10 months agoMan Utd set to delay decision on Sampdoria defender Andersen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd set to delay decision on Sampdoria defender Andersenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will delay any decision on Joachim Andersen until the summer.The Sampdoria centre-back has been scouted by United, as well as Tottenham, during this season.Inter Milan are also interested in the 22-year-old.Despite the competition for Andersen’s signature, United are willing to wait until the end of the season to pursue a deal, according to Manchester Evening News.Should caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer return to Molde in the summer, United’s new manager will have a say on any incoming transfers, including Andersen. last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea loanee Abraham turns down Wolves for Aston Villa stay

first_img​Chelsea loanee Abraham turns down Wolves for Aston Villa stayby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has rejected a move to Wolves.According to Sky Sports, Abraham is committed to Aston Villa for the rest of the season.Chelsea do not want to sell him this winter, preferring a loan move.It was thought he would join Wolves till the end of the season in a few days.But Abraham wants to help Villa gain promotion to the Premier League.He was at the club’s training ground on Tuesday and told his teammates he is not going anywhere.Abraham has netted 16 goals in 21 games for Villa. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool left bare as Lovren set to miss Brighton

first_imgLiverpool left bare as Lovren set to miss Brightonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool will likely be without Dejan Lovren for Saturday’s clash with Brighton.The Croatian centre-back injured his hamstring inside the first five minutes of the Reds’ 2-1 loss to Wolves on Monday.The news means Jurgen Klopp has one senior centre-back to choose from this weekend.However, the performance of Fabinho at the position at Wolves has quelled Jurgen Klopp’s fears.Joel Matip is expected to return to action next week against Crystal Palace. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: ESPN’s Pablo Torre Picks No. 16 Seed Lafayette To Upset No. 1 Seed Villanova

first_imgJay Wright pointing.SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 02: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts against the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)If we could assign a face to the a No. 16 seed is going to eventually beat a No. 1 seed bandwagon, that face would be the one belonging to Pablo Torre. The ESPN The Magazine senior writer and Around the Horn panelist has now picked a No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 three years in a row. In 2013, Torre picked Southern to beat Gonzaga; the Bulldogs won, but the game was tied with under four minutes to play. In 2014, he predicted Coastal Carolina would knock off Virginia; the Cavaliers were victorious, but trailed by five points at halftime. And in 2015, Torre is claiming Lafayette will defeat Villanova. He made his prediction on ATH today. S/o to @PabloTorre for predicting us over Nova on @AroundtheHorn today #MarchMadness #Cinderella pic.twitter.com/34KFMqZGMM— Monty Boykins (@MontyBoykins32) March 18, 2015It is going to eventually happen. Will this be the year?last_img read more

Video: The Call Everyone’s Talking About – Somehow The Refs Gave The Ball To Duke

first_imgduke wisconsin national championship controversial call refereesDuke won the national championship tonight. The Blue Devils defeated Wisconsin, 68-63, giving Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national title. Coach K’s team’s path to the title against the Badgers was partially secured by a questionable call by officials late in the second half. With 1:53 remaining in the game and Duke up, 63-58, Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig missed a layup and attempted to get the ball back. Blue Devils’ forward Justise Winslow fought him for the ball and it went out of bounds. It was tough to tell who the ball went off during the live action. The officials originally ruled it was Duke’s ball and then went to the monitors. Watch Winslow’s finger bend backwards, an obvious sign that he touched the ball last. Apparently the refs didn’t have this angle, because Duke held possession after the replay. On the ensuing play, Blue Devils’ freshman guard Tyus Jones – the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player – knocked down a 3-pointer to put his team up eight, essentially securing the win. This will be a tough one to get over, Badgers.last_img read more

