Napoli icon Diego Maradona due to be released from hospitalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona was due to be released from hospital last night after a health scare.Ole reports Maradona was taken to Clinica Olivios hospital in Buenos Aires on Friday evening after a routine checkup showed his stomach was bleeding.Maradona has just taken charge of Dorados.And in a positive development, Ole has followed up that he was due to be sent home before the day was out. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Photos: Under Armour Unveiled New HeatGear ArmourVent Uniforms For Maryland, USC, Temple, SIU, NW, Seton Hall, St. John’sBy admin on October 27, 2019
COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 22: A general view of Under Armour shoes during a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Under Armour released new uniforms for seven of its men’s basketball programs Thursday afternoon. The brand unveiled HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms for Maryland, South Carolina, Temple, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and St. John’s. Check them out: The all-new HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms. Engineered with the most innovative mesh ever made. http://t.co/ckZHvI3bM3 pic.twitter.com/hcCYqthfgs— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) January 22, 2015Thoughts on the uniforms, fans of the respective programs? Under Armour seems to be taking its basketball game up a notch.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)It’s been less than a week that new Alabama defensive backs coach Mel Tucker has been on the job. But it looks like he’s already become the victim of a rival team’s fan base having a little bit of fun on Twitter. Tucker joined the social media network on January 27, and sent out a few pro-Crimson Tide tweets in the days that followed. But over the past 18 hours, his account has tweeted out a number of pro-LSU messages instead. Clearly, someone with an affinity for the Tigers has taken over his account. Tucker may want to change up his password in the near future. Alabama’s recruits are probably a bit confused at the moment.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have an extremely tight one at Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, but if things hold, Iowa will be conference champs. After the Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans traded five field goals through the first three quarters, C.J. Beathard aired it out, connecting with Tevaun Smith on a deep pass for an 85 yard touchdown..@LucasOilStadium just erupted. Why? Because @HawkeyeFootball just took the lead on this *long* TD. https://t.co/AdE6L3P3p2— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 6, 2015Iowa leads 13-9 with 13:51 remaining in the game. You’re up, Connor Cook.
Jose Mourinho’s biographer Manuel Pereira says that the manager’s issues with Paul Pogba came down to the Portuguese’s desire to control his players.The manger had highly-publicised issues with the French midfielder, who has been unleashed under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.A known extrovert who enjoys social media, Pogba never truly flourished under Mourinho before the manager departed the club midway through the season. 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? Pereira, who also said Mourinho was too demanding for some players, added the strain was caused by Mourinho’s desire to control his players, a tendency that doesn’t work as well in modern football.”He is certainly not someone who controls the privacy of his players. That is not his right. When it comes to football, he likes to have full control,” Pereira told Goal and Spox.”Mourinho quickly becomes suspicious of players who do not reach their maximum in training and games. This can happen once, twice or three times, but not regularly. He does not want them fooling around, but disciplined and playing football. That’s what they’re paid for.”If a player gives 100 per cent, Mourinho has no problem with him. Then there is nothing to control. But when Mourinho feels it is not the case and the player feels he has to do less, it becomes difficult.”Most clubs today believe in the professionalism of their players, that they pay attention to themselves and their diet and in the middle of the season do not drink alcohol or go to parties.”However, the example of Ousmane Dembele shows well that there are still a few players who struggle with it. At Real Madrid, for example, every player had to be available for a caregiver at midnight in the past. Such rules are inconceivable today. It is even more important for a coach to have someone to represent him on the pitch.”Pereira went on to say that a lack of leadership at United was another issue that plagued the relationship.Mourinho had a number of respected veterans at each of his prior clubs, but Pereira says that was not the case during his time with the Red Devils.”Exactly. A respect person who communicates the ideas of the trainer to the rest of the team. You could say: A coach among the players,” he said.”Mourinho always had that before his time in Manchester. For example, Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid, Frank Lampard at Chelsea or Javier Zanetti at Inter Milan. It is always difficult to lead and coordinate a group of 25 men, especially if you are a demanding person like Mourinho. Only a few coaches can do that.”I remember when Diego Simeone almost always set up Tiago in his early years at Atletico Madrid. Tiago was not a footballer from another planet, but an incredibly strong player, a good communicator who internalised and passed on Simeone’s ideas and ways of thinking. Later, Gabi took over this role, today it’s Diego Godin.”At Manchester I don’t see such a leader anymore. There is no Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs or Rio Ferdinand anymore. With such leaders in the team Mourinho would have had it easier.”Pereira also said that Santiago Solari will be feeling pressure at Real Madrid with Mourinho now available while adding that he would expect the manager to jump to a new role in the summer. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
