TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan president Scaroni: Paqueta deal proof of Elliott commitmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni says their deal for Lucas Paqueta is proof of owner Elliott Management’s commitment.The Rossoneri paid €35m plus up to €10m in bonuses to Flamengo for the attacker.“This signing confirms the intentions of Elliott to bring Milan back to the top,” said Scaroni in the presentation Press conference.“This move does not mean Milan don’t have a clear strategy of following Financial Fair Play rules, as it fits well within it and we consider it a transfer that takes us towards where we want to go.”Director Leonardo was trusted with identifying the talent from Brazil and bringing him to San Siro.“Although these are early days, he played a very important part in the Flamengo side that finished second in their division. We have a project that we want to put in place and he has everything required, both as a player and a man, to help us achieve this. He can above all really improve a great deal.“I think he can bring more joy, creativity and a Brazilian approach to Milan. We’re not comparing him to Kaka, but clearly in the past Milan were in a different situation and had been winning for some years. We’ve just had a change of ownership, are a team under construction and Paquetá is part of a project going forward that must be given time to grow.“Above all, his arrival proves we want an attack-minded and creative Milan side that is truly positive when on the ball. He has the characteristics we want to see in this Milan team.”
Stauskas Popcorn Every year, NBA veterans like to haze rookies a bit, and one of the more popular moves is to “popcorn” a player’s car. Dion Waiters, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder but was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, received one of the worst in history, if you remember. But this week, former Michigan star Nik Stauskas, who plays for the Sacramento Kings, came home to an even bigger surprise. He doesn’t have a car right now, so instead, his teammates popcorned his house. Stauskas posted a video of the damage. It’s significant.Stauskas averaged 4.2 points per game in 15.2 minutes per contest this year. He’s expected to have a bigger role in 2015-2016.
…and then there were four. The past few weeks, we’ve given you the people the opportunity to voice your opinion on the most annoying people in sports media. We’re just a few days from learning who’s going to take home the crown. Stephen A. Smith, Jemele Hill, Skip Bayless and Jim Rome are the four left standing heading into the final week. We’re just two results away from an all-First Take final. Woof.What did we learn this past week?Ohio State fans weren’t enough to push Mark May past Stephen A. Smith.Jemele Hill is on – her words – a “George Mason like run” heading into the Final Four.Skip Bayless appears unbeatable.Jim Rome is the most underseeded person in the history of dumb pop culture brackets.Voting is now closed on the Elite Eight. You can view the results from the first round here, the second round here, the Sweet 16 here and the Elite Eight here. Let’s vote on the Final Four.The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Final FourVote On The Final Four Here1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 11. Jemele HillA classic David vs. Goliath battle. Hill’s run has been surprising, but an upset here would be Syracuse-down-15-and-still-beats-Virginia level. Can she pull it off? More Annoying: Stephen A. Smith or Jemele Hill?1. Skip Bayless vs. 16. Jim RomeProps to Jim Rome for proving us wrong – he really is still one of the most annoying out there. But we think his run ends here. It has to, right? More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Jim Rome?More: Who Will Be The Next Katherine Webb?
Twitter/@RedditCFBLSU football looked listless to start today’s game against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, but the Tigers have turned things around in a hurry.With 6:58 left in the third quarter, Wisconsin shut down an LSU drive and forced a punt, up 13-0. Three plays later, Bart Houston did the one thing he really could not afford to: throw the ball directly to a Tigers defender. Tre’Davious White picked off the Badger’s pass and took it 21 yards to the house to get LSU on the board at the 5:28 mark.LSU on the board against Wisconsin after pick 6 from Tre’Davious White. If offense can’t score, the defense will! pic.twitter.com/q8KqT38wnx— Ben Bolton (@BoltonSports) September 3, 2016Three plays—and less than a minute of game time—later, George Rushing was stripped by Donte Jackson. Again, White was there to come up with the loose ball.The turnover. https://t.co/3aGFXnYg8I— Tiger Rag (@Tiger_Rag) September 3, 2016On LSU’s first offensive play, embattled quarterback Brandon Harris hit superstar running back Leonard Fournette with a dime down the field for a big 31 yard pick-up.Harris fakes to Fournette. Then tosses to Fournette. https://t.co/EmXQjadH4P— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) September 3, 2016The next play, Harris found Travin Dural on a screen. The star wide receiver put a nice stiff arm/stutter step move on safety D’Cota Dixon.Harris to Dural. Touchdown. #LSU https://t.co/5L9fDztPP1— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) September 3, 2016It didn’t take long, but LSU took the lead and now has all the momentum against a Badgers squad that was absolutely rolling. The Tigers have also sucked the air out of a fired up Lambeau Field crowd. It hasn’t been a great opening weekend for the SEC so far, but a Tigers win would certainly help matters for the conference here.
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United and Spain midfielder Ander Herrera.The 29-year-old, who spent five seasons with the Red Devils after arriving from Athletic Club, made 189 appearances and won the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League during his stay at Old Trafford.Although he was limited to just 28 appearances in his final year at United, the Premier League side hoped to extend his deal but were unable to reach an agreement with the Spain international, allowing him to leave for free when his contract expired. 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 Reports linking Herrera to a switch to PSG emerged in April and intensified once his departure was confirmed the following month.And the Ligue 1 champions have acted on their interest by luring him to Parc des Princes with a five-year contract.”Paris Saint-Germain is the greatest club in France. It keeps on improving and competes to win every possible title,” he told the club’s website.”I was looking forward to coming to Paris and to wearing those colors. I hope to continue to make history with the club!”Joining this club is an amazing feeling. I also love the city. Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. I promise three things: work, professionalism and passion. I also promise to improve my French because I think that the language is very important for the team’s communication.”Herrera is PSG’s second signing of the summer, following Pablo Sarabia, who joined from Sevilla in a €20 million deal.Thomas Tuchel’s side have already waved goodbye to Lassana Diarra and Adrien Rabiot, while Leandro Paredes has been linked with a move away despite only joining from Zenit in January.Meanwhile, he is the second first-team player to leave United this summer, as Antonio Valencia also departed as a free agent, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Daniel James from Swansea City thus far.
Major League Soccer claimed a small measure of success over Liga MX on Wednesday as Atlanta United took a 3-2 win over Club American in the second edition of the Campeones Cup. The match pits the MLS Cup champion against Liga MX’s Campeon de Campeones. The first edition in 2018 saw Tigres cruise past Toronto FC, but Liga MX’s dominance of continental competitions has, at least temporarily, been halted. 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? The second edition of the competition got off to a flying start, with Emerson Hyndman pushing Atlanta into the lead five minutes in. America responded quickly, with Renato Ibarra first hitting the frame of goal and then pulling his side level in the 13th minute. While the match continued at a frantic pace throughout the first half, the two sides would remain level until the 57th minute when Roger Martínez scored to pull the Mexican outfit out in front. This time it was Atlanta’s turn to respond quickly, and a blast from Jeff Larentowicz had the home side back level before the hour mark. Pick that one out 😱An absolute rocket from Jeff Larentowicz to bring us level! pic.twitter.com/5gH8YwAYe4— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) August 15, 2019Josef Martinez, who had netted 15 times in his last 10 MLS matches coming into the night, scored from the penalty spot six minutes later to push Atlanta back in front. America’s hopes for another comeback took a massive hit 72 minutes in when Bruno Valdez picked up a second booking and the Liga MX giant was left to finish the match with 10 men. “Real excited to have won another trophy here in Atlanta,” Julian Gressel said on social media after the match. “First MLS Champion for the Campeones Cup. Thanks for all the support, I only heard Atlanta fans today, so that was unbelievable. This one’s for you guys!” Atlanta currently sits second in the MLS Eastern Conference, three points back of the Philadelphia Union with a game in hand. The Five Stripes will return to league action on Sunday as they travel to Portland to take on the Timbers, but the club can add another trophy to the case at the end of the month when they face Minnesota United in the U.S. Open Cup final.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)One of the top players in Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class will not be playing football for the Nittany Lions. Nana Asiedu, a former four-star offensive tackle out of Virginia, has to retire from the game due to a heart condition.Asiedu was diagnosed with a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Unfortunately due to the condition, he is unable to play.Nana Asiedu made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday night.God has other plans for me ?‼️ #WeAre @coachjfranklin pic.twitter.com/Oa9Rkk15ex— Nana Asiedu (@BigNana_) June 28, 2018Asiedu announced his commitment to Penn State last April. He enrolled at the school just four days ago.According to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Asiedu was the No. 8 offensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting class. He is also ranked as the No. 116 recruit overall and the No. 3 recruit from the state of Virginia.He was the seventh-ranked player in Penn State’s excellent 2018 recruiting class, which ranks fifth in the country.Asiedu isn’t the first freshman-to-be to be forced to step away from the sport due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Earlier this year, Florida early enrollee Randy Russell had to do the same.The condition, also known as HCM, was the cause of death of former Cal defensive lineman Ted Agu. He passed away after a conditioning run in February 2014.
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans before the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clay Helton, in somewhat of a surprise, will be back as USC’s head coach in 2019. The Trojans announced their decision on Sunday.It turns out we’ll have two Heltons leading college football programs in 2019.Tyson Helton, the younger brother of the USC head coach, has landed his own head coaching gig.The Tennessee offensive coordinator has been hired at Western Kentucky.Lookin’ good, @Coach_Helton! ? #GoTops pic.twitter.com/EiD9IqxEYg— WKU Football (@WKUFootball) November 27, 2018Tyson Helton, 41, was an assistant coach at USC before taking the Tennessee offensive coordinator job. This is his first head coaching position.Western Kentucky went 3-9 this season.
You would assume that all Horns Downs would be roughly the same, but somehow the LSU back really upped the game with this one. There’s something extra on it.WE GOT US A HORNS DOWN BABYYYYY pic.twitter.com/aVp2BB6vq4— Richard🇬🇾Johnson (@RJ_Writes) September 8, 2019He leads all rushers, with 84 yards and a score on 14 carries. As a team, LSU has 108 yards on the ground, but it has been Joe Burrow that has been the difference maker.The former Ohio State transfer has transformed from game manager to star in one off-season, and has 392 yards and three touchdowns so far tonight.Sam Ehlinger is doing his best to answer though. He has 390 total yards and four touchdowns, three passing and one on the ground.This one has been about as fun as expected. LSU leads Texas 37-28 with under six minutes remaining. GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers is tackled by defensive back Rahsaan Lewis #42 of the UCF Knights during the second half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The way LSU and Texas have interacted this game week, you’d think these two sides are annual rivals. Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire just channeled his inner Sooner, Mountaineer, or Aggie after scoring the game’s latest touchdown.LSU looked pretty dominant in the first half, leading 20-7 at the break. Texas has come alive in the second half behind Sam Ehlinger, so we have a very fun shootout going down on ABC right now.The two sides have traded touchdowns on four straight drives. On the last, Clyde Edwards-Helaire scampered for a 12-yard touchdown.After scoring, he busted out the “Horns Down” gesture that has gained in popularity—and become weirdly controversial—over the last few years.
GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 06: Tim Tebow is inducted into the Ring of Honor during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigersat Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)It’s still early in the college football season, but there a few programs that stand out from the rest through the first month. Tim Tebow revealed on SportsCenter which team has the best resume thus far.Tebow went with an SEC program, however, the former Heisman Trophy winner didn’t go with his alma mater.Out of all the teams in the country, the Auburn Tigers have impressed Tebow the most. Guz Malzahn has led his team to victories over ranked opponents in Oregon and Texas A&M.Last weekend, Auburn defeated Texas A&M on the road. The offense under Bo Nix has done just enough to complement its defense. Although Tebow believes Auburn has the best resume in the country right now, the former Gator isn’t sure the team can withstand its difficult schedule coming up.Here’s what Tebow had to say, via 247Sports:“I think they have the best resume in the country so far, a win in a neutral site against Oregon and going to A&M,” Tebow said Saturday morning on SportsCenter. “But going forward, you just explained it. It is ridiculous. At Gainesville against Florida, at LSU then you’ve got Georgia and Alabama to finish it. It is just going to be too much for this Auburn team.”Auburn has to face Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU during conference play this fall.Before the Tigers battle those ranked opponents, they’ll have to take care of business tonight against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.