Brighton boss Potter explains donation to former club Ostersundsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter has explained his donation to former club Ostersunds.OFK announced on Tuesday that Potter, Billy Reid, Björn Hamberg and Kyle Macauley had donated money to the club. The Swedes have organised a rescue fund as they battle against major debts.Potter told the Östersunds-Posten: “We heard about the problems the club has. We talked about it as a group and the first reaction was that you get sad, a little disappointed, frustrated and angry that they have been in this situation since we left. With the Europa League and the fine group of players that existed then … It is sad to see the club in such a financial emergency.”At the same time, the club means a lot to us. Some of the memories from there will live with us for the rest of our lives. It was our home for several years and we love the city. So, despite being disappointed, we ultimately want to help them out of trouble.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
North Carolina still isn’t sure whether it’ll have the services of sophomore big man Kennedy Meeks when it takes on Wisconsin Thursday, but if the below videos are any indication, it’s certainly more of a possibility than fans originally thought last Saturday night.Meeks, who sprained his knee against Arkansas late in the second half, was seen partaking in practice Wednesday. As Bret Strelow of The Fayetteville Observer notes, he even had a little bit of “lift” on a dunk.Meeks is an important player for UNC – he averages 11.6 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per contest. Having him available against the 1-seed Badgers would be huge for the squad.
randall cobb kentucky final fourKentucky alum Randall Cobb, now a Green Bay Packer, confirmed last night that despite living in Wisconsin, he’ll be rooting for the Wildcats in Saturday night’s Final Four contest. It looks like he’s also willing to wager on UK ahead of the game. Cobb, who joined SportsCenter this morning, claims he’s tried to reach out to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers about making a bet on the game, but Rodgers has gone “dark” on him. Rodgers has been seen at numerous Wisconsin games rooting on the Badgers during the NCAA Tournament.Please excuse the video quality.Cobb still has a few hours to find Rodgers, but apparently, he also needs to find tickets. We’ll see if the two come to an agreement.
sean maguire suffers injury during peach bowlUpdate: Maguire has returned to the game, but he doesn’t look to be in great shape. His left foot is heavily taped. We’ll keep you updated.A taped up ankle isn’t enough to stop Sean Maguire! @FSU_Football fans are PUMPED. pic.twitter.com/Loz4UXVabe— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) December 31, 2015Earlier: Florida State is down to its third-string quarterback. Sean Maguire, who started today’s Peach Bowl contest against Houston, suffered what appears to be a serious leg injury near the end of the first quarter. Maguire, after throwing an incomplete pass, was hit hard by a Cougars defender and landed awkwardly. He wasn’t able to put any pressure on his left leg and needed to be carted off the field.Florida State’s second-string quarterback, Everett Golson, did not make the trip after a death in the family earlier this month.Play that took Sean Maguire out of the game: #PeachBowl #Noles https://t.co/b0M43DYOH9— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 31, 2015FSU QB Sean Maguire leaves #PeachBowl with apparent leg injury & is taken back to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/16xQdrKBfo— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2015J.J. Cosentino is now in the game for the Seminoles. Houston leads 7-3.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s jersey tour has officially reached the Hawaiian Islands. While coaching up youngsters on the game of football Sunday afternoon in Hawaii, Harbaugh felt it was the perfect opportunity to wear the color blue – in the form of Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s jersey. The camp was held at Mariota’s alma mater, Saint Louis. KHONnews’ sports director Rob Demello posted this video to Twitter of Harbaugh and his campers in action. Incredible energy at #Michigan #PacificSwarmTour in Honolulu w/ @CoachJim4UM #Wolverines pic.twitter.com/h5fsYmSPQT— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) June 26, 2016Which jersey comes next? You guess is as good as mine.
