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

After Modi’s attack, Naidu to stage day-long protest in Delhi seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh

first_img Ashish Pandey HyderabadFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 20:42 IST N Chandrababu Naidu participated in ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in 11 districts of Andhra PradeshHIGHLIGHTSChandrababu Naidu will stage ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ at the Andhra Bhavan in New DelhiNaidu will observe a fast from 8 am on February 11He will submit a memorandum to the President of India on February 12Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will stage ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (a day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi on February 11 seeking special category status for the state and fulfillment of state bifurcation assurances. The chief minister will observe a fast starting 8 am on February 11 and submit a memorandum to the President on February 12.At his Guntur rally on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to address Andhra’s long pending demand of special category status and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances. Thousands of people staged protests on the roads of both Vijayawada and Guntur sporting black dresses and holding empty black pots. People were also seen holding placards that read, “Go back, Modi”.Addressing a public gathering in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur, Narendra Modi said Chandrababu Naidu is only interested in the securing the future of his son. Modi said Naidu says he is his senior. “You are senior but in changing your political partners. You are senior in leaving one group and joining the other,” Modi said.The prime minister targeted Chandrababu Naidu saying he a man who betrayed his own father-in-law.Chandrababu Naidu, on the other hand, said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders should understand the anger of people towards the central government, which failed to fulfil state bifurcation assurances.”The Chief Minister also said that after his appeal, the Telugu people staged silent protests during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He then dismissed the allegations of BJP leaders that the TDP government tried to create hurdles for the BJP meeting.advertisementNaidu has participated in ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh so far and is going to stage the 12th ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in Delhi tomorrow (February 11). The chief minister will also pay tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Rajghat and Ambedkar statue at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.Leaders of several opposition parties are going to extend their solidarity to the chief minister’s protest in Delhi.He had staged an indefinite fast at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in October 2013. He was forcibly shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on the fifth day for deterioration of health. Naidu observed fast on his birthday last year in Vijayawada demanding fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.Also read: Chandrababu Naidu a betrayer who backstabbed his father-in-law NTR: PM Narendra Modi in Andhra PradeshALSO WATCH| By Congress-mukt India we will fulfil Gandhi’s dream, says Narendra ModiFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim After Modi’s attack, Naidu to stage day-long protest in Delhi seeking special status for Andhra PradeshAt his Guntur rally on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to address Andhra’s long pending demand of special category status and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.advertisementlast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri unsure of Kepa Arrizabalaga return to Chelsea team for Fulham match

Reuters LondonMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 17:04 IST Kepa Arrizabalaga had openly defied Maurizio Sarri during Carabao Cup final. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaurizio Sarri benched Kepa Arrizabalaga for Tottenham Hotspur match after the Wembley incidentIn the Carabao Cup final in Wembley, Kepa had refused to be substituted by CaballeroSarri said he was sure Kepa would feature in either of the next two Chelsea matchesChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga remains the club’s first choice but manager Maurizio Sarri is still uncertain if the Spaniard will be recalled to the starting team for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Fulham.Arrizabalaga was fined by the club for his refusal to be substituted by Sarri near the end of extra time in Sunday’s League Cup final defeat by Manchester City and he was dropped for Wednesday’s 2-0 league win over Tottenham Hotspur.”I’m sure in one of the two next matches he will be on the pitch,” Sarri told a news conference, suggesting Willy Caballero could continue in goal after making his first league appearance of the season against Tottenham.”Kepa’s the first choice, of course, he is very young, he’s improving, we know very well that he can become one of the best goalkeepers in Europe,” Sarri added.”But in this moment we know that Willy is doing very well. He [Arrizabalaga] is very important in our group and dressing room, so we need to consider him.”Sarri said Chelsea’s players had to take the opportunity to come closer together after the incident at Wembley last week.”After a difficult situation, a group is not the same. So there is the opportunity to be better, and you have to take it,” the Italian added.Also Read | Carabao Cup final: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa refuses substitution, winks at cameraAlso Read | Manchester City retain Carabao Cup on penalties after Chelsea rocked by keeper controversyFor 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 Tags :Follow Maurizio SarriFollow Kepa ArrizabalagaFollow Willy CaballeroFollow ChelseaFollow Premier league Next Maurizio Sarri unsure of Kepa Arrizabalaga return to Chelsea team for Fulham matchMaurizio Sarri mantained that Kepa Arrizabalaga was Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper but said Willy Caballero was doing very well. The situation has risen since the shocking Wembley incident.advertisement read more

Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League opener

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 09:32 IST Arjun Tendulkar (@HomeofCricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSArjun Tendulkar finished with figures of 3 for 21 after bowling in the powerplayArjun smashed 23 runs, including a big six, for Aakash Tigers on TuesdayArjun Tendulkar was bought for Rs 5 Lakh by Aakash Tigers in T20 Mumbai League autctionArjun Tendulkar was certainly one of the major talking points in the lead up to the Mumbai T20 League opener at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. Arjun, son of batting great Sachin Tendulkar, made his league debut for Aakash Tigers MWS in their tournament opener against Triumphs Knights MNE.Arjun Tendulkar showed no signs of nerves in his Mumbai T20 League debut as the 19-year-old came up with an all-round performance in Tigers’ 5-wicket win over Knights.Handed the responsibility of bowling in the powerplay overs by Tigers captain Dhawal Kulkarni, Arjun Tendulkar bowled with a lot of control and impressed in only first match in the city’s T20 league.Arjun gave away just 6 runs in his first over and picked up the wicket of Knights opener Karan Shah (14) in the 2nd over. He then bowled another tidy over inside the powerplay, giving away just 8 runs.Arjun Tendulkar weaves his magic! ?????Up up and Karan Shah has to walk away???#EkdumMumbai pic.twitter.com/RqEiIPSk2RT20 Mumbai (@T20Mumbai) May 14, 2019Arjun Tendulkar finished with figures of 1 for 21 despite not being brought back into the attack for the fourth over. Arjun bowled all his overs inside the powerplay.Despite Arjun Tendulkar’s tidy spell, Knights posted 147, thanks to a 56-ball 90 from their captain Suryakumar Yadav. The Knights star, who was in fine form for Mumbai Indians in their title-winning campaign in IPL 2019, hit 7 sixes and 4 boundaries in his whirlwind knock.Pehle dono baap jeet te the ab uske bete ke saath bhi woh hi cheez jaari haiBoth Aakash Tigers and Arjun on debut did very well.Couldn’t have asked for more!#EkDumMumbai #GoTigers #ChoonaHaiAakash @T20Mumbai pic.twitter.com/DUdKAGxZ5RadvertisementVINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) May 14, 2019However, Knights ended up on the losing side as Kaustubh Pawar(34) and Aakarshit Gomel (41) stitched a 67-run opening stand to help Tigers seal the early momentum in 148-run chase.Arjun Tendulkar, who was promoted to bat at No. 3, shone with the bat as well as the teenager hit 23 from 19 balls. Arjun also hit a huge six over long-on when he took on left-arm spinner Vinayak Bhoir.The Little Master unleashes himself! ?????? Arjun Tendulkar sends one sailing into the crowd ????#EkdumMumbai pic.twitter.com/hmlfzorAoDT20 Mumbai (@T20Mumbai) May 14, 2019Arjun Tendulkar was the costliest buy at the Mumbai T20 League auction held last week in Mumbai. The 19-year-old all-rounder was bought for Rs 5 Lakh by Aakash Tigers.Arjun Tendulkar’s side will next play Eagle Thane Strikers on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium.Brief Scores: Triumph Knights 147/6 (Surya Kumar Yadav 90 not out, A Lad 2-12, Arjun Tendulkar 1-21) lost to Aakash Tigers 148/5 (Aakarshit Gomel 41, Kaustubh Pawar 34; K Sawant 2/30) by five wickets.Also Read | 3rd ODI: Bairstow hits hundred as England chase down 359 runs in 45 overs vs PakistanAlso Read | Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy with that of Team India: Sourav GangulyAlso 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 Arjun TendulkarFollow T20 Mumbai LeagueFollow Aakash TigersFollow Triumphs KnightsFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Wankhede Stadium Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League openerIn his maiden appearance in the T20 Mumbai League, Arjun Tendulkar came up with an all-round effort to help Aakash Tigers beat Triumphs Knights by 5 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesdayadvertisementlast_img read more

Hardeep Puri gets civil aviation, Kiren Rijiju replaces Rajyavardhan Rathore as sports minister

first_imgHardeep Puri gets civil aviation, Kiren Rijiju replaces Rajyavardhan Rathore as sports ministerHardeep Puri, earlier serving as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing and Urban Affairs from 2017, has been given charge of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, replacing Jayant Sinhaadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 14:24 IST Hardeep Puri (left), Kiren Rijiju (right)HIGHLIGHTSHardeep Puri has been given charge of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, replacing Jayant SinhaRajyavardhan Rathore has been replaced by Kiren Rijiju as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and SportsUnion ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal retained their respective ministries — law and railwaysHardeep Puri, earlier serving as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing and Urban Affairs from 2017, has been given charge of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, replacing Jayant Sinha.Rajyavardhan Rathore has also been replaced by Kiren Rijiju as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in the new cabinet.The cabinet reshuffle saw major changes like Amit Shah taking over as the home minister, Rajnath Singh being given charge of the defence ministry and Nirmala Sitharaman as the first woman finance minister after Indira Gandhi.Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal retained their respective ministries — law and railways.The cabinet reshuffle took place after Narendra Modi took oath as the prime minister for the second time with a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha 2019 polls.ALSO READ: Amit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govtALSO WATCH: Narendra Modi begins his second innings as PM; Amit Shah takes oath as Cabinet minister; moreFor 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 byShreya Sinhalast_img read more

Novak Djokovic rules ATP Rankings, Rafael Nadal retains No. 2 spot

first_imgNovak Djokovic rules ATP Rankings, Rafael Nadal retains No. 2 spotThe Top 3 ATP rankings are unchanged with Novack Djokovic at the top, followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at No. 2 and No. 3 position.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 21:07 IST Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the final to win Wimbledon 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic retains the top spot in the latest ATP RankingsRafael Nadal and Roger Federer are No. 2 and No. 3 positions respectivelyAustraia’s Dominic Thiem retains the fourth placeWimbledon 2019 champion Novak Djokovic remains to be at the top of the ATP rankings while Rafael Nadal, who secured his 35th Masters title on Sunday, takes the second position.Nadal overwhelmed Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-0 to win his fifth Rogers Cup in Montreal, the first time he has retained a title outside of clay.The top three ATP rankings are unchanged. Serbia’s Djokovic has collected 12,325 points atop the rankings, keeping a huge lead over the second placed Nadal on 7,945 and third placed Roger Federer of Switzerland on 7,460.Austraia’s Dominic Thiem retains the fourth place.Stefanos Tsitsipas drops two places and is overtaken by Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev.Following are the latest ATP rankings:1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 12,325 points2. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 7,9453. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 7,4604. Dominic Thiem, Austria, 4,9255. Kei Nishikori, Japan, 4,0406. Alexander Zverev, Germany, 4,0057. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece, 3,4558. Daniil Medvedev, Russia, 3,2309. Karen Khachanov, Russia, 2,89010. Fabio Fognini, Italy, 2,555Also Read | Cincinnati Open: Fatigued Rafael Nadal pulls out, Andy Murray returns to singlesAlso Read | Rafael Nadal retains Rogers Cup after straight-sets victory over Daniil MedvedevAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Novak Djokovic Nextlast_img read more