Liverpool Firmino sees himself at Liverpool ‘for years to come’ but yet to discuss new deal Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:27 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool Premier League The Brazilian forward is already tied to the Reds until 2020 and has expressed a desire to win “many titles” during an extended spell at Anfield Roberto Firmino is yet to discuss a mooted new contract with Liverpool, but sees himself at Anfield “for years to come”.The Brazil international moved to Merseyside in the summer of 2015, with Brendan Rodgers having snapped him up from Hoffenheim for £29 million.Jurgen Klopp’s arrival early in that 2015-16 campaign proved to be a turning point for the 26-year-old, with his qualities embraced by a German coach who has shown unwavering faith in him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Firmino has rewarded that support with 19 goals in all competitions this season – earning him comparisons to former Reds star Luis Suarez – and has suggested that there will be many more to come.He told Esporte: “Liverpool are one of the greats in Europe and being able to be part of the history of such a great club is gratifying to me.“I work hard every day to give my best and I believe that the fans, the coaching staff and the board recognise my delivery by wearing that shirt.“I’m very happy here at Liverpool and I do not see myself out of that club for years to come.“I believe I am living one of the best phases of my career and I owe much to the trust that the club has placed in me from the beginning.“I feel very good here in Liverpool. I am very adapted to the city, the club, and the warmth I receive from the fans makes me even happier with the work we are producing.“And all this support makes me even more willing to conquer great things wearing the shirt of Liverpool.”Firmino’s form has sparked talk of fresh terms being tabled, but the Samba star is already working under a long-term contract and has learned through experience not to read too much into speculation.He added: “In every transfer window we hear a lot of speculation, but nothing concrete has come to me until now.“I am very happy here at Liverpool and my thinking is to build a history with many victories and titles with that club. I have a contract with Liverpool until 2020 and I hope to keep it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Neymar ‘Real Madrid don’t need Neymar’ – Savio talks up Asensio and Bale Chris Burton 20:05 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Neymar Real Madrid PSG Primera División Ligue 1 Gareth Bale The Blancos continue to be heavily linked with the Paris Saint-Germain forward, but have been urged to focus more on those already on their books Real Madrid do not need to sign Neymar, according to former star Savio, with the likes of Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale more than useful alternatives.The Blancos continue to be heavily linked with a big-money raid on Paris Saint-Germain to bring the former Barcelona forward back to La Liga.It is less than a year since the Brazilian departed Camp Nou in a record-breaking €222 million transfer, but similar figures are being floated ahead of the next window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Savio, though, believes that Real already have enough attacking quality on their books, regardless of what Neymar may add.A man who won three Champions League crowns with Madrid between 1998 and 2003, told Marca: “I always think the greats will join Real Madrid, it’s fantastic. Individually and in the imagination it is the best, but I don’t think they need him right now.”Quizzed as to which players at Santiago Bernabeu he enjoys watching, Savio added: “It is difficult to compare because they are different, but Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez can decide a match in one move.“I also love Gareth Bale. He is different than the rest, you can always expect something from him, in a dribble, a shot, a header.”Real also boast five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo on their books, with the Portuguese back to his brilliant best in 2018.The 33-year-old has taken his goal return to a European-high 37 for the current campaign, but Savio is reluctant to be drawn into the debate regarding his standing alongside eternal rival Lionel Messi.“I can never answer this question,” said the former Brazil international.“I always go with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo because I played football for many years and what we are seeing in these past eight or nine years with them two is something surreal, between the numbers and titles. They are apart from everyone.”
