Beppe Marotta: What I hope to bring to Inter Milan…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBeppe Marotta is excited to be taking charge of Inter Milan.The former Juventus GM has been named Inter’s sporting chief exec.“As always when changing club, there is something different to get used to, but there is also great optimism that we can achieve our winning targets,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.“We are at a crossroads for the season. There is disappointment over the Champions League elimination, as we wanted to get past the group stage, but we have to look forward with pride and follow the other targets for this campaign.”He also said, “It’s true that Inter are at a more advanced stage than Juve were at the time. The management is well-prepared, the squad is competitive.“I want to bring my experience and contribution to a club that is already in a strong position. I take a slow approach and certainly don’t just barge in, as I can offer my capabilities, but we are in a different situation compared to when I joined Juve in 2010.“There is a big gap right now with Juve, as the changes of ownership prompted a loss of that sense of belonging, but now the Zhang family is proving with action as well as words that they can be trusted by the fans.“It’ll take time, I don’t know if it’s six months, a year or two, but we must look forward with optimism. This is like the first day of school for me. Right now, I am observing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are moving for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.It emerged this week that Luis and Atletico have agreed this will be his last season in Madrid.After having a summer move to PSG blocked, Luis has been left frustrated over his treatment by Atletico’s management.Tuttosport says Juve have been watching developments closely and are ready to take Luis on a free transfer next summer.The Bianconeri see the Brazilian as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro.
Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels in best form of careerby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels he’s in the best form of his career.Atalanta take on Shakhtar Donestsk in their second Champions League this week.“So far, yes, but I still have a lot of room for improvement. I’m not at the top, every day I’m working to improve myself,” he replied when asked if he was on the best run of his career.“It’s thanks to the Coach, he had the patience to wait for me. “I understood all the new concepts that were made for me, plus I’ve worked hard.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid players fed-up with fitness coach Gregory Dupontby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid players are becoming fed-up with fitness coach Gregory Dupont.Dupont was hired this summer to replace Antonio Pintus after his decision to leave for Inter Milan. During his time with Real, Pintus was part of three Champions League winning teams.But since Dupont’s appointment, Real’s senior squad have suffered no less than 13 injuries. Dupont arrived from France’s World Cup winning squad on recommendation from Real coach Zinedine Zidane. However, his methods are drawing complaints from the players.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.”The players are unhappy with Dupont and miss Pintus,” he stated.
Update: I assumed that eight or nine Pac-12 schools were for satellite camps. As it turns out, it was 11, with the assumed dissident being UCLA, according to Stewart Mandel. You can’t make this up.Larry Scott confirmed that 11 of the 12 Pac-12 schools did not support a satellite camp ban. Would not say the 12th, but, now you can guess.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016Earlier: Two weeks ago, Washington State head coach Mike Leach said that most Pac-12 programs are for satellite camps, and that he didn’t know why the conference voted against it. According to Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has an answer: UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero voted the wrong way.New twist in satellite camp ban. Pac-12 commish Larry Scott says their rep, Dan Guerrero, “did not vote the way he was supposed to vote.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016It is unclear whether this was subterfuge by an athletic director whose school is in a talent rich city, or just a mistake, but it makes sense that most Pac-12 programs would want the chance to see players from other areas. While UCLA and USC have the advantage of being in Los Angeles, and Stanford has its own very unique recruiting ability, satellite camps make a ton of sense for pretty much every other program in the league.
