TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new wingerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he wants to make a new winger signing in January.Sarri says a wide player rather than a new striker is the priority.“I have the option with Hazard in this [central] position,” said Sarri. “We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two or three matches.“At the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger. “Now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, so I have the option for striker but have no option for wingers.”
Swansea defender Wilmot admits mixed emotions blocked facing Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSwansea City defender Ben Wilmot won’t face Watford in the Carabao Cup.The Hornets’ defender is on loan with the Swans but has not been allowed to play by his parent club as both sides go head to head in the competition’s third round. “I would’ve loved to have played because it’s another opportunity for game-time and Watford are a very good side so it should be a great game,” said Wilmot.”But it would’ve also been weird having to play against people I still class as teammates.“Also, if I had played then my first game at Vicarage Road wouldn’t have even been for Watford, so it would’ve been a weird one. As it happens, I’m not allowed to play but I’ll be there watching the game anyway and it should be a good evening.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Tomori: I’ve studied Ajax striker Tadicby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori says that he is aware of the threat posed by Ajax star Dusan Tadic.The two European heavyweights are set to do battle in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.The Blues will be hoping to pick up a win to get them level on points with Ajax in the group.And Tomori knows that controlling Tadic is an important part of keeping Ajax’s attack quiet.”Last year in the Champions League, Ajax did so well and he was a very big part of that,” Tomori said at a press conference.”We know the kind of movements he likes to make. He’s not the typical number nine running in behind, he likes to play with the ball and link up with the whole team.”Sometimes as a defender you have to make a decision on the spot and go in to mark, or sometimes you have enough time to communicate to the midfielders in front of you. “I’m sure the game will throw up those different situations and we’ll have to deal with it and that’s just part of the game.”
Mauricio Pochettino hopes Dele Alli was not seriously hurt as Tottenham earned a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham but conceded the midfielder’s hamstring injury “doesn’t look great”.Alli headed Spurs level at Craven Cottage on Sunday, cancelling out an own goal scored by striker Fernando Llorente, but he could not complete the match.The England international injured his hamstring and had to be replaced by Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who created the 93rd-minute winner for Harry Winks. 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? With Harry Kane already sidelined until March, Spurs can ill afford Alli to be ruled out for any stretch of time, admitted concern after the match, confirming the injury to the left hamstring and saying the club would assess the problem in the coming days.However, speaking later at a post-match news conference, Pochettino sounded more pessimistic over the situation, saying: “We need to assess him in the next few days but the hamstring is a muscle that you need to be careful with, the mechanism of the injury.”We need to assess in the next few days, but of course it doesn’t look great.”On the pitch, I think we all agree that when you see him put his hand on his hamstring it’s a situation where you feel…it’s not great to see that.”Despite Alli’s injury, Pochettino was thrilled with the character shown by his side as they bounced back from a 1-0 Wembley loss to Manchester United last time out.”I am so excited now, the end was amazing and showed you always need to believe in your team,” he said to Sky Sports.”It was a solid performance, maybe not great. Fulham are a team that needed to win and show their quality and of course we struggled a little bit from set pieces.”I am happy, because after Manchester United it was a very tough week for us, around the team some negatives but we have turned them into positives today. Today for different players there were massive opportunities to step up.”I think it was fantastic for Nkoudou, I think his first league game it was important. In the 93rd minute for us to build from the back and for Winks to arrive in the box. That is the belief that we love to see from the players.”Full credit to the boys today! Everyone kept fighting til the end! #COYS pic.twitter.com/Z2l8bwWcF7 — Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) January 20, 2019 Even Llorente, deputising for the injured Kane and wasting a string of fantastic chances on top of the own goal he scored, earned Pochettino praise.”He was good, I am so happy with his performance,” Pochettino said of the striker, who was making his first Premier League start of the season. “I think his performance was very good, he helped the team in the 93 minutes. Of course he has a few clear actions to score. That is the most important.”It was tough for him to compete but he deserves now the opportunity. He’s very professional and a very good player.