TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Raiola demands AC Milan give Donnarumma vice-captaincy as part of new dealby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Mino Raiola is turning the screw on AC Milan during Gigi Donnarumma’s contract talks.Milan are eager to secure their young goalkeeper to a new deal.However, Raiola is making big demands before Donnarumma puts pen to paper.Tuttosport says the Rossonero have agreed to meet the €6m-a-year terms pushed by the agent – but he has now two more demands.For the youngster to re-sign, Raiola is insisting Donnarumma be given the vice-captaincy and also a get-out clause should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Oakland Raiders’ wanderlust is never ending. On Monday, the team gained league approval to move to Las Vegas. It comes at a strange time for the Raiders, since they’ve just recently gotten pretty good! They won 12 games last season, making the playoffs and seeming to be well-positioned to stay strong with Derek Carr under center.But Raiders fans — old-timers in Oakland and new ones awaiting the team in Las Vegas — shouldn’t expect the team to tank all of a sudden. Eight NFL teams have moved since the AFL-NFL merger (not counting the current Raiders or Chargers, who are slated to move to Los Angeles this year), and as you can see in the chart below, immediate results have been mixed: The Raiders reportedly don’t plan to move until 2019, so they still have two “lame duck” seasons to play in Oakland. Playing with one foot out the door hasn’t gone well for other franchises:In 1996, the Houston Oilers announced that they were moving to Tennessee but would play their remaining two years in Houston. The first lame-duck season was something of a farcical attendance disaster, as they played to mostly empty stadiums and hostile crowds at home. They went 2-6 in Houston while going 6-2 on the road. After the season, they reached a deal to leave town a year early.In 1995, the Cleveland Browns started out 4-5 under head coach Bill Belichick, after going 11-5 the year before. Then owner Art Modell dropped the bomb that he was moving the team to Baltimore at the end of the year. The Browns went 1-6 after the announcement and then fired Bill Belichick. Well done!However, the Raiders have experience in making the best of a lame situation. In 1980, Al Davis announced a deal to move the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles, but the NFL rejected the move. His team continued playing in Oakland while the court battle was ongoing, playing two seasons before Davis won the right to move. In the first of those, the Raiders won the Super Bowl despite being (sort of) on their way out. They also won the Super Bowl after the 1983 season, their second in LA.So, if history is any indication, the modern-day Raiders’ move could lead to them sinking their franchise and possibly missing out on being the NFL’s next dynasty or, well, kind of being the NFL’s next dynasty. Share on Facebook
“I just saw ball, I get ball.” That’s how Ohio State football senior defensive back Orhian Johnson described the fourth-quarter interception he grabbed against the Central Florida Knights. The interception was coupled with a team-high five solo tackles – six in total – and a deflection that led to an interception by senior cornerback Travis Howard during the then-No. 14 Buckeyes (2-0) 31-16 win against unranked UCF (1-1). Johnson hasn’t always been the defensive catalyst for OSU he showed himself to be Saturday at Ohio Stadium, though. Not in the eyes of first-year coach Urban Meyer, anyway. “(Johnson’s) a guy that’s been around here, production hasn’t been exactly what it needs to be,” Meyer said of Johnson’s play in his three previous seasons at OSU. Recently, there’s been a change. Johnson said he sees the value of Meyer’s criticism and encouragement, and is trying to better himself. “You know, just with Coach Meyer going out there and pushing me. He’s really trying to get the best out of me, getting all the potential that I do have and just kind of pouring it all out,” Johnson said. “There will be some times where I may not do that and I’m really just trying to do better for everybody on the team and for myself.” In the run-up to the UCF game, Meyer said he was very involved in the decision to increase Johnson’s playing time heading into Saturday’s contest. That decision paid off. Johnson might have gotten a whole lot more than just the ball during the UCF game. By seeing the ball and getting it on his fourth-quarter interception, as well as several others during the contest, Johnson, a backup on OSU’s two-deep depth chart entering the Buckeyes’ second game, might now be cemented among the top-11 players on OSU’s defense. “He does some really good things for us on special teams,” Meyer said after the game. “And we needed more production out of that nickel spot.” Johnson, who sported a grin as he walked off the field after Saturday’s victory, agreed with Meyer’s assessment of his OSU career and praised his coach for encouraging him. “The coaches said they’re going to put the best 11 players on the