PSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Nuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was disappointed in Wolves’ wastefulness in the 1-0 loss to Braga on Thursday night.Patrick Cutrone, Ruben Neves and Willy Boly all had chances to opening the scoring for the hosts, but it was ultimately Ricardo Horta’s 72nd-minute strike that sealed a win for the Portuguese club.”We are all disappointed. It was a tough game, but I think we did enough,” Nuno said.”We did not perform perfectly, but we created many chances.”Braga had one chance, were very organised, and they scored.”That is the story of the game.”The boys worked hard, but that is football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a foul against his team during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentucky pulled out a big win at LSU tonight to push its record to 24-0, but if you believe John Calipari, there were times tonight when he would have welcomed 23-1. Karl-Anthony Towns’ was called for a technical for hanging on the rim midway through the second half, which led to this amazing post-game moment on ESPN. As much fun as that videobomb is, Calipari was livid about the foul, at that point in the game. In the interview he said that he told the team that he hoped they would lose after the foul, and reiterated that point to open his post-game press conference. Calipari goes on to praise his talented freshman as a player and a person, but clearly this mistake, which could have proven incredibly costly in what wound up being a two point game, really bothered him.Kentucky hosts South Carolina this Saturday at 2 p.m.
Rutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move. Twitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.
The biggest FIFA 19 event is nearly here as the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 kicks off on August 2 in London’s O2 Arena as the world’s best 32 players compete to be named world champion and take home $250,000 (£203k) in winnings.This season has seen a dramatic increase in the number of FIFA tournaments and as a result, we have a better idea than ever before of who really are the strongest competitors in the world. As such, Goal has compiled a list of 10 favourites to take home the FIFA eWorld Cup trophy.F2Tekkz 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? The outright favourite for the tournament, nobody has come close to matching Donovan “F2Tekkz” Hunt this year. The 17-year-old was the only pro to reach the 10,000 Global Series points benchmark, finishing the season with 13,265 points after sensationally winning seven events. The Englishman made a name for himself last year when he won his first-ever FIFA tournament but then failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup. Remembering that, F2Tekkz will be desperate to go all the way this time around.NYC ChrisLikely the strongest player from North America, Christopher “NYC Chris” Holly consistently qualified for events this year but his big win came later in the season as he won the inaugural eChampions League, taking home $100k ($81k) in winnings. With his attacking prowess, Chris could be one to watch in this tournament.Rebel StokesAnother British player on this list, Rebel FC’s Tom Stokes has hit his peak form at just the right time. Come Spring 2019, Stokes landed a quarter-final and semi-final finish under his belt but earned the biggest win of his career just earlier this month as he defeated F2Tekkz to win the Xbox FIFA Global Series Playoffs. Riding the high of that monumental win, Stokes will be a dangerous opponent at the FIFA eWorld Cup.Nicolas99FCOne of the best players in the world, FC Basel’s Nicolas “Nicolas99fc” Villalba has been just as impressive as he was last year. The Argentine has dominated the PlayStation division, finishing top with 9,770 FIFA Global Series Ranking Points and won cross-console finals for the first time in his career following a couple of Gfinity events. Nicolas has also won the FIFA eClub World Cup and the PlayStation FIFA Global Series Playoffs. Nobody will want to come up against him.MegabitWerder Bremen’s Michael “Megabit” Bittner is one of the most consistent players this year, which is why he was able to finish in the top five of the Xbox FIFA Global Series Rankings. The German took home the Virtual Bundesliga title and was the Xbox champion in the Gfinity February FIFA Series, but all of his accomplishments would be eclipsed by winning the FIFA eWorld Cup.MaestroAfter finishing second in the PlayStation FIFA Global Series Rankings, everyone has begun to take notice of Team Vitality’s Corentin “Maestro” Thuillier. The Frenchman took home the e-Ligue 1 and the FIFA eNations Cup trophies and was also the PlayStation champion in the April FUT Champions Cup. There’s no such thing as an easy match at the FIFA eWorld Cup but on his day, Maestro can take on anyone.MSDossaryAnother one of the major favourites for this tournament, Rogue’s Mossad “MSDossary” Aldossary is the reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion and will be confident of winning