Month: October 2019

  • a month agoSouthampton keeper Angus Gunn never doubted England commitment

    first_imgSouthampton keeper Angus Gunn never doubted England commitmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn has never wavered over his England commitment.The 23-year-old played under ­Gareth Southgate for England’s ­U-21s and choosing which nation to ­represent was never in doubt despite his dad, ex-Norwich keeper Bryan, being a proud Scotsman and winning six caps for his country.“I have always focused on England. My dad is fully Scottish, I’m half Scottish, there’s part of my heart where I look at Scotland, it’s a great country, the ­passion they show for their team is amazing,” said Gunn to the Mirror.“But since I started with ­England U-15s, I have played at every age group up until the U-21s and my ultimate dream is to play for ­England. If it happens then it will be the pinnacle of my career. It’s a target for all of us younger guys and now we’re all playing in the Premier League, it’s something that can help us all push each other.“It’s suddenly happened that we are all ­coming through.“Dean (Henderson) got promoted at Sheffield United, Aaron ­Ramsdale has done well at Bournemouth to get the No.1 shirt and the other guys already in the ­England squad have performed well for a couple of seasons now.“They are the targets for us younger guys to get towards. Everyone can improve and, personally, playing in the Premier League gives me a chance to get called up and live my dream.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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  • 16 days ago​Giroud defiant in Chelsea position: I’ll keep fighting every day

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Giroud defiant in Chelsea position: I’ll keep fighting every dayby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is defiant about his position at the club.The veteran attacker has found it very difficult to get game time, due to the rise of youngster Tammy Abraham.And the Frenchman knows that while he wants to play more often, he must wait for his chance in the coming weeks.Giroud told The Athletic: “There are two reactions to being left out of the side. There is one where you put your head down, start complaining that you’re not playing.”The other way is you transform that frustration over not playing into a positive energy. You need to maintain a good feeling to bounce back, to show your character. That is what I try to do at training every day.”I’m a competitor. It takes a lot more to get me down. I will always fight to get back in the team. Have I spoken to Frank? No, not yet. I have nothing to say, because Tammy is doing so well. It is difficult to get a striker out of the team when he is being this successful and scoring regularly.”I just have to stay focused, to keep concentrating on what I have to do in training and show I’m ready for whenever the manager needs me.” last_img read more

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  • 15 days ago​Liverpool trio undergoing extra sessions for Man Utd clash

    first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool trio undergoing extra sessions for Man Utd clashby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool trio Alisson Becker, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are pushing to be fit for their next Premier League game.The three of them are working at the club’s training ground during the international break as they look to find full fitness.The Liverpool Echosays the trio are in line to get into the squad for the Manchester United game at Old Trafford in less than two weeks.Alisson is recovering from a calf injury, while Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana are trying to get themselves up to full match fitness.The latter did not make the England squad, which means they have the entire two-week break to focus on getting fit for Liverpool. last_img read more

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  • 2 days agoLiverpool midfielder Milner: Every player wants to be playing more

    first_imgLiverpool midfielder Milner: Every player wants to be playing moreby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner admits he’d like to be playing more.Milner has been restricted to just two Premier League starts so far this season.He said: “I think as a player you want to play as many games as you can.“Every time you get that chance to go out there and perform, you need to do it to the best of your ability and make it difficult for the manager to leave you it.”We have a strong squad of players and the competition is strong in every position and that is what we need to push each other to perform.“Having a lot of games is what happens when you’re successful, we are lucky enough to have been that (successful) and we are still in all the trophies.“We go out there to win every game that we can so we will try to do that.“All the players are used to it (a lot of games), it doesn’t make it any easier, the boys with the internationals and travelling and that but we have gone the distance in this competition for a couple of years so we know what it is all about.“We need to carry on doing that, we need to keep looking after ourselves, have the luck with injuries and things like that as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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  • Here Is How This Week’s Playoff Rankings Compare To Simulated BCS

