Monthly Archiv: October, 2019

10 months agoLyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Lyon ace Memphis Depay has revealed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho offered the carrot of buying him back when he was sold two years ago.Depay failed to settle in at Manchester United during his two years at the Old Trafford club, but has his career back on track at OL.Talking to The Times, Depay said: “When I left, I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top’. “He said ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.” On his relationship with Louis van Gaal, who brought him to Manchester United, the Dutchman said: “We didn’t fall out, it was just a miss-connection with each other.”As a team we didn’t play great football and some things I don’t understand – if you have talented young players, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and the others, they need freedom.” last_img read more

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Asked Erin Andrews For $1 Million Of Her $55 Million Lawsuit Money

first_imgErin Andrews appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live!erin andrews jimmy kimmelErin Andrews, who recently won her lawsuit in the much-publicized stalker trial, was awarded $55 million in damages from the Nashville Marriott, the Windsor Capital Group and Michael David Barrett. It didn’t take long for ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to get to the point when Andrews came on as his guest Wednesday night.Kimmel, jokingly, asked Andrews for $1 million. Of course – as we’ve written – she doesn’t have any of that money yet, and she won’t get it all.In all seriousness, it’s great to see Andrews smiling and laughing after the trial. The pictures/video from the ordeal were pretty tough to see.last_img

Watch: Wisconsin Football Honors Nebraska’s Sam Foltz

first_imgNebraska players walking on the field holding Sam Foltz uniform.Twitter/@HuskerFBNationWisconsin honored the late Sam Foltz on Saturday.Nebraska and Wisconsin square off in a Big Ten clash on Saturday night and prior to kick off Wisconsin and its kicker Rafael Gaglianone honored the late Sam Foltz by taking the team a Nebraska a jersey with his name on it:#SaturdaysAreForSamAppreciate you joining us today @rafagaglianone.#ForeverTwoSeven pic.twitter.com/ghYEGzPiCp— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 29, 2016Nebraska’s special teams unit laid the jersey on the bench as they have done all season.Foltz, along with Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, died in a car crash driving back from a special teams camp in Wisconsin. Nebraska opponents this season have done an awesome job paying their respects. Today, the Badgers were no different.The way that the college football community has rallied around Nebraska in light of this summer’s tragedy truly is special.Foltz was the Big Ten’s punter of the year last season and was considered one of the best players at his position in college football. He was 22 years old.last_img read more

Report: Belgium 3 Kazakhstan 0

first_imgReal Madrid new boy Eden Hazard helped Belgium on their way to an easy 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in Brussels in Euro 2020 qualification.The hosts made it three wins from three games in Group I thanks to goals from Dries Mertens, Timothy Castagne and Romelu Lukaku.Hazard was playing his first match since leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid and teed up the opening goal with a typical piece of sharp movement and a precise cross from the right flank. 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? Mertens was the recipient of Hazard’s service and he turned provider as Castagne made it 2-0 soon after and Lukaku put the game beyond any doubt early in the second half.To the delight of 36,000 at the King Baudouin Stadium, Belgium dominated throughout and only had to wait until the 11th minute for the opener, Mertens fortunate as his shot from Hazard’s delivery took a telling deflection over goalkeeper Dmytro Nepohodov.It was already clear Nepohodov was in for a busy night, after earlier efforts from Axel Witsel and Kevin De Bruyne, and the Belgium lead was doubled when Mertens found space on the left and his cross was headed home emphatically by defender Castagne, who celebrated his first international goal.Witsel, Lukaku and Mertens all rained shots at the Kazakhstan goal before Jan Vertonghen put a difficult chance over the bar and De Bruyne rattled the crossbar as Belgium threatened a rout.They made sure of the points in the 50th minute. Mertens cut in from the right flank and curling a left-footed shot against the base of the far post but the ball bounced out straight to Lukaku, who prodded into an empty net for the easiest goal of his Belgium career.An excellent evening against @KFF_Team We’re already back on Tuesday for #BELSCO Join us https://t.co/f2VILpCMLL #COMEONBELGIUM pic.twitter.com/VSuOLPzARX— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 8, 2019What does it mean? – Belgium a class apartBelgium could have scored six or seven on another night. Hazard, De Bruyne and Mertens picked apart a weak defence relentlessly as one of the likely favourites for Euro 2020 proved their class once again.Still keeping good KompanyWill Vincent Kompany wind down his on-pitch career after taking on his player-manager role at Anderlecht? Belgium must hope not as he produced a performance that suggested he deserves to remain a key presence for his country, whipping a chance away from Toktar Zhangylyshbay in an excellent piece of defending.Mertens misses his markNapoli forward Mertens was key in creating openings but spurned chances to add to his goal. One in particular stood out, when he skied the ball 10 yards over from barely six yards out.What’s next?Belgium host Scotland on Tuesday while Kazakhstan have a golden opportunity to claim their second win of qualification against minnows San Marino. read morelast_img read more

