Man City boss Guardiola confident Fernandinho can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is confident Fernandinho can make their clash with Liverpool.The influential midfielder has missed the last three matches through injury – which has coincided with City losing two times.And Guardiola has revealed the 33-year-old has made a return to training – even though he is still short of full match fitness.Asked directly about Fernandinho’s fitness Guardiola said: “Almost everyone is fit. They are training – not 100 per cent but training.”We will have his qualities again and he is an incredible player. He is so important like Kevin is, so of course we have to find another solution if he is not available.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Torino going back to Chelsea for second loan signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino are going back to Chelsea this month for a second loan signing.After the success of Ola Aina this season, Toro now want to sign his Chelsea teammate, Lucas Piazon.The Granata plan to move to Piazon this month, with plans for an initial loan arrangement.The Brazilian is tied to Chelsea until 2020, though has struggled for first team action as a Blues player.The most success Piazon has enjoyed in England was a loan spell with Fulham in the Championship.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan defender Calabria: I’ve never seen a striker like Higuainby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan defender Davide Calabria admits he appreciates working with Gonzalo Higuain.The striker is currently struggling for goals.But Calabria says, “I told my agent that I’d never seen a striker like Higuain. He’s very good and always done well wherever he’s played.“Is there a problem with him? No, there isn’t. He’s having a tough time, which can happen, but he’s our Cristiano Ronaldo, given us prestige and something more to the team in general terms.“He’s won a lot and he has so much experience. Maldini? He’s an idol. I’ve always said and thought that seeing him gives me something more, even in training.”
Barcelona chief Abidal unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz after Napoli scouting tripby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Eric Abidal was left unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz during a weekend scouting mission to Italy.Abidal traveled to Italy last weekend to see Napoli defeat Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare.And the subject of his trip was Napoli pair Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly.However, Abidal came away unimpressed by the antics of Spanish midfielder Ruiz, says Mundo Deportivo.He scored the third goal for Napoli and could not think of anything better than celebrating in the face of angry local fans – a gesture that did not go down well with Abidal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona fined £265 for Griezmann signingby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have been fined only 300 euros (£265) by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, reports BBC Sport.Spanish champions Barcelona signed Griezmann after paying his 120m-euro (£107m) buyout clause on 1 July.But the federation said Barca broke its rules by negotiating with Griezmann without Atletico’s permission.Atletico believed his buyout clause should have been 200m euros (£179m).They claimed that Barca began talking to the player in March, when that was the size of his buyout clause.His cost then dropped to 120m euros at the start of July, which was when he signed for Barca, but Atletico claimed the “commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed” prior to the clause reducing.The player was absolved of any responsibility by the federation. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
West Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Dianganaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are keen on retaining the services of Chris Willock.The former Arsenal youngster, who Albion picked up on a season-long loan from Benfica’s B-team, is yet to feature in Slaven Bilic’s first-team but he has been scoring goals in the U23s side with regularity, says Birmingham Live.Another loanee in Grady Diangana has been performing at a particularly high level in recent weeks. They’re performances that have led to suggestions that parent club West Ham United may consider their options in the January transfer window.As is customary between sides in England, the Premier League Irons have the right to recall Diangana in January, understood to be at any time over a two-week period in January.Albion lost Harvey Barnes back to Leicester City in similar circumstances last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Manchester United have to part with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, says Paul Parker, with the former considered to be “sulking” while the latter has been a “massive mistake”.Transfer talk surrounding two prominent figures at Old Trafford is nothing new.Speculation regarding a possible switch to Real Madrid for Pogba refuses to go away, while a return to Juventus for the World Cup winner has also been mooted. 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? United have offered no indication that they are willing to part with a player who has opened the exit door this summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting that the Frenchman is a captaincy candidate.Parker, though, believes that the 26-year-old has made it clear that he is no longer fully committed to the cause and needs to be moved out before he becomes an even bigger distraction.The former United defender told Eurosport: “You have to let Pogba and Sanchez go.“Pogba’s a definite one. He wants to go – that’s been stated, but the only thing he’s not done is go on strike. You don’t know whether it’s struck him to do that.“When people are watching him week-in-week-out they see what I see. You see him sulking.”While Pogba has faced plenty of criticism throughout his second spell with the Red Devils, he has contributed significantly more than Sanchez has managed.The Chilean forward has mustered just five goals in 45 appearances since completing a high-profile switch from Arsenal in the winter transfer window of 2018.Parker added on the misfiring 30-year-old: “Sanchez was another massive mistake.“It was a ridiculous signing and it was always going to go wrong. He wasn’t needed.“But how do you get rid of somebody when they’re carrying so much money in their wage packet? You’d have to supplement them. You might have to give him over 50% of his wages. It’s madness.“Whatever club he goes to next, they’re going to have the same issues as well.”Pogba is currently with United as they step up their pre-season preparations in Australia, while Sanchez picked up another untimely injury while on international duty at the 2019 Copa America.
In May, Kentucky defensive back Marcus Walker was arrested on multiple drug charges. The redshirt sophomore was booked on marijuana and cocaine trafficking charges, as well as paraphernalia possession.New details have been released on Walker’s case, and it adds another layer to things. Walker had an excessive amount of cash in his townhouse when he was brought in.According to an SEC Country report, he allegedly had a total of over $95,000 in his home, split between a bag and a box. From the report:When former Kentucky safety Marcus Walker was arrested at 4:40 a.m. on May 24 in Lexington on drug trafficking charges, police found $430 in cash in his pockets. After a search, $70,312 was found in a bag by a closet and another $25,000 was found in a box in the top-floor bedroom of a townhome he shared.The more than $95,000 in cash belonged to Walker, according to a property and evidence record obtained by SEC Country.Head coach Mark Stoops dismissed Marcus Walker just days after the arrest.He was primarily a special teams player for the Wildcats, recording five tackles in 12 appearances last season. He redshirted as a freshman back in 2015.The report of the condition of Walker’s apartment, as well as the sheer amount of drugs that were allegedly present at the time of his arrest, is jarring as well.During the search, police found 52.86 grams of suspected powder cocaine in a kitchen cabinet along with digital scales and packaging material. More than 5 pounds of marijuana was found throughout the house — in a water heater closet, a counter next to the stove, under a bed and in a backpack.[…]“Inside the door, the living room was in a state of disarray with all the furniture and television strewn across the floor along with marijuana, cash, and blood,” the affidavit said.One officer observed three clear bags in plain view, “approximately the size of a soccer ball full of marijuana.”Walker is scheduled to appear in court on June 20.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)College football Saturdays are back! It’s the most glorious time of year as college football graces our televisions for every Saturday until 2019.Tonight a huge game between No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 14 Michigan could go a long way to determining who makes the College Football Playoff. The Fighting Irish and Wolverines will battle it out in South Bend.Before the game kicks off, let’s take a look at the Vegas score prediction for the game. OddsShark likes Notre Dame to get the win.The computer predicts a two-point win for Notre Dame.Notre Dame opened as a 1.5-point favorite to win the game, but that has swiftly gone in the other direction. Michigan is now the betting favorite headed into the game that kicks off in just under an hour.The Wolverines and Fighting Irish kick off from South Bend tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NBC.Who do you think will win?