Everton move to complete signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun

first_imgReuse this content Topics Everton Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Read more Besiktas Share on LinkedIn Transfer window Share on Twitter news Everton’s new stadium costs ‘escalate significantly’ with 2022 target now set A delegation club will meet Orman in London following his return from a holiday in South Africa. Everton had hoped to complete the £25m deal over the weekend with the director of football, Steve Walsh, travelling to Istanbul on Friday to that end, only for Besiktas to increase the asking price by £2m because of the rising cost of Tosun’s potential replacement.Sam Allardyce said after the 2-0 defeat by Manchester United on Monday, when Everton failed to register a shot on target for the second home game in succession, that the club had done all they could to sign Tosun as he again lamented a lack of quality up front.Tosun is understood to be confident the deal will go through and will soon sign a four-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park. Share on Facebook Everton will attempt to complete the signing of the Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun on Wednesday at a meeting with the Turkish club’s president, Fikret Orman. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Eddie Jones faces up to England’s style shortfall after defeat by Scotland

first_img Since you’re here… Share via Email Twitter Jones being Jones, of course, this could just be his crafty way of winding up his forwards to the point where they come steaming out at the Stade de France determined to flatten everyone and everything. If that is also what happens against Ireland it will be job done. The snag is that some of England’s bigger rivals may prefer to take him at face value when he complains about having only limited time in which to fashion a world-beating side.“It took New Zealand eight years to fix it – we’re trying to do it in four so everything’s a bit more difficult for us.” Eh? You can almost hear the sympathy oozing from every pore from Inverness to Invercargill. Even if it is true, it sounds horribly like an pre-emptive excuse.Rather less debatable was Jones’s admission that his side had “played poorly” and received “a harsh lesson”. So, too, his acknowledgement that they should have “reacted quicker” to Scotland’s breakdown threat and urgently needed to tighten their midfield defence. Either way, he is still backing his team’s attitude: “I’ve seen various commentaries about various things but any team that wins 24 in 26 games has got a bit of steel about them. Yes we were caught short on Saturday but … I don’t need to worry about the steel or the character of these players. Scotland rugby union team What may just interest England’s forthcoming opponents, however, is what he said next. The Australian had just been asked whether England’s turnover woes and lack of pace to the breakdown compared with their Scottish counterparts might tempt him to alter his side’s stylistic approach. “We can’t win that way,” came the blunt reply.“One thing I know is we can’t win playing pattern football. We don’t have the athletic ability to do it. I have them for 13 weeks a year. I can’t suddenly make them more athletic. All I can do is try to maximise the players we have. We’ve got good players but we don’t have the ability to be athletically better than other teams.”Forget the short-lived tunnel row, Ryan Wilson’s crooked fingers (who knew?) and Elliot Daly’s imminent return to fitness. Jones has long felt that England’s best chance of beating New Zealand is by negating them, rather than taking them on at their own all-court game, but never has he more clearly articulated the uncomfortable reason why.Previously he has spoken about playing to England’s traditional yeoman strengths up front; now he seems to be saying he has no other option and is effectively cobbling together a World Cup-winning side from an old fairy liquid bottle and a bit of sticky-back plastic. Even before things turned ugly on his Sunday morning train this was always going to be a bumpy week for Eddie Jones. Encountering a few mouthy fans on his return south may have been unpleasant but it was nothing compared with the intense discomfort his team endured at Murrayfield last Saturday evening. If an emergency cord had been available, England would have yanked it after 20 minutes.And now everyone wants to know how the wizard of Oz is going to fix things up between now and the increasingly tricky-looking trip to Paris next week. One fine Scottish performance does not instantly make England a busted flush – 24 wins from 26 games remains a more than decent strike rate – but the flaws it exposed are not all of a type that can be simply massaged. “I’m not a magician, mate,” Jones said with a shrug, as snowflakes started to settle on the pavement outside Oxford’s Randolph Hotel. Reuse this content features Maro Itoje stretches during indoor training in Oxford. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters Share on LinkedIn Read more Six Nations Share on Pinterest Six Nations 2018 Support The Guardian Share on Messengercenter_img Eddie Jones Share on WhatsApp England rugby union team “The reality is that the more games you win, the closer you are to a game like this. That’s human nature. We think we’ve prepared well, they get a few things going their way, the crowd gets excited, the referee gets excited and we get a bit disappointed. Then you’ve got an imbalance between the physical and the mental. The ability to swing that momentum back is what we need to find next and that’s not easy. The problems we’ve got are still there even if we win the game. The result just magnifies them.”The healing process this week has started with an old-school honesty session among the coaches – “We’re working round the clock to fix it” – and Jones’s Sunday afternoon chat with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, despite all his travel headaches, also helped to put things in perspective: “He mentioned a lot of matches where things went wrong and a lot of the times you don’t have a solution to it.”Even top gurus, in other words, have their off days: “We all think we’re clever but we’re not so clever because our game’s an inexact science. We don’t have robots, we have human beings. There are no shortcuts guys. We all wish there were.” England have yet to replace Neil Back at openside and it is a big problem Rugby union Pinterest Facebook Nick Evans Topics Eddie Jones reveals he was abused by fans on train after England defeat Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. 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Alexander Zverev sets up Thiem showdown after another five-set grind

