Chelsea boss Lampard delighted with first league home winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was delighted with a first league home win over Brighton.A penalty from Jorginho followed by a deflected drive by Willian secured the precious points for the Blues.”We’ve been waiting for it,” Lampard smiled at his post-match press conference. “The reason we’ve not won at home [in the league] before today is because we’ve not put together a 90-minute performance to win a game.”We’ve put together parts of games – half against Leicester, half against Sheffield United – but today we put in a good performance. It was solid, comfortable, professional, lacked more goals because we created enough to score four or five, but a clean sheet as well which is something we’ve been striving for. It was a good day all round and good for confidence in the dressing room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
tennessee fans distraughtIt’s been a tough season in Knoxville. What you’ll see in the below clip pretty much sums up how Tennessee Vols fans are feeling right now.After Joshua Dobbs and Josh Malone couldn’t connect on a deep ball on 4th and 13 late in the fourth quarter, effectively ending the game, ESPN’s cameras panned to numerous UT supporters who looked depressed. The loss to Arkansas puts Tennessee at 2-3 on the year.#VolNation No words needed. pic.twitter.com/mWQLzyyazE— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) October 4, 2015The honeymoon period with head coach Butch Jones is over. That’s for sure.
cardale jones auction cleats for parisThis past Saturday, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones paid his respects to the victims of the Paris terror attacks by drawing the “Peace for Paris” symbol on his cleats. Monday, he took to Twitter to somewhat make a request of the NCAA.Jones openly wished that he could either auction off or donate his cleats to charity to benefit the victims of the attack. Check it out:Which there was a way I could auction off or donate my cleats to benefit the people in Paris pic.twitter.com/k9D8wB9wh1— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) November 16, 2015Of course, it’s against NCAA regulations to auction off apparel worn by players. That being said, just last month, the organization made an exception for LSU’s Leonard Fournette regarding the flooding in South Carolina.Could the NCAA make another exception? We’ll find out. read more
Twitter/@SavanahS1ESPN’s College GameDay is live this morning from the “Battle at Bristol.” Here’s a collection of the best College GameDay signs we’ve seen.Today’s crop of College GameDay signs are stellar, as usual.Of course, there are multiple Harambe references.Harambe continuing to have a presence on Game Day signs this morning. #BattleAtBristol pic.twitter.com/E23iDL708E— Marshall Hughes (@marshallhughes) September 10, 2016#neverforget @CollegeGameDay #collegegameday #BattleAtBristol @BattleAtBristol #harambe pic.twitter.com/idbAxf2BNO— Kelly Elizabeth (@kmarrVT) September 10, 2016The best of @CollegeGameDay signs at 8:20 this morning. #BattleAtBristol @BattleAtBristol pic.twitter.com/pJb6aB8P4O— Wes Holtsclaw (@wesholtsclaw) September 10, 2016Here’s another fan mocking Michael Vick.Game day? #BattleAtBristol @CollegeGameDay #GameDaySigns #GameDay pic.twitter.com/EZhekScIJv— savanah (@SavanahS1) September 10, 2016Not exactly signs, but these are…something.You guys there are giant robots here!! pic.twitter.com/zTvGmTe09I— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 10, 2016There’s more though. There are always more GameDay signs.Shake ‘N Bake pic.twitter.com/fGgqIGlKBd— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 10, 2016True. #GameDaySigns #BattleAtBristol pic.twitter.com/vRKT7815qR— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) September 10, 2016Front row. Gameday. It’s happening. More signs to come as well pic.twitter.com/qlzC4ieppn— That Guy (@VTCaceClosed) September 10, 2016Anyone know if this is a good deal? pic.twitter.com/wJLTEb3HxB— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 10, 2016Lotta dollars #BattleAtBristol pic.twitter.com/AVgryjZPRi— Ava Wallace (@AvaRWallace) September 10, 2016Same … Super Size ’em ???#BeatUT pic.twitter.com/u37lNwHA0e— Pete Moris (@PeteMoris) September 10, 2016″I thought this was Bonnaroo” pic.twitter.com/3nuk71BCbw— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 10, 2016Look over Herbstreits shoulder on ESPN @CollegeGameDay! #BuildTheWall #ThreeForDale @PopcornSutton__ @VolRumorMill pic.twitter.com/QWQ04IlqUi— Spencer Miller (@SpencerMiller__) September 10, 2016Tennessee and Virginia Tech will kickoff tonight at 8 p.m. ET from Bristol Motor Speedway. The game will be broadcast on ABC.Will the Vols shake off the rust that almost cost them the opener against Appalachian State? Or will Virginia Tech score the first big win of the Justin Fuente era? read more
