Transfers Mkhitaryan’s Arsenal shirt number revealed – but he can’t wear it in the Europa League! Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:35 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Transfers Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea League Cup The former Borussia Dortmund star follows the likes of Robert Pires, Kevin Campbell and David Rocastle in wearing the No.7 for the north London club New Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan will wear the No.7 shirt for his new club, the Gunners have revealed.The Armenia international traded Manchester United for the Gunners on Monday, with Alexis Sanchez going the other way, after the 29-year-old successfully obtained appropriate documentation from the visa office in Liverpool.It was soon announced that Alexis would take up the historic No.7 shirt at Old Trafford, following in the footsteps of such players as Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, before it was confirmed that Mkhitaryan would don the same jersey at the Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Shakhtar Donetsk star follows the likes of Robert Pires, Kevin Campbell and David Rocastle in wearing the No.7 for the north London club.Mkhitaryan made 11 Premier League starts this season under Jose Mourinho before leaving for Arsenal, failing to establish himself as a regular first choice under the Portuguese during his time at the club.He made an additional four outings in the Champions League, one in the FA Cup and made a substitute appearance during the club’s Carabao Cup game against Bristol City in December. On the whole, though, Mkhitaryan found his playing time limited at Old Trafford and saw an opportunity to revive his career under a manager, in Arsene Wenger, who had previously made his interest public.”I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here,” the attacker told Arsenal’s official website upon the completion of the move.#MKHITAR7ANGet the shirt https://t.co/oDIrRq2p79 pic.twitter.com/U4tg8wXbvh— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 23, 2018Why can’t Mkhitaryan wear No.7 in the Europa League?Mkhitaryan has taken Alexis’s No.7 shirt at Arsenal but he will not be able to wear that jersey in the Europa League, the Premier League club have confirmed.That is because the Chilean, who will also wear the No.7 shirt for Manchester United, played for the Gunners in the current Europa League campaign – their 3-1 win over Cologne back in September – wearing that same squad number.UEFA ruling states that if a player has played in the competition, another player is not then able to also appear at a later date with the same number.Therefore Mkhitaryan must choose an alternative number for the remainder of the club’s Europa League campaign this season, with the Gunners stating that it will be “confirmed soon”.
The 2009 Be Active Junior State Championships have drawn to a close at Lightning Park in Noranda, with Tompkins Park claiming the final title of the weekend – winning the 18s’ Boys Grand Final against Peel Districts.In what was the tournaments premier division, Tompkins Park came into the final on top of the 18s Boys ladder, with Peel Districts close behind and just edging Goldfields and Brothers out of the final. It was a tight tussle early on as Tompkins took a 3-1 advantage to the half time break. But in the second half they took control and ran out 7-2 winners.12 months is a long time in Touch Football with Tompkins Park and Peel Districts finishing last and second last in the same competition in 2008. In the 18’s Girls division, Fremantle took control early in the final against Southern, eventually taking the title 12-2.New affiliate Brighton have won their first ever State Championship, with victory in the 12’s Mixed division. Having started their competition in October and a successful junior program, the club enjoyed on-field success at Lightning Park, winning the 12s title 7-2 against Fremantle.Full results:18’s BoysTompkins Park (7) def. Peel Districts (2)MVP – Eric Pahura (Tompkins Park)Referees – Justin Parsons, Damien Capp, Ben Morton18’s GirlsFremantle (12) def. Southern Districts (2)MVP – Samantha Mitchell (Fremantle)Referees – Kelly Eggers, Will Trego, Peter Burke15’s MixedFremantle (7) def. Perth Brothers (3)Male MVP – Jarrod Toon-Poynton (Fremantle)Female MVP – Cheyenne Kereopa (Perth Brothers)Referees – Joe Jeffries, Brendan Antrobus, Kate Steinitz15’s BoysNorthern Districts (7) def. Tompkins Park (2)MVP – Jeremy Wallace (Northern)Referees – Russell McIntyre, Darren Walters, Tracey12’s MixedBrighton (7) def. Fremantle (2)Male MVP – Jayden Pohutuhutu (Brighton)Female MVP – Rheanna Quan (Fremantle)Referees – John Moore, Karon Aldon, Ross FrancisReferee of the Tournament – Will TregoFor full results visit the WA Junior State Championships website – www.juniorstatechamps.com.au
