Transfers Conte: No transfer talk with Man Utd and City target Alexis Christopher Devine 22:40 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea A. Sánchez Antonio Conte Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League Arsenal The Arsenal forward’s next move remains the subject of huge debate and the man in charge at Stamford Bridge says his future will be “in a great club” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reiterated his “great admiration” for Alexis Sanchez, but said he was not attempting to lure the Arsenal forward to Stamford Bridge when the two were pictured in conversation earlier this week.Sanchez, whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season, has been heavily linked with a January move to runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.Amid reports of increased interest from Manchester United in the Chile forward, Arsene Wenger said on Friday there had been no “concrete” developments regarding Sanchez’s future, the Arsenal boss adding: “Nothing is decided one way or another” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At a news conference later in the day, Conte was asked what he had said to the player when the two spoke in the Stamford Bridge tunnel ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie between Chelsea and Arsenal.”I said hello,” replied Conte with a smile. “He’s a great player and he knows very well that in my first season at Juventus we tried to buy him from Udinese, and then he decided to go to Barcelona.”He knows very well my admiration for him – it was a good chance to say hello. [There were] no other conversations. I have great admiration for great players, I think Alexis Sanchez is one of these players.”I don’t know [where Sanchez will go]. You have to ask him which is his choice, or maybe ask Arsenal because Arsenal has to decide his future before June.”For sure, his future will be in a great club.”Time for training at Cobham! pic.twitter.com/s43fO5VUFz— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 12, 2018Asked whether other Premier League clubs have a responsibility to stop Pep Guardiola from adding Sanchez to his richly talented squad, Conte suggested Chelsea could do little to hijack any City move.”No, because if Manchester City want Sanchez, they buy Sanchez,” said the Italian. “They don’t have a problem about money or investment and I think it’s a good investment because we are talking about a top player and you can buy him for a price that is not so high.”I’m hearing that the amount is around £20m. If you go to buy Sanchez with a normal price, it’s maybe £80-£90m.”This is just my opinion, because in the past City showed if they want to take a player, they go and buy this player.”
Real Sociedad 2 Barcelona 4: Messi claims new landmark as Anoeta curse is broken Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 05:43 1/15/18 Getty Images Barcelona were 2-0 down against Real Sociedad before fighting back to claim the victory and break a long winless run at Anoeta. Lionel Messi set a new goalscoring landmark as Barcelona came from two goals down to beat Real Sociedad 4-2 and break their Anoeta curse.A stunning late free-kick at the end of an otherwise quiet outing from the Argentina star made him the top league goalscorer for one club in any of Europe’s top five divisions, surpassing Gerd Muller with his 366th LaLiga goal.The Catalan giants had returned winless from their last seven trips to Sociedad in the top flight and were primed for further disappointment after falling behind to Willian Jose’s 11th-minute header. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Juanmi doubled the hosts’ lead with a heavily deflected finish after a superb assist from Sergio Canales, but that only served to stir Barca into life and Paulinho reduced the deficit before half-time. Within five minutes of the restart the scores were level as Luis Suarez finished brilliantly for his 12th league goal of the season.Suarez then grabbed a second 19 minutes from time after goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli’s poor clearance proved costly for Eusebio Sacristan’s men, with Messi putting the icing on the cake.The result restores Barca’s nine-point lead at the summit, elevating them 19 ahead of champions Real Madrid, breaking an 11-year spell without a league win at Anoeta in the process.Barca – without the services of injured new signing Philippe Coutinho – started brightly and Suarez was denied by the onrushing Rulli at the end of a determined run into the Sociedad box, while the keeper also had to be alert to keep out Sergi Roberto soon after.But the visitors found themselves behind as Willian Jose headed Xabi Prieto’s searching cross into the ground and over Marc-Andre ter Stegen.11′ GOOOOOOAAAAL by @willianjose19!!!! 1-0 #RealSociedadBarça pic.twitter.com/7GEIKkmzCz— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) January 14, 2018Barca struggled to mount any meaningful response, with their play uncharacteristically sloppy and Sociedad looking the more confident team on the ball.The home side thought they had a second when Willian Jose’s deflected shot nestled into the back of Ter Stegen’s net, but Ivan Rakitic had been fouled beforehand. Their disappointment was soon assuaged as another goal did arrive, Juanmi collecting a wonderful lofted throughball from Canales before driving his effort off Roberto and into the net.Ernesto Valverde’s men got back into the contest six minutes before the break, Suarez laying on a simple finish for Paulinho. At the break in Anoeta@RealSociedad 2-1 @FCBarcelona (Willian José and Juanmi / Paulinho)#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/WDSo5BynjR— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 14, 2018 Barca threatened early in the second half, with Messi rounding compatriot Rulli, who recovered well to divert the ball behind for a corner that came to nothing.But Rulli was helpless to prevent Suarez’s excellent equaliser, which he curled home side-footed from just inside the box.Valverde introduced Ousmane Dembele in place of Paulinho just past the hour mark as he sought to get a firm grip on the contest, which was by then being played in sodden conditions.Sociedad sent a timely reminder of their remaining threat when Willian Jose climbed well to connect with a header, but his attempt was wayward.The turnaround was complete in the 71st minute, Suarez calmly tucking in his second after Rulli’s lazy-looking clearance was headed into the Uruguayan’s path by Thomas Vermaelen.There was still time for Messi to create yet more history, sending a world-class free-kick into the net to make certain of the points.New record for Lionel Messi!The Argentina star’s 366th league goal for Barcelona takes him beyond Gerd Muller, who previously held the record for most goals for a single club in Europe’s top five divisions.Barca win 4-2 at Real Sociedad.#LaLiga #FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/kErueJjXTb— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) January 14, 2018 read more
eSports eFootball League fixtures and results Last updated 1 year ago 19:30 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EA Sports eSports Premier League Check out the latest scores after two gameweeks in the continental FIFA 18 competition featuring some of the top players in the world The 2018 eFootball League has reached the knock-out stage, with 16 teams left to battle it out for a share of $10,000 prize pool.The invite-only tournament features some of the best FIFA eSport players from across Europe and is being broadcast exclusively by Goal on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.To watch the best of the week’s action, catch the weekly highlights show every Thursday 20:00 GMT (15:00 US East Coast) between now and the semi-finals and finals, which will be broadcast live from a European football stadium in March. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The results and tables from the group phase are below, along with the fixtures for the last 16.Group tables – Xbox DivisionsGroup A Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 FUTWIZDubzje (Team FUTWIZ) 3 16 7 9 7 2 Redinho10x (Team Reborn) 3 10 7 3 5 3 Danihagebeuk (AFC Ajax) 3 14 9 5 4 4 JordanGearyy (Linfield FC) 3 5 22 -17 0 Group B Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 Emrebenli_7 (FC Twente) 3 10 6 4 7 2 WHU_Jamboo (West Ham United FC) 3 11 10 1 6 3 NTFC_Reaperzz (Northampton Town) 3 12 10 2 4 4 DragonFIFA_ (Lightning Pandas) 3 6 13 -7 0 Group C Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 JakeR1401 (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) 3 10 6 4 5 2 M_Herozia (Millennium) 3 8 7 1 5 3 Jaeydaalhuisen (Feyenoord) 3 10 7 3 4 4 Rannerz_ (Dundalk FC) 3 3 11 -8 0 Group D Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 MegaBit98 (VFL Bochum) 3 7 5 2 7 2 MitchelDecibel (ADO Den Haag) 3 9 6 3 5 3 Epsilon_Guigsey (Epsilon) 3 6 6 0 4 4 Mckieee_x (Shamrock Rovers) 3 6 11 -5 0 Group E Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 xL_Painter (ExceL) 3 6 2 4 9 2 Nickdenhamer (FC Groningen) 3 8 7 1 6 3 Marlut96 (VfB Stuttgart) 3 4 5 -1 3 4 JACKB20_ (Hibernian FC) 3 3 7 -4 0 Group F Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 GoalGrayza (Goal) 3 7 5 2 6 2 NickCooiman (VVV-Venlo) 3 5 4 1 4 3 Poacherrrr (AS Roma FNATIC) 3 5 5 0 4 4 Moorso_619 (Crusaders FC) 3 4 7 -3 3 Group G Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 Epsi__ (Terrassa FC) 3 8 5 3 7 2 LevyFrederique (S.B.V ExceLsior) 3 12 1 11 6 3 DKBryanOfficial (Defuse Kids) 3 10 6 4 4 4 ChappersE (The New Saints) 3 2 20 -18 0 Group H Pos Team P F A GD Pts 1 Proownezyt (Stark eSports) 3 13 5 8 9 2 LewisH90 (ForF1FA Sake) 3 12 5 7 6 3 LH06_ (Hamilton Academical FC) 3 4 14 -10 3 3 _JulianOfficial (Standard Liege) 3 2 7 -5 0 Week One results Home Away Result Danihagebeuk (AFC Ajax) Redinho10x (Team Reborn) 3-3 FUTWIZDubzje (Team FUTWIZ) JordanGearyy (Linfield FC) 9-2 DragonFIFA_ (Lightning Pandas) WHU_Jamboo (West Ham United FC) 3-4 Emrebenli_7 (FC Twente) NTFC_Reaperzz (Northampton Town) 3-3 Rannerz_ (Dundalk FC) JakeR1401 (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) 1-5 Jaeydaalhuisen (Feyenoord) M_Herozia (Millennium) 3-4 MitchelDecibel (ADO Den Haag) Epsilon_Guigsey (Epsilon) 3-3 Mckieee_x (Shamrock Rovers) MegaBit98 (VFL Bochum) 3-4 Nickdenhamer (FC Groningen) xL_Painter (ExceL) 1-2 JACKB20_ (Hibernian FC) Marlut96 (VfB Stuttgart) 0-1 Poacherrrr (AS Roma FNATIC) Moorso_619 (Crusaders FC) 2-1 NickCooiman (VVV-Venlo) GoalGrayza (Goal) 3-0 LevyFrederique (S.B.V ExceLsior) DKBryanOfficial (Defuse Kids) 3-0 ChappersE (The New Saints) Epsi__ (Terrassa FC) FC 2-4 LH06_ (Hamilton Academical FC) _JulianOfficial (Standard Liege) 2-1 Proownezyt (Stark eSports) LewisH90 (ForF1FA Sake) 5-2 Week Two results Home Away Result Redinho10x (Team Reborn) FUTWIZDubzje (Team FUTWIZ) 3-3 JordanGearyy (Linfield FC) Danihagebeuk (AFC Ajax) 2-9 WHU_Jamboo (West Ham United FC) Emrebenli_7 (FC Twente) 2-3 NTFC_Reaperzz (Northampton Town) DragonFIFA_ (Lightning Pandas) 5-2 M_Herozia (Millennium) Rannerz_ (Dundalk FC) 1-1 JakeR1401 (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) Jaeydaalhuisen (Feyenoord) 2-2 Epsilon_Guigsey (Epsilon) Mckieee_x (Shamrock Rovers) 3-2 MegaBit98 (VFL Bochum) MitchelDecibel (ADO Den Haag) 2-2 Marlut96 (VfB Stuttgart) Nickdenhamer (FC Groningen) 2-3 xL_Painter (ExceL) JACKB20_ (Hibernian FC) 2-0 GoalGrayza (Goal) Moorso_619 (Crusaders FC) 4-0 Poacherrrr (AS Roma FNATIC) NickCooiman (VVV-Venlo) 1-1 Epsi__ (Terrassa FC) FC LevyFrederique (S.B.V ExceLsior) 1-0 DKBryanOfficial (Defuse Kids) ChappersE (The New Saints) 7-0 LewisH90 (ForF1FA Sake) LH06_ (Hamilton Academical FC) 8-0 _JulianOfficial (Standard Liege) Proownezyt (Stark eSports) 1-3 Week Three results Home Away Result JordanGearyy (Linfield FC) Redinho10x (Team Reborn) 1-4 FUTWIZDubzje (Team FUTWIZ) Danihagebeuk (AFC Ajax) 4-2 WHU_Jamboo (West Ham United FC) NTFC_Reaperzz (Northampton Town) 5-4 Emrebenli_7 (FC Twente) DragonFIFA_ (Lightning Pandas) 4-1 Rannerz_ (Dundalk FC) Jaeydaalhuisen (Feyenoord) 1-5 JakeR1401 (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) M_Herozia (Millennium) 3-3 MitchelDecibel (ADO Den Haag) Mckieee_x (Shamrock Rovers) 4-1 Epsilon_Guigsey (Epsilon) MegaBit98 (VFL Bochum) 0-1 JACKB20_ (Hibernian FC) Nickdenhamer (FC Groningen) 3-4 xL_Painter (ExceL) Marlut96 (VfB Stuttgart) 2-1 NickCooiman (VVV-Venlo) Moorso_619 (Crusaders FC) 1-3 GoalGrayza (Goal) Poacherrrr (AS Roma FNATIC) 3-2 LevyFrederique (S.B.V ExceLsior) ChappersE (The New Saints) 9-0 Epsi__ (Terrassa FC) DKBryanOfficial (Defuse Kids) 3-3 LewisH90 (ForF1FA Sake) _JulianOfficial (Standard Liege) 2-0 LH06_ (Hamilton Academical FC) Proownezyt (Stark eSports) 2-5 Last 16 Home Away Result FUTWIZDubzje (Team FUTWIZ) M_Herozia (Millennium) JakeR1401 (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) Redinho10x (Team Reborn) Emrebenli_7 (FC Twente) MitchelDecibel (ADO Den Haag) MegaBit98 (VFL Bochum) WHU_Jamboo (West Ham United FC) xL_Painter (ExceL) LevyFrederique (S.B.V ExceLsior) Epsi__ (Terrassa FC) Nickdenhamer (FC Groningen) GoalGrayza (Goal) LewisH90 (ForF1FA Sake) Proownezyt (Stark eSports) NickCooiman (VVV-Venlo) Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona cools talk of agreement with PSG midfielder Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have cooled talk of an agreement for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Sport says PSG said on Monday that their negotiations with the player had been broken and if he did not leave in January he would spend the rest of the season on the bench or in the stands. In France they said that Rabiot’s ‘No’ to PSG was because he had a deal with Barca, but the Catalans say they have not signed anything.Barca want to act openly and clearly on the issue. They met PSG to explain their interest in the player and this summer sent in a bid which was rejected.
Man City midfielder Sterling: Guardiola key to my formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling credits manager Pep Guardiola for his form this season.Despite recent stumbles by City, Sterling has been outstanding this term.He told 360 Sport: “It’s probably the trust the manager has put in me and the belief. “That’s all you need as a player. “I am coming to the age now where I’m becoming a man now, maturing, so little things don’t get me down like they did when I was 19, 20.“Every season I come in and I want to better what I have done the season before.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton inform PSG of their Gueye priceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG have opened talks with Everton for Idrissa Gueye.PSG chief Antero Henrique has identified Gueye as a top January target.And Le 10 Sport says informal contact has already been made with Everton about the midfielder’s availabilty.Everton are ready to sell – and Henrique has been informed an offer of €40m would land Gueye for the Parisians.For their part, with Financial Fair Play threats hanging over them, PSG insist such a figure is impossible to consider for the winter transfer window.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona cough up another €800,000 to Man City thanks to Suarezby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona will write a cheque to Manchester City for €800,000 after their Copa del Rey defeat at Levante last night.The cash goes to City after Denis Suarez featured in the round 16 first-leg defeat.As part of his move, it was agreed an installment of €800,000 would go to City every ten matches Denis played. Last night was his 70th since leaving City.His fee so far has reached €7.4m.Denis is the subject of loan interest from Arsenal this week.
Mings hails spirit generated by Aston Villa manager Smithby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings has hailed the spirit generated at Aston Villa by manager Dean Smith.The defender signed permanently from Bournemouth over the summer.Mings told BirminghamLive: “The culture is one of honesty and hard work. “That’s what the manager gives us. He’s very open with his players which easily translates to the players about what he expects. It’s our job, as people who have been here before, to install that in the changing room and implement it. It’s all well and good him having ideas but everyone needs to buy into it. We have a real good thing going at the moment and that reflects how hard we work for each other out on the pitch.”We have a core of people here who know the culture and how we play. We have enough in hard work at the moment and enough in ability that it should not be too far away.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Vertonghen responds to Spurs teammate Eriksen over affair rumoursby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen has rubbished claims Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen had an affair with his partner.Reports had suggested a bust-up in the Spurs was caused by the alleged affair.Manager Mauricio Pochettino had also supposedly been unable to resolve the matter, which has impacted his team’s results in recent weeks.But Eriksen took to Twitter to dismiss the rumours, calling them bulls**t, while Vertonghen showed solidarity with a emoji-laden response.#bullshithttps://t.co/gfB9Izlhl4— Christian Eriksen (@ChrisEriksen8) October 2, 2019@ChrisEriksen8https://t.co/sne3uZH1qX— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) October 2, 2019
Northern Ireland coach O’Neill says Leicester defender Evans deserves better pressby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorthern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill says Leicester City defender Jonny Evans deserves better press.Evans has been a solid-performer for Leicester, prompting Liverpool legend Graeme Souness to say he would walk into former club Manchester United’s defence – despite their £80m signing of centre-back Harry Maguire in the summer.”It’s nice, but it’s not something I need to be told”, said O’Neill when asked about Souness’ comments.”Jonny Evans – from day one of working with him, and I’ve said this when he was back at Manchester United – is a top-four player. He could work with the top four sides in the Premier League.”My opinion hasn’t changed. I think sometimes players from Northern Ireland, like Jonny, are undervalued and go under the radar a little bit.”I think when you see him play, a lot of clubs will look back and think, ‘he was available for not a lot of money’, in terms of Premier League money, and how much clubs are paying for players.”Leicester were quick, did their business well, and it’s been a fantastic piece of business for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Paris Saint-Germain returned to winning ways in the absence of Neymar as Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe inspired a 3-0 Ligue 1 win at 10-man Amiens on Saturday.The champions and runaway leads were sensationally knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue by Guingamp in midweek and were not at their best again in northern France.With Neymar, again the subject of transfer speculation with reports he is “begging” for a return to Barcelona, left out of the squad after Thomas Tuchel described him as “very tired”, PSG found it difficult to break down the league’s fourth-bottom side until the 57th minute. 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? Cavani broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after Alexis Blin was penalised for handball and, following a red card for Amiens’ centre-back Khaled Adenon, the Uruguay international teed up Mbappe before Marquinhos added a third as PSG stretched their lead at the top back to 13 points.A well-worked eighth-minute corner from PSG saw Julian Draxler denied by the right leg of Regis Gurtner, who enjoyed a largely comfortable first half despite PSG having over 75 per cent possession.Mbappe could only produce a tame poked finish from Marco Verratti’s throughball, though more testing was Angel Di Maria’s fierce effort that Gurtner tipped over as Mbappe tried to claim what would have been a controversial penalty after going down off the ball in the build-up.For all PSG’s clear superiority, they would have trailed at half-time if not for a superb diving save from Alphonse Areola to thwart Eddy Gnahore at the end of an Amiens counter-attack.All Amiens’ good work in the first half was undone 11 minutes into the second as Alexis Blin handled as he dove in to block a Di Maria effort and Cavani coolly sent Gurtner the wrong way from 12 yards.Their task was made even harder when Adenon received a second bookable offence and his marching orders for a poor challenge on Mbappe, who was soon celebrating as he tucked away a confident close-range finish from Cavani’s fine right-wing cross.Substitute Moussa Diaby saw an effort cleared off the line before Marquinhos made the scoreline more flattering by lifting into the net 11 minutes from time.14 – Kylian Mbappé has scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season, only Lionel Messi (16) has scored more in the Top 5 European leagues. He is one goal away from his best tally in a top-flight season (15 with Monaco in 2016/17). Diamond. @PSG_English #ASCPSG pic.twitter.com/T15QiGpY5g— OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 12, 2019What does it mean? Amiens make it easy for below-par PSGThe scoreline certainly does not tell the whole story for PSG, who were uninspiring before referee Florent Batta pointed to the spot. Once Adenon saw red the result was never in doubt, but Tuchel’s team will need to improve significantly if they are to challenge for the Champions League, with Manchester United awaiting them in a month’s time.Verratti pulls the stringsAs PSG laboured in the opening 45 minutes, the one player whose performance merited a goal was Italy midfielder Verratti, who consistently exploited the gaps in the Amiens defence with his wonderful range of passing.Adenon red ends Amiens hopesAmiens had shown enough to suggest they could have at least a slim chance of coming back after Cavani’s penalty, but Adenon’s rash tackle saw any prospect of a surprise result disappear. They remain 17th after seeing a run of three games unbeaten in the league come to an expected end.What’s next?PSG welcome their cup conquerors Guingamp to the Parc des Princes again on Saturday, while Amiens make the short trip to neighbours Lille a day earlier. read more
YouTubeFormer Florida State coach Bobby Bowden spoke at a Donald Trump rally in Tampa Monday night.Trump, the Republican nominee, will probably have to win Florida to have a shot at the presidency next month. He enlisted the legendary ex-Seminole coach to speak at his event tonight.Bobby Bowden at Trump rally #bobbybowden pic.twitter.com/oCoi1skBQ1— Christina Weldon (@cweldon7) October 24, 2016Bobby Bowden speaking now ahead of @realDonaldTrump at rally in Tampa. WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/giXBLn5siV pic.twitter.com/2cUjvuwLaU— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) October 24, 2016Bowden entered as some people did the Tomahawk chop. Here is footage of his speech.Hillary Clinton seemingly has the NBA superstar demographic in her corner while Trump has the backing of legendary collegiate head coaches.One thing is certain; many sports figures are letting their views be heard this election cycle.
Urban Meyer’s wife Shelley claims a Michigan fan trespassed onto her lawn to plan a Wolverines flag.Ohio State and Michigan don’t play until late November, per usual, but one Wolverines fan is getting started on some vandalism against his opponent a bit early. Urban Meyer’s wife Shelley tweeted a photo of a small Michigan flag that she claims was planted in her yard this week. She’s accusing the perpetrator of trespassing.Check it out:Found in my yard-NOT funny, whoever you are that trespassed. ? Plus, it’s a violation of the “lawn ornament code”. #muirfieldrules ? pic.twitter.com/bnl7uoRUIS— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) October 28, 2016While it is amusing that a Michigan fan had the guts to sneak into Meyer’s yard and do this, trespassing on college football coaches’ lawns isn’t really a trend we want to see get started.Michigan vs. Ohio State can’t get here soon enough.
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)Since the inception of the College Football Playoff, there have been critics saying the four-team playoff doesn’t offer enough opportunity to other programs. Fans are unhappy with the same teams playing in the playoff every year and want to see some variety.Alabama is the main culprit, playing in all four, while Clemson made the trip to the playoff three times. Many college football fans think an expanded college football playoff would be good for the game.If the season ended today, Alabama would take on Michigan and Notre Dame would face Clemson in the playoff. Just outside the top four are Georgia and Oklahoma.Sooners fans decided to create an expanded playoff bracket that would afford Oklahoma a chance at the playoff.The Sooners Football Fans Podcast Twitter account created a bracket for the top-16 teams in the nation.Check it out.Isn’t this beautiful pic.twitter.com/giFmIRMgrl— Sooner Football Fans Podcast (@soonerfbfans) November 15, 2018A 16-team playoff would include some of the best games of the season. Penn State vs. Oklahoma, Ohio State vs. LSU, and UCF vs. Notre Dame would provide a few of the best story-lines of the season.For now, we’ll have to stick to the four-team playoff we currently have.
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 defensive tackle Josh Belk stunned many people when he announced that he was leaving the team. While initially a surprise, it seems that there’s now a little more clarity as to what led to Belk’s decision.According to The State, injuries – potentially serious ones – could have had a huge influence on Belk’s decision. Vizor Sports Carolina would later reveal that Belk admitted to suffering a fractured vertebrae, forcing him to give up the game of football.“I fractured a vertebrae and decided to choose another path in life. One that won’t potentially mess me up in the long run with injuries and all. Been praying and this is what God has led me to.”A four-star prospect coming out of high school in 2018, Belk initially enrolled at Clemson before leaving in the Summer of 2018. He transferred to South Carolina and received a waiver to play immediately..@VZRSportsBelle just received this from Josh Belk re: his departure from SC.”I fractured a vertebrae and decided to choose another path in life. One that won’t potentially mess me up in the long run with injuries and all. Been praying and this is what God has led me to.” -Belk— Vizor Carolina (@VizorSportsSC) February 13, 2019In losing Belk, Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks lose one of the most highly touted defensive linemen in the country. 247Sports had Belk rated as the No. 102 prospect in the country, the No. 7 defensive tackle prospect, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of South Carolina.Belk had seven tackles and one pass defended in four games this past season.South Carolina wound up finishing 7-6 after losing to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. It was the Gamecocks’ third straight bowl appearance under Muschamp.
Big Ten East:Michigan (10.5-2.1)Penn State (8.9-3.2)Michigan State (8.8-3.3)Ohio State (8.7-3.4)Indiana (6.6-5.5)Maryland (4.1-7.9)Rutgers (3.5-8.5)Big Ten West:Minnesota (8.3-4.0)Nebraska (8.1-4.2)Iowa (7.9-4.4)Wisconsin (6.6-5.5)Northwestern (5.7-6.3)Purdue (4.8-7.2)Illinois (4.7-7.3)A reminder that this is not based on FPI ranking – just the projected record.Ohio State being projected to win the fourth-most games in the Big Ten East is pretty wild. That said, the Buckeyes will have a new head coach in Ryan Day and a new quarterback in Justin Fields.Big Ten fans – does this look accurate? COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 04: A view of the Big Ten logo on the field during the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Ohio State Buckeyes at Byrd Stadium on October 4, 2014 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)We’re just over one month away from the start of the 2019 college football season, and earlier this week, ESPN officially unveiled the latest version of its Football Power Index for the campaign. Unsurprisingly, Clemson and Alabama are the top two ranked squads.Here’s a reminder of what FPI actually is, per ESPN:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.The highest-ranked Big Ten team in the bunch is Michigan, which comes in at No. 5. Let’s take a look at what the Big Ten standings would look like at year’s end if FPI would up being accurate.A reminder that projected records include conference title games, if it’s possible your team could play in one.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: The Georgia Bulldogs enter the field to face the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday. Arkansas State heads to Athens to face the Dawgs.Georgia has looked really impressive to start out the year. In week one, the Bulldogs dominated Vanderbilt 30-6. They followed that up with a 63-17 thrashing of Murray State.Quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift lead the Georgia offense. Fromm has just 322 passing yards and two touchdowns on the year so far. But the Bulldogs haven’t had to rely upon him too much in the first two games given the talent disparity. This game will most likely see similar minimal production. Swift has been impressive with 214 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns in two games.Arkansas State is 1-1 to start out the year. After a season opening 37-30 loss to SMU, the Red Wolves bounced back in a 43-17 victory against UNLV. Quarterback Logan Banner has 608 passing yards and six touchdowns on the year — he’ll need a big game on Saturday for Arkansas State to have a chance. Here are the details for the game:Game Time: Noon ETChannel: ESPN2Spread: Georgia -33Over/Under: 58Announcers: Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren SislerGeorgia is a large favorite in this one. While it’s likely to be a rough day for Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson, Georgia fans are putting together something special for him. The fans are planning a pink-out in honor of Blake’s late wife, Wendy Anderson. After a fight with breast cancer, Wendy passed away in August of this year. It will certainly be a special game and moment in Athens on Saturday.The game kicks off at noon ET on ESPN2.
Boxing Day Test: Rishabh Pant breaks Indian wicket-keeping record in AustraliaIndia vs Australia: Rishabh Pant broke Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series on the final day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Sunday.advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 11:17 IST Rishabh Pant’s wicket-keeping is improving with each passing Test match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant has 20 catches in the four-match series so farPant has also scored 191 runs and is the fifth highest run-scorer in the seriesPant recently equalled a world record for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in TestsRishabh Pant is grabbing headlines for constantly chirping at Australian batsmen from behind the wickets in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia. The young Indian wicketkeeper, along with his Australian counterpart, has become the broadcaster’s favourite as has been involved in several banters.Despite all the talking, Pant has managed to do his duty from behind the wickets to good effect. While he was criticised in England for his ordinary work from behind the stumps, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman has been on a record-breaking spree Down Under.During the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia, Pant emulated wicket-keeping great Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series.Pant took his 19th catch of the series when he successfully grabbed an under edge to dismiss Australia captain Tim Paine in the third session at the MCG on Saturday. Notably, Kirmani had taken 19 catches in a Test series against Pakistan in 1979-80 while Tamhane had achieved the feat against Pakistan way back in 1954-55.While Pant has achieved the feat in just three Test matches in the ongoing series, Kirmani needed six and Tamhane, seven.But Pant is not one to just level the record but set one and he did just that on the final day of the Test match.Pant broke the record as he grabbed his 20th catch, that of Nathan Lyon, to set a new benchmark for wicket-keepers in Test cricket. It was the final wicket of the match and fittingly, Pant set a new record as India crushed Australia by 137 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.advertisementNotably, he had equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win in Adelaide against the Australians.MS Dhoni stands fourth on the list with 17 catches, which he had achieved twice – against West Indies in a four-Test series in 2006 and England in a five-Test series in 2014.Apart from his improved showing from behind the stumps, Pant has also chipped in with some crucial runs for India in the ongoing series against Australia. The young wicketkeeper-batsman, despite throwing away his wicket more often than not, is fifth on the batting charts with 191 runs from six matches at 31.83.Pant stitched a crucial 39-run stand with opener Mayank Agarwal on Thursday, helping India extend their lead over Australia. The aggressive left-hander made a 43-ball 33 as India declared on 106 for 8.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 India vs AustraliaFollow India win Boxing Day TestFollow Rishabh PantFollow Syed KirmaniFollow Rishabh Pant Indian recordFollow India beat Australia
Major boost for Pakistan as Shadab Khan declared fit for 2019 World CupThe PCB has confirmed Shadab Khan will now leave for London, where he will consult a doctor before joining the Pakistan squad in Bristol next weekadvertisement Reuters New DelhiMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 21:21 IST Shadab Khan has been declared fit for 2019 World Cup (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShadab Khan was originally named in the World Cup squad only to be ruled out after contracting a virusShadab will now leave for London, where he will consult a doctor before joining the Pakistan squad in BristolPakistan coach Mickey Arthur remains hopeful that the all-rounder will regain full fitnessAll-rounder Shadab Khan has been declared fit for Pakistan’s World Cup campaign after blood tests showed zero viral load, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday.Shadab, 20, was originally named in the squads for the current England limited-overs series and World Cup only to be ruled out after contracting a virus.The PCB has confirmed Shadab will now leave for London, where he will consult a doctor before joining the Pakistan squad in Bristol next week.”I am delighted to know that the blood tests are negative and I can now return to competitive cricket,” Khan said in a statement.”I was always very confident that I would fully recover from the viral infection and will be available for the World Cup.”It has been difficult to stay away from international cricket and watch Pakistan play outstandingly (against England) both in Cardiff and Southampton. As a professional cricketer, you want to be part of such games.”Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur remains hopeful that the all-rounder will regain full fitness ahead of their World Cup opener against West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.”Shadab’s inclusion also balances what is a young but extremely talented squad,” Arthur said.”I understand it will take Shadab some time to be back at his brilliant best as he has not played cricket for a few weeks, but our first game is on 31st May and he has got two weeks to regain complete form and fitness.”Also Read | England vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI: Liam Plunkett cleared by ICC after ball tampering scareAlso Read | Jos Buttler demoralising top-order teammates, says Jason RoyadvertisementFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow England vs PakistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Shadab Khan
Next Aston Martin Valhalla, DB5, V8 to feature in upcoming James Bond movieAston Martin Valhalla will come with high-output turbocharged V6 petrol engine and battery-electric hybrid system. Only 500 Coupe examples of the all-carbon fibre hypercar will be made.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 12:01 IST Aston Martin Valhalla shares its fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy with Valkyrie.HIGHLIGHTSValhalla shares its fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy with Aston Martin Valkyrie.Only 500 Coupe examples of the all-carbon fibre hypercar Aston Martin Valhalla will be made.Aston Martin Valhalla’s name is inspired by the ancient Norse mythology.For all those crazy Aston Martin fans, there is a piece of fascinating news and that too with a James Bond twist. The upcoming movie in the popular franchise, tentatively titled Bond 25, will feature not one, not two but three cars from the stable of the iconic luxury British sports carmaker.The news has been confirmed by Aston Martin, with the three vehicles being Valhalla, V8 and DB5. While V8 and DB5 have earlier featured in James Bond films, mid-engined hypercar Valhalla will be seen in a 007 movie for the first time.Aston Martin Valhalla will come with high-output turbocharged V6 petrol engine and battery-electric hybrid system, according to the company. Only 500 Coupe examples of the all-carbon fibre hypercar will be made.Valhalla shares its fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy with Aston Martin Valkyrie. It gets a pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser. It will feature the next-generation aircraft morphing technology.Identified by its codename AM-RB 003 earlier, it was only last week that the mid-engined hypercar was named Valhalla. The name takes inspiration from the ancient Norse mythology and takes forward the company’s seven-decade-old ‘V’ car naming strategy.The new James Bond film, which is slated to release on April 8, 2020, will see Daniel Craig return as the world’s most famous spy. Craig will reprise the iconic role for the fifth and final time. He has earlier played Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue receives over 33,000 bookings, 1,000 units of the compact SUV delivered on June 21ALSO READ | Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Can the upcoming compact SUV beat the segment leader?ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Dzire is safer than ever, petrol variant now complies with BS6 emission normsadvertisementGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Aston MartinFollow ValhallaFollow Aston Martin Valhalla