15 players who could move in January

first_imgTransfers Batshuayi, Laporte & 15 players who could transfer before the January window closes Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 21:42 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michy Batshuayi Aymeric Laporte Split Getty/Goal Transfers Premier League Arsenal Chelsea Manchester City List The winter window closes on Wednesday evening, but there is still plenty of time left for clubs to make some final signings before the deadlinelast_img read more

Chelsea & the teams Messi has never scored against

first_imgLionel Messi Chelsea, Inter and the teams Messi has never scored against Goal 17:00 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Lionel Messi Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Chelsea Internazionale UEFA Champions League Primera División Of all the teams the Barcelona forward has faced, he has failed to hit the net against just 12, including Tuesday’s Champions League opponents A career spent as one of the world’s most prolific goalscorers and perennially at the top of the game, Lionel Messi has upset a huge number of teams as a star for Barcelona.The Argentine’s exploits have led the Catalan side to global success and helped keep them within the top echelons of European football.So consistent has Messi been that it is easier to name the teams he has failed to score against in his senior career since he emerged in Barca’s senior side as a 17-year-old in October 2004. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Of all the teams Messi has faced in the near 13 and a half years since his first appearance for the Blaugrana, he has failed to hit the net against just 12.He will get the chance to knock one of those teams off the list on Tuesday when his side visit Chelsea in the Champions League. Goal runs through the teams the Camp Nou icon has never scored against.last_img read more

Mourinho happy with dropped Pogba’s effort

first_imgManchester United Mourinho happy with ‘big effort’ from Pogba after dropping Man United star Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 08:30 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla José Mourinho Paul Pogba Videos The manager was satisfied with his midfielder’s display off the bench, although he preferred to talk about Scott McTominay Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was content with Paul Pogba’s contribution in the 0-0 draw at Sevilla after the Frenchman was dropped for Wednesday’s Champions League clash.Pogba, whose relationship with the Portuguese has been a hot topic in recent weeks, came off the bench to replace the injured Ander Herrera after just 17 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.AdChoices广告While Mourinho is tired of questions surrounding Pogba, he was pleased with the 24-year-old’s display in a hard-fought first-leg draw. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “In my pre-match interview, I had three questions about Paul and he wasn’t playing. That’s a bit strange,” he said after the last-16 clash.”And I think, respecting you and your work, I understand your question, but if I was one of you I would ask if the Manchester United manager agreed that [Scott] McTominay had a fantastic performance.”He looked like a senior player, he looked like a player with great maturity, tactical sense, a sense of responsibility, good in possession, good in pressing. I think he looked a man with dozens and dozens of matches in the Champions League.”But I also answer your question, I think Paul made a big effort to try to give the team what I asked of the team. I started with Ander and Scott and I think a fantastic player like [Ever] Banega, he wasn’t [fantastic], because he didn’t have the space to be the Banega that the world of football admires and Paul replaced Ander.59′ – @PaulPogba looks to find a team-mate. #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/In9x97a0kb— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018″He tried to bring the same qualities, plus his security with the ball. Of course he lost a couple of possessions, but he also gave us stability because he gave us a good percentage of possession for the way we play and the match away to a good team like Sevilla.”We had a good percentage of the ball and some control of the game, I think the three midfield players had good control and Paul was part of it.”A fine performance from goalkeeper David de Gea helped United to their goalless draw away from home.The second leg will be played at Old Trafford on March 13.last_img read more

