Barcelona star quashes Chelsea and Manchester United transfer talk

first_img Arda Turan in action for Turkey Arda Turan is living the dream playing for Barcelona and has no plans to leave – despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.The midfielder moved to the Nou Camp from Atletico Madrid last summer in a deal which could eventually be worth £29m.The Turkey captain has failed to nail down a regular spot in the first-team, though, and it has led to claims he could be off this summer.Chelsea and Manchester United were interested in Turan 12 months ago and they are reportedly sniffing around his signature again.But the 29-year-old, who is currently with Turkey at Euro 2016, has denied any talk of him quitting Barcelona.“I am very happy in Barcelona, I want to continue,” said Turan.“But now I am totally focused on the national team and the Euros. It is a dream for me to play for Barcelona.” 1last_img read more

No, College Basketball Reporter, It Did Not Seem Like Kentucky Had 7 Players On The Floor vs. Auburn

first_imgA screenshot of a press conference transcript.Kentucky’s men’s basketball team made easy work of Auburn in this afternoon’s SEC Tournament semifinal game, blowing out the Tigers, 91-67. John Calipari’s squad held Bruce Pearl’s team to 33 percent shooting from the field, while making 56 percent of their own shots. It was a dominating performance in basically every facet of the game. Following the contest, a reporter asked Auburn’s K.T. Harrell if it felt like Kentucky had seven players on the floor. It did not. #math pic.twitter.com/JWg0KVMHHD— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 14, 2015Math can be hard sometimes. Kentucky will play in the SEC Tournament championship game Sunday.last_img

Video: Leonard Fournette Can Squat 400 Pounds Pretty Easily

first_imgLeonard Fournette squats during workouts.Leonard Fournette SquatWe’ve already covered here how much of a beast LSU running back Leonard Fournette is. He’s an incredible talent on the field and by the looks of things, a hard worker off of it.Today, Fournette posted a video on Twitter showing him squatting 400 pounds with ease. I had to take a lost so I could cherish this ish @1future 400 easy @LSUfball pic.twitter.com/C1MaFU2SEL— 7⃣ (@_fournette) February 16, 2016That weight is nothing for him. SEC defenders beware.last_img

Alex Bayne stepping up as leader slugger for Ohio State softball

OSU redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne (left). Credit: Courtesy of OSU“Small but mighty” might be the most fitting adage to describe Ohio State softball player Alex Bayne. Despite standing a mere 5-foot-5, the redshirt junior is currently leading her team in home runs and RBIs after three weekends of play.“She’s a monster in the weight room,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly.Bayne, a Texas native, played her freshman year at Marshall University in West Virginia but said she did not find her fit in the team and culture. After visiting a friend at OSU, she fell in love with the community and decided to transfer.“I saw the team was having open tryouts, and I was lucky enough for them to want me to come on,” Bayne said.Schoenly already envisioned Bayne, who took a year off from playing in 2014, as a great addition to the team prior to tryouts.“She pestered me over email for seven months, saying, ‘Coach, I want to try out for the team,’” Schoenly said. “After, she came into my office and had zero expectations. She was willing to do whatever we needed her to do.”This conversation showed Schoenly the type of selfless player the outfielder was — and continues to be — as she steps into a larger leadership role this season.“My close friends last year were the leaders, and I just followed in their footsteps and communicated with my coaches about what they and my team need out of me,” Bayne said.Bayne, who studies strategic communication, was given the OSU Sportsmanship Award in 2015, in addition to being named a scholar-athlete. Because of her natural leadership skills, her teammates nominated her to be a captain despite having just a lone season donning the scarlet and gray. Senior teammate Maddy McIntyre, who ultimately earned the captain role, indicated her enthusiasm about what Bayne continues to bring to the team.“Bayne has kind of taken it to a new level this year. She’s really stepped up into a leadership role,” McIntyre said. “She’s just the embodiment of empathy and so mature beyond her years.”Like McIntyre, Schoenly also described Bayne as lighthearted and commended her incessant dedication to the team.“She’s never going to leave anybody out. She’s a part of every group on the team,” Schoenly said, mentioning how Bayne will offer to give teammates rides or help the pitchers out at any chance she gets.Schoenly also recalled a game against Nebraska last season when Bayne’s commitment first started to show.“I put her in to pinch hit and she hit a double. I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to keep her in,’ and then she hit another double,” Schoenly said.Within two weeks, Bayne had earned a starting position, and by the end of the season, she was hitting .375 with 17 RBIs.“A few games after Nebraska, she hit two home runs against Ohio University,” Schoenly said. “Because of her commitment to the process, she was more than ready for the opportunity.”Those two home runs were just the beginning of the slugger’s ascension to being one of the Buckeyes’ most dominant and consistent hitters. As she takes on a starting role, Bayne said she wants to focus on what her team needs rather than being only a big hitter.“Hopefully, I can continue to keep doing what I’ve been doing, but I’m not trying to think too big,” Bayne said. “Just bat on ball.”McIntyre laughed when asked what she expects from Bayne as the season moves forward.“If she could hit three home runs every weekend, we would love that,” she joked. Regardless of whether Bayne actually hits three home runs per weekend, she said she plans to keep supporting her teammates no matter what happens. “I just want to be there for my team through the ups and downs of it all,” she said.Bayne is planning to use her fifth year of eligibility on the diamond to attend OSU for graduate school, where she hopes to prepare for a career in either a communication program at a university or an athletics public relations firm.To Schoenly, who praised her player’s outlook on life, Bayne is the precedent for the younger players when it comes to making the most out of any opportunity.“She has this ‘I’m not taking anything for granted’ attitude,” Schoenly said. “She is really competitive, though.”Right now, Bayne’s competitive edge is the epicenter of the Buckeyes’ dynamic start to the season. The Scarlet and Gray are 9-4 with a chance to bolster that mark during a four-game stint in Tempe, Arizona, beginning Friday. When asked about whether her choice to come to OSU was the right one, Bayne’s eyes lit up as she started to grin.“It’s been one of the best decisions of my life,” she said. read more

