About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southampton striker Austin charged for Man City gestureby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe FA have charged Southampton striker Charlie Austin for a gesture directed towards Manchester City’s fans.The incident occurred during City’s 3-1 win over Southampton on December 30.Austin was pictured making an offensive hand gesture towards the away supporters.”Southampton’s Charlie Austin has been charged following the game against Manchester City on Sunday [30 December 2018],” read the FA’s statement.”It is alleged that Mr Austin’s gesture in or around the 68th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting. He has until 18:00 on 7 January 2019 to respond.”
Bayern Munich chief Rummenigge warns Tottenham: Teams want Kaneby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned Tottenham they risk losing Harry Kane. The two clubs will face off in a fascinating blockbuster Champions League clash in North London on Tuesday.”They have a good team,” Rummenigge told reporters as Bayern prepared to fly to London on Monday.”The question is whether they can keep this top team together for a long time, because Christian Eriksen’s contract expires next year.”There are certainly also clubs that are interested in Harry Kane.”He added: “Kane is a top player who, like Robert Lewandowski, scores an incredible number of goals.”They are perhaps the two best strikers in the world right now.”I hope Robert will do better than Kane tomorrow but it’s not easy to stop him, he’s a world-class striker.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery: Man Utd draw good for young playersby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery feels his young players will have improved after their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.The Gunners fought back from a goal down to earn the point.Emery said, “There were plenty of things and that result can be a good point if we win on Sunday against Bournemouth at home. But really, the positive things, we are going to analyse that, but there are things to improve. “Also some players took one step more ahead, as with Bukayo. Defensively as a team today I think we were better competitively in the match and offensively in some moments, maybe we could do better and create more chances. But I think we had some moments in the match after 1-1, the next chances we had with Bukayo for the second goal, is our moment.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City fullback Kyle Walker fears England career overby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City fullback Kyle Walker fears his England career is over after his latest snub by Gareth Southgate.Southgate has left Walker out of the England squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.It is the second time in a row Walker has been omitted, with Southgate instead calling up Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.Walker fears he will never play for England again.The Daily Star quoted a source as saying: “He fears this could be the end of him when it comes to England.”He’s only 29, at his peak. He thinks he should be in the squad, but it appears Gareth Southgate is not having him. It’s ridiculous and doesn’t look good moving forward.”
Vine/@MikeLeslieWFAATrevone Boykin hasn’t had too many huge moments early in his senior season, but against SMU tonight, he reminded everyone why he is one of college football’s most electrifying players. Up 21-10, Boykin somehow eluded what looked like a sure-sack for SMU’s Nick Horton, and turned what would have been a 14-yard loss into a 20 yard touchdown run.Boykin is to good ! He’s scores by the way https://t.co/3j0HkmWMDK— Luke Hammock (@Talmadge313) September 20, 2015Trevone Boykin says get off me. #TCU #SMU #IronSkillet (Vine by @MikeLeslieWFAA) https://t.co/O3PAPc125T— RT Deportivo (@notasportsRT) September 20, 2015Boykin has had no issue carving up the Mustangs defense today. He is 9-for-14 for 242 yards and two touchdowns through the air and has seven carries for 38 yards and a score. It may be the year of the running back, but don’t sleep on Boykin.
Pep Guardiola has challenged his Manchester City players to show character and pick up back-to-back wins over Leicester City and Southampton before their January showdown against Liverpool.City have faltered in their defence of the Premier League title this month, with a shock 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace and a 2-0 reverse away to Chelsea sandwiching the 3-1 win over Everton.It means Liverpool boast a four-point lead at the top of the table as Guardiola’s men face up to consecutive away games before Jurgen Klopp and his side visit the Etihad Stadium on January 3. 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? Earlier draws at Wolves and Anfield mean City have dropped points four times this season, having only done so six times over the course of their record-breaking campaign last term.The manner in which Guardiola saw his squad bounce back from such bumps in the road – including a 4-3 reverse at Anfield – means he feels they have the capacity to deal with the challenges ahead.”We’re going to Leicester needing to win,” he said. “Last season we dropped points and immediately won again.”That’s what we have to do. We have two games away before the new year and we have to do that.”When we win I insist they are calm and now it is the same. We lose a game, it happens, and focus on the next one.”We have to see how our character is. We have shown many times that we react well and we’re going to try again.”It’s always tough to win at Leicester, then Southampton. We’ll see what happens.”One area of concern is City’s failure to keep a clean sheet for eight matches in all competitions since the 4-0 November win at West Ham.Rotation has meant less-frequent appearances in tandem for the reliable early season centre-back duo Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, with the latter’s deployment as a holding midfielder against Palace an experiment Guardiola might be minded to shelve for the foreseeable future.However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss insists his team are restricting opponents and have just been the victims of impressive finishing – most notably when Andros Townsend volleyed home his goal-of-the-season contender last time out.”Against Southampton [in November] they had three more shots than Palace had on target and we won 6-1,” he added.”We try to play to concede as few as possible but sometimes football is the only game where the statistics don’t count. The only one that counts is the goals scored.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
