Conte suggests Chelsea must overhaul their squad

first_imgChelsea Conte suggests Chelsea must overhaul their squad for next season Goal 07:26 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea 2017-18 Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United FA Cup The Italian coach is set to depart Stamford Bridge, and says the Blues must improve to return to the top four Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested that the club must overhaul their squad to return to the top four next season.Conte will likely depart the club in the coming days after leading the Blues to an FA Cup title over Manchester United on Saturday. Despite that cup success, Chelsea finished a disappointing fifth place in the Premier League in 2017-18, and will have to be content with Europa League football next season. 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 Conte clashed with Chelsea’s board all season over the club’s perceived lack of spending in the transfer market, leading to the Italian’s likely exit after two seasons in charge. The 48-year-old insisted his side need to get better defensively in 2018-19, and such improvements would require more investment.  “If you ask me if we can play better then, yes, we can play better,” Conte said. “But now the real situation of this club is this: we have to play strong defensively if you want to win a trophy or to get a place in the Champions League. “Maybe we missed the Champions League this season because we tried to play very open and in this moment you can’t do this especially with a strong team because to concede three goals in seven games it means you don’t have stability.”A great team doesn’t concede three goals or four goals against Watford. “Then, against Manchester United, it was the only way, the only way to lift a trophy. Now we are in this moment and if you want to change then we can change our idea, but you must change many players. Understand?”Conte again hinted at his frustration with the club’s failure to back him as he wanted in the transfer market. “Last season, after we won the Premier League, we spoke with the club and tried to find the right way to defend our title.”But, as you know, it’s not simple and sometimes you can have not always the same ambition.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Chicharito: Osorio ‘like a genius’

first_imgMexico Chicharito: Mexico coach Osorio ‘like a genius’ Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author in Beverly Hills, California 08:33 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Chicharito Hernandez Getty Mexico Javier Hernández Mexico v Wales Wales Friendlies The forward praised the manager for his knowledge of the game and his concern for players off the field as well as on Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez praised Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, saying the coach transmits knowledge well to his players and has set himself apart from other managers.Osorio has been heavily criticized by Mexico fans and the press, but his players generally have come to his defense. Chicharito has been one of the manager’s strongest supporters, and Friday was no different. The 29-year-old forward said Osorio is on another level both when talking about soccer and when thinking about life.”It’s great. It’s unbelievable. It’s as simple as that. It’s a great experience,” he said when asked what it’s like working with Osorio. “He’s a great human being, a great man, his character. He’s a very special character as well. 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 “I call him, in a way, like a genius because they live in a completely different world than ourselves. And a part of that, speaking about football, he has a lot of knowledge that even if you can speak five minutes with him about one game or one player, he gives you the way he sees football and the way he sees that player and it’s knowledge that you can learn if you want.”He’s a great, great man with a lot of knowledge. I think he’s a very good man as well to trust. Those two parts for me, football and life, are very important.”Despite the praise for the coach, he pushed back on a question about Osorio being the key to the teams success. The West Ham forward said people should stop looking for a single thing that will change Mexico’s fortunes and instead realize it will take a culmative effort for El Tri to have a successful World Cup.”He’s a fundamental part like I am, like you are, like the critics are, like the president, like the fans – this is for them,” he said. “It’s something I’d love for the people to be open toward. We don’t have to look for something like ‘Juan Carlos Osorio is the key’ or ‘Javier Hernandez is the key’ or ‘El Chucky is the key,’ no, look, I understand how the press works but there’s no secret formula here. We want to do is do everything possible to work and get things in our favor and deserve to win.”Mexico takes on Wales on Monday in Pasadena, California before flying back to Mexico City to face Scotland. It closes out its World Cup preparation with a contest against Denmark in Copenhagen.last_img read more

Arsenal close in on double swoop for Leno & Torreira

first_imgTransfers Arsenal close in on Leno with Torreira set to be confirmed after the World Cup Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bernd Leno Lucas Torreira 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League The Gunners have identified the goalkeeper as a player who can strengthen their team with Sokratis Papastathopoulos set to follow next month Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno for a fee in the region of €22m (£19.2m/$25m), Goal understands, with the Gunners also set to sign Lucas Torreira once his World Cup campaign with Uruguay comes to an end.Unai Emery’s side are on the look out for a new goalkeeper with Arsenal open to offers for 36-year-old Petr Cech and backup option David Ospina, both of whom have one year remaining on their current contracts.It’s likely that Ospina will depart Emirates Stadium this summer and Emery will be hoping that the shot stopper has an impressive World Cup with Colombia to increase his transfer fee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Emery is also targeting a new defensive midfielder and a deal for 22-year-old Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira looks likely to be completed after the World Cup.The Uruguay international has a €25m (£22m) release clause in his deal with the Serie A club and Arsenal are expected to spread the fee over several years.Torreira is one of several players identified to improve Arsenal’s spine this summer with Emery having already signed Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer after his Juventus contract expired.Confirmation of Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ arrival at the club will come at the beginning of July as Borussia Dortmund do not want the transfer to go through until the next fiscal year.Talks are also ongoing with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere over contract extensions although there is a growing feeling that the latter could sign for another Premier League side, as Crystal Palace and Southampton are both keen on signing the 26-year-old.last_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to the following referees who have been appointed to officiate in the 2005 Youth World Cup Grand Finals. 11:00am- Womens 18’s Grand Final Dale Lawrence Matt Vernon Jenny Madders 12:00pm- Mixed 18’s Grand Final Nic Hollingsworth Luke McKenzie Dave Bonser 1:00pm- Mens 18’s Grand Final Gavin West Keith Steel Lawre Gafa 2:00pm- Mixed 20’s Grand Final Tammy Clark Miah Williams Col Farlow 3:00pm- Womens 20’s Grand Final Richard O’Connor Jacquie Finn-Ram Dave Baggio 4:00pm- MEns 20’s Grand Final Andrew Timoti Craig Gray Shaun Birmingham Congratulations again, your performances this week have gotten you to this point. The Federation of International Touch would like to not only congratulate you but to congratulate all referees who have made this Youth World Cup possible and successful through their efforts.last_img read more


first_imgNSW – A Special Case The Touch community will be interested in the place of NSW in the new constitution. Why is NSW treated as a special case? The Shilbury Report, where all this started, recommended: ” … that NSW retain its standing (if it chooses) as a state association. NSW clearly demonstrated a sound approach to management of its state in a traditional manner expected of a state association. As it is a large and powerful association with high participation, and revenues in excess of $2 million, it is quite capable of developing Touch within its regions, mindful of the need to be more predisposed to collaborative efforts to develop Touch near ACT and Queensland state boundaries.” NSW have been supportive throughout the process of developing the new constitution, the President John Howard being an integral part of the constitution committee. Along with all other states, NSW supported the new structure by voting for the constitution at the Special General Meeting on 25 June. Will NSW be a part of the new structure sometime down the track? NSW already operates under its own Unitary Model, however there are advantages to the sport in general and to NSW Touch in particular in having NSW on board with the rest of the country in the new national structure. The issues presented by the sheer size of the organisation will have to be worked through. However, the issues can be addressed and it is anticipated that NSW could join the new national structure in the near future.last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football in Outback ParadiseBroome may be well known for images of camels walking along the long stretch of white sand on Cable Beach and as the birth place of some of the world’s finest south sea pearls, but for the second straight year one of Australia’s most isolated affiliated clubs will host the 2006 WA North West Championships.Teams from throughout the North West of WA will travel as much as 1000km each way (yes, 2,000km) just to represent their town at the annual North West Championships, held on the first weekend in June.  While the event could be closer to home for some, most don’t mind driving the extra distance to experience Touch Football in the Kimberley.Karratha will drive more than 800km, with their titles stretching just about as far having won the past five tournaments. Karratha will certainly be looking to make it six straight in Broome this year, with many affiliates hot on their heels. After Broome made the final last year for the first time, it could also be the home team that has different ideas about that as they look to take the title on their home turf/red dirt.The early money, however, might be well placed on Port Hedland’s top squad.  Lincoln Tavo has been coaching the team and reports from the Pilbara suggest the group is keen to regain a title held by arch rivals Karratha for the past five years.  A key player for Hedland could be Lincoln’s sister and Australian Opens player Rebecca.  She developed through WA’s Under 16’s and 18’s before furthering her career with Brisbane City at the NTL. Now she’s back in WA and looking to help Hedland regain the North West Championship title.Results will be posted at throughout the tournament, and will also be available via sms – nwe to 193 030 during the weekend.last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce KooGa as their new official gear supplier.The partnership will see KooGa provide the uniforms for all national and state teams (except NSWTA) as well as referees.KooGa is recognised around the world for their technical sports apparel, mainly with their leading brand KooGa – Made for Rugby and through their specially developed Touch gear they look forward to providing Touch players around Australia with gear that will give them an advantage.Their merchandise will be for sale at all national events under the newly created banner, ‘KooGa: Made for Touch.’The KooGa- Made for Rugby brand originates from the United Kingdom, where they are suppliers for many professional rugby clubs, and more recently they have signed on several international teams including the USA Eagles and Fiji.KooGa have also recently joined forces with Touch New Zealand, who will  play under the KooGa: Made for Touch sub-brand. They will outfit all TouchNZ teams and produce a strip for Referees.TFA looks forward to enjoying an enduring and productive partnership with KooGa.last_img read more

a month agoTalking Tactics: Lampard emulates Conte; Arsenal suicidal; Norwich shock

first_imgTalking Tactics: Lampard emulates Conte; Arsenal suicidal; Norwich shockby Alex Keblea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnother thrilling weekend of Premier League action saw four or more goals in no fewer than six matches, but there is no doubt which result grabs all the headlines. Norwich City’s 3-2 win against the champions Manchester City was extraordinary and richly deserved; Daniel Farke’s side were outstanding on and off the ball.Elsewhere Tottenham rediscovered their verve on home turf, Watford took advantage of another confusing tactical setup from Arsenal, and Chelsea hit five in a new 3-4-2-1 formation. Here are three tactical things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Norwich’s perfect tactics assisted by Guardiola’s focus on widthFarke’s team were outstanding on Saturday, improving dramatically on previous Premier League outings by sitting deep and in a narrow 4-2-3-1. They have clearly learnt from their earlier openness, showing defensive resilience and discipline here in a midfield W-shape that meant the wingers cut off passing lines to David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan and their number ten Marco Stiepermann could mark Rodri.Norwich left Man City’s back four alone, refusing to press, which meant mostly aimless possession for Pep Guardiola’s side; it was unexpectedly patient, for which Farke and his side deserve a lot of credit. On the ball, their calm short-passing out from the back successfully evaded the visitors’ press and forced Man City to drop a bit deeper. They are not used to doing this, which explains their passive resistance in their own half for the first two Norwich goals.The hosts were assisted by Guardiola’s tactical mistakes. Leaving Kevin de Bruyne on the bench, they struggled to build from deep (Rodri and Gundogan were completely disconnected and David Silva sat too high up the pitch), while their best players Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were harmlessly hugging the touchline. Man City were most dangerous on the rare occasions Sterling picked up the ball in the central column… and yet Guardiola’s double substitution on the hour mark doubled down on width. He told De Bruyne to move to the right wing and constantly swing crosses towards Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. Despite Norwich’s aerial superiority and high number of bodies behind the ball Man City attempted 47 crosses – double their season average.2) Deulofeu & Doucoure shine as Flores exposes Arsenal’s narrownessGerard Deulofeu had an incredible 93 touches of the ball in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, putting in his best performance of the season largely thanks to the visitors’ use of a narrow diamond 4-4-2 formation. It was the second time this season Unai Emery has deployed the formation and the second time his midfielders had no idea what to do, leaving astonishingly large patches of grass out wide.Considering Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs more help than most, it was a suicidal tactic; Deulofeu had the beating of him all match, and Watford were able to consistently feed the Spaniard because Abdoulaye Doucoure controlled central midfield. Mesut Ozil didn’t press from the tip of the diamond, plus Dani Ceballos was unable to defend successfully and Granit Xhaka constantly drifted away from his base position.Quique Sanchez Flores deserves praise for his in-game tactical decisions as the pattern unfolded. He brought Daryl Janmaat off the bench to make overlapping runs down the right, helping to earn the penalty for Watford’s equaliser and set up a final 10 minutes in which Watford pummeled the visitors down that flank.3) Aurier & Alderweireld breathe new life into SpursTottenham’s poor home form against deep-lying opposition has been a serious cause for concern over the last few weeks; the 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United follows an inability to break down the likes of Brighton, Crystal Palace, and West Ham towards the end of last season. But Mauricio Pochettino’s side emphatically ended these stagnant attacking performances on Saturday with Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld shining.Aurier’s directness from right-back and excellent fizzing crosses – earning two assists – were a reminder that Spurs need energetic full-backs for their tactics to work. Pochettino’s emphasis on narrow attacking lines has always demanded a player like Kyle Walker to provide the width, and so Aurier’s performance this weekend was timely. He must feature more regularly this season, especially against bottom-half clubs.Alderweireld played 15 long passes, his first few of the afternoon pinpoint balls over the top for Son Heung-Min to force the Crystal Palace defence to backpedal and fall out of their shell. This assertiveness and verticality from the outset gave Spurs an urgency they have so often lacked in these sort of fixtures, inspiring the crowd to lift the mood inside Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Spurs have finally woken up.Best of the Week – Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 shows promise for the futureFrank Lampard used a Conte-esque 3-4-2-1 formation on Saturday in order to counteract Wolves’ 3-5-2, a formation that provides a numerical advantage in defence, midfield, and attack against a 4-3-3. However, following an assured performance Lampard may decide to stick with this system for the time being.Having a third centre-back eliminated some of their defensive concerns; Fikayo Timori could step out to meet countering Wolves midfielders, helping close the gaps in midfield that have plagued Chelsea this season (they seem incapable of transitioning from attack to defence). Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso (or Emerson) are vulnerable defensively, too, meaning they clearly benefit from the extra defensive cover in a 3-4-2-1.Further up the pitch Mason Mount and Willian combined well in the inside forward positions to provide Tammy Abraham with close support, while N’Golo Kante – when he returns from injury – will prefer playing in a two-man central midfield.Worst of the Week – Leicester aren’t tactically brave enough to trouble Man UtdLeicester City were punished on Saturday for failing to pick their most attacking line-up as Brendan Rodgers continued his use of two defensive midfielders in tough away games. Manchester United were there for the taking, but Leicester could not build momentum. Hamza Choudhury isn’t assertive in possession and James Maddison, drifting in from the left flank, had no left-wing option to pass to – only an under-performing Youri Tielemans. The lack of options was disappointing to say the least. United were able to float pretty aimlessly through a match that never really got going, winning via a penalty conceded by Caglar Soyuncu – who is struggling to adapt to English football. Leicester missed the chance to lay down a marker at Old Trafford. If they want to finish top four then Rodgers needs to approach matches with the mentality of a top-four team – by trusting his attacking players. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days ago​Chelsea plan five-year contracts for Tomori and Abraham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea plan five-year contracts for Tomori and Abrahamby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are planning contract talks with youngsters Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.The two youth products have excelled for the first team under Frank Lampard this season.Abraham has shown what it takes to lead the line.Meanwhile, Tomori is proving a reliable option in defence in the Premier League.Sky Sports says Chelsea will offer both players five-year contracts and hope to have them signed in the coming weeks.Out of the two, Tomori’s rise is the most surprising, as he was tipped for a transfer away from the club this summer. last_img read more

16 days agoMan City & Ilaix: How Barcelona whiz Fati ended up a Messi client

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Man City & Ilaix: How Barcelona whiz Fati ended up a Messi clientby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe former agent of Ansu Fati has lifted the lid on how close the teen came from being lost to Barcelona last summer.Junior Minguella admits the confusion also saw he and his father lose the 16 year-old sensation as a client.He told L’Equipe: “In the spring, Barça made an exceptional contract to Ilaix (Moriba, 16) so that he did not go to Manchester City. “So, as can be understood, Ansu’s father asked for the same sum for his son to extend. Barça did not want not to enter a spiral with all their promising young players. They offered a little less than for Ilaix, but the offer was close. We agreed. “It was around July 5th. My father spoke with Bori (Ansu’s father). But Bori returned to the offices and decided to resume negotiations to have more. The club refused. Bori came back with three different agents. With each time the same answer. “And, in the end, I do not know how, it seems that with the brother of Leo (Messi), he got that slight rise they wanted.” last_img read more

Video: Miami Commit Tyler Byrd Blocks An Extra Point, Runs It All The Way Back For Score

first_imgTyler Byrd blocks extra point and returns it to the house.Twitter/@KevinWade_ Miami Hurricane fans: get ready to hear a lot about Tyler Byrd. The future ‘Cane has had a huge day so far in the U.S. Army All-American Game, most impressively blocking an extra point from off the edge, and taking it to the house for a score.Tyler Byrd does it all himself.— Kevin Wade (@KevinWade_) January 9, 2016Tyler Byrd doing Tyler Byrd things. We got one.— Canes Warning (@CanesWarningFS) January 9, 2016Earlier in the game, Byrd made a great play to pick off Stanford commit KJ Costello.Tyler Byrd with the interception. #TheU— Canes Warning (@CanesWarningFS) January 9, 2016Byrd looks like he may be a factor in Miami’s secondary very soon.last_img read more

Rafinha joins Flamengo after Bayern exit

first_imgRafinha has returned to his native Brazil with Flamengo after eight years at Bayern Munich.The right-back, 33, has signed a two-year contract with the Rio de Janeiro-based club.Rafinha won seven Bundesliga titles while at Bayern after joining from Genoa, as well as eight domestic cups and the 2013 Champions League. 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? He began his professional career with Brazilian side Coritiba before joining Schalke in 2005 and spending five years in Gelsenkirchen.Flamengo announced the signing on their website, stating Rafinha would have his presentation at the club on June 24.His first-team opportunities were limited with Bayern last season, leading to his departure after their domestic double triumph.He was joined by veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in bidding farewell to Bayern at the end of the campaign.Estamos chegando!!! — Rafinha Official (@R13_official) June 10, 2019 The departure of three long-serving figures at the Allianz Arena proved to be an emotional occasion for all concerned.Rafinha said of severing ties with the German giants: “The eight years have been wonderful, I’ve had some great moments here.”The treble in 2013 was special. All things come to an end eventually.”We are together every day and know each other so well – we are a family. The friendship we all have is the greatest thing.”last_img read more

‘I didn’t understand why Ed Woodward betrayed me’ – Evra

first_imgFormer Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has opened up on his bitter departure from the club, targeting CEO Ed Woodward for “broken promises”.The 38-year-old, who quit the game on Monday, spent eight seasons at Old Trafford but left the club for Juventus in strange circumstances only weeks after signing a one-year contract extension in 2014.Evra, who wanted to move for family reasons, has laid the blame squarely at the door of Woodward for reneging on a promise not to trigger an extension that United had in his contract. 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? Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I was having dinner in Dubai on my birthday and had a text from my agent. He told me to go somewhere quiet and sent me a message with the statement from United saying they were pleased to renew my contract for another year. I went mad, I was really disappointed.“I called Ed and swore on the phone, even threatened him. He said I couldn’t talk to the director of football like that and that he was going to fine me.“Some people won’t understand why Ed did it but I understand. Of the senior players I was the only one he wanted to keep – even David Moyes had said it before he got sacked. They said to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, we don’t need you anymore, but in the dressing room you need a character. I understood Ed, but I didn’t understand why he betrayed me. He should’ve called me to explain.”Evra admits his future might have been very different had Woodward not thrown a spanner in the works.“Without that it’s difficult to know what would’ve happened,” he said. “I would’ve had to deal with my wife – and I call her Roy Keane when she gets angry. When we reached the Champions League final with Juventus she said she’d told me so, but even winning three Champions Leagues with Juve wouldn’t have had the same satisfaction of playing for United.”Evra enjoyed a storied career, which started at Monza in Italy but saw him progress to Nice, Monaco, Manchester United, Juve, Marseille and finally to West Ham.He won five Premier League titles at Old Trafford, plus the 2007-08 Champions League, in which Sir Alex Ferguson’s side overcame Chelsea on penalties in Moscow.last_img read more

Former Top Nebraska Recruit Has Decided To Transfer

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has announced a major roster loss this evening, as one of the Huskers’ former top recruits has decided to transfer.Tyjon Lindsey, ranked by some outlets as a five-star recruit coming out of high school in 2017, has decided to leave the Nebraska football program.The Huskers are just four games into the 2018 season, so the new four-game redshirt rule can apply to Lindsey, who will pursue other options.Nebraska’s site has the details:Former four-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey has asked for and been granted his scholarship release per a University of Nebraska football spokesperson.The 5-foot-9, 200 pound Lindsey never was able to catch on at NU.After having a minimal impact in 2017, Lindsey had just 22 receiving yards, 9 rushing yards and 1 punt return yard on 10 all-purpose touches over the first four games.There is always a lot of turnover when a program goes through a coaching change and Nebraska has not been immune to this.The loss of Lindsey is a big one, though, as expectations for the former top recruit were quite high coming out of high school.last_img read more

Mother Of College Football Star Calls Into Radio Show To Defend Her Son

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: General view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The mother of a college football star called into a radio show to defend her son after the hosts’ called him “overrated.”Michigan football star Rashan Gary announced earlier this week his intentions to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.The former No. 1 overall recruit had a good career at Michigan, though some are apparently arguing that he underwhelmed.Gary’s mother is not here for that.“When you say he ‘underwhelmed expectations,’ well maybe you wanted him to get 15-20 sacks,” she told the radio hosts. “And if he was a rushing end, then he would have. But he wasn’t, that wasn’t his job, and as a mom, I know my son did his job, and I know he did his job well.”She continued:“Don Brown’s defense has an anchor end, which is Rashan, and a pass-rushing end, which is Chase (Winovich),” she explained. “Now, Chase is great…he gets to the quarterback…Rashan’s not a pass-rushing end, so for you to equate Chase with Rashan is kind of disheartening.”You can view the full call below:When you call Rashan Gary overrated and his mom calls into your radio show. (Respect to her for calling in and defending him with actual football reasons. We eventually found some common ground)— Jim Costa (@JimCosta_) November 27, 2018Good for her.last_img read more

Video Surfaces Of Woman Who Rushed Field At National Title Game

first_imgWoman is carried off the field at Clemson vs. Alabama.Marty SmithAlabama vs. Clemson IV has been wild so far, with three touchdowns in less than five minutes of game time.After the first score, a pick six thrown by Tua Tagovailoa to Clemson’s A.J. Terrell, a person ran onto the field.The easy assumption was that the person was an overzealous Clemson fan celebrating the quick score.That doesn’t appear to be the case.ESPN’s Marty Smith is on the sideline, and got video of the person as she was dragged off the field.The field rusher had a sign with her, and while it is unclear what it says, there is pretty clearly a face drawn on it. She was likely protesting something, but we don’t know for sure.Marty Smith tweeted video from the Clemson sideline, showing the field rusher being taken away by authorities.From the ESPN personality:So this lady ran on the field. Police removed her.— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) January 8, 2019The woman in question is wearing pink and doesn’t seem like she has an obvious affiliation.Of course, with ticket prices dropping drastically during the week due to myriad factors, if someone wanted to make a statement, it cost less than it usually would for a stage like this.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Fixtures, full schedule, date, time and venues

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 17:17 IST AFC Asian Cup 2019 full schedule: India have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand (AIFF Photo)The 17th and the biggest edition of AFC Asian Cup will be played in the United Arab Emirates between January 4 and February 1.A total of 24 teams, including Asia’s 15th-ranked team, India, will play in the tournament, which will host as many teams for the first time in its history. The 2015 edition played in Australia saw only 16 teams battling for continental supremacy.The 24 teams in the upcoming edition have been drawn into six groups of four teams each.Each team will play their group mates in a single-legged round-robin group stage. Top two teams from each group and the four third-placed teams will progress to the knockout stages.India, who missed the 2015 edition, have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand.Groups – AFC Asian Cup 2019Group A: UAE, Bahrain, India, ThailandGroup B: Australia, Syria, Jordan, PalestineGroup C: South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, PhilippinesGroup D: Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, YemenGroup E: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, North KoreaGroup F: Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, TurkmenistanWhile the hosts UAE will play the tournament opener against Bahrain on Saturday, India will face Thailand in their first match on Sunday. Four-time champions Japan will take Turkmenistan on January 9 and holders Australia will play Palestine in their first match on January 11.The tournament will be played across eight venues in the UAE.Abu Dhabi venues: Zayed Sports City Stadium, Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Al Nahyan StadiumDubai venues: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium and Al-Maktoum StadiumAl Ain venues: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium and Khalifa bin Zayed StadiumSharjah venue: Sharjah StadiumadvertisementFull schedule – AFC Asian Cup MatchGroupCityDateTime (in IST)UAE vs BahrainAAbu DhabiJanuary 59:30 pmAustralia vs JordanBAbu DhabiJanuary 64:30 pmIndia vs ThailandAAbu DhabiJanuary 67 pmSyria vs PalestineBSharjahJanuary 69:30 pmChina vs KyrgyzstanCAl AinJanuary 74:30 pmSouth Korea vs PhilippinesCDubaiJanuary 77 pmIraq vs VietnamDAbu DhabiJanuary 87 pmSaudi Arabia vs North KoreaEDubaiJanuary 89:30 pmJapan vs TurkmenistanFAbu DhabiJanuary 94:30 pmUzbekistan vs OmanFSharjahJanuary 97 pmQatar vs LebanonEAbu DhabiJanuary 99:30 pmBahrain vs ThailandADubaiJanuary 104:30 pmJordan vs SyriaBAl AinJanuary 107 pmIndia vs UAEAAbu DhabiJanuary 109:30 pmPalestine vs AustraliaBDubaiJanuary 114:30 pmPhilippines vs ChinaCAbu DhabiJanuary 117 pmKyrgyzstan vs South KoreaCAbu DhabiJanuary 119:30 pmVietnam vs IranDAbu DhabiJanuary 124:30 pmYemen vs IraqDSharjahJanuary 127 pmLebanon vs Saudi ArabiaEDubaiJanuary 129:30 pmNorth Korea vs QatarEAl AinJanuary 134:30 pmOman vs JapanFAbu DhabiJanuary 137 pmTurkmenistan vs UzbekistanFDubaiJanuary 139:30 pmUAE vs ThailandAAbu DhabiJanuary 149:30 pmIndia vs BahrainASharjahJanuary 149:30 pmPalestine vs JordanBAl AinJanuary 157 pmAustralia vs SyriaBAbu DhabiJanuary 157 pmSouth Korea vs ChinaCAbu DhabiJanuary 167 pmKyrgyzstan vs PhilippinesCDubaiJanuary 167 pmVietnam vs YemenDAbu DhabiJanuary 169:30 pmIran vs IraqDDubaiJanuary 169:30 pmOman vs TukmenistanFAbu DhabiJanuary 177 pmJapan vs UzbekistanFAl AinJanuary 177 pmLebanon vs North KoreaEAbu DhabiJanuary 179:30 pmSaudi Arabia vs QatarESharjahJanuary 179:30 pmRound of 16January 20 (Three matches)January 21 (Three matches)January 22 (Two matches)Quarter-final – January 24 and 25 in Dubai and Abu DhabiSemi-final – January 28 and 29 in Abu DhabiFinal – February 1 in Abu DhabiAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: India will not take any team lightly, says Sandesh JhinganAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Bhaichung Bhutia wants Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Sandhu to lead from frontAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: Gurpreet Singh says India will take one match at a timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow India vs ThailandFollow India vs BahrainFollow India vs UAEFollow AFC Asian Cup scheduleFollow UAE footballFollow Asian Cup football AFC Asian Cup 2019: Fixtures, full schedule, date, time and venuesAFC Asian Cup 2019 full schedule: Sunil Chhetri-led India will play Southeast Asian powerhouses, Thailand in their first match of the tournament in Abu Dhabi on January 6, Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian-origin boy to spin the toss coin in Australian Open 4th round

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service KunnurJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 20:58 IST Angad Prathap was recently selected in the top 10 promising players under the age of 10 in Victoria state. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAngad Prathap has been brought up in Melbourne while his family belongs to Kunnur, KeralaAngad is among the top tennis players in the age group of 10 years in AustraliaAngad and his father are cutting short their annual holiday in Kerala to return to MelbourneAn Indian origin boy will get the opportunity to spin the coin in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament on January 21 this year.Angad Prathap, an 11-year-old whose family hails from Kunnur but who was born, brought up and settled in Melbourne, is cutting short his annual holidays and is returning to Melbourne.Speaking to IANS, his father Prathapan Nair said that their family arrived here 10 days back for their annual vacation.”It was two days back that I got the information that our son has been selected to toss the coin in the 4th round of the Australian Open. We were scheduled to return on the 27th, but now that this good fortune has come to Angad, he and I are returning early to be on time for the toss. My wife and our elder son will watch it on TV here as they are returning only as per schedule on the 27th,” said Nair.Nair said Angad is among the top tennis players in the age group of 10 years and has won many tournaments in Victoria state. He was recently selected in the top 10 promising players under the age of 10 in Victoria state.”The toss ahead of every match is done by the best players who are age 10 and below and are selected on the overall performance at the annual tennis season in Australia that ends every September. Angad turned 11 after the season ended and he was lucky to have been selected,” said Nair.Also Read | It’s an absolute joke: Tomic’s underarm serve vs Kyrgios leaves spectators fumingAlso Read | Australian Open: Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentAlso Read | Roger Federer warms up to Australian Open by leading Switzerland to Hopman Cup gloryadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Angad PrathapFollow Australian OpenFollow Tennis Indian-origin boy to spin the toss coin in Australian Open 4th round11-year-old Angad Prathap, whose family hails from Kunnur in Kerala, has been selected to toss the coin in the fourth round of the Australian Open.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Fans breach security to meet MS Dhoni at Feroz Shah Kotla

first_img commentary IPL 2019: Fans breach security to meet MS Dhoni at Feroz Shah KotlaIndian Premier League 2019: A couple of MS Dhoni fans breached the security once again to greet him and touch his feet at the Feroz Shah Kotla during Chennai’s win over the Delhi Capitals. graphs No data available! advertisementcenter_img scorecard view more view less India Today Web Desk DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 11:57 IST IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fans breached security to meet their idol during DC vs CSK at Feroz Shah Kotla. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was greeted by fans at Feroz Shah Kotla who breached security to touch his feetDhoni scored 32 not out to guide CSK to 6-wicket win over Delhi CapitalsDhoni fans are regularly seen getting past the security to meet their favourite starMS Dhoni fans arrive all around India to see their favourite star playing for his Indian Premier League and the national team and at various instances, they’ve been seen breaching security to meet and greet Dhoni. Tuesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla was no different. As Chennai Super Kings marched to another victory, a couple of fans got past the security to touch Dhoni’s feet.On Tuesday, Dhoni scored a 32 not out to guide Chennai Super Kings to a 6-wicket win over home team Delhi Capitals and went on top of the IPL 2019 table after two games.Dhoni, who had a brilliant IPL last season, continued in the same vein by being the middle order glue and guiding the innings for the success of Chennai Super Kings.Recently, there have been two instances of fans getting past the security to meet Dhoni – it happened once in Hamilton during India’s series against New Zealand and the other time in Nagpur during India’s match against Australia. Virat Kohli has openly spoken about safety fears with fans breaching security regularly but Dhoni has usually been seen acknowledging them.On Tuesday, a couple of fans breached the Feroz Shah Kotla security and came and touched Dhoni’s feet. While a legion of CSK fans and Dhoni fans around the world cheered for the former skipper, his daughter Ziva Dhoni was also seen cheering her father aloud.As Dhoni walked out to bat after the fall of Suresh Raina’s wicket, Ziva was seen screaming, “Papaaaaaaa, come on Papaaaa”.advertisementAfter beating Delhi Capitals, Dhoni accepted that CSK is not very strong in the fielding department but said the team can cover that up with the amount of experience in its ranks.”I don’t think we will be a very good fielding side, but we will be a safe fielding side. You don’t want the XI to push too hard and get injured. We might bleed a few runs and make up for that with experience. We haven’t done well at the death, so plenty of areas to work on, but still a good victory,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Also Read | Great to be able to reconnect with Chennai guys again: Shane WatsonAlso Read | Reactions were overblown but would prefer to be warned: Rahul Dravid on Ashwin mankadingAlso Read | Shane Watson in heated war of words with Ishant and RabadaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 MS DhoniFollow Feroz Shah KotlaFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow DC vs CSKFollow IPL 2019last_img read more