    first_imgA list of college football teams and their playoff rankings.Twitter/@BCSKnowHowThis week’s College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the debate is heating up. Clemson remains No. 1, Alabama jumps to No. 2 after beating LSU, and Notre Dame slides into the four-team field. Many wonder if the selection committee has done the best possible job. BCS Know How calculates how the old BCS formula would rank the teams each week, and released a side-by-side comparison with playoff rankings just minutes after they were released. Here is how the BCS would slot things:Side-by-side comparison of the latest @CFBPlayoff ranking and what the #BCS would have looked like this week pic.twitter.com/HxjFHK6wTP— BCSKnowHow.com (@BCSKnowHow) November 11, 2015The biggest differences: the BCS is far more kind to Utah (four spot jump), Oklahoma State (three spots) and Baylor (two spots), while the Playoff prefers Utah, Notre Dame, and Iowa (two spots each). Which ranking do you think works better?last_img read more

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  • Tuchel ‘scared’ PSG won’t make winter signing

    first_imgThomas Tuchel said he will “sleep well” once Paris Saint-Germain sign a new player during the transfer window as he eyes reinforcements.PSG have been linked with star Napoli midfielder Allan in January, while Adrien Rabiot is set to leave the Ligue 1 champions.And Tuchel admits the difficulty of landing new players during the winter has him nervous. 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? “[Sporting director] Antero [Henrique] and the president said that I would have a recruit and I trust them,” he told reporters after Saturday’s comfortable Ligue 1 win over Amiens. “But, in the same time, I’m afraid [of not having one]. I know that the transfer window in winter is complicated.”I hope [a new player will arrive], but I’m scared too [to not have him]. When I get this recruit, I’ll sleep well.”PSG bounced back from their shock Coupe de la Ligue elimination by defeating 10-man Amiens, despite the absence of superstar Neymar.Neymar – who has been linked with a sensational return to La Liga champions Barcelona – was rested but PSG still reigned supreme thanks to Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe after the midweek defeat to Guingamp.”It was the best answer, and necessary. Against Guingamp, it was weird, but we lost it,” Tuchel said. “We missed some things and today we have played with a lot of qualities mentally.FT: Three goals and three points for @PSG_English   @AmiensSC as this season’s unbeaten run extends to 18 games! #ASCPSG pic.twitter.com/lKH8Dm21ps — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 12, 2019  “We started strong for 30 minutes, then we lost a little bit, and in the second half we exchanged [Julian] Draxler and Dani Alves, that was very good, and I’m very happy. It’s our challenge to find the solutions against defensive teams, but there’s been a lot of effort. “Sometimes it’s hard for the team to win all the time and stay focused. It’s like that in a big club, but it’s never easy to find the motivation. The team showed it all season and Guingamp was an exception.” PSG return to the pitch next Saturday to face Guingamp, with the Paris side looking to extend their sizable lead atop the Ligue 1 table.last_img read more

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  • Berizzo admits there is no easy way to stop Messi

    first_imgLionel Messi must be stopped by a collective effort from Paraguay in Wednesday’s crunch Copa America clash, according to their head coach Eduardo Berizzo.Both teams endured disappointing starts to the continental showpiece, with Paraguay letting a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw against Qatar, while Argentina were abject in a 2-0 loss to Colombia.Paraguay conceded two goals within ten minutes after the hour mark to draw the game, and their head coach is fully aware of the task that now lies ahead. 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? Berizzo’s side face Argentina next, before their final group game against Colombia. Argentina meanwhile sit bottom of Group B after one game, and end their group campaign against Qatar.As his quest for major honours with his country trudges on, Argentina will again look to Messi for inspiration, and former Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao boss Berizzo concedes there is no easy solution when it comes to tackling the Barcelona superstar.”To annul a player like Messi is not an individual task, it is a collective task,” he told reporters ahead of taking on his native country.”When you try to neutralise him, he opens the way [for others]. So the question is not centred only on him, but on the possibilities that are generated from him for other players.”Paraguay’s late collapse against Qatar stung Berizzo and he wants to see a response from his players, particularly in terms of game management when they are in possession.”We have talked about what happened and what we have to improve,” he added.”That is control of the ball and [making sure] that the process of the match does not escape us depending on the result.”We have to sustain the plan from beginning to end.”last_img read more

