Real Madrid lining up Zidane to replace Benitez

first_img 16/12/2015 CET “Benitez, managing a disappointing team, could be let go very soon and his successor would be Zidane,” the French paper reports. They add that Florentino Perez and his board have lost faith in their current manager.  Despite Perez publically backing Rafael Benitez after the Clasico humiliation against Barcelona, things have changed since the Copa del Rey expulsion and the loss to Villarreal at El Madrigal. Upd. at 18:34 “Real Madrid vote for Zidane” was the title in France’s most important sports newspaper on Wednesday. They say the Castilla manager stands in line to benefit if Rafael Benitez’s bad results do not improve.  Sport ENlast_img read more

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  • Despite $1M fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady suspension

    first_imgNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up his Pete Rozelle Trophy during a news conference after the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Brady was named the game’s most valuable player. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ A four-game suspension.A $1 million fine.The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks.The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering with the footballs in the AFC championship game.Here are some other figures to follow in the scandal that has been dubbed “Deflategate”:$880,000That’s how much the Patriots will save _ that’s right, save _ as a result of the punishment handed down by the NFL on Monday. Sure, owner Robert Kraft will have to pay a $1 million fine. But the team would also save four of Brady’s game checks, which are $470,588.23 for each week of the 17-week season _ about $1.88 million.Even better: The Patriots get a salary cap credit for the money they don’t have to pay Brady, according to the players’ union. Some of that will have to go to the player who replaces the three-time Super Bowl MVP on the roster. But the team could spend the rest of it elsewhere, perhaps on a cornerback to bolster its secondary for the entire season.Player fines go to charity, but the $1 million from the Patriots will go into the NFL coffers to be distributed on a case-by-case basis. Look for it to pay for part of the probe, which lead investigator Ted Wells said on Tuesday cost “in the millions of dollars.”THREE DAYS TO APPEALBrady has until Thursday at 5 p.m. EST to appeal the suspension, and agent Don Yee leaves no doubt that he will. The league would then have 10 days to set a hearing. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the appeal would be heard by Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone designated by him.“If the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic,” Yee said.The team also has a right to appeal, and that would also be heard by the commissioner or someone he chooses.WEEK 7If Brady’s suspension holds, he will miss the league’s showcase opener on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and won’t play in front of the hometown crowd until Oct. 25, when the Patriots host the New York Jets. A group of fans is hoping the team will refrain from unveiling the Super Bowl championship banner until he is there to see it.The hashtag NoBradyNoBanner generated more than 15,000 tweets in the day after the suspension was handed down, according to social analytics website Topsy.com.Elsewhere on social media: The Patriots changed their Twitter avatar to a shot of Brady’s jersey. Four men wearing Patriots jerseys were arrested during a sit-in at the NFL offices promoted by the Boston website Barstool Sports. And a GoFundMe account to pay the $1 million fine levied against Kraft, a billionaire, raised more than $8,000 from almost 600 people in its first 24 hours.One man donated $5 and added the message:“There was a huge Earthquake in Tibet today. Maybe your donations should go there?” wrote the donor who identified himself as “Y U Stu Pidpeople.” “Worth 5 bucks to tell you that.”NO. 12 to NO. 3Since the suspension was announced, sales of Brady’s jersey have doubled, according to online retailer Fanatics.com. He is the third most popular jersey on the site (up from sixth) since the Wells Report was released, behind only the top two picks in the NFL draft, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. The Patriots have spiked from fourth to second, behind the Dallas Cowboys.And the jersey fever isn’t just in New England: Sales have been registered in 22 states, Fanatics president of merchandising Jack Boyle said.“Fans are rallying behind Brady, the Super Bowl MVP, to show their support,” he said.ONE-HALF GAMEThe over-under on how many games the Patriots will win this season dropped from 10.5 to 10 after Brady’s suspension was announced, according to Kevin Bradley, sports book manager at Bovada.lv. The team is still the second favorite behind the Colts in the AFC, and New England’s odds of winning the Super Bowl fell from 7/1 to 10/1.One reason for the minimal movement is because an appeal is still pending. Bettors might also remember that the Patriots went 11-5 in 2008 _ but missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker _ when Brady was injured in the first quarter of the opening game and missed the rest of the season.Or perhaps they remember that the Patriots went 16-0 in 2007, when coach Bill Belichick and his crew responded to their punishments in the videotaping scandal by steamrolling their way to the Super Bowl. (They lost to the New York Giants, spoiling their chance at a perfect season.)“We are not over-adjusting too much on the Patriots odds,” Bradley said. “Despite all the hype, it did not affect our odds as much as one would have expected.”___Follow Jimmy Golen on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/jgolen .___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

