Crystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was delighted to be part of victory over Leicester City.The Scouser was impressive for the 1-0 win.Kelly said, “I felt we did really well as a team,” he said. “We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.”Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we’ve got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot.”On debutant Vicente Guaita’s clean sheet, Kelly added: “Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.”He’s quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn’t know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that’s what you want when the big man’s behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He’s settled in and I’m sure he’ll be made up that he’s had his chance and he’s done well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
James: Romero has improved Man Utd teammate De Geaby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid James says Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s foot skills have improved David De Gea.The Argentine will replace De Gea for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool after the 28-year-old went down with an injury in Spain’s draw with Sweden.And former England goalkeeper James believes Romero, who joined United in 2016, has helped De Gea increase his proficiency in playing out from the back.”I’ve analysed him and there are a few ‘keepers who are highly-rated who just put the ball out there in a general area. But he’s as good as Ederson and Alisson using his left foot and right foot,” James told Goal.”David de Gea is, of course, the number one, but I looked at Romero when Manchester United bought him and I was amazed at how good the guy is with his feet – then I saw an improvement in De Gea.”What you tend to find is when you’ve got two ‘keepers or two players training with each other day in, day out, you start picking up positive habits from the other player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed! pic.twitter.com/c5HCWkjFGo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has revealed he is “happy and healthy” ahead of the new season, and says his marriage to partner Amine Gulse has made him “calm” as the 2019-20 campaign approaches.The pair wed in Amine’s adopted home city of Istanbul in Turkey earlier this summer after two years together, with the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, playing the part of Ozil’s best man.And, while the former Germany international concedes organising the ceremony ate into his off-season holiday, he claims it was an “amazing” experience and one that has had a positive effect on life away from playing football. 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? Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, the 30-year-old said: “Outside the pitch, you have to be happy.“If you find the right person, which is what I did, you’re more calm in your life. I think it helps a lot in your job as well.“I am really happy, I am healthy and I got married, so I am calm.“It’s always difficult to plan everything during the season. “When you live in London but the wedding is in Istanbul, it’s difficult and needs time. “The first two weeks of my vacation, it was really hard to organise everything to make everything fixed with my wife. “But it was an amazing wedding, we had a lot of fun with my friends and family and her friends and family. We had a good time.”Ozil, who arrived in the English capital from Real Madrid in 2013, is closing in on 250 appearances for the Gunners, and is keen to play a pivotal role as the club look to improve on last season’s fifth-place finish.Currently contracted to Arsenal until the end of June 2021, the number 10 says he would like to add more silverware to his collection over the coming months after suffering Europa League final defeat at the hands of London rivals Chelsea in May.“You want always to win a title,” he said, “so we are working hard and let’s see what happens.”Arsenal’s 2019-20 Premier League campaign gets underway on August 11 with a visit to Newcastle United, followed by a home clash with Burnley six days later. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing France Under-21 striker Marcus Thuram from Guingamp in a deal worth a reported €12 million (£10.8m/$13.5m).The 21-year-old – son of World Cup winner and France great Lilian Thuram – has penned a four-year contract with the Bundesliga side.Thuram joined Guingamp in 2017 from Sochaux and scored 17 goals in 72 appearances across all competitions for the French side. 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? Nine of those goals came in Ligue 1 last term, but they did not prove enough to stop Guingamp from being relegated to the second tier.Thuram then spent the summer representing France at the Under-21 European Championships, where they were knocked out at the semi-final stage by eventual champions Spain.”We’re thrilled to have Marcus on board,” said Monchengladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl in a statement.”He is a fast, robust and dangerous attacker who fits into our squad well. We’re confident that he will make his mark in the Bundesliga.”Thuram joins a Gladbach side that finished fifth in Bundesliga last season – three points off the top four and Champions League qualification.Borussia Monchengladbach have announced the signing of Marcus Thuram, son of Lilian. 🤝Here’s what the striker can do! 🔥pic.twitter.com/dODjJPo1lj— Goal (@goal) July 22, 2019That secured them a Europa League spot for the upcoming campaign, though they head into the new season reeling from the departure of star player Thorgan Hazard.The Belgium international left for Borussia Dortmund in May having scored 13 goals and laid on 12 assists in 35 appearances across all competitions for Gladbach in 2018-19.But he formed part of Dortmund’s aggressive early-summer spending spree, joining Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz and Mats Hummels in moving to Westfalenstadion.Gladbach kick-off the new Bundesliga season against Schalke on August 17, though their first competitive fixture comes eight days earlier when they face Sandhausen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.Before then they will take in pre-season fixtures against Angers, Athletic Club and Chelsea as Marco Rose embarks on his first season in charge having joined from Red Bull Salzburg.