Callum Wilson’s 10th league goal of the season and Josh King’s late tap-in earned Bournemouth their first win in five Premier League matches as West Ham were beaten 2-0 at Vitality Stadium.England international Wilson announced his return to action after recovering from a hamstring injury with a stunning second-half strike and King made sure in stoppage time to give Bournemouth their reward for a tireless performance against a Hammers side in good form.The defeat was only West Ham’s third in their last 10 league games, but Manuel Pellegrini will have been disappointed to miss the opportunity to rise above mid-table. 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? Bournemouth, meanwhile, were left just 10 short of the magic 40-point mark that often ensures Premier League safety after a well-deserved victory.pic.twitter.com/YgVmQIx2Zz— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 19, 2019Jefferson Lerma was Bournemouth’s liveliest player in the early stages, firing over the crossbar from 20 yards in the opening exchanges and then getting caught offside when King’s cross almost put him clean through on goal.The Cherries had the ball in the net when Nathan Ake bundled in Ryan Fraser’s whipped cross at the far post, but the referee ruled it out for offside against Wilson, moments before Samir Nasri drilled a low shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box at the other end.Adam Smith unleashed from 20 yards shortly before the interval, but his aim was wayward and the sides went in level at the break.Lukasz Fabianski made a superb double save early in the second half, diving low to his right to parry Steve Cook’s header away from goal before he stopped Pablo Zabaleta from putting through his own net moments later.Artur Boruc made a good low block to deny Andy Carroll at point-blank range as West Ham countered and Michail Antonio curled a shot over the crossbar following good work by Nasri.But West Ham’s momentum was halted when Fraser burst down the left flank and sent the ball bouncing to the edge of the box where Wilson swung a hammer of a shot that bulged the net to the right of Fabianski, who stood rooted to the spot as it flashed past him.Noble dispossessed King as the forward danced into the box, but Bournemouth poured forwards again and Wilson saw his drilled effort come back off the post. The hosts had Boruc to thank for preserving their lead with a save from Javier Hernandez late in the game.And on the stroke of 90 minutes, Junior Stanislas broke down the right and fed David Brooks who strode into the box before squaring to King and the striker side-footed into an empty net with Fabianski stranded to make sure of the win.What does it mean? Relief for Bournemouth – and HoweA run of only one win in their previous seven Premier League games saw Bournemouth slide down the table, but taking three points against a West Ham team who beat Arsenal a week earlier will have delighted Cherries boss Eddie Howe.Ake impressive at either endWhile Wilson’s strike will grab the headlines, Ake almost opened the scoring when his first-half effort was disallowed and he was superb at the back all afternoon to frustrate Hammers forward Carroll.Nasri is no ArnautovicAside from his low shot in the first half, Nasri offered precious little in attack and was hauled off after 65 minutes having failed to provide West Ham with the creativity and guile that Marko Arnautovic normally delivers.Key Opta Facts- Bournemouth have enjoyed four Premier League wins against West Ham; against no other side have they registered more victories.- West Ham failed to score for the first time in their 13 meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions.- Wilson is only the second player to hit double figures for goals in a single Premier League season for the Cherries (10 goals), following Josh King’s haul of 16 in 2016-17.- King has scored four and assisted one in his three home Premier League appearances against West Ham.What’s next?Bournemouth have a 10-day rest period before they entertain Chelsea in the Premier League while West Ham will hope to avoid an upset when they travel to AFC Wimbledon in the fourth round of the FA Cup. read more
Jordan Henderson claims Liverpool’s Champions League triumph would have been “impossible” without Jurgen Klopp at the club.The Reds secured continental glory for a sixth time in the club’s history with a 2-0 victory over domestic rivals Tottenham at Wanda Metropolitano.Having come unstuck at the same stage 12 months ago, while also suffering Europa League and League Cup final heartache in the recent past, Liverpool have had to be patient in their pursuit of silverware. 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? A barren run is now over and a side that narrowly missed out on the Premier League title in 2018-19 are back at the top of the European game.Klopp is considered to have been integral to the progress made on Merseyside since his arrival in October 2015, with Henderson quick to hail his influence.The Reds skipper told BT Sport after getting his hands on a famous trophy: “Without this manager this is impossible.“You go through tough times in a season, but what he has done since coming in is unbelievable.“There’s such a togetherness, he has created a special dressing room – all the praise goes to the manager.”While Klopp has silenced those questioning his record in English football, Henderson also has a prize to recognise his value – which can be underestimated at times.The England international is, however, eager to point out that success is down to a collective effort – with goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helping the Reds to down Spurs.He added: “I’m so proud to be a part of this football club and to cap it with this is so special to me.“I just try to give my best every time I play football and to help my team no matter what. I’ve had tough times but I’ve kept going – just as this club has.“It’s the best moment of my life, this is what I dreamed of since I was a kid.“It’s not about me, it’s not about me being captain or lifting the trophy, it’s about this club, these players, this manager. Now we must keep going and kick on.”Before looking to chase down more honours with Liverpool next term, Henderson has the chance to get his hands on international silverware with the Three Lions at the Nations League finals – with a semi-final date with the Netherlands set to be taken in on Thursday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The 2019-20 Premier League season will be the 27th since 22 clubs broke away from the Football League to set up their own competition at the end of the 1991-92 campaign.It has proven to be a commercial success, turning into a money-making behemoth that attracts record television revenue and, in many ways, is the envy of the world.Now dominated by a familiar ‘Big Six’ – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – it has not always been that way. 