Man Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy for matchwinner Marcus Rashford after victory over Leicester City.The England international was under pressure taking the early spotkick.But having missed his previous penalty against Crystal Palace, Rashford converted for the only goal of the game. It was a relief for Rashford and his teammates, with United having missed two of their previous four penalties won this season.However, despite the outside pressure, Solskjaer insists there was never any extra demands coming from him for United’s No10.After the victory, Solskjaer told VG: “Every striker has been penalised. I’ve seen Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi miss. Michel Platini and Zico, my favourite player of all time, missed in the same match.”You just have to have enough confidence to take it again next time. What is the worst that can happen?”Victory over Leicester has United now sitting in fourth place on eight points after five games. It marked United’s first win since the opening day thumping of Chelsea.Solskjaer was also asked by reporters from the Norwegian outlet about Rashford’s performance. The United manager admitted he was delighted with the player’s commitment against a very competitive Leicester City.On Rashford’s form, Solskjaer continued: “He offers something to the team. He knows we didn’t give him enough opportunities to run through their back line. He’s getting more mature. He knows it’s not just about goals.”Today it was all about teaming up, we had to defend, and it was good to see that we were able to defend ourselves from deep without conceding any chances.”- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin Keen delighted to be back with West Hamby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin Keen is delighted to be back with West Ham.The former midfielder is West Ham U18s lead coach.“It’s great to be back,” said Keen to the club’s website.“It’s been fantastic to go back to Chadwell Heath and see the new training ground – I’d not been back here for seven years. There’ve been amazing changes – what facilities for the players to play on.“It’s a completely different environment now. We had a lot of portacabins, and everyone was more or less on that site. All of a sudden, we’ve got an environment, a building, that’s just for the U18s and younger, and it’s absolutely amazing.”
Ohio State received its 2014 National Championship rings earlier today, and the Buckeyes began showing them off online. The Twitter account for ESPN’s SportsCenter used OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s ring picture in a tweet, and cited the assistant in the process. A Michigan fan on Twitter responded to the tweet by acknowledging that this is the Buckeyes’ eighth claimed national championship, while the Wolverines claim 11 over their program’s history. @LeadFoot_Lads82 @SportsCenter @CoachZachSmith @DMike94 WOAH DUDE ONLY 3 MORE TO MATCH MICHIGAN.— Us Against The World (@MichiganTorei) March 27, 2015Smith was tagged in the Michigan fan’s response tweet, and decided to come up with a comeback of his own, rather than stay silent. What Smith did was take a screenshot of Wikipedia’s listing of national champions during the poll era (1936-present). During that time frame, Ohio State has four more titles than Michigan, because the Maize and Blue claim a handful of championships from the turn of the 20th century. People get confused by T-Shirts in the bookstores. Since they made a poll and intelligently ranked teams… pic.twitter.com/QbU54ob8qB— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) March 27, 2015We are not number 1 FYI… Would not want to promote inaccurate or irrelevant information. — Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) March 27, 2015This is a blatant shot at OSU’s biggest rival. Here is the full graphic Smith pulled his screenshot from. Notice, he cut off the first four teams and ended his photo right after including Michigan. Just another reminder why this rivalry is one of the best.
