Chelsea Conte: FA Cup ‘not important’ to Chelsea Robin Bairner 16:32 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Chelsea FA Cup Leicester City v Chelsea Leicester City Antonio Conte The Italian says that he and his staff are doing “fantastic” work at Stamford Bridge and the club needs to recognise it is in a period of transition Antonio Conte has said that the FA Cup is “not important” to Chelsea this season.The Italian finds himself under pressure at Stamford Bridge after a difficult second campaign with the club, which has seen them submit their Premier League title to Manchester City and face a fight just to finish in the top four.Barcelona dumped the Blues out of Europe earlier this week, but the ex-Juventus boss explained that this does not heighten the importance of Sunday’s cup tie against Leicester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “For sure we have to win this competition. But it’s not important,” he said. “A lot of times we compare, good season, bad season, if you win something. But you have to know what our level is now.”With Chelsea currently fifth in the league, speculation over the manager’s future continues to grow, but he believes the job he is doing is of the highest standard.“I’m very satisfied with my job and the work we’re doing. Me, the staff, my players, we’re doing a fantastic job,” he said. “Then, if you are able to win something, it’s good. But you have to understand — what is your level in this moment?“Last season every player performed 120 per cent, maybe 130%. Also, we lost a lot of players who created a basis for Chelsea for a long time.“This season has confirmed one thing: that last season we did an incredible achievement.“Now we are trying to build a basis, fundamentals for this club. For this reason, we have a lot of young players, a lack of experience when you play against teams like Barcelona.”The answer to the club’s problems, according to Conte? Investment in the summer – a topic that has caused a rift between him and the board.“If you want to improve, you have to buy great players,” he argued. “I can give my opinion to the club, then the club has to decide how much money to invest. I have to stay in my place.”Chelsea last won the FA Cup in 2012, when they beat Liverpool 2-1 in the final.
Transfers Hazard needs Real Madrid move to match Messi & Ronaldo – Sinclair Chris Burton 20:24 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Eden Hazard Chelsea Primera División Premier League A former Chelsea defender expects the Blancos to make a move for a long-standing target this summer if they choose to part with Gareth Bale Eden Hazard needs to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid in order to match Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Frank Sinclair, with the Blues warned to expect a transfer raid this summer.The Belgium international has been linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu for several years, with his performances at Stamford Bridge lifting him into a talent bracket alongside the global elite.No deal has been done as yet, but Hazard has remained evasive of late when it comes to the question of his future in England and possible fresh terms in west London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Sinclair believes the 27-year-old could soon be on the move, allowing him to test himself at the very highest level, with it likely that Madrid will seek to test Chelsea’s resolve if they choose to part with Gareth Bale.The former Blues defender told Sporting Bet: “I think for Hazard to be mentioned in the same category as Ronaldo or Messi, he would have to move to a club like Real Madrid.”Chelsea will be doing everything they can to keep him there for at least another year, but Real Madrid were linked heavily last year and could come back in for him again.”With Bale potentially leaving Madrid, I think Real will have a list of players that they will want to replace him with, and I believe that Hazard will be on there.”Hazard is a crowd-pleaser and definitely a big-name player that Madrid like to bring in.”I think if you put him on that stage and at a club like Real Madrid, he’ll improve and become a better player.”Sinclair is the not the first former Blue to warn those at Stamford Bridge that they risk losing a prized asset in the next transfer window, with Eidur Gudjohnsen having also expressed concern regarding Hazard’s future.He told Omnisport when quizzed on whether the Belgian will be staying put: “I hope so.”I’m afraid maybe not, but from what I understand he seems very happy.”He wants to know where Chelsea are going, what direction, which coach is coming, whether [Antonio] Conte is staying or someone else.”A lot will depend on how Chelsea present the future to him to convince him that he should be there for a long time.”
Transfers Kovacic joins Ronaldo and Bale in Real Madrid exit hint as he vows to ‘play more’ next season Dejan Kalinic 15:17 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Bongarts Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Tottenham Hotspur Juventus Serie A Premier League The Croatia international is reluctant to be drawn on where he will be playing in 2018-19, but has suggested that he could be on the move this summer Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has offered no guarantees over his future with the European champions, stating that he intends to “play more” next season.Kovacic, 24, made 36 appearances for Madrid in 2017-18, but started just 10 of his 21 La Liga games.The Croatia international has been linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now While his agent dismissed exit rumours ahead of the summer transfer window, Kovacic has joined the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in suggesting that his future could lie away from the Santiago Bernabeu.”I believe I’ll play more, whether in Real or somewhere else,” he told reporters on Friday.”Now is the time for me to play.”Offers? I am under contract with Real and I wish not to comment on other clubs.”Kovacic arrived at Madrid in 2015 after two-and-a-half seasons with Serie A giants Inter.He has won three Champions League titles and a Liga crown at Madrid, who are searching for a new head coach after Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure.Kovacic admitted the Frenchman’s exit came as a surprise, but he praised the 45-year-old.”His resignation surprised us, we didn’t see it coming, but it was his choice,” he said.”He went as a gentleman as a player, now again as a coach. Maybe someone in the locker room knew about it but I didn’t. It was a shock.”Now we wish him all the luck and now let’s see if he can achieve this with someone else.”
MLS Vieira leaves MLS a pioneer who transformed NYCFC and blazed a trail for foreign coaches Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 01:54 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Shaun Clark MLS Nice The Frenchman’s two and a half seasons in MLS helped transform New York City FC, and helped mold him into a coach who is ready for a new challenge Patrick Vieira’s long-rumored departure from New York City FC finally became official on Monday, and as short as his two-and-a-half-year tenure in New York might have seemed, it was still long enough to have an impact on Major League Soccer that will last much longer.Vieira left NYCFC with the team regarded as one of the best in the league, known for playing some of the most attractive soccer in MLS. Perhaps it was fitting that his final match in charge saw NYCFC outplay league leaders Atlanta United in a match that would have given him the perfect send-off if not for the heroics of Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan.To fully appreciate Vieira’s time at NYCFC, it’s important to remember that the job was Vieira’s first one leading a professional team. Having impressed while in charge of Manchester City’s reserve team, Vieira had established himself as a hot-shot coaching prospect and it would have been very easy for him to stay in Europe until a managerial opportunity emerged. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Instead Vieira agreed to make the jump to MLS, taking over an NYCFC squad that was a complete mess after a disappointing first season in the league. It was very much a reclamation project and Vieira played a major part in transforming NYCFC from struggling club to powerhouse in one season. In the process, Vieira established himself as a sharp tactician, someone who could motivate players as well as put them in positions to succeed. He embraced the quirks of the MLS system, swinging draft-day trades, including the one that landed England Under-21 midfielder Jack Harrison. He showed an ability to manage superstars as well as fringe players, bringing them together to play some of the most attractive soccer in the league. NYCFC scored more goals during Vieira’s time in charge than any other team in MLS.”He has a humility to listen and learn and reflect after every game and the decisions that he made,” NYCFC director of football operations Claudio Reyna told Goal earlier in the season. “That’s why you could see him just getting better and better. With experience and time he’s only gotten better managing situations and the day to day of a football club.”Vieira’s commitment to a possession-oriented style also helped the league’s improving tactical maturation. His coaching battles with the Columbus Crew’s Gregg Berhalter, FC Dallas’ Oscar Pareja, Atlanta United’s Tata Martino and Jesse Marsch of the New York Red Bulls helped raise the bar for a league that has long carried the stigma of not boasting the highest level of coaching.The coaching level in MLS is improving, and Vieira did his part to help that with his work with NYCFC. Even though he is gone now, Vieira has helped NYCFC establish a style of play that new manager Domenec Torrent will be able to pick up and build on.Vieira has also blazed a trail that top foreign coaching prospects can look to follow. Before Vieira, the track record in MLS of foreign coaches with no previous experience in American soccer was filled with failures. Both he and Martino have helped show that foreign coaches can jump into MLS and succeed, though