Liverpool not planning new Robertson dealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson is not on the verge of signing a new contract with Liverpool.Given the Scot’s emergence as a key player for Jurgen Klopp over the past 12 months, reports had suggested that he was close to earning a bumper deal from the Reds.However, the Evening Standard believe the club have no plans to renegotiate Robertson’s contract, which expires in 2021.Robertson is not upset with the decision from Liverpool, contrary to reports. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery pushed about Cahill: Arsenal looking at different possibilitiesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery refused to rule out moving for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill after victory over Fulham.Emery confirmed plans he hoped to buy this month.He said, “It’s not easy to change or improve our team with the possibilities in the transfer market, but the club is working. We are looking at different possibilities. “Maybe we can improve in the transfer market if we get the opportunity. Maybe we can sign one or two players, but it’s not easy.”Asked directly about Cahill, he added: “We didn’t speak about him.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio president Claudio Lotito has eased talk of a deal for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.The defender was expected to join Chelsea this week, but Lotito now appears to be putting the brakes on the deal.”Zappacosta? The market is not made from the collection of stickers,” rapped Lotito.”If I even like him, I wonder if he is functional and necessary.”The president continued: “These assessments are not made by the president. The president hears and listens to people. I have a coach, a sports director, a team manager who contribute to the formation of my conviction.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool captain Henderson tribute to Leicester boss Rodgersby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson paid tribute to Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers in his match programme notes yesterday.Ahead of the meeting, Henderson has detailed how Rodgers’ influence during his time as Liverpool boss helped develop him as a player.He wrote in his column: “I will always be grateful to Sir Kenny Dalglish for having enough belief in myself to bring me here in the first place. But as well as Sir Kenny, Brendan played a massive part in my Liverpool career and development as a player here.“It’s already apparent that Brendan is doing for the Leicester players what he did for us when he came to Liverpool. It’s obvious how much the lads there have bought into what he and his staff are looking to create and achieve, and it’s genuinely no surprise to me that they’ve made such a positive start to this season.“In the three years-plus I spent working for Brendan I learned so much from him. He was massively generous when it came to giving time to explain what he wanted from you, in terms of improvement and development.“I mentioned the faith Sir Kenny showed in offering me the chance to become a Liverpool player, and I have the same appreciation to Brendan for making me captain. I was still relatively young at that time and I’m sure there would have been ‘safer’ choices to make.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan face MLS competition for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan face MLS competition for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. Off contract in June, Giroud is a January target for Inter coach Antonio Conte, who sees the veteran as cover for Romelu Lukaku.However, Gazzetta dello Sport says interest from MLS is also arriving.New York City FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are the latest two teams keen.This season, Giroud has played nine matches for Chelsea, in which he’s scored four goals.
Chelsea star N’Golo Kante has been removed from the France national team as the result of a knee injury, the French Football Federation have announced.Kante picked up the knee injury in training for Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ Europa League final clash with Arsenal.That injury threatened the midfielder’s chances of playing in the Europa League showcase, but Kante managed to suit up and go the full 90 minutes in the 4-1 victory over the Gunners on May 29. 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? The performance would have seemed to herald Kante’s fitness and he joined France’s squad for European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra on June 8 and 11.However, Kante played no part in France’s 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia on June 2 and has since been evaluated by the squad’s medical team.The decision has been reached Kante will take no part in either qualifier, with the midfielder leaving the team Thursday evening.A statement from the FFF read: “After meeting with the medical staff following the evolution of his right knee injury, coach Didier Deschamps decided to release the international midfielder from Chelsea FC before leaving for Konya, Turkey, scheduled for Friday morning.”France also stated a replacement for Kante will not be called in.Kante was honoured this week as he and his France team-mates received the country’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honour, for winning the 2018 World Cup.The Chelsea midfielder enjoyed another strong season at Stamford Bridge, despite controversially being used further up the field by Maurizio Sarri.Kante managed a new goals high for himself with Chelsea, scoring four times with the Blues this term, while his four assists matched his high set with Leicester City during their shock title-winning season in 2015-16.Without Kante, France travel to Turkey and Andorra looking to build on their positive start to Euro 2020 qualification, which began in March with victories over Moldova and Iceland.Les Blues are expected to have Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe available for the contests despite the forward being substituted with a knock against Bolivia.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp should be making a new left-back and another creative midfielder his top priorities for the summer transfer window, claims Mark Lawrenson.The Reds are expected to reinforce their ranks over the coming weeks.A sixth European Cup may have been secured, but even Champions League winners have room for improvement. 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? Those at Anfield acknowledge as much, with the Liverpool board vowing to make more funds available.It remains to be seen where Klopp will seek to invest those, amid links to star names from back to front, but Reds legend Lawrenson believes there are areas in obvious need of strengthening.He said in The Mirror: “You’d look at Liverpool now and think, ‘It’s really time to kick on’. But if people are thinking there are going to be five or six new players, I don’t see that.”Klopp might need another left-back with [Alberto] Moreno going, because if Andy Robertson was out for two to three months, would you be happy with James Milner in there?“This is where Liverpool have to get a little bit closer to Manchester City, who just have world-class replacements everywhere.“So maybe a young left-back with loads of potential who Klopp can train on and who you hope won’t play for the first four or five months if Robertson is fit.“Maybe a No.10, too. They tried to get Nabil Fekir, which didn’t happen because of his knee, but that kind of player would be good.”Liverpool have been linked with Fekir again, as well as a possible move to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Merseyside from Barcelona.Whoever is targeted, Lawrenson believes the Reds are in a good place after bringing a seven-year wait for major silverware to a close.“I’m obviously delighted and as much as anything for Jurgen Klopp,” said a man who spent seven years of his playing career at Anfield.“For Klopp, it was a little bit of a crossroads after having lost six finals in a row. It doesn’t matter how mentally strong you are as a manager, you have to start to question yourself when you have lost a series of big finals.“You got a sense of that when he said that it was very important he won this one for his family, because they have had to go through it with him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Brett McMurphy’s reporting on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga has provided us with the story of the college football preseason. That story is set to come to a conclusion later this week, as Ohio State’s Board of Trustees is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss personnel matters following the investigation.McMurphy has come under scrutiny from some – Ohio State fans, mostly, but also others – and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn went at him a bit on the radio.Quinn, a Dublin, Ohio native, is questioning McMurphy’s motive following his latest report.”What he’s doing is taking one side of it and reporting it in a very twisted and calculated way which makes me think he’s got a motive”@TheJonasKnox & Brady Quinn (@3rd_Goal) have some questions about how Brett McMurphy has chosen to release informationhttps://t.co/IzYSbTEKBH— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) August 20, 2018Quinn says he is not defending Zach Smith, but he doesn’t feel like McMurphy’s reporting has been balanced.“If you’re a reporter, your job is to be objective,” Quinn said. “Even if things are as one-sided as they seem, you still have to paint the entire picture for people. That’s where he hasn’t done that. He hasn’t at all. At no point has he come back with a counter-point to his own discussion within everything he’s reported.“I’m not defending Zach Smith and he should probably go to jail for some of the stuff he’s done if it’s all true, but what (McMurphy) is doing is taking one side of it and reporting it in a very twisted, calculated way which makes me think he’s got a motive and there’s something else going on in all of this.”Jeff Snook, who’s authored several college football books (including some on his alma mater, Ohio State), has published a couple of things that could be labeled as the “other side.” You can read some of that here.Regardless of everything that’s gone on, this is all set to wrap up soon. The BOT is set to meet at 9 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday. A decision on Meyer’s future could come later in the day.