TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mum comes clean on Barcelona links for PSG rebel Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe mother and agent of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot insists nothng has been agreed with Barcelona.Off contract and banished to the stands after refusing to consider new terms, Rabiot is expected to join Barca.However, his mother Veronique told RTL: “Discussions started with FC Barcelona? I’ll tell you, the rumours we are used to in football, we especially, it’s been years that there are rumours about Adrien, about me. “There is no agreement with any club at any time. I do not know who started this rumour. I think it might be nice for some people to believe it. I have always respected the rules and protocols, everyone knows it. We do not have the right to speak with any club before January 1st and I will not speak with any club before January 1st.”
Solskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchdayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ordered his players wear their club suits before all games.The Daily Mail says Solskjaer has ordered United’s players to wear their official club suits to all matches as he continues to impose his ethos on the squad.The United stars are still allowed to travel in their club tracksuits, as they did on the train to Watford for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.But when Solskjaer and his players arrived at Wembley 24 hours later, they were more formally dressed in suit and tie on the instructions of their caretaker manager.A smarter dress code is just one of the ground rules Solskjaer has borrowed from Sir Alex Ferguson, who was seen at United’s Carrington training ground again on Saturday before the squad left for London.The 45-year-old, who has done the same at Molde, informed the United players of the new regulation on their warm-weather training break last week. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Roberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid great Roberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join his old club.Neymar was linked with both Los Blancos and Barcelona this summer, but remained at the Parc des Princes.”Any player would want to wear the Madrid shirt,” the ex-Madrid and Brazil star said.”But the Neymar story is over. He’s happy in Paris and he’ll be the best in the world soon.”Roberto Carlos already sees Neymar being among the world’s elite.”[Lionel] Messi, Cristiano [Ronaldo], Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe are undoubtedly the best four in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Woodward’s ‘positive’ address: Why Man Utd fans deserve to hear this before any shareholderby Chris Beattiea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: It wasn’t addressed to them. It may not have even been for them. But these days, Manchester United fans will take what they can get from the club.There was a little bit of spin. A bit of political PR. But overall it hit the right note. Ed Woodward’s update to shareholders stopping in it’s tracks any credible claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position was in doubt. Indeed, such was the detail and the vice-chairman’s tone that no-one on the call, or later reading the transcript, could claim any confusion about what the club and their manager are working towards. New, youthful arrivals. Promotion from the academy. Even the conscious plan to make room for their youngsters by sending senior players away on-loan. These were all planks in this current project highlighted by Woodward.That the support had to wait for a shareholders’ conference, however, is a shame. This morning, the club is in a better position than it was on Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the humbling at West Ham. As is the manager, the players and Woodward. Indeed, even the fans should be happier with it finally articulated by the board’s representative of what United – as a club – is trying to do. Before it would be Solskjaer, or perhaps some intelligent guesswork from the likes of Gary Neville, the former club captain. But now the average supporter has Woodward on record about transfer plans, their youth policy and expectations of Solskjaer.Why Woodward only chooses to speak to shareholders, only he knows. Those whom have a piece of the club aren’t all fans. Indeed, some have driven nations to the brink of bankruptcy. Others are banned from certain countries. And the vast, vast majority have never held a season ticket.Woodward could do himself a big favour by speaking to the support once a month via MUTV, the club’s in-house TV channel. As stated, United – and indeed Woodward, himself – are better placed today after Tuesday’s conference call. It’s clear from Woodward’s tone that he and Solskjaer have a strong working relationship. Never has the vice-chairman name-checked a manager as much to shareholders as he did yesterday with the Norwegian. And cleverly – significantly – it was done as a veiled public vote of confidence.”It’s important we are patient while Ole and his team build for the future,” Woodward said. “We will continue to focus on the long-term strategy and won’t be influenced by short-term distractions.”For “distractions”, read results – particularly away from home. The defeat at London stadium was listless, but so long as Solskjaer’s young team heed the lessons from such a poor performance it can be still be a positive part of the rebuild.Which is exactly what is underway, as Woodward explained: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everything articulated by Woodward here is what we’ve seen from United on the pitch this season. Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have all done enough to suggest they’ll be long-term players for the club. David de Gea and Marcus Rashford have been convinced to sign new deals. And we’ve seen Solskjaer bring through Mason Greenwood – and rewarded with the winner against Astana.And touching on this drive to give the club’s academy talent a real shot was, for this column, the real highlight of Woodward’s address. This was straight from the bootroom. Transfer and youth policy wrapped up in one. It was the sort of inside info you’d only get in an ex-manager’s biography. But here it was, all laid bare…”We are optimistic for the future,” declared Woodward. “The sale and loaning of players this summer has also allowed the manager to involve more of our young players and provide a firm foundation for the culture, ready for building the next trophy-winning squad.”So it’s been a deliberate effort. A genuine clearout. Not something for scribes to throw together under a screaming headline – but club policy. This United squad is undergoing an official overhaul.But that won’t stretch to the front office. As mentioned, there was some political PR performed by Woodward – and all centred around the director of football search. It was padded out with flowery words but basically, as this column has warned, it’s off. “Regarding the speculation around a head of football, we are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football sides,” Woodward stated. So nothing imminent. Indeed, as we’ve stated here, it never really was.But that’s a topic for another day. The wash-up from this shareholders’ address was that it was one to give clarity to what the club is doing. It’s support for the manager. And confirmation of a genuine youth policy.For the United fan, there’s now no second guessing. It’s just too bad they were made to wait for a shareholders’ conference to learn all this. TagsOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@IowaonBTNMost college coaches wouldn’t be comfortable sending their kicker out for a 57-yard field goal to win the game. Kirk Ferentz is not one of those coaches. With the game tied at 24, Hawkeye kicker Marshall Koehn blasts one from 57 out to send Pittsburgh home with a loss. As you can imagine, the team mobs him after the win becomes official.How about a 57-yd FG for the win? That’s nothing for @HawkeyeFootball K Marshall Koehn! Brought to you by #GrubHub. http://t.co/FoAm5dBwja— Iowa on BTN (@IowaOnBTN) September 20, 2015Remember, folks, kickers are people too. Sometimes, they’ll even win you a game.
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Expansion talk for the Big 12 has been going on for years. It will likely continue to go on for years, too. Texas’ athletic director, Mike Perrin, said this evening that he thinks this is a dialogue that could “continue several years.”Texas AD Mike Perrin on expansion: “I think this is a dialogue that could continue several years.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 1, 2016The conference’s commissioner has a less vague timeline. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he hopes a decision is made – one way or another – by the end of the summer. Big 12 commish Bowlsby on timeline for expansion: ‘I’m going to push for decisions to be made one way or another by the end of the summer.’— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) June 1, 2016Houston, among other teams, is pushing to join the Big 12. The Cougars appear to be a great fit for the league, but it’d be surprising if the conference adds just one school. With 10 universities currently in the conference, it would make most sense to add at least two (or four) teams.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Alabama, unsurprisingly, has the best odds of reaching this season’s College Football Playoff. Bovada released College Football Playoff odds for the 2016 season and the Crimson Tide are at the top. Nick Saban’s team has 3/2 odds to make this year’s playoff. Alabama is trailed by:Oklahoma – 7/4Michigan – 9/5Clemson – 2/1Ohio State – 2/1Top odds to make CFP (per @bovadaLV) Alabama 3/2#Sooners 7/4 Michigan 9/5 Clemson 2/1 Ohio State 2/1Other Big 12: #OkState 7/1, TCU 17/2,— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) July 22, 2016The odds for the other top teams:LSU – 3/1Tennessee – 13/4Florida State – 7/2Notre Dame – 4/1USC – 4/1Florida – 7/1Oklahoma State – 7/1Who are you picking to reach this season’s College Football Playoff?The season starts in a little more than a month.
