10 months agoFather of Ajax defender De Ligt opens door to Juventus

first_imgFather of Ajax defender De Ligt opens door to Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has opened the door to a move to Juventus.De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola met with Juve officials this week.“Juve could be a possibility, but they’re not the only team interested,” Frank de Ligt said.“Now we’re focusing on this season with Ajax. Turin is a beautiful city, I came here for the Netherlands match in June too.“In the next few months, I, my son, and [agent Mino] Raiola will make the best decision for his future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoSouthampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: Sloppy defending cost Man City defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: Sloppy defending cost Man City defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse admits they paid for “sloppy” defending in defeat to Manchester City.Saints were behind inside ten minutes when David Silva converted namesake Bernardo’s cutback, by which time the goalscorer had already been denied by a fine save from Alex McCarthy.Saints responded well and deservedly drew level through Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, but succumbed to two goals in the dying minutes of the first half that ultimately decided the game, before skipper Højbjerg was dismissed late on.“It’s a disappointing result, obviously. I think we started the game poorly and didn’t quite get into the flow of the game,” Ward-Prowse said.“I think we showed glimpses in the first half of what we’ve been working on as a team, pressing high, and the goal came from that.“I felt we were right in it, but two unlucky, sloppy goals at the end of the first half killed the game.“When you give a team like that those sorts of opportunities and chances, they’re going to run away with it, which they did.” last_img read more

a month agoEmerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmerson Palmieri is set to land a new contract with Chelsea.TMW says now a regular starter under manager Frank Lampard’s training, Palmieri is very close to penning a contract renewal. It will be an upgrade that will lead him to receiving €5m-a-year, plus an extension until June 30, 2024. Emerson’s form has also seen him force his way into Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s plans.The fullback is in his third season with the Blues. last_img

25 days ago​West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeks

first_img​West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeksby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Here’s A Slo-Mo Video Of Jabrill Peppers’ Altercation With The Ohio State Fan

first_imgJabrill Peppers playing for Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines waits for a second half punt while playing the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers got into a physical altercation with an Ohio State fan after Saturday’s contest. Slo-mo video offers a little more insight into just what happened.Following Ohio State’s insane win over Michigan on Saturday, Buckeyes fans rushed the field at Ohio Stadium, leading to a chaotic exit for the Wolverines’ staff and players. One player – star linebacker Jabrill Peppers – got into it with a fan on the way out.The below video, slowed down, offers some insight into just what happened. It looks as if Peppers is shaking the hand of the man wearing white, only to be run into by the fan. Peppers appears to snap, and grabs the fan by the shirt. The fan tries to get himself out of situation (and even puts his hands up), but Peppers pushes him away up at the neck anyway.It’s hard to know exactly why the fan ran into Peppers – he could have done it on purpose or gotten pushed.While Peppers looks like the aggressor here, it’s important to remember that fans are not supposed to rush the field. Luckily, it looks like nobody – at least in this situation – actually got hurt.last_img read more

Fear motivating me to succeed at Real Madrid – Rodrygo

first_imgReal Madrid’s €54 million (£48m/$60m) summer signing Rodrygo says that “fear is motivating him” to succeed at Santiago Bernabeu. The Brazilian forward signed for the La Liga giants on a six-year contract last summer, before spending a final season at Santos.The 18-year-old rose through the youth ranks at the Urbano Caldeira Stadium before graduating to the first team in 2017. 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? Rodrygo quickly became an important member of the Santos squad, racking up 83 appearances across all competitions while also contributing 17 goals and earning a spot in Brazil’s U-20 set-up.The teenager bid a final farewell to Santos fans and staff after the team’s 1-0 win over Corinthians on Wednesday night and he is now looking forward to a new challenge.Rodrygo has confessed that it scares him to be joining “one of the world’s biggest clubs”, but he is determined to make his mark in Madrid.”Of course it motivates me to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he told Santos FC TV. “That can also scare you but that fear is good because it motivates you even more. I want to prove why this club believed in me and signed me.”The young attacker is following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Neymar and Robinho, both of whom began their careers with Santos before moving to Spain.The former spent five years at Barcelona before completing a world record switch to Paris Saint Germain in 2017, while the latter starred for Madrid between 2005 and 2008.Rodrygo insists he does not feel any pressure to reach the same heights as the Brazilian duo, but he is sad to be leaving Santos after an eight-year association with the club.”I have mixed feelings as I’m leaving the place where I’ve been since I was 10 but at the same time, I feel good because I leave knowing I’ve done a good job here,” he said. “Who knows, perhaps one day I will return. I always had the pressure to be the successor of players like Neymar and Robinho but I never worried about that.”I just focused on training and being ready.”Real Madrid have welcomed five new players in total already this summer, with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy joining Rodrygo at the Bernabeu.last_img read more

