Watford prepared to sell Doucoure – but not at PSG priceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford are prepared to sell Abdoulaye Doucoure this month.That’s according to ESPN, which report Watford will listen to offers for Doucoure starting at €50m.PSG are keen, but will not consider going higher than €30m for the midfielder.Doucoure is considered at PSG as a replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Just last week, Watford boss Javi Gracia said: “It’s important for the club and the owner to know how important he is to us. But after that, they will choose what is best for the club. Sometimes, some players, like last season with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. We do not want him to leave, but it’s football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Callum Slattery proud to make Southampton debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Slattery was proud to make his Southampton debut after their 2-2 draw with FA Cup opponents Derby.The midfielder featured for the full 90 minutes for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side who raced into a two-goal lead at Pride Park courtesy of Nathan Redmond’s brace only for strikes from Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence to set up a replay. “It was a fantastic feeling and it’s what I’ve been waiting for,” he said. “It was a dream come true to make my debut in the FA Cup in front of our fans. The result was more important though and we didn’t get that today. “We’re disappointed for the result given that we were 2-0 up and we had chances to put the game away, we feel like we’ve let it slip.“We started the game well and we were pleased with how we had got into the early lead. To get the second and go 2-0 up is always nice and we felt in control; the third was needed to kill the game but we didn’t get it and got punished.“Once you get your debut out the way, you’re always hungry to get more games in the bag. I can’t just rely on one game, I’ve got to keep working hard and work for the next games.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Barcelona sign Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todiboby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have completed the signing of Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo.Todibo will arrive at the Camp Nou in the summer and will see out the remainder of the campaign with his current club.Depending on his performances and the impression that he gives during pre-season, it will be assessed by Barcelona in the summer whether he stays or departs on loan next year.Agreement with Jean-Clair Todibo (@jctodibo) for him to join the Club next season. https://t.co/L1Ejgvhg1f— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2019
There’s no shortage of predictions with the 2016 college football season now just months away. Whether it’s Heisman Trophy-watch lists or national title contenders, sports news outlets all over the country have taken the opportunity to let their voices be heard. On Tuesday, ESPN decided to flip the script and pick the five teams that will enter the season as the most overrated title contenders – one from each conference. College football roundtable: Overrated playoff contenders https://t.co/nemKu2xbhf— ESPN ACC (@ESPN_ACC) May 17, 2016A panel made up of Jared Shanker, Brandon Chatman, Austin Ward, Edward Aschoff and Ted Miller ended up with the following schools. ACC – Florida StateBig 12 – OklahomaBig Ten – MichiganSEC – LSUPac-12 – StanfordThey go on to explain their reasoning behind these selections, all making pretty solid arguments. You can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?
College football is back tomorrow!Well, technically Cal and Hawaii kicked off the season from Australia last Friday, but most consider the true beginning of the season this weekend. On Thursday, teams like Louisville, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Tennessee get things started, but Week 1 really heats up Saturday.Alabama-USC, Texas A&M-UCLA, LSU-Wisconsin, UNC-Georgia. The day is filled with huge, interesting match-ups. On Sunday, we have College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame traveling to a hungry Texas team looking to make a leap into respectability. Monday features an awesome game between Florida State and Ole Miss in Orlando.Who do we like this weekend? As we do every week, the College Spun staff has picked every game featuring a team in the Power Five conferences and the Top 25.Also check out our season picks here.(*On mobile, our picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCabeLouisville vs. CharlotteWake Forest vs. TulaneN.C. State vs. William & MaryFIU vs. IndianaTennessee vs. Appalachian StateVanderbilt vs. South CarolinaUtah vs. Southern UtahMinnesota vs. Oregon StateSyracuse vs. ColgateMichigan State vs. FurmanBaylor vs. Northwestern StateColorado vs. Colorado StateStanford vs. Kansas StateBoston College vs. Georgia TechHouston vs. OklahomaPurdue vs. Eastern KentuckyOhio State vs. Bowling GreenNorthwestern vs. Western MichiganMichigan vs. HawaiiMississippi State vs. South AlabamaWest Virginia vs. MissouriMaryland vs. HowardVirginia Tech vs. LibertyPittsburgh vs. VillanovaWashington vs. RutgersTexas A&M vs. UCLAWisconsin vs. LSUVirginia vs. RichmondPenn State vs. Kent StateIowa vs. Miami (OH)Illinois vs. Murray StateOklahoma State vs. SE LouisianaArkansas vs. Louisana TechOregon vs. UC DavisNorth Carolina vs. GeorgiaDuke vs. N.C. CentralMiami vs. Florida A&MKansas vs. Rhode IslandKentucky vs. Southern Miss Florida vs. UMassAlabama vs. USCIowa State vs. Northern IowaNebraska vs. Fresno StateWashington State vs. Eastern WashingtonTCU vs. San Diego StateTexas Tech vs. Stephen F. AustinAuburn vs. ClemsonArizona vs. BYUArizona State vs. Northern Arizona Texas vs. Notre DameFlorida State vs. Ole Miss
