10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists there’s been no offer from China for Wilfried Zaha.Hodgson has claimed Crystal Palace know nothing about a Chinese mega-money offer for Zaha in the January window.And Hodgson said: “The speculation we have had so far I have got to say I find it hard to take seriously but who knows? Perhaps I shall be very surprised.“I don’t know if you sign a new five-year contract in the Premier League and then go to China at the age of 26. But who knows? Perhaps I am naïve. Perhaps it does happen.”All I do know is that no-one at the club knows anything at all about this story.” last_img read more

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10 months agoUEFA chief warns Man City risk ‘heaviest punishment’ and Champions League ban

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say UEFA chief warns Man City risk ‘heaviest punishment’ and Champions League banby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have been warned they risk a Champions League ban by a UEFA official.UEFA’S chief financial investigator has confirmed that City could indeed be banned from the Champions League if they are found guilty of a further breach of Financial Fair Play regulations.Yves Leterme, the head of Uefa’s independent Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), has told a Belgian publication that City may now face “the heaviest punishment”.The Daily Mail says it is claimed the Abu Dhabi United Group, the holding company which owns City, directly paid £59.5m of Etihad’s annual sponsorship, with only £8m coming from the airline.UEFA and the Premier League are investigating the claims and in an interview with Sport and Strategy Leterme has said: “If it is true what has been written, there might be a serious problem. This can lead to the heaviest punishment: exclusion from the Uefa competitions.”If the information is correct, this possibly goes against truthful reporting. The financial fair play rules are based on a system of declaration, three months after the clubs have closed their accounts, they have to deposit their figures. Then we do random checks on the truthfulness of those figures. The accounts are examined and approved internally and externally.” last_img read more

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9 months agoSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitez

first_imgSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitezby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabian Schar has welcomed praise from Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.Now fully fit, the Swiss defender has impressed since his return.On Benitez’s praise, Schar told Blick: “It’s nice to hear that. He knew before my commitment what I am as a player. “I have my strengths in the game with the ball. I’m still trying to force myself to improve day after day.”Schar went down with Deportivo La Coruna last season.He added: “I do not think about that. Of course, in England, compared to Spain, you have seven to eight teams playing against relegation. That is already extreme.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoBenkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester return

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Benkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester returnby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilip Benkovic says he will be ready for the Premier League after his loan stint with Celtic. The Leicester City defender has earned rave reviews for his performances in Scotland this season.And he thinks the experience will set him up perfectly for a return to the King Power.”In this period at Celtic, I feel I’ve improved as a player every day,” he told the Scottish Sun. “Here, I have to the scope to work on every aspect of my game.”That’s vital if I want to go on to play at the very top level. I feel good here and that I’m doing a good job.”Later in my career, when I look back, I want to say I did well at Celtic. I want to know that I worked hard and was very humble during my time in Scotland.”This will prepare me for the Premier League. Experience is so important for a player because it then makes it easier to deal with certain situations.”It makes you smarter. But nothing can happen without hard work because I think the Premier League is the No.1 in the world.”Here at Celtic, I play with pressure, which is good. But that’s normal for me – I came from a club in Croatia where it was the same.”I like that, I enjoy the pressure. To me that’s a positive, now and moving forward.”The last information I had from Leicester was that I am staying at Celtic until the end of the season.”I enjoy it here so that’s what I’m focusing on. After that, we will speak and see what’s for the best.”I’m having fun here and want more of it.” last_img read more

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9 months agoDONE DEAL: Ex-Tottenham defender Steven Caulker joins Alanyaspor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ex-Tottenham defender Steven Caulker joins Alanyasporby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham defender Steven Caulker has joined Alanyaspor in the Turkish top flight.The 27-year-old has been without a club since leaving Dundee in September 2018.Caulker started his career at Tottenham, joined Cardiff for £8m in 2013 and moved to QPR for the same amount a year later.”He has his own goals. He is only 27 and hopefully he will take his career to a higher level,” said Alanyaspor president Hasan Cavusoglu.”He is big in our expectations,” said club president Hasan Cavusoglu.Caulker had loan spells at Southampton and Liverpool in the 2015-16 season. last_img read more

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a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino: This not the best squad I’ve had

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: This not the best squad I’ve hadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has had a dig at his players.After two transfer windows without signing a single player, Spurs returned to business this summer and secured the services of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndomele and Jack Clarke.And although only a handful of key players left, with Kieran Trippier and Fernando Llorente moving on, Pochettino remains unsure just how good the side can be.”We will see at the end of the season. At the moment I don’t believe this is the best squad,” Pochettino said.”But I think if you only see the results, playing in the final of the Champions League, it’s easy to say the better squad was last season’s squad because we got to the final.”We will see if we can repeat, or if we win some trophy maybe we can talk about this being the best squad.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!

first_imgArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was upset with Nicolas Pepe after defeat at Sheffield United last night.The Gunners’ £72million summer signing missed a sitter when the game was goalless – and is yet to score from open play for his new club.Lys Mousset then struck for the brilliant Blades, as Arsenal, who have never won at Sheffield United in the Premier League in four attempts, missed the chance to go third.Gunners boss Emery moaned: “The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key.“Because if they score the first goal, defensively they are a very strong team.“Pepe is improving but the next step for him is to score.“Usually he is going to score chances like that – but tonight he didn’t take his chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Someone Left An Extremely NSFW Message On The 2014 Results Page Of The ACC Media Guide

first_imgNC State 2014 football schedule featuring a NSFW message.Twitter/@MrsTylerKSR Being an intern isn’t always fun. Occasionally, you’ll get stuck typing up menial things, like the 2014 schedules and results for the ACC’s 14 member schools. As frustrating and tedious as that may get, dropping an F-bomb and forgetting to deleting it, and then having that print out in every edition of the guide being given out at ACC media days probably isn’t the best course of action. Or, perhaps they’re not a fan of Wake Forest’s poor season? The Clawfense is a work in progress, give it time sir!Part of me laughed, part died, when I saw three-word “error” on page 145 in ACC FB media guide unveiled today. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/WVAv64QQlp— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) July 20, 2015Yeah, somebody’s getting fired.last_img read more

