Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has no regrets over his time with AC Milan.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualified for Europe, which hadn’t happened for a few years. I don’t consider that a negative time at all.“When I was at Milan, Suso, Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria were set to be sold. I think we did good work with homegrown talents like Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma.”
Kentucky head coach John Calipari, of course, is on-hand at the NBA All-Star Game tonight to cheer on a few of his former players. But it looks like he’s also brought his daughter Erin along for the experience. She seems to be having a grand old time too, for other reasons than just the game.Calipari, who is clearly a bit bored, claims that she’s been photobombing her father all day. The irony? She’s worried about embarrassing him.W/ @UKCoachCalipari standing far enough away that I don’t have to talk to anyone but close enough that he can’t forget I’m here and leave me— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015Every once in awhile he’ll introduce me to someone and then wait to see what I say. Pretty sure he’s thinking “you better not embarrass me”— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015If you’ve taken any selfies with @UKCoachCalipari today better check the background. Yup.That’s me making that weird face. You’re welcome— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015You think I’m kidding. I have this down to a science. About 6ft away is perfect. pic.twitter.com/hb8fzy0CjQ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015We can’t wait to see if any of these supposed photos pop up. Most people never get a chance to get the best of Coach Cal.
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Duke and Louisville are locked into a tight battle at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 but now trail late in the contest.During the second half, Duke’s Grayson Allen drove to the basket and was knocked down. While he was on the ground, he appeared to intentionally trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding, who had corralled the ball and was dribbling up court.yep, that’s a trip by Grayson Allen … https://t.co/hAfZbZaFGb— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) February 9, 2016Definitely looks like he meant to do that.
Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]
Twitter/@CorkGainesShane Buechele started at quarterback for Texas last night, and gave Longhorn fans serious hope.The program has been searching for its next elite quarterback since Colt McCoy was on campus, but it has been a struggle. On Sunday night, the true freshman was 16-for-26, for 280 yards, and two touchdowns, and with an assist from position-mate Tyrone Swoopes, led the Longhorns to a big upset victory over Notre Dame.Head coach Charlie Strong wasn’t afraid to put some pressure on his freshman signal caller. Not only was he tasked with beating a top 10 team at home, but when Strong called Buechele’s mother to tell him that he would start, he made sure to tell the young quarterback not to let her down.Strong called Buechele’s mom last night, told him QB decision was final. She cried. CS told SB: “You better not let her down.”— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) September 5, 2016We’re going to go ahead and say that Mrs. Buechele was probably pretty thrilled about how things worked out.Shane Buechele was a four-star quarterback recruit out of Arlington, Texas in the 2016 class. After a stellar high school career, it appears that he will be the quarterback of the future, and the present, for Texas, as it attempts to surge to the top of the Big 12 in year three under Charlie Strong. Based on his first performance against Notre Dame, we’ll be hearing plenty from him over the next three or four seasons.
Living in an era of football where money defines pretty much all corners of the sport, where defenders are being bought and sold for as much as £80 million (€88m/$108m), finances mean everything. Each transfer window brings bigger sums, and the prices don’t seem to be dropping anytime soon. Once considered a large amount, £50m (€55m/$61m) payouts for players have been deemed as the norm, and player contracts grow even more lucrative with each passing year. But which football club is the richest in the world? 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? The Deloitte Football Money League, now in its 22nd edition, ranks the top 20 clubs by revenue in world football. Deloitte’s findings in the latest edition of their Football Money League, published in January 2019, show that Real Madrid are the richest club in the world after they generated €750.9m (£685.1m/$833.6m) in revenue in the 2017-18 season, which set a new record.The revenue figures are extracted from the annual financial statements of the company or group that owns each club, along with other direct sources, for the 2017-18 season. There are a multitude of ways to measure a club’s financial performance, but for Deloitte, revenue has been used as the most easily available and comparable measure of financial performance. Los Blancos were followed by rivals Barcelona (€690.4m) and Manchester United (€666m). The gap between the top two richest clubs was the second-largest yet, with €61.5m separating Real Madrid and Barcelona. It is the 12th time that Madrid topped the rankings, and the first time since the 2014-15 season. The club were boosted by their Champions League success, winning their third straight European title and their fourth in five years under Zinedine Zidane. The Liga giants experienced enormous commercial growth of €54.8m, which included an increase in sponsorship and merchandising revenues, in addition to the revenue earned from their international pre-season tour matches. All 20 of the clubs represented in the standings come from Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues. Nine of the 20 teams in the rankings hail from the Premier League, while four of the teams are from Italy, three from Spain, three from