About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid goalkeeper Casilla on his way to Leedsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is on his way to Leeds United.Marca says Casilla is set to join Leeds and has already travelled to England, being photographed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport.This means that Luca Zidane will become the third-choice for Santiago Solari.There had been talk about recalling Andriy Lunin from his loan at Leganes, but he is now set to stay there for the remainder of the campaign.
Southend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new bossby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Celtic and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson will not be the new manager of League One strugglers Southend United.The 48 year old had been in talks with the Shrimpers to take charge with former Celtic team-mates Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson as assistants.But Johnson, who would have been head of recruitment, has accepted an alternative offer and discussions with all three have ended.Chairman Ron Martin said all three were set to sign contracts at Roots Hall on Wednesday before Johnson pulled out. TagsFootball League OneAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
A ring isn’t the only thing Urban Meyer will be getting as a result of Ohio State’s national championship. The Buckeyes’ coach will also be getting a tattoo. Prior to his team’s game against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Meyer promised his players he would get inked up if they beat the Ducks. They did, 42-20, so the 50-year-old will be visiting a tattoo parlor at some point in the near future. Friday evening, Meyer made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. He talked about the tattoo he’ll be getting at about the 1:05 mark. While a Block O on top of his head seems like an interesting idea, odds are Meyer will probably opt to get something on his chest or back like Rick Pitino.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)“There’s No Place Like Nebraska” is a Huskers’ fight song and somewhat of a mantra for the Lincoln, Neb.-based college football program. When it comes to the academic success of its players, the mantra is true. No program has produced more Academic All-Americans than the Huskers. With school’s APR scores set to come out today, Nebraska coach Mike Riley felt it was appropriate to boast about his team’s success off the field. Is being an Academic All-American important to you? Look no further than Nebraska! #Huskers pic.twitter.com/G0W1dB7zzD— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) May 27, 2015It’s always nice to see program’s putting an emphasis on the student part of being a student-athlete.
Sunday’s Community Shield saw something that did not happen in the entirety of last year’s Premier League season.When Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus dribbled past Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk at Wembley Stadium, it was the first time the Netherlands international had been beaten on the dribble since Mikel Marino of Newcastle did so in March 2018, a run of 65 games.The 28-year-old’s run of not being beaten by opposition attackers became infamous by the end of last season, with forwards around the continent hoping they would bring an end to Van Dijk’s record. 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? Van Dijk was in imperious form last season as the Reds finished second in the Premier League and won the Champions League, taking home the PFA Player of The Year award for his performances in 2018-19.65 – During the Community Shield final, Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for @LFC since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018. Human. #CommunityShield pic.twitter.com/24B6WFcKUw — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 4, 2019 But the former Celtic was involved at the other end of the pitch in Sunday’s curtain-raiser for the English season.His assist to Joel Matip led to the equalising goal for the Merseyside club, cancelling out Raheem Sterling’s early opener for the Premier League champions.Sterling’s goal was his first against his former club in 11 opportunities since swapping Anfield for the Etihad in 2015, and was his sixth goal in his last four appearances at the home of English football for club and country.The game was finally settled by a penalty shoot-out, with City triumphing 5-4. Georginio Wijnaldum was the only player on either side not to convert his spot-kick.City became the first club to win back-to-back Community Shields since Arsenal did so in 2014 and 2015, while claiming their sixth victory overall.The Citizens have not lost in their last eight trips to Wembley in all competitions, a run that has seen them lift two consecutive Carabao Cups and last season’s FA Cup, completing an unprecedented clean sweep of the major English competitions.The last time they lost at Wembley was the FA Cup semi-final in 2017, to Arsenal.It was also the third straight unbeaten match for City against the Reds. Last season’s Premier League title was decided in their favour by just one point, with perhaps their most crucial victory coming 2-1 over Liverpool in January.The other game between the sides last season was a cagey 0-0 draw.Liverpool have now ended up as the beaten side in the Community Shield on seven occasions, only Manchester United and Chelsea have been defeated in the game more times, each with nine. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea kicked off their pre-season preparations in Ireland this summer before jetting off to Asia for a number of dates in Japan.The Blues spent pre-season in Australia last summer and will now head to the other side of the world once again, with a flagship exhibition match against the Spanish champions the focal point of their tour.Frank Lampard has been appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s successor and will hope to hit the ground running on his return to the club. 