Photo: Former Georgia Running Backs Todd Gurley And Isaiah Crowell Traded Jerseys After NFL Game

first_imgTodd Gurley giving a stiff arm to a Seahawks player.SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams stiff-arms free safety Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks as he rushes in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)The NFL features plenty of Georgia talent, and two former Bulldog running backs—Todd Gurley and Isaiah Crowell—faced off in today’s Cleveland Browns vs. St. Louis Rams game. Afterwards, the two rushers swapped jerseys, as many friends and alumni have started to do after NFL games.Crowell started at Georgia in 2011 before transferring to Alabama State after being dismissed from the program. Gurley was a superstar for Georgia from 2012-2014, compiling 3,285 yards in his college career. Today, Gurley dominated, rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns while Crowell rushed for nine yards.last_img read more

UGA RB Target Makes Amazing One-Handed Grab

first_imgUGA running back making a great catch.Bulldog target Toneil Carter will go down in Opening history with a clutch one-handed catch.The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back helped out his quarterback while snagging a throw during the 7-on-7 portion of The Opening Finals in Eugene, Ore. Check it out with 247Sports:Carter played with other Georgia commitments Jake Fromm (Warner Robins), Trey Blount (Pace Academy), Richard LeCounte III (Liberty County), Jaden Hunter (Westlake) and William Poole III (Hapeville Charter) on Team Alpha Pro. Carter is currently ranked as the 107th overall prospect and, according to 247Sports’ own 2016 Football Recruits Composite, as the fifth running back in the nation. He’s also the 16th overall prospect in Texas. Assuming he officially commits to Georgia, the Bulldogs will have a major boost in their offense with these incredible skills on the roster.last_img read more

Vietnam vs Yemen: TV, stream & preview

first_imgVietnam will be confident of collecting all three points when they face Yemen in their final Group D tie in the Asian Cup at the Hazza Bin Stadium on Wednesday.Both teams have yet to earn a single point in the competition, having lost to Iran and Iraq, but Vietnam have the stronger chance of qualifying for the knockout round as one of the best four third-placed teams through their goal difference.Park Hang-seo will be assured of progressing if they can win and other results go their way. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Vietnam vs Yemen Date Wednesday, January 16 Time 4pm GMT / 11am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast live or livestreamed. US TV channel Online stream N/A N/A In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast live or livestreamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Vietnam players Goalkeepers Tien Dung, Tuan Manh, Van Lam Defenders Duy Manh, Ngoc Hai, Tien Dung, Van Hau, Hong Duy, Tan Tai, Thanh Chung Midfielders Xuan Truong, Huy Hung, Trong Hoang, Minh Vuong, Durc Huy, Hung Dung, Quang Hai Forwards Van Toan, Cong Phuong, Van Dai, Duc Chinh, Van Duc, Tien Linh Vietnam will be without defender Do Duy Manh, who is been suspended due to picking up two yellow cards against Iraq and Iran.Midfielder Duc Huy, however, has returned to full fitness after suffering transient global amnesia following a strong collision against an Iran player in the second group fixture.Potential Vietnam XI: Tuan Manh; Ngoc Hai, Tien Dung, Van Hau, Hong Duy; Trong Hoang, Xuan Truong, Huy Hung, Quang Hai; Cong Phuong, Van Toan. Position Yemen players Goalkeepers Ayash, Saeed, Al Hakimi Defenders Saad, Omar, Al-Gumaei, Mahdi, Al Zubairi, Hamsan, Al-Sarori, Boqshan Midfielders Hazaea, Al-Sarori, Al Khyat, Al-Sasi, Al-Matari, Al-Haifi, Abdullah, Ba Rowis Forwards Abdulrab, Al Hagri, Mohammed, Mansour Yemen have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the final group game against Vietnam, though will likely reshuffle their squad to ensure an attack-heavy formation to break their goalscoring duck.Potential Yemen XI: Ayash; Omar, Al Zubairi, Boqshan, Hamsan; Al-Sasi, Al-Matari, Al-Haifi; Al Hagri, Ali Mansour, Adbuldrab.Betting & Match Odds Yemen are priced at odds of winning 9/20 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 3/1. A win for Vietnam is priced at 11/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Yemen Asian Cup 2019Vietnam were on course to come away with a draw in their tournament opener against Iraq but were edged 3-2 in the final minute of regular time.The Golden Dragons then lost 2-0 against Iran in their second matchday, though a win against Yemen should be enough to earn them a spot in the knockout phases through one of the best third-placed teams in the competition.Nguyen Cong Phuong should expect to start after netting against Iraq (with Ali Faez Atiyah scoring the own goal for his side), with manager Park Hang-Seo keen to put out his strongest XI to ensure that his side pick up all three points.“Yemen are the same as us, they need the three points,” the Korean manager told reporters. “Our team will give everything we’ve got to earn the three points tomorrow. My team knows what we want and we are aiming to win,” said the 60-year-old.“Depending on my players’ condition, there will be no big changes in the lineup. The best will start tomorrow against Yemen and we will strive to get the positive result.”Yemen will also be in search for the three points as they could also sneak a spot in the knockout phases with a win over Vietnam. They have yet to score a single goal in this tournament, however, having been demolished 5-0 by Iran in their debut game of the tournament followed by a 3-0 thrashing by Iraq in their next fixture.Manager Jan Kocian, however, is confident that his side can overcome their scoring drought to bypass Vietnam in the final group game.“In both of our previous games we conceded early goals, 3-0 [against Iran] and 2-0 [against Iraq]. My players may be a little inexperienced at this level but we are slowly improving,” he told reporters ahead of the game.“The team is a little down after suffering our second loss. We have to start better against Vietnam, stay focused and play more compact football.“I know we can play better. The slogan on our team bus reads ‘Never give up’, so I believe this will be our chance to shine and put in a good performance.”last_img read more

James Franklin Called The Penn State Fan Who Cried After Getting Rose Bowl Tickets

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)James Franklin took some time to call the Penn State fan who cried after getting Rose Bowl tickets from his wife.Friday, a heartwarming video, showing a Penn State fan getting emotional after receiving Rose Bowl tickets from his wife, went viral among the college football community. It didn’t take long for Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin to get involved.Franklin apparently called the fan to tell him how appreciate he is of his support. Penn State posted video of the interaction – check it out:When you’re so state that @coachjfranklin has to say thank you himself! #WeAre #PennStateForever ??⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Snc6f18S88— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) December 10, 2016Penn State and USC will meet in the Rose Bowl on January 2. It’s the first trip to Pasadena for the Nittany Lions since 2009.last_img read more

‘Bayern defenders are scared of Sancho!’

first_imgAxel Witsel says even the Bayern Munich defenders were scared of “technically strong” and “complete” winger Jadon Sancho as he fired Borussia Dortmund to DFL-Supercup victory on Saturday.The 19-year-old notched a goal and an assist as his side beat the Bundesliga champions 2-0 to lift the first piece of silverware of the season.Sancho scored an impressive 13 goals and set up a further 15 in 43 appearances for Dortmund last season and the England international is expected to shine in the Bundesliga again this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Team-mate Witsel is convinced Sancho will play a key role again after striking fear into the team they hope to beat to the Bundesliga title in 2019-20. “Jadon is damned talented,” Witsel told reporters. “Even Bayern’s defenders are scared when he has the ball. But that’s normal because Jadon just has a lot of quality. He is fast, technically strong and he can score goals as well as put his team-mates in the spotlight. He is really a complete player.”Dortmund were leading the Bundesliga for most of last season before Bayern jumped ahead of them in March and finished two points clear.Coach Lucien Favre has brought defender Mats Hummels back to the club from Bayern this summer, while Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt have all been signed and Paco Alcacer’s loan from Barcelona was made permanent.While the club have been working hard in the transfer market, Witsel says things are coming together in training and is confident the extra competition in the squad will help them.”We work very hard on defending in training because last season we just conceded too many goals,” he added. “Especially with set piece situations we had problems. I think we’ve already improved because we work on it every day. “The coach is doing a very good job. We have done well against Bayern. We will do everything to make sure that the title ends up with us in the end.”It is a relatively large group, but also with a lot of quality. That’s why everyone has to go full throttle in training. It’s true that we could set up two good teams and I think we missed that last season.”The competition is good for us all. Everyone has to be careful not to let up, but we can stay fresher that way. “Sometimes, I don’t want to say in easy games, but if you lead maybe 3-0, it is possible to change things earlier and give some players a rest.”last_img read more