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The Only 10 Teams That Can Win The 2016 NCAA Tournament

first_imgCollege Spun's NCAA tournament bracket.college spun bracketOn Sunday night, the 68-team NCAA Tournament field will officially be revealed, and fans of each of those programs will begin to map out how they will take home the title, no matter how realistic it may be. While it is always fun to see a Cinderella squad make a run, the group of teams that can realistically win six straight games and take home the title is pretty limited.The 2015-16 college basketball season has been pretty crazy, with a handful of teams hitting No. 1 in the polls. However, as we get into the conference tournaments, an upper tier of teams has started to set itself apart from the pack. Upsets happen, and anything can occur in March, but in all likelihood your next national champion will come from one of these 10 schools.Next: Duke >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

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Henry believes Monaco can survive

first_imgThierry Henry departs Monaco with “great sadness” but is confident they have the squad of players to remain in Ligue 1 under Leonardo Jardim’s stewardship.Henry was suspended on Thursday and his sacking was confirmed 24 hours later, the club’s former striker leaving after just three months in charge having replaced Jardim and failed to inspire a turnaround to move them away from the relegation zone.Franck Passi will take charge for the relegation six-pointer against Dijon on Saturday before Jardim reassumes control. 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? Henry’s departure comes with the club a point and a place above the bottom of the Ligue 1 table, with the former Belgium assistant having overseen a Champions League group-stage exit and a Coupe de France humbling at the hands of second-tier Metz during his brief spell.That defeat proved the final straw, having come on the back of a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Strasbourg in which Henry was involved in a foul-mouthed confrontation with their defender Kenny Lala, for which he later apologised.Henry averaged 1.22 fewer points per game than Jardim did in a tenure that saw him guide Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17, and the Principality club are banking on the Portuguese being able to rediscover that magic.However, Henry seemingly leaves on good terms, posting a statement on Twitter that read: “It is with great sadness that I part company with AS Monaco.”Despite the struggles and difficulties that we encountered along my short journey, I have still thoroughly enjoyed my time at this wonderful club”My ambition and philosophy from the day I joined will always be that the CLUB comes first. I strongly believe in this squad of players and that the team with all the recent new signings is now in a better shape to tackle the second part of the season and to go on a winning run and fulfil its potential.”I would particularly like to thank Vadim Vasilyev and Michael Emenalo who afforded me this opportunity at my boyhood club and of course the fans and staff who have given me such a warm reception during my tenure.”I sincerely hope that my successor will now take AS Monaco onto greater strengths and I wish them all the success for the future starting with a win in Dijon and then lifting the cup [Coupe de la Ligue] and getting us back into Europe.”last_img read more

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Q&A With Sam Ponder: Being On The Field For Ohio State-Michigan, Mark Helfrich’s Firing, And Who Can Beat ‘Bama