Qualifying Finals – 9.50amEastern Falcons v Western DodgersCasey Cougars v Melbourne University Northern BlacksSemi Finals – 12.35pmMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerBayside Vipers v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 3.30pm Qualifying Finals – 9.00amCasey Cougars v Bayside Vipers 1Bayside Vipers 2 v Eastern FalconsSemi Finals – 11.45amMelbourne University Northern Blacks v Qualifying Final winnerMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 2.30pm Women’s Sunday, 24 February will see a big day of Touch Football action at Elwood Park in Melbourne, with the 2012/13 Victorian Touch (VT) League finals taking place. Qualifying finals, semi finals and grand finals will be played on Sunday across three divisions – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. Finals day of the VT League starts at 9.00am with the Mixed qualifying finals, followed by the qualifying finals for the Women’s and Men’s divisions at 9.50am and 10.40am respectively. Semi finals then take place at 11.45am for Mixed, followed by 12.35pm for Women’s and 1.25pm for Men’s. Grand finals of all three divisions will round out the day, with the Mixed grand final at 2.30pm, Women’s grand final at 3.30pm and the Men’s grand final at 4.30pm. For the first time this season, the Mixed division has seen six teams compete, with a successful season had by all. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks have been the form team all year and have progressed straight through to the semi finals as have the Melbourne City Lions. The Melbourne City Lions in the Women’s division are reigning champions who are on equal points with rivals the Bayside Vipers heading into the finals. The Lions will see three Australian representatives, Leah Percy (Women’s Open), Kirsten Friend and Mel Woodward (Women’s 30’s) take to the field, while the Vipers have two national representative players in Brooke James (Australian Women’s 30’s) and Jamie Te Pania (New Zealand Women’s 30’s) and if the two sides are to meet in the final it will no doubt be an exciting encounter. The Melbourne City Lions also finished on top of the Men’s ladder following the round games, closely followed by the Western Dodgers. Only four points separates the top three teams, and VT League Finals Day will no doubt entertain!To keep-up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the VT League finals, please visit www.victouch.com.au as well as the Touch Football Victoria social media pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoriawww.twitter.com/touchfootyvic Mixed Men’s Qualifying Finals – 10.40amMelbourne University Northern Blacks v Casey TigersBayside Vipers v Eastern FalconsSemi Finals – 1.25pmMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerWestern Dodgers v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 4.30pmRelated LinksVT League Finals
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Please find enclosed the draw for the Harvey Norman National Youth Championships, Harvey Norman National Schools Cup, Alliance Cup and Masters Trans Tasman. The events will be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium Kawana, from Wednesday 13th September to Sunday 17th SeptemberClick the attachment below to view the draw:NYC HNNSC AC MTTTS Draw Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information via the TFA social media channels.Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe: Bournemouth must rise to Man Utd challengeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has challenged his players to rise to the test of facing Manchester United.The Dorset club have picked up one point from three games at Old Trafford since being promoted to the top flight. Howe said: “It’s a tough game. Whenever you go to Old Trafford you know you are going to be in for a tough assignment.“We are going to need to rise to that challenge. They have had two really good results and performances. I am sure the atmosphere in the stadium will be good for the players there.“We will look forward to going there as we always have done. We have had some tough encounters and enjoyed our matches in the ground – we will look forward to another tough game.”