The Only 20 Schools That Will Win A College Football National Championship In Your Lifetime

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)In the last 80 years, 42 different college football programs have claimed national championships. That list includes programs like Princeton, Cornell, and Army, and a number of now-lower level Power Five programs.The sport has radically shifted in that time. It’s pretty clear that the group of teams that can capture an FBS national championship is smaller today. The last 40 years have seen 22 different programs that have claimed titles.It is unclear how much more that group will shrink. However, the top tier of college football is a pretty limited number of teams.The College Football Playoff does give four teams a shot to win at the end of the year. However, through four seasons, just nine different schools have participated, with three different winners.How much smaller will the group of national champions get? Odds are that the vast majority of fan bases, even those in what are now the Power Five conferences, will never see a title.Here are the 20 schools that can realistically win a national championship in our lifetimes, from here on out. Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama Crimson Tide:Life after Nick Saban is a legitimate question. With Saban, perhaps the greatest coach in the history of the sport, at the helm, Alabama is unquestionably the sport’s biggest superpower. There’s no guarantee the next coach can replicate that success.That being said, it would be a serious surprise if this year’s national championship wound up being Saban’s last. The team continues to bring in blue-chip talent by the busload. Saban will more than likely win it all at least one more time, and no one would be shocked if that number was far greater. Even after Saban, Alabama has the history and resources to compete for just about any coach that it wants. Auburn's mascot Aubie dances before a game.(Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Auburn Tigers:Alabama’s in-state rival has never been a superpower at the same level as the current Crimson Tide. However, Auburn has often been a very competitive college football program, with multiple national titles, and plenty of other seasons in which they were very close.Gus Malzahn may not be the guy to win another. However, Auburn is usually in the mix every few years. The Tigers should get back to the promised land. Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley #25 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Clemson Tigers:Clemson is probably the newest true college football power to break onto the scene. The Tigers had captured a national championship back in 1981. However, in between that season and the more recent title at the end of the 2016 season, Clemson spent some time as an also-ran.Dabo Swinney has elevated the team to new heights. Clemson is recruiting incredibly well, especially at the quarterback position. The team has gone to three straight College Football Playoffs. The Tigers will likely win again, and it may be in the next few years. A view of Florida Gators at a football game.(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Florida Gators:Quite simply, any major college football program in Florida will be a factor in the long-term. Assuming there isn’t a drastic shift in where football talent comes from, Florida is among the most dominant bases of power in the sport. Urban Meyer proved just how dominant UF can be by cultivating it a few years ago.That doesn’t mean just any coach can step in and dominate at Florida. Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain proved that. However, with Dan Mullen coming in, the school is making a move back to the Meyer tree, which should get thinks moving back in the right direction. The Florida State football team running onto the field.(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Florida State Seminoles:The same advantages that apply to Florida apply to its rival Florida State. FSU also used its recent coaching opening to grab a hot young coach with serious in-state roots.Willie Taggart previously coached at USF, and after a rocky start to his tenure, had the Bulls rolling in his final two years in Tampa. He spent one year at Oregon, where he was recruiting extremely well, before heading to his “dream job” at Florida State. Taggart is a strong offensive coach and an ace recruiter, and that’s a scary combination at a place like FSU, which competed for talent as well as any school in the country under Jimbo Fisher. Georgia football players running onto the field.(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia Bulldogs:It is strange that Georgia has not won a title since 1980. During his lengthy tenure, Mark Richt came close a few times, but never quite got the Bulldogs in true contention. Kirby Smart nearly ended the drought in just his second year.Smart has signed a historic 2018 recruiting class. He’s taking full advantage of his state’s crazy football talent. After last year’s breakout, this seems more about “when” than “if.”Next: ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3last_img read more

