About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Adama Traore tells Wolves fans: I can go quickerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore insists fans are yet to see him in top gear.Adama is so fast that Olympic sprinting champion Darren Campbell – a consultant during Traore’s spell at Middlesbrough – once advised him to slow down, and who is now regularly clocked at 22mph at Wolves. “I’ve always been quick, ever since I was little,” Traore says, having just scorched the earth at Wolves’ Compton training ground. “People are thinking I am running so fast on the pitch, but I think it’s slow. I am deliberately holding back and I could be even quicker.”At Middlesbrough, Darren told me that I didn’t need to run at 100 per cent as I didn’t realise how fast I was. I can beat players at 70 per cent and this will then give me time to think about what to do next.”I want to get people on the edge of their seats, get past players, try to show my skills and pace.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says there’s little shifting the club’s contract policy for players over 30 years of age.Sarri pledged to respect the stance of Chelsea’s board when it comes to limiting the length of contracts offered to their older players.When asked if he agrees with that blanket policy, he said: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation I think.”It’s a rule and so we have to respect that, I think.”As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.”And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So the problem is only this, I think.”
Chelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorganby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on Thorgan Hazard’s situation at Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgian has been producing career best form this season and Gladbach accept they’re on borrowed time keeping hold of the midfielder.BILD says among a raft of interested clubs is Chelsea, which had Hazard on their books before selling him to Gladbach.The Blues also boast a buy-back option in the deal and are actively discussing triggering it.Indeed, it’s suggested Thorgan could be re-signed by Chelsea to replace older brother Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery explains hooking Lacazette to booing fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery accepted supporters’ jeers for hooking Alexandre Lacazette during victory over Fulham.Lacazette had put Arsenal two goals in front following Granit Xhaka’s opener but was substituted for Aaron Ramsey after Aboubakar Kamara had halved the deficit.The decision was booed by a large number of fans, although Ramsey put the game beyond doubt with the third.”I understand the supporters,” he said.”Tactically we thought in that moment we needed to change for more balance. Above all we know (Jean Michael) Seri is coming on and need a player close to him, not to let him play easily with the ball.”Aaron Ramsey can do that and also help us in attack and scored. The reason is this. I need to do my work. And not maybe because every supporter can have a different opinion, tactically.”But I need to do my work, Lacazette his work and he scored also. He helped us and it was a very positive reaction.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino writes off Janssenby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a recall for Vincent Janssen.After defeat to Manchester United, Pochettino now loses Heung-min Son to South Korea’s Asian Cup campaign.Asked if Janssen could step up, the manager was adamant: “No, he is not in my plans.”On Son, he continued: “Yeah but we cannot change that. That is the risk in any competition, you know. “In football you cannot avoid the risk.”Four and a half years we are playing every week and testing the depth of the squad, not only that period, but I never complain and I am not going complain. I think we are going to recover players from injury and I think we are going to find the way to play in the best condition and be competitive like we were competitive in the last four years and a half.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sports chief Michael Zorc jumped into the row between CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang branded Watzke a “clown” and accused BVB of snapping Barcelona’s hand off regarding the money offered for Ousmane Dembele. The former BVB star was responding to Watzke suggesting Aubameyang left the club for money.Zorc said, “I think Auba has been out of order. Aki did not say anything bad. We have always stood behind Auba. That’s why I cannot understand this reaction.”What he means by that, since I really know all the backgrounds, I do not know. We have absolutely nothing to reproach ourselves with.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson focused on his players ‘in his post-match press conference following ‘s impressive comeback against West Ham United.The Palace manager was first asked about VAR, which had a hand to play in Palace’s second goal of their 2-1 win.However, he was keen to turn his attention away from English football’s hottest topic and instead discuss his side’s convincing display.”It works when it works in your favour of course,” the Palace boss said. “My major disappointment is going to be that that’s what you [the journalists at the press conference] are going to write about. I’d have preferred it if you write about the quality of our performance, that would give me more encouragement. “VAR is what it is. I can quite understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’ the decision as it were because it was unbelievably close, that’s pretty obvious. That was pretty obvious I think when it took so long for the screen to show everybody the linesman at the game was right or wrong.”And on this occasion, I’d say we came out on the right side of it. But I thought our performance over the 90 minutes meant that we don’t need to apologise to anyone for the fact that we won here today. I thought we were good value for it.”He added: “It’s a victory I think the players not only deserve but they certainly worked unbelievably hard for it and got it against a good West Ham team. We didn’t win because West Ham were bad. We were lucky enough to get the decisions we got but good enough to give the quality of performance we gave.”
