ConIFA World Football Cup WATCH: Wild scenes as Northern Cyprus book World Football Cup final place Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy CONIFA ConIFA World Football Cup Videos Northern Cyprus booked a historic place in Saturday’s CONIFA World Football Cup final after twice coming from behind to see of favourites Padania There were scenes of unbridled joy at Carshalton Athletic as Northern Cyprus booked their place in the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup final after a dramatic victory. The Northern Cypriots twice fought back from behind to defeat a talented and well-organised Padania side, who were favourites for the tournament.After a cagey first half-hour in which both sides passed well and defended resolutely, the Italians broke the deadlock with a goal from Riccardo Ravasi. Northern Cyprus had looked in control of the game, but Padania seemed to be playing within themselves and the goal came on the counter-attack.HIGHLIGHTS: Watch Northern Cyprus progress to the to the @paddypower #WFC2018 Final – highlights via @fc_video pic.twitter.com/Xdd8i9D3QT— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 8, 2018But the lead didn’t last long, with Player of the Tournament contender Billy Mehmet equalising just six minutes later. Padania gave the ball away down the right and it was fed into Mehmet’s feet by Kenan Oshan. There was still a lot to do for the former Irish under-21 international, but he turned well, held off a defender, and slid the ball home from inside the box. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Again, the joy was short-lived, however, with Padania silencing the lively Northern Cypriot support with a goal from Nicolo Pavan after some outstanding combination play.It was a dreadful blow for the Northern Cypriots, coming just before half-time, and appeared to take the wind out of their sails for some time.TICKETS: You can buy tickets from Eventim up until 2 hours before kick-off for all matches https://t.co/Qx100tMs11 pic.twitter.com/j6bY6n2hru— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 8, 2018Padania, marshalled brilliantly by former Lazio star Marius Stankevicius, held out stoically until the 80th minute, when a bit of accidental head-tennis from a corner allowed Halil Turan to nod home the equaliser.The balance of the game was changed in an instant, with the crowd loudly and passionately backing the men in red.All of a sudden, the Northern Cypriots were dominant, and they duly grabbed the winner just four minutes later. Up popped that man Mehmet once again with a cool side-footed finish to secure a 3-2 victory and send his side into Saturday’s final in Enfield.Click here for ticketing details or here to watch the CONIFA World Football Cup tournament online.
Here are the final results from the 2005 School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships held in Darwin… 15 Boys: Qld (10) def WA (0) NT (14) def Tas (2) ACT (3) def SA (1) NSW (10) def ACT (2) Vic (12) def SA (6) Play off 7th/8th: SA (9) def Tas (5) Plate final: NT (6) def Victoria (4) Play off 3rd/4th: ACT (6) def WA (3) Grand final: NSW (7) def Qld (5) 15 Girls: NT (12) def WA (1) ACT (6) def SA (1) NSW (9) def NT (0) Tas (3) def Victoria (2) Play off 7th/8th: SA (3) def Vic (2) Plate final: Tas (5) def ACT (3) Play off 3rd/4th: NT (5) def WA (3) Grand final: Qld (3) def NSW (2) 12 Boys: NSW (11) def ACT (0) Qld (12) def ACT (1) NT (2) def SA (1) NT (11) def Tas (0) SA (7) def Tas (0) NSW (2) drew Qld (2) 12 Girls: Qld (9) def NT (0) NSW (9) def NT (1) NSW (16) def Qld (5) ACT (10) def Tas (3) SA (2) def Tas (1)
To view the stories, please click on the following linksPhysical Trans-Tasman matches to continue in MudgeeTony Trad is under no illusions his Australian men’s team faces a stern test against the kiwis at Mudgee in 10 days. The best two touch football teams in the world will square off at Glen Willow in three matches as part of the Trans-Tasman Test Series.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/physical-transtasman-matches-to-continue-in-mudgee/2521765.aspx Touch TrainingThe Australian touch-football squads held a training camp at Kingsway playing fields in St Marys at the weekendhttp://www.stmarysstar.com.au/news/local/sport/general/touch-training/2508863.aspx Debutant Has A Touch Of Class It will be touch and go for two locals when they represent Australia at Mudgee this weekend. Daniel Barton from Greystanes and Wentworthville resident Nicole McHugh will don the green and gold during the Trans Tasman touch football tournament against New Zealand. http://www.parramattasun.com.au/news/local/sport/general/debutant-has-touch-of-class/2534657.aspx Senior Role For Young Emilee She might still be in her teens but Emilee Cherry will take on a leadership role in the Australian women’s team at this week’s trans-Tasman touch tournament in country New South Wales. The 19-year-old national touch and rugby sevens representative has been named vice-captain of the Australian women’s team for the three-match series against New Zealand in Mudgee, which starts today and also features open men’s and open mixed teams. http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2012/04/26/senior-role-for-young-emilee-cherry-touch/ Best In The World In Mudgee Australia and New Zealand were side by side in the battlefields at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. Fast forward 97 years and the two nations will go head-to-head on a different kind of battlefield – Mudgee’s Glen Willow. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/best-in-the-world-in-mudgee/2533076.aspx This Is Our Backyard Australian men’s touch player Dylan Hennessey says Australia can continue their dominance over New Zealand at this week’s Trans-Tasman series. The two best touch football nations in the world will play against each other over three days at Mudgee’s Glen Willow. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/this-is-our-backyard/2532913.aspx Kiwis Are In Mudgee To Win New Zealand men’s coach Peter McIntyre has fired an Anzac Day warning to the three Australian opens teams for this week’s Trans-Tasman Touch series in Mudgee – “We’re coming to win.” The kiwis arrived in Mudgee yesterday following a weekend training camp fine tuning their skills for the three-match Test series. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/kiwis-are-in-mudgee-to-win/2532909.aspx?storypage=0 Twins Will Have Kiwis Seeing Double Tomorrow night will be family night for the Etheridge household. Twin sisters Nikki and Gemma will play together for the first time in the Australian mixed opens side. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/twins-will-have-kiwis-seeing-double/2532904.aspx An Honour To Lead Team: Graham Representing your country is one thing, captaining them is completely different. New Zealand’s Mita Graham will lead the men’s side into battle for the first time of his touch football career when they play Australia tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8.40pm in Mudgee. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/an-honour-to-lead-team-graham/2533072.aspx Australia Name Teams For Mudgee Clash Expect to see quick, skillful and thrilling touch football when the two best teams in the world renew their rivalry at Mudgee in a fortnight’s time. Australia and New Zealand will go head-to-head in the Trans-Tasman Test Series to be played over three days at Glen Willow from April 26. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/australia-name-teams-for-mudgee-clash/2519921.aspx Lovett loves a challengeHe has been a success at the youth level but Michael Lovett will be stepping into unfamiliar territory at Mudgee next week.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/lovett-loves-a-challenge/2528079.aspx Get into sport, touch players tell studentsSt Matthew’s students were treated to a visit from the men in green and gold last Friday when two touch football players from the Australian Trans- Tasman Test Series team addressed the school assembly.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/news/general/get-into-sport-touch-players-tell-students/2538257.aspxMudgee impresses Trans-Tasman visitorsAlthough New Zealand’s Touch Blacks returned home with no trophies after the Trans-Tasman Series held in Mudgee on the weekend, players left with favourable impressions of Mudgee – and promises to return.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/news/general/mudgee-impresses-transtasman-visitors/2538240.aspx The next players in line to help Australian women’s teamTwo 17-year-olds will make their opens debut for Australia as the women’s touch football side goes through a transitional phase ahead of the 2015 World Cup.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/the-next-players-in-line-to-help-australian-womens-team/2524988.aspx Trio keen to run all over New Zealand, againSutherland Shire touch footballers Matt Tope, Steve Roberts and Stuart Brierty have been selected for the Australian touch team to play New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series.http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/sport/general/trio-keen-to-run-all-over-new-zealand-again/2535625.aspx Australian team member Kelly Woods from Ipswich ready to take on New Zealand in touch football clashRenewing her decade-long trans-Tasman rivalry against New Zealand in the Mudgee touch football clash this weekend, Kelly Woods said the path to lofty heights of representing Australia began on the grass at North Ipswich.http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/ipswich/australian-team-member-kelly-woods-from-ipswich-ready-to-take-on-new-zealand-in-touch-football-clash/story-fn8oe3ey-1226336924151 Young High regional royalty again!Young High School has once again been crowned regional winners at the NSW Touch Association Jerrabomberra Touch Carnival. Two teams from the school attended the day and all players exhibited exceptional skill and sportsmanship. Both teams made it into the finals which was a sensational effort for the school.http://www.youngwitness.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/young-high-regional-royalty-again/2538860.aspx Touch Me If You Can Ben Moylan has been making more than a tap — he’s been making a big impact at the touch football caper. http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/news/local/sport/general/ben-moylan-touch-me-if-you-can/2531331.aspx Touch Trio In National Squads Three Toowoomba players have earned selection in Australian touch football teams for this month’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand in New South Wales. World Cup winner Emilee Cherry has kept her place in the women’s open squad while Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have gained places in the mixed open squad. http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2012/04/11/toowoomba-touch-emilee-cherry-nikki-gemma-etheridg/ St Kilda Sports Star To Line Up For Australia A star turn by Leah Percy at last month’s National Touch Championships has been rewarded. Percy, a midfielder, was named the player of the series after leading Victoria to a third-place finish, the best Victoria has had. http://port-phillip-leader.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/st-kilda-sports-star-to-line-up-for-australia/ Mudgee, Dunedoo Students In Representative Teams Mudgee and Dunedoo high school students have been chosen in the Western Region’s Combined High Schools touch football teams to contest the NSWCHS later this term.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-dunedoo-students-in-representative-team/2537828.aspx Australia Storm Home To Claim Series In MudgeeAustralia made it a trifecta of wins in the third Test of the 2012 Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series at Mudgee, which resulted in the green and golds claiming all three open divisions.Australia were simply too good for New Zealand on the final day with the mixed winning 10-8, the women’s 7-3 and the men’s 11-3.