Premier League Live football on TV: UK match schedule this week, online streams & free to air websites Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:30 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal composite Premier League Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 If you are planning to take in some live football on television this week, Goal has a comprehensive guide to what’s on Trying to figure out what football is being shown live on TV this week? Look no further!There is plenty of action taking place across the globe, not least in Europe’s top leagues, with some interesting match-ups that are bound to get you excited.In England, Premier League action returns after a week of FA Cup games, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City all on TV. Barcelona and Real Madrid are both in action in La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player To help you choose what to watch, Goal has taken a look at all the football on TV in the UK today, tonight and this week, including some that you can watch for free and live stream. All live football matches on UK TV this weekSaturday, February 3, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory A-League 06:35 BT Sport 1 Adelaide United v Perth Glory A-League 08:50 BT Sport 1 Eibar v Sevilla La Liga 12:00 Sky Sports Football Man Utd U18 v Derby U18 U18 Premier League 12:00 MUTV Burnley v Man City Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League Kilmarnock v Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:30 BT Sport 1 Sampdoria v Torino Serie A 17:00 BT Sport 3 Wolves v Sheffield United Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football Arsenal v Everton Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 Borussia Monchengladbach v RB Leipzig Bundesliga 17:30 BT Sport 2 Alaves v Celta Vigo La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Red Button PSV v PEC Zwolle Eredivisie 18:45 Sky Sports Mix Levante v Real Madrid La Liga 19:45 Sky Sports Football Inter Milan v Crotone Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 2 Sunday, February 4, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers A-League 06:00 BT Sport ESPN Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City A-League 08:00 BT Sport ESPN Getafe v Leganes La Liga 11:00 Sky Sports Football Verona v Roma Serie A 11:30 BT Sport 3 Delhi Dynamos v Mumbai City Indian Super League 12:00 BritAsiaTV Derby U23 v Man Utd U23 Premier League 2 13:00 MUTV VVV Venlo v Feyenoord Eredivisie 13:30 Sky Sports Mix Anderlecht v Mechelen Jupiler League 13:30 FreeSports Juventus v Sassuolo Serie A 14:00 BT Sport 3 Crystal Palace v Newcastle Premier League 14:15 Sky Sports Premier League Augsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 14:30 BT Sport ESPN Espanyol v Barcelona La Liga 15:15 Sky Sports Football Ajax v NAC Breda Eredivisie 15:45 Sky Sports Red Button Caen v Nantes Ligue 1 16:00 BT Sport 3 Liverpool v Tottenham Premier League 16:30 Sky Sports Premier League Hamburg v Hannover 96 Bundesliga 17:00 BT Sport 1 Girona v Athletic Bilbao La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Football Atletico Madrid v Valencia La Liga 19:45 Sky Sports Football Benevento v Napoli Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 3 Monaco v Lyon Ligue 1 20:00 BT Sport 1 How to watch football for free in the UKThere are a number of games throughout the week that can be watched live for free on a variety of different channels.National broadcasters such as BBC, BBC Scotland and SC4 occasionally show matches from the UK but this week there are no games available.Free-to-air channel Freesports shows games from Portugal’s Primeira Liga, Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League and Spain’s La Liga 2, while BritAsia TV broadcasts games from the Indian Super League.See the table below for the free games on TV this week. Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Belenenses v Benfica Primeira Liga Jan 29 / 21:00 FreeSports Moreirense vs Porto Primeira Liga Jan 30 / 21:00 FreeSports Delhi Dynamos v Mumbai City Indian Super League Feb 4 / 12:00 BritAsia TV Anderlecht v Mechelen Jupiler League Feb 4 / 13:30 FreeSports Furthermore, highlights from all Premier League matches are shown on BBC One’s Match of the Day programme, which generally airs on Saturdays at 22:30.On Channel 5, you can watch highlights from the Championship on Football on 5: The Championship, which airs on Saturdays at 21:00.Sky Sports News, which regularly shows clips and highlights from games, is available to all Sky and Virgin Media subscribers regardless of package.How to legally stream football in the UKAs well as being able to watch football on TV in the UK, fans can stream games live online and using various apps.Sky TV customers, for example, can access the Sky Go facility, which allows users to stream matches live and on demand on any mobile, laptop or tablet device.BT Sport, similarly, offer the BT Sport app, through which customers can stream games live and on-the-go on a variety of devices.The likes of Sky Go and the BT Sport app are generally available for most Apple iOS and Android devices.Furthermore, for games that are broadcast on BBC, viewers can opt to use the BBC iPlayer, which is a streaming service compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and a host of other platforms. 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Manchester City Man City just getting started, warns De Bruyne Matthew Scott 05:37 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal League Cup Kevin De Bruyne The Belgian warned his side’s rivals “it’s not finished yet” after they won a first trophy under Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne said Manchester City will not rest after winning the Carabao Cup final, as Pep Guardiola’s side look to win more silverware this season.City put Arsenal to the sword 3-0 at Wembley on Sunday, securing a first trophy under Guardiola’s reign in dominant fashion.De Bruyne has been the star of City’s march towards the Premier League title, but it was old favourites Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva who got the goals at Wembley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Though hopes of a quadruple were ended by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, the Belgian remains hungry for what is to come this term.”We deserved to win,” he told Sky Sports. “I think we have had a good feeling all season but it’s not finished yet, we know what we have to do in the league and Champions League.”We have to maintain the same focus. “I think the potential at this club is huge, with the squad we already have, it’s an amazing job and we play like the best in the world, it’s very exciting to play here.”Right-back Kyle Walker made a brilliant last-ditch challenge to prevent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring in the opening 10 minutes and putting a wholly different complexion on the game.The England international’s reported £50 million move from Tottenham raised eyebrows, but a first major trophy is vindication for Walker.”It’s been a long time coming, glad to get my first one,” he said. “It’s very special. I was nervous, not won on [the] last two occasions [at Wembley with Tottenham]. Everyone wanted to win, we obviously needed to kill the game, Sergio took his goal great.”
