TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Lyon ace Memphis Depay has revealed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho offered the carrot of buying him back when he was sold two years ago.Depay failed to settle in at Manchester United during his two years at the Old Trafford club, but has his career back on track at OL.Talking to The Times, Depay said: “When I left, I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top’. “He said ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.” On his relationship with Louis van Gaal, who brought him to Manchester United, the Dutchman said: “We didn’t fall out, it was just a miss-connection with each other.”As a team we didn’t play great football and some things I don’t understand – if you have talented young players, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and the others, they need freedom.”
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erin andrews jimmy kimmelErin Andrews, who recently won her lawsuit in the much-publicized stalker trial, was awarded $55 million in damages from the Nashville Marriott, the Windsor Capital Group and Michael David Barrett. It didn’t take long for ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to get to the point when Andrews came on as his guest Wednesday night.Kimmel, jokingly, asked Andrews for $1 million. Of course – as we’ve written – she doesn’t have any of that money yet, and she won’t get it all.In all seriousness, it’s great to see Andrews smiling and laughing after the trial. The pictures/video from the ordeal were pretty tough to see.
Twitter/@HuskerFBNationWisconsin honored the late Sam Foltz on Saturday.Nebraska and Wisconsin square off in a Big Ten clash on Saturday night and prior to kick off Wisconsin and its kicker Rafael Gaglianone honored the late Sam Foltz by taking the team a Nebraska a jersey with his name on it:#SaturdaysAreForSamAppreciate you joining us today @rafagaglianone.#ForeverTwoSeven pic.twitter.com/ghYEGzPiCp— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 29, 2016Nebraska’s special teams unit laid the jersey on the bench as they have done all season.Foltz, along with Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, died in a car crash driving back from a special teams camp in Wisconsin. Nebraska opponents this season have done an awesome job paying their respects. Today, the Badgers were no different.The way that the college football community has rallied around Nebraska in light of this summer’s tragedy truly is special.Foltz was the Big Ten’s punter of the year last season and was considered one of the best players at his position in college football. He was 22 years old.
Real Madrid new boy Eden Hazard helped Belgium on their way to an easy 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in Brussels in Euro 2020 qualification.The hosts made it three wins from three games in Group I thanks to goals from Dries Mertens, Timothy Castagne and Romelu Lukaku.Hazard was playing his first match since leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid and teed up the opening goal with a typical piece of sharp movement and a precise cross from the right flank. 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? Mertens was the recipient of Hazard’s service and he turned provider as Castagne made it 2-0 soon after and Lukaku put the game beyond any doubt early in the second half.To the delight of 36,000 at the King Baudouin Stadium, Belgium dominated throughout and only had to wait until the 11th minute for the opener, Mertens fortunate as his shot from Hazard’s delivery took a telling deflection over goalkeeper Dmytro Nepohodov.It was already clear Nepohodov was in for a busy night, after earlier efforts from Axel Witsel and Kevin De Bruyne, and the Belgium lead was doubled when Mertens found space on the left and his cross was headed home emphatically by defender Castagne, who celebrated his first international goal.Witsel, Lukaku and Mertens all rained shots at the Kazakhstan goal before Jan Vertonghen put a difficult chance over the bar and De Bruyne rattled the crossbar as Belgium threatened a rout.They made sure of the points in the 50th minute. Mertens cut in from the right flank and curling a left-footed shot against the base of the far post but the ball bounced out straight to Lukaku, who prodded into an empty net for the easiest goal of his Belgium career.An excellent evening against @KFF_Team We’re already back on Tuesday for #BELSCO Join us https://t.co/f2VILpCMLL #COMEONBELGIUM pic.twitter.com/VSuOLPzARX— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 8, 2019What does it mean? – Belgium a class apartBelgium could have scored six or seven on another night. Hazard, De