Primera División Anything can happen in football – Neymar to Madrid wouldn’t shock Valverde Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:40 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Gettyimages Primera División Transfers Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés Barcelona Ernesto Valverde The Brazilian could join Barcelona’s eternal rivals this summer, and the Catalan club’s boss maintains he would not be surprised Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde would not be surprised if Neymar joined Real Madrid, suggesting “anything is possible in the world of football”.Neymar left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world-record €222million fee, with the Catalan giants left helpless because of his release clause.It has been suggested that Neymar made the move in order to boost his Ballon d’Or chances by moving out of Lionel Messi’s shadow, but ever since leaving Barca he has been linked with a future move to their bitter rivals. 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 Goal understands that PSG have promised Neymar that he will be allowed to join Real if they win the Champions League this season , and Valverde insists the move would not shock him.”I don’t know,” he told reporters when asked about the potential move at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga clash with Alaves. “Who knows what can happen in football.”But if there’s a world where strange things can happen, it’s the football world. But that’s not something I’m worried about. I’ve enough to worry about here at Barca.”It is a common thought that Neymar’s departure helped Barca’s style of play become more disciplined.Valverde agrees that Barca would probably play differently had Neymar stayed, though he was eager to not downplay how sizeable a loss he has been.”It would be difficult to work out what we’d be like with Neymar,” Valverde added. “That would be a strange exercise.”The loss of a player of Neymar’s quality is always great, but we’re still scoring goals. Perhaps there are certain players who are here now that wouldn’t be if Neymar was still here.”We’ve re-structured in defence too, but that goes through the team through to the attackers.”That’s the way we’ve done it. Perhaps if he’d still been here we would’ve done things differently.”One beneficiary of Neymar’s exit is Philippe Coutinho and Valverde praised the former Liverpool star, while also suggesting he could potentially be paired with Andres Iniesta in midfield, rather than one or the other playing.Valverde: “Coutinho and Iniesta are different players, but they can play together and complement each other perfectly.” pic.twitter.com/0qJQfsGB2Y — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 27, 2018 “Let’s see [how we play Coutinho],” Valverde said. “We need to learn how he plays in our system and he needs to learn how to play with his team-mates.”He’s different to any player we’ve got. Iniesta is perhaps more of a central midfielder, whereas Coutinho has maybe a better shot and plays further up.”He has a certain elegance. I think we could play him in midfield. He doesn’t need to change much to fit in.”I think they [Coutinho and Iniesta] are different types of players, but also complimentary. They could play together perfectly well. They can play in the same position, but let’s see how things develop.”
Transfers Man Utd target Cristante keeping door open for summer transfer Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 18:22 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Atalanta Juventus Serie A Premier League The Atalanta loanee has reiterated that he would welcome the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League, with a summer switch being mooted On-loan Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante has refused to rule out a summer move to the Premier League amid talk of interest from Manchester United.The 22-year-old has emerged as one the most promising talents in Italian football, with a senior international debut made in October 2017.He was already generating interest by that point, with Juventus keeping a close eye on a highly-rated prospect who returned to Serie A last summer on a short-term deal from Benfica. 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 Cristante has, however, expressed a desire to test himself in England and admits that a dream move could be made when the next transfer window opens.He told Corriere della Sera when quizzed on his future: “I don’t know if Juventus want me.“What I will do next summer depends on the next five months.“I can’t rule out a move to the Premier League. I think it’s a good league for me and my qualities.“One must always believe in his qualities. I’ve never cared about criticisms, I’ve always listened to my manager. I always give my best, I always work hard.“Let’s see what the future has in store for me.”Cristante is a product of AC Milan’s academy system, but left the San Siro for Portugal in 2014.Much of his time at Benfica has been spent out on loan, at Palermo, Pescara and Atalanta.He has made 27 appearances across all competitions this season, netting 10 goals, and admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport in December: “So many people tell me: ‘The Premier League is the perfect place for you,’ and I agree with them. It’s physical, there’s a lot of tackling and open football. I can really see myself there.”
