About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Petit: PSG beating Man Utd will be formalityby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Manu Petit can’t see Manchester United getting past PSG in the Champions League round of 16.Brazil star Neymar, Uruguay hitman Edinson Cavani and French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe all await United.Petit said: “For me, it should be a formality.“PSG are better — both individually and collectively.“United are having serious difficulties in the Premier League.“You can feel that it’s not a happy squad — and I don’t think things will change in two months.“There are arguments between certain leaders and we all saw Mourinho passed up on Paul Pogba against Liverpool.“Everything that is happening at United, on and off the pitch, is all good for PSG.”
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek: We need to play like Barcelonaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek feels they need to learn from their 0-0 draw with Southampton.Loftus-Cheek has said Maurizio Sarri’s side need to work on playing a little more like Barcelona in training.“Teams are coming here and sitting back and it’s difficult to break them down, because it’s so tight,” the England midfielder told Chelsea TV.“We need to get on the training pitch and work on trying to get balls in behind and work on playing against a deep back four.“We need those clever movements in behind, even though they are deep. One of those diagonal balls over the top, like you see Barcelona do a lot.“We need to work on that. It’s about having patience as well, because it’s so frustrating at times. You can’t get that space to open them up.“I think we need to get used to it, because we’re playing well at times, so teams are going to come here and do that – and away as well.”
Arsenal hero Merson says David Luiz should be captainby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says David Luiz should be made club captain.Currently without a permanent club captain, midfielder Graint Xhaka has been wearing the armband so far. Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Merson said: “David Luiz has got to be captain, he’s a serial winner. “People have a go at him because one week he’ll be a 2/10 and the next a 9/10, but he’s going to play every week.”Manager Unai Emery intends to a name his captain, or captains, after the Gunners’ Carabao Cup third-round tie against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
El Hadji Diouf: Bottlers Liverpool will blow title againby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf has wrote off his old club’s title chances.The Senegalese has taken aim at the Merseyside outfit by claiming they bottled last year’s Premier League title race.“I don’t see them doing as well as they did last season,” he told FourFourTwo.”They had the chance to win the league title; they had it in their hands and then let it slip. “They were seven points ahead around Christmas – how Manchester City got it in the end beats my mind. As they say in England, I think they bottled it.“If you have only one defeat in a whole season, surely you can’t say that you didn’t win the league – so it’s hard for me to imagine them having such a similar season and coming out as champions. “Manchester City will be the team to beat once again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Kentucky NBA Draftee VideosThursday night was a good night for the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The Wildcats had six players get selected – Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson – and could have had seven if undrafted shooting guard Aaron Harrison had sneaked into the second round. Kentucky’s video production team released congratulatory videos for each of its draftes. Towns, who was picked by Minnesota: Cauley-Stein, who was picked by Sacramento: Lyles, who was picked by Utah:Booker, who was picked by Phoenix: Harrison, who was picked by Phoenix: Johnson, who was picked by Oklahoma City:
YouTube/CSU Rams AthleticsColorado State guard Antwan Scott’s college career has taken a long, winding road, but he’s not quite done yet. Today Scott, who only played in four games for the Rams last season before missing the rest of the year with a broken foot, received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. The reaction from his teammates to the news is absolutely priceless. Scott began his college career at JuCo Ranger College, where he played two years before transferring to Idaho. Before playing for the Vandals, Scott transferred to Grambling State to be closer to family, and averaged 15.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals for the Tigers in 2013-14. Scott was immediately eligible for Colorado State last season after transferring post-graduation.
YouTube/Right Side BroadcastingSaturday, college football fans at five separate games will see anti-Trump plane banners flying over their tailgate parties.Friday afternoon, a women’s rights group named UltraViolet Action dropped a press release regarding a campaign that will run Saturday ahead of five separate college football games. The group, which is anti-Donald Trump, will fly planes with banners above five contests – Wisconsin vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor, Rutgers vs. Ohio State in Columbus, Northwestern vs. Iowa in Iowa City, SMU vs. Temple in Philadelphia and Virginia vs. Duke in Durham.The planes will carry banners reading: “Trump Says Women R Pigs. Disagree? Vote.”Fans will see the banners up until an hour before game time. Here’s more:This Saturday, UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, has commissioned five airplanes to fly over college football stadiums in key swing states highlighting Donald Trump’s long record of misogyny and urging young people to vote. The planes will fly over the Wisconsin v. Michigan game in Ann Arbor, the Rutgers v. Ohio State game in Columbus, the Northwestern v. Iowa game in Iowa City, the SMU v. Temple game in Philadelphia and the Virginia v. Duke game in Durham.The group also issued a statement on its anti-Trump stance.“Donald Trump is a sexist whose toxic misogynistic rhetoric has no place in our political system – let alone in the White House. Not only does he publicly insult women, he actually brags about it – and this should tell every voter in the country all they need to know about Donald Trump and how he would govern. Trump’s anti-woman history is so long that we couldn’t even fit a small percentage of it onto these planes,” explained Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet Action. “With the first female major party candidate in history going up against the most sexist, bigoted and unqualified candidate in modern history – it is up to voters, especially young people in key swing states to register to vote and make sure that this person never makes it to the White House.”Here’s more about UltraViolet, via its website:UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture.It should be an interesting day for fans tailgating ahead of their respective contests.
