Asensio snatches late winner for Madrid

first_imgLeganes 0 Real Madrid 1: Asensio’s late goal lifts pressure on Zidane in Copa quarter-final Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:27 1/19/18 Marco Asensio Getty Images Leganes looked set to hold Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey before Marco Asensio came up with a late winner at Butarque. Marco Asensio struck a last-gasp winner as Real Madrid edged to a 1-0 win at Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday.Zinedine Zidane’s men, 19 points behind Barcelona in LaLiga, had won one of their last five games in all competitions, amid reports the Frenchman could leave the club at the end of the season, and they looked set to be held at Butarque.But after Leganes had shone on their first appearance at this stage of the competition, Asensio came up with a cute near-post finish from Theo Hernandez’s cross to put Madrid in firm control of the tie. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid were held at home by lower-tier clubs Numancia and Fuenlabrada in previous rounds after first-leg away wins and they struggled to respond to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Villarreal, with Mateo Kovacic missing a golden first-half chance.Jose Naranjo and Claudio Beauvue forced smart stops from Kiko Casilla and Marcos Llorente headed against his own crossbar, adding to the sense of injustice at Leganes’ defeat.Madrid were poor for large parts of the contest, but Asensio’s dramatic impact may serve to ease the growing pressure on Zidane ahead of Wednesday’s return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.GOLAZOOOOOOOOOO! What a goal!!! @TheoHernandez produced an excellent cross from the left and @marcoasensio10 expertly volleyed home, at the near-post, from iust outside the six-yard box!@CDLeganes 0-1 #RealMadrid#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 18, 2018Madrid were forced into an early change, introducing birthday boy Nacho at the back for the injured Jesus Vallejo, but Zidane’s men made a flat start to the game and had to wait until the 23rd minute for a sight of goal, which Raphael Varane headed over the crossbar.Javier Eraso rifled a long-range drive off-target as Leganes, on a four-game winning streak at home, found a foothold in midfield midway through the first half.But Madrid should have taken the lead when Kovacic picked Ruben Perez’s pocket 25 yards from goal, only for the Croatian to slide his shot tamely wide of the near post.Gerard Gumbau got a vital touch to deflect Dani Carvajal’s drive wide before Lucas Vazquez just missed Asensio’s cross on the stroke of half-time.0 – @realmadriden have not conceded a single foul at halftime for the first time in a game in all competitions since April 2014 vs FC Barcelona in Copa del Rey. Unpollute pic.twitter.com/OwWXuZuAer— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 18, 2018Casilla had to react sharply to block a close-range Naranjo effort after 56 minutes, Diego Rico nutmegging Carvajal with a superb backheel to send the winger clear.And Leganes came even closer to breaking the deadlock when Llorente could only direct a free-kick against the woodwork, with Casilla stranded.Zidane brought on Luka Modric and Isco for more midfield control but Leganes substitute Nordin Amrabat had a more immediate impact, hooking a volley wide moments after his introduction.With the game becoming stretched, Modric played Vazquez through but Nereo Champagne made a fine block, denying the Spain winger his fourth goal in the competition.Casilla sharply palmed away a Beauvue volley destined to fly inside his left-hand post with 15 minutes to go and when Kovacic again finished meekly, Leganes looked to have held on.It was not to be.Clumsy for the most part, Theo had endured a poor game at left-back but his whipped delivery was perfect for Asensio to get in front of his man to flick home a vital goal for Zidane’s Madrid.FT: @CDLeganes 0-1 #RealMadrid (@marcoasensio10 89′).#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/XGimuVuYB7— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 18, 2018 read morelast_img read more

