About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Christian Kabasele was immediately taken to hospital after colliding with a post in defeat to Chelsea.Kabasele was taken to hospital and given oxygen to numb the pain after being forced off.Despite returning to his feet momentarily, television pictures towards the end of the first half showed the former Genk man being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher with the aid of oxygen. With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, it is a blow for Watford to lose one of their key men at the back.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender David Luiz: We must find consistencyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says finding a winning consistency is key to returning to the top.Luiz knows Chelsea need consistency, after their win over Manchester City was sandwiched between defeats against Wolves and Leicester.He said: “In those games we had the same problem after the goal we conceded. We changed our style. We have to be consistent in the way we play, and after that the results are going to come.”Luiz praised Eden Hazard, who has been playing as a false nine recently. “He’s a fantastic player, an intelligent player,” he said. “He is playing a different position but intelligent players can play anywhere. He is doing well and he deserves it.”
Fredericks: West Ham boost from Bournemouth drawby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Fredericks says West Ham United have gained plenty of confidence from their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.The Hammers came back twice to steal a valuable away point which leaves in fourth place on the Premier League table.”Coming back like that gives us a lot of positive feelings,” Fredericks called the club’s website.”We’re a confident bunch anyway and we know we can go anywhere and pick up a result.”We didn’t panic when we went 2-1 down. Obviously it was frustrating to go behind, especially so early in the second half, but we knew we were going to get chances. “We have very good forward players who always create chances so we knew that as long as we didn’t concede a third we’d always have a chance of getting back in the game.”We’re a different beast this season. We don’t want to just be up there and think ‘it’s nice to be here’. We think we’re good enough to stay in and around these positions so we’re going to fight for every point, every goal and I think teams know that when they play against us it’s never going to be an easy game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nick Saban Wedding Bryant-Denny StadiumNick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married last night. We’ll give you one guess at the venue. Yes, it was Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. And it looked awesome. Congrats to Mr and Mrs Setas #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:11pm PDT The lovely bride! #setonsetas #sabantosetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:14pm PDT So Nick Saban’s daughter got married last night. Why am I not surprised at the venue!? 😉 pic.twitter.com/IPZVrETCxM— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) May 31, 2015 RT @MarisaLeeMartin: Only Kristen #Saban could pull this off at her wedding #SabanToSetas pic.twitter.com/uUPN1zx4Pa— Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) May 31, 2015 All weddings of people related to college football coaches should be held at college football stadiums.
Twitter/RussiniIn just a few short weeks, Dianna Russini, a 32-year-old former sports anchor for NBC Washington, will be making her debut for ESPN. The news was announced back in mid-May, and Russini recently finished up her last day with her former employer. She’s expected to be an anchor for the Worldwide Leader’s SportsCenter program. How often she’ll be featured is still a mystery.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got all of those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star. In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 17: Auburn Tigers play the Texas A&M Aggies during an NCAA college football game on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)D’haquille Williams, one of the SEC’s top receivers, has left Auburn’s game against Jacksonville State after taking a nasty shot from the Gamecocks defense. Quarterback Jeremy Johnson tried to hit Williams over the middle, but he was unable to hang on, and got drilled by linebacker Dawson Wells. Williams went down after the play, but was able to slowly walk off the field.Not sure how Gus Malzahn would convince anyone this was targeting on Duke Williams. pic.twitter.com/MBVuroWsy8— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) September 12, 2015Gus Malzahn is furious no targeting call and points to new huge Auburn scoreboard with replay. pic.twitter.com/bdI4KTDzpb— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 12, 2015It doesn’t look like targeting, but we can understand Malzahn being in up only three against an FCS team and losing arguably his best playmaker down the stretch. We’ll keep you updated on Williams’ status.
