FA Cup hero Grigg hails ‘unbelievable’ win

first_imgWill Grigg FA Cup hero Grigg revels in dousing Manchester City’s fire Dom Farrell 07:01 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) WillGrigg - cropped Getty Images Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Wigan Athletic Manchester City FA Cup The striker scored the decisive goal as Wigan Athletic stunned the Premier League leaders, a result the striker could scarcely believe FA Cup hero Will Grigg hailed Wigan Athletic for making the impossible possible after his goal secured a stunning 1-0 upset win over Premier League leaders Manchester City.Grigg kept his cool after an error from Kyle Walker in the 79th minute to slot beyond Claudio Bravo and book a quarter-final place for Paul Cook’s League One side, ending Pep Guardiola’s quest for a historic quadruple in the process.AdChoices广告Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho wasted glorious chances for City in the first half, but their task was complicated by Fabian Delph being sent off for a rash lunge on Max Power. 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 Wigan still had to withstand long spells of pressure after the break, doing so magnificently, before Grigg coolly dispatched his seventh goal in as many FA Cup matches this season.”It’s brilliant – obviously it was a nice easy game out there,” Grigg joked when he spoke to BBC Sport after the match.”It was an unbelievable performance by the lads. They’re probably the best team in Europe at the moment”I caught the offside trap and it was a nice little foot race with Kyle Walker, which was not really what I wanted.”I’m a goalscorer. I’ve said I’ll score at any level and luckily that one’s gone in.”#wafc pic.twitter.com/xG8c8ddac6— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) February 19, 2018Asked whether he had thought a victory that mimicked the scoreline of Wigan’s famous win over City in the 2013 FA Cup final was possible beforehand, Grigg replied: “To be honest, probably not. We worked really hard. The gaffer and the staff have put a great game plan together.”Even before the sending off we were playing really well. It comes at a good time but it’s one of those things.”Against a side like that – you can see in the second half that they’ve dominated possession.”They’ve got some unbelievable players, some of the best players in the world and we defended unbelievably well.”last_img read more

‘Mature’ Suarez key for Uruguay – Tabarez

first_imgWorld Cup Suarez has matured since 2014, claims Uruguay boss Tabarez Patric Ridge 00:16 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Tabarez - cropped Getty Images World Cup Luis Suárez Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Egypt The striker’s campaign in Brazil ended in scandal after biting Giorgio Chiellini, but his coach believes he has grown up a lot in the past four years Luis Suarez’s controversial actions in Brazil four years ago have helped the Barcelona star mature as a player, according to Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez.Suarez was suspended from all football activities for four months following his actions in a clash against Italy in the group stages in Brazil, having bitten Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.That controversy did not prevent Barca signing Suarez from Liverpool, and the 31-year-old has gone on to enjoy a trophy-laden spell at Camp Nou. 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 The forward will lead the line – along with Edinson Cavani – for Uruguay and, speaking ahead of their opener against Egypt on Friday, veteran coach Tabarez insisted Suarez has matured since 2014.”Suarez comes to the tournament as a very mature player. I have known him a long time, since 2006,” Tabarez told reporters. “What happened in Brazil is part of reality and has helped him mature. Luis is very smart and well prepared mentally.”With all the good things he can do, he is key for the team.”16 – The last 16 Luis Suárez’s goals for Uruguay have been scored from inside the box (five of them from penalty spot) since scoring in 2013 Confederations Cup vs Tahití. Killer pic.twitter.com/Bj6vO3ryCd— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 8 June 2018Tabarez is taking charge of Uruguay at a World Cup for the fourth time, and the former Boca Juniors boss believes his side have the experience and quality to enjoy a fruitful campaign.”It’s a very compact group, with a lot of friendship and great leaders,” added Tabarez, who acknowledged that many of his squad have had a tough season with their clubs.”Getting here for us is already important. We arrived with the expectation of enjoying the World Cup and achieving great things.”For that I have a group that is very well and the mentality is also very good.”As for the preparation, we are in a similar situation to that of the European teams. They come after very strenuous seasons.”The players had rest days, according to the requirement they had in their league and team. We never complain about the little time we have, each time it is less for us to be able to work with them.”last_img read more

Captain’s Diary – Louise Winchester

first_imgIn this edition, Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the World Cup  and her troublesome pinky finger. Hey Touch heads, Well I’m so sorry that this next diary entry has taken me so long to write, I’m sure you’ve all been so disappointed and waiting anxiously. The plan was to write this entry after our last camp but a few things have happened since then. It is now the night before our second and final camp before we go away to Scotland and yes I’m counting down the days…only 14 more sleeps!My apologies for not writing sooner but I had a little mishap last camp which has basically taken up all my time in the last two weeks. At the training camp on Sunday I broke my little finger. I was playing a game with the girls and simply dove for a touchdown. My finger landed on the ball awkwardly but there wasn’t much in it at all! Lucky I had some great physios looking after me in Georgia and Steve ‘The Goose King’ Cunningham as they got right onto it.Kristy was a very good friend and came with me to emergency and sat with me most of Sunday night. Wednesday then came and off I went to the specialist thinking nothing of it really, only to be shocked by the news that I needed surgery. So on Friday of last week I went and got three screws put in my little finger. I never would have thought a little finger could be such a punish!I must admit, I was gutted at first. Not because I ever thought I wouldn’t play, even with the bad timing of it all, that never once came into my mind. But I guess I was just so disappointed that it had to happen at all. In the end, it most definitely could have been worse and it is only a pinky! So basically now it’s rehab time and I’m very lucky to have a number of physios in our team who are all helping me out!Earlier tonight I picked up Quirky, Chez, Quincy and Jess from the airport. It was just so nice to see the girls and they all made me feel much better. We have had a lovely night at the Winchester household with Mum whipping up a beautiful pasta dish for us all and then we all just relaxed and watched the footy. Quirk Dog is being a good girl and has been hitting the books for her next exam which is Monday morning, exactly what she’ll feel like after a weekend of tippy tap. And the other youngsters have all gone off to bed in preparation for a big day tomorrow!Even though I am so disappointed that I won’t be able to run with the girls this camp, I am really looking forward to it. Last camp I felt was awesome. As a team we just got better and better and things are really starting to come together nicely for us.We’ve had Kez on the job, keeping us in line. Deano has us on the ball with all his little drills and skills and Micko Banks has us recovering in fashion with the up and go’s!Just a few little things to fix up but we are on track and after this weekend, most definitely ready to go!Hope everyone is well. Write soon. Sweet tippy tap dreams.Weezo xolast_img read more

Got A Question For Louise Winchester?

first_imgWhether it be a question about the 2011 World Cup, her role as coach of NSWCCC, or anything else you would like to know, send in your questions and we will ask her. Send in your questions to media@austouch.com.au or post a question on the TFA Facebook or Twitter pages and her answers will be filmed and will feature on the Touch Football Australia (TFA) YouTube page. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links: www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link: www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

Foundation Coaching Online Resources Now Available

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to launch our new online resource platform aimed at providing coaches, athletes and referees with tools to assist in the development of all participants of the sport – www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustralia. Foundation Coaching Resources is the first ‘collection’ of resources for coaches and athletes that will be released for subscription and to launch the platform – Dartfish.tv . It contains a series of visual skill demonstrations, printable coaching factsheets and associated drills. TFA is pleased to offer the Foundation Coaching Resources at the introductory half price rate of $11 inclusive of GST for the month of July. This would be for an annual subscription to the collection until July 2014.Furthermore we will offer affiliates, schools, or other groups a multiple licence opportunity for $80 for 10 licenses. From August the regular pricing will commence at $22 inclusive of GST for individuals, and $160 inclusive of GST for multiple licences – the multiple licences will be available from Tuesday, 23 July 2013. For more information on how to subscribe, please click on the attached memo. Related Filesfoundation_coaching_resources_-__launch1-pdfRelated LinksCoaching Resourceslast_img read more

10 months agoSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and players

first_imgSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Mino Raiola fears for Italian football after the incidents around Inter Milan’s victory over Napoli on Boxing Day.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“Racism is ignorance by definition,” he told ANSA.“It’s difficult to talk to the ignorant, but we must always fight against them and be united together.“Having said that, where is the government, both the real one and the one in football? Where is the union? Where are the unity and solidarity between all the players and clubs?“This is a problem for all club owners and players. If Italy fails to defeat this cancer then it has no future in football.“Football is the mirror of society. It takes a unique objective, bravery, good ideas and b***s.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Crew Make College Football Playoff Picks