Ohio State 4-Star Freshman Issues New Message For Fans

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Ohio State four-star freshman has issued a strong message for Buckeyes fans following the tough loss to Purdue on Saturday night.Urban Meyer’s team was blown out by the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind., losing 49-20 in their first defeat of the season.Teradja Mitchell, a four-star freshman, is remaining confident.He issued the following message to fans:“Plot twist .. but trust me, the story ain’t over yet,” he wrote.Plot twist .. but trust me, the story ain’t over yet ?— Teradja Mitchell (@7eradja) October 21, 2018Ohio State’s season certainly isn’t over yet, as the Buckeyes could win out and make the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Alabama-LSU: A Kickoff Time, TV Channel Is Set

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A kickoff time and TV channel have been set for what might be college football’s game of the year: Alabama-LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.The undefeated Crimson Tide and the one-loss Tigers are set to meet at LSU on Saturday, Nov. 3.The schools announced this afternoon that the game will be played in primetime on CBS.For the 8th-straight season, #LSU and Alabama will meet in @CBSSports’ primetime slot. Details: https://t.co/Nuqt2JK7Ni pic.twitter.com/nYZ18fjxRL— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 22, 2018From LSU:As expected, the Nov. 3 game in Tiger Stadium featuring fourth-ranked LSU and top-ranked Alabama will be televised on CBS and will kickoff at 7 p.m. CT, the Southeastern Conference announced on Monday.LSU, which stands at 7-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC action, is coming off a 19-6 win over 22nd-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday, while Alabama (8-0, 5-0 in SEC) beat Tennessee, 58-21. Both teams have an open date on Saturday leading into next week’s primetime contest in Death Valley.This year, LSU has four wins over teams ranked in the Top 25, including three victories over Top 10 teams. The four Top 25 wins and three Top 10 victories are the most of any team in the country.Next week’s contest marks the eighth consecutive year CBS will feature the LSU-Alabama game in primetime.We can’t wait for this one.last_img read more

Alabama Assistant Named Candidate For Kansas Job

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kansas is eager to get a slam-dunk coaching candidate to replace outgoing head coach David Beaty. Les Miles and Dave Doeren are popular names connected to the job, and now Alabama assistant coach has emerged: Dan Enos.According to FootballScoop.com, the Alabama quarterbacks coach Enos has emerged as a candidate for the job. He has helped develop Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa into the Heisman trophy favorite this year.Enos is in his first year as QBs coach for the Crimson Tide after spending the last three years as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, where new Kansas athletic director Jeff Long previously held the same position.Prior to his stint in Arkansas, Enos served as head coach of Central Michigan from 2010 to 2014.Report: Alabama QBs coach Dan Enos a candidate for Kansas job #collegefootball https://t.co/SiRTEzFzYY— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) November 7, 2018During his time as head coach of Central Michigan, Enos led the Chippewas to two bowl games.Kansas recently announced that it would be parting ways with David Beaty at the end of the year.Beaty is 6-39 as head coach of the Jayhawks as of Week 10. He is 2-31 in the Big 12 in the same span.[FootballScoop.com]last_img read more

