About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: I haven’t discussed my futureby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says he has not spoken about his future with Manchester United.The Norwegian has won his first five games in charge, but faces his biggest test to date with Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.And Solskjaer insists he’s taking one game at a time.”We haven’t had that conversation,” he said.”You don’t plan five or six months or whatever it was and then suddenly after two weeks change that.”No, nothing has changed. We just keep on working every single day on improving the team here. I work with a fantastic coaching staff, I have to say, to put a plan together on how we want to look over the next few months.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer ready to welcome back Dempsey to Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMark Dempsey is set to return to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff.Solskjaer plans to welcome Dempsey back into the fold at Manchester United after the coach was rushed to hospital during the summer tour of Australia and Asia.Dempsey flew home early ‘due to the intensity’ of United’s pre-season schedule and has not resumed his role in Solskjaer’s back room team since.It is understood he has been back to the club’s Carrington training ground on at least two occasions, but that is not believed to have been in an official capacity, says the London Evening Standard.Dempsey was considered an important part of Solskjaer’s coaching team, playing a pivotal role in day-to-day sessions alongside Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick.He is also a close confidant of Solskjaer, having worked with him at Cardiff and Molde.United’s manager intends to give Dempsey every opportunity to resume his career at the club, but it’s understood he will be eased back into his role once he is ready to get back to work.
Solskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title againby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stoked their rivalry with Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly said: “I’m sure we will bounce back and win the league – and I’m sure it won’t be 30 years until we do that again.”However, United have their backs to the wall after a dismal start, which has reaped a mere nine points from a possible total of 24.The manager also said: “You never take a draw when you’re at Man United, you just don’t. I want to go out there and get three points,” he said.“We need points – it doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Manchester City or Brighton . We want to win games. We need to start winning games.“A win can turn the season around definitely, that’s another point around this match.“A good performance and result can change players’ confidence, players’ mood, players’ perception of what is good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist Friday morning, and, according to his father, everything went well. It does appear, however, that Elliott, for the second time in less than a year, needed to have a pin inserted into his wrist. How do we know? Elliott’s father, Stacy, posted a photo of the x-ray taken after the surgery. My Sun has some new hardware! And no I didn’t abandon him! Was on a medication run! @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/W7VuNTyWiZ— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) February 20, 2015Elliott had surgery last August on the same wrist, and had a pin inserted back then as well. Hopefully the second time is the charm.
YouTube/TheTennesseeShowAs a part of a panel at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta today, ESPN’s Lee Corso has been revealing some interesting details about his role on College GameDay. Earlier, we shared Corso’s reason for picking against Auburn: the school won’t let him wear Aubie’s head for his pick. Corso is also now barred from wearing gear from his alma mater, Florida State, for a very different reason. You can blame Bill Murray for the fact that Corso will no longer dress as Chief Osceola. Lee Corso says he hasn’t been allowed to put on Seminoles mascot gear on Gameday since Bill Murray stole spear and threw it at Clemson game.— Heath Cline (@heathradio) August 3, 2015Here is video from that GameDay, which also featured the former Saturday Night Live star tackling the then-77 year old Corso.This ban has to be tough for Corso, a class of 1957 Florida State alumnus.[Extra Mustard]
Instagram/kentuckymbbCenter Skal Labissiere, a talented former five-star recruit, is set to be one of the top freshmen in college basketball for Kentucky this season, but according to a report by ESPN, he hasn’t been cleared to play. Kentucky’s highly touted freshman Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN: http://t.co/FoknPhgP05— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 7, 2015Kentucky’s highly touted freshman big man Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN on Wednesday.“Not yet,” Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.”“They haven’t cleared him, but we’re sticking with our faith,” he added. “There’s no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people.”ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello say that the NCAA is looking into Labissiere’s relationship with Hamilton, who brought him to the U.S. from Haiti.Labissiere arrived in the United States in 2010 from Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country. Hamilton has moved Labissiere from Evangelical Christian School to Lausanne Collegiate – also in Memphis — where he was ruled ineligible to play. Labissiere wound up playing for Memphis-based Reach Your Dream Prep – which was formed by Hamilton to give the talented big man somewhere to play for his senior campaign.247Sports ranked Labissiere as the No. 2 player in the 2015 recruiting class. Kentucky is deep and talented as ever, but they’ll take a massive hit if there’s any hold-up in Labissiere’s eligibility. [ESPN]
Selden DunkKansas is in control against Baylor mid-way through the second half of the Big 12 semifinals tonight in Kansas City. Jayhawks guard Wayne Selden just produced one for the highlight reels, absolutely destroying the poor Baylor defender who tried to take a charge as he drove the lane on a fast break.Selden finished the dunk off in thunderous fashion, much to the delight of his uncle, who is shown at the end of this clip.Wayne. Selden. https://t.co/zBs5V5lhvJ— Chris Stone (@cstonehoops) March 12, 2016That’s one they’ll be showing for a while.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Christian Hackenberg was one of the more hotly debated players in the entire NFL Draft, but he didn’t have to wait until day three to find out where he will begin his pro career. The Penn State quarterback was taken 51st overall by the New York Jets, and judging by the photo he posted to Sqor from the moment he found out, he was pretty thrilled. On the other side of the equation, the Jets posted video of the call placed to Hackenberg.The call to @chackenberg1!A video posted by New York Jets (@nyjets) on Apr 29, 2016 at 7:08pm PDT Hackenberg is definitely a project, but the Jets are in need of a quarterback to step in if they can’t reach a deal with last year’s starter, Ryan Fitzpatrick. We’ll find out soon enough whether or not this is a good match.