Liverpool will aim to cap a fine end to 2018 with victory over Arsenal which will temporarily extend their lead over reigning champions Manchester City in the Premier League to a further nine points.With Pep Guardiola’s men not facing Southampton until Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s side can take a further grip on the title race if they can overcome the Gunners.After a 22-game unbeaten run, Arsenal have struggled in recent weeks and were held to a disappointing draw by Brighton on Boxing Day . 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? Unai Emery’s team are winless at Anfield in their last five visits and have shipped at least twice in each of those failures. Game Liverpool vs Arsenal Date Saturday, December 29 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and available to be livestreamed online with BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara Defenders Clyne, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Matip Midfielders Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Camacho, Jones Forwards Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi Jurgen Klopp has made just one change to the side that beat Newcastle 4-0, as Fabinho replaces Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park.The Reds skipper had started the last two games, but given the busy festive schdule Jurgen Klopp has selected to rotate his midfield and introduce Fabinho.James Milner has been ruled out of the clash on Saturday, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster remain long-term injury absentees.Confirmed Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino, Mane Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Leno, Cech, Martinez Defenders Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Sokratis Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ozil Forwards Aubameyang, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette has been dropped for the trip to Anfield and Aaron Ramsey has been selected to start for the visitors.Mesut Ozil was hauled off at half-time at Brighton and was absent from the Gunners’ travelling squad as they arrived in Liverpool.Shkodran Mustafi has been passed fit for the game, but Hector Bellerin (left calf) is missing.Confirmed Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac; Torreira, Xhaka; Ramsey, Iwobi AubameyangBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are the favourites at 1/2, with Arsenal priced at 6/1 to emerge from the game victorius, according to bet 365 . A draw is rated at 15/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Saturday evening’s clash at Anfield will see the Premier League’s two leading goalscorers face off against each other, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang edging out Mohamed Salah by just one strike – topping the charts with 13 goals for the season so far.Liverpool have managed to extend their league at the top of the table to six points following their 4-0 Boxing Day win over Newcastle, in tandem with Man City’s shock back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester.The Gunners will be aiming to put pressure on the top four as they sit just two points behind Chelsea in fourth-place, though come off the backs of a disappointing Boxing Day win to league struggles Brighton.Klopp has dismissed suggestions that his side remain in strong contention to lift their first league title since 1990, reminding reporters that the Reds still have to face both Arsenal and Man City in their next two Premier League fixtures.“That means nothing,” admitted Klopp earlier in the week. “We play Arsenal and City. Good that we have six points more than other teams but that is pretty much what we wanted to do all the time, create a basis for the rest of the season. “Now the first part of the season is over. We want to create our own history so the first time in the Premier League unbeaten, we conceded seven goals, that is good. “Numbers good, good situation, but 19 games to go.”The year prior to Liverpool’s last title victory provided the greatest end to a top-flight season in recent memory, when Arsenal won 2-0 at Anfield to claim the First Division title .While Emery’s side do not arrive on Merseyside in the type of rude health enjoyed by George Graham’s side nearly 30 years ago, they have the tools to cause an upset even if their early season form has not been sustained.”It is a very big match for us and them. They are unbeaten this season and will be confident,” said the Spaniard ahead of the clash.”For us it is a big challenge and a good test, of who we are and the difference between them and us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane concedes he is “not nearly” at the level of Ryan Giggs despite drawing comparisons to the Manchester United legend.The Germany international is considered to be most of the most destructive wide-men in the Premier League.Giggs once held a similar reputation during his time in Manchester, with the Welshman enjoying a trophy-laden career at Old Trafford. 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? As Sane boasts many similar attributes to the Red Devils icon, it has been easy for his game to be likened to that of a figure from the past.The 23-year-old City star is flattered to be earning such praise, but claims it is far too early for him to be placed into a talent bracket alongside an all-time great.Sane said of the Giggs talk: “Comparing him to me – I can’t do it at all! “If you see the kind of player he was, he’s a legend for Manchester United and the Premier League. “How he played was special and how many titles he won, I’m not nearly there! “Obviously, I’m pleased that people do it because it means I’m doing some things well and I’m really happy about it.”Sane contributed 10 goals and 15 assists to City’s record-breaking title triumph in 2017-18.He has found the target a further eight times this term, while teeing up nine efforts for grateful team-mates.That contribution has Pep Guardiola’s side in contention to defend their English top-flight crown, with the Blues enjoying the challenge of trying to chase down Liverpool after securing domestic dominance at a canter last season.Sane said: “I think it’s kind of more enjoyable because it motivates you to say we want to be first, we can put pressure on them and it makes you want to work harder.“Liverpool have a lot of players with a lot of experience. Even last season, they reached the Champions League final so they know how to do it. “We all know what we did last season, we’re still doing it this season and we all know exactly what we have to do and that’s the important thing.” City sit four points adrift of Liverpool at present but can close that gap on Tuesday when they travel to Newcastle, with the Reds not in action until Wednesday evening when they play host to Leicester.