The 2019 Gold Cup gets underway on Saturday as just under a dozen-and-a-half teams from across North, South and Central America prepare to face each other across three nations over the next month to be crowned the best west of the Atlantic.The USA hosts all but four games, with double headers in Costa Rica and Jamaica adding to the international flavour as the USMNT look to defend their 2017 title in an expanded format for the first time.Gregg Berhalter’s side are not the outright favourites however, with Mexico under Gerardo Martino leading the race for top honours with the bookmakers. 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? Both sides are the top draws however in this tournament that spans Kansas to Kingston and San Jose to Saint Paul – and here’s where you can watch the pair in the US…What US TV channel are Mexico featured on? With all group stage games being played as double headers, El Tri will take to the field on opening day at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, to face Cuba after Canada and Martinique get things under way.They will subsequently face The Canucks four days later on June 19 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, before facing Les Matinino at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on June 23.All three games will be televised in the US on Fox Sports 1 or 2 in English, while Spanish-speaking viewers can catch the match on either Univision, Univision Deportes, Univision Deportes En Vivo or Univision NOW.What US TV channel are USMNT featured on? The hosts meanwhile will take in Saint Paul, Cleveland and Kansas City on their group stage journey as they look to defend their title, with games against Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Panama all on the cards.They’ll face the Golden Jaguars at Allianz Field on June 18, tangle with the Soca Warriors four days later at FirstEnergy Stadium and finish off on June 26 against Los Canaleros at Children’s Mercy Park.As with Mexico’s matches, all three games will be televised in the US on Fox Sports 1 in English, while Spanish-speaking viewers can catch the match on either Univision, Univision Deportes, Univision Deportes En Vivo or Univision NOW. read more
Koji Miyoshi scored twice as guests Japan earned a thrilling 2-2 draw against Uruguay at the Copa America amid more VAR controversy in Porto Alegre.Miyoshi twice gave Japan the lead in the Group C clash but the Copa invitees were pegged back on both occasions by a Luis Suarez penalty and Jose Gimenez on Thursday.After Miyoshi’s opener, Uruguay were awarded a dubious 32nd-minute spot-kick following a VAR review, which penalised Naomichi Ueda for an innocuous attempt to block the ball under minimal contact on Edinson Cavani. 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? Miyoshi restored Japan’s advantage 14 minutes into the second half but Uruguay – 4-0 winners on matchday one – secured a share of the spoils thanks to Gimenez’s 66th-minute header.It was an entertaining contest from the outset after Suarez’s audacious half-way line attempt almost embarrassed Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.Japan were impressive and put Uruguay on the back foot as former Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki side-footed just wide, while Suarez went close again for the South American side inside 15 minutes.Japan were routed 4-0 by two-time reigning champions Chile in their opener but they broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Miyoshi found a way through and scored from a tight angle.However, Uruguay moved back on level terms seven minutes later after Cavani went down under minimal contact and a VAR check allowed Suarez to step up and convert the spot-kick.Baffled by the decision, Japan nearly went behind nine minutes prior to the break but Cavani’s thunderous effort from outside the area rattled the crossbar.Both teams had chances to move ahead in an end-to-end second half, but it was Japan who sensationally retook the lead thanks to Miyoshi approaching the hour mark.After Cavani wasted a golden opportunity at the other end, Fernando Muslera spilt a cross straight at the feet of Miyoshi and the Japan forward fired home from close range.Japan’s lead, however, only lasted seven minutes as defender Gimenez glanced a header past Kawashima from a corner and Uruguay almost completed the comeback inside the final 10 minutes but Suarez’s header hit the woodwork. What does it mean? Match of the tournamentAmid small crowds and VAR controversies this month, Japan and Uruguay produced the best game of the Copa America so far. Played at a high pace and with a lot of quality, both teams left everything on the pitch.Japan show their qualityThe Samurai Blue brought a young squad to Brazil, with a focus on next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. While they were put to the sword by Chile, Japan were a constant threat against Uruguay and unfortunate not to claim their first Copa victory.VAR in the spotlight againTechnology has played a big role in this year’s tournament and the video assistant referee was in the thick of the action again on Thursday. Uruguay benefited from a controversial decision in the first half, which raised further questions about VAR’s accuracy.Key Opta Facts:- Japan avoided defeat for the second time in the Copa America (W0 D2 L3), after a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in 1999.- Cavani has now played 112 games for Uruguay, the joint-third most, level with Diego Forlan.- Miyoshi is the first player to score a Copa America brace against Uruguay since Argentina’s Luciano Figueroa in 2004.- Suarez has scored Uruguay’s last four penalties. He is only the third Uruguay player in history to score in four consecutive Copa America appearances (two in 2011 and two in 2019), after Pedro Petrone (five, between 1923 and 1924) and Severino Varela (four, between 1937 and 1939).What’s next?Group C concludes with Uruguay facing Chile on Monday, while Japan meet Ecuador on the same day. read more read more
In this new five-episode documentary series “Country of Football”, Goal will take you on a journey through Brazil in order to try and truly understand the country’s passion for the game and how it manifests itself.The third episode is about “Samba”. So, we take a look at the connection between samba and football, which is an old one. A connection forged by the link between the beat of a song and the dribbles on the fields.So, follow us on a journey to find out how samba has taken over the stadiums, enchanted boxers and how it helps explain why Brazilians love the game of football so much.
Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri expects the Serie A champions to make more signings before the transfer window closes.It has been a busy off-season for Juve, who have signed Matthijs de Ligt, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Luca Pellegrini, Merih Demiral and Gianluigi Buffon.Juve have also been linked with former midfielder and Manchester United star Paul Pogba, as well as Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. 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? There is also uncertainty over the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Blaise Matuidi and Mario Mandzukic, and Sarri provided a transfer update following Sunday’s International Champions Cup loss to Tottenham thanks to Harry Kane’s last-gasp goal from the halfway line.”I don’t want to occupy myself too much on the market because I think that’s the right thing to do and because I keep much less of an eye on it than those who are in charge,” said Sarri.”Maybe there are leagues and players I don’t know about. Therefore, it’s better to leave it to those who are in charge.”We have lots of players in certain positions and less in others, but we’re talking about a situation where I have seven players in Turin carrying injuries and five who have yet to return from international commitments.”I think the club, between now and the end of the transfer window, will do something in terms of incomings, but we’ll also have to do something in terms of outgoings.”We have so many players right now that we’ll have to keep two or three out of our Champions League squad. We certainly have to do something.”Cristiano Ronaldo was on target at the National Stadium in Singapore, where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner put Juve ahead four minutes after Higuain cancelled out Erik Lamela’s opener.Tottenham, however, stormed back thanks to Lucas Moura and Harry Kane’s stunning long-range effort in the 93rd minute.Discussing Ronaldo, Sarri was quick to lavish praise, saying: “Cristiano’s the best player in this team.“Therefore, we must set up the other 10 well defensively. He can play anywhere on the field. He’s the best and it’s important for him to be free on the pitch.” read more
Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of lacking respect by Diego Godin, with the Juventus superstar slammed over his Champions League ‘cojones’ celebration and actions while at Real Madrid.The Portuguese forward has crossed swords with the uncompromising Uruguayan defender on a regular basis down the years.They were once on opposing sides of the Madrid divide in Spain, with Ronaldo a talismanic presence at Real and Godin a reassuring one at the heart of Atletico’s back four. 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? Their most recent coming-together in competitive action was delivered in the last 16 of the 2018-19 Champions League, as Juventus took on the Rojiblancos.Atletico established a commanding first-leg lead, with flamboyant coach Diego Simeone making headlines with his crotch-grabbing antics on the touchline.Ronaldo offered his response during a return date in Turin, as he netted a stunning hat-trick, but Godin believes the five-time Ballon d’Or winner crossed a line when it comes to professionalism.He told Gazzetta dello Sport of a now infamous exchange in celebrations: “Il Cholo [Simeone] turned to his audience, the tension led him to make that gesture, he didn’t have it with Juve.“Ronaldo’s gesture was different, he didn’t respect people.”That is not the first time Godin considers Ronaldo to have acted inappropriately.The Portuguese forward once punched him during a derby date between Real and Atletico, with the man now on the books at Serie A side Inter adding: “What happens on the pitch remains on the field. And I don’t talk about it. But I don’t like it when you lack respect.”An intense rivalry between two proven winners is set to be rekindled in 2019-20, with both men now on the books of sides in Italy.Godin will not be backing down from the challenge, with there enough experience under his belt to know what has to be done when facing Ronaldo in full flow.He said when quizzed on how difficult a prolific frontman can be to contain: “It’s not a technical issue but one in the head. The concentration.“For 90 minutes you can’t give up for a second, because that’s the one second that’s enough for him to score.” read more
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Michigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)College football is back, and the world is a better place for it. However, that doesn’t mean Week 1 was fun for every fan base.Some teams suffered embarrassing losses, while others dropped games that left their fans gnashing their teeth because of a missed opportunity. Regardless of how it happened, these teams have some pretty angry and upset fans.USA Today’s Dan Wolken unveiled his first “Misery Index” of the 2018 season today. If you’re not familiar, the “Misery Index” is “a weekly measurement of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just watched.”Five fan bases stuck out above the rest after Week 1.According to Wolken, they are:TexasMichiganTexas TechColorado StateUNCThese rankings often change week-to-week. You clearly don’t want your team on it for too long.To see the entire “Misery Index” rankings, click here. read more