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? Nevertheless, these are the clubs who have claimed the vast majority of silverware on offer since the inception of the new competition. However, among these clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham have failed to win a single league title during the Premier League era.When the division was formed, though, the landscape was very different, with Leeds United the last winners of the old First Division. They now find themselves one of 29 clubs who have tasted top-flight football in the Premier League only to be playing outside of the division now.Indeed, the 1992-93 season heralded the true rebirth of Manchester United under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, as they picked up their first title in 26 years, with the remainder of the top five comprising of Aston Villa, Norwich, Blackburn and QPR.It would be the first of 13 Premier League crowns – a record tally. Club Club Years Manchester United 13 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13 Chelsea 5 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2016-17 Manchester City 4 2011-12, 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19 Arsenal 3 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04 Blackburn Rovers 1 1994-95 Leicester City 1 2015-16 United would go on to win four of the first five Premier League titles, with their sequence interrupted by big-spending Blackburn Rovers in the 1994-95 season. Arsenal became the third different club to lift the trophy, with Arsene Wenger’s revolution leading them to success in the 1997-98 campaign, beginning a lengthy rivalry with the Red Devils as they sparred over the next seven years for supremacy.Roman Abramovich’s takeover at Chelsea in 2003 sparked a fresh era of previously unprecedented spending as the Russian poured money into the Stamford Bridge side and was rewarded with the 2004-05 title.Manchester City were the next club along to break the established order as they, too, enjoyed the benefits of a takeover, with the Etihad club picking up their first Premier League title in 2011-12.The only constant in terms of success were United until Ferguson retired after winning the title in 2013, after which they dropped away.The void has been filled with nouveau riche Chelsea and Manchester City, who have taken four of the last five titles between them, with a fairy tale success from Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester the interloper in that run.In total, only six clubs have won the Premier League title: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Blackburn and Leicester. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Who knew Joey Tribbiani and the rest of the cast of Friends were teaching people all along? As it turns out, the popular American sitcom helped Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp learn English, with the “easy conversation” from the show, based on a group of friends living in New York, helping the German learn the language. The Champions League-winning manager went on to explain that the complicated dialogue in movies was much harder to pick out, while it is easier for Germans to pick up on the words in the popular show. 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? “[It was] watching Friends, because it’s easy to understand,” he told BBC 5 Live. Klopp added: “You try to watch movies, because that’s next, because in movies they speak dialect, stuff like that, and it’s not really well pronounced. “Trash talk and all this stuff and you have to follow. “The easiest to follow for Germans in English is Friends. It’s an easy conversation. You can understand pretty much each word pretty early, so that’s why we use that.” The Reds boss struggled to work out which character he relates to, though, and was compared to Joey. Klopp did acknowledge Matt LeBlanc’s character made up for his lack of brains with his smooth-talking and memorable catchphrase, though he said he liked the female characters on the show more than the male characters. “No, no, no, no. I like the girls more than the boys, but I cannot play a girl,” he said. And while the Liverpool boss drew comparisons to LeBlanc’s Joey, he says he thinks he’s a bit smarter but doesn’t have quite the way with women that the character was famous for. “Joey? Yeah… Unfortunately, I’m a bit smarter than the Joey role but my talk with the girls was never as good as his. “‘How you doing?’ It was obviously not that easy in my life!” Liverpool open their Premier League campaign on Friday against Norwich City as the club look to go one better than last season, when they came up just one point short of Pep Guardiola and his title winning Manchester City side. Following their league debut the club will face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final on August 14. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Adapting to life as the holding midfielder in an ultra-attacking Manchester City side is no easy task, according to the club’s record signing Rodri.A £62.8 million (€70m) close-season recruit from Atletico Madrid, Rodri has stepped in for Fernandinho over the opening weeks of the season, the Brazil international having returned late to club duty following his Copa America commitments.Rodri turned in assured performances at the base of the midfield in the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool and 5-0 opening-day win against West Ham in the Premier League. 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? Ilkay Gundogan provided support in central areas as playmakers Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva set about Tottenham in Saturday’s 2-2 draw, where City were forced to settle for a share of the spoils despite having 30 attempts at goal.”I feel better every day,” Rodri told his club’s official website.”It’s good for me to play minutes [because] it is not easy to get into a team with the dynamic City have – overwhelming, always wanting to attack.”I’m trying to settle well, I know I still have a lot to learn, but I’m happy because Pep Guardiola is showing me a lot of confidence.”I want to help the team with my style, but at this current point I need to identify what the team demands.”Gabriel Jesus had what he thought was an injury-time winner ruled out at the weekend when a VAR review penalised Aymeric Laporte for handball in the build-up to the goal.Rodri was involved in an earlier controversy when the video official decided not to advise referee Michael Oliver to award a penalty after Spurs winger Erik Lamela appeared to pull the Spain international to the ground.”It is a little bit difficult to get used to it,” the 23-year-old said of VAR. “Sometimes you don’t know why some actions are checked and others aren’t, but I think that the officials try to do their job the best they can.”We can only analyse what we control, we can’t control the things that are not in our hands.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.