Merson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Liverpool can win the Premier League title in a week’s time.Merson believes if Liverpool win at the Etihad Stadium next month, a seven-point lead would be too much for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to overturn.He said, “Leicester vs Manchester City is a big game and a must-win game for City, who are in trouble now as they are four points behind Liverpool.”I mean it has now got down to the situation whereby if Liverpool win at City in a week’s time – it is all over.”So this is a big game for City and a hard one as Leicester can cause you problems But because they have to win, I think they will, but Saturday’s result will have knocked the stuffing out of them and Man City have now lost two of their last three league games.”And before that it looked like they would never ever lose a game, but I see them just winning this one to stay on the coat tails of Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender Evans: Newcastle will be toughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Jonny Evans expects a tough “challenge” against Newcastle United.Evans believes Newcastle will adopt the same gameplan that earned the Magpies victory last time out for their upcoming fixture. He said: “Our experience of Newcastle last year was that they sat in and defended deep, and we found it difficult to break them down.“That was a challenge that when the manager came to the club, he wanted to help us in that aspect – of setting our team up and being able to work teams that are going to sit in against us, which is becoming quite a common theme.Newcastle did that very well against us last year, so I think they’ll come with the same game plan.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rodgers plays down Leicester top-four chancesby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers has played down Leicester City’s chances of breaking into the top-four.The Foxes were in scintillating form in Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.The win leaves the 2016 Premier League title winners in third place, but Rodgers has cooled expectations of his side.”It’s very early in the season,” said the Northern Irishman.”We know it’s a big ask because of all the other clubs that have been regulars there. We are only really focusing on how we play, looking at our performance levels.”
Texas lost All-American Tim Irvin to Auburn after an official visit to the SEC power over the weekend, but one of the Longhorns’ other highly touted defensive back recruits doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Jamile Johnson, a three-star safety from Dallas, tweeted about Irvin’s flip, and doesn’t seem worried about the loss.So Tim Irvin is Gone Huh ! Cool ! #HookEm— Badger Jr. #⃣3⃣ (@MilJohnson) January 18, 2015Johnson’s also been retweeting numerous Texas fans’ words of encouragement after the news. Texas’ recruiting class is currently ranked 12th in the nation, even after the recent string of decommitments. All things considered, Charlie Strong is doing a good job of replenishing the talent in Austin.
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans prior to the game at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner thinks Mark Dantonio dressed like Jim Harbaugh on Saturday.Devin Gardner, who played for Michigan from 2010 to 2014, apparently isn’t content enough to just bask in the glory of his alma mater’s win over Michigan State last Saturday. No, Gardner took to Twitter on Monday with an interesting observation, which no doubt comes as a shot at the Spartans.Gardner noted that Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio wore an outfit that looked like something that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh would wear. Check it out:Is it just me or does this outfit look wildly familiar? Did Coach D try and bite Coach Harbaugh’s swag Saturday? pic.twitter.com/VMy5s605fW— Devin Gardner (@devingardnerXCI) October 31, 2016I’ve always known him to be a polo, three quarter zip up, hoodie guy! Never once seen him with the crew neck sweatshirt! ? pic.twitter.com/NBMpsHKVvm— Devin Gardner (@devingardnerXCI) October 31, 2016For the record, we highly doubt Dantonio purposely dressed up like Harbaugh. We imagine he has no interest in copying what his biggest rival is wearing. Gardner, however, seems convinced.
Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico has said his side want to take the pressure off superstar Lionel Messi ahead of their Copa America campaign. Messi is looking to win his first senior trophy with the Albiceleste, having lost three Copa America finals and one World Cup final during his international career. The 31-year-old is coming off another stellar individual campaign with Barcelona, having netted 51 goals in all competitions. 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? An Argentina side in transition will need their talisman to be at his very best at the Copa America, which kicks off in Brazil later this month. But Tagliafico knows that his talismanic team-mate cannot do everything on his own.”It is hard to play against him and a plus watching him in your team,” Tagliafico told Goal. “We must work hard to avoid overloading him with pressure and allow him to enjoy things.”The 26-year-old admitted that winning the Copa America will be difficult for his side, who are trying not to get too ahead of themselves.”We will try to play a great Copa America but we are not thinking about being champions,” Tagliafico said. “We want to show our best version.”We all have the dream of becoming champions but we are in a transition stage and the ultimate goal is not being the champions, but creating a good group for doing everything possible to be champions.”Tagliafico is another of those coming off an impressive club campaign with Ajax, where he starred for a side that won a league and cup double, and sensationally reached the Champions League semi-finals. The left-back had plenty of interest from clubs across Europe, but opted to sign a contract extension and stay with the Dutch side for at least one more season.”Together we decided to stay one more season and leave next season if it has to happen,” Tagliafico said. “We are now one of the strongest teams in Europe after reaching the Champions League semi-final. I am so happy in Amsterdam, the people love me and I feel so good.”So it is good to keep enjoying one more season and let’s see what happens in a year.”One player who is not staying in Amsterdam is Frenkie de Jong, with the Dutch midfielder on his way to join Barcelona. Tagliafico believes his former team-mate has everything it takes to succeed at the highest level. “Frenkie has huge qualities and he is so intelligent on the pitch,” Tagliafico said. “Frenkie will have success for sure in Barcelona.”
