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.
Asuran: Dhanush gets new makeover for Vetri Maaran film. See picBefore starting the sequel of Vada Chennai, Dhanush and Vetri Maaran are teaming up for a film called Asuran.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 17:34 IST Dhanush in AsuranVetri Maaran-Dhanush’s Vada Chennai might not have become an earth-shattering hit. However, the film did create an ardent fan base. The duo will come together for a sequel but before that, the actor and the director have now teamed up for a commercial entertainer called Asuran.Dhanush was supposed to start the shooting of his second directorial venture with Nagarjuna in the lead but he has put the film on hold for Asuran.He recently took to Twitter to share a picture of him getting the new makeover for Asuran. Here’s the tweet:#asuran announcement in a while #becomingasuran pic.twitter.com/JluufoXRq5Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) January 10, 2019In Asuran, Dhanush is sporting a rustic look and a new hairstyle. Details about the films are kept under wraps. But Dhanush fans are excited about the film as Dhanush’s previous commercial potboiler with Vetri, Polladavan, turned out to be a huge hit.Dhanush has Enai Nokki Paayaum Thotta in the pipeline, which has been delayed due to production issues. Directed by Gautham Menon, the film has been delayed by more than a year now.ALSO READ| Petta: Trisha watches early morning show with Dhanush and Rajinikanth fansALSO WATCH: Cauvery water dispute: Tamil actors join protest demanding management boardGet 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 byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow Dhanush
Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur in focus in India’s 1st match after coach fiascoIndia vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj said the focus needs to shift back to cricket and felt this was a “great opportunity” to do just that. India women will play first ODI vs New Zealand on January 24.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 19:20 IST India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj and Co. are in for a tough challenge against New Zealand. (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia women will play their first match after the Mithali Raj-Ramesh Powar controversyIndia lost to England in their previous match — a T20 World Cup semi-finalMithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur will have to work in a synchronised manner for successIndian women’s cricket team are set to be in the New Zealand and play a one-day international and twenty20 international series for the first time since the coach fiasco. There was a massive fallout between India’s star player Mithali Raj and then-coach Ramesh Powar, and that saw the latter’s exit from the team.Since that major controversy, the Indian women’s team will take the field in that blue jersey for the first time and will have a stiff challenge in New Zealand.India will play three ODIs and three T20Is against New Zealand from January 24 to February 10. On the other hand, the men’s team will take on the Blackcaps from January 23 to February 10.This is the second time that the men’s team and the women’s team will be playing in the same nation simultaneously. Early last year, Indian men and women had played in South Africa in the same manner.We are in New Zealand and can’t wait for the series to start. Let’s get behind @imVkohli and his boys and @M_Raj03 and her girls. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/EqCZMuKlPiBCCI (@BCCI) January 22, 2019Just like South Africa, India women will play the three T20Is on the same day on the same ground but prior to the men’s team.India will begin their campaign with three ODIs and Mithali Raj is set to don the captain’s role again. It will be interesting to see how the whole team and Mithali and Harmanpreet gel along after the big T20 World Cup fiasco.advertisementT20 WORLD CUP CONTROVERSYThe fiasco started with Mithali Raj being dropped for the semi-final of the T20 World Cup against England. India went down to England by eight wickets and serious questions were raised on Harmanpreet Kaur’s team selection.After coming back to India, Mithali wrote a letter to BCCI accusing Powar of discrimination and bias and said that he had humiliated her and made her feel like the Indian team did not require her anymore.She however did mention that she had no bad blood with Harmanpreet, only that “her call to support the decision of the coach to leave me out of the eleven was baffling and hurtful.”Powar responded to Mithali’s accusations with his side of the story saying that Mithali was throwing tantrums and that she had zero involvement in team meetings.Harmanpreet and Smriti Mandhana even tried backing Powar but BCCI went ahead and appointed Woorkeri Raman as the new coach.’I HAVE MOVED ON’Ahead of the series in New Zealand, Mithali asserted that she has moved on from the controvery and it was time to get focus back on cricket for everyone.”What has happened has happened, I have moved on. Cricket has taught me to move on whether it’s scoring a hundred or getting out on zero you have to be prepared