Dean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth has joined the management team of Palermo.David Platt, formerly of Juventus and Sampdoria, has also been assisting the club’s new owners.It was announced over the weekend:”Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sport Capital Group Ltd) has today completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of US Città di Palermo Spa, through the completion of the previously announced preliminary contract dated 30th November.”At a shareholders’ general meeting of US Città di Palermo Spa a new board of directors shall be nominated, with Clive Richardson as President, Emanuele Facile as Chief Executive and John Treacy as third director. The new board and a group of senior football advisors lead by Dean Holdsworth will be working on plans for the remainder of the 2018-19 Season with the current management team. “Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd will in the coming days be calling a shareholder meeting to increase its share capital to up to €20m.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keaneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is the best number nine in the world, according to former Spurs star Robbie Keane.The Englishman has quietly gone about his business this season, once again blasting in goals left, right and centre.Kane currently has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season, which has taken him to fourth on the all-time scoring list at Tottenham. And Keane thinks he will continue adding to that tally.”I’m sure he’ll stay at this club for a long time. He loves it here. There’s no question that he cannot get to Jimmy Greaves’ record,” Keane, who banged in over 100 goals for Spurs, told Sky Sports.”What I like about Harry is that… everyone keeps talking about ‘ah, next year is he going to be good?’ He keeps doing it.”I’m sick of people saying ‘is he tired?’ because he keeps banging the goals in and that spurs him on.”When you speak to him he gets annoyed when people keep mentioning it and then he just keeps coming on the pitch and keeps scoring goals.”For me at this moment in time, he’s the best No. 9 in the world.”
Ralf Rangnick will leave RB Leipzig on July 1, the Bundesliga club have announced, and Markus Krosche has been appointed as the club’s new sporting director.Rangnick was expected to continue in the role of sporting director on a full-time basis after it was announced in 2018 that Julian Nagelsmann would replace him as first-team coach at the end of the 2018-19 season.AdChoices广告But the club has brought in the talented 38-year-old Krosche from Paderborn, while Rangnick will leave to become head of sport and soccer development at Red Bull. 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 club confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “Markus Krosche is the club’s new sporting director for the upcoming season. The 38-year-old arrives from newly-promoted Paderborn and has signed a contract until June 30, 2022.”In addition, the two clubs have agreed a long-term partnership. The fee, at both clubs’ behest, will remain undisclosed.”Current sporting director Ralf Rangnick, at his own request, will become Head of Sport and Development Soccer at Red Bull from July 1. The 60-year-old will have an advisory role for football clubs in New York, Brazil and Leipzig.”Rangnick had been sporting director at Leipzig since June 2012, when he held the same post at both Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg. He left the post at Salzburg to concentrate fully on Leipzig in May 2015 and achieved promotion to the Bundesliga before making way for Ralph Hasenhuttl to take over.He returned to the helm in July 2018 and helped Leipzig to third place in the Bundesliga in 2018-19, 12 points behind champions Bayern Munich.RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said Rangnick had given his approval to the appointment of Krosche, who helped Paderborn rise from the third tier of German football to the Bundesliga in the space of just two years.”We’re pleased that we were able to secure Markus Krosche as our sporting director,” Mintzlaff said.”He’s also the absolute preferred candidate of Ralf Rangnick, and with his appointment, we’re getting a proven expert.”Former Arsenal and Fulham defender Moritz Volz is also moving to Leipzig, having been appointed as assistant coach.
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 23: The UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A casual college football fan might think you need to win at least 6 games to make a bowl game, but that’s not the case. Sometimes, there aren’t enough six-plus win teams to fill all of the slots, so a couple of 5-7 teams can make it in.This will no longer be a viable option for teams out of the Pac-12, though. A rule has been passed requiring its teams to win at least six games in order to make a bowl game.The Associated Press’ Ralph D. Russo first reported the news.NEWS: Pac-12 passes rule requiring its teams to have 6 wins to play in a bowl, banning its teams from possible postseason bids at 5-7. https://t.co/Wj1nDewexp— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) June 4, 2018From the AP:The Pac-12 will require its teams to win at least six regular-season games to play in a bowl game, eliminating the opportunity for a 5-7 squad to earn a postseason spot when there are not enough six-win teams nationally to fill the bowls.Pac-12 presidents passed the rule proposed by a subcommittee of athletic directors.The Pac-12 has never had a 5-7 team play in a bowl game. There have been five 5-7 teams that have played in bowl games over the last three years.