Frank Lampard is “a natural match” for Chelsea in their search for a new head coach, according to former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany.Chelsea were granted permission by Championship side Derby County on Tuesday to begin talks with Lampard, who is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri.Lampard spent a season playing along Kompany at Manchester City after leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2014. 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? And Kompany insists that, despite the Englishman having just a year of managerial experience with Derby behind him, he is the only real candidate for the top job at Stamford Bridge.Speaking at his presentation as Anderlecht’s new player-manager on Tuesday, Kompany told reporters: “Sign him up. He is the man!”Not only is Frank a great guy but someone who I learned so much from at a stage in my career. He was a bit older when he joined Manchester City and Frank was an incredible professional. “What he brought at the time, he stepped the level up for everyone else so I know the impact of Frank Lampard on a team and I’m trying to have the same impact when it comes as an older player for Anderlecht. “He’s up there with the most intelligent players so it’s a natural match with Chelsea, I completely support him.”After leaving Manchester City Lampard spent two seasons with sister club New York City FC before retiring in 2016. Two years later he made the move into coaching with Championship side Derby County.He impressed during his first season in management, guiding the Rams to the play-off final. However, his Premier League hopes were dashed after 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley.Despite that disappointment, Lampard appears to have done enough to convince the Chelsea hierarchy that he is good enough for the top job at Stamford Bridge.If he does take the role then Lampard is likely to be welcomed with open arms by the Chelsea supporters who consider him one of the club’s greatest ever players.The former England midfielder spent 13 seasons as a player at Stamford Bridge, winning 13 major honours including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one Europa League and one Champions League.He is also the club’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals in 648 games in all competitions.
Alex Morgan hinted the United States will snub Donald Trump’s White House invitation and is confident Jill Ellis’ team will not be split on the issue.It is customary for champions to visit the US president after winning a sporting title, with Morgan and her team-mates congratulated by Barack Obama when they won the Women’s World Cup in 2015.However, since Trump succeeded Obama following the 2016 election, teams like the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and NBA’s Golden State Warriors have had their White House offers withdrawn after numerous players from both teams declared they had no intention of making the trip for political reasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Morgan’s outspoken team-mate Megan Rapinoe has already she said is “not going to the f****** White House” and though Trump responded to that by inviting Ellis’ squad regardless of whether they beat Netherlands in Sunday’s final, it appears the offer will be rejected.”I think we’ll make that decision after we finish Sunday’s game,” USA captain Morgan said.”I think there’s been a lot of talk prematurely about the White House and about Trump.”First we have to do business and then I think you guys know the answer to the question anyway.”Put on our best for the president! #WNTatWH pic.twitter.com/JBP9InpFP7— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) October 27, 2015The White House pulled the plug on the Eagles’ scheduled visit following their Super Bowl LII victory in 2018 because “the vast majority of the team” wished to stay away.Morgan believes there will be no factions in Ellis’ squad when it comes to their decision.”I can’t say 100 per cent but this team is very close and we’ve always made decisions together so I can’t really see us deciding to part in that way,” she added.”But at the same time, if someone feels strongly then who are we to tell them to do or not do something?”Trump took to Twitter last week to express his disapproval of Rapinoe’s comments, telling the striker to “WIN first before she TALKS!”Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019 ….invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019Yet Rapinoe was unrepentant when speaking ahead of the semi-final victory over England, which she missed with a slight hamstring strain.”I don’t think that I would want to go [to the White House] and I would encourage my team-mates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way and doesn’t fight for the same things that we fight for,” said Rapinoe, who expects to be fit for the final.
Jurgen Klopp insisted there was no reason for Liverpool to parade the Champions League trophy ahead of their win over Norwich City, saying it was time to move on. Liverpool secured their sixth European Cup with a win over Tottenham in the final in Madrid in June. But they opted not to parade the trophy on Friday, when they opened their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 victory over Norwich at Anfield. 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? Asked about that decision, Klopp was seemingly unaware of the possibility, but said he would not have done it anyway. “Nobody told me I have to. Is that what you do usually? I touched the Euro cup on the matchday there, the day after, and since then not,” he told a news conference. “No reason for it, I know how it feels. And people know how it looks. “If somebody expected that then somebody should’ve told me. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have done it anyway, because we are now in the new season. Enough celebration. “Nobody has to congratulate me anymore, but still everybody’s doing it. I’m really fine with all the things I heard about it, now let’s play the new season.” A calf injury to goalkeeper Alisson soured Liverpool’s win , which came thanks to first-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi after Grant Hanley’s seventh-minute own goal. But Klopp says Adrian, who came in for the injured Alisson, is ready to play. “He’s a confident guy,” the Reds boss said. “I don’t think he wanted to sit on the bench for the next couple of years, he made himself ready. “It’s a situation, but if you’re in a situation like this you want to have somebody who’s played in the league, who’s experienced. “He’s 32, a calm guy, good with his feet as we saw. That’s important for us, so a lot of good things, but you still don’t want to have a situation where only one goalie is fit.” Liverpool have a quick turnaround, with the club set to face a UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea on Wednesday before returning to league action against Southampton next Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Week 3 of the 2018 college football season is wrapping up. It’s been a week full of upsets and some dominant play at the top.The new college football top 25 polls will be released on Sunday afternoon. The new Coaches’ Poll top 25 will come out at noon E.T. The new AP Poll top 25 will be out at 2 p.m. E.T.As we do every week, we’ve projected what we think the new top 25 polls will look like (pending a couple of games that have yet to finish tonight).The new top 25:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateOklahomaStanfordNotre DameLSUPenn StateAuburnWashingtonVirginia TechWest VirginiaMississippi StateOklahoma StateMichiganOregonTCUUSFMiamiWisconsinBoise StateArizona StateTexas A&MBoston CollegeWhat do you think? Will we get it right?The new polls will be out in about 12 hours. Stay tuned.