the latest crop of foreign coaches (Montreal’s Remi Garde, Colorado’s Anthony Hudson and San Jose’s Mikael Stahre) have also reminded us just how tough the transition can be.Another impact Vieira had in MLS was being one of the few black coaches in the league’s history, and the only one in the past six seasons. He became the first black coach in MLS since Robin Fraser was fired by Chivas USA after the 2012 season. Vieira gave African-American coaches and players someone to look up to, while giving the league’s owners something to think about when they consider future coaching hires in a league where coaching diversity has long been an issue.Vieira’s stint in MLS wasn’t perfect. He leaves without having secured a single piece of silverware, and his woeful record against NYCFC’s main rival — the New York Red Bulls — was a particularly painful scar on his resume. Vieira surely felt a desire to stay and right some of those wrongs, but he must have also felt an urge to accelerate his coaching development after having failed to be a serious candidate to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager. NYCFC announced the hiring of Torrent, Pep Guardiola’s long-time assistant coach, to take charge on Monday. Torrent will inherit an NYCFC team well equipped to make a championship run this season, and set up for success beyond 2018.That, coupled with the respect Vieira earned from his coaching peers in MLS, and the players who played for him in New York, says all there is to say about the Frenchman’s time in MLS.
An introduction to affiliate membership from Touch Football Australia Chairman Michael Sparks… THE CHANGE: Recently we have restructured our organisation and because of that restructure, the membership opportunities of affiliates in Touch have changed. Affiliates and their participants are important owners of our sport and are now able to be direct members of Touch Football Australia (TFA). Our State and Regional associations are being replaced with more streamlined State and Regional Councils, and all activities and staff above affiliate level will be directed and employed by TFA. This is the new “Unitary Model of organisation by which participants are members of one body, with one national vision with an affiliate service focus”. THE INFORMATION: From today we are providing a number of resources to enable affiliates and constituent bodies to have a complete understanding of our new constitutional and operational arrangements. These documents will be uploaded onto the right hand side of the homepage and will be available for all to read and download in the coming months. There will also be links to these documents available at the bottom of this page for your convenience. The documents have been coordinated by our CEO Kevin Thompson with the assistance of the Unitary Model Implementation Team, state boards and staff. Your first stop should be the “Affiliation Introduction” and the “Unitary Model Primer” which provide a background to the changes, and the benefits of the new structure. The “Information memorandum” is a comprehensive run-down on exactly how the new organisation will work, and the important role of affiliates as members under the new governance structure. The PowerPoint “Slide shows” are aids which we are using in our meetings with constituent bodies and affiliates, as we talk through the important changes and how they will impact across the states and regions. There are also documents on the “National Touch League”, the “Constitution” adopted by members on 25th June, and the draft “Standing Orders” which will be considered by the Board following feedback from our consultations. WHAT AFFILIATES NEED TO DO: The “Affiliation Introduction”, “Key Benefits for Affiliates” and “Affiliation Regulations and Application Form” all carry the key information affiliates need to enable them to join Touch Football Australia. To all involved in this new and exciting opportunity to streamline our organisation, I urge you to make yourself familiar with the changes proposed. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our CEO, Kevin Thompson on Tel 02 6285 2703. Yours sincerely Michael Sparks Chairman Introduction: AFFILIATION INTRODUCTION Summary Information: UNITARY MODEL PRIMER SLIDE SHOW- AFFILIATES SLIDE SHOW CONSTITUENT BODIES INFORMATION MEMORANDUM Affiliate Membership information: KEY BENEFITS FOR AFFILIATES AFFILIATION REGULATIONS & APPLICATION FORM MODEL AFFILIATE CONSTITUTION Governance Documents TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION STANDING ORDERS Other: NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE
Queensland Touch will be hosting an Advanced Coaching and Refereeing Workshop for all interested affiliated members on 8-9 December 2006 at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre (QSAC) in Brisbane. An impressive array of presenters from across the Queensland Sporting spectrum have been assembled to discuss advanced coaching and refereeing topics across a range of disciplines.Headlining the guest presenters are Master sports psychologist Phil Jauncey, Former Australian Hockeyroos Captain and Elite Coach Debbie Bowman-Sullivan OAM, and Exercise Physiologist Chris Weier, who will address topics in their chosen fields of endeavour.National Touch Football Game Development Manager Colm Maguire, National Coaching Director Dennis Coffee, and Australian Touch Association Hall of Fame member and current Queensland Coaching Advisory Committee Member Peter Mc Niven will also present topics on High performance and contemporary Coaching methods and standards.The High Performance Refereeing section will be presented by esteemed refereeing identities Glenn Richardson, Ray Grieshaber, Jenny Madders, and Keith Steele. The day and a half workshop will commence at 6.00pm Friday 8 November until 9.00pm. The workshop will recommence at 8.30am Saturday and conclude at 3.30pm.The cost of the Workshop is $ 25.00 and includes lunch, morning tea and the opportunity to gain insights and share and exchange ideas with some of Queensland’s most well credentialled coaches, officials, and industry professionals.For more information see the flyers attached and to register contact Member Services Officer Gary Madders at Queensland Touch on 07) 34204646 or e-mail email@example.comRelated Filesa_high_performance_coaching_workshop-docadvanced__coaching_workshop_poster-doc
The Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams were recognised in front of 25,000 Rugby League fans at Allianz Stadium on Friday night, following their successful 3-0 series win over New Zealand in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. The Australian teams were paraded in front of the crowd at half-time of the Australia versus New Zealand Rugby League Test match, which included interviews in the middle of the fields as well as a lap of honour around the field. The event also saw a Women’s All Stars Rugby League match played as the curtain-raiser, which saw several Touch Football representatives take part, including Australian Women’s Open player, Maddie Studdon and 2014 Elite Eight New South Wales Scorpions’ champion, Tegan Chandler. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire said that ‘the players were ecstatic as were the staff involved’. “This was an outstanding recognition opportunity not only for the athletes themselves but for the sport in general. Our alliance has and will present numerous opportunities for the development of the sport but the overall improvement of the profile of Touch Football itself is also one of the key benefits,” Maguire said. “The pride that you have in their achievements is one thing but to see such joy in their faces in being recognised is just incredible.” “We thank the NRL for the opportunity and look forward to achieving more together into the future.” Touch Football Australia High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, was also full of praise for the opportunity. “It was extremely satisfying to see the months and months of hard work put in by the athletes and coaches in preparing for the Trans Tasman being rewarded in such a manner,” Grant said. “Many thanks to Gareth Holmes and the NRL for providing the opportunity.” To view photos from the night, please visit our social pages: Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussies Recognised
Tottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for revenge when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Gunners beat Spurs 4-2 in the north London derby earlier this month.”It’s a massive game for us,” Winks toldStandard Sport. “It’s come quickly after we lost to them two weeks ago, so there’s going to be revenge on our minds. We want to put it right and, obviously, it’s a good opportunity to progress in a cup.”That defeat was difficult to take. It’s never nice losing to anyone, especially our rivals at their ground. It was disappointing for us, the fans, the club, but we’ve put it right with our results since in the League and the Champions League. It’s important we do the same on Wednesday.”Us players treat every game in every competition as important as the next. We want to win every cup we’re involved in. The League Cup is no different. Beating Arsenal is the perfect opportunity to progress to the semi-finals.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Man City midfielder Rodri: You can’t relax hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri is confident he will improve.Pep Guardiola has been enthused by the £60million summer signing’s performances but Rodri admitted he still has much to learn.Fernandinho and Mikel Arteta have become big influences in his opening weeks at the Etihad Stadium since moving from Atletico Madrid.”Sometimes I’d be a bit relaxed like in Spain but here you don’t have it,” Rodri said. “In Spain we say slow down but here you can’t. I need those matches to adapt but I like it.”Fernandinho has helped me. He taught me a little bit. It’s not easy to be in this team. He has a lot of experience. I have lots of things to learn.”I’m not used to this position. We don’t have many defensive players. I like this. I think it’s the best position I fit in most.”The first matches can be difficult. I’ll get better of course. The fact I play alone with no other defensive midfielder. It’s a challenge for me. I have to read the games and learn this position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal winger Pepe admits he’s struggling with language barrierby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal winger Nicholas Pepe admits that he is experiencing some struggles after his summer move from France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrier to his acclimatization.”The only thing I have to do is to continue to work hard because it is obvious the level here is higher,” the 24-year-old said to reporters. “The language is different. It’s a new league. For sure everything is different for me. I must adapt quickly but I’m confident it’s gonna happen soon.