DURHAM, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Mark Richt of the Miami Hurricanes talks to his quarterback Malik Rosier #12 against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)After a full day of football on Saturday, we get a fun match-up on Sunday as well. Miami and LSU will face off in Arlington.Miami is coming off of its best season in a long time, with Mark Richt elevating the club in his second year. LSU needs that kind of resurgence, as things are starting to get hot for Tigers coach Ed Orgeron.LSU hopes to get a jolt on offense, with Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow taking over as starting quarterback. LSU hasn’t solved that position in some time.Miami vs. LSU will be a prime time match-up on Sunday night.Kick-off for the game is set at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Sean McDonoughGame analyst: Todd BlackledgeSideline reporter: Holly RoweMiami is a 3.5-point favorite in this game.
GAINSVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 9: Running back Emmitt Smith #22 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 9,1989 in Gainsville, Florida. The Rebels defeated the Gators 24-19. (Photo by Allen Dean Steele/Getty Images)Emmitt Smith’s son, EJ Smith, is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps. The high school running back is considered a top running back recruit in the 2020 class.EJ Smith, a four-star all-purpose back, is starting to rack up the scholarship offers. He received a big one today.The 2020 recruit announced on Twitter that he’s received an offer from Alabama.“I am honored to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Alabama. Thank you for the opportunity,” he tweeted.I am honored to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Alabama. Thank you for the opportunity.#RollTide pic.twitter.com/E0G08V4ksw— EJ (@ejsmith_22) March 6, 2019EJ Smith is ranked the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s ranked the No. 96 overall prospect in the class.The 6-foot, 190-pound back has scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and USC, among other programs.The Gators, his father’s team, are currently listed as the favorite, per 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.”Smith is a 2020 recruit and has plenty of time to make a college decision.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson should be poised for another successful season in college football, but the defending champions might be holding their breath over the next few days. Standout wide receiver Amari Rodgers hurt his knee during practice on Monday, and his availability this season could be in doubt.Rodgers was an integral part of Clemson’s offense in 2018. The sophomore caught 55 of his targets for 575 yards and four touchdowns.With Hunter Renfrow heading to the NFL, the Tigers were hoping for Rodgers to solidify himself as the third pass-catching option for Trevor Lawrence. However, it’s possible he doesn’t get to play next season.According to college football reporter Matt Fortuna, Clemson fears that Rodgers sustained an ACL injury. The severity of this injury would dictate whether or not he misses significant time.The Tigers should have an update on Rodgers later today once his MRI is complete.Clemson fears that WR Amari Rodgers suffered an ACL injury during Monday’s practice, a person with knowledge of the situation tells @TheAthleticCFB. An MRI today will bring further clarity. @ClemsonTigerNet was the first to report the news.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) March 26, 2019If Rodgers is potentially out for months then Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins will have to shoulder the load. Both wideouts were dynamic in Clemson’s victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff.Ross had 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman season. Higgins on the other hand will try to build off this past season in which he led the team with 12 receiving touchdowns.Hopefully the MRI results don’t show a major injury for Rodgers, who is undoubtedly a reliable weapon for the Tigers.Stay tuned.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: The Nebraska Cornhuskers play the McNeese State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated McNeese State 31-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football is certainly on the rise under Scott Frost, and the key to him building the program into an eventual contender is landing legit talent. With the summer on the horizon and most people ready to settle down, the coaching staff is doing an excellent job of devoting time to their recruiting targets.This past weekend, the Cornhuskers held an unofficial visit for JuCo prospect Perrion Winfrey. The six-foot-four defensive tackle has offers from a plethora of prestigious schools.Winfrey announced that his updated list of possible destinations features Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, and Texas.Obviously competing with great recruiters like Nick Saban and Lincoln Riley won’t be an easy task for Frost. However, Winfrey did give his vote of approval to the Cornhuskers on Twitter.In a short but positive message to Nebraska, Winfrey hinted that he’ll eventually be back in Lincoln.Check it out:The University Of Nebraska showed so much LOVE❤️🌽 I WILL BE BACK ☠️ #Huskers #GBR https://t.co/DScB0dtaYx pic.twitter.com/kSVYT4yT4t— Perrion Winfrey🦍 (@perrionwin) May 26, 2019Winfrey could take another visit to Nebraska during the football season. This would give him a chance to take in the crowd on game days.It’ll probably be a while until Winfrey comes to a decision, but Nebraska fans will want to keep an eye on him. Between the team’s current state of recruiting and his kind words for the university, it wouldn’t be a shock if he becomes a Cornhusker down the road.