Liverpool attacker Shaqiri admits ‘nice’ seeing Tottenham loseby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri says it was nice to see Tottenham lose on the weekend.Spurs were defeated 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal.”Obviously [it boosted us],” the 27-year-old told Standard Sport when asked about Tottenham’s result on Saturday.”I think everybody when they see some teams struggle, who are behind you and coming after you, it’s nice to see obviously.”But, in the end, we look to ourselves and win our games.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Joe Young DunkJoe Young saw action in 41 games as a rookie for the Indiana Pacers last season, and the former Oregon star is playing with the franchise’s team in the Orlando Summer League this week. In a game today against the Orlando Magic, Young threw down a crazy one-handed dunk on a fast break before landing awkwardly. He was okay, and the dunk was phenomenal. Pacers 2015 2nd rounder Joe Young gets a nasty posterhttps://t.co/nbFf6W8onT— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 2, 2016If Young keeps doing that, he’ll push for more playing time on a revamped Pacers roster in 2016-17.
Grant Wistrom/InstagramFormer Nebraska standout Grant Wistrom has an impressive ring collection.Grant Wistrom dominated the football field during his time at the University of Nebraska and he has the rings to prove it. The former No. 6 overall pick from the 1998 NFL Draft showcased his ring collection from his tenure with Nebraska. With the help of his wife, Melissa, Wistrom’s 14 rings can be seen on display.During Wistrom’s four years with the Cornhuskers, Nebraska won three national championships (1994, 1995, 1997). So that accounts for three of Wistrom’s rings, but what about the other nine?The other rings came from bowl games, conference titles, and individual awards, according to Wistrom.For players and coaches with four championships, “one for the thumb” is a popular phrase. Well, Wistrom has enough rings for all ten fingers, and then some.
Paolo Guerrero scored and set up another as Peru kick-started their Copa America campaign with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Bolivia at the Maracana.Peru stuttered to a goalless draw against Venezuela in their Group A opener and Ricardo Gareca’s men fell behind to Marcelo Martins’ 18th international goal in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.Martins converted a 28th-minute penalty after a VAR check to give Bolivia – who lost 3-0 to hosts Brazil – an unlikely lead before star forward and captain Guerrero equalised on the stroke of half-time. 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? Guerrero then provided the assist for Jefferson Farfan’s 55th-minute header and substitute Edison Flores added a third in the sixth minute of stoppage time.Postales del gol de Jefferson Farfán, con el cual @SeleccionPeru vence 2-1 a Bolivia por la fase de grupos de la @CopaAmerica. #ArribaPerú pic.twitter.com/SyAYBKuy1U— Selección Peruana (@SeleccionPeru) June 18, 2019Peru controlled proceedings throughout the first half but they struggled to create any clear-cut chances and the 2018 World Cup participants were left stunned when Bolivia broke the deadlock against the run of play.There was confusion when the referee appeared to point to the spot for a handball against Peru’s Carlos Zambrano in the 24th minute, but he then signalled for offside.After a lengthy VAR check, a penalty was eventually awarded and Martins made no mistake as he coolly converted past Pedro Gallese four minutes later to move within two goals of Bolivia’s all-time scoring record.With time almost up in the opening period, Peru drew level. Christian Cueva dispossessed Bolivia on the halfway line and played a defence-splitting pass down the middle for Guerrero, who touched the ball around goalkeeper Carlos Lampe and finished into an empty net.Farfan put Peru ahead 10 minutes into the second half following a towering header after Guerrero turned provider to tee up the Lokomotiv Moscow veteran.Bolivia had a golden opportunity to restore parity but Erwin Saavedra blazed over from close range after Raul Castro’s shot was parried into his path, with Flores adding some gloss to the scoreline in the 96th minute following a swift counter-attack. What does it mean? Peru on track to qualifyAfter firing a blank against Venezuela, Peru got their tournament off and running. Quarter-finalists in 2016 and third the year prior, La Blanquirroja will be looking to at least match that run in Brazil.Guerrero the hero… againWearing the captain’s armband and topping Peru’s scoring charts, the responsibility often falls on Guerrero. But the 35-year-old talisman thrives on it and he led the way again on Tuesday. His 36th international goal and an assist has Peru poised to progress.Bolivia’s woes continueMartins’ early goal gave Bolivia some hope but it was the same old story for Eduardo Villegas’ team. Bolivia crashed to a fifth consecutive defeat, with the struggling South American nation still looking for their first victory since October 2018 – a run of nine games.Key Opta Facts:- Bolivia have lost their past seven Copa America games, with an aggregate score of 4-21.- Peru are on their longest unbeaten run – seven games – in the Copa America.- Guerrero has scored 12 Copa goals, which is the equal most of active players alongside Chile’s Eduardo Vargas.- Only Guerrero has netted more goals for Peru than Farfan, whose 27th saw him overtake Teofilo Cubillas in second on the list.What’s next?Peru will close out their group-stage campaign against hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo on Saturday, while Bolivia and Venezuela meet on the same day. read more
Mexico claimed their eighth CONCACAF Gold Cup title with an entertaining 1-0 win over the United States in the final on Sunday.Jonathan dos Santos was the hero with the 73rd-minute winner at Soldier Field in Chicago.Dos Santos took his chance excellently in a game during which USA squandered theirs, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore missing early opportunities. 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 Jordan Morris also had a header cleared off the line before Dos Santos’ winner came after a period of dominance by Gerardo Martino’s men.¡Golazo de Jonathan Dos Santos! Impresionante jugada de México, asistencia de taco de Raúl Jiménez y Dos Santos la clavó en el ángulo.#MEXvUSA #GoldCupFinal #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #EstoEsNuestro pic.twitter.com/Y8VAAygTy7— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 8, 2019USA made a brilliant start and created two great chances in the opening eight minutes.The first opportunity fell to Pulisic, who was denied in a one-on-one by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after being set up by Altidore.Altidore should have opened the scoring for USA soon after, but he scuffed an effort wide after a wonderful change of direction on the edge of the area.Mexico responded and almost took the lead through Andres Guardado, who blazed over from inside the area under heavy pressure from Paul Arriola.In what was a frantic end-to-end first half, Arriola fired another decent chance wide for USA from inside the area.USA continued to enjoy the better opportunities to begin the second half, with Morris’ 51st-minute header from a corner cleared off the line by Guardado.Mexico were much-improved after that chance, enjoying a good period that included Jesus Gallardo directing a 25-yard volley straight at USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the 68th minute.And they capitalised on their period of dominance with the opener just five minutes later through Dos Santos’ third international goal.A fine move down the right led to Raul Jimenez back-heeling a pass into the path of Dos Santos, whose excellent left-footed effort went in via the underside of the crossbar from just inside the area.That would prove to be enough for Mexico as they saw out the closing stages to secure the title.¿Cómo se grita un gol en una final? @jona2santos#MEXvUSA #GoldCupFinal #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #EstoEsNuestro @miseleccionmx pic.twitter.com/O7Z9bV3bk6— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 8, 2019What does it mean? Mexico pull clearWhile USA had the better of the chances, Mexico’s win marked their eighth Gold Cup crown. That moved them two titles clear of USA, who have won six.Martino delivers for MexicoMexico impressed after Martino took charge in January, although their performances in the knockout stage of the Gold Cup never reached any great heights. Still, the Argentinian helped deliver the title for Mexico.USA left to rue missed chancesThe hosts dominated long periods without capitalising and they were made to pay. Pulisic and Altidore missed good chances and Morris had another cleared off the line, while Mexico saw their period of dominance capped off with Dos Santos’ winner.What’s next?USA are looking ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League in October, while Mexico will face Argentina in a friendly in September. read more
Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to finally add some silverware to his trophy cabinet with Tottenham this season, feeling it would make it a “good season” for him. Pochettino has received plaudits for his work done with Spurs since taking over in 2014, turning them into a perennial Champions League squad. The Argentine guided his side to the brink of glory last season as they enjoyed a thrilling run to the Champions League final, though they stumbled at the final hurdle in a 2-0 defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool. 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? It meant Pochettino remains without a trophy in his managerial career, despite his many successes, losing both in the 2014-15 League Cup final as well as last year’s Champions League decider. Armed with a talented squad that was bolstered by new signings during the transfer window, Pochettino believes that breaking that trophyless streak is what is required for him to feel Spurs have enjoyed a quality season in 2019-20. “A good season for us? My personal feeling is that starting my sixth season I need to lift a trophy – Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League or Champions League,” Pochettino told reporters. “It’s like my dog – he’s growing up, he’s just not quite mature enough. I don’t want to put pressure on the team or the club. “But if you ask me personally, this season is not about finishing in the top four to be successful – although of course maybe that matters for the club. But for me, it is about winning some title.” Pochettino admits last season felt almost like a tease given their Champions League final, semi-final of the Carabao Cup, and top-four finish. However, it has provided the manager inspiration to reach for greater heights this season. Pochettino added: “After last season’s final, to be again in the top four and reach the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, it is like, ‘Come on!’ “You are always there but you cannot touch the glory. That is personally – me. My personal target, objective, aim to be successful this season, is to lift a trophy.” Tottenham get their Premier League season underway on Saturday against top-flight returnees Aston Villa. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)College football attendance wildly varies from school to school. A number of programs at the FBS level can top 100,000 on any Saturday. Some others may struggle to hit five digits.For the 41st time in the last 43 years, Michigan captured the home attendance title. Michigan Stadium, affectionately known as The Big House, is the largest venue in the country.Once again, Michigan did a pretty good job of packing it. Wolverines football games had an average attendance of 111,589 per game.That was more than 4,000 more than the second-place team, and Michigan fans will be proud of who they edged out. From the National Football Foundation:Michigan led all FBS schools again with an average attendance of 111,589 fans per home game in 2017. Three other schools also averaged more than 100,000 fans per game: Ohio State (107,495), Penn State (106,707) and Alabama (101,722). Rounding out the 2017 Top Ten leaders for average home team attendance were: Texas A&M (98,802); LSU (98,506); Tennessee (95,779); Texas (92,778); Georgia (92,746); and Nebraska (89,798).Michigan has led the nation in attendance for 41 of the past 43 seasons. (The two breaks occurred with a No. 3 ranking in 2014 and No. 2 ranking in 1997.) The Wolverines have now played before 100,000-plus fans for a record 279 straight home games, a streak that extends back to Nov. 8, 1975.Given some of the Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke years, that latter stat is probably bolstered by some unused sold tickets. Still, it is an impressive mark.In terms of total college football attendance, another team takes the title, however.NFF takes a look at schools’ total attendance, including the numbers for road and neutral site match-ups that each team participates in. Ohio State takes the throne in that measure.Ohio State led the nation for total fan attendance, attracting 1,254,160 spectators to all of their games in 2017, including home, away, neutral and postseason tilts. Eleven other teams eclipsed the million mark in 2017: Georgia (1,246,201), Alabama (1,228,376), Auburn (1,162,955), Penn State (1,146,641), Michigan (1,140,358), LSU (1,114,205), Texas A&M (1,093,368), Oklahoma (1,054,046), Tennessee (1,043,298), Clemson (1,016,347) and Texas (1,000,818).More pairs of eyes saw the Buckeyes play last fall than any other football program. With trips to the Big Ten Championship Game and College Football, along with the fact that the Buckeyes are usually the biggest game on any other team’s schedule, it makes sense.[National Football Foundation]
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The Scott Frost era in Lincoln, Neb. begins this afternoon. It was supposed to start last week, of course, but Mother Nature had other plans. Storms forced Nebraska’s season-opening game against Akron to be cancelled.Nebraska and Colorado are set to meet today. It’s a fitting first game for Frost with the Huskers, considering it’s a pitting of former Big 12 rivals.The Huskers enter this afternoon’s game as a slight favorite. The sportsbooks list Nebraska as a 3-point favorite.What is OddsShark’s computer expecting?Here’s the score prediction for Nebraska-Colorado from the computer:Nebraska 18.2, Colorado 16.6Nebraska and Colorado are set to kick off at 3:3o p.m. E.T. today. The game will be televised on ABC.
TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Brian Lewerke #14 of the Michigan State Spartans drops back to pass during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Brian Lewerke had one of the worst outings of his college career on Saturday, in Michigan State football’s loss to Michigan.The Spartans signal caller completed just 5-of-25 passes for 66 yards, before being pulled from the game.He did catch a touchdown pass—the team’s lone score of the game—on a trick play, but was completely ineffective otherwise against an Elite Michigan defense.After the game, a 21-7 Michigan State football loss, Brian Lewerke revealed that he was dealing with a shoulder injury.He didn’t practice in the week ahead of the game, and with Purdue coming to town this weekend, it doesn’t sound like he’ll get much practice time this week either.On Monday, head coach Mark Dantonio commented on the injury.“I think this is a situation that gets better over the course of time,” Dantonio said of Lewerke’s right arm. “So I think even now, as the week progressed, he felt better. That’s why we made the decision and he made the decision that he would play.“I think it’s better today than it was yesterday, so we’ll have to make the decision as we go.”Today, Lewerke spoke to the media himself. He didn’t want to address the shoulder directly, though.From the Detroit Free-Press:“I don’t really want to talk about the arm right now,” Lewerke said. “I’m just working through it to see if I’ll feel good in practice. … Mentally, you gotta be ready to play no matter what. I’m still gonna come in here and study, whether I play or not. I’m gonna study as much as I can.”If he can’t go, it will probably be Rocky Lombardi against the Boilermakers. He came on in relief of Lewerke against the Wolverines, completing 1-of-2 passes for 9 yards.[Detroit Free-Press]
COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has been away from the program on paid leave since August following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and reports of a “toxic culture” in College Park. Reportedly, the university has made a decision on his future.Durkin will return to the team and be back on the sidelines this weekend when the Terrapins play Michigan State, according to a report from InsideMDSports.com. An official announcement is expected later this afternoon.Additionally, athletic director Damon Evans and university president Wallace Loh will return to their posts. Loh will reportedly retire in June.DJ Durkin and Damon Evans both retaining Maryland jobs. School President Wallace Loh planning to retire in June. Much more coming shortly…— Rick Maese (@RickMaese) October 30, 2018Loh also reportedly wanted to move on from Durkin, according to the Washington Post.To be clear, UMd President Wallace Loh did not want Durkin back, we’re told. He apparently felt he had no choice https://t.co/1ofD2zh0wK pic.twitter.com/6kkRzmj3Pq— Rick Maese (@RickMaese) October 30, 2018In September, an independent investigation found Maryland to be culpable for McNair’s death. A new report by Maryland’s Board of Regents, which was released on Monday, detailed instances of abuse by former strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who resigned back in August.However, that report also didn’t explicitly place the blame on Durkin for Court’s actions, and as InsideMDSports.com explained, that led the powers that be to decide that Durkin was fit to resume his duties.While most observers expected the university to part ways with Durkin, who is two seasons into a six-year contract, power brokers and members of the state system’s Board of Regents ultimately decided there wasn’t compelling cause to relieve Durkin of his duties. And as reported Monday by IMS, Durkin impressed the board Friday in what proved to be a vital meeting in the decision-making process.Undoubtedly, Maryland will face criticism for this move. Still, they have made a decision to stand by Durkin.On Saturday, Durkin will rejoin the 5-3 Terps, who need one win in their last four games to wrap up a bowl bid. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been serving as the interim coach.