About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are being linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa.The Red Devils are hoping to sign a winger in January or the summer who can play on the right side of the team.United have no specialist right winger, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata often filling in.And the Manchester Evening News reports that United’s interest in Costa goes all the way back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.Even though United have an interim boss in Ole Solskjaer, the club will chase after long term targets if they become available in January.The 28-year-old Costa has only started three Serie A games season, netting 0 goals and 0 assists.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace rocked as Zaha receives near £400,000-a-week offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been rocked by a stunning offer made to Wilfried Zaha.The Daily Mail says Zaha has been offered a staggering £11million a year to move to China next month.The Crystal Palace striker is a target for Super League side Dalian Yifang, who are prepared to make the Ivory Coast international one of the best-paid players in the world.They propose to pay Zaha a minimum of £44m — after tax — over four years. The winger could earn an extra £2.5m a year in bonuses and the club will fund first-class travel that will allow him to return regularly to the UK. The package would be worth around three times his current contract, under which he is reported to earn £130,000 a week.Dalian Yifang, who are coached by former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster, will make a formal offer to Palace once the transfer window reopens.
Liverpool boss Klopp tells players to ignore Man Cityby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his players to focus on themselves and not to worry about rivals Manchester City.Mo Salah’s 50th-minute penalty sank Brighton, again moving the Reds seven points clear of Manchester City — who don’t play until Monday’s home game against Wolves. Klopp said: “Our situation is we are completely focused on us. Nothing that happens around us is important.“After the City game [Liverpool’s first league loss all season, 10 days ago at the Etihad] it was just a case of, ‘Stay in the situation, completely focused, and obviously we can win football games.’“The boys proved that this season already a lot and that is what we have to do until the end of the season. That’s all.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian says Chelsea must be sharper with their finishing after victory over Brighton.The midfielder struck in the 2-0 win.It was his first goal of the season, and his first since March when he netted in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev.”We needed it,” he told chelseafc.com”We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on,” he added. “We have to continue in the same way.”The game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical. We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game.”
Mohamed Salah will face no action from the Football Association for the incident which saw him win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day.Reds forward Salah appeared to go down easily after having his arm tugged by Paul Dummett, and Magpies boss Rafael Benitez branded the spot-kick “soft” in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.He said: “The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team. 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? “The second goal was crucial, it gave them more confidence and was more difficult for us, you have to take more risks, be more open then you make more mistakes and pay for that.”However, the FA has confirmed the second-half incident did not meet the threshold to constitute deception of a match official.The Egypt international could have faced a two-game ban had he been charged with simulation, but will now be free to take part in the crunch clashes against Arsenal and Manchester City.Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey had suggested to The Sun that action should be taken, saying: “Mo Salah should face a two-match ban if the simulation panel are consistent.”Newcastle defender Paul Dummett does put his hand on Salah’s arm, but the Liverpool forward does not need to go to ground in that manner and it is an act of simulation.”Oumar Niasse and Manuel Lanzini were given two-game suspensions for ‘deception of a match official’ last season.”Salah has gone to ground just as easily as they did and could easily face the same punishment.”The authorities need to act quickly because incidents like this are happening too often in the best league in the world.”Salah has now been cleared and converted the penalty he won on Wednesday to double Liverpool’s lead following Dejan Lovren’s opener before Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho scored to wrap up a result that took Jurgen Klopp’s side six points clear at the top of the Premier League.Salah has found the net 12 times this season and is one behind the division’s leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Streamable/Krusty Sox SportsPaul Finebaum is not impressed with Michigan fans this season. For the second time since the start of the year, the SEC Network host went in on Wolverines fans on his radio show.Back in September, Finebaum asserted that the Michigan fan base is the most “pathetic” in the nation, complaining about Wolverines fans lack of knowledge about the game.He reiterated that this week, calling Michigan fans completely unrealistic. To turn the knife even more, he compares them to Ohio State fans, who he believes are much more knowledgeable about the sport.From Landof10:“There’s no comparison between Ohio State and Michigan fans,” Finebaum said. “Ohio State fans are very knowledgeable people. They understand, they are supportive. Michigan fans are from another planet. I’ve dealt with a lot of Ohio State fans, particularly a couple years ago after the Buckeyes beat Alabama. Ohio State fans at least know what they’re talking about.“I don’t think they are nearly as knowledgeable as Ohio State fans when it comes to football IQ. I think they have gone all-in on Harbaugh…listen, Harbaugh is a good coach, but he hasn’t done anything yet at Michigan.”Full audio of this segment from The Paul Finebaum Show is available at ESPN.Finebaum also knocked Michigan for their lack of championships, and took a jab at legendary coach Bo Schembechler, who never won a title during his 20 years in Ann Arbor.Finebaum mostly focuses on the SEC, and has been knocked for being a homer of that league, but he is on record this season saying that he thinks the Big Ten is the best conference in college football this year. He’s just not impressed with Wolverine fans at all, now that their program is nationally relevant once again.If Jim Harbaugh’s team keeps rolling, we expect Finebaum might be getting a few more callers from Ann Arbor.[Landof10; ESPN]
