By BEN HARRISThe 2014 National Youth Championships is hours away but for two Queensland girls, it can’t come quick enough.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) players Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes will don the maroon jersey for this week’s event at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.But more importantly, they will be playing in front of their family and friends.Johnstone and Sykes are Sunshine Coast girls – Johnstone is from Twin Waters and Sykes from Sippy Down.Playing in a big tournament in their own backyard is something the pair of 16-year-olds are looking forward to.“It is pretty exciting because it is a really good ground and a massive stadium. Plenty of supporters, so it is going to be very exciting,” Sykes said.This is Sykes’ debut at the National Youth Championships while Johnstone previously played for Sunshine Coast Pineapples. “The experience will be awesome. Playing at a high level with a lot of girls I’ve grown up playing with, so that will be awesome. Every game will be challenging,” Johnstone said.Having played in every girls division final since 1996 – winning 14 of the 18 finals including the past two years – there is a lot of expectation on QSST to maintain their incredible record.“Playing for Queensland you have that expectation in the past about winning,” Johnstone said.“You have to withhold that but I think you need to just get out there and have fun; make the most of it.”New South Wales Combined High Schools have been QSST’s biggest threat each year, and 2014 will be no different.“It is going to be really hard because, even from the under 15s, it was pretty tough competition. It is always hard playing New South Wales and other states,” Sykes said.Sunshine Coast councillor Peter Cox said he would be coming out and watching the National Youth Championships.“I came here last year and the competition was really tight and a great spectacle,” Councillor Cox said.“Anyone out there who hasn’t got anything to do in the next couple of days they should come down here because they will see some quality football.”Councillor Cox said the Sunshine Coast would benefit from the National Youth Championships, as well as the State of Origin series (played on Friday and Saturday).“It’s a pretty special time for us and the Sunshine Coast. The players, officials, spectators and families all coming along gives our local economy a great boost, and it is great to show off our great facilities,” Councillor Cox said.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champs
Ausilio: Dybala would be Inter Milan player if we…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan chief Piero Ausilio says Paulo Dybala could have been a Nerazzurri player.Dybala has emerged as one of the most exciting attackers in the world at Juventus.And Ausilio recalled a meeting with former Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini: “A meeting was organised between the two presidents, Zamparini can confirm it, and I am convinced that if Inter on that occasion at the home of the president of Palermo had more desire and determination to spend more probably Dybala would be an Inter player.”The offer was honestly much lower than what Juventus did. The pair of (Mauro) Icardi-Dybala was intriguing to all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp provides update on Gomez & Matipby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken about injuries to key members of his squad.The Reds are dealing with injuries to the likes of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and others.Klopp spoke about the situation after his heavily rotated side were defeated 2-1 by Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Monday.”[Joe is] getting better, it’s getting better, but he is not yet involved,” the German told reporters after the game.”Joel is maybe a bit closer, I’m not sure, but hopefully he moves completely normal. We have to see how the bone healing is, that’s always how it is when something [has] broke, but from his movements it looks nearly normal.”But there are still a few days to go until we can have them in team training, until [Joel] is ready for contact, which for a centre-half is pretty important. Until then we will make all the fitness work.”The good thing is Joel can do all the fitness work already since a week or so ago, so that means when he will be back he will be 100 percent fit. Then he has to get rhythm and everything will be fine.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool, Everton watching Club Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjumaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClub Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld is attracting major Premier League interest.Danjuma is on the radar of AC Milan, which Club Brugge have confirmed, though reports of a bid already tabled have been denied.The 21 year-old only moved to Belgium last summer from NEC Nijmegen, but his impact has attracted interest from across Europe.Along with Milan, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are also interested in Danjuma. He has scored five times and gave four assists in fifteen official matches for his new club.Manchester City were also keen on Danjuma before he left NEC in the summer for a cut-price €1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan striker Lukaku: We need to do more for Conteby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku admits they had to fight for their draw with Champions League opponents Slavia Prague.Inter needed a late goal from Nicolo Barella to earn the point.”The first half was very hard for us because Slavia played at such a high tempo and pressed us,” Lukaku said.“In the last 20 minutes we created lots of chances to score, but it wasn’t the perfect game today because we didn’t win.“We have to work hard to improve this season. As a team, we have to work hard every day to do what the Coach wants because we have the ability to do really well, but we need to work hard every day.”On the Derby della Madonnina on Saturday, he added: “We’re a great team and anyone who comes up against Inter knows it will be difficult for them.“We’ll be very well prepared for the game, for sure.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer delighted with Tuanzebe for Man Utd winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Axel Tuanzebe’s performance against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.The 21-year-old played for United for the first time in nearly two years in the 1-0 victory.”Axel was very assured out there,” Solskjaer said. “He was in cruise control as well. Delighted for him.”It’s a few years since he played for us here at Old Trafford, and he played really well and just confirmed what we already thought we knew.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham due Lo Celso boost this weekby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will receive a boost this week with the return of midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso.The Argentine, signed from Real Betis this past summer, has been out for two months with a hip injury.But manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Monday that Lo Celso will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade.Spurs are yet to win collect a win from Group B so far this season. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sunday afternoon, the ACC issued an official statement on the end of Saturday’s Miami vs. Duke contest, which featured great controversy. The league has chosen to suspend the entire officiating crew two conference games after it was determined that four mistakes (two of which were crucial to the outcome) were made during the final play of the game. For those unaware, Miami returned a kickoff for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.Well, Miami, which benefited from the errors, has responded to the news on Twitter. Duke fans won’t like what they see.¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 1, 2015And this is the Hurricanes official Twitter account moments after that statement was released: https://t.co/nGJkhDK5wz— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 1, 2015That, for those who don’t use social media often, is a “shrug” emoticon. It basically translates to “oh well.”It does not appear that the ACC is going to change the outcome of the game. It’s a tough break for Blue Devils fans.
Duke arrived in Anaheim yesterday in anticipation of the team’s Sweet 16 game against Oregon tomorrow night. Yesterday, the Blue Devils had a practice session, and then went back to the team hotel where they were greeted by packages of cool, new swag. Judging by this video, it looks like each player received a couple of gorgeous pairs of new shoes, as well as some gear. Not too shabby at all.Come for the new merchandise, stay for the “Still Not a Player” instrumental in the background of this video. Day 1 Recap in the Golden State.#MarchMadnesshttps://t.co/3wt1RvGOMP— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) March 23, 2016
Jeison Murillo is looking to ensure Barcelona make his move from Valencia permanent after the defender arrived at Camp Nou on loan.With Samuel Umtiti still recovering from injury and Thomas Vermaelen expected to be out until January, Barca have moved quickly to reinforce their defence heading into the second half of the season.And Murillo, who impressed on loan at Valencia last term before signing on a permanent deal from Inter, has been drafted in on a temporary basis. 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 deal includes a €25 million purchase option and Murillo is determined to impress head coach Ernesto Valverde enough to secure a transfer.”The truth is that I am very happy with this opportunity, I thank the club for this beautiful opportunity, now it only remains to work for the coach,” Murillo said at his presentation on Thursday.”It would be a dream [to stay] and I hope I can count on it. I worked for this since I was little.”I know that there are great players in this team and what I have learned is they’re a great family too. It’s a dream come true.”Let’s welcome @JeisonMurillo19 to Barça. Good luck in this new professional stage pic.twitter.com/Niwb6HRlBz— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) December 27, 2018Barca allowed Yerry Mina to leave the club in August and, although the Everton defender failed to settle at Camp Nou, Murillo has sought the advice of his fellow Colombia international.”I am very close to Yerry, he obviously recommended some things to me,” said Murillo.”He advised me, I am happy and now it is in me to take advantage of this opportunity, but I cannot compare myself with him and I want to show that I can be part of the club and its objectives.”Another defender linked with Barca was Sao Paulo’s Rodrigo Caio, with sporting director Eric Abidal acknowledging the LaLiga club’s interest in the Brazil international.”It’s true that one of the names that we considered to sign at centre-back could have been Caio, but we took a decision and we chose Murillo,” said Abidal.”As a player, I could have signed with other clubs, but in the end, I signed with Barcelona. These things happen in football and they have to respect our decisions.”
Liverpool missed the chance to open a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leicester City on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds appeared on course to capitalise on Manchester City’s surprise loss at Newcastle United 24 hours earlier when Sadio Mane fired them ahead inside three minutes at Anfield.But, just like their nearest challengers on Tuesday, a nervy Liverpool failed to hold onto their early advantage, though a point at least extends their advantage at the summit with 14 games remaining. 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? After James Maddison had inexplicably missed a free header from close range, Harry Maguire steered in a half-volley to make it 1-1 in first-half stoppage time.Snow fell prior to kick-off on Merseyside, but Liverpool quickly warmed to their task. Mane’s low, right-footed drive slipped across the wet surface and beyond Kasper Schmeichel’s dive to put the hosts ahead.The early strike appeared set to signal an avalanche of goals for the Reds, Schmeichel turning aside a Roberto Firmino effort before an unmarked Mane carelessly headed the resulting corner well wide.However, Leicester posed the greater threat as the opening half wore on, eventually equalising in added time through Maguire – only booked minutes before after clipping Mane as the forward looked to run onto a throughball – as Liverpool failed to reorganise in defence after a partially blocked shot was headed back into the penalty area by Ben Chilwell.The visitors should have been level earlier, too, but Maddison nodded Marc Albrighton’s inviting cross beyond the target, letting Alisson – who had turned over possession with a lazy clearing kick – off the hook.Liverpool’s goalkeeper was called into action early in the second half by one of his team-mates – Firmino spared by his fellow Brazilian after poking Maguire’s low cross towards his own net.Shouts from the Kop for a penalty were dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson when Naby Keita fell under a challenge from Ricardo Pereira but Klopp’s side were below par following such a fast start.3 – Liverpool have conceded in each of their last three Premier League home games, after only conceding in two of their opening nine home league games of the season. Slip. pic.twitter.com/MjnrUKsF66— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019What does it mean? Reds fluff their lines after City slipPoints, not performances, are all that matter for Liverpool. A quest for a first title in the Premier League era received an unexpected boost from former boss Rafa Benitez and Newcastle, yet they wasted a glorious opportunity to move further clear of City.Worryingly, after conceding three in their victory over Crystal Palace last time out, they again looked shaky in defence. Admittedly injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have left Klopp short of options – Jordan Henderson played as a makeshift right-back – but they must quickly regain the solid foundations that have underpinned their challenge so far.Maguire makes his mark in both boxesWhile his goal was crucial, Maguire’s best work came at the back. The England international shackled Mohamed Salah in particular, the Egyptian failing to have a shot on target, as the Foxes became the first team from outside the ‘big six’ to deny Liverpool victory this season.Van Dijk caught coldVirgil van Dijk was fit to maintain his ever-present league record in this campaign after overcoming illness in time to feature. However, the centre-back – such a pillar of strength for Liverpool this season – allowed Maguire to escape his attention for Leicester’s equaliser after Andy Robertson had needlessly given away a free-kick out wide.Key Opta facts:2:01 – Sadio Mane’s opener for Liverpool was their quickest goal in the Premier League since April 2016, when Daniel Sturridge netted against Newcastle (1:07). Intense. pic.twitter.com/8U3dar4iwd— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019- Liverpool failed to win at Anfield for just the second time in the Premier League this season (W9 D2), having also drawn against Manchester City in October 2018.- Liverpool attempted just 10 shots in this game against Leicester – the only occasions when they’ve had fewer in the Premier League this season were both against Manchester City (seven, both home and away).- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has now scored 10+ goals in each of his five seasons in the Premier League, with eight of his 10 goals this term coming at Anfield.- Each of Harry Maguire’s three league goals for Leicester this season have come away from home – only Wilfried Zaha (4) has netted more among players to have scored 100% of their goals in away games.What’s next?After back-to-back league games at Anfield, Liverpool head on the road for a clash with West Ham on Monday. Leicester, meanwhile, host Manchester United the previous day. read more
Barcelona star Lionel Messi faces further fitness tests ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.The Argentine star picked up a thigh injury during his decisive display against Valencia on Saturday after he converted his 50th penalty in La Liga and then pulled his side level with a second-half strike, but needed treatment on the touchline shortly afterward when he pulled up with an apparent thigh injury.AdChoices广告Although he returned to see out the 2-2 draw with Los Che at Camp Nou, coach Ernesto Valverde confirmed after the game that Messi had a “small problem” and would face tests to see if he is available to feature against fierce rivals Madrid in midweek. 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 will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday [against Madrid],” he said. Goal now understands that the 31-year-old was still struggling with the injury on Monday, however, and did not take part in normal training with his Barca team-mates.The Catalan side will assess their top scorer again on Tuesday to see if he is in good enough shape to feature against Santiago Solari’s side. While the Argentina international could be kept out of the squad altogether if he is not completely fit, Valverde could opt to name him among the substitutes in case he is needed.Messi may be a doubt, but Valverde will welcome Ousmane Dembele back to the team for the midweek encounter.The winger has missed Barca’s last four games with an ankle injury but is back in normal training this week, and the France international will be named as part of the squad and is in contention to start in his second Clasico. Barca are already without goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a calf injury, as well as Samuel Umtiti and Rafinha.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Hawaii 38-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Braxton Miller will be back at Ohio State tomorrow, the former Buckeye star says. He’ll apparently be bringing a celebrity guest with him, too.Miller said on Twitter today that he’ll be at Ohio State’s game tomorrow with DJ Khaled.Get excited, Buckeye fans.Gonna check out @OhioStateFB game tomorrow with my boy @djkhaled ?.— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) September 2, 2016Miller posted this on Instagram minutes ago, so he appears to be telling the truth.Ohio State and Bowling Green are set to kick off at noon on BTN.
Harry Kane is “gutted” Tottenham lost the Champions League final to Liverpool in Madrid but believes they will come back stronger next year.Kane was selected by Mauricio Pochettino to face Liverpool in Saturday’s showpiece despite having been out since early April with an ankle injury.Mohamed Salah converted a contentious penalty in the second minute and Divock Origi struck late after coming off the bench to earn the Reds a 2-0 win and their sixth European Cup. 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? Kane struggled to make an impact, contributing just 11 passes and 26 touches and only managing to record a single shot on goal despite playing the full 90 minutes.But as Kane thanked Spurs supporters for their backing, the England captain promised his team will bounce back from losing their first ever Champions League final.”Gutted we couldn’t get the job done last night. We’ll learn from it and come back stronger next year,” Kane wrote on Twitter.”Thanks to our fans for your unbelievable support home and away this season. You’ve been incredible.”Kane will hope to put the disappointment of Madrid behind him when he leads England into the Nations League finals.The Three Lions, bidding for a first major international trophy since winning the World Cup in 1966, face Netherlands in the semis.Gareth Southgate’s side will take on either Switzerland or hosts Portugal in the final if they come through that last-four clash.Kane will not be joined by team-mate Kieran Trippier, though, after the right-back was left out of Southgate’s squad in favour of Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Trippier admitted on Saturday he deserved the snub following a number of poor performances for Spurs.The Manchester City academy graduate has been among a number of players to suffer with injuries this season.Kane himself had not played since the April 9 defeat to eventual Premier League champions City before Saturday’s final.And many of Tottenham’s players appeared weary in Madrid as Spurs put in a lacklustre performance on their way to runners-up spot.Pochettino insisted he was still proud of his squad, who managed a stunning late comeback against Ajax in the semi-final to take Spurs fans to Madrid. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has redoubled his commitment to staying in the Premier League, affirming that there is “no place better” than England to be a manager. Guardiola became the first Premier League manager since Sir Alex Ferguson to retain the title with victories in 2017-18 and 2018-19 with City. The Citizens were taken down to the wire by Liverpool, but finally prevailed on the final day of the season having picked up 98 points over the course of the season. 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? There had been rumours that 2018-19 would be Pep’s last campaign in England, with Juventus mooted as a possible destination for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach. But the Spaniard insists that there is no place he would rather be than in the Premier League. “There’s no better place to work than England. There’s no better place to do your job as a manager,” he explained to City TV.”I can compare with Spain and Germany, I suspect Italy would be similar. There is no better place than England.“The fans always support you. I am a blue shirt – I am one of yours. The first year was difficult. When we were knocked out by Monaco in the Champions League, struggling in the Premier League. But the fans supported us.“I felt that in the first season when we didn’t win one title. They supported me. I don’t forget it. It’s easy now to say how good we are. The moment when it didn’t work so well – I needed time. We all need time. But I got the support.”City also lifted the Carabao Cup and FA Cup last season, sealing England’s first-ever domestic treble. Guardiola had achieved a similar feat during his time with Barcelona, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in a single season – but he believes this latest feat may have been even more challenging.“[The treble] is one of the best because of where we did it. England is the toughest one. The Premier League and English football is the most difficult one,” he added.”For the tough calendar and the physicality of the opponents. The weather conditions – there are four or five months when the weather is really bad. It’s so demanding.“The first one is one of the nicest ones. The first with Barcelona was the nicest, and last season here was to. We knew the contenders would be better.”We knew Liverpool would be there. It was a little bit more incredible this year to maintain this pace and this level. We were seven points behind. There is a tendency to drop points then. You have to have incredible focus every single day.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The 46th edition of the Copa America took place this summer as South America’s best teams fought it out for the continental crown.Heavyweights of world football such as Argentina and Brazil were part of the fun, as well as the tournament’s most successful team, Uruguay.AdChoices广告With some of the best players in the world on display, like Lionel Messi, the competition boasted a unique allure, with the continent’s Joga Bonito philosophy strongly imbued. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Goal brings you everything you need to know, including when it is, teams involved, fixtures, results and more.When is Copa America 2019? The 2019 Copa America got under way on June 14 and ran for three weeks until the final on July 7 .Group games finished on June 24 and there was a three-day break before knockout fixtures were played from June 27.Copa America 2019 schedule Tournament stage Date(s) Group stage June 14 – June 24 Quarter-finals June 27 – June 29 Semi-finals July 2 – 3 Third-place play-off July 6 Final July 7 Notably it will be the last Copa America tournament to be held on an odd year, with CONMEBOL initiating a change to the scheduling.From 2020 on, the Copa America will follow the same calendar as UEFA’s European Championship.Copa America 2019 final and third-place matchBrazil claimed their first crown in over a decade in a competition that saw them beat out Peru for the title, while Argentina finished third. Date Match Kick-off time Venue Jul 7 Brazil 3-1 Peru 9pm BST / 4pm ET Maracana, Rio de Janeiro Jul 6 Argentina 2-1 Chile 8pm BST / 3pm ET Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo Copa America 2019 semi-finals The last four turned up two tantalising clasicos. Hosts Brazil topped Superclasico de las Americas rivals Argentina on Tuesday in a heated contest, before Chile were bounced by Peru in an all-Pacific clash the following day. Date Match Kick-off time Venue Jul 2 Brazil 2-0 Argentina 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte Jul 3 Chile 0-3 Peru 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre Copa America 2019 quarter-finals Three of the quarter-final clashes ended 0-0 amid a host of VAR-disallowed goals, leaving penalties to decide which teams advanced. Argentina were the sole team to net during the phase, with Lautaro Martinez and Gio Lo Celso striking to down Venezuela. Date Match Kick-off time Venue Jun 27 Brazil 0-0 (4-3 pens) Paraguay 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre Jun 28 Argentina 2-0 Venezuela 8pm BST / 3pm ET Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro Jun 29 Colombia 0-0 (4-5 pens) Chile 12am BST / 7pm ET Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo Jun 29 Uruguay 0-0 (4-5 pens) Peru 8pm BST / 3pm ET Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador Copa America 2019 group stage The draw for the Copa 2019 was confirmed on January 24 , allocating the group stage of the 12 teams to participate in the competition.Copa America 2019 teams Team Confederation Argentina CONMEBOL Bolivia CONMEBOL Brazil CONMEBOL Chile CONMEBOL Colombia CONMEBOL Ecuador CONMEBOL Paraguay CONMEBOL Peru CONMEBOL Uruguay CONMEBOL Venezuela CONMEBOL Japan AFC Qatar AFC As you can see, there are 10 CONMEBOL representatives and two extra teams from the AFC, Qatar and Japan, who accepted invitations to take part .It is the first Copa America not to feature any CONCACAF representatives since teams were first invited.Group A tables, fixtures & results Pos Team Pld W D L GD Pts 1 Brazil (H) 🇧🇷 3 2 1 0 +8 9 2 Venezuela 🇻🇪 3 1 2 0 +2 5 3 Peru 🇵🇪 3 1 1 1 -3 4 4 Bolivia 🇧🇴 3 0 0 3 -7 0 Group A Fixtures Date Game Time (UK / ET) Venue June 14 Brazil 3-0 Bolivia 1:30am / 8:30pm Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo June 15 Venezuela 0-0 Peru 8pm / 3pm Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre June 18 Bolivia 1-3 Peru 10:30pm / 5:30pm Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo June 18 Brazil 0-0 Venezuela 1:30am / 8:30pm Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador June 22 Peru 0-5 Brazil 8pm / 3pm Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo June 22 Bolivia1-3 Venezuela 8pm / 3pm Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte Group B tables, fixtures & results Pos Team Pld W D L GD Pts 1 Colombia 🇨🇴 3 3 0 0 +4 9 2 Argentina 🇦🇷 3 1 1 1 0 4 3 Paraguay 🇵🇾 3 0 2 1 -1 2 4 Qatar 🇶🇦 3 0 1 2 -3 1 Group B Fixtures Date Game Time (UK / ET) Venue June 15 Argentina 0-2 Colombia 11pm / 6pm Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador June 16 Paraguay 2-2 Qatar 8pm / 3pm Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro June 19 Colombia 1-0 Qatar 10:30pm / 5:30pm Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo June 19 Argentina 1-1 Paraguay 1:30am / 8:30pm Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte June 23 Qatar 0-2 Argentina 8pm / 3pm Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre June 23 Colombia 1-0 Paraguay 8pm / 3pm Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador Group C tables, fixtures & results Pos Team Pld W D L GD Pts 1 Uruguay 🇺🇾 3 2 1 0 +5 7 2 Chile 🇨🇱 3 2 0 1 +4 6 3 Japan 🇯🇵 3 0 2 1 -4 2 4 Ecuador 🇪🇨 3 0 1 2 -5 1 Group C Fixtures Date Game Time (UK / ET) Venue June 16 Uruguay 4-0 Ecuador 11pm / 6pm Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte June 17 Japan 0-4 Chile 12am / 7pm Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo June 20 Uruguay 2-2 Japan 12am / 7pm Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre June 21 Ecuador 1-2 Chile 12am / 7pm Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador June 24 Chile 0-1 Uruguay 12am / 7pm Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro June 24 Ecuador 1-1 Japan 12am / 7pm Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte Copa America 2019 hosts Brazil hosted the 2019 edition of the tournament and it was their first time staging it since 1989.It was the fifth time the Copa America was being held in Brazil, with the country previously hosting in 1919, 1922 and 1949, as well as 1989.Copa America 2019 stadiums Stadium City Capacity Estadio do Maracana Rio de Janeiro 74,738 Estadio do Morumbi Sao Paulo 67,428 Estadio Mineirao Belo Horizonte 58,170 Arena do Gremio Porto Alegre 55,662 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova Salvador 51,900 Arena Corinthians Sao Paulo 49,205 Games took place in six stadiums across five cities, which you can see in the table above.The opening match was played at Estadio do Morumbi – home of the team Sao Paulo – in Sao Paulo and the final took place at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.Watch & live stream Copa America 2019 In the US, the tournament was broadcast in both Spanish and English, with Telemundo clinching the Spanish rights. ESPN offered coverage in English.In 2016, the Copa America Centenario broadcasting rights were held by FOX and Univision in the US, while Premier Sports held the rights in the UK.Who won the last Copa America? Chile won the crown in 2016, their second in a row, and made it to the last four in 2019. Brazil claimed the 2019 crown with a 3-1 win over Peru in the final. Favourites Argentina were also among the last four, with controversy surrounding both the semi-final and the third-place matched they were involved in.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the club’s decision not to buy a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter in an €80m (£74m/$90m) transfer on Thursday, stating that he feels the Belgian’s goals will be replaced by other attackers in the team.Lukaku was signed under Solskjaer’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho, and while he did score 28 goals in 66 Premier League matches for the Red Devils, he was often accused of failing to show up against stronger teams.Indeed, Marcus Rashford was the preferred starting option towards the end of the 2018-19 season, playing a part in Lukaku’s decision to take on a new challenge under Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri in Serie A. 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? United did not sign a replacement striker in the summer window, however, and Solskjaer explained that the club are taking a different attacking approach, and insisted there was never a breakdown in the relationship between the player and his boss.“Of course Rom has a good record and stats – he’s one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker – he’s a target man,” the Norwegian told a press conference on Friday.“[But] for me, I’m very confident that we’ll get goals from [Anthony] Martial, Rashford… Dan James will come in and create, Jesse Lingard will get more. We have a different attacking set-up this season.“It was time for Rom to go because I think we got a good deal,” Solskjaer added. “He’s happy so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be. Rom was injured for a while in pre-season and didn’t participate so I just hope for him he’ll get a good start at Inter.“I have always had a good relationship with Rom, open and honest. We’ve spoken to each other openly and frankly and I have no issue with him at all. But now, whoever’s in here, we’re very happy with them.”With United preparing for their first Premier League match of the season on Sunday, some have been wondering whether young talent Mason Greenwood will play a part in the campaign and Solskjaer says that the starlet will get plenty of chances to impress.“Towards the end of last season, we didn’t score a lot of goals did we? We have players that we think will make an impact and Mason’s pathway would have been a lot more difficult if we had another forward.“For me, I believe that Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot – and when he is he will score goals.”Another attacking option at the manager’s disposal is Alexis Sanchez, who has thus far failed to hit the kind of form that earned him a move to Old Trafford from Arsenal. Solskjaer, however, expects the Chilean to find the net with more regularity this term.“Alexis has come in and trained well,” he said. “He’s four or five weeks behind the boys and has not played apart from the one behind closed doors here, so I think he’ll see this as an opportunity as well to make his mark.“I do expect him to stay, there’s a striker there we think is going to be able to score some goals.”
