AC Milan striker Cutrone: I’ve apologised to Gattusoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone has apologised to coach Rino Gattuso for his strop during the stalemate with Bologna.Cutrone admits his reaction was wrong to being substituted.“It was all over in a flash. I know I was wrong, so I explained to the Coach that it was a misunderstanding,” Cutrone told Calciomercato.com.“I have already apologised to him and the whole squad. I was hurt and there was a misunderstanding with the bench over whether I was able to continue or not.“I take the blame, but every player wants to be out there and my desire was to give a bigger contribution to the team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Cardiff winger Pilkington joins Wiganby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff star Anthony Pilkington has signed for Wigan on an 18-month deal.The 30-year-old has not played a single game this season and is now leaving the Welsh side after being there for the past four and a half years.He managed 23 goals in 111 appearances for the team.But he will be at Wigan for the next 18 months, where he hopes to get back into regular first team contention.Wigan boss Paul Cook said in a statement: “Anthony has good experience in the Championship and Premier League, I am delighted to bring him to Wigan Athletic.”He won promotion with Cardiff City last season so he knows what it takes to do well at this level and I am sure he will be a big asset to us for the rest of this campaign and beyond.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Things were not looking good for Nebraska entering Saturday’s game against undefeated Michigan State. The Huskers were 3-6, with a few of the worst losses of the season, and some were already calling for first year Nebraska coach Mike Riley’s job. Many of those fans are probably a bit higher on him today. Nebraska won a dramatic game, knocking the Spartans from the ranks of the unbeaten, and today, the Huskers’ Twitter account dropped a cool quick video recapping the night in Lincoln.These fans. Our house. Unreal atmosphere. There is NO PLACE like NEBRASKA. #GBR #Huskers pic.twitter.com/wmncFSRK5G— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) November 8, 2015The results haven’t always been there for the Huskers so far in 2015, but that is a win they won’t soon forget.
AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso has refused to speculate on his future following the club’s disappointing 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Frosinone.The result leaves the Rossineri without a win since the beginning of December in all competitions, and means that they have now gone four league matches without scoring – their longest run since 1984.Speaking after the match, Gattuso was quick to quash any speculation about his job security. 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? He said: “My concern is the team, I do not think of my situation. I’m being judged for results and results right now do not come.“I put my face on it. I am the captain of the ship and it is right for me to take responsibility.“Players playing below their means, I have to work on this. Then anything can happen. I will accept every decision.”The former Italian international also accused his side of surrendering the initiative in the stalemate with a poor first-half display,Frosinone have only won once in Serie A all season but might have doubled that tally after Camillo Ciano had a goal chalked off through a VAR review and Gianluigi Donnarumma ended the match as Milan’s stand-out performer.Samu Castillejo hit the post before half-time but his boss was far from satisfied with what he saw overall.”You cannot face an important match like this as we have faced it in the first half,” Gattuso said.”We gave 45 minutes to the opponent and do not have to give these gifts.”We are in a not brilliant moment. The results do not arrive and for this I do not accept a performance like that of the first half.”Arsene Wenger has been linked to Gattuso’s post and a win over SPAL at the weekend feels like a necessity for the latter to continue in his position.Milan lie fifth in the Serie A table and were 21 points behind league leaders Juventus at the end of their draw with Frosinone.
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Larry The Cable Guy is a huge Nebraska fan who seems pretty approachable for those at Memorial Stadium on a Saturday. Just don’t challenge him to arm wrestle.During last weekend’s win over Illinois, an army veteran named John was in the same Nebraska luxury suite as the famous comedian. He eventually challenged Larry to arm wrestle, and that turned out to be a pretty poor decision overall. From TMZ:The video is intense to say the least — and it went down at the University of Nebraska football game last Saturday in Lincoln. Larry, a huge Huskers fan, and the guy — an army vet named John — were in a luxury suite, and we’re told John challenged the comedian.Just watch, it’s a very close competition. Until it isn’t … and John’s arm breaks.TMZ posted video of the arm wrestling match. About 40 seconds in, what was a stalemate became Larry breaking the veteran’s arm. The video, and the sound of the break, is pretty gruesome.Watch at your own risk:TMZ reports that John went into surgery, and had a plate put into his arm after the nasty break.Be forewarned. If you want to arm wrestle Larry the Cable Guy, things could get pretty ugly.[TMZ]
Twitter/@OhioStateFBTwo more Ohio State players lost their black stripes today.Junior college transfer offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon and true freshman defensive back Wayne Davis had their stripes removed, which is a rite of passage in the Buckeye program.Here’s the video of the ceremony.Congratulations to @Waynedavis1_ & @Malcolmpridgeon! Get those black stripes off! ?⬛️#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/GhXzSWAIqh— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 10, 2016Davis has appeared in one game for the Buckeyes as a freshman. Pridgeon has missed the entire season with a knee injury but says he is now healthy and could potentially play in the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson.Ohio State plays Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, with the winner facing either Alabama or Washington in the College Football Playoff title game on Jan. 9.