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/australia-storm-home-to-claim-series-in-mudgee/2537824.aspxGong Reps Expecting Tight Tests With Kiwis Illawarra Mercury, 12/04/2012 Wollongong will have its strong touch football connections on show later this month when four representatives compete against New Zealand. Terry Deegan (men’s), Michael Chapman (mixed) and Jess McCall and Bianca Mounsey (women’s) will be part of Australia’s three-pronged series against the Kiwis in Mudgee. Chapman and Mounsey are among 16 debutants. “I’ve played a couple of times but it’s all been juniors – this is my first open squad,” Chapman said. “I’m pretty happy with being selected. It’s a big achievement and it’s obviously the next step in my touch career. “I’ve always been counting on being in the Australian side in the next few years but I didn’t think it would come so soon. “Hopefully this paves the way for the next few campaigns as well.” The three-Test series will be the first since the 2011 World Cup finals, when Australia narrowly won each division. Australia also took a clean sweep in the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman Series. McCall said Australia needed to adapt quickly to the influx of debutants. “In the women’s, there’s only seven of us left from the World Cup team last year due to injuries, pregnancies or retirements. There’s nine new players,” she said. “It’s a fresh start for us, and because the team only got picked recently and the competition’s less than 20 days away, getting to know how one another play is probably the biggest challenge. “New Zealand are always strong, no matter where or when we play them. “They’re always a tough opposition but hopefully we will get away with the win.” The series will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from April 26 to April 28. Sisters To Pose Double Trouble The Toowoomba Chronicle, 20/04/2012 Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have come a long way since playing touch football as kids in the backyard. The 25-year-old twin sisters have reached the elite level of their sport, representing Australia in the 2012 Trans-Tasman Series. Nikki and Gemma will be part of the open mixed team for the three-game series against New Zealand starting in Mudgee on Thursday. The Etheridges have both represented Australia in the under-18s but this is the first time they’ve had the chance to play together at open level. “It’s very competitive in our household,” Gemma said. “If one of us makes the team and the other one doesn’t, it’s a bit disheartening. We were jumping around in the lounge room (when we heard we’d both made it).” For Gemma, it is an honour that has been a long time coming. She has been named in the Australian squad twice before, only to miss out with a horror run of injuries. “It’s exciting for me after being so close for so many times,” Gemma said. “I’ve been in the squad before but then I did my knee and had a knee reconstruction. “Then I got back in the squad and broke my leg. It’s a good ending to some hard years really.” Nikki, on the other hand, has been a regular member of the Australian squad since the Trans-Tasman Series began in 2009. The Aussies have had the wood on the Kiwis, winning both series and last year’s World Cup, and Nikki admitted the pressure was on to keep their winning streak alive. “It’s always a good grudge match,” she said. “I played in the last two Trans Tasmans (and) it’s a very physical game. They don’t mind putting the shoulders in.” Australia will field a new-look open mixed side with nine players, including Gemma, set to make their green and gold debuts. They will have just two training camps before the series starts and Nikki admitted that even her combination with her sister might take some time to gel. “It’s a short preparation. We haven’t really been together as a team yet,” Nikki said. “We play a lot of women’s rather than mixed so it’s a whole new concept we have to get used to as well. We’ll at least be able to play at the same time on the field.” Despite the pressures of representing their country, the twins said they planned to make the most of the experience. “It’s exciting to play for Australia,” Nikki said. “To stand and sing the national anthem and watch the haka – it’s not something that you get to see all the time.” Touch FootballCentral Western Daily, 21/04/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: If the New Zealand mixed open touch football side does well at next week’s 2012 Trans Tasman Series, they can thank Tori Moore for their preparation.The Orange touch footballer will play with the NSW mixed open side when they take on their New Zealand counterparts in a trial match tomorrow.Moore has been given the chance to play the trial game after being selected in the NSW mixed open squad following the National Touch League in March.”It would be great if we beat them,” Moore said.The Trans Tasman Series is being played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex from April 26 to 28.Australia and New Zealand will clash in the men’s, women’s and mixed open divisions over the three days.The Australian and New Zealand players will march in the ANZAC Day parade on Wednesday.Australian Touch Footy Rep Just one country player has made it into the Australian Mixed Touch Football team ahead of a three-test match series starting later this month. And, you guessed it, she comes from the Mid North Coast. http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/13416486/australian-touch-footy-rep-video/ They Are Often The Most Disliked People… Dubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012 They are often the most disliked people on a sporting field but referees are a necessity. And if you are good at the job, the art of whistleblowing can be quite rewarding. Just ask Mick Medlin, who will referee at his second Trans-Tasman touch football championships at Mudgee this weekend. In his younger days Medlin plied his trade as a player but now he is more comfortable with whistle in hand. Refereeing has taken him to all parts of the world and he admits he has reached a much higher level than he would have as a player. “I’ve done two World Cups in South Africa and New Zealand, this is my second Trans-Tasman series and I’ve reffed at 14-straight national championships,” he said. “I used to play but I got a couple of bad injuries and when you get the level 6 as a referee they encourage you not to play. But I love the game and without the refs it wouldn’t happen so I’m still playing my part and being involved.” The Trans-Tasman series consists of three games per day this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – one in each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Medlin will referee the mixed match on Thursday but hopes that by the end of the tournament he will have done well enough to officiate in a mens match. “There’s not many spots available at these events and they have a New Zealand ref coming over as well so that