Kane penalty gives Spurs edge in Carabao Cup semi against Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal on Tuesday night.Referee Michael Oliver awarded the 26th minute spot-kick after consulting VAR for offside and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s foul on Harry Kane. Kane duly converted the penalty.Spurs and Chelsea both had chances in a fiercely-fought contest and Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri will feel this tie is still very much alive ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, 24 January.Chelsea hit the woodwork twice in the first half through N’Golo Kante’s near-post flick, and when Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga athletically turned Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected cross onto the post.Andreas Christensen missed a glaring opportunity from six yards after the break while Arrizabalaga also produced a fine save from Kane as this semi-final remains in the balance. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Scott in talks with Ascoliby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kyle Scott is being linked with a move to Ascoli.The 21-year-old is on loan with Telstar in Holland.But the American could be set for a move to Serie B when his contract with the Blues runs out at the end of the season.Sky Sports reports that it is unlikely he would get a renewal from Chelsea.Scott has scored twice in 14 games for Telstar this season.
REVEALED: Solskjaer blasted Man Utd players after West Ham flopby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with his players after defeat to West Ham.The Sun says he told his flops that they were ’embarrassing’ him after United’s loss.The under-pressure Red Devils boss also tore into them at half-time, saying their performance bored him. Solskjaer, yesterday given a vote of confidence by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, regularly defends players in the media.Yet privately, he has been constantly losing his temper as his reign unravels.On Sunday in the capital he also accused them of showing no energy and panicking in the final third.Morale is understood to be extremely low, with the mood having changed dramatically from pre-season when Solskjaer lifted the squad. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer fumes over penalty call as mundane Man Utd draw with AZ Alkmaarby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United were robbed of a penalty in Thursday’s uninspiring goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar.United substitute Marcus Rashford went to ground under a clumsy challenge from Stijn Wuytens in a game that included few chances for either side.The Red Devils did not have a single shot on target in the match, with David De Gea forced into a couple of sharp saves. It was United’s tenth straight away game without a win, and speaking after the game Solskjaer was disappointed his team didn’t receive a spot-kick.”It’s a penalty 101 times out of a 100,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.”How many times this season have we not got penalties? Against Arsenal that would be 2-0, tonight would have been 1-0.”It would have topped off a very good performance away from home against a very good team. We’ve come here and should have won.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say More injury woe for Chelsea midfielder Charly Musondaby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse do not expect Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda to play again this season after another knee injury.The attacking midfielder has only managed three appearances since joining the Eredivisie outfit on a second loan spell in the summer.And the confirmation by Vitesse that it is a knee injury keeping Musonda sidelined is yet more bad news for the 22-year-old.He is now reportedly set to have treatment in West London to draw an early close to his loan stint.
Keown says Ozil behaviour unacceptable for Arsenal’s Highbury eraby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Martin Keown says Mesut Ozil’s behaviour would not have been tolerated during his era at Highbury.Ozil has fallen out of favour under Unai Emery amid question marks over his attitude, with his body language regularly questioned by onlookers.Keown told talkSPORT: “I feel at times he has been disdainful with his team-mates if he doesn’t get the right ball.”To be honest, if he was in our dressing room there were a few players who would have had him round the throat early on because of his body language.”Keown has urged the German playmaker to back-up his words and end what he branded an “embarrassing” situation for the club with their highest earner sat on the sidelines.Keown added: “I was seriously worried for his immune system, the amount of games he missed through allegedly being ill, or a back injury.”He has only been given another opportunity with Emery because it looks like he has started to work hard again.”I believe he has been over-indulged in the past. It’s embarrassing for the football club that he is not featuring.”The manager has to get him back into the team but if his attitude drops again then big decisions need to be made.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 09: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team against the Texas A&M Aggies during the game at Rupp Arena on January 9, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari coached at Memphis for nine seasons, and almost led the Tigers to a national title in 2008. But given the way he left the program, and the fact that the school had to vacate all 38 victories from that year, he isn’t the most well-liked man in town. After Sunday’s Hall of Fame interview debacle, that fact likely won’t change for some time.Calipari, during an interview after his induction, told reporters that while he loved coaching at both UMass and Memphis, he was at the “little table” in comparison with some of his colleagues. He also said that before Kentucky, he never got to “carve the turkey”, and he had to use “plastic forks and plates.”FOX 13 Memphis aired the clip this week, and meteorologist Joey Sulipeck went off on the Kentucky head coach. Sulipeck called him a snake oil salesman, and jokingly threatened Calipari to come near him when he had a plastic utensil. Here’s full video – we’ve also included a Vine, via Lost Lettermen.FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13 It’s a strong take – especially for a meteorologist. We’ll assume that Sulipeck was happy with last Saturday’s Final Four result.
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is not headed for a January exit from PSV, according to his agent Mino Raiola.The Mexico international has become one of the Eredivisie’s star forwards since his move from Liga MX club Pachuca in the summer of 2017.Lozano’s debut season saw him score 17 goals with PSV, finishing fifth in the Eredivisie Golden Boot rate and helping his club to the league title. 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? His second campaign has been arguably better, as Lozano has a return of 11 goals in just 17 games in the league thus far, while PSV have a narrow two-point lead over Ajax at the top of the table.Lozano also added another four goals this season in the Champions League, though it was not enough to keep his team in Europe as they finished fourth in a group with Barcelona, Tottenham and Inter Milan.The forward has been previously linked with bigger clubs across Europe and his strong performances in both the Eredivisie and Champions League have done nothing to lessen that reported interest.Recent reports claimed Napoli and Chelsea were in the market to bring Lozano this January.However, Raiola has now denied any exit this month for the Mexico star, saying no move will happen until the summer.“Hirving stays at PSV until the summer,” Raiola was quoted as saying by Eindhovens Dagblad. “PSV doesn’t want to sell him now.”Raiola said there is no interest from Chelsea at this time.The Blues have already spent big this January, landing United States international Christian Pulisic in a £58 million (€64m/$73m) deal, though the 20-year-old winger will remain on loan with Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.Lozano has previously said he hoped God would give him a chance at the Premier League later in his career.After a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium, Lozano told ESPN: “I hope that God, some day, gives me a shot at playing in the Premier League,” Lozano told ESPN after his club’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley. “I like it very much.”I think the Premier League is great. I think that it would be fabulous to play with any of the clubs, but I would love to play for one of the big clubs. I hope that God gives me the chance.”
Twitter/@cactus_bowlLooking for a Baylor vs. Boise State prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the match-up.Tuesday, December 27, the Baylor Bears (6-6) take on the Boise State Broncos (10-2). The game will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Read on for our Baylor vs. Boise State prediction and preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Boise State wins the match-up between the two teams 58.6 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Broncos are favored to win the contest.Spread: Boise State -8Game Time: 10:15 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNBaylor vs. Boise State preview:Oh man, Baylor. What a season it was for the Bears. They came out with a bang, rattling off six straight wins. Then, after losing to Texas in week eight, they flushed their entire season down the toilet and lost five more to end up at 6-6. It was strange. In four of their six losses they allowed 42 points or more. Now, they have an opportunity to salvage the season with a bowl victory.Boise State finished with a 10-2 record, losing twice this year by a combined nine points. They could be undefeated and in a premier bowl game. In terms of players, RB Jeremy McNichols has been the workhorse for the Broncos. With 1,663 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the year, he’ll look to cap off his incredible 2016 campaign by terrorizing the Bears.Baylor vs. Boise State prediction:Boise State dominates this game. If the last six games for the Bears were any indication, Baylor loves to give up points, and the Broncos will be happy to oblige whether it’s through the air on the ground. The defense will be dialed in all game, and they’ll cruise to an easy victory.Boise State 50, Baylor 20
Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone does not think Joao Felix is a similar player to Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.Nineteen-year-old Joao Felix became the second-most expensive teenager in world football when he joined Atletico from Benfica for €126 million (£113m/$141m) last month, a fee only eclipsed by those paid for Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Philippe Coutinho by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona respectively.The forward has enjoyed an encouraging pre-season under Simeone and got a goal and an assist in Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over an MLS All-Stars side in Orlando. 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? The player admitted this week he would like to emulate the success of compatriot Ronaldo , a five-time Ballon d’Or winner and a league champion in England, Spain and Italy, but Simeone thinks there is little point comparing the two.”No, I don’t think Joao Felix is like Cristiano,” he said.”The reality is that he has a good game to observe. I’ve enjoyed watching him since he arrived. He has vision and good control going forward, which speaks well for his age and how he plays and how he reads the game.”We are going to add situations to help him grow and become a better and stronger player in the way everyone thinks he will.”I’m really pleased with all the new players. Felipe is growing, [Mario] Hermoso the same. To play all the new players together helps us to be able to get ready for what is coming, which is going to be tough.”The team is working well. We’ve been together every day for more than 20 days. The new guys are making a big effort to catch on to what we want.”Joao Felix himself was happy with his performance as a substitute as he scored his second goal for the club following a strike in the 7-3 International Champions Cup win over Real Madrid .”I’m happy to score. I got two in my last two games and it makes me very pleased,” he said.”I play as I always play. Adapting depends on the players. It’s just the start, although we’re doing well. We’ll work every day to have a good season.”On his blossoming partnership with Diego Costa, having set up the striker for Atleti’s third goal, he added: “We understand each other well. We speak the same language and I hope to give him more assists.”