About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola on 8-0 Watford thrashing: Opposite of humiliationby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says there was no chance of easing off from their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.City were 5-0 up inside 18 minutes against Watford and looked on course to break Manchester United’s Premier League record 9-0 win against Ipswich in 1995.Instead they recorded their highest league win under Guardiola, with Bernardo Silva secured a hat-trick and David Silva, Sergio AgueroRiyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin de Bruyne also on the score sheet.Guardiola claims his side showed Watford the ultimate respect by going in search of more goals.“One of the things I like the most, the second half at 5-0, the team could think of themselves and not do what you have to defensively. But it was completely the opposite.“We were more aggressive in our high pressing. That is why the second half is more than decent, we score more goals and we play good.“The best way to humiliate the players is to do stupid things and play for themselves, make some fashion movements and that is the worst way to do that.“We play for the spectators, who come here to watch the game.“I would not like to see my team in the second half not run much because we are winning 5-0. That is a lack of respect for our opponents.”
Jenas left stunned by Spurs humiliationby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas was left stunned as Spurs were humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry scored four as the German giants ran riot.Jenas said after the seventh goal: “This is a big wake up call for this football club it really is. “They had a moment to figure out what they wanted to be, how far they wanted to go.”You can lose games of football, but this is a battering from a top European club who have been there and done it on many occasions.”It has been a tough couple of months for this group of players, this football club.”What is going on on that football pitch? The place is half empty anyway because everyone has left. “These are the types of results where do you start to look in the dressing room, you start to ask those questions – are they reacting to what is being asked of them?”This scoreline tells me no at the minute, this scoreline is a shocker.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The 2014 campaign was a bit of an up-and-down affair for Texas A&M. The Aggies, who started the year with Kenny Hill behind center but eventually switched to Kyle Allen down the stretch, opened the year with five straight victories before hitting a skid and losing five of their last seven. If they’re to take a step forward in 2015, they’ll need to take care of Arizona State in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff opening weekend. It won’t be easy, but the team is favored – for now. 5dimesArizona State, most likely, will see Mike Bercovici take over as the starting quarterback in his senior season. Given the fact that the Sun Devils can put up points in a hurry, this game should one of the highest-scoring affairs of the opening slate.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)We have a feeling that the guy in the below photo is going to be a hit at tailgating parties this fall. An Ohio State supporter by the name of Marcus Otte has put together what is easily the most impressive set of Buckeyes cornhole boards we’ve seen.The first is dedicated to the team’s win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The second is dedicated to the victory over Oregon in the national championship game. Both feature the College Football Playoff logo, a buckeye leaf, and Ohio State’s color scheme. He even has scarlet and grey bags with Ohio State’s national title logo. Check it all out.Finally finished! Complimented with these bags. pic.twitter.com/gmeMmifhbn— Marcus Otte (@MarcusOtte) August 17, 2015@11W pic.twitter.com/JNhWk6DWts— Marcus Otte (@MarcusOtte) August 28, 2015Perhaps Ohio State should give him a call – these would sell like hotcakes.[Eleven Warriors]
Instagram/kentuckymbbLast Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Kentucky superstar freshman Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared to play by the NCAA. The organization reportedly has concerns about his guardian Gerald Hamilton, who brought the center to the U.S. from Haiti. We haven’t heard much since, but FOX Sports Australia basketball writer Olgun Uluc reports that one NBA executive doesn’t think Labissiere will play this season.One NBA exec on whether he thinks UK’s Skal Labissiere will be cleared by the NCAA: “absolutely not”. Seems to be consensus among NBA teams— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) October 12, 2015Labissiere, the No. 2 player in the 2015 class, would be a huge loss for the ‘Cats. Kentucky’s only other player over 6-foot-10 is freshman Isaac Humphries from Australia. Kentucky has been known for its towering interior defense in recent years, but it will look very different if Labissiere is forced to sit.
The calendar moved forward from 2018 to 2019, but Villarreal playmaker Santi Cazorla rolled back the years with two goals on Thursday night to peg back European and world champions Real Madrid.The former Arsenal hero curled home brilliantly to break the deadlock against fourth-placed Madrid and after Santiago Solari’s side fought their way back on top, Cazorla scored a rare header to earn Villarreal a 2-2 draw on Spain’s east coast.Cazorla is 34 but, having missed large chunks of his career because of severe injury problems, is making up for lost time back at the club he began his career. 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? Although it took him a few months to find his feet, two assists against Real Betis at the end of November, including a backheel, showed Cazorla still had the magic touch which saw him thrill fans in England.And fresh from the winter break he completed the 90 minutes for only the fourth time this season against Madrid, producing two goals which ended Solari’s run of clean sheets and domestic wins at three.Madrid had been building up steam with Marcos Llorente in defensive midfield, but an untimely injury saw Casemiro brought back into the side, and Cazorla took advantage.With Madrid not quite yet organised, Cazorla popped up to curl home the electric Samuel Chukwueze’s pass.To Solari’s credit, Madrid did not take long to turn the game around, with Benzema impressing up front.Perhaps the French forward had a point to prove as rumours continue to swirl over Madrid signing a forward to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.Benzema was in the right place at the right time to nod home the equaliser in the seventh minute, his fifth headed goal of the season in all competitions – more than any other player in Spain.His strike partner Bale was taken off injured for the third time this season, and has been substituted due to physical problems 13 times across his career at Madrid according to Spanish football statistician Mister Chip.The Welshman’s injury record over half-a-decade at Madrid is evidence enough that he can never be relied upon to be Real Madrid’s main man.Yes, the forward delivers on the big occasions, but Los Blancos can never be 100 percent sure he’ll be fit enough to play in the first place.Raphael Varane headed home in the 20th minute to turn the game around and previous Madrid sides would have made light work of Villarreal, 17th, from there.But even with Benzema looking lively in the middle, Madrid did not create enough in midfield to give the forward ammunition, while the Yellow Submarine worked earnestly and started to create chances to equalise.Eventually Cazorla did, stealing in at the back post to head past Thibaut Courtois and secure a valuable point for his side. It was his first brace in La Liga for over seven years.Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, both removed by Solari as the coach tried in vain to hamper the hosts, could still learn a thing or two from yesterday’s man.
“[The banner against Crotone] was a beautiful gesture that reconciled me with my people,” he enthused.Quagliarella had always said that the 11 goals he scored for Napoli felt like 100 because of what they meant to him.At 36, he may not get another chance to score a goal for his beloved Partenopei, and he won’t celebrate if he nets against them on Saturday either. But his people should celebrate him: Fabio Quagliarella, history-maker, and, more importantly, proud son of Naples. “You’ve lived through hell with enormous dignity. We will embrace you again, Fabio, son of this city.” – Napoli banner at the San Paolo, March 12, 2017 Fabio Quagliarella has made a point of never celebrating goals against former clubs.By converting the first of two penalties in Sampdoria’s 4-0 win over Udinese last Saturday, the 36-year-old equalled Gabriel Batistuta’s record of scoring in 11 consecutive Serie A games. 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? Yet Quagliarella’s reaction to a remarkable feat was understated; a characteristically classy show of respect.When asked about the record afterwards, though, Quagliarella struggled to hold back the tears.”I’m sorry,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I get emotional because just to be able to imagine something like that…”It’s unthinkable. Just naming Batistuta gives me goosebumps!”Quagliarella’s tears were about more than history, though. “This is my life,” he explained. “All that happened in the past and all these sacrifices led to this; something I never thought could happen.”Indeed, for almost five years, Quagliarella lived in a constant state of fear and paranoia, the victim of a stalker who not only terrorised him and his family, but also turned his fellow Neapolitans against him.The nightmare began shortly after the Castellammare di Stabia native had completed a dream move to Napoli in 2009.The €18 million signing from Udinese was 26 at the time, an Italy international and playing for his hometown club. He could not have been happier.However, not long after his return, Quagliarella had a seemingly innocuous password problem with his PC and his best friend, Giulio, introduced him to Raffaelle Piccolo.A computer expert with the postal police, Piccolo quickly resolved the issue and, as Quagliarella later told Le Iene: “From there, a friendship was born.”Not long after their meeting, though, the forward began to receive “hundreds and hundreds” of anonymous letters and messages.”Anything from photos of naked girls, where he said underneath that I was a paedophile, or that I was involved with the Camorra, or that I was doing drugs, or guilty of illegal football betting,” he revealed.”Also, whenever I was in Naples, my Dad received messages saying, ‘Your son is around Castellammare and now we are going to break his legs.’ Or ‘Now we will kill him.'”In his desperation, Quagliarella unsurprisingly turned to Piccolo for advice, given his new friend’s police background.”Obviously he was a person who had become a part of the family,” he said. “There was a relationship there. “He always repeated: ‘We are almost there, we are about to catch the guy, just a little more time.’ And he told us “Do not tell anyone, not even your children.'”So, you’re afraid, you don’t talk to anyone. I only spoke to my mother and father. Not even my brothers knew about it.”So, Quagliarella suffered in silence, praying that Piccolo would once again come to his rescue. However, when Napoli then received similar messages accusing Quagliarella of paedophilia and cocaine abuse, the course of Quagliarella’s career was altered irrevocably.”[Club president] Aurelio De Laurentiis used to call me every day, but after those letters he advised to me to leave my hometown Castellammare di Stabia to go live in a hotel, to be calmer and relaxed,” the forward told Mediaset .”But after that conversation that took place in Napoli’s headquarters, he had never called me again.”Instead, Quagliarella was informed just before a pre-season fixture in the summer of 2010 that he had been sold to Juventus. “It was a moment of shock,” he confessed.What made his sudden departure all the more painful was that he could not explain to his fellow Neapolitans why he was leaving. He had not wanted to go; let alone without being able to explain why.”I always had imagined myself as captain of Napoli; of winning something with them because they were becoming as good a team as they are now,” Quagliarella admitted.”If none of this had happened, I am certain I would still be playing there now.”Instead, every time he returned home, he was forced to disguise himself for fear of being confronted by those who viewed him as “a traitor”. He had wanted to explain why he had left, what he was going through, but feared jeopardising the investigation. So, he put up with the insults, the whistles, and the boos because he understood them. As a proud son of Naples, he knew why his people had disowned him. They felt he had betrayed them, and the city.He saw their anger as a reflection of how much they had cared for him, as one of their own. So, he refused to celebrate every time he scored against Napoli, even if that created further problems for him.Torino fans actually turned against him when he put his hands together and asked for forgiveness from the Curva Sud for netting a penalty at the San Paolo in January 2016.It was a conciliatory gesture that precipitated the end of his Torino career but Quagliarella was unperturbed. He was more concerned with showing his fellow Neapolitans that he still cared.”I knew what was behind [their fury],” he mused. “And I knew that this affair could be closed from one moment to the next.”Indeed, Quagliarella’s father eventually grew suspicious of Piccolo, the man who was supposedly helping his son track down the blackmailer.When Quagliarella went to the police to see where they were at with the investigation, he discovered that none of the complaints he had filed had been received: “Piccolo had them all!”Quagliarella’s ordeal finally ended in February 2017 when Piccolo was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail, after being found guilty of blackmail and extortion.“I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone,” the Italy international said after the verdict. “I couldn’t leave my house, neither could my family. I thank the courts for ensuring the truth came out.”Quagliarella’s relief quickly turned to anger, though.”Being a policeman, he should’ve been punished even harder,” he reasoned. “Instead, not a day in prison or even under house arrest. He keeps walking around as if nothing happened. “He’s been transferred but continues to work. It’s a joke.“If tomorrow he should come here on his hands and knees to beg forgiveness, I couldn’t care less. He asked for this, it’s only right he pay the price. Except he’s not.”It’s not enough to call him a stalker, nor that he persecuted me: he tried to ruin my life. “Seeing as nine years of a life are not crumbs and nobody can give that time back to me, nor fix the damage he did to my family, I cannot forgive.”Quagliarella, though, is embracing what he calls his “second life”, determined to make the most of his final few years at the highest level.Finally free of the fear and paranoia that almost broke him, he is playing better than ever before.Last season, he scored a career-high 19 goals for Samp. This term, he has already netted 16 times – including arguably the Serie A goal of the season against Napoli in September when he flicked home an outrageous backheel volley through his own legs.This weekend, in the corresponding fixture, he will return to Napoli not as a traitor but a hometown hero.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)One of the top defensive end recruits in college football has announced his college decision. It’s not surprising, but still significant.Marcus Hicks, a four-star defensive end out of Wichita, Ks., announced on Twitter this morning that he’s committed to Oklahoma.Michigan and Oklahoma were seen as the two favorites, with Oklahoma claiming the late edge. According to his father, Hicks was split between the Wolverines and Sooners.He’s going to be a Sooner, though.Hicks announced the news on Twitter.“At this time I would like to announce my commitment to the University of Oklahoma” he wrote.pic.twitter.com/fu6W1l93k2— Marcus Hicks (@harcus_micks) June 8, 2018This is a big pickup for Oklahoma. Hicks is ranked the No. 314 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Sooners’ class is ranked No. 2 in the country.
This Saturday, fourth-ranked LSU will host No. 1 Alabama in Death Valley. The primetime showdown could decide the SEC West, and will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the College Football Playoff chase.With one loss already, LSU needs to win on Saturday to stay alive for the playoff. The Tigers haven’t beaten Alabama since 2011, but quarterback Joe Burrow is not intimidated by the Crimson Tide.Speaking with reporters yesterday, Burrow confidently stated that he and his teammates are not scared of playing Alabama.“I’m not scared of this game,” Burrow said via The Advocate. “I don’t think any of our guys are scared of this game. This is the reason you play football. This is why you grow up working so hard for moments like this. If you’re timid, then don’t come out that locker room because we’re going to be ready to go.””I’m not scared of this game. No one on this team is scared of this game.””If you’re timid, then don’t come out of that locker room.” #LSU Joe Burrow. @WAFB pic.twitter.com/xLtbNs5tOO— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) October 29, 2018Much will be made of Burrow’s remarks being used as billboard material by Alabama, but in reality, what is he supposed to say here? Sure, he could be ultra-cliche and not say much of anything, but it is good that the QB is projecting confidence in himself and his team.After all, that’s what LSU wanted when it added Burrow as a graduate transfer from Ohio State in the offseason.Thus far this season, Burrow has thrown for 1,544 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also added 250 yards rushing and four touchdowns.LSU and Alabama will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday on CBS.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the AAC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)The UCF Knights have had plenty of reasons to brag over the past year, but now boast a very impressive stat that can back up some of the hype.UCF now holds the distinction of having the longest active winning streak in all of college football with 25-straight wins.Up until yesterday, that distinction was owned by the Mount Union Purple Raiders of Division III with a 29-game winning streak.But on Friday, the Purple Raiders lost in the Division III Championship Game to the Mary Hardin-Baylor high school.UCF’s 25-game winning streak now longest in all of college football https://t.co/6cjPWBfpfL— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) December 16, 2018The Knights went 13-0 in 2017, but were not given a spot in the College Football Playoff after winning the AAC conference title as the only undefeated team in the nation.The team declared themselves national champions after beating No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl.The 2018 season saw more of the same, as UCF once again went undefeated in the regular season and were pitted against an SEC powerhouse – No. 7 LSU – in the upcoming Fiesta Bowl.