10 months ago​Crystal Palace target Liverpool striker Solanke in January

first_img​Crystal Palace target Liverpool striker Solanke in Januaryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are seeking a deal for Liverpool attacker Dominic Solanke.They will be hoping to sign him on loan when the January transfer window opens.Roy Hodgson knows that his team needs to score more goals, as they only have 14 in the league this season.Another club that wants Solanke is Rangers, according to the Evening Standard.Palace are just above the bottom three and face a fight to stay up this season.And they hope that Solanke can help give them enough firepower to avoid relegation. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelona

first_imgLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Las Palmas coach Sergio Lobera is pleased for Jeison Murillo over his move to Barcelona.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan with the option to sign permanently from Valencia.Lobera said, “He is a player who when he played in Segunda B in Ceuta I suffered from him as a rival when he played in Cádiz. “He has a very good profile for Barça. He has good passing, technically he is very good, tactically also and has personality to play the Barça style. “He has good aerial play, is very competitive and is also a great person.”He added: “I think he can play even before Clement Lenglet. At an experience level the Frenchman would probably have more, but if given the opportunity, he could be the big surprise.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months ago​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselves

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselvesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton believes there is no one at Burnley who is getting carried away.The Clarets managed to down Fulham 2-1 on Saturday, which gives them four straight wins.The result also put them in 15th position, three points off 18th place Newcastle and the drop zone.But keeper Heaton knows there is still a long way to go. He knows another set of poor results could put them right back in trouble.”No-one is getting carried away,” said Heaton after the game.”Three wins in the Premier League is a good achievement but we need to make sure we keep moving things forward.”It feels great. The West Ham game gave us a real platform and we took that into the Huddersfield game.” last_img read more

a month ago​Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL success

first_img​Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL successby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris does not believe that his side is built to win the Champions League.Spurs made the final of last season’s competition, but suffered a 2-0 loss to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.While they will be aiming to go far in this season’s competition, Lloris does not believe they are of the profile necessary to win the Champions League.”I think with a lot of humility there are some clubs that have the profile to win Champions League every season – historically and with the talent they have in the squad,” Lloris said to reporters.”They put a stamp on this competition. That’s not the case for Tottenham.”But as we saw last year, everything is possible if you have the belief, the talent and the discipline. Why not be back again?”But obviously we have a different profile to that type of club – Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. That type of club.”It’s not a lack of ambition. When we go on the pitch, it’s to win, whoever is the opponent in front of us. We don’t want to look too far forward.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoReal Madrid attacker Bale: I’m not angry

first_imgReal Madrid attacker Bale: I’m not angryby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Gareth Bale insists there’s nothing wrong with his motivation.Yesterday with the Wales squad, Bale responded to claims about his state of mind at Real Madrid.’Fury and confusion’ was how Guillem Balague described the Welshman’s feelings about the ‘unjust’ way he is being treated in the Spanish capital. But the captain gave his views directly.”I think you play with a lot of emotion,” he began. “Obviously anger comes into it, but I’m just trying to play football and enjoy it as much as I can and give my best, whether I am here or at Real Madrid.”Whenever I go on to the pitch I try and give 100%, as much as I can, to help the team. I’ll continue to do that. I haven’t got anything to clear my mind about.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ozil absent from travelling Arsenal squad before L’pool game

first_imgMesut Ozil could miss out on Arsenal’s crunch match against Liverpool after the playmaker was a conspicuous absentee when the squad landed on Merseyside.The former Germany international has been in and out of the Gunners team during a tough start to the 2018-19 season.And he suffered another setback when he was substituted at half time in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton. 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? Now, Ozil runs the risk of being left out of the Arsenal squad altogether when they take on the table-topping Reds at Anfield.The playmaker was nowhere to be seen on Friday when Unai Emery and the rest of the Arsenal side filed off the coach after arriving in Liverpool.Arsenal are yet to announce their final squad list for the clash, with the north Londoners determined to take a victory and fend off newly resurgent Manchester United, now just six points behind the fifth-placed Gunners.Elsewhere, Emery will have to wait until the last minute to find out the fate of three key members of his backline.Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash.Arsenal have won one of their past four games in all competitions amid a defensive injury crisis that has seen Unai Emery forced to use Ainsley Maitland-Niles at the back.But Mustafi, Monreal and Bellerin could give the Arsenal boss a boost for Saturday’s visit to Anfield, with Liverpool six points clear at the top of the Premier League.Arsenal said in a medical update on Friday that Monreal and Mustafi will have right hamstring injuries assessed ahead of the game, with Bellerin’s left calf also to be tested.Ready for tomorrow’s big match!Listo para el gran partido de mañana! #PremierLeague #Liverpool #Arsenal #ComeOnGunners #LT11 pic.twitter.com/6g5i9586II — Lucas Torreira 34 (@LTorreira34) December 28, 2018 Mustafi last played in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town on December 8, while Bellerin has been out since a 3-2 loss at Southampton on December 16 and Monreal missed the Boxing Day draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.Liverpool will be without defender Joe Gomez and vice-captain James Milner, with the latter struggling to recover from a muscle injury.But Mohamed Salah will be available to Jurgen Klopp after the Egypt star avoided punishment for winning a contentious penalty in the Reds’ defeat of Newcastle United on Wednesday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Gattuso won’t pair Piatek & Cutrone at goal-shy Milan

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has ruled out playing new signing Krzysztof Piatek alongside Patrick Cutrone despite AC Milan’s goalscoring problems continuing against Napoli.The Rossoneri failed to score for the fifth time in their last seven league matches on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti’s side claimed a 0-0 draw at San Siro.New signing Piatek, who arrived from Genoa this week for a reported €35million, came off the bench for Cutrone after 71 minutes but was denied by a good David Ospina save with his only clear chance. 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? Despite watching his side draw a blank for the third time in four league games at home, Gattuso is not yet prepared to sacrifice a midfield player for an extra forward.”Yes, but not right now,” he told DAZN when asked if Piatek and Cutrone could play together. “I don’t like getting pinned back with a line of four in midfield. You risk losing too much space.”They won’t play together for now because there’s an issue of getting balance in the team. When we used two strikers, we were too unbalanced.”A hard-fought battle ends in a stalemate: Here’s the match report https://t.co/96Bx44KxLiUna partita combattuta finisce in pareggio a San Siro: leggi il match report https://t.co/af9uqTzLiy#MilanNapoli pic.twitter.com/stkavWRcHR— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 26, 2019Gattuso was content with a share of the spoils, even if he was frustrated by some of Milan’s play in the attacking third.”We played against a fantastic team and did well in the first half, even if we seemed to go missing in the last part of the pitch,” he said.”Napoli are an opponent who always keep you on your toes and had all their forwards out there. We were getting stretched in the second half and struggled with fatigue, but I am happy with a point.”We often lose our way in the final third, getting the final ball wrong, which is a real problem. We are doing a lot of work on it in training.”last_img read more

Ramos welcomes ‘world-class’ Hazard to Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has hailed Eden Hazard as a “world-class player” who will strengthen the team.The Belgian attacker brought an end to over a year’s worth of speculation when he joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea in a €100 million (£88m/$112m) deal this week, signing a five-year contract.Madrid have been in search of a new star to bolster their attacking line after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer and two-time Premier League winner Hazard is expected to fill the role. 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? Ramos is excited to welcome the 28-year-old to the Santiago Bernabeu, as he believes his club have added another top quality player to their squad.Asked if he is excited to play with Hazard next season, Ramos joked reporters: “He is coming to play with us, we were already here, right? I’m happy.”I think it’s a great signing. He is a world-class player. It is good to reinforce the squad.”Ramos’ own future became the subject of speculation as well recently when it was reported that he had notified coach Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez of his desire to leave the club amid interest from a club in China.But the 33-year-old confirmed he wants to stay in the Spanish capital until the end of his career.And the World Cup winner is happy to have put the uncertainty behind him.”I had to go out to give the press conference. I think it was the best for everyone. The important thing was to turn the page and not talk about it any more,” he said. “The goal is achieved. I am very happy in Real Madrid and playing for the national team is not a relief but a source of pride.”When you have been injured, you really value what you do not have. I live it as if it were the last time. It’s all very well.”Currently on international duty with Spain, Ramos is in action on Monday as his side face Sweden in Euro 2020 qualifying, a day before Hazard and his Belgium team-mates line up against Scotland.last_img read more

Haiti’s Saba bouncing back from career-derailing injuries

first_imgIt’s always been Steeven Saba’s look drawing the attention. When he was an up-and-coming player, a standout at South Florida club Weston FC, it was his mop of curly hair. Even as Saba was invited to a trial with Blackburn Rovers, attended a Real Madrid camp and suited up for the United States U-18 national team, he still took questions about his locks. Now, the Mexican press has seized upon a profile that gives him a striking resemblance to Mexican attacker Carlos Vela. He stopped for photos several times on the way out of State Farm Stadium with each outlet looking to get its own shot to display next to Vela’s photo. “It’s a fun story,” Saba said Monday. But the midfielder’s story goes far beyond appearances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare His hair still curly but now more carefully groomed, Saba is in a place he never thought he’d be: On the field of State Farm Stadium, training with the Haiti national team ahead of an improbable Gold Cup semifinal against Mexico on Tuesday night. But more broadly, there were moments when he thought he’d never be on the soccer field playing at a high level ever again. Saba never was able to make good on the promise of playing in Europe, his career derailed by not one, not two, but three knee surgeries. “You can’t do what you really love to do. You can’t show the world what you can do. To be honest, it was the worst moments of my life,” he said. “I can’t thank my parents and my brother and sister enough because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today.” The injuries kept him mostly out of the sport for three years, but at 26 Saba still has some of the skill he flashed a decade earlier left in his legs. Now playing with Violette AC in Port-au-Prince, he’s is one of three domestic-based players in Marc Collat’s squad. He got the call from the coach last year, suiting up for a friendly against Argentina during the Albiceleste’s World Cup preparations. He returned this year to help Haiti top of the Nations League qualification table and earn a spot in the Gold Cup, where he has started all four matches. “Steeven, I must say, joined the team this year. He’s a little bit atypical in Haiti and brings a lot of technical skill to the team,” Collat said at a news conference Monday through a translator. “He’s very precious and I believe there’s a lot he’ll demonstrate throughout the competition.” Saba hopes his showings in this tournament pave the way for an exit to a bigger league, but he’s immensely proud to be representing not only the nation of Haiti but the league itself. Steeven Saba Haiti“There is a big gap, but there’s a lot of talent in Haiti. I can promise you that,” he said. “There are two or three players on the team that play in Haiti currently, and I couldn’t be happier to be doing what I can to prove that there’s a lot of talent in Haiti.” The talent has been on display in this tournament. Saba keyed Haiti’s impressive third goal in the quarterfinal win over Canada, fighting to get possession and then sending a long switch to a wide-open Duckens Nazon. Nazon went to work and eventually set up Wilde-Donald Guerrier for the winning goal. Saba said it was a particularly satisfying moment after being on the receiving end of trash talk from Junior Hoilett for most of the game. And after the final whistle, Saba broke down in tears at helping Haiti get into the Gold Cup semifinal for the first time ever. If Haiti were to somehow do the same Tuesday and beat Mexico, Saba has no doubt his emotions would overcome him once again. “I’d cry on the field again. I’d be the happiest person ever,” he said. “In Haiti everything is hard. We’re fighters. We’re warriors and we’ll see where it goes from there. I think the entire team is confident. I can’t wait to start the game.”last_img read more

Ronaldo, Neymar & Mourinho feature in new ‘The Making Of’ series

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Jose Mourinho will all feature in DAZN’s landmark new interview series, The Making Of, which will see the three icons of modern football relive the games that helped define them.Taking an immersive dive into the moments that made them, each superstar reflects on some of their most memorable matches during the nine-part series – which is released on August 9 – revealing unique insights, recalling the emotion of each occasion and, ultimately, the impact it had on their lives.Among the nine transformational games focused on in The Making Of are Ronaldo’s mythic appearance for Sporting against Manchester United in 2003, while Mourinho dissects his legendary Champions League last-16 victory over the Red Devils in 2004, which saw him sprint down the touchline of Old Trafford in elation as he celebrated with his players. 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? Brazil hero Neymar’s rise to global prominence comes under close inspection as the forward looks back on his amazing display for Santos against Flamengo in 2011, in which he scored that year’s Puskas Award-winning goal with an outrageous solo effort.The deeply personal reflections of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho are complemented by the illuminating testimonies of others who shared a pitch with them on those fateful nights.World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos, former Manchester United defender John O’Shea and ex Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar feature, as well as Barcelona midfielder Rafinha and current Portugal boss Fernando Santos.The journalists who covered the historic games and the fans who were in the stadium to witness the individual triumphs of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho also deliver their verdicts.Directed by Dan Riley and produced by Ian Henderson, The Making Of combines archive footage with exclusive interviews and user-generated content, with each star coming face-to-face with full-size projections of the matches which thrust them onto new levels of notoriety. It is DAZN’s first global series, following Being Mario Gotze, the documentary series Canelo vs. Rocky, MotoGP documentary In Our Blood and most recently, 40 Days and ABOUT: The story behind the upset of the era, a behind-the-scenes examination of the historic Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr heavyweight title fight.”Football is a sport full of inspiring stories, powered by super-human emotion, sacrifice and ecstasy,” said Grant Best, SVP of Original Programming & Content Development at DAZN.”Our access to these global football icons enabled us to intimately spend time re-living what they feel are some of the greatest moments in their football history, from their perspective, which is incredibly powerful, moving and enlightening.”Our original content aims to engage fans and bring them closer to the sports they love, which The Making Of captures beautifully.”The DAZN Originals series was produced in association with UK-based creative production company Archer’s Mark and will be available to sports fans in the United States and Canada, as well as Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Europe. DAZN subscribers in Japan and Brazil will also be able to tune in.last_img read more

MLS awards expansion franchise to St. Louis

first_imgMajor League Soccer has awarded an expansion franchise to St. Louis, Missouri, the league announced on Tuesday.The team will begin play in 2022 in a brand-new downtown stadium, with MLS previously announcing that the expansion fee for the new team had been set at $200 million.“It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a league release. “St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. 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? “Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.”Enterprise Holdings Foundation president Kindle Betz and six other female members of the Taylor family will make the St. Louis franchise the first female majority-owned club in MLS history.”It’s an incredible feeling to now be able to say, St. Louis is home to the first official majority female-led ownership group in MLS,” said Kindle Betz.“Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St. Louis’ renaissance currently underway and will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game.”The addition of St. Louis continues a rapid expansion for the North American league, with 18 clubs having joined MLS since 2005.FC Cincinnati joined the league this season as the 24th team, with Inter Miami and Nashville SC to bring that total up to 26 next year, and Austin FC making it 27 in 2021. MLS had previously stated its intention to bring the league up to 28 teams but earlier this season, the league announced it would be expanding to 30 teams in the future. The race to be awarded teams 29 and 30 are now on and there are no shortage of candidates. Las Vegas, Sacramento, Charlotte, Raleigh and Phoenix are some of the cities who have expressed an interest in joining the league in the coming years.last_img read more

A Jay-Z, Beyonce Concert Caused $200K In Damages To A Major CFB Field

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina will begin its 2018 season with three home games in a row. The Gamecocks will play all three on new turf, as the school is currently replacing the old surface after a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert.The show was held last Tuesday. Today, the school will install more than 90,000 square feet of Bermuda grass trucked in from Georgia, according to ESPN.The cost of the project is said to be between $150,000 and $200,000, and has been covered by the concert promoters. The field is slated to be ready for the season opener this weekend.According to ESPN, it sounds like this was a scenario that South Carolina was prepared for.South Carolina had planned for the possibility of such a changeout when Williams-Brice Stadium was picked as a stop for Jay-Z and Beyonce’s tour about 18 months ago, athletic director Ray Tanner said.Concert crews needed about a week to set up the massive stage used for Tuesday night’s show. Coach Will Muschamp and his players were among the 40,000 or so who attended.A hard cover was put over the field to protect it from wear and tear caused by construction of the stage and concertgoers. But when the cover was removed, it was clear the grass had died and needed to be replaced, Cox said.The Gamecocks open up the 2018 season at home against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.They will also play Georgia at home on Sept. 8 and Marshall at home on Sept. 15.last_img read more

Photos: Meet The Girlfriend Of LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow

first_imgjoe burrow and lsu are set to take on auburnJoe Burrow and the LSU Tigers have been one of the most-impressive teams in college football through two weeks. The Tigers get to test that fact in a major way this afternoon.Burrow, the former Ohio State backup quarterback, is set to play in his first huge SEC game. LSU is traveling to Auburn in a showdown of top 15 teams.ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum believes it’s somewhat of an elimination game in the SEC West.“It’s really important because, if you lose the game on either side, you’re done,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s First Take. “Because you still have to play Alabama in your league. You still have to play Mississippi State, which is good. They went on the road and beat Kansas State, which isn’t a bad win. You don’t survive this and have much of a chance unless you start knocking people off.”Burrow will need to have a big day for LSU to pull off the road upset at Auburn. He’ll be facing one of the best defensive lines in the country. Burrow will likely need to use both his feet and his arm.The former Ohio State quarterback has looked good so far this season. He’s thrown for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns, rushing for 34 yards and 1 touchdown.Burrow is doing well both on and off the field.The former Ohio State quarterback has posted some adorable photos of himself and his girlfriend on Instagram.“The first chapter was a pretty great one. Now it’s time to write the next one,” he wrote before heading to LSU.They’re a good-looking couple.Burrow told reporters earlier this week that he’s excited to play in his first big SEC game environment. Of course, he’s already been a part of some incredible atmospheres, playing at Ohio State.“If we go in timid and soft,” Burrow told reporters on Monday, “we’re going to get rolled in, Auburn Stadium? What’s it called?”“I anticipate this being one of the loudest (environments), and I’m excited for it,” Burrow added. “… I don’t think it’s intimidating to me.”Auburn and LSU are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts Underwent Minor Surgery Following Tennessee Game

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama backup quarterback Jalen Hurts suffered a minor injury that required a minor surgery following the Crimson Tide’s win over Tennessee.Nick Saban revealed today that Hurts suffered an ankle injury in the win over the Volunteers. He will probably be out this week – an off week for Alabama – but could return in time for the LSU game.Hurts has played well in backup duty for Alabama, often getting several snaps a game behind Tua Tagovailoa, who’s also dealt with an injury this season.AL.com had more details:Nick Saban, speaking in Birmingham on Monday, revealed Jalen Hurts had “a bit of a high ankle sprain” in Knoxville.“They did a minor procedure to try to help the healing,” Saban said. “”I think he will be out for one week, probably this bye week and he will probably be ready to start working again next week.”The injury occurred on Hurts 21-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. He stayed in the game before eventually being replaced by Mac Jones in the fourth quarter.Alabama is set to play at LSU on Nov. 3.The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Places Top 10 Team On “Upset Alert”

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has placed a top 10 team on “upset alert” heading into today’s slate of games.Oklahoma, the No. 7 team in the country, is traveling down to Lubbock this evening to take on Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Sooners and the Red Raiders have played some wild games in recent years. Is another one coming today?Herbstreit thinks so.“This will be the best offense that they have faced,” Herbstreit said of Oklahoma’s revamped defense, which has looked better since coordinator Mike Stoops was fired.Herbstreit thinks Oklahoma and Texas Tech could be playing another shootout-type game.“You wonder if it’ll be one of these (shootout-type) games,” he said on ESPN this morning.Oklahoma and Texas Tech are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

6 NFL Teams Reportedly Reached Out To Iowa State’s Matt Campbell

first_imgHead coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones coaches from the sidelines in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium.AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones coaches from the sidelines in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)In three seasons at Iowa State, Matt Campbell has righted the ship and led the Cyclones to back-to-back bowl games and a 16-10 record since 2017. He’s also attracted plenty of NFL attention.Campbell was reportedly contacted by the New York Jets for their head coaching vacancy this offseason, but declined to interview. However, the Jets apparently were not the only team to send interest Campbell’s way.Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports that six franchises reached out to Campbell.According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, six NFL teams reached out to Campbell during this most recent NFL hiring cycle. Campbell declined to comment on which teams may have been interested in an interview in Tuesday’s interview, but the New York Jets were one team that reportedly had interest. Campbell did not pursue that opening.If Birch’s report is correct, that means nearly all of the teams that hired a new head coach were intrigued by Campbell. Eight franchises hired a new front man during this latest cycle.They were the Jets, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals.Campbell agreed to an extension in December that aims to keep him at ISU through 2024. The new deal also provided an additional $1 million to spend on assistant coaches.Campbell is 54-34 as a collegiate head coach, including a 35-15 mark at Toledo from 2011-15.last_img read more

Analyst Claims 1 Major College Football Program Will “Never” Be Elite Again

first_imga field view of tennessee's neyland stadiumKNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)Never is a long time, an amount of time that the human mind likely can’t even fully comprehend, but that’s the word one college football analyst chose to use when assessing Tennessee’s chances of becoming elite again.Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes has written a piece titled, “Why Tennessee Will Never Be Elite Again.”The Volunteers are one of college football’s most-prestigious programs of all-time, winning six national championships, but it’s been a while since they were elite. Tennessee’s last SEC Divisional title came in 2007. The Vols haven’t won the SEC since 1998.Hayes believes they will “never” reach elite territory again. Look, this isn’t going to get better because Nick Saban and Alabama aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Because Ed Orgeron is recruiting as well as anyone in the league at LSU, and Kirby Smart is locking down Georgia and Florida has Mullen.The days of Tennessee competing with the country’s best are over, he believes.Those same areas (Phillip) Fulmer cultivated two decades ago—when Alabama, LSU and Georgia were underachieving with ill-fitted coaching staffs—are long out of reach now and have been so for more than a decade. The days of Tennessee rolling through the SEC are long gone.Tennessee hasn’t been elite in a while and, probably, won’t be elite anytime soon.“Never” might be a stretch, though. One truly special head coach can change everything – as we’ve seen with Dabo Swinney and Clemson – and while it’s incredibly difficult to land such a head coach, it’s possible Tennessee could do it at some point.Tennessee, meanwhile, is set to open its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Georgia State.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Weighs In On Alabama’s Scheduling Practices

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Alabama’s scheduling practices under Nick Saban have been criticized for years, and recently, the school has finally started to schedule some big-time non-conference opponents. Friday, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked by Colin Cowherd about scheduling in college football.Meyer told Cowherd that he, as both the head coach at Florida and Ohio State, signed off on non-conference matchups. He said that with the Gators, because they always played Florida State, they avoided traveling too far for another non-conference game. He said that with the Buckeyes, their philosophy was to schedule one major home-and-home opponent per year.The most interesting part of the conversation came when Meyer commented on the SEC’s perceived weak non-conference schedules.“I think Alabama’s changing but that’s way down the road when they’re going to Wisconsin. I think they’re going home-and-home with Wisconsin. …but you have to figure too that the SEC is getting two teams a year into the playoff. And Ohio State’s not. So does schedule strength really matter? That’s the question – does it matter? Should it matter more? Those are all debates.I remember Gene and I talking about it. You can say that schedule strength matters, but wait a minute, does it? If Ohio State doesn’t get in the playoff or another school doesn’t get in the playoff and they’re playing nine conference games and another big-time opponent and they don’t get in. And someone’s playing eight conference games and then maybe not the strongest non-conference but they do get two in – those are all conversations you have to have.”Meyer stepped down as Ohio State’s head coach after the 2018 season. While he’s said he thinks he’s done coaching, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him return to the sport at some point.Until then, you can catch him on FOX’s college football pregame show on Saturday mornings.last_img read more

USC vs. Washington Game Time, Channel, Spread, Announcers

first_img Here’s all the details for Saturday’s contest:Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ETChannel: FOXSpread: Washington -10.5Over/Under: 61.5Announcers: Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce FeldmanThe spread has the Huskies as a pretty big favorite in this one. It’s difficult to argue against UW. Not only is USC on the road, the Trojans are hot-and-cold. They might play well this weekend. But Washington, behind its home crowd, will be up for the challenge.Washington and USC kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. General view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A major Pac-12 showdown is happening this Saturday in Seattle. No. 17 Washington hosts No. 21 USC at Husky Stadium. Both teams are battling to win their divisions. Saturday is expected to be an offensive shootout.Washington already has a conference loss this season. So the Huskies are looking for their first conference win. UW’s offense has improved significantly this season. Quarterback Jacob Eason is one of the best offensive players in the Pac-12. He’ll go head-to-head with USC QB Matt Fink.The Trojans pulled off a shocking upset of Utah last Friday. They even did it without Kedon Slovis — who will miss this Saturday’s game. But Fink was phenomenal against the Utes, relying on USC’s talented receivers.Husky Stadium will be rocking with USC in town. Can Fink and the Trojans overcome the raucous crowd?last_img read more

Ferrari unveil new car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination

first_img Reuters MaranelloFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 18:56 IST Ferrari presented the SF90 with plenty of fanfare at their Maranello factory (Photo tweeted by @ScuderiaFerrari)HIGHLIGHTSFerrari unveiled the Formula One car for the upcoming 2019 season on FridayFerrari last won a title more than a decade ago and finished runners-up last year”I think the team is on the right path and hopefully we can continue improving,” Sebastian Vettel saidFerrari turned a page on their recent past on Friday as they unveiled the Formula One car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dreams of a sixth championship this season.The sport’s oldest and most successful team, who last won a title more than a decade ago and finished runners-up last year, presented the SF90 with plenty of fanfare at their Maranello factory.”I’m looking forward to this year. I think the team is on the right path and hopefully we can continue improving,” four times world champion Sebastian Vettel, winner of five races in 2018, assured the audience.Newborn #SF90Discover all contents at https://t.co/bS2YGkBDkv#essereFerrari pic.twitter.com/FvzpUdWrGtScuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) February 15, 2019The German has a new teammate in Charles Leclerc, replacing 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen, and a new principal following the departure of Maurizio Arrivabene and appointment of Mattia Binotto.”I’m extremely excited to start this new adventure,” said Leclerc. “It’s a dream since childhood. I’ve always been looking at the red cars, hoping to be one day in this car, so it’s a very emotional day for me.”Ferrari chief executive Louis Camilleri said Raikkonen, now at Alfa Romeo, and Arrivabene would always be part of Ferrari’s history but made clear the team was entering a new era.Noting that Ferrari had enjoyed their best season in 10 years, he said they had still fallen short of their objectives in a setback that was “never easy to swallow.advertisement”I can assure you that we look ahead with strong commitment and determination,” he added.Camilleri said Vettel was as hungry as ever, and Leclerc a youngster with a great future.He hailed Binotto as a “team player, decisive, talented and determined to make a huge difference at all levels.””Despite all the obvious pressure that exists, the atmosphere in the team from top to bottom will be one in which serenity will prevail,” said Camilleri.”It is a precondition to a tightly-knit team where creativity, talent and transparency will flourish.”Ferrari were far from serene under Arrivabene, adopting something of a siege mentality with the media often shut out and insiders talking of a climate of fear at Maranello.Binotto said there were a lot of positives to take from 2018 but the new car was a step up.”We simply tried to raise the bar, raise the level, tried to be as extreme as we could,” he added. “Certainly we tried to push very hard, being innovative. The roll hoop is very narrow and very slim. The bodywork from the back, very slim.”In terms of engine installation, power unit installation, packaging, a lot of effort has been done and I think the final shape is the result of all these efforts.”Testing starts in Spain on Monday with the first race in Australia on March 17.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 FerrariFollow Formula OneFollow Sebastian VettelFollow Charles Leclerc Ferrari unveil new car designed to end an era of Mercedes dominationFerrari, Formula One’s oldest and most successful team, presented the SF90 with plenty of fanfare at their Maranello factory. Ferrari last won a title more than a decade ago and finished runners-up last season.advertisement Nextlast_img read more