10 months ago​Pellegrini wants top six finish for West Ham

first_img​Pellegrini wants top six finish for West Hamby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are hoping to make it five straight Premier League wins for the first time since 2006.”The most important thing is to be in the top six at the end of the season,” said boss Manuel Pellegrini.”There are still 21 games to go. We are in a good moment now so we must try to take it game by game and add points.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoOkazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Okazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveShinji Okazaki says he is waiting on Leicester City to decide his future.The 32-year-old has expressed his displeasure at his lack of playing time this season and believes it might be time to part ways with the club.”It’s up to Leicester. Right now, I don’t know whether they need me or not,” Okazaki told Japanese press after the 2-1 loss to the Saints. “Of course, (playing for) a team that wants me would be ideal.”I can’t feel satisfied as a player. After three-and-a-half years, maybe it’s time to move on. I have no intention of quarrelling with the team, but I will make my feelings known.”Huddersfield have reportedly had a bid rejected for the forward. last_img read more

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9 months ago​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mepham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mephamby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sign two players from Brentford.According to Sky Sports, boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has scouts checking on Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham.No bid has been made, while Brentford would want north of £20 million for both of them.Watkins has seven goals this season in 25 games, while Mepham is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball.At only 21, he is seen as a great prospect in the position, while he would compliment the style Hasenhuttl is attempting to instill at the Saints. last_img read more

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College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 4 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgStaff pciks for week 4 of the college football season. Church Ole MissTwitter/Ole MissWeek three of the college football season delivered, yet again, further adding to the confusion regarding the playoff picture. In our current College Football Playoff rankings, we only have teams from two conferences – the SEC and the Big Ten – in the field. But that’ll change by the end of the year, given the fact that some of those teams have to play each other.Last week, it was Ole Miss’ victory over Alabama that served as the most interesting contest of the weekend. Which will it be this Saturday? Utah vs Oregon? USC vs. Arizona State? UCLA vs. Arizona?We’ve made our picks for the week. Check them out below:staff picks week four 1staff picks week four 2staff picks week four 3Who do you have?last_img read more

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Ric Flair Congratulates Jim Harbaugh On His 7th Child Via Twitter

first_imgRic Flair seen at a WWE event.Monday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed at one of his program’s camps that his wife, Sarah, is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child. Harbaugh, who is 52, also has three children from a previous marriage, which means that he’s soon going to be the proud father of seven kids.Former WWE star Ric Flair, who is a big fan of Harbaugh (and vice versa) has now publicly congratulated the Wolverines head coach on Twitter. He also made a wife joke in the process. Flair, for the record, has been married four times.Congrats to my man @CoachJim4UM on number 7! (Kids, not wives!)— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) June 20, 2016We’ll see if any other celebrities chime in to congratulate Harbaugh – Flair likely won’t be the last.last_img read more

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It’s time to decide Hazard future – Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri believes now is the time for Chelsea to decide on Eden Hazard’s future at the club amid continued speculation.Links with a move to Real Madrid for the Belgium international have persisted, with the winger recently refusing to be drawn on whether he would commit long term to Chelsea and extend a contract that expires at the end of next season.Hazard said he was “just focused on the pitch” after scoring twice in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Watford on Wednesday, the 27-year-old having now scored four goals in his last four games. 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? Asked about whether Hazard will remain with the club in his pre-match media conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, Sarri said: “I don’t know but it’s time to decide.”I am the coach. I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.”I think we have to solve the problem.”19 – Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in the Premier League this season (10 goals, nine assists); the most of any player in the competition. Leader. pic.twitter.com/Si7ZWPtv8T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2018Hazard has flourished playing in the middle as a false nine, but, despite his excellent recent form, the ex-Lille man has insisted his preferred position is on the wing.Sarri faced continued questioning from reporters about the decision to move him into the middle, but sees no issue with using Hazard’s flexibility to play in both roles.”He is able to play as a winger. He is able to play in the centre of the pitch,” Sarri explained. “I am really very happy with him in this position because he is very able to score and to open spaces for the team-mates. He is able to come and play with the team-mates. I am happy with him in this position but he can still play as a winger, of course.”He is a great player. One of the most important in Chelsea’s history, I think, so I was really confident that he would be able to score more [from the middle].”I don’t know if he prefers to play as a winger or striker. But if he is able to play like he did in the last match in the centre, then for me it is not a problem to put him in the centre.”I cannot see a problem of Hazard in this role. He played four matches as a false number nine and he scored three goals and got three assists. So I am not able to see the problem.”One player Sarri will not have the services of for the trip to Palace on Sunday and likely the visit of Southampton and the FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest is Pedro.Sarri said: “Pedro has an injured hamstring and I think that he will have to rest for about 10 days.”last_img read more

