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Heynckes backs Madrid to see off PSG

first_imgUEFA Champions League Bayern boss Heynckes backs Madrid to see off PSG Niklas König Bayern Munich Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:14 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Bayern München PSG Bundesliga Videos The Blancos have struggled for consistency throughout the campaign, but the man who led them to European success in 1998 remains positive Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is confident Real Madrid will recover from their recent malaise and beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Madrid currently sit fourth in the Liga table – 19 points behind leaders Barcelona – and despite having won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons are widely being written off in their last-16 tie against the Ligue 1 outfit.Pressure is building on manager Zinedine Zidane, with European silverware now their only chance of picking up a trophy to end the campaign after they were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by lowly Leganes. 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 But Heynckes – who guided Madrid to the Champions League title in 1998 during his sole season in charge at Santiago Bernabeu – believes the Blancos have what it takes to beat Neymar and co.”That Madrid is going through a low in the league at the moment is, in my opinion, quite normal, especially if you have won the Champions League twice and been Spanish champions too,” he told Goal  in an exclusive interview.”In addition, Real have given away three very good players in the summer with Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez, perhaps to save salaries.”They have not bought big and thought that with the young players they can compensate for that. You need a really good mix between young and old, between experienced and hungry players.”Nevertheless, you must not write off Real in the Champions League. They have much more experience than Paris Saint-Germain. Much more! I believe they will win the tie.”They have a good team for playing in European competition. When we first won the Champions League again in 1998, we finished fourth in the league. I know from personal experience Madrid should never be underestimated.”Heynckes himself guided Bayern through the Champions League group stages alongside PSG in Group B, setting up a tie with Besiktas in the last 16.The Bundesliga champions have not won Europe’s biggest prize since 2013 but are many people’s dark horses for the competition this time around after Heynckes resurrected their poor early-season form under Carlo Ancelotti.Jupp Heynckes exclusiveHeynckes, though, feels that the form and finances of Premier League clubs is making his own side’s task of winning the tournament more difficult, and is unsure whether they will be able to keep competiting in years to come.”We want to become Bundesliga champions, we are not yet. We also want to be successful in the German Cup and in the Champions League.”In the Champions League, it will certainly be very difficult, because there are top teams, who  – in part, with huge costs – have greatly improved their squads in the transfer market.”It will be increasingly difficult for the Bundesliga and also for Bayern Munich to be as successful internationally as Bayern have been before in their history.”There are always cycles in football. Recently, Real Madrid have been incredibly successful, before that it was Barcelona in a certain period of time. Bayern Munich were in 2013 and also in previous years. So there are always snapshots.”Right now it is said that the English Premier League is the best and at the moment it might be like that. But the English teams have to prove that now in the knockout phase of the Champions League.”last_img read more

Vermaelen backs Luis Enrique for Premier League job

first_imgThomas Vermaelen Chelsea-linked Luis Enrique backed for Premier League job by Vermaelen Jamie Smith 04:44 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Enrique Getty Images Barcelona Arsène Wenger Real Betis v Barcelona Primera División Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Arsenal Premier League The former Barcelona boss has been touted as a target to replace Antonio Conte, and the Belgian defender believes he would be a success in England Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the club’s former coach Luis Enrique could be a big success in the Premier League.Luis Enrique, on sabbatical after leaving Barca at the end of last season, has been linked with replacing the under-pressure Antonio Conte at Chelsea.The 47-year-old won three Copa del Rey titles and La Liga twice during his time in charge at Camp Nou, as well as leading Barcelona to the Champions League crown in 2014-15. 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 Vermaelen was a bit-part player at Barca under Luis Enrique but remains full of praise for his old boss.”I think it’s similar to what you’re seeing with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City,” the centre-back told the Guardian.”You bring a bit of the Spanish influence into English football and it might take time but it can work very well.”I had a very good relationship with Luis Enrique. The way he talks to players is very good. He knows how to make a player feel right.”If you asked me about the best managers I’ve worked with, I would always include him. Now I’m getting the chance to play more but I’m not going to say that because I was playing less with Luis Enrique he was a bad coach.”Before joining Barca, Vermaelen spent five years at Arsenal, helping the club to win the FA Cup in 2014.And the Belgium defender believes Arsene Wenger remains the right man for the job at the Emirates Stadium, despite the Gunners sitting sixth in the Premier League.”It’s sad to see them struggling. Arsenal is such a beautiful club; I think a lot of people in England like Arsenal: they have a beautiful stadium and just thinking about how well they played the game,” Vermaelen added.”I’m sure if they knew the reason, they’d do something about it. I always say: ‘Be careful what you wish for’. I don’t know what’s going on now but the club still has that capacity to be a club fighting for the title again.”Sacking the manager is not always the solution. What Mr Wenger has done for the club is amazing. I think he is still the man to go forward. He has the experience and he is a man of the club.”last_img read more

