About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Gerard Pique calls for unityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has called for unity after victory at Getafe.Pique, Barcelona’s third captain, sent a message to the board in the mixed zone of the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.”We have to be united, the fans and the board,” said Pique. “When one person doesn’t want to get angry, there are no fights. We know the club, we know the daily goings on, we know who writes the articles, even though they may carry another person’s name.”Pique added: “We want to compete, go out to play and not cause fights that don’t exist. We don’t want them to eist. Things can go better or worse, but we should be united or we’ll hurt ourselves.”
Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi delighted with early season formby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi admits that he was fearing for his career after suffering an Achilles injury last term.The 18-year-old was missing for the back end of last season after the horrific injury.However, he has found his way back to fitness and is already shining for the first team under Frank Lampard with three assists and a goal in four matches.He told Sky Sports News: “It’s an amazing feeling.”I was out for three to four months and it was crazy to even get the injury in the first place. It’s something I had to deal with mentally because I’d never experienced an injury like that before.”I’m really delighted with the way I’ve come back. I didn’t expect to get this many assists and to contribute with a goal as well. Hopefully I’ll keep improving and adding goals to my game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southgate knew Chelsea star Mount would play for England at 16by Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland boss Gareth Southgate says that he knew Mason Mount would be a star for the national team when he was only 16.The Chelsea midfielder is set to get his first start in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Mount will be in the team against the Czech Republic. And Southgate spoke about when he first saw Mount play several years ago.When asked what he thought about Mount after training him for a few days, England boss Southgate told reporters: “Exactly what I thought of him when I saw him at 16 playing for our U16s, he’s a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality.”So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me at all. We’ve had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St. George’s [Park].”Chelsea would be the same on that, I think, but of course he’s now been able to have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and display that against top teams.”I think you saw his penalty in the Super Cup, [that] was a nice cameo of what he’s about, really.”
Texas hosted No. 14 Baylor tonight, and the Longhorns needed the win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. They won 61-59 in overtime on a runner by guard Isaiah Taylor, but not before seven players from both teams were ejected following a serious scuffle in the extra session.The scrum started near the scorers table and resulted in multiple players leaving their respective benches. Assistant coaches and referees had to break up the action.A look at the fracas in Austin. Several #Texas players left the bench area, to join the scrum Maybe 1-2 #Baylor plyrs pic.twitter.com/eBTDmN7gD4— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieTV) March 3, 2015Here’s a glance at the seven players who got the boot for their roles in the near melee.Seven players (4 Texas, 3 Baylor) have been ejected in #BAYvsTEX. pic.twitter.com/Kq3LvsYmqC— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 3, 2015Amazingly, Taylor, who was involved in starting the entire incident, not only didn’t get ejected but ended up winning the game with his floater in the lane. Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes needed this win, but it’ll be interesting to see if players from either team are suspended moving forward.
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 13: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs on October 13, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State can no longer win the SEC West after a loss to Alabama this past Saturday, but the Bulldogs still have a lot to play for. MSU, at 7-3, still has a chance to post a 10-win season for just the fourth time in school history. The Bulldogs will need to get things started with a strong bounce-back performance against red-hot Arkansas this weekend.Wednesday, the school released a two-minute hype video to tease the contest. Check it out:The Bulldogs and the Razorbacks are set for a 7:00 PM ET kick off.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)With its win over Clemson, Alabama took home a 16th claimed national title, and it isn’t being shy about the accomplishment. This morning, Alabama posted an awesome graphic to Instagram, showing off the new College Football Playoff trophy with 15 rings from the program’s previous titles. It is quite a site.Love them or hate them, the Crimson Tide are really without rival when it comes to winning championships. The scary part is that it doesn’t seem like Nick Saban is particularly close to being done either.
Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos before wrapping up his Hall of Fame NFL career, but he’ll always be remembered as a Volunteer in Tennessee. So when Manning decided to take the stage with country singer Lee Brice and sing “Rocky Top” inside a Nashville bar Monday night, one can only imagine he made some Tennessee fans very happy. YouTuber Ray Casper posted this awesome video. This is fantastic.[Outkick The Coverage]
Twitter/@Finally_MaybinJalen Reeves-Maybin is out for the rest of the season with an injury. His Tennessee career is over.According to Inside Tennessee‘s Danny Parker, the Tennessee star linebacker is having surgery on his left shoulder, and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.The senior linebacker and leading tackler each of the last two seasons will have surgery within the next two weeks to repair a biceps subluxation in his left shoulder.Reeves-Maybin departed the 38-28 win over Florida early, showing discomfort and pain in the shoulder. He traveled with the Volunteers to Athens for the 38-28 win over then-No. 25 Georgia but did not suit up.Here is what that injury entails, via Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.Occasionally, the soft tissue restraints that maintain the position of the long head of the biceps tendon within the groove can be injured, allowing the tendon to sublux, or partially dislocate in and out of its groove. This occurrence is often associated with a partial or complete tear of the subscapularis tendon, the rotator cuff tendon in the front of the shoulder.Reeves-Maybin started Tennessee’s first four games of the season, registering 20 total tackles, including a 13-tackle effort against Virginia Tech in Week 2. He was a preseason First Team All-SEC Player per Athlon Sports.[Inside Tennessee]Update: According to head coach Butch Jones, Reeves-Maybin is still considering other options with regards to his biceps subluxation injury, and may not yet be done for the season. From WBIR:“Jalen Reeves-Maybin is still looking at some different options for what avenues he wants to pursue. He has all the time that he possibly needs to make that decision.“Jalen Reeves-Maybin has earned that right and deserves that right to make a decision when he feels it’s appropriate for him.”We’ll continue to update this story as more on Reeves-Maybin’s status is updated.
College GameDayESPN’s College GameDay is headed to Baton Rouge.This won’t come as much of a surprise, but ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Baton Rouge to cover LSU’s big matchup with No. 1 Alabama next Saturday. The contest, which could help decide the SEC West, is one of just a few games between ranked teams next weekend. Ohio State vs. Nebraska is the other big one.ESPN made the news official Saturday night on Twitter.Get ready, Baton Rouge! Next week, we’re headed to Death Valley for Alabama-LSU. pic.twitter.com/3hGNSWuySz— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 30, 2016Both teams will be coming off of byes. Alabama, which sits with an 8-0 record, is in firm control of the SEC West. LSU, at 5-2, will look to change that.College GameDay set up shop in Salt Lake City this past weekend ahead of the Utah vs. Washington matchup – which the Huskies won.
Kevin de Bruyne has blasted the new handball rules brought in this summer after Manchester City were yet again denied a last-minute winner against Tottenham by VAR on Saturday.City thoroughly outplayed Spurs throughout the game and thought they had won it in injury time as Gabriel Jesus curled in a close-range finish after a scramble in the penalty area following a corner.But the goal was eventually disallowed after Aymeric Laporte was shown to have handled in the build-up, leaving the game drawn at 2-2. Under the new rules, any handling in the lead-up to a goal means the goal cannot stand, whether it would be given as a handball in regular play or otherwise – but if the ball had also brushed a defender’s hand, a penalty would not have been given. 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? “They made this rule, it’s new,” De Bruyne told the Telegraph. “When I saw the video [of the incident], it’s impossible [for Laporte] to take his arm away. What can he do? Should he chop his arm off and play without it?“There’s nothing he can do because Nico [Otamendi] is ten centimetres in front of him and trying to head the ball. You can’t react in that space and amount of time. So make it clear – handball both sides.”While rival fans revelled in the drama on social media, City’s bewilderment was compounded by the realisation that the Spurs goal that put them out of last year’s Champions League would not have stood under the new rules.Before City’s last-gasp ‘winner’ was shown to be offside by VAR, Fernando Llorente accidentally handled before scoring the vital away goal that eventually took Spurs through. It wasn’t enough to disallow the goal at the time, but would be if it happened in a game this season.Pep Guardiola has expressed his exasperation at VAR’s perceived inconsistency, after record signing Rodri was floored inside the area in the first half. City were adamant it should have been a penalty, but the match referee didn’t look at the incident again.The new handball rule, however, has been under closer scrutiny after this game and Bernardo Silva had similar thoughts to De Bruyne.“It is never easy when you score a last-minute goal and it is disallowed, especially because last season we went out of the Champions League because of a situation exactly like this one but rules are rules and we have to accept it,” Silva said.“It is true the ball hits his hand but come on, do you want to cut his arm [off]?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.