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tottenham have confirmed that Dele Alli will be out until March with a hamstring injury suffered during their weekend win at Fulham.The England international scored the equaliser at Craven Cottage before being forced off in the 86th minute in Sunday’s 2-1 victory. Scans have since confirmed he has suffered a hamstring strain and will likely not resume training for six weeks. 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? A Tottenham statement read: “Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that Dele Alli has suffered a hamstring strain, sustained during Sunday’s match.”Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff, with the expectation of returning to training in early March.”Reacting to the injury on Twitter, Alli said: “Gutted. I will do everything in my power to return as quick as possible. Thank you for all the messages.”The former MK Dons midfielder will miss at least eight fixtures across four competitions over the next six weeks.The 22-year-old will miss the Carabao Cup final on February 24 should Tottenham progress past Chelsea in the semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.He will also miss the first leg of Tottenham’s Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund on February 13. There is also an FA Cup fourth round trip to Crystal Palace and up to five Premier League fixtures that Alli could miss.Given he is only expected to resume training at the start of March, Alli will also face a struggle to be fit for the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 and the second leg against Dortmund three days later.The news is a further blow to manager Mauricio Pochettino with England captain Harry Kane also ruled out until March with an ankle injury suffered against Manchester United earlier this month.Lucas Moura is also currently sidelined with a knee problem while Heung-min Son is away with South Korea at the Asian Cup, leaving Pochettino desperately short of forward options.The club also allowed Mousa Dembele to leave for Chinese side Guangzhou R&F last week.Tottenham have yet to make a first-team signing this season and it remains to be seen whether the club will now feel compelled to enter the market to ease their growing injury crisis. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ryan Giggs is backing Aaron Ramsey to follow Gareth Bale’s lead and take his game to another level when he leaves Arsenal for “top-class” Juventus.The Gunners midfielder is heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium as his contract continues to run down.AdChoices广告Goal has revealed that a deal is in place with Serie A champions Juve, with there still a chance that a move could be pushed through in the winter transfer window. 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? Whenever it happens, Giggs is delighted to see another member of his Wales squad spreading their wings and linking up with an elite side in world football.Former Tottenham star Bale did likewise when leaving north London for Real Madrid in 2013 and Ramsey is expected to enjoy similar success in Italy to that experienced by a countryman in Spain.Giggs told Sky Sports: “You’ve seen the effect it’s had on Gareth Bale. He’s [Ramsey] going to a top-class football club, one of the best in the world. That will improve you as a player.“When you’re an international coach, all you want is your players playing and he’ll be playing at the highest level.”While the professional focus for Giggs at present is the Wales national team, he retains strong ties to Manchester United.Having spent his entire career at Old Trafford and helped the club to countless major honours, he is pleased to see the tide turning under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United endured a testing opening to the 2018-19 campaign with Jose Mourinho at the helm, but have been rejuvenated of late and pieced together a record-breaking run of successive victories.Giggs added on events in Manchester: “Everyone is smiling at the moment.“There’s a massive buzz around the place.“We’re playing really good football – to get seven wins on the bounce takes a lot of doing no matter who you are.“We’ve got to carry that momentum….there’s a long way to go, there will be bumps in the road but everyone is happy and smiling.”United have moved back to within three points of the Premier League’s top four and, with a Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain still to come, will be looking to secure FA Cup progress in their next outing when they take in an eagerly-anticipated fourth-round date with Arsenal.
