10 months agoEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Marega

first_imgEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Maregaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto forward Moussa Marega remains on the radar of Premier League clubs.Marega is again being linked with Everton, with Correio da Manhã stating he is on the January radar.Marega has netted 11 goals and created a further six in 19 appearances for the Primeira Liga this term and West Ham are also interested.The 27-year-old is valued at around £35m and was also linked with the Blues a year ago.Everton boss Marco Silva is keen to boost his attack next month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd boss Solskjaer reveals Lukaku tactical training

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd boss Solskjaer reveals Lukaku tactical trainingby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about some tactical adjustments he made with striker Romelu Lukaku.The Belgian no.9 came off the bench to grab the 4th goal in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth.It was his first appearance for the team since manager Jose Mourinho was sacked.”Obviously we need to work on his fitness because he’s had a few days off but [we’re] delighted for him. Even though he was half a yard offside! But it was a good finish,” said Solskjaer about Lukaku in his post game comments.”He’s a good target man but if you tell him to be a target man he’ll never face the goal.”Today he was side on and then he can go in behind or go towards the ball. He’s got the attributes of a top, top striker.” last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe happy with Clyne debut

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe happy with Clyne debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe was happy with the performance of Nathaniel Clyne in their FA Cup defeat to Brighton.Clyne has joined the Cherries on-loan from Liverpool.Howe said: “I’ve hardly seen him, to be honest. He literally reported for the game and played.“You wouldn’t have known it was his first game today. We had no doubts over him. His experience will be vital.“We’re looking for him to come in and do a very good job in his position and I thought he did that.“Defensively he was excellent and when he understands how the team plays he will get even better.” last_img read more

16 days agoJuventus goalkeeper Buffon delighted he chose to return

first_imgJuventus goalkeeper Buffon delighted he chose to returnby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has no plans of retiring just yet.Now 41, Buffon returned to Juve from PSG last summer.He said, “Quite rightly, a few people at the start were confused by accepting this new role, but I realised the only club where I could accept being second choice was Juventus. I waited and I was proved right.“I am glad to be back in the dressing room with my teammates, embracing the fans and directors again, lads who I experienced so much with both on and off the field. That was why I made this choice.”Buffon is targeting another Scudetto with new coach Maurizio Sarri.“Sarri has very clear ideas and that is because he’s been working in football for 30 years, so in that time he experienced and learned so much, from success and failure. He’s certain of what he’s saying and that passes on to the players.“The group is also ready to learn something new after this philosophy Juve have had for 10 years. Everyone talks about Max Allegri, but don’t forget we had Antonio Conte there first.“This new philosophy is something we’ve never dealt with before. We like it. Great players need great motivation and the performances will arrive.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoMan City striker Aguero involved in car crash

first_imgMan City striker Aguero involved in car crashby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has avoided injury after being involved in a car crash on Wednesday.Aguero was driving his £80,000 Range Rover when the accident occurred, leaving significant damage to the front offside wheel, says the Mirror.But City sources have confirmed the club’s all-time leading goalscorer emerged unscathed from the prang and suffered no injury as a result of the collision.Aguero was not included in Argentina’s squad during the international break, for their fixtures against Germany and Ecuador, because he has been carrying an injury.City’s squad did not train today, but are back at the City Football Academy on Thursday, to prepare for Saturday evening’s trip to Crystal Palace. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoMerson: Why Man City will not win the Champions League with this squad

first_imgMerson: Why Man City will not win the Champions League with this squadby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Manchester City will not win the Champions League with two midfielders playing in defence.Ciy bosss Pep Guardiola has been deploying Rodri and Fernandinho at centre-back due to his current injury crisis at the back. Aymeric Laporte is out with a cruciate ligament injury and not expected back until next year. Merson told Sky Sports: “City are a very good team, but they are not going to win the Champions League, playing against the best teams in Europe, with two holding midfielders in defence.”They need Aymeric Laporte back. I thought Juventus would be one of the dangers, but I watched them the other night and they are not going to win it.”I still think Liverpool are the team to beat. They lost in the final two seasons ago and then won it last season. Who’s got better form than that?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lane Kiffin Takes Dig At Tennessee With Recruiting Article

first_imgLane Kiffin holding his son after Alabama wins national championship.Twitter/@lane_kiffinWhen Lane Kiffin was hired as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, many wondered how the dynamic would work with his former employer, Tennessee, as a major rival. Kiffin has made it very clear: he leans all the way into the hate that he receives from Vols fans.Lane Kiffin has trolled Tennessee over and over on Twitter. He continued the efforts this afternoon, sharing an article from Gridiron Now about Tennessee’s struggles in holding onto top talent from within The Volunteer State.Tennessee loaded with top-level recruits — but they’re leaving the state https://t.co/gSTNhKtftJ— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 1, 2016In the article, Dave Hooker points out that Nashville is producing more football talent than in the past. However, many of those players don’t have immediate ties to Tennessee. At the same time, other recruiting powers like Alabama and Clemson are taking more advantage of the local recruiting boom than Tennessee is in its own backyard.With one of the best group of recruits in history, in-state recruiting certainly has changed in Tennessee.The mid-state area surrounding Nashville is chock full of talent, but that doesn’t necessarily mean prospects will flock to play for the Vols. Nashville is much like Atlanta a few decades ago: Both cities are filled with families that have moved into the area, not born and raised there.Nashville has seen economic growth while other areas of the country have struggled. That means more families have moved in. But those families – and the prospects from those families – have previous allegiances.According to 247Sports‘ rankings, the state currently has nine blue chip recruits in the class of 2017. Four-star safety Maleik Gray is a Vols commit. Clemson has three players on that list, No. 1 Tennessee recruit Tee Higgins (five-star wide receiver), four-star running back Cordarrian Richardson, and four-star wide receiver Amari Rodgers.We don’t think Kiffin was too concerned with sharing an interesting article about the shifting SEC recruiting landscape. He wanted to get a dig in against Tennessee, something he does with increasing regularity. Until the Vols can beat Alabama, which they haven’t done since 2006, there isn’t much for Tennessee fans to say in response.last_img read more

Shaqiri wants to stay at Liverpool

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri says he is determined to stay at Liverpool despite having to settle for a backup role at the newly-crowned European champions .The Switzerland international played 90 minutes just seven times in his debut season at Anfield – though one of those occasions was the stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona. With Mo Salah occupying his preferred spot on the right wing, Shaqiri knew he would face a tough task dislodging him from the starting XI when he signed, and he is happy to be part of the squad. 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? “I’m at Liverpool FC, the best club in Europe,” Shaqiri told Goal and SPOX .”The manager has many good options and has to decide who can play. I knew before my transfer that the competition here is very tough.”I have a long-term contract and I definitely will stay.”Having signed from relegated Stoke City for £13.5 million ($17m) last summer, Shaqiri took to his role as an impact sub and contributed match-winning goals and assists against Manchester United and Huddersfield, finishing the campaign with six goals and five assists in all competitions.One of those assists came in the Barcelona victory – it was from his cross that Georginio Wijnaldum rose to head Liverpool level in the tie.It was his first European involvement since the group stage defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, but a vital one nonetheless and he is delighted to have played a part in bringing a sixth European Cup to Merseyside.”It’s a special moment for me standing here with the gold medal again,” he said.”I’m just proud and happy. I think I contributed my part to the title.”Shaqiri, 27, is contracted at Liverpool until 2023, and given his ability to provide a different threat from the bench it seems unlikely that Jurgen Klopp would be keen to lose him.He now has a second Champions League medal to add to his title with Bayern Munich in 2013, and will be looking to add a second Club World Cup win as Liverpool travel to Qatar in December.Before then, though, he turns his attention to international duty as Switzerland travel to the Nations League finals to play Portugal on Wednesday.If he can help his side to victory, he would likely come up against some Liverpool team-mates in the final, with England and the Netherlands doing battle on Thursday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Sarri targets ‘new records’ for Ronaldo

first_imgMaurizio Sarri is excited to be working with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and wants to help the Portuguese “break some new records” after taking a “step forward” in his own coaching career.The Italian tactician is back in his homeland after a season-long spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.He landed a top-four finish and Europa League glory with the Blues, but has been lured back to Serie A by the reigning champions. 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? Sarri is stepping into a role vacated by Massimiliano Allegri on the back of an eighth successive title triumph for the Bianconeri.He is aware of the pressure he will be working under, but is looking forward to taking charge of a star-studded squad that includes a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Sarri told reporters at his first press conference as Juve boss: “At Chelsea I coached some very strong players, but training Cristiano will be yet another step forward. I’d like to help him break some new records.”Ronaldo has made a career out of rewriting the history books, with the 2018-19 campaign seeing him become the first man to claim title successes in England, Spain and Italy.The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star will be a key figure for Sarri as a new era is opened, but Juve are about much more than one player.Maurizio Sarri Chelsea Juventus“I expect to wake up every morning studying how to win games,” said Sarri.“Winning continuously is always hard and Juventus have an obligation to always win, but with the awareness of the difficulty.“You have to have clear ideas on two or three players who can make a real difference for the team and then give them an environment to truly express themselves. Then the formation is dictated by that.”Selection calls are an issue for another day, with Sarri currently focused on shaping his pre-season plans, recruitment during the summer transfer window and settling into a demanding job.He added on being given the opportunity to fill such a prestigious post: “At Napoli I gave my all, then I decided to have a great experience in the Premier League.“Juve are the best Italian club right now and offered me a chance to return to Italy. It’s the crowning achievement of a long career.“I have never seen so much determination on the part of a club to hire a coach. They had a great attitude which convinced me, they were very strong feelings.“It’s been a long journey for me made up of gradual steps. I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea.“For all the clubs I’ve been at I gave 110% and it will be the same here.”last_img read more

Arsenal-linked Carrasco ‘got booked on purpose & demanded exit’

first_imgDalian Yifang boss Choi Kang-hee has hit out at reported Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco for “unprofessional” behaviour and claims that he got booked on purpose to incur a suspension so as to avoid playing.Carrasco has frequently reiterated his desire to return to Europe after leaving Atletico Madrid last year and has been strongly linked with the Gunners since the start of 2019.Indeed, the Chinese Super League club announced they had banned the player from training after claiming that he was “absent from the game against Hebei CFFC and missed training for no reason”. 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? In response, Carrasco took to social media to criticise certain members of the Dalian Yifang hierarchy, as well as his team-mates, and called for an end to the “problem”.However, the Belgian’s manager has not been pleased with the winger’s conduct in trying to force through a move and has issued a stinging criticism of the player.”When I first saw Carrasco, it was in Spain during the winter training. At that time, he constantly mentioned his wish to return to Europe,” Choi said at a press conference. “He repeated his appeal after the start of the season. Last night I also saw reports from his agent. When a player has a contract with the team, he still wants to force the club to let him leave. In my opinion, this is very unprofessional.”No one from our club promised that Carrasco can return to Europe in the summer transfer window. We just told him that if he can help the team, then the team will support your way back to Europe in the winter.”However, we also saw what happened in the previous game. The game against Shenhua [on May 26], we told him to be careful, do not be cautioned by the ref. But he still deliberately delayed the restart of the game to apply for a yellow card, which led to the suspension for the next game.”After the suspension, he wanted to return to Europe early. We didn’t want to let him go, but for the sake of the player, we agreed. He also promised us he would come back to play the next three games. However, after the international break, he was late and even disappeared. He was also very negative in training after his return.”After Carrasco returned, we also tried to persuade him to play, but he constantly asked the club to issue a written commitment to promise him a way back to Europe in the winter, which is very unprofessional behaviour I think.”Today, [Marek] Hamsik is also here. For professional players, they have to be loyal and they have to be responsible for their choices.”last_img read more

Ghana 1 Tunisia 1 (4-5 on pens)

first_imgTunisia recorded yet another shock result at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations by beating Ghana 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the quarter-finals.Alain Giresse’s side drew all three of their group games but seemed set for a first victory thanks to Taha Khenissi’s second-half strike, only for substitute Rami Bedoui to head an own goal with his first touch in added time.Tunisia sent on goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha to replace Mouez Hassen ahead of the shoot-out and he kept out Caleb Ekuban’s poor effort, allowing Ferjani Sassi to hit the winning spot-kick and book a last-eight clash with tournament debutants Madagascar. 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 Kasim Adams hit the post with a header and Andre Ayew was unable to convert the rebound as Ghana started on top at Ismailia Stadium on Monday.Ghana had the ball in the net before half-time, Andre Ayew flicking home from close range, but the goal was disallowed as Thomas Partey was offside in the build-up.Tunisia’s star man Wahbi Khazri was not deemed fit enough to start but was thrown on midway through the second half with the game in the balance.Khazri was immediately in the thick of the action with Khenissi heading his corner against the crossbar, before Tunisia found the breakthrough in the 73rd minute.A Khazri backheel freed Wajdi Kechrida and Khenissi arrived to steer home the low cross, his deflected shot clipping the inside of the post.Hassen made a brilliant save to tip Mubarak Wakaso’s curling effort onto the woodwork but the Black Stars equalised in the 91st minute.1 – Rami Bedoui has scored an own goal with his first and only ball touched in the regular time. Oops. #GHATUN pic.twitter.com/HeYbTVrlQG — OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 8, 2019 Adams floated a free-kick into the box and Bedoui – who had just replaced Khenissi – sent a looping header into his own net.Jordan Ayew missed the best chance in extra time and Tunisia, who had not beaten Ghana in seven previous AFCON attempts, progressed as Giresse’s decision to send on Ben Mustapha for the penalties paid off. read morelast_img read more

Lampard not worried about Mourinho criticism

first_imgChelsea head coach Frank Lampard hit back at Jose Mourinho after criticism of his team selection for the 4-0 loss to Manchester United.Lampard’s first competitive game at the helm of the Premier League club ended in a comprehensive loss at Old Trafford, where Marcus Rashford scored a brace to go with goals from Anthony Martial and Daniel James on Sunday.Working for Sky Sports, former Chelsea boss Mourinho criticised Lampard’s selection, saying more experienced players like N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud should have started, while questioning the performances of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen. 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? Lampard seemed surprised by Mourinho’s comments, saying injuries had an impact on selection in his side’s season opener.”He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? Wow,” he told a news conference.”Well, I can’t drag players out of the medical room to play if they are experienced or not, so these are the players that played in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45-60 minutes.”What was evident that we made individual errors that led to four goals out of their five shots. So there’s the harsh reality for us.”I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, pundit-wise or anyone, they have to speak. At the same time, what’s clear is the squad is what we’ve got and I believe in it.”If we go in at half-time 2-1 or 3-1 up, as we probably should have done if we were more clinical and maybe had a stroke of luck here and there, the game would’ve been completely different.”Giroud and Kante were both introduced off the bench, while Christian Pulisic also came on for his Premier League debut in the second half, but Lampard’s side could not recover following two goals in the space of 95 seconds from the home side. The 4-0 loss marked Chelsea’s heaviest ever opening-day league defeat in what is their 104th league season and the heaviest defeat for Lampard in the Premier League since taking a 7-1 loss to United as a West Ham player in 2000.last_img read more

Braylon Edwards Has Been Suspended From The Big Ten Network

first_imgBraylon Edwards talking at Michigan.The Big Ten Network announced this afternoon punishment for former Michigan star wide receiver Braylon Edwards for his controversial tweets about the Wolverines’ 2018 team. He’s being suspended.Edwards, who starred at wideout for Michigan, took to Twitter during the Wolverines’ loss to Notre Dame to, basically, trash Jim Harbaugh’s team.He called out multiple players and used some obscenities.Edwards later deleted his tweets, but we screen-grabbed them below:Harbaugh was asked about Edwards’ tweets during his press conference this afternoon. He had a strong response.“First of all, it’s not true, factually. There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he described,” Harbaugh said this morning.The Big Ten Network has announced that Edwards is being suspended indefinitely for a violation of the network’s social media rules.The suspension went into effect on Sunday.Braylon suspended indefinitely from BTN pic.twitter.com/bZwze54Ywp— angelique (@chengelis) September 3, 2018Edwards, 35, starred at Michigan in the early 2000s. He went on to be taken No. 3 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Edwards played in the league until 2013.Michigan, which lost its season opener to Notre Dame, is 9-9 in its last 18 games. The Wolverines are set to have their home opener on Saturday against Western Michigan. The game is on FOX Sports 1.last_img read more

Another Major CFB Game Has Been Canceled Due To Hurricane Florence

first_imgVirginia Tech's Lane Stadium during game against Clemson.BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Several college football games are either canceled, moved, or postponed as the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence to make landfall. Now, another game can be added to the list.East Carolina University announced it won’t travel to Blacksburg to play the Virginia Tech Hokies this weekend.ECU cited “significant imminent safety concerns” for its decision not to travel for the game. In addition, the school also announced it plans to cancel classes for the rest of the week.Here’s the announcement from the program.Safety Concerns, Catastrophic Florence Forecast Forces ECU To Cancel Blacksburg Trip. Full story (https://t.co/Rgt1tN1Yet) #ECUAthletics #ECUFootball pic.twitter.com/lZZ2evuDr9— ECU Athletics (@ECUAthletics) September 11, 2018Virginia Tech sits at No. 13 in the nation after wins over Florida State and William and Mary. Meanwhile, ECU put in an impressive effort last weekend against North Carolina with a 41-19 over the Tar Heels.The school announced it hopes to reschedule the game against Virginia Tech, though with the current schedules of each program, that seems unlikely.Stay tuned for more weather updates as Hurricane Florence approaches.last_img read more

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Reportedly Canceled His Visit To This School

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.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)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is on the transfer market. After Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney benched Bryant in favor of Trevor Lawrence, it didn’t take long for the senior to reveal his decision to transfer from the program.After his announcement, Bryant visited several teams including Arkansas, North Carolina, Missouri and Mississippi State. With one official visit left, Bryant reportedly planned to visit Miami, but made a change at the last second.Instead of a trip to see the Hurricanes in action, Bryant reportedly plans to visit Auburn.Here’s the news from Rivals reporter Woody Wommack.News: Source tells me that former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has scrapped his official visit to Miami this weekend and will instead use his last official visit to go to Auburn next week.@CaneSport @JLeeAURivals— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) November 20, 2018Bryant’s visit coincides with the Tigers’ toughest test of the season in Alabama. Whether he’ll be at the game in Tuscaloosa remains to be seen, but the former Clemson star is headed to Alabama (the state) for his final visit.Where will the former starter transfer? Bryant plans to announce his decision on December 4.last_img read more

What Urban Meyer Plans On Doing After Leaving Ohio State

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer will coach just one more game at Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ head coach will be retiring following the Rose Bowl.Ohio State announced the news this morning and a press conference will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. E.T.What will Meyer do after leaving Ohio State?Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel has the details:Meyer is expected to spend more time with his family, which includes one grandchild and another on the way. He may consider television work and could potentially do work with the Ohio State athletic department in some capacity. That role could include mentoring coaches and leaders, as Meyer has maintained a strong relationship with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith.Meyer has three children and one grandchild, and another one is coming in early 2019.Ohio State will be led moving forward by Ryan Day, who will take over as the Buckeyes’ head coach following the Rose Bowl.More details on Urban Meyer and his decision to retire will be out later today.last_img read more

ESPN Analysts Predict The Winner Of Alabama-Clemson

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and Clemson will face off in their fourth straight College Football Playoff meeting, and the third in the national championship game. Both teams are 14-0 and poised to become the first-ever 15-0 season in college football history.Ahead of the Alabama-Clemson matchup, ESPN polled its college football analysts to get their picks.Of 17 ESPN analysts polled, 14 have picked Alabama to win, with only three picking Clemson for the upset.However, the analysts seem to believe that the final score will be as close as the two previous National Championship Games.Only two analysts picked Alabama to win by more than a touchdown, while every analyst predicted that both sides will score at least 21 points.Alabama and Clemson crushed their opponents in the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl respectively.The Crimson Tide beat Oklahoma 45-34, while the Tigers beat Notre Dame 30-3.One of the key differences in this matchup as opposed to previous years will be the different quarterbacks. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa will be facing Clemson for the first time, while Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence will be going up against Nick Saban’s team for his first time.Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

New Update On Kliff Kingsbury’s Status At USC

first_imgkliff kingsbury yells at an official during a texas tech gameTEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Last week it was reported that USC denied NFL teams from interviewing new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury for head coaching vacancies. According to the report from Adam Schefter, the Trojans blocked the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.A new report today revealed Kingsbury planned to interview for the Jets head coaching vacancy. After the news was announced, some speculated that Kingsbury stepped away from his offensive coordinator duties and resigned at USC in order to take the interview with the Jets.However, according to Ian Rapoport, that’s not true. Rapoport reported that Kingsbury is still employed by USC at this time.The #AZCardinals, who have been waiting to talk with HC candidate Kliff Kingsbury, are now able to do so, I’m told. He’s still employed at USC, per team official, still on their website. It seems USC open the door here.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2019That likely means USC athletic director Lynn Swann changed his tune as it pertains to allowing Kingsbury to interview for NFL jobs.Kingsbury is seen as a bright offensive mind, and with the focus on offense in the NFL, it appears he’s a viable candidate for several NFL openings.last_img read more

Scott Frost Updates Status Of RB Maurice Washington

first_imgNebraska football coach Scott Frost ahead of his team's game against Troy.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska running back Maurice Washington has been dealing with a legal issue this offseason. Washington is facing felony and misdemeanor “revenge porn” charges stemming from “his possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.”Washington is accused of obtaining and preserving a video of the assault and then sending it to his former girlfriend in March 2018. Nebraska was first made aware of the situation involving Washington back in mid-September.He faces one felony count of “possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct” and a misdemeanor count of “distributing that video without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress.”Today, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost issued an update on Washington’s status. He will be a “limited participant” in spring practice. Spring practice began for the Huskers on Monday. It will conclude with the program’s annual spring game on April 13.“He’s going to be a part of what we’re doing out there. He just won’t be doing as much as he might be doing,” Frost said about Washington on Tuesday, according to the AP. “He has a lot of other things to worry about right now.”Washington played in 11 of 12 games as a true freshman. He was the Huskers’ third-leading rusher, tallying 455 yards and three touchdowns on 77 carries and adding another 221 yards and a touchdown receiving.Washington was a four-star recruit out of Cedar Hill (Tex.) Trinity Christian School.last_img read more

4-Star Cane Berrong Makes Huge Notre Dame Announcement

first_imgNotre Dame cheerleader waves a flag at the College Football Playoff semifinal.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader waves a flag during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Four-star tight end Cane Berrong is a highly-touted tight end who has been making visits to top schools across the United States. But on Friday, he announced where he will be playing college football in 2021.Taking to Twitter, Berrong announced that he would be committing to the University of Notre Dame. The announcement comes after several months of unofficial visits to such schools as Ohio State, Alabama, FSU, and Miami (FL).God. Country. Notre Dame.I am beyond blessed and excited to announce that I am committed to The University of Notre Dame to further my academic and athletic career.247Sports rates Berrong as the No. 123 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 2 tight end in the nation, and the No. 13 prospect from the state of Georgia.Berrong’s commitment gives Notre Dame five players in the Class of 2021, second behind only Miami. All five of Notre Dame’s recruits are four-star players or better. God. Country. Notre Dame.I am beyond blessed and excited to announce that I am committed to The University of Notre Dame to further my academic and athletic career. #GoldRush21☘️ #GoIrish☘️ pic.twitter.com/coc7xnXCVA— Cane Berrong (@CaneBerrong) June 21, 2019Tight ends play a big factor in Brian Kelly’s offense. Notre Dame has historically produced a number of big-time tight ends that have gone on to NFL careers historically, and under Kelly in the last few years.The coaching staff’s efforts have paid off though as Berrong’s commitment in 2021 will mark the second year in a row that Notre Dame will have a top-two tight end joining the team.Notre Dame’s Class of 2020 even holds the distinction of having both of the top two tight ends in the class.Look out Iowa: Notre Dame might be trying to wrest the title of Tight End U from you!last_img read more