About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pallister: Arsenal a winnable game for patched up Man Utdby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Gary Pallister sees tonight’s clash with Arsenal as a winnable.United will host the Gunners with a patched up XI.But Pallister says: “I think both clubs are in a similar situation. You just don’t know what to expect of the sides. Both managers are trying to implement their styles and get the best out of the teams but it’s not happening on a consistent basis, so I think both sets of fans will feel the same. “United have got to use the negative feeling and try to make it into a positive; roll up your sleeves and show you’re not a bad side. It’s not City or Liverpool, it’s a club they’ll be competing with at the end of the season. At Old Trafford, they’ve got to be trying to win.”He also insisted: “With Arsenal, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get at the moment either – Unai Emery has been there a season and they’ve not been terrific but they can also look like the Arsene Wenger team. You don’t know which team will turn up. What better game for the United players to react than Arsenal.”Gary Pallister was speaking to BonusCodeBets
Ezekiel Elliott and Ohio State made a jump this week.This weekend was rivalry weekend in college football, and there was plenty of riveting gridiron action for fans to enjoy.While Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Iowa all held serve, several games shook up the ranks. Ohio State’s thumping of Michigan, Florida State’s rivalry romp over Florida and Stanford’s last-second win over Notre Dame all ensured that the polls and CFP rankings would look different this week. The weekly ESPN Power Rankings also underwent some noticeable changes.The top five is virtually the same as last week, with MSU and Oklahoma flip-flopping at three and four. After that though, there is plenty of shuffling. Ohio State and Stanford each jumped up two spots, with Florida State and UNC making leaps into the top 10. Beyond that, TCU, Houston, Oregon, Northwestern, Temple and USC all made noteworthy ascensions while Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State fell. Mississippi State plummeted 13 spots out of the top 25 after losing the Egg Bowl. Here are the rankings, via ESPN:1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Oklahoma4. Michigan State5. Iowa6. Ohio State7. Stanford8. North Carolina9. Notre Dame 10. Florida State11. TCU12. Baylor 13. Oregon14. Ole Miss15. Northwestern16. Oklahoma State17. Michigan18. Houston19. Florida20. Temple21. USC22. Utah23. LSU24. Navy25. WisconsinYou can find last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans?
87654321abcdefgh “It’s going to be a complicated game,” said the grandmaster Judit Polgár, providing the official match commentary.And indeed it was going to be — for the players and your humble chess correspondent. My parents were in town, my sister was sweating over an oven, and forgotten provisions had to be procured. A table had to be set. Mashed potatoes had to be eaten. I tore away from the match and headed into the city.Having nervously missed a handful of moves on my train ride, I ascended from the serviceless subway station in time to witness something special from Carlsen, the defending world champion who had yet to do much special at all. One grandmaster told me his move was “phenomenal.” Another tweeted that it was “incredible.” A chess writer called it “sensational.” A chess instructor called it “fascinating.”So just what was it that Carlsen did with the black pieces here? It was pawn to b5.Erwin l’Ami, the grandmaster who called it “incredible,” described the idea behind the move, which ostensibly loses a pawn for Carlsen, as follows: Once Carlsen pushes that pawn to b5, Caruana can win it by moving his pawn to b6. (That may not appear to be a legal move, but it’s a special capture known as en passant, in which a pawn can diagonally capture another pawn that has just hopped up two squares next to it.) Carlsen could then take the rook on a3 with his rook, and Caruana could take that rook with his knight. Carlsen could then push his pawn to f3, encroaching further into white’s territory. Two pawn captures then ensue on that same square, followed by Caruana capturing there with his bishop. And then Carlsen could bring his knight into the action on e5. The result of that hypothetical line would have looked like this — a “huge attack” on Caruana’s king.
An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. OSU won 44-28. Photo Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor GLENDALE, Ariz. – Before No. 7 Ohio State took the field to close out its 2015 season with a 44-28 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz laid out five things they would be looking out for. Here are how those five elements transpired.Fast startsNotre Dame got the ball first to start the game and were given the gift of OSU redshirt senior Jack Willoughby sending the kickoff out of bounds. It was exactly what Brian Kelly wanted for his team, but the Fighting Irish could not convert that into a quick start, as they would have hoped. Instead, Notre Dame went three-and-out. For OSU, it was night-and-day different. The Buckeyes took over possession at their own 20-yard line and surgically marched down the field. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller had 36 all-purpose yards and Ezekiel Elliott punched it in from 2 yards out to cap off a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in just 3:01. “Obviously their first series was outstanding,” Kelly said. “They ran the ball effectively right down the field. So I just think that they executed very well early on.” From the get-go, it was clear the Buckeyes suffered from no cobwebs. The Fighting Irish, again, went three-and-out, including a false start penalty, forcing another punt. Just three plays later, the Scarlet and Gray found the end zone for the second time, this time courtesy of a 15-yard catch-and-run by redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas. Notre Dame was able to claw back into game throughout the rest of play, getting it down to just a one-score deficit, at 28-21, but its ice-cold start, compared to OSU’s flaming hot one, clearly hindered the Fighting Irish. “It was the difference in the game really, those 14 points early,” Kelly said. “We had to play catch-up from there.” Trick playsIn postseason play, teams will often look to trick plays of sorts to try and catch their opponent off guard. That was the case in the Fiesta Bowl, however, it was only just once. Down 14-0, with 9:22 left in the second quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer threw a backward pass to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., who, instead of advancing forward, took a step back and looked to throw. Hunter had an open man in the end zone, tight end Alizé Jones, but the throw had slightly too much on it, as it fell incomplete just beyond Jones’ reach. Although the play was unsuccessful, it showed that Kelly was trying to find any way to kickstart his team after the sluggish start. OSU, for the most part, avoided any sort of trickery, but some unusual route combinations did appear at times throughout the game, notably on Thomas’ 13-yard catch on the first drive of the second half. End of the roadThe victory over Notre Dame gave the 18 members of OSU’s senior class 50 career wins, the most in program history. Although it couldn’t secure a second consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff, the Fiesta Bowl win was still a good final chapter for the group.“I am glad we got that win for them,” sophomore defensive end Jalyn Holmes said following the game. Many of the seniors that saw the field on Friday were instrumental in the outcome. Linebacker Joshua Perry’s seven tackles were tied for the team-high. On the offensive line, left tackle Taylor Decker was key, like usual, in excavating large holes for Elliott to run through and protecting Barrett. Right tackle Chase Farris, who at times has struggled during the year, turned in a solid performance, as well. As for Miller, one of the most decorated players in OSU history, his final showing in scarlet and gray was certainly not a bad one. The win marked the first postseason victory he was active for and, after disappearing at times during the season, Miller made his presence felt Friday. He finished with 26 rushing yards on two attempts, as well as two catches for 12 yards. Miller didn’t display any wicked spin moves like he did against Virginia Tech, but, all things considered, his OSU finale was a good one. Holmes said the senior class will be missed and that there is “so many” who have left their marks on the program, not only because of their performances on the field, but for the lessons they have taught off it.“All the seniors try to just help someone out in any way,” he said. “Chase Farris, (defensive tackle) Joel Hale, Joshua Perry, they all try and help on and off the field. That’s what made them so special.” Barrett’s big-stage debutAfter missing out on postseason play last year, Friday’s Fiesta Bowl was Barrett’s bowl debut. The redshirt sophomore has not been known to melt under the bright lights, but wondering how he might respond to such a large stage was a valid question. He answered them soundly, ultimately winning the game’s most valuable player award.Barrett started the game with an eight-yard completion to Thomas, and from there, he continued to facilitate the offense exceptionally. He completed his first seven pass attempts for 82 yards and one score. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native also ran for 16 yards during the 7-of-7 stretch. Overall, Barrett finished the game 19-of-31 for 211 yards and one touchdown through the air, while also picking up 96 yards on the ground. He did have one interception in the third quarter after his pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, but, for the most part, Barrett’s performance was very efficient. He showed no signs of the big stage making him crumble. After the game, Barrett praised the Notre Dame defense, but he said the key to the offense’s success was just taking whatever was given to them.“They tried to make sure they took away our (deep) shots,” Barrett said. “We was able to try to hit things underneath. (We) did a good job of that.” Finding help up the middleWith two starters on the interior defensive line out for OSU, there was plenty of attention centered on how it would compensate. The solution, it appeared, was to slide junior defensive end Joey Bosa into that position frequently alongside a rotation of other defensive tackles. But then, the solution once again became a problem, as Bosa was ejected after a targeting call with 5:26 left in the first quarter. It was a huge blow for the OSU defense, which, prior to the penalty, had just intercepted Kizer. The interception was negated and from there, OSU was forced to play without three usual starters on the D-line. Even so, the defense was able to limit the damage done up the middle, as it held the Fighting Irish to just 121 rushing yards. Kizer, who OSU was focused on slowing down on the ground, finished with just 21 yards on 15 attempts. “It just speaks of the program,” Holmes said about the defense still being able to be effective despite not having three starters. “It’s just a ‘next man up’ program. I feel like we played great. We did what he had to do to get the win.”
