Real Betis interested in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinezby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis are interested in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.Marca says Martinez has been placed on Real Betis’ radar for a potential January move.The Andalusians have made contact with the Nerazzurri to try to sign the player on loan with a purchase option.Martinez arrived in Italy from Racing Club last summer, for a fee of €25m and has since participated in 16 matches and has scored five goals.The Argentine is seen by Luciano Spalletti as the backup to Mauro Icardi and a move out of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza seems complicated. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Month: October 2019
Proposed Liverpool kit deal with Nike worth less than current sponsors New Balanceby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s proposed new kit deal with US sportswear giant Nike is only worth a guaranteed UK£30 million (US$37 million) per year, according to High Court papers seen by the Times, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure is in stark contrast to the previously reported UK£70 million (US$86 million) per year figure for the Nike deal. Instead, this reported base figure is less than Liverpool’s existing UK£45 million (US$55 million) annual deal with New Balance, which is taking the club to court claiming a contract clause means it can match Nike’s terms.It is also less than the minimum UK£50 million (US$61 million) per year deals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have with Nike, as well as the UK£71 million per year agreement the brand struck with French champions PSG in June.However, Liverpool apparently believe Nike can deliver far greater total revenue for the club than has been generated by their deal with New Balance. This is reflected by a commitment from Nike in the proposed deal to pay the club a 20 per cent royalty on net sales of Liverpool products. It would also promote the club through other influential athletes, such as Serena Williams and LeBron James, and popular musicians associated with the company, including rapper Drake.In addition, the report says Nike will distribute a new kit through ‘6,000 global doors’, compared to New Balance’s 3,000.In response, New Balance believes it can meet demand for Liverpool kit, having delivered tow of the biggest selling home kits for fans. A three-day trial to settle the legal dispute has been listed from 18th October. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Slavia Prague an important gameby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says meeting Slavia Prague is an important game for his team’s efforts to secure qualification to the next Champions League round.Barca meet Slavia Prague on Wednesday night.”We expect a great rival, as they have shown in these two Champions League games that they have already played, and remember they eliminated Sevilla last year,” said Valverde.”They attack with many players, show their face, run a lot and will force us to have a great match.”It’s a fundamental game for us and for them.”Things are starting to become clear and that’s why the three points are so important.”
Instagram/SteeleOver the past few weeks, we’ve all been seeing a lot more of ESPN bureau reporter Michele Steele. Why? Because she’s been given the honor of filling in for Chris McKendry with co-host Jay Crawford during the 11:00 AM ET SportsCenter show. Steele, who is usually based in Boston to cover the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics, has done a fantastic job in her new role, leading many to wonder if she’ll ever be given the full-time gig, like her coworker Cari Champion.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Michele SteelePages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Diego Simeone has not given up hope of Atletico Madrid catching Barcelona in the title race despite suffering their second La Liga defeat of the season at Real Betis.After Barca came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday, Atletico had the chance to close the gap to three points with victory in Seville.However, they were unable to leave the Benito Villamarin with anything after Sergio Canales converted a second-half penalty to seal a 1-0 home win. 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 loss ends an 18-unbeaten run by the side from the Spanish capital and leaves Atletico six adrift of Barca with 16 games remaining. Yet, head coach Simeone is confident his side can still catch the leaders.”I’m always optimistic, I’m grateful that Barca drew and are not too far away,” he said.”Barca stays within a good range so we are going to continue to work.” | PHOTO GALLERYThe snaps of the #RealBetisAtleti match. https://t.co/BDB1GDPWpp#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/nXbuaAm8r0— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 3, 2019Sunday’s reverse saw Alvaro Morata make his Atletico debut after returning to Spain from Chelsea, but the striker only got one of his four chances on target across 90 minutes.Despite the disappointing display, Simeone was happy with his new addition and hopes the goals will come once he settles into life with the Rojiblancos.”Morata came in and worked well, he was very excited to play, we hope he can continue to grow within this team,” he added.It’s a big month for Atletico, who host local rivals Real Madrid next at the Wanda Metropolitano. Los Rojiblancos are five points clear of Real, yet that gap could be cut to just two if Santiago Solari’s men can overcome Deportivo Alaves on Sunday night.After that Simeone’s charges face Rayo Vallecano on February 16th, before a week later playing Villarreal. Sandwiched in between those league games is Atletico’s tasty Champions League clash against Juventus.The pairing is perhaps the tie of the round, with both sides making it to the final of Europe’s elite competition in the past three years.While Juve represent perhaps one of the toughest opponents in Europe, Atletico will be buoyed by the Old Lady’s recent slump in form, and they have failed to win in their last two matches.