10 months agoRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is heating up.Gazzetta dello Sport says Roma are considering an approach for Batshuayi.They are considering an approach for the Chelsea striker in a loan with an option to buy deal.Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but has been linked with a switch to Serie A with AC Milan.Valencia coach Marcelino was non-committal last week when discussing whether the Belgian would still be with the club beyond the January market. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoLiverpool battle Bayern Munich for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner

first_imgLiverpool battle Bayern Munich for RB Leipzig striker Timo Wernerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are chasing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.Abendzeitung says Werner is one of the most coveted frontmen in European football and has dropped a massive hint that he could join Bayern Munich.But Jurgen Klopp’s side are also in the hunt to land the 22-year-old. Werner has been scouted by the Reds on numerous occasions and he’s being discussed as a target. The striker has said this week: “There are other clubs in the picture. If you play in Germany and want to stay in Germany, there is only one club in question (Bayern).” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

25 days agoNicolas Pepe: Why I chose Arsenal over PSG and Bayern Munich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicolas Pepe: Why I chose Arsenal over PSG and Bayern Munichby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicolas Pepe has explained his decision to join Arsenal.The attacker’s former St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier had spoken of Pepe joining PSG last summer.But Pepe explained to Canal Football Club: “Galtier imagined me at PSG? He even imagined Bayern in what he said. For me, this is a choice that can surprise because it is a club that does not play the Champions League, but it is also a club that has a lot of ambitions, we also play the Europa League, it’s also a European competition where we have the goal to win. “The coach is used to this competition, he already won with Sevilla, last year they were in the final. The goal is to do better, so to win this competition.” last_img read more

16 days agoBrahim Díaz told by Real Madrid to find loan club

first_imgBrahim Díaz told by Real Madrid to find loan clubby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Díaz has been told by Real Madrid he must leave on-loan in January.The young midfielder is rated highly by coach Zinedine Zidane, but has been told there is no place for him in Real’s immediate plans.Brahim is yet to get on the pitch this season and he’s been told to find himself a loan club to step up his development.Both in January when he arrived from Manchester City and over the summer, Brahim refused to leave on-loan.But management are pushing him to change his mind leading up to the winter market. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

7 days agoBenteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contracts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Benteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contractsby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are boosted by news that Christian Benteke and James Tomkins have extended their contracts.Tomkins will now be with the club until the end of the 2021/2022 season, while Benteke has a contract that expires at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.While Tomkins is a key player, Benteke’s renewal was a little surprising given he has only started two Premier League games and not scored a goal in league play this season.Speaking about the renewals, Palace club chairman Steve Parish had the following to say: “I’m pleased that agreements have been reached with these two important senior players.”Both James and Christian bring vast Premier League experience, commitment and professionalism to the squad.”These new deals show that we recognise their levels of performance in recent seasons, that we believe in both players, and that they are hugely motivated by the direction the club is heading.” last_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidane

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidaneby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there’s no problem with Paul Pogba speaking to Real Madrid coacn Zinedine Zidane.The two were pictured together last week in Dubai after Pogba travelled to the UAE for a warm weather rehab programme to aid his recovery from an ankle and foot injury.Solskjaer said: “It’s a picture. When you’re at Man United you get pictures taken of you. I don’t have any problem with that at all.”Paul is part of our plans. He’s been playing through the pain barrier but when he came back against Rochdale and Arsenal he wanted to play. “He tried to get back but it was too painful. He had that scan, he’s on the way back, he’s recovering, he’s mending. He’s been off for a few days working.”I’ve not heard Paul say he doesn’t want to be here. Paul wants to stay here and play well.” last_img read more

LSU S Jamal Adams Blasts Tigers’ Fans For Leaving Basketball Game Early, Says They “Show No Loyalty”

first_imgJamal Adams rips LSU fans on Twitter.These LSU fans aren’t loyal. That’s what Tigers’ safety Jamal Adams thinks, anyway. Wednesday evening, LSU’s men’s basketball team lost to Tennessee, 78-63. Many Tigers’ fans were seen departing from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with minutes to go in the contest. This did not please Adams, a 6-foot, 206-pound rising sophomore on the LSU football team. I can’t hold my tongue. LSU fans show no loyalty. You expect so much from us athletes,but won’t stay and support through the whole game.— JamalAdams™ (@TheAdams_era) March 5, 2015LSU has been known for having such prideful and loyal fans, and I hate to see people ruining that image. The game’s not over until it ends.— JamalAdams™ (@TheAdams_era) March 5, 2015While it’s probably not smart for Adams to call out his school’s fan base on Twitter, he’s not wrong in expressing some frustration. It’s the final home game of the season – you can stay in your seats until the final buzzer sounds, LSU fans.last_img read more