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 02: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up prior to their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In a strange twist in the Deondre Francois’ story that led to his dismissal from the FSU football team, Francois’ ex-girlfriend is apparently recanting the allegation that he hit her.Diamond Lindsey, who published a video on Instagram over the weekend depicting a domestic dispute with Francois, published a new post where she apologized to Francois and regretted posting the video in the first place.Francois was dismissed from the FSU program yesterday.I want to first start by apologizing to Deondre and his family for ultimately diminishing his character. I should have never posted a video from our past situations that were already handled. The motive of the video was to scare him not to ruin anything he had going for hisself.Lindsey goes on to explain that the video was made to threaten him, and took responsibility for the seemingly-violent sounds in the video.She stated that she did not call the police and further apologized for misleading people.The full transcript of the post is available here:The Instagram account that posted the Deondre Francois video Saturday evening just posted this. pic.twitter.com/92KW1pCcRz— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) February 4, 2019Despite the apology, it is unlikely that Lindsey’s statement will give FSU any cause to reconsider Francois’ status. The video does appear to indicate some form of abuse coming from Francois, even if there is no visual evidence to reinforce what he was apparently saying.Since his dismissal from the football team, Francois has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Twitter poll instead of coin toss in cricket: ICC announces Test reforms on April 1On April 1, the International Cricket Council came up with a series of tweets, informing fans of the game about the changes that will be brought about in Test cricket when the ICC Test Championship begins later this year.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 17:02 IST @BCCI PhotoHIGHLIGHTSICC announced an array of reforms to Test cricket to improve the format’s popularity on April 1Fans will decide who will come to bat first and who will have to go for bowling by participating in a Twitter poll: ICCICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits: Cricket body on TwitterInternational Cricket Council (ICC) started their Monday morning by posting a prolific number of tweets announcing the changes they are planning to bring in longest-format cricket during the World Test Championship to make it more distinctive and appealing to the younger generation.Some of the changes they planned to bring in Test cricket for the World Test Championship, which is scheduled to commence in the month of July this year, from traditional Test cricket are:Numbers and Instagram handle on jerseysICC tweeted to bring numbers and Instagram handles to the jerseys of the players to make it more appealing to the younger generation.Using their official Twitter handle, ICC tweeted: “As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship.”As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship. pic.twitter.com/XnvantQfc9ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019Twitter polls rather than traditional coin tossNow the fans will decide who will come to bat first and who will have to go for bowling by participating in a Twitter poll. Many players did ask to bring technology into play after Mankad incident to check for No-balls but ICC took it a bit serious and replaced traditional coin toss with social media polling.advertisement”In further changes ahead of the World Test Championship, the tradition of the coin toss will be replaced by a @Twitter poll, allowing fans at home to decide who bats and bowls!,” ICC tweeted.Option to wear shorts to beat the heatTest Players will now also get an option to wear shorts so that heat does not take a toll on the players and sway their performance.ICC tweeted: “Should the temperature reach 35degC, the ICC’s updated playing conditions will allow all Test players the option to wear shorts.”Other decisions to transmute the Test Cricket and bring fans even closer to the sport, ICC announced that they will give broadcasters an option to position commentators on the field of play behind the slips cordon and will also permit the fielding team to complete a ‘Double Wicket Play’ by running out the other batsman after taking a catch.All these tweets were tweeted with a ‘CricketNotAsYouKnowIt’ hashtag on the picture.It’s the April fool day, so, there is a colossal chance that ICC is celebrating the day in a very peculiar way but it is yet to be confirmed by the global governing body of cricket whether it is just a prank or not.Two minor changes will be made to cricket terminology with no balls and dot balls to henceforth be known as ‘Faults’ and ‘Aces’. pic.twitter.com/3gFdhO4c59ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019Runs scored in the evening session of day/night Tests will count double, creating a new and exciting strategic element ???2?? pic.twitter.com/Hqzzwe8sbYICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019And finally, should teams be level on the World Test Championship table, the first tie-breaking criteria will be ‘Away Runs.’So which of these initiatives are you most looking forward to? ??#CricketNotAsYouKnowIt pic.twitter.com/HHxUvxdv7kICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli proud as India win ICC Test championship mace for 3rd successive yearAlso Read | Got to admire how MS Dhoni takes the game deep and gets the job done: Ben StokesAlso 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 ICCFollow April Fool’s DayFollow ICC Test ChampionshipFollow April 1Follow InstagramFollow Coin toss