Klopp: Salah comparisons to Ronaldo not important

first_imgUEFA Champions League Klopp: Salah comparisons to Messi & Ronaldo ‘not important’ Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 00:09 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo GFX Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Mohamed Salah African All Stars The Egyptian’s extraordinary form has dominated the agenda of late and sparked Ballon d’Or discussion, but his manager has more immediate concerns As Liverpool prepare to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Jurgen Klopp says he is not interested in suggestions Mohamed Salah could prove to be the equal of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The Egypt international has matched Ronaldo’s 44 goals in all competitions this season to loom as a legitimate contender for the Ballon d’Or, which has been won five times each by Ronaldo and his Barcelona rival Messi during the past 10 years. Should Salah maintain his extraordinary form next term and beyond, the 25-year-old would surely find himself considered to be among the game’s elite. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Klopp dismissed the significance of ranking individual players, with the decider in Kiev on Saturday taking up all of the German’s focus. “That’s not important,” he told a news conference at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium when asked about Salah’s prospects of succeeding the two superstars.”No manager is interested in that. Messi and Ronaldo deserve their praise and all the things they’ve won. For years they were on that level and now are 30-something but still on that level.”If Mo can do that, we will see. He has fantastic potential. There is one more game to go but the season was outstanding. The next few seasons will show if he can do something similar.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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DAY THREE SUMMARY- SENIORS 2006 NTL

first_imgDay 3 at the seniors NTL was hot and not just in the competition…the weather had taken a turn for the worst, bringing out the swimming pools and the doctors. It was not to last though, as the storm clouds rolled in for the final rounds of the day (thankfully no rain, just a little heat relief). The competition was also heating up as teams fired up as they were heading for the finals…MENS 30’s: It was day three that saw the Sydney Mets record their first non-win, well sort of, they didn’t lose but instead managed a draw against the Sydney Scorpions. The Scorpions scored in the final minute of play to seal the 4-4 draw.The Suns and Defence Warriors fill the remaining top four spots, with the fourth placed Warriors facing the fifth placed Sharks tomorrow morning in a qualifying final for the last semi final position. It will certainly take a mighty effort from the Suns, Scorpions, Warriors or Sharks to bring down the Mets, aiming for their fourth title in a row.WOMENS 30’s: After a tight Womens 30’s series, the showdown begins tomorrow with the semi nfinals set to produce some brilliant matches.The Scorpions may have finished undefeated, but this will not matter to their cross-town rivals the Mets, who will be keen to upset the favourites in their semi.In the second semi it will be the Southern Suns and the Rustlers, who both finished strongly with 6-3 and 5-3 wins over the Sharks and Cyclones respectively.     MENS 35’S: The Mens 35’s top four for the semi finals is signed, sealed and delivered. The Sharks will face the Rustlers in the first semi final, while the Mets and Scorpions will play in the second one. The Sharks have not been troubled yet, although they were not entirely convincing over both the Mets and the Scorpions, both times winning 5-3. Tomorrow’s action in the Mens 35’s will certainly be tough.WOMENS 35’S: The Womens 35’s still takes the cake for the most even division, with the Sharks clear on top with 6 wins and 1 loss, with just one match tomorrow morning before finals.However, second through to fifth is an entirely different story, as the Rustlers, Suns and Hornets have all recorded 3 wins apiece, while the Eagles have recorded two wins. This division is up and down like a yo-yo and with the finals series being a straight 1-2 grand final. Stay tuned tomorrow; it’s set to be a cracker!MENS 40’S: Day three action saw some good matches in the Mens 40’s division, with the Mets holding off a spirited Barbarians attack 5-3, a great 3-2 win for the Cyclones over the Rustlers and the Sharks taking 4 touchdowns off the Scorpions, recording a 7-4 loss.At the end of the day it was the Scorpions who were untroubled at the top of the ladder and who will go through to the first semi final against the winner of the fourth vs fifth quarter final the Sydney Mets, while the Suns face the Sharks in tomorrow’s second semi final.In the fourth vs fifth quarter final, the Defence came from 2-0 down at half time, to force the game into a drop off, where the drop off lasted for almost 8 minutes before the Mets crossed the line for the winning score. They’ll have their work cut out against the force of the Scorpions in tomorrow’s semi final.The remaining teams will fight it out for the Plate final tomorrow.WOMENS 40’S: The Womens 40’s finished off their round matches with some great Touch Footy, a 1-0 win for the Eagles over the Cyclones was a great defensive exhibition, while the Scorpions 4-3 win over the Rustlers was a touchdown for touchdown affair.The Eagles win saw them through to the final four, facing the Sydney Scorpions in the first semi final, while the Suns will face the Cobras in the second semi final.MENS 45’S: The moment of the day in the Mens 45’s had to be when the boys in the Fishbowl pointed out TFA’s Member Services Manager Peter Topp in his field one match at 5:40pm…they very kindly dedicated the next song…’Top Cat’…to the Fishbowl Favourite. Great work Toppy.The day three action in the Mens 45’s saw the ACT side narrowly miss a semi final berth, their late charge not enough to win them fourth position.The Cobras finished undefeated with 4-1 and 6-2 wins over the Eagles and Suns respectively sealing their unbeaten run and their position in the first semi final against the Suns.The Mets and Northern Eagles will face off in the second semi final tomorrow.MENS 50’S: The heat on day three seemed to bring the front runners back to the pack in the Mens 50’s, with several close games…The Cyclones held off the Cobras 3-2, while the Rustlers and Scorpions drew 2-2 and most other games were decided by no more than 1-2 touchdowns.Tomorrow, the Hornets will face the Cobras in the first semi final, while the Rustlers and Scorpions will follow up their earlier draw with another meeting in the second semi final.last_img read more

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TFA Supports ‘It Stops With Me’ Campaign

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to be joining the campaign to fight racism through the ‘It Stops With Me’ National Anti-Racism Strategy launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2012. TFA joins many sporting organisations supporting the campaign, committing to play a visible role by taking a public stance against racism in the community.The purpose of the campaign is to ensure more Australian’s recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community; give more Australians, at an individual and organisation level, the tools and resources to take practical action against racism; and empower individuals and organisations to prevent and respond effectively to racism where it may happen. Over the next three years, the National Anti-Racism Strategy will focus on five key priority areas: schools and higher education, the media, government service provision, workplaces and the internet.This Strategy calls on all members of the Australian community to work towards eradicating the barriers to equality that result from racism. Ultimately, racism stops because of the actions we take individually and collectively. We all have a role to play in taking action against racism wherever we see it and supporting initiatives to stop it from happening.For more information about the ‘Racism – It Stops With Me’ campaign or to sign up as supporter, please visit the following website – http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.auRelated Links‘It Stops With Me’ Campaignlast_img read more

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10 months agoRoma president Pallotta admits no holds barred Monchi meeting

first_imgRoma president Pallotta admits no holds barred Monchi meetingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma president James Pallotta admits he’s had a no holds barred meeting in Boston with sports director Monchi.Roma are currently struggling in seventh position.“We had a very productive three days together in Boston discussing both the football and business activities of the club,” said Pallotta.“It goes without saying that no one at the club is happy with the results and performances so far this season and we had an open and honest conversation about issues that we need to address and improve as a matter of urgency to get our season back on track.“There was a lot of straight talking and everything was put on the table. Our only goal now is to do better in everything we do and we will work on that together – from me, our board, our management team, Monchi, Di Francesco, our football operations staff, the players and all the staff.“Together we haven’t met the very high expectations we have set for ourselves – and have tried to deliver on in recent seasons – and that must improve. Together we are working to address that.“If anyone at the club is not committed to being part of a team effort, there’s no place for them here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinner

first_imgBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Jurgen Locadia was delighted to prove the matchwinner for victory over Everton.The Dutchman claimed his second goal in two games.He said, “It’s crazy, I’ve gone from not playing every game to then scoring two games in a row. I’m very happy and proud and I want to thank everybody for reaching this moment.“We started well in the first half and also began the second half well too. Everton created a lot of chances, and they almost scored, but I feel that we deserved the win today.“For the goal, I saw the ball deflect off an Everton player and it was a clear goal in my opinion, but the referee had his doubts. In the end, he gave it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: I’d welcome new striker

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: I’d welcome new strikerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has opened the door to signing a new striker in January.Hodgson was asked about his market plans after victory over Wolves.He said, “We’ve got a man coming back we hope. Benteke trains with us tomorrow and obviously he’ll be fully back with us in the course of the next week. If he gets match fit then that will be to an extent a new signing this year because we’ve hardly seen him.“If there are other players that the club can bring in, I certainly won’t be averse to that because we have a very small squad and we haven’t had a lot to back us up at the minute. We’re on the lookout of course and the chairman and technical director are anxious to do what they can to give me and my coaching staff more support, but it’s not easy certainly when you have limited transfer resources.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyi

first_imgLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been told he can leave AA Gent this month.The Nigerian has struggled for form during his loan and both clubs, reports HLN, are agreed they can cut short the deal.The final choice will be left to the player – and Awoniyi is leaning towards staying with Gent.Impressive with Moeskroen last season, the youngster has failed to repeat the form with Gent.Awoniyi’s management has fielded enquiries from Turkey in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists any individual awards “won’t change me”.Van Dijk won UEFA’s Player of the Year at the end of last month, being awarded the title ahead of football greats Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.After helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season and finish runners up to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Van Dijk is also up for FIFA’s The Best gong. And again among the nominees are Messi and Ronaldo.Van Dijk, who also won last season’s PFA Player of the Year, told Algemeen Dagblad: “Whatever comes out, it won’t change me.“Look, you can’t compare me as a football player with (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo. I think the only thing you can try is to compare the impact we have had on our teams. And even that is very difficult.”I am especially pleased that there is appreciation for defenders. That we are being looked at differently. And that there can be a reward for all the dirty work that has been done.”Van Dijk is quick to highlight the contribution of teammates to his success – both with Liverpool and The Netherlands. The defender, who kicked off his career with Willem II ten years ago, admits the individual recognition is reliant on winning trophies with his team.He added, “This is thanks to the boys from Liverpool and Oranje. You really only win these prizes if you have achieved success together.”No matter what happens, Van Dijk insists he will accept the title proudly should he win The Best trophy.He explained: “Do I deserve it? What I think is that we have had a fantastic year. We were also able to win the Super Cup back in August. It just feels great. A defender does not often win individual prizes. I think Fabio Cannavaro was the last in 2006. Maybe it is time for a defender again.”- updated September 23 last_img read more

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22 days agoStandard Liege coach Preud’homme: Any Arsenal result a surprise

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Standard Liege coach Preud’homme: Any Arsenal result a surpriseby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStandard Liege coach Michel Preud’homme admits they’re rank outsiders going to Europa League opponents Arsenal.The former goalkeeper says any result would be a bonus.”Getting a result would be a surprise,” says Preud’homme. “Of course we all hope so. What the reality brings, however, we’ll only know tomorrow night. I have told my players to take advantage of this competition to give everything. With the ambition to get the most out of it. “We are going to try to play our football. Our biggest weapons? Every week, we are a team that tries to think collectively.” last_img read more

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14 days agoSampdoria defender Julian Chabot scouted by Everton

first_imgSampdoria defender Julian Chabot scouted by Evertonby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria defender Julian Chabot is being watched by Everton.TMW says Everton had scouts posted at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel in Cordova, where they checked on Chabot in action for Germany U21 against Spain. The defender was outstanding in the friendly, outshining Spain star Dani Olmo, of Dinamo Zagreb.Chabot only moved to Samp in May from Groningen for €3.7m.The defender is viewed at Samp as a long-term centre-half. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day ago​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger left

first_img​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger leftby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit does not see any differences between the end of Arsene Wenger’s time at the club and their performances now.Unai Emery has received time and backing at the club, as he is now into his second season as manager.But their performances and results are no better than what Wenger was achieving, and Emery arguably has a more balanced squad at his disposal.Petit told reporters: “I can understand why many Arsenal supporters are losing patience with Unai Emery.”As a manager he has a bad record away from home – not just with Arsenal, but also while he was in Spain.”Arsenal showed no character and it p***es me off because it has been the case so many times away from home.”The starting XI he picked against Sheffield United was strange.”It’s difficult after an international break when you have to play teams that don’t have as many players involved in the international fixtures.”But you know what to expect when you go to Bramall Lane – you know the qualities of the Sheffield United team.”They fight, especially in front of their home crowd, and they get balls into the box and put pressure on at set pieces.”That’s what they did against Liverpool and Chelsea.”But more importantly they didn’t show any technical quality on the pitch.”They gave away so many simple balls and had no inspiration, imagination or creativity.”They looked so heavy. This isn’t Arsenal – you need to take the ball and show what you’ve got.”But I haven’t seen that in years. Nothing has changed since Arsène Wenger left.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4-Star WR Equanimeous St. Brown Spoke 3 Languages During His Announcement To Notre Dame

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, and he showed off being trilingual in the process of doing it. St. Brown’s mother is from Germany, and he spent time attending school in France. He began his announcement and made his commitment in English, but dropped some German and French in between.Here’s St. Brown thanking his mother in German: So St. Brown speaks three languages, his father is a former Mr. World and Mr. Universe bodybuilder and his name is derived from the word equanimity, meaning “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Oh, and he has younger brothers named Osiris and Amon-Ra. He just may be the Most Interesting Recruit In The World.last_img read more

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Photos: Honeymooners Sporting Their Tux And Wedding Dress Are At Kentucky’s Game vs. South Carolina

first_imgHoneymooners in wedding tux and dress at Kentucky vs. South Carolina.It’s Valentine’s Day, so it’s fairly fitting that a recently married couple is attending Kentucky’s game against South Carolina at Rupp Arena this afternoon. The couple, which got married Friday night, is sitting in the upper section of the Wildcats’ arena, with the groom sporting his tuxedo and the bride still wearing her wedding dress. Check it out: Here’s our new favorite honeymooners sitting 1st row upper arena @Rupp_Arena after getting married last night pic.twitter.com/v6k9s9Bea5— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) February 14, 2015There’s a bride at Rupp Arena today: pic.twitter.com/hmWR6RHcPx— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) February 14, 2015How grand is UK basketball? These fine Kentucky folks were just married in the Commonwealth’s church, Rupp Arena. #fb pic.twitter.com/1QwZNQMDOc— Benjamin Riggs (@bpriggs) February 14, 2015Woman in wedding dress watching basketball in second level of Rupp Arena. (Above A in Whitaker). pic.twitter.com/ZhmxF36x6Z— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) February 14, 2015Love and Basketball combine @Rupp_Arena for @KentuckyMBB vs South Carolina. #BBN #Bluelyweds pic.twitter.com/Na3HgVOs1C— KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) February 14, 2015Basketball, clearly, reigns supreme in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky and South Carolina are currently playing on ESPN.last_img read more

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‘I don’t care’ – Ole on breaking 73-year-old Man Utd record

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer does not care about breaking Matt Busby’s Manchester United record as he looks ahead to a blockbuster Premier League showdown against Tottenham.Caretaker manager Solskjaer has won his opening five matches after replacing Jose Mourinho last month – equalling Busby’s record from the 1946-47 season in the 2-0 FA Cup victory against Reading.Solskjaer could surpass Busby’s feat with victory against high-flying Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday but the United favourite is not interested in the landmark. 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 don’t care,” Solskjaer said. “Not now. I might sit down in 20 years’ time and look at whatever records I have.”When I’m in a position, I never look back on what I’m doing that way. Never, ever.”Ole is already looking forward to next weekend’s big @PremierLeague game at Wembley… #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 6, 2019Solskjaer had overseen wins against Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and Newcastle United prior to the club’s FA Cup success on Saturday.United’s four successive Premier League victories have seen the Red Devils move within three points of fifth-placed Arsenal, having scored 14 goals and conceded just three.Tottenham are 10 points better off than United in third position, with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino reportedly the favourite to succeed Mourinho at the end of the season.”Spurs away, that’s a proper test,” Solskjaer said. “They have performed fantastically this season, they’ve got a great way of playing. There will be loads of things we need to look at.”He [Pochettino] has got them performing really well over the last few seasons. Both as individuals and we have to look at the team unit and how we play against them.”On United’s quest to qualify for the Champions League, Solskjaer added: “I’m not going to say top four is our target because my target is also a certain way of playing. That certain way of playing will get us to where we belong in the end. It depends on the performances.”last_img read more

