Chelsea captain Azpilicueta pleads for fan behaviour against Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has urged supporters to be on their best behaviour when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup quarterfinal.UEFA are investigating an incident during Chelsea’s Europa League tie with MOL Vidi in Hungary last week, where the away supporters allegedly sung anti-semitic chants about Spurs.Azpilicueta said: “It’s a massive derby for the fans and we hope that all the behaviour on and off the pitch is what football deserves. There is a lot of rivalry between us, but this is a game where we have to show everyone.”The players will fight hard for our team and we need the maximum from the fans to help the team. “This is a massive game for everyone. We have to show how we are as a club. To give everything for the team, to be behind us. Hopefully we can show how we are, how we behave.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Sarri admits dropping Morata for Watford victoryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he dropped Alvaro Morata for victory at Watford.Sarri went with Eden Hazard at striker and was rewarded with a two goal performance.The Italian admits Morata was fit for the game, explaining, “Morata now is going very well, he is fit to play. It was only a tactical choice [to not play him against Watford].”Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace, he added: “It’s a very difficult match because in the last three matches at home they were able to not concede a goal to the opponent, then they are very dangerous on the counter attack. We have to play against a very dangerous team, especially with it being away” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery believes Ozil ‘worth 60 points a season’, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery doesn’t trust Mesut Ozil for big games – but believes he is worth 60 points a season.That’s according to German expert Raphael Honigstein.Ozil missed out on a spot in Emery’s squad for their humiliating 5-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.And Honigstein told Sky Sports: “The last time I spoke to someone who should know, they insisted it was nothing personal,” he told Sunday Supplement.“Whenever he has not been played it is because the manager did not fancy him for whatever game.“Even in the club there’s an acceptance that you need Mesut Ozil to beat those 20 smaller teams to get the 60 points to build the platform.“But when it comes to the bigger games, against the more attacking teams, it’s very problematic playing with him.“Especially when you want Aaron Ramsey in your team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
cardale jones halloween costumeOhio State junior Cardale Jones may not be the team’s starting quarterback anymore, but he’s still a fan favorite in the state of Ohio. At least one young fan is paying tribute to “12 Gauge” this Halloween.Friday, Jones posted a cool photo of a young fan named Will wearing Jones’ jersey to school for the holiday. Jones was understandably pumped. 1 of the best good morning text I’ve got in a min, #RealRecognizeReal my homie Will rocking that gauge to school pic.twitter.com/X6IMur7ItV— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 30, 2015For what it’s worth, it seems like Jones and the young Buckeye fan have some kind of relationship. Pretty cool.
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face West Ham at London Stadium.After a promising start to the season under new coach Unai Emery, the Gunners have managed to register just two wins in their last five Premier League fixtures, losing two, with their last defeat a shell-shocking loss to table-topping Liverpool a fortnight ago.The north London side sit three points behind Chelsea, who occupy the last remaining Champions League spot, and are now positioned just three points above a rejuvenated Manchester United side. 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? Arsenal Injuries Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Rob Holding (knee) Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture.However, Arsenal are bolstered by the return of six players to full training; Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi are all available again after their respective injuries.Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery can welcome back some fresh faces into the line-up with Mustafi likely to start alongside Sokratis in defence.Bellerin could return at right-back while Mesut Ozil is another player who will be hopeful of starting in the attack, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both firing on all cylinders.Alex Iwobi could start on the flank while Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are expected to be the central midfield partnership.West Ham Team News Samir Nasri is expected to make his first Premier League appearance since August 2016 against his former club.The Hammers have received a bid in excess of £35 million for Marko Arnautovic, although the Austrian is still likely to be involved even if his agent urged West Ham to accept the offer from an undisclosed Chinese club.Pellegrini will be without Jack Wilshere (ankle), Andriy Yarmolenko (achilles), Winston Reid (knee), Manuel Lanzini (knee), Fabian Balbuena (knee), Ryan Fredericks (ankle) and Carlos Sanchez (knee).TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK when it kicks off at 12:30pm GMT (7:30am ET) and will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBCSN and Universo.Best Opta Match Facts West Ham United have won one of their last 21 Premier League matches against Arsenal (D4 L16), a 2-0 win at the Emirates in August 2015. Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 away matches at West Ham in all competitions (W8 D3) since losing 0-1 in the Premier League in November 2006. 15 of the last 17 goals scored in Premier League matches between West Ham and Arsenal have been scored in the second half. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has never won away from home against Manuel Pellegrini in all competitions during his managerial career (P6 W0 D2 L4). Andy Carroll has scored four times in his last two home Premier League appearances for West Ham United against Arsenal, scoring a hat-trick in April 2016 at Upton Park and a consolation goal in a 1-5 defeat at London Stadium in December 2016. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of his last four Premier League London derby matches, netting six goals in total while also providing two assists. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insists Martin Caceres is not a “makeshift solution” as the Uruguayan closes in on a return to the club to facilitate Medhi Benatia’s expected departure.Morocco international Benatia is close to signing for Qatari club Al-Duhail, as revealed by Goal, in a deal which will make him their first major signing since appointing Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria as head coach.Caceres, 31, has been picked as his replacement, with Juve confirming on Saturday he has arrived in Turin to begin a medical ahead of his third spell at the club. 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? Although versatile – being able to play anywhere across the back – and experienced, the choice of Caceres has been seen as a curious option among Juve fans, particularly given he has featured only four times in Serie A this season for Lazio.Allegri has full confidence in the defender, however, and believes his familiarity with the club makes him an even better option.”Martin Caceres is not a makeshift solution, but a strong choice, because Medhi Benatia has asked to leave,” Allegri told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Uruguayan’s current club Lazio.”Caceres is a good player and knows this environment. I know Caceres and he can give a lot to Juventus.”He is a player who is ready to go here, whilst others would take more time settling in, learning the environment.”Benatia made a choice and the club evaluated and accepted his request. It wouldn’t make sense to keep a player here who is reluctant [to stay]. He made great strides at Juve, but I’m sorry about his choice [to leave].”
