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video reeen most grateful that his team scored first – and what a goal it was. Shaw has been United’s most consistent performer this season and he was their best on show again here. Winning the ball from Deeney deep inside his own half with a well-timed interception, the England left back galloped forward, looked up and, still in his own half, is “baffled” by Mesut Ozil’s lack of involvement this season.The German has not featured in Unai Emery’s last three match-day squads.”I want to see more offensive players on the pitch in positions where we’re going to be able to hurt teams,” Wright bent a quite superb low 40-yard pass in behind Christian Kabasele that Rashford, perfectly positioned in between the Watford defender and Miguel Britos, did not need to break stride to run on to. The England striker took one touch and then, with his second, dinked the ball past the onrushing Ben Foster.

he goal settled United. They were denied a second soon after when Foster made an excellent reaction save from Martial and created several other inviting openings but the momentum built up in the closing stages of that half evaporated after the interval. Off the pace and sitting deeper and deeper, Watford were encouraged to attack. De Gea had to be alert to push away a shot from Pereyra and Will Hughes shot wide from an attack that originated from Pogba squandering possession and it became very apparent that something had to change for United.

errera and Juan Mata made way for Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard just after the hour mark as Solskjaer sought more impetus and those two substitutes would eventually combine to tee up Martial for United’s second against the run of play, the Frenchman scooping the ball home on the rebound from close range after Foster had saved his initial backheel. Doucoure’s goal – slicing through the heart of United’s defence after a one-two with Isaac Success – simply came too late for Watford.

“It’s difficult to explain [how we lost] because we created chances, had more shots, spent a lot of time in the opposition half,” Gracia said. “We need to make a step forward against these teams but I believe we can do it. I see it every day, the commitment and belief from my players, I can feel it but we have to show it.”

was left out of United’s squad after the defender – whose wife Maja has just given birth to a baby son – had received death threats for pulling out of Sweden’s squad for their recent internationals. "We felt Victor was better off not playing because he’s had a couple of things to sort out," Solskjaer said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ere is Watford’s knocking on the United door visualised. No answer yet. 

atford line up thus:

"If I can walk out of here, when leaving the club, having won things – of course, the Premier League – then I’d be a proud man. I’m a happy man, I’m a determined man – the day I walk out of here, I hope to be a proud man."

alk will now be about transfer targets, new contracts and clearing out the deadwood: the bread-and-butter duties of a permanent Premier League manager. But, first, the tricky proposition of a visit from Watford. Honeymoon’s over, the real job starts now.

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Glenn Murray says Brighton’s win at Crystal Palace is perfect preparation for Millwall FA Cup tie

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lthough Chris Hughton, Brighton’s manager, maintains Premier League survival remains the priority, dressing-room attention is fixed firmly on FA Cup progress.

“That’s our focus now. We can do special things. We can get to Wembley for the semi-finals and you never know what might happen,” said Lewis Dunk, the stand-in captain who showed true leadership qualities in Brighton’s backline on Saturday.

Dunk played a full part in Brighton’s wild celebrations at the final whistle on Saturday. While a clearly emotego Maradona was superior to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.Comparisons are being drawn between the Argentine pair with Napoli to host Barca tonight in their Champions League first-leg round 16 clash.Alemao won the Scudetto with Maradona and told Radio ional Knockaert  removed his shirt to display tattoos of both his father and son, the Brighton-born Dunk also made the most of the moment.

Dunk said: “It’s giving something back to the fans. I’m a local boy, they are the rival club so I’m always going to get it. It’s just nice to celebrate in their ground at the end.”

He also hailed Knockaert’s stunning winner, saying “It was a special finish and you could see what it meant to us at the end. We need people to stand up like that and he did. He couldn’t have placed it any better.”

Dunk epitomised Brighton’s determination and resilience, and is being backed by his manager for a call-up to the England set-up when Gareth Southgate names his squad for the two forthcoming Euro qualifiers on Wednesday.

Hughton said: “He’s at that level. What got him the cap in the first place is what he has now. There would not be any player in the England manager’s thinking that is not going to be up and down. I don’t think he’s changed. He is still the same level of player as he ever was.”

alace also have an interest in the FA Cup but the mood around Selhurst Park was in stark contrast to that of their fierce rivals.

Roy Hodgson’s side face a similarly awkward quarter-final on Saturday when they travel to Watford.

Palace, however, can draw hope from the fact their away form is significantly better than that they produce in front of their home supporters, where they have now won just one of their last seven league matches.

Milivojevic summed up south London frustrations after they emerged with nothing to show from a game in which they enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession.

The Palace captain said: “For 90 minutes we controlled the game and in the end they hey’re confident signing Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.McAllister believes Rangers will be “first in line” to loan Ryan Kent this summer – should Liverpool decide against selling the winger in the transfer window. “It is ongoing, but the decisions at Lad two shots and scored two goals. Brighton defended very well. We are very disappointed. What can we do? That’s football.”

Palace, like Brighton, are on the fringes of the relegation battle but can lend their season a whole new dimension with FA Cup success.

Milco Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.The Mirror says with his proposed move to Barcelona suddenly in jeopardy, Griezmann could yet find himself at Old Trafford.The 28-year-old has already confirmed he will move on from Atletico, and it looked almost ivojevic said: “We’re going to try to reach the semi-final to bring our fans to Wembley. We’re going to have a whole week to prepare for that game and from Monday we are turning our attention to that one."

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Bills Today: Buffalo's newest safety eager to play with Hyde and Poyer

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The Bills wasted no time adding depth at the safety position, as they signed Rafael Bush on the first day of the 2018 free agency period. He joins one of the best safe Vardy.Vardy appeared to collect a hamstring injury during their 4-1 rout of West Ham.But Rodgers said, “It is not his hamstring which is good. Hopefully over the next couple of days it will ease off and he will be fit.”Jamie is a real talisman for tty duos in the NFL from a season ago.