Ohio State has released its official hype video for Saturday night’s contest against Clemson.Saturday night, Ohio State returns to the College Football Playoff as the Buckeyes will take on No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Wednesday, the program released its official trailer for the contest.The hype video combines footage of the terrain near Glendale, Arizona with highlights of the Buckeyes in action this year. It’ll do the trick for any Ohio State fan looking to get pumped for Saturday night.Ohio State and Clemson will meet at 7:00 p.m. ET at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The winner of the contest will take on the winner of Alabama vs. Washington, which will be played earlier in the day. It should be a great one.
Former Juventus defender Antonio Cabrini feels Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than Lionel Messi because the Portugal star has proven to be a real leader both on and off the pitch.Ronaldo and Messi have won 10 Ballon d’Or trophies among them since 2008, dominating the footballing landscape for over a decade.Whereas Messi has yet to lift silverware with Argentina, however, Ronaldo led Portugal to European Championship glory in France in 2016. 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? Cabrini has nothing but respect for the iconic duo following their impressive achievements, yet feels the Juventus ace’s leadership exploits put him ahead of his eternal rival.”Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world,” Cabrini told reporters including Goal at a Betfair event at Allianz Stadium.”Obviously the focus in football over the last 10 years has been on the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo. “My personal opinion is that Ronaldo is better than Messi, but mainly in terms of leadership. Ronaldo has proven himself to be a real leader on a lot of occasions and not just on the pitch. He is a leader in his life as well as in sports.”So with all due respect to Messi, there have been a few instances in his career that he came up short.”That being said, we are speaking about two great players, I think we can all agree on that.”Although Ronaldo was unable to deliver Champions League glory in 2018-19, Juventus did manage to clinch their eighth consecutive Serie A title and Cabrini believes they are on another level than all their domestic rivals.”Whether it’s the transfer market or commercial activities, Juventus always plan ahead,” Cabrini added.”That’s the reason they are ahead of their rivals. When the other Italian teams start their transfer activity, Juventus have already completed the two or three key men they wanted to in that window.”Another example is that Juventus are the first big team in Italy to own its own stadium. They all speak about it but nobody else has started to build their own home.”As official betting partner of Juventus, Betfair invited fans from the UK and Italy to play in a tournament at the Allianz stadium. The UK fans won a place on the trip by testing their Juve knowledge in a quiz named ‘beat the elite’ where they had to better the score of the Juventus players to qualify.
In her third Women’s World Cup, Sam Kerr has claimed her first goal at the tournament as she opened the scoring for Australia against Italy.The Matildas captain won a penalty in the 20th minute and though her initial spot-kick was saved, she made no mistake on the rebound as she calmly slotted the ball home.Kerr then opted pull out Tim Cahill’s iconic boxing celebration as she savoured her first World Cup goal. 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? 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, 2019Great start and loving the celebration. Let’s see if we can build on this and add another. 💚💛⚽️ pic.twitter.com/B8sYV6fxuQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 9, 2019Kerr’s strike, the 32nd overall for her country, would ensure the Matildas went into half-time with a 1-0 lead after Italy had an earlier effort ruled out for offside. Despite becoming a prolific goal scorer for Australia in recent years, Kerr had been unable to find the back of the net in her previous two World Cup campaigns but was always likely to break that drought in France. The 25-year-old looked dangerous from the outset against Italy and though her penalty left something to be desired, her follow-up and celebration has left a whole nation cheering for joy.