Lucas Torreira has earned rave reviews at Arsenal, but Paul Merson says the Uruguay midfielder is “not that good” and Unai Emery should be looking at Watford star Abdoulaye Doucoure.The Gunners invested £26 million ($34m) in the highly-rated Torreira in the summer of 2018.AdChoices广告They were buying into ability for the present and potential for the future and were careful to ease the 22-year-old into Premier League life. 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? He is considered by many to have flourished during his short time in England , making 29 appearances and scoring two goals.Merson, though, believes the South American is merely adding energy and bite to the Arsenal side and would not be sought-after by other leading sides if he were to be made available.The ex-Gunners star told Sky Sports : “Arsenal are now showing their true colours. Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything.“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.“Everyone was raving about Lucas Torreira, but he’s not that good.“I said this a few months ago and everyone kicked up a stink. He only looks good as he’s what Arsenal have needed for a long time, someone to run around and put their foot in.“But, if you put him up for sale tomorrow then none of the top five clubs in the Premier League would be interested.”With that rather scathing assessment in mind, Merson believes Arsenal should be among those considering a raid on Watford for a French midfielder who has already been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.He added: “They should sign Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford – he’d walk into the team.“I’d take him tomorrow morning. He’s a much better player than Torreira and he scores goals.“He’s one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League – he could play for any of the top six.“It seems no-one pays attention to him because he plays for Watford and fans will say, ‘Why are we buying him, he’s at Watford?’ – but he’s a proper player.”Merson added on the speculation which continues to surround another midfielder in north London: “Is there any way back for Mesut Ozil? You’ll have to ask him.“Arsenal won’t be able to buy anyone until they can get him off the books.”
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after a touchdown during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With only a few weeks left before the start of the college football season, ESPN has rolled out its list of the 50 best players in the country. The SEC is generally considered the best conference in the country on a year-to-year basis, but it takes a while before we hit the top player from that league: Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham.Stidham played his first season at Auburn last fall, and it was a pretty strong campaign.The former Baylor quarterback threw for 3,158 yards, 18 touchdowns, and six interceptions in 2017-18. He added four touchdowns on the ground.Stidham led Auburn to the SEC West title, and a Peach Bowl berth in his first year as starter. Now, ESPN says he’s the best player in the SEC entering this year, and the No. 10 player in college football.From ESPN’s college football player rankings on Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham:After a somewhat slow start to his first season at Auburn, the former Baylor transfer still threw for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns. With a year under his belt and more control at the line of scrimmage, his numbers could climb.With that strong finish to the regular season, there were some Auburn fans concerned that Stidham could jump to the NFL.Of course, with Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson, it was a very strong draft class at the quarterback position. Shortly after the Peach Bowl loss to UCF, he made the likely-wise decision to come back for another year and improve his stock.Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa comes in exactly one spot behind Stidham, despite significantly less game experience. It won’t surprise many if he ends up much higher on this list next year.The No. 1 player on ESPN’s list doesn’t play in the Power Five at all. Houston’s Ed Oliver comes out on top, and after two dominant seasons for the Cougars, it is hard to argue with it.[ESPN]
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his personal rankings following the conclusion of the opening weekend of the 2018 season.The first weekend of the season wrapped up on Monday night, with Virginia Tech dominating Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.Herbstreit’s new rankings don’t feature too many surprises. Alabama, of course, is No. 1 following its blowout win over Louisville.Here’s Herbstreit’s full top four:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaHe included his next two teams, too: 5. Oklahoma 6. AuburnAfter week 1 my Top 41-@AlabamaFTBL 2-@ClemsonFB 3-@OhioStateFB 4-@FootballUGANext 2@OU_Football @AuburnFootball— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 4, 2018Alabama and Clemson look like obvious College Football Playoff contenders right now, while Ohio State and Georgia looked really good in their season openers, too.Oklahoma and Auburn were two of the most-impressive teams in Week 1, also. The Sooners blew out Lane Kiffin’s FAU, while the Tigers secured the best win of the opening weekend, beating Washington.The official Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll top 25s are set to be released later today.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Chase Winovich and his injury status are one of the biggest storylines heading into kickoff at Ohio State-Michigan this afternoon. Here’s the latest on the status of the Wolverines’ star defensive player.Michigan’s star senior was injured during last week’s victory, though Jim Harbaugh said things were looking promising for Winovich moving forward.Winovich has been questionable for the Ohio State game all week, with details surrounding his status being pretty scarce.The Michigan star defender has been hinting at his status on social media, though.Winovich posted the following image on his Instagram account last night:Take this for what you will, but Chase Winovich has this in his Instagram story pic.twitter.com/SfHHW2UTfU— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) November 24, 2018That’s certainly interesting.Winovich’s teammates believe he’ll be on the field with them come kickoff, too.Michigan’s star quarterback, Shea Patterson, told reporters earlier in the week that he thought Winovich would play against Ohio State.“You’d have to kill him to take him out,” Patterson said. “I’m not sure on the progress yet, but he’s a tough guy.“I’ve talked to him. He says he’s feeling better. I’d assume he’d play but you never know the severity of it. Knowing him, I think he’ll play.”We’ll likely get a final update on Winovich and his playing status sometime before kickoff.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.