Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, trying to fill in the NCAA bracket, wondering whatever happened to Chuck Gulo, player of the year on Aquinas’ CIF basketball title team in 1972-73. Former San Bernardino Valley College football coach Ron Smedley was among nine persons inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday. Smedley was honored twice as California Community College Coach of the Year and conference coach of the year four times. … NCAA pool: If you get it right and win big bucks, make sure to report your winnings to the IRS. But then don’t worry about it, chances are you are not going to win. The NCAA bracket pools are probably bigger business than Super Bowl pools. And it is illegal. But as Richard Petty once said, “It ain’t cheatin’ if you don’t get caught.” Joining Smedley were Manny Fernandez and Ted Leland, Chabot; Glen Parker, Golden West; Neal Dahlen, San Mateo; Erik Kramer, Los Angeles Pierce; Bob Mazzuca, player at Stockton/Delta and coach at De Anza; Don Butcher, player at Los Angeles CC, coach at Saddleback; and Bob Troppman, Marin. … Richard and Michelle Smith of Redlands will get an assist from Lakers forward Luke Walton this afternoon during a $2,000 shopping spree at the Westchester Staples store. Smedley was an All-America tackle at Santa Ana College in 1960 and later played for the late John McKay at USC on the 1962 national championship team. His first head coaching job was at Damien High School before moving on to SBVC in 1976. In 1986, he was elevated to head coach, where he compiled a 102-53-1 record, winning seven conference championships and five bowls. The Smiths were winners of the Staples Easy Play Decoder Game. The Redlands couple, who are hearing-impaired and communicate with their three school-aged children via sign language, plan on buying laptops for each child. The Smiths were chosen at random and notified of their luck through a hearing-impaired translation service that interpreted the details. The public is invited to watch the shopping spree that begins today at 2:30 p.m. … What happened to the gloom and doom many NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers predicted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past Sunday? Nothing that careful and thoughtful driving couldn’t cure. They are the best stock car drivers in the world and they are paid to adapt to the conditions. And they did just that, for the most part showing patience that allowed them to finish. It’s true for all major league sports. If it were any easier, we would all be doing it. … Save the date: March 21. Chivas USA and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on that Wednesday at the Red Cross Donor Center, 100 Red Cross Circle, Pomona (next to the Cal Poly campus) from noon to 7 p.m. The inaugural “It’s in Your Blood” campaign last year proved to be a success so the Major League Soccer club and the Red Cross are doing it again this year. A Chivas USA player and team mascot will be on hand to sign autographs. … Smedley, part 2: While Smedley is best known for his football achievements, he was also quite a tennis coach at SBVC. He coached both the men and women and his teams won seven state titles. … The Quakes will be celebrating their 15th season in Rancho Cucamonga this summer. It doesn’t seem that long ago when they were still the Spirit playing at Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino. As part of the team’s promotional schedule, there will be 15 fireworks shows this season. There’s no telling why a fireworks show translates into a big crowd. The team will also give away dolls depicting Hall of Fame members Gary Matthews Jr. (maybe with lawyer Robert Shapiro), Matt Clement and Derrek Lee (running out a grounder to first). Additionally, the Quakes will bring in Steve Sax and Frank Tanana so older fans can get an autograph or two. … Damien, part 2: Mike Churchill, who recently resigned as head football coach at Riverside La Sierra for an athletic directorship at Dana Point, also started his coaching career at the La Verne school. John Monger, the Chino football coaching icon, was another who started his career at Damien. … Colleague and columnist Paul Oberjuerge thinks the area should embrace Cal State Long Beach while the 49ers are in the NCAA tournament. It