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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2020 4-Star WR Jadon Thompson Announces Commitment

first_imgThe Illinois marching band.DALLAS, TX – DECEMBER 26: Members of the llinois Fighting Illini band in the rain before the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl on December 26, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver Jadon Thompson is one of the state of Illinois’ top 2020 prospects, and has been getting interest from across the nation. Any team would be happy to have him.Taking to Twitter on Monday, Thompson announced that he was committing to the University of Illinois. The post came complete with a funny attempt at a documentary-style reveal.I NEED 40,000 PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT IM ON….Thompson is considered the No. 302 prospect in the country per 247Sports. He is also considered the No. 55 wide receiver prospect in the country, and the No. 5 prospect from the state of Illinois.I NEED 40,000 PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT IM ON…. 😉 : 🎥🎥 @Tanny_312 pic.twitter.com/PzjdflSkyw— Jadon Thompson1️⃣ (@Jay_Thompson5) April 8, 2019The addition of Jadon Thompson gives the Illini three commitments in the past two days. Thompson will join four-star running back Reggie Love and three-star guard Marcus Harper in Illinois’ Class of 2020.Illinois are still working towards their first bowl game under head coach Lovie Smith. The Illini have not played in a bowl since 2014.As numerous fans have pointed out on Twitter, the addition of Thompson gives the Illini the kind of receiving threat that they have not had in a long time.The last Illinois wide receiver to record 1,000 yards in a season was A.J. Jenkins in 2011. Could Thompson be the man who breaks the drought?last_img read more

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Q&A: Former Ohio State Star DeVier Posey On His Time In Columbus, The NCAA, The CFL & More