Sanchez shirt sales smash Man Utd records

first_imgPremier League Alexis Sanchez shirt sales smash Man Utd records Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent 21:57 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Huddersfield Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Newcastle United v Manchester United Newcastle United A. Sánchez The Chilean’s number seven shirt has already been a massive hit, with the club shifting three times as many as the previous January transfer record Sales of Alexis Sanchez shirts smashed the previous Manchester United record after his January arrival, executive vice-chair Ed Woodward has revealed.Sanchez signed for United in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave for Arsenal during the winter transfer window and the 29-year-old’s commercial impact was immediate.As Woodward explained on Thursday: “Alexis Sanchez has set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales, three times the previous record.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Woodward was speaking during a conference call with investors following the publication of the club’s second-quarter reports for 2017-18  and he added that the Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap captured the imagination of supporters across the internet like never before too.“This trade generated some interesting social media stats,” Woodward said. “It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, the most retweeted United post ever, and the hashtag #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.“To put that into context, the announcement posts generated 75 per cent more interactions than the announcement of the sale of the world’s most-expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.”There was also good news for the entirety of the Premier League, with the United chief explaining that the English top flight continues to grow as a broadcasting giant.“Reports of the death of live sport are greatly exaggerated,” Woodward commented. “I’ve just come from a Premier League meeting where research shows that the league’s global cumulative audience has increased nine per cent year-on-year, with particularly strong increases in Asia and North America.”Ed Woodward Manchester UnitedThe league’s broadcast deal is set for revision following the 2018-19 season, with the bidding rights process set to come to a close soon, as Woodward explained.He said: “I need to be careful around this as it’s a very sensitive point in time because the first round of domestic bids are due in on Friday, and all I can really say is that if you look at past history we would expect that the entire process of selling the domestic rights will conclude in a relatively short period of times, within a couple of weeks.”A winter break is being considered as part of the talks over the next TV deal, with a Premier League statement this week saying: “The Premier League has been in discussions with the FA and EFL for several months regarding the challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break.“Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arsenal hold positive Lichtsteiner talks

first_imgTransfers Arsenal hold positive Lichtsteiner talks over two-year Gunners deal Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 04:15 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League The 34-year-old full-back is set to leave Juventus this summer and is closing in on becoming Unai Emery’s first signing in north London Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a two-year contract, Goal understands.Lichtsteiner, 34, has been targeted by the Gunners as they look to bolster their defence this summer, with Hector Bellerin currently the club’s only natural right-back.The Switzerland international, who held ‘positive’ talks with the north London giants on Friday and wants to join on a two-year deal, is out of contract with Juventus and would add experience to an Arsenal defence which will be without Laurent Koscielny until the end of 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Unai Emery’s first task as Gunners head coach will be to strengthen a side which aims to close the gap on their Premier League rivals next season, with defence a clear priority having conceded 51 times in the Premier League during Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge.Ainsley Maitland-Niles is able to play in Bellerin’s position but is viewed as being a more natural defensive midfielder while Carl Jenkinson appears unlikely to break into the starting line-up following a disappointing loan spell at Birmingham City last term.Lichtsteiner announced he would be leaving the Bianconeri in early May having helped the club to their seventh successive Serie A title, with the Switzerland international having ended each season since joining the club from Lazio in 2011 as a national champion.In total he scored 14 goals in 250 appearances for Juventus, though he has fallen down the pecking order in Turin this season.Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus 2017-18Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Marseille have also shown an interest in signing him, but Arsenal are hopeful that they will be able to get the deal over the line.Lichtsteiner did hold talks with Valencia in January but was unable to agree terms on a move to the Mestalla, and the Gunners are now set to step in and secure the first arrival of Emery’s tenure.last_img read more

