About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard upbeat on Kante Liverpool chancesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante could be back for their clash with Liverpool.Kante has returned to training after missing four games with a sprained ankle.The Frenchman impressed in Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool in August when he was considered a major doubt for the game, but Lampard isn’t counting on a repeat this time around.”It’s a boost with N’Golo,” Lampard said. “We all know the importance of him for the team with the attributes that he brings.”The only question for me is how fit he is because he’s had a long time out now since the back end of last season.”I know he played a couple of games this year but I didn’t count them as such because he missed the pre-season and what he did in Istanbul was miraculous as opposed to the norm, to play how he did without training.”
Man City defender Stones explains Guardiola bench stoushby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City defender John Stones has played down a public dressing down from manager Pep Guardiola.Stones received an earful from his boss on the touchline during their 5-1 win over Atalanta in the Champions League.City maintained their winning start in the group thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.But Stones had some issues in the game that prompted ire from his manager.”I had them [shin pads] on but I just needed to fix them up properly,” the England star told BT Sport. “Time is of the essence and that’s what he wanted.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Video: 4-Star LSU Quarterback Commit Feleipe Franks Throws A Perfect 30-Yard Touchdown Strike On The Run
Twitter/@SheaDixonQuarterback is the big question mark for the LSU Tigers heading into 2015. This year, Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings continue to battle it out for a second season for the job, but next year, four-star dual threat passer Feleipe Franks enters the fray. Franks, an All-American and the fifth place finisher in this summer’s Elite 11 camp, has started his senior season in a big way. Check out this fantastic 30+ yard touchdown pass by Franks. He delivers a perfect strike while rolling out, beating two defensive backs with the throw.#LSU QB commit Feleipe Franks with a nice 30-yard TD pass. pic.twitter.com/843i57B1O4— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) August 29, 2015Franks’ Wakulla side leads South Carolina’s Spartanburg High School 14-13 early in the second half. The game is currently being broadcast on ESPNU.
YouTube/BEINGArkansas head coach Bret Bielema is outspoken, and can be controversial, but no one can accuse him of not being entertaining. In the second episode of the new series “Being Bret Bielema,” the Arkansas coach receives an escort to the Liberty Bowl against Kansas State from police officers on motorcycle. He can’t help but make a joke about his predecessor, Bobby Petrino, who was fired from the school after getting in a motorcycle accident with a staffer, with whom he was having an affair.SB Nation’s Jason Kirk transcribed the joke, if you can’t watch the video.“Lot of Arkansas fans appreciate that we’re watching motorcycles instead of riding motorcycles,” said Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema while traveling amidst a police escort. Well played, coach.[SB Nation]
China kept Marcello Lippi’s dream of lifting the Asian Cup alive after they came from behind to beat Thailand 2-1 and clinch a place in the quarter-finals.Supachai Jaided’s goal broke the deadlock at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium as China struggled to deal with Thailand’s quick passing and movement, but the War Elephants began to tire in the second half.The game turned on its head inside four minutes when China substitute Xiao Zhi equalised from close range before Gao Lin converted a penalty. 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? Lippi is expected to bring his time as China coach to an end after this tournament but, in halting Thailand’s best run in the competition since 1972, they showed the kind of heart and determination that could take them all the way.Wu Lei tested Sivarak Tedsungnoen with an angled shot from 10 yards that the goalkeeper saved at his feet before Theerathon Bunmathan’s dipping free-kick at the other end was tipped over the crossbar by China’s Yan Junling.Jaided flashed a warning shot just wide moments before he opened the scoring. Pansa Hemviboon’s effort on goal dropped at Jaided’s feet and he took a touch before sweeping it home on the turn from the edge of the six-yard box.Yu Dabao met Hao Junmin’s wicked cross with a powerful header on the cusp of half-time but it flashed wide of the target as China were left frustrated.Lei’s quality outshone that of his team-mates as China probed for an equaliser and much of his approach play went to waste before Dabao squandered a gilt-edged chance to score, firing straight at Tedsungnoen’s legs from close range with the whole goal to aim at.With 25 minutes left on the clock, Zhi had a towering header saved by Tedsungnoen but the substitute pounced on the rebound and bundled home China’s equaliser.Before Thailand could regroup Lei picked out Lin in the box where he was scythed down by Chalermpong Kerdkaew, and the forward lashed the ensuing spot-kick into the top-left corner of the net.Lei soon had a goal disallowed but by then Thailand’s resistance had been all but shattered and Junling made sure of the victory when he saved Hemviboon’s powerful shot from the edge of the box in stoppage time.