Who Real Madrid could spend €600m war chest on

first_imgTransfers From Hazard to Neymar, who Real Madrid could spend €600m war chest on Chris Burton 16:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Neymar Real Getty Transfers Real Madrid Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur PSG Internazionale Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Liverpool Primera División Bundesliga Eden Hazard Mohamed Salah Robert Lewandowski Harry Kane Neymar David de Gea David Luiz Serie A Ligue 1 Premier League The Blancos, amid a testing 2017-18 campaign, are expected to overhaul their squad in the summer and will have a sizeable budget at their disposallast_img read more

Zidane wouldn’t swap Salah for Ronaldo

first_imgUEFA Champions League Zidane wouldn’t swap Salah for Ronaldo at Real Madrid Joe Wright 19:17 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Zinédine Zidane Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Real Madrid Liverpool The Blancos boss has no interest in discussing those at Champions League final opponents Liverpool, with a warning sounded to critics of his talisman Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane claims he would not swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Liverpool’s 44-goal forward Mohamed Salah and has warned critics of his Portuguese talisman to expect the forward to impress in the Champions League final.The competition’s all-time leading goalscorer, Ronaldo has netted 15 times in just 12 appearances in this season’s tournament to help his side reach a third final in a row, although he did fail to find the net in the last-four win over Bayern Munich.The 33-year-old headed in Madrid’s second goal in Saturday’s draw with Villarreal on his return from an ankle injury, though, and Zidane insists it would be unwise to expect the Portuguese to struggle under the pressure of facing Liverpool in Kiev. 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 He also dismissed the idea he would prefer to have Liverpool’s PFA Player of the Year award-winning winger Salah in his ranks – amid much talk of interest in the Egyptian at the Santiago Bernabeu.”No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players,” he told a news conference.”Cristiano knows that a player can have difficult moments. That’s why he’s the best. Some players suffer under pressure, others just the opposite, and he is one of those. The more you criticise him… be careful.”Zidane refused to give any clues on his starting line-up but did suggest he could field a front three of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, while praising the recent form of the Wales forward.”He’s very good. He has scored a lot of goals. He hadn’t played much but he had a lot of continuity in training and he was doing well, especially in scoring,” he said of Bale.”I’m here with the 25 players every day. The others play well and they deserve their opportunity. For me, the BBC are the best, by far. They have shown it many times, but in the day to day, when I say to my group that they are all important, I have to show them that.”It doesn’t mean those three can’t play together again. They played in the Clasico.”With Madrid looking to win the trophy for a third successive year while Liverpool have not reached the final since 2007, there have been suggestions Jurgen Klopp’s side will be the more motivated.Zidane, however, thinks any such argument is wrong.”I can’t tell you about the opposition. I don’t know what they have. What I can tell you is that we have the same excitement,” he said.”Nobody can take that away from us or tell us we are less hungry than others. Nobody. We are Madrid. We always want more and we’ll give everything to try to do it in the best way possible.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Gundogan addresses Barcelona transfer talk