Report: Japan 0 Chile 4

first_imgChile’s bid for a third straight Copa America title started with a 4-0 win over guests Japan in Sao Paulo on Monday.Eduardo Vargas scored a second-half brace to go with goals from Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez as the two-time defending champions claimed a comfortable win in Group C.Japan, who have taken a youthful squad to the tournament, had their chances but lacked a cutting edge. 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? Pulgar’s header and Vargas’ deflected strike set up the win, before the latter scored again after Sanchez’s effort as Chile joined Uruguay on three points in the group.Japan made the better start with Takefusa Kubo, signed by Real Madrid last week, central to their energetic opening.Kubo curled a free-kick over in the seventh minute, before Naomichi Ueda headed a corner straight at Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias soon after.Chile grew into the encounter as Sanchez fired two attempts off target just after the half-hour mark. EN VIVO #LaRoja25′  Échale un vistazo a las fotos más destacadas de lo que va de partido. 0-0 #VamosChile #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/7XAynnhyxt— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) June 17, 2019They would be rewarded for their period of dominance with the opener, Pulgar heading in a Charles Aranguiz corner in the 41st minute.Japan almost responded immediately, but Ayase Ueda scuffed a shot wide from an angle after rounding Arias, while Sanchez headed a cross straight at Keisuke Osako at the other end on the stroke of half-time.Chile doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half through Vargas, whose strike from the edge of the area took a deflection and went in after a Mauricio Isla cutback for his 37th international goal.Again, Ayase Ueda squandered a chance to respond, firing wide at the back post after a cross from Gaku Shibasaki.Kubo also had an opportunity after the hour-mark, bursting into the box before shooting into the side-netting from a slight angle as Japan looked for a way back into the game.Instead, Chile sealed their win in the closing stages through goals from Sanchez and Vargas.Sanchez headed in a cross from Aranguiz before playing in Vargas, who lobbed Osako after the goalkeeper’s rash decision to rush out. What does it mean? Winning start but work to do for ChileTaking three points was the key for Reinaldo Rueda’s men, but there is plenty of room for improvement. They started the encounter scrappily before building into it, which they will hope is a sign of things to come.Vargas goes past SalasVargas has consistently delivered for Chile and his goals were his 37th and 38th at international level. He went past Marcelo Salas and into second on the nation’s goalscoring list, moving within four of Sanchez (42).Kubo shows glimpses for JapanMost of Japan’s good moments came thanks to Kubo, who signed a six-year deal with Madrid last week. He almost set up Ayase Ueda after a nutmeg down the left in the first half and his excellent touch and left foot showed why he has been described as the ‘Japanese Lionel Messi’, although he squandered a good chance in the second half.Key Opta Facts:- Chile are unbeaten in their past six Copa America games, winning five and drawing one.- They have now won four of their past five opening Copa games.- Chile have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Copa America for the first time.- Vargas moved onto 12 Copa America goals, which is the most for Chile ahead of Enrique Hormazabal (10).What’s next?Chile’s campaign continues against Ecuador on Friday, while Japan take on Uruguay on Thursday. read morelast_img read more

Injury Update For Cleveland Browns Rookie CB Denzel Ward

first_imgA general stadium view of FirstEnergy Stadium during the second half of the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: A general stadium view of FirstEnergy Stadium during the second half of the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Browns 21-18. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward left tonight’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a back injury. He was soon declared out for the remainder of the night.Browns fans had to be worried about their first-round pick. However, it looks like they dodged a bullet.According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ward’s injury “doesn’t appear to be serious” based off initial tests.Sounded like, based on initial tests, that Denzel Ward exited as a precaution. Doesn’t sound like a major deal. https://t.co/qOwZbKBOq8— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2018Ward injured himself on this play early in the first quarter. He stayed down on the ground for several minutes, but was eventually able to walk off under his own power.Hoping Denzel Ward is okay after this pic.twitter.com/BXfix6JYfD— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) August 24, 2018Ward was the No. 4 pick of the 2018 draft out of Ohio State. He is being counted on to be a major contributor right away.However, we wouldn’t’ be surprised if this was the end of his preseason action. Cleveland has only one game left before the regular season, and there’s no sense in risking further injury.Expect them to be cautious with Ward.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Issues New Thoughts On Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit issued new thoughts on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga during College GameDay‘s 2018 college football preview show on Saturday.Herbstreit says he is disappointed with how Meyer and the Ohio State program reacted to everything, especially during Wednesday night’s press conference.“First of all, it’s a stain for Ohio State to have to deal with as an institution. For Urban Meyer, for everyone involved, it’s been embarrassing. I thought the Wednesday night press conference was almost doubling down as far as how bad it could have gone for Ohio State. I don’t think they handled the press conference well. I don’t think Urban Meyer handled the press conference well.When you go through it and you read the report, 23 pages, and I read it five or six different times. The more I go through that and the more I scratch my head and I left more confused. There were a number of times the committee pointed to issues it had with Urban Meyer. On one hand they say, ‘He was truthful and honest with us.’ Then there are times that says within the report, ‘Well he said he brought Courtney Smith and Zach Smith into his office after the ’09 incident.’ Turns out the committee said that, ‘We really don’t believe that he did that.’ There’s another incident in ’15 where they said that he knew about Shelley Meyer and the text exchanges between Shelley and Courtney Smith.I don’t know, man. The optics of this for Ohio State, I don’t know if they could be any worse. And that’s after the press conference where they had an opportunity I think to at least address it and talk about it and get it out in the open. And now I think you just have a lot of people that are kind of like, ‘Where are we now?’ I don’t feel like it’s over for me,” he said, per 247Sports’ Jordan James.Herbstreit then spoke about what to expect from Ohio State’s players this season.“I think as far as football is concerned, that will happen to the players. You got a lot of veterans on that team, and I think they’ll have a way of looking at it us against the world. And I’ll be shocked if they don’t go out and play very inspired football those first three weeks without Urban Meyer when Urban is not on the sideline. I think they’ll just divide up the staff. I think it’s going to be an offensive staff led by Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson, who is a former head coach. And then a defensive staff led by Greg Schiano, who is a head coach in his past as well. They’ll get the two sides ready, they’ll meet on Saturday and go play football for three weeks. It’ll be a collective effort even though Ryan Day will have a head coaching hat on him as an interim tag. It’ll be a collective effort through those first three games,” he said.Ohio State is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Hurt On Sideline During Ohio State vs. Indiana

