Sampdoria defender Andersen draws inspiration from Skriniarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria defender Joachim Andersen admits he’s drawing inspiration from Inter Milan stopper Milan Skriniar.The Dane welcomes comparisons with the former Samp defender.“I’ve read and heard these comparisons many times before, but they don’t bother me,” the Dane told Sky Sport Italia.“I’m my own person, even if I understand the comparisons because we’ve played for the same club at a young age and, like me, didn’t play at first.“Now he’s continuing to grow and becoming a great player. I hope to take the same route as him.“Giampaolo? I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m very happy that he’s my Coach. He’s one of the reasons I came here because I knew he was a great Coach.“He’s someone who really takes care of the smallest details. For me, that’s very important as a defender.“I don’t know what the future holds, I’m just thinking about doing my best. After that, of course it’s nice that other clubs are interested in me, but right now I’m only thinking about playing well for Samp, where I’m happy.“I like Italian football and Samp play great football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan consider move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are considering a move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurier.The Serie A side are looking for an alternative for Andrea Conti.Sport Mediaset says they will target Aurier in January.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is yet to be convinced by the Ivory Coast international.The Argentine could be open to selling Aurier if he can find a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hertha Berlin midfielder Grujic confident of future with Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHertha Berlin midfielder Marko Grujic believes he has a future with Liverpool.The 23-year-old has returned to the German capital for a second consecutive season as he prepares to join Liverpool’s first team come 2020/21.”It’s not easy to become a part of the Liverpool squad, I can see myself in the red shirt but I have to become more experienced before I can wear it again,” Grujic told the Liverpool Echo.“I want to improve my physical performance and take my concentration to another level. I want to be ready for Liverpool so I will have a chance to get into the team.”Despite offers from Atalanta, Brighton and Eintracht Frankfurt, Grujic stayed at the Olympiastadion – revealing Jurgen Klopp was the driving force behind the decision.He said: “He said that it would be a great opportunity for me to improve my development. The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world and Hertha BSC is a big club.“It is very important for me to play regularly right now and [Klopp] told me to fight for my place in the team.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Last year, Quinn Pitcock took home the title belt after dominating the competition in the first season of Lantern weekly picks. This year, Pitcock is seeking to defend his title, and his performance in Week 1 will certainly help. Pitcock and Justin Zwick – who finished third in the standings last year – finished a perfect 3-0 last week, thanks to Boise State’s late comeback win against Virginia Tech. The rest of the field limped to a 1-2 start. Each competitor was asked to predict the winners of four marquee matchups this week. Can Pitcock and Zwick keep their records unblemished? THIS WEEK’S GAMES: No. 11 Miami @ No. 2 Ohio State Michigan @ Notre Dame No. 18 Penn State @ No. 1 Alabama No. 17 Florida State @ No. 10 Oklahoma Dallas Lauderdale Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma Justin Zwick Last week/Overall: 3-0 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Florida State James Laurinaitis Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma Quinn Pitcock Last week/Overall: 3-0 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State Zack Meisel Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State
The past three months of Samantha Cheverton’s life have been amazing — but you wouldn’t know it while sitting down with the soft-spoken swimmer at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. In February, she won the Big Ten individual title in the 200 freestyle. In March, she garnered four All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Then, in April, something even greater happened. Cheverton qualified for the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Championships for Canada at the trials in Victoria, British Columbia. The championships will be held August in Shanghai. Cheverton won two events, the 200 and 400 freestyle with personal bests times of 1:58.80 and 4:09.67, respectively. “That was really unexpected,” she said. “I made the team but also won two events. I had never won an event at nationals before.” The swimmer from Lachine, Quebec, was not the only one surprised by it. Coach Bill Dorenkott felt the same when he saw the results. “I was at home, and when I saw the results on my computer I started screaming,” he said. “My wife came in and asked what’s wrong.” Cheverton had experience with this song and dance before. The year prior, it was the same routine with all three events falling within 10 weeks of each other. However, this time she felt better prepared and more at ease. “I think our training at the beginning of this year was a lot tougher, more intervals. Maybe that helped me have three solid meets in a row,” she said. “And that’s tough to do not just physically but mentally and emotionally.” Cheverton did have one other thing to help her through it all: her team. “Big Tens is really our focus. We don’t even really talk about NCAAs until it’s over,” she said. “The one thing I love about college swimming is that it is still a team sport. You want to do well so you can get points for your team.” Her fellow OSU swimmers made sure they were there in Canada, in some way, supporting her. “Through Facebook and other means you are always getting messages encouraging you. When I won the 400 free(style), I got like 1,000 text messages from people saying, ‘Good job!’” You wouldn’t know by her post-race interview how excited she really was. “People made fun of me because they pull you out of the pool and immediately interview you when you win,” Cheverton said. “Apparently I sounded not excited at all, but I think I was just in shock.” Though she finished her degree in psychology in December, Cheverton has already started working on a second degree, in human development and family studies. She will take some time off from swimming to recuperate, then focus on the task ahead. Dorenkott said he feels there can be more swimming in her future. “It’s another step in her development as an athlete,” he said.
The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team improved to 9-2 over the weekend after victories against Big Ten rivals Indiana and No. 19 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes followed a 36-3 trouncing of the Hoosiers last Friday by defeating the Badgers, 29-10, Sunday, improving their conference record to 3-2. Although proud of the victories, OSU coach Tom Ryan said in a phone interview that the team is still not where it needs to be. “You know, I don’t think we’re wrestling our best right now, but we’re in the middle of the Big Ten season and we need to pick up our intensity,” he said. OSU rallied behind nine wins to cruise past Indiana, dropping the Hoosiers record to 6-5 and 0-3 in the Big Ten. The road to victory was a bit different for the Buckeyes against Wisconsin, though the outcome was the same. The Badgers got off to a quick 4-0 start after Wisconsin redshirt junior Tyler Graff defeated OSU redshirt freshman Kyle Visconti, 25-11, in the opening bout between the 133-pound weight class. The Badgers’ momentum was stopped, however, when OSU sophomore Hunter Stieber pinned redshirt senior Tom Kelliher in 1:22, extending his record to 23-0 and giving the Buckeyes a 6-4 lead. Wisconsin went back on top 7-6 when redshirt senior Cole Schmitt defeated OSU sophomore Cam Tessari, 8-7, in a close-fought battle of the 149-pound weight class. Despite the early deficit, the Buckeyes went on to win five consecutive matches. Winning the next three bouts were redshirt sophomore Josh Demas at 157 pounds, freshman Mark Martin at 165 pounds and redshirt junior Nick Heflin at 174 pounds. OSU redshirt freshman Kenny Courts dominated his match in the 184-pound weight class, going up 16-0 before winning the match by a technical fall in the second period. At 197 pounds, sophomore Andrew Campolattano followed with a narrow 3-2 victory over Wisconsin’s redshirt junior Jackson Hein. The streak ended when redshirt junior Peter Capone suffered a 5-2 defeat to redshirt freshman Connor Medbery in the heavyweight class. For the Buckeyes, though, the match concluded on a high note when OSU senior Nikko Triggas of the 125-pound weight class pinned his opponent, redshirt sophomore Matt Cavarllaris, in 45 seconds. With the loss, Wisconsin slipped to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Ryan said that in order to finish the Big Ten portion of the schedule strong, the team needs to improve in several areas. “There’s plenty of technical stuff, little conditioning things, but we have to get ready for Illinois and we’ll have to put in some hard work for next week,” he said. The Buckeyes look to continue their winning ways when they take on Illinois on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ohio State freshman kicker Blake Haubeil (95) sends the ball down the field during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. Ohio State won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe opening kickoff of No. 6 Ohio State’s game against No. 7 Penn State resulted in a returned touchdown. The second was purposely kicked short and fair caught at Penn State’s 27-yard line. The third was returned to Ohio State’s 23-yard line by a linebacker.Penn State’s average starting field position off kickoffs against the Buckeyes was at the Nittany Lion 44-yard line. To put that in perspective, had Ohio State kicked the ball out of bounds every time, it would have been about 9 yards better than the average end result.So considering it would have been better for Ohio State to simply kick it out of bounds, it is understandable that head coach Urban Meyer has described his kickoff coverage as “a joke” and “comical.”That is why it should come as no surprise to learn that he wants to adjust the lineup are coming ahead of Saturday’s matchup against Iowa.“Oh yeah, we’re going to make some changes on personnel,” Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “I just have to keep re-evaluating.”Typically, Meyer has used special teams as a way to break in some of the younger players on the team who have not had as much playing time. Five freshmen, two sophomores and three current or former walk-on seniors comprised the group that allowed Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to return the touchdown.Meyer said Monday he has turned to a lot of younger players and highly touted recruits on his roster in an effort to give them more playing time. He said those prospects often leave after their first year if they are dissatisfied with the playing time, and that by playing them on special teams he is giving them a chance to show they belong and make a case for early playing time. With a personnel change coming, the kickoff coverage will likely turn to more veteran players on the team. Though it could cut into the early development time for some of the younger players on the unit, the Buckeyes need to do what they can to ensure they shore up the kickoff coverage. They have already allowed two returned touchdowns this season and cannot afford to allow special teams blunders to determine their future.Sophomore wide receiver Austin Mack said he has been on kickoff coverage before and expects to return to that role later this season, given the current struggles of those currently out there.“More reliable people. People that’s going to get the job done,” Mack said Tuesday. “Because we can’t have what we had last game. So that’s something that we have to be serious about and make sure that we get done.”He is not the only leader on the team who hopes to step up and contribute in coverage. Redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said he hasn’t played special teams since linebackers coach Bill Davis joined Ohio State’s staff in December 2016, but he would like to return to assist. He said Davis welcomes the idea of Worley potentially being used on kickoff coverage, even though when he was hired, he wanted to keep his starting middle linebacker on defense.And if Meyer has his way, Worley just might end up back on the unit, even if it means cutting into the playing time of those younger players.“During the special teams meeting today, [Meyer] made it clear that [there is] just going to have to be some guys that play a lot of football around here on offense and defense that may have to go into the game on special teams,” Worley said. “We have great young players. They have to play great, and we’ll see how that unfolds.”Worley said he might not be the only linebacker to contribute to the unit. Worley listed unior Jerome Baker and redshirt junior Dante Booker as two linebackers who could see more time on special teams. Improving the players tasked with stopping the return could be Meyer’s final chance at fixing the unit. Meyer said the team has attempted to adjust schemes and kick the ball in different directions. However, he said the team is limited in the adjustments it can make given the inability of his kickers to reach the end zone with their kicks. “I’d kick it out of the end zone every time,” Meyer said Monday. “We’re the only team in America that can’t kick it out of the end zone, even with the wind at our back.”How accurate that assessment might be — freshman kicker Blake Haubeil has six touchbacks in seven games this season — is all a moot point if Meyer is determined to pin opponents deep near their own end zone. But if Ohio State continues to struggle to kick the ball into coverage or can’t effectively cover the returns, its chances of achieving its end goal of a national championship will be greatly diminished.
Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is hopeful that Cristiano Ronaldo’s prospective move to Turin this summer will materialise and hailed the significance the move would represent for both the club and Italian footballFollowing that massive transfer bombshell in May’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool, Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid has been uncertain ever since and he has been strongly linked with a €100m move to Juventus over the past week.The prospect of Ronaldo joining the Bianconeri has been warmly welcomed by the club supporters with shirts with both his name and number on having already been made ahead of his anticipated arrival.Buffon, who was unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Monday after 17 years at Juventus, is eagerly waiting for further news on Ronaldo’s future – like any other Turin fan.“It wouldn’t surprise me to see Ronaldo at Juventus, it would make me happy because it is what the Juventus world needs, to find new idols and exalt them,” said Buffon, according to Marca.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The 40-year-old insists that he still has no regrets over leaving Juventus, despite missing out on the possible opportunity to have played with Ronaldo – although the two goals that the Portuguese superstar scored against him in last season’s Champions League appear to have left some scars behind.“No, if anything bothers me it’s the goals he scored against me last year,” Buffon smiled.“It would be the best advertisement for Italian football. It is confirmation of how much a society Juventus is, with Andrea Agnelli and his family, who are capable of adapting to the times and even anticipating them,” added Buffon.Juventus are expected to pay a reported fee of €100m for Ronaldo with the player himself set to make €30 per year in a four-year deal.