Gareth Southgate thinks the all-English Champions League final shows the strength of the Premier League – although he wants more young English talent to be given a chance.Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday in the first final in the competition featuring two teams from England’s top flight since Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalties in 2008.Seven English players started the match at the Wanda Metropolitano and a further three came off the bench, something Southgate believes is a huge positive for his England squad ahead of their Nations League showdown with Netherlands on Thursday. 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? However, he would still like to see more home-grown youngsters given the opportunity to impress.”The brilliant thing from an English point of view is we had a lot of English players playing in a massive occasion,” he said. “As a group of players and staff we wanted to congratulate both sets of players. To get to a Champions League final is an immense achievement and a wonderful memory for all those guys. “Both teams had brilliant seasons in that competition. We’re very proud for the boys that won it as that’s something that will live with them forever. We’ve addressed that and acknowledged their achievement in welcoming them into our camp.”The standard of the Premier League is increasing every year. We’ve seen the quality of the top teams – Liverpool had an incredible season, lost one game and you lose the league.”The financial power of the league means we’ve got some of the best players and coaches. It’s a brilliant league for our players to play in – when they get the chance.”On our way to the #NationsLeague finals! pic.twitter.com/zChtEhCM0q— England (@England) June 5, 2019Southgate will check the fitness of those players involved in the Champions League final before naming his team to face Ronald Koeman’s side and would not be drawn on reports Raheem Sterling will be captain if Harry Kane does not play.”I’ve got to assess all the players who were involved in Madrid because it’s a unique game, a unique set of circumstances,” he said.”I’ve got to check on Jordan Henderson but everyone else came through the game with no physical issues, which was pleasing for us.”If I confirm anything about the team other than that Raheem is playing then I’m doing half of Ronald’s job for him. So, I don’t want to discuss the captaincy. Harry Kane is our captain; if Harry Kane doesn’t play, I have a decision to make.”Regardless, Southgate thinks his England squad have shown they are far less dependent on individual talent than generations past.”When I took over, I remember talking about how everything had fallen on Wayne Rooney’s shoulders,” he said. “At Japan [in the 2002 World Cup], everything was around [David] Beckham.”We had to build a team where we weren’t reliant on one or a couple of players and we had competition for places and strength in depth. The collective strength of the team is that we’ve got huge trust in the players – there isn’t one I’d hesitate to put in.”They’ve all played in important matches for us. [Harry] Winks, [Ben] Chilwell – these youngsters come in and they never cease to surprise us. You never know what they’re capable of until you try them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Michigan’s fan base isn’t too happy this morning. The Wolverines fell in the big season opener at Notre Dame.Jim Harbaugh is now 9-9 in his last 18 games as Michigan’s head coach. The Wolverines have won a couple of big games under Harbaugh, but it feels like they disappoint in basically every one. Saturday night was no different.A former Michigan football star took to Twitter to voice his frustration. He didn’t hold back.Legendary Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards trashed the state of the program.He later deleted these tweets, unsurprisingly.Michigan is set to host Western Michigan in Ann Arbor next Saturday. Maybe things will turn around.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum previewed today’s College Football Playoff semifinal games during a SportsCenter appearance this morning.Finebaum believes the Clemson-Notre Dame game will be the closer of the two, though he’s confident in the Tigers’ ability to win the game.The college football guru unveiled his score prediction for this afternoon’s contest. He likes Clemson.Finebaum’s prediction: Clemson 31, Notre Dame 24.The ESPN college football analyst does believe Notre Dame will be strongly motivated, at least.“They’re a more complete team (than they have been),” Finebaum said earlier. “I’ll never forget standing on this field (Miami) in 2012 with a couple former head coaches and looking at the comparison between Alabama and Notre Dame. They said this is not going to be close because Alabama is so much more physical. Notre Dame has been haunted by that and I think that is a motivation for this team.Biran Kelly has overhauled his program since that 4-8 season tow years ago and this is a different team. They have a shot at getting by today, but whether they can (win it all) in a week is a different story.”Clemson and Notre Dame are set to kick off at 4 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