Alli: I want to perform in more than just the big games

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli says he has set himself targets in terms of goals and assists as he looks to cement his place in the Spurs team, and the national set up as England build towards next summers’ European Championships.His team are linked with reinforcements in Alli’s preferred position as they are rumoured to be pursuing Giovani Lo Celso of Real Betis. Meanwhile Gareth Southgate has an embarrassment of riches in attacking midfield.The 23-year-old had seven goals and eight assists in 38 club games last year, but has taken the unprecedented step, for him at least, of having a number of goal involvements in mind as the dawn of the new season is on the horizon. 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? “I’m not one for setting targets for goals and assists but I want to bring them back into my game,” he told the press. “So of course, I’ve set myself a little target.“I want to perform in every game, not just the big games. I feel good. I haven’t had any problems during pre-season. I’m feeling strong, I’m feeling fit. So, yes, I’m excited.”Alli believes pressure on his place is part and parcel of being a big-name player at an elite club.He thinks no player can be safe in those circumstances and welcomes the competition on the training ground and on the pitch.“As top players we want to be challenging ourselves,” the ex-MK Dons man added. “We don’t want to stay still or think this is as good as we are going to get. We want to keep pushing on and having top competition.“There are top players here and the players that are not in the starting 11 are training hard and working hard every day. Everyone is fighting to keep their places.”He thinks that the need for constant improvement doesn’t just apply to individuals but the team as well.Spurs reached the Champions League final last year, but Alli knows the team must strive to be better.“Last year the Champions League was a big achievement for us,” he continued. “We were disappointed we didn’t go all the way and win it but we are going to have to channel that hurt we felt in that game and keep improving.“We are not the finished article. We know that. We’ve got things to improve on.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Analyst Names Ohio State’s Most “Hated” Team Of All-Time

first_imgOhio State players making an O shape with their arms after a football game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 42-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines by performing their alma mater song Carmen Ohio at Ohio Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)You probably have a college football team that you love. You probably have a couple of college football teams that you hate.That’s, really, what makes the sport so awesome. The line between love and hate is a fine one and few sports better exemplify it than college football.What are the most “hated” college football teams of all-time?247Sports’ Brad Crawford named his top 10.A past Ohio State team is on the list.According to Crawford, the 2002 national champion Buckeyes are the sixth-most hated college football team ever.The whistle heard ‘round the world. Miami fans still want an explanation from Terry Porter on what exactly he saw when Hurricanes ballhawk Glenn Sharpe blanketed Buckeyes wideout Chris Gamble in the end zone, only to be whistled for defensive holding to extend the game in overtime. Ohio State would eventually win, beating top-ranked Miami, 31-24, to shock the defending national champions. The “Luckeyes” seemed to always have a flair for the dramatic during Jim Tressel’s only national championship season and benefited from several calls — including that big one — to be the last team standing. Freshman Maurice Clarett was Ohio State’s star, a trash-talking ballcarrier no one seemed to like in the Big Ten or nationally. He couldn’t stay out of trouble and was later dismissed by the university.That’s a fair spot. Few college football national title games have been scrutinized more than that one.You can view the full list here.last_img read more