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Chong bow excites Solskjaer & Man Utd

first_imgTahith Chong impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the exciting teenager talent caught the eye in Manchester United’s FA Cup third round victory over Reading.The 19-year-old winger was handed his competitive debut during a meeting with the Royals at Old Trafford.He entered the fold in the 64th minute and offered glimpses of what he is capable of during a productive cameo, with those at Old Trafford having high hopes for the Dutch youngster. 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? Solskjaer certainly saw enough to suggest that an academy graduate can make more of an impact on a senior stage.United’s interim boss said of Chong’s bow: “He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young.“You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.“But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway.“And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”Juan Mata Manchester United 2018-19Solskjaer was also pleased to see a much-changed side secure another shutout, while Alexis Sanchez – who picked up a knock – and Romelu Lukaku got more important minutes under their belts.The Norwegian added: “The pleasing thing is we’re through and another clean sheet, 2-0 flatters us a bit because I think they played some great stuff, but then again we could have had three or four towards the end.“The second goal was excellent with Alexis getting Romelu in, so individual quality managed to get us through, to be fair.”While Lukaku netted United’s second, their first came from a Juan Mata penalty which was awarded courtesy of assistance from VAR.Solskjaer was happy to see technology benefit his side, but feels the match officials should have been able to make the spot-kick call by themselves.He said: “From where I sat it was a clear penalty.“I didn’t need VAR there, but they were probably checking if it was offside or not. Well done by Juan, he gets the ball down and the penalty was well struck.”last_img read more

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Superhuman! De Gea miracles put Man Utd back in UCL race

first_imgWhen Jose Mourinho oversaw a 3-1 spanking by Liverpool just four weeks ago, Manchester United were 11 points from the top four and had almost nobody believing in their prospects of securing Champions League football.But under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they have narrowed that gap to six, and, thanks to their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday, they have also seen off one of the country’s big six clubs in a huge test of their mettle.Marcus Rashford’s goal just before half-time, together with an absolute goalkeeping clinic by David de Gea in the second stanza, took United to their sixth straight win under Solskjaer and threw them right back into the race for fourth place. They may not have gained points on the Champions League positions this weekend, but they have recorded a statement victory and proven to all that they mean business. 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? In Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Rashford they again had a front line of great dynamism, frightening Spurs’ defenders on the break. And in Paul Pogba they had an all-round threat in their midfield which is now becoming a norm rather than the exception it appeared to be under Mourinho.United are a changed side not just in results, but also in the way they appear to the eye. They are so much more expressive, so much more coherent, and so much more credible in all phases of the field.They still owe a lot to the wonderful De Gea for this result, but they can’t be deemed to be fortunate at gaining another three points.Marcus Rashford Manchester UnitedWhile Son Heung-Min had their defence back-pedalling early and teed up Harry Winks for a chance from a narrow angle, United had a solid shape about them almost from the start. Keeping their three attackers high up the pitch primed for the counter gave Spurs something extra to think about, while they could also do little to break down United’s structured base.As such, United got opportunities in large quantities on the break. Lingard, Martial and Rashford squandered the odd chance between them but it always felt like they would get more. And when Kieran Trippier lost possession to Paul Pogba shortly brefore half-time, the Frenchman’s delicious first-time, cross-field ball found Rashford in space and the England front man brilliantly fired low across Hugo Lloris into the far bottom corner.It was the least they deserved for their clever game plan and the excellent execution of it thereafter, and you had to feel like there just needed to be a repeat dose in the second half for United to go home with the three points.But Spurs were much better in the second half and from not having had a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes they peppered United’s goal after the break.The problem for them was that De Gea was in sensational form. Having already beaten away chances for Harry Kane and Dele Alli among others, the Spaniard also kept out Christian Eriksen before arguably his greatest stop of the lot when reacting superbly to get a foot in the way of Toby Alderweireld’s header from an Eriksen corner.If the second half showed that in some ways United are not the finished article, it also proved that they have come a long way. No longer are they caving under the barrage, and with Pogba prominent they always carried a threat at the other end too.This was United back to somewhere near their best, and on the biggest of stages too. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Rapinoe brace guides USWNT past hosts France

