Benjamin Pavard has denied having an agreement in place which will see him link up with Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019.Ever since helping France to World Cup glory over the summer, the 22-year-old defender has seen his club future called into question.It has been suggested that Bayern are leading the chase for his signature, with it widely reported that a deal has already been done. 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? Pavard, who remains under contract at Stuttgart until 2021, insists that is not the case.He told Le Parisien: “I have not signed anything with Bayern. “The interest of such a club makes me happy, but today I am focused on Stuttgart. I do not think about next summer.”While reluctant to look to the future, Pavard is prepared to reflect on events of the past.He still feels that France’s efforts in Russia should have earned greater recognition, with the likes of Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann overlooked in the 2018 Ballon d’Or vote.Pavard said of an award which went to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who suffered World Cup final heartache with Croatia: “I would have liked to see a Frenchman win it, knowing that players such as Raphael Varane – who is the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year – and Antoine Griezmann had a great years. “They would have deserved it.”World Cup-winning exploits were not enough for that pair, but nobody can take France’s achievement away from them.Pavard played a leading role in their global triumph, with a spectacular strike during a 4-3 victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina at the last-16 stage set to live long in the memory.Recalling that effort, the highly-rated full-back said: “That goal has changed my life. “Things have gone to another dimension. That goal went around the world. “Before, few people knew me, but since then, things have changed. I am recognised everywhere. I am asked about that goal almost every day.”While Pavard will forever have those happy memories, he is currently trying to avoid making some unhappy ones.Stuttgart have endured a difficult 2018-19 campaign to date and sit just outside the Bundesliga drop zone as a result.
Month: October 2019
Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Reading but Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez will start, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.The France international picked up what Solskjaer described as “a knock” in the 2-0 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Wednesday, in which he was caught by a high challenge from Jonjo Shelvey.Pogba could sit out Reading’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday, while Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are definitely sidelined, but Solskjaer plans to play Lukaku and Sanchez as he tries to rotate his squad. 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? “Rojo, Smalling – they’re out,” he told a news conference on Friday. “I’m not sure if Paul’s going to be ready; he got a knock against Newcastle. Hopefully, [Marouane] Fellaini will get through the training session today and we’ll be more or less a full squad.”There’ll be a few changes and they get a chance. Some of them are itching to play. [We will] get Lukaku a start, get Sanchez a start. That’s important for them because they need more game time.”United are expected to earn a comfortable win against a Reading side who sit 23rd in the Championship, and Solskjaer admits there is a level of expectation for the Red Devils to reach at least the final, as they did when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Wembley last season.”Whatever competition you’re in, you want to win when you’re at a club like this,” he said. “I’m not sure if you expect to win it but it’s more or less what you do expect from a club like this and the players we’ve got.”After the match, United head to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp before they face Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League on January 13.Solskjaer thinks the break will be a good opportunity for players to build up fitness after a hectic playing schedule since he took charge last month.”I’ve got to know them because I’ve had plenty of time to speak with them, but we haven’t had plenty of time to train. It’ll be a time to get some fitness work in and work hard with them,” he said.”If any of the players think it’s a holiday, they’re wrong! We’re there to stick together, work on the physical part of it, and of course think a little bit ahead to the Tottenham game.”They’ve not scared me yet! I really enjoy working with them. They want to learn, they want to improve and that’s key for any footballer: if you’re hungry enough and humble enough to know you’ve got something to improve and to work on, then we’ll improve as a team in the end.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson admitted he was somewhat glad Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a mistake late on against Fulham because the Eagles boss was starting to think he was a robot.It was a good day for Hodgson and his charges as they took care of business at Selhurst Park against their relegation-threatened London rivals.Luka Milivojevic scored from the spot to make it 1-0 after Fulham handball, while Jeffrey Schlupp added a second late on to secure the three points and move them to 14th in the table. 