Liverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joe Gomez accepts he needs to be playing to earn his England spot.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate rates Gomez highly but the Liverpool centre-half has found himself behind Everton ‘s Michael Keane in the England pecking order, with Harry Maguire and John Stones the current first choices.The Kop defender said: “I cannot blame him (Southgate). He speaks to me and is a great manager but if you meet up with England you are expected to be playing so I have to keep working hard.“I have not been playing and every footballer wants to be playing.”At the same time I understand that we are European champions and the lads are doing very well at the minute so all I can do is keep my head down, keep working hard in training, and wait for my chance.”You cannot sit there and be down. You have to stay positive and do yourself justice when the time comes.“You need to show the good attitude otherwise you will do yourself harm.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aalesund coach Lars Bohinen dreams of Nottingham Forest jobby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAalesund coach Lars Bohinen admits he covets the Nottingham Forest job.The former Norway midfielder played for Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Derby in England. But it is Forest where Bohinen would like to return.”That’s the dream, yes,” he told VG.”It would have been most fun if I had the opportunity with Nottingham Forest. But then I must probably have to do a little more to prove myself than training Norwegian teams between the two top divisions.”I have a lot of different experience, but I’ve only worked as a football coach for seven years, so I got late into the job I like best.”
OMAHA, NE – MARCH 23: The Syracuse Orange mascot “Otto the Orange” performs during the first half in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Devendorf left Syracuse to pursue a pro career after the 2009 season, but he never quite gave up on his goal of graduating from college. Devendorf finished his degree this spring, and on Friday, he was able to present his mother with his SU diploma.Been waiting 2 do this for awhile now! Moms couldn’t be any happier which makes it even better @SyracuseU #diploma pic.twitter.com/CbuZdpx8zb— Eric Devendorf (@edeven23) August 14, 2015Devendorf isn’t the only memorable former Orange player to finish off his degree this year. Derrick Coleman surprised his mother with his diploma back in May. While some fans scoff at the notion of players leaving school early, both of these Orange greats prove that they can always go back and finish their education.
AP.The preseason AP top 25 is out.The AP‘s preseason top 25 poll was released earlier this morning on ESPN’s SportsCenter. You can see the full poll here.The poll includes ballots from 61 college football writers across the country.According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, only nine teams – Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame – were featured on all 61 preseason ballots.Only 9 schools listed by all 61 AP voters on preseason ballots: Alabama, Clemson, OU, FSU, LSU, Ohio St, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 21, 2016That’s low.There does appear to be a decent amount of parity heading into the year, though. At least, there’s parity in the minds of the voters.Seven different teams received at least one vote at No. 1.Alabama – 33 votesClemson – 16 votesFlorida State – 5 votesOklahoma – 4 votesLSU – 1 voteOhio State – 1 voteMichigan – voteWho do you have ending the year at No. 1?
Gabrielle Union/InstagramGabrielle Union has taken to Twitter to back Nebraska’s players who kneeled during the national anthem.Nebraska’s Michael Rose-Ivey, Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal knelt together during the national anthem before the Huskers’ road win against Northwestern on Saturday night.Rose-Ivey posted an impassioned note on Twitter on Monday regarding why he did it, also revealing that he and his teammates have since gotten death threats.Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade’s wife and a big Nebraska fan, has taken to Twitter to show support for these players.He speaks the truth & I support! Real fans don’t wish ill will on those who refuse to turn a blind eye to injustice. https://t.co/pIk2LJYdlJ— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 27, 2016This. Support #GBR https://t.co/nC0qGQK3OE— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 27, 2016This. https://t.co/XfXyUblQrO— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 27, 2016Injustice is irrelevant? https://t.co/DsSLDSzDiO— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 27, 2016So as long as he runs the football well and stays silent, that determines whether you’re a fan or not? https://t.co/oqAF9HDcZI— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 27, 2016Good on Gabrielle for speaking out.Nebraska is set to host Illinois at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.