UEFA Champions League Golden Shoe 2017-18: Messi, Salah & Europe’s top scorers Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 04:50 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(52) Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Premier League Neymar Lionel Messi Harry Kane Cristiano Ronaldo Mohamed Salah Robert Lewandowski Primera División Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga UEFA Europa League African All Stars Lionel Messi claimed his fifth award for the top scorer on the continent ahead of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane…
AUSTRALIAN TOUCH TITLES 2004 Seniors Division- FINALS DAY SCHEDULE The final day of competition will be played at the Asics 2004 National Touch League tournament at Coffs Harbour International Stadium. With eight grand finals on offer, competition will be incredibly tight both in the finals and the race for Champion Permit. Mens 30 years: Play-off 5th/6th, Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def Hunter-Western Hornets: 5-4 Play-off 7th/8th, South Australia def ADF Warriors: 7-3 Play-off 9th/10th, Victoria def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 9-5 SF1: 11:00am: Sydney Mets def Brisbane City Cobras: 10-1 SF2: 11:00am: Sydney Scorpions def Gold Coast Sharks: 3-2 GF: Sydney Mets def Sydney Scorpions: 7-5 Mens 35 years: Play-off 5th/6th: ADF Warriors def Brisbane City Cobras: 6-5 Play-off 7th/8th: Hunter-Western Hornets def Southern Suns: 6-5 SF1: Sydney Mets def Gold Coast Sharks: 2-0 SF2: Sydney Scorpions def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 7-2 GF: Sydney Scorpions def Sydney Mets: 8-3 Mens 40 years: Play-off 5th/6th: TouchWest def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 6-3 Play-off 7th/8th: Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def Gold Coast Sharks: 4-3 SF1: ACT def Sydney Scorpions: 5-2 SF2: Northern Eagles def Southern Suns: 3-0 GF: Northern Eagles def ACT: 6-4 Mens 45 years: Play-off 5th/6th: Sydney Scorpions def Gold Coast Sharks: 3-2 SF1: Northern Eagles def Southern Suns: 8-3 SF2: Sydney Mets def Brisbane City Cobras: 3-2 GF: Sydney Mets def Northern Eagles: 4-2 Mens 50 years: Play-off 5th/6th: Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def Brisbane City Cobras: 4-3 Play-off 7th/8th: Southern Suns def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 8-7 SF1: Hunter-Western Hornets def Sydney Mets: 3-2 SF2: Gold Coast Sharks def Northern Eagles: 5-5 GF: Hunter-Western Hornets def Gold Coast Sharks: 8-1 Womens 30 years: Play-off 5th/6th: Tropical Queensland Cyclones def Brisbane City Cobras: 6-2 Play-off 7th/8th: Gold Coast Sharks def TouchWest: 5-4 Play-off 9th/10th: ADF Warriors def Northern Eagles: 2-1 SF1: Sydney Scorpions def Hunter-Western Hornets: 4-0 SF2: Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def South Australia: 2-1 GF: Sydney Scorpions def Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 6-4 Womens 35 years: Play-off for 5th/6th: Northern Territory vs Sydney Scorpions SF1: Hunter Western Hornets def Gold Coast Sharks: 3-0 SF2: Southern Suns def Brisbane City Cobras: 3-1 GF: Southern Suns def Hunter-Western Hornets: 5-1 Womens 40 years: GF: Sydney Scorpions def Northern Eagles: 5-1 Media Contact: Rachel Moyle, 0422233165
Congratulations to the following award winners from the 2005 National 18 Years and Under Championships: Mens Championship Finalists- Southern Suns (5) def NSWCHS (3) Mens Player of the Final- Alyd Owen (Southern Suns) Mens Player of the Series- Dean Springfield (Sydney Mets) Mens Bronze Medal- SQBD (6) def Mets (4) Womens Championship Finalists- NSWCHS (5) def QSST (4)*in a drop off Womens Player of the Final- Nicole Beck (NSWCHS) Womens Player of the Series- Sam Hopkin (QSST) Womens Bronze Medal- NSWCCC (7) def Hornets (3) Men’s Shield Final- Brisbane City (6) def SunCoast (0) Men’s Plate Final- NT (5) def SWQ (3) Women’s Shield Final- ACT (7) def Suns (6) Women’s Plate Final- Northern Eagles (4) def SQBD (3) MVP Awards: Girls: ACT- Danielle Goodwin Brisbane City Cobras- Kara Gleeson Central Queensland- Tiffany Vella Crusaders- Jessica Ryan Hunter Western Hornets- Cobie Morgan Northern Territory- Shanel Cobillo North Queensland- Kira Andy NSW CCC- Kelly Pepper NSWCHS- Jenna Sell NSWCIS- Pippa Hodgeson NSW Northern Eagles- Ellie Ryan NSW Southern Suns- Stephanie Jackson QSST- Ali Brigginshaw South