If this is January, can you imagine how Anfield will be come April and May?Sloppy in the snow, Liverpool’s Premier League title charge suffered a dent here. Rarely has a five-point lead at the top of the table felt like such a disappointment.It isn’t disappointing, of course, but after Manchester City’s slip-up at Newcastle on Tuesday, this was the hottest ticket in town. The door was open for Jurgen Klopp’s men to take full advantage. A seven-point margin awaited. 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? For the first time all season, they fluffed their lines. For the first time all season, they dropped points against a team they would have expected to overcome.Leicester City had beaten both City and Chelsea already this term, and Claude Puel’s counter-attacking Foxes can add another noteworthy result to their collection after this. Indeed, had the visitors shown a tad more quality in the final third, they’d have taken all three points.As for Liverpool, they must reflect on a missed opportunity, a night when the weather was bad and their performance was worse. Nervy, sluggish and wasteful, this was a display which belonged to a different era. Klopp will hope his side do not live to rue it.”We take what we get,” said Klopp afterwards. “And tonight it’s a point. It’s more than we had before the game, and that’s fine. Am I overly-happy? No, because we wanted to win the game of course.”It all looked so rosy for the Reds when Sadio Mane fired them ahead after just two minutes, but like City the night before, they were unable to turn a fast start into a comfortable evening.On a pitch slowed by the snow, sloppiness invaded their play. From Alisson in goal to Mohamed Salah up front, Liverpool just didn’t find their feet. Harry Maguire’s equaliser, plundered from close range right on half-time, felt almost inevitable.”The snow is actually not a problem, the problem is when it stays on the pitch and that was the case,” said Klopp, not entirely convincingly. “The ball didn’t roll really, and when you have the ball for 70-80 per cent of the time, then it makes life really uncomfortable.”Anfield had expected a procession, but it got an ordeal. Leicester had chances to win it after the break, whereas Liverpool failed to rouse the kind of finale we have come to expect.”To break down a side who defend like Leicester did tonight, you have to accelerate, you have to speed up in decisive areas,” Klopp admitted. “Sometimes we didn’t do it, I don’t know exactly why, and sometimes we couldn’t do it.”As a result, Kasper Schmeichel was underworked, though the home side are entitled to ask why referee Martin Atkinson failed to award a penalty when Ricardo Pereira clipped Naby Keita in the box. “I don’t know what he was thinking in this moment,” said Klopp. “You have to ask him.”Welcome to a title race, you could say. Liverpool have been close to perfect in the league so far, but exceptional levels are difficult to sustain.City, let off the hook after their aberration on Tyneside, can ramp up the pressure by beating Arsenal before Klopp takes his team to West Ham on Monday night.Liverpool will at least have James Milner back for that one, and perhaps Trent Alexander-Arnold too. Jordan Henderson filled in at right-back here, and did an admirable job all things considered, but his side lacked control and presence in midfield and were troubled by Demarai Gray and Co. on the break, particularly in the second half. The captain, and surely Fabinho too, will start in their natural positions in London.The upshot, of course, is that as disappointing as it felt, Liverpool still extended their advantage in the title race. They drew and City lost. They still hold all the cards, though recent games suggest we are in for more nervy afternoons and evenings between now and May.At the end, the Kop sang ‘Liverpool, Liverpool’ in an act of support and defiance. Their team are still very much in the driving seat, but it could have been so much better. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has insisted the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), are not seeking to sell the Champions League finalists.The Reds will compete for what would be the first piece of silverware of the Jurgen Klopp era when they face Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid.Klopp has recently been linked with Serie A champions Juventus – rumours he dismissed as “bullsh*t” – with Werner also rejecting suggestions the German could leave Merseyside. 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? And the Liverpool chairman believes the burgeoning partnership between FSG and Klopp will continue for many years to come.“We don’t really want to discuss his situation publicly, especially so close to the final,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo of Klopp’s Anfield future.“But I think you know that we think the world of him. “We have already extended his contract once. All I can say is that it’s obviously important that he stays for as long as he likes. We believe that he’s committed to Liverpool.“Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that when there is an atmosphere where people are empowered to work together as a team, great things can happen. “Obviously, it starts with Jurgen and his outstanding leadership. That’s critical to everything that we’ve achieved this year.”On claims FSG are seeking a buyer, Werner added: “Every time those rumours come up we bat them down. I hope people now know that we are focused on continuing the progress of this club.”We have no intention of selling. We have reached a position where I think the club is in the best shape it’s been for a very long time. “We have always said that our desire is to win silverware and we’re hungry to touch that trophy in Madrid.”Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title despite setting a club-record points total, with Manchester City retaining their crown ahead of the Reds.However, City are currently under investigation over potential Financial Fair Play breaches – accusation that the club strongly deny.“One of the reasons why we were pleased to become involved with Liverpool was that we believed in the importance of Financial Fair Play rules,” Werner said.“I don’t know very much about what’s going on with the (City) investigations, but all I can say is that we are strong advocates of the rules.“We expect all the clubs in the league and all the clubs in Europe to comply. If they don’t comply then there should be punishments.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Aymeric Laporte has insisted he is ready to fight for his starting spot at Manchester City irrespective of the club’s transfer activity before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.The French defender joined up with Pep Guardiola’s squad in January 2018, after completing a £57 million ($71m) switch from Athletic Bilbao.The 25-year-old has since gone on to appear in 64 matches for City across all competitions, helping the club earn back to back Premier League titles along with two Carabo Cups and the FA Cup. 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? There has been some suggestion that Guardiola will try to bring in a new centre-back during the current transfer window, after Vincent Kompany’s decision to rejoin Anderlecht back in May.The Spanish boss is not certain a deal will be pushed over the line before the August 8 deadline, but Laporte is not worried either way.He is fully focused on nailing down a starting role at the Etihad Stadium again next term, but also concedes that the final decision will be out his hands.”Hopefully it can be the same this year. I’m here to start. I’m going to work for that,” Laporte told Sky Sports.”I don’t know [if the club will buy]. Ask Pep what he wants. I think the three of us [Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi] are putting ourselves forward to play every game, but we don’t decide. The club decides for us.”Guardiola has only managed to bring in Spanish midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid and full-back Angelino from PSV so far this summer, but City continue to be linked with a number of high profile names.Leicester’s Harry Maguire has been mooted as a potential target, while ex-Barcelona and Juventus star Dani Alves has been tipped to reunite with Guardiola in Manchester after leaving Paris Saint Germain.City have been focusing on pre-season duties in the meantime, most recently suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy final on Saturday.Next up for the Citizens is a clash with Hong Kong-based club Kitchee on Wednesday, before a showdown against Yokohama three days later as their tour of the far east continues.Guardiola’s side will then begin to prepare for a Community Shield tie against Liverpool on August 4, which precludes their 2019-20 season opener against West Ham.
CORVALLIS, OR – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view the satdium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Oregon State has lost every Pac-12 game its played so far this season. If the Beavers lose again to Cal on Saturday, at least they will do so in style.Oregon State has unveiled a modified throwback helmet for this weekend’s game against the Bears. It hearkens back to the team’s logo and style from the 1970s.Check it out.@BeaverFootball with a semi-throwback this weekend. Early 70s had grey facemask, no stripe and logo had “Beavers” underneath it. This version has black facemask, white/orange/white stripe and no “Beavers”.#CFB2018HelmetWatch#SeasonTotal138@UNISWAG @UniWatch @SimplyMoono pic.twitter.com/kEHUkkRsMs— Blaise D’Sylva (@wtfcoach) October 18, 2018The helmet is just part of the ensemble though. The Beavers will also wear retro-style uniforms for the game. Like with the helmet, an old-school looking Benny the Beaver is heavily featured.Here are some pictures of the Oregon State unis for Saturday.Retro Benny.Retro lettering.Retro colors. Old school never looked so good. More: https://t.co/3udc41XuNV #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/BCIpDOpigm— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) October 8, 2018Oregon State faces Cal at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.The Beavers’ only win this season is against Southern Utah. They’re facing a Cal team that is in a tailspin though, as the Bears have lost three straight, including a 37-7 beatdown against UCLA last weekend.
EVANSTON, IL – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes walks off the field after their win over Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 17, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Iowa Hawkeyes won 40-10. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, the Iowa Hawkeyes faced off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a battle of Big Ten rivals. Iowa raced out to an early lead, but Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez led the Huskers to two fourth-quarter touchdowns to knot the game at 28.The Hawkeyes used a walk-off field goal to get the 31-28 win and move to 8-4 on the season.After the game, head coach Kirk Ferentz stopped by the sideline reporter for a postgame interview. Ferentz had some blood coming from his mouth.When asked about it, Ferentz said he “just headbutted [quarterback Nate] Stanley.Check it out.Iowa’s celebration was so intense, head coach Kirk Ferentz ended up with a bit of a cut.He still seems happy though. pic.twitter.com/nd81FDGNe1— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 23, 2018We’re sure Ferentz isn’t worried about a little spilled blood after getting his eighth win of the season. The win triggers a $500,000 bonus for the head coach as his team is going bowling yet again.Hawkeyes fans will now wait to see who they’re playing in a few weeks. Stay tuned.