Australia will be out to secure their place in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals for a fourth straight tournament when they play Norway on June 23 at the Allianz Riviera.The Matildas advanced to the knockout stages with a 4-1 win over Jamaica which saw them finish second in Group C following a loss to Italy and a victory against Brazil.Norway’s group record was identical as they fell to France in between victories against Nigeria and South Korea to seal second spot in Group A. 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? These sides last met in February 2018 when Australia claimed a late 4-3 win and a similarly dramatic contest in Nice could be on the cards. Game Australia vs Norway Date Sunday, June 23 Time 5:00 am AEST Stream (AUS only) Optus Sport TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Every Matildas match at the Women’s World Cup, including Australia’s match against Norway, is available live and free on SBS . For those looking to stream the match, Optus Sport will also be showing every match of the tournament. The platform requires a monthly subscription of $14.99 for non-Optus customers. AUS TV channel Online stream SBS Optus Sport Squads & Team News Position Australia squad Goalkeepers Williams, Arnold, Micah Defenders Simon, Polkinghorne, Roestbakken, Catley, Kennedy, Carpenter, Allen Midfielders Luik, Logarzo, Kellond-Knight, Van Egmond, Yallop, Gorry, Harrison Forwards Foord, Kerr, Fowler, Raso, Gielnik, De Vanna Confirmed Australia XI: Williams; Carpenter, Kennedy, Catley, Kellond-Knight; Van Egmond, Butt, Logarzo; Raso, Foord, Kerr. Position Norway squad Goalkeepers Hjelmseth, Fiskerstrand, Bogstad Defenders Wold, Thorisdottir, Hovland, Mjelde, Kvamme Midfielders S.Hansen, Risa, C.Hansen, Engen, Reiten, Minde, Maanum, Saevik Forwards Thorsnes, Herlovsen, Utland, Asland, Eikeland, Haavi, Nautnes Confirmed Norway XI: Hjelmseth; Wold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Minde; Saevik, Risa, Engen, Reiten; Hansen, HerlovsenBetting & Match Odds Ranked six places higher than Norway in the FIFA world rankings, Australia are slight favourites heading into this match going at odds of $2.20 to claim victory.Norway meanwhile are valued at $2.88 with a draw in regular time going at $3.40 .Sam Kerr is the most likely to open the scoring with odds of $5 . All odds courtesy of sportsbet and correct at time of publishing. Match Preview After a turbulent group stage, the Matildas must avoid any hiccups against Norway if they are to secure their place in the World Cup quarter-finals for a fourth straight time.Australia have been far from convincing in France with a shock loss to Italy followed up by a fortunate comeback against Brazil and a solid victory over Jamaica. Though defensively frail without a clean sheet in their past five games, the Matildas look to ready to fire in attack with star forward Sam Kerr bagging all four goals in Australia’s final group match. Despite being ranked 12th in the world heading into France, Norway know what it takes to succeed on the biggest stage, having won the 1995 World Cup, and also picked up gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Their performances at the tournament to-date have been solid, with Martin Sjogren’s side holding their own in a narrow 2-1 loss to France in the group stages.Norway are without their best player and Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg at the tournament with the star absent through protest of how her football federation continues to treat female footballers. These two nations last faced off early last year with the Matildas claiming a late 4-3 win at the Algarve Cup in Poland. Norway also fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Australia’s neighbours New Zealand heading into the World Cup and on paper may struggle to contain the green and gold.
Former Inter sporting director Walter Sabatini claims that Mauro Icardi should “find a boyfriend” for his agent and wife Wanda Nara.The pair have often been the subject of controversy during the striker’s time at Inter, and now the former captain has been told to find himself a new club as he is not in new boss Antonio Conte’s plans.“If Icardi was my player, I’d find a boyfriend for Wanda so that she stepped away from Mauro, who’s a wonderful lad and a loving father,” the 64-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport. 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? Sabatini has recently been appointed sporting co-ordinator at Bologna and he offer his support to coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has revealed that he is suffering with leukaemia.“With Sinisa, I wanted to take on the world immediately and irreverently,” said Sabatini, who was seriously ill himself in 2018. “Now it’ll take longer, but not by much. He’ll pull through.“‘Resilience’ is the key word. I’ve often come up against things with resilience too. I’ve never made pacts with the devil, only with myself, perhaps because I myself am the devil.“I’ve been in contact with the afterlife: like the doctors said, I died twice in the 40 days I was comatose. I made myself heard.“I also negotiated with God, with politeness but also fury. I felt ready for heaven, but he didn’t give me the keys.”Sabatini also revealed the reaction of striker Mattia Destro when he heard the news of his coach’s battle with leukaemia. “I was surprised by Destro’s reaction: he’s never been so intellectually open. He was edgier before.“He cried when he heard Sinisa’s name: it meant Mihajlovic had really entered his heart.”Sabatini also addressed rumours that former Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini would re-join Bologna this summer.“To tell you the truth, Sinisa asked us not to spend money on a new striker because he’s counting on Destro and he wants us to invest in a midfielder.“If I had a lot of money, I’d sign Neymar. I want the fans to have fun: football is something wonderful.”