Ozil rejects Serie A move as he sits on Arsenal fortuneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMesut Ozil could sit on a fortune at Arsenal if they fail to find a buyer for the German.The Sun says he will earn a staggering £45million if he sees out his contract at Arsenal.The playmaker, 30, signed a £350,000-a-week deal in January to keep him at the club until 2021.It means over the next two-and-a-half years Ozil will pocket an incredible amount despite appearing to be out of Unai Emery’s plans.Arsenal would consider flogging their assist king for just £25m but reports suggest Ozil turned down Inter Milan to stay in North London. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mislintat upsetting Arsenal scoutsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal chief Sven Mislintat is facing a backlash inside the club.The Sun says he could leave Arsenal as head of recruitment – after a series of disagreements with staff.The German, 46, has been at the Emirates for just 13 months but his position is now under threat.It is understood scouts have not been impressed with the targets Mislintat has asked to get reports on.And a meeting earlier in the season was called on a Saturday – when his team of talent-spotters were expected to be at games.He is now in the frame to be the next departure in the shake-up behind the scenes that has seen Arsene Wenger and chief exec Ivan Gazidis leave the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton striker Calvert-Lewin: Special scoring against Sheffield Wednesdayby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was delighted to score a “special” brace in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.Calvert-Lewin grew up only a stones throw away from Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.”I grew up a stone’s throw from here, I used to come past this stadium every day on my way to training at Sheffield United,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.”It was a very special night and a lot of my family and friends were here.”I grew up looking at this stadium from when I was a young boy, so to play here and do what I have tonight is very special.”My mum text me before the game to tell me it was my 100th for Everton.”It has gone in a flash, it is crazy how fast it goes.”I am delighted to be wearing the Everton shirt and every time I pull it on I want to do my best for the Club.
Chelsea boss Lampard hails Abraham: But I want moreby Freddie Taylor19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard says Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham deserves his wonderful start to the season.Abraham brought his goal tally to nine in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary’sAnd Blues boss Lampard insists he will keep pushing Abraham to improve his game.He said: “When people are in good form, things happen for them. It comes from how Tammy has handled himself all season, from pre-season, from early season when people were questioning him in different ways, and the work ethic behind the scenes that gets him in such good nick.”He’s not just an incredible handful for defenders, with his running, holding the ball up and good feet; he’s getting the goals which is brilliant for him.”I trusted in Tammy at the start of the season. I felt it was his time to come back to Chelsea. He also has Oli Giroud, a World Cup winner, and Michy Batshuayi, a top-class Premier League striker, and he has made the position his own in the short term.”He has to keep that going because competition is key. Over the course of the season we will need everybody, but he deserves the great week he has had and the great season he is having. I’ll keep on him because I want more.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham midfielder Declan Rice: Chelsea axe massive shockby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice has spoken of how he managed to sign for West Ham United.Rice was part of Chelsea’s academy until he was dumped without warning in 2013.”It was a massive shock,” he says. “I came home after school and thought I was odds-on to go full time and my dad said I was released. I just broke down because that was all I’d known since I was eight. I lived 10 minutes away in Kingston, it was training every Tuesday and Thursday, playing every Saturday.”I’d gone through a massive growth spurt that year and was running like Bambi on ice, my body wasn’t used to it. I don’t know if that was the reason I got released because I never got told. They said I should come in for a meeting but then they cancelled it.”Word gets round when players get released. I found out I was being released at half-past three and then I got a phone call of Dan Rice [Fulham scout, no relation] and at seven o’clock that evening I was training there. The next day, Dave Hunt from West Ham called my dad and after two sessions there they wanted to sign me.”I had to deal with a lot at a young age. Being released, then having to move away at 14. When I got released, me and Mase [Mason Mount] always said we’d play together again, our families said it too. We just thought it would be at club level some day, not England.”
OSU Greatness VideoThe Ohio State Buckeyes won their first national title in over a decade this past year after dismantling both Alabama and Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff. It’s fair to say that in both of those contests, Ohio State was the underdog. In 2015, things will be much different. The Buckeyes will now face the task of defending their national title, and fending off the best efforts of every opponent they face this upcoming year. One Ohio State fan, who goes by Daniel Reji, has put together a great offseason hype video titled “Defend Greatness.” It features clips from last season’s run and this year’s offseason workouts. Check it out:Ohio State is still loaded with talent, so the Buckeyes should challenge for the national title, yet again. OSU kicks its season off against Virginia Tech on September 7.
Texas-TCU Hype Video Instagram/jvince11At this point, it’s pretty obvious that some Big 12 schools are in favor of expansion, while others prefer to keep the current 10-team format. At some point – perhaps later this month – the schools’ brass are going to put it to a vote and decide, one way or the other. The Big 12 requires 75% of schools to vote in favor to make it happen.According to Jason Williams of The Cincinnati Enquirer, it is “believed” that seven schools are in favor of adding more schools to the conference, with Texas as the main opposer. Williams also reports that it’s “believed” that Texas is trying to convince Texas Tech and TCU to vote against the idea, leaving the league short of the numbers it needs.Texas Tech has long fallen in line with Texas. Both are public universities that have been in the same league together since 1956, when they were in the Southwest Conference. Texas and Texas Tech were founding members of the Big 12 in 1996.TCU is believed to be following Texas’ lead because the conference’s power broker reportedly helped the Horned Frogs get into the Big 12 four years ago.Williams’ article focuses on Cincinnati’s viability in the Big 12 – he notes that UC “stacks up favorably” when it comes to enrollment and academics.If Williams’ sources are correct, we could see a huge rift coming between the Big 12’s schools. We’ll know way more one month from now.
McIllese Sports isn’t the biggest name in the world of college football predictions, but over the last few years, few have been more accurate. McIllese, which bases its rankings on 70,000 full season simulations, finished second in each of the last two years of the Stassen Poll, which ranks 22 separate publications’ preseason predictions based on accuracy.If McIllece Sports has another great year, it will have earned it, because its 2016 predictions are very bold. The No. 1 team in its Top 25? The Tennessee Volunteers.Here is the full list. Twitter/@Vol_Football1. Tennessee 2. Alabama 3. Washington 4. Ohio State 5. Michigan 6. Oklahoma 7. Nebraska 8. Florida State 9. Notre Dame 10. UCLA 11. Clemson 12. LSU 13. Louisville 14. West Virginia 15. North Carolina 16. Houston 17. San Diego State 18. Iowa 19. Boise State 20. Florida 21. USC 22. Ole Miss 23. Oregon 24. Texas 25. PittsburghThe model does not predict post-season play, so based on the finish, we’re looking at an Alabama-Tennessee rematch in the SEC Championship, likely for a College Football Playoff No. 1 seed. The rest of the field would be Washington, which many are very high on as a breakout program this year, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, assuming no conferences land multiple playoff spots. That would certainly make for an interesting four-team field.What do you think of McIllese Sports’ predictions, College Football fans?[McIllese Sports]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham are doing a “fantastic job” despite crashing out of both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days.Spurs, without injured duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli, saw their 1-0 first-leg lead overturned when they lost the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea last week.Then on Saturday a much-changed Spurs side were knocked out of the FA Cup at the fourth-round stage by another London club, Crystal Palace triumphing 2-0. 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? Pochettino’s four-and-a-half-year reign at Spurs still does not include a trophy and that wait seems certain to be extended into another season, with his side nine points off the Premier League pace set by Liverpool.A last-16 clash with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League also appears daunting, while Spurs are in danger of being caught by a resurgent Manchester United in the battle to qualify for Europe’s top-tier competition in 2019-20.Pochettino, reportedly a leading contender for the United job at the end of the season, said after Spurs lost at Palace that winning trophies does not take a club to the next level, adding: “It only builds your ego.”And speaking at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League game at home to Watford, Pochettino launched an extensive explanation of his comments, as well as a defence of his record at Tottenham.”I don’t know if the fans were happy or not happy [with the comments] because I don’t follow social media,” he said. “I think it’s so important to clarify.”I know now that talk about ego is a negative expression in England, maybe in other countries we talk about it being more superficial.”It’s because, in the past, I’ve been asked if winning a domestic cup will help the club to the next level. Winning a Carabao Cup or FA Cup reaches the next level? I cannot agree. I only wanted to say how well we’ve progressed in recent years.”I want to win cups. I’m not naive. It’s tough for me because, after three or four seasons, we’re always talking about the cups.”I want to build my CV winning titles, of course. I’m the first who wants to win. I think, in the last five years, we’ve played in four semi-finals and one final.”If you ask me how to be in the next level it’s improving our structure, the way we operate, the squad, the facilities; we tick almost all boxes. The fans that aren’t happy, with perspective in the future, they will appreciate everything everyone is doing for this football club.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ESPN aired part two of its exclusive interview between Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Tom Rinaldi this morning.Meyer is set to return to the Buckeyes in full-time capacity this week. His three-game suspension ended following Ohio State’s win over TCU on Saturday night.During his interview with Rinaldi, Meyer was asked about Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of fired assistant coach Zach Smith.Meyer was asked by Rinaldi if he’s reached out to Smith. Ohio State’s coach says he has not.“I have not talked to her directly,” Meyer told Rinaldi. “Maybe sometime I will. That’s something I have to think through.”Meyer was then asked about Courtney Smith saying that the Ohio State head coach enabled the abuser instead of helping the victim. The Buckeyes’ head coach said he was heartbroken to hear that.“That breaks my heart,” Meyer said. “I didn’t hear that until just now. I apologize that she believes that. That’s never been my intent. My intent was to try to help all involved, the only way I knew how at the time.“I had two choices: fire a man and put the family in upheaval, or try to stabilize someone.”Meyer is set to return to the sideline on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane.