Transfers Gremio refute claims of €40m Arthur agreement with Barcelona Ryan Benson 02:23 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Grêmio Primera División Serie A The young midfielder Arthur has been linked with a move to Camp Nou, but speculation suggesting a deal has been struck is supposedly false. Reports of a €40million agreement between Gremio and Barcelona for midfielder Arthur are wide of the mark, according to the Brazilian club’s president Romildo Bolzan.Barcelona’s interest in the 21-year-old midfielder is long-standing, having been linked with him regularly towards the end of 2017, when Arthur was a key part of the Gremio side which won the Copa Libertadores.Arthur was photographed wearing the Catalan club’s jersey in a meeting with their sporting director Robert Fernandez in December. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Although that angered Gremio, they have been in regular dialogue with Barca ever since over a potential move, with reports in Spain claiming on Tuesday that an agreement had finally been made.But Gremio insists such claims are purely speculation, with a deal still to be struck.Speaking to Radio Bandeirantes, Bolzan said: “A deal has still not been finalised.”There have been plenty of discussions, but at this stage the transfer cannot be considered a foregone conclusion.”
Manchester United Alexis or Pogba, De Gea or Lukaku? Ranking Manchester United’s best-paid players Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty/Goal composite Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Gallery The Red Devils have been fairly liberal in handing out huge contracts in recent years, but who sits where in their list of highest salaries? Manchester United caused a real stir in January when snapping up from Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Far beyond the Chilean being recruited from a Premier League rival midway through the season, the biggest bone of contention appeared to be his British-record salary of £350,000 per week.Such is the fascination in the money being spent by football clubs in the modern era, supporters have taken an increased interest in players’ wages as well as the outlays made to selling clubs in the transfer market.And United have led the way in splashing out on playing contracts over the course of the Premier League era, signing themselves up to the five biggest deals in English history over the last five years, most recently with Sanchez. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But who gets what in the current United squad? Below, Goal goes through the Old Trafford pay-grades, listing the estimated weekly salary of the top-ranked Red Devils in terms of salary.
MLS VIDEO: Zardes and the Crew run past Toronto to open MLS season Goal 05:54 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() John E. Sokolowski MLS Toronto v Columbus Crew Toronto Columbus Crew Videos The former LA Galaxy forward scored on his debut for Columbus, helping his side past the defending champions in the 2018 league opener The 2018 MLS season got off to a flying start, with the defending MLS Cup champion, and Goal’s unanimous pick for the 2018 Supporters’ Shield, beaten 2-0 at home by the Columbus Crew. For the Crew the win was a bit of revenge against the club that knocked them out of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs in the Eastern Conference finals. In that two-legged tie the Crew failed to find a way past Toronto’s defense and eventually lost out 1-0. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp In Saturday’s match, the opener for the 23rd season of MLS, the Crew broke the deadlock just before the break. Federico Higuain scored the first goal of the season in the league, catching a cross on the half-volley and powering it past Alex Bono. Columbus came out of the break still on the front foot, and just after the restart the Crew got a goal from new-signing Zardes. Pedro Santos played a splitting ball and the pace of the former LA Galaxy forward was more than Toronto’s defense could deal with. The 26-year-old raced onto the through-ball and took it on first time inside the near post, doubling the visiting side’s lead. The first goal of the MLS season that has @ColumbusCrewSC in front. #TORvCLB pic.twitter.com/yFFlDJkNGF— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 3, 2018Startin’ the 2nd half strong. @gyasinho puts the visitors up 2-0. #TORvCLBThat ball from @Pedro32santos tho… pic.twitter.com/EJ96a4063L— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 3, 2018Toronto had chances to get back into the match, with Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore both coming close, but the Crew stayed strong and held on for an impressive victory to open the season.
Mexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Moreno goal earns plaudits, mixed bag for PorTri Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 06:06 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adam Nurkiewicz Mexico World Cup The center back is getting back in good form as El Tri’s March friendly matches approach, while it was a bittersweet week for Porto’s Mexican legion Hector Moreno earned real-life and virtual recognition this week.The Mexico center back scored his debut goal for Real Sociedad and turned in a quality defensive performance against Alaves to earn a spot in EA Sports’ FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be happier to see Moreno on the actual field, considering the left-footed player had suffered an injury that had his status in doubt for Mexico’s friendly matches later this month. Now, it appears Moreno will be ready to give his best in the last games ahead of World Cup camp convening.Porto exited the UEFA Champions League this week with Diego Reyes starting at center back and Jesus “Tecatito” Corona also in the starting lineup at Liverpool. A scoreless draw at Anfield was a much better result than the 5-0 thumping the Dragons took in the round of 16 first leg. While the midweek news was sour, Hector Herrera joined Reyes and Corona on the field earlier in the week for a rivalry win against Sporting. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Frankfurt has been a bright spot for Mexicans Abroad, but this week the spotlight dimmed. Carlos Salcedo wasn’t in Niko Kovac’s squad in a 1-0 win over Hannover. Marco Fabian, back from the injury that has kept him off the field most of the season, was in the 18 but didn’t get off the bench in the victory.Click above for a one-minute recap of how Mexicans playing in Europe performed during the week as El Tri’s friendly matches against Iceland and Croatia draw closer.