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field after a football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 30-13. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)Johnny Manziel and Baker Mayfield certainly aren’t the same player, but many – right or wrong – have decided that there are a number of similarities between the two. Some believe that Mayfield, because of his personality and a few off-the-field incidents, is destined to fail in the NFL, just like Manziel. It doesn’t help that both players were drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns.That said, neither Manziel nor Mayfield believe that the former Oklahoma star is destined to wind up just like his predecessor. Manziel is rooting for Mayfield to succeed – and Thursday, he even offered him a little advice.Speaking on The Dan Patrick Show, Manziel said that Mayfield should figure out a way to trust the people around him. Clearly, he doesn’t think he did enough of that.Via USA Today:“I feel like Baker’s in a better situation, having a vet quarterback in there in Tyrod [Taylor]. There’s not pressure on him to come in and start Day 1, and I think he’s going to go into it and he’s going to learn from the vets. It hurts when you don’t have a guy like Joe Thomas on the O-line, because once I started to get to know Joe and started to pick his brain, I really started to learn a lot of stuff.He’s got good people around him, he’s got a great group of receivers. And trust in those guys they have around him. That would be my advice to him. Baker’s got the fire, Baker’s got the spark, and I think he’ll do alright. But don’t let the pressure of everything else that goes on get to you. Just go out and make football the main thing.”Here’s video:Manziel, who signed with the CFL last week, seems to be in a better place than he was back when he was on the Browns.Mayfield will be one of the most scrutinized players in the NFL – whenever he gets his shot on the field. He’s either going to be the reason for the Browns turning their franchise around, or just another Cleveland quarterback bust.
Kirk Herbstreit, like most of us, is excited for the upcoming weekend of college football. From a Thursday night matchup between Tulsa and Temple to Saturday night’s final game between Duquesne and Hawaii, there is a full slate of college football action.Herbie, however, is focused on three intriguing matchups.Here are the three games the College GameDay analyst is looking forward to this weekend.Texas A&M vs. AlabamaTCU vs. TexasStanford vs. OregonHerbire broke down all of the action in the video below.First 3 weeks of the season have been incredible and Week 4 won’t disappoint. Here are my thoughts on this week’s top games thanks to my friends @TGIFridays and @CoorsLight #spon pic.twitter.com/1dDoWLSlDp— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 19, 2018Herbstreit will get a front row seat to watch the Cardinal battle the Ducks in Oregon as College Gamday kicks off from Eugene. Herbie will be calling the game between the No. 7 and No. 20 ranked teams respectively.Can the Aggies take down the Crimson Tide this weekend, just two weeks after pushing Clemson to the brink?Stay tuned for all of Saturday’s college football action.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)There’s growing talk of an NFL head coach needing to be fired after what happened in his team’s loss today.The Denver Broncos lost to the Houston Texans, 19-17, in a contest that featured multiple game management blunders by head coach Vance Joseph.Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien even appeared to taunt Joseph on the field for his mistake.Joseph, 46, is in his second season leading the Broncos’ team. Many are now doubting that he will reach a third with a franchise.Not suggesting #Broncos players want Vance Joseph to lose his job… But they certainly aren’t playing like they want him to keep it.— Eric Goodman (@EricGoodman) November 4, 2018Unreal. Vance Joseph just fired himself. Unreal.— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) November 5, 2018And to answer the question, yes if I were Elway I would try to talk Gary Kubiak into taking over temporarily and relieving Vance Joseph of his duties.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 5, 2018The Broncos fell to 3-6 on the season with today’s loss to the Texans, who improved to 6-3 on the year.We’re now past the halfway point of the regular season. We’re entering the time when teams will start to make some major changes. Stay tuned.
Tonight is a massive contest, though, and so far, the Longhorns are not looking fully back.It was LSU 20, Texas 7 after two quarters.Is Texas back or not?Texas… not back— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 8, 2019Texas is not back folks.— Felipe (@FelipeRobles36) September 8, 2019Texas is very much so not back— Nathan McCleland (@mcclevage5) September 8, 2019Texas: Not Back— Matthew Travis (@Mjtrav627) September 8, 2019It’s only been two quarters, of course, and the Longhorns have time to get back in this time, pull out a win and emerge as legitimate College Football Playoff contenders.The “Texas isn’t back” jokes will be flying if that doesn’t happen, though.Texas and LSU are underway in the second half on ABC. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 28-21 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Sam Ehlinger said the two words every Texas fan has wanted to hear following the Longhorns’ blowout win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last January.“Longhorn Nation — we’re baaaaaaaaack!” he declared.A lot of people believed this, too.Texas came into the 2019 season ranked inside the top 10. The Longhorns were a popular Big 12 championship pick. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had Texas in his College Football Playoff.
CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the helmets of the Clemson Tigers before their game against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Monday night, Dabo Swinney broke the news that Bryton Constantin would miss the rest of the season due to an injury. Unfortunately for the four-star linebacker, he tore his ACL for the second time this year.Back in February, Constantin tore his ACL playing basketball. Clemson didn’t expect him to play at all during his freshman season because of the time it would take for him to rehab.Constantin was recovering nicely from his knee injury, but then tore his ACL again during rehab.Swinney talked about the injury on Monday, saying “You hate it. Hate it for him. I think they’re gonna fix it Friday. Our doctors are going to do it.” Although it’s a difficult time for the Clemson linebacker, the team saw Amari Rodgers recover quite well from his own ACL injury. The star wideout played on Saturday and finished with 121 receiving yards and two touchdowns.Clemson’s doctors may have that same luck with Constantin this time around.Dabo follows up on his news from Monday that freshman LB Bryton Constantin has re-torn his ACL. Clemson’s doctors are going to repair it. “I hate it for him.” Says he can draw some inspiration from Amari Rodgers, however. “Better it happen now than in December or January.”— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) September 17, 2019Since the Tigers weren’t preparing to play Constantin this season, the linebacker corps won’t be affected this season.The main concern is that Constantin will have to go through another long rehab for the second time this year.