Lebo Mothiba netted twice as Strasbourg scored three goals in 15-minute blitz after a half-time to earn a 3-2 home victory over Bordeaux and a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final.Younousse Sankhare’s first goal since October put Bordeaux in front in Wednesday’s semi-final tie.But Strasbourg produced a superb second-half comeback, with Ludovic Ajorque’s fifth goal in as many games preceding a match-winning double from Mothiba.Jimmy Briand got a late goal back for Bordeaux, but it is Strasbourg who will face Guingamp in the final, which takes place in Lille on March 30. 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? Paris Saint-Germain have won the competition for the last five years, but they lost to Guingamp in the last eight.Progression to a national cup final highlights the strength of Strasbourg’s astonishing rise back through the French league system following their liquidation in 2011 and evenutal reinstatement in the fifth tier.@StadePM, fais de la place ! L’Alsace débarque en nombre dans le Ch’Nord Le Racing est en finale de la @CoupeLigueBKT#RCSAFCGB (3-2) pic.twitter.com/0USPC1SKX8— RC Strasbourg Alsace (@RCSA) January 30, 2019Strasbourg made a bright start with Stefan Mitrovic flicking an effort just over and Mothiba testing Benoit Costil.But Bordeaux struck first after 14 minutes when a poor punch from home goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara allowed Sankhare to volley in from 10 yards, despite Kenny Lala’s attempt to clear off the line.Ajorque’s acrobatic effort from close range failed to find the target for Strasbourg, whose frustration increased when Adrien Thomasson and Ibrahima Sissoko had separate penalty claims denied shortly before half-time.There was relief for the hosts when they levelled just four minutes into the second half, with Lala’s right-wing cross pushed out by Costil as far as Ajorque, whose deflected effort from eight yards beat the keeper.Strasbourg moved ahead in the 55th minute, Ajorque and Lala combining to set up Mothiba for a first-time finish from six yards, and a rapid turnaround was complete on the hour mark.Mothiba was the hero again, heading in from inside the six-yard box after Ajorque headed a Lala free-kick back across the face of goal, and a shaken Bordeaux side offered no response until Briand converted substitute Francois Kamano’s cross with eight minutes left.Nuno da Costa hit the crossbar for Strasbourg before they held on for a nervous final few minutes, the Stade de la Meinau erupting at the full-time whistle.
Paris Saint-Germain’s unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season is over after the league leaders suffered a 2-1 defeat to Lyon on Sunday.The defending champions, who were without star man Neymar due to injury, had won 18 games and drawn two prior to their visit to the Groupama Stadium, but they were handed their first loss thanks to goals from Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir.When Angel Di Maria opened the scoring early it looked like a familiar story, however Lyon were writing their own script and dominated the opening period. 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? They got their reward through Dembele just after the half hour, and Fekir’s penalty secured the three points – Lyon defending resolutely to cling on to a memorable victory.2015 – Paris have lost a Ligue 1 game after scoring the opening goal for the 1st time since January 2015 against Bastia (2-4). Shake. pic.twitter.com/5MqVYGL4UX— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019It took PSG seven minutes to open the scoring, although they were grateful to some sloppy play from Houssem Aouar 30 yards from his own goal.Aouar was caught in possession by the lively Draxler, the German racing towards the Lyon penalty area before laying it on a plate for Di Maria to score his fifth of the campaign.Lyon quickly found some composure but Alphonse Areola was in fine form, the PSG keeper pulling off a string of fine saves to deny Bertrand Traore, Fekir and Memphis Depay.For all his good work, it was an Areola mistake that enabled Lyon to restore parity, Dembele able to beat the goalkeeper to Leo Dubois’ right-wing cross and head home from close range.Di Maria saw a late chance cleared off the line by Jason Denayer – earning him a hug from Anthony Lopes – and it proved decisive as Lyon took the lead soon after the restart.Three minutes into the second half Fekir was gifted a chance from 12 yards after Dembele had been fouled by Thiago Silva, the forward making no mistake with the penalty as he sent Areola the wrong way.The goal sparked PSG into life and they laid siege on the Lyon goal but Lopes proved a formidable opponent, making key three sharp saves to deny Kylian Mbappe as the hosts hung on. What does it mean? Lyon give everyone hopeIt seemed inevitable that PSG would coast to the title after such a strong first half of the season, and even though their lead is still 10 points, Lyon’s win may give others hope. And maybe, just maybe, there could be a title race.No way past LopesTry as PSG might they could not find a way to beat Lyon’s goalkeeper in the second 45, Lopes making a string of stops to ensure the league leaders fell to their first defeat of the campaign – and fourth against Lyon since their Qatari owners came in.PSG missing Neymar’s sparkLosing the world’s most expensive player to another metatarsal injury looked to be something PSG could cope with after Di Maria’s early strike, but after that they lacked quality in the final third with Edinson Cavani, Draxler and Mbappe all unable to convert good openings.What’s next?PSG visit third-tier Villefranche in the Coupe de France on Wednesday before Bordeaux travel to the capital next weekend. Lyon are also in cup action – against Guingamp – ahead of a trip to Nice in seven days’ time. read more
Mario Gotze’s decision to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich left his team-mate Marco Reus dumbstruck. Reus and Gotze were two of the brightest gems in a scintillating Dortmund side coached by Jurgen Klopp at the start of the decade. But that team was eventually dismantled, with Gotze and star striker Robert Lewandowski moving to Bayern in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and Klopp leaving the following year. 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? Gotze failed to make a success of his time in Bavaria and, three years after incensing the BVB faithful, decided on a switch back to Signal Iduna Park. And Reus confesses that he was surprised and disappointed by his forward partner’s initial exit.”I was at home, [the doorbell] rang and Mario was at my door. He told me personally that he will leave the club and take a different path,” he recalled to Goal and DAZN of the day he found out Gotze was leaving.”At that moment, I did not know what to think or say. I had come to Dortmund fresh and felt that we could be a good duo. Therefore, his decision was difficult for me to understand at the moment.”We had a good team for the years to come. And I actually had the feeling that it fits in between us and that we can play together even better.”Was I angry? I do not want to say that, but of course you always want to play with the best. When one of the best goes, that’s difficult to understand.”In the end, everyone must make his own decisions. You only have one career. And if that was the right decision for him then everybody must accept that.Gotze’s perceived betrayal made him an unpopular figure amongst Dortmund fans, who targeted him in public when the decision was announced.And, despite his own disappointment, Reus revealed that he felt sorry for his vilified team-mate.”I picked up Mario before the Champions League match against Real Madrid. He was sitting in the back of the car, the fans were waiting for him. That was not an easy situation,” he added.”I know how he experienced and felt that then and did not want to be in his skin. The pressure on his shoulders.”Outsiders and me as a footballer cannot understand that. Mario handled the situation really well, did a great job and assisted the first goal. That’s why he deserves huge respect. We don’t need to talk about the timing and how the message got out to the public.”When a top player leaves the club, you are disappointed as a fan. You always want the best players to stay in the club. But you also must understand the player and accept that he has chosen this path for the one career he has.”
“What have you done for me lately?”Janet Jackson sang it in 1986. Eddie Murphy satirised it in 1987. But it is a phrase which sums up football perhaps better than any other in 2019.Manchester United are a case in point. With no league titles since 2013, and not even a significant challenge in that time, they have fallen off many a fickle follower’s radar when it comes to the game’s giants. The catalogue of failures in recent years has, for some, become a bigger identifier than the procession of successes which preceded it. 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? But, in reality, Manchester United remain a huge force in the world game. Thirteen league titles in a quarter-century of dominance cannot be forgotten in an instant, and for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the prospect of cobbling together something resembling a title-challenging squad in the coming years is as exciting as it is daunting.The Norwegian has said on numerous occasions that his rebuild will take time, reiterating after United’s Champions League exit to Barcelona in April: “We know there’s work to be done. I’ve said all along that this isn’t going to change overnight. The next few years are going to be massive for us to get to the level that Barcelona and other teams are at.“We need to create an environment of having a world-class attitude every single day. We’ve got good players to work with and done really well to get to the quarters and challenge for the top four.”United need to aim higher than that, though, and Solskjaer has begun his rebuild by targeting young, hungry, positive British players.Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace have provided greater energy, and Harry Maguire will bring a readiness to compete in the Premier League which only comes with the experience of having tasted the environment before.And what all three have is the ingrained feeling that Manchester United is the British game’s behemoth. Footballers can often arrive at a club from foreign shores claiming to know the name and the culture and everything that goes with the badge, but the majority will tell you later that it is only once you have been on the inside that you truly understand what makes a club tick.You can watch on from different parts of the world and get something of a feeling for a club’s status, but when Manchester United success is all over your TV screens, on every sports site you browse and reflected in the countless red shirts in every playground, only then do you really know the lure of United when they are winning.In James, Wan-Bissaka and Maguire, Solskjaer has identified players who will understand immediately what it means for Manchester United to be the best of the best.All three grew up with United being British football’s dominant forces. All three have watched on as Sir Alex’s period of success threatened to never end. And all three will long to taste that feeling of being a part of the Red Devils’ renaissance.That is the hunger that Solskjaer has been aiming to add, and that is one of the reasons he has gone so heavily into the British market in his first summer as United boss.When he was a player under Ferguson, Solskjaer was party to the injection of countless key foreign stars, from Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy to Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic. There was always the need to bring in that something extra from abroad.But what was never lacking at United in that time was the desire to identify Premier League icons who would instantly get the club, and comprehend without a word spoken exactly what Manchester United needs and where it belongs in the food chain of English football.Players like Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Edwin van der Sar were signed during Solskjaer’s time as a player, and each one went on to be considered a modern United great. Not just because of their achievements on the pitch, but because they needed no real introduction to what it means to pull on the United shirt.That is not to say that players like Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Victor Lindelof cannot be part of a successful United, but they cannot necessarily be the fulcrum of one. There is a British heart that was always evident about Manchester United when they were winning, but that is not really the case anymore.There are local lads Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, and they ought to be a part of Solskjaer’s side for many years to come. But in terms of plucking the very best available from home shores in any position on the field, Luke Shaw may be the last player that United went out and snapped up at the right sort of age and with the right sort of signal. Ashley Young is a leader in the dressing room but is a fading force as a senior player.Some have claimed that United need to get away from what they used to do to be the best again, but maybe they were too quick to stop following the Ferguson way in the first place. Players like Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zlatan Ibrahimovic always had the sniff of big-name, short-term projects rather than establishing roots for the future.This is part of the reason why United decided to walk away from negotiations to bring Paulo Dybala to the club from Juventus. Dybala was never particularly keen to move to Old Trafford and his representatives were demanding an extremely hefty salary. Regardless of the talent that Dybala possesses, Solskjaer wants players who are invested in the club – just as Maguire, James and Wan-Bissaka are.Solskjaer is going about re-establishing the club’s heart. So while United haven’t done much for anyone lately, it would be unwise to forget exactly what made them great once upon a time. Ole hasn’t.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)College football fans like tattoos. Well, some of them do, anyway. And we’ve seen a lot of crazy ones over the years.Back in 2017, we compiled a list of the wildest ones that we had come across. You can view all of those ones here.We might need to make a new addition to the list.An Oklahoma fan appears to have gotten the autograph of Sooners’ punter Austin Seibert tattooed on their backside. Really.Check it out:A couple of questions:Why?…Why?…….Why?Again – why?
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The college football regular season and conference championship games are in the books. The final Coaches’ Poll has been released.The new poll came out moments ago. There aren’t a ton of changes, but Oklahoma and Ohio State both moved up a spot after winning yesterday, while Georgia fell from No.4 to No.6.Texas and Boise State also dropped several spots after title game losses, while LSU moved up three places without playing at all.Here is the full top 25:RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTS1ST PLACE VOTESPREVCHANGEHI/LOW1Alabama13-01598621–1/12Clemson13-0153822–2/43Notre Dame12-0146003–3/114Oklahoma12-113750514/115Ohio State12-113260612/106Georgia11-2131604-22/67Central Florida12-0121807–7/238Michigan10-2112208–4/229Washington10-3104601126/1910Florida9-3976010–10/NR11Louisiana State9-389901434/2412Penn State9-3889012–8/2013Washington State10-2856013–7/NR14Texas9-477609-57/NR15Kentucky9-3696015–12/NR16West Virginia8-3683016–6/2017Syracuse9-3505018112/NR18Mississippi State8-4501019114/NR19Utah9-4411017-216/NR20Texas A&M8-4388022217/NR21Fresno State11-2357023217/NR22Northwestern8-5159021-121/NR23Utah State10-2125024113/NR24Boise State10-3122020-417/NR25Army9-2114025–24/NRThe last AP Poll Top 25 is also out and can be found here.The final College Football Playoff rankings will be released later today.The entire bowl slate will be revealed on ESPN.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program has landed some big recruiting news this evening.Trevor Keegan, one of the top offensive lineman recruits in the country, has committed to the Wolverines.The four-star prospect is ranked the No. 17 offensive tackle and No. 163 overall prospect in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Keegan committed to Michigan over Georgia, Penn State and Ohio State, among other programs.The decision announcement was apparently pretty entertaining, too.4-star OL Trevor Keegan commits to Michigan.Dad was excited, accidentally swore like 3 times on the live mic. Pretty outstanding.Midwestern football at its finest.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 15, 2018Michigan has one of the top 2019 classes in the country.ESPN 300 OL Trevor Keegan has committed to Michigan over Georgia and Penn State. Keegan is the No. 168 ranked prospect and gives the #Wolverines 11 ESPN 300 commits in the 2019 class— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 15, 2018The Wolverines’ 2019 class ranks No. 11 in the nation by 247Sports.
ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers huddles with his team at AT&T Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Pat Fitzgerald has been the head coach of his alma mater Northwestern since 2006. At this point, it seems unlikely that he’d take another college job, but a very intriguing NFL opening could be tough to pass up.It isn’t every year that the chance to coach a legendary, future Hall of Fame quarterback opens up.That is the case this year, however, with Mike McCarthy’s mid-season dismissal from the Green Bay Packers.The Packers underachieved this season, and the team can’t afford to waste the rest of Aaron Rodgers’ prime, after giving him a massive contract.While the trend in the NFL is to hire bright young offensive minds, like Sean McVay in Los Angeles and Matt Nagy in Chicago, there aren’t obviously candidates in that mold right now.We’ve seen a few different prominent college coaches brought up as potential NFL guys though. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley has gotten the most attention, but Fitzgerald has also been floated as an option.Pat Fitzgerald has some interesting connections to the Green Bay Packers job.Most notably, as mentioned by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, is the fact that team CEO Mark Murphy gave Fitzgerald the full-time Northwestern job when he served as the school’s athletic director.One coach they are expected to target is Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, sources say. Packers CEO Mark Murphy actually hired Fitzgerald when Murphy was AD at Northwestern. While Fitzgerald has shut down countless interview requests from the NFL in the past, with a good sales pitch, this one may work.The team has already reportedly interviewed former NFL head coaches Chuck Pagano and Jim Caldwell. Interim head coach Joe Philbin is also expected to get an interview.The most interesting NFL name connected is probably New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He’s done a great job of shepherding the offense led by aging legendary quarterback Tom Brady, but after leaving the Indianapolis Colts at the altar last year, his candidacy for any job will come under extra scrutiny.Fitzgerald is 95-70 at Northwestern. He has put together three 10-win seasons, and this year, won his first division crown.[NFL.com]
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Monday night belongs to the College Football Playoff national title game between Alabama and Clemson. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of the college football world stops as the title game is in action.A former top recruit decided tonight was the proper time to announce he’s leaving his college program. Former 5-star defensive end recruit Oluwole Betiku Jr. took to Twitter on Monday night to reveal he’s leaving the USC Trojans football program.“I would like to thank coach Helton and the USC football program for the opportunity over the past 3 seasons. As for my future plans. I look to pursue my masters degree and further my football career at another institution,” Betiku wrote on Twitter.Thank you. pic.twitter.com/kxa9tUkKzL— King Wole ?? (@Kingwolehoudini) January 8, 2019Betiku was the No. 1 weak side defensive end recruit in the 2016 class and the No. 15 recruit overall. He picked USC over offers from programs like Alabama, Florida State and Notre Dame.Stay tuned.
One of the questions was if Georgia would win a College Football Playoff before 2024.Not only does McElroy believe the Bulldogs have a great chance of winning a national championship, the former Alabama quarterback is confident that Fromm will return for his senior season.Since McElroy has Fromm staying all four years at Georgia, he has the SEC powerhouse winning the national title in 2020.“I really like what Georgia brings back this year. I think next year is their year. So if I were to tell you the year they were going to win the national championship, I’d say 2020,” McElroy said on Thinking Out Loud. “Fromm will be a senior, they will still have one of the best offensive lines in college football and I feel like that defensive playmaker along the front four will maybe have grown into himself at that point. That’s still a position that I’m still a little questionable on as far as their contention this upcoming season.”It’d be somewhat shocking to see Fromm return for his senior year, especially if his stock remains high.Nonetheless, we’ve seen great quarterbacks in the past return for another season. Oregon’s Justin Herbert may have been an early selection this year, but he ultimately decided to stay in school.Georgia fans – do you think Fromm will return to Georgia after this season? ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)For the past few years, Jake Fromm has been mentioned as a potential first-round pick despite not being eligible to leave Georgia for the NFL Draft.As Fromm enters his junior season, the talented gunslinger has the chance to boost his stock before entering next year’s draft. However, there’s no guarantee that he leaves school early.Well, at least that is what ESPN analyst Greg McElroy thinks.McElroy was on the SEC Network’s Thinking Out Loud on Wednesday with Marcus Spears. They answered hypothetical questions about what might happen before the SEC Network reaches its 10-year anniversary.
Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionIndia vs Australia: Vijay Shankar replaced Mohammed Siraj in India’s playing XI against Australia in the third and final ODI of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 09:06 IST India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Vijay Shankar replaced Mohammed Siraj on his debut for India. (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar has played 5 T20Is for India and made his international debut last yearShankar was called into the side to fill the all-rounder’s spot left vacant by Hardik PandyaHardik and KL Rahul were suspended and sent home after their sexist remarks on Koffee with KaranVijay Shankar received his maiden one-day international cap from the Indian cricket team early on Friday as he makes his ODI debut in the third and final match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Shankar has become the 226th ODI player for India after replacing Mohammed Siraj in the playing XI.Shankar was called in to the team after the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul due to their Koffee with Karan controversy. Shankar filled in the all-rounder’s spot in the squad which was left vacant after Pandya had to return home along with Rahul following their sexist remarks on Karan Johar’s show earlier this month.Hardik’s moment of madness and irresponsible behaviour has given Shankar a big opportunity to cement his place in the ODI team even after his struggles in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year.Vijay Shanker is all set to make his debut for #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/ErqruCeXBsBCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019He played five Twenty20 Internationals during the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In the five matches, he took three wickets at an average of 51.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 3RD ODI LIVE CRICKET SCOREWith the bat, Shankar played just one innings and that too in the final where he struggled to score runs quickly and almost took India out of the run chase of with his 19-ball 17.Chasing 167 in the title clash of the T20I tri series in Colombo, India had suffered a couple of early setbacks but stayed on course thanks to an aggressive 56 from Rohit Sharma.advertisementBut the chase got tricky again after Rohit’s departure and the team management decided to send Vijay up the order at No.6, ahead of the more experienced Dinesh Karthik.Batting for the first time in an international match, Vijay was all at sea and failed to score a single run against Mustafizur Rahman in the crucial 18th over – he ran a leg bye off the fifth ball and Manish Pandey was out slogging off the final delivery.However, Dinesh Karthik came in and smashed 22 runs off the 19th over from Rubel Hossain and India were left with 12 off the final over.Vijay was in the spotlight once again – the first ball was a wide down leg side but he failed to connect the first legitimate delivery of the 20th over. He then ran a single but found himself on strike again for the fourth ball which he placed for a boundary. However, he was dismissed in the penultimate ball, leaving Karthik to get five off the final delivery.Karthik of course smashed it for a six to seal a famous Indian win but Vijay was still shaken up even as the entire team celebrated.”When everyone was rejoicing after the final, I was feeling very disheartened at how things panned out. It was an opportunity given to me to become a hero. I should have finished the match.”It was an off-day for me but I am finding it difficult to forget. I know I need to move on. I had a good tournament until that final day,” Shankar had said after the game.But life has given him another shot at redemption all thanks to Hardik and Rahul’s brain fade moment on a TV show.What has helped Shankar to make a comeback in the side is his form in domestic cricket. In his last 10 matches — domestic cricket and India A – Shankar has taken only four wickets but scored 539 runs with the bat.The 27-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer bats right-handed and is a medium fast bowler, who proved his prowess with the bat, finishing on top of the batting charts during the one-day series with India A in New Zealand.Shankar, after getting the opportunity to be with the team, said he just wanted to play freely and not think about selection in the upcoming ICC World Cup.”I am not thinking about World Cup and all those things. You can’t play freely if you start thinking like that. I will have to be prepared and if an opportunity comes along the way, I will have to grab it,” Shankar told PTI.”I think I have become mentally stronger now and I have full confidence that I can finish close matches. The India A tour of New Zealand has helped me understand my game much better,” Shankar said.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 Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow Mohammed SirajFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Melbourne ODI
Akshay Ramesh WellingtonFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 13:05 IST Krunal and Hardik are a part of the Indian T20 team which will take on New Zealand in a three-match series (Hardik Pandya Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSKrunal joined Hardik and the Indian T20 team in Wellington for the 3-match seriesKrunal Pandya has so far played 6 T20Is for India, scoring 23 runs and has taken 6 wicketsHardik meanwhile, performed well in the ODIs, scoring 61 runs and picked up 4 wicketsPandya brothers Hardik and Krunal have reunited in India colours in far away New Zealand for a three-match T20I series starting Wednesday. Both brothers will be expected to play crucial roles as India seek to end their tour of Australia and New Zealand on a high.Hardik Pandya had debuted for India back in 2016 and has since been an integral part of Indian teams across formats. Krunal made his international debut against the West Indies last year and made an immediate impression.Hardik and Krunal are key for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and both brothers had dreamt of playing for India together.This is a happy moment for Hardik Pandya who had stirred up a strom after his sexist comments on Koffee with Karan. Hardik and KL Rahul were suspended and asked to return home from Australia before the three-match ODI series got underway.Brothers in arm #onedream #india pic.twitter.com/8qaIPPU5Zqhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 5, 2019The suspensions were lifted by BCCI after a few days. While Rahul stayed back at home to play for India A alongside Krunal, Hardik flew out to New Zealand and made significant contributions in the third and fifth ODIs as India won the series 4-1.Krunal Pandya has so far played only T20 cricket for India. He was part of the team for matched against West Indies in India and Australia in Australia. Krunal has now joined up with the Indian team for the T20I series starting February 6.advertisementPandya bros – ready for the T20Is pic.twitter.com/oDUWwE1oahKrunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) February 5, 2019Krunal Pandya had recently signed a blank cheque to help former India cricketer Jacob Martin who was in ICU following a road a accident. Thanks to help from Krunal and others in the Indian cricket fraternity, Martin was declared out of danger.Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant, who was rested for the ODI series vs Australia and New Zealand with MS Dhoni joining the team, is back in the squad for the T20I series after an eventful tour in Australia.Soon after reaching New Zealand, Pant was seen at the nets working on his batting skills. Pant is known for his unorthodox and outlandish shots and he was once again at it in the nets.In a video posted by BCCI, Pant can be seen trying an outrageous shot at a yorker length delivery. The ball was coming right at Pant’s feet but he read the length, adjusted himself and smacked it away.Welcome to the T20 format. What would you call this shot from @RishabPant777 #TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/R5QTJNFtQIBCCI (@BCCI) February 5, 2019Pant recently played two unofficial ODIs for India A against England Lions in a 5-match series and scored 73 not out in the fourth match which India A won by 6 wickets.Apart from Pant, some of the other Team India members were also seen in the nets ahead of the first T20I vs New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday.Also Read | How about ironing your uniform: Rohit Sharma trolls Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Rishabh Pant joins Team India in New Zealand to gear up for T20I seriesAlso Read | Rohit Sharma eyes history as India gear up for T20I series vs New ZealandFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Krunal Pandya Hardik Pandya reunites with brother Krunal in New Zealand for T20I seriesIndia vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya was part of India’s 4-1 ODI series triumph in New Zealand. His brother Krunal has joined the Indian team for the T20I series starting Wednesday.advertisement
Remembering Ronald Reagan: 10 Interesting facts about the Hollywood actor who became the 40th US PresidentSome interesting facts about the 40th President of the US, Ronald Reagan.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 4, 2016UPDATED: February 6, 2019 11:38 IST Ronal Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States.Ronald Wilson Regan, an American politician, and a conservative spokesman had served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He was once quoted saying “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”Here are some interesting facts that you shouldn’t miss about Ronald Reagan:When Reagan was young, his father nicknamed him ‘Dutch’ because of the way he looked. This name remained with him till he was a young manHe was raised in a poor family in a small town of Northern Illinois. He graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and worked as a sports announcer on regional radio stationsReagan worked as a lifeguard when he was in college, he kept count of the lives that he saved and reached the count of 77 peopleHe started out in radio with a small role, won a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers in 1937, and became a famous movie and television actorThe legend is credited with 53 different acting roles in his television/movie careerReagan moved to Hollywood in 1937, starring in a few major productions. He was twice elected as the president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, where he tried to root out communist influenceHe was an FBI informant, under the codename ‘Agent T-10’Reagan received 525 electoral votes, in his 1984 re-election bid, the most of any candidate in the U.S. history; as he garnered 58.8 per cent of the votes and won 49 states in his race against Walter MondaleReagan became the 40th President of America in 1981 when he was 69 years of age and served for eight years until 1989An attempt was made to assassinate him, just after 69 days of becoming a president. A shot punctured his lung and he suffered internal bleedingRaegan was also known as the ‘Jelly Bean Man’ because of his love for themIt should be noted that 3.5 tonnes of Jelly Bellie beans were dispatched to the White House for his 1981 presidential celebrationsadvertisementInterested 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.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.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 Ronald ReaganFollow Ronald Reagan Presidential