first_imgUrban Meyer appears hurt on Ohio State football sideline.FOXOhio State football currently leads Indiana 42-26 in Columbus. The attention is turning to Urban Meyer on the sideline.As the game cut to commercial, Meyer was seen on a knee, getting attention from the Ohio State medical staff.A screenshot from the broadcast, via Land-Grant Holy Land.Broadcast shows Urban Meyer on a knee getting attention on the field. pic.twitter.com/QmVE1QCdeh— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) October 6, 2018According to FOX’s Bruce Feldman, Urban Meyer collided with a fellow staffer while reacting to a play.As we’ve come back from commercial break, he appears to be okay.According to @BruceFeldmanCFB, Meyer was running down the sideline on Ohio State’s scoring play and collided with a staffer. He’s back on his feet now.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 6, 2018Urban Meyer appeared to go down to a knee on the field after that last touchdown. He was helped back to the sideline. pic.twitter.com/TU9Bnk1Ofj— Ozone Communications (@theOzonedotnet) October 6, 2018Meyer has had some health issues during his career. He famously stepped away from the sport while at Florida, before returning to take over at Ohio State in 2011.This sounds like a bizarre one-off issue though, and Meyer appears to be okay now.We’ll update as we learn more.Update: Feldman rejoined the broadcast to confirm that Meyer was hit in the head after a collision with a fellow staff member during the last Ohio State touchdown. After being attended to, he assured everyone he was okay.last_img read more

Star College QB Suffered Season-Ending Injury

first_imgHouston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)One of the most-productive quarterbacks in college football suffered a season-ending injury earlier this week. Houston’s D’Eriq King reportedly suffered a torn Meniscus in the Cougars game against Tulane on Thursday night.As a result, he’ll miss Houston’s final regular season game against Memphis next weekend and a likely appearance in the AAC title game.It’s a tough blow for the Cougars, who also saw a blow-up between head coach Major Applewhite and star defensive tackle Ed Oliver earlier in the game as well.Houston quarterback D’Eriq King suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during Thursday’s win over Tulane and will miss the remainder of the season, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday. He leads FBS with 50 touchdowns this season. pic.twitter.com/Zoao4ry1kI— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 16, 2018King is the FBS leader in touchdowns this season. The junior quarterback has been a dominant dual-threat presence for the Cougars all season long.During the 2018 season, King racked up  2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns through the air and 674 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.Houston will likely turn to true freshman Clayton Tune with the injury to King. The Cougars also have Tennessee transfer Quinten Dormady on the roster.last_img read more

ESPN’s College GameDay Did Something It’s Never Done This Morning

first_imgEvander Holyfield on College GameDay.On Saturday morning, ESPN’s College GameDay did something it’s never done before. The show kicked off from Atlanta, where thunderstorms forced the crew to move their location during the show.For the first time in the show’s history, ESPN decided to move the broadcast inside to be safe.GameDay analyst David Pollack gave those watching at home an inside look at the new shooting location. Check it out.This has never happened in @CollegeGameDay history. pic.twitter.com/6WeQ20oWMr— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) December 1, 2018It’s probably best for everyone involved in the broadcast that the show was moved inside.The GameDay crew was in Atlanta to kick off the day’s action which features several play-in games for the College Football Playoff.No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Texas and No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 21 Northwestern are just a few of the games on tap this Saturday.Which teams will impress the committee enough to earn a spot in the playoff? We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

Mother Of Alabama Star Says He’s Returning For Senior Year

first_imgAlabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Next year’s Alabama Crimson Tide team will have a familiar face leading the linebackers corps.According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the mother of Alabama star LB Mack Wilson, Sandra Wilson, revealed that her son is planning to return to the team in 2019 so he can get his college degree and win an unspecified award that eluded him this past year.“His plan is to return for his senior year because he said he has unfinished business,” Wilson said.  “…meaning he did not get the award that he was aiming to get, so he said he’s going to focus on his degree as well as the award he’s trying to get his senior year.”Mack will be back! https://t.co/nvAAoFxfjI— Advertiser Sports (@mgmsports) December 17, 2018In returning to Alabama, Wilson misses out on an opportunity to be a potentially high draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.Bleacher Report projected Wilson to be drafted No. 11 overall by the Green Bay Packers in upcoming draft, while Tankathon projected Wilson to go No. 24 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Wilson’s junior season included 63 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, two interceptions, and 5 passes defended.last_img read more

5-Star CB Dwight McGlothern Names 11 Schools He Plans To Visit

first_imgFive-star cornerback Dwight McGlothern.Trojan InsiderJust a few weeks ago, five-star cornerback Dwight McGlothern was set to announce a commitment.The 2020 prospect was believed to be down to a four-team group of Alabama, LSU, Texas, and Texas A&M, with the Aggies as the leader.On December 12, he tweeted that he would be making the announcement on January 5.The day before that was set to happen, the staff shake-up at Ohio State seemed to inspire him to back away from his impending commitment decision.After Alex Grinch departed the Buckeyes to take the defensive coordinator job at Oklahoma, McGlothern tweeted that Grinch hadn’t been recruiting him hard to Ohio State, and that he wanted to be.The next day, no decision came, and now McGlothern has really expanded his recruiting horizons.This morning, Dwight McGlothern tweeted out a list of 11 programs that he plans to visit.Obviously he only has five official visits to take next season, so we could see a bunch of unofficials so that he can narrow down the list.I will soon Visit these schools !! #GoBuckeyes #Geaxutigers #Michigan #GoDawgs #Gigem #Hookem #BoomerSooner #RollTide #GoNoles #WeAre #GoDucks— DMJ2?? (@DMcglothern2) January 24, 2019For those less aware of school-specific hashtags, that list is Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Georgia, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida State, Penn State, and Oregon.The Bulldogs, Wolverines, Sooners, Seminoles, Nittany Lions, and Ducks weren’t really in the running before, so they all have a big opportunity to make a splash with the blue-chip corner. Oklahoma’s place on the list is particularly interesting considering Grinch is now leading that defense, and is ostensibly a reason that McGlothern has reopened things.247Sports has McGlothern as the No. 34 overall 2020 recruit. He’s the No. 4 cornerback, and the No. 4 player in Texas.last_img read more

Big Ten Will Announce Commissioner Jim Delany’s Successor Tomorrow

first_img The Big Ten will announce Jim Delany’s successor at a press conference tomorrow at 11 am CT.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 3, 2019Under Delany’s watch, Big Ten schools won dozens of national championships across all sports, including Ohio State’s College Football Playoff national title in the 2014 season.In addition, he was a leading voice in the formation of the Big Ten Network and the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series that ran from 1998 to 2013.Delany’s tenure was not a criticism-free one, but it was certainly a consequential one. Ohio State football players carrying Big Ten signs.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after their 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Several months ago the Big Ten Conference announced that longtime commissioner Jim Delany would retire when his contract expires in 2020. After hiring a search firm to identify a replacement it would appear the Big Ten is ready to make an announcement.The conference put out a release tonight indicating it will announce Delany’s successor in a press conference on Tuesday. The successor will take over when Delany’s contract expires on June 30, 2020.Delany was appointed commissioner of the Big Ten Conference in 1989, and in that time has overseen its expansion to 14 teams. Penn State was added in 1990, with Nebraska joining in 2011, followed by Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame have also joined the conference as affiliates in some sports.last_img read more

CFB Analyst Says Alabama Would Have Beaten Clemson By “Three Touchdowns” If They’d Played In September-October

