TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Roma reveal partnership with Nigeria Football Federationby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma have announced the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as their first African partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Under the terms of the three-year deal, the two will share soccer, business and media expertise, with Roma offering the NFF technical and operational support advice across youth coaching, player development, soccer administration and digital media best practices.In return, the national soccer body will work with the club’s development initiatives in Nigeria.Both parties are exploring the possibility of Roma playing a friendly match in Nigeria, an idea that has already been championed by club president Jim Pallotta. Opening a Roma academy in the country is also being assessed.The team have already endeared themselves to Nigerian fans after backing the national team at the 2018 Fifa World Cup after Italy failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia. In addition, the club launched a Pidgin language Twitter account, which currently has more than 18,400 followers. Pidgin is spoken by an estimated 75 million people in Nigeria, with additional speakers across west and central Africa.Manolo Zubiria, chief global sporting officer at AS Roma, said: “Nigeria is a real football nation and we’re looking forward to sharing best practices in elite talent development and football business and administration with the Nigeria Football Federation.”Amaju Pinnick, NFF president, added: “We feel that this partnership can be incredibly beneficial for the Nigerian national team at all age levels and Nigerian football as a whole.”Roma have shown an incredible support for the Super Eagles and have fully embraced Nigerian football fans, even launching a Pidgin Twitter account, and we look forward to unveiling the exciting projects and initiatives this partnership will unlock.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Brother rules out China move for Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramosby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe brother and agent of Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says a move to China is off the table.Ramos has stated he had an offer from China earlier this year.”Yes, the offer of China was on the table,” said the defender. “I have never imagined going there. I never asked for a transfer, as has been said.”And brother Rene this week says their opinion hasn’t changed.He confirmed: “Here in Madrid, he lives very well. China is very far away.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Olympiakos winger Daniel Podence attracting interest from Arsenalby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympiakos winger Daniel Podence is attracting interest from Arsenal.Podence fired eight goals and nine assists for Olympiacos last season, and has netted two for the Greek side already this term.The left winger was a handful for Tottenham as they blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiacos in their Champions League opener last month.Sportime says Arsenal are one of two Premier League clubs making enquiries about the 23-year-old.The publication says Olympiacos would want around £21.5million for Podence – while Arsenal would face competition from the other, unnamed Premier League club who are also interested.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ten Hag: Ajax and Chelsea have same philosophy of playby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax coach Erik ten Hag insists they’re underdogs facing Chelsea tonight.Despite last season’s run to the Champions League semis, Ten Hag says Chelsea are the superior team.Ten Hag said: “Last season is the past. We must forget it and think about the future and what we are doing now. “Chelsea is a different team as with the coach as well as in performance.”We are not favourites against Chelsea. They resemble us because they have the same philosophy of play, they want to keep the ball and press high in the non-possession phase. The field after the Amsterdam Music Festival? It will hold, I’m sure. They all worked hard so that the game could be played without problems.”
arizona practice cancelled videoIf you’ve ever gone through late-summer practice for any sport, you know how grueling it can be. Imagine what it’s like in Arizona, one of the hottest states in the country.So it should come as no surprise that when Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez cancelled practice Thursday, his players went absolutely crazy in celebration. Check this out:Arizona won the Pac-12 South last year, posting a 7-2 record in-conference. The Wildcats will be back on the practice field at 9 AM today, getting ready to defend their title.
ABC.Zach Boren is like every Ohio State fan right now.Former Ohio State star fullback/linebacker Zach Boren expressed his distaste for Jim Harbaugh late in the second half of today’s contest.As Harbaugh ran onto the field to grab some of his players in the middle of a skirmish, Boren tweeted the following.I hate harbaugh. Get off the field.— Zach Boren (@ZBoren44) November 26, 2016Boren is responsible for one of the best hits in the history of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.Michigan leads at halftime, 10-7. The game is being televised on ABC.