Transfers ‘Neymar will not go to Real Madrid’ – PSG director makes bold prediction Chris Burton 00:41 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages Transfers Real Madrid Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Luis Fernandez, the head of the Ligue 1 side’s academy, believes the Brazilian is committed to a long-term project and will shun interest from Spain Neymar is still being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Paris Saint-Germain academy director Luis Fernandez has boldly predicted that the Brazilian “will not go”.Having left La Liga for Ligue 1 in the summer of 2017, speculation suggests that a return journey could be made some 12 months on from a record-breaking €222 million transfer.With those at Santiago Bernabeu planning a squad overhaul on the back of a disappointing campaign, former Barcelona star Neymar is considered to fit the ‘Galactico’ mould. 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 PSG, though, have no intention of selling and have been quick to talk up the 26-year-old’s happiness in France, with Fernandez the latest to play down reports of a one-season stint at Parc des Princes.He told Cadena SER: “I’ll stick my neck out, because Neymar will not go to Real Madrid.”If PSG went after Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe then it was for them to stay here, not for them to leave.”Neymar is the star of PSG.“He is very happy, very comfortable here with his team-mates.“When you see him play, you don’t see what is being reported. He is eager to succeed here. “There were reports that he had a problem with [Edinson] Cavani but those are just stories and you can see on the pitch by how they play together [and] how they pass each other the ball that this is not true.“All of his team-mates and everyone knows that Neymar is the top player and that is how it is. I see Neymar being the one that guides the team, that triumphs here.”Neymar has been a big hit in France, with 27 goals netted in 26 appearances to date.That haul has already topped his return from a final campaign at Camp Nou, when he found the target 20 times.There is the promise of plenty more to come, with PSG still challenging for Ligue 1, Coupe de la Ligue and Champions League honours – with a last-16 meeting with Real providing the next hurdle to overcome in European competition.
Manchester City Inside David Silva’s incredible individual winning streak Sam Lee 23:00 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Opinion Stats The Spaniard’s own Premier League winning run is longer than the one Manchester City put together as a club, and in all competitions it is even longer Manchester City may be finally getting towards the stage where they can cope without David Silva, but the huge influence he still holds over his team is best summed up by a frankly unbelievable statistic.Silva has won every one of his past 25 games in all competitions. It may not sound too significant at first glance but, according to The Times journalist Bill Edgar, who brought the numbers to light in January, it is “the longest [winning] run of any player since the league began in 1888”.Opta are able to confirm that his run of 19 consecutive Premier League victories is a record in the competition. 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 After all, Silva’s league streak is two more than the 17 wins City put together collectively between August and the end of December.Edgar’s research shows that Phil Neville is second to Silva in terms of consecutive wins in all competitions, having enjoyed 20 in a row with Manchester United in 1996. Steve Sidwell, of all people, is third, having won 19 games in a row with Chelsea in 2007.But whereas Sidwell’s run was boosted by several late cameos of no more than five minutes, Silva has both played the vast majority of his matches, and also played a key role in them.For years, it has been noted that the Blues are not the same when Silva is absent and these statistics back that up, despite how well virtually all of his team-mates are playing this season.It can be argued that Silva, at 32, has been playing the best football of his career. Certain stats support that claim: in his 21 league games, he has scored five goals, laid on eight assists and created 38 chances from open play. In 34 games last season, he had four goals and seven assists.And it should not be forgotten that he battled a personal issue over Christmas which meant he had to sit out several games and fly in for others having trained alone in Valencia.City did manage to win some of those games without him in December and it should be noted that Guardiola seems to be having more success than any of his predecessors when it comes to getting by when Silva is not available.It had even appeared that City’s days of relying on the Spaniard were over. In the first Premier League and Champions League games without him in 2017-18, City managed to pick up statement victories against Napoli (2-4) and Tottenham (4-1). Ilkay Gundogan stepped in impressively and it seemed that the Blues had finally found something resembling a replacement for their