Report: Croatia 2 Nigeria 0

first_imgCroatia 2 Nigeria 0: Etebo own goal, Modric penalty settle tight clash Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:57 6/17/18 Luka Modric Getty Images Nigeria are bottom of Group D after Stoke City’s new signing Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal in a 2-0 loss to Croatia. Croatia claimed pole position in Group D with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty.Midfielder Etebo, who joined Stoke City for €7.2million on Monday, turned a Modric corner into his own net after Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic both flicked the delivery on.Nigeria’s previous goal conceded at the World Cup in 2014 was also an own goal, defender Joseph Yobo the unfortunate player to put through his own net in a last-16 defeat to France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And when William Troost-Ekong needlessly dragged Mandzukic down in the box, captain Modric coolly converted the 71st-minute penalty to give Croatia a winning start on their fifth appearance at the finals.Croatia had the better of a close contest light on chances in Kaliningrad, with Mandzukic’s aerial power causing plenty of problems for Nigeria, who have the youngest squad at the World Cup.Gernot Rohr’s men were unable to create a clear opportunity of their own and sit bottom of Group D following the first round of fixtures, Argentina and Iceland having drawn in Moscow earlier on Friday after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.2 – Luka Modrić is the second player to score a penalty for #CRO in the World Cup, after Davor Šuker vs Romania in 1998, both as Real Madrid players. Icons. pic.twitter.com/YOMT22UY8O — OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 16, 2018 After a cagey opening, Perisic fired Croatia’s first shot in the 13th minute, narrowly clearing the crossbar after Mandzukic’s strength created the opportunity to shoot.More solid hold-up play from Mandzukic fed Ante Rebic, whose effort deflected wide, with Croatia scoring the opening goal from the resulting set-piece in the 32nd minute.Perisic and Mandzukic both got a touch on a right-wing Modric corner but the crucial contact came at the back post from Etebo, who could only divert the ball past teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.Alex Iwobi was proving a lively presence in attack for Nigeria but after wriggling into space on the left side of the box, he hit a shot directly into a Croatia defender.Rebic should have doubled Croatia’s lead, firing over from Perisic’s perfect left-wing centre, with Odion Ighalo’s tame header recording the match’s first shot on target in the 59th minute.GOAL! @lukamodric10 doubles the lead for @HNS_CFF from the penalty spot!Just the five penalties in the #WorldCup today, so far… #CRONGA pic.twitter.com/zPiaFim4Cy — FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018 Nigeria’s lack of quality in the final third was evident and after Troost-Ekong was penalised for holding Mandzukic in the penalty area, Modric sent Uzoho the wrong way from 12 yards for his first World Cup goal.A fightback from the Super Eagles never looked likely, Danijel Subasic given a comfortable outing in the Croatia goal with Kelechi Iheanacho and Etebo missing chances to register.Croatia next face Messi’s men on Thursday, while Nigeria are in action the following day against World Cup debutants Iceland. Key Opta stats:- Croatia have won their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since their debut in the competition in 1998 (3-1 vs Jamaica).- Nigeria have lost each of their last seven World Cup games when conceding the first goal.- Croatia have scored in each of their last five World Cup games, their longest scoring streak in the competition.- Croatia’s opening goals at each of the last two World Cups have been own goals – Marcelo in 2014 (Brazil) and Oghenekaro Etebo on Saturday.- Nigeria became the first team in World Cup history to concede two consecutive own goals in the competition, with their last goal shipped in 2014 also coming in this manner. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoNani: Ronaldo deserved Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid star Modric

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Nani: Ronaldo deserved Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid star Modricby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP star Nani says Cristiano Ronaldo should’ve been awarded the Ballon d’Or this month.The Juventus striker was overlooked for his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric.But Nani, who played with Ronaldo at Manchester United, insists his Portugal teammate deserved the gong.”In his position, Modric is one of the best,” said Nani. “Even if, in truth, to win the Ballon d’Or against Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and company, no. Cristiano Ronaldo would have been the right winner.” last_img read more

a month agoBayern Munich president Hoeness won’t shut down plans for Man City attacker Sane

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich president Hoeness won’t shut down plans for Man City attacker Saneby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says they remain keen on Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern pushed hard to sign the Germany international over the summer before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield against Liverpool.However long-term, Hoeness says they remain keen.He told Planet Futbol: “We were very interested, we had talks with him. But after his bad injury we could not continue. “We have to wait and see how his recovery is going. In January or February, the new people in the club will sit down and think.” last_img read more

24 days ago​Financial cost of Celtic’s Champions League failure

first_img​Financial cost of Celtic’s Champions League failureby Ian Ferris24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic’s failure to qualify for last season’s Uefa Champions League group stage saw the Scottish soccer champions’ annual revenue for the year ending 30th June 2019 fall 17.9 per cent to UK£83.4 million (US$102.2 million), reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The Scottish Premiership club’s latest financial results also show a pre-tax profit of UK£11.3 million (US$13.8 million) for the 2018/19 season, down from UK£17.3 million (US$21.2 million) the previous year.Celtic were able to offset some of the cost of missing out on the Champions League through player sales, bringing in UK£16.5 million (US$20.2 million) from outgoing transfers, not including the reported UK£25 million (US$30.6 million) Arsenal paid them in August for left back Kieran Tierney.The club ended the year with UK£38.9 million (US$47.6 million) in the bank, up from last season’s UK£27 million (US$33 million).A statement from club chairman Ian Bankier described the results as ‘satisfactory’ given the failure to reach the Champions League, adding: ‘The financial results for the year demonstrate the robustness of the group’s strategy of investment in football operations, whilst maintaining a self-sustaining financial model. This continues to provide a stable platform for football success and shareholder value.’ TagsScottish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

LSU Quarterback Brandon Harris: “I Expect To Play More This Year”

first_imgBrandon Harris speaks during press conference.Twitter/@DellengerAdvTo be frank, LSU’s quarterback situation in 2014 was not great. Anthony Jennings played most of the snaps for the Tigers, but finished with just 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a poor completion percentage of 48.9. Freshman Brandon Jennings also spent some time under center, and had slightly better numbers (55.6% completion, 10.04 yards per attempt, six touchdowns to two interceptions), but after a very poor game at Auburn, he was benched. Harris was asked about his expectations for the upcoming season, and he was pretty blunt about the subject of playing time.Brandon Harris: “I expect to play more this year.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/7xj9XTAhEp— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) March 10, 2015Neither quarterback shined last year, but outside of the Auburn game, Harris looked pretty good. LSU will certainly be a quarterback battle to watch as we approach the 2015 season.last_img read more

Former Ohio State Stars Really Enjoyed The Buckeyes’ Blowout Of Oklahoma

first_imgOhio State pretty clearly enjoyed its Saturday night.The Buckeyes blew out Oklahoma in Norman, 45-24, yesterday evening. It was a huge win for Urban Meyer’s young team and they knew it. The sideline was full of wide smiles and high-fives as the game clock reached zero and a pretty big celebration ensued afterward.Former Ohio State stars really enjoyed the win.Several prominent Buckeyes took to Twitter during and after the game. They had some fun with Oklahoma backup quarterback Austin Kendall’s pregame comments about OSU’s “basic” defense that Baker Mayfield was going to light up, too.#BUCKEYES— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) September 18, 2016Told you ol’ buddy cost em the game— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) September 18, 2016Silver Bullets ?— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) September 18, 2016Let that backup QB play, let’s see how much success he’ll have vs that “basic” defense some may call “The Silver Bullets”— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 18, 2016pic.twitter.com/nl0guORFoZ— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 18, 2016And just like that, the bucks are 3-0— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 18, 2016Love how our defense doesn’t disguise our man coverage ? we jus playing straight up— Eli Apple (@EliApple13) September 18, 2016Man I’m done I’m going to bed ??????— Eli Apple (@EliApple13) September 18, 2016Let’s go Bucks— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) September 18, 2016#DBU— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) September 18, 2016Noah Brown out there bullying them boys lol— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) September 18, 2016Y’all gon learn to respect them buckeyes— corey brown (@phillybrown10) September 18, 2016With the win, Ohio State moved to 3-0 and will almost surely move up in the polls when they’re released later today.Kirk Herbstreit has the Buckeyes as his No. 2 team in the country, at the moment.Ohio State has a bye week next Saturday before facing Rutgers in Columbus at noon on Oct. 1.last_img read more

Bayern not interested in Juve midfielder Can

first_imgBayern Munich are not chasing Juventus midfielder Emre Can and will end their transfer market activities with the imminent loan signing of Philippe Coutinho.Reports suggested Can was looking for a path to Allianz Arena with Juve coach Maurizio Sarri doubting he will play a leading role in Turin this season.But Goal and Spox sources state the Bundesliga champions aren’t interested in the Germany international – who is believed to want to fight for his place at Juventus. 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? With Croatian winger Ivan Perisic joining from Inter last week, Barcelona star Coutinho set to sign and young talent Mickael Cuisance arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach, the club has seemingly restocked with new talent following a summer that saw the departures of regulars like Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez, Mats Hummels and Rafinha.And now, Bayern president Uli Hoeness suggested the club had completed their player movement business for the summer with that group of signings.”Our squad is now complete and we are not looking to make any other changes,” Hoeness told Sky Sport Germany.Can, who began his senior career at Bayern in 2012, is facing a battle to get into the midfield at Juventus as he faces competition from Adrien Rabiot, Miralem Pjanic, Aaron Ramsey, Sami Khedira, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi.He has been used as substitute in Juve’s recent two friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Triestina – coming on in the second half during both matches.Former club stalwart Ze Roberto believes Bayern will see the best of Coutinho and rediscover his brilliant form from his Liverpool days once the 27-year-old makes the move to Germany.Coutinho only managed five goals in La Liga for the Catalans last season – a tally significantly smaller than the 13 strikes he scored in Liverpool’s 2016-17 Premier League campaign.Bayern will be looking to bounce back on the road against Schalke in the Bundesliga on August 24, after failing to beat Hertha Berlin at Alllianz Arena in a 2-2 draw on opening weekend.Juventus, meanwhile, will face Parma in their Serie A opener as the champions open their domestic campaign away from home on August 24.last_img read more

Former Nebraska Football Player Passed Away At 45

first_imgNebraska fans play football outside Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)A former Nebraska Cornhuskers football player passed away earlier this week. He was just 45.Brian Nunns, a four-year letterwinner for the Huskers, died on Thursday. The offensive lineman was a Lincoln, Neb. native.Former #Huskers offensive lineman Brian Nunns passed away Thursday at age 45. https://t.co/kF3uLCznYd— Husker History (@HuskerHistory) June 3, 2018Here’s his obituary:Nunns, Brian Thomas Age 45 Lincoln, NE. Passed away on May 31, 2018. Born on April 13, 1973 in Lincoln to Thomas and Linda (Wellman) Nunns. Home Builder, Nunns Construction Company. Previously worked as sales manager for Lifetime Fitness (2008-2014). Graduate of Lincoln High School, and University of Nebraska Lincoln, where he was a 4-year Letterman, playing offensive Lineman for the Cornhusker football team. Family members include his parents, Thomas and Linda Nunns; sister, Diana (James) Schilf, all of Lincoln; grandmother, Irene Wellman, of York, NE; nieces, Courtney (Josh) Kounovsky of Plainview NE, and Kelsey (Matt) Koranda, and Allison Schilf of Lincoln; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Naomi Nunns, and Vernon Wellman. FUNERAL SERVICE: 2pm Wednesday, June 6, at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner Street. Memorials in lieu of flowers to American Heart Association, or TeamMates. VISITATION: Tuesday 4-8pm, with family Greeting friends 5-7pm at Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Drive (40th & Yankee Hill Rd.). Condolences online at: Roperandsons.com ROPER & SONS FUNERAL SERVICES 4300 O St., Lincoln, NE (402) 476-1225Our thoughts are with Brian’s friends and family. May he rest in peace.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Prediction For Texas vs. USC

first_imgTom Herman walking into the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns walks into the stadium prior to the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Texas vs. USC is a match-up between two of the sport’s most storied programs, and both teams have a ton to prove this Saturday.USC fell to Stanford last week, but stick around in the Top 25 at No. 22. Quarterback JT Daniels has very high upside, but he’s taking his lumps as a true freshman starter.Texas also sits at 1-1, and fans are starting to get a bit impatient with the Tom Herman era. After losing at Maryland in Week 1, the Longhorns snuck past Tulsa last week, 28-21.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Texas vs. USC is out.Texas is a 3.5-point favorite in Las Vegas, and has a similar edge here. FPI gives the Longhorns a 55.9-percent chance to win.Via ESPN:ESPN's FPI prediction for Texas vs. USC.Texas vs. USC will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.FOX will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]last_img read more

