Month: October 2019

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’d be nothing without his players.Guardiola was speaking in defence of his squad after Saturday’s shock loss to Norwich City.”They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.”This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.”And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.” last_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk world’s best centre-back

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk world’s best centre-backby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in world football.The Dutchman recently finished second behind Lionel Messi in the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Season award.Despite making a crucial mistake in the loss to Napoli two weeks ago, Klopp still has faith in his defensive stalwart.”Yep, I think so. I’m really happy with all my other defenders but yeah, he is the best at the moment,” Klopp said on Tuesday when asked if he felt Van Dijk was the best in the world.”We conceded in Napoli… which country are you from? Italy? I thought so… I still think it was not a penalty!”Napoli have to come to Liverpool, so it’s not decided yet, but we lost the game, that’s a fact as well and we have to start winning.”We don’t even have a little bit of a feeling that this game tomorrow is half done. It’s not. They will surprise a lot of people. But if there is anybody in the world who knows most about how they do what they do, it’s me.”I have a pretty good side as well and we want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are that tomorrow it’s not easy for Salzburg.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoEintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebic

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebicby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt chairman Wolfgang Steubing has enjoyed a swipe at Ante Rebic.Rebic left Eintracht Frankfurt for AC Milan over the summer.“Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Steubing told Bild.“He wanted to leave, because otherwise he would be the only one of the three strikers to stay at Frankfurt.“Now, he sits outside. He took a gamble and lost. And it won’t get any easier for him.” last_img read more

Listen: Brandon Harris’ High School Coach Wants Him To Transfer From LSU

first_imgLSU fans wait in line outside Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a shot to win the quarterback job at LSU this season. After promising performances against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris had a putrid game in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn, completing just 3-of-14 throws for 58 yards in a 41-7 loss. Harris threw just one more pass on the season, an interception against Kentucky. Harris’ high school coach David Feaster doesn’t believe that his former player got a fair shot in Baton Rouge, and encouraged him to transfer to JuCo and eventually another Division I program.Feaster: I tried to talk Brandon Harris into transferring at the break. Since he qualified, he could go JUCO, play 1 yr., go elsewhere— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: LSU had worst passing game and best QB on the bench— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: Brandon is dedicated to LSU. He really wants to make it work— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015You’re not biased towards your kid or another but you KNOW when an athlete could play in the collegiate level. -Wilson— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Apparently LSU is still telling WR recruits that “you’re QB, you know, Brandon Harris.”— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster said he was sick of LSU telling lies to the public.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015If Feaster were Anthony Jennings dad, he’d be upset with Miles for saying this year was a disappointing QB year.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Between the lack of faith in both Harris and Anthony Jennings, and the fact that LSU has reportedly had contact with potential transfers like Everett Golson and Braxton Miller, Feaster has a point. However, we totally understand why Harris would want to stick it out at a program like LSU.[247Sports]last_img read more

Nebraska OL Coach On What He Looks For In Offensive Linemen, “Best Guys That Are Tough A**holes”

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.last_img read more

West Virginia’s Bob Huggins Takes A Shot At The NCAA For Tournament Game Starting At 11 P.M.

first_imgBob Huggins at an NCAA Tournament press conference.Friday night’s NCAA Tournament Second Round game in Columbus between No. 6 Providence and No. 11 Dayton started at roughly 11 p.m. E.T. The game was scheduled to tip off at about 10 p.m. E.T., but due to the previous two games – West Virginia-Buffalo and Maryland-Valparaiso -at the site running long, the tip time between the Friars and the Flyers was delayed. Cleveland.com has a lengthier explanation on the situation. Saturday afternoon, Mountaineers’ coach Bob Huggins was asked about the late tip time. He gave a pretty sarcastic response. Bob Huggins, on playing tourney games til 1 am: “It’s all about the betterment of the student athlete….It just tickles me to death.”— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) March 21, 2015The game was played on a Friday night, so it’s not like the student-athletes had classes to wake up for the following morning – and, really, what college student goes to be before midnight, anyway? – but the NCAA clearly could have done a better job scheduling.last_img read more