first_imgAlexander Zverev had not played a five-set match in two previous visits to Roland Garros. On Sunday he completed his third in five days, guided by his Russian-born father, to beat the talented young Muscovite Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in just under three and a half hours.To borrow from Fred Trueman, if the 21-year-old Zverev does win this French Open “he’ll be bloody tired”, although he gave no indication he was about to collapse in a heap on Court Suzanne Lenglen after breaking down the resistance of the 22‑year‑old Khachanov, the world No 38.The two youngest players left in the draw needed all the energy of youth on a hot, still day. Zverev, seeded second here in Roger Federer’s absence, will take 11 hours and 46 minutes of muscle-sapping baggage into the quarter-finals against the bustling Austrian Dominic Thiem, who stopped him in the third round two years ago.That might not be long by the standards of the past decade but, cumulatively, it is a significant workload, and one Zverev says he is still getting used to, although he bridles at suggestions he lacks staying power over five sets – and he now has a respectable 6-6 record.Asked if he thought Khachanov was flagging at the end, he said: “At the beginning of the fourth I thought ‘OK I can turn this match around’, especially when I saved a few break points. He’s a very fit player, so I don’t think it’s that easy to make him tired. Obviously playing five sets, anyone would get tired a little bit.”He added: “I know who I am. It’s not about learning any more. It’s about trying to find a way and trying to win. That’s what I am able to do in the last few matches, and I’m very happy about that. I’m very happy about being in the quarter-finals here, going the hard way, going the distance every single time and showing myself, showing everybody, that I can play for as long as I need to. If you’re mentally fatigued then something is wrong with you. Physically, it’s not easy to play back‑to‑back‑to‑back five-set matches – but I will manage it somehow.” Alexander Zverev Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp French Open Tennis Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter news Topics Support The Guardian Thiem, who outlasted a weary Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4, is one of the busiest and quickest players on clay. There will be no rest for Zverev when they return on Tuesday.“That’s the match-up most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw,” Thiem said. “We just played in Madrid [where Zverev won in the final]. He’s an amazing player – probably now the third-best after Rafa [Nadal] and Roger.”He did not expect stamina to be a problem for Zverev. “He has an amazing team [including Andy Murray’s former conditioner, Jez Green]. He’s super fit.”For Zverev to become the first from his country to win the title since Henner Henkel beat Bunny Austin in 1937, he has to win three more matches. The most daunting challenge will be in the final, barring calamity, against the greatest player in history on clay, the 10-times champion Nadal.To eliminate the Spaniard from the equation, Zverev’s countryman Maximilian Marterer will have to pull off the upset of the tournament, year, decade and millennium on Monday – and then all bets are off. The 22-year-old left-hander from Nuremberg, ranked 70 in the world, can only hope Nadal stubs his toe on the morning of the match.In the top half of that side of the draw, Novak Djokovic served his way through some scrappy moments to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win against the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, whose blistered feet in the second set can hardly have added to the experience over two hours and 25 minutes on Chatrier.Having dropped just one set on his way into the second week, he said courtside: “I like my connection with the public here. He’s a clay specialist and it wasn’t an easy match. He stayed concentrated with a good deal of intensity.”Djokovic has an unexpected opponent in the quarter-finals – the 25‑year‑old Sicilian world No 72, Marco Cecchinato, who upset David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, and becomes the lowest-ranked man to get this far here since Ernests Gulbis in 2008. French Open 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. 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Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav star as India thrash England in first ODI

first_imgUmesh Yadav may have snuffed out some late defiance with the wickets of Moeen Ali (24) and Adil Rashid (22) but it was clear where England’s problems lay, with the spinners – including some darts from Suresh Raina – picking up seven for 84 from their 23 overs.Morgen’s men huddled up on the outfield before the restart but what followed was a worryingly impotent response, as Sharma and Kohli reacted to the loss of Shikhar Dhawan through an imperious stand of 167 that had the blue-shirted members of the sell-out crowd in clover.Sharma was brutal, save for one half‑chance dropped by Roy at diving backward point on 92, and duly brought up his 18th one-day hundred off just 82 balls with a huge straight six off Rashid.England’s leg-spinner had some joy, picking up Kohli stumped before the end when he appeared totally at ease, but without the runs on the board, thanks to the sinister spin of Kuldeep earlier, Rashid and co were largely powerless to prevent the inevitable. India thrash England by eight wickets in first ODI – as it happened Eoin Morgan congratulates Rohit Sharma after the batsman guided India to an easy win. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Messenger How do you solve a problem like Kuldeep Yadav? It is a question that could well be vexing English batsmen for the remainder of the summer after his six-wicket sorcery set up a thumping win for India in the opening one-day international at Trent Bridge.Certainly Eoin Morgan was hoping answers will come soon after this one‑sided affair. The left-arm wrist‑spinner’s six for 25 had rolled his troops for 268 in 49.5 overs, before a sparkling 137 not out from Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli’s cool 75, knocked off the target with 59 balls remaining and eight wickets to spare.“When he does bowl well, he’s very good. There’s no getting around that. He exposes an area of our game we need to improve on but that is a healthy thing,” said Morgan, who was hoping for less turn from the pitch come the penultimate ODI at Lord’s on Saturday. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest match reports Share on WhatsApp Topics India cricket teamcenter_img Pinterest England cricket team Facebook Support The Guardian Kuldeep, fresh from the best figures by a spinner against England and having added to his five in the Twenty20 at Old Trafford last week, said: “I am enjoying English conditions, they are perfect for any spinner who turns it. I didn’t try anything new.”With Sharma following up his T20 series-sealing century in Bristol on Sunday with a 114-ball masterclass of 15 fours and five sixes, this was all a shock to the Trent Bridge regulars. In recent times they have seen England chew up visiting attacks, including the world record 481 for six put on a hapless Australia four weeks ago.But in this era where many fret about the plight of bowlers with the white Kookaburra in hand, Kuldeep proved the best can still prosper and now the question for India is whether to transfer his potent array of leg‑breaks, googlies and sliders to the Test series that follows this three-match encounter; removing four mainstays here – Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes – helps his case.Certainly at present the hosts appear no nearer to cracking his code, with Kuldeep’s introduction in the 11th over wiping out the top three in no time after Roy and Bairstow had responded to Kohli’s win at the toss with 71 runs in the initial power play.Roy was first to go for 38, clothing Kuldeep’s second ball to cover via the reverse sweep when a sighter might have been advisable, before Root and Bairstow completely failed to pick his variations in the follow-up over. The out-of-sorts Root missed a ball turning into him by six inches to be trapped in front playing back, while Bairstow, on 38, misread the one that went the other way to also fall lbw as Kohli successfully reviewed a delivery shown to have just pitched on leg stump. When Morgan chipped leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to short mid-wicket in the 20th over, England were 105 for four and needed a significant rebuild. England v India 2018 Cricket Read more Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Facebook It came via contrasting half-centuries from Buttler and Stokes in a stand of 94 that looked to have compiled something resembling a launch pad for late hitting. Buttler was fluent, exuding his recent form with rapier-like drives and hustled running; Stokes, in for the dropped Alex Hales – who is now out of the series with a side strain – was laboured, compiling the third slowest half-century by an England batsman in ODIs from 102 balls.Though the pair negotiated Kuldeep’s second spell in their 19.4 overs together at the crease, it was his third and fourth that snuffed out any hope of a competitive total, with Buttler the first of three more to succumb when tickling a ball turning into him to the grateful MS Dhoni behind the stumps.Stokes held on, briefly, awaiting the charge but in the left-armer’s final over could not resist as a reverse sweep was acrobatically taken by Siddarth Kaul at backward point. The final ball of Kuldeep’s allocation – probably his worst – was a long hop struck by David Willey to the man at deep midwicket.last_img read more