talisman, or at least a new way of playing without him.City have, of course, reached the Carabao Cup final despite Silva only playing one out of five games, which may suggest that his incredible run may just be product of City’s own record-breaking form – after all, the team won 26 of the 27 games between August 21 and December 27.And it is not exactly as if Silva’s absence was the only factor in the one game that City lost in that run – a dead rubber Champions League game in Ukraine.However, in recent weeks, it has become clear that Silva can still be missed. City have a huge 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League, although they have now dropped points in each of their last three league away games. Silva has missed them all.Guardiola could really have done with the 32-year-old’s influence for the trips to Liverpool and Burnley, games in which Gundogan has been criticised for his own performances by a number of supporters, while Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have also struggled.Although City were only really made to pay for a poor 10-minute spell at Anfield, somebody of Silva’s experience and ability to control games would have been invaluable before, during and after the Blues’ rough patch. Aguero does not have a great record at Anfield, and Sterling has struggled there against his old club, meaning Silva’s absence was even more keenly felt.And while Guardiola’s side created enough dangerous opportunities to beat Burnley on Saturday, and surely would have done had Sterling not tapped wide from a matter of yards out, Silva was still missed.Gundogan again drew the ire of certain critics and given City were guilty of sloppy play in the final third, you would imagine Silva would have made a difference on the various occasions the Blues got to the edge of the Burnley box but chose the wrong option.Fortunately for City, he has only sat out those two most recent games because of one-off injuries; a stomach problem and a kick on the hip. When his winning run was put to Guardiola recently, the Catalan quipped: “That’s why he plays every time.” He went on to add: “He’s a special guy, you know my opinion about him. David is so important, but we try to make them all feel important. David is so intelligent, he knows that alone he cannot do that.”We try to have a good team, with good team spirit, for everybody to be involved with and without the ball. But we cannot deny he has eight years here, a lot of games, a lot of experience, he has a huge personality to play, especially in the bad moments.”The top players, in the difficult games, they make a step forward, and David is one of them.”Following the draw at Turf Moor, City’s run of consecutive victories sits at zero. As far as Guardiola is concerned, the sooner Silva comes back to continue his streak, the better. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Argentina 1 Iceland 1: Finnbogason makes history as Messi fluffs his big chance Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 22:54 6/16/18 Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland in an eventful Group D opener. Hannes Thor Halldorsson was the hero for Iceland as the goalkeeper’s penalty save from Lionel Messi secured his side a sensational 1-1 draw against Argentina.With Diego Maradona watching on from the stands, Messi failed to convert from the spot in the second half of an eventful Group D opener at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow.Sergio Aguero had fired the beaten finalists from four years ago ahead in the 19th minute, finally breaking his World Cup duck at the ninth attempt with a rising left-footed drive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Yet debutants Iceland refused to melt on the main stage, Alfred Finnbogason capitalising on Willy Caballero’s weak punch to score his country’s maiden goal in the history of the tournament just four minutes later.Iceland were indebted to Halldorsson for picking up a point, though, as he kept out Messi’s spot-kick shortly after the hour mark.Argentina will hope to inject some impetus into their campaign when they face Croatia in Nizhny on Thursday, while Iceland go up against Nigeria in Volgograd the following day.1 – Alfred Finnbogason has scored Iceland’s first goal in a World Cup finals tournament, just four minutes & 15 seconds after Argentina opened the scoring. Thunderclap.