About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford insists they can turn their season around over Christmas.Rashford knows the glut of games can shoot United up the table.”We have to try to keep up the intensity that we’ve shown in the last couple of [Premier League] games and keep improving,” he told MUTV.”It’s always a good feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net but, in the last game, I was happy anyway. I was happy with the performance in the first half. I think, at the beginning of the second half, it dropped a little bit, which is natural when we’ve had a run of tough games, but we managed to lift it again which was important for us.”I just want to see the team improving, and for us to improve ourselves as individuals, so we can become more consistent. That’s what we’ve been lacking and that’s why we’re not higher up in the table. The Christmas period is always busy so consistency is the main thing. The look of the season can change in just this one month, so we need to pick the points up and keep improving.“
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery wants Arsenal to prioritise Pepe signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has Lille winger Nicolas Pepe high on his shopping list for January.The Times says Emery is planning for a busy winter transfer window.The Gunners manager wants three signings, a centre-half, central midfielder and winger.And for the latter, Emery favours Pepe as a priority, having tracked the Ivorian for the two years he was in charge of PSG.Lille chiefs are confident of raising over £50m from Pepe’s sale in 2019.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Man Utd boss Solskjaer can be stubborn b*****dby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKristiansund coach Christian Michelsen is delighted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his early success at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won the first five games of his time in charge.Michelsen told VG: “For someone who has been in his circle of friends, this is unreal. The whole thing is really surreal. Ole Gunnar has lifted a sinking ship with lots of negativity and whining. What he is experiencing now is great.”This tells me about everything in football if you are good, work hard and have potential. Ole Gunnar has stepped up the path for all of us with Norwegian passports not only once, but twice. He bursts boundaries. “Ole has always been a stubborn b*****d who has set goals that he wants to achieve. You talk about the smiling, kind Ole Gunnar – but the devil: He is also a winner who is not afraid to say so when it is needed. At the same time, he is associated with the good values that Norwegians have. And that’s Ole Gunnar: He is one of the people.”
Southampton pair Josh Sims and Alfie Jones return from loansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Josh Sims and defender Alfie Jones have both returned to the club from loan spells at Reading and St Mirren respectively.21-year-old Sims made 18 appearances for Reading during the opening half of the campaign, and now begins work at Staplewood Campus again under Ralph Hasenhüttl.North of the border, Jones gained valuable experience as he made 15 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for the Buddies, scoring two goals in the process.He too will have the chance to impress the new boss having returned to the south coast. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alexandre Lacazette on brink of Arsenal training returnby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexandre Lacazette is on the brink of a training return at Arsenal next week.The 28-year-old has not featured in any of Arsenal’s previous seven matches due an ankle injury.Lacazette started the season in good form, scoring in the north London derby with rivals Tottenham to take his tally to two goals in three appearances.However the Frenchman also picked up a knock in that clash and has failed to prove his fitness since, but the Metro says he will join in with first-team duties after the international break.Boss Unai Emery will be keen for his frontman to return in time for their next Premier League match away at Sheffield United on October 21.
Leeds boss Bielsa blasts Arsenal legend Wright: You’re not helpingby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he will keep selecting the team on his terms.Bielsa insists he won’t be rushed into finding a way to fit Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah into the same team after yet another crucial goal for the Arsenal starlet.Nketiah emerged from the bench to net a late equaliser for Leeds at Preston to leave them second in the Championship.Gunners legend Ian Wright took to Twitter to urge Bielsa to start the England Under-21 international after his third Championship goal of the campaign. “We have never proved this kind of combination in our training,” Bielsa said of the possibility of the strike duo playing in tandem.”In the international break, Nketiah is not with us, because we play twice a week and when we prepare in the week there are few spaces to try these kinds of things.”When you have a series of bad results and you have to find a different solution, that [kind of series] hasn’t happened. I think that all this around Bamford and Nketiah doesn’t help both of them.”It is natural that people argue about my decision because they don’t have all the reasons I have. I want both of them to be a success this year. We have 46 matches or 50 matches.”We are in the first 25 per cent of the competition. I think that we have time so I can find a way that both of them shine. If this doesn’t happen, it is going to be a mistake of mine.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.
Cameron CraziesDuke’s team bus probably didn’t get back to campus until after midnight last night, but the campus wasn’t quiet following the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win at North Carolina. As the team pulled up, it was greeted by a loud and joyous contingent of Cameron Crazies. Luke Kennard, Brandon Ingram and others were mobbed as they exited the bus. Coach K even stopped and interacted with a few crowd members.Duke posted a cool video on Instagram documenting the scene. That’s why the Crazies are known for being some of the most dedicated fans in the country.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: Students of the Nebraska Cornhuskers honor deceased player Sam Foltz with a banner before the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has unveiled the helmet decal the Huskers will wear in honor of Sam Foltz this season.Foltz, Nebraska’s senior punter, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in late July. He was traveling from a kicking camp with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who also died, and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, who survived.Nebraska will wear this “SF27” decal on its helmets this fall.Huskers’ equipment manager Kyle Kotrous tweeted out a photo of the decal this afternoon.This years for you buddy!! #SF27 #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Z53HQ6vP0L— Kyle Kotrous (@Kkotrous22) August 3, 2016Nebraska head coach Mike Riley spoke about Foltz to Huskers’ Rivals.com publisher Sean Callahan.“We’ll have I think many reminders of Sam through the year. Whether it’s what we do with something on the helmet or our coaching hats or maintaining his locker. But what I hope our team takes is Sam’s love for what he did. That’s really what stands out to me [about him]. If I could have anything passed on from Sam to all of us in what we do, it’s the passion for how he did it and how much fun he had.”Nebraska starts practice on Thursday. The Huskers open their 2016 season Sept. 3 against Fresno State.
TwitterNebraska players’ protest on Saturday has not been met kindly by everyone associated with the University.Ahead of the Huskers’ game against Northwestern, three Nebraska players—Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry—took part in the protests popularized by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, taking a knee during the national anthem.Hal Daub, a UNL regent and former mayor of Omaha, believes the three players should be kicked off of the team for their actions. He discussed this stance with the Lincoln Journal-Star:“It’s a free country. They don’t have to play football for the university either.“They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team,” he added. “They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel.”On Monday, Rose-Ivey said that he and his teammates have received death threats and serious backlash for their protests. Head coach Mike Riley has come out in support of his players after the protest. From Omaha.com:“Michael approached me about it and wanted to talk to the team,” coach Mike Riley said. “And so we set a time this morning — after one of our walk-throughs — so he could explain to the team. I didn’t know anybody else was going to do it, but that’s OK. This is obviously a choice they have made for personal reasons and that’s the beautiful thing about the United States that they can do that.”We would be pretty shocked if Riley and Nebraska discipline the three players at all after that Monday statement. Still, if the protests continue, we expect to hear plenty more from those, like Daub, who disagree with their actions.Nebraska football hosts Illinois on Saturday. We will see if the Nebraska players’ protest continues in Week 5.[Lincoln Journal-Star]