About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Belgium coach Martinez dismisses doubts for Real Madrid keeper Courtoisby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has dismissed doubts for Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Courtois has struggled for form and fitness this season.”It wasn’t true that he had anxiety,” Martinez said of the reports that came out following the Club Brugge match.”He is still feeling the effects of a stomach bug and needs to regain a kilogram or two.”That’s what can happen with a stomach bug.”He is a player who dreamed of playing for Real Madrid from a young age and he is ready to define an era there.”I am convinced that he is the best goalkeeper in the world.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic: I feel the best I ever have. I feel very confidentby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic insists he feels better than ever ahead of the USA’s clash with Cuba on Friday.The winger has had to bide his time on the Chelsea bench in recent weeks, but the 21-year-old says he is feeling in peak condition to play.”I feel the best I ever have. I feel very confident in my game. I’m not going to let any of that affect me,” Pulisic said on Wednesday. I feel very strong, and I’m really looking forward to this game (on) Friday.”Asked about his situation at Stamford Bridge, Pulisic was blunt in his response.”I’m here now to be focused with the US national team, so that’s really all that’s on my mind right now.”
TwitterWell, we’ve got a new trend emerging ahead of wedding season. Last week, we saw an Alabama fan invite Nick and Terry Saban to her wedding – and they actually responded with a heartwarming message and a gift. This week, we’ve got a couple inviting both Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher to their nuptials. The husband-to-be, Patrick Millard, tweeted photos of both invites.@fsucoachfisher @MarkRicht Wedding Invites on the way! Hope you can make it @JekyllClubHotel. #WhenDawgsAndNolesUnite pic.twitter.com/hnBchbXJSK— Patrick Millard (@PM_Traveler) February 28, 2015It remains to be seen if either will attend or respond – if so, expect others to copy the idea and invite their favorite coaches.
Chelsea are in the midst of a very busy period both on and off the pitch, but return to Premier League action after a week of cup football.Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in last weekend’s FA Cup clash, which followed a disappointing 0-0 New Year draw with Southampton in the league.The Blues were then unlucky to lose at Wembley, as rivals Tottenham managed to hold onto a 1-0 win in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. Meanwhile, Newcastle are very much in a relegation battle as their form took a dip over the festive period. 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? Chelsea Injuries It is hard to talk about Chelsea’s preparations for their game against Newcastle without talking about the transfer market, as the club looks set to be the busiest of the ‘big six’ in the January window.Alvaro Morata could return after missing The Blues’ midweek game against Spurs with a ‘minor hamstring injury’ but his future is in significant doubt, with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla interested in him.Cesc Fabregas is close to joining Monaco and may be left out, while Gary Cahill is also in talks over a move to Fulham and has missed several recent match day squads.The good news is that a host of injured players returned in the Carabao Cup match on Tuesday, including Willian, Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Mateo Kovacic.Callum Hudson-Odoi returned from a hamstring injury last weekend to face Nottingham Forest and will continue to be used as Chelsea try to resist a move to Bayern Munich, who have recently made a £35 million offer.Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be out for an extended period of time with a back injury, coming off in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Forest.Suspensions Neither Chelsea nor Newcastle have any suspensions to contend with ahead of Saturday’s match.Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up Chelsea played a full strength team in their midweek clash against Tottenham, as Eden Hazard operated as a ‘false 9’ with Hudson-Odoi and Willian flanking him in the wide positions.They are likely to line up as strong as possible against Newcaslte and that could see Hazard continue playing down the middle.Sarri could make further rotations after a busy fixture period, but he has so far kept those changes to a minimum in his time as Chelsea boss; Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante have started every league match this season.Mateo Kovacic and Pedro could start after returning from sickness and injury respectively.Newcastle Team News Newcaslte will be without Chelsea loanee Kenedy due to the terms of his loan deal. They are also without both Yoshinori Muto and Ki Sung-yueng who have been called up by Japan and South Korea for the Asian Cup.Federico Fernández and Mohamed Diamé are doubts as they carry minor hip injuries.TV channel & kick-off time The match at Stamford Bridge kicks off at 5:30pm GMT (12:30pm ET) on Saturday and will be shown on BT Sport in the UK.Best Opta Match Facts Chelsea have failed to score in their last two Premier League home games. They haven’t gone three without a goal in the top-flight since November 1993 under Glenn Hoddle. Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has won just one of his 14 away matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D4 L9), a 1-0 victory with Liverpool in the Premier League in October 2008. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has scored six goals and assisted one in five Premier League appearances at Stamford Bridge against Newcastle. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than he has against any other side in the competition (8). However, those eight goals all came in his first six games against them, with the Frenchman failing to score in his last five against the Magpies. Salomon Rondon has scored each of Newcastle’s last three away games in the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Edwin Lara might have felt a little unease heading into his first camp with the U.S. Under-20 national team, but the feeling was quickly replaced by relief.The former Mexican Under-17 World Cup defender reached out to Tab Ramos last fall and let him know that he wanted play for the United States. While the California native fell short of making the U.S. Under-20 team that eventually won the Concacaf Championship over Mexico last November, Lara remained on Ramos’ radar, and he earned a call for the recently-concluded January camp for the U-20s. It marked Lara’s first time in a U.S. camp since he was a highly-regarded defender on the same USMNT U-15 team that includes the likes of Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams, and his first time with the U.S. since making the decision to play for Mexico.If Lara had any concerns about how he would be received in U.S. camp, they didn’t last long. He was welcomed with open arms, by a coach who didn’t hold his past allegiance to Mexico against him, and a new set of teammates who didn’t care that he once wore the green jersey of the U.S. team’s biggest rival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I felt like it was something I wanted to do,” Lara told Goal about his return to the U.S. youth setup. “I didn’t really appreciate what (U.S. Soccer) did for me when I was younger because I was just a kid then. When I was looking back I thought about it and they invested so much into me, the process, they really cared about me and all that stuff and I just turned my back on them. That was kind of a shady part for me, that was kind of shady. At that moment I thought I want to give it a try and be there.”The decision to bring Lara back into the U.S. setup was an easy one for Ramos, who wasn’t about to hold Lara’s previous decision to play for Mexico against him.“He’s a good player, and someone we always wanted to have the door open to,” Ramos told Goal. “I think he realized he can have some good opportunities here, but he still has a long way to go. He still has to prove himself, and he has to get adjusted to being back with us.”Lara made the switch from the United States to Mexico before the 2015 Under-17 World Cup. He made the Mexican squad, though he would have been a good bet to start for the U.S. team if he had stayed with the United States. That Under-17 World Cup saw the Americans crash out of group play without a win despite featuring Pulisic. Mexico enjoyed a much better Under-17 World Cup that year, making a run to the semifinals. Lara played in just one of Mexico’s matches, starting in El Tri’s 4-2 semifinal loss to eventual champion Nigeria.Though Lara still counts the Under-17 World Cup experience as a special one in his development as a player, he admits now that the decision to play for Mexico wasn’t one he was fully on board with.”Back then my parents were still making decisions for me. I was still young, I didn’t know what was going on and how the world works,” Lara said. “I was playing in Mexico so they thought why not play for Mexico and stay in Mexico so I don’t have to be moving from place to play. Now I can make decisions for myself and honestly I always liked the U.S. They always treated me well.”Lara’s very public switch to Mexico, and his Under-17 World Cup appearance, helped generate buzz about him being a potential future star, with the Guardian putting him on a list of 60 best young talents in world football, a list that included the likes of Gianlugi Donnarumma, Reiss Nelson and Matthijs de Ligt.Lara’s career never quite took off after that promising start, and it stalled at Pachuca, where he failed to break into the first team. Lara fell out of favor with the club, and while he put some of the blame for his struggles on Pachuca going away from the practice of bringing up academy players to the first team, sources tell Goal that Lara also deserved some blame for losing focus and not putting in the work necessary to keep progressing.”Every player has moments like that. Sad moments, moments where they’re not that motivated. It happens to everyone,” Lara said. “At this moment, just coming here (to U.S. camp) has given me a breath of fresh air. it’s given me motivation again to work hard.”Lara left Pachuca for Club Leon in the summer, and is eager to make the most of his fresh start, with a new club, and back with the national team he feels he belongs with. The 19-year-old is still very much a promising left back prospect who believes he has improved, even though he is still searching for his Liga MX debut.”I feel like I’ve matured a lot more in the sense of reading the game, and knowing when to go and when to stay,” Lara said. “Back (with Mexico’s U-17s) I was just that left back that would go, go, go. I didn’t worry about defending. Now I’ve learned that I’m a defender at the end of the day so I always have to run back. Knowing when to go and when to stay and basically have that timing so I can be at the right spot at the right time.”Lara is facing plenty of stiff competition in the U.S. Under-20 national team player pool, and earning a spot on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team is far from a sure thing. Hannover 96 defender Chris Gloster is the team’s starter at left back, while Philadelphia Union defender Matt Real and Ajax fullback Sergino Dest are also options for Ramos at left back.For now, Lara isn’t looking that far ahead. He was content to simply have the chance to be back with the U.S. program”I felt very happy. I feel proud. I feel motivation,” Lara said. “I just want to show Tab, the coaches and everybody that I deserve a spot. They’re good guys, good players and I just feel like I’m at home.”And how did Lara’s parents respond to his decision to play for the United States?”They were just happy for me. I talked to them about it and they had my back 100 percent,” Lara said. “I wasn’t that little kid that would just say yes to everything. Now I can say what I want and I feel a lot better.”Lara isn’t the first, nor will he be the last player to have to make the decision between playing for the United States and Mexico. His childhood friend Jonathan Gonzalez is one of the most high-profile examples of an American-born player choosing Mexico, but Lara is now on the same side with players such as recent U.S. Under-20 standouts Alex Mendez, Ulysses Llanez and Frankie Amaya among Mexican-Americans choosing to play for the United States.Lara’s advice for players in that position?”Every player’s situation is different,” Lara told Goal. “Maybe some players don’t feel at home over there even if they’re Mexican. Maybe some players feel more at home over here. It’s a bunch of things that can make that decision.”If you feel at home, and you feel comfortable with the U.S. team then just stay, don’t even think about it. Go wherever you feel at home.”For Lara, home is wearing the United States uniform again, and he’s happy to be back.
One thing can be said about Brazil’s new sensation Everton: he most certainly does not lack confidence.“I’m a player that’s always trying to get on top [of the opposition],’ he said after scoring on his Copa America debut.“Cutting in from the left with dribbles and good finishes. Clubs in Europe have this style of play too and maybe I can fit in at Manchester United and others.” 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? It is a bold claim, but on the evidence of Saturday’s masterful performance against Peru he might just have the talent to back it up.The 23-year-old Gremio hotshot was the subject of huge clamour to make the starting line-up after impressing off the bench in the Selecao’s first two Copa America outings. He scored his side’s third against Bolivia with a rasping shot off the left wing and set up Philippe Coutinho to perfection to break down Venezuela’s resistance, only to see VAR overturn the goal.That willingness to take on his marker, not to mention a frightening turn of pace and wicked shot, made his inclusion against Peru almost a matter of national interest, with fans and media alike pleading for him to start.And he did not disappoint, scoring a trademark stunner cutting in from out wide and generally torturing the Inca defence as Brazil secured qualification for the quarter finals with ease.Coach Tite made a statement of intent in Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians with his most offensive line-up to date in the Copa. As well as Everton, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus was given his first start of the competition in tandem with Roberto Firmino, as Brazil set up in a daring formation not too far removed from the cavalier 4-2-4 made famous by the likes of Pele, Garrincha and the Selecao’s legends of yesteryear.Everton was key to that game-plan as the only natural wideman in an attack completed by Coutinho playing just off that front three. Luis Advincula, one of the Copa’s stand-out performers to date, was given a torrid afternoon by the youngster and, perhaps most importantly, was forced to abandon the attacking role he occupied to such effect against Venezuela and Bolivia to keep permanent watch on the winger.Dominant throughout, Brazil nevertheless had no shortage of fortune in going ahead. Casemiro knew little about the rebound that landed kindly on his head and bobbled past Pedro Gallese in the Peru net to open the scoring, before the goalkeeper committed a horrific mistake in blasting a clearance into the encroaching Roberto Firmino and allowing the Liverpool man to convert the second. At least the third goal was one to remember. Squaring up to Advincula on the left wing, Everton shook off the right-back with a swing of the hips and opened up just enough space to whip home another cracking effort to take his Copa tally to two.The entire Brazil team was galvanised, with Dani Alves finishing off a memorable team move with the aid of Firmino and the electrifying Coutinho in the second half and substitute Willian adding his own stunner to polish off a 5-0 demolition. In the short term Brazil will be delighted with Everton’s explosion. He is now the undisputed owner of the left side of attack, a spot previously occupied by David Neres in the opening two games. Where the Ajax man was erratic and wasteful, Everton has proved himself a worthy deputy to the injured Neymar and injected much-needed pace and unpredictability into a Brazil attack that had looked ponderous beforehand. In Europe, too, no few teams will have been watching Saturday’s masterclass with interest. As well as United, Manchester City have been linked with the Gremio promise, and Pep Guardiola will no doubt be receiving glowing reviews from Jesus and Fernandinho as this Copa progresses. But Old Trafford appears to be where Everton has his heart set on arriving. And if his goal against Bolivia and subsequent comments were a cry for attention from those in charge of the Red Devils purse-strings, this subsequent display should be a full-pitched scream that United would be wise to listen to as they look to strengthen their own attack this summer.
Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara has joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan deal. The 20-year-old has penned a new long-term contract at Anfield, but will spend the campaign at John Smith’s Stadium with Jan Siewert’s newly-relegated side. Grabara spent the second half of last season at Danish outfit Aarhus, and impressed for Poland at the European Under-21 Championships in Italy this summer. 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? Liverpool hope the highly-rated youngster will gain valuable first-team experience in the Championship.Huddersfield, meanwhile, saw last season’s first choice ‘keeper, Jonas Lossl, join Everton on a free transfer last month. Grabara will be hoping for a spell as productive as the last time the Reds loaned a goalkeeper to Huddersfield – when former Liverpool youngster Danny Ward joined the Terriers during the 2016-17 season and helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League.Ward has since moved on to Leicester, joining them on a £13 million ($17m) deal last summer.Grabara will not be the last player to leave Liverpool on loan this month, with midfielder Herbie Kane expected to complete a move to the Championship, with Brentford, Charlton and Hull among those keen. Ben Woodburn, Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson were all named in Jurgen Klopp’s 28-man travelling party for the three-game tour of the United States, which departs on Tuesday. All are the subject of strong loan interest, with decisions to be made later in the transfer window. Youngsters Bobby Duncan, Yasser Larouci, Adam Lewis and Dan Atherton have all travelled to America with the senior squad, as has newly-signed Polish goalkeeper Jakub Oryzinski. In the USA, Liverpool will play against Klopp’s old club, Borussia Dortmund on July 19 at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana to kick off their American tour.The Reds will then travel to Fenway Park, home of the club’s owners Major League Baseball team the Boston Red Sox, in Boston, Massachusetts, for a match against Sevilla on July 21. They will close out their USA tour on July 24 when they face Sporting CP at Yankee Stadium in New York. A busy early August await the Reds as they will face Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 4, open their Premier League campaign against Norwich on August 9 and battle Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15.
Mexico international Edson Alvarez is still on Ajax’s wishlist as the club prepares to replace Matthijs de Ligt.In fact, according to Marc Overmars, the Dutch club’s Director of Football, Alvarez would be on the list even if De Ligt weren’t headed for Juventus this summer.”That is not directly related to the departure of Matthijs de Ligt. Alvarez is a player who has a good reputation in our books. His arrival could indeed happen,” Overmars told reporters in Austria. “I think he has the right age – 21 years old, he’s a regular starter for the Mexico national team and we know him very well because we’ve been following him for quite some time now. He’s had good development, and he’s versatile.” 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? Alvarez developed as a center back and has played at that position for both Club America and the Mexico national team. He played right back for El Tri as well in 2017 and 2018, but under Tata Martino has settled into a holding midfield role in the center of a 4-3-3. Club America manager Miguel Herrera said this summer that Alvarez’s exit from the Mexico City club wasn’t yet finalized, but the player said during the Gold Cup that his “dream I desire with all my heart” is playing in Europe.Prior to Mexico’s 1-0 win over the United States in the Gold Cup final, Alvarez insisted his head was totally on the match but allowed that his mind still is set on moving abroad.”Right now my mind is 100 per cent on tomorrow’s game. It’s a tournament and a trophy that I don’t have on my personal list yet. We’ll see about Europe later, with more calmness,” Alvarez told Goal before the Gold Cup final. “Obviously I’m really hopeful to go to European football.”That’s not always typical for Mexican players, many of whom stay in Liga MX with its lucrative contracts and the draw of living near loved ones stronger than the pull of the European game. However, Alvarez and former America teammate Diego Lainez, now with Real Betis, have been consistent in their desire to challenge themselves at a higher level.Alvarez is currently on post-Gold Cup vacation, missing out on his team’s Campeon de Campeones win on penalty kicks against Tigres on Sunday. Las Aguilas kick off their season hosting Monterrey on Saturday at the Estadio Azteca.
Can those planning to storm Area 51 expect to see another Zlatan Ibrahimovic? No, is the answer according to the man himself.Almost two million people have RSVP’d to a Facebook event to “Storm Area 51″ – a classified US Air Force training base in Nevada which conspiracy theorists believe harbours information about extraterrestrial life.A disclaimer in the Facebook event claims it is all a joke, but it has not stopped #StormArea51 from taking the internet by storm.”We can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens,” reads the description of the event. 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? When LA Galaxy superstar Ibrahimovic fronted the media on Wednesday, he was asked what might be in Area 51 and he responded with a typically “Zlatan” quip. .”Not another Zlatan. That’s for sure,” Ibrahimovic joked with reporters.Asked if they would let Ibrahimovic into Area 51, former Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona striker Ibrahimovic replied: “I have my own area 51.”What that means is anyone’s guess, and it is to be assumed that his fans don’t take him seriously and start their own attempts to locate it.In all seriousness, the US military have understandably failed to see the funny side of the social media craze. “[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” a spokeswoman said.Area 51 is part of a military base about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.Its primary use is hidden from the public, however this is standard procedure for similar facilities right across the US.It would be extremely dangerous if the public took this stunt seriously and turned up in person at the base, as the entrance gates are patrolled by armed guards and any attempts to enter would be taken very seriously.Meanwhile Ibrahimovic has enjoyed another fine season in the USA, with 13 goals for the Galaxy in MLS.The 37-year-old’s goals have helped the Galaxy to third position in the Western Conference, 12 points adrift of leaders Los Angeles FC after 20 games.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: The Tiger, the Clemson University Tigers mascot, watches the game against the University of Miami Hurricanes at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. Miami won 36-30. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)The Texas Tech head coaching job is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing vacancies in college football. Among the many big name candidates for the job is Brent Venables, the Clemson defensive coordinator.On Monday morning, following a report that he had spoken with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt, Venables admitted to having spoken with Hocutt – a personal friend of his – but would not comment on any potential moves.“Kirby and I, as everybody knows, were college teammates and fellow linebackers,” Venables said, according to 247Sports. “We’re very, very good friends. I’ve talked to Kirby a lot, and I’ve talked to him recently. But that’s all I’ll say.”Venables added that he has no intentions of leveraging any interest from other schools in his services against Clemson.“But I’ve got a great job. I’ve got great loyalty and appreciation for the people that are responsible for me being here, the players, coach Swinney, Dan Radakovich, our administration, our fellow coaches,” Venables said. “I would never compromise the integrity of my job for other opportunities. Ever. Ever. That’s not who I am…”Venables has been at the helm of Clemson’s defense since 2012.He has previous ties to the Big 12 though, having served as an assistant for Kansas State and Oklahoma.However, Venables has yet to receive a head coaching job.
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 head coach’s future is reportedly “in doubt” following his team’s disappointing bowl game loss.Major Applewhite, who’s been Houston’s head coach since 2016, is reportedly now on the hot seat following the Cougars’ loss to Army.SB Nation reported late on Saturday that Applewhite’s future was “in doubt” after the disappointing bowl game performance.From the report:Houston head coach Major Applewhite’s future with the Cougars is in doubt after UH’s record book-worthy, 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl capped an 8-5 season, sources confirmed to SB Nation.The game tied the FBS records for points allowed in a bowl game and margin of victory in a bowl.Upon Applewhite’s hiring, both UH Board of Regents chairman Tilman Fertita and president Renu Khator famously stated, “We’ll fire coaches at 8-4.”Applewhite, 40, is 15-11 as Houston’s head football coach.Stay tuned.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season ended two days ago, but we’re already seeing a flurry of early top 25 rankings for next season.The newest one comes courtesy of CBS Sports. Dennis Dodd handles the rankings for them during the season, and he has unveiled his early top 25 list.Clemson and Alabama are 1-2, as expected. There are four SEC teams in the top 10, and three in the top five.Here is Dodd’s top 10:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaLSUOklahomaOhio StateOregonFloridaNotre DameMichiganAs you can see, it is a lot of the usual suspects. LSU at No. 4 might be most intriguing, as it gives the SEC three teams in the top four.Dodd is also buying into big jumps in Year 2 for Oregon’s Mario Cristobal and Florida’s Dan Mullen.You can view Dodd’s full top 25 here.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers catches a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Clemson football star Hunter Renfrow made an interesting comment about Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide after Clemson’s win over Alabama in the title game on Monday night.Renfrow took a jab at Saban and appeared to suggest some illicit activity going on with the Alabama program.Here’s what he said at the time:“Coach Swinney has built it on fun, and obviously Coach Saban has built it on a process. I’m just so proud of being at a place like Clemson, where I feel like we’ve done it the right way. If we’re supposed to have only five guys on the field as coaches, we’re making sure we have five. We’re not doing it the wrong way and we’re having fun doing it.”Renfrow’s comments came across as a direct attack at the legality of the practices run in the Alabama football program. It didn’t take long for Renfrow to realize how his comments came across and offered an apology on Twitter.“No disrespect to Alabama. I was just trying to applaud Coach Swinney for the way he runs things and doing it the right way. Quote totally taken out of context,” Renfrow said on Twitter.No disrespect to Alabama. I was just trying to applaud Coach Swinney for the way he runs things and doing it the right way. Quote totally taken out of context— Hunter Renfrow (@renfrowhunter) January 11, 2019Alabama and Clemson are the premier programs in college football – a little added fuel to the fire should make for an exciting rivalry moving forward.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 20: Tommylee Lewis #11 of the New Orleans Saints drops a pass broken up by Nickell Robey-Coleman #23 of the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This year’s NFL Playoffs have proven costly for Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. He has been hit with his second fine.Robey-Coleman’s helmet-to-helmet hit on New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead in the first quarter of Super Bowl LIII last week has resulted in another fine of more than $26,000 according to NFL.com.That hit by Robey-Coleman was penalized during the game, unlike the one against Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC Championship Game. Controversially, no flag was thrown on the play, although Robey-Coleman was fined by the NFL.His two hits add up to more than $53 in fines. He is appealing the latest ruling to have the monetary penalty reduced.In fairness to Robey-Coleman, his hit on Burkhead didn’t look like much of anything on replay.Refs finally got Robey Coleman back #SuperBowl53 pic.twitter.com/KZiBPmxe0P— Excellence (@EXXO__) February 3, 2019All in all, this was a weird postseason for Robey-Coleman. He’s delivered some big hits and taken some at the same time.His wallet is bearing the brunt of things right now though.
Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda hit on the head during practice match at Eden GardensBengal pacer Ashok Dinda was hit on the head during a practice game at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. A CT scan was done and doctors said that the cricketer was fine and injury was not serious.advertisement Indrajit Kundu KolkataFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 15:05 IST Ashok Dinda was out of danger (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshok Dinda was hit on the head while attempting a caught-and-bowled chance during Bengal’s Twenty20 practice gameDinda was practicing with the Bengal team under the guidance of consultant VVS LaxmanDinda was taken to the hospital and has been advised a two-day restBengal pacer Ashok Dinda was hit on the head while attempting a caught-and-bowled chance during Bengal’s Twenty20 practice game at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. Dinda was practicing with the Bengal team under the guidance of consultant VVS Laxman.The incident took place when Birender Vivek Singh played an uppish drive straight to Dinda, who attempted the catch on his follow through. The ball hit Dinda’s hands and ricocheted to hit his forehead.Dinda was seen lying on the ground with his hands on his forehead as teammates rushed to his help. Later a medical staff at the Eden Gardens also attended to him at the ground.He, however, got up and even blowed a few deliveries but CAB officials took him to the hospital after he complained of dizziness.Pacer @dindaashoke gets hit on forehead by a ball during #Bengal teams practice session at Eden Gardens. Pacer was rushed to hospital but doctors say nothing to worry. pic.twitter.com/4iCu5EB4NjIndrojit | (@iindrojit) February 11, 2019A CT scan was done and doctors said that the cricketer was fine and injury was not serious.”Dinda looked fine as he completed the over before returning back to the dressing room. As a precautionary measure, he was taken for scans. There is nothing alarming but he has been advised two days of rest,” a CAB official was quoted as saying by PTI.The 2011 Mushtaq Ali champions Bengal open their domestic T20 campaign against Mizoram in their group D fixture at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on February 21.advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ashok Dinda
No data available! Warm-up win over India means little for World Cup, says Ross TaylorNew Zealand managed to thrash India by 6 wickets in their 1st warm-up match of World Cup 2019 on Saturday at The Oval in London. Ross Taylor top scored for the Black Caps with 71. view more view less graphs advertisement commentary scorecard Reuters LondonMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 08:56 IST World Cup 2019 warm-up: India were comfortably outclassed by New Zealand on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoss Taylor shone for New Zealand in their warm-up win over IndiaNew Zealand bowled India out for 179 in the 40th overPacer Trent Boult finished with figures of 4 for 33 after rocking India’s top-orderNew Zealand have moved to temper expectations ahead of the Cricket World Cup after their six-wicket victory over India in a warmup match on Saturday, with conditions likely to be more conducive to batting during the tournament.New Zealand skittled India out for 179 in the 40th over at The Oval with only all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s 54 saving the tournament favourites from an embarrassingly lower total.Ross Taylor then top scored with 71 as the 2015 finalists coasted to 180-4 in 38 overs.The 35-year-old Taylor, however, said New Zealand had the benefit of exploiting a green-topped pitch early on, which saw them reduce Virat Kohli’s side to 39-4 in the 11th over.”It is a warm-up and you have to take what you want out of it,” Taylor told reporters. “Time out in the middle for most of the batters is crucial.”Taylor added that familiarity with conditions should benefit tournament hosts England, with New Zealand experiencing a similar boost in 2015 when they played all of their pool matches, quarter-final and semi-final at home before the final in Melbourne, which they lost by seven wickets to Australia.”I think that’s what makes England the favourites,” Taylor said. “They know these conditions very well.”But there is a lot of cricket and some good cricket needing to be played before we even think about semi-finals and finals.”If you get off to a good start and get onto a bit of a roll and make the semi-finals then you’re only two wins away from lifting the trophy.”advertisementNice to see swinging conditions: Trent BoultOpening bowler Trent Boult, who took 4-33 off 6.2 overs against India, added that pitches around England and Wales were already starting to look dry, which would aid batters as the tournament progressed.”It was nice to see it swinging around a little bit and I would like to see that everywhere but there are some good wickets around the country … (and) I think the other wickets look quite dry,” Boult said.”The biggest challenge will be when it’s not swinging or nipping around a little bit, then how do we take wickets … (because) we know what early wickets does to any batting side.”New Zealand play West Indies in another warm-up in Bristol while India face Bangladesh in Cardiff, with both games on Tuesday.Also Read | Lower-order runs were good positives: Virat Kohli after loss to NZ in World Cup warm-upAlso Read | Nothing to worry about: Ravindra Jadeja on India’s batting woes after loss to NZAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Trent BoultFollow India national cricket teamFollow New Zealand CricketFollow Ross TaylorFollow World Cup 2019
Reuters New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 16:45 IST Sri LankaThe last four years have not been kind to Sri Lankan cricket and the island’s once-powerful side arrive at the World Cup struggling for form under a newly appointed captain who has played a single one-day international since 2015.Sri Lanka have won 24 of 86 ODIs since stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara retired after the 2015 World Cup, with the captaincy changing hands six times since.The island nation, who were world champions in 1996 and reached consecutive finals in 2007 and 2011, are ranked ninth among the 10 teams at this year’s tournament and have not won a bilateral series against a top-10 nation since 2015.The side’s form in 2019 has been dire, losing eight games in series whitewashes by New Zealand and South Africa, against a backdrop of political instability at home and the deaths of more than 250 people in last month’s Easter Sunday bombings. Team Profile ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka team profileSri Lanka will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne in the 2019 World Cupadvertisement The Lankans have the oldest squad at the tournament with an average age of 29.9 years, but only four of their players have more than 100 ODI caps.Former captains Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal, who have played 381 ODIs between them, were dropped due to poor form, and mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and opener Danushka Gunathilaka also did not make the cut.The choice of test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka’s ODI skipper has raised eyebrows because the opener has played only one 50-overs match in the last four years against Scotland earlier this week.Karunaratne’s ability to lay the foundations for an innings is well known in tests but the 31-year-old has two half-centuries to his name in the 18 ODIs he has played since his debut in 2011.advertisement”I was surprised,” former Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold told Reuters earlier this month.”Sri Lanka needed an opener to steady the ship… I do think (Karunaratne) has a role to play and he should have been brought in earlier, but not as captain.”Experienced all-rounders Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera will need to fire for the Lankans to do well and much will depend on veteran pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who has taken 43 wickets at previous World Cups.Malinga, 35, has lost some of his searing pace after multiple knee operations, but he still has the guile to torment opposition batsmen and took a decisive last-ball wicket in last month’s Indian Premier League final.The side have arguably been weakened by a clash of schedules that, unlike past years, prevented the majority of their players from participating in the world’s biggest T20 competition this year.”Sri Lanka are an unpredictable team,” former Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas said last month. “It’s now time for young guys to take the initiative. I’m sure when given the chance they’ll grab it and perform well.”Their campaign begins against New Zealand on June 1.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow Lasith Malinga
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 17:59 IST The 12 colleges, fully funded by the Delhi government, are facing a severe financial crunch and finding it difficult to pay salaries and develop infrastructure.Over 2,700 teaching and non-teaching staff of 12 Delhi University colleges may not get salaries from this month if the AAP government continues to withhold release of funds over non-formation of governing bodies.These 12 colleges, fully funded by the Delhi government, are facing a severe financial crunch and finding it difficult to pay salaries and develop infrastructure.The issue of formation of governing bodies has resulted in an impasse between Delhi University and the city government, with both accusing each other of delaying the process.A Delhi government official said, “There is no delay from our side. As soon as we get response on the clarification we sought from colleges, we will proceed.” Anurag Mishra, a professor at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said, “The salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff have been delayed. We have exhausted funds.””This year, due to the EWS category being introduced, there will be an increase in the intake of students but there is no money for infrastructure development. Classrooms and labs have been built to accommodate a particular number of students. But if the college wants to expand the existing infrastructure, they do not have the funds,” he added.Acharya Narendra Dev CollegeAccording to an official from Acharya Narendra Dev College, who requested anonymity, “The college has been forced to divert funds from college society fund to salary account. This can only go on for a month or so. The college has not even released the arrears of seventh pay commission to our teachers. The college principal has sent two letters to the Delhi government urging it to release funds but to no avail.”advertisementHe said the college is staring at a chaotic situation from next month when they will have no money to pay the salaries of teachers and the new academic session will be commencing.Aryabhatta College Manoj Sinha, the principal of Aryabhatta College and secretary of a principals’ association of the university, said the colleges were suffering due to the impasse.”The stopping of grants by any agency — Delhi government or UGC — is detrimental to the overall health of an institution. This is not an acceptable form of tussle between two powerful bodies…”According to a university official, if a college is fully funded by an institution, it means that its gets 95 to 97 per cent of the funds from it and two to three per cent from student fees. Colleges get Rs 35 to 50 crore in funding depending on the size and staff strength of the college and Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore from student fees annually.Every college is paying Rs two to four crore monthly to its teaching and non-teaching staff so if there is fund crunch, they can only pay a month’s salary from the student fees.If the college does not get a major chunk of funds, it does not have anything to fall upon. The colleges usually start off by cutting off various allowances, then activities and then delaying salaries in the event of a fund crunch.Aditi MahavidyalayaAn official from Aditi Mahavidyalaya said, “From the last two months, we have been paying the salaries of teachers from the student fund but this is a temporary solution. We do not have money left to pay the salary of teachers from next month. The college wrote two letters to the Higher Education Department of the Delhi government in April and May but there has been no response.”Sources claimed that there is a similar situation in Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College where teachers might not get the salary of June.READ:rajresults.nic.in to release RBSE 10th Result 2019 tomorrow, 11 lakh students waiting for the resultBhagini Nivedita CollegeThe administration of Bhagini Nivedita College has released salaries but medical reimbursement has not been issued for May. Similarly, the authorities at Keshav Mahavidyalaya have disbursed salaries but medical reimbursement has not been given.There were speculations that the Delhi government wants to bring these 12 colleges of Delhi University under Ambedkar University, which is run by it.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had written a letter on April 16 to the Secretary, Higher Education stating that no funds should be given to 28 colleges (fully or partially funded by them) till they form their governing bodies.Following Sisodia’s letter to the Delhi University vice-chancellor on April 23, the university wrote to the Directorate of Higher Education asking it to finalise the names to be nominated for the governing bodies of the colleges.Responding to the letter, Sisodia said the university should have sent at least 400 names to the panel, instead of just 188.advertisementHe also asked whether the names were cleared by the varsity’s executive council and advised that the term of the existing governing bodies be extended.On Thursday, a DU official said that the Delhi government has to first short-list the names and send them back to the varsity which will then be vetted by the university’s EC.The 12 colleges fully-funded by the Delhi government are Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj Guru College , Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Mahirishi Balmiki College of Education and Bhaskara Charya College of Applied Science.Sixteen colleges, that are partially-funded by the Delhi government, are Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Laxmi Bai College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Maiteryi College, SPM College for Women, Satyawati College, Vivekanand College, Rajdhani College , Kamla Nehru College, Gargi College, Swami Shardhanand College, Kalindi College, Bharti College, Sri Aurbindo College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.READ: Afternoon naps can boost happiness and IQ of kids: StudyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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The French accented voice of 27-year-old air racer Mika Brageot crackled in my ear, “Ok, take the stick.” With a brief flutter of panic I reached down and grabbed the controls of the EXTRA 330 LX acrobatic plane and pulled. The plane pitched back, and – before I knew it – I was hanging upside down, staring at the plains of Texas.I had been wondering why Breitling had brought me to the heart of Texas to see an Air Race put on by an energy drink company. It was at this moment, as the world rushed past me, that it all came together.The sense of exhilaration and pure, unadulterated freedom I experienced, as I pulled the plane back to level, didn’t just make me a lifelong air racing fan; it made me understand why a world class watch maker would not just sponsor an air race, but fly me all the way to Texas to see it.To properly explain why, I need to start at the beginning.What is Air Racing?I arrived in Fort Worth Texas with as much knowledge about the Red Bull Air Races as the average American, which is to say not much. I had done my research, and I thought what I was about to witness sounded simple – on paper, at least.The race consists of a course composed of giant inflatable pylons that the pilots maneuver around and between. In short, the Red Bull Air Race is the Formula One of the sky.The reality is far crazier even than that sentence suggests; the entire racecourse was built inside the Texas Motor Speedway. Let that sink in for a second. Planes are flying at speeds of 230 mph inside the same space NASCAR drivers struggle to hit 200.That kind of speed translates to a 180-pound pilot trying to fly around a gate less than a hundred feet off the ground, while experiencing a force of ten Gs – around 1,800 pounds.The racersAll that sounded crazy enough, but that was before I had the chance to meet with one of the pilots, Nigel Lamb. Lamb is the star of the Breitling team, one of the best air racers in the world, and just the sort of quixotic personality one might expect to find slaloming at high speeds and low altitudes.Born in Rhodesia – what is now Zimbabwe – of English parents, Lamb seems like he could be the product of a different era. At 58, he is a professional pilot and a semi-professional dashing adventurer . He’s the sort of Brit you can imagine exploring the upper reaches of the Nile in an earlier century.During our interview, he admitted he got into air racing, in part, to recapture the barnstorming spirit of an earlier age. He is a hard man not to like, and, after watching him push his air racer to the absolute limit in the training sessions, an even harder one not to be impressed by.Wheels upShortly after talking to Nigel, I got to see him in action, as he took practice runs through the course. On his first lap, he set a blistering time, as his yellow and black aircraft twisted between pylons at an altitude lower than my skybox seat. On his second pass, he came in fast again. In a flash, he pulled hard out of the stadium. His line was too aggressive and it was either pull up or wind up as a smear on the infield. That’s the thin line between victory and catastrophe in air racing.That line was reinforced a little later on during the Challenger Cup race qualifying, where pilots compete to see who will be the next to join the elite Master Class.By the time the race began, the broad Texas sky had darkened to an ominous cast. In the distance, some obscure and angry god was hurling thunderbolts at the Dallas suburbs. In the Texas Motor Speedway the wind had risen and the 128-foot tall pylons were bending in the wind. It was in these conditions that Mika Brageot, another Breitling pilot, took to the skies.I don’t know how, given the windy conditions, but Brageot held it together long enough to complete a qualifying lap. He was the only one to do so that evening, as each successive Challenger pilot failed to hold a line long enough to complete a single lap. Even in the luxurious surroundings of the skybox, I was on the edge of my seat, not least because I knew I would be joining Brageot for a flight the next morning.Breitling connectionAs I stood on the tarmac of the small Ft. Worth Alliance airport the next morning, nervously waiting my turn to take to the skies, I at least had something to distract me from my nerves. Breitling had outfitted me with one of its most famous chronographs: the Navitimer.Originally designed by a group of aviators in 1951, the Navitimer is Breitling’s signature watch. Not only that, the timepiece perfectly captures the “instrument’s for professionals” mindset that Leon Breitling held dear when he founded the company in 1884.I am a far cry from the sort of dashing aristocrat that Mr. Breitling surely had in mind when he founded the now-infamous watchmaker. After donning my flight suit, however, I felt the part. And I wager believing it is half the battle.No sooner than I had talked myself into my new role as sky stuntman, it was my turn to fly. On the way to the aircraft, Brageot gave me a brief but fully alarming safety briefing on the finer points of bailing out of an aircraft. This from the same man I had seen risking his own life and limb fewer than 24 hours previous. I acknowledged I understood the procedures and I was in the air.At this point, I could try and explain what it felt like being in that plane. I’m afraid, however, that it would come out as a series of clichés.In the space of a few minutes we flew through a racing gate, pulled a loop, and performed a hammerhead turn. Before I could really process the stunning revelation of acrobatic flight, we were back on the ground. It was amazing.At different times in my life, I have maxed a car on the Autobahn, driven a $120,000 supercar over the top of a mountain, and run towards the sound of gunshots. None of that compares to the transcendent excitement I felt during those few minutes in the cockpit.Putting it all togetherWithin an hour of landing, I was back at the Texas Motor Speedway to see the conclusion of the racing weekend.Sitting next to Brageot, watching Nigel Lamb narrowly miss first place in the final race, I felt a new appreciation for the sport. I could never do what pilots like Brageot and Lamb do. I am neither talented nor crazy enough. Getting to participate in their world for a day, though, was something that I will never forget.For a few moments, hanging upside down in my harness, hands wrapped around the controls of a high-performance race place, and wrist enveloped with $10,000 chronographic masterpiece, I could have been a fighter ace, or Chuck Yeager, rather than a very lucky journalist.Air racing is a wonderful combination of high tech and old school, and the people who take part seem like characters out of history, rather than modern day professional athletes. And, if nothing else, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure proved to me that despite it being 2014, the world has room for more than just boyracers and motocross stuntmen.Thanks to Breitling and Red Bull, there, too, is still a place for gentlemen, cads, and flyboys. 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