#ARGISL #ISL #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/gXbYZ8FPWT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 16, 2018After Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning display for Portugal against Spain in Sochi less than 24 hours earlier, all eyes were on rival Messi in the Russian capital.The Argentina captain was twice denied by Halldorsson from distance in the first half, but Aguero did find a way to beat the Iceland keeper.The Manchester City forward seized on team-mate Marcos Rojo’s wayward shot, controlling the off-target effort inside the penalty area before sending a fierce shot into the net.Argentina’s opener arrived after a glaring miss at the other end, the late-arriving Birkir Bjarnason carelessly pushing a side-footed effort wide of the target when the ball had broken kindly into his path.However, undeterred by the setback of conceding first,Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side hit back. Finnbogason was on hand to score his country’s maiden World Cup, knocking home a rebound after Caballero had parried a low cross straight to the Augsburg forward.With their lead disappearing in a hurry, Argentina set about trying to find a second goal against determined opponents happy to sit back and defend.11 – Lionel Messi had 11 shots v Iceland, the highest tally without scoring in a World cup match for an Argentinian player since Opta keep full World Cup data (1966). Frozen. pic.twitter.com/m31bYFvQzt— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 16, 2018They were gifted the chance to go ahead again when Hordur Magnusson’s clumsy push on Maximiliano Meza was spotted by referee Szymon Marciniak without the aid of technology.Yet Halldorsson guessed correctly, diving to his right to frustrate Messi, meaning the Barcelona star has now missed four of his last seven attempts from the spot for club and country.The keeper also produced a late save to keep out an attempt from substitute Cristian Pavon as Iceland – who also drew 1-1 with eventual winners Portugal in their Euro 2016 opener – held on to clinch another famous result in their footballing history. Key Opta stats: – Argentina failed to win their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since losing to Cameroon in 1990. They eventually reached the final of that edition, losing out to Germany.- This was Iceland’s first World Cup game – Senegal were the last side to win on their debut in the competition (vs France in 2002), while Croatia were the last European side to do so (vs Jamaica in 1998).- Javier Mascherano made his 144th appearance for Argentina in this match, overtaking Javier Zanetti as their most capped player.- Alfred Finnbogason’s goal was Iceland’s first shot on target in the competition. read more
Rodri says workload hitting Man City campaignby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri says their workload is hitting their campaign.Pep Guardiola is aiming to win his third league title in a row with the Blues, but City have made their worst start to a league campaign since he took charge of the club in 2016. Asked to explain their losses in the league, he told ESPN: “I won my first title as soon as I arrived [Community Shield], so that [start] was good.”I think people have to be aware that there is a lot happening: we have had a lot of players out, it is difficult because we play every three days in three competitions and we are playing with more or less the same players.”What’s done is done.”We have to realise that we are doing things wrong, and we have to fix it. We have to be calm: it’s the start of the season, we have recognised that we have had our problems, and we improve.”Also, in football there are many things you can’t control. We hope we can get important players [back from injury] and when they do, that will be good for the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
JT Barrett Circle DrillToday was Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State, and as you can imagine, the turnout at Buckeye spring practice was strong. Fans usually love seeing players participate in the “Circle Drill,” but don’t often end up getting involved themselves. Quarterbacks are always excluded from the action as well, so naturally today saw an OSU QB and a young fan face off in the circle.Lori Schmidt of Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan has the video of J.T. Barrett “defeating” a young woman in the Circle Drill. Surely this was a thrill for her to be face-to-face with one of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB JT Barrett participates in circle drill at the team’s student appreciation day practice. pic.twitter.com/GD6rAxK89O— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 2, 2016That will undoubtedly be the only time you see Barrett in the circle during his career in Columbus.
Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis apparently was not happy with the officiating in today’s loss at Ohio State.Buckeye running back Mike Weber, who, like Wolverines cornerback Jourdan Lewis, attended Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, shared an apparent post-game text message from Lewis. In it, he is complaining about the referees.??? go away @JourdanJD pic.twitter.com/3eAU0AzJep— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) November 26, 2016Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh criticized the officials in his post-game press conference. He, like many Wolverine fans, thought Ohio State received a favorable spot on its critical fourth down conversion in double-overtime.Other Michigan fans voiced displeasure with a handful of pass interference calls (and non-calls) throughout the day. Apparently, Lewis also thought the game was poorly officiated.But man, did Weber have to screenshot him like this? That’s harsh dude, even for a heated rivalry.
