Loic Remy ready to step in for suspended Chelsea striker Diego Costa

first_img “I just play the way I play and don’t put pressure on myself because I know my quality. The manager knows as well that he can use me as a striker or on the side. I don’t have any pressure, I just want to feel better and with the game which is coming I maybe have an opportunity to play more. We will see.” Remy scored 14 goals in 27 games for the Magpies on loan from QPR in 2013-14 and backed United, winless and second bottom in the league, to recover from a nightmare start after being dumped out of the League Cup by Sheffield Wednesday. “I am surprised because they are a big team and strong. I am sure they will get better very soon,” he added. Loic Remy insists he can fill the void left by the banned Diego Costa at Chelsea. The striker admitted his substitute role has been difficult but he is ready to convince Jose Mourinho to hand him more starts. Costa has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association following a clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny on Saturday. The incident, in which Costa appeared to raise his hands to the Gunners defender, was not seen by referee Mike Dean during the match, which Chelsea won 2-0 as Arsenal were reduced to nine men. Costa was banned for Wednesday’s 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Walsall as Remy scored his first goal of the season and the 28-year-old insisted he is ready to perform the striker’s physical role ahead of Saturday’s trip to former club Newcastle. “I don’t have a choice, I have to do it. When we play for Chelsea it’s a question of giving the best 100 per cent, so of course I will do the best I can,” he said. “I think we will miss him because we know how important he is for the team but we are all focused on winning games. Whoever is on the pitch we will try to do the best we can, of course it’s a shame for us to lose him. “Whoever is on the pitch will give their best. It’s my old club so it’s always a pleasure to play against them. The manager will decide and pick 11 players, we’ll see on Saturday.” Remy has made just six Barclays Premier League starts since joining from QPR last summer but has netted seven goals and could deputise for Costa at St James’ Park. He has played for only eight minutes in league action so far this season, and admitted he recent role has been tough. He said: “It’s very difficult, I can’t lie. When you come in you have to do the best but when you are not playing much it is more difficult. I cannot complain, I want to play and when the manager wants me to come I just come and try to score goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

Final college football bowl projections: College Football Playoff, New Year’s Day 6 picks

first_imgThe 2019 college football postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year’s semifinal games will be on Dec. 28.Sporting News’ final set of bowl projections feature a College Football Playoff field that includes Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Oklahoma. We have LSU taking the No. 1 seed and playing Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl national semifinals. Ohio State and Clemson will meet in the Fiesta Bowl national semifinal. MORE: Final Sporting News Playoff pictureSporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here. Our projections heading into conference championship weekend of the college football season:Final college football bowl projectionsDateBowlTeamsDec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlBuffalo** vs. Charlotte**Dec. 20DXL Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. SMUDec. 21New Mexico BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Utah StateDec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlGeorgia State vs. UCFDec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFIU vs. OhioDec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlMiami (Ohio) vs. LouisianaDec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlBoise State vs. Washington StateDec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlLouisiana Tech vs. Appalachian StateDec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlMarshall vs. CincinnatiDec. 24SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU** vs. HawaiiDec. 26Walk-On’s Independence BowlSouthern Miss vs. MiamiDec. 26Quick Lane BowlLiberty vs. Boston CollegeDec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanNorth Carolina vs. TempleDec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlMichigan State vs. Wake ForestDec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlTexas vs. PittDec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlUSC vs. IndianaDec. 27Cheez-It BowlWashington vs. NevadaDec. 28Camping World BowlOklahoma State vs. Notre DameDec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlTulane vs. WyomingDec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlUAB vs. LouisvilleDec. 30Redbox BowlCal vs. IllinoisDec. 31Belk BowlTennessee vs. Virginia TechDec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlArizona State vs. Florida StateDec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlKansas State vs. KentuckyDec. 31Valero Alamo BowlUtah vs. Iowa StateDec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlArkansas State vs. Air ForceJan. 1Outback BowlMinnesota vs. AuburnJan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlMichigan vs. AlabamaJan. 2Birmingham BowlFAU vs. Mississippi StateJan. 2TaxSlayer BowlTexas A&M vs. IowaJan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlKent State vs. San Diego StateJan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlCentral Michigan* vs. NavyJan. 6LendingTree BowlToledo vs. Georgia Southern**Accepted bowl bidFinal College Football Playoff/New Year’s Day 6 projectionsDec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlPenn State vs. MemphisDec. 30Capital One Orange BowlVirginia vs. FloridaJan. 1Rose BowlWisconsin vs. OregonJan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlGeorgia vs. BaylorDec. 28Fiesta BowlClemson vs. Ohio StateDec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach BowlLSU vs. OklahomaJan. 13College Football Playoff ChampionshipOhio State vs. LSUlast_img read more

Petr Cech compares Arsenal to Tiger Woods

first_img RANKED MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED “For any club who wins titles in the recent years, you have a team with the know-how to finish it off and you can see it in any sport,” he said.“I take Tiger Woods – 10 years since he won a Major tournament and the longer it goes, the harder it becomes. This club hasn’t won the league for over 10 years so obviously you need to get back into knowing how to do it.“We started with the new manager from scratch basically and we try to get this mentality of winning every game, progressing every game, working every day and hopefully we can build this up and win the title sooner rather than later. That will make the big difference.” ADVICE impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Woods won for the first time in five years on Sunday 2 Tiger Woods lifted the Tour Championship just hours after Arsenal had seen off Everton across the Atlantic – and Petr Cech believes there are comparisons between the Gunners’ wait for a Premier League crown and the American’s decade-long run without a major.Severe back problems and issues away from the fairway had seen Woods, a 14-time major winner, struggle to get back to his best in recent years. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Cech kept a first clean sheet of the season on Sunday 2 However, a return to form in Atlanta over the weekend saw the 42-year-old win the Championship as he now targets another of golf’s biggest prizes.Arsenal, meanwhile, are rebuilding under new boss Unai Emery having not lifted the Premier League since they went unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 campaign.Like Woods, Arsenal have tasted success in that time, winning four FA Cups under former boss Arsene Wenger in the intervening years.But the wait for the big one goes on and, speaking after Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored to seal a 2-0 victory over Everton, Cech drew parallels between Woods and Arsenal. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies wonlast_img read more