About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri explains management of Hudson-Odoi for Watford victoryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri explained his management of Callum Hudson-Odoi for victory at Watford.Hudson-Odoi was introduced for Pedro at the end of the first half, and Sarri explained why the youngster himself was withdrawn for the last few minutes of the game.He said, “He played for the first time in the Premier League this season, he played for 55 minutes very well. “We had a little injury with his hamstring one week ago and 10 minutes from the end he had pain in the same point so we preferred to change. I can understand that [the fans being disappointed] but there wasn’t another solution, it was too dangerous.”
Hazard: Why my leadership style works for Chelsea and Belgiumby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard admits he feels he’s the right type of leader for the current team.Cesc Fabregas says Hazard is a captain capable of making things happen.”I understand what Cesc is saying,” Hazard responds when we put Fabregas’s point to him.”I think exactly the same. Now I am the captain of Belgium, but for me it was strange because I know off the pitch I am not a leader. When I am on the pitch, in a different way to John Terry or Vincent Kompany for Belgium, for sure I am a leader.”I want the ball when we are in a bit of trouble so I can try to help. On the pitch I enjoy that responsibility a lot. When the team needs me, I try to do my best.”Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t, but I never try to hide when we are struggling.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Patrice Evra makes appeal (& warning) to Man Utd supportby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra has made an appeal to the support.The Frenchman is urging fans to stand by the club’s young team.Evra said, “I always say that people laugh at us, because in the past we really upset them! “But, if you do not support us when we fight, then you cannot support us when we win!”We only need positive energy from all of MU fans around the world, and I know that we all need to work together, no matter what role you play in this club.”
Duke releases good luck videos for its NBA hopefuls. Duke basketball’s awesome year will continue tonight, when the national champions are expected to have up to four players selected in the NBA Draft. Former Blue Devils Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow are both projected to be lottery picks, while Tyus Jones is expected to be taken somewhere in the first round, and Quinn Cook is a potential second-round selection. In anticipation of tonight’s draft, Duke’s video production team has released a “good luck” video for Okafor, Winslow and Cook, and a “good luck” photo for Jones. The NBA Draft is set to begin at 7 p.m. E.T. It will be televised on ESPN.
2016 will bring just another challenging schedule for Coach Saban and his team to navigate. Tuesday, it was reported by a number of publications that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will be the next head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. Wednesday, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was asked about the situation, and, predictably, he didn’t have many answers. Saban eventually got frustrated with reporters, and told them to ask the Coke bottle sitting in front of him instead. Via Kyle Burger of WVTM13.#Alabama‘s Nick Saban on Kirby Smart to #UGA: “You can ask the bottle, don’t ask me.” pic.twitter.com/izK1YuIYPQ— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) December 3, 2015Saban and the Tide have a date with Florida on Saturday. Perhaps after a win, he’ll be in a better mood.
Mark Richt HoverboardingAll new coaches have different ways to bonding with their teams after being hired. It looks like Miami’s Mark Richt has chosen hoverboarding as a way of connecting with some of his players.Miami defensive back Corn Elder posted video on Instagram tonight of Richt trying to use running back Trayone Gray’s Skywalker hoverboard. The item is a popular one among college students, and Richt’s players appear eager to teach their coach the tricks of the trade. Looks like coach Richt could use some practice, but this video is awesome nonetheless. Just don’t hurt yourself coach.
Arsenal have seen their appointment of Unai Emery and subsequent lack of transfer activity questioned, with Emmanuel Petit asking “what was the point of sacking Arsene Wenger?”The Gunners opted to make a change in the dugout during the summer of 2018.AdChoices广告After 22 years working under the guidance of Wenger, the long-serving Frenchman was moved out a year before his contract was due to expire. 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? Emery was appointed in his place but has faced many of the same obstacles which hindered his predecessor, with little funding made available with which to improve a squad that had tumbled out of the Premier League’s top four.Petit, who tasted title success during his time with the Gunners, told the Irish Independent of a series of bemusing events in north London: “The frustration level must be very high for Emery as in only his second transfer window as Arsenal manager, he was told he cannot sign anybody.”You look at the money Manchester United , Liverpool and Manchester City spend and unless you join them and put the cash on the table to compete for the best players, you are going nowhere.”Tottenham are not spending money, but they are in the position Arsenal were in a few years ago building a stadium, but there is no excuse for Arsenal now.”If you sack Arsene Wenger and then say to the guy who replaces him you have no money to spend on new players, I would ask what was the point of sacking Wenger in the first place?”Arsenal made just one addition during the recent winter transfer window, with Denis Suarez acquired on loan from Barcelona.The Spanish midfielder’s stay at Emirates Stadium could be made permanent over the summer, but Petit feels any money which is made available needs to be invested in defensive additions.The World Cup winner said, with Emery’s side having suffered a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in their most recent outing: “Defensively, Arsenal have not been good enough this season, so I was surprised they did not try to sign defenders in January, but the problems they have will not be solved by signing a player or two.”When I look at Manchester City and Liverpool, they play with the same style at home as they do away and that is not the case for Arsenal this season.”This is not a case of mental strength of spirit in my opinion because the performances at home against Tottenham and Chelsea shows what this team is capable of. Then we see them lose at Southampton and West Ham before being smashed by Liverpool at Anfield and I ask why?”Clearly, the defence is a problem.”The better teams are getting through them far too easily and when I hear Emery say he is happy with his defence and he does not need new players in these positions, I’m pretty sure he does not believe this.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ohio StateOhio State’s football program broke a record today that had stood for 86 years.The Buckeyes’ previous record for total yards of offense in a game was 718, which Ohio State achieved in 1930 against Mount Union.That record was broken today.Midway through the fourth quarter, Urban Meyer’s Ohio State offense has 776 yards and counting.Ohio State has made a ton of ridiculous plays.You have company, @CoachGuiton!@JT_theQB4th just tied the @OhioStateFB single-game pass TD record. https://t.co/5RxpSTtRhx— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 3, 2016One.Two.Make it three Curtis Samuel @OhioStateFB TDs.More video ➡ https://t.co/D2xZAwntcV https://t.co/OmSr6tu7w0— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 3, 2016You wouldn’t be wrong if you said @OhioStateFB TE @MarcusBaugh85 can leap.More video ➡ https://t.co/D2xZAwntcV https://t.co/fYJIhTiMUC— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 3, 2016The Buckeyes currently lead Bowling Green, 70-10.The record for most points in a game at Ohio State, by the way, is 128, which the Buckeyes totaled against Oberlin in 1916. That record seems safe.Ohio State and Bowling Green are playing on the Big Ten Network.
