Ex-PSG boss Blanc favourite to accept Man Utd caretaker roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaurent Blanc is the favourite to step in as caretaker manager of Manchester United until the end of the season.Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, ending a two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford.The club will reportedly keep Michael Carrick in charge for 48 hours, with an external person expected to step in for the rest of the season.The Mirrorbelieve that man is Blanc, who played for United between 2001 and 2003.The World Cup winner, 53, last managed PSG from 2013 to 2016. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to back Solskjaer in January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are prepared to support new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January market.Solskjaer takes his first training session as United caretaker boss on Thursday following Jose Mourinho’s sacking after two-and-a-half years in charge. The Norwegian, a hero at Old Trafford from his days as a player for the club, said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”A central defender and a right-sided midfielder remain the priority positions to address, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld potentially available for around £30m next month to fill the first of those needs, says the Mirror.Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, currently out of favour at Juventus, could provide a solution on the right flank.
WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Baylor’s 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan created quite a stir when he caught a touchdown in the team’s bowl game against Michigan State last season. He worked at tight end and H-back this spring, and judging by his first pitch effort at last night’s Texas Rangers’ game, he may want to see if Art Briles will let him throw a pass this fall.Mound presence? Baylor’s 400-pound TE LaQuan McGowan throws out the Rangers first pich Friday (via @nick_pants) https://t.co/GsijMk4ize— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2015Not the cleanest mechanics but not a bad toss from the big man. If he ever actually pitched in a game, he could throw inside with impunity, since it’s doubtful anyone would want to charge the mound against him.
Twitter/@TBBuccaneersJameis Winston’s arm is the reason he won a national championship and was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last spring, but while at Florida State, he also became known for his charismatic pre- and post-game speeches. By the looks of things, that leadership has carried over into the NFL. Winston scored the game-winning touchdown on a bootleg run from one yard out to lift the Buccaneers past the Dallas Cowboys 10-6, and after the game, he gave one of his signature speeches to the team.THAT is a post-win speech! Bring on the #Eagles #LetsGo! pic.twitter.com/po7WdXdsBM— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 16, 2015Winston managed to become the leader of Florida State as a redshirt freshman, and he’s done the same as a rookie with the Buccaneers, which is incredibly impressive.
Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to rescue a point for 10-man Juventus as they drew 2-2 with Atalanta to preserve their unbeaten run in Serie A.Massimiliano Allegri rested Ronaldo for Wednesday’s clash, but was forced to call on his star man when Duvan Zapata headed the hosts in front in the 56th minute.Berat Djimsiti’s own goal had put Juve ahead early on, but Atalanta drew level through Zapata’s 24th-minute strike, with Rodrigo Bentancur’s dismissal making matters worse for Juve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Allegri’s decision to bring on Ronaldo paid off when he nodded in from close range, with Leonardo Bonucci having a stoppage-time goal disallowed for offside as Juve had to settle for a share of the spoils.78′ GOALLLLLL!!!!!!!! @Cristiano EQUALISES FROM THE CORNER!!!!!!!!! #AtalantaJuve [2-2] #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/fUVeXgA0Tv— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 26, 2018Ronaldo’s absence was not felt when Juve went in front inside two minutes – Djimisti’s wild swing sending Alex Sandro’s deflected cross into the back of Atalanta’s net.Bentancur’s excellent strike from 20 yards would have doubled Juve’s tally three minutes later, if not for Etrit Berisha’s touch taking the ball onto the crossbar.Atalanta rallied, though, and after Giorgio Chiellini had spared them by heading wide at the other end, Zapata drilled across Wojciech Szczesny to haul the hosts level.Having earlier picked up an early booking for a foul on Josip Ilicic, Bentancur handed Atalanta the advantage eight minutes into the second half when he lunged in on Timothy Castagne.And Atalanta made Juve pay, Zapata heading in from three yards out after the visitors failed to clear Alejandro Gomez’s corner.Allegri had little choice but to introduce Ronaldo to the action and the 33-year-old stepped up with 12 minutes remaining to spare his side’s blushes by heading in from Mario Mandzukic’s flick-on.Bonucci thought he had wrapped up all three points in injury time when he nudged home from a free-kick, but his goal was correctly ruled out. What does it mean? Juve’s slip up hands Napoli hopeJuve would have matched their best points total after 20 games of a Serie A season with a win, but their draw has perhaps given Napoli hope, with the second-placed side able to move within six points of the leaders should they beat Inter.Zapata’s December delight continuesThe striker had scored just one Serie A goal this season heading into December, but Zapata now has eight to his name. He ran Juve’s defence ragged, and while his first-half equaliser was an exceptional display of strength, skill and composure, his second was a typical poacher’s goal.Djimisti, Bentancur have nightmares after ChristmasOne of four changes from Gian Piero Gasperini, Djimisti made a torrid start with a dreadful own goal. His embarrassment was at least eased though by Bentancur’s rash challenge to receive a second booking.Key Opta Facts- Juventus are unbeaten in Serie A away games in 2018.- Prior to this game, the last time Juventus conceded two goals in a Serie A game was on matchday one against Chievo.- Duvan Zapata has scored eight goals with his last eight shots on target.- Zapata has scored in his last three Serie A home games against Juventus, with Udinese, Sampdoria and Atalanta.- For the first time, Zapata has scored in five Serie A games in a row.What’s next?Juve will look to bring 2018 to a close with a win when they host Sampdoria in an early kick-off on Saturday, while Atalanta visit Sassuolo. read more
Santiago Solari refused to be drawn on his future after Real Madrid lost for the sixth time in La Liga this season. Real Sociedad scored once in each half to upset the European champions and leave them outside the top four at the halfway stage of the season – and struggling to qualify for nest season’s Champions League.Two goals did in Real as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu, Willian Jose and Pardo netting in the first and last ten minutes for the visitors to pile the pressure on Solari. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the former Argentina midfielder stubbornly refused to commit himself to questions about his future after the game.”We compete to win the next game,” Solari told reporters when asked if he deserved the keep his position.”We compete to win, always compete to win. We always fight to win. We never underestimate the competition, never underestimate anybody. The only one who has that luxury is he who has never competed.“You can never question our winning character; we showed character today, despite the difficulties. Unforgivable would be to lack that.”Real played for half an hour at the Bernabeu with ten men against Sociedad after Lucas Vasquez was sent off for two yellow cards, as they fell to a side that had only managed five league wins all season prior to this evening.The result leaves Solari’s side seven points behind leaders and champions Barcelona, having played a game more.The manager is widely expected to be replaced at the end of the season despite signing a two and half-year deal to replace former boss Julen Lopetegui in October, with Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez touted as possible replacements.On the evening Solari admitted his side lost concentration, though they worked hard in their unsuccessful attempt to get back into the game.”Nothing went right for us today,” Solari said. “The sensation is that we wanted to make up three points and we didn’t. This is football, we lost concentration at the start of the game that cost us a goal and hurt us. The same as in Villarreal [2-2 midweek], in professional football you cannot have that.“Then we did everything possible to turn the result around, despite the difficulties, possible penalties, or penalties, and the sending off. We made chances but the ball just would not go in.”
Liverpool will allow Ovie Ejaria to leave on a permanent basis this summer – but only if their asking price of £3m ($3.7m) is met.The midfielder has been left in limbo this summer, training and playing with the Reds’ Under-23 side having been left out of the senior team’s tour of the USA.Ejaria spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading, and the Championship outfit were keen to extend that deal for the coming campaign. 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? However, sources have confirmed to Goal that Liverpool’s preference now is for a permanent transfer.Ejaria is understood to be frustrated at having been left out of the first-team picture this summer, and the Reds are now willing to cut their losses on the talented 21-year-old.Brentford have held discussions over a potential deal worth around £3.5m ($4,3m) plus add-ons, but so far there has been no progress in that regard.Ejaria has been nursing a tight groin in recent weeks, which all-but-ended his chances of going to America with Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad.Goal understands that if no buyer is found, Ejaria is likely to remain on Merseyside, where he will be part of Neil Critchley’s U23 setup. The Reds will enter the Checkatrade Trophy for the first time this season, and expect to use the likes of Ejaria, Curtis Jones, Adam Lewis and perhaps new signing Sepp van den Berg in that competition.Ejaria made eight appearances for Liverpool’s senior team during the 2016-17 season, and has racked up more than 60 professional outings across loan spells with Sunderland, Rangers and Reading.He impressed at the Madejski Stadium at the back end of last season, but it is unlikely that the Royals will have the finances to meet Liverpool’s asking price for a permanent deal.Liverpool still expect Herbie Kane to go out on loan, with Wigan and Hull leading the race to sign the midfielder. Pedro Chirivella is another they would be willing to move on, but as yet there has been little interest in the Spaniard.The U23s are next in action on Wednesday evening when they take on Coventry City in a friendly. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 7: Doak S. Campbell Stadium during the first half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Florida State is one of the more interesting teams to handicap entering the 2018 season. There are a lot of unknowns regarding the Seminoles.FSU was supposed to contend for the national title in 2017, but fell apart after losing to Alabama in the season opener and losing quarterback Deondre Francois in the process. The Seminoles finished the regular season 6-6.Now, they have a new coach (Willie Taggart) and an unsettled quarterback competition with Francois and James Blackman. There’s plenty of talent in Tallahassee though, so the possibility for a bounce back is strong.Makings things tougher could be the team’s schedule, which Athlon Sports ranks the toughest in the country. Athlon released its toughest schedule rankings today.Here’s what they said about Florida State:Just about everything on Florida State’s 2018 schedule is potentially hazardous, save a Week 2 Bowden Bowl matchup with FCS Samford. The rest of the non-conference docket includes the customary rivalry showdown with Florida, a rematch of the 2013 Orange Bowl with always-tough Northern Illinois, and a road trip in November to Notre Dame.The Notre Dame contest is the first of three games against preseason playoff contenders. The Seminoles play at rival Miami and host national powerhouse Clemson. That Clemson showdown is sandwiched between dates against physically tough and upset-minded ACC Atlantic Division counterparts Wake Forest and NC State, which head coaches Dave Clawson and Dave Doeren have built into legitimate threats. Their combined ascent, as well as the defensive physicality customary at Boston College and talent at Louisville, have made the Atlantic arguably the best top-to-bottom division in football.Couple that with Florida State drawing what should be the Coastal’s two best teams — Miami and Virginia Tech — and this is no doubt the toughest schedule in 2018.You can read the rest of Athlon’s schedule rankings here.Florida State opens up the 2018 season at home against Virginia Tech on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke star quarterback Daniel Jones went down with a shoulder injury three weeks ago. The Blue Devils’ starting quarterback required surgery and it was believed that he’d be out for a while.Jones is back today, though.Duke announced some shocking injury update news for Jones this morning, revealing that he’s back in the starting lineup less than a month after undergoing surgery.QB17 ??: https://t.co/Mr3lNewr73 pic.twitter.com/wpHAzGTuhp— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) September 29, 2018The News & Observer had more on Jones’ status earlier this week:“He’s a great kid,” Anthony Boone said this week. “He’s a helluva competitor. I fully expected a quick recovery. I knew he was going to do whatever it takes to get back on the field. The team is really important to him. Duke is really important to him.”Following the surgery, Duke announced that Jones was out indefinitely. But the 6-5, 220-pound redshirt junior returned to practice just 10 days later.While he’s missed Duke’s last two games, Jones shared repetitions in practice this week with Quentin Harris and Chris Katrenick.Duke and Virginia Tech are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN2.
TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 23: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to the replay board during the second quarter against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has been one of the best players in the country over the last two years, and has UCF on pace for a second straight undefeated season.During last night’s rivalry game against South Florida, he suffered one of the most gruesome leg injuries we’ve seen in some time.McKenzie ran right on an option play, and was hit awkwardly, resulting in a very nasty scene on the field.Video, for those who choose to watch:Feel terrible for star UCF QB McKenzie Milton. Just horrible looking injury. pic.twitter.com/JZSxRTtOxy— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) November 23, 2018After the game, a UCF win, it was reported that Milton had suffered a dislocated knee that cut off blood circulation. The hospital has been pretty quiet on the details though.Now, it is being reported that McKenzie Milton underwent surgery to stabilize the knee after the injury.From ESPN’s Andrea Adelson:I’m told McKenzie Milton made it through surgery late last night to stabilize his knee and repair other undisclosed issues. He remains at Tampa General.— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) November 24, 2018Our thoughts continue to go out to Milton. He is a pleasure to watch, and we hope to see him back on a football field soon.