Grand Finals will be contested across nine divisions in four timeslots commencing at 5.00pm with the Men’s division 3A and 3B and the Women’s division 3. The 6.00pm timeslot will feature the Men’s and Women’s 2A and 2B division grand finals, followed by the premier Women’s Open (7.00pm) and Men’s Open (8.00pm) inaugural Cobras Cup deciders which should see Touch fans in the South East Queensland corner spoilt for choice in a buffet banquet of finals footy of the highest quality.In its 30 year existence, the Brisbane competition has changed its name more times than Clark Kent has morphed into Superman in a time of crisis, but the name changes mean little to the people who turn up year after year to contest this event and the loyal club stalwarts and volunteers who keep our clubs and this competition ticking over. This competition continues to grow and expand and attract some of the biggest names and brightest players, coaches and referees in the sport today and capturing this prestigious title is a goal sought by many, but acquired by few.Perhaps it is the lure of playing with and against many of the best players in the South East Queensland corner, with players, coaches and referees travelling from as far away as Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Caloundra, Tweed Heads, Sydney and Melbourne.Maybe it’s the coffee man (not goin’ to lie, he does make good coffee), maybe it’s the fact you can have a quiet beer in the clubhouse with a rival you’ve just spent 40 minutes chasing around a field trying to get the better of?It could be the fact that if you time your arrival for a game just right, you can score an awesome park close to the clubhouse so that you don’t have far to travel back to your car after an exhausting game.I can definitely tell you it’s not for the privilege of having your car stink up on the drive home and then washing 14 boys smelly jerseys every Friday night, or carrying around hair ties, tissues, nail clippers, IPods and whatever else it is that girls feel are ‘essential’ sideline accessories for a coach to have on their person, nor is it for the 9.00pm timeslot on a bleak and cold August winter evening, so, we conclude, it must be all about the quality of the Tippy Tap!The Cobras Cup is unique in its format, it always has been, in that it is still ‘club’ Touch, you get to choose who you play beside and who you are coached by, it’s different to representative touch where you are selected and have little choice over the playing environment.The Cobras Cup allows players to participate with friends that you train and play with week in, week out and develop a strong bond, loyalty, and camaraderie with, you become family and it is this strong sense of friendship and enjoyment of the sport that makes this level of competition so appealing to so many participants.The standard of Touch generally is outstanding and many of our past, present, and future champions cut their teeth and continue to play in this competition. The Cobras Cup remains one of the top Touch Football tournaments in Australia with its fantastic strength and depth of teams and players supported by a venue purpose built for Touch. Quality Touch fields, amenities, and the care and attention of an affiliate and association staff that are striving to deliver the best outcomes for the participants of the sport daily.This Saturday afternoon and evenings’ catalogue of Grand Finals promises to deliver a wonderful showcase of the talent that exists in the Cobras Cup ranks across all divisions.In particular, there will be two outstanding Grand Finals in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions that will spotlight the standard of a competition in 2011 that has produced week in week out quality tippy tap of the highest order.In the Women’s Open decider we have the big guns of the competition, undefeated minor premiers Southern Storm taking on defending premiers Caboolture Colts, whilst in the Men’s Open division minor premiers Labrador Dodgers will meet 2010 Grand Finalists University-Rebels.The Women’s Grand Final shapes as an intriguing match-up with the two combatants taking up familiar residence on the half way line opposite each other for the third time in three successive grand finals.It shapes as a heavyweight title battle to the death between the two ‘million dollar babies’ of the Women’s game.In the blue corner, we have the three time defending champions of the prestigious BCTA/BMTA Women’s Open title, Caboolture Colts, and in the red corner, we have the challengers, Southern Storm who have known the agony of two successive Grand Final defeats at the hands of the Colts juggernaut that just keeps on keeping on.From the opening bell it’ll be on like Donkey Kong. This one promises to be a blockbuster with no one holding back or dropping the gloves. There’ll certainly be no throwing in the white towel of surrender, rest assured, these two proud champions will be punching and counter punching from the first until the 40th minute.The rivalry between these two clubs is as well established and strong as the friendship between the respective coaches of the two powerhouses of Women’s Touch in South East Queensland, Craig Morrow (Colts) and Swain Rovelli (Storm).Minor Premiers, Storm, had to dig deep last week to ward off an inspired Crushers outfit 4-3 in a desperately close qualifying game for the Grand Final, and will need to be at their very best to repel the irresistible form of Colts who produced a thoroughly professional performance to dispose of a well-credentialed Uni Rebels outfit 4-1 to ensure their place in Saturday’s decider.Colts have a well-heeled combination that have enjoyed a rare level of familiarity and certainty with their playing roster over the last five years and their experience, talent, and ability to adhere to a simple but effective game plan when all the chocolates are on the line, gives them an edge that make them at short odds with the boys from Centrebet to create history and become the first club to bag four successive Women’s Open crowns in a row in this competition.The power driving, the crafted expansive shifts and the clever five metre and phased play are all a feature of the Colts flexible attacking arsenal that just keep adapting and applying situation specific plays that keep the defence guessing.Defensively, the physical Colts outfit always seek to dominate the ruck area and this Grand Final should be no different. Storm will need to step up and take on the ‘human ploughs’ in the Colts line-up and give as good as they get early to ensure the field position battle and therefore control of the contest does not go easily to the Colts girls who need little invitation to dominate the game once they establish momentum.Colts, despite the loss of jet setting Australian Youth representative Emily Reed, who is in England enjoying a few pints and cheering on her English Rugby League superstar brother Jack in the Four Nations final, will still field a star studded line up for the massive contest. They received a late boost when their Captain Mary ‘Pasher’ Steele, 2011 Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner, declared herself fit to play in the Grand Final after overcoming a nagging hip injury that has prevented her from hitting the fields in recent weeks.On paper, Colts look stronger than all the muscles in Sonny Bill Williams’ six pack, with the likes of the ‘bruiser twins’, Gemma and Nikki Etheridge, providing a wealth of big match experience and ruthlessness and a delicate balance of strength and guile in attack, along with the experienced and decorated Hayley Rogerson who has a happy knack of sparking something from nothing, just when it is needed most. Lauren Potter is the heartbeat of this Colts team with her consistent, selfless, team oriented and clever contributions, Rebecca Lapraik and Savannah Pratten also provide significant toil for the framework for Colts power game, and last year’s Sally Urquhart Player of the Final medallist, Hayley ‘Skinny’ Maddick is sure to make an impact with her born to it big match temperament set to shine through in the moments that matter.Keep your eye on exciting young gun Catherine Sargent whose speed and agility is something special, she is very capable of turning a game with a piece of spontaneous brilliance in attack or a ‘mow ’em down from the clouds’ chase in defence.Every team requires an X factor, and as far as show stopping talented performers go, they don’t come much bigger and better than Colts mercurial gun amongst guns, dual Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner, Peta Rogerson. Peta ‘Skeet’ Rogerson is one of the premier players in the world today and remains the jewel in Colts crown with her superior running of the ‘A’ line, her option taking, control of phase play, crisp long ball and ability to hatch both open and short side raids as she sees fit. If Storm are to spring the upset result and end Colts impressive winning streak, and the wood that they seem to have over the storm troopers, then they will need to dismantle Rogo’s running game, it’s as simple, and as difficult as that!Colts coach Craig ‘Combat’ Morrow is anticipating a battle to the death with their old foes and he and his players are on guard for what they expect to be a hell for leather Grand Final.“I think it will be a fast game. They are a very consistent team and if we do not turn up to play in every aspect of the game, if we don’t stick to our strengths and our game plan, then we will not win. They have a great team and Emilee Cherry is a key player for them and we need to be prepared for her influence. We’ve had a couple of good training sessions of late and our combination and experience definitely is a big positive going into this game, but it will all come down to how well we do our jobs and execute our plans,” Morrow said.Southern Storm are a quality outfit with a long and proud history in this competition and there have been few more disappointing moments for the Southside club and fans of this competition then to see this talented team and tight knit group of friends fall short time and time again in the pressure cooker environment of finals football over the last decade.There is much determination in the Storm camp to finally bury the old adage of ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ when they take to Field One on Saturday night. The key for Storm is to not worry about the past, but focus on this game and leave the demons of the past where they lie and their own ‘big day’ will come.The Storm line up contains a plethora of experienced superstars and young guns which represent the best young talent in our sport in Queensland and Australia and they are more than capable of winning this Grand Final with a coming of age performance against the hot favourites on Saturday.When their up-tempo rucking merges with their propensity to run the ball with deft angles and direct lines, there are few better sights in the Women’s game.Their ability to sustain pressure in defence in the midfield then hold resolutely to their competing defensive policy on the score line make them a tough unit to crack and if they can maintain their composure on the defensive line, Colts will be forced to work hard and think outside the square to create touchdown scoring opportunities.For Storm to win this Grand Final the leadership and work rate of irrepressible Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner Kirsty Quince needs to be front and centre of this effort. The tireless middle makes the energizer bunny look like he’s standing still when she is on song and Storm will need every bit of her enthusiasm, passion, and industry to get the result they covet.Fellow brains trust middle Elizabeth ‘Lizard’ Campbell who has had a stellar year, also needs to be prominent in both attack and defence, helping her young and talented teammates muscle up to the confident Colts attack who will be running like out of control freight trains into the teeth of the Storm midfield defensive configuration.Australian Mixed Open World Cup winner Sarah Spacie, and Australian Youth superstars, the cool headed Kristy Brennan, the enigmatic Candice Humm, fleet footed bandits Tracy Hill and Stevie-Lee Thompson and speed merchant Charlotte Caslick have the capacity to turn the game in Storm’s favour with a momentary flash of inspired individual brilliance and if the Colts defence blinks in the eye of this wave of young talent they will do so at their own peril.The evergreen and Southern Storm ‘lifer’ Rachael Noble provides that intangible quality of experience and big match guile that every team relies upon and once again she will be integral to the Storm effort in this decider.Emilee Cherry at just 19 is without too much doubt one of the most influential players in the sport today. This girl is not just the X factor, she’s got the X, Y and Z factor! “It’s a yes from me” and everyone else out there who recognises an exceptionally gifted player when they see one.A once in a generation player whose direct lines out of acting half, her shaped ‘A’ contours, deft passing game, her ‘Sonic’ like speed, and her ability to impart her considerable influence over the contest at precisely the right time, puts her in a class all of her own. Her team first attitude and modesty is rare and allows her to fit easily into a team yet own the big moment when it calls her name. She goes about her work with a cool, calm, and collected manner that oozes quiet confidence, and just as Storm will have a plan to combat the influence of Colts ‘go to girl’ Rogerson, minimizing the influence of Emilee Cherry upon the game will be a priority for Colts.The mercurial playmaker is quicker than a Kim Kardashian marriage and more clinical than a Shane Watson cover drive. Last Friday night her team was on the rack against Crushers in their semi final and she produced three individual pieces of brilliance to secure the game and propel her team into a decider that they have long dreamed of winning.Southern Storm Coach Swain ‘Swingers’ Rovelli knows his team will need to produce its very best to stop the Colts amazing run of grand final victories, but is confident if his team can execute their game plan they have every chance of coming away with what would be the sweetest of victories.“We need to be dominant in our rucking and be strong in the roll ball area. We will need to focus hard on our line defence and the little communication required to ensure we make good decisions. We had a very good session leading in and if we play our game and get rolling we have every chance of coming away with the win. They have very good combinations and everyone knows their role, they’re a very physical team who have quality all over the park, but we are confident we can more than meet the challenge Saturday,” Rovelli said.This game has all the ingredients to make it a showdown for the ages. Colts, the three-time champs shooting for their record breaking fourth premiership victory in a row and Storm, the challengers, hungry and desperate to arrest their disappointing conversion rate of Grand Final victories and secure their first premiership in over a decade.Trust me sports fans, there will be more drama in this game than in a year’s episodes of Home and Away. Whatever the result you can put your Darren Lockyer autographed jersey on this outcome; it will be a game to remember!In the Cobras Cup Men’s Open Grand Final, the top two teams on the ladder, Labrador Dodgers and University Rebels, deservedly will face off in the only game that matters in 2011 and with both teams enduring long premiership droughts, there will be plenty of passion in the contest. Minor Premiers, Labrador Dodgers, who have been the most consistent Men’s team all season have rolled through the season with a high degree of professionalism and teamwork and will be looking to secure their first premiership since 2006.Their grand final opponents, University Rebels, know the terrible taste of Grand Final defeat having been warm favourites for last year’s decider, only to be blown out of the water by a rampant Country Club United who after several heartbreaking near misses themselves in recent years, finally smashed their Grand Final hoodoo to claim the 2010 title.The Rebels boys last won a title in Brisbane in the Men’s Open division in 2000, so it has been over a decade between drinks for the club that always seems to be a threat around finals time, but just hasn’t been able to play to their potential and deliver the knockout punch to claim the title when it has mattered most.Dodgers were made to work extremely hard for their 2011 Grand Final appearance, and in a lot of respects could so easily have been sitting on the hill Saturday drowning their sorrows with the five other teams who failed to qualify for the decider. The ‘Goldie boys’ scrambled to take the game into a drop-off before prevailing 9-8 against a gallant defending champions Country Club United (CCU) in a game that had everything.It is a well-worn sports metaphor ‘From the hottest fire, comes the hottest steel’ and perhaps the rugged encounter with CCU was just the ticket for the Dodgers boys who were forced to find their very best last Friday night, or perish. The character testing nature of the contest would have no doubt put the Dodgers boys in a confident frame of mind that should they be asked to put themselves on the line again, they have a recent experience of rising to the occasion and getting the job done to call upon.Labrador Dodgers have a great blend of youth and experience, but there is little doubt that it is the exceptional Nathan Jones, current Australian Men’s Open World Cup winning captain, who will have the biggest say in his team’s fortunes.