Bush mentioned that he’s antsy to play with Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. In 2017, that tandem combined for 10 interceptions, more than any pair of safeties in the league.

“Well, I’m just looking forward to working with those two guys. As a tandem last year, I think they had maybe, what, 10 interceptions?” said Bush. “As a unit last year, the secondary was pretty good. I’m just here to kind of just bring my skill set to the team and help in whatever way I can.”

Bush has made plays in a variety of ways at safety throughout his seven-year career. In 76 career games (18 starts), he’s tallied 190 tackles, 13 passes defended, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two sacks, one forced fumble, and one defensive touchdown.

As a fellow safety, it’s come natural for Bush tracking the success of Hyde and Poyer.

“I think just being a safety, you look at other safeties around the league, so that’s kind of natural for guys, myself included,” he said. “Watching those guys play together, I’ve been watching Micah Hyde in Green Bay for some years, and I always thought he was a great player.

“Poyer was one of those guys that was a special teams player at first. I kind of can relate to that, being that myself, and then kind of getting the opportunity to play and making the most of his opportunities. I respect that, so like I said, I’m excited to work with those guys and can’t wait to get to work.”

The Bills undoubtedly inherited a winner with their latest quarterback signing. Former Alabama Crimson Tide signal-caller, AJ McCarron, has three BCS National Championship rings to his name.

So, what does the newest Bills QB do with those championship rings?

“Mine, I give them to my family. My uncle has one, my dad has one and my grandpa has one,” said McCarron. “I don’t ever wear one. I play just because I love playing the game. I let them enjoy all that.”

In McCarron’s four seasons at Alabama, he posted some absurd numbers. In 53 games, he threw for 9,019 yards, 77 touchdowns, and only 15 interceptions.

McCarron got his first national championship ring in 2009 when he was redshirting as a true freshman and the Crimson Tide went 14-0. The quarterback had a much more significant role in earning his last two championship rings. He was named the Offensive Player of the Game in ‘Bama’s 2011 national title-winning performance in a 21-0 win over LSU.

He then followed that up with another national title the following season as Alabama routed Notre Dame 42-14 for the 2012 national championship.

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Tate joined on Thursday to discuss his free agency process.

“I’m in Cincinnati right now,” he said. “Right now, I’m working out and I’ve got a couple of teams interested, but nothing is official yet. I’m just working out and hanging with my wife and my kids.”

Tate, a nine-year veteran in the NFL, has played with three different teams in his career. His first two years (2009-2010) were with the New England Patriots. After his time with the Pats, he went on to play five seasons (2011-2015) for the Cincinnati Bengals. After his five-year stint in Cincy, Tate came to Buffalo where he’s spent the past two seasons (2016-2017).

With free agency a few days old, Tate was asked if he’s heard from the Bills.

“No, I haven’t heard from the Bills yet, but it’s still early,” he said. “Anything can change from hour to hour so I’m patiently waiting.”

In his two seasons with the Bills, Tate mainly served as a return man. He returned 46 punts in Buffalo, averaging 10.7 yards per return. As a kick returner, he took back 57 kicks and averaged 21.2 yards per return.

It’s uncertain whd he misses Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Real Madrid 18 months ago for Juventus and Messi has admitted in the past he appreciated the presence of the Portuguese in the LaLiga. Messi felt Ronaldo forced him to continually improve as a player.And yesether Tate will return to Buffalo or not. One thing’s for certain, he enjoyed the past two years here.

“I felt like it went pretty good. We went to the playoffs, which was good for the organization,” he said. “I have no complaints about Buffalo. I love it up there.”

ed the performance of Ethan Ampadu after victory over Azerbaijan.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard opted to allow Ampadu to join German challengers RB Leipzig on loan for his first season as Blues boss despite their ongoing transfer ban.Giggs said: “He’s ha

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Bills Today: Whaley to spearhead coaching search

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Here’s the Bills news of note for Dec. 28th.

With Rex Ryan relieved of his coaching duties Tuesday, the search for a new head coach will begin in earnest by the Bills. The team confirmed that GM Doug Whaley will head up the process.

The Bills general manager was part of the process two years ago and made his recommendations, but indication now is Whaley will take a lead role in the search for a new head coach.

He could begin to put out requests to interview coaching candidates as soon as the end of the week.

Interim head coach ays Real Betis will reject any offer from Liverpool for Firpo this summer.Firpo is believed to be firmly in the plans of coach Rubi ahead of the new campaign with the 22-year-old impressing last term.Liverpool, therefore, would need to pay the £45m Anthony Lynn is expected to be a consideration.

Buffalo’s league-leading rushing attack made a sizable climb up the franchise’s single-season rushing list in Week 16. Entering last Saturday’s game the 2016 Bills ranked 10th in team history in rushing yards with 2,290. After their 272-yard rushing performance they’ve vaulted themselves into the top 5.

“We kind of did what we wanted moving the ball,” said LeSean McCoy, who had his seventh 100-yard rushing day. “Running the ball, running the ball, taking shots. oach Florian k to his best.The Belgian has been in imperious form in recent weeks, with his man-of-the-match displays against Arsenal and Leicester vital in securing maximum points from two tough games.It’s seen a surge of praise for the midfielder, something EdeKohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculThe way that we’re built. That’s how we’re built. We run the ball and then take some shots.”

Buffalo now has 2,562 rushing yards on the season, which ranks as the fourth-best single season rushing with a game to play. They’re expected to pass the 1976 Bills (2,566) in the season finale against the Jets sitting just four yards behind them.