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‘Special man’ Solskjaer hailed by McGregor

first_imgUFC superstar Conor McGregor has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a “special man” after seeing Manchester United’s winning run stretched to eight games against Arsenal.The Red Devils have enjoyed a faultless start under their interim boss .Since Jose Mourinho was relieved of his managerial duties in December, every opponent has been swept aside by a rejuvenated United. 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? Key men such as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are firing on all cylinders, with positive progress being made in Premier League and knockout competition.United are back to within three points of the top four, while a 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium on Friday has them through to the fifth round of the FA Cup .Solskjaer has earned plenty of plaudits for the role he has played in turning a difficult season around.McGregor has now added his voice to those quick to hail the impact made by a Treble-winning star of the Red Devils’ past.An iconic figure from the world of MMA posted on social media after seeing his beloved United prove too strong for Arsenal: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a special man!“The Man United Super Sub. Player AND Manager. Insane!“You can feel the passion he has for his club and it’s history.“Beaming with pride as he vividly explains the teams amazing counter attacking ability over the years. Past and present!“Wow!”Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a special man!The Man United Super Sub.Player AND Manager. Insane!You can feel the passion he has for his club and it’s history.Beaming with pride as he vividly explains the teams amazing counter attacking ability over the years. Past and present!Wow!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 26, 2019 McGregor went on to prove that United have always been the side closest to his heart with a retro picture of him wearing one of the club’s infamous away shirts from 1995-96.I see my son when I look at this. Thank you for sharing.This is a picture from my schools “sports day”, and that infamous Grey Utd jersey, I actually bought myself with my communion money at 8 years of age.I’d love to know where it is now.A truly Notorious football jersey! https://t.co/1NxLZYJMXt — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 26, 2019 Solskjaer will be hoping that he can keep the feel-good flowing among United’s army of loyal supporters when they return to action in the Premier League.The Red Devils welcome Burnley to Old Trafford on Tuesday night as the Norwegian looks for his ninth win in a row.last_img read more

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ESPN Unveils New “Playoff Predictor” Metric

first_imgGeorgia's offense lined up against Alabama's defense.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Now is the time to get all of your preseason college football predictions in. The season starts in only a couple of weeks.This morning, ESPN unveiled a new metric: the Playoff Predictor. It uses five key factors to determine which programs have the best chance to reach the playoff and win the national championship.The five factors are: strength of record, FPI, number of losses, conference championships and independent status.Using that criteria, here are the 10 teams ESPN feels have the best shot to reach the College Football Playoff, along with their percentage chance of getting there:Clemson – 67 percentAlabama – 47 percentGeorgia – 46 percentNotre Dame – 42 percentWashington – 41 percentOhio State – 37 percentOklahoma – 24 percentAuburn – 17 percentPenn State – 16 percentMichigan State – 15 percentWisconsin is the only other team with a double-digit percentage (11 percent) of making the CFP. Additionally, while Notre Dame has a one percent higher shot of making the playoff than Washington does, the Huskies actually have a slight edge in winning the national championship, edging the Irish 11 percent to 10 percent.What do these predictions mean? Not much of anything right now, but they are fun to talk about as we gear up for the season.Check out the full ESPN ‘Playoff Predictor’ here.last_img read more

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Ohio State Officially Unveils Black Uniforms For Nebraska Game

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State buckeyes football helmet.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)After suffering their first loss of the season, the Ohio State Buckeyes plan on wreaking havoc on the struggling Nebraska Cornhuskers next week. And with the new uniforms they’ve unveiled, the Buckeyes may have the intimidation factor locked down.On Friday, the Buckeyes officially revealed the new black uniform they would be wearing when they return to Ohio Stadium on November 3, 2018.And they are something scary to behold!The promotional video featured a figure emerging from a cornfield with Halloween-themed music playing in the background, which you can see below.⬛️ XI.III.XVIII ⬛️#GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/ntgp4wEVx6— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 26, 2018Last week’s 49-20 loss to Purdue knocked the Buckeyes out of the Top 10 in the AP Poll.Despite the loss though, the Buckeyes still control their own destiny in the Big Ten title chase.If the Buckeyes beat Purdue and win out their regular season, they will still secure a spot in the Big Ten Championship game. Should they win that game, they have as good a chance as any one-loss team of making the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

