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10 months agoBalogun confident Brighton home form can upset Arsenal
Balogun confident Brighton home form can upset Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Leon Balogun is confident the club’s home form can help them upset Arsenal on Boxing Day.The Seagulls almost held Chelsea to a draw last week before succumbing 2-1. And Balogun thinks they can present a similar test to Unai Emery’s Gunners.”We are always very confident when we play at home and I think that the whole performance today just showed everyone why,” Balogun exclusively told Standard Sport.”We really gave Chelsea a struggle and a hard time. It wasn’t an easy game for them to just carry away those three points, we gave them gifts.”So, I think, we definitely can be very confident about playing against Arsenal at home.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino eases January transfer talk
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino eases January transfer talkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has again eased talk of buying in January.Spurs failed to make a single addition in the summer but have been linked with a host of players again.Pochettino though has urged fans to not get too carried away.He said, “We have a fantastic squad so it is difficult to find players to improve our team.”I am very happy with the squad.”Of course, we can improve but I am so happy.”
a month agoChristian Eriksen to reject Tottenham plans of January sale
Christian Eriksen to reject Tottenham plans of January saleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen is set to reject Tottenham’s attempts to sell him in January.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be annoyed that Eriksen has remained at the club despite the midfielder making it clear throughout the summer that he wanted a fresh challenge, says the Daily Mail.The decision to make Eriksen a substitute for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup shock at Colchester, where he missed a penalty in the shootout defeat, indicates the Argentine’s dissatisfaction.Nevertheless, Eriksen will not be forced out in the next transfer window which will exasperate the club and Pochettino.Sources claim Spurs could be willing to accept £30m as they look to recoup some of his true value.Eriksen wants to join an elite European club and knows he will have better options if he is available for nothing next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
5 days agoMilik reveals new contract talks with Napoli
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Milik reveals new contract talks with Napoliby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArkadiusz Milik says he’s in new contract talks with Napoli.The striker scored twice in their 2-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Milik said, “I am so hungry to play and score goals. I feel good now, I want to do what makes me happy and that’s scoring goals. We are talking about a contract renewal, we’ll see what happens, but I am very happy at Napoli. I can’t say much more than that right now, my agent is discussing it with the club.“Now we’ve got an important Champions League trip coming up against RB Salzburg. It’s going to be tough, as we know they play with intensity and a high press, but we are ready.”
3 days agoChelsea boss Lampard due crunch talks with Giroud
Chelsea boss Lampard due crunch talks with Giroudby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard will hold crunch talks with Olivier Giroud, according to The Mirror.The Frenchman has expressed his frustration at playing a bit-part role under Lampard this season.The impressive form of Tammy Abraham has kept the 33-year-old on the bench over the opening games.Inter Milan are one of a number of clubs interested in signing the Les Bleus striker, who could be out the door in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 3 Of The 2015 Season
college spun staff picks week 3 Could it happen again?Week two’s slate didn’t look all that impressive, but man did it deliver. Last Saturday, college football fans were treated to a number of incredible games, including Auburn vs. Jacksonville State, Louisville vs. Houston, Notre Dame vs. Virginia, Arkansas vs. Toledo, Tennessee vs. Oklahoma, Michigan State vs. Oregon and LSU vs. Mississippi State. Let’s hope week three isn’t a let down.This week, there are two ACC contests (Louisville vs. Clemson, Florida State vs. Boston College) before the weekend that act as teasers. Saturday, we’ve got Auburn vs. LSU, Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame, Ole Miss vs. Alabama and BYU vs. UCLA. We’ve gone through and picked all of the games involving Power 5 teams. Dan Lyons is up a few games on the rest of us. Who do you have?
Video: Michigan State Apologizes To “Talented Recruits All Over The Nation” For Being Unable To Visit This Week
Twitter/@SpartanFBstaffFor many coaching staffs, this week is prime recruiting time, as the regular season is over for most teams. Michigan State’s coaches have to deal with a little thing called the Big Ten Championship this week, however, so they’ll be unable to hit the road, as they prepare to face Iowa in Indianapolis. The MSU staff decided to apologize to the nation’s “talented recruits” with a tongue-in-cheek apology PSA on Twitter. We don’t think they’re actually too broken up about it. pic.twitter.com/bCS9nVcO1c— MSU Football Staff (@SpartanFBstaff) November 30, 2015Appearing in the conference championship at 3:30 on national television should help recruiting quite a bit. We don’t think many players will hold it against Dantonio and company.
