About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Liverpool have title advantage playing at Anfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino fears new stadium delays will wreck their title bid.He feels Anfield gives Liverpool the advantage as his second-place side battle for glory.Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-0 at home on Boxing Day and Poch said: “I saw the highlights, the Anfield crowd are desperate to win and are showing their support to the team.“Anfield was amazing, every game Liverpool are at Anfield is a party and that sometimes makes a difference.”Pochettino and his players are still having to play matches at Wembley as their new £850million stadium — which was supposed to open in September — is not yet finished.Pochettino said: “We cannot ask more from our fans, they are doing a fantastic job. The circumstances of this period in the club, we need to be strong and we cannot complain.“It’s not easy to get to Wembley on public transport, it’s not easy.“Our fans tried to raise the atmosphere but in a 90,000 stadium we’re limited to 51,000. We had 45,000.“That is why when I was asked before, ‘Do you want to move into our new stadium as soon as it is ready?'”I said ‘Of course, as soon as possible,’ because it’s going to be a massive boost for the team. It’s going to be a place where the fans can help the team achieve more. There is no doubt.”
Month: October 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southend chairman Martin reveals more Larsson talks plannedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend United chairman Ron Martin has revealed more talks are planned with Henrik Larsson over the manager’s job.Former Sweden, Barcelona, Manchester United and Hoops striker Larsson was an interested spectator as the Shrimpers picked up a 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday under the guidance of caretaker boss Gary Waddock.Martin admits Larsson, who scored 242 goals in 315 games for Celtic, is high on his short-list to replace Kevin Bond.He said: “Having Henrik Larsson join us on Saturday was simply part of the continuing interview process.“I have a number of people to see this week and shall also be talking further with Henrik.“This necessary due diligence to find the best option for the club is also not a negative reflection on Gary Waddock who is, in any event, well placed to influence our thinking.“The team under his guidance did excellently against MK Dons.“Whilst it is possible I am, nevertheless, doubtful a decision will be made, and implemented, by the weekend.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Tottenham complete signing of Michael Vormby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur have re-signed goalkeeper Michael Vorm on a free transfer.The 35-year-old left Spurs at the expiration of his contract in June.He first joined the North London outfit in 2014 and made 47 appearances in all competitions.Spurs decided to bring back Vorm following a long-term injury to captain Hugo Lloris.I’m back… #COYSpic.twitter.com/YBNzKQaGoJ— Michel Vorm (@Vorm_Official) October 14, 2019
Man Utd, Juventus target Rakitic closer to Barcelona exitby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIvan Rakitic is edging closer to a Barcelona exit.Rakitic has put Manchester United and Juventus on red alert as reports suggest the Croatian has his eye on a January exit from Barcelona, having previously stated: “I need to play”.Marca says the midfielder is seriously weighing up the possibility of ending his five-year association with the Spanish giants. “It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team,” Rakitic told 24sata last week while on international duty.”I will do everything possible to change my situation. I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona.”It’s the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Bogs4NYLaremy Tunsil may be lucky that this year’s draft is in Chicago, and not New York City. An overzealous former prosecutor may have hopped state lines to bring him in after a hacker posted an old video of him smoking a bong out of a gas mask to his Twitter account.New Jersey Governor and former presidential candidate Chris Christie joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Friday morning to discuss the draft, and spent a lot of time expressing his bemusement about the Tunsil situation. At one point, the former New Jersey Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer said that if he were still a prosecutor, he would have “gone in and cuffed” the Ole Miss offensive tackle. Buzzfeed’s Christopher Massie transcribed some of the more interesting parts of the appearance:“It’s unbelievable,” Christie said. “Because the bong hits aren’t enough. Give me the gas mask too. It’s incredible. I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s unbelievable.”Earlier in the interview, Christie, who opposes marijuana legalization, said, “When I was a prosecutor, I would’ve gone in and cuffed this guy,” adding, “I would’ve been all over it.”Christie also expressed sympathy towards Tunsil, saying, “Poor kid in that respect. I mean, he did it. But who’s the guy that hates him enough that they had access to the video and put it on. I mean, wow.”Here is the full interview: [Buzzfeed]
Skillzy was revealed as the UEFA Euro 2020 mascot on March 25, 2019 as part of the organisation’s ‘Your Move’ campaign.UEFA believes it has broken new ground with regards to mascots with Skillzy, marrying the traditional life-sized mascot with a more interactive figure for the modern day. Essentially, Skillzy, whose launch at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam was a deliberate nod to one of the game’s most skilful ever players, is a freestyle footballer who is capable of “a dazzling array of tricks”. 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? The thinking behind UEFA’s move is to reflect “younger fans’ passion for other forms of football outside the traditional 11-a-side game”.This was showcased when he was unveiled prior to a qualifier between the Netherlands and Germany alongside Liv Cooke and Tobias Becs, who have been named as official UEFA Euro 2020 Freestylers.“We wanted to move away from the traditional mascot that we have seen at previous UEFA EUROs in order to create a symbol that is able to interact more closely with football fans across the continent,” said Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events SA. “It is important that UEFA appeals to football fans of all ages, and by creating a mascot which is actually able to physically play the game we all love, this will inspire youngsters from Dublin to Baku to try and emulate the tricks that Skillzy, Liv Cooke and Tobias Becs are able to master.”With Euro 2020 to be played all over the continent, the aim is to make the tournament as inclusive as possible, and Skillzy is meant to represent this.As Cooke explained: “Being able to take the beauty of freestyling, street football and panna to football fans all over Europe is a really special opportunity.“Whether it’s playing in the park or on the world stage, whether it’s football or freestyling, it’s about expressing yourself with the ball at your feet.”Indeed, Your Move invites fans to do this, with budding freestyles offered the chance to represent their city by performing unique freestyle moves that could lead to them being given their chance to showcase their skills at Euro 2020 events.Past European Championship MascotsSince Euro 1980 in Italy, a mascot for the competition has been a fixture in the competition, with the last nine tournaments enjoying such representation.Pinocchio was the first European Championship finals mascot, based on the story written by Carlo Collodi. In France four years later, Peno appeared. It was a white cockerel, the symbol of the French national team, that was more obviously designed with football in mind as it wore a blue strip, football boots and gloves.West Germany and Sweden in 1988 and 1992 both had rabbits as mascots, named Berni and Rabbit respectively. Both were dressed in footballing attire.Euro 96 in England saw a nod to the country’s famous ‘Three Lions’ with Goaliath. With echoes of World Cup Willie – a lion used as the mascot for the 1966 World Cup in the country – it was dressed in an England shirt and held a football under its arm.The joint nature of the Netherlands and Belgium European Championship of 2000 was reflected by a mascot that merged the footballing traditions of the two nations and took its name from the Benelux group of countries that also includes Luxembourg. Benelucky was a lion with a devil’s tail and human hands. Its mane was multi-coloured, representing the colours of both host nations.Portugal 2004 started a move away from animals to more recognisable, human figures. Kinas, who was the mascot of that competition, was simply a cartoon boy.For the joint bids from Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and Poland and Ukraine in 2012 came two sets of twins, Trix and Flix, and Slavek and Slavko respectively, who were dressed in the colours of the nations.France 2016 followed that trend in 2016 with Super Victor, who was a child in the French national colours, with a cape, which along with his boots and ball are claimed to bring him superpowers.Skillzy, therefore, continues the recent tradition of mascots in the form of cartoon humans.
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Arizona State Sun Devils cheerleaders pose before the team’s first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buffaloes won 97-85. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Issues in the Pac-12 have been a major talking point in college football this week. The conference has struggled to make inroads on a national scale, being left out of its second College Football Playoff this past season. CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd wrote a column revealing that many coaches and administrators at member schools aren’t thrilled.Another major issue for the league is the fledgling Pac-12 Networks. While the Big Ten and SEC have launched pretty successful linear networks, with the help of FOX and ESPN respectively, the Pac-12 struck out on their own and…may have struck out. Now, the league is trending behind its Power Five rivals in revenue.Arizona State president Michael Crow is cited as one of commissioner Larry Scott’s supporters. However, ASU athletic director Ray Anderson was quoted in Dodd’s piece.“The gap between us and the other [leagues] continues to grow,” he said. “We’ll be competitively disadvantaged even moreso. … That’s real money in terms of being able to compete, support facilities, support coaches and support programs.”It wasn’t long ago that the Big 12 seemed like the most vulnerable Power Five league. Now, one college football writer thinks they may be in a position for a power move, to hurt the Pac-12.The Athletic’s David Ubben thinks the Big 12 should considering Pac-12 schools Arizona and Arizona State.In responding to Dodd’s column, which got a lot of traction earlier in the week, Ubben floated the idea. Via Twitter:Big 12 would be wise to begin cuddling up to Arizona, Arizona State with expansion in mind before leagues begin negotiating their new TV deals. The fissures in the Pac-12 have never been wider. https://t.co/O8vMdnx5Io— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 15, 2018This would be an interesting return blow. In an earlier round of conference expansion, the Pac-12 nabbed Colorado out of the Big 12.The two schools would be the Westernmost outposts for the Big 12. However, they are closer to Texas Tech, at least, than West Virginia is to much of the league. Arizona to West Virginia in-conference trips would truly be something, though.This is all very hypothetical, and there is no real indication that the Arizona schools, or any Pac-12 member, are looking to leave. However, if the Big 12 wants to shift the balance a bit, it would be quite the power move.
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)The Urban Meyer-Ohio State saga went to another level of drama on Saturday, as it was reported that Texas head coach Tom Herman was the one who leaked news of the allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy.These allegations have since been denied by both the Texas head coach and his wife, Michelle Herman. McMurphy has also said that it isn’t true.“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source,” McMurphy tweeted.Jeff Snook, the reporter who broke the news of Herman’s alleged role, was able to get a comment from Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer.Shelley Meyer, who allegedly texted with the ex-wife of Zach Smith regarding the allegations, was unable to comment on the record, but she did thank Snook for pursuing both sides of the story.“I really do appreciate you doing your job with integrity and checking on all the points, unlike some others,” Shelley Meyer said, via a text message. “I just can’t comment and I am very sorry. Thank u.”This is an ongoing saga and it’s unclear if anything reported on Saturday – even if it’s true – will actually have a bearing on what happens to Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s football program.The investigation into Urban Meyer and the program, regarding the handling of domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith, is expected to be completed soon.
ESPNOn Friday morning, ESPN debuted a list of the 50 best players from the 2018 college football season. The first three names on the list were the consensus top three quarterbacks in the game this year and were all invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray took home the Heisman – followed in the voting by Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.So, how did those three stack up in ESPN’s list? Kyler took home top honors, while Tua and Dwayne followed as the No. 2 and No. 3 players from the year respectively.Here’s the top ten:Kyler Murray, QB, OklahomaTua Tagovailoa, QB, AlabamaDwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateQuinnen Williams, DL, AlabamaChristian Wilkins, DL, ClemsonDarrell Henderson, RB, MemphisWill Grier, QB, WVUJosh Allen, LB, KentuckyGardner Minshew, QB, Washington StateDexter Lawrence, DT, ClemsonYou can see the full list here.What do you think of the list?[ESPN]
Maar hi dogi? Deepika Padukone kills Ranveer Singh with stunning new Instagram picsRanveer Singh cannot stop gushing about wife Deepika Padukone, and his comments on her latest photoshoot is a proof of it.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 12:30 IST Deepika Padukone looks drop-dead gorgeous in a backless floral gown.Ranveer Singh – a man that most of the women would want to date or marry. But the actor is taken, and completely devoted to his wife Deepika Padukone. The Gully Boy actor never misses a chance to make declarations of love. Be it interviews or small getsures or cheesy comments, Ranveer cannot stop gushing about Deepika. And Valentine’s Day was no different.Deepika posted pictures from her latest outing, and Ranveer Singh cannot take his eyes off her beautiful pics.Deepika looked drop-dead gorgeous in a backless floral gown, and Ranveer Singh was all hearts for the stunning pictures. The 33-year-old actor wrote, “Maar hi dogi tum.” He did not stop at this. In another of the picture posted by Deepika, he wrote, “Tasty fingers.” On Thursday, as Prakash Padukone was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at an awards show honouring legends in the world of sports, Ranveer and Deepika joined him.After being in a steady relationship for six years, Ranveer and Deepika got married over two days at the picturesque Villa del Balbianello in Italy. Their traditional Konkani-style nuptials on November 14 were followed by an anand karaj ceremony on November 15.In an interview with a magazine, Deepika opened up on her equation with Ranveer. She said, “I think you just know when you want to spend the rest of your life with that one person and he’s everything rolled into one man. He’s my best friend, playmate, companion and confidant. I can be silly in front of him, I can be stupid in front of him, I can be sick in front of him, I can be whatever I want to be.”advertisementGULLY BOY MOVIE REVIEWALSO READ: Deepika Padukone reveals that she got engaged to Ranveer Singh four years agoALSO WATCH: Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bycharu thakur Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Prakash Padukone