  • Overtime 10-30-15

    first_imgBILL NEAL:10—EXCUSE ME…EXCUSE ME…AH, EXCUSE ME…I have a question. Is Heath Miller on the Steelers team? I’m just askin’. I mean the people want to know. OMG, can ya just throw the ball to the tight end and pick up the yard you need for first down?  Hell, when he stands up, he’s two yards deep!:09—And while we’re at it, if you’re throwing the ball to a back out of the backfield, please let it be the one with great hands. That would be Bell, not Williams.  And yes, I am at my spot…where I go when the team is on the road…but of course if I tell ya, I’m going to have to kill ya.last_img read more

  • Pepe returns to Madrid training as Ancelotti hopes to play him against Atletico

    first_img Ancelotti’s intention is to have Pepe ready for the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening.  Luke Modric, though, was absent with the manager’s permission, according to the club’s official website. Upd. at 14:06 Pepe stepped up his recovery by returning to training on Thursday morning, working with the players who did not play in Wednesday night’s win over Rayo Vallecano.  The Portuguese defender is recovering from an injury he picked up at Camp Nou and his presence is fundamental for Ancelotti.  With two days to go until their next match, against Eibar at the Bernabeu on Saturday, Madrid’s starters from the Rayo win worked inside at Valdebebas. center_img CEST 09/04/2015 Those who did play, Carlo Ancelotti did not include in the work on the pitch.  Sport ENlast_img read more

  • Messi is raring to go for Argentina’s Copa America semi final

    first_imgArgentina captain Lionel Messi has shared an optimistic message with his followers and the Argentine people who are dreaming of winning the Copa America in Chile.  29/06/2015 Sport EN Before facing Paraguay in the semi final on Tuesday, who they also played in the group stages, Messi has put up a message on his personal Facebook account. “Getting ready for the semi final. We will give everything to win. #Messi15”center_img Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET Messi knows that only two games stand between himself and the dream of winning a title with Argentina at Copa America, but knows that his side must be wary heading into the clash against Paraguay. The Barça star picked up a yellow card in the quarter final and must therefore avoid another booking, or miss the final in Santiago.last_img read more

  • Chelsea held by Swansea as champions stumble in opener

    first_img Thibaut Courtois was sent off for taking out Bafétimbi Gomis on the edge of his box and the striker converted the resulting penalty to level the scores at 2-2. Rik Sharma Upd. at 20:59 The Blues had gone ahead twice, through Oscar and then a deflected Willian cross – which will go down as a Fernandez own goal – while Andre Ayew’s clever strike was in between. 08/08/2015 Premier League champions Chelsea could only draw against Swansea on the opening day of the English season. CEST Eden Hazard had a quiet game until the last 20 minutes, when the Belgian perked up, but it was too little too late to earn Chelsea the points. Branislav Ivanovic had a poor game as Jefferson Montero gave him a torrid time, while Cesc Fabregas was also quiet.last_img read more

  • Sanabria and Halilovic star in Sporting’s win over Depor

    first_img CEST Sport EN His second goal was in part down to the contribution of a classy back-heel from Alen Halilovic, on loan at Sporting from Barça, in the build-up.  Sporting raced into a 2-0 lead inside the opening eight minutes courtesy of two goals from on-loan Roma youngster Antonio Sanabria.  The 19-year-old forward previously played for Barça, but decided to leave for Italy last January.  20/09/2015 There was a Barcelona-flavoured feel to Sporting Gijon’s impressive 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña on Sunday.  Halilovic assist: And the Croatian midfielder went one better a short time letter, creating Sporting’s third goal with a classy one-two, run and pass.  Upd. at 17:50 Deportivo piled on the pressure in the second half in search of an equaliser, but Sporting clung on to pick up a welcome three points. last_img read more

  • Undiano Mallenco will referee Madrid derby at Calderon

    first_img 27/09/2015 Sport EN Madrid, meanwhile, have 25 wins, 7 draws and 9 defeats under his charge, in 41 matches. CEST Upd. at 22:57 This is his first time refereeing this game at the Vicente Calderon. He has taken charge of Atletico 27 times, with the Rojiblancos winning 11, drawing 7 and losing 9. Undiano Mallenco has been chosen to take charge of the Madrid derby next weekend, on October 4. He has previously taken charge of three derby matches, all at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Real Madrid have beaten Atletico on all three occasions.last_img read more

  • Real Madrid lining up Zidane to replace Benitez

    first_img 16/12/2015 CET “Benitez, managing a disappointing team, could be let go very soon and his successor would be Zidane,” the French paper reports. They add that Florentino Perez and his board have lost faith in their current manager.  Despite Perez publically backing Rafael Benitez after the Clasico humiliation against Barcelona, things have changed since the Copa del Rey expulsion and the loss to Villarreal at El Madrigal. Upd. at 18:34 “Real Madrid vote for Zidane” was the title in France’s most important sports newspaper on Wednesday. They say the Castilla manager stands in line to benefit if Rafael Benitez’s bad results do not improve.  Sport ENlast_img read more

  • Pep Guardiola set to leave Barça without Celta Vigo forward Nolito

    first_imgLuis Enrique is close to being left without the reinforcement for the front line that he desired: Nolito. The Celta forward is close to agreeing a transfer to Manchester City, who have moved ahead in the race for his signature, and have made a succulent three-year offer with a fourth optional. Since the beginning of Euro 2016, Nolito has hinted that he awaited for the Catalan club to firm their interest, but the intrusion of Manchester City has left the player in no doubt. 21/06/2016 The details were revealed by ‘Televisio de Catalunya’. According to the report, only the agreement with Celta would be lacking. The first offer from City totalled 15 million euros, five less than the figure requested by the club from Vigo. FC Barcelona had the opportunity to bring Nolito back for 18 million euros, but they were not decisive, neither in the winter transfer window nor now. Despite the recent public comments from Barça players in the Spain camp, pushing for the club to recover the forward, this pressure has not paid off and Nolito has tired of waiting.center_img Sport EN Upd. on 22/06/2016 at 00:49 CEST Nolito played under Pep Guardiola for Barça B and achieved promotion to Second Division B with him. Later he appeared in the first team under the coach, but had to leave as he was not able to maintain a regular first team squad place.last_img read more

  • Leo Messi’s ‘hand of God’ ready to touch the Bernabeu

    first_img IN SPORT.ES It wouldn’t be strange for Messi to be the star at the Bernabeu. He has 15 goals in 19 games at Madrid’s ground. Messi will be looking to add to that tonight. Suárez y Messi, a su llegada al hotel del Barça | Foto: Valentí Enrich German Bona Upd. on 28/02/2019 at 16:51 CET Marca: Gareth Bale will not be punished for crude Atletico gesture There were fans cheering and shouting to support the Catalans as they arrived, having drawn the first leg 1-1. @bonagermancenter_img “Let’s go, we’re Barca!” “Let’s get five!” “Let’s go for the treble!” were some of the war cries the fans launched, while others hailed Gerard Pique. Lionel Messi and Barcelona arrived at their hotel in Madrid around 1pm on Wednesday ahead of the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg. 27/02/2019 RELATED STORIES When Leo got off the bus, accompanied by his good friend Luis Suarez, the decibel level raised. And the Argentine saluted them. The hand of D10S – God. La mano de ‘D10s’ apunta al Bernabéulast_img read more