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? Here is your complete guide to Chelsea’s 2019-20 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about their summer preparations.Chelsea pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 10 Bohemians 1-1 Chelsea 7:45pm / 2:45pm Dalymount Park, Dublin Jul 13 St Patrick’s Athletic 0-4 Chelsea 2pm / 9am Richmond Park, Dublin Jul 19 Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 Chelsea 11am / 6am Nissan Stadium, Yokohama Jul 23 Barcelona 1-2 Chelsea 10am / 5am Saitama Stadium, Saitima Jul 28 Reading 3-4 Chelsea 3pm / 10am Madejski Stadium, Reading Jul 31 Red Bull Salzburg 3-5 Chelsea 2pm / 9am Red Bull Arena, Salzburg Aug 3 Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Chelsea 4pm / 11am Borussia Park, Monchengladbach Chelsea’s pre-season campaign began in earnest on July 10 when they faced League of Ireland side Bohemians in Dublin.They remained in Dublin for their second warm-up friendly, which took place three days later against St Patrick’s Athletic.After that, they headed to Japan, where they faced off against Kawasaki Frontale.The Blues remained in Japan to lock horns with Lionel Messi and Co. when they played Barcelona four days later.A return to Europe followed at the end of the month with games against Reading at the Madejski Stadium and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, before they finalise preparations against Borussia Monchengladbach.Chelsea 2019-20 transfer activity Chelsea players have had to deal with losing talisman Eden Hazard, who left for Real Madrid in early June . The Belgium international had previously hinted that the move was all set save for final negotiations, admitting that a return to the Champions League was not enough to convince him to stay in West London – and departed for a fee of €100 million (£88m/$112m).Defender Gary Cahill also confirmed he would be leaving the club this summer on a free transfer, and was given a farewell in his last home game of the season against Leicester.The Blues are severely restricted by sanctions that have been imposed on them by FIFA, but they did manage to complete the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid after the midfielder spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date MF Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid £40.5m July 1 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date CB Gary Cahill Released n/a Jun 30 MF Eden Hazard Real Madrid €100M Jul 1 MF Kylian Hazard Cercle Brugge Undisc. Jul 1 MF Ola Aina Torino £9m Jul 1 GK Eduardo Released n/a Jul 1 GK Rob Green Released n/a Jul 1 FW Alvaro Morata Atletico Madrid Loan Jul 1 FW Victor Moses Fenerbahce Loan Jul 1 GK Nathan Baxter Ross County Loan Jul 1 DF Jay Dasilva Bristol City £2m Jul 1 MF Victorien Angbang Metz £5.5m Jul 1 DF Tomas Kalas Bristol City £8m Jul 1 GK Marcin Bulka PSG Free Jul 6 DF Daishawn Redan Hertha Berlin £2.2m Jul 18 MF Ethan Ampadu RB Leipzig Loan Jul 22 DF Jake Clarke-Salter Birmingham City Loan Jul 24 DF Matt Miazga Reading Loan Jul 24 MF Lewis Baker Fortuna Dusseldorf Loan Jul 24 MF Josimar Quintero Espanyol Free Jul 26 DF Todd Kane QPR Free Jul 27 MF Kyle Scott Newcastle United Free Jul 29 Chelsea 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Chelsea have been handed a tough start to the Premier League season with an away clash against Manchester United on August 11 getting things under way.The Blues follow that with a home game against Leicester City.Despite the tough start, games against recently promoted Norwich City and Sheffield United follow, with Wolves completing the first five gameweeks.Click here to see the full fixture list. Chelsea 2019-20 squad numbers No. Pos Player 1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 2 DF Antonio Rudiger 3 DF Marcos Alonso 4 DF Andreas Christensen 5 MF Jorginho 7 MF N’Golo Kante 8 MF Ross Barkley 9 FW Tammy Abraham 10 FW Willian 11 FW Pedro 12 MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek 14 MF Tiemoue Bakayoko 13 GK Willy Caballero 15 DF Kurt Zouma 16 FW Kenedy 17 MF Mateo Kovacic 18 FW Olivier Giroud 19 MF Mason Mount 20 FW Callum Hudson-Odoi 21 DF Davide Zappacosta 22 FW Christian Pulisic 23 FW Michy Batshuayi 24 DF Reece James 28 DF Cesar Azpilicueta 29 DF Fikayo Tomori 31 GK Jamie Cumming 33 DF Emerson Palmieri / MF Marco van Ginkel
Today feels like a day that could be filled with major college football upsets. There aren’t a ton of exciting, top 25 matchups on today’s schedule. Usually, the days you think won’t end up being that crazy end up being just that.College football analyst Lou Holtz is calling for a major upset.Later today, No. 6 LSU is set to host Louisiana Tech. The Tigers are a big favorite. One college football analyst is picking the upset, though.Holtz, whose son, Skip Holtz, coaches La. Tech, is predicting the upset. He has a good reason, of course.“Picking @LATechFB to beat @LSUfootball Saturday in Baton Rouge. Not an upset. Upset is what my wife would be if I picked against her son. Last 2 years they lost to S. Carolina and Arkansas on the road by just 1 point on the last play of the game. They will not be intimidated,” he wrote.Picking @LATechFB to beat @LSUfootball Saturday in Baton Rouge. Not an upset. Upset is what my wife would be if I picked against her son. Last 2 years they lost to S. Carolina and Arkansas on the road by just 1 point on the last play of the game. They will not be intimidated.— Lou Holtz (@CoachLouHoltz88) September 18, 2018LSU and Louisiana Tech are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. today.The game will be on ESPNU.
