Ex-Napoli sports chief Pavarese: Sarri wants Chiesa at Chelseaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Napoli sports chief Luigi Pavarese can see Fiorentina striker Federico Chiesa moving to Chelsea.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is a fan of Chiesa, who has been linked with a move to England this season.Pavarese told RMC: “I believe along with (Lorenzo) Insigne and (Federico) Bernardeschi they are the true talents of Italian football, he is already proving it at Fiorentina.”We are aware of his qualities and he can do much better than his father. But the important thing is to keep his feet on the ground, but Chiesa is destined to grow.”He will certainly be watched by many clubs, not only Italian, but I hope that he will remain in Serie A, even if Sarri really likes him, and at Chelsea he could do very well, I’m afraid that the Premier can steal him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Huddersfield chasing Tottenham youngster Jadon Brownby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town are chasing Tottenham youngster Jadon Brown.The Mirror says Huddersfield are trying to convince Tottenham to allow teenage left-back Brown to join their relegation battle.Huddersfield need more attacking energy and see Brown as the type of player they need.The 19-year-old only has six months left on his deal and his future seems unsure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bristol City boss Johnson admits big interest for Liverpool, Man Utd target Kellyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBristol City boss Lee Johnson admits there’s growing interest in England Under-21 defender Lloyd Kelly.Liverpool are among Premier League clubs keen, along with Manchester United and Tottenham.Johnson said, “Of course, there is (interest).”If you’re a Premier League club and you’re not interested in Lloyd Kelly, you’re not doing your recruitment right. Twenty years old, playing for England and can play multiple positions.”Whether someone pushes the button on it is a different matter. I guarantee, statistically and with the eye, every Premier League club would’ve had a look.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rojo: I’ll fight for my place at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcus Rojo has revealed how his injury hell has tested his mental strength to the limit.The Argentine ace has returned home for further treatment on an unspecified problem he first suffered in the World Cup that forced him to miss the first 20 games of United’s season.United have no idea when he will be back and Rojo, who has endured fitness problems for the past two campaigns, said: “The worst thing about it is that it is the second year running I have not been able to have a full pre-season with my team-mates.“These kind of things can happen in football.“That’s the game of football. It can happen to anyone and this time it happened to be me.“It’s all about being strong mentally. I am strong mentally and it is now about turning it around and starting again. I’m always going to fight hard to earn my place in the side.”
TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Man Utd vs Chelsea kids? Why there’s no (& unfair) comparisonby Chris Beattie19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Not good enough. They’re just not up to it. These Manchester United kids. They’re not United standard. Just look at what’s happening at Chelsea. There’s simply no comparing…Which is right. There is no comparing the youngsters Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to bring through at United and what Frank Lampard has on his hands at Chelsea. And nor should there be. Indeed, those ex-players scrambling over eachother to condemn Solskjaer and the talent he’s working with should know better. And instead of drawing the irrational comparison with Frank’s Blue Babes, they should be informing the public of why the stark difference.Because the answer is simple. Easy. And could actually lead to a decent debate about the differences between the two clubs regarding youth development and the use of the loan system.It’s stating the bleedin’ obvious and this column apologises to those whom have already sent their remote or shoe through a screen. But the thing about comparing the kids we’re seeing at Chelsea and what’s coming through at United is that there is no comparison. The lads making headlines today: Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham, have also made headlines elsewhere. Mount had an outstanding year in Holland before last season’s spell with Lampard at Derby County. Tomori also is no sudden star. His time with the Rams, which culminated with the club’s Player of the Year gong, was actually his third loan spell after stints with Hull City and Brighton – where he didn’t exactly pull up any trees. Which the same can be said of Abraham and his time with Swansea City. A period when many on the outside were encouraging the club to cut the lad loose. Again, like Tomori, it’s taken Abraham three different loan spells away (Bristol City and Aston Villa included) to reach the level of what we’re seeing today.In contrast, the youngsters Solskjaer has turned to – Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong – are all in the middle of their first real experience as senior players. Yeah, they’ve had bits and pieces over the last two seasons. But this is the first time in their careers where there’s an expectation of them as members of a senior squad. Something Tomori and Abraham were getting to grips with three seasons previous. Even Aaron Wan-Bissaka was only making his first team debut with Crystal Palace less than 18 months ago – just as Daniel James was doing as a Swansea City player. Indeed, amongst this United group, it is Axel Tuanzebe who boasts the longest time involved as a senior prospect.So comparison? There is no comparison. But what is worth exploring is United’s attitude to the loan system. An approach which is more about protecting and cultivating a saleable asset than any serious plan to develop a youngster for a first team future with the club. Tuanzebe aside, those youngsters earmarked as having the potential to be a United first teamer aren’t risked to the loan system. Instead, they’re kept in-house. The long-held view, dating back to Jose Mourinho’s time in charge, is the most gifted are better served training with – and being around – the first team. If Reece James had accepted that offer from United 18 months ago, there’d have been no season with Wigan Athletic. Nor a Latics Player of the Year award for the Chelsea fullback. So are United missing a trick here? Well, there is no hard and fast answer. The success and failures of youth development are always a slow burn. But the progress of Scott McTominay does offer United some hope that they’re on the right track.No-one saw the emergence of McTominay coming – outside of Mourinho, of course. Now a Scotland international and first-choice for Solskjaer, McTominay never came close to being capped at youth level by Scotland – nor England. But into his third season as a senior player, no pundit would dare claim he doesn’t deserve his current status. Which wasn’t exactly what was being said about the midfielder after his first season under Mourinho.”McTominay, when I watch him, I’m not sure he’s actually good enough on the ball to be a Man United midfield player,” questioned former United captain Gary Neville. “Is he sharp enough on the ball to be a Man United central midfield player?”But today – or at least last week – after McTominay’s goalscoring performance for the draw with Arsenal, Neville was saying, ahem, something slightly different: “I have to say, he [McTominay] steps up every single game. He’s always there and wants the ball every single time.“He might give it away but he wants it again – and sometimes it’s about having the temperament to play for a big club – and I think he’s got that.”What hasn’t yet been acknowledged is that McTominay’s progress has continued since the change of manager. Indeed, this column would argue it’s accelerated since Solskjaer and his staff have grabbed hold of him.Which could be the same that awaits Greenwood and co in the coming seasons. So long as the club is patient and those making irrational comparisons are ignored.
GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)This past February, five-star defensive end recruit CeCe Jefferson put Florida fans through the wringer by waiting a number of days to sign his official Letter of Intent to play for the Gators. Well, it looks like Jefferson, who cited coaching changes as the reason for his holdout back then, is all-in on Florida now. Friday night, he got a tattoo of his school and his class – the #UF19 hashtag that Florida freshmen-to-be have been using.Newest ink pic.twitter.com/XDt2kJd44A— C (@cecejeferson7) March 14, 2015Jefferson is considered one of the most promising recruits in the entire 2015 class. We have a feeling that UF fans will forget all about National Signing Day if he turns out to be as advertised.
247 Sports Ohio State Florida StateOhio State’s 2016 class is shaping up to be a great one. Austin Mack, a four-star wide receiver out of Indiana, committed to the Buckeyes today. With the 6-foot-1, 200-pound wideout’s commitment, Urban Meyer’s program now has what some consider to be the best class in the country for 2016. Ohio State has the No. 1 class in 2016 according to Scout. Ohio State moves back to No. 1 in @scoutrecruiting rankings with today’s pledge from Austin Mack #Buckeyes— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) June 7, 2015On Rivals.com, the Buckeyes have the No. 3 class, but have the highest average star ranking at 3.93. Rivals.comAnd on 247 Sports, the Buckeyes have the No. 2 class, trailing Florida State by a mere 1.61 points. This could be Meyer’s greatest class, ever.
Antonio Valencia will remain Manchester United captain, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.Valencia wore the armband for much of last season but officially took on the role on a permanent basis when Michael Carrick retired to move into coaching.The Ecuadorian has struggled for form and fitness this term, amid rumours of a fall-out with previous United boss Jose Mourinho, and has not featured in Solskjaer’s two games to date as he fights to return to peak condition. 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? However, the Norwegian head coach has backed the veteran defender to win back his place in the team, while stating that he will retain the captain’s armband for the foreseeable future.”He’s the captain. When he’s properly fit and playing he’ll wear the armband,” said Solskjaer.”He’s going through a couple of tough sessions now to get him ready for the tough period coming up. There aren’t many better right-backs going forward with his abilities.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms @Anto_V25 will remain #MUFC captain: “When he’s properly fit and playing, he’ll wear the armband.” pic.twitter.com/OSWaN5Y5bs— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 28, 2018Solskjaer has made a stunning start to his interim spell at Old Trafford with a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City, followed up with a convincing 3-1 defeat of Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day.United’s next test comes at home to Bournemouth on Sunday and the Norwegian is hoping to maintain the feel-good factor.He added: “Whenever you win games everyone is happy. So let’s keep that run going.”We’ve got to focus on our performance against Bournemouth and getting three points there.”These two games, yes, it’s been fantastic… [we need to] keep that momentum going against Bournemouth. When you lose a game I don’t think you’ll see many smiles about.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
West Ham are confident that Marko Arnautovic will not engineer a January transfer by going on strike, while Javier Hernandez is expected to remain at the club.Speculation regarding the futures of two key figures at the London Stadium is building during the winter window.Arnautovic is expected to be among those on the move before the deadline passes, with the Austria international having a lucrative offer on the table from China. 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? Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini claims a decision on his next move will be made shortly, with no definitive calls made as yet.He told reporters: “How is his mood? When you have such a high offer everyone wants to leave.”He has a contract here, we know what will happen about that in the coming days.”Everyone is talking about his future. He knows what is the best option for him. We will see what happens between the clubs.”West Ham have found themselves in a similar position before, with another key creative influence having forced an exit in January 2017.Dimitri Payet ruled himself out of contention for selection as he waited on a return to Marseille, but Pellegrini is not expecting Arnautovic to follow that lead.He added: “I don’t think he will refuse to play.”While it appears likely that Arnautovic will eventually leave the club, the Hammers have no intention of losing another attacking player.That means Mexican striker Hernandez will be staying put, with the 30-year-old back in training and pushing for regular minutes amid ongoing talk of a potential switch to La Liga side Valencia.Pellegrini said of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid frontman: “There are so many rumours about players coming and going from West Ham.”Javier is part of the squad, he, unfortunately, has had two long injuries but he will continue to be an important player to us.”It remains to be seen who will be available this weekend, but West Ham are due to be back in Premier League action on Saturday when they play host to Bournemouth – in a game which will see Pellegrini’s side trying to build on their impressive 1-0 derby victory over Arsenal last time out.
When Juventus presented Adrien Rabiot on Tuesday, they were confirming the signing of one of football’s most in-demand free agents. Rabiot is a player who had been on the shopping list at one stage or another for clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona, but who nonetheless chose to take his talents to Turin.The ex-Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is the latest in a long line of high-class Bosman transfers conducted by the perennial Italian champions but there is an argument to be made that he is not even the best one picked up this summer. That honour might well go to Aaron Ramsey, the ex-Arsenal man, who will add some much-needed dynamism to the Juventus midfield under new coach Maurizio Sarri.But neither will be the biggest incoming arrival. The best is yet to come. That will be Matthijs de Ligt, whose €70 million transfer from Ajax should be announced imminently. His status as the most promising defender of generation grows by the day. His decision to choose Juve confirms that he believes the club to be the best fit in terms of his development. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare There is no doubt that Manchester United and PSG could compete and perhaps even outstrip Juve in terms of salaries and other payments but it speaks volumes about where Juve are right now that they can jump the queue for a player like De Ligt.Working with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and returning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will give De Ligt a postgrad in defending and leave him well equipped to tackle the challenges the next stage of his career will bring. Those three players – not to mention promising full-back Luca Pellegrini – represent probably the finest business done at any top club this summer.Real Madrid no doubt top the list in money spent but the Juve business looks to be the smartest and all for a fraction of the sums spent on the new Galacticos like Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.Juventus have got here – eight straight league titles, two Champions League finals, a brand-new stadium – only 12 years after re-emerging in the top-flight following relegation. They are leading the way in how to do business on and off the field in Italy and serve as a template for any club to follow.They do not lurch from one potential solution to another, with little or no regard for what comes after, like is happening at Old Trafford. There is sustainability and clear vision and it flows into every aspect of the club.While Sarri may well be consulted for his opinion on incomings so long as he remains at the helm, the Juventus coach is not the one signing players. Deals for players are conducted elsewhere in the business with Pavel Nedved and sporting director Fabio Paratici considered the power underpinning Juventus’s transfer market strategy.Paratici – in particular – was reckoned to be the driving force behind signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, when former CEO Giuseppe Marotta had reservations over the sky-high fee.Marotta left last season and is now in charge at Inter alongside Antonio Conte, who he signed to coach Juve during his time in the Turin hotseat.And Juve are not finished. A deal for Merih Demirel, a 21-year-old Turkish centre back who plays for Sassuolo and is highly-regarded, is expected to be confirmed shortly although he may yet go on loan for the upcoming campaign.Cristian Romero, another defender, could also see his arrival from Genoa finalised in the coming days. Again, he could develop elsewhere next season before making it to the first team with Juve.But the big target -and by no means an unattainable one – remains Paul Pogba, a free transfer signing sold by Juventus for a €100m fee in 2016. Although he is under contract at United and heavily linked with Real Madrid – Juventus have not given up hope.They expect to make some money this summer, with Sami Khedira, Joao Cancelo, Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain among those who could be looking for new clubs. With any significant sums raised, Juve could go back into the market for Pogba. Even Mauro Icardi, of Inter, cannot be discounted as a potential arrival.This summer marks the continuation of a very effective Juve transfer policy, one which identifies the club as one of the most organised and forward-thinking football enterprises anywhere on the continent of Europe.While clubs like United struggle to get deals over the line – even in the pursuit of technical directors – Juve plot their course with precision. It could be argued that they have beaten United to the punch on Rabiot, De Ligt and even for Pogba himself. They are, literally and figuratively, in a different league despite a turnover gap of a little under €300m between the two clubs.Off the field the are taking care of business. But although they are dominant in Serie A, there is work to be done to fulfil their potential on the field.At times last season, Juve looked one-paced and pedestrian with their lack of urgency being exposed fatally by Ajax in the Champions League. Their €100 million man Ronaldo pulled his weight in Europe – being the only Juventus player to score in the knockout rounds – but elsewhere there were holes.Outgoing coach Max Allegri was culpable, with an inability to rouse his team from dark spells and to make any significant impact from the bench. Serie A has less and less posed any kind of challenge for Juventus and they look to the Champions League as the true test of their capabilities.Taken as a rough barometer, it has shown Juve to be a little off the pace. They have earned two final appearances in the past five seasons but need more consistency in their performances in that competition to be regarded as truly great.That will be Sarri’s big challenge but he has been given every chance to get it done thanks to another summer of smart business from a club at the top of their game.
Gianluigi Buffon turned down offers from the Premier League in order to make an emotional return to Juventus, claims the iconic goalkeeper’s agent.At 41 years of age, and after just one season outside of Italy, the World Cup winner is heading back to Turin.A medical with the Serie A champions is being undertaken ahead of the signing of a one-year contract with the Bianconeri. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Buffon spent the 2018-19 campaign in France with Paris Saint-Germain, having seen a 17-year association with Juve brought to a close.Once the exit doors were opened at Parc des Princes, various landing spots for a modern-day great were mooted and it was suggested that he could head to England, but Silvano Martina claims a homecoming was always the preferred option.He told the Daily Mail of Buffon’s future call: “He had many offers, especially from the Premier League and from other large teams. “I don’t name names, it’s not in my style but I think you won’t have problems understanding.“Buffon has always made choices with his heart and never for his wallet. You can compare his return home to that of a husband who after an escapade can’t wait to hug his wife again.”Martina insists a spell outside of Turin cannot be considered a “betrayal” on Buffon’s part, as he departed Juve after several successful years of loyal service.He added: “I don’t think it was a betrayal to go to PSG. He didn’t stay in Italy. It was a quick, immediate offer. “As his agent I advised him to accept considering all this as a nice thing and also to consider that it would provide a comfortable lifestyle for his large family.”Buffon is now forming part of an exciting summer of recruitment by the Serie A champions.Adrien Rabiot is among those to have arrived at the Allianz Stadium, with the former PSG midfielder set to be reunited with a familiar face who helped to talk him into a move to Italy, while Aaron Ramsey has also linked up with Juve as a free agent.“I think that Rabiot listened to Gigi with respect and sympathy. I consider Rabiot making the best choice,” Martina said. “Ramsey is a great player, I can tell you he is happy, playing the best job in the world with the champions. The Welsh can only be filled with pride. Gigi loves technical players like Aaron.”
Antoine Griezmann faces a learning curve at Barcelona but Ernesto Valverde was pleased with the glimpses of class he saw on Tuesday.The La Liga champions went down to an entertaining 2-1 friendly defeat to Chelsea in Saitama, with Griezmann completing the opening 45 minutes to make his Barca debut.He was flanked by France team-mate Ousmane Dembele and youngster Alex Collado in attack. 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? Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong was introduced for his own bow amid a slew of half-time changes.”Griezmann has to get used to Barcelona’s play,” Valverde told a post-match news conference after goals from Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley rendered Ivan Rakitic’s stoppage-time strike a consolation.”It’s easy to see how dangerous he is with the ball. He has bad intentions always for the rival.”We need a lot from him but it’s the first match. He has to see how we pressure and dominate rivals, but it’s the first match.”La Liga’s 2019-20 schedule gets under way a week after the Premier League and Valverde felt his players being behind Chelsea in their preparations was a key factor in the loss.”We started in the right way both halves with a different 11 starters. We were better the first 15 minutes,” Valverde said.”It was the first match for us, the fourth for Chelsea and we paid for that. The good thing is to see how the new and young players can play.”It was a good test in order to compete because it’s different from training.”Speculation continues to link Neymar with a sensational return to Barcelona to form an all-star forward line with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann.Valverde, who overcame the destabilising impact of the Brazil forward leaving Camp Nou to join Paris Saint-Germain at the start of his reign in 2017, refused to be drawn on the matter.”Neymar is another club’s player, so I don’t want to say many things for a player who belongs to another team,” he added.
Earlier today, Texas A&M became the latest school to have controversy hit just ahead of the season. Former Aggie linebacker Santino Marchiol told USA Today about a few different improprieties going on within the program.Marchiol was with Texas A&M through the coaching change, and fully intended to play for Jimbo Fisher, who took over after Kevin Sumlin was fired. However, after he says the program’s new training staff mishandled an ankle injury, he elected to leave.The injury issue was not the only one raised by Marchiol, in the Dan Wolken-penned piece. He alleges that assistant coach Bradley Dale Peveto gave him hundreds of dollars over the NCAA-allowed $40 when he hosted recruits.He and his father also shared some abusive language used with players during workouts over the summer, which he said went way above what the NCAA allows with the coaching staff outside of the season.Marchiol is attempting to have the one-year sit period waived, as he transfers to Arizona, where Sumlin wound up following his ouster in College Station. He took over for another coach embroiled in scandal, Rich Rodriguez.Jimbo Fisher addressed to the Santino Marchiol allegations from the USA Today report after today’s practice.Fisher didn’t have much to say, just that he hadn’t read the article yet, and that he wouldn’t comment on a player no longer on the team. From 247Sports:“I was informed that the article came out but I haven’t read it” Fisher said. “I don’t know anything about it so I can’t comment on it. I’ll comment on the players on our team right now. That’s all I can do.”The allegations made against the Texas A&M program aren’t nearly at the level of the situations at Maryland or Ohio State right now. They do seem likely to put a target on the program as far as the NCAA is concerned, as these issues are right in the organization’s wheelhouse, vs. the more difficult issues at a place like OSU.Still, it isn’t what you want just weeks from the program’s first game under a new, $75 million coach.[247Sports]
FOX SportsOnce again, Alabama and Clemson will face off for college football’s national championship.The Crimson Tide have essentially gone wire-to-wire as the nation’s top team. Clemson is right there though, also undefeated on the year.With stellar young quarterbacks, deep passing attacks, and elite defensive line play, Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney’s teams actually mirror each other more than they have in years past.The early betting lines have Alabama as a solid, if not overwhelming favorite.Things opened at Alabama -6.5, but Clemson action has actually brought it down to 5.5 or six points at most books, per OddsShark.The Tigers have plenty of believers in this one, with five days until the game.Two of FOX Sports’ main college football analysts like Clemson to beat Alabama on Monday.Matt Leinart and Dave Wannstedt are both taking Clemson to win the game. From Monday night:Coach and @MattLeinartQB are all in with Clemson for the natty. pic.twitter.com/9dpFqQIhmu— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 1, 2019Leinart points to the improvement in the passing attack from Kelly Bryant to star freshman Trevor Lawrence:“I like Clemson in this game. Trevor Lawrence is a better thrower than what we saw last year with Kelly Bryant, when Clemson went up against Alabama. He’s proven on this stage that he can play well.“Defensively, Clemson’s defensive front is going to be a lot for Alabama to handle.”Wannstedt actually pointed to Clemson’s offensive line as a place where the Tigers can set themselves apart:“Dabo Swinney made the comment, this is his best offensive line. They’re going to need to show up. I think they will, and they’re going to need to do a good job on first and second down, because Nick Saban on the other side, he’s as good as there is at creating pressure if you give him the opportunity to. So I like Clemson because their offensive line makes the difference.”Robert Smith was the dissenter, picking the favorite Alabama. He likes Alabama’s superior mobility at the quarterback position, with Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, considering both teams will have to contend with elite defensive fronts.“You’re talking about two of the best defensive lines in the country. I gotta take Alabama in this one. The difference, for me, is that (Clemson) just doesn’t have the mobility at the quarterback position. Alabama is just as good as getting after the quarterback as Clemson.”We’ll see plenty of other analysts weighing in over the next few days. However things shake out, there’s going to be a ton of elite talent on display Monday night.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has reacted to Alabama’s blowout loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national title game.Of course, Finebaum is pretty stunned with what happened.Clemson dominated Alabama for four quarters, going on to win the College Football Playoff national championship, 44-16.This was, arguably, the worst loss of Nick Saban’s career.Finebaum has reacted to Clemson’s performance on Twitter, calling it “epic.”“Congratulations to Dabo Swinney and Clemson for an extraordinary victory and national championship. Just an amazing and jaw-dropping beating of Alabama and Nick Saban. Truly epic performance,” he tweeted.Congratulations to Dabo Swinney and Clemson for an extraordinary victory and national championship. Just an amazing and jaw-dropping beating of Alabama and Nick Saban. Truly epic performance.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 8, 2019Alabama is taking a beating today, but the Crimson Tide aren’t going anywhere.Saban and Co. should be right back in the College Football Playoff next season, attempting to avenge its loss to Clemson.Alabama will likely start the 2019 season ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the country.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The University of Florida’s football program has been hemorrhaging recruits over the past two weeks.Former four-star quarterback Jalon Jones kicked off the exodus when he announced his plans to enter the transfer portal – although serious allegations followed him out the door.Jones was just the beginning as fellow four-star 2019 recruit Chris Steele entered the transfer portal as well. Steele alleged the program wouldn’t let him change rooms after being forced to room with Jones.As a result, he decided to take his talents elsewhere.But that’s not all for the Gators. Dan Mullen and company lost out on several top recruits when previously committed players decided to reopen their recruitment.Bryce Langston, one of the top prospects in the 2021 class, decommitted from the Gators earlier this week. Not long after, Dink Jackson followed suit and left the Gators 2021 class.I’ve decided to decommit from the University of Florida. My recruitment is open. No interviews please.— Dink9⚠️🏈🙏🏾 (@dink_jackson) May 10, 2019The recent rash of transfers and decommitments isn’t a good look for Gators head coach Dan Mullen, especially considering the recent comments he made about Justin Fields’ decision to leave Georgia.“I’d think we did a poor job recruiting if guys were coming in and then immediately walking out the door because it was something different than what they thought it would be and we lied to them during recruiting, or we sold them on a dream that wasn’t true,” Mullen said via the Tampa Bay Times.It might be time for Mullen to look into his own practices after losing top players.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 26: AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide kisses girlfriend Katherine Webb after their 45-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Katherine Webb-McCarron, the wife of the former star Alabama quarterback, took to Instagram last week to give her followers an update on life with two young kids.The former viral college football sensation, who became famous following an on-air shoutout by Brent Musburger, has two young children with her husband, A.J.Webb posted on Instagram last week that she’s “finally” starting to get her body back after having two young children.“2 babies and 5 months later I feel like I’m finally getting my bod back. Hello summer,” she wrote. Webb, 30, has always looked good, to be fair.AJ and Katherine have two young kids, five-month old Cash Carter and three-year-old Raymond Anthony McCarron III, a.k.a Tripp.The cute family recently enjoyed an outing to a charity softball game.McCarron, 28, is now a quarterback with the Houston Texans. The family has gone through a lot of moving lately, as AJ has played for four different NFL teams since 2017.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 7: Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)With 150 seasons worth of college football in the history books, ESPN ranked the best programs of all-time. While there will certainly be some debates as to which teams belong where, it’s not an easy task to judge over a century worth of history.Although the past few seasons of college football have been dominated by Alabama and Clemson, it doesn’t diminish the accomplishments that other programs have had over the course of their existence.Historic programs such as Notre Dame and Michigan are high on the list due to their sustained success.The list from ESPN is based on overall record and championships. Since Alabama isn’t lacking in either category, it has the honor of being named the No. 1 program in college football. Nick Saban has taken the program to new heights as the head coach, winning five championships with the Crimson Tide.Here are the top 10 programs in the history of college football, per ESPN:AlabamaNotre DameOhio StateOklahomaUSCMichiganYaleNebraskaTexasNorth Dakota StateIt’s a pleasant surprise to see ESPN rank North Dakota State so high on the list even though it’s an FCS program.Regardless of all the success that Clemson is having lately, the program is ranked No. 24 by ESPN. That ranking could change in the future if Dabo Swinney continues to lead the team into the postseason on a consistent basis.The full list from ESPN that ranks the 50 best programs of all-time can be seen here.
Vani Kapoor becomes first Indian to grab Australian LPGA cardVani Kapoor finished tied-12th in the first-ever Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament to earn playing rights for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour.advertisement Press Trust of India BallaratFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 22:51 IST Vani Kapoor finished at two-over 218 at the Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament (Photo tweeted by @vanikapoorgolf)HIGHLIGHTSVani Kapoor became the first Indian to earn a card for the Australian Ladies PGA TourVani Kapoor finished tied-12th in the first-ever Australian LPGA Qualifying TournamentVani has also qualified for Vic Open, co-sanctioned by the Australian LPGA and the US LPGAVani Kapoor became the first Indian to earn a card for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after coming through its first-ever Qualifying Tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club in Ballarat, Australia.Vani shot rounds of 71, 78 and 69 to finish at two-over 218 and was tied-12th with three others. The top-20 from a field of 81 earned playing rights on the Australian LPGA but there were many other benefits and spots available too.Other Indian girls in the Australian LPGA Qualifying were Diksha Dagar (tied-30th with round of 79-73-72); Astha Madan (tied-37th with cards of 75-78-73) and Ridhima Dilawari (tied-57th with cards of 76-79-76).Despite not making the card, Diksha, Astha and Ridhima could get into some of the Australian LPGA events, like the upcoming Ballarat Icons Australian LPGA Pro-Am, where Diksha and Astha will get a start in the two-day AUD 30,000 event over the weekend alongside Vani.Earlier, in the tense inaugural Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Tsai Peiying of Taiwan emerged as the winner after shooting a final round of one-under par 71 to finish at nine-under par and ensure a five-shot victory over American Cheyenne Knight and Australian Tamie Durdin.With her Australian LPGA rights secure, Vani also came through a play-off to decide the final spot for the Vic Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Australian LPGA and the US LPGA.Vani won the spot on the third play-off hole with a clutch five-foot putt. The Vic Open will thus be Vani’s LPGA debut.advertisementHer finish also ensures Vani starts in three Ladies European Tour events to be played in Australia in February-March.The leading 15 players gained exemptions into the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville (Feb 21-24), the ActewAGL Canberra Classic (Mar 1-3) and the Women’s NSW Open (Mar 7-10), all co-sanctioned by the LET.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Vani Kapoor Next
No data available! scorecard Rajarshi Gupta BengaluruMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 23:42 IST Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann share a century stand for the 4th wicket (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB defeated SRH by 4 wickets in Bengaluru on Saturday to win their 5th match of the seasonHetmyer and Gurkeerat hit fifties as RCB won their last game of the 2019 IPLSRH will now have to wait for the final 2 league matches to learn their playoff fateShimron Hetmyer smashed a 47-ball 75 while Gurkeerat Singh Mann hit a stylish 65 as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets to end the 2019 Indian Premier League with a victory. RCB were already eliminated from the playoff race but SRH will now have to depend on other results to learn their fate.Kings XI Punjab will host Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede on Sunday in the final 2 league matches of the season. If KKR win, they will be through to the playoffs with 14 points. SRH, who made it to the final in 2018, have 12 points from 14 matches.Chasing 176 to sign off another disappointing IPL campaign with a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore were jolted early. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers while Khaleel Ahmed dismissed Virat Kohli to leave RCB in a huge spot of bother.Sunrisers Hyderabad have one of the best bowling attacks in the IPL. With Kohli and de Villiers gone, the onus was on Shimron Hetmyer who played only 5 matches this season. His partner at the other end, Gurkeerat Singh Mann had played just 2 matches in the 2019 IPL before Friday.But Shimron Hetmyer and Mann did not let lack of match time get in the way of a fabulous partnership. The two were undaunted by the early loss of wickets and kept RCB on course with some sensational strokeplay. Hetmyer was the more aggressive of the duo but Mann showed great resilience and patience against a top-quality bowling attack.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore were reduced to 20 for 3 off 2.5 overs and Sunrisers Hyderabad had every reason to feel they had the game under control. Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann had other plans.Hetmyer raced away to his maiden IPL fifty while Mann hit his second fifty of his IPL career as Royal Challengers Bangalore stormed to only their 5th win of the season from 14 matches..@RCBTweets win by 4 wickets and sign off their #VIVOIPL campaign on a high #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/uD0rmxiL1CIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019On Saturday, Virat Kohli won only his 4th toss of the 2019 Indian Premier League and beamed as he asked Sunrisers Hyderabad to bat in their last league game of the season. But the smile soon disappeared after Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill got off to a rapid start.However, Navdeep Saini removed Saha in the 5th over of the SRH innings while Washington Sundar dismissed Martin Guptill to help RCB get some kind of control after a frenetic start by the visitors.Royal Challengers Bangalore were sloppy on the field to start with but they soon bounced back with regular wickets. Manish Pandey, SRH’s No.3 in recent matches, was in dangerous form. However, Washington saw him off 3 balls after packing off Guptill and Virat Kohli was a much happier captain.And when Vijay Shankar threatened to take the game away from RCB, Sundar struck again to send him off as SRH slipped to 106 for 4 in the 14th over.Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan fell cheaply and SRH were reduced to 139 for 7 off 17.3 overs. It was left to Kane Williamson, the Orange Cap winner in 2018, to bail his team out of choppy waters and he did exactly that.Kane Williamson played only 8 matches in the league stage because he was recovering from an injury he sustained before the IPL. He was not in great touch but on Saturday when his team needed him to stand up, Williamson played a classic. After hitting his first fifty of the season, Williamson targeted Umesh Yadav, who conceded 28 runs off the final over.Also Read | Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow RCB vs SRHFollow Shimron HetmyerFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad graphs view more view less commentary advertisement IPL 2019: RCB stun SRH to end unsuccessful campaign with a winIPL 2019: Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh hit half-centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets to end the season with a win.