Twitter/@sunbeltLooking for a Toledo vs. Appalachian State prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the match-up.Saturday, December 17, the Toledo Rockets (9-3) take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-3). The game will be played at Crampton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Read on for our Toledo vs. Appalachian State prediction and preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Toledo wins the match-up between the two teams just 50.3 percent of the time, essentially a coin flip. The spread also suggests that the Rockets are slightly favored to win the contest.Spread: Toledo -1Game Time: 5:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNToledo vs. Appalachian State preview:Toledo will enter the game looking for redemption after getting smacked around by Western Michigan to close out the regular season, losing 55-35. The Rockets boast a potent offense led by one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, Logan Woodside, who threw a sublime 43 touchdown passes this year with only nine interceptions. He has his work cut out for him, as he’ll be throwing into a defense that feasts on turnovers.The Appalachian State Mountaineers will enter this game having won eight of their last nine, all of which were two-score victories. They rely heavily on their defense to force turnovers, and the Mountaineer defense finished third in the nation with 20 interceptions. The battle between the defense and Toledo’s Woodside will be the marquee match-up to watch.Toledo vs. Appalachian State prediction:These teams, at least according to ESPN’s FPI, are about as evenly matched as you can get, and for that reason I’m taking the Mountaineers. They have the toughest defense the Rockets will face all year, and I’m always impartial to defense in big games. The Mountaineers will force turnovers and create plenty of scoring opportunities for the offense.Appalachian State 40, Toledo 38
Having previously failed to fire at the Copa America, Gabriel Jesus has broken his mini goal drought for Brazil as they saw off Argentina 2-0 in their Copa America semi-final on Tuesday.Jesus opened the scoring in the 19th minute from close range before setting up Roberto Firmino for a routine finish in the second half.The Manchester City striker ended a four-game run without an international goal on one of the biggest stages and in front of his home fans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I’m speechless. I consider every match to be important, even the ones I don’t perform well, because I take lessons from them,” Jesus said post-match.”Tonight I was decided to score, I was very confident from the kick-off.”I missed a chance, then I managed to score. Firmino was able to spot me well, it gave me confidence.”Brazil will now face either Chile or Peru in the Copa America final which will be hosted at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Jesus will be desperate to get on the score sheet once again in that match and despite his recent barren run, has proven a reliable goal scorer for his nation.His effort against Argentina was his 17th goal overall for Brazil with the former Palmeiras striker netting twice on his senior debut in 2016 against Ecuador. Though Brazil have struggled at times on home soil at this Copa America, Jesus believes his side have turned a corner and are well poised for a strong showing in the final. “I’m very happy not only for the goal, but for how the team performed,” he said. “Last week I’ve said they would struggle to break our defence. We worked hard and battled hard tonight. Unfortunately we couldn’t score against Paraguay but we grabbed the goals tonight.”Everyone should be pleased for the match they played, for the effort. This is Brazil! We have to play every match as we’ve been playing, with the same spirit, that way we will achieve our goals.”Brazil last won the Copa America in 2007 and were knocked out in the group stages in 2016.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has already taken some major transfer visits with more potentially on the way. Here is the latest on the transfer status of the former Tigers’ quarterback.Bryant, who transferred out of the Clemson program following Dabo Swinney’s decision to name Trevor Lawrence the starter, is set to graduate and will be eligible to play right away in 2019.There are several major programs in contention to land him.Those programs:AuburnArkansasFloridaMissouriMississippi StateNorth CarolinaThe favorite, at this point, might be Arkansas, as Bryant has a connection to the coaching staff.“After the official visit to Arkansas, there was a lot of buzz that Arkansas was the team to beat for Bryant,” Trey Biddy, publisher of HawgSports.com, told 247Sports. “Chad Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock have a history with Bryant dating back to their days at Clemson, and Bryant remembers Morris being up front with him during his recruitment and telling him he may not even be there that much longer.“The visit was a hit with Bryant, but that has been nearly three weeks ago.”Another school could be entering the mix, too.Miami has reportedly expressed interest in Bryant. The Hurricanes have had some issues at the quarterback position this season, rotating between a couple of guys, and it’s possible Bryant could come in and start in 2019.Head coach Mark Richt admitted that Miami is always on the lookout for quarterback help, but couldn’t address Bryant by name.“Well we’re always on the lookout,” Richt said. “We’re always open-minded about finding ways to get us better at that quarterback position and really every position across the board.”Bryant can likely take his time making a decision. The quarterback picture at these major programs will clear up following the 2018 season, when transfer decisions and NFL Draft choices are made.Stay tuned.