Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Juventus alerted as Avdijaj rejects Willem II offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDonis Avdijaj plans to leave Willem II at the end of the season.Off contract in June, Avdijaj has refused to consider talks about a new deal with Willem, says Soccernews.nl.Instead, the attacker is ready to leave in June – a decision which has attracted the interest of two of Europe’s biggest clubs.Arsenal and Juventus are both eyeing Avdijaj for a Bosman transfer.Avdijaj, 22, joined Willem II in the summer from Schalke, signing a 12 month deal.
Carragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decisionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Carragher is worried about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on-loan to Bournemouth.Speaking about Clyne to Sky Sports, Carragher explained what the defender will bring to the Cherries.“(He will bring) consistency,” Carragher. “He played in the FA Cup game, didn’t go too well for them. I’m not sure how he played individually.“But I was surprised Liverpool let him go, I must say that.“I know he hasn’t been involved for a long time, but Liverpool have got young players there.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gomez. He’s a bit more experienced.“He played that one game against Manchester United and he was outstanding, considering how long he’d been out.“So I was quite surprised he’d gone.“But maybe Klopp sees him every day on the training pitch, hasn’t been easy for him, and a player at that age obviously must want to play as much football as possible.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenalby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes they must win games such as the home clash against Arsenal.The Red Devils were unable to turn their possession into more than a single goal, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.It was a tough clash against a fellow top-four hopeful at home, and De Gea knows they will rue not being able to get all three points.”This is Manchester United. We’re playing at Old Trafford so we have to win these games,” De Gea said to reporters.”We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they are. We are a team. We know we have to improve and we are all working really hard to do it.”We had a lot of good chances – of course, they did too, but I think we had the better ones.”We have to keep learning. We have a young team, so it’s time to keep looking forward and try to win the next game.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Belgium coach Martinez praises Leicester midfielder Praet on debutby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium manager Roberto Martinez praised Leicester City midfielder Dennis Praet as he continued his good form with an assist on his full international debut.Making his fifth appearance but his first start for the Red Devils, Praet delivered a perfect cross to set up Michy Batshuayi for Belgium’s first goal in their 2-0 win in Kazakhstan on Sunday.”What pleases me as a coach was to see that Dennis was ready,” said Martinez. “He was desperate to be on the pitch, that’s what I want to see in the players.”He played technically, it was a pleasure to see him play. Much of the game went through him and at the end I was happy to see that he had enjoyed himself. He played extremely well.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp claims Man Utd set up to defend when they play Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is a fact that Manchester United are set up to defend against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Red Devils almost pinched a win over their rivals thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford.Adam Lallana rescued a point for the visitors, with Klopp insisting he wasn’t frustrated by United’s tactics.The German said: “Why should it frustrate me? I’m not the person who should be frustrated by Man United’s style.”It’s just a fact, when we come here, this year, last year, year before, they just defend. That’s how it is, that’s OK, it’s no criticism, it’s just a fact. It’s not the usual way you think United plays against Liverpool, you would think both teams are trying like this.”Again, the quality, we are the one team everybody is on their toes when United plays against us. It’s no excuse, we need to do better, we can do better, but you cannot play against each team like this, how they played today.”We are a good team, and when we play against somebody it is normal for them to say: ‘How can we stop them?'”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastleby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits he’s turned down Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the Premier [League] but I am in the right place.”I want to play one day in the Premier [League] but now I am happy here. “I had an option to go to Newcastle on last year, I’m happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying.”
Yes, it’s still just February, meaning that college football is over six months away. But that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start making predictions on some opening weekend contests. 5Dimes has released spreads on eight of the best games from the opening week’s slate. Auburn vs. Louisville, which is set to take place in Atlanta as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, officially has a line.The Tigers, behind what we’re sure will be a potent offensive attack, open as 10-point favorites over the Cardinals, who will face a difficult non-conference schedule in 2015.Auburn’s rival, Alabama, opens as a 13-point favorite over Wisconsin too. Will both get off to a hot start?
Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have expressed their support for sacked Monaco boss Thierry Henry, with both admitting they would welcome him back to the Belgium fold with open arms.The 41-year-old left his post as the right-hand man to Roberto Martinez in the Red Devils set-up to take the reins at the Ligue 1 club in October.But following a disappointing three months in charge, the Frenchman was dismissed after mustering only four wins in 20 games, to be replaced by the man he himself succeeded, Leonardo Jardim. 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? Speaking in the wake of his exit however, Chelsea striker Hazard and Manchester United forward Lukaku, both of whom worked with Henry at last year’s World Cup in Russia, have offered high praise of the former Arsenal star’s coaching skills.Belgium defied expectations to finish third at the showpiece tournament, topping Group G before knocking out Japan and Brazil en route to the semi-finals.Though they suffered a slim defeat to eventual champions France in the last four, they rallied to claim the bronze position in the third-place play-off against England.Speaking to Eleven Sports after victory over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final, Hazard was effusive in his assessment of Henry’s abilities.“He did good [work with us] at Belgium,” the 28-year-old stated. “Monaco was not doing well this year, he was in trouble. He tried to get things right.“He did not succeed [but] he has my full support. I do not worry, I know he’ll be a great coach in the future.“We [would] welcome him. If he wants to come back, we’re here.”Manchester United striker Lukaku also expressed a desire to see Henry return to the Belgium set-up.“It’s a pity he lost his job in Monaco, but now I hope he’ll be back in the national team,” the 25-year-old told reporters.“He’ll come back, because we need him.”Belgium have only lost once since the World Cup, against Switzerland in the last match of their Nations League A Group 2 games – but that defeat cost them a place at this year’s finals in Portugal.They next begin their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in March, against Russia in Group I, with games against Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino also in the pipeline.
If any club has expertise to call upon when it comes to world-class left-backs, it is Real Madrid.For years, the club has called upon Marcelo, widely recognized as the best attacking full-back the game has to offer. He’s won it all during his time in Madrid, including four La Liga crowns and four Champions League titles.Although the search for a long-term replacement has likely taken Real Madrid to all four corners of the globe, the club has not had to look too far for the man who has emerged as a top target for the summer. That search has seen the club swoop for Ferland Mendy as the long-term answer for the club going forward. 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? A professional since 2015, when he broke through the ranks at Le Havre – the same club as the likes of Paul Pogba, Lassana Diarra and Riyad Mahrez were fostered – the 23-year-old has emerged as a key figure for Bruno Genesio’s side.Mendy’s rise has been astronomical. At the age of 21, he had made just 12 league appearances, all in the second tier for Le Havre. Two and a half years later, he finds himself a full international for France and having played a starring role in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition throughout Lyon’s Champions League push before a round of 16 defeat at the hands of Barcelona.“It’s true that everything’s happened very quickly since Le Havre, but I tell myself that it must go quicker!” he told France Football in January. “I have to continue with this dynamic.”Mendy spent time in Paris Saint-Germain’s youth ranks but was released due to a form of arthritis in his hip, forcing him to miss a good deal of football when he was aged 15, while he also lost his father at a young age.“I’ve not had an easy journey, it’s true, but I’ve never given up,” he added. “Now I’m here. This burning desire to succeed, it’s in my character. I’ve always been like that.”Although a self-assured individual, sometimes branded as arrogant, Mendy is not someone who habitually speaks to the media. Instead, he expresses himself on the field, where he is a tireless piston down Lyon’s left flank.Perhaps inevitably, given his name and role, he is compared to Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, who broke through at Le Havre in the two campaigns before his namesake arrived in Normandy.He offers a similar willingness to attack and comparable quality in the final third, even if this aspect of his game is not quite as polished as that of his compatriot.His marginal deficit in terms of his final ball – and it is marginal – is made up for with greater tactical awareness and solidarity at the other end of the park. And in some regards he is technically sounder, possessing a particularly capable right foot“He’s the Kylian Mbappe of the left-back role,” experienced agent Yvan Le Mee told France Football. “Contrary to popular belief, the left-back position is the most requested after that of a striker because they’re very difficult to find.“Mendy is good offensively and defensively, which is very rare. Balanced guys, who are exciting going forward and very strong at the back, are very rare. At his age, there’s no-one better.“Apart from Andy Robertson, who won’t move from Liverpool, there’s no such talented player in that role available, especially as Lucas Hernandez has a different profile.” He has already proven he can cut it against the best, shining as Lyon defeated Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium in September and turning in a level of performance that arguably made him the best left-back in the group stage of the Champions League.Now, he faces up to the challenge of eventually replacing a legend and becoming another building block for a Real Madrid team looking to reinvent itself by bringing in the club’s next great full-back.
Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha would realise a childhood dream if he was to sign for Arsenal, according to the Ivory Coast star’s brother.The 26-year-old, who has spent the majority of his career with the Eagles, has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium during the transfer window, following another stellar season at Selhurst Park.Zaha, who began his career with Palace in 2009 and returned in 2014 only a season-and-a-half after leaving to join Manchester United, remains a firm favourite among fans, with a string of impressive performances under Roy Hodgson this year. 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 And that form has seen the club reluctant to part ways with his services as they were reported to have set a hefty asking price in an attempt to put off any potential suitors.The Gunners have, however, been consistently linked with the forward and reportedly tabled a £40m ($51m) bid on Monday.Now, Zaha’s brother Judicael has stated that the player would achieve a dream he has held since a young age in making the switch to Arsenal and suggested that Palace should let him go.”Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they’ve given means the world to him,” he told Sky Sports News.”It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal.”Given all Wilfried has given to Palace to help them remain a PL club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he’s supported since childhood.”A three-time Player of the Year at Palace since his return to Selhurst Park, Zaha helped them achieve promotion to the top flight in 2013 through victory in the play-offs and has subsequently played a major part in preserving their Premier League status.Hodgson’s side finished 12th last season, while they also reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Arsenal, meanwhile, are preparing for a second successive Europa League campaign following their fifth-place finish in the Premier League, while their defeat to Chelsea in the final of Europe’s secondary competition saw them miss out on the Champions League.
Riyad Mahrez missed Manchester City’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool to avoid the risk of failing a doping test, manager Pep Guardiola said.The Algeria international told Guardiola he was ready to play at Wembley on Sunday despite having only recently returned from Africa Cup of Nations glory in Egypt.However, the winger was not named in the City squad as he took some medicine for an illness and club doctors could not be certain whether he had inadvertently ingested any banned substances. 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? Guardiola expects Mahrez to be available when City begin their Premier League title defence against West Ham on Saturday.”Riyad called me right after being champions with Algeria and told me he wanted to come back in 10 days and play against Liverpool. I said he was more than welcome!” Guardiola told a news conference.”But we don’t know what he took, the medicine, and that’s why today doping control was a risk. The doctors didn’t [know], so that’s why he didn’t play.”A guy who rested less, but could have played some minutes, but we could not take a risk because the doctors didn’t have exactly the medicines or what happened, and we did not want to take a risk.”Hopefully, next game against West Ham and the future, everything will be normal.”City won the Community Shield 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in London.Raheem Sterling’s goal was cancelled out in normal time by Joel Matip, but Claudio Bravo saved Georginio Wijnaldum’s spot-kick to secure the trophy.Mahrez’s fellow winger Leroy Sane limped off the field in the first half at Wembley and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus.The Germany international went down after a tackle by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 13th minute and underwent lengthy treatment on the pitch, but was unable to continue.Pep Guardiola played down the seriousness of the injury, saying he believed Sane would “be OK”.Mahrez signed for City from Leicester at the beginning of last season in what was then a club-record deal.The fee paid for the two-time Premier League champion has since been surpassed by the arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid, who cost £63m ($79m). Mahrez set the club back £60m ($80m). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Sunday, the Associated Press gave us a heads up that this year’s Preseason AP Poll will be released on Monday, August 20. There hasn’t been an official announcement regarding the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, but based on what we’ve seen the past few years, it should actually be coming this week.Last year, the poll was released on Thursday, August 3. So it’s likely that this year’s will be coming this Thursday, August 2. It’s usually dropped a few weeks before the AP puts out its version.Of course, neither poll factors into the College Football Playoff rankings that come out later in the year. But fans still enjoy getting a look at the polls each week – they’re usually pretty indicative of how each team is performing during the season.This year, it’s widely expected that Alabama will be the No. 1 team in the country in both polls when they’re unveiled. The Crimson Tide won the national title last year with an overtime victory over Georgia.That said, Alabama does not yet have its starting quarterback determined. Jalen Hurts has been the team’s starter the past few years, but he was benched at halftime of the national title game for Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa led Alabama to an incredible come-from-behind victory – leading many to believe that he’s actually the man who will get the job.Here’s what we think the top 25 will look like when it’s unveiled on Thursday. There are some familiar names in the top five, per usual. Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia are the teams best-positioned to take down the champs.AlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaOklahomaWashingtonWisconsinMiamiMichigan StatePenn StateAuburnWest VirginiaUSCMichiganVirginia TechStanfordTCUBoise StateNotre DameFlorida StateUCFLSUMississippi StateOklahoma StateSouth CarolinaThe Big Ten is expected to be a tight race – with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan all ranked in the top 15 heading into the season.Again, the poll is likely to come out Thursday. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any surprises.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re past the halfway point of the college football season. The bowl picture keeps changing based on weekly results.As of right now, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame would be in the College Football Playoff if it started today. However, that will likely all change next week after ‘Bama and LSU play each other.Sports Illustrated has put out its most recent projections for the College Football Playoff as well as every other bowl game.Here’s a look at SI’s picks for the major bowls heading into Week 9:CFB Playoff at the Orange Bowl – Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)CFB Playoff at the Cotton Bowl – Alabama vs. OklahomaTexas Bowl – TCU vs. Houston (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Camping World Bowl – West Virginia vs. Miami (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Gator Bowl – Auburn vs. Wisconsin (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Fiesta Bowl – Georgia vs. UCF (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Peach Bowl – Ohio State vs. Florida (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Outback Bowl – Michigan State vs. Kentucky (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Rose Bowl – Michigan vs. Washington (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Sugar Bowl – LSU vs. Texas (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Citrus Bowl – Texas A&M vs. Penn State (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)You can see all of SI’s bowl projections here.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 26: AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide kisses girlfriend Katherine Webb after their 45-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The life of a professional football player seems really glamorous, but it often forces you to be away from your loved ones for extended periods of time.AJ McCarron was recently away from his family for about five weeks.The Oakland Raiders’ quarterback was reunited with family in Alabama this weekend.McCarron’s wife, Katherine Webb, shared an adorable video of the reuniting on Instagram.Check it out:That’s pretty awesome.McCarron, 28, is in his first season with the Oakland Raiders.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football season comes to a close on Monday night as the Alabama Crimson Tide face off against the Clemson Tigers. It’s the third meeting between these two teams in the past four national title games.With the end of the season in sight, college football insider Brett McMurphy released his final top-25. There are a few familiar teams atop the list and one team making a significant jump – Army sits at No. 15 after demolishing Houston earlier this bowl season.Here’s the top five from McMurphy:Alabama/ClemsonAlabama/ClemsonOklahomaOhio StateNotre DameYou can see his full list below.My final AP ballot:1-CFB champ 2-Runner-up 3-OU 4-OhioSt 5-ND 6-LSU 7-Texas 8-UGA 9-UF 10-WSU 11-UK 12-UW 13-Mich 14-UCF 15-Army 16-A&M 17-Fresno 18-Syracuse 19-N’western 20-PSU 21-Boise 22-AppSt 23-UtahSt 24-UAB 25-WVU #APTop25— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 7, 2019Ohio State jumps Notre Dame for the No. 4 spot after the Buckeyes took down Washington in the Rose Bowl, while the Fighting Irish struggled against Clemson.McMurphy has seven non-Power 5 teams in his top 25 after their impressive performances in their respective bowl games.After tonight’s game between Clemson and Alabama, we’ll know who No. 1 is.
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks watches on during their game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Legendary college football head coach Steve Spurrier made his return to the sideline on Saturday night, coaching in the Alliance of American Football league.Spurrier, 73, was coaching for the first time since walking away from college football in 2015. He’s leading the Orlando Apollos’ AAF team.The Apollos, who boast 29 players from Florida colleges, dominated the game, beating the Atlanta Legends, 40-6.“I think the fans had a good time,” Spurrier said after the game. “They saw enough good plays, especially after the first quarter.” There was one play in particular that stood out.Spurrier ran the “Philly Special,” a double reverse leading to pass back to his quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, for a touchdown.Someone find the cure for aging and give it to Steve Spurrier so he can live forever pic.twitter.com/0jN0bqLfLg— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) February 10, 2019CBS Sports’ cameras captured what Spurrier had said on the sideline earlier in that drive, too.“Tell him to catch it this time,” Spurrier said.steve spurrier is the greatest human being alive and it’s not even closepic.twitter.com/HfpOV7CsPh— Reva Labbe (@sorevawaslike) February 10, 2019Spurrier, who coached in front of a crowd of about 20,000 fans, isn’t getting too excited after just one game, though.“I think Atlanta’s a pretty good team. Time will tell if they are,” Spurrier said after the contest. “Time will tell if we’re any good. It’s just one game.”