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  • FIFA 19 Flashback Riyad Mahrez SBC

    first_imgThe 2015-16 Premier League season was a magical time. We all became believers as the country watched in awe as Leicester City beat the 5000/1 odds and lifted the Premier League trophy. One of the stars that season was Riyad Mahrez who appeared to be magical himself at times with his beautiful ball control and powerful shot.EA Sports have decided to pay tribute to that season by giving the Algerian a Flashback card relating to his 93-rated TOTS in FIFA 16. His new FIFA 19 card has the same overall rating, making it his best card in the game with 93 pace, 94 dribbling, 92 shooting, 93 passing and 80 physicality. Some of his in-game stats are outrageous, too, like his 96 acceleration, 94 long shots, 95 curve and his 99 agility. All that as well as five-star skills and a four-star weak foot makes this Mahrez card extremely strong so Goal is here to help with the Squad Building Challenges.Flashback Riyad MahrezFlashback Riyad Mahrez 1 – Leicester CityRequirements: Minimum number of Leicester players: 1, minimum number of informs: 2, minimum squad rating of 84, minimum team chemistry: 75, numbers of players in the squad: 11. 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? Solution : Kasper Schmeichel (2,800), Team of the Season Lee Yong (19,750), inform Kang Min Soo (11,250), Andreas Christensen (1,200), inform Kim Min Woo (11,250), Thorgan Hazard (1,500), Axel Witsel (9,400), Javi Martinez (5,300), Yann Sommer (1,900), Thomas Muller (19,000), Andrej Kramaric (1,800) (85,150 coins total). Rewards : One mega pack which is worth 35,000 coins.Flashback Riyad Mahrez 2 – Premier LeagueRequirements:  Minimum number of Premier League players: 1, minimum number of informs or TOTS cards: 2, minimum squad rating of 86, minimum team chemistry: 60, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution : Iker Casillas (2,000), TOTS Robert Skov (45,000), Kepa (2,700), Felipe (1,500), Jardel (1,300), Fabinho (12,000), Danilo Pereira (1,800), Pizzi (2,000), TOTS Viktor Tsygankov (47,000), Bruno Fernandes (3,700), Jonas (4,100) (123,100 coins total).Rewards : One rare mega pack which is worth 55,000 coins.Flashback Riyad Mahrez 3 – 86-Rated SquadRequirements : Minimum number of informs or TOTS cards: 2, minimum squad rating of 86, minimum team chemistry: 60, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution : Bernd Leno (2,700), TOTS Robert Skov (45,000), Andreas Christensen (1,200), Sokratis (4,900), TOTS Viktor Tsygankov (47,000), Hakim Ziyech (2,000), Danilo Pereira (1,800), William Carvalho (3,900), Pizzi (2,000), Bruno Fernandes (3,700), Jonas (4,100)​ (118,100 coins total).​Rewards : One rare players pack which is worth 50,000 coins.Flashback Riyad Mahrez 4 – 88-Rated SquadRequirements : Minimum squad rating of 88, minimum team chemistry: 60, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution : Iker Casillas (2,000), Lucas Leiva (1,500), Felipe (1,500), TOTS Varela (24,750), TOTS Vierinha (37,000), Danilo Pereira (1,800), TOTS Robert Skov (45,000), Pizzi (2,000), Bruno Fernandes (3,700), TOTS Viktor Tsygankov (47,000) TOTS Eran Zahavi (51,000) (214,250 coins total).Rewards : One prime gold players pack which is worth 45,000 coins.last_img read more

