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first_imgIncoming Premier League chief executive Susanna Dinnage has decided not to take up her role with the organisation, sparking a hasty search for a new successor to the post. The top division of English football made the announcement, just over a month after confirming Dinnage as the first female to hold the position, that the Animal Planet global president has elected to withdraw her candidacy. Originally scheduled to replace the outgoing Richard Scudamore, the league’s nominations committee has now been reconvened to find a new figure to fill the role.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive,” a Premier League statement read. “The Committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates. There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.” Dinnage, who has been with the Discovery network, the owners of Animal Planet, since 2009, had been set to assume her new role early in the new year. At the time, she said: “The Premier League means so much to so many people. It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege.” Upon her appointment, Nominations Committee chairman Bruce Buck had added: “We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption. “She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights.” BBC and Sky Sports have both reported Dinnage will instead remain in her role at Discovery. A season-ticket holder at Fulham, Dinnage originally ran the company’s British operations, including heading up the Eurosport channel and overseeing their acquisition of coverage rights for the Olympic and Winter Olympic Games. She was also a leading contender in 2017 to assume the chief executive role at Channel 4. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_img Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s “incredible” start as caretaker manager at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won his opening five matches after replacing Jose Mourinho in December – equalling Matt Busby’s record in a 2-0 FA Cup victory against Reading last week.The 45-year-old Norwegian – appointed until the end of the season – could surpass Busby’s record with victory against Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Solskjaer seems to have already restored a feel-good factor at Old Trafford following the ill-fated reign of Jose Mourinho, and he is now a contender for the permanent managerial vacancy.When asked about Solskjaer following Manchester City’s 9-0 humiliation of Burton Albion in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, Guardiola told reporters: “His start is much better than mine, I lost my first game and drew the second [after being appointed in 2016].”He won all the games. He is a young manager, getting incredible results. I saw a few minutes of games they played and they played good.”But it is not my business to talk about other opponents, we have a tough game around the corner against Wolves.”It will be a tough game. We have one day off and then prepare for the game.”Good job, fellas! 9-0  #cityvbafc #mancity pic.twitter.com/itt0x7AW2U— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2019Premier League champions City are second in the league, four points behind leaders Liverpool and 12 ahead of sixth-placed United.If United can beat Spurs this weekend they could close the gap on fourth placed Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League spot, while Guardiola’s men are back in action against Wolves at the Etihad.last_img read more