Germany, and one from France. German champions Bayern are positioned after Man Utd in the fourth spot, and they are followed immediately by Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City, Qatar-owned PSG and Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.”At the top, we have seen Real Madrid shatter records, becoming the first club to break the three-quarters of a billion-Euro mark and claim a record 12th Money League title in the process,” said Dan Jones, a partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.He added: “Real Madrid’s outstanding financial performance in 2017-18 is built on their long history of success on the pitch, most recently three consecutive Champions League titles. This has enabled the club to continue to drive commercial revenue as the appetite to partner with Europe’s most successful clubs remains stronger than ever.”Europe’s top 20 richest football teams Pos Club 2017-18 Revenue (€m) 2016-17 Revenue (€m) 1 (2) Real Madrid 750.9 674.6 2 (3) Barcelona 690.4 648.3 3 (1) Manchester United 666 676.3 4 (4) Bayern 629.2 587.8 5 (5) Manchester City 568.4 527.7 6 (7) Paris Saint-Germain 541.7 486.2 7 (9) Liverpool 513.7 424.2 8 (8) Chelsea 505.7 428 9 (6) Arsenal 439.2 487.6 10 (11) Tottenham 428.3 359.5 11 (10) Juventus 394.9 405.7 12 (12) Borussia Dortmund 317.2 332.6 13 (13) Atletico Madrid 304.4 272.5 14 (15) Inter 280.8 262.1 15 (n/a) Roma 250 171.8 16 (16) Schalke 243.8 230.2 17 (20) Everton 212.9 199.2 18 (n/a) Milan 207.7 191.7 19 (n/a) Newcastle 201.5 99.7 20 (17) West Ham 197.9 213.3
A former college football player, and star of the Netflix series Last Chance U has been released from prison. According to a report from TMZ, Isaiah Wright has been released from prison as part of a plea deal.Police arrested Wright in September 2017 after the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man. Wright has been in prison on one count of criminal homicide since he was arrested.TMZ is reporting that Wright entered a plea agreement and has already been released from prison.Here are the details of the plea deal.Wright pled guilty to 1 count of facilitation of aggravated robbery (which we’re told means he “furnished assistance without the intent to commit robbery”) — and in exchange the murder charge was dropped … according to his attorney, Kevin Angel.Wright will serve five years probation following his release.The running back grew to fame during his time on the Netflix series where he starred for the East Mississippi Community College football team.EMCC has seen several star football players enter and exit through its doors. Former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and star NFL running back LaGarrette Blount spent time at EMCC.It’s unclear if Wright will continue with his football career.[TMZ]
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama isn’t slowing down this season, as Nick Saban’s squad continues their dominance. However, not everyone is sold on the Crimson Tide this year. Well, at least one person isn’t sold.While their competition hasn’t been great, defeating Texas A&M by 22 points is certainly impressive. After all, Tua Tagovailoa’s performance was jaw-dropping, as he threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns.Well, one AP Top 25 voter isn’t ready to crown Alabama as the top team in the nation just yet. It turns out that Soren Petro doesn’t even have the Crimson Tide as the second-best team.From 247sports.com:Soren Petro, host of The Program on Sportsradio 810 in Missouri, has ranked Alabama behind Clemson and Georgia since the season began and is not changing his mind this week following the Crimson Tide’s convincing win over then 22nd-ranked Texas A&M.There a few concerns with Alabama entering this season, but they look downright scary on both sides of the ball. Forget about the days of the Tide winning on defense alone, they now have an elite offense.If defeating the Aggies wasn’t enough to persuade Petro, then it’s highly unlikely that beating Louisiana-Lafayette at home will do the trick.Perhaps Alabama will gain full respect on Nov. 3, as they face LSU in what might be the best showdown in the SEC.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NFL prospects have no control over where they go when they get drafted. But that isn’t stopping Alabama running back Josh Jacobs from trying to advocate for his best option.Per the Baltimore Sun in an interview at the scouting combine on Thursday, Jacobs indicated that the Baltimore Ravens would be a good fit for him. He explained that the combination of connections between the Ravens and Alabama, as well as his agent Chad Wiestling’s connection to the city would make it “definitely a good look.”The Ravens have six former members of the Crimson Tide gracing its roster. Jacobs noted that having that many players would make the “transition” from college to professional easier.“Just playing with a lot of former Alabama players, they make it easier for me to transition,” Jacobs said.He was also very complimentary of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who just took the Ravens to the playoffs as a rookie.Alabama RB Josh Jacobs calls Lamar Jackson “different” (in a good way) and explains why playing for the Ravens would “definitely be a good look.” pic.twitter.com/6GNeXUjpqv— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) February 28, 2019Jacobs is one of the top running back prospects in the 2019 NFL draft.Last year with the Crimson Tide he had 640 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He also proved to be an asset in the passing game and the return game, adding three receiving touchdowns and a kick return touchdown.There certainly are plenty of on-field reasons for Jacobs wanting to go Baltimore as well – not the least of which is that the team is coming off a division title.The Ravens have made a habit out of developing running backs, even ones that have struggled to find their legs with other teams.In just the past five years, three different Ravens have led the team in rushing and recorded career-high numbers after being cut by other teams.[Baltimore Sun]