first_imgTransfers Gundogan addresses talk of filling Iniesta’s boots at Barcelona Chris Burton 00:49 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Manchester City Primera División Premier League İ. Gündoğan The midfielder has been linked with a summer switch, but he is under contract in England and setting his sights on more silverware Ilkay Gundogan is “happy” at Manchester City and has no intention of pushing for a summer move to Barcelona, amid talk that the Liga giants want him to replace Andres Iniesta.Those at Camp Nou are in the market for another creative midfielder after seeing a club legend depart for J. League side Vissel Kobe.Attention has turned to Germany international Gundogan, with the 27-year-old having tasted title success in the Bundesliga and Premier League while earning 26 caps for his country. 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 He does face fierce competition for places at the Etihad Stadium, with the promise of more to come as City chase down the likes of Jorginho, but he is a favoured option of Pep Guardiola.Gundogan made 46 appearances for City across all competitions last season and, as he remains tied to terms through to 2020, will only be on the move this summer if he is deemed surplus to requirements.He told Arab News on the transfer rumours: “I have plenty of time on my current contract, two years to go.“But it also depends on the club if they want me to stay. Everyone can see and feel I am really happy here.“With the way we play, with the people around me, in the city, in the community, I really enjoy it here and really enjoy my life. I’m happy.“It was great to win the Premier League title, but there are plenty of things still to achieve.“We are committed to this every year at City, not just the players, but the coaching staff, to try to win the biggest trophies.“That’s what we will be trying to do next season and the season after.”Gundogan joined City from Borussia Dortmund in a £20 million ($26m) deal back in the summer of 2016.Knee ligament damage brought his debut campaign to a premature close, but he returned from nine months on the sidelines in September 2017 to become a key figure in a record-breaking team which collected Premier League and Carabao Cup honours.last_img read more


first_imgBMTA in conjunction with TFQ and TFA, are holding a fundraiser for our Touch friend in NQ affected by Cyclone Larry. For all the info check out this story and make sure you check out BMTA’s website or our website tomorrow for nomination forms for the event. CYCLONE LARRY FUNDRAISER. This is a great idea and a fantastic way to support NQ Touchies. If you’re in the ACT and taking part in the winter competition, the draws have been released and can be found at You’re a braver person than I to be facing the ice cold temperatures of a Canberra winter. To assist new coaches and officials in their role, the Australian Sports Commission, in conjunction with State Departments of Sport and Recreation, have developed a series of new web pages – ‘Tools and Tips for New Coaches and Officials’. To check out what’s there to help and encourage coaches, just visit Remember, if you have any news for 60 Seconds in Touch just email it to Toowoomba Touch have recently updated their website, it looks fantastic and is a great example of how affiliates can communicate with their members regularly and easily. Check it out at Touch Football Australia has revised their course procedure for affiliates wanting to run referees training courses. The affiliates now need to contact Chris Tarlinton on 1800 654 951 or (02) 6285 2703 or to have the resources sent out to them. Course request and procedure forms will be available to download on the TFA website towards the end of this week. The level 1 referee resource pack has also been updated and contains a signals CD, rules book, updated printed manual and certificate. Melbourne University Touch Club (Parkville Touch) are set to kick off a new winter Touch competition…so if you’re in Melbourne and looking for somewhere to play this winter, check out    Welcome to the latest edition of 60 Seconds in Touch, we’re already into May, the fifth month of the year and before you know it I’ll be spouting Christmas carols and getting ready for the holidays…The year is certainly flying by and here’s the latest edition in all the news from around Australia…Well, it was certainly a dramatic weekend in the tipping competition, with some close matches in both the NRL and AFL and the odd controversial result here and there…‘jjj’ is holding sway in the AFL, one point ahead of three tippers on 25 points each. In the NRL the leaders are creeping away, with ‘Rattler’ looking dangerous on 39 points. Next week will certainly pose some interesting questions as tippers place their votes in the Touch Football Australia tipping competition. NSW Touch have announced their award winners for 2005, a full description of the winners can be found at, but here are the winners:2005 Affiliate of the Year: Wagga Wagga Touch Association2005 Administrator of the Year: Graham Goodwin, Taree Touch Association2005 Coach of the Year: Tony Trad, Western Suburbs Touch Association2005 Player of the Year: Jason Stanton, UNSW Bullets2005 Junior Player of the Year: Ricky Morris, Kempsey Touch AssociationThis weekend is a huge weekend for meetings, with the NSW Annual General Meeting being held in Sydney, the TFA Board of Management also meeting in Sydney and the Federation of International Touch (FIT) meeting in Sydney. Stay tuned next week for any information that comes from those meetings. In news out of Victoria, the ‘New Zealand’ teams put some punch back into the Touch Victoria Trans Tasman Challenge yesterday, taking revenge on the Aussies and stealing a 2-1 series win in each division … after a number of nail-biting drop-offs throughout the day. To read the full story click here: VIC TRANS TASMAN NEWS  If you’re interested in doing a referees course at North Woolooware in NSW, check out for information on level 1, 2 and 3 courses being held in May and June.last_img read more