first_imgSam Ponder sits on a log for XYIENCE.XYIENCEESPN’s Sam Ponder is one of the top college football personalities today, and can be seen on top ABC/ESPN college football broadcasts, College GameDay, and College Football Live. XYIENCEXYIENCEWe caught up with Sam Ponder earlier this week to talk about the 2016 season, this year of College GameDay, last weekend’s insane Ohio State win over Michigan, and some of the recent coaching turnover in the sport.The Spun: Last weekend, College GameDay was in Columbus for Michigan-Ohio State. In my opinion, at least, it was probably the game of the year so far. Was that post-game scene with the big field rush one of the craziest you can remember being on the field for?Sam Ponder: You know what, I’ve been in three of those this year. The games that we’ve gotten this year ended up being just crazy. I had the Clemson-Louisville game, and then I had the Ohio State-Penn State game, and then I had Michigan at Iowa, and they rushed the field for that, and then Ohio State-Michigan. So its been a crazy year of fans rushing the field, and trying to keep my elbows out while I find the coach, because it gets a little crazy down there. But in terms of the game of the year, it’s gotta be up there, at least in terms of excitement down the end. I don’t think that either team played all that great. I think Michigan certainly looked better throughout the game than Ohio State, especially from the quarterback position. I thought Wilton (Speight) did really well, but when it came down to it, it doesn’t get any more compelling and thrilling than that. I was standing right next to Urban (Meyer) when he’s trying to figure out “are they gonna call it a first down or not?” in double OT, so I thought he was gonna lose his mind. Watching some of these coaches deal with the stress down the stretch like in games like that is super intense. So it was a fun one to be a part of for sure.The Spun: He collapsed on the field out of relief, I think, which I don’t believe I’ve seen a coach do before.Urban Meyer reacts to the Buckeyes’ 2OT win pic.twitter.com/VlLWam96v6— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) November 26, 2016Ponder: He gets so wound up. And a lot of those top name coaches, Jim (Harbaugh)’s the same way, where you get so wound up, you’ll notice he never stands still during a game. He is pacing the entire time. The stress and pressure of it all is crazy to watch. I think at the end it was the release of all that pressure he was feeling, so I don’t blame him for that.The Spun: You guys have made some pretty interesting trips this season. Obviously, Ohio State’s a place you can probably go to most years. You were at Lambeau Field and Bristol Motor Speedway to open the year, and then places you don’t get to as often, like Louisville and Kalamazoo. Which GameDay location really stood out this year?Sam Ponder having a tough morning out there pic.twitter.com/ICHDPuplgz— The Spun (@TheSpun) November 19, 2016Ponder: For me, the ones that stand out the most are the ones that are kind of off the beaten path. This year, we had a number. That first game at Lambeau was really cool. I had been there a few times to watch my husband (San Francisco 49ers quarterback Christian Ponder) play. And that is one of my favorite places in the country to watch any sort of game at any level. Lambeau’s just one of those places where you, like, get chills when you walk in there. The Bristol deal was cool for a completely different reason. It’s so huge, and to watch college football on that type of stage with that many people was really neat. But for me, the most memorable are always the ones that are more obscure, for lack of a better term, college football schools, like last year was JMU, where the whole city came to GameDay, and then this year in Kalamazoo for Western Michigan. It was incredible. To see a guy like P.J. Fleck, where there’s so much chatter about what big school he’s going to end up at next year if that happen, having this undefeated season, it was snowing, the home town seemed to come out for that one too. Those are always the most memorable because they’re memorable to the fans. We can go to Tuscaloosa twice a year, and even though they may be the best team in college football, the fans are used to all that. To go to a place where it really is exciting for them, even Walgreens had a sign saying “Welcome College GameDay,” it’s really cool to be a part of something like that.The Spun: Along those same lines, what do you think is the most important factor to a great episode of GameDay?Ponder: Lee Corso, for sure. That show, to me, is defined by the headgear selection. I think it’s a great show outside of that also, but to me he is the most important thing, because when people think of College GameDay, they think of Lee Corso putting on the headgear. So we are all forever grateful to him for that, but I think it’s been really cool to see over the last couple of years, us kind of stepping out of the box to try new things and find new ways to communicate with younger audiences and use social media and bring in some new people. We have Jen Lada this year, who’s doing features with us, we had Scott Van Pelt a few years ago. So they do a good job of not letting the show get stale. Because it is three hours, and gosh, last week it was five, so you’ve gotta come up with new stuff, and a way to get people excited for a day of college football, and I think our group’s done a good job of that.The Spun: So this weekend the crew is going to the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis.Ponder: We’re in Indy for GameDay and then I’m doing the ACC Championship with (Chris) Fowler and (Kirk) Herbstreit that night, so we’re covering two of the big games this week.The Spun: The game in Indy obviously has huge ramifications for the Playoff, as does the ACC Championship, but the two teams in the Big Ten Championship can still conceivably make it, and there are two other teams (Ohio State and Michigan) still in the hunt. If you were on the selection committee, what do you think your top four teams would be today?Ponder: Here’s what I’ll say—and Big Ten fans do not want to hear this, other than, of course, Ohio State and Michigan—I don’t think it matters what happens in that game. I really don’t. I think that because Ohio State is already placed at No. 2 right now, I just don’t see a way that Wisconsin and Penn State can make a statement to get in there. And in some ways there are so many good arguments on both sides, but what I’m seeing now is there’s no point in us having conference championships anymore. If they don’t mean more than, let’s say, beating a ranked team does, which it seems like they don’t, then I’m not sure why we should have them. And maybe if they just want to still have another game this week, that’s fine, if they want to add a conference game in some conferences or a non-conference game, I don’t know, but I think we’re going to have to start coming up with some new ideas about how it should all look. Because it almost feels silly to have a conference championship game that may have zero impact on any of this. Because then it’s like, what’s this for? To get another trophy to bring back? And I will say, Paul Chryst and James Franklin should get so much credit for the seasons they’ve had this year. Yeah, they’ve been overshadowed by Ohio State and Michigan. I think a lot of that is based on the coaches at those schools too and the attention that they draw. To me, it’s kind of a bummer that this game may not have an impact on any of that, but I do agree with what the Playoff committee has now in terms of Clemson and Washington being with Ohio State. I don’t think there’s any debate with Alabama. It’s just so hard. We wanted subjectivity, and we got it and then some. And I think that’s the concern: maybe now it’s too subjective and we need a little more objectivity. The grass is always greener, I just think there’s got to be a way to balance it out a little more.The Spun: As people debate the current Playoff format, I wonder if we might move to expand the field fairly quickly, using automatic bids so that these conference championship games end up meaning more than they do now.Ponder: That’s why I am one of those people who thinks we should have eight. Not because “oh, it’s more, and more is always better.” I just think if you win your conference, you should automatically be in. If we’re going to have conferences, they have to mean something. If not, let’s just divide up into divisions based on location and not play a championship game. There has to be a reason to have conference championships. So I do think for Power Five schools, if you win your conference championship you should be in, and then for those remaining three, that’s what we can have all the debate about. So it still creates debate, which I know is good for the sport. You want to have something to talk about during the week. So, to me, eight just makes a lot sense. But I can see how people fight against change this quickly.The Spun: I think this year the debate is always “who’s the second best team?” versus “who are the two teams that’ll face off?” because Alabama seems like such a different animal this season. I saw today that ‘Bama would be more than a touchdown favorite over pretty much anyone else in the country right now. If there’s a team out there, which do you think would have the best chance to beat Alabama in the national championship?Ponder: It just depends on who shows up, you know. J.T. Barrett has struggled a little bit this year, and so has Deshaun Watson, but we’ve also seen what both of those guys can do, and they have such high ceilings, specifically Deshaun Watson. I think if Clemson is on, and that’s been the problem, they’ve been so inconsistent this year, then I certainly believe they have the talent and the schemes to play with anybody in the country, including Alabama. Like you said, it’s such a unique year, because ‘Bama’s always good, at least in recent history, but normally it’s not like there’s ‘Bama and there’s no discussion about anybody else. It’s crazy that that’s been the case because I did their first game of the year against USC, and before the game I’m talking to some of their coaches and they’re like “we have no clue what we’ve got here.” There was so much uncertainty, the guy they started at quarterback (Blake Barnett) didn’t even end up playing. They knew the defense was going to be good, but I don’t think they knew how good they were going to be, in terms of being a complete team. So I think that’s kind of surprised everybody, including them, this year. But my guess is that Clemson would have the best chance in terms of the athletes they have, the experience Deshaun has, but who knows this year? But that’s kind of what makes it fun. Who knows, maybe Washington shows up and plays lights out, and that’s the great thing about college football. Depending on the day, and whose girlfriend broke up with who, and who had a big test, you never know how these guys are going to show up and play, and it keeps it exciting for sure.The Spun: Shifting gears a little bit, on Tuesday night when the Mark Helfrich news came down, I noticed that you were critical of the move on Twitter. You were citing some of the negative consequences of those quick-trigger firings. The sport seems to be moving from guys getting full four-year recruiting cycles to a case like this, where a coach goes 9-4 with a ton injuries one year,  a year removed from a national championship run, and then he has a bad year and he’s out. Why do you think this is such a negative development for the sport?Sad to see Mark Helfrich lose his dream job. 1 of my favorite coaches in CFB bc of the way he treats ppl. Reminder that CFB is business 1st.— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016Concerned that we’ve created a market in CFB where u can’t have ONE bad year. Think it will impact recruiting, cheating, relationships etc.— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016Ponder: It’s a crazy industry, and first-and-foremost, we have to remember that this is a business and that at the end of the day, if people think they’re going to lose money on something, they’re not going to let it play out that way. So I get it. I don’t fault Oregon for making this decision, because everybody has to make the decision that they think is in the best interest of their business, which obviously they think this was. For me, it was tough to see because I was around Chip (Kelly) a ton when he was at Oregon, and then around Mark a lot the last few years, and Mark is as good as they get, in terms of a representative for college football, and he treats people the right way, and has just been a glowing example of what it can still look like, even when it is that big of a business. My concern is that…look, he was in the national championship two years ago, he found and developed the best player in the country who won the Heisman (Marcus Mariota) a few years ago, and this year was terrible, there’s no denying that. And Mark would be the first person to tell you that. I have a problem with not ever letting someone right the ship. I would hope that if I had a rough year in broadcasting, I wouldn’t immediately be fired. I would hope there’s a chance for redemption, and think with most big companies if you lose people some money there would be some concerns, but over, not even one year but one season, it’s just concerning for me for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it creates an environment in college football where people are willing to do anything to win now. It’s not about building.Guys like John Wooden and Bobby Bowden would never make it, they would never be Hall of Fame coaches now. I think John Wooden, it took him 16 years to win a national championship. Are you kidding me? You don’t get two. It’s just gotten so extreme, and that’s all from the amount of money that’s being poured into it, which I totally get. It has gotten just absurd when you’re talking about people saying that Oregon would be willing to pay $10 million a year for a coach, then don’t be surprised when human nature kicks in, and people will cheat and lie and do whatever to win. And the concern with that is not just that that’s morally wrong, but also that these are college students who, the whole recruiting process is two things: 1.) I can get your son to the NFL, and 2.) I’m going to take care of and build your son into a man. And how do you do that when all you can tell them is “I have to win this year.” And all of these kids are being told “you’ll play as a freshman” even when they won’t, they have to get these kids in. It’s concerning, and I don’t know what the solution is, because I don’t think that money’s going away. There’s way too much money to be made for people to ease up on that now, but I do think it’s important for people to call it out when we see it. We’ve got to start talking about this stuff, because it’s already out of hand, and I think if we just ignore it, it only gets worse over time.The Spun: It’s tough, especially this year. I don’t think you’d find many coaches on a list of ‘friendliest people’ or ‘coaches who are most popular with the media’ ahead of Helfrich, Charlie Strong, and Les Miles, and they’re all gone. Obviously they’re all very different circumstances across the board there, but then you look at a guy like Mike McIntyre at Colorado. It took him a while and now they’re No. 8 in the country, and he hadn’t had a winning season at Colorado before this year.Ponder: I’m glad you brought Colorado up. When I first started out, I covered a ton of Colorado games because they were terrible and their games were always on lower networks, so I always covered them when Dan Hawkins was there, and I remember, I think it was Dan’s third year, and they were calling for him to be fired, and I remember thinking after having these conversations with people “how absurd is it, three years and they would fire someone?” And they were having terrible seasons. And look, even just a few years down the road, now we’re looking at one. What’s going to happen is what we’ve already seen glimpses of. Look at the beginning of this year, who did people want to fire? They wanted to fire James Franklin, Gus Malzahn, they wanted to fire Clay Helton after the ‘Bama game. We’re looking at just a few games and now look at those three programs at the end of the year. Auburn turned out to not be too bad, James Franklin’s in the conference championship, SC is one of the hottest teams in the country with potentially one of the best players in college football for the next few years (freshman quarterback Sam Darnold). It’s crazy the lack of patience we have, and I’ve talked to some of my colleagues about this too. It’s frustrating kind of seeing the other side of it with a husband who plays, to see how quick we are to call for people’s jobs. That’s crazy to me, to say James Franklin should be fired in the middle of a season. Can we not let that play out, because I’m pretty sure he turned out alright this year. But we are just a “what have you done for me lately?” society in so many ways, and sometimes we forget about the fallout. We forget about all of the assistant coaches who lose a job, we forget about the kids who have to move schools because a coach is fired. This stuff affects so many people, and yeah it’s just a game, but it’s people’s livelihoods, and I think we have to be a lot more careful when we talk about it.The Spun: So speaking about assistant coaches, unfortunately one of the other things I saw you’ve been active with this week is tweeting in support of BYU’s Reno Mahe after his family had an awful tragedy, with his daughter passing away. In the week since, a GoFundMe page has raised over $68,000 (update: as of this afternoon, the total is over $75,000) for the family. I saw you tweeted a link to that as well. What do you think it is about the greater college football community that galvanizes fans from across the country and all these different fan bases to support causes like this?Bawling reading this. Praying for this sweet family as they mourn. I’m sure the BYU community will support and comfort… just heartbreaking https://t.co/mRYldUT1E7— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016For those wanting to help… let’s get them to their goal and beyond. Thinking of sweet Elsie today. https://t.co/yT2ad8HtCF— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016Ponder: First, what this family went through, it’ll make me cry right now. It is unimaginable. I think there’s something about having a daughter that’s that same age, where you picture what happened to that sweet girl happening to your own daughter and it’s too much to bear, and I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now. But to your point, I think that’s what’s drawn me to college football all these years and it’s what keeps me covering college football. Yes it’s a business, like we just talked about, there’s some negative stuff and some shady stuff that goes on, but there’s something about this community that is special, and it doesn’t matter what level you coach at in college football what position, how high you are on the totem pole, when something like that happens to one of our group, I think everybody feels it. You get support from all over the country, because we all have this shared love of a game. Like I said, even though it is a business, there’s still some kind of purity to college football. There’s something about being at a game on a Saturday afternoon, the band is playing, the cheerleaders and all the families are together, there’s something kind of, for lack of a better term, ‘Americana’ about it. I’ve been to a million NFL games, you don’t get that feel in the NFL. You don’t get that feel in the NBA. It’s unique and special in college football. I think everybody feels for this family right now, and naturally, when you hear someone going through this type of tragedy, you put yourself in their shoes and…I just can’t imagine what it’s like for them right now. I know they have seven kids so they still have so many responsibilities and financial stuff, so anyway our college football community and family can help, I think we’re happy to do so.The Spun: This season, I know you’re partnering with XYIENCE Energy Drink as a spokesperson. What do you think college football fans should know about XYIENCE?Ponder: For me, I never thought I would represent an energy drink. I’m not an energy drink person, I’m a 30-year old mom. I’m not raging at a club, and that’s kind of what I pictured as an energy drink person. But I was totally proven wrong. They sent it to our house, my husband and I both tried it, and we like it. We both drink it on our own. I knew I liked it when, normally they send me a stash of it, and I ran out one time instead of reaching out for them to send it, and bought it down the street, because I actually enjoy drinking it. It kind of mixes it up. I was a coffee every day person. It kind of mixes it up for me, and keeps me going in the afternoon. I think what we’re gearing for with the audience is not necessarily college students, but more your working or busy mom, like me, or your businessperson in their late 20s and 30s and beyond. It has no calories, and it actually tastes good. Those are two important things in my book, and anything I can get to get a little more energy to get stuff done during the day is good for me.—You can see Sam Ponder on College GameDay this Saturday morning, live from Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin, and during ABC’s broadcast of the ACC Championship between Clemson and Virginia Tech.last_img read more

