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When it comes to the best soccer clubs in Ohio you can bet there is a lot of talent.  I remember flying into Cleveland years ago to visit a friend of mine who at the time ran one of the top 3 biggest futsal leagues in the country…  Two things stuck out to me… Good soccer and cold weather:)  Cincinnati is another city I’ve been to.  It’s one of the top youth soccer cities in America in terms of the amount of kids enrolled in soccer.  Then you have Columbus who has an MLS pro team…  Ohio is a big soccer state. 

soccer clubs in Ohio

Research on soccer clubs in Ohio

Based on the research I did on the following websites…  Soccer Wire, Soccer America, Top Drawer and ECNL you’ll get a recent and accurate rating. 

Besides seeing which clubs are ranked in America and the Midwest and which teams help produce national and college players, I also asked a friend [Chris] who’s coached in the Cleveland area for over 12+ years.  

This article took several hours to put together because besides researching from the league sites, I also went to the club sites. 

Of the club sites, some are easier to gather info than others.  I want you to be able to see their location, as well as success and history.  Hope it helps you! 

Leagues by age and gender

There are MANY leagues in US youth soccer…  

Age 10-11 is when things become more competitive.  Age 12-13 is when you want to have already been prepared technically.

On the girls side, ECNL is the highest level for U-13 – U19 teams. 

On the boys side the highest level is MLS Academy, ECNL is 2nd tier.  There are great players and teams who don’t compete in either of these leagues, so don’t think this is the “best” option for you.  Players who play in “lower tier leagues” still get college soccer opportunities.  


1) Internationals 

Established in 1983

2007 & 2008: The girls program was recognized as one of the top 25 programs in the nation.

2012 excepted into the Elite Clubs National League [ECNL] 

The girls teams have won more State, Regional and National Titles than any other NE Ohio club.  

The International Girls Soccer Club has developed National Team players, professional players, and has sent hundreds of players on to the collegiate ranks.  

Main location: Medina, OH  [32 miles south from downtown Cleveland] 

2) Cincinnati United

Cincinnati United brings together four of the area’s top, most recognized Clubs, Cincinnati United Premier (CUP), Lakota United Soccer Club, Sycamore Soccer Club (Arsenal), SCSA and combines them into one exceptional program.  

Their Juniors program is for ages 3 – U-8 and is a bridge between rec and competitive. 

Cincinnati United has premier and competitive programs for U8 – U19 teams, plus GA teams. 

Main location:  Greater Cincinnati 

3) Ohio Premier

Established in 1993

Premier co-ed soccer club offering programming for youths 5-19 years of age, located in the greater Columbus, Ohio area.

Ohio Premier has teams participating in the Elite Clubs National League [ECNL] 

The club has girls who recently committed to Stanford University, University of Tennessee, Bowling Green, University of Cincinnati and more.  They have 20-30 signees each year. 

Main location:  Dublin, OH  [17 miles northwest from downtown Columbus]

4) Cleveland Force

U-5 to U-19 for youth teams.  The Cleveland Force also has teams all the way up to USL League 2 and W League, which is a pre-professional pathway. 

U-13 – U-19 Elite Clubs National League [ECNL]

6 grads with national team playing experience

40+ grads with professional playing experience 

450+ grads with collegiate playing experience 

Main location: East, West and South Cleveland  

5) Ohio Elite

Established in 2002

The Ohio Elite Soccer Academy will offer teams U9-U18 age groups for both boys and girls. The Academy will offer a U8 program for boys and girls that will be structured as a non-result based, fun, learning environment. 

Ohio Elite is a member of the Elite Clubs National League [ECNL].  

They graduate 20-40 girls and boys each year to college soccer programs [200+ total] 

2 professional players, 5 high school players of the year, 14 youth all-americans

Main location:  West Chester, OH [20 miles north of Cincinnati]


1) Cincinnati United 

Cincinnati United brings together four of the area’s top, most recognized Clubs, Cincinnati United Premier (CUP), Lakota United Soccer Club, Sycamore Soccer Club (Arsenal), SCSA and combines them into one exceptional program.  

Their Juniors program is for ages 3 – U-8 and is a bridge between rec and competitive. 

Cincinnati United has premier and competitive programs for U8 – U19 teams.  MLS Next U-11 to U-14.

Main location:  Greater Cincinnati 

2) Team Challenger FC

Established in 2007

They are a top developmental club in all of Ohio and our teams compete in State, Regional and National level competitions on a regular basis.

Based in the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio area. Team Challenger provides a unique opportunity for serious, skilled and dedicated soccer players. The club consists of both boys and girls ranging from the ages of 6–18 years old.

20+ college signees 

Main location: Cleveland & Akron, OH

3) Club Ohio

Club Ohio offers soccer for ages 5 – 19

Their juniors program is for ages 5-6 and is an excellent supplement to your player’s recreation team training.

Main location:  Dayton and Dublin, OH

4) Ohio Premier

Established in 1993

Ohio Premier is a co-ed soccer club offering programming for youths 5-19 years of age, located in the greater Columbus, Ohio area.

OP has teams participating in the Elite Clubs National League [ECNL] 

The club has girls who recently committed to Stanford University, University of Tennessee, Bowling Green, University of Cincinnati and more.  They have 20-30 signees each year. 

Main location:  Dublin, OH  [17 miles northwest from downtown Columbus]

5) Spire FC

Spire FC  is a youth soccer organization dedicated to challenging and assisting young soccer players on a quest to reach their highest potential. 

Teams competing from ages 9 – 19

Elite Club National League:  Regional – (ECNLR- Club v Club centric) 

US Youth Soccer Sanctioned 

US YOUTH National League – National 

Great Lakes Conference – REGIONAL 

Main location:  Geneva and Downtown Cleveland, OH

More top clubs in Ohio

It’s hard to pick only 5 clubs, so here are more… 

  • Sporting Columbus  
  • FC Dayton 
  • TFA Cincinnati 
  • GTFC Impact 
  • Pacesetter Soccer Club 
  • Ohio Galaxies 

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Fri, 23 Dec 2022 04:26:10 -0800 Sportsman
Sébastien Haller to return to Borussia Dortmund training As reported by Bild, Sébastien Haller will return to training for Borussia Dortmund in January after recovering well for his latest operation following a testicular cancer diagnosis in July.

It’s suggested that not only will Haller do strength and conditioning training, but he could also do some light ball work as he looks to return to full fitness.

Haller (28) joined Borussia Dortmund for €31m from Ajax but it yet to kick a ball in a competitive fixture for Die Schwarzgelben. The French-Ivorian complained of feeling unwell during BVB’s pre-season training camp and upon examinations, it became known that he had a testicular tumour.

Although Haller is reportedly returning to training in the new year, there is no expectation on when the former Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham forward will return in a match environment – those at the club don’t want to put any pressure on the attacker.

Haller, upon invitation from FIFA, attended the World Cup in Qatar.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 19:37:50 -0800 Sportsman
Stuttgart interested in Josuha Guilavogui According to Kicker, Stuttgart is interested in Josuha Guilavogui as they look for support for Wataru Endo and to sure up their defence. 

This interest comes after VfB lost 3-0 to FC Luzern in a friendly, this saw Bruno Labbadia point out the problem areas of the team, who said: “There is a lack of structure.” 

Guilavogui is a player that interests Labbadia, this is due to the 32-year-old being a model professional, experienced in the Bundesliga, disciplined, and German-speaking. His contract at Wolfsburg expires in the summer of 2023 and an extension is unlikely at Wolfsburg, however, the price for the Frenchman may exceed what VfB can afford. 

Guilavogui first moved to Wolfsburg in 2014 on loan from Atletico Madrid then two years later made his move permanent. He would go on to spend six years at Wolfsburg even captaining them before being moved on loan to Bordeaux in January of 2022. Since his return, he has played 12 games for the wolves but he is no longer the starter he used to be for them. 

GGFN | Jack Meenan

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 19:37:50 -0800 Sportsman
Oliver Glasner was a candidate for the Austria job Speaking to Bild, Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner opened up to the fact he was a candidate for the Austria national team before they chose Ralf Rangnick instead.

On the topic, Glasner said: “I wasn’t asked. But I had contact. One minute. Then it was clear to both sides that there is a better team boss for Austria than Oliver Glasner – and that it is a better option for Oliver Glasner to stay in Frankfurt.” 

However the 48-year-old did not rule out potentially coaching his homeland in the future: “National coach in his own country is the most honorable task.” He also reiterated the fact that he has no career plan: “I don’t have a career plan. So far, I have taken so many branches in my life and in my coaching career. I will make a decision that I consider right for myself and my family. If I feel like I’m in the right place and in the right place, then that fits.”

The 48-year-old began his career in the Red Bull system with his first foray into managing at Liefering. He would go on to have stints at SV Ried and LASK before moving to Wolfsburg in 2019. 

Glasner has a contract at Frankfurt until 2024 having joined them from Wolfsburg in 2021. The Austrian led Frankfurt to their second Europa League trophy 42 years after their first in 1980.

They finish 2022 fourth in the Bundesliga and Glasner has gotten the best out of players such as Daichi Kamada, Jesper Lindstrøm, and summer signing Randal Kolo Muani, which has resulted in them having the second-best attack in the league only bettered by Bayern Munich.

GGFN | Jack Meenan 


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 19:37:50 -0800 Sportsman
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Argentina wins epic battle with France in the greatest World Cup final of the 21st century Lionel Messi finally ends his mission with Argentina and Maradona’s generation can celebrate in Peace. In one of the most expected World Cup finals due to the context and the narratives presented, Argentina and France put on a spectacle…

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:17:47 -0800 Sportsman
Atletico Madrid considering move for Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu? Atletico Madrid have reportedly outlined their intentions to move for Leicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu on a free transfer. According to Football Insider, the Turkey international has emerged as a transfer target for Los Rojiblancos. The 26-year-old will be out of contract having fallen down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium. He has […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:17:41 -0800 Sportsman
Conte can unearth his next "big talent" as Spurs eye move for "tenacious" £26m bargain & opinion

Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Piero Hincapie to north London in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to Dharmesh Sheth, with the Sky Sports journalist revealing in a recent post on Twitter that Chelsea have now joined the race for the Bayer Leverkusen centre-back this winter, with Graham Potter said to view the 20-year-old as a potential alternative to RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.

Sheth went on to state that the Ecuador international, who has also been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham in recent weeks, will likely be available for a figure in the region of €30m (£26m) in January.

Regarding the future of the centre-back, the reporter said: “Chelsea looking at Bayer Leverkusen central defender Piero Hincapie as a potential alternative to RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol. Hincapie played all of Ecuador’s group games at the World Cup. Contract runs until 2026. Told deal for 20-year-old could be done at €30m.”

“Big talent”

Considering just how exciting a young prospect Hincapie has very much proven himself to be over the past year, the argument that Antonio Conte simply must do everything in his power to beat Chelsea in the race for the 20-year-old’s signature this winter is an extremely easy one to make.

Indeed, according to FBref, the £52.5m-rated talent currently ranks in the top 13% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for tackles per 90, in addition to the top 8% for blocks and the top 39% for interceptions – proving just how strong the 20-year-old already is in a defensive capacity.

The £19.5k-per-week Ecuadorian is also extremely impressive with the ball at his feet, with FBref also ranking Hincapie in the top 20% of his positional peers for passes attempted per 90, as well as the top 4% for dribbles completed, the top 34% for progressive passes, the top 15% for shot-creating actions and the top 7% for xAG – xG which follows a pass that assists a shot.

These metrics see FBref compare the youngster who David Cartlidge dubbed a “big talent” to some of the most impressive centre-backs currently playing the game, such as Tottenham’s own Cristian Romero, Chelsea stopper Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni.

As such, considering his strength at the back, his ability to both play and carry the ball out of defence and the fact he is reported to be available for a fee that is roughly £26.5m less than his current market valuation, should Conte manage to get a deal over the line for the “tenacious” – in the words of Jacek Kulig – Hincapie this winter, it would very much represent a major coup for Spurs.


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:17:39 -0800 Sportsman
West Brom could seal “special” swoop for 22 y/o “talent”, just imagine him & Rogic – opinion

West Bromwich Albion have been reaping the rewards of their new leadership of late, with Carlos Corberan having masterminded their five-match winning streak despite having not made any signings of his own.

It therefore makes the January transfer window all the more promising, as he can add to a group of players who are currently on a roll.

Of the rumours swirling around, the most plausible and prominent is linking the Baggies with a move for Huddersfield Town midfielder Jon Russell, with the Jamaican having broken into the first team under Corberan during their mutual time at the John Smith’s Stadium.

He became a mainstay for the Terrier’s promotion push last season which only ended in a Championship play-off final defeat, anchoring the engine room with composure and class beyond his years.

Adding him to Albion’s squad and pairing him with Tom Rogic could form one of the best midfields in the Championship, offering the perfect balance between defensive steel and attacking impetus.

The 22-year-old could be particularly impressive playing alongside the Australian, who has recorded a goal and an assist in his last two matches. This has seen his average Sofascore rating for the campaign increase to 6.85, despite only averaging 33 minutes per game.

Rogic has now established himself as a cemented starter at The Hawthorns, and if Russell could come in and perform similarly to last season, he could inspire another club to potential play-off glory.

During the 2021/22 campaign, he averaged a 7.03 Sofascore rating as he maintained an 87% pass accuracy. He paired that with a hulking physique, as the 6 foot 4 titan recorded 1.3 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and one clearance per game (via Sofascore).

He would offer West Brom a metronome-like quality in midfield, along with a work rate and solidity which could see them dominate their battles in the middle of the park.

Such is Russell’s ability that Danny Schofield claimed that the Terriers always knew he would be a “special talent”, with the former Huddersfield boss adding: “He’s got real ability with the ball, very composed in central areas…”.

To acquire a player of his talent and to pair him with someone of Rogic’s experience has the makings of a powerful midfield partnership. Should Corberan make it happen, West Brom will surely not be in the Championship for much longer. 


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:17:39 -0800 Sportsman
Imagine him & Lowry: Beale can form dream Rangers duo in move for “fantastic” 17 y/o – opinion

Michael Beale got off to the best possible start as Glasgow Rangers manager with a 3-2 victory in the Premiership last week, and he will be hoping the momentum carries forward into subsequent matches.

The 42-year-old still has a lot of work to do at Ibrox and he will be hoping to add a few new faces to the playing squad when the January transfer window opens in the next couple of weeks.

With Beale looking at getting rid of some deadwood and aiming to sign some young talent, being linked with Birmingham City midfielder Jobe Bellingham (brother of Jude) might not come as much of a surprise.

However, considering that the likes of Nice, Bayer Leverkusen and Newcastle United are all keen on the 17-year-old, it could be a tough fight for his signature.

Imagine him and Alex Lowry

Beale has pledged to give youngsters at Ibrox plenty of chances to impress during his tenure at Ibrox, and with a plethora of talent at his disposal – including Lowry, Zak Lovelace, Adam Devine, and Charlie McCann, among others – he could almost certainly save a fortune in the transfer market by doing so.

Indeed, Bellingham – who was described as “fantastic” by Birmingham manager John Eustace – could go on to eventually form an excellent duo in the future with Lowry in the middle of the pitch.

The 19-year-old is arguably one of the finest youth talents to come from the Rangers academy in recent years and has been likened to Barry Ferguson for his playing style, which sees the youngster play slightly further forward in the midfield as he is able to utilise his excellent attacking capabilities.

He scored on his senior debut for the club in January and appears to have everything it takes to succeed at Ibrox.

Bellingham might be a tad too young to have a significant influence at Rangers over the next season or two. However, with Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack all out of contract at the end of the season, and the loan deal of James Sands expiring, there could soon be plenty of berths available to claim in the Light Blues’ midfield.

If Beale manages to lure 17-year-old Bellingham – who has already played 12 English Championship matches this term – the next few years will see Ibrox awash with young talent who could become the next generation of players for the club and save Rangers millions in transfer fees in the process.


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:17:39 -0800 Sportsman
Jonathan Taylor likely to miss the rest of the season High-ankle sprain

It looks like the Indianapolis Colts will have to shut star running back Jonathan Taylor down for the rest of the season. Taylor has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Running backs Deon Jackson and Zack Moss carried the load for the Colts after Taylor’s early exit against Minnesota and are expected to continue to do so. (Fox 59 in Indianapolis)

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:15:05 -0800 Sportsman
FPL friendlies round&up: Darwin and Zaha braces, Salah and Rodrigo goals Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:13:50 -0800 Sportsman FPL friendlies round&up: De Bruyne and Haaland on target Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:13:50 -0800 Sportsman FPL Gameweek 17 restart: How many World Cup minutes did each player get? Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:13:50 -0800 Sportsman Lionel Messi 2022 World Cup stats and history: Goals, assists and more Lionel Messi 2022 World Cup stats and history: Goals, assists and more

In some ways, Argentina's Lionel Messi 'completed' football when he and his South American teammates lifted the World Cup trophy for the first time on December 18.

For many in the sport he was already considered the greatest of all-time but his overall 2022 World Cup performance to help secure Argentina's third title was immense even by his sky-high standards.

Here, The Sporting News keet track of all the data that mattered the most during Messi's time at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Lionel Messi 2022 World Cup stats

After performing at an incredibly high level for club side PSG so far this season, Messi entered the 2022 World Cup in fine form, and he carried that into the tournament, in some style.

Updated after Argentina's final victory vs. France.

Stat Total Rank amongst 2022 World Cup players
Goals 7 2nd
Expected goals (xG) 6.58 1st
Assists 3 =1st
Expected assists (xA) 1.95 2nd
Shots 32 1st
Shots on target 18 1st
Shot conversion rate 21.9% =57th
Chances created 21 2nd
Dribbles completed 15 3rd
Dribble success rate 45.5% =57th
Touches in opposition box 45 2nd
Successful passes 296 15th
Passes played into the box 49 2nd
Total carries 145 7th
Progressive carries 79 8th
Duels won 44 3rd
= means joint in statistic.
How many goals did Messi have at previous World Cups?

At the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi joined a handful of footballers to have played in five different editions of the competition.

He's now played 26 times across four World Cups, with his previous best finish before winning in 2022 coming in 2014. That time around, Argentina got all the way to the final, where they were beaten 1-0 after extra time by Germany.Overall, the former Barcelona man netted six goals across those four tournaments, and he added another seven in 2022.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:11:26 -0800 Sportsman
Most expensive football trophies and their worth in the world Most expensive football trophies and their worth

Top 10 most expensive football trophies in the world, what is the most expensive football trophy in the world 2022, Most expensive football trophies and their worth

There are numerous club and country-level football competitions in the modern-day world. While these differ in numerous aspects, one of the common factors among almost all competitions is the award of a trophy to the winning team. Conventionally, trophies are accompanied by prize money. Still, the football trophies are also worth some money, an amount often determined by the size, material and prestige associated with each trophy.

What are the most expensive football trophies in the world, and how much are they worth? Most expensive football trophies in the world Here is a look at the ten priciest football trophies and their worth.

10. English Premier League trophy - $10,000

The Premier League, is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League. Seasons typically run from August to May with each team playing 38 matches.
  • Top goalscorer: Alan Shearer (260)
  • Most appearances: Gareth Barry (653)
  • Founded: 27 May 1992
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Competition: English Premier League
  • Materials: Silver, silver-gilt, and malachite 
  • Height: 104 centimetres 
  • Weight: 25 kilograms 2021 
  • Holders: Manchester City FC
9. UEFA Champions League - $15,000

The UEFA Champions League trophy has had several names, designs and versions. The current one is the fifth version of the updated design. In the 1968/1969 season, UEFA introduced a rule to permanently award the trophy to any club that won the competition for three seasons in a row. 

Barcelona, Liverpool, Milan, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Ajax Amsterdam all have one in their trophy rooms. The rule was scrapped in the 2008-2009 season. Now, the original version remains with UEFA, and the winners are given a replica. 

The UEFA Champions League cup was designed by Jürg Stadelmann near the then UEFA headquarters, Berne. It weighs 7.5 kilograms and stands at a height of 73.5 centimetres. The trophy has been nicknamed 'Ol' Big Ears' due to its large handles resembling human ears. 

  • Competition: UEFA Champions League 
  • Material: Sterling silver 
  • Height: 73.5 centimetres 
  • Weight: 7.5 kilograms 2021 
  • Current champion: Real Madrid CF (14th title)
  • Qualifier for: UEFA Super Cup; FIFA Club World Cup
  • Founded: 1955; 67 years ago; (rebranded in 1992)
  • Number of teams: 32 (group stage); 80 (total)

Prize money
As of 2021–22, the fixed amount of prize money paid to the clubs is as follows.[85]
  • Play-off round: €5,000,000
  • Base fee for group stage: €15,640,000
  • Group match victory: €2,800,000
  • Group match draw: €900,000
  • Round of 16: €9,600,000
  • Quarter-finals: €10,600,000
  • Semi-finals: €12,500,000
  • Runners-up: €15,500,000
  • Champions: €20,000,000
8. Bundesliga Meisterschale - $57,102

Most expensive football trophies and their worth
Competition: Fußball-Bundesliga 
Materials: 71.98-carat tourmaline, silver, and gold 
Made in the year: 1964 
Weight: 11 kilograms 
2022 holders: Bayern Munich

The Bundesliga Meisterschale is the award given to the winners of the topflight German football league. The trophy was first awarded to FC Köln in 1964 at the end of the inaugural first division league competition. The trophy replaced the Viktoria statue that got lost in the turmoil of World War II.

The Bundesliga shield was designed and created in Kölner Werkschulen by the renowned art professor, Elisabeth Treskow. The shield-like trophy has the names of all German league winners dating back to 1903 engraved on it. 

In 1981, a silver ring was added to the trophy to allow the engraving of additional team names. Currently, the Meisterschale has space for names of titleholders up to 2027. The trophy is insured for a sum of €50,000 (about $57,102).

7. Serie A trophy - $66,000
  • Competition: Serie A TIM
  • Materials: Sodalite and gold 
  • Made in the year: 1960 
  • Height: 58 centimetres 
  • Weight: 8 kilograms 2021 
  • holders: AC Milan 
The Serie A trophy is awarded to the winner of the top league in Italian football. The cup is a funnel-shaped tall trophy often wrongly referred to as the 'Scudetto.' The term translates to 'little shield' and was originally given to the badge that players in title-winning clubs wore since the 1920s.

The Serie A cup was originally known as the Trophy of the Champions of Italy and was designed by renowned sculptor Ettore Calvelli in 1960. The trophy has a blue sodalite base and a gold ring in the middle depicting athletes. The current trophy bears the names of every team that has won the league since the 1960-1961 season. It weighs 8 kilograms and recently underwent a makeover making it 58 centimetres tall.

6. Africa Cup of Nations trophy - $150,000

Competition: Africa Cup of Nations 
Material: Gold plating 
Current champions: Senegal (1st title)
Number of teams: 24 (finals); 54 (eligible to enter qualification)
Founded: 1957; 65 years ago
Region: Africa (CAF)
Most successful team(s): Egypt (7 titles)

5) LaLiga

Current champion: Real Madrid CF (2021-22)
Top goalscorer: Lionel Messi; (474)
Founded: 1929; 93 years ago
Relegation to: Segunda División
Next date: Fri, 12 Aug 2022 – Sun, 4 Jun 2023
Domestic cup(s): Copa del Rey; Supercopa de España

4. The FA Cup trophy - $1,180,000

Competition: The Football Association Challenge Cup 
Material: Sterling Silver 
Made in the year: 2013 
Height: 61.5 centimetres 
Weight: 6.3 kilograms 
Current champion: Liverpool F.C. (8th title)
Qualifier for: UEFA Europa League
Founded: 1871; 151 years ago
Most successful club(s): Arsenal (14 titles)

3. UEFA Europa League trophy - $4.5 million

Competition: UEFA Europa League 
Materials: Silver and marble 
Made in the year: 1972 
Height: 65 centimetres 
Weight: 15 kilograms 
Current champion: Eintracht Frankfurt (2nd title)
Qualifier for: UEFA Super Cup; UEFA Champions League
Founded: 1971; 51 years ago; (rebranded in 2009)
Most successful club(s): Sevilla (6 titles)

2. Copa Libertadores trophy - $8.5 million

Competition: Copa Libertadores de América 
Materials: Silver, bronze, and plywood 
Designer: Alberto de Gasperi 
2021 holders: Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

1. FIFA World Cup trophy - $20,000,000

Competition: FIFA World Cup 
Materials: 2 layers of malachite and 18-carat gold 
Made in the year: 1974 
Height: 36.5 centimetres 
Weight: 6.175 kilograms 
2021 holders: France 

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:11:25 -0800 Sportsman
Wayne Rooney: 'Mbappe has to go to Man United or Real Madrid to reach levels of Messi and Ronaldo' Wayne Rooney: 'Mbappe has to go to Man United or Real Madrid to reach levels of Messi and Ronaldo'
Speaking about what Kylian Mbappe should do after his heroics at the World Cup with France, Wayne Rooney said: “I think he needs to leave that club and go to the Premier League. PSG are a massive club, but I think he’s done everything he can in the Ligue 1.

“Maybe a Manchester United or Real Madrid. If he needs to reach the level of Messi and Ronaldo I think he needs to join Manchester United or Real Madrid.”

Mbappe, who won the World Cup Golden Boot with eight goals, still has a contract with PSG that he signed earlier this year, which only expires in 2025. The Frenchman is yet to make a public announcement on what lies in his future, but there are rumours that he might look to leave the club next year.

If United does want to sign him next year, they’ll probably have to pay a club-record fee to sign him and also make him their highest-paid player as well as THE player to revolve their project around.

Source: Sports 18 via BeSoccer
Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:11:24 -0800 Sportsman
Players on the Move – 12/19/22 @thedynastyrobot is here to discuss the swings in values within the dynasty market

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:11:19 -0800 Sportsman
Atlanta United 2022 Final Exams: Edwin Mosquera SOCCER: SEP 17 Atlanta United at Philadelphia Union
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An exciting youthful spark in Atlanta’s offense

When the 2022 MLS summer transfer window hit, not many folks were banking on Atlanta United targeting a young, Colombian winger named Edwin Mosquera. A U-22 initiative signing, Edwin was officially announced as an Atlanta United player on July 12th, 2022, arrived in Atlanta on August 2nd, and first hit the pitch for the Five Stripes against the Seattle Sounders on August 6th. He hit the ground running, quite literally, and racked up some impressive attacking sequences with a bit of wonderfully welcome attitude, to boot.

Most often utilized as a second-half sub to wield his speed against tired legs, Mosquera would finish off the season with two assists to his name in 312 minutes played. Arguably his best match came on September 10th against Toronto FC where he contributed the assist by winning a header directly into the path of Thiago Almada, who found the back of the net in style.

The young man wasn’t without some spicy shots of his own, though. Edwin quickly revealed himself as a vertical runner unafraid to take on defenders 1v1, and his efforts were almost rewarded against the Columbus Crew on August 21st when he scored a beauty that was ruled offside after some shoddy officiating (thanks Joe Dickerson). It was this same match that he tallied his other assist on a corner that found an airborne Juanjo Purata, and if you remember that match...ball don’t lie (you’re welcome, Joe Dickerson).

Mosquera brings plenty to be excited about, especially from a growth standpoint, but let’s take an overall look at how his short time with the Five Stripes has played out.


Minutes: 312 (12 matches played, 1 start)

Goals: 1 0 (Thanks a ton, Joe Dickerson)

Assists: 2

Edwin Mosquera basic stats

What Went Right?

Edwin Mosquera wasn’t brought to Atlanta to slot directly in as a starter on the wings; he’s still very young and has plenty of development. But his ceiling seems very high, and he’s genuinely an exciting player to watch. Perhaps his most notable skill right now is his speed up and down the wings, but that’s followed closely by his fearlessness. He’s not perfect on the ball, but he isn’t afraid to try going direct either, and it almost paid off more than once for the young man in 2022.

Having Edwin on the U-22 initiative is great for the Five Stripes, as well. It gave the club the potential of very high reward with relatively low risk, and who knows, if Mosquera does evolve into a full starter or even an effective super-sub, Atlanta could be sitting on a gem. Ultimately, though, he provided a spark in the attack that was simply refreshing to see at a point when Atlanta United was floundering. That type of observation isn’t measured by stats or backed up via video reviews, it’s simply an intangible based on the style of play he brought to the pitch.

Also, the guy who styles himself after Robinho gets extra bonus points for being quick to stand up to anyone on the field and defend his team, yet another trait of which this Atlanta United team needs a tad more. The three yellow cards he accrued proves he’s on the right track.

What To Improve On?

The easy answer here is Mosquera simply needs to fine-tune his touches. There were a few times throughout his limited minutes where Edwin turned the ball over too easily, and twice where he mis-touched a pass out to the wing that led to a throw-in for the opposition. He isn’t afraid to track back and fight for the ball in those situations, though, and his defensive actions are decent for such an attack-oriented player. That’s part of the play style Gonzalo Pineda wants to implement; the team has to fall back and defend quickly when they turn the ball over, and if Mosquera can polish up a bit on both sides of the ball, he’ll be an wonderful talent. The main challenge for him will be staying focused with that “first to arrive, last to leave” mentality in training.

What Role Will He Play in 2023?

Expect Edwin Mosquera to continue his role as a speedy sub who can catch a defense off guard. With the offseason addition of Derrick Etienne, Jr, Five Stripe fans can only hope the newcomer will take Edwin under his wing, elevate his game, and build his status as Mosquera works through his four year contract. Additionally, Etienne provides a distinct play style to the left wing, so Edwin’s standing as a game-changing sub may be more impactful in 2023 because he’ll be running at incredibly tired defenders after Derrick is through with them. He also has the added benefit of being comfortable on both wings so there will likely be plenty of moments when fans see a combination of Edwin/Etienne or Edwin/Luiz Araujo as the season progresses. Get to know him and hope for his success, as he’s here to stay!

Overall Player Grade: B- (thanks Joe Dickerson)

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:10:02 -0800 Sportsman

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:09:59 -0800 Sportsman
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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:09:58 -0800 Sportsman
Chelsea, Man Utd, Newcastle – which Premier League would be the best fit for Joao Felix?

Portugal might have suffered a shock exit from the 2022 World Cup at the hands of Morocco, but Joao Felix still managed to shine for his national team. The 23-year-old’s talent has always been apparent. This, however, was the first time many fans have seen Felix produce a consistent run of form for club or country.

Most agree Atletico Madrid has been a bad fit for Felix. The Portuguese attacker is restricted by Diego Simeone’s conservative approach and needs a fresh start at a new club to get his career back on track. But which Premier League club would be best for Felix? Here are four potential options.



The World Cup break came at a good time for Chelsea as Graham Potter continues to remould the squad he inherited in his own image. The former Brighton boss has experimented with different shapes and formations and the signing of Felix would help him toggle between different approaches such is his flexibility.

Recent reports claimed Chelsea are interested in Christopher Nkunku, hinting at Potter’s intention to rebuild his attack in the January transfer window. Felix could perform a similar role to Nkunku in that both attackers are versatility and bring energy and drive to their teams’ play in the final third. The Portuguese international would strengthen the Blues.


Manchester City

Manchester City’s interest in Felix is a long-standing one. Before Atletico Madrid paid a club-record fee of €126m for the teenager, the Premier League champions were widely seen as the frontrunners to sign the Portuguese youngster. Recent reports suggest they’d still like to add Felix to their squad.

Felix certainly has the technical ability to succeed in a Pep Guardiola team. Some have questioned his commitment to helping out defensively, but the 23-year-old’s performances at the 2022 World Cup suggest he is willing to perform such duties for the right manager in the right team. City would revitalise Felix.


Manchester United

Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United are a work-in-progress, but there’s no denying the Old Trafford side have taken a step or two forward under the Dutchman. United look defensively strong with Casemiro making an impact in central midfield. However, Ten Hag still needs attacking difference makers and that’s where Felix could be useful.

Felix is capable of playing in every position across the frontline. He is also comfortable in a central role in behind a number nine. There are questions over how Felix would handle the physicality of the Premier League, but Ten Hag would have a talented player to mould in his own image should a deal be agreed.


Newcastle United

Newcastle United are flying high under Eddie Howe with the Magpies in contention for Champions League qualification. The St James’ Park club have spent wisely in the transfer market since last year’s Saudi Arabia-backed takeover, but Felix would be a statement signing and could propel them towards a top four finish.

Howe already has Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin to provide creative spark in the attacking third, but Felix would give Newcastle a different dimension. He could play as a central attacking focal point behind Callum Wilson or even as part of the midfield unit to provide more dynamism through the middle.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:07:26 -0800 Sportsman
Radrizzani has messaged Victor Orta about enquiring about Morocco star

Azzedine Ounahi, a Moroccan World Cup standout who is also a long-time target of AS Roma under Jose Mourinho, is reportedly being pursued by Leeds United.

The information supports recent claims made by Victor Orta that Andrea Radrizzani texted him asking about excellent midfielder for Angers.

“We are referring to Azzedine Ounahi, born in 2000 from Angers on whom Leeds is allegedly moving with some vehemence,” as quoted by asromalive.

Ounahi has dropped impressive performances for Morocco this World Cup and his value has sky-rocketed the past few weeks as he helped his national team reach semi-finals.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:03:34 -0800 Sportsman
Enzo Fernandez transfer latest as Liverpool and FSG make January plan

With the return of club football kicking off this week, speculation continues to grow regarding Liverpool’s January transfer plans. 

Enzo Fernandez has been linked with the club for several weeks, though his price may have increased given his performances on the biggest stage in football – at the World Cup. He was awarded Young Player of the Tournament shortly after being crowned a world champion last night and played a key role in the Argentines’ journey to lifting the prestigious trophy.

Reports circulated last week suggesting that a deal was already in place between Benfica and the Merseyside team. Diario La Capital stated that the English side “already has an agreement in principle with the Portuguese club to incorporate the young Argentina midfielder from June 2023.”

Sources from both sides have since dismissed the claims, however, there is evident interest coming from Liverpool given the links.

Fernandez would bolster Liverpool’s midfield

The 21-year-old would be an exciting addition to Liverpool’s current lacklustre midfield, which is in dire need of reinforcements. The club have a strong relationship with Benfica and secured the signing of Darwin Nunez last summer despite other competition for the forward.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:03:33 -0800 Sportsman
Leeds United warned 21&year&old could leave for Tottenham

Leeds United have been warned keeper Illan Meslier could soon leave the club.

Leeds presenter Conor McGilligan made this suggestion when speaking on the One Leeds Fan Channel account on YouTube before restart of the Premier League.

According to the rumours, the French goalkeeper is being considered by teams like Manchester United and Tottenham as they look for their next long-term option between sticks.

“That is going to happen. That is naturally going to happen. Unfortunately, he’s 21/22 years of age he’s going to leave Leeds. There’s a lot of talk about him being the succession plan to Hugo Lloris that would make sense as well.” – said McGilligan.

Illan Meslier has now made 103 appearances for the Whites and is one of the most important players of Jesse Marsch squad.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:03:33 -0800 Sportsman
Addio a Mario Sconcerti: martedì la camera ardente in Campidoglio, i funerali al Verano Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:02:22 -0800 Sportsman C'è una bambola Chucky nello spogliatoio dell'Argentina? Il presidente Tapìa spiega perché Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:02:22 -0800 Sportsman Allegri lancia Barbieri, la Juve lo blinda Mon, 19 Dec 2022 11:02:21 -0800 Sportsman Browns Insider Gives Latest Update On Browns’ Playoff Chances Wyatt Teller #77 of the Cleveland Browns runs on to the field with teammates prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Wyatt Teller #77 of the Cleveland Browns runs on to the field with teammates prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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No player or team in the NFL gives much thought to moral victories.

Some Cleveland Browns fans might feel satisfied to put a damper on the Ravens’ division title pursuit.

But that race is far from over and will likely come down to the Week 18 battle between Baltimore and Cincinnati.

Cleveland’s own division hopes are officially dead after the Bengals’ come-from-behind win against the Patriots.

There is, however, still an ever-so-slight chance the Browns could sneak into the postseason as a wild card.

ESPN’s Jake Trotter shared the Browns’ official assessment after Sunday’s slate of games.

As Myles Garrett pointed out last week, even a 0.4% chance is better than the Jets’ odds of beating Cleveland in Week 2.

And the Browns will play the games with a playoff berth in mind until they are officially eliminated.


Browns Have to Win Out

In any playoff scenario, Cleveland has to win out against the Saints, Commanders, and Steelers.

All three teams will have something to play for as much as the Browns.

As amazing as it sounds, the 5-9 Saints are just one game back from the NFC South division lead.

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers remain in first place at 6-8, with the rest of the division at 5-9.

Washington has a tough game next week at Buffalo, which could put them in a must-win situation in Week 17.

And believe it or not, if the Browns are still in the hunt come Week 18, so could be the Steelers.

At the very least, Pittsburgh (6-8) could be motivated to save head coach Mike Tomlins’ perfect streak of winning seasons.

Cleveland can expect a trio of scrappy opponents, regardless of their won-loss records.


Browns Also Need Help 

Winning out secures a winning (9-8) record for the Browns and gives fans reason to look forward to 2023.

But it isn’t enough to put them in the postseason unless some other teams cooperate.

The teams directly ahead of them, the Dolphins (8-6), Jets (7-7), and Patriots (7-7) all lost in Week 15.

And they each have to lose some more, and since they each play each other, the losses have to fall just right for the Browns.

Meanwhile, the 3 teams sitting at 6-8 with the Browns all come off momentum-building victories.

Jacksonville has legitimate division title hopes, aided by the Titans’ (7-7) 4-game losing streak and a favorable schedule.

But the Raiders end the season with games against the 49ers and the Chiefs after meeting Pittsburgh next week.

And Cleveland can take care of Pittsburgh themselves in Week 18.


So… There’s A Chance? 

There is a simple scenario that allows the Browns to capture the 7th AFC playoff slot.

First, Cleveland has to win out their remaining schedule to finish 9-8.

Then, Miami has to lose all 3 of their remaining games to offset the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Jets must lose to the Jaguars and Seahawks but beat the Dolphins to finish 8-9.

Cincinnati can help the Browns by beating the Patriots, who then beat the Dolphins but lose to the Bills in Week 18.

Then the Browns need just one loss each from the Raiders and the Jaguars (or the Titans if the Jags win the division).

With those simple steps achieved, Cleveland’s Week 18 victory over the Steelers locks up the 7th seed in the AFC.

Or else the team can file paperwork to move to either the AFC or NFC southern division, where 9-8 is sure to capture a title.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:58:27 -0800 Sportsman
Kupa e Botës – Argjentina e Messit triumfon në finale Leo Messi ia ka dalë më në fund të ngrejë lart trofeun e munguar dhe të shumëpritur të Kupës së Botës me Argjentinën. Skuadra e drejtuar nga trajneri Scaloni triumfoi pas goditjes së penalltive, në një nga finalet më të bukura në historinë e botëroreve të FIFA. Kjo pasi koha e rregullt e sfidës u mbyll në shifrat drithëruese 3-3.

Në pjesën e parë të takimit Argjentina ishte qartësisht ekipi më i mirë, ndërkohë që Franca nuk doli asnjëherë në lojën e vet. Kjo bëri që përpjekjet e vazhdueshme të Messit me shokë të shpërbleheshin eventualisht në minutën e 23’, kur arbitri akordi një penallti në favor të tyre. Messi nuk kishte si të gabonte nga pika e bardhë duke kaluar në avantazh të tijët. Vetëm pak minuta më vonë, amerikano-latinët shënuan një tjetër gol me autor Angel Di Maria, pas një kundërsulmi model. Pjesa e parë e përballjes u mbyll me rezultatin 2-0, dhe sfida u konsiderua tashmë e mbyllur.

Por emocionet do të vazhdonin për shumë më gjatë. Franca hyri përsëri e vakët në lojë gjatë pjesës së dytë, por gjeti ritmin e saj në 20 minutat e fundit të takimit. “Gjelat” përfituan nga një penallti e akorduar në favor të tyre për të ngushtuar diferencën në vetëm 1 gol, teksa Mbappe u tregua i saktë nga pika e penalltisë. Vetëm 1 minutë më vonë, ishte përsëri Mbappe që me një goditje fantastike në hyrje të zones barazoi rezultatin, duke dërguar në qiellin e shtatë tifozët francezë. Sfida iu drejtua kështu kohës shtesë.

Në 30 minutat ekstra Messi kaloi përsëri në avantazh të tijët, por Mbappe gjithashtu shënoi për Francën, përsëri nga pika e bardhë, duke kompletuar tripletën e tij, një moment i jashtëzakonshëm në një finale botërori.

Ekipet iu drejtuan kështu penalltive, ku heroi rezultoi të ishte portieri i Argjentinës, Emiliano Martinez. Ky i fundit ndali penalltinë e Kingsley Coman, ndërkohë që Aurelian Tchouameni goditi jashtë porte. Argjentinasit nga ana tjetër nuk humbën asnjë prej penalltive të tyre, dhe Montiel shënoi 11-metërshin e fundit, duke i hapur rrugë festës dhe ekzaltimit të jashtëzakonshëm të Messi me shokë.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:53:16 -0800 Sportsman
Parashikime ndeshjesh, Championship, La Liga Smartbank, Serie B – 19.12.2022 Wigan vs Sheffield United

Fiton Sheffield United / koeficient 2.05

Ekipi i Wigan ka rekordin me negativ në Championship, përsa i takon ndeshjeve në shtëpi këtë sezon. Sheffield United nga ana tjetër ka mbajtur të paprekur portën e vet në 9 nga 10 fitoret e fundit në kampionat. Për më shumë, miqtë kanë fituar 3 takimet e fundit në transfertë. Wigan ndërkohë duket se po i rikthehet rezultateve pozitive, por Sheffield United mbetet një kundërshtar i fortë dhe shanset për të marrë një rezultat pozitiv janë të vogla.

Leganes vs Real Zaragoza

Barazim / koeficient 2.78

Leganes ka provuar se është një ekip mjaft i vështirë për t’u mundur në fushën e vet. Të zotët e shtëpisë janë mposhtur vetëm 2 herë në 10 përballjet e fundit në Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Real Zaragoza ndërkohë ka shfaqur shenja progresi në javët e fundit, teksa nuk ka pësuar asnjë humbje në 5 ndeshje. 3 prej këtyre sfidave janë mbyllur në barazim, ndërkohë që Leganes gjithashtu ka barazuar në 5 nga 6 takimet e fundit. Për këtë arsye pritet një ndeshje e luftuar.

Perugia vs Venezia

Fiton Venezia / koeficient 3.05

Pas emërtimit të trajnerit të ri, Paolo Vanoli, Venezia ia ka dalë të fitojë 3 nga 4 ndeshjet e fundit. Perugia ndërkohë, që mban vendin e fundit në renditjen e përgjithshme, ka rekordin më negativ në fushën e vet, krahasuar me ekipet e tjera në kampionat. Të zotët e shtëpisë kanë grumbulluar vetëm 8 pikë në 8 takime në Stadio Renato Curi. Venezia nga ana tjetër ka performuar mjaft mirë në transfertë këtë sezon, dhe ka shanse reale për të marrë një tjetër rezultat pozitiv në këtë ndeshje.

Parashikime te tjera, baste te sigurta

1Portugal CupSporting CPVSSC BragaSporting CP wins1.75
2Egypt Premier LeagueCeramica CleopatraVSEl DakhleyaCeramica Cleopatra wins1.87
3Egypt Premier LeagueFuture FCVSGhazl Al MehallaFuture FC wins1.63
4Egypt Premier LeagueSmouha SCVSAl-Ittihad Al-SakandaryAl-Ittihad Al-Sakandary wins2.51
5Egypt Premier LeaguePyramids FCVSAswan FCModena wins2.52
6Liga 1 RomaniaFCSBVSBotosaniFCSB wins1.38
7Turkey 1st LigAdanasporVSDenizlisporAdanaspor wins1.56
8China CupZhejiang ProfessionalVSGuangzhou CityZhejiang Professional wins1.24
9China CupHenan Songshan LongmenVSShanghai ShenhuaShanghai Shenhua wins1.97
10Greece Super League 2Diagoras RodosVSApollon LarissaDiagoras Rodos wins1.34
11Greece Super League 2Anagennisi KarditsasVSThesprotos FCOver 2.5 goals1.59
12Greece Super League 2Apollon PontouVSAlmopos AridaiaApollon Pontou wins2.03
13Greece Super League 2Pao RoufVSPanachaikiPanachaiki FC wins1.38
14Greece Super League 2KallitheaVSOlympiacos BKallithea wins1.51

Zgjidh faqen e preferuar të basteve me koeficientët më të lartë!

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:53:16 -0800 Sportsman
A&League Mens Round 9 – Previews & Betting Tips The following are previews with betting tips for Round 9 of the 2022/23 A-League Mens season.

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Friday, December 23

Perth Glory

Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix

10:30pm AEDT, Macedonia Park
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Wellington Phoenix

Macedonia Park has become somewhat of a fortress for the ever expanding Glory this season, as they’ve won their past two games on the trot playing in their home state. Most recently they collected an illusive 2-1 win over reigning champions Western United, while prior to that they ousted Melbourne City 2-0 in a result that no one saw coming. However as good as they’ve been in those pair of clashes, their most recent one in Campbelltown left a lot to be desired, falling 1-0 to the ‘Bulls’. Perth were only able to land 1/7 shots on target, as they appeared to lack any real fire power or urgency. In stark comparison to the Phoenix however, they were commanding at home, smashing the ‘Reds’ 3-1. Goals in the 2nd minute – Oskar Zawada, 37th minute – Bozhidar Kraev and 61st minute – Yan Sasse, combined with them landing 8/17 goal attempts on target, saw them surge all the way to within just three-points off of 3rd-place. Will the right Perth Glory turn up to play, or does this match have Wellington written all over it?

With the Phoenix having prevailed in five of their last seven matches against Perth, it may be time for the Glory to finally switch the script up and give Ufuk Talay’s Men a taste of their own medicine. And with new arrival Adam Taggart recently being acquired by the club and with the Glory on the up and up, now may be the perfect time to do so. All in all for Perth the target shooter Taggart has collectively scored 21 A-League goals across 44-matches. Ultimately though the key for Perth will be putting in a consistent 90-minute + performance, because they’ve been incredible in bits and pieces this season, but have rarely displayed the full package. If they can do that, then they’ll rightfully give themselves every chance possible of collecting all three-points from this matchup.

Betting tips: Pick both teams to find the back of the net at $1.60 (BoomBet)


Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers

7:45pm AEDT, Moreton Daily Stadium
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Western Sydney Wanderers

The Roar’s latest efforts up in the Hunter Valley were far from pretty, but ultimately it didn’t matter one single bit as they cosigned the Jets to their fourth defeat of the season, via Nikola Mileusnic’s 80th-minute winner. That being his 26th total A-League strike of his career. His victorious strike somehow being forged, despite the visitors only owning 36% possession of the ball throughout the encounter. And to their credit Brisbane remain undefeated on the road this campaign, having collected a win and a draw from two games. Meanwhile Western Sydney’s recent away form has been patchy to say the least! As from their last eighteen away games in total, they’ve picked up just three victories to their name. The latest of those coming at AAMI Park, as they suffered a tight and tense 1-0 defeat to Western United at AAMI Park. Despite taking nine shots to the oppositions four, collecting four corners to their one and owning 60% off the ball, it was not enough to help see Mark Rudan’s Men over the line in the end. Does Brisbane’s dominance continue on here, or do Western Sydney have something to say about it?

What do Brisbane and Western Sydney have in common? They are both fallen Footballing powerhouses aiming to seek redemption this campaign and to be fair to both sides, they’re doing a fair job of it. The Roar sit just four-points off of the Wanderers, whilst the Wanderers themselves are etched comfortably into second-place on the table. There is also Warren Moon (aged 40) leading the lines at Brisbane and Mark Rudan (aged 47), doing the same thing over at the Wanderers. Both Men just like their respective clubs over the past few years have had mixed managerial results. So this game presents the perfect opportunity for each of the two to asses how they go tactics-wise and gameplay-wise against somebody who is relatively their equal. This match is anybody’s for the taking and should present itself as a great must watch.

Betting tips: Look for both teams to score one plus goal a piece at $1.70 (BlueBet)

Also look for there to be over 2.5 goals scored collectively at $1.90 (Bet365)


Saturday, December 24

Sydney FC

Sydney FC v Macarthur FC

5:00PM AEDT, Allianz Stadium
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Macarthur FC

When these two intense rivals last locked ‘horns’ it was a battle for the ages. Robert Mak missed the spot kick opportunity only 14-minutes in, however bull tamer Patrick Wood was there for the second-chance which made the score 1-0 in the ‘Sky Blues’ favour. Then fast-forward towards the end of the first half and it was rival Defender Johnathan Aspropotamitis who was given his marching orders via Alex King. Proceed to the 83rd-minute and Sydney have scored their third of the game, courtesy of young gun Adrian Segecic. Yet just four-minutes on Anthony Carter’s banger meant that it was an incredibly thrilling finish to a game, witnessed by just over 7000 people at Campbelltown Stadium. And with Sydney currently placed just two-points off third-place and with Dwight Yorke’s troops only three-points off second-spot on the ladder, there is plenty to play for at Allianz Stadium. Can Sydney collect another victory in this short, but intensity filled rivalry, or will Macarthur claim the bragging rights from this affair?

From four home matches this season Sydney have been a real basket base, winning one, drawing one and losing two from four attempts. Whilst they’ve also scored six, yet leaked seven at Allianz Stadium. After four-years of essentially being homeless, the much-anticipated return to Moore Park was supposed to be the clubs rejuvenation period. Instead they’ve really stunk up the joint! And with Macarthur coming to town right on Christmas Eve, Sydney might just be getting coal in their stockings. 23-Year-old Daniel Arzani has been very effective for Macarthur this season, scoring one goal and fashioning two goal assists + nine shot assists. Over the off-season the ‘Sky Blues’ were heavily linked to the former Socceroos playmaker, but eventually as seen he signed with the ‘Bulls’. There is the very real potential for Macarthur to run away with this clash and for Arzani to make Sydney regret missing out on his signature in the process.

Betting tips: Look for Joe Lolley to find refuge in the back of the net anytime at $2.75 (Bet365)

Also look for Macarthur to produce under 1.5 strikes at $1.30 (Bet365)


Monday, December 26

Western United

Western United v Melbourne Victory

7:45pm AEDT, AAMI Park
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Melbourne Victory

There is still so much that is unknown about this Derby following the events of last Saturday night. At its worst, this match may be completely devoid of Victory supporters. Or depending on how things go over the next couple of days this may be a game in which the Victory are simply playing for pride, due to a possible points deduction. One thing that is for certain though is that both teams will go out there and give it their absolute all. Despite the ‘Green & Black’ currently being in 11th-place and the Victory just two spots above them, try telling a James Troisi that this affair doesn’t matter! He a man who has played for the Victory previously, left and then has come back to them years later, only to leave again and become a member of John Aloisi’s never say never Men. Or maybe you’d rather pick your fancy with superb Uruguayan-born striker Bruno Fornaroli, a Man who has previously represented Melbourne City and now represents the colours of Melbourne Victory. This clash does matter and it is a rivalry! Will we see the reigning champions rise to stardom once again, or will Melbourne rise from the ashes of their week from hell?

During his first season playing for the Victory, James Troisi scored 12 goals in 29 A-League matches. Then from 2016 through to 2019 he played 76 club games for Melbourne, locking down 15 goals + 17 assists. The former Juventus Man has certainly torn opposition teams to shreds whilst representing the most successful Footballing franchise in Melbourne. And now plying his trade for Western United it would most definitely appear that he’s primed for a simply MASSIVE performance against his ex-employers. This season under the guidance of John Aloisi he has aged like fine win producing one goal assist, as well as eight shot assists in seven matches. While he’s also completed 250 accurate passes at a 79% completion rate. Plus out of the 11 tackles he’s attempted. he’s successfully won eight of them. This is his time! And don’t expect him to pass it up!

Betting tips: Look for both teams to score at $1.65 (BoomBet)


Tuesday, December 27

Melbourne City

Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners

5:00pm AEDT, AAMI Park
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Central Coast Mariners

For City their latest clash was the infamous Melbourne Derby, one of the darkest days Football in this country has ever seen. In the lead-up to Tom Glover being brutally assaulted by some Melbourne Victory thugs, Aiden O’Neil had scored early on in the proceedings. As for the Mariners they led a commanding fightback at Bluetongue Stadium to beat Sydney 2-1. 11-Minutes in they went down 1 and 0 courtesy of a well-worked opposition Paulo Retre strike. However on the 36th-minute they evened the proceedings thanks to Marco Tulio’s goal, then just three-minutes later the comeback was complete, via Daniel Hall’s thunderous header, as he smashed it into the centre of the net leaving Andrew Redmayne utterly helpless. And only adding to the intrigue surrounding this high octane affair is the fact that Melbourne City are yet to be beaten at home this season, while Garang Kuol’s Mariners are yet to lose on the road. To City’s credit they’ve won three and drawn one, while the Mariners have won one and drawn one, fashioning an impressive five goals in the process. This affair could belong to anybody, so will it be Melbourne or the Central Coast who eventually take it out?

Since Patrick Kisnorbo departed City mid-World Cup they have gone down 2-1 to Sydney away from home and played roughly about 20-minutes versus the Victory before the game was abandoned due to hooligan behaviour. So it’s not all that fair to judge them so far, but they ain’t exactly looked like the Melbourne of old, that’s all I’m saying. However what’s incredibly tantalisingly tasty about this clash is that City’s Socceroo trio of Jamie Maclaren, Matthew Leckie and Marco Tilio will go head-to-head against the Mariners own Socceroo’s trio of Jason Cummings ala ‘the Cum Dog’, Garang Kuol and Danny Vuckovic. After all that’s happened to try and bring down the A-Leagues as of late, this is an incredible/much needed boost for the game in Australia in general. Either watch it live or on tv if you can! This has the very strong potential to be one of the GAMES of the SEASON.

Betting tips: Look for City to edge this encounter out, just, at $1.66 (BlueBet)


Adelaide United

Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets

7:45pm AEDT, Coopers Stadium
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Newcastle Jets

Despite Adelaide’s disappointing away 3-1 defeat to Wellington last round, they’ve still been extremely impressive at home as of late, triumphing in seven and drawing one of their last nine home matches. That stacks up very well against Newcastle, who despite beating the Central Coast 2-1 during their latest away outing in the F3 Derby, have won only one of their last four encounters away from the confines of McDonald Jones Stadium. But back to the stark reality is the fact that over in New Zealand the ‘Reds’ could only muster up a grand total of five shots throughout 90+ minutes of playing time. And if it weren’t for Craig Goodwin’s brilliant free-kick on the 12-minute mark, they would’ve been completely embarrassed. Meanwhile Newcastle couldn’t do too well at home as they were edged out 1-0 by Brisbane. And despite owning 64% possession of the ball throughout the match, they stuttered their way to shooting just 2/7 shots on target throughout the affair, although they did very unluckily have two of their shots bounce off the woodwork. Can Adelaide collect their rebound victory in this match, or will that title belong to Newcastle?

Craig Goodwin playing in the sanctity of his own home could absolutely torch the Jets in this encounter! However Beka Mikeltadze has still registered two goals this season for Newcastle, as has the ever-pacy and somewhat of an x-factor Trent Buhagiar. As evidenced of late neither team has all that strong of a back-wall, so the attack is where the game will be won. Because in their last 10 games, Adelaide have only kept a clean sheet once. While for Newcastle in every single one of their nine A-League/Australia Cup matches this campaign, not once have they kept the opposition team at bay for a full 90-minutes. Will Goodwin be the difference here? Probably. But before conceding defeat, at least expect Arthur Papas’s Men to give it a red hot crack!

Betting tips: Back Adelaide to win at $1.97 (BlueBet)

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:50:45 -0800 Sportsman
Napoli respond to transfer interest in Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:46:52 -0800 Sportsman LA Galaxy sign goalkeeper Jonathan Bond to new contract through 2024 MLS season Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:46:51 -0800 Sportsman Kylian Mbappe congratulated by Sir Geoff Hurst for matching World Cup record Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:46:51 -0800 Sportsman Sports World Reacts To Controversial Gus Johnson Video
COLLEGE PARK, MD - DECEMBER 22: Fox announcer Gus Johnson on the air before a college basketball game between Seton Hall Pirates and the Maryland Terrapins at the XFinity Center on December 22, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

A video of Gus Johnson appearing to do something is going viral on social media this morning.

Johnson was on the call of a college basketball game, when a fan sitting behind him appeared to catch him in the act.

"Gus Johnson vaping while announcing ????," the fan tweeted on Sunday night.

The video has since gone viral.

Sports fans have since taken to social media to debate the video that's going viral.

"I mean he’s not on TV and if the arenas allows it then he’s good," one fan wrote.

"Snitching on one of the Goats smh," one fan added.

"hitting the desert breeze while commentating is CRAZY," another fan wrote.

It's unclear what Gus Johnson was doing, exactly. But the video is clearly going viral on Monday morning.

What do you think of the viral Gus Johnson video on Monday morning?

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:31:28 -0800 Sportsman
4 Schools Are Contenders For 5&Star Transfer Travis Hunter
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI APRIL 24: JSU receiver 5 star Travis Hunter celebrates after hauling in an interception during the annual spring football game. (Aron Smith/University Communications/Jackson State University via Getty Images)

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Former five-star recruit Travis Hunter has officially entered the transfer portal. 

Hunter entered the portal on Sunday following Jackson State's first loss of the season to NC Central on Saturday. 

As expected, a few top Power Five schools are already showing interest in the talented freshman. According to Chad Simmons of On3Sports, Georgia, Miami, and USC are the top three schools to watch for him alongside Colorado.

Colorado could be the favorite in Hunter's recruitment since Deion Sanders is now the head coach of the [rogram. Remember, Hunter flipped from Florida State to Jackson State earlier this year because Sanders was the latter's head coach. 

Still, the Buffaloes face tough competition from these three programs. All three fare pretty well in recruiting each year.

Hunter was the top-rated recruit in the class of 2022, per 247Sports composite rankings. Whoever gets him is getting one heck of a player. 

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:31:28 -0800 Sportsman
Navy Reportedly Makes Decision On Next Football Coach
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 03: Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo of the Navy Midshipmen walks the sidelines in the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the third quarter at Nippert Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

With the Ken Niumatalolo era officially over at Navy, the program has reportedly decided on the man they want to carry them into the future.

According to ESPN's Pete Thamel, Navy is expected to promote defensive coordinator Brian Newberry as the new head coach. Noting, "Newberry has been the defensive coordinator since 2019, and Navy finished Top 25 in rush defense, sacks and fumbles recovered this year."

Newberry was a Broyles Award finalist back in 2019 after helping coach Navy to a school record-tying 11 wins and dramatically improving the defensive side of the ball for the Midshipmen.

Prior to his time with the academy, Newberry spent time at Kennesaw State, Northern Michigan, The University of the South (Sewanee, TN), Elon, Washington & Lee, Rice and Southern Arkansas.

Since '19 the Mids have posted three straight losing records, going a combined 11-23. Newberry will look to turn that around immediately like he did with the defense when he first stepped in Annapolis.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:31:28 -0800 Sportsman
Brighton determined to keep hold of World Cup winner Mac Allister

Brighton are determined to keep hold of Alexis Mac Allister despite anticipated interest following his role in Argentina’s World Cup triumph.

Mac Allister impressed as Argentina beat France to be crowned world champions on Sunday, with the midfielder setting up Angel Di Maria’s goal in a thrilling final.


Tottenham have been linked with a move for Mac Allister, who could follow the likes of Ben White, Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella in leaving Brighton for a significant fee.

The 23-year-old is contracted to the Seagulls until 2025 and Brighton have the option to extend his deal for a further season. The club’s chief executive, Paul Barber, is hopeful the club can retain the services of the World Cup winner.

“He will be sought after, we’re very aware of that, but we hope to keep him here as long as we can,” Barber said, as per the BBC.

“Of course, when staff and players do well, as we’ve seen in the last few months, they do attract the interest of other big clubs.

“These are clubs that are wealthier and have the chance to give players a new level, we understand that and we’re not naive to that.

“All we can do is protect ourselves the best we can through the contracts and hope we can hold on to the player for as long as possible, but this is a young man who has just won the World Cup at 23 and set up arguably one of the most iconic goals in World Cup history.”

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:26:24 -0800 Sportsman
Messi, Qatar, and the fulfilment of a football fairytale

Before a ball had been kicked in Qatar, Lionel Messi’s tale was already special. As the dust settles on football’s biggest event, Messi’s missing chapter has been completed.

The one omission from his glittering career of greatness is no more and the image of Messi clutching that famous gold trophy will be eternal. What had been the most thrilling final in World Cup memory had its perfect ending.


Each of Argentina’s three triumphs on the world stage have been inspired by individual brilliance. Mario Kempes was the hero on home soil in 1978. Diego Maradona enjoyed God-like status for his role in their 1986 success.

Kempes had called Messi ‘the king without the crown’ this week. On Sunday, he was coronated and took his place among Argentina’s holy trinity.

This was his tournament. It had been a rollercoaster ride, one which began with Argentina arriving in Qatar on a wave of optimism, as Copa America champions and on a 36-game unbeaten run. A shock setback against Saudi Arabia changed confidence to nerves, but successive wins against Mexico, Poland, Australia, the Netherlands, Croatia and France saw Argentina crowned champions.

Messi was there, front and centre of it all. He failed to score in just one game and became the first man to score in each knockout round game of a World Cup. He was there as Argentina navigated the choppy waters of a tempestuous tie with the Dutch. He was there again as Croatia were crushed in the last four. He was there, once more, as the South Americans edged France in a pulsating six-goal final that had the watching world on the edge of their seats.

When writing on the 1970 World Cup final, Hugh McIlvanney perfectly contextualised football’s biggest occasion.

“The other matches, whatever their own vivid excitements, can only nourish the expectations of the last collision,” he penned. “Earlier days offer sudden death but this is the only one that offers instant immortality.”

Those words are true, but Messi is no mortal and hasn’t been for quite some time. His immortality was achieved long ago, through the countless records and goals. More so in the things less tangible. The moments and feelings he has conjured.

There’s a sense of anticipation whenever the ball arrives in his possession. Many players evoke this, but none quite like Messi. It’s been evident in Qatar, the bated breath of excitement, but has been in stadia across the world for almost two decades. That’s what Messi does and why he should continue to be cherished until he’s no longer around. Sadly, that might not be too far away.

In Qatar, there were glimpses of Messi at his absolute level. The reverse pass to set up Nahuel Molina against the Netherlands was magical, while his bamboozling of Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol was not the first time Messi has made a fool of a talented centre-back.

When he does eventually call time on his career, when the old magic has dimmed just a little, he will hang up the boots that have written legend with no regret. It has been fifteen years since Messi lost his first final with the national side, in what was the start of a turbulent road to this ultimate glory.

Three final defeats – one World Cup and two Copa America – followed in consecutive years between 2014 and 2016, a hat-trick of disappointments that led to a brief, thankfully u-turned, international retirement. Among it has been accusations that Messi is inherently European, such was his early departure across the Atlantic for Barcelona. It was a slight that rankled with Messi, Rosario born and bred, who grew up dreaming of wearing the colours of La Albiceleste.

Those near misses are no longer central in the tale of Messi and Argentina. It might have come later than once expected, but Messi has led his nation to success. Copa America, Finalissima, World Cup. Messi has won them all.

In the coming days tributes just like this will be aimed in Messi’s direction. The most talented footballer of his generation and for some, perhaps even most, the greatest of all time. Writing about Messi during his career has proven both difficult and easy. His game makes it effortless to throw superlatives in his direction, but often even those feel exhausted and inadequate.

This was a World Cup that began with controversy and its issues should not be forgotten. Politics and human rights have been prominent in the narrative, while even the trophy lift – in which Messi was presented with a bisht – ensured the imagery of the 2022 final will always be tied to the first Arab World Cup.

It has proven divisive that FIFA chose this moment, the culmination of Messi’s international career, to cover the colours of his beloved Argentina.

Fortunately for FIFA, and fans across the world, on the pitch this tournament has been a success and concluded in perfect fashion. Messi scored twice in the final and once more in the shootout, earned the Golden Ball, and hoisted the World Cup trophy aloft.

And that was that. The tale of the greatest footballer of all time is not over, but anything added from here will merely represent an addendum to a special sporting story. It is one that will continue to be told for decades to come.

Fairytales don’t often occur in football, but Messi’s long road to this triumph is befitting of such status.

The hours since have seen an outpouring of emotion, a collective sigh of relief from football that the games greatest has achieved it all. There were well wishes from the English, even the Brazilians, as rivalries were cast aside to celebrate Messi. It is the breaking down of tribalistic barriers that perhaps only true genius can achieve.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:26:23 -0800 Sportsman
Qatar 2022: World Cup Team of the Tournament

The final whistle has been blown on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a tournament full of drama, sub-plots and unforgettable moments.

It’s Argentina who are the new world champions, with Lionel Messi winning football’s greatest prize after a final with France that will be remembered as arguably the best ever.

Following three weeks of thrilling action in Qatar, we’ve picked out our star performers from the finals. Here is The Football Faithful’s World Cup Team of the Tournament.

Goalkeeper: Yassine Bounou – Morocco

Exceptional from start to finish for the underdog story of the tournament, the Moroccan goalkeeper failed to concede a single goal from an opposition player until the semi-final defeat to France.

No African side has ever previously reached the semi-final stage and Morocco’s success was built on the often unbreakable organisation of their defensive unit. Behind a brickwall backline it was Bounou, whose shot-stopping has attracted the interest of Europe’s top clubs.

The 31-year-old was named as La Liga’s Best Goalkeeper last season, but his World Cup heroics have shone an additional spotlight on his talent.

Right-back: Achraf Hakimi

Morocco’s star name did not disappoint during a fairytale run to the semi-finals, as the Atlas Lions became the first African team to reach the last four.

Hakimi rampaged forward and defended astutely, as part of a resolute Moroccan backline which provided the foundation for their success.

His Panenka penalty winner against Spain was a demonstration of his quality and confidence, while his post-match celebrations with his mother became one of the defining images of Morocco’s tournament.

Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi – Argentina

Nicolas Otamendi featured in every second of Argentina’s triumph, with the veteran defender an outstanding contributor to the champion’s success in Qatar.

Otamendi’s best days appeared to be behind him after he departed Manchester City in 2020, but the 34-year-old produced a series of excellent showings at the World Cup.

A leader of La Albiceleste’s side, he won more aerial duels than any other defender (20) and was crucial to Argentina’s build-up, leading his teammates for successful passes (462) and long balls (11) among outfield players.

Viewed as arguably a weak-link by those outside Argentina pre-tournament, he has instead proven to be a pillar of strength in the nation’s third World Cup triumph.

Centre-back: Josko Gvardiol – Croatia

Josko Gvardiol enhanced his reputation as one of European football’s best up-and-coming defenders as Croatia reached the semi-finals.

The 20-year-old was the masked assassin who robbed forwards of possession in Qatar, proving a dominant force in his defensive duels. He struggled against Lionel Messi in the semi-final, but the Argentina icon has made no shortage of elite defenders look foolish during a career of greatness.

That will prove an invaluable lesson to Gvardiol, who has the potential to be one of the best defenders of his generation.

Left-back: Theo Hernandez – France

Hernandez grasped his opportunity in the side following an unfortunate injury to his brother, Lucas, in France’s opening game.

From there the left-back was a fixture in the team and impressed with his enterprising football, where he created two assists and opened the scoring in the semi-final win over Morocco.

He had a difficult evening in the quarter-final win over England, but recovered to help France into a second successive World Cup final.

Midfield: Sofyan Amrabat

Europe’s top clubs have put Amrabat firmly on their radar after a string of superb performances in Qatar.

The industrious ball-winning machine snapped into challenges and hunted down possession, recovering the ball and using it intelligently in the Moroccan engine room.

His lung-busting run and crunching challenge on Kylian Mbappe in the semi-final epitomised his contribution to the cause, with Amrabat leaving everything out on the Qatari pitches.

Fiorentina will face a fight to keep hold of his services, with the World Cup having elevated his reputation to a new level.

Midfield: Enzo Fernandez – Argentina

It’s been a rapid rise for Enzo Fernandez in recent months, with the midfielder now a World Cup winner.

Fernandez only made his debut for Argentina in September, but forced his way into the starting side in Qatar after coming off the bench to score a stunning goal in the group stage win over Mexico. From there the 21-year-old went from strength to strength, with a number of classy displays in the Argentine engine room recognised with the Best Young Player of the Tournament award.

He was excellent in the final, leading the decider for touches (118), successful passes (77) and tackles (10). No player has made more tackles in a World Cup final since 2006. Europe’s wealthiest sides are on red-alert, with Benfica set for a huge windfall on a talent only signed from River Plate last summer.

Midfield: Antoine Griezmann – France

Antoine Griezmann’s move to a midfield role proved a revelation for France, with the 31-year-old the creative conduit between Les Bleus’ engine room and front three.

His ability to fashion chances from both open play and set-pieces was crucial to the French in Qatar, where he led the tournament for assists alongside Harry Kane, Lionel Messi and Bruno Fernandes.

France might have fallen short at the final hurdle, but Griezmann delivered once again in a major tournament. Industrious and inventive in his new deeper role, it was a position he looked right at home in from the first minute. He was exceptional in the knockout round wins over England and Morocco, orchestrating both games as France progressed to the final.

Right-wing: Lionel Messi – Argentina

Each of Argentina’s three World Cup triumphs have been built on the individual greatness, with Qatar 2022 set to be remembered as Lionel Messi’s tournament.

Messi’s status as an all-time great was assured long ago, but his role in his country’s World Cup success has elevated arguably football’s finest ever talent to new levels. He scored seven goals, including two in the final, and provided a further three assists for Argentina, who will celebrate this success for a long time to come.

Football fans across the world will revel in their triumph, a fitting conclusion to Messi’s career on this stage. After the hard-luck stories of past finals, it was a warming moment to see the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner host aloft football’s most prestigious trophy. No player had a bigger role in that success than Messi.

Left-wing: Kylian Mbappe – France

After starring in Russia four years ago, Kylian Mbappe produced another sensational tournament for France.

He scored eight goals to win the World Cup’s Golden Boot, with only Ronaldo (2002) having matched that total in a single tournament since 1970. Mbappe’s goals included a hat-trick in the final, as he became just the second man to score a treble in a World Cup final and the first to do so in a losing side.

It was harsh on the 23-year-old, who demonstrated his ability to change the biggest games in an instant in Qatar. Incredibly, it’s now 12 World Cup goals for Mbappe, a figure that is level with Pelé and one just five players can better.

It is not inconceivable that Mbappe could feature in another three tournaments. No record appears safe from the Frenchman.

Forward: Julian Alvarez – Argentina

Julian Alvarez began the tournament on the bench for Argentina, but ended it with a World Cup winners’ medal after a key role in their success.

The opening defeat to Saudi Arabia prompted change and chances, with Alavarez one of those to take his opportunity. He led the line superbly in Qatar, chasing lost causes as a focal point and taking the chances that came his way.

After opening his account against Poland with a fine finish, he scored in the last-16 win over Australia and twice in the semi-final victory against Croatia. It was a tournament to remember for Alvarez, who emerged from the shadows to thrive in the spotlight of a World Cup triumph.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:26:23 -0800 Sportsman
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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:26:22 -0800 Sportsman
How North Dakota State Stacks up in FCS Playoff History North Dakota State’s return to the NCAA Division I FCS championship game on Jan. 8 is continuing what is the greatest dynasty run in college football history.

The Bison have captured nine national titles in an 11-season span since 2011 – a first on the NCAA, NAIA and JUCO levels – and will seek to make it (a perfect) 10 against rival South Dakota State in a highly anticipated showdown.

“Never in millions of years when the Bison were going through the Division I transition and were not eligible for the playoffs did anybody think this was even remotely possible. How did they do it? A perfect combination of recruiting the right guys, coaching, some top programs leaving for the FBS and a physical style of play that nobody else could match,” said Jeff Kolpack, a long-time NDSU media member who wrote the definitive book, “Horns Up: Inside the Greatest College Football Dynasty.”

The dynasty was set up in 2010 with two victories and a run to the national quarterfinals in the Bison’s first-ever FCS playoff appearance.

Following is how North Dakota State’s 13 playoff teams stack up with other schools in the 45-year history of the FCS playoffs:

Most FCS Championships

9 – North Dakota State
6 – Georgia Southern
4 – Youngstown State
3 – Appalachian State
2 – Eastern Kentucky, James Madison, Marshall and Montana

Most FCS Championship Game Appearances

10 – North Dakota State (9-0 to date)
8 – Georgia Southern (6-2)
7 – Youngstown State (4-3) and Montana (2-5)
6 – Marshall (2-4)
4 – Eastern Kentucky (2-2), James Madison (2-2) and Delaware (1-3)

Most FCS Playoff Wins

45 – Georgia Southern
44 – North Dakota State
35 – Montana
28 – Youngstown State
26 – Northern Iowa
25 – Delaware

Highest FCS Playoff Winning Percentages

.936 – North Dakota State (44-3)
.793 – Marshall (23-6)
.777 – Youngstown State (28-8)
.776 – Georgia Southern (45-13)
.667 – Sam Houston (24-12) and Boise State (8-4)

Most Consecutive FCS Playoff Appearances

17 – Montana (1993-2009)
14 – New Hampshire (2004-2017)
13 – North Dakota State (2010-Present)
11 – South Dakota State (2012-Present)
10 – Eastern Kentucky (1986-1995)
8 – Appalachian State (2005-12) and James Madison (2014-Present)

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:23:47 -0800 Sportsman
Opinion: Norwich City have to prioritise a new contract for 32&year&old In the summer of 2018, Teemu Pukki signed for Norwich City from Danish club Brondby IF on a free transfer.

In his first season, Pukki went on to tally 30 goals in all competitions and was a key part in the Canaries promotion to the top-flight of English football.

At the end of that season he signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2022 with the option of an extra year, which was inevitably triggered.

That is where we end up today; with less than seven months remaining on the Finn’s contract…

In need of a new deal…

Since the start of the 2018/19 Championship season, Pukki has led the line for the Canaries, scoring 85 goals in 189 appearances. His goals have placed him fourth in the club’s all-time top scorers list and has earned him a place in Norwich City folklore.

In the Championship this season, the Finn has notched up seven goals so far and it’d be a surprise if that’s where he stops.

Pukki is undoubtedly one of the best centre forwards Norwich City have had in recent years.

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Who took over as Norwich City's caretaker manager after Alex Neil's departure?

His attacking prowess combined with his composure means he is an incredibly tough player to defend against. He’s a true fox in the box and his wily presence in the box makes him a constant nuisance for defenders. If the Canaries fail to re-sign his contract, then they will be losing out on all of this.

Even at 32, he is still a crucial part of the team, and his top-flight experience is crucial to a club who want to establish themselves in the Premier League in the next few years.

Norwich City must act soon to secure Pukki’s services as there will almost certainly be interest from elsewhere if his deal remains unsigned coming into January.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:22:33 -0800 Sportsman
Middlesbrough loanee attracting interest from abroad but parent club turn down approach Fulham have knocked back an approach from Gremio for striker and on-loan Middlesbrough man Rodrigo Muniz, according to journalist Diogo Rossi.

Muniz is currently plying his trade on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship this season, and has scored two goals in 18 appearances so far. Although he started the campaign as the first choice number nine under Chris Wilder he has found playing time hard to come by in recent weeks.

With the arrival of new boss Michael Carrick, strikers Chuba Akpom and Marcus Forss have been the go-to duo to lead the line, with Muniz resigned to a spot on the substitutes bench alongside fellow summer signing Matthew Hoppe.

Muniz’s parent club Fulham and the player himself may be looking at other options considering his lack of playing time, and this has put other clubs on high alert.

According to South American journalist Rossi, Brazilian side Gremio enquired about the possibility of loaning the 21-year-old, an approach which was knocked back by the Cottagers.

He states that Marco Silva’s side would prefer to loan him to a Championship side, and they may even require his services in the first-team should they sell star man Aleksander Mitrovic next month.

Should he stay or should he go?

Muniz’s move to Middlesbrough hasn’t really worked out how all parties would have liked this season. He hasn’t had the run in the side he would have wanted, nor scored the amount of goals he is capable of scoring and so he would be forgiven in wanted to weigh up his options.

With Carrick now in charge at Boro he may want to use the loan slot for a player who is going to improve the first-team as opposed to sitting on the bench week-in week-out. Whether the Teessiders cut his deal short, or Fulham recall him is another matter.

He enjoyed a successful spell at Flamengo before making the move to Craven Cottage and so a move back to his homeland could be a tantalising proposition for Muniz. But all parties will weigh up what’s best for the player in the weeks and months to come.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:22:32 -0800 Sportsman
Opinion: Middlesbrough should drop interest in £10m striker and pursue this £4m Championship man instead Middlesbrough want a striker, and Sunderland’s Ross Stewart has been heavily linked over the past two weeks or so.

It was revealed earlier this month that one of the areas Michael Carrick wants to strengthen next month is his attacking department.

Boro have relied on the unlikely hero that is Chuba Akpom so far this season, with names like Rodrigo Muniz and Marcus Forss yet to really have an impact on the side.

Stewart has been linked with a surprise move to the Riverside. But reports this morning have revealed that the Black Cats want £10million for the Scot.

A pricey move then, but Boro could find equal quality for less than half the price in Blackpool striker Jerry Yates.

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Who currently wears the number 14 for Middlesbrough?

Yates a wanted man…

Yates has nine goals in 23 Championship outings this season. He’s been linked with a number of clubs so far this campaign with West Brom and Watford having been mentioned previously.

Soon after, it was revealed by Football Insider that the Seasiders want £4million for the Englishman, who netted 21 League One goals on their way to promotion in 2021.

Like Stewart, Yates is a striker capable of playing multiple roles and capable of scoring an array of goals too, but most of all he’s a poacher – he’s always in and around the penalty area, at the right place at the right time, and scoring as many goals as he has for a struggling Blackpool side is impressive.

Playing in a more positive, attacking side, Yates could really flourish, and at 26 years old he could hit his peak any season now.

For Boro, a £10million move for Stewart seems unlikely; and let’s not forget that Stewart has been injured for most of the season so far. Yates seems like a more viable options and a more reliable option too, given the fact that he’s only missed seven league games in the past three seasons.

Carrick’s need for a striker could be well and truly fulfilled with a January swoop for Yates.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:22:30 -0800 Sportsman
Navy promotes defensive coordinator Newberry to head coach

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Navy promoted defensive coordinator Brian Newberry to head coach on Monday, replacing Ken Niumatalolo, the winningest coach in school history who was fired a week ago. Newberry, 51, has been leading the Midshipmen defense since 2019. ''It is a great honor and privilege to lead this program,'' Newberry said in a statement.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:13:31 -0800 Sportsman
TCU QB Max Duggan heading to NFL draft after playoff

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Max Duggan will skip his available extra season with the third-ranked Horned Frogs and make himself eligible for the NFL draft after the College Football Playoff. Duggan has started 41 games during his four seasons at TCU, though the senior could have returned for another season because all players were granted an extra year of eligibility after the 2020 season was altered by the pandemic.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:13:30 -0800 Sportsman
Michigan football gets 3&star LB Hayden Moore after flip from Nebraska

Hayden Moore, previously a Nebraska commit, is ranked No. 103 LB in the nation and is the 21st commit in Michigan football's 2022 recruiting class.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:13:29 -0800 Sportsman
A World Cup final for the ages Argentina are champions of the world! Marcus, Pete, Jim and Andy revel in an extraordinary night of drama. And trophy-humping.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:05:47 -0800 Sportsman
Not Ronaldo or Messi? Nigerian legend names the real GOAT Sunday Oliseh named his pick for the ongoing GOAT debate after the 2022 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France.

Pele is an ‘inspiration’ who edges Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the greatest player of all time, according to Sunday Oliseh.

Oliseh, a Nigerian Olympic Gold medalist and AFCON winner, backed Pele in the GOAT debate during an interview with Arise TV on Monday, a day after Messi’s maiden World Cup title.

The 48-year-old argues no player can rival the three World Cup titles won by Pele, who he believes has inspired the current generation of footballers.

“This is what everybody is getting inspiration from to excel in their football careers,” said Oliseh as quoted in Vanguard.

“His name is Pele. He is the greatest player of All Time, G.O.A.T. You cannot win three World Cups, and anybody will want to compete with you. I know people, especially the young ones, will not be happy with my choice, but those of us who are elderly can identify with him.”

Oliseh, a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group, also extended his greeting to World Cup final hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe, calling the French striker ‘my friend’.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:04:32 -0800 Sportsman
Rooney explains how calling Messi the GOAT is not disrespectful to Ronaldo Rooney reiterated his belief that Messi stands above Ronaldo as the greatest player of all time during the World Cup.

Wayne Rooney has said his praise for Lionel Messi is not a way of putting down former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Twitter, Rooney quote tweeted a message he posted in 2012 about Messi being ‘the best ever’ after seeing Argentina make the World Cup final, adding: “Nothing has changed”.

That said, while Rooney’s relationship with Ronaldo has turned sour recently after the former’s public criticism over the latter, he insists his praise for Messi is not a dig toward CR7.

“Some took that as a put-down to Cristiano Ronaldo but nothing could be further from the truth. I have the greatest respect for Cristiano and when people argue he is the greatest, I know where they are coming from and respect that opinion. But, for me, Messi is just different,” Rooney wrote in The Times.

“I played against him several times and it’s his ability to take and hold the ball, to control games, run at players, pass and score and be the difference. Close up, you just can’t get near him. He is always in control. If he has the ball at his feet, he determines everything, your decision-making included. Being his opponent is a difficult place to be.”

Rooney doubles down on his Messi praise

The DC United manager played three times against Messi as a Manchester United player, twice in the Champions League final and once in the semi-finals.

On what makes Messi a tricky opponent, Rooney said: “You want to go and press him but know that if you do, you’re not going to win the ball. There are times you can tackle him, like when he is dribbling directly at you, but usually, you’re just not going to dispossess him. You’re bigger than him but can’t use your power against him.

“A difference between Messi and nearly every other player who dribbles is that he’s always moving. There is almost never a point when he stops on the ball. He takes off with it and if his path is blocked, he’ll pass the ball to get it back. You go and press and he pops it off and then you might switch off and at that moment he comes alive. 

“You see it happening a lot: he passes, the defender gets lazy for a split second, and Messi takes the return pass and is away. And it takes so much to deal with him that it’s tiring. He wears you down until he becomes almost impossible to stop.”

Rooney again took to Twitter on Sunday to congratulate Messi and Argentina for winning the World Cup final against France.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 10:04:32 -0800 Sportsman
673. Week 15 game&by&game review Host Ian Hartitz is joined by MB FantasyLife prodigy Dwain McFarland to break down each and every Week 15 matchup with a focus on changes in utilization, missed opportunities that you won't find in the box score and more cool shit that you're just going to have to listen to in order to find out. Seriously. The episode is loaded. I'm not sure how to best express this in a simple episode description: Trust me. It's really good. 90 minutes, we go through every game. It was a great day to be great. Don't believe me? Listen. Cool? Cool.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:56:49 -0800 Sportsman
‘Tell Us What You Really Think’ ‘Pep Owns Them’ City Fans React As Guardiola Lashes Out At “Big Brains Of Football”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has criticised football’s decision-makers for scheduling the Carabao Cup last 16 tie against Liverpool just days after the World Cup final.

Many of the first-team squad have not yet returned to training after participating in the tournament and Guardiola has lamented the fact that he doesn’t have any players to play in the game:

“At the moment, we have four or five players, and we will have to wait and see how the others come back. We just don’t have players because the big brains of football decided this schedule and we are going to play this game [against Liverpool]. Some players are coming back now and in the next few days and step by step, they will re-join their team-mates here.”

Supporters on Twitter believe Guardiola is right to stick the boot in, with many pointing out the humourous sarcasm he used to criticise the fixture schedule:

While Guardiola is certainly not wrong about the date for the Carabao Cup, the fact is, there is simply no room for it to be played at any other time.

The World Cup has already led to the fixture list being compacted, and combined with other competitions such as the Champions League and FA Cup, there won’t be any free midweeks over the next few months.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:43:59 -0800 Sportsman
“Not Very Fair Is It?” Fabregas Issues Glowing Verdict On Manchester City Ace

Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas praised Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez for his role in helping Argentina win the World Cup.

The 22-year-old is pretty much the understudy for Erling Haaland at club level but, based on his exploits out in Qatar, it looks as though the Citizens have two of the best strikers in the world. Fabregas has jokingly questioned the fairness of one club having both players:

Alvarez really excelled at the World Cup. After replacing Lautaro Martinez in the starting lineup for the final group game against Poland, the forward hasn’t looked back.

Four goals and one assist in five starts is a truly excellent return, and his confidence will be sky-high when he returns to Manchester in the coming days.

It will be pretty interesting to see whether manager Pep Guardiola starts Alvarez on a more regular basis in the second half of the season. He certainly warrants more game time going by his international form.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:43:59 -0800 Sportsman
Who left you at the alter this week ? Which player was instrumental to getting you to the playoffs yet left you high and dry come playoff time , and why is it Davante Adams ?

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:19:36 -0800 Sportsman
Arsenal could sign 25&year&old star in bargain £10m January deal According to German publication company BILD, Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach are willing to sanction the sale of Arsenal target Marcus Thuram for just £10.4m this winter. The 25-year-old was part of the French squad which reached the final in Qatar, eventually losing out to Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a thriller on Sunday afternoon. In total, […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:18:19 -0800 Sportsman
Indiscipline, arrogance affecting Black Stars – Dan Quaye

Former Ghana defender Dan Quaye believes the indiscipline and arrogance on the part of players is affecting the Black Stars.

The Black Stars were eliminated after the first round of the tournament following a 2-0 defeat to Uruguay.

After defeating South Korea in their second group game, the Black Stars needed a draw or win against Uruguay to advance to the last 16 stage.

But the team failed to negotiate for points against their ‘enemies’ Uruguay.

“Current players of the national team are indiscipline and arrogant and I think that is affecting the Black Stars. It has become even difficult to correct them from their mistakes. Ghana football has been destroyed” he told Koforidua-based Bryt FM in an interview.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars have been ranked the 24th best team at the just ended 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar which was won by Lionel Messi inspired Argentina on Sunday.

The four-time African champions failed to progress past the group stage after recording two defeats and a win.

Otto Addo's men lost 3-2 to Portugal, bounced back to beat South Korea 3-2 and lost 2-0 to Uruguay in an entertaining World Cup exit.

Despite failing to go past the group stage, the African giants placed 24 in the index rankings after the tournament saw Argentina beating France in a nerve-racking final to clinch their third World Cup title.

The Black Stars is currently without a coach following the exit of Otto Addo, who stepped down after early exit at the biggest soccer mundial in the Asian country.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:17:04 -0800 Sportsman
Annor Walker rallies support for Black Galaxies ahead of 2022 CHAN

Black Galaxies coach Annor Walker makes a passionate appeal to supporters ahead of the 2022 Championship of African Nations tournament (CHAN) in Algeria.

Ghana will be making a record fourth appearance at the tournament in January following previous appearances in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

The Galaxies will be seeking to restore Ghana’s glory in the competition having played in two finals in 2009 and 2014.

"I give thanks to the Almighty and to all Ghanaian and ask all Ghanaian s to pray for the Black Galaxies," the former Great Olympics coach told

"Though our senior team went to the World Cup and things didn’t work well.

"But that doesn’t mean that is what the Lord has for us so we should give thanks and look at the second team - the Black Galaxies and I believe with their prayers and support behind the Black Galaxies, we will also put some smiles on their faces."

He added, "My target is to get to the finals and if it’s the will of God that I should win the tournament, I will be more grateful to the Almighty."

"But my target for now is to get to at least the final of the competition."

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:17:04 -0800 Sportsman
2022/23 Ghana Premier League matchday 9: Noah Martey’s solitary strike gives Gold Stars narrow win over RTU

A solitary strike from experienced midfielder Noah Martey has handed Bibiani Gold Stars a narrow 1-0 win over Real Tamale United today.

The 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season has resumed today, December 19, 2022.

The league went on a break on November 20 when the 2022 FIFA World Cup commenced in Qatar.

After the end of the world cup on Sunday, the Ghana Premier League has made a return today.

In a clash between Bibiani Gold Stars and Real Tamale United today, both teams gave a good account of themselves.

However, it was that solitary strike from Noah Martey in the 29th minute of the first half that settled the contest.

Gold Stars after amassing the maximum three points today are now temporarily top of the Ghana Premier League standings.

Meanwhile, RTU have moved down to 12th on the league log after the defeat today.

There will be matches tomorrow and on Thursday to conclude matchday 9 of the ongoing Ghana Premier League season.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:17:03 -0800 Sportsman
Week 15 Target Report: Fearsome Foursome for Fantasy Final Four Countless hours of research. Long, sleepless nights. Tossing and turning in bed… start or sit? Start or sit? Moments of believing we are actual NFL general managers.

All that over-exaggerated drama brings us here: The fantasy football final four. The margin of error has now decreased from slim to none. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:15:46 -0800 Sportsman
PFF Advisory: AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 – Philippines Vs. Brunei Darussalam Change In Kickoff Time  

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) informs all football fans and stakeholders that the kick-off for the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 group A match between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam on Friday 23 December 2022 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium has been moved from 7:00 PM to the updated time of 6:00 PM.

The change in kick-off time was brought on due to broadcast considerations.

PFF advises all supporters, who have already bought their match tickets that tickets already purchased from SM Tickets are still valid and will still be subjected to ticket exchange for the actual match ticket upon their arrival at the stadium.

PFF also encourages everyone who will watch the Philippines vs. Brunei Darussalam match to arrive at the venue at an earlier time in order to have their tickets exchanged for the actual match tickets.

Spectators (at least 18 years old and above) must present a copy of their PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION along with a valid ID upon entry at the stadium. Those who fail to present proof of vaccination and valid ID will not be allowed entry to the stadium.

For spectators below 18 years old, their accompanying parents and/or guardian must present a copy of their PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION along with a valid ID.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:06:45 -0800 Sportsman
FA Trophy Fourth Round draw live and in full Time for the FA Trophy Fourth Round draw live and in full with majority of Third Round ties yet to be played after they were postponed.

Taking place at 5pm GMT, those clubs who progressed from the weekend’s Third Round ties will learn where the next stage of their campaign will take them as they aim for a place in the last 16.

Only five ties took place on Saturday after the majority of games across the country were postponed. Those games will be replayed across the rest of the week, so the draw will start to look a lot clearer by Wednesday evening when it’s hoped all will have been played by then.

The fourth round proper will take place on Saturday the 14th of January 2023, with winning clubs at that stage collected £5,250 from the competition’s prize fund and losing clubs collecting £1,500.


1 Spennymoor Town or Darlington
2 York City or Blyth Spartans
3 Altrincham or Curzon Ashton
4 Marske United or Marine
5 Chesterfield or Coalville Town
6 Wrexham or Scunthorpe United
7 AFC Fylde or Kidderminster Harriers
8 Tamworth
9 Gateshead or Gloucester City
10 Farsley Celtic or Chester
11 Solihull Moors or AFC Telford United
12 Notts County or Chorley
13 Oldham Athletic or Peterborough Sports
14 Guiseley or FC Halifax Town
15 Southend United or Boreham Wood
16 Woking or Eastleigh
17 Dorking Wanderers
18 Maidstone United or Worthing
19 Hungerford Town
20 Farnborough or Braintree Town
21 Banbury United or Bognor Regis Town
22 Dagenham & Redbridge or Uxbridge
23 Slough Town or Taunton Town
24 Torquay United or Chippenham Town
25 Aldershot Town or Welling United
26 Chelmsford City or Wealdstone
27 Swindon Supermarine or Harrow Borough
28 Leiston
29 Hemel Hempstead Town or Maidenhead United
30 Barnet or Plymouth Parkway
31 Bath City or Bromley
32 Bracknell Town



8 (7) Tamworth 2–1 Leamington (6)
17 (5) Yeovil Town 0–0 (1–4 p) Dorking Wanderers (5)
19 (8) Heybridge Swifts 1–1 (3–5 p) Hungerford Town (6)
28 (7) Folkestone Invicta 1–1 (1–4 p) Leiston (7)
32 (6) Eastbourne Borough 1–2 Bracknell Town (7)

Tuesday 20 December 2022
1 (6) Spennymoor Town – Darlington (6)
2 (5) York City – Blyth Spartans (6)
3 (5) Altrincham – Curzon Ashton (6)
4 (7) Marske United – Marine (7)
5 (5) Chesterfield – Coalville Town (7)
7 (6) AFC Fylde – Kidderminster Harriers (6)
9 (5) Gateshead – Gloucester City (6)
10 (6) Farsley Celtic – Chester (6)
11 (5) Solihull Moors – AFC Telford United (6)
12 (5) Notts County – Chorley (6)
13 (5) Oldham Athletic – Peterborough Sports (6)
Tie [10](Tier) Home team Score Away team (Tier)[10] Att.
14 (7) Guiseley – FC Halifax Town (5)
15 (5) Southend United – Boreham Wood (5)
16 (5) Woking – Eastleigh (5)
18 (5) Maidstone United – Worthing (6)
20 (6) Farnborough – Braintree Town (6)
21 (6) Banbury United – Bognor Regis Town (7)
22 (5) Dagenham & Redbridge – Uxbridge (8)
23 (6) Slough Town – Taunton Town (6)
24 (5) Torquay United – Chippenham Town (6)
25 (5) Aldershot Town – Welling United (6)
29 (6) Hemel Hempstead Town – Maidenhead United (5)
30 (5) Barnet – Plymouth Parkway (7)
31 (6) Bath City – Bromley (5)

Wednesday 21 December 2022
6 (5) Wrexham – Scunthorpe United (5)
26 (6) Chelmsford City – Wealdstone (5)
27 (7) Swindon Supermarine – Harrow Borough (7)


1 (6) Bradford (Park Avenue) 1–2 Farsley Celtic (6)
2 (6) Chorley 1–0 Leek Town (8)
3 (6) Chester 2–1 Lancaster City (7)
4 (6) Spennymoor Town 3–2 Runcorn Linnets (8)
5 (6) Southport 1–3 Curzon Ashton (6)
6 (7) Warrington Town 0–1 Guiseley (7)
7 (7) Marine 1–0 Scarborough Athletic (6)
8 (6) Blyth Spartans 4–2 Buxton (6)
9 (6) Darlington 4–1 Alfreton Town (6)
10 (6) AFC Fylde 2–1 Colne (8)
11 (7) Matlock Town 1–2 Marske United (7)
12 (7) Kings Langley 1–2 AFC Telford United (6)
13 (7) Tamworth 1–1 (3–2 p) Boston United (6)
14 (6) Banbury United 6–0 Stowmarket Town (8)
15 (8) Heybridge Swifts 3–0 Hereford (6)
16 (6) Leamington 1–0 Bishop’s Stortford (7)
17 (7) Coalville Town 2–0 Hednesford Town (7)
18 (6) Chelmsford City 2–1 Redditch United (7)
19 (6) Braintree Town 1–0 Brackley Town (6)
20 (7) Leiston 4–3 Alvechurch (7)
21 (6) King’s Lynn Town 1–1 (4–5 p) Hemel Hempstead Town (6)
22 (6) Kettering Town 1–0 Gloucester City (6)
23 (6) St Albans City 1–2 Kidderminster Harriers (6)
24 (6) Peterborough Sports 3–2 Cheshunt (6)
25 (6) Taunton Town 2–1 Dulwich Hamlet (6)
26 (6) Hampton & Richmond Borough 0–1 Farnborough (6)
27 (8) Tavistock 1–2 Hungerford Town (6)
28 (8) Beaconsfield Town 1–1 (4–5 p) Folkestone Invicta (7)
29 (8) Uxbridge 1–1 (4–2 p) Dover Athletic (6)
30 (7) Hastings United 1–2 Chippenham Town (6)
31 (6) Ebbsfleet United 0–1 Eastbourne Borough (6)
32 (6) Worthing 4–2 Weymouth (6)
33 (6) Oxford City 1–1 (2–4 p) Plymouth Parkway (7)
34 (6) Welling United 3–2 Havant & Waterlooville (6)
35 (6) Concord Rangers 2–4 Harrow Borough (7)
36 (7) Lewes 2–2 (2–4 p) Bognor Regis Town (7)
37 (7) Hanwell Town 0–3 Slough Town (6) 512
38 (7) Swindon Supermarine 4–0 Dartford (6) 331
39 (7) Billericay Town 1–3 Bath City (6)
40 (6) Tonbridge Angels 2–4 Bracknell Town (7)


1 (8) Macclesfield 0-2 Guiseley (7)
2 (8) Runcorn Linnets 3-2 Belper Town (7)
3 (7) Matlock Town 1-0 Stafford Rangers (7)
4 (8) Leek Town 2-1 Worksop Town (8)
5 (7) Lancaster City 3-2 Gainsborough Trinity (7)
6 (7) Warrington Town 3-1 South Shields (7)
7 (7) Liversedge 0-2 Tamworth (7)
8 (7) Basford United 1-2 Marine (7)
9 (7) Hednesford Town 4-2 Stourbridge (7)
10 (8) Colne 5-0 Warrington Rylands (7)
11 (8) Dunston UTS 1-3 Coalville Town (7)
12 (8) Chasetown 0-2 Marske United (7)
13 (7) Nuneaton Borough 1-2 Alvechurch (7)
14 (7) Royston Town 0-2 Heybridge Swifts (8)
15 (8) AFC Dunstable 0-1 Hanwell Town (7)
16 (8) Uxbridge 4-2 Wingate & Finchley (7)
17 (7) Chesham United 2-2 (1-3p) Lewes (7)
18 (8) Harlow Town 0-4 Bishop’s Stortford (7)
19 (8) Grays Athletic 0-0 (2-4p) Stowmarket Town (8)
20 (7) Haringey Borough 1-3 Billericay Town (7)
21 (7) Leiston 2-1 Wroxham (8)
22 (7) Carshalton Athletic 0-1 Kings Langley (7)
23 (7) Harrow Borough 2-0 Hayes & Yeading United (7)
24 (7) Hastings United 4-2 Burgess Hill Town (8)
25 (7) Folkestone Invicta 2-0 Horsham (7)
26 (7) Plymouth Parkway 3-1 Bristol Manor Farm (8)
27 (7) Bracknell Town 3-2 North Leigh (7)
28 (8) Tavistock 2-1 Binfield (8)
29 (7) Redditch United 3-1 AFC Totton (8)
30 (7) Weston-super-Mare 1-2 Bognor Regis Town (7)
31 (8) Winchester City 0-5 Swindon Supermarine (7)
32 (7) Beaconsfield Town 2-0 Truro City (7)


AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0-4 Tamworth – 401
Ashford United (1) 1-2 (1) Kings Langley – 275
Ashton United (0) 0-0 (1-3p) (0) Dunston – 184
Atherton Collieries (0) 0-3 (1) Leek Town – 201
Basford United (1) 1-1 (5-3p) (0) Harborough Town – 209
Beaconsfield Town 2-2 (3-1p) Hartley Wintney – 101
Bedford Town (0) 0-3 (1) Alvechurch – 315
Belper Town (0) 1-1 (4-2p) (0) St Ives Town – 402
Billericay Town (1) 2-0 (0) Margate – 491
Bognor Regis Town (1) 1-0 (0) Bowers & Pitsea – 432
Bristol Manor Farm 2-0 Gosport Borough – 161
Bromsgrove Sporting (0) 0-3 (2) Chasetown – 605
Burgess Hill Town (1) 2-1 (0) Hanworth Villa – 242
Canvey Island (0) 1-4 (2) Bracknell Town – 359
Carshalton Athletic (1) 2-2 (4-3p) (1) Cray Valley PM – 314
Clitheroe (0) 2-2 (1-4p) (0) Marske United – 606
Coalville Town 4-1 Ilkeston Town – 485
Corinthian-Casuals (1) 2-2 (1-3p) (1) Harrow Borough – 59
Enfield Town (0) 0-4 (2) Chesham United – 414
FC United of Manchester (0) 0-1 (1) Liversedge – 1,073
Folkestone Invicta (0) 1-1 (4-3p) (0) Whitehawk – 482
Gainsborough Trinity (2) 3-1 (1) Barwell – 308
Grays Athletic (0) 0-0 (4-2p) (0) Faversham Town – 212
Guiseley (2) 3-1 (0) Whitby Town – 412
Hanwell Town (1) 3-1 (0) Cray Wanderers – 221
Haringey Borough (0) 1-0 (0) Brightlingsea Regent – 203
Harlow Town (1) 2-2 (3-1p) (1) Hornchurch – 305
Hayes & Yeading United (1) 1-0 (0) New Salamis – 205
Hebburn Town (0) 1-2 (0) Warrington Town – 248
Hendon (0) 0-0 (4-5p) (0) Binfield – 188
Herne Bay (1) 1-2 (1) Bishop’s Stortford – 429
Hitchin Town 0-3 Redditch United – 357
Horsham (1) 4-3 (2) Aveley – 530
Hyde United (1) 2-3 (2) Colne – 475
Kingstonian (1) 2-2 (2-4p) (1) Wingate & Finchley – 151
Leiston 1-0 Evesham United – 159
Lewes (0) 1-0 (0) Sevenoaks Town – 550
Lincoln United (0) 1-3 (2) Wroxham – 177
Loughborough Dynamo (1) 1-2 (2) Worksop Town – 242
Macclesfield (3) 6-1 (0) Bamber Bridge – 933
Marine (1) 1-1 (4-3p) (1) Radcliffe – 879
Matlock Town (1) 3-0 (0) Sutton Coldfield Town – 489
Merthyr Town 0-1 AFC Totton – 307
Metropolitan Police (0) 0-0 (4-5p) (0) Hastings United – TBC
Morpeth Town (1) 2-3 (0) Lancaster City – 237
Nantwich Town (0) 0-2 (2) Warrington Rylands – 303
Needham Market 0-1 Stourbridge – 222
North Leigh 3-3 (5-3p) Tiverton Town – 117
Nuneaton Borough (2) 2-0 (0) Hinckley LRFC – 337
Plymouth Parkway (0) 2-0 (0) Dorchester Town – 285
Potters Bar Town (0) 0-2 (1) Heybridge Swifts – 161
Runcorn Linnets (1) 2-1 (1) Ossett United – 616
Rushall Olympic 3-4 Hednesford Town – 421
Spalding United (1) 1-2 (2) Stafford Rangers – 285
Stalybridge Celtic (0) 1-2 (1) South Shields – 311
Stowmarket Town (0) 1-1 (3-0p) (0) Mickleover – 303
Stratford Town 1-2 Royston Town – 231
Swindon Supermarine 3-0 Cirencester Town – 279
Tavistock 3-1 Melksham Town – 140
Uxbridge (1) 1-0 (0) Walton & Hersham – 156
Winchester City 2-0 Poole Town – 276
Witham Town (0) 0-1 (0) AFC Dunstable – 138
Yate Town 0-2 Weston-super-Mare – 282
Truro City 1-0 Salisbury – 133


Tie. – (8 = Level of English football)

1 (8) Hebburn Town 3–1 Stockton Town (8) – 340
2 (8) Prescot Cables 1–3 Worksop Town (8) – 457
3 (8) Bootle 0–3 Dunston (8) – 360
4 (8) Colne 1–0 Consett AFC (8) – 269
5 (8) Ramsbottom United 1–4 Clitheroe (8) – 420
6 (8) Macclesfield 3–1 Widnes (8) – 655
7 (8) North Shields 1–2 Runcorn Linnets (8) – 355
8 (8) Sheffield 1–1 (2–4 p) Ossett United (8) – 351
9 (8) Hinckley LR 0–0 (3–0 p) Cambridge City (8) – 73
10 (8) Coleshill Town 4–4 (2–4 p) Leek Town (8) – 118
11 (8) Long Eaton United 0–0 (2–4 p) Loughborough Dynamo (8) 428
12 (8) Dereham Town 0–1 Spalding United (8) 162
13 (8) Harborough Town 2–1 Shepshed Dynamo (8) 248
14 (8) Lincoln United 1–1 (4–3 p) Carlton Town (8) – 196
15 (8) Sutton Coldfield Town 2–0 Halesowen Town (8) – 531
16 (8) Boldmere St Michaels 1–1 (4–5 p) Chasetown (8) – 241
17 (8) Cray Valley (PM) 5–3 East Thurrock United (8) – 105
18 (8) Chatham Town 0–1 Stowmarket Town (8) – 518
19 (8) Hanworth Villa 3–2 Littlehampton Town (8) – 196
21 (8) Uxbridge 2–0 Bedfont Sports (8) – 122
23 (8) Sittingbourne 1–1 (3–4 p) Burgess Hill Town (8) – 174
24 (8) Wroxham 5–1 Lowestoft Town (8) – 271
25 (8) Corinthian 2–4 Whitehawk (8) – 82
26 (8) Sevenoaks Town 2–2 (5–3 p) Hertford Town (8) – 146
27 (8) Ashford United 2–0 Three Bridges (8) – 247
28 (8) Heybridge Swifts 2–1 Chipstead (8) – 251
29 (8) Harlow Town 4–1 Ashford Town (Middx) (8) – 214
30 (8) Walton & Hersham 4–0 Southall (8) – 342
31 (8) New Salamis 3–0 Coggeshall Town (8) – 92
32 (8) Witham Town 2–1 Ware (8) – 131
33 (8) Tavistock 1–0 Didcot Town (8) – 162
34 (8) Cirencester Town 3–2 Paulton Rovers (8) – 139
35 (8) AFC Totton 2–1 Berkhamsted (8) – 231
36 (8) Bristol Manor Farm 2–2 (5–4 p) Bideford (8) – 158
37 (8) Thatcham Town 0–3 AFC Dunstable (8) – 154
38 (8) Evesham United 1–0 Lymington Town (8) – 197
39 (8) Thame United 1–2 Binfield (8) – 156
40 (8) Bashley 2–2 (4–5 p) Melksham Town (8) – 256
(8) FC Romania 1–3 Faversham Town (8) – 47
22 (8) Grays Athletic 4–1 Merstham (8) – 178


Willand Rovers FC 0 – 3 Bideford AFC
Ramsbottom United FC 2 – 1 Glossop North End FC
Shildon FC 1 – 2 Consett FC
Macclesfield FC 7 – 0 Tadcaster Albion FC
Stocksbridge Park Steels FC 2 – 2 (0-3p) Ossett United FC
Witton Albion FC 3 – 4 Stockton Town FC
Bootle FC W – O Grimsby Borough FC (walkover for Bootle – Grimsby Borough withdrawn)
Clitheroe FC 2 – 1 1874 Northwich FC
Prescot Cables FC 1 – 1 (4-2p) Cleethorpes Town FC
Mossley AFC 1 – 2 Dunston FC
Workington AFC 1 – 2 Runcorn Linnets FC
North Shields FC 3 – 1 Pontefract Collieries FC
Bridlington Town FC 1 – 2 Colne FC
Bedworth United FC 0 – 1 Harborough Town FC
Newcastle Town FC 0 – 2 Spalding United FC
Daventry Town FC 2 – 3 Lincoln United FC
Stamford AFC 1 – 2 Chasetown FC
Carlton Town FC 2 – 0 Hanley Town FC
Long Eaton United FC 2 – 0 Gresley Rovers FC
Shepshed Dynamo FC 1 – 0 Biggleswade Town FC
Coleshill Town FC 3 – 2 St Neots Town FC
Loughborough Dynamo FC 3 – 1 Corby Town FC
Boldmere St Michaels FC 4 – 3 Sporting Khalsa FC
Halesowen Town FC 5 – 2 Biggleswade FC
Kidsgrove Athletic FC 3 – 4 Hinckley LR FC
Kempston Rovers FC 0 – 1 Dereham Town FC
Basildon United FC 0 – 2 Lowestoft Town FC
Northwood FC 0 – 3 Hanworth Villa FC
Chipstead FC 4 – 2 Waltham Abbey FC
Chertsey Town FC 1 – 3 Uxbridge FC
Beckenham Town FC 1 – 1 (1-4p) Heybridge Swifts FC
East Thurrock United FC 3 – 1 Sutton Common Rovers FC
Bury Town FC 1 – 2 Stowmarket Town FC
Sheppey United FC 3 – 3 (2-3p) Hertford Town FC
Walthamstow FC 1 – 3 Ashford Town (Middx) FC
Barton Rovers FC 0 – 1 Chatham Town FC
Bedfont Sports Club FC 2 – 2 (5-4p) Hashtag United FC
Welwyn Garden City FC 1 – 2 New Salamis FC
Wroxham FC 4 – 1 East Grinstead Town FC
Gorleston FC A – A Coggeshall Town FC
Lancing FC 1 – 4 Cray Valley (PM) FC
Tilbury FC 1 – 2 Whitehawk FC
Felixstowe & Walton United FC 2 – 2 (2-3p) Burgess Hill Town FC
Ashford United FC 3 – 3 (5-4p) AFC Sudbury
Tooting & Mitcham United FC 0 – 0 (6-7p) Corinthian FC
VCD Athletic FC 0 – 3 Grays Athletic FC
Great Wakering Rovers FC 1 – 2 Harlow Town FC
Walton & Hersham FC 3 – 1 Leatherhead FC
Three Bridges FC 3 – 2 Hullbridge Sports FC
FC Romania 1 – 1 (4-2p) Westfield FC
Maldon & Tiptree FC 0 – 3 Ware FC
Witham Town FC 1 – 0 Brentwood Town FC
Chichester City FC 0 – 1 Faversham Town FC
Haywards Heath Town FC 0 – 0 (7-8p) Southall FC
Littlehampton Town FC 1 – 0 Ramsgate FC
Cinderford Town FC 0 – 1 Thatcham Town FC
Didcot Town FC 1 – 1 (5-4p) Hamworthy United FC
Sholing FC 0 – 1 Lymington Town FC
AFC Totton 1 – 1 (7-6p) Slimbridge AFC
Bishop’s Cleeve FC 2 – 3 AFC Dunstable
Basingstoke Town FC 3 – 5 Cirencester Town FC
Berkhamsted FC 5 – 0 Exmouth Town FC
Bashley FC 4 – 1 Frome Town FC
Marlow FC 0 – 4 Binfield FC
Kidlington FC 0 – 0 (2-4p) Tavistock AFC
Thame United FC 2 – 0 Westbury United FC
Wimborne Town FC 2 – 3 Bristol Manor Farm FC
Highworth Town FC 1 – 2 Paulton Rovers FC
Trafford FC 1 – 2 Hebburn Town FC
Brighouse Town FC 0 – 2 Worksop Town FC
Grantham Town FC 1 – 2 Sutton Coldfield Town FC
Merstham FC 3 – 0 Hythe Town FC
Widnes 1–1 (4–2 p) Skelmersdale United
City of Liverpool 0–0 (2–4 p) Sheffield
Cambridge City 4–1 Yaxley
South Park (Reigate) 1–2 Sittingbourne
Hadley 1–2 Sevenoaks Town
Aylesbury United 0–3 Evesham United
Larkhall Athletic 0–2 Melksham Town
Gorleston 1–1 (6–7 p) Coggeshall Town

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:01:39 -0800 Sportsman
Away Attendances at the Weekend – 19th December 2022 We have taken a look at all of Away Attendances at the Weekend and listed which matches saw the biggest travelling support.

It was a busy few days with English Football League and non league sides in action, lots of away supporters attending fixtures up and down the country.

Fans of Championship, League One, League Two and National League member clubs are being welcomed back to grounds without restrictions; allowed to stand or sit in their regular spot, put on their lucky shirts or scarves and meet again as friends in cafes and pubs.

You can find out the numbers and which was biggest away following by clicking on the buttons below: –


Stronger punishments have been revealed for fan behaviour and crowd trouble at English football matches from the new season onwards.

Pitch invaders at Premier League and EFL matches will receive an automatic club ban under new measures to tackle fan behaviour.

Concerns have been raised about safety at grounds after a number of pitch invasions at the end of last season.

Individuals who have or use pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will also be banned and identified offenders will be reported to the police.

The Football Association will also implement tougher sanctions for clubs.

It is an offence for fans to enter the pitch “without lawful authority or lawful excuse” under the Football Offences Act 1991 – but offenders haven’t always been prosecuted.

However, prosecuting offenders will now be the “default response” under the new measures.


The FA, Premier League and EFL are together introducing new measures and stronger sanctions across the game to tackle the increased anti-social and criminal behaviours recently seen within football grounds and underline the importance of a safe matchday environment.

The new set of actions, which will be implemented across all English football leagues from the start of Season 2022/23 and backed by the Football Supporters’ Association, will target activity such as entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics and throwing objects – as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour.

These acts are dangerous, illegal and have severe consequences. They have no place in football, or anywhere.

From the start of Season 2022/23, all identified offenders will be reported by clubs to the police and prosecution could result in a permanent criminal record, which may affect their employment and education, and could result in a prison sentence. The FA will also be enforcing a tougher charging and sanctioning policy for clubs, which will reinforce these measures.

Furthermore, anyone who enters the pitch and those identified carrying or using pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will now receive an automatic club ban. These bans could also be extended to accompanying parents or guardians of children who take part in these activities.

The safety of everyone attending a matchday is the game’s collective priority. We know the behaviours carried out by some fans last season do not represent the majority of supporters and they risk ruining the fantastic experience of a football match for everyone. Therefore, we are working with clubs to highlight the important role that fans, clubs, players and coaches all have to play in helping to create a safe environment.

Our strong and collective approach reflects how seriously we all view this issue and the severity of the risks. Nobody should be intimidated or assaulted in their workplace. The pitch must remain safe for players, managers and match officials, just as the stands should be for supporters.

To further support this action, the FA, Premier League and EFL are working with police forces, the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU), and the Crown Prosecution Service to establish a new principle for cases relating to pyrotechnics and smoke bombs, as well as entering the pitch without permission. This will mean cooperating to achieve a prosecution in these cases will become the default response of the football authorities and criminal justice system, sending a clear and unambiguous message to all who break the law.

Other measures to be implemented include working with clubs to enhance search regimes and increased use of sniffer dogs at grounds. We will also be working in partnership with our clubs, players and managers, the Government, broadcasters, the police and social media platforms in seeking to discourage the further growth or acceptance of these behaviours across English football. This includes working with social media platforms to establish new ways of quicker removal of fan-generated videos of illegal behaviour at football matches, including violent offences and pitch invasions. It also includes asking the Government to reform regulations to restrict the supply of pyrotechnics and smoke bombs.

FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said: “We all know about the fantastic and unique role that football can play in bringing communities together. However, the rise in anti-social behaviour that we saw in stadiums at the end of last season was entirely unacceptable and put people’s safety at risk. Together, English football has introduced new measures and stronger sanctions, for the start of the coming season, to send out a clear message that we will not tolerate this type of illegal and dangerous behaviour. Football stadiums must be a safe, inclusive and enjoyable environment for all, and it is the responsibility of everyone in the game, including governing bodies, clubs, players, coaches, and fans, to ensure that we all play our part in protecting our game and each other.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Everyone should feel safe and able to enjoy a football match. Together, with clubs and partners across football, we are making clear the type of incidents we saw last season must stop. If we don’t take collective and sustained action, it may only be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured, or worse. These new measures are a strong response to a significant increase in fan behaviour issues, but we know it is the minority who have behaved unacceptably and unlawfully. Premier League football should be a fantastic experience for everyone and we don’t want matches to be marred by these sorts of events in the future.”

EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said: “This season sees new measures introduced and sanctions implemented that will serve to remind everyone attending games – but particularly the minority of people behaving in an offensive manner – that there are real life consequences for the criminal, dangerous and irresponsible conduct at football. It is wholly appropriate that these unacceptable behaviours will now be dealt with through a combination of police action and automatic club bans. There is nothing like going to watch your team live and that is why the English professional game has taken strong collective action, to ensure the match day experience remains a safe and welcoming environment for all including fans, players, club staff and match officials.”

Football Supporters’ Association Chief Executive Kevin Miles said: “We are contacted by supporters on a fairly regular basis who have been caught jumping on the pitch, or with pyro in the stands, and without exception they regret doing it. Whether they had positive intentions or not is irrelevant in the eyes of the law – pyro and pitch incursions are illegal, you will be prosecuted and you will be banned by your club.”

To support this new package of policies and actions, today marks the launch of an all-football campaign. ‘Love football. Protect the game’ will make clear the consequences of, and sanctions for, illegal and dangerous behaviour as we seek to urge fans to help us protect the game and keep everyone safe.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:01:39 -0800 Sportsman
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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:57:49 -0800 Sportsman
Would Heisman winner Caleb Williams be the #1 pick in this year's NFL Draft?


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:56:30 -0800 Sportsman
HBCU football runs through the Carolinas — not Jackson State (Deion Sanders)

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:56:30 -0800 Sportsman
It’s only right that Jeff Saturday has failed miserably

On Saturday, of all days, Jeff Saturday suffered the most embarrassing and pitiful loss in NFL history. His Indianapolis Colts blew a 33-point lead, the largest lead ever given up in an NFL game.


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:56:30 -0800 Sportsman
Inter Primed to Miss Out on a Pair of Rumored Targets Inter were among the first teams to set sights on Alan Matturro and Azzedine Ounahi, but they won’t sign either. Genoa overtook them in the first case.

Inter were among the first teams to set sights on Alan Matturro and Azzedine Ounahi, but they won’t sign either. Genoa overtook them in the first case and completed their pursuit. They were after the midfielder before the World Cup, but his valuation ballooned as he thrived in Qatar.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:54:03 -0800 Sportsman
Immobile Shares Special Mihajlovic Bond: “His Death Touches Us” Immobile took further exams on his injured thigh Monday, eyeing a blazing-fast recovery for Sunday’s Derby. The striker left the door open.

Serie A icon Sinisa Mihajlovic’s death shook the footballing fraternity, as the 53-year-old Serbian succumbed to Leukemia following a three-year-long battle against the deadly disease.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:54:02 -0800 Sportsman
Juventus Loanee Could Stay at Liverpool Past This Year Juventus outcast Arthur hasn’t bounced back at Liverpool, as a major muscular injury knocked him out for multiple months.

Juventus outcast Arthur hasn’t bounced back at Liverpool, as a major muscular injury knocked him out for multiple months. His agent Federico Pastorello commented: “It was a big blow, there’s no denying that. He was starting to be tested in their schemes and had closed the physical gap with the others."

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:54:01 -0800 Sportsman
Pelé’s open letter for Brazil

If his condition is better after being admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo at the beginning of December, Pelé (82), still has strength to send to his country of Brazil. Sadly eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar, it is a moving message that the triple winner of this cup, sent to the Auriverdes, on his account instagram.

“Open letter on my dream. Life is an opportunity. What we do with it is up to each of us. We were right and we were wrong. In victory we receive celebration. In defeat, we learn. Life is always generous and offers new beginnings. With each passing day, we begin a new journey. And in this cycle, we harbor dreams that never die, no matter what difficulties we encounter along the way. This goes for everyone, but when your dream is to become a footballer, the opportunities are much rarer and the dreams much more distant. Stumbles are no more painful than anyone’s life. However, they are judged by many more people, don’t you think? And, to be fair, victories are also much more celebrated. Despite the pain we felt with our elimination from the World Cup, I ask the Brazilians to remember what got us the first five stars on our chest. It is love that drives us. I don’t know what makes us so crazy about football. Whether it’s the love for the union of true friendships around sport, for the cry of the goal or to forget all the problems we face, if only for 90 minutes. Perhaps it is the love of the fight against poverty, hunger and drugs that football brings to so many communities that make up such a vast country. The virtues of the most beautiful of sports are numerous. This is even truer here in Brazil. The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is that this crowd brought us together, at a time when we so needed unity. And my dream is that this feeling between us and our country is not just a passing feeling. This goal may seem impossible. However, when I was a child, I had another dream that also resembled him: to win the World Cup for my father. Speaking of dreams, don’t think our athletes’ dreams are over. I know they still dream of the sixth star, like I did when I was a kid. Our conquest has only been repelled. To my sports friends and to the technical committee of the national team, I leave my admiration, my solidarity and my affection. To all Brazilians, I wish that the union and love that unites us in sport will last a lifetime. The dream belongs to each of us. Love, love and love. »

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:24:29 -0800 Sportsman
what to remember from the course of the France team?

From a successful start to a legendary final but ended with the loss of the world trophy, the French team had an intense month in Qatar. Not many people predicted a new final for him given the many hardships that punctuated the weeks preceding the competition. Forfeits of Kanté and Pogba, the two usual holders in midfield, then of Kimpembe, Nkunku and finally Benzema, in the initial list, just before the start of hostilities. Didier Deschamps therefore made up with these twists of fate and managed to field an eleven which proved to be attractive from the first meeting.

And yet, here again, everything started badly with a goal conceded and the serious injury of Lucas Hernandez against Australia. But the revolt took place and the tactical choices of the coach paid off: an attacking 4-2-3-1 with a Griezmann in a particular role as a right central relay midfielder. The many questions about the real level of the French team in the absence of the players mentioned above find positive answers: Upamecano and Konaté ensure in defense, Tchouaméni and Rabiot make Kanté and Pogba forget. The only downside is the performance of a dying Pavard defensively.

Against Denmark, feared opponent because twice winner of the Blues in the League of Nations, the return of Varane is reassuring, the tenure of Koundé much less. But the France team dominates the meeting and is clinical thanks to a Mbappé author of a double. Two wins in two matches, a satisfactory level of play, a fiery attack, an amazing midfielder, a reassuring defense or almost, all the lights are green. The first real disappointment came in the third pool match, with the 1-0 defeat against Tunisia, after a terrible match, where the French hairdressers were eaten by the Carthage Eagles.

A knockout phase not necessarily mastered

No big deal, the main thing is elsewhere, the holders rested before the round of 16. The knockout phase can begin, and it will highlight the difficulties of France. Despite a goal scored before the break by Giroud, against a more playful Poland than expected, the national team is scared. It takes a great Lloris against Zielinski, and finally two goals in the last quarter of an hour signed Mbappé to blow a big blow. The France team is becoming a team that has long weak times but knows how to get out of it without too much damage.

The weak times increase against England, the most formidable rival faced so far in the quarter-finals. After a goal from Tchouaméni and a generally controlled first half, but at a slow pace, the French team lost ground in the second half. The English equalizer is logical, and seemed to announce a defeat to come for the Blues, who will resist, turn their backs, score and then celebrate Kane’s missed penalty. The victory is obtained hard, the English press is still crying.

In the semi-final, the lack of control is still noted when everything starts perfectly with the goal of Théo Hernandez from the 5th minute. As against England, despite this quickly acquired advantage, France retreated, left the ball to Morocco and gave them hope. Again, we have to wait until the last quarter of an hour to breathe, with the goal of Kolo Muani. France has never totally dominated a match, which is of course a rare thing in football. But no one imagined him to be so amorphous against Argentina for almost 75 minutes. The performance of the Blues in the final puts into perspective all the progress made in terms of the game, but in no way the mental strength of a team capable of overcoming many trials.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:24:28 -0800 Sportsman
France team: After the triumph of Messi, Mbappé is still clashed

Jules Kutos-Bertin


When I was little, I promised myself that I would have a job in line with football. Very quickly, I realized that my feet would not be enough to take me where I wanted so journalism became obvious.

Sparkling on this World Cup, Kylian Mbappé concluded his tournament with a resounding hat-trick in the final. Despite his XXL performance, the PSG striker could not avoid the defeat of the Blues. After the meeting, Arturo Vidal, the Chilean international, attacked Mbappé in response to his comments on South American football.

Despite his new XXL performance and his hat-trick, Kylian Mbappe could not prevent the defeat of theFrench team in the World Cup final against Argentina. Top scorer of the tournament, the striker of PSG saw his name reappear from the Argentina locker room on several occasions.

Mbappé has alienated South America

Since his declaration on the South American countries, Kylian Mbappé has been the favorite target of the Argentines. ” The advantage that we Europeans have is that we play among ourselves with high-level matches all the time, such as the League of Nations for example. When we arrive at the World Cup, we are ready. Where Brazil and Argentina do not have this level in South America. Football is not as advanced as in Europe “, had launched the star of Blues.

“Learn from us South Americans who invented football”

After Argentina’s victory overFrench teamit was Arturo Vidal, the Chilean international, who spoke to Kylian Mbappe. ” Learn from us South Americans who invented football “, published the former Barça player in his story instagram.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:24:27 -0800 Sportsman
Howe responds to Argentinian transfer plea after Shearer urges Toon to sign World Cup gem Speaking after last night’s World Cup final, Alan Shearer said he’d love to see Enzo Fernandez in a black and white shirt after the Argentine midfielder was named Young Player of the Tournament. A few hours later, Eddie Howe has been quizzed about any potential interest in the Benfica star, admitting he’s “aware of him” and “knows him.” However, he joked that the 21-year-old’s transfer fee “might...


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Newcastle United star beats Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City players to 2022 prize Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has been crowned Fans’ Footballer of the Year by The Mirror after over 60,000 fans voted over the course of a month, putting an end to Mohammed Salah’s two-year reign. The Brazilian has been nothing short of sensational since signing for the Magpies back in January, delivering a host of all-action displays as well as11 goal involvements (eight goals...


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11 Jewels More than 800 players landed in Qatar last month to fulfil their dream to be the world champions in the greatest sport in the world. Some did fascinatingly well, others underperformed, but narratives and stories were written aplenty. From those 800-plus footballers, FootTheBall has selected the eleven who stood tall above the rest and won […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:00:08 -0800 Sportsman
Les Bleus FTW Ultimately, it was the minutest difference that separated France from making history. At the Lusail Stadium, Argentina won their third title when Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty. But on the sideline, the French were in tears, knowing they had failed to do one of the rarest feats in World Cup history.  Les Bleus were […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:00:07 -0800 Sportsman
Big guns gambling Do not be surprised when you are playing online poker, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, or any other game in an online casino, and then you bumper into Cristiano Ronaldo in the chat rooms. And we are talking about the real Ronaldo, not somebody with a pseudonym. To most of us, it would be excitement; the thought […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:00:06 -0800 Sportsman
Sofyan Amrabat latest: Asking price set with Liverpool ‘keen’ and Chelsea ‘entering the race’ Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:00:02 -0800 Sportsman Official: Karim Benzema retires from the French national team amid rift with Didier Deschamps Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:00:02 -0800 Sportsman Brighton CEO eyeing contract extension for electric World Cup winner Mac Allister Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:00:02 -0800 Sportsman The other Lionel: How Scaloni's tactics led Argentina, Messi to World Cup triumph Mon, 19 Dec 2022 07:58:45 -0800 Sportsman Why Messi's legend didn't need the World Cup Mon, 19 Dec 2022 07:58:45 -0800 Sportsman 7 things you missed from aftermath of 'greatest World Cup final ever' Mon, 19 Dec 2022 07:58:45 -0800 Sportsman New purple Liverpool third kit prediction for 2023/24 will divide fans 0 ]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2022 05:11:57 -0800 Sportsman Liverpool youngster confident in new position after huge Jurgen Klopp praise 0 ]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2022 05:11:57 -0800 Sportsman Why Liverpool and Weston McKennie transfer rumours should be ignored 0 ]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2022 05:11:57 -0800 Sportsman The incomparable Laurent Robert 21 years (and a day) ago today – Arsenal 1 Newcastle 3 (Video) laurent robertLaurent Robert is one of my very favourite players and that Arsenal 1 Newcastle 3 match exactly 21 years (and a day – I forgot to press the button yesterday!)...

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 05:08:05 -0800 Sportsman
Eddie Howe press conference – Newcastle United focus fully returns after 38 days in waiting Eddie HoweEddie Howe met the media on Monday morning. Newcastle United returning to competitive action on Tuesday night, with Howe’s old team the visitors. The NUFC Head Coach with his focus...

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 05:08:05 -0800 Sportsman
Newcastle United official Monday morning update – Good news and bad news for Bournemouth match Newcastle United Training GroundNewcastle United take on Bournemouth next. Tomorrow night’s match the start of a period which could see a packed post-World Cup schedule, especially if Newcastle can progress in both cups....

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 05:08:05 -0800 Sportsman
Roundup: Lionel Messi, Argentina Win World Cup; 'Avatar 2' Opens Strong; Anthony Davis Out a Month Mon, 19 Dec 2022 05:06:46 -0800 Sportsman Loan Watch: Smallbone starts in solid Stoke win Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:54:08 -0800 Sportsman Women's Highlights: Saints vs Spurs Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:54:08 -0800 Sportsman Happy Birthday, Tadanari Lee! Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:54:08 -0800 Sportsman Prediction: MK Dons vs Leicester City Verdict: Leicester City win Best Odds: 2/5 Bookmaker: Unibet Looking to extend on their EFL Cup adventure on Tuesday night, Leicester will make the trip to League One outfit MK Dons. MK Dons Starting with the hosts, managing to make a much-needed return to winning ways over the weekend with a 2-0 victory away at […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:52:46 -0800 Sportsman
´Phenomenon´ Messi emerged from Maradona´s shadow with World Cup triumph, says Sacchi Lionel Messi emerged from the shadow of his fellow Argentinian ‘phenomenon’ Diego Maradona by leading his country to World Cup glory, says 1994 runner-up Arrigo Sacchi. Messi clinched the World Cup Golden Ball after producing a series of talismanic displays in Qatar, scoring seven goals and adding three assists during a dream campaign. The seven-time […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:52:45 -0800 Sportsman
Prediction: Newcastle vs Bournemouth Prediction: Newcastle win Best Odds: 9/20 Bookmaker: 888sport The dust is beginning to settle on the World Cup and now, it’s time to dive straight back into the world of domestic football. Before the Premier League gets back underway on Boxing Day, a host of League Cup fixtures will be coming our way this week. Today, we’re going […]

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:52:42 -0800 Sportsman
Liberty&Toledo Boca Raton Bowl Odds, Lines, Spread and Betting Preview A best bet for the Boca Raton Bowl between favored Toledo and Liberty.

The Boca Raton Bowl features Liberty and Toledo clashing at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Dec. 20.

Liberty is staggering into this game. Coach Hugh Freeze bolted for Auburn and left a sour taste on the way out with three straight losses, capped by a complete flop against major underdog New Mexico State. The Flames’ third-leading tackler, linebacker Ahmad Walker, has exited via the portal. The Flames will have to prove that they haven’t checked out on the season.

The Rockets showed up big in Detroit to beat Ohio for the MAC championship, and should have some pep in their Midwest step when they get to South Florida. Quarterback Dequan Finn, who has passed for more than 2,100 yards and run for more than 600 this season despite being slowed by injuries at varying points, looked healthy in the MAC title game and could have a big night.

Liberty vs. Toledo Boca Raton Bowl Odds

  • Spread: Liberty +4.5 (-110) | Toledo -4.5 (-118)
  • Moneyline: LIB (+155) | TOL (-200)
  • Total: 54 – Over (-110) | Under (-118)
  • Game Info: Dec. 20, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. ET | ESPN
  • Location: FAU Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.

Liberty Straight-Up Record: 8-4
Liberty Against the Spread Record: 5-7

Toledo Straight-Up Record: 8-5
Toledo Against the Spread Record: 5-8

Odds and Betting Insights

Both teams struggled against the spread (ATS) this year with below .500 records. Liberty failed to cover in each of its last three games – all losses. Even with its win and cover last time out, Toledo is just 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games.

The over cashed in half of Liberty’s games, while the under cashed in seven of Toledo’s 13 games including four of the last five.

BET: Toledo -4.5 (-118)

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:50:05 -0800 Sportsman
Chelsea boss Potter interested in reunion with Brighton star The 2022 World Cup came to an end on Sunday as Argentina beat France in a thrilling final to lift the trophy for the third time. The South American side had taken an early 2-0 lead but were pegged back to 2-2 ten minutes from time when Kylian Mbappe netted a quick fire brace. The match went to extra-time and Lionel Messi’s second goal of the game looked to have sealed victory...


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:48:50 -0800 Sportsman
Boost for Man United as La Liga star makes u&turn on Old Trafford move Manchester United are back in competitive action on Wednesday when they face Burnley in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. The Red Devils will face a tough test against The Clarets – managed by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany – as the Championship side currently sit top of the second division with a six point lead. Erik ten Hag’s side’s last game was back in mid-November...


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:48:50 -0800 Sportsman
Argentina crowned World Champions after defeating France on penalties Argentina defeat France on penalties to win World Cup

In probably the wildest final ever in the 92-year history of the World Cup, Argentina urged over France to clinch their first World Cup in 36 years.

France lost  4-2 in the penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw featuring in 120 minutes.

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 Messi scored a brace with his PSG teammate and France forward Kylian Mbappé scoring a hat-trick.

Mbappé and Messi took their teams’ first penalties and scored. Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s penalty kick.

Aurelien Tchouameni then missed again for France giving Argentina a two goal lead.

Gonzalo Montiel had the opportunity to win it for Argentina . He converted the penalty to the left side of goal and sparked wild celebrations.

Europe’s run of four straight World Cup winners, dating to 2006, came to an end in the just ended Qatar World Cup.

The last South American champion was Brazil, and that was also in Asia — when Japan and South Korea hosted the tournament in 2002.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:47:37 -0800 Sportsman
Kylian Mbappe wins World Cup Golden Boot award, beating Messi France forward Kylian Mbappe wins World Cup Golden Boot award, beating Messi

France lost the final against Argentina on penalties after a heavily contested natch which lasted 120 minutes.

Mbappe scored three goals in the final which brought his goal tally to 8 goals in the tournament.

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He beat fellow PSG teammate Lionel Messi to the award. Messi scored a brace on the final to finsh with 7 goals.

Mbappe is the first French man to win the award after it was introduced .

He is the fifth ever player to score in multiple World Cup finals and also the second ever to score in back-to back finals.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:47:35 -0800 Sportsman
Enzo Fernanadez wins Young Player Award at the Qatar 2022 World Cup Argentina’s Enzo Fernanadez wins Young Player Award at the Qatar 2022 World Cup

The 21 year old Benfica player lit up the tournament with his fantastic performances in midfield through out  the competition.

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Enzo was on target against Mexico in the group stages and was a constant name in the argentine team that went head to lift the trophy.

He replaced Leandro Parades in the starting line up after his fantastic performances.

Enzo is rumoured to be on the radar if many top European clubs including Liverpool.

The best young player award was introduced in 2006 and has seen players like Pogba, Mbappe and Thomas Muller winning it.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:47:33 -0800 Sportsman
Five free agents who have raised their stock the most in 2022 Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:41:07 -0800 Sportsman Top 25 college football players in the transfer portal Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:41:07 -0800 Sportsman My Guys: Trevor Sikkema’s end&of&season favorite 2023 NFL Draft prospects Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:41:06 -0800 Sportsman How Herrera describes his three United managers Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:28:16 -0800 Sportsman Loan Watch: Laird's 'fantastic' season continues Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:28:16 -0800 Sportsman Martinez achieves 'the biggest dream of all' Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:28:16 -0800 Sportsman GdS: Juventus and Roma pondering an exchange between fullbacks

This winter, Juventus could add a new right-back to the fold in order to ease some of the pressure off Juan Cuadrado’s shoulders.

Following the breakdown of his rapport with Jose Mourinho, Roma wingback Rick Karsdorp has been on the transfer market, sounding the alarm bells in Turin.

The 27-year-old joined the Italian capital club in 2017 and has a contract until 2025, but his time at the Stadio Olimpico is set to end in an unceremonious manner.

According to la Gazzetta dello Sport via ilBianconero, Juventus and Roma could ponder an exchange deal involving Karsdorp and Mattia De Sciglio.

For his part, the Italian fullback saw little playing time this season due to an injury, and hasn’t always been a regular starter at Juventus.

The 30-year-old signed for the Old Lady in 2017 following a long spell at Milan. He renewed his contract until 2025 earlier this year.

This wouldn’t be the first time that the two clubs conduct a swap deal involving fullbacks. In 2019, Luca Pellegrini joined the Bianconeri while Leonardo Spinazzola went in the opposite direction.

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Although we have some reservations regarding Karsdorp’s conduct record, he’s three years younger than De Sciglio and arguably a more explosive option at this stage of his career.

On the other hand, the Italian is more versatile since he can cover both flanks and knows the club inside out.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:25:44 -0800 Sportsman
Sampdoria hoping to secure loan deals for two Juventus youngsters

Following a calamitous start of the season, Sampdoria desperately need to bolster their ranks in January to avoid what currently seems to be an inevitable relegation.

However, the Ligurians won’t be splashing the cash, but are rather looking for temporary quick-fixes.

According to Calciomercato, Sampdoria will attempt to secure loan deals for two Juventus youngsters.

The first is Matias Soulè who’s widely considered amongst the best young talents at Turin.

The 19-year-old winger signed for the Bianconeri in 2020 and has now become a full-time member in Max Allegri’s first squad.

However, the Argentine’s lack of playing time could prompt the club to entertain the prospect.

The source adds that Sampdoria have already opened negotiations in order to anticipate the competition, since the likes of Empoli, Spezia, Salernitana and Cremonese are all reportedly interested in the player’s services.

The second Juventus youngster who could make the trip towards the Luigi Ferraris Stadium is Marco Da Graca.

The Palermo native is a 20-year-old striker who has been in Turin since 2018. This season, he has made 12 Serie C appearances with the Next Gen squad thus far (mostly coming from the bench), but is yet to contribute in a league goal.

The report adds that the Blucerchiati could also face some competition for Da Graca’s signature, particularly from Serie B sides Parma and Pisa.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:25:43 -0800 Sportsman
Report: Juventus lay out a plan to secure Napoli sporting director

Following the major administrative earthquake which shook the ground at Juventus, observers are expecting further changes to take place at the club.

While Andrea Agnelli and the rest of the board resigned from their posts, the sporting department remained intact… but for just how long?

Many believe that sporting director Federico Cherubini will eventually vacate his office, most likely at the end of the season.

According to Calciomercato, Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli remains the favorite to replace Cherubini, as Juventus have been keen admirers of his work for quite some time.

The 50-year-old has been operating at the head of the sporting department at the southern club since 2015.

Last summer, he enjoyed a spectacular transfer session, replacing the club’s departing legends (Koulibaly, Mertens and Insigne) with the likes of Kim Min-jae, Giacomo Raspadori, Giovanni Simeone and the astonishing Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.

As the source explains, the Juventus hierarchy will discuss the matter in the upcoming general assembly on January 18 where a new board will be elected.

The Bianconeri would then attempt to lure Giuntoli towards Turin and are reportedly feeling optimistic in their ability to secure his services by the end of the season which would allow him to be in charge of the upcoming summer transfer session.

The report adds that Juventus had already tried to sign Giuntoli in 2021 following Fabio Paratici’s departure, but eventually opted for an internal solution in the form of Cherubini.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:25:43 -0800 Sportsman
West Virginia Mountaineers 2022&23 Women’s Basketball Schedule, Results Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:14:16 -0800 Sportsman Texas Longhorns 2022&23 Women’s Basketball Schedule, Results Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:14:16 -0800 Sportsman Bayern Munich’s chief scout leaves for TSG Hoffenheim to become sporting director According to Sky Germany, Bayern Munich’s chief scout Pirmin Schwegler is moving to TSG Hoffenheim to become their new sporting director. 

The former Hoffenheim player will start his new post in January having worked for Bayern since 2020. Ahead of the news, Schwegler was seen at Hoffenehim’s test match against 1960 Munich last weekend. 

As TSG’s new sporting director, Schwegler will report to the director of football, Alexander Rosen. It’s the 35-year-old’s first role in operative business and will have to learn the ropes as soon as possible. At first, he will have to reply on his experience during his playing days.

Schwegler spent most of his career playing in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim, Hannover 96, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bayer Leverkusen. In the top division, the former Swiss international played 262 games, scoring 11 goals. 

It’s still unclear who will replace Schwegler as chief scout at Bayern. 

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:10:20 -0800 Sportsman
Bayern Munich want Alexander Nübel clarity this week According to a report by Kicker, Bayern Munich want to know if Alexander Nübel is willing to cut his loan at Monaco short to replace the injured Manuel Neuer by the end of this week. 

The goalkeeper has been heavily linked with his parent club since Neuer broke his leg in a skiing accident a few weeks ago. The 26-year-old has always made it clear that he will not return if he is only going to be a temporary solution until Neuer is back. 

Other issues include the loanee ruling out a return to Bayern if goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalović is still at the club. 

Despite links to other keepers including Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer, Kicker reports that the champions have not made contact with any other candidate. Speaking to Sky Germany, Nübel’s advisor Stefan Backs confirmed: “Yes, Bayern want to bring Alexander back and have informed me about it. 

Bayern want a final answer by the end of this week in order to put the matter behind them. Should Nübel rule out a return, they will have to look into the transfer market in January. 

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:10:20 -0800 Sportsman
World Cup Team of the Tournament Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:07:45 -0800 Sportsman Klopp "definitely interested" in Liverpool move for £25m "talent", imagine him & Enzo & opinion

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Sander Berge for quite some time, and a new update has emerged from a reliable source regarding the club’s pursuit of the Norwegian.

What’s the latest?

According to journalist Dean Jones, the Reds are “definitely interested” in signing the Sheffield United midfielder in 2023, amid recent links from French publication Jeunes Footeux.

The transfer expert told GIVEMESPORT“There’s definitely interest here and there’s been an interest for a long, long time. Liverpool have looked at this in the past but he got a pretty serious injury and that was around the time when they probably had the most interest in him.”

Imagine him & Enzo

There is no doubt that Liverpool are in desperate need of reinforcements in midfield, especially after their worst start to a Premier League season in a decade.

The Reds are currently sixth in the table after a run of inconsistent form which has left them 15 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.

Furthermore, Liverpool have several midfielders who will be out of contract at the end of the season, with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner all entering the final six months of their deals at Anfield.

As a result, the upcoming transfer window could be the perfect opportunity for Jurgen Klopp to refresh the heart of the Liverpool team, and the prospective signing of Berge could be a major coup.

The £25m-valued Norwegian has been a consistent and reliable performer for Sheffield United since he joined them in 2020, and this season has offered glimpses of how he could be a valuable asset to Klopp.

In 13 Championship appearances, Berge – who was dubbed a “fine talent” by The Athletic’s Richard Sutcliffe – has scored three goals, registered three assists and created four big chances, along with averaging 1.4 key passes, 1.5 shots, 1.3 tackles, 1.5 dribbles completed and 4.1 duels won per game.

Berge isn’t the only midfield talent with whom Liverpool have been linked, with Argentine World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez reportedly close to agreeing a move to Anfield.

The Benfica youngster started five of his country’s seven matches in their route to glory in Qatar, scoring once, creating one big chance, completing 88% of his passes and averaging 0.9 key passes, 3.1 tackles and 5.7 successful duels per game in the tournament.

If FSG can secure the signatures of Berge and Fernandez, it could give Klopp the chance to form a fantastic partnership between the pair, who are both complete midfielders with sound defensive and attacking attributes, as seen from their aforementioned performance metrics.

Signing Berge could be a fantastic move for Liverpool in their pursuit to improve performances on the pitch and build an imposing future midfield partnership at Anfield alongside Fernandez.


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:06:27 -0800 Sportsman
Lampard set for Everton transfer boost after Fabrizio Romano's January transfer claim & opinion

Everton are in desperate need of reinforcements in their forward line and now a reliable source has revealed the club’s plan ahead of the January transfer window.

What’s the latest?

Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the powers at Goodison Park are set to hold “talks” ahead of the transfer market re-opening next month.

Romano tweeted: “Everton are now exploring the strikers market after terminating S. Rondon’s contract. Talks will take place in the next days and weeks, they were among 4 clubs interested in Cunha.

A boost for Lampard

It is certainly a big boost for Frank Lampard that he will be given the opportunity to add a new forward in the new year, especially after the struggle the manager has faced since taking over as the manager at Goodison Park in January.

Alongside a difficult relegation scrap over the second half of last season, Everton are currently teetering on the edge of the relegation zone once again after a string of poor performances that has left the side in 17th and just one point clear of the bottom three.

After losing Richarlison in a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggling to maintain his fitness, the pair’s absence in the starting line-up has reflected in the performances on the pitch.

Only Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored fewer goals than the Toffees in the Premier League this season so far, which is why it will be extremely important for the club to acquire the services of a forward who can make a huge impact in offensive areas over the remainder of the campaign.

Everton have been linked with several forwards already over the last six months with Armando Broja, Matheus Cunha, Che Adams, Viktor Gyokeres and Ben Brereton Diaz named as potential transfer targets.

There will be a lot of pressure to sign up the right striker to help the Toffees improve their performances, so Lampard will need to work with Kevin Thelwell to make sure the opportunity is not missed in January.

With that being said, the signing of a new attacker could be the difference between Everton developing more consistency and picking up crucial points or suffering their first-ever ever Premier League relegation at the end of the season, so it will be important to identify the right player in the new year.


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:06:27 -0800 Sportsman
Conte could finally ditch Moura as Spurs eye "the biggest talent in the world" & opinion

Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be one of the clubs who are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund sensation Youssoufa Moukoko in 2023, with the teenager attracting notable interest due to his current contract situation.

What’s the word?

According to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, via Twitter, the Lilywhites – as well as Premier League rivals Liverpool – are said to be “big admirers” of the 18-year-old, with Manchester United also believed to be in the mix for the Germany international.

The transfer insider stated: “Manchester United are also considering moving earlier and could be promoted by what other suitors do. They have tracked Moukoko for quite some time but are not advanced in talks. Liverpool and Spurs big admirers of Moukoko as well.”

Jacobs does state, however, that it is believed to be Chelsea who are “leading the race” for the striker’s signature at present, with the youngster having just six months remaining on his existing deal.

Finally ditch Moura

The two-cap speedster is attracting such rampant interest following what’s been a real breakout campaign so far this term, with the 5 foot 10 marksman having scored six goals and laid on six assists in 22 games in all competitions this season.

The £4k-per-week starlet – who recently became the youngest player ever to reach ten Bundesliga goals – has earned notable praise from former teammate Erling Haaland in the recent past, with the Norwegian hotshot stating:

“Moukoko’s much better than I was at his age. I’ve never seen such a good 15-year-old in my life. The advantage for him is that he’s already playing for Dortmund at the age of 15. At his age, I was still playing for my home town of Bryne.”

That hardly compares to further acclaim from the Norway sensation who once proclaimed that Moukoko is “the biggest talent in the world.

While the emerging gem is still only in the infancy of his senior career, the Cameroon-born dynamo has previously showcased his talent at youth level, scoring 90 goals in just 56 games for Dortmund’s U17 side, as well as 47 goals in just 25 games at U19 level.

That “outrageous” form – as described by talent scout Jacek Kulig – is a marker of just what Moukoko can go on to achieve in the game, with Spurs boss Antonio Conte likely to relish the chance to work with such a ferocious talent.

The start of one Tottenham career could well trigger the end of another, with the German’s addition potentially set to hasten the exit of peripheral figure, Lucas Moura, from N17 in the New Year.

The Brazilian forward – who has scored 38 goals and registered 27 assists in 213 games for the north Londoners to date – is facing an uncertain future under Conte, with just 18 months remaining on his existing deal.

The 30-year-old has been tipped to “possibly” depart next month – according to journalist Pete O’Rourke – having slipped way down the pecking order under the former Inter Milan boss, starting just twice in all competitions so far this term.

While that lack of game time – which has seen the former Paris Saint-Germain man fail to start in the Premier League this season – has come amid injury woes, even when he has been fit to feature the £90k-per-week man has rarely been handed a chance to impress.

As such, with the potential arrival of another forward in the shape of Moukoko, Moura – who has failed to register a single goal involvement this season – should seemingly be shown the door when the market re-opens.


Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:06:27 -0800 Sportsman
Liverpool interested in Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie? Liverpool have reportedly joined the list of clubs wanting to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie. The 24-year-old midfielder was unable to nail down a regular spot under Massimiliano Allegri and is being tipped to leave the Italian giants in the coming months. McKennie remains under contract at Turin for another two-and-a-half years, but the USA international is believed to have admirers in the English Premier League in the form of Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea are also said to be keeping tabs on the situation, while Manchester United supposedly tried and failed to sign the American in a swap deal with Donny van de Beek. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are reportedly among a few clubs looking to swoop for McKennie, but they would be willing to take him on loan rather than a permanent transfer. Jurgen Klopp’s side have identified a new midfielder as a priority for 2023, and the report adds that the German boss would welcome McKennie on a temporary basis in January. McKennie has scored 13 goals and registered four assists in 91 appearances for the Bianconeri.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:05:12 -0800 Sportsman
World Cup 2022: Minutes and rests of the Premier League players Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:02:37 -0800 Sportsman FPL Gameweek 17 early Scout Picks: Man Utd pair among three double&ups Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:02:37 -0800 Sportsman In the Lab w/ Austin. DraftKings NFL Showdown NYG vs WAS Austin (@austinwrotethat6665 ) builds a lineup for the DraftKings NFL Showdown (NYG vs WAS)

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:01:24 -0800 Sportsman
'We weren't in the match': Varane speaks after France World Cup defeat 'We weren't in the match': Varane speaks after France World Cup defeat
Speaking after the game to TF1, Varane said: "We are very disappointed of course, we gave everything. We had to face a lot of obstacles during the competition, we gave up nothing.

"For an hour , we weren't in the match. We could have won too, I'm very proud of this group and of being French. We keep our heads up. We came back to this match when it was complicated. was played very quickly, then physically we were better.

"We pushed and we believed in it until the end. We almost overturned the match, which was badly embarked. The course was winding but there was mental strength in this group, a lot of heart. This allowed us to come back in this match. We are disappointed but also proud."

France lost on penalty to Argentina.

Source: TF1 via 90min
Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:00:13 -0800 Sportsman
Aguero calls Camavinga 'd***face' in Instagram live after Argentina win World Cup Aguero calls Camavinga 'd***face' in Instagram live after Argentina win World Cup
Despite having retired a year ago, Sergio Aguero was in Qatar to watch the final against France and then celebrated the World Cup that Argentina won without him.

The former Barcelona player streamed the dressing room celebrations on Instagram. As he was signing a song with the team, Aguero went on to insult Eduardo Camavinga.

"For Camavinaga... Carapinga (Spanish for d*ckface), this one," Sergio films himself saying.

This was a poor attempt at a joke from Aguero. Perhaps he should stick to his Twitch streams now that he's retired and not make fun of players that, unlike him, have a Champions League medal.

Source: DanikRM_ @ Twitter
Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:00:12 -0800 Sportsman
2023 Top 10 Ballon d'Or power rankings 2023 Top 10 Ballon d'Or power rankings
The Ballon d'Or 2023 will take place next year and will be awarded to the best footballer in the 2022-23 season. It will be a unique prize this time because of a World Cup during the season which obviously will be a huge factor in determining the winner.

Quite a few things have changed since the last time we've done the ranking. Here's what, in our opinion, the top 10 looks like at the moment.

1. Lionel Messi
Leo Messi has just won the World Cup but don't forget he's also having a stellar second season at PSG. He has 12 goals and 14 assists in 19 games, including 4+4 in the Champions League.

2. Kylian Mbappe
The villain that challenges Messi is his teammate Kylian Mbappe. Had France been luckier in the penalty shootout, Mbappe would be the top contender. He's scored 19 goals and assisted 5 in 20 games for PSG this term. In 99% of cases, nothing would beat a hat-trick in the World Cup final but sadly for Mbappe, Messi actually won it and was just as good in that game.

3. Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland wasn't in Qatar but let's not forget that he'd been on an amazing run before the World Cup break, scoring 29 and assisting 4 in just 24 games for Man City.

Here's what the rest of the top 10 looks for us:

4. Neymar. The Brazilian is incredible with PSG and was good but unlucky for Brazil at the World Cup.

5. Luka Modric. The Croatian is the third best player at the World Cup and his influence in Madrid is ever strong - and that's at the age of 37!

6. Fede Valverde. Uruguay disappointed in Qatar but Fede is arguably Real Madrid's finest player this term.

7. Enzo Fernandez. Not only is he the best young player at the World Cup, he's also having a superb season with Benfica who are clear at the top in the Portuguese league and beat PSG to the top spot of their Champions League group.

8. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia . The Georgian is like Enzo Fernandez but without a World Cup appearance. His Napoli are top of Serie A and they also beat Liveprool to the top spot in the Champions League.

9. Josko Gvardiol. Perhaps the only moment of weakness the world's most expensive centre-back in the waiting has had this season was against Leo Messi in the World Cup semifinal. But there's a reason why Messi is top of this ranking.

10. Antoine Griezmann. Antoine is a forward, a midfielder, a defensive midfielder - he's the engine of that France team. Not as good with Atletico but he's just been too good in Qatar.
Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:00:11 -0800 Sportsman
Sunday Night NFL Showdown Breakdown – New York Giants vs Washington Commanders – Draftkings & Fanduel Week 15

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:58:46 -0800 Sportsman
Gabriel Jesus’ injury problem for Arsenal

With World Cup 2022 in the middle of the season rather than the middle of the year, every Premier League club feared their players getting injured in Qatar. Earlier this month, Arsenal received the dreaded news: Gabriel Jesus had damaged his knee and would need surgery, after which he would be sidelined for up to three months.

That is a huge blow to Mikel Arteta’s side. Ahead of the season’s resumption on Boxing Day, Arsenal have a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. They massively exceeded expectations in the first part of the season, winning 12 and drawing one of their first 14 top-flight encounters.

Yet we are still just over a third of the way through the campaign and plenty can change between now and the end of May. One thing that could derail Arsenal’s title tilt is a relative lack of squad depth: Arteta has fewer options available to him in virtually every position than Pep Guardiola.

The issue is particularly pronounced in certain areas of the pitch, including up front. Jesus is one of Arsenal’s most important players. His goal return is nothing to write home about – the former Manchester City man has found the net five times in 14 Premier League outings for his new club – but he is an integral part of the Arsenal attack.

Jesus has excelled at linking the play and bringing others into the game. He regularly drops deep and takes opponents out of the game with his quick feet and acceleration across the ground.

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, who have scored four and five goals respectively, are made better players by the presence of Jesus, whose combination of technical ability and tactical intelligence means he is a certain starter when fit.

The problem is, he will not be until late February at the earliest. Before then, Arsenal face crunch clashes with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City. Arteta’s side will need to find a way to cope without their focal point at the top of the pitch.

The manager would no doubt like to add another centre-forward to the ranks in January, but we cannot rely on that happening. For one, it might take a few weeks to line up a deal and a few more for the player to settle in. And signing the right player will not necessarily be straightforward: Joao Felix, who has been strongly linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium, is also wanted by the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

In the short-term, Eddie Nketiah will step into Jesus’ shoes. The 23-year-old could have left Arsenal in the summer in search of more regular first-team football, but he decided to stay put knowing he would not be first choice. Jesus’ absence gives him the chance to prove why he was right to turn down moves elsewhere.

However, it is hard to avoid the feeling that Jesus to Nketiah is a significant step down. The former England Under-21 international impressed at the end of last season but he does not offer as much as the Brazilian outside the penalty area. One thing is for sure, though: Nketiah will relish the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:56:12 -0800 Sportsman
West Ham have been given green light to sign 49&goal striker

West Ham United reportedly look to be in an increasingly strong position to clinch the transfer of Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz.

The Chile international has been superb at Championship level but is yet to test himself in the Premier League, though there certainly hasn’t been a shortage of interest in him in recent times.

It now seems West Ham are moving into the strongest position to bring Brereton Diaz to the top flight, according to Dean Jones.

Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones said: “I think West Ham are still in a pretty good position on this one for whenever the time comes to move, but he’s been prepped by a lot of teams this season, like a ridiculous number of teams.”

West Ham could do with strengthening up front this January after a slow start from summer signing Gianluca Scamacca, and it’s fair to say Brereton Diaz looks ideal for that role.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:52:20 -0800 Sportsman
“Diego is smiling” – Pele delivers touching message to Argentina and Messi from hospital in Brazil

Argentina and Lionel Messi’s wait for the World Cup ended in Qatar on Sunday igniting joyous celebrations around the world and that was no different for some in Brazil as Pele congratulated the newly crowned champions. 

The South American country waited 36 years for yesterday to arrive but the moment was more than just that, as the game’s greatest player Lionel Messi got his hands on the biggest prize of all and delivered the same joy to his country as Diego Maradona did in 1986.

The World Cup was the final jewel in Messi’s crown and that was acknowledged by the only man to win the gold trophy three times, Brazilian legend Pele.

According to the Evening Standard, the 82-year-old has been unwell throughout the tournament with a respiratory infection and wrote a touching letter to Argentina after the final from his hospital bed.

Messi with the World Cup trophy

Pele’s message to Lionel Messi and Argentina

Following the thrilling final, Pele took to his Instagram account to write a lovely post to Messi, Argentina and the rest of the world.

The Brazil legend said via the Evening Standard: “Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an exciting way.

“Messi winning his first World Cup, as his career deserved. My dear friend Mbappe, scoring four goals in the final. What a gift it was to watch this show for the future of our sport and I could not fail to congratulate Morocco for the incredible campaign. It’s great to see Africa shine.”

Pele signed the message off with a nod to the sky as every football fan was thinking about the great Diego Maradona on Sunday, the former footballer stated: “Congratulations to Argentina! Certainly, Diego is smiling now.”

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:52:20 -0800 Sportsman
Alan Shearer wants €100m World Cup finalist to join Newcastle United

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has made it clear he’d welcome the potential signing of Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

Fernandez just had a brilliant World Cup, winning the young player of the tournament award after helping Argentina to victory over France in yesterday’s final.

This follows Fernandez also making a real impression at Benfica, with a host of top clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United recently linked with the 21-year-old.

Shearer also wants Newcastle to be in the race.

When asked on Match of the Day if he’d welcome the young South American to St James’ Park, the pundit was hugely enthusiastic.

“Absolutely, yes,” said Shearer. “See if he wants to play against Bournemouth on Tuesday night!”

Fernandez could cost €100million due to a release clause in his contract, but that shouldn’t be too much for the Saudi-backed Magpies.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:52:20 -0800 Sportsman
Sampdoria, il caso Conti: sempre infortunato e con l'ingaggio pesante, finisce sul mercato Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:51:04 -0800 Sportsman Nuovo problema per Maignan: il Milan può anticipare l'arrivo di Sportiello Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:51:04 -0800 Sportsman Dimissioni Trentalange e caos arbitri, via al toto&sostituto, il sogno è Collina Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:51:04 -0800 Sportsman Bojorquez’s Foot Has Been An Asset To Browns Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns

Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns
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It is a fact that punters are rarely talked about unless they make a mistake.

The Cleveland Browns finally have a good punter in 2022.

Twitter user Matt Mroczynski has a hot take on Bojorquez in comparison to the Browns’ former punter Jamie Gillan, also known as the Scottish Hammer.

Mroczynski said:

Corey Bojorquez is who we thought the Scottish Hammer was going to be, an absolute power leg.”


Though he has not been perfect, here are some examples of pivotal punts by Bojorquez.


1. Baltimore Ravens, Week 15

The most recent example of Bojorquez getting his team out of a jam is with his 70-yard punt on Saturday against the Ravens.

Bojorquez was deep in his own territory so the Ravens were probably anticipating good field position, but that didn’t happen.


2. Los Angeles Chargers, Week 5

Bojorquez booted a 61-yard punt that Martin Emerson downed at the Chargers’ 1-yard line in Week 5.


3. Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 3

It does not have to be the longest punt, but if it is placed correctly, it can be debilitating to the opposition.

A classic example is in the Pittsburgh Steelers game when Bojorquez landed a punt on the Steelers’ 4-yard line with 9 seconds left in the game.

Bojorquez called this punt one of the best of his career.

He said:

“With the situation and everything, for me, that’s as good as it gets. Putting the team inside the 5, no timeouts, less than a minute, prime time, I’d have to say situational-wise, it’s definitely up there as one of the better ones [of my career] for sure.”

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:47:15 -0800 Sportsman
Browns Nation News And Notes (12/19/22)

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It is Monday, December 19, 2022, and the Cleveland Browns are still enjoying the Saturday victory over AFC North rival Baltimore.

If you need a little extra motivation to start your Monday or Christmas week, here it is, courtesy of JR Smith.


1. Your Monday Reminder: Jacoby Brissett Is A Class Act

Jacoby Brissett received a lot of cheers both inside the locker room during the postgame and from the fans during the game when he successfully completed his trademark quarterback sneak on 4th and 1 to move the chains.

But according to him, it’s all in a day’s work.

He remains ready to do whatever is necessary to help the team.

As he puts it:

“It’s not like I can go anywhere, I gotta stay here and do my job.”



2. Putting Browns Week 16 Matchup In Perspective

The Browns are hanging on by a fingernail in the 2022 postseason hunt.

Ironically, they play an NFC team in a similarly precarious position in Week 16.

That’s why Chris Easterling calls the Week 16 game between the Browns and the New Orleans Saints the “I’m not dead yet” bowl game.

It’s also hard not to reflect on those winnable games against the Jets, Falcons, and Chargers that did not go the Browns’ way.

Things would be so much different if one or more of those games had a different outcome.


3. Big World Cup Crowd Would Be Small In Comparison To…

Twitter user Big Mike reflected on the scene in Buenos Aires, Argentina after the Argentinian team won the World Cup on Sunday.

He called the large crowd “microscopic compared to what the #Browns Super Bowl parade will look like in 2024.”

Those are high aspirations.

Happy Monday Browns fans!

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:47:14 -0800 Sportsman
Man Utd handed Raphael Varane injury boost Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:35:39 -0800 Sportsman Palmeiras president speaks out on future of Arsenal target Danilo Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:35:39 -0800 Sportsman Chelsea make move to aid Stamford Bridge redevelopment Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:35:39 -0800 Sportsman NFL Game Recaps: Week 15 Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:27:58 -0800 Sportsman Look: Prediction Made For No. 1 Recruit Dylan Raiola


On Saturday, five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola, the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2024 recruiting class, announced his de-commitment from Ohio State.

Raiola, who had been committed to Ryan Day and the Buckeyes since the spring, is likely going to take his time before committing elsewhere.

However, one recruiting expert has already made his prediction for where Raiola will end up.

247Sports expert Parker Thune made a "Crystal Ball" prediction for Raiola to commit to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Raiola's dad played collegiately at Nebraska. His uncle is an assistant coach on Matt Rhule's staff in Lincoln.

Nebraska is seen by many as a potential frontrunner to land the five-star quarterback.

Huskers head coach Matt Rhule has been hinting at some big 2024 news, as well.

Time will tell if the current recruiting commitment prediction is correct.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:20:16 -0800 Sportsman
ESPN Computer Has Changed Its College Football Top 25 Rankings
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

We're a couple of days into college football's 2022-23 bowl season. 

Several notable games took place this weekend, with ESPN's Football Power Index updating its Top 25 rankings.

ESPN's Football Power Index has ranked its top 25 teams in the country following the first bowl games of the season.

Here's the new Top 25:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan
  5. Tennessee
  6. Texas
  7. Utah
  8. Penn State
  9. Clemson
  10. TCU
  11. Kansas State
  12. Florida State
  13. LSU
  14. Oregon
  15. USC 
  16. Ole Miss
  17. Notre Dame
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Oregon
  20. Minnesota
  21. Illinois
  22. Louisville
  23. Baylor
  24. Washington
  25. Oklahoma

College football's bowl season will continue this week, with several notable games leading up to Christmas.

The College Football Playoff is less than two weeks away, too.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:20:16 -0800 Sportsman
Major Quarterback Transfer Announces Commitment To Nebraska
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Nebraska football has added a major quarterback from the transfer portal.

Former Georgia Tech signal caller Jeff Sims announced his commitment to the Cornhuskers tonight. 

Sims appeared in 24 games for the Yellow Jackets over the last three seasons.

With Georgia Tech, Sims completed 364-of-633 passes for 4,464 yards, 30 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. A dual-threat at QB, he also rushed for 1,152 yards and 11 scores. 

The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Jacksonville, Fla. native was a four-star recruit in the 2020 class. He started immediately as a true freshman, serving as the Yellow Jackets' top quarterback in all 10 games in 2020. 

With Nebraska, Sims joins what all of a sudden looks like a potentially crowded QB room. This year's starter Casey Thompson still has a year of eligibility remaining, if he wants to use it, and the Huskers still have former four-star recruits Chubba Purdy and Logan Smothers on the roster.

Arkansas transfer Malik Hornsby also visited Nebraska over the weekend, giving new head coach Matt Rhule another possible option at quarterback should the onetime four-star prospect commit. 

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:20:16 -0800 Sportsman
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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:16:28 -0800 Sportsman
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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:16:24 -0800 Sportsman
Messi vows to carry on for Argentina following World Cup triumph

Lionel Messi has vowed to continue his career with Argentina after the nation’s World Cup triumph in Qatar.

Messi scored twice as Argentina were crowned world champions for a third time on Sunday, with the South Americans winning a penalty shootout after an exhilarating 3-3 draw with France.


The 35-year-old won the Golden Ball as the Player of the Tournament at the World Cup, as he added football’s biggest prize to his collection of honours and fulfilled a lifelong dream.

It had been suggested that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner could retire from international football after the tournament, but Messi has insisted he will continue and soak in the celebration of Argentina’s first World Cup triumph since 1986.

“It’s the most beautiful thing there is,” Messi told TyC Sports. “Look what it is, it’s beautiful, I wanted it a lot. God was going to give it to me, I had a feeling that it was this, we suffered a lot, but we got it.

“Obviously I wanted to close my career with this, I can’t ask for anything anymore. Thank God he gave me everything. Closing almost my career like this, it’s impressive.

“After this, what will there be? I was able to get the Copa América, World Cup… It came to me almost at the end. I love football, what I do. I enjoy being in the national team, the group, I want to continue living a few more games being world champion.

“I can’t wait to be in Argentina to see how crazy that is going to be.”

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:15:12 -0800 Sportsman
Five players who made a name for themselves at the 2022 World Cup

Major tournaments often produce breakthrough talents and the 2022 FIFA World Cup has been no different. A number of less heralded names have placed themselves in the consciousness of football fans with impressive performances in Qatar this winter.

Here are five players who have seen their reputations soar at the 2022 World Cup.

Azzedine Ounahi

Just 18 months ago, Azzedine Ounahi was playing his football in France’s third tier. He travelled to the World Cup after a difficult start to the season at Angers, who sit bottom of Ligue 1, and with just a handful of previous caps for Morocco having made only his debut in January.

His role in Morocco’s history-making run to the semi-finals has increased the attention around the midfielder, who is a name on the radar of clubs across Europe’s top five leagues. Such was his impact, Luis Enrique took time to praise the 22-year-old after his role in Morocco’s upset of Spain in the Round of 16.

“Madre mía, Where did this kid come from? I’m sorry, I can’t remember his name. He can really play. He surprised me.”

Ounahi kept on surprising at the finals, going toe-to-toe with illustrious opposition and often coming out on top. His football was played with the confidence and swagger of a young player who felt he belonged on this stage. After starring against Spain, he was excellent in the quarter-final win over Portugal where he covered more distance, completed more dribbles, and won more duels than any other teammate.

Caution should often be taken when signing players based on tournament performances, but Ounahi has the raw ingredients to be moulded into a top talent. Several Premier League sides are already said to be interested in the midfielder and it would come as little surprise to see Angers cash in this winter, while his stock is at its highest.

Harry Souttar

Australia’s squad lacked the top-league talent of past tournaments, but the Socceroos upset the odds to reach the knockout rounds for just the second time in their history.

Harry Souttar was the stand-out performer for Australia, with the Aberdeen-born man-mountain having a tournament to remember in Qatar. A little more than two years ago, Souttar was on loan at third tier Fleetwood Town, but saw his reputation enhance rapidly with some dominant displays at the World Cup.

Having switched his international allegiance from Scotland to Australia in 2019, he has since won 13 caps for the national side and saved his best performances for his country for Qatar. Against Tunisia in the group stage he was monstrous, finding himself in the way of threatening Tunisian attacks time and time ago with body-on-the-line defending.

Another commanding performance saw Australia upset Denmark to reach the knockout rounds, with Souttar central to another clean sheet as his 6ft 6in frame dominated in the air. That his performances came after just one game at club level this season was even more remarkable, with Souttar recently back from an ACL injury that had sidelined him for a year.

Australia manager Graham Arnold has backed the Stoke City centre-back for a move to the Premier League.

Goncalo Ramos

Goncalo Ramos is a name that has been on the radar of European clubs, but he announced his arrival on the world stage in stunning fashion in Qatar.

Having broken into the Benfica side last season, Ramos has taken on a leading role for Roger Schmidt’s side this season following the summer sale of Darwin Nunez to Liverpool. The top scorer in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, he earned a first call-up for Portugal ahead of the World Cup.

He scored on his debut in a pre-tournament friendly with Nigeria, but had played just 35 minutes of international football before the last-16 tie with Switzerland. Thrust into the side with Cristiano Ronaldo dropped, he replaced the nation’s record goalscorer – and then some.

Ramos hit a hat-trick and created another as Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1, becoming the first man in two decades to net a treble on their first World Cup start. It was the first hat-trick in a knockout round game since 1990 and made Ramos the youngest player to claim a World Cup match ball since 1962.

The manner of his finishing was excellent, with his first a thunderous strike inside Yann Sommer’s near post. He got across his man to turn in Diogo Dalot’s cross for a second, before completing his hat-trick with a delicate finish over the onrushing Sommer.

Benfica have brought in some sizeable fees for their top talent in recent windows and Ramos could be the next name to earn the club a windfall.

Sofyan Amrabat 

The heartbeat of Morocco’s success story in Qatar, Sofyan Amrabat is on the radar of top clubs across Europe following his performances at the World Cup.

Amrabat was linked with a move to Tottenham last winter and there will be some in north London cursing their failure to land the midfielder, following his outstanding performances in Morocco’s run to the last four.

Amrabat has appeared everywhere on occasion in the Morocco midfield, having recovered possession 51 times during the Atlas Lions’ campaign – a record for an African player at a single World Cup.

Such has been his impact, France president Emmanuel Macron is understood to have visited Morocco’s dressing room after their semi-final defeat to the world champions, hailing Amrabat as “the best midfielder of the tournament” in front of the squad.

Tireless and tenacious in the engine room, his relentless work-ethic has turned the heads of top clubs as the January window approaches. Fiorentina will be reluctant to lose the Moroccan mid-season, but with 18 months remaining on his deal could deem a winter window sale sensible.

Perhaps no moment embodied his tournament more than his challenge on Kylian Mbappe in the last four. Hurtling back to chase one of the quickest players in the game, Amrabat produced a crunching challenge on the Frenchman to stop a threatening break and came out with the ball.

It was the sort of desire and determination that has placed him on the radar of recruitment teams.

Josip Juranović

Dominik Livakovic earned plenty of praise during Croatia’s run to the semi-finals, with the goalkeeper’s penalty shootout heroics grabbing headlines.

A less discussed, but equally important, part of Croatia’s campaign was the performances of Josip Juranović. The right-back was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year after an impressive debut season at Celtic last term, in which he won the Scottish Premiership.

Signed for a fee of just £2.5m from Legia Warsaw, his value has rocketed following a series of strong performances in Qatar. Barcelona and Manchester United have been linked with the defender, who was a marauding presence down the flanks for Croatia.

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His performance against Brazil in the quarter-final was one of the tournament’s best individual displays from a defender, as Juranović galloped forward on the attack and locked down the threat of Vinicius Junior.

Up against one of the most dangerous wide-men in the competition, Juranović dominated their duel and Celtic are set for a significant profit should Europe’s wealthier clubs firm up their interest.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:15:12 -0800 Sportsman
The 6 QPR players linked with moves away this season and the likelihood of each player leaving in January Neil Critchley’s QPR tenure got off to a perfect start on Saturday.

QPR headed to Deepdale to face an in-form Preston North End side. The R’s went into the game on the back of four-straight defeats in the league, but that run was halted with an impressive 1-0 win.

Jimmy Dunne scored QPR’s only goal that day, lifting his side up into 6th place of the table ahead of a Boxing Day clash v Cardiff City.

And with January just around the corner, we look at all the players who’ve been linked with moves away from QPR this season, and how likely each player is to leave in the New Year…

Conor Masterson

Conor Masterson looked to be a real prospect for QPR when he broke into the side under Mark Warburton. But after some uninspiring loan spells he’s now well out of favour in west London.

Is a deal likely to happen?

If an offer comes in for Masterson, QPR may quickly accept – reports earlier in the campaign revealed that the R’s will look to move on some deadwood in January and that Masterson could leave on loan.

At 24 years old though, Masterson may be feeling that he needs to be playing more regularly, and not for a temporary club.

Seny Dieng


Goalkeeper Seny Dieng was linked with both Bournemouth and Everton earlier in the season. The Senegalese shot-stopper has recently returned from the World Cup and he’s been in goal for both of QPR’s Championship games this month.

Is a deal likely to happen?

Virtually nothing has been said about Dieng, Everton and Bournemouth since the initial rumour broke.

But Dieng has spoken out on his future, and he revealed his Premier League ambitions whilst also hinting that he could leave QPR at some point in the future, in a bid to play Premier League.

Bournemouth are under new owners and look set to spend in January too, but Everton seem to have other transfer targets right now.

Ilias Chair

Back in October, Football Insider claimed that Ilias Chair was being monitored by Aston Villa. The 25-year-old is soon set to return from Qatar where his Morocco side have impressed – he’s been a key player for the R’s this season with three goals and six assists to his name in the Championship.

Is a deal likely to happen?

Like the Dieng rumour, this rumour hasn’t really lasted in headlines, with nothing having been said about it since.

It’s certainly a transfer that could seem realistic given Chair’s impressive season so far and Villa’s deep pockets, but Villa seem to have other players on their radar, so this move seems quite unlikely as things stand.

George Thomas

George Thomas was previously labelled surplus to requirements ahead of January. The Welshman has never managed to hold a starting spot down in this side and has featured only three times in the Championship this season.

Is a deal likely to happen?

Thomas doesn’t seem to have a future at QPR. His contract is out next summer but the R’s have the option to extend his stay by a further year.

Critchley may want to make up his own opinion on Thomas but given the fact that Thomas wasn’t really favoured by Warburton or Michael Beale, it seems like his time in west London is quickly coming to an end, and January could see him seal either a temporary or permanent exit.

Lyndon Dykes

Image courtesy of: MATTHEW CHILDS/REUTERS.

Soon after Beale’s move to Rangers, there were suggestions that previous Rangers target and Scottish international Lyndon Dykes could follow.

Since, reports have seemingly confirmed Rangers’ interest but also revealed that Critchley is determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old.

Is a deal likely to happen?

It seems like it would take a big money offer for Rangers to poach Dykes next month. Despite his struggles in front of goal this season and last season, he remains an important player for QPR; Dykes will always give 100% and his contribution to the team extends further than goals.

Also, Critchley doesn’t have too many other options to call upon, so Dykes leaving next month doesn’t seem all that likely.

Macauley Bonne

Like Thomas, Macauley Bonne has been deemed surplus to requirements. Despite his decent loan spell with Ipswich Town last season, he’s barely featured this season and he’s failed to impress when he has been called upon.

Is a deal likely to happen?

It doesn’t seem like QPR will stand in Bonne’s way should an offer come in. But that remains to question here; whether or not a team will make an acceptable offer.

There might be a lot of clubs looking into a potential loan deal but both QPR and Bonne could favour a permanent exit, given Bonne’s likely frustration at his current situation.

Also, given Dykes’ links to Rangers, Critchley might want to keep Bonne around just as addition cover, so this is a tricky one to predict.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:11:19 -0800 Sportsman
‘The grass isn’t always greener’ – Should Ross Stewart look to leave Sunderland in the near future? Ross Stewart scored in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw v Hull City at the weekend.

Stewart, 26, has been out injured since September but to nobody’s surprise, he made an instant impact upon his return on Saturday.

The Scottish striker has six goals in eight Championship games so far this season – only four off the top scorer despite having played 13 less games.

Stewart has been linked with a move away from Sunderland for sometime now and his future still appears up in the air, with Middlesbrough seemingly the most keen as things stand.

Stewart’s stock is only rising, but should he look to leave Sunderland in the near future? Our writers have their say…

Thomas Kelly-Hansford

“Stewart has been paramount to Sunderland’s success for 18-months now. He is an exceptional talent and will undoubtedly get the chance to play Premier League football at some point in his career.

“The Scot is a bit of a late-developer. He’s not old by any means, but at 26 he definitely has less time left in his career than a lot of other youngsters coming through the ranks now and that may be playing on his mind.

“But the grass isn’t always greener and for the time being I don’t think he should be rushing to move away from Sunderland, unless a chance of top flight football comes up.

“It will be worrying that Sunderland haven’t activated their extension clause and as the January window nears, the rumours are only going to get louder, but he does seem settled at Sunderland and his head doesn’t appear to have been turned. 

“Sunderland are an exciting club to be involved with at the moment, and he will see the impact he could have on the Wearsiders, which could be enough to tempt him into penning a new deal.”

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Luke Phelps

“In my opinion, the only thing that will be on Stewart’s mind right now will be returning to action, and returning to the score-sheet.

“He reminded fans of his quality on Saturday and that returning goal should fill him and Sunderland with confidence for the remainder of the season.

“But his contract situation is a bit of a cause for concern and there could be a number of clubs looking to take advantage – Sunderland though will almost certainly activate Stewart’s one-year extension.

“Still, that only gives Sunderland a couple more transfer windows to cash in, and unless Stewart signs a new deal, cashing in will what Sunderland may be forced into doing at some point soon.

“A Premier League move right now looks like it could be a bit too soon for Stewart and a Championship move may be a bit of a sideways step, so I think he should, and will, stay at the Stadium of Light until next season at least.”

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:11:18 -0800 Sportsman
Steven Schumacher issues update on Plymouth Argyle man after Morecambe withdrawal Plymouth Argyle boss Steven Schumacher has provided a reassuring update on Nigel Lonwijk, insisting he was just suffering with cramp before his substitution vs Morecambe.

Plymouth Argyle loan recruit Lonwijk has been a big hit since arriving at Home Park in the summer.

He’s been a mainstay at the back for Schumacher’s Pilgrims and after sitting out of the 0-0 draw with Cambridge United, he made his return to action against Morecambe at the weekend. The home side emerged 2-1 victors but some concerns were raised when Lonwijk withdrew from the action seemingly injured with around 15 minutes left.

Now though, a reassuring update has emerged on the Dutchman.

As quoted by Plymouth Live, Schumacher removed all concerns regarding a possible injury to the Wolves loanee. He confirmed Lonwijk was just struggling with cramp before his withdrawal, stating it was probably as a result of the cold and flu he has had recently. He said:

“It was just cramp.

“Nigel has been like me, he hasn’t been well. He has had this cold and flu so maybe he was just a little bit run down.

“He’s not too bad. He hasn’t started either for a couple of weeks so maybe it’s just that, a little bit of tiredness. Thankfully he’s okay.”

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Time to kick on again…

With Lonwijk fit and back in the action, it will be hoped the win over Morecambe is the start of Plymouth Argyle’s return to the right track.

A slight blip saw them claim only three points from the four games prior to the weekend’s clash, winning none of them. Schumacher’s side remain in a strong position in the fight for automatic promotion though and Ipswich Town’s defeat combined with Sheffield Wednesday’s three consecutive draws means the Pilgrims are still top of the table.

A win over Morecambe will hopefully mark the beginning of another impressive run as they look to bring Championship football back to Home Park.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:11:17 -0800 Sportsman
Baylor's Armed Services Bowl mission: Stop Air Force run game

One could say that Baylor coach Dave Aranda has returned to his roots for Thursday night's Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force in Fort Worth, Texas. Aranda will serve as his own defensive coordinator after canning Ron Roberts following the Bears' 6-6 season. Aranda ascended to the Baylor job after running the LSU defense for Ed Orgeron during a 15-0 national championship season in 2019.

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:02:18 -0800 Sportsman
CFP Expansion Expected to Increase Value of Other Bowl Games

The College Football Playoff recently announced it would be expanding from four to 12 teams for the 2024 season. The additional game inventory is expected to generate $450 million in gross revenue over the final two years of the current television contract and billions more in the years ahead. The playoff expansion is expected to […]

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 03:02:17 -0800 Sportsman
Thiago Almada becomes first active MLS player to win FIFA World Cup Thiago Almada joined Argentina’s World Cup roster as one of the final players on Lionel Scaloni’s roster and the Atlanta United playmaker joined a slim list of MLS players to run the table in the tournament’s history.

Almada became the first active MLS player to win the FIFA World Cup following Argentina’s 4-2 penalty shootout victory over defending winners France. La Albiceleste played out a 3-3 draw with Les Bleus through 120 minutes, but captured a third World Cup trophy in their history by defeating France in penalties. 

The 21-year-old attacker only played six minutes in Qatar, but has enjoyed a meteoric rise with the national team in just three months. Almada made his senior debut for Argentina in September and was called into Scaloni’s final World Cup roster following two midfield injuries.

A Velez Sarsfield product, Almada made an instant impact in MLS in 2022, winning the league’s Newcomer of the Year award. Almada was one of the few bright spots for Atlanta United, scoring six goals and adding 12 assists as the Five Stripes missed the playoffs.

Almada joins former MLS and international stars Bastian Schweinsteiger, Kaka, Thierry Henry, and Andrea Pirlo among the list of MLS players to win the World Cup.

He now enters a winter break before beginning

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:55:54 -0800 Sportsman
The GOAT debate is over: Messi is the one

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Saudi club deny talks with Chelsea target Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:22:37 -0800 Sportsman Chelsea suffer transfer blow as Lazio star favours move to Arsenal Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:22:36 -0800 Sportsman Chelsea, PSG in race for Barcelona star Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:22:33 -0800 Sportsman San Diego State vs. Middle Tennessee: How to watch the Hawai'i Bowl online, live stream info, game time, TV channel | December 24 The Hawai’i Bowl sees the San Diego State Aztecs and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders hit the field on Saturday, December 24, 2022. The matchup starts at 8:00 PM ET and airs on ESPN.

The Aztecs were defeated by the Air Force Falcons 13-3 in their most recent game. The Blue Raiders are coming off of a victory over the Florida International Panthers by the score of 33-28. In that matchup with the Falcons, Jalen Mayden had 188 yards on 16-of-31 passing (51.6%) for the Aztecs, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Jordan Byrd took six carries for 13 yards (2.2 yards per carry), while adding two receptions for two yards in the passing game. Brionne Penny recorded three receptions for 63 yards (averaging 21.0 per catch) against the Falcons. Chase Cunningham threw for 279 yards for the Blue Raiders against the Panthers, going 29-for-42 (69.0%) with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 10 carries for 32 yards and two touchdowns. In that matchup, Darius Bracy had a 20-carry, 91-yard game (4.6 yards per attempt) with one touchdown. He tacked on two receptions for 13 yards . Izaiah Gathings caught seven passes for 77 yards (11.0 yards per catch).

In the story below, we lay out all the details you need to know about how to watch this matchup on TV.

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San Diego State vs. Middle Tennessee Game Info

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 24, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Stadium: Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex
  • TV Channel: ESPN
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  • Spread Favorite: San Diego State (-7)
  • Moneyline: San Diego State (-268), Middle Tennessee (+215)
  • Total: 49.5 points

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:08:27 -0800 Sportsman
Benching? Crap. I had already put away my opponent thanks to Cousins, Zay and Stevenson...and then the ending of that game happened.

I have Rhamondre on two teams in the semifinals (and Meyers in one of those, actually). What are the chances that Rhamondre gets benched after that debacle?

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:08:25 -0800 Sportsman
Giants vs Commanders (SNF)
  • Giants vs. Commanders spread: Washington -4
  • Giants vs. Commanders over/under: 40.5 points
  • Giants vs. Commanders money line: Washington -210, New York +175
  • WAS: Commanders are 11-3-1 against the spread in QB Taylor Heinicke's last 15 starts
  • NYG: Giants are 4-0 ATS in their last four visits to Washington
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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:08:25 -0800 Sportsman
    What do you need Week 15 edition Well that was a wild week of games. I can't say the big winners this week were the officials. But anyway, I don't want to say more or I'll get a fine from the Commissioner. 

    I will start since mine is going to be one of the worst. I am in a virtual tie and it is Christian Watson vs Packers D, ours is a bit more generous DST scoring, so the projection is 12.5 or so and for Watson 10.75 



    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:08:24 -0800 Sportsman
    Report: Erik ten Hag wants to bring £45m star to Old Trafford in January According to The Athletic (via Metro), Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is interested in signing Ajax forward Mohammed Kudus in January. The Ghanaian international has had a top season for Ajax, scoring 10 goals and registering 2 assists from 21 appearances. He was also superb for his national team in the World Cup with […]

    The post Report: Erik ten Hag wants to bring £45m star to Old Trafford in January first appeared on Football Talk | Premier League News.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:07:07 -0800 Sportsman
    Report: Chelsea want to sign fantastic £45m Real Madrid target in January According to The Daily Mirror, Chelsea are planning to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Josko Gvardiol with a January bid. The London giants have been very active in the transfer market under owner Todd Boehly and they have already signed RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku for next summer. It is now reported by The […]

    The post Report: Chelsea want to sign fantastic £45m Real Madrid target in January first appeared on Football Talk | Premier League News.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:07:07 -0800 Sportsman
    Ten memorable impressions from the Qatar World Cup

    The Qatar World Cup has delivered a rich feast of soccer for the past month, with shocks, great goals, incredible celebrations and record-breaking feats served up by the assembled cast.

    Here are 10 of the highlights as chosen by the Reuters team of reporters covering the tournament.


    Argentina were cruising in their opening Group C game after Lionel Messi scored a first-half penalty. But the Green Falcons swooped after halftime with Saleh Al-Shehri squeezing in a low shot to equalise and five minutes later Salem Al-Dawsari curled in a scorching second to leave Argentina in disbelief and Saudi fans joyously singing 'where is Messi?'.


    When Hwang Hee-chan scored a stoppage-time winner for South Korea in their final Group H game the hard part was just starting. The Korean players then had to spend almost 10 agonising minutes in a tight huddle in the centre circle peering at phones, hoping Uruguay would not score another goal against Ghana. Finally, with a last-16 place assured, they sprinted en masse towards their delirious fans.


    Such has been the Argentine number 10s impact in Qatar that the seven-time Ballon D'or winner could have multiple entries on the memorable list. But the way he held off Croatia's masked defender Josko Gvardiol, then bamboozled him with an electrifying twist to set up the third goal in a 3-0 semifinal win encapsulated the 35-year-old's genius.


    Portugal's talisman became the first male player to score in five World Cups with a penalty against Ghana. But the 37-year-old was subsequently left out of the starting line-up and after he was unable to save his side after coming off the bench in the quarterfinal against Morocco he was filmed walking down the tunnel in floods of tears.


    Frenchwoman Stephanie Frappart was handed control of Germany's final Group E clash against Costa Rica, becoming the first female referee to officiate at a men's World Cup.

    Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez described it as a big step forward in 'sexist sport' and the 39-year-old Frappart produced a calm and assured display in Germany's victory.


    Before kickoff, in their Group E opener Germany's players covered their mouths in protest at Fifa's threat of sanctions against the wearing of the 'OneLove' armband.

    At the final whistle, they were left gobsmacked after Japan's substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano secured an unlikely 2-1 comeback win for the Samurai Blue whose fans celebrated hard before bagging the litter in the stadium.


    Thousands of them descended on the Arabian Gulf to roar the Atlas Lions and were richly rewarded as Morocco became the first African and first Arab country to reach the semifinals.

    The noise the red-clad hordes created in the stadiums was deafening and reached fever pitch in the penalty shootout defeat of Spain in the last 16 and against Portugal in the quarterfinals when a cacophony of whistles greeted every touch by the opposition as Morocco protected their 1-0 lead.


    A group that began with Germany losing to Japan and Spain putting seven goals past Costa Rica concluded on a tumultuous night that almost turned the football world upside-down.

    Germany needed a win over Costa Rica and for Spain to beat Japan to go through as runners-up, and at halftime that was exactly what was happening. Then everything went mad.

    Japan scored twice in three minutes early in the second half and Costa Rica flipped their game against Germany to lead and for four minutes the live table showed Japan and Costa Rica in first and second place with Spain and Germany going home.

    Germany ended up winning 4-2 to save Spain's bacon, although they were on the flight home the next day.


    A manic group phase concluded in almost comical fashion as Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar scored a stoppage-time winner against an already-qualified Brazil, took his shirt off, and was immediately given a second yellow card by an apologetic referee who shook the player's hand.


    Lionel Messi rubber-stamped his greatness and Kylian Mbappe enhanced his reputation as one of the best players in the world in Qatar and the Frenchman was simply unplayable in the final against France.

    First, he converted from the penalty spot to cut Argentina’s 2-0 lead into half then 97 seconds later glided onto dinking ball behind the Argentina defence to fire past Martinez to send the match into extra time.

    Argentina again, thought they had won it in extra time when Hugo Lloris failed to handle the ball and it fell in the path of Lionel Messi who fired home but Mbappe was at it again coming up with an equalizer from the penalty spot sending one of the greatest football matches to the dreaded penalty shootout.

    Source: AFP

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:05:51 -0800 Sportsman
    2022/23 Ghana Premier League: Week Nine Match Preview & Bechem United v Tamale City

    Bechem United will face Tamale City on match week nine of the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League after breaking for a month due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

    The Hunters will host the new Premier League entrants at the Fosu Gyeabour Park as they look to continue their fine form this campaign.

    Bechem United thrashed Nsoatreman FC 3-0 on match week eight before the league was halted. They lie 8th with 12 points.

    Tamale City, on the other hand, lie 17th on the league table with six points after a slow start to the season.

    Prior to the break, the Tamale based side defeated leaders Aduana Stars 2-1 at home and will hope to cause another upset when they face last season's MTN FA Cup runners up.

    The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm on Wednesday.

    Bechem United possible starting XI: Cephas Kofi Mantey, Emmanuel Ababio, Seth Kwadwo, Iddrisu Abdulai, Agbesimah Kofi, Emmanuel Avornyo, Aaron Essel, Foster Appiah, Francis Twene, Gabriel Yapy Tenlep, Abdul Latif Anabila

    Tamale City possible starting XI: Pongo Agbeko (G), Collins Amoah Boateng ©, Liventius Attur, Kotei Emmanuel, Mubark Abdul Kadiri, Isaac Mensah, Raphael Essien, Mohammed Yahaya, Issah Nyaabila, Bismark Asare, Abega Ofosu.

    Player to watch: Isaac Mensah

    Predicted scoreline: Bechem United 2-1 Tamale City

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:05:51 -0800 Sportsman
    2022/23 Ghana Premier League matchday 9: Gold Stars v RTU preview

    Following a month-long break, the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season will resume on Monday, December 19.

    The campaign resumes next week and the league will enter matchday 9 for clubs to continue fighting for points to push to reach their targets for the season.

    For the matchday, there will be matches played on Monday through to Wednesday, December 21.

    On Monday, Bibiani Gold Stars will host Real Tamale United (RTU) with the hopes of bagging maximum points.


    Before the Ghana Premier League went on break for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Gold Stars were enjoying good form.

    In the previous matches the team had played, they had won three times, drawn one, and lost one as well.

    Courtesy of the many points picked, the team is 7th on the league table and could break into the top four with a few more wins.

    The opponent, Real Tamale United have not been bad this season as well. With 11 points from 8 matches, the team sits 11th on the league table.

    The club must build on the three wins before the league went on break and hope to beat Gold Stars to the three points on Monday.

    Predicted scoreline:

    Despite the home advantage for Bibiani Gold Stars, RTU looks to be slightly ahead. A little push from the visitors could see the side picking the victory to bag the three points at stake.

    Gold Stars 1-2 RTU

    Probable starting eleven – Bibiani Gold Stars

    Hammand Kalala (G), Yakubu Haqq ©, Empem Dacosta, Evans Owusu, Atta Kusi, Emmanuel Appau, Steven Owusu, Frank Amankwah, Michael Enu, Charles Kamara Gyamfi, Prince Owusu Kwabena.

    Probable starting eleven – RTU

    Yaw Osei (G), T.M Nurudeen, David Abagna ©, Abdul Manaf, Hedir Mohammed, S.D Badu, Baba Kushibo, R. Frimpong, I. Gadafi, Adams Hafiz, K. Boakye.

    Match Details:

    The game between Bibiani Gold Stars and Real Tamale United will kick off at 3pm on Monday at the Duns Park.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 02:05:51 -0800 Sportsman
    5 breakout fantasy football stars to pick up for Week 16 The semifinals are coming up in the fantasy football playoffs. These five players could help you pick up a win in Week 16. The fantasy football playoffs are well underway and there has been a lot of drama in the first round of the playoffs this week. Explosive performances from teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars […]

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:51:42 -0800 Sportsman
    Gary Neville produces rant criticising the government during World Cup Final on ITV Gary Neville produces a surprise rant criticising the government during the World Cup Final live on ITV amid strikes across the UK.

    On Sunday, the pundit caused anger on social media by comparing striking workers in the UK with migrant labourers in Qatar.

    He claimed that British ministers were ‘demonizing’ public sector employees and said that the working conditions of striking nurses and railway workers were similar to those experienced by Qatar’s large foreign workforce, criticising for allegedly exploitative employment practices, and the high number of construction-related deaths, the Gulf state has been criticised.

    Simon Clarke, a former levelling-up secretary, said that the comparison was ‘grotesque’.

    ITV say that it didn’t endorse Neville, whose comments were in response to Roy Keane, a fellow pundit, who claimed that the World Cup was contaminated by corruption.

    Neville explained: “The working system of Kafala which obviously through football the conversation has started and it’s been removed here now in Qatar but it is abhorrent and we should detest low pay, we should detest poor accommodation and working conditions.

    “We can never accept that in this region or any other region and it is just worth mentioning we’ve got a current government in our country that are demonising rail workers, ambulance workers and terrifying nurses.

    “In our country we’ve got to look at workers rights but when football goes, we have to pick up on workers rights wherever it goes because people have got to be equal and treated equal.”

    Neville, often an outspoken critic of Britain’s Conservative government in the last few years, went on: “We can’t have people being paid an absolute pittance to work, we can’t have people in accommodation that is unsavoury and disgusting. It shouldn’t happen here.

    “That shouldn’t happen here with the wealth that exists. But it shouldn’t happen with the nurses in our country either where our nurses are having to fight for an extra pound or two pounds.”

    Neville’s comments got quite a response on social media.

    Tory MP Mr Clarke tweeted on it: ‘It is beyond ridiculous that he is given free rein by ITV Sport to overtly politicise a major sporting event.

    ‘Quite apart from the fact every nurse is receiving a pay rise of £1,400, to compare workers’ rights in Qatar with the UK is grotesque.’

    Ex-Tory party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said ITV should ave cut off Neville, who is a member of the Labour Party.

    He added: ‘People have been killed on building sites and things all over Qatar and paid a pittance, and he compares that to the UK? It’s unbelievable.

    ‘To compare a country that demonises gay rights, executes and brings in migrant workers by the truckload and pays them a pittance to a democratic country that has the concept of human rights, rule of law and all that goes with it – he’s abused his position.’

    Lee Anderson, Conservative MP for Ashfield, said: ‘It’s a classic case of another champagne socialist who’s got more money than sense. ITV should sack him.

    ‘Another party political broadcast by a millionaire. Looks like ITV is on my banned list now. Talk about football Gary and keep your nose out of politics. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’

    Neville replied back at the MP online, writing: ‘I’m glad you’re pissed off! The biggest set of charlatans to ever be in power!’

    Nick Timothy, Theresa May’s former chief of staff, said: ‘Gary Neville – paid apologist for Qatar – used his ITV punditry berth to make a party political speech unchallenged and make offensive comparisons between Qatar and Britain on workers’ rights.

    ‘The hypocrisy is no surprise but the failure of ITV to pre-empt this is unacceptable.’

    Neville responded by saying: ‘Triggering all the right people.’

    Many will recall how he was left speechless in November’s appearance on Have I Got News For You, where he was grilled over his decision to attend the World Cup.

    Nev was backed into a corner to defend his ‘reputation’ as the topic of him accepting money from a Qatari broadcaster was brought up.

    ‘You know David Beckham, don’t you? He’s going, isn’t he? How much is he being paid?’ panellist Paul Merton asked Neville.

    ‘I don’t know,’ Neville replied. ‘More than me!’

    He tried to deflect the situation, Neville asking panellist Ian Hislop if ‘it’s coming home?’

    ‘What, your reputation?’ came a reply.

    Hislop felt other panellists had been ‘very gentle’ with first time show host Neville, but he ruthlessly went for him to get answers as to why exactly he has accepted Qatari money.

    ‘The elephant in the room is you’re commentating there. What’s the defence?’ Hislop asked.

    ‘Yeah, I’m commentating,’ Neville said.

    ‘Well, you’ve got a choice, haven’t you? My view always has been that you either highlight the issues and challenges in these countries and speak about them, or you basically don’t say anything and stay back home and don’t go. And I think we should challenge them.’

    Hislop added: ‘The other option is you stay at home and highlight the abuses. You don’t have to take the Qataris’ money. It’s just not a very good defence.’

    Neville was rather speechless as the live audience applauded.

    ‘That’s…’ he said, before tailing off.

    This is how viewers reacted as Gary Neville produces a rant criticising the government during the World Cup Final on ITV…

    @AnthonyAinsdale: Gary Neville has lost the plot. The government aren’t demonising public sector workers. They just simply can’t afford to pay them above inflation pay rises. It’s that simple.

    @JaneFeathersto1: I support what Gary Neville says. I support thé strikes. I do not support you

    @AnthonyAinsdale: Gary Neville has lost the plot. The government aren’t demonising public sector workers. They just simply can’t afford to pay them above inflation pay rises. It’s that simple.

    @CorbynistaEdith: So proud of Socialist Hero @GNev2 calling out the injustice in Qatar. THIS is why he is worth every penny of his six figure contract to be there ????????????????????????

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    Dzeko Talks Inter Contract and Partnership with Lukaku Edin Dzeko dropped a hint about his future and commented on the title race and a few Inter topics in an interview: "We must accelerate."

    Edin Dzeko dropped a hint about his future and commented on the title race and Inter in general: "We have to give Napoli the credit for accumulating this gap. Eleven points are too many. The only thing we can do is accelerate because there is time to come back."

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    Juventus Build on World Cup Record Thanks to Argentina Juventus already held the record for most World Cup champions before the recent edition. Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes joined the list.

    Juventus already held the record for most World Cup champions before the recent edition. They added to it in Qatar as Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes lifted the trophy. Twenty-seven Bianconeri have done it over the years. Roma also made history thanks to Paulo Dybala.

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:42:49 -0800 Sportsman
    College Football Expert Picks Predictions: Playoff, New Year's Six, Bowls December 28&January 2 College football expert picks, predictions: College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six games, and bowls between December 28th and January 2nd

    * next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
    Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

    Bowl Game College Football Expert Picks 
    Military UCF vs Duke | Liberty Kansas vs Arkansas
    Holiday UNC vs Oregon | Texas Texas Tech vs Ole Miss
    Pinstripe Syracuse vs Minnesota | Cheez-It OU vs FSU
    Alamo Washington vs Texas | Mayo NC St vs Maryland
    Sun Pitt vs UCLA | Gator South Carolina vs Notre Dame
    Arizona Ohio vs Wyoming | Orange Tennessee vs Clemson
    Sugar Kansas St vs Alabama | Music City Kentucky vs Iowa
    CFP Fiesta TCU vs Michigan | CFP Peach Ohio St vs Georgia
    ReliaQuest Miss State vs Illinois | Cotton Tulane vs USC
    Citrus Purdue vs LSU | Rose Penn State vs Utah
    Results So Far | Bowls December 20-27
Bowl Schedule, Predictions | NFL Week 15 Expert Picks 

    UCF vs Duke

    Military Bowl

    Line: Duke -3, o/u: 62.5

    Eric Bolin, UCF
    Evan Bredeson, UCF
    Tony Cosolo, UCF
    Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Duke
    Pete Fiutak, CFN: Duke
    Cami Griffin, Duke
    Dan Harralson, UCF
    Phil Harrison, Duke
    Jeremy Mauss, Duke
    Kevin McGuire, UCF
    Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN UCF
    E, CFN Duke
    Tyler Nettuno, UCF
    Zack Pearson, Duke
    Johnny Rosenstein, Duke
    Nick Shepkowski, Duke
    Scott Steehn, UCF
    Joe Vitale, Duke
    Clucko the Chicken (a coin flip), CFN: UCF

    NEXT: Kansas vs Arkansas Expert Picks Predictions

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:41:27 -0800 Sportsman
    Nine Must&Adds From Your Week 16 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 15 of the 2022 NFL season is almost in the books, with Sunday and Monday night games to be completed. But fantasy football managers can and should be looking ahead to the new week for waiver wire adds if there’s reason to remain engaged.

    The playoff field is narrowing in fantasy leagues, but consolation brackets could be in play for non-playoff teams.

    Here are nine early must-adds from your Week 16 fantasy football waiver wire.

    Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons

    Allgeier had 17 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, along with one catch. He topped 50 rushing yards in four straight games and in five of his last six. He has double-digit carries and/or at least 45 total yards in every game but one starting in Week 4.

    The Falcons will clearly remain a run-heavy offense with rookie Desmond Ridder under center. Caleb Huntley was injured early on Sunday, opening up more work for Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson.

    A fairly tough matchup is coming for Allgeier in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens, before a much nicer matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17.

    Allgeier has remained low-rostered as part of Atlanta’s backfield committee. But his performance on Sunday should line him up for more run as the season winds down. The rookie back out of BYU is at least a flex option in 12-team leagues in Week 16 and Week 17.

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:33:44 -0800 Sportsman
    World Cup 2026 Outright Betting Odds We have all the latest World Cup 2026 outright betting odds for you here at BoyleSports as the dust settles on Qatar 2022.

    What a FIFA World Cup that was! Did we just witness the greatest World Cup final of all time?

    Perhaps the greatest player of all time, the little boy from Rosario, Argentina Lionel Messi finally got his hands on the trophy that had eluded him for so long.

    And how about young Kylian Mbappe? A hat trick in a World Cup final at 23 years of age is one of the most incredible things we will ever see on a football pitch.

    Now we look to the future and the next World Cup in 3-and-a-half years time hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Who will lift the famed Jules Rimet trophy at the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

    Check out all the World Cup 2026 outright odds below!


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    The Brazilians are one of the two joint favourites to win the World Cup in 2026. Our odds makers have installed Brazil at 6/1 to be the champions of the world at the next World Cup tournament.

    Brazil have plenty of young talent with the likes of Vinicus Jr of Real Madrid and Antony of Man United both only 22 years old. This team were the favourites coming into this World Cup in Qatar but the age profile of their squad suggests that they will have a great chance to win their first World Cup since 2002 in 2026.


    This year’s beaten finalists and 2018 World Cup champions France join Brazil for co-favouritism at 6/1 in the betting.

    The French suffered many major injuries both in the lead up and during this World Cup but yet they still came within a penalty shootout of repeating as World Cup champions. Mbappe is their star man and he will still be in his prime come 2026 which will make France one of the teams to beat.


    The Three Lions are 7/1 in the early outright betting for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This looks to be a golden generation of English footballers with the likes of a budding young superstar in Jude Bellingham, midfield maestro Declan Rice and Man City playmaker Phil Foden entering their primes ahead of 2026.

    If England’s young players continue to develop then this squad could be hard to beat in North America’s 2026 World Cup.


    The 2022 World Cup champions Argentina are co-fourth favourites to defend their title in 2026 at 10/1. They will have to do so without the services of Lionel Messi who has declared that this was his last World Cup for his country.

    Julian Alvarez of Man City and Enzo Fernandez of Benfica are supremely talented young players who will likely be the star men for Argentina in a little under four years time.


    The Germans join Argentina at odds of 10/1 as joint-fourth favourites to win the 2026 World Cup.

    Germany are the country with the second most World Cup trophies with four tournament wins. This is a country that consistently produces great footballing talent and Jamal Musiala already looks like he is on his way to be an international superstar at only 19 years old after impressive performances for his country in this competition.


    The Spaniards have also been installed at odds of 10/1 by our odds makers.

    Spain really impressed early in this World Cup with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica but they failed to take off from there and ultimately fell to Morocco in the round of 16. The Barcelona duo of Pedri and Gavi are being dubbed as the next Iniesta and Gavi and if they live up to their potential then Spain will be one of the contenders in 2026.


    The Portuguese are next in the 2026 World Cup outright betting odds at 12/1.

    In 2026 they will surely be without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo who will be 41 by the time the next World Cup comes around. Still, there are plenty of young Portugal footballers to be excited about like Rafael Leao and Joao Felix who should be in their prime by the time the next World Cup takes place.

    The Best Of The Rest

    The Netherlands are 16/1 to win the World Cup for the first time ever in 2026 despite having previously played in three finals.

    Joining the Dutch at 16/1 is one of the tournament hosts, the USA. The Americans have made huge strides in recent years in developing young talent but it would be a massive step up to reach the level required to win their home World Cup in 2026.

    Italy are 20/1 to reach the heights of 2006 when they were last crowned champions of the world after a victory over France in that year’s final. The Italians could be an interesting team to keep an eye on as 2026 approaches as they have had recent success at major tournaments (when they qualify) with a win in last summer’s Euros.

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:24:45 -0800 Sportsman
    Argentina – Campeon del Mundo

    The World Cup is over. Argentina won it. And it was, all in all, a remarkable final.

    Sometimes I think there’s an idea that a game has to be brilliant for 90 minutes, from first whistle to last, to be worthy of the title of a ‘great game’, but that’s really not how football works. The way it works is that a lot of the time it is ordinary, mundane, perhaps even verging on tedious – but then something happens which elevates our experience.

    Yesterday’s game was exactly that. Argentina were deservedly 2-0 ahead. A first half penalty from Lionel Messi and then a superb team move which saw Angel di Maria double the lead. France had been terrible, so much so a double substitution before half-time saw Dembele and Giroud withdrawn – the ignominy of that as a player must be tough, but in truth Didier Deschamps could justifiably have taken off 9 or 10 if he’d had the ability to so. They were a bit better in the second half, but as the clock reached the 80th minute, they never looked like threatening the Argentina goal or Messi’s World Cup dream.

    What’s so amazing and so thrilling about football is the way a game can just take a sharp turn in an unexpected way. A long ball over the top of the defence should have caused no danger, but instead of just clearing it first time, Nicolas Otamendi – the Argentine Mustafi – dillied and dallied, and France had a penalty. Kylian Mbappe stepped up and although Emi Martinez went the right way, it was 2-1. Mbappe’s sensational volley a minute later flew beyond the keeper and it was 2-2, and the game hadn’t taken a sharp turn as a complete flip upside down and back to front.

    Messi’s rocket of a shot might have won it in injury time but Lloris made a good save, and we went into extra-time. I thought France would do it. Losing a 2-0 lead in the last 10 minutes of a final can suck the energy out of the most willing legs, but it looked as if the fairytale had been written when Messi made it 3-2, thanks to a defender’s arse playing a man onside.

    Surely this was it. This was the story that so many would have written. The greatest player of them all, seeing his final chance to win the World Cup almost go up in smoke, but for him to win it close to the death. The fairytale. Except fairytales are actually awful. Full of horrible people and horrible monsters and children who get eaten by witches and wolves in all kinds of unpleasant scenarios. France being awarded their second penalty after a handball in the box must have been Grimm for Messi, and I’m sure he knew that his PSG teammate Mbappe wasn’t going to miss.

    3-3, Mbappe with a hat-trick, and then right at the death an incredible sequence when France had a chance to win it but Martinez made an incredible save – after which the ball went up the other end and Lautaro Martinez had an incredible chance to win it but duffed his header wide. Breathless stuff.

    So, to penalties. Mbappe first, his third spot-kick of the game. Emphatic, like his talent. 1-0. Messi responds, none of this waiting around for the 5th penalty to take the glory nonsense. A captain who leads by example. And what a penalty. To do what he did in these circumstances, with that much pressure on him, just incredible. The weight of a nation on top everything that must have been churning around inside him, and he rolls it down the middle as Lloris dived out of the way.

    We know what happened next. Heartbreak for the men who missed, glory for the ones who kept their nerve on the biggest stage, and victory for Argentina: Campeon del Mundo.

    Just an astonishing game of football. The perfect example of why everyone wants the World Cup because regardless of how much scrutiny is applied, regardless of any criticism ongoing or otherwise, you are sucked in by the beautiful game until that’s all that matters. I remember my own formative World Cup experiences, 1978 and 1982 in particular, and I think of all the boys and girls that watched their first final yesterday and how much those memories will be indelibly etched on the football slate in their minds.

    I know any talk of the romance of Messi lifting the World Cup can be countered with all kinds of rebuttals, but he is the best player I have ever seen, and I’m happy for him. He is no ordinary footballer, and while domestically he has won it all, the international stage hasn’t always been easy for him. Not least because his entire career in an Argentina shirt has been in parallel to the man who came before him, who inspired their last World Cup win.

    As a fan of the game, to have lived through separate eras where two diminutive left-footed geniuses have emerged from the same nation, each with their own claim to the title of best ever, is really something special. Messi, like Maradona before him, elevates every team he plays in, but similarly, the supporting cast were vital too. What a tournament Alexis Mac Allister has had, for example. The Brighton man is a World Cup winner. So too former Gunner Emi Martinez, who I know divides opinion for reasons I fully understand, but imagine if Neal Maupay hadn’t injured Bernd Leno that fateful day. I don’t think he’d be where he is now. Football writes scripts that would be rejected by Hollywood for being too unrealistic.

    I don’t think today is the day for a reflection the tournament as a whole, so all I can do is congratulate both teams for the best final I can remember. Commiserations to France, who came so close to doing something remarkable themselves – retaining the World Cup. In the end, the tears were theirs, the joy was Argentina’s, and the spotlight was well and truly on Lionel Messi (once Gianni Infantino, the limelight hogging sociopath, got the hell out of the way).

    For more on the final and the World Cup in general, James and I recorded the Arsecast Extra yesterday evening, it’s ready for you below, or in your favourite podcasting app right now.

    We’ll have a final World Cup show on Patreon later today. For now, have a good one.


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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:17:03 -0800 Sportsman
    Arsecast Extra Episode 503 – 18.12.2022

    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog.

    The first half of this episode is dedicated to the World Cup final which saw Argentina beat France on penalties after an astonishing 3-3 draw over the course of regulation time. We chat about the fact Lionel Messi has won this trophy at last with no small thanks to a good supporting cast, Kylian Mbappe’s incredible hat-trick, Emi Martinez, and reflect on the tournament as a whole now that it’s over. In the second half of the show we answer listener questions about Alexis Mac Allister, Bukayo Saka’s contract, young players being courted by other clubs, Reiss Nelson and lots more – including an update on the Goodly Mug fundraiser and what we’re going to donate.

    Get extra bonus content and help support Arseblog by becoming an Arseblog Member on Patreon:

    Remember, you can send us questions via which we’ll try and get to each week. Send them to either @arseblog or @Gunnerblog (or both) using the hashtag #arsecastextra. Best to send them Monday morning so they get noticed more easily.

    You can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes by clicking here. Or if you want to subscribe directly to the feed URL you can do so too (this is a much better way to do it as you don’t experience the delays from iTunes).

    You can listen without leaving this page by using the player below, download the Acast app for iOS or Android, or download the MP3 directly using the link below.

    Also, if you’re a fan of the show, please leave us a rating/review on iTunes, it’d be greatly appreciated.


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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:17:03 -0800 Sportsman
    Aguero loosens up and insults Camavinga

    Not officially part of the Argentine squad, Sergio Aguero still celebrated the victory in the locker room. Visibly overwhelmed by his emotions, the former City striker however slipped by violently attacking Eduardo Camavinga.

    Eduardo Camavinga, France U23 teamEduardo Camavinga, France U23 team

    Thirty-six years after their last success in 1986 with Diego Maradona, Argentina won the third World Cup in their history. In this country where football unleashes so much passion, this victory against France (3-3, 4-2 on the tab) was obviously celebrated as it should be. From the final whistle or more exactly the ultimate shot on goal, millions of Argentines have thus invaded the streets of Buenos Aires.

    In Qatar, the joy was also immense for the men of Lionel Scaloni. Lionel Messi and his partners stayed on the lawn for many minutes to show off this coveted trophy. The festivities then continued in the locker room at Lusail Stadium in Doha. It is unfortunately at this time that some have lost control of their actions and their words.

    Aguero skids after Argentina win

    Earlier this morning, we already told you about the rather dubious statements of Emiliano Martinez against Kylian Mbappé. But the doorman of Aston Villa was not the only one to let go. In a video broadcast live on Instagram, Sergio Aguero attacked Eduardo Camavinga harshly. The 34-year-old striker thus treated the Madrid player of “Caro de Pinga”an insult in Spanish that could be translated as “b*** head”.

    Note that Sergio Aguero was not officially part of the Albiceleste squad in recent weeks. This great friend of Lionel Messi, however, shared the life of the Argentine group bringing his moral support and his experience to the rest of the locker room.

    L’article Aguero loosens up and insults Camavinga est apparu en premier sur 24hfootnews.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:13:17 -0800 Sportsman
    Mercato Mercato – PSG: Qatar is watching him, he can hit the jackpot

    While Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has recently openly commented on PSG’s interest in Marcus Rashford, Manchester United should not sit idly by. For the child of the club, the Red Devils would prepare an anthology contract.

    Marcus Rashford to support Kylian Mbappe at the heart of the offensive armada of PSG next season? This eventuality would not displease the main interested party to believe Football Media which revealed in recent weeks that Mbappe would appreciate the arrival of Rashford to PSG.

    PSG in the grip of Marcus Rashford

    For Sky Sports a little over a week ago, Nasser AlKhelaifi let it be known that he did appreciate the child of the Manchester United club where his contract will expire at the end of the season. However, an option for an additional year could be activated at any time by the leaders of the Red Devils.

    Manchester United will draw a colossal offer to keep Rashford

    And according to information from The Daily Star, Manchester United would simply be ready to make the England international the highest paid player at the club. The way ? Offer him weekly income of €460,000. PSG is warned.

    L’article Mercato Mercato – PSG: Qatar is watching him, he can hit the jackpot est apparu en premier sur 24hfootnews.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:13:16 -0800 Sportsman
    CdM 2022, Argentina&France: best audience ever

    In one of the most beautiful World Cup finals in history (3-3) with a crazy scenario, Leo Messi’s Argentina won on penalties against the French team of Kylian Mbappé, author ( …)

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:13:15 -0800 Sportsman
    TLFG: 19 December 2022 & 8 January 2023 Welcome and all to TLFG's Christmas/New Year Special.

    I started writing this just after kick-off in Sunday's World Cup Final and am just finishing it nearly eight hours later.

    There was one terrible moment shortly before publication when I thought I'd lost the lot but it was all being obscured by a dodgy bit of code which I removed and managed to get it all back - thank goodness!

    If you've never read one of these festive specials, I've covered everything until the 8 January - which is the next three weeks.

    The schedule is packed with great games in several top competitions and there are loads of derbies.

    Christmas is a great time to watch football in London

    I could easily fill this section with a review of the year and probably should do but I'm too tired and need to get up at 5am for work.

    My personal highlights were:

    1) winning a National Game Award for my work on Non-League Day (NLD)

    2) seeing BBC's Football Focus dedicated to NLD when it took place in March

    3) getting to see my daughter be a mascot for Germany for their match against Spain at Brentford in the Women's Euros 

    4) taking her to the final for that historic Lionesses' win at Wembley

    5) being approached by the directors of a La Liga club to go and speak to them about NLD - more on that in the coming weeks

    That's my five - what were yours?

    On other matters, thanks again for all the messages of concern about my lack of heating and hot water after my boiler failed.

    I'm afraid to say that a week later, nothing has changed.

    After lots of toing and froing, we discovered we need a new one and it's supposed to be coming on Tuesday - thankfully things are set to be warming up considerably tomorrow.

    Lastly from me, have a great holiday period, enjoy your football, thanks a lot for reading and I hope to catch up with you all again in 2023.


    The highlights of the next three of weeks include the return of the Premier League, the FA Cup Third Round, games in the EFL, National League, FA Trophy, Women's Champions League and Women's FA Cup and many other games in our local non-league and women's competitions.

    As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

    Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
    Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

    It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

    Monday fixtures - yellow pin
    Tuesday fixtures - green pin
    Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
    Thursday fixtures - purple pin
    Friday fixtures - black pin

    Monday fixtures - yellow pin
    Tuesday fixtures - green pin
    Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
    Thursday fixtures - purple pin
    Friday fixtures - black pin

    Saturday fixtures - blue pin
    Sunday fixtures - orange pin

    Monday fixtures - yellow pin
    Tuesday fixtures - green pin
    Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
    Thursday fixtures - purple pin
    Friday fixtures - black pin

    Saturday fixtures - blue pin
    Sunday fixtures - orange pin


    In the following section, I list, by day, what are in my opinion the most notable games of the week and give some brief reasons for my choice. Check the maps above for kick-off times, ticket info and directions.

    Monday 19 December

    Premier League Cup
    Crystal Palace v Newcastle United @1pm - the week begins with this U21 game at Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill ground, well in theory it does. Several matches have been postponed here over the last week because of the cold weather so hopefully the pitch will recover in time but check Palace's social media outlets for the latest

    Isthmian League Cup Fourth Round
    Carshalton Athletic v Walton & Hersham @745pm - one game which should definitely be on is this cup match on Carshalton's artificial pitch. The hosts should start as favourites but W&H are one of the top teams from the level below so should be more than capable of holding their own


    Tuesday 20 December

    FA Trophy Third Round
    Barnet v Plymouth Parkway @745pm - with the inclement weather causing the postponement of many games on Saturday, most of the Third Round is now being played on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Trophy is a national knockout competition for clubs in the fifth to eighth tiers with its final at Wembley. At this stage, the ties are still regionalised but despite that, the visitors still face a lengthy journey up from Devon. Playing two divisions below Barnet, Parkway will do very well to get through this tie
    Dagenham & Redbridge v Uxbridge @745pm - although the Reds face a much shorter trip across town, they face an even bigger challenge in playing a team from three divisions above them. For an eighth-tier team to get this far in the competition is a huge achievement but it will be close to miraculous for them to go much further

    National League South
    Dulwich Hamlet v Weymouth @745pm - if Palace's youngsters don't make too much a mess of the Champion Hill pitch on Monday, then this important match at the wrong end of the NLS South table should be worth a watch. Only three points apart and in the bottom six, both badly need to win

    Wednesday 21 December

    Tottenham Hotspur v OGC Nice @7pm - with the Premier League five days away from returning, Spurs host this friendly against French opposition as they look to warm-up for the restart. With several Tottenham players in action in the World Cup Final, there will be some notable absentees. Tickets are on general sale for between £5-15 with proceeds going to local foodbanks

    EFL Cup Fourth Round
    Charlton Athletic v Brighton & Hove Albion @745pm - it's hard to believe but the Addicks are the last London club left in the competition. As a League One side, that's quite a feat. With a quarter-final place now just 90 minutes away, they face Premier League opposition from Sussex. They've been having a poor time in the league this season, so this cup run has been the high point. Tickets are available for £10-15

    Essex Senior League
    Woodford Town v Stansted @745pm - of the non-league games on offer, my personal choice would be this match between two of the top eight in this league. In all honesty, neither are likely to challenge for the title but the visitors could end up in the top four with a win


    Thursday 22 December

    UEFA Women's Champions League
    Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain @8pm - one of the biggest games of the group stage sees two of the best clubs in women's football meet at Stamford Bridge. A little bit of the edge has been taken out of the game by the fact that they've both qualified for the knockout stages already but first place is still up for grabs, just about. The Blues are currently three points clear of PSG with a goal difference that's six better than their opponents so only a total thrashing will see them finish second. Tickets are available from £9


    Friday 23 December

    Essex Senior League
    Barking v Romford @745pm - the last match in London before Christmas is this groundshare derby in the ninth tier. Barking are the landlords and will be eyeing a place in the top four with a win here


    Monday 26 December

    Premier League
    Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur @1230pm - with Christmas and the World Cup behind us, the Premier League returns and we have a decent selection of derby games staggered across the day. With few players going deep into the tournament in Qatar, the Bees should be the fresher of the two. On paper, however, Spurs should win and a glance at the record books shows they haven't lost to Brentford since 1948! Tickets are not available to non-members
    Crystal Palace v Fulham @3pm - next up we've got this match between two very evenly matched teams. Level on points in midtable, both played friendlies this weekend with Palace beating Real Valladolid 2-1 on Friday and the Cottagers drawing 1-1 with West Ham. The hosts are unbeaten in five against Fulham and with home advantage, should extend that record. Tickets are not available to non-members
    Arsenal v West Ham United @8pm - lastly it's time for the league leaders to return to action. With only one defeat this season, the Gunners find themselves five points clear coming into Boxing Day and should be confident of staying there given the Hammers' poor start. With only four wins from 15, the east London club could well end the day back in the relegation zone. Tickets are not available to non-members

    Watford v Millwall @12pm - if you can't get into any of the above, which seems highly likely, then you should still be able to get a ticket for this. Although not having it all their own way, the Hornets are very much in the promotion mix and will climb to third if they win this. The Lions have had a decent start and will return to the play-off spots if they come out on top. Tickets

    League One
    Charlton Athletic v Peterborough United @3pm - having suffered three consecutive league defeats, the Addicks find themselves just four points above the relegation zone. Although Posh are among the contenders for a play-off place, they're in even worse form so there is hope. Tickets

    League Two
    AFC Wimbledon v Newport County @3pm - now unbeaten in eight league games, the Dons have climbed into the top half. Their Welsh opponents have been far less consistent and are drifting around in the doldrums of lower midtable. Since their formation in 2002, the London club have only lost twice to Newport and are unbeaten against them at home. Tickets

    National League
    Barnet v Boreham Wood @3pm - the game of the day in the fifth tier is this north London derby. These two suburbs are very close together so it's a bit of a shame that Barnet now play their games at The Hive some way from their geographical home, over the border in the London Borough of Harrow. Despite this, it should be a decent game with both sides in the top eight and targeting a play-off spot at the very least. Tickets

    National League South
    Dulwich Hamlet v Dover Athletic @3pm - this is the only game in the sixth tier. It's not one of the most eye-catching of the day but Champion Hill is usually a fun place to spend an afternoon so if you're in that part of south London, don't hesitate to get down there. Tickets

    Isthmian League Premier Division
    Enfield Town v Potters Bar Town @3pm - head north for the match of the day in the seventh tier where we have another derby to savour. PBT were top for a large part of the season but were left stunned when manager Sammy Moore suddenly resigned last month to take over Faversham who are bottom of the division below. The Hertfordshire club's form has unsurprisingly faltered in the weeks since and they're down to third. The Towners are often there or thereabouts and could move into the top four if they win and other results go their way. Tickets

    Isthmian League South Central
    Southall v Northwood @3pm -  it's been a quite amazing first half of the season for the visitors. Rarely breaking into the top 10 over the last few years, Northwood have been top for a while. However, with two defeats in their last three, Walton & Hersham are now only a point behind. The 'All are back at this level for the first time in many years and are acquitting themselves well in eighth

    SCEFL Premier
    Erith & Belvedere v Erith Town @2pm - it's derby day in Erith, meaning there's only one place to be in the ninth tier. To top it all, they're both in the top four with the hosts top and seemingly running away with it. As we reach the halfway point of the season, the Deres are already 20 points clear but the Dockers could cut that lead to seven points if they win all of their five games in hand

    ECL Division 1 South
    Frenford v Barkingside @11am - another London side to be having a great campaign are Frenford who currently lead this division and have three games in hand on their nearest challengers. Local rivals Barkingside are down in the bottom four and will do well to get anything from this. Note also the early kick-off time which allows you to see at least two games on Boxing Day


    Tuesday 27 December

    Premier League
    Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth @530pm - having lost three games in a row, the World Cup break came at a great time for the Blues. Down to eighth and now 16 points behind leaders Arsenal after only 14 games, this is unlikely to go down as one of Chelsea's best seasons. The Cherries returned to the top flight in the summer and are doing much better than many expected. Their fans also arrive with the knowledge that they won 1-0 on their last visit in 2019, the season they ended up getting relegated. Tickets are not available to non-members

    League Two
    Leyton Orient v Stevenage @1230pm - one of the most important matches of the whole Christmas period is this one between the top two in the fourth tier. With Stevenage seeing their match postponed on Saturday, the O's took full advantage with their win over Sutton putting them seven points clear. A win here would put them 10 points clear but the best part of 20 points clear of the play-off places. Very unusually for a game at this level, it's sold out 

    Isthmian League Premier Division
    Corinthian Casuals v Aveley @1pm - the best non-league option is this seventh-tier match which is of importance at either end of the table. Essex club Aveley have spent some time at the top this season but have dropped to fifth. However, the table is incredibly tight with only four points separating the sides between second and eighth. Casuals, on the other hand, are in the bottom four and scrapping for every point they can get

    Wednesday 28 December

    Isthmian League South East
    Sutton Common Rovers v Marlow @745pm - there are three non-league games on Wednesday with this eighth-tier match being the pick. SCR aren't having a great season since their move to groundshare with AFC Whyteleafe and are in the bottom six. Marlow, though, are third and very much in the hunt for the title, particularly if Northwood continue to wobble

    Thursday 29 December

    QPR v Luton Town @6pm - there's an good selection of EFL action on Thursday with this one getting us underway at an unusual time. There's little love lost between these two sets of fans and one Luton supporter was left in hospital with serious head injuries after being assaulted outside my father-in-law's restaurant following last season's match. I remember unsavoury incidents when I started to going in the '80s too. On the pitch, the R's moved back into the top six after winning 1-0 at promotion rivals Preston on Saturday to give new boss Neil Critchley a great start. The Hatters are down in 15th but the table is so tight that they're only four points behind QPR. Tickets
    Millwall v Bristol City @745pm - as mentioned above, the Lions have made a decent start but have probably drawn too many for their liking. A win at Watford on Boxing Day will probably put them back in the top six but they won't be far off whatever happens. City are having another disappointing campaign. A club with big potential, they just can't quite get it right and are only three points above the relegation zone. Tickets

    League Two
    Sutton United v Gillingham @745pm - after the highs after last season, it's been more about consolidation for the U's this time round. Seven points adrift of the play-offs and 12 points clear of the relegation zone, they're about as midtable as they can be. The Gills are rock bottom with only two wins from 20 games and should be beaten. Tickets

    Friday 30 December

    Premier League
    West Ham United v Brentford @745pm - as we move well into the second week of this blog, writing accurate previews becomes a lot harder, almost meaningless. Nonetheless, this is a derby and worth watching for that reason alone. Last season, Brentford won here to really announce themselves on the Premier League stage. On current form, they could do it again. As it stands, some tickets are still available

    Saturday 31 December

    Premier League
    Fulham v Southampton @3pm - the final match of the year takes place at Craven Cottage and it's one the hosts should win. The Saints are second from bottom at the time of writing and now under the stewardship of new boss Nathan Jones who arrived from Luton last month. Although they're struggling this season, they're unbeaten in four against Fulham. Again, some tickets do seem to be on general sale

    Sunday 1 January

    Premier League
    Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa @2pm - the new year gets underway with some top-flight action at the THS. I would expect that both sides' World Cup stars, including several from the final, will be back in their respective squads so that should make it worth watching if nothing else. At the time of writing Spurs are fourth and Villa are climbing the table under Unai Emery. Tickets are not available to non-members

    Millwall v Rotherham United @3pm - the Lions are back in action again on Sunday afternoon and should see this as a good opportunity to pick up three points. Back in the Championship after promotion, the Millers are finding life tough and currently sit just two points above the relegation zone. Tickets

    League Two
    Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon @3pm - if it was me, my choice would probably be this great looking south London derby. Earlier in the season, the U's won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Plough Lane so will be looking to keep hold of the local bragging rights. Tickets

    National League
    Bromley v Southend United @3pm - with only one win from their last five, the Ravens' promotion bid has slipped a bit. Still only three points off a play-off spot, they can get right back in it if they can beat the sixth-placed Shrimpers. Tickets

    National League South
    Dartford v Ebbsfleet United @3pm - undoubtedly the non-league match of the day is this one between the current top two in the NLS who are only separated by goal difference. To top it all, it's also a local derby. Tickets 

    Monday 2 January

    Premier League
    Brentford v Liverpool @530pm - the biggest game of the day is its last. At the time of writing, it seems very strange to say that only three points separate these two clubs in midtable. Last season, the Bees fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw against a better Reds side than the one they currently have so who knows what will happen here? Tickets are not available to non-members

    QPR v Sheffield United @8pm - after the big game against Luton, the R's then welcome title challengers from Yorkshire. One of the highlights of Michael Beale's brief spell in charge of QPR was their 1-0 win at Bramall Lane in early October. Whether they can repeat the feat here remains to be seen. Tickets

    National League
    Boreham Wood v Barnet @3pm - it is a custom in the National League to play the same opponent, usually your most local one, on Boxing Day and New Year's Day (or just after) so you already know this is decent local derby. One fact to note - since Boreham Wood won promotion to the fifth tier in 2018, they've only lost one of the 10 games they've played against Barnet in all competitions. Tickets

    Isthmian League Premier Division
    Aveley v Canvey Island @3pm - there are several great looking derbies in the seventh tier but I've set myself the challenge of only recommending one at this level and this just edges it for me. At the time of writing, both sides are in the top six and getting decent attendances. Playing only a few miles apart in Essex, it should generate a decent amount of interest on the east side of town. The matches at Haringey Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Hornchurch and Kingstonian are also well worthy of a mention

    Isthmian League South East
    VCD Athletic v Cray Valley PM @3pm - the south-east London derby at The Oakwood should be well worth 90 minutes of your time. Both in the top seven at the moment, neither are out of the title race yet

    SCEFL Premier
    Erith Town v Stansfeld @3pm - it looks being a very tough festive period for the Dockers who play the leaders on Boxing Day and follow it up by hosting the club in second soon after

    Tuesday 3 January

    Premier League
    Arsenal v Newcastle United @745pm - the Magpies were the Premier League's form team going into the World Cup and were probably disappointed to have to stop. As a result, this match against the current league leaders should be one of the finest of the next few weeks. Tickets are not available to non-members

    Essex Senior League
    Buckhurst Hill v FC Clacton @745pm - your alternative is this ninth-tier match towards the north-eastern end of the Central Line. Clacton are third at the time of writing and the hosts could be in the top four themselves by the time this come round

    Wednesday 4 January

    Premier League
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur @8pm - the Eagles are unbeaten in four against Spurs at Selhurst Park. Last season they recorded a solid 3-0 win, helped in part by the fact Tottenham were down to 10 men for the last half an hour or so. Tickets are not available to non-members

    Thursday 5 January

    Premier League
    Chelsea v Manchester City @8pm - normally one of the biggest matches of the season, Chelsea's poor form means this isn't quite as big as it could or should be. Much will depend on how well they handle Erling Haaland, the division's top scorer. Tickets are not available to non-members

    Friday 6 January

    Premier League 2
    Fulham v Manchester United @7pm - get your weekend underway with a bit of U21 action at the Cottagers' Motspur Park training ground

    Essex Senior League
    Barking v Athletic Newham @745pm - if you prefer a bit of ninth-tier action instead then you've got an east London derby to enjoy at Mayesbrook Park

    Saturday 7 January

    FA Cup Third Round
    The Third Round of the FA Cup is one of the highlights of the football season as all the biggest clubs in the land enter the draw alongside the survivors from the earlier rounds, often including non-league sides. There are five ties in the London area:
    Crystal Palace v Southampton @1230pm - the action begins at lunchtime with this all-Premier League affair. When it comes to the FA Cup, the Crystal Palace area is most famous for hosting the final between 1894-1914. The club themselves have made the final twice but never won it. In that respect, the Saints have a more successful record with one win from four final appearances. Unlike most matches at Selhurst Park, tickets will probably go on general sale on 21 December
    Tottenham Hotspur v Portsmouth @1230pm - at the same time on the north side of town, two sides with pretty impressive cup records meet at the THS. With eight wins from nine final appearances, Spurs are the fifth most successful club in the competition's history. As someone born in the '70s, it seems almost unthinkable that their last title came way back in 1991 but that's the case. With two wins from five appearances, third tier Pompey last won it under Harry Redknapp in 2010. As it stands, tickets are not on general sale
    Millwall v Sheffield United @3pm - two Championship sides go toe-to-toe in one of the mid-afternoon kick-offs. The Blades have won on their last two visits to The Den and will start as favourites here. Tickets
    Boreham Wood v Accrington Stanley @3pm - one of only three non-league clubs left in the competition, The Wood should worry any EFL team. Famously making it all the way to the Fifth Round last year, League One strugglers Accrington could be in for a tough afternoon. Tickets
    Brentford v West Ham United @530pm - for the second time in little over a week, these two London sides meet again. The Bees are one of the only Premier League teams not have made it beyond the quarter-finals but it's no great surprise when you consider most of their time has been spent outside the top flight. The Hammers, on the other hand, have won it three times. As it stands, membership is required to get tickets

    League One
    Charlton Athletic v Lincoln City @3pm - at the time of writing there's not much I can say about this other than neither of these midtable teams look set to be troubling the promotion chasers this season. Tickets

    League Two
    Leyton Orient v Doncaster Rovers @3pm - as previously mentioned, the O's are having a great season but they need to be wary of Donny who are on course for a play-off spot and might well be in the top six by the time this comes around. Tickets

    National League
    Wealdstone v Eastleigh @3pm - in my opinion there's no standout fixture in the fifth tier so I'll give the Stones a mention. These teams are just a point apart at the time of writing and on the cusp of the play-off places. Tickets

    Southern League Premier South
    Harrow Borough v Weston-super-Mare @3pm - with Dulwich the only sixth-tier team in action and having given them a mention already, I'm going to move swiftly on to the seventh tier where again there isn't a standout game. I've gone for this as it features Harrow, my favourite non-league club, and WSM who are currently top so should be worth checking out. Tickets

    Isthmian League South Central
    Walton & Hersham v Marlow @3pm - at the time of writing, these two are second and third in the division so this could produce a real cracker of a game!

    CCL Premier North
    Egham Town v Edgware & Kingsbury @3pm - the top two London clubs in the division, as it stands, could produce one of the games of the day in the ninth tier

    CCL Division 1
    Bedfont v FC Deportivo Galicia @3pm - two of the top five who play at grounds which lie right next to each other. FCD are only three points off top spot at the time of writing

    Sunday 8 January

    Women's FA Cup Third Round
    Charlton Athletic v MK Dons @12pm - postponed from before Christmas, several delayed ties will be played on Sunday. The Addicks play a level above their opponents so should start as favourites
    London City Lionesses v Portsmouth @1pm - it's second tier against third tier again at Princes Park. The winners face a trip to Spurs in the next round
    Crystal Palace v Watford @2pm - there's a similar match-up at Hayes Lane but in this case, the Hornets are pushing for promotion from the third tier and should be seen as dangerous opposition for the Eagles

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:05:31 -0800 Sportsman
    Carabao Cup: Round of 16 Preview
    Football fans, pundits and the like see club football return with an absolute cracker in the Carabao Cup. Manchester City goes toe-to-toe at the Etihad Arena against defending champions Liverpool in the highlight for the Round of 16, Man United starts life without Cristiano Ronaldo against Vincent Kompany’s Championship-leading Burnley among much more.

    Tuesday 20 December

    MK Dons 58/10 
    Draw 36/10 
    Leicester City 9/20 

    Leicester City has shown they are able to make good cup runs, winning both the FA Cup and EFL Cup in recent years. The Foxes travel South on the M1 to Stadium MK where they last defeated the now League One side 6-0. Back Brendan Rodgers in all multiples.

    Wolves 1/7
    Draw 1/7
    Gillingham 19/1 

    Gillingham is still in the swing of things as League Two has remained in full swing throughout the World Cup, but the Southwestern Based club is struggling for form. Wolves are non-the better, rock bottom in the Premier League, but they have maintained a level of focus with two club friendlies. However, newly appointed Julen Lopetegui has to get through this encounter without key players Romain Saiss and Ruben Neves. Still, the Wolves have enough quality to overcome this tie, and for a little value back Only Wolves to score at 11/20.

    Southampton 1/3
    Draw 46/10
    Lincoln 8/1 

    Southampton has not been able to show the quality they possess and changing managers mid-season means an entire reshuffle. The Saints’ previous round penalty win over Sheffield Wednesday did, however, show that even in a difficult space an on-paper outlook translates onto the field. Back Southampton to defeat League one side Lincoln and Both teams to Score (Yes) at 2/1.

    Wednesday 21 December

    Blackburn 7/4 
    Draw 24/10
    Nottingham Forrest 31/20 

    Even though Nottingham Forrest boasts the title of a Premier League side, with all due respect they belong in the Championship. So, when the Reds face off with third-placed Championship side Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park it will not be an easy fete. Double Chance Draw/Nottingham and Over 1.5 at 17/20 is the punt.

    Newcastle 5/10
    Draw 34/10
    Bournemouth 5/1

    St James's Park has become a fortress that Bournemouth has had to face this season already. A 1-1 draw ensued where The Magpies should have capitalized on all three points. You can be sure Eddie Howe will right his side’s wrongs when facing current caretaker manager Gary O’Neil. Newcastle will use this fixture as a competitive warm-up to hit the ground running when they restart their impressive Premier League campaign thus far. Back the home team.

    Charlton 13/2
    Draw 42/10
    Brighton 4/10 

    This one is as straightforward as it seems. Brighton had an impressive eight players representing them at the World Cup, and star performer Alexis Mac Allister of Argentina will be the only player more than likely to miss this fixture against League One outfit, Charlton. Replacing Graham Potter seemed a tough ask, but Italian Roberto De Zerbi has been a breath of fresh air for the Seagulls. At 4/10 back Brighton in all multiples.

    Man United 4/10
    Draw 4/1
    Burnley 6/1 

    Manchester United ended the Premier League campaign under major scrutiny by former player Cristiano Ronaldo which led to some massive off-field changes. While there seems to be steadily growing stability on the field under Erik Ten Hag, a matchup with Burnley manager Vincent Kompany is bound to produce fireworks. This is not the same Burnley side we’ve come to know under Sean Dyche and they lead the Championship with goals galore. Burnley on the Draw/Win Double Chance at 17/10 is not unlikely.

    Thursday 22 December

    Man City 8/10
    Draw 29/10
    Liverpool 32/10 

    The defending champions Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium to face their toughest challenge eight-time League Cup winners Manchester City.

    There is a stark contrast to the form Liverpool possessed last season to the current, and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have faced further injuries to add to the insults. Seven of the scouser side departed for Qatar, and just one remains – Ibrahim Konate and Joel Matip’s return is refreshing – but Klopp sustained another blow as Luis Diaz is set for knee surgery. – but five players still get a week of rest and recuperation earmarked to return to camp on the 19th of December. If all is well, some may feature from the bench.

    Liverpool has shown even in their darkest hour, they can come out on top against the best in the league defeating Man City in their last three meetings.

    Manchester City had a huge chunk of their players participating in the World Cup, but just Julián Álvarez will miss the big matchup. Pep Guardiola will not be perturbed as Erling Haaland has been primed and ready itching to get back on the field.

    Somehow, Liverpool is always the kryptonite of the Sky Blues and has not won at the Etihad since 2020. I’m backing recent history here and the Draw/Win Double Chance in favour of Liverpool at 9/10 is hard to pass up.

    MULTIPLE @ 47/10

    Leicester City Win 9/20
    Newcastle United Win 5/10
    Brighton Win 4/10
    Liverpool Draw/Win Double Chance 9/10

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    Timeless memories Why is the FIFA World Cup the single-most greatest sporting spectacle? If you think of it from a certain perspective, the tournament’s relatively systematic structure can answer this question. The top-most players from the best footballing nations gather together and put on a show, taking each other on in the world’s most popular sport. The […]

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    The next one – 2026 The 2022 FIFA World Cup has now been done and dusted as Argentina defeated France on penalties to win their third title. After a thrilling 120 minutes, which ended with the score tied at 3-3. But Argentina kept their calm to score all their penalties while France failed to do so. The win has finally […]

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    Transfer gossip: Man Utd outcast wanted by Hammers, World Cup star prefers Liverpool Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:48:49 -0800 Sportsman Lionel Messi: The ridiculous records and silly statistics of obviously the greatest player ever Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:48:49 -0800 Sportsman FIFA might finally have bitten off more than they can chew with Club World Cup foolishness Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:48:49 -0800 Sportsman Messi winning the World Cup cemented Qatar 2022's sporting legacy Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:47:33 -0800 Sportsman World Cup final VAR Review: Di Maria penalty, Otamendi red card, Thuram dive Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:47:33 -0800 Sportsman All&time classic World Cup final crowns Messi's glorious career Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:47:33 -0800 Sportsman Monday’s Top Tips: The Caddy & Messi Deliver Winning Finale

    Well done to Argentina. And to Lionel Messi.

    Qatar 2022 served up a stunning finale in which Argentina and France produced an absolute classic. The South Americans prevailed on penalties and Lionel Messi crowned a wonderful career as champion of the world. And well done to everyone who was on Argentina from the outset at around 5/1 or 6/1.

    Argentina weren't the only winners on Sunday – Congrats to Antoine Rozner who won the Mauritius Open and with that became the Caddy's 15th outright winner of a sensational 2022. That means he's now topped last year's tally of 14 winners in a calendar year which is simply incredible.

    The 29-year-old Frenchman was the Caddy's top pick at 16/1 and his win caps a fantatsic year by our top golf tipster who just keeps picking winner after winner. Well done The Caddy, more on him later in the week.

    There's not a lot on offer on the betting front today but now that the World Cup is over attention will return to the domestic game and the return of the Premier League and top flight competitions across Europe this week.

    Racing Tips

    With some warmer temperatures expected for Monday, it looks like we have a strong possibility of the jumps racing starting again. Rizzel has his only fancy of the day running at Punchestown.

    As always, let us know your best betting tips and predictions for today in the comments section below and good luck with all your bets!

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    From West Ham flop to Argentina hero – Lionel Scaloni’s incredible journey to World Cup glory Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:24:29 -0800 Sportsman Transfer Centre LIVE! Man Utd considering move for Ajax and Ghana star Kudus Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:24:26 -0800 Sportsman Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, December 19, 2022 – Jim Lovell

    “Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.”


    “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”


    “The moon is essentially gray, no color. It looks like plaster of Paris, like dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it.”


    “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”


    “From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It wasn’t a miracle, we just decided to go.”

    Wikipedia:  Jim Lovell

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    The leadership of Nigeria Football Federation and that of the Iraqi Football Association will interface and cross-fertilize sometime next month with a view to exploring avenues for greater cooperation and collaboration in the football sphere.

    Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, during a courtesy visit to the Ambassador of Iraq to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Anwer Saeed, President of the NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau expressed the keen desire of the NFF to collaborate with countries with pedigree in the game to ensure real growth for the Nigeria game from the grassroots.

    “Our country has a solid pedigree in the game of football as well as over 200 million passionate football followers and stakeholders. We are aware of the fact that the people of Iraq are also very passionate about the game of football. It is important to seize the opportunity to explore areas of cooperation and collaboration that will benefit our two nations.

    “Football is that big unifying factor that keeps getting bigger and stronger in holding the world together and assuming a greater role in international relations. It is also a soft power with a booming economy, and collaboration is needed to accomplish great things and attain higher levels.”

    Iraq’s senior men team, nicknamed the Lions of Mesopotamia, won the Asian Cup in 2007 and have won the Arab Cup four times, and the country of 44 million people is known for its passion and high-decibel support for its football teams and clubs.

    Responding, His Excellency Saeed congratulated the NFF President on his victory in the elections and assured him that the Iraqi Football Association would be delighted by the offer to explore ways of greater collaboration, given Nigeria’s accomplishments in the game globally. He also mentioned the fact that a number of Nigerian footballers are presently plying their trade in the Iraqi league.

    Also on the courtesy visit were the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire; Director of Competitions, Ruth David; Chief Protocol Officer, Emmanuel Ayanbunmi and; special assistant to NFF President, Abubakar Barde. Mr. Ibrahim Al-Badri (Consul/Administrative Manager) and Mrs Sakina Al-Khalifa (Secretary to Head of Mission) were with HE Saeed.


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  • Eastern Michigan takes on San Jose State in the Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday, December 20th
  • San Jose State is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games played
  • Check out all the odds and our predictions for Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State below

  • Eastern Michigan and San Jose State will do battle in this year’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Make your Tuesday afternoon more interesting by betting on this Eastern Michigan vs. San Jose State matchup.

    Eastern Michigan (8-4) has won three straight games, most recently beating up on Central Michigan by a score of 38-19.

    Meanwhile, San Jose State (7-4) took down Hawaii 27-14 on November 26th.

    The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl gets underway at 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 20th. You can catch Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State over on ESPN. Until then check out all the odds and our best bets below.

    Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State Odds

    Team Spread Moneyline Total
    Eastern Michigan +4.5 +150 Over 54.5 (-110)
    San Jose State -4.5 -182 Under 54.5 (-110)

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    San Jose State enters the Idaho Potato Bowl as 4.5-point favorites. While the total for Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State sits at 54.5. Currently, 71% of ATS bettors like Eastern Michigan to cover the spread.

    Eastern Michigan Betting Trends

    The Eastern Michigan Eagles head to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in fine form. The Eagles have won and covered in three straight games. Good teams win, great teams cover.

    Quarterback Taylor Powell has thrown for over 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year. While Samson Evans leads the Eagles with 1,084 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

    The Eagles’ hard-nosed rushing attack has powered them to 29th in third-down offense and a top-ten red zone touchdown percentage.

    Eastern Michigan has been on a heater lately, covering in 4 of their past 5 games played. Moreover, Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton is 3-1 against the spread in bowl games, while the Eagles are 5-1 ATS as underdogs this season.

    San Jose State Betting Trends

    San Jose State quarterback Chevan Cordeiro leads the Spartans offense. The junior from Honululu has thrown for 2,884 yards and 20 touchdowns with just 4 interceptions on the year.

    However, this San Jose State team is built around its defense. The Spartans have surrendered just over 20 points per game this season, good for 15th in the nation. Additionally, the Spartans have allowed just 4.7 yards per play and only 3.3 yards per rush. On top of that, San Jose State has the number one sack percentage in the nation at 11.53%.

    Furthermore, the Spartans have covered the spread in 6 of their last 7 games played in December.

    Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State Prediction

    Eastern Michigan has been on an absolute tear against the spread. That being said, the best unit on the field on Tuesday will be the San Jose State defense. Look for the Spartans defensive line to dictate the play and bring the heat against an overmatched Eagles offensive line.

    While the Spartans aren’t the popular play in this one, take San Jose State to cover the spread.

    Idaho Potato Bowl Pick: San Jose State -4.5 (-110)


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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:45:21 -0800 Sportsman
    Liberty vs Toledo Odds and Picks – Prediction for Boca Raton Bowl
  • Toledo battles Liberty on Tuesday night in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 20th
  • The Rockets are currently 4.5-point betting favorites against the Flames in the CFB odds
  • Read below for Liberty vs Toledo odds, spread and predictions for this bowl matchup

  • The Boca Raton Bowl sees Liberty and Toledo get it on this Tuesday night, December 20. Kickoff is set for just after 7:30 PM ET at FAU Stadium, and the game will be live on ESPN as part of their “Bowl Week”. Now, both teams are trying to end their season on a good note while getting to nine wins.

    Toledo is currently a 4.5-point betting favorite and the total is set at 54.5 for this contest. The Rockets are decent favorites.

    Let’s look at the Liberty vs Toledo odds and offer you our best bets and predictions.

    Liberty vs Toledo Odds

    Team Spread Moneyline Total
    Liberty +4.5 (-110) +165 Over 54.5 (-110)
    Toledo -4.5 (-110) -200 Under 54.5 (-110)

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    Toledo is -200 on the moneyline in the college football odds, giving them 66.7% implied probability to win.

    Toledo Not Done Yet

    So, Head Coach Jason Candle saw his Toledo team get off to a great start and then get pummeled by Ohio State. He strapped in knowing this would be one wild ride. Still, the Rockets showed a ton of resiliency. Despite sneaking into the MAC Championship Game, the Toledo defense stepped up in a big way. They stunned Ohio 17-7 and look to finish their season off with a win against Liberty.

    Yes, toss out the Buckeyes game and the Rockets have allowed a mere 20.4 points per contest. That would easily rank well inside the top 40 among defenses in college football.

    Now, Toledo does not lose any significant players to the transfer portal or to the NFL Draft. That is the good news. Desjuan Johnson and Quinyon Mitchell key the Rockets’ defense. Johnson caused 16.5 tackles for a loss along with 5.5 sacks and an interception. Mitchell picked off five passes and leads their secondary against what is a prolific Liberty attack.

    The key for the Rockets involves DeQuan Finn. His ability to stretch the field with his legs and his arm could cause Liberty some matchup problems. Finn ran for 86 yards on 18 carries against Ohio along with 154 yards and a passing touchdown. The signal-caller combined for 30 touchdowns on the season (22 passing, eight rushing).

    This boils down to balance for Toledo. Keeping Liberty off the field is vital to their chances of winning on Tuesday night. The Rockets possess some sneaky wide receivers like Jerjuan Newton. His nine touchdowns and nearly 800 yards led the team. He displays game-breaking speed much like Finn does with his legs.

    Liberty Has A New “Interim” Boss

    Head coach Hugh Freeze left for the SEC and Auburn after the regular season ended. Interim head coach Josh Aldridge knows his team makes a few too many mistakes for his liking. Liberty’s crowning achievement was shocking Arkansas 21-19 in Arkansas. Unfortunately, the Flames followed that up with three consecutive defeats.

    Yes, two of those defeats were close but losing to Virginia Tech never should have happened. Then, New Mexico State pummeling Liberty added salt to the wound.

    This game asks the following question. Which Liberty team will we see? Do the Flames come out like the squad that won six straight contests and looks like a top-25 team? Or do we get the Liberty that lost three straight and looked lost against New Mexico State? As crazy as this sounds, this is the first full-night game the Flames have played all season. Does that have an effect?

    The key for Liberty remains do not turn the ball over so much.

    Liberty’s preseason NCAAF win total of 6.5 victories was reached in late October. Their last win was that Arkansas game.

    Toledo vs Liberty Prediction

    Most pundits have Liberty as providing solid competition against Liberty, but is Josh Aldridge a little too respectful? We will find out Tuesday night.

    Given that Liberty comes in on a cold streak and Toledo is riding that high of upending Ohio, the advantage looks to be on the side of the Rockets.

    Toledo laying 4.5 points seems reasonable given how balanced of an offense they are when Finn makes less mistakes. The defense of the Rockets becomes the great equalizer Tuesday night.

    Pick:  Toledo -4.5 (-110)


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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:45:19 -0800 Sportsman
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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:44:01 -0800 Sportsman
    Bitesize Prediction: Aberdeen vs Rangers – 20/12/22 Competition: Scottish Premiership Market: Both teams to score Odds: 5/6 @ 888sport In what could be an enjoyable affair from Pittodrie on Tuesday night, Rangers will make the trip to Aberdeen. Starting with the hosts, hit with late heartbreak on home soil over the weekend as they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of […]

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    Bitesize Prediction: Southampton vs Lincoln – 20/12/22 Competition: EFL Cup Market: Southampton win to nil Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport Looking to extend on their EFL Cup run in midweek, Southampton will welcome Lincoln to St. Mary’s on Tuesday night. Starting with the hosts, heading into the World Cup’s enforced winter break with a routine 3-1 loss away at Premier League giants Liverpool, […]

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    Rumour Has It: Chelsea, Real Madrid and Man City prepare bids for Croatia talent Josko Gvardiol Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City are reportedly the three leading candidates to land prized RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol after his excellent World Cup for Croatia. Gvardiol, 20, has emerged as one of the top young centre-backs in the world after breaking into Leipzig’s starting XI last season, and with 19 senior caps for […]

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:42:45 -0800 Sportsman
    Report: Former No. 1 Overall Recruit Travis Hunter Enters Transfer Portal Like coach Deion Sanders, it is widely speculated that Hunter will move from Jackson State to Colorado.

    Jackson State freshman standout Travis Hunter has entered the transfer portal, according to a Sunday night report from 247Sports.

    Hunter, a two-way player whose December 2021 commitment to play for the Tigers was considered a landmark moment in the history of HBCU football, was the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2022.

    In seven games played during the 2022 regular season, the West Palm Beach, Fla. native recorded 15 tackles, two interceptions, 14 receptions, 141 yards, and two receiving touchdowns. He also had two receiving touchdowns in the Celebration Bowl, including a game-tying grab as time expired in regulation during Jackson State's 41–34 overtime loss to NC Central.

    Hunter's departure comes on the heels of Tigers head coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders departing to take the same position at Colorado on Dec. 3.

    In the weeks following his hiring, Sanders has been active in bringing key pieces of his Jackson State regime to Boulder. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Deion's son, entered the transfer portal shortly after the Celebration Bowl, and is expected to join his father with the Buffaloes.

    Similarly, Sanders told fans in an Instagram chat last week that Hunter would join him in Colorado "real soon."

    Deion Sanders, Shedeur Sanders, and Hunter appeared together in Tigers regalia on the cover of Sports Illustrated in July 2022, ahead of Jackson State's 12–1 season.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:40:09 -0800 Sportsman
    Bo Nix Will Return for 2023 Season With Oregon Nix will look to build on a 2022 season that was the best in his college career.

    Oregon quarterback Bo Nix announced that he will return to school for his final season of eligibility in 2023, putting the Ducks squarely in the discussion for the Pac-12 title next year.

    Oregon’s official football account released a video announcing Nix’s decision, which included highlights of this past season with the Ducks and a statement from the quarterback himself.

    “There is nothing like a Saturday in Autzen Stadium in front of the best fans in college football,” Nix said. “There’s nothing like playing for my coaches and going to battle with my teammates. There’s nothing like being an Oregon Duck. For 2023, I’m back.”

    After transferring from Auburn to Oregon prior to the 2022 season, Nix enjoyed his best season as a college quarterback under first year coach Dan Lanning.

    Nix notched career highs in completion percentage (71.5%), passing yards (3,388), yards per attempt (8.9) and passing touchdowns (27). He also rushed for a career-high 504 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    Nix led Oregon to a 9–3 season and a berth to the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 against North Carolina. Now with another year remaining at Oregon, he will look to use the bowl game to springboard himself and the team into 2023, where the Ducks will likely be one of the top teams in the nation.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:40:09 -0800 Sportsman
    TCU QB Max Duggan Declares for 2023 NFL Draft In a statement tweeted out Sunday, the unlikely Heisman finalist announced his intent to enter the NFL draft following the College Football Playoff.

    As he prepares for TCU's biggest game in eight decades, senior Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan is simultaneously turning his eyes to the future.

    In a statement tweeted out Sunday afternoon, Duggan announced his intent to enter the NFL draft following the College Football Playoff.

    "Being a student athlete at TCU has been the greatest experience of my life. It has helped me develop as a football player, earn a degree, and become a better man," Duggan wrote. He thanked his family, teammates, coaches and Horned Frogs fans, concluding by writing, "I will be entering the 2023 NFL draft. But first, we still have business to take care of."

    Duggan, who threw 30 touchdowns against four interceptions in 2022, ranks as one of the unlikeliest Heisman finalists in recent history.

    The Council Bluffs, Iowa native didn't start in TCU's season opener, as redshirt freshman Chandler Morris won the job out of camp. When Morris was injured in the Horned Frogs' season-opening win over Colorado, Duggan relieved him—and from then, he never relinquished his role.

    TCU, picked seventh in the Big 12 preseason media poll, ran off 12 straight wins to open the season, only tripping up in the Big 12 Championship against Kansas State.

    Duggan, meanwhile, won a slew of postseason awards. He became the Horned Frogs' second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, joining Trevone Boykin in 2015, and the first TCU quarterback to win the Davey O'Brien Award as college football's best quarterback — an award named after Horned Frogs legend Davey O'Brien.

    TCU will play Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Eve, seeking a trip to the National Championship in Los Angeles on Jan. 9.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:40:09 -0800 Sportsman
    NFL Week 15 Game Recap: Los Angeles Chargers 17, Tennessee Titans 14 Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:29:58 -0800 Sportsman NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Recap: Washington Commanders vs. New York Giants Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:29:57 -0800 Sportsman NFL Week 15 Game Recap: New York Giants 20, Washington Commanders 12 Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:29:56 -0800 Sportsman Travis Hunter Jr. Officially Enters Transfer Portal After Deion Sanders Says Former No. 1 Recruit’s Move To Colorado Is Imminent

    Deion Sanders has made it abundantly clear that the Colorado football roster is going to look very different next season. When the Buffaloes take the field on the road at TCU on Sept. 2, 2023 to begin the Coach Prime era, there will be a lot of new faces on both sides of the ball.

    Travis Hunter Jr. will be one of them. At least, so says both Hunter and his head coach.

    Hunter, the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2022, sent shockwaves across the college football world when he chose to commit to play for Jackson State over Florida State and 17 other offers from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Michigan. It was a monumental decision that made him the first-ever No. 1 overall recruit to commit to an FCS program and the first five-star recruit to commit to play for the Tigers.

    In the time since, Hunter balled out on the gridiron. Although he spent much of his freshman season dealing with injury, he was a dominant force whenever he was on the field— both offense and defense.

    Hunter played both ways in high school, like many top-ranked recruits. However, it is rare for that to continue in college.

    Not for Travis Hunter Jr.

    He is Him— just ask him.

    While at Jackson State, Hunter recorded his first-career touchdown as a wide receiver and his first-career interception in the same quarter of the game. To celebrate the latter, he paid homage to his Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach.

    And now he is joining him in Colorado. Assuming everything goes according to plan.

    Over the last few weeks, since taking the job in Boulder, Coach Prime has made quite the entrance. He declared that his four-star quarterback son Shedeur would be the starting quarterback in the opening statement of his introductory press conference and told Buffs players to hit the transfer portal if they aren’t up for competition because he is bringing his “Louis Vuitton luggage,” aka top-tier transfers.

    Of those transfers Sanders is bringing in, his sons Shedeur and Shilo will be coming from Jackson State. Their names officially hit the transfer portal database not long after a tough loss in the Celebration Bowl.

    Travis Hunter Jr. is expected to play for the Buffaloes.

    Hunter teased his transfer out of Jackson State not long after Colorado received its first commitment of the new era. He officially entered the portal on Sunday night.

    During a livestream on Instagram earlier this month, Coach Prime said that Hunter is coming “real soon.” He also laughed at the idea that there was any speculation about the two-way star’s future.

    Sanders’ declaration is no surprise. But it is unique. This has never happened before.

    Hunter was not in the transfer portal at the time. He had not even announced his intentions to transfer, other than on a livestream that he has since deleted.

    And yet, the head coach at Colorado was saying that his former recruit at an FCS program will be transferring sooner than later. And that same head coach has never coached on the FBS level, let alone on the Power Five level.

    Sanders is making a splash. Or, as he would say, “he’s coming.”

    He really wants everybody to know that he’s coming.

    Travis Hunter Jr. is coming with him— though there are still a lot of formal steps to be taken for that to happen.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:28:42 -0800 Sportsman
    Deion Sanders Consoles Jackson State Player Who Dropped Gut&Wrenching Overtime TD In Emotional Locker Room Video

    Deion Sanders’ final game at Jackson State was the most demoralizing loss of his three years with the program and it came on the biggest stage. The Tigers, for the second year in a row, were not able to win the Celebration Bowl.

    After the game, he delivered a profound message of gratitude to his players, the media and his school.

    Deion Sanders is 0-2 in the Celebration Bowl. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Coach Prime, who accepted the Colorado job after winning the SWAC Championship in dominant fashion, has been back and forth between Mississippi and Boulder over the last few weeks. While recruiting for the Buffaloes, he has also had to keep a pulse on the team he left for the Power Five.

    Where many coaches that leave for a new opportunity are not given the chance to stay with their former team for a bowl game or choose not to, it was important for Sanders to finish what he started. He was very emotional in pregame.

    Unfortunately, Sanders could not get it done.

    Jackson State entered Saturday’s HBCU national championship as significant favorites. In fact, North Carolina Central was the biggest betting underdog of the entire bowl season.

    And yet, the Eagles pulled off the upset win after going down 21-17 at halftime. They almost won the game in regulation.

    N.C. Central held a 34-27 lead with just one play left in the fourth quarter. Jackson State had the ball and Shedeur Sanders found former No. 1 overall recruit Travis Hunter Jr. for six as time expired.

    In overtime, the first in Celebration Bowl history, it was the Eagles who got the ball first and a violent stiff arm set up the first points of the extra period. They went on to add seven points to their total and put the pressure back on the Tigers to answer.

    In response, Jackson State drove to the one-yard-line to set up 3rd-and-goal.

    A brutal drop proved costly.

    Shedeur took the snap and rolled out to his right and hit tight end Hayden Hagler, who was wide open in the end zone. Hagler couldn’t hold on.

    It was gut-wrenching to watch.

    Moments later, the N.C. Central defense held and the Eagles took down the Tigers in overtime.

    Coach Prime’s final game at Jackson State ended in a loss. It was the second-straight Celebration Bowl loss for the undefeated SWAC Champions.

    Deion Sanders addressed his team and the media one final time after the loss.

    While speaking to his players after a tumultuous few weeks and a disappointing result in the Celebration Bowl, an emotional Coach Prime lifted his players up and told them that he loves them. He not only thanked them for the role that they played in his life, he made sure to emphasize that the fault does not fall on one person.

    To close out his speech, Sanders put his support behind new head coach T.C. Taylor. He implored the Tigers to stick with the program, not to enter the transfer portal, and to play for Taylor like they played for him.

    Coach Prime also went over to Hagler and individually consoled him after the drop. He wanted to be very clear that the loss does not fall on his shoulders.

    In addition to his time with the players, Sanders addressed the media. He thanked them for everything, both the good and the bad, and expressed his sincere gratitude to Jackson State and everyone that gave him the opportunity to do what he did in Mississippi and will continue to do in Colorado.

    Now, it’s on to Colorado. Sanders will get on a jet and head back to Boulder for a massive recruiting weekend. His tenure in Mississippi came to a close on a sour note, but his head is held high.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:28:42 -0800 Sportsman
    College Football’s Oldest Quarterback To End Career, Enter NFL Draft Before 30th Birthday

    College football’s oldest active quarterback, Austin Aune, had his collegiate career come to a close on Saturday night. He plans to turn pro and enter the NFL Draft in April before his 30th birthday.

    North Texas Mean Green quarterback Austin Aune is going pro. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Aune, who turned 29 years old in September, has one of the more intriguing stories in sports. He graduated high school in 2012 and enrolled in college for the first time in 2018.

    Born on September 6, 1993, Aune grew up in the small town of Argyle, Texas and was a two-sport star in high school. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect earned a three-star ranking as the starting quarterback and originally committed to TCU in 2011, but his future was initially in baseball.

    Aune also started at shortstop and chose to forgo a college football career after being selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft and inking a $1,000,000 signing bonus. Can you blame him?

    Unfortunately, the baseball thing didn’t work out.

    Aune spent six seasons in the New York farm system but never got out of the Class-A level. He had a career batting average of just .226 and decided to hang it up following the 2017 season.

    Just a few months later, Aune turned his focus back to the gridiron and joined the Arkansas Razorbacks for their spring practice in 2018. However, the quarterback room was crowded so he transferred to North Texas before the fall.

    Aune redshirted as a freshman and served as the third-string in 2019 and backup in 2020. He finally won the job during Week 5 of the 2021 season and led the Mean Green from a 1-3 record to a 6-6 finish.

    As a result of his play last season, Austin Aune was the incumbent starter for 2022 as a 28-year-old.

    He turned 29 not long after earning Conference USA Player of the Week honors in Week 0.

    Aune led the Mean Green to a 7-5 regular season record and a C-USA Championship appearance. By throwing his 32nd touchdown of the year in the conference title game, he set a school record.

    Unfortunately, Aune’s college career came to a disappointing end on Saturday night in a chippy, three-point loss in the Frisco Bowl.

    Now, after six years of minor league baseball and five years of college football, Aune is set to turn pro. He, his high school sweetheart wife, and his one-year-old daughter will hope to hear his name called in April.

    If he makes an NFL roster, Austin Aune would be a 30-year-old rookie come Week 1 of 2023.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 21:28:42 -0800 Sportsman
    Signing off in style Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:17:08 -0800 Sportsman United Women 4 Sheffield United 0 Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:17:08 -0800 Sportsman United defender Martinez wins the World Cup with Argentina Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:17:07 -0800 Sportsman Report reckons Rugani and Gatti are not good enough for Juventus

    Juventus were missing key players for their mid-season Friendly against Arsenal, which gave new players and those who have played little the chance to stake a claim for a shirt.

    Two players with a point to prove were Daniele Rugani and Federico Gatti, who have hardly played any minutes of football all season.

    Both players were surrounded by a number of youngsters as Max Allegri gave chances to some budding players in the Juve U19 and Next Gen teams.

    However, they failed to impress, and a report on Il Bianconero reveals it clearly shows Juve is nothing without their Brazilian defenders.

    Gleison Bremer, Danilo and Alex Sandro did not play the game after being given extended breaks following their World Cup appearances with Brazil.

    Leonardo Bonucci has been dealing with different fitness problems this season and did not travel for the fixture because of another injury.

    Yet Gatti and Rugani proved that Juve could be in trouble if the players above them on the pecking order are not available to play.

    Juve FC Says

    Rugani and Gatti have not been getting enough minutes to play this season, and their shaky performance in the game shows why Max Allegri has been benching them.

    They need to do better, or the club will sell and replace them at the end of this season.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:14:35 -0800 Sportsman
    Marchisio reveals what it was like working with Deschamps at Juventus

    Didier Deschamps was the man charged with helping Juventus gain promotion back to Serie A after their relegation in 2006 because of Calciopoli.

    The Frenchman had led AS Monaco to the final of the Champions League and was one of the best young managers in the world at the time.

    He led Juve back to Serie A before resigning as the club’s manager and has had a promising managerial career so far.

    He won the 2018 World Cup and reached the final of the 2022 edition and Euro 2016 with the French national team.

    He is seen as a very calm figure, but the former Juve man Claudio Marchisio says it could be a problem when he gets angry.

    He tells Football Italia of an incident when they worked together at Juve:

    “I had never been sent off at youth level, it was a really unfair decision and I was stunned. I was so sad to leave the team down to 10 men in that match, so when we went back into training, I expected a telling off from the coach.

    “Deschamps greeted me with a really grim face. He’s a nice guy, but if he gets angry… He told me I should be more careful.

    “I turned around, shamed, and then heard him laughing. He looked at me and said: ‘Don’t worry, just keep playing in your way.’”

    Juve FC Says

    Deschamps was a good Juve manager and only left because of disagreements with the club’s hierarchy.

    He is proving his worth now in the world of football, and he may return as our manager someday in the future.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:14:35 -0800 Sportsman
    Youri Djorkaeff says Italy does not grow its young talents

    Former Serie A star Youri Djorkaeff has blasted Italian clubs for showing a lack of faith in young players, suggesting it is the reason Italy failed to qualify for this World Cup.

    The Italians have missed back-to-back World Cups despite owning one of the top leagues in the world and winning Euro 2020 in Wembley.

    It is a remarkably sad reality and Djorkaeff suggests they could be in a different position if they were particular about grooming young talents like Spain and other countries.

    He said via Calciomercato:

    “There was talk of imitating France while I was still at Inter and you never did. Spain grows young people, Holland invests in young people, Italy never, never. It is not normal for the blues not to be here”.

    Juve FC Says

    Max Allegri has previously been considered a manager who does not like to use young players, and the Bianconeri gaffer has had to prove that wrong.

    He has now given debuts to the likes of Fabio Miretti, Nicolo Fagioli and Samuel Iling-Junior, even though the latter is not Italian.

    If other clubs follow his example and start trusting their young Italian talents, the national team will get an endless supply of football talents.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:14:34 -0800 Sportsman
    World Cup Final preview. Argentina v France. Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:56:46 -0800 Sportsman Imagine him & Rashford: ETH could bring glory to MUFC by signing £107m "phenomenon" & opinion

    Manchester United are on the hunt for a new talisman following the mutual termination of legendary striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract last month, following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan. 

    United manager Erik ten Hag is considering swooping for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann following the forward’s efforts at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where he played a pivotal role in France’s surge towards a second successive final. 

    This is according to French outlet Mediafoot, who state that the Red Devils are positively desperate to land their man, who has been the essential cog in the Les Bleus system.

    The report continues that United have held an interest in the player since 2017, increasing the attention on their man in the summer, with the player instead re-signing for Atletico from FC Barcelona.

    Rashford connection

    With United’s interest piqued and the cub boasting the financial wealth to strike a deal, the 116-cap French star could indeed find himself at the centre of a huge move to Old Trafford, with the likes of Marcus Rashford cashing in on a swoop.

    The 25-year-old forward has been in fine form for club and country this term, scoring eight goals for United before clinching three goals with England at the World Cup. 

    Griezmann has scored six goals and served five assists across 21 appearances for the Madrid-based side, starting just 12 times, but has eclipsed that form at club level by rising to the occasion in Qatar with the French national team.

    Indeed, as per Sofascore, the 31-year-old recorded a stunning rating of 7.8 at the World Cup, bettered only by Eduardo Camavinga for France, who featured on just two occasions.

    The starring role for the gem, deployed behind towering centre-forward Olivier Giroud, has left him and his nation to reap the rewards of his all-encompassing performances.

    Starting five matches and providing three assists, Griezmann averaged 3.5 key passes per match, created seven big chances, completed 85% of his passes and averaged 1.8 tackles per showing.

    It is this level of genius, the ubiquity in his presence as the roaming playmaker in front of the midfield anchors that has reignited the hype around his abilities.

    At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where France clinched gold, Griezmann had a role of equally paramount importance, playing all seven matches, scoring four goals and providing two assists. 

    Should Ten Hag forge ahead with a move – the “phenomenon” – as dubbed by Ander Herrera would not come cheap, with this being a player who previously cost £107m in 2019.

    However, with a major move away from Spain a prospect that would need to be acted upon swiftly with the player’s 32nd birthday arriving in March, his head may be turned by the idea of injecting his flair into the Premier League.

    And Rashford’s skill-set could indeed entwine with Griezmann’s own, with the pair knitting creativity and direct assault seamlessly, a partnership to terrorise defences across Europe and potentially set United back on a route that has seldom been seen at Old Trafford in recent years; one of glory.


    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:55:18 -0800 Sportsman
    Everton join the race to sign "explosive" teen, Lampard could now replace Doucoure & opinion

    Everton could look to the January transfer window to strengthen their squad and now a new potential transfer target has emerged.

    What’s the latest?

    According to Football Insider, Everton have joined the race to sign Birmingham City midfielder George Hall next month.

    As per the report, the Toffees are joined by bitter rivals Liverpool and Leeds United in their interest of the Championship talent, however, his current club are not keen to part ways with the player.

    Doucoure replacement

    Frank Lampard would have likely been spending the World Cup break desperately searching for ways to improve the poor performances that Everton have been displaying recently.

    Despite a promising start in the Premier League, the Toffees have fallen into 17th and look to face another relegation scrap if they don’t pick up crucial points when they return to action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day.

    There is no doubt that the Everton boss will be looking to the January transfer window to provide some solutions to improving the performances at Goodison Park and to bolster the depth of the squad in key areas.

    As a result, the signing of young midfield talent Hall could be the perfect opportunity for Lampard to add a fresh perspective in the centre of the pitch.

    After getting rid of Dele Alli, Andre Gomes, Allan and Fabian Delph in the summer, there is definitely room for more midfield depth, especially now that James Garner is set to be out for a while with a back injury.

    Not only that, Abdoulaye Doucoure has been linked with a potential move away from the Merseyside club in January and even if Everton don’t find a buyer for the midfielder, he will be out of contract – as it stands – in the summer of 2023, so the signing of Hall could be essential.

    The youngster has been rising through the ranks in Birmingham City’s U18 and U21 teams, finally earning his senior debut in January 2022 and has been making regular appearances ever since.

    Over 18 Championship appearances, the 18-year-old ace – who was dubbed “explosive” by Martin Olorenshaw, his coach at U18 level – has scored one goal, registered one assist and created two big chances despite only averaging 32 minutes per game.

    With that being said, the signing of Hall could be a great prospect for the future of the midfield at Goodison Park and could give Lampard an opportunity to develop a young talent who can make a huge difference in the team.


    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:55:18 -0800 Sportsman
    Lopetegui could land his own De Jong in Wolves move for “absolutely incredible” WC ace & opinion

    Wolves have been credited with an interest in breakthrough World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi recently and the Moroccan could prove to be Julen Lopetegui’s own version of Frenkie de Jong at Molineux.

    According to 90min, the young midfielder has been scouted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Wolves, NewcastleSouthampton and West Ham, while PSG and Barcelona could also be keen.

    The 22-year-old, who represents Angers SCO in Ligue 1, was one of the stars for Morocco as Walid Regragui’s side reached the semi-finals in Qatar, before losing 2-0 to France. 

    Ounahi was already showing ahead of the World Cup that he has the potential to be a top midfielder, averaging a solid 6.74 rating from WhoScored for his performances in France’s top flight.

    For context, only Ruben Neves has earned a higher average rating from Wolves’ squad so far this campaign, which emphasises the quality he could add to Lopetegui’s squad should he arrive at Molineux in next month’s transfer window.

    The competition will certainly be fierce for Ounahi, who has earned plaudits from those at the top level for his performances with the Atlas Lions, with Jose Mourinho lauding him as “absolutely incredible” after Ounahi helped to knock out Portugal in the quarter-finals.

    Should he join Wolves in the January window, he could perform a similar role to one of the world’s most renowned defensive midfielders, Frenkie de Jong.

    According to FBRef, the Barcelona and Netherlands star is the fourth-most similar player to Ounahi when compared to other midfielders across Europe’s top leagues.

    This season has seen the two young midfielders register very similar statistics with regard to expected goals (both 1.8), long balls completed (45 vs 46), goal-creating actions (both three) and the number of dribbles tackled (both ten).

    WhoScored also suggests that both De Jong and Ounahi excel at dribbling, while they both like to play short passes and avoid diving into tackles, so they are clearly similar types of player.

    Considering Manchester United were willing to pay £75m for De Jong earlier this year, Wolves would surely be foolish to turn down any opportunity to sign Ounahi, especially after such an impressive World Cup, so Lopetegui should do all he can to bring the 22-year-old to Molineux.


    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:55:18 -0800 Sportsman
    Jakobi Meyers expected to play Coming off a concussion

    #Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers (concussion) is expected to play, while RB Rhamondre Stevenson, questionable with an ankle injury, has what is described as a "good chance" to go, as well. A pre-game workout will determine his fate. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

    FF Today's Take: Meyers was limited in practice this week but should be good to go in a decent matchup against the Raiders. With DeVante Parker out, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Tyquan Thornton will round out the rest of the receiving crew. Three running backs are expected to be active today for New England: Stevenson, Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong Jr. ]]>
    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:52:46 -0800 Sportsman
    Argentina v France team news: Di Maria and Rabiot return Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:52:43 -0800 Sportsman FPL Gameweek 17 injury returnees: Kyle Walker Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:52:43 -0800 Sportsman Gary Neville believes Cristiano Ronaldo 'over&achieved' at World Cup Gary Neville believes Cristiano Ronaldo 'over-achieved' at World Cup
    Discussing Portugal's exit from the World Cup on Sky Sports, Gary Neville explained: "I wouldn't class it as an underachievement from Cristiano [Ronaldo], it's an overachievement for him to be doing what he's doing at 37 years of age.

    "It's just the way it ended with him being out of the team, and how disappointing and poor Portugal were as a group chasing the game against Morocco."

    Ronaldo was on the bench for most of the games and even when he did play, he failed to impress. He scored just once throughout the tournament.

    The constant harassment by his family members towards the coach didn't do him any favours either.

    A free agent after leaving Manchester United, Ronaldo is yet to find a new club.

    Source: Sky Sports via Sports Bible
    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:50:12 -0800 Sportsman
    6 players likely to leave Real Madrid in 2023 6 players likely to leave Real Madrid in 2023

    Here is the list of Real Madrid players who are likely to be spending their last season with the club.

    Toni Kroos. The German could even hang his boots at the end of the season if he felt he was no longer capable of showing his best for Real Madrid.

    Marco Asensio. It's 50-50 for now – the Spaniard could either sign a new deal or leave as a free agent in the summer.

    Nacho. The defender's future is now up in the air as he is rarely given first-team chances this season.

    Eden Hazard. The Belgian is said to be finally ready for take a new challenge – possibly in the United States.

    Mariano. The out-of-favour striker is going to leave the club as a free agent in the summer.

    Alvaro Odriozola. His contract runs until July 2024, yet it barely makes sense for him to hope for a first-team chance.
    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:50:11 -0800 Sportsman
    Takehiro Tomiyasu 'out with hamstring injury' ahead of Premier League restart Takehiro Tomiyasu 'out with hamstring injury' ahead of Premier League restart
    According to Football London, Takehiro Tomiyasu has picked up a hamstring injury and might not be available for Arsenal when English football resumes.

    The same report adds that Mikel Arteta has dismissed concerns surrounding the Japan international's fitness.

    The 24-year-old may not start against West Ham United but he should be available for Arsenal in upcoming games.

    Tomiyasu has had his fair share of troubles since moving to the Emirates and hopefully, he will recover in time.

    Source: Football London
    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:50:11 -0800 Sportsman
    The Simple Six – Lessons From My Best Ball Regular Season Welcome to NFL week 15, the start to the playoffs for most season long and best ball contests.  I usually make six common sense DFS plays in this column, but I thought I’d do something different this week.  If you are only here for the NFL DFS content, we have a world class team breaking that down for you in written, podcast, and streaming form.

    I play a somewhat obscene amount of NFL best ball (601 teams drafted across Underdog and DraftKings).  Now that I have seen how many teams I’ve advanced to the playoffs (112), I thought it was a good time to share six lessons that I have taken away from this season.

    These are just my opinions.  Some may disagree.  Best ball, especially in the form of these gigantic, top heavy tournaments is a relatively new game.  It is far from solved.  These are thoughts that I am going to carry with me into next year’s drafts.



    Oct 2, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports


    1- Don’t Put Too Much Stock in Week 17


    “Week 17 is the only thing that matters,” became a popular sentiment of those making best ball content this draft season.  While that is certainly true, relative to how the money is paid out, I think many people (myself included) vastly overestimated our own ability to predict what games will shoot out in week 17 and what players will still be available in those games.

    In a sport where injuries reek havoc on rosters, very few matchups will resemble what we pictured while drafting.  We thought it so clever to build those Kyle Pitts and Kyler Murray correlated lineups.  Now those teams exist only as the burning money GIF.  I really like the way the LA Chargers offense is coming on at playoff time.  I really wish I didn’t force presumed week 17 runbacks of dead weight LA Rams on to those stacks.

    One of my biggest stands of the year was Travis Kelce.  I thought the positional scarcity made him the best pick in the later half of first round.  Great call by me.  That naturally got me on a lot of Mahomes, who I thought was being under valued as a 4th or even occasionally 5th round pick.  Proved to be a good call as well.

    The problem may turn out to be that I prioritized correlating for week 17 and took a bunch of Denver Broncos on these teams.  Looks like a real bad call.  I thought Russell Wilson would elevate his pass catchers.  Couldn’t have been more wrong.  Without thinking twice, I took Javonte Williams over Nick Chubb on any Kelce squad.  Sure, I ran bad with injury here (still believe Javonte is stud), but I think this is probably bad process as well.

    Similarly, it seemed a no brainer to take Cortland Sutton over Amon-Ra St. Brown on a Kelce team, even though at the time I would have readily admitted that the Sun God is a better football player.

    I drafted a lot of CMC.  He was number one on my board over Taylor.  In hindsight, another really good call.  This stance was not as profitable as it could have been considering I dragged a bunch of McCaffrey teams down with underperforming Tampa Bay players.  This one is especially comical considering he got traded and won’t even be playing the Bucs in week 17.

    Someone could do a good statistical study as to whether forcing a runback is even optimal for winning a DFS GPP.  (If it’s already been done, I’d love to read it.)  I am starting to believe that it is certainly not optimal for best ball, especially when the GPP you are trying to win is played 5 or 6 months after you draft the team.

    I am not saying that I will never think about the week 17 matchup while drafting next year.  I will just use it only as a tie breaker, not a primary point of decision.


    2- Be Careful With Taking Too Big a Stand on a QB


    I believe in taking stands on players.  Felix Castro, who won the best ball million on DraftKings last season, and ChessLiam, who won it on Underdog, both took massive stands on players.  I don’t think the best way beat a huge field is to draft 8-10% of everybody.

    That said, because you are generally only rostering 2 or 3 QBs on a team, if you get an injury to a player who you are massively overweight on, it can essentially sink your whole portfolio.  Enter Trey Lance into the discussion.  I had a shit ton.  I drafted Lance 45 times out of 150 in the $5 DraftKings Milly Maker.  I drafted him in 18 out of 100 BBM3 drafts on Underdog.  Only 1 of these 63 teams got to the playoffs.  1/63 is not a good look for the advance rates.

    Because the advance rate of the quarterbacks is relatively flat at the top and you can find spike weeks in the mid and late rounds, I don’t think the risk is worth the reward of taking a huge stance on one player.  Jalen Hurts (34%) had the highest advance rate in Underdog’s BBM3 tournament. Mahomes was in second at 31%.  After that came a cluster that includes Geno (29%), Fields, Tua, and Josh Allen all at 26%, and Lawrence at 25%.

    If Lance had stayed healthy and smashed, he would have probably had something similar to the Justin Fields season.  Which would have been nice, but I don’t think that advantage gained would have been worth the risk of sinking a quarter of my rosters.


    3- Take Stronger Stances on Position Players in the Mid to late Rounds


    We’ve established above how losing one quarterback can cripple your best ball roster.  The opposite is true of running backs and wide receivers because we draft so many of them.  Most rosters are going to have anywhere from 4-7 RBs and 7-10 WRs depending on the intended structure of your build.  As a result, unless it’s a 1st or perhaps 2nd round pick, an injury to player you are taking a big stand on isn’t necessarily going to sink you.

    Clyde Edwards-Helaire was a complete bust who hasn’t played in a month and hasn’t broken 10 points since week 4.  He has a dead average advance rate in BBM3 of 16%.  Kardarius Toney has only played in 4 games this season and only scored more than 3.2 points in one of those games.  Yet, he still advanced on 11% of teams.  The point being, these were two of the worst picks you could have made in the 7th or 8th round, and if you had taken a big stand on either player it wouldn’t have buried you.

    I remember thinking myself over the summer that I should be taking Tony Pollard in every draft.  I thought that baring a major injury he was priced at his floor with a 7/8th round ADP.  Even if Zeke remained healthy and regained his form, Pollard would be efficient enough to justify that price.  He also had the obvious contingent value that he realized when Elliott went down, resulting in a terrific 35% advance rate.

    I drafted a good amount of Tony Pollard, but not as much as I should have.  I am going to aim to get over 50% on certain position players that I feel particularly strong about in the middle to late rounds next year.  I think there is more to gain than there is to lose by taking these big player stands, if they are done within sharp roster constructions.


    4- I am a Better Judge of Talent than Situation


    Given how much he outperformed his draft position, you are probably not surprised to learn that Josh Jacobs was the most common owned player (28.8%) on first place teams in Underdog’s flagship BBM3 tournament. Miles Sanders was the 5th most common at 18.3.  I would have described both before the season as talented, above average, starting RBs who never seem to be given the full opportunity to shine.

    Despite excelling as pass catcher at Alabama, Jacobs was never given a 3 down role by the previous Raider regime.  New head coach Josh McDaniels constantly rotated backs during his long tenure as offensive coordinator in New England.  Las Vegas chose not to pick up Jacobs 5th year options and famously played him the Hall of Fame Game, when most starting running backs of any value would be in street clothes.

    Miles Sanders had clearly been the best back in Philadelphia for years, but had constantly lost work to the likes Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell, and various goal line vultures such as Jordan Howard.  I found no reason to believe that Sanders would suddenly be handed a bell cow role in 2022.  I was significantly underweight on both players and it cost me.

    It sounds over simplified and reductive, but next year I willnmake sure to draft more good football players.  I knew going into the season that Jacobs and Sanders were good at football.  Situations can, and did change.  Even if I did not want to take an overweight stand on either of these veteran backs, considering that they were being drafted in 8th and 9th rounds, I should have had more exposure.


    5-  Draft More Zero RB Teams


    I’ve been slow to come around on this increasingly popular draft strategy, originally outlined by Shawn Siegele.  As someone who has been playing fantasy football since the late 90s, waiting on running back (traditionally the most important position), is difficult.  In recent years the league has become more pass heavy, running back by committee is more the norm, and elite QBs have further separated from the late rounders.  It is becoming harder to deny the effectiveness of the strategy when it is well executed.

    The million dollar regular season prize in BBM3 was taken down with a Zero RB build.  Winner @kingkappital didn’t draft his first running back (Miles Sanders), until the 8th round.  He followed it up with productive rookies Kenneth Walker in the 10th, Rachaad White in the 11th, and Dameon Pierce in the 12th.  This team, which was dratted on July 18th is also a good example of the potential benefits of drafting early.  By the time the contest closed Pierce had been established as the starter and was regularly being drafted in the 3rd or 4th round.

    I am not going full Zero RB Bro in 2023.  I don’t want to go into the playoffs without any exposure to the Christian McCaffreys and Austin Ekelers of the world.  I will make a point, however to use the strategy more than I did this year.


    6- Draft Only from the #underdogcardioclub


    I am mostly kidding with this one, but it was fun promotion that for some unknowable reason increased my advance rates.  During the middle of draft season Underdog announced that if you tweeted screenshots of 7 BBM3 teams that you drafted while doing cardio, you would become a member of the #underdogcardioclub, earning a free tee shirt and other surprise benefits.  One of those benefits turned out to be $3 rake back your remaining BBM3 drafts.  It probably saved me at least $100 in entry fees.

    I had a 22% advance rate while drafting in the Underdog Cardio Club compared only 17% while not. I don’t know if there is any actionable take from these numbers.  Maybe, it had to do with the time of year those drafts took place, maybe it was completely random, or maybe the good vibes were worth 5%.  I’d just suggest paying attention on Twitter next year for promotions that might save you a few bucks and a few calories.


    Good luck to everyone sweating their playoff best ball teams and trying to climb to the top of the DFS leaderboards this weekend.  All the tools you need to get there are available with DFS Army VIP Access!






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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:47:40 -0800 Sportsman
    DFS NBA Full Court Press: FanDuel & DraftKings Main Slate – Dec. 18th, 2022 Main Slate Breakdown for NBA DFS 12/18:

    Dec 16, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) reacts to a foul called against him during the first half at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Welcome to another year of the DFS Army NBA Full Court Press! Members had a ton of success using the Full Court Press along with various articles and tools that DFS Army provides last season, so we are glad to be back with another year of the all-inclusive article. You have to start your research somewhere, and oftentimes going game by game and breaking down every matchup and its key players is the first step in our process. My name is Mike aka @MadnessDFS on Twitter, make sure to give me a follow as I’ll occasionally make updates to the advice in the article. But, you’ll mostly find me in our VIP coaching forums where I provide detailed lineup maneuvers and answer all lineup questions. With that said, let’s get it started!

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    Golden State Warriors @ Toronto Raptors

    Vegas Total: 224.5

    Vegas Spread: Tor -5.5

    We’ll kick off this slate with the Warriors, they’ll continue to be without Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins while it sounds like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will be good to go in this one. Below is how this team operates with Curry and Wiggins off of the court this season:

    These would be my favorite options on the team in a pace-down spot against the Raptors. It seems like they’ve finally figured out what they have in DiVincenzo who has at least 30 DraftKings points in four of his last five and should continue to see good minutes. Poole, Thompson, and Draymond all feel like they’re priced right about where they should be, so I don’t know if there’s a ton of meat on the bone with them, but they’re still firmly in play here. Kevon Looney dropped a 50 burger last time out and nearly triple-doubled, I don’t think I’ll chase that performance, but Kuminga and him make sense in the mid-range. From the Raptors, they’ll be without OG Anunoby yet again while Gary Trent Jr. comes in as questionable, so we’ll have to keep an eye on the Breaking News Feed for updates. Pascal Siakam hasn’t been in the best form being held under 40 FanDuel points in three straight but gets a great matchup against this Warriors frontcourt and we know he’s going to play all the minutes he can handle. Fred VanVleet has been on a heater with at least 44 DraftKings points in three straight games and at least 50 in two of those, I have no issue going right back to the well with him. Scottie Barnes kept it rolling last time out as well and makes a ton of sense here. The rest of this team would be more GPP darts than anything, but Trent Jr. would be someone who would play a ton of minutes if he’s able to give it a go in place of Anunoby.

    5-star play: Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet

    4-star play: Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Donte DiVincenzo, Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr.

    Deeper Value: None

    GPP Sleeper: Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney, Chris Boucher

    Quick shoutout to VIP member “Cenzamatic” on a massive $20k win last season! Sometimes paying up for double studs works, and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant brought it home for him with the help of some Stanley Johnson and Pistons value. Good work and congrats man!

    Brooklyn Nets @ Detroit Pistons

    Vegas Total: 229.0

    Vegas Spread: Bkn -8.0

    Starting with the Nets, Kevin Durant came down to Earth last time out but gets an elite bounce-back spot in this one. I just think he’s priced right where he should be and doesn’t hit his ceiling as often as other stars due to needing to share the ball with Kyrie in the backcourt. Speaking of Kyrie Irving, he’s been in awesome form as of late with at least 44 DraftKings points in four straight, and is a guy I like going right back to in this one. Nicolas Claxton and Ben Simmons are similar plays to me, Simmons probably has the higher ceiling while Claxton probably has the higher floor and the minutes should be there for both of them. Royce O’Neale hasn’t been a guy I’ve gotten to all that much as of late, we know he’ll play all the minutes he can handle, but more of a secondary lineup filler kind of guy. Then the trio of TJ Warren, Joe Harris, and Seth Curry are fine GPP darts, one of them probably has a nice game here, but it’s hard to determine who it will be on a daily basis. From the Pistons, they’re a bit of a mess and I don’t see a ton that I absolutely love here even in a great matchup. Bojan Bogdanovic is the highest price guy on DraftKings while Killian Hayes is $100 more on FanDuel… both guys will look fine here but we have to understand the volatility they both carry. Jalen Duren should continue to start and has played good minutes while producing nicely as well. Opposing big men have crushed this Nets frontcourt, so I do think he’s very solid here with at least 30 DraftKings points in three of his last five. Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley are fine tournament options in the frontcourt too, but Duren is easily my favorite of the group. Then guys like Saddiq Bey and Alec Burks are fine GPP options as well.

    5-star play: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

    4-star play: Nicolas Claxton, Ben Simmons, Bojan Bogdanovic, Killian Hayes, Jalen Duren

    Deeper Value: TJ Warren, Seth Curry, Joe Harris

    GPP Sleeper: Royce O’Neale, Joe Harris, Seth Curry, TJ Warren, Isaiah Stewart, Marvin Bagley, Saddiq Bey, Alec Burks

    Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves

    Vegas Total: 231.0

    Vegas Spread: Chi -1.5

    Starting with the Bulls, DeMar DeRozan came down to Earth last time out but has been in great form averaging 44 DraftKings points per game over his last five, and gets a great matchup in this one. Then I love the price tag on Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine as well, neither of them is coming off of great games, but they’re both too cheap. Outside of these main three guys it’s tough for me to prioritize a whole lot here, guys like Patrick Williams, Alex Caruso, and Ayo Dosunmu/Coby White are fine options, but I don’t know that we need to get that cute on this slate. I will throw Andre Drummond’s name out there again, he has 10x upside at this price tag, he’s not a guy I want a ton of, but he’s worth getting 5-10% of if you’re multi-entering. From the Wolves, they’ll continue to be without Karl-Anthony Towns while D’Angelo Russell and Rudy Gobert come in as questionable again. We saw Naz Reid get the start for him last time out and absolutely crush, so if Gobert is out again we can go right back to the well, but I’ll operate under the assumption both of these guys are good to go, but keep an eye on the Breaking News Feed for updates. Anthony Edwards bounced back nicely last time out as well and gets a nice matchup again here with a Bulls team that has struggled all season long. Guys like Kyle Anderson and Jaylen Nowell aren’t sexy plays by any means, but they’ve both produced nicely as of late and make sense in all formats. Then assuming they play, both Gobert and Russell look solid here, they’ve both been very consistent as of late.

    5-star play: Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine

    4-star play: DeMar DeRozan, D’Angelo Russell, Rudy Gobert, Anthony Edwards, Kyle Anderson, Jaylen Nowell

    Deeper Value: Andre Drummond

    GPP Sleeper: Andre Drummond, Kyle Anderson, Jaylen Nowell

    Charlotte Hornets @ Denver Nuggets

    Vegas Total: 235.5

    Vegas Spread: Den -8.5

    Starting with the Hornets, LaMelo Ball kept it rolling last time out and hasn’t really been restricted since returning from injury. I love going right back to him here, he has legit triple-double upside at a nice price tag. Guys like Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre are a bit overpriced for me as this team begins to get healthy with Ball and Gordon Hayward re-entering the rotation. Speaking of Hayward, he returned last time out to play 29 minutes, so I would think that’s his floor in this one, and makes sense at this price tag. Mason Plumlee has been sneaky consistent as of late and they’ll need his size down low against Jokic in this one and makes sense as a secondary center option. Then I think PJ Washington is interesting as well due to the upside he brings at a nice price tag. From the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic has at least 80 DraftKings points in two of his last three games and should absolutely destroy this Charlotte frontcourt tonight. I’ve been attacking the Hornets with opposing big men all season and that won’t change in this spot, he’s an elite spend-up option here. Jamal Murray continues to look good as well and the price tag hasn’t really moved, there’s still some meat on the bone while Michael Porter Jr. is still out. Aaron Gordon and Bruce Brown will continue to benefit from Porter Jr. being out as well and should keep playing all the minutes they can handle. Then Bones Hyland is more of a GPP dart than anything, but on a short slate, he definitely has the upside.

    5-star play: LaMelo Ball, Nikola Jokic

    4-star play: Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee, Jamal Murray, Bruce Brown, Aaron Gordon

    Deeper Value: None

    GPP Sleeper: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Bones Hyland

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    Washington Wizards @ Los Angeles Lakers

    Vegas Total: 235.0

    Vegas Spread: Lal -4.5

    Starting with the Wizards, we don’t have a Washington injury report yet but I would think Bradley Beal returns here after sitting yesterday, so I’ll operate under the assumption that he’s good to go. Kristaps Porzingis dropped 51.3 FanDuel points in this spot earlier this season and makes sense in all formats. Kyle Kuzma revenge game! There are also some rumors of the Lakers having an interest in bringing him back in a trade, so maybe a bit of a showcase for him in this one? That said, I think he’s a bit overpriced if Beal is back in there. I love the Beal price tag if he’s able to go without a restriction and makes sense in all formats. I have no issue going right back to Deni Avdija as well, he’s playing a ton if minutes and has been in good form as of late. Then guys like Jordan Goodwin and Monte Morris will be guys I’m underweight on if Beal is able to play. From the Lakers, they’ll be without Anthony Davis in this one, I would expect to see Thomas Bryant start in his place, and makes perfect sense as a value option on this slate. Below is how this team operates with Davis off of the court this season:

    These would be my favorite options on the Lakers, but it’s mostly LeBron, Westbrook, and Bryant for me. I would imagine Bryant is a guy I get a bunch of on this slate at that price tag in a revenge game against his old squad. Westbrook and LeBron look great as well and will demand all the usage in this offense.

    5-star play: LeBron James, Thomas Bryant

    4-star play: Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder

    Deeper Value: Thomas Bryant, Dennis Schroder

    GPP Sleeper: Kyle Kuzma, Dennis Schroder

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    (Video) Liverpool’s Konate ‘robbed’ of potentially sensational World Cup final assist

    Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate, along with his French national teammates, missed out on the chance to lift the 2022 World Cup.

    Suffering a 4-2 defeat on penalties against Argentina, Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus came up agonisingly short.

    However, despite netting a brilliant hat trick to keep his country in it, Kylian Mbappe almost saw teammate Randal Kolo Muani steal the world’s headlines.

    MORE: (Video) Argentina lift 2022 World Cup after beating France on penalties

    The young forward found himself clear through on goal in extra time’s last minute and even though he unleashed a decent effort, the Frenchman’s strike was stopped by opposition goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

    Had Kolo Muani had found the back of the net, Konate would have bagged a simply excellent assist.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:41:17 -0800 Sportsman
    Didier Deschamps speaks about France future following World Cup defeat

    Didier Deschamps will not decide his France future until the New Year.

    The manager and his Les Bleus team were narrowly beaten during Sunday’s blockbuster World Cup final after losing 4-2 to Argentina on penalties.

    The finale was an enthralling contest with the two nations unable to be separated after six goals and 120 minutes of action.

    Forcing a penalty shootout, Kylian Mbappe’s France, who witnessed the PSG forward net a sublime hattrick, missed two of their spot kicks with Argentina maintaining a 100 per cent record.

    MORE: (Video) Argentina lift 2022 World Cup after beating France on penalties

    Following his country’s hard-to-take defeat, there has already been speculation surrounding the future of Deschamps.

    However, as relayed by Fabrizio Romano, when asked if he will stay in his managerial role, Deschamps has insisted that nothing will be decided until the start of next year.

    Argentina’s recent victory now means the nation has won three World Cup trophies and can boast that two of the sport’s greatest ever players – Diego Maradonna and Messi, are part of their history and their present.

    For France however, it is back to the drawing board ahead of the 2024 European Championships in Germany.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:41:17 -0800 Sportsman
    Corinthians eyeing deal for Aston Villa playmaker

    Brazilian side Corinthians are reportedly keen on signing Aston Villa’s Philippe Coutinho.

    That’s according to a recent report from Globo Esporte, who claim the 30-year-old South American is a target for Vitor Pereira’s Corinthians.

    Since joining Villa from Barcelona, Coutinho, 30, has endured an up and down time. Signed by former teammate Steven Gerrard, following the Englishman’s dismissal and Unai Emery’s arrival, Coutinho has found himself a peripheral figure.

    Having started in just six Premier League games so far this season, it is clear that Emery prefers other options and that has probably inspired Corinthians’ audacious interest.

    MORE: (Video) Argentina lift 2022 World Cup after beating France on penalties

    It has been claimed that Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian is ‘trying his best’ to work out a move for his client, but it remains unknown if Aston Villa would welcome a sale either in January or next summer.

    Although Gerrard’s decision to bring Coutinho back to the Premier League was viewed as some shrewd business at the time, things haven’t quite gone right for the 30-year-old. In fact, he has never recaptured the form he displayed while at Liverpool prior to moving to Barcelona in 2018.

    Aston Villa may stick with him and give him another season to prove his worth, but fans probably wouldn’t be surprised if their club did decide to part ways ahead of time.

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    Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, with his 99-yard rushing game on Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, achieved another franchise milestone.

    He is only the second player to rush for 6,000 yards within his first five seasons.

    The other is Jim Brown.


    Solid And Steady Chubb Keeps Performing

    The Browns are blessed to have a player with the integrity, work ethic, and ability of Nick Chubb.

    He is a no-frills, hard runner that very quietly earned this latest accomplishment in a great team win on Saturday.

    That is exactly the way he likes it so he can fly under the radar.

    He is still in the running to be the 2022 NFL rushing leader though the field is competitive

    After Week 14, he sat in the third position behind Josh Jacobs and Derrick Henry.


    Chubb Is So Good He Is Apparently Everywhere

    Chubb is such a powerhouse that he was confused by Mark Sanchez as being a member of the Miami Dolphins in their Saturday night game against the Buffalo Bills.

    To be fair, he confused Bradley Chubb with Nick so the last names were at least similar.

    Fans noticed Sanchez’s error and so did Browns Executive Vice President JW Johnson who tweeted a message about it.

    “Why is Mark Sanchez keeping saying Nick Chubb plays for the Dolphins?  Come on Man!!”

    This is after NFL Network’s confusing graphic morphed Myles Garrett and Nick Chubb together showing Chubb’s picture with Myles Garrett’s name, number, and statistics.

    If anyone would be unbothered by all of this confusion, it would be Nick Chubb.


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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:37:20 -0800 Sportsman
    Video Shows Kevin Stefanski’s Postgame Victory Speech Head coach Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Head coach Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Victory speeches aren’t something we’ve seen much of this season from Kevin Stefanski and the Cleveland Browns.

    However, Saturday night gave fans a chance to see a victory speech from Stefanski.

    After a hard-fought victory by the Browns, their head coach had plenty to say to his players.


    Stefanski Rattles Off Stats From Saturday Night’s Win

    Stefanski started his speech “bearing stats” of all the exceptional things his players did against the Baltimore Ravens.

    From Denzel Ward’s interception to Josh Johnson’s forced fumble, Stefanski was listing off everyone who made huge plays during Saturday’s game.

    He even talks about Donovan Peoples-Jones’ touchdown reception, the only touchdown during the game.

    However, it’s not just these things he points out, as he recognized the players who help convert two fourth-down plays.

    With the win having plenty of players for Stefanski to praise, he’s ends with how proud is his of the players and coaches in Cleveland.

    While this season isn’t giving them much to be happy about, this win gives them some energy.

    The victory speech hits all the right notes for the team, and might give them a new life.

    With three games left, the Browns hold a glimmering hope that they can reach the playoffs.

    While those hopes require a meltdown by other teams, it’s not preventing the Browns from playing hard to finish 2022.

    The win can give them momentum, even if it doesn’t lead to a playoff berth.

    They can only hope to build off this momentum as fans look forward to the 2023 season.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:37:19 -0800 Sportsman
    Deshaun Watson Had A Message For Browns Fans After Victory Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens was a gigantic game for the Cleveland Browns.

    While it was an important divisional game, it was also a big game for quarterback Deshaun Watson.

    With the team’s win, the star quarterback had a message for fans of the Browns.

    So what was his message to fans as the team heads into their last three games of 2022?


    Watson Is Ready For Next Week’s Christmas Eve Game

    While Saturday saw Watson taking care of business, Watson is looking forward to the team’s Christmas Eve game.

    With him wishing fans a Merry Christmas, he wants to give fans an early Christmas gift with another win for the Browns.

    While he is making progress in the passing game, he made some big plays on Saturday.

    One of his best plays came on a 17-yard scramble that put the Browns on the Ravens 28 yard line.

    While the drive ended in a missed field goal, it was this play that put the Browns in scoring position.

    With him making plays like this to help his team, he hopes it will payoff for the Browns.

    The Christmas Eve game is a chance for Watson to build his confidence as he faces the New Orleans Saints.

    While their pass defense can be tough, they are struggling against elite quarterbacks.

    If Watson wants to re-assert himself as an elite quarterback in the NFL, he can do it against the Saints.

    With a win over them, and better passing numbers, he can start having fans believe in him once again.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:37:19 -0800 Sportsman
    FIFA World Cup Prediction 18/12/2022

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    Argentina v France

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    Football icon Rodrigo De Paul 1+ Fouls
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    Rodrigo De Paul is a necessary cog to the Argentinian machine. His 5 fouls (0.91 P/90), and 1.82 tackles P/90 are a byproduct of the hard work that he put in on the pitch (11.12km covered P/90). Such a work ethic will see him come face to face with the entirety of the French midfield, and tackles and fouls are likely as a result.

    Griezmann and Tchouameni (1.54 and 1.43 fouls drawn P/90 respectively), will prove enough of a test for the energetic, and hard-working, De Paul to deal with as he covers every blade of grass. Not only that, but he will likely be the player that offers support to right-back Nahuel Molina in dealing with Mbappe, such is his starting position. Expect De Paul to look to stop him early before the talismanic French winger can get a clean run at his compatriot.

    Football icon Adrien Rabiot 1+ Fouls
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    Despite missing the semi-final through illness, Rabiot tops the foul charts for France with 7. 1, 1, 2, and 3 fouls in each of his 4 starts puts him at 1.63 fouls P/90, the highest average of the French squad.

    Again, he will be up against the dynamic pairing of Mac Allister and De Paul, but with more of a licence to roam than his compatriot Tchouameni, there’s every chance that gets caught making lunging tackles out of position, a particular problem given the amount of ground that De Paul is likely to cover (11.12km P/90).

    Football icon Nahuel Molina 1+ Fouls
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    With just 3 fouls across the tournament, at an average of 0.57 fouls P/90, Nahuel Molina’s stats don’t necessarily scream fouls. However, against Kylian Mbappe, the Argentine faces a combination of pace and quality that he’s not quite faced before. Molina’s duel record is poor at this World Cup, and having only won 8 out of 20, he could well be in for a long afternoon against one of the best in the World.

    Mbappe has drawn 1.32 fouls P/90, and he’ll surely be looking to go up a level here. The Frenchman attempts 8.11 dribbles P/90, and given that Molina is only successful in stopping 50% of the dribbles he faces, a potential 4 successful dribbles from Mbappe could lead to a Molina foul as he attempts to claw his way back at the PSG man.

    Football icon Aurelien Tchouameni 1+ Fouls
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    Within the French squad, only midfield compatriot Adrien Rabiot (7) can boast more fouls than Tchouameni (6) in the 2022 World Cup. 1 foul against both Poland and Denmark, and a further 2 against each of Tunisia and England puts him at 1.07 fouls P/90.

    In Lionel Messi, Tchouameni faces his toughest test yet. The Argentinian captain (3.17 fouls drawn P/90), will likely drop into pockets of space, whisking Tchouameni’s attention away from others. If that wasn’t bad enough, then the supporting cast of Mac Allister and De Paul (2.08, and 1.67 fouls drawn P/90 respectively) should cause further problems.

    Football icon Ousmane Dembele 1+ Fouls
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    More known for his flair play, and fleet-of-foot runs down the right wing, Dembele’s defensive stats are surprisingly the ones that stand out. 1.15 fouls P/90, and 2.50 tackles P/90 evidences a willingness to work, something often missing from his game. Dembele has committed at least 1 foul in each of starts at the World Cup, and gave away 2 on his way to a yellow against England.

    He’ll have a hard time tracking the marauding runs of Marcos Acuna. The Argentinian left-back has been fouled 2.57 times P/90 at the World Cup, and his 1.71 dribbles P/90 have been helpful in pinning back forward players thus far. Acuna even won a penalty against the Netherlands, further evidence of the kind of player that Dembele will be dealing with today.

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    Argentina vs France Stats Pack WC Stats Pack

    After 63 games and over 6000 minutes of thrilling action, the 2022 World Cup finally reaches its climax today in Lusail, where Argentina and France collide in what already promises to be a befitting end to what has been a memorable tournament in Qatar.

    This afternoon’s venue – the Lusail Iconic Stadium – is also well-named to host the occasion as Lionel Messi goes head-to-head with PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe in a battle between the competition’s most influential superstars.

    Can Messi finally lead Argentina to glory on his World Cup swansong or will the final mark the official passing of the torch to football’s next-best player, Kylian Mbappe?

    Below, you can dive straight into our World Cup final stats pack, which is jam-packed with statistical data from a slew of different metrics. All of the info can be used to construct stronger bet builders for the game. If you want to learn a little more about how to get the most out of the numbers, check out my Stats Pack Guide.

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    Predicted Lineups

    Argentina excelled in their 3-0 semi-final victory over Croatia, though Head Coach Lionel Scaloni is still expected to tweak his line-up for today’s showpiece showdown. Left-back Marcos Acuna should slot back in to replace Nicolas Tagliafico following the former’s return from suspension.

    Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez worked brilliantly in tandem against the Croatians in the semis and Scaloni won’t want to break that partnership up this afternoon. As a consequence, Angel di Maria could be named on the bench for the fourth game running.

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    Centre-half Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Adrien Rabiot missed France’s semi-final victory over Morocco through illness, though both players will hope to shake off their ailments to make today’s matchday squad.

    If Rabiot is fully fit, he should reclaim his starting berth in midfield ahead of Youssouf Fofana, however, Upamecano could struggle to dislodge Ibrahima Konate at centre-half after the latter’s excellent showing against the Moroccans.

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    Team Stats

    Argentina’s shock 2-1 reverse to Saudi Arabia in their opening Group C assignment now seems like a distant, foggy memory and La Albiceleste have been performing well at both ends of the pitch in Qatar since that unexpected early blip.

    The South Americans are nestled nicely among the tournament’s top five teams for shots and shots on target for, while only England and France (13 each) have scored more goals in total (Argentina – 12). Interestingly, the Argentineans have won more penalty kicks than any other side in the competition so far (four).

    Defensively, Argentina have the edge on France in a number of departments and no team has conceded fewer attempts in Qatar than Lionel Scaloni’s backline (5.37 p/90).

    The nation’s World Cup fixtures have also been card-laden and while their opponents have picked up most of the bookings so far, Argentina did blow their lid when they blew their lead against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. They collected a whopping eight cards against the Oranje when panic set in and the game started to go against them. That propensity for implosion when things don’t go their way might be something to consider today.

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    France have outgunned Argentina for most attacking metrics at the World Cup, though their xG, shots and shots on target against figures all suggest more gaps can be found in the French defence than in the South Americans’.

    Les Bleus have been conceding almost twice as many attempts as Argentina so far, and in the World Cup’s knockout phase, the combined shot clock from France’s fixtures reads a galling 42-37 in their opponents’ favour.

    France and Argentina are well-matched in terms of corners won, though Didier Deschamps’s outfit have shown cooler heads, collecting just four cards in three knockout round contests overall.

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    Player Shots and Shots on Target

    Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez stole the show against Croatia in the semi-finals when they lodged four of the nine attempts Argentina mustered against the Balkan state.

    As obvious as it seems, the members of dynamic duo represent your best options in shot markets today. Messi has racked up more attempts (27) than any other player in Qatar, with France’s Kylian Mbappe (25) running him closest.

    Messi and Alvarez both had two shots on target against Croatia and they are available at 5/4 and 16/5 (Paddy Power) respectively, to repeat the trick today. 35-year-old magician Messi will be desperate to be Argentina’s difference-make this afternoon and he also looks an interesting price at 4/1 to hit three or more attempts on target if you’re in the mood for something bigger.

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    Today’s World Cup Final has been billed as Lionel Messi vs Kylian Mbappe and while there are more layers to the contest, it does still feel like the PSG stars will be the chief protagonists.

    Mbappe has had at least three shots in five of his six appearances in Qatar and he should be central to France’s attacking manoeuvres again this afternoon. However, the markets have been priced accordingly and value around the 23-year-old is difficult to find.

    Instead, Olivier Giroud could be a better pick at 10/11 (Paddy Power) to notch at least three shots. The 36-year-old, who is happy to fly under the radar for the most part, is a consistent numbers man and he matched that three-shot target against Morocco and England in the previous two rounds.

    Bettors hunting longer odds might like the look of Theo Hernandez at 12/5 to clock at least one shot on target today. The marauding left-back, who scored France’s opener against Morocco in the semis, gets forward well and often, and he’s had five attempts on goal in total in Qatar.

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    Player Goals and Assists

    35-year-old Lionel Messi became the oldest man to score five goals in a single FIFA World Cup campaign when he rattled the net from the spot against Croatia and he is one of four players competing in today’s final – alongside Julian Alvarez, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud – in the running for the competition’s Golden Boot.

    Messi is king for total goal contributions (eight) however, and the iconic Argentinean forward is generously priced at 5/6 (Paddy Power) to score or assist against France today. With the South Americans listed as the tournament’s most potent-penalty winning outfit, Messi’s price becomes even more attractive.

    Julian Alvarez’s goal tally is just one shy of Messi’s, despite the 22-year-old playing over 200 fewer minutes than his teammate. The Manchester City starlet can be backed at 15/8 to land another blow (goal or assist) this afternoon.

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    When it comes to France’s best goal-scoring candidates, it’s best to keep it simple with Kylian Mbappe (2/1) and Olivier Giroud (3/1) the standpoint Les Blues picks to find the net anytime again.

    Antoine Griezmann also catches the eye at 11/4 to claim an assist in the World Cup Final. The schemer has had 31 shot-creating-actions in Qatar, which is almost as many as creative whiz, Lionel Messi (37), and Griezmann – who wields a wicked delivery from set-pieces – has already set up three goals in the competition.

    Argentina struggled to get to grips with Mateo Kovacic (three key passes) in the semi-finals and Griezmann will be lurking in the same pockets of space that the Croatian attacking midfielder thrived in last week.

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    Argentina Cards

    Marcos Acuna is back in the fold following a one-game ban and the robust tackler could be back to his old tricks today when he aims to shut down his flank. Fellow full-back, Nahuel Molina, has been tepid in comparison, committing just three fouls in total at the World Cup, however, the 24-year-old’s tally could rise today when he marks a certain Kylian Mbappe.

    At the base of Argentina’s midfield, Leandro Paredes (2.3 tackles per game) will again be deployed to destroy and his remit should include instructions to shackle Antoine Griezmann by any means necessary. There is card-winning potential aplenty in that head-to-head.

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    Kylian Mbappe (1.32) and Antoine Griezmann (1.54) are familiar with the feeling of picking themselves up off Qatari pitches and both attackers should be in for some heavy-footed treatment from Argentina’s Molina and Paredes this afternoon.

    Ousmane Dembele has been fouled just three times in total at the World Cup so far, though the winger faces a genuine hatchet-man in Marcos Acuna today and Dembele’s skills and running power should get Acuna’s heckles up.

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    Match-Ups to watch

    Marcos Acuna vs Ousmane Dembele

    Nahuel Molina vs Kylian Mbappe

    Leandro Paredes vs Antoine Griezmann

    France Cards

    Only five French players have been carded in Qatar, though none of those one-time offenders have been cautioned twice. However, statistically speaking, Argentina have been the World Cup’s most-fouled team so a few more Les Blues bookings could be in the offing today.

    In midfield, Adrien Rabiot (seven) and Aurelien Tchouameni (six) rank in positions one and two for most fouls committed in the French ranks and both players could be drawn into skirmishes by their combative Argentinean counterparts today.

    Ibrahima Konate hasn’t seen yellow in Qatar, however, a test against Lionel Messi in this afternoon’s final will probably be one of the stiffest he’s faced in his career to date. The 23-year-old – who has played just six times for France – is available at a hefty 12/5 to enter the official’s notebook.

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    Lionel Messi has been fouled 20 times at the World Cup so far which will make him the most-kicked player on the pitch today by some distance. Messi led Croatia’s promising defender Joško Gvardiol on a merry dance in the semi-finals and France’s Konate, who is in the same bracket, will fear a similar body blow to his reputation. In an attempt to avoid that scenario, he might prefer to foul Messi before he is embarrassed by a mazy dribble.

    Alexis Mac Allister and Rodrigo De Paul meanwhile, have been fouled 19 times between them in Qatar and the abrasive midfield duo should be on Tchouameni and Rabiot’s hit lists today.

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    Match-Ups to watch

    Ibrahima Konate vs Lionel Messi

    Aurelien Tchouameni vs Alexis Mac Allister

    Adrien Rabiot vs Rodridgo De Paul

    Player passes

    Argentina have enjoyed an average of 58% possession in Qatar, though they did have less of the ball against the Netherlands and Croatia in the quarter and semi-finals.

    Leandro Paredes’s passes figure will undoubtedly draw your attention, though it’s important to remember that those are his distribution numbers per 90. The midfielder has actually only played north of 60 passes in just one of his four appearances at the World Cup.

    Instead, Nicolás Otamendi and Rodrigo De Paul represent more solid options if you’re looking to fill bet builder coupon spaces. Both players have started 100% of Argentina’s matches and they have averaged 83.5 and 78.7 passes per runout respectively, making them the most potent ball distributors in La Albiceleste’s ranks.

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    France have controlled the ball 52% of the time in their World Cup fixtures on average, though they were happy to cede possession against both England and Morocco in previous rounds after they established an early lead.

    In terms of the individual stats, midfield staple Aurelien Tchouameni has been a consistent operator and the 22-year-old has surpassed 70 passes in three of his six appearances in Qatar.

    Raphaël Varane is pretty far down the list of France’s most prolific passers overall, though it’s interesting to note that Les Blues leaned heavily on his experience when the going got tough in the semi-final against Morocco and the 29-year-old saw much more of the ball than usual.

    In fact, Varane played more passes than any other French player against the Moroccans (56) and he could feature prominently in a game of even greater magnitude today.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:29:40 -0800 Sportsman
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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders speaks with Jackson State Tigers quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) during the Orange Blossom Classic game between the Florida A&M Rattlers and the Jackson State Tigers on Sunday September 5th, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Since taking over at Jackson State, Deion Sanders has proven himself to be the definition of a player's coach.

    The Tigers came up just short of an undefeated season in Saturday's overtime loss in the Celebration Bowl. And after the game, Tigers tight end Hayden Hagler was extremely down on himself in the locker room; kicking himself for dropping a potential game-tying touchdown pass.

    Coach Prime's response: “That ain’t on you, that’s on us.”

    The football world reacted to the Sanders clip on Twitter.

    "This should go as viral as all that other stuff," said Donnell Suggs.

    "That’s really good of Deion tbh," commented AJ King.

    "Wowwww believe it or not this is more than honorable!!!"

    I will support this guy where ever he goes I’m a Deion Sanders fan for life," another tweeted.

    "This is coaching."

    "Hard to not root for Prime," another replied. "Some of the antics get on my nerves, but he is who he is. Love this."

    There's no question that Deion loves these young men.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:10:21 -0800 Sportsman
    ESPN&apos;s Computer Predicts College Football Playoff Winners
    CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: ESPN College Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit listens to the conversation prior to a college football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wisconsin Badgers on September 25th, 2021 at Solider Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    The 2022-23 College Football Playoff is less than two weeks away at this point.

    On New Year's Eve, Michigan is set to take on TCU, while Georgia is scheduled to face Ohio State.

    Who is going to emerge with the wins?

    ESPN's computer model, the Football Power Index, has released its picks for the game. 

    Michigan vs. TCU

    Winner: Michigan, 66.5 percent

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 03: Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines speaks to press after winning the Big Ten football championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Michigan Wolverines won the game 43-22 over the Purdue Boilermakers. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

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    Georgia vs. Ohio State

    Winner: Georgia, 58.1 percent

    ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 08: Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 8, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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    The 2022-23 College Football Playoff games can't get here soon enough.

    Who will you be picking to win?

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:10:21 -0800 Sportsman
    Video Of Deion Sanders Consoling Jackson State Player Going Viral

    Jackson State lost its final game of the season on Saturday, falling to North Carolina Central in a heartbreaker. 

    Deion Sanders' now-former program lost, 41-34, in overtime on Saturday.

    Following the game, a video of Deion Sanders consoling a player who dropped the potential game-tying pass went viral on social media.

    “It ain’t on you, that’s on us. We lost together," Deion told the player in the video.

    Fans are loving it.

    "Deion Sanders consoling the player who dropped the potential game-tying TD while he's distraught at his locker hits right in the feels," Jim Weber tweeted on Sunday morning.

    Sanders is leaving Jackson State for Colorado, but he clearly loves all of his players.

    It'll be interesting to see just how many of them end up following him to Boulder.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:10:21 -0800 Sportsman
    Glazers hold talks with Saudi and Qatari investors amid Man Utd sale

    Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has held talks with potential investors from the Middle East.

    United were placed up for sale with the Glazer family who announced their intention to bring in investment last month, news which was greeted with delight from the club’s fans who have continually protested against the controversial ownership.


    The official statement from the club said they were ‘exploring strategic alternatives’ to bring in additional investment to the Old Trafford outfit, up to and including a full sale.

    Since that announcement, a whole host of potential buyers have been reported to be interested, with a report earlier this week saying that The Raine Group – the investment banking firm that have been put in charge of the process – are seeking a price tag for a full sale between £6-7 billion.

    United co-owner Avram Glazer was spotted in Qatar following France’s victory over Morocco in the World Cup semi-finals, where he told The Athletic: “It’s not necessarily a sale, it’s a process and we’re going forward with the process, so we’ll see what happens.

    “That’s the update, it’s the process and the process is proceeding.”

    Despite saying that he was there to simply ‘enjoy the World Cup”, the same outlet now reveals that the 62-year-old has held talks with potential investors from Qatar and Saudi Arabia during his trip, though add that the ‘nature of the talks between Glazer and the different groups he has met in Doha is not clear’.

    However, the talks do come just weeks after Saudi Arabian sports minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, said he hoped for Saudi investment in either United or Liverpool, with both sides currently up for sale.

    Earlier this week, meanwhile, Erik ten Hag admitted that the proposed new investment in the club will be a ‘good thing’.

    “My information is that it will only be good things because there will be more investment possible which is good,” he said.

    “Richard Arnold told me it was happening. We spoke about the culture we want, we spoke about objectives, goals and the culture and he confirmed it won’t change. It will be even better because more money will become available for this project.

    Aside from new owners, United are also on the lookout for a new shirt sponsor after coming to an agreement with TeamViewer about terminating their £235million deal.

    Read – Remembering every nation to reach consecutive World Cup finals

    See also – World Cup final: Argentina v France combined XI

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:05:16 -0800 Sportsman
    Remembering every nation to reach consecutive World Cup finals

    France will face Argentina in the World Cup final this weekend, with Didier Deschamps’ side just one game from defending football’s biggest trophy.

    Les Bleus were crowned world champions in Russia four years ago and can become the first team in six decades to retain the World Cup in Qatar.

    Ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final, we remember every nation to reach successive World Cup finals.

    Italy (1934, 1938)

    Italy became the first European winners of the World Cup in 1934, as the Azzurri triumphed on home soil to be crowned world champions.

    It was the first World Cup that required qualification to compete and just the second tournament overall, with Italy coming from behind to beat Czechoslovakia in the final through goals from Raimondo Orsi and Angelo Schiavio.

    Despite the cloud of Benito Mussolini using the tournament to promote his propaganda, it was regarded a success for Italy, who replaced Uruguay as world champions. The holders had declined to compete, after Italy’s refusal to travel to South American for the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

    Four years later Italy reached another final, as the World Cup was staged in France. The Azzurri became the first team to defend the World Cup after beating Hungary 4-2 in Paris. It would be the last World Cup held for 12 years, following the outbreak of World War II.

    Brazil (1958, 1962)

    Brazil won the first of their record five World Cup titles in 1958, as the Samba stars stunned the world in Sweden. Beaten in the final on home soil eight years earlier, Brazil earned redemption with an impressive tournament.

    Pele was the star of the show for Brazil, as the 17-year-old announced his arrival on the world stage. He scored the winner in the quarter-final win over Wales, before netting a hat-trick as France were thrashed in the last four.

    He scored twice more as Brazil beat the host nation 5-2 in the final, having set records as the World Cup’s youngest goalscorer, hat-trick scorer, final scorer and winner.

    Brazil defended their title four years later, despite Pele featuring just twice as injury curtailed his tournament. Garrincha and Vavá were at the centre of the success, scoring four goals each to finish as the joint-leading scorers – alongside four other players – at the World Cup.

    Read also – Iconic Performances: A teenage Pelé conquers the world

    Netherlands (1974, 1978)

    The Netherlands are the only nation to have reached successive World Cup finals and to have never been crowned world champions.

    Rinus Michels’ side are regarded as one of the great international teams, but fell short of claiming the biggest prize as Total Football was introduced to the world. Johan Cruyff was the star of the 1974 team, with the Dutch surrendering an early lead to lose to host nation West Germany in Munich.

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    Four years later the Netherlands reached another final, despite Cruyff – winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1971, 1973, 1974 – deciding against competing due to an attempted kidnap involving his family in Barcelona.

    Again, their hopes ended against the host nation, as Argentina prevailed in extra time in Buenos Aires. Dick Nanninga had forced extra time with a late equaliser for the Dutch, but Mario Kempes’ double and a third from Daniel Bertoni crowned Argentina champions on home soil.

    West Germany (1982, 1986, 1990)

    West Germany became the first nation to reach three consecutive World Cup finals, after making the decider in 1982, 1986 and 1990.

    It was third time lucky for the Germans, who suffered defeats to Italy and Argentina during the first of those finals. The third final was a rematch with the Argentines at Italia ’90, the first – and so far only – time that consecutive World Cup finals have featured the same nations.

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    Andreas Brehme scored a late winner from the penalty spot in what was an ugly final full of firsts in Rome. Argentina were remarkably the first team to fail to score in a World Cup final, while it was the first time that a European team had beaten a South American side in the final – with all five previous occasions resulting in defeats for the European side.

    Argentina (1986, 1990)

    As mentioned, Argentina faced off against West Germany in both the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals, with the two nations winning one each.

    It was the South Americans who prevailed in the first final, during a tournament in which Diego Maradona reached his zenith. Maradona had been the inspiration behind Argentina’s run, scoring braces in wins over England (QF) and Belgium (SF) to book La Albiceleste a place in the final.

    Argentina edged an entertaining contest 3-2 in Mexico City, as Jorge Burruchaga struck a late winner after West Germany had come from two goals down to level.

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    Argentina were unable to repeat that success four years later, having bounced back from a shock opening defeat to Cameroon to reach the final. The South Americans struggled for goals all tournament, netting just five in seven matches, and managed just one shot on goal in the final.

    The runners-up also ended the game with nine men, as Pedro Monzón and Gustavo Dezotti became the first players to be sent off in a World Cup final.

    Brazil (1994, 1998, 2002)

    Brazil are the only nation to have reached consecutive World Cup finals on more than one occasion, who, having competed in the finals of ’58 and ’62, also featured in three straight finals between 1994 and 2002.

    The Selecao were crowned world champions at USA ’94, as a team containing the likes of Romario and Bebeto beat Italy on penalties in the final with Roberto Baggio’s infamous miss seeing Brazil celebrate a fourth world title.

    Brazil were unable to defend the title in 1998 despite a status as favourites in France. The South Americans reached consecutive finals on the back of Ronaldo’s brilliance, but the tournament’s Golden Ball winner was a shadow of himself in the final after suffering a seizure just hours before the game.

    Ronaldo’s redemption was the tale of the 2002 tournament. Having missed Brazil’s entire qualification campaign with knee issues that threatened his career, O Fenômeno returned to win the Golden Boot and lead Brazil to a fifth world title. His eight goals – including both in the 2-0 final win over Germany – is the highest total in a single World Cup since 1970.

    Cafu, who captained the side to their 2002 success, is the only player in history to have appeared in three World Cup finals, both overall and consecutively.

    France (2018, 2022)

    France will take to the field for a second consecutive World Cup final this weekend, having become the sixth nation to have achieved the feat.

    Les Bleus won the World Cup in Russia four years ago, beating Croatia 4-2 in an entertaining final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

    Kylian Mbappe scored their fourth goal and in the process became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final.

    Mbappe has starred during France’s run to the 2022 final, with his five goals the joint-most in the tournament alongside club teammate and final opponent, Lionel Messi.

    Which of the Paris Saint-Germain superstars performs this weekend will have a huge influence on which country is crowned champions.

    Read – Appreciating the 10 Premier League players involved in the World Cup final

    Read Also – Five World Cup stars who could move in January

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:05:16 -0800 Sportsman
    FA confirm Southgate has decided to stay on as England manager

    Gareth Southgate has ended speculation about his immediate future by confirming he will continue as England manager.

    Southgate had been considering his future following England’s World Cup exit in Qatar, admitting he felt ‘conflicted’ over whether to continue and revealing that he had found ‘large parts of the last 18 months difficult’.


    The 52-year-old had previously led the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, before taking the country one step further, only to be beaten by Italy on penalties in the delayed European championships last summer.

    However, despite reports suggesting he would take the Christmas period to decide his future, the FA have now confirmed that he will continue in his current role, where he is under contract until after the Euros in 2024.

    “We are delighted to confirm that Gareth Southgate is continuing as England manager, and will lead our Euro 2024 campaign,” an FA Statement said.

    “Gareth and (assistant) Steve Holland have always had our full support, and our planning for the Euros starts now.”

    England begin their qualification campaign for Euro 2024 in March with a trip to face European champions Italy on March 23, before hosting Ukraine three days later.

    Read – Five uncapped English players who could push for a place at Euro 2024

    See also – Five Weird and Wonderful World Cup Final Stories

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:05:15 -0800 Sportsman
    How to Draft in Fantasy Football | Key Advice for 2023

    (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)

    Draft to Dominate 2023

    While 2022 is not quite over, it is never too early for next year. It’s time to lay out what will help fantasy owners annihilate their competition and lead them to fantasy football glory! I am going to break down what I feel are the best players to look at ahead of next season. I will even go into the best pattern to establish while selecting your roster.

    Drafting Strategy

    It’s important to get off to a good start while drafting your fantasy football team. Every fantasy player has their own strategy that they put into action every year to dominate their league. I am embarking on a journey. A journey to reveal to the casual player the best strategy to shred the competition this upcoming year. The mitigating factors for your strategy are dependent upon the layout of your league.

    (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

    Early Rounds

    Here is the thing, at the start of your draft evaluate where you are drafting. In my opinion, if you can get your hands on 2 RBs in the early rounds you need to do it.  When drafting RBs you need to grab 2 that are going to get plenty of touches around the goal line. I recommend also keeping in mind you want to consider RBs that don’t have much competition behind them. So the question here is what if you are drafting at the very top of the draft? Simple, if it is a 2 QB league you get one of the top arms. The reason for this is that if you wait to get a QB they likely will not be there in the later rounds.

    The only time I consider this strategy to be deployed is if and only if you are in the top 3 of the draft order. In any other scenario, I say stay with the 2 RBs’ early strategy. Some players go the route of taking a TE or WR early in the draft. I advise against this because there is plenty of production to be had later. So let’s look at a scenario where you draft high, followed by not drafting for a while. I still say stay with the RB strategy unless Megatron or Randy Moss is walking through the door. Another aspect of drafting to consider here is what is the game plan implemented by the coaching staff for each team. Take for instance Mike Vrabel is going to have a different game plan than say Sean Mcvay or Zac Taylor as the running game is king in Tennessee thanks to Derrick Henry! Here is a list of the BEST early options for early picks for 2023.

    1. Saquon Barkley 
    2. Aaron Jones
    3. Najee Harris
    4. Joe Mixon
    5. Breece Hall

    Each one of these selections is a gamer, and in my opinion, you can not go wrong by selecting them early in the draft, This will lead to success for any owner. I would also keep an eye out during the draft for two RBs out of the Big 12 Bijan Robinson of Texas and Deuce Vaughn of K State. Just a little nugget going forward. For those of you thinking Hall may not be ready, he still is a must-get early due to his 3-down ability.

    Middle Rounds

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    At this point, this is where draft strategies vary quite a bit. The point to remember here is DO NOT PANIC! if you got at least one RB early you are solid. Again it all depends on draft position, but if you are in a league with people you know pay attention to their tendencies. If you can wait on a QB I would wait. This is the time to grab WR and TE talent in the early portion of the middle rounds. Yet, before you get too far along got ahead and snatch a QB. Let’s look at an example that may be quite helpful. Look at this mock round-by-round breakdown that may be advantageous to some.

    1. Aaron Jones
    2. AJ Brown/Jamarr Chase/Deebo Samuel
    3. Breece Hall/Miles Sanders
    4. Dalton Shultz/Dallas Goedert/Mike Gesicki
    5. QB
    6. Drake London/DK Metcalf/Terry Mclaurin

    It may not play out this easy, but the general consensus is to fill your roster with WR/TE and grab a QB that others may be sleeping on. You can always draft a QB in Rd 2, then follow with 3-5 filling your roster. The issue is that once the run starts on position players it often does not stop. On the contrary, the QB position is often considered to be quite top-heavy in terms of the popularity of the draft position. This means that Mahomes, Jackson, and Herbert are the names you will often see year in and year out at the top. I prefer the consistency at QB and more talent at the RB, WR, and Flex positions.

    Late Rounds

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    So, we covered the “Meat and Potatoes” of the draft. Now we are on to the end of the draft, this is where you grab your kickers and Defensive teams. For defensive picks wise I recommend you go with a turnover-heavy team and or a team that applies a lot of QB pressure. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are the teams that jump out to me. When it comes to selecting a kicker, I go the route of taking the kickers that reside on offenses that struggle consistently to find the end zone.  This is also a great time to grab guys that are injured for the early part of the season. Another point here is to look for the guys that may be suspended for a few weeks.

    It is not uncommon for owners to find some diamonds in the rough, or some rookies that nobody wants to fill their roster with. A good example of this is the experts were ready to write youth of the Packers and then comes Christian Watson. I am a firm believer that if you follow this model you will have success! Don’t forget to invest in the 16 rounds draft guide from The Fantasy Football Counselor Joseph Robert to dominate your fantasy league next year.



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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:04:03 -0800 Sportsman
    Opinion: Huddersfield Town have to prioritise a new contract for 19&year&old Huddersfield Town’s 2022/23 season could end up being damaging for plenty of people at the club.

    Huddersfield Town sit 24th in the Championship table, five points from safety which leaves them staring down the barrel of relegation and a return to League One.

    Plenty of stars could have their heads turned by the opportunity to play Championship football should the Terriers succumb to relegation, and with a fair few first-team regulars out of contract, you get the feeling that their could be a busy 2023 for the Terriers in the outgoings department.

    However, one man Huddersfield Town simply have to hold on to beyond the end of season is talented teenage midfielder Etienne Camara.

    Camara’s contract situation…

    As it stands, the French midfielder is out of contract at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

    Many had never heard of the name Etienne Camara before the start of this campaign, but his peformances for Mark Fotheringham’s side in the heart of midfield has ensured that he is now well known amongst the John Smith’s Stadium terraces.

    The 19-year-old joined the Huddersfield Town academy in October 202o from French side Angers SCO, and has since worked his way up from U19 level into the first-team, where he plays quite a pivotal role with maturity way beyond his years.

    If the club are to be relegated this season, it is key that they can secure Camara’s services because the club will need to trust the youth they have and the quality they possess to try and get back to the Championship at the first time of asking. In what is an already ageing squad, Camara possess the youth and quality needed to excel in either the Championship or League One, which is why tying him down to a new deal is something of a necessity for Fotheringham and co.

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    Does Portman Road hold more or less than 25,000?

    At 19 and with his deal expiring next summer, there is a feeling that this season may be the last we see of Camara in the blue and white of Huddersfield Town, especially now that there is rumoured interest from Premier League sides Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion which are much more attractive places to play your football than the Terriers given the current on-pitch climate.

    There are plenty of pressing matters for Fotheringham and co to deal with before the seasons end, but resolving Camara’s future has to be a priority.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:01:26 -0800 Sportsman
    3 Ipswich Town youngsters to watch out for in 2023 Sitting in 2nd place, Ipswich Town are well positioned for the year ahead and have realistic ambitions of finally ending their four-year stay in League One.

    While normally the club’s lofty position and financial resources would minimise the chances for young players, an injury crisis among Kieran McKenna’s squad has presented an opportunity for some academy graduates to stake their claim for a spot in the starting XI.

    Here are the three youngsters most likely to make an impact for Ipswich Town in 2023…

    Cameron Humphreys

    The standout player on this list, Humphreys has been the biggest beneficiary of Ipswich’s busy treatment room, cementing a starting place alongside Sam Morsy in central midfield.

    The versatile 19-year-old played a key role in the Tractor Boys’ run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2021 and has taken to first-team football like a duck to water, scoring on his first league start at Port Vale in October. His passing range was best demonstrated by a sublime through ball in the recent victory at Exeter City, while his ability to collect the ball from the centre-backs and drive forward has invited comparisons with former club captains Matt Holland and Jim Magilton.

    If Town’s promotion charge faulters, Humphreys will surely have the vultures circling for his signature in the summer.

    Elkan Baggott

    Baggott, an Indonesian international and another FA Youth Cup semi-finalist, impressed on his league debut at Rotherham United in April.

    Currently on a season-long loan at Gillingham, he has been a bright spark in a poor team and when he returns, he could compete for the left centre-back role in McKenna’s three-at-the-back system, where George Edmundson has sometimes struggled on his weaker side.

    As well as showing defensive maturity, Baggott has established himself as a set-piece threat with two league goals so far for Gillingham and dead-ball specialist Leif Davis could provide the ammunition for him to add to this total back at Portman Road.

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    What club does Aaron Cresswell play for now?

    Matt Ward

    19-year-old attacker Ward was first given his opportunity in the pre-season of the 2021/22 campaign but despite a promising cameo against Millwall, Town’s attacking depth meant he was always likely to struggle for game time.

    Ward finally made his competitive debut in the victory against Buxton, and although predominantly a winger, he has developed versatility and an eye for goal with the U23s; this makes him an outside bet for an appearance in the number 10 role, due to the absences of Tyreece John-Jules and Marcus Harness.

    Even if Ward’s first-team ambitions are not realised with Town this season, a loan move further down the EFL could provide him with the springboard needed to muscle his way into McKenna’s long-term plans.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:01:24 -0800 Sportsman
    Opinion: Forest Green Rovers have to prioritise a new contract for 29&year&old Forest Green Rovers’ 2022/23 campaign success could well and truly be decided on whether a new contract is signed for Connor Wickham.

    The Rovers currently sit 21st in the League One table after two positive results against Gloucestershire rivals Cheltenham Town and fellow relegation candidate Cambridge United.

    And, if they’re to maintain their third-tier status, keeping Wickham will be absolutely vital…

    Wickham’s contract situation…

    When Wickham signed for the club back in the summer, it was only agreed that he would sign a short-term deal that would last until January. It is clear to see that Wickham’s goals for the club have proved important and have drastically changed the results of certain games, picking up vital points that could be key in Forest Green’s fight for safety.

    Of course, there is the potential that Wickham could well leave the club in the January transfer window. Wickham has performed well for a struggling side and his contract situation will surely pique interests.

    It could be argued that some fans might not want to keep hold of Wickham, and that the club could potentially invest his wages elsewhere by improving other areas on the pitch. But as previously mentioned, his goals have been key to this season’s limited success for the Gloucestershire-based club.

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    Does Portman Road hold more or less than 25,000?

    The 29-year-old is in the best form he has been in for many years. Injuries have made for a difficult few years for Wickham, but he does look to be back on track with Forest Green, hence the hope that he might stay.

    However, it would not be surprising to see Wickham move on, certainly to a top-half League One club.

    The ex-England U21 forward will surely have other clubs looking at his contract situation and would no doubt be interested in signing a man of his talent. It will be hoped a new agreement can be reached though as his contract expiry moves closer and closer.

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:01:22 -0800 Sportsman
    Michigan football adds yet another high&profile transfer portal commitment

    #Michigan is crushing it in the portal this cycle! #GoBlue

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 11:51:12 -0800 Sportsman
    Auburn flips another three&star recruit from SEC school

    Auburn's once-flailing 2023 class has shot up to No. 26 in the overall rankings.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 11:51:12 -0800 Sportsman
    Transfer Profile: 5 things to know about Oregon’s newest cornerback Khyree Jackson

    Here are five things to know about Oregon's newest corner and former Crimson Tide Khyree Jackson.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 11:51:11 -0800 Sportsman
    World Cup Final: Argentina vs. France (SBI Live Commentary) LUSAIL, Qatar — Argentina and France square off in the World Cup Final, each in search of their third world championship (10 a.m. ET, FOX/Telemundo).

    Lionel Messi will have his final chance to add the title that has eluded him, while Kylian Mbappe has the chance to join Pele as the only players to win two World Cups by the age of 23. For France, a win would mean a second consecutive World Cup title, which would make Les Bleus the first team to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in 1962.

    Here is the squad France will start in today’s final, including Mbappe and tournament standout Antoine Griezmann:

    Here is Argentina’s starting lineup, which features the return of Angel DiMaria from a foot injury:

    SBI’s editorial team will be providing live commentary on today’s final in the comments section below. You are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions as well.

    Enjoy the action.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 11:46:00 -0800 Sportsman
    Argentina tops France in penalty shootout in epic World Cup final LUSAIL, QATAR — The 2022 World Cup final started out as a one-sided affair that looked like it was on its way to being an uneventful crowning of Lionel Messi as world champion.

    Argentina did wind up lifting the World Cup, but not before an epic France comeback in a match that turned into the most dramatic and thrilling final in the history of the competition.

    France erased a 2-0 deficit with a pair of Kylian Mbappe, then responded to a potential Lionel Messi winner in extra time with an Mbappe penalty, but the French couldn’t deny Argentina in the penalty shootout as Messi and the Albiceleste rose to the occasion one more time.

    Argentina converted all four penalties while France missed two attempts, setting up Gonzalo Montiel’s chance for redemption after his penalty handball tied the match at 3-3. Montiel converted his penalty to deliver Argentina its first World Cup since 1986, setting off wild celebrations in a Lusail Stadium filled with Argentina fans.

    The victory gave Lionel Messi his coveted World Cup on a night when he delivered a performance worthy of a champion. Messi scored Argentina’s opening goal from the penalty spot, and the go-ahead goal in extra time before stepping up and calmly converting Argentina’s opening shootout attempt after Mbappe converted his attempt for France.

    Emiliano Martinez played the shootout hero for Argentina once more, denying Kingsley Coman’s attempt in the second round before Paulo Dybala converted for Argentina. Aurelien Tchouameni missed France’s third attempt before Leandro Paredes converted for Argentina.

    Randal Kolo-Muani converted France’s fourth attempt, setting up Montiel’s chance for redemption. The Sevilla defender beat Lloris with his attempt to secure Argentina’s third World Cup title.

    The penalty shootout followed a wild 120 minutes that saw France battle back from 2-0 and 3-2 down after Argentina enjoyed a dominant first half. Messi converted a 23rd-minute penalty earned by Angel DiMaria in the 23rd minute before DiMaria scored a goal of his own in the 36th minute, capping off a beautiful counterattack sequence for the South Americans.

    France looked flat and Didier Deschamps acted, inserting Marcus Thuram and Kolo-Muani in the 41st minute. The French began to show life in the second half after Eduardo Camavinga and Kingsley Coman came on in the 71st minute. Their insertion helped give France energy and the speed to put Argentina under pressure.

    The changes paid off for Les Bleus in the 80th minute, when Kolo-Muani drew a penalty foul by Nicolas Otamendi to set up an Mbappe penalty kick, which he blasted home.

    Just one minute later, Coman forced a Messi turnover and sparked a quick counter, with Adrien Rabiot finding Mbappe in the penalty area. He blasted home the game-tying goal to make the score 2-2 in the 81st minute.

    The match went to extra-time, where Messi delivered yet again, pouncing on a rebound of a saved Lautaro Martinez shot in the 108th minute for his seventh goal of the tournament, making the score 3-2.

    Argentina held on desperately to that lead, but it only lasted 10 minutes, when Montiel was whistled for a handball in the penalty area. Mbappe stepped up to the spot and scored his eight goal of the tournament, which eventually helped him secure the World Cup Golden Boot.

    Unfortunately for Mbappe, his hat-trick wasn’t enough to earn France a third World Cup, and it was instead his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Messi who was able to realize his World Cup dream.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 11:45:59 -0800 Sportsman
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    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 11:45:59 -0800 Sportsman
    Star Sports – Argentina v France Offer It’s Argentina v France in the World Cup 2022 Final on Sunday, and you don’t want to miss this Star Sports offer! Place a pre-match ‘Correct Score’ bet on Argentina v France and get 50% of your stake back as a free bet up to £25.00 if it loses. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives you a profit of £9.78 and here’s how…

    Key terms

    • Available to both new and existing customers.
    • Applies to your first bet on the ‘Correct Score’ market for Argentina v France.
    • Applies to bets placed between 00:00 and 15:00 (kick-off) on Sunday 18th December 2022.
    • Cashed out bets will not qualify.
    • If your bet loses, you’ll receive a free bet equal to 50% of your stake up to £25.00.

    Qualifying bet

    If your bet loses, 50% of your stake will be refunded as a free bet up to £25.00, so you can treat this as a ‘Money back if bet loses‘ offer.

    To be eligible for the maximum £25.00 free bet, you’ll need to stake £50.00. It’s best to place your bet at long odds to maximise profit.

    At the time of writing, ‘France 2-0‘ is available at back odds of 15.00 (14/1). The lay odds are 18.00.

    Either exchange works for this offer

    Betfair and Smarkets are both great options for this offer. If you’ve not used one of them, now is a great time to give them a try.

    • 2% commission for all new signups
    • 0% commission for 60 days

    You can work out your lay stake using the ‘Money Back if Bet Loses‘ setting on my Matched Betting Calculator. You can enter £20.00 as your ‘Cashback’ figure as this is the amount you can expect to convert your £25.00 free bet into, should your bet lose.

    Select bet type

    Back Bet (Bookie)


    Lay Bet (Betting Exchange)


    Min £
    Max £
    Lay stake required: £
    If back (bookie) bet wins
    = £
    If lay (exchange) bet wins
    = £
    Total profit: £

    Optimal Underlay

    Lay stake required: £
    Exchange liability: £

    If back (bookie) bet wins: £
    If lay (exchange) bet wins: £

    Optimal Overlay

    Lay stake required: £
    Exchange liability: £

    If back (bookie) bet wins: £
    If lay (exchange) bet wins: £

    As you can see, the calculator tells you that your lay stake should be £40.60.

    Star Sports logo

    Place £50.00 on ‘France 2-0’ (Correct Score) @ 15.00 = Potential profit of £700.00

    Betfair logo

    Lay £40.60 on ‘0-2 (France)’ (Correct Score) @ 18.00 = Potential liability of £690.20


    Let’s look at your profit/loss for the possible outcomes.

    OutcomeStar SportsBetfairFree BetProfit/Loss
    France win 2-0+ £700.00– £690.20£9.80 profit
    Any other outcome– £50.00+ £39.78+ £20.00£9.78 profit

    So, no matter the outcome, you’ll make a minimum profit of £9.78 on this Star Sports offer!

    If you’re unsure how to convert a £25.00 free bet into £20.00 cash (80%), please see my ‘Free Bets Guide‘ for a walkthrough.

    The post Star Sports – Argentina v France Offer appeared first on Matched Betting Blog.

    Sun, 18 Dec 2022 11:22:54 -0800 Sportsman
    Betfred – Argentina v France Offer It’s Argentina v France in the World Cup 2022 Final on Sunday, and Betfred are getting in on the action! Build and place a ‘PickYourPunt’ bet on Argentina v France and get your stake back in free bets up to £10.00 if it loses. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives you a potential profit of £35.00 and here’s how…

    Key terms

    • Applies to your first losing ‘PickYourPunt Builder‘ bet on Argentina v France (15:00 on Sunday 18th December 2022).
    • You must build your own bet with Betfred’s PickYourPunt Builder, which can be launched via the ‘#PickYourPunt‘ tab for Argentina v France.
    • Minimum of 4 selections.
    • Minimum total odds of 4.00 (3/1).
    • If your bet loses, you’ll receive 100% of your stake back in free bets.
    • Minimum free bet refund of £0.50.
    • Maximum free bet refund of £10.00.
    • If eligible, your free bets will be credited by 12:00 on Monday 19th December 2022.
    • The free bets will be valid until 09:00 on Thursday 22nd December 2022.

    Qualifying bet

    It’s entirely up to you how you play this offer.

    You could build a PickYourPunt bet that is layable and treat this as a ‘Money back if bet loses‘ offer. It’ll depend on the odds, but you should be able to lock in around a £5.00 profit. Please see my ‘Bet Builders‘ guide for a walkthrough on building layable selections.

    My preferred approach for this offer is to not lay your PickYourPunt bet. If your bet loses, you’ll be able to convert your £10.00 free bet into 80% cash, so £8.00. That means the most you can lose on this offer is £2.00, and you could make a nice profit.

    So, looking at the selections available, you could place your qualifying bet on ‘France win (Result) / No (Both teams to score) / Under 6.5 (Total goals) / Over 4.5 (Total corners)‘ (all 90 minutes only) at odds of 4.50 (7/2).

    Betfred logo

    Build and place a £10.00 PickYourPunt bet of your choice

    Free bets

    The above selection gives you a potential profit of £35.00, meaning you would only need to win 1 in every 18 bets to break even. It really is too good an offer to miss!

    If eligible, your free bets will be credited by 12:00 on Monday 19th December 2022, and valid until 09:00 on Thursday 22nd December 2022.