Mbappe hints at PSG stay after Angers win – Paper Round

Mbappe hints at PSG stay

After a couple of weeks where Real Madrid have appeared to be less confident of signing Kylian Mbappe, with the French international striker appearing to warm to the concept of staying on at Paris Saint-Germain at least for a year or two more. On Instagram he posted, “Always hungry for more. Thanks, PSG,” while posing with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

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Paper Round’s view: PSG are logically happy to keep Mbappe for as long as they can. Alongside Erling Haaland there is not a more exciting young striker in world football. There is no downside to trying everything they can to make him feel wanted and increase any pressure he may feel about potentially staying on.

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Odegaard open to Sociedad return

Martin Odegaard would return back to Real Sociedad, according to Arsenal’s former goalkeeper Mat Ryan. The Sun reports the ‘keeper as saying: “Before I knew Real were interested in me, [Odegaard] told me that Real, because of his experience here, was a great team. A ten out of ten in everything: the team, the life here, the public…everything. And now I agree with him. He’s comfortable at Arsenal, but he’s open to coming back one day, for sure.”

Paper Round’s view: Odegaard is only 22 and it appears that he is beginning to settle in at Arsenal after turning his loan deal into a permanent one. Just as importantly, Arsenal are beginning to turn things around under Mikel Arteta, and they could start to move up the table to secure Champions League football.

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Fati contract hits problems

Ansu Fati’s Barcelona contract ends next summer, and the Daily Mail reports on some problems facing the club when it comes to the 18-year-old forward. Barcelona want to tie him down to a long-term contract with a £1 billion release clause, while Fati’s agent, Jorge Mendes, does not want such a high figure and would prefer a two-year deal.

Paper Round’s view: With Fati looking like the club’s best bet on replacing Lionel Messi with a home-grown player, Barcelona cannot afford to lose him in the next few years. Given the circumstances, expect a healthy amount of money be offered to persuade Fati to fall into line with Barca’s wishes.

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Bruce wants clarity

The Telegraph reports that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce wants clarity over the future. Bruce watched his side lose 3-2 to Spurs on Sunday and said after the game: “Ever since I have walked into this club of ours it is difficult. I knew how difficult was going to be with the frustrations. I will carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise. The owners have conducted themselves respectfully since they came in. As long as I hear otherwise, I will go into work tomorrow.”

Paper Round’s view: Bruce is due £8 million if the club sack him, so even if he feels like he has been mistreated by Newcastle and is unable to properly do his job, he has to stick it out for the payoff. It seems unlikely that there will be long left for Bruce at Newcastle.

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Jaguars siegen nach 399 Tagen – Neuer Rekord für Jackson

London war wieder einmal Gastgeber für die NFL. Im Tottenham Hotspur Stadium haben sich die Jacksonville Jaguars und die Miami Dolphins ein enges Spiel geliefert. Später spielte sich Lamar Jackson mal wieder ins Rampenlicht – zum Leidwesen der L.A. Chargers.

Erster Sieg in dieser Saison: Die Jaguars feiern in London.

Erster Sieg in dieser Saison: Die Jaguars feiern in London.

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399 Tage hatten die Jacksonville Jaguars nicht gewonnen, doch diese Serie endete in London – und das auf dramatische Art und Weise. Mit einem 53-Yard-Field-Goal von Matthew Wright in buchstäblich letzter Sekunde gewannen die Jags ihr Spiel im Tottenham Hotspur Stadium gegen die Miami Dolphins mit 23:20 und beendeten so ihre Sieglos-Serie von 20 Spielen in Folge. Damit war dann auch die Gefahr, den Negativrekord der Tampa Bay Buccaneers von 26 sieglosen Spielen in Serie einzustellen, ebenfalls gebannt. Entsprechend erleichtert zeigte sich dann auch Coach Urban Meyer. “Ich habe die Umkleide nach dem Spiel sehr genossen”, wird der 57-Jährige von “ESPN” zitiert: “Ich denke, es hat mir besser gefallen als das Spiel selbst.”

