TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alaves winger Ibai Gomez interesting Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlaveswinger Ibai Gomez is interesting Leicester City.The Leicester Mercury says Leicester are keen on landing Gomez.Foxes boss Claude Puel has played down his side needing a new striker ahead of the January transfer window, but Gomez is on their radar.The 29-year-old winger is currently on the books at Alaves, and may consider a switch to the Premier League.
Brighton boss Graham Potter satisfied with Newcastle pointby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter couldn’t fault his players’ application in their goalless draw against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.The Seagulls produced a dominant display in front of the Sky Sports cameras, enjoying 71% of the possession, but neither side was able to break the deadlock and Potter shared his thoughts after the game.He said, “You just have to take the result in the end, but I thought our performance was really good.“We had some good opportunities, one cleared off the line, a disallowed goal, and got into their attacking third often.“It’s so hard to control everything because the crowd are so involved in the game. Andy Carroll came on and made it very frantic towards the end.“But overall, I’m delighted with the players’ performance levels and application. I’m just disappointed that we didn’t take three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 09: A basketball with a Kentucky Wildcats logo sits on the floor during the game against the Georgetown College Tigers at Rupp Arena on November 9, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)James Young took John Calipari’s “succeed and proceed” mantra to heart, as the talented guard spent one season at Kentucky before leaving for the NBA. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound shooting guard went No. 17 to the Boston Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft. So it makes sense that Young, who averaged 14.3 points a game for the Wildcats in 2013-14, would sport one of Kentucky’s famed T-shirts. Here’s the shooting guard wearing a Kentucky “Succeed And Proceed” tee at a Celtics’ practice. James Young sporting the UK “Succeed and Proceed” at Celtics practice… pic.twitter.com/HZ91BNvwdO— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) April 22, 2015Young’s team, the Celtics, could stand to do some more succeeding in the NBA Playoffs. Boston currently trails Cleveland, 2-0, in the first round.
Will one of these top 2016 recruiting classes become legendary?Tomorrow is National Signing Day, and there is some serious drama in the race for the No. 1 class. LSU and Ohio State have been dueling it out for the top spot for weeks now, while recruiting powerhouse Alabama is poised to make a big jump. Recruiting rankings aren’t perfect, but they are a strong indicator of future performance. Alabama routinely signs the best classes, and under Nick Saban, it has four national championships to show for it.However, the No. 1 class does not always beget championships. Realistically, it takes four or five years to truly judge a recruiting class, once the players have matriculated and they’ve made their marks on the collegiate gridiron. Whether No. 1 or outside the Top 10, the best classes win championships, and often produce top NFL Draft picks, who turn into pro stars, who the next crop of recruits idolize as coaches blow up their phones. Recruiting rankings and websites have truly turned into a cottage industry in the last 15 years. In that time frame, a number of classes of really stand out above the rest. Here are the ten best recruiting classes of the 21st Century.Next: No. 10 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11
Romelu Lukaku is prepared to be patient at Manchester United as he seeks to force his way back ahead of Marcus Rashford in the striking pecking order.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inherited the reins at Old Trafford, the Belgium international has often found himself stuck on the bench.He is yet to start a Premier League fixture under the Red Devils’ interim boss, having previously been granted compassionate leave in December which saw him miss two games. 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? Others have impressed in his absence, with Rashford starring in a central role after being moved inside from the role on the flanks that he often occupied under Jose Mourinho.Anthony Martial is also pushing for more minutes, and was among the goals after being introduced alongside Rashford in a 3-1 FA Cup victory over Arsenal.Lukaku was included from the off at Emirates Stadium and teed up efforts for Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard, but he is aware that he will have to earn a regular place under Solskjaer amid unwelcome talk of a possible move elsewhere.He told reporters: “Yes, you have to be patient at the end of the day I had to go away for personal reasons I came back and me and the manager had a good conversation.“I know it is going to take a lot of steps but you know I am closer than ever to my best and I’m really happy.“The dressing room is strong. We are a tight knit group. When we went to Dubai for warm wather training we had a good time together.“We are friends also off the pitch and we spend time together. We always have a lot of banter.”Lukaku insists that a spell out of the side has not impacted on his professional relationship with those who provide direct competition.He added: “It is tough and intense – but in a good way. It’s all about the team.“We try to push each other to make sure we win because we know that we are still not in the greatest position in the league still but we all want to be in the top positions.“We want to win a trophy as well. The manager has done a great job so yes, credit to him but to the players as well and the team. Everyone wants to play for the team – it’s the team above everything.”United have collected eight successive victories under Solskjaer in all competitions and are looking to make positive progress at home and abroad.They have more Champions League and FA Cup outings to come, while they have also moved to within three points of the Premier League’s top four.Asked if the Red Devils can force their way back into that pack, Lukaku said: “Definitely, yes, why not?“We need to keep going a day at a time and as long as we train and play at the same intensity the teams above us will have to watch out.”United are back in Premier League action on Tuesday when Burnley pay a visit to Old Trafford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Tech made the decision to fire Kliff Kingsbury, as the former head coach only won five games this season. While the Red Raiders have not begun their search for a new leader just yet, one candidate is already emerging.If Texas Tech wants to return to its glory days in the Big 12, then hiring an established coach will be crucial.Although it’d require making an intriguing pitch to a conference rival, the Red Raiders have interest in West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, per Don Williams. However, it’s still unclear if he’d covet this job more than his current one with the Mountaineers.Have confirmed with a source that Texas Tech also is interested in bringing WVU coach Dana Holgorsen back to Lubbock. Think Tech folks wanted to keep this quiet, but it’s out there already, and the interest is real.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) November 25, 2018Holgorsen clearly knows the conference well, as he’s coached West Virginia since 2011. This season, the Mountaineers won nine games and were just one victory away from playing Texas in the Big-12 Championship.Regardless of Texas Tech’s shortcomings over the past few seasons, it’s still an appealing job.We already know Will Grier is almost on his way out of Morgantown, and perhaps his coach might leave with him.Stay tuned.
