About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Nani: Ronaldo deserved Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid star Modricby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP star Nani says Cristiano Ronaldo should’ve been awarded the Ballon d’Or this month.The Juventus striker was overlooked for his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric.But Nani, who played with Ronaldo at Manchester United, insists his Portugal teammate deserved the gong.”In his position, Modric is one of the best,” said Nani. “Even if, in truth, to win the Ballon d’Or against Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and company, no. Cristiano Ronaldo would have been the right winner.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich president Hoeness won’t shut down plans for Man City attacker Saneby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says they remain keen on Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern pushed hard to sign the Germany international over the summer before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield against Liverpool.However long-term, Hoeness says they remain keen.He told Planet Futbol: “We were very interested, we had talks with him. But after his bad injury we could not continue. “We have to wait and see how his recovery is going. In January or February, the new people in the club will sit down and think.”
Financial cost of Celtic’s Champions League failureby Ian Ferris24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic’s failure to qualify for last season’s Uefa Champions League group stage saw the Scottish soccer champions’ annual revenue for the year ending 30th June 2019 fall 17.9 per cent to UK£83.4 million (US$102.2 million), reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The Scottish Premiership club’s latest financial results also show a pre-tax profit of UK£11.3 million (US$13.8 million) for the 2018/19 season, down from UK£17.3 million (US$21.2 million) the previous year.Celtic were able to offset some of the cost of missing out on the Champions League through player sales, bringing in UK£16.5 million (US$20.2 million) from outgoing transfers, not including the reported UK£25 million (US$30.6 million) Arsenal paid them in August for left back Kieran Tierney.The club ended the year with UK£38.9 million (US$47.6 million) in the bank, up from last season’s UK£27 million (US$33 million).A statement from club chairman Ian Bankier described the results as ‘satisfactory’ given the failure to reach the Champions League, adding: ‘The financial results for the year demonstrate the robustness of the group’s strategy of investment in football operations, whilst maintaining a self-sustaining financial model. This continues to provide a stable platform for football success and shareholder value.’ TagsScottish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@DellengerAdvTo be frank, LSU’s quarterback situation in 2014 was not great. Anthony Jennings played most of the snaps for the Tigers, but finished with just 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a poor completion percentage of 48.9. Freshman Brandon Jennings also spent some time under center, and had slightly better numbers (55.6% completion, 10.04 yards per attempt, six touchdowns to two interceptions), but after a very poor game at Auburn, he was benched. Harris was asked about his expectations for the upcoming season, and he was pretty blunt about the subject of playing time.Brandon Harris: “I expect to play more this year.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/7xj9XTAhEp— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) March 10, 2015Neither quarterback shined last year, but outside of the Auburn game, Harris looked pretty good. LSU will certainly be a quarterback battle to watch as we approach the 2015 season.
Ohio State pretty clearly enjoyed its Saturday night.The Buckeyes blew out Oklahoma in Norman, 45-24, yesterday evening. It was a huge win for Urban Meyer’s young team and they knew it. The sideline was full of wide smiles and high-fives as the game clock reached zero and a pretty big celebration ensued afterward.Former Ohio State stars really enjoyed the win.Several prominent Buckeyes took to Twitter during and after the game. They had some fun with Oklahoma backup quarterback Austin Kendall’s pregame comments about OSU’s “basic” defense that Baker Mayfield was going to light up, too.#BUCKEYES— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) September 18, 2016Told you ol’ buddy cost em the game— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) September 18, 2016Silver Bullets ?— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) September 18, 2016Let that backup QB play, let’s see how much success he’ll have vs that “basic” defense some may call “The Silver Bullets”— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 18, 2016pic.twitter.com/nl0guORFoZ— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 18, 2016And just like that, the bucks are 3-0— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 18, 2016Love how our defense doesn’t disguise our man coverage ? we jus playing straight up— Eli Apple (@EliApple13) September 18, 2016Man I’m done I’m going to bed ??????— Eli Apple (@EliApple13) September 18, 2016Let’s go Bucks— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) September 18, 2016#DBU— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) September 18, 2016Noah Brown out there bullying them boys lol— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) September 18, 2016Y’all gon learn to respect them buckeyes— corey brown (@phillybrown10) September 18, 2016With the win, Ohio State moved to 3-0 and will almost surely move up in the polls when they’re released later today.Kirk Herbstreit has the Buckeyes as his No. 2 team in the country, at the moment.Ohio State has a bye week next Saturday before facing Rutgers in Columbus at noon on Oct. 1.
Bayern Munich are not chasing Juventus midfielder Emre Can and will end their transfer market activities with the imminent loan signing of Philippe Coutinho.Reports suggested Can was looking for a path to Allianz Arena with Juve coach Maurizio Sarri doubting he will play a leading role in Turin this season.But Goal and Spox sources state the Bundesliga champions aren’t interested in the Germany international – who is believed to want to fight for his place at Juventus. 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? With Croatian winger Ivan Perisic joining from Inter last week, Barcelona star Coutinho set to sign and young talent Mickael Cuisance arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach, the club has seemingly restocked with new talent following a summer that saw the departures of regulars like Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez, Mats Hummels and Rafinha.And now, Bayern president Uli Hoeness suggested the club had completed their player movement business for the summer with that group of signings.”Our squad is now complete and we are not looking to make any other changes,” Hoeness told Sky Sport Germany.Can, who began his senior career at Bayern in 2012, is facing a battle to get into the midfield at Juventus as he faces competition from Adrien Rabiot, Miralem Pjanic, Aaron Ramsey, Sami Khedira, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi.He has been used as substitute in Juve’s recent two friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Triestina – coming on in the second half during both matches.Former club stalwart Ze Roberto believes Bayern will see the best of Coutinho and rediscover his brilliant form from his Liverpool days once the 27-year-old makes the move to Germany.Coutinho only managed five goals in La Liga for the Catalans last season – a tally significantly smaller than the 13 strikes he scored in Liverpool’s 2016-17 Premier League campaign.Bayern will be looking to bounce back on the road against Schalke in the Bundesliga on August 24, after failing to beat Hertha Berlin at Alllianz Arena in a 2-2 draw on opening weekend.Juventus, meanwhile, will face Parma in their Serie A opener as the champions open their domestic campaign away from home on August 24.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)A former Nebraska Cornhuskers football player passed away earlier this week. He was just 45.Brian Nunns, a four-year letterwinner for the Huskers, died on Thursday. The offensive lineman was a Lincoln, Neb. native.Former #Huskers offensive lineman Brian Nunns passed away Thursday at age 45. https://t.co/kF3uLCznYd— Husker History (@HuskerHistory) June 3, 2018Here’s his obituary:Nunns, Brian Thomas Age 45 Lincoln, NE. Passed away on May 31, 2018. Born on April 13, 1973 in Lincoln to Thomas and Linda (Wellman) Nunns. Home Builder, Nunns Construction Company. Previously worked as sales manager for Lifetime Fitness (2008-2014). Graduate of Lincoln High School, and University of Nebraska Lincoln, where he was a 4-year Letterman, playing offensive Lineman for the Cornhusker football team. Family members include his parents, Thomas and Linda Nunns; sister, Diana (James) Schilf, all of Lincoln; grandmother, Irene Wellman, of York, NE; nieces, Courtney (Josh) Kounovsky of Plainview NE, and Kelsey (Matt) Koranda, and Allison Schilf of Lincoln; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Naomi Nunns, and Vernon Wellman. FUNERAL SERVICE: 2pm Wednesday, June 6, at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner Street. Memorials in lieu of flowers to American Heart Association, or TeamMates. VISITATION: Tuesday 4-8pm, with family Greeting friends 5-7pm at Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Drive (40th & Yankee Hill Rd.). Condolences online at: Roperandsons.com ROPER & SONS FUNERAL SERVICES 4300 O St., Lincoln, NE (402) 476-1225Our thoughts are with Brian’s friends and family. May he rest in peace.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns walks into the stadium prior to the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Texas vs. USC is a match-up between two of the sport’s most storied programs, and both teams have a ton to prove this Saturday.USC fell to Stanford last week, but stick around in the Top 25 at No. 22. Quarterback JT Daniels has very high upside, but he’s taking his lumps as a true freshman starter.Texas also sits at 1-1, and fans are starting to get a bit impatient with the Tom Herman era. After losing at Maryland in Week 1, the Longhorns snuck past Tulsa last week, 28-21.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Texas vs. USC is out.Texas is a 3.5-point favorite in Las Vegas, and has a similar edge here. FPI gives the Longhorns a 55.9-percent chance to win.Via ESPN:Texas vs. USC will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.FOX will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is carted off the field after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama is gearing up for yet another College Football Playoff appearance. The Tide kicked off practice this week and there was a significant update that came out of the media availability.Star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in the SEC title game against Georgia, took the field for the first time since suffering the injury. Tagovailoa underwent surgery to his injured ankle just two weeks ago, but was moving around on Friday.ESPN’s Alex Scarborough attended practice and caught Tua moving around well on the field.Check it out.Tua Tagovailoa, who is recovering from a high-ankle sprain, was at Alabama’s first bowl practice today. While the Bama QB didn’t participate in one footwork drill I saw, he did everything else during the media viewing period. pic.twitter.com/nXSYGc93Jl— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 14, 2018This is the second huge step in the star quarterback’s recovery after he made it out of his walking boot for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Although he finished runner-up to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, the biggest story from the night was Tagovailoa’s recovery.He looks poised for another shot at Kyler Murray as the Tide take on the Sooners in the Orange Bowl.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Ohio state Buckeyes enter the 2019 college football season with a new cast. After head coach Urban Meyer stepped down, former offensive coordinator Ryan Day took over as the new head coach.While the coaching staff underwent significant change, so too, did the quarterback position.Dwayne Haskins led the nation in passing touchdowns during the 2018 campaign – with 50. With Haskins off to the NFL, the Buckeyes had a major hole to fill behind center.Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State and earned his immediate eligibility. He entered a quarterback battle with Matthew Baldwin this spring, though recent news suggests Fields is about to be named the starter.According to Letterman Row, Baldwin entered his name into the transfer portal and plans to leave the Buckeyes program.Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin enters transfer portal https://t.co/e7O4P0xFcw— Lettermen Row (@LettermenRow) April 18, 2019Baldwin spent much of the 2018 season recovering from a knee injury. He was the No. 12 pro-style passer in the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Baldwin is just the latest hit to Ohio State’s quarterback room. Tate Martell announced his transfer to Miami shortly after Fields transferred to Ohio state.The Buckeyes landed West Virginia transfer Chris Chugunov earlier this offseason, but he only has two career starts under his belt.Stay tuned.