Twitter/@Clarky_Tweets Najee Bissoon, a walk-on running back for the Oklahoma Sooners, helped diffuse a situation involving a man who tried to “incite a riot” on Wednesday.This morning, head coach Bob Stoops tweeted a note sent to assistant Jay Boulware from University of Oklahoma Office of Student Life staffer Steven Lee, who wanted to commend him on the actions of walk-on running back Najee Bissoon in helping shut down an escalating situation involving a violent “hate speech spreading man.”Thank you for sharing, Steven. Very proud of @najeebissoon & his leadership! #OUnited pic.twitter.com/oMPjImJljv— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) November 17, 2016The full text:“Hello Coach Boulware,My name is Steve Lee and I work in the office of Student Life on campus. I wanted to let you know that I believe that this campus was made better today by the actions of Najee Bissoon. I was asked by my supervisor to go to the south oval and help with a situation that had started to gain attention. When I arrived, I watched a hate speech spreading an start attacking out students and trying to incite a riot. While other students stood by and watching or joined in a shouting match with the man, Najee stepped up, grabbed a megaphone, and spread a message of togetherness with all of his fellow students. He stood next to the despicable man and counter argued everything he tried to say with a calm and collected attitude. After Najee had showed him that out campus would not be torn apart, the man decided to pack up and leave while being escorted out by campus police. Finally, after he was escorted off campus, Najee gave a speech about how we are all puzzles that must fit together and led a prayer circle with other students.I can say that all the administrators that were there today are grateful for Najee’s commitment to this campus and his values. I believe if he hadn’t been there to step up and speak, the situation would have ended very differently. I am hoping that you can pass this message along to him and anyone in your department to tell him that he made a difference today on this campus. Many students, faculty, and staff will be forever thankful and appreciative for his actions today.”Other members of the OU community posted video of Bissoon’s speech.”There’s only one thing that can conquer hate, and that’s f*cking love.” pic.twitter.com/9iTKSc7tNq— Andrew Clark (@Clarky_Tweets) November 16, 2016#Sooners running back @najeebissoon leading a prayer after the protester leaves campus pic.twitter.com/OCdLd3oQbs— Derek Peterson (@DrPetey15) November 16, 2016#Sooners pic.twitter.com/uXTVJ29VNN— Derek Peterson (@DrPetey15) November 16, 2016Bissoon posted to Twitter about it as well.Only love conquers hate..— Najee Bissoon (@najeebissoon) November 16, 2016Always speak your mind and stand up for what you believe in but remember actions speak louder than words. Be the change.— Najee Bissoon (@najeebissoon) November 17, 2016Just a fantastic job by Bissoon all around here. During a tense few weeks around the country, it is nice to see someone bringing people together.
Richarlison has told Brazil team-mate and Ajax star David Neres to join him at Everton.Eredivisie champions Ajax face a fight to keep hold of winger Neres, 22, after an excellent season won him admirers across Europe.Neres scored crucial Champions League goals against Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the semi-finals and is reportedly on Arsenal’s transfer radar. 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? Everton, however, are believed to be the frontrunners for his signature and Richarlison wants his compatriot to make the move to Goodison Park.”I’ve spoken to him about it already,” Richarlison told the Liverpool Echo in the aftermath of Brazil’s win over Bolivia at the Copa America, in which both players started.”I told him the doors are open for him there, and that he could help us a lot.”I hope he comes. He’d be very welcome there. I’ve known him since we played together for Brazil Under-20 side, and he’s a guy I get along with really well.”Hopefully I’ll see him there.”With 23 domestic goals in the past two campaigns, Neres appears to have outgrown the Eredivisie and could be ready for a dream switch to England.He said: “Of course the Premier League interests me. It’s the best league in the world, and I’ve always wanted to play there.”But I leave all that in God’s hands.”He added: “I still have a contract and at the moment I’m only thinking of the national team, I will see what I’ll do in the future. I don’t know what the other Ajax players will do.”The 22-year-old came close to leaving Amsterdam for China when a €40 million (£36m/$45m) offer was made in January.And the winger is happy that the move did not go through as he went on to play a key role in Ajax’s journey to the Champions League semi-finals and success in the Eredivisie and KNVB Beker.”I might not be [part of the national team] otherwise. I’m glad I didn’t go,” he said. “I didn’t have a very good time back then. I didn’t play every game for Ajax and it was a good offer that they gave me. “I talked to everyone, including my family, about what would be the best. I’m happy with the decision that I made together with Ajax. We then had a fantastic campaign in the Champions League, with victories over Real Madrid and Juventus. So I think it was the right choice.”
The lack of transfer activity at Liverpool this summer has come as a surprise to former Reds star Ray Houghton, with Jurgen Klopp considered to be working with a “depleted” squad.There has been movement out of Anfield in the current transfer window.Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno departed at the end of their respective contracts, while Simon Mignolet has returned to his native Belgium at Club Brugge. 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 is understood that Liverpool are close to bringing in former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian as his replacement, but teenagers Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg have been the only other additions.Houghton fears that a side harbouring Premier League title ambitions, having missed out by a solitary point last season, are in danger of leaving themselves short on depth.He has told talkSPORT: “I don’t know the reason behind it.“I think the manager has been brilliant in previous seasons because he has got them in really early.“I remember when [Sadio] Mane first came in from Southampton – I did one of the pre-season games and the manager was constantly on the sidelines getting back into position and he did it two seasons ago with [Mohamed] Salah and he didn’t really know what was going on.“Coming from Roma and being at Chelsea, I think he was given bit more of a license to go and express himself whereas at Liverpool the manager was constantly on him trying to get him back into position and the same last season with Fabinho and Alisson.“So he’s always went out there and brought in the right player at the right time, just this time around I’m slightly surprised Liverpool haven’t gone out there and brought in one or two more additions just to improve the squad.“Because don’t forget, there’s a few who have left. Moreno has gone, Sturridge has gone amongst others, so you have depleted the squad and I think you have to add to that.“But if you’re going to be competing to win the league again this season, you’ve got to show that consistency.”Liverpool have until 5pm on Thursday to complete any late business, with the window about to slam shut and remain closed until January. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Everyone and their uncle seems to be making a prediction for the future of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes’ head coach has been on paid administrative leave for two weeks. A final decision could be coming soon.Ohio State announced on Sunday, Aug. 5 that its investigation into Meyer and the handling of domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith would take two weeks.That means we could know something official by the end of this week or the start of next week.Brad Koffel, the attorney for the fired Buckeyes’ assistant coach, has made a prediction for Urban Meyer and his future.“PREDICTION: there is no smoking gun to fire Coach Meyer or Gene Smith; OSU announces tomorrow; and all sports coaches & athletes have to go through domestic abuse / #MeToo sensitivity training. I have no specific info not publicly available – just my guess,” he wrote.The attorney representing Zach Smith makes his prediction. #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/scwRAFXdOb— Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon) August 16, 2018College football insider Bruce Feldman appeared on FOX Sports 1 earlier today and said that many around the situation feel it’s increasingly likely that Meyer is retained.“The deadline that the investigation was set for should be this Sunday,” Feldman said. “It should be anytime within the next 96 hours, and we’re expecting to find out what they have determined from their investigation into whether Urban Meyer did in fact follow the protocols and procedures that he said he did when he issued that statement from his own personal Twitter account about two weeks ago (Aug. 3).“I think, from talking to people around this situation – not anyone that is investigating this – but people around the situation – there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer retains his job.”Stay tuned.
EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs as he speaks on a set during the Los Angeles Lakers Media Day at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 24, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football team will have a LeBron James feel on Saturday afternoon.The Buckeyes, who are set to host Nebraska on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, will be wearing special black uniforms.Ohio State will be wearing new cleats, too.LeBron posted photos of the cleats with a special message today:“Cleat Heat for Ohio State football this weekend!! Let’s get it Men!” he wrote.The uniforms are sweet, too.Ohio State and Nebraska are set to kick off at noon on FOX.