2011 NTL Referees Final Appointments

first_imgElite Eight Men’sDavid BaggioAdam FoleyDale LawrenceElite Eight Women’sLuke McKenzieBrad SmithSam ClarkMen’s OpenBrett FreshwaterMatt LaveryAnthony Smith Mixed OpenNathan BudgeScott CampbellTanya FindlayMen’s 30’sBill SladeMark KellyDamien CarlsonWomen’s OpenGavin KingCarl HartwigSimon JacksonMen’s 40’sBernie O’DonohueBarry McNamaraNick AltinSenior MixedGrant HillAaron McRobertsJosh VernonMen’s 45’sJulian AitkenRichard McIllroyJohn FrostWomen’s Open (plate)Jillian McRobertsTammey ChappellMack HovermanMen’s 50’sDaniel ScullyJames SteinbergJames McMahonWomen’s 27’s Chris MurrayJamie OliverKen GilbertWomen’s 35’sKaren DaviesKarren Strachan Sally MelzerMen’s 55’s Ken WilsonMichael McGrathGreg TaylorWomen’s 40’sDavid BrownPeter CominosPeter GregoryLeading RefereeDavid BaggioLeading Women’s RefereeSam ClarkLeading Senior RefereesBill Slade, Karen DaviesReferee of the TournamentDavid Baggiolast_img read more

Video: Kirk Herbstreit Gets Revenge On Chris Fowler On Jimmy Kimmel Live

first_imgkirk herbstreit looking very tan at the nfl draftEarlier this season, when Notre Dame took on Temple on Halloween, ESPN college football analyst Chris Fowler played a prank on his booth mate Kirk Herbstreit, bringing out two zombies mid-broadcast to scare the College GameDay star. Tuesday night, Herbstreit finally got his revenge.Ahead of the duo’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Herbstreit had a zombie jump from behind a closed door to frighten Fowler. Fowler’s reaction wasn’t quite as strong as Herbstreit’s, but it was still a solid effort.Enjoy:last_img read more

Former Alabama QB Greg McElroy Praises Ohio State After Columbus Trip

first_imgGreg McElroy while on TV for the SEC Network.Greg McElroy is impressed with Ohio State.McElroy, the former Alabama quarterback who helped Nick Saban win his first national title with the Crimson Tide in 2009, is now a college football analyst for ESPN. On Saturday, he was the color commentator for the Buckeyes’ game against Tulsa.The 28-year-old analyst came away thinking highly of Ohio State.During the broadcast – a 48-3 OSU win – McElroy was asked if he thinks the Buckeyes are a legitimate College Football Playoff contender.“Absolutely,” he replied.On Twitter this morning, McElroy praised the Buckeyes again.“Team is only going to get better,” he wrote.Really enjoyed my 1st trip to Columbus. @OhioStateFB is the real deal. Didn’t play great, still won big. Team is only going to get better— Greg McElroy (@GregMcElroy) September 11, 2016The big test for Urban Meyer’s young squad comes next week, as Ohio State is traveling to Oklahoma.The Buckeyes and the Sooners are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on FOX Saturday.last_img read more

‘The Ballon d’Or of this season is Messi’

first_imgLionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year, according to Barcelona and Brazil great Rivaldo. Messi enjoyed another stellar season for Barca, scoring 51 goals in all competitions as the Spanish giants claimed the La Liga title. Despite the league win, Messi found little other success on the year.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Barcelona came short in the Champions League, falling in dramatic fashion to Liverpool in the semi-finals, and lost the Copa del Rey final. Messi’s year also hit a snag with Argentina. The 32-year-old could not inspire his team beyond the semi-finals, and was sent off in the match that saw them claim third place in Brazil, prompting him to hit out at referees and CONMEBOL .  His words also brought about plenty of negative reaction as well, with opposing players , CONEMBOL and even the referees to hit back at his perceived lack of respect.  Despite that, Rivaldo believes Messi should be awarded an outright record sixth Ballon d’Or. “In my opinion, the Ballon d’Or of this season is Messi for what he has done,” the 1999 winner said, courtesy of Betfair. “He didn’t win the Champions League, but because it is an individual prize he scored a lot of goals, important goals.” Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have each won five Ballons d’Or, claiming the prize in every year since 2008 before Luka Modric ended their run in 2018.  Both should be in the running again this year despite a perceived down year from the Portuguese star in his first season with Juventus.  Ronaldo netted just 21 times in Serie A for Juventus as the club strolled to the title, but couldn’t carry his club past the quarter-finals in the Champions League.  Yet he did find success on the international level, helping Portugal to the inaugural UEFA Nations League crown.  And Rivaldo thinks there is much more to come from both players next season.  “They are such great players. I like them both,” he said.  “Messi always makes the difference at Barcelona and Ronaldo at every club and the national team – Juventus and Portugal.  “It’s going to be thrilling again. When you talk about them it’s for something good, they both score so many goals.”last_img read more

Neymar interview recording stolen

first_imgNeymar has returned to training with Paris Saint-Germain, but a television interview with the forward may now not be aired in his native Brazil after the recording was stolen.The world’s most expensive footballer did not report to training last week as expected, leading PSG to release a strongly worded statement criticising him.Neymar’s official website published photographs on social media of him back at work, yet the 27-year-old continues to be engrossed in controversy. 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? He had recorded an interview with Brazilian television network Band in which he was expected to talk about his future at PSG, with a return to Barcelona rumoured.However, on Monday, Band said the car where the recording of the interview was being stored had been stolen.A statement from Sao Paulo civil police office confirmed a vehicle belonging to the journalist who interviewed Neymar had gone missing.It is the latest twist in a summer of speculation for Neymar, as his future with the Ligue 1 champions has become clouded.PSG had hinted at possible exit for the Brazil star when club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi declared “nobdody forced him to sign” when questions of his future with the French giants arose in June.Those hints were confirmed last week when new PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted Neymar could leave, provided the club received a suitable offer for the forward they paid a €222 million (£200m/$250m) fee for back in 2017.Leonardo also confirmed the club had engaged in “superficial talks” with Barcelona over a potential deal, but the Liga champions had not made a formal offer.Rumours heated up even more this past weekend, when Kia Joorabchian, agent to Philippe Coutinho, accused the club of attempting to negotiate a swap deal of his client for Neymar despite assurances from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu there would be no sale of the ex-Liverpool man.Neymar himself only added fuel to the fire when he posted a video to Instagram which displayed an image of him in a Barca shirt, along with a biblical verse.The star man also declared his greatest footballing memory was being part of Barca’s historic Champions League comeback against PSG, though his father, Neymar Sr., has since said it was not intended to disrespect the French club.last_img read more

Lane Kiffin’s New 10-Year Contract Means He’s Probably Gone After This Season

first_imgHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.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)FAU finalized a decade-long contract extension with Lane Kiffin after just one year with him at the helm of the Owls. It’s not hard to see why; he dominated the Sun Belt in year one and is poised to do so again this season.Kiffin was floated for a few different jobs that opened this off-season, though it didn’t sound like he was seriously considered for them. Even some Tennessee fans were open to a reunion, even with how poorly his last brief stint there lasted.Instead, he is back for a second fall in Boca Raton. The team is the favorite to repeat for the Sun Belt title, and could even compete for the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six game bid.Lane Kiffin may be inked to stay in FAU for 10 years, but the details of the new contract make it very likely that this fall will be his last at FAU.In college football coaching contracts, the number of years is basically meaningless. The only time it is really worth paying attention to is if a coach is actually entering his final year.Few programs ever allow things to get that far. Coaches on their final year can be the target of negative recruiting.The buyout is the most crucial number for both sides. With this new Kiffin deal, it is not a very big number for a school that wants to hire Kiffin to meet.According to FAU Owl Access, his buyout number has not been amended. It will cost a team $2 million to poach him away.FAU elected not to alter the buyout clause in Kiffin’s contract. Leaving between now and January of 2019 would cost Kiffin $2 million. The buyout drops $500,000 per year through 2021.If the Owls have the type of season most expect, it is hard to imagine him not landing a big job, unless the market is just very small. We should be seeing Kiffin back in a major conference pretty soon.[FAU Owl Access]last_img read more

ESPN: This Team’s College Football Playoff Chances Are Shrinking Fast

first_imgFans point at a B-2 flyover before the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A B-2 Spirit performs a flyover prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Oregon Ducks and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Notre Dame entered the 2018 college football season with lofty expectations. The Fighting Irish were ranked inside the top 10 of the preseason polls and listed as a top College Football Playoff favorite.ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor gave Notre Dame some of the best odds in the country. The preseason projection listed the Fighting Irish’s chances of making it at better than 40 percent.That is changing, though, and quickly.Notre Dame remains undefeated, and the Fighting Irish have looked good today against Wake Forest, but ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor is no longer high on them.ESPN’s current College Football Playoff predictor odds list Notre Dame’s chances at 13 percent, which is three times lower than where the Fighting Irish began the season.This is just a predictor, though, and things can obviously change moving forward.Still, ESPN’s predictor is not currently high on Notre Dame.last_img read more

Video: Star RB Suffers Gruesome Injury On TD Run

first_imgA field-level view of Appalachian State's football stadium.BOONE, NC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Miami Hurricanes and Appalachian State Mountaineers at Kidd Brewer Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Boone, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 7 of the college football season kicked off tonight as Appalachian State traveled to Jonesboro, Ar., to take on Arkansas State in a Sun Belt showdown. The Mountaineers entered the game scoring over 51 points per game, but were shut out in the first quarter.That all changed when running back Jalin Moore reeled off a 27-yard touchdown to give App State a 7-6 lead. The run came at a price, however.As Moore extended to reach the ball over the goal line, an Arkansas State defender fell on Moore’s right leg. The senior tailback suffered a gruesome injury after the defender put his weight on Moore’s lower leg.Trainers immediately rushed to Moore’s side and placed an aircast on his lower leg. He then had to be carted off the field.Warning: Video of the play contains graphic material.Prayers to Jalin Moore this is awful @AppState_FB— ℂ???? ℍ???? (@ChrisHooks0223) October 10, 2018Moore is the team’s leading rusher this season.It’s a tough injury for the senior running back who was putting together an impressive season.last_img read more

Legendary College Football Player Trashes Team’s Head Coach

first_imgMark Richt stares directly into the camera during a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 08: Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt tries to calm the fans after throwing debris on the field during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Week 9 of the college football season kicked off earlier this week with a handful of Thursday and Friday night games. Among them was an ACC contest between two 5-2 programs.Boston College and Miami battled it out on Friday night for the right to become bowl eligible. The Eagles dominated the second half of the game defensively en route to a 27-14 win that put the program in contention for a solid bowl game.After the loss, Miami’s fans and former players took to Twitter to call out head coach Mark Richt. Among the former players was star defensive lineman Warren Sapp.Sapp took to Twitter to rip head coach Mark Richt after the loss. He was not happy.“It’s official!! The U is Dead Under Mark Richt!!!” Sapp wrote on Twitter.It’s official!! The U is Dead Under @MarkRicht !!!— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) October 27, 2018Richt is just a season removed from having an undefeated Miami program at No. 3 in the country with a 10-0 record before losing their final two games of the regular season.Is it already time to move on from Richt?last_img read more

Clemson Player Shares Incredible Drawing Of 2 Recently Deceased Tigers

first_img Clemson defensive end Xavier Kelly, who played with both C.J. Fuller and Tyshon Dye, shared a very touching drawing he did of the two on social media.Kelly’s talents clearly extend far beyond the football field. From early this morning:I got emotional when I drew this one💯💪🏾#RIPCJ #RIPTYSHON— xavier kelly (@xavierkelly22) July 10, 2019Kelly is entering his redshirt junior season at Clemson. He joined the program and redshirted in 2016, when both Fuller and Dye were members of Clemson’s backfield.Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone impacted by the passing of both C.J. and Tyshon over the last few months. They are both gone far too soon. Clemson players run off the field after a forced fumble vs. Furman.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive lineman K.J. Henry #13 of the Clemson Tigers reacts as he runs off the field with teammates defensive end Xavier Kelly #22, safety Nolan Turner #24, and linebacker Jalen Williams #30 after the Tigers force a Furman Paladins fumble during the fourth quarter of the football game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)While the Clemson Tigers football program has thrived on the field recently, it has also had a tough few months. We’ve seen a number of former Tigers pass away recently, some of whom died tragically young.Last October, C.J. Fuller died after complications stemming from football-related knee injury that he had been rehabbing, including pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis.The former Tigers running back played for the program from 2014-17. He was just 22 years old.Just days ago, another former Clemson running back, Tyshon Dye, passed away. The 25-year old, who played at Clemson from 2014-16 before transferring to ECU, drowned in a Georgia lake over the Fourth of July weekend.last_img read more

Tennessee Football’s Twitter Account Goes Viral After Upset Loss

first_imgJeremy Pruitt looks onto the field during a Tennessee game. He finds himself on the hot seat after a poor start.KNOXVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers on the sidelines during the first half of the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won the game 24-7. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)“Tweet through it” is often a strategy used by people going through a tough time on social media. That’s not what Tennessee football’s official account has done in the wake of Saturday’s upset loss, though.The Volunteers’ official account has decided to just not weigh in at all.Tennessee, which fell to Georgia State in the biggest upset of Week 1, has not tweeted since early in the fourth quarter on Saturday.The last tweet: True again.@bmancimaglia knocks it through from 31 yards.#Vols in front, 23-21. 12:05 left to play.— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) August 31, 2019As you can see, this tweet has received nearly 500 responses, basically all of which come from angry Tennessee fans.This is the most recent tweet from the Tennessee football account. Needless to say, it got ratio’d.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 1, 2019Someone check on Tennessee football. I’ve never seen a team’s twitter account not tweet a final score, even in a loss.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) September 1, 2019As of noon E.T. on Sunday, the Volunteers’ account had yet to tweet anything new.We’ll set the over/under on a new tweet appearing on Tennessee’s feed at 3 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Rs 3 crore prize money for victorious Vidarbha

first_imgRanji Trophy 2018-19: Rs 3 crore prize money for victorious VidarbhaVidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra in the final, proving that their maiden triumph last year was no “fluke”.advertisement Press Trust of India NagpurFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 19:19 IST Vidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the Ranji Trophy title (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVidarbha clinched a 78-run win over Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy final on ThursdayVidarbha is only the sixth team in Ranji Trophy history to have defended the titleThe Vidarbha Cricket Association said it will arrange a felicitation ceremony for the Faiz Fazal-led victorious teamThe Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Thursday announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore for its victorious Ranji Trophy squad, which defended the title by defeating Saurashtra in the final on Thursday.Vidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra in the final, proving that their maiden triumph last year was no “fluke”.”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gives Rs 2 crore (as prize money) and we (VCA) will be giving Rs 3 crore additionally (to the team). So, the total purse will be Rs 5 crore,” VCA President Anand Jaiswal told PTI over phone from Nagpur.Congratulations to Vidarbha for winning the #RanjiTrophy 2nd year in a row and going undefeated in the past 2 seasons. A special performance by Aditya Sarwate. #VIDvSAU Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 7, 2019Jaiswal also said that the association has “postponed” the event to celebrate the Ranji Trophy success, due to the Irani Trophy game, that will be played in the city from February 12.”We will fix a date for a felicitation ceremony and the prize money will be given to the players during the event,” the VCA chief stated.Vidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the title. Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi are the other teams who have managed to win consecutive titles.Also Read | Ranji Trophy: Ageless Wasim Jaffer completes Perfect 10 after Vidarbha lifelineAlso Read | Aditya Sarwate catches Sachin Tendulkar’s eye as Vidarbha retain Ranji Trophy titleAlso Read | People did not know where Vidarbha was but it won’t be so after Ranji triumph: Umesh YadavAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow VidarbhaFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow Ranji Trophy prize moneyFollow Faiz Fazallast_img read more

FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup: Selection committee shortlists 35 girls for team India

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 19:31 IST India names football probables for women’s U-17 World Cup camp. (AIFF)HIGHLIGHTSIndia names football probables for women’s U-17 World Cup campThe girls will be reporting to coach Alex Ambrose, who was earlier in charge of the under-19 national teamThe players will report in Goa on May 2India announced a 35-member junior girls probables list for the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup coaching camp, beginning in Goa on Thursday.A selection committee meeting was held in Kohlapur after the junior girls National Football Championship to analyse the performances of the players.The girls will be reporting to coach Alex Ambrose, who was earlier in charge of the under-19 national team.Probables:Goalkeepers: Tanu, Thoudam Devi, Adrija Sarkhel, Manisha, Manju GanjuDefenders: Purnima Kumari, Phanjoubam Devi, Sudha Tirkey, Antrika, Kritina Devi, Nisha, Daisy Crasto, Naketa, Kamna, Vaishnavi ChandrakantMidfielders: Martina, Aveka Singh, Priyanka Devi, Astam Orain, Anju, Poonam, Salomi Minj, Drishti Pant, Manisha, Priyanka SujeeshForwards: Kiran, Amisha Baxla, Mariyammal, Sumati Kumari, Manisha Naik, Lynda Kom, Shilky Devi, Sai Sanke, Lalnun Siami, Karen EstrocioReserve players:Goalkeepers: Anjali Barke, AnshikaDefenders: Gia Sundaram, Lhingneilam Kipgen, Saraswati Kri, Shilpaben Thakur, Ritu, Fulmani OranMidfielders: Ishita Mathew, Gladys ZonunsangiForwards: Sanika Patil, Malavika P, Santoshi KumariAlso Read | Indian Super League: ATK appoints Antonio Lopez Habas as new head coachAlso Read | Sunil Chhetri: Will keep playing for India as long as my body permitsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow India women footballFollow FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup: Selection committee shortlists 35 girls for team IndiaThe girls, who have been selected for the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup coaching camp, will be reporting to coach Alex Ambrose, who was earlier in charge of the under-19 national team.advertisementlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2019: MS Dhoni captain of Harbhajan Singh’s Dream World XI

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