The big 2018 World Cup quiz

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo Ten million Tunisia Oh dear 66% Complete the sequence: Christian Karembeu, Roberto Carlos, Sami Khedira … Luka Modric 12 Yury Gazinsky scored the first goal of the World Cup in Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. 89 Isco Brazil Which team were knocked out in the last-16 stage for the seventh time in a row (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018)? Share via Email At 45 years and 161 days, who became the oldest ever player to play in a World Cup finals match? Nigeria You’ve scraped into the quarter-finals Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay only conceded three goals in the whole tournament but, unfortunately for them, two of them came in their quarter-final against France. Germany Were you watching Wimbledon instead? Germany Switzerland Were you watching Wimbledon instead? France Steve Mandanda Peru v Denmark Mohamed El-Shenawy Cristiano Ronaldo What is the common theme in England’s last three knockout wins: Ecuador in 2006, and Colombia and Sweden in 2018? Brazil Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick and Diego Costa bagged a brace in the epic 3-3 draw between Spain and Portugal. Who scored the other goal? Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur Spurs players Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertongen and Christian Eriksen all scored. Their opponents all wore yellow shirts England’s lucky colour isn’t red. It’s yellow. Which of these teams did not win a penalty shootout? You got… Neymar A VAR review against Costa Rica saw the referee cancel a penalty he had awarded after he judged that Neymar had dived. The Brazilian star’s rolling around caused him to become an internet meme during the World Cup. Share on Twitter Croatia Harry Kane Lionel Messi World Cup Angels Share on LinkedIn Iago Aspas France The same team that beat them in this year’s final. Feel Aliou Cissé Cissé has managed Senegal since 2015. He was the only back coach at this year’s World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Fahad Al-Muwallad Which Belgium player celebrated a goal by smashing the ball back into the net – only to see it rebound off the post and smash him in the face? You are the Didier Deschamps of World Cup quizzes Three million Nigeria only wore the shirt in their game against Iceland. You’ve done admirably well there. Nice work Dries Mertens Who coached Senegal, having represented them as a player at the 2002 World Cup finals? Egypt Kalidou Cissokho Belgium Toni Kroos Marcus Rashford All three games went to extra time Rock DJ Robbie Williams made waves by flipping the finger during the opening ceremony. What was the first song of his set? Which team won a game by scoring in the 95th minute and then lost their next match by conceding in the 92nd and 96th minutes? One million Henri Camara How many minutes it take Russia to score the first goal in the opening match? Were you watching Wimbledon instead? Atlético Madrid and Chelsea Peru Peru beat both Scotland and Iran in the first group stage of the 1978 World Cup. They last appeared in the tournament in 1982, when they drew with Italy and Cameroon before losing heavily to Poland. You are the Didier Deschamps of World Cup quizzes Japan became the first team to advance through a World Cup group due to their fair play record. How many yellow cards did they pick up in their group games? France Australia, Peru, Argentina, and Uruguay. England The team that finished fourth Which country won their first game at the World Cup for 40 years? You are the Mexico of World Cup quizzes Six Sherif Ekramy You’ve scraped into the quarter-finals Essam El-Hadary The Egypt goalkeeper won the first of his 159 international caps in 1996. Were you watching Wimbledon instead? Which team beat opponents from Asia, Europe, Africa, Central America and South America? Morocco What percentage of goals at this World Cup were scored from set pieces? What was Volgograd, one of the host cities, known as under the Soviet Union? Russia Sverdlovsk Oh dear You’ve scraped into the semi-finals but lost to the better team Iran Mexico They did make it to the quarter-finals in 1986. Croatia Thierry Henry Six Denmark v France There hasn’t been a World Cup without a goalless draw since 1954. Belgium Eight France England scored a penalty in all three games Germany Toni Kroos scored their late winner against Sweden but two goals from South Korean knocked them out at the group stage anyway. Which England player missed his penalty in the shootout against Colombia in the round-of-16? Belgium Harry Kane won the Golden Boot with six goals. What percentage of them were scored from the penalty spot? Which two club teams provided players that scored most goals at the World Cup (12 each)? Nigeria only wore their hugely popular home kit once during the tournament. How many shirts did Nike say had been pre-ordered before it went on sale? Belgium 50% He scored two penalties against Panama and one against Colombia. You’ve scraped into the quarter-finals England Two from the penalty spot, one from a free-kick, one from a corner, a deflection and a screamer. Oh dear Share on Twitter Leningrad Argentina Iceland picked up a point in their first game but it went downhill from there. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Patrick Vieira Emmanuel Petit Pogba became the first ever Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final. No Premier League player has scored in a final Panama Moussa N’Diaye Yannick Carrasco Belgium v England Switzerland None France Turkey Share on Messenger Oh dear Croatia had never made it to a World Cup final before. Who beat them in the semis in 1998? Share via Email Brazil Who had a penalty rescinded during the group stage after the referee used VAR and decided that the player had just fallen over? Share on WhatsApp 33% Five million You’ve done admirably well there. Nice work 55% Let Me Entertain You The tournament certainly lived up to challenge. Argentina Panama and Iceland, the two debutants at the World Cup, picked up just one point between them. Against which team was it won? Nacho Nacho’s goal looked to have secured the points for Spain, until Ronaldo’s late free-kick. Andrés Iniesta 44 Who beat four teams from the southern hemisphere? Japan You’ve done admirably well there. Nice work Croatia England scored a free-kick in all three games South Korea Belgium Oh dear It was South Korea in 2002, Portugal in 2006, Uruguay in 2010 and Brazil in 2014. Who was it in 2018? Uruguay Belgium And then they finally lost in the semi-finals to the neighbours. 20% Belgium were the most prolific team at the tournament. How many of their players scored goals? Three teams lost three games? Panama, Egypt and … Barcelona and Real Madrid Paul Pogba became the first Premier League player to score in a World Cup final since… Königsberg Russia England Who lost to Belgium twice and Croatia once. Four Japan picked up four bookings in their three matches, which was two fewer than Senegal and enough to take them to a last-16 tie against Belgium. 31% Topics Jordan Henderson Henderson’s kick was saved but Uribe and Bacca’s subsequent misses for Colombia spared his blushes. Oh dear You are the Didier Deschamps of World Cup quizzes Raphaël Varane Players who have won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then gone on to win the World Cup in the same year. World Cup 2018 You’ve scraped into the semi-finals but lost to the better team Belgium Belgium won every game they played without the need for extra time – until they met France in the semi-finals. Stalingrad Volgograd reverted from Stalingrad in 1961. It was also formerly known as Tsaritsyn. Leningrad was the Soviet name for St Petersburg, Königsberg was a former name of Kaliningrad, and Sverdlovsk is a former name of Ekaterinburg. Ten Romelu Lukaku (four goals), Eden Hazard (three), Thomas Meunier, Dries Mertens, Michy Batshuayi, Adnan Januzaj, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Nacer Chadli. You’ve scraped into the semi-finals but lost to the better team Three You’ve done admirably well there. Nice work 43% England scored nine of their 12 goals (75%) from set pieces. What was the only goalless draw of the tournament? You’ve done admirably well there. Nice work 67% You’ve scraped into the quarter-finals Two Costa Rica Challenge your friends Who were the only team to score six goals in a match? You are the Mexico of World Cup quizzes Were you watching Wimbledon instead? Were you watching Wimbledon instead? England Manchester United and Manchester City You are the Mexico of World Cup quizzes Colombia Argentina You are the Didier Deschamps of World Cup quizzes You’ve scraped into the semi-finals but lost to the better team Submit answers Twelve Marouane Fellaini Lionel Messi He did make up for his penalty miss against Iceland by scoring a beauty of a goal against Nigeria. Michy Batshuayi After the video clip went viral, he tweeted: “Ahahha I knew I would be f*cked the minute I come to my mentions. Why am I so stupid bro? Shit hurts”. Eric Dier Croatia Kieran Trippier features Which team won all three of their group games without conceding a goal? You’ve done admirably well there. Nice work Three of these players scored and missed penalties (not in shootouts). Who just missed? Reuse this contentlast_img read more