In the preparation ahead of World Cup, Russian football hoodlums have reportedly threatened to stab gay and transgender England fans at the Mundial.An alliance of LGBT football fan groups, called Pride In Football, said some of the death threats it has received has been so unnerving that they have reported them to police. It has received emails warning them that LGBT fans will be targeted for attacks during the tournament in Russia in June, according to Dailymail.Last week, the Football Supporters’ Federation, working with the Football Association, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, released guidelines advising LGBT fans not to display their sexuality in public during the World Cup.However, it is unclear if they are allowed wave or move rainbow flags in Russia.‘We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us, so it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing,’ Joe White, Pride in Football’s campaign leader, said.‘Unless there is someone kind of putting their head above the parapet, it’s very easy for them to say we don’t exist.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.‘I think we definitely have a responsibility to highlight any form of inequality.‘Hopefully teams, players and managers can come into that conversation when they feel safe to do so.’He stressed that the guidelines released had to be ‘very cautious’ but that he won’t be afraid to be himself in Russia.‘I could go out and almost go back into the closet and act butch but that kind of plays exactly into what we are trying to show is an issue,’ he said.‘We shouldn’t have to feel that we have to behave any differently than we would.
Nice have set the asking price for Mario Balotelli at €10 million.After three seasons, 51 appearances and 33 goals, Mario Balotelli is nearing the end of his stay in Nice. The French outfit might have contemplated keeping the maverick striker on its roster until he failed to show up for the first training session with new head coach Patrick Vieira (The Sun).“We expected him at training today,”“What’s certain is he wasn’t there and that [his absence] wasn’t planned. We’ll wait and see what happens.”What happened was that Nice officially put Balotelli on the trade block, setting the asking price at €10 million (Calcio Mercato).Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.Despite the Italian’s controversial past and long history of disobedience, there will be clubs willing to take the risk.According to Sky Sports, interest from Olympique Marseille might have been behind his absence at the beginning of training camp.“We’ll see, it’s too early. He is a player who creates emotion. He always gives himself 100 per cent. He can marry very well with the Marseille mentality. The Marseillais are like that. They are hot, and Mario is hot. It is like that.” – Mino Raiola, Balotelli’s agentExpect an update on the situation in the coming days.
New Real Madrid signing Alvaro Odriozola insists that the opportunity to join the “biggest club in the world and history” was simply too good an opportunity to turn down and described it as like going to DisneylandThe Spain international was officially presented to the club supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday after completing his reported €40m transfer from Real Sociedad.Odriozola was once linked with a move to Barcelona, but he admitted that he just could not turn down the opportunity to become a Galactico.“I’m fulfilling a dream and I couldn’t be happier to have signed for the biggest club in the world and in history. It’s something indescribable. Something that happens once in a lifetime and I’m very happy to be here. I want to enjoy every moment and nothing else,” he said on the club website.“Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world and in history, so you could not say no.”He added: “It is like when your father comes and asks you if you want to go to Disneyland. It’s clear. I see myself as a very ambitious person and my biggest challenge is to be a success at Madrid. I am coming here to fulfil that challenge, and give 100 percent. To enjoy every moment through hard work, exertion and humility.”Sueño cumplido ⚽. He llegado a Disney ?. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/gIXLCkjlmH— Álvaro Odriozola (@alvaroodriozola) July 18, 2018Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Odriozola has impressed in La Liga over the past 18 months and was chosen over Barcelona and Arsenal full-backs Sergi Roberto and Hector Bellerin for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad by new Real boss Julen Lopetegui this summer.But the Spanish full-back will have to be braced for a whole other level of competition at Real with the club possessing many talented individuals with Dani Carvajal currently the regular starting right-back for Los Blancos.“When you come to Real Madrid you know that you’re up against the biggest competition,” said the 22-year-old.“In this case it’s Carvajal, who is a reference for me and I have a lot of respect for him. I’ve come to fight for the position, to give the best of myself, and Real Madrid will benefit. I’ve come to succeed and give 100% for this shirt”.“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world and in history, so you can’t say no. The decision was simple. I consider myself a very ambitious person and this is the biggest challenge possible. I want to give 100%, enjoy every moment from a demanding position”.Advice is something that Odriozola is not short of: “I’ve received a lot. In the end it’s about being yourself, working day in day out and focusing on what is purely football and training every day as if it were the last. Giving 100% every time you out on to the field and work, sacrifice and with humility, nothing else”.
Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Celtic will be all out for revenge against Rangers in the Old Firm derby clash.The Scottish champions narrowly lost 1-0 to Rangers at Ibrox on December 29 but have failed to keep the title race alive with Gerrard’s men 10 points adrift the leaders.According to Charlie Nicholas, Neil Lennon’s men will go all out for a win that would put the title race to bed.📸🍀Preparations for Sunday continue at LXT. #CELRAN pic.twitter.com/89CqxVrMrY— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 29, 2019“It might not be the classiest derby you’ll ever watch but it will never disappoint in terms of drama.“This is a very special football match,” He told Sky Sports.Match Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).“Celtic are hurting after Rangers finally got that win over them but it was the manner of the win. Rangers looked like challengers then. Unfortunately for Rangers, that’s disappeared and it’s falling apart.“The way that Rangers celebrated after waiting so long to get a victory – I can understand that. But revenge is in the air. Celtic will want to cement this title. The gap and the merit is there, Celtic have earned the right to go and bully Rangers a little bit.”Nicholas also stated a win over Rangers may likely seal the Celtic job for Neil Lennon who replaced new Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says the last game v Celtic shows they can compete when at their best. Says “the players have to believe and have less fear” at Celtic Park than the last time they played there. pic.twitter.com/133f6jmrhV— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) March 29, 2019“They haven’t done spectacularly well but they’ve been winning games,” he said.“Neil is a bright guy – he won’t panic. People are jumping on his case for his over the top celebrations but why wouldn’t he react like that? He wants the Celtic job and this game on Sunday – if he wins it – will go a long way on him getting the job.”
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde admits they were fortunate to grab a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday nightThe Blaugrana secured qualification for the Champions League knockout stages and top spot in Group B with victory in Holland after goals from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.Luuk de Jong did get a late goal for PSV, but the Dutch side were unfortunate after hitting the frame of Barcelona’s goal four times beforehand.The Catalan giants were repeatedly exposed at the back, which set up a tense ending with PSV’s Denzel Dumfries being denied an injury-time penalty appeal after Clement Lenglet’s awkward challenge.“We’re so happy to have mathematically topped the group,” Valverde told the club website.“And considering how much we have struggled away from home in recent years and found it hard to score goals.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m especially pleased to have got two wins and a draw this year.”“PSV played well. They were very lively on the counter attack and the balls we lost meant they were able to get into dangerous positions and even hit the woodwork a few times.”“It was a hard place to play at” added Valverde. “But the more the game progressed the more chances we able to create.”Barcelona’s final Group B match will be at home to Tottenham on December 11.Meanwhile, they will now turn their focus to Sunday’s home game against Villarreal on Sunday in La Liga.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals open the 2019 campaign on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., ET against No. 20 Connecticut at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. The two teams will play again Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., ET and wrap up the series Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m., ET. Louisville’s home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium against Eastern Kentucky. Wyatt is one of seven position starters back for the Cardinals in 2019 as head coach Dan McDonnell gets set to begin his 13th season. FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version Story Links Wyatt is the 11th Cardinal to appear on the preseason watch list since 2009, including Brendan McKay who won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017. An All-American in 2018, Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors in 2019 from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Louisville native was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games. 2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at gocards.com/bsbtickets. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior Logan Wyatt was named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Thursday. The list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players across high school and college baseball.