Bruyne and Mertens picked apart a weak defence relentlessly as one of the likely favourites for Euro 2020 proved their class once again.Still keeping good KompanyWill Vincent Kompany wind down his on-pitch career after taking on his player-manager role at Anderlecht? Belgium must hope not as he produced a performance that suggested he deserves to remain a key presence for his country, whipping a chance away from Toktar Zhangylyshbay in an excellent piece of defending.Mertens misses his markNapoli forward Mertens was key in creating openings but spurned chances to add to his goal. One in particular stood out, when he skied the ball 10 yards over from barely six yards out.What’s next?Belgium host Scotland on Tuesday while Kazakhstan have a golden opportunity to claim their second win of qualification against minnows San Marino. read more
Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli says he has set himself targets in terms of goals and assists as he looks to cement his place in the Spurs team, and the national set up as England build towards next summers’ European Championships.His team are linked with reinforcements in Alli’s preferred position as they are rumoured to be pursuing Giovani Lo Celso of Real Betis. Meanwhile Gareth Southgate has an embarrassment of riches in attacking midfield.The 23-year-old had seven goals and eight assists in 38 club games last year, but has taken the unprecedented step, for him at least, of having a number of goal involvements in mind as the dawn of the new season is on the horizon. 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? “I’m not one for setting targets for goals and assists but I want to bring them back into my game,” he told the press. “So of course, I’ve set myself a little target.“I want to perform in every game, not just the big games. I feel good. I haven’t had any problems during pre-season. I’m feeling strong, I’m feeling fit. So, yes, I’m excited.”Alli believes pressure on his place is part and parcel of being a big-name player at an elite club.He thinks no player can be safe in those circumstances and welcomes the competition on the training ground and on the pitch.“As top players we want to be challenging ourselves,” the ex-MK Dons man added. “We don’t want to stay still or think this is as good as we are going to get. We want to keep pushing on and having top competition.“There are top players here and the players that are not in the starting 11 are training hard and working hard every day. Everyone is fighting to keep their places.”He thinks that the need for constant improvement doesn’t just apply to individuals but the team as well.Spurs reached the Champions League final last year, but Alli knows the team must strive to be better.“Last year the Champions League was a big achievement for us,” he continued. “We were disappointed we didn’t go all the way and win it but we are going to have to channel that hurt we felt in that game and keep improving.“We are not the finished article. We know that. We’ve got things to improve on.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 42-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines by performing their alma mater song Carmen Ohio at Ohio Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)You probably have a college football team that you love. You probably have a couple of college football teams that you hate.That’s, really, what makes the sport so awesome. The line between love and hate is a fine one and few sports better exemplify it than college football.What are the most “hated” college football teams of all-time?247Sports’ Brad Crawford named his top 10.A past Ohio State team is on the list.According to Crawford, the 2002 national champion Buckeyes are the sixth-most hated college football team ever.The whistle heard ‘round the world. Miami fans still want an explanation from Terry Porter on what exactly he saw when Hurricanes ballhawk Glenn Sharpe blanketed Buckeyes wideout Chris Gamble in the end zone, only to be whistled for defensive holding to extend the game in overtime. Ohio State would eventually win, beating top-ranked Miami, 31-24, to shock the defending national champions. The “Luckeyes” seemed to always have a flair for the dramatic during Jim Tressel’s only national championship season and benefited from several calls — including that big one — to be the last team standing. Freshman Maurice Clarett was Ohio State’s star, a trash-talking ballcarrier no one seemed to like in the Big Ten or nationally. He couldn’t stay out of trouble and was later dismissed by the university.That’s a fair spot. Few college football national title games have been scrutinized more than that one.You can view the full list here.