promises to be a short stay as the 49ers open with Tennessee on Thursday. Head coach Larry Reynolds is a UC Riverside grad, and formerly coached at Cal State San Bernardino. He’s assisted by John Masi, the former UCR coach. The other area connections include Aaron Nixon, the Big West Conference player of the year out of San Bernardino Valley College, and Kevin Houston, the starting point guard from San Gorgonio. Reynolds’ contract is up after the season and there’s been plenty of speculation as to whether he’ll return in 2007-08. … Smedley, part 3: During his tenure at the helm of the SBVC football program, Smedley put together some solid staffs. He lost both Carl Ferrill and Carl Beach to Chaffey College athletic director Bob Olivera, who turned his school’s football program around with those two hires. Ed Riffalo, another assistant, is at Ft. Lewis College in Colorado. Smedley had many good assistants in his SBVC career, coaches who remain loyal to him after all these years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith four games left in its elimination round schedule in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Star is a powerhouse side that has suddenly been taken out of top four talk.And coach Chito Victolero knows that he and his Hotshots cannot get back into that conversation with just one fell swoop.ADVERTISEMENT “All of our last four games are important, it’s actually a must-win for us starting (Friday),” Victolero said as the Hotshots tangle with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort to try and snap a three-game losing streak that will put the Hotshots back in contention for a twice-to-beat privilege.“But we need to take it one game at a time,” he said as Star takes to the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor opposite the Batang Pier in the 7 p.m. contest, where a grieving Stanley Pringle makes his return from a two-game absence to help GlobalPort in its own bid to stay alive for a playoff berth.Pringle went to the US to attend to his ailing father.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVictolero has fingered the very reason why his Hotshots, after four straight wins to open up the season-ending conference, have slipped.“Our rebounding has let us down. We’re worst in the league,” Victolero said, even if his crew is one of the beefiest, tallest in the league. “That’s something we need to address. We have been outrebounded by an average of 15 (by our last three foes).” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Dumandan gains lead as darkness halts play Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next View comments Meralco is a side that is in top four contention, and the Bolts will try to strengthen their place when they clash with streaking Alaska in the 4:15 p.m. contest.With a 6-2 record, the Bolts are running second behind Barangay Ginebra and they would need to win at least two of their last three games in order to have a shot at that twice-to-beat advantage.“Our ability to handle their (Aces’) pressure defense will be one of the keys for us,” Meralco’s Norman Black said. “And once again, we will rely on our defense to try and get the win.”The Aces, meanwhile, need to extend their three-game winning streak just to have some sort of buffer in advancing.Star will still have to face TNT KaTropa, ousted KIA Picanto and then NLEX to close out the eliminations, and Victolero knows that nothing less than a sweep will do it.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisisby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Eric Dier insists there are no splits in the squad.But he says the north London club are in crisis after conceding 10 goals in their last two games.“We are obviously going through a difficult period,” said the England midfielder. “Is saying it’s a crisis a bit too strong? No.“If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s normal. For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in, but we have to be all together and push through it.“The stuff about the squad, I know that’s not the case. But it’s natural these things will come up now because of the situation we find ourselves in.“It’s the first time that we’ve found ourselves in this position, we can’t back down from it. We’ve got to push through it.”