first_imgClemson and Alabama lines face off during national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Clemson blew out Alabama in last year’s national title game, and it was such a shocking result that fans and analysts are still talking about it five months later. Mike Griffith of DawgNation had some interesting things to say about the contest this week on the “Three Man Front” podcast.Griffith contends that if Alabama and Clemson had met earlier in the season – in September or October – that the Crimson Tide would have won by “three touchdowns.” As you’d imagine, Tigers fans disagree with him.Griffith also believes that Alabama’s tough SEC schedule contributed to its ultimate demise.Here’s the quote: “The Alabama of September and October – if Alabama and Clemson played in September or October, Alabama would have won by three touchdowns. But what happened was Clemson got better. Trevor Lawrence developed into the best pocket passer I’ve seen in the SEC since Peyton Manning and his receivers are phenomenal.Alabama got beat up. They got beat up by the SEC schedule and Tua wasn’t Tua. There were a couple of pivotal plays early in the championship game and tip your cap to Clemson, they won. But the Alabama team that I saw in the regular season last year made history statistically and I thought they were unbelievable.”Griffith also said he doesn’t believe Clemson would have gone undefeated in the SEC last year.Honestly, no, I don’t think Clemson would have run the table in the SEC last season. But Clemson was the best team when it mattered most and will go into next season as my preseason No. 1. What Alabama did in the 2018 regular season should not be overlooked or forgotten, IMO. https://t.co/w82HArI9Lu— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) June 7, 2019Clemson fans may take offense here, but it is important to remember that Lawrence was not the team’s starting quarterback when last season began. The Tigers did improve as the season went on.That said, there was no doubt in the national championship game which team was better. Clemson will likely be the No. 1 team in the country come August.last_img read more

SAFF Women’s Championship: India thrash Bangladesh 4-0 to set up final vs Nepal

first_imgSAFF Women’s Championship: India thrash Bangladesh 4-0 to set up final vs NepalSAFF Women’s Championship: India outclassed Bangladesh 4-0, courtesy goals from Dalima Chhibber, Indumathi Kathiresan and Manisha, to enter the final where they will take on Nepal.advertisement India Today Web Desk NepalMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 18:12 IST SAFF Women’s Championship: India scored four past Bangladesh to storm into Final. (AIFF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will take on Nepal in the final of SAFF Women’s ChampionshipIndia are the defending champions of the tournamentIndia have so far scored 15 goals in the tournamentThe Indian women’s team secured its berth in the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship for the fifth time in a row with a clinical 4-0 win over Bangladesh on Wednesday at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium in Biratnagar, Nepal. Dalima Chhibber opened the scoring for India, which was followed by a brace from Indumathi Kathiresan and an injury-time strike by Manisha, as the defending champions took their tally to 15 unopposed goals in three matches.The match began with both teams going hard from the first whistle as Bangladesh looked to make the most of their physical prowess and pressed the Indian defenders with rigorous pace. The Indian centre-back duo of Ashalata and Sweety Devi, however, stood tall and denied the opposition forwards any sniff at goal.After a tense start, the Indian eves found the foothold they wanted with their first corner of the match. With 18 minutes gone, Sanju curled in an excellent delivery from the left that fell to Dalima inside the box and the right-back made no mistake as she placed the ball into the back of the net.18′ GOAL! @DalimaChhibber finds the back of the net with a sneaky shot from a Sanju corner kick after the goalkeeper fails to make a routine save.1-0 #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball #INDBANIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 20, 2019The tempo of the match went up a notch after the opener, with both sides fashioning good chances to score. Bangladesh centre-back Mosammat Khatun skied an effort from close range while Sanju was denied by the custodian in a one-on-one situation in quick succession.advertisementIndia registered their second in the 23rd minute through midfielder Indumathi, who showed excellent composure to slot the ball past the keeper after being played through on goal with a delightful reverse through-ball from Sanju.Bangladesh then looked to hit back, trying their luck from distance – only to be denied by a confident Aditi Chauhan in goal. India, who scored 11 goals in their first two matches at the tournament, showed how clinical they can be with a classic counter-attack goal in the 37th minute to take their lead to three goals.37′ GOAL! A quick counter-attack down the wings sees Indumathi getting her second goal of the match after putting the finishing touches to a well-orchestrated move.3-0 #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball #INDBAN pic.twitter.com/950FUXA0qqIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 20, 2019Dalima played the ball out from the right after an attack from Bangladesh and in no time, Sanju and Sandhiya combined excellently to put through Indumathi once again, who found the net once again with a well-placed finish.As the sides switched ends for the second half, it was India that started out stronger and controlled most of the possession. Sanju and Dangmei Grace were a handful for the Bangladesh defence down the flanks and it was the latter who came close to scoring at the hour mark but saw her shot across goal go inches wide of the post.Coach Maymol Rocky brought on Anju Tamang and Manisha in place of Ratanbala Devi and Grace respectively, and both substitutes produced impactful performances as soon as they came on. With 15 minutes to go, Anju ran in goal and looked to chip the keeper with a volleyed effort but it sailed just over the bar.Manisha too almost gave India their fourth goal with a shot from inside the box that was saved excellently by the rival custodian. However, she was not to be denied in the dying moments of the match as she pounced on a loose ball in the box, rounded the keeper and scored her first goal of the tournament.The match ended 4-0 in favour of the Indian side, who will now take on hosts Nepal in the final on Friday.Also Read | I-League clubs ready to participate in Super Cup, submit blueprint for unified leagueFor 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 SAFF Women’s ChampionshipFollow India vs BangladeshFollow Dalima ChhibberFollow Indumathi KathiresanFollow ManishaFollow Nepal Nextlast_img read more

Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi suffers Achilles injury in draw with Burnley

first_img Reuters LondonApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 13:09 IST Callum Hudson-Odoi was replaced with Pedro shortly before halftime (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCallum Hudson-Odoi suffered what appeared to be a serious Achilles tendon injuryThe 18-year-old was replaced with Pedro shortly before halftimeIt is not sure yet whether he reptured his tendonChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered what appeared to be a serious Achilles tendon injury in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, assistant coach Gianfranco Zola said.Hudson-Odoi, 18, had to be helped off the pitch shortly before halftime when he was replaced by Pedro.”It’s not an easy one. I think it is a serious injury. It’s on his Achilles tendon. I cannot tell you the full extent of it,” Zola told reporters.The Italian said he could not comment reports that Hudson-Odoi had ruptured his tendon.”I am not sure about it. I think they will have to have an examination, but it is not looking good,” Zola said.Hudson-Odoi received his first England start last month even as he struggled to break into the Chelsea first team.Bayern Munich said they want to sign him from Chelsea, leading to speculation he could be sold during the close season.Also Read | Manchester United suffer 5th straight away defeat with 4-0 hammering from EvertonAlso Read | Liverpool back on top after 2-0 win over Cardiff CityAlso Read | Ashley Young confident misfiring Manchester United will be ready for Manchester CityAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat KohliFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow Injury Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi suffers Achilles injury in draw with BurnleyChelsea footballer Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered what appeared to be a serious Achilles tendon injury during Monday’s match against Burnley.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in playoffs hunt