Nightmare for Nittany Lions Ohio State field hockey upsets No 8 Penn

The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team left State College, Pa. posting a 2-0 shutout against the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday. By knocking off a top 10 opponent, the Buckeyes (10-7, 3-2) are now tied for second place in the conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season. Junior forward Berta Queralt scored the first goal of the match to get the Scarlet and Gray off to a quick start. The Buckeyes added a goal in the 52nd minute from senior back Jenn Sciullu, but Queralt’s goal was all the Buckeyes would need. With the win, OSU now has a 5-1 record on the road. “It was really important to get this win on the road coming off of two conference losses,” senior goalie Ally Tunitis said. “We knew what we were going up against. We played our hardest.” The Buckeyes quick start came when Queralt notched the first goal at the 10:33 mark off of a penalty corner. Sciulli assisted on the goal. The rest of the first half remained scoreless as the stout OSU defense was faced with pressure by the Penn State attack, Tunitis helped the Buckeyes escape with the lead. Tunitis notched her third shutout of the season and is now third on the OSU all-time shutout list with 13. “It felt really good,” Tunitis said. “It’s always really good to have no goal scorers, as it makes it that much sweeter. It is a confidence booster.” In the second half, Sciulli notched the second goal of the match at the 52-minute mark on a penalty corner. The defensive back now has a career-high 14 points on the season. The senior back has been known for her defensive talent, but her offensive play was what set up the Buckeyes for a win. “I would be scared if I was playing against us and saw me running full speed setting up for a shot,” Sciulli said. “It was a big play for us.” The Buckeyes defense protected the two-goal lead despite Penn State’s numerous opportunities in the final minutes. Tunitis finished the game with six saves. “Our defense was unstoppable today,” Sciulli said. “We had one goal in mind and that was to keep the ball out of the cage.” The win sends OSU into its regular season finale against Northwestern on Friday in Evanston, Ill., at 4 p.m. on a high note. Big Ten Tournament play begins Nov. 3., in State College, Pa. read more

Commentary Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns still face questions marks

After two games, surprisingly enough, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns find themselves in a similar position – looking for answers. Bengals fans expected great things out of their team this year, as they should. The Bengals made the playoffs last year with a young roster glittered with talent and a solid coaching staff. But while Cincinnati (1-1) managed to beat its Ohio rivals Sunday, it cannot be satisfied with its team’s performance so far, particularly on defense. Meanwhile, Cleveland (0-2) was considered to be in rebuilding mode from the very start of the season. But after a strong showing on offense, the Browns look to build on the momentum of an encouraging loss. The team’s Paul Brown went head to head last week, hoping that a little sibling rivalry would help it bounce back after losing its openers. The fans in observance at Paul Brown Stadium were treated with a high scoring affair in which the younger sibling won out, 34-27. But the fashion in which Cincinnati eventually prevailed was not convincing, nor was it enough to compensate for the thrashing it suffered at the hands of the Ravens in week 1. The Bengals’ secondary got lit up by Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. This is after Weeden could not crack the double-digit mark in quarterback rating the previous week versus the Eagles after he was 12 of 35 for 118 yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions – a 5.1 quarterback rating. As if that weren’t enough, Cleveland rookie running back Trent Richardson rolled over Cincinnati for 145 total yards and two touchdowns. Richardson is undoubtedly talented. However, the Eagles managed to hold him to 39 yards just a week earlier. It is highly doubtful that the Bengals want to be known as the team that cures all offensive ails. Meanwhile, Cleveland left the game feeling confident that its offense is not as far behind its defense as its week-one performance would indicate. Playing on the road against a team looking for redemption, Weeden looked aggressive from the very start. After studying Cincinnati’s opener, Weeden knew to attack the Bengals secondary, an element of their team that is most likely now their biggest question mark. The previous week, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco had a nearly flawless game in his team’s opener against Cincinnati (21 of 29, 299 yards, two touchdowns and a 128.4 quarterback rating). At the time, experts were gushing over Flacco’s improvement and some even went so far as to say that his infamous offseason proclamation that he was the NFL’s best quarterback was not as far-fetched as once imagined. However, the next week at Philadelphia, Flacco came back to Earth, posting a 66.8 quarterback rating. So let’s see, Weeden and Richardson are embarrassed and shutdown respectively by the Eagles, then have prolific offensive performances versus the Bengals. Meanwhile, the Ravens look unstoppable on offense in their opener against Cincinnati, then put up 16 points in a loss at Philly. Sure the Eagles are impressive defensively, but the Bengals can no longer feel confident that their defense will win them games. Giving up 27 points in a home opener to a struggling quarterback is not exactly the ’84 Bears. Up next for Cincinnati are the Redskins. Washington is averaging 34 points a game under the guidance of rookie Robert Griffin III, a true anomaly at the quarterback position. Wily veterans dream of his 70.9 percent completion rate while many running backs will fall short of the near-1,000 yards Griffin is on pace to gain on the ground. Griffin delivered a near-flawless performance in his team’s season-opening win in New Orleans. The Redskins then fell just short last week in St. Louis to a Rams team that exploded for 28 points in the second half. One can only imagine how the disappointment of that loss combined with the added enthusiasm of playing at home will motivate Griffin. What do the Bengals, ranked 29th in pass defense, plan to do to stop him? With zero interceptions on the year, will Griffin feel intimidated? Unlikely. Their five sacks in two games don’t exactly strike fear into opponents’ hearts either.  If the Bengals want to win, they will need to match the firepower of the Redskins. Last week, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati offense showed signs of life. The second-year quarterback threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns against an imposing defense. And now they get to face a Redskins defense that is ranked 31st against the pass. But there is no guarantee that the Bengals will be able to pick apart Washington’s secondary. After all, the Bengals have allowed more sacks than any team in the league. And Dalton has looked uncomfortable at times this year, unable to connect with favorite target wide receiver A.J. Green. That is where free-agent addition, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, comes into play. The former Patriot has provided consistency and grit and proven to be a clear upgrade over predecessor running back Cedric Benson. He helped Cincinnati finish off Cleveland last weekend and was the only bright spot in that horrendous loss in Baltimore. Playing on the road, convention would say: mix Green-Ellis in with the pass early on, turning to the short passing game to pick up first downs until the opportunity presents itself to take the occasional shot downfield to Green. With a young offense like the Bengals, it is better to start slowly, so as to avoid falling behind early against the (surprisingly) prolific offense of the Redskins. Meanwhile, the Browns are at home to face Bills. Buffalo features the latest NFL sensation, running back C.J. Spiller. Despite not starting the opener, Spiller leads the league in rushing and shows no signs of slowing down. He is averaging a Madden NFL-like 10.1 yards per carry. Oh, and the Bills are thin at wide receiver and feature an inconsistent quarterback. Yeah, we might see them run the ball. But Cleveland cannot afford to stack the line of scrimmage as they were forced to reshuffle their secondary after the suspension of cornerback Joe Haden. Fortunately, the Browns feature a defense that can make plays. They are first in the league in interceptions and tied for second in sacks. They might be wise to pound the ball with Richardson and wait for something to happen on defense or special teams. While the Bills are ranked near the bottom of the league in pass defense, Cleveland’s coaching staff should avoid the temptation of allowing Weeden to air it out. They shouldn’t read too much into last week– the Bengals’ secondary looked confused, as they did against the Ravens. It would seem that Weeden is closer to the turnover prone rookie we saw in the opener than the passer who threw for over 300 yards in Cincinnati. Besides, Weeden’s success was a direct result of Richardson’s breakout game anyway. read more

Despite secure CCHA footing Ohio State mens hockey heads to Miami desperate

The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team will bring its regular season campaign to a close with a two-game road series at No. 3 Miami (Ohio) this weekend. Barring a date in the postseason, it will mark the final time the in-state rivals meet as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The league, which began in 1971, will disband after this season. OSU is set to join the six-team Big Ten Conference in its inaugural hockey season, and Miami will move to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The series carries large implications for both squads. Miami sits on top of the 11-team CCHA and two points will secure its fourth CCHA regular-season title. In contrast, OSU owns only one league championship (1972) in the conference’s 42-year existence. Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz said this weekend and the ensuing playoffs are great opportunities to make a statement as a program. “(The RedHawks) have been dominating this league for quite a few years now. That’s what OSU hockey wants to do,” Fritz said. “I think we’re pushing the pace for that this year. In years to come, OSU hockey is going to be on the map.” OSU, sitting in a tie for fourth with Ferris State, will face the Bulldogs in the quarterfinal round of the CCHA Tournament regardless of this weekend’s results. Whichever team earns more points will host the second-round matchup. Ferris State will play two games at Michigan over the weekend. Miami and OSU have already faced-off three times this season. The RedHawks took five of six points in a CCHA series in December, before beating the Buckeyes in the Three Rivers Classic, 1-0. “We’ve had three tight games against Miami, we want to go down there and win some hockey games and try to get home ice,” said associate head coach Steve Rohlik. In 185 minutes of play against Miami this year, OSU has only scored twice. The Buckeyes are not the only team that Miami has suffocated on offense this season. The RedHawks lead the nation in team defense, allowing a stingy 1.56 goals per game. Freshman goalie Ryan McKay has the best save percentage (.962) and goals against average (1.0570) in the country. OSU rode its own stalwart defending for much of the season. But since junior defenseman Curtis Gedig’s injury against Notre Dame on Feb. 1, the Buckeyes have given up an average of 3.4 goals per game. Barring any setbacks, Gedig will return to action this weekend to strengthen the blue line. “(Gedig) has been out skating this week; I expect him to be full-go this weekend,” Rohlik said. “Having Curtis back this weekend will be a big boost for us.” The series will be the last opportunity for OSU sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel and senior goalie Brady Hjelle to showcase their talents before the current round of voting for the Hobey Baker Award ends on March 10. The teammates are two of 77 candidates for college hockey’s most prestigious individual award. After being swept by Michigan last weekend, OSU freshman defenseman Sam Jardine said a better effort is crucial for his team this weekend. “It needs to be a playoff environment for us, and we need to be desperate,” Jardine said. Game one of the two-game series is set for Friday at 7:35 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio. read more

Herrera confident De Gea will remain at United

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is confident star goalkeeper and Real Madrid target David de Gea will remain with the Red Devils as a result of the love of the supporters of the club.There have been reports of a move for Spain international De Gea to European champions Madrid after a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu fell through in 2015.Man Utd team-mate Herrera thinks the loyalty of United’s fans will make De Gea remain at Old Trafford.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I remember that difficult summer when everyone was talking about Real Madrid and he played the first game at Old Trafford and everyone was singing his name and he told me ‘this is amazing, they are the best’,” said Herrera via FourFourTwo.“He can be very calm but he’s the best. He will show it again. He’s the best keeper I’ve ever seen in my life and he is with us so we have more chances to win titles.”last_img read more

Koscielny gives Bellerin some good advice

first_imgThe Spanish right-back was injured in the match against Chelsea in the English Premier League and will be out of the season for Arsenal.Hector Bellerin ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the match between his club Arsenal and Chelsea in the English Premier League weekend fixture.The Spanish right-back will be out for the season for the Gunners, and teammate Laurent Koscielny has given him some advice.“As I said to him yesterday, put football on the side and enjoy a bit of your life with your family and friends,” Koscielny was quoted by Sky Sports.“He is starting a new chapter of his career. It will be long but he is a strong boy and I know he has the people around him to help him and be back as soon as possible and stronger than before.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He knows all the team are here to help him because we know he will have some difficult moments during his rehab, like Rob [Holding] and Danny [Welbeck], but they know all the team are here and behind them to help them come back with us and help us to have results together,” he added.“It was very hard during some moments because I missed the World Cup.”“But you learn a lot about life, you are more positive about football because you know it’s just a small part of your life, and you have some good things off the pitch.”Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2001 as part of the youth system after many years in the Barcelona young squads.He debuted professionally in 2013 with the Gunners and was loaned to Watford for a year in the 2013-2014 season.last_img read more

Today is last day to submit your petition to Repeal the Gas

first_imgTune into @KUSINews at 7am – I’m on talking about the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative and our LAST hours of signature collection! https://t.co/NxgpuACTuW pic.twitter.com/XvtlKa7UPN— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) April 24, 2018For more information on how you can help Repeal the Gas tax, click here. April 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, Updated: 11:55 AM Today is last day to submit your petition to Repeal the Gas Tax 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsToday is the last day to submit petitions to repeal the gas tax.Chairman of Reform California, Carl DeMaio was in studio to talk more about this issue and everything he has to done over the last couple months as he led the campaign to Repeal the Gas Tax. Over the next 48 hours, DeMaio and his team will process the last signatures and hand them over to the state. DeMaio estimates they will have around 900,000 signatures. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua Posted: April 24, 2018last_img read more