10 months agoEverton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are ready to release James McCarthy for loan next month.The Mirror says McCarthy is returning to full fitness after a double break in his leg suffered last January and will be involved over Christmas, but the club want him to get back to regular action – and that is unlikely to be on offer at Goodison Park.Marco Silva sees a big part for McCarthy in his long-term plans, but he is happy to let him leave on a loan deal for the season.The Republic of Ireland star, 28, has interest from Fulham, Brighton and Burnley, and will talk with Silva before deciding on which club would be best. last_img read more

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10 months agoRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd job

first_imgRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose is a candidate for the Manchester United job.The Sun says Rose is the shock name on Manchester United’s managerial shortlist in case Mauricio Pochettino rejects them.The list also includes Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Although Pochettino remains first choice of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, United are putting together a list of alternatives in case the Spurs boss turns them down.Rose, 42, is admired within the United boardroom after leading Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian title in his first season.The club also made it to the semi-final of last season’s Europa League after beating Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio in the knockout rounds. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissal

first_imgWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissalby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata suffered a meltdown AFTER being sent off in victory at Real Mallorca.Morata saw red after being booked twice in a minute for clashing with Mallorca players, the second following an altercation with Salva Sevilla.In the mixed zone after the 2-0 win, the former striker shouted at reporters, “Let Salva Sevilla say what he said.”Morata was then dragged away by club officials, still visibly angry.Mallorca’s Xisco Campos, who was involved in the brawl, said: “They are things that stay on the field and nothing happened.”Watch below: About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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John Calipari Goes On Twitter Rant Following Criticism For Saying Kentucky’s Goal Was To Get 8 Players Drafted

first_imgJohn Calipari tweets about his draft goal.Twitter/@UKCoachCalpariOn Wednesday, John Calipari rubbed some people the wrong way when he said Kentucky’s goal this past season was to get eight players drafted, not win the national championship. Calipari, 56, is as big of a players-first coach as there is in sports, so his comments weren’t really that surprising. But, at the same time, it’s not surprising that people were upset with his statement. The Wildcats’ coach went on somewhat of a Twitter rant this afternoon, addressing his critics. I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015Whether you agree with him or not, you’ve got to respect Calipari for always speaking his mind.last_img read more

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Jason Whitlock Thinks Chip Kelly Will Be Miami’s Next Head Coach

first_imgJason Whitlocks and Colin Coward talk about Chip Kelly on ESPN.jason whitlocks chip kelly to miamiThere are many who believe that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will eventually wind up back in the college game, where he saw great success as the leading man for the Oregon Ducks. One Fox Sports analyst – Jason Whitlock – thinks that it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.Whitlock joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show Wednesday afternoon and made a bold prediction. He thinks that Kelly will be Miami football’s next head coach. He believes that Kelly’s system would be a great fit for the Hurricanes, given the talent in the area.We’re not sure we agree, but it’s fun to think about. Miami needs to make a splash, and being able to land Kelly would certainly do just that.last_img read more

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Arsenal target Perisic requests transfer from Inter

first_imgIvan Perisic was left on the bench for Inter’s Serie A encounter with Torino on Sunday after club CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed that the Arsenal target has requested to leave the club.Inter have reportedly rejected a loan offer made for the 29-year-old by the Gunners, whose boss Unai Emery has already confirmed he will only be able to sign players on a temporary basis in January.But a potential move for Perisic may have edged closer, with Luciano Spalletti having left the Croatia international out of his starting XI for Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Torino 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? Perisic starred at Russia 2018 as Croatia made it to their first World Cup final, but his form for Inter has tailed off, with the former Wolfsburg star having netted just three goals across 25 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign.Spalletti hinted in his pre-match news conference that a deal could be done, but Inter’s head coach told Sky Italia that the price must be right.”It’s a player that has been talked about because everyone values him as much as we do, and if anyone wants to buy him they will need to pay him good money because we rate him a lot,” he said.It nows seems that deal for the winger is even closer after Marotta told Sky Italia that Perisic has requested to leave the club.”Perisic has asked to be sold and we have to try to satisfy him by respecting the value of assets,” he said.”No concrete offers have arrived yet but we have to understand and meet him. If he stays with us we will try to give him the chance to get to the end of the year.”Following the match, Spalletti suggested that he could be frozen out at San Siro no matter what happens in the rest of the window.”Players can say what they want, but they are owned by clubs and to give them away needs someone to buy them,” the coach said to Sky.”If he does not want to play, he will stay out. There are no problems. When you think you can’t make a help, you can do it staying out”.It therefore it seems likely that should Arsenal sign Perisic it would have to be on a permanent deal, something which could scupper any proposed move.The Gunners have also been linked with loans for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku.Should any of the above sign for Arsenal they will join an injury-ravaged squad.Unai Emery is without key defenders Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Hector Bellerin, and it has therefore also been reported he may attempt to bring in some defensive cover before the window closes on Thursday.last_img read more

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Mendy move to Real Madrid confirmed by Deschamps

first_imgFrance manager Didier Deschamps has confirmed Ferland Mendy will join Real Madrid this summer.The Lyon man has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital after Los Blancos’ poor showing in 2018/19 and, speaking at to the press on Monday, Deschamps said that a €50 million (£45m/$57m) transfer has been agreed between the Ligue 1 club and Real.”Ferland has a spectacular growth, he was in Ligue 2 two years ago and he will be at Real Madrid [next year],” said the World Cup-winning coach. 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? “He has both feet, with us he has been good every time he had to play.”There is yet no announcement from either Lyon or Real regarding the transfer, but should Mendy join the side from the Spanish capital, he will become their third signing this summer, following the transfers of Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard last week.If the deal does indeed take place, it will mark the end of an incredible two years for the defender, who in the 2016/17 second was playing second-tier football for Le Havre.However, he has has excelled since his 2017 move to Lyon – for an estimated €6 million (£5m) – and has been voted in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year in both seasons he has played in the division.His superb showings in recent years mean he has established himself as one of the best young left-backs in world football, although the 24-year-old can also operate in midfield.As well as excelling at club level, Mendy has become a vital part of Deschamps’ France squad, despite competing with the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Digne and Lucas Hernandez for a left-back berth.Mendy played in Saturday’s shock 2-0 defeat to Turkey in their Euro 2020 qualification group and is expected to feature against Andorra on Tuesday.He may also not be the only French international destined for Madrid, with speculation still swirling that Paul Pogba is set to join Zinedine Zidane’s side.So too, has international team-mate Kylian Mbappe, while Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar hve also been linked with a move back to La Liga.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Updates His Urban Meyer Prediction

first_imgpaul finebaum talks about urban meyer on espnPaul Finebaum has been quite outspoken about Urban Meyer since the Ohio State head coach was put on administrative leave and an investigation into his handling of the Zach Smith situation was started.In the past, Finebaum has predicted that Ohio State will get rid of Urban. But with a decision likely coming by the end of the week, Finebaum has no changed his tune.Speaking on 94.5 WJOX in Birmingham, Ala., this morning, Finebaum now says he anticipates that Meyer will survive and return to coaching at OSU.“It has gotten so utterly confusing up there that I think all the he said she said favors Urban Meyer,” Finebaum said via 247Sports’ Sam Hellman. “In the end, I think he will survive. I don’t think there’s an appetite at that university to get rid of one of the iconic coaches in modern college football history, and I’m not sure there’s enough credible evidence to do so. It’s a judgment decision the university will have to make and I think all signs point to Urban Meyer being reinstated either scot-free or with some penalty.”Finebaum also delved into the report that emerged over the weekend from Jeff Snook, which alleged that former Meyer assistant and current Texas head coach Tom Herman was Brett McMurphy’s source for the Zach Smith information. McMurphy, whose reporting on Smith led to where things stand now, has denied Herman tipped him off.“I think it certainly clouds the picture a little bit,” Finebaum said. “If you’re going to take one side of the story literally, you have to look at the other side. Clearly, McMurphy’s reporting has come under vicious attack, and I don’t know enough right now to say whether this guy (Snook) is credible or not. I do think that there has been some absolutely, unbelievably bad reporting on all sides and I think that plays into it, when the situation is so confusing, it gives the university more of a green light to say, ‘listen, we have a mess here, we are going to rectify it by instituting all these things that universities normally do at a point like this.’”You can listen to all of Finebaum’s comments below.It is interesting to see Finebaum changed his opinion on Meyer, but he isn’t alone in thinking the longtime head coach is going to avoid being fired.We’ll know for sure in the coming days, as Ohio State announced on August 5 that the investigation would be wrapped up within two weeks.last_img read more

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2 Colleges Have Decided To Stop Selling Nike Gear After Colin Kaepernick

first_imgColin Kaepernick in Nike commercial.Two colleges have apparently decided to end their partnership with Nike following the brand’s decision to name Colin Kaepernick the face of the “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign.The schools are small and have no monetary relationship with Nike.However, they have decided to stop selling Nike gear and will also stop purchasing gear for the school with the logo on it.“Two small schools, College of the Ozarks & Truett McConnell, have decided they would no longer purchase nor sell school gear with Nike’s logo on it following the Kaepernick ad. Note: Nike has no monetary relationship with either school,” ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports.Two small schools, College of the Ozarks & Truett McConnell, have decided they would no longer purchase nor sell school gear with Nike’s logo on it following the Kaepernick ad. Note: Nike has no monetary relationship with either school.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 8, 2018Another school, Liberty, is also reportedly considering ending its partnership with Nike.Nike unveiled a new Colin Kaepernick commercial earlier this week and are reportedly paying the quarterback an endorsement deal similar to some of the league’s star players.last_img read more

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The Book The Viral FSU Fan Was Reading Today Has Been Identified

first_imgA shirtless Florida State fans reads a book at the end of the Clemson loss.Florida State football is having a rough year as it adjusts to life under Willie Taggart. Today’s home game against Clemson was a particular low.The Tigers went into Doak Campbell Stadium and absolutely blitzed an overmatched Seminoles team.The Tigers were up 59-3 through most of the fourth quarter. A garbage time Florida State touchdown kept it just shy of a 50+ point blowout for Dabo Swinney’s club.One Florida State fan watching the game found a better use for his time.He was spotted by cameras, with his shirt off, reading a book while the game continued to be played.Legend. pic.twitter.com/kGT24jSfgc— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 27, 2018Thanks to a few sleuths on Twitter, we now know what book the Florida State football fan was reading, and it makes things even better.The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman noticed that it appeared to be a novel by Gillian Flynn, the author best known for Gone Girl, which was adapted into a hit Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike film in 2012, and Sharp Objects, which HBO turned into a mini-series this year starring Amy Adams.Flynn’s novels are known to be extremely dark, and as it turns out, this man was reading her second book, Dark Places.Writer Shehan Jeyarajah of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football was the one who figured it out. pic.twitter.com/gZdo4xfUB0— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) October 27, 2018Today’s Florida State football game was certainly a Dark Place for Seminoles fans. This whole scene, which immediately became an all-time great viral fan moment, is now even more appropriate.last_img read more

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Insider Names “Leading Candidate” To Replace Urban Meyer If He Leaves Ohio State

first_imgurban meyer hugs michael thomas during ohio state's win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Michael Thomas #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with head coach Urban Meyer after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Ohio State football insider has named a “leading candidate” to replaced head coach Urban Meyer if he were to leave the Buckeyes following the 2018 season.There has been some talk about a potential Meyer departure – ESPN’s Paul Finebaum seems to be leading that charge – though the head coach has said he plans on coaching.Meyer, however, has admitted that he’s dealing with some health issues and many would not be shocked if he ended up leaving Ohio State at some point in the near future.An Ohio State booster has revealed that if Meyer does leave the Buckeyes, it will be his decision. Meyer will not be pushed out.Also, Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Day is likely the “leading candidate” to replace him if he leaves.“Billionaire Leslie H. Wexner, the man most responsible for Urban Meyer being hired by Ohio State — and Jim Tressel’s ouster — will not push Meyer out as Ohio State coach after the 2018 season, sources tell Sports by Brooks,” he tweeted yesterday. “If Urban Meyer elects not to return as head coach of Ohio State in 2019, the current leading candidate to replace him is current Ohio State Co-Head Coach Ryan Day.”If Urban Meyer does not return to coach Ohio State in 2019, it will be his own decision, sources tell Sports by Brooks.— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) October 31, 2018Finebaum, meanwhile, has been saying that he thinks Meyer will be done at Ohio State after 2018.“I’ve been suggesting that Urban Meyer has been done for a while based on the bad marriage and based on body language. The admission by him that he is still struggling with some health issues. On Saturday night, he looked like the saddest man in America, and he probably was because when you think about the potential of that program and of that team and where they are right now, it’s pretty scary,” he said.Finebaum continued:“I just don’t think Urban Meyer has the makeup to deal with much more adversity. I know it’s an easy thing to say, ‘Hey, look what happened at Florida,’ but it’s precedent and it’s who I think Urban Meyer is,” Finebaum said. “When things get tough, he runs away and quits.”Meyer and Ohio State, meanwhile, are set to return to the field on Saturday against Nebraska.last_img read more

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Troubling Update For Tonight’s National Title Game Crowd

first_imgan alabama cheerleader on the field at the college football playoffNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleader performs prior to the AllState Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The crowd for tonight’s College Football Playoff national title game might not be one of the best we’ve seen for a major college football game.Ticket prices for tonight’s Alabama-Clemson game have been dropping on all of the reseller sites. There’s been talk of the stadium potentially being not 100 percent full.A college football reporter outside of the stadium tonight has done nothing to suggest this isn’t true.Matt Connolly, a reporter for The State, says the hype just isn’t there.“Not exactly a surprise but this is by far the least buzz outside the stadium for a playoff game that I can recall,” he tweeted.Not exactly a surprise but this is by far the least buzz outside the stadium for a playoff game that I can recall.— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) January 7, 2019The game is not in an ideal location, as neither Alabama nor Clemson have a significant part of their fan base located in California.Keith Urban is supposed to be on stage soon performing for this raucous crowd. pic.twitter.com/lCYe1kLxAL— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 7, 2019Hopefully the game is better than the crowd is expected to be.Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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Betting Lines Released For College Football’s Biggest Rivalry Games

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NCAA Tournament tips off tonight with two play-in games: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Prairie View A&M and Temple vs. Belmont. While college basketball will dominate the headlines over the next month, college football fans need something to look forward to as well.Fear no more, college football fans. Early betting lines were released for college football’s biggest rivalry games.Bet Online revealed the early lines for a few of the biggest games of the season. The oddsmaker suggests blowouts could be coming in a few major rivalry games.Alabama is a heavy favorite against LSU, while Clemson is a massive favorite in its season-opener against Texas A&M.Here are lines for 11 of the year’s biggest games:Florida -8.5 vs. MiamiAuburn -3 vs. OregonLSU -7 vs. TexasClemson -21 vs. Texas A&MGeorgia -11.5 vs. Notre DameOhio State -7.5 vs. NebraskaNotre Dame -11.5 vs. USCOklahoma -13.5 vs. TexasMichigan -8.5 vs. Notre DameAlabama -17 vs. LSUMichigan -6.5 vs. Ohio StateThe Wolverines enter “The Game” as an early favorite against Ohio State. It will be the first rivalry game between the two teams in the post-Urban Meyer era.Ryan Day landed star transfer quarterback Justin Fields, but the oddsmakers still like Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines in the early going.Despite two great battles between Oklahoma and Texas last season, the Sooners enter the Red River Rivalry as the heavy favorite.last_img read more

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Alabama Offers Son Of NFL Legend

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs warmups prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Cedar Hill (Tex.) Trinity Christian School quarterback Shedeur Sanders may have a famous father, but the class of 2021 prospect is certainly making a name for himself.Sanders already has over a dozen scholarship offers. Last night, the son of legendary NFL cornerback Deion Sanders added a new one from Alabama.The Crimson Tide join Florida State, Florida, Georgia and others in offering the younger Sanders. Prior to extending the offer, Nick Saban watched the young signal caller work out at Alabama’s camp this week.“I dreamt of this years ago,” Shedeur Sanders tweeted. “I have worked hard everyday to reach this goal. After competing in the camp today and doing what I do, I was offered by Coach Nick Saban the opportunity to play football at THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA.” I dreamt of this years ago, I have worked hard everyday to reach this goal. After competing in the camp today and doing what I do, I was offered by Coach Nick Saban the opportunity to play football at THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA 🐘#RollTide @AlabamaFTBL pic.twitter.com/1iBg7Ovg9M— Shedeur Sanders (@ShedeurSanders) June 4, 2019In just two seasons of high school football, Sanders has put up prodigious passing stats. Last season, he threw for 2,977 yards and 42 touchdowns.As a true freshman in 2017, Sanders passed for 2,360 yards and 34 scores.When the first rankings come out for the class of 2021, expect him to be rather high on the list.last_img read more

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SEC QB Giving Up Football To Focus On Baseball

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football stadium.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – OCTOBER 27: Views around Donald W. Reynolds Stadium of the Arkansas Razorbacks before a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Razorback Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Commodores defeated the Razorbacks 45-31. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Connor Noland, who appeared in four games and started one at quarterback for Arkansas last fall, is stepping away from football. Noland will move on from the game to focus on his college baseball career.He made the announcement on Twitter this afternoon. Noland is a starting pitcher on the Arkansas baseball team.“No matter which sport I play I’l always be a Razorback,” Noland wrote.No matter which sport I play I’ll always be a Razorback! #Omahogs@RazorbackFB @RazorbackBSB @ArkRazorbacks pic.twitter.com/rheD4xpt3W— Connor Noland (@cnoland_13) June 20, 2019On the diamond, Noland logged a 3-5 record with a 4.02 in 20 appearances (19 starts) this season, helping the Razorbacks reach the College World Series in Omaha. In Arkansas’ NCAA Tournament-opening victory over Central Connecticut, he earned the win.Noland also was saddled with a loss against Ole Miss in the Super Regional and recorded a no-decision in the season-ending loss to Texas Tech.On the gridiron, Noland hit on 21-of-43 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the four games he saw action as a true freshman.A four-star recruit in the class of 2018, Noland was the No. 2 prospect in the state of Arkansas and the 14th-ranked Pro-Style quarterback in the country.last_img read more

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Former College Football FCS All-American Dead At 32

first_img “My thoughts and prayers go out to Erica, the kids, Reed and the family,” Hammer wrote. “Trevyn was one of my favorite people. He will be deeply missed. God bless the glorious reunion with you and your mom, Trev. Words can’t express the sadness that I feel tonight. Rest easy, my dude, until we meet again.”Rest Easy My Dude pic.twitter.com/mdKa4Pch7B— Matt Hammer (@CoachMattHammer) July 6, 2019Our thoughts are with his friends and family.May he rest in peace. A long-shot of a Wilson NCAA football at Byrd Stadium.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A former standout college football player at the FCS level has tragically passed away at the young age of 32.Trevyn Smith, a star at Springville High who went onto become the all-time leading rusher at Weber State, died on July 4.The running back was one of the best players in program history, rushing for 5,029 yards, the fourth-most ever in Big Sky Conference history. He added 43 rushing touchdowns and had 6,420 all-purpose yards.Weber State linebacker coach Matt Hammer posted a tribute on Twitter.last_img read more

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ESPN Computer Predicts The Worst Team In Every Major Conference

first_img Here are the worst teams for each major conference, via ESPN’s FPI:ACC: Georgia TechBig Ten: RutgersBig 12: KansasPac-12: Oregon StateSEC: ArkansasKansas has the lowest ranking from the group, meanwhile Arkansas has the best grade. Nonetheless, the FPI has both programs toward the bottom of their respective conference.It’s not unfamiliar territory for Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon State and Rutgers since they all finished last in their conference last season. As for Georgia Tech, it’d be quite the fall from its 7-6 record last season.Do you find these college football rankings fair? A gneral view of the goal post at the Rose Bowl semifinal game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Due to the abundance of talent in each of the ‘Power Five’ conferences, there are always a few programs struggling to get through their tough schedule. This upcoming season shouldn’t be any different, and ESPN’s Football Power Index already has predictions for which teams will struggle in 2019.As a reminder, the FPI is meant to be a predictor to measure each team in the country heading into the season.In terms of strength, Clemson and Alabama rank as the two best teams in college football. On the flip side, the FPI has Rice and UTEP as the two weakest when it comes to projected records.While every team that is considered a ‘Power Five’ program doesn’t have to worry about being at the bottom of the FPI rankings, there are five teams that might have to settle for last in their conference.last_img read more

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Dabo Swinney Addresses Criticism Of Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence

first_imgTrevor Lawrence drops back to pass for the Clemson Tigers.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Trevor Lawrence earned tons of praise for leading Clemson to the national championship in his freshman season. All the hype surrounding the talented gunslinger has quickly gone away as many analysts are worried about his sophomore slump.Before this season began, the consensus around the country was that Lawrence would be the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. After all, the former five-star recruit is considered the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.Lawrence has shown signs of potential this season, but he’s also been careless with the football. He has more interceptions in three games than he did all of last season.Critics are skeptical of Lawrence and his ability to develop as a passer. As for Dabo Swinney, he’s doesn’t sound worried about his quarterback at all. Swinney went on Charlotte’s WFNZ radio to discuss Lawrence’s start to the season.Here’s what Swinney had to say:“He just needs to keep doing exactly what he’s doing. If he’ll keep doing what he’s doing, we’re going to win a lot of games. That’s all I need him to do. He’s doing a great job. He’s a great preparer. He’s an unbelievable leader. He’s got a great will to win.Part of the reason that Lawrence is under the microscope of the media is because he’s the quarterback. Most of the responsibility falls on his lap as it pertains to Clemson’s offense.Clemson has a favorable matchup this weekend against Charlotte. Trevor Lawrence could be in for a big day.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka drop captain Dinesh Chandimal from Test squad for South Africa series