first_imgDeVier Posey stiff arms a defender during a game with Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 18: DeVier Posey #8 of the Ohio State Buckeyes stiff arms his brother Julian Posey #9 of the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Football has brought DeVier Posey from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, to suiting up for Ohio State, to various NFL stops and now North of the border. We caught up with Posey to discuss his career at OSU, what he’s up to now in the CFL and what the future looks like for him.The Spun: Let’s go back to the beginning. What was your recruiting process like coming out of high school? What approach did Ohio State take and what other schools were you considering?DeVier Posey: Oh man, you’re taking me back (laughter). It was an interesting process. I didn’t play varsity until my junior year, so I had more basketball offers and track interest up until that point. Then, I had a big junior year and was All-State. I followed that up by playing basketball and going to a few camps that year in the springtime. I ended up getting on the podium at the state (outdoor track) championships. I felt like coaches were always iffy about me until they figured out I was fast and played all these different sports.I had grown up liking Oklahoma and USC. Because of Reggie Bush, Jason White, Adrian Peterson, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart and all those great receivers they had. I didn’t really know much about Ohio State growing up. I’m from Cincinnati but in Cincinnati we don’t really hear about Ohio State much. There was no social media. Either University of Cincinnati games were on, Miami (Ohio), Xavier basketball, Kentucky basketball or Louisville. Ohio State was off the radar. But I got to know Jim Tressel. He came by and absolutely murdered his in-home visit and I mean that in the best way possible. Him and Darrell Hazell, the wide receivers coach, they just had an unbelievable presentation. Plus we had some other guys like Terrelle Pryor, Mike Adams, Mike Brewster. We had one of the best recruiting classes in the country and we were all kind of recruiting each other. So Ohio State was a no-brainer.TS: You say Jim Tressel killed his in-home visit. What stood out from him when you were being recruited and then when you played under him?DP: Personable. He’s one of the people who knows everyone in your family, what they’re doing, what they’re involved in. That was one thing that I was fond about with him: his attention to detail and how much of a human he was. I hope that doesn’t sound crazy. The things that he would ask me to do off the field, like my freshman year, he asked me to speak to the student body. I asked him why, and he said ‘I want to take the future leaders of my team to connect with the school on a bigger level.’ That’s just one example of what he did. He could get in touch with you on a different level.TS: You guys had a top 10 class and had Terrelle Pryor, who was the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the class that year. Ohio State had also played in the national championship the two years before that. Was there any added pressure because of that?DP: That’s what you get coming to Ohio State, those expectations. I think we were like preseason ranked No. 2 my freshman year. But they had guys like Brian Hartline, Brian Robiskie, Ray Small who were playing, Dane Sanzenbacher. My biggest goal was to be able to make the travel team. I was able to dress and then all of a sudden, they throw me in my first game, Todd Boeckman throws me a hitch route and I score the first time I touched the ball at Ohio State. From that moment on, I felt like ‘Okay, I can play at this level and make an impact.’TS: When you look back at what happened to you and Terrelle [Pryor] and some of the other guys your senior year, with the suspension [for selling team gear], and you hear the conversation that’s everywhere now about athletes being paid or being able to profit off their likeness, it isn’t reality yet but it seems to be getting more popular support. What is it like to see that? Have you followed that conversation?DP: Of course I follow that conversation. I feel like my story and what we went through is part of the reason why kids are getting paid more now and the reason why they have the system they have in place for championship rings or rewards. The NCAA is a running business plan. When I say that, I say it in the most respectful way. It’s an institution that is coming up with rules and dealing with different things as we speak. They had to come up with the Twitter rules. When I was coming out of high school, coaches were allowed to text message during the beginning of the recruiting process and then toward the end they weren’t allowed to text.For us, we sold the rings and got money for it. Now, the rule is you don’t get your championship rings until you graduate. You get everything at once. I’ve paid attention to it. I’ve said no to stories from Outside the Lines and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel because I just wanted to get my career going in the NFL. But it’s something that has impacted me and how I look at things and I think my perspective is very unique because I have a different relationship with the NCAA and view them in a different light. I understand that their practices are a bit underdeveloped. It seems as though it’s a great institution and things are the way they should be but they’re trying to figure out the right way to go about things like kids are. More importantly, the kids make so much money for the university. It’s important for kids to realize what they are getting into. They’re getting into a business deal. They’re giving you however much it costs for a degree over four years, and in exchange, you’re giving them services.TS: We heard that when you were at Ohio State that you and Terrelle Pryor used to tear it up in intramural and pickup hoops. Is that true? How good were you guys?DP: (Laughing) I was on the intramural team and me and TP used to dominate some games. It’s kind of funny, that’s how I met Terrelle when we were younger. We both played AAU basketball. We would always meet up in the championship [in AAU]. It was kind of cool to be able to go in in the off-season at Ohio State and tear it down on the courts.TS: I know Terrelle was a pretty high-level Division I hoops recruit? Could you have played D-I basketball as well if you wanted to? How about track?DP: I had some track offers from down South schools. I had basketball offers from some small ACC and SEC schools. Akron recruited me. Coach Jeff Boals, he was at Akron at the time, he’s now at Ohio.TS: After college, your professional football journey has taken you from the Houston Texans to the New York Jets, you had to deal with injuries and now you’re playing in Canada. What has that whole experience been like with you and what is it specifically like playing in Canada? How does it compare to playing in America?DP: My football journey has been amazing. It’s taken me all over. The teammates that I’ve been able to become close with and bond with and the friends I have for life, it’s amazing. There really isn’t much difference as far as preparation between the two leagues [NFL and CFL]. I would say there is a financial difference in pay and how much each league is worth. But the CFL is a first-class league, A-1 as far as professionalism and to better yourself. I just appreciate both leagues.TS: Which guys that you played with at Ohio State are you still in touch with?DP: Oh man, I got a group chat with Boom Herron and Mike Adams and probably the guy I’m most closest with his Etienne Sabino. He was a linebacker and team captain. He played for Urban and played for Tressel and was the best man at my wedding. We always get together and speak. It’s therapeutic when you get to talk to the boys.TS: Last question: have you met or had a chance to meet Ryan Day in person? How do you feel about him taking over?DP: I haven’t had a chance to meet him but I’m excited. I’ve heard some great things about his offensive mentality and how he’s a great recruiter. I think I might make it down there this April to have a chance to meet him.TS: Do you think it would have been a fun offense for you to have played in, with the style of offense he runs?DP: Oh man, I wish I could have played in that offense. It would have been a great time.last_img read more

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Photos: Alabama’s Spring Game Crowd Is Disappointing

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs warmups prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s football program is holding its annual A-Day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. this afternoon. While there are tens of thousands of fans in attendance, the crowd is a bit disappointing.Nick Saban said he was excited to play in front of a big crowd today.“A-Day is a special day around here. There’s a lot of great traditions in this game — a lot of these things are special & what make being at University of Alabama a very special place,” he said.The crowd didn’t end up being that big, though.Alabama appears to have roughly 30,000 fans in attendance.Maybe 30,000 here for A-Day. Sad Bama Fans, sad. We can do better. We have a saying in the LEO world that complacency kills. Very worrisome for the “Bama Dynasty”. pic.twitter.com/S5P0nV1y1t— Criss in MS (@hwyman_34) April 13, 2019Here’s another look at the crowd:The A-Day crowd for today’s spring game … pic.twitter.com/E13Uz3q1QY— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) April 13, 2019There are plenty of college football programs that would love to have a crowd like that for a glorified scrimmage. Those programs are not Alabama, though, and the Crimson Tide used to fill the stadium for these days.Alabama’s spring game is being televised on ESPN2.last_img read more

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