LAWRENCE, KS – OCTOBER 11: Fans hold a University of Kansas school flag during the playing of the nation anthem prior to a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Les Miles has a long way to go to build up the program at Kansas, but he has already made a noteworthy hire to his offensive staff, bringing in Chip Lindsey from Auburn as his offensive coordinator.Miles and Kansas announced the move this morning. Lindsey comes to KU after two seasons at Auburn.“It is a great day when you can add a coach like Chip Lindsey to your staff,” said Miles in a press release. “He has a proven track record of putting exciting, electric offenses on the field and he also has built a strong reputation of developing his players. With the returning players we have on offense and the pieces that we are putting together now in recruiting, we have the potential to be much improved.”.@CoachLesMiles has hired Chip Lindsey as the #KUfball offensive coordinator.Welcome to the Jayhawk family, Coach Lindsey!MORE INFO ➡️ https://t.co/F4qEEOc3AL pic.twitter.com/3jY2VvaUvM— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) December 4, 2018A highly successful high school head coach in Alabama and Georgia, Lindsey spent one season on staff at Troy in 2010 before returning to the high school ranks.He then joined Auburn’s staff as an offensive analyst in 2013 before getting his first OC job at Southern Miss in 2014.After two seasons at USM, Lindsey spent a year at Arizona State before heading back to Auburn.At Southern Miss, Lindsey worked with current NFL quarterback Nick Mullens and he tutored projected NFL draft pick Jarrett Stidham the last two years at AU.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football landed a major graduate transfer commitment on Saturday night when former Cal wide receiver Kanawai Noa announced he’ll be finishing his career with the Cornhuskers.Noa, a native of Honolulu, was a standout for Cal the last two years. He hauled in 96 passes for 1,267 yards and six touchdowns in three-plus seasons for the Bears.Noa earned a redshirt in 2016 when he was limited to three games by injuries. His best output came in 2017, when he grabbed 56 passes for 788 yards and four touchdowns.Injuries cost Noa nearly two months of the 2018 season, but he returned to make a pair of catches for 43 yards in a loss to TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl. Nebraska finished 4-8 in its first year under head coach Scott Frost. However, the program has high expectations for 2019.The Huskers will open up their 2019 season at home against South Alabama on August 31.Kickoff time is TBD.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top linebackers in the 2020 recruiting class announced his commitment on Thursday evening.Kilal Mullings, a four-star linebacker out of Boston, Massachusetts, has no plans to stay close to home for his collegiate football career.The elite running back prospect is heading to the Midwest instead.Mullings committed to Michigan over Stanford, Northwestern and Wisconsin – among others. The four-star linebacker announced his commitment on Twitter.Committed…..GO BLUE!!!〽️ pic.twitter.com/cqTkWXGPPC— Kalel Mullings (@kalelmullings) June 27, 2019The 6-foot-1 linebacker is ranked the No. 9 outside linebacker in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the No. 1 recruit from the state of Massachusetts and the No. 148 player in the country.Mullings adds to a loaded class for Jim Harbaugh and company. The Wolverines now own the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation and the No. 1 class in the Big Ten.The new linebacker commit is the No. 3 player in Michigan’s class, just behind wide receiver A.J. Henning and defensive end Braiden McGregor.