TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Daniel Amartey delighted with new Leicester dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel Amartey has signed a new deal with Leicester City.The Ghanaian, 23, has agreed terms on a three-and-a-half-year contract as he continues his recovery from an ankle condition sustained in October’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United.“I am very happy to sign this contract at Leicester City,” he told LCFC TV, speaking at the Club’s Belvoir Drive training ground this week.“I’m an easy guy, I work hard, I focus and by God’s grace, my recovery is getting better. I was playing well and then I got this injury, but I have to be strong when I come back.“Personally, I am happy because last season I didn’t get much playing time and this season the manager gave me the chance so, for me, I was very happy.”
Napoli captain Insigne: I DO row with Ancelottiby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli captain Lorenzo Insigne admits he rows with coach Carlo Ancelotti.Insigne was dropped for their Champions League draw with KRC Genk.“My rapport with Ancelotti is a bit odd, as at times we have had rows, but that’s all down to our respective personalities,” Insigne told Rai Sport.“Carlo remains an extraordinary Coach and I really hope to win with him. Over two years of training sessions, when I arrived late or irritable, at times I’ve responded to some of his observations, but these are incidents that start and end there, they don’t get dragged on.“Obviously, that’s not all that happens, as I can joke around with the Coach too. Since he’s been at the club, he has never forced me to take on a role I didn’t want.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Ajax defender Blind: We pulled the wool over Chelsea’s eyesby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax weren’t at their best for watching Chelsea spies after edging past bottom-placed RKC Waalwijk on Saturday.Ajax sneaked a 2-1 away win to go three points clear at the top of the Dutch league as rivals PSV Eindhoven crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Utrecht but Daley Blind said his side got away with a fortunate victory just days before they host Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.“I think it was our worst match in the last two years,” the 29-year-old defender told Dutch television. “We were lucky to come away with the win. We weren’t well organised and we certainly didn’t play with any sharpness.”“They played a long-ball game but nothing fell for us. It was one of those days where we had to grind out a win,” added the former Manchester United player.”It was nice to win this kind of horribly bad game. That’s what it’s about. But we must look at ourselves and ensure this can never happen again.“But hopefully we pulled the wool over Chelsea’s eyes. If we did that then we achieved our mission.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atalanta coach Gasperini reveals special Guardiola gesture: It’d never happenedby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed a special gesture he received from Pep Guardiola.Manchester City host the Oribici tonight in the Champions League.Gasperini said, “I must say that Guardiola is a very great person, beyond this, he made a gesture that had never happened to me before.”Eight years ago, when I left Inter he called me through Estiarte, with whom we had known each other since Pescara, and invited me to Barcelona to spend a few days with them. “For me it was an extraordinary gesture, of great sensitivity, because at that moment he gave me something beautiful. Also for this I respect him a lot. Having said that being here is beautiful, even if they are definitely dangerous…” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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) Twitter/@ESPNChiBearsJon Hoke has been an NFL assistant since 2002. His last stint in college was as Florida defensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier from 1999-2001, and now the Head Ball Coach is trying to reel his former assistant back to the SEC, according to reports.South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is trying to hire Chicago Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke to lead the Gamecocks defense next season, according to multiple sources. This would be the third time Spurrier, since arriving at South Carolina, has attempted to lure Hoke back to the college game. Hoke was Spurrier’s defensive coordinator at Florida from 1999-2001 and has coached in the NFL with the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears ever since. Spurrier reached out to Hoke upon arriving in Columbia in 2004 (hired John Thompson) and in 2007 (hired Brian VanGorder and ultimately Ellis Johnson).Hoke, who is the older brother of former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, helped Spurrier and Florida win 29 games during his three seasons in Gainesville.[WISTV]
Three times this year, ESPN College GameDay analyst Lee Corso had the opportunity to pick Michigan State. Three times he opted not to, and consequently, lost. It appears that he’s finally a believer.Saturday, Corso, in Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten title game between the Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes, picked MSU to win the conference. He donned a large Spartans helmet to make his pick. Here’s video, via FanSided’s Mike Dyce.Corso picks Michigan State pic.twitter.com/F7YIQ1I5Yl— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) December 5, 2015Lee Corso is 0-3 picking against @MSU_Football in @ChevyTrucks #SaturdaySelections this year. He learned his lesson! pic.twitter.com/Ga5f0ftKmx— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2015Corso’s blessing isn’t exactly a good thing – he’s just 3-10 on the year. That being said, Michigan State fans are still probably feeling pretty good about his decision.
roy williams tees off on espn green roomNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams is upset with ESPN – and he had no problem letting everyone know on Friday. Williams, ahead of his team’s contest against Boston College this Saturday, expressed that he isn’t a fan of how the network seems to focus on the “green room” players during broadcasts – meaning the players who are locks to be first round NBA Draft picks. He thinks that the game of college basketball is great – and ESPN shouldn’t just be giving the next-level players attention.Here’s video, via North Carolina:Williams makes some good points, but it’s not as-if he hasn’t seen his own share of “green room” players come through his program. Regardless, we don’t expect the network to change its ways.