‘Jonesy’ has grown exponentially as a player and leader in recent times and his composure for Australia in the World Cup final against New Zealand in June when he nursed his team through the crucial dying moments when they were reduced to five players, and led them to an improbable victory, speaks volumes for his cool and calm approach in the clutch moments on the park. Jones has been battling injury all season and has been able to play only sparingly, but even on one leg he is a force to be reckoned with. A sneaky ‘slidey dive’ touchdown under defenders noses, or a flat, precise long ball against the grain, a dominant ruck at the opportune time, or a great decision in defence that smacks of superior read of the play and correct body position, are all a part of what makes Nathan Jones the key man in this final for Dodgers. His experience and leadership will be crucial to a young and willing team that need to be steered around the park gently and in his quiet, but assertive way, Jones will be the guiding light shining the way forward for his team on Saturday.As influential as the ‘Jones boy’ is, the Dodgers boys did not have his services for a large chunk of the season due to some deserved post World Cup travelling and injury niggles that prevented him from taking his place in the line-up. This actually was a very positive outcome as it allowed a lot of other players to step up to the plate and these players will again be looked upon to put their best foot forward on Saturday night.Magic man Cody Green has had the footy on a string and been in stellar form in season 2011 and if he packs his ‘dominate the game’ attitude in his kit bag Saturday, anything can happen. He was a major reason why Dodgers won through to this Grand Final, coming into his own last week in the semi-final on cue when big plays were required. If ‘Codes’ brings his ‘A’ game, there is little doubt he could prove to be the difference. Steve Louttit is also a key man for ‘Dodgies’, He is an energetic and industrious contributor who brings a lot of stability to this side and will again help to platform his team’s game on the big stage. Current Australian Youth players, the classy Tristan Wagg, Kevin Huggett, and Kade Bonner are developing in leaps and bounds and will be eager to play their part in their team’s crack at the title.Dodgers are also blessed to count on the awesome experience of guys like Ralphy Hickman and Graeme Clancy who have played their roles in countless winning National Touch League campaigns with the South Queensland and Border Districts (SQBD) Sharks, whose players dominate the ranks of this Dodgers team, and this invaluable experience will be depended upon. Former Sydney Rebels middle, Dave Maher, and seasoned evergreen international, Benny Robinson, give this Dodgers team an attitude and steel that reeks of confidence and composure. It is little wonder with the likes of Aaron and Nath Jones leading the way in the coaching of many of the younger guys in the ranks, that this Dodgers team has been moulded into a well- disciplined, intelligent unit that know and play their roles extremely well.The Dodgers guys play with an economy of effort and their mistake rate is minimal. They do the ‘little things’ right. Their transitions are slick and their rucking is both disciplined and direct. When they move the football they have many options at their disposal and play situation specific attack that oozes combination and features clever footwork and a heightened skill level, and when they get rolling in phases they can be an unstoppable human tsunami, wreaking devastation on defensive lines wherever they hit.Defensively their midfield is strong and honest and their on line defence is built on great communication, impressive line speed, and adherence to policy. Uni Rebels will need to be very diligent in all areas of the field to defeat the minor premiers.Dodgers lost the 2010 preliminary final in a drop off to CCU last year and were disappointed to lose that game. They are looking forward to Saturday’s Grand Final knowing that they can hit the fields running and leave it all out on the park safe in the knowledge that they have already exceeded their team goal for the year, which was to get to the decider in 2011. Their captain, Nathan Jones was, as always, philosophical about the prospect of playing in and winning the Grand Final.“To a large extent the pressure is off us. The boys are all excited and looking forward to actually being in a Grand Final. We can just go out there and rip in and enjoy it for what it’s worth. They are a very good team, probably a little more structured than us and experienced. We have a youthful side and the young guys have great agility and foot speed and really just look forward to playing, and that enthusiasm lifts us all. We will need to work hard and not let them roll into their attack so it will be a bit of battle in the midfield that we won’t be able to walk away from if we want to come out on top. It’ll be a great game and we’re really looking forward to it,” Jones said.University Rebels, with experienced coach Jason Boyd at the helm, are top heavy with some of Queensland and Australia’s best young guns and experienced players and will not be short on motivation after losing last year’s decider. They have been building towards this premiership for several years now and are poised to take the next step on Saturday night.Rebels recorded a 9-5 victory over an injury ravaged Crushers team in their semi final last Friday night to win through to the decider. The Crushers boys were forced to play a significant period of the game a player down due to a period of time infringement and it was in this part of the game that Rebels consolidated their position clinically by scoring several times, and it is this type of discipline and ability to seize the moment that will stand the Rebels boys in great stead in Saturday’s Grand Final.The Rebels boys play a very efficient, open and free flowing style of game that melds disciplined driving and seamless ball movement in equal parts and their superior phase play is a staple of their game. They have added some fantastic players to their ranks in 2011 from Central Queensland who have given them a deal of attacking variation with their static options and this has allowed them to develop a balanced attacking game that is flexible and scenario specific.They defend astutely at the ruck, and like Dodgers communicate well and are a policy team in defence, backing themselves to repel each attacking wave by strong, confident defensive options that are backed universally by the team.Rebels’ game is controlled by current Australian Mixed Open World Cup winning captain, Ryan Pollock, and his partner in crime, veteran international Phil Gyemore who continues to conduct weekly coaching clinics to opposition players live and free every Friday night. ‘Philby’ lectures on ‘the artistry of Touch 101’, on tactical acumen, gap hitting, direct line running, ball playing, decisive defensive options and just for good measure he throws in a spot of referee communication. Heard the United Nations were hitting him up for a game plan on world peace – he is that good at nutting out problems! Both Gyemore and Pollock, with all their years of experience, passion for the contest, courage under fire, and stoic leadership hold the key to victory for the Rebels combination.Promising Australian Youth players Oscar ‘Delahoya’ Sanft and Adam Pryde have been in outstanding form in recent times, as has Tasi Cortz and along with the talented Central Queensland combination of Queensland Men’s Open Origin squad members Andrew Baartz, Michael Devonshire and the experienced Justin Mitchell, Uni Rebels have a fleet of big match players who know how to handle themselves when the blowtorch is applied to their bellies.Phil Gyemore will lead his team into a fourth Grand Final on Saturday, looking for the missing piece in the puzzle to give himself and his club a precious Grand Final victory that has been a long time in the making.“It would be nice to get across the line and get the win, it’s been a descent wait! Dodgers are a very balanced side and we will need to win the transitions both in attack and defence to keep their running game in check. They are very dangerous if they are allowed to roll through their attack. We’ve been building into this and had our best training session of the season Sunday, so we are going into the final feeling relaxed and confident. Obviously Nathan Jones and Cody Green stand out as key men for them, but they have a very young and fast side that can all produce a big play and will no doubt be keen to get a win Saturday night. The CQ boys have added a new dimension to our team this year, but they fit in well and there is a good balance and feeling in the side, so fingers crossed, this will be our year,” Gyemore said.Dodgers free-flowing attack and line speed versus Rebels tactical guile and structure. This will be a cracker contest folks; it’ll go better than a Snow Patrol concert!It should be an intriguing matchup, one not to be missed. Just as well you booked with ‘Ticketek’ months ago, of course the reserve seating is all gone unfortunately, but the Hill at ‘Whites’ still offers some awesome views of show Field One for what promises to be a contest of great skill, passion, dexterity, and smarts…and that is just the coin toss!The actual game…well you’ll just have to be there and see it to believe it!Presentations to the winning team, the runners up, referees and Player of the Series and Final in all contested divisions will be conducted at the fields and the prestigious Sally Urquhart (Women’s Open) and Terry Jacks (Men’s Open) Player of the Final medals, as well as the Club Championship, will be presented at the conclusion of the Men’s Open final at 9.00pm.BCTA/BMTA will get into the spirit of Grand Final day by conducting the inaugural Cobras Cup Grand Final breakfast on Saturday, 19 November 2011. This event will become a regular date on the BCTA/BMTA calendar. The breakfast is for all Cobras Cup referees, coaches, and captains, as well as awarding Cobras Coaches from previous representative tournaments during the year. 110 guests will be attending the 8.30am event to be held at The Pavilion – Allan Border Fields, Captains Room,1 Bogan Street Albion. A veritable feast awaits on and off the field, if you love your Touch, Whites Hill is the place to be this Saturday. BMTA/BCTA will have full canteen and amenities operating, so come along and enjoy the culmination of a fantastic season of Touch in the 2011 Cobras Cup.See you at ‘THE HILL’ Touch heads, and remember, when in doubt, throw the flick pass…Written by Karley Banks. 17.11.2011Touch Football Australia would like to thank Karley Banks for providing the article content. Stay tuned to the website for all of the results from the 2011 Cobras Cup finals day.
The winners of the 2013/14 TFSA League will be decided on Friday, 28 February with the grand finals to be held at City Touch, Adelaide. It was a night of upsets in the semi-finals of the TFSA League Men’s and Women’s divisions last Friday, proving nothing can be taken for granted in this series.In what has been a tight contest all series across all divisions, the semi-final results reiterated how close it has been with the Eastern Stingrays stunning the Defence Eagles in the Men’s division in a fantastic contest and the Northern Vipers Women doing the same to the more fancied Central Scorpions in their respective semi-final matches.The Vipers win in the Women’s capped off a great night for the Northern Permit with their Mixed team also qualifying for the grand final earlier in the night, accounting for a nervous South West Wolves team 8-6. With their Men’s team having already qualified for the grand final having finished top, Northern Vipers have all three teams represented in the grand finals (Mixed, Women and Men).Games will commence from 6.30pm at City Touch Club with all presentations to follow the Men’s Open final at the Arkaba Hotel2013/14 TFSA League Grand Finals Mixed Open Grand Final – Central Scorpions versus Northern VipersWomen’s Open Grand Final – Eastern Stingrays versus Northern VipersMen’s Open Grand Final – Northern Vipers versus Eastern StingraysTo keep up to date with all of the latest news and results from finals day of the TFSA League, please visit the following pages:Website – www.touchfootballsa.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballsaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootballsa Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballsa Related LinksTFSA League Finals
State Cup Grand Finals to be Live StreamedThe Grand Finals on the Stadium Field at the 2014 New South Wales State Cup will be live streamed on finals day of the event. Join us from 1.15pm as we stream the Women’s and Men’s 20’s, followed by the three Open divisions – Mixed, Women’s and Men’s. To view, please click on the links below:1.15pm – 2014 State Cup Women’s 20’s Grand Finalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HN4XOGRF6s 1.50pm – 2014 State Cup Men’s 20’s Grand Final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HN4XOGRF6s 2.25pm – 2014 State Cup Mixed Open Grand Final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsJc–KZ2T8 3.05pm – 2014 State Cup Women’s Open Grand Finalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en-pePm5fC0 3.50pm – 2014 State Cup Men’s Open Grand FinalRelated LinksState Cup – Live!
The Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday, 6 December 2014 in Port Macquarie.TFA Directors, Jim Yeo and Anita Hagarty were reappointed to the Board, while Lou Tompkins and Bill Ker were awarded Life Membership. Delegates from across the country then spent time at the New South Wales State Cup. Please find attached the 2013/14 Annual Report: Annual ReportFinancial ReportRelated Links2013/14 Annual Report
Watford, Cardiff eyeing ex-Chelsea junior Ronald Sobowaleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea junior Ronald Sobowale is attracting Premier League interest.The Daily Mail says a number of high level English clubs are keeping tabs on Sobowale – the cousin of Bayern Munich star David Alaba.Premier League sides Watford and Cardiff City, as well as Championship outfits Reading and Sheffield Wednesday, have expressed an interest in the 21-year-old striker.Sobowale’s father is the brother of Austria international Alaba’s father and London-born Sobowale boasts the same Nigerian heritage as the left-back.He has been playing regular football in non-league with south-west London clubs Molesey and Walton Casuals.Sobowale was a contemporary of Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke in the youth ranks at Chelsea before being released at the age of 15 on account of his small stature.But he has developed into a speedy and powerful forward and is now eager to secure a professional contract following recent trials with Cardiff and Barnsley. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester U23 coach Beaglehole pleased with Chelsea winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City U23 coach Steve Beaglehole was delighted with their 2-1 win over Chelsea.The Foxes surged ahead through Callum Wright and, while Charlie Brown levelled for the visitors, Tyrese Shade made sure of the three points in the second half.Beaglehole told LCFC TV: “I am delighted, I’m really pleased we’ve had a bit of a good run just before Christmas.”If you like, you could say it’s half the season, that’s what we’ve talked about and I think it makes us pretty much secure in this top league, which again has been very important.“People might say ‘it doesn’t matter that much’ – it does matter, it’s a top league and to play against teams like this tonight with some of the players they’ve got, it’s a great test for our players.“All those top teams, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and particularly Manchester City… they’ve got some really good players so we want to be playing against those.“It’s a good judgement path for us to judge our players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: Higuain must make Chelsea decisionby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso says Gonzalo Higuain needs to “resolve” his on-off move to Chelsea.Gattuso says he’s prepared to play the striker against Juventus in tonight’s Supercoppa.He declared, “At this moment, I have to repeat the same words: there are many rumours, but Higuain is training well, working with everyone just fine and is at our disposal.“We’ll see tomorrow whether he plays or not. He has to decide what to do, how to resolve this issue, but right now he is training with great professionalism. We’ll see.“If he plays, it’s because I see him in good shape and relaxed. Either he’s a great actor or he’s really within the team, is always chatting and kidding with his teammates.“I agree that after the missed penalty and red card against Juventus, something happened in his head. We’ll see tomorrow. As I said, it’s not easy for a Coach to change the idea of a player, so I have to concentrate on putting out the best line-up for the situation and getting the best out of every player.“I want to reiterate that Higuain has never told me he wants to leave. I am waiting for that.“I want to be honest, I didn’t even want to talk about Higuain, as we’re here for the Supercoppa. That seemed the fair thing to do for a team.“I am not upset. I too was a player for many years, I realise there are moments when we all see things differently and cannot judge how someone else thinks.“If the glass is half-full or half-empty, it remains the same glass. We’ll see what happens. I want to see this Supercoppa, hope it is a great game for us, but I won’t be upset or let down if he goes.“I won’t answer any more questions on Higuain, we’ve been talking about this for 20 minutes. Higuain will 90-99 per cent start tomorrow, now can we please talk about the game?”
France coach Deschamps urges Giroud to rethink Chelsea futureby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps wants Olivier Giroud to find himself a new club.Giroud is struggling for minutes this season at Chelsea – a situation Deschamps is unhappy with.L’Equipe says Deschamps has warned the veteran he risks losing his place in the France squad unless he is playing regularly.And he has encouraged the centre-forward to find a new club in January.Giroud has offers from Ligue 1, but would prefer to continue playing in England. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There are a lot of helmets in college football. Yes, this helmet made the list.Classic ones. Shiny ones. Ones with numbers. Ones with stickers. Most of these helmets are good-looking. We ranked the 10 best helmets in college football earlier this month. You can see our rankings here. Not every helmet is good looking, though. Unfortunately, there are some ugly helmets. Those ugly helmets are the ones we’re focusing on today. We’ve ranked the eight ugliest helmets in college football. Obviously, our rankings are completely objective and, if you’re a fan of a team with a helmet on this list, you’re probably not going to like it. Sorry. Here are the eight ugliest helmets in college football. Start With No. 8 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Alexis Sanchez has a “new lease of life” as the Chilean forward tries to rediscover his best form at Old Trafford.Sanchez was a high-profile arrival from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January last year, however, the former Barcelona star has struggled for form and fitness in Manchester.The 30-year-old, who only scored three goals for United last season, has been limited to just 14 matches in all competitions this term due to a hamstring injury. 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? But since returning to the squad, Sanchez has tallied two assists in two appearances and Solskjaer is confident the veteran will soon be back to his best ahead of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham.”He’s got high standards himself that you demand from yourself,” Solskjaer told reporters. “When it doesn’t work for you, as it clearly hasn’t and he’s had some injuries, then it’s difficult to suddenly click and put that confidence on.”So [we’ve had] individual chats but, of course, it’s a fresh start for him with me and Mike [Phelan] coming in – it’s a new lease of life for him maybe. Hopefully we can see the best of him because he’s a top, top player.”Sanchez has only managed one Premier League goal in 2018-19 – a dramatic stoppage-time winner against Newcastle United in October.”We’ve had the issue with his injury – that’s been the problem here now,” Solskjaer continued. “So he’s not really had a chance to prove himself or show what he can do and it will still take time before we can fairly say that Alexis is 100 per cent fit and he’s had many games on the run. Then we expect to see the best level that he can perform to.”Ole has spoken about @Alexis_Sanchez ‘s progress ahead of Sunday’s game. #MUFC — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 12, 2019 United are sixth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of third-placed Tottenham, after 21 matches.The can close the gap on the top four to just six points with a win over Spurs on Sunday and pull level with fifth placed Arsenal on points. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
In less than four years’ time, the Qatar World Cup will be under way in 2022, and the road to the tournament has been riddled with controversy and criticism.It will be the first time that the World Cup will be hosted in the Middle East, and concerns regarding to the weather and rescheduling of the tournament to better suit the climate conditions barely scratch the service.Goal brings you all the information about what you need to know ahead of the 2022 World Cup. 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? Where is the 2022 World Cup?The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, despite controversy surrounding the host country following FIFA’s shock decision to award it the tournament in 2010.Qatar will become the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, and it has been far from smooth sailing for both FIFA and the host nation ever since landing the bid. Major developments and redevelopment of stadiums are required between now and 2022, as well as a rescheduling of the entire tournament to be moved from the summer to the winter.Initial plans involved Qatar hosting games across 12 stadiums, but it has been reported that the number of venues will be reduced to eight.Only the 40,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium, located eight miles from Doha, is open to the public, and will host the World Athletics Championships next year.The other seven stadiums are still currently under construction and are expected to finish work by 2020.Organisers have stated that total budget for the stadiums and training complexes is an extortionate £5bn ($6.5bn), with concerns raised about the treatment of migrant workers in building the new stadiums as well as human rights organisations denouncing the labour practices.When is the 2022 World Cup taking place?The 2022 World Cup will be the first tournament not to take place in the summer months of June and July and will instead be held during the winter to remain in-keeping with Qatar’s cooler temperatures.Qatar experience swelteringly hot summers with temperatures reaching highs of 42°C in June, July and August.FIFA have moved the World Cup to the cooler months of November and December, though the weather will still be rather warm – the average high being 30°C and dipping to a low of 23°C in December.The 2022 World Cup will then begin on November 21 and conclude just under a month later on December 18.The decision to move the World Cup to the winter season has inevitably drawn criticism from a number of European associations. The majority of European leagues are in operation throughout November and December, and their leagues would be interrupted with a number of their players leaving to participate in the winter tournament.The Premier League have stated that the 2022 World Cup was “neither workable nor desirable for European domestic football”, and though they already announced plans to introduce a festive period break with a view ahead to Qatar, the rescheduling will still cause great ramifications.A World Cup held in the winter will also force the postponement of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, though the tournament may be then moved to the summer months, following in the footsteps of the 2019 edition.Additionally, a winter World Cup avoids clashing with the Winter Olympics (February) as well as Ramadan (April).When will the draw for the 2022 World Cup be made? For World Cup tournaments held in the summer, the draw usually takes place in the December that precedes the year of the tournament.As the Qatar competition will take place in winter, however, the draw for the 2022 finals will be confirmed earlier that year in April, six months before kick-off.What teams will participate in the 2022 World Cup?Qatar are the only country who have been confirmed as a participating team for the 2022 World Cup.A total of 32 teams (including Qatar) will take part in the 2022 finals, and will be the last tournament involving 32 nations after the expansion of the competition for future editions.The qualification process for the tournament has not yet been announced by FIFA. They have confirmed, however, that the allocation of slots will be the same for every World Cup edition since 2006. CAF (Africa) will receive five allocations, AFC (Asia) receiving four (not including the host nation), UEFA (Europe) receiving 13, CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean) having three or four, OFC (Oceania) having a maximum of one, and CONMEBOL (South America) receiving four of five.The qualification stages are expected to begin in June 2019 and conclude in November 2021, should they follow in the tradition of taking place in the September three years prior before the finals and ending on the October the year before it.They could be given a major change due to accommodating the new UEFA Nations League, however.How can fans buy tickets for the 2022 World Cup?Fans will need to wait until 2021 to be in with a chance of purchasing tickets to attend the 2022 World Cup, and FIFA are expected to announce a similar scheme to the Fan ID initiative that was used in the Russia finals, which provided visa-free entry into the country.World Cup finals tickets will be sold exclusively through FIFA, and typically go on sale less than a year before the start of the tournament – so check back in 2021!Why has Qatar’s World Cup bid been so controversial?The controversy surrounding rescheduling of the tournament from summer to winter is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Qatar 2022, with the bid having been criticised for a multitude of reasons – including severe human rights violations, allegations of bribery, and the harsh Qatari laws.Bribery chargesAccusations of corruption have been made and speculated upon regarding how Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup after beating out the likes of the United States, Australia and Japan.Qatar has always denied the allegations of bribery, and FIFA subsequently launched an independent