New Arsenal signing Denis Suarez says that he hopes to emulate the efforts of club legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp during his stay in the Premier League.The Barcelona midfielder has signed a loan deal with the Gunners until the end of the season after putting pen to paper on a fresh set of terms at Camp Nou.The 25-year-old was formerly on the books at Manchester City in the English top-flight between 2011 and 2013, but the Spaniard says that his new club were the side who inspired him most growing up. 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? “One thing no one knows about me is that, when I was little and I used to watch the Premier League on the TV, Arsenal were a team that really inspired me,” Suarez told Arsenal’s official website.“I used to watch Bergkamp and Henry – they’re both legends of the club and hopefully we can follow in their footsteps.”Suarez’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium makes for a reunion with his former Sevilla boss Unai Emery, who succeeded Arsene Wenger as manager of the Gunners last year.The former Villarreal man has nothing but praise for the former Paris Saint-Germain boss, and offered up an effusive assessment of the pair’s working rapport.“I have a very good relationship with him,” Suarez added. “I spent a year with him at Sevilla when we won the Europa League.“I think he’s a very demanding coach and one of the best coaches in the world right now – I’ve been saying that for a while.“I’m really happy to have the chance to work with him again and I hope that the rest of the season is successful for me and the club.”With the deal signed, Suarez also laid out his ambitions with the club over the coming months, particularly in regards to European success with the Gunners.“I’ve come here to play as much as possible and try to help the team qualify for the Champions League,” he stated.“I’d like to win the Europa League with Arsenal too – why not? It’s a trophy I won under Unai Emery at Sevilla and I’d love to win it again here.”Suarez will be in line for his club debut when his new side travel to his former team City in a vital clash on Sunday.
Instagram/breezy_mcneezy“Sad Michigan fan” went super viral after his Wolverines lost in tragic fashion to Michigan State last season. Today, he was all smiles in East Lansing.Last year around this time, he was being made into pumpkins and Halloween costumes. This year, he took in Michigan’s 32-23 win over Michigan State at Spartan Stadium, and he’s now a bit of a celebrity within the Wovlerine fan base. A few Michigan fans posted photos with the Michigan fan formerly known as “sad Michigan fan.”He has plenty to smile about. The Wolverines are now 8-0 and in command of the Big Ten East, just beat one of their biggest rivals, and are a solid pick to make the College Football Playoff. Oh, and Ohio State didn’t exactly light the world on fire in its game against Northwestern earlier, although the Buckeyes did escape with a 24-20 win.Have a great Halloween weekend, Michigan fan. You deserve it.
Connoisseurs of Italian football are still shaking their heads in disbelief at the prospect of Juventus swapping Paulo Dybala for Romelu Lukaku. For Manchester United though, it would appear to be a no-brainer.Lukaku has become a £75 million ($91m) makeweight at Old Trafford, with his 42 goals in two seasons not proving enough to persuade Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should be favoured over Marcus Rashford in the number-nine position. As a result, the Belgian has become desperate for a move. 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? And with United unconvinced by the proposals presented by an Inter side on a tight budget, the prospect of adding a player of Dybala’s quality is understandably tempting. Discussions remain at an early stage so far, but the Reds are surely the only winner if this deal makes it over the line.Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1 formation needs a more convincing number 10 than Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata or Andreas Pereira – the three players to have been employed there during pre-season so far – with many of their better chances on tour being created from wide positions and most of their more laboured and ponderous play coming in the centre of the attacking third.As such, Dybala is a ready-made addition. His ability to evade tacklers and create play from in behind the front man has made him one of the most exciting forwards in the Italian game.That is not to say he is a guarantee of success for United though, with a million different reasons why this is a move which might not pan out as desired.Dybala had a promising but inconsistent three-year spell with Palermo after arriving in 2012, with his propensity to go through long slumps having become a concern for some followers of the Rosanero.After he moved to Juve in 2015 he immediately fitted in as a senior player and revelled in becoming a key man following the exits that summer of Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal. However, there still remained that same tendency for him to go off the boil for lengthy periods in a season even before the 2018 arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo bumped him out of the picture somewhat.Having switched to a 4-3-3 to suit Ronaldo it became impossible for Juve to get the best out of Dybala since