TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brands confirms Everton laying low in Januaryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton director of football Marcel Brands does not believe they will make many moves in January.The Blues are lower in the table than they had hoped, in 11th position.But they are only four points off 7th spot, which is closer to the aim under boss Marco Silva.And Brands believes they will stick with their current squad until the summer.”We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” said Brands at the club’s annual general meeting on Tuesday night.”We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good.”
Man Utd defender Smalling still struggling to make Roma debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Chris Smalling is still struggling to make his Roma debut.TMW says Roma are waiting on the fitness of Smalling ahead of their Europa League opener against Istanbul Basaksehir.He returned to training after missing the Serie A fixture against Sassuolo, but is still a doubt for Thursday’s fixture.Smalling is yet to feature for Roma since moving on loan, after he was an unused substitute for the derby clash with Lazio.The defender is on-loan to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Foden in awe of senior teammate Sterlingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden admit he’s in awe of senior teammate Raheem Sterling.Foden is still finding opportunities limited in City’s star-studded side but he played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Preston.He said: “Raheem, is just – every time I watch him, I think ‘wow’ and (he’s) a better player every time I see him.”When he gets the ball he just glides past players and gets in the right places to score goals. He is always assisting.”He has got a lot more to come and that is what is good about him, he is still young and improving and wanting to improve. He has high standards and that is the level he has set.”He is a role model and he helps me out a lot, in the game and in training, and overall – helping me with my game, giving me tips and that is what a young lad needs coming through.”
Barcelona president Bartomeu: Squad is being rejuvenatedby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed members during the General Assembly on Sunday – assuring that the squad is being rejuvenated.Bartomeu reassured them that the club was in a healthy way despite the Champions League semi-final disappointments of the last two seasons.The Blaugrana president emphasised that the Catalans had eclipsed their nearest rivals in terms of trophies won in recent years, with 34 trophies since 2004.That’s more than Bayern Munich (27), FC Porto (21) and Real Madrid (20).”We are winners,” said Bartomeu who stressed that 20 of those titles were under his spell as president.”We are living up to our dimension,” he said.”We have to continue renovating the squad to continue with this natural evolution with talent from both home and abroad.”We are sure this will be a winning generation,” he added, mentioning the likes of Ansu Fati, Carles Perez, Ansu Fati, Abel Ruiz and Alex Collado. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
phil steele toughest schedules 2015Alabama’s path to the College Football Playoff this fall will be a tough one. The Crimson Tide open their season against Wisconsin, host Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU, and travel to Georgia, Mississippi State and Auburn, among others. Noted college football expert Phil Steele has Alabama’s schedule ranked as the country’s toughest. Top 10 toughest schedule 2015 1. Alabama 2. USC 3. Arkansas 4. California 5. Washngton 6. Auburn 7. Texas 8. Utah 9. Stanford @Pac12Networks— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) May 14, 2015This doesn’t seem to faze Crimson Tide five-star running back commit Damien Harris.Let’s get it https://t.co/WJGmR8mbzE— Damien Harris (@DHx34) May 14, 2015A 11-1 season and a win in the SEC Championship Game is likely what Alabama needs to make the College Football Playoff? Can the Crimson Tide get there?
ABC. Tom Herman will have a big decision to make, if he chooses to take a new head coaching job this season. It could come down to LSU or Texas.LSU has already fired Les Miles, and based on reports, Charlie Strong may be on the chopping block at the end of the year if Texas doesn’t rebound. Herman will definitely be a major target for LSU, but if Texas opens, it will be very hard for the Houston head coach to turn down.On their podcast The Audible, FOX Sports’ college football writers Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel discussed LSU vs. Texas for Herman’s services. Feldman is pretty certain that Herman would choose the Longhorns over the Tigers if it comes down to it.“Mandel: So if you’re a Texas fan right now, how many do you think are just now rooting for them to start losing more so that they can get him? Of course, it’s not a guarantee that you’d get him.Feldman: I think it’s a guarantee you’d get him, or close to a guarantee you’d get him… I think it’s close to a guarantee if Charlie Strong is not the head coach that Texas will go get Tom Herman.SM: Well, LSU fans aren’t going to want to hear that.BF: Sorry LSU, your job isn’t quite as good as Texas.”The Herman discussion comes in at around the 19-minute mark. The full podcast is available here:Herman is from California, which also makes USC an intriguing possibility if they move on from Clay Helton, but he has spent the majority of his coaching career in Texas. Herman was a graduate assistant at UT from 1999-2000, and also spent time on the staffs at Rice, Texas State, Sam Houston State, and Texas Lutheran. In total, Herman has spent 12 of his 18 years in coaching in the state.[The Audible]
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A major head coach is accusing his opponent of faking injuries during a game that occurred Week 1.Willie Taggart, whose Florida State team got blown out by Virginia Tech on Monday night, is accusing the Hokies’ defense of faking injuries to slow down his offense.The Seminoles are running a new uptempo offense, similar to what Oregon runs, and they don’t take a ton of time in between plays.Taggart says Virginia Tech’s defensive players were faking injuries to slow it down.From richmond.com:Florida State football coach Willie Taggart believes Virginia Tech defenders faked injuries to slow down his offense during Monday night’s season opener between the two teams.“It happened too often so it’s hard not to,” Taggart said Wednesday during the ACC’s coaches teleconference. “It happened too often.”Virginia Tech beat Florida State 24-3 on Monday night in the debut of Taggart – and his uptempo offense – with the Seminoles. The Hokies defense dominated the game but after a few longer plays by FSU, Tech defenders were down on the field with injuries.Faking injuries has happened plenty of times before when it comes to trying to slow down offenses.Still, when you’re saying it after your team got blown out, it comes across as a little petty.
NWWBallersEmeka Egbuka is coming off of a big performance at the All-American Combine.The four-star high school sophomore’s recruitment was already off to a fast start. Now, he is getting a ton of attention by many national football powers.Egbuka, a native of Steilacoom, Washington, is open to turning his attention away from only West Coast programs.He’s starting to hear from schools from SEC country, as well as powers in the Midwest.While he doesn’t have rankings from every recruiting site yet, 247 has him at No. 38 in the class of 2021. He is the No. 2 ‘athlete,’ and No. 3 recruit in Washington.Egbuka is also a high level baseball player, and Florida State has told him he would have the opportunity to play both sports.Emeka Egbuka recently outlined a few big visits he plans to make in the next few months.He will get out to the Midwest to see Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, and down to UCLA. From 247Sports:“I’ve been talking a lot with Michigan and Notre Dame and in March, I’m going to the Midwest to do a three-school visit of Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan,” said Egbuka. “And I’ve been talking a lot with UCLA and I’ll be going down to UCLA in February.”He also mentions Auburn, Stanford, and Washington specifically, and programs like Arizona State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin come up as programs that he has interest in.As a 2021 recruit, there is plenty of time to whittle things down, but it is clear that Egbuka is going to be a coveted player over the next few years.[247Sports]
PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 28: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish walk out to the field for their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)While the class of 2020 is still the primary focus for college football programs, inroads are already being made with 2021 recruits. Notre Dame is doing particularly well with one of the top offensive linemen in the 2021 cycle.Olney (Md.) Our Lady Good Counsel four-star offensive lineman Landon Tengwall visited Notre Dame last weekend. Afterwards, he declared the Fighting Irish his top school.Tengwall already holds more than two dozen scholarship offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State. He told 247Sports why Notre Dame is his No. 1 right now.“I would say that Notre Dame is my top school right now,” said Tengwall. “Me, Blake Fisher and Zak Zinter, we were together the whole time. We all loved it. We all think it’s a great school and that it’s the best of both worlds in terms of academics and athletics. I don’t think there is a school in the nation that does what Notre Dame does in terms of both. I think that’s huge for all three of us.”Tengwall is the No. 1 player in Maryland and the No. 7 offensive tackle in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports’ proprietary rankings.It is clearly early in his recruitment, but the Fighting Irish currently sit in a good spot for Tengwall.Notre Dame reeled in a strong offensive line class for 2019, including four four-star prospects. The Irish have yet to pick up an O-line commitment for 2020.However, ND’s 2020 class currently ranks in the top 20 nationally.
ClemsonAlabamaLSUOklahomaGeorgiaOhio StateFloridaMichiganNotre DameTexasYou can check out Dodd’s full top 25 and analysis right here.Looking at that top 10, a couple of things stand out. First off, Dodd is a big believer in LSU after the win over Texas. So much so that he has the Tigers ahead of even Georgia, who is ahead of them in both the AP and Coaches’ polls.Secondly, Michigan’s near-catastrophic loss to Army isn’t deterring Dodd from keeping the Wolverines among the elite. Third, he’s still bullish on Texas even after they lost to LSU at home, as the Longhorns only fell two spots.This weekend, we’ll see Iowa and Iowa State face off in their annual rivalry game, while UCF plays Stanford. Those are two of the matchups that could have some impact on Dodd’s rankings for next week. AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Before we start Week 3, we have a new set of college football rankings to check out, courtesy of CBS Sports.Yesterday, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd released his updated top 25. Dodd’s personal rankings are cataloged weekly.There were plenty of changes this week, as five new teams entered the rankings, led by USC debuting at No. 16.Here is Dodd’s top 10 entering Week 3. There’s been some shifting in the order, but the 10 squads remain unchanged.