Queensland- Toni Eltherington South West Queensland- Annabelle Pearce SunCoast- Megan Clarkson Sydney Mets- Skye Rolley Sydney Rebels- Caitlyn Mundy Sydney Scorpions- Megan Campbell Tasmania- Emma Haines TouchWest- Charli Simpkins Boys: ACT- Nick Keech Brisbane City Cobras- Ben Cretan Central Queensland- Javarn White Crusaders- Chris Casey Hunter Western Hornets- Nathan Laut Northern Territory- Colin Graham North Queensland- Trevor Scott NSW CCC- Michael Chapman NSW CHS- Dylan Hennessy NSW CIS- Nathan Green NSW Northern Eagles- Shae Moran NSW Southern Suns- Jaden Kelly QSST- Josh Dwyer South Queensland- Nick Sward South West Queensland- Stephen Ryan SunCoast- Tyson Brough Sydney Mets- Dean Springfield Sydney Scorpions- Ben Bryant Tasmania- Scott Schnitzerling Final Placings for 2005: MENS: 1 Southern Suns 2 NSWCHS 3 SQBD 4 Sydney Mets 5 QSST 6 CQ 7 NSWCCC 8 NQ 9 Brisbane City 10 SunCoast 11 Northern Eagles 12 Hornets 13 Crusaders 14 ACT 15 NT 16 SWQ 17 NSWCIS 18 Sydney Scorpions 19 Tasmania WOMENS: 1 NSWCHS 2 QSST 3 NSWCCC 4 Hunter Western Hornets 5 NSWCIS 6 CQ 7 Sydney Mets 8 Brisbane City Cobras 9 ACT 10 Suns 11 SunCoast 12 SWQ 13 NQ 14 Scorpions 15 Northern Eagles 16 SQBD 17 TouchWest 18 Sydney Rebels 19 Crusaders 20 Tasmania 21 Northern Territory
The 2008 Competition sees the emergence of the Mixed Premier League, to sit along both Men’s and Women’s Premier League. These competitions will commence on Friday, 11 July 2008 with all other divisions commencing on Friday, 18 July 2008.Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s) and Western Suburbs Magpies (Women’s) created history when they broke long premiership winning droughts in the respective New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup Premier League Division Grand Finals in 2007 and will look to defend their hard earned titles.Men’s Premier League Preview* Canterbury Bulldogs – the Dogs waited 27 years to reclaim the Vawdon Cup in 2007 and did the double, also winning the 2007 State Cup in Port Macquarie. Canterbury with National Training Squad (NTS) members – Joel Willoughby, Daniel Walsh, Stephen Roberts, Matt Prowse, Stuart Brierty – and the mercurial Garry Sonda should be still be standing at the business end of the season.* Hornsby Lions – 2007 first time finalists had a fantastic season and will be determined to repeat the feat. Much will depend on the availability of stars – Maurice Kennedy, John Kennedy and Willie Bishop.* Easts Roosters – have recently stepped up into contenders for the title winning a spot in the State Cup Grand Final and many of their stars contributing to Rebels recent success at the National Touch League. Easts will look to the leadership qualities of Jarrat Wood and Christopher Jonson, skill of NTS members – Jamie Chan and Christian Frost as well as the developing Peter Watkins and Jonathan Rooke.* Wests Magpies – a better club team you are unlikely to find anywhere. With names like Marshall, Nicholls, Ziade, Takchi, Singh, Rushworth, Nercessian, Miller, Jacono and Antonio. Wests have the experience and youth to challenge any team. Last but definitely not least is the outstanding talents of 2007 Mark Boland Medal winner – Jason Stanton.* Penrith Panthers – have developed into a sensational outfit and will look to Jason Yee and Scott Buckley to steer them to another finals campaign. Penrith will also rely on their National Youth Squad (NYS) members including Matthew Moylan, Ben Moylan, Nick Good, David Farkas, and Luke Eisenhuth.* Parramatta Eels – the Eels line-up is impressive. Any team with Troy Malcolm, Jamie Stowe, and Dean Wilbow will be difficult to beat. With Dean Springfield also added to the Parramatta outfit should ensure a competitive season.* Cronulla Sharks – the Sharkies had a much improved 2007 season and will aim to consolidate in 2008. NTS members – Andrew Baggio, Matthew Tope, and Brad Holden – will need to shine for Cronulla to feature in the finals.* Manly Sea Eagles – have lost many players recently but the club has depth to cope with the losses. Manly always perform well in the Club Championship stakes at Junior State Cup and will look to these juniors to ensure a Manly revival.Women’s Premier League Preview* Wests Magpies – broke the drought in 2007 which stretched back to 1993. Wests’ Bo De La Cruz will be determined there is not as long between drinks this time and will be well supported by other NTS members including Stacey Lapham and Nicky Albery.* Canterbury Bulldogs – the Dogs responded to their 2007 Vadwon Cup lost to Wests with a win at State Cup but will still not be satisfied. Canterbury Grand Final loss was the only blemish in an outstanding Vawdon Cup season and will be determined to get up for the big one in 2008. Claire Winchester along with joint 2007 Karen Smith Medal winner, Louise Winchester, will be key players for the Dogs. * Easts Roosters – despite some of their elder statesman bowing out after the 2007 State Cup, Easts are as strong as ever. Joint 2007 Karen Smith Medal winner, Kristy Judd, will again be one to watch along with fellow NTS members – Selene Thornton, Amanda Judd, and Kristin Boss. * Wollongong Devils – have an abundance of junior stars on their books. These players get better with each year and will want to show that they can compete on equal footing with the likes of Easts, Wests, and Canterbury. To knock off one of the big three, Wollongong will need Ashleigh Dobbins and Nicole Beck to take it to their more experienced rivals.* Manly Sea Eagles – Rachel Cleave and Rachel Byrne will be the two to lead Manly’s assault on the flag and will be training the house down to match it with their more fancied rivals.* Cronulla Sharks – it will only take a few wins to make the finals and anything can happen in the pressure cooker environment of a final. The Sharkies will look to Gab Rose and Dearne Cooper to get them over the line.Best of luck to all Vawdon Cup participants and you can keep up to date on the tournament by visiting the NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.au or the Vawdon Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-714-0-45019-0
It was remiss of us to leave out Grant and Justin O’Donnell who represented the Australian 20’s Boys and 18’s Mixed respectively in the Youth Trans Tasman series in New Zealand at the start of the year.Both the boys’ teams were successful, overcoming New Zealand in both divisions, taking the series 2-1.Making an Australian team is a huge honour in any sport. But to do it with a sibling makes the experience even more special. We are certain that their parents are extremely proud of their offspring.
Australia’s number one referee, David Baggio has been awarded the Rick Borg Medal for the being the top referee at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League.It was the first time the medal has been awarded at the NTL.It is in honour of Rick Borg, a former Australian number one referee and current member of the referee’s coaching panel.In the other referee awards, Terri Thomas was named the leading senior female referee of the tournament, Bill Slade the leading senior male and Sam Clark the leading open female.Congratulations to the Referee Team Award winnersPeter FanAndrew SmithRenee JanesGregg KiddJo MasonCaren FriendMatt PhillipsDamon CupittPaul StewartPatrick WilliamsCliff WinnettVictor BaptistaReferee Service Awards10 years:Sam ClarkJohn FrostPeter GregoryJon HallClint JoryPeter MillingtonJohn SalisburyChris SchwerdtJohn Turnbull15 years:Peter CominosJoe Lo GrandeDarryl SerrurierDavid Field25 years:Ian Matthew Congratulations to the 31 referees who received their upgrades at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.Level five referee upgrades:Alanah SinclairAshley ShiphamBilly GreatbatchCraig McKeeDavid LowthDenise WeierGiancarlo LeungJason MillerJohn CorserKatrina LillyMatt PhillipsMitch MacKenziePaul TesorieroRenee JanesRobert BowenShane MurrellTom PolkinghorneZac SchembriLevel six referee upgrades:Adam VickeryAlex WongAmanda SingleClint JoryGregory KiddJo MasonJordyn TombaMarcus MullerMatthew PrendergastPatrick WilliamsPaul EdmondsonPeter MillingtonSteven BellReferee appointments for the finals at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League.Men’s Elite Eight: Dave Baggio, Luke McKenzie, Dale Lawrence.Women’s Elite Eight: Mick Medlin, Anthony Smith, Matt Lavery.Mixed Opens: Brad Smith, Nathan Budge, Sam Clark.Men’s T League: Damien Carlson, Josh Vernon, Luke Heckendorf.Men’s 30s: Bill Slade, Chris Schwerdt, Tim Pearson.Women’s T League: Bec Ward, Sam Hacon, Chris Murray.Men’s 40s: John Taylor, Bernie O’Donohue, Barry McNamara.Senior Mixed: Victor Baptista, Michael Watt, Terri Thomas.Men’s 45s: John Frost, Paul Sullivan, Greg Taylor.Women’s 27s: Andrew Smith, Chris Knott, Michael Landsberg.Men’s 50s: Peter Cominos, Victor Navmovski, Rob Ward.Women’s 35s: Scott Marsh, Ben Morton, Greg Kidd.Men’s 55s: Criag Hughes, Nick Altin, Peter Gregory.Women’s 40s: Matthew Prendergast, Amanda Single, Jo Mason.Related LinksBaggio top referee