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami is staging a comeback against Notre Dame in South Bend, and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards is doing his part, hurdling the heck out of a Fighting Irish defender.Notre Dame jumped out to a 20-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter, but it has been all Hurricanes since. With just under seven minutes left in the game, Miami leads Notre Dame 27-20, after Miami’s Michael Jackson returned a Notre Dame fumble for a touchdown on a ‘Canes punt.Wide receiver Ahmmon Richards has been very good for the Hurricanes thus far, and had one play that will be on every highlight reel tonight. Notre Dame’s Julian Love is going to want this one back, on the other hand.Ahhhhhhhmon. pic.twitter.com/IvY2bQf9hQ— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 29, 2016Richards has three catches for 51 yards, and two carries for eight yards for the ‘Canes tonight. The game is crucial for both teams. Miami is looking for its first win since the team’s devastating loss to rival Florida State, and Notre Dame is hanging on to the possibility of a bowl game, with a 2-5 record.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Following the most embarrassing loss of Scott Frost’s tenure at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers will have to move on and prepare for their next opponent in Purdue.While the Boilermakers are coming off an impressive victory over Boston College, Nebraska’s offense should have their most important playmaker at full strength. Last weekend, it was obvious that Adrian Martinez wasn’t capable of leading the charge against Michigan.Moving over to this weekend, Frost believes a full week of reps will help his versatile quarterback on Saturday.Nebraska football reporter Parker Gabriel revealed Frosts’ comments about Martinez on Twitter.“Continuity there definitely helps, particularly when you’ve got young guys that haven’t played much there. They need those reps and those looks at what they’re going to see.”Frost said Adrian Martinez getting his full allotment of reps this week helps substantially: “Continuity there definitely helps, particularly when you’ve got young guys that haven’t played much there. They need those reps and those looks at what they’re going to see.” #Huskers— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) September 27, 2018Now that Martinez is receiving the majority of snaps at practice, he could be in line for a solid performance.In his first game of the season, Martinez had 187 passing yards and 117 rushing yards. However, last week the dual-threat quarterback only had 22 yards through the air and an interception before getting benched.Nebraska and Purdue will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET, as the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The First Responder Bowl has taken to Twitter to issue a message to the fans who attended today’s game.This afternoon’s contest between Boise State and Boston College was canceled due to weather. There will be no makeup game.Full refunds will be issued to fans who attended the game, at least.“Due to the cancellation of this year’s SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, ticket holders will have the option of a full game ticket refund OR tickets to next year’s game at no cost, with two additional tickets offered per order. Email firstname.lastname@example.org,” the bowl announced.Due to the cancellation of this year’s SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, ticketholders will have the option of a full game ticket refund OR tickets to next year’s game at no cost, with two additional tickets offered per order. Email email@example.com— First Responder Bowl (@FRBowl) December 27, 2018Boston College was leading Boise State, 7-0, at the time of the cancelation.There were a little more than 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter when the contest was called.An ESPN spokesman issued the following statement on the game:“In the interest of safety for our teams and fans, the 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was unable to be continued. The decision was made after lengthy consultation with emergency personnel, both universities, ESPN and Cotton Bowl Stadium staff.”The game was officially ruled a “no contest.”
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft sits just over 24 hours away. NFL teams are doing their final preparations on their respective draft boards before Round 1 of the draft kicks off on Thursday night.Several teams are in desperate need of a quarterback in this draft, but this year’s class isn’t as strong as in past years.Despite the “weak” class, reports suggest four quarterbacks could be selected in the first round. Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock are seen as potential first-round picks.However, another quarterback could be selected in the top-10.Duke’s Daniel Jones has been mocked to the New York Giants at No. 6, though we’ll have to wait and see where he actually ends up.Waiting to find out with him will be his family and girlfriend Ella Bonafede.Bonafede, like Jones, attended Duke. She played on the women’s lacrosse team.Jones will be sitting patiently – or maybe not – waiting for his name to be called in the draft this weekend.Scouts are split on his future in the NFL, some suggest he’s a top-10 pick, while others see him as a career backup.Stay tuned for the first round of the NFL draft, which kicks off on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.