meant one less spot was available,” he said. “There will be a panel there that assesses the referees’ performances and hopefully by the end of it I am up to doing a mens match.” Medlin, spends his working hours as a station officer with the local fire brigade, only moved to Dubbo last year with his wife Corrine and their young family and he hopes having an official of his experience will help the local touch association. Arguably the fastest-growing sport in Dubbo, touch football is becoming increasingly popular and as a result more officials are always needed. “I’m hoping that I can help build the referee ranks here in Dubbo and get some of the locals up to the higher levels,” Medlin said. “Robbie McKechnie achieved his level four not long ago and hopefully we can get more people to that stage and even further.” Straight after Anzac Day the Trans-TasmanDubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012STRAIGHT after Anzac Day the Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series will be played over three days at the Glen Willow Sporting Complex at Mudgee. Australia will play New Zealand in divisions for men, women and mixed open over Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a best of three series in each division. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever since the reintroduction of the Trans-Tasman Series in 2009. Australia is the current title holders in the Youth, Open and Masters divisions, having claimed these titles over the past two years. Australia is still on a high from its 2011 World Cup performance, which was played in Scotland, winning all three Open titles against the Kiwis and is hopeful of defending its Trans-Tasman title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset for the Australian teams in their own backyard. Players will also march in the Anzac Day parade in Mudgee today, prior to the event. It is symbolic that they will meet on the Anzac weekend, an occasion very special to both proud nations. Touch Football Australia chief executive officer Colm Maguire is looking forward to the series in Mudgee, saying that the facilities at the complex are first class. “I am sure that this multi-sport facility will appeal to many sports and I am sure Mudgee is going to see many large sporting events wanting to use Glen Willow. “We are thrilled to be one of the first sports to confirm our commitment to such a facility and believe this signals a strong return on investment for the vision of the Council,” Maguire said. “The time that they have put into bringing this facility into fruition has been outstanding, so just to be here and see what we’ll be playing on and what it will look like, undoubtedly it’s one of the best facilities in New South Wales, if not Australia.”Planning A Touch Up Sunshine Coast Daily 25/04/2012 TOUCH FOOTBALL: It would be hard to criticise veteran Australian representative Peta Rogerson for being cocky going into this week’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand. In the history of matches between the two countries, the Kiwis have won only once. So if the script goes according to plan for Rogerson this week, the Aussies will again obliterate NZ and the 30-year-old will have done enough to show selectors that her legs are still fresh enough to see off younger challengers. Speaking in Sydney yesterday, the Nambour product said this Australian line-up did not want to be the one that lost a second match to the Kiwis. “Obviously, it (Australia’s winning streak) does add considerable pressure on to the team,” Rogerson said. “Our coach Peter Bell, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, has explained to us that we’re a new team and we’ve got to make our own history.” The series starts tomorrow and concludes on Saturday. If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Touch Football Australia is happy to publicly release The Touch Football Australia Participation Plan 2011-2015. The plan is focused on specific priorities for continued and increased participation in the sport of Touch Football throughout Australia, reaching 500 000 registered and contactable members. It links directly to the Touch Football Australia Strategic Plan 2011-2015, which can be viewed within the ‘Leadership/Governance’ section of the website. Mike Rush, Chairman of Touch Football Australia, outlines the Participation Plan as ‘the foundation for our efforts, programs and focus over the next five years’. In the coming months, Touch Football Australia will be releasing new elements linked to the Participation Priorities of Data, Growth and Sustainability. Please feel free to contact your local state office for more details on any specific areas of the plan.Related Filestfa_participation_plan-pdfRelated Links Participation Plan Touch Football Australia is committed to the ongoing development of Touch Football as a strong and unified sport for all participants. Touch Football is a sport that provides an unobstructed continuous pathway for all while demonstrating the capacity to thrive at the elite level and develop opportunities for grassroots development.
Shearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday.In the closing stages of the first-half, Alli was played through on goal only to be adjudged by the linesman.However, as the referee blew his whistle for the infringement, Pickford dangerously dived two-footed into his England team-mate in a tackle that could have led to a serious injury.Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career, did not hold back on his opinion of the incident.He tweeted: “Disgusting challenge from @JPickford1 on @dele_official. Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton futureby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton loanee Josh Sims still wants a future at St Mary’s.Sims is hoping his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manager at Southampton, being from a Red Bull team, the way he sort of sets up the team with tactics at Southampton is similar to this.“Southampton are very good. They watch all the games, they ask me how I’m getting on during the week. I’m not just sort of out of sight, out of mind. “That’s a big thing as well because I’m still a Southampton player so I don’t want to be forgotten about. I don’t feel forgotten about.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.
Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has spoken out against manager Jurgen Klopp after being dropped for Andy Robertson.Moreno started last season as first-choice left-back despite midfielder James Milner having been preferred the season before and the signing of Robertson from Hull City.However, an injury to the Spaniard opened the door for his Scottish counterpart and he excelled and is now an undisputed starter on the left of a dramatically improved defence that has shipped just seven goals in 19 Premier League 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? But despite the remarkable success of the current back-line, Moreno feels he should have been given more of an opportunity to reclaim his starting berth after returning from his injury.”I didn’t feel [the decision to stick with Robertson] well, I was injured giving my best for our team,” Moreno told Ondacero. “I disliked Klopp’s decision because I was training but when I returned he only wanted Robertson.”My relationship with Klopp hasn’t changed but since this injury, I didn’t have a meeting with him but our relationship is normal.”I disliked the way that Klopp has treated me but I understand his situation that he can’t change [Robertson] because the team is winning.”Despite his complaints, he insists that the atmosphere amongst the Reds squad is very good.”The dressing room is very close, we are a family,” he added.He would not, however, go so far as to commit his future to Liverpool and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, he is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement next month.Moreno claims a new contract has been offered to him but he has yet to sign it as he considers if his future is best served at a club who will offer him the regular, first-team football he craves.He added: “Liverpool has proposed renewing me but no agreement has been reached, in January the market opens and we will see. To this day we have nothing closed neither with Liverpool nor with other clubs.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
What would you give Sir Alex Ferguson barely 24 hours on from winning the treble with Manchester United thanks to that glorious Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clincher in the Champions League final? There is one man who handed the legendary manager a letter of resignation.“I went in on the Friday after getting back from Barcelona on the Thursday, and we were signing Mark Bosnich so I went in early to do Bozza’s medical and I pulled the gaffer aside.“I told him ‘Gaffer, you’d better read this letter’. So he started to read it and he was like ‘You want to leave? Your contract might be up at the end of the month but you know you’ll get another one!’” 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? But Dave Fevre’s mind was made up. Having been United’s senior physiotherapist for five years he had agreed to join Brian Kidd at recently-relegated Blackburn Rovers once the 1998-99 campaign was over and he wasn’t about to go back on his word.“Kiddo had asked ‘What are you doing at the end of the season?’ I’d told him I was staying at United but he said there was a job coming up there,” Fevre tells Goal . “I wasn’t sure because Blackburn were struggling, but I lived there and my two youngest kids had just been diagnosed type-one diabetic so my priority was to the kids.“I said to Kiddo ‘If United win the treble, I’ll come’ because everything was done at United, Carrington was ready to open in the October so I’d done all my work there and I felt as though I’d ticked that box.”Sir Alex wasn’t one to accept a loss without a fight though.“I told him I needed to be nearer home and that Carrington was also going to be a nightmare to travel to for me. So he offered to relocate my whole family, but we had good schools already for the kids with teachers who understood diabetes. He offered to employ a district nurse, he offered to keep me on part-time, but none of it worked for me and none of it worked for Man United.“He told me to think about it, but I’d been thinking about it for weeks! I went off and did Bozza’s medical and came back and he asked me if I’d reconsidered. When I said no he just shook my hand and there was a look that suggested he knew all the thought I’d put into it.”Ferguson still didn’t give up there though. When Kidd was sacked the following October after Blackburn’s poor start to the next season, the legendary manager saw his chance to pounce.“Within an hour of Kiddo getting sacked, the gaffer phoned me. He said ‘Your job’s still here, you know!’ I told him ‘You know me, I’m a loyal person, I’ve signed a three-year contract and I will stay for the three years, whatever.’“Later that season I went to see United play Arsenal, and the gaffer pulled me aside. He knew Blackburn weren’t going to make the play-offs and said again ‘Your job’s still here, you know!’ But I told him ‘Gaffer, it’s a great honour you’ve offered me but I am going to stay for the three years.’ My dad had always brought me up to respect contracts.”You can understand Ferguson wanting to get Fevre back on board. Upon arriving at the club in 1994 the former Wigan and Great Britain rugby league physio had revolutionised the whole department at United’s training base.“I remember going round the training ground at The Cliff and the gaffer saying ‘What do you think of the training ground?’ I said ‘Can I be brutally honest? It’s not for me!’“He said they’d just spent £15,000 on five pieces of kit, but I looked at them and there was a leg extension machine, a pec deck and a couple of other things. But I said ‘Mark Hughes doesn’t play football like that; he doesn’t pull people towards him, he pushes them away, and all those machines there are pulling things towards you. They only do one thing.’“So I told him I wanted to revamp it and he asked how much I’d need. I told him a couple of grand would do it, so I went in and put in boxing gloves, pads and various other things. It was stuff we’d used in rugby league for years.”And as United prepared for their move to their state-of-the-art Carrington facility in 1999, it was Fevre on whom Ferguson lent for much of the planning work. One of its features would be a medical department still considered an industry leader. Not that Fevre got to see the finished product…“The gaffer let me do it all. I’d travelled up to Aberdeen to see their water facilities, I went to different places to see pitch surfaces and side departments, and then they opened it in the October after I’d left!