#TogetherWeSwarm 🐝🐝 pic.twitter.com/5SrQNLgnsR— SPIDER (@simsmyles) May 14, 2019Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sims is likely to seek a hardship waiver. If granted, he would be eligible to play up to four more years of college football without having to sit out 2019.Sims marks a massive addition for newly-minted Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins.The Yellow Jackets finished 7-6 overall last season (5-3 in the ACC), losing the Quick Lane Bowl to Minnesota in Paul Johnson’s final game as a head coach.The ACC Coastal division is largely up for grabs next year, so a great pass defense will be absolutely critical in any team trying to beat out defending ACC champion Clemson. ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 4: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow and the Miami Hurricanes on October 4, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Former four-star cornerback Myles Sims was a big piece in the Michigan’s Class of 2018. But after one season with the Wolverines, it looks like he plans to spend the rest of his college career close to home.On Tuesday, Sims announced that he would be continuing college at Georgia Tech University. He stated that personal reasons led him to make the decision to attend a school near his hometown.Coming out of high school in 2018, Sims was the No. 170 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He was the No. 17 cornerback in the country, and the No. 22 prospect from the state of Georgia.Sims recorded two tackles for the Wolverines before redshirting last season.
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: Jason Day of Australia walks from the fourth tee during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 08, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)Jason Day might be a fan of Ohio State, but his relationship with Jim Harbaugh might put him on shaky grounds with people in Columbus. Prior to the start of the 2019 Memorial Tournament, Day spoke about his ties to two legendary coaches.Leading up to the PGA Championship, Day received a text from Harbaugh about possibly getting him tickets. They’ve been friends since Harbaugh’s days as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.Even though Day is pretty close with Harbaugh, the Australian golfer also has connections with Urban Meyer.When asked about being friends with two coaches that were rivals in the Big Ten, Day said “I gotta try and play Switzerland here. Mind you, I’m from Australia.”This is a pretty awesome way of Day admitting that he won’t pick a side when it comes to choosing Harbaugh or Meyer. However, he did throw in a subtle remark about how he’d like to see Ohio State continue beating Michigan.Check it out:Jason Day told us he’s been a friends with Jim Harbaugh for years. He’s also tight with Urban Meyer.”I gotta try and play Switzerland here. Mind you, I’m from Australia.”@JDayGolf @CoachJim4UM @MemorialGolf pic.twitter.com/OuIhmWdKGO— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) May 28, 2019Day probably won’t have many fans in Ann Arbor after that last comment. Nonetheless, it’s still great to see athletes and coaches from different sports connect on a personal level.As for this year’s Memorial Tournament, Day is off to a strong start in the opening round with a current score of two under par.
Reuters Abu DhabiFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 17:48 IST UAE had formally questioned the eligibility of 22-year-old Almoez Ali (centre) and Iraqi-born defender Bassam Al Rawi, 21HIGHLIGHTSUAE FA had protested the eligibility of two Qatar playersQatar had defeated UAE 4-0 in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finalsQatar take on Japan in the AFC Asian Cup final on FridayA protest by the United Arab Emirates over the eligibility of two Qatar players was dismissed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday, a few hours before they were due to take to the field for the Asian Cup final.The AFC on Thursday confirmed that the UAE FA had protested the eligibility of Almoez Ali and Bassam Al Rawi, who helped Qatar reach their maiden final at the continental championship against Japan.”The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee today dismissed the protest lodged by the United Arab Emirates Football Association over the eligibility of two Qatar players,” an AFC statement said.A UAE FA spokesman reached for comment by Reuters said he had no information and ended the call.Sudan-born striker Ali, 22, scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament when Qatar humiliated the UAE hosts 4-0 on Tuesday, while Iraqi-born defender Al Rawi, 21, was suspended for that match but expected to return for the final.FIFA requirements mandate that a player switching national allegiance must either qualify through their parents or grandparents or have resided in a country for five years after their 18th birthday.The protest comes against a background of a political and economic boycott of Qatar which the UAE launched with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.The political rift was manifest in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday when Emirati fans hurled sandals and drinks bottles at Ali and two other players celebrating their goals during the semi-final.advertisementAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup final: Japan captain Maya Yoshida eyes record-extending 5th titleAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup: UAE protest at eligibility of Qatar players dismissedThe United Arab Emirates FA had protested the eligibility of Almoez Ali and Bassam Al Rawi, who helped Qatar reach their maiden final at the continental championship against Japan.advertisement Next