Arsenal forced into early kick-off for Europa League tieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will be forced to play their Europa League round of 32 at 5pm, UEFA have confirmed.UEFA regulations do not allow teams from the same city to play on the same day.With Chelsea receiving priority after winning the FA Cup, Arsenal have been given the early time slot.A statement from UEFA read: “Due to the city clash between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC, and in order to respect the sporting criteria of the competition (both teams are seeded and have to play the return leg of their respective round of 32 ties at home), one of the two return-leg matches will be played on a Wednesday.”In accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, Chelsea FC have priority, having won the national domestic cup. Arsenal FC with therefore play their return leg in the round of 32 at home on Wednesday 20 February 2019, at 18.00 CET (17.00 GMT), irrespective of their opponents.”The Gunners have drawn BATE Borisov for the tie, while Chelsea will face Malmo. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery confirms axing Ozil; pushed about selling German in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits he dropped Mesut Ozil for their Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham.Ozil failed to make the matchday squad for last night’s 2-0 reverse.Emery explained: “It’s a tactical decision because I thought that the players that were with us today were the best choices for this match.”Asked if Ozil was at the Emirates for the game, Emery continued: “Yes.”We are thinking of every player. We have 24 or 25 players and when they are playing one game and not in another, it’s the decision. Today it was tactical.”Emery was then pushed about whether Ozil could be sold next month.”My focus now is analysing this match and also Saturday against Burnley is very important. We are going to assess every player, how they are tomorrow in training and for a difficult match against Burnley on Saturday.”I am thinking about the match on Saturday, and not thinking about another situation.”
Sevilla chief Caparros explains ending talks for Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sports chief Joaquin Caparros admits their move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is off.Caparros has confirmed the terms involved for the former Real Madrid centre-forward are just too rich for them.After signing Munir El Haddadi from Barcelona, Caparros said: “We got in touch with Morata and Chelsea, but it all ended up there. “To speak of figures, it was enough to understand that the operation was impossible for us.”Morata is now the subject of talks with Atletico Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Allegri: Ronaldo needs to win something hereby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to win the Supercoppa.Allegri was asked if CR7 brought a stronger winning mentality to Juve.“He’d have to win something first to prove that. Cristiano is accustomed to winning, he has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and many more trophies. Ronaldo is the best player in the world and an added bonus for us. The situation has certainly improved with his presence, although Juve already had great strikers.“However, let’s not forget that Juve have played two Champions League Finals in the last four years and they were against what at the time were the best teams in the world. When it comes to that tournament, you need good luck too.“The Scudetto is one of our objectives, as are the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. We want to reach the end of the season with as many trophies as possible.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard a shock target for Besiktasby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has emerged as a shock target for Besiktas.The Turkish giants are mulling over whether to sack under-fire boss Abdullah Avci.Gerrard has been impressing with his steady work in the Scottish Premiership at Rangers, who currently hold a two-point lead at the top of the table.The Ibrox side have only lost one game so far this season, and Besiktas are now considering the Liverpool legend as the man for the hotseat, says BeIN Sports.At present the Blacks Eagles sit in 12th place, with just eight points from seven matches played.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Arsenal midfielder Parlour: Not better since Wengerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour insists the team has not improved since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger.The Gunners faced fierce criticism after their 1-0 loss at Sheffield United on Monday, which brought an end to their eight-game unbeatean run. Parlour told talkSPORT: “No, it’s not better (than when Wenger was in charge), but it is a real opportunity.”After we started really well during the start of the season, people were going: “Oh we can challenge for the title”, and I said no chance!”If they come fourth, it’s a great season. Champions League football is the most important thing for Arsenal now going forward.”If they come fifth or sixth this year it has been a failure again. Because they went into the transfer market and I think everyone was quite excited about the signings.”
VineFreshman forward Cliff Alexander entered his season at Kansas with huge expectations, but he hasn’t gotten off to a huge start yet this season. The Chicago native is only playing 18.4 minutes per game, and averaging 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. However, last night against Oklahoma State, Alexander looked every bit like the explosive forward that he was billed as coming out of high school. Early in the game with his Jayhawks down five, Alexander bullied senior wing Le’Bryan Nash on the block, and then absolutely posterized forward Anthony Allen Jr. We’re not even sure if Alexander touches rim here, or if he just powerfully threw the ball into the hoop, but either way it was awesome. Kansas defeated Oklahoma State 67-57.[@cjzero]
This past Saturday, Michigan Stadium played host to an international soccer contest between European clubs Real Madrid and Chelsea – with the Spaniards emerging victorious, 3-2. A number of Wolverines football players were apparently in attendance – including quarterback John O’Korn.O’Korn appears to have captured an interesting moment, too. The Michigan signal-caller took a photo of a group of Michigan State fans attempting to troll the Wolverines by standing with an MSU “Block S” banner with the field in the background. As O’Korn notes, however, the Spartans supporters have the “S” backwards.O’Korn joked that the mistake is the result of an “MSU Education.” Ouch.When you try to clown your rival but you don’t know which way an S goes… #soclose #MSUeducation pic.twitter.com/kqyJaX0Crl— John O’Korn (@JohnOKorn) July 31, 2016The Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry never takes a day off. They’ll meet this year on October 29 at Spartan Stadium.
A Tennessee football fan checkerboarded his father’s gravesite before the Vols game against Alabama.Apparently, being a Tennessee football fan extends long after death. At least for one man, whose son painted the famous end zone checkerboard onto his gravesite. Jamie Beckler of Cleveland, Tennessee, spray-painted his father’s gravesite with orange and white in checkerboard fashion.According to WATE.com, it’s a tradition that has lived on since Ricky Beckler passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2008.“He wasn’t real big on flowers. So, we thought of this and this became a tradition,” said Jamie Beckler.The Becklers seem to have their priorities straightened out at well. Jamie, decked out in a Tennessee hat and jacket, said Tennessee football has been at the top of his priority list for some time.“God, family, and Tennessee football. Pretty much how it’s always been.”The Volunteers are set for their stiffest test of the 2016 season Saturday when they host No. 1 Alabama.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh heard your dirty chants, Michigan State fans.Speaking on his radio show Monday, Harbaugh joked that he heard the MSU faithful’s R-rated taunts on Saturday. MLive.com has the transcript of his comments:“Yeah, I heard it. I heard it. I thought it was really great and classy. I thought they were saying ‘Love Jim Harbaugh,’ ” Harbaugh said. “And they kept repeating it: ‘Love Jim Harbaugh, Love Jim Harbaugh.’ I said ‘wow, that’s some great sportsmanship here by the Michigan State Spartans.’ ”They weren’t, of course.“Then the next day I read ESPN and they were saying, I guess it was ‘Frick Jim Harbaugh’ with (another word) there,” he continued. “I guess I have to get my hearing checked.”Of course, Harbaugh knew exactly what Michigan State fans were saying. But, when you’re 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country, everything sounds like music to your ears.Michigan continues its season this Saturday against Maryland. The game is at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.Michigan has a 39.2 percent chance of winning out, according to ESPN’s FPI.