There can be little doubt as to the identity of the defensive revelation of the season in France. Jean-Clair Todibo had not played a professional match before the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign, yet moved to rapidly established himself as a key figure for Toulouse in the opening quarter of the season.The teenager, who turned 19 on December 30, has played 10 matches for the Pink City club, even getting his first professional goal in September – a late equaliser against Rennes that underlined his importance to the side.He has since agreed terms to join Barcelona at the end of the season, with the Camp Nou side set to sign him on a Bosman deal. 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? And yet, for the promising centre-back, who is versatile enough to play in midfield, his career could have gone off the rails before it had even begun after being knocked down by a car when he was only nine.Todibo was born in the Paris region, where he spent his youth. Aged nine, he had yet to choose his favoured sport, as he was involved heavily in both football and judo. However, a twist of fate might have prevented him from reaching the top in either.“It was May 24, I was nine at the time,” he told La Depeche . “I was leaving my house to go to judo, I crossed the road and a car knocked me down. It turned into a big accident.“I had an injury on both my leg bones and down to the ankle, and there were several fractures.”He was playing for Les Lilas at the time, where coach Dylan Greneche was overseeing his progress.“We weren’t really sure if he’d ever play football again,” he admitted.In the event, it would be a year that Todibo was away from the football field, yet it seems to have been a character-building experience for him that has served him in good stead for his adult life.“He’s a young player who has always had a lot of tenacity, and he proved it at that time, despite his young age,” Greneche said.Todibo, meanwhile, has consigned the incident to the past. “I’ve still got the scars, but it’s an old story,” he said.He arrived in Toulouse in 2016, having forged a reputation for having a tremendous will to win while still a youth back in the Seine-Saint-Denis region.“It was the last game of the season and a draw was enough for both teams to go up. The match ended 1-1 but I found Jean-Clair in tears, mad with rage. We had won promotion to the top division but a draw was not enough for him. He wanted to win,” Greneche said.At that time, his favoured role was in the heart of the midfield, where he offered a game similar to Watford star Etienne Capoue, who came through the ranks of TFC from 2005-2013.With the Under-19 team, he was given the captaincy, with team-mate Kilian Corredor explaining to LesViolets.com: “He speaks a lot. He’s a bit like the Paul Pogba of TFC.”He featured eight times for the reserves last season but was given a chance to show his potential with the first team during pre-season. He was the only one of four youth players called up for the summer training camps to make the cut and from there was quick to establish himself in the plans of head coach Alain Casanova, who was seeking a replacement for Issa Diop, sold to West Ham in the summer.After making a promising start to the season, Todibo has been missing from Toulouse’s first team since completing 90 minutes against Strasbourg in a 1-1 draw on November 3.The following Wednesday, the teenager was notably absent from first-team training, cast instead to the reserves, and the next day the reason was explained. “The situation and the reality is relatively simple,” Toulouse’s co-director general Jean-Francois Soucasse explained. “The club has been in negotiations with the player and his entourage over his first professional contract for many weeks.“He was presented with a salary proposal unprecedented in the history of the club – very much above that of Diop and Alban Lafont [who signed for Fiorentina in the summer] to name only two recent cases.“At the start of the week, Jean-Clair indicated to us that he still did not know what direction he wants his career to go in.”As such, he will work with the reserves until his decision is made.Toulouse have justified their decision, with Soucasse saying: “Casanova needs players totally invested and involved in the challenge for future matches. And more broadly, it is to do with the promotion of players from the academy, which is at the heart of our sporting and economic project. Even if the current situation is unprecedented, we regret it while still hoping a favourable outcome will be found.“But clearly, as long as Jean-Clear has not made his decision, he will stay away.”Toulouse, however, only opened negotiations with the player, who was on the radar of several top clubs even before this season, in October. These failed and they resigned themselves to making a sale, with a transfer fee agreed for the player to join Manchester City. Todibo, though, rejected the Etihad club, aware that there was interest from a raft of other top European sides, including Juventus, Liverpool and Dortmund. Out of contract in June 2019, he was free to talk with these teams as of January 1, and it was ultimately Barcelona who won the race for his signature.Barca may yet be willing to placate Toulouse somewhat by offering them €2 million as compensation – half of what City were reportedly bidding but far more than the few hundred thousand euro they would have been made to pay by UEFA to the French side by way of remuneration.At Camp Nou, the youngster will team up with fellow French defenders Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet, who will doubtless aid his integration into the team.If his meteoric rise continues, Barca have themselves a star for many years to come.
