TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Cesc doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he reaches landmarkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCesc Fabregas doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he plays his 500th English game.The Irish Independent says the Spanish midfielder missed the victory over Crystal Palace with a neck injury, but could return to the squad for tomorrow night’s game against Southampton.He has made a combined 499 appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal, and one more would see him reach his target ahead of his expected departure.Having moved to Arsenal as a 16-year-old, Fabregas has spent over 12 years in English football and has been one of the best ever Premier League players.He is second only to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in the all-time assists chart, despite having spent three years in Spain at Barcelona, and has won every English domestic trophy including two league titles with Chelsea.
TagsEnglish ChampionshipPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attackedby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirmingham City have been fined £42,500 after a Blues fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An independent regulatory commission has also warned Blues about its future conduct, having been found to fail to ensure the supporter conducted himself in an orderly fashion.
Twitter/@pac12We’re months away from the start of the Pac-12 football season, but it is not too early to start getting your wagers in order for the 2015 season. Sportsbook 5Dimes has released its moneyline odds for each Pac-12 team for the upcoming season. As you’d expect, Oregon is a pretty heavy favorite to capture the crown at +200, with UCLA and USC tied with the second best odds at +450. Conference basement-dweller Colorado brings up the rear at +6000. The super-confident Buffs fans can take home a pretty pay day if they think their team can do the unthinkable this fall.Here are the full odds, via 5Dimes.
Ajax could not be facing Real Madrid at a better time when they meeting the Champions League last-16 next February, according to former playmaker Wesley Sneijder.Erik ten Hag’s side posses some of the most revered young players in Europe and are enjoying a revival after four successive runners-up finishes in the Eredivisie.Though they trail leaders PSV Eindhoven by two points they have won their last 11 league games and twice held Bayern Munich in their Champions League group. 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? Paired with defending champions Real in the first knock-out round of Europe’s premier club competition, the Dutch side are naturally the underdogs but Sneijder is hopeful of an upset.”For Ajax, this is the best moment to take on Real Madrid,” the ex-Netherlands international, who is currently playing for Qatar side Al Gharafa, told Marca.”I don’t see Real Madrid as being as strong as in previous years. That’s obvious.”Ajax are a very young team, but nobody should be mistaken about them as they have a lot of quality and play very well, especially at home in Amsterdam.”It’ll be a difficult tie for Real Madrid.”Los Blancos have endured a contrasting campaign, replacing Julen Lopetegui with Santiago Solari after a poor start to the season.Solari guided Real to the Fifa Club World Cup earlier this month but there remain questions over his long-term future.Ajax’s last progressed beyond the round-of-16 in the 1995-96, when they beat Real en route to the final – where they lost to Juventus on penalties.Sneijder, who played in Amsterdam between 2002 and 2007 before moving to the Spanish capital for two seasons, says the two-legged tie will be a decent barometer of progress made by his boyhood club.”Real Madrid are still the favourites despite everything,” he added.”But look! If Ajax can achieve a good result in the first leg then Real Madrid could have problems, and we’ve seen that recently when they face teams that keep the ball.”This is a good matchup to check the quality of this Ajax side, one that is very exciting, as they go up against the three-in-a-row Champions League winners.”Real Madrid are different in Europe, but Ajax have a chance to move on to the next round.””They believe that Ajax are the same as the last few times they visited Madrid. But they’re nothing like those teams.”Plus, the average Real Madrid fan doesn’t follow Dutch football and doesn’t know about Ajax.”I do know about them, though, and they have a line-up with a lot of quality.”
Arsenal have announced Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad that opens the Premier League season against Newcastle, following “further security incidents” which the club says are being investigated by police.The pair were the victims of an attempted car-jacking in late July, after returning to London following the club’s tour of the United States. The statement from the club says: “Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police. 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? “The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives. We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.”We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible.”Arsenal have declined to comment further on the situation. Sources tell Goal both Ozil and Kolasinac are safe and unharmed but they have been targeted more than once, in separate incidents over the past couple of days.The Met Police also released a statement saying: “The MPS are in contact with Arsenal FC and will investigate any offences reported appropriately.”Ozil and Kolasinac were first attacked July 25 by masked assailants allegedly armed with knives, with both players escaping the incident unharmed.Video on social media surfaced following the incident of Kolasinac appearing to try to fight some of the attackers.Ozil took refuge in a nearby Turkish resturaunt called Likya, and the assailants fled the scene empty-handed after restaurant staff came to the pair’s aid.Police confirmed the incident at the time but did not make any arrests in the case, and were continuing enquiries into the matter. Following the incident, Ozil thanked fans for their support while Kolasinac took to social media to claim they were fine, though Arsenal manager Unai Emery held them duo out of his side’s next pre-season friendly.Both had featured since for the Gunners in the run-up to the 2018-19 Premier League season, which gets underway on Sunday against Newcastle at St. James’ Park. Arsenal follow up with their first home game of the season the following week against Burnley, and then face top-six rivals Liverpool and Tottenham in their next two matches. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Clemson’s quarterback depth took a hit today. According to multiple reports, five-star quarterback Hunter Johnson is set to transfer out of the program.Johnson, the No. 2 quarterback in the 2017 class, has three years of eligibility remaining. He’ll likely have to sit out the 2018 season and then will be eligible to play in 2019.The former top recruit is a Midwest native. He was the top recruit in the state of Indiana coming out of high school.Johnson could end up back in the Midwest, according to a report by 247Sports.Two Big Ten schools have reportedly emerged as potential destinations for the top QB transfer.From the report:Expect Johnson, an Indiana native, to look at Purdue and Northwestern for his next stop, sources tell 247Sports. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Johnson will have to sit out next season and will be eligible starting in 2019. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field that year.Johnson ranked as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style passer and 30th overall player in the 247Sports Composite. An Army All-American, Johnson committed to the Tigers in Dec. of 2015 and stuck out his commitment all the way through before enrolling early.Johnson would be a huge addition to Purdue or Northwestern’s program. It’s unclear what kind of timeline he’ll operate on when making a decision.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Ohio State legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George doesn’t want his alma mater to go lightly on Urban Meyer if the head coach is guilty of mishandling allegations of domestic abuse by former assistant coach Zach Smith.George spoke with TMZ Sports this week about the investigation into Meyer. The ordeal is getting close to a resolution and one could come as soon as Wednesday.George told TMZ that Meyer’s punishment must be “severe” if he did in fact cover-up allegations of domestic violence against Smith.“It’s a very sensitive topic. Domestic violence is unacceptable at any level,“ George said, via 247Sports. “Any type of cover-up that may or may not have happened if it is indeed that, the punishment needs to be handed down and severe. There’s no way that someone should cover-up anything of that magnitude. It matters they do their due diligence, which I think they’re doing thoroughly. I think it’ll be the right decision. We have to allow that process to unfold and see where it lands.“To see exactly what happened, who knew what and whatever. This really hinges upon the police report that comes out and what they say. You have to allow it to go through its process and trust that they’re going to make the right decision. I believe this could be, potentially, the best team we’ve seen at Ohio State given the depth and talent. We have tremendous tight ends, receivers, great backfield.”You can watch George’s full comments below:Today, Ohio State announced that the school’s Board of Trustees is being briefed of the investigation committee’s findings today. The board will then meet on Wednesday morning, and an announcement could come soon after.Meyer has been on administrative leave since early August.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a sack against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Nick Bosa will miss Ohio State’s big game at Penn State tonight, as the Buckeyes’ star defensive lineman is still recovering from an injury suffered against TCU that required surgery.Bosa, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is likely to miss several weeks moving forward.Urban Meyer has said that the star defensive lineman is recovering well from his injury, but there’s still a ways to go. Bosa’s parents have said that he’ll likely be out until November.From ESPN.com:The player’s mother, Cheryl Bosa, told ESPN that her son will rehab the injury in Philadelphia until Friday, then return in November, at which point he will be re-evaluated. But she said he was hoping to return to action this season.“He’d love to [play again this year],” she said. “It’s a day at a time right now. He’s a beast. I go to [physical therapy] with him every day and he’s doing what he’s supposed to do.”Bosa wishes more than anything that he could be out on the field against Penn State tonight.He tweeted the following message for his Buckeyes teammates before kickoff:“I wish more than anything that I could be out there with my brothers tomorrow,” he wrote.I wish more than anything that I could be out there with my brothers tomorrow @youngchase907 @roblanders96 @TheOfficial_80 @JonathonCooper7 @JayRock_9 @R2X_Rushmen1 pic.twitter.com/wVdOP96dj8— Nick Bosa (@nbsmallerbear) September 28, 2018Ohio State will certainly miss him. The Buckeyes still have a ton of talent on the defensive line, but nobody quite matches up to Bosa.OSU and Penn State are set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Football Scoop had a troubling report about Urban Meyer and the state of the Ohio State football program earlier today in the wake of the Buckeyes’ blowout loss to Purdue on Saturday night.The report states that there is “friction” between Meyer, the football program and the athletic department.From the report:The past few weeks industry sources have mentioned to FootballScoop issues at Ohio State between the football staff and athletics leadership as well as within the program itself. Multiple times, the term “friction” has been used to describe issues between Urban Meyer and Gene Smith (and their respective key lieutenants). Within the football program itself, it has been said there is a tension that hasn’t been present in previous years.Purdue’s beat down of the Buckeyes brought considerable additional attention on the program and has many talking about the issues within the program.Football Scoop has an update on the report.“It’s worse than you wrote,” one source texted them.Another industry source text me this afternoon, “It’s worse than you wrote.”On the #Friction at Ohio State https://t.co/QmhJD2bLNm— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) October 22, 2018Yikes.Ohio State fell to 7-1 with the loss to Purdue. The Buckeyes remain in College Football Playoff contention, though the Buckeyes would likely have to win out to make it.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are losing a top assistant to the NFL. According to a report from Lions 247, 247Sports’ Penn State site, special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach Phil Galiano is leaving to pursue and opportunity in the NFL.Galiano spent the 2017 college football season as a defensive analyst for the Nittany Lions before his promotion to special teams coordinator in 2018. He heads back to the NFL, where he was an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13 and Miami Dolphins in 2016.Head coach James Franklin confirmed the report. He released a statement following the move.“We are excited for Phil and his family. This is a tremendous opportunity for Phil to return to the NFL. We are very appreciative of Phil and everything he has done for our program over the last two years. We wish him nothing but success moving forward.”The move could be a blessing in disguise for the Nittany Lions, who’s special teams unit suffered a significant drop off under Galiano. After former special teams coordinator Charles Huff left for Mississippi State with Joe Moorhead, Penn State dropped to No. 77 in the nation in Bill Connelly’s special teams rankings – just two years after holding a No. 11 rank.Execution has been lacking for the Nittany Lions and this gives the team a chance to change that.[Lions 247]