That figures to be where Buffalo’s 2016 run game will finish in club annals knowing they would need more than 400 yards on the ground to even surpass the 1975 Bills (2,974) who hold the number two spot all-time.

The 2016 Bills are however, expected to finish as the club’s all-time single-season leader in yards per carry average. They currently sit in the top spot at 5.52 yards per carry. It’s almost a half yard better than the 1973 Bills.

All season long the Bills offense has been experts when it comes to ball security. Last Saturday marked the eighth time this season they have not committed a turnover. It extended a new Bills single-season mark (previous mark was six games without turnover in 2015).

Buffalo has just nine turnovers through 15 games. That ties the NFL record low set by New England in the 2010 season.

If the Bills go without a giveaway against the Jets on Sunday it would set a new NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season. Buffalo’s previous record low was 19 last season.

The NFL record low is 10 originally set by the 2010 Patriots and matched by the 2011 San Francisco 49ers.

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Bills name Marvin Allen and Brian Adams national scouts

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The Bills pro and college scouting departments are filling up quickly. On Thursday the team announced the hiring of Marvin Allen and Brian Adams as National Scouts.

“Both men are veterans in this league. They’ve been in it for a long time,” said Bills GM Brandon Beane. “It’s the same thing as players, we want to grow and develop. These are two guys who will be over the younger scouts and be part of helping us grow and develop our scouting staff. You just can’t replace their time and accomplishments in the league.”   

Allen has spent the last four years as the Director of College Scohis style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had uting for the Kansas City Chiefs. A 24-year veteran in NFL scouting, he also spent five years scouting for the Atlanta Falcons, serving as a National Scout after a few years as a regional scout.

The early part of his career was spent with the New England Patriots where he served as an area scout ed with Barcelona.Griezmann finally completed his long-awaited move from Atlético de Madrid to Camp Nou on Friday having seemed set to join Barça last year before opting to stay put. Barça triggered the €120million release clause in his contractfor 16 years (1993-2008).

“Marvin started in the 90’s. He’s most recently been a college (scouting) director so he’s sat in that seat,” Beane said. “He’s going to be a great resource not only for me, but for all our college scouts.”

Allen also had a four-year NFL career as a running back with the PatJody Morris said Chelsea need to address their home form ahead of their third round FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.With Tribalfootball.com in attendance, Frank Lampard’s assistant was standing in for the pre-match press conference and sariots, who made him an 11th-round pick in the 1988 NFL draft.

Adams has more than 30 years of scouting experience. He spent the 2016 campaign as the Midwest regional scout for the Dallas Cowboys, but spent seven years with the Saints. He also has a working history with Beane, spending seven years in the Panthers scouting department.

“I worked with Brian in Carolina. We had a long history there,” said Beane. “Brian went to the Saints to take a promotion to Assistant Director of College Scouting, and was most recently with Dallas. He’s a veteran in scouting and well respected across the league. I look forward to reuniting with him.”

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5 things we learned about the offense

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It’s only been seven games, but the offense underwent a lot of change this past offseason. Change in scheme, change in offensive coordinator, change in quarterback and at a host of other positions. So what have we learned about Buffalo’s offense through the first seven games? Here are some of the more important revelations.

We’ve only seen him ztof Piatek admits he wants a move to England.The Poland international has been linked with Tottenham and Manchester United this week.And his father Vladislav said: “He knows what he wants: to play as much as possible and to impress at the European Cplay five games, but his most recent performance proved that Tyrod Taylor is capable of taking over a game to lift his team to victory. When everything was going wrong on offense back in Week 5 at Tennessee, Taylor willed his team to a one-point win converting a 3rd-and-23, throwing a 46-yard bomb, making a one-handed catch in a goal-to-go situation and throwing a game-winning touchdown pass on the same drive.

It’s a shame a knee injury slowed the quarterback’s momentum, but he’s expected back after the bye week.

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Charles Clay ty boss Pep Guardiola says they’re playing like relegation candidates.He felt the champions underperformed in the first half of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.”If we play like we did in the first half, we will be relegated or in the relegation pin seven games has shown that he can be a difference maker in the passing game. If he can maintain his current pace, his 78 catches and 800 receiving yards would not only be personal single-season bests, but would shatter the franchise mark for the tight end position.

In no way is Buffalo a poor scoring team when it comes to executing in the red zone. The Bills rank a respectable 13th in the league in red zone touchdown efficiency at an even 60 percent. It’s just that scoring from distance has come a bit easier so far this season.

From Percy Harvin’s 51-yard touchdown catch in Week 1 to EJ Manuel’s 58-yard bomb to Marcus Easley in London, Buffalo has turned big plays into points. That’s why the Bills lead the league in points scored outside the red zone with a total of 92 through seven games. That’s more than half of the team’s points this season (52.2%).

Buffalo’s run game was pretty productive through the first three weeks of the season, then hit a road block in the form of the league’s number two run defense in the Giants in Week 4. They were also without top rusher LeSean McCoy for that game, and proceeded to lose Karlos Williams to a concussion.

With McCoy finally approaching 100 percent health Buffalo’s run game is on the rebound. Since the Week 4 loss to the Giants, the Bills are averaging 4.5 yards per carry and have the sixth-highest percentage of carries that have gone for 10 yards or more (14%).

Currently ranked 11th in the NFL, Buffalo’s run game is miles better than they were last season when they ranked a disappointing 25th in the league.

The talent in Buffalo’s receiving corps is well documented. The group is largely responsible for the previous listing above. The Bills wideouts have also had a major hand in the team’s top five catch rate. Through seven games Buffalo has the fifth-lowest drop rate in the NFL.

Only four percent of the catchable passes thrown at Bills receiving targets have been dropped. So out of 155 catchable balls thrown through the teaonal Partnership with Pyynikin Brewing Company at the British Embassy in Helsinki, Finland, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAs a part of City’s on-going international strategy to expand the Canaries brand throughout Finland, the club and Pyynikin Brewingm’s first seven games only six have been dropped.

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Crystal Palace to decide Frank de Boer’s fate in next 48 hours after fourth straight defeat

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Palace now have a home fixture against Southampton before a daunting sequences of matches in which they face Manchester City and Manchester United away and then are at home to Chelsea. They fear another relegation battle.

An obvious contingency plan is in place for the club’s newly-appointed sporting director, Dougie Freedman, to take control of the first-team should De Boer be sacked. A decision is expected within the next 48 hours on what will happen.

, signing a three-year deal, would be suffer the ignominy of being the shortest-serving Premier League manager if he is dismissed.

The former Ajax and Inter Milan coach was defiant, however.

Asked whether he feared the worst over his future, De Boer said: “I don’t know. I just focus on what I can control and my staff, the players and keep thinking about Southampton from today. That is all I can do. What other people think, they have to decide but when I’m still the manager of Palace I will give 100 per cent.”

Had he been given an ultimatum by the Palace board, with chairman Steve Parish at Turf Moor to watch this fixture? “No, no,” De Boer said. “I have very good contact with the chairman and the board. Of course we are very critical to each other (sic) but always when we leave the door we have only one opinion and that is still that we are still with the project and we know where we come from and what we want to achieve. I’m convinced we are going to achieve it.”

It remains to be seen whether his employers are convinced, although there will be encouragement in this performance and De Boer’s apparent willingness to listen to the .

Still Palace have now lost at home to Huddersfield Town and Swansea and away to Liverpool and Burnley – they have played better away from home – with an aggregate score of 7-0 and with a squad of players who achieved wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea with Allardyce last season.

In fairness De Boer is without, probably, Palace’s three best players with Wilfried Zaha and on-loan Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured and with Mamadou Sakho, y assistant Robert Moreno after less than a year in charge.Enrique had been absent since March because of “a family matter of an urgent nature” according to the Spanish Football Federation.”It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grsuch a crucial figure last season on loan from Liverpool, having only just been signed and not yet deemed fit enough.

“I am very disappointed about the result, very disappointed,” De Boer said. “I am not disappointed about how we playegrowing in unsettled Olympique Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson.Le 10 Sport reported earlier this week that an unnamed English club had made an offer for Sanson ahead of the January market.Wolves failed with a bid for the midfielder last summer – rd. I think it is a fantastic starting point. I will sign for every game if we create that amount of chances against any opponent. You will get your points and get what you deserve. Today we didn’t get what we deserved.”

Was it the kind of performance that will ‘buy’ him ed Ashley Barnes to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.The pair will go head-to-head at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and Dyche says they are an example to any aspiring non-league player.“They’re both fine players in different ways,” said the more time, though?

“I don’t know, they have to decide,” De Boer said. “I think this is a good starting point and this is what I want to see from any team that I manage. I want them to play with courage and maybe we didn’t start with it but after the goal we showed what we can do. That gives me a lot of hope for the future.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche – who had been a candidate to take over from Allardyce at Selhurst Park in the summer – said that Palace “looked a more familiar side on paper” which had “worried” him.

“Changing the style of play can be tricky,” Dyche said. “I would have preferred it to be . We have had to work very hard.” Dyche revealed that he had told De Boer that Palace had been the “better side”. Whether that it is enough to save him remains to be seen.

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Bills trying to finish on winning note

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The 2012 season has fallen considerably short of expectations, but Bills players are determined to push their disappointment aside in preparation for Sunday’s season finale against the Jets. Going out on a winning note is one of the things the players in Buffalo’s locker room are emphasizing.

“To put everything in perspective we obviously haven’t accomplished the goaexander-Arnold insists Liverpool can handle whatever people throw at them.The Reds scored yet another late goal to seal victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.He said: “We had a setback with their goal and we bounced back pretty much straight away. ls we set out to for our team this season,” said George Wilson. “We’re not going to make any excuses for it. We have to take ownership of it. We’ve got to finish it out on a strong note this week. There’s nothing we can do right now to change what has happened up until this point. We can only focus on the Jets this week.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has expressed his disappointment in his personal game this season, aood for their FA Cup win at Tranmere Rovers.Solskjaer admits he wanted to see how Greenwood, who scored from the spot, handled the rough conditions and physical approach of Rovers on Sunday.The manager said, “The first 15-20 minutes might have been admitted it’s not easy to think what might have been.

“With all the disappointment that’s happened this year, with all the injuries, the criticism, all the different things, I think towards the end of the year, when there’s no playoffs, when there’s not a whole lot to play for in terms of this win catapulting us to somewhere else, it’s tough,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “You always at the end of the season kind of evaluate what went wrong, but this is a game where they’re not really playing for a whole lot in terms of playoff implications. But it’s a pride game, and it’s a game to go out there, and as Chan put it, who hates to lose?  You go out there, and we hate losing and I’m sure they do too, so we’ve got to go out there and prove we’re the team that hates to lose more.”

It’s a division game and that adds some measure of incentive, especially knowing that the Jets have won eight of the last nine against the Bills.

“It’s very important, not just for myself, but the people in this locker room, the people upstairs,” said Mario Williams. “For the fans, for the way the season is going. Obviously, it’s not going the way any of us wanted it. But we got to come out and we got to win, some way somehow. No matter what it is, no matter what we’re doing schematically. We got to come out and put points on the board and don’t let them put points on the board.”   