first_imgSri Lanka drop captain Dinesh Chandimal from Test squad for South Africa seriesSouth Africa vs Sri Lanka: Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has been named as the stand-in captain of a 17-man squad for the two-Test series starting on February 13.advertisement Associated Press ColomboFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 19:44 IST Dinesh Chandimal’s omission follows scores of 5, 0, 15, and 4 in the two recent Test losses against Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka Cricket has asked Chandimal to play domestic games to regain his formAll-rounder Milinda Siriwardana has been recalled to the Test squad after nearly three yearsSuranga Lakmal and Kaushal Silva are also back in the sideSri Lanka dropped captain Dinesh Chandimal from the Test squad on Tuesday for the upcoming tour of South Africa.Sri Lanka Cricket asked him to play domestic games to regain his form.Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne is the stand-in captain of a 17-man squad for the two-Test series starting on February 13.Chandimal’s omission follows scores of 5, 0, 15, and 4 in the two recent Test losses against Australia.The squad includes three uncapped players: Batsman Oshada Fernando, seam bowler Mohmed Shiraz, and left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.Sri Lanka’s pace attack is depleted because of injuries to Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, and Nuwan Pradeep.However, Suranga Lakmal is back after missing the second Test against Australia. Specialist opening batsman Kaushal Silva is also back having missed the Australia series.Allrounder Milinda Siriwardana was recalled after nearly three years.The Tests are in Durban from February 13 and in Port Elizabeth from February 21.Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohamed Shiraz, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith EmbuldeniyaAlso Read | Dinesh Chandimal urges Sri Lanka to step up as a team after Test series loss vs AustraliaAlso Read | Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Perera hits 2 double hundreds in a single matchAlso Read | Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, Day 4 in Canberra: As It HappenedFor 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 Dinesh ChandimalFollow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow Sri Lanka CricketFollow South Africa vs Sri Lankalast_img read more

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All England Championships: Saina Nehwal enters quarters with hard fought win in last 16

first_imgAll England Championships: Saina Nehwal enters quarters with hard fought win in last 16All England Championships 2019: Saina Nehwal fought off a brave Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark 8-21, 21-16, 21-13 to enter the quarter-finals in Birmingham.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri BirminghamMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 21:10 IST All England Championships: Saina Nehwal battled hard to reach quarter-finals. (BWF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal had it tough in the Round of 16 of All EnglandSaina took 51 minutes to fight out Kjaersfeldt to reach quartersSaina leads Kjaersfeldt 3-0 in their head-to-head recordSaina Nehwal staived off a tough challenge from Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt to advance to the quarter-finals of the All England Championships in Birmingham on Thursday. Saina had to fight hard against Kjaersfeldt and come from behind to win 8-21, 21-16, 21-13 to advance to the next stage.Kjaersfeldt gave an excellent account of herself against the former world No.1 Saina but fell short against the experience, guile and spirit of the Indian, who came out triumphant in 51 minutes.This was the third meeting between Saina and Kjaersfeldt and it was the first time Saina dropped the first game against the Danish. However, Saina showed the fighting spirit that she is known for to down the Danish.With the win, Saina now leads Kjaersfeldt 3-0 in their head-to-head record. Saina will next take on the winner of another women’s singles Round of 16 match between Tai Tzu Ying and Beiwen Zhang.Kjaersfeldt began the match on the upsurge by taking the first two points. In recent times, Saina has been a slow starter but on Thursday, she was unable to get on top of the Danish in the first game.Apart from a few points every now and then, Kjaersfeldt easily took the first game 21-8.The second game started much better for Saina as she took a 7-4 lead. However, Kjaersfeldt fought right back to make it 8-8 and then went into the break with an 11-9 lead.However, Saina took control of the proceedings after the break and started building a solid gap.advertisementWith a comfortable lead of 16-12 at one point, Saina confidently played her strokes against the powerful play of Kjaersfeldt and took the second game and forced the match into the decider.Saina stayed on top of the decider right from the start and in a mirror image to the first game, Kjaersfeldt was unable to catch up with the Indian as Saina went into the break with an 11-7 lead.After the break as well, Saina kept on building on her lead but Kjaersfeldt kept earning points every now and then.However, Saina soon brought up match point opportunities at 20-13 and needed just one to wrap up the match.Also Read | Praneeth crashes out after straight games loss in Round 2Also Read | Sindhu crashes out in Round 1For 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 Saina NehwalFollow All England ChampionshipsFollow Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt Nextlast_img read more

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