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The Spun’s 2018 College Football Staff Picks: Week 2

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NFL starts up tonight with the league’s annual Thursday night kick-off game. We don’t need to wait much longer for the start of College Football Week 2, though.Friday night only has one game, but it features a ranked team.No. 16 TCU has a big road tune-up game ahead of next weekend’s highly anticipated match-up against Ohio State in Arlington.The Horned Frogs travel to Dallas to face SMU, now coached by former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes. The Mustangs fell to a tough North Texas team last weekend.From there, we have a full Saturday slate.Mississippi State-Kansas State, UCLA-Oklahoma, Colorado-Nebraska, and Michigan State-Arizona State.There are also rivalry games between Iowa and Iowa State, Georgia and South Carolina, and a big Pac-12 battle between ranked Stanford and USC teams, among others.After Week 1, here are The Spun’s staff pick standings.T-1.Dan Lyons47-7T-1.Andrew McCarty47-7T-3.Matt Lombardi45-9T-3.Steve Driscoll45-95.Andrew Holleran44-10T-6.Matt Hladik43-11T-6.Chris Rosvoglou43-11Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 2 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglou16 TCU at SMUNew Mexico at 5 Wisconsin18 Mississippi State at Kansas StateWestern Michigan at 21 MichiganTowson at Wake ForestA Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.Eastern Michigan at PurduePlain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Nevada at VanderbiltArizona at HoustonThe Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.Duke at NorthwesternA Duke logo.Georgia Tech at South FloridaUSF's logo.USF's logo.Georgia State at NC StateUCLA at 6 OklahomaHoly Cross at Boston CollegeWilliam & Mary at 12 Virginia TechVirginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's logo.Portland State at 23 OregonKansas at Central MichiganThe Central Michigan logo.The Central Michigan logo.The Central Michigan logo.The Central Michigan logo.The Central Michigan logo.The Central Michigan logo.The Central Michigan logo.Arkansas State at 1 Alabama3 Georgia at 24 South CarolinaRutgers at 4 Ohio StateBall State at 8 Notre DameColorado at NebraskaThe Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Colorado Buffaloes logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.North Carolina at ECUWagner at SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.Lamar at Texas TechThe Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.The Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.The Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.The Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.The Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.The Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.The Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.Southern Illinois at Ole MissEast Tennessee State at TennesseeThe Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.North Dakota at 9 WashingtonIowa State at IowaIowa State logo.Iowa State logo.Youngstown State at 14 West VirginiaSouth Carolina State at 19 UCFSavannah State at 22 MiamiThe Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.Maryland at Bowling GreenPlain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.2 Clemson at Texas A&MSoutheastern Louisiana at 11 LSUThe LSU Tigers logo.The LSU Tigers logo.The LSU Tigers logo.The LSU Tigers logo.The LSU Tigers logo.The LSU Tigers logo.The LSU Tigers logo.Baylor at UTSAThe Baylor Bears logo.The Baylor Bears logo.The Baylor Bears logo.The Baylor Bears logo.The Baylor Bears logo.The Baylor Bears logo.The Baylor Bears logo.Indiana State at LouisvilleThe Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.Wyoming at Missourimissouri logomissouri logomissouri logomissouri logomissouri logomissouri logomissouri logoSamford at Florida StateFlorida State Seminole's logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.Alabama State at 7 AuburnKentucky at 25 FloridaWestern Illinois at IllinoisAn Illinois logo.An Illinois logo.An Illinois logo.An Illinois logo.An Illinois logo.An Illinois logo.Virginia at IndianaLogo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Arkansas at Colorado StateArkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Utah at Northern IllinoisThe Utah Utes logo.The Utah Utes logo.The Utah Utes logo.The Utah Utes logo.The Utah Utes logo.The Utah Utes logo.The Utah Utes logo.Fresno State at MinnesotaFresno State Bulldogs logo.Fresno State Bulldogs logo.13 Penn State at PittsburghSouth Alabama at Oklahoma StateTulsa at TexasSouthern Utah at Oregon StateThe Oregon State Beavers logo.The Oregon State Beavers logo.The Oregon State Beavers logo.The Oregon State Beavers logo.The Oregon State Beavers logo.The Oregon State Beavers logo.The Oregon State Beavers logo.17 USC at 10 StanfordUConn at 20 Boise StateCal at BYUBYU's logo.BYU's logo.BYU's logo.BYU's logo.BYU's logo.15 Michigan State at Arizona StateMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoThe official Arizona State logo.Michigan State LogoThe official Arizona State logo.Michigan State LogoMichigan State LogoSan Jose State at Washington StateLogo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Season Record45-944-1047-743-1145-947-743-11last_img read more