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 contest also saw the debut of Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi, who came on for a late cameo in the 82nd minute.But Hodgson reserved special praise for full-back Wan-Bissaka, who played the full 90 minutes in the victory.The manager told a story about how the 21-year-old Wan-Bissaka approached him last season asking if he could go on loan due to lack of playing time.However, Hodgson refused the request, with the full-back soon earning a spot which he has made his own – something that the manager joked proved his decision making capabilities.“Last year Aaron came to me and asked to go on loan; I said no,” Hodgson told Sky Sports after the game. “Not long after that he made the first team due to injury and he’s never looked back.“It shows I do make the odd good decision! He was outstanding today.”Wan-Bissaka’s rise has seen him make 24 appearances in the Premier League this season, all starts, and has reportedly drawn the interest of big clubs, including the likes of Chelsea.He has earned his manager’s trust due to hardly putting a foot wrong this season, something that Hodgson said, jokingly, that was almost unsettling.“He actually made a mistake in the 94th minute and I was relieved because I was starting to think he might be a robot,” Hodgson added.Palace are next in action in a week’s time when they host West Ham their second straight London Derby. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Florida State and Miami will wear helmet stickers on Saturday to honor the victims of Hurricane Matthew.Florida State and Miami will play their contest on Saturday night, as scheduled – despite Hurricane Matthew’s destruction of the state’s East Coast Friday. The Seminoles and Hurricanes will be paying tribute to victims of the storm when they take the field.Friday afternoon, Florida State unveiled the sticker that the players will be wearing on their helmets. Check it out:Here’s the sticker Miami and FSU will wear on their helmets tomorrow night. https://t.co/pvmiNbhvSu— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 7, 2016We will wear this helmet sticker in recognition of all those impacted by Hurricane Matthew: pic.twitter.com/opkRYXRkG4— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) October 7, 2016While it’s unclear the extent of damage done in the United States, reports from Haiti suggest that over 800 people have died as a result of the storm.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is hoping to leave West Ham this summer as the Mexican forward says his agents are working on a possible departure.The 31-year-old striker joined West Ham in 2017 for a reported fee of around £16 million ($20m), signing a three-year contract with the London club.He’s gone on to make 61 appearances during his time at the London Stadium, scoring 16 goals in total across all competitions. 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? However, nearly half of those appearances have come off the bench with Hernandez starting just 36 of those 61 matches.And, this summer, the Mexican international is ready to push for a move away as he says he is “is searching for a new club”, although he is prepared to stay at West Ham should no suitable options arise.Chicharito has an agent in Mexico as well as a second representative as he looks to secure his future, wherever it may be.”The team is working with us. [My agent] is the one more involved,” he said on the first episode of a Youtube series Naked Humans. “He is Spanish so has more connections here.”He’s searching for a club, if we can move. If not I will stay with West Ham easy, happy. I have one year left, but West Ham and I have decided it would just be easier to go out.” Prior to joining West Ham, Hernandez made his name at Manchester United after joining the Red Devils from Chivas in 2010. He went on to make 157 appearances at Old Trafford, while winning two Premier League titles and a Community Shield during his time with the club.A loan stint to Real Madrid followed before the forward made a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, where he scored 39 goals across 76 matches for the Bundesliga side before moving to West Ham.Internationally, the forward has earned 108 caps for El Tri, scoring 51 goals during his time with the Mexican National Team. The striker is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, with Jared Borgetti in second place with 46 career finishes.Hernandez is not a part of Mexico’s Gold Cup roster this summer, though, as he opted not to take part to focus on the expected birth of his child this summer.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Today’s slate of college football games isn’t the best – on paper, anyway. There are a couple of notable contests – No. 24 South Carolina vs. No. 3 Georgia, Texas A&M vs. No. 2 Clemson – but outside of that, it’s a lot of games that should be blowouts.Typically, when this is the case, craziness ensues. College football always seems to have a way to make things exciting when they shouldn’t be.Will that be the case this afternoon?Well, let’s check in with No. 5 Wisconsin.The Badgers, coming off a blowout win in Week 1, are taking on New Mexico. And the College Football Playoff contenders are losing after the first quarter.It’s New Mexico 7, Wisconsin 3 after 15 minutes.What a pass from Tevaka Tuioti to Delane Hart-Johnson and UNM leads No. 5 Wisconsin 7-0 #GoLobos pic.twitter.com/6DTGpvOgBu— New Mexico Lobos (@UNMLOBOS) September 8, 2018There’s plenty of time left in this one, of course. But, it’s not a great sign for the College Football Playoff contenders to be losing after one quarter.The game is on BTN.