Update On Status Of Alabama Starting QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban has been adamant all week that his starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, will be playing in today’s game against The Citadel. Alabama’s star QB has been dealing with a knee injury for part of the 2018 season, but Saban will not be resting him today.Here’s the latest on the status of the Heisman Trophy frontrunner.While Saban has maintained that Tagovailoa will be playing this afternoon, ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum doesn’t believe he’ll be on the field for very long.The SEC guru said on SportsCenter this morning that he can’t see Tagovailoa playing for more than a couple of series.“Nick Saban has to say that because he doesn’t want to give the impression that he’s not taking The Citadel seriously,” Finebaum said today. “You may remember — he lost to Louisiana Monroe his first year at Alabama in 2007 on this day. During his first year at LSU, he lost to UAB. He understands these schools can beat the big boys. A couple years ago, The Citadel beat South Carolina, but that won’t happen today.“But watch — if Tua plays more than two series, I’ll pull the remaining hair out of my head.”Resting Tagovailoa for the entire game might be the smart move, but it’s not one Saban is willing to make. He’s been adamant all week that it’s important for him to play.“Just like when I got asked on Monday like we should not play Tua in this game. Well, if we didn’t play Tua in this game, we’d be sending the message to every good player that we have that they shouldn’t play in the game,” Saban told reporters earlier this week. “So eventually, why should we even play? We should just forfeit so nobody gets hurt. Take a loss and just be done be done with it. Or is it an opportunity for everybody to improve and grow and challenge themselves to get better so that we go out and execute and play better as a team and build a little momentum through the week and the game, aight, so maybe we play better in the next game. So, that’s what I believe.“And it really doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. They have every right to work like I’ve worked for 30-something years as a coach and get a job and have their own team. Then they can make any decision that they want. I tell the assistants that all the time. ‘You want to do it that way? Get you a head job, and you can do it that way, aight. But right now, this is the way we’re going to do it.’”Tagovailoa’s knee injury is believed to be a minor one, but if it were to get more serious, it could be a devastating blow for the Crimson Tide.Alabama and The Citadel are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be televised on SEC Network.last_img read more

Notre Dame Football Star Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgNotre Dame football players in a huddle.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin, who led the Fighting Irish in all three major receiving categories this season, is forgoing his senior season and entering the 2019 NFL Draft.Boykin made the announcement this afternoon on Twitter. He becomes the third Irish underclassman to declare for the draft this week, along with cornerback Julian Love and tight end Alize Mack.On the contrary, Notre Dame standout defensive linemen Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara announced they would be returning to school in 2019.“Notre Dame will always hold a special place in my heart because of the memories, both good and bad, that I’ve experienced,” Boykin wrote on Twitter. “I’m forever changed for the better.☘️☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/wE4gu61hlI— Miles Boykin (@MBoykin814) January 6, 2019Notre Dame wished Boykin luck from its official football Twitter account shortly after his announcement.Thank you for a very special four years, @MBoykin814. We’re so excited to watch you show the world what you’ve got on Sundays.Love Thee, forever. #GoIrish ☘️ pic.twitter.com/9aQXbow3QR— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) January 6, 2019Boykin led the Irish with 59 catches, 872 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, helping Notre Dame go 12-0 in the regular season and reach the College Football Playoff.After redshirting in 2015 and quiet regular seasons in 2016 and 2017, Boykin exploded onto the scene in the Citrus Bowl following the 2017 campaign.That was when he hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass from Ian Book to beat LSU.Even with Boykin going pro, Notre Dame’s receiving corps should be well-stocked next season with the return of Chase Claypool and Chris Finke and tight ends Cole Kmet and Brock Wright.last_img read more

4-Star CB Clark Phillips III Announces Top 12 Schools

first_imgClark Phillips returns an interception.MaxPrepsClark Phillips III is one of the top defensive backs in the class of 2020.The junior out of La Habra, California has many of the top programs in the country after him, and last night, he outlined those that currently stand out.Clark Phillips III announced his top 12 via Twitter on Monday night.It doesn’t sound like this is necessarily a list of finalists, at this point in his recruitment.Thank God for putting me in this position ?? pic.twitter.com/8PIVQCFlXZ— Clark Phillips III (@ClarkPhillips28) February 5, 2019The full list: Arizona State, Cal, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Utah, Vanderbilt, and Washington.There are no crystal ball predictions over at 247 for where he will wind up committing.Phillips is ranked No. 53 overall in the class.He’s No. 6 among cornerbacks, and No. 9 in the state of California.This fall, he recorded 18 tackles, 10 pass deflections and two interceptions at cornerback, and was also a very productive receiver for La Habra. On offense, Phillips went for 1,210 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.The SEC seems to be factoring into Phillips’ recruitment in a big way. Alabama, which did not crack this top 12, hosted in back in June, and he took unofficial visits to LSU and Texas A&M, both of which are on the list, for games in November.last_img read more

ESPN’s Final Prediction For Notre Dame-Virginia Game

first_img ESPN gives Notre Dame a 89.6% chance to win, as opposed to just a 10.3% chance for Virginia. Will Saturday’s contest be lopsided?It’s the best day of the week! No. 10 Notre Dame 🆚 No. 18 Virginia🕗 3:30pm EST 📍 Notre Dame Stadium📺 NBC📱 https://t.co/qHodiXCnfl📻 https://t.co/OdCPbjqf8G#GoIrish ☘️ #BeatCavaliers pic.twitter.com/z7fmGhOMsA— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 28, 2019The Fighting Irish are 10.5-point favorites according to the spread, and many are expecting they’ll not only win, but cover as well. It all depends on how the team responds to last week’s adversity.College football is unforgiving. How quickly a team can bounce back dictates the season’s outcome. There’s still plenty left to play for and a playoff selection isn’t out of the picture for ND. But the Cavaliers want to play spoiler on Saturday.Notre Dame and Virginia kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Notre Dame players celebrate with Braden Lenzy after a touchdown.SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Braden Lenzy #25 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is congratulated after his touchdown against the New Mexico Lobos at Notre Dame Stadium on September 14, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Notre Dame will face its second-straight ranked opponent on Saturday. The Fighting Irish almost escaped Athens with a win over Georgia last Saturday. But a few late stops from the Dawgs’ defense ended the upset bid. Now, ND looks to bounce back on Saturday against No. 18 Virginia.The Cavaliers don’t play a pretty brand of football. But head coach Bronco Mendenhall knows how to win games. Virginia is 4-0 heading into Saturday’s contest with notable wins over Pitt and Florida State.Can Virginia pull off the upset of Notre Dame on Saturday?Heading into the matchup, ESPN has released its final prediction for Notre Dame-Virginia. The computer model is loving the Fighting Irish in this one.last_img read more

West Indies’ John Campbell gets maiden ODI call-up for England series

first_imgWest Indies’ John Campbell gets maiden ODI call-up for England seriesJohn Campbell, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have been called up to the West Indies squad for next week’s first two one day internationals against England.advertisement Reuters New DelhiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 10:17 IST It is John Campbell’s first call-up for limited-overs cricket (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJohn Campbell, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have been called up for the first two ODIs vs EnglandThe changes to the 14-man squad were made due to injuries to Evin Lewis Keemo Paul and Rovman PowellThe first two matches of the four-match ODI series will be played at Kensington Oval in Barbados next weekJohn Campbell, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have been called up to the West Indies squad for next week’s first two one day internationals against England.The changes to the 14-man squad were made due to injuries to opening batsman Evin Lewis, as well as all-rounders Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell.It is Campbell’s first call-up for limited-overs cricket. The 25-year-old made his Test debut in the just-completed series against England, which West Indies won 2-1.He scored 176 runs at an average of 35.2.Brathwaite, who hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to secure West Indies’ victory in the final of the 2016 World Twenty20 against England, has played 28 ODIs and 35 Twenty20 internationals.Cottrell, a left-arm pace bowler, has appeared in six ODIs and 10 Twenty20 internationals.The first two matches of the four-match ODI series will be played at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday and Friday.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow John CampbellFollow Carlos BrathwaiteFollow Sheldon Cottrelllast_img read more