first_imgMegan Rapinoe was the United States’ match-winner for the second game running as she netted another brace to help the holders beat hosts France 2-1 in Paris and set up a Women’s World Cup semi-final clash with England.Reign FC forward Rapinoe, who scored twice in the USA’s victory over Spain on Monday, showed no signs of distraction after her war of words with American president Donald Trump as she put her side into an early lead from which a France team featuring six players from Champions League-winning Lyon never recovered.USA have made a habit of scoring early in this competition and France knew all about the attacking threat of Alex Morgan and Rapinoe. However, France nevertheless fell behind after just five minutes when Morgan won a free-kick that experienced forward Rapinoe converted. 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? An expectant crowd at a sold-out Parc des Princes awaited the response from France’s talented front four but could only watch as a USA defence marshalled masterfully by Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn repeatedly slammed the door in their faces.France had won 17 of their previous 18 matches in all competitions but there was no way back for Corinne Diacre’s players after Rapinoe slid home her second after 65 minutes, despite Wendie Renard’s late consolation, and the USA will take some stopping on current form.2 – Megan Rapinoe is the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back Women’s World Cup appearances since Marta in 2007. Double. #FIFAWWC #USA #FRAUSA pic.twitter.com/bHY3VbMrcj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2019Rapinoe’s opener came when a low free-kick from the left bounced through a crowd of bodies and evaded Sarah Bouhaddi’s left hand before bulging the net.Shaken by the early goal, France steadied themselves and stemmed the flow of USA attacks but failed to muster a shot on target themselves as they struggled to compete with the physicality of Samantha Mewis and Julie Ertz in midfield.Bouhaddi was called into action early in the second half to make a double save from Mewis and Tobin Heath, before Eugenie Le Sommer snatched at a close-range chance at the other end and blazed wide.USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was finally tested when Valerie Gauvin’s header threatened to loop over her head but she dived backwards to claim it.France were still in the game until Renard was caught napping as Morgan’s pass fed Heath, who had a clear run to the box where she dragged the ball back to Rapinoe for an easy finish.Heath thought she had scored one of her own 10 minutes later but an offside flag ruled otherwise.Renard set up a tense finish when she headed Gaetane Thiney’s free-kick home from 10 yards, but the bullish USA defence held firm. Key Opta Facts:- The host nation has been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in each of the last four Women’s World Cup tournaments – China in 2007, Germany in 2011, Canada in 2015 and France in 2019 have all fallen at this stage.- USA have reached the semi-final in all eight of their Women’s World Cup tournaments.- USA have now won their last 10 matches at the Women’s World Cup, equalling the longest run of wins in the tournament’s history set by Norway between 1995 and 1999.- Six of France’s 10 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup were scored via set-pieces, with four of those scored by Wendie Renard.- USA’s Megan Rapinoe became the first player to score two or more goals in consecutive Women’s World Cup matches since Marta did so for Brazil in 2007. read morelast_img read more

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Giroud hoping to fill goal gap at Chelsea

first_imgOlivier Giroud is hoping to help fill the goal gap at Chelsea following Eden Hazard’s summer switch to Real Madrid.The Blues reluctantly sanctioned the sale of a Belgium international forward at the start of the latest transfer window.That move was agreed despite the Blues being stung with an embargo which prevents them from bringing in any replacements. 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? Frank Lampard does not expect that to be an issue, with there already plenty of alternative options on the books at Stamford Bridge.Wingers Willian and Christian Pulisic are expected to fill the creative void, while World Cup-winning striker Giroud will be charged with the task of delivering end product.The France international has said of that challenge: “The numbers of goals Eden scored, I don’t know if I can take that from him but we have several strikers with different qualities.“We have the quality and the quantity in the squad but obviously you know you cannot replace a player of Eden’s quality just like that.“But that’s over. Now we need to forget and not put too much pressure on players who will play in his position.“I’m thinking about the young players. I will take the pressure no problem if it can release them.“We know there are a lot of expectations but, even with the transfer ban, we have a lot of quality and ability up front.”Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019Giroud has also offered his backing to Lampard, with a Chelsea legend in the process of getting his message across after inheriting the managerial reins from Maurizio Sarri.“It seems very clear that he wants the best from us,” added the 32-year-old frontman.“He wants to help us improve and he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve. He’s a competitor, he wants to win every single game.“We’re working on the tactics when we don’t have the ball and playing this 4-2-3-1 we have to know each other a bit better as well.“He repeats every day that we have to take responsibility and we have to show personality.“He’s insisting a lot on this kind of stuff, playing without fear but with confidence. I think we will learn quickly.”Chelsea are currently on pre-season duty but continue to count down the days to an eagerly-anticipated Premier League season opener against Manchester United on August 11. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Everton pre-season: Friendlies, transfers & PL fixtures

first_imgThe 2018-19 season was a broadly successful one for Everton as they finished an impressive eighth in the Premier League, just three points behind Wolves, who claimed the final Europa League spot.Marco Silva’s side were also one of the most prolific outside the ‘Big Six’, with only Bournemouth finding the net more regularly than the Goodison Park outfit.Having made promising signings such as Richarlison and Lucas Digne last summer, they will be eager to build from this foundation and enjoy similar success in the 2019-20 season. 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? Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Everton’s pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.Everton pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 7 Kariobangi Sharks 2pm / 9am Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi Jul 14 Sion TBC Bagnes, Switzerland Jul 19 Monaco TBC Bagnes, Switzerland Jul 24 Wigan Athletic 7:45pm / 2:45pm DW Stadium, Wigan Aug 3 Werder Bremen 2pm / 9am Weserstadion, Bremen Everton’s first pre-season friendly match will be played on July 7, with Silva’s side set to play Kariobangi Sharks in Nairobi, Kenya.This is set to be a showcase match for the African side, who won the SportPesa Cup to earn the right to tackle the Premier League outfit.It is not the first time that Everton have travelled to East Africa for pre-season, as they visited Tanzania in July 2017 to face Kenyan side Gor Mahia, running out 2-1 winners.After that, the Toffees make the trip to Switzerland, where they will continue their training, with two matches against Sion and Monaco on July 14 and 19 respectively.They return to England for a match against Championship outfit Wigan Athletic on July 24 and conclude their pre-season preparations in Germany against Werder Bremen on August 3.Everton 2019-20 transfer activity Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham SouthamptonGoalkeeper Jonas Lossl has joined on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town and Danish teenager Sebastian Kristensen has been added from Lyngby for their academy side.Marco Silva has reportedly been exploring options to strengthen his full-back sectors, with Thomas Meunier a potential arrival from Paris Saint-Germain on the right and Aaron Cresswell reportedly a target to supplement Lucas Digne on the left.Marseille are said to have offered the Toffees the opportunity to buy Kevin Strootman, while reports have linked the Goodison club with potential moves for Fulham forward Aleksandr Mitrovic and Lyon attacker Bertrand Traore.Ajax striker David Neres is another name closely linked with the club, with fans heartened to see him pose for photos with the Brazil national side along with Richarlison, a player they will do everything in their power to keep.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date DF Sebastian Kristensen Lyngby Undisc. Jul 1 GK Jonas Lossl Huddersfield Town Free Jul 1 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date DF Jonjoe Kenny Schalke Loan Jul 1 DF Phil Jagielka Released – Jul 1 DF Ashley Williams Released – Jul 1 MF Nikola Vlasic CSKA Moscow £14m Jul 1 Everton 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Everton open the 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to Crystal Palace on August 10.The Toffees face Watford in week two, followed by Aston Villa in week three and Wolves in week four.Click here to see Everton’s full Premier League fixture list. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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A Hurricane Could Affect A Major College Football Game Next Saturday