New Injury Update For Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgalabama quarterback tua tagovailoa suffered an injuryATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is carted off the field after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama is gearing up for yet another College Football Playoff appearance. The Tide kicked off practice this week and there was a significant update that came out of the media availability.Star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in the SEC title game against Georgia, took the field for the first time since suffering the injury. Tagovailoa underwent surgery to his injured ankle just two weeks ago, but was moving around on Friday.ESPN’s Alex Scarborough attended practice and caught Tua moving around well on the field.Check it out.Tua Tagovailoa, who is recovering from a high-ankle sprain, was at Alabama’s first bowl practice today. While the Bama QB didn’t participate in one footwork drill I saw, he did everything else during the media viewing period. pic.twitter.com/nXSYGc93Jl— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 14, 2018This is the second huge step in the star quarterback’s recovery after he made it out of his walking boot for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Although he finished runner-up to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, the biggest story from the night was Tagovailoa’s recovery.He looks poised for another shot at Kyler Murray as the Tide take on the Sooners in the Orange Bowl.last_img read more

Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin Reportedly Considering Transfer

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Ohio state Buckeyes enter the 2019 college football season with a new cast. After head coach Urban Meyer stepped down, former offensive coordinator Ryan Day took over as the new head coach.While the coaching staff underwent significant change, so too, did the quarterback position.Dwayne Haskins led the nation in passing touchdowns during the 2018 campaign – with 50. With Haskins off to the NFL, the Buckeyes had a major hole to fill behind center.Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State and earned his immediate eligibility. He entered a quarterback battle with Matthew Baldwin this spring, though recent news suggests Fields is about to be named the starter.According to Letterman Row, Baldwin entered his name into the transfer portal and plans to leave the Buckeyes program.Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin enters transfer portal https://t.co/e7O4P0xFcw— Lettermen Row (@LettermenRow) April 18, 2019Baldwin spent much of the 2018 season recovering from a knee injury. He was the No. 12 pro-style passer in the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Baldwin is just the latest hit to Ohio State’s quarterback room. Tate Martell announced his transfer to Miami shortly after Fields transferred to Ohio state.The Buckeyes landed West Virginia transfer Chris Chugunov earlier this offseason, but he only has two career starts under his belt.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Ohio State Fans Will Love What Ryan Day Said About Michigan Game

first_img When asked whether he planned to make any changes from how Urban Meyer approached the Michigan game, Ryan Day answered without hesitation, “No. That worked.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) July 18, 2019Meyer took over the Buckeyes in late November 2011, just after the last time Michigan beat OSU. In seven matchups against the Wolverines, Urban’s Buckeyes were undefeated, with four of those wins coming by double-digits.That is a lot for Day to live up to.He’ll get his first chance against Michigan on November 30 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ohio State has won seven straight games against rival Michigan and 14 of the last 15 meetings between the two programs. To say the Buckeyes have dominated the Wolverines would be an understatement.New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day knows he will be entrusted with keeping that success going. If he fails to maintain supremacy over “That Team Up North,” fans will grumble.At Big Ten Media Days today, Day was asked if he planned on altering the way his team approaches the Michigan game from the way Urban Meyer approached it.The short answer? No.last_img read more

Ryan Day Was Asked About Michigan’s Close Win vs. Army

first_imgOhio State coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan each hosted very game Group of Five programs this afternoon. That is where the similarities end between the two games for Ryan Day and Jim Harbaugh’s teams.The Buckeyes dominated in-state foe Cincinnati, and former Buckeye interim head coach and longtime assistant Luke Fickell. J.K. Dobbins went for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 win.Michigan did not cruise the same way against Army. The Black Knights took the Wolverines to double-overtime, before a late fumble cost them a chance to match Michigan, down a field goal. Jim Harbaugh’s club survived, 24-21.During his press conference, Ohio State first year head coach Ryan Day was asked if he was aware of how the Michigan game went down. His answer should delight Buckeye fans.Reporter @AriWasserman: Did you see the end of the Michigan game?Ryan Day: No. What happened?Ari: They won it in overtime.Ryan Day: I missed it. We were singing and dancing in the locker room.— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) September 7, 2019Entering the season, Michigan was the media favorite to win the Big Ten. Ohio State is still incredibly talented, but the team lost legendary head coach Urban Meyer, Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, and Michigan has a pretty experienced team overall.Through two games of pretty similar competition (FAU and Cincinnati for Ohio State, Middle Tennessee and Army for Michigan), Ohio State has outscored its opponents 87-21. Michigan has been much closer, at 64-42.Ultimately, this will settle itself, as the two sides face off in Ann Arbor on Nov. 30. Through two weeks, at least, Ohio State looks more the part of the dominant Big Ten East favorite than Michigan, regardless of what preseason expectations were.last_img read more

Coach O Trolled Matthew McConaughey Following LSU’s Win

first_img “Our Minister of Culture >>” LSU tweeted.Our Minister of Culture >> pic.twitter.com/kgPDpI5rpw— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) September 8, 2019LSU is expected to make a jump in the polls following this win at Texas. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit has already placed the Tigers inside his top four.The Tigers, 2-0, came into Saturday night’s game against Texas ranked No. 6 in the polls. LSU should vault into the top five in the new Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll when they come out later this afternoon. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates after his team's win at Texas.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers walks to the locker room after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)LSU and its head coach Ed Orgeron had some fun with Texas superfan Matthew McConaughey following the Tigers’ big win over the Longhorns on Saturday night.Coach O’s team got a massive win last night, topping the Longhorns, 45-38, at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium.McConaughey wasn’t a happy man at the end of the contest. ESPN’s cameras captured the Texas megafan dropping an f-bomb as LSU pulled away late.Coach O busted out McConaughey’s viral chest-thumping move from The Wolf Of Wall Street following the contest.last_img read more

Top order a concern, says Afghan after Ireland level ODI series 2-2 vs Afghanistan

first_img Press Trust of India March 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 09:16 IST Afghanistan came up with a clinical performance in the 5th ODI (@ACBofficials Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshgar Afghan scored 82 but a top-order failure saw Afghanistan finish with 216 in the 5th ODIIreland gunned down the target with 16 balls to spare after Stirling and Balbirnie knocksAfghanistan and Ireland will play a Test match in Dehradun from March 15Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie blasted scintillating fifties to guide Ireland to a comprehensive five-wicket win over Afghanistan in the fifth ODI and level the five-match series 2-2 in Dehradun on Sunday.Stirling hit a strokeful 88-ball 70 laced with seven fours and two sixes, while Balbirnie anchored the Ireland innings, making a 91-ball 68 as the duo added 81 runs to lay the foundation for the chase after Afghanistan posted 216 for six.Stirling also shared a 57-run opening stand with Porterfield, while Balbirnie forged a 46-run partnership with KJ O’Brien to take the team home, scoring 219 for five in 47.2 overs.For Aghanistan, Zahir Khan (2/55) took two wickets, while Muheeb Ur Rahman (1/26), Mohammad Nabi (1/47) and Rashid Khan (1/41) scalped one each.”All the batters are aware how good their spinners are. I just kind of knew my game, we watched a lot of their footage,” said Andy Balbirnie, who was adjudged the man of the series.Earlier put into bat, Asghar Afghan (82) starred in two valuable partnership — 76 with Mohammad Nabi (40) and 65 with Rashid Khan (35) — to help Afghanistan score 216 for six in the stipulated 50 overs.Afghan’s 111-ball innings was studded with six fours and a couple of sixes.”It was a good series, we are targeting the world cup, so we made changes in every match. Top order’s a concern, the Test match should offer an opportunity,” Afghan said after the match.George Dickrell (2/46) snapped two wickets, while Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, James Cameron-Dow and Simi Singh contributed with one wicket each for Ireland.advertisementAfghanistan had won the first and fourth ODI, Ireland claimed the third and fifth match, while the second game was washed out.Ireland were beaten 3-0 by Afghanistan in the T20I series. The two team will now play a one-off Test starting March 15.Also 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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ashgar AfghanFollow Afghanistan vs IrelandFollow 5th ODIFollow Mohammad NabiFollow Rashid KhanFollow Paul Stirling Top order a concern, says Afghan after Ireland level ODI series 2-2 vs AfghanistanIreland managed to level the five-match series 2-2 after clinching a five-wicket win over Afghanistan in the fifth ODI in Dehradun on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik deserves a farewell dinner and not match, says Wasim Akram

first_img Next World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik deserves a farewell dinner and not match, says Wasim AkramShoaib Malik is likely to retire from ODI cricket after Cricket World Cup 2019 and legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram said that the all-rounder deserved a commendable farewell dinner.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 13:45 IST Shoaib Malik will retire from ODIs after this World Cup (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Malik had scored 8 runs from only 3 matches that he played in the World CupMalik deserved to end his career on a high: Wasim AkramWe should always remember his services as he has won Pakistan many matches: AkramLegendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram feels that batting all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who will retire after the ongoing World Cup, can be given a farewell dinner, not a “farewell match”.Malik had last year announced that he will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup which is going on in England and Wales.”Of course, he had announced that he will retire after the World Cup. Unfortunately, it has not ended on a high note. I think he deserved to end his career on a high as he has done a lot for Pakistan cricket,” said Akram while speaking to a Pakistani journalist.”He did not play many matches in the World Cup. He got out twice on duck, but this can happen to any player. We should always remember his services as he has won Pakistan many matches. He is a nice guy, so let’s send him a nice farewell, for once. I know he could not perform in this World Cup, but he has performed over the years for Pakistan,” he added.When asked by the journalist if Malik deserved a farewell match, Akram said: “This is not club cricket where you can ask a player to play a one-day match. We can rather organize a farewell dinner for him.”Malik, 37, played just three matches for Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup, scoring just eight runs (including two ducks).He also had to face a lot of criticism after Pakistan’s loss to India at Edgbaston on June 16. A video had gone viral which claimed that Malik and few other Pakistani cricketers were partying and socializing on the night prior to the much-anticipated clash against India.advertisementHowever, Malik had denied the allegations, saying it was sad for him to clarify about his personal life after serving Pakistan cricket for more than 20 years.Also Read | World will miss Chris Gayle’s aura when he finally retires, say West Indies teammatesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh bats for Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in India playing XIAlso SeeFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Wasim AkramFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019last_img read more

Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades name their baby boy Arik Rampal. New post wins the Internet

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 14:17 IST Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades have named their baby boy Arik Rampal.Arjun Rampal took to Instagram and announced the name of his baby boy, who was born on July 18. He shared a photo of him holding the baby’s hand.Arjun captioned the photo, “That gracious thing made of tears, of happiness, gratitude and light. A rainbow appeared into our lives. So blessed we feel, gratitude and abundance of joy. Welcome junior Rampal, into our lives. Thank you all for your graciousness, love and beautiful wishes. Say hello to baby Arik Rampal.”Arjun Rampal and his girlfriend Gabriella Demtriades have been sharing few tantalising glimpses of their baby from time to time. Gabriella shared this photo on her Instagram account. It was in April this year that Arjun Rampal made the big announcement that he is going to be a father soon. The Roy actor wrote, “Blessed to have you and start all over again….thank you baby for this baby.”Arjun was earlier married to Mehr Jessia, with whom he has two daughters Mahikaa and Myra. Arjun and Mehr called it quits last year. A few months later, Arjun made his relationship with Gabriella public. Reportedly, when Arjun announced Gabriella was pregnant, Mehr Jessia was said to be fine with it and had taken the news sportingly.advertisementMehr’s friends said that she has accepted the fact that Arjun has moved on.”They are still working out the financial terms of the separation,” Mehr’s friend told Mumbai Mirror. “Mehr is a wonderful mother and wants to do what works best for her children,” her friend added.In an earlier interview to Mumbai Mirror, Arjun opened up on how he met Gabriella, “We met through common friends. So, what can I say? That she stalked me? Wishful thinking that, buddy! It’s only been a year since we started dating and here we are. For keeps. And I must add that it was of prime importance that my daughters should accept her as a part of the family. I’m blessed that they have, no questions asked.”On the work front, Arjun Rampal was last seen in web series – The Final Call.ALSO READ | Arjun Rampal and girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades on naming their baby boy: Still thinkingALSO READ | Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades share sweet glimpse of baby boy. See picALSO WATCH | Arjun Rampal is Bollywood’s dark horseGet 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 byLakshana Palat Tags :Follow Arjun RampalFollow Gabriella Demetriades Next Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades name their baby boy Arik Rampal. New post wins the InternetArjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades have named their baby boy Arik Rampal.advertisementlast_img read more