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Someone handed Lane Kiffin a microphone. Naturally, he used it to take some digs at his former employer.Kiffin hasn’t been shy about trolling Nick Saban and Alabama, since leaving the school. The former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator revived his career under Saban, and parlayed it into the head coaching job at FAU.Last season, he had a huge Year 1 with the Owls, going 11-3 with an undefeated Sun Belt record, and a win in the Boca Raton Bowl.Expectations are extremely high for FAU this season. The Owls should be one of the best Group of Five programs in the country, and are the favorites to win their conference once again. They won’t get off to an easy start, though.FAU opens the season on the road at Oklahoma. The Sooners are coming off of a College Football Playoff berth, and even after losing a number of stars including Heisman winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, Kiffin thinks they might be the best team in the country.Specifically, Lane Kiffin told fans at a recent stop on the FAU “Winning in Paradise” tour that Oklahoma is a “better team than ‘Bama.”Jake Elman of The Palm Beach Post tweeted video of Kiffin’s little jab at Alabama, from a stop in Coconut Creek.Lane Kiffin (jokingly!?!?) on FAU playing Oklahoma in week one. “You’re getting a better team than Bama.” @RedditCFB @pbpsports pic.twitter.com/UygSdRQVrF— Jake Elman (@JakeElman) June 13, 2018Oklahoma should be a very strong team once again. The Sooners get one more year with quarterback Kyler Murray, who looked pretty electrifying in relief of Mayfield last season.He was recently a top 10 pick by the Oakland A’s in the MLB Draft. However, he will play one final year of college football at Oklahoma before foregoing his senior season and turning his attention to baseball.Kiffin has good reason to promote the Sooners as one of the country’s best teams. If his team can spring an upset on the road—or even keep things close—and OU has another big season, it could help FAU potentially capture the G5 bid in one of the New Year’s Six games, which would be a massive accomplishment for a Sun Belt program.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)ABC tabbed the Ohio State-TCU contest as Week 3’s game of the week. So far, the Buckeyes and the Horned Frogs have lived up to the hype.Ohio State and TCU have both put up a ton of offense through two quarters. There have been some timely stops by the opposing defenses, too.The Buckeyes seemed poised to score heading into the break, but OSU missed a field goal to end the first half.It’s TCU 14, Ohio State 13 heading into halftime.Does ESPN think the Buckeyes will be able to pull out a win in the second half? Here’s the prediction from ESPN’s Football Power Index.ESPN’s Football Power Index is still confident in Ohio State, it gives the Buckeyes a 68.8 percent chance to win the game.TCU will get the ball to start the second half, which will begin in about 15 minutes.The Ohio State-TCU game is on ABC.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of the game between the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and the Texas Longhorns on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One of the top junior college linebackers in the country is off the board. Caleb Johnson is bound for Texas.The four-star Murrieta (Calif.) Fullerton College product announced his commitment to the Longhorns tonight. Johnson chose the UT over Arkansas, Oregon and Colorado.He was originally committed to Iowa State but reopened his recruitment in October.Blessed to say I’m committed to the University of Texas??. I’m thankful for everyone that believed in me and helped me get where I am today?? #FJCPRODUCT @TexasFootball @FullColl_FB pic.twitter.com/nL50Io1gbB— CJ (@CalebJohnsun) December 18, 2018Johnson is the No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 39 overall recruit in the junior college ranks, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Here is an updated look at Texas’ 2019 recruiting haul.Texas checks in at No. 7 in the 2019 composite team recruiting rankings. You can see those full rankings here.