Tottenham winger Nkoudou attracting German interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham winger George-Kevin Nkoudou is attracting interest from Germany.Nkoudou is expected to leave Spurs this month after a tough first-half of the season.Foot Mercato says despite his playing struggles, Nkoudou has attracted enquiries from across Europe.German clubs have contacted the minders of the 23-year-old. As have Italian, Spanish and French teams.Nkoudou is contracted to Spurs until 2021. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs fullback Aurier: Pochettino was right to leave me outby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSerge Aurier admits he tried to leave Tottenham over the summer.While Aurier is away on international duty, he has opened up about the events of last season.The Ivory Coast fullback said, “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to move, you can’t play because an injury or whatever else can scupper everything. “I wanted to leave so it was normal for me to not be on the pitch. Beyond that, it’s the manager’s decision. He’s the one who decides what’s best for the group.”Like I’ve said, the season is long so we’ll try and be better going forward and for what comes next. That desire to leave, I think it’s a bit normal. I’m an important player of the national team. I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy. “There are situations that mean you need to make a decision. I’m a big boy and a dad, so there are choices that are good for me and my family.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 05: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators celebrates a fumble recovery during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)University of Florida defensive end/outside linebacker Dante Fowler is forgoing his final year of eligibility so he can enter the 2015 NFL Draft, where he is a projected top-10 pick. Even though he is leaving Gainesville a year early, Fowler has shown he has a lot of love for Gator fans and he did so again today.During UF’s 57-56 win over Arkansas, Fowler hung out with the Rowdy Reptiles, Florida’s student section. He waved pom-poms and even showed off his dance moves. After the game, Fowler showed love to the fans via his Instagram account:Had fun with them #RowdyReptilesA photo posted by Dante Fowler (@6ixxgod) on Jan 31, 2015 at 12:15pm PSTIt’s always good to see college athletes have fun and support fellow student-athletes. Fowler is an excellent example of that.[ @ThomasGoldkamp ]
Ohio State Media DayNo college football team will be covered more by the media this season than Ohio State. The Buckeyes have a hefty local media contingent covering them on a daily – and, really, hourly – basis. Dozens of national reporters will also descend upon Columbus for days at a time to write about Urban Meyer and his elite program. Just look at how packed it was at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this afternoon for Ohio State’s media day. OSU’s video production team has released a couple “All Of The Lights” videos to boast about the team’s national exposure. Can Ohio State handle the spotlight? Most likely.
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Molde told him they hope he does so well at Old Trafford that he won’t return to the Norwegian club.Solskjaer, a fans’ favourite at United from his playing days, was drafted in to fill the void left by Jose Mourinho when the Special One was sacked in December .His spell has since proved a runaway success, with a string of impressive victories propelling the club back into contention for Champions League qualification. 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? Molde agreed to loan out their manager for the second half of the 2018-19 season, but Solskjaer joked that the club would like to see him stay longer in Manchester.“When I rang the owner and said that United had called and that he always knew that this had been my dream, he said: ‘Go over, enjoy yourself – and please don’t come back!’“Both owners wished me all the best because they knew this is something I dreamed about,” he explained to reporters.“To get the backing from them was fantastic. If I go back to Molde, I will do my best for them – but it depends when I go back.“It’s been fantastic so far. Hopefully I will get to see my family soon, because that has been the only downside to the job.”Solskjaer saw a club-record run of eight consecutive wins after taking over curtailed midweek by a 2-2 draw to Burnley, although he remains unbeaten in the United hot seat.And having declined to pursue any transfer targets in the January window, the Reds are back in action on Sunday when they visit Leicester City.On being consulted by the club on potential transfer activity Solskjaer opined: “I think it’s quite natural that whoever is in charge and whoever is involved with the players already here has a voice in that.“I have got to know the players, what potential they have, how far away they are from reaching that potential, and who we can build a team on. So of course I put my views into the club.“It was just about coming in to work with the players and I knew that if the club had targets for the transfer window, they would have discussed them with me.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
EA Sports’ new FIFA 20 mode Volta will be heavy on allowing gamers to be creative – much like the inventiveness that’s been crucial to the success of video game rival Fortnite.Volta, the Portuguese word for ‘return’, is the developer’s latest innovation, which will allow FIFA players to take football back to the streets, away from the familiar arenas of big clubs.While much of the focus has been on ensuring the format’s gameplay debut is engaging, EA Sports have also worked significantly on making the product customisable – allowing for gamers to show their creativity and style with important parts of the Volta 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? With Fortnite giving its users a creative licence to modify skins, costumes, weapons and other parts of the environment, Volta will be unveiling a similar model which will allow gamers to show their imagination and individuality by customising such features as clothing, logos, stadiums and avatars.EA Sports creative director Matt Prior explains the ability for creativity within the Volta game mode will be revolutionary for the FIFA franchise and it will be constantly evolving throughout its life cycle.”I think Volta offers user creativity like we never have offered before in FIFA,” Prior told Goal.”That’s creativity in the sense of your look, the vanity but also when you create your team, you pick a logo, you pick a venue and the creativity around the venue makes such a big difference.“The Volta community itself will be ever expanding and changing. The teams you play with and against, whether online or offline, is user generated content. So there will be people coming to the game throughout the cycle. They will create avatars and teams and they will go into the pool of teams you can play against.”With the new trend for games to continually be updated and changed after their release, Prior revealed Volta will be following the FIFA Ultimate Team live service model and mentioned a few exciting features within the mode.”We will be doing live seasons, so we will be introducing more vanity items over the course of the game’s cycle,” he said.The World is your stadium in #VOLTAFOOTBALL #FIFA20 pic.twitter.com/ay4eho6o3n— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 11, 2019″What you see on the disk is not just what is going to be available. If you stick around through the game, you will see the new content drop. We will also be introducing tournaments as well throughout so you will get new tournaments on the map.”The days of a game not changing once it’s been packed and shipped are long gone. A lot of games, such as FUT, offer the live service model and it’s something gamers have come to expect. I think Volta is a great forum to do that because the fashion of the in-game players is a big part of it.”For fans of famous clothing brands, EA Sports is also planning to collaborate with big names in the fashion industry to create game-related content.These content drops are planned for both in the game and in the outside world, with Prior hinting at the involvement of the world’s biggest sportswear manufacturer.”We will be looking to work with brands such as adidas so there is an opportunity for some unique content within the game but also opportunities in the real world,” Prior said.Volta will be a part of the new FIFA 20 game – which will be released on September 27.- Goal’s Kieran Francis tested an early version of FIFA 20 and Volta at the EA Producers Tour in Shanghai, China.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns blows a bubble during warmups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Longtime author/reporter Jeff Snook reported over the weekend that Texas head coach Tom Herman and his wife, Michelle Herman, were the ones who leaked news of the allegations against Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy.These accusations have since been pushed back on by Herman, his wife and McMurphy.“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four-decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source,” McMurphy tweeted.“It is absolutely untrue,” Tom Herman said in a statement. “Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State.”Michelle Herman, meanwhile, took to Twitter to address the situation.Nope, wasn’t me either! pic.twitter.com/OUjbn5iOJv— Michelle Herman (@belletjh) August 11, 2018Jeff Snook, meanwhile, took to Facebook to reveal that Michelle Herman sent him the following message:“This is BS — we had no reason good enough to do that to Shelley or Urban.”Michelle Herman reportedly continues to stay in touch with Jeff Snook. He went on the radio this afternoon and said that she texted him roughly 20 times on Tuesday.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, remains on paid administrative leave. He’s been on leave for exactly two weeks. Ohio State’s investigation is expected to conclude by the end of the week.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban spent the entire offseason figuring out different ways to not tell the public who his starting quarterback would be against Louisville on opening night. But once the game started, well, he couldn’t keep it a secret any longer.Tua Tagovailoa, who didn’t start a game last season but came in at halftime of the national title contest against Georgia to lead the Crimson Tide on an incredible come-from-behind victory, was officially the starter.Jalen Hurts, who started every game for the past two seasons, did not get the nod.Tagovailoa promptly led Alabama on a touchdown drive to start off the game. He found Jerry Jeudy in the corner of the end zone.And it’s Tua Tagovailoa starting under center for Bama pic.twitter.com/SxzfYNH5tI— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 2, 2018Tua is just a playmaker #Devy #Superflex pic.twitter.com/80LXAChu9n— Clayton Stefan (@DFF_Clayton) September 2, 2018While Tagovailoa started the game, you can expect to see Hurts against Louisville as well. Saban may just rotate the quarterbacks, for all we know. But Tagovailoa started the game under center, and that matters.Alabama currently leads Louisville 7-0 just a few minutes into the contest.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game 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)Week 7 of the college football season kicked off earlier this week with the year’s first Tuesday night game. The action continued on Thursday night with an upset win by Texas Tech over TCU in a surprisingly low-scoring contest.Will there be more upsets coming this weekend? You can count on it.ESPN has released its predictions for Week 7’s biggest games. Two ESPN reporters are picking a major upset.No. 2 Georgia travels Baton Rouge this weekend for a contest against No. 13 LSU. Will Death Valley give the Tigers a lift over the Bulldogs? Two ESPN analysts believe so.Heather Dinich: LSU 24, Georgia 21Alex Scarborough: LSU 31, Georgia 30LSU and Georgia are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on CBS.
RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the North Carolina State Wolfpack 38-31 at Carter Finley Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Despite predictions that N.C. State was in a prime position to beat No. 3 Clemson on Saturday, the Wolfpack ended up getting blown out by the Tigers. After the 41-7 win, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney admitted to going the extra mile to rub it in his opponent’s face.Late in the game, one of the sideline play cards showed a picture of a laptop. Last year, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren alleged that Clemson was using a laptop to gain a competitive edge.Swinney admitted that the laptop picture was a playful attempt to troll his opponents.“That was the ultimate troll, wasn’t it?… I was hoping y’all might notice that,” Swinney said. “They wanted to have a little fun with that… and I said, ‘Well, hey, if you earn it, put it up there.’ I don’t think you saw it until the fourth quarter, but that was a troll.”“That was the ultimate troll, wasn’t it?” – Dabo Swinney on Clemson using a laptop play card against NC State ? pic.twitter.com/W7C7j74xxA— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 21, 2018The Tigers scored 31 unanswered points before N.C. State scored a rushing TD in the fourth quarter.With their win and Ohio State’s loss to Purdue on Saturday, it is likely that the Tigers will rise to No. 2 in the college football polls.[Greenville News]