Former College Football Star Died While On Vacation In Thailand

first_imgTwo generic NFL footballs.(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Former Colgate star Jordan Scott, one of the best running backs in Patriot League history, is dead at 31. He tragically died after jumping off of a dam at a resort while on vacation in Thailand.Scott is all-time leader in rushing attempts in all of Division I football. The 2009 grad carried the rock 1,240 times during his Raiders career, piling up 5,621 yards and 57 touchdowns. Both were Patriot League records when his career ended.He remains second in both yards and touchdowns in conference history. This season, Fordham’s Chase Edmonds passed him in those categories.Jordan Scott, a Washington, D.C. native, was on vacation with friends in Thailand last week.On Friday, while on a visit to a resort near Khao Sok National Park, he jumped off of Ratchaprapa Dam. After his second jump, he never resurfaced.Local authorities found his body on Monday. He was confirmed dead earlier today by the Bangkok Post.More on the tragic incident, from The Oneida Daily Dispatch:According to Friday’s edition of the Bangkok Post, the 31-year-old failed to surface after jumping into the water at the Ratchaprapa Dam, near Surat Thani in the Ban Ta Khun district. That area is located about an hour’s flight south of Bangkok.Scott hailed from Washington, D.C., and he was visiting the area with five friends. It was Scott’s second jump into the water, which is estimated at 150 feet deep at that point next to the dam. The structure spans 2,500 feet and was built in 1987.According to the report, the resort will pay Scott’s family $31,000, which it will receive from its accident insurance package.Colgate head coach Dan Hunt praised his former star running back, for both his on-field accomplishments, and for who he was as a person:“Jordan was one of the best players we’ve ever had here but also one of the better people,” Colgate head coach Dan Hunt said. “He made everybody around him better and made everybody feel welcome.”[…]“He’ll be missed, and you will see in the next days and weeks to come the strength that is Colgate Football. We will rally behind him and his family. To have a career like that and to leave marks like he did kind of gives you a little bit of immortality. He will be remembered forever.”A GoFundMe campaign has also raised over $36,000 on what was a $16,000 goal to bring home his body. The excess funds will be donated in Jordan’s memory. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family, and the Colgate community during this incredibly difficult time.[The Oneida Daily Dispatch]last_img read more

ESPN Releases Prediction For Syracuse vs. Florida State

first_imgA view of the back of a Florida State player's football helmet.DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Syracuse vs. Florida State takes place in the Carrier Dome, where the Orange have taken down big-name opponents each of the last two years.Syracuse is 2-0 in year three under Dino Babers. The Orange have been putting up big point totals, but surrendered 42 points against Western Michigan in Week 1, most of which came in a bonkers third quarter.Florida State wishes it only had one really troubling quarter. The Seminoles were handled at home by Virginia Tech in Week 1, and had to come from behind against Samford last week.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Syracuse vs. Florida State is out.Syracuse is actually a slight edge at home, even against a team with more talent on paper. FPI gives the Orange a 57-percent chance to win.Via ESPN:ESPN FPI prediction for Syracuse vs. Florida State.Syracuse vs. Florida State will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.ESPN will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]last_img read more

A New Report About Urban Meyer, Aaron Hernandez Has Surfaced

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has been making headlines this week, as the Ohio State head coach returns to the Buckeyes in full-time capacity following his three-game suspension following the investigation into his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith.Today, Meyer is once again making headlines, but this time, it’s for something in his past.The former Florida Gators coach reportedly warned NFL teams against drafting former star tight end Aaron Hernadez, whose past doesn’t need to be explained at this point.The quote comes from Ian O’Connor’s new book, Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time. It details a conversation Meyer had with an unnamed NFL coach.From the book:While coaching the University of Florida, Urban Meyer warned at least one NFL team that it should not draft his talented but troubled tight end, Aaron Hernandez. Meyer told that team, “Look, this guy’s a hell of a football player, but he f—ing lies to beat the system and teaches all our other guys to beat the system. With the marijuana stuff, we’ve never caught this guy, but we know he’s doing it. … Don’t f—ing touch that guy.” An official with that NFL team said he was taken aback when Meyer’s friend, Belichick, drafted Hernandez in the fourth round. “I never understood that,” the official said.Hernandez, of course, went on to be drafted by the Patriots. He had a promising NFL career before later going to prison and later dying.Meyer, meanwhile, is set to return to the sideline on Saturday against Tulane.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Reacts To Crazy Zach Smith-Tom Herman Feud

first_imgEmmanuel Acho at SiriusXM event ahead of Super Bowl.HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 02: Current NFL player Emmanuel Acho visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl 51 Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)It was a nice, quiet Sunday in college football until Zach Smith went on an off-the-wall Twitter rant about Texas head coach Tom Herman.Smith and Herman used to work together as Ohio State assistants. They reportedly used to recruit together, but there’s clearly no love lost between the two at this point.In a lengthy tweetstorm tonight, Smith accused Herman of cheating on his wife. Included in the rant was a screenshot of an apparent conversation between Smith and Herman.It appears that Herman responded to Smith.Remember when you were with an a Asian massuese? Because I dooooooooo…. @CoachTomHerman – you’re the biggest snitch alive… and also the biggest hypocrite alive. Anyone wanna know all that I know about Tommy Boy? Contact me. Lmao pic.twitter.com/L9x4bJ19ii— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) November 11, 2018Shortly after all of this went viral, ESPN analyst and former Texas star Emmanuel Acho interjected his thoughts on the matter.In fact, all he did was tweet Herman’s apparent response to Smith.Ok. CoolHook Em! ??— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) November 11, 2018We’re going to take a guess and say that “Ok. Cool. Hook Em!” is going to catch on and become a meme/oft-repeated joke.last_img read more

A Veteran College Football WR Is Transferring

first_imgA general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Tabari Hines enrolled at Oregon as a graduate transfer before this season. He spent his first three seasons at Wake Forest.Now, Hines is on the move again. He is taking advantage of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule to transfer out of Oregon after playing in four games this season.Hines will be immediately eligible next season, wherever he goes. As a Duck, he recorded three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal confirmed Hines’ departure earlier today.Mario Cristobal just said on conference call that Tabari Hines has left the program and will transfer to another school to play next year.— Steve Mims (@SteveMims_RG) November 13, 2018For his career, Hines has made 126 receptions for 1,528 yards and 14 touchdowns.Oregon will continue its 2018 season at home this Saturday against Arizona State. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Reveals Controversial New CFB Playoff Prediction

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his College Football Playoff prediction in the middle of conference championship Saturday.Herbstreit has updated his prediction following Oklahoma’s win over Texas and the start of the Alabama-Georgia game.The Bulldogs are currently leading the Crimson Tide, 14-7, in the middle of the second quarter.Herbstreit outlined three different scenarios and what he would do in each of them.The picks:If Bama wins close game 1-Bama 2-Clemson 3-ND 4-UGAIf UGA wins1-Clemson 2-UGA 3-Bama 4-NDIf Bama blows UGA out1-Bama 2-Clemson 3-ND 4-OU/OSU debate.So, Herbstreit thinks, barring an Alabama blowout, Georgia should make it into the College Football Playoff with two losses.That will be controversial.If Bama wins close game1-Bama2-Clemson 3-ND4-UGAIf UGA wins1-Clemson2-UGA3-Bama4-NDIf Bama blows UGA out1-Bama2-Clemson 3-ND4-OU/OSU debate.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 1, 2018The 2018 College Football Playoff field will be unveiled on Sunday afternoon on ESPN.Who are you picking?last_img read more

Reason For Mark Dantonio’s Press Conference Has Been Revealed

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio looking at his play sheet.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio looks on against the Stanford Cardinal during the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio will be holding a press conference this evening. The reason for this press conference was not given at the time of the announcement.Unsurprisingly, this led to quite a bit of speculation about Dantonio and the Spartans’ program on social media.The reason has since been revealed.Michigan State reporter Graham Couch is reporting that Dantonio will be announcing some coaching changes.“I’m hearing this is an offensive staff shakeup by Mark Dantonio: – Brad Salem will move from QBs coach to offensive coordinator and RBs coach. Dave Warner will become QBs coach. – Mark Staten moves from O-line coach to TEs and special teams. Jim Bollman becomes O-line coach,” he tweeted.I’m hearing this is an offensive staff shakeup by Mark Dantonio:– Brad Salem will move from QBs coach to offensive coordinator and RBs coach. Dave Warner will become QBs coach.– Mark Staten moves from O-line coach to TEs and special teams. Jim Bollman becomes O-line coach.— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) January 10, 2019Michigan State fans don’t appear to be too happy with this news, as the Spartans’ fan base was hoping for bigger changes.What an absolute joke, if true.— Brian (@Brian_S81) January 10, 2019Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic— Frank Murphy (@tFrankMurphy) January 10, 2019 pic.twitter.com/kHLkX0g4UG— Nick Gandhi (@nick_gandhi32) January 10, 2019Michigan State is coming off a disappointing 7-6 season that ended with a one-point loss to Oregon in the RedBox Bowl.last_img read more