investigation into the case that was led by American lawyer Michael Garcia.Garcia later left his post as the federation’s ethics investigator due to a “lack of leadership” within the organisation, however, though he published a partially censored version of his report that cleared Qatar of any wrongdoing.Despite this, FIFA’s awarding the bid to Qatar has been criticised by many as part of the FIFA corruption scandals. Others have raised concerns about awarding the World Cup to a nation that needs to essentially build for the entire tournament, instead of awarding it to a country who already have the established infrastructure.Poor working conditionsA big point of controversy has been the poor treatment regarding labourers working on the infrastructure for Qatar 2022.The Qatari government has been accused of breaching human rights violations amid the poor living and working conditions of their workers, and Amnesty International have stated that little has been done to improve the lives of the labourers.”Ever since Qatar was awarded hosting rights we’ve been pressing the authorities to clean up their act over the exploitation of migrant workers,” said Allan Hogarth, Amnesty International’s head of policy and government affairs.”Promised reforms have been slow in coming and we remain concerned that 2022 will arrive and Qatar’s hundreds of thousands of foreign workers will still be facing exploitation and poor working and living conditions.”Amnesty International said in September 2018 that dozens of migrant labourers working in the city have gone for several months without pay, though FIFA president Gianni Infantini stated that the World Cup will “leave a great legacy”.”On the social side, it has had a very important social impact in the whole region,” he added.”When you think about all the debates on human rights and workers’ welfare… without the World Cup, these debates would not have happened and the improvements which happened would not have happened either.”The World Cup organisers said: “The health and wellbeing of our workers is our top priority. There are currently more than 30,000 workers on our sites.”The SC [Qatar’s supreme committee for delivery and legacy]’s worker welfare standards cover ethical recruitment, accommodation and working conditions. Regular audits support compliance, while contractors in breach of the standards are subject to enforcement measures, including contract termination and blacklisting.”Qatari lawsAnother huge point of criticism regarding Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup are their strict laws regarding homosexuality, and their rules surrounding the LGBT community.Despite homosexuality being illegal in Qatar, the SC have stated that “everyone will become welcome in 2022” – though it is uncertain how their laws will be applied to LGBT fans wishing to attend the tournament.An SC spokesperson said: “Qatar has hosted numerous major international sporting events where every fan has felt welcome and safe. The World Cup will be no different.”Additionally, drinking in public in Qatar is illegal, but the country’s government has stated that alcohol consumption will be allowed in hotels and other “designated areas” such as fan parks.
Diego Simeone says the opinion of Atletico Madrid fans should always be respected after some supporters protested against the proposed signing of Alvaro Morata.The Spain striker has been tipped to join the La Liga club on an initial loan deal following Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Chelsea from Juventus.Atleti fans voiced their disapproval of a deal for the former Real Madrid man on Saturday, though, with chants of ‘Less Morata and more Borja Garces’ heard during the 2-0 league win over Getafe at the Wanda Metropolitano. 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? Garces is one of Atleti’s most highly regarded youngsters, having been compared to fan favourite Fernando Torres after scoring on his league debut against Eibar in September.When asked about the chants, Simeone told a news conference: “The fans’ opinion is always respectable. I look for players who serve the club and the team.”Nikola Kalinic was given a standing ovation when he was taken off during the second half of Saturday’s game, with the Croatian expected to leave Atletico should Morata arrive.Simeone, however, would not confirm whether or not the forward will stay.”I’ve always said what I think of Kalinic,” he said. “He’s gone from less to more. He’s behaved very well in the group and given his all. He responded to what the team needs and is growing.”There were concerns for Atleti when Diego Godin was unable to appear in the second half due to a thigh problem, but Simeone does not think it is a major injury. | PHOTO GALLERYCheck out our snaps of the #AtletiGetafe match! https://t.co/8JcAh4L2gJ#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/3Jb5DKEid1— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 26, 2019″The fans love him very much,” he said of the centre-back. “He has earned the affection of the club and the fans. He went off in some discomfort, but we hope it’s nothing.”Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez secured the win for Atleti, who are back to within two points of league leaders Barcelona.
ESPN.Pitt’s Ejuan Price likes to wear very short pants when he plays.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is not a fan of Ejuan Price’s uniform choice, which was evident to a national audience Thursday during Pittsburgh’s game against Virginia Tech. ESPN.Herbstreit said on Twitter that Price is “embarrassing the game.”He later deleted that tweet and apologized to Price, saying he’s a “traditionalist.”Hey @E_Diddy5 I owe you a sincere apology bud. Just a traditionalist. Didn’t mean to offend you in anyway. Good luck rest of the way.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 29, 2016@KirkHerbstreit No harm, no foul. Really appreciate you reaching out, great to be acknowledged by one of the best/most influential in CFB— Ejuan Price 5⃣ (@E_Diddy5) October 29, 2016Pittsburgh is set to play at Miami next Saturday.
Twitter/@NDonNBCNotre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr.’s college football career is over.Hunter announced today that he will forgo his fifth and final season at Notre Dame to pursue a professional baseball career. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 23rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft and signed a professional contract last summer.Love thee! ??? pic.twitter.com/aBOBPPHdIy— Torii Hunter Jr. (@THunterJr) December 15, 2016This season, Hunter finished second on the team in receptions (38) and receiving yards (521) while catching a pair of touchdowns. He was limited to nine games by injuries, however.Hunter suffered a concussion in the season-opening loss against Texas and missed the final two games after injuring his knee against Army on Nov. 12.For his career, Hunter recorded 73 receptions for 949 yards and six touchdowns.
Manchester City are in talks with Juventus over a €50 million (£44m/$56m) move for Joao Cancelo, Goal understands.Sources close to both clubs have confirmed that the framework of a deal is being put in place as City prepare to sell Brazil international Danilo.Juve have already started looking for replacements for Cancelo and have identified Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier and Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj as possible alternatives. 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? Danilo himself could also be an option, having come close to moving to Turin from Real Madrid before he eventually chose Manchester in 2017, but as things stand the two clubs are discussing a cash-only deal.City have been prepared for Danilo’s exit for several months and have been scouting the market for replacements. Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also on the Premier League champions’ radar, although they would face stiff competition from Manchester United, who are keen to sign the 21-year-old.Portugal right-back Cancelo is keen on the move but Juve are yet to sanction his sale, as they want in excess of €50m. City believe a transfer fee in that region is reasonable, although a final agreement is not yet in place.Cancelo, 25, could become City’s first signing of the summer, despite a long-held confidence that Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri would join the club for €70m (£62m/$79m).The Spain international is having second thoughts on the move and has publicly admitted that he has asked Atleti for “space and patience” to decide on his next move.City have not given up hope of signing the 22-year-old, but have identified an alternative in case he eventually decides not to move to the Etihad Stadium. Marcos Llorente and Tanguy Ndombele have been linked, but Goal understands they are unlikely to be signed.City are also interested in Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, but the Midlands club are holding out for £75m ($95m), plus add-ons. That would make him the most expensive defender in history, and City are reluctant to pay such a fee.The Blues’ transfer priorities are a defensive midfielder and a centre-back, with Rodri and Maguire as top targets, with a new right-back and a new forward only coming in should current squad members leave.Danilo, therefore, looks certain to leave the club, given City and Juve have held several rounds of meetings regarding Cancelo.