Jerami Grant Posts Cool Photo Of Himself In Brother’s Jersey

first_imga general view of the floor at notre dame basketball arena(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Syracuse and Notre Dame are rivals on the hardwood, but former Orange star Jerami Grant, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, is rooting for the Irish Thursday afternoon. That’s because his older brother, Jerian Grant, will be finishing up his senior season in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Grant showed some love for his brother by wearing his No. 22 Notre Dame jersey ahead of the contest.Grant made sure to remind Orange fans that he’s still “Cuse Nation” though. Very cool.last_img

Video: Syracuse’s Tyler Roberson Slams Home Crazy Alley-Oop vs. Duke

first_imgTyler Roberson slams home alley-oop dunk against Duke.Vine/Chris StoneFor whatever reason, Syracuse forward Tyler Roberson plays incredibly well whenever the Orange take the floor against Duke. In 2015, Roberson went for 19 points and 10 rebounds against Duke at home, and 16 points, nine rebounds at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tonight, he has six points and two rebounds midway through the first half, and two of those points were the loudest of the game thus far. Gbinije to Tyler Roberson. Got up. https://t.co/nJTQHgVBaI— Chris Stone (@cstonehoops) January 19, 2016At first glance, Michael Gbinije’s pass looks off-target, but it doesn’t matter. Roberson can really jump, and he got up for that ridiculous one-handed finish.last_img

Australia v Jordan: Title defence begins in UAE

first_imgAustralia will begin their quest to win a second consecutive Asian Cup with an opening match against Jordan on January 6 at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.Both sides will be expected to progress to the knockout stage from Group B, with four of the six third place teams going through also, and nabbing three early points will be a brilliant start. Each team has won twice against the other in their four World Cup qualification matches since Australia moved to the AFC – with the home side triumphing on each occasion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Australia vs Jordan Date Sunday, January 6 AEDT Time 10.00pm AEDT / 3.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Play, Kayo and the My Football Live – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Play/Kayo/My Football Live  Squads & Team News   Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo,  Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis The Socceroos will be missing arguably their best player Aaron Mooy through injury for the duration of the Asian Cup, while star winger Mathew Leckie has been selected but is likely to be absent until the latter stages of the tournament.Martin Boyle was also a late withdrawal in the days leading up to the matchAn opening match against an unpredictable Jordan will see Graham Arnold select his best available line-up, but it’s far from clear who will start in midfield and attack.Massimo Luongo is a lock to start in central midfield and it’s likely Jackson Irvine will step into the vacant position alongside because of Mooy’s absenceTom Rogic will start in the attacking midfield role, but any two of Robbie Kruse, Awer Mabil, Andrew Nabbout and Chris Ikonomidis could play on the flanks.Nabbout is likely to start as the central striker after impressing in the 5-0 victory over Oman.Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan (GK); Behich, Milligan (C), Sainsbury, Risdon; Luongo, Irvine; Kruse, Rogic, Ikonomidis; Nabbout. Position Jordan players Goalkeepers Amer Shafi, Moataz Yaseen, Ahmed Abdel-Sattar Defenders Tareq Khattab, Yazan Abu Arab, Mohammed Al-Basha, Anas Bani Yaseen, Bara’ Marei, Feras Shelbaieh, Salem Al-Ajalin Midfielders Baha’ Abdel-Rahman, Saeed Murjan, Saleh Rateb, Yousef Al-Rawashdeh, Ahmad Ersan, Yazan Thalji, Yaseen Al-Bakhit, Musa Al-Taamari, Obaida Al-Samarneh, Khalil Bani Attiah, Ahmed Samir Forwards Baha’ Faisal, Odai Khadr  Jordan’s most high-profile player is Musa Al-Taamari, who plys his trade for Cyprus club APOEL Nicosia, and he will be the nation’s fulcrum in the midfield. Veterans Amer Shafi. Anas Ban Yaseen and Yaseen Al-Bakhit should feature heavily being experienced members of the Chivalrous. The Jordanians have surprising left out striker Hamza Al-Dardour, who scored a hat-trick during the last Asian Cup and has 27 goals from his 55 caps. They will be led by Belgian coach Vital Borkelmans, who served as an assistant for his own country from 2012-16. In 2018, the Middle Eastern side recorded some impressive results including a win against Denmark and a narrow one-goal defeat to World Cup finalist Croatia. Betting & Match Odds Australia are strong favourites heading into this match with a Socceroos win valued at $1.22, a draw at $6.00 and an Jordan victory at $13.While three points for the Socceroos seems likely according to the bookies, the green and gold have never beaten Jordan in the Middle East.A single goal win for Australia looks to be solid value at $3.10.All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct at the time of publishing.  Match Preview Josh Risdon SocceroosWhile the signs all point to a comfortable Australian result, Jordan have terrific record against the green and gold in the Middle East and cannot be underestimated.The Socceroos have thumped the Chivalrous 4-0 and 5-1 in Australia during two separate World Cup qualification campaigns, but lost the return matches in Jordan 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.They will be coached by Graham Arnold, who will appear at his second Asian Cup after leading the green and gold to the quarter-finals in 2007.It’s his second stint in charge having recently taken over from Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk, who led the Socceroos to the recent World Cup in Russia.Defending champions Australia are among the tournament favourites but a lack of quality goalscorers in their squad threatens to be an issue, with talisman Tim Cahill now retired.The team’s only out-and-out striker Jamie Maclaren has never scored for his nation and only has one goal this season – scored back in August.But the green and gold have been impressive in their two recent Middle East-based matches, thumping Kuwait 4-0 and thrashing Oman 5-0.Australia, Jordan and Syria will be favourites to progress from Group B, but with only four of the six third place teams qualifying for the knockouts, there is no room for complacency in these early matches.last_img read more

The Spun 2016 College Football Staff Picks: Week 7

first_imgCollege Football Week 7 picks by The Spun staff members.Things remain tight in our office picks contest for the full college football season. Last week, Matt Hladik was a pick clear of everyone else, and used the big week to take sole control of first place. He was 23-7 on the week. Revisit our Week 6 picks here.Here are the full office standings through six weeks:Record:Picks Back:1.Matt Hladik202-502.Andrew Holleran200-5223.Matt Lombardi196-5664.Dan Lyons194-5885.Andrew McCarty192-60106.Steve Driscoll191-61117.Kaitlin McCabe186-6616College Football Week 7 features 31 games that we’ll be picking this week. Friday night features two games involving Power Five conference team: No. 7 Louisville hosts Duke, and Mississippi State travels BYU. On Saturday, we have a huge game between Alabama and Tennessee in Knoxville, which could be a prelude to the SEC Championship Game, and a top 10 showdown in the Big Ten between Ohio State and Wisconsin. Again, there is a fair chance that game has a rematch in December.Here are our staff picks for every Power Five and Top 25 game for College Football Week 7.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 7 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCabeMcCarty7 Louisville vs. Dukelouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logoBYU vs. Mississippi StatebyuMississippi State LogobyuMississippi State LogobyubyuMississippi State LogoGeorgia vs. Vanderbiltgeorgiageorgiageorgiageorgiageorgiageorgiageorgia3 Clemson vs. N.C. Stateclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoMaryland vs. MinnesotaminnesotaMaryland LogominnesotaminnesotaMaryland LogoMaryland LogoMaryland LogoPurdue vs. Iowaiowaiowaiowaiowaiowaiowaiowa19 Oklahoma vs. Kansas StateoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaTexas Tech vs. 20 West Virginiawest virginiawest virginiatexastechwest virginiawest virginiawest virginiatexastechRutgers vs. IllinoisIllinois LogoIllinois LogorutgersrutgersIllinois LogoIllinois LogoIllinois LogoGeorgia Tech vs. Georgia So.georgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techVirginia vs. Pittpitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logo14 Florida State vs. Wake Forestflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoflorida state logoAkron vs. 24 Western Michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michigan11 Baylor vs. Kansasbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylor9 Tennessee vs. 1 Alabamaalabamatennessee logoalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaArizona vs. USCuscarizonauscuscarizonaarizonauscIndiana vs. 10 Nebraskanebraskanebraskanebraskanebraskaindiananebraskaindiana16 Miami vs. North Carolinaunc logomiamimiamimiamiunc logomiamimiamiMichigan State vs. NorthwesternMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoSyracuse vs. 17 Virginia Techvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatech18 Florida vs. MissourifloridafloridafloridafloridafloridafloridafloridaOregon State vs. 21 Utahutahutahutahutahutahutahutah22 Arkansas vs. 12 Ole Missole missole missarkansasole missole missole missole miss13 Houston vs. TulsahoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonhoustonTexas vs. Iowa StatetexastexastexastexastexastexastexasLSU vs. Southern Mississippilsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logoNotre Dame vs. Stanfordnotre dame logostanfordnotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logoColorado vs. Arizona Statecoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocoloradocolorado8 Wisconsin vs. 2 Ohio Stateohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logo15 Boise State vs. Colorado Stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateboise stateWashington State vs. UCLAuclauclawazzuuclauclawazzuuclaSeason Record196-56200-52194-58202-50191-61186-66192-60last_img read more

Watch: Army Cadets Rush The Field After Ending 14-Year Losing Streak Vs. Navy

first_imgArmy's cadets rush the field after the team finally beats Navy.The streak is over. Army beat Navy today for the first time since 2001.When the game was over and the Black Knights had wrapped up a 21-17 win over the Midshipmen, the Corps of Cadets wasted no time in celebrating.In packs of several, the Long Gray Line descended onto the turf at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. What a moment it was.#ArmyBeatNavy pic.twitter.com/drbtm2jGVa— Will Palaszczuk (@SBNWillP) December 10, 2016We know a good field storming. All the chills watching Army cadets rush the field. Good for those guys. pic.twitter.com/z9Wo0cw5pg— Oxford Economist (@OxfordEconomist) December 10, 2016Even in the midst of pure, unadulterated joy, the Cadets made sure to stop and show respect for their rivals.That’s respect. Mid-field storm, the Corps of Cadets stops to sing the Navy alma mater. pic.twitter.com/8tTVjwMlCo— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 10, 2016That isn’t shocking. After all, these guys are going to be teaming up in a major way in the coming years.What a game in Charm City today. Congrats to Army and head coach Jeff Monken.last_img read more

Lucas Moura doubts Van Dijk dribble stat

first_imgTottenham forward Lucas Moura says he thinks Virgil van Dijk was one of the top three players in the world last season, but questioned the infamous stat about the Dutchman being impossible to dribble past.The Dutchman’s monumental performances for club and country this season have seen him thrust into the conversation for the Ballon d’Or, alongside Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Alisson.It has been claimed that the only player to successfully complete a dribble past Van Dijk last season was Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, on international duty with Germany in November – but Moura isn’t so sure. 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? In an interview with Brazilian YouTube channel Desimpedidos (via Sport Witness), he said: “Dude, now this question there I don’t know if it’s true.“They say he hasn’t been dribbled past since… whatever. If the guy is past him, it’s already a dribble.“I don’t know, but the guys must have gone past him now.“I know I scored a goal against Liverpool, we lost, but I scored against Liverpool and he was left behind. But he’s great. He is.”26-year-old Moura was the hero of Spurs’ stunning Champions League semi-final comeback against Ajax, scoring a hat-trick in Amsterdam, but had to settle for a place on the bench in the final against Van Dijk and Liverpool.He came on as a second-half substitute for midfielder Harry Winks but was unable to turn the tide as Van Dijk’s man-of-the-match performance helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to their sixth European title.“Hey, the guy’s good,” Moura admitted. “He’s two metres tall, strong, and the Liverpool team is a very good fit, with a lot of chemistry.Lucas Moura Tottenham 2018-19“So he had an excellent season. He was elected the best in the Premier League, I think.“In the world… there are a lot of people there. But for the season, I think he’s among the top three. Among the top three!”In what was undoubtedly one of the least entertaining Champions League finals of recent years, one of the defining moments of quality came from Van Dijk as he ushered Spurs forward Heung-min Son away from goal as he threatened an equaliser at 1-0.Moura admitted to being upset at having to start on the bench, but it was nothing compared to the pain of defeat.”Of course I got upset,” he said. “I wish I had started. But I got so much more upset that we lost.”We really believed that we could be champions. And man, it was difficult. I cried a lot after the game. Because it was so close, so close.”last_img read more

Zidane: Bale staying not a problem

first_imgZinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale’s reluctance to leave Real Madrid is causing no consternation at the La Liga club.Reports of Madrid wanting to sell Wales winger Bale have been amplified since Zidane’s return as head coach in March.The pair are said to share an uneasy relationship, a view given legitimacy when the player’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, publicly questioned whether Zidane wished to keep the four-time Champions League winner. 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? But with three seasons left to run on his contract, and a wage unlikely to be matched elsewhere, Bale appears destined to remain in the Spanish capital for a seventh season.”Him staying is not a problem,” Zidane said ahead of the International Champions Cup clash against Bayern Munich.”I can’t say that the player is a problem. He has a contract, he is here and what I can say is that anything could happen.”I have to respect all the players, he is with us and he is a Real Madrid player.”We will see what will happen. His role has not changed compared to in June.”Bale is part of the squad that has travelled to the United States for the start of pre-season, along with new signings Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy.There may yet be more arrivals before the real campaign begins with Madrid believed to be closely monitoring wantaway Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.When asked about the France international, Zidane replied: “We know with the club what we want to do, and we are working on what we want to do.”What I’m looking forward to is tomorrow’s match and working bit by bit.”We have time for the rest, and we’ll see what will happen.”Bale, now 30 years old, has 102 goals and 65 assists in 231 games for Real Madrid and has scored spectacular strikes in the finals of both the Copa del Rey final in 2014 and the Champions League final in 2018 – both trophies Los Blancos went on to lift.last_img read more

Michigan State vs. Oregon Officially Set For Redbox Bowl In Santa Clara

first_imgA general view of the San Francisco 49ers field with an American flag stretched across it.SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: A general view during the singing of the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Chicago Bears at Levi’s Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oregon and Michigan State football both had fairly middling seasons for programs of their recent stature, but they should make for an interesting post-season match-up. The two are officially set to face off in the Redbox Bowl.This is the first year of the Redbox bowl sponsorship. The game, played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca., was most recently the Foster Farms Bowl, and before that, the Kraft Foods and Diamond Foods Bowl.Oregon is 8-4 in its first season under Mario Cristobal. The team is on a two-game winning streak, beating Arizona State and blowing out rival Oregon State to close the season.Michigan State is limping into bowl season a bit. The team scored a total of 12 points in losses to Ohio State and Nebraska, and squeaked by a bad Rutgers team 14-10 to close a 7-5 campaign.?? Coming Soon – A New Year’s Eve matinee featuring @oregonfootball and @MSU_Football!#RedboxBowl #Pac12FB #B1GFootball?: https://t.co/YLb3HPRuQz?:https://t.co/uCXjayVvtb pic.twitter.com/4yOXjW1Hoz— Redbox Bowl (@RedboxBowl) December 2, 2018The Oregon vs. Michigan State Redbox Bowl game will be played on December 31 at noon.The game will be broadcast on FOX.This is the first appearance for both programs in any iteration of this bowl game.Oregon and Michigan State have split their six all-time match-ups. They recently split a regular season home-and-home in 2014 and 2015, with Oregon blowing out Michigan State in Eugene in 2014 en route to the national championship game.Michigan State won the following year by three points. The Spartans made the College Football Playoff semifinal that year, losing to Alabama.The Ducks and Spartans have never played in a bowl game.last_img read more

ESPN Names 5 Teams That Will Disappoint In 2019

first_imgohio state coach ryan day during the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season will be here before you know it. We’ve got just two more full months of no-football, with the season kicking off at the end of August with a couple of games before the complete opening Saturday on Aug. 31.We can’t wait.ESPN’s Football Power Index is of course full of predictions ahead of the 2019 season, including predictions for teams that will not live up to the hype.Who’s overrated heading into the 2019 season? Here are five teams that’ll disappoint, per ESPN’s FPI.1. Ohio StateFPI rating: No. 13“While Justin Fields is a major acquisition who has been approved to play in 2019, FPI does not award the Buckeyes extra credit for securing the transfer QB because he didn’t earn significant playing time at Georgia. Instead, the Buckeyes are treated as if they will have to play a completely green QB this season, which, technically, is true — he’s just a high-profile one,” ESPN explains.2. TexasFPI rating: No. 26“Though Texas took strides last season, it had the benefit of starting 13 seniors and graduate students. Even with a cumulative top-five recruiting rank over the past four seasons, the fact that Texas is returning just eight starters is very likely to be a problem,” ESPN says.3. USCFPI rating: No. 27The Trojans are entering a make-or-break year in the Clay Helton era. His seat is very warm in Southern California and USC is in need of a big season if he’s going to keep his job.The FPI doesn’t expect that to happen, though. ESPN is predicting a non-top 25 year for the Trojans.4. NebraskaFPI rating: No. 35The Huskers are one of the most-hyped teams in the country heading into the 2019 season. Scott Frost had a rough start to his time in Lincoln, but Nebraska finished the season strong and is being ranked in the preseason top 25 polls.ESPN’s FPI doesn’t see the Huskers as a top 25 team, however.5. MiamiFPI rating: No. 32The Hurricanes will be boasting a new head coach in 2019, as Manny Diaz as taken over Miami’s program. The U is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2018 season, but hopes are high with this new regime. ESPN’s FPI believes it’ll take some time for Miami to get back to a top 25 level.***You can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

Colin Cowherd Implies Alabama Scheduled Wisconsin Because He Ripped Nick Saban For His Scheduling Practices

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.Last week, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd ripped Nick Saban, accusing the Crimson Tide head coach of failing to schedule difficult non-conference matchups. Saban actually responded, explaining his thoughts on the matter. A few days later, Alabama announced it had scheduled a home-and-home series with Wisconsin for 2024-2025.Wednesday, Cowherd, on his radio show, essentially implied that he is the reason that Alabama got on the phone with Wisconsin to schedule the series. To say that he went in on Saban would be an understatement.Here’s what he had to say:“You know how in our business, Joy, people say they don’t listen? But they always hear it. They push back on social media. Everybody says ‘I never hear the noise.’ Listen, if there was a guy on radio and TV blasting you all day, would you not hear about it? If not directly, from friends? So Nick Saban – ‘I don’t listen to the critics.’ Really? So a week ago I blasted Alabama. I said the reason you’re struggling to sell out your games, even though you’re winning all your football games, is this garbage home schedule you give to your fans – it’s garbage.Three or four times a year they play Panera Bread and Roast Beef Tech and Alabama students are like ‘I’m not paying top dollar for this – I’m not waiting for the Auburn game, I’m not waiting for the Georgia game.’ It’s garbage.So a day later, Alabama does something they haven’t done in six years. They scheduled a home-and-home with Wisconsin. Oh interesting. They don’t hear though, Nick never hears anything. Alabama is shrinking their stadium this year – shrinking the capacity. Why? Because kids don’t want to go even though they win. Because fans want to be entertained. It’s not entertaining beating Citadel 58-8.And I like Nick Saban. But he controls four games a year on that schedule. And he won’t play legitimate teams. ‘Well it’s really difficult for us to get a home-and-home.’ Funny, two days after I ripped you, you found Wisconsin. It’s not hard at all. But you have to be willing to go to Wisconsin.Call Chris Petersen up at Washington. They’ll do a home-and-home with you, but you’re going to have to go to Seattle. And you don’t like leaving the South.”Alabama hasn’t scheduled too many difficult non-conference games in recent years, but Cowherd is wrong about one thing – the six years comment. In the past year or two, Alabama has actually scheduled future home-and-home series with Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia.Either way, Saban likely won’t be around for any of these games. Whoever inherits Alabama’s program will have some tough non-conference slates every year.last_img read more

We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in Melbourne

first_imgWe need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneIndia vs Australia, 3rd Test: Following their first-ever Boxing Day Test defeat to India at home, Australia cricket team has been facing criticism from their media and former cricketers. advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 18:43 IST Steve Smith and David Warner scored nearly 40% of Australia’s total during their 2-0 win over India in 2014-15 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA leading Australian daily has said the national team needs Smith and Warner back at the earliestAustralian players, barring Pat Cummins, have received ordinary ratings for their performances at MCGAustralia suffered a 134-run defeat and conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead to India The writing was on the wall ever since Australia were bowled out for 151 in response to India’s 443 for 7 declared in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test. Pat Cummins and forecast of rain on Day 4 and Day 5 gave the hosts a glimmer of hope but Virat Kohli’s men were relentless in their pursuit of a famous win at the big G.India were restricted to 106 in the second innings but by then they had enough. Cummins, who shone with the ball in the first innings, came up with a valiant 63 but Australia eventually folded up for 261 and lost their first-ever Boxing Day Test at home against India by 134 runs.Tim Paine’s men also conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series to the visitors, who are now bidding to become the first team from the Asian country to win a Test series in Australia.Australia had been struggling for consistency ever since they lost their former captain, Steve Smith and vice-captain, David Warner to ball-tampering bans in March. And with the world number one Test side displaying a ruthless intent, Australia’s growing concerns are being exposed.The Daily Telegraph has echoed the thoughts of arguably the majority of Australian fans with a piece, titled, “Aussie woes laid bare: we need banned stars”, right after the hosts suffered the heavy defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”Any tentative plans Cricket Australia had to gauge the dressing room attitudes on the return of banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner have been thrown out the window following their MCG massacre,” the news daily adds.advertisementWhile Cameron Bancroft, who tampered with the ball on the insistence of Australia’s leadership group in Cape Town, has served out his nine-month ban, Smith and Warner will be free to play domestic and international cricket from March 30 in 2019.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts had recently said that Smith and Warner’s form in the upcoming T20 leagues will be assessed for their international comebacks. However, it seems more likely that the two prolific run-scorers will be back, wearing the Baggy Green at the earliest.Australian experts rate teams’ performances at MCGMeanwhile, Andrew Wu and Jon Pierik rated India and Australia players’ performances on a scale of 1 to 10 in the Boxing Day Test for the Sydney Morning Herald.While there were no surprises that Pat Cummins got 9.5 out of 10 for his all-round effort in the third Test, Jasprit Bumrah was rated 9 for his Man-of-the-Match-winning efforts with the Kookaburra.Aaron Finch got a rating of 1 on 10 after twin failures in the MCG Test. “At the crossroads as a Test opener after twin failures. Playing for his career in Sydney if he gets the nod,” the newspaper added.Rating captain Paine 5 out of 10, the SMH said, “Not his usual high standards with the gloves though this was not a keeper’s pitch. Showed usual fight with the bat.”Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh, who was booed at the MCG, got a rating of 2 on 10 and according to the SMH, axe looms for the all-rounder.On the other hand, former Australia cricketers have given their verdict on the Boxing Day Test with quite a few of them heaping praise on the Kohli-led visitng team.While several cricket experts have pointed out at the batting failure as the primary reason for Australia’s struggles, legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne came down hard on the Aussie pacers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, for their failure to take wickets up front with the new ball and later on with the older ball in 2018.Thoughts out of Melb. The Boxing Day test should be a – D/N match next year. Pat Cummins is the all rounder Aust are looking for & is a future Aust Capt. Also, It’s not just the batting that needs serious attention, the bowling stats for 2018 aren’t good. In-depth column comingShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 30, 2018India led by @imVkohli were too good for Aust in Melb with some standout performances from Pujara and Bumrah in particular. Bumrah is world class and a handful on any surface. Look forward to the SCG test where Aust look to square up what has been a high quality series.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) December 30, 2018Interesting how both @imVkohli & @Jaspritbumrah93 praise the significance of the Ranji Trophy in their player development. Shame we’re not sharing the same sentiment with Sheffield Shield. #AUDvINDTom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 30, 2018Very convincing win from ???? congratulations. For ???? @patcummins30 was the standout ??Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 30, 2018Also Read | Watch: India players congratulate 7-year-old Aussie co-skipper Archie SchillerAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t mean to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Australian MediaFollow Tim PaineFollow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow India cricket newslast_img read more

Australian Open: Alexander Zverev overpowers Aljaz Bedene, Kei Nishikori survives scare

first_imgAustralian Open: Alexander Zverev overpowers Aljaz Bedene, Kei Nishikori survives scareAlexander Zverev defeated Aljaz Bedene in the first round, while Kei Nishikori qualified as Kamil Majchrzak retired after bagging two setsadvertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 12:00 IST Alexander Zverev has emerged as the leader of tennis’ new generation of men’s players (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlexander Zverev overpowered Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-1 6-4Kei Nishikori qualified after Kamil Majchrzak retiredNishikori was trailing Majchrzak 3-6 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2 3-0Germany’s Alexander Zverev overpowered Aljaz Bedene to win their first round match at the Australian Open 6-4 6-1 6-4 as the 21-year-old firms as a title contender.The big-hitting fourth seed went down a break midway through the first set, which seemed to prod him into action. He won the next eight games, and Bedene never recovered.Zverev will play the winner of an all-French first round match between Jeremy Chardy and Ugo Humbert.Zverev, known as Sascha, has emerged as the leader of tennis’ new generation of men’s players, a reputation confirmed late last year by his maiden ATP Finals triumph where he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in consecutive days.”I’m really happy to be back.”We’re really happy you are back too @keinishikori #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ZOrUm89CLm#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019Kei Nishikori rallied from two sets down and won 10 consecutive games before Kamil Majchrzak retired with the score at 3-6 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2 3-0 at Margaret Court Arena.Nishikori had a chance to win the second set, up 30-0 on the Polish player’s serve at 5-4. But he let Majchrzak back into the game and when the set went to a tiebreaker, two unforced errors by Nishikori handed his opponent the set.Those mistakes riled Nishikori between the second and third sets, obviously upset with himself as he placed ice cubes in a plastic bag on the back of his neck.He came out firing to start the third set and his 10-game streak and 15 of the last 17 before Majchrzak had enough and stopped the matchadvertisement(With inputs from Agencies)Also Read | Serena Williams makes strong start to set up clash vs Eugenie BouchardAlso Read | Maybe I’ll see you again: Andy Murray tells Australian Open crowd after Round 1 exitAlso Read | Rafael Nadal catches journalist sleeping in press conference. His reaction is epicFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Kei NishikoriFollow Men’s singles Nextlast_img read more

IPL 2019: R Ashwin rues batting flop show after KXIP lose to RCB in tense clash

first_img commentary advertisement IPL 2019: R Ashwin rues batting flop show after KXIP lose to RCB in tense clashThough chasing a total in excess of 200 is never easy, skipper Ashwin was visibly disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuit. graphs No data available!center_img Ajay Tiwari BengaluruApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 13:39 IST Ashwin was disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuitHIGHLIGHTSAshwin was disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought hard for most of the gameAshwin also blamed his batsmen for not staying longer at the creaseAshwin knows that they need to win all their remaining games to avoid getting knocked out of the business endKings XI Punjab (KXIP) endured another defeat against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Bengaluru on March 24 when they fell short by 17 runs while chasing a mammoth target of 203 setup by the opponents. The defeat has left the R Ashwin led franchise with just 5 wins needing to win their remaining three fixtures of IPL 2019 to have a shot at making the playoffs.Though chasing a total in excess of 200 is never easy, skipper Ashwin was visibly disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuit.After stifling RCB with the wickets of Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali, KXIP had a chance to limit their opponents to a below par total. But AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis combined with some poor bowling saw RCB cruising past 200 – a total that was always going to be difficult to chase. Ashwin also blamed his senior batsmen for not staying longer at the crease in order to support the chase till the end.”I think AB de Villiers is someone who definitely makes the difference in those end overs. As I said our execution was all over the place for the last 2-3 overs. When you are chasing 200, you’d ideally like one of your batsmen to make 70 or 80. We were in it but we also lost momentum like RCB did during the overs 10-14 so we couldn’t really get back. But I thought that Nicholas Pooran played really well and he got us back in the game. We were cruising with 45 odd needed off 4 overs but it’s quite disappointing that we couldn’t finish the game from thereon,” added Ashwin.advertisementWhen asked what went wrong for KXIP in Bengaluru, Ashwin blamed the erratic execution of plans in the death overs – both while bowling and batting.”I thought we just lost a little bit of our execution – not a little bit but quite a bit – towards the end. Three overs for 60-odd runs wasn’t desirable but we were in the chase all along but we just couldn’t finish it off in the sense that the teams that play the crunch situations or a crunch couple of balls end up winning the game in T20s. So that’s what you back the senior players to do. Didn’t quite turn out that way. That’s exactly how it’s gone for us in the entire tournament. Whenever we have played those crucial moments we’ve won and whenever we haven’t we have lost it. The games have been really really tight for us,” said Ashwin.With 30 runs required off the last two overs, Ashwin admitted that the team still believed they could do it as Pooran was going great guns.”I think it was still gettable on this ground against a bowling attack that we have seen crumble before. We did back ourselves with Pooran going really strong but like I said it’s a matter of 1 or 2 balls when you can’t connect. The margin was really close but not closing games has really been the downside of our season so far. Hopefully we can correct it in the coming games,” said the off-spinner.In the final over, Ashwin hit the first ball for a six, but on the very next delivery, he hit one straight to Kohli at long-on off Umesh Yadav’s bowling. Kohli celebrated in his typical usual self, giving Ashwin a fiery send-off.Ashwin, on his part, was also seen throwing his gloves in the dugout in anger.”I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That’s it. As simple as that,” Ashwin said.Passions aside, Ashwin knows that they need to win all their remaining games to avoid getting knocked out of the business end of the tournament but insisted that the team will take it ‘one game at a time’.”We don’t have the time to think about that but I think we have a couple of platyers who wil be fit for the game against Hyderabad which is abig boost for us. You can look at it as 3 out of 3 now but it’s very important for us to take one game at a time. We have played some good cricket to end up winning only 5 games so far. It’s not very pleasing that way but going into the rest of the matches I’m pretty confident that we can turn it around,” signed off Ashwin.Also Read | IPL 2019: KXIP have failed to win pressure moments, says R AshwinAlso Read | Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore euphoric after 3rd straight win in IPL 2019advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow IPL 2019Follow RCBFollow KXIPFollow AB de Villiers scorecard view more view lesslast_img read more