first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)NC State is set to host West Virginia next weekend in a non-conference tilt. However, the game could be affected by a hurricane.Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas this week. The exact path is unknown as of now, but the potential forecast doesn’t sound good.Of course, NC State is keeping an eye on the projections for the storm. If it is unsafe to play the game or West Virginia can’t travel to Raleigh, alternate plans will have to be made.NC State released a statement on the matter today.RE: NC State vs. West Virginia and a possible hurricane. pic.twitter.com/9oQrR8e2Tb— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 9, 2018Interestingly, NC State played in hurricane conditions less than two years ago. The Wolfpack faced Notre Dame in October 2016 during a torrential downpour with whipping winds.NC State won 10-3 in a slopfest. You can catch the “highlights’ below.We will keep you posted on this game as the week rolls along.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For Clemson-Duke

first_imgTrevor Lawrence hands the ball off for Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)No. 2 Clemson has been sluggish through one half of play at home tonight. The Tigers lead Duke 14-6 at halftime.Tavien Feaster scored on a short touchdown run, while Trevor Lawrence hit Justyn Ross for a score late in the second quarter. Fortunately, the Tigers’ defense has limited Duke to two field goals.A win tonight will move Clemson to 11-0 heading into next week’s rivalry game against South Carolina. The Tigers are already locked in to a matchup against Pitt in the ACC Championship Game.How will the second half play out? ESPN has released its prediction.ESPN win probability for Clemson-Duke.No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Michigan have all won so far today. Clemson is the last of the College Football Playoff top four still in action.You can catch the second half of Clemson-Duke on ESPN.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases Predictions For Today’s Bowl Games

first_imgGary Patterson leading his TCU football team onto the field.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs prepares to take the field with hois team to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the TCU Horned Frogs 56-53 in triple overtime. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Bowl season resumes today after a three-day hiatus with a trio of postseason clashes. They get underway later this afternoon.First up is the Servpro First Responder Bowl in Dallas, featuring Boise State and Boston College. That will be followed by Minnesota and Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.The final game of the day might have one of the best names of bowl season: the Cheez-It Bowl. California and TCU will meet in this one.ESPN has unveiled its predictions for all three games using its FPI formula.Here’s what the computer is saying for each.Boise State has a 56 percent chance of beating Boston College.Georgia Tech has a 60.5 percent chance of taking down MinnesotaTCU has a 53.3 percent chance of beating Cal.Boise State and Boston College will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET, with Minnesota and Georgia Tech at 5:15 p.m. ET. Cal and TCU will meet at 9 p.m. ET.All three games will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For Florida-Michigan

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators took the field on Saturday afternoon hoping to end the season with one more win. After one half of play, the Gators are on their way to avenging their season-opening loss to the Wolverines in 2017.Michigan took a 10-6 lead late in the second quarter, but Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks took control on the ground and scored a late touchdown to give the Gators a 13-10 lead.The Wolverines failed to convert on a long field goal attempt just before the half giving the Gators a 13-10 halftime lead.ESPN has updated its prediction through its Football Power Index model.ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving the Florida Gators a 54.9-percent chance of a victory in the second half, giving the Michigan Wolverines a 45.1-percent chance of pulling off the upset.The Gators and Wolverines are playing on ESPN.The second half kicks off in just a few minutes.last_img read more

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USC 5-Star Freshman WR Reportedly Mulling A Transfer

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)A USC Trojans’ five-star freshman wide receiver is reportedly already considering a transfer out of the program.Bru McCoy, a five-star wide receiver in the 2019 class, is reportedly “mulling” a transfer to another major program.Rivals.com is reporting that McCoy is considering a transfer into the Texas Longhorns’ program.“BREAKING: USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy mulling a transfer to Texas,” Adam Maya tweeted.BREAKING: USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy mulling a transfer to Texas. https://t.co/cnSzh5SIZH pic.twitter.com/hbZLJWhVum— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) January 24, 2019McCoy, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver, is ranked the No. 9 overall recruit in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The coveted athlete is set to be named the Maxwell Football Club Offensive Player of the Year.Chosen 25 athletes WR Bru McCoy and DE Nolan Smith will be named the Maxwell Football Club Offensive and Defensive National High School Players of the Year presented by Adidas, respectively, USA TODAY HSS has learned.McCoy led Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) to a National Championship with 78 receptions, 1,428 yards and 18 touchdowns against some of the top competition in the nation, including St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fl.)McCoy has already enrolled at USC, so he would likely need a waiver from the NCAA in order to play immediately at Texas in 2019.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Shea Patterson Raves About New Michigan Offense

first_imgA closeup of Michigan QB Shea Patterson throwing a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks pass against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Shea Patterson had a solid first year as Michigan’s starting quarterback, after transferring in from Ole Miss. He could be ready to take things to the next level this year, with a big shift in the team’s offense.Jim Harbaugh is giving up the reins to the offense. He hired Alabama’s Josh Gattis to revamp that side of the ball.The new Michigan offense will likely be more of a hurry-up, no huddle system, with more run-pass options built in. Expect it to look more like the high-octane offenses that have dominated the sport as of late.After the spring game, Shea Patterson described what he likes about the new Michigan offense.From MLive:“All the playmakers around me, all the different ways we can get to where we want,” Patterson said, when asked what he likes best about the new system. “I think it’s night and day. We’re going to carry over some stuff from last year, but as far as similarities, I think there’s very, very few of them.“It’s going to be fun.”The Detroit Free Press was high on his performance during the game, saying the comparison between he and UM’s other quarterbacks on Saturday “wasn’t close.”Patterson’s poor throws could be counted on one hand. He was smooth and under control in the pocket. He was accurate on crossing routes. He made proper reads on run-pass option looks. He delivered the ball on time and in space to give receivers room to run. He avoided the rush.He looked like a senior quarterback ready for one last ride, in an offense that’s much more familiar than the one he learned on the fly a year ago. Earlier this spring, former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight came to Ann Arbor for pro day and told reporters that, from what he had gathered, Patterson would be free of “handcuffs” when passing this year.Last year, Michigan has an elite defense, but had trouble keeping up with top offenses. The Wolverines were just 50th in total yards, and 80th in passing yards in the country.Patterson and company should see pretty big improvements if the new offense clicks as anticipated in 2019.[MLive]last_img read more

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ESPN Computer Is Predicting A Major Week 4 Upset

first_img No. 10 Utah at USCPredicted winner: USC, 57.9% Clay Helton running onto the field with the USC football team.LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans leads his team on to the field to face the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)This would be a massive win for Clay Helton, who is believed to be on college football’s hottest seat heading into the end of September.The writing might still be on the wall for Helton regardless of what happens in this game – USC needs a new AD and the new hire will surely want his own coach – but it would be a huge win nonetheless.Utah and USC are set to kick off at 9 p.m. E.T.The game will be on FS1. Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index is predicting one major upset during the fourth full weekend of the 2019 college football season.The Football Power Index has one top 10 team losing to an unranked foe in Week 4.The upset: USC over No. 10 Utah.ESPN’s Football Power Index likes the Trojans to upset the Utes at home at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Friday night.last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja joins Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in elite list

first_img Ritayan Basu NagpurMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 17:17 IST Ravindra Jadeja became the third Indian player to score 2000 runs and take 150 wickets (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavindra Jadeja reached the 2000-run mark during India vs Australia 2nd ODI on TuesdayJadeja joined Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in the list of 2000 runs and 150 wicketsTendulkar has 18426 runs and 154 wickets as Kapil Dev has 3782 runs and 253 wicketsBrief scores – India 156 for 4 (28.5 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (62*), Kedar Jadhav (0*). Scorecard | Live BlogRavindra Jadeja crossed the 2000-run mark during the second one day international between India and Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday.Jadeja in the process became the third Indian player to score 2000 or more runs as well as taking 150 or more wickets in ODIs. He joined the likes of Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar on the elite list of Indian to have achieved the feat.Sachin Tendulkar has scored a total of 18426 ODI run and also took a total of 154 wickets. Kapil Dev, on the other hand, has scored 3782 runs in ODIs and took 253 ODI wickets.Jadeja brought up his 2000th run in the 41st over of the Indian innings on Tuesday, with a push down the grounf of the bolwing off Glenn Maxwell. Before the start of the match, Jedja had 1990 runs and on Tuesday he was dismised after having scored 21 runs off 40 balls. In the 46th over, Jadeja trie to up the ante against Pat Cummins but ended up skying the ball straight to Usman Khwaja at mid-off at ht edge of the circle.Jadeja now has a total of 2011 ODI runs along with 171 wicket in ODI cricket.Virat Kohli also reached his 40th ODI hundred, his 7th against Australia. Only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of Kohli on the list of leads the ODI hundred charts with 49 centuries. Tendulkar also leads the list of most centuries in India-Australia ODIs with nine hundreds.advertisementMS Dhoni was dismissed for his the fifth golden duck, whereas Rohit Sharma fell for his first duck in India.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar lauds Vijay Shankar: That innings of 46 was oozing classFor 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 India vs AustraliaFollow 2nd ODIFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow 2000 runsFollow 150 wicketsFollow NagpurFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Kapil Dev India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja joins Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in elite listIndia vs Australia, 2nd ODI: India 250-all out (48.2 overs) against Australia in Nagpur. Kohli (116), Shankar (46), Cummins (4/29). Ravindra Jadeja became the third Indian player to cross the 2000-run mark in ODIs who also has more than 150 ODI wickets. Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev are the others on that illustrious list.advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup comes every 4 years, we play IPL every year: Virat Kohli

first_imgWorld Cup comes every 4 years, we play IPL every year: Virat KohliIndia captain Virat Kohli said that he wants the World Cup-bound players to manage the workload in IPL 2019 in order to keep themselves prepared for 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 21:51 IST Virat Kohli asked Team India players to enjoy IPL 2019 but stay fit for the World Cup. (BCCI Photo)Virat Kohli wants his men to be careful about their workload during the Indian Premier League 2019 as the 2019 ICC World Cup looms large. The World Cup is slated to start soon after the IPL and Kohli wants all World Cup-bound players to be careful with their bodies during the IPL and stay fit and available for the trip to England and Wales.The workload management during the IPL has been a major topic of discussion considering the intensity of the tournament and chances of injuries. In fact there were reports that the Indian management and Kohli wanted the Indian team’s quicks to be rested for the second part of the IPL. However, those discussion did not come to fruition but the BCCI has maintained that they have spoken to the franchises about taking care of the players who will be on the bus to the World Cup.”We have discussed workload and asked the players to be smart and inform the franchises. All the workload will be monitored and the players will take the opportunity to take breaks.”The World Cup comes every four years and we play IPL every year.”Not to say we won’t be committed to the IPL but we’ve got to be smart. We have to work in balance and take smart decisions. Everyone is committed to the World Cup and want to be a part of the bus,” Kohli said at the press conference after the 5th ODI vs Australia in Delhi.Kohli admitted that the Indian team has been playing non-stop cricket for a long time now and said that he had told the guys in the dressing room to enjoy the two months of the IPL.advertisementHe further said that enjoying the IPL was important because when the World Cup comes, it will be all about that mega tournament.”What we spoke in the dressing room was go and enjoy in the IPL these two months. Must enjoy ourselves and play because we enjoy the game.”Being on the road for so long does take a toll, but when there is a long season, you can reflect on it.”I think it has been a hectic season, but we are proud of how we have played. Guys have come around and shown character.”All of us deserve to go into the IPL and enjoy ourselves. Everything will be taken over by the World Cup when it comes to the tournament,” Kohli said.Also Read | All of us deserve to go into the IPL and enjoy ourselves: 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 Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow IPL 2019Follow Team IndiaFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

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