Massimiliano Allegri feels Sami Khedira will be like a new signing for Juventus due to his return from injury.Khedira has been restricted to six Serie A appearances this term but he came off the bench late as Juve beat AC Milan in Wednesday’s Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah.Juve have been linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, but the Gunners are aiming to keep the Wales international until his contract expires at the end of the season. 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? And even though Juve face a busy schedule as they compete for honours both domestically and in Europe, Allegri does not expect to make significant additions to his squad this month.”Our January purchase will be Khedira. As far as the others are concerned, at this time of the season, the biggest risk is to settle down,” Allegri told reporters ahead of Monday’s home game against Chievo.”This does not have to happen, otherwise we risk compromising everything. We need to achieve the goals we work for. We have to do an aggressive race tomorrow, right away.”In other transfer news it appears that Leonardo Spinazzola, will be leaving the club “He [Spinazzola] goes away if a substitute arrives,” Allegri stated. “He needs to play but without a substitute he does not go away.”@OfficialAllegri: “The players that are available are all in good condition. We will try to have @MarioMandzukic9 back for Lazio, whilst @Miralem_Pjanic has taken a knock to the calf but he is suspended for tomorrow anyway and has a week to recover.”#JuveChievo #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 20, 2019Goal understands that Juve have found such a replacement in the form of Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, whose introduction on a short-term loan will allow Spinazzola to leave.Allegri also confirmed Mattia Perin will make his fifth Serie A appearance of the season in goal as he gave an early squad update for the Chievo clash.”Alex Sandro will start tomorrow [Monday],” Allegri continued. “[Andrea] Barzagli is still working, [Mehdi] Benatia is out.”[Miralem] Pjanic’s condition will be evaluated during the week. Perin will play tomorrow.”Juventus could move as much as 12 points clear at the top of the table should they beat Chievo on, depending on the result of second-placed Napoli, who face Lazio on Sunday evening.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska center Michael Decker announced the end of his college football career this afternoon. Decker was the starter for the Huskers last season. His year was cut short in late October due to injury.On October 25, Nebraska edged out Purdue 25-24. Decker went down with a serious knee injury during the game. As it turns out, that was the last game of his career.Michael Decker took to Twitter today to announce his retirement, leaving an opening at the Nebraska center position.Thank you pic.twitter.com/JZEOwCFKwe— Decker (@_McDeck_) May 19, 2018Decker made the announcement this afternoon. The full text of his note:“Huskers,This message is to officially announce that I am stepping away from football. Over the past 6 months, I have taken a step back and looked at my future career goals and decided that I can no longer accommodate football’s commitments. It was finally time to see that these aspirations outweighed the lacking desire to continue playing the game. Which, given the team’s goals, would only hurt them by my participation.This decision does not come lightly, considering the incredible people I have met at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I thank my teammates in past and present, who kept me in it for so long. You are truly my brothers who I am indebted to for the rest of my life.I thank Mike Reilly, Scott Frost, Mike Cavanaugh, Greg Austin, and all other assistants for their time and effort in my football career. They inspired me with their work ethic and character, which I will take with me into the future. That goes for the academic, compliance, life skills, and training departments as well, who did a great job in supporting my obligations these past few years.Finally, I thank Husker nation for their support. Their tradition and passion is unmatched by any school in the country. Such a relationship is something that will stay with me as I watch its future.GBR, Michael Decker”Decker was out for the spring, recovering from the knee injury. Three players took snaps in his stead, and could vie for the role, per the Omaha World-Herald:In spring practices, three Huskers — seniors Tanner Farmer and Cole Conrad, and redshirt freshman Hunter Miller — took snaps at center, with Farmer sliding over from his starting right guard spot.The paper notes that a move by Farmer to center would potentially open up his guard spot for top reserve Boe Wilson. However, it was Conrad that filled in due to injury last season. Either way, Scott Frost has some big decisions to make.[Omaha World-Herald]
EUGENE, OR – AUGUST 30: A general view taken during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Oregon was a minute away from one of the biggest wins of the college football season on Saturday night. The Ducks were leading No. 7 Stanford with less than a minute left.Then, heartbreak happened. Oregon fumbled the ball with just under 1:00 remaining, Stanford recovered and the Cardinal made a game-tying field goal as time expired.The contest went to overtime and Stanford won it in the first period.It’s a truly brutal loss for Oregon, as the Ducks played extremely well and had Autzen Stadium rocking all game long.Several crowd shots went viral, showing the range of emotions Oregon’s fans went through.Let’s check in on Oregon fans … pic.twitter.com/NJb1Sk2LvQ— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 23, 2018Oregon will look to rebound next weekend. The Ducks are set to take on Cal at 10:30 p.m. E.T. next Saturday.The game will be on FS1.