Inter Milan, Juventus challenge BVB for Man Utd midfielder Maticby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan and Juventus are joining the race to sign Nemanja Matic.The experienced defensive midfielder could be out of favour at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.With United favouring a younger approach, Matic could soon be surplus to requirements.The Sunsays Borussia Dortmund and the two Italian clubs are interested in signing Matic.The 31-year-old will be out of contract next summer, when he would be free to sign for any club of his choosing.Matic is currently behind Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba in the United midfield ranks.He played his first game of the Premier League season against Leicester due to Pogba being injured. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan look to China for new shirt sponsorby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChinese real estate group Evergrande could become the main shirt sponsor of Inter Milan’s in 2021, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Exploratory talks have reportedly taken place between the two parties over potential partnerships in the future, including Evergrande possibly replacing long-term shirt sponsor Pirelli when the tyre brand’s contract with the club expires in 2021.The Italian club have had Pirelli’s logo on their kit dating back to the 1995/96 season, which currently earns them €10.5 million (US$11.6 million) per year, but Gazzetta says Inter owner Zhang Jindong is seeking greater revenue opportunities for the team as they bid to stay in touch with the rest of the European elite.Apparently helping Evergrande’s cause is that it has in the past worked closely with Jindong’s company Suning Holdings Group, which acquired a majority stake in Inter for a reported €270 million (US$299 million) back in June 2016.Evergrande is already closely involved with soccer after buying Chinese Super League team Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010, currently managed by former Inter defender Fabio Cannavaro. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid weigh up bid for Rennes teen Eduardo Camavingaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid is weighing up a raid on the French transfer market.Marca says Real are already looking at young talents who are standing out this season.First on the list is midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is already featuring for Rennes at 16 years of age.After making his debut last season, he has earned a starting position this year.In August, he was voted player of the month by his peers, winning the Union of French Football Players award.Real Madrid have been scouting several youngsters, but Camavinga has caught the eye the most. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Juan Mata: Great players not always great coachesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata says being a great player doesn’t mean he’ll be a great manager.He writes in his new book, “Juan Mata: Suddenly A Footballer”:“There are many cases where an ex-player becomes a manager with time. It normally starts by coaching youngsters in academies, then through reserve teams or smaller clubs in lower leagues, to gain some experience of managing groups and leadership.“Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Ronald Koeman, Zinedine Zidane, Julen Lopetegui, Ernesto Valverde, Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Ole are just some examples of that process. But having been a fantastic player does not make you a great coach. Not at all.“Experience definitely adds something really important, but seen from my point of view, becoming a manager has more to do with your understanding of the game, your personality, your ability to communicate, convince and motivate, and your work ethic, than your experience as a football player. You need to be a leader.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace eyeing West Brom fullback Nathan Fergusonby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are eyeing West Bromwich Albion fullback Nathan Ferguson.Palace are searching for a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was sold to Manchester United this past summer.The Daily Mailsays 19-year-old Ferguson has impressed Palace’s scouts this season.Slaven Bilic has given the England U20 international his breakthrough at the Hawthorns, which has seen him operate at both fullback positions.Ferguson has failed to start just one of the Championship leaders’ league games so far this season.
Brambati: AC Milan refused to sign Ribery for Gattusoby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Serie A defender Massimo Brambati says AC Milan were wrong to dump Rino Gattuso.Brambati also insists Gattuso was blocked from signing Franck Ribery before he joined Fiorentina.”I still don’t understand why Milan took this long path round with Marco Giampaolo only to then get Stefano Pioli,” Brambati told TMW Radio.“It was better to stick with Gattuso and follow his ideas, as in a meeting he had asked them to sign three experienced players, including two who were free agents.“Gattuso had requested Ribery as one of the names, who was then brought to Fiorentina by Luca Toni and is doing a great job there.“Instead, Milan rejected Gattuso and all his proposals.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 29: Head coach James Franklin congratulates Carl Nassib #95 of the Penn State Nittany Lions after a third down stop against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium on November 29, 2014 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Another weekend of college football, another absolutely insane ending to a big-time contest. This time around, it was Georgia Tech returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown to knock off Florida State as time expired. It won’t surprise you to hear that nobody on our staff picked the Yellow Jackets to pull the upset.This week’s slate isn’t as exciting as some earlier this year, but there are a few marquee matchups. Ole Miss and Auburn should be entertaining. Florida and Georgia renew their annual rivalry. And Notre Dame visits a surprising Temple squad in front of ESPN’s College GameDay.Dustin Tackett still holds a one-game lead over the field in our competition. Here are our picks for this week.Who do you have?