David Wagner’s exit must ring in new signings cycle for Huddersfield

first_imgThe Observer Share on WhatsApp Read more The perception that Rebbe, eager to assert himself after his appointment as sporting director, imposed those signings on Wagner is false. Rebbe, Wagner and the club’s head of recruitment, Josh Marsh, worked together on transfers, with the manager having to approve moves. As such, the former manager bears some blame for transfer activity that turned out to be so inadequate that it may have forced him into altering his approach to matches.Despite three of the club’s five new signings being wingers, Wagner played for most of this campaign with a system that did not use any wingers at all. Instead he converted full-backs such as Haderjgonaj and Chris Löwe into wing-backs and reinforced the middle by deploying three centre-backs and three central midfielders.That suggested a lack of faith in Sobhi, Diakhaby and Mbenza, whose appearances, usually as substitutes, did little to spawn more belief. Often the lone striker, either Steve Mounié or Laurent Depoitre, had inadequate service or support, though they have tended not to be clinical when opportunities have come their way. A new striker remains on the club’s wishlist for January.Jason Puncheon, loaned from Crystal Palace this month, should provide strikers with more ammunition and contribute goals himself. His arrival alone will not be enough, however. Reuse this content Will there be hope amid the sadness? Yes, but also fear that no one will be able to build on the extraordinary job done by Wagner. The club are pursuing Jan Siewert, currently excelling in charge of Borussia Dortmund reserves, just as Wagner did before moving to Yorkshire.Huddersfield needed change, of course. Fans clamoured for it in the run-up to January, just not for the change that happened last week. They wanted better luck and, most of all, better forwards. That is still what Huddersfield need, on top of a new manager. Oh, and a new sporting director, too, since Olaf Rebbe, appointed to that role last May, left the club three days after Wagner.Those are two key departures during a month in which Huddersfield’s survival hopes depend to a large extent on their ability to recruit well, meaning much better than they did last summer. That was when things started to go wrong for Huddersfield, who had got almost everything right in the previous three years.Their transformation from a team battling against relegation from the Championship into a side that finished 16th in the Premier League last season owed much to shrewd recruitment.Initially that seemed set to continue as the first moves that Huddersfield made after preserving their top-flight status last season were to turn canny loan hires into permanent signings, securing the services of Jonas Lössl, Florent Hadergjonaj and Terence Kongolo. But their golden touch deserted them. They made five more major signings last summer, including the wingers Ramadan Sobhi, Adama Diakhaby and Isaac Mbenza. None has had the necessary impact. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter David Wagner can hold head high after end of Huddersfield love affair Huddersfield’s play this season has often been very good up to a point or, to be more precise, to the lack of a point. Unusually for a side adrift at the bottom they have allowed opponents fewer shots than 13 other teams in the league, including Tottenham and Chelsea. Even Guardiola’s City, in free-scoring form as they chase down Liverpool at the top of the table, might find them hard to infiltrate. But they will probably break through eventually and then it will be up to Huddersfield to score, which they have managed only 13 times in their 22 league matches so far.In the end, being tantalisingly close to fine seems to have worn on Wagner. Were Siewert to arrive and turn out to have powers comparable to those of his predecessor, then he, too, would still need better forwards. Share on Pinterest Share via Email features Huddersfield When Pep Guardiola pitches up at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday, he might reflect on different kinds of wealth. Nothing he ever achieves at Manchester City will inspire a satisfaction as rich as that brought to Huddersfield by the recently departed David Wagner.City cannot claim to be battling against vast financial disparities, and Guardiola does not have the same charm that enabled Wagner to forge bonds of affection in Yorkshire far beyond respect for his knowledge of football.When the German left on Monday, having told chairman Dean Hoyle that he needed a break from “the rigours of management”, his departure was greeted almost like a bereavement by many supporters even though he left a team bottom of the Premier League, without a win in 10 matches and suffering from chronic impotence in front of goal. The atmosphere at the stadium, when the hosts will be under the temporary charge of their under-23 coach Mark Hudson, will be weird. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 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Ox: LFC will be fine without Coutinho

first_imgLiverpool ‘We still have amazing players’ – Oxlade-Chamberlain confident Coutinho exit won’t devastate Liverpool Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 09:43 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Philippe Coutinho Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool Stu Forster Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Liverpool v Manchester City Premier League Barcelona Transfers The Brazilian made the move to Barcelona, but the former Arsenal man feels it should not impact the Reds Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insisted the exit of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona should have no impact on his side.Coutinho, 25, made a €160million move to Camp Nou earlier this month in a blow to Liverpool’s chances of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.But Oxlade-Chamberlain believes there is enough depth in Jurgen Klopp’s squad to deal with the departure of the Brazilian. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “When Phil didn’t play in some games we still played great football and we still have amazing players who can score goals – the likes of Mo [Salah], Sadio [Mane], Roberto [Firmino] and everyone else,” he told UK newspapers.”We have goals and creativity all over the team. Obviously Phil added to that, there is no doubt about that.”The fact is he has gone now and we have to think about what we have got that is going to get the job done. I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now.”I don’t think it should affect us at all.”Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League and three points off second-placed Manchester United, with Coutinho having played a key role in helping Klopp’s side enjoy a strong season so far.While he believes his team can cope without Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain paid tribute to the Brazil attacker.”I knew what a world class talent Phil is before I came here and in the short time I played with him I saw what an influential part he was of the side,” he said.”He was a big character around the place and a fan’s favourite – rightfully so. He was an amazing player and he did great things for Liverpool.”When you lose anyone like Phil, I wouldn’t say you’re losing out, but you want as many good players as you can have in your team. That’s football, that’s the business that we are in. People come, people go.”Great players will leave clubs and clubs will bring in great players. You don’t like to see friends leave – and Phil was a really good guy – but you wish them all the best.”The Reds face the toughest task in the league on Sunday, taking on leaders Manchester City at Anfield.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Pastore PSG exit comments confuse Emery

first_imgTransfers Pastore PSG exit comments confuse Emery Jamie Smith 22:55 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Javier Pastore PSG Getty Images Transfers Internazionale Kylian Mbappé PSG v Caen PSG Ligue 1 SPAL v Internazionale Serie A Rennes v PSG Real Madrid v PSG Rennes Real Madrid Coupe de la Ligue UEFA Champions League The Argentine has openly spoken about the prospect of signing for Serie A heavyweights Inter, but his manager in France wants the playmaker stay put Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery says Javier Pastore’s comments about wanting to leave the club do not reflect his own conversations with the player.Pastore told the media he is considering a move to Inter in a bid for more first-team football to boost his chances of being included in Argentina’s squad for the World Cup.Emery disciplined Pastore when he returned late from Ligue 1’s winter break, but the PSG coach is keen to keep the playmaker, who has scored four league goals this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I spoke to Pastore and the things he told the press is not what he told me,” Emery told a news conference on Monday. “My opinion? I want him to stay because he’s an important player. But he wants to play more for the World Cup.”Last year he was often injured but every time he was available, he played. This year is the same.”Maybe he didn’t play the minutes he wanted to play but he played. Anyway, now it’s between him and the club.”PSG face Rennes in the semi-final of the Coupe de la Ligue on Tuesday and Emery expects a trio of midfielders – including new signing Lassana Diarra – to be absent.But after being hurt in a heavy collision with Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes in a 2-1 defeat on February 21, Kylian Mbappe may be ready to return to action.”[Thiago] Motta is working with a physiotherapist,” Emery said. “Mbappe trained yesterday but needs to get the doctor’s approval.”[Marco] Verratti missed the two last games and had his little boy yesterday. Lassana Diarra needs to train more in order to enter the group.”With PSG competing on multiple fronts, the Rennes encounter is an opportunity to book a place in a domestic final, but attention is already turning to next month’s last 16 Champions League clash with Real Madrid.Zinedine Zidane accepts his future at Los Blancos rests on the blockbuster tie, with Madrid well off the pace set by rivals Barcelona in La Liga, while they suffered a shock Copa del Rey defeat against Leganes.That quarter-final defeat has cleared Madrid’s schedule somewhat in the build-up to February 14’s first leg, but Emery does not think the number of extra games PSG are set to play will make a difference.”It’s true that because Real Madrid have been eliminated from Copa del Rey, we will play more games than them,” Emery added. “But we keep on. We need to deal with players minutes on the field. Verratti and Mbappe played less, it’s good for us.”last_img read more

Report: Portugal 2 Tunisia 2

first_imgPortugal 2 Tunisia 2: Euro 2016 champions held in World Cup warm-up Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:36 5/29/18 Anice Badri Getty Images Goals from Anice Badri and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef saw Tunisia come from behind to draw 2-2 with Portugal in Braga on Monday. Euro 2016 champions Portugal were held to a 2-2 draw by Tunisia in their first World Cup warm-up match.Portugal were without star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped Real Madrid to win a third consecutive Champions League title in Kiev on Saturday.But despite Ronaldo’s absence, Fernando Santos’ side led 2-0 in Braga on Monday, only to be pegged back by the determined visitors. 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 AC Milan striker Andre Silva headed Portugal into the lead and when Joao Mario fired home a 20-yard drive, a straightforward victory appeared to be on the cards.But Nabil Maaloul’s men had other ideas, reducing the deficit through a well-placed strike from Anice Badri in the 39th minute.Amid a raft of second-half substitutions and shortly after a disallowed William Carvalho header, Tunisia then produced a scrappy equaliser through Fakhreddine Ben Youssef to claim an unlikely draw.Saif-Eddine Khaoui slotted a first-time shot wide in the first minute as Tunisia made a bright start, but Ricardo Quaresma should have opened the scoring.Goalkeeper Mouez Hassen hit a loose pass straight to the winger, whose first touch let him down, with a subsequent floated finish clearing the crossbar comfortably.Portugal took the lead in the 22nd minute, though, as Quaresma made amends for his miss.Quaresma beat his marker on the right wing and delivered a deep cross from which Andre Silva got up highest in the penalty area to send a fine header past Hassan’s grasping right hand.André Silva abriu o marcador! |1-0| #PORTUN #ConquistaOSonho pic.twitter.com/VEmzRrnCpu— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) May 28, 2018Khaoui almost levelled immediately but he missed the target again when picked out by Hamdi Nagguez’s low centre from the right wing.Joao Mario doubled Portugal’s lead before the break, sending a tremendous rising drive into the roof of the net after Tunisia failed to fully clear a right-wing Bernardo Silva corner.Tunisia replied in the 39th minute, however, Badri rifling past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes after the ball broke kindly for him on the edge of the Portugal area.A brilliant jinking run from Bernardo Silva saw him hit the post after the break, with the rebound flashed wide of the post by the Manchester City playmaker after Joao Mario’s effort was blocked by Hassan.Portugal thought they had wrapped up victory when Quaresma’s free-kick was headed in at the back post by Carvalho, only for the flag to be raised for offside, with the visitors then snatching the leveller in the 64th minute.BUUUUUT POUR LA TUNISIE ! Fakhreddine Ben Youssef égalise !! 2-2 entre le Portugal et la Tunisie ! #CM2018 #Tunisie #PORTUN  pic.twitter.com/ddQ21NSdFi— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) May 28, 2018Ali Maaloul’s cross found its way through to Ben Youssef in the box, the substitute striker getting just enough on his scrambled finish to beat Lopes and give Tunisia a huge boost in their World Cup preparations.Substitute Goncalo Guedes fired wide but neither side looked likely to score a late winner as the match petered out.Final da partida! Portugal 2-2 Tunísia. |2-2| #PORTUN #ConquistaOSonho pic.twitter.com/ZZjWaGs4q2— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) May 28, 2018Portugal will next be in action against Belgium on Saturday, while Tunisia take on Turkey on Friday.last_img read more

Regional Manager (East) and Affiliate Development Coordinator

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) invites applicants to fill the new positions of Regional Manager (East) and Affiliate Development Coordinator in the Melbourne and Canberra office respectively.  This is an ideal opportunity for motivated individuals interested in pursuing a career within the sporting environment.  Both positions offer unique opportunities to lead, manage and develop strong initiatives throughout the Touch Football community.Job Descriptions including selection criteria are available at: www.austouch.com.au.By COB Thursday 21st May 2009, applicants should email a 2 page letter of introduction addressing qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to garry.foran@austouch.com.au.  Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.·         Regional Manager:  Band 2: $50-$85,000 pa (Melbourne) ·         Affiliate Development Coordinator:  Band 3: $40-$60,000 pa (Canberra)Commencement salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate according with qualifications and experience.Further information: Garry Foran, Commercial Operations ManagerSecondary contact:Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)Related Filesregional_manager-pdfaffiliate_development_coordinator-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd manager Mourinho escapes FA appeal on swearing charge

first_imgMan Utd manager Mourinho escapes FA appeal on swearing chargeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe FA have confirmed they will not appeal the ruling on Jose Mourinho’s swearing charge.The Independent Regulatory Commission found Mourinho was not guilty of an FA charge for alleged abusive language towards television cameras after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.It was believed the FA would appeal decision after they were left unhappy with the commission’s finding.However, a statement has been released clarifying that the governing body will not proceed with their appeal.”The FA welcomes the original decision of the Appeal Board to uphold its appeal against Mr Mourinho for using abusive, insulting and improper language after the Manchester United v Newcastle United match on 6 October 2018,” an FA statement said.”It also respects the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to dismiss the charge based on the legal argument submitted by Mr Mourinho.”The FA’s position, which it maintained throughout the hearing, was that Mr Mourinho directed his abusive, insulting and improper words directly towards the camera lens, and in these circumstances, the decision to charge was consistent with previous FA charging practice.”Whilst we accept that the Independent Regulatory Commission disagreed on this occasion, The FA wishes to make clear that it will continue to take action against Participants for any form of abusive, insulting, or improper language or behaviour, which is directed towards a camera.”Finally, following the Appeal Board decision, and the most recent decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission, The FA now considers this matter to be closed.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Liverpool good enough to win the title

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Liverpool good enough to win the titleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Liverpool look title winners after Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing.The result sees Liverpool go six points clear at the top of the table.Benitez said: “We saw they are good enough to win the title, yes.“What I have said before is they have a very good team and a very good squad, and so they have very good players on the bench.“When you want to win a league title you need to be consistent, and they can do it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoLiverpool legend Lawrenson blasts ‘lazy’ Robertson for Napoli penalty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Lawrenson blasts ‘lazy’ Robertson for Napoli penaltyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson blasted Andrew Robertson for his role in their Champions League defeat to Napoli.The Reds went down 2-0 in Naples, with Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente both scoring in the final 10 minutes, the former from the spot.”A 0-0 draw would have been a good result for Liverpool , and they were less than 10 minutes away from getting it – until things unraveled at the back,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “I am far from convinced it was a penalty for Napoli’s first goal – the first time I saw it, I thought it was the correct decision, but the more I see it the less I agree it should have been given.”But it was still a lazy challenge by Andy Robertson on Jose Callejon, which gave the referee the opportunity to award a spot-kick in the first place.”He added: “When Napoli scored their second goal in injury time, it killed the game completely, and Virgil van Dijk was obviously responsible for that.”To concede from a mistake like that when they are in possession at the back is very unlike Liverpool generally, and Van Dijk especially.” last_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Football always our priority

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: Football always our priorityby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the club have never prioritised commercial initiatives over results on the pitch.United’s American owners, the Glazers, have been accused of not caring about the club’s performances so long as it doesn’t jeopardise their business interests.But Woodward says both aspects are vital to the club’s make-up.”The reality of Manchester United is we are a club in two parts,” said Woodward.”First of all, we are an incredible 141-year footballing institution with all that history, all that legacy, all that tradition and that tradition of success. That can never, ever change. We need to keep that protected.”Then, like other football clubs, our commercial business allows us to reinvest in the football side. It’s how these two interact with each other at Manchester United that results in us having a competitive advantage in this area. What’s important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side.” last_img read more

5 days agoSouness: Man Utd beating Liverpool biggest upset in years

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Souness: Man Utd beating Liverpool biggest upset in yearsby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness says a Manchester United win over Liverpool would be the biggest Premier League upset in six years.Jurgen Klopp’s men head to Old Trafford having won every game this season.”If Manchester United beat Liverpool at Old Trafford today, it will be the biggest upset in top-flight football since Manchester City lost to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final,” Souness wrote in the Sunday Times.”I’m not saying that for the effect, I’m not saying it because I’m an ex-Liverpool player. “I’m saying that because that’s what all the relevant indicators signify: the strength on paper of the respective squads; the fitness of key players (Paul Pogba out for United and maybe David de Gea too); the fact that Jurgen Klopp knows his best starting XI and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly doesn’t; and recent form — eight league wins out of eight for Liverpool, just one win from their past seven for their opponents.” last_img read more

Rashford embodies Solskjaer’s restoration of United way

first_imgThese are the same Manchester United players that Jose Mourinho had and they are playing approximately the same shape.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not gone to Old Trafford with a blank chequebook to sign his troubles away nor has he turned up with a secret dossier with all the tactical codes required to beat the Premier League.These players are currently performing how Mourinho wishes they could have performed when he still had a job. But there was always a little of ‘The beatings will continue until morale improves’ attached to Mourinho’s methods. 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? We know that because these men looked miserable when he was on the sideline whereas now they look happy. They were not winning enough matches when he was coaching them and now they are winning every game they play.This latest success, a 2-1 defeat of Brighton on Saturday, makes it six wins in a row in the Premier League for those keeping count – another piece of history Solskjaer – with one more in the FA Cup thrown in for good measure.Conditions under Mourinho were fiercely humid and tense. It’s like there was a deluge at Old Trafford and the air cleared. Finally, we see what these guys are capable of.No one is suggesting for one second that Solskjaer is a better manager than Mourinho. Their respective trophy hauls and renown within the game would nip that assertion in the bud straightaway.However, this United team is not in need of managing right now; they are in need of guidance, belief and confidence. And Solskjaer is providing that in abundance.Tougher days will come and the honeymoon won’t last forever. But this spell – 18 points from 18 – is exactly what this team needs to feel like Manchester United again.Paul Pogba played well again and slotted in a penalty that he himself earned but no one player is currently benefitting more from the Solskjaer guidance than Marcus Rashford.Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2018-19This was his 150th Manchester United game and he scored his 41st goal. That’s not record-breaking by any stretch of the imagination but no United player has scored more for the club since he made his debut under Louis van Gaal.He has also now scored in his last four Premier League games running and has five in his last six. He’s in the form of his life.Go back a little further and there was a goal and two assists against Fulham, when he was beginning to exert himself towards the dog days of Mourinho’s reign. With eight goals in 20 league games this season, it’s already Rashford’s best ever in front of goal. Van Gaal loved him and put him on the path towards regular selection and consistency. What came after must have been frustrating for all who wish for Rashford to excel. He still got his games, and goals here and there, but there was a sense that Mourinho was never fully convinced.He had to prove himself all over again when he shouldn’t have had to. He’d already made the breakthrough and earned the right to be treated as a first-teamer and not a kid. Every time he missed a chance there was a fear that Mourinho would send his number up on the assistant referee’s board and call him ashore.It was clear from the start of his career that Rashford would eventually be a No.9; up front, scoring goals and causing trouble. But it was easy to forget that under Mourinho, who played him left, right and anywhere else other than the centre-forward position as long as he could help it.The first summer he arrived, he signed a 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic and played him till his legs gave in. The next summer, he signed Romelu Lukaku for £70 million. Last winter, Alexis Sanchez arrived as the best-paid player in the history of English football. How could a young striker be expected to make the grade if fully-formed strikers were being signed over his head at every opportunity? But Solskjaer is clearly a believer. Whatever ‘it’ may be, it is clear that Marcus Rashford has it in spades.Solskjaer is one of those people who believes in the values of Manchester United, who understands what it takes to create a bond with the supporters at Old Trafford. It’s goals and it’s youth; local youth, if at all possible.And on the day when they marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Sir Matt Busby, it was left to another United babe to conjure the magic moment to put this game out of reach for Brighton.Rashford has consigned Lukaku to the bench and has the full backing of his manager. That backing is allowing him to do things like he did just before half-time. Those dancing feet and that fine finish have always been in there and they have been unlocked in a big way.Solskjaer arguably scored the biggest goal in the history of this club and so he understands what it takes to succeed. He’s not going to pour any magic formula into Rashford that’ll make him get better but he will provide the pep talks, the tips and the expertise to help him reach the top. He is well on his way. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

3 Georgia Commits Visiting SEC Rival This Weekend

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia football has recruited like crazy under Kirby Smart, and are set to have another big-time class in 2019. This weekend might give some Dawgs fan pause, though.Tennessee commit Chris Akporoghene, an IMG Academy product, is looking to help his future school eat into its SEC East rival’s class.His high school teammate Nolan Smith is a Savannah, Ga. native, and the No. 1 player in the entire country. He pledged to UGA back in January 2017, but he is set to visit Tennessee with Akporoghene on Saturday.The number one player in the country is coming with me to rocky top this weekend! He wants to see what makes Tennessee so special. Vol national let’s show @SmithNoland2 some REAL love #govols #vfl ??? pic.twitter.com/SLo84jqLVX— Chris Akporoghene Jr. ???? (@yomzking) November 13, 2018Nolan Smith is bringing two fellow Georgia football commits with him to Knoxville to the game, as well.Five-star defensive tackle Travon Walker and four-star linebacker Trezmen Marshall will be with him. All three players are Georgia natives.Rocky top this weekend ??? #GoVols— TREZMEN LACEY (@TrezmanM17) November 14, 2018Obviously this doesn’t mean that the three are about to flip or anything. Georgia is No. 5 in the country and coming off of a national championship appearance, while Tennessee is very much in a rebuild. The Vols did score an impressive win last week against then-No. 11 Kentucky, and it looks like Jeremy Pruitt may get things turned around faster than expected.Walker is the No. 23 player in the country and the second-ranked defensive tackle, per 247Sports.Marshall is ranked No. 96 overall and No. 6 among inside linebackers. The three are all among the top 10 players in Georgia.Georgia football’s 2019 class is currently ranked third in the country, and the SEC behind Alabama and Texas A&M. Tennessee is at No. 15 and sixth in the SEC right now.Tennessee hosts Missouri on Saturday.last_img read more

Major Program Just Lost 2 Huge Recruits

first_imgA look at the sky during a Miami-Syracuse game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Thursday night brought bad news for one major college football program as two top recruits decided to de-commit from the team. The Miami Hurricanes will be left wondering what happened when two four-star recruits decided to re-open their recruitment late Thursday night.Four-star athlete Marc Britt and four-star corner Henry Gray both re-opened their recruitment within minutes of each other. The four-star recruits took to Twitter to announce their decisions.It’s difficult to believe they weren’t in communication with each other, though if that’s the case, it’s tough news for the Hurricanes.Please Respect My Decision?‼️ pic.twitter.com/9y6Ze0AtSI— 2️⃣ (@D1bound_zay2121) December 14, 2018Respect my decision @247Sports @JerryRecruiting @larryblustein @Andrew_Ivins no interviews pic.twitter.com/qpliABOLIP— Marc Britt(P6) (@marcbritt_P6) December 14, 2018Both recruits are from the 2020 class. Miami owned one of the top recruiting classes for the 2020 cycle, but this will deal a significant blow to the Hurricanes’ standing.The Hurricanes came into Thursday night with the No. 2 overall class, but will leave tonight with a middling class at best.The loss of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to Temple looks like it’s already impacting recruiting in a big way.last_img read more

College Football Betting Lines Released For Week 1’s Biggest Games

first_img Florida (-7.5) vs. MiamiClemson (-33.5) vs. Georgia TechTexas A&M (-34.5) vs. Texas StateWisconsin (-11) vs. USFMichigan State (-21.5) vs. TulsaOklahoma State (-16) vs. Oregon StateColorado (-10.5) vs. Colorado StateSouth Carolina (-7.5) vs. North CarolinaVirginia Tech (-2.5) vs. Boston CollegeVirginia (-2) vs. PittsburghFlorida State (-3.5) vs. Boise StateAuburn (-2.5) vs. OregonStanford (-6) vs. NorthwesternMemphis (-6.5) vs. Ole MissTexas (-20.5) vs. Louisiana TechMichigan (-31.5) vs. MTSUIowa (-21.5) vs. Miami (OH)Ohio State (-27) vs. FAUNebraska (-32) vs. South AlabamaUSC (-13.5) vs. Fresno StateGeorgia (-21) vs. VanderbiltAlabama (-31) vs. DukeLSU (-25.5) vs. Georgia SouthernTennessee (-26) vs. Georgia StateOklahoma (-26.5) vs. HoustonNotre Dame (-20) vs. Louisville Miami quarterback Tate Martell at the spring game.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up before the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)College football season is almost here – we’re now less than one month away from the first kickoff. As such, we’re starting to see some week one betting lines trickle in from sports books.The first big game of the year, set for August 24, will feature Florida vs. Miami – essentially a week before most other teams play. It’ll be a great start to the season.Let’s take a look at the current betting lines for week one’s biggest games. There are some fascinating matchups:We’re using consensus spreads via The Action Network:last_img read more

Iowa RB Announces He Has Entered The Transfer Portal

first_img All Glory to God. #LLF🕊 pic.twitter.com/EzEyP6aLtI— Henry A. Geil🎈 (@HenryBAMN) August 28, 2019Iowa still is well-stocked at the running back position this season, with juniors Mekhi Sargent, Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin available.Iowa will open its 2019 season against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium.Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1. A group of Iowa Hawkeyes football helmets.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Iowa redshirt freshman running back Henry Geil has entered the transfer portal and intends to leave the program, he announced today.Geil, a native of Green Bay (Wisc.), was a three-star signee for the Hawkeyes in the class of 2018. He saw action in two games last season, rushing for 37 yards on 15 carries before redshirting.According to Geil, he will remain in school through the end of the semester. Because he is in the transfer portal, he can have contact with other programs.“I would like to thank the University of Iowa and their staff for the opportunities the Hawkeyes have brought me,” Geil wrote on Twitter. “I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal, and will be transferring at the end of the semester.”last_img read more