Chelsea Conte calls on Chelsea to deny rift rumours as he ponders contract extension Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Watford Premier League The Italian is open to staying at Stamford Bridge past the end of next seaso and wants the Blues to deny reports of a rift with the board Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has asked the club to publicly deny persistent speculation about his future, with many in the press linking him with the exit door at the end of the season. The Italian also insisted that Chelsea must learn to be more patient with their manager as they try to compete with the likes of Manchester City with significantly less investment.The Blues boss had already stated his wish to remain at the club for the remaining 18 months on his contract and added he’s even open to an extension. However, he did say talks would be on hold until the end of the season. 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 must be honest, when there are these type of rumours or speculation after the first game of the season against Burnley, maybe I’d like the club to prepare a statement for me, to say they trust me in my work and my job,” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. “But, at the same time, I know this never happened in the past, so why should I hope for something different? But, for sure, I’d like to have a statement of support against this speculation. The challenge is that, in the past, this never happened.”So it’s a big challenge to change the approach now. But, for sure, I’d be glad. You only have one person to speak [to make this happen]. I don’t want to exploit … I don’t want to be an opportunist [to ask about a new deal]. It’s not right, not right. It’s not the right time to be opportunistic.“We have the time to make the best decision. I’m trying to … no, I’m giving all myself, me and my staff and my players, for this club. We are doing the maximum for this club. If the club understands this and the club wants to extend a new contract, we can talk.”We can talk. Why not? But I repeat, I don’t like to try to push with the press for a new contract. My contract expires in 2019. My desire and my will are to continue to work with this club.”Chelsea face Watford on Monday as they look to put a difficult January behind them. The club got knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage against Arsenal and were dragged into a top-four battle after suffering four draws and two defeats out of nine games.Conte thinks that Chelsea’s owners and the club’s fans need to be patient as the side look likely to miss out on silverware this season. He believes that with Chelsea being outspent by the Manchester clubs and other big clubs in Europe, it will take other methods to compete for the big trophies. “You can see the other teams are working very hard, very strong to improve their squads,” Conte added. “It’s not simple, not simple. I think a club like Chelsea must have more patience than other teams.“For sure it would be very difficult. If you compare it to the past, the situation has totally changed. Yes. But especially for this reason, you have to understand that only through a great work, a big work, can you go and try to be closer to these teams who maybe don’t have this type of financial problems.“As you can see, we are working a lot with people like [Ethan] Ampadu, 17, and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, 17. [Andreas] Christensen is 21, [Tiemoue] Bakayoko 23, [Davide] Zappacosta 25. We took a lot of young players in the market and, in Christensen, we are developing a young player form the academy.”In my vision, we are doing a fantastic job. Then I don’t know if, in other people’s vision, they are thinking in a different way. But in my vision, we are trying to build something important with our work; not with words, not with money.”When you buy or sell, and there is always a big balance [in terms of net spend on transfers] in my years here in Chelsea.”
Sweden Sweden’s collective spirit compensates for lack of stars, says Dahlin Naim Beneddra Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sweden World Cup The Scandinavians may lack the firepower of of recent years but their former star says they should be able to navigate their group to make the last-16 Sweden may be without famous star Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the World Cup, but their “collective spirit” gives them a good chance of progressing into the knockout stage in Russia, says former striker Martin Dahlin.Janne Andersson’s team beat Italy in the play-offs to secure their spot in the tournament this year after failing to reach the finals in 2010 and 2014.Their return to the big stage raised the possibility of all-time top scorer Ibrahimovic ending his international retirement, but the LA Galaxy star’s hopes went unfulfilled. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Drawn in Group F alongside Germany, South Korea and Mexico, Sweden will need strong showings in the group stage to book a place in the last-16, but Dahlin, who is now an agent, is sure they have enough quality to compensate for the lack of star power.”It’s a team that is very well organised,” Dahlin, who was a key part of the Sweden team that finished third in 1994, told Goal. “It’s also a team where everyone works hard for each other. There is a real collective spirit. There are not many big stars, but the collective is above all. And we see that they are doing well.”I could quote you [the big players] like Emil Forsberg, Jimmy Durmaz or Viktor Claesson. Overall I think it’s in midfield that you can have players who might surprise you.”I think they have a good chance of reaching at least the second round. I think they can beat South Korea and eventually Mexico. It will certainly be more difficult against Germany. But, for sure, they have all their chances to reach at least the round of 16.”Against Germany we will face one of the most competitive teams around at the moment. Of course it’s going to be complicated. But in the World Cup, you never know. Anything can happen.”Sweden’s tournament begins on Monday when they face South Korea in Nizhny.
All draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEThe action heats up on day three of the 2006 NTL in Coffs Harbour as the teams battle for quarter final rankings and positions…this afternoon will be crucial in who takes a place in tomorrow’s semis and grand finals. Keep your eyes on the website for all the results from the 2006 National Touch League. All draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEDay Three:8:30amMens 20’s: Suns (12) def ACT (2)Mens 20’s: Hornets (7) def Barbarians (2)Mens 20’s: Eagles (7) def Crusaders (1)Mens Open: Crusaders (8) def Eagles (3)Mens Open: Rustlers (11) def Hornets (5)Mens Open: Suns (5) def Scorpions (3)Mixed Open: Suns (10) def Rebels (0)Suns took their position at the top of Pool B in the Mens Open division this morning, with a 5-3 win over Scorpions. Suns proved too good for ACT in the Mens 20’s division, and in Mixed Open the Suns thrashed the Rebels 10-0.9:20amMixed Open: Cobras (7) def Sharks (6)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (6) def Cobras (2)Mens 20’s: Sharks (7) def Cyclones (4)Womens Open: Sharks (5) def Rustlers (1)Womens Open: Eagles (7) drew Scorpions (7)Womens Open: Cobras (7) def Hornets (3)Mixed Open: Barbarians (5) drew Cyclones (5)Cobras cemented themselves as a team to watch in the finals of the Mixed Open, beating 2005 Runners-up, the Sharks 7-6.The Mens 20s saw Sharks and Rustlers both have impressive wins. Sharks beat Cyclones, 7-4 and Cobras beat Hornets, 7-3.An improving Scorpions side drew with Eagles, 7-7 in Womens Open and the Sharks recorded yet another win over the Rustlers.10:10amWomens 20’s: Sharks (12) def Rebels (1)Womens 20’s: Cobras (11) def Crusaders (2)Womens 20’s: Cyclones (15) def Scorpions (0)Womens 20’s: ACT (10) def Rustlers (3)Womens 20’s: Mets (7) def Eagles (3)Womens 20’s: Suns (7) def Hornets (2)Mixed Open: Mets (10) def Rustlers (5)In the Womens 20’s division, Sharks and ACT continue to dominate their opposition with Sharks beating Rebels, 12-1 and ACT beating Rustlers, 10-3.In the same division, Cyclones are also a team to watch, after thrashing Scorpions, 15-0.In the Mixed Opens, Mets defeated Rustlers 10-5.11:00amMens Open: Mets (5) def Cobras (3)Mens Open: Sharks (12) def ACT (2)Mens Open: Rebels (6) def Cyclones (4)Womens Open: ACT (6) def Crusaders (5)Womens Open: Barbarians (12) def Cyclones (5)Womens Open: Mets (9) def Suns (2)A great game of Touch was played on field one this morning in the Mens Open division with Mets beating Cobras, 5-3.Also in Mens Open, Sharks outclassed ACT with a 12-2 win and Rebels beat Cyclones, 6-4.Mets were too good for Suns in the Womens Open, winning 9-2, ACT won a tight game against Crusaders, 6-5 and Barbarians are still looking promising after beating Cyclones, 12-5.11:50amMens Open: Scorpions (13) def Crusaders (1)Mens Open: Rustlers (4) def Suns (3)Mens Open: Barbarians (11) def Eagles (0)Womens Open: Sharks (9) def Hornets (4)Womens Open: Rebels (6) def Eagles (4)Womens Open: Cobras (6) def Scorpions (1)The Mens Open division is one of the closest in NTL history, with Rustlers defeat of Suns, 4-3 making the competition even more interesting. Sharks are still performing well in the Womens Open division after a 9-4 victory over Hornets. A good game was also played out on field five, with Rebels beating Eagles 6-4.12:40pmMens 20’s: Cobras (6) def Sharks (3)Mens 20’s: Suns (10) def Hornets (5)Mens 20’s: Eagles (7) def Cyclones (2)Mixed Open: Rebels (8) def Cyclones (4)Mixed Open: Rustlers (9) def Barbarians (2)Cobras created an upset in the Mens 20’s division, defeating Sharks 6-3 in a great match on field one. Eagles are still leading their pool, after a 7-2 win over the Cyclones.In the Mixed Open, Rustlers are doing their best trying to stay in the top half of the ladder, with a 9-2 win over Barbarians.1:30pmMens 20’s: Crusaders (6) def Barbarians (3)Mens 20’s: Mets (8) def ACT (0)Mixed Open: Mets (6) def Cobras (5)Mixed Open: Sharks (10) def Scorpions (8)The Mixed Open race remains tight with Sharks beating Scorpions, 10-8.Mets also had a close game with Cobras, eventually coming out on top, 6-5.In Mens 20’s, ACT had a disappointing, 8-0 loss to Mets, while Crusaders beat Barbarians, 6-3.2:20pmWomens 20’s Champ QF1: Cobras (6) def Hornets (1)Womens 20’s Champ QF2: Suns (6) def Mets (0)Womens 20’s Plate QF1: Cyclones (6) def Crusaders (3)Womens 20’s Plate QF2: Rustlers (14) def Scorpions (0)After the first quarter finals of the tournament, Cobras had a 6-1 win over the Hornets, in Womens 20’s which puts them through to a semi-final with ACT.Also in Womens 20’s, Suns beat Mets 6-0, putting them into a semi-final tomorrow with Sharks.3:20pmMens Champ QF1: Sharks (4) def Rustlers (3)Mens Champ QF2: Suns (5) def Cobras (4)Mens Plate QF1: ACT (6) def Crusaders (2)Womens Plate P/O: Cyclones (3) def Eagles (1)Mens Plate P/O: Rebels def Eagles*forfeitAfter an action packed match on field one, Sharks defeated Rustler, 4-3 in the Mens Open division, setting up Sharks for a semi-final against Scorpions.The Suns and Cobras game was also a thriller in the Mens Open division, with Suns eventual winners, 5-4. They will now play Mets tomorrow in the semi-finals.4:20pmWomens Champ QF1: Suns (3) def Rustlers (1)Womens Champ QF2: Barbarians (9) def Cobras (4)Womens Plate QF1: Crusaders (5) def Rebels (1)Mens 20’s: Suns (6) def Cyclones (3)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (5) def Sharks (3)Mens 20’s: Cobras (11) def Crusaders (2)The Barbarians have caused an upset in the Womens Open quarter finals, defeating Cobras, 9-4. It is the first time in seven years that the Cobras Women do not appear in the Opens grand final. Barbarians will now take on Mets tomorrow morning.The Suns had a good victory over the Rustlers, they fought hard to win 3-1. They will now play Sharks in the semi-final.In the Mens 20’s, Rustlers caused an upset by defeating Sharks, 5-3.Suns and Cobras will also go into the quarter finals confident after convincing wins this afternoon.5:20pmMixed Open: Sharks (13) def Rebels (2)Mixed Open: Cobras (13) def Barbarians (0)Mixed Open: Scorpions (5) def Rustlers (1)Mixed Open: Suns (5) def Cyclones (0)Mens 20’s: Eagles (11) def Mets (7)Sharks finished their round games with class in the Mixed Open with a 13-2 win over Rebels.In what was one of the most exciting, skillful and heated games of the tournament, Eagles defeated Mets 11-7 finishing of the round games for the tournament.6:20pmWomens Plate QF2: Scorpions v W/P/P/OMens Plate QF2: Barbarians v W/P/P/O
In line with our strategic objectives Touch Football Australia (TFA) has a responsibility to the development of Touch Football internationally and also building the profile of the sport. Therefore we are initiating a group called the International Touring Party (ITP).The International Touring Party will focus on traveling around the world to various locations to help the local affiliated associations of the Federation of International Touch (FIT). In the past Australian Senior Teams have fulfilled this responsibility, now as we move forward we are focusing on Game Development, not just elite participation, and see the need for a separate group to be formed.For more information about the ITP and the first proposed tour, please download the attached information. Related Filesinternational_tourning_party_information-pdf
Australian Mixed Open player, Kristy Brennan tells www.austouch.com.au about her day on tour on Friday, which involved the ANZAC Day service and the first game of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Dear Diary,I was very excited waking up this morning knowing it was finally game day! A few made the early start and attended Mudgee’s ANZAC Day dawn service in town.There was a positive vibe entering the breakfast room this morning as I feel all three teams have been waiting for this day to arrive. The Women’s team were celebrating the young Kim Sue See’s 18th birthday. I can only imagine the overwhelming feeling of being on debut for your country and also celebrating your 18th birthday.It wasn’t long after breakfast that we were ready to leave to go march in the ANZAC Day service. It was a great honour and I feel we are all very lucky to be able march and play on a day that has such a rich history to our country and to our neighbours across the ditch. I would personally like to thank the community of Mudgee for allowing us to share in their service and for the support we received while walking down Elin’s favourite street, ‘Mortimer’ Street. Glen, our Australian photographer, seemed to be everywhere, as he was taking pictures behind us then as we would look forward, he would be right there in front of us. Great athleticism Glen!I hope our Flag Bearers’ arms weren’t too sore after carrying the Australian flag throughout the streets of Mudgee during the march. It must have been a great feeling and honour and one I hope to experience one day. Congratulations to Kristin, Matt and Steve for leading our contingent from the front. Once back at the Parklands Resort we had time to relax, enjoy lunch, have a nanna nap (Lambo), and take plenty of photos for Instagram (Laura, Yasmin and Patricia). I even had a visit from my wonderful fiancé, Craig. Before leaving to go to the fields, there was a quick trip to the physio to get my ankles strapped (thanks Jude), and I was enlightened by the conversation between the Doc and Elin about the benefits of Vitamin B. Steph and I were also surprised when we saw the Doc eat the stem of a pear!On the bus the tunes were pumping but they were short lived as it is only a five minute trip to the fields! The team entered the grounds together and were allowed the opportunity to explore the field prior to the game. The butterflies were well and truly flying in my stomach when walking onto the field again. The memories of Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium are all positive for me as it was this time two years ago that we were successful over New Zealand in the Trans Tasman series. Boots were on, GPS trackers set and it was time to get down to business. As Springy said, “Double time today people! Who’s ready to get to work?” It was clear in the warm up that we were all ready for work and to work for your mates either side of you on the field. Walking back from warm up, Cameron shared some words of wisdom on the meaning of love!In the sheds for the last time before taking the field, the love was shared by wishing each other good luck. A big shout out to our debutants Laura, Bundy, Sammy, Yasmin, Springy and Langy. Also Justin who has played before but somehow that didn’t count.I know we couldn’t have asked for a better result after day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman series. After scoring two touchdowns myself, our Mixed team was successful 10-2. The Women’s had a win 8-6 with the birthday girl scoring a hat-trick, congratulations Kimmy! And Trady’s Men are on their way to winning back the trophies with an outstanding 10-6 win.After the celebrations at the field, there was a quick dinner stop at KFC on the way home, much to Mick’s disgust (even though he ordered a pizza down the road). Then it was time to recover and focus on the challenging task ahead.Bring on day two! Good luck to our three teams for tomorrow and goodnight.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksKristy Brennan Tour Diary
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Gerard Pique calls for unityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has called for unity after victory at Getafe.Pique, Barcelona’s third captain, sent a message to the board in the mixed zone of the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.”We have to be united, the fans and the board,” said Pique. “When one person doesn’t want to get angry, there are no fights. We know the club, we know the daily goings on, we know who writes the articles, even though they may carry another person’s name.”Pique added: “We want to compete, go out to play and not cause fights that don’t exist. We don’t want them to eist. Things can go better or worse, but we should be united or we’ll hurt ourselves.”
Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi delighted with early season formby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi admits that he was fearing for his career after suffering an Achilles injury last term.The 18-year-old was missing for the back end of last season after the horrific injury.However, he has found his way back to fitness and is already shining for the first team under Frank Lampard with three assists and a goal in four matches.He told Sky Sports News: “It’s an amazing feeling.”I was out for three to four months and it was crazy to even get the injury in the first place. It’s something I had to deal with mentally because I’d never experienced an injury like that before.”I’m really delighted with the way I’ve come back. I didn’t expect to get this many assists and to contribute with a goal as well. Hopefully I’ll keep improving and adding goals to my game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southgate knew Chelsea star Mount would play for England at 16by Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland boss Gareth Southgate says that he knew Mason Mount would be a star for the national team when he was only 16.The Chelsea midfielder is set to get his first start in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Mount will be in the team against the Czech Republic. And Southgate spoke about when he first saw Mount play several years ago.When asked what he thought about Mount after training him for a few days, England boss Southgate told reporters: “Exactly what I thought of him when I saw him at 16 playing for our U16s, he’s a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality.”So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me at all. We’ve had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St. George’s [Park].”Chelsea would be the same on that, I think, but of course he’s now been able to have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and display that against top teams.”I think you saw his penalty in the Super Cup, [that] was a nice cameo of what he’s about, really.”
Texas hosted No. 14 Baylor tonight, and the Longhorns needed the win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. They won 61-59 in overtime on a runner by guard Isaiah Taylor, but not before seven players from both teams were ejected following a serious scuffle in the extra session.The scrum started near the scorers table and resulted in multiple players leaving their respective benches. Assistant coaches and referees had to break up the action.A look at the fracas in Austin. Several #Texas players left the bench area, to join the scrum Maybe 1-2 #Baylor plyrs pic.twitter.com/eBTDmN7gD4— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieTV) March 3, 2015Here’s a glance at the seven players who got the boot for their roles in the near melee.Seven players (4 Texas, 3 Baylor) have been ejected in #BAYvsTEX. pic.twitter.com/Kq3LvsYmqC— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 3, 2015Amazingly, Taylor, who was involved in starting the entire incident, not only didn’t get ejected but ended up winning the game with his floater in the lane. Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes needed this win, but it’ll be interesting to see if players from either team are suspended moving forward.
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 13: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs on October 13, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State can no longer win the SEC West after a loss to Alabama this past Saturday, but the Bulldogs still have a lot to play for. MSU, at 7-3, still has a chance to post a 10-win season for just the fourth time in school history. The Bulldogs will need to get things started with a strong bounce-back performance against red-hot Arkansas this weekend.Wednesday, the school released a two-minute hype video to tease the contest. Check it out:The Bulldogs and the Razorbacks are set for a 7:00 PM ET kick off.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)With its win over Clemson, Alabama took home a 16th claimed national title, and it isn’t being shy about the accomplishment. This morning, Alabama posted an awesome graphic to Instagram, showing off the new College Football Playoff trophy with 15 rings from the program’s previous titles. It is quite a site.Love them or hate them, the Crimson Tide are really without rival when it comes to winning championships. The scary part is that it doesn’t seem like Nick Saban is particularly close to being done either.
Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos before wrapping up his Hall of Fame NFL career, but he’ll always be remembered as a Volunteer in Tennessee. So when Manning decided to take the stage with country singer Lee Brice and sing “Rocky Top” inside a Nashville bar Monday night, one can only imagine he made some Tennessee fans very happy. YouTuber Ray Casper posted this awesome video. This is fantastic.[Outkick The Coverage]
Twitter/@Finally_MaybinJalen Reeves-Maybin is out for the rest of the season with an injury. His Tennessee career is over.According to Inside Tennessee‘s Danny Parker, the Tennessee star linebacker is having surgery on his left shoulder, and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.The senior linebacker and leading tackler each of the last two seasons will have surgery within the next two weeks to repair a biceps subluxation in his left shoulder.Reeves-Maybin departed the 38-28 win over Florida early, showing discomfort and pain in the shoulder. He traveled with the Volunteers to Athens for the 38-28 win over then-No. 25 Georgia but did not suit up.Here is what that injury entails, via Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.Occasionally, the soft tissue restraints that maintain the position of the long head of the biceps tendon within the groove can be injured, allowing the tendon to sublux, or partially dislocate in and out of its groove. This occurrence is often associated with a partial or complete tear of the subscapularis tendon, the rotator cuff tendon in the front of the shoulder.Reeves-Maybin started Tennessee’s first four games of the season, registering 20 total tackles, including a 13-tackle effort against Virginia Tech in Week 2. He was a preseason First Team All-SEC Player per Athlon Sports.[Inside Tennessee]Update: According to head coach Butch Jones, Reeves-Maybin is still considering other options with regards to his biceps subluxation injury, and may not yet be done for the season. From WBIR:“Jalen Reeves-Maybin is still looking at some different options for what avenues he wants to pursue. He has all the time that he possibly needs to make that decision.“Jalen Reeves-Maybin has earned that right and deserves that right to make a decision when he feels it’s appropriate for him.”We’ll continue to update this story as more on Reeves-Maybin’s status is updated.
College GameDayESPN’s College GameDay is headed to Baton Rouge.This won’t come as much of a surprise, but ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Baton Rouge to cover LSU’s big matchup with No. 1 Alabama next Saturday. The contest, which could help decide the SEC West, is one of just a few games between ranked teams next weekend. Ohio State vs. Nebraska is the other big one.ESPN made the news official Saturday night on Twitter.Get ready, Baton Rouge! Next week, we’re headed to Death Valley for Alabama-LSU. pic.twitter.com/3hGNSWuySz— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 30, 2016Both teams will be coming off of byes. Alabama, which sits with an 8-0 record, is in firm control of the SEC West. LSU, at 5-2, will look to change that.College GameDay set up shop in Salt Lake City this past weekend ahead of the Utah vs. Washington matchup – which the Huskies won.
Kevin de Bruyne has blasted the new handball rules brought in this summer after Manchester City were yet again denied a last-minute winner against Tottenham by VAR on Saturday.City thoroughly outplayed Spurs throughout the game and thought they had won it in injury time as Gabriel Jesus curled in a close-range finish after a scramble in the penalty area following a corner.But the goal was eventually disallowed after Aymeric Laporte was shown to have handled in the build-up, leaving the game drawn at 2-2. Under the new rules, any handling in the lead-up to a goal means the goal cannot stand, whether it would be given as a handball in regular play or otherwise – but if the ball had also brushed a defender’s hand, a penalty would not have been given. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “They made this rule, it’s new,” De Bruyne told the Telegraph. “When I saw the video [of the incident], it’s impossible [for Laporte] to take his arm away. What can he do? Should he chop his arm off and play without it?“There’s nothing he can do because Nico [Otamendi] is ten centimetres in front of him and trying to head the ball. You can’t react in that space and amount of time. So make it clear – handball both sides.”While rival fans revelled in the drama on social media, City’s bewilderment was compounded by the realisation that the Spurs goal that put them out of last year’s Champions League would not have stood under the new rules.Before City’s last-gasp ‘winner’ was shown to be offside by VAR, Fernando Llorente accidentally handled before scoring the vital away goal that eventually took Spurs through. It wasn’t enough to disallow the goal at the time, but would be if it happened in a game this season.Pep Guardiola has expressed his exasperation at VAR’s perceived inconsistency, after record signing Rodri was floored inside the area in the first half. City were adamant it should have been a penalty, but the match referee didn’t look at the incident again.The new handball rule, however, has been under closer scrutiny after this game and Bernardo Silva had similar thoughts to De Bruyne.“It is never easy when you score a last-minute goal and it is disallowed, especially because last season we went out of the Champions League because of a situation exactly like this one but rules are rules and we have to accept it,” Silva said.“It is true the ball hits his hand but come on, do you want to cut his arm [off]?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: General view as fans stand for the national anthem with a giant American flag on the field and a US military flyover before the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in the Angels home opener on April 10, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Two football stars were picked early in the 2018 NFL draft. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray garnered the most headlines, but he wasn’t the only college football player selected in the first round of the MLB Draft tonight.A four-star wide receiver came off the board early as well. Jordyn Adams, a four-star wide receiver prospect slated to suit up for North Carolina this fall, was picked 17th overall by the Los Angeles Angels.Adams is one of the nation’s top wide receiver recruits in the incoming 2018 class.On Tuesday afternoon, he made a huge statement about his future. He’s foregoing his collegiate football career to play baseball.#TheHaloWay pic.twitter.com/now5i4ivpG— Jordyn Adams (@jordynadams10) June 5, 2018It’s a huge decision for Adams, and a big blow to the North Carolina recruiting class. Adams was the second-highest rated recruit in the Tar Heels class.However, he’ll get a pretty penny for choosing baseball over football. The signing bonus for the 17th pick is over $3 million.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Saturday, longtime author Jeff Snook reported that Texas head coach Tom Herman was the person who leaked news of the allegations against Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy, prompting his bombshell report that led to Urban Meyer’s potential departure from the Buckeyes’ program.McMurphy denied that Herman was his source and the Texas head coach released a strong statement, also denying it.“It is absolutely untrue. Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State,” Herman said via a spokesman.McMurphy also tweeted:“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source.”New details have emerged. Eleven Warriors uncovered tweets and message board posts suggesting that at least someone in the Texas community was aware of the allegations against Smith.“Brett McMurphy broke the details of Zach Smith’s past on July 23. However, three days prior, smoke spilled out of Texas,” Eleven Warriors tweeted.Brett McMurphy broke the details of Zach Smith’s past on July 23. However, three days prior, smoke spilled out of Texas.What does this mean? Who knows, but it’s interesting, that’s for sure. pic.twitter.com/X9E0M7t93S— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 12, 2018Rumors and speculation are constantly swirling on social media and message boards when it comes to the college football world.Stay tuned.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has ranted about Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh plenty of times before. He’s doing it again.The Wolverines opened the season with a road loss at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish were in control for basically the entire contest.This isn’t a devastating loss for Harbaugh – Michigan can still accomplish basically everything it wants to – bu still, it’s another big-game disappointment.Finebaum has seen this plenty of times before.“It’s the same old story — he lost,” Finebaum said on ESPN Sunday morning. “I don’t want to get too carried away on the second day of September, but this isn’t just something that happens now and then. This is what Jim Harbaugh has become at Michigan. Is it ever going to change? If it doesn’t change pretty soon, I think fans are going to give up on the idea that he is going to return this program to the high level of excellence.”Harbaugh is now 9-9 in his last 18 games as Michigan’s head coach.“What’s interesting is that a national commentator who used to work here the other day said this guy is the best coach in college football,” Finebaum said. “I’m trying to figure out who is Jim Harbaugh better than? He had a really good year there years ago and since then, he’s been incredibly average. I’ve said it over and over again — let’s see how this season plays out, especially at the end. If he can’t beat Ohio State this year, the ship is ailing on Jim Harbaugh.”Michigan has several winnable games in a row before a game against No. 4 Wisconsin. That will be a big one.
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)A major college football coach will reportedly be fired at some point before the end of the season.Houston is reportedly expected to fire head coach Major Applewhite following the Cougars’ disappointing 2018 season.Applewhite’s team was blown out by Army, 70-14, in its bowl game. The Cougars finished the season at 8-5.SB Nation first reported the news of Applewhite’s impending firing.Bruce Feldman has since confirmed the news.“BREAKING: #Houston is expected to part ways with head coach Major Applewhite in the next 24 hours, sources tell me. SB Nation 1st reported the move was in the works,” he reports.BREAKING: #Houston is expected to part ways with head coach Major Applewhite in the next 24 hours, sources tell me. SB Nation 1st reported the move was in the works.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 29, 2018West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen could reportedly be targeted by Houston after Applewhite’s firing.Sources to @SBNation: Houston set to fire Major Applewhite, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen among candidates for Cougars https://t.co/siw3q4NgeT— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) December 29, 2018Stay tuned.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles with the ball against the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Paul Finebaum isn’t one to hold back his true feelings, and on Saturday morning he unleashed an interesting take on the Auburn-Texas A&M game.Auburn hasn’t lost yet this season, but that could change this weekend. Defeating Texas A&M in College Station with a true freshman at quarterback is an extremely tough task.Texas A&M owns a 2-1 record this season with the one loss coming to the hands of Clemson. It’s an acceptable loss for a program that should be ranked throughout the fall.Finebaum believes the Aggies will get the chance to redeem themselves in the coming hours against the No. 8 ranked team in the country. When giving his prediction for the game on SEC Nation, Finebaum said “I like the Aggies because their back is against the wall.”He also said that Bo Nix will struggle in a hostile environment. This will be the first road test for the five-star quarterback.Finebaum went as far as to say it’ll be a “baptism by fire” for Nix this afternoon.Through three games this season, Nix has 545 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. It’s important that he avoids turning over the football against the Aggies.With Kellen Mond ready for this SEC showdown, it’ll be fun to see how Nix responds to the challenge.[247Sports]