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery admits Ozil didn’t deserve starting placeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits Mesut Ozil didn’t deserve a place in his starting XI last night.Ozil, the highest-paid player in the history of the club, was again left out of the matchday squad as Gabriel Martinelli hit a brace in the 4-0 Europa League victory over Standard Liege.”I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and to help us,” Emery replied when asked about Ozil’s omission.”When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.”He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match, and we are going to decide the same.”Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth, and we want to carry on our same way in each match.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumoursby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed transfer speculation around Callum Wilson.The 27-year-old has scored five Premier League goals so far, and reports have suggested he will be on Manchester United’s wanted list when the transfer window opens again in January.”I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season,” Howe said when asked about the reports around Wilson’s future.”There is nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season.”He has just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.”To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open, for me, it is pointless talking about it.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane: We must keep Vardy quietby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane says they must keep a close check on Leicester star Jamie Vardy – or he will take full advantage.The Reds were uncharacteristically lax in allowing a three-goal lead slip against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before eventually prevailing 4-3 on Wednesday.”I think if we want to win we have to play better because we know Leicester, especially this season they are very strong and a very good team,” Mane said.”For sure we are going to learn from it (the Salzburg game) and be ready for Saturday, which will be a massive game for us. It is a lesson for us to be on our toes in the next game.”I think they started the season very well and are a very good team and if we want to beat them we have to be 100 per cent ready.”Vardy always scores so we have to make sure this game he will not score and we try to take all our chances – that will be the key.”
Dybala happier at Juventus under coach Sarriby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala says he’s happy at Juventus under coach Maurizio Sarri.The striker feels more comfortable with Sarri than predecessor Max Allegri.He said, “I wanted to stay, I wanted to play here and continue my career at Juve. I think I can still give a lot and I showed a glimpse of that against Inter.“I feel less weight on my shoulders and very calm mentally. I was convinced that with Sarri, I’d start to have fun, work and prove what I’m worth. And that’s what I’m trying to do.“Sarri and Allegri have different ways of playing, and it shows. With Allegri we did so many things, but I think we play a bit more attacking with Sarri and we play the ball more.“After that, of course, we’ll have to see what happens during the season. My goal was important, for the team and I, to score at that moment, for how we got to the game.“They’d never lost in the League and now we’re the only unbeaten team in Europe: when it comes to Juventus, sometimes you need to have a bit of respect.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool chief Moore: No need for Man City comparisonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief executive Peter Moore insists there’s no reason to seek comparisons.Manchester City have been the domestic benchmark for their rivals, with four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups since 2011.However, Moore insists Liverpool are following their own path.”We feel good about the club in its entirety and we don’t compare ourselves with any other football club,” Moore told Press Association. “What Liverpool had to do was bring in a world-class manager, which we have, bring in a world-class squad, which we have, play exciting football, bring in players that are going to draw crowds no matter where they go – we’ve done that – build financial security at the club, we’ve done that.”It all sets us up for success going forward. It is not a question of us comparing ourselves versus another club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after throwing a 47 yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith #9 in the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)When Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah mouthed off about the SEC to Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, he probably didn’t expect a feud like this. Cardale Jones has already joked about fighting and boxing against the former Florida Gator, and he continues to tweet at Noah during every game in the Bulls’ series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls lost tonight’s game five 106-101 to go down three games to two in the Eastern Conference semifinal, and Jones was all over Noah once again.I see the Bulls wanna start some mess while 12 ain’t there, yall lucky— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015LETS GO CAVSSSSSSS— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015GET UP CHUMP!— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Just double team D Rose, @JoakimNoah is self checked, he’s not a factor on offense— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Ain’t nobody hating on Noah I just don’t like the bum, Butler, Rose, Gasol, & the rest of the Bulls, mess with yall just not this series— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015CLEVELANDDDDDDDD— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015great pass @JoakimNoah— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Let Noah shoot the 3— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Ayyyyyyyyyy Lets Go Cavs— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Just in case @JoakimNoah don’t know 3-2…… CAVS— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Don’t insult Cardale Jones if you value your Twitter mentions. He doesn’t let people live anything down, apparently.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs up field during the first half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The following question is one many Ohio State fans have likely pondered about. What would you do if you saw Jim Harbaugh in the street? Former Buckeyes’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott was asked that today during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. Unfortunately, his response is pretty tame. Elliott, a potential top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, says he would say “nothing” to the Michigan head coach. “Nothing.” – Dan asked @EzekielElliott what he would say to Jim Harbaugh if he saw him on the street.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 26, 2016What will Ohio State fans say to Harbaugh when they see him on the sidelines at Ohio Stadium this fall? We can’t wait to find out. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines are set to finish the 2016 regular season in Columbus on Nov. 26.
Christian Ramirez has spent two seasons playing in Major League Soccer, and has scored 23 goals during that time. It is a track record that has helped him establish himself as a quality striker in MLS, and one that has now earned him his second U.S. national team call-up.And yet, Ramirez doesn’t believe that track record has helped him shake off a label that doesn’t do him justice, but one he wears with pride.Of all the players in the current USMNT camp, Ramirez is the only one who didn’t begin his career in an MLS, Mexican or European system. He took the unconventional route through the lower divisions of American soccer, where his reputation as a goal-scoring machine helped him climb the ladder and earn a place in MLS. Even now, as he competes in Gregg Berhalter’s first national team camp as head coach, Ramirez believes some still see him as a lower-division player, and that’s perfectly fine with him. 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? “I still use it as something that motivates me whenever I hear that,” Ramirez told Goal. “I even heard it now when I got called in. Can he do it at this level? It’s something that’s challenging and motivating, and is something that’s happened throughout my career. I’ve learned to use it in the right ways and I hope to show that on the day I hopefully get to put on these colors and continue to silence those people. It’s okay, because without them I wouldn’t have that motivation.”Ramirez began his career in the American third division, with the Charlotte Eagles of what was known then as the USL Pro League. His goal production for the Eagles earned him a move to Minnesota United during the team’s final years in the NASL, the American second division at the time, and he earned Best XI honors in three straight seasons.Ramirez was one of the few bright spots during Minnesota United’s inaugural season in MLS in 2017, scoring 14 goals and earning his first USMNT call-up in January of 2018, but that didn’t stop the Loons from deeming him expendable during the 2018 season. The club dealt Ramirez to Los Angeles FC, a move that he acknowledges as having worked out well for him, but one that still stung when it happened.”Initially I was upset because my future wasn’t going to be in Minnesota anymore,” Ramirez said. “It was frustrating not knowing what else I could have done to continue to show I should be a big piece of the club going forward. I’ve never been one to hold any grudges; the fans will know that, for me, playing for Minnesota was something I really cherished. I wanted to be a part of building that and showing the United States how special the club was, but that’s part of the business.”Ramirez admits that Minnesota United will always have a place in his heart after the six seasons he spent there, and he is looking forward to going back to Minnesota when LAFC plays the Loons in September.”To be honest I was a little upset that the league is making me wait until September for that to happen,” Ramirez joked. “I’m excited to see that new stadium and see a bunch of old faces. It’s something that’s definitely circled on my calendar. I only keep those good memories of Minnesota in my mind. The people there, and the fans there really made me