Bayern Munich avoided falling further behind Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund as they defeated struggling Stuttgart 4-1 in an entertaining contest at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.Dortmund, who thrashed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday, began the weekend six points clear and that is how things remain after Bayern held off a spirited Stuttgart side to secure what ended up being a routine win.Bayern enjoyed a flying start and had an early lead through Thiago Alcantara, but complacency soon set in and Stuttgart capitalised to go into half-time level – Anastasios Donis’ gorgeous long-range effort doing the damage. 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? The frame of the goal was struck at both ends by Nicolas Gonzalez and Robert Lewandowski – the latter from a penalty – in the second period, but a Christian Gentner own goal had already restored Bayern’s advantage.Leon Goretzka and Lewandowski – making amends for his penalty miss – settled matters inside the final 20 minutes.#FCBVfB pic.twitter.com/jC6nzmUiUX— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 27, 2019It was hardly vintage football from Bayern for the opener as Lewandowski accidentally nudged Thomas Muller’s cross to the edge of the box with a poor first touch, and luckily Thiago was on hand to fire into the bottom-left corner.But Bayern eased off after going ahead and paid the price in the 26th minute – Donis brilliantly finding the top-right corner from 25 yards.Bayern looked refocused after the break and regained the lead – albeit fortuitously – just before the hour as Serge Gnabry’s fiercely struck half-volley took a huge deflection off Gentner and found the net.A manic period followed, with Gonzalez’s shot ricocheting off Manuel Neuer and then himself before hitting the post.And Lewandowski followed suit, seeing his spot-kick strike the upright after he had been tripped by Marc-Oliver Kempf.But Goretzka headed Bayern into a 3-1 lead in the 71st minute after meeting Joshua Kimmich’s delivery, and Lewandowski rounded things off six minutes from the end, coolly taking it past Ron-Robert Zieler and finishing with aplomb. What does it mean? Bayern not going awayDortmund’s win on Saturday saw them set a new club record of 48 points after 19 Bundesliga matches in a single season. They certainly mean business, but as Bayern chalked up a seventh successive league win, Kovac’s men look like they will be pushing them all the way.Thiago the conductorNot only did he get the opening goal, Spain international Thiago was exceptional in midfield, with most of Bayern’s attacks going through him.Kempf hapless at the backIt is never easy to face Bayern and Lewandowski, but the task is made all the more difficult when your centre-back endures an underwhelming day, which was summed up by Kempf’s concession of a penalty. Luckily for him, it was missed.Key Opta Facts- Bayern Munich have won their seventh Bundesliga game in a row. After matchday 12, they had only six wins.- Bayern have won 18 of the last 19 competitive games against Stuttgart, the only loss came in May 2018 (4-1 at home).- Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich provided two assists in one game for only the second time in his Bundesliga career.- After his brace at Hoffenheim, Bayern’s Leon Goretzka scored again. His three goals in 2019 are the most of any Bundesliga player.- Javi Martinez played his 200th competitive game for Bayern.What’s next?Bayern will be expecting another tough contest on Saturday when they travel to Bayer Leverkusen, while Stuttgart host Freiburg the next day. read more
U.S. striker Alex Morgan was coy when asked about her tea-drinking celebration against England, simply saying that she “wanted to keep it interesting.”The American forward scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over England in the World Cup semifinal, nodding home Lindsey Horan’s cross in the 31st minute.After scoring, Morgan celebrated by pretending to drink a cup of tea, which was branded as “disrespectful” by some observers. 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 Morgan indicated that the celebration was inspired by one of her teammates, who herself produced an instantly iconic celebration in the quarterfinal against France by lofting her arms skyward after scoring both of her goals. “I wanted to keep it interesting,” Morgan said after the game. “I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebrations so I had to try to step up this game.”Morgan did step up on Tuesday in Lyon, scoring her sixth goal of the tournament to draw level with England’s Ellen White in the race for the Golden Boot.Her goal put the U.S. in the final of a tournament where they have been followed by controversy.From the outcry over their celebrations against Thailand to Rapinoe’s feud with Donald Trump to Phil Neville’s protestations against U.S. staff scouting out England’s team hotel, there has always been a non-soccer story surrounding the USWNT in France.Morgan suggested that her celebration may have been inspired by those persistent discussions, saying her team is staying cool among all the hysteria.“We have a lot of noise around this team and it doesn’t affect this team, and so I think we’re just drinking the tea,” Morgan said.The American striker indicated that Rapinoe may have played a part in planning the celebration, a charge that Rapinoe didn’t exactly deny. “I’m always in the mix on things but we can’t give away all the trade secrets,” Rapinoe said with a smile. The U.S. will take on either Sweden or the Netherlands in the final on Sunday as they look to make it back to back World Cup titles. Having gone through a gauntlet of France and England in the semifinal, Morgan says her team is now stronger for having come out the other side.“This team has had so much thrown at us and I feel like we didn’t take the easy route to the final this tournament,” Morgan said. “And that’s the tea.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was suspended three games last week after the school’s investigation into how he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Meyer’s suspension came as a result of how he handled Smith’s employment through the years.Meyer has issued numerous statements since, but Friday, he dropped another. In it, he makes three main points. It seems as if he wants to set the record straight on what exactly he’s being suspended for.We’ve transcribed the note. He issued it via Twitter a few minutes ago.“While I stand by my apologies to Courtney Smith, her children and everyone else, there have been a number of things reported in the media about President Drake’s decision and the Investigative Team’s Report that have not been correct and must be clarified.First, I was not suspended because I knew about or condoned Zach Smith’s alleged domestic abuse.On domestic violence, here is what the Lead Investigator stated at the Press Conference. “Overall, Coach Meyer impressed us with a sincere commitment to the Respect for Women core value that he espouses and tries to instill in his players.”On domestic violence, here is what the Investigative Report concluded: “We believe [Coach Meyer], as did Zach Smith, that if [Coach Meyer] ever came to learn or believe that Zach Smith had physically abused his wife, Coach Meyer would have fired Zach Smith or any other coach on the spot.”President Drake expressly stated the reason for Coach Meyer’s suspension at the August 22, 2018 Press Conference: “Based on the independent investigation, I want to state clearly that we believe Urban Meyer did not and does not condone domestic abuse. However, he did fail to take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith and he was not as complete and accurate at Media Days and did not uphold the high standards and values of the university on that day. Therefore, Urban Meyer is suspended through September 2nd, 2018, and for the games on September 1st, 8th and 15th.”Second, as the report found and President Drake said, I did not lie at Big Ten Media Days.Regarding Big 10 Media Days, the Investigative Report Found: “And we credit that Coach Meyer, in answering reporters’ questions on July 24th was closely focused on erroneous reports that Zach Smith had been arrested on felony charges in 2015 while Coach Meyer had determined the night before not to have occurred. But his answer swept more broadly than the falsely reported arrest and Coach Meyer falsely stated he lacked knowledge of all relevant events regarding alleged domestic violence by Zach Smith in 2015. While those denials were plainly not accurate, Coach Meyer did not, in our view, deliberately lie.” “[W]e do not find that Coach Meyer’s misstatements on Big Ten Media Days were part of a deliberate cover-up for keeping Zach Smith on the coaching staff in the face of evidence of domestic violence by him that Coach Meyer or others in the Athletics Department credited….He clearly misspoke and made misstatements, but the reasons that happened are complex. Coach Meyer did not, in our view, deliberately lie.”Third, my fault was in not taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.Regarding my management of Zach Smith, the Lead Investigator stated: “The investigation identified multiple other examples of inappropriate conduct by Zach Smith while employed as an assistant football coach, some known by Coach Meyer and/or Gene Smith and others on the football staff. Coach Meyer and Athletic Director Smith’s efforts to help Zach Smith overcome his personal issues went too far in allowing him to remain as an employee in the face of repeated misconduct.”Here’s the tweet:pic.twitter.com/IVNDr3gZCt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 31, 2018Meyer will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU. He’ll be allowed to coach the team during the week for the final two of those games.
CHARLOTTE, NC – NOVEMBER 02: ESPN personality Ray Lewis watches warmups before the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)For most former two-star recruits entering the NCAA transfer portal, the announcement may go a little under the radar. But when the player in question is the son of one of the greatest NFL players of all-time, it’s going to get some extra notice.According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, UCF defensive back Rahsaan Lewis has decided to leave the Knights and enter the transfer portal. Rahsaan Lewis is the son of Hall of Fame NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.Rahsaan comes from a big family of football players as well. His brother Ray Lewis III played for Miami (FL) and Coastal Carolina, while his other brother Rayshad played for Utah State and Maryland.Lewis had four tackles in two games for the Knights last season.Ray Lewis’ son, Central Florida defensive back Rahsaan Lewis, has entered NCAA transfer portal and intends to transfer, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 24, 2019Rahsaan was only a two-star prospect coming out of high school last year.Given his father’s ties to the cities of Baltimore and Miami, any school in one of those areas would certainly be worth keeping an eye on as a potential destination.Ray Lewis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018 following a 16-year career that included 13 Pro Bowls, ten All-Pro selections, and two Super Bowl wins. He was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV.
Here’s more from the report:Lisa Alvarez said Ancrum was at a childhood friend’s house when an argument about a video game led to the shooting. Ancrum was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.Police identified the gunman as 16-year-old Jatwan Phillips who appeared in court on Wednesday. He faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter, though it’s unclear if he will be tried as an adult, according to the the article.Ancrum was a three-star recruit who was set to finish his junior year at Miami Norland High School in the next few weeks.The three-star corner held offers from Bowling Green, FIU, Southern Miss, and USF, though that list was expected to grow after his standout performance at The Opening Miami. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Earlier this week, a high school football player was shot and killed in Miami.According to a report from 247Sports, Class of 2020 football recruit Joshua Ancrum was tragically killed in a shooting in Miami Gardens on Tuesday afternoon.Ancrum’s mother confirmed his passing to WPLGLocal10 and revealed the heartbreaking details that led to his death.According to the report, Ancrum’s mother, Lisa Alvarez, said he was at a friend’s house when he was shot after an argument about video games.
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: A general view of a goal line marker during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Friday, Clemson cornerback Kyler McMichael went public that he’s entering the NCAA transfer portal. The former four-star recruit quickly made his decision, announcing where he’ll transfer to in less than 24 hours.Coming out of high school, McMichael was the No. 8 cornerback and No. 56 overall recruit according to 247Sports’ rankings. He held offers from several teams, including Auburn and Georgia.It turns out that McMichael will remain in the ACC next season.McMichael announced on social media that he’s transferring to North Carolina. Although he’ll have it sit out this upcoming season, the six-foot-one cornerback has three years of eligibility remaining.“Beyond blessed and grateful to be apart of such an amazing team last year at Clemson, however, today I begin my next chapter in life as I redirect my journey and travel to Chapel Hill, to the University of North Carolina and become a Tar Heel,” McMichael wrote on Twitter.Here is his full statement:Committed to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill‼️🐏 @drebly_32 @CoachBateman @CoachMackBrown #Tarheelnation #RudeBoyz #bethe1 pic.twitter.com/HqqnSHjYXq— Kyler J. McMichael (@kylermc22) July 20, 2019It’s an unfortunate loss for the Tigers heading into this fall, but they’ll remain among the favorites to win the national title.McMichael saw roughly 100 snaps last season at Clemson. His decision to join North Carolina should allow him to see a much larger role in the future.
Missouri’s Kelly Bryant & Albert Okwuegbunam both on the field in uniform for today’s full-pads practice.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 7, 2019Bryant was one of the most high-profile transfers of the offseason. He left Clemson during last season after being beaten out by true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.In 2017, Bryant helped lead Clemson to the College Football Playoff, throwing for 2,802 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for 665 yards and 11 more scores.He chose Missouri as his transfer destination despite the Tigers’ bowl ban for the 2019 season. The program is currently appealing the NCAA’s decision.Even if Missouri remains barred from the postseason, it should still be an enjoyable season in Columbia if Bryant lives up to expectations. CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant left practice yesterday with what head coach Barry Odom revealed was a hamstring injury.Any concern Missouri fans may have had for Bryant’s health fortunately seems to be short-lived. He appears to be fine.According to Missouri beat writer Dave Matter, Bryant is in uniform and back out on the practice field this morning.Tigers tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, who also left practice yesterday with a knee issue, is back on the field as well.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 10: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is stopped by members of the Auburn Tigers defense on November 10, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)One-fourth of the college football season is essentially out of the way. Most teams have played three regular season games at this point.Some teams have been challenged in the first few weeks, while others have to wait to play tougher opponents. It all depends on how your schedule is set up.One of the metrics included in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) is remaining strength of schedule. It sorts teams out according to how the computer views the upcoming games on their schedule.Right now, Georgia has the toughest remaining schedule, per the FPI. The Bulldogs play Notre Dame on Saturday, then have a bye week, before traveling to Tennessee. Four-straight SEC East games (South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and Missouri) follow, though three are at home. Then, Georgia ends the year with Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech.Here are the top 10 toughest remaining schedules, according to the FPI:GeorgiaSouth CarolinaTennesseeAuburnColoradoUSCLSUKansasOregon StateTexas A&MAs you can see, the strength of schedule metric favors SEC teams. Six of the top 10 are from the SEC, with three from the Pac-12 and one from the Big-12.You can view the full strength of schedule rankings here.
This is trueI think Vols/Gators is going to be a weird one in the SwampYes, I know Gators have won 13/14, but something is fishy about this oneGators banged up at some key spots & worried Mullen gets cute with QB positions playing Trask and Jones#SECThisMorning @SIRIUSXM https://t.co/B3dMNE4toM— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) September 20, 2019He’s got a point. Florida is without Feleipe Franks, who suffered a season-ending injury last week. But the Gators were able to come back against Kentucky with backup QB Kyle Trask leading the way.Florida head coach Dan Mullen announced earlier this week he isn’t opposed to utilizing a two-QB system. If the Gators aren’t well prepared, Tennessee may be able to take advantage.There have been crazier upsets so far this season — one of which involved the Volunteers. But Florida must be sharp against a Tennessee team with nothing to lose.Tune in to ESPN at noon ET to watch Florida-Tennessee on Saturday. KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans have painted their bodies in support of the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the game against the University of Florida Gators on September 16, 2006 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gators won 21-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Tennessee football wasn’t supposed to be in the position it’s currently in. This was supposed to be a bounce-back year. A season in which they finally put it all together and became a SEC contender.But the Volunteers lost to Georgia State in a horrific upset on Aug. 31. Then, BYU came to Knoxville, scored a late game-tying touchdown and beat Tennessee in overtime. Disaster is an understatement. And the Volunteers still have nine regular season games remaining.There is room for optimism though. Tennessee bounced back and beat Chattanooga 45-0 last Saturday. Yes, it’s only Chattanooga. But shutting out any opponent is noteworthy — plus, it’s something positive to build on.Now, the Volunteers head to Gainesville to face No. 9 Florida. The Gators are 14-point favorites, and many national experts are unsurprisingly picking Florida to win. But a popular SEC Network analyst smells an upset brewing.
Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 22:40 IST Tickets for the India-Pakistan match is way more than Australia vs England game or World Cup final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh has called for India to boycott match against PakistanChetan Chauhan wants India to put pressure on ICC by threatening to boycottICC CEO David Richardson had said that there is no Change in plan of matchesAmid calls for boycott, the clamour for tickets for the marquee 2019 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Manchester on June 16 has reached a crescendo, with more than 400,000 applicants for the 25,000 seater Old Trafford stadium.Top India cricketers like Harbhajan Singh has called for boycott of the Pakistan group league encounter while veterans such as Chetan Chauhan wants India to put pressure on ICC by threatening to boycott the whole event.ICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy, during a promotional event in London, said that demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord’s.”That particular game (India vs Pakistan), we had over 400,000 applications for tickets, which is an incredible number. The stadium (Old Tarfford) only holds 25,000 people. So there are a number of disappointed people. That’s just locally, but (there is also) the audience globally,” Elworthy was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.In fact, the former South African pacer then provided the numbers which is an indicative that how much the match means for world cricket’s governing body.”To put that (number) in perspective, England vs Australia was around 230-240,000. And the final was around about 260-270,000 applications for tickets. So that gives you a bit of perspective for the demand for this match (India v Pakistan). It’s a big game. They could end up playing each other in the final (too), you never know.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, in a statement to PTI on Tuesday, had said that “there is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,” even as they monitor the situation.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?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 byPTI Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow India vs Pakistan ticketFollow India vs Pakistan World CupFollow World Cup ticket demand 400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament DirectorICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy revealed that demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord’sadvertisement
Nerkonda Paarvai: Ajith’s new look from Pink Tamil remake leaked. See picIt looks like Ajith will be seen in two different avatars in Nerkonda Paarvai, which is the Tamil remake of Hindi film Pink. India Today Web Desk ChennaiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 14:31 IST Different looks of Ajith in Nerkonda PaarvaiIn the first-look poster of Nerkonda Paarvai, Ajith was seen sporting his grey hair and dense beard. But it seems like he has another look in the film as H Vinoth has made several changes to the script of Pink to make it suitable for the Tamil audience and Ajith fans.The new look of Ajith from the film has been leaked online. Few pictures from the sets have gone viral on social media. Ajith looks younger in the stills in comparison to his look from the first-look poster.Here are the tweets from Thala fans:#NerkondaPaarvai shooting spot #ThalaAjith stills too looks ahhh ?? But #thala looking mass and class this simplicity is having a millions of fans pic.twitter.com/vy3DLUYJroCinemaWoods (@cinemaWoodscom) March 27, 2019Exclusive Pic Of THALA AJITH From #NerkondaPaarvai Shooting Spot..Super Cool THALA pic.twitter.com/0vMmRIsWEwAJITHKUMAR FANS CLUB (@ThalaFCTeam) March 27, 2019This new look of Ajith could be part of a flashback portion, which might also feature Vidya Balan. In the original version, Amitabh didn’t have a pair, but H Vinoth seems to have added a new character to the script.Boney Kapoor has confirmed that the film will release on August 10, and he will start another project with Ajith, which will also be directed by H Vinoth.#Thala #Ajith ‘s #NerkondaPaarvai to release on August 10th.. On a Saturday..Aug 12th Monday is Bakrid holiday..Aug 15th Thursday is Independence day holiday..So Aug 10th to Aug 18th is a good 9 day extended week of holiday period to release#NerkondapaarvaifromAug10advertisementRamesh Bala (@rameshlaus) March 25, 2019Boney had earlier said that it was Sridevi’s wish to produce a quality movie in Tamil. Ajith and Sridevi had discussed about collaborating for a Tamil film while shooting for English Vinglish, in which Thala played a cameo.Nerkonda Paarvai also stars Shraddha Srinath, TV news anchor-turned-actor Rangaraj Panday and Adhik Ravichander. The music for the film will be composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.ALSO READ | Viswasam Movie Review: Ajith and Nayanthara are excellent in wasted opportunityALSO WATCH: Veteran actor Kader Khan dies at 81 after prolonged illnessGet 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 byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow Ajith
India very confident of doing well in the World Cup: Shikhar DhawanIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan said the top three, including himself, fellow opener Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli, back themselves to get the job done at the top of the order.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 17:54 IST Shikhar Dhawan said India is confident of doing well at the 2019 World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan played down India’s perceived over-reliance on the top orderWe back ourselves and are confident at the same time: Shikhar DhawanIndia begin their World Cup 2019 campaign on June 5 in SouthamptonFlamboyant opener Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday said that the top three of Indian batting line-up, including himself, do not feel the added pressure going into the World Cup despite high expectations.He said the famed top-3 know how to go about their job in the World Cup starting on May 30.”I understand that everyone’s emotions are high, but high emotions are not going to win you matches. The confidence and calmness will. It is alright even if it is the World Cup. We are not going to over think it. We back ourselves and we are confident and calm at the same time,” Dhawan said when asked if there was pressure on Kohli, Rohit and himself to do the maximum run-scoring in the World Cup.”We have been doing well for five years now, so nothing is going to change. We have scored so many centuries, broken so many records, so we know how to do it,” said Dhawan ahead of his side Delhi Capitals’ IPL match against Chennai Super Kings here on Wednesday.It’s not just about the 3 of us: DhawanHe said India also have other top-class performers down the order to step up in case the top-order fails.”It is not just the three of us, the other boys have chipped in as well. There have been times when the three of us did not do well but Kedar (Jadhav), Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) did the job. Hardik (Pandya) has been amazing and K L Rahul is there as well,” said Dhawan.advertisement”Vijay Shankar has come in, he’s a talented boy. So we have a great squad and we are very confident that we’re going to do great in the World Cup,” he said.Shreyas Iyer has been a great leader: DhawanThe left-handed batsman also said he was happy with the way he was playing in the ongoing IPL.Having qualified for the playoffs, Delhi are aiming for a top-2 spot.”We just have to play the same way because that is what has given us the success. Knockout is just a tag, obviously, if we win tomorrow’s game we directly go to the semi-finals, but nothing changes. We’re going to play the same way and back ourselves,” he said.He lauded Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy and said the Mumbai batsman was learning a lot from the high-pressure tournament.”He’s been a great leader, he’s learning a lot from this high pressure tournament. The way he has handled himself on the field is tremendous as a youngster. At the same time his strategic moves have been great as well.Also 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 Shikhar DhawanFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharma