Transfers Matuidi pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ Buffon amid PSG transfer talk Ryan Conway 22:24 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers PSG Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 The Juventus legend has been saluted by a team-mate in Turin, but has been warned he will not be guaranteed first-team football at Parc des Princes Blaise Matuidi has wished Gianluigi Buffon the very best of luck with his new club but warned the veteran he may not be first choice should he choose Paris Saint-Germain .Buffon is searching for a new club for the first time in 17 years after confirming he will leave Juventus when his contract expires next month.Ligue 1 champions PSG have been heavily linked with the Italy legend, with Goal revealing that terms have been tabled and his agent Silvano Martina talking up a switch . 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 Former PSG midfielder and current Juve midfielder Matuidi paid tribute to the shot-stopper and wishes him luck wherever he ends up.”Gigi is an extraordinary guy who has already made a great career. I wish him all the best in Paris or elsewhere,” told reporters.Matuidi did highlight, however, that PSG may not need Buffon as they already have a solid number one in Alphonse Areola.He added: “In Paris there is another great goalkeeper called Areola. It will be up to Gigi and the club to make the decision.”
Mohamed Salah Watch moment Egypt fan grabs Salah’s injured shoulder as he scrambles to take a selfie Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 23:15 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah World Cup Egypt v Uruguay Real Madrid v Liverpool Uruguay Egypt Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League Videos The Liverpool star is in a race against time to be fit for his country’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on June 15 and the signs don’t look good Mohamed Salah appeared uncomfortable and eager to protect his injured shoulder as an Egypt fan attempted to claim a selfie with the Liverpool star.The 25-year-old, who suffered the problem in the Champions League final following a challenge from Sergio Ramos , was greeted by a supporter as he got off the Egyptian team coach at Cairo airport.And it was a moment that is unlikely to fill Egyptian fans with confidence that their star man will be fit and ready to go for his nation’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on June 15 . 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 As the video at the top of the page shows, the fan flung his arm around the Liverpool star as he took a photo on his mobile phone, with a startled Salah quickly removing the man’s arm from his seemingly still damaged shoulder.The footage, courtesy of Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm , comes at a time when the signs had been looking hugely encouraging that Salah would be ready for the World Cup – and that he could even be in the starting XI for their first Group A game.Prior to boarding the flight to Russia, Salah trained for the first time with his Egypt team-mates and seemed in good spirits as a miraculous recovery looked as if it had been achieved.But media reports in Egypt have speculated that the former Roma forward’s availability for the opener is premature, and that he may not even feature for the Pharaohs until their third group game – a meeting with Saudi Arabia on June 25.Salah had insisted he was ready to play against Uruguay, suggesting he had shaken off the injury problem , although Egypt’s team doctor has since urged caution and claimed that he may not be fit enough to feature.The shoulder injury itself has received huge media attention in the build-up to the World Cup, with a petition having been set up demanding that Ramos be punished for the challenge that seemed to put Salah’s participation in Russia in huge doubt .Since then, Ramos even suggested that Salah could have carried on in the second half if he had had an injection at half-time of the Champions League final – a claim laughed off by the Egyptian on Saturday as he spoke about the incident for the first time .
Touch Football Australia (TFA), the Sydney Roosters and the SCG Trust have today announced that next week’s Grand Final of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership – an historical event for the sport of Touch Football – will be held at Sydney’s most iconic stadium, the SCG.The event will be held at 12pm on Sunday 18th August.This year has seen the first full season of the NRL Touch Premiership play out. The NRL Touch Premiership is an elite Touch Football tournament with men’s and women’s tournaments played simultaneously. Teams represent eight NRL clubs.Games are played at major stadiums across Australia and New Zealand and are broadcast on Fox League, NRL.com and Kayo, as well as Sky Sport in New Zealand.Last year, 2018, saw the NRL Touch Premiership launch, though that was a pilot tournament with just seven gamedays. This year the tournament has seen a full season played over five months.The NRL Touch Premiership Grand Final will be hosted by the Sydney Roosters, one of the clubs involved in the NRL Touch Premiership. The Grand Final will tap off at midday, ahead of the 2pm Roosters vs Warriors NRL fixture.TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor is thrilled that the NRL Premiers, the Roosters, are keen to host this history-making event – the Grand Final for the first full season of this elite touch tournament – at a venue with such a rich sporting history.“This is a momentous occasion for our sport. The new NRL Touch Premiership is now the world’s premier domestic touch competition so to be able to play the Grand Final on one of the world’s most iconic stadiums is very special,” he said.“Come Grand Final day you’ll see the best touch footballers in the world battling it out for the Premiership. It’ll be an entertaining spectacle from world-class athletes who are extremely fast, with phenomenal footwork and ball skills.“The Premiership is the first time the public has been able to witness these athletes in action at major stadiums and on TV and I’m looking forward to the show they’ll put on.”Sydney Roosters CEO Joe Kelly thanked TFA for allowing the Club to host their Grand Finals and called on Members and fans to show their support.“We’re thrilled to play host to the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership Men’s and Women’s Grand Finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground.“The competition has come a long way in a short amount of time and features some of the best touch football talent in the country, many Australian representative players.“We’re calling on our Roosters Members and supporters to arrive early and show your support for the players that have qualified for the Grand Finals.”Current status of the tournamentsThe Parramatta Eels are guaranteed a spot in the Women’s Grand Final, while the North Queensland Cowboys are guaranteed a spot in the Men’s.The Semi-Finals will determine who takes on the Eels in the Women’s and the Cowboys in the Men’s, when second place on each of the men’s and women’s ladders plays third place. The Semi-Finals will be held at 12pm this Sunday 11th August at GIO Stadium, Canberra.In the Women’s, the Gold Coast Titans (second on the ladder) will take on the Brisbane Broncos (third) for a grand final spot; while in the Men’s, the Newcastle Knights (second) will go head to head with the Wests Tigers (third).Touch Football is Australia’s largest social sport, with 680,000 participants around Australia. And it’s hugely popular in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs – the Eastern Suburbs Touch Association is the largest Touch Football competition in NSW, and the second largest in Australia (after Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association).“We’re looking forward to footy fans from Sydney and across New South Wales – as well as those following their teams down from Queensland – coming to the SCG to witness this historic event.”Those who can’t make it to the game can watch live on Fox League, or live and on-demand on Kayo Sports.Key facts about the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership8 NRL clubs: The tournament has expanded from six NRL clubs in 2018 to eight in 2019, with the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors joining the Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys in this elite Touch Football tournament.240 elite athletes: Each of the eight NRL clubs have fielded both an elite women’s and elite men’s touch team, meaning that more than 120 female and 120 male athletes have been competing to win their club a Premiership.26 gamedays: The tournament has also significantly extended in gamedays since 2018 – from just seven in 2018 to 26 in 2019. The tournament runs over a period of five months, from 6th April to 18th August 2019.More than 10 stadiums: Matches have been played at all major stadiums throughout Australia (including ANZ, Suncorp and CBUS Stadiums), as well as the brand new Western Sydney Stadium, Adelaide Oval, Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, GIO Stadium in Canberra and Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand.For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:NRL Touch Football GM – Marketing and Communications, Alice EllisPh: 0436 668 327 // Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Santander extends sponsorship of La Ligaby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpanish banking group Santander has taken up the option to extend its title sponsorship of La Liga for a further year, according to Palco23.The Spanish sports business outlet says that Santander has activated an extension clause inserted in the contract originally signed back in 2016 to retain the naming rights to Spanish soccer’s top flight until the end of the 2019/20 season.The terms of the agreement are already written into the existing contract, which sees Santander pay La Liga a reported €20 million per year.The deal also covers Segunda División, the second tier of Spanish soccer. (www.sportspromedia.com/.) TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton keeper Ryan: All we need is luckby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMat Ryan thinks Brighton just need a little bit of luck.The Seagulls looked set for a 1-0 home victory over Burnley on Saturday, before Jeff Hendrick popped up late to rescue a draw for the visitors.Ryan said: “A 1-0 win and a clean sheet is a long way towards being a perfect performance – and we did a lot of things right again – but we didn’t get the result.”We have got to keep learning, growing and setting our standard high.”I feel we have demonstrated enough in all the games to suggest there is a bright future – present and future – for the club.”We have to just keep working hard. That is the best way to do it in my experience, work hard until your luck changes a little bit.”Fingers crossed that’s not too far around the corner.”
Liverpool boss Klopp says media criticism of Man Utd near insultingby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes criticism of Manchester United has bordered on insulting.The Reds go to Old Trafford on Sunday.”I saw all these things and it looks like they want to help Manchester United,” said Klopp. “All these articles look like they have been written by Man Utd supporters. So yes, that’s it. We’ll live with it. In the dressing room, that’s the one advantage they have at the moment – and playing at home.”It’s like we would have said it: ‘Here’s the combined team!’ But we had nothing to do it and that’s how it has been built up. It’s not the first time in my life that things like this have happened to me or my team. I said people are trying to create it as a banana skin.”They are trying to make it as if we are the team and they are nobody. I saw the combined line-up and it’s really funny… 11 Liverpool players and no Man Utd players! That is the situation everyone creates.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
With last season’s edition of FIFA Global Series being a success, players and fans will now be able to monitor the progress of the world’s top competitive FIFA players throughout the season on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup.FIFA 19’s Global Series on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 has expanded significantly, with the new iteration of the gameplay feature in FIFA 19 incorporating a new and improved competitive ecosystem with more FUT Champions Cups, more globally licensed tournaments, more official league partners and a revamped way to compete online.New additions to FIFA 19’s Global Series include the number of FUT Champions Cups increased from two to six, an all-new Licensed Qualifier System, and as many as 15 official football league partners (expanded from last season’s eight) such as the Bundesliga, Eredivisie, La Liga, Ligue 1, MLS and the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare This season will also include the unique FIFA eClub World Cup as well as two EA Champions Cups featuring the best FIFA Online 4 players globally – as well as a brand new competition in the FIFA eNations World Cup.FIFA 19 Xbox Global Rankings Ranking Username Points 1 F2Tekkz 13265 2 Rogue Msdossary 6194 3 PSG DaXe 5214 4 MegaBit 4651 5 Rebel Stokes 3960 6 Rogue NRaseck 3274 7 Rogue GoalMachine 3203 8 M10 Resende 3063 9 Ajax Dani 2946 10 SK DullenMIKE 2763 11 Marcus Gomes 2464 12 INF Janoz 2431 13 FaZe Tass 2333 14 Vitality Rafsou 2048 15 Zidane 10 1948 16 Ebinho 1818 17 Hashtag Ryan 1764 18 Bundled Levy 1756 19 Ajax Joey 1746 20 Vitality Herozia 1725 *correct as of July 10, 2019. FIFA 19 Playstation Global Rankings Ranking Username Points 1 FCB nicolas99fc 8170 2 Vitality Maestro 5827 3 PSV PINNA97 4910 4 MoAuba 4105 5 COL Joksan 4050 6 NYC_Chris 3990 7 Mkers LevVinken 3844 8 M10Üstün 3709 9 Tuga810 3372 10 RastaArtur 2839 11 Vfb DrErhano 2550 12 FCB TheStrxngeR 2500 13 Ajax Tore 2475 14 TG Zezinho 2448 15 Wolves Fifilza 2434 16 FUTWIZ Marko 2256 17 North Marcuzo 2214 18 doolsta 2163 19 Roma Damie 2085 20 FUTWIZ Tom 2041 *correct as of July 10, 2019. How are FIFA 19 points and rankings allocated?Registration for FIFA 19’s Global Series began on October 5, 2018 and ended on October 31, 2018.FIFA 19 players who are eligible to play and want to be ranked in the Global Series should complete the following steps: Play in FIFA 19 Weekend League and complete at least 27 Wins to become FUT Champions Verified. Once an eligible player has confirmed their Verified status, they are permanently Verified – and will no longer have to worry about winning a certain amount of games in the Weekend League again. FUT Champions Verified players may then be invited to play in Online qualification competitions, where competitors will compete head-to-head against other eligible players to win a spot at a live event. After a player has been FUT Champions Verified, they will be able to be invited to Online qualification competitions for FUT Champions Cups and Licensed Qualifying Events throughout the season. Each Live Event will have a cut-off date for which players must be FUT Champions Verified in order to be allowed to compete. Each live event will have numerous Online Qualification Tournaments for different gameplay regions, which will then create for regular global qualification opportunities. FIFA 19 Global Series points won through Live Events and the Weekend League will place players on the leaderboard. For players to be able to qualify for the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs, they will need to earn FIFA 19 Global Series Points through participating in Live Events or playing in the Weekend League. The most points are won through Live Events, though a smaller number of points can be earned by achieving 20 to 27+ wins in Weekend Leagues to taking place until April. Players qualify for the Playoffs by finishing in the Top 60 on the Points leaderboard, tallied at the end of the year. The top 60 eligible players on each Playstation and Xbox leaderboards will subsequently be invited to participate in the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs. After the Playoffs – which will award Points – the top 16 players on both platforms will qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup, where the FIFA 19 World Champion will be named.In terms of point allocations , finishing first in either FUT Champions Cups or FIFA Majors will earn a player 1500 points; second place in both competitions will award the player 850 points; then 645 points for third to fourth place; fifth to eighth garner 450 points; ninth and below 275 points.For players competing in licensed qualifying events and official league partner competitions, first-placed finishes award 850 points; second place 450 points; third place 315 points; fifth to eighth place 150 points, and ninth and beyond 110 points.See the full FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings on FIFA.gg.
Aston Villa have announced the signing of Ezri Konsa from Brentford in a £12 million ($15m) deal.The England Under-21 defender joins up with former Bees boss Dean Smith, having impressed during the 2018-19 season with the Championship side.Speaking to Villa’s official website of the U20 World Cup winner, Smith said: “Ezri fits the profile of the type of player we were searching for. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “It helps that Richard O’Kelly [assistant coach] and I have worked with him before. He’s a high-potential player who I believe can step up to the Premier League and I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”Konsa becomes Villa’s seventh signing of the summer window as they prepare for life back in the English top flight, with Matt Targett, Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley and Kortney Hause all coming in, while Tyrone Mings made his loan move from Bournemouth permanent.Ahead of linking up with his new team-mates, Konsa himself revealed his excitement at sealing a move to a Premier League side.“I’m over the moon to join such a massive club as Aston Villa,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get started and meet the lads. I can’t wait to get started with Dean and Richard again.“We’ve got a legend here in John Terry as well. He used to be a centre-back so having him here I think will help me a lot.“The atmosphere [at Villa Park] is immense. For me to be here and play in front of the fans week in, week out, for me is something special. I can’t wait.“I’m speechless right now. As a kid I always used to dream about playing in the Premier League and for it to actually happen now is a dream come true for me and my family.“It’s a challenge that I look forward to very much. For me to finally be able to do it against the top players in the world, it’s a privilege.”Konsa will travel on Thursday to meet up with the rest of his new squad in America as the Villans continue their pre-season preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.Villa’s first match back in the top tier of English football will be something of a baptism of fire as they travel to London to face Champions League runners-up Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
What a difference a couple of months make.There was so much dejection around Arsenal at the end of last season after the Gunners threw away a top four spot and then slumped to a 4-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Europa League final.But after a summer transfer window which has seen six new arrivals, including the club record signing of Nicolas Pepe for £72 million ($87m) from Lille, the mood at the Emirates now is one of optimism ahead of Unai Emery’s second season in charge. 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? This will be the third successive year that Arsenal are in the Europa League and the main objective heading into the new campaign will be to secure a top four finish and get the club back competiting alongside the best in Europe.With the new additions in the squad, going one step further than last season will certainly be the expectation around the Emirtaes. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Attackers The manager How Arsenal could line-upGoalkeepersAfter such an encouraging debut campaign in England last time out, Bernd Leno will be hoping to cement his spot as the club’s undisputed No.1.Following his £20 million ($24m) move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, Leno had to bide his time before getting his chance to impress at the Emirates, with Emery starting the season with Petr Cech in goal.But Leno made his Premier League debut in September when he replaced the injured Cech early in the second half against Watford and didn’t miss another league game all season.And the German was largely exceptional – something that was indicated by the fact that he was in the running for Arsenal’s player of the year award, which was eventually won by Alexandre Lacazette.Emiliano Martinez – who spent the second half of last season on loan with Championship side Reading – will provide backup for Leno this season and will get game time in the cup competitions – including the Europa League.Matt Macey, who spent last season on loan with Plymouth Argyle, and teenager Arthur Okonkwo are also options for Emery.DefendersSo often Arsenal’s Achilles heel, Emery will be desperate to sort out his side’s leaky defence this season.The Gunners have conceded 50 league goals or more in each of their last two campaigns, a number that has to be reduced if they want to try and close the gap on the teams at the top of the table.And in a bid to improve that record, two new arrivals have been signed who – when fully fit – you would expect to start.David Luiz has been brought in from Chelsea for £8m ($10m) to replace Laurent Koscielny, who has returned to France after nine years at the Emirates, while left-back Kieran Tierney finally arrived from Celtic on deadline day following a summer-long chase.There was one other summer addition, with William Saliba coming in from Saint-Etienne in a £27m ($33m) deal. The 18-year-old can’t be used this term, however, as he will spend the coming season back on loan with Ligue 1 side.Rob Holding is due back imminently from the cruciate ligament injury that saw him miss the last six months of the 2018/19 campaign and his return will be a major boost to Emery, with the English centre-back having arguably been the club’s best defender last season prior to his injury.Calum Chambers is also back and available following his loan spell with Fulham.Injuries forced Emery to re-jig his system last term, with the Spaniard turning to a three at the back formation for the majority of the closing months of the campaign.But he expected to revert to his favoured back four this time out, with Hector Bellerin due to return from his own cruciate injury before Christmas and resume right-back duties.Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue to cover for Bellerin on the right side of defence, while Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac will battle it out for the left-back spot until Tierney regains full fitness following his double hernia operation earlier in the summer.Depiste Arsenal looking to move him on throughout the summer, Shkodran Mustafi is still at the club and will provide back up to the central defenders – as will Konstantinos Mavropanos and Zech Medley, who should get game time in the cup competitions.MidfieldersDani Ceballos has been the only new midfield arrival this summer, with the Spain international joining on loan for the season from Real Madrid.And it will be fascinating the see how Emery decides to use the talented 22-year-old, who can operate in a number of roles behind the forward line.He could play as the No.10 in a 4-2-3-1 formation, although that then raises the question about where Mesut Ozil will slot in should Emery play his favoured system.But Ceballos could also play at the tip of a midfield three, with Granit Xhaka and either Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira behind him, or alongside Xhaka in a 4-2-3-1 system.Xhaka continues to divide opinion amongst the Arsenal fanbase, but the Switzerland international remains key to the way the Gunners play and looks set to replace Laurent Koscielny as club captain.Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus has left Arsenal looking short of goals from midfield, but Joe Willock’s performances during pre-season suggest he could help fill the void, while Reiss Nelson will hope to offer a threat from out wide when given a chance. Emery also has Henrikh Mkhitaryan to call upon, but Alex Iwobi has moved to Everton.Mohamed Elneny is still at the club but his opportunities will be severely limited if he doesn’t move on before the end of the transfer window, with a move abroad a real possibility.Another midfielder who could still head out of the door before the window closes is Emile Smith Rowe, with another loan move potentially on the agenda for the 19-year-old.AttackersArsenal have spent the summer searching for ways to improve the supply line to star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette.It looked for a time that Wilfried Zaha would come in to bolster the attack, with the Gunners seeing one bid of £40m ($48m) knocked back by Crystal Palace.But in the end it was Zaha’s international team-mate who arrived, with Nicolas Pepe coming in for a club record £72m fee from Lille.The Ivory Coast star can operate on the right wing, or as forward, with Emery expected to use him as part of a front three alongside Aubameyang and Lacazette.Eddie Nketiah – who has enjoyed a positive pre-season – has moved to Leeds on loan, while new boy Gabriel Martinelli will be hoping to make some sort of impact following his arrival from Brazilian side Ituna this summer.Martinelli will certainly get opportunities in the cup competitions, as will Tyreece John-Jules, who caught the eye with his cameos during the pre-season tour in the United States.The managerUnai Emery is facing up to a crucial campaign at Arsenal, with question marks still hanging over the Spaniard following his team’s capitulation in the final weeks of last season.Emery signed a three-year contract when he arrived in north London, so by the end of this season Arsenal will have to either hand him a new deal or decide to move him on.Given the uncertainty that was generated towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, it seems impossible that Arsenal will allow Emery to enter the final year of his deal without a decision being taken one way or the other.So he will be well aware of the importance of getting off to a good start – something which will not be easy given the early games against Liverpool and Spurs.Emery was often accused of taking a conservative approach last season, with his style of football leaving plenty of fans questioning whether he was the man to take the club forward.Others pointed to the fact that he didn’t have the players that suited his vision, but with Pepe and Ceballos coming in this summer, he seems to have a squad that is better suited to how he wants to set up.So the pressure will be on Emery to perform this season, with Arsenal desperate to return to the Champions League after three successive seasons outside Europe’s premier club competition.How Arsenal could line-up Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 12: Cheerleaders of the Oklahoma Sooners perform during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies on November 12, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 36-30. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***On Friday, a bunch of college football game times and broadcast details were released. That includes a pretty sizable chunk of Oklahoma’s schedule. Fans can start planning for the first three games of the season, as well as a Black Friday game.Typically, game times and broadcast info is decided a few weeks in advance of a game. We know that info for most of September for Oklahoma. The first three games of the year will all be on national television.Dates and channels for four games overall have been released. Via Oklahoma:Times, TV information announced for four games in 2018, including the season opener vs. FAU.??➡️ https://t.co/o7PknHf3kO pic.twitter.com/ZG1Omg8xMp— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) May 31, 2018Here are the game times and TV channels for the four games on Oklahoma’s schedule:Sept. 1 vs. Florida Atlantic: 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.Sept. 8 vs. UCLA: 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.Sept. 15 at Iowa State: 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN.Nov. 23 at West Virginia: 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.The rest of Nebraska’s football schedule. We do not yet have kick-off times for these games:Sept. 22 vs. ArmySept. 29 vs. BaylorOct. 6 vs. Texas (in Dallas)Oct. 20 at TCUOct. 27 vs. Kansas StateNov. 3 at Texas TechNov. 10 vs. Oklahoma StateNov. 17 vs. KansasLincoln Riley doesn’t seem thrilled about all of the early kickoff times. From the Tulsa World:“Listen, whenever they tell us to kick off, at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., we’re going to be there ready to play,” Riley said. “But there’s other things like recruiting, being good for your fan base, opposing fan base, the team traveling here. … You’ve got UCLA traveling here through two time zones to get here early. We’re going to be kicking off at 10 a.m. for their fans. It’s one of our marquee nonconference games. That’s not great for recruiting. You wish things were better, but it doesn’t always go your way. That’s part of it. We’ll be ready to play.”If Oklahoma is a national contender once again, I’m sure the Sooners will find themselves on at prime time more as the season wears on.
Michigan’s football program took a sizable just last week, when one of the Wolverines’ top recruits in the 2019 class announced he was backing off his commitment.Te’Cory Couch, a four-star athlete, announced one week ago today that he’s decided to open back up his recruitment. He announced the decision on Twitter.Well, seven days later, he’s found a new home.Couch is headed to Miami.Here’s the full announcement:#MAKETHECRIBGREAT ?????‼️ pic.twitter.com/f54ddzt9fF— T©️(MD)⚠️ (@TecoryC_16) June 16, 2018The athlete and defensive back is ranked the No. 37 overall prospect in a loaded recruiting state of Florida. Couch had previously been committed to Tennessee.He flipped from the Volunteers to the Wolverines in mid-April, but that decision didn’t last long.Miami has been hot on the recruiting trail, and was seen as the new favorite for the in-state recruit after his decommitment from Michigan. It’s a big pickup for the Hurricanes, who sit at No. 8 in the country with their 2019 recruiting class.
For the second straight season, the Maryland Terrapins opened their year with a statement victory over Texas. The Longhorns, ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the Coaches’ Poll, are now the first ranked team to lose during the 2018 campaign.Texas dug itself an early hole, falling behind 24-7 midway through the second quarter, but cut the lead to two points by halftime after a touchdown run by Keaontay Ingram and a touchdown pass from Sam Ehlinger to Collin Johnson. The Longhorns actually took the lead in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Kyle Porter, but were unable to hold it.Maryland’s Tayon Fleet-Davis scored on a 17-yard run to open the fourth quarter. After a rain delay of over an hour, the Terrapins added an 18-yard field goal from Joseph Petrino to make it 34-29.Texas had a number of possessions down the stretch, but couldn’t convert.On the Longhorns’ final possession, Ehlinger was picked off by Maryland’s Antoine Brooks.Texas is back, baby! Oh, wait… pic.twitter.com/D3NFeWnuZQ— Saturday Down South (@SDS) September 1, 2018It’s a tough loss for Texas, which needed to get off to a good start in head coach Tom Herman’s second season. It’s going to be a tough week for his coaching staff in Austin.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 20: Tyler Hayek #81 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights takes to the field with his team against the Northwestern Wildcats before the game on October 20, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)When news broke yesterday that Rutgers football player Izaia Bullock was being charged with double attempted murder, it seemed like just another negative headline for the downtrodden program. However, the latest details surrounding Bullock’s arrest suggest that Rutgers did its part to help prevent a potential tragedy.According to a new report from NJ.com, Rutgers officials tipped police off after Bullock, a redshirt junior linebacker, made disturbing statements following a breakup with his girlfriend. The article describes Bullock as being “distraught” over the recent breakup.Bullock was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities said he “initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance,=.”Rutgers immediately dismissed Bullock from the program following this news.Here is more from NJ.com:Bullock confided in the Rutgers coaching staff about his struggles with the breakup and missed a recent practice to deal with the issue. The coaching staff directed him to a university counselor, whom he met with for 90 minutes on Monday. Bullock then made alarming comments to an unnamed teammate following that session.The teammate reported what Bullock had said to a strength coach, who then followed mandatory protocol and informed a superior. The information was eventually given to Rutgers police on Monday.Whenever there is a case of a person tragically taking multiple lives like this, people wonder why signs were missed and others didn’t do more to help the person and prevent the deaths.Kudos to Rutgers for doing just that.
RivalsFour-star wide receiver Jalen McMillan stars for San Joaquin Memorial. The Fresno native is one of the top players in California.247Sports ranks McMillan as the No. 71 composite player in the country. He is No. 15 at his position, and No. 11 in the state.McMillan currently holds 25 scholarship offers, from some of the best schools in the country. Today, he put out a top 10 list.Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, and Washington crack the list.Top 10? pic.twitter.com/T0VBLBEmzG— Jalen McMillan‼️ (@jalenmcmillan20) February 16, 2019Three recruiting analysts have made predictions for where Jalen McMillan will play his college ball.Two of the three have predicted him to play at Notre Dame, with the remaining prediction going to Oregon.Obviously that is not a huge sample size, so take it for a grain of salt.Of the list, Ohio State is the newcomer. Ryan Day and his staff just extended a scholarship offer to McMillan on Thursday. Still, the Buckeyes have impressed enough to stay in heavy consideration here.Today was a big one for the schools recruiting some of the nation’s top wide receivers. Earlier, five-star Julian Fleming, the top-ranked player at the position, announced his six finalists.Penn State is the crystal ball favorite in that one.
The Sooners have receivers for days, and even though Wease was part of one of the greatest freshman receiver classes in history, Oklahoma needs way more immediate help on defense. New defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has a very aggressive scheme, and he needs a top-flight pass-rusher. Epenesa led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks and was fourth with 16.5 TFLs in 2018. Iowa’s defense would take a major hit, but man, does Iowa need a spark on offense. Wease was the nation’s No. 3 receiver prospect and would get on the field on Day 1.Hypothetical exercises like this are always fun, so let’s do some quick analysis of Aschoff’s proposal.By all accounts, Wease is a stud. He’s the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2019 class, but with the cycle’s No. 1 (Jadon Haselwood) and No. 11 (Trejan Bridges) wideouts also picking OU, Wease is expendable on paper.However, in Epenesa, we’re talking about a proven player. He led the Big Ten and was 12th nationally in sacks, and was an All-Big Ten selection. Aschoff is right about Iowa needing some firepower on offense, but giving up Epenesa would be a huge price to pay.In short, if this trade ever happened, Oklahoma would probably have to throw in another piece or two to make it fairer. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)College football sort of has free agency, in the form of graduate transfers and even regular transfers receiving waivers to play early. However, there are no trades in the sport.ESPN’s Edward Aschoff has taken a look at what might happen if trades were allowed. Aschoff has proposed 10 hypothetical trades he’d like to see.One of them involves Oklahoma and Iowa. The deal is OU five-star incoming freshman wide receiver Theo Wease for former five-star recruit and Iowa star defensive end A.J. Epenesa.Here’s why Aschoff thinks that deal makes sense:
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Sam Ehlinger has a grip on the Texas quarterback job, after an impressive 2018 campaign. The Longhorns have waited a long time for a clear QB1 to emerge.He’s going to miss a bit of time this spring though, unfortunately. According to Anwar Richardson, Ehlinger has come down with a fever.He was out for today’s practice, and will miss the team’s first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. Hopefully this isn’t a much longer term issue.Texas junior QB Sam Ehlinger did not participate in Friday’s practice due to a fever, according to my sources. Ehlinger is also expected to miss Texas’ first scrimmage on Saturday as he recovers, but will optimistically return next week.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) March 29, 2019Sam Ehlinger’s absence could present an opportunity for young Texas quarterbacks Casey Thompson and Roschon Johnson.Thompson, who flirted with a transfer this off-season before ultimately electing to stay in Austin, has already started to get some first team reps.His classmate Cameron Rising elected to transfer to Utah, while former starter Shane Buechele left as a grad transfer to SMU. That leaves Thompson as the QB2, and Tom Herman wants to get him time with the first string, to start to develop chemistry and get better live looks for him.From 247Sports:“I think we have got to get him some reps with the ones because sometimes — especially in the spring when your numbers are limited and you’re still waiting on most of that freshman class to come in — with the twos it can get ugly at times with a snapped ball snapping over your head, guys running right through the gaps and missed assignments. So we’re going to slowly start working him in with the ones just so we can evaluate him a little bit more. But he’s been doing great so far.”Johnson, a four-star member of the class of 2019, enrolled in January, and the three current scholarship guys have reportedly formed a tight bond. From the San Antonio Express-News:“I think you saw him last year really focusing on himself,” Herman said. “This year he’s focusing on everybody. The whole people in glass houses kind of deal, get your house in order before you start talking to other people.“I think he’s confident that his guys believe in his ability to play. Now he can take the next step as a leader which is mentoring some other guys.”Ultimately, barring an unfortunately circumstance, this is Ehlinger’s job come the fall, but the team would do well to make sure it has prepared depth at the position.
HAMILTON, ON – MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)The XFL is set to get back underway in 2020, and while many have predicted that Johnny Manziel could be a nice fit in the league, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen – with one team, anyway.Daryl Johnston, the former Cowboys star and the director of player personnel for Dallas’ XFL team, said he will not be signing the former Heisman Trophy winner.“I passed on him in San Antonio and I’d pass on him again here,” said Johnston, referencing his time with the Alliance of American Football league, according to the Dallas Morning News.“For me the chemistry in the locker room is critical, and especially the quarterback position. He kind of sets the tone, especially for the offensive side of the ball, but really for the whole team. There is so much added responsibility that goes with the face, goes with the voice of the franchise. And I haven’t seen that from Johnny on a consistent basis that I would feel comfortable committing to him.” Manziel, 26, seems like a natural fit for the XFL – from a personality standpoint, at least.However, the league – led by Andrew Luck’s father, Oliver – appears to be on a more serious track than the last time around.Manziel could get interest from another team, of course. He addressed the possibility in a recent Reddit AMA.“Every football opportunity is a possibility,” he said.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – AUGUST 31: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Tiger Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has updated his Heisman Trophy rankings following Week 5 of the 2019 season.Finebaum’s new Heisman Trophy top four is quarterback heavy.The ESPN college football analyst has Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in his No. 1 spot. The Crimson Tide’s QB led his team to a blowout win over Ole Miss on Saturday. Tagovailoa now has 1,718 passing yards and 23 touchdowns on the year.“Tua is No. 1. I think he’s the best player in the country right now, and he’s proving that every single week,” Finebaum said. Finebaum’s full top four:Alabama QB Tua TagovailoaOklahoma QB Jalen HurtsOhio State QB Justin FieldsLSU QB Joe BurrowThere will be some big Heisman Trophy games coming up next month, with Oklahoma playing Texas, LSU taking on Florida and Auburn, and Ohio State playing Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Indian Premier League: List of winners from 2008-2018Indian Premier League: The IPL has been won by six different teams over the course of 11 editions. Here is a list of all those who have won the tournament and have featured in the final.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 22:04 IST Chennai Super Kings will start the IPL 2019 as the defending champions. (IPL Photo)The Indian Premier League began in 2008, a year after the Indian cricket team won the inaugural edition of the World T20 against Pakistan in a thrilling final. What started as an ambitious project 11 years ago, is now considered as the best Twenty20 league in the world.Chennai Super Kings is the most successful IPL team, having won the tournament three times and having finished runners-up on four occasions. Mumbai Indians is the other team to have lifted the IPL title on three occasions while they have finished second once.Shane Watson and Sunil Narine have both received the Player of the Series trophy twice in the tournament’s history and have been one of the most valuable players for their franchisees in the IPL.As it is time for the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League, we take a look at all the winners from the previous editions.IPL 2019: FULL COVERAGEYEARWINNERSRUNNERS-UPVENUE OF FINALPLAYER OF THE SERIES2008Rajasthan RoyalsChennai Super KingsMumbaiShane Watson2009Deccan ChargersRoyal Challengers BangaloreJohannesburgAdam Gilchrist2010Chennai Super KingsMumbai IndiansMumbaiSachin Tendulkar2011Chennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers BangaloreChennaiChris Gayle2012Kolkata Knight RidersChennai Super KingsChennaiSunil Narine2013Mumbai IndiansChennai Super KingsKolkataShane Watson2014Kolkata Knight RidersKings XI PunjabBangaloreGlenn Maxwell2015Mumbai IndiansChennai Super KingsKolkataAndre Russell2016Sunrisers HyderabadRoyal Challengers BangaloreBangaloreVirat Kohli2017Mumbai IndiansRising Pune SupergiantsHyderabadBen Stokes2018Chennai Super KingsSunrisers HyderabadMumbaiSunil NarineadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPLFollow IPL Winners