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A major college football head coach has reportedly been fired. According to Joe Reinagel of KENS5, Texas Tech has fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury.The offensive mind did wonders for the Red Raiders offense at Texas Tech, but failed to deliver more than eight wins in any of his six seasons with the team. Kingsbury led the Red Raiders to a 5-7 season this year, failing to reach a bowl game in half of his seasons with the program.If the report is accurate, Kiingsbury becomes the latest in a rash of firings this season. Kansas fired head coach David Beaty earlier this season followed quickly by Bobby Petrino at Louisville.Here’s the news from Reinagel.Im hearing from a reliable source that Kliff Kingsbury is out at Texas Tech.— Joe Reinagel (@JoeKENS5) November 24, 2018Kingbury racked up a 36-39 record in his six seasons with the team. over those six seasons, the Red Raiders won just one bowl game – in his first year as the team’s head coach.Kingsbury immediately becomes one of the hottest names in coaching with his firing. Coaches from across the country will want him on their staff.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 7: The Kentucky Wildcats take the field prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs game on November 7, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won the game 27-3. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Two powerhouse teams from the SEC and Big Ten will face off on New Year’s Day as Kentucky and Penn State play in the Citrus Bowl.The Wildcats are coming off a 9-3 season that saw them come close to dethroning Georgia in the SEC East before back-to-back losses doomed their chances.The Nittany Lions also had back-to-back losses during the course of their season that saw their Big Ten title dreams crushed.We Are… @CitrusBowl bound to take on the Kentucky Wildcats! ☀️#WeAre pic.twitter.com/maI17Mq4uU— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) December 2, 2018OddsShark has released betting odds on the game that should heavily favor Kentucky. The odds website has Kentucky as 6-point favorites over Penn State for the game.The projected final score of the game is 34-24 in favor of the Wildcats, per OddsShark’s computer.The last time Kentucky and Penn State faced each other was in another New Year’s Six bowl game – the 1999 Outback Bowl. Penn State claimed victory in that game, beating Kentucky 26-14.The two teams have faced each other four other teams – all in the regular season – from 1975 to 1978. The two teams evenly split those results with two wins apiece.[OddsShark]
New troubling details have emerged from the folding of the Alliance of American Football league, which announced the disappointing news today.The AAF, which hoped to make waves in the football world with a spring league featuring notable former college players – including Johnny Manziel – suspended all operations today.“I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football,” Bill Polian, the league’s co-founder, said in a statement Tuesday. “When Mr. Dundon took over, it was the belief of my co-founder, Charlie Ebersol, and myself that we would finish the season, pay our creditors, and make the necessary adjustments to move forward in a manner that made economic sense for all.“The momentum generated by our players, coaches and football staff had us well positioned for future success. Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity.”The league’s folding is mostly due to monetary issues, which were prevalent from the start.Unfortunately, this means the players and coaches are now off on their own.AAF players contracts are immediately terminated and there is no severance pay. Last paycheck was for last week’s game.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 3, 2019Multiple #AAF assistant coaches said today they were on contract that was supposed to pay them through the year. Now they are no longer being paid and have to pay for their own flights home. A lot of understandably upset people who gave up theirs lives to be a part of this.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) April 4, 2019Two coaches told me today among the most upsetting parts was that they felt like they upheld their end of the deal in putting a product on the field. Then it was just over. Been a surreal couple of days for them.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) April 4, 2019The XFL, which is set to launch in 2020, is reportedly interested in purchasing some of the AAF’s assets. Perhaps some of these coaches and players could land in that league, too.
Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkIndia vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: Rishabh Pant welcomed Tim Paine at the crease on Day 4 with some banter from behind the stumps.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 10:23 IST Tim Paine was sledged by Rishabh Pant as soon as he came to pitch on Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant called Tim Paine a ‘temporary captain’Paine had a banter with Pant on Friday with reference of MS DhoniBehind-the-stumps banter is a regular feature of this seriesRishabh Pant got one back at Tim Paine for the banter he was subjected to while he was batting as the Australian captain came to the crease to bat on Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Saturday. Pant was teased by Paine over MS Dhoni’s inclusion back in the T20I side and his exclusion, telling him they could use him at Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.On Saturday, Pant welcomed Paine to the crease with some banter of his own calling him a “temporary captain” and telling Ravindra Jadeja that Paine only knows how to talk.”We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking,” Pant sledged from behind the stumps which was picked up by the stump mic.It was Rishabh Pant’s turn for some fun on the stump mic today… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RS8I6kI55fcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018After the end of the over, on-field umpire Ian Gould had a word with Pant and was seen explaining him something.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: Live Cricket ScoreThe behind-the-stumps banter has been a regular feature of the last two Tests matches between India and Australia.On Friday, Pant used Dhoni’s reference to sledge Pant and asked him if he could babysit for him.advertisement”Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes.. They need a batter.”Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a water front apartment””Have him over for dinner.”Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids,” Pant bantered.Earlier in the match, Paine even sledged Rohit Sharma and tried to distract him by having IPL conversations with Aaron Finch, who was fielding at short leg.This is what Paine said behind Rohit Sharma:”It’s a bit of a toss up between Royals and Indians for me. But if Rohit hits a six now, I’m changing to Mumbai.””You’ve nearly played for every team now,” Paine said. “Except Bangalore,” replied Finch.”Except Bangalore?” Paine questioned.Paine also took to sledging during the Perth Test against Murali Vijay saying, “Murali, I know he’s your captain. But you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”Paine had a run-in with Indian captain Virat Kohli as well, something that created a bit of a controversy with the idea if things crossed the line. However, both captains played down the incident by saying it was all on the field.Kohli was rumoured to have said to Paine that he was the best player in the world while Paine was just a stand-in captain. However, BCCI negated the rumours saying Kohli had said nothing of that sort.”If he messes it up, it’s 2-0,” Kohli was heard saying, which was picked up by the microphone after he and his teammates made a loud caught-behind appeal for Paine in the final over of the day.Paine did not hold himself back and replied “You’ve got to bat first, big head”.On Day 4, Kohli even almost ran into Paine while fielding with Paine saying, “You’re the one that lost it yesterday. Why are you trying to be cool today?”After the incident, on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney had to intervene and tell them to behave like captains.Also Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso See:For 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 Rishabh PantFollow Tim PaineFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day Test