“It’s the last week. We’ve got to give it our all,” said Stevie Johnson. “Obviously there are no playoffs, but w after a series of crunch meetings with owner Peter Lim.A statement released by the club affirmed that the sporting structure will remain as it had been in previous seasons under Lim’s ownership and Alemany’s guidance.”In a meeting held on Friday in e’re going against the New York Jets. They don’t like us, we don’t like them and basically it’s going to be a physical battle and whoever hates to lose is going to be the team that wins this game. Right now we’re feeling like we’ve got to take this.”

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AP: Early NFL Draft entries announced

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Keenan Allen, WR, California

Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

Gio Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

Mike Edwards, DB, Hawaii

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada

Joe Kruger, DE, Utah

Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse

Eric Reid, S, LSU

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

Akeem Spence, Daffled by Atletico Madrid’s negative tactics at Anfield on Wednesday.It paid off for Diego Simeone as his side knocked out the Champions League holders with a 3-2 victory.And Klopp was clearly annoyed with the opposdate Dominic Calvert-Lewin.The 22-year-old striker has scored three goals in his last two matches, with reports claiming Manchester United are now interested in his services.Sigurdsson said: “It’s obviously very important for Dom to be scoring goals. eal to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.Fernandes will reportedly join United for a fee of €55m, with the amount potentially reaching €80m if add-ons are met.”We’ve agreed with the club now, so hopefully we can announce it very soon thaition’s tactics when speaking afterT, Illinois

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

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Antoine Griezmann’s brother teases Manchester United fans with Old Trafford tweets

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Depay’s largely unsuccessful two-year spell at Manchester United was brought to an end after Lyon agreed to meet Manchester United’s £12m valuation. 

The former PSV winger impressed in his first appearance for Lyon, coming on as a substitute during Lyon’s win over Marseille on Sunday evening. 

Griezmann tweeted a picture of the 22-year-old as he conducted his first post-match interview following Lyon’s 3-lback has underlined the importance of being capable of clinching the LaLiga Santander title, despite missing out on the Champions League and the Copa del Rey silverware this season.”It’s a very difficult moment for the whole team as we were very clo1 win over Marseille.

"Sorry Memphis I think Old Trafford is better!" wrote Griezmann.

Just days later the French DJ sent out another Manchester United tweet, attaching a picture of Old Trafford without any caption.

Theo Griezmann, who is thought to support Manchester United, reactivated his Twitter account earlier this month after temporarily suspending his account.

The tweets sen plans to replace wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba.The Daily Mail says Pogba still wants to leave after pushing for moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid over the last two years.The Frenchman only has 18 months left on his £290,000-a-week contract, althot a number of Manchester United fans into a minor frenzy, with some club in the summer.The player has confirmed discussions over the contract extension are ongoing and that he would very much like to stay at St James’ Park.Ritchie became a fan favourite in the recently finished season as he impressed in a left wing-baalling on Theo Griezmann to persuade his brother to sign for the club.

As reported by James Ducker earlier this week, Manchester United are understood to be already working on a £86m deal to bring Griezmann to the club in the summer.

Atletico Madrid manager,

Simeone is likely to leave the Vicente Calderon at the end of this season after taking the unprecedented step of reducing his Atletico contract and his imminent departure is likely to hasten Griezmann’s exit.

"I don’t tie anybody down. I simply work in order to continue getting better for the good of the club," said Simeone. 

Despite admitting his star striker has been attracting plenty of interest

“There are many offers,’ Cerezo said. “I don’t know what will come of Manchester United’s interest. What I can say though is that Griezmann will be an Atlético player for a long time.”

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Plymouth fan pens heartfelt message to Liverpool staff after learning of his son’s death during FA Cup tie at Anfield

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In an emotional tribute to Liverpool staff who were on hand to ease his distress, Kevin May recounted the ordeal of learning of his son’s death and thanked Anfield staff for their support in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

"Just as I was about to enter Anfield through the turnstiles, I received a phone call from my eldest son Terry. He told me my other son Daniel, who was in intensive care, was flat lining and was about to die," May wrote in a d striker has been promoted from the Juvenil A team, where he scored 23 goals last season, and has loan offers from Spain, Germany and France.Indeed, talks with Alaves have reached an advanced stage, but Raul has moved to block the deal.The new coachmessage posted on his Facebook page. 

"Obviously I was very distraught and struggled to hear him over the noiseennes.The exciting midfield talent, just 17, has some of Europe’s biggest clubs eager to ferry him away from Rennes as soon as possible.Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan have all had scouts posted to Rennes games this season to watch Camav of the crowd. I turned to face the ground to hide my tears when I noticed beside me a tall police officer, who I now know was called Graham.

"He saw how distressed I was and saw the facetime image on my phone of my youngest son in intensive care. He immediately led me into the club and into the police supervision room.

"He sat me down and spoke to me while Terry continued to keep me informed of what was happening back in Guildford hospital in Surrey.

"I calmed down with the help of these two big Scousers I’d only known for half an hour, but they were great."

May was guided to his seat when he received a text message confirming his son had died.

Unfortunately I was only at my seat a matter of minutes, maybe ten I’m not sure, when I got a text from my daughter Stacey which simply read ‘He’s gone’. My beautiful 25yr old son Daniel had died of cardiac arrest. 

"As soon as I stepped inside the police office I crumpled in a heep on a table with my head in my arms and just completely broke down.

"I sobbed like a baby at the loss of my son and feeling of despair. Graham and the Anfield employee both put their arms around me, an Argyle fan, in a show of pure human kindness, a credit to scousers and Liverpool FC as well as Liverpool police."