Losing to Colorado at home was crushing in its own right, but the real concern in Nebraska is the status of quarterback Adrian Martinez. Well, Scott Frost didn’t hold back from updating the media on the entire situation during his press conference today.Martinez suffered an ugly knee injury in the Cornhuskers’ season opener, but his absence might not last very long.Frost announced that his freshman quarterback is currently listed as day to day. With an upcoming matchup against Troy this weekend, it’s possible that Martinez could play.BREAKING: Adrian Martinez could play on Saturday according to Scott Frost. He is day to day with a knee injury. #Huskers Details: https://t.co/QKCIVTv8Rs pic.twitter.com/IBIY7Snxqu— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWardKLKN) September 10, 2018The dual-threat quarterback had an impressive debut, before he left the field with an injury. He was dynamic on the ground with 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns, yet he also proved himself through the air, finishing with 187 passing yards and another score.Clearly, Frost isn’t pleased with the tackle that hurt his gunslinger. In fact, the head coach for Nebraska said that they have filed a complaint on the player that injured Martinez.Frost says they have filed a complaint about the player who tackled Martinez on the play he was injured on.— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWardKLKN) September 10, 2018The Cornhuskers are fortunate enough that Martinez’s injury wasn’t too severe.If he’s ready to go this Saturday, it’ll be interesting to see if he makes alterations to his playing style.
IOWA CITY, IA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, two Big Ten rivals met on the appropriately dubbed Rivalry Weekend. Iowa and Nebraska kicked off just after 12:00 p.m. ET and it looked like the Hawkeyes were ready to run away with the win.Iowa jumped out to an early lead and nearly had the Huskers on the ropes until Adrian Martinez and the Nebraska offense came storming back.The Hawkeyes led 28-13 heading into the fourth quarter, but Martinez led two touchdown drives for the Huskers to knot the game at 28 with just over three minutes left.Iowa then marched down the field and hit a walk-off field goal as time expired to take home its eighth win of the season.Iowa wins The Heroes Trophy on a walk-off field goal and the Hawkeyes are very excited. pic.twitter.com/VEwcbFidY5— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 23, 2018The loss sent Nebraska to 4-8 on the season which isn’t the season Huskers fans envisioned when the year kicked off.Iowa will head to a solid bowl game while the Huskers will get ready for next season.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 01: Head Coach Clay Helton of USC Trojans before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)USC announced today a decision on head football coach Clay Helton. The Trojans’ head coach will not be fired.“It is my firm belief that we have a good team returning next year and a solid foundation in place, and that Clay Helton is a good coach. Let me be clear to everyone, our players, our recruits and our fans. Clay Helton is our head coach and he will continue to be our head coach.I am a strong advocate of consistency within a program, sticking by a leader, supporting them and helping them and their team improve,” USC athletic director Lynn Swann said in a letter to USC’s fan base.The decision to keep Helton is a surprising one to many, but it’s a good decision according to Kirk Herbstreit.The ESPN college football analyst reacted to USC’s decision on Twitter.“Good decision,” Herbstreit tweeted. “USC will be back strong next year. Young team. A lot of adversity will make them stronger for experiencing those challenging times.”Good decision. USC will be back strong next year. Young team. A lot of adversity will make them stronger for experiencing those challenging times. https://t.co/BNhSgYSMMw— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 25, 2018ESPN college football analyst Adam Rittenberg also agrees with the decision.“Objectively, Helton deserves another year at USC. He did more in 2016 and 2017 than his predecessors. If he had been fired, it would have been more because of who he was when he got the job versus what he actually did as the Trojans coach,” he writes.Objectively, Helton deserves another year at #USC. He did more in 2016 and 2017 than his predecessors. If he had been fired, it would have been more because of who he was when he got the job versus what he actually did as the Trojans coach.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 25, 2018There are likely plenty of USC fans who feel differently, of course.