the Argentine is not really suited to either wide position. Ultimately, the new reality resulted in a lack of game time for Dybala and the player has been a more irritable presence in Turin according to some close to the club.It has been a similar story so far at international level, with his inability to play at his best when chosen in the same XI as Lionel Messi having developed into a huge issue. He has just 24 caps to his name and has scored only twice, with his appearances in major fixtures having been restricted due to his inability to adapt. For Ronaldo at Juventus, read Messi with Argentina.United fans will understandably be wary of the story of an Argentine attacker becoming disgruntled at being phased out of his favoured role at a continental giant and arriving at Old Trafford to much pomp and circumstance. The same thing happened in 2014 with Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid and it was only a matter of months before that saga went south.For Dybala to be a success at United, he will need to have the right attitude. He will need to buy in to the project Solskjaer is building and the work ethic which goes with it. United have been all about the high-energy press right from the front, and the 24-year-old cannot be a passenger in that regard.He can be the man to unlock packed defences, but United will be just as keen that he doesn’t become the player who helps opponents to get through their press and set up counter-attacks. There must be no sulking a la Di Maria, or such as his own past few months at the Allianz Stadium, even if a move from a serial Serie A champion and regular Champions League challenger to a slumped giant playing in the Europa League is a backward step rather than a forward one.If Dybala treats this is as a chance to prove that Juventus are wrong for being so open to the idea of him leaving, then United should be on to a clear winner. Either way, having a somewhat inconsistent talent of the level of Dybala has to be a step up on Mata, Lingard or Pereira when it comes to options in the slot behind the front man.Swapping a dispensable big-money Lukaku who has netted once in 20 United games against top-six opposition for a potential match-winner in Dybala? United should do everything they can to get this deal done.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled short of the first down by linebacker Reuben Foster #10 and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the third quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The media world took another hit on Wednesday morning with the announcement that Cox Media Group has decided to shut down a few significant sites. This news comes from multiple writers from SEC Country, Land of 10, and several other sites.Cox Media Group will reportedly shut down its sports verticals by the end of June.It’s been a tough year and a half for sports media, from ESPN’s massive layoffs in 2017 to the potential sale of Sports Illustrated that will likely cost the company jobs.Here’s the news from various SEC Country and Land of 10 writers.I’m so, so proud of the work we’ve done and what we’ve built at SEC Country. And so it is with total devastation (and shock) that I tell you we’ve just learned that Cox Media will shut down business, effective June 30. So, hey, thank you for reading and I need a job.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) May 23, 2018I’m very proud of the work at Land of 10 alongside @BobbyLaGesse plus @RLenziCMG @rmginn @CincyGoGo plus many others the last 2 years. Unfortunately, Cox Media has decided to close Land of 10 and SEC Country by June 30. Thank you all for our support the last 21 months.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) May 23, 2018According to one Cox Media employee, this news had nothing to do with how successful the verticals were, though that seems hard to understand at this point in time.Cox Media Group has decided to shut down all the sports verticals, which means I’m unemployed.Read into this what you will, but we showed incredible revenue growth, audience growth and future potential. None of this was a reaction to a lack of success.— Christopher Smith (@csmithSEC) May 23, 2018Many talented writers will be looking for work in the coming months. Hopefully they all find a new home quickly.
MADISON, WI – OCTOBER 17: Jack Cichy #48 of the Wisconsin Badgers attempts to block a punt by Joe Schopper #31 of the Purdue Boilermakers during the third quarter of a game at Camp Randall Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Wisconsin, a preseason top 10 team, has been on “upset alert” a couple of times already this season. The Badgers have struggled to put away a couple of their early-season opponents, though they’ve emerged with a victory each time.Will that be the case today? Maybe…Wisconsin, ranked No. 6 in the latest top 25, is struggling with BYU at home. The Badgers and the Cougars are tied, 14-14, after two quarters.Uh oh.Halftime: Wisconsin 14, BYU 14. Cougars out-gained the Badgers 222-178. Offense must be better, but defense has a lot to clean up in the second half. Those jet sweeps, among other things, gave Wisconsin fits.— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) September 15, 2018That’s not ideal.Wisconsin has been a second-half team all season, but the Badgers have been really outplayed so far.We’ll see if that changes in the second half.