Cardiff boss Warnock: Liverpool can end Man City’s title defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock believes Liverpool can end Manchester City’s title defence on Thursday.The Reds could go ten points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side with a victory and Warnock believes they are one of the world’s best sides on current form.“I don’t think they [Tottenham] are title contenders but I think they are going to have a great season,” he said.“It’s such a strange thing, I think they would be [challenging] in a normal situation but we’ve just got two incredible teams at the minute.“At the moment [Liverpool] is just flying.“If Liverpool do get a result on Thursday it is very difficult to see anything else [other than Liverpool title win] really.“You can never say never but at the moment I would say Liverpool are as good as anybody in the world let alone England.“But football changes quickly, one or two injuries or loss of forms and someone takes over.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emiliano Sala tells Nantes he wants to join Cardiffby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNantes striker Emiliano Sala is ready to join Cardiff City.Sky Sports says Sala has informed the French club that he wants to leave and sign for Cardiff..The 28-year-old flew to the UK on Monday for talks with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo.His agent, Meissa N’Diaye, and the agent acting for Nantes, Mark McKay, were also at the meeting, which Sala feels very positive after.Sala has scored 12 goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season, with Nantes sitting in mid-table in the French top flight.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Cardiff ordered to pay €6m to Nantes for Salaby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff are being ordered to pay €6 million to Nantes for Emiliano Sala.The circumstances surrounding the Sala transfer have not gone away after his tragic death in a plane crash.Cardiff refused to pay Nantes the owed fee, which resulted in the French club taking them to court.FIFA Players’ Status Committee has now ordered the six million payment for the deceased Sala.A statement read: “In a meeting held on 25 September 2019, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee established that Cardiff City FC must pay FC Nantes the sum of EUR 6,000,000, corresponding to the first instalment due in accordance with the transfer agreement concluded between the parties on 19 January 2019 for the transfer of the late Emiliano Sala from FC Nantes to Cardiff City FC.”The FIFA Players’ Status Committee, which never lost sight of the specific and unique circumstances of this tragic situation during its deliberations on the dispute at stake, refrained from imposing procedural costs on the parties.”The findings of the decision were notified to the parties concerned today. Within a deadline of ten days, Cardiff City FC and FC Nantes can request a copy of the grounds of the decision, which can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.”
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Hawaii 38-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Twitter/@Kevin_NoonLast night, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel broke the news that Ohio State’s Braxton Miller would be switching positions to wide receiver/h-back for the upcoming season. That report has since been walked back by Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, who said he “hasn’t made those decisions” at this point. Kevin Miller, the father of the two-time Big Ten player of the year, agrees with Meyer’s take. He spoke with The Columbus Dispatch about his son’s potential position switch.“That’s what he wants to do,” the older Miller said of Braxton playing quarterback. “But being a competitor and a team player, if he doesn’t feel that he’s ready for quarterback because of the shoulder, he’s open to doing whatever it takes to get on the field and help the team.”As for playing receiver, Kevin Miller said, “That’s not his plan, but if it comes down to that, he’s already been putting in work. You don’t want to wait until the last minute.”Right now, we know that Miller is discussing the possibility of playing at another position, and is putting in some work at the wide receiver/h-back role. It is still up in the air as to whether or not that becomes a permanent change, but it doesn’t sound like Miller is going to spend his final college season on the sideline, one way or another,[Columbus Dispatch]
Ritchie de Laet’s deployment as an emergency striker paid off for Melbourne City on Friday as his well-taken goal earned a 1-0 A-League win over Brisbane Roar.City boss Warren Joyce is working with limited forward options as regular starter Bruno Fornaroli continues to be left out in the cold following a reported row with the head coach.Rumours this week suggested City and Perth Glory could agree a swap deal involving Fornaroli and Andy Keogh but the temporary solution of selecting right-back De Laet as a lone frontman paid dividends at AAMI Park against the beleaguered Roar. 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? After visiting goalkeeper Jamie Young had twice denied Lachlan Wales in the first half and then superbly tipped over Scott Jamieson’s curling effort early in the second, De Laet struck in the 52nd minute.Rostyn Griffiths delivered a cross from the right and De Laet showed the finishing touch of a seasoned forward to sweep home first time beyond Young for his second goal in three games.Ritchie’s at it again! #MCYvBRI @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/LSuOYXx3Jn— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) January 11, 2019Roar piled on the pressure in the closing stages – Nicholas D’Agostino forcing a fine stop from Eugene Galekovic before Eric Bautheac blazed the rebound wide four minutes from time – but an inability to find an equaliser meant Brisbane’s sorry run stands at just one point taken from eight games.City, meanwhile, have won four and drawn one of their past five outings to move level with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC in a three-way tie for second, six points adrift of leaders Perth.
ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 15: A Buffalo Bills helmet sits on the bench before the game against the New York Jets at New Era Field on September 15, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)A former Ball State and NFL linebacker was shot to death Tuesday night in Detroit.Robert Eddins, 28, who played in one game for the Buffalo Bills in 2011 and spent much of his time on the practice squad, was found dead in the basement of a Detroit home, along with another man.#Breaking #Detroit ex @nfl @buffalobills Robert Eddins found shot to death with another man. Gas left on in home. No suspects. pic.twitter.com/iwLdEFwfsp— Shawn Ley (@ShawnLeyLive) December 21, 2016Police say Eddins and the second victim, 32-year-old Ricky McFarland, were shot multiple times. Their deaths appear to be a homicide.“The gas was on from the stove, somebody left on, the pilots were not lit, so it looks like it was an intentional act,” Detroit Police Captain Kurt Worboys told ABC.
Najila Trindade has described her interactions with Neymar following the allegations that the Paris Saint-Germain forward raped her.Speaking to Brazilian television channel SBT Brasil, Ms. Trindade went into detail regarding her meeting with the Brazil international, explaining that the incident ,which was alleged to have taken place on May 15, was “an assault together with rape”.She also claims that Neymar paid for her to fly to the French capital and stay in a local hotel, where she says that her “intention was to have sex” with the former Barcelona star. 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? Ms. Trindade went onto tell the interviewer how she had requested Neymar use a condom, but alleges he refused and became aggressive.”When he left the room, I realised everything that happened to me and how stupid he was, how bad he was, how he raped me and raped me,” she added.A video, reportedly filmed by Ms. Trindade, has also emerged online, which Ms. Trindade claims to show her arguing with Neymar the day after their original meeting.The video, which was shown by Brazilian channel TV Record, shows two people getting on a bed before the woman slaps the man and says: “I’m going to hit you. You know why. Because you beat me up yesterday.”Sao Paulo police have confirmed to Goal that there has been a complaint made against the player from a Brazilian woman he met in Paris.The police would not discuss details of the ongoing investigation following the complaint filed by the woman on May 31.Brazilian outlet UOL was the first to report the accusations and claim statements made to authorities are being kept confidential.Neymar denies the allegations, and his camp maintains the 27-year-old’s innocence, stating that he was the target of a blackmail attempt, while the player’s father believes WhatsApp messages sent to his son’s phone from the woman would be used to help clear his name.Neymar was forced off after just 20 minutes of Brazil’s friendly clash with Qatar on Wednesday, and it has been confirmed that the ruptured ankle ligaments he suffered will rule him out of this summer’s Copa America, which Brazil are hosting.Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro was pictured with Neymar on Instagram following the Selecao’s 2-0 win over Qatar. The president, who wished the forward a speedy recovery, has previously stated that Neymar “is in a difficult moment, but I believe in him.”
Megan Rapinoe has claimed she is “not going to the f*cking White House” if the United States win the Women’s World Cup.Defending champions USA face hosts France in the World Cup quarter-finals in Paris on Friday after defeating Spain 2-1 in the round of 16 on Monday.Asked if a visit to the White House would be on the cards should USA retain their title, star Rapinoe told Eight by Eight: “I’m not going to the f*cking White House. 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? “No. I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited.”Rapinoe was inspired by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest bringing attention to police brutality and racial inequality.The 33-year-old became the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem before a sporting event in 2016.Rapinoe continues to protest the national anthem in her own way at the World Cup by standing in silence while other members of the national team place their hands over their hearts and sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’….aaaaand breathe. Quarterfinals begin on ThursdayAnd on Friday, it’s #USA vs. #FRA (as if you didn’t know that…) pic.twitter.com/SFKAHwxRqx — U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 25, 2019 United States president Donald Trump responded to her actions on Tuesday, telling The Hill when asked if Rapinoe should protest during the national anthem: “No. I don’t think so.”Trump went on to say he loves watching women’s soccer, adding: “They’re really talented.”The US president has been highly critical of athletes who decide to protest during the national anthem however, describing it as a “a total disrespect of our heritage” in 2017.Rapinoe’s Eight by Eight interview also touched on the expectations that drive the team to chase another world title.USA had their toughest match of the World Cup on Monday when Spain scored the first goal of the tournament against the reigning champions.Rapinoe scored USA’s only goals in that match as the international powerhouse prevailed 2-1 to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive.”We have a great burden of expectation, but I think that also brings out the best in you and we just except to win every single game,” she said.”So if we’re down two-nil with 10 minutes left, we expect to win that game. We’ve been in those situations before and it’s just sort of ingrained in us.”
Rafael Benitez has lifted the lid on his acrimonious departure from Newcastle United, with the Spaniard revealing that “unfulfilled promises” and broken trust forced him out.Having become a firm fan favourite during his time at St James’ Park, the fans were desperate to see the former Liverpool boss commit to a new contract this summer.Instead, they saw him walk away at the end of his deal, with the Magpies board failing to reach an agreement with a coach who had worked wonders in difficult circumstances. 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? Benitez has since made a lucrative move to China, linking up with CSL side Dalian Yifang, but claims such a switch was only considered once bridges were burned at Newcastle and it became apparent that there was no way he could remain in charge.Explaining a long-running saga in The Athletic, the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid coach said: “People in Newcastle have been talking about my decision to move to China without knowing what happened behind the scenes during my three years at St James’ Park.”I haven’t wanted to say too much about that – I’ve encouraged supporters to get behind Steve Bruce and his new team – but I’ve been made aware of what Lee Charnley, Newcastle’s managing director, claimed in the club’s match programme last weekend and I think it’s important I address that.”Hopefully, it will be the last time I have to do so. In the future I want to write about football and nothing but football.”When I joined Newcastle in 2016, I did it with all my heart. I could feel the history and see the potential of the club and I wanted to be part of a project and to stay close to my family on Merseyside.”I tried to do my best every day, even staying when we went down to the Championship and saying no to other offers – bigger offers than the one I recently accepted with Dalian Yifang, by the way. If I was only interested in moving ‘for money’, as Charnley stated, I could have done it much earlier.”Over my long career, and especially in my time at Newcastle, I’ve always shown commitment to my club, its city and its community and I’ve done it with professionalism and honesty. I want to remember the good moments I spent in the north east – and there were many of them – and not have to keep denying things about my time there or about my departure.“Newcastle’s board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn’t make me an offer I could accept. They told me they didn’t want to invest in the academy or the training ground – if they like, I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that. Their idea of a project was a policy of signing players under 24 and, in my opinion, the budget available was not enough to compete for the top 10.”After that meeting, I knew they would not come back with a serious offer and, when it arrived, 19 days later, it was for the same salary as three years earlier and with less control over signings. Charnley’s comments in the programme about having a deal agreed for Joelinton in February explains a lot that I couldn’t understand at that time.”After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them.”When we finished 10th in the Premier League in our first season back, all players and staff were paid a bonus – aside from my coaching team. That felt like a punishment for me not signing an extension.”So, by the end, I knew there would not be a proper offer and they knew I was not signing.”I couldn’t explain that in public because I was not allowed to talk to the press without their permission, so I was waiting until late June, like every fan, hoping there would be good news about Newcastle’s prospective takeover.”The time was passing and we were losing job opportunities in Europe. I couldn’t wait forever. I’m a family man and I have a responsibility to them, my staff, Paco [Francisco de Míguel Moreno], Antonio [Gomez] and Mikel [Antia], and their families, too. I don’t like to gamble with the future of my people.”In front of us we had three options: nothing serious from Newcastle, the hope of a possible takeover or a different project. Yes, it was a big offer in China – I have never denied that – but it was also another continent and another league, from a club giving us a lot of recognition and respect. That decision wasn’t easy, but it was clear.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.