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has accomplished a lot in his first two years at the helm. He’s produced back-to-back Big 12 titles, Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, College Football Playoff appearances, and No. 1 overall draft picks.But after leading the Sooners to an easy win at home over the Houston Cougars, Lincoln Riley has gained a new fan as well: Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt.In a recent appearance on The Herd, Klatt gushed over how good Riley is. He went so far as to call the Sooners head coach “the best offensive mind” he’s ever seen. Klatt putt Riley on par with Florida and South Carolina legend Steve Spurrier as an offensive genius.Klatt also pointed to how quickly he was able to get quarterback Jalen Hurts to buy into the system mere months after joining the program. “(His offense) is complicated enough for the defense to look at and not know what’s going on yet simple enough that the quarterback to work through the plays fast. He got Jalen [Hurts] ready to play much faster than he got Kyler [Murray] or Baker [Mayfield] ready to play. Remember Baker and Kyler were both in the program for a while before they played,” Klatt said.”I think Lincoln Riley is the best offensive mind I’ve seen. He’s doing things that are next level.”@joelklatt breaks down why he thinks @OU_Football’s head coach is a “master” at offense.(via @TheHerd)pic.twitter.com/z14day2flV— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 4, 2019Unsurprisingly, Oklahoma emerged from Week 1 as the No. 4 team in the nation, and the highest-ranked school in the Big 12.Though Riley has yet to bring the Sooners to the top of the mountain with a national title, it feels like it’s only a matter of time.
Virat Kohli’s 2018: 2735 international runs, 11 hundreds and 4 overseas Test winsIndia captain Virat Kohli once again enjoyed a sterling year in international cricket and ended 2018 as the number-one ranked batsman in Tests and one-day internationals.advertisement Rohan Sen New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 13:29 IST Virat Kohli dominated international cricket with bat and as captain in 2018 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli scored 2735 runs across all formats in 2018 with 11 hundredsKohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in AustraliaThis year the Indian captain also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 10000 ODI runsIt comes as no surprise to anyone now that Virat Kohli once again dominated a year in international cricket as a batsman, but it was his record as captain in Test cricket which improved a lot this year thanks to the Indian team’s wins away from home.Kohli ended the year as the number-one ranked batsman in Tests and one-day internationals for the second-time running but more importantly, it was his team which consolidated its position at the top of the team rankings in Test cricket, which would have been more satisfying for the captain.Kohli scored 2735 runs across all formats in the year with 11 hundreds but he also became the first Asian captain to register Test wins in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.The Boxing Day Test win at the MCG gave Virat Kohli his 11th away Test win as captain in just 24 Tests and he went equal with Ganguly on the record, who had achieved 11 away Test wins in 28 Tests as captain.Kohli had said that this year would be an extremely important one for Team India given the Tests away from home. While India put up some good performances (especially Kohli and the pacers), they failed to win series in South Africa and England.However, in Australia, Kohli’s India came out all guns blazing to at least get them into a position from where they cannot lose the series now.A YEAR OF DOMINATION IN TEST CRICKETOn top of that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series during their tour of India in 2016/17.advertisementKohli has over the years grown in stature and is rated among the best athletes in the world in terms of his work ethics, fitness and heroics on the field — all-in-all, he has become a complete package. He has been India’s poster boy ever since the retirement of the great Sachin Tendulkar in November 2013. Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 123 in the Perth Test but it went in vain as India lost the match (AP Photo)In just his third year as captain, Kohli has set the benchmark for his teammates to follow by leading from the front. Though it’s tough to maintain the intensity but the Indian skipper has proved that it’s not impossible.With 1322 runs in 13 Tests at an average of over 55, Kohli sits head and shoulders above the rest as the highest run-scorer this year in the format. The five hundreds that he scored is also the most by any batsman in 2018. Last year he was fourth on the list behind Steve Smith, Cheteshwar Pujara and Dean Elgar.But the Delhi dasher really came into his own in what can be termed as a breakthrough year for Kohli, the batsman, in Test cricket as he scored runs in places like Australia, South Africa and England.England was in fact the only country which he hadn’t conquered after a torrid tour in 2014. But Kohli made sure to put the ghosts of his past behind him to amass 593 runs in five Tests at 59.30 with two hundreds to his name.Even the critics who questioned Kohli once, stood up and applauded as he let his bat do all the talking and made sure everybody got the message. The tour of England put the full-stop on the debate on who is the best batsman in the world in the modern era. Virat Kohli scored a magnificent hundred in Trent Bridge to lead India to victory (Reuters Photo)His 25th hundred during the Perth Test was not only one of the best he has ever scored but also saw him become the second fastest batsmen to reach the milestone in 127 innings, just behind the great Don Bradman, who took a mere 68 innings to score 25 Test hundreds.It was Kohli’s seventh Test hundred vs Australia while his 6th Down Under. In Oceania, Kohli has now scored 7 hundreds while this was his 14th ton as captain in away Tests. This was also Kohli’s 18th Test century as the captain of the team.With his sixth Test century in Australia, Kohli also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most Test centuries by an Indian Down Under.Earlier on the tour at Adelaide Oval, Kohli became the fastest to score 1000 Test runs for India in Australia. He beat Don Bradman to the milestone by reaching the figure in nine Test matches while Don Bradman had reached the four-figure mark in his 10th Test at home.advertisementOn the way to this milestone, Kohli also became the only Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.Kohli also has the second-best Test average among batsmen who have scored at least 500 Test runs in January 1, 2017.FASTEST TO 10,000 ODI RUNSBut not just in whites, Kohli also dominated the run charts in ODIs, scoring 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at a staggering average of over 133 and once again he scored the most number of centuries with 6. The next best on the list is his teammate and vice-captain Rohit Sharma with 1030 runs in 19 matches with five centuries.During the recent ODI series at home against the West Indies, became only the fourth batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for India and in the process, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to reach the milestone. Virat Kohli became the fifth Indian batsman and 13th ever to reach 10000 ODI runs (AP Photo)Kohli joined Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) but only 9949 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Overall, Kohli became the fifth Indian batsman and 13th ever to reach 10000 ODI runs. While Tendulkar took 259 innings to get there, Kohli got to the landmark in a mere 205 innings.Ganguly needed 263 innings to reach 10000 ODI runs while South African great Jacques Kallis brought up his 10000th run in his 272nd innings. MS Dhoni is next on the list, having got to the landmark in his 273rd innings.Kohli also scored more than 1000 runs in a calender for the sixth time in his career in 2018 after 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.Kohli is second only to Tendulkar in the list of most century-scorers in one-day internationals and it is widely believed he will one day leave the Master Blaster behind.WHAT NEXT?The first and foremost agenda on his list would be to win the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney. If he manages to do that then he will become the first Indian captain to win a Test series Down Under.Another Test win would also see him equal MS Dhoni as the most successful Indian captain in the format. Kohli currently has 26 Test wins in just 45 matches while Dhoni had 27 in 60 Tests.India will then play a series of three ODIs against the Aussies which will be followed by a five-match ODI contest against New Zealand from January 23, before the T20I series against the Blackcaps – on February 6, 8 and 10.But the biggest assignment for captain Kohli will be the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England where he will look to become the third Indian skipper to win the 50-over mega-event after Kapil Dev (1983) and MS Dhoni (2011).A Test series win in Australia and a World Cup triumph after eight years would really cement Kohli’s legacy as one of the greatest captains India has ever had.advertisementAlso Read | The Pant and Paine show at MCG: When light-hearted banter turned offensiveAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli shakes a leg to celebrate Boxing Day Test win with Bharat ArmyAlso Read | Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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