About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl happy to be back at St Mary’sby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is looking forward to being back at St Mary’s tomorrow against West Ham.Saints host West Ham under the lights on Thursday night, as they look to make it three Premier League wins in a row.”It was a pleasure for me to come into this stadium and for us to play in front of our supporters,” he said.”I hope we will give them another special moment in this season, against West Ham, and then against Man City.”I think it’s fantastic now that we are three points above the relegation zone. You never thought that could be happening two weeks ago, so we are very proud now, but we know this is only the start of a long journey until the summer, and there is still hard work to do.”
Benfica to ask Mourinho the question…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is being linked with a return to Portugal.Record says Benfica have identified Mourinho as their next manager following the sacking of Rui Vitoria.The Primeira Liga giants parted ways with the 48-year-old on Thursday, ending his three-and-a-half year spell at the club.Mourinho was sacked as United manager in December and it was reported then that Benfica had been keeping tabs on him.The 55-year-old began his managerial career at the club and led the side to six wins from 11 games. He only lasted three months at Benfica after a breakdown in contract discussions with a newly elected club president. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: Zidane quit over Florentino snubby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says Zinedine Zidane quit as coach over a disagreement regarding who was in control of transfers.Calderon says the Frenchman walked because he wanted Gareth Bale sold instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, but president Florentino Perez had other ideas. “Zidane made it very clear when he decided to leave the club,”he told Bleacher Report. “He insisted on keeping Cristiano and transferring Bale, and the president did completely the opposite.”Zidane also wanted to sign some players and transfer others — apart from Bale — but he didn’t get [his wishes], so he decided to leave. And he was right.”Calderon added that: “The point with Cristiano was not only that he scored 50 goals per season but also that he was a leader. He could help team-mates. He was always encouraging them to play better, to train more.”For me, that is the main problem — not only the loss of his goals but Cristiano’s behaviour, his attitude.”
Rodrygo Goes thrilled with Real Madrid goalscoring debut: I’m not Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRodrygo Goes was delighted with a goalscoring debut for Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat of Osasuna.The striker came on for Vinicius Junior after 71 minutes and as soon as he stepped on to the Santiago Bernabéu pitch he scored Real Madrid’s second goal, sealing the third consecutive win for Zinedine Zidane’s side in the league.At the end of the match, Rodrygo spoke to the media: “I’ve always had a bit of luck on debuts and I’m happy about that. Today I’m very happy to get on and to score and be able to help the team. I’d like to thank my family and teammates, who talk to me every day, give me a lot of confidence. I’ve already said that whenever I score in the Real Madrid jersey its emotional.”I don’t want any comparisons with Ronaldo [Nazário] being made because he’s one of the game’s all-time best and one of my country’s best. As for the goal… I controlled it well and knew that from there on in things would work out. I have to always show that I’m capable of playing here.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
247Sports.comRecruiting rankings are far from perfect, but they can give a decent glance at how a team performs on the trail. While it is impossible to accurately gauge every recruit, the teams with the highest rankings tend to win the most games. Fans also love to see their teams beating out rivals for blue chip recruits, making college sports a year-round event.While we’re still firmly in the 2017 football recruiting cycle, teams are well into building their 2018 classes as well. Today, 247Sports updated its rankings for that class, upgrading five recruits to five stars, and nine to four-star status.The only committed new five-star is Auburn quarterback commit Joey Gatewood. He is joined by safety Jaiden Woodbey, offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, running back Jaelen Gill, and athlete Xavier Williams. In addition, three committed players have been bumped to four stars. Penn State offensive tackle commit Chris Bleich is now the No. 263 recruit in the country. Alontae Taylor, a Tennessee commit, is now the No. 28 athlete in the 2018 class. Miami commit Jalen Patterson is the No. 6 all-purpose back in 2018, with the new rankings.Those three are joined by cornerback Ken Montgomery, linebacker Jacquez Jones, quarterback Tanner Mordecai, running back Devon Lawrence, athlete Quindarious Hale, and cornerback Tre Douglas.After the new rankings, Florida State leads the pack in 2018 recruiting rankings. ‘Noles rival Miami is on their tale at No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, and USC. A number of top programs are waiting in the wings behind those top five. Consistent recruiting champion Alabama currently sits at No. 10, while LSU and Ohio State also make the list. Here are the full 2018 recruiting rankings, via 247Sports.We have a long time before National Signing Day in February 2018, but it is never too early to get worked up about college football recruiting.[247Sports]
Ann Arbor Ruth’s Chris hosted Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh for his discounted steak dinner tonight.The restaurant ran a “Score Big” promotion for this weekend’s Michigan-Rutgers game, offering a discount on dinner equal to the amount of points that the Wolverines won by, starting at 20. Michigan won 78-0.Luckily for the restaurant, the deal was capped at 50-percent, but its still a pretty great deal. Head coach Jim Harbaugh made sure to take advantage, as he said he would, tonight. The man loves his steak. It is an essential vitamin, after all.Harbaugh, his wife Sarah, and Buzz Goebel, the general manager of the Ann Arbor Ruth’s Chris, snapped a photo from the meal.Ruth’s Chris & Buzz Goebel!Sarah, me & Ann Arbor thank U for being such good sports! Plus the Steaks are A++, Mercy! pic.twitter.com/7CiB8ZMuXy— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) October 12, 2016Also of note: Harbaugh’s drink of choice. Of course, it had to be milk. Harbaugh is now a milk spokesman, starring in a commercial a few weeks ago.We’re not sure if Ruth’s Chris will try out this promotion any more this year, or if they can afford to. The restaurant certainly got a ton of publicity after Michigan’s 78-0 drubbing of the Scarlet Knights, but the Wolverines are winning by an average of 39.7 points per game this season. That’s a lot of free food.This Saturday, Michigan football is on bye, so Jim Harbaugh’s club will not be costing the Ann Arbor Ruth’s Chris anything next weekend.
ABC. According to ESPN, Texas has its man. The Longhorns, according to Heather Dinich, will hire Tom Herman as their next head football coach.The Texas Longhorns have their next head coach. Tom Herman, who has coached Houston for the past two seasons, will be leaving for Austin and the Big 12. Herman, who coached the Cougars to a 22-4 record the last two years, will be announced later on Saturday. ESPN’s Heather Dinich was the first to report the news.Herman’s hiring comes just hours after the school made it official that it had fired head coach Charlie Strong. Strong finished his three years in Austin with a 16-21 record.I have confirmed, per a source close to the situation, that Texas will hire Houston coach Tom Herman. Release expected later today.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) November 26, 2016Texas will hire Tom Herman & announcement expected today @CFBHeather reports— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 26, 2016Herman coached the Cougars to a 13-1 record in his first year – which was capped off with an impressive Peach Bowl win over Florida State. This year, he led his team to a 9-3 mark.There’s no word on a potential replacement for Herman in Houston. Longhorns fans, however, have to be feeling pretty good right now.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball under pressure from Jordan Sherit #17 of the Florida Gators in the third quarter of a game at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The battle for conference supremacy in college football isn’t just fought on the field. It is fought on the internet, on talk radio and in print, anywhere where media and fans can debate which league is best.For years, the consensus is that the SEC rules the roost. But recently, other conferences have been trying to stake their claim as top dog, including the ACC and Big Ten.Noted college football expert Phil Steele addressed his pick for the best conference during a radio appearance on 93.7 TheTicketFM in Lincoln, Neb. Steele said the Big Ten was best in 2017, but how about this year?He has the Big Ten and SEC in a dead heat.Via 247Sports:“I think talent-wise there’s not much of a difference,” Steele said during Monday’s appearance on 93.7 FM. “You look at Alabama and Georgia last year. Georgia, this year for example, they only have three returning starters on defense. They go from No. 13 in my experience chart to No. 80, so there are some flaws there. The big boys of the Big Ten can hang there. And here’s something — I think in the last 11 years, the SEC has been No. 1 nine times,. But my No. 1 toughest conference in college football last year was the Big Ten.“I know they didn’t make the playoffs, but when you look at the overall depth of the conference and the outstanding bowl record, the amount of potential Top 10 potential teams … the Big Ten was the toughest conference. And this year, I have them tied with the SEC for No. 1 coming into the season.”Expect this debate to extend throughout the preseason into the regular season. The Big Ten was 7-1 in bowl games last year, while the SEC was just 5-6, but the SEC had both the national champion and national runner-up.The SEC has the best coach in the country in Alabama’s Nick Saban, as well as Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Florida’s Dan Mullen and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. But is that stronger than the Big Ten’s contingent of Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), James Franklin (Penn State), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Scott Frost (Nebraska) and Paul Chryst (Wisconsin)? We’ll have to see.Debates like these are part of what makes college football such an awesome sport year-in and year-out.
Ohio State is struggling against Nebraska at home on Saturday – just two weeks after getting blown out by Purdue on the road. Cris Carter thinks one aspect of the team’s game needs some work.The Buckeyes have rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries on Saturday – and they’ve scored two touchdowns on the ground. But former Ohio State wideout Cris Carter still doesn’t think the team can run the ball effectively.Two weeks back, against Purdue, the Buckeyes rushed for just 76 yards on 25 carries.Carter wants to see more out of J.K. Dobbins, Mike Weber and Parris Campbell.I’m a big fan of J.K. Dobbins. He’s not used enough.— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) November 3, 2018I’m so freaking frustrated with him, Weber and let’s not forget Paris Campbell. We still can’t run the rock. https://t.co/5bnlk0wO2E— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) November 3, 2018Ohio State does have the lead at the moment – 23-21. But the Buckeyes haven’t looked dominant just yet. Nebraska, at 2-6, is giving Ohio State a real run for its money.One thing is for sure – if Ohio State wants to beat Michigan in its final game of the season, the running game will need to improve. That one is going to be a slugfest.