FIFA is considering expanding the next Women’s World Cup to 32 teams and doubling the prize money, president Gianni Infantino has said.The FIFA Council, made up of 37 members, is due to vote on the host for the 2023 tournament next March.There are already nine countries interested in bidding, including recent men’s World Cup hosts Brazil and South Africa. 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 Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea are also prospective hosts for the next women’s tournament but Infantino claims the process may have to be restarted to accomodate the potential larger field of teams. “We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023,” Infantino said.”We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023, in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organise or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup.”There have already been a number of expansions in the World Cup’s short history. The event started with 12 teams in 1991 and grew to 16 in 1999 and then 24 in 2015. And the FIFA president says the success of the 2019 edition has proven there is a hunger for a larger tournament in the future. “Nothing is impossible and based on the success of this World Cup of course we have to believe bigger and to do what we should have done already probably some time ago,” Infantino added.”But now we have the evidence to do it for women’s football.”Infantino also has proposed creating a Club World Cup for women’s football, starting in 2020, citing the need to develop the game at the domestic level, which will trickle up to the international game. “I would like to propose a Club World Cup for women, starting as soon as possible,” Infantino said. “A real Club World Cup. We can only develop national football if we develop club football as well.”It can be played every year to expose clubs all over the world. Clubs would invest even more in women’s football to shine on the world stage.”
Andy Carroll has admitted he didn’t know who his Liverpool team-mates were when he joined the club back in 2011, because he didn’t watch football.Then 22, he moved from Newcastle for £35 million ($56m), taking over the number nine shirt at Anfield following the exit of Fernando Torres.But despite having gained a reputation as one of English football’s hottest young prospects, he admitted to being fairly clueless as to what was going on in the world of football at the time. 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? “When I was here [Newcastle], I’d go home, mess about with my mates, play football, go out, whatever, but I’d never watch football, I never knew any players,” he told Newcastle’s official website.“I’d come in on the Friday or wake up on the Saturday morning saying, ‘who are we playing?’ It was just completely oblivious to all the football that was going on. I would work at the training ground and knew my tactics, but until we had a meeting I didn’t know who we were playing, unless I asked someone.“When I was in the helicopter down to Liverpool, I was like, ‘I know Stevie G[errard], I know [Jamie] Carragher. Who else?’ My agent at the time had to tell me, and I would get it on Google and find out the team.“So that’s actually a true story. It’s bad because it’s Liverpool players, but it’s not disrespectful – I just literally didn’t watch football, so I didn’t know.”Liverpool’s campaign in 2010-11 wasn’t a vintage one for the club. They finished sixth in the Premier League, were knocked out of both domestic cups in the third round – including a defeat to Northampton Town in the League Cup – and the Europa League in the round of 16.The likes of David N’Gog, Maxi Rodriguez and Sotirios Kyrgiakos were unknown to the youngster Carroll, who admits he has done some growing up over the past few years.Having represented West Ham since joining initially on loan in 2012, Carroll is now back where it all began, and he says is better for his mistakes.“I wasn’t ready [for the Liverpool move] at all,” he said. “But things happen like that. I went down there and it was like a whirlwind.“I was happy, just about to sign a new deal, and the next day I was gone. I’d just bought a house and, believe it or not, I’d just got a cat. It was in the house, and I never went back to the house – I left in the helicopter and my brother had to have the cat.“I do have a daft side to me, a silly side to me, which will never ever go, and I don’t want it to, you know? I’m still a child at heart. But I’ve grown up massively. I’ve realised my mistakes in the past, and realised what I want to be, and what I am.”“I was stupid, I was young, and I was carried away with the lifestyle that I had. Now it’s completely different. I’m actually a dad, I’ve grown up, and got responsibilities, so… I’ve got a purpose.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web