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New Injury Update For Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez

first_imginjury update for nebraska starting qb adrian martinezNebraska was without freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez against Troy on Saturday and it showed. The Huskers lost their second game of the season, dropping to 0-2 on the year. Nebraska started walk-on Andrew Bunch in his place.Martinez, who suffered a knee injury in the season opener against Colorado, appears to be on track to play this weekend.The Huskers had the freshman quarterback at practice today.Adrian Martinez practiced on Monday per Tanner Farmer. Good start to the week for the #Huskers.— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) September 17, 2018Martinez played extremely well in the Week 1 game against Colorado, throwing for nearly 200 yards and rushing for more than 100 yards, before he got hurt.Nebraska has a big game this weekend, traveling to Ann Arbor to face Michigan.Stay tuned for more updates on Martinez and his health status.last_img read more

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Report Reveals What Maryland Football Players Were Forced To Watch While Eating

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium during a game against Georgia Tech.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The report on the investigation into the alleged “toxic culture” within Maryland’s football program led by head coach D.J. Durkin was released today.The report found some troubling details about the Terrapins’ program, but stopped short of labeling the program “toxic.”It remains unclear what this means for Durkin’s future with the Terps. He’s been on leave since the start of the season.One troubling detail is now being discussed on social media, though.Maryland’s football players were reportedly exposed to “graphic” videos while eating together.… what? pic.twitter.com/BhJKzR0sdi— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 25, 2018Now, I never played college football, so I’m not going to pretend and act like I know what it takes to motivate college football players, but this seems to be unnecessary.Maryland is 4-3 this season and the Terps are set to host Illinois on Saturday.last_img read more

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Michigan Football Loses Major 2020 Recruit

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program had a great weekend, with the Wolverines blowing out Penn State in Ann Arbor, but Jim Harbaugh and Co. got some bad news today.Denver Warren, one of the top recruits in the country for 2020, has de-committed from the Michigan football program.The four-star recruit announced his decision on Twitter:De-Committed..✅ pic.twitter.com/wVxw2Jg9p6— Denver “Humble Beast” Warren (@drippy_D1) November 5, 2018Warren is ranked the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the No. 257 overall recruit in the 2020 class.The 6-foot-1, 318-pound prospect is an Illinois native.Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, among other programs, are involved here.last_img read more

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SEC Schools Working To Flip 4-Star Texas Commit

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Kenyatta Watson is from SEC country, but the four-star cornerback is currently committed to play for the Texas Longhorns. A few schools from closer to home are after him hard, working for a flip.Watson pledged to Tom Herman and the Texas staff back in May. 94-percent of the analysts to register predictions at 247’s crystal ball believe he will wind up there.The Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers are both still very involved.247 writes that Kenyatta Watson could take trips to both of those programs in the next few weeks.Neither is set up, but Tennessee finishes the year with two home games, as it looks to surprise by reaching bowl eligibility in year one under Jeremy Pruitt.Florida hosts Idaho on Saturday, but it seems unlikely that he would make a visit in just two days, though he is from Georgia so it is driveable. The Gators finish up at Florida State, though a visit could also happen after the year.From 247:“This four-star defensive back has been committed to the Texas Longhorns since May and has been very solid in that pledge. However in recent months he’s been a bit more open with the process. He popped up in Knoxville for an unofficial visit in September and could possibly make another official visit to see Tennessee again before the early signing period takes place. The Gators have also been in touch with Watson in recent weeks and could be another visit that takes shape before he puts pen to paper. The Vols seem to be in a much better shape to pull off the possible flip where things stand now, but if that visit to Gainesville does come to fruition it could be something to watch.”Watson is No. 148 in the country overall, and No. 16 among class of 2019 cornerbacks.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Colin Cowherd Drops Bombshell Urban Meyer Report

first_imgUrban Meyer upset on the sideline vs. Maryland.There’s been rampant speculation about Urban Meyer and his future with the Ohio State football program for much of the 2018 college football season.Some, like ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, have predicted that Meyer will be done with the Buckeyes following the season. Other reports suggested that Ohio State wanted to name Ryan Day its head coach-in-waiting.Now, we have one major radio host reporting that multiple sources have told him Meyer will be done following the 2018 season.FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd is reporting that two sources have told him Meyer will be leaving Ohio State following the year.“Urban Meyer is done after this year,” Cowherd said on his show today.Cowherd said that’s unclear when exactly Meyer will be stepping away, but the two sources are people he trusts.“I’ve been told by two people that I trust…Urban Meyer, after this year…this is it,” he said.Meyer has maintained throughout the season that he wants to coach at Ohio State for years to come, but he’s admitted that he’s dealing with some health issues. Meyer looked visibly anguished on the sideline during Saturday’s game at Maryland.Ohio State has bigger things on its mind for now, though. The Buckeyes are getting ready to host Michigan at Ohio Stadium with a Big Ten East Division championship on the line.Meyer and the Buckeyes are set to kick off against Michigan at noon on Saturday. The game will be on FOX.UPDATE: Here’s the full segment during Colin Cowherd’s show today.“Two separate sources told me this weekend Urban Meyer is done after this year. He’s going to retire from football,” he said.”Two separate sources told me this weekend Urban Meyer is done after this year. He’s going to retire from football.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/dVyUtOsPJP— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 19, 2018last_img read more

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Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)One week before the deadline, whatever mystery remained surrounding Dwayne Haskins’ draft decision has now disappeared. He is turning pro.The Ohio State redshirt sophomore announced moments ago that he will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins is projected to be the No. 1 quarterback in the draft this year.“To my coaches, teammates and friends that I’ve made at this prestigious university, THANK YOU to Buckeye Nation, what an unbelievable experience,” Haskins wrote. “I love this university and will support it for the rest of my life.”They say that dreams come trueand when they do, that there’s a beautiful thing… Scarlet & Gray Forever #BuckeyeNation #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/ngHQfLq8C7— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) January 7, 2019In his first and only season as a starter, Haskins took the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a win in the Rose Bowl. He was also a Heisman Trophy finalist.For his career, Haskins threw for 5,396 yards, 54 touchdowns and nine interceptions.In 2019, new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has backup quarterback Tate Martell returning, and could have Georgia transfer Justin Fields at his disposal as well. Fields announced that he was heading to Ohio State last week.The former five-star recruit is seeking a waiver to play immediately in 2019. If he gets it, he and Martell will battle it out for the starting spot.last_img read more

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Premier League: Liverpool extend lead at the top, Manchester United win