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ESPN Predicts The Winners Of College Football’s Biggest Games Left

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Tomorrow, the calendar turns the page to November. One month of the college football season remains. It’s crunch time.Last night, the initial College Football Playoff rankings were released. They will likely change several times in the coming weeks as we go through the home stretch.This weekend, there are two major SEC contests on the docket. LSU-Alabama will likely decide the SEC West, while the Georgia-Kentucky winner will be in the driver’s seat in the SEC East.There are a number of other big matchups to look forward to. Using ESPN’s FPI, here are the predictions for the biggest games left on the schedule.LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – Week 10ESPN prediction for Alabama-LSU.Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Week 10ESPN FPI prediction for Georgia-Kentucky.Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers – Week 11ESPN FPI prediction for Georgia-Auburn.Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Week 11ESPN FPI prediction for Ohio State-Michigan StateWest Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners – Week 13ESPN's FPI prediction for Oklahoma-WVU.Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers – Week 13ESPN FPI prediction for Auburn-Alabama.Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines – Week 13ESPN FPI prediction for Ohio State-Michigan.last_img read more

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Tua Tagovailoa Just Threw A Pick-6 On Alabama’s First Possession Against Clemson

first_imgTua Tagovailoa puts on his helmet at the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)While tonight’s Alabama vs. Clemson national title game is expected to be an offensive affair, it was a huge defensive play that led to the first score of the game. Tigers defensive back A.J. Terrell has his team on the board early.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who threw just four interceptions all season long, threw a pick-six on his team’s first possession. Terrell returned the interception 44 yards to give Clemson an early touchdown lead.The interception came on Alabama’s fifth play from scrimmage. Clemson went three-and-out on its first possession.Here’s video of the interception. As you can imagine, Clemson fans went crazy in celebration.#NationalChampionship #CFBPlayoff #ClemsonvsAlabama #CFBChampionship #RollTide #CFPNationalChampionship #TuaTagovailoa #TuasSuperAnkle #picksix pick six !!!!! pic.twitter.com/20TUGE8VKG— TheQueensElectricDually (@DuallyThe) January 8, 2019Obviously, this is the start that Dabo Swinney and the Tigers were looking for. The Crimson Tide are favored by about a touchdown in most sports books heading into the game.It’s now 7-0 with 12 minutes to play in the first quarter.You can catch the game on ESPN.last_img read more

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Oklahoma Announces New Contract For Lincoln Riley

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing a grey Oklahoma sweater before a game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)After leading the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and appearances in the College Football Playoff, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has become one of the most popular coaches in all of football. In an effort to keep Riley in the fold, and perhaps prevent him from being poached by an eager NFL team, the Sooners have given their head coach an extension and a big pay raise.According to Oklahoma beat writer Ryan Aber, Riley’s new contract runs through January 2024 and is worth upwards of $6 million.Per the report, the contract increases his base income to $3.975 million, with benefits adding up to an extra several million dollars.Lincoln Riley contract extended through Jan. 31, 2024. Base salary: $325,000 (stays the same), increase additional income $400,000 to $3.975M, annual stay benefit $200K to $700,000, supplemental retirement doubled to $1M, additional stay benefit to $1M. #Sooners— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) January 30, 2019USA Today reports that the $6 million salary makes him the ninth-highest paid coach in college football.For comparison sake (based off 2018 figures) and the newly passed salary for Lincoln Riley: pic.twitter.com/OjzripoPjy— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) January 30, 2019Riley has a 24-4 record in his first two seasons at the helm for the Sooners.In addition to the back-to-back conference titles, Riley also owns the distinction of having developed back-to-back Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.Unfortunately for Riley’s team, he has had the misfortune of running into the SEC champion in each of his appearances in the College Football Playoff.The Sooners lost in double-overtime to Georgia in 2017, and then lost by double-digits to Alabama in 2018.Nevertheless, Riley’s aptitude for developing quarterbacks – especially one as experienced as presumptive starter Jalen Hurts – should give Oklahoma fans plenty of optimism that they can win yet another Big 12 title and go even father in the playoffs next year.last_img read more

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