Gregg Berhalter had to be happy with his team walking into the locker room at halftime. His emotions at the end of the match were another story altogether. The U.S. national team played a very good first half against Mexico in Sunday’s Gold Cup final, creating the more dangerous chances and neutralizing El Tri’s attacking players. What the Americans didn’t do is finish their chances, which ultimately spelled doom for them when the second half wore on and Mexican began to take control. As the Americans faded, the Mexicans grew stronger. Rodolfo Pizarro, Jonathan dos Santos and Raul Jimenez began to impose themselves while Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley tired and Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie saw their influence on the match diminish. Without that quartet, and with Berhalter’s substitutes failing to provide any sort of impact, a Mexico victory grew more and more inevitable as the second half went on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The frustrating part for the USMNT is that Mexico was ripe for the taking in the first half, with Altidore missing a clear early chance and Pulisic having his own chance denied by a Guillermo Ochoa save. Paul Arriola also found himself with an opportunity to open the scoring after racing in to beat Ochoa to a ball, but his chance floated wide of the mark. As the misses piled up, the window of opportunity began to close for the Americans, because as strong as they were in the first half, maintaining that level was never going to be possible. Altidore and Bradley were outstanding in the first half, but the work they put into that first 45 minutes was always going to be impossible for them to duplicate in the second frame. Berhalter didn’t have much of a choice but to replace Altidore with the ineffective Gyasi Zardes, who never found the game, but his next two subs did little to help the U.S. cause. Cristian Roldan replaced Jordan Morris just after the hour mark, a move Berhalter explained after the match as being driven by the need for his team to gain more possession. The Americans didn’t get more of the ball though, nor did they generate chances. Berhalter’s decision to leave Tyler Boyd on the bench was a surprising one given the fact his team needed a goal, but the decision to use his final substitution on Daniel Lovitz felt like a concession of defeat rather than a last gasp attempt to snatch an equalizer.Berhalter pointed to a need for some service, and the hope that Lovitz would provide it, but that substitution also missed the mark. Instead, the final 20 minutes of Sunday’s final felt more like a coronation for El Tri, rather than the even and competitive final we were treated to in the first half. That half of action was entertaining and both teams showed an eagerness to attack. The pro-Mexico crowd at Soldier Field was treated to good battle, at least for a half. The second half was all Mexico. That Mexico won the Gold Cup wasn’t all that surprising. El Tri entered the tournament as favorites, and boasted the more experienced and stronger team, even with so many of its stars missing. What makes Sunday’s loss disappointing for the Americans is the reality that they put together an outstanding first half that could have paved the way for a win, but they didn’t deliver. Sunday’s final was a harsh, but needed lesson for a young team, and a relatively young coach. Both left Soldier Field knowing they could have done better. The hope for the USMNT is that those lessons lead to a better prepared team the next time they play in a big game, and the next time they face their arch rival.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 5 of the college football season has been wrapped up. That means it is time for bowl projections.The results of the weekend definitely had an impact on the current bowl picture. Ohio State and Notre Dame both registered huge victories, as did West Virginia.Coming off the weekend, ESPN has unveiled its latest bowl projections. As expected, there are a handful of changes from last week’s edition.Among those changes are a new team in the CFP. Find out who below.Here are the bowl predictions after Week 5 from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Ohio State Sherman: Clemson vs. Ohio StateCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma Sherman: Alabama vs. Notre DameTexas BowlBonagura: Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech Sherman: Texas Tech vs. South CarolinaCamping World BowlBonagura: Miami vs. Texas Sherman: TCU vs. DukeAlamo BowlBonagura: Oregon vs. Oklahoma State Sherman:Texas vs. OregonPeach BowlBonagura: LSU vs. Notre Dame Sherman: Georgia vs. MiamiGator BowlBonagura: Florida vs. Michigan State Sherman: Minnesota vs. Mississippi StateFiesta BowlBonagura: UCF vs. Stanford Sherman: UCF vs. West VirginiaRose BowlBonagura: Penn State vs. Washington Sherman: Penn State vs. WashingtonOutback BowlBonagura: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin Sherman: Michigan State vs. KentuckySugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. West Virginia Sherman: Oklahoma vs. LSUCitrus BowlBonagura: Auburn vs. Michigan Sherman: Wisconsin vs. FloridaYou can view their full bowl predictions here.