Reds+0.58-0.04-0.22 Diamondbacks+0.28+0.04+0.17 Rangers+0.24-0.78-0.08 Cubs+0.49+0.74+0.84 Padres+0.94-0.11+0.13 Twins+0.41-0.03-0.10 Phillies+0.35+0.05+0.35 Red Sox+0.63-0.27-0.12 Cardinals+0.44-0.26-0.02 Royals+0.85-0.27-0.20 Mets+0.23-0.19-0.04 Giants+0.50-0.04+0.05 Astros+0.87+0.09+0.11 Rockies+0.88+0.13+0.12 Pirates+0.92-0.13-0.07 Yankees+0.90+0.62+0.74 Braves+0.46+0.11+0.08 Mariners+1.07-0.38-0.35 SENTIMENT SCORE Tigers+0.55+0.15-0.11 Baseball teams have a way of dragging their fans’ moods with their fortunes on the field. It’s no fun to root for a perpetually losing team, especially if its performance seems unlikely to improve. Conversely, an unexpected contender has a way of lifting one’s spirits.But wins and losses are much easier to measure than happiness. We do have a proxy, though: the masses at Reddit. I scraped comments from each team’s subreddit1Using this script to get text from specific subreddits. on the website and determined how happy their comments were.2In technical terms, the valence of each subreddit, or how positive it was. To do this, I used the AFINN-111 word list, which was assembled by Finn Arup Nielsen in 2011. To do that I used sentiment analysis, collecting the words used by each fan base to determine their overall level of joy. More positive words (“win,” “wow,” “wonderful”) point to a happier fan base, and more negative words (“unimpressed,” “miserable,” “wrong”) suggest the opposite.Here are some highlights of what I found (a full table is at the bottom of this post):There are some caveats, as there always are with sentiment analysis. The word list I used was calibrated to a sentiment analysis of Twitter — it’s possible that language is used differently on Reddit, and so the sentiment scores may not be as calibrated to the medium as they would be if we had Reddit-centric sentiment scoring. For example, the word “damn” is rated as strongly negative, since it is usually a negative exclamation (“damn, we lost again”). However, it can also be used in a positive sense: “damn, that was our fifth straight win, we are pretty good.” And maybe people on Reddit “damn” more positively than the hordes on Twitter. (The same can go for any word used atypically in any sentence, making its meaning different from how the algorithm interpreted it.) Also, people who write on Reddit do not constitute a random sample of a team’s fans.But let’s get back to the results. Hope springs eternal in the offseason but is extinguished for many fan bases by July.3All measurements come from three time periods: one preseason (Feb. 15 to March 15), one pre-trade-deadline (June 15 to July 15), and one crossing the trade deadline (July 15 to Aug. 15). That makes sense given how many teams don’t have any hope left. In the preseason, only one team — the Phillies — had playoff odds less than 1 percent, per FanGraphs. Now, 11 teams have odds less than 1 percent. Sentiment scores per word — our index of happiness — tended to be between 0.3 and 1 on the sentiment scale in the offseason, indicating that the average word was a positive one (between a neutral word and the word “agreement”). Nowadays, the same scores have plunged. Clearly the grind of the MLB season wears on the fans’ happiness as it does the players.Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit. The Cubs have not only been contenders in the crowded National League Central, they have also seen a number of top prospects called up, most notably Kris Bryant (but also Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber). Not only are the Cubs contending a little earlier than expected — the future is even brighter.All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since February, but not all by the same amount. The change in sentiment score from February to July is roughly in proportion to the change in playoff odds of each team.4The correlation coefficient is r = -.3, which is not quite significant. Teams that made strides in their playoff hopes such as the Yankees, Angels and Dodgers have seen the smallest declines in sentiment since February. At the other end of the spectrum, teams such as the Mariners, Athletics and Padres have seen their playoff odds tumble. Their fan bases also have had some of the most pronounced declines in sentiment scores per word.From July to August, sentiment scores were steady, fluctuating about four times less than they did from February to July.5The Pearson correlation value was a strong .746. The trade deadline didn’t seem to do much to move the needle in terms of fan happiness, but the teams that did