TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Abidal had scout watch one player for Man City defeat of Dinamo Zagrebby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona sports chief Eric Abidal had a high level scout posted to Manchester City’s Champions League win at Dinamo Zagreb.Mundo Deportivo says Abidal had Goran Vusevic attend the tie with one player in his notebook.Vusevic was there to watch the 22-year-old Amer Gojak. The midfielder, who came into play for the last 30 minutes of the match, also is attracting the interest of the likes of Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham. Gojak is tied to Dinamo to 2022.
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: We’re learning to win without Hazardby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says his team is learning to play without Eden Hazard.Eden Hazard cost Real Madrid around £89m in the summer but that fee could exceed £150m if he goes on to be the success he was at Stamford Bridge.“Whether I became manager or not, Eden Hazard was not going to be replaced by anyone anywhere near similar to what he did for this club,” Lampard said. “I don’t think it was possible, unless you went to the absolute top, with the [Lionel] Messis and [Cristiano] Ronaldos, because I think Eden pushes them around that bracket.“The next question is: how do we change that? Of course, we’ve seen a bit of youth come through with different ideas. I work consistently on the team as a group that we can create chances from different areas of the pitch. It’s great that a left-back [Marcus Alonso] scored inside the box at the weekend, for instance. So, it will be hard to replace [Hazard] — it’s impossible — but as a team we can find a way and, hopefully, we’re working towards that.”
Urban Meyer Basement FloodedOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has a pretty decent contingency plan heading into the 2015-2016 season, given the fact that he has three quarterbacks capable of winning him another national championship. But he didn’t have much of a contingency plan for his basement after his sump pump broke this past weekend. Meyer’s basement flooded with what appears to be at least a foot of water after yet another rainstorm in Ohio. His wife, Shelley, tweeted out a photo of the damage – both before and after it was drained. Busted Coverage tipped us off:@mariawsyx6 @wsyx6 @SlingerWSYX6 @basementdoctor Darn! Too late for me, Maria. Mine flooded last night. #sumpumprobs pic.twitter.com/bRUW17BgBj— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 21, 2015Just home from baseball in Indy-the water AND the carpet AND the drywall are all gone. #sumpumpfail. #2muchrain pic.twitter.com/IWgOE446Xv— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 22, 2015In reality, it was probably time for an upgrade on some of the furniture down there anyway. Luckily, we’re pretty sure Meyer can afford to pay someone to fix it all.
A day after the media’s SEC preseason poll was released, the preseason All-SEC teams have been released. Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the most selections on the conference’s first-team with six players. Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU and Auburn are also well represented. Here are all three offensive and defensive teams. SEC Preseason Teams SEC Preseason Teams 2 SEC Preseason Teams 3 SEC Preseason Teams 4 SEC Preseason Teams 5 SEC Preseason Teams 6 SEC Preseason Teams 7 SEC Preseason Teams 8 SEC Preseason Teams 9Nothing too surprising. These teams will surely look a lot different at the end of the season, though.
Ernesto Valverde is open to the idea of Barcelona dipping back into the winter transfer market, but is not expecting much January movement at Camp Nou.This time last year, the Blaugrana were preparing to open their cheque book in order to complete two big-money deals.Yerry Mina, who has since been moved on to Everton, was acquired for €11.8 million (£11m/$13m) while Philippe Coutinho was lured away from Liverpool in a €160m (£143m/$182m) agreement. 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? Barcelona added again over the summer of 2018, and find themselves back at the top of the Liga standings, but further recruits are possible over the coming weeks.Quizzed on his plans for the January window, Valverde told reporters: “We are always open to improving but we will have to see if any players come in.“But, in principle, we are happy with what we have and I am focused on the players we have here.”Barca are hoping that their ranks will soon be bolstered by the return from injury of World Cup-winning defender Samuel Umtiti.“We think that in a couple of weeks he might be able to start training again with the team, we’ll see how things are going,” Valverde said of the France international.“I always try to be optimistic and I would like that to happen. I think he has positive feelings. We’ll see.”For now, Umtiti’s absence has been covered by the loan signing of Colombian centre-half Jeison Murillo from Valencia.Valverde said of a man pushing to make his debut: “Our idea was that Jeison would be available as soon as possible and he knows the league.“He’s going to have to play and we hope to see the best of him.”Barcelona will return to La Liga action on Sunday against Getafe.They will be hoping to preserve a three-point lead at the summit in that contest, with Valverde aware that challenges for the crown are likely to come from several rivals.Atletico Madrid are their closest challengers are present, with Sevilla and Alaves also flying high while Clasico foes Real Madrid are only seven points off the pace despite sitting fifth.Valverde added on the Blancos: “We still consider Madrid a candidate for the title.“Sometimes the gaps seem great but they are not so much, just two and a half games, and we see them as one of our rivals.“This year La Liga is tighter, everything is more compressed. But always it is better if we are first.”
Romelu Lukaku showed his psychic abilities by predicting that Manchester United team-mate Alexis Sanchez would score against Arsenal in Friday’s FA Cup showdown.Sanchez broke the deadlock in a 3-1 win over his former club, with Lukaku having played a key role in the Chilean’s goal.And the Belgium international insisted he saw it coming, revealing that he told Alexis to make the run that led to his opener when the pair were talking in training. 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? “I told him in training, ‘Listen, you’re going to score’,” the former Chelsea striker told MUTV.”I said to him I’d give him the ball as long as he ran inside if I couldn’t shoot. I said to him, ‘Just run in and I’ll find you’. “I think you could see when I got the ball I was looking for him and he made the right run and the finish for him was incredible.About last night… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/X8r2ybAnqR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2019″We knew they would leave space for me and Alexis with the full-backs pushing on, so it would end up being three v three or three v two and we had a lot of moments when we could have countered better, especially in the second half.”I think we could have scored two or three more goals to be honest, but 3-1 at Arsenal is very good.”The result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extend his remarkable run at the helm to eight consecutive victories and Lukaku urged his team-mates to maintain those high standards.”We feel great but it’s the same in training,” he said.”We play a lot of games in a lot of competitions and every time you come into the games you know the situations and you have to keep on maintaining the pressure on the other team and keep on delivering the quality, that’s what it’s about, and on the counter-attack we’re really dangerous.”We’re growing steadily and winning games, which is the most important thing.”Next up for United is the visit of Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday, with Arsenal hosting Cardiff City in their next fixture.
Arsenal and Tottenham have been warned that prising William Saliba away from Saint-Etienne will not be easy.Sources close to a mooted deal for the highly-rated defender have revealed that two north London neighbours are preparing to scrap it out for a prized signature.A €25 million (£23m/$29m) transfer scramble is expected to be sparked, with the Gunners and Spurs eager to bring a talented 18-year-old onto their books. 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 Saliba is Unai Emery’s top defensive target at the Emirates Stadium and talks with Saint-Etienne have been opened.Tottenham, though, are ready to step in and endeavour to pip their arch-rivals to the post if an exit door is opened in France, but it may be that proceedings never get that far, as the Ligue 1 outfit are under no pressure to sell.Ghislain Printant, the new man in charge at Saint-Etienne, claims that to be the case, with Saliba having indicated that he is prepared to spend at least one more season in his homeland.”The sale of Saliba is not an absolute necessity,” Printant told reporters.”There is no urgency [to do so]. He is courted by clubs.”From a sporting point of view we want to keep him next season and that’s his wish too. He still has room for development [here].”We will see. Our goal is for him to be with us again this season.”Saliba enjoyed a breakthrough season with Saint-Etienne in 2018-19, making 17 appearances across all competitions.Arsenal, meanwhile, conceded a total of 51 goals in the Premier League, with Emery keen to take measures to strengthen that area of his squad.Shkodran Mustafi has been singled out for criticism for his performances over the last 12 months, while Laurent Koscielny will be 34 in September, with his contract expiring in 2020.The Gunners have been watching Saliba extensively and have been impressed by his maturity, while his physical attributes fit the mould of the type player that Emery is looking to bring in.He did commit to a new four-year contract with Saint-Etienne in April, but the Ligue 1 side are aware that they have a fight on their hands in order to get another 12 months out of that agreement.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa has become, arguably, college football’s best quarterback during his time at Alabama.The sophomore quarterback took over the quarterback position in the second half of last season’s national title game and he hasn’t come close to giving it up.Tagovailoa has revealed this season that his family played a major role in his decision to commit to Nick Saban’s program.If not for the push of his father, he might have played somewhere else.From the LA Times:“Our team was USC growing up,” he says. “I used to be No. 11 because of Matt Leinart. He was a lefty, as well.”Back in 2016, when Tagovailoa was a prized recruit out of Hawaii, there were whispers about him “silently committing” to the Trojans. He acknowledges being “pretty close to going to SC.”But something happened when Alabama turned up the recruiting heat that spring.It’s hard to criticize Tagovailoa and his family for making the decision that they did.Alabama is set to play in another national title game on Monday night.