first_imgadvertisement Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 00:23 IST IPL 2019: Liam Livingstone scored 44 runs from 26 balls (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in Jaipur on SaturdayAaron, Thomas, Gopal and Unadkat picked 2 wickets apiece for RRChasing 161, RR rode on strong knocks from Livingstone, Rahane and SamsonRajasthan Royals went in without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer but still managed to defeat IPL 2018 runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in Jaipur on Saturday to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Rajasthan Royals replaced Kolkata Knight Riders at No.6 in the 2019 IPL points table. RR now have 5 wins and 10 points from 12 matches this season. More importantly, the Royals are now tied on 10 points with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. SRH and KXIP are ranked higher at No.4 and No.5 respectively because of their superior net run rate.After a strong 78-run opening stand between Liam Livingstone and Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson paired up with skipper Steve Smith to secure a comfortable win for Rajasthan Royals.Chasing 161, Liam Livingstone, batting for the first time in the IPL, led the charge for Rajasthan Royals. He hit SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan for 2 sixes in his 1st over to set the tone for the Royals chase. While Ajinkya Rahane looked solid at the other end, Liam Livingstone played some breathtaking shots.Rajasthan Roya,ls. even without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, bat deep. With Liam Livingstone looking dangerous every moment of his stay at the crease, the pressure was piling up on the Sunrisers. Rashid Khan eventually got Livingstone with a quicker delivery on off and the marauding opener edged it to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps.5 days ago, Ajinkya Rahane hit a scintillating hundred against Delhi Capitals at the same venue. He was looking good against Rajasthan Royals and with Sanju Samson at the other end, the Royals were a happy unit.advertisementBut in the 12th over, Rahane hit a Shakib al Hasan delivery straight to David Warner at log-off for 39. But by then, it was Rajasthan Royals’ match to lose when Steve Smith joined Sanju Samson in the middle.Earlier in the evening, Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bowl. Kane Williamson returned to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad after Jonny Bairstow left Sunrisers Hyderabad to report to duty for England as they begin their World Cup preparations.In the absence of Bairstow, Williamson walked out to open with David Warner but he perished to a googly from Shreyas Gopal. Manish Pandey, who came close to his 2nd IPL hundred against Chennai Super Kings 4 days ago, was in fine touch again and hit a second successive fifty and added 75 for the 2nd wicket with David Warner.Warner, who became the 1st batsman to go past 600 runs in the 2019 Indian Premeir League, was in line to score a record-breaking 6th fifty in a row in T20 cricket but he was spectacularly caught by Steve Smith after he a hit length ball from Oshane Thomas over exta cover.David Warner’s dismissal for 37 triggered a middle-order collapse. Manish Pandey became Shreyas Gopal’s 2nd victim before Varun Aaron and Jaydev Unadkat rattled the SRH lower-order with some quick wickets.Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shreyas Gopal and Jaydev Unadkat picked 2 wickets apiece but Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers with the best economy rate.Rashid Khan hit Varun Aaron for a 4 and a 6 off the last 2 balls of the innings to give SRH a fighting totalAlso Read | David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonFor 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 RR vs SRHFollow match reportFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Steve SmithFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow David Warner IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in playoffs huntIPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in Jaipur on Saturday. RR now have 10 points like Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab and are in contention to make it to the playoffs. graphs commentarycenter_img scorecard view more view less No data available!last_img read more

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku undergoing medical ahead of Inter switch

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku undergoing medical ahead of Inter switchInter’s new coach Antonio Conte has been chasing Lukaku for some time and had also tried to sign him when he was manager of Chelsea. Serie A champions Juventus were also reported as being interested in the player.advertisement Reuters MilanAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 15:14 IST Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSInter’s new coach Antonio Conte has been chasing Romelu Lukaku for some timeItalian media said Lukaku’s medical was booked for around 0800 GMT and he would put pen to paper afterwardsLukaku scored 42 goals in 96 appearances in all competitionsRomelu Lukaku is set to join Inter Milan from Manchester United on Thursday with Italian media reporting he will sign a contract immediately after undergoing a medical.The Belgian forward, who enjoyed a bright start at United before ending his second season battling for a place in the team, arrived at Malpensa airport in the early hours of the morning amid reports the two clubs had agreed an 80 million euros ($89.77 million) deal for the 26-year-old.Television pictures showed dozens of jubilant Inter Milan fans gathered at Malpensa to welcome Lukaku, who had been training with Belgian side Anderlecht for the last few days. He waved to the fans before being led away to another door.Gazzetta dello Sport and other Italian media said Lukaku’s medical was booked for around 0800 GMT and he would put pen to paper afterwards.Inter’s new coach Antonio Conte has been chasing Lukaku for some time and had also tried to sign him when he was manager of Chelsea. Serie A champions Juventus were also reported as being interested in the player.Lukaku joined United from Everton in 2017. He scored 42 goals in 96 appearances in all competitions, with 11 of those goals coming in his first two months at the club.He scored only five league goals for United in the second half of last season.Read more | Uruguay great Diego Forlan announces retirement from footballAlso see: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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Romelu LukakuFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Inter MilanFollow Lukaku Nextlast_img read more