one of their own and they’ll be forever in my heart. That place is special.”Ramirez scored just two goals with LAFC after arriving midway through the 2018 season, but his body of work still impressed Berhalter enough to call him up and – at the time the USMNT January squad was announced – point to the forward as an example of a player being given an opportunity because of how he can fit into the system of play he wants to implement with the national team.”I’ve gotten comfortable each day understanding what exactly he meant by that,” Ramirez said. “I’ve really pushed myself to show him and the coaching staff that they are right, that I do fit that system they’re trying to play, and I can be a good piece going forward.”Ramirez has plenty to prove for both club and country in 2019. He is one of several players looking to jump into a wide-open race at forward for the USMNT, and he will aim to establish himself in a stacked LAFC attack. He knows there are skeptics who still doubt his ability to keep producing at a high level, and he also knows there are players who are rooting for him to continue succeeding.”It’s been fun to show people I can continue to score goals no matter the level, and be an inspiration to other guys that have reached out to me that are on the same route, that are trying to prove themselves,” he said. “That’s also been good to show that everybody has their own road to get to where they’re going.”I’m really proud of how I’ve gotten here, and the route I’ve taken,” he added. “It’s a different route than most, but it goes to show everyone, including a young guy playing soccer in the USL, that anything’s possible. Just put your head down and work and the results can come your way. It’s awesome to see when guys are signing contracts in MLS from the USL and doing well because you see a little bit of yourself in them.”
Dani Carvajal said he is happy for former Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Morata ahead of his move to bitter LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid.Morata is poised to swap Premier League side Chelsea for Atletico on an initial 18-month loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent.The 26-year-old forward left Madrid for Chelsea in 2017, however, the Spaniard has struggled at Stamford Bridge over the past year. 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? Carvajal has no hard feelings as Morata – who emerged from Madrid’s youth system and won two Champions League titles as well as a pair of LaLiga trophies among others – closes in on Atletico. “They are decisions of each player. I do not judge him,” Madrid full-back Carvajal told reporters following Sunday’s 4-2 win against Espanyol.”If he is happy at Atletico, I am happy for him. He is my friend and I wish him the best.”I’m happy for him because in England he did not have many opportunities”We just hope he does not have a good game against us [On February 9].”Not all are as pleased, though, as a group of Atletico supporters protested the signing this past weekend.Morata, who says he is “proud” of his past at Real Madrid, has scored five goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season, while he has managed nine in all competitions.Chelsea recently brought in Gonzalo Higuain on an initial loan deal from Juventus, with the Argentine earning a debut in Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.Atletico Madrid currently sit second in the league, five points behind league-leaders Barcelona, while Real Madrid are in third with a five-point gap separating them from their local rivals.
Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha has apologised for getting sent off in his side’s draw with Southampton on Wednesday.Zaha had given Palace a first-half lead at St Mary’s, but was sent off late on after picking up two yellow cards in a minute, with James Ward-Prowse having earlier equalised.The Ivory Coast international lashed out at Ward-Prowse, who was also on the scoresheet in the game, to be booked before applauding referee Andre Marriner, leading to his second yellow card. 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? Zaha, 26, showed remorse on social media after the game suggesting that he was pleased that the sending off didn’t cost his side a point, while also vowing to learn from his actions.”All I can do is apologise to the team and the fans for my red card tonight because I could have cost us today,” he wrote on Twitter.”I will learn from it for sure.” Palace manager Roy Hodgson was frustrated by the red card, but said the referee had no choice but to give Zaha his second yellow.”It’s disappointing that the player who perhaps provided some of the best entertainment during the 90 minutes with his performance was consistently fouled throughout the game [and] wasn’t able to contain his frustration with that consistent fouling,” Hodgson said.”Protests over a foul which is not given which probably should have been, but then once he applauds the referee’s decision to give him a yellow card the referee, under the rules of the game and the instructions they are given, he’s got no option but to send him off.”So, there’s not much one can say about it.”The 1-1 draw saw both Palace and Southampton pick up a valuable point in their fight for Premier League survival as they both moved four points clear of the relegation zone. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.