TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eriksen reluctant to leave Tottenham in Januaryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid aim to prise Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham for a bargain £30million in January.But AS says Eriksen would rather wait until his deal runs out in June so he can leave for free and pick up a huge signing bonus.Real can enter talks on January 1 over a summer switch as clubs abroad will not be breaking rules speaking to a player in the final six months of his deal.But they could still try and tempt Spurs into cashing in, which would give Eriksen a choice to make.Zinedine Zidane’s No1 midfield target was Paul Pogba but Manchester United were not open to selling.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Laquon Treadwell #1 of the Mississippi Rebels celebrates during the trophy ceremony after their 48-20 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Ole Miss star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is a little over three months removed from a brutal ankle injury that cut short a brilliant season. Treadwell recently posted video of himself on the treadmill rehabbing, and today he celebrated his return to the field. Treadwell documented the occasion on his Instagram account.For anyone who watched Treadwell get hurt, the fact he’s made this much progress this quickly is just remarkable. We wish him well as he continues his recovery process.
Under-fire Monaco boss Thierry Henry has insisted he is more concerned about the club’s future than rumours surrounding his coaching tenure.Struggling in Ligue 1’s relegation zone with a three-point gap from safety, Monaco also bowed out of the Coupe de France with a 3-1 loss to Metz on Tuesday.Henry only took over at his former club in October, but he has been unable to turn around their struggles this season, with the team only managing to win three of their 21 league matches. 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, the Frenchman said any decision over his future was in the owners’ hands, with his sole focus on getting Monaco to safety.”My future? Owners would decide when they need to decide. I am more worried for Monaco’s future. I already said that,” Henry told a news conference.The referee blows for full time in Monaco.- #ASMFCM pic.twitter.com/EtYT7Q6LTA — AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) January 22, 2019 “I will repeat. No need to always ask the same question, I would answer the same thing – Atletico Madrid have been relegated in the 90s with stronger players than us. [Real] Zaragoza as well more recently as you know. I could talk about all the leagues.”We are in this situation, even if it was Coupe de France and now we are out but this weekend against Dijon in Ligue 1 it’s going to be war.”Monaco face fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Dijon on Saturday and have the ability to leap over their opponents into 18th position with a victory.
Mexico didn’t have the strongest close to its group stage.El Tri manager Tata Martino was fuming after his team topped Martinique by just a goal. That’s understandable. The manager holds his team to a higher standard than simply results. The performance on the field wasn’t up to par for what we usually see from Mexico and certainly not what the team has shown early in the Martino era.A team with a mix of professional players and amateurs pushed El Tri nearly to the brink, putting a scare in the region’s biggest power. While fans aren’t necessarily at their panic stations, morale is suddenly at the lowest point it has been since Martino took charge in January. 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? Yet, getting out of the group with three victories is nothing to sneeze at. Mexico has done it just once before at the Gold Cup, with Chepo de la Torre guiding the team past a tough group that included the base of a Costa Rica team that would go on to the World Cup quarterfinals three years later and an El Salvador squad not yet rocked by a match manipulation scandal.It’s not common for Mexico or any other team to roll through the group with only victories. Before Mexico this year, the United States was the last team to do it. That was back in 2013, ages ago for a tournament contested every two years. In addition to El Tri, Jamaica also got through its group unscathed in 2011. The Americans also got three wins in 2007, the second tournament in which Concacaf used four-team groups.The historic accomplishment may be diminished with the fact that Concacaf expanded the tournament, adding four more teams for this edition. After all, the door also is open for Panama or the United States to also go through with nine points on the final day of group play. But Mexico’s group featuring Canada, a former champion, Martinique and Cuba are hardly Gold Cup newcomers and it’s the only one in which every team will take part in League A of the Concacaf Nations League. The other thing to consider is how Martino was able to use the group stage to prepare his team well for the knockouts. In the build-up to the tournament, it looked like Mexico would reach the knockouts with a team hard-hit by injuries. Now, with the exception of Erick Gutierrez, it seems everyone is fresh.Martino has a healthy group and a well-defined starting XI that also can lean on players to come in as substitutes and make a difference after big performances in the group stages. No player is a better example of that than Uriel Antuna, who scored four goals and had an excellent assist in the group stage after nearly missing out on the roster. It’s not just the LA Galaxy attacker, though. Carlos Rodriguez and Jonathan dos Santos are essentially even at the right interior midfielder slot. Fernando Navarro proved himself a capable back-up at right back. With Rodolfo Pizarro and Hector Moreno back to full fitness, they should slot into the lineup and bring their skills and experience to a Mexico team that already includes plenty.That said, the margin for error is now slim. Lay a dud against Costa Rica on Saturday, and the tournament is over. “This isn’t something we might have hidden since before starting the tournament. We’ve always said it, and nothing changes,” Martino said of the team’s goal to win the entire tournament. “The important thing is characteristics and the form the team will have in matches where when it’s over you go or you stay. We’re going to see it from the quarterfinals. Nothing that happened today has to do with what can happen in the future in any way.”Well, in some ways it does. Mexico has built up toward the knockout stage with good results. It has continued to add to its winning streak. It has seen things it needs to correct and has nearly a week to correct those things.Martino is right that none of that will matter if Mexico doesn’t lift the trophy. The 2011 team is remembered for its pressure-packed win in the final at the Rose Bowl, not anything that happened while it was jockeying for knockout round positioning. But it’s worth taking a step back from the nail-biting finish against a Martinique team Mexico should’ve had an easier time against to recognize that as a whole the grop stage was what Mexico needed. Now it needs to move on to the next stage and prove it’s the team to beat in the region.
Radamel Falcao has admitted that he is “studying” offers to move away from Monaco, with the club having declined to offer him an extension to his current contract. The forward has just one year remaining on his deal and the 33-year-old is looking for more security for his future. The Colombian netted 15 times in Ligue 1 last season, the joint-fifth best in the league, but Monaco struggled throughout the campaign and finished 17th in the table. 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? Despite the struggles of the club, Falcao backed himself to play at a high level for “many years” during the second half of the campaign, though it now appears he may have to move away from the French side to do so. “The truth is that I still have a year of contract and the club did not offer me an extension,” he said after Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win over Sampdoria. “So I have to think about my future, my family. “I am studying the offers I have been offered. These are good opportunities for my career. “I have to think about my family.” Among the clubs linked with the forward are Galatasaray and Valencia, and though Monaco have maintained that only an extraordinary offer would be good enough to sign him, Falcao says he believes the club understand his position on wanting to move on. “I still have only one year of contract and it’s complicated for a player of my age,” he said. “I think the club understands my position to give my family some peace for the future.” Falcao is still expected to be the primary scoring option for Monaco as the new season approaches. The club signed winger Gelson Martins, who spent the second half of last season with them on loan, to a permanent deal in the summer, but have not added another forward with the quality to be a direct replacement for their aging veteran. Monaco get their season underway next Friday with a clash against Lyon, a club who finished third in the table last season and will be looking to go even better this term.
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)Urban Meyer’s future as Ohio State’s head coach is being decided on Wednesday morning. The school’s board of trustees is set to meet to discuss Meyer and they’ll then recommend punishment to Ohio State’s president, Michael Drake.New details regarding Drake have emerged in anticipation of this decision.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel wrote about Meyer and the controversy and the upcoming decision. He included some nuggets about Drake and what his mindset might be.It’s telling.If you live outside Ohio, there’s little chance that you’ve heard of Drake. He served as UC-Irvine’s chancellor before coming to Ohio State in June of 2014 and his background is in the medical field.Drake is considered relatively anonymous even in Columbus, where the university president is one of the most prominent people in a city that’s the 15th-largest in America by population. Yahoo Sports spoke to a half dozen politically affiliated people in Ohio on Sunday, and the general consensus is that Drake is perceived generally as a weak president who lacks the charisma and political touch of his predecessor, Gordon Gee.“He does not have a presence that extends outside The Oval,” said Curtin, essentially referring to the Ohio State campus. “He’s just not a presence in the community. He’s a nice and cultured and articulate man, but he’s someone who doesn’t have gravitas beyond the university itself.”What does this mean for Urban Meyer? That is unclear.Drake, though, has had to make one major public decision before:The only moderately comparable decision so far in Drake’s tenure came in the summer of 2014 when he announced he was firing band director Jon Waters. The Ohio State band is a beloved institution on campus, and while the notion of a band director’s firing may elicit chuckles, it was a big deal at Ohio State. An investigation yielded a 92-page report that detailed a culture of hazing and sexual harassment. It was a huge story locally, and may be the defining decision of Drake’s tenure thus far. Drake’s statement firing Waters summed it up this way: “The investigation determined that Director Waters was aware or reasonably should have known about this culture but failed to eliminate it.” Could those be ominous words for Urban Meyer?We’ll find out tomorrow…
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee State linebacker Christion Abercrombie was hospitalized over the weekend with a “serious head injury” after collapsing during Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt. At first, things were not looking good.Abercrombie was reportedly “verbally unresponsive” in the hospital, even after swelling to relieve some of the swelling around his brain. Fortunately, he might be turning a corner.According to Abercombie’s uncle Kevin Richardson, the redshirt sophomore is “improving daily.” Richard provided the update on his nephew during a prayer vigil on the TSU campus last night.“It’s been a hard time, but we’re going to get through it,” Richardson said, via The Tennessean. “God is here with us and Christion. He knows it, and he’s going to be just fine. He is improving daily, and we’re looking forward to seeing more from him.”The TSU Family held a prayer vigil Tuesday night for football student-athlete Christion Abercrombie who was injured during Saturday’s Tennessee State-Vanderbilt game. He remains in critical condition. #PrayersForChristion #TigerFamilyInPrayer pic.twitter.com/UWhygk7SRv— Tennessee State Univ (@TSUedu) October 3, 2018TSU president Glenda Glover also addressed the group gathered to pray for Abercrombie.