Virgil van Dijk has revealed that Jordan Henderson “painted the picture” of Liverpool which helped to convince him that a £75 million ($91m) move to Anfield was his best choice.A big-money transfer to Merseyside had been mooted for the Dutch defender several months before it was finally pushed through.Jurgen Klopp put a record-breaking deal in place with Southampton, allowing a commanding presence to embrace a new challenge that he has made the most of. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Liverpool were not his only suitors though when a switch was being contemplated, with there several options for him to consider.Van Dijk was, however, left in no doubt as to where he should be heading after speaking with Reds skipper Henderson – with whom he shares an agent.“He painted the picture for me and made it easy to join,” the 28-year-old centre-half told ESPN FC.Liverpool’s loyal fan base also swayed Van Dijk towards the north west after endless rounds of speculation regarding his future on the south coast.He added: “That summer when I made the decision until I actually joined the club, I had so many Liverpool fans coming up to me wherever I went – everywhere – telling me how much they wanted me to sign for the club.“That gave me a bit of a feeling of how big Liverpool is and how passionate the supporters are.“When you look at the Barcelona game [in last season’s Champions League semi-finals], the scenes from the parade in the city and you watch videos of them celebrating all over the world, it says everything. It’s unbelievable to be involved in something so special.“I think the minimum you can do at such a beautiful and big club is to give everything you’ve got and have no regrets when you leave the pitch because you know you did everything in your power to win the game. The fans appreciate that.“That’s the mentality we all have in the squad; we will work every yard of the pitch and work for each other: it’s our base.“No one can blame us for not trying, for not having ambition because we give everything.”That desire delivered European glory for Liverpool in 2018-19, having missed out on the Premier League title, and Van Dijk is impressed with the giant strides he has helped the Reds to take over the course of the last 18 months.“The progress since I’ve been here has surprised me a little, but at the same time, it hasn’t been surprising because if you look at the team, we have a fantastic squad on and off the pitch,” he said.“It’s not just the talent we have: everyone gets along, we want to fight for each other, we want to develop together and that’s something that comes down from the manager and how he is with his staff. The senior players here are welcoming, set the tone in terms of how we treat each other and what we should demand from ourselves.“We want to improve, we won’t get comfortable. That’s a big credit to the manager and everyone that works at Melwood: they always remind us there’s no time to feel like it’s all good. That we have to strive to be better than the last game, even if it was an incredible performance. There are always things we can still learn to perfect.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska and Kansas State used to give us some of the best games of college football’s regular season. It’s been a long time since the two Midwest programs squared off, though.Could we be getting some future games between the Huskers and the Wildcats? Perhaps.Kansas State has admitted that it is “open” to scheduling some non-conference games against the Big Ten program.KSU’s AD, Gene Taylor, was asked about scheduling a game against Nebraska in a Q&A with the school’s website. Here’s what he had to say:BS: On to our questions from the fans now, first one is are there any conversations of getting Nebraska on any future non-conference schedules in the near future?GT: None right now, but that is a school that makes a lot of sense. We are pretty well-scheduled out in football with our one Power Five opponent, but we do play them in baseball and have had conversations in men’s basketball. If the opportunity were to arise, they are someone we would certainly entertain if it made sense for us.A non-conference series between Nebraska and Kansas State would be a lot of fun.The Wildcats’ schedule is mostly booked through the early 2020s, so it could be a while until we get one scheduled.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the sun sets during the game between the Western Carolina Catamounts and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)North Carolina’s football program is coming off a 3-9 season. The Tar Heels – and, specifically, head coach Larry Fedora – are in desperate need of a bounce-back season.Instead, UNC is on way to another disaster season.North Carolina opened the 2018 season with a loss, but a Week 2 victory seemed secured with a bout against ECU.Instead, UNC is minutes away from being upset.It’s ECU 28, North Carolina 19 heading into the fourth quarter.how did UNC get this bad this quickly pic.twitter.com/VxvVMHuyV6— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) September 8, 2018Larry Fedora’s seat was hot coming into the season. How scolding is it now?It’s only Week 2 but Larry Fedora’s job is probably in serious jeopardy pic.twitter.com/Cx60XyaqsI— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 8, 2018UNC and ECU are playing on ESPNU.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer had a scary moment during today’s Ohio State-Indiana game, as the Buckeyes’ head coach collided with an assistant on the sideline. Meyer was down on the sideline for a couple of minutes before eventually getting up.Thankfully, everything appears to be OK. Meyer was checked out by Ohio State’s medical team and was back coaching later in the fourth quarter.It’s all smiles for Ohio State now, too.The Buckeyes remained undefeated and beat Indiana, 49-26, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.Check out what Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, wore for this evening’s contest:Vibes. pic.twitter.com/hA4V06rekE— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) October 6, 2018Those are pretty great socks.Ohio State, No. 3 in the latest top 25 polls, is set to play at Minnesota next weekend.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 02: Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field before the game against the UTEP Miners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated UTEP 56-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption ***While the Oklahoma Sooners are poised for another big bowl game in the coming weeks, a former Oklahoma player will likely be watching the game from behind bars.According to the Associated Press, former Oklahoma Sooners walk-on T.J. Hamilton was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors of nearly $900,000.Hamilton was ordered to pay $869,300 back to the people he defrauded.“T.J. Hamilton’s extravagant and indulgent lifestyle was fraudulently built on the financial savings of those who believed in him…He now has to deal with the consequences of his criminal actions.”- US Attorney Trent Shores https://t.co/KKvn5LcKtC— U.S. Attorney NDOK (@USAO_NDOK) December 13, 2018Back in September, Hamilton pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud conspiracy charges.He reportedly promoted false investment opportunities, while using his status as a former Oklahoma player and endorsements from other Oklahoma athletes.Per the report, Hamilton actually used the money he received for personal use, including funding his fledgling music career.Allegations of Hamilton’s misuse of money began as early as 2013, per FOX Sports.Hamilton was wide receiver with the 2008 and 2009 Oklahoma teams.He had no receptions or noteworthy stats during his two years with the Sooners.[Associated Press]