About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always excitingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is looking forward to facing Newcastle United today.Milner moved from Leeds to Newcastle in 2004 and enjoyed four years at St James’ Park, making 136 appearances across all competitions. He made no secrets about his excitement of facing his former team on Boxing Day.”It’s an exciting fixture,” he said. “The amount of goals and classic games you see. Two clubs who are very well supported so there’s always a great atmosphere at the game.”I think you always want to see your former clubs doing well. People want to see Newcastle doing well.”It’s a great football club, very well supported and when things are going well in that city, the fans get behind them and you feel that momentum everywhere you go.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: 2-goal Hazard just like Messi, Ronaldoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has likened Eden Hazard to Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Hazard scored twice for victory at Watford.Sarri said, “Of course he’s very important for us but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Ronaldo is important for Juventus. “He’s a great player, he’s able to play in every position. At the moment he’s playing as a false nine and he’s able to play there.”He scored two and made two or three good assists. He’s very able to open spaces for his team-mates. He can play very well in every position.”
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Former Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress rang in the new year with a shot at the integrity of his former college coach Nick Saban. Today, the former NFL star again took to Twitter to rip Saban. His mini-rant came after Saban made comments this morning at SEC Media Days suggesting some Alabama players played not to get hurt in their Sugar Bowl loss because they were distracted by their NFL Draft status. I recall Nick Saban telling me to stay in school finish what I started, I wasnt 1st round pick and he left for LSU b4 the season was over— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban goes on tv saying that kids are distracted by NFL projections. Well, the kids are just chasing a dream that you were. $$$— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015N Saban looked his players in the face at the Duf, said he wasnt leavin, I’m committed to the program” and was gone the next day. Tru story— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban players are being distracted by the NFL and chasing a dream, haha tell your story Nick. LSU showed you $$, you was GONE! Ha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Nick Saban actually told me I was a second round pick. I said, “where are you getting your info from? Are you watching these games? Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015 Well, still doesn’t look like Plax and Nick will be sharing dinner or drinks any time soon.
One of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. AL.com spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. Troxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[AL.com]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
ESPN.ESPN’s SportsCenter made quite an error in their broadcast of Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler’s arrest last night.First, Butler was arrested yesterday on preliminary felony charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting arrest. Then, when reporting the arrest on Saturday night’s SportsCenter, ESPN managed to confuse Butler with Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker. They very clearly selected the wrong photo for the broadcast.The hiccup definitely didn’t go unnoticed by viewers. Social media lit up, calling out the station for the error..@SportsCenter whoops. @DevinBook pic.twitter.com/sHKYdf1ybT— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016When they realized the mistake, SportsCenter issued an apology. Anchor Zuban Memento read the statement after the commercial break.You can watch it below:@DevinBook @espn @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/uAJAgVOWF4— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016The transcription of his apology is below:“We are back on SportsCenter, and an apology we’d like to make. When reporting on a story earlier this hour on Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, we accidentally used a photo of the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. We all here at SportsCenter do sincerely apologize for that mistake.”Butler has since been indefinitely suspended by Notre Dame’s football program.
Paris Saint-Germain got 2019 off to a flying start as they cruised into the Coupe de France round of 32 with a 4-0 victory over Pontivy GSI.Neymar and Kylian Mbappe headlined a strong PSG side, but they needed a Sylvain Jule own goal to break the deadlock.Making his 50th PSG appearance, Neymar hit the woodwork in the first half and eventually scored with 20 minutes remaining. 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? Mbappe added further gloss from the penalty spot soon after, with Julian Draxler getting in on the act as the 12-time winners took their first step towards a fifth-successive Coupe de France triumph.Clement Daoudou pulled off fine saves to deny Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe early on, but he was powerless to prevent PSG’s 24th-minute opener.Jule was well placed to cut out Neymar’s cross, only to panic when the ball came to him and send his attempted clearance looping in over Daoudou.@DaniAlvesD2 showing what fair play is all about after PSG took the lead on an @GSIPontivy own-goal #AllezParis #GSIPSG pic.twitter.com/Qc3wIwKd9H— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 6, 2019Florian Jegu snatched at a chance to promptly restore parity and that profligacy almost proved costly when Neymar’s deflected free-kick hit the upright.Neymar took matters into his own hands as the hour approached, but Daoudou was alert to the Brazilian’s clever chip.Daoudou was at his best again soon after to tip Draxler’s attempt over, but was finally beaten for a second time when Neymar drilled in from close range.The floodgates were open and, after Mbappe sent Daoudou the wrong way from 12 yards following a clumsy foul from Florian Paillot, Draxler chipped in a fourth to round off the rout. What does it mean? Tuchel takes no chancesWith a Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final against Guingamp coming up, it would have been easy for Thomas Tuchel to rest PSG’s star names, but instead he showed just what the competition means to the Ligue 1 leaders by selecting the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and Thiago Silva.While the selection ensured that PSG had the quality to breakdown their determined opposition and avoid the fate suffered by Marseille earlier on Sunday, it also gave Pontivy’s players the chance to go up against some of the world’s finest.Daoudou takes his chance to shinePontivy’s goalkeeper was always likely to be busy, but despite conceding four times, the 24-year-old did himself proud with a series of superb stops, and his performance could well attract some bigger clubs.Own goal spoils Jule’s big dayJule put in a bright display in midfield as the youngster looked to impress against France’s best side, but his performance will unfortunately be remembered for the dreadful own goal which put PSG ahead.What’s next?PSG’s focus now switches to Guingamp on Wednesday, before they travel to Amiens in their first Ligue 1 fixture of 2019. read more
Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma’s offense taking on Ohio State’s vaunted defense is one of the more interesting matchups this college football Saturday.Threw two games, Ohio State’s defense has yet to allow a touchdown. Granted, those contests came against Bowling Green and Tulsa – but regardless, it’s an impressive stat. But Saturday, the Buckeyes will get a real test. Baker Mayfield’s Oklahoma squad – largely the same one that reached the College Football Playoff a year ago – awaits in Norman.Friday afternoon, ESPN’s David Pollack, Desmond Howard and Sam Ponder discussed the matchup. Check it out: ESPN’s College GameDay, surprisingly, isn’t in Norman this week – instead it’s in Louisville. Either way, expect the show’s analysts to cover the Sooners vs. Buckeyes matchup in great detail.
Home advantage is a cliche commonly uttered in football. But it’s fair to say the Parc des Princes more than played its part as France swept aside South Korea in Friday’s Women’s World Cup opener.While opening ceremonies aren’t to everybody’s taste, nor are excitable stadium hosts and TV presenters, the formula used to gear up the crowd in Paris certainly worked, and if such support is to follow them around the country these finals, then their chances of winning a first World Cup title just increased tenfold.Korea are not a poor side by any means. In fact, they are probably one of the best, technically, at this tournament. But they were made to look like anything but as Corinne Diacre’s team, brimming with confidence even before an army of fans behind them made their voices heard, hammered them 4-0 in ruthless fashion. 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? However, it was Amandine Henry’s recovery from a knock to start the game that proved match-winning. The captain was unplayable in midfield to prevent Korea from winning the one battle they would need to to stand any chance of beating the hosts.Her high-pressing from deep created the game’s first chance, which ended with her shooting just wide, and it was her drive down the right that created the first goal, a pinpoint cross finding Eugenie Le Sommer, another fitness concern for this clash, who finished emphatically.While Les Bleues danced about in celebration to the sound of an almighty roar, Korea’s regrouping straight after the goal emphasised just how much they were suffocating in the Parisian atmosphere. Korea couldn’t string two passes together, despite the carpet-like surface they were playing on and the quality they could boast in midfield, in Chelsea’s Ji So-yun and West Ham’s Cho So-hyun.Worst of all, they couldn’t do anything about it. And while they pondered how to get back into the game, their biggest weakness – and one of France’s biggest strengths – reared its ugly head. Set pieces.They were issued a warning when VAR intervened and disallowed a second France goal just before the half hour mark. Wendie Renard was given far too much time and space to nod a cross into the path of her centre-back partner, Griedge Mbock Bathy, who scored a sublime volley – albeit, while millimetres offside.However, Korea didn’t take note, allowing Renard to pop up with a thunderous header from a corner for France’s eventual second – and, criminally, their third, too.Korea were wasteful in possession, completing just 73 per cent of their passes and seeing just 34% of the ball, and rarely worried France’s sublime centre-back pairing of Renard and Mbock.Even when they did, on one particular occasion late in the second half, they were still wasteful. Substitute Lee Mina caught France sleeping and used her frightening pace to beat the offside trap, but her shot – only South Korea’s second of the evening – was dragged well wide.Henry capped off a fine individual and team display in the closing minutes with the goal of the evening. She skipped past a couple of half-hearted challenges and onto her right foot, before picking out the far corner with a tantalising curler.Four goals, a clean sheet and a record attendance for a women’s football match in France to boot, with the 45,261 spectators smashing the previous record of 25,907 – it was certainly a successful night for the hosts in Paris, who showed no signs of crippling under the weight of pressure or expectation.And if this support sticks with them this summer, it would be criminal to write them off – even if the USA, England and Germany could all stand between Les Bleues and the title.
U.S. national team boss Gregg Berhalter says his side will “move on” without Tyler Adams as the team prepares for the Gold Cup. Adams, who was widely expected to be a key member of Berhalter’s first competitive team when the Gold Cup kicks off next week, was a late scratch. U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that Adams would miss out on this summer’s regional competition through injury, with the USA calling in FC Dallas youngster Reggie Cannon to rake his place on the 23-man roster. 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’s another blow to the USA, with defenders DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks having already been ruled out of the tournament. The Gold Cup marks a return to competitive action for the USA for the first time since the 2017 loss to Trinidad and Tobago which saw the side miss out on the 2018 World Cup. It’s also the first extended period of time new coach Berhalter will have to spend with his full team as he prepares for the next World Cup qualifying cycle. And while the former Columbus Crew boss said he would like to have Adams, he also knows the loss of another key component was beyond his control. “It’s one of those things that you can’t control,” Berhalter said in quotes published by MLSsoccer.com. “We bring Reggie Cannon into camp and we move on. Obviously, [Adams] is a strong player, he’s a great talent. We’d love to have him, but we don’t.”U.S. Soccer listed Adams as out with “acute on chronic groin issues” and Berhalter says the national team was looking out for the best interest of the player in the long term.“He has a club to play for as well,” Berhalter said, stressing the long-term. “That’s something we just had to balance. We were making final decisions and speaking to the player. It’s a risk we knew was there.”The U.S. comes into the Gold Cup on the back of a pair of losses in friendly tune-ups, though several players who are still expected to play big roles in the summer tournament took no part in either match. The USA will kick off their Gold Cup on Tuesday against Guyana, with the side also set to face Trinidad and Tobago and Panama in Group D play.
Melbourne Victory confirmed the appointment of Marco Kurz as their head coach for the next two seasons.The German, 50, replaces Kevin Muscat at the A-League giants, remaining in Australia after leaving Adelaide United.Kurz, who has also previously coached the likes of 1860 Munich, Kaiserslautern and Hoffenheim, won the 2018 FFA Cup with Adelaide. 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’s an honour to be named as head coach of Melbourne Victory, a big club with a strong history, passionate fanbase and true drive for success,” Kurz said in a statement on Friday.”I’ve got to know Melbourne Victory from afar, and had tremendous respect for them during that time, so it is exciting to join the club.”During the interview process we had aligned beliefs about the direction forward which was very important. I can’t wait to join the team and get underway.”It’s official! Marco Kurz will become the sixth manager of Melbourne Victory. Willkommen, Marco #MVFC #OurVictory pic.twitter.com/QDk8PjKUDk— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) June 28, 2019Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro was delighted to welcome Kurz, who will arrive at the club within a fortnight.”Our panel of experienced football people including Mark Bresciano, Paul Trimboli and Rob Sherman, undertook a comprehensive recruitment process,” he said.”Coupled with his international and domestic experience, Marco demonstrated outstanding qualities throughout. Importantly his passion for success and desire to win is aligned with our club’s ambition.”We look forward to working together to bring excitement and success for the Victory family and are confident Marco will do an outstanding job in the high-pressure role.”Victory have seen the likes of Keisuke Honda, Raul Baena, Kosta Barbarouses and Georg Niedermeier leave since the end of the season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended his teams’ inactivity in the transfer market, saying that big teams have always had stability rather than flashy new additions.The only new players on Klopp’s staff for the season are teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliot, and backup goalkeeper Adrian, as he kept faith with the men that took the Reds to Champions League glory last term.The German coach said that the performance in last weekend’s Community Shield, where Liverpool drew with rivals Manchester City over 90 minutes before being defeated in a penalty shootout, was evidence his squad is ready to challenge in the Premier League and Europe next season 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? “The big teams of the past – and I don’t say we are a big team now, that will be decided in a couple of years – they stay together for a number of years,” Klopp told the media ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener with Norwich City on Friday.“They do not need a lot of changes. I am not comparing us with Barcelona of five, six or seven years ago but they stayed together. A new player came in and struggled and so it was the same players who played again.“Manchester United had the class of ’92. How long did they stay together? They changed a few after [Eric] Cantona got older and brought in Van the Man [Ruud van Nistelrooy] or whoever. You do not change completely.“We are a good team together in a very difficult league with a lot of competitors desperate to get the position we are in. Nobody knows how it will look exactly but Sunday showed we will be fine and the rest is what we make of it.”The Reds picked up 97 points in the Premier League last year, the second-highest mark of all-time, but finished one point behind City.Klopp expects the league to be more competitive than last year, which he thinks will mean his club may not match last season’s points tally.“For me, it looks like this season will be different because there was a big gap between the other teams and us and City,” he added.“It looks like we will all be closer to each other than last season. If that is the case then you cannot get 97 or 98 points. We don’t know in this moment. The only thing we know is that nothing will happen for us in a positive direction if we don’t win our games.We have to start with that on Friday. Friday for us is deadline day because pre-season is over and now we have to perform as good as possible.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Garrett Wilson is not just one of the top wide receivers in the country. He’s also one of the best overall players in the country.Wilson, who plays for Austin (Tex.) Lake Travis, is the 14th-ranked player in the nation according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. With plays like the one below, it is easy to see why.This practice catch from Wilson has been going viral on Twitter. Sure, it isn’t a real game, but this is damn impressive.Not only does he have to reach back for the ball, he also brings it between his legs before securing the catch. That takes some serious hand-eye coordination and concentration.Check it out.I still don’t get how Garrett Wilson caught this ? @GarrettWilson_V pic.twitter.com/lCMe1s54VM— Overtime (@overtime) August 14, 2018Wilson, a five-star recruit, is the top commit in Ohio State’s 2019 class. Right now, he’s sticking with the Buckeyes despite all that is going on with Urban Meyer.In fact, Wilson said recently he thinks Meyer will “come back stronger” and that OSU will win the national championship this season.As long as Urban remains in Columbus, it looks like Ohio State will sign Wilson.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer did an exclusive interview with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi now that the Ohio State head coach’s three-game suspension is up. Meyer is set to return to the Buckeyes’ sideline on Saturday against Tulane.Meyer, of course, was once again asked about several aspects of the allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith. He was also asked about his handling of everything and all of the reaction to it.The Ohio State head coach’s wife, Shelley Meyer, was also brought up. Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith, sent text messages to Shelley Meyer about her relationship.Meyer was asked by Rinaldi if he had seen those text messages. The Ohio State head coach maintains that he did not see them until later this summer.From ESPN.com:He denied being told about text messages between Courtney Smith and his wife, Shelley, regarding the abuse allegations in 2015. He declined to “speak on her behalf” regarding how Shelley handled her interactions with Courtney.“She has reasoning for why she didn’t react,” Meyer said. “And I’m not here to speak for Shelley, but she had a reasoning and her reasoning was what it was. That’s why she did not alert me or just go anywhere else with it.”Meyer added that he has a very close relationship with his wife, so it’s understandable for people to assume that Shelley would have shared those text messages. However, he was adamant that he didn’t see them at the time they were received.ESPN will air another part of the Meyer interview on Monday. Some of the conversation can be seen below:
CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on against the West Virginia Mountaineers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee’s first-year head coach, Jeremy Pruitt, is getting praised for showing “incredible class” following the Volunteers’ blowout loss today.Pruitt’s team was crushed by No. 2 Georgia, 38-12, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.The Volunteers’ head coach made sure his assistants and players stuck around on the field after the game to congratulate the Bulldogs’ players.Pruitt and his coaches recruited many of Georgia’s players.“Led by Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt, Vols coaches stick around postgame to congratulate many of the guys (Dre Baker, D’Andre Walker) they recruited,” Jesse Simonton tweeted.Check it out:Led by Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt, Vols coaches stick around postgame to congratulate many of the guys (Dre Baker, D’Andre Walker) they recruited. pic.twitter.com/3P12yh1Xde— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) September 29, 2018Well done, coach.Tennessee will look to rebound in two weeks against No. 10 Auburn. The Vols are off next weekend.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after being defeated by the Alabama Crimson Tide with a score of 45 to 40 in 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)This year, yet again, we’re going to see Alabama take on Clemson in the national title game. Ticket prices for this year’s version, however, are a bit down.Darren Rovell of the Action Network reports that he’s seeing an “unprecedented” low market for tickets for the game. Another report suggests the average ticket price is down a great deal from last year’s Alabama vs. Georgia battle.Why? Two reasons, in all likelihood. One – the public is getting a bit tired of the same two teams in the national title game. In essence, it’s become a bit stale.Two – the game is in Santa Clara, California this year. Fans of Alabama and Clemson have to make a long trip out west to see the game.Unprecedented low market for national championship game (Bama-Clemson). There are currently 210 tickets on StubHub to the game selling for under $400.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 1, 2019Per @TickPick, National Championship Game tickets to see Clemson and Alabama at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara have an average ticket price of $1,805, with a “get-in” price of $452.At this time last year, prices were 65% higher to watch Alabama-Georgia in Atlanta at $2,984.— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) December 31, 2018Regardless, the game will be sold out and the setting will be great.As for the game itself, the Crimson Tide and Tigers are meeting in the College Football Playoff for the fourth year in a row. This is the third time in four years they’ve met in the national title game.At the moment, Alabama is close to a touchdown favorite. We’ll see how it actually plays out on the field.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: James Franklin head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines after the game at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines won 28-16. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)There’s over six months remaining until the 2019 college football season kicks off, but predictions are already ramping up. Plenty of change has come to the Big Ten Conference, which could seriously alter the balance of power.On Thursday, ESPN released its early preseason rankings via the Football Power Index (FPI). With the advanced metric, we got a quick preview of the Big Ten as well – and the results are interesting to say the least.Per ESPN’s FPI, Michigan is slated to be the top team in the conference, coming in at No. 5. But the Buckeyes might be a little bit peeved at who comes ranked next in the conference.The second-highest rated team is not the Ohio State Buckeyes, but the Penn State Nittany Lions.Penn State was ranked No. 12, while Ohio State was ranked No. 13.The two factors that appear to have played the biggest role in putting Penn State ahead of Ohio State is the Nittany Lions’ apparent superiority in the offensive, defensive, and special teams rankings.The next two Big Ten teams in ESPN’s top 25 are the Michigan State Spartans at No. 14 and the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 23.The Spartans actually have the third-ranked defense in college football, but the team’s 55th-ranked offense appears to have hurt their score.
Thank you all for the support!! pic.twitter.com/yySnF4xt0k— Chris Tyree4️⃣ (@chris_tyree4) May 15, 2019Tyree is coming off back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns.He had career-highs for Thomas Dale last year, rushing for 1,446 yards and 11 touchdowns, while contributing another 23 receptions for 302 yards through the air.Tyree does have some impressive speed on the record, though. Per 247Sports, he ran a verified 4.38 40-yard dash last month.He’s the kind of prospect that would surely make Lincoln Riley, Nick Saban and Brian Kelly excited for. SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Massachusetts Minutemen on September 26, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Four-star running back Chris Tyree clearly has plans of playing for a top program, and his final school list reflects that. With Alabama, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma all waiting eagerly for his decision, Tyree has made an important announcement.On Wednesday, Tyree took to Twitter and announced that he will be making his commitment decision on May 23 at the Thomas Dale High School auditorium. His most recent official visit was to Oklahoma back in April.Tyree is a four-star prospect and the No. 29 overall prospect in the nation, per 247Sports. He is considered the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Virginia.247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions are currently giving the edge to Notre Dame at 64-percent. Oklahoma comes in at second with 18-percent.
Game Time: 3:30 PM ETChannel: ABCSpread: Clemson -16.5Over/Under: 63.5Announcers: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweBoth Clemson and Texas A&M opened their season with wins – albeit against weak opponents. The Tigers struggled in the early going against Georgia Tech in the season-opener. However, Trevor Lawrence and the offense found its rhythm, piling up 52 points.Meanwhile, the Texas A&M defense came out strong against Texas State – giving up just 219 yards of total offense and seven points. Stopping Lawrence and star running back Travis Etienne will be an entirely different challenge, though.Can the Aggies down the Tigers? CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season officially kicked off last weekend with a handful of intriguing match-ups. Week 2 promises to deliver more of the same with two massive games between top-12 programs.Last weekend’s battle between Auburn and Oregon served as a great appetizer for the two major games this weekend. No. 6 LSU faces off against No. 9 Texas, while No. 1 Clemson hosts No. 12 Texas A&M.Despite facing the No. 12 team in the nation, the Tigers are still heavy favorites playing at home. Dabo Swinney and company have built arguably the best program in the country and it shows on the betting spread.Here are the details for this clash:
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 14: Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat attends the game between the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Nebraska hosts No. 5 Ohio State in one of the night’s primetime matchups. The game pits two of the NBA’s most famous friends—LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (via his wife Gabrielle Union)—against one another.James is a longtime Ohio State fan, famously growing up in nearby Akron. Union is a Nebraska native, and a huge Huskers fan.All morning, she and LeBron have been trading barbs ahead of the game. The two now have a “Taco Tuesday” bet riding on it, and Union even trolled LeBron a bit on this morning’s episode of College GameDay, picking Akron over UMass in what she called “the only win LeBron will get today.”Dwyane Wade is famously one of LeBron’s best friends, but he’s adopted the Huskers as his college football team. He also hates to see his wife and friend feuding like this. Can we all just get along https://t.co/0HkMZKtFjL— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 28, 2019Nebraska should have a fired up crowd, with one of the most passionate fan bases in all of college football. Even so, the Huskers are big underdogs.Ohio State has looked like one of the most dynamic teams in the country once again, and enters tonight’s game as a 17-point favorite. Nebraska is 3-1, but hasn’t looked super sharp out of the gate this year.Big Ten West trips have been perilous for the Buckeyes in recent years, though. We’ve seen Iowa and Purdue score blowout wins over Urban Meyer-led clubs in 2017 and 2018 respectively. A similar win for the Huskers would go a long way towards proving that Scott Frost has his alma mater back to competing in big time football.
Ex-Zimbabwe Cricket director banned by ICC for breaching anti-corruption codeInternational Cricket Council banned former Zimbabwe Cricket director Enock Ikope for non-cooperation, delaying and obstructing investigation into possible corruption by the Anti-Corruption Unit.advertisement Reuters MumbaiMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 17:11 IST ICC has banned Zimbabwe official Enock Ikope for 10 years. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSICC banned Zimbabwe official Enock Ikope for 10 yearsIkope is the 2nd official from the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association to be penalised by the ICCIkope was provisionally suspended last year after being charged by the ICCFormer Zimbabwe Cricket director Enock Ikope has been banned for 10 years by the International Cricket Council for breaching three counts of ICC’s anti-corruption code, the governing body said on Wednesday.Ikope was provisionally suspended last year after being charged under ICC’s Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.7, which includes offences such as refusing to co-operate, delaying and obstruction of an investigation into possible corruption by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).He was the second official from the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association to be penalised by the ICC after Rajan Nayer was banned from all cricket activities for 20 years for offering Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer $30,000 to fix a match.The ICC said Ikope was banned by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal for five years in respect of each breach. The first two of the five-year periods of ineligibility will run concurrently, with the penalty for the third breach to run consecutively.”We welcome this decision and the substantial sanction imposed on Mr Ikope which reflects the gravity of the offences,” ICC general manager (ACU) Alex Marshall said in a statement.”Non-cooperation and obstruction of our investigations by participants to the Code are simply not acceptable and I hope this and other recent sanctions sends out a clear message to anyone involved in the sport.”Also Read | MS Dhoni comes home to Ranchi for India vs Australia 3rd ODIAlso Read | Committee of Administrators to refer Hardik-Rahul issue to Ombudsman on ThursdayAlso Read | Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh RainaFor 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 Tags :Follow Harare Metropolitan Cricket AssociationFollow Zimbabwe CricketFollow ICCFollow Anti-Corruption Code