Next Chennai City FC win I-League 2018-19 title, East Bengal finish secondPedro Javier Manzi and Gaurav Bora shone for Chennai City FC as they beat Minerva Punjab 3-1 in Coimbatore on Saturday. The Chennai-based team have become the eighth different champion of the league since its inception in 2007advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 21:00 IST Chennai City FC finish on top of the league table with 43 points in 20 matches (@ILeagueOfficial Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChennai City FC finished with 43 points, one more than East Bengal after the final matchdaySpanish striker Pedro Manzi shone for Akbar Nawas’ men with 21 goals in the seasonDefender Gaurav Bora’s brace helped Chennai City FC beat Minerva Punjab 3-1 on SaturdayEven as uncertainty surrounds the future of I-League, Chennai City FC were crowned as the newest winners of India’s premier football league on Saturday. Akbar Nawas’ side came back from behind to beat Minerva Punjab 3-1 on the final matchday in front of their home fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.Chennai City FC finished on top of the league table with 43 points, one more than East Bengal who finished second in the I-League photo finish.Notably, East Bengal’s bid to end their 15-year-old wait for the top-flight title continues even after they won their tie against Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 on the road in Kozhikode.For the third year on the trot, I-League title race was decided on the final matchday with Chennai City FC and traditional powerhouses, East Bengal in a two-way battle on Saturday.Defender Gaurav Bora was the unlikely hero for Chennai City FC as he scored a brace to help Chennai City FC maintain their dominance at home and become the eighth different champion of the league since it was founded in 2007-08.Striker Pedro Javier Manzi was in top form as usual as he scored the equaliser from the spot shortly after the break in Coimbatore. Manzi finished as the joint top-scorer of the league alongside Willis Plaza of Churchill Brothers with 21 goals.In the absence of attacking midfielder, Nestor Gordillo, Chennai City FC struggled in the opening half. Their leaky defence, which conceded 27 goals before Saturday, was exposed by Minerva as Roland opened the scoring in Coimbatore as early as the fourth minute.advertisementHowever, Chennai City FC regrouped after the break and made sure they had better possession and purpose in the final 45 minutes. The hosts had a few nervy moments in the end but Gaurav’s injury-time goal sealed the deal for the club, which entered the top-flight league as recently as 2016-17 season.Champions! Champions! ????#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/h8JIVJz7xlHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) March 9, 2019The much needed celebration! ??#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/TpB5zCthvdHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) March 9, 2019Big moment for Gaurav and @ChennaiCityFC . Has the youngster sealed their maiden @ILeagueOfficial trophy? Great goal, Gaurav.#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/A6otq9J7XLHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) March 9, 2019Akbar Nawas’ appointment can be seen as a major landmark of the club’s I-League history as the former Tampines Rovers coach has gone about his work with a lot of professionalism. Notably, Nawas had travelled to Spain in the pre-season and handpicked players, including Manzi who proved crucial to Chennai City’s success.Meanwhile, I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC finished third on the league table with 36 points from 19 matches. The team from the Valley beat Neroca 3-2 on Saturday.Also Read | AIFF sold Indian football for 70 crore per year: Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit BajajAlso Read | I-League: Mohun Bagan beat Shillong Lajong 3-2 in last league gameAlso 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 I-League 2018-19Follow Chennai City FCFollow East BengalFollow Gaurav BoraFollow Akbar Nawaz
Reuters ParisMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 08:46 IST PSG had signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for astronomical multi-million sums (Reuters Photo)Paris St Germain have won a legal battle against UEFA after European football’s governing body tried to reopen its investigation into the French club’s spending on transfer fees and wages.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday it had upheld PSG’s appeal against UEFA on the grounds that the body took too long to review its own decision to clear the French champions of breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.The judgement is separate to an ongoing investigation by UEFA regarding PSG’s 2017-18 finances – the season in which the club signed Neymar in a world record 222 million euros ($252 million) deal from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco.In June last year, the Investigatory Chamber of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) cleared PSG of breaking UEFA’s break-even rules, yet later that month, the CFCB chairman ordered the Adjudicatory Chamber to review the decision.The Adjudicatory Chamber then ruled in September that the case should be referred back to the Investigatory Chamber for further review.PSG’s appeal to have that decision annulled was upheld by CAS.The club successfully argued that UEFA missed the deadline set out in the CFCB’s Procedural Rules, which allow for a 10-day period during which any review should be instigated and completed.UEFA said in a statement it would consider amending or clarifying its rules to avoid the same happening in the future.Also Read | Xavi says 48-team Qatar World Cup would be too longFor 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 Tags :Follow PSGFollow legal battleFollow UEFAFollow FFPFollow InvestigationFollow CASFollow Paris Saint-GermainFollow Court of Arbitration for SportFollow Financial Fair Play PSG win legal battle with UEFA over FFP investigationParis Saint-Germain were not found to have breached financial fair play rules as the Court of Arbitration for Sport felt that UEFA took too long to review its own decisionadvertisement Next