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?The NFL Draft is dominating today’s news cycle but it’s always a good time to make some College Football Playoff predictions. About five months away from the 2016 season, some of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has done just that. ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler tweeted out the teams himself, Jesse Palmer, Desmond Howard, Joey Galloway and Kaylee Hartung are picking to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson was the only unanimous selection between the five college football personalities, while seven other teams – Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Houston – were picked by at least one of them. fired up panel @JessePalmerABC @DesmondHoward @Joey_Galloway @KayleeHartung making bold CFB predictions at our sponsor summit tonight! 1/2— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 20162/2 our panel’s consensus CFB playoff pick: @ClemsonFB w/ OU, BAY, ALA, LSU, TENN, STAN, HOU also mentioned by at least one of them.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 2016Some pretty popular choices, but it’s surprising to see no Big Ten teams on their list. Both Michigan and Ohio State are thought to be preseason top 10 teams and it’s tough to imagine a one-loss Big Ten champion getting left out.Who are you picking?last_img read more

When is the Campeon de Campeones? Tickets, location, TV & stream details

first_imgAs champions of the 2018 Apertura, Club America will take on Tigres, champions of the 2019 Clausura, in the 2019 Campeon de Campeones on Sunday, July 14 in Carson, California.It is the fourth successive year the US venue, which is the home of the LA Galaxy, has played host to the event, with Tigres taking the honors in all of the previous three games, including a thumping 4-0 win over Santos Laguna last year.Meanwhile, America go chasing their fifth Campeon de Campeones crown, having last lifted the trophy in 2005. 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? It is an encounter that will go straight to penalty kicks if the score is tied after extra-time.The winner, meanwhile, will earn the right to tackle 2018 MLS champions Atlanta United on August 14 in the 2019 Campeones Cup, the second running of the annual competition, which Tigres won last in 2018 thanks to a fine 3-1 victory over Toronto in Canada.How to buy tickets for the Campeon de CampeonesThe Campeon de Campeones is part of a double-header that will also see Cruz Azul and Necaxa play out for the Super Copa MX at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.Tickets went on sale on Friday, April 26 and are already sold out for the event but are available on re-sale sites and are typically going for between $38 and $400, depending on the location of the seat.When tickets initially went on sale, they were priced between $38 and $250.How to watch the Campeon de Campeones The Campeon de Campeones and Super Copa MX double feature will be broadcast in Spanish language on Univision and the Univision Deportes Network (UDN), the network that carries the majority of major Liga MX fixtures. The channels that the fixture will be shown on and the streaming packages it will be available via have not yet been clarified.There is not yet any confirmation if the match will be shown on English-language television.The Super Copa will begin at 6pm ET (3pm local time) while the Campeon de Campeones kicks off three hours later at 9pm.last_img read more

Report: USA 2 Netherlands 0

first_imgMegan Rapinoe struck a 61st-minute penalty before Rose Lavelle netted a fine solo goal as the United States beat Netherlands 2-0 to become Women’s World Cup winners for the fourth time.Reign FC forward Rapinoe plundered her sixth goal of the tournament to ensure Jill Ellis’ side successfully defended their title at the expense of a Netherlands team that fought bravely to overcome their underdogs tag but ultimately came up short.The goal, which came after a VAR review highlighted Stefanie van der Gragt’s foul on Alex Morgan, drew Rapinoe level with Morgan and England’s Ellen White in the goalscoring stakes, while Netherlands forward Lieke Martens cut a frustrated figure as the Dutch struggled to create chances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Lavelle provided the best moment of an entertaining clash in Lyon when she carried the ball from the centre circle to the edge of the box before producing a classy finish, the quality of which reflected everything crowds at this World Cup have come to expect from its dominant team.The European champions certainly played their part but, perhaps fittingly after a tournament marked by the use of technology, the contest hinged on a challenge that might have gone unnoticed without it.Stepping up when it matters the most #LaGrandeFinale | #USANED pic.twitter.com/beM7wlftxV— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 7, 2019Sherida Spitse was booked for a late sliding challenge on Lavelle in a cagey opening spell that saw the United States fail to score inside the opening 12 minutes of a game for the first time at this year’s tournament.The USA struggled to break down a compact Dutch defence until Julie Ertz thundered a volley towards goal after 28 minutes but Sari van Veenendaal was equal to it, parrying the ball away from danger.Van der Gragt’s superb interception prevented Morgan from latching onto a long ball forward and Van Veenendaal then made two excellent saves to deny the forward before Netherlands ended a battling first-half performance with a dangerous spell of pressure.Netherlands continued to frustrate USA until Van der Gragt’s high challenge on Morgan prompted a VAR review and, after a penalty was correctly awarded, Rapinoe side-footed the ensuing spot-kick low to Van Veenendaal’s left and into the net.Vivianne Miedema tore through the USA defence with a mazy dribble but could not get her shot away and moments later Lavelle provided a finishing lesson, making space for herself on the edge of Netherlands’ box before stroking a left-footed shot into the corner of the net.Van Veenendaal made an excellent save to deny Crystal Dunn when the left-back burst clear but there was no time for her team-mates to mount a comeback as the world champions deservedly secured back-to-back titles. Key Opta Facts- Netherlands have now lost their last seven matches against the United States in all competitions by an aggregate score of 24-2.- USA attacker Megan Rapinoe is just the second player in history to start three Women’s World Cup finals (2011, 2015, 2019) after Germany’s Birgit Prinz (1995, 2003, 2007).- The USA scored 26 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the most by a team at a single tournament in the competition’s history.- The USA’s Megan Rapinoe became the first player to score a penalty in a Women’s World Cup final, as well as being the oldest scorer in a final (34 years and two days).- This was a 12th consecutive victory at the Women’s World Cup for the USA – the longest run in the history of the FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s).- Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal made eight saves – the most by a goalkeeper in a knockout game at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. read morelast_img read more

Roma director confirms Alderweireld interest

first_imgRoma director Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed the club are interested in signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, but has insisted they are not using Franco Baldini as an intermediate to negotiate on their behalf.It was reported last week that Baldini, who previously worked as a director of football for Roma and operated as technical director for Spurs between 2013-2015, was in London negotiating a deal which could see Alderweireld move to the Italian club.The Belgian centre-back has long been linked with a move away from the London outfit and he even missed long spells of 2017-18 campaign with rumours he was on his way out of the club. 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? However, that did not transpire and Alderweireld went on to play a pivotal role in Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final last season, featuring in all but one of their European games.It has since been reported that the 30-year-old has a relatively low release clause of just £25 million ($32m), which Roma could meet in the coming days.When asked about Baldini’s recent trip to London and Alderweireld’s purported buy-out clause, Petrachi said: “Baldini can be a resource for us.“I realise there is a release clause for Alderweireld, but Baldini has a strong rapport with Spurs directors, he worked there for many years and can support Roma in signing Alderweireld.“If you want to say that Baldini negotiates on our behalf, then that is incorrect. I want it to be clear that he is of support to Roma and in the specific case of Alderweireld is an idea to help us save a bit of money. We’d be happy if we could sign him tomorrow without paying the release clause.“I don’t like to talk about specific players, but obviously with Ivan Marcano and Kostas Manolas sold, we need two centre-backs and that is the priority. We are working on several fronts and have clear ideas on what we intend to do.”The Roma director was also asked about the recent claims that Nicolo Zaniolo and Alessandro Florenzi are available for transfer, something he denied.“It’s not right that every word we say gets built up into some giant story,” said Petrachi. “I understand your point of view, but I never put Zaniolo on the market.“I can’t rule anything out either, because nobody thought Juventus would sell Zinedine Zidane and yet they did. What I can say is that today Zaniolo is not on the market. We evaluate everything, but must also be clear.”“As for Florenzi, he is the captain of Roma and I never put him on the market. If offers arrive, they will be evaluated, but I never called anyone to say he was available.”last_img read more

USMNT star Adams could miss start of Bundesliga season

first_imgRB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams is in danger of missing the start of the Bundesliga season as he recovers from a lingering groin injury.United States international Adams dealt with the problem last season following his January move to Leipzig from the New York Red Bulls, missing five of the club’s final six league games of the campaign.He then returned for club’s final Bundesliga game, starting and playing 64 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen. 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? Adams then suited up for the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich a week later and put in 65 minutes in the 3-0 loss to the German champions. However, the injury returned over the summer and Adams was forced to pull out of USMNT duty, missing the Gold Cup, where the Americans finished second after a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the final.It was hoped Adams would be ready to return to the Leipzig squad at the end of July, had he began individual training while rehabbing the injury earlier in the month.Instead, Leipzig have confirmed he remains missing from team training, with his availability for the start of the new Bundesliga season in doubt.New Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said the team are doing all they can to get Adams back on the field, but they are taking no risks with the 20-year-old midfielder.”Our medical department are doing everything they can, but Tyler’s injury is complicated,” Nagelsmann told Bild. “Suddenly you’re pain-free and expect to get involved again, but it’s misleading.”Adams made a favorable first impression at the club after joining last January, appearing in 10 Bundesliga contests and starting eight of those. He contributed a pair of assists in his debut half-season with Leipzig, as the club finished third in the Bundesliga and qualified for the 2019-20 Champions League group stages.Leipzig will close out their pre-season programme with friendlies against Rennes and Aston Villa before getting their season underway on August 11 against second-division club Onsabruck in the DFB-Pokal.Their Bundesliga campaign starts a week later with a trip to newly-promoted Union Berlin.last_img read more

Some Fans Think Alabama Football Could Be Connected To LeBron James’s NBA Finals Loss

first_imgLeBron James holding a microphone during an interview.LeBron James and Alabama football have shared a weirdly symbiotic championship relationship, going back to James’ time with the Heat. That ended this year.When Alabama captured the national title back in January, it was good news for superstitious fans of King James and the Cavaliers. Going back to 2012, whenever Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide won the title, LeBron won the NBA Finals.That lined up perfectly in 2012 and 2013, when both sides went back-to-back. Alabama missed out on the championship in 2014 and 2015; those years, James lost to the Spurs, made his move to Cleveland, and then lost to the Warriors in the first of four match-ups.In 2016, the Tide beat Clemson for a title. LeBron, Kyrie Irving, and company came back from down 3-1 to beat the Warriors.Last year, Clemson got its revenge, and so did the Warriors. This year broke the streak, with an Alabama national championship and a James Finals loss.So what changed? In reality, this was all just coincidence. However, that hasn’t stopped some from pointing to an interesting headline from earlier this spring.In April, James’s media company “Uninterrupted” sent Alabama football a cease-and-desist.In late March, Alabama football launched a video series called “Shop Talk,” which featured Alabama greats discussing football in the program’s barber shop. It was pretty familiar to a series that James does.Uninterrupted has a video series called “The Shop,” in which James talks to fellow athletes, business partners, and others about a variety of topics.It isn’t the most original idea in either case, but the aesthetics were pretty similar. James and Uninterrupted sent this letter after Alabama’s video:On Monday, “Uninterrupted” sent a letter to Alabama addressing concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property appropriation.“The Shop” was developed by James and “Uninterrupted” co-founder Maverick Carter. Its first episode, which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals, generated approximately 4 million views across Uninterrupted.com and ESPN’s YouTube channel, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ESPN.“Your continued exploitation of ‘Shop Talk’ infringes ‘Uninterrupted’s’ copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in ‘The Shop’ and significantly damages ‘Uninterrupted’s’ commercial prospects for ‘The Shop,’” the letter reads, in part.In response, Nick Saban had this to say in a press conference.“I’m sorry that anybody could be offended by something that we were just having fun with, and I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”Again, coincidence, or did Saban and Alabama put some sort of curse on LeBron? Fans on Twitter are skeptical:I told y’all BRON wasn’t gone win a title this year cause he tried to sue Bama… smh pic.twitter.com/QJ3UvNYBFu— Alphonse Taylor (@SHANKK50) June 9, 2018Maybe LeBron shouldn’t of sued Alabama over that dumb barber shop thing earlier in the season. pic.twitter.com/jpaGKyEWcr— Paul Bryant Davidson (@paulbd) June 9, 2018This could have all been avoided if Lebron didn’t go after Alabama and their Shop Talk videos… pic.twitter.com/NsWn2rSLBl— Hayden Kestle (@HaydenKesselhof) June 9, 2018If LeBron wouldn’t have went after Bama, he would have won the finals the same year Alabama won the National Championship. #poorlebron— Dale Mahathey (@DaleMahathey) June 9, 2018This marks the first year LeBron hasn’t won a title the same year Alabama won. Could the uninterrupted lawsuit be a reason? pic.twitter.com/baamo5Z6fx— Mr. HEAVY Handles (@HEAVYHandleHoop) June 9, 2018Considering the Warriors were just a much better team overall, it is probably the former, but the latter is certainly more fun to think about. To be safe, we probably shouldn’t go crossing Alabama football anytime soon.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Names Dark Horse College Football Playoff Team

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks on ESPN about college football.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on SportsCenter this morning to preview today’s slate of college football games. During his appearance on ESPN, he was asked about the College Football Playoff.A trio of preseason highly-ranked teams – Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin – have all already suffered a loss this season.Which of those teams has the best chance to rebound and make a dark-horse run at the College Football Playoff?Herbstreit didn’t hesitate when answering.“I think it’s Wisconsin,” Herbstreit said. “I think they were sleeping last week (against BYU).”Wisconsin was a popular College Football Playoff pick before the season. The Badgers haven’t looked anything like a top 10 team during the season’s first three weeks, though.Herbstreit remains confident in Wisconsin’s chances moving forward.“I think Wisconsin still has the team and the schedule to make a run,” he told ESPN.Wisconsin has a major test to pass tonight. The Badgers are taking on Iowa at 8:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on FOX.last_img read more

Top Ohio State Football Assistant Addresses Retirement Rumors

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An 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)Retirement rumors were swirling for a top Ohio State football assistant coach this offseason. He addressed those rumors in a recent interview.Larry Johnson, a standout defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, heard his name mentioned in the retirement arena this past offseason.The veteran assistant coach, who’s developed arguably the nation’s top defensive line at Ohio State, addressed those rumors on the Big Ten Network.“You want to know when I’m going to retire? Might want to ask me,” Johnson said in an interview for BTN’s The Journey. “I kept hearing all these rumors, coach Johnson this, he’s gonna do this, he’s gonna retire – like, no one has asked me.”Johnson had to take to Twitter this past offseason when rumors were swirling on message boards.Apparently there is misinformation about my future. I want to make a bold statement that I am not going anywhere and I’m proud to be Buckeye. #Buckeyes #RushmenForLife— Larry A. Johnson (@R2X_Rushmen1) December 15, 2017Johnson is one of the top assistant coaches in college football. He would be a major loss from Urban Meyer’s staff, but it appears he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.You can watch his full interview below:last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Was Asked If Notre Dame Could Miss The Playoff At 12-0

first_imgIan Book throws a pass for Notre Dame.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame is undefeated. It’s looking like the Fighting Irish could finish the year undefeated, too. Brian Kelly’s team doesn’t have another ranked team on its schedule. The Fighting Irish are 6-0 and seem primed for a 12-0 finish.A 12-0 Notre Dame team seems like a lock for the College Football Playoff, right?Well, actually, ESPN’s Laura Rutledge posed a scenario on Get Up! that could possibly leave a 12-0 Fighting Irish team out of the College Football Playoff.That scenario:A 12-0 Alabama team loses to a 12-0 Georgia team in the SEC Championship GameOhio State finishes 13-0Clemson finishes 13-0A 12-1 Alabama team makes it in over a 12-0 Notre Dame teamESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was asked this morning about that scenario. He disagrees with Rutledge.“I honestly think if you have Notre Dame at 12-0, even though it’s Alabama…I still think Notre Dame would be in the top 4,” he said.Herbstreit added that he “can’t imagine any scenario” in which a 12-0 Notre Dame team misses the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Photo Shows Texas QB With NSFW Message On Playsheet

first_imgAn exterior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)An eagle-eyed viewer appears to have spotted a pretty interesting message on Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s playsheet during last night’s Sugar Bowl.Like many quarterbacks, Ehlinger wears a wristband with play calls on it. A close-up look at the one he was wearing last night revealed a surprise.The eighth item on Ehlinger’s list seems to be a little NSFW.Number 8 ?(h/t Cloakacola/Reddit) pic.twitter.com/0JSnuAgp5V— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 2, 2019We’ve heard of teams using deception by putting fake play calls on their charts but this is a different level.Texas and Ehlinger looked like they wanted to have some fun with people last night.Whatever they did, it worked. Texas beat Georgia 28-21 to win its first Sugar Bowl since 1947.The win gave the Longhorns their first 10-win season since 2009.last_img read more

Lane Kiffin Calls Out Miami Herald Over Recruiting Article

first_imgHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin called out the Miami Herald after it published an article about the team’s recruiting.David Wilson of the Miami Herald spoke with recruiting expert Charles Fishbein who said Florida International has recruited better than FAU headed into National Signing Day.“FIU is out-recruiting FAU right now,” Fishbein said. “Butch has always done a good job of identifying diamonds in the rough. Lane is looking more at graduate transfers and junior-college kids.”Lane Kiffin didn’t take kindly to Fishbein’s statement, or the article from the Miami Herald. “Might want to write these articles after signing day not before,” Kiffin said on Twitter.Might want to write these articles after signing day not before. ?‍♂️??⁦@MiamiHerald⁩ https://t.co/I9xilWknrT— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) February 6, 2019FAU currently owns the No. 67 recruiting class in the 2019 cycle, while FIU is 23 spots back at No. 90.Butch Davis and company out-recruited Lane Kiffin in 2018, bringing home the No. 68 class while the Owls landed the No. 75 class.However, as Kiffin said, the Miami Herald may have jumped the gun on saying FIU is out-recruiting FAU as a whole. The Owls have a significantly better class headed into the 2019 season, headlined by the sons of former NFL stars Terrell Owens and Warren Sapp.We can always rely on Kiffin for a solid quip in Twitter.last_img read more

ESPN Announces Major College Football Analyst Hire

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW 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)The Worldwide Leader has added a big name to its college football analyst roster ahead of the upcoming 2019 season.Ryan Leaf, the former Washington State star quarterback and No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, has joined ESPN.ESPN announced the hiring this evening.“Ryan has experienced the highs and lows in the game of football, putting him in a position to relate to a wide range of situations players can find themselves in,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN’s senior vice president of production. “He will be able to rely on those experiences — including an unbelievable college career where he was an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist — in his analysis, making him a tremendous asset for our team.” Great to have you aboard ⁦@RyanDLeaf⁩ and thanks for your willingness to help others by having the courage to share your story. 👊 https://t.co/x6AHflFsYd— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) July 14, 2019Leaf will work with play-by-play announcer Clay Matvick and “will mostly call games on ESPN2 and ESPNU,” per the announcement.The former Washington State star has quite a life story. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist that became a top NFL Draft pick, only to have a disappointing four-year professional career. Leaf then got into some major off-the-field trouble, dealing with drug addiction and serving two years in prison.“Five years ago, sitting in a prison cell, I would have never imagined that I was going to be part of ESPN and the Disney Corporation,” Leaf told the AP. “If you would have told me that, I would have said you are absolutely crazy. And I can’t believe it. I lay my head down every night with a ton of gratitude.”Leaf reportedly got the offer from ESPN about a month ago.The 2019 college football season begins in a little more than a month.last_img read more

The Week 4 AP Poll Top 25 Has Been Released

first_imgJalen Hurts runs the ball against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners breaks free from the defense of Quentin Lake #37 and Osa Odighizuwa #92 of the UCLA Bruins during the first half of a game on at the Rose Bowl on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The new Associated Press college football top 25 poll is out and there are a number of changes after an interesting weekend.Not much is different at the top of the poll. The first nine teams are unchanged from last week, with Utah and Michigan flipping spots at No. 10 and 11.Michigan State is out after a brutal loss to Arizona State, while the Sun Devils, Cal and TCU make their debuts.The AP has updated its top 25 poll following Week 2. Here it is:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaLSUOklahomaOhio StateNotre DameAuburnFloridaUtahMichiganTexasPenn State/Wisconsin (tied) N/AUCFOregonTexas A&MIowaWashington StateBoise StateVirginiaWashingtonCaliforniaArizona StateTCUThe full Coaches’ Poll top 25 can be seen here.This week, we get Michigan-Wisconsin, Notre Dame-Georgia and a handful of other major matchups to keep an eye on.last_img read more