About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Calum Chambers: Much more to come from usby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Calum Chambers has no doubts about the potential of their young team.Even though Arsenal sit in the Champions League places, with just one defeat so far this season which came away to early pace-setters Liverpool, Chambers feels there is still room for improvement in the coming weeks.Asked if there was still more to come from the team, the defender replied: “Yes, we have got a really strong squad, a lot of quality players.”We know we have got quality and we can see that, we have just got to keep working hard and believing in ourselves and the results will keep on coming.”
LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 10: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Boise State Broncos at Rupp Arena on December 10, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s a great time to be a Kentucky fan. The Wildcats, who arguably have one of the greatest college basketball teams ever assembled, are sporting a 31-0 record heading into both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. One UK supporter apparently wanted to celebrate both his upcoming marriage and Wildcats hoops in the same day.Saturday, a meteorologist named T.G. Shuck tweeted out a photo of his friend’s groom’s cake. It’s made in the shape of a basketball with the Kentucky logo and some cut-down netting.@darrenrovell Grooms cake at my best friend’s wedding tonight! 31-0! pic.twitter.com/LbfrcMoEER— T.G. Shuck (@TGweather) March 8, 2015The groom would have quite a year if he both got married and saw his favorite team win the NCAA Tournament.
Deshaun Watson Clemson TigerjacksClemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is only entering his sophomore year with the Tigers, but it’s clear that he’s going to have to be a leader during the 2015 campaign. It looks like he’s having no problem playing that role so far.Saturday, Clemson posted an Instagram video of Watson leading the team in a round of “Tigerjacks.” It’s a short clip, but it’s enough to get Tigers fan pumped up for the upcoming season. Deshaun Watson leading the Tigerjack breakdown. #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Aug 15, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Clemson opens with Wofford on Saturday, September 5.
Not many people in the sports world can bring Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer toghether, but Dick Vitale is one of them. The legendary college basketball analyst hosted his annual V Foundation gala last night, and many top figures in the college sports world turned out, including the rival Michigan and Ohio State coaches. Harbaugh and Meyer actually teamed up on stage to announce the winner of a raffle for a 2016 Mercedes Benz, and later took a selfie with ESPN’s Chris Fowler.Yes @OhioStateFB Urban Meyer & @umichfootball Jim Harbaugh are on stage together @DickieV gala @TheVFoundation pic.twitter.com/dp3bKQ8TRt— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) May 14, 2016OK, this Harbaugh/Meyer selfie is focused better. So I’ll also share it for posterity, never to be recreated! pic.twitter.com/siZZt5LXaF— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 14, 2016 That is quite the photo. At the end of the night, Vitale announced that the gala, which honored the late Chad Carr, had raised an estimated $2.8 million for pediatric cancer research. A wonderful job by Dickie V, and everyone else involved with the gala this year.
Twitter/@LSUfootballFor LSU football, today was a day to give back to a community still reeling from devastating flooding.The LSU football team took a break from training camp today to give back to those in need. Head coach Les Miles and his players visited the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge to spend time with evacuees from the serious flooding that has plagued the area.Other LSU teams, such as men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and baseball, visited Celtic earlier in the week.The LSU Football team arriving at Celtic Media. pic.twitter.com/RrWhJoyH1Z— LSU Footbal (@LSUfootball) August 18, 2016Some of the media in attendance, including The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and CBSNews’ Alyssa Estrada, also shared photos and footage. “Y’all got the best team this year, coach.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/y9hrCItlBZ— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 18, 2016Awesome job by Miles and his team, and really the entire LSU athletic department, for giving back to their community.It looks like they were able to put a smile on the face of people who could really use one.
Rafa Benitez says he doesn’t have any advice for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham on Saturday night – because the German is experienced enough.Benitez was the last Liverpool manager to lift the trophy in 2005, while Klopp has lost the final twice – in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund, and last year’s Liverpool defeat to Real Madrid.The Spaniard holds a great deal of affection for Liverpool and is hoping to see Jordan Henderson lift the trophy in Madrid, and he trusts in Klopp to get the job done. 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? Asked by the Liverpool Echo if he had any words of wisdom for Klopp, he said: “No! He has enough experience. He doesn’t need any advice.“It’s just try to do things in the same way as you were doing because that’s the reason why you are in the final.”Benitez, now at Newcastle, has enjoyed watching Liverpool’s progress since Klopp took over at Anfield in 2015, a decade after he oversaw their miraculous comeback in Istanbul.But after missing out in the Premier League title race this season and losing three cup finals in the past three seasons, pressure from outside the club is mounting for Klopp to turn progress into silverware.Benitez isn’t worried about the lack of trophies, but he thinks that victory in Madrid could prove a springboard for further success.“The first thing to say is that Jurgen has been doing really well,” he said.“For me, that’s very clear. It’s another kind of challenge.“In our time we didn’t have the money that Liverpool have had in recent years.“They have been improving the team and the squad. To win this final would be a massive achievement.“Again I’d say it would give them more confidence and more belief and more power for the future because it will make them stronger.”“Some people have said that maybe now they’re favourites they will be over-confident but I don’t think so. The experience of last year has to be more positive than negative.“I am sure they will be capable of doing well. But I say it again, beating Tottenham won’t be easy.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
EA Sports have confirmed that FIFA 20 will be released at the end of September.With each new release, the pressure is on the series’ game developers to improve the product and they take a wide range of views into consideration when figuring out which areas need focus.Feedback from professional Esports gamers, casual players, the online community and in-house experts are all heeded as changes are implemented and new features are rolled out. 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? This means EA’s developers are well equipped to give customers what they want while also pursuing their own creative visions for their flagship football game.Ahead of the release of FIFA 20, Goal takes a look at the gameplay changes and new features we can expect.Volta mode – street football Small-sided street football is back in FIFA 20 with the introduction of a new game mode called Volta (which means ‘return’ in Portuguese).Apparently one of the most requested additions from users, the new feature will be much different to the famous FIFA Street series in terms of its authenticity, opting for greater realism.Players will be able to play three-a-side, four-a-side and five-a-side matches using their own individualised character or household names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Volta will be playable online – with leagues and so forth – and there will also be a story mode, which will seemingly replace The Journey.A.I. defending, movement & positioning The May edition of EA Sports’ ‘Pitch Notes’ revealed that the next iteration of FIFA will incorporate a number of changes to A.I. defending and movement.’ Planned tackling ‘ will be a new feature that favours manual defending and defending systems overall are being renewed to reward manual defending.Auto tackles and auto blocks will become less likely in FIFA 20 thanks to the planned reduction in ‘contain’ and ‘secondary contain’ effectiveness.As well as that, those who choose to manually defend in a given scenario will benefit from an improved jockey system , which is designed to enhance agility and precision.Furthermore, when defending set-pieces, computer intelligence will be improved in order to make marking match-ups more realistic. So, taller players will try to keep tabs on opponents of a similar height.Passing EA Sports are naturally striving for greater realism in FIFA 20 and things are getting harder, so it should be no surprise to learn that, as with other aspects of gameplay, passing is going to be harder.The pressure of scenario a player finds themselves in will correlate with how difficult it is to complete a pass effectively. So, 180 degree, first-time and awkward position passes will become more prone to interception .Corollary to that though, passes will be easier and there will be less chance of a mistake when a player is under little pressure or has their body positioned well on the pitch when receiving or playing the ball.There will also be a new option to ‘dink’ a through pass on the ground or in the air, while a driven pass-and-go mechanism will be enabled as well.Timed Finishing & one-on-one situations The ‘Timed Finishing’ mechanism that was introduced in FIFA 19 is set to be further fine-tuned in FIFA 20 and it looks like it will become harder to score.The green timing window for timed shots will be reduced in FIFA 20 from two-to-four frames to just two frames for every shot, which means players will need more skill in order to hit the back of the net.As well as that alteration, difficult 180 degree shots will now be less powerful than they were in FIFA 19, while timed shot accuracy will now result in lower precision.Staying on the theme of scoring, volley shots will also be less accurate and result in more volatile outcomes. It will also become more difficult to score headers in a crowded box.While shooting is being tweaked to make it more difficult, gamers will be relieved to learn that one-on-one finishing situations will be easier in FIFA 20.Shooting accuracy will improve in an ‘easy’ scenario – say, an open net – and goalkeepers’ reactions will no longer be ‘superhuman’.Chained skill moves FIFA players who enjoy the rush of breezing past multiple opponents using skill moves will have to be prepared to up their game in FIFA 20.Using skill moves is set to get harder in the next edition, with EA Sports indicating that chances of error increase “exponentially” when chaining more than two skill moves together.Goalkeeper reactions & movement As mentioned, goalkeepers that were seemingly superhuman in FIFA 19 will now be reduced to mere mortals in FIFA 20, with reactions in one-on-one situations altered to reflect reality.When users opt to manually control goalkeepers, they will also notice that the effectiveness of their movement will be reduced from the last game, so that means no more messing around with the ‘sweeper keeper’.Ball physics FIFA 20 will incorporate a new Ball Physics System that is intended to make the game more realistic in terms of how the ball moves through the air.The trajectories of shots will be different as a result, with how the ball spins and bounces fluctuating depending on connection and so on.So expect more ‘knuckleball’ shots in FIFA 20.
It began two years ago by the side of a swimming pool at a luxury Los Angeles apartment, celebrating with best friend Paul Pogba as he became a £75 million Manchester United player.But Romelu Lukaku’s Old Trafford career is ending far sooner than he might have expected, and in ignominious fashion to boot. Warned that he would be expected to train with United’s under-23s, he stayed in his native Belgium to work out with former club Anderlecht until a deal was done to move him to Inter.Just where did it all go wrong for Lukaku in a United shirt? 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? He actually started like an express train, bagging 11 goals in his first 10 outings in the famous red shirt, but would score a more modest 31 times in his remaining 86 appearances as a United player.Even during that early hot streak something just didn’t sit right about him as a Manchester United footballer, not least because vocal supporters were busy causing racism controversies in their choice of song for Lukaku rather than celebrating his magnificent scoring form.And questions were very quickly asked about his suitability to the team when he wasn’t netting with regularity. Without the goals it was hard to make a bulletproof case for him as an unequivocal first choice at the head of United’s line-up.Jose Mourinho said Lukaku should be considered “untouchable” after fans at Old Trafford had reacted with groans following one particularly disappointing showing against Tottenham just a few months into his United career. But the Belgian was never to find anything like the same form from his opening spell at the club and when things got bad, they felt really bad.Under Mourinho there was a lack of the kind of service on which he would normally thrive. United were cagey and laboured in their approach to attacking opponents, leaving Lukaku with few opportunities to get on the end of telling crosses or burst off the shoulder of a retreating defender. Not that he helped himself either. His first touch was letting him down, he seemed to quickly drop his head when things weren’t right and his conversion rate was often unconvincing.Something just didn’t quite fit.In his entire United career, Lukaku would score only once against one of the other top-six clubs, the opener in a 2-1 win over champions Chelsea in February 2018. The fact that it was his only strike in a total of 24 games in all competitions against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or Tottenham defined him as a flat-track bully. It didn’t help that a foot injury made him a passenger of a substitute in the FA Cup final loss to the Blues to ensure that his debut campaign ended with a whimper.Coming back from a run to the World Cup semi-finals with Belgium he just couldn’t get going. His first two starts of the new season were memorable for dreadful Lukaku misses in United defeats to Brighton and Spurs, both of them quickly becoming popular memes across social media. By December he had tallied only four goals in 18 games.Lukaku made an appeal for a better understanding of his needs from his United team-mates when asked to address his lack of goals.“With Belgium I’ve been playing for 10 years, since I was 16. Players know me much more,” he told reporters in October 2018.“Here, I still think my teamwork between myself and my team-mates can improve and be much better. It’s something that we’re working on. The players need to know me and know my movement. When that starts clicking I think the results I have with Belgium will also come here.”Paul Scholes, speaking to BT Sport the following month, suggested Lukaku might actually have been trying too hard and losing his value to the side as a result.“It seems like he thinks he has to be a footballer, that he has to come into a number 10 role,” Scholes said. “He doesn’t, that’s the last thing that he needs to do. He’s not got the ability to do that.“His strengths are running in behind, getting on the end of crosses, and the midfield players have to tell him to do that. ‘Don’t come in here, don’t come as a number 10, you can’t play.’“I don’t mean disrespect to him. He’s someone who has to run in behind, and he can finish. He can score goals.”Mourinho’s sacking led to the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just as Lukaku was given time off for the birth of his first child. By the time the 26-year-old rejoined the fray Rashford had already become the apple of the Norwegian’s eye.Lukaku would get his chances, most memorably grabbing a hat-trick of doubles in consecutive fixtures against Crystal Palace, Southampton and, most stunningly, Paris Saint-Germain, but that run was the exception that largely proved the rule. Solskjaer wanted a mobile front line capable of pulling defenders this way and that, and with the touch and dynamism to back it up. And that is not Big Rom’s type of game.Antonio Conte’s admiration of Lukaku has long been one of the biggest open secrets in football, and a move to Inter has seemed likely for most of the summer. Had he been set to have any kind of future at United he would have played at least some part in pre-season, whatever his apparent injury concerns during the trip to Australia and Asia. But his days have been numbered for a couple of months now.His decision to tweet a copy of the sprint stats of United players in training went down like a lead balloon, and reports suggest he was fined as well as being told by Solskjaer that he wasn’t wanted in first-team training sessions. His no-show this week was the last straw.Lukaku and United never felt quite like a match made in heaven, and as such their acrimonious split should come as little surprise. He scored 42 goals for the club, making him United’s top-scoring forward in both seasons. But in truth it is a tough sell trying to suggest he would have been a significant success in Solskjaer’s rebuild.It ended up being best for all concerned to just move on.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)It’s common for the referees to face major criticism over the course of a game. This has gone to an extra level in one major college football game today, though.The referees in this afternoon’s Texas-West Virginia game are getting absolutely destroyed, with some saying it’s the worst officiating they’ve ever seen.FOX Sports 1’s Joel Klatt went off on the refs earlier:“It’s an emotional game. They spend all their time, their entire life, getting ready for moments like these. Let’s not take it away from them,” he said.”It’s an emotional game. They spend all their time, their entire life, getting ready for moments like these. Let’s not take it away from them.”@joelklatt on the “too tight” officiating so far in @WVUfootball vs. @TexasFootball pic.twitter.com/ldEX5qS93G— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 3, 2018There have been several questionable penalties, including an ejection.ESPN’s Will Cain says it’s the worst officiating he’s ever seen.“No exaggeration, Texas-WVU is the worst officated game I have ever seen. Both teams getting screwed,” he tweeted.No exaggeration, Texas-WVU is the worst officated game I have ever seen. Both teams getting screwed.— Will Cain (@willcain) November 3, 2018Texas is currently leading West Virginia, 28-27.The game is on FOX.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame is taking on Clemson right now in the College Football Playoff. The Irish finished the regular season 12-0 for the second time under Brian Kelly.In the fourth week of the season, Kelly made a gutsy decision to replace starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush with backup Ian Book. Wimbush was 12-3 as a starter in his career at the time, but the Irish offense was struggling.Book stepped in and played fantastic football for the remainder of the season. He entered today with 2,468 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes.Off the field, Book’s relationship seems to be going as steady as his play on it. He is currently in a relationship with a young woman named Ashton Boyd.Boyd herself has posted several recent shots of the happy couple, including one on Christmas.Notre Dame and Book are currently tied with Clemson 3-3 late in the first quarter in Arlington, Tex.You can catch the game on ESPN.