field, so they’re going to go there and put whoever the best 11 is,” Johnson said. “Last week, I wasn’t in, so I can’t really worry about it. This week, I just got to go out there and when they call my number, make the plays when it’s called.” Despite criticism for past play from Meyer and himself, it wasn’t all bad for Johnson coming into 2012. OSU co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Everett Withers said Johnson has always possessed the physical tools needed to succeed. His physical attributes – Johnson stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds – coupled with his experience in the program make Johnson an attractive option, Withers said. “We’re always trying to find our best 11 (players). What Orhian give us, maybe, is a little more athleticism in the slot to do some things,” Withers said. “He’s an older guy. He’s a senior. He’s played a lot of snaps here. To be able to have that kind of guy that you can put in a game … obviously helps your defense.” Johnson tallied a single tackle in OSU’s season opener against Miami (Ohio). Of the six he had against the Knights, two came in the fourth quarter as the Buckeyes tried to stave off a UCF comeback. He saw the ball, went and got it and will probably get more chances to do so in the coming weeks. “I just want to go out there and help (my teammates). I was glad I could go out there and make those plays to help the team win,” he said. “I mean, it felt good. It felt comfortable being out there on the field today. Just getting out there (and) running around – it definitely felt good to get my hands on the ball.” OSU, now ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press top 25 poll, continues non-conference play against California Saturday at noon in Ohio Stadium.
Then-freshman defender Taylor Schissler dribbles the ball during a game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 28, 2013, in Columbus. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter dropping three straight games, the Ohio State women’s soccer team swept through a pair of weekend matchups.OSU closed its non-conference schedule by beating Dayton (2-3-1), 4-2, on Friday, before the Buckeyes continued their success Sunday with a 3-0 win against George Mason (1-5-0) in Columbus.With the victories, OSU improved its record to 3-3-0 entering the start of Big Ten play, scheduled for Friday.“We needed to score a couple goals, get our confidence up and start playing some better soccer so we can be better prepared for Big Ten play,” senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said. The Buckeyes notched their second win of the weekend with help from sophomore defender Taylor Schissler, who recorded two goals against the Patriots. Scoring opened in the 30th minute of Sunday’s game when Schissler beat redshirt-junior Patriot goalkeeper Briana Kottler for her first collegiate goal.OSU stretched its lead to 2-0 later in the half when Gruber made a run from midfield to assist Schissler’s second goal of the afternoon.For the second consecutive game, OSU carried a lead into halftime, but later, coach Lori Walker said she was unhappy with the team’s play in the final 45 minutes. “I thought our energy was flat. We were up to do nothing,” Walker said. “I don’t know that the way we played in the second half has made us a better team.” Walker said the lack of energy is attributable to her team’s youth. Playing without injured junior defender Marisa Wolf, OSU lacks experience on its backline.“Usually (Wolf) is what drives us,” sophomore defender Nicole Miyashiro said. “We’ve really had to step up with communicating and going into tackles harder.”The Buckeyes made drastic improvements to their offense over the weekend, scoring seven goals in two games after tallying just two in four previous games.“We connected better,” Gruber said. “We weren’t trying to play so individually, we were using each other.”OSU laid the foundation for its offensive explosion on Friday night by defeating Dayton, 4-2. Propelled by two first-half goals by freshman forward Sammy Edwards, the Buckeyes added two more goals in the second half to snap their three-game losing streak.The Flyers were unable to erase OSU’s 2-1 halftime advantage, despite earning eight of their nine corners in the second half. Freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley made it 3-1 for the Buckeyes in the 62nd minute before Edwards completed her hat trick in the 76th minute to make it 4-2. Edwards and Dudley recorded their first collegiate goals in the game, while freshman midfielder Nikki Walts played the full 90 minutes and effectively held Dayton’s leading scorer, junior midfielder Nicole Waters, without a shot.OSU redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick finished the weekend with two saves and two goals against. OSU is scheduled to open Big Ten play this weekend on the road against Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes are set to play the Hoosiers on Friday at 7 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind., and the Boilermakers on Sunday at 3 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind.