SACKED! Asier Garitano loses job at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAsier Garitano has been sacked by Real Sociedad.The team are fifteenth, with five wins, four draws and eight defeats, and Garitano’s style hasn’t convinced the board of the club.”We appreciate Asier Garitano’s contribution, professionalism and dedication,” a brief statement read, wishing him all the best for the future.Imanol Alguacil, who already took charge of the team at the end of last season after the dismissal of Eusebio, and who was head of the academy since then, takes over. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle manager Benitez blocks Murphy loanby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez is not keen on loaning out Jacob Murphy.The winger has only started three games this season.He wants regular football, but Benitez is not willing to let him go.Per the Chronicle Live, Benitez will only sanction a loan for Murphy and others if he is given money to spend on incoming transfers.The club with the biggest interest in Murphy is Huddersfield, another team battling to stay in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diazby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City and Real Madrid have settled on a fee for Brahim Diaz.BBC Sport reports City youngster Diaz is close to joining Real Madrid for an initial £15.5m.There has been uncertainty over the 19-year-old’s future since the start of the season.City manager Pep Guardiola previously said the club were trying to persuade Diaz to sign a new contract.However, the Blues have now accepted that Diaz, a Spain Under-21 international, will join Real Madrid for a fee that could rise to £21m.Diaz joined City from Malaga as a 14-year-old in 2013 and made 15 first-team appearances, four this season.
Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata insists he’s happy where he is.Zapata is being linked with Manchester United and West Ham.He said, “I am not even thinking about the idea of leaving Atalanta. In football, as in life, you do not know what the future holds, but I have no thoughts other than doing my best for Atalanta.“Our only objective is to be protagonists, so we don’t name targets. “My personal aim is to improve consistently and score as many goals as possible. (Gian Piero) Gasperini is a pleasure to work with, even if it’s exhausting.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jay Rodriguez loving the competition between Burnley strikersby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJay Rodriguez is loving the competition between strikers at Burnley.The summer signing has had to compete with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes this season.He scored against Aston Villa on Saturday and speaking after the game, the Englishman said: “That is football and one of those things, you have to focus on what you can do and be ready when the time comes.”I always want more and more goals and to take every chance I can. I will keep my head down and work hard.”It is healthy competition and everyone has to stay patient and continue to work hard and effect what they can affect.”Woody and Barnesy are great lads and great footballers and they have made me feel really welcome.”I always want to learn off other players and every striker I play alongside.”
TUCSON, AZ – JANUARY 26: Fans in the Arizona Wildcats student section cheer during the college basketball game against the Utah Utes at McKale Center on January 26, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Utes 65-56. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Arizona registered an impressive 90-56 blowout victory over Oregon last night to move to 19-2 on the season. Afterwards, Wildcats point guard T.J. McConnell decided to have some fun at the podium in the post-game press conference. Before reporters could ask any questions, McConnell dropped his best Marshawn Lynch impression, drawing a round of laughs from those in the room.There’s no doubt going to be a shelf life on “Just here so I won’t get fined” jokes, so kudos to McConnell for jumping in and taking advantage of the humor while it’s still relatively fresh.
Trey Lyles ShoesKentucky freshman forward Trey Lyles just turned pro this week, and while he won’t be receiving any NBA paychecks for a few more months, he’s already getting into the business of making money. Lyles took to Twitter this morning to start an open auction for several pairs of his game-worn sneakers. They’re signed by him and going to the highest bidder.You can see in the photo he has an impressive collection.Who wants a pair of signed game worn shoes from me? They will be getting auctioned off to the highest bidder!— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) April 12, 2015Here’s a photo of the shoes that are being sold. pic.twitter.com/cFiCGfdb2L— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) April 12, 2015How much would you pay for a pair of these kicks? And which ones would you bid on?