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 15: Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide converses with Amari Cooper #9 prior to facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama star and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be appearing on a celebrity edition of “Family Feud” this Sunday. Alongside Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall and others, Cooper will be representing the “AFC Offense” against an “NFC Defense” squad that includes Arizona Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu, Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins and Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. In his match-up with Mathieu, Cooper beat the ex-LSU star to the buzzer when asked to name someone people are excited to see once a year. From there though, Cooper got stage fright, and could only manage some awkward laughter. The video of the clip, released in advance of the show, can be found below. The episode featuring Cooper will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on ABC. Hopefully the rest of Cooper’s appearance went more smoothly than that clip did.[ SDS ]
Manchester City’s lopsided win over Burton Albion on Wednesday set a record for English cup competitions, with Pep Guardiola’s high-flying club rolling to a 9-0 win in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Gabriel Jesus netted four goals at the Etihad Stadium, with Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez all joining him on the scoresheet. The nine-goal spread was the largest margin of victory ever for an English cup semi-final match, dating all the way back to the first ever FA Cup during the 1871-72 season. 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? 9 – Manchester City’s 9-0 win against Burton Albion is the largest ever margin of victory in the semi-finals of an English cup competition. Answer. https://t.co/4Ij0UHu2HI — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019 Goals have been remarkably easy to come by for Manchester City over the past two games. Guardiola’s side destroyed Championship club Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, advancing to face Burnley in the next round. By scoring at least seven goals in consecutive games, City reached a scoring feat on Wednesday that hasn’t been achieved by an English side in more than 51 years.7 – Manchester City are the first English league side to score at least seven goals in consecutive games in all competitions since Don Revie’s Leeds United back in October 1967. Heaven. #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/vniTiD8jQm — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019 Don Revie’s Leeds United were the last English league side to turn the trick, which they did in October 1967 when they topped Spora Luxembourg 9-0 before defeating Chelsea 7-0. For Guardiola, it was his joint-largest margin of victory as a manager, alongside Barcelona’s 9-0 thrashing of L’Hospitalet in a Copa del Rey match in December 2011.Wednesday’s game was also the first time that City managed nine goals in a single game since November 1987, when they defeated Huddersfield Town 10-1 in a second-tier match. For their part, Burton’s 9-0 defeat was the heaviest loss in League Cup competition since Fulham fell 10-0 to Liverpool in September 1986. 1986 – Burton Albion’s 9-0 defeat is the heaviest League Cup defeat by any side since Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 back in September 1986, and is the largest ever margin of defeat in the semi-final of the competition. Gap. #CarabaoCup — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019 Unfortunately for Burton, this tie isn’t over. The two sides will meet again in the second leg on January 23, when more records could fall by the wayside.
