1 Reports have emerged that Liverpool have held talks with Carlo Ancelotti with a view to the Italian succeeding Brendan Rodgers as manager at Anfield.Sources at the club have dismissed these rumours, but that hasn’t stopped fans from discussing the possibility of having Ancelotti on Merseyside.A former AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid coach, Ancelotti is the only man to have equalled Liverpool legend Bob Paisley’s record of winning three European Cups as a manager.Ancelotti helped Roma reach the European Cup final against Liverpool as a player in 1984, but missed the showpiece through injury.He went on to win back-to-back European Cups as a midfielder with AC Milan, and guided the Serie A giants to the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, winning the latter final against Liverpool, following defeat to the Reds in the memorable 2005 Istanbul match.As Chelsea boss he led the Blues to their first League and Cup double, in 2010, before ending Real Madrid’s wait for a record 10th European Cup in 2014.Here’s what’s been said by Liverpool fans (and one Carlisle supporter) about the prospect of Ancelotti taking over from Rodgers at Liverpool… Liverpool Carlo Ancelotti news
1 Ezequiel Schelotto Premier League high-flyers Leicester have agreed a deal to sign free agent Ezequiel Schelotto, according to reports in Italy.The 26-year-old was released by Inter Milan after he failed to secure a permanent transfer away from the club during the summer transfer window.Nottingham Forest had been keen on doing a deal for the former Chievo and Parma man but were unable to get a deal over the line.But he could still be on his way to the Midlands after reports in Italy claimed that Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has agreed to bring Schelotto in on a free.Ranieri has steered Leicester to fourth in the Premier League, with 12 points from their opening six games, but that has not stopped him from attempting to strengthen his squad, it has been claimed.
Swansea manager Garry Monk says he is in shock that Liverpool have decided to sack Brendan Rodgers.Liverpool drew 1-1 with Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday and Rodgers was sacked hours later – although it is believed the result had nothing to do with the decision.Monk played for the Northern Irishman when he was Swansea manager and believes he was very harshly treated be the Liverpool hierarchy.“I can’t believe that. A very, very harsh decision. I don’t think he deserved that at all,” said Monk, who played under Rodgers at the south Wales club.“He is a top manager. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors but I was surprised.“I will speak to him at some point. He was fantastic here at Swansea. I can’t see who else is going to do a better job for Liverpool at this moment in time so I am sad to hear that.“I learned so much from him – he gave me the in-depth insight to be a manager and he is a top man as well. I am very surprised. It doesn’t make sense to me, to be honest.” 1 Garry Monk and Brendan Rodgers in their Swansea days
Goalkeeper Shay Given is out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Poland on Sunday night.The 39-year-old was carried from the field on a stretcher after damaging his right knee shortly before half-time in Thursday night’s 1-0 Group D victory over Germany.He is to return to club Stoke and Newcastle’s Rob Elliot has been drafted in as his replacement.A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “Rob Elliot has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying game against Poland in Warsaw on Sunday, October 11.“The Newcastle United goalkeeper comes in as a replacement for Shay Given, who suffered a knee injury in the 1-0 victory over Germany and will report back to his club for further assessment.”However, manager Martin O’Neill has been boosted by the return of defenders Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson from hamstring and calf problems respectively.Victory in Warsaw would see the Republic qualify automatically for next summer’s finals in France, and they are already guaranteed a play-off place at worst. Shay Given 1
Yoan Gouffran 1 Lille are set to withdraw their interest in Newcastle forward Yoan Gouffran, according to sources in France.The 29-year-old has started just one Premier League game this season and has been linked with a move away from St James’ Park this January.Lille had emerged as admirers and reports in France had suggested that the Ligue 1 club were hoping to bring him in during the window.But now L’Equipe say that the Stade Pierre-Mauroy side will not be firming up their interest with a bid because he is simply too expensive.It is claimed that the only French club who could currently afford the wages of 29-year-old Gouffran, who arrived at Newcastle from Bordeaux for £1.4m back in January 2013, is Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronald Koeman praised James Ward-Prowse after Southampton win 1 Despite hours earlier signing Charlie Austin, Ronald Koeman was saluting an unlikely goal hero.Striker Austin was in the stands at St Mary’s, after completing his £4m move from QPR, to watch James Ward-Prowse triple his Premier League goal tally in a 3-0 win against West Brom.England Under-21 midfielder Ward-Prowse scored a free-kick and a penalty to put Saints two up at the break before Dusan Tadic added the third in the second half.Boss Koeman, who hopes Austin will provide “goals and competition” for the club, is hoping the floodgates have now opened for Ward-Prowse.“The free-kicks are one of his qualities,” he said.“We tell him to keep working on them in training because he can score out of that situation.“It’s important for the boy, it will lift his confidence. And that free-kick was so important to break open the game. Then when you are 1-0 up West Brom have to do more and do things differently.”Tadic, Southampton’s regular penalty was on the bench and entered the fray just after the hour, taking eight minutes to get his name on the score sheet and wrap up an emphatic victory.“It was a comfortable win,” added Koeman. “We know how difficult is to beat West Brom. It’s a very good result.“We had total control of the game, they didn’t create many chances and we had chances to score more. It was a very good team performance.”
Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.Wickham caught Jan Vertonghen in the face with an elbow during his side’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at Selhurst Park on Saturday.The incident was missed by referee Martin Atkinson but caught on video.Now the 22-year-old is facing a three-match ban after the FA decided to take retrospective action.Wickham has until 6pm on January 26 to decide whether to appeal the charge.A statement from the FA read: “Connor Wickham has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“The Crystal Palace forward was involved in an incident with Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen in the 69th minute of the game on Saturday (January 23, 2016).“The matter was referred to a panel of three former elite referees who each reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they considered it a sending-off offence.“For an FA charge to follow the decision by the panel must be unanimous.” Connor Wickham 1
Check out this video of Leicester target Eder!The Sampdoria striker is thought to be edging closer towards a move to the Foxes after it was reported that they had tabled an £8m bid.Watch the video and let us know whether you think he will be challenging the likes of Jamie Vardy for a starting place at the King Power Stadium!
1 Inter Milan have reportedly matched Leicester City’s £8million bid for Sampdoria striker Eder.talkSPORT brought you news the on Monday that the Foxes have made an approach for the Italian international.Manager Claudio Ranieri is keen to find back-up for Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa following the loan departure of club-record signing Andrej Kramaric to Hoffenheim earlier in January.But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are ready to go head-to-head with the Premier League leaders for Eder after matching their first offer.The 29-year-old is currently second in the Serie A goalscoring charts after finding the net 12 times this season.However, Sampdoria are still holding out for a fee of around £10m and have told both clubs to up their offers if they want to land the forward.Leicester have also been linked with moves for CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia and Sporting Lisbon star Islam Slimani. Leicester target Eder
From news services Thomas Weber kicked a 37-yard field goal with 50 seconds left to lift No. 18 Arizona State to a 23-20 win over host Washington State on Saturday, keeping the Sun Devils undefeated under Coach Dennis Erickson. Washington State had a chance to tie with 12 second left, but Romeen Abdollmohammadi’s 46-yard field goal missed left and Arizona State held on despite scoring its fewest points of the season for Erickson, who coached at Washington State from 1987-88. Rudy Carpenter completed 19 of 27 passes for 217 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Arizona State (6-0, 3-0), which came in averaging 39 points. Ryan Torain gained 116 yards on 24 carries and did most of the work on what turned out to be the game-winning drive. San Jose State 28, Idaho 20: Adam Tafralis threw a pair of touchdown passes and James T. Callier rushed for two touchdowns as the host Spartans won their third straight. Callier helped San Jose State (3-3, 2-0 WAC) re-establish its running game, going for 93 yards on 31 carries as the Spartans recorded their first 100-yard rushing game of the year. WAC rushing leader Deonte Jackson, slowed by a sprained ankle, gained 94 yards on 22 carries for Idaho (1-5, 0-2), which lost its fourth straight. San Diego State 24, Colorado State 20: Quarterback Kevin O’Connell ran for three touchdowns, the third coming with 43 seconds left in the game, as the host Aztecs extended the Rams’ losing streak to 12 games. O’Connell had 15 carries for 42 yards and completed 14 of 27 passes for 187 yards for San Diego State (2-3, 1-0 Mountain West). Caleb Hanie was 15-for-27 for 196 yards but with a costly end zone interception for Colorado State (0-5, 0-2). Wyoming 24, TCU 21: Hoost Marsh caught two touchdowns while Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon combined for 235 yards rushing for the host Cowboys. The Horned Frogs (3-3, 1-2 Mountain West) scored back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but that wasn’t enough to cross an 18-point gap Wyoming (3-1, 1-0) created on two touchdowns and a field goal earlier in the half. Air Force 31, UNLV 14: Chad Hall scored two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 169 yards to lead the Falcons to a win at home. Hall’s personal-best 52-yard scamper in the third quarter gave Air Force (4-2, 3-1 Mountain West) a 14-7 lead and put the Falcons ahead of UNLV (2-4, 1-1) to stay. Hall’s 169 rushing yards were the most by an Air Force running back since Jason Jones had 171 yards against Notre Dame in 1991. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWashington State (2-4, 0-3), which came in with the worst defense in the Pac-10, has lost three in a row and four straight to Arizona State. Alex Brink completed 27 of 50 passes for 369 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, and set a Washington State record for career yards passing with 8,923. Jason Gesser had the old record with 8,830. The Cougars ate up nearly seven minutes of the fourth quarter with a 77-yard drive that began on their 2 and ended with Abdollmohammadi’s 38-yard field goal that tied the score at 20 with 3:58 left in the game. Oregon State 31, Arizona 16: Yvenson Bernard ran for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns, then caught another score for the host Beavers. Sean Canfield completed 17 of 30 passes for 139 yards for Oregon State (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10), which built a big early lead but did not surrender it like it had in the previous two games. Willie Tuitama, who went into the game ranked atop the Pac-10 with an average of 320 yards passing, completed 18 of 38 passes for 222 yards for Arizona (2-4, 1-2). Tuitama was intercepted three times after throwing four interceptions through the first five games. Fresno State 49, Nevada 41: Freshman Ryan Mathews ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns, Clifton Smith scored on a 67-yard punt return and A.J Jefferson returned a blocked field goal 40 yards for another score for the visiting Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0 WAC). Nevada freshman quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who replaced the injured starter Nick Graziano in the second quarter, completed 20 of 31 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns for the Wolf Pack (2-3, 0-1 WAC).