Notre Dame’s vacation of 21 victories from the 2012-2013 seasons drastically alters the all-time wins chart for college football’s top programs.Tuesday, it was announced by the NCAA that due to an academic scandal, Notre Dame would be forced to vacate all victories from both the 2012 season and the 2013 season. In total, the Fighting Irish will be losing 21 wins all-time.How does it affect the all-time standings when it comes to college football’s top programs? Pretty drastically, it turns out. Notre Dame will now move from second to fifth in terms of all-time wins by current FBS programs.We used the NCAA’s official Football Records book. The list only includes teams that are currently considered FBS programs.Before vacation of wins:RankProgramYearsWinsLossesTiesGames1.Michigan1379353323612922.Notre Dame1288963204212473.Texas1248913593312724.Nebraska1278893704012885.Ohio State1278853215312486.Alabama1228753264312337.Oklahoma1228703215312338.Penn State1308653844112799.Tennessee12082837453124410.USC123821336541200After vacation of wins:RankProgramYearsWinsLossesTiesGames1.Michigan1379353323612922.Texas1248913593312723.Nebraska1278893704012884.Ohio State1278853215312485.Notre Dame1288753204212476.Alabama1228753264312337.Oklahoma1228703215312338.Penn State1308653844112799.Tennessee12082837453124410.USC123821336541200It’s important to note that Notre Dame is appealing the NCAA’s decision.
Everybody loves a bargain and it’s no different when it comes to fantasy football.The Premier League is set to kick off this August and time is running out for managers to get their squads assembled.Figuring out how best to spend your money is part of the fun and one thing that can make a big difference is knowing how to get the best bang for your buck. 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? To help you get the best out of your budget, Goal brings you a selection of the cheapest and best players to pick on fantasy football this season. Fantasy football 2019-20 bargain forwards Fantasy football 2019-20 bargain midfielders Fantasy football 2019-20 bargain defenders Fantasy football 2019-20 bargain goalkeepersFantasy football 2019-20 bargain forwardsRaul Jimenez | Wolves | £7.5mWolves star Raul Jimenez is a relative bargain in this season’s fantasy football, despite scoring nearly as well as Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last term.The former Benfica and Atletico Madrid striker isn’t necessarily the most profilic, but his hold-up play means he is often laying up his team-mates and earning bonus points.It is a risk, of course, given the possibility of the dreaded ‘second-season syndrome’, but the Mexico international’s price – £3.5m cheaper than Aubameyang and £4.5m cheaper than Aguero – is decent value.Gerard Deulofeu | Watford | £6.5mFormer Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu has been categorised as a forward in this season’s fantasy football, which may strike some as unusual, particularly when similar players such as Mohamed Salah aren’t.Either way, Deulofeu is available at a reasonable price and, while he is not renowned as an out-and-out goalscorer, he is inclined to take set-pieces and provide assists.Jay Rodriguez | Burnley | £6mIt is a long time since Jay Rodriguez was the toast of fantasy football managers everywhere for his exploits with Southampton, but he is back this season with Burnley and available for half what Aguero costs.Rodriguez scored 22 goals for West Brom in the Championship last season and will take confidence from that into the new season as he seeks to enjoy an Indian Summer in England’s top flight.If he can cement a place in the team and remain fit, the one-time England international will get his fair share of points alongside Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.Fantasy football 2019-20 bargain midfieldersJohn McGinn | Aston Villa | £5.5mJack Grealish and Conor Hourihane are Aston Villa’s most expensive midfielders in fantasy football this season, but John McGinn, who is equally is important to the team, is cheaper.The Scotland international is a tenacious competitor and it is no surprise to see his name linked with Premier League behemoths Manchester United.McGinn impressed in pre-season, continuing the upward trajectory that saw him involved in a total of 16 league goals last term, so is primed to thrive as Villa battle against the drop.Mesut Ozil | Arsenal | £7.5mAdmittedly, including Mesut Ozil in one’s fantasy football team is a gamble these days and he is not strictly the cheapest, but at £7.5m it could be a risk worth taking.The Arsenal playmaker has struggled in recent seasons, but there is every chance that he could rediscover his mojo in 2019-20, particularly if he remains unscathed by injury.If the Gunners can tighten up as a unit, as no doubt Unai Emery will attempt to achieve, Ozil – who, let’s not forget regularly scores over 100 FPL points – could well turn out to be a bargain pick.Onel Hernandez | Norwich City | £5.5mNorwich City comfortably secured promotion to the Premier League with a level of consistency that few teams were able to match and one of their best players was Onel Hernandez.The former Germany youth international winger was directly involved in an impressive 17 goals for the Canaries in the Championship last season, contributing nine assists and scoring eight himself.Whether or not he can