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  • Report: France 1 United States 2

    first_imgMegan Rapinoe was the United States’ match-winner for the second game running as she netted another brace to help the holders beat hosts France 2-1 in Paris and set up a Women’s World Cup semi-final clash with England.Reign FC forward Rapinoe, who scored twice in the USA’s victory over Spain on Monday, showed no signs of distraction after her war of words with American president Donald Trump as she put her side into an early lead from which a France team featuring six players from Champions League-winning Lyon never recovered.USA have made a habit of scoring early in this competition and France knew all about the attacking threat of Alex Morgan and Rapinoe. However, France nevertheless fell behind after just five minutes when Morgan won a free-kick that experienced forward Rapinoe converted. 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? An expectant crowd at a sold-out Parc des Princes awaited the response from France’s talented front four but could only watch as a USA defence marshalled masterfully by Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn repeatedly slammed the door in their faces.France had won 17 of their previous 18 matches in all competitions but there was no way back for Corinne Diacre’s players after Rapinoe slid home her second after 65 minutes, despite Wendie Renard’s late consolation, and the USA will take some stopping on current form.2 – Megan Rapinoe is the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back Women’s World Cup appearances since Marta in 2007. Double. #FIFAWWC #USA #FRAUSA pic.twitter.com/bHY3VbMrcj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2019Rapinoe’s opener came when a low free-kick from the left bounced through a crowd of bodies and evaded Sarah Bouhaddi’s left hand before bulging the net.Shaken by the early goal, France steadied themselves and stemmed the flow of USA attacks but failed to muster a shot on target themselves as they struggled to compete with the physicality of Samantha Mewis and Julie Ertz in midfield.Bouhaddi was called into action early in the second half to make a double save from Mewis and Tobin Heath, before Eugenie Le Sommer snatched at a close-range chance at the other end and blazed wide.USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was finally tested when Valerie Gauvin’s header threatened to loop over her head but she dived backwards to claim it.France were still in the game until Renard was caught napping as Morgan’s pass fed Heath, who had a clear run to the box where she dragged the ball back to Rapinoe for an easy finish.Heath thought she had scored one of her own 10 minutes later but an offside flag ruled otherwise.Renard set up a tense finish when she headed Gaetane Thiney’s free-kick home from 10 yards, but the bullish USA defence held firm. Key Opta Facts:- The host nation has been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in each of the last four Women’s World Cup tournaments – China in 2007, Germany in 2011, Canada in 2015 and France in 2019 have all fallen at this stage.- USA have reached the semi-final in all eight of their Women’s World Cup tournaments.- USA have now won their last 10 matches at the Women’s World Cup, equalling the longest run of wins in the tournament’s history set by Norway between 1995 and 1999.- Six of France’s 10 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup were scored via set-pieces, with four of those scored by Wendie Renard.- USA’s Megan Rapinoe became the first player to score two or more goals in consecutive Women’s World Cup matches since Marta did so for Brazil in 2007. read morelast_img read more

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  • An FCS Program Just Upset An FBS Team

    first_imgLincoln Financial Field ahead of a Temple football game.College football Saturdays are back and they aren’t going anywhere until 2019. Week 1 of the college football season is well underway and there have already been plenty of upsets.On Saturday afternoon, an FCS program took down an FBS program. The battle for Philadelphia between Villanova and Temple ended with the Wildcats on top.Nova walked out with a 19-17 win after a late touchdown gave the Wildcats the lead. Temple’s quarterback threw a late interception that sealed the victory for the Wildcats.Cats WIN at @LFFStadium!#BeatTemple#GoNova#TapTheRock pic.twitter.com/se8O3LDVMo— Villanova Football (@NovaFootball) September 1, 2018It’s the first FCS over FBS game of the day, but it certainly won’t be the last of the year.Villanova dominated the line of scrimmage to the tune of 405 yards of offense to Temple’s 251 yards.last_img read more

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  • Lou Holtz Predicts Blowout For Clemson-FSU Game

    first_imgLou Holtz on the field before a game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No. 2 Clemson take on Florida State this weekend in a game that could all but cement Clemson’s spot in the ACC Championship game. ESPN analyst and former college football head coach Lou Holtz weighed in on the game – and predicts a big result in the game.On The Crowd’s Line College Football Show with Lou Holtz & Mark May, the two veteran analysts gave their picks. Unsurprisingly, both picked Clemson – and both predicted the Tigers to win big.“I think Florida State has good talent,” Holtz said. “If their offensive line shows up and compete with Clemson’s defensive line, they have a chance but I don’t think it’s gonna happen. Even though it’s at Florida State, and let’s remember this, Florida State is really fighting for a bowl game… I look for Clemson to prevail 38-17.”May predicted the Tigers would win 46-21.WEEK 9 – Lou Holtz and Mark May Breakdown Clemson vs Florida State from The Crowd’s Line on Vimeo.The Tigers have scored 27+ points in every one of their seven wins this season, while allowing seven or fewer four times. Beating them will be a huge ask for the Seminoles.The winner of the Clemson-Florida State game has won the ACC Atlantic Division in each of the last nine seasons.Additionally, the two teams have combined to win each of the last seven ACC Championship Games.last_img read more

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  • Former Nebraska Star Has Signed With A New NFL Team

    first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Earlier this week, former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was released by the Detroit Lions. Abdullah spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Lions after being drafted in the second round by the team in 2015.Now, he’s signed with a new team. Abdullah is staying in the NFC North and signing with the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.Vikings claimed former Lions RB Ameer Abdullah in waivers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2018The Detroit backfield was too full with rookie Kerryon Johnson, and veterans LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick stealing reps from Abdullah. However, the backfield in Minnesota also features a stout backfield with Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray holding down the running back positions.Regardless, it’s another opportunity for Abdullah to show he belongs in the league. The former Nebraska star is adept as a returner, so it’s conceivable the Vikings could use him there.Minnesota waived rookie running back Roc Thomas, who is dealing with an injury, to make room for Abdullah.last_img read more

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  • Nick Saban Reveals What Team He Doesn’t Want To Play

    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 head coach Nick Saban doesn’t have a say in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s decision, but he knows who he doesn’t want the Crimson Tide to play.The SEC championship-winning head coach said after Alabama’s win over Georgia that he does not want to have to face the Bulldogs again.Saban, though, believes Georgia is worthy of a spot in the College Football Playoff.Alabama’s head coach says the Bulldogs are a top-four team.“They are one of the four best teams in the country. I don’t want to play them again. That is the ultimate compliment I can give them,” Saban said after his team’s win.Nick Saban on Georgia: “They are one of the four best teams in the country. I don’t want to play them again. That is the ultimate compliment I can give them.”— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) December 2, 2018Will the College Football Playoff selection committee end up agreeing with Saban?Alabama’s head coach isn’t the only one making this argument. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes Georgia should be No. 3 in the selection committee’s final rankings.The College Football Playoff will officially be unveiled at noon on ESPN.last_img read more

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  • Report: 3 NFL Teams Interested In Trading For Josh Rosen

    first_imgarizona cardinals rookie quarterback josh rosenGLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 23: Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up for the NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft sits less than one month away. As NFL teams do their final preparations for the upcoming draft, an interesting trade idea has popped onto the radar.The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 pick in the draft. According to multiple reports, the team is in “love” with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray – who fits Kliff Kingsbury’s offensive scheme.There’s only one problem. The Cardinals traded up in the 2018 NFL draft to select former UCLA star Josh Rosen with the No. 10 pick in the draft.If Arizona selects Murray, the Cardinals will have to find a new home for Rosen.According to a report from college football analyst Joel Klatt, three NFL teams have inquired about a potential trade for the former Bruins quarterback.The New York Giants, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly interested.Patriots, Chargers and Giants are all interested in Josh Rosen, one of the teams offered a 2nd-round pick, per @joelklatt pic.twitter.com/IpZw1huSQ7— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) March 27, 2019Klatt revealed one of those three teams has offered a second-round pick to the Cardinals, but failed to mention which team. However, NFL insider Benjamin Allbright suggested the Chargers are the only team to make an offer.With just a month until the draft, rumors will run rampant and potential trades will surface.Will the Cardinals make the bold choice to draft a quarterback in the first round two years in a row? If so, they’ll be the first team since the Indianapolis Colts selected Art Schlichter and John Elway in 1982 and 1983.last_img read more

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  • Kirk Herbstreit Is Extremely Impressed With Ohio State’s JK Dobbins

    first_imgESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)No. 6 Ohio State dominated in their Big Ten opener versus Indiana. The Buckeyes dropped 51 points while only allowing 10 to the Hoosiers.Quarterback Justin Fields was fantastic — 199 yards and three touchdowns. Running back J.K. Dobbins stole the show though with 193 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown.Ohio State fans loved Dobbins’ performance and effort. He even got praise from one of the most nationally recognized college football analysts.ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter to praise the Ohio State running back. .@Jkdobbins22 REAL DEAL!!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 14, 2019Dobbins’ praise from analysts and fans everywhere is certainly deserved. Of his 193 rushing yards, 175 came in the first half. Given the game was already out of hand by halftime, Dobbins wasn’t necessarily needed.The Buckeyes are off to a stellar start in 2019. They now have wins over FAU, Cincinnati and Indiana. Things will get much tougher moving forward though.Ohio State still has to play games against Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and of course, Michigan. The rest of the Buckeyes’ schedule is managable though.New head coach Ryan Day has been impressive since taking over for Urban Meyer. Many feared the program would struggle in their first year without Meyer. But it looks like things in Columbus are operating smoothly as usual.Dobbins is certainly playing like a potential Heisman candidate.last_img read more

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  • S Ravi only Indian umpire among 22 officials for 2019 World Cup

    first_imgS Ravi only Indian umpire among 22 officials for 2019 World CupSundaram Ravi is India’s only representative in the 22-member list fr the World Cup announced by the ICC which consists of 16 umpires and six match referees. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 14:05 IST Sundaram Ravi, India’s only official selected for World Cup 2019, has officiated in 33 Tests, 42 ODIs and 18 T20Is till now (Getty image)HIGHLIGHTSSundaram Ravi will be one of the 22 match officials in World Cup 2019S Ravi has officiated in 33 Tests, 42 ODIs and 18 T20Is till nowThe 22-member list announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) consists of 16 umpires and six match refereesSundaram Ravi will be one of the 22 match officials officiating in the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.Ravi, India’s only representative in ICC’s Elite panel, has officiated in 33 Tests, 42 ODIs and 18 T20Is till now.The 53-year-old recently had to face flak from India skipper Virat Kohli when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost to Mumbai Indians in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).Ravi had failed to notice a no-ball bowled when Bangalore needed seven to win the match off the final delivery. Mumbai’s Lasith Malinga had bowled a dot ball, but replays suggested the paceman had overstepped the line.Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma had also said such mistakes were “not good for the game”.The 22-member list announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) consists of 16 umpires and six match referees.The opening match between hosts England and South Africa at The Oval will see three World Cup winners officiating.David Boon will be the match referee, Kumar Dharmasena one of the two on-field umpires and Paul Reiffel the third umpire. Bruce Oxenford will be the other on-field umpire and Joel Wilson the fourth official for the match.Ranjan Madugalle, the most experienced match referee, will be officiating in his sixth World Cup, while it will be the fourth World Cup for Broad and Crowe.Umpire Dar will be officiating in his fifth World Cup and it will be the fourth and last for Gould, who has announced his retirement after the tournament.advertisementThe appointments for the semi-finals will be announced at the end of the league stage and those for the final will be finalised after the semi-finals.The match officials for the World Cup are as follows: Match Referees: Chris Broad, David Boon, Andy Pycroft, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Richie RichardsonUmpires: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson, Michael Gough, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Paul WilsonAlso Read | No debate surrounding No.4 spot in World Cup squad, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | India, Pakistan, England, Australia: Ganguly predicts 2019 World Cup semifinalistsAlso Watch | Getting better with age, looking forward to the World Cup: Chris Gayle to India TodayFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow World CupFollow Sundaram RaviFollow Umpirelast_img read more

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  • Dropping Hardik Pandya’s catch cost Australia big time: Sachin Tendulkar

    first_imgadvertisement view more view less Dropping Hardik Pandya’s catch cost Australia big time: Sachin TendulkarHardik Pandya was dropped by Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey off the first ball that he faced and he made them pay dearly by smashing 48 off 27 balls. India Today Web Desk LondonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 11:09 IST Hardik Pandya took Australian bowlers to the cleaners in the death overs (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya smahed 48 off 27 balls including 4 boundaries and 3 sixesPandya was dropped by Alex Carey off the very first ball that he faced in the 38th overPandya has been in superb form with the bat this year ever since his comeback in the Indian teamIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya cashed in on an early reprieve during his swashbuckling innings against Australia, smashing 48 off 27 balls which gave his team the push that was needed to put up a massive total on the board in their second World Cup 2019 match in London on Sunday.Hardik Pandya was elevated up the batting order to No.4 and walked in after Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket in the 37th over. Hardik shared an 81-run partnership with Virat Kohli and did the bulk of the scoring even though the Indian captain was well-set in the middle at that time.Hardik hit three sixes and four boundaries in his brief cameo and narrowly missed out on scoring the fastest half-century in this World Cup. But his knock helped India go past the 300-run mark in the 46th over.Kohli (82), MS Dhoni (27) and KL Rahul (11 not out) then made sure to take the score past 350 which took the game out of Australia’s reach.”Alex Carey would be not so happy with what he did. Hardik was dropped first ball that cost them big time because he is someone you wouldn’t want to give him an extra chance. The first chance that he gives you better catch that ball”With Hardik having that ability to clear the boundary so effortlessly, you want to see his back when he’s going full swing you don’t want him to spend time in the middle. When we lost that wicket (Shikhar Dhawan) I was just hoping either Dhoni or Hardik should walk in and it rightly happened so,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today after the game.advertisementRohit 57 (70)Dhawan 117 (109)Kohli 82 (77)Pandya 48 (27)Dhoni 27 (14)from #TeamIndia to post 352/5. Australia will need a record World Cup chase to win this! #INDvAUS SCORECARD https://t.co/tdWyb7lIw6 pic.twitter.com/TCV7b02PBcICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019Tendulkar, who spent a lot of time with Hardik Pandya at Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019, also pointed out the changes that the all-rounder has made in his game which is why he has been so successful with the bat this year as opposed to his performances in the last couple of years.”He always had this ability of having a great bat swing. It’s a free bat swing and during the impact he’s stable. Early on in his career he was trying to hit the ball too hard and would lose shape.”Now he’s maintaining a good shape and that centre of gravity is far more stable. He is not slogging, he’s playing proper cricket shots and he did so even in IPL 2019,” Tendulkar said.The series loss in India earlier this year “motivated” India in their clash against Australia, says #ViratKohli. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/bZfKcN3QIECricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 10, 2019India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan (117) and captain Kohli’s (82) knocks to post a mammoth 352 for 5 after winning the toss and then bowled out Australia for 316 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking 3 wickets each.The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup while India had defeated South Africa in their opening match.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Batsmen underestimate Yuzvendra Chahal, feels Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar surprised with David Warner’s slow batting vs IndiaAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar on India’s win over Australia: It was incredible and specialAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar wants Shikhar Dhawan to break his record in ICC tournamentsFor 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 byrohan sen scorecard graphs Next commentary No data available!last_img read more

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  • Kia Seltos bookings start for a token amount of Rs 25,000

    first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 14:41 IST Kia Seltos will be available in the GT line and Tech line trims.HIGHLIGHTSKia Seltos will be available with three BSVI-compliant engine options.The SUV will have Sports, Normal and Eco driving modes.Kia Seltos will have the UVO (Your Voice) connect system with 37 features.Kia Motors today commenced the official bookings of Seltos in India for a token amount of Rs 25,000. The upcoming SUV can be booked online and through the carmaker’s 206 sales points across the country. Kia Seltos will be launched here on August 22. The company is entering India with 265 touch points across 160 cities.Kia Seltos will be available with three BSVI-compliant engine options — 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and 1.4-litre turbo petrol. While there will be a standard 6-speed manual gearbox on offer, there are three automatic transmissions — 7-speed DCT, IVT and 6-speed AT. The SUV will be available in the GT line and Tech line trims. Now, these two trims will have further sub-divisions into different variants depending on the features. The vehicle will have Sports, Normal and Eco driving modes and Mud, Snow/Wet and Sand traction modes.The upcoming SUV gets features like tiger-nose grille, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps. There are 17-inch crystal cut alloy wheels as well. There are discs at the front (16-inch) as well as rear (14-inch). There are red brake calipers and red accents on side cladding in the GT-Line trim.A customer will come across features like 10.25 HD touchscreen navigation, ambient mood lighting, leatherette seats (sports seats in GT Line), 2-step reclining rear seats, 60:40 split with adjustable rear center headrest, ventilated front seats, driver power seat, sporty D-Cut steering wheel, sunshade curtains and high-line tyre pressure monitor in the cabin of Kia Seltos. The touchscreen system is not only compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it gets embedded navigation and split-screen function as well. There is also a 400-watt 8 speaker Bose premium sound system on offer. The instrument cluster comes with a 7-inch colour display panel. An 8.0 heads up display will also be available.advertisementKia Seltos will have the UVO (Your Voice) connect system with 37 features. The subscription will be free for the first three years. The 37 features are spread across five categories — navigation, safety and security, vehicle management, remote control and convenience. The UVO connect system will have an AI-powered voice recognition service.Kia Seltos will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the lower variants of Tata Harrier and the recently-launched MG Hector. The SUV is expected to be priced between of Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom).ALSO READ | MG Hector-maker becomes official global car partner of Liverpool Football ClubALSO READ | Ducati Panigale V4 25 Anniversario 916 launched in India, price starts at Rs 54.90 lakhALSO READ | MG Hector petrol hybrid: First drive reviewGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Kia SeltosFollow Kia Seltos bookingsFollow Kia Seltos launch Kia Seltos bookings start for a token amount of Rs 25,000Upcoming Kia Seltos gets features like tiger-nose grille, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps. There are 17-inch crystal cut alloy wheels as well. There are discs at the front (16-inch) as well as rear (14-inch).advertisementlast_img read more

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  • Debt-ridden Ronaldinho in trouble over unpaid environmental fines

    first_imgDebt-ridden Ronaldinho in trouble over unpaid environmental finesRonaldinho’s lawyer denied the player’s assets were under restriction but told Folha de S.Paulo he could not comment on the details of the case because of the judicial secrecy ruling.advertisement Reuters Sao PauloJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 09:00 IST File photo of Brazil football star Ronaldinho (AP Photo)A court in southern Brazil has forbidden ex-Barcelona striker Ronaldinho from selling 57 of his real estate properties due to an unpaid environmental fine and other debts, a Brazilian newspaper reported on Monday.The Folha de S.Paulo paper said the former World Player of the Year owes 9.5 million reais ($2.51 million) in unpaid environmental fines after illegally building a pier at his lake house in Porto Alegre.Creditors have also taken action to recover 7.8 million reais in other debts, Folha said.Authorities have confiscated Ronaldinho’s passport until the cases are resolved, the newspaper added.The judge in Porto Alegre told Reuters the case fell under judicial secrecy rules and would not confirm or deny any details about the newspaper report.Ronaldinho’s lawyer denied the player’s assets were under restriction but told Folha de S.Paulo he could not comment on the details of the case because of the judicial secrecy ruling.The 39-year-old striker retired from football in 2015 after spells with a host of clubs in Brazil and Europe.He was twice voted FIFA player of the year while playing for Barcelona and he also won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ronaldinho Nextlast_img read more

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  • Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy

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