A goal in the final minute of injury-time has seen Italy claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Australia at the Women’s World Cup. Looking for her first World Cup goal, Matildas captain Sam Kerr twice got into dangerous positions in the first five minutes but couldn’t get a meaningful shot away. Barbara Bonansea thought she had opened the scoring for Italy in the eighth minute only for the offside flag to be raised and VAR eventually confirming the striker mistimed her run by the narrowest of margins. 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? Surviving that scare, Australia went up the other end and won a penalty in the 20th minute after Sara Gama was guilty of bringing down Kerr in the box.Having won the spot-kick, Kerr stepped up to take it and though having her initial effort saved to the left of goal, she was able to calmly slot home the rebound to give the Matildas the lead.SAM KERR 👊The penalty is saved, but she slots home the rebound to give Australia the lead, and score her first ever #FIFAWWC goal! 🇦🇺 #AUSITA #OptusSport pic.twitter.com/k1LEyPIt3d — Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 9, 2019 In an end-to-end affair, Australia nearly bagged a second in the 37th minute as Ellie Carpenter picked out Chloe Logarzo in the box, whose header was just parried away for a corner.After the break, Bonansea wouldn’t be denied a second time as she brought Italy level in the 56th minute after a mistake at the back from Australia. With the momentum, Italy thought they had taken the lead with just over 10 minutes remaining only for the offside flag to this time deny Daniela Sabatino.As both sides pushed for a late winner, it would be Bonansea that stepped up as she headed home the winner in the 95th minute following a corner. The Matildas beginning another World Cup campaign with a loss having also fallen to defeat in their previous two opening games at the tournament.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches player warm up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The start of this Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State controversy can be traced back to 2015, when the alleged domestic violence accusations occurred against the now-fired wide receivers coach, but in many ways, it started at the podium at Big Ten Media Days.Meyer’s dismissal of what college football insider Brett McMurphy reported about Smith caused quite the controversy when a new report surfaced about a week later.Now, some are questioning McMurphy’s initial report, as it appears to have been slightly edited over time, and it seems possible that Meyer’s quick dismissal of a 2015 incident at Big Ten Media Days could be chalked up to that.However, Eleven Warriors has outlined everything Meyer was asked about and said about Smith/2015 at Big Ten Media Days, and that doesn’t seem to be the case.From Eleven Warriors:Landis asked Meyer if he was “aware of alleged incidents with Zach in 2009 and 2015,” May asked about “the revelation from yesterday” and Murphy asked about the “2015 thing.”Meyer responded, saying, “In 2015, there was nothing. When I first heard that last night, I said, ‘Do some research,’ and there was nothing.”Later that morning, speaking from the podium, Meyer was again asked about the “inquiry into 2015” and he said, “2015, I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there’s nothing – once again, I don’t know who creates a story like that.”In neither of those cases was Meyer asked about whether Zach Smith was arrested in 2015. He was only asked about the incident in vague terms, like “revelation,” “thing,” and “inquiry.”Meyer later issued a statement, admitting he mishandled things at Big Ten Media Days.“Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts,” Meyer said in his statement. “My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”Now, Meyer’s future is being put into question. Ohio State expects to have a final decision made pending the conclusion of its investigation, which is expected to take about two weeks.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has decided to retire, as Ohio State’s football program announced this morning that the three-time national title-winning head coach will be stepping down following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game.The former Florida head coach took over the Ohio State program ahead of the 2012 season. He went undefeated in his first season, led the Buckeyes to a national title in 2014 and never lost to Michigan.Urban Meyer: 82–9. A 24–0 start to his tenure. 7–0 against Michigan.The first ever CFP championship. Seriously, find me another 3-game run from a team of yours like Ohio State had to end 2014. You can’t. It’s the single best 3-game streak of your life and it won’t be topped.— Jason Priestas (@priestas) December 4, 2018Meyer will be replaced at Ohio State by Ryan Day, who led the Buckeyes’ program during Meyer’s suspension to start the season.Of course, there will be speculation that Meyer will eventually take another job. He’s only 54 years old, after all.One program that everyone will mention: Notre Dame.Meyer has previously referred to Notre Dame as his dream job and he spent time in South Bend, Ind. to start his career.Even Kirk Herbstreit acknowledged this morning that Meyer’s name will be the first one that comes up whenever Brian Kelly decides to leave Notre Dame. However, Herbstreit thinks Meyer’s retirement will be finite.“I don’t see it happening,” Herbstreit said.Of course, this doesn’t mean that the speculation will go away, but Meyer’s retirement does feel much different this time around than when he stepped down at Florida.Meyer has three children, one grandchild and another grandchild on the way. He reportedly plans on spending more time with his family, could do some TV work and, potentially, have an administrative role at Ohio State.
Alabama has won five national championships since 2009, and this past season, made it all the way to the national title game against before losing to Clemson. Apparently, all that is not enough for ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to rep the program.Thursday, ESPN’s First Take was on-air live from Nashville ahead of the NFL Draft. During a commercial break, Smith was asked by an Alabama fan to say “Roll Tide.”Smith refused, noting that Alabama got blown out in the national championship game. The crowd had a lot of fun with Smith’s decision not to oblige.Here’s the video – Smith says that Alabama was blown out “by 40” in the game. It was actually 44-16. Still a blowout, but not a 40-point blowout.Someone asked @stephenasmith to say “Roll Tide.” This was his response: 😂 pic.twitter.com/yKx8tjY256— First Take (@FirstTake) April 25, 2019Smith’s refusal to say “Roll Tide” in the state of Tennessee should make Volunteers fans happy as well.In last year’s national title game, Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence put up ridiculous numbers, finishing 20-of-32 for 347 yards and three touchdowns. You can bet that Alabama head coach Nick Saban has spent all offseason addressing that fact.The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night. Plenty of Alabama players will be going early.