Tate Martell Is Recruiting A Former No. 1 Overall Recruit To Miami

first_imgtate martell holds a football during a campCORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Landing Ohio State transfer quarterback Tate Martell was a huge coup in what has been an active offseason for Miami and new head coach Manny Diaz. If Martell is eligible this fall, he could be the ‘Canes starter in Week 1.One of the major factors in Miami’s favor when it came to landing Martell was the fact that two of his Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman teammates were already in the program. Tight end Brevin Jordan is entering his sophomore year at The U, while safety Bubba Bolden just transferred in from USC.Now, it looks like Martell is trying to convince another one of his buddies to join him in Coral Gables. This particular player–former UCLA five-star linebacker Jaelan Phillips–was the top prospect in the nation two years ago.Martell tweeted tonight that Phillips is visiting Miami this coming weekend.“Just got back from my adventure in the portal and came back with @JJPhillips15 visiting this weekend!” he wrote.Just got back from my adventure in the portal and came back with @JJPhillips15 visiting this weekend! ??? pic.twitter.com/L3OIziufNL— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) January 21, 2019Phillips left the Bruins in December in what was reportedly an injury-related departure. Earlier this month, it was reported that he was considering USC and Stanford.The No. 1 overall recruit in the 2017 cycle, Phillips played in only 10 games in two seasons at UCLA due to injuries.last_img read more

The 5 States Sending The Most Players To The NFL Combine

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)With the NFL Scouting Combine approaching rather quickly, it’s officially time to prepare for the offseason.The best prospects from around the country will have the chance to showcase their athletic abilities in various drills. It basically provides an up-close look at the next group of football stars.Programs such as Clemson and Alabama send elite talent to the scouting event every season, and this year shouldn’t be any different.The NFL Combine will release the full list of players that are invited to the event today.In the meantime, the NFL Draft released a list on Twitter that features which states are sending the most prospects to Lucas Oil Stadium.It’s safe to say that Florida and Texas will be represented very well.Here is the list of the top states where the incoming prospects played high school football:The list of players invited to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine will be released today. While you’re waiting, ponder the top 5 states where the 338 participants played high school football?Florida 51Texas 31Georgia 25California 25Ohio 20— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 7, 2019The NFL Combine drills for each position will begin in March, as the offensive players will take the field for two days before the defensive crop of talent gets their chance to shine.Expect the quarterback prospects to draw most of the attention this spring, especially with the question marks surrounding Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray and Drew Lock.Stay tuned for the invitation list that will be released this afternoon.last_img read more

ESPN Football Power Index Releases Its Preseason Top 10

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is still a ways away, as we’re about seven months away from opening weekend, but it’s never too early to start talking about some preseason predictions. Thanks to ESPN’s computer, we have some.ESPN’s Football Power Index is releasing its full predictions for the 2019 college football season today.We’ve gotten an early look at the ESPN FPI top 10. There is one pretty notable absence.Here’s the preseason top 10, from ESPN’s Football Power Index: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaLSUMichiganOklahomaNotre DameFloridaAuburnOregonThe notable absence: Ohio State.The Buckeyes are coming off a Rose Bowl victory over Washington and return a decent amount of talent on both sides of the ball.Ohio State is losing Dwayne Haskins, but bringing in former five-star quarterback recruit Justin Fields, who transferred out of Georgia. Fields has been made eligible for the 2019 season, receiving a waiver from the NCAA.Buckeyes fan will surely take issue with this, especially considering Michigan – the team Ohio State dominated at the end of the season – comes in ahead of them.The full ESPN Football Power Index rankings are set to be released later today.last_img read more

Former College Football Player, Pro Wrestler ‘The Destroyer’ Dick Beyer Passed Away This Week

first_imgLegendary wrestler The Destroyer, in his final match in Japan.Dick Beyer, best known as longtime professional wrestler “The Destroyer,” passed away this week. He was 88 years old.Beyer wrestled in four different decades, starting his career in the 1950s, and not officially retiring until a final match in 1993. Amazingly, that came at the age of 63.While he came up in the United States, Beyer’s career took off in Japan. According to the WWE, one of his most famous matches in 1963 was viewed by over 70 million television viewers.Beyer’s son Kurt announced his father’s passing via Facebook:It is with a very heavy heart to let you know that Dad — aka The Destroyer, aka Doctor X, aka Dick Beyer, aka Coach –…Posted by Kurt Beyer on Thursday, March 7, 2019Before his wrestling career, Dick Beyer wrestled and played football at Syracuse University.Beyer served as a captain under legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder.The 1952 Syracuse team clinched its first bowl appearance, with a trip to the Orange Bowl against No. 9 Alabama.He went on to coach for Schwartzwalder after finishing his football career in 1953. He then went on to his famed wrestling career, which expanded into greater Japanese pop culture, including television programs and even a music album.Beyer is a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, inducted in 2005. He received Syracuse University’s Zunic Award in 2014, during the Orange football team’s game against Florida State.He passed away in his sleep in his home town of Akron, New York on Thursday, where he had moved back to teach physical education.last_img read more

The 5 College Football Coaches Most-Likely To Be Fired

first_imgA closeup of Charlie Strong.A photo of Charlie Strong coaching from the sideline. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is only two-plus weeks old, but unfortunately for some major head coaches, it’s already time to start talking about potential firings.The latest betting odds from SportsLine have ranked the college football head coaches most-likely to be fired first.Whose job is most on the line right now?Here are the five head coaches most-likely to lose their jobs this season. 1. USF head coach Charlie StrongOdds: 3/1South Florida is off to a dismal 0-2 start this season and the former Texas head coach is now 7-8 in his last 15 games.It appears a change could be coming.2. Florida State head coach Willie TaggartOdds: 4/1Taggart is in Year 2 at Florida State and following a brutal first season, the second year isn’t looking much better – if at all. The Seminoles are 1-1 and needed overtime to get past UL Monroe last Saturday.Perhaps today’s coaching move will propel the Seminoles into a different direction.3. Rutgers head coach Chris AshOdds: 7/1Rutgers suffered a bad loss last weekend, going into Iowa and falling, 30-0. A loss was expected, but not like that.NJ.com wrote this week: “If Chris Ash can’t beat Boston College, his Rutgers days are numbered.”Next Saturday’s game against Boston College is a big one.4. UCONN head coach Randy EdsallOdds: 8/1Edsall, 61, is in his second stint leading the Huskies’ football program. His first tenure (1999-2010) was a good one, leading to the Maryland job.He’s just 5-21 since returning, though.5. Rice head coach Mike BloomgrenOdds: 10/1The Rice head coach is just in his second season leading the program and it seems unlikely that a change would happen so quickly.Still, the Owls went 2-11 last season and are off to an 0-2 start this year.***You can view the full odds here.last_img read more

India A women’s hockey team to face France A in four-match series

first_img Press Trust of India LucknowFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 19:23 IST India A will tested by a strong French A team (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play France in the opening game in Lucknow on FridayThe two teams will travel to Gorakhpur for the second match on February 10They will return to Lucknow for the 3rd and 4th matches on Feb 12 and 13 respectivelyThe India ‘A’ women’s hockey team will look to gain much needed exposure when it takes on France ‘A’ in the opening match of four-game series in Lucknow on Friday.The Indian team, led by skipper Salima Tete, comprises of players from the Indian Development Women’s Core Group and will look to put their skills to test against a France side who have a mixture of youth and experience in their 21-member squad.”We are all very excited to be playing at home in Lucknow and Gorakhpur against a French team who will give us tough competition in the four Matches,” said India ‘A’ women’s hockey team coach Baljeet Singh.”These matches will help us in developing these players to play together as a unit, and to understand the different strategies that we want to implement.”The fact that we are playing in-front of home support makes it even more exciting for the girls as it will be a proud moment for them.”Singh said playing such matches will help in the development of the players.”When it comes to the junior teams, we have limited competitions throughout the year so I welcome the move from Hockey India and the French Hockey Federation to play bilateral matches,” said the Indian coach.India ‘A’ Women’s Team will be embarking on a new journey from 8th February 2019 when they host visitors @FF_Hockey in Lucknow. Here’s a look at the schedule! #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/oVkFeayBEAHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 6, 2019Coach of the India ‘A’ Women’s Team, Baljeet Singh, is optimistic about the upcoming tournament as it will prove to be a great platform for budding players. #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/YzIt1o5RmsadvertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 7, 2019″Such initiatives will help us in implementing different tactics and combinations that we practice during camps, and gives us the opportunity to develop these players for bigger challenges.”After the opening match, the two teams will travel to Gorakhpur for the second match on February 10. They will then return to Lucknow to play the third and fourth matches on February 12 and February 13 respectively.Also Read | India bids to host men’s or women’s hockey World Cup in 2023For 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 byPTI Tags :Follow India women’s hockey teamFollow India vs France India A women’s hockey team to face France A in four-match seriesThe A team of India will face France A in a four-match Test series with matches being played in Lucknow and Gorakhpur starting from Fridayadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of next 3 games with hamstring injury

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of next 3 games with hamstring injuryIndian pcer Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled up his hamstring during India’s victory against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday, possibly ruling him out for the next 2-3 matches of World Cup 2019advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 16:17 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar left the field after bowling just 16 deliveries (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBhuvneshwar Kumar has pulled up his hamstring during India’s match vs Pakistan on SundayCaptain Virat Kohli believes that Kumar will miss the next 2-3 games of World Cup 2019Mohammed Shami could take Kumar’s place in the playing XIIndian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who suffered a hamstring injury against Pakistan, will be sidelined for a maximum of three games in the ongoing World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli has confirmed.Kumar injured his hamstring while bowling the fourth ball of his second over and had to walk off the field during Pakistan’s chase of 337 on Sunday. Upon leaving the field, he was examined by team physio Patrick Farhart and a decision was taken to keep him off the field, with Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya combining to fill for him.”Bhuvi’s case looks like a niggle, a case of slipping on the footmarks. It doesn’t look too serious at the moment and looks like he could recover in a couple of games from now, maximum of three games,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) at the Old Trafford.The Indian skipper added that they will include Mohammad Shami who is raring to go.”He is going to be an important factor for us so hopefully he can recover in time. But we have Shami with us and it shouldn’t be much of a worry for us. Even Bhuvi doesn’t think his niggle is too bad and that time would heal it,” he added.The injury to Bhuvneshwar comes after India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to a hairline fracture because of which he has also been sidelined for a few games.Meanwhile, Kohli praised Rohit Sharma, who scored a brilliant 140 and helped India post 336/5 in their full quota of 50 overs. “Rohit’s knock was outstanding today. He again showed today why he is such a good ODI player.”advertisementHe was also full of praise for left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up two wickets of set Pakistani batters Babar Azam (48) and Fakhar Zaman (62) and confirmed India’s seventh victory over Pakistan in World Cups.”Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant. Those guys were only trying to play him out. A longer spell helped in that situation and he was getting into rhythm. They were thinking that he would go out of the attack sooner rather than later,” said Kohli.”That ball to dismiss Babar was just outstanding with the drift, the turn and just beating the batsman batting so well. This is the best he has been bowling since coming to England and, him confident with Chahal, is going to be an important factor for us in the tournament,” he added.Asked why India-Pakistan games have not lived up to hype in the recent times, the Indian skipper said, “I think they outplayed us in the Champions Trophy 2017 final. But if you focus on this game as too emotional, things can go wrong. We never approach them (the India-Pakistan game) from that perspective. We are professional about it and the result is what that matters.”India, standing pretty at the third spot with seven points from four games, will next face Afghanistan on June 22 in Southampton.Also Read | Kuch fitness nai, kuch nai: Pakistan fans blame burger for defeat to IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan lost but Pakistani Twitter had us in splitsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow Virat Kohli Nextlast_img read more