Kevin-Prince Boateng is still a Sassuolo player, despite the Serie A club’s president recently saying he was likely to be bought by Barcelona following a stint with the Spanish side.Sassuolo’s Giovanni Carnevali had said that Barca were set to trigger the clause in the loan deal that brought the Ghana international to Camp Nou in January allowing a permanent transfer for €8m.That clause has now expired and Carnevali said that the situation has changed since the original interview took place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I have never said we weren’t expecting him anymore, this interview was done before June 30 [when the loan deal expired] and we still didn’t know about Barcelona’s intentions,” the club president told Goal.“I just said we still didn’t know if Barcelona wanted him, if they wanted to give him on loan to another Spanish club or if he was going to be back with us, the point is the interview was published after the 30th.“Right now we already know Boateng is back to Sassuolo and together we will see what he wants to do.”Boateng only joined Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, with his switch to Barcelona happening after only six months with the club.The former Tottenham man made four appearances for the Blaugrana and Carnevali had said he thought the transfer might be made permanent in the interview he alluded to in today’s statement.“I think Barcelona will buy Kevin Prince-Boateng, then he will be loaned to another La Liga club,” he said at the time .For his part the 32-year-old Boateng did not believe he would be moving to Catalonia.The well-travelled forward, for whom Barcelona represented a tenth professional club, seemed to rule out a return in a July 2nd social media pos t.“Today ends one of the most exciting experiences of my career,” he said on Instagram , “I thank every person who made this possible.“I thank my team-mates who made me feel at home from day one, champions and great people.“I thank all the management, available and always present.“A special thought goes to all the fans: I will always carry you in my heart. I wanted to give something more, but I did my best in every minute that was given to me to honour this fantastic shirt,” Boateng concluded.
Real Madrid star Eden Hazard was “very pleased” to open his account for the La Liga giants in their 1-0 friendly win against Salzburg. Hazard was the difference in the pre-season fixture at Salzburg, where he scored his first Madrid goal in sublime fashion on Wednesday. After arriving from Chelsea in a deal worth €100 million (£91m/$111m), Hazard curled a stunning effort past goalkeeper Cican Stankovic. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “When you’re out on the pitch, you want to win the game and being a forward, you want to score goals,” said Hazard, who has shown flashes of his brilliance against Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Fenerbahce. “I’d been waiting for this moment for the last five games and it’s happened today. I’m very pleased. “It’s still pre-season, but I think we’ve got more energy now. We’ve still got another 10 days before our first competitive game so we have to focus and keep working hard. “Our aim is to be ready for next week, we can’t wait to start La Liga so we’re training and practising hard.” Hazard’s arrival has headlined a busy off-season for Madrid, who have attempted to overhaul their side with the signings of Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, Ferland Mendy. Brazilian defender Eder, who arrived from Porto, made his debut for Madrid against Salzburg. The 21-year-old featured in a back three alongside captain Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane before making way at half-time. “It’s a special feeling to play my first match for the best club in the world,” he said. “I’m very happy, but I still have lots to learn. Playing for Real Madrid has been a dream for me ever since I was very young. Thanks to God, I have the chance to be here and I was to enjoy this opportunity. “I hope I can have a wonderful career in this shirt. It’s an incredible feeling to be alongside the best defenders and fullbacks in world football. “I hope I can help the team because these are fantastic players. I did what the coach asked of me and I hope things carry on in this vein.” Madrid will face Roma in a friendly fixture on Sunday before opening their La Liga campaign away to Celta Vigo on August 17.
Joe Gomez insists Liverpool are “hungrier” for more trophies after missing out on the Community Shield, with a UEFA Super Cup clash against Chelsea up next on Wednesday night.Jurgen Klopp’s men drew 1-1 with Manchester City in normal time at Wembley last Sunday, before being beaten 5-4 in a fiercely contested penalty shootout.The Reds were hoping to win their second trophy of 2019 having already conquered the Champions League with a final victory over Tottenham back in June. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? They will have another chance to do exactly that in Istanbul this week, when they take on Europa League winners Chelsea in the 2019 Super Cup final.Liverpool will travel to Turkey fresh after a 4-1 win against Norwich on the opening day of the 2019-20 Premier League season, and Gomez is eager to banish the memory of their Wembley defeat at the start of the month.“I think [the Community Shield] would have been nice but we lost the way we did, which was unfortunate,” the England international told the club’s official website.“I think now that just made us even hungrier to get our hands on a piece of silverware again. I think that’s going to be our aim this year, just to get as much silverware as possible. “Hopefully we can do it, but it’s obviously against a tough side and we know it won’t be easy. We’re looking forward to it.”Despite picking up a sixth European Cup last term, there was a still a lingering sense of what might have been for Liverpool in the Premier League, as their 29-year wait for the title continued.Klopp’s men finished a single point behind City in the final standings, amassing a club-record tally of 97 while only losing one game.Gomez is aware that Liverpool’s status as Champions League winners has left them with a target on their backs, but he feels there is still “so much more” for the team to achieve in the next 12 months.“Obviously it’s a label that’s given now that we achieved what we did last season,” he added. “I think the main thing in our minds is that we still see ourselves as underdogs, we still see ourselves as a hungry team that hasn’t achieved what we want to achieve yet.“There’s still so much more to do and to surpass what we did last season. I think the main thing is that our mindset is in the right place and whatever is said after that is not up to us.”After the Super Cup, Liverpool will turn their attention back to the Premier League, as they take in a trip to Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The 17th series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing will begin on Monday, August 26 with a red carpet launch, although a date is yet to be confirmed for when the first program will air.The Saturday evening staple has announced that former England international goalkeeper David James and women’s international star Alex Scott will be among the 15 celebrities battling it out to win the coveted Glitterball in 2019.There has been a long history of footballers taking part in the programme. Here are those who have blazed the trail for James and Scott – and how they performed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Peter SchmeichelFormer Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was the first footballer to appear on the show in 2006. Paired with dancer Erin Boag, the Old Trafford legend was eliminated seventh out of the 14 celebrities to take part.Despite that respectable finish, Schmeichel only averaged a score of 24.7 per dance and twice finished as the lowest scorer, mustering a mere 19 points in the Samba and Pasodoble.The series was won by England cricketer Mark Ramprakash, while former England rugby player Matt Dawson was the runner-up. As such, Schmeichel came last in the three sportsmen who were involved.John BarnesIt was the turn of Liverpool and England legend John Barnes to take to the dancefloor in Series 5, which took place in 2007. He and partner Nicole Cutler lasted one week longer than Schmeichel as he was the eighth celebrity to be voted out, though he did survive longer than sports anchor Gabby Logan.Like Schmeichel, Barnes twice finished as the worst dancer, with American Smooth and Foxtrot proving to be his Achilles heel. However, his overall score of 27.1 was significantly higher than the former Red Devil.Musician Alesha Dixon won the overall prize.Peter ShiltonAfter a two-year hiatus without a footballer on the show, England goalkeeper Peter Shilton was given a call up in 2010 for Series 8, with Erin Boag his partner.He did not, however, prove as capable on the dancefloor as between the sticks as he lasted just three weeks before elimination, clocking up an average of just 20.3 points.He was not so bad as to be retained by viewers purely for entertainment purposes, like former politician Ann Widdecombe, who consistently ranked among the worst dancers but managed to finish sixth.Actress Kara Tointon won the show that year.Robbie SavageThe last footballer to go on the show was way back in Series 9, with former England footballer Robbie Savage, now better known as a pundit, teaming up with Ola Jordan.The ex-Wales international midfielder actually proved to be quite handy on the dancefloor as he finished sixth overall, making him the most successful former player to take part. That is borne out by the 27.2 points he averaged over the course of the series.McFly drummer Harry Judd was the overall winner.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)A group of Ohio State fans held an Urban Meyer rally outside Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Monday night. It was not a great look.There was some chanting and some offensive signs. Roughly 200 people showed up, according to reports.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum reacted to what he saw at the Urban Meyer rally during an appearance on Outside The Lines today.From Saturday Down South:“The people that show up to events like this don’t care about what the best look is,” the SEC Network host said. “They have blind loyalty… but that’s what we saw last night. We saw fans and parents of former players who don’t care about the facts, they don’t care about anything other than preserving the football program.”“We’ve sat here many times talking about these issues but they continue to repeat themselves and that is one of the underlining stories of all this and Ohio State you would have expected more from them, you would have expected them to at least attempt to do the right thing and I’ve yet to see that.”The father of former Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott was one of the people who showed up to the rally.Ezekiel Elliott’s dad, Stacy, talks to the media outside the rally to support Urban Meyer. More to come. pic.twitter.com/EmduNverK6— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018Urban Meyer remains under paid administrative leave. Ohio State has said that the investigation is expected to take two weeks.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former college football star was elected to congress on Tuesday night. Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez left the gridiron for politics and it didn’t take long for the former Buckeye to find success on that endeavor.Gonzalez ran in Ohio’s 16th congressional district as the Republican candidate and won the race over Democratic candidate Susan Moran Palmer. The former star wide receiver, who spent the majority of his life in Ohio, will now represent the state in the political arena.Gonzalez was a three-year letterman at Ohio State and was named First-Team All-Big Ten during the 2006 college football season.Here’s the news of his win from the Associated Press.BREAKING: Republican Anthony Gonzalez wins election to U.S. House in Ohio’s 16th congressional district. #APracecall at 10:08 p.m. EST. @AP election coverage: https://t.co/miEWlbTVZW #Election2018 #OHelection— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 7, 2018The Indianapolis Colts nabbed Gonzalez in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft with the final pick. Gonzalez failed to replicate the success he found at Ohio State at the professional level.In five NFL seasons, Gonzalez racked up 1,307 receiving yards on 99 receptions – seven of which went for touchdowns.Gonzalez wasn’t the only former college football player elected Tuesday night. Former Baylor football player Colin Allred also took home a seat in the House.
EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Big Ten announced earlier today some scheduling news for the 2019 college football season.Ohio State and Northwestern are set to meet in a Big Ten Championship Game rematch on Friday, Oct. 18 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.The Big Ten has had a couple of Friday night games over the last two years and it seems like the conference is going to continue to have them.Northwestern’s head coach, Pat Fitzgerald, doesn’t like it.“This one was out of our control,” Fitzgerald told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday. “Didn’t get a vote on this. I understand why we’re doing this, but it does not make me happy. I still fundamentally believe that Fridays are for high school football.”People in Ohio aren’t too happy, either.One of the most-prominent figures in the Ohio high school football world has called out the Big Ten for having a big Friday night game.Sorry to hear this. Please leave Friday nights to HS Football. Ohio State’s 2019 Game at Northwestern to Be Played on Friday Night, Per Report | Eleven Warriors https://t.co/1tsn0C8fYC— Jerry Snodgrass (@Jerry_Snodgrass) December 18, 2018As long as the TV money is there, though, the Friday night games are probably going to continue to happen.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The debate over where the best college football tailgates are is one that rages every year. SEC fans are particularly vocal about the pregame parties at their favorite program’s home games.247Sports unveiled a list this weekend of the top 10 tailgates in college football for this season. Their top choice might surprise you.It’s an SEC schools, but it’s not Ole Miss, or LSU. Instead, it is their SEC West rival Auburn.Now, 247Sports came up with these rankings by combining “what we know about the tailgating experience at various schools” along with the home schedules for each of these teams. That latter part seems to be what put Auburn over the top. It could be a great tailgating year on The Plains. Both of the SEC’s Mississippi teams will visit Auburn. The Tigers will also be home for the final three weeks of the season, as they host arch rivals Georgia and Alabama in that span.Unfortunately, while playing big games against marquee, rival opponents makes for great tailgating, it doesn’t always make for a successful outcome.Auburn will likely be a home underdog against Georgia and Alabama, its two biggest games of the year on The Plains.
Breaking news from the Big Ten Conference: the @OhioStateFB at Nebraska game, Sept. 28 in Lincoln, Neb., will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT (6:30 CDT) and it will be televised by ABC.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) September 16, 2019The trip to Nebraska should be one of Ohio State’s toughest games of the year. The Huskers suffered a disappointing Week 2 road loss to Colorado, though Scott Frost’s team is still dangerous.Adrian Martinez and the Huskers’ offense bounced back in a Week 3 blowout win over Northern Illinois.Ohio State, meanwhile, blew out Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington on Saturday.This should be a fun one. LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Balloons released after the first score in the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A kickoff time and a TV channel have been announced for next weekend’s Ohio State at Nebraska game in Lincoln.The Buckeyes and the Huskers will be kicking off in primetime at Memorial Stadium.Nebraska and Ohio State will be playing at 7:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.