Ravens laufen für 187 Yards 

Eine Woche nach ihrem Coup über Cleveland (47:42) gab es für die L.A. Chargers in Baltimore ein böses Erwachen. Mit 6:34 hatten sie im Grunde keinen Auftrag. Die Ravens dominierten das Duell zweier Division-Spitzenreiter vor allem im Laufspiel nach Belieben und hatten dabei einen gut aufgelegten Lamar Jackson, der 167 Passing-Yards und einen Touchdown machte.  Für den 24-jährigen Jackson war es der 35. Sieg als Quaterback, wodurch er einen einen neuen Rekord für Siege eines Quaterbacks unter 25 Jahren aufstellte. Die bisherige Bestmarke von Dan Marino datierte aus dem Jahr 1970.

EQ St. Browns Touchdown wird abgepfiffen

Aus deutscher Sicht lohnte sich ein Blick auf den Klassiker zwischen den Green Bay Packers und den Chicago Bears, den die Packers mit 24:14 für sich entschieden. Für Equanemeous St. Brown und Green Bay war es der fünfte Sieg im sechsten Spiel, gleichbedeutend mit der Tabellenführung in der NFC North. Equanemeous fing zwar einen Touchdown, der allerdings wegen einer vermeintlichen Offensive Pass Interference zurückgepfiffen wurde.

Amon-Ra St. Brown mit den Lions weiter sieglos

Wenig erfolgreich lief der Abend indes für Equanemeous’ Bruder Amon-Ra, der mit den Detroit Lions beim 11:34 gegen die Cincinnati Bengals auch das sechste Saisonspiel verloren geben musste – und die Niederlage war verdient. Erst als die Bengals bereits 27 Punkte hatten, waren die Lions am Sonntag mit einem Field Goal selbst erfolgreich. Seit Dezember 2020 warten die Lions damit auf einen Sieg, haben mittlerweile zehn Niederlagen in Serie kassiert. Amon-Ra punktete zumindest mit fünf Catches für 26 Yards Raumgewinn.

Mahomes steigert sich und führt die Chiefs zum Sieg

Eine handfeste Krise vermieden indes die Kansas City Chiefs um Superstar Patrick Mahomes. In Washington bekleckerten sich die Chiefs zwar spielerisch mal wieder nicht mit Ruhn, dennoch fuhren sie am Ende einen 31:13-Sieg ein – dritter Sieg im sechsten Spiel. Mahomes fabrizierte zwar zwei Interceptions, führte sein Team dann aber mit 397 Yards Raumgewinn und zwei Touchdown-Pässen zum Sieg.

Nuno happy with Tottenham's 'amazing job' in win over Newcastle

Nuno Espirito Santo felt his Tottenham players did an “amazing job” in shutting out all the hoopla around Newcastle to claim a win at St James’ Park.

It was a party atmosphere on Tyneside on Sunday, as Newcastle fans welcomed new owners to the club.

The mood among the Geordie faithful improved inside two minutes, as Callum Wilson headed Newcastle in front.

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“It did not start very well,” Nuno said. “We expected Newcastle to come strong but we reacted very well. Then they stopped because of the fan and I have the info that he is okay.

We knew we had to ignore the noise and do our job. We did not start well but did an amazing job after. Really proud of them.

“I would like to score more, the boys also but Newcastle are a good team with good defenders.”

Kane opened his account for the season in the league with a deft finish over Karl Darlow – with the effort taking him above Alan Shearer to second on the list of scorers of goals away from home in the Premier League – with only Wayne Rooney in front of the England captain.

Nuno feels it can only be positive for Spurs that Kane has finally found the target in the league.

“It is good for us, good for Harry,” Nuno said. “What he does for us goes beyond the goals he scores for us.”

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Ed Orgeron’s departure is a prime example of the cultural problem with college athletics

The charismatic football coach will be parting ways with the school just two years after bringing a national championship to the Bayou. The souring of Orgeron’s relationship with the school is emblematic of many things — the first being that many power five programs have developed expectations more unrealistic than at any point in the last 20 years.

Secondly, Orgeron’s departure proves that many people in the LSU program were suspicious about how good of a coach Orgeron actually was when he won that title in 2019. That magical season was fueled largely by Joe Burrow, Joe Brady, and a plethora of offensive playmakers on the roster. Butch Jones could have probably led that team to a title. It was one of the most talented college football squads ever assembled.

Lastly, it shows that likeability and the connection with a collegiate community don’t really mean much in 2021. Orgeron was as LSU as LSU could probably get. From his pride and passion to his famous Cajun accent that made many LSU supporters proud to call him their coach, it wasn’t enough to overcome a 9-8 record during a rebuilding situation.

Not to mention the allegations of sexual misconduct made against the program under Orgeron’s watch — compounded by reports that he made advances on the pregnant wife of a high-ranking LSU official — which should have been enough to get him fired. Needless to say, these things didn’t help his current circumstances, but it makes you question what’s really important for these institutions, which are supposed to be helping young people grow into responsible adults.

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The Tigers are coming off an impressive win against a ranked Florida team, but Orgeron’s fate was already established before LSU even took the field on Saturday.

Orgeron will be fine financially as he departs from LSU. The school is expected to pay his entire $17 million tab in a buyout as it searches for a new coach.

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This is just another example of how winning means everything at these schools. LSU kept Orgeron despite the mess of allegations that happened under his watch because they thought he could win. Now, they are letting him go nearly halfway through the season because they figured out he couldn’t.

At the end of the day, the records are all that matter.

'I am never going to chuck it when it gets tough' – Bruce won't walk away

Steve Bruce has conceded he can understand Newcastle fans’ frustrations, but insisted he has no intention of walking away from the manager’s job.

Bruce appears to be on borrowed time following the takeover of the club, with new custodian Amanda Staveley saying on Friday that change does not happen overnight.

It was strongly inferred that a new manager will be put in place, and Bruce’s grip on the job was not strengthened by the 3-2 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.

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The Magpies made a rip-roaring start to lead inside two minutes, but were ultimately picked apart by Spurs – much to the annoyance of the Tyneside faithful.

“It is not easy,” Bruce said in response to being asked how he felt about calls from the stands for him to go.

“I understand their frustration, and I understand how they’ve been for a long time. But at the end of the day we have not won enough matches this season, so whether you are myself or anybody else and if you are not winning, or not winning enough, then you have to take the consequences.”

Asked if he still has a future at St James’ Park, Bruce replied: “You will have to ask others on that one.

I am never going to chuck it when it gets tough.

“I’ve maybe done it when I’ve had the chance of a better opportunity, but I am not going to chuck it when it gets tough and we are in the bottom three. That’s not me.”

The game was interrupted for a medical emergency in the crowd, and Bruce praised all those involved for their swift intervention.

“Well done to everybody – players, medics, doctors, everybody,” Bruce said. “It puts football into perspective. Thankfully there is a defibrillator over that side of the pitch.

“It looks like the medics have saved the man’s life, which we are all delighted about.

“I am delighted that he seems to be okay, and our thoughts are with his family and hope he gets well soon.”

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Bungee jumping mascots, bad football, and a practice squad kicker ending a 20-game losing streak: Jags-Dolphins in England had it all

Apparently, bungee-jumping jaguars provide an adrenaline boost for the Miami Dolphins, because they went 85 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive. The Jaguars and Dolphins traded field goals on the next two possessions, but most of the next three hours was not a brilliant display of American athleticism.

There were five punts in the second quarter, and a sequence near the end of the third quarter should be in a football follies VHS. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence turned the ball over on a strip sack, only for Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to throw an interception on the very next play.

In the fourth quarter, Dolphins coach Brian Flores decided that timeouts were unnecessary in a game where his team was clinging to a three-point lead with nearly seven minutes remaining, when he challenged a play for the first time in 2021. None of the replay angles could definitively show Dolphins wide receiver Myles Gaskin completing the catch, so the ruling on the field stood.

The Dolphins were then unsuccessful in their attempt to draw the Jaguars offsides on 4th and 1, so they punted, and the Jaguars’ return man foolishly tried to scoop up a ball he wasn’t in position to field. The ball nearly grazed his thumb, but it didn’t change direction at all in the air and rolled into the end zone, where the Dolphins jumped on it.

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The referee calls a touchback and Flores throws another challenge flag. He again comes up unsuccessful. The Jaguars then drive down the field and attempt a 54-yard field goal to tie the game. Kicker Matthew Wright, promoted from the practice squad, waived twice by the Steelers and once in the XFL, saw his attempt — which was careening wide right — pause at the goalpost and curve in for a make.

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On the ensuing drive, the Dolphins turned the ball over downs, giving the Jaguars a shot to win the game. The Jaguars opened this drive that could end a 20-game losing streak with a false-start penalty, a run stopped for a loss, and a sack.

With five seconds remaining, the Jaguars were looking at a 60-plus yard field goal, but fortunately for them they had timeouts. Lawrence completed a pass and a timeout was called to give Wright the opportunity to put a halt to the losing streak. And he did — with a 53-yard field goal.

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So fortunately for the English, they got to see a wacky game with a wacky finish and can say they had a fun day with American football. Fortunately for Americans, that rubbish didn’t go into overtime and intrude into our Redzone experience.

Fati strikes as Barcelona come from behind to beat Valencia

Ansu Fati found the back of the net in his first start for Barcelona since November 2020, helping his team to a confidence-boosting 3-1 win over Valencia.

Ronald Koeman’s side came into the match having won just one of their last six games in all competitions, but found a performance and result to ease the building pressure around the Camp Nou.

It was Valencia, however, that took just six minutes to open the scoring when Jose Luis Gaya unleashed a strike 25 yards out from goal with Marc-Andre ter Stegen unable to stop the left back’s shot from finding the back of the net.

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However, Barcelona responded well and were back on level terms after 13 minutes. Good interchange play between Ansu and Memphis Depay on the edge of the box saw the former finish off the move with a right-footed effort.

And Barca took the lead before the half-time interval when Memphis powerfully converted from the penalty spot after Ansu had been felled by Dimitri Foulquier inside the six-yard box.

Ansu’s match lasted 58 minutes as Koeman withdrew the teenager with important games against Dynamo Kiev and Real Madrid coming up. Barca suffered for Ansu’s absence, but scored a third through substitute Philippe Coutinho to hold on for a win that lifts them up to seventh place in La Liga.

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Juventus down Mourinho's Roma amid VAR drama

Moise Kean’s close-range header proved enough for Juventus to seal a 1-0 win against Roma in a game that will be best remembered for a controversial VAR decision just before half-time.

Juventus’ fourth consecutive win in Serie A could have been spoilt by a Tammy Abraham ‘goal’ in the 42nd minute, but referee Daniele Orsato blew for a penalty in the build-up to him putting the ball in the net and the subsequent spot-kick from Jordan Veretout was saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

The result means Juventus move up into seventh. Roma, meanwhile, remain in fourth on 15 points and two behind third-placed Inter Milan.

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For all of Roma’s possession dominance in the opening quarter-hour, Juventus took the lead through Kean. A cross into the box from Mattia De Sciglio was nodded towards goal by Rodrigo Bentancur, off Kean and into the net.

Roma pushed hard for an equaliser and they thought they had it when Abraham tapped the ball into the net on the stroke of half-time, but instead referee Daniele Orsato blew for a foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the build-up as he was brought down by Szczesny inside the box.

A VAR check for the penalty was awarded and there was a disagreement between Abraham and Jordan Veretout over who should take it. The latter stepped forward and saw his spot-kick saved by Szczesny.

Kean somehow failed to convert from point-blank range in the 52nd minute when a Federico Bernardeschi overhead kick was spilled into his path before there was more VAR drama moments later.

Lorenzo Pellegrini went down in the box claiming a spot-kick as he fell down when Giorgio Chiellini cleared the ball. Referee Orsato decided not to give anything. After a one minute and 44 second check, the VAR officials agreed with Orsato and no spot-kick was awarded.

Roma went in search of a winner with Veretout curling a strike just wide and Matías Vina having a close-range shot characteristically blocked by Chiellini in the nick of time, but Juventus held on for an important three points.

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