Month: October 2019

  • 10 months agoWolves eyeing Derby County prospect Sibley

    first_imgWolves eyeing Derby County prospect Sibleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland U17 international Louie Sibley is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Wolves are on the trail of Derby County prospect Sibley.The Black Country club are beefing up its resources and ambitiously recruiting the best young talent.Defender Sibley was promoted to Derby’s U-23s and scored the goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Thursday night. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 10 months agoDONE DEAL: Morecambe snap up Cardiff defender Paul McKay

    first_imgDONE DEAL: Morecambe snap up Cardiff defender Paul McKayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMorecambe have snapped up Cardiff City defender Paul McKay.Morecambe have signed McKay on loan for the rest of the season.The 22-year-old has not made a senior appearance for the Premier League club.McKay, who previously played for Leeds and Doncaster, could make his debut on Saturday against Crewe.”He is a utility player who can cover positions in midfield and defence and that suits us at the moment with the position we find ourselves in with injuries,” said manager Jim Bentley. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 10 months agoWest Ham eyeing Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey

    first_imgWest Ham eyeing Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelveyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are eyeing Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.The Daily Mail says West Ham are exploring the possibility of a move to sign Shelvey but are braced to face fierce resistance from Newcastle.Shelvey has only made 12 appearances for Newcastle this season and this week went to Barcelona for treatment for a thigh problem. Though he has not been ruled out for definite, the midfielder remains doubtful for Saturday evening’s clash with Chelsea.He may have been a peripheral figure for Newcastle but Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham’s manager, admires Shelvey and would jump at the possibility to bring him to the London Stadium in this window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 9 months agoReal Madrid do enough to defeat Real Betis

    first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid do enough to defeat Real Betisby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid did enough to defeat Real Betis and climb into the La Liga top four with a first win in three matches.Betis looked set to earn a deserved point until Dani Ceballos’ late free-kick nestled into the bottom corner.Real were given an early lead by Luka Modric, but the home side dominated possession and equalised through Segio Canales after an offside decision was overturned by VAR.Madrid climb to fourth, but remain 10 points behind leaders Barcelona. last_img read more

  • a month agoMan City midfielder Bernardo Silva: Guardiola exhausting

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva: Guardiola exhaustingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva admits playing for manager Pep Guardiola is tough.But he embraces the demands.He told the Daily Mail: “Yeah, it’s exhausting under Pep, there is no doubt about that.”But it’s what we have to do.”If you want to go for all the trophies season after season you need to have someone who pushes you day after day. Sometimes it’s not easy but it’s good to have someone who won’t let you slacken off.” last_img read more

  • 16 days agoLiverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Klopp always paid attention to academy

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Klopp always paid attention to academyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold says manager Jurgen Klopp has always paid attention to the club’s academy talent.Klopp has now spent four years at Anfield and Alexander-Arnold admits his interest in promoting young players was immediately obvious. “Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the young lads, and that almost gave us a bit more faith and gave a statement to the club that he is going to use young players and give us those chances,” he said.”He’s shown over the four-year period that he has given those young players their chances and given them opportunities and obviously I’m one of the youngsters that have been given them.”A massive thanks to him, and hopefully there will be four more years of success.” last_img read more

  • 12 days agoFowler: Why Klopp chose Liverpool over Man Utd, Real Madrid

    first_imgFowler: Why Klopp chose Liverpool over Man Utd, Real Madridby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has revealed why Jurgen Klopp turned down Manchester United.Klopp turned down two clubs, understood to be United and Real Madrid, after leaving Borussia Dortmund before becoming Liverpool manager four years ago. In his Mirror column, former Reds striker Robbie Fowler said: “I did an interview with him a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after Dortmund – one of them was definitely ­ Manchester United , the other probably Real Madrid – because he hated how they were focused solely on ­commercial influences.”He said he liked Liverpool because they had a balance between the money needed to reach the top and the ­history and identity of the club and their fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Big Ten: Officials Made Correct Call On Controversial Final Touchdown During Nebraska vs. Michigan State