Barcelona goalkeeper Neto is facing a spell on the sidelines after fracturing a bone in his left wrist.The 30-year-old arrived at Camp Nou from Valencia during the off-season in a deal worth an initial €26 million (£23m/$30m.With Jasper Cillessen moving the opposite way, Neto was brought in to provide competition for Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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? But Ernesto Valverde now faces being without his back-up keeper for the opening stages of the season as he picked up an injury in the final training session ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Napoli. Barcelona announced on their official website that Neto has been diagnosed with a scaphoid bone fracture and the extent of the injury will be determined on Monday.Reports in Spain suggest the Brazilian, who featured in Barcelona’s first four pre-season matches, is likely to miss five weeks of action.While Neto’s time at Barcelona has started in rough fashion, the former Valencia keeper recently described his move to Camp Nou as a dream.”It’s a dream for any footballer. When you talk about Barcelona, ever player at the highest level wishes to play for a team like this one,” Neto told SPORT. “It’s very different. It means your hard work has paid off when your club can compete for every trophy available.”For me, as someone who likes to always win, to compete at the highest level is the best.” Barcelona begin their La Liga campaign with a trip to Athletic Bilbao on Friday and face Real Betis and Osasuna before the end of the month.The reigning Spanish champions will also likely be without Lionel Messi for their season opener, with Valverde declaring he’s a major doubt due to a calf strain. “He’s in the recovery process and I don’t know if he will be ready for the start of La Liga,” Valverde told a news conference after a 4-0 win over Napoli in Michigan on Saturday.”It’s looking difficult.”Barcelona have won their last four games of pre-season with their final victory over Napoli seeing Antoine Griezmann net his first goal for the club.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)If he doesn’t win the Alabama quarterback battle, could we see Jalen Hurts at a different position? Maybe, but one Alabama insider doesn’t think it is the best move.Hurts is going up against Tua Tagovailoa for the starting quarterback position. Hurts won the job a game into the 2016 season, and has led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championship game appearances.Of course, it was Tagovailoa who sealed the 2017 title victory against Georgia. The Bulldogs defense effectively bottled up Hurts, and Tagovailoa was able to take the top off of it and lead Alabama to a comeback win when he came in at halftime.Tagovailoa is widely expected to win the job, whenever that decision is made. It is likely that the battle will last into the season.At SEC Media Days, Nick Saban admitted that he didn’t know for sure if Jalen Hurts would even be in Tuscaloosa to start the season. Hurts has reportedly informed his coach that he will definitely be on the roster when Alabama travels to Orlando to open up against Louisville.BamaOnline’s Travis Reier weighed in on the possibility of Alabama finding another role for Jalen Hurts in the offense, if he doesn’t start at quarterback.While another roster may be able to do so, Reier thinks that Alabama has too much talent across the board for it to really make sense. From 247Sports:“(A position switch) would feel manufactured or forced than anything,” Reier said. “Looking at what (Alabama) has and who they have. They utilize guys in a way in which they can get matchups based on formations with any of the guys. I mean, Jalen would be going up against Henry Ruggs in the slot. That’s tough. I think Nick believes there are some situational packages Alabama could use Jalen in instead of another position, but again, that goes back to how he’s going to sell that to Jalen.“I think at a lot of programs, that would be an easy sort of move for him. The problem Jalen has at Alabama is that they’ve got big-time guys already in those spots. They’re not void of options. Even from a depth standpoint, they’ve still got dudes. That’s the dilemma with Jalen (playing a position) other than quarterback. It’s not as easy as some people think. Forget about the personnel, there’s some nuances that have to be taken into account.”There is also a question about whether Hurts would be open to a position change. If it was a situational thing, I’m sure he’d like to help the team however he can. Still, if he views his future at quarterback, and plans to play QB somewhere else after his December graduation, which is being hinted at by just about everyone at this point, pulling his attention away from developing at that spot may not be the most wise thing.[247Sports]