Everton sign Real Madrid midfielder for £22m

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Everton have signed Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez for £22 million from Real Madrid.The 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third season in a move that sees him link up with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time, having played under him at Bayern Munich and Real. Ancelotti signed James from Monaco as Real manager in 2014, but the former World Cup Golden Boot winner failed to truly establish himself in the Spanish capital, before going on a two-season loan to Bayern in 2017, by which point Ancelotti was in charge of the German side.With one year remaining on his Real contract, James had been deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu by Zinedine Zidane.“I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well,” he said.“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is.“I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football. “I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.“I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.”James was named in the team of the tournament at last year’s Copa America, where Colombia reached the quarter-finals.Tags: Bayern MunichCarlo AncelottiEvertonJames RodriguezMonacoZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 35-20 loss to N.C. State

first_imgSyracuse dropped its sixth game of the season to North Carolina State, 35-20. The Orange (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) likely needs to win its final two games — tilts with Florida State and Pittsburgh — to become bowl eligible.Here are three reactions from Syracuse’s loss to N.C. State.Pulled overZack Mahoney started in place of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, who was ruled out before the game. Mahoney, whose nickname is “The officer,” completed 13-of-24 passes for 190 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown to Amba Etta-Tawo. Overall, he struggled to get the Orange offense going.SU ran 52 plays for 218 total yards against the Wolfpack, both well under Syracuse’s season averages of 82.2 plays and 463.4 yards per game. The program kept who would start at quarterback under wraps until an hour before game time when Dungey was finally ruled out. He warmed up on the field in a baseball cap, shorts and long sleeve shirt, throwing the ball with teammates. Redshirt junior Austin Wilson also dressed and had replaced Dungey last week after the latter left the Orange’s game with Clemson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the second straight week, SU struggled offensively. Against the Tigers, SU was shut out, the first time a Dino Babers-led team had been shut out in his career.Third DownPrior to the third quarter, Syracuse had stopped North Carolina State 7-of-11 times on third down. For the rest of the game, the Wolfpack converted 5-of-6. Coming into the game, N.C. State ranked 51st in the country in third-down conversion rate at 41.1 percent. The Wolfpack converted 9-of-17 in total and burned Syracuse on four consecutive third downs in one drive.A Cole Murphy field goal had pushed Syracuse within one point, but N.C. State racked up 14 plays on its next drive. It milked 7:34 off the clock and ended with a 20-yard Matthew Dayes touchdown. None of the third downs the Wolfpack converted on the drive were shorter than four yards and the longest stretched 12 yards. The Orange never brought the score closer than 28-20 after that drive. The Wolfpack later lengthened its lead to 35-20 with a six-play, three-plus minute possession. N.C. State converted a long third down on that drive as well.Bye, Felicia/Bye, GeorgeAfter North Carolina State beat Syracuse last season, former SU offensive coordinator George McDonald tweeted “Bye, Felicia.” McDonald was demoted as SU’s offensive coordinator in former head coach Scott Shafer’s second season after Louisville trounced the Orange, 28-6. On a play from the 1-yard line, McDonald had quarterback Terrel Hunt pitch the ball to Adonis Ameen-Moore and the Cardinals stopped Syracuse for a safety.On Saturday, both teams tried multiple gadget plays. North Carolina State tried a double-throw play, but Syracuse sniffed it out. N.C. State sniffed out an attempted halfback pass. At times, it looked like SU was trying to out-George McDonald with its play calling. Syracuse’s offense struggled in tallying just 218 yards, most of which came on two big passing plays, including Etta-Tawo’s 81-yard touchdown pass.SU’s best, most-complete drive was its first. The Orange drove 61 yards in 7 minutes, 5 seconds, taking a 7-0 lead. Syracuse sustained just one more drive of seven or more plays the rest of the game.McDonald triumphed for the second time in two meetings with his former team. Comments Published on November 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more