Man Utd manager Mourinho escapes FA appeal on swearing chargeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe FA have confirmed they will not appeal the ruling on Jose Mourinho’s swearing charge.The Independent Regulatory Commission found Mourinho was not guilty of an FA charge for alleged abusive language towards television cameras after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.It was believed the FA would appeal decision after they were left unhappy with the commission’s finding.However, a statement has been released clarifying that the governing body will not proceed with their appeal.”The FA welcomes the original decision of the Appeal Board to uphold its appeal against Mr Mourinho for using abusive, insulting and improper language after the Manchester United v Newcastle United match on 6 October 2018,” an FA statement said.”It also respects the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to dismiss the charge based on the legal argument submitted by Mr Mourinho.”The FA’s position, which it maintained throughout the hearing, was that Mr Mourinho directed his abusive, insulting and improper words directly towards the camera lens, and in these circumstances, the decision to charge was consistent with previous FA charging practice.”Whilst we accept that the Independent Regulatory Commission disagreed on this occasion, The FA wishes to make clear that it will continue to take action against Participants for any form of abusive, insulting, or improper language or behaviour, which is directed towards a camera.”Finally, following the Appeal Board decision, and the most recent decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission, The FA now considers this matter to be closed.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle boss Benitez: Liverpool good enough to win the titleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Liverpool look title winners after Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing.The result sees Liverpool go six points clear at the top of the table.Benitez said: “We saw they are good enough to win the title, yes.“What I have said before is they have a very good team and a very good squad, and so they have very good players on the bench.“When you want to win a league title you need to be consistent, and they can do it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Lawrenson blasts ‘lazy’ Robertson for Napoli penaltyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson blasted Andrew Robertson for his role in their Champions League defeat to Napoli.The Reds went down 2-0 in Naples, with Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente both scoring in the final 10 minutes, the former from the spot.”A 0-0 draw would have been a good result for Liverpool , and they were less than 10 minutes away from getting it – until things unraveled at the back,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “I am far from convinced it was a penalty for Napoli’s first goal – the first time I saw it, I thought it was the correct decision, but the more I see it the less I agree it should have been given.”But it was still a lazy challenge by Andy Robertson on Jose Callejon, which gave the referee the opportunity to award a spot-kick in the first place.”He added: “When Napoli scored their second goal in injury time, it killed the game completely, and Virgil van Dijk was obviously responsible for that.”To concede from a mistake like that when they are in possession at the back is very unlike Liverpool generally, and Van Dijk especially.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: Football always our priorityby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the club have never prioritised commercial initiatives over results on the pitch.United’s American owners, the Glazers, have been accused of not caring about the club’s performances so long as it doesn’t jeopardise their business interests.But Woodward says both aspects are vital to the club’s make-up.”The reality of Manchester United is we are a club in two parts,” said Woodward.”First of all, we are an incredible 141-year footballing institution with all that history, all that legacy, all that tradition and that tradition of success. That can never, ever change. We need to keep that protected.”Then, like other football clubs, our commercial business allows us to reinvest in the football side. It’s how these two interact with each other at Manchester United that results in us having a competitive advantage in this area. What’s important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Souness: Man Utd beating Liverpool biggest upset in yearsby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness says a Manchester United win over Liverpool would be the biggest Premier League upset in six years.Jurgen Klopp’s men head to Old Trafford having won every game this season.”If Manchester United beat Liverpool at Old Trafford today, it will be the biggest upset in top-flight football since Manchester City lost to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final,” Souness wrote in the Sunday Times.”I’m not saying that for the effect, I’m not saying it because I’m an ex-Liverpool player. “I’m saying that because that’s what all the relevant indicators signify: the strength on paper of the respective squads; the fitness of key players (Paul Pogba out for United and maybe David de Gea too); the fact that Jurgen Klopp knows his best starting XI and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly doesn’t; and recent form — eight league wins out of eight for Liverpool, just one win from their past seven for their opponents.”
These are the same Manchester United players that Jose Mourinho had and they are playing approximately the same shape.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not gone to Old Trafford with a blank chequebook to sign his troubles away nor has he turned up with a secret dossier with all the tactical codes required to beat the Premier League.These players are currently performing how Mourinho wishes they could have performed when he still had a job. But there was always a little of ‘The beatings will continue until morale improves’ attached to Mourinho’s methods. 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? We know that because these men looked miserable when he was on the sideline whereas now they look happy. They were not winning enough matches when he was coaching them and now they are winning every game they play.This latest success, a 2-1 defeat of Brighton on Saturday, makes it six wins in a row in the Premier League for those keeping count – another piece of history Solskjaer – with one more in the FA Cup thrown in for good measure.Conditions under Mourinho were fiercely humid and tense. It’s like there was a deluge at Old Trafford and the air cleared. Finally, we see what these guys are capable of.No one is suggesting for one second that Solskjaer is a better manager than Mourinho. Their respective trophy hauls and renown within the game would nip that assertion in the bud straightaway.However, this United team is not in need of managing right now; they are in need of guidance, belief and confidence. And Solskjaer is providing that in abundance.Tougher days will come and the honeymoon won’t last forever. But this spell – 18 points from 18 – is exactly what this team needs to feel like Manchester United again.Paul Pogba played well again and slotted in a penalty that he himself earned but no one player is currently benefitting more from the Solskjaer guidance than Marcus Rashford.This was his 150th Manchester United game and he scored his 41st goal. That’s not record-breaking by any stretch of the imagination but no United player has scored more for the club since he made his debut under Louis van Gaal.He has also now scored in his last four Premier League games running and has five in his last six. He’s in the form of his life.Go back a little further and there was a goal and two assists against Fulham, when he was beginning to exert himself towards the dog days of Mourinho’s reign. With eight goals in 20 league games this season, it’s already Rashford’s best ever in front of goal. Van Gaal loved him and put him on the path towards regular selection and consistency. What came after must have been frustrating for all who wish for Rashford to excel. He still got his games, and goals here and there, but there was a sense that Mourinho was never fully convinced.He had to prove himself all over again when he shouldn’t have had to. He’d already made the breakthrough and earned the right to be treated as a first-teamer and not a kid. Every time he missed a chance there was a fear that Mourinho would send his number up on the assistant referee’s board and call him ashore.It was clear from the start of his career that Rashford would eventually be a No.9; up front, scoring goals and causing trouble. But it was easy to forget that under Mourinho, who played him left, right and anywhere else other than the centre-forward position as long as he could help it.The first summer he arrived, he signed a 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic and played him till his legs gave in. The next summer, he signed Romelu Lukaku for £70 million. Last winter, Alexis Sanchez arrived as the best-paid player in the history of English football. How could a young striker be expected to make the grade if fully-formed strikers were being signed over his head at every opportunity? But Solskjaer is clearly a believer. Whatever ‘it’ may be, it is clear that Marcus Rashford has it in spades.Solskjaer is one of those people who believes in the values of Manchester United, who understands what it takes to create a bond with the supporters at Old Trafford. It’s goals and it’s youth; local youth, if at all possible.And on the day when they marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Sir Matt Busby, it was left to another United babe to conjure the magic moment to put this game out of reach for Brighton.Rashford has consigned Lukaku to the bench and has the full backing of his manager. That backing is allowing him to do things like he did just before half-time. Those dancing feet and that fine finish have always been in there and they have been unlocked in a big way.Solskjaer arguably scored the biggest goal in the history of this club and so he understands what it takes to succeed. He’s not going to pour any magic formula into Rashford that’ll make him get better but he will provide the pep talks, the tips and the expertise to help him reach the top. He is well on his way. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia football has recruited like crazy under Kirby Smart, and are set to have another big-time class in 2019. This weekend might give some Dawgs fan pause, though.Tennessee commit Chris Akporoghene, an IMG Academy product, is looking to help his future school eat into its SEC East rival’s class.His high school teammate Nolan Smith is a Savannah, Ga. native, and the No. 1 player in the entire country. He pledged to UGA back in January 2017, but he is set to visit Tennessee with Akporoghene on Saturday.The number one player in the country is coming with me to rocky top this weekend! He wants to see what makes Tennessee so special. Vol national let’s show @SmithNoland2 some REAL love #govols #vfl ??? pic.twitter.com/SLo84jqLVX— Chris Akporoghene Jr. ???? (@yomzking) November 13, 2018Nolan Smith is bringing two fellow Georgia football commits with him to Knoxville to the game, as well.Five-star defensive tackle Travon Walker and four-star linebacker Trezmen Marshall will be with him. All three players are Georgia natives.Rocky top this weekend ??? #GoVols— TREZMEN LACEY (@TrezmanM17) November 14, 2018Obviously this doesn’t mean that the three are about to flip or anything. Georgia is No. 5 in the country and coming off of a national championship appearance, while Tennessee is very much in a rebuild. The Vols did score an impressive win last week against then-No. 11 Kentucky, and it looks like Jeremy Pruitt may get things turned around faster than expected.Walker is the No. 23 player in the country and the second-ranked defensive tackle, per 247Sports.Marshall is ranked No. 96 overall and No. 6 among inside linebackers. The three are all among the top 10 players in Georgia.Georgia football’s 2019 class is currently ranked third in the country, and the SEC behind Alabama and Texas A&M. Tennessee is at No. 15 and sixth in the SEC right now.Tennessee hosts Missouri on Saturday.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Thursday night brought bad news for one major college football program as two top recruits decided to de-commit from the team. The Miami Hurricanes will be left wondering what happened when two four-star recruits decided to re-open their recruitment late Thursday night.Four-star athlete Marc Britt and four-star corner Henry Gray both re-opened their recruitment within minutes of each other. The four-star recruits took to Twitter to announce their decisions.It’s difficult to believe they weren’t in communication with each other, though if that’s the case, it’s tough news for the Hurricanes.Please Respect My Decision?‼️ pic.twitter.com/9y6Ze0AtSI— 2️⃣ (@D1bound_zay2121) December 14, 2018Respect my decision @247Sports @JerryRecruiting @larryblustein @Andrew_Ivins no interviews pic.twitter.com/qpliABOLIP— Marc Britt(P6) (@marcbritt_P6) December 14, 2018Both recruits are from the 2020 class. Miami owned one of the top recruiting classes for the 2020 cycle, but this will deal a significant blow to the Hurricanes’ standing.The Hurricanes came into Thursday night with the No. 2 overall class, but will leave tonight with a middling class at best.The loss of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to Temple looks like it’s already impacting recruiting in a big way.
Florida (-7.5) vs. MiamiClemson (-33.5) vs. Georgia TechTexas A&M (-34.5) vs. Texas StateWisconsin (-11) vs. USFMichigan State (-21.5) vs. TulsaOklahoma State (-16) vs. Oregon StateColorado (-10.5) vs. Colorado StateSouth Carolina (-7.5) vs. North CarolinaVirginia Tech (-2.5) vs. Boston CollegeVirginia (-2) vs. PittsburghFlorida State (-3.5) vs. Boise StateAuburn (-2.5) vs. OregonStanford (-6) vs. NorthwesternMemphis (-6.5) vs. Ole MissTexas (-20.5) vs. Louisiana TechMichigan (-31.5) vs. MTSUIowa (-21.5) vs. Miami (OH)Ohio State (-27) vs. FAUNebraska (-32) vs. South AlabamaUSC (-13.5) vs. Fresno StateGeorgia (-21) vs. VanderbiltAlabama (-31) vs. DukeLSU (-25.5) vs. Georgia SouthernTennessee (-26) vs. Georgia StateOklahoma (-26.5) vs. HoustonNotre Dame (-20) vs. Louisville MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up before the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)College football season is almost here – we’re now less than one month away from the first kickoff. As such, we’re starting to see some week one betting lines trickle in from sports books.The first big game of the year, set for August 24, will feature Florida vs. Miami – essentially a week before most other teams play. It’ll be a great start to the season.Let’s take a look at the current betting lines for week one’s biggest games. There are some fascinating matchups:We’re using consensus spreads via The Action Network:
All Glory to God. #LLF🕊 pic.twitter.com/EzEyP6aLtI— Henry A. Geil🎈 (@HenryBAMN) August 28, 2019Iowa still is well-stocked at the running back position this season, with juniors Mekhi Sargent, Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin available.Iowa will open its 2019 season against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium.Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1. WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Iowa redshirt freshman running back Henry Geil has entered the transfer portal and intends to leave the program, he announced today.Geil, a native of Green Bay (Wisc.), was a three-star signee for the Hawkeyes in the class of 2018. He saw action in two games last season, rushing for 37 yards on 15 carries before redshirting.According to Geil, he will remain in school through the end of the semester. Because he is in the transfer portal, he can have contact with other programs.“I would like to thank the University of Iowa and their staff for the opportunities the Hawkeyes have brought me,” Geil wrote on Twitter. “I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal, and will be transferring at the end of the semester.”