Report: Sevilla 2 Barcelona 2

first_imgSevilla 2 Barcelona 2: Messi rescues leaders with late late show Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 04:39 4/1/18 lionel messi - cropped Getty Images Barcelona scored twice in 53 seconds during a frantic finish to Saturday’s LaLiga clash with Sevilla to earn a 2-2 draw. Lionel Messi came off the bench to rescue Barcelona and extend their unbeaten run LaLiga to 37 games as the leaders scored twice in the closing moments to draw 2-2 with Sevilla. Barcelona had been unusually below-par at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan and were lucky to only be two goals behind as the game entered the 88th minute.But Luis Suarez – who had been so wasteful for the visitors – then halved the deficit and 53 seconds later Messi earned a point, the Argentine superstar beating Sergio Rico from 20 yards to cap his return from injury in an astonishing finish to the contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was harsh on Sevilla who had dominated proceedings and deservedly led through strikes in either half from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel.But they were made to rue wasted chances from that duo and Jesus Navas as Barca showed why they are the top side in Spain this season.The draw edges Ernesto Valverde’s side closer to the title – now 12 points clear of closest challengers Atletico Madrid – and leaves them one game short of equalling Real Sociedad’s unbeaten record in the competition.Final whistle! Sevilla 2-2 FC Barcelona Franco Vázquez and Luis Muriel / Luis Suárez and Leo #Messi #ForçaBarça #SevillaBarça pic.twitter.com/jR2igXpaIJ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 31, 2018And breathe…#SevillaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 31, 2018Barcelona rued the absence of Messi in the opening half as Suarez and Andres Iniesta lacked the quality in front of goal that their Argentine team-mate is renowned for.Suarez saw an early chance saved by Sergio Rico and blasted another wide soon after, the Uruguayan’s openings coming after Iniesta had failed to test the Sevilla goalkeeper.At the other end Ter Stegen’s goal led a charmed life as Luis Muriel and Joaquin Correa both headed wide under little pressure from the Barca defence.Vazquez showed much more composure with 36 minutes on the clock as Barca gave him the freedom of the six-yard box, the attacking midfielder slotting home Correa’s low cross.Gerard Pique should have levelled things up seconds before the break but he inexplicably chose to try and volley Samuel Umtiti’s deflected cross rather than use his head – the defender failing to connect at the back post.HT: #SevillaFC 1-0 @FCBarcelonaA fantastic half of football for #SevillaFC. Let’s have the same again come the restart #vamosmisevilla #SevillaFCBarça pic.twitter.com/RIsPpFck1G— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) March 31, 2018The hosts used the let-off to put Barca further behind five minutes after the restart, Muriel firing beyond Ter Stegen after the goalkeeper could only parry Sergio Escudero’s shot.As Messi warmed up, Sevilla should have been three in front when Navas raced through one-on-one, but Ter Stegen held him up momentarily before Pique cleared his shot off the line.The loose ball then fell to Vazquez and he was unable to convert from 12 yards.Valverde introduced Messi – who missed Argentina’s two friendlies with a hamstring problem – just before the hour and he gave the visitors much more quality in the final third.He was immediately involved to release Philippe Coutinho but Simon Kjaer intercepted the Brazilian’s low cross before Suarez could tap home.Another chance saw Suarez hit the post from a tight angle, but Sevilla still posed more of an attacking threat – Muriel and substitute Miguel Layun both wasting good openings.And they proved costly as Suarez finally beat Rico with an acrobatic effort, with more drama to come in the visitors’ next attack.Messi – it had to be him – snatched a point Barca scarcely deserved with a curling effort that Rico could only get a hand to as the league leaders completed an unlikely recovery.Key Opta Stats:- Lionel Messi has scored 24 goals against Sevilla in LaLiga, his favourite opponents in the competition. – Barcelona have won more points from losing positions than any other side in LaLiga this season (17). – Messi is the player with the most goals from outside the box in Europe’s top five leagues this season, alongside Paulo Dybala (seven apiece). – Barcelona faced 21 shots against Sevilla, more than in any other game this season in all competitions. – Messi has scored nine goals in his last 13 games as a substitute in LaLiga.- Luis Suarez has scored 25 or more goals in each of his four seasons for Barcelona. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini confident club and fans now behind him

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini confident club and fans now behind himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident the club and fans are now united behind him.Hammers supporters sung their manager’s name for the first time since he took over in the summer as they made it four wins on the spin at Fulham last weekend.”Maybe we are starting some good days at West Ham, and we have to try and keep it that way until the end of the season,” said Pellegrini.”For me, having this good moment in the middle of the season is important for everyone.”The fans are loud in the stadium and the players are playing with more trust, but what is important is that we finish the season in the spot that this club deserves with the amount of people behind this club.”The London Stadium is now always full with fans and we need to feel that in every game. That is what we are trying to do now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez again blanked questions about transfers

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez again blanked questions about transfersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has blanked questions about transfers after defeat to Manchester United.He has again indicated that “big money” players are the difference for Newcastle United in their battle against the top six in the Premier League.Benitez stated for the fourth Press conference running that he would not talk about transfers – sending out a worrying message to Newcastle fans.When asked if he knew how much he had to spend, Benitez said: “I will not talk about transfers.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoSouthend chairman confirms interview for ​Ex-Man Utd, Celtic striker Larsson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southend chairman confirms interview for ​Ex-Man Utd, Celtic striker Larssonby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Celtic and Manchester United striker Henrik Larsson is meeting with Southend chairman Ron Martin about the club’s managerial position.Larsson was in attendance as the Blues lost 1-0 to Accrington in League One at the weekend.While there are other managers interested in the job, including Kevin Bond and caretaker Gary Waddock, Larsson is the high profile option.”We know the qualities within the manager that we are looking for but the combination of those characteristics or persons are not always available and it’s right we carry out, as we are, proper due diligence in arriving at the right choice,” Martin said to reporters.”Henrik Larsson is obviously one of the individuals that we have been interviewing but he is not the only candidate and no decision has been made as I write this statement.”I am going to Stockholm in the morning, back in the afternoon, to meet potential ‘back room staff’ but that’s it, gathering information. There are five shortlisted candidates and Gary Waddock is certainly included.”It’s sometimes difficult for the assistant to step into the shoes of the manager but in this instance Gary has had very considerable experience and he is well-placed to stamp his authority.” last_img read more

17 days agoTeam of the Week: Longstaff stuns Man Utd; Liverpool rolling; Abraham scores again

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorEli Rubenstein SturgessShare the loveHave your say Team of the Week: Longstaff stuns Man Utd; Liverpool rolling; Abraham scores againby Eli Rubenstein Sturgess17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt was certainly a weekend of football that proved that the Premier League is still alive and the big clubs are getting too complacent.Losses for Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham headlines the weekends results, with Liverpool picking up a dramatic late penalty to send them 8 points clear.Dream debuts for both Aaron Connelly and Matty Longstaff warmed the TVs and hearts of viewers all around the world.We here at tribalfootballlook at the top performers from Matchday 8 in the Tribal Football Team Of The Week.GOALKEEPER – DEAN HENDERSON (Sheffield United)The Manchester United prodigy responded in the best possible way after a disappointing mistake last week against Liverpool.Despite a bleak afternoon between the sticks at Vicarage Road on Saturday, the Englishman stood up when needed making two brilliant saves to salvage a point for the Blades.The first a terrific one-on-one stop from Danny Welbeck, and the second a superb reflex save from a header from point-blank range deep into stoppage time.CENTRE-BACK – WILLY BOLY (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Wolves’ astonishing win away at Manchester City extraordinarily included a clean sheet, achieved primarily through the heroics of Willy Bolly.The Frenchman was dominant in the backline, winning 5 aerial duels, making 2 interceptions as well as a colossal 12 clearances.It isn’t a mean feat to keep a City side of Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez and Silva with 18 shots on goal to 0 goals.CENTRE-BACK – LEWIS DUNK (Brighton & Hove Albion)In Brighton’s shock demolition of a dispirited Tottenham side, it was the captain who held the fort at the back, keeping a clean sheet.Restricting the dangerous Kane and Son to only 1 shots, Dunk was everywhere defensively recording a whopping 10 clearances.To cap of a strong performance, in the 65th minute the skipper played a long ball through to Connolly, who scored the Seagulls third, confirming all 3 points.RIGHT-BACK – ADAMA TRAORE (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Another star performer in the historic Wolves win, the powerful Adama Traore was the headline act, punishing the City defence with his pace and strength.The Spaniard started the game at wing-back where he curtailed the likes of Raheem Sterling, making 2 tackles and interceptions.However his move into the middle of the ground paid dividends as he was on the spot to cooly finish both goals past Ederson, gifting Wolves a surreal 0-2 victory.LEFT-BACK – JETRO WILLEMS (Newcastle United)The pacey and powerful Dutchman finds himself in the team of the week after an all-round impressive performance in Newcastle’s shock 1-0 win over struggling Man Utd.Defensively, Willems kept the likes of Pereira and Dalot toothless (0 key passes and only 1 dribble), making 3 tackles and 2 interceptions.Offensively, Willems combined terrifically with the exciting Saint-Maximin, constantly bombing down the wing to support attacks. In total, he registered 3 successful dribbles and 3 key passes, one of which the clever assists to Longstaff’s winner.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – MATTY LONGSTAFF (Newcastle United) [Moment of the Week]No need for a moment of the week this article as you won’t find a better story than Matty Longstaff’s dream debut against Manchester United.The 19-year-old local lad, lined up for his beloved Newcastle for the first time alongside his brother, the stage was set.From the moment the referee blew his whistle to start the game, Matty Longstaff looked at home in the Premier League. Pinging Long range passes and harassing the Manchester midfield, he added an important element to the Newcastle.With both him and Sean pulling the strings, Newcastle were on top for the match, however the best was yet to come.After hitting the crossbar with a terrific volley in the first half, Longstaff was goal hungry, and in the 72nd minute, the ball rolled out to him on the edge of the box.The debutant struck the ball sweet and fizzed it past De Gea, sending the Gallowgate into hysteria. His goal gifted the magpies a well-deserved 3 points, capping off a dream night under the lights of St James’ Park.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – JAMES MILNER (Liverpool)The experienced Liverpool veteran, put in a mature performance as the Reds scraped past Leicester with another tight victory.Operating at a pass accuracy of 87.3%, Milner was the attacking spark for the Liverpool side when he played a beautiful weighted long through-ball that put Mane in on goal, who accordingly made the score 1-0.When awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the game, it was of course the cool-headed Milner who again showed terrific composure to tuck the penalty away, pulling Liverpool 8 points clear at the top.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – CONOR HOURIHANE (Aston Villa)In Aston Villa’s 1-5 destruction of Norwich at Carrow Road, despite many star performers in midfield, it was the Irishman who emerged as the Villians top performer in the centre of the park.In the 30th minute, Hourihane made a run into the box and fizzed in a cross, putting the ball on a plate for Wesley to tap home.Again in the 61st minute, he picked the ball up outside the box and after a solitary touch, smashed the ball into the back of the net.CENTRE-FORWARD – WESLEY (Aston Villa)Aston Villa’s record signing flexed his muscles with a damaging performance against Norwich.The number 9 set the tone in the opening twenty minutes with two clinical finishes, showing terrific control and goal sense. Late in the game, Wesley also picked up an assist to cap of an imposing performance.In total, Wesley had 5/6 shots on target and won 3 aerial duels.CENTRE-FORWARD – RAUL JIMENEZ (Wolverhampton Wanderers)It was an unusual role for the Mexican striker, who found himself having the be at the ready for the rare dangerous forays that Wolves would experience in the City half.And ready he was, constantly a threat with both his dribbling and pace making the city defence look very shaky.Jimenez registered 5 dribbles and 3 key passes, including assists for both goals. He showed class and composure when charging past city defenders and playing through Traore deftly with the outside of his foot.CENTRE-FORWARD – AARON CONNOLLY (Brighton & Hove Albion)Another heartwarming story from the weekend as academy graduate Aaron Connolly tore through Tottenham in his first Premier League start.The Irishman was lively up top, having 6 shots on goal, making 2 key passes and despite being the shortest player on the pitch, won 4/4 aerial duels.However his goals were what put his name up in lights, the first, after his deft flick from a cross was saved, he was first to react turning in the rebound for 2-0. The second after receiving a long ball, Connolly charged towards goal and curled the ball past Gazzaniga from long range.MANAGER OF THE WEEK – NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO (Wolverhampton Wanderers)After what has been a dreadful start to the campaign for last years emerging team, Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has seemed to have turned this ship dramatically over the past week.Recording a relieving 2-0 win over Watford last matchday, and then picking up a colossal 3 points away at Besiktas mid-week in the Europa League, Wolves pulled off the best one of them all with a historic win over the 2x Premier League holders Manchester City.Playing with five at the back, Wolves were defensively solid all game but still had counteracting volatility with both Jimenez and Cutrone. However, his decision to move Adama Traore from right-wing-back to up forward proved most decisive, as he possessed the ability to damage City with his pace and power, something he did twice in their 0-2 win.GOAL OF THE WEEK – TAMMY ABRAHAM (Chelsea)Video Courtesy of LiveChelseavn last_img read more

12 days agoPaul Elliott happy many ex-teammates now working at Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Paul Elliott happy many ex-teammates now working at Chelseaby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Elliott is delighted seeing many of his Chelsea teammates now working with the club.Elliott played for three years with the Blues.He told the club’s website: “I saw Dennis Wise not so long ago at the FA, he looks great, he is lighter now than when he was playing! I see Tony Cascarino periodically, he is a good lad Cas. I have not seen Andy Townsend for a while but I have seen Frank Sinclair. Eddie Newton is still doing some really good work at the club, and Andy Myers, and I am pleased the club has kept those players involved. That is very important and they are good role models for younger players.”Jason Cundy was another young player when I was at Chelsea. “I tried to help them along and they had a thirst for knowledge and a good attitude.” last_img read more

Florida Softball Mother Does Ridiculous Chicken Dance After Michigan Intentionally Walks Batter

first_imgFlorida Softball Mother does the chicken dance.Florida Softball Mother DanceAnyone who’s ever been to a college softball game knows that there is a lot of cheering and a lot of taunting. But one Florida softball fan (presumably the mother of a player on the team) took it to the next level Wednesday night.In the sixth inning, with Florida leading Michigan 4-1 in the championship game of the Women’s College World Series, the Wolverines intentionally walked Gators star Lauren Haeger both to avoid her and set up a potential double play. It did not sit well with everyone in attendance.Nice chicken dance, Florida Mom. https://t.co/dUaJUGKMRU— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) June 4, 2015The move did eventually pay off, as Michigan got out of the inning without any damage. But Florida still won the title. We’ll assume this woman was happy with the overall result.last_img read more

LSU Releases Jersey Numbers For Freshman Signees

first_imgAn overhead shot of Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 11: The LSU Tigers play the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)We’re a little more than two months away from the start of the 2016 season. LSU opens up against Wisconsin in Green Bay.If you’re a Tiger fan and you want to know what jersey numbers the freshmen will be wearing this fall, the program released them all today. Initial jersey numbers for the 2016 #LSU Signing Class. View the preseason roster: https://t.co/TcpUJD370t pic.twitter.com/HSX6RoJT0P— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) June 20, 2016LSU fans, which freshman are you most looking forward to seeing?last_img read more

The Latest On Ohio State’s Investigation Into Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer at an Ohio State game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes waits for a play on the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has now been on paid administrative leave as Ohio State’s head football coach for more than two weeks. The Buckeyes placed the three-time national champion head coach on leave on Wednesday, Aug. 1.Ohio State announced a two-week timetable for its investigation into Meyer on Sunday, Aug. 5. Here is the latest on the investigation.So far this week, both Zach Smith and Courtney Smith have reportedly met with Ohio State’s investigative committee.Jeff Snook also reported on Wednesday that the mothers of both Zach and Courtney Smith met with the committee.“Attorneys representing the six member investigative committee looking into Ohio State’s and Urban Meyer’s handling of the allegations of domestic violence against former receivers coach Zach Smith, interviewed Smith’s mother Lynn Bruce and Courtney Smith’s mother Tina Carano today,” he reports.Snook has published multiple reports in which the mothers have come to the defense of the former Buckeyes’ assistant coach.“I wanted to stay out of this mess,” Courtney Smith’s mother said. “But I can’t take it anymore. I can’t take all of these lies that are being written. I just want the truth out there once and for all. What’s right is right. It’s been horrible for me to see the lies that were being written about Zach when he didn’t do what he was accused of doing.“He lost his job over something that didn’t happen.”Meanwhile, Ohio State’s investigation into Urban Meyer is expected to come to an end by the end of this week. Most experts are predicting a final decision to be announced by the end of this week or on Monday.Stay tuned.last_img read more

3 Teams Receive No. 1 Votes In The New AP Poll

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 1 of of the college football season is over. This weekend we learned Alabama and Clemson might be even better this year than last year – even with new quarterbacks under center.Following the weekend of college games, the AP released its new top 25. LSU, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame saw significant jumps after their impressive wins against Miami, Florida State, and Michigan respectively.Meanwhile, the top two teams remained the same – no surprise there. Alabama and Clemson sit at No. 1 and No. 2 once again. The Crimson Tide received 48 first-place votes while the Tigers came in second with 12.That left one vote out there for a different team. It went to Wisconsin. 1 Alabama (48)SECRecord: 1-0PV Rank1Points1,5112 Clemson (12)ACCRecord: 1-021,4673GeorgiaSECRecord: 1-031,3504Ohio StateBig TenRecord: 1-051,2625 Wisconsin (1)Big TenRecord: 1-041,258Never mind Georgia and Ohio State, one AP voter likes the Badgers as the No. 1 team in the country. Wisconsin opened its season with a 34-3 win over Western Kentucky in which star running back Jonathan Taylor ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns.The Badgers face off against New Mexico next weekend.last_img read more

ESPN Has Eliminated This Team From The Playoff Race After Saturday

first_imgA General view of Auburn's stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Week 6 of the 2018 college football season was a brutal one for top 10 teams, with three highly-ranked squads falling in upsets.LSU, Oklahoma and Auburn all lost on Saturday.How many of them remain in the College Football Playoff hunt?According to ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor, Auburn had basically already been eliminated. The Tigers’ chances were minimal before Saturday and now they’re non-existent.LSU, though, had a chance. The Tigers were undefeated heading into October and had a winnable game against Florida.Now, though, ESPN has eliminated them. LSU’s chances to make the College Football Playoff are less than 1 percent. The Tigers are done.Oklahoma, meanwhile, has an outside chance. The Sooners have a 12 percent chance, per ESPN’s predictor.You can view the full predictions here.last_img read more

Suspended College Football WR Is Suing His School

first_imgQuintez Cephus #87 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs after a catch in the second quarter of a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium.BLOOMINGTON, IN – NOVEMBER 04: Quintez Cephus #87 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs after a catch in the second quarter of a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Quintez Cephus was set to be Wisconsin’s No. 1 wide receiver entering the year. After allegations of sexual assault by two women led to his suspension, Cephus is now suing the school.Cephus is at the center of two investigations: one criminal, and one by the university into his conduct.The situation has placed him in a catch-22, his attorneys say. If he participates in the university investigation, it could harm his legal defense.Even without his participation, the UW investigation proceeds, and could lead to his expulsion from the school.As a result, Cephus is suing the university, seeking it to halt its investigation until the criminal case is over. He is also seeking damages from the school.From Madison.com:“Defendants have knowingly and intentionally forced (Cephus) into the predicament of having to either waive his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by choosing to participate in the university process despite the potential harm to his criminal defense,” the lawsuit states, “or decline to participate in the university’s process thus leading to the inevitable finding of responsibility and severe sanctions.”Sanctions can include expulsion from UW.[…]The lawsuit seeks unspecified money for emotional and psychological damage, damage to Cephus’ reputation and future career prospects, and past and future economic losses, among other damages. It characterizes Cephus as a “star wide receiver” and “a strong candidate to be a high draft pick in the National Football League.”Quintez Cephus is accused of having sex with two women who allege that they were too intoxicated to consent.Cephus says that the sex was consensual, and his defense team points to videos from outside of his apartment complex and text messages between Cephus and one of the women as evidence that it was consensual.He will be in court on Thursday for arraignment.[Madison.com]last_img read more

Pitt’s Coach Is Getting Destroyed For What He Just Did vs. Notre Dame

first_imgHead coach Pat Narduzzi of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts following an overturned call for a catch in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Pat Narduzzi of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts following an overturned call for a catch in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Notre Dame entered its game against Pitt with an undefeated record and College Football Playoff aspirations. However, through much of the game, the Panthers held the advantage and looked primed to pull off the upset.Then Pat Narduzzi happened. Down 19-14 with just over three minutes left to play in the game, Pitt faced a fourth and short.Instead of just going for it, Narduzzi called a fake punt. The head coach didn’t trust his quarterback to make a play, but employed his punter to attempt a fake punt pass – which failed miserably.Needless to say, Narduzzi took some heat from Pitt fans and college football fans everywhere cringed watching the play unfold.What in the world was even supposed to happen on this play pic.twitter.com/UWSk9Irz1N— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 13, 2018The Panthers have a chance late to score a game-winning touchdown. Pitt has the ball with 2:38 left on the clock.Can the Panthers take down the No. 5 team in the country? Or will Notre Dame survive and keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive?last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Reaction To That Last Purdue Touchdown Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer yelling during an Ohio State game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shouts on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Ohio State is officially on “upset watch.” It’s more like “upset warning” for the Buckeyes now, though.Urban Meyer and his team are currently getting blown out by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. We’ve entered the fourth quarter and the Boilermakers’ lead is growing.It’s now Purdue 28, Ohio State 6 with a little more than 10 minutes to play. It’s not all the way over yet, of course, but it’s not looking good for a Buckeyes comeback.The Boilermakers just took a 22-point lead on a long touchdown run. The Buckeyes’ defense has been giving up big plays all night and that might’ve been the play that sealed the loss.Meyer’s reaction summed everything up pretty well:urban meyer reacts to that last purdue touchdownYikes.Ohio State will fall to 7-1 with a loss tonight. The Buckeyes could still make a run at the College Football Playoff, but they’ll need to start playing a whole lot better.The finish of tonight’s Ohio State-Purdue game can be seen on ABC.last_img read more

West Virginia’s New Coach Makes Embarrassing Mistake During Intro Press Conference

first_imgSeats in West Virginia's stadium.MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 03: General view as seat cushions await fans before the game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Missouri Tigers at Milan Puskar Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)West Virginia is introducing its new head football coach, Neal Brown, to the media this morning.Brown, a 38-year-old head coach, left Troy for the Mountaineers’ job. He was Troy’s head coach from 2015-18, going 35-16 and winning three bowl games.West Virginia fans appear to be happy with the hire, though they’re cringing a bit at a mistake Brown made this morning.Unfortunately, Brown appeared to call one of West Virginia’s legendary players the wrong name.The Mountaineers’ new head coach appeared to call legendary WVU quarterback Pat White “Pat Harris.”Uh oh … sounded like Neal Brown called Pat White, “Pat Harris.” #WVU— Matthew Peaslee (@thempeas) January 10, 2019West Virginia fans are already forgiving him for this, thankfully.Pretty sure @NealBrown_WVU just called @P5White “Pat Harris” but we are going to let him live because he’s a nice guy AND he’s inviting all the former players to come back and be apart of the program. No more WVU legends getting locked out of the practice facility, it seems.— ?? Underwood (@chadunderwood) January 10, 2019Pat White, 32, was one of the most-electrifying players in college football history. He went 35-8 over the course of his career and had the Big East record for total touchdowns.West Virginia, meanwhile, will be looking to improve on its 8-4 record in 2018.last_img read more

Australia look for fresh start despite familiar demons of nightmarish 2018

first_imgAustralia look for fresh start despite familiar demons of nightmarish 2018Australia will be hoping for a change in fortunes in the new year, having have laboured to seven defeats and a draw in ten Tests in 2018advertisement Reuters MelbourneDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 11:37 IST Australia will be hoping the new year will be kinder to them (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia have had five defeats and a draw in seven Tests since the ball-tampering scandalTim Paine & Co. run the risk of being first Australian side to lose a Test series to India at homeAustralia take on India in the fourth and last Test in Sydney from Januray 3, trailing the series 2-1A troubled Australia side will head to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the fourth Test against India hoping to turn over a new leaf in 2019 but still plagued by the fall-out of their annus horribilis.Tim Paine’s side suffered a huge reality check at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where they were outplayed with bat and ball before slumping to a 137-run loss on Sunday.The defeat not only left them trailing 2-1 in the series but also made their defiant win in the second match in Perth appear something of a false dawn instead of a turning point in a rebuilding team’s fortunes.Since the ball-tampering scandal exploded in Cape Town in March, leading to long suspensions for former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Australia have laboured to five defeats and a draw in seven Tests.Tim Paine’s side has become defined almost as much by its absentees as the available players out on the field.While Bancroft’s nine-month ban expired on Saturday, Smith and Warner still have three months to serve on their 12-month suspensions.Their replacements have failed to cement themselves and Australia have been unable to move on, Paine admitted after defeat at the MCG.”The guys have nearly finished their bans and nearly done their time, so I think it’s time we started focusing on the fact that they’re coming back and from that there are some real positives,” he said after defeat at the MCG.In the short-term, Paine’s team are in danger of becoming the first Australian side to lose a Test series to India on home soil, having already conceded the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Virat Kohli’s men.advertisementWith the Sydney Cricket Ground reliably Australia’s most spin-friendly wicket, the hosts may find it tough going to manufacture a face-saving victory and square the series.Ravindra Jadeja captured five wickets on the MCG’s drop-in pitch, comprehensively winning his duel of spinners with Nathan Lyon, who took just one.The left-arm spinner proved a menace for Australia’s parade of left-handed batsmen and in Sydney could pose one half of a dual-spinning nightmare if Ravichandran Ashwin is fit to bowl.No Australian batsmen have scored a century in the series and number five Travis Head is alone in the top six with an average of above 30.One-day specialist Aaron Finch, dismissed for eight and three in Melbourne with a pair of poor shot choices, has convinced no-one outside of the Australia camp that he can succeed as a Test opener.Australia coach Justin Langer, however, said that no-one was putting their hand up in domestic cricket to push any of the current batsmen out of the side.”Try being a selector at the moment,” Langer told reporters on Monday. “We’ve got to be careful not to reward poor performances but … it’s not as if the guys are absolutely banging the door down.”Most of our batters knocking on the door are averaging in the 30s. The art of batting, we’ve got some work to do.”Whether it’s the system … whether it’s something we’ve got to change in our psyche, I’m not sure. It’s something everyone is looking at.”Seam-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who replaced the out-of-form batsman Peter Handscomb at the MCG, failed twice with the bat and went wicketless.His spot may be under pressure from part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne, who has been drafted into the squad for Sydney.Throwing the rookie all-rounder into the pressure of a series-decider could prove a big gamble.However, with all bets off and no-one else performing in the number six spot, Australia’s selectors could be forgiven for electing to roll the dice.Also Read | The Pant and Paine show at MCG: When light-hearted banter turned offensiveAlso Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghFor 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 Australia vs IndiaFollow Aus vs IndFollow Test seriesFollow Year enderlast_img read more