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: The Georgia Bulldogs enter the field to face the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)College football takes a hiatus for the next eight-and-a-half months, leaving us to fantasize about what excitement lies ahead next fall. Once again, we have a number of major non-conference matchups early in the season.ESPN’s Andrea Adelson ranked her top non-conference games in 2019. Some of these games will shape the College Football Playoff race, even though they are in the first few weeks of the campaign.Adelson chose Georgia-Notre Dame at No. 1. This will be the second time these two teams have met recently, with Georgia having beaten ND in South Bend in 2017.The Bulldogs host the Fighting Irish on Sept. 21, and there will be more than just a game at stake, as Adelson notes.Let’s be real. The trash-talk coming from Georgia players via Twitter as they watched Notre Dame get trucked by Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal makes this Week 4 matchup between the Irish and Bulldogs must-see TV. And considering both teams should be in the top 5 and playoff contenders again at that point, this one is already circled 50 times on the calendar, though it’s eight months out. This will be Notre Dame’s first trip to Athens, Georgia, and a return game after the two played in South Bend in 2017 (Georgia won 20-19). It will be hard to ignore the playoff implications in this one, especially considering the Irish must once again — in all likelihood — be perfect to have any shot at the top four.A 12-0 regular season in 2019 would be a major accomplishment for Notre Dame, considering the Irish have to play at Georgia, at Michigan and at Stanford. As for the Bulldogs, they can ill afford to lose a non-conference game before the SEC gauntlet kicks in.In addition to its usual SEC East slate, Georgia has to travel to Auburn and play a tough Texas A&M team in conference crossover action.If both of these teams are undefeated going into Week 4, the atmosphere for this one should be incredible.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers enter 2019 as the defending national champions, coming off a 15-0 season, with an elite freshman quarterback and one of the top recruiting staffs in the nation. But ESPN believes it would be a mistake to think of Clemson as a flawless team as they begin their title defense this season.According to ESPN writer David M. Hale, Clemson’s biggest obstacle heading into 2019 will be finding replacements and leaders for a plethora of superstar defenders that are leaving school.Specifically, Hale pointed to the team losing five of their top six pass rushers from 2018, who have either declared for the NFL early or have otherwise graduated, as a big obstacle to overcome.For any other team, the turnover on defense would be a huge red flag. For Clemson, it’s more of a minor inconvenience. Yes, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant are all moving on to the NFL, along with Tre Lamar, Kendall Joseph and Trayvon Mullen.Hale added that while the Tigers likely have the players capable of stepping up to the plate physically, the team will need to identify its new defensive leaders.The talent remains stout. The leadership will need to be developed this spring.Ferrell, Bryant, Wilkins, Joseph, and Lamar combined for 32 sacks and 70 tackles for loss in 2018.The Tigers may be one of the betting favorites for the 2019 national championship, but head coach Dabo Swinney will certainly want to identify the team’s new leaders quickly.[ESPN]
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Former Michigan star and Wolverine assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley is reportedly set to take over his own program. Wheatley has landed a head coaching job, according Football Scoop.Football Scoop’s Zach Burnett reports that Wheatley is expected to be named the new coach at Morgan State. The Bears played the 2018 season under interim head coach Ernest Jones, going 4-7.Wheatley spent the last two seasons as the running backs coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the running backs coach at his alma mater under Jim Harbaugh in 2015-16.Wheatley also has stints with the Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and Syracuse (2010-12) on his resume. His only previous head coaching experience was at his former high school, Dearborn Heights (Mich.) Robichaud in 2007.Tyrone Wheatley is expected to be the next head coach at Morgan State, sources told @FootballScoop https://t.co/ThiJIYjLCq— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) February 5, 2019Wheatley was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 and a three-time All-Big Ten first team selection from 1992-94. He was then selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.Wheatley played 10 years in the NFL, four with the Giants and six with the Oakland Raiders, retiring after the 2004 campaign.Additionally, Wheatley has had a pair of sons play college football. Tyrone Jr. played for Michigan before transferring to Stony Brook, where he appeared in 11 games in 2018. Terius Wheatley played in 10 games this season at Virginia Tech.
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view of the stadium taken during a game between South Carolina and Florida on November 11, 2000 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Flordia. Florida defeated South Carolina 41-21. ( Photo by: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the 2020 recruiting class has announced his college commitment, as he’s heading to the SEC.Jeremiah Johnson, a four-star wide receiver out of Homerville, Georgia, is heading to Florida.The 6-foot-7 wideout announced his college commitment on social media.“My decision has been made,” he wrote. “I will be attending the University of Florida.”Here yah go 📝💯 pic.twitter.com/CmF0ZvSU1R— Melly Mi👁☠️ (@jjeremiahman) March 21, 2019Johnson is ranked the No. 68 WR in the 2020 class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, the No. 359 player overall.Arkansas, Cincinnati, Nebraska, South Carolina and Tennessee, among other programs, were also involved in his recruitment.Florida’s 2020 class is ranked the No. 6 class in the country.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 09:17 IST Nathan Lyon said Australia have got the ability to “compete against the best” in foreign conditions (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia and Australia will play 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs from February 24Nathan Lyon has been named in the Australian squad for India tour”We get a great opportunity to play a lot of white-ball cricket before the World Cup,” Lyon saidOff-spinner Nathan Lyon has backed the Australian team to do well in the upcoming limited-overs series in India starting February 24. India and Australia will play two Twenty20 Internationals followed by five one day internationals.Nathan Lyon, who has been named in the squad, said Australia have got the ability to “compete against the best” in foreign conditions.”We get a great opportunity to play a lot of white-ball cricket before the World Cup so I think if we can go out and enjoy ourselves, make sure our preparation is right, then we can compete against the best in their conditions as well. It will be a great challenge for us, there’s no point shying away from that. It’s a great opportunity for a young side,” Lyon was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.Coach Justin Langer has already said that the team travelling to India was not the final 2019 ICC World Cup squad.Lyon will be taking part in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Sydney Sixers before flying to India and he believes his stint in the tournament would help him strengthen his chances of playing in the World Cup.”Hopefully my World Cup campaign, my selection, will start on Sunday. I just need to keep putting in good performances with the ball and making sure I can play my role, whichever side I’m playing in whether that’s the Sixers or Australia,” Lyon said.”I know my role in the Australian set-up with captain Aaron Finch, we just have to keep working on it and ensuring we are playing an exciting brand of cricket. There’s a massive couple of goals just around the corner for the Australian side,” he added.advertisementAustralia will open their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.Australia squad for India tour:Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy ShortAlso Watch:For 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Nathan LyonFollow Aaron FinchFollow Usman Khawaja Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tourNathan Lyon, who has been named in the squad, said Australia have the ability to “compete against the best” in foreign conditions.advertisement
10 quotes on life from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper LeeAs a tribute to the famous novelist, Harper Lee, and her groundbreaking work of To Kill a Mockingbird, we have gathered some very famous quotes from the novel you might not like to miss.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2016UPDATED: February 19, 2019 11:13 IST Jacket of To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird, written by American novelist Harper Lee was first published in July, 1960 by the Lippincott company from Philadelphia, and soon became very successful, even picking up a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The book was loosely based on a child’s view of the world of the 1936 Monroeville, Alabama, where Lee lived as a 10-year-old.Month Club and the Library of Congress Center for the Book carried out a survey in 1991, where they found that as a book, Mockingbird stood only behind the Bible as “most often cited as making a difference”. Some consider it to be the Great American Novel.When the news of Harper Lee publishing her second novel Go Set A Watchman came out, we could only imagine the happiness on the faces of people who have read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee also received the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 2007 for her contribution to literature.She was named Nelle Harper Lee by her parents as a tribute to her grandmother Ellen. However, she omitted the first name in her books as the name Nelle (rhyming with Bell) might have been confused with Nellie. She was one of the most famous novelists of the twentieth century. Harper Lee died on February 19, 2016, aged 89, when she was sleeping at her residence in Monroeville, Alabama, USA.As we remember the legendary writer, here are some quotes from the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.comGet 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 BorivaliFollow Mumbai CST stationFollow advertising networkFollow Andhra Pradesh Open School SocietyFollow Luxury business management
Play and thrash Pakistan in World Cup, says Haryana sports ministerFollowing the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of at least 42 soldiers, there has been increasing clamour for India to sever all ties with Pakistan, including on the cricket field.advertisement Chetan Sharma New DelhiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 12:24 IST India and Pakistan are scheduled to face-off in the World Cup on June 16 (AP Photo)Haryana sports minister Anil Vij on Saturday suggested Team India should not boycott World Cup match against Pakistan in England. Speaking to Mail Today, Vij said that refusing to play would only benefit Pakistan, who would receive a boost in their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.Following the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of at least 42 soldiers, there has been increasing clamour for India to sever all ties with Pakistan, including on the cricket field.Ex-players like Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin have called for India to boycott their World Cup fixture against Pakistan. However, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar want the country to play.The senior BJP leader and Haryana minister Vij, too, echoed Gavaskar and Tendulkar’s views.”See, India should not play the bilateral series with Pakistan or any series between the two. But ICC World Cup is a multinational event and India should play, no matter what country they face. Why should we back out? India should play and thrash Pakistan completely in the major event,” the minister said.”But yes, I would also want say that the matter will be decided later by the Indian government and the board (BCCI),” he added.The bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries have already been suspended since 2012 and the teams last played a full series in 2007.Last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) assured the BCCI that if need arises, it will uplift the security based on advice of relevant agencies to address India’s concerns during the World Cup.advertisementAt the start of the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri expressed India’s concerns about the security of its players in the mega event which is scheduled to start May 30.”On behalf of the BCCI, Rahul Johri raised concerns for the safety and security of the Indian team, match officials and the Indian Fans, at the CEC Meeting,” said a senior BCCI official.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Anil Vij
Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 19:24 IST Kuldeep Yadav has got only four wickets in nine games for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2019. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep has got only four wickets in nine games for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPLHarbhajan said that the wrist-spinner has no technical problems as suchHarbhajan expects Kuldeep to show some situational awareness when he is getting hitKuldeep Yadav’s sudden loss of form in the ongoing IPL will not in any way impact his performance in the World Cup where he will have ample chance of a comeback, feels senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.Kuldeep, who is expected to be a vital cog in India’s World Cup campaign, has got only four wickets in nine games for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and was dropped in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad due to “poor form”.”There is no doubt that Kuldeep is going through a rough patch in IPL. T20 is a format which can destroy the confidence of any bowler but let’s not compare formats. One-day (match) is a different ball game and you will see a very different Kuldeep,” Harbhajan told PTI during an interview on Wednesday.Harbhajan said from what he has seen Kuldeep bowling in the IPL, the wrist spinner has no technical problems as such.”I have watched a bit of his bowling and I don’t think there are any technical problems. And please check who all are hitting Kuldeep? The Indian guys are primarily hitting him. Virat (Kohli) in two games, Mayank (Agarwal), Mandy (Mandeep), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan.”Leave aside Virat, who is in a different league, all these guys are competent players of spin bowling. They read Kuldeep’s wrists much better than foreign batsmen. So in World Cup, Kuldeep will be bowling mostly to those who are still not reading him well. I think you will see a different Kuldeep,” said Harbhajan, who has played two World Cup finals.advertisementBut Harbhajan expects Kuldeep to show some situational awareness when he is getting hit. He said in that situation his franchise captain should also play a role.”If he is getting hit by giving the deliveries more air, for a change, he can just push it a bit faster. If they are stepping out and hitting from a length, he can just alter the length by half a yard. Now when you get hit, your mind does not work automatically.”So there comes in the captain, who should tell him, ‘Okay, you have tried your thing, now try what I am telling you’. It helps a youngster,” said the player who has been a part of two most successful franchises in CSK and Mumbai Indians.Harbhajan then explained that in the World Cup, no team will be consistently attacking Kuldeep.”He may get hit but in the middle overs, the skipper will pack one side of the field, whether it’s inside 30-yard circle or outside. Even if he is hit for two fours, he can come back with figures of 3/50 or 2 for 45 on most days. And that’s decent figures. In ODIs, you have to be a really bad bowler to go for 75-80 runs every day,” said Harbhajan, who has 269 wickets from 236 ODIs.Another factor that will certainly work in Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal’s favour is the period of play when they are expected to operate.”In IPL, Kuldeep is bowling the 14th or even the 16th over when batsmen are throwing their bats around. In the World Cup, Virat will probably finish their quota by latest 42nd or 43rd over. So the last seven overs, which will always be tricky, they are not expected to bowl,” Harbhajan said.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav’s loss of form worrying for Team India before 2019 ICC World CupAlso Read | The boys just wanted to test our hearts: Harbhajan Singh jokes after another last-ball win for CSKFor 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 IPL 2019Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Kuldeep Yadav IPL 2019: Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World CupThe veteran off-spinner believes that Kuldeep’s poor returns at IPL 2019 wouldn’t impact his performance at the all-important World Cup 2019.advertisement