back-to-back world titles. The Saudi Arabian told Goal he doesn’t fear any opponent, which isn’t surprising seeing as he’s considered one of the greatest FIFA pros of all time. With former FIFA Interactive World Cup champion Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing as his coach, even F2Tekkz will struggle to stop MSDossary.Pinna97Stefano “Pinna97” Pinna sometimes slips under the radar but isn’t a player you want to underestimate. The PSV man is the reigning world PlayStation champion as he was the pro who took on MSDossary in the final last year. After a few high finishes and reaching a fairly safe spot in the FIFA Global Series Rankings, Pinna took the unique decision to take a break from competing to ensure he wasn’t burnt out before the FIFA eWorld Cup final. Now the Belgian is back and is ready to go one step further than his impressive showing last year.PSG DaXeParis Saint-Germain’s Lucas “DaXe” Cuillerier finished third in the Xbox FIFA Global Series Rankings following a pretty strong year. He won the FIFA eNations Cup alongside Maestro though he then finished second in e-Ligue 1 behind his France team-mate. DaXe is a fearsome competitor with a lot of experience – he might just step up another level in London.Mkers LevFinally, we have Lev Vinken who is no longer a free agent after joining esports organisation Mkers. The Dutchman is flying after finishing second in the PlayStation FIFA Global Series Playoffs and will be looking for the first major tournament win of his career when the FIFA eWorld Cup comes around.
Anthony Martial can become “one of the best, best strikers” if Manchester United use him correctly, says Dimitar Berbatov.The Red Devils have invested considerable faith in the France international since acquiring him from Monaco in the summer of 2015.A transfer package worth up to £58 million ($70m) was pieced together in order to land an exciting talent then in his teens. 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? Martial is now 23 years of age and has been tied to another long-term contract at Old Trafford.There is, however, a sense that United are yet to bring the best out of him, despite handing out over 170 appearances to date.Berbatov believes that is because a player he briefly worked with in Ligue 1 is not getting the regular game time he needs, or being played in the position which suits him best.The former Red Devils frontman told Express Sport of a forward who has often been deployed on the flanks: “I am slightly biased, but I think Martial can become one of the best, best strikers.”It depends on whether he has the attitude, the fighting spirit, but he is so good I think he can become one of the best.”He has often played two to three games then out for two to three games.”Two to three games on the bench then two to three games back in the team.”And then United fans ask, why isn’t he consistent?”It depends on him, himself, but Martial has to stay at United. He can be a really great player for them.”Berbatov got a good look at Martial’s potential during a one-season stay at Monaco in 2014-15, with a number of promising performers on the books at Stade Louis II back then.The enigmatic Bulgarian added: “I had some of the best times of my career at Monaco, and not just because of the city.”I went there at, I think it was 33, and I went into training and had all these young guys around me.”There was Martial but also James Rodriguez, [Yannick] Carrasco, Fabinho and all those guys.”They were running around me and I was like ‘what the f*ck?’.”But I had some great moments at Monaco.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd has been critical of quarterback Baker Mayfield for years now – and heading into this past April’s draft, he even went as far as to declare the former Oklahoma signal-caller “undraftable.” Thursday, Mayfield joined Cowherd on his radio show and quickly showed that he wouldn’t be pushed around.Mayfield, before he event sat down, made quite a statement. The former Heisman Trophy winner was wearing an “Undraftable” shirt mocking Cowherd. Mayfield, as we all know, went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns – meaning he was quite far from being undraftable.At one point, Cowherd showed Mayfield a clip from the Ohio State game, where Mayfield ran off towards the stands in celebration following a touchdown. Cowherd tried to imply that Mayfield was acting selfishly. Mayfield wasn’t having any of it.Mayfield: “I feel like you’re going for the fact that I’m not a team guy. I’m selfish. Is that what you’re shooting at right here?”Here’s video:Baker Mayfield roasted Cowherd for trying to make him seem like a “bad teammate” after a TD ? pic.twitter.com/vdR2gZtf4M— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) June 21, 2018The entire interview spanned two segments and Mayfield has been getting praised for his performance. FOX will likely release it later on Thursday.Baker Mayfield asking Colin Cowherd if he’s played football past high school might be the most important moment in modern history.