first_imgUnai Emery admits he does not know if Sven Mislintat will be staying on in what is shaping up to be a difficult January transfer window for Arsenal.Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Gunners are set to lose their highly-rated head of recruitment.A little over a year after being brought onto the staff at Emirates Stadium, Mislintat is edging towards the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? He had been keen to take on a new technical director role in north London, but Arsenal are looking elsewhere for somebody to fill that position.With his influence over additions seemingly set to be limited, Mislintat – who enjoyed considerable success in a previous role at Borussia Dortmund – is being heavily linked with a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Gunners boss Emery claims he is unable to shed any light on whether such a move will be made, with the Spaniard still trying to put winter plans in place.He told reporters on the Mislintat speculation: “I was working with him the last two weeks, we had two or three meetings together.“We are working normally. I don’t know other issues. I don’t know [if he’s leaving].“My relationship about transfers is we’ve been speaking about that for the last two, three weeks.”While Emery has held discussions regarding possible additions, he admits bringing fresh faces to Arsenal will be difficult.He has already conceded that he will have no money for permanent additions, forcing him to seek out loan deals for the likes of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.Emery added on the situation he faces in January: “It is not easy to take players who can help us with better performances than we already have.“The club is working, I spoke with [Mislintat] about different possibilities but it’s not easy to take players who can help us with big performances now.”Arsenal would welcome additions to their ranks if the necessary quality at the right price can be found.They have slipped six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four, with a resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them in the battle for Champions League qualification.The Gunners will, however, get the chance to force themselves back into the mix on Saturday when they play host to London rivals Chelsea – the side sat directly above them in the table at present. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgArsenal’s £15 million ($19m) bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been branded an “embarrassment” by John Hartson, while James McFadden considers it to be “pittance”.The Gunners have been linked with the Scotland international for some time.Interest is said to have been stepped up during the current transfer window, with a formal offer reportedly tabled this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? An approach from Arsenal is said to have been knocked back, with Celtic valuing their 22-year-old academy graduate much higher than those in north London.Former Bhoys and Gunners striker Hartson is not surprised to see that stance being taken, with the Welshman writing on Twitter: “My old club Arsenal testing the waters with reported £15m bid for Kieran Tierney.“Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.”Hartson is not the only one to have hit out at Arsenal and their apparent reluctance to pay the going rate for a player of Tierney’s ability.McFadden, a former international colleague of the highly-rated left-back, told BBC Sportsround : “[Virgil] van Dijk moves down for £13 million plus his sell-on clause then goes for £75 million. I think Kieran Tierney’s certainly at that level.“We’re not talking about him going to a smaller side to build himself up. It’s one of the top sides in England coming and saying we’re going to take your best player for a pittance.”Kieran Tierney CelticMcFadden added on Tierney’s talent : “He’s so level-headed, he’s a funny guy, but when he trains, as you could imagine, he does everything to his best you know.“You look at small things, when they do the wee sprints to warm up, he sprints his fastest.“He puts everything into every session, and that transfers onto the game. It didn’t surprise me the level of intensity of his training, and it’s not a surprise that teams have come in. We’ve already said the bid is unacceptable, if that’s the level they’re going in at.“There’s no doubt that he would make it down there. It was a problem we had trying to pick a Scotland side, because you’ve got two of the best left-backs in the world, and that’s not trying to make players feel better, that was the hard facts.“Him and Andy Robertson, it’s difficult to split them. He’ll go down there no problem. Andy Robertson, Van Dijk, Wanyama, these guys went to smaller clubs to show people that they can play at a higher level.“He’ll go straight down into one of the top clubs no problem. There’s still improvement in him as well, that’s the thing. He’s a young guy and he can improve.“He’s the top man at Celtic. They can play without a guy in front of him because he can control the whole left side, going forward and defensively.“When you go and play with better players it makes you better. You have to rise to that level, and it makes you a better player.“Kieran Tierney is Celtic daft, so it’ll take something phenomenal for him to consider it, and also for Celtic to consider it.“I think it would need to take someone who’s going to compete for a title in England or go and try to win the Champions League for Kieran Tierney to leave, because he’s winning trophies, he’s playing in Europe, he’s playing for the club he loves.“I think it would have to be something really special, and Arsenal at the minute won’t challenge for the title. They might further down the line if they can invest in their squad, but £100 million is nothing in England.“I don’t think Arsenal will blow him away and make him think ‘I have to go and sign for Arsenal’.“Arsenal look like they’re trying to do things on the cheap, and if it’s £15 million it proves they’re trying to sign as many players as they can for as little as possible.“It tells you that they’re not ready to challenge for the title, and that’s maybe in the back of Kieran Tierney’s mind to say ‘Why do I just want to go and try to finish sixth or break into the top four, when I could be winning titles for the club I love?’”last_img read more


first_imgUnai Emery has suggested that Arsenal’s summer spending spree is over, with Celtic defender Kieran Tierney seemingly no longer a top priority.The Gunners were tipped by many to take in a quiet window, with there a supposedly limited budget on offer in north London.Nicolas Pepe has, however, been acquired in a club record £72 million ($88m) transfer, while Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba have been snapped up on loan and permanent deals. 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? It could be that business is now over at Emirates Stadium.Celtic full-back Tierney has been pursued for some time, with £25m ($30m) put on the table at one stage, but no agreement has been reached.The same is true when it comes to a protracted saga involving Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, with the Ivory Coast international still on the books of a Premier League rival.With there time before the deadline passes, it could be that Arsenal decide to splash the cash again if the right player becomes available.For now, though, Emery appears to be happy with the squad he has pieced together.He told reporters after a 2-1 friendly defeat to Barcelona when quizzed on his recruitment plans: “It has not changed, our idea and our message.“Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that.“If not, then not.“We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.“Only, and only, if we can improve.”Emery has already moved to quieten talk of Arsenal making a potential loan swoop for Barcelona’s former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.It had been suggested that the Brazil international would be sounded out in a bid to bring more creativity onto the Gunners’ books.Emery, though, insists such a move has never been discussed, telling Cadena Ser of those rumours: “We’ve never talked about Coutinho.“He’s a splendid player, but we haven’t talked about Coutinho at any time.”last_img read more


first_imgA general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.LUBBOCK, TX -NOVEMBER 22: A general view of the football field and fans at Jones SBC Stadium during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 22, 2003 in Lubbock, Texas. The Sooners won 56-25. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Tech starting quarterback Alan Bowman suffered a scary injury during Saturday’s loss to West Virginia. He left the game after being hurt, and afterwards TT head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Bowman suffered a partially collapsed lung.As of this morning, Bowman remains at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. It doesn’t seem like he is in any danger, but continues to be monitored and cared for.Bowman has already been declared out indefinitely.Tech official says QB Alan Bowman still at Covenant Hospital this morning, being treated and monitored for the partially collapsed lung he suffered Saturday.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) October 3, 2018Before his injury, Bowman was off to a blistering start to his college career. A 6-foot-3 freshman, he has thrown for 1,680 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.His top performance was a 605-yard, five touchdown output in a 63-49 shootout win over Houston in Week 3.Records broken on this play:➡️ #TexasTech single game receiving yards (Antoine Wesley, 261)➡️ Big 12 single-game freshman passing record (Alan Bowman, 605 yards, a record previously held by @PatrickMahomes5 ?)?#WreckEm⚫️ pic.twitter.com/UMrRgLugA9— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 15, 2018Texas Tech is 3-2 on the season following the loss to West Virginia. They have a bye week this Saturday, and will play again on Thursday, Oct. 11 against TCU.The game against the Horned Frogs will be aired on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more


first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW 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)ESPN analysts have unveiled their predictions for college football’s conference championship Saturday.We have a couple of major upset predictions.Three ESPN analysts are picking one College Football Playoff favorite to go down in an upset loss, setting up a path for Ohio State…Here’s the pick:Three ESPN college football analysts are picking Texas to upset Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. This would open the door for Ohio State to sneak into the College Football Playoff.What are you picking on Saturday?You can view the full picks here.last_img


first_imgMike Gundy looks up at the scoreboard during the Sugar Bowl.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys watches the replay board in the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)A star college football running back and a standout offensive lineman have decided to skip their team’s bowl game.Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy announced this morning that running back Justice Hill and offensive lineman Larry Williams won’t be playing in the bowl game.The Cowboys are set to play No. 24 Missouri in the Liberty Bowl.“Justice Hill and Larry Williams will not participate in the bowl game to pursue future endeavors. We wish both young men the best moving forward,” Gundy announced.Justice Hill and Larry Williams will not participate in the bowl game to pursue future endeavors. We wish both young men the best moving forward. #okstate— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 3, 2018Both Hill and Williams are seen as serious 2019 NFL Draft prospects.There will likely be several top college players skipping bowl season this year. Michigan star defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced yesterday that he won’t be playing in the Wolverines’ game. More announcements are coming.Oklahoma State and Missouri are set to play on Dec. 31 at 3:45 p.m. E.T.last_img read more


first_imgHunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after scoring a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after scoring a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On Monday night, the Clemson Tigers will face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide for the fourth-consecutive time in the College Football Playoff – three of which occurred in the title game. The only win for the Tigers came in the 2017 title game when little-known Hunter Renfrow delivered the final blow.Renfrow is most well-known as the guy who caught the game-winning touchdown from Deshaun Watson in Clemson’s win over Alabama in the 2017 national title game. Debate raged on regarding whether or not the “pick” play was legal, but the end result was all that mattered.Now he looks to get another shot at the Tide as the teams square off for another title.Earlier this year, however, he made the greatest catch of his career on Tuesday night. The Clemson star bent the knee and asked longtime girlfriend Camilla Martin to marry him in March.Meet Martin below.Renfrow hopes to end his college football career with a ring of his own.last_img read more


first_imgShot of the Texas Longhorns cheerleaders performing during game.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)2020 cornerback Jahari Rogers has been picking up offers from across the country, but the Texas Longhorns have been recruiting him hard. Now that he’s narrowed down his list a little, he’s addressed how Texas has been recruiting him.Speaking to Horns247, Rogers revealed that Texas has been particularly honest with him, and values that in a coaching staff. He also stated that he feels the relationship with the Longhorns is strong.“They’re real with me,” he said. “That’s what I want in coaches with my recruitment. They show a lot of love, and they speak nothing but the truth to me. That really is eye-opening when other people don’t. With them, it’s different. I feel more of a trust with them, and it’s a strong relationship.”Rogers is a four-star prospect and is rated the No. 248 overall prospect by 247Sports. He is considered the No. 20 cornerback in the country, and the No. 41 prospect from the state of Texas.Per the report, Rogers has identified Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma has his standout schools.Rogers spoke especially glowingly about Texas assistant Ra’Shaad Sample. He stated that Sample would likely support him regardless of whether he chose the Longhorns.“He’s probably the biggest person over there that I really trust,” he said. “He saw me before everybody else did. He’s really just cool with me. Even if I didn’t go to Texas, he would still probably have my back, hand I feel that. Just having him over there makes me feel comfortable with Texas.”Horns247 reported that Rogers is eyeing June 22 as a visit date to the Texas campus.He has already completed visits with Arkansas and Florida.[Horns247]last_img read more