    first_imgA Nebraska player makes a catch near the endzone.nebraska michigan state endingThe Big Ten has seen its share of ridiculous plays this season, and one controversial call played a large part in Nebraska’s dramatic upset of Michigan State. On what proved to be the decisive touchdown, officials ruled that wide receiver Brandon Reilly was forced out of bounds by a Spartans defender. He recovered to establish himself back in-bounds and make the touchdown catch. Wow. It doesn’t look like he was forced out of bounds at all… Play was reviewed but it stands. pic.twitter.com/z7QzqKZFKS— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 8, 2015Officials reviewed the play and upheld the decision, despite it looking very questionable that Reilly was forced out. Some expected a Duke-Miami-esque statement from the Big Ten on Sunday, but instead the conference ruled that the correct decision was made. From ESPN:“Per NCAA rules, the instant replay crew cannot review the severity of contact, as that is a judgment call handled by the officials on the field,” the Big Ten said in a statement to ESPN.com. “If the player went out of bounds without contact, he may not return to the field to make the catch unless it has been touched first by an opponent. The instant replay crew did confirm contact between the players, that the wide receiver reestablished himself in the field of play and completed the catch. After the replay review, the referee announced that the play stands as called on the field. The intent of instant replay is not to review all judgment calls.”Michigan State took home a wild win against Michigan earlier in the year, and lost one almost as dramatically in Lincoln on Saturday. That’s the way the ball bounces in this sport.[ESPN]last_img read more

  • Video: Cam Newton Is Getting Crushed For Sulking, Walking Out Of Press Conference

    first_imgCam Newton is unhappy during press conference.Cam NewtonThe people who don’t like Cam Newton have more fuel to add to that hate fire. The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback is currently getting crushed on social media for the way he handled himself after his team’s loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. At his post-game press conference, Newton sullenly sat for roughly three minutes, barely answered any questions and then got up and left. Here’s video of his exit. Panthers Cam Newton barely answered questions and here he exits pic.twitter.com/eNMDpv2sQH— Cam Inman (@CamInman) February 8, 2016And here’s some of the reaction. Cam’s presser was weak. If you’re going to celebrate when you win, you’ve got to face the music when you lose.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) February 8, 2016I’m a Cam fan. Tonight’s outcome doesn’t change how incredible he is, was this season. But how he handled the presser was most disappointing— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 8, 2016BTW…I love Cam…great player, but wish he would’ve handled that press session better than that— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) February 8, 2016It’s fair to call Cam a front runner now. Dude lives it up when things go well, turns into a whiny brat when they don’t.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 8, 2016So disappointing. I get that he’s in pain. I’m not a Cam hater, but he has to be a better leader & professional. https://t.co/emFpcziUjW— Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer) February 8, 2016Just when I start liking Cam, he goes back to pouting and a walk off at the press conference. Stardom is a two way street.— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) February 8, 2016Hardest thing to do after a “big game” loss is speak to the media (yes I know I had to a lot) but what was that Cam Newton?! #MVP #SB50— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) February 8, 2016I see college freshmen and sophomores handle themselves better annually after losing in the Final Four than Cam Newton just did. Ooooof.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 8, 2016Obviously, it’s understandable that Newton is disappointed, but the criticism of him is (mostly) fair here. He could’ve acted better.last_img read more

  • ‘We always play to win’ – Casemiro defends Real defeat

    first_imgBrazilian midfielder Casemiro insists Real Madrid always play to win following their second-leg defeat to Leganes in the Copa del Rey last 16.Madrid lost 1-0 at Leganes on Wednesday but still stumbled into the quarter-finals of the competition 3-1 on aggregate.It was a disappointing outing for Madrid, who carried a 3-0 advantage into the return fixture, however Casemiro said the Champions League holders set out to win every match amid their struggles in LaLiga. 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? “We lost the game but qualified, that’s what we wanted. If we talk about how we played, we lacked depth in the first half but got better in the second,” Casemiro said afterwards.”We controlled the pace, their fans were boisterous but we had the game under control. We know there are no easy games, now we are concentrating on the weekend.”We always play to win, we are not in a good place, let’s be honest, but we’re working hard. We’re in the Champions League last 16, a bit far behind in LaLiga and now we’re into the next round of the Copa del Rey. Now whatever happens we just have to win, regardless of who we face.” A defeat on the night but we’re through to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals! #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/70UPFYYbyf — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 16, 2019 Out-of-favour playmaker Isco was handed a rare start by Madrid head coach Santiago Solari but he struggled to impress at Butarque.Amid uncertainty over Isco’s future, Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said: “He’s a very important player for Real Madrid and continues to work hard to get back out there and display the confidence we all need, he’s got the backing of the whole squad. We need Isco to be at his best, and the same goes for all of our players.”2 – Leganes are the second team to have won against both Real Madrid and Barcelona this season in all competitions, after Levante. Merit. pic.twitter.com/mWEcUm6WPi — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 16, 2019 Leganes became just the second team to beat both Madrid and Barcelona this season in all competitions, after Levante.Mauricio Pellegrino was sent to the stands during the win, much to the frustration of Leganes’ coach post-game.”Apparently he kicked me out because I made the gesture of a pair of glasses,” Pellegrino said.”But I never did it, it was an unfair expulsion.”I’m very bitter about this. I just told him it was a penalty.”last_img read more

  • ‘Sarri madness will soon spark exit talk’

    first_imgMaurizio Sarri’s Chelsea have been found out, says Graeme Le Saux, with the man at the helm set to become the subject of exit talk unless he moves away from the “madness” of a system that is not working.The Blues have become synonymous with regular changes in the dugout, with few coaches lasting long at Stamford Bridge.Sarri has been warned that he faces heading the same way as his predecessors, which include a number of Champions League winners, unless he learns to “adapt”. 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? The Italian enjoyed a bright start to his reign in west London, but his favoured approach is no longer delivering the required results and pressure is building after slipping out of the Premier League’s top four on the back of a humbling 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.Former Blues defender Le Saux told the Daily Express: “The problem with Chelsea is that as soon as they lose a few games, people start talking and a manager goes. That is their legacy. I hope that does not happen again.“I am not saying that Sarri should change his principles. I love to see teams playing it out from the back and passing the ball. He did a fantastic job at Napoli.“Is Sarri prepared to have a bumpy ride like the one he is going through, because he believes that the end result is worth it? It is a risky path, for me.”Le Saux added on what needs to be done at Chelsea: “Sarri has to adapt. He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise his problems are just going to get worse.“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.Higuain Sarri Chelsea Bournemouth“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt. Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.“He sticks to a 4-3-3 system, and when he does make a change he just changes a player within the system – so it is easy for opponents.“Everyone had worked Chelsea out by November. They knew that Jorginho was the fulcrum. So now teams drop a player onto him, like Bournemouth did with David Brooks, and they stop him. Then you have N’Golo Kante not comfortable in his role on the right, and the team are unbalanced.“If you don’t adapt then you are stuttering, or even going backwards.“This was not just a one-off – there is a pattern now. This has happened to Chelsea several times this season – at Tottenham, Arsenal and now Bournemouth. And it has not been simply an unlucky 10 minutes in these matches.“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”Chelsea will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to rock-bottom Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

  • Gundogan: I have not spoken to anyone at Dortmund

    first_imgManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan claims he has not been in contact with Borussia Dortmund over a possible return to the club, with talks over an extension at the Etihad on the horizon.The 28-year-old left Westfalenstadion to join up with Pep Guardiola’s side in 2016 and he has since managed to rack up over 100 appearances for the club across all competitions.The Germany international has helped City win two Premier League titles, two Carabao Cups and one FA Cup over the last three years – featuring prominently during their latest treble-winning campaign. 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, Gundogan has only one year remaining on his existing contract and there has been some suggestion he could seek a move during the summer transfer window.A return to Dortmund has been mooted as a possibility, but he insists that there is no substance to the rumours regarding his future.Speaking after Germany’s European Championships qualifying win over Estonia on Tuesday, Gundogan dismissed the prospect of a Bundesliga switch before revealing he will sit down with City officials during pre-season.”I would know about that, I know nothing, I have not spoken to anyone,” he began.”There will be talks in the summer and then we’ll see.”I’m not dissatisfied with Manchester City and that’s why I would not say that I really want to leave because the club wants to extend my contract.”Guardiola has previously described Gundogan as “an incredible player in all senses” and his versatility proved crucial during City’s hugely successful 2018-19 campaign.The German ace racked up over 40 appearances and impressed in both a holding role and as an orthodox central midfielder, while also contributing six Premier League goals to the champions’ cause.City will be aiming to win a third successive domestic crown next season, but conquering the Champions League is the main priority for Guardiola.The Spanish boss has not won the trophy since guiding Barcelona to glory in 2011 and Gundogan’s continued presence in the starting XI could be vital to his current squad’s chances of success in 2020.last_img read more

  • 70 facts about Argentina legend Diego Maradona

    first_img1. Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960 in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.2. Maradona made 91 appearances for Argentina, scoring 34 goals.3. He played in four World Cup tournaments for his country.4. He helped Boca Juniors to the league championship in 1982 before making a move to Barcelona. But in 1984, he transferred to Napoli and helped them win their only two Serie A titles to date – in 1987 and 1990.5. Maradona holds the record for making the most number of appearances as captain of any country in a World Cup. He skippered Argentina on 16 occasions.6. In total, however, he made 21 appearances in World Cup tournaments.7. A 15-year-old Maradona made his professional debut on October 20, 1976 for Argentinos Juniors.8. Maradona was part of the Argentina youth squad that won the 1979 Youth World Cup in Japan.9. On February 27, 1977, Maradona made his international debut against Hungary at age 16 at the Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires.10. He has a tattoo of Che Guevara on his arm, and a portrait of Fidel Castro tattooed on his left leg.11. Maradona holds the record for suffering the most number of fouls in a World Cup – 53, during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.12. He also holds the record for the most number of fouls suffered in one game in a World Cup, when Italy fouled him 23 times in the 1982 edition of the tournament.13. Maradona skippered Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.14. Diego also won the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s outstanding player.Diego Maradona Peter Shilton Argentina England 1986 World Cup15. Diego scored using his hand in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup against England. When he was quizzed about the incident, he said: “The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, a little by the head of Maradona.”16. He won Serie A with Napoli in 1987, a feat that would be repeated in 1990. He also won the UEFA Cup in 1989.17. In the 1994 World Cup in the USA, Maradona played only two games – scoring one goal against Greece – as he was sent home after failing a doping test. 18. Maradona married Claudia Villafane on November 7, 1989 in Buenos Aires, but the pair divorced in 2004.19. In 2005, Maradona started hosting a talk show on Argentinian television. Pele was his main guest on his very first show, despite their rivalry.20. He was confirmed as the manager of Argentina’s national team in October 2008.21. During his reign as manager, Argentina equalled their worst ever defeat by losing 6-1 to Bolivia in World Cup qualifiers. This led to Maradona taking a fair amount of criticism. And when his side did qualify for the tournament, he launched into an infamous “keep sucking” rant. FIFA banned him for two months after the outburst.22. Maradona’s managerial debut for Argentina was on November 19, 2008. On that day, his side took on Scotland at Hampden Park and emerged victorious with a 1-0 scoreline.23. On June 22, 2010, Maradona said of the Jabulani ball: “I would ask all FIFA directors to stop talking about me and to start working on having a proper football. This ball is useless. It’s impossible to control.”24. In a press conference prior to the first knockout round in the 2010 World Cup, Maradona jumped over the barrier to embrace former Napoli team-mate Salvatore Bagni, a footballer turned pundit. Following the gregarious greeting, Bagni said: “Even knowing him as I have done all these years, Diego always does something to surprise you.”25. Maradona vehemently defended Lionel Messi after Argentina were eliminated from the 2010 World Cup when he said: “Anyone saying he didn’t have a great World Cup is an idiot.”26. Former team-mate Jorge Valdano said of him in 2006: “He is someone many people want to emulate, a controversial figure, loved, hated, who stirs great upheaval, especially in Argentina… Stressing his personal life is a mistake. Maradona has no peers inside the pitch, but he has turned his life into a show, and is now living a personal ordeal that should not be imitated.” 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? Diego Maradona Argentina World Cup27. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) put in a request to FIFA to retire the No.10 shirt in honour of Maradona. The request was denied.28. Argentinos Juniors have named their stadium after Maradona, calling it Estadio Diego Armando Maradona.29. Maradona said after beating England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final: “It was as if we had beaten a country, more than just a football team.”30. Maradona stated in 1996: “I was, I am and I always will be a drug addict. A person who gets involved in drugs has to fight it every day.”31. In 2000, FIFA decided to do a one-off Player of the Century award for the new millennium. After eventually arriving at the decision that Pele and Maradona would share the award, the Brazilian said: “If he thinks he’s the best player of the century that’s his problem.”32. Asked once to name his starting XI in 1990, Argentina manager Carlos Bilardo famously said: “Maradona and 10 others.”33. Maradona was appointed the sports vice-president of Boca Juniors in 2005. He quit a year later.34. Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica has made a documentary about Maradona, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.35. In 1986, former England manager Sir Bobby Robson famously said: “With Maradona, Arsenal could have won the World Cup.”36. Ex-England defender Phil Neal said of an 18-year-old Maradona in 1978: “The kid is just unbelievable – he is the best I have ever seen.”37. Fans started a “Church of Maradona” in Buenos Aires in 1998. The year is marked by Maradona’s birthday every year. October 30, 2010 is 50 D.D [“despues de Diego”],” or ‘After Diego’.38. Maradona’s second goal against England – which came just four minutes after the ‘Hand of God’ – in the quarter-final of the World Cup in 1986 saw him dribble past opposition defenders to eventually beat Peter Shilton to make the score 2-0. FIFA called this the Goal of the Century.39. Maradona has a lookalike puppet in the French show ‘Les guignols de l’info’.40. He is good friends with Cuban leader Raul Castro.41. Maradona had to leave Napoli in 1991 after failing a drug test for cocaine.42. The Argentine refused to go to the opening ceremony of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, saying: “I’m not here to look at bloody Pele walking around.”Lionel Messi Diego Maradona Argentina43. In an ongoing war of words with the Brazilian, Pele said during Maradona’s reign as national team boss: “But it isn’t Maradona’s fault. It is the fault of whoever put him in charge.” The Argentine hit back later, saying: “Pele should go back to the museum. And stay there.”44. Italian officials revealed in 2009 that Maradona owes them €37 million (£32.2m). More than half this sum is interest on the original debt.45. Maradona averaged 0.526 goals-per-game in domestic club competitions.46. He is the third highest goalscorer for Argentina, behind Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo.47. Scottish fan group The Tartan Army have a chant in praise of Maradona for sending their neighbours out of the 1986 World Cup.48. Maradona stated about World Cup 1998: “The players have all got square feet. They are like Robocops, they have more need of lubricant than massage. I don’t believe the tournament could be worse.”49. The IIMSAM (Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition) appointed Maradona as its Goodwill Ambassador in 2006.50. In a book on Maradona in 1997, Argentinian psychologist and author Gustavo Bernstein noted: “Maradona is our maximum term of reference. No one embodies our essence better. No one bears our emblem more nobly. To no other, in the last 20 years, have we offered up so much passion. Argentina is Maradona, Maradona is Argentina.”51. Maradona is the only player in the history of football to have broken the record transfer fee twice.52. Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini described him as the toughest player they had ever played against.53. He and Messi are the only players to have won the Golden Ball at both the FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup.54. On August 17, 2015, he visited Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian referee and paid tribute by presenting a signed Argentine jersey. Bin Nasser was the man who refereed the match in which Maradona scored the ‘Hand of God’ goal.55. In 2000, he published his autobiography “Yo Soy El Diego”, meaning “I am the Diego.” He donated the Cuban royalties of his book to the Cuban people.56. The Argentine-based Konex Foundation granted him the Diamond Konex Award in 1990, one of the most prestigious cultural awards in Argentina. He was awarded for his contribution to sports.57. After smashing a photographer’s car window for being intrusive, Diego said: “I did it with the hand of reason.”58. Bob Wilson said of Maradona: “He is a flawed genius who has now become a genius who is flawed.”59. In a match against Real Madrid, he dribbled past goalkeeper Agustin and defender Juan Jose before slotting in the goal. He was applauded by the opposing fans – one of the few players to have received such an ovation.60. He forged a partnership with Bruno Giordano and Careca to take Napoli to their second Serie A win in 1989-90. They were called the ‘Ma-Gi-Ca’ (Magic) front line.Diego Maradona 01121761. He did not make the 1978 World Cup team as, at 17 years old, he was considered to be too young by then-coach Cesar Luis Menotti.\62. In 2019, a biopic based on the player, titled ‘Maradona’ and directed by Asif Kapadia, and produced by James Gay-Rees who made ‘Amy’, was released.63. As a tribute to Maradona’s excellence, the authorities at the Azteca Stadium built a statue of him scoring the “Goal of the Century” and placed it at the entrance of the stadium.64. Maradona has fathered two children – legally. He once said about fatherhood: “My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest are a product of my money and mistakes.”65. In December 2007, Maradona presented a signed shirt with a message of support to the people of Iran, and it is displayed in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ museum.66. Maradona visited the tomb of Hugo Chavez in April 2013 and urged Venezuelans to elect the late leader’s designated successor, the socialist Nicolas Maduro: “Continue the struggle,” Maradona said on television.67. Film director Kusturica once said of Maradona: “I asked myself, ‘Who is this man? Who is this footballing magician, this Sex Pistol of international football, this cocaine victim who kicked the habit, looked like Falstaff and was as weak as spaghetti?’ If Andy Warhol had still been alive, he would have definitely put Maradona alongside Marilyn Monroe and Mao Tse-Tung. I’m convinced that if he hadn’t been a footballer, he’d’ve become a revolutionary.”68. Maradona was featured as a legendary player in FIFA 18 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.69. Brazil-born Diego Costa was named in honour of Maradona despite the rivalry between Argentina and Brazil.70. Maradona was featured in the music video to the 2010 World Cup song “Waka Waka” by Shakira, with footage shown of him celebrating Argentina winning the 1986 World Cup.last_img read more

  • Penn State Star RB Miles Sanders Is Wearing A New Jersey Number Tonight

    first_imgMiles Sanders runs with the ball for Penn State.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Penn State star running back Miles Sanders typically wears No. 24 for the Nittany Lions, but the junior tailback will be sporting a different number against Ohio State at Beaver Stadium this evening.Sanders, a 5-foot-11 junior running back out of Pittsburgh, will be wearing No. 8 in honor of his injured teammate, Mark Allen.Allen, a fifth-year senior, suffered an undisclosed season-ending injury earlier this season. He had totaled 124 total yards and two touchdowns through three games.Penn State officially announced the uniform number change about an hour before kickoff.“New No. 8 in the house for PSU, as was speculated earlier. Miles Sanders wearing No. 8 to honor injured teammate Mark Allen. Sanders typically wears No. 24,” Bob Flounders tweeted.New No. 8 in the house for PSU, as was speculated earlier. Miles Sanders wearing No. 8 to honor injured teammate Mark Allen. Sanders typically wears No. 24— Bob Flounders (@BobbyFlo7) September 29, 2018ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had previously announced on College GameDay that Sanders would be making the jersey change in honor of Allen.Penn State head coach James Franklin was emotional when discussing Allen’s injury and what he’s meant to the program.“We’ve got a lot of love and respect for Mark and what he’s been able to do in his career here, but you won’t see Mark again this year playing on the field,” he told reporters on Tuesday.“Mark (was) stuck behind maybe one of the better running backs in college football history (in Saquon Barkley),” Franklin said. “When he got opportunities, he made the most of them. For all of us, that’s hard. That’s hard to sit behind a guy like that when the game’s really important to you, and I think the game is extremely important to Mark.”Sanders, meanwhile, has totaled 495 yards and 5 touchdowns through four games. He’ll need a big game tonight to take down the Buckeyes.Ohio State and Penn State are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

  • Referees In Major College Football Game Are Getting Destroyed

    first_imgA referee signaling a touchdown during a Florida Gators game.(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)LSU and Texas A&M have played one of the craziest college football games of the season tonight, as the Tigers and Aggies are now in their third overtime at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.The officiating – or, really, lack thereof – has greatly contributed to the wildness that’s ensued at the end of the game.There was extreme controversy at the end of the fourth quarter, when the officials decided to not review very questionable fourth down spot.This was the 4th-and-18 conversion for A&M. Looked like he was a half yard shy, but bc the Aggies were in hurry mode and spiked it, no time for a review. pic.twitter.com/TUg0LXnOtv— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 25, 2018The officiating hasn’t gotten any better in the overtime sessions, either.“The officiating/replay booth have been embarrassing in College Station tonight. As bad as I’ve ever seen,” USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken tweeted.The officiating/replay booth have been embarrassing in College Station tonight. As bad as I’ve ever seen. What’s the deal, @GregSankey?— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 25, 2018“Worst officiated game I’ve ever seen. Any sport,” one fan tweeted.Worst officiated game I’ve ever seen. Any sport— CFB Officiating Reform NOW! (@maxtoscano1) November 25, 2018“This game is an embarassment to the SEC officiating. Many people need to lose their jobs on Monday,” another tweeted.This game is an embarassment to the SEC officiating. Many people need to lose their jobs on Monday. #LSUvsTAMU— Taylor Champagne (@taylorchampagne) November 25, 2018LSU and Texas A&M are certainly going to have a lot to say after this one.The finish is being televised on SEC Network.last_img read more

  • Big 10 Championship Makes Embarrassing Mistake Before Kickoff

    first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is about two hours away from kickoff.Ohio State and Northwestern are set to play for a conference championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl (and, maybe for the Buckeyes, a College Football Playoff berth).The Big Ten is getting ready for kickoff and is testing some things out on the field.Unfortunately, there’s one embarrassing mistake to fix.“Lucas Oil Stadium is testing out the pregame footage for the entrances. One problem? The video has Michigan instead of Ohio State,” tweeted Austin Ward.Lucas Oil Stadium is testing out the pregame footage for the entrances. One problem? The video has Michigan instead of Ohio State.— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) December 1, 2018Yikes.Here’s some footage of the error:Here’s your footage ADub! pic.twitter.com/sk2sgDd3Ef— Nick Clarkson (@RealSilverTuna_) December 1, 2018That’s certainly not good.Ohio State dominated Michigan, 62-39, on way to the Big Ten Championship Game last weekend.The Buckeyes and the Wildcats are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

  • Brian Kelly Reveals What Notre Dame Would Have Done Had It Been Left Out

    first_imgAn extreme closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a Notre Dame hat and a head set.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play 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 was part of the four-team College Football Playoff field that was unveiled on Sunday, but Fighting Irish fans had to sweat it out a bit. Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia all had solid resumes.Head coach Brian Kelly was asked what he’d have done if Notre Dame wasn’t part of the field. He had a funny answer:Brian Kelly says that if Notre Dame didn’t get in that Notre Dame was going to “go the UCF model” and just claim the national title, complete with a statue.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) December 2, 2018UCF, last year, was not included in the playoff. The Knights defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl and decided to claim a national title anyway.It remains to be seen if they’ll do it again this year. They’re undefeated again and they’re headed to a New Year’s Six bowl.In reality, if Notre Dame did something like this, people would have one answer – join a conference. It’s a little more charming when UCF is the school doing it.Regardless, Notre Dame is in and it’ll take on Clemson. It should be a great matchup.last_img read more

  • Cardale Jones Reacts To Ohio State Being Ranked No. 6 In Final CFP Poll

    first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones in his Ohio State football helmet.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)The Ohio State Buckeyes will not be part of the College Football Playoff field this year. Some are upset at where the team fell in the final rankings.Ohio State, despite a 12-1 record and a Big Ten title, wound up No. 6 in the final rankings – behind two-loss Georgia. Oklahoma wound up getting the final slot in the event at No. 4.Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, who won the Buckeyes their only College Football Playoff title, took to Twitter in the aftermath.What he posted sums up how all Ohio State fans feel right now.??‍♂️— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) December 2, 2018Ohio State had a decent case, especially after the way it crushed Michigan, but the Purdue loss proved to be too much to overcome.In just a few weeks, Alabama will square off against Oklahoma, while Clemson will take on Notre Dame.Ohio State’s consolation prize is the Rose Bowl against Washington.last_img read more

  • Amit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govt

    first_imgAmit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govtBJP president Amit Shah is the new Home Minister in the second Modi government while Rajnath Singh will be the new Defence Minister. Nirmala Sitharaman is the new Finance Minister.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 17:24 IST The Council of Ministers at the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSThe President has announced the list of new ministers of Modi govtAmit Shah has been appointed the new Home Minister replacing Rajnath SinghRajnath Singh will be the new Defence Minister replacing Nirmala SitharamanPresident Ram Nath Kovind has announced the list of ministries on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP president Amit Shah is the new Home Minister replacing Rajnath Singh while Rajnath Singh will be replacing Nirmala Sitharaman as the Defence Minister.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister.24 MPs took oath as Cabinet ministers in the new Modi government at a gala swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. In two of the most significant moves, BJP president Amit Shah took oath as a Cabinet minister right after PM Modi and Rajnath Singh and the appointment of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar as a Cabinet minister.Here’s the complete list of portfolios:Cabinet MinistersRajnath Singh, who held the Home Minister in the previous Modi government is the new Defence Minister replacing Nirmala Sitharaman.BJP president Amit Shah, who contested his first ever Lok Sabha election, has been appointed the new Minister of Home Affairs in the second edition of the Modi government.Nitin Jairam Gadkari will continue to hold his position as the Minister of Road Transport and Highways. He will also be the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.DV Sadananda Gowda will be the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.Nirmala Sitharaman who was the former Defence Minister in the previous Modi government has replaced her mentor Arun Jaitley as the new Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan has been appointed the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.Narendra Singh Tomar is the new Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.Ravi Shankar Prasad will continue as the Minister of Law and Justice and will also be the Minister of Communications and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.Harsimrat Kaur Badal will continue to be the Minister of Food Processing Industries.advertisementThaawar Chand Gehlot is the new Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.Former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has been given the prime post of Ministry of External Affairs. He was a key force in India’s relations with the US and China in the past five years of the Modi government. Jaishankar’s appointment as a minister came as a big surprise during the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is the new Minister of Human Resource Development replacing Prakash Javadekar.Arjun Munda is the new Minister of Tribal Affairs.Smriti Zubin Irani, who beat Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his home turf Amethi and turned to be the biggest winner of the Lok Sabha elections, has been handed the Ministry of Women and Child Development along with the Ministry of Textiles. Smriti Irani has replaced Maneka Gandhi.Dr. Harsh Vardhan is the new Minister of Health and Family Welfare, replacing JP Nadda. Vardhan will also be the Minister of Science and Technology andMinister of Earth Sciences.Prakash Javadekar is the new Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.Piyush Goyal continues to hold the Ministry of Railways and will also be the Minister of Commerce and Industry.Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas andMinister of Steel.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be the Minister of Minority Affairs.Pralhad Joshi will be the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Coal andMinister of Mines.Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey will be the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy andMinister of State in the Department of Space.Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.Prahalad Singh Patel: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.MINISTERS OF STATEFaggansingh Kulaste: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.General (Retd.) VK Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.G Kishan Reddy: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.advertisementSanjeev Kumar Balyan: Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications andMinister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.Anurag Singh Thakur: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance andMinister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.Nityanand Rai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Rattan Lal Kataria: Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.V. Muraleedharan: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.Renuka Singh Saruta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Som Parkash: Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Rameswar Teli: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Kailash Choudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.advertisementAlso Read | Complete list of Narendra Modi cabinet with names and detailed portfoliosAlso Read | Amit Shah joins Modi govt: What changes and what may now worry Team Modi-ShahAlso Watch | Narendra Modi takes oath as Prime Minister for second timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjeelast_img read more

  • Heartwarming: Photo of Kane Williamson consoling Carlos Brathwaite hit among World Cup fans

    first_img commentary scorecard view more view less Heartwarming: Photo of Kane Williamson consoling Carlos Brathwaite hit among World Cup fansICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand players, including captain Kane Williamson, rushed to console Carlos Brathwaite after the West Indies all-rounder sunk to the ground in disappointment in Manchester on Saturday. Brathwaite’s maiden ODI hundred went in van as they lost by 5 runs advertisement Akshay Ramesh ManchesterJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 14:03 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Carlos Brathwaite hit a hundred but it wasn’t enough for West Indies to clinch 2 points on Saturday (@CricketWorldCup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCarlos Brathwaite struck his maiden ODI hundred on SaturdayBrathwaite’s valiant effort went in vain as WI lost to NZ by 5 runsNew Zealand players consoled Brathwaite after the thrilling finishLife came full circle for Carlos Brathwaite on Saturday. 3 years after breaking the hearts of quite a few English fans by hitting 4 sixes in the World T20 final against England at Eden Gardens, Brathwaite was at the receiving end in West Indies’ World Cup 2019 match at Old Trafford in Manchester.Carlos Brathwaite came up with a single-handed effort and took West Indies close to New Zealand’s total of 291 in their crunch World Cup 2019 match. West Indies were reeling at 164 for 7 after a middle-order failure but Brathwaite, who had picked up 2 wickets earlier on Saturday, wasn’t willing to give up.The big West Indies all-rounder, who hadn’t been in the best of form in the lead up to the World Cup, played with the typical West Indian flair and gave New Zealand a massive scare.Brathwaite hit 101, including 9 boundaries and 5 sixes, in just 81 balls, thereby bringing up his maiden World Cup 100. West Indies needed just 5 from 7 after the Brathwaite heroics but the all-rounder holed out at long-on when trying to seal the win with a big hit. Trent Boult at long-on held on to a stunning catch.West Indies fans were visibly distraught. Brathwaite sunk to the ground at the middle of the pitch in disappointment. The former champions’ chances of qualifying for the semi-final took a huge hit after the 5-run loss.However, a moment of fine sportsmanship from New Zealand players, especially Kane Williamson, is being cherished by cricket fans on social media.Williamson quickly walked up to Carlos Brathwaite and consoled the West Indies star who gave it his all at the field. Earlier in the day, Williamson had hit 148 from 154 balls to lead New Zealand’s fightback.advertisement ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand players console Carlos Brathwaite after West Indies’ 5-run loss on Saturday (Reuters Photo)Most heartbreaking yet heartwarming picture on the Internet today #NZvWI #Brathwaite #KaneWilliamsonSwathii (@curlssup) June 22, 2019This….this is why I love this game. Look at the sportsmanship of the New Zealand team once the game is over. Feel sad for #Brathwaite. Excellent game. #NZvsWIPrasanthPridhivi (@p_pridhivi) June 22, 2019`Class acts all around ????Cath (@tekiwikouple) June 22, 2019Ah, the beautiful game!KhannaLabUA (@KhannaLabUA) June 22, 2019One pic many emotions.. But #SpiritOfCricket is dominating..#WIvNZ #CWC19 #KaneWilliamsonVikas Kumar???? (@vikas_musafir) June 22, 2019Speaking to the press after his valiant effort, Carlos Brathwaite said he was devasted at not being able to take West Indies past the finish line in Manchester.”Obviously, I’m devastated not to get over the line. I thought it had enough bat on it. I was willing it to go up and up and up but that was one of the best fielders [Trent Boult] in the world out there,” Brathwaite added.”It’s a game of margins. One or two yards more, we would have been victorious tonight,” he said.Also Read | Devastated not to get over the line, says Carlos Brathwaite after New Zealand heartbreakAlso Read | MS Dhoni suggested a yorker before hat-trick ball, says Mohammed ShamiAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow West Indies vs New ZealandFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Carlos BrathwaiteFollow Trent BoultFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Ross Taylor No data available! graphs Nextlast_img