Griezmann, Hernandez & Lemar agree Atleti deals

first_imgTransfers Griezmann, Hernandez & Lemar agree Atletico deals Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:53 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid Richard Heathcote Transfers Atlético Madrid Monaco France Primera División Antoine Griezmann Thomas Lemar The three France team-mates have agreed contractual terms with the Liga side, giving the club a boost ahead of the 2018-19 season Less than a week after “La Decision” Antoine Griezmann has officially ended speculation on a move to Barcelona, putting pen to paper on a new deal with Atletico Madrid, along with France team-mates Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Lemar.Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico for two straight summers, with talk of a move to Manchester United in 2017 being followed by reports of a switch to La Liga champions Barca this year.The France international announced last week he would announce his future on a televised documentary, during which he said had decided to stay at Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move That has now been made official as Atletico announced Griezmann has signed a contract which ties him to Diego Simeone’s side until 2023. Griezmann’s previous contract ran through 2022.In addition to Griezmann, Atletico Chief Executive Officer Miguel Angel Gil Marin and sporting director Andrea Berta were in Russia at the French camp to finalise contracts with two of Griezmann’s international team-mates.Thomas Lemar has now agreed to personal terms with the Liga club. Last week, Atletico announced they had come to an agreement with Monaco over a reported €60 million (£52.9m/$70.5m) move for the winger.However, Lemar’s move to the Spanish capital is not yet official, as a medical and the formalisation of the transfer with Monaco are still pending.Defender Lucas Hernandez has been also seen his deal with the club extended to 2024. The 22-year-old full-back has made 88 appearances with the club since making his first team debut in 2014-15.Grandes noticias desde Rusia. @AntoGriezmann ha firmado su renovación hasta 2023, @LucasHernandez hasta 2024 y Lemar su contrato #AúpaAtleti https://t.co/f1wjstCtj6 pic.twitter.com/vgRN0pture— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) June 18, 2018Hernandez has become an ever-increasing presence in Diego Simeone’s line-up over the past three campaigns, and he made a career-high 24 starts for Atletico last season.The defender’s strong campaign saw a battle over his international future this year, but he chose to remain with France and started Les Blues’ World Cup opener, a 2-1 win over Australia.Their club futures seemingly all but secure, the France trio will next be in action at the World Cup on June 21 against Peru.last_img read more

CHINCHILLA TOUCH HAVE OUTGROWN THEMSELVES

first_imgWith 120 Junior Touch teams set to descend on the Glasshouse Mountains in July for the Queensland Junior State Cup, the 7 teams from Chinchilla could easily be passed over. The incredible achievement of the junior players from Chinchilla is highlighted however, when you realize that these teams are coming from a small country community of just 3000 people. The Queensland Junior State Cup will be held from July 1-3, with around 1500 junior Touch Footballers set to take part from all around Queensland. In 2004 the Chinchilla Touch Association attended the Junior State Cup with just one team in the Under 13 girls division. In February 2005 Chinchilla Touch ran the AusTouch program, a junior Touch program designed to increase the skill level of its current juniors and attract more children to the sport of Touch. Judging by the number of teams attending this junior state event, it certainly worked with 117 children taking part in the program from Chinchilla and surrounding areas, with 70 of those players being selected into Chinchilla representative teams. The association president, Brenda Rackemann, was overwhelmed by the response to not only the AusTouch program, but also the number of children who wanted to go further by attending tournaments such as the Queensland Junior State Cup. “This is great for the community not just the children but also the number of parents who are helping out with the sides as coaches, managers or mums who are going along just to help look after the kids. This will be a welcome distraction from the drought for a lot of the parents who are on the land,” she said. “The only downside to having so many children wanting to participate at this event is that the association only has 4 sets of uniforms so we will borrow some from the school or local clubs or wherever possible. We may also struggle to supply our quota of referees as the people who referee in the local competition are also coaching teams at the event. If these are the only dramas we have to deal with to have more kids being involved in Touch then I don’t mind.” By Rachel Moyle & Terry McSweeney A MESSAGE FROM TERRY McSWEENEY- SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND TOUCH ASSOCIATION: The Chinchilla Touch Association is sending 7 Junior teams to the upcoming Junior State Cup (JSC) as a result of the interest shown from the AusTouch program run earlier in the year. This is great for their association in having so many kids wanting to play Touch. One problem! Since they have so many teams from such a small association they also need coaches and managers. The coaches and managers usually referee in the local competition. As part of the nomination for JSC they are required to supply 4 referees from their association but are finding it difficult as most of the accredited refs are coaching and are required to look after the kids. This would make it very difficult not only for them to referee by also for the Tournament Director of Referees to juggle the roster to accommodate them. If your referees association or individuals could help Chinchilla out by supplying some refs it would be much appreciated. SWQ Touch will cover the cost of their accommodation and breakfast at the same venue as the Toowoomba Junior teams are staying in Caloundra. However we would need to know ASAP as limited accommodation is available. The tournament is at the Glasshouse Mountains from the 1st to the 3rd of July. If you can help just reply to this email address swqtouch@aldtouch.com.au or call SWQ Touch on 46311464 or 040713070. Regards, Terry McSweeney SWQ Touch Associationlast_img read more

Postition Vacant – QLD State Manager

first_imgQueensland Touch Assoication (QTA) invites applicants to apply for the position of State Manager, to be based in the Brisbane or South-East Queensland Region.The position is critical to the delivery and expansion of QTA programs within each region of the State. Remuneration package will range from $75,000 – $85,000 including Superannuation, and other benefits. For a full postition description please download the attached document.  By COB Monday 21 April, applicants must provide a 2-page letter outlining qualifications and experience relating to the job description, along with a resume containing referee details to QTA email di.worters@austouch.com.au Related Filesstate_manager_position-pdflast_img read more

Australian 20’s Boy’s Raffle Winners

first_imgThe winners of Australian 20’s Boys Raffle were: * Framed 2007 signed Melbourne Storm Jersey – Rae Williams* QLD State of Origin jersey signed by Cameron Smith – Tanya Lovett* $500 Woolworths Gift card – Justin Otto* Heinz Food Hamper 1 – Michael Chapman* Heinz Food Hamper 2 – Jackie Vella* Mixed Grocery Hamper – Neville Otto* Melbourne Storm Banner – Claire DillonThe raffle was drawn by Cathy Gray, Peter McNeven, Wayne Grant and Kerry Norman all of whom are part of the Touch Football Australia High Performance Program.The Australian 20’s Boy’s team would like to thank all those who purchased tickets in support of their campaign to win their Youth Trans Tasman division.Raffles conducted in accordance with columns 3 and 4 of the table at Q3 must have printed tickets. Information that must be printed on each raffle ticket includes:* the name of the declared community or charitable organisation to benefit from the raffle* the permit number, where a minor gaming permit is required and has been issued* the ticket price and the maximum number of tickets authorised by a permit* a description of each prize and its value* when and where the raffle will be drawn, and the method of publication or notification of the resultslast_img read more

2010 Be Active WA State Championships

first_img40 teams will contest the three day event across seven divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Women’s 27’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s.Included in the line up is a team from East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, who will travel over 4,000 kilometres to attend the event. Teams from across Western Australia that will also travel a long way to compete at the event include Albany, Geraldton, Goldfields and Bunbury. The Southern Stars will be one of the teams to watch in the Men’s Open division, with current Australian Men’s Open squad member Stuart Brierty as well as Alliance squad members Mitchell Brierty, Craig Boston and Andrew Knox in the line up. Fremantle will be another team to watch out for in the Men’s Open division, with Alliance squad members Blane Edwards and Nathan Smith in the side, while Tompkins Park boasts Duncan Brown and Trevor Twose, both also Alliance squad members. Another team to watch out for in the Men’s Open division is the Perth Brothers, who won the recent 2010 Super League Series final.In the Women’s Open division, Australian Mixed Open squad member, Zoe Dacey-Aitken, will lead the Northern Districts side. Coming off the back of last year’s State Championships win and the recent 2010 Super League Series victory, the Southern Stars will be another team to watch out for, who have Alliance squad member, Sharon Wong, in the side. Tompkins Park will be well served by their up-and-coming players, Jenaya Quan and Trilleen Pomare, who are both Alliance squad members. Friday and Saturday will see round games contested, before finals are played on Sunday. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest results and information from the 2010 Be Active WA State Championships, please visit the event website:www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Shaqiri hails hat-trick hero Firmino

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri hails hat-trick hero Firminoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri hailed hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino after their 5-1 rout of Arsenal.The Brazil international ended his eight-month wait for a Premier League goal at Anfield in the most emphatic fashion on Saturday evening.”It was fully deserved. He had a very good game,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.“It’s always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely. He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I’m happy for him. I hope he can keep going like this.“It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored.“It was a little wake-up call for us, we were straight on after we conceded and scored for 1-1 – that was the big point for us to change the game and to win in the end.” last_img read more

a month agoRochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goal

first_imgRochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale teen Luke Matheson is staying grounded after scoring in their Carabao Cup shootout defeat at Manchester United.Matheson, 16, claimed his first career goal at Old Trafford to equalise and force United into a penalty shootout with League One Rochdale in the teams’ League Cup third round tie.”I don’t think you actually can in words,” he said. “But it’s a special, special night for me, the players, the coaching staff, the fans. I don’t think I can sum it up in words, the feeling, the celebration in the dressing room after was surreal. Something I’ve never experienced before and I don’t think I’ll ever experience again.”I’m going in tomorrow (to school) to make up for it when we’ve got a day off. Got a psychology exam, so can’t wait for that!”It’s gonna be nice, everyone coming up to me [at school] and saying, ‘ah, you scored against United’. Most of my best mates are United fans, I’ve not turned my phone on yet, I’m kind of dreading it! I don’t know what tomorrow will be like, I think I’m going go in a little bit later so I can get some rest.”My education is something I’m very fond of I and I love it. And Rochdale and the school have been so supportive of me with all that, so I love learning.”It’s what I want to do, because football’s not a guarantee, you never know what could happen. You could be the best player in the world but anything’s possible and it’s best to have that back up plan just in case.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoMan Utd deny new contract talks with Paul Pogba

first_imgMan Utd deny new contract talks with Paul Pogbaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United deny they’re in new contract talks with Paul Pogba.The club also insist he is not holding them to ransom by demanding a reported £600,000-a-week new deal.Pogba – who is expected to miss Sunday’s clash with Newcastle at St James’ Park with an ankle injury – has two years left on his current contract.United say no formal talks have yet taken place – and they believe they are not under any time pressure to make the French World Cup winner a new offer yet.An Old Trafford insider told the Mirror: “Pogba’s only focus right now is trying to be fit to help his team-mates.“Reports of him demanding £600,000-a-week to stay aren’t true. Paul has two years left on his contract so time is on our side in terms of discussions on a new deal.”The club made it clear in the summer that we want Paul at United and that remains the case.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoRoma boss Fonseca: I deserved to be sent off, but…

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma boss Fonseca: I deserved to be sent off, but…by Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma boss Paulo Fonseca says he deserved to be sent off in their 1-1 draw with Cagliari.However, he insists Nikola Kalinic’s late goal should have stood.Fonseca said, “I didn’t like the referee’s attitude throughout the game. I could speak about the non-existent foul given against Diawara, or the incident for Cagliari’s penalty, and then the goal at the end by Kalinic.“I accept his decision to send me off, I deserved that. But on the goal it seems strange to me that the referee would tell the Cagliari players there wasn’t a foul. I don’t know why he changed his mind.“The guys played well, they created a lot of chances and I think we deserved more than a draw.“What was lacking today was that second goal. We missed a few good openings, it’s hard to say we shouldn’t have done better with them.” last_img read more

3 days agoSidwell: Man Utd legend Keane told me to ‘f*** off’ – when youth teamer

first_imgSidwell: Man Utd legend Keane told me to ‘f*** off’ – when youth teamerby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Sidwell has recalled the time he was told ‘f*** off’ by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane while an Arsenal junior.Keane made a comment on Sky Sports where he hit out at Manchester United and Liverpool players for ‘hugging and kissing’ in the tunnel before their match at Old Trafford. Sidwell, speaking with JOE.co.uk, revealed: “I can see what Roy Keane is saying.”I remember being at Arsenal when I was in the youth system. I was at Highbury with my match day programme and he told me to f*** off because he was going out to war against Arsenal.”It was a tight tunnel and I was just like ‘okay’, but now looking back on it I know what it means to him. They were going down there and they’re arch rivals.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iowa Making Strong Push For Top Kicker Quinn Nordin With Personalized Letters, Most Wanted Posters

first_imgIowa sends letters to kicker Quinn Nordin.Class of 2016 kicker Quinn Nordin supposedly has his collegiate decision down to either Penn State or Iowa – at least that’s what he told the guys over at Black Shoe Diaries last week. It looks like the Hawkeyes are making a hard push to land his services.Saturday, Nordin tweeted a photo of all of the mail he received from the Hawkeyes this week. It includes numerous hand-written letters (one by head coach Kirk Ferentz) and a “Most Wanted” poster with his photo and attributes. Just opened the mailbox #HawkeyeNation #MuchLove pic.twitter.com/F0kRZBcd46— Quinn Nordin (@QuinnNordin) February 21, 2015It’ll be interesting to see where Nordin winds up.last_img read more

Report: Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott, Teammate Attacked At Spring Break Concert

first_imgDak Prescott celebrating in his Mississippi State uniformSTARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Many colleges nationwide are on spring break this week, and students are flocking to warm locales for fun in the sun. Mississippi State star quarterback Dak Prescott and some teammates are down in Panama City, Fla., where unfortunately their spring break turned violent.On Monday night, a message board post on elitedawgs.com stated that Prescott and another Bulldog player were jumped while attending a concert by rapper Waka Flocka Flame. More accounts of what went on have emerged, including a pair of tweets from MSU backup quarterback Damian Williams, who was with Prescott.Williams deleted both tweets, but here is a re-tweet featuring one of his originals. MSU junior QB w/ Dak Prescott RT @DamianDevon: We got jumped for no reason, It’s sad we can’t go anywhere without being attacked by people— Robbie Faulk (@robbiefaulk247) March 10, 2015Mississippi State beat reporter Michael Bonner confirmed the attack minutes ago, saying Prescott was with Williams and teammate Torrey Dale.Spoke to a one of Dak Prescott’s family members. He and a few others were attacked by a group of people. They are OK. More to come.— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015According to Prescott’s Instagram, Damian Williams and Torrey Dale both went w/the QB on spring break. Can’t confirm if they were attacked— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015>http://t.co/IxFy6hn7Cz pic.twitter.com/W2z4rSowUM— Mary Grace Eppes (@mgeppesWLBT) March 10, 2015Mississippi St. QBs Dak Prescott & Damien Williams both involved in an alleged attack here on Spring Break in PCB. pic.twitter.com/DZl56gxPwf— Greg Brzozowski (@GregWJHG) March 10, 2015This is scary stuff, and thankfully it looks like Prescott and his teammates are okay. We will keep you updated on any further developments.last_img read more

Florida Gators Shut Down Facebook Troll Who Made Fun Of Tim Tebow

first_imgThe official Facebook page of the Florida Gators took down a Tim Tebow troll today in hilarious fashion.Earlier this afternoon, the Florida Gators posted a congratulatory message to Tim Tebow on their official Facebook feed. In case you’ve been sleeping all day, the former Florida star quarterback signed a minor-league baseball contract with the New York Mets. Shortly thereafter, a Facebook troll with the username “Howard Andrew” tried to sarcastically take down Tebow.He failed, thanks to a healthy dose of sarcasm from the Florida page admins.tebow-trollSick burn by the Gators. You don’t mess with Tebow. Lesson learned.last_img read more

West Ham 2019-20 Premier League fixtures

first_imgManuel Pellegrini steered West Ham to a 10th-placed finish in the 2018-19 Premier League and bid farewell to players Samir Nasri, Andy Carroll and Adrian this summer.The Hammers have already completed the signing of Roberto Jimenez from Espanyol ahead of another busy season at London Stadium.West Ham kick-off their campaign by welcoming the defending champions and Pellegrini’s former club, Manchester City, to the capital. 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? They then travel to Brighton for their first away fixture the following week.The Irons round out the campaign with a visit to Manchester United and a home clash with Aston Villa on the final weekend.West Ham’s full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.West Ham Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 12:30 West Ham United v Manchester City 17/08/2019 15:00 Brighton v West Ham United 24/08/2019 15:00 Watford v West Ham United 31/08/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Norwich City 14/09/2019 15:00 Aston Villa v West Ham United 21/09/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United 28/09/2019 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v West Ham United 05/10/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Crystal Palace 19/10/2019 15:00 Everton v West Ham United 26/10/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Sheffield United 02/11/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Newcastle United 09/11/2019 15:00 Burnley v West Ham United 23/11/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur 30/11/2019 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United 03/12/2019 19:45 Wolverhampton v West Ham United 07/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Arsenal 14/12/2019 15:00 Southampton v West Ham United 21/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Liverpool 26/12/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham United 28/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Leicester City 01/01/2020 15:00 West Ham United v A.F.C. Bournemouth 11/01/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v West Ham United 18/01/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Everton 21/01/2020 19:45 Leicester City v West Ham United 01/02/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Brighton 08/02/2020 15:00 Manchester City v West Ham United 22/02/2020 15:00 Liverpool v West Ham United 29/02/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Southampton 07/03/2020 15:00 Arsenal v West Ham United 14/03/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Wolverhampton 21/03/2020 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United 04/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Chelsea 11/04/2020 15:00 Newcastle United v West Ham United 18/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Burnley 25/04/2020 15:00 Norwich City v West Ham United 02/05/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Watford 09/05/2020 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United 17/05/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Aston Villa Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Wagner & Oscar lead FUT Team of the Week

first_imgThe Copa America, Women’s World Cup and Under-21 European Championships may be dominating football fans’ attention this summer, but there is still plenty of club football going on.The Chinese, American and Scandinavian leagues are among those still running and EA Sports have picked the top performers to slot into the latest FIFA 19 Ultimate Team of the Week.Former Chelsea star Oscar and ex-Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner make the cut. 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? The former played a key role in both legs against Jeonbuk Motors to help Shanghai SIPG through to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League, while Wagner netted twice to fire Tianjin Tedan to a 2-1 win over Luneng on Saturday.Meanwhile, MLS sides are also well represented as Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, Yordy Reyna of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Dallas forward Dominique Badji are all included.See the full squad below…STARTING XIFIFA TOTW 41GK – Tim Melia – Sporting Kansas CityCB – Simen Wangberg – TromsoCB – Yu Dabao – Beijing GuoanCB – Valentinos Sielis – GangwonCAM – Diego Valeri – Portland TimbersLM – Yordy Reyna – Vancouver WhitecapsLM – Dominique Badji – DallasCM – Fredrik Nordkvelle – OddST – Sandro Wagner – Tianjin TedanST – Alan Kardec – Chongqing LifanST – Oscar – Shanghai SIPGBENCHCB – Naoki Ishikawa – Hokkaido Consadole SapporoRM – Gilbert Koomson – BrannLM – Kunimitsu Sekiguchi – Vegalta SendaiLM – Wanderson – Pohang SteelersST – Ante Budimir – MallorcaST – Leke James – MoldeGK – Marcus Sandberg – Stabaeklast_img read more

Conte the right man for Inter’s ambitions, says Skriniar

first_imgInter defender Milan Skriniar says new manager Antonio Conte is the ideal appointment to break Juventus’s Serie A dominance and lead the team to victory in the Champions League.Conte was appointed at San Siro in May to replace the sacked Luciano Spalletti, one year after leaving Chelsea with whom he won the Premier League in 2017.The 49-year-old was responsible for leading Juve to the first three of their record eight consecutive Serie A titles, and has been charged by Inter’s Chinese owners with finally wresting the crown away from the side from Turin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Inter finished 21 points behind Juve in fourth last term, as well as being knocked out in Champions League group stages by Barcelona and Tottenham.But Slovakian center-back Skriniar believes the former Italy boss is the right man to return Inter to past glories, including challenging for a first Champions League title since Jose Mourinho guided the team to a domestic and European treble in 2010.“The time has come to win,” Skriniar told Corriere dello Sport. “When you play with the Nerazzurri shirt you can’t be ok with finishing second. I dream of raising the Champions League trophy with Inter.“Juve has been winning for eight years but the right time has come to try to get closer and beat them. We work hard to win and we can do it but now we have to work even harder.“A new coach has arrived and we are all loaded, we can’t wait to start the new season in a big way. We must always aim at the maximum, without ever being satisfied.“Conte? He has the right mindset. We are a strong team and we must work with the goal of winning. The coach explains us every detail, we have changed our way of doing things with respect to the past.”One of Conte’s first acts as manager has been the capture of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, who has joined the club on a free transfer after his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano expired.The Uruguayan will join Skriniar in the centre of Inter’s defence alongside Andrea Rannochia.“I’ll have to adapt to the three-man defence but I’m not worried,” said the Slovakian. “Godin has the experience and the winning mentality that is needed. He is used to challenging and stopping top players, he is a really good transfer.”last_img read more

ESPN Updates Its Power 5 Conference Champion Predictions

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThis weekend’s slate of college football games will be significantly marred by Hurricane Florence. Several games have already been canceled while many more have moved either locations or kickoff times.The first two weeks of the college football season have provided fans with a few upsets.With Week 3 fast-approaching, ESPN updated its Football Power Index. The computer model is a measure of overall team strength.After the update, here are the conference title favorites.ACC: Clemson  – 61.8 percent chance A general view of the stadium as the Clemson Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles.(Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)Big 12: Oklahoma  – 71.5 percent chance (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Big Ten: Ohio State  – 45.7 percent chance Dwayne Haskins throwing a pass against Michigan.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Pac-12: Washington  – 37.7 percent chance General view of Husky Stadium.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)SEC: Alabama  – 49.8 percent chance Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)None of the conference favorites are surprising at this point in the season – although Washington’s chances have dipped since the start of the season due to the team’s loss to Auburn.Despite a win over USC, Stanford couldn’t catch the Huskies.last_img read more

A Former Star College QB Has Died At 48

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former star college quarterback passed away today. He was only 48.Michael Payton, a former star college quarterback at Marshall, passed away this morning following a battle with cancer.The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported the unfortunate news:The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native’s passing was confirmed by his brother, David, on Thursday afternoon.“He went home to be with the Lord and reunited with our Mom,” David Payton said by message. “Blessings.”Payton was one of Marshall’s all-time greats, leading the Herd to its first-ever Division I-AA Championship in 1992.For his efforts, Payton earned the Walter Payton Award in 1992, which is the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) version of the Heisman Trophy. In that season, he threw for 3,610 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions.Payton was one of the best players in program history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.Rest in peace, Michael.last_img read more

Brandon Wimbush Will Reportedly Stay With Notre Dame Through The Playoff

first_imgBrandon Wimbush dropping back for a pass for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Monday, Stadium reported that Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush would be transferring from the school for his final year of eligibility – via grad transfer. But it looks like he’s going to stay with the Fighting Irish for a few more weeks.NBC Sports is reporting that Wimbush will be transferring after the team’s postseason – meaning he’ll be available for the College Football Playoff.Wimbush, who started for Notre Dame all last season and started three games this year, lost his job to Ian Book earlier this year.Wimbush sticking around for the Playoff could be a big deal if something happens to Book.“Thus far, neither the player nor the football program has addressed Wimbush’s status moving forward, including whether he’ll be available for Notre Dame’s CFP semifinal matchup with Clemson.  A source close to Wimbush has told CFT, though, that the quarterback will remain with the Fighting Irish through the team’s postseason run.”Notre Dame opens the Playoff with Clemson. If the Fighting Irish win, they’ll get the winner of Alabama vs. Oklahoma in the national title game.Wimbush, after transferring, should have one year of eligibility remaining. He’ll have a solid market for his services.The Notre Dame signal-caller could be part of an all-time quarterback transfer class. Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is leaving the Bulldogs, and it’s possible that Jalen Hurts leaves Alabama.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Thinks 1 School Makes Sense For QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgjalen hurts during the national title game at alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts appears to be getting close to making a decision on his transfer.The Crimson Tide’s QB has already taken three major visits, going to Maryland on Friday, Oklahoma on Saturday and Miami on Sunday.It’s unclear if Hurts has any more visits scheduled, but a final decision could be coming this week.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum weighed in on Hurts’ decision this morning.Finebaum believes one school makes the most sense.“I’d hate to bet it, but I’m leaning a little toward Miami. Oklahoma, to me, to just go there and be the next guy after two Heisman winners doesn’t sound like Jalen, but that would be my guess. But, man, you might as well just close your eyes and guess,” Finebaum said on WJOX.“I don’t understand Maryland. Forgetting the (Mike) Locksley situation, that just doesn’t seem like a place that Jalen Hurts would be happy.”Hurts has one year of eligibility remaining. He will be able to play right away in 2019, as he’s a graduate transfer.Stay tuned.last_img read more