Unai Emery has revealed Arsenal are the first club to offer him a long-term project – dismissing any notion he could face the sack early into his spell in north London.The Spaniard signed a three-year deal upon arriving as Arsene Wenger’s successor in the summer, with reports suggesting the club have inserted a break clause after two seasons.Qualifying for next season’s Champions League is Emery’s priority this term and though the coach admits it will be tough, he’s confident he will not be put under any undue pressure if that goal is not attained. 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? “As a manager, I have always put myself under the pressure of the necessity to win,” he told Sky Sports.”You know that winning will allow you to either continue what you’re doing or to find another project. And you know that if you lose, they will take the project you already have away from you.”But at Arsenal, it’s maybe the first time I feel that I have the support to build up from the bottom in order to get where we want to be. “It allows us to work more for the long-term – or at least, ‘long-term’ in football terms. It supports the kind of work we want to do at this club.”After beginning his managerial career in his homeland – which included four years at Valencia – Emery moved to Spartak Moscow before returning to Spain with Sevilla.He won the Europa League three times at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium with limited resources, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.Emery operated under immense pressure at the Parc des Princes and eventually left after just two campaigns, despite winning the French treble in his final season in charge.Therefore, the 47-year-old is relishing the opportunity to manage a long-term project in a country which he feels has a more programmatic outlook over what constitutes success.”After my experiences in Spain, in Russia and in France, I believe that here, people see football in a very distinct way,” he added.”As well as the teams being more competitive and tougher, I believe the fans feel football from the heart. “The question of whether you win, lose or draw is very important, but there is always a respect towards football beyond just the result.”That means you can do a more progressive job, a job based on building from the bottom without only thinking about results, because sometimes, a result can hide solid foundations.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The story of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ rarely provokes any sympathy among its readers. If anything, his grisly end is usually deemed just punishment for such incessant deception. As a player long accused of feigning injury to win fouls, Neymar would be a most fitting protagonist for any footballing version of Aesop’s fable. Indeed, he lay prone on the pitch for a staggering 14 minutes of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup campaign yet remarkably emerged unscathed. 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? Thus, Wednesday’s news that he now faces 10 weeks on the sidelines with a foot injury is unlikely to result in every single football fan wishing Neymar a speedy recovery. Even some fellow footballers will struggle to summon up any empathy for the stricken Selecao skipper.He certainly won’t be receiving a ‘Get well soon’ card from Strasbourg’s Anthony Goncalves.He watched team-mate Moataz Zemzemi kick Neymar three times in quick succession in last week’s Coupe de France clash at Parc des Princes, a sustained assault that led to the 26-year-old leaving the pitch injured and struggling to hold back the tears.Nonetheless, Goncalves’ post-match response was devoid of even a shred of compassion, still coloured by the attacker’s perceived showboating.”Neymar’s a great player but we’re not there to have fun with him,” he declared. “We respond with our weapons and we have colours to defend.”We’re not here to joke around, so he must not come and cry afterwards.”Clearly, when it comes to Neymar, patience is running thin on the ground. And has been for some time.After a Champions League game against PSG in which Neymar was booked for diving, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig said of the winger’s theatrics: “It was the same as usual from Neymar. “He is an unbelievable footballer but we have seen the other stuff before and we will see it again.”I have said before that it’s part of his game. He tries to overreact a bit to make the defender step off. We will see it again and again.”If he wants to be liked as much as [Lionel] Messi, maybe he needs to stop that.”He didn’t, though, and he won’t. Not as long as he continues to feel referees aren’t doing enough to protect him from overly aggressive opponents. There is even mounting evidence to suggest that he believes he is little more than a moving target in Ligue 1.According to reports in Spain last week, Barcelona officials showed Frenkie de Jong messages from Neymar complaining about the treatment he was receiving in France, in a bid to persuade Ajax’s in-demand midfielder to move to Camp Nou rather than Parc des Princes.This latest injury is, therefore, only likely to strengthen the former Santos star’s resolve to leave Paris.He sensationally quit Barca in 2017 to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow, sold on the idea of winning the Champions League and, as a consequence, the Ballon d’Or.However, he now risks watching PSG crash out of the competition for the second consecutive season with the same injury (to the same foot) that ruled him out of last year’s last-16, second-leg loss to Real Madrid.That would make for a most painful and concerning case of déjà vu, and cast considerable doubt over his future in the French capital.As we well know by now, Neymar is an emotional and sensitive soul. As countless team-mates – past and present – have testified, he is, by nature, a happy-go-lucky character and, therefore, a predominantly positive presence in the dressing room and on the training field.However, he is, like many of us, prone to sudden mood changes when faced with obstacles or adversity.As Thiago Motta has previously mused, “Neymar needs to be happy to be on the field. “When all goes well, he smiles, dances, puts on music and the three hours that we spend together in training run at one go.”But sometimes I saw him arrive in the morning and I said to myself, ‘Oh, it’s going to be difficult today.'”This could be related to his personal life or to what he had eaten at breakfast!”Given his demeanour can be so easily influenced by trivial matters, it’s hardly surprising, then, that injuries have always hit Neymar hard. And understandably so. Few players better appreciate the precarious nature of a footballer’s career than Neymar. He was very nearly left paralysed by the knee in the back he received from Juan Camilo Zuniga at the 2014 World Cup. That incident alone could explain his apparent aversion to tackles, or, in fairness, even the slightest of contact, which is often followed by the kind of exaggeration that even his compatriot Pele felt compelled to address last week.However, what is of greater concern than Neymar’s reaction to challenges, is his body’s. This will be the 11th time since arriving in Europe in 2013 that he has been out of action for 10 days or more. What’s more, at the time of writing, only Ismaila Sarr has suffered more fouls (91) across Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues this season than Neymar (88) – and even then, the Rennes winger has played six more games. Essentially, the hits keep coming and they are clearly taking their toll, giving rise to the very real fear that this impudent talent runs the risk of being kicked out of the game.That would be a tragic loss of talent, even accounting for the fact that diving is a plague, the most obvious on-field manifestation of the win-at-all-costs mentality that now pervades the game, and Neymar is viewed as its most high-profile exponent. He may well be football’s answer to ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ but that doesn’t make his pain any less worthy of sympathy.
ABCJim Harbaugh addressed rumors he might take an NFL job with a hilarious quote.Jim Harbaugh is known for being an interesting individual. Well, on Tuesday afternoon he delivered yet again.Amid the news that the Rams fired Jeff Fisher, Jim Harbaugh’s name was mentioned as a candidate for the job. Harbaugh denied the rumors with the most Harbaugh quote ever.Harbaugh says rumors come from coaches trying to affect recruiting. “You know the top three I’m talking about. We know them as jive turkeys”— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) December 14, 2016In just his second season at Michigan, it would be an interesting move for Harbaugh to leave the Wolverines for the NFL. The enigmatic head coach turned Michigan into a serious contender in college football in just two years.No one should question if Harbaugh is a good coach. But one thing up for debate…who are the three jive turkeys that want to disrupt Michigan’s recruiting efforts?The obvious answer is Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. How about Alabama’s Nick Saban? Or in-state rival Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio?We may never know who the three jive turkeys are. But we can always count on Jim Harbaugh for a great quote.