West Ham target Pellegrini leaves Hebei Fortune

first_imgTransfers West Ham target Pellegrini leaves Hebei China Fortune Goal 02:38 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City Stoke City Premier League 23042016 Alex Livesey/Getty Images Transfers West Ham United Hebei CFFC Premier League The former Manchester City manager has departed the Chinese Super League club, possibly paving a way back to the Premier League West Ham target Manuel Pellegrini has left his position at Hebei China Fortune, the Chinese Super League club announced on Saturday.Goal reported on Friday that West Ham had made the former Manchester City manager their top target to replace David Moyes.”As of May 20, Mr Pellegrini will no longer work as the head coach of Hebei China Fortune Football Club,” the club announced in a statement posted to Weibo.com. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We sincerely thank Mr Pellegrini for his contribution to the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”The move potentially paves the way for Pellegrini to join West Ham as the Premier League club search for a new manager following the 2017-18 season.Slaven Bilic began the season at the club, but was fired mid-season as the club toiled under the threat of relegation.Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss Moyes was brought in as a replacement and steered West Ham to safety, but his contract was allowed to expire following the end of the season.While Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and outgoing Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery were in the frame for the job, Goal reported Pellegrini had become the front runner in recent days.Emery’s lack of English was considered a detriment, as were concerns over Benitez’s wage demands and compensation for a release from his Newcastle contract.Pellegrini has been valued thanks to his Premier League experience and success with Manchester City, where he won the league title in 2013-14 during a three-year stay.The Chilean, who is not believed to have met with West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan yet, had a large contract in China, where he earned approximately £15.7 million per year, but it is not expected he will require a deal that large to join the London club.The 64-year-old took over Hebei China Fortune after his departure from City. He led the side to a fourth-place finish in his only full season at the club, and departs with the team in ninth place. In addition to the Premier League, Pellegrini won two League Cup medals during his stint at City, before making way at the Etihad Stadium for Pep Guardiola in 2016.last_img read more

FIFA 18: CONMEBOL World Cup ratings revealed

first_imgeSports CONMEBOL ratings revealed for FIFA 18 World Cup mode Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:25 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez Uruguay Czech Getty Images eSports Uruguay Colombia Peru World Cup The likes of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado could light up the tournament in Russia… but how are they rated?last_img

What’s become of Liverpool’s legendary 2005 team?

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool’s Istanbul heroes in Champions League – where are Reds’ winners now? Cady Siregar 06:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Garcia Liverpool 2005 UEFA Champions League Final Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League, we take a look at what became of their star players It’s a tale permanently lodged in football lore – Liverpool, who were massive underdogs heading into the Champions League final of 2005 against AC Milan anyway – staging the most historic of comebacks after being 3-0 down by half-time. A Steven Gerrard masterclass started a four-minute spell that saw the Reds score three goals, equalising the scoreline until penalties, and ultimately brought the European Cup to Anfield for the fifth time. As Liverpool gear up to face Real Madrid in next weekend’s Champions League final, we take a look at some of the Istanbul heroes 13 years later.last_img read more

Sarri front-runner for Chelsea with Conte exit imminent

first_imgChelsea Sarri the front-runner for Chelsea job as Conte edges closer to exit Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:01 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Maurizio Sarri Antonio Conte Napoli Chelsea 2017-18 Getty/Goal Chelsea Napoli Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues remain keen on replacing their current manager with another Italian coach, who is looking to move on from Napoli Chelsea remain keen to replace Antonio Conte with Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri and it is increasingly a matter of when, rather than if, the Italian leaves Stamford Bridge, Goal understands.Sarri is keen for a move to Chelsea and his enthusiasm for the job has allowed him to become the front-runner ahead of former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, whose higher wage demands make him a tougher appointment.Zenit St Petersburg have also made an offer to Sarri, but he is delaying his response in the hope that officials at Stamford Bridge activate his £7 million ($9.3m) release clause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is already in talks with Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri at the Stadio San Paolo after failing to receive an answer following post-season talks to renew the 59-year-old’s contract.In addition to Sarri, Chelsea have also been linked with Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic but he appears to be an outsider for the job, while Monaco have confirmed that Leonardo Jardim will stay in his post, despite Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes taking an interest in placing him at a new club.Meanwhile, the confirmation that Conte will leave Chelsea is imminent, despite his FA Cup final win at Wembley last Saturday against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.Conte’s exit from Chelsea after winning two trophies in two seasons is due to fraught relationships with the club’s board, and he has also left some of his squad feeling either unhappy or indifferent towards him.Antonio Conte ChelseaGary Cahill and Thibaut Courtois have admitted that the speculation around Conte’s future had unsettled the team’s efforts to qualify for the Champions League after Chelsea missed out on a top-four finish.Former Juventus coach Conte will be due a £9m pay-out for the duration of his contract upon his departure from Chelsea, but that will stop if he takes another managerial role.However, with there currently no suitable vacancies for Conte, the Italian may decide to take a break once his Chelsea departure is confirmed.last_img read more

RECORD NUMBER OF TEAMS FOR QSST ALL SCHOOLS

first_imgOur Touch players of the future will be on show at the QSST All Schools titles from the 7th to 9th of October. With a massive 198 teams contesting the championship, around 2700 players will descend upon Whites Hill Touch complex in Brisbane, to compete for titles in five divisions. The weekend is sure to be packed full of exciting Touch as the state’s best young players battle it out for supremacy. The Open Girls title will be hotly contested with more entries than any other division. Within this competition, teams to watch closely will be Gold Coast Champs, Benowa, Rochedale, Kirwan and Marymount College. In the Open Boys division, competition favourites, Glenala from Brisbane will be challenged fiercely for the title by The Southport School, Palm Beach Currumbin and St Laurence’s College, all aiming to take home the silverware. Other divisions over the weekend are 15 years Boys and Girls, and 13 years Mixed. Queensland School Touch legend and TFA Hall of Fame member, Peter Bell is excited about the tournament and what it means for Touch in Queensland. “The large number of teams is great to see and an indication that the future of Touch Football in Queensland is in capable hands.” Due to the large number of teams, competition will commence on the Friday for the first time. Games will get underway at about 10.30am on Friday morning. Finals day will run from 8am to 3pm so make sure you get down to the Whites Hill Touch complex to check out the players of the future. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

RICHO’S POSTCARD FROM THE EDGE…

first_imgThe life of a Game Development Officer provides many challenges – a lot of travel, weekend work, and your fair share of sunburn, sleep deprivation, and strained vocal chords to list a few of the prices to be paid to deliver the sport you love for a livelihood. TFA Game Development Officers will be featured regularly on the web-site giving readers an insight into their world in “Postcards from the Edge”. The first GDO featured is North Queensland’s Glen ‘Richo’ Richardson.Queensland Touch Game Development Officer Glen ‘Richo’ Richardson packed his referee whistle, his superior karaoke skills, and his ‘can do’ positivity in his kitbag and moved to Townsville from the Gold Coast early in 2007 to continue his GDO career.Lapping up the laid back North Queensland lifestyle, ‘Richo’ is also making a big impression on locals with his professionalism, work ethic, and positive commitment to making a difference.The hardworking and popular GDO sent a postcard home about life in the North. The photograph took a little more explaining, especially to his Mum and Dad!!!Richo’s Postcard from the Edge….“Firstly I have to thank all the North Queensland people who have made me feel very welcome. Executive Officer Billy Grant and Executive Assistant Angee Lane have both been fantastic in helping me settle in, and I now occupy a desk in the North Queensland Office allowing close contact with the hub of Touch in the North.Since arriving I have met with a number of affiliates including: Townsville Castle Hill, Thuringowa, Charters Towers, Burdekin, Bowen, Sarina, Whitsundays and I am just about to embark on a tour to Cloncurry and Mount Isa where I will run a Level 1 referee course. There are still a few affiliates that I haven’t met with yet however I will be visiting them after the NTL in late March and early April.It is an exciting time for touch in the North with most affiliates showing growth in their competitions along with diligent volunteers that I have met making North Queensland such a friendly and enjoyable place to work.There is a long road ahead, Townsville and North Queensland has been without a permanently stationed development officer for some time now, however I hope that with my assistance and the support of North Queensland Touch, Queensland Touch and Touch Football Australia, together we can make Touch Football an enjoyable sport for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime…”Footnote: Glen’s parents can breath a sigh of relief, ‘clean skin’ Richo was just signing the visitor’s book at the Sarina Police station, though many of us who have been on the wrong side of his refereeing decisions over the years thought that justice had finally been done with the long arm of the law reeling the little big man of the refereeing ranks in for his repeated and blatant misinterpretation of the TFA 7th edition Rule book…Just kidding Richo. Stay tuned for more “Postcards from the Edge” from our TFA Development Officers around the nation.Glen Richardson can be contacted on 0421 234 522 or via email glen@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

New Sunshine Coast Stadium

first_imgHaving constructed the main field at Stockland Park to national standard, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council agreed to further develop the precinct by constructing a grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities that would comply with State Sports Venue standards. The stadium is a 1000 seat grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities, including three levels, state of the art player change rooms, coaches’ boxes, medical rooms and catering facilities. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links:www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

Keep In Touch This Summer

first_imgTFA can be found on both Facebook and Twitter, as additional ways of keeping informed with all of the latest news about Touch Football from around Australia. To ‘like’ or ‘follow’ Touch Football Australia, please click on the following links: www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus TFA recently started distributing a fortnightly electronic newsletter to keep all members informed of the latest news and information from around Australia.To sign up to this newsletter, please click on the link below: http://send.sportingpulse.com/public/c3bdwc1111/Bpd/subscribe   TFA also has a YouTube Channel, with plenty of videos to choose from, including highlights from the 2011 World Cup, the 2011 X-Blades Elite Eight and National Touch League, as well as the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Please click on the following link to view: www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img

14th Australian Masters Games

first_imgApproximately 8,000 people will travel to Geelong over the next week to take part in the 14th Australian Masters Games. Touch Football is one of 40 sports on offer at the event, with the Touch Football component of the event being held from Sunday, 6 October through to Wednesday, 9 October. The Touch Football competition will see two divisions compete – Men’s and Mixed – at King Lloyd Reserve in Geelong. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the Australian Masters Games, please click on the link below:www.australianmastersgames.com.au.  Related LinksAustralian Masters Gameslast_img

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