NBCEzekiel Elliott might have just had the celebration of the year in the NFL.After scoring a short touchdown to put the Dallas Cowboys ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Elliott ran over to the life-sized Salvation Army kettle in the Dallas end zone.He then jumped inside of it, drawing a flag but also giving out some free publicity for the Salvation Army.#FEEDZEKE #FEEDZEKE #FEEDZEKE #FEEDZEKETOUCHDOWN, @ezekielelliott! #DallasCowboys https://t.co/xGqO4TGHe6— NFL (@NFL) December 19, 2016That was hilarious. It was a penalty, because Elliott celebrated with a prop, but it was definitely worth the flag.Elliott’s 13th rushing score of the year put the Cowboys in front 10-3 in the second quarter.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was drafted No. 1 overall in this past April’s NFL Draft, hasn’t played a down during a regular season game just yet. But he’s already got a few sponsors lined up – including one for an underwear company called PSD Underwear. The marketing campaign for the product is something, too.The below photo, which has gone viral, shows Mayfield wearing the underwear next to a Rolls Royce. There’s also a tiger involved, for whatever reason.Some are joking that it looks like a scene that was cut from The Hangover. Let’s hope not, for Baker’s sake.Mayfield is apparently giving away 500 free pairs of the underwear, if you’re interested. We assume you don’t get a tiger with it.Excited to announce my partnership with @PSDunderwear! Giving away 500 free pairs today. Tiger not included ?. Give them a follow and shop my collection! https://t.co/Xy4RsMtas1 pic.twitter.com/6lt56PeWjw— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) August 21, 2018PSD also put out a photo on its Twitter account. It’s Baker and the tiger again.Welcome to the PSD fam @bakermayfield ! Wait till you see his collection…?? pic.twitter.com/VXKqcOJ60T— PSD Underwear (@PSDunderwear) August 21, 2018Mayfield has looked solid through two preseason games with the Browns, but it’s too early to tell whether he’ll be successful at the next level. Cleveland plans to stick with Tyrod Taylor as its starter heading into the season, so it’s also unclear when Mayfield will get his shot to lead the team.Until then, we’ll just have to get our Baker fill from PSD.
AMES, IA – SEPTEMBER 15: Wide receiver Marquise Brown #5 of the Oklahoma Sooners drives the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of play against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. .(Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft sits just under a month away. As NFL teams do their final preparations for the upcoming draft, prospects are doing their best to get noticed by scouts and coaches.After the NFL combine, prospects took their talents to their school’s respective pro days to showcase their skills. Unfortunately, one of the top wide receivers in the draft hasn’t been able to compete.Oklahoma star Marquise Brown suffered a foot injury in the final weeks of the 2018 season. After undergoing surgery for a Lisfranc injury, Brown missed the combine and Oklahoma’s pro day.However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has good news for the Sooners star.According to Schefter, Brown has been cleared to begin running.Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown, a projected first-round pick who underwent Lisfranc foot surgery, had the boot on his foot removed and has been cleared to begin running, per source. Brown still could be ready for post-draft mini-camp.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2019It’s great news for one of the most explosive players in this year’s draft.Brown went over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons – with different quarterbacks.In 2017, Brown caught 57 passes from Baker Mayfield for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2018, with Kyler Murray under center, Brown caught another 75 balls for 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns.Brown was projected as a first-round pick, but saw his stock slip as a result of the injury. However, as one of the fastest receivers in the draft this year, he could still wind up as a first-rounder.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 28: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A lot of things went wrong for Nebraska in its 34-31 overtime loss to Colorado last weekend. The Huskers blew a 17-point lead and allowed a Buffaloes game-tying touchdown with less than a minute to go.But Urban Meyer has an idea of what went wrong overall for the Huskers and how they can improve moving forward.Appearing in his weekly spot on The B1G Show, Meyer reflected on the game and how Nebraska can bounce back. He said that quarterback Adrian Martinez hasn’t found “his rhythm yet.” But he still thinks Nebraska can still win the Big Ten West.“That was a terrible loss, and I was one of the guys who thought that Nebraska (would win the Big Ten West), and I still think they can. They’ve got really good players, I still love their quarterback, but he hasn’t found his rhythm yet this year. The way they finished the season last year with the momentum, I think they have good staff, (and) good players.”Meyer hearkened back to a serious loss his Ohio State Buckeyes suffered against Virginia Tech at home in 2014. Ohio State lost that one 35-21 before winning the national championship. He urged Nebraska head coach Scott Frost to “rally the troops and keep swinging.””We lost early in 2014 in a terrible loss to Virginia Tech. You just gotta rally the troops.”– @CoachUrbanMeyer shared how a team like Nebraska can bounce back from a tough loss and dropped wisdom on some other early @B1Gfootball scenarios: pic.twitter.com/7MoyBorREq— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 11, 2019Meyer reminded everyone that there’s “a lot of football left” and expressed confidence that Nebraska will get things going once they begin in-conference games.Nebraska is still well-situated for a strong season. Their next two games will be against Northern Illinois and Illinois. After that, they get most of their toughest opponents at home.Late-September may be an issue though with the Ohio State Buckeyes coming to Lincoln. A win in that game would be tremendous for the Huskers. But a loss would leave them with no margin for error down the stretch.Can Scott Frost and the Huskers right the ship before the end of the month?