— Joe Buettner (@ByJoeBuettner) June 21, 2018It remains to be seen whether Mayfield will be a successful pro. Some have compared him to Johnny Manziel – particularly because of some of his off-the-field antics. Others think he’ll be just fine. Regardless, he has quite a task in front of him – turning around an 0-16 franchise.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)As popular as Kyler Murray has become in recent weeks, Dwayne Haskins has been near the top of this year’s quarterback crop for a long time. Prospective NFL teams are finally getting a chance to meet with him, and it would appear he has quite a number of suitors.According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Haskins is scheduled for meetings and workouts with no fewer than five NFL teams. Per the report, he will meet with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins during the Ohio State Pro Day. After that, he is slated to visit the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, and New York Giants.All five of those teams pick in the top-15, with Oakland, New York, and Denver picking in the top ten. More importantly, the five teams each have very pressing needs at the quarterback position.In the coming days, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins is scheduled to work out for Raiders and Dolphins in Columbus, and then he’s also scheduled to visit the Redskins, Broncos and Giants, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2019As for which team is in the best position to draft him, that could be determined by whether the Arizona Cardinals choose to draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall.If they do, the Raiders might want to pull the trigger on Haskins when they make their selection at four – which could in turn cause a bidding war for a team looking to move in front of them.Haskins finished third in the Heisman trophy voting this past year while having a record-breaking season with the Ohio State Buckeyes.He broke just about every Ohio State or Big Ten passing record en route to a 13-1 season and a win in the Rose Bowl.
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Changes are coming for Ohio State this upcoming season, and no, we’re not just talking about the coaching staff. While the Buckeyes will be playing under a different regime for this fall, the university is making a few modifications to its football stadium.Ohio Stadium is undeniably one of the toughest places to play in college football. The crowd makes it a hostile environment for any program that has to visit them.There aren’t any issues with the overall structure of the stadium, but it’s getting a nice upgrade for this season.For this upcoming season, The Shoe will have WiFi installed around the stadium for fans to use. It’s a solid addition for those sitting in the stands on Saturdays. WiFi is being installed in 🏟 The Shoe! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/NaX49qy5Oa— gene smith (@OSU_AD) July 23, 2019As for the football team, the roster and coaching staff underwent a few key changes in the offseason.Urban Meyer’s days of coaching the program are over, as Ryan Day prepares for his first season as the head coach.The Buckeyes are also being led by a different quarterback. With Dwayne Haskins officially part of the Washington Redskins, the projected starter for this year is Justin Fields.Ohio State starts its season with a home contest against Florida Atlantic.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This Saturday, No. 13 Wisconsin hosts No. 11 Michigan in a pivotal Big Ten matchup. Both teams have aspirations for a conference title. A win on Saturday will help one team move another step closer — despite it still being so early in the season.The Badgers have been successful for a number of years. Surprisingly though, there have only been four games between top-15 teams at Camp Randall Stadium in the last 20 years. As a result, Wisconsin has sent a message to fans before the game.“This Saturday is a big deal. Be there early. Be loud the whole time. Be proud to be a Badger.”Wisconsin is taking this seriously — as it should be. The Badgers have been consistently good over the last decade, sometimes even great. But they’re looking to take the next step as a program. A selection to the College Football Playoff would be that next step. Beating Michigan would look good on Wisconsin’s potential playoff resume.The 11th-ranked Wolverines came into the year with high expectations. But many feel they’ve been underwhelming this season, despite a 3-0 start. Offensive inconsistency is once again an issue for UM. They’ll face their toughest defensive test so far on Saturday. The Badgers have back-to-back shutouts heading into the game.There have only been four games between top-15 teams at Camp Randall in the last 20 years.This Saturday is a big deal.Be there early. Be loud the whole time. Be proud to be a Badger. #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/I4pf0s705L— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 19, 2019Wisconsin and Michigan kicks off at noon ET on Saturday. The game will be televised on FOX.