10 months agoTalking Tactics: Solskjaer’s risky Man Utd; Puel Leicester sack; Fernandinho irreplaceable

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Solskjaer’s risky Man Utd; Puel Leicester sack; Fernandinho irreplaceableby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool went four points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Crystal Palace’s shock win against Manchester City. Roy Hodgson’s side exposed some emerging issues in the City midfield and defence, tactically outclassing his opponent on Saturday to put Jurgen Klopp’s team firmly in control of the title race.Elsewhere Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emphasised risk-taking as Manchester United found a fluency and tactical coherence that has been lacking all season. They are still eight points off fourth, but after such a dominant performance Champions League qualification is not unthinkable. Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Ranieri-style Leicester win shows Puel isn’t the right fit for the clubIt might seem harsh to highlight Claude Puel’s unsuitability to the Leicester job immediately after a 1-0 win at Chelsea, but the manner of their performance should be a wake-up call to the board. Holding just 28% possession and breaking forward quickly, Leicester were forced to play in the counter-attacking style that has become the ‘Leicester way’ ever since their title win. Puel’s desire to play patient possession football hasn’t sat well with the fans or certain players; after Saturday, it’s easy to see why.Chelsea are becoming increasingly jaded, and at Stamford Bridge they struggled to find any rhythm. Leicester’s narrow, compact shell meant Jorginho was consistently forced to spread the ball out wide (rather than cut incisive balls through the middle) for the wingers to attempt crosses (36 in total, their highest tally of the season). It was classic Leicester: deny space in the middle, force long balls into the box, and – with Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire in defence – head everything clear.On the counter, Jamie Vardy came to life after a difficult season adapting to Puel’s tactics. James Maddison also looked freer, breaking into space behind Jorginho to set up the winner with a neat assist. It’s clear that Leicester have the personnel – and the desire – to play in a very different philosophy to the one their current manager preaches.2) Narrow front three helps United play high-tempo attacking footballOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge of Manchester United was easy enough, but nevertheless he deserves credit for unshackling the players; they had clearly been told to get the ball forward quickly, keep it moving at high speed, and take plenty of risks in possession. The sight of Victor Lindelof playing a one-two and galloping deep into the Cardiff half summed up the new attitude.Tactically speaking, the biggest change was in the positional play of United’s front three. Marcus Rashford dropped off the front while Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial moved infield from the wings, with all three players regularly combining in the number ten space. Such narrowness, and positional fluidity, pulled Cardiff’s defence out of position – most notably in the move for United’s third goal.There will be tougher challenges ahead, but Solskjaer clearly understands the club’s history and the players’ desire to play expansive attacking football. That should ensure his tenure is a successful one.3) Fernandinho is irreplaceable as John Stones is exposed by PalaceMan City seemed to have unlimited strength in depth, and yet on Saturday they were beaten primarily because John Stones could not deputise successfully for the injured Fernandinho. The Brazilian is a clever player defensively, but more importantly has a rare agility for a defensive midfielder. This allows City to play in a very wide formation, because Fernandinho can rapidly change direction and recover the ball.Stones clearly isn’t the most mobile of footballers, making him a strange choice to start in central midfield on Saturday. He was turned in the build-up to the first two Palace goals, first by failing to make a strong enough tackle on James McArthur and then losing control of the midfield battle as Palace won a freekick (from which Andros Townsend scored). Fernandinho’s injury could mean he misses the Leicester City match on Boxing Day – which is a major boost for Liverpool. Just like Palace, it is easy to imagine Leicester’s Maddison and Vardy countering around the flat-footed Stones.Best of the Week – Hodgson’s use of SchluppCrystal Palace’s performance in their victory over Man City was fairly typical of Roy Hodgson’s time in charge of the club, although there was one big difference: Jeffrey Schlupp played in central midfield for perhaps the first time in his career. He added pace and directness in the centre, allowing Palace to counter-attack against John Stones rather than out wide. Schlupp’s impact was most obvious in his equalising goal, but Hodgson’s selection also indirectly played a hand in Palace’s second and third. By adding Schlupp into the middle, switching from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1, Hodgson had to move Andros Townsend out to the right wing. His cutting inside from the right sucked Man City inwards, helping Aaron Wan-Bissaka isolate Fabian Delph – as he did in the build-up to Palace’s match-winning penalty.Worst of the Week – Everton’s defendingConfusion across the back four defined Everton’s 6-2 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday. They failed to track Spurs’ runs properly, communicating badly and clearly struggling with Marco Silva’s high line.But more important was the lack of pressure on the Spurs midfielders. Mauricio Pochettino instructed his team to play lots of long balls in behind Everton’s high line, and this worked primarily because Everton’s midfield didn’t close down quickly enough. Christian Eriksen was given the freedom of Goodison Park – and that can only end in one team winning. last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improving

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improvingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was delighted with matchwinner N’Golo Kante for victory at Crystal Palace.The midfielder struck the only goal of the game.Sarri stated: “He has to think about the defence first of all. Then he is improving, especially in movements without the ball. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.”When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it’s difficult for the striker and wingers to find space. So for us the midfielders’ movement without the ball is very important.”Now we have to work on Loftus-Cheek and on Barkley. Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.” last_img read more

12 days agoBrighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potential

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potentialby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens has no doubts about the potential of Aaron Connolly.he 19-year-old grabbed the headlines with a double strike against Tottenham on his first Prem start. Asked whether Connolly has the ability to get under defenders’ skins, Stephens replied: “Yes, he’s got that side to his game and he’s going to need it.“He’s not a big lad, and he has got different abilities to a big centre-forward but he can use what he has got to his advantage.“Being a pain and a pest is what he is good at and that proved good for us (against Tottenham).” last_img

4 days agoNewcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea close

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea closeby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fullback Jetro Willems has urged teammates to stay calm after their 1-0 loss at Chelsea.The narrow defeat plunged the Magpies back into the relegation zone and piled the pressure back on the team ahead of next weekend’s tough encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park.Willems said: “It was close. I think we had the game under control and we were a little bit unlucky.”If it wasn’t for the goal I think we did good defensively – they have a good team and they are difficult players to play against.”Attacking, we could do more.”In the first half, we could have been more dangerous on the counter attack.”We had some chances – sometimes we were unlucky, but sometimes I think we need to just shoot when we are in front of goal.” last_img read more

Ohio State’s Thad Matta Was Pretty Unhappy With The Referees Following His Team’s Loss To Michigan State Last Night

first_imgThad Matta yells at a referee.Thad Matta did a lot of screaming during his team’s game against Michigan State Friday night. Plenty that yelling was directed at his players, who performed quite poorly in a 76-67 loss to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round. But a lot of it was aimed at the officials. Matta, 47, has been coaching in the conference since 2004. He, in a roundabout way, called the officiating during last night’s game the worst he’s ever seen. Matta on the officiating: “I’ve been in this league 11 years and that was amazing.”— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) March 14, 2015Matta was mostly unhappy with the amount of physicality the Spartans were getting away with. He believed his players were getting bumped on cuts, hand checked when dribbling and bodied when driving into the lane. Matta says this was one of the most physical games he’s ever seen. My interpretation: “We got hacked to death.”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 14, 2015To be fair to the refs, there was an even distribution when it comes to the amount of fouls that were called – 20 on Michigan State and 18 on Ohio State. With the win, the Spartans moved on to the semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 2 seed Maryland. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night. Most projections have Matta’s team seeded on the No. 8/No. 9 line.last_img read more

Howe the crucial factor for Clyne in Bournemouth decision

first_imgNathaniel Clyne says that getting to work with Eddie Howe was a deciding factor in his decision to join Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.Clyne’s decision to join the Cherries came after Cardiff boss Neil Warnock claimed that Liverpool had made a verbal agreement that the full-back would join the Welsh side for the remainder of the campaign.The Cardiff boss described the deal struck between the Reds and Bournemouth as “a disgrace” after he only heard about the move via a TV report. 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? But Clyne has no regrets about his choice after making his debut for his new side during their 3-1 defeat at home to Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday.“They have a great manager and that’s what urged me to come here. I have looked a lot at how Bournemouth play and it is similar to my style,” Clyne told the Telegraph.“I got the call and my agent said: ‘Get packed, you’re ready to go.’ It was a nice five-hour drive down here. I have gone a whole season and a half without really playing consistent football, which is unusual for me.“Knowing you are fit and you can go out there and play, but constantly not getting selected for the team is a bit disappointing. I would rather go out and find another club which would give me the opportunities to play games.”Bournemouth boss Howe was impressed with the performance given by his side’s new acquisition despite the defeat, and played up the importance of the loan market in helping clubs of the Cherries’ size competitive in a financially imbalanced league.“Investing in youth and younger players has been a transfer policy that we’ve kept and will try and maintain. To do that obviously you need finances, coveted young players aren’t cheap,” Howe said.“Defensively [Clyne] was excellent and when he understands how the team plays he’ll get better. I’ve hardly seen him to be honest. He literally reported for the game and played. You wouldn’t have known it was his first game today. We had no doubts over him.”last_img read more

Ramos could play up front for Real – Solari

first_imgSantiago Solari has admitted that Sergio Ramos could be used as a striker, with a Real Madrid “warrior” having proved his goalscoring pedigree once again.The World Cup winner has been a regular source of firepower for the Blancos down the years.In 594 appearances for Real, Ramos has recorded 82 goals – many of them vital, such as priceless efforts in Champions League finals. 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? His most recent outing saw him net an important brace, with a late surge staged against Girona in the first leg of a Copa del Rey quarter-final to secure a 4-2 win.Ramos converted a Panenka penalty shortly before half-time, before restoring Real’s lead on the night 13 minutes from the end.That contribution in the final third has not gone unnoticed, with Solari conceding that he may be tempted to use the 32-year-old as a frontman if the situation ever called for such a move.He told reporters: “I wouldn’t rule it out.”Sergio is a warrior, a leader. He showed that in defence, and in the opposition area heading his second goal just like a centre-forward.”He took the penalty like that [a Panenka], he’s a specialist – so perfect. He doesn’t just take them like that, but in many different ways.”Sergio RamosRamos has become famed for his penalty-taking expertise since inheriting spot-kick duty in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the Santiago Bernabeu.He had already displayed plenty of composure from 12 yards prior to that, but has been a reliable option for Real this season.There is, however, an acceptance on his part that he cannot continue to delicately chip every penalty he takes down the middle, with opposition goalkeepers now wise to his preferred approach.Ramos told Real’s official website of the decisions he now faces: “It’s how I like to play and hopefully they will keep going in, but I can’t take it for granted.”Keepers are staying on their feet for longer, so maybe I’ll have to put it to the side next time.”The Blancos will be back in La Liga action on Sunday when they travel to Espanyol, with Solari’s side currently sat 10 points adrift of another Catalan foe – arch-rivals Barcelona – in the Spanish top-flight table.last_img read more

LIVE: Qatar vs Argentina

first_imgAn improved Argentina cruised to a 2-0 win over Qatar to revive their stuttering Copa America campaign and progress to the quarter-finals along with Group B winners Colombia.On a night when defeat would have seen them bomb out of the competition, the Albiceleste were rarely troubled at Gremio Arena, where Lautaro Martinez fired them into an early lead after a Bassam Al Rawi error gifted him the simplest of chances.It was not a vintage Argentina performance by any stretch of the imagination, but after defeat to Colombia and a draw with Paraguay in their opening matches, coach Lionel Scaloni will have been relieved to see his side dominate for large spells to set up a meeting with Venezuela.  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? Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi both had numerous opportunities to extend Argentina’s lead and the Manchester City forward did so eight minutes from time as tournament guests Qatar were dumped out of the competition despite some impressive displays.@CopaAmerica @Argentina 2 (Lautaro Martínez y Sergio Agüero) – #Qatar 0Final del partido en Porto Alegre. #VamosArgentina ! pic.twitter.com/8WlzwFU7sR — Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 23, 2019 Al Rawi’s woeful clearance was easily intercepted by Martinez, who simply side-footed it into the bottom corner of the net to give Scaloni’s men a fourth-minute lead.Franco Armani had to hurtle off his line to narrow the angle on Hassan Al Haydos as he bore down on goal, the Argentina goalkeeper getting a hand to the Qatar captain’s lob to keep his side in front.But the 2022 World Cup hosts rarely threatened and were fortunate to go in trailing by only a solitary goal after Aguero fired tamely wide when Messi presented him with a golden opportunity from the edge of the box.Aguero missed a trio of second-half chances as Qatar struggled to contain him, and goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb did well to parry the striker’s stinging close-range volley.Al Sheeb made another diving save from an Aguero pile-driver before Messi uncharacteristically ballooned over the crossbar from 12 yards with the whole goal to aim at.Aguero finally got his goal after outpacing Boualem Khoukhi and drilling a low shot that beat Al Sheeb and bulged the bottom corner of the net to make sure of the result.What does it mean? Crisis averted – for now Had Argentina been forced to pack their bags, the inquest back home would have been tempestuous. As it stands Scaloni can breathe again, but he must continue to demand further improvements as his players head into the last eight.Aguero just the tonic After Messi and Martinez laboured in a front two in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay last time out, the addition of Aguero in a three-pronged attack did the trick here.Al Rawi error costs Qatar Given the way Argentina bossed the first half it is unlikely Qatar would have kept them at bay had Al Rawi not opened the door to them, but in doing so he tarnished his side’s chances.Key Opta Facts- Argentina have won each of their last seven meetings in the Copa America with non-CONMEBOL nations, with their last defeat in such games coming in 2004 against Mexico. – Argentina have lost only two of their 23 meetings with Asian nations in all competitions (W18 D3), and both defeats were in friendlies: 1-0 v China in 1984, 1-0 v Japan in 2010. – Argentina have progressed from the group stages in each of their 10 appearances in the Copa America with the current competition format (since 1993) – they withdrew in 2001.What’s next? Argentina will face Group A runners-up Venezuela in the quarter-finals, while Qatar return home with only one point but plenty of new admirers after some good moments in their three group games. read morelast_img read more

Solskjaer: Man Utd should build around Pogba

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer clearly isn’t ready to see Paul Pogba depart Manchester United, declaring he wants to build his team around the midfielder.While transfer speculation continues to swirl around Pogba, who declared prior to pre-season he was ready for a new challenge, the Red Devils coach has reiterated just how much he rates the 26-year-old.Solskjaer said on Tuesday he believes he can give the Frenchman the necessary challenge at Old Trafford before suggesting he’d like to build his side around the 2018 World Cup winner. 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? “Paul is a fantastic player and a fantastic human being. He has always been a great professional,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport . “When I was at Molde, I said, ‘if he’s in your squad, you’d build a team around him’. I would say the same now.”Manchester United fans know their football. We know Paul has been criticised by a few but he’s loved by loads more.”Pogba has been causing a stir in Perth as part of United’s pre-season tour of Australia and happily embraced fans following an open training session last week . After the Red Devils finished last season in sixth and missed out on a place in the Champions League, club legend  Bryan Robson has stressed a top-four Premier League finish is required in the upcoming campaign. Solskjaer however is aiming even higher admitting success will be key to keeping players at the club moving forward. “You know, it’s the best feeling you can have to be at this club when we’re successful,” he said.”The ones that might want to leave now haven’t been here when it’s been successful. Hopefully they want to be part of that. I want to be part of it. “We have to aim for further up than fourth. I would rather be an optimist and be wrong than a pessimist and be right.”I am not used to us being fifth or sixth but that is where we are at. That is the size of the challenge. I love that challenge.”Manchester United will end their pre-season tour of Australia with a friendly against Leeds on Wednesday night before flying to Singapore where they’ll take on Inter Milan.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Photos: Meet The Fiancee Of Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham

first_imgJarrett Stidham and Kennedy Brown.Earlier this week, people from around the U.S. celebrated America’s birthday. Joined by family and friends, people gathered for cookouts, fireworks, and more.With July 4 on a Wednesday, this was a popular week for week-long vacations. One college football star took advantage of the holiday and celebrated more than just America’s birthday.Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham proposed to longtime girlfriend Kennedy Brown. She said yes!Stidham and Brown began dating at Baylor, where the current Auburn QB began his collegiate career.Brown is a current student at Baylor, where she plays soccer.Meet her below.Congratulations to the couple on their engagement!last_img

CFB Playoff Committee Chair Reveals Why Oklahoma Is Behind Georgia, Michigan

first_imgOklahoma cheerleaders running with flags in their hands.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff committee revealed its third rankings of the season earlier this week. For the first time in the committee’s history, the top-10 teams remained the same.Alabama is the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country, while Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan round out the top four. Georgia comes in at No. 5, while the Oklahoma Sooners remain at No. 6.For the Sooners fans questioning why Michigan and Georgia, both with one loss, are ahead of Oklahoma, the committee chair revealed the committee’s thinking.According to committee chairman Rob Mullens, Oklahoma fields one of the best offenses in college football. However, the Sooners’ defense leaves much to be desired.Here’s what he had to say via 247Sports.“We’re very aware that they have one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, a great quarterback and lots of great skill position players. But we’re (also) very aware that they’re having defensive struggles and that’s a continued deficiency and something that goes into the evaluation.”Oklahoma’s offense might be the only one in the country that can hang with Alabama. But if the defense doesn’t improve, the Sooners might not even win their own conference.With two weeks of regular season play left, anything can happen.[247Sports]last_img read more

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Provides Injury Update After Win Over Oklahoma

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide took down the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl to move on to their fourth-straight national title appearance. The Tide will once again face off against Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers dominant performance against Notre Dame.After the win, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa gave a brief update on his injured ankle as the Tide look forward to battling Clemson in just over a week.Instead of giving a generic answer like “it’s fine” Tua surprised those watching at home. Tagovailoa revealed his ankle is still “uncertain” after undergoing surgery just four weeks ago.Tua: 24/27 318 yds and 4 TD’s then Saban took the ball out of his hands. He’s So goodAnd Tua just said my left ankle was still uncertain tonight ??‍♂️— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) December 30, 2018The ankle didn’t hurt Tua’s performance on Saturday night as he led the Tide to a 45-34 win over the Sooners on Saturday night. He tossed the ball for over 300 yards and four touchdowns en route to being named the offensive MVP.Now, he’ll get a few days to get healthy for the title game against Clemson.last_img read more

Father Of Oklahoma 5-Star QB Recruit Reacts To Jalen Hurts’ Transfer

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced his transfer to Oklahoma. Hurts spent the full 2018 season with the Tide after several reports indicated he could leave after four games and take advantage of the new red-shirt rule.With Hurts on the move, Oklahoma signee Spencer Rattler’s father gave his input on Hurts joining the Sooners. He thinks Spencer is ready for the chance to compete with Hurts and learn from the veteran quarterback.“Jalen is a great young man and Spence is looking forward to competing and learning from him,” Rattler’s father told Tom VanHaaren.The father of Oklahoma QB signee Spencer Rattler said they were made aware that Oklahoma was targeting Jalen Hurts and said, “Jalen is a great young man and Spence is looking forward to competing and learning from him.”— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 16, 2019Rattler is the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. After Hurts announced his decision, Rattler must have been a little disappointed to see the news. He likely wanted to come in and star right away, but it looks like he’s ready for the competition.Stay tuned Sooners fans.last_img read more

FAU Lands Sons Of Terrell Owens, Warren Sapp On National Signing Day

first_img Lane Kiffin announced the new signings on Wednesday morning.FAU FOOTBALL: Terrell Owens’ son Terique Joins Warren Sapp II – https://t.co/8stIvvyQFo https://t.co/FUjdBAr5FX— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) February 6, 2019Owens revealed why he chose FAU: “I feel like they have my best interest at heart. They have a great coaching staff. I feel like the coaches, they are going to help me improve and get better. I really trust them.”He made the switch from basketball to football as a sophomore in high school before going the junior college route.Terique Owens tallied over 500 yards and caught four touchdowns at Contra Costa Community College before announcing his commitment to FAU as a preferred walk-on. lane kiffin looks onto the fieldBOCA RATON, FL – NOVEMBER 3: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls looks on during third quarter action against the Marshall Thundering Herd at FAU Stadium on November 3, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)On Wednesday morning National Signing Day for college football kicked off. A majority of the top players in the nation took advantage of the Earlier Signing Period and announced their commitments in December.There are plenty of other recruits who are announcing their decisions today.That list includes the sons of former NFL stars Terrell Owens and Warren Sapp. Both decided to take their talents to FAU and play for Lane Kiffin.According to a release from the school, Terique Owens and Warren Sapp II will join the team as preferred walk-ons. Terique and Warren II are reportedly planning to “blueshirt” during the 2019 season, meaning they’ll be eligible for scholarships next season.last_img read more

What Iowa’s Future Football Schedules Look Like

first_imgIowa Hawkeye fans celebrating during a football game.IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 5: Iowa Hawkeyes fans look on during the game against the at Michigan Wolverines at Kinnick Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 24-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Like many other big program, Iowa gets pretty far out ahead on its football scheduling. The Hawkeyes have games set through 2025, per FBSchedules.That isn’t as many as some other programs have locked up. In recent weeks, we’ve seen games scheduled out into the 2030s, when it is almost guaranteed that most programs will not even have the same head coach.There’s at least a fair chance that Kirk Ferentz will still be in Iowa City five or six years down the line. Iowa also has a nine-game Big Ten slate, and a standing Power Five rivalry game in the non-conference.That takes up a lot of scheduling room.Here is what this year’s upcoming schedule looks like:Iowa football’s 2019 schedule:Aug. 31: vs. Miami (OH) Sept. 7: vs. Rutgers Sept. 14: at Iowa State Sept. 28: vs. Middle Tennessee Oct. 5: at Michigan Oct. 12: vs. Penn State Oct. 19: vs. Purdue Oct. 26: at Northwestern Nov. 9: at Wisconsin Nov. 16: vs. Minnesota Nov. 23: vs. Illinois Nov. 29: at NebraskaThe Big Ten has set dates for most of the upcoming season schedules as well. For Iowa, those are available on the team website.Here are the non-conference games already set, through 2025.2020:Sept. 5: vs. Northern Iowa Sept. 12: vs. Iowa State Sept. 26: vs. Northern Illinois2021:Sept. 11: at Iowa State Sept. 18: vs. Kent State Sept. 25: vs. Colorado State2022:Sept. 10: vs. Iowa State Sept. 17: vs. South Dakota State2023:Sept. 2: vs. Western Michigan Sept. 9: at Iowa State Sept. 16: vs. Utah State2024:Aug. 31: vs. Illinois State TBA: vs. Iowa State2025:Sept. 13: vs. Northern Illinois TBA: at Iowa State[FBSchedules]last_img read more

Louisiana Tech DB Called Out Texas’ WRs

first_imgTexas wide receiver Collin Johnson hauls in a pass.DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Collin Johnson #9 of the Texas Longhorns pulls in a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half of the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The Texas Longhorns are favored by more than 20 points in their season opener against Louisiana Tech this weekend. But one Bulldogs player—defensive back L’Jarius Sneed—thinks his team has the right formula to shut down Texas’ wide receivers.Speaking to the media this week, Sneed asserted that Texas’ wide receivers “can’t handle [the] press. We need to press them.”It’s a bold strategy to be sure. Texas had one of the better passing attacks in the country last year, averaging over 250 passing yards per game.Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech had an impressive passing defense last year, but against mostly middling teams. They did manage to hold LSU to less than 200 passing yards at Tiger Stadium, though. Sneed could very well be on to something…#LATech safety @jay__sneed on #Texas WRs: They can’t handle press. We need to press them.— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) August 27, 2019Saturday’s meeting at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.Texas heads into the game ranked No. 10 in the nation and is a bonafide contender for the Big 12 title this season.Louisiana Tech finished last season with an 8-5 record, with a win over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl.No doubt fans and players will remember Sneed’s words when they face off.The game will be played on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST and will air on the Longhorn Network.last_img read more

Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun

first_imgIndian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun India vs Australia: India cricket team bowling coach heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah while revealing the reasons behind fast-tracking the in-form pacer to the Test team in January last year.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 18:15 IST India’s Jasprit Bumrah picked up 21 wickets and finished the four-Test series in Australia on top of the bowlers charts alongside Nathan Lyon (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah shone in Australia, picking up 21 wickets from four matchesBumrah made his Test debut in South Africa last year after having been considered a white-ball speciallistBumrah has been rested for the limited-overs series in Australia and New ZealandIndia’s bowling coach Bharat Arun shed light on the team management’s thought process that led to the selection of Jasprit Bumrah in the Test squad for the first time in South Africa last year.Jasprit Bumrah had been considered a white-ball specialist before he was fast-tracked into the Test team in 2018. Chief selector MSK Prasad, while speaking to India Today on Monday, even revealed they had faced criticism for the move but they went ahead and backed the 25-year-old, who has evolved into one of the top Test bowlers over the past year.Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler, picked up 49 wickets in his first year in Test cricket and formed a lethal combination with Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. The trio went on to break a 34-year-old record for the most wickets by a pace bowling group in a calendar year set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding, and Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 130 wickets.Bumrah excelled in his very first Test series in South Africa, picking up 14 wickets from three Tests at an average of 25.21.He added more variety to his bowling during the five-Test series in England last year and emerged as Virat Kohli’s go-to-man. He instilled fear in the Australian batsmen’s minds and led India to a historic series win, picking up a joint series high of 21 wickets Down Under.”I think there were discussions in the team about Bumrah and they felt that he is one of the most difficult bowlers to face and also with the pace he is generating, he is extremely accurate. That is something that was extremely encouraging for us to pick Bumrah [for the South Africa series],” Bharat Arun told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in Sydney on Tuesday.advertisementHe added: “And rightfully so, the team management felt that Bumrah should be unleashed in South Africa because he has the pace and most batsmen who played him in the IPL, and our players felt that you picked up the ball that much late because of his awkward action.”Jasprit Bumrah has been handed a well-deserved rest as he is not going to be part of the upcoming limited-overs series in Australia and New Zealand. Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul have been named as replacements for Bumrah for the ODIs and T20I, respectively.Meanwhile, chairman of the senior national selection committee, MSK Prasad also heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form pacers’ performance has helped them shut their critics down.”Absolutely, this kid [Bumrah] is phenomenal. Within a short span of one year, he has become very professional. When we picked him for South Africa, not many people accepted with us. They said many things ‘he is a white-ball specialist and he is prone to injuries’. But we went ahead with the selection. Having said that, we took that in the right spirit. We still took inducted him and he is now among the top of the ICC rankings,” Prasad had told India Today.Also Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | India vs Australia: This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Bharat ArunFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Ravi ShastriFollow MSK PrasadFollow India cricket teamlast_img read more

League Cup: Jesus scores four as Manchester City crush Burton 9-0 in semi-final first leg

first_imgLeague Cup: Jesus scores four as Manchester City crush Burton 9-0 in semi-final first legManchester City, who beat Championship (second tier) side Rotherham United 7-0 on Sunday, are set to face the winners of the other semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.advertisement Reuters ManchesterJanuary 10, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 08:36 IST Gabriel Jesus completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute (Reuters Photo)Gabriel Jesus scored four as defending champions Manchester City destroyed third tier Burton Albion 9-0 in their League Cup semi-final first leg, a record margin of victory in the competition’s last four.League One Burton, managed by Nigel Clough, the son of former Nottingham Forest boss Brian, must endure another 90 minutes at their own ground on Jan. 23 before City formally book their place in the final.Hundreds of Burton fans arrived late after their buses were stuck in motorway delays and after this mauling, they might well wish they had turned around and gone home.City, who beat Championship (second tier) side Rotherham United 7-0 on Sunday, are set to face the winners of the other semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, which Spurs lead 1-0 from the first-leg.Manager Pep Guardiola fielded a strong starting line-up and City quickly established their dominance with Kevin De Bruyne steering in a header from an excellent lofted ball from David Silva to open the scoring in the fifth minute.Burton should have drawn level in the 12th minute but Marcus Myers-Harness wasted a glorious chance, shooting wastefully wide when left unmarked at the back post.From then on it was a painful night of damage limitation for the team from the Midlands.Jesus opened his account on the half hour, heading in from close range after Leroy Sane’s shot had been blocked by keeper Bradley Collins, with the ball popping up invitingly for the Brazilian.Four minutes later, Jesus made it 3-0 with a low drive that went in off the post and then Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko added the fourth, lobbing Collins with a lofted shot from nearly 30 metres out.advertisementJesus completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute with a header from a Riyad Mahrez cross before substitute Phil Foden made it 6-0 in the 62nd – slotting home after Collins had blocked a Jesus shot.The seventh – and Jesus’s fourth – was a clever flick from close-range after Sane had once again burst into the area on the left flank.Burton were completely unable to defend that part of the field and even with Sane subbed off, Mahrez broke into that area and his low cross was turned in by Kyle Walker to make it 8-0.Mahrez poked in the ninth after good work from substitute Bernardo Silva and that was all for City despite the crowd urging them to push for a 10th goal.City’s record victory was a 120 FA Cup win over Liverpool Stanley in 1890. The Blues beat Huddersfield Town 10-1 in the old Division Two in 1987.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Manchester CityFollow Burton AlbionFollow League CupFollow Gabriel Jesuslast_img read more

No chance of bilateral cricket with Pakistan after Pulwama: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgNo chance of bilateral cricket with Pakistan after Pulwama: Sourav GangulySourav Ganguly said that International Cricket Council will not be able hold the 2019 World Cup without India participating. The former India captain also said there is no chance of India-Pakistan anymoreadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 20:48 IST Sourav Ganguly called for the BCCI to take a strong action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly said ther is no chance of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan anymoreGanguly feels that ICC will find it difficult to have a World Cup with India participatingGanguly also said that the Indian goverment needs to take strong action after Pulwama terror attackSourav Ganguly ruled out any possibility of India playing Pakistan in bilateral cricket after the Pulwama terror attack. The former India captain also said that he completely understands the reaction of Indians, saying he too feels the same.”Whatever happened in Pulwama last week was really sad…it is the worst possible thing that could ever happen. And, whatever reactions came from the people of India…was right. There is no chance of a bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by a media channel.”I can also understand the sentiments of people asking India not to play Pakistan in the World Cup and I feel the government should take strong action on this issue. The after effect of this should be strong from India,” Ganguly added.Sourav Ganguly also said that the fact is BCCI under the control of the Supreme Court almost renders itself powerless at the moment and are not in a position to take any strong action.”I don’t think anything is left in BCCI after the Supreme Court situation. There are no office bearers left to take a decision but I feel that BCCI should take a strong decision on the issue and send a strong no nonsense message.””This is a 10-team World Cup and every team plays every team and I feel if India doesn’t play a match in the World Cup, it won’t be an issue,” Ganguly added.With the calls for India to boycott Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup growing, Sourav Ganguly chose to stay pragmatic. He explained to India TV that it would be really difficult for ICC to have a World Cup tournament without India.advertisement”ICC can’t go on with a World Cup without India and I feel it will be really difficult for ICC to go on with a World Cup without India. But, you also have to see if India have the power to stop ICC from doing such a thing,” Ganguly said.”But, I feel a strong message should be sent,” Ganguly added.Also Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and AzharuddinAlso Read | What will be the worth of a World Cup if India haven’t beaten Pakistan? Aakash ChopraFor 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 Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Pulwama terror attacklast_img read more