Ranieri positive on survival hopes

first_imgClaudio Ranieri believes Fulham can still seal Premier League survival despite their “unbelievable” defeat at home to Tottenham.Harry Winks headed the winner in the 93rd minute at Craven Cottage on Sunday, Dele Alli having cancelled out Fernando Llorente’s own goal.Fulham were good value for their 1-0 half-time lead, but defensive fragilities again came back to haunt Ranieri’s men, who are seven points from safety with 15 games to play. 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? Ranieri highlighted decisions from referee Craig Pawson that went against his side, claiming Aleksandar Mitrovic should have been awarded a penalty.”Unbelievable. Our first half was fantastic and we also had a penalty but the referee didn’t see and a penalty is when the referee whistles,” the former Leicester City boss told a news conference.”There was a big penalty on Mitrovic, but it’s OK. I think it was a good match, second half we controlled the match very well in a defensive way.”We gave a gift with the first goal and the second goal is unbelievable to explain because we had free-kicks and I said to players: ‘Why do we have to put the ball in the box? Why?'”We lack experience. There was a ball close to the corner, take the ball to the corner, spend 10 seconds, but the keeper puts a long ball, we intercept the ball and we want to kick on goal.”[We should] stay calm, keep possession, finish the match and at the end, after three minutes of extra time, they score the goal.”“Unbelievable! It was the last action of the game. It’s why it’s so important to believe always”- Mauricio Pochettino#FULTOT pic.twitter.com/SPs6NKlD6w— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019Ranieri has a history of delivering unpredictable results having led Leicester to the 2015-16 Premier League title.And even though Fulham have conceded a league-high 51 goals this term, the Italian is determined to stay upbeat.”I am positive because when you play this kind of football, this kind of performance, you must believe, and I believe in my players,” he said. “We are alive, we continue to fight. The team showed fantastic performances. I can only say well done but stay very smart until the end.”last_img read more

Report: Atalanta 3 Juventus 0

first_imgJuventus’ hopes of a fifth successive domestic double were extinguished after they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta in a 3-0 quarter-final defeat that marked their first domestic loss of the season and saw Massimiliano Allegri sent off.The Bianconeri went into Wednesday’s tie in Bergamo on the back of an extremely unconvincing performance in a 2-1 Serie A win over Lazio that sent them 11 points clear at the top.And they were underwhelming again at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia as they were undone by an Atalanta side that is the most prolific in Serie A, having scored 47 goals. 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? Gian Piero Gasperini’s men dominated from the outset and Timothy Castagne’s 37th-minute strike and Duvan Zapata’s 19th goal of the season proved enough to set up a semi-final with Fiorentina, with the frustration that fuelled Allegri’s dismissal after the second goal increased late on when a defensive mix up allowed Zapata to double his tally as their dominance of the competition ended.Atalanta will have been buoyed by their stirring comeback against Roma on Sunday and Alejandro Gomez forced Wojciech Szczesny to turn behind with a fine effort from outside the box.The hosts saw Josip Ilicic forced off through injury while Juve were dealt a significant blow when Giorgio Chiellini motioned to the bench that he could not continue.It was his replacement, Joao Cancelo, one of the heroes of Juve’s fightback at Lazio at the weekend, who was at fault for the opener. Cancelo was dispossessed by Castagne, who then surged towards the edge of the box and bent an effort beyond Szczesny and into the bottom-right corner.And 125 seconds later Szczesny was beaten again in stunning fashion as the in-form Zapata turned and fired a fierce effort inside the Poland international’s near-post, with a furious Allegri sent from the dugout in the aftermath after an exchange with the fourth official.Juve improved after the interval and Daniele Rugani skimmed the woodwork with a header but they offered little thereafter and a terrible error by Mattia De Sciglio allowed Zapata to round Szczesny for his second as Allegri watched forlornly on from the stands.FT: Our Coppa Italia adventure comes to an end.#AtalantaJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/PTal3UxsBS— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 30, 2019What does it mean? – Juve invincible no moreWhile a first domestic loss for Juve is unlikely to provide hope for those vainly pursuing them in the title race, their inability to find the net and their sloppy play at the back will provide plenty of encouragement to an Atletico Madrid team that is extremely talented at both ends of the pitch ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg next month.Zapata reaches 20-goal markThough Zapata was aided by some questionable goalkeeping from Szczesny and some ponderous play from De Sciglio, the clinical manner in which he dispatched his double was indicative of a forward who has been one of the best in European football this season and now has 20 goals in all competitions.Cancelo’s Bergamo blunderPivotal to their revival in Rome, Cancelo’s performance could not have been more contrasting to the one he produced at the Stadio Olimpico. He dallied on the ball for the opener and did more to hinder Juve’s cause than help it on an evening he will want to quickly forget.What’s next?The visit of Parma is unlikely to provide a stumbling block for Juve in their seemingly inevitable march to the Scudetto. Seventh-placed Atalanta visit Cagliari as they push for the top four. read morelast_img read more

Mbappe substituted after ankle knock in France friendly

first_imgKylian Mbappe’s chance to impress as France’s starting centre-forward came to an early end after an ankle knock curtailed his involvement at half-time of Sunday’s friendly against Bolivia.Given the chance to lead the line in Olivier Giroud’s absence, the Paris Saint-Germain star saw little of the ball before sustaining a seemingly minor injury in a tangle with Raul Castro.Mbappe, 20, made way for Wissam Ben Yedder at the interval and is now in at least some doubt for the Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Turkey on Saturday. 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? Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps will hope the young forward can recover in time for what is his team’s toughest assignment in Group H, though the manager said after the match that the injury was “nothing serious”.Following the game against Turkey, France will travel to face Andorra three days later at the Estadi Nacional.The World Cup champions began qualification for Euro 2020 with a pair of wins in March, a 4-1 victory over Moldova followed by a 4-0 shutout of Iceland.  Mbappe is coming off a stellar season with PSG, having won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award and finished the campaign as the league’s top scorer with 33 goals. The forward’s stellar performances have let to constant speculation over a move, with Real Madrid among the clubs linked.Mbappe himself has fanned the flames of that exit talk, hinting at a move away from Parc des Princes last month. “I come to a first or a second turning point in my career,” Mbappe said after collecting the Ligue 1 Player of the year award.”I discovered a lot of things here. I feel it’s time to have more responsibility. I hope it may be Paris Saint-Germain, it will be with great pleasure, or it may be elsewhere for a new project, but I would like to say thank you.”Mbappe joined PSG in 2017 from Monaco, having won the league with the principality club as well as reached the Champions League semi-final. Since joining PSG, Mbappe has won the league twice while also claiming a Coupe de France and a Coupe de la Ligue title.On Sunday, France would go on to defeat Bolivia 2-0 in Nantes following goals from Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann.last_img read more

Shaw warns City & Liverpool won’t have it as easy next season

first_imgManchester United will push rivals Liverpool and Manchester City hard for trophies this season, Red Devils defender Luke Shaw has said.Shaw insists he shared the “hurt” of the United fans watching City march to a domestic treble and Liverpool win the Champions League during the 2018-19 campaign.It was also an all-English affair in the Europa League, with Chelsea beating Arsenal in Baku to complete a Premier League clean sweep of trophies. 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? United, in contrast, finished 32 points behind champions City in sixth place after a difficult season that saw Jose Mourinho sacked in December and replaced by former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Last season was so hurtful for everyone. I know the fans were really hurt, but we as a team were very hurt,” said Shaw.“Last season was a massive disappointment. How other teams were doing as well – especially over the period when we had time off and there were teams winning trophies.“It was really tough for all of us to take and you couldn’t really enjoy your holidays. You see the Champions League final and the Europa League final and they’re all English teams – it makes you feel even worse and especially the way the finals went. None of us want that to happen again.“I think that’s why we’ve all come back again with a different mindset and of course we had that break to clear our minds, but now we’re all focused on getting United back to where they belong.”Solskjaer has pledged to focus on developing young talent as he looks to get United competing for titles again.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, both 21, have been brought in from Swansea and Crystal Palace, respectively, while academy graduates Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Tahith Chong have been given chances with the first team in pre-season.Shaw says that change of approach has given the squad fresh impetus and renewed confidence that the club can challenge their rivals for silverware next term.“They won’t have it as easy as last season,” Shaw added. “People are probably already doubting us, but they can carry on doing that. For me and for us as a team we know what we are capable of doing and we will have a much better season than last season.“We need to get back to winning ways, we need to be lifting trophies – let’s start the season right and hopefully we can start off with a good run and keep that spirit going.“We all believe massively in the squad, the manager and the staff. We want to put last season behind us.“This pre-season has been really tough for everyone, physically and, at times, so hard mentally. But it is helping the squad massively.“Ole is more focussed on keeping the ball, playing out from the back and keeping possession. A lot of times last season we didn’t do that well enough.“We’ve worked a lot on tactics, pressing-wise. When to go, what sort of moments. The other side of that is to keep the ball.“Just to keep the ball more and play as a big team, a good team. We want to be winning games, but with possession as well. He’s made his ideas clear.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

What The BCS Rankings Would Look Like Right Now

first_imgA shot of an American flag and the BCS title game logo.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: A giants American Flag is displayed on the field prior to the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This season’s first installment of the College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled tonight. We’ll find out what the top 25 looks like heading into the final month of the season.While the top four is what counts in the College Football Playoff, the system has only been around for five years. Before that, we had the BCS.All college football fans should remember the BCS format, which pitted two teams against each other in a national championship game at the end of the season. The computer rankings would sometimes generate controversy, and left teams feeling snubbed on more than one occasion.The website BCSKnowHow.com keeps track of what the BCS standings would look like if the system was still in place today. The rankings heading into November don’t look that much different from the projected College Football Playoff rankings, at least at the top.Take a look.With the first @CFBPlayoff rankings just a day away, here’s what the #BCS might have looked like this week: Clemson consolidates more computer support while Alabama does the same in the polls to stay No. 1 pic.twitter.com/1AIWprM76a— BCSKnowHow.com (@BCSKnowHow) October 29, 2018BCSKnowHow.com will update these rankings on a weekly basis.To catch the first College Football Playoff rankings, tune into ESPN tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Addresses His Current Health Situation

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer on the sidelineCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer looked a lot better on the sideline Saturday during the Buckeyes’ big win over Michigan.This was nice to see for Ohio State fans, as Meyer had looked quite a bit worse during OSU’s overtime win over Maryland the weekend prior.Much has been made about Meyer’s health status this season, with the head coach admitting that he’s been dealing with some headaches due to an ongoing cyst issue.Ohio State’s head coach was asked today about his current health status.Meyer was direct.“Good,” he said during his Monday afternoon press conference.Some have speculated that this could be Meyer’s final season in Columbus, but the Ohio State head coach certainly didn’t look like someone who was ready to leave during the blowout win over Michigan.Ohio State is now all focused on the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes are set to take on Northwestern in Indianapolis on Saturday night.last_img read more

Report: 3 Alabama Players To Miss Orange Bowl For Rules Violations

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama will reportedly be without three players from its roster, including one starter, for the Orange Bowl due to team rules violations, according to Yahoo’s Pete Thamel.Per Thamel, starting offensive lineman Deonte Brown and two other unnamed teammates will not travel to Florida with the team. The other two players are not believed to be starters.A redshirt sophomore, Brown has played in 12 games this season for the Crimson Tide, making five starts. He played in all 14 games as a reserve last season.Brown has helped Alabama put field one of the top offensive units in college football, ranking in the top 10 in scoring offense and total offense.Yahoo Sources: Three Alabama players will miss the Orange Bowl for rules violation, including starting offensive lineman Deonte Brown. More… https://t.co/rnKa8Behqm— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 24, 2018Thamel’s report comes on the heels of Clemson’s Dabo Swinney announcing that three of his players failed drug tests leading up to the Cotton Bowl. One of those players is star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.Clemson is facing Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, with the winner moving on to play either Alabama or Oklahoma for the national championship.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday from the Orange Bowl.last_img read more

Dan Mullen Can’t Stop Trolling Georgia

first_imgFlorida head coach Dan Mullen reacts during the Peach Bowl.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators reacts in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)We’re still several months away from the regular season in college football, but two SEC titans are already feuding with each other. Dan Mullen has thrown fuel to the fire between these rivals by making an interesting remark about Florida’s attendance rating at its spring game.Apparently there were 39,476 at the Gators’ spring game. This seems like a pretty random number, yet it takes on a whole new meaning due to an interesting discovery.There was an entire thread on Reddit revealing that Georgia hasn’t won a national championship in 39 years. During that long period of time, the Bulldogs have played 476 games on the gridiron.It’s still unknown if the number is a prank by the Gators or an accurate figure. However, there is no denying that Mullen is a fan of trolling his opposition.Although he did deny his knowledge about the significance of the attendance rating, he did crack a joke at Georgia fans’ expense.From 247Sports:“I had no idea. I don’t even know how they came up with that number, the most random thing ever,” Mullen said. “Maybe Georgia fans were really so uptight they haven’t won in 39 years they got all uptight and tried to figure it out. But it was pretty random actually, it was pretty funny.”Georgia and Florida will have to settle their differences on the field in November.The Bulldogs won the previous meeting between these two rivals in convincing fashion, defeating the Gators by 19 points.[247Sports]last_img read more

Lincoln Riley Is Hinting At Major Good News For Oklahoma

first_img 👀👀— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 3, 2019BIG day!Boomer-— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 3, 2019👀👀👀— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 3, 2019Because of NCAA rules, Riley can’t explicitly name which prospects have verbally committed to his program.However, Oklahoma insider Brandon Drumm of 247Sports has confirmed that the Sooners have landed three pledges.#Sooners out here putting up a hat trick on the recruiting trail today with THREE big-time commitment! #OU and Riley on 🔥🔥🔥🔥!!! pic.twitter.com/IHReEaD8EN— Brandon Drumm (@BrandonDrumm247) September 3, 2019We should know soon enough which three recruits have chosen OU. Stay tuned. A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley speaking into his headset.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners leads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)One day after his team took down Houston in an impressive season-opening win, Lincoln Riley is hinting at more good news for the Sooners.If you follow Riley on Twitter, you know his trademark “eyeball” emojis are his bat signal for good things going on with the program. Usually, it signifies OU has landed a commitment.Today, Riley not only tweeted out the eye emojis multiple times, he alluded to Oklahoma having a “BIG” day.👀— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 2, 2019last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Wife Reacts To Michigan Job Speculation

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Believe it or not, there’s actually been some Urban Meyer-to-Michigan talk on social media in recent days. It’s ridiculous, of course, but a photoshop of Meyer in Michigan gear has been circulated by some Wolverines fans with a #WeWantUrban hashtag.Betting odds have since been released for Jim Harbaugh’s potential replacement in Ann Arbor. Meyer made the list.Meyer did at one point have interest in the Michigan job. The Ann Arbor program was one of three jobs (along with Ohio State and Notre Dame) he was allowed to take without asking his wife.Of course, this was before he coached the Buckeyes. pic.twitter.com/sy0C7rpghd— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 24, 2019Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, is not a fan of this. She reacted to the photo of her husband in Michigan gear.“Doesn’t even fit,” she said simply.Doesn’t even fit.— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) September 24, 2019This is all just social media fun and no one really thinks Meyer getting hired at Michigan is realistic (we hope).The former Ohio State head coach won’t even say the word “Michigan,” after all.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut flaunts svelte figure in sports bra and yoga pants before Cannes 2019

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 18:01 IST Kangana Ranaut at gymKangana Ranaut has been spotted quite frequently outside her gym lately. The reason being, the actress has been going through a lot of weight fluctuations between gaining weight for her upcoming film Panga and on the other hand losing some kgs for her Cannes fitting.While the increase in weight was exactly what Ashwini (Director of Panga) wanted, but it was a nightmare for her stylist and designers working on her Cannes Red Carpet dress for months. Kangana Ranaut at gymThe Queen actress is pairing up with Falguni and Shane Peacock to create a dramatic entrance with a saree. Kangana Ranaut who is representing a vodka brand at the Festival de Cannes, reveals that her clothes will reflect the theme Live Victoriously.The actress has been working hard with trainer Yogesh Bhateja. She is working out for her Cannes look and has been spotted frequently in her white sports bra showing her washboard abs at the gym. Kangana Ranaut at gymAccording to Yogesh, Kangana has lost about 5 kgs in just 10 days. Here’s what he said, Kangana was supposed to gain wait for Panga so the calorie structure we followed was higher. So, all of a sudden it is not easy for any person to switch from high-calorie diet to a calorie-deficit diet. Kangana worked out twice a day after an intense shoot for Panga for 10-11 hours everyday. Kangana Ranaut at gymKangana Ranaut is all set to attend the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival in a saree by Falguni and Shane Peacock. we cannot wait to see her final look. Along with Kangana, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will also be seen at the Cannes International film Festival.advertisementALSO READ | Mallika Sherawat twirls in her Cannes 2019 blue off-shoulder gown. Watch videoALSO READ | Cannes 2019: What Kangana Ranaut is wearing for her first appearanceALSO WATCH | Kangana Ranaut tears into Hrithik Roshan and talks feminism at Conclave 2019Get 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 byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow Kangana RanautFollow Cannes 2019 Kangana Ranaut flaunts svelte figure in sports bra and yoga pants before Cannes 2019Kangana Ranaut has been hitting the gym hard to lose the extra kilos that she gained for her upcoming film, Panga before she makes an appearance at the Cannes International Film Festival red carpet.advertisementlast_img read more

King’s Cup: India lose 3-1 to Curacao in Igor Stimac’s first test

first_img Press Trust of India BuriramJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 20:16 IST Sunil Chhetri scored India’s only goal in the defeat against Curacao. (Twitter: Indian Football Team)HIGHLIGHTSChhetri became the most capped India player by surpassing Bhaichung BhutiaIndia next play the losing team of the match between Thailand and VietnamIgor Stimac failed to guide India to a win in his debut match as managerTalismanic captain Sunil Chhetri struck in his milestone match but India lost 1-3 to higher-ranked Curacao in their opening tie of the King’s Cup football tournament in Igor Stimac’s first game in charge here Wednesday.Chhetri became the most capped India player by surpassing Bhaichung Bhutia’s 107 international matches and he scored the lone goal for his side in the 31st minute from a spot kick for his 68th goal, though it did not make any difference to the result of the match.The 82nd ranked Caribbean island nation, which has two players plying trade in English Premier League and some others in European leagues, scored three in the space of 18 minutes — through Roly Bonevacia (16th), Elson Hooi (18th) and Leandro Bacuna (33rd).A sloppy first half in which India — ranked 101 — defended and attacked poorly, saw the team trailing 1-3 at the breather. The new defensive set up — with Rahul Bheke coming in as central defender — was looking out of sorts with lack of anticipation and communication.India played a vastly improved football in the second 45 minutes — which was played mostly under rain — but could not score another goal.Stimac’s charges made at least four chances in the second half with two coming to the 34-year-old Chhetri whose first attempt hit the upright and the other — another free header — sailing over the bar.Though high-profile Stimac, a World Cup bronze medallist and former Croatia manager, began his stint as India coach on a losing note, there were positives to be taken from the match against a more technically superior side.advertisementThe Croatian gaffer gave international debuts to as many as six players, including to 18-year-old U-17 World Cup captain Amarjit Singh, and the Indian side played possession football and mostly through ground passes. He even resorted to a three-man backline briefly after trailing by two goals.Curacao dominated the first half but surprisingly India had more possession with 53 per cent as against 47. The second half was an even contest with India threatening to score several times and they completely dominated the final 15 minutes though another goal eluded them in the end.Udanta Singh was in his usual good touch with most of the Indian attacks coming from the right flank with his fast runs creating problems from Curacao.But it was Sahal Abdul Samad who was clearly the best Indian player on the field. He was all over the pitch at the centre of the park, initiating attacking moves, making fine turns to get the better of his opponents and not afraid of holding the ball.The introduction of Amarjit and Raynier Fernandes in the second half also added impetus to the Indian attack with both having a fine match overall.”Conceding three goals in the first half against a technically superior team was always going to be difficult to come back. It’s a new team with a lot of new players coming in,” Chhetri said after the match.”We made mistakes, especially in the first half. We are going to go to the drawing board and see what we did wrong. We hope to recover fast for the third-place match and do better,” he added.Stimac, on the other hand, compared India’s performance to the weather conditions at the Thunder Castle Stadium which saw sunshine during the first half but was lashed by heavy rains in the second 45 minutes.”We were very much like the weather. At one time the sun was shining, while in the second half there was a storm. After we changed few things in the half-time, we started playing better,” he said.”I’m proud of the team especially the manner we played in the 2nd half. I think we had 5-6 good situations in the second half to score our second goal and come back, and put some pressure on them in the last 10 minutes,” he added.The experienced coach said the decision making by his attackers was not good in the final third.”For example, where we were supposed to shoot the ball, we were passing; and when we were supposed to pass the ball, we were shooting. There is a long way for us to keep learning — the learning process will be long,” he said.India play the losing team of the match between Thailand and Vietnam in the third-place play-off on Saturday.Also Read | Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA President until 2023Also 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian footballFollow Sunil ChettriFollow Bhaichung BhutiaFollow Curacao Next King’s Cup: India lose 3-1 to Curacao in Igor Stimac’s first testSkipper Sunil Chhetri, who overtook Baichung Bhutia to become the most-capped Indian international, scored in the 31st minute but goals from Luis Bonevacia, Elson Hooi and Leandro Bacuna meant Curacao progressed to the final.advertisementlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic to face in-form Daniil Medvedev in Cincinnati Masters semi-final

first_img Next Reuters CincinnatiAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 10:10 IST Novak Djokovic faces a tricky test in the semi-final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDjokovic defeated Lucas Pouille 7-6(2), 6-1 in the quarter-finalDjokovic needed nearly an hour to win the first set against PouilleMedvedev has made two finals in the past two weeksNovak Djokovic wore down Lucas Pouille after an even first set, dispatching the Frenchman 7-6(2) 6-1 in a Cincinnati Masters quarter-final in Ohio on Friday.The match was much closer than when the pair met in the Australian Open semi-finals in January, when Djokovic conceded only four games before going on to win the title.It took Djokovic nearly an hour to prevail in the first set but he closed out a one-sided tiebreak with a deft backhand passing shot.The second was one-way traffic as the world number one played with relentless efficiency against an opponent who ran out of answers.Perhaps the only concern for Djokovic with the US Open looming in less than two weeks was a sore elbow which required brief treatment by his trainer late in the match.”I managed to finish the match, had a little bit of tightness in my elbow but hopefully everything will be fine for tomorrow,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview.He will have less than 24 hours to recover for a semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, who continued his recent hot form, ousting Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev 6-2 6-3 in barely an hour.Medvedev, a career-high eighth in the rankings, faced only one break point.He has made two finals in the past two weeks, losing to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafa Nadal in Montreal.In other quarter-final action, Frenchman Richard Gasquet continued his comeback from groin surgery by defeating 11th seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(2) 3-6 6-2. Gasquet, who defeated Andy Murray in the opening round, set up a semi-final clash on Saturday with Belgian 16th seed David Goffin.advertisementGoffin advanced when his quarter-final opponent, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, pulled out before their match on Friday due to illness.Gasquet underwent groin surgery in January and returned to competition in May.”I didn’t play for six months, so it’s great to be back here and reaching the semi-finals aged 33,” Gasquet told ESPN in an on-court interview.”Goffin is a tough guy, one of the fastest from the baseline, so I will be prepared to battle and to fight.”Also Read | Knee injury puts Naomi Osaka’s US Open title defence in doubtAlso 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 Novak DjokovicFollow Danill MedvedevFollow Lucas PouilleFollow Cincinnati Masters Novak Djokovic to face in-form Daniil Medvedev in Cincinnati Masters semi-finalWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final of Cincinnati Masters. The Serb will have less than 24 hours to recover and face his in-form Russian opponent. advertisementlast_img read more