gain are mostly the ones you’d expect: the Blue Jays (who strengthened their roster enormously), the Cardinals (who locked down a playoff spot) and a few others who were riding winning streaks. On the other side, the Tigers lost happiness, witnessing their championship window close and their highly regarded general manager leave.Although on-field success can buy happiness, it doesn’t seem to work for every team. The Royals have gained the most playoff probability of any team since the preseason, but they lost the fourth-most happiness from the offseason to July. There are any number of potential reasons6Including the All-Star controversy, an injury to their star player (Alex Gordon), and enmity from other teams/fan bases. for the relative grumpiness of Royals fans, but one may be that fans were more optimistic about the Royals than the projection systems. While contention in Kansas City may seem surprising to sabermetricians, it may not to Royals fans who were riding high off a World Series appearance.Conversely, failure on the field isn’t necessarily enough to dissuade a happy fan base. The Phillies, hopeless since the beginning of the year, nevertheless have fans who aren’t that much sadder than they were before the season. Despite the loss of erstwhile ace Cole Hamels at the trade deadline, fans have gotten happier since July — his trade and others signaled a shift in direction for the team toward rebuilding. As above with the Cubs, fan bases seem to not only weigh the present but also to consider the prospect for future improvement.There are also some inexplicable cases such as that of the Rays, whose fan base declined in sentiment much more dramatically than their playoff odds would lead one to expect. It’s possible that the Rays’ 4-8 slide in July before the All-Star break had something to do with it, or the seven-game losing streak from June 28 to July 4. The streaks, winning and losing, may play havoc with fans’ emotions, causing people to see false patterns suggesting imminent decline in what is mostly random fluctuation.Obviously, we’re grasping for answers as to why fans are happier or sadder as the season goes by. But the general trend seems to be that a complex calculus of current performance and hope for the future dictates how happy each team’s fan base feels. Of course, it all resets come March. Hang tight, Reds fans. Only a few more months to go. Angels+0.28+0.21+0.08 TEAMFEBRUARYJULYAUGUST Blue Jays+0.28-0.03+0.21 Nationals+0.61-0.11-0.18 Rays+2.24+0.04+0.27 Dodgers+0.29+0.07-0.15 Athletics+0.62+0.10+0.10 Marlins+1.44-0.08+0.19 White Sox+0.940.00-0.07 Brewers+0.71-0.29-0.06 Indians+0.66+0.05-0.02 Orioles+0.43-0.07+0.08
Scoring 50 goals in 50 games is the crowning achievement of an NHL goal scorer. Players who do so join a club of legends including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Maurice Richard. The club is exclusive — it has only five members, and it hasn’t accepted a new application in 25 years. There are dozens and dozens of active NHL players who weren’t alive yet the last time someone scored 50 goals in 50 games, when Brett Hull did it during the 1991-92 season.As with throwing dead octopuses onto the ice and shaking hands with the opponent after a playoff series, the 50 in 50 club is like many things unique to the NHL: steeped in history and perhaps devoid of logic. The attention bestowed on the exploit dates back to the days when there were only 50 games on the schedule. So when Richard became to first to do it in 1945, it meant he averaged a goal a game for a whole season. When the schedule expanded to 60 games — and then to 70 games, and then 74, 76, 78, 80 and 84 games, finally settling at 82 games — 50 in 50 remained a thing. Because, you know, why not?Like with many exclusive clubs, there are also a lot of rules. To gain access, you must score 50 goals in your team’s first 50 games, not your own. Alexander Mogilny scored 50 goals in his first 46 games in 1992-93, but an injury forced him to miss three weeks at the beginning of the season. Mogilny’s 50th tally came in his team’s 53rd game, so he’s not allowed in. No exceptions!It’s not easy to sustain a goal-per-game pace for 50 consecutive games, but so far this season, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov is doing almost exactly that. With 14 goals in 15 games, the young Russian with a hellacious shot has set himself up to make a legitimate run at hockey’s goal-scoring holy grail.Of course, many others have started the season on a similar tear in recent years — and all of them ended up way short of the benchmark. Here’s how every player who notched at least 14 goals in his team’s first 15 games post-lockout stacked up against the last three 50/50 players. Amazingly, only one of these players (Jaromir Jagr in 2006) exceeded 50 goals on the season, let alone in 50 games. In the 2005-06 season, winger Simon Gagne scored 17 in the Flyers’ first 15 games, but he ultimately scored only 17 more in the next 35. In that same season, both Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson had 15 goals through the first 15 games. They both cooled, too — like Gagne, they each netted 17 goals in the following 35 games.But there’s reason to believe this year might be different: The league itself seems different.So far this season, goalies are stopping pucks with less success than they have since 2008-09. But not all of the blame can be placed on lackluster goaltending — a number of rule changes have led to an increase in power play opportunities per game. More power play opportunities equal more high-quality scoring opportunities, which means more goalies left hung out to dry.It’s not shocking to see an analog in the 2005-06 season, when Jagr, Gagne, Heatley and Alfredsson each flirted with a goal-a-game pace: The league instituted rule changes in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout with the express purpose of increasing the number of goals per game, which had tanked in the NHL of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Chief among those rule changes was the elimination of the two-line offside pass. Defenses were slow to adjust to the rule change, which led to a preponderance of breakaways and two-on-one situations.In the 1980s and early 1990s, the NHL was a wide open league, and goaltending often seemed like an afterthought. From 1980-81 to 1993-94, the goals against average for the league never dipped below 3.0 — and the 50 in 50 was accomplished seven times.1Mike Bossy, Gretzky (three times), Lemieux, Hull (twice). From 1994-95 to the present, the goals against average has risen higher than 3.0 in only one season. It hasn’t climbed quite that high this season, but it’s close.2It currently sits at 2.89.Kucherov isn’t the only one taking advantage of the increase in scoring. Like during the 2005-06 season, this year’s NHL has a handful of players vying for NHL legend status. Alex Ovechkin has also started the year on fire (13 goals in 16 games), while Islanders’ captain John Tavares has 12 goals in 15.Of course, a goal scorer is nothing without dime-dishing linemates, and Kucherov has benefited from playing with the league’s leading point getter in Steven Stamkos (who missed 65 games last season, and the Bolts missed the playoffs). Stamkos is known best for his goal scoring prowess — he’s a two-time recipient of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goal scorer — but this year it’s his passing that has him at the top of the NHL’s scoring list. He’s still scoring goals, but his 18 assists pace the league. And 10 of those helpers have come on goals scored by Kucherov.Every player to hit the 50-goals-in-50-games milestone played on a line with one (or two) very good passers. Lemieux — who also unofficially scored 50 in 50 in two other seasons3Super Mario scored 50 goals in his first 50 games in both the 1992-93 and 1995-96 seasons, but neither exploit came on or before his team’s first 50 games. Sorry, Mario: Hockey conservatives say this doesn’t count. — played the bulk of his career on lines with some combination of Jagr, Kevin Stevens and Ron Francis. Hull played on a line in St. Louis with Adam Oates. Gretzky had Jari Kurri, Mike Bossy had Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies, and Richard had Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. And it’s not a stretch to place Kucherov and Stamkos among these all-time great duos and trios.Kucherov’s gaudy numbers aren’t surprising — he’s scored no fewer than 29 goals in each of his three full NHL seasons and has an astounding career shooting percentage of 15.1. But that historically good shooting percentage is up dramatically this season: At the moment, Kucherov is scoring on 24 percent of the shots he’s taking. That’s destined to regress to the mean, but for now, Kucherov’s shot looks damn near unsavable.Who knows if Kucherov — or Ovechkin or Tavares — can sustain a goal-per-game pace for all 50 games. Even if they don’t, they’ve already made the NHL feel a little bit like the wild old days of the ’80s and early ’90s. And they’ve given every hockey nerd something to pull for.
OSU coach Thad Matta barks orders to his team during a game against Michigan State in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago on March 13. OSU lost, 76-67. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith the Ohio State men’s basketball team heading into its seventh straight NCAA Tournament with a unique mix of freshmen and seniors, coach Thad Matta said he doesn’t want his team playing for him, or themselves.“The biggest battle cry they have heard from me throughout this year has been play for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s Ohio State,” he said.Matta’s reasoning for what some might call his own version of the ‘Buckeye Battle Cry,’ came from an unusual, but personal experience.The 11-year OSU coach was getting lunch at a sandwich shop before a game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., when he came across two elderly people donning Buckeye gear, he said.“They said, ‘Coach Matta we are shocked to see you sitting in here on game day, could we take a picture with you? This is our Christmas gift to each other,’” Matta recalled. “(They said) ‘We live in Toledo and we came to Chicago to watch the Buckeyes.’“I wonder how many guys on this team would understand what that means? It touched me, and it made me say, ‘Damn it Thad, you’ve got to win for those two people who saved their money to come watch us play in Chicago.’”With a current roster that has just four Ohio natives on it, the OSU men’s basketball team also holds five freshmen and six seniors, but Matta said he wants them to come together and win for the school and its fans.“It’s a heck of a lot bigger than us. We have something that we have to represent. I think when we do that, we play pretty good basketball,” Matta said. “I don’t care what (class) you are, just represent the university.”The senior class on the OSU roster has seen almost all there is to see when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four and the Elite Eight before being bounced in the first round last year against Dayton.The current senior class has just one Ohio native on it — forward Jake Lorbach, who joined the team prior to the 2012-2013 season — but is hungry to get back to past glory.“I can’t speak for everybody, but I have a good feeling everybody is going to play their hardest basketball right now,” senior guard Shannon Scott said. “We might not shoot the ball well, we might get outrebounded and all that stuff, but (they) are not going to have more heart than us on the court.”The Buckeyes were given a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament and are set to play Virginia Commonwealth, a team that made its own Final Four run just a year before OSU’s seniors walked into Columbus.Senior forward Sam Thompson said while he doesn’t know much about the Rams, he remembers their Cinderella run.“I was a fan when they made their deep run. We know that they are going to play hard,” Thompson said. “They are going to play with a ton of energy, and we are going to do the same thing.”Going back to Matta’s theme, Thompson said that regardless of their seeding in the tournament, he came to OSU for a reason.“This is the best time of the year, this is what we came to Ohio State to do – to play in the NCAA Tournament and have a chance to compete in the month of March,” Thompson said.The Buckeyes will have a chance to do just that on Thursday as they are set to tip against VCU from Portland, Ore.
Marek Hamšík hasn’t been in the greatest form for Napoli lately and he admitted that it was caused by his illness as he was suffering from Angina Tonsillaris and his tonsils were removed on Wednesday.The Slovak’s form has been questionable lately as he has been unable to help his team in the fight for Scudetto with better performances – but apparently, it was caused by this illness that he was suffering from.The team’s captain wrote on his website about his fitness, according to Football Italia:Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I suffered from Angina Tonsillaris and had my tonsils out on Wednesday.”“Over the last few months, I regularly suffered from Angina Tonsillaris. The doctors advised me to have my tonsils taken out.”“I was meant to have the surgery this summer, but in the end, we decided it was best to act immediately and I had my tonsils taken out on Wednesday morning.”
The Cameroon midfielder Sebastian Siani has become the latest addition to join up with the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium outfit.Sebastian Siani joins the UAE pro league side from Belgian club Royal Antwerp.The midfielder moves to UAE after spending six months with Antwerp during which he scored once in thirteen appearances.The Cameroonian was unveiled at the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium after completing his medicals at the club.Aussie boss set to make changes against the UAE Obinna Echi – January 22, 2019 Australia coach Graham Arnold is optimistic a squad rotation in the 2019 Asian Cup quarter-finals against the United Arab Emirates will be successful.The Socceroos scraped through…The former KV Oostende joins the first team of Al Jazira as soon as they begin their preseason preparations.“Al Jazira Football Company have completed the signing of former Anderlecht and Antwerp midfielder Sebastian Siani,” the club said in an official statement quoted in Goal.Sebastian Siani was part of the Cameroon side that won the Orange African Nations Cup in Gabon in 2017.Al Jazira Football Company are hoping to have a huge impact on football in the United Arab Emirates as well as Asia in general.
Juventus target Tanguy Ndombele admits he is open to new offers despite confirming that staying back in Olympique Lyonnais was a good decision.Ndombele was linked with Roma over the summer but ended up staying at Lyon.However, his performances for the Ligue 1 side has attracted other top sides like Juve and PSG following his call-up to the France national team.“I could’ve left in the summer, but my club had a firm position: they didn’t want me to leave,” he told Canal Football Club and cited by Football Italia.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I didn’t feel like leaving either, so I think I made the best decision. Now I’m playing lots of matches and I’ve also been called up to the French team.“PSG are without doubt one of the biggest clubs in France and I was born in a Parisian suburb, but I didn’t dream of playing for them as a child.“Still, I won’t close the door on anyone.”