“First [Abercrombie) made it through the surgery,” Glover said. “And then he made it through Saturday night. Then he made it through the 24 hours. And then through 48 hours. So as each day (goes by) he continues to show just small signs of improvement. He’s fighting. Christion is a fighter and each day when we see him raise his hand or do do any little thing that shows a sign of improvement we’re grateful.”Abercrombie began his career at Illinois in 2016 and after redshirting as a freshman, he played 11 games in 2017 before transferring to Tennessee State.He recorded five tackles and a quarterback hurry before being injured on Saturday.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a second quarter touchdown pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)On Monday afternoon, the Football Writers Association of American revealed its 2018 Freshman All-America Team. Five players from the list will take part in the College Football Playoff national title game tonight as Alabama faces off against Clemson for the third time in four years.Georgia led the country with three players on the list, while the SEC as a conference led the nation with six total selections. The Big 12 came in second with five, while the Big Ten followed up the Big 12 with four selections.Headlining the list is star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who completed one of the best true freshman seasons in college football history. Another familiar name is Purdue’s Rondale Moore, who led the nation in receptions this year with 114.Here are a few of the big names:Trevor Lawrence, QB, ClemsonAdrian Martinez, QB, NebraskaJaylen Waddle, WR, AlabamaCade Mays, OL, GeorgiaPatrick Surtain II, CB, AlabamaYou can see the full list here.
Dixon went on social media to announce that he’ll transfer to Iowa Western Community College.“I’m rocking with Iowa Western this upcoming season…and we comin for it all nothing less,” Dixon said on Twitter.Here is his announcement from his Twitter account:I’m rocking with Iowa western this upcoming season .. and we comin for it all nothing less! ☝🏾 Goal— Breon Dixon (@Breondixon_4) June 24, 2019Hopefully, Dixon can maximize his potential on the field at Iowa Western.Obviously losing any talented players hurts for the Cornhuskers, but the departure of Dixon shouldn’t really affect their defense too much.Nebraska enters this upcoming season with pretty high expectations, and some predictions even think a conference championship appearance is possible. Either way, it’s highly likely that Scott Frost leads the team to a much-improved record in 2019. LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: General view of the end zone marker before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)As the Nebraska Cornhuskers continue to add to its 2020 recruiting class, the program officially said goodbye to a former four-star player. Breon Dixon has finally announced his transfer destinationDixon originally began his collegiate career with Ole Miss, but entered the transfer portal after one season.The four-star linebacker took his talents to Nebraska after his freshman year at Ole Miss. It was a huge addition for the Cornhuskers since Dixon was the No. 12 inside linebacker from his class, per 247Sports.Entering the NCAA transfer portal isn’t anything new for Dixon, however, the final result is quite different. It turns out that he won’t be joining another Power Five program.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: The Southern University Jaguars Human Jukebox Band performs at halftime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Amarius Mims is one of the elite offensive line prospects in the 2021 recruiting class. Things are starting to heat up for the big Georgia product.247Sports‘ composite rankings have Mims at No. 14 overall. He’s the No. 3 offensive tackle and top-ranked recruit from Georgia.On monday, he announced that he’s narrowing his recruitment down to eight programs. Of course, with well over a year until he has to decide, he says things remain open.Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina all make the cut.Amarius Mims tweeted out a graphic revealing his top eight schools yesterday.From Mims:I would like to thank God and all the universities that have shown interest in me in the past months but with that being said I’ll be narrowing my Top 8 schools down to..Recruitment 100% open pic.twitter.com/e2MxRXfo8e— 〽️ I 〽️ S ™ (@amarius_mims) July 1, 2019It is far too early to really know where he may be leaning. So far, two 247 crystal ball projections have been made. Both have him heading to the in-state power Georgia Bulldogs.The Bulldogs do not have any 2021 commits as of yet. Of the other programs involved for Mims in that top eight, Florida leads the way with the No. 11 class in the country. The Gators have two players committed that are entering their junior seasons. FSU also has a pair of commits, and ranks No. 14.Alabama, Auburn, and South Carolina have also opened up their 2021 classes already with commitments. The other programs involved are still awaiting their first pledges of the class.