Dale Earnhardt Jr., Red Farmer, Mike Stefanik enshrined in NASCAR Hall of Fame

After waiting a year due to COVID-19, the NASCAR Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2021 has finally entered the annals of history. On Friday evening at the Hall of Fame, Dale Earnhardt Jr.Red Farmer, and Mike Stefanik were formally enshrined with a special ceremony attended by many fellow inductees.

While Earnhardt never won a Cup Series championship, he was one of the sport’s biggest names during his nineteen seasons of competition as a fifteen-time Most Popular Driver. The current NBC commentator joins his father in the HOF, with Dale Sr. being inducted in 2010, to make the Earnhardts the sixth father/son duo to be enshrined alongside Bill France Sr. and Jr., Bobby and Davey Allison, Buck and Buddy Baker, Lee and Richard Petty, and Ned and Dale Jarrett.

“To join Dad in the Hall of Fame is probably as good as it’s going to get,” Earnhardt … Read the rest

‘Robbed’ – Some Liverpool fans surprised by 22-year-old’s first-XI exclusion ahead of Palace clash

Several Liverpool supporters were left a little surprised on Twitter by Ibrahima Konate’s exclusion from the first-XI ahead of their side’s impending meeting with Crystal Palace.

Following what several noted to be a poor first-half performance from Joel Matip in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium, the expectation for some would be that Jurgen Klopp would turn to the Frenchman for the trip to London.

The German, however, had other intentions in mind, opting for the centre-back partnership of the Cameroonian and Virgil van Dijk that has proved mightily effective throughout much of the season.

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We must admit we had expected the former RB Leipzig defender to be swapped in for the ex-Schalke man, though we’re certainly far from disappointed by the selection call.

With some superb coordination with the medical … Read the rest

Spurs midfielder tells friends he wants January Newcastle United move

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele has reportedly informed close friends that he would like to join Newcastle United during the January transfer window.

That’s according to a recent report from Football Insider, who claims the English midfielder is desperate to make a move to St James’ Park.

Dele, 25, has spent the majority of his senior career in London after making a £6m move from MK Dons back in 2015.

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Despite quickly emerging as one of … Read the rest

Barcelona could fine Ousmane Dembele for ‘faking illness’

Ousmane Dembele’s Barcelona career is essentially over. In midweek, club Sporting Director Mateu Alemany told the Frenchman that “he has to leave” owing to him not extending his contract.

He has reportedly refused to make a move in the summer, arguing that he is “not a man who cheats,” however Alemany will try to fix a move before the 31st of January.

According to an official press release by Barcelona via Twitter, Dembele was a no-show in training today, because of a supposed stomach illness. However, a report by AS states that the Garnet and Blue are likely to hand him a fine for missing training. Noone at the club believes his reasoning, and could thus be served with a penalty.

Dembele has been at Barcelona since the summer of 2017. He joined the club from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of €120 million. He has struggled to hit the … Read the rest

Herta Still Has Eyes on Formula 1 Move Despite Andretti’s Alfa Buy-In Falling Through

Colton Herta still has eyes on racing in Formula 1 in the future despite a door closing on him during the off-season when Michael Andretti’s attempt to buy into Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Team ORLEN failed to materialise.

While talks between Alfa Romeo and Andretti were ongoing, rumours were afoot that Herta would be a leading contender to switch to the Formula 1 team, perhaps even as early as 2022, but when talks broke down, those rumours ended.

However, the twenty-one-year-old, who races for Andretti Autosport in the NTT IndyCar Series, says Formula 1 has always been in his sights, but it needs to be the right time for him to make the move, and he knows the older he gets the less likely it will happen.

“You know, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to do Formula 1,” Herta is quoted as saying by … Read the rest

‘Home sweet home’ – Ian Rush is looking forward to a return to ‘Anfield South’ as Liverpool book their Wembley visit

Ian Rush took to his social media after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal and was more than happy to share his love of a return to Wembley.