Video: Ohio State Basketball Had An Awesome Locker Room Celebration After Beating Kentucky
COLUMBUS, OH – JANUARY 4: Ohio State Mascot Brutus the Buckeye goofs around with a basketball prior to the start of the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on January 4, 20114 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won by a final score of 84-53. (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)It is a day full of upsets in college hoops in New York City. Earlier, Utah knocked off Duke at Madison Square Garden in a dramatic overtime game, and 6-5 Ohio State just upset No. 4 Kentucky at the Barclays Center, 74-67. After the game, the Buckeyes had a pretty fantastic team celebration.#GoBucks #CBSSportsClassic pic.twitter.com/61YXfRJasR— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) December 19, 2015Great team win!!!! #BuckeyeNation— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba13) December 19, 2015Marc Loving: “Being an underdog we had nothing to lose. We had a chip on our shoulder from the beginning and we felt very, very prepared.”— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 19, 2015The Buckeyes have started off slow this season, but this win over an incredibly talented Kentucky squad could help jump-start their season as we approach Big Ten play.
Rangers offer long-term contract to Polster
Steven Gerrard has confirmed he is hoping to bring defender Matt Polster to Rangers on a “long-term deal.”Polster is currently available on free after his contract with the Chicago Fire concluded at the end of 2018.The 25-year-old Polster has been on trial with Rangers, who sit level on points with Celtic atop the Scottish Premiership, with that audition extended. 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? Now Rangers manager Gerrard has confirmed the club are looking to add Polster to the roster, with the boss saying his experience playing against the defender in MLS makes him think the United States international can be a regular contributor at Ibrox.“We’re in talks with Matt’s agent. We haven’t got it over the line just yet but we’ve told his advisers we’d like him to come,” Gerrard told reporters. “If we do it, it would be a long-term deal. I know him well from the MLS and he’s a player who can play in numerous positions.“He’s a good professional, he’s in good shape and he’s got the potential to be a first-team player here at Rangers if the financials work. He could be an interesting one for the future.”Polster, formerly the seventh pick in the 2015 MLS Superdraft, can also feature at holding midfielder, though he has primarily lined up at full-back in recent seasons for the Fire.A knee injury limited Polster to just one game in MLS during the 2018 MLS campaign.While Polster is confirmed to be in the crosshairs of Gerrard, the manager would not rule out more additions this month, though he conceded the American, along with the additions of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis might cap the club’s business for the month.“I don’t want to say no as something might happen in the coming weeks that we act upon,” Gerrard added. “There may be one more but don’t be surprised if there’s not either.”
New FIFA 19 patch fixes timed finesse shots
FIFA 19 has been out for a while now and it’s that time of year where players realise what strategies and in-game systems are the strongest. So far, there have been two clear issues in the game which has affected players of all levels: first-time timed finesse shots and moving the goalkeeper.EA Sports received a lot of feedback on these issues from players and has looked to solve these issues in the latest patch. The update has already launched on PC and will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One soon.One part of the game that has been notably overpowered over the last few months are first-time finesse shots, especially when timed with the new “timed finishing” mechanic in the game. Timed finishing was introduced to FIFA 19 to add another layer of skill to the game for competitive players. To initiate timed finishing, you tap the shoot button a second time before the shot is taken. If you perfectly time this and hit the second press just as the player connects with the ball, the shot is more likely to be accurate and powerful. 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? However, due to an error in the game EA found that timed finishing would work a little too well when combined with a finesse shot that was hit first-time – even if you didn’t perfectly time the shot. If you’ve tuned into any esport tournament in FIFA 19, you likely will have seen that a majority of the goals were curling peaches hit from outside of the box. These shots would rarely miss, even if you had your back to goal.EA has looked to combat this by returning the risk factor to timed finishing. There is now a much shorter window to perfectly time your shot and finesse shots have been brought in line to work the same as the other types of shot in the game. Whether your perfectly or horribly time your finesse shot, there should be a larger variety of where the shot will end up.Before the update, mistimed finesse shots would still potentially go in and, at worst, would drift slightly wide. Now, a mistimed finesse shot could fly in any direction and will be much less likely to challenge the goalkeeper – as can be seen in the image below in which EA demonstrates 100 mistimed finesses on the latest patch. As well as finesse shots, many FIFA 19 players have found issue with the new ability to move goalkeepers. EA have made goalkeepers move slower when manually controlled with the right stick which should hopefully see the feature become more consistent. Previously, moving the goalkeeper would either result in improbable saves or horrendous mistakes.With these aforementioned changes as well as updates to career mode and pro clubs, it appears EA are listening to feedback. The shooting changes, in particular, should have a huge impact on the game.