10 months agoPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coach

first_imgPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says they cannot underestimate Champions League opponents Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Buffon said, “No, it’s not an easy draw. Some teams had a complicated draw, others did better. I saw that Juve inherited a difficult draw with Atlético de Madrid. Bayern Munich drew Liverpool. Then there is Barcelona again, Real Madrid. “This is an intermediate draw. We will have to be brave. We will have to have the same mentality as that shown in the last matches of the Champions League. But I will also add that the Champions League resumes only in February, in two months. There can be many things happening. They can change coach, players, there is a transfer window. “In my opinion, this is not the right time to analyse this team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan Are Hanging With Local Elementary Students Today

first_imgFrank Kaminsky on the court against Duke.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after falling to the court in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team last played at Michigan on Saturday and won’t take the court again until this Saturday at Iowa. With some extra free time this week, Badger big men Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan are hanging out with the students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in nearby Verona, Wis. All three players spoke with the students as part of the school’s Kindness Week activities. The All-American Kaminsky even took a selfie with some students: #BadgersGiveBack #Notor #NigelHayesA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky (@fskpart3) on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00am PST Dukan, who is 6-foot-10, tried to blend in with the crowd but it didn’t work out too well.New game: #WheresDuje? pic.twitter.com/GOY5bm3J8V— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 28, 2015 Hayes, meanwhile, may not have a future as a comedian judging off this joke, but he does know his state geography. Stand-up comedy with Nigel Hayes #BadgersGiveBackA video posted by Wisconsin Basketball (@badgermbb) on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:39am PSTOne underrated aspect of these photos and video is the impressive jersey game of some of the students at Glacier Edge. The local staples (Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers) are of course represented, but shoutout to the kid in the sweet Dallas Mavericks throwback, and the two young men who wore the NFL jerseys of Badger alumni Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.last_img read more

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Florida’s Governor Is Sending Personal Letters To Football Recruits Who Stay Home, Play For Gators

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Yesterday, 5-star Florida defensive end signee CeCe Jefferson shared that he had received a letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulating him for staying in-state for college. It appears Scott is sending these letters to other UF signees from the Sunshine State. Here is a photo of the letter that was sent to Pasco High School defensive lineman Andrew Ivie, courtesy of his coach Tom McHugh. To Andrew Ivie pic.twitter.com/gWzqsyPNzw— Tom McHugh (@tmac114) April 1, 2015This is interesting, because it appears Scott is making a concerted effort to thank recruits for playing in-state. Wonder how FSU fans feel about this, unless he is sending them to Seminole signees as well.last_img read more

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Liverpool urged against risking ‘kid’ Hoever

first_imgLiverpool “have got a problem in central defence”, admits Mark Lawrenson, but now is not the time to be taking a Premier League gamble on 16-year-old “kid” Ki-Jana Hoever.The highly-rated youngster was handed a senior debut by the Reds during an FA Cup third round clash with Wolves.He impressed with his confidence and maturity, but also displayed the signs of inexperience which are to be expected in one so young. 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? With that in mind, and despite Jurgen Klopp being short of defensive options, Lawrenson believes it would be wrong to ask an academy star to step back into the side against a physical Brighton team on Saturday.The former Reds defender told BBC Sport: “Liverpool have got a problem in central defence with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip injured, and I suspect Fabinho will play there – I can’t see what else Reds boss Jurgen Klopp would do.“Ki-Jana Hoever did great when he came on for Lovren against Wolves, but you would not want to chuck a 16-year-old in at Brighton because he would have Glenn Murray to contend with.“I know the Seagulls are not the most attacking team, and Liverpool turned them over easily at Amex Stadium last season, but Murray against a kid? No, he would have too much experience for him.”While advising Klopp against any unnecessary selection risks, Lawrenson believes that further points could slip through Liverpool’s grasp on the south coast regardless of who the league leaders call upon.He added: “This is a really good test for Liverpool, on the back of their defeat by Manchester City and then their defeat at Molineux after Klopp decided the FA Cup was not in his top two priorities.“It would clearly be preferable for Liverpool to be at Anfield as they look to bounce back this weekend, especially because the thing about Brighton is that they are very good at stopping teams from playing.“Brighton have got a good home record too, which is why I am going for a draw.“I don’t know whether this might be a little bump in the road for Liverpool but, if I am right and they drop points on Saturday, I would also back them to return to winning ways in their home games against Crystal Palace and Leicester before the end of the month.“There are 11 days between the Palace and Leicester matches and, because Liverpool are out of the FA Cup, Klopp will be able to give his players a few days off to rest their bodies, and clear their heads.”Liverpool remain four points clear at the top of the Premier League table at present and could stretch that lead for a brief period this weekend as closest challengers Manchester City are not in action until Monday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Sarri: More pressure at Napoli than at Chelsea

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has no qualms over the mounting speculation over his Chelsea position, insisting the pressure on him was even higher during an acclaimed spell at Napoli.The Blues went down to their joint-heaviest defeat of the Premier League era on Wednesday, slumping to a 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.A section of travelling supporters at the Vitality Stadium sung, “You don’t know what you’re doing” when new recruit Gonzalo Higuain was substituted midway through the second-half collapse, while another fan confronted Sarri upon his exit from the stadium after a lengthy dressing-room debrief. 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? Speaking ahead of Huddersfield Town’s trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the 60-year-old offered a calm and staunch defence of his methods, labelling himself a “dreamer” who would stick to the style of football he honed to widespread admiration while in Naples.That three-year stint did not yield a major trophy, however, and it has been observed the demands for honours at Chelsea place a different strain upon Sarri.Perhaps predictably, he does not see it that way.”I arrived from Naples. Napoli is, for the third time in a row, in the Champions League,” he said. “So the level here is really very high, but the old level wasn’t so low.”I think there was more pressure because Naples is the only big city in Italy with only one team. So, in Naples, the pressure from the fans is really a big pressure.”Sarri is looking to improve his squad day by day in training but has admitted that a congested fixture schedule is making that goal difficult. “It’s very difficult to have training here [in England]. You start to play every three days in August. In five months, we have only one week without a match in the week,” said Sarri.”So it’s very difficult to improve single players and the team. We are trying to change something but we have little time.”Now we are working on the last 30 metres [the attack], but the time is very little.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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‘Tough for Real Madrid to prise Pogba from Man Utd’

first_imgPaul Pogba is a player of the Real Madrid mould, admits Claude Makelele, but the former Blancos star is not convinced that Manchester United can be talked into parting with a “symbol” of their club.A big-money move to the Santiago Bernabeu has been mooted for the World Cup-winning midfielder.Sources close to the speculation have revealed that Madrid are keen on doing a deal for the France international. 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 Zinedine Zidane has also hinted that he would welcome the opportunity to work with a fellow countryman if an agreement could be reached.Makelele is not surprised to see such speculation being sparked, but he doubts that those at Old Trafford will want to part with a player who still boasts the potential to become a talismanic presence.Quizzed by Marca on whether Pogba would be a good fit for the Blancos, Makelele said: “Of course. Zidane values this type of player.“He knows how to do everything and that is difficult. His potential is impressive, but it will be difficult for Manchester United to let him leave because he is a symbol.“He has character, personality, game, many things. And that’s always good for a team like Real Madrid.”Pressed further on whether Madrid president Florentino Perez could put a deal in place, Makelele added: “Florentino can get what he wants.“He has achieved many things for the club, for the country and for world football. He is a key person in the history of Real Madrid.”Kylian Mbappe Turkey France Euro 2020 Qualifiers 08062019Pogba is not the only French superstar to be generating talk of a possible switch to the Spanish capital.Kylian Mbappe has been a long-standing target for Real and it could be that interest is rekindled in an exciting 20-year-old forward.Makelele said of another countryman: “He is impressive for his age, but I think Paris Saint-Germain will never let him out.“Right now, it is impossible, as he is the image of the club and the country.“He has already shown that he is a phenomenon with the national team. He has football skills, character, personality.”It has been revealed that Madrid have shelved their interest in PSG forward Neymar for now as they consider Mbappe to be their top target if a raid on the Ligue 1 champions is launched.last_img read more

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Facing Man City a sh*t way to start – West Ham’s Haller

first_imgSebastien Haller​ may be new to the Premier League, but the former Eintracht Frankfurt forward knows enough about his new home to understand that facing Manchester City just isn’t much fun most of the time. West Ham splashed the cash to land the 25-year-old in a club-record deal worth £40 million ($50m) plus add-ons in hopes of boosting their attack. Having scored 14 times in 27 Bundesliga matches last season, Haller has a track-record of bringing goals at the club level, but with his side set to open Premier League campaign against Pep Guardiola’s league champions, he’s hoping he can just get a touch on the ball.  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? “What a sh*t game to start with!” he joked to the Mirror. “I go there for a lot of money, now first game City! Why?“There are better games to build your confidence! Hopefully I will touch the ball! We will see.”City finished 46 points clear of West Ham in the Premier League last season – winning both games between the two sidesGuardiola’s side have netted 17 times in their last four visits to London Stadium, and Haller is under no illusions over what his new club will have to do to find a win in their opener. “What can I say?” he added. “Everyone needs to be prepared. They are the Champions from the League, the Cup, from even the Cup that I don’t know the name of.“So yes, it will be difficult. We will need to make a crazy game. It is probably best for the team to get a game like that because we will need to be focused 100 per cent.”West Ham finished 10th in the Premier League last season and will be looking to make a push for a European place this time out, while City are defending a title they won by just one point over Liverpool.  The Manchester outfit also claimed both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, sweeping England’s domestic trophies in historic fashion. Following Saturday’s showdown the two sides won’t face each other again in the league until February of next year.last_img read more

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New Betting Odds Released For Kyler Murray, NFL Draft

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Following the news that Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray would enter the 2019 NFL draft pool, speculation as to where he might be drafted has run rampant.While sportsbooks are yet to place odds on any particular team to draft Murray, some have begun to place odds on when he’ll be called to the podium.According to Bovada via OddsShark, the line is being set between the 28th and 29th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.Bovada is giving -250 odds on Murray to be drafted 29th or later, and +195 odds to be drafted 28th or earlier.Where will Kyler Murray be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft?OVER Pick 28.5 (+195)UNDER Pick 28.5 (-250)Odds via @BovadaOfficial https://t.co/lgzTJuJKcA— OddsShark (@OddsShark) January 14, 2019Murray won the Heisman trophy in 2018 during a record-setting run at quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners.With Murray at the helm, Oklahoma won the Big 12 title and secured a spot in the College Football Playoff, but lost in the Orange Bowl to Alabama.Murray had been drafted in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland A’s, and had signed a $4.6 million contract to play baseball.But the pull of the NFL appears to have proven too great for Murray to give up on the sport where he won so many accolades.last_img read more

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Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman Gill

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 21:04 IST Cheteshwar Pujara helped India clinch a historic series in Australia, scoring 521 runs in four matches (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS19-year-old Shubman Gill said Pujara is setting a benchmark for youngsters aspiring to play TestsPujara won the Man of the Series award in Australia as India beat the hosts 2-1 in a four-Test seriesGill has scored 629 runs from four matches, including two hundreds, in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season19-year-old Punjab opener Shubman Gill, who is seen as a future India player, is inspired by Cheteshwar Pujara’s marathon innings in Australia and said the India No. 3 has set a benchmark for the youngsters.Pujara faced over 1200 balls and slammed three hundreds to help India win their maiden Test series on Australian soil. India won 2-1 in the four-match Test series.”There are very few batsmen who can bat through the day and look to play out the balls. He (Pujara) played over 1200 balls in one tour, which is really phenomenal. To score 500 runs in a tour looks possible. But to face so many deliveries is setting a benchmark for the youngsters,” Gill told reporters on the sidelines of a Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture.”There is a lot to learn seeing the way Cheteshwar Pujara bats, his patience at the crease. Australia had the world’s top bowlers and to score against them on those tough pitches is phenomenal. I love watching him bat. Nowadays the batsmen look to score quick runs.”Gill got out for 91, missing the century mark by just nine runs when he tried to step out Mukesh Kumar only to mishit at mid-off.”I’m pretty happy with the way I’m batting. But surely I can work on the way I’m getting out. I can work on certain areas when I’m batting good. Sometimes, I tend to go with the flow.”In Test matches, you tend to bat in sessions. There will be a period when a bowler will do well and when I will score runs. You have to be smart to pick the ones where you would capitalise,” he said.advertisementGill reacts to Yuvraj Singh’s World Cup comment Teenager Shubman Gill has been in fine form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season (ICC Twitter Photo)After returning from the India A’s tour of New Zealand, Gill has scored 268, 148 and 69 not out in the last three Ranji matches, opening the innings.In challenging conditions, Punjab relied heavily on the youngster as Gill has already scored 629 runs from four matches, including two hundreds and three fifties, at an average of 125.80.Recently, Punjab veteran Yuvraj Singh also backed the young prodigy to win the India cap after the 50-over World Cup later this year.”When a person like Yuvraj says something like that it means I am doing good and on the right track. It is a big boost in confidence,” said Gill.”After playing two matches I went to India A tour and then came back and continued to score. I am happy not to lose the rhythm of scoring runs.”But Gill wants to be realistic about making it to the India team in near future.”I see very less chances now. Our one-day team is very strong and the World Cup is round the corner. We have won a very good Test series. Let’s see,” he added.Also Read | India vs Australia: ‘Ravi Shastri asked players to leave their driver’s license at home’ Also Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat ArunAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Shubman GillFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow India cricket teamFollow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Pujara Australia Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman GillIndia’s U-19 World Cup star, Shubman Gill said he is feeling confident about his game while talking about his aspirations of playing for the senior national team. The 19-year-old has been in fine form for Punjab in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. advertisementlast_img read more

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India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni likely to miss 4th ODI, Shubman Gill set for debut

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni likely to miss 4th ODI, Shubman Gill set for debutIndia tour of New Zealand 2019: MS Dhoni is unlikely to play the 4th ODI in Hamilton on Thursday as the team management is keen on him recovering fully from a sore hamstring.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 23:47 IST India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI: Shubman Gill (third from left) is likely to make his ODI debut (Photo tweeted by @RealShubmanGill)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni suffered a sore hamstring during the second ODI of the ongoing 5-match seriesMS Dhoni did not play the third ODI, which India won by 7 wicketsShubman Gill will become India’s 227th ODI player if he makes the debut in Hamilton on Thursday19-year-old Shubman Gill is all set to make his senior national team debut on Thursday when India and New Zealand meet in Hamilton for the fourth ODI in the ongoing five-match series.Gill, who was included in the squad after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were sent home over the Koffee With Karan controversy, is set to take captain Virat Kohli’s place in the playing XI. Kohli was rested for the last two ODIs and the upcoming T20I series, starting February 6.India are expected to make a couple of changes to the match-winning XI from the third ODI as MS Dhoni is unlikely to return for the Hamilton tie. The India wicketkeeper-batsman had missed the third ODI in Mount Maunganui with a sore hamstring.Dhoni was spotted training in Hamilton on Wednesday but the team management is opting for a cautious approach and wants him to completely recover from the injury ahead of a hectic limited-overs season, India Today has learnt.Dhoni was in fine form in India’s historic 2-1 win over Australia as he hit three back-to-back half-centuries and won the Man of the Series award. In the only innings (second ODI in Mount Maunganui) he has played in New Zealand, Dhoni made a 33-ball unbeaten 48.In Dhoni’s absence, Dinesh Karthik will continue the wicket-keeping duties and Shubman Gill comes into the XI as a top-order batsman. It remains to be seen where Gill will bat on Thursday as Ambati Rayudu may get a promotion to No. 3 spot.advertisementShubman Gill was one of the stars of India’s U-19 World Cup win in 2018. The young Punjab batsman has gone on to impress at the domestic level and A tours. He scored 728 runs, including a classy double ton, from five matches at an average of 104.00 in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season.Speaking to India Today, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar insisted Shubman Gill get opportunities in New Zealand.”Well because the No.3 spot is vacant, I would want to give Shubman Gill a game, give him a couple of games and see how he fares. If he gets to bat, you will get a fair idea how he is taking to international cricket,” Gavaskar said.Captain Virat Kohli had also heaped praise on Shubman Gill while talking up the rich assembly line of youngsters waiting for their opportunities in the senior national team.”I think there are some outstanding talents. We saw Prithvi Shaw grab the opportunity with both hands. Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even 10 percent of that when I was 19,” Kohli had said earlier this week.Gill had said his heart had started beating faster when he received the news of his maiden India call-up earlier this month.”It was late in the night. My heart started beating faster. The messages started pouring in and I rushed to tell my father. It was a special moment,” said Gill.Also Read | Wasn’t even 10 per cent of what Shubman Gill is when I was 19: Virat KohliAlso Read | Rohit Sharma becomes cameraman as Yuzvendra Chahal interviews India’s young brigadeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shubman GillFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India national cricket teamFollow 4th ODIFollow Hamilton ODIlast_img read more

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