Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui: Chicharito will improveby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla boss Julen Lopetegui says Javier Hernandez will improve after making his debut in victory over Alaves.The former West Ham striker came on as a second-half substitute.Lopetegui said, “In the moment in which he entered the game, he had to take advantage of the spaces.”It wasn’t difficult, he tried and he has to continue doing what the team is asking for.”A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
drayond green visits michigan stateThursday, Michigan State basketball opens up The Wooden Legacy tournament, played in Anaheim, with a contest against Boston College. Wednesday night, the team had a surprise visit from a former player who now plays for the best team in the state of California. Draymond Green, who stars for the Golden State Warriors but played his college ball at MSU, stopped by during film session to see his former teammates – and, of course, head coach Tom Izzo. Check it out:Green has the Warriors off to a 16-0 start. Perhaps his influence will help the Spartans do the same.
Clemson and Oklahoma are just under one hour from kickoff, but it looks like both teams are ready to start hitting each other. Just minutes after OU quarterback Baker Mayfield got into it with a Tigers player, Clemson’s Shaq Lawson had to be held back from going after Sooners star Charles Tapper on the field during pre-game warmups.David Hood of Tigernet.com and Campus Insiders both captured video. The incident comes a day after Lawson reportedly boarded Oklahoma’s bus to talk trash after a team luncheon.Jacoby Ford pulls Shaq Lawson away from Tapper in pregame pic.twitter.com/yHWG7rWW8j— David Hood (@MDavidHood) December 31, 2015WOW!!! Clemson’s Shaq Lawson running real hot in pre-game… Lot of trash talk down here. Wow!!! #OrangeBowl pic.twitter.com/K5CcJ4IWXc— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) December 31, 2015Let’s hope the game is as entertaining as the build-up.
Marco Silva says he feels ‘secure’ in his position at Everton despite growing pressure amid a poor run of form.Everton were booed off following a 3-1 loss at home to Wolves on Saturday, meaning they have won just three of their last 12 Premier League matches.Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri this week publicly gave Silva his backing and the Portuguese suggested the club is in a familiar situation with the manager under pressure. 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? “Feeling secure is something I have felt since the first day I arrived here,” said Silva.”It’s normal [meeting Moshiri face to face]. When we have the possibility to meet, we do; when not, we speak on the phone.”When you are winning games in a row, normally what the people say about you is good. And when you are not doing what you would expect, it’s normal, this type of situation.”But for Everton, it is not new, this type of situation. For the last three seasons here at Everton, almost every month, it’s something which is not new.”Moshiri expressed his faith in Silva to develop Everton’s young players as part of a “long-term” project.The manager has handed increased roles to Jonjoe Kenny, Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman this season, while 21-year-old Richarlison has started 23 matches since arriving from Watford in a deal worth up to £50million.”You cannot achieve your goal just with young players. We have to see them growing in a stable, mature squad. I believe in our squad, I believe in what we are doing and I believe in our young players also,” said Silva.”We took one decision at the start of the season and in the January market also. We didn’t go in the market because we took a decision and now is not the moment to go in a different way.”Everyone thinks about Everton spending a lot of money but if you look at last season you can see how different it is to this season. The club spent more than double last season [compared to this season] and in the January market signed two new players. This season we did it differently.”We took a decision as a football club and the manager is always involved. We took it together and we are together in this project. Football will always be about the results because if you are winning and taking good results you are not asking me about the young players.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@elizabethcrispEd Orgeron is LSU’s new full-time head coach, but LSU AD Joe Alleva may have tipped his hand a bit about how business with the other candidate, Houston’s Tom Herman, went down.During the press conference to introduce Orgeron as head coach, Alleva had a very interesting quote about Orgeron not “playing games” with the LSU administration.Alleva: “This thing was never going to come down to a bidding war. Coach O wasn’t going to play games with us.”That’s a shot.#LSU— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 26, 2016That apparent dig comes after multiple reports that Herman and LSU were close to reaching an agreement on Thursday. Gridiron Now reported earlier that Herman backed out of a “handshake deal” to take the Tigers job.That changed when Armstrong called Alleva on Friday night to inform him that Herman wanted to hear out Texas; the Longhorns fell 31-9 to TCU on Friday afternoon to finish 5-7. It was then that Alleva, angered that Herman and Armstrong had reneged, pulled the offer and decided to hire Orgeron, the source said.“It wasn’t about money,” the source said. “It wasn’t that Texas offered. It was about a gentleman’s handshake in place and you reneged.”The Advocate‘s Ross Dellenger doesn’t go so far as to say there was a deal in place, but confirms that the negotations were far along, and insinuates that LSU believes Herman used the Tigers job as leverage with Texas.Reports by @ChipBrownHD on Thursday were accurate, source confirms. #LSU was deep in talks w/Herman & school believes his camp leaked story.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 26, 2016Reports emerged this morning that Herman will take the Texas job, after that program made the firing of Charlie Strong official this morning. Even with the reported drama, it appears that LSU AD Joe Alleva and the rest of his staff are very comfortable with Coach O leading the team going forward.
Kieran Tierney’s move to Arsenal is a “fairy-tale” according to ex-Celtic team-mate Scott Brown, who believes the left-back’s transfer would have been widely celebreated at other clubs.Tierney completed his long-awaited move to Gunners on the Premier League transfer deadline day, securing a £25 million ($30m) switch from the Scottish Premiership champions.The 22-year-old ended his long affiliation with Celtic, having joined their youth system in 2005 and featuring exclusively for the club until his move to London. 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? Tierney wrote a goodbye on social media which included a message to fans he felt will never forgive his departure, saying: “I hope we can continue to have a relationship although I understand that will be never for some people, which is heartbreaking for me but I understand the emotions surrounding this situation.”While there may be some discontent among the Celtic faithful over Tierney’s exit, especially as Champions League qualifiers loom, Brown says the team as whole are thrilled for the defender.“All the lads are delighted for him,” Brown told reporters. “He got a fantastic move and he’s got a fantastic club as well.“He loves this club so much that it was a hard thing for him to do, but he’s going down to England, he’s going to play against the best players week in, week out and he’s going to be in Europe as well. Here’s hoping we get to the Champions League though.“But we all wish him the best, he has been a fantastic servant to the club.“When you look at it, he came through the youth, he has supported Celtic all the way through, he has not cost the club a penny and we have sold him for £25 million.”Brown believes it is hard to ask for a better outcome, and though Tierney wasn’t afforded a massive send-off, the 34-year-old believes an opportunity for him to return will be on the cards eventually.“For me personally, it should be a fairy-tale story. When you look at Ajax and other teams like that, when they sell players that have come through the youth and given so much to the club, they have a big, massive party on the street and all the fans come out and cheer.“It’s sad that we couldn’t all wish him a farewell at Celtic Park but I’m sure he will be back up.”Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed Tierney has stopped by to see his old team-mates and coaches, and acknowledged the cycle of players leaving and new ones stepping up in their stead is part of the game.“He popped in and everyone was delighted to see him,” Lennon said. “He got a nice farewell from the players.“It was emotional for him obviously, but the players get on with it now. That’s what you do, you move on.“He’s going to be a big miss obviously but there’s an opportunity there for someone else to take on the mantle now.”Celtic have started their Premiership title defence off with a pair of wins but will look to move into the next round of Champions League qualifying on Tuesday when they face Romanian side CFR Cluj at home, following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.Meanwhile, Tierney will hope for his Arsenal debut when the Gunners face Burnley on Saturday.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama football has looked incredible through six weeks, but even the Crimson Tide are not perfect. Still, virtually everyone is penciling the team in for another run at a national championship.There is a ton of football yet to be played, but a group of four teams have emerged as the main competition, and other favorites for the College Football Playoff field.Three of the teams are pretty obvious. Clemson and Georgia were both in the playoff last season, and Ohio State is one of the only teams with the talent to go toe-to-toe with ‘Bama.According to ESPN’s Trevor Matich, however, those three are not the teams best prepared to take on Alabama right now.Matich thinks that, as of today, Notre Dame would be the biggest threat to Alabama football.The Fighting Irish have look lights out on offense since installing Ian Book as the team’s starting quarterback a few weeks ago, and the defense has been very good all year.Matich has concerns about Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence being ready to face the Tide by year’s end as a true freshman, and said that Ohio State gave up too many big plays defensively, and seemed to insinuate that the Fighting Irish were the most well-rounded club of that group.Some fans on Twitter are not impressed with his analysis:*watching Sportscenter* *question who’s the biggest threat to Alabama?*Trevor Matich : Notre DameMe : pic.twitter.com/JQekzCIhKf— vincent (@TheGawddd) October 10, 2018Trevor Matich has got to be the worst college football analyst ESPN has. His opinions are HORRIBLE.— Mo (@mes10_) October 10, 2018Trevor Matich just said Notre Dame is Bama’s biggest threat and I about fell out of my seat while eating dinner. Bless his heart.— Parrish Walton (@ParrishWalton) October 10, 2018He’s not alone, though. On Saturday, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly, creator of the S&P+ analytics system, says that Notre Dame has absolutely played its way up into the “Big Five” with ‘Bama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State.Notre Dame hosts Pitt this weekend.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)This college football season has been quite disappointing for the Arizona Razorbacks, as the team currently owns a 2-7 record.With an upcoming showdown with the LSU Tigers on the schedule for Saturday, the Razorbacks will be shorthanded in the secondary. Since the team’s victory over Tulsa on Oct. 20, Nate Dalton has been out of action.Head coach Chad Morris addressed his player’s absence, saying Dalton’s focus was primarily on academics.Chad Morris says that Nate Dalton has made the decision to focus on his academics and is no longer with the team— Tyler Cass (@5NEWSTyler) November 7, 2018The decision was voluntary for the junior defensive back.Although his impact on the field is usually made on special teams, the Razorbacks will certainly miss his presence. This news marks the fourth scholarship player on Arkansas to leave the program since the start of the season.Now, the Razorbacks will turn to its upcoming game against one of the best teams in the country.LSU and Arkansas will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET from Razorback Stadium.The game will be on the SEC Network.
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)The last time Georgia linebacker D’Andre Walker saw the field was in the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship Game against Alabama. He was forced out of the game with an injury that cost him the rest of the game and Georgia’s eventual Sugar Bowl appearance. We now have an update as to how he has dealt with the injruy as he prepares for the NFL draft.According to DawgNation, Walker has undergone surgery on a sports hernia and hopes to be fit in time for the Georgia Pro Day workout.He is currently slated to attend the NFL Combine, but is not expected to participate in any drills.Walker announced on his Twitter page this past Thursday that the surgery was a success and that he is already back to walking.Yesterday Surgery Was A Success First Day Rehab & Already Walking!! G O D Speed pic.twitter.com/BLudBr2pU9— D’Andre Walker (@DAndreWalker15) January 24, 2019The injury Walker suffered in the SEC Championship Game was believed to be a groin injury at the time. He was forced out when the team led the game 28-21. But without his pass rushing ability, Georgia struggled to get to backup quarterback Jalen Hurts, and gave up two touchdown drives in what became a 35-28 loss.Walker finished the 2018 season with 45 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks.His 7.5 sacks were more than any four of his Georgia teammates combined.Tankathon’s mock draft currently has Walker going in the third round to the Cincinnati Bengals.[DawgNation]
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is roughly seven months away, but it’s never too early to start talking about the upcoming year. The talk has been heating up lately, too.Several preseason top 25 polls have already been published and ESPN’s Football Power Index released its preseasons projections earlier in the week.ESPN’s College GameDay prediction talk has begun, too.Where will the show be heading during the 2019 college football season?The Week 1 destination seems like an easy choice.247Sports’ Brad Crawford is predicting the show will be at Oregon-Auburn, which is being played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.ESPN is going to choose one of the non-conference Power 5 season-opening matchups in this slot, but which one? This one from AT&T Stadium in Arlington should be the most competitive. Other kickoff games highlighting the docket include Miami vs. Florida in Orlando and Duke vs. Alabama in Atlanta. The stage is set for the Pac-12 by the way, which badly needs a marquee win nationally to regain some of its footing.Both Oregon and Auburn are likely preseason top 25 teams. This should be a fun matchup.You can view the full projections here.