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 23:17 IST Mo Salah celebrates after scoring against Crystal Palace (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3Manchester United stretched their perfect run under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven winsNewcastle United moved out of the relegation zone with 3-0 win over Cardiff CityBig guns Liverpool and Manchester United won their matches in the Premier League on Saturday to keep pressure on their opponents. While Liverpool extended their lead at the top, Man United mounted pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3 in a thrilling goalfest at Anfield.The win, secured by late goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, moves Juergen Klopp’s side seven points clear of Manchester City, who face bottom club Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Palace took a shock 34th minute lead, against the run of play, when Andros Townsend slotted home a fine pull-back from Wilfried Zaha.P A S S I O N pic.twitter.com/A0ZccOGxJyLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Liverpool equalised 47 seconds after the interval when the ball looped high into the area where Salah skilfully converted with the outside of his left foot after Virgil van Dijk’s long-range effort was blocked.Give the ball to Bobby and he will score… pic.twitter.com/Mt1gIIASfiLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Suddenly Liverpool were buzzing and it was no surprise when Brazilian Roberto Firmino put them ahead, collecting a pass from Naby Keita and beating veteran Palace keeper Julian Speroni with a slightly deflected low shot.Ice cool pic.twitter.com/ntuhbB7W3ILiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019But Palace were not about to roll over and they fought back to level at 2-2 in the 65th when James Tomkins was left unattended to head in a Luka Milivojevic corner.advertisementSperoni, Palace’s 39-year-old third-choice, then gifted Liverpool a goal when his one-handed waft at a harmless-looking James Milner cross fell for Salah to tap in after 75 minutes.Milner was sent off in the 89th for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Zaha before Mane added the fourth for the hosts with a solo strike in stoppage time.There was still time for Palace to strike again with Max Meyer beating Alisson Becker with a low shot which the Brazilian keeper would have expected to save.MAN UNITED WIN 2-1Manchester United stretched their perfect run under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven wins from as many games in all competitions with a 2-1 home defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion.The result provisionally lifted United one place up to fifth on 44 points from 23 games, three more than sixth-placed Arsenal who were playing fourth-placed Chelsea in the 1730 GMT fixture.”He’s one of the best players in the league.”@NemanjaMatic is full of praise for @MarcusRashford! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/F1MaSxatUVManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019United stormed into a two-goal lead through Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford in the first half but faded in the second and served up a nervy finish to their fans after Pascal Gross pulled one back for battling Brighton.Here’s to another three points for #MUFC! #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/NQE6kudWkGManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Pogba opened the scoring with a 27th-minute penalty and Rashford made it 2-0 in the 42nd with a superb individual goal, beating his marker with dazzling footwork before hitting the top corner from a tight angle on his 150th appearance for United.Another excellent display from @MarcusRashford, who receives a standing ovation as he’s replaced by @DarmianOfficial. #MUFC #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/iyffcU1enfManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Gross reduced the arrears out of the blue in the 72nd minute, drilling in a close-range shot off the underside of the bar after Davy Propper floated in an inch-perfect cross with the outside of his foot.United, who missed several chances to increase their lead in the opening hour, were forced to hang on in the closing stages as the visitors pounded a flurry of crosses into the penalty area.NEWCASTLE BEAT CARDIFFNewcastle United moved out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff City into it as an unlikely double by Fabian Schar earned them a crucial 3-0 victory at St James’ Park.An afternoon that began with unpopular club owner Mike Ashley being booed by disgruntled home fans ended on a brighter note as Rafa Benitez’s side took maximum points at home for only the third time this season.FULL-TIME: Newcastle United 3 Cardiff City 0Fabian Schär’s first two goals for the Magpies gave the hosts a two-goal lead before Ayoze Pérez’s stoppage-time strike sealed a welcome three points for United!Reaction to follow at https://t.co/6wuhjKS0XX. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/fkj8oE4SAAadvertisementNewcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 19, 2019After five games without a league win the visit of Cardiff had the feel of a key relegation battle and Schar’s 24th-minute opener eased the tension around the ground.Finding himself in an advanced position the Swiss international centre back drove in from near the touchline and curled a superb shot past Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge.It was Schar’s first goal for Newcastle since joining from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna and having got the taste for it he doubled his side’s lead when bundling the ball into the net from a Matt Ritchie corner just past the hour mark.Cardiff offered little in response apart from the odd flurry and Schar was not far away from claiming a hat-trick when he headed off target from another Ritchie corner.Ayoze Perez added some late gloss, tapping in Newcastle’s third in stoppage time from Salomon Rondon’s cross.Newcastle climbed to 17th with 21 points, one place above the drop zone while Cardiff are in 18th spot, with 19 points.BURNLEY-WATFORD DRAWLowly Burnley made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at seventh-placed Watford.But the Clarets were left frustrated after a stoppage-time effort by striker Chris Wood was deemed narrowly offside.Watford came out of the blocks strongest and Gerard Deulofeu twice went closely early on, with one effort superbly saved by Tom Heaton before James Tarkowski cleared a shot off the line.It wasn’t a classic… #WATBUR 0-0 [FT] pic.twitter.com/wR1gkw96yXWatford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 19, 2019Burnley had several chances to win but Ashley Barnes and Dwight McNeil missed great opportunities for Sean Dyche’s side, who had won their last three games.SOUTHAMPTON STUN EVERTONSouthampton earned a crucial 2-1 win over Everton at St Mary’s on Saturday but had to endure a nervy finish as they boosted their battle against relegation under galvanising new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.James Ward-Prowse scored a superb individual goal just after the break before a Lucas Digne own goal looked to have comfortably sealed a deserved win for the Saints in the 64th minute.We were all Ralph Hasenhüttl when that full-time whistle finally blew! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/U6hmtaKAUASouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Yet a goal at the start of stoppage time from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the home fans a nervous finish as eight minutes was added on, much to Hasenhuettl’s consternation, while Everton pushed for the equaliser.The win pushed Southampton into 15th place on 22 points, three clear of the relegation zone, as they won only their second home match of the season — both coming under their new Austrian boss’ stewardship.Back-to-back #PL wins! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/TMKGuuP99jSouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Southampton deserved the win after dominating the first half and twice striking the woodwork — first, as Nathan Redmond hit the post and then as Andre Gomes hit his own side’s upright while trying to defend another attack from Danny Ings.advertisementSaints got the reward for their enterprise when Ward-Prowse was given too much freedom to maraud towards the Everton goal and smashed a 50th-minute shot past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.The hapless Digne then toe-poked the ball past Pickford while desperately trying to quell an attack from the ever-dangerous Redmond in the 64th minute before Everton’s late attacks came to nothing.WILSON WONDER VOLLEY IN BOURNEMOUTH’S WINBournemouth’s Callum Wilson smashed home a wonderful second-half volley and his strike partner Joshua King added a second to give their side a much-needed 2-0 home win over West Ham United.First win of 2019First clean sheet of 2019A goal each for the front menEnjoy your Saturday night Cherries! pic.twitter.com/yXXiVT05RZAFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 19, 2019With Bournemouth desperate to secure their first league victory in almost a month, Artur Boruc started in goal ahead of Asmir Begovic while West Ham left unsettled striker Marko Arnautovic, who has been linked with a big-money move to China, out of their squad.Both sides struggled to hit the target in the first half, but West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski made two superb saves early in the second and moments later striker Andy Carroll, in for Arnautovic, blazed over from close range as the game opened up.Wilson gave the home side the lead with a thunderous volley in the 54th minute, catching the ball perfectly and leaving Fabianski rooted to the spot as it flew into the top right-hand corner for his 10th league goal of the season.With West Ham attacking and Bournemouth content to play on the counter, Wilson almost got a second in the 71st minute but this time his first-time shot came off the foot of the far post and rolled to safety.The visitors continued to leave space at the back as they desperately chased an equaliser, and King was able to slot the ball into an empty net after a superb counter-attack to secure all three points for Bournemouth.Also Watch:For 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 Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow LiverpoolFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Newcastle UnitedFollow Premier league Premier League: Liverpool extend lead at the top, Manchester United winPremier League: Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3 in a thrilling goalfest at Anfield.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Dhoni trusts his players, Kohli bats and bowls for them, says Sangakkara

first_imgIPL 2019: Dhoni trusts his players, Kohli bats and bowls for them, says SangakkaraIndian Premier League 2019 starts with Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore as MS Dhoni squares off against Virat Kohli in the season openeradvertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 12:25 IST MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings face Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 season opener (BCCI Photo)Fans couldn’t have asked for a better start to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Saturday’s opening match. Led by the two of the biggest names in Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli facing off serves as just the right appetizer for the tournament’s main course.The Kohli-Dhoni promos are all over television ad space but with a touch of soft banter and not in your face bravado. Might as well with the kind of respect Dhoni commands in Virat Kohli-led Indian playing XI.But Virat Kohli won’t be able to seek MS Dhoni’s counsel in IPL. On the contrary, Kohli needs to come up with strategies to better his senior compatriot and help RCB begin the season on a high.Both heavyweights employ completely contrasting styles in captaincy. The contrast in their leadership styles is like fire and ice.”They are two different style of players. Two different personalities. Goes to show to find a successful captain in terms of results, there are a quite a few ways you can go about it,” Kumara Sangakkara tells India Today speaking at the Star Sports Select Dugout.”Both are fantastic players. Fantastic individuals. Great captains. Dhoni likes to take a backseat and trusts his players to do the job that they are selected in the team for. Even in a crunch situation he does not over-complicate it.”Kohli on the other hand, almost bats and bowls for his players because he is that much invested in that particular moment. But it’s going to be an interesting matchup for both the sides opening up. It’s never going to be an easy game,” Sangakkara observes.advertisementDoes captain Kohli emotional investment proves counter productive? Is that one of the reasons, he has been unable to lead RCB to IPL glory?”It seems to have worked for India. They have won series in Australia recently. They have been strong at home, although they did lose to Australia recently because because of some individual brilliance from some Australian players. But overall the last two years have been incredible journey for the Indian side,” Sangakkara added.”So at the international level Kohli has been very successful. He now needs to transfer that at IPL level,” he states.That’s where captain Virat Kohli has found it a lot tougher than he has leading India with a richer resource pool. RCB finished eighth and sixth in the last two editions while they finished runners-up in 2016 when Kohli scored nearly 1000 runs himself.”It’s a whole different ball game because it’s a mash of different cultures with players around the world and it really tests your man management skills. Also your ability to trust and never second guess why you have selected that player in the first place,” says Sangakkara.Meanwhile, former Australia cricketer Dean Jones feels Kohli simply doesn’t have the squad to win in this format. “I look at it from a coaching perspective. They have got their selections wrong. In terms of what it takes to win a championship and I always believe you need a bowling line up than a batting lines up. RCB thinks we need a lot of batters and runs will win you games,” Jones tells India Today.”Actually it does not work that way a lot. They have had a few problems with injuries and the way their ground plays has changed as well over the years. But in my opinion you need bowling and they have been a bit too top heavy with their batting.”Kohli’s opposing skipper in the tournament opener MS Dhoni for all his success, had also begun to face criticism towards the end of his India captaincy that he was past his shelf life. After helping CSK win another IPL title last year, Dhoni was able to blow the criticism away.”Part of that is because he has put a lot of work on his fitness. He was not a big believer in gym not long ago and physiotherapists and the work they can do. That has changed and a lot of it is because of Virat Kohli and the way he has pulled everybody up in that Indian side and the standards he has demanded. With MS, his game is always outstanding. He is a natural athlete and so he has relied on that. Now that he is putting that work in it toward the back end of his career, he is still getting those results,” Dhoni’s former CSK teammate Scott Styris says.advertisement”Some fans in the public arena thought Dhoni’s time has come and gone but I don’t think the players and commentators thought that way one little bit. He was always respected and feared.”Whoever wins on Saturday and whether either of the two giants can last the distance in this edition, with the World Cup round the corner, the IPL presents a perfect opportunity for Dhoni to sharpen his batting touch and Virat to further hone his captaincy skills.Also Read | IPL 2019: Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSKAlso Read | It’s IPL time: Cricket superstars set to rock and roll with an eye on World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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