The Welshman is well versed in a visit to the national stadium and won eight domestic trophies whilst he was playing for the Reds, being the hero in more than one final.

Still a massive fan of the club, our record goalscorer was sure to celebrate with the supporters as he uploaded a post to his Instagram account.

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The 60-year-old said: ‘Did someone say @wembleystadium Home sweet home , boys have done fantastic @liverpoolfc well done, one more game 💪🏼’.

One game left and fingers crossed it ends in Jordan Henderson holding the three handled trophy in the air, under the arch and we can add … Read the rest

Video: Digne silences Goodison Park as pinpoint assist helps Buendia to put Aston Villa ahead at Everton

When a player leaves for another club, their return often has that extra bit of spice, particularly if the move has only just taken place.

Lucas Digne left Everton for Aston Villa earlier in January, and his first start under Steven Gerrard came at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Predictably, the home fans, who had cheered their most creative player’s name when he wore the royal blue shirt, booed him whenever he received the ball for Villa.

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For the most part of the first half, the Frenchman had been marked out of the game, and aside from a couple of cross field balls, he’d not been able to do anything of note.

Not until the final minute of the half when the visitors were handed a corner.

Xavi talks winter signings, Dembele, Pique, Alba, Busquets, de Jong, ahead of Alaves clash

Barcelona will travel to the Basque Country for the second time in four days when they lock horns with Deportivo Alaves at the Mendizorrota Stadium. It is a golden chance for the team to leapfrog into the top four, and Xavi knows that better than anyone.

Speaking ahead of the game as part of his pre-game press conference, he answered questions from the press about his plans for the transfer window, the game, and his tactics.

Is the team planning to sign a striker?

“We are working on that, and on other aspects of the team. We spoke with Jordi [Cruyff] and Rafa [Yuste] I was clear about what the team needed. We are working hard to sign some players.”

Any update on Ansu Fati and his injury?

“Fati is deeply affected, there will be another meeting for him. We spoke with his family, it is a huge setback. We Read the rest

Kyle Sieg to run limited races for RSS beginning Daytona

Kyle Sieg‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series excursion will be expanded in 2022 to include more races. On Thursday, his family’s RSS Racing team announced Sieg will pilot the #28 Ford Mustang on a part-time basis beginning with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

“We are excited to announce that @KyleSieg39 will pilot the #28 Ford Mustang for RSS Racing in multiple Xfinity races in 2022 beginning at Daytona Speedway,” read a tweet from the team.

Sieg made his Xfinity début at Dover in 2021 for DGM Racing, where he finished thirty-fourth. He moved to RSS for the finale at Phoenix, placing twenty-seventh. The second start came in RSS’ #39 primarily driven by older brother Ryan as Phoenix featured qualifying, which did not guarantee the team’s part-time #38 a spot in the race.

#28 is certainly not an unfamiliar number for the 20-year-old as he made eleven starts … Read the rest

Liverpool predicted XI v Crystal Palace: Reds to make two changes to Carabao Cup semi-final team

Jurgen Klopp appeared to suggest another 7-0 thumping of Crystal Palace in their own backyard would be an unlikely eventuality – particularly given the arrival of Patrick Vieira and the Londoners’ relative rejuvenation under the Frenchman.

On Liverpool’s side, nothing but three points will be acceptable with regard to the long-run and the Merseysiders’ hopes of catching a flying Manchester City outfit in the title race.

Assuming that the Reds can win in the English capital, it would cut the deficit down to eight points, with plenty of twists and turns possible with both Premier League outfits having 16 games left to fight for until the summer.

READ MORE: Liverpool could receive midfield boost ahead of Palace clash in Klopp’s latest injury update

Ahead of Alisson Becker in goal, we’re expecting to see Carabao Cup half-time substitute, Ibrahima Konate, brought back into the fold alongside Virgil van Dijk in the … Read the rest