What did we learn in the Premier League over the weekend? [ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ] Here’s a look at 10 things which stood out, as our writers Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nick Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) share their observations from across the most recent Premier League games. [ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] Let’s get to it. 1. Man City too much, as Alisson melts down (Liverpool 1-4 Man City): There will be talked about whether new signing Ozan Kabak should’ve slotted next to Fabinho or Jordan Henderson at the back, and we’re not sure whether it’s undeserved. Yes, Kabak is 20 and has just arrived from another league, but he was playing for an often under-siege Schalke side and is facing Bayern that different than Man City? He’s also a natural center back who is good with the ball and in the air. That said, Alisson’s day turned into a nightmare pretty much from the moment he made a fine save on Foden … [Read more...] about 10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 23
Dwane Casey led a Raptors team that changed its offensive philosophy this season, won a franchise-record 59 games, and all that earned him the title of Coach of the Year as voted by his peers (and he could win the official NBA award, too). Friday, Dwane Casey was fired by Toronto. Beyond the questions of is this fair (no, but life isn’t fair) or is this the smart move comes another big one: Who will be the next coach of the Raptors? When word of Casey’s impending doom started to circulate around the league a couple of days ago, the buzz was they would go with one of their top assistants, an internal candidate who brings change but not much disruption. However, not long after the firing, the name of former Hawks’ coach Mike Budenholzer came up. So here are the potential new head coaching candidates for Toronto. • Mike Budenholzer. Let go by the Hawks and undone more by his unimpressive work as a GM than his coaching acumen. He may be at the top of Masai … [Read more...] about Who will be Raptors’ next coach? Mike Budenholzer? Jerry Stackhouse?
Defending women's singles champion Sofia Kenin endured an emotional rollercoaster and her own nerves to reach the second round of the Australian Open. Fourth seed Kenin, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park last year in a major surprise, found the going tough against the world No 133 Australian Maddison Inglis on a glorious morning at Rod Laver Arena.Kenin trailed 3-1 to Australian wild card Inglis, who is yet to win a tour-level match, in the first set and, although she steadied herself thereafter, she never fully settled into the match. She admitted after a scrappy 7-5 6-4 victory that she is still trying to work out how to handle the occasion. Save over 25% with NOW TV Grab a NOW TV Sky Sports Month Pass for just £25 p/m for 4 months (usually £33.99 p/m) Australian Open: Essential readingSo many … [Read more...] about Australian Open: Sofia Kenin through but Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosa beaten
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the opportunity to give a few United fringe players opportunities to impress but ultimately had to turn to his regulars on the bench, with McTominay the one to make the difference. United were frustrated in the first half as they struggled to make the most of their dominance over a West Ham side who offered very little in attack, with Victor Lindelof going closest for the hosts when denied by the upright. Aside from United managing fewer shots, the pattern of the match hardly deviated after the break and it was no surprise to see it remain goalless at the end of the regulation 90 minutes. But the hosts' superiority told in the end with West Ham unable to cancel out McTominay's 97th-minute strike. It quickly became apparent that West Ham's plan was to pack their defence with as many players as possible and it was nearly undone just 11 minutes in, but Anthony Martial was denied by a crucial Angelo Ogbonna intervention that resulted in the Italian … [Read more...] about Manchester United 1-0 West Ham (aet): McTominay ends Hammers’ resistance to seal quarterfinal spot
Carvajal is still regarded highly by the Los Blancos management and Zinedine Zidane. However his recurring injury issues have made the side look for a perfect cover for him. The Spanish right-back has only made 10 appearances this season and his fitness has been a topic of discussion largely. Currently 29, Carvajal is not getting any younger, hence Madrid's search for a younger face looks valid. Madrid's other option Odriozola meanwhile could have been his perfect deputy but it is understood that the 25-year-old is frustrated being in the reserve and likely to force a move next year. Due to the financial implication brought upon by Covid, the Whites are not in a position to land any big faces thus as per rumours, Florentino Perez is looking at Latin American markets to land young faces. Two young right-backs recently have been linked with them over the same cause and as per a report by Todo Fichajes, these are the two faces catching the attention: Gonzalo Montiel The … [Read more...] about Real Madrid looking at two Latin American talents as a cover of Dani Carvajal