A good morning and a great day to the fellow golf-heads out there crazy enough to wake up early and follow the British Open’s opening day. May your coffee be strong, your caffeine high last long, and may we all watch with pleasure as Rickie Fowler clinches his first major win from across the pond. Bullets Rundown• Ice Man taking on bigger leadership role• Why Big 12’s stance on Horns Down deserves thumbs down• OSU’s offseason motivation, in shirt form• Les Miles with Hollywood treatment at new ESPN+OSU Bullets• Gold medal-winning point guard Isaac Likekele (has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) is already putting to use his valuable Team USA experience back in the states. As one of the players on the U19 team that won the World Cup, he’s already positioning himself for a bigger role at OSU as a sophomore.“His presence, it means a ton to us,” said Mike Boynton. “You can tell his energy is infectious, and he will be a great leader for us.” [NewsOK]• Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman argues the Big 12’s stance on Horns Down is a thumbs up. Respectfully, *fart noise*.I guess the Big 12 could go extreme with Horns Down — ban it outright or allow it regardless — but neither seems viable. Allow it, and officials have their hands tied if someone uses it in a taunting manner. Ban it, and officials have to spend time looking for something easily undetected and ultimately unimportant.A nuanced stance is the right one for the Big 12. [NewsOK]I get the point of arguing this side of it. Really. But when talking about the Big 12’s officials, the words nuance and open to interpretation makes me about as confident as Hugh Freeze when he sees the NCAA on caller ID. Any type of judgement calls related to gestures or intent are bound to be misjudged. My horns are down at this stance, and so are both my thumbs.• OSU could have just printed out some “H8ERS R OUR MOTIV8ERS” shirts to fuel them this offseason, but instead they did one better by printing shirts with the names of every team that beat them during their 7-6 year.“It gave you something to work for every day,” center Johnny Wilson said. “You go to your locker, you get your stuff out and there’s those names. Every single day.” [Dallas News](I approve. Please send a size large to [HEAVILY REDACTED, BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA]. Thanks in advance.)• Date and time for Fan Appreciation Day, 2019, has been set. Marketh thine calendars (and maybe see you there).SAVE THE DATE!🏈️⚽️Fan Appreciation Day📅 Aug. 3🕝 2:30-4:30 p.m.📍 Gallagher-Iba Arena#okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/QP23udWHBk— Oklahoma State Athletics (@OSUAthletics) July 17, 2019• I apologize for being a total child with this #FaceApp stuff, but the amount of laughter I had when it spit out Spencer and Dru like this was healthy for my soul. (Also, who is your vote on this question? I’m riding the SS Ship.) Non-OSU Bullets• It seems the CP3 era in OKC could last longer than expected! As ESPN cap guru Bobby Marks pointed out, the reason for a non-robust market for him is pretty simple: it’s mid-July, ~40% of players under contract cannot be traded at this time, and most teams have already filled up most of their cap space.Here is the formula for why:*40% of players under contract cannot be traded* There are no teams with significant cap space (ATL has the most @ $7M)* Biggest trade exception is GSW ($17.2M) who is hard capped- next is DAL @ $11.8M https://t.co/H6FExQmTAf— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 17, 2019• Auburn — and by extension, Bruce Pearl — seem to be bracing for a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA related to the college basketball scandal. Auburn had an assistant implicated in the case, and while he got off nearly unscathed by avoiding prison time, Auburn’s program (and again, by extension, Pearl) might not be so fortunate. The case is of particular interest in Stillwater, as OSU is in a similar position; Lamont Evans was one of the assistants implicated in the scandal, and OSU could be in a similar boat as Auburn (and NC State).Related to the college basketball scandal, NC State received its own NOA last week detailing multiple Level I and Level II violations, the most severe and the second-most severe in the eyes of the NCAA. In its case, the NCAA alleges a former Adidas executive paid former star recruit-turned-NC State-signee Dennis Smith Jr. $40,000. Former coach Mark Gottfried and his former assistant, Orlando Early, are also named in the case, which alleges Smith was provided $46,700 in total impermissible benefits. [CBS Sports]• /ducks the comments section. So uh … this Baker Mayfield piece was interesting, as was his strategy to get his now-wife’s attention. Millennials!The quarterback and his fiancée, who is from Nebraska, were introduced in 2017 by a mutual friend. At the time, Wilkinson was living in Los Angeles. She says she was wary of dating a “punk football player” and ignored Mayfield’s advances for months: He repeatedly followed and unfollowed her on Instagram, trying to attract her attention. Finally, in late December, they exchanged messages. He begged her to meet him before the Rose Bowl, his final college football game. She reluctantly agreed to grab lunch. [ESPN]• I am enraged at The Ringer’s placement of “Let it Go” on the ranking of the best Disney songs. Enraged! • So grass-eating Les Miles is going to be a star, huh?And Tuesday saw an even more interesting announcement of an 18-part behind-the-scenes series on Les Miles and Kansas that will premiere on the ESPN+ Big 12 Now service next month, with a trailer that includes footage of Miles and Kansas athletic director Jeff Long talking before Miles officially took the job. [Awful Announcing]The trailer looks pretty awesome, actually. (Les saying he doesn’t need a fake-bleep whistle to some poor GA hooked me instantly). This is like “Hard Knocks” for CFB, but like, way less interesting. Count me in!• People are dying (literally) for Instagram likes at an obscure sight-seeing spot in Arizona.• Emoni Bates is only 15 years old, but he’s seen by many already as the best basketball prospect since LeBron James. But will he even garner interest from high-major college programs? Why murky NBA plans to lower the age limit (and potentially abolish the one-and-done rule for good) have thus far limited his college prospects.• Nine golfers who could win the 2019 British Open. I’m fading Rory. Fowler at 25-1 is interesting. I don’t hate Tony Finau at 80-1, either! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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