The No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class is still a couple of months away from making a final decision. A new school appears to have emerged as the frontrunner to land him, though.Kayvon Thibodeaux, a five-star defensive lineman, is the top recruit in the 2019 class. He has scholarship offers from nearly every program in the country.247Sports has a new update on the status of the five-star prospect.The latest on the status of 5-star Kayvon ThibodeauxUSC was believed to be the favorite to land the star defensive lineman, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore, according to a new report.A new favorite school has emerged, according to 247Sports’ recruiting guru Steve Wiltfong, and a couple of other schools are in the mix, too. Florida State now might be the frontrunner to land the five-star, according to Wilftong.Here’s the latest:A 6-foot-5, 235-pound pass-rushing force that lives in Thousand Oaks, California, Thibodeaux’s made visits to Oregon, Florida State and Alabama this summer. It’s important to also note that Thibodeaux (as you can tell from the last name) is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has visited LSU. That said, he’s said in the past that location isn’t really a factor in his decision. Right now the 247Sports Crystal Ball is heavily in favor of USC at 73 percent, with FSU (13%) and LSU (7%) trailing. However, things might be shifting in his recruitment. Thibodeaux said earlier this year that he’d like to make a “late-summer” commitment.Wiltfong’s Read: “I’m hearing Florida State may be the leader for him with Oregon and LSU firmly in it. USC is obviously the Crystal Ball favorite and they’re not going to go away, but the feel is the other three right now.” (Read more of Wiltfong’s thoughts on Thibodeaux’s recruitment here).Thibodeaux is one of the biggest recruits college football has seen in years. He’s an instant-impact player for whoever lands him. It’d be a massive pick for the Seminoles’ 2019 class.Stay tuned.
BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 20: Mike the Tiger and the cheerleaders of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheer before facing the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There’s a petition to remove one of the most iconic mascots in college football. Here’s an update on where things stand as of Thursday afternoon.The petition, started by Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members, is attempting to “set free” LSU’s live tiger mascot. LSU has long had a live mascot named “Mike the Tiger.”There are now roughly 60,000 signatures on the petition.Wanting an exotic animal like a tiger to live in the wild isn’t a bad idea, but it’s important to note that the current version of Mike the Tiger is a rescue animal. He lives in a multi-million dollar facility in Baton Rouge, La.From The Advocate:“We believe that animals shouldn’t be used as entertainment, they aren’t here for our amusement,” said Rebecca Gerber of Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members. Care2 is sponsoring the effort that began two weeks ago.Though LSU has spent millions improving the mascot’s enclosure, Gerber said Wednesday the point is that having a wild animal on campus as a tourist attraction makes it easier for people to accept killing animals for consumer trifles, which is the most likely end for tigers bred in captivity.“They should be in the wild and respected,” she said. “Even treated very kindly, it’s easier to see them as here entertainment, disposable props for football … We’re trying to stop that message completely.”LSU released the following statement regarding the petition:“The university does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers. By providing a home for a tiger that needs one, LSU hopes to raise awareness about the problem of irresponsible breeding and the plight of tigers kept illegally and/or inappropriately in captivity in the U.S.”
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)No. 4 Ohio State traveled to No. 9 Penn State on Saturday night in a game with major College Football Playoff implications. The team that has won this contest the last two years went on to win the Big Ten.Those watching Ohio State and Penn State were treated to what might be the catch of the year. Penn State was driving during the first quarter of Saturday night’s contest when Trace McSorley found his wideout down the sideline.Juwan Johnson channeled his inner Odell Beckham Jr. to haul in what is already being called as the catch of the year.Check it out.The White Out crowd gave this man superpowers!pic.twitter.com/rxdiSOxGhi— Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 30, 2018We might not see a better catch throughout the rest of the college football season. Ohio State’s defense held Penn State to just a field goal despite the huge play.Penn State leads a low-scoring affair thus far. The Nittany Lions lead 3-0 and sailed a field goal wide that would have given the team a six-point lead.The game can be seen on ABC.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We’re roughly halfway through the 2018 college football season. Right now, 11 teams remain unbeaten.Some of these programs are ones you might expect to be undefeated, like Alabama or Clemson. Others are a bit more surprising, like Colorado or Cincinnati. While all deserve credit, it is clear that not all undefeated records carry the same weight.ESPN attempted to ranked the 11 undefeated teams in terms of who has the best chance of making the College Football Playoff. They grouped them into three categories: Win and they’re in, Dark horses and long shots.Here are the three tiers, ranked. Keep in mind, this isn’t ranking the 11 teams by who is better than who, but by CFP chances.Win and they’re in:AlabamaOhio StateNotre DameClemsonGeorgiaDark horses:West VirginiaNC StateLong shots:ColoradoUCFUSFCincinnatiIf we were to guess, probably only four or five of these teams will finish the season with unblemished records, There is still plenty of football left to be played.We will get a clearer picture of the College Football Playoff three weeks from today when the committee releases its initial rankings.