May asked that his ‘sincerest thanks’ be passed on to the Liverpool staff who were on hand to offer the father their ‘care and the kind word Nottingham Forest on a two-year-deal after the winger was released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League.The 31-year-old’s 125th and final Villa appearance was May’s Championship play-off final win over Derby.Villa were the s’.

 

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Simon Mignolet: I will not stay as Liverpool’s No 2

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“So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up – giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. So hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.” When Karius was signed, for £5 million from German club Mainz, Klopp said he “did not have a No 1” goalkeeper but before the Spurs tie, Mignolet’lix Passlack this summer.Bild says Passlack has been released by the German club.The 21-year-old spent this season on loan at Norwich but found it hard to displace Max Aarons in the starting line-up.However, the Norwich Evening News says manager Danis first appearance since Sept 16, the manager stated there was now a pecking order: “We have a No1 and that is Loris Karius. That’s the situation. I cannot leave them in doubt.” 

The fear for Mignolet, who was signed for £9 million from Sunderland in 2013 under previous manager Brendan Rodgers, and whose performances haveLiverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara has joined Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan.The highly-rated 20-year-old signed a new deal at Anfield before making the switch to John Smith’s Stadium.An U21 international for Poland, Grabara joined the club from Ruch Chorzow in 2016.Grabara went on loan to Danish club Aarhus in January and went on to make 16 appearances. come under scrutiny, is that Klopp has already made up his mind.

“I don’t want to think about that. It’s not in my character,” Mignolet slayers are bouncing after a positive run of results.Newcastle travel to Villa Park in the Monday Night Football clash on Sky Sports and Bruce has said his players are in confident mood after two successive Premier League wins.”The difference in a couaid. “I will always support the team and the club.  “Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I am happy with my performance against Tottenham. 

Asked whether he had to keep showing his ‘worth’, Mignolet said: “Yes, exactly and I don’t want that to take long. I don’t really think about time or anything like this. I just stay in the moment and what happens today. The only thing I can then do is do what I’ve done today.”

The goalkeeper added: “You are always happy to play a game. That’s what you want to do week in, week out. I will keep fighting to get my place back….To be honest, the only thing I can do is work hard, keep my head down.” 

Eric Dier, the one Spurs player to to start the League Cup tie who had played in the league last weekend, said it was a test of the team’s “attitude” as to how they bounce back after a first domestic loss of the season.

Dier, who began his career in Portugal, also backed team-mate Vincent Janssen who has yet to score in the league, but has two League Cup penalties, since the striker’s £18 million move from AZ Alkmaar.

“I can speak from experience, when you come from a different country – he’s come from Holland. It’s not easy. People at home may not understand, but he’s come from a different country, a different culture. He moved here by himself. He’s got to get used to a whole new way of training, playing, a whole new way of life. These things take time. It’s only natural he will keep on improving.”

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The Top 10 Coldest games in Bills history

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The summer weather isDeeney is back in light training.The attacker is going through rehabilitation following a knee injury.He had surgery two weeks ago and is already back at the club’s training ground, working back to full match fitness.”It’s my first proper day back an finally here for good in Western New York, but most Bills fans relish the times when frigid temperatures play a factor in a Sunday home game during the season. If you’re a transplanted Bills fan down south or out west and you need some relief from the recent heat gripping most of the country, hopefully the countdown of the coldest games in team history will cool you off a bit.

We compiled the 10 coldest contests in descending order. In the event of a tie temperature-wise we used the wind chill as a tiebreaker. Buffalonians are all too familiar with the term “real feel” when talking about how cold it is come the winter.

It was far from a star-studded matchup as Bills QB Bruce Mathison squared off against Steelers’ signal caller Scott Campbell. With snow flurries in the forecast, both teams got good performances on the ground.

Greg Bell’s 77-yard touchdown run opened the scoring and Buffalo would tack on two more touchdowns to stake Buffalo to a 21-0 first half lead. But the Steelers would outscore the Bills 30-3 the rest of the way en route to a 30-24 victory in Buffalo’s second straight 2-14 season.

Snow flurries convinced the Chiefs to keep their offense on the ground and they had great success against the Bills run defense rolling up over 240 yards rushing.

Bills wideout Frank Lewis had a huge day with 126 yards receiving on seven catches including a 40-yard touchdown, but Buffalo couldn’t make a slim 10-7 third quarter lead stand up.

Chiefs tight end Walter White pulled in a three-yard touchdown pass from Mike Livingston late in the third quarter for the game-winning points in a 14-10 final.

Fifteen mile per hour winds and snow didn’t seem to slow Minnesota’s offense very much at what was then called Rich Stadium. The Vikings, who would just miss advancing to the NFC Championship game that season, sprinted out to a commanding 21-0 lead in the first half.

Despite O.J. Simpson’s best efforts, which included a 24-yard touchdown run and a 64-yard touchdown catch late, Minnesota won going away way Xavi Simons has settled.The former Barcelona whizkid quit La Masia for Barca last month after turning 16.Roche said, “His way of being is different from what’s going on around him. He is simple in the relationship with his teammates, even if he 35-13.

The kickoff temperature of 19 was the high for the game as 22 mile per hour winds had the mercury dropping throughout the game, but Buffalo’s special teams was hot in this one.

Rookie big man Jason Peters blocked a Cincinnati punt late in the first quarter and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie and Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes made his former team pay with a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Rian Lindell rounded out the scoring with four second half field goals for a 33-17 drubbing of the Bengals.

Replacing injured starter Marshawn Lynch early in the second half, Fred Jackson had 113 all-purpose yards including an eight-yard touchdown run that proved to be the game winner in a 30-23 comeback win.