“I got a phone call asking if I was coming for the opening and I said no. It would have been like having a Porsche on my drive and not having the keys to drive it, why would I come and look at something that I’d enjoyed putting together but would never be working there?”Fevre beams whenever he speaks about Ferguson, and clearly loves the way he worked. The manager always took his word when it came to making a judgement on a player’s fitness and he was never once subjected to Fergie’s famed ‘hairdryer’ treatment.“Anything you brought to the table, it was not a problem. The gaffer was brilliant that way. Even when I left he was brilliant. If you worked hard for him he was very respectful, he was top drawer.“I never had any run-ins with him, we never had any issues with players. People would ask if it was hard when I had to make a decision on a player, but I never had any manager put pressure on me, they left it to me.“I never got the hairdryer. I did see it! I was lucky that people like Norman Davies, the late kit man, and Kiddo looked after you.“I remember us losing 3-2 at Ipswich one day, they’d had three shots all game and we’d had 22. As soon as I walked in Kiddo grabbed me and said ‘Get in the loo here’ and I knew it was going to go off. It was great having someone like Kiddo there who would help you through all that.”After five years under Ferguson at United, Fevre would go on to spend 17 years under 16 different managers at Ewood Park in what was a turbulent time in the club’s history.These days he does freelance work, including lectures on physiotherapy and sports medicine. He has also finally got to see the Carrington training ground to which he dedicated so much.“I never went until six months ago when I was working for the FA teaching on a trauma course. Wow, what a place! It’s great to see where it is.”Does he have any regrets about quitting within hours of the treble? Far from it, insists Fevre.“People say to me now ‘I can’t believe you left United’ but the best thing I ever did was leave United because I learnt from 16 other managers on top of Fergie, whereas if I’d stayed at United I would probably have learnt from him and Moyesie.“But working with 16 who all had strengths and negatives, I learnt how to deal with different managers in different ways. You learn some good things and some bad things, but it’s building that big picture of how you see yourself and how to get on with them as coaches. I wouldn’t swap it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The pressure should be weighing down hard on Vinicius Junior, but the Brazilian has to have helium in his heels.Far more experienced stars than the 18-year-old have wilted under the Santiago Bernabeu floodlights.And yet, Vinicius shrugs it all off, going from strength-to-strength while operating as Cristiano Ronaldo’s de facto replacement in Real Madrid’s attacking trident. 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? The No. 28 rose above the rest again as Santiago Solari’s side beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday. You can bet next season he’ll have a far lower number on the back of his shirt.With the attacker increasingly settled in the side, Madrid have won four league games in a row and cut the gap on leaders Barcelona to eight points, and on second place Atletico to just two.Madrid are now in their best form of the season, and with an upcoming double Clasico in the cup impending, the timing couldn’t be any better.Vinicius was involved in Karim Benzema’s opening goal, playing a perfectly judged precision pass down the line for Sergio Reguilon, who crossed for the Frenchman to score a tap-in.Minutes later with confidence pumping through his veins he took the ball and just ran. Past one, past two, but not past a third as Victor Laguardia took him down and earned a yellow card for his troubles.It would be reductive to say the Brazilian is only dangerous because of his pace, but it’s certainly a weapon that helps him get at defenders and throw backlines into utter panic.Combined with a creative edge which makes him quite unpredictable, the Vinicius package draws a lot of heat from the defence and leaves Benzema, in particular, with welcome breathing room.The French forward, who for the best part of a decade worked his hands to the bone to give Cristiano Ronaldo the same service and openings, is finally king, and it’s reflected in his form.Lurking six yards out to tap home after 30 minutes, Benzema netted his sixth goal in four games, and his 10th of the season in La Liga.Last season Benzema managed just five in 32 games, this season barring injury he could quadruple that figure, especially if defences can’t figure out how to shackle Vinicius.Alaves struggled to, with the forward testing Fernando Pacheco’s wrists with a vicious strike.Wakaso was booked in the second half for a lunge at Vinicius, another case of a defensive player realising the forward had him on toast and cynically cutting his dart short.Eventually the striker got the goal his performance deserved, also answering the fair criticisms that he needs to be more lethal in front of goal.Starting the move with a fine floated ball out to the right, it was Vinicius at the back post, in the right place at the right time, to stroke home after the ball fell into his path.Just his second goal for Madrid in 11 La Liga appearances, albeit with six of them from the bench, of course he could stand to be more lethal.It would be fairer, though, to talk about what he is offering the team, while players like Gareth Bale often let games pass them by.The Welshman started against Alaves and was removed after an hour, having offered very little, incapable of providing the spark Madrid need, sparks which fly liberally from Vinicius’s boots.Taken off in the final stages, Vinicius was afforded a standing ovation from Real Madrid supporters, and even with Mariano Diaz adding a third with an impressive diving header, it is the image of the grinning teen taking a seat on the bench – job done – which will live longest in the memory.
Twotter/@AZunigaOh, rivalry week is alive and well at the University of Michigan.Just check out this Michigan dorm and its explicit message for Ohio State ahead of “The Game.”On the campus of the University of Michigan last night: pic.twitter.com/9ydtsMuMag— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) November 22, 2016This is apparently the back of Markley Hall, a freshman-only dormitory. These kids are getting after it for their first Michigan-Ohio State clash.The buildup for this game has been incredible. We can’t wait for Saturday at noon.
Fenerbahce have distanced themselves from reports linking them with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, with the Turkish club adamant they cannot afford the former Germany international playmaker.Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, and although he has been a key player for much of that time, he has also polarised opinion among the club’s supporters due to a perceived lack of work ethic when the going gets tough.After an underwhelming season under Unai Emery last term, media speculation had suggested Arsenal are willing to offload the 30-year-old in order to lighten their wage bill, but Fenerbahce insist rumours of a loan move are wide of the mark. 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 A statement from the Super Lig side read: “Mesut Ozil, with his career and standing, successfully represents our country abroad (Ozil is of Turkish ancestry). He is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce.”However, Fenerbahce does not have a proposal for Mesut Ozil. Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties.”Our president, Ali Koc, made statements on the subject in the WinWin program held on June 20 and emphasised that this could not be realised in the short term.”Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in February last year, as the Gunners managed to prevent him leaving on a free transfer at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.That was seen as a major coup, particularly given the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January 2018, but Ozil’s form has not recovered as expected.Following Emery’s arrival, Ozil failed to consistently impress and he was left out of the team on numerous occasions, making only 20 Premier League starts in 2018-19.Arsenal’s next clash sees them take in a pre-season friendly with the Colorado Rapids next Tuesday before taking part in the International Champions Cup, the Emirates Cup and the Joan Gamper Cup in Barcelona ahead of the new Premier League season.The Gunners start the 2019-20 English top flight campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on August 11, with Europa League commitments set to begin in mid-September. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. The Irish won 49-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Notre Dame has filled the opening on its football staff. Lance Taylor is officially joining Brian Kelly’s staff to coach running backs.The Fighting Irish were reportedly set to hire Taylor a few weeks ago. It took a while to finalize things, but the school officially announced the hire today.He most recently coached wide receivers for the Carolina Panthers, but has done most of his work at the college level.Most notably, he coached Christian McCaffrey as running backs coach at Stanford. He joined that staff in 2014, before leaving for the Panthers job in 2017. He was relieved of his duties in Carolina earlier this year.Stanford has produced a number of impressive backs in recent years, and Kelly would undoubtedly like to bring some of that dynamic backfield play to South Bend.Lance Taylor spoke about his excitement for the new job in Notre Dame’s release about him today.From UND.com:“I’ve been blessed to work at some incredible places in my career, but Notre Dame is truly special,” said Taylor. “I’m honored and humbled to represent this incredible University as its running backs coach. I’d like to thank both Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick for this opportunity. I’m excited to get on campus, meet our players and get to work.”Brian Kelly specifically cited his Stanford and NFL experience in addressing Taylor joining the staff.“I was primarily looking for two things,” said Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly. “The candidate had to have the right skill set. He needs to be a great teacher and communicator. He also needs to fit Notre Dame, culturally, and Lance, most certainly, possesses all of those qualities. He recruited at an extremely high level during his time at Stanford, and he worked with the very best in the NFL. His ability to bring both of those experiences together makes him a perfect fit on our staff.”Taylor was a walk-on running back at Alabama, eventually earning a scholarship under Mike Shula. He also worked as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban from 2007-08, before taking a job at Appalachian State the following year.Taylor replaced Autry Denson, who left South Bend to become the head coach at FCS program Charleston Southern.[UND.com]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The new league year for the NFL kicks off in under one week. With the March 13 date looming, NFL teams are making last-minute decisions to prepare their rosters for the coming year.Earlier today, the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns agreed on a trade that sends pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Browns for offensive guard Kevin Zeitler. Not long after, another significant name popped up on the NFL wire.Former Ohio State star running back Carlos Hyde has been released. According to a report from NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to move on from the running back.Here’s more from Pelissero.The #Jaguars are releasing DL Malik Jackson and RB Carlos Hyde today, source said. Cap-clearing begins in Jacksonville.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 8, 2019Jacksonville sent a fifth-round pick to Cleveland in exchange for Hyde during the 2018 season.After Leonard Fournette went down with injury, the Jaguars needed added depth at the position. Just a few months later, the team decided to move on from Hyde after he struggled to make an impact.The 28-year-old running back averaged just 3.4 yards per carry with the Browns and 3.3 yards per carry with the Jaguars last season.Despite his struggles in 2018, Hyde remains a solid change-of-pace back that would fit with the New Orleans Saints or behind another top running back.Stay tuned for the latest NFL news.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the Auburn Tigers against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson football ran through the 2018 season unscathed, capturing a second national title in three seasons under Dabo Swinney. Most would assume that there weren’t many empty seats for Tiger home games in Death Valley during the run.Clemson finished 12th in national attendance, and filled 98.7-percent of the seats per game, with an average attendance of 80,400.Somewhat shockingly though, the Tigers did not record a single sell-out. That was the first time since 2009, Swinney’s first year as full-time head coach of the team.Clemson assistant athletic director for ticket operations Owen Godfrey explained how a national title winner with a die-hard fan base could go a full year without a sell-out.Teams in college football have struggled with attendance a bit, at least compared to years past, across the board in recent decades. There are myriad reasons why fans would prefer to watch their favorite teams from the comfort of their living rooms, that aren’t unique to Clemson or any team. The Tigers’ failure to sell out a game, however, has more to do with its ticket allotment agreements with visiting schools, per Godfrey.From the Greenville News:“Our biggest factor tends to be the opponent and how many folks they bring,” said Clemson assistant athletic director for ticket operations Owen Godfrey, alluding to the tickets Clemson allots to opponents.The highest allotment figure is for South Carolina, biennially Clemson’s most attractive ticket. Last season, Clemson allotted 8,000 tickets to South Carolina. In accordance with a league-wide agreement, visiting Atlantic Coast Conference schools can request a maximum of 4,300 tickets.The allotment for all other visitors was stipulated in their respective contracts. However, outside of Carolina, few of Clemson’s opponents guaranteed more than 1,000 tickets. Clemson recouped the unused tickets in late April, but it could not package them into a full season-ticket deal without the marquee Carolina game.“We sold as many season tickets down to that guaranteed number at 8,000,” Godfrey said. “When we do that, we turn away some folks that want to buy full season tickets, because, when the schedule doesn’t include South Carolina, or if we did it this year and it didn’t include Texas A&M, it’s a challenge.”While tickets may open up in the summer, after the allotment situation is sorted out, Godfrey says that many fans look to secondary markets for their single game seats first. That means unsold tickets through Clemson itself.A down year for the ACC, which came off of some strong years for the league, probably hurt as well. Louisville, which would typically be one of the better teams in the division, was horrid in 2018, and Clemson’s home attendance for that game suffered.The demand for smaller packages and single-game tickets was low last season. The season opener against Furman attracted more fans (80,048) than the matchup with ACC foe Louisville (78,741).With a title under their belt, we’re sure Clemson fans will turn out en masse for home games this season, especially with marquee games against Texas A&M and a potentially resurgent Florida State. Don’t be surprised if it becomes harder and harder for teams like Clemson to sell-out every date though. Only five of the 130 FBS teams accomplished that last year.[Greenville News]
Lincoln Riley also has much more recent experience at the lower level of the sport. He was the offensive coordinator at ECU just six seasons ago.That time with the Pirates, during which his offenses helped score victories over P5 teams like North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech, Lincoln Riley said he learned the value of those games for the smaller athletic departments, and what potential upsets mean for the sport.Via 247Sports:“Well, there’s a lot to it,” Riley said Monday afternoon at his weekly press conference. “It’s not as simple as that because we don’t all play the same amount of conference games. We don’t all have the top two teams in the league playing a conference championship. So I don’t know that I totally agree. I’ve said before I’ve been at the East Carolina’s, you know, where that’s such a huge game for your athletic department, your city, your fan base, your players. You get to play at places that without that you wouldn’t be able to and have a chance to beat teams like that. And then even a game like the other night, for us, if we play well, the reward of being able to play so many players, especially with this four-game rule, getting a chance to look at guys.[…]“Oh, I think everybody in sports, not just for that game, but everybody loves an underdog win,” Riley said. “And, I mean, it brings back memories of being at like East Carolina and winning some of the games we did there. Some of the most memorable games I’ll ever have were winning against teams that we had no business winning against, and I think we got five of them when we were there. And so those are special, so really cool for Georgia State and other teams that get a chance to go do that, Appalachian State obviously several years ago. There’s been many, but it’s a cool thing.Ultimately, the Sabans and Rileys of the world are going to push for whatever is best for Alabama and Oklahoma, and maybe that is a consolidation of scheduling in the sport. That would be a major blow to the pocket books of the Group of Five and FCS programs out there, as well.[247Sports] ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)In true Nick Saban fashion, the legendary Alabama head coach wasn’t fully satisfied with his team’s 62-10 win over New Mexico State. After the game, he took out some frustrations on the student section, as he tends to do, complaining about those who left the blowout early. He also re-shared some scheduling ideas he’s promoted before, and those ideas are starting to be asked to others, including Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley.In Saban’s ideal world, the Crimson Tide wouldn’t have to mix it up with the New Mexico State Aggies of the world. He’d like to see Power Five teams mandated to schedule 12 Power Five games, and as many as 10 conference games per year.The SEC currently plays eight conference games, and teams have at least one Power Five non-conference opponent per year. This year, Alabama’s was Duke, while the relatively unexciting trio of NMSU, Southern Miss, and Western Carolina round out things.Oklahoma’s schedule looks quite a bit different. The Big 12 touts a true round robin nine-game schedule, thanks to its lack of divisions, and OU filled the rest of the schedule with Houston—a Group of Five program that brings a bit more excitement than most—South Dakota, and a game against a big-name UCLA squad that was probably expected to be much better than it is when things were scheduled.
Indiana has kept games close against Ohio State in years past, but it hasn’t been able to finish strong. That could be the difference in this meeting.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Ohio State has a 78.0 percent chance of defeating Indiana.Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is going to be a game-time decision today due to an undisclosed injury. His availability will play a huge role in this matchup.Kickoff for this game is at 12 p.m. ET from The Rock. FOX will broadcast the action.Ohio State fans – do you think the team will improve to 3-0 on the season? COLUMBUS, OH – AUGUST 31: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes completes a pass to K.J. Hill #14 of the Ohio State Buckeyes for a first down in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ohio Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Florida Atlantic 45-21. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State will face its first real test of the season this afternoon. Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are on the road to challenge Tom Allen and the Indiana Hoosiers.All the turnover that took place at Ohio State hasn’t affected the program thus far. Justin Fields has been nothing short of amazing in his first two starts at quarterback.With Fields playing at a high level and the defense anchored by premier NFL prospect Chase Young, the Buckeyes are in great shape to contend for the College Football Playoff this year.Before the Buckeyes can look ahead toward a potential championship run, they’ll have to take care of business against the Hoosiers.