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles away from defensive end Raymond Johnson III #92 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Sports gambling is about to be legalized in a lot of places, but if you’re still looking for an excuse to head out to Las Vegas, a new set of college football spreads were released today. Each year, sportsbook South Point releases what it calls college football’s “Games of the Year.” It features spreads for tons of college football games for 2018.Covers got its hands on a copy of the games you can bet on. Here’s every contest you can wager on – three months in advance.Saturday, September 6, 2018:Georgia (-11) vs. South CarolinaStanford (-2) vs. USCIowa (-7) vs. Iowa StatePenn State (-14) vs. PittsburghSaturday, September 15, 2018:Texas Tech (-7) vs. HoustonOklahoma State (-6) vs. Boise StateAuburn (-12) vs. LSUAlabama (-20) vs. Ole MissUSC (-1) vs. TexasCentral Florida (-11) vs. UNCOhio State (-12) vs. TCUSaturday, September 22, 2018:Oregon (-3) vs. StanfordWisconsin (-5) vs. IowaTCU vs. Texas (pick’em)Auburn (-23) vs. ArkansasAlabama (-21) vs. Texas A&MSaturday, September 29, 2018:LSU (-13) vs. Ole MissTexas Tech (-3) vs. West VirginiaNotre Dame (-8) vs. StanfordOhio State (-1.5) vs. Penn StateFriday, October 5, 2018:BYU (-3) vs. Utah StateSaturday, October 6, 2018:Miami (-8) vs. Florida StateWisconsin (-17) vs. NebraskaLSU (-3.5) vs. FloridaWashington (-16) vs. UCLAOklahoma (-12) vs. TexasNavy (-5) vs. Air ForceTuesday, October 9, 2018:Appalachian State vs. Arkansas State (pick’em)Friday, October 12, 2018:Utah (-5) vs. ArizonaSaturday, October 13, 2018:Northwestern (-6) vs. NebraskaMichigan (-3) vs. WisconsinBoise State (-16) vs. NevadaWashington (-10) vs. OregonNorthern Illinois (-3) vs. OhioCentral Florida (-5) vs. MemphisSaturday, October 20, 2018:Oregon (-1) vs. Washington StateMichigan State (-1) vs. MichiganClemson (-20) vs. NC StateFlorida Atlantic (-8) vs. MarshallSaturday, October 27, 2018:Clemson (-10) vs. Florida StateGeorgia (-15) vs. FloridaOklahoma (-19) vs. Kansas StateSaturday, November 3, 2018:Clemson (-20.5) vs. LouisvilleNotre Dame (-7) vs. NorthwesternWashington (-13) vs. StanfordMichigan (-3.5) vs. Penn StateTCU (-12) vs. Kansas StateAlabama (-10) vs. LSUArmy (-8) vs. Air ForceWednesday, November 7, 2018:Toledo (-1) vs. Northern IllinoisSaturday, November 10, 2018:Georgia (-3) vs. AuburnKentucky (-1) vs. TennesseeTexas A&M (-7) vs. Ole MissIowa (-7) vs. NorthwesternOhio State (-6) vs. Michigan StateOklahoma (-11) vs. Oklahoma StatePenn State (-4.5) vs. WisconsinNotre Dame (-9) vs. Florida StateSaturday, November 17, 2018:Florida Atlantic (-7) vs. North TexasUSC (-6) vs. UCLAOregon (-9) vs. Arizona StateMiami (FL) (-3) vs. Virginia TechFresno State (-5) vs. San Diego StateThursday, November 22, 2018:Mississippi State (-7) vs. Ole MissFriday, November 23, 2018:Oklahoma (-10) vs. West VirginiaWashington (-13) vs. Washington StateIowa (-8) vs. NebraskaCentral Florida (-6.5) vs. South FloridaMemphis (-8) vs. HoustonSaturday, November 24, 2018:Alabama (-7) vs. AuburnOhio State (-9) vs. MichiganNotre Dame (-1) vs. USCFlorida State (-7) vs. FloridaGeorgia (-21) vs. Georgia TechLouisville (-9) vs. KentuckyClemson (-19) vs. South CarolinaBoise State (-17) vs. Utah StateUNLV (-3) vs. NevadaSaturday, December 3, 2018:Navy (-1) vs. ArmyYou can see each matchup on the spreadsheet below as well:College Football “Games of the Year” hot off the presses from @southpointlv pic.twitter.com/4JiF0ozBH7— Covers (@Covers) May 24, 2018College football season kicks off in just over three months.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is off to a rollicking start. Texas just became the first ranked team to lose this season after dropping its season-opener against Maryland.The Terrapins held home-field advantage and battled with the Longhorns for a full four quarters before eeking out a win. It’s the second-straight victory for Maryland against Texas after the Terrapins went into Texas and took down the Longhorns last season.Texas head coach Tom Herman is getting crushed as a result of the loss. Fans on Twitter aren’t happy with their team’s performance in its first game of the season.Here’s some of the reaction.So Tom Herman the Head Coach at Texas ..that’s Texas..is going to lose to Maryland a team with no coach..that’s Texas as in Texas— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) September 1, 2018Texas lost to Maryland who hasn’t even had a coach all month. Tom Herman makes $5 million/year.Austin, we have a problem.— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) September 1, 2018Maryland entered the game with offensive coordinator Matt Canada serving as the team’s interim head coach. DJ Durkin was placed on leave following the death of Jordan McNair.It’s a huge win for the Maryland program and fans who were reeling after McNair’s passing. Meanwhile, there might be a problem in Austin.