Chelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traoreby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ready to go back to Empoli for a new signing.Local media sources say Empoli youngster Hamed Junior Traore is interesting Sarri, who is tapping his old network for information on the midfielder.The 18 year-old is shining for Empoli coach Beppe Iachini and come to the attention of Sarri.The former Empoli coach is set to call president Fabrizio Corsi about a price for Traore.The Ivorian was outstanding for Empoli in defeat to Sampdoria last weekend. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jagielka explains leaving Everton for Sheffield Unitedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jagielka has explained his decision to leave Everton for Sheffield United.He made 385 appearances over the course of 12 years at Goodison Park and won 40 England caps.”I was at home when I got the phone call from Marcel (Brands, Everton’s director of football),” he told the Daily Mail.”So I just texted Tony Sage, the kitman, to chuck all my stuff in a bin bag and I went to meet him at the front of the entrance at Finch Farm. I didn’t want to go in. It just didn’t feel right to go in.”What do you expect me to get? A Louis Vuitton bag? It was fine. I just had a few pairs of boots, some socks and stuff. I knew I may never go back there. It was all ready to go from A to B.”I was just happy there was no abuse from (veteran kitman) Jimmy Martin – though I’ll probably get that on Saturday!”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debutby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBilly Gilmour has spoken about the advice that he received from Frank Lampard before making his Chelsea debut.The 18-year-old got his chance to shine with the senior side against Sheffield United in August. He came off the bench in the 2-2 draw.Gilmour has now revealed the words he exchanged with boss Lampard before the match.”The night before, the gaffer kept asking if my family were coming down and saying make sure they come,” the Scotland U21 international told reporters.”We were 2-0 up and I’m thinking ‘this could be good’, but it was 2-1 when I came on. “That shows you how much trust he has in the younger players to put you on in such a tight game.”It finished 2-2, which wasn’t the result I hoped for, but it made my dream come true of playing in the Premier League.”
After more than two years, video of Joe Mixon punching a woman at a bar, which led to him being suspended for the 2014 season, has been released.Mixon, Oklahoma’s star running back, punched Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor during a dispute at local bar Pickleman’s Cafe. The video was released to the media today, and NewsOK.com has put it up online.We warn you, it is extremely violent.From NewsOK.com’s report on the release of the video:Mixon also had his attorney release a second surveillance video from the same night.“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the University,” his attorney, Blake Johnson, wrote in a letter. “He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”The video release comes weeks after Mixon’s first public apology for the incident, after two seasons of refusing to address it in his limited dealings with the media.For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman, Oklahoma. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.[…]I apologize to Amelia Molitor and the friends who were with her that night. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the University of Oklahoma, and its fans. I apologize to my family and friends. I realize I let a lot of people down. I apologize to all those I disappointed or hurt.Joe Mixon served a year of probation, served 100 hours of community service, and underwent counseling after the incident.[NewsOK.com]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football player and NFL hopeful is reportedly in “critical condition” after being injured in a shooting.Martayveus “Marty” Carter, a running back at Grand Valley State, was reportedly injured in a shooting this past weekend.Carter is an NFL hopeful, entering the supplemental draft, but he wasn’t chosen.Here are the details on the reported shooting, from the Holland Sentinel:Grand Valley State running back Martayveus “Marty” Carter is in critical condition in an East Chicago, Indiana hospital after being wounded in a shooting either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to the Times Northwest of Indiana.Carter was wounded and Brian Thomas, 30, of Hammond, was killed in the shooting, pronounced dead at the scene by police and is being ruled as a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner’s office in a news release to NWI.Carter, 23, is being treated in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. According to the NWI, he was not listed as a patient as of Monday and four guns were recovered from the scene. Several subjects are detained for questioning regarding the incident.Carter rushed for 3,728 and 36 touchdowns in three years. He was one of the best running backs at the Division 2 level.Our thoughts are with him and his family.
GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 27: Florida Gators head football coach Dan Mullen speaks during an introductory press conference at the Bill Heavener football complex on November 27, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Florida Gators have a real shot at the SEC Championship Game if they can get a win over No. 7 Georgia this weekend. In the face of rumors which, if true, would make that big “if” even bigger, HC Dan Mullen set fans minds at ease.Asked about a potential suspension to starting safety Brad Stewart in the wake of internet rumors, Mullen would hear none of it.“Why wouldn’t he [play]?” Mullen said, when asked if Stewart would play on Saturday.When the reporter responded that he had heard rumors, Mullen replied, “I make those decisions, not the Internet.”Q: Do you expect Brad Stewart to play Saturday?Mullen: “Why wouldn’t he?”Q: “The Internet, man.”Mullen: “Well I make those decisions, not the Internet.”— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) October 24, 2018Stewart leads the Gators with two interceptions, along with 29 tackles, two pass breakups, two QB hurries and a forced fumble.At 6-1 and with a 4-1 conference record, Florida could win the SEC East if they win out and if Kentucky lose one more game.Saturday’s game against Georgia will be played at a neutral venue – TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.
Purdue football superfan Tyler Trent has become one of the best stories of the college football season.Trent was a freshman at Purdue this fall, until his battle with cancer forced him to leave school. His health has allowed him to make games over the last few weeks, though, and he was a big focus during Purdue’s dramatic blowout win over Ohio State in West Lafayette a few weeks ago.During that morning’s College GameDay, Tom Rinaldi profiled Trent, and he was interviewed again during the game from a box at Ross-Ade Stadium. After the win, he was let down to the field. The whole thing made for an amazing moment.Last weekend, hosting Purdue, Michigan State fans did a “cancer sucks” chant in honor of Trent.Tyler Trent is back at Ross-Ade Stadium for today’s Purdue football game against Iowa, and he led an awesome gesture.At the beginning of last season, Iowa fans began an awesome tradition called the “Kinnick Wave,” where fans at home games wave to the children watching from the hospital that overlooks Kinnick StadiumThe tradition has traveled a bit. Opposing fan bases have done it during games against Iowa, and Hawkeye fans even brought it to New York City for last year’s Pinstripe Bowl.Last year, Trent was in Iowa for the Kinnick Wave during Purdue’s game there. He called for Purdue fans to do it today.@TonyTrent10 and I had the honor of taking part in the wave last year and it is an experience I am forever thankful for. The least we can do is have @RossAdeStadium and the @rossadebrigade wave this Saturday. #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/cfI8UEV0Vu— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) October 31, 2018Purdue played a message from Trent explaining the wave on the video board, and Boilermaker fans made it happen.We’re pleased to have @TheTylerTrent lead us in joining @HawkeyeFootball in the Kinnick Wave from West Lafayette. ??? pic.twitter.com/RXYtmBHzK3— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 3, 2018After @theTylerTrent’s message on the video board, fans at Ross Ade wave toward Iowa Children’s hospital in honor of the tradition started at Kinnick Stadium by the Hawkeyes. pic.twitter.com/Kumcrr2rW4— atreya verma (@atreya_verma) November 3, 2018.@BoilerFootball and @HawkeyeFootball play at @RossAdeStadium. Both sides come together in the battle against cancer by supporting @theTylerTrent and @uiowa Children’s Hospital for the famous wave. #tylerstrong #cancersucks pic.twitter.com/22VqeeQs2F— Alice Kang (@AliceMyNBC5) November 3, 2018Purdue is having another great season under head coach Jeff Brohm, and Tyler Trent’s continued presence has made the program one that every across the country can support, even fans of Big Ten rivals.Purdue leads the Hawkeyes 21-10 in the second quarter.
BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 3: The sun lights the foothills of Boise in this overhead shot of Bronco Stadium before the start of the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Boise State Broncos on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)On Friday night, No. 23 Fresno State took on Boise State in a matchup of Mountain West foes. The Bulldogs took a 17-3 advantage well into the third quarter before the Broncos woke up and scored three touchdowns over the final quarter and a half to win the game 24-17.With the win, both teams sit at 8-2 on the season and are primed to meet yet again in the conference title game later this season.The win did not come without some controversy. Late in the fourth quarter, Boise State iced the game with a first down – but it might not have been a first down.Here’s a look at the chains during the “first down” call by the officials.Uhhhhh, Fresno State just got TOTALLY hosed … this was called a first down that ended the game for Boise State. pic.twitter.com/MGE7tCl0jk— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) November 10, 2018It looks like Fresno State should have had one last shot to tie the game, but the officials decided otherwise.In the end, both teams sit at 8-2 on the year and are primed for solid bowl games.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 01: Members of the Texas State Bobcats run off the field before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Rutgers’ team captain Jonah Jackson, a graduate transfer at the offensive line position, is reportedly considering several major programs.247Sports is reporting that Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive guard, will be visiting Ohio State this week.Jackson is also considering: Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia, Texas, Pitt, Iowa and Maryland.Bobby Deren of 247Sports is reporting the news.#Rutgers Grad Transfer @Jackson77Jonah picks up #OhioState offer today and will visit this week. Also being pursued by #Oklahoma, #PennState, #Virginia, #Texas, #Pitt, #Iowa and #Maryland— Bobby Deren (@BobbyDeren) January 28, 2019Jackson was a junior captain for Rutgers in 2018.The offensive lineman started at both center and right guard for the Scarlet Knights during the 2017 season and played exclusively at RG in 2018.Eleven Warriors believes Ohio State could be a natural fit:Considering Ohio State lost both starting guards – Demetrius Knox and Malcolm Pridgeon – to graduation and starting center Michael Jordan to the NFL, Jackson would be a natural fit.Josh Myers is slated to get the first crack at center, and Wyatt Davis will start at one of the guard spots. But at the other guard position, there aren’t an abundance of options. Branden Bowen, Gavin Cupp and Matthew Jones are the most likely to step into the starting role, though Jackson could step in and start if the Buckeyes land him.Rutgers is coming off a 1-11 season. Jackson would be one of dozens of major college football players who have explored big transfers this offseason. Stay tuned.
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)With Urban Meyer leaving coaching behind for now, the legendary coach is adjusting to his newest role of assistant athletic director of athletics initiatives and relations at Ohio State.This is familiar territory for another former coach of the Buckeyes, Jim Tressel, who also went from the football field to university administration.Tressel was the head coach of Ohio State from 2001 to 2010, but now serves as the president at Youngstown State University. His experiences on and off the field provide ideal examples for Meyer to follow.Nonetheless, Tressel is going one step further to help out Meyer in his quest for success away from the gridiron.In an effort to help Meyer get the best possible production from the next chapter of his life, Tressel shared his advice on how to handle an administrative role with the Buckeyes in an interview with Eleven Warriors.Jim Tressel shares his advice for Urban Meyer and Ryan Day, encouraging Meyer to seek fulfillment in his new role as an administrator and Day to believe in himself. https://t.co/gLHACii3bE— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 31, 2019Although this will be completely different than coaching, Meyer will have to channel the same passion that made him one of the best at his profession.From Eleven Warriors:“My only suggestion to him was to make sure that he believes that the next chapter is just as important as the last chapter, and he’s got to create this next chapter as being something that will excite him and make him be fired up about what it is he’s contributing to the good of the whole,” Tressel said. “And sometimes it’s not an automatic light switch. Sometimes you have to think through it and experience some things before you really know for sure. But clearly, it will happen for him. And I tease him, he’s a young man, he’s got a lot of good things to do.”It’ll be interesting to watch Meyer shift away from coaching, especially considering how his love for the game brought him back in 2012.As for Ohio State, Ryan Day will try to lead the program to a national championship in his first season as the head coach.