Arsenal’s Wenger defends Aubameyang

first_imgArsenal Wenger defends Aubameyang against Dortmund CEO accusations Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 20:30 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners boss has hit back at criticism claiming that the Gabon international lacked focus in his final games in the Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lack of fitness was likely the reason for a substandard performance in his final appearance for Borussia Dortmund, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.Aubameyang had a single shot – a header sent over the crossbar – and only one touch in the opposition box in a 2-2 draw against Freiburg before joining Arsenal for a club-record £56 million.Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke subsequently accused the Gabon international of “withholding performances” to force through a departure. 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 But Wenger noted Aubameyang missed the Bundesliga club’s two matches prior to facing Freiburg due to a lack of focus because of speculation over his future and a disciplinary issue.Aubameyang struck on his Arsenal debut, a 5-1 rout of Everton, and Wenger hit back at Watzke’s comments about his new signing.”If you look well at the history, he played only one game. He played, they suspended him for two or three games,” the Frenchman told reporters on Thursday.”One before the [winter] break and one after the break. So he played only one game at home, where they played a 2-2 against Werder Bremen [sic, Freiburg].”So maybe he was not ready physically to perform at his best, but I don’t believe that he didn’t want to perform.”January signings Aubameyang and his former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan both excelled against Everton, the Armenia international recording three assists after moving to Emirates Stadium as part of a swap deal with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez.And Wenger indicated he will have no doubts about selecting Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan from the start against Tottenham in Saturday’s north London derby.”I think we are in the middle of the season and they are top-quality players, so why should they not repeat that type of performance?” Wenger said.”We want them focusing on how we want to play the game, tactically and technically. Once the game has started, these guys have experience, they have played top-level games. They know what is important and they know that the most important thing is to focus on the performance.”[Mkhitaryan] has a very professional attitude and overall I think that is what you want from every player. I am not surprised about that because I find that absolutely normal.”last_img read more

Guardiola accepts Delph sending off

first_imgManchester City ‘It’s a red card’ – Guardiola accepts Delph sending off after Man City’s FA Cup exit Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:08 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester City FA Cup Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Wigan Athletic Videos The 28-year-old’s red card in a shock 1-0 defeat at Wigan seemed to enrage the manager, but the Catalan was accepting afterward Pep Guardiola had no complaints over Fabian Delph’s red card after Manchester City crashed out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic.Will Grigg’s 79th-minute goal gave Paul Cook’s League One side a remarkable upset triumph, ending City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple in the process.Guardiola was involved in a heated exchange with Cook as tempers also boiled over on the field following Delph’s rash lunge on Latics midfielder Max Power during first-half stoppage time. 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 The City boss, who has urged officials to protect players from dangerous tackles after seeing his men on the receiving end over recent weeks, described the challenge that will rule Delph out of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal as “unnecessary”.Asked for his thoughts on the incident at a post-match news conference, Guardiola replied: “Red card. It’s a red card, yeah.”For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decides when he decides. It can be a red card. We have to learn about that.”Guardiola was keen to dismiss any notion of lingering animosity from the touchline row, which he claimed stemmed from telling Cook to remain in his technical area.”Nothing, just [saying] ‘stay in his position’. That’s all,” said the Catalan, who quickly tired of questions on the subject.”Guys, if you want to ask me about football, ask me about football. Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague. Nothing.”It was just ‘please stay in your position’. That’s all.”Reflect, review and go again…John Stones on the importance of moving on and looking forward! #mancity — Manchester City (@ManCity) February 19, 2018 Claudio Bravo was brought in for his now customary appearance in goal for City’s domestic cup ties, while Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling were rested.It was otherwise a very strong City side that Wigan overcame, but Guardiola had no complaints over his team’s efforts.”I judge my team for the intentions, not for the results,” he added. “The intentions during the season, even today, were good.”We tried, 10 against 11, we created chances. Their keeper was good, we could not finish. Mentally it is hard fighting in four competitions and we did it.”The intentions were good and, after that, the result speaks for itself. 1-0 — congratulations to Wigan. Normally when I lose, my first words are always for the winner.”It [defeat] happened against Liverpool, it happened today, it will happen again. Congratulations to Wigan, all the best for the future.”last_img read more

Fekir would be happy for Real Madrid win

first_imgTransfers Liverpool target Fekir would be happy for Real Madrid Champions League win Chris Burton 00:20 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nabil Fekir Lyon Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Olympique Lyonnais UEFA Champions League The Lyon playmaker has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield, but fellow France internationals will be facing the Reds in Kiev on Saturday Nabil Fekir may have been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, but the Lyon playmaker would be “happy” to see fellow countrymen on the books of Real Madrid prevail in the Champions League final.It may be that the 24-year-old forms part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad when the Reds return to European competition in 2018-19.For now, though, no deal has been done and Fekir remains an interested observer from afar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He insists that he will not be nailing his colours to any particular mast when checking out the action in Kiev on Saturday, but admits that he would be delighted for France international colleagues Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema were they to emerge victorious.Fekir told reporters at a pre-World Cup training camp at Clairefontaine: “Do I have a personal favourite between Liverpool and Real for the Champions League final? No, no really not!“We have two teammates who will be playing tomorrow, Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema. May the best team win! If Real could win we would be happy for them.”It has been suggested that Fekir will be linking up with Liverpool when the summer transfer window opens, with a €70 million (£62m/ $82m) deal being mooted.Lyon have, however, moved at regular intervals to declare that no agreement is in place.That remains the case and Fekir is unable to shed any further light on the issue as he prepares to represent his country at World Cup 2018.He added: “For now I am in Clairefontaine. Games are coming and I really don’t have my situation on my mind.“I will let things happen but nothing is done. I have to talk with [Lyon president] Jean-Michel Aulas and we’ll see what happens next.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

2019 Touch Football World Cup Player Awards

first_imgMens 40s Darren ReynoldsonDrew Davies Mixed Open Corey RussellZara NicholasCorey Russell Womens 27s Leah PercyNikki Stanley Womens 35s Rachael AddisonBo De La CruzAnna Gleeson Mens 30s Luke SimmonsDavid MaherSebe Rey Team Player’s Player Coach’s Award FIT WC Player of the Final  Women’s Open Ash QuinlanHannah DyballHayley Maddick Mens 35s David ZanetteAaron JonesDavid Zanette Mens Open Stuart BriertyShaun FrancisStuart Brierty Mens 45s Darren McSpaddenAlan WoodsPaul Thomasson Mens 50s Shane RigbyBrett Walkerdene Congratulations to the following players on winning their awards at the 2019 Touch Football World Cup! Mixed 30s  Brad LuggRachel McVicarBrad Lugglast_img

17 days agoAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini: Fans best they’ve ever been

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini: Fans best they’ve ever beenby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini is delighted with their current form after victory over Lecce.Atalanta are flying high in Serie A with four victories in five courtesy of Sunday’s result.”We had a great performance, confirming our good run of form,” Gasperini said.“We’ve christened the new part of our stadium, which will be completed at a later date, in the best way.“The fans were great, the best they’ve ever been, but the result was perhaps a bit tight for the chances we created.“We still have room for growth. We had several chances, which we didn’t take. We must be more ruthless.“Still, I’m happy. We’ve put together a run of games with quality. We’re constantly seeking confirmation.“We always know what to do and we have more options now. Over the years we’ve reduced the gap with the big sides.“We also want to do that in the Champions League.” last_img read more

FSU Fan Rips Florida, Treon Harris After Gators Fan Throws Beer Cans At Her Car

first_imgFlorida State Trolls Florida Beer Cans Treon Harris.Florida State Trolls Florida Beer Cans Treon HarrisThe Florida vs. Florida State rivalry is alive and well, folks. Well, at least it is in one neighborhood.A Seminoles fan who goes by @Noles_AJ posted a number of tweets and photos Thursday afternoon, explaining how after attending the Atlanta Braves game Wednesday night, a Florida supporter gator-chomped at her, cut her off and threw beer cans at her car as they were trying to leave the stadium. She claims it was because she had a Florida State license plate.In response, she is returning the beer cans, which are now wrapped in Florida State photos, along with a handwritten note that makes fun of Florida fans, Treon Harris’ arm, and the fact that the Gators lost last year’s game. She apparently knows where the culprit lives.Last night after the Braves game, this UF car started gator chomping at us- cut us off & then threw beer cans at us. All bc of a FSU plate.— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015I don’t think the guy knows that we live in the same neighborhood. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015Surprise!! You’re getting your beer cans back!— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015And a nice little note too.— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015The Seminoles and Gators renew their rivalry on November 28. Let’s hope these two aren’t anywhere near each other at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.last_img read more

You’ll Never Guess Who Retweeted This “Retweet If You Want Cardale Jones To Be Ohio State’s Starting QB” Tweet

first_imgCardale Jones retweets a tweet saying "retweet if you want Cardale Jones to be your Ohio State Buckeyes starting QB".@CJ12_Cardale Jones wants to be Ohio State’s starting quarterback. Obviously. The redshirt junior led the Buckeyes to a national championship last January and, of course, wants to play this fall. So it really shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise when we tell you that Jones retweeted a tweet wanting retweets to support the idea of Jones as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback. It is a very Cardale move, though.  Cardale Jones Retweet@CJ12_Here’s the actual tweet.Retweet if you want Cardale Jones to be your #OhioState #Buckeyes starting QB— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) August 4, 2015Never change, Cardale. Ohio State opens its season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes’ starting quarterback won’t be named until then.last_img

CR7-less Real a warning to Barca life after Messi

first_imgReal Madrid’s form after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is a “warning” to Barcelona when it comes to Lionel Messi, according to former Blaugrana player Jordi Cruyff.Ronaldo, 33, made a surprise move from Madrid to Juventus for a reported €100million in July after spending nine seasons with the LaLiga giants.Madrid initially struggled to cope with Ronaldo’s absence and are eight points adrift of league leaders and rivals Barca – although they hold a game in hand. 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? Messi is contracted at Barca until 2021, but the club’s former midfielder Cruyff urged them to learn from Madrid’s mistakes.”What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca,” the Chongqing Dangdai Lifan coach told Sport.”Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you can win. It happens with Messi.”It’s much more than football… it is belief.” One year ago… The moment Leo #Messi  Bernabéu Stadium — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 23, 2018 Messi has enjoyed another stellar start to this season, scoring 21 goals in just 20 games in all competitions.Cruyff, a former Netherlands international, said Ronaldo – like Messi at Barca – was holding Madrid together.”You analyse Madrid and you see that Cristiano was the man who holds the umbrella,” he said.”When it rains, nobody gets wet. Now, there is no umbrella.”Ronaldo has scored 12 goals and set up seven for new club Juventus as they lead the Serie A by eight points from Napoli.The Old Lady have also qualified for the Champions League knockouts and will face Atletico Madrid in the round-of-16.last_img read more

Report: Benin 0 Guinea-Bissau 0

first_imgBenin and Guinea-Bissau played out Saturday’s third consecutive 0-0 draw at the Africa Cup of Nations to leave qualification from Group F up in the air.After their entertaining opening encounter with Ghana finished 2-2, Benin had the most to rue from a dour match because they must still play defending champions Cameroon.The best chances in each half fell to their striker Steve Mounie, who was unable to capitalise despite turning in a tireless performance. 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 Cameroon – the Indomitable Lions – remain top of the section on four points having won 2-0 in their initial contest against Guinea-Bissau, who against Benin offered little in pursuit of a maiden AFCON win at Ismailia Stadium.Ismailia stadium is ON FIRE! #GHABEN #TotalAFCON2019— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 29, 2019Cameroon and Ghana’s earlier stalemate left the door ajar for both group outsiders to progress, possibly contributing to a cagey opening.A superb throughball from Benin midfielder Jordan Adeoti sent Mounie charging towards goal in the 37th minute, when the Huddersfield Town player forced Jonas Mendes to save sharply down to his left.In a development that scarcely felt possible, the quality of creative play from each team diminished after the break and clear openings remained at a premium.Mounie cut the ball across the six-yard box in the 66th minute but none of his team-mates were on hand to convert.Benin’s number nine slammed his hands against the crossbar in frustration when he headed over unmarked from Stephane Sessegnon’s floated free-kick and there would be no way through.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Addresses Transfer Rumors For QB Kelly Bryant

first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Kelly Bryant was told by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on Monday that he was losing his starting quarterback job to true freshman Trevor Lawrence. The five-star freshman will be starting on Saturday against Syracuse.Bryant, a senior, understandably took the news pretty hard. Swinney told reporters today that he gave the quarterback the day off.Transfer rumors began to swirl for Bryant, as the new redshirt rule would allow him to keep a year of eligibility and play somewhere else in 2019 since he’s only played in four games.Swinney, though, says he does not expect Bryant to transfer.“Dabo says Kelly Bryant did not indicate yesterday that he would want to transfer. He says it was a really emotional day and gave Kelly the day off from practice,” Grace Raynor tweeted.Dabo says Kelly Bryant did not indicate yesterday that he would want to transfer. He says it was a really emotional day and gave Kelly the day off from practice.— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) September 25, 2018Dabo added that both quarterbacks will probably continue to play. He believes Bryant can still help this team win.“He’s already helped us win, and he’s going to continue to help us win.”Dabo on Kelly Bryant: “He’s already helped us win, and he’s going to continue to help us win.” Says the chances of both Trevor and him being cold are not really good. Playing two quarterbacks is “just where we are, man”— William Qualkinbush (@QualkTalk) September 25, 2018Clemson and Syracuse are set to kick off at noon on ABC.last_img read more

Crazy Arrest Details Emerge From Saturday’s Ohio State-Penn State Game

first_imgPenn State fans during whiteout game against Michigan.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 21: Penn State students cheer against the Michigan Wolverines on October 21, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Saturday night’s Ohio State-Penn State game was one of the craziest of the college football season, with the Buckeyes rallying from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to remain undefeated on the season, handing the Nittany Lions their first loss.The craziness wasn’t limited to the field, apparently.New details have emerged regarding a pregame arrest. A Penn State student allegedly struck a horse.From Onward State:A Penn State student allegedly struck a police horse and resisted arrest at a large tailgate on Saturday outside Beaver Stadium.State police eventually used a low-flying helicopter to break up the party after it got out of hand and the tailgaters ignored commands to disperse, police said on Monday.Before the helicopter was called in, state police deployed a tactical mounted unit to move people out of the area. According to a criminal complaint filed by Penn State police on Tuesday, 21-year-old Joseph Oleynik, of Derwood, Maryland, approached a state police horse three times and struck the animal in the side with his hand.That doesn’t sound great.You can view the full arrest details here.last_img read more

We Already Have A Major Upset Brewing In The SEC Today

first_imgA general view of Vanderbilt's football field.NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Week 7 of the college football season started a few days ago on Tuesday night when Arkansas State took on Appalachian State. That contest served as a nice appetizer for Saturday’s full slate of action.Although the games just started, there’s already a major upset brewing in the SEC. Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks tossed an interception in the red-zone against Vanderbilt early in the first quarter.The Commodores didn’t wait long to strike. Vandy took the ball 98 yards for a touchdown and currently lead the contest 7-0.Dudley Field is rocking after that first TD! #AnchorDown— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) October 13, 2018It would be quite the upset in the SEC after Florida got its biggest win of the season last weekend over LSU. Is this a classic letdown game? Or will the Gators respond to the challenge?Commodores running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn racked up 55 yards on his first drive. Florida needs to buckle down on defense if the team wants to stay in the SEC East race.last_img read more

ESPN Has Embarrassing Moment Before Kickoff At LSU-UCF

first_imgA UCF football helmet placed on the field.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Fiesta Bowl featuring No. 8 UCF and No. 11 LSU is underway from Phoenix, Arizona.ESPN is televising this afternoon’s contest.Unfortunately for the Worldwide Leader, one of their camera operators had an embarrassing moment before kickoff.ESPN’s camera operator following LSU into the stadium fell down.Thankfully, Coach O was there to help him up.Check it out:CAMERAMAN DOWN— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) January 1, 2019LSU is driving, about to take an early lead against UCF, which is seeking its second straight major bowl win.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

4-Star DE Alec Bryant Announces LSU Commitment

first_imgA wide-action shot of the crowd at an LSU game.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Pearland (Tex.) Shadow Creek four-star defensive end Alec Bryant is off the board. The major 2020 recruit has committed to LSU.Bryant chose the Tigers after reportedly visiting Baton Rouge today. LSU extended an offer back in November.Bryant is the No. 9 weak-side defensive end in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s also the No. 21 rated player in Texas in the 2020 cycle.He chose the Tigers over Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and others.“I have decided to commit to Louisiana State University #GEAUXTIGERS,” Bryant tweeted.COMMITTED…..#GeauxTigers ?— ? ₉₂©️ (@ABXCII) February 19, 2019With Bryant in the fold, LSU now has 11 commitments for 2020. The Tigers boast the nation’s top class as of now, as they currently hold commitments from nine four-stars and one five-star (cornerback Elias Ricks).You can view the entire 2020 class team rankings here.last_img read more

Nick Saban Reveals Which Alabama Team He’s Most Proud Of

first_imgNick Saban speaking at a press conference.SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 05: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at SAP Center on January 5, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Nick Saban has coached several great teams during his time as the coach of Alabama. While it’s hard to say which roster was his best over the years, the six-time champion revealed which he’s most proud of in his career.Although his answer might surprise some fans back in Tuscaloosa, Saban couldn’t have gone wrong with any team that he picked.Out of all the teams that Saban has coached in his career at Alabama, the 2011 team is the one that he’s most proud of thus far.He revealed this when he sat down with Mike Tyson earlier this week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “I can’t say it was the best team, I would say it’s the team that I’m most proud of,” Saban told Tyson. “The team that lost to LSU and then beat them in the national championship.”Check it out:Mike Tyson turned reporter on Nick Saban and asked him who his best team was at @AlabamaFTBL. Saban wouldn’t go there, but said the team he was most proud of was the 2011 team that lost to LSU at home and then came back and beat the Tigers in the national title game.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) August 10, 2019 In 2011, Alabama lost to LSU in the regular season by a field goal. The team thought the loss would jeopardize its chances of making the BCS National Championship.Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, they were given another chance to defeat the Tigers. Alabama dismantled LSU in the rematch, keeping LSU scoreless in the championship game.Saban had quite the roster in 2011, which featured AJ McCarron, Trent Richardson, Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw.Alabama fans – which team are you most proud of?last_img read more

Shea Patterson Has Brutally Honest Comment After Michigan’s Win

first_imgA closeup of Michigan QB Shea Patterson throwing a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks pass against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Michigan started the 2019 regular season with a win on Saturday, knocking off Middle Tennessee, though the Wolverines weren’t satisfied with the way they played.Jim Harbaugh’s team struggled on offense, on way to a 40-21 victory to open the season at 1-0.Shea Patterson threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Wolverines added more than 200 rushing yards on the ground.Michigan’s offense was supposed to look a lot different in 2019, following the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. This was just Game 1, though, and the Wolverines understand they can play much better.“A win is a win, but I don’t think anyone in that locker room felt like we lived up to our standard,” Patterson said.“We’ve got to play better. I’ve got to play better.”Shea Patterson after the game: “A win is a win, but I don’t think anyone in that locker room felt like we lived up to our standard.”“… We’ve got to play better. I’ve got to play better.”— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) September 1, 2019Michigan fans have to like hearing that. The Wolverines have time to work things out on offense and there’s plenty to build on.Patterson and Co. will be back on the field in Week 2 against Army.Kickoff is set for noon E.T. on FOX.last_img read more

USC 4-Star WR Devon Williams Enters Transfer Portal

first_imgA general view of USC's football stadium.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: A general view of the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual between the USC Trojans and the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)USC sophomore wide receiver Devon Williams has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic.A four-star, top-50 recruit in the class of 2018, Williams has one reception for 11 yards in the Trojans’ first two games. He appeared in all 12 games as a freshman last fall, seeing time on offense and special teams.Williams caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown and added a touchdown on a blocked punt return in 2018.University of Southern California WR Devon Williams has entered the NCAA transfer portal.Was the No. 40 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class.— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 11, 2019 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Now that Williams is in the portal, he can have contact with other programs. Out of high school, he also considered Oregon and UCLA, among others.While the Williams loss is a blow, USC is still off to a good start this fall. With wins over Fresno State and Stanford, the Trojans are 2-0 and in the top 25.They will travel to BYU on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.last_img read more

The Week 5 Coaches’ Poll Top 25 Has Been Released

first_imgJim Harbaugh on the sideline at Wisconsin.MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)The Week 5 Coaches’ Poll top 25 has been released following an eventful slate of Week 4 games.The fourth weekend of the college football season was highlighted by Wisconsin’s blowout win over Michigan and Georgia’s close victory against Notre Dame.There’s been a little shuffling inside the top 10 of the Coaches’ Poll, but not a ton of movement, as most of the country’s top teams impressed.Here’s the full Coaches’ Poll top 25:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaLSUOhio StateAuburnFloridaWisconsinNotre DamePenn StateTexasOregonIowaBoise StateCalWashingtonVirginiaUtahMichiganTexas A&MKansas StateUCFWake ForestUSCWeek 5 of the 2019 college football season will be highlighted by No. 6 Ohio State’s trip to Nebraska. ESPN’s College GameDay will be live from Lincoln on Saturday morning.The new AP Poll will be out at 2 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

Dravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniors

first_imgDravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniorsThere is speculation here that former captain Younis Khan is being considered for the role of Pakistan’s under-19 coach and manager.advertisement Press Trust of India LahoreFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 12:29 IST Dravid has been coach of the Indian under-19 and A teams and has drawn a ot of credit for shaping the youngsters (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan great Younis Khan has expressed interest in coaching youngstersPCB chairman Ehsan Mani says Pakistan can follow India and Australia’s way of roping former cricketersPCB considering appointing Muhammad Yousuf as the batting coach at its National Cricket Academy in LahoreThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to hire some former players as coaches and managers of the national age group teams, taking inspiration from the success that India has achieved with Rahul Dravid in a similar role.There is speculation here that former captain Younis Khan is being considered for the role of Pakistan’s under-19 coach and manager.Younis, who retired last year after becoming Pakistan’s highest Test run-getter and the first to reach 10,000 runs in the format, has expressed interest in coaching junior players if the board gave him “full freedom” to implement his program.”Australia utilised the services of their top players like Rodney Marsh, Allan Border and Ricky Pointing while India has also given Dravid the responsibility of manning their under-19 players and it has produced good results,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.Dravid has been coach of the Indian under-19 and A teams and has drawn a ot of credit for shaping the youngsters. Under his tutelage, the under-19 team won the ICC World Cup last year.In Australia, Border has served as a selector and Ponting is currently part of the national team’s coaching staff.Muhammad Yusuf as NCA coach in Lahore?The PCB, on the other hand, has constantly changed the coaches and managers of the under-19 squad, something that has been blamed for its below-par performances. It has also avoided appointing high profile former players as coaches/managers of the youth teams.Mani, while speaking to the the media in Lahore, said that the board has finally decided to utilise the services of its former senior players to work with the youth.advertisement”We also need to have classes for our players as they go on to become ambassadors for the country. They will be given grooming and education at the National Cricket Academy,” Mani said.”We should have attached our own coaches with foreign coaches just like India did so that they could have also learnt a lot more.”The PCB is also considering appointing former Test captain Muhammad Yousuf as the batting coach at its National Cricket Academy in Lahore.Also Read | Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin KhanAlso Read | Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after on-field exchange with Joe RootAlso Read | Great experience to share dressing room with Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit: Vijay ShankarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Rahul DravidFollow Younis KhanFollow Muhammad Yusuflast_img read more

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