After falling behind early 13-0 Buffalo clawed their way back into the game thanks in part to a fumble recovery by Reggie Corner.

Late in the game an interception by Kawika Mitchell at the Bills one-yard line preserved a seven-point Bills lead with five minutes remaining. The Broncos still had a chance to win at the end as they rolled up over 500 yards of offense (532), but Corner broke up a 4th-and-5 five pass to the end zone from the Bills 15-yard line to cement the victory (30-23).   

Ironically, the Bills were forced to spend Sunday night in Denver, as winter weather back home prevented them from traveling back to Buffalo after the game.

The Bills felt right at home in the blustery Meadowlands as Buffalo’s offense had it in cruise control and the defense had the hapless Jets stymied from start to finish.

Buffalo’s defense held the Jets to just 54 yards rushing with Cornelius Bennett and Bruce Smith both logging aez.The Sun says the Gunners have reportedly joined Inter Milan in the race for £25million-rated Perez .Napoli are also thought to be chasing the Spanish forward, 25, after netting a career best 12 Premier League goals this term.Arsenal boss Unai Eme pair of sacks. Bennett also had an interception.

Fullback Larry Kinnebrew had a big day with 91 yards rushing and a touchdown, with Thurman Thomas and Kenny Davis combining for another 106 rushing yards and two scores en route to a 37-0 whitewash of the Jets.

With the win Buffalo clinched the AFC East title.

It was the final regular season game of the 2009 season and the playoff-bound Colts weren’t going to play their starters for long. With the snow flying and Fred Jackson seeking his first career 1,000-yard rushing season, Indianapolis didn’t appear as though they wanted to be at the game in the first place.

Jackson rushed for a career-high 212 yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau on the season, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdowns passes.

Buffalo entered the game with the league’s worst ranked run defense, but held the Colts to just 25 yards on the ground and did not allow Indianapolis any further than the Bills 42-yard line in the second half in a 30-7 rout.

On a gray, windy day in Buffalo the rushing tandem of Rob Riddick and Thurman Thomas was too much for the Raiders. The pair combined for 150 of the team’s 255 rushing yards and three touchdowns vaulting the Bills to a 27-7 third quarter lead.

The Raiders could only close the gap to 14 points in the second half as Butch Rolle’s two-yard touchdown catch from Jim Kelly put the game out of reach in a 37-21 final. Buffalo locked up the AFC East title weeks before, their first since 1980.

It was a tightly contested back and forth game in the bitter cold of Orchard Park. Jim Kelly led a 10-play 71-yard drive to open the game that was capped by a two-yard Thurman Thomas touchdown run. The Jets answered with a touchdown drive of their own with a 24-yard TD pass from Boomer Esiason to Johnny Johnson to tie it late in the first quarter (7-7).

From there three Buffalo turnovers helped keep the game close for New York as they posted a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery. Former Bills receiver Chris Burkett gave the Jets their only lead of the game in the third quarter on a six-yard touchdown catch from Esiason (14-13).

Steve Christie’s third field goal of the day however, would prove to be the winning points as he hit from 40 yards away with 3:48 left. Cary Blanchard had a shot to win it for the Jets with under a minute to play, but missed a 42-yard attempt to give the Bills a 16-14 victory and their fifth AFC East title in six years.

The AFC Divisional playoff certainly appeared to represent a home field advantage for the Bills as bone chilling temperatures had Rich Stadium in a frigid grip. The Raiders however, jumped out to a 17-6 lead at the two-minute warning of the first half thanks in large part to a pair of Napolean Kaufman touchdowns runs.

Buffalo was able to close the gap before halftime staging a four-play 76-yard drive capped by a Thurman Thomas 8-yard scoring run to make it 17-13.

From there Jim Kelly took over as the Bills lost both Pete Metzelaars (dislocated finger) and Thomas (concussion) in the third quarter. The Hall of Famer, who was 27-37 for 287 yards, spread the ball around in the second half with Bills Brooks as his main target. Brooks made six catches for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns including the game winner with 12:08 left to send the Bills to their fourth straight AFC Championship game with a 29-23 win.

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6 – Will the pass rush be reliably effective?

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Every summer leading up to training camp Buffalobills.com asks 25 of the most pressing questions facing the team as they make their final preparations for the upcoming regular season. With a new regime and practices at St. John Fisher fast approaching, here is the latest installment as we closely examine some of the answers the Buffalo Bills have to come up with between July 28th and shed for being too passive in the first half against Leicester City.The Albion were in control of the game for large periods, but they were unable to make their dominance count when it mattered.Leicester eventually got a counter attacking goal througSept. 12th.

The potency of the Bills’ pass rush has centered around Aaron Schobel for the better part of the past decade. He has been the linchpin on which Buffalo’s pressure packages have relied most, and entering the 2010 campaign he is still at the forefront of the discussion. Unfortunately his tie to the pass rush question is whether or not he’ll be around to be a part of it.

With Schobel admitting in June that he’s leaning toward retirement, the burden of carrying the pass rush mantle could soon fall to secone a one club man.The 20-year-old has been a revelation since breaking into the Reds side in recent seasons and is now considered to be one of the finest full-backs in European football. He told Sky Sports: “I am fortunate to have the people around med-year linebacker and former first-round pick Aaron Maybin. He has his share of veteran support in players like Chris Kelsay, Reggie Torbor and inside linebacker Kawika Mitchell, who times his blitzes as well as anyone on the roster.

But what figures to help Maybin and his teammates the most is the new 3-4 scheme being implemented by defensive coordinator George Edwards.