YouTube/WatchNDThings could be going better at Notre Dame.Notre Dame, which started the season ranked in the top 15, dropped to 2-5 on Saturday following its loss to Stanford. Brian Kelly’s job is believed by some to now be in jeopardy. Will the Fighting Irish be making a change?One Fighting Irish player appears to at least be aware of a potential change.Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery has liked multiple tweets calling for Kelly to be fired and for the Fighting Irish to hire former LSU head coach Les Miles.Notre Dame’s best defensive lineman has some interesting recent likes. pic.twitter.com/R9qQ6oriTJ— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) October 16, 2016Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean Tillery is advocating for Kelly to be fired and for Miles to be hired. Athletes will often “like” disrespectful/negative tweets and use them as motivation.Notre Dame has a much-needed bye week on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola has seen three transfer priorities picked out for Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce of the opinion that reinforcements are required from back to front.The Blues made history in 2018-19 when completing a domestic treble.Premier League and Carabao Cup crowns were retained, while the FA Cup was added to a notable roll of honour. 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? There are few chinks in City’s armour, but even a star-studded squad can be improved.Former Blues boss Pearce considers that to be the case, with there a couple of obvious areas in which Guardiola could strengthen.He has seen club captain Vincent Kompany depart at the end of his contract, while holding midfielder Fernandinho is not getting any younger at 34 years of age.Long-term successors are required for two talismanic figures, while Pearce believes that another proven frontman would also aid City’s cause heading forward.He told Sky Sports: “I think all teams need to strengthen no matter who they are.“Just to get a fresh face in the dressing room, Man City with Kompany leaving that leaves an issue at the centre of defence, I think as well the holding midfield role as well as if they lose Fernandinho for any period of time, which they did last season, would cause them problems.“And I always think upfront, you can always strengthen with a striker.”City are not expected to be busy in the summer transfer window, but are being linked with a number of proven performers.Speculation suggests that they are among those keeping an eye on Leicester defender Harry Maguire.A move for Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also been mooted, with the Blues piecing together plans for both the present and future.Guardiola may also be tempted to join the race for Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt, with the 19-year-old centre-half attracting interest from leading sides across Europe.In terms of midfield options, Atletico Madrid star Rodri is considered to be a top target amid talk of a €70 million (£60m/$80m) buy-out clause in the 22-year-old’s contract being triggered.
LA Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto says that Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs more protection from the video assistant referee (VAR) following a series of incidents.The Swedish star saw two penalty claims denied in the Galaxy’s last match, a 2-1 defeat to D.C. United.Despite featuring in 19 MLS matches this season, Ibrahimovic has been fouled just 17 times, good for third-most on his own team. 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? Meanwhile, MLS leading goalscorer Carlos Vela has been fouled 71 times this season, second-most in the league behind the 81 suffered by Nicholas Lodeiro. Overall, 111 players have been fouled more often than Ibrahimovic, who has scored 16 goals while providing three assists this season.In May, Ibrahimovic was fined for simulation/embellishment by the MLS Disciplinary Committee but the former Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and Barcelona star also escaped punishment for an elbow on Mohamed El-Munir that required surgery for the Los Angeles FC defender.Schelotto says that referees need assistance when it comes to officiating the hulking striker, who he believes is treated differently than some of the league’s other top stars.”To be honest I think sometimes, in some plays, I don’t know why some referees do not use the VAR with Ibra because I could see the penalty for Columbus and I could see twice in the D.C. United game,” Schelotto told media on Tuesday.”Everything that happens around Ibra is a matter for discussion. Maybe it happens with other teams but those teams or those players don’t attract the same attention. Because he is Ibra, situations are exaggerated a lot and also [for the referee] to claim [a foul] they have to be very clear.”For Ibra it was a penalty. But if we have VAR, we need to use it because Ibra went to the floor and felt something and I don’t know why he [the referee] didn’t check it.”Ibrahimovic joined the Galaxy for the 2018 MLS season as he scored 22 goals and provided 10 assists in 27 appearances during his debut campaign.However, it wasn’t enough to lead the Galaxy to the playoffs, a system which Ibrahimovic recently criticized while calling the way MLS crowns its champion “s***”.The Galaxy currently sit fifth in the Western Conference, three points above the red line but also just two points away from second place.Next up for Ibrahimovic and co. is a match against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.