(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Former Colgate star Jordan Scott, one of the best running backs in Patriot League history, is dead at 31. He tragically died after jumping off of a dam at a resort while on vacation in Thailand.Scott is all-time leader in rushing attempts in all of Division I football. The 2009 grad carried the rock 1,240 times during his Raiders career, piling up 5,621 yards and 57 touchdowns. Both were Patriot League records when his career ended.He remains second in both yards and touchdowns in conference history. This season, Fordham’s Chase Edmonds passed him in those categories.Jordan Scott, a Washington, D.C. native, was on vacation with friends in Thailand last week.On Friday, while on a visit to a resort near Khao Sok National Park, he jumped off of Ratchaprapa Dam. After his second jump, he never resurfaced.Local authorities found his body on Monday. He was confirmed dead earlier today by the Bangkok Post.More on the tragic incident, from The Oneida Daily Dispatch:According to Friday’s edition of the Bangkok Post, the 31-year-old failed to surface after jumping into the water at the Ratchaprapa Dam, near Surat Thani in the Ban Ta Khun district. That area is located about an hour’s flight south of Bangkok.Scott hailed from Washington, D.C., and he was visiting the area with five friends. It was Scott’s second jump into the water, which is estimated at 150 feet deep at that point next to the dam. The structure spans 2,500 feet and was built in 1987.According to the report, the resort will pay Scott’s family $31,000, which it will receive from its accident insurance package.Colgate head coach Dan Hunt praised his former star running back, for both his on-field accomplishments, and for who he was as a person:“Jordan was one of the best players we’ve ever had here but also one of the better people,” Colgate head coach Dan Hunt said. “He made everybody around him better and made everybody feel welcome.”[…]“He’ll be missed, and you will see in the next days and weeks to come the strength that is Colgate Football. We will rally behind him and his family. To have a career like that and to leave marks like he did kind of gives you a little bit of immortality. He will be remembered forever.”A GoFundMe campaign has also raised over $36,000 on what was a $16,000 goal to bring home his body. The excess funds will be donated in Jordan’s memory. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family, and the Colgate community during this incredibly difficult time.[The Oneida Daily Dispatch]
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Syracuse vs. Florida State takes place in the Carrier Dome, where the Orange have taken down big-name opponents each of the last two years.Syracuse is 2-0 in year three under Dino Babers. The Orange have been putting up big point totals, but surrendered 42 points against Western Michigan in Week 1, most of which came in a bonkers third quarter.Florida State wishes it only had one really troubling quarter. The Seminoles were handled at home by Virginia Tech in Week 1, and had to come from behind against Samford last week.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Syracuse vs. Florida State is out.Syracuse is actually a slight edge at home, even against a team with more talent on paper. FPI gives the Orange a 57-percent chance to win.Via ESPN:Syracuse vs. Florida State will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.ESPN will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has been making headlines this week, as the Ohio State head coach returns to the Buckeyes in full-time capacity following his three-game suspension following the investigation into his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith.Today, Meyer is once again making headlines, but this time, it’s for something in his past.The former Florida Gators coach reportedly warned NFL teams against drafting former star tight end Aaron Hernadez, whose past doesn’t need to be explained at this point.The quote comes from Ian O’Connor’s new book, Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time. It details a conversation Meyer had with an unnamed NFL coach.From the book:While coaching the University of Florida, Urban Meyer warned at least one NFL team that it should not draft his talented but troubled tight end, Aaron Hernandez. Meyer told that team, “Look, this guy’s a hell of a football player, but he f—ing lies to beat the system and teaches all our other guys to beat the system. With the marijuana stuff, we’ve never caught this guy, but we know he’s doing it. … Don’t f—ing touch that guy.” An official with that NFL team said he was taken aback when Meyer’s friend, Belichick, drafted Hernandez in the fourth round. “I never understood that,” the official said.Hernandez, of course, went on to be drafted by the Patriots. He had a promising NFL career before later going to prison and later dying.Meyer, meanwhile, is set to return to the sideline on Saturday against Tulane.
HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 02: Current NFL player Emmanuel Acho visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl 51 Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)It was a nice, quiet Sunday in college football until Zach Smith went on an off-the-wall Twitter rant about Texas head coach Tom Herman.Smith and Herman used to work together as Ohio State assistants. They reportedly used to recruit together, but there’s clearly no love lost between the two at this point.In a lengthy tweetstorm tonight, Smith accused Herman of cheating on his wife. Included in the rant was a screenshot of an apparent conversation between Smith and Herman.It appears that Herman responded to Smith.Remember when you were with an a Asian massuese? Because I dooooooooo…. @CoachTomHerman – you’re the biggest snitch alive… and also the biggest hypocrite alive. Anyone wanna know all that I know about Tommy Boy? Contact me. Lmao pic.twitter.com/L9x4bJ19ii— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) November 11, 2018Shortly after all of this went viral, ESPN analyst and former Texas star Emmanuel Acho interjected his thoughts on the matter.In fact, all he did was tweet Herman’s apparent response to Smith.Ok. CoolHook Em! ??— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) November 11, 2018We’re going to take a guess and say that “Ok. Cool. Hook Em!” is going to catch on and become a meme/oft-repeated joke.