“I just think its better suited to us because when you run a 3-4 defense it just gives you the opportunity to throw so many different things at the offense,” said Maybin. “When you run 4-3 packages you’re a little bit more limited in certain things you can do from a blitz perspective and certain looks that you can give.

“When you run a 3-4 defense it’s really hard for the offense to match up with a lot of the guys, especially when you have a lot of the athletes that we have on this team. Athletically it’s going to definitely create a lot of matchup (problems) for some teams.”

Buffalo is expected to have a hybrid type of 3-4 system that may morph into some 4-3 looks depending on down and distance, but the 3-4 scheme is largely what will define their defensive approach this season. A system isn’t always the defining factor in a team’s success in developing a consistent pass rush. Sometimes it’s premier talent that carries the day (see: Bruce Smith). But with Buffalo’s talent largely unproven in a 3-4 scheme, Edwards’ system will be depended upon to create opportunities.

What has Buffalo’s players encouraged about their new scheme when it comes to the pass rush is a track record of proven success for the 3-4. With coordinators able to more effectively disguise their intentions in a 3-4 front it makes it more difficult for offenses to adjust their protection schemes to account for anyone and everyone that might be bearing down on their quarterback.

“If you look at the trend that’s gone on in the league, if you get the right guys in and play it right it seems like we should be able to make more plays and get guys on the quarterback,” said Paul Posluszny. “It seems like there are always a lot of good pressure schemes coming out of the 3-4. I’m excited aboullessen.Cillessen is moving in a deal independent of Barca’s swoop for Valencia keeper Neto.Although it has not been confirmed, everything is pointing towards current Los Che shot-stopper Neto replacing Cillessen as Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s back-up att it. It should be a good change for us.”

In 2009, 3-4 defensive units accounted for seven of the 10 highest sack totals in the NFL, seven of the 10 lowest completion percentages allowed by opposing passers and six of the 10 highest pass breakup totals. It’s a small indication as to how effective the 3-4 scheme can be in creating pressure and disrupting the opponent’s passing attack.

In a league where passing is becoming more and more prevalent year after year, being able to thwart that propensity is critical.

“We think it will be the most advantageous thing to start out with because it gives us the flexibility to adjust to a lot of things where offenses will have to guess who is rushing and who is dropping, what we’re doing coverage-wise, it should help with the disguise aspect of what we’re doing,” Edwards said of his 3-4 scheme.

But how much can be accomplished in year one?

Buffalo is coming off a season in which they did increase their sack totals from 24 in 2008 to 32 in 2009, but that was with a healthy Schobel, who was responsible for 10 of those quarterback takedowns. If he is not in the picture can the likes of Maybin, Chris Ellis, Kelsay and Torbor lead the charge?

One good example of what’s possible can be found in the switch to the 3-4 by the in 2009 under defensive coordinator Dom Capers, a coach under whom Edwards has worked in the past.

Last season the Packers were able to increase their sack total by 10 to go from a ranking of 25th to 11th in the league. Their opponents’ completion percentage, which was already very low, also improved dropping to 54.4 percent to rank second in the NFL in 2009. And their interceptions and pass breakups went up by eight and 10 respectively, with the Packers leading the league in interceptions with 30 last year.

Most important is the fact that they did it without one of their best pass rushers for half the season as Aaron Kampman played in just nine games last year logging just 3.5 of the team’s 37 sacks.

As proven as the 3-4 system might be in generating pressure opportunities, ultimately Maybin and his teammates realize they can’t rely on the scheme to make plays.

“I think the fact that you never really know where the blitzes are coming from, where the pressure’s going to be coming from, just from an offensive standpoint, it makes it a lot more difficult,” said Maybin. “But at the end of the day X’s and O’s are only X’s and O’s. As players we’ve got to go out and make things happen.”

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Daggs knows Donte

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Michael Daggs, Rochester, NY, is the winner of the Verizon Wireless ‘So You Think You Know Donte’ online game that ran through the month of June and half of July. 

As part of the grand prize Daggs, along with his five-year old son, met Donte Whitner and spent some time with him after practice at training camp at St. John Fisher College. Daggs also received Marshawn Lynch’s autograph and watched practice as a true VIP.

The favorite part of the day for Daggs w Chris Willock is being linked with a return to England.The Express & Star says West Brom are being linked with a move for Willock.The 21-year-old plays primarily as a winger, but can aleson has signed pro terms.The defender has already had plenty of highs in his short career – scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford in September being a highlight.”It honestly is a dream come true. I’ve played football all my life and I caso play as a central attacking midfielder – and is currentlyas seeing his son meet Donte. “It was completely unreal. Plus it was one of the nicest days of summer, and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Daggs. “My son talked about it all the way home.”

Donte, who has a three-year old son, and Michael swapped stories about their sons and shared some experiences with raising a young boy.

Daggs had fun playing the online game and even more fun being the grand prize winner. “It was a great day!” exclaimed Daggs.

“This season’s ‘So You Think You Know Donte’ game received a lot of positive feedback from fans,” said Marquett Smith, the president of Verizon Wireless’s Upstate New York region. “Verizon Wireless wants Bills fans to have fun, test their knowledge i says they must accept Eden Hazard’s decision should he choose to leave.During their 0-0 draw with Leicester City, Hazard was serenaded by the Chelsea supporters throughout the afternoon.The Belgian is expected to leave for Real Madrid this summer aabout the Bills and win a host of cool Bills prizes. We appreciate the support of the Bills in helping give Verizon Wireless customers and Bills fans the opportunity to have some fun at the team’s site several times a year.”

The Verizon Wireless online contest was a series of fun and interactive questions that fans answered about Bills safety Donte Whitner. The fans that got the majority of the questions right were entered into a random drawing. Daggs was selected among thousands of entries that participated.