I’ll never forget watching the #USWNT win the World Cup 20 years ago. Wishing the team the best of luck as they go for their fourth star today! pic.twitter.com/qd2PM13MWJ— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) July 7, 2019 Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to the United States for their Women’s World Cup triumph on Sunday, but whether he hosts the team at the White House remains to be seen.USA defeated Netherlands 2-0 to make it back-to-back titles on the global stage, with Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scoring the goals in the second half.Shortly after the final whistle, USA president Trump wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” 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 Trump has been outspoken during USA’s run in France as he went on a Twitter rant after a video surfaced of Rapinoe making it clear she would not visit the White House should her side end up as champions.He also called out the 34-year-old, who ended the tournament as winner of the Golden Boot as top goalscorer and Golden Ball for best player, for protesting during the national anthem by refusing to sing or put her hand over her chest. He wrote, in part: “Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House, or our flag, especially since so much has been done for her and the team.”There remains questions as to whether the national team will attend the White House if they receive an invite, but head coach Jill Ellis is not convinced any such offer will be made.When asked if she would attend a celebration at the White House, she said: “I haven’t been invited yet.” The reporter responded by saying: “I’m sure you will.” Ellis, however, said with a laugh: “Well, I wouldn’t bet on that.”A visit to the White House is traditional for victorious sports teams in the United States, but Trump’s controversial presidency has seen some teams buck that trend.The Golden State Warriors of the NBA were disinvited from a visit in 2017 after star player Stephen Curry said he was unsure if he would make the trip.In all, 10 of the 20 teams to have won a championship in major US sports since Trump became president have turned down a visit.A former president, however, remembered more harmonious times.Bill Clinton shared a picture to Twitter of him and the 1999 World Cup champion American team.
Lorenzo Insigne gave Liverpool’s defenders a torrid afternoon as Napoli beat the European champions 3-0 in a friendly at Murrayfield on Sunday.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp fielded a strong side but Napoli’s homegrown forward took centre stage, tormenting Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold with his pace and close control as he scored the opening goal and played in Arkadiusz Milik for the second.Insigne was involved again when substitute Amin Younes made it 3-0 seven minutes into the second half and, although Liverpool improved with the introduction of Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson in the last half hour, they rarely threatened Alex Meret’s goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott made his debut as a late substitute after joining the club from Fulham and showed some neat touches but Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti will have left Edinburgh happier than Klopp after his side impressed throughout.52: GOAL!!#Younes pounces on a loose ball in the box and sends it home to make it three!#LiverpoolNapoli 0-3#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/akMIGSdnPh— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) July 28, 2019Simon Mignolet was forced into a good diving save to turn Insigne’s daisy-cutter free-kick around the post early on and the Italian forward went one better after 17 minutes, dribbling 20 yards with the ball at his feet as Matip backed off before sending a thunderous dipping shot into the bottom corner of the net.Little more than 10 minutes later Insigne caused more havoc, breaking down the Napoli left and producing a low cross that Milik lifted deftly over the diving Mignolet as he slid into to meet it.Liverpool’s failure to deal with Insigne continued in the second half, when he turned Alexander-Arnold before unleashing a shot that Mignolet parried into the path of Napoli substitute Younes, who duly rolled the ball into an unguarded net.Brewster’s dangerous inswinging cross almost found its way past Meret in the closing stages and Wilson struck a fierce drive that the Napoli keeper did brilliantly to parry around the post as he preserved his clean sheet on a satisfying afternoon for the Serie A side. read more
A former college football star has tragically passed away at the age of 38.Vincent Keoni Manuwai, an All-American offensive lineman at Hawaii in the early 2000s, reportedly collapsed when he was moving into an apartment complex on Sunday morning and was later pronounced dead.“It’s a shame,” Rich Miano, a former UH assistant coach, told the Star Advertiser. “He was one of the best — if not the best — offensive linemen to play at UH. It’s a sad day for everyone affiliated with Hawaii football who knew Vince Manuwai.”The former star offensive lineman had a lengthy NFL career.Manuwai was a third-round NFL Draft pick 2003 and played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-10. He played in 111 NFL games, starting 105 of them.The offensive lineman was a Hawaii native who initially committed to Utah, but later de-committed and stayed home, playing for the Rainbow Warriors.Manuwai is survived by six children.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been criticized in the past for relying on quarterback runs too much in close games. Well, it’s happening again.The Buckeyes are taking on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan this afternoon.It’s Ohio State 7, Michigan State 3 in the third quarter.The Buckeyes have just 184 yards of total offense. Ohio State’s quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, has three rushes for -11 yards.Ohio State fans don’t understand why the Buckeyes are running Haskins at all. Michigan State’s defense clearly doesn’t respect his running ability and doesn’t consider him a threat. The Spartans are keying in on Ohio State’s running backs anytime there’s a read option.YOU CANT RUN THE OPTION WITH HASKINS!— OT (@OTBuckeye23) November 10, 2018Why the hell would you run the option with Haskins.— Nicholas Shook (@TheShookster) November 10, 2018Great play but what’s with the speed option call on 2nd down on offense. They know Haskins isn’t gonna run it. Stop calling it!— Kevin Muhlenkamp (@Gobucks2112) November 10, 2018If we can’t figure out how to design an Offense around Haskins, bring in Martell and run the old offense. #ohiostatefootball— Brad Friemoth (@bradfriemoth) November 10, 2018Bring in Tate for a series. See what he can do. You can’t run an option with Haskins ?♂️ #ComeOn— Justin Gallagher (@JGally8) November 10, 2018Urban either needs to play Tate or change his offense for Haskins. You can’t run option with a pocket passing qb smh.— Jono N (@JonoNisenboum) November 10, 2018Good hell, the play calling is atrocious. Haskins isn’t JT, he CAN’T RUN!— Karl Olnhausen (@kolnhausen) November 10, 2018Ohio State can probably beat Michigan State today by continuing to do what it’s been doing on offense, but it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes toppling Michigan looking like this.Something is going to need to change.For now, Ohio State and Michigan State are playing on FOX.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)After the team wrapped up its season with last Friday’s loss at Iowa, Nebraska football coach Scott Frost made a surprising admission.The Huskers nearly pulled off a comeback win in Iowa City. They wound up falling 31-28.Afterwards, Frost has admitted that Iowa was frankly bigger and stronger than his club, in its first year under his tutelage. From the Omaha World-Herald:“Iowa’s a bigger, stronger football team,” Frost said. “That’s right now. I never thought I’d see or hear that or say that about a Nebraska football team. That we can fix. We can get bigger, we can get stronger.”Frost will have the chance to bring in his first full Nebraska football recruiting class in the next couple of months.While the Huskers would have undoubtedly loved to sneak out a bowl game, the end of the season does give the coaching staff a chance to focus entirely on adding talent to the program.Nebraska coaches are set to scour the country for recruits for a few weeks, ahead of the mid-December early signing period. From a new Omaha World-Herald report, coaches can expect to be in a new state just about every day.“Ryan Held plans to hit at least five states the first week. Greg Austin doesn’t think he’ll need to leave the country, but his passport is handy just in case. Barrett Ruud knows he won’t see his wife much in the next couple of weeks.Ask any Nebraska coach where they’ll be the next three weeks and they laugh. Everywhere, hopefully, as they aim to close the 2019 class and continue to search for difference-making talent wherever it might be.”Nebraska’s 2019 class looks like it should wind up in the Top 25. The Huskers currently have 21 commits, and are ranked No. 22 overall and No. 4 in the Big Ten, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings.The Huskers have pledges from five blue-chip players, with No. 134 overall player Nick Henrich, an Omaha linebacker, and Luke McCaffrey, brother of former Stanford and current Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Entering championship weekend, the top three of the College Football is pretty clear. Barring upsets, Alabama will be No. 1, Clemson will be No. 2, and unless the committee makes some wild change, undefeated Notre Dame football comes in at No. 3.All three teams are undefeated, and it seems pretty fair overall, based on how the teams have looked.Alabama has been a total wrecking ball this season. Clemson has been a bit more vulnerable, with close games against Texas A&M and Syracuse, but has come on strong. Notre Dame has been more shaky, more often than the other two, though that shouldn’t take away from the accomplishment of going 12-0 against a Power Five-level schedule.Notre Dame’s opponents have performed quite well this year too, which helps.ESPN contributor Phil Steele has a metric called “strength of wins,” which has Notre Dame football at No. 1.The stat is pretty simple: Steele calculates the total number of games won by every team that a given program has defeated.For Notre Dame, that comes out to 66. Here is the breakdown:Michigan – 10 Ball State – 4 Vanderbilt – 6 Wake Forest – 6 Stanford – 7 Virginia Tech – 5 Pitt – 7 Navy – 3 Northwestern – 8 Florida State – 5 Syracuse – 9 USC – 5While Alabama has faced some rough teams in the non-conference and bottom of the SEC, and Clemson got a very down ACC, Notre Dame faced very few horrible teams.Navy is surprisingly at the bottom of the list at just three wins, and Virginia Tech, Florida State, and USC are having historically down years. None are bowl eligible yet, though VT will try this weekend.Throw in a great Michigan team, surprising nine-win Syracuse squad, and division champions in Northwestern and Pitt, and Notre Dame’s 2018 schedule proved to have a strong middle.Steele crunched the numbers for all 130 FBS schools. Clemson is No. 2 with 63 wins, Alabama finished No. 3 at 59. Georgia (58), Ohio State (57), and Oklahoma (54), the other three main College Football Playoff contenders, come in at Nos. 4, 5, and 7 respectively.[Phil Steele]
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Three Clemson football players were suspended for the team’s College Football Playoff run after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was the most significant absence for the Tigers.He was part of Clemson’s elite defensive line, but left the school for the NFL Draft.Two other Tigers farther down the depth chart remain suspended as Clemson investigates the matter.Tight end Braden Galloway was expected to take on a much bigger role this upcoming season, while offensive lineman Zach Giella is also expected to provide depth as a veteran.Galloway would be a big loss if the season suspension is upheld, given a lack of depth at the position.Dabo Swinney commented on the ongoing process, and while he does not have a ton of new information, he admitted that the mistake may be on Clemson’s part.From The Post and Courier:Clemson officials still don’t know or aren’t saying how three football players tested positive for an illegal performance-enhancing drug prior to the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl. But as the program continues to appeal the suspensions, head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged it could have come from within — mistakenly.[…]“Oh yeah, I mean, there’s a chance that it could come from anything,” Swinney said when asked if it’s possible the players ingested ostarine in a Clemson-issued supplement or were exposed to it in some other way at the school. “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem. As you really look at this stuff, it could be a contaminant that came from anything, that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something.”If the suspension is upheld, the two players will miss the entire 2019 season.[The Post and Courier]
LAWRENCE, KANSAS – NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns and head coach David Beaty of the Kansas Jayhawks greet each other after their game at Memorial Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. Texas won 24-17. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Nick Saban and Alabama football helped start the trend of big programs adding former head coaches as analysts, as they look to rehab their careers. Now, Texas is doing the same.Former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora was the last coach to reportedly join up with Tom Herman and the Longhorns. He will reportedly be an offensive analyst for the team.Former Kansas coach David Beaty is also being considered in a similar role, per a new report. Beaty was fired during the season, and replaced by national championship winner Les Miles.Beaty is a Texas native, and before taking over at Kansas, was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M.From 247Sports:“In addition to Fedora, Horns247 has learned former Kansas head coach David Beaty could join the Longhorns’ staff as an analyst as well. However, as Horns247 columnist Chip Brown reported last week, Beaty is currently undergoing a contract situation with Kansas that could hold up his availability.”Beaty’s hire at Kansas was a bit out of the box, and done largely for his recruiting prowess at Texas A&M.As an analyst, he will not be able to go out and recruit for the Longhorns. Herman does appear to value his input in this role as well.After he was fired by Kansas, David Beaty joined Texas to help prepare for Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game.That move was not warmly embraced by Sooners coach Lincoln Riley. From The Kansas City Star:“Coach Beaty can do what he wants to do,” Riley said. “I don’t like the precedent of it, of being able to bring in somebody from a league in the same year. I don’t think that’s good for the conference. But it’s not against the rules, and if they want to do it, that’s fine.”Herman defended it at the time, calling it a “pretty standard move.”[247Sports]