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Auburn does enter the 2019 season with some hope.The Tigers have a very good roster and will likely be ranked in the top 10-15 heading into the year.“I happen to think top to bottom as a football team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball — and also offensively with some of the weapons they have got coming back, which is virtually everybody, this may be the best top-to-bottom team Gus Malzahn has had,” ESPN’s Tom Luginbill said, per AL.com.Finebaum still has some questions, though.“(Luginbill) is looking at it analytically,” Finebaum added. “He’s as good as anyone there is, but the problem is psychological. (Auburn) is a slight favorite against Oregon, but you have a brand-new quarterback. Oregon has an experienced quarterback. If Oregon gets on the roll and beats them, the pressure becomes intense.“Gus Malzahn was nearly fired last season with 35 million in buyout money hanging in the balance. For as talented as they may be, if they don’t gel well, he’s not going to have an answer for the schedule.”Auburn opens its season on a big stage, taking on Oregon on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes one major SEC coach is truly on the hot seat heading into the 2019 season.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was nearly fired after the Tigers’ disappointing 2018 campaign – many boosters wanted him out, says Finebaum – though the school’s president prevented it from happening.That president is now gone and so is Malzahn’s job security.Finebaum said on ESPN’s Get Up! this morning that he thinks Malzahn will “likely be gone” without a “significant season.”
India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj becomes 225th ODI player for India2nd ODI in Adelaide, Australia 15/0 (Alex Carey 11*, Aaron Finch 2*) vs India: Mohammed Siraj replaced Khaleel Ahmed in the playing XI to make his one day international debut for Indiaadvertisement India Today Web Desk AdelaideJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 09:33 IST India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj replaced Khaleel Ahmed to make his ODI debut in Adelaide (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Siraj made his one day international debut on TuesdaySiraj replaced Khaleel Ahmed in the playing XI for the 2nd ODISiraj was called up to the squad as a replacement for Jasprit BumrahAustralia vs India, 2nd ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores:Australia 15/0 (Alex Carey 11*, Aaron Finch 2*) vs IndiaMohammed Siraj was handed his one day international debut in India’s second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Tuesday.The 24-year-old from Hyderabad came in for Khaleel Ahmed in India’s playing XI after having being called into the ODI squad for the Australia series as a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah.Siraj became the 225th ODI player for India.Siraj had made three T20I appearances for India back in November of 2017 against New Zealand. He took three wickets from those games at an average of 49.33 and an economy rate of 12.33.Siraj has been top form with the ball in domestic cricket. In his last Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad against Punjab, he picked up seven wickets. He had also put in good performances against New Zealand A last year.India vs Australia 2nd ODI in Adelaide: Live Score”I am very excited. I didn’t expect the call-up. I was numb for a few seconds and then I shouted at the top of my voice and hugged my parents. It is my maiden ODI call-up and I am really happy,” Siraj had TOI after being selected.”It is my maiden call-up in ODIs. I just want to go (to Australia) and make it count. I have been waiting for this opportunity for so long. I was mentally prepared that the day I will get the opportunity, I will grab it with both hands. I am really thankful that I am able to impress the selectors. I will not let them and my fans down,” Siraj said, who has been selected for tour of New Zealand as well.advertisementAustralia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first and said his side was unchanged. India skipper Virat Kohli also said that he would have done the same thing if he had won.”We would have batted first as well, looks a great wicket to play on. The conditions are going to be a big factor for us as it’s hot and humid. We were a bit scratchy at Sydney, just to get the one side together. We can’t take Australia lightly in Australia. We like to be in these situations where we get to bounce back as a team. Mohammad Siraj makes his debut today, Khaleel Ahmed makes way for him,” Kohli said at the toss.India need a win to keep their hopes alive in the three-match ODI series, havinf lost the first ODI by 34 runs in Sydney.TEAMS- Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.Also Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticeAlso Read | Virat Kohli obliges fans with autographs and selfies at Adelaide. What about MS Dhoni?Also Read | Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingFor 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 Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Mohammed SirajFollow ODI debutFollow AdelaideFollow 2nd ODI