Touch Football Australia (TFA) would like to announce the successfully appointed coaches for the National Masters Teams. The appointed coaches are:Women’s 30’s Danny GoodwinSenior Mixed Michael McDonaldMen’s 30’s John SinghMen’s 35’s Wade JenkinsMen’s 40’s Peter VincentMen’s 50’s Mick McCallThe Masters Teams will be competing at the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. TFA wishes the appointed coaches all the best during their preparation for the World Cup.Related Files2014-15_masters_coach_announcements-pdfRelated LinksCoaching Announcements
Close to 50 teams will contest the 2014 Metro Cup competition at Whites Hill, Brisbane which starts on Friday, 25 July. Teams from across Brisbane and surrounding areas will compete in the 12 round competition, which will continue through until mid-November.49 teams will compete across six divisions in the competition, ranging from Men’s and Women’s Premier through to Men’s and Women’s division two competitions. The Uni Rebels Men’s Premier side will be looking for its fourth consecutive Metro Cup title in 2014, while the Country Club Colts will be looking for back-to-back Women’s Premier title wins after their 2013 win. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2014 Metro Cup by clicking on the link below:www.bmta.com.au. 2013 ResultsMen’s Division One Uni Rebels 6 defeated L&T Dodgers 4Women’s Division OneCountry Club Colts 5 defeated Southern Storm 0Men’s Division TwoL&T Dodgers 9 defeated Uni Rebels 8Women’s Division Two Southern Storm 4 defeated Country Club Colts 3Men’s Division ThreeUni Rebels Juniors 11 defeated Uni Rebels A 5Women’s Division Three Uni Rebels Gold 2 defeated Uni Rebels Maroon 1Related Links2014 Metro Cup
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer on massive top 4 bonus at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on a massive top four bonus.The Daily Express says United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is desperate for the club to secure a top-four finish. Missing out on the Champions League would cost them more than £40m in lost revenue, prize money and sponsorship clauses.Woodward also knows United have to be competing in club football’s biggest competition to stand a realistic chance of landing their summer transfer targets.United last failed to secure Champions League qualification in 2016 – and it resulted in Louis Van Gaal being sacked. It also hit United hard in the pocket, so Woodward has decided to offer Solskjaer a huge financial incentive to achieve the aim.The potential bonus means Solskjaer could collect £2m on top of his wages for just six months’ work at Old Trafford. It would also improve his chances of landing the job on a permanent basis.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl rues ‘easy mistakes’ for Man City defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt they weren’t up to it in key moments after defeat to Manchester City.The reigning champions took the lead through David Silva, before a goal from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg levelled things up.But two late goals in the first-half turned the contest and proved decisive before Højbjerg was dismissed late on for a challenge on Fernandinho.“I think in the first 20 minutes Manchester City showed how strong they are. Their pressing was amazing but we showed character and our mentality in that period of the game,” Hasenhüttl began.“Making it 1-1 showed exactly how we wanted to press them sometimes. We know that they are very, very good in possession but if you press in the right moment then you have a chance to win the ball early and score which is what we did.“Then you could feel that Manchester City weren’t as strong mentally in that moment as they were at the beginning which gave us a chance to come back into the game.“We gave it away in a very poor way and a very easy way. We have to talk about that because it was the same against West Ham.“At the break we made the decision that we don’t go all in and take too much risk. We wanted to show in the second-half that we can defend and not to lose the second-half if you want.“Then maybe you get a second goal and I think we have one header off a free-kick which could have given us a chance to come back.“The substitutions I made were very focussed on the Chelsea game. The worst moment of the evening was the red card for Pierre because on 85 minutes the game was gone and it was silly, which he knows. It could cost us a lot.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Cesc Fabregas delighted to join Monaco’s ‘new project’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco have completed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas leaves Chelsea after four-and-half years at Stamford Bridge to link up with former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry at Stade Louis II. The Spaniard’s deal in west London was set to expire at the end of the season.Fabregas described the move as “a new project”, calling it a “great honour”.”I’m here to help the team, I’m looking forward to starting. I am very excited,” he added.BBC Sport reports Monaco have not paid a fee for Fabregas but will pay ‘bonuses’ to Chelsea linked to his performances.Fabregas won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup in 501 appearances in English football.”We are very pleased to welcome Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco, a world-class player and a great professional, whose arrival demonstrates the ambition of the club,” said club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.”We are convinced that his experience at the highest level will bring a lot to our players on and off the field.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newport in Man Utd talks for Regan Pooleby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Regan Poole is on the move this month.The Daily Mail says Poole could leave United and join Newport County on loan – four years after moving in the opposite direction.The 20-year-old centre-back moved to Old Trafford for an initial £100,000 in 2015 – having become Newport’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 94 days.Now he is set to return on a temporary basis.Poole has been capped 15 times by Wales at Under-21 level and last season had a spell on loan at Northampton Town.
Twitter/@Mr_davis02In August, four-star recruit Stephen Davis Jr. decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and committed to Auburn. While National Signing Day is still 11 months away, it doesn’t look likely that Davis will waver on the chance to be a big time legacy signee for the Tigers. Davis Jr. and his father, Auburn great Stephen Davis, visited the campus this weekend. By the looks of things, they had a great time, judging by this photo they took with two Auburn jerseys and associate head coach Rodney Garner.pic.twitter.com/0FiDR6Dv5b— Stephen Davis Jr (@Mr_davis02) March 8, 2015Davis Jr. is the No. 3 recruit in South Carolina, via 247Sports, and also has offers from Clemson and South Carolina. Auburn fans have to be happy that he decided to keep his commitment in the family.
HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Charlie Strong of the Texas Longhorns waits near the sideline during the first half of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Five star defensive tackle Daylon Mack is quickly becoming a fan favorite for Texas A&M faithful. When he’s not busy pushing his truck around on the side of the highway, Mack knows exactly how to give the fans what they want on social media. Today, he’s having some fun with a Charlie Strong quote that Texas A&M fans have been circulating around Twitter a lot over the last few days. In an article by ESPN’s Chris Low about a possible resurrection of the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry, Charlie Strong admitted that he wasn’t in a rush to play the Aggies due to the state of his young team.Strong said he hasn’t pushed his bosses at Texas to make the game happen.“Let me win some games first,” he said, jokingly. “Then I can push it. I don’t know if I want to go walking into College Station right now.” Obviously, Aggies have had a field day with that quote, including burgeoning t-shirt maven Daylon Mack.pic.twitter.com/A7D5F0TWex— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) April 16, 2015While A&M fans are having fun with the quote, they would probably enjoy a chance to beat the Longhorns on the field way more. Let’s get it going, schools.
Jurgen Klopp has been billed as “perfect” for Liverpool by club chairman Tom Werner, while transfer concerns during a quiet summer at Anfield have been played down.The Reds saw their German tactician bring an end to a seven-year wait for major silverware last season when domestic rivals Tottenham were seen off in the Champions League final.Premier League title pain was endured as Manchester City edged out the men from Merseyside, but Klopp’s side will be back in the hunt for a top-flight crown in 2019-20. 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? He is considered to be the best possible coach to lead Liverpool forward, with Werner telling The Athletic of the man at the helm: “What comes through from Jurgen is what a kind, humble, intelligent, confident and good humoured leader he is.“He’s obviously the right person for Liverpool. We were convinced of that the first time John [Henry], Mike [Gordon] and I met him in New York.“The match between the aspirations of our fan base, the history of the club and Jurgen, they match up in a way that is really perfect. I’m sure he could have taken a job at any other top club but I think this has been a great match.“I think he would be a brilliant psychologist if he wasn’t such a great manager. He brings out the best in players.“The moment I’ll remember more than any other from the final in Madrid is when the players embraced Jurgen and then threw him up in the air on the pitch.“We can talk about what a remarkable coach he is but the love that you felt in that moment between Jurgen and his players was so great. There’s so much respect for him and what he’s done for them. There was great love in that moment.”As things stand, with only a few days of the summer window left, Klopp will be asked to deliver more trophy triumphs this season with pretty much the same squad as he worked with last term.Werner does not consider that to be an issue, despite the concerns of some supporters, and claims funds will be made available if suitable additions are indentified.He added: “I don’t think it makes strategic sense for an owner to comment on transfer policy while a transfer window remains open.“What I would say is that, as always, Jurgen has articulated the situation really well by pointing not only to the strength we already have but the strength we have to come back. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back, Rhian Brewster is available properly for the first time I’d say, Naby Keita a year on, I could go on…“It’s also a very high-quality team and squad, which makes signing players who are better than we currently have more challenging.“What I would say is that we always remain ambitious and we remain committed to keeping this amazing squad together and at a level where it can be competitive for all the big trophies.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
NORMAN, OK – AUGUST 30: A general view of the scoreboard during the Oklahoma Sooners vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs game August 30, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bulldogs 48-16. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)We’re three months away from the start of college football. We hope you are as excited as we are.Week 1 is important, and not just because it signifies the beginning of a new season. Some season openers can leave an impact on the College Football Playoff race.One game that could have the potential to do that this year is Oklahoma-FAU. The Sooners are CFP contenders once again, and FAU is an exciting, high-octane team led by Lane Kiffin.Could the Owls pull the upset on the road? Crazier things have happened.In fact, OddsShark’s computer model is predicting FAU will knock off the Sooners.If this happens, it would send early shockwaves through college football. Oklahoma would need to run the table in order to reach the College Football Playoff and FAU would be on its way to potentially being this year’s UCF.You can read all of OddsShark’s Week 1 predictions here.Oklahoma and FAU will meet on Sept. 1 in Norman.
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Oregon Ducks 42 to 20 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)On Tuesday the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings for 2018 were released. As teams head into Championship Weekend, several teams need a little help to make it into the playoff this season.Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame held their top spots, while Michigan fell to No. 7 after a devastating loss to Ohio State this weekend. That opened the door for Georgia to creep into the playoff at the No. 4 spot.The playoff, if played today, would be Alabama vs. Georgia and Notre Dame vs. Clemson. Several teams are in play for a spot, including Oklahoma and Ohio State.With the intense debate about who belongs in the playoff each year, the conversation eventually leads to expanding the playoff from four teams. College football insider Joel Klatt suggests expansion is inevitable.I think there is a good chance we have an 8 team playoff inside of 5 years based on conversations I have had with the power brokers inside CFB…and I’m not a huge proponent of expansion, but it is coming— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 28, 2018An expanded playoff has been thrown around since the controversy surrounding TCU and Baylor in the very first College Football Playoff.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish speaks to officials in the first half against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In sports, there are teams or programs that fans love to hate – mostly because they either carry a certain arrogance to them or they win too much. Sometimes, it’s both.Friday, ESPN’s Trey Wingo, on his radio show with Mike Golic, gave an impromptu “most hated” list – listing out the five American teams that fans hate the most. Wingo’s list comes in response to DeMarcus Cousins recently proclaiming that the Golden State Warriors are the “most hated” team in sports.The list isn’t especially controversial, but the order might be. Wingo believes that the Dallas Cowboys, despite not having won a Super Bowl in over two decades, are still the most hated team in sports.The New England Patriots, which have won five Super Bowls in that time frame, are second on the list. The Patriots are looking to add a sixth in the coming weeks.5 – Notre Dame4 – Duke3 – Yankees2 – Patriots 1 – Cowboys @wingoz top 5 most hated teams pic.twitter.com/2q4WM5XVME— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) January 18, 2019The New York Yankees, unsurprisingly, make the list at No. 3. They haven’t won a title since 2009, but it’s fair to say they’ve won their fair share of championships over the years.The last two are collegiate programs. Duke basketball, under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, checks in at No. 4. Notre Dame football is No. 5.In reality, Notre Dame could probably be higher on the list. The Fighting Irish are despised by fans of almost every college football fan base.What would your top five be?