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Four-star Washington guard Geirean Hatchett is one of the top offensive linemen in the class of 2020. He’s drawn national attention for his recruitment.247Sports has Hatchett, a four-star composite player, at No. 169 overall. He’s the fifth-ranked guard, and third-ranked player from the state of Washington.The Ferndale native has his home state Washington Huskies heavily involved in his recruitment. He doesn’t have a solid top five or top 10, but a number of other national recruiters also factor in.From 247Sports:Hatchett said he has a good idea of a few schools he’s going to consider throughout the recruiting process.“I’m pretty sure Washington will be on there, being the home school, Oklahoma too, I’ve been out there quite a few times, and Ohio State too,” said Hatchett.[…]“We had a lot of schools, Oklahoma, Stanford, Ohio State, Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame and Oregon State,” said Hatchett. “I’d say that Washington, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Stanford, they’re all recruiting me hard.”Geirean Hatchett says that he aims to make a decision before his senior season.He has a chance to take some official visits between April and June, though he’ll also be playing baseball.From there, a decision could come this summer, if all goes according to plan.“I’d like to have a decision before next season, so I can just focus on school and ball,” said Hatchett. “Ideally, I’d like to commit by summer or the end of summer time.”Five of the six recruiting analysts that have logged predictions have Hatchett staying home and playing at Washington. Oklahoma has the dissenting vote.[247Sports]
LANDOVER, MD – SEPTEMBER 1: A Texas Longhorns cheerleader holds up a sign during the Longhorns game against the Maryland Terrapins at FedExField on September 1, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Zachary Evans holds the distinction of being both the top running back in the country and the top player from the state of Texas. Naturally, the Longhorns are extremely interested in bringing him to Austin, and it appears the interest may be mutual.According to the Austin American-Statesman, Evans is slated to make a visit to the Texas campus this weekend. The visit comes despite Evans having snubbed the Longhorns from his top five list in May.The 2020 running back is a five-star prospect ranked No. 6 in the nation by 247Sports. He is the No. 1 running back prospect in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Texas. His scouting report compares him to two-time Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon.Last season for North Shore High School, Evans rushed for 1,483 yards and 27 touchdowns en route to a Class 6A Division I state title.pic.twitter.com/R1FiMfNaIk— Zach Evans (@Runzekerun01) May 28, 2019The Longhorns will likely need to make a very good impression in order to sway Evans, though.His top five list consists of some Power Five titans that have developed plenty of elite NFL running backs in their own right. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma all made the cut.Per the report, Evans is planning to “wait until late in the process” to make a college decision.
BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Texas football has been on quite the recruiting roll lately. The good news continued on Wednesday morning with the commitment of an in-state offensive tackle.Southlake (Tex.) Carroll three-star offensive tackle Andrej Karic announced his commitment to the Longhorns this morning, becoming the fourth 2020 prospect to choose Texas this month alone.The Longhorns have added seven total commitments in July, including three from 2021 recruits.Karic is the No. 43 offensive tackle in the 2020 class and the 75th-ranked senior in Texas, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He chose UT from a list of over 20 scholarship offers. Committed❕🤘🏻 #cloUt2020 #HookEm 🐂 pic.twitter.com/vkxRJszFiF— Andrej Karic (@KaricAndrej) July 24, 2019In total, Texas holds 11 verbal commitments for 2020. The Longhorns’ 2020 class currently ranks second in the Big 12 (behind only Oklahoma) and 18th nationally.The 2021 haul is shaping up even more nicely. Of Texas’ four 2021 commits, three are rated as four-stars, and the group as a whole ranks fourth nationally.Texas is coming off a 10-4 season in 2018, which included a regular season win over Oklahoma and a victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The Longhorns are expected to compete for the Big 12 title, and possibly more, in 2019.Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit named Texas a potential dark horse national title contender.
Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 12:17 IST Melbourne Cricket Ground saw a huge attendance on the Boxing Day for the 3rd Test between India and Australia. (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won the Boxing Day Test by 137 runs at the MCGInternational Cricket Council rated the MCG pitch as averageThe Perth pitch in the second Test between India and Australia was also rated averageThe ICC has rated the MCG pitch used for the third India vs Australia Test as “average”, very similar rating to the Perth Stadium track for the second Test.According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald,”The Melbourne Cricket Club’s bid to hold on to the Boxing Day Test has been boosted after the MCG was given an average rating by the International Cricket Council following India’s 137-run win.As per reports, the ICC confirmed the rating on Tuesday, a marked improvement from the three demerit points that they earned after last year’s drawn Ashes Test.A rating of average means that the ground does not get demerit points from ICC.Under ICC rules, a venue loses international status if it tallies five demerit points over a rolling five-year period.The MCG track came under scanner after it took India nearly two days to post 443 runs even premier batsman Cheteshwar Pujara attributed their sedate batting to the nature of the track.However when India bowled during the last three days, the track seemed to have come back to life with Indian pacers accounting for 15 of the 20 Australian wickets.According to the newspaper, “Despite this rating, the MCG pitches will undergo a major revamp under curator Matt Page. He had worked diligently to improve the sand base and add moisture after the Ashes debacle but the venue is about to invest in up to four new pitches and greater technology.”The current pitches are about 15 years old but will continue to be used next season. It will take about three years for the new pitches to be grown.advertisementThe MCG rating comes after the new Perth stadium was also given an average rating, which surprised many, including Australian coach Justin Langer, who thought it deserved a higher ranking.Also Read | How Virat Kohli makes newcomers comfortable in the Indian dressing roomAlso Read | Justin Langer slams Smith-Bancroft interviews: That was just another distractionAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019Also Read | Drop Aaron Finch and open with Usman Khawaja: Pointing’s advice for rattled AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Melbourne Cricket GroundFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ICC Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day TestMelbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) had got three demerit points from ICC after a drawn Ashes Test between England and Australia last year.advertisement
Gunneswaran, Myneni lead Indian challenge at Chennai Open ATP ChallengerChennai Open ATP Challenger: India’s top singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran has been handed a first-round bye and would open his campaign against the winner of the match between Daniel Nguyen (USA) and Daniel Altameir (Germany).advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 21:25 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran has got a first round bye (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAll eyes will be on India’s top singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the Chennai Open ATP ChallengerGunneswaran has been given top billing in the 64-player singles drawThe singles winner gets USD 7,200 and 80 points while the runner-up receives USD 4,240 and 48 pointsAll eyes will be on India’s top singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tennis tournament, which begins in Chennai on Monday. The Chennai left-hander has been given top billing in the 64-player singles draw, which has a fair sprinkling of players in the top-200 and Indians eyeing ATP points.India’s No.2 Ramkumar Ramanathan will not be featuring in the event as he will playing in a Challenger event in Budapest, Hungary.The 29-year old Gunneswaran is coming off a rather unsuccessful display against Italy in the Davis Cup Qualifier in Kolkata. He would be keen to make amends and head into the long season ahead possibly with a title.Gunneswaran did well to qualify for the Australian Open before falling to Frances Tiafoe in the first round and with his ranking hovering close to the 100-mark, a title-winning run here would prove to be a huge boost after the disappointing losses in the Davis Cup tie.The main challenge for the Indian Davis Cupper is expected to come from second-seed Corentin Moutet of France (ranked 143), the experienced Mohammed Safwat of Egypt (ranked 200), the number three seed and the fourth-seeded Italian Gianluca Mager (no.224).Australian James Duckworth and Korea’s Duckhee Lee, who are among the top eight seeds, will be aim for a strong run here.Gunneswaran has been handed a first-round bye and would open his campaign against the winner of the match between Daniel Nguyen (USA) and Daniel Altameir (Germany).Two other Indians — Saketh Myneni (11) and Sasi Kumar Mukund (16) also figure among the seeds.advertisementMyneni, who qualified for the ATP Tour event in Pune last month, will hope to shrug off injury woes and put up a good performance here.He got a first-round bye and faces the prospect of running into compatriot N Vijay Sundar Prashanth, who meets Spaniard Carlos Boluda-Purkiss in the opener.Myneni has paired up with Arjun Khade in the doubles and the third-seeded duo will hope to challenge for the top prize.Sasikumar Mukund, who has shown a lot of improvement in the past year and taken his ranking to 292, is seeded 16th. He will aim for a good showing and some vital points.The talented, young Sumit Nagal, who has not been at his best in recent times, will be trying to snap up wins and points along with a few other Indians in the fray including the reigning national champion Siddharth Vishwakarma and former national junior champ Manish Suresh Kumar.The singles winner gets USD 7,200 and 80 points while the runner-up receives USD 4,240 and 48 points.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Saketh Myneni Next
BPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd titleBangladesh Premier League 2019 final: Tamim Iqbal shone for Comilla Victorians as they defeated Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and win their second league title at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.advertisement India Today Web Desk DhakaFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 23:00 IST Bangladesh Premier League final: Tamim Iqbal scored his first BPL century in the big final for Comilla Victorians vs Dhaka Dynamites on Friday (BPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTamim Iqbal hit his first BPL century in the big final in Dhaka on FridayComilla Victorians have won the BPL title for the 2nd time after their successful campaign in 2015Wahab Riaz starred with the ball for the Victorians as he finished with 3/28Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal came up with one of the most eye-catching T20 innings on Friday in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019. Tamim’s heroics with the bat in Dhaka helped Comilla Victorians beat three-time champions Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and win their second title.Tamim had been struggling for form in the lead up to the final but he stepped up on the big night and broke an array of records as he took the Dhaka Dynamites attack to the cleaners. Tamim hit an unbeaten 141 from just 61 balls, his first century in the BPL that had 11 sixes and 10 boundaries.Tamim’s 141 was the second highest score in a T20 tournament final and it helped the Imrul Kayes-led Comilla Victorians post 199. He also became the first Bangladesh batsman to hit more than 10 sixes in a T20 match.Even as his much-fancied teammates were struggling to put bat to ball on a tricky Mirpur wicket, Tamim was hitting the big ones at will. Tamim showed little respect to the likes of Andre Russel, Shakib Al Hasan, and Rubel Hossain as he scored heavily against the big boys of Dhaka Dynamites.Big guns fail as Dhaka implode after strong startDhaka Dynamites looked like they would render Tamim’s special knock in vain when Upul Tharanga and Rony Talukdar took on the Victorians’ bowling attack after Sunil Narine was run out in the very first ball of their 200-run chase.Tharanga and Talukdar stitched a 102-run stand in just 8.4 overs before Thisara Perera got the wicket of his Sri Lankan teammate with a slower ball. Once the big partnership was broken, the Dynamites imploded as the likes of Shakib, Andre Russel, and Kieron Pollard were dismissed cheaply.advertisementTalukdar looked to keep the Dynamites in the hunt but he was run out (for 66 off 38 balls) after a mix-up with Pollard in the middle.The Dynamites felt the pressure of chasing a big total in the final as their seasoned campaigners, including the likes of Shakib, Pollard and Russell, were unable to get going.Wahab Riaz shone for the champions with figures of 3/28 while Mohammad Saifuddin and Thisara Perera picked up two wickets each. There were a couple of costly run outs that brought the downfall of the Dynamites.Tamim had been a national hero in Bangladesh for quite some time but the veteran cricketer hadn’t featured in a final before Friday’s championship match in Dhaka. But when he got the opportunity, he made sure he made it an unforgettable outing for him. How Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, and Shakib Al Hasan reacted after the finalTamim: “Throughout the tournament I had starts, but I failed to convert them. So, I guess, I saved my best for the last. We planned the innings really well. They had 2 world class bowlers in the form of Narine and Shakib and we didn’t take chances against them. It was a terrific wicket and at one point even 200 was looking less but I always knew we will be back in the match once we take a couple of wickets. The wickets of Pollard and Russell were really important. “Imrul Kayes: “Tamim is a great player and he showed his character today. Everyone will remember his knock in the final. At one point I was worried as we didn’t bowl well in the powerplay. But we came back strongly in the middle overs. Riaz and Perera were brilliant for us in that phase.”Shakib Al Hasan: “It was a very good game of cricket. 199 was always going to be difficult but we got off to a great start. We lost the momentum after 11th over and kept losing wickets. Next couple of months will be really important for our cricket. Tamim played really well. We can take a lot of positives out of this tournament. We are grateful to our supporters, hopefully, they will keep supporting them.”Also Read | Wake up New Zealand Cricket #MeToo banner seen during India vs New Zealand 2nd T20IAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh reveals why MS Dhoni is crucial to India at 2019 World CupAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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