for the next game, you need to tune in for the next day,” Mithali said ahead of the series against New Zealand.”As professional cricketers everyone understands what it takes to play international level, we are here to represent the country and want the team to play as a unit and get the best result,” she added.Mithali emphasised on the need to bring the focus back on cricket and said winning in New Zealand would help in that direction.”This is what as international athletes and cricketers we look forward to, and I’m looking forward to the series because it is very important to get back the focus on the sport and on the team performance and this is a great opportunity.”Asked how the team will deal with foreign conditions, Mithali said the side has prepared well.”Most of the team might be inexperienced to the New Zealand condition but otherwise we are an experienced lot that has been together for 4-5 years. So I don’t think we are a troubled tourists but yes we look forward to acclimatising with the conditions.””All of us our coming from the match practice weather it is playing in the domestic season or couple girls are coming from the WBBL and he (coach) has just joined it’s his first series.”We have arrived one week early to adapt to the windy conditions, we had a practice game and the girls are in good shape,” she added.Training done well! #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/QmLcuIk3cYPoonam Yadav (@poonam_yadav24) January 20, 2019Mithali also said the wind will affect all three departments but the team has been working on getting acclimatised to the conditions here.advertisement”We are training accordingly so when we get on the field it’s not the only thing we are thinking of,” Mithali said.”Spinners have always been our strength and they have bowled on different conditions and tracks and they do know how to bowl in the areas if the ball doesn’t turn.”It will be a challenge but I guess that’s where the experience counts we need to battle and negotiate different tracks and that’s what the bowlers will do,” she added.Mithali also stressed that as the captain and the most experienced player she will bring the team together against the ‘White Ferns’.”Right now all of us are in a good form, Smriti, Harmanpreet or young Jemimah – all are amongst runs. We also have a good middle order in Hemlata and Deepti Sharmaall of them have played a match winning performance for the team.”They won’t look on me completely but yes as an experienced batter I do have a responsibility to get the batting unit to perform.”(With PTI inputs)Also Read | WV Raman named Indian women cricket team’s new head coachAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Flexible with ideas but focus on winning, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Mithali Raj looking for fresh start under new coach WV RamanAlso Read | Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet KaurFor 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. 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Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 10:33 IST HIGHLIGHTSOppo may launch the F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo in India soonThe F11 and F11 Pro may come with 10x optical zoom and triple rear camerasThe R17 Neo sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipOppo is planning to launch a trio of smartphones in India, possibly by the end of the first quarter of 2019. A new report details that the Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo are coming to the country along with some specifications. It is possible that the F11 phones may be Oppo’s first smartphones to come with 10x optical zoom. Oppo may debut the F11 series at MWC 2019 in February after which an India launch is expected.Oppo has already announced that it is bringing 10x optical zoom to smartphones and it will reveal this at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. According to a report by MySmartPrice, the Oppo F11 and F11 Pro might just be those smartphones. They were recently certified The F11 duo may come with triple cameras as well, but beyond these details not much is known about the devices as of now. The report also does not provide an exact timeline for the launch of the F11 and F11 Pro in India.Meanwhile, the Oppo R17 Neo is also expected to land in the country soon. The phone was first announced in Japan in October as a lower mid-range version of the Oppo R17 Pro. The R17 Neo sports a 6.41-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. In comparison, the R17 and R17 Pro offer Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710 chips, respectively.The Oppo R17 Neo also comes with dual cameras on the back that includes a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. Up front, the R17 Neo gets a 25MP selfie snapper. The R17 Neo is offered with 128GB of internal storage, 4GB and Bluetooth 5.0 support, as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor. It houses a 3,600mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 with ColorOS 5.2 on top.advertisementThe R17 Neo has a price of JPY 38,988 in Japan, which roughly translates to around Rs 25,000 in India. This is what we expect the India pricing to be considering the R17 slots a little higher at Rs 34,990. Oppo should start teasing the launch of these phones in a few days if they are indeed set for a Q1 2019 launch in India.ALSO READ | Oppo R15 Pro launched in India with Snapdragon 660, now on sale on Amazon IndiaALSO READ | Oppo R17 Pro review: Stunning, good performance and crazy fast chargingGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Oppo F11Follow Oppo F11 ProFollow Oppo R17 Neo Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo may launch in India soonOppo is reportedly planning to launch at least three new smartphones in India by the end of Q1 2019 and this may include the F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo.advertisement
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Nubia Red Magic 3 is on sale now: A cooling fan and 90Hz display make it the coolest gaming phone to buyThe Nubia Red Magic 3 is now available for purchase on Flipkart. It’s the first smartphone in the world to use a cooling fan for sustained high-quality gaming performance. The range starts from Rs 35,999 with at least 8GB RAM.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 17:22 IST HIGHLIGHTSNubia’s Red Magic 3 is the first phone in the world to feature a fan-based cooling solution.The 5000mAh battery keeps the phone going for long sessions.Starting at a price of Rs 35,999, this is very capable gaming smartphone.Gaming phones are an entirely new category in the world of smartphones and most companies are now trying to be a part of it. In 2019 alone, we have seen two gaming phones come to India bringing next-gen technology to ensure high performance. Black Shark brought its Black Shark 2 to India and Nubia soon followed up with its more affordable yet equally equipped Red Magic 3 to India. The Red Magic 3, in fact, brings one feature that has only been restricted to laptops so far – a fan-based cooling system.Yes, the Red Magic 3 has an actual fan to cool the system under intense loads. Apart from the fan, there’s also a gaming laptop-esque RGB LED light strip at the back and angular design. As much as the phone commands attention with its aggressive design, the Red Magic 3 also has muscles to deliver strong performance. The base variant starts from Rs 35,999 and you get 8GB RAM along with 128GB storage as standard. If you want more, you can go for the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage but that won’t be on sale for now.If the gamer inside you is tempted to invest in the Red Magic 3, then here are a couple of things the sensible you need to know.Nubia Red Magic 3: What you need to know–The Red Magic 3 is a purpose-built gaming smartphone and you can sense it from the moment you see it. Instead of a sensual design with delicate glass panels, the Red Magic 3 flaunts its rugged metallic build with a striking angular design. Like all gaming devices, there’s an RGB LED light strip at the back to enhance the feeling. The front sports a display with slightly thick bezels but the overall curvy design still makes it look good.advertisement–Gaming devices need to have a good display and the Red Magic 3 has a pretty good one. It has an OLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz that measures 6.65-inch diagonally. The resolution is restricted to Full HD+ which is a bummer considering the massive display. Whether you are playing games or watching videos, the display delivers a smooth visual experience.–When it comes to performance, the Red Magic 3 is blistering fast. The Snapdragon 855 SoC offers the best performance for gaming. At the same time, the stock Android interface relieves the phone of unnecessary modifications – the only additions are the Game Space launcher and the custom additions for controlling the RGB lighting at the back. However, the interface isn’t polished and feels rough around the edges.–For cameras, the phone has a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor at the back and a 16-megapixel camera at the front. These cameras perform decently but for the hardware, the performance could have been better. The phone can record up to 8K videos at 15 fps, if you fancy that. You can check our review for a detailed insight.–Lastly, the Red Magic 3 is backed by a massive 5000mAh battery and it easily helps it last more than a day with heavy usage excluding gaming. And to fill it up fast, Nubia clubs in a 27W fast charging solution.Should you buy the Nubia Red Magic 3?The Nubia Red Magic 3 is an absolute beast of a phone when it comes to performance. If mobile gaming is something that you take seriously, this is the phone to buy right now. It plays games unlike any other phone in the market. The 90Hz display also adds to the fast and smooth experience, and the 5000mAh battery keeps it going even when you are busy in the virtual worlds. And when you consider the starting price of Rs 35,999, it starts to appeal unlike anything else in the market right now.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone launched in India, Snapdragon 855 and PC grade cooling for Rs 35,999ALSO READ | Asus ROG Phone 2 will come with 120Hz display, to launch later this yearGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow Red Magic 3 Next