translate that to the Premier League, where Norwich are likely to be up against more pressure, remains to be seen, but he’s worth a punt.Fantasy football 2019-20 bargain defendersLewis Dunk | Brighton | £4.5mBrighton are among the favourites to be relegated this season, but their defensive duo of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have earned the respect of the league for their ability to put up stern resistance.Duffy was the top-scoring defender in the league last term, but his subsequent price increase to £5m means that his partner Dunk may offer better value.The England international was not far behind his Irish team-mate in the points table last season and they play a very similar game when it comes to set-pieces.Craig Cathcart | Watford | £4.5mNorthern Ireland international Craig Cathcart enjoyed one of his best seasons from a personal perspective last season and is a cheap option in defence in fantasy football.Forming part of a strong backline, Cathcart was key to the fact that the Hornets kept seven clean sheets in the league. He topped their clearances chart and scored three goals as they finished 11th.Cathcart is slightly cheaper than his full-back team-mate Jose Holebas, but scored the exact same number of points last season.Aaron Wan-Bissaka | Manchester United | £5.5mA price of £5.5m for a full-back who will be a regular starter for a top-six team isn’t bad and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could turn out to be a bargain at that, if he hits the ground running at Old Trafford.Manchester United forked out £50m for the former Crystal Palace full-back and he should, in theory at least, have more opportunities to get forward under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.That means he is much more likely to get among the goals and assists, which means more of those precious FPL points.Fantasy football 2019-20 bargain goalkeepersMat Ryan | Brighton | £4.5mAustralia’s number one Mat Ryan has shown himself to be a spectacular shot-stopper at Brighton and has punched above his weight in fantasy football in the past two seasons.Brighton may be among the favourites for the drop, but they have a strong defence, which has managed to keep plenty of clean sheets and, even if the shots rain down, Ryan is more than a match.He is a rare goalkeeper in fantasy football who is both very cheap and likely to start every game that he is fit for.Bernd Leno | Arsenal | £5mArsenal’s dreadful season in 2018-19 has had an effect on their players’ prices, but, despite a growing reputation for being defensively suspect, Bernd Leno is decent value at £5m.It was blatantly obvious that the Gunners needed to toughen up their backline and it would be the height of incompetence if Emery fails to do that in 2019-20.Even so, should the north London outfit fail to improve on that front, Leno is well placed to pick up save points.Tom Heaton | Aston Villa | £4.5mA number of seasons ago Tom Heaton was a must-have on fantasy football thanks to a combination of his shot-stopping and Burnley’s ability to keep clean sheets.He has signed for newly promoted Aston Villa ahead of the upcoming campaign and it is expected that the England international will lead the defensive resistance as the club’s number one goalkeeper.Make sure to tune in to the UK Fantasy Football Show on Goal, our new weekly podcast to help you get through the season. Listen on Apple here or Spotify here!You can also check out our run-through of the best players to choose on FPL below: Best fantasy football goalkeepers Best fantasy football defenders Best fantasy football midfielders Best fantasy football forwards Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A former Oregon football player was found dead on Friday after a single-vehicle car accident near the Ducks’ stadium. Former Oregon linebacker Fotu Leiato was found dead hours after the accident, according to a report from KEZI ABC News.According to the report, Leiato’s body was discovered by a passerby nearly five hours after the initial accident.The incident occurred near Autzen StadiumFrom the report:Investigators say Leiato’s body was discovered by a passerby several hours after the crash scene had been cleared. The driver of the vehicle, Pedro Chavarin Jr., 22, told police he was the lone occupant of the vehicle.Chavarin was taken to the hospital, then cited for DUII.The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. near Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Kinsrow Avenue.According to police, a woman was walking in the area at 6:51 a.m. when she saw a hand, leading to the discovery of Leiato’s body.Leiato was dismissed from the Oregon football program in late May after two arrests earlier in the year.In January, he was hit with a misdemeanor trespassing charge. And then in April, he was arrested again just days after Oregon’s spring game.He was booked on charges of theft and criminal mischief, as well as a separate failure to appear charge.He was just 21 years old.[KEZI.com]
A former Heisman Trophy winner is now a married man.Matt Leinart, who won college football’s most-prestigious award at USC 2004, recently married actress Josie Loren.The couple is currently on their honeymoon. They appear to be having a good time.Leinart’s wife, Josie, has posted several photos of the trip on Instagram.You can follow her on Instagram here.