Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Klopp wants Dembele at Liverpool Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:35 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Aitor Alcalde Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Klopp wants Dembele at LiverpoolJurgen Klopp wants Ousmane Dembele to join Liverpool on loan next season, according to Mundo Deportivo .Klopp believes Dembele has the speed and skill to function well in his attack, but faces an uphill road to land him as Liverpool prefer to spend their transfer budget elsewhere.The attacker also is not interested in a temporary move, but Klopp is hoping for the opportunity to get a personal meeting with him to change his mind. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Mou not going to blow budget on BaleManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not prepared to spend £200 million in capturing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, the Sun reports.Vice chairman Ed Woodward is keen for the Red Devils to move for the hero of the recent Champions League final but the Portuguese does not want the money to come from his transfer kitty.There are players he is more interested in that Bale, including Fred and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Stoke demand £30 million for ButlandRelegated Stoke City are demanding £30 million for England internationak Jack Butland, reports the Sun .Butland would like to remain in the Premier League to keep his England place, but has to deal with Stoke having to pay 20 per cent of the fee to Birmingham as part of a sell-on clause.That means Stoke are want a fee comparable to one one Jordan Pickford fetched last summer, but may have trouble getting that in this market.Everton to revive interest in Van AanholtEverton may revive interest in defender Patrick van Aanholt despite the departure of his former manager Sam Allardyce, reports the Daily Mail .Though Allardyce is gone, the club’s director of football, Marcel Brands, is a fan of Van Aanholt’s ability to get forward.Everton also are considering Danny Rose and Luke Shaw, but neither option appears likely to land with the Toffees.Arsenal want BalotelliArsenal could make a move for Mario Balotelli, according to La Gazetta dello Sport .The Italy international will be a free agent at the end of June, when his contract at Nice expires, and has been linked with a move back to his homeland.However, the Gunners are hopeful they might be able to talk the striker in a switch to the Emirates Stadium.Borussia Dortmund and Marseille are also interested in him.Chelsea enter Lewandowski chaseChelsea are set to enter the £80 million ($106m) race to land Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, reports the Daily Express . The Poland star’s agent, Pini Zahavi, admitted that he is ready to leave the Bundesliga champions , and the west London outfit are ready to pounce.Owner Roman Abramovich and Zahavi have a good relationship, and despite the coaching change expected at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League side believe they can beat out PSG, Manchester United and a host of others for the 29-year-old. Bayern, Spurs and Atletico Madrid chase ThauvinMarseille attacker Florian Thuavin is the subject of interest from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer, including Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid, Sport.fr reports.After a prolific season with OM, the former Newcastle man has caught the eye of scouts but does not have leaving Stade Velodrome in his head. Indeed, he could even extend his contract.Tuchel wants Dembele at PSGBarcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is wanted at Paris Saint-Germain by new boss Thomas Tuchel, according to Mundo Deportivo .The forward, who signed for Barca last summer, played under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund and is still wanted by the Spanish side, who view him as a massive talent. But, with Antoine Griezmann set to move to Camp Nou this summer, offloading Dembele may be the best financial option for the Catalans, with the Ligue 1 champions able to pay a massive fee to land the 21-year-old. Liverpool and Madrid to battle for CourtoisChelsea are ready to let Thibaut Courtois leave the club this summer, with Liverpool and Real Madrid lined up as the two potential landing spots, reports Gianluca Di Marzio .Liverpool are looking for a replacement for Loris Karius after his horror show in the Champions League final, while Madrid have been looking for a replacement for Keylor Navas for some time.And Courtois, who is yet to agree a contract extension at Stamford Bridge, has emerged as a target for both clubs.Arsenal closing in on PSG youngsterAresenal are closing in on Paris Saint-Germain teenager Yacine Adli, L’Equipe claims. The 17-year-old midfielder has caught the eye of several big clubs, including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but the sporting project at Arsenal and the chance at playing time early on have convinced the youngster to move to London. Mourinho spotted scouting ArnautovicManchester United boss Jose Mourinho was on hand to watch Marko Arnautovic and Austria take on Russia in an international friendly.The West Ham striker has been linked with a move to Manchester as depth for Romelu Lukaku, and Mourinho watched on as he laid on an assist for Austria’s winning goal. Get the full story here! Zaha to be offered new contractCrystal Palace are set to offer Wilfried Zaha a new deal to fight off interest in their star man, The Guardian claims. Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all monitoring the forward, who scored nine goals this season in 29 appearances. Because of that Palace are set to offer a bumper deal despite having signed the 25-year-old to a five-year contract last summer. Simeone wants Aguero back at AtleticoWith Antoine Griezmann set to join Barcelona this summer, Diego Simeone has decided on Sergio Aguero as the ideal replacement, according to Don Balon .The former Atleti striker is tired of his lack of prominence in the Manchester City side under Pep Guardiola, but Simeone could face competition from Real Madrid. Angel di Maria is considered another option should the Spanish side fail to land Aguero. Pjanic to replace Modric at MadridLuka Modric is considering leaving Real Madrid this summer and Florentino Perez is moving to line up Miralem Pjanic as his replacement, reports Don Balon . The report claims that Modric could be used is a player-plus-cash deal to land Pjanic, with Juventus asking for €80 million (£70m/$93m) for their midfield ace. Liverpool make £53m Fekir bidLiverpool have made a €60 million (£53m/$70m) offer for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, Le Parisien reports. However, the report states that the offer does not meet Lyon’s expectations, and though Fekir would like his future decided ahead of the World Cup, he may be forced to wait until a better offer arrives. Hart rejects Sporting offerJoe Hart has rejected the chance to revive his career with Portuguese club Sporting, according to the Daily Mail . The Manchester City goalkeeper is determined to stay in the Premier League and fight for a starting spot next season.Arnautovic not for sale this summerWest Ham are not willing to let club-record signing Marko Arnautovic leave this summer despite interest from Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, the Evening Standard reports.The London club consider the Austrian off limits to any team after he scored 11 times in the Premier League last season. Fredericks to join West Ham on a freeFulham full-back Ryan Fredericks is set to sign with West Ham on a free transfer despite the Cottagers earning promotion, the Daily Mail reports.The 25-year-old could be Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing as he looks to land several new players early in the transfer window. Roma moving for Alex MeretRoma have made contact with Udinese goalkeeper Alex Meret, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .The 21-year-old would be the club’s backup option, with Łukasz Skorupski set to leave the club this summer. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TFA have released the Annual Report for the period June 2004-June 2005 and are currently mailing it out to all affiliates.The report was presented and accepted by the members of Touch Football Australia (TFA) at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held in Canberra on 11 February.TFA wishes to acknowledge the Luland family who kindly agreed to allow a photograph of their son Kieran to be the front cover feature. Kieran was recently killed in a tragic car accident and our thoughts are with his family.TFA also acknowledges Michael Broadbent and the Sporting Images photography team, who kindly allow their images of Touch events to be used in publications such as this annual report. To purchase any of their images visit www.sportingimages.com.au2004-2005 ANNUAL REPORT
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Touch Football Australia, CEO Colm Maguire together with NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith unveiled the new ‘NRL Touch Football’ branding at the opening of the TFA National Touch League (NTL) Championships in Coffs Harbour today.It was also announced that Dave Smith and NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg have accepted an invitation to join the TFA Board of Management as part of the strategic alliance launched in August last year. The new NRL Touch Football brand was displayed on the NTL Championship field and features the logos of both sports. The brand will be used to back the combined recruitment strategies through playnrl.com which also includes a Touch Football section and will feature in a targeted television commercial to be launched later this year. The NRL TFA strategic alliance was launched in August 2013 and according to Maguire “represents the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport,” with these latest developments signalling the progress made on a number of levels. “The very welcome appointments of David Smith, CEO of the NRL and Todd Greenberg, the Head of Football to the Touch Football Australia Board is as significant, as it is momentous for our sport of Touch Football and future direction,” Mr Maguire said.“It marks not only a significant milestone for the sport but also a great opportunity to forge more formal governance links between both bodies; providing for the NRL a deeper understanding of our sport, our people and the way we conduct our business and our overall approach, more generally – and vice-versa.“We always considered this to be a very important step in terms of our future direction and building a stronger partnership in a phased approach, among other initiatives. “One such consideration is the development and unveiling of the NRL Touch Football brand which will now also provide for existing and future participants of our sport a more visual demonstration and clearer signal of the product and the partnership in action.“This is just one part of our phased announcements with other strategies and initiatives around joint participation, advertising and promotions and online activities ongoing.” Mr Smith said he was delighted to be able to support the best touch players in the country at their national championship and that growing the game’s recreational base was one of the NRL’s key strategic objectives. “It is fantastic to be in Coffs Harbour today to see the incredible skill and fitness of Australia’s best touch football players,” Mr Smith said. “The NTL is TFA’s premier event and features many former NRL stars and some current Jillaroo players. It not only demonstrates the historic links between our sports, but also our new partnership in action.“We’re very supportive of Colm and the TFA and our strategic alliance provides both sports with unique opportunities to work together, leverage opportunities and grow our participation numbers as look create Australia’s largest sporting community.”Related LinksNRL-TFA Announcement
In the lead-up to the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup, we catch up with Marco Wong from Hong Kong as they embark on their first World Cup campaign.How big is Touch in Hong Kong?Touch is a rapidly growing sport and has over 3,000 players participating in Hong Kong including at the school and open levels. Tournaments and regular leagues are played throughout the year. The highlight of our event calendar is the Hong Kong International Touch Championship which will be held for the 10th year in 2015. This event is an invitational event for the best teams in Hong Kong as well as overseas teams from China, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Korea and for the first time next year a team from Fiji.How are your preparations going for the 2015 TWC?The team’s preparations are going extremely well in the lead up to the 2015 TWC. The core of the team has been selected and recently participated in a tournament in Shanghai where they were runner-ups at the event. They are also looking forward to the first international game to be held in Hong Kong on December 20th against China where the team has the opportunity to test its skill against the Chinese national team. This should serve as a good milestone in the team’s preparations and build-up.Who is a player from Hong Kong that is one to watch out for at the 2015 TWC?One of players who goes by the nickname, “Watermelon”, is definitely one of the players to watch. He has been a core member of the team for a number of years and is looking to forward to displaying his speed and deft skills at TWC 2015.Hong Kong are currently sending one team (Mixed Open) to the 2015 TWC, what are your goals for the event?We are looking forward to testing our skills against the best teams in the world and gauging the team’s development over the past few years. We also look forward to making new friends and hopefully convincing people to visit us in Hong Kong.What are you most looking forward to for your trip to Australia?We are looking forward to playing high quality games of touch and enjoying the beautiful Australian weather!If you want to keep in touch with Hong Kong in the lead-up to the 2015 TWC, visit the following:WebsiteFacebookRelated LinksHong Kong: 2015 TWC
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Italy coach Roberto Mancini: I want to win Doubleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini says he’s in the job to win trophies.The former Inter Milan boss took over from Giampiero Ventura after failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the first time the Azzurri have missed out since the 1950s.“Ever since I took over the job, my objective has been to do the Double,” Mancini told the official FIGC website.“I dream of winning the European Championship and World Cup consecutively.”He also stated: “It was a great honour to make my debut with the Nazionale. Leading Italy means representing an entire nation and there is a great sense of responsibility.“In football you can win or lose, but being part of this world is the most wonderful thing.”
Carvalhal: I can win Premier League; I fancy LaLiga postby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal admits he dreams of returning to the Premier League.The Portuguese says his ambition is to win the Premier League title.He told Marca: “I accepted the challenge knowing that we were in the Second, we beat Arsenal and Liverpool, we had 11 games without losing … but it was a squad with many limitations and, although I did not manage to stay, we gave it a shake.”Coaching in the LaLiga I think it’s something that one day will happen because of the linguistic, cultural, football proximity … I like to see Betis and Barça play … I think I could build a team that will play good football in Spain.”Carvalhal added: “My dream is to win the Premier League one day, they’ll think I’m crazy, but I had the same dream when I was training in the Third and that was far from England.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man City boss Guardiola plans to start Aguero against Dinamo Zagrebby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero will start over Gabriel Jesus in Tuesday’s clash with Dinamo Zagreb.Jesus made it six goals in his last six starts in the 3-1 win over Everton.Manager Pep Guardiola said: “I try to let them both play. I know the guy who does not play is not happy, but that’s what it is.”I think they are real friends – they respect each other. That’s good. It’s important Gabriel goes and scores goals, and Sergio creates chances and scores goals. That is what we want.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles signals to his team against the Oregon Ducks in the first quarter of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)When it comes to top quarterbacks, the NFL Combine can often be a bit underwhelming, as top players will often pass on the opportunity to throw at the event. According to reports, this year may be different. Earlier, Chris Mortensen reported that Marcus Mariota will throw at this week’s combine. Now, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Florida State’s Jameis Winston intends to do the same.#FloridaSt QB Jameis Winston is planning to throw at the Combine, source said. Amping things up a bit.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 18, 2015.@RapSheet now reporting Winston will throw at combine. Mariota, Winston, Petty, Mannion, Hundley all will throw. Maybe tide is turning.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 18, 2015Winston is thought to be the favorite to be the first player drafted, but there are questions surrounding his off-the-field issues, as well as his interception-prone 2014 season. A good day at the combine can really tip the scales in his favor.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The coolest version of Script Ohio is the one you’re about to see. Mike Hudoba, a Ph.D. candidate in Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, created a Script Ohio using DNA. Hudoba recently traveled to Germany to present a paper on DNA origami, and upon his return to Columbus, he created a Script Ohio in his lab. Hudoba used 8,064 DNA bases that were split into seven parts. Hudoba tweeted an image of the Script Ohio this morning. Script Ohio made out of DNA, officially recognize by Guinness World Records pic.twitter.com/3jr7JhlRu4— Mike Hudoba (@MHudoba) March 15, 2015The Columbus Dispatch has more on the incredible work: When Hudoba scrolled through the first photographs, he was disappointed to see that none of the DNA had bonded the way he’d wanted. But when Castro scrolled through the same photos, he realized what Hudoba had missed: A DNA strand had formed into Script Ohio, but the photo had been taken from behind.Castro flipped the image, and boom: Script Ohio DNA.Hudoba was elated, but he wasn’t finished. He had always wanted to be included in Guinness World Records.Last week, Hudoba and Castro got a certificate from Guinness informing them that their Script Ohio DNA would be in the 2016 edition, which comes out this year.Creating Script Ohios out of weird things is something that needs to happen as much as possible. [Columbus Dispatch]
Ohio State Joe BergerBefore the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates play ball tonight, two Ohio State football players, linebacker Joe Burger and defensive lineman Adolphus Washington, will throw out the first pitch. Roughly 50 players are expected to attend, but Burger and Washington get the first pitch honors since they are from the Cincinnati area.According to Burger, his fellow linebackers are torn on whether or not he’ll throw a strike this evening. He posted this picture on his Twitter account as proof of the divide. Official list of who thinks I’m gonna fail and succeed in the linebacker room. @CoachFick thinks I’ll #choke pic.twitter.com/q5YmBfXas0— Joe Burger (@jburgs37) April 8, 2015Coach Fick is Luke Fickell, OSU’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan wants everyone to know he doesn’t have much faith in Burger.I’m Anti-Joe https://t.co/jA6sekUaPd— Raekwon McMillan™ (@Kwon_daTRUTH) April 8, 2015As long as Burger’s effort is better than former Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory’s was on Opening Day 2007, he’ll come out fine.
College GameDay’s staff, including Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, made their picks with former Western Michigan star Greg Jennings for Saturday’s 10 biggest contests.ESPN College GameDay set up shop in a blizzard in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday ahead of the big MAC contest between Western Michigan and Buffalo. Per usual, the show’s staff, along with a celebrity guest picker, made their picks for the week’s biggest games.This week’s games? Harvard vs. Yale, Navy vs. East Carolina, Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame, Clemson vs. Wake Forest, LSU vs. Florida, USC vs. UCLA, Washington State vs. Colorado, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State vs. TCU and of course, Western Michigan vs. Buffalo.Let’s take a look at the picks:
Trent Alexander-Arnold is looking to become “the best right-back in the world” while also taking the captain’s armband with Liverpool and England.At just 20 years of age, an Anfield academy graduate is setting his sights on the very top of the game.He has already established himself as a regular under Jurgen Klopp at club level, becoming a Champions League winner in the process, and has earned five senior caps for his country. 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? Alexander-Arnold is determined to achieve much more, though, with the ambitious youngster seeking to become one of the finest talents on the planet and an on-field leader.He told Sky Sports of his future plans: “I am fortunate to have the people around me who understand the balance between letting me get comfortable, praising me too much and feeding that hunger that needs to be there in terms of wanting to strive to be better, wanting to be one of the best players in the world, the best right back in the world, being the first name on the team-sheet, wanting to be Liverpool captain, wanting to be England captain. “That’s the main thing for me. It’s not selfishness to think this is what I have done it is about what the team has done and is doing. It is we and not I. We have achieved things as a team. “To be recognised as one of the best in the world you have to have silverware behind you. That’s important to us as a team to be recognised as one of the best.”Alexander-Arnold has helped Liverpool to get back on the trophy trail.A 2-0 victory over Premier League rivals Tottenham on June 1 in Madrid saw the Reds secure a sixth European Cup.That success marked a first for Klopp at Anfield, while it also brought a seven-year barren run on the silverware front to a close and saw a club accustomed to collecting major honours conquer the continent for the first time since a memorable night in Istanbul against AC Milan in 2005.“It is the elite competition in Europe and the best compete in it,” Alexander-Arnold added. “It shows the quality in the team to final twice in a row.“Istanbul feels like yesterday and we want to create the same kind of memories for the next generation that are coming through.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
France captain Hugo Lloris wants every player to examine the role they played in letting Turkey beat the world champions.Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under both scored in the first-half in Konya on Saturday as France’s European Championship qualifying campaign was hit by a jarring 2-0 defeat.Les Bleus were at full strength, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann in their ranks, but they failed to register a single shot on target in a game for the first time in the last 10 years. 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? After a poor collective display from the World Cup winners, goalkeeper Lloris says the France players should consider what more they could have contributed.”We’ve no excuse,” Lloris said. “I think there’s nobody to blame more than any other. We should all feel responsible for this defeat.”The only thing we can think about is there are seven games in front of us. We’re used to complicated qualifying campaigns and this will be the case again.”Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris was quoted by L’Equipe as adding: “When I say that everyone should feel responsible, I hope that everyone asks questions of themselves, whatever their status in the team, whatever their age.”The 32-year-old was not the only figure to remind his team-mates that they must reflect on their terrible display, as coach Didier Deschamps admitted his side were given “a good slap” by Turkey.He added: “When there is a collective performance like this, there is nothing positive to retain. We did not play our game against a team that played as they like, and we were not present.”If we play with no intentions, even though we are world champions, this is what happens.”France are now second in Group H with six points from three games, while Turkey lead the group with a perfect record. Deschamps’ team are back in action on Tuesday when they visit Andorra, while Turkey are away to third-placed Iceland on the same day.
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth.After weeks of negotiations between the two teams, Mings becomes Bournemouth’s club-record sale, with the fee said to include clauses that could see it rise to £26.5m ($33m).The centre-back spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa, helping them seal promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He made 18 appearances for the club, scoring two goals, as they finished fifth in the Championship and went on to beat Derby in the play-off final.”Absolutely delighted to be back as a permanent [Aston Villa] player,” Mings wrote on Twitter after the deal was announced. “Thank you for all your welcoming messages. I can’t wait to get started.”Absolutely delighted to be back as a permanent @AVFCOfficial player.Thank you for all your welcoming messages. I can’t wait to get started 😍 pic.twitter.com/QPGXrW2LQW— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) July 8, 2019“We’re really pleased to have Tyrone back at Aston Villa on a permanent basis,” Villa boss Dean Smith said. “I think everybody could see the connection that he made with the club as a whole and it is excellent news that we can continue the relationship in the Premier League. “He will be an integral part of the squad for the new season and I look forward to working with him and helping to further develop his game.” The 26-year-old spent four years with Bournemouth, joining from Ipswich in 2015, but made just 23 appearances. In September 2017, Mings was banned for five games after stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head during a 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Aston Villa have already completed the permanent signings of Anwar El Ghazi from Lille and Kortney Hause from Wolves after they spent last season on loan with the Birmingham outfit. Meanwhile, Brazilian winger Wesley has joined from Club Brugge, left-back Matt Targett from Southampton and right-winger Jota from Birmingham.They are reportedly searching for another goalkeeper, while the likes of Leeds’ midfielder Kalvin Phillips, Brentford’s Said Benrahma and Adam Webster of Bristol City.
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)The fifth week of the 2018 college football season is highlighted by two primetime matchups between top 10 squads.Penn State is hosting Ohio State in State College, Pa. and Notre Dame is hosting Stanford in South Bend, Ind.However, there will surely be some upsets.There were several upsets during Week 4. Will that be the case in Week 5? Probably.One major upset is being predicted by a couple of ESPN analysts in this week’s top picks.Two ESPN analysts, Ivan Maisel and Mitch Sherman, are picking No. 12 West Virginia to go down this weekend.West Virginia, the No. 12 team in the country, is set to travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders. It should be a good one.Kickoff for that game is set for 12 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.You can view ESPN’s full picks here.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Clelin Ferrell #99 and Christian Wilkins #42 of the Clemson Tigers react after a sack in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)On Monday night the Clemson Tigers entered the national title game as 5.5-point underdogs. Dabo Swinney and the Tigers are leaving the contest with a near 30-point blowout of Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.Alabama held a 16-14 lead early in the second quarter, but it was all Tigers after that. Clemson scored the game’s next 30 points en route to an absolute beat down of what was the No. 1 team in the country coming into the game.After the game, Clemson star defensive lineman Christian Wilkins didn’t hide the emotion of the win. In his final game for the Tigers, Wilkins left it all on the field and left with a title in hand.Here’s his reaction to the win.Christian Wilkins won the National Championship two years ago, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at him on the sideline pic.twitter.com/s9FjI00wr8— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) January 8, 2019Pure joy from Wilkins and his head coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers destroyed the Tide in a shocking performance for the ages.Clemson left with the win and a 15-0 season.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Iowa has some openings along the defensive line, and there’s hope that Daviyon Nixon can be one of the new players in the interior. However, he wasn’t sure if he was going to stay at Iowa this year.Nixon, a transfer in from Iowa Western Community College, took what was called an “academic redshirt” in 2018. During the off-season, he revealed that he was weighing his transfer options.However, it looks like he’s going to stick it out in Iowa City. That’s good news for the rebuilding Iowa defensive front.Kirk Ferentz discussed Daviyon Nixon’s status at a recent press conference.From Hawk Central:“My interfaces with him — and I think it’s true of all of us — have been nothing but positive. I was super impressed with him last year because he was on the scout team, redshirting. The guy just likes football,” Ferentz said of Nixon. “He likes his teammates. He likes being out there. (There’s a) good enthusiasm to him — a good vibe. That’s not always the case when guys are on the scout team. That’s not the most enjoyable place to be for a lot of guys.”[…]“There’s always a leap of faith there. … I think we’ve been through quite a road right here with Daviyon,” Ferentz said.Nixon has to earn his place on the depth chart, but there’s plenty of talent there. While at the JuCo level, after he had already committed to the Hawkeyes, he picked up an Alabama offer.If Nixon comes along, defensive line could be a strength for the Hawkeyes this year, especially with the emergence of A.J. Epenesa and Chauncey Golston on the edge late last season.[Hawk Central]
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The NFL draft sits just over a week away. NFL teams are doing their final preparations for the draft, scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 25 with the first round.One of the names likely to be called on Thursday night is former Ohio State star Dwayne Haskins.Early mock drafts suggested college football’s leading touchdown passer would be a top-10 pick. However, recent reports emerged saying Haskins could fall in the draft.One NFL star hopes Haskins falls to his team.According to NFL insider, Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller thinks the Broncos should draft Haskins with the No. 10 pick – if he’s there.“That would be my pick,” Miller said on Wednesday.Von Miller got to spend some time with Dwayne Haskins during the QBs visit to the Broncos facility recently. Von really liked him a lot. Enough to say, if Haskins is available when the Broncos pick at 10 … “That would be my pick.”— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 17, 2019Denver had the opportunity to draft a quarterback in the 2018 draft, which many thought held a deeper quarterback class. However, with the No. 5 overall pick in 2018, the Broncos selected pass rusher Bradley Chubb – who had a solid rookie season.With Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold off the board Denver passed up the opportunity to draft Josh Allen or Josh Rosen.Will the Broncos pull the trigger on a quarterback with the No. 10 pick? We’ll have to wait and see if John Elway elects to rock with Joe Flacco, or find his quarterback of the future.
WACO, TX – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of play between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule had a pretty rough weekend.The 44-year-old head coach announced on social media that his car had been stolen from a hotel in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.Rhule’s truck was taken from the Marriott hotel he was staying at.The Baylor head coach was in the area for a coaching clinic. To whomever stole my Truck from the DFW @Marriott – Nothing can keep me from getting to Houston for @THSCAcoaches Coaching School! #SicEm— Matt Rhule (@CoachMattRhule) July 20, 2019Hopefully it was just a rental…Rhule is entering his third season as Baylor’s head coach. The Bears went 1-11 in Year 1 and 7-6 in Year 2.Baylor opens its season on Aug. 31 against Stephen F. Austin.