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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid wing-back Hakimi: Best decision to join Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Achraf Hakimi says his move to Borussia Dortmund has been the best decision of his career.Hakimi is on-loan at BVB this season.He said, “I grew up in the youth clubs of Real Madrid, with whom I did the whole route up to the first team, but I needed to change, I need to grow as a player, gaining more space and achieving new goals as a starter.”In Dortmund everything is going well, I hope it goes on for a long time.”I am very happy to be here. It was not easy to adapt, but now I find myself at ease.” last_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard pleased with 2-goal Batshuayi: We need himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was pleased with striker Michy Batshuayi for his two goals in their Carabao Cup win over Grimsby.The Blues ran out 7-1 winners to set up a round of 16 tie with Manchester United.Lampard said, “He has worked hard and trained well. He came on at Wolves and made an impact, came on against Liverpool and nearly made an impact and that is great for me when you give a message and someone shows they can train daily and improve there. “Michy has talent, he can hold the ball up and use both feet and can score goals, and he is important for us. He got his chance and scored goals tonight which is good because we need options up front.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up plans for four new signingsby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United plan to make four new signings for the start of next season.The Manchester Evening News says United want to sign a full back, midfielder, a forward and a striker to add depth and quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.United chiefs ‘held a recruitment meeting’ at the start of last month to begin drafting a shortlist of targets for the January transfer window and next summer.It is claimed that James Maddison, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice are principal targets as they look to continue their recent transfer strategy of purchasing young, British players.The club know that those deals would require significant negotiating and therefore the club is also drafting a longer list of targets. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic flop? Why the US whiz on outer at Chelseaby Chris Beattie23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He can’t say he was never told. Christian Pulisic and his far from hoped for start at Chelsea. The advice now being relayed through the press is spot on. Well, at least some of it is…First, let’s put the fantasists to one side. There’s no anti-American bias at Cobham. And there’s no belief amongst the coaching staff, including manager Frank Lampard, that Pulisic is the wrong fit for his system. Such claims, as we’ve seen in recent days, is simply the stuff of mischief-making.Indeed, the opposite is true. Lampard and his backroom team know they have a potential world-beater on their hands. They know the ability Pulisic possesses. But they need the American to come out of his shell more. To stretch himself amongst his teammates and on the training the pitch. “He needs to fight for it”, as one Cobham source told this column a week ago.As mentioned, no-one doubts Pulisic’s ability inside Chelsea. Like us on the outside, they’ve already seen it in glimpses in preseason and the limited action Lampard has handed him thus far. And we say handed, as for the moment the consensus amongst those pushing the witches hats around is that Pulisic isn’t doing enough in training to warrant selection. And it’s not so much what he does in drills and bounce games – “he keeps it all nice and tidy” – but in his overall drive to get himself ahead of teammates currently occupying what should be his place. As Jurgen Klinsmann, the former USA coach, put it this week, Pulisic needs to get “nasty”.If Pulisic doesn’t have Klinsmann’s number, then you hope his father, Mark, can reach out to the German great and have him call his son. Klinsmann’s interview this week discussing Pulisic’s problems nailed it. He hit many of the points our source made last week. Not just the need for the 21 year-old to show a willingness to compete for his place, but also how he is in unchartered water. As we were told, this is the first time in Pulisic’s career where set expectations are waiting to be met. The staff at Chelsea understand this. They’ve seen it before. But it’s up to the player to cut loose from what he’s known.As Klinsmann says, “He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.”He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London…”We’d also add Pulisic’s international career to Klinsmann’s assessment. The German capped Pulisic at 17, with no great expectation. At that stage in his career, everything he achieved at senior level was a bonus. It was all about learning his craft, gaining experience. He was given the time and space to adjust to international football. To meet it’s demands. Just as he was with Dortmund.But now he’s in a very different environment. A reputation needs to be built. New relationships established. And a realisation must dawn that he’s not entitled to anything. No-one is going to give him a free pass. Or better yet, a free place in the manager’s XI.Klinsmann again: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system, at Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. “You’re basically in training, and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game, you have to become nasty to make yourself a starter.”From what we know, Klinsmann and Lampard aren’t close. But the German was definitely helping Chelsea’s manager this week. Klinsmann essentially parrotting what Lampard had stated after leaving Pulisic on the bench for the home defeat to Valencia.”He’s shown some really good moments,” reasoned Lampard, “but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.”Training ground form and application is what makes Lampard tick. It’s what transformed a chubby, but talented, midfielder at West Ham, into a modern day great at Chelsea. Going through the motions. Doing just enough to get by. It just won’t survive within a Lampard-managed squad.Pulisic has been given some great advice this week. And he can make it at Chelsea – so long as he acts upon what Klinsmann says. last_img read more

first_imgJaylon Smith helped off the field by trainers.Jaylon Smith Injury Jaylon Smith InjuryJaylon Smith InjuryFew players had a worse NFL Combine than Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, through no fault of his own. Smith was failed by multiple teams on his physical due to potential nerve damage stemming from the significant knee injury he suffered against Ohio State, which included a torn ACL and LCL.Smith, once viewed as a potential top 10 draft pick, will probably fall out of the first round altogether, but he’s doing whatever he can to prove that he is healing up. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, he revealed that he is currently leg pressing over 600 pounds, and squatting over 400.Can Smith feel a tangible difference physically in the past five weeks?“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Smith said. “A few weeks have made a huge difference, even the past two weeks. I can feel it.“Rehab is going great. I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds right now. I am squatting over 400 pounds. I am getting that strength back. It’s just a matter of time.”Asked whether it has been determined if he suffered nerve in the injury, Smith was a bit vague, but he remained upbeat.“We’ll see when I go back there [to the medical recheck],” Smith said. “We’ll see what the doctors say then. I feel like I’ve regained some of it. I’m happy where I am at right now.”When healthy, Smith is an incredibly impressive prospect. Hopefully he finds a team that will take a chance on him.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Championship >>>last_img read more

first_imgFiorentina have beaten AC Milan to the loan signing of Sevilla striker Luis Muriel.Colombia international Muriel became Sevilla’s record signing when he joined from Sampdoria for a reported €22 million in July 2017, but he has failed to live up to expectations.The 27-year-old scored only seven goals in 29 La Liga appearances last season, frustrating fans with a lack of killer instinct in front of goal. 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? Under new coach Pablo Machin, Muriel played just six times in La Liga this term, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva the preferred options in attack.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel as they look to bolster their attacking options, but Fiorentina ultimately managed to get the deal over the line.Muriel joins the club initially on loan, but they retain the right to purchase him – reportedly for €13m – at the end of the season.Fiorentina will be his fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.last_img read more

first_imgMauricio Pochettino does not think there will be a signing at Tottenham on Thursday’s transfer deadline day, but did hint someone could be heading out the door.Spurs have only signed one player, Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, since the start of 2018.Pochettino continues to keep Spurs in the top four despite the lack of additions to his squad, with Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente striking late at a sparsely populated Wembley to earn a 2-1 comeback win over Watford on Wednesday. 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? With Harry Kane and Dele Alli both set to miss next month’s last-16 Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund due to injuries, attacking reinforcements would be welcome for Tottenham.But Pochettino, who believes his club don’t have the budget to compete in the transfer market, is downbeat about the chances of chairman Daniel Levy delivering a surprise signing to beat the deadline.”No, I don’t know anything,” Pochettino told reporters when asked about rumours of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou moving to Monaco on loan.”I am going to talk now with my chief scout Steve Hitchen, I am going to ask for some news. I expect that maybe some player is going to leave but I do not expect that we are going to add to the squad.”I am going to talk because I want some news, but not because I am expecting to sign a player.””I’m very happy to score again in this shirt and to get the three points is even better!”#COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019Son made an immediate impact by scoring the equaliser on his return from the Asian Cup, the South Korea captain available earlier than expected after his side lost in the last eight.”I am always happy with him, he is a very nice guy and he is available always to deliver the job you expect from him,” Pochettino added.”It is so important to have all of the players fit and of course he was disappointed to lose the quarter-final against Qatar, he wanted to deliver his best for his country and win the Asian Cup but in the same time, I need to be honest, I am happy he is back because he is helping us to try and win and that is so important.”It wasn’t the plan to play with him for the full 90 minutes but how the result was, you know in that moment I talked with [assistant manager] Jesus [Perez] and I said maybe we need to take a little bit of a risk to keep him playing. He finished very tired, with some cramp.”We’re going to see if he can recover for the next game [against Newcastle United on Saturday], if he’s okay maybe he’s going to be in the starting XI, if not on the bench. For sure if we need him, he’s going to help the team. That’s one circumstance more.”That match-winning moment! #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019Kane’s replacement Llorente had missed a series of chances but the much-maligned forward came up with a late winner to down Watford, celebrating the goal with Pochettino.”I don’t think he wanted to come to me!” Pochettino joked.”I moved into his run, I put myself in the way to try to celebrate with him. I was so happy. Normally I never celebrate goals but today I felt a bit of freedom to celebrate because we deserved to win.”For me this game was so important because before the three points was going to be massive and for me massive to keep our position in the table. Also so happy because Fernando worked so hard, working the last four games with Harry Kane out, he’s working so hard for the team, to help the team to win three points today is a massive thing.”Always it builds the confidence in a striker and more when you are competing with Harry Kane, or behind Harry Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, always it’s difficult. Always you need time. But in all this time he’s been a fantastic professional and always was pushing and helping the team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgBrad Praisley wearing a Nebraska hat in honor of Sam Foltz.Twitter/@BradPaisleyWhen country singer Brad Paisley takes the stage tonight at the University of Nebraska, he’ll be paying tribute to late Huskers punter Sam Foltz.Paisley announced on his Twitter he is dedicating tonight’s show to Sam Foltz, and inscribed the punter’s initials and No. 27 on his hat.Ok @huskers: Today and this show is for Sam Foltz.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) October 13, 2016Paisley’s gesture is just the latest in a long line of tributes for Foltz, who was tragically killed in a car crash over the summer.Even Nebraska opponents have gotten in on the act.Paisley will play at Nebraska tonight and Kansas tomorrow. He also has a show booked at UCLA on Oct. 21.last_img read more

first_imgAngers midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide has revealed that Unai Emery told him he wasn’t needed at Arsenal when he took the managerial reigns in 2018.The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in 2015 after beginning his senior career with Lens but made just eight senior appearances in his three years at the club.The Frenchman was shipped off on loan to Angers in January 2018, before making his move permanent the following summer and has since managed to earn his stripes in his homeland. 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? Reine-Adelaide featured in 35 of Angers’ 38 matches in Ligue 1 this season, helping the team comfortably avoid relegation with a 13th place finish.He also contributed three goals and three assists, ultimately earning a place in the Les Bleus U-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships.Looking back on his time at Arsenal, Reine-Adelaide believes he was never given the chance to prove himself, while also revealing that Emery sat him down to tell him he had no use for him at the Emirates.”It is true that I would like to speak a little less of Arsenal. I was young. It was complicated,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview. “There was so much competition that it was difficult to get into the coach’s line-up.”He [Emery] told me that the club did not rely too much on me. I took a blow, but Angers was on the lookout. It was a new chance, a new beginning. The train does not pass often and I was happy to get back in the right car.”Jeff Reine-Adelaide Arsenal 2017-18The ex-Arsenal ace insists he has earned his spot in France’s national set-up after a successful first year with Angers, which has seen him adapt to a central midfield role.The young playmaker was previously deployed as a winger in north London, but he now operates as a playmaker in the middle of the park for Angers – a position which he feels suits him better.”Of course. It’s a reward. My season had started well, then I had a hole. I bounced back and today I am rewarded for my work. I invested a lot and it is the reward of a beautiful season.”This is clearly the position I feel best. I started there when I was younger. After, I was on the wings, but for me, it is where I can most exploit my qualities best.”I am a ball player and in the middle, it is we who dictate the game. We must do it wisely, helping our partners. We must defend as well. I especially like to command the tempo. I look a lot at professional players in this position, and some inspire me a lot.”Reine-Adelaide went on to name Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as one his role models, along with former Arsenal star Abou Diaby.”I watch a lot what Pogba does, with Manchester or in France,” he added. “Before, there was also Abdou Diaby. He is a player who has always impressed me. He was one of the best at his job.”There are plenty of others, but Pogba and Diaby are the two that I have watched the most because we have the same slender profile.”When quizzed on a potential transfer this summer, Reine-Adelaide also refused to rule out a move to a “big club” in the near future, responding: “We do not know what is happening tomorrow, but I would like to stay in France to continue moving up before, why not, joining a big club.”last_img read more

first_imgStina Blackstenius was the hero once again as Sweden came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 and advance to the Women’s World Cup semi-finals.Linkoping striker Blackstenius scored the only goal in the last-16 triumph against Canada and was on target once more in Rennes on Saturday to set up a meeting with Netherlands on Wednesday.Sofia Jakobsson became the first player to strike against Germany at this year’s World Cup when she cancelled out Lina Magull’s opener in the 22nd minute. 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 Blackstenius completed the turnaround three minutes after the restart, earning Sweden a first win against Germany at a major tournament since 1995 – a run that included losses in the finals of Euro 2001, the 2003 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.Almuth Schult did well to keep out Jakobsson before Germany moved in front in the 16th minute. Magdalena Eriksson sloppily gave the ball straight to Sara Daebritz and the midfielder drove towards the box and fed Magull, who took a touch before volleying through Hedvig Lindahl’s legs.Jakobsson did not err when another opportunity came her way and she got Sweden back on level terms by slotting home after Marina Hegering failed to get her head on Linda Sembrant’s clearance.Germany lost left-back Carolin Simon to injury before half-time and fell behind soon after the restart when Schult could only parry Rolfo’s excellent header straight to Blackstenius, who fired into the roof of the net.Rolfo was shown a yellow card for a high foot on Magull in the 56th minute, meaning she will be suspended for Sweden’s semi-final clash with Netherlands.Dzsenifer Marozsan had been sent on for her first appearance since the opening win over China – in which she sustained a broken toe – at half-time.And the Lyon midfielder’s delivery led to a late VAR check for a possible penalty after Lindahl and Alexandra Popp collided. However, referee Stephanie Frappart’s decision not to point to the spot was upheld.Lena Oberdorf nodded a Marozsan free-kick that Lindahl flapped at wide with two minutes remaining, before Hegering failed to head Svenja Huth’s stoppage-time cross on target from inside the six-yard box as Sweden clung on to end their dismal run against Germany.  read morelast_img read more

first_imgNikita Parris says she has no idea of the impact England are having at home with their Women’s World Cup success – despite phonecalls from her mum.Parris has been one of the Lionesses’ star players on their run to the semi-finals, and will be key if they are to beat the world champions, the United States, on Tuesday.But in her World Cup bubble, she’s not aware of the team’s growing status back across the English channel. 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 “I’ve tried to limit myself on social media. Just concentrate ultimately on what happens on the pitch and how the team plays,” the winger explained.“I haven’t had any sense of how it is at home. I call my mum and she says, ‘oh [you] are all over the TV!’“She can’t believe how much we have impacted at the World Cup and how much back at home it has been a massive influence.“Long may that continue. Women’s football is one the rise and I hope young girls across the world – never mind just in England – are inspired to take up the sport, any sport in general, whatever they fall in love with. That’s all we’ve done,” Parris added.“We’ve taken up a sport and fallen in love with it and worked hard to make sure we got to the top. Any young girl across the world can do that.”Their performances prompted Phil Neville to describe his players “badass women” – and Parris is happy to live up to that.“Why shouldn’t we think we can’t be badder than [the United States] when we went to the She Believes and we won it?” the 25-year-old said.Nikita Parris England 2019“And we went toe to toe with them? You know? We beat America in the past. We beat them 1-0 under Mark [Sampson]. Why shouldn’t we think we can beat them?“Why do we have to come to this tournament semi-final and think ‘oh it’s America?’ Nobody fears America. Nobody fears Germany. Nobody fears England.“They know that on the day, no matter who you are, if you perform and get the best out of each and every player on the field of play, you’ll win the game.“I don’t fear America and I don’t think my teammates do. We’ve played them in the past in She Believes. We went up against them.”Reminded of the USA’s 13-0 victory over Thailand in the group stages, Parris remained bullish.“No disrespect to Thailand but 13-0 is against Thailand,” she said.“I don’t want to disrespect any other team you know, but that 13-0 against Thailand.“They did show the ruthless part of them at times. I think Thailand struggled against them – don’t get me wrong. But we’re not Thailand.”Parris and England face the USA on Tuesday 2 July, with kick-off 20:00 BST in the first semi-final of the tournament.last_img read more

first_imgMarcus Rashford has “a big opportunity” to become Manchester United’s main striker this season, according to Jose Mourinho – but he has to score more goals.United began the post-Romelu Lukaku era in some style, thrashing Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford with two goals from Rashford to ease concerns that they don’t have enough quality in attack.Mourinho thinks that Chelsea’s tactical naivety meant the game was well set up for Rashford to thrive, but that he can improve as a player with the added weight of responsibility this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He has to score more goals,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports.“Especially without Lukaku in the team it will probably be these two [Rashford and Anthony Martial], plus Alexis [Sanchez] and Mason [Greenwood]. He will be on the pitch all the time and he has the qualities to be better and better and better.“He has the ambition and work ethic, he wants to improve, he wants to work. This season he has a big opportunity to be a better player and score more goals.“It depends on the way they play. Playing the way they played today against a Chelsea team that allowed them to play the way they like to play, he is very dangerous. Against teams with compact blocks, a lower block, that are more physical, I think it is a bit more difficult for them.”Marcus Rashford Man Utd vs Chelsea 2019-20Mourinho was keen to point out that, while United were good value for their win and would be right to feel pleased with their performance, not every team will be quite as accommodating as Chelsea were.Frank Lampard was looking for a statement performance in his first game in the dugout, but his side struggled to pick United’s defence apart and couldn’t contain them on the counter.“People have to respect them,” Mourinho added. “This is not the Manchester United of ten, 15, 20 years ago but it is Manchester United. There are some very good players.“You have to know the qualities you have and the weaknesses that you have, and you have to know the qualities and the weaknesses that the opposition have.“For example, Chelsea today, they stuck to a plan where they were thinking more about their own identity and less about United’s identity and their strengths.“When you have Marcus Rashford playing there on the left, you have to think about that because he can hurt you.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State buckeyes football helmet.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Glvoer-Williams, a former four-star recruit who left Ohio State this past season, has found a new place to play college football. It’s somewhat of a surprising pick.The former top 100 recruit is headed to the Division II ranks. He’ll play for Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.The news was broken by Bill Greene of Canton McKinley and Ohio State athlete Eric Glover-Williams is headed to Slippery Rock to continue his career. Former 4-star that can play either side of the football. #THEROCK— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) May 27, 2018Glover-Williams played this past season for East Mississippi Community College.The former four-star recruit was highly pursued coming out of high school. He was a consensus top 100 recruit, but failed to crack the top of the depth chart at Ohio State.Some projections had him ending up at Kentucky, but he appears to have chosen Slippery Rock instead.Best of luck to Eric moving forward.last_img read more

first_imgBoston College running back A.J. Dillon.BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 3: Running back AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles carries the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at Lane Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Today’s Syracuse-Boston College game in Chestnut Hill takes on extra significance. It is not every year that both the Orange and Eagles have at least seven wins heading into Rivalry Week, and get to jockey for bowl position.Boston College entered the half down 28-14, and will likely be without its best player moving forward.Coming back from the break, the Eagles announced that A.J. Dillon, one of college football’s top power rushers, is unlikely to return to the contest.Dillon ran 12 times for 56 yards in the first half, but looked gimpy on the sideline on a number of occasions. It was clear he wasn’t 100-percent, which is no surprise, as he’s been banged up for a few weeks.AJ Dillon is on the bench but ESPN reports he’s unlikely to play the 2nd half. He’s dealing with an ankle injury.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) November 24, 2018Travis Levy has carried four times for 27 yards, and has had some nice gains in this one. Still, BC definitely wishes it had its bell cow.To make matters worse, the Eagles lost star defensive end Zach Allen early in the second half. His status is unknown right now.That doesn’t mean BC is out of it though. The team intercepted Eric Dungey to open the second half, setting up a nice touchdown throw by Anthony Brown to cut things to 28-21.Syracuse is playing for its first 9+ win season since 2001, while Boston College is looking to end the regular season 8-4.last_img read more

first_imgAlabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)We’re only minutes into the national championship game between Alabama and Clemson, but one fan is already going viral on Twitter for his epic reaction.The Crimson Tide had an excellent start on defense to this game, forcing a very quick three and out. However, the offense quickly relinquished their momentum to the Tigers.After making back-to-back precise throws for Alabama, Tua Tagovailoa threw an awful pick-six to A.J. Terrell.It was an uncharacteristic mistake for the star quarterback, especially considering that he rarely turned over the ball throughout the entire regular season.While Clemson supporters were celebrating at Levi’s Stadium, one Alabama fan was stunned by the interception.Here is the photo that is buzzing on social media:Earliest surrender cobra of all-time?— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) January 8, 2019Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, Tagovailoa redeemed himself with a jaw-dropping touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy.Clemson currently leads 14-7 over Alabama because of a touchdown from Travis Etienne.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of the Dallas Cowboys StadiumARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys officially moved on from offensive coordinator Scott Linehan this weekend, opening up a major hole on staff.According to the latest reports, the Cowboys could fill that vacancy internally by promoting quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore. A former Boise State star, Moore played for Dallas from 2015-17 before assuming QB coaching duties this year.If Moore is indeed promoted, the Cowboys could be looking at another one of their former signal callers to take over his old role. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has stated that Jon Kitna is a potential candidate for a staff position in Dallas.Kitna would take over for Moore as quarterbacks coach.I’m told “don’t laugh, this is a legitimate candidate” in Dallas— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 20, 2019Kitna played for the Cowboys from 2009-11 and then once again in 2013. Since 2012, he’s been a high school head coach at three different stops, most recently Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona.Kitna compiled a 36-16 record as a high school coach. Back in June, he was hired as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Fleet of the new Alliance of American Football, which is set to begin play later this year.One has to think that if the Cowboys come calling, it will be tough for Kitna to turn that opportunity down.last_img read more

first_img McElroy’s comments might not be taken so well in Tuscaloosa. Nonetheless, the former championship-winning quarterback isn’t going to let his connection with Alabama affect his opinions..@GregMcElroy says it’s only a matter of time until Georgia wins a national title under Kirby Smart.— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) July 16, 2019McElroy spoke highly of Jake Fromm and his ability to lead Georgia the past two seasons.Fromm is one of the highest-graded prospects heading into this fall. He’s shown great poise in his first two years at the collegiate level.If the Bulldogs are going to win a national championship under Smart, then perhaps this is the year for them to defeat the Crimson Tide.Perhaps, the third time is the charm for Georgia. Georgia football QB Jake Fromm celebrating.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There hasn’t been a team that has experienced more heartbreaking losses in college football over the past few years than the Georgia Bulldogs. After losing in overtime to Alabama in the national title game two years ago, they fell short to the Crimson Tide once again in the SEC Championship.Georgia has all the makings of a championship team with Kirby Smart as the head coach. Unfortunately, the program has fallen short to Alabama in the biggest moments possible.All hope isn’t lost for the Bulldogs though, as they’ll enter this fall on a short list of contenders. In fact, former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy thinks it’s only a matter of time until the program wins the national title.“They’re going to win a national championship,” McElroy said on the SEC Network. “It’s just a matter of if it’s this year, next year, two years from now, or five years from now.”last_img read more

first_img Press Trust of India NagpurMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 20:05 IST India vs Australia: Adam Zampa said his strength was attacking the stumps. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAdam Zampa said attacking the stumps is the best way to bowl to Indian batsmenZampa felt Kohli’s wicket in Vishakhapatnam T20 was the best one along with the one in BrisbaneZampa said he just tries to stay in the game for as long as possibleHis stint in the IPL has made Adam Zampa realise that the best way to counter Indian batsmen is by bowling a wicket-to-wicket line.Zampa, who has grabbed 44 wickets in 35 ODI appearances so far feels that his strength is attacking the stumps rather than bowl big loopy leg breaks outside the off-stump, which players like Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav relish hitting.”From my IPL experience and seeing these guys play, it’s not about the variety of wrong ‘uns but it’s about the best way to bowl to these batsmen. Particularly in ODI cricket, most leg-spinners these days are attacking the stumps and that’s my strength,” Zampa said on the eve of the match.”I feel like when I get away from the stumps, guys like Virat and the other night [Kedar] Jadhav, I got little bit frustrated and went wide off the stumps, that is when the damage happen. It’s about staying away from their strengths,” said Zampa, who dismissed Kohli in the first T20 International in Visakhaptanam as well as the first ODI in Hyderabad.Zampa is happy that he has been to get better of world’s best batsman on a few occasions recently.”It’s nice to get players like that [Virat] out. I thought the best one was the T20 here [in Visakhapatnam] and another match in Brisbane. I thought they were big wickets given the situation of the match and we ended up winning the game [Visakhapatnam].But then Zampa also knows that getting Kohli alone won’t be enough.”Getting Virat is one thing, he was in at the time and it was big wicket, but then you also have to think about getting [Mahendra Singh] Dhoni out and Rohit [Sharma] out. Virat is big wicket, but there are six or seven big wickets in the Indian team,” Zampa told reporters here on the eve of the team’s second ODI here against hosts India.Kohli is always a prized catch but Adam Zampa does not intend to be too harsh on himself if the Indian captain or some of the other star batsman in the opposition ranks happen to dominate him.”I don’t want to think too far ahead and not be too harsh on myself. Virat [Kohli] and Rohit [Sharma] are amazing players and somehow I just need to be in the game for as long as possible. That’s all I can really do,” said Zampa.Also Read | Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: KuldeepAlso Read | Team India gears up for 2nd ODI vs Australia with gruelling practice session in NagpurFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Adam ZampaFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Kedar JadhavFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 2nd ODI Nice to get players like Virat Kohli out: Adam ZampaIndia vs Australia: Adam Zampa said Virat Kohli was a big wicket but there are “six or seven big wickets in the Indian team”, on the eve of the second ODI in Nagpur.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu hopes to find form at Singapore OpenPV Sindhu will he hoping to bounce back after a run of poor results which saw her crash out early from tournaments like the All England Championship and the Malaysia Openadvertisement Press Trust of India SingaporeApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 16:39 IST PV Sindhu lost to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun at the at the All England Championship and Malaysia Open (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu will play Indonesia’s Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky in the 1st roundSaina Nehwal, seeded sixth, will face Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of DenmarkKidambi Srikanth is seeded sixth and will take on a qualifier in the 1st roundOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will look to shrug off the disappointment of her recent early exits when she spearheads Indian challenge at the USD 355,000 Singapore Open, starting in Singapore on Tuesday.Sindhu, who had claimed the BWF World Tour Finals in December last year, has looked off colour in the last few weeks.She made a first round exit at the All England Championship and lost in the second round of Malaysia Open, losing to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun on both occasion.She had entered the semifinals at India Open but went down to He Bingjiao of China despite holding advantage in the first game.With hardly any time to make changes on the game or work on weaknesses considering the back-to-back tournaments in the BWF calender, it will be a challenge for fourth seed Sindhu to get to her best. She begins her campaign against Indonesia’s Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky.Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to claim a title this season with the 29-year-old from Hyderabad securing the crown at the Indonesia Masters following the injury of Carolina Marin of Spain in the finals.She also entered the quarterfinals at the All England Championship after battling through a pancreas infection. However, the Indian needed hospitalisation to treat the problem and had to skip the Swiss Open and India Open to give herself time to recover.She returned to Malaysia Open but went down in the first round after a three-game battle with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.The sixth seeded Indian will now have to be careful when she plays a fast-rising Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the opening round here.advertisementLast week, Kidambi Srikanth was the best-placed Indian at Kuala Lumpur as he finished at the quarterfinals after losing to Olympic champion Chen Long. The 26-year-old from Guntur had broken a 17 month drought by reaching the finals of a BWF event at India Open.This week, sixth seed Srikanth will continue his quest to break his title jinx when he begins his campaign against a qualifier at BWF World Tour Super 500 event.Among others, HS Prannoy, who regained some form with a quarterfinal finish at India Open, will face France’s Brice Leverdez, while Swiss Open finalist B Sai Praneeth has a tough fight ahead against world no 1 and top seed Japan’s Kento Momota.Sameer Verma, who had a good run in 2018, has shown the spark during his narrow defeats to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen at All England and China’s world no 2 Shi Yuqi at Malaysia Open.The Indian will hope to find his mental strength that helped him to qualify for the World Tour Finals and finish at the semifinals last year when he begins his campaign against a qualifier.In doubles, mixed pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, women’s pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki and men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will look for a good outing.Also Read | Bad times are over: Lin Dan after ending title drought at Malaysia Open 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 PV SindhuFollow Singapore OpenFollow Saina NehwalFollow Kidambi Srikanth Nextlast_img read more

first_img graphs view more view less advertisement Need improvement in batting: Karunaratne after Sri Lanka’s narrow win vs AfghanistanSri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne was relieved with the result but he called for improvement in his team’s batting in the middle overs after their first win of World Cup 2019. commentarycenter_img scorecard No data available! India Today Web Desk June 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 12:23 IST Dimuth Karunaratne has urged Sri Lanka batsmen to take more responsibility and deliver (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka (201) beat Afghanistan (152) by 34 runs (via DLS) in CardiffSL collapsed from 144 for 1 to 201 all out in 36.5 oversKusal Perera was the only one who fired with the bat for Sri Lanka while the rest floppedSri Lanka overcame a stiff challenge from the spirited Afghanistan team on Tuesday to register their first victory in the World Cup 2019 in a rain-curtailed match in Cardiff.The low-scoring match saw Sri Lanka getting bowled out for 201 in 36.5 overs with Kusal Perera top-scoring with 78 runs off 81 balls.The target for Afghanistan was then revised to 187 from 41 overs due to the lengthy rain interruption during the first innings.Afghanistan got off to a rapid start with Hazratullah Zazai scoring 30 off 25 balls but then Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga showed their class as they kept picking wickets at regular intervals. Afghanistan were finally bowled out for 152 in 32.4 overs and they lost the game by 34 runs via DLS method.Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne was relieved with the result but he called for improvement in his team’s batting in the middle overs at the post-match presentation.”We had a good start after a long time but suddenly, we lost a couple of wickets and were on the back foot. That’s the negative part but otherwise, the bowling and fielding was really good. After losing the first game, it’s not easy to keep your mind positive.”We have the experience in these conditions and that helped. Only thing we need to work on is to improve our batting in the middle overs. Wickets were the key, if the openers get going, then 187 isn’t easy to defend.”Their openers went hard but we knew that it was a matter of a couple of wickets and that pushed them on the back foot. (Whether they believe now after the win) Of course, we do. As I said, batting needs to improve a bit but the bowlers did really well. Need to work on our middle overs batting a bit,” Karunaratne said.advertisementSri Lanka collapsed to 201 all out as Afghanistan grabbed nine wickets for 57 runs in a dramatic first innings after they were put into bat.Sri Lanka made a promising start but fell apart in the middle order due to the wily spin of Mohammed Nabi and the seam bowling of Mohammad Shahzad.After some good work by their openers, Sri Lanka made it to 144-1 before Nabi turned the match on its head with a brilliant spell of spin bowling in the 22nd over by grabbing three wickets in the space of five deliveries. Sri Lanka slid steadily to 182-8 before play was paused due to rain.Some big hits by the tailenders carried Sri Lanka over the 200 run mark after play resumed in a reduced 41 overs per side match.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pradeep, K Perera star as Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan in rain-hit matchAlso Read | Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka overcome stiff Afghanistan challenge to launch maiden winAlso Read | Mohammad Nabi records best bowling figures for Afghanistan in World CupsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Afghanistan vs Sri LankaFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more