Best Test I have played for Sri Lanka, says Kusal Perera after epic 153 vs South Africa

first_imgBest Test I have played for Sri Lanka, says Kusal Perera after epic 153 vs South AfricaBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). Kusal Perera’s unbeaten 153 helped Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 1 wicket in the first Test in Durban on Saturday.advertisement Rohan Sen DurbanFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 22:00 IST Kusal Perera’s match-winning 153 also ended South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins (Cricket South Africa Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKusal Perera amassed his highest Test score with his unbeaten 153 in DurbanThe win was also Sri Lanka’s second in Durban and the first in 7 years at the venueThe result also ended South Africa’s run of seven straight home series winsBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). ScorecardKusal Perera was left speechless and tired after he pulled off a miracle win for Sri Lanka in the first Test against South Africa in Durban on Saturday.The visitors rode on Perera’s unbeaten 153 to chase down 304 to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-match series at the Kingsmead stadium. The result also ended South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins.Perera stitched a record 78-run partnership for the final wicket with Vishwa Fernando to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for the Lankans. It was only his second hundred in Test cricket and also his highest score in the format.”I’m still tired now. I don’t know what to say. Great effort as a team, specially the lower order batsmen. They gave me good support. I believed in myself and we did. I did my part, winning as a team. We did our homework. This is a special win for us.We did a lot of hard work in previous times,” Perera said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.”Great effort as a team, specially the lower order batsmen. They gave me good support. I believed myself, and we did it. Still I am thinking I did my part. This is really special win for us. We did a lot of homework, a lot of hard work.”- Kusal Perera, MoM #SensationalKJP #KJP pic.twitter.com/R7hc6kzGJIadvertisementSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) February 16, 2019The win was also Sri Lanka’s second in Durban and the first in 7 years at the venue.Perera’s innings of a lifetime also saw him equal West Indies legend Brian Lara’s record for the highest score by a batsman in a one-wicket win in Test cricket history. Lara had made 153 not out in the one-wicket win over Australia in Bridgetown in 1999.”I did something … I did my part. But we won as a team. The partnerships in the whole innings were great – that’s why we were able to chase 304. You can’t just mention one person or partnership. Even if you scored one run, that counted to the win. All XI of us had to bat. It’s the best Test I’ve played for Sri Lanka,” he added later in the post-match press conference.Highest innings in one-wicket wins in Test cricket:153* Brian Lara (WI v Aus, Bridgetown, 1999)153* KUSAL PERERA (SL v SA, Durban, 2019)138* Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak v Ban, Multan, 2003)#SAvSLRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 16, 2019Even South Africa captain Faf du Plessis conceded that his team had no answers to Perera’s genius knock and termed it as unbelievable.”Incredible game of cricket, obviously very disappointed being on the losing side. Having gone down to none wickets and that 60-70 run partnership for the last wicket, it’s great for the game of Test cricket.”I suppose that’s the kind of Test matches you want to see. So, well played to Sri Lanka. Perera was unbelievable, to get 160 (sic) out of that score will take a Superman effort. He deserves all the accolades he will get after this game,” du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.Sri Lanka was 226-9 and seemingly out of it. But a last-wicket partnership of 78 between Perera and Vishwa Fernando took the tourists to a thrilling victory on the fourth day.Perera scored 68 of those 78 runs, but Fernando hung in for 27 balls for his 6 not out to allow Perera to guide the tourists home.The last-wicket partnership of 78 runs was also the highest for the 10th-wicket in a winning cause in the final innings of a Test match.Sri Lanka’s 78* is the highest stand for 10th wkt in a winning cause in the 4th inns in Test cricket history.Previous 57* Inzamam and Mushtaq Ahmed vs Aus in 1994 at Karachi#SAvSLMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 16, 2019Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4 in Durban: As it happenedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Kusal PereraFollow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow Durban TestFollow Sri Lanka cricket teamlast_img read more