UPDATE: Raul Jimenez repeats as starter for El TriThe last match is here. After Sunday’s friendly match against Ecuador, the next game Tata Martino coaches with El Tri will be in a competitive tournament.The coach is dealing with a number of injuries, though, and after naming a 29-man provisional roster rather than the 40 names allowed, he can ill afford another injury. Martino also said he wants to keep getting to know players on the team who are yet to see a heavy dose of minutes in the first three matches he coached. 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? As Goal does before every match, we’ve put together three projections of what the starting lineup could look like. Check back an hour before kickoff for the XI that Martino decides to go with.Nine changesThis seems like the right amount of changes for Martino, as he looks to see new faces and keep the group healthy. There’s a veteran presence, with Guillermo Ochoa in goal and captain Andres Guardado getting the start as the left interior midfielder. On the other side of him, Jonathan dos Santos gets a look, while Hector Moreno could step back into the lineup as he did Wednesday for an injured Edson Alvarez. That pushed Diego Reyes into the midfield with World Cup veteran Moreno settling in at the left center back. If Alvarez isn’t good to go, getting minutes for Reyes as the holding midfielder could be critical.With Moreno in the back line are Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez, who likely will start at right back in the Gold Cup after his quality season with Tigres, Monterrey center back Cesar Montes and America left back Jorge Sanchez.Despite the fact that Uriel Antuna isn’t on the Gold Cup squad (at least, he won’t be if Alvarez is healthy enough to make the list), he’s still in the camp. Martino likely wants to give the LA Galaxy attacker some minutes in case he does need to call upon him. This game will be the game. The same goes for Alexis Vega. It’s going to be a long summer for Raul Jimenez. Keeping him fresh should be the priority. Jesus Gallardo played at left back against Venezuela, but he also can play as a winger. He may get a chance to fill the hole left by Hirving Lozano on the left wing, giving club teammate Rodolfo Pizarro a rest after a strong showing against La Vinotinto.Montes’ revenge?This is the field on which Luis Montes saw his hopes of going to the 2014 World Cup ended, suffering a crunching friendly that broke his leg. The Leon No. 10 has worked his way back and had an excellent season. Now, he’s on the Gold Cup roster. But we’ve seen very little of him.The 33-year-old seems like a bit of a square peg in a round hole in Martino’s 4-3-3, but he could play as a winger – perhaps even seeing club teammate Angel Mena on the other side.Carlos Salcedo is fit in this game, but it seems unlikely he’ll start. That said, Martino could plan to start him and play him a half before swapping him out for Cesar Montes or another center back option. Maybe we’d see a two-Montes lineup.Elsewhere, Gallardo would drop back into the back line with Antuna on the other side of the attack. The midfield would remain the same.Taking a riskIt’s possible Martino decides to throw caution to the wind and play his attacking trio again in an effort to build chemistry. The thing is, if Raul Jimenez goes down with a knock or Rodolfo Pizarro is injured, there are few quality replacements he could bring in.Expect to see Antuna get a run-out and at least one of the top attackers getting a rest, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Martino looks to build continuity for his front line.
Barcelona have snapped up goalkeeper Neto from La Liga rivals Valencia in a deal worth an initial €26 million (£23m/$30m).The agreement for the Brazil international could eventually end up costing the Liga champions a further €9m in add-ons.They will be happy to cover those costs if the South American proves to be a shrewd addition. 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? Barcelona have tied him to a four-year contract through to the end of the 2022-23 season.A move for Neto comes hot on the heels of the Blaugrana agreeing to offload Dutch custodian Jasper Cillessen to Valencia.An agreement has now been reached to bring another proven performer in the opposite direction, with those at Camp Nou seeking to find suitable cover for current first-choice shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The Catalan club said in a statement on their official website: “FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Norberto Murara Neto. The cost of the transaction will be €26m plus €9m in add-ons.”👋 Welcome @Neto_Murara! Bem-vindo 🇧🇷🔵🔴 #ReadyToColor pic.twitter.com/gWhMuibLFK— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 27, 2019Neto has been in European football since 2011, when he linked up with Fiorentina.Four years were spent in Florence before moving on to Serie A giants Juventus.Game time in Turin proved to be limited, as he filled back-up duties behind the iconic Gianluigi Buffon.An opportunity to start afresh presented itself in 2017 when Valencia came calling.Two seasons with Los Che have delivered 80 appearances and a first senior international cap with Brazil.The 29-year-old has now taken on the challenge of competing with Ter Stegen for game time at Camp Nou.His successor at Valencia, Cillessen, had walked away from that challenge after struggling to knock a Germany international down the pecking order.Ernesto Valverde is expected to favour Ter Stegen again heading into the 2019-20 campaign, but he does have two reliable options at his disposal once more and will have the opportunity to shuffle his pack as he sees fit across multiple competitions.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Notre Dame-Michigan was expected to be one of the closest premier match-ups of Week 1. The betting line reflected it, hovering around a one-point advantage for both teams at points during the week.If anything, most of the money seemed to be flowing towards Michigan on the road. After his struggles through the air last year, it seemed like Brandon Wimbush might be out of his depth against Don Brown’s Michigan defense.That is not what played out in the first half. Wimbush has been very good through the air, and Notre Dame’s offense has looked great. Michigan’s, led by Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson? Not so much.The Fighting Irish outgained the Wolverines 233-90 in the first half. A kick return for a touchdown by Ambry Thomas was the only touchdown for Michigan in the first half, and is keeping things respectable at 21-10.Will Brian Kelly’s squad hold on against Jim Harbaugh’s in the second half?Here’s what ESPN is predicting for the second half of Notre Dame-Michigan.ESPN‘s football power index gives Notre Dame an 87.9-percent chance to hold on for the win.Wimbush is 10-for-15 for 148 yards and a touchdown through the air. He leads the team in rushing with 39 yards on 10 carries, though Michigan has done a nice job stopping the run, holding ND to 3.4 yards per carry as a team.Brian Kelly has been open about the possibility of Ian Book coming in to replace Wimbush to open things up through the air. The starter is doing a great job of holding off that possibility.Patterson is 9-for-12, but for a paltry 62 yards. He has also lost 24 yards on sacks. Karan Higdon leads Michigan with 45 yards on 12 carries.[ESPN]