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Earlier this week, reports suggested former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury landed a new job as the offensive coordinator of the USC Trojans. However, despite the initial report, Kingsbury’s agent revealed the coach did not make a decision on his coaching future.After a night to think about the reported offer from USC, Kingsbury has reportedly still not decided whether or not he wants to coach with Clay Helton. According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Kingsbury and USC are “still working on a possible deal.”No agreement has been made yet, though.As of this morning, Kliff Kingsbury and #USC are still working on a possible deal to make him Trojans’ offensive coordinator, according to a source very close to the situation. No agreement yet.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 30, 2018The former Texas Tech head coach reportedly received several offers from NFL teams to join their staff an an assistant. Several reports suggested the Dallas Cowboys will make an offer to Kingsbury, though that hasn’t come to fruition just yet.Will he stay in the college ranks or head to the pros? Stay tuned for the latest coaching news.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts has reportedly hit the NCAA’s transfer portal, allowing other schools to contact him about a move.247Sports’ Barton Simmons first reported the news.From a source: Jalen Hurts’ name is now in the transfer portal.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 9, 2019Hurts has already been linked to several major programs, including Maryland, which is considered by some to be the frontrunner.The Terrapins hired Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, so it makes sense that Hurts would consider following him to College Park, Maryland.Maryland isn’t the only major program with interest, though.SB Nation is reporting that Florida State, which struggled a lot in 2018, is interested.“Florida State has serious interest, a source told SB Nation’s Bud Elliott,” SB Nation reports.FSU will be interested, per source. https://t.co/F7IlU2ZakH— Bud Elliott ? (@BudElliott3) January 9, 2019Stay tuned.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts will be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2019, as the former Alabama quarterback announced his transfer decision today.The Crimson Tide quarterback announced his decision in a piece for The Players’ Tribune.Hurts chose Oklahoma over several other major programs, including Miami and Maryland. Auburn reportedly made a “late push” for Hurts, too.The decision to transfer to Oklahoma isn’t a surprising one, as the Sooners have had incredible success with transfer QBs in recent years (Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray).One college football analyst thinks another aspect was at play, though.Recruiting insider Mike Farrell says that Hurts chose Oklahoma, in part, because of the potential of facing Alabama in the College Football Playoff.“I’m told one of the things Jalen Hurts wanted the most in a transfer school is the chance to play and beat #Bama in the playoff. #Sooners could give him that chance,” he tweeted.I’m told one of the things Jalen Hurts wanted the most in a transfer school is the chance to play and beat #Bama in the playoff. #Sooners could give him that chance.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 16, 2019Oklahoma will undoubtedly be a College Football Playoff contender in 2019, as the Sooners should start the season ranked inside the top 10.The Crimson Tide should get back there, as well. Alabama will likely start the 2019 season ranked No. 2 in the country.An Alabama-Oklahoma matchup would be a ton of fun, too.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After seeing several of his assistants depart for the NFL and other college jobs, Nick Saban has gotten to work replenishing his staff.According to BamaOnLine, Saban is adding former special teams ace Vinnie Sunseri as a graduate assistant this coming Fall.Sunseri split time as a defensive back and a special teams player from 2011 to 2013. He was a part of Alabama’s back-to-back national title teams in 2011 and 2012.During his three years with the Crimson Tide, Sunseri recorded 105 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, two pick-sixes, five passes defended and a fumble recovery.New Chapter… Same school?? pic.twitter.com/jJiFro9g04— Vinnie Sunseri (@vsunseri3) January 17, 2019After leaving school following his junior year, Sunseri was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent two years in New Orleans but only played sparingly.He joined the Patriots in 2016 but was cut and signed to the 49ers practice squad the next week. He was promoted to the 49ers’ active roster late in the 2016 season but was released early in 2017.Sunseri joins an Alabama staff that has lost a significant number of staffers this off-season.Assistant head coach Dan Enos has gone to Miami (FL), offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is now head coach of Maryland, wide receivers coach Josh Gattis is now at Michigan, defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is now with the Browns, and offensive line coach Brent Key has gone to Purdue.