10 months ago​Chinese Super League fact finds on La Liga visit

first_img​Chinese Super League fact finds on La Liga visitby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFifteen Chinese football clubs have completed a fact-finding mission to Spain to learn more about LaLiga, reports SportBusiness.Chinese Super League vice-president Yan Peixue told the Xinhua news agency that the clubs visited various LaLiga clubs, including Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Getafe, and observed matchday management, as well as broadcast coverage operations.”LaLiga is a long-established competition, and its history is unmatched, but we can learn a lot from its business organisation, including the creation of a business environment between clubs,” Yan said.”In 2004, the average CSL crowd size was 10,600. That figure now stands at 24,068. Next year, we have set ourselves the goal of continuing to close the gap between the CSL and other major championships.”LaLiga’s head of international development, Óscar Mayo, added: “Through our experience in Spain and abroad, we can offer advice on competition, safety, pitch maintenance and more, and at the same time, learn from the best practices of clubs in different countries.”LaLiga’s vice-general manager for China, Zhang Le, said that the fact-finding visit represented a “mutual learning process”, with the Spanish body also holding ambitions of expanding its footprint across Asia. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMaradona again critical of Barcelona captain Messi leadership ability

first_imgMaradona again critical of Barcelona captain Messi leadership abilityby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Maradona has again questioned the leadership ability of Barcelona captain Leo Messi.For Maradona, Messi is a great player but he isn’t a great leader.”I love Messi with all my heart,” he told Ole. “They want to make him a leader but he isn’t able to do that because he’s going to be in his sporting world and with his family.”Messi succeeded Andres Iniesta as Barca captain last summer. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoCapello: Higuan wants to play for Sarri at Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Capello: Higuan wants to play for Sarri at Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan coach Fabio Capello believes Gonzalo Higuain wants to leave for Chelsea.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is eager to move to London and work again with his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.“I got the best out of him at Real Madrid,” Capello, who coached the striker at Real Madrid, told Radio Anch’io Sport.“I think he was burdened by that penalty miss against Juventus. I’ve seen him play too far away from goal.“I hope that for Milan’s sake, he can overcome his mental block and score lots of goals between now and the end of the season. Higuain’s quality isn’t up for discussion.“What would I tell him? I remember when I joined Juventus and Trezeguet wanted to leave. I told him to stay because he was important to me.“My feeling, though, is that Higuain wants to go and play under a Coach who knows his qualities and can enhance them.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan City veteran David Silva in talks with Inter Miami

first_imgMan City veteran David Silva in talks with Inter Miamiby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City veteran David Silva is in talks with Inter Miami.The Independent says Silva, who will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season after a decade in Manchester, is being lined up by David Beckham in order to tap into and engage south Florida’s large Hispanic community.Beckham is desperate to get the local population on board as he looks to build the team from scratch, and hopes that a world-renowned Spanish-speaking star such as Silva would fit the bill.Silva was part of the Spain squads that won the European Championships in 2008, the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships again in 2012, while the former Valencia star is known around the world for his achievements in English football with City.He will walk away from the Citizens when his contract expires in the summer, although should he move to Miami he would miss the first three months of the 2020 MLS season, which begins in March. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Former Clemson Defensive End Ebenezer Ogundeko Arrested For Assault, Tweets That He “Hates Cops”

first_imgThis off-season has not gone well for former Clemson defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko. The former blue chip recruit was dismissed from the ACC program after being charged with a count of financial transaction fraud in May. Ogundeko had since announced his transfer to FCS program Tennessee State, but now that may be up in the air. TigerNet reports that Ogundeko was arrested on Friday in connection to an assault at an off-campus party.Former Clemson defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko was arrested July 24th for an incident that took place in March, the embattled New York native’s second arrest since late May.Ogundeko was arrested last Friday after an investigation into an alleged mob assault at an off-campus party.…Friday’s arrest stemmed from an incident that took place March 27 at The Pier at Clemson apartments, and he was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on Friday morning and released later that day on a personal recognizance bond of $1,092.50. The (Seneca) Journal reported Ogundeko’s arrest in its Tuesday edition.Ogundeko is not taking things in stride, based on a recent tweet, which he deleted after about an hour.ebenezer ogundeko hates cops tweetThis is very bad for Ogundeko, whose promising football career looks to be in serious jeopardy now. [TigerNet]last_img read more

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Neymar’s father launches impassioned defence of his son

first_imgNeymar’s father has hit out at the rough treatment his son has received on and off the field after the Paris Saint-Germain star’s latest injury setback.The Brazil forward limped out of Wednesday’s Coupe de France win over Strasbourg after a strong challenge from Moataz Zemzemi.It was later confirmed that Neymar, who appeared upset as he left the pitch, had suffered a “painful recurrence” of the foot issue that sidelined him for almost three months last year. 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? The former Barcelona forward was often been criticised for going to ground too easily, with Pele having claimed that the 26-year-old’s apparent theatrics have become difficult to defend.And in a lengthy Instagram post, Neymar Santos Sr has now hit out at those who suggested his son was guilty of inciting players to injure him.He recounted Colombia defender Juan Zuniga’s challenge that left Neymar with a fractured bone in his back, ruling him out of the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, and added of the most recent global showpiece in Russia: “A stomp on his ankle [from Mexico’s Miguel Layun] when he was out of the game. “It was said that there was nothing and that, on the contrary, he simulated. He had VAR, he had the whole world watching, but anyway, he was considered ‘guilty’.”Neymar Santos Sr also cited the Strasbourg incident to strengthen his case and said whenever his son falls, he is considered a diver and met with harsh treatment. He added: “Can we not dribble? We do not have the right to have talent? He gets carried away! “He believes that some in the press purposely insist on these facts to sell issues. “As always, life goes on, football too, and service geeks, who call themselves football experts, will continue to hold polls asking if ‘Neymar deserves to be sanctioned’.”And in concluding his tirade, he warned: “Be ready because, as always, he will come back stronger!”PSG are back in Ligue 1 action against Rennes on Sunday, with Neymar missing out and now seemingly a doubt for the Champions League last 16 meeting with Manchester United on February 12.last_img read more

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From Parris, with love! Stylish England see off Scotland

first_imgEngland turned on the style in their Women’s World Cup opener against Scotland, with manager Phil Neville proven correct after his headline-grabbing rebuttal of a French joiurnalist prior to his side’s 2-1 win in Nice.Having gone into the game with doubts over their label as title contenders following a shock 1-0 defeat to New Zealand, Neville’s side set the record straight with a slick, confident and attacking display that restricted their opponents to very little.The French journalist who, in Saturday’s pre-match press conference, labelled the English style of play as “based on fighting, impact, intensity” will have been disappointed with what he saw on show at the Allianz Riviera. 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? Neville, on the other hand, will go home with a smug smile on his face – not just because England have beaten their nearest rivals, but because he told that reporter he would see different tonight.”I think your image is wrong to be honest,” he responded frankly. “I don’t want to be insulting to anyone. I think our league is better than the French league, I think our style of football is really good, I don’t think it is all about kick and rush, and hopefully you’ll see that tomorrow night.”If he was watching, he will have seen just that. Scotland started the better of the two sides, pressing high and unsettling an England defence of whom questions have been raised.Phil Neville England 2019But the momentum of this game swung into England’s favour in controversial circumstances, with VAR, inevitably, at the centre.Fran Kirby’s cross struck the outstretched arm of Nicola Docherty and, despite no appeals from those in white, the referee would point to the spot after re-watching the incident.Nikita Parris struck emphatically from 12 yards in what proved to be a hammer blow for Scotland.Their energetic, high-pressing game degraded into a cautious, defensive style which did not allow neither Kim Little or Erin Cuthbert to get onto the ball and influence the game back into their favour.England were more than comfortable, knocking the ball around with confidence – particular in one instance playing out from the back, where Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton and Parris made a mockery of their opponents, the latter especially with an exquisite turn and nutmeg on her marker, Docherty.Parris and Bronze linked up brilliantly down the right and were simply too hot to handle – offering France a glimpse of what is to come, not only for the rest of this summer, but next season, when both will be playing for Lyon.It was their link-up that provided Ellen White with her first chance of the evening, Parris sending a teasing cross into the near post for the striker to strike first time, only to be denied by a stunning save from Lee Alexander.Alexander would come to Scotland’s rescue again – just minutes after the offside flag denied the overly-keen White a goal – as she saved well from Beth Mead’s low strike.Ellen White England 2019But England would get their second before half time, with Rachel Corsie dragged out of position to challenge Kirby for the ball, allowing it to fall nicely for White, who had all the time in the world to produce a composed finish.Scotland came out in the second half more like they had in the first half, with positivity about them but, more importantly, with Little getting more involved.After an offside flag denied Mead just 30 seconds after the restart, Little was able to lead a second half resurgence, linking up particularly well with the lively Claire Emslie, who would force a couple of saves, albeit comfortable ones, out of Karen Bardsley.And it was Manchester City winger Emslie who got Scotland back into the game with a powerful finish after Lisa Evans’ perfect through ball setting up an exciting final 10 minutes at the Allianz Riviera.But their fight-back fell short in the end, with England defending well, despite the goal and an injury to centre-back Millie Bright threatening to unsettle them.Waistcoat on the manager, England fans singing ‘it’s coming home’ and an impressive win with exciting football – France brought back fond memories of last summer’s World Cup in Russia for fans of this evening’s victors.There’s a long way to go yet if England want to go one better than Gareth Southgate’s men, who finished fourth just less than 12 months ago.But, in what Neville described as ‘the most difficult’ game of the tournament, the Lionesses certainly made a great start – while that French perception of English football is bound to change sooner, rather than later.last_img read more

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Mbappe hints at interest in future MLS move

first_imgKylian Mbappe has hinted that he could one day follow several European greats and make the move to Major League Soccer.Mbappe has been linked with a transfer away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and while the US is a potential destination, the France international has said it will be some time before he can even think of a move to MLS.Speculation has once again started to build surrounding the future of the French forward, with interest from all around Europe, most notably Real Madrid. 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? The 20-year-old cast doubt on his future in Paris earlier this year by claiming he had reached a turning point in his career, despite winning the league title and the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award in 2018-19He admitted his search for more responsibility could come either at PSG or further afield, but the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has refuted any claims of Mbappe leaving the French champions this summer.And while he may once again stay put for another year, the World Cup winner has suggested that he could follow many European greats in making the switch to MLS further down the line.”We don’t know what happens in football,” Mbappe told ESPN . “Now in the USA, a lot of great players come after their careers in Europe, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, great players.”The 20-year-old undoubtedly has a long way to go in order to emulate the endless success of such European greats, but with a World Cup title already to his name and an astonishing club career to date, he is certainly on the right path.He also boasts three successive Ligue 1 titles, the first with Monaco before winning it twice with current club PSG, and picked up the Best Young Player Award at the 2018 World Cup.The forward finished the season as Ligue 1’s top scorer with 33 goals as PSG claimed their eighth league title, outscoring team-mates Edinson Cavani and Neymar in the process.And Mbappe has suggested that any possible move to MLS would have to come much later in his career.He added: “You don’t know what can happen, maybe when I’m a little older I can think about this.”last_img read more

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PSG vow to take action as Neymar fails to show up for pre-season

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have vowed to take action after Neymar failed to report to pre-season training, the club announced on Monday, though the player’s father claims the Parisian side were made aware of the delay a year ago.The Ligue 1 champions said they had previously reached an agreement on where and when Neymar would report to training, and the Brazil star failed to arrive while not receiving authorisation for his absence.As a result the 27-year-old star, who missed the Copa America with Brazil due to injury, faces a rebuke and possible disciplinary action from PSG, who, in a statement, “deplores this situation”. 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 An official note reads: “This Monday, July 8, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was summoned for the resumption of activities of the professional group of Paris Saint-Germain.”Paris Saint-Germain found that the player Neymar Jr did not show up at the agreed time and place, without having been authorized by the Club in advance.”Paris Saint-Germain deplores this situation and will take the appropriate measures resulting from it.”Hours later, Neymar Sr. spoke to Fox Brazil, stating that the club knew a year ago that he would not return until July 15 due to commitments with his foundation, Instituto Neymar.”The reason [for the delay] is known,” he said. “It was scheduled a year ago, with Instituto Neymar, and we couldn’t change it. He will be there on 15th [of July]. Simple as that, no big deal. PSG is aware and participate in Instituto Neymar activities.”The drama is the latest in a tumultuous summer for the Brazil star as talk of a possible exit from the Ligue 1 champions has grown louder.In June, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had choice words for Neymar, declaring “nobody forced him to sign” with the club for a world-record €222 million (£200m/$262m) fee in 2017.Al-Khelaifi added that he wanted “players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project”, further fueling talk Neymar could be headed for a summer exit after the PSG president had declared  “nothing and nobody is bigger than the club” in May.Neymar PSGNeymar, who remains signed through to 2022, has been heavily linked with a La Liga return, either with Real Madrid or a reunion with Barcelona, with Goal previously reporting he remains a top target for the Catalan club.However, when asked about the Neymar situation last week during the presentation of new signing Frenkie de Jong, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu appeared to admit defeat in the club’s attempts to re-sign the attacker, citing a PSG’s reluctance to sell despite the player’s desire to leave.”We know that [Neymar] wants to leave PSG, we know that, but we also know PSG do not want him to go. There is no way,” Bartomeu said at a press conference July 5.When healthy, Neymar’s two seasons have been productive as he has scored 34 goals and added 20 assists in 37 Ligue 1 games for the club.But injuries have been an issue, with a broken foot in both seasons causing him to miss extended time, including the second leg of the Champions League last-16 against Real Madrid in 2018 and the entire tie in the same round against Manchester United in 2019.PSG went on to lose both ties, continuing European struggles that have dampened domestic dominance that has seen the club capture six of the past seven Ligue 1 titles.Neymar recovered from injury in time for the Copa America, but a subsequent ankle injury sidelined him for the tournament, as Brazil went on to break a 12-year drought in competition, defeating Peru on Sunday to claim the title in his absence.last_img read more

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‘There’s no telling how good Pulisic can be’

first_imgFormer U.S. national team defender Jonathan Spector has backed compatriot Christian Pulisic to continue his rise, with the young winger now having the opportunity to make a genuine impact at Chelsea following Eden Hazard’s departure.Pulisic signed for Chelsea in January for £58 million ($74m) before re-joining Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.This summer, he helped guide the USMNT to the final of the Gold Cup, where they fell 1-0 to Mexico. 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 Pulisic’s focus now finally turn towards Chelsea, as he heads to the club in the wake of Hazard’s massive summer transfer to Real Madrid.While Pulisic himself has said that he does not see himself as a Hazard replacement, former Manchester United, West Ham and Birmingham City defender Spector says the winger can become exactly that if he continues to develop. “I don’t think he’s quite at that level just yet and there’s no shame in that, Hazard is a brilliant player! But he definitely has the potential if he continues to grow and improve,” Spector said speaking exclusively to AmericanGambler.com.”But with Hazard leaving it gives him an opportunity, as he needs to play games, especially at that age and at that stage of development. Being a 20-year-old playing for Chelsea is no small feat, so hopefully, he will get that opportunity and there is no telling how good he could be.”He added: “At 20 years of age, he’s a very, very good player. Incredibly talented, he’s got a great first touch and he just glides past players. From what I’ve seen both in the U.S. and in Germany, he’s a great outlet, so when teams are under pressure you can give him the ball on the wing or in the middle of the pitch and he’s able to get out of trouble.”He’s very similar to Hazard, but I wouldn’t put him at the same level just yet, and I’m apprehensive to make that comparison as he’s only 20 years of age but he has that ability as a player and if he continues to develop, he’s on the path to becoming the best American player that has ever come through.”With Pulisic growing into his leadership role with the U.S., the team is currently undergoing a shift as a group of young players begin to make up the foundation.Weston McKennie is seen as one of those players, having captained the U.S. in the Gold Cup finale against Mexico, and Spector says the Schalke midfielder can reach the same heights as Pulisic with a little bit more consistency.”He isn’t a utility player but he has played all over the pitch for Schalke in a number of different positions and it would be good to see him lock down a position,” Spector said. “I was similar, where I played all across the back four and even as a defensive midfielder, and it’s difficult when you’re getting moved around. It gives you opportunities to play but I think ultimately he wants to lock down a position and play in one position regularly.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Video Of This College Football Fan Is Going Viral

first_imgA general view of a goal post.SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 27: A general view is seen during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)College football’s 2018 campaign officially kicked off on Saturday, as a couple of contests took place in “Week 0” before the full slate of games next weekend.New Mexico State and Wyoming was one of those contests.NMSU entered the 2018 season with decent expectations, but the first contest of the season was a disappointing one.Wyoming won the game in fairly easy fashion, 29-7.One New Mexico State fan was particularly upset during the game. A video of his ranting went viral on social media.NMSU fan off to a fast start. CFB IS BACK pic.twitter.com/98jWtFv67G— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) August 26, 2018College football is indeed back.The 2018 season really gets underway in the coming week. Week 1 features several notable games, including Notre Dame-Michigan, Alabama-Louisville and Miami-LSU, among others.We can’t wait.last_img read more

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Brian Kelly Provides Update On QB Brandon Wimbush

first_imgBrandon Wimbush passing the ball for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)With Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book slated not to play against FSU this weekend, the QB duties will fall to Brandon Wimbush.On Thursday, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed the status of the senior QB slated to start.Kelly spoke glowingly about Wimbush, complimenting him for improving his mechanics and balance. He used the word “championship quality” to describe his QBs reps as well.“The QB that is taking reps of us is a guy you would say of championship quality,” Kelly said.Brian Kelly says Brandon Wimbush has improved his balance throwing the football and has fine-tuned his mechanics. “The QB that is taking reps of us is a guy you would say of championship quality.”— Irish Illustrated (@timprister) November 8, 2018Wimbush was Notre Dame’s starter in 2017, but lost his starting job to Ian Book prior to the start of the season.In 2017, he had 1,870 passing yards, 804 rushing yards, 16 passing TDs, 14 rushing TDs, and six INTs.Wimbush led the Fighting Irish to 9-3 record as a starter (he missed one game), including a win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl, though it was Book that came in and wound up being the key quarterback in that one.Notre Dame is undefeated, but may still need to win out to have a shot at the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

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Penn State Fans Will Love The Eagles Jersey Number Miles Sanders Chose

first_imgpenn state running back miles sandersSTATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)For the second-straight year, Penn State has produced a top talent at running back. We’ve already seen how explosive of a player Saquon Barkley can be in the NFL, and now it’s time to see if Miles Sanders can follow in his footsteps.Although Sanders had huge shoes to fill this past season with the Nittany Lions, he did an excellent job making a name for himself. In his first season of full action, the versatile tailback had 1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.Despite having years of experience as a starter, Sanders saw his stock rise tremendously in the months leading up to the NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles ultimately took him in the second round with the No. 53 overall pick.With camp underway for this year’s rookie class, Sanders has made his decision on which jersey number to wear. Sanders has chosen No. 26 for his rookie season in the City of Brotherly Love.He’ll now share the same number as Barkley, who won Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New York Giants.Number Alert: Miles Sanders = 2️⃣6️⃣💪#WeAre | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/jE2kqUJOOT— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) May 9, 2019Sanders wore No. 24 while at Penn State.Philadelphia also took Penn State defensive tackle Shareef Miller in the fourth round. He’ll wear No. 76 for the Eagles this season.We’ll see how these two members of the Nittany Lions perform at the next level soon enough.last_img read more

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Vegas Sportsbook Rejected Huge Bet On Kansas Football

first_imgKansas fans tearing down the goal post after the football team wins.Fans of the Kansas Jayhawks tear down the goal post following a win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas on November 5, 2005. Kansas won 40-15. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)Kansas football has largely been a laughingstock for the last few years. But the addition of Les Miles as head coach could change things very dramatically, very quickly.If nothing else, sports bettors are certainly feeling confident in Miles’ ability to turn the program around.According to Action Network’s Darren Rovell, a bettor at the Mirage sportsbook in Las Vegas recently tried to make a huge bet on Kansas. Per the report, the bettor wanted to place $40,000 on Kansas’ win total in 2019. However, it’s unknown whether the bet was over or under.Nevertheless, the bet was ultimately rejected because the sports book didn’t want to take the action.A bettor walked up to the counter at the Mirage sportsbook in Vegas yesterday and said he wanted to put $40,000 on Kansas football’s season total of 3 wins 😳 Not known whether he wanted over or under because book didn’t want to take his action, said @scottatmirage.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 18, 2019The Jayhawks football team has not won more than three games in a season since 2009. In that span, they’ve won a grand total of six games against their Big 12 rivals.Given their schedule, winning three games may be tough. They can probably beat Indiana State and Coastal Carolina, but beyond that things get dicey.They have to play Boston College on the road in Week 3 before starting their in-conference slate.Les Miles will really need to pull off one of his best coaching jobs if he wants to reach more than three wins with this Jayhawks team.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Beatriz Haddad Maia in battle of left-handers

first_imgAustralian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Beatriz Haddad Maia in battle of left-handersAngelique Kerber defeated Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.advertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 16:14 IST Angelique Kerber will face Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell in the third round (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAngelique Kerber comfortably beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 in the second round of the Australian OpenKerber had won the Australian Open in 2016 when she beat Serena Williams in the finalThe former world No.1 has so far won three Grand SlamsSecond seeded German Angelique Kerber easily won the battle of left-handers against big-hitting Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to stroll into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.The Wimbledon champion broke the 22-year-old Haddad Maia twice in the opening set and converted her first set point when the Brazilian sent a forehand wide for her 29th unforced error in the set.Kerber, a triple Grand Slam champion who won in Melbourne in 2016, faced just one breakpoint in the match in the second set and converted her first opportunity in the eighth game to go 5-3 up and serve for the set.Leaping into the 3R.@AngeliqueKerber def. Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to set up a clash vs Aussie Kim Birrell. #AusOpen #GameSetMatch pic.twitter.com/9qphHDwSTe#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019The to victory #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/g6Icp6y3RD#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019″This court is so special for me.”@AngeliqueKerber #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/gzlHjcFytP#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019In the third round the former world number one will meet Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell, who earlier ousted 29th seeded Donna Vekic 6-4 4-6 6-1.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 Angelique KerberFollow Beatriz Haddad MaiaFollow Australian Open Nextlast_img read more

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Frances Tiafoe hoping to keep dream alive as he prepares to face Rafael Nadal

first_img Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 22:41 IST Frances Tiafoe takes on Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFrances Tiafoe is hopeful to build on his own stature in the gameTiafoe defeated Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to reach the last eight at a major for the first time in his careerTiafoe faces a tough test as he bids to keep the big dream aliveHaving already changed the lives of his immigrant parents, Frances Tiafoe is hopeful to build on his own stature in the game as he prepares for an Australian Open quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal on Tuesday.American Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, recalled his humble beginnings after stunning Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to reach the last eight at a major for the first time in his career.”I told my parents 10 years ago I was gonna be a pro tennis player and change their life. Now I’m in the quarter-finals of a Slam. I can’t believe it,” world number 39 Tiafoe said.”The beginning of my career, I was playing for them, trying to do everything for my family. Obviously now I put them in a great place. Now I’m trying to do it for me.”Tiafoe, who turned 21 on Sunday, faces a tough test as he bids to keep the big dream alive, with 2009 champion Nadal in ruthless form coming into the contest at Rod Laver Arena.The Spaniard has not dropped a set so far in the tournament but said after his victory over Tomas Berdych in the last round that he did not expect his first career meeting with Tiafoe to be as smooth.”Going to be a tough one, as you can expect in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam,” Nadal said.”I played some good matches until that round and now is the moment to keep doing steps forward, to keep having chances.”advertisementNadal’s compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut plays Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the conqueror of 20-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, in another quarter-final clash.Among the women, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova meets fellow unseeded player in Danielle Collins while Czech Petra Kvitova runs into local favourite Ashleigh Barty.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 Frances TiafoeFollow Rafael NadalFollow Australian Open Frances Tiafoe hoping to keep dream alive as he prepares to face Rafael NadalAustralian Open: Frances Tiafoe is hopeful to build on his own stature in the game as he prepares for an Australian Open quarter-final clash with Rafa Nadal.advertisementlast_img read more

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Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta declines Padma Shri citing timing of award

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 09:44 IST Gita Mehta has authored many books and directed 14 documentaries. (Photo: Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSThe awards were announced on the eve of the Republic Day yesterdayMehta said that the timing of the award might be misconstrued as the elections are just a few months awayThe move is being seen as an attempt by the ruling BJP government to win BJD’s supportOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta, who has been conferred with the Padma Shri, has refused to accept the award which the Centre announced on the eve of Republic Day.She was awarded the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education.The awards were announced on the eve of the Republic Day yesterday.In a press statement issued from New York, Mehta said she was refusing the award as the timing for it was not right, according to a local website.”I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but with great regret I feel I must decline as there is a general election looming and the timing of the award might be misconstrued, causing embarrassment both to the government and myself, which I would much regret,” Mehta said in the statement.Notably, the general election is due in a few months. It has been rumoured in the political circles that the Centre’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was trying to woo Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in case there was a hung assembly.The move is being seen as an attempt to win BJD’s support by conferring award to Naveen Patnaik’s sister, Gita Mehta.Gita Mehta has authored books like Karma Cola (1979), Raj (1989), A River Sutra (1993), Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India (1997) and Eternal Ganesha: From Birth to Rebirth (2006).Mehta has also produced and/or directed 14 documentaries.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsAlso Watch | Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta refuses to accept Padma Shri awardAlso Watch | Unsung heroes of nation awarded with Padma ShriadvertisementFor 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 byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Padma ShriFollow Naveen PatnaikFollow Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta declines Padma Shri citing timing of awardGita Mehta was awarded the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education.advertisementlast_img read more

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Stephen Constantine was good but next coach should make us better: Subhasish Bose

first_img Next Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 18:00 IST Subhasish Bose said the Indian team was eager to create history at the AFC Asian Cup but “unfortunately it couldn’t happen”. (@subhasis17 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSubhasish Bose said that Constatine did a good job for India but new coach should take the team to the next levelSubhasish conceded that India got too defensive against Bahrain in the Asian Cup and ending up losing the matchSubhasish said that India have to learn to control the ball more and cannot keep playing “long balls all the time”India came within steps of entering the last 16 of the Asian Cup for the very first time in history but fell agonisingly short against Bahrain in their final Group A match in Sharjah. When India had finished runners-up at Asian Cup in 1964, there was no round robin format and henceforth, the national team was looking to create history. Alas! It wasn’t to happen.India played attractive football against Thailand (4-1 victory) and hosts UAE (2-0 loss) but against Bahrain, needing a win or a draw to go through, they got defensive against Bahrain’s incessant attack and slumped to a loss that knocked them out of the competition.It was Stephen Constantine’s last tournament with the Indian national football team. His second stint in India started back in 2015 when India were as low as 170 in the FIFA rankings. From there to 97 according to the current rankings, Constantine got the team a long way up. He had his own shortcomings though – he primarily had one strategy for the Indian football team and that was long balls. Like Indian defender Subhasish said, “I feel we need to keep the ball a lot more, we can’t be playing long balls all the time.”For all his success, Constantine himself bid goodbye to the national team and now the wait for the next coach starts. Will he bring the same kind of football for Team India or will his approach be completely different. A lot of questions and the answers will have to wait.advertisementMeanwhile, IndiaToday.in caught up with Subhasish to talk about the Asian Cup loss, Constantine, ISL, I-League and more. Excerpts:Abreshmina S Quadri: Take us through the whole experience of AFC Asian Cup in UAE.Subhasish Bose: We had prepared well before the Asian Cup by playing China and Jordan. Asian Cup was a whole different experience, I played the biggest tournament of my life. We won 4-1 against Thailand, it was a great win and we played well as a team. Second match, we lost 2-0 against UAE but We had 4-5 clear chances in the first half, may be because of that we got relaxed in the second hald and conceded goals but we performed very well in that match. Bahrain, we needed a draw to reach top 16, we played for a win but the game situation was such that we got defensive and then right at the end, we gave a penalty and lost and couldn’t qualify. But we were a young team and it was a good experience for the future and we will do in the future.Abreshmina: What happened in the game against Bahrain? Did being defensive cost the team?Subhasish: We played attacking football against Thailand and UAE and we played well. Against Bahrain, we were not told to play defensive but like I said, the game situation turned as such that we had to play defensive. Every time we would win the ball, they were closing down well. That is why we could not keep the ball well and create chances up front. Because we were so defensive, we ended up giving a penalty and conceded the goal.Abreshmina: What did Stephen Constantine tell the team at half time during the Asian Cup 2019 match vs Bahrain?Subhasish: We are told a few practicalities during the half time and everyone stays motivated when it is about playing for the country. That is what we were told – that ‘it is the biggest tournament of our lives and we have to do well’. We all gave our effort to create history and reach top 16 but unfortunately it couldn’t happen.Abreshmina: With Constantine now gone, what are you expectations from the new coach?Subhasish: Constantine was a good coach and whatever he did for our country, taking us up the rankings, he did a good job. But whoever comes now should get newer things and make us better. He should be able to guide us better and take the national team to a newer level, that is what we want and expect. We will also give our best to get better.Abreshmina: What do you feel about India’s long-ball strategy that Constantine used extensively?Subhasish: Our strength is counter-attacking right now. We take a few touches and then try to go direct up front at a quick pace because we have super fast wingers in Udanta [Singh] and Hali [Halicharan Narzary], our game style is like that. Now that the new coach will come and whatever game style he sets for us, we will do. Physically, we are getting better and better but we need to keep ball possession better. Since we attack up front, if we can’t keep the ball, we will have to defend a lot more and that puts a lot of pressure. We have to keep that in mind and whichever coach comes, hopefully he will take us to another level.advertisementIn ISL, there are a lot of Spanish coaches but like in Mumbai [City FC] we play high pressing game and then close down well at the back. Similarly we should do in the national team. According to the opponent and coach, strategies are decided. For example, in the Thailand match we did very well with high pressing and keeping the ball. I feel we need to keep the ball a lot more, we can’t be playing long balls all the time. Like that we won’t even be able to show good football and we won’t even be able to create solid chances for the team. However ever we keep the ball, we will be able to get opportunities.Abreshmina: How do you feel your Asian Cup experience would help Mumbai City FC in the ISL.Subhasish: Asian Cup, we played excellent opponents and so playing against them, we gained a lot of experience. That increased by confidence which I can bring to the ISL and I can perform better and help the team [Mumbai City FC].Abreshmina: People say that the intensity of ISL matches is quite low. Your thoughts?Subhasish: We get less time for recovery, we have quick matches. In the ISL, we try to perform well but sometimes we have to slow the game according to strategy. 90 minutes if we play fast, we can concede a goal also. We were talking about national team, 90 minutes if we play counter attack and do not keep the ball, it will put us under pressure and there will be chances of conceding. This is why we slow down the game and all. May be it looks like that but I don’t think it’s that slow.Abreshmina: What do you have to say about the talks of merger and a single top-division league in India?Subhasish: I can’t say much about the merger, that the officials can talk about. I don’t have much idea. But if there will be one league, there will be more teams and more competition and there will be better development of Indian football. We will get to play more matches also which will help us a lot.Abreshmina: How important are small clubs like Minerva Punjab, Aizawl FC and Real Kashmir FC (I-League clubs) for Indian football?Subhasish: These clubs are coming up and showing up well. Young players also get a chance because of these clubs and with that Minerva became champions, Aizawl too. Competition also increases for clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and it is good for Indian football and for young careers. Like I started my career at Sporting Club de Goa. As a young player, you don’t get much chance in clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, it is clubs like Sporting, Minerva and Aizawl that give chances to youngsters. These clubs should stay and come up more, only then Indian football will develop.advertisementAlso Read | Indian football needs actively involved Chhetri even after retirement, says Luis GarciaAlso Read | Asian Cup group stage elimination a setback, says Jeje LalpekhluaFor 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 Subhasish BoseFollow AFC Asian CupFollow Asian Cup 2019Follow Indian footballFollow Stephen ConstantineFollow Mumbai City FCFollow ISL 2018-19 Stephen Constantine was good but next coach should make us better: Subhasish BoseIndian defender Subhasish Bose, in an exclusive conversation with IndiaToday.in, talked about his AFC Asian Cup experience, Stephen Constantine, Mumbai City FC and more.advertisementlast_img read more

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It was awesome to see him first-hand: England’s Ollie Pope in awe of Virat Kohli

first_img Press Trust of India WayanadFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 22:02 IST Virat Kohli was the top-scorer during India’s five-match Test series against England last year. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOllie Pope said even if he doesn’t usually try to copy anyone, he wouldn’t mind copying KohliPope was in awe of Kohli’s batting technique in EnglandPope made his Test debut against India at the age of 20Ollie Pope is normally averse to copying any other cricketer’s style, but the young England batsman Saturday admitted that India captain Virat Kohli is someone who he doesn’t mind imitating.The 20-year-old Surrey batsman was in awe of Kohli’s batting technique and said watching him, especially in the Nottingham Test where India beat England by a whopping 203 runs, was a treat to his eyes.”I usually don’t try and copy other players, but one player I wouldn’t mind is Kohli, to be honest,” said Pope, who is currently on a tour to India with the England Lions.”I think the way he (Kohli) played there (in Nottingham), it was awesome to play against him and see him first-hand. The way he stood outside his crease when he batted and tried to negotiate the swing. He was who I enjoyed watching and I learnt a lot from him,” he added.Kohli played superb knocks of 97 and 103 to help India register its lone Test win over England in the five-match series last year.Pope made his Test debut against India at the age of 20 and batted at the crucial No. 4 spot, and by his own admission the experience was “surreal”.”I sort of experienced the ups and the downs within two weeks of cricket, which has actually put me in good stead for the future. It doesn’t really get bigger than that,” Pope said.”The Test series was a good way of me to understand what sort of a player I was. Mentally I felt I coped with all of that pretty well.”advertisementAlso Read | Who is a better T20 batsman Virat or Rohit? Harbhajan Singh has this to sayAlso Read | Virat Kohli leads from the front like Imran Khan, says Abdul QadirAlso Read | MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli at No 4 in World Cup? Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri differFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Ollie PopeFollow Virat KohliFollow India cricketFollow England Cricket It was awesome to see him first-hand: England’s Ollie Pope in awe of Virat KohliEngland youngster Ollie Pope called his Test cricket experience against India last year was surreal and said “it was awesome to play against” Virat Kohli.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: If Andre Russell misses, I will hit, says Chris Morris

first_imgIPL 2019: If Andre Russell misses, I will hit, says Chris MorrisChris Morris said that he is looking forward to his battle with Andre Russell when Delhi Capitals take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League clash on Saturdayadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 18:57 IST Chris Morris said he is up for the challenge of facing Andre Russell (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Morris is looking forward to playing against Andre RussellMorris said that west Indian Russell “is an absolute genius”Delhi Capitals host Kolkata Knight Riders at the Kotla on SundayDelhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder Chris Morris is expected to take on his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) counterpart Andre Russell in their Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday and the South African said that he is up for the challenge.”He (Russell) is an absolute genius. It will be a case of ‘if he misses, I hit’. I won’t give away too many secrets. I might look like a duck, but my brain is working overtime and I will look to trust my training.”We have got similar roles. He bats a little higher. Our job is to hit sixes and pick up wickets. But maybe he has a little more responsibility as a batsman than me,” Morris said on the eve of the match.Asked if he would take the new ball or bowl at the death, Morris said: “I haven’t spoken about my role, but I will take up the all-rounder’s role. I don’t think I will take the new ball, and will probably bowl at the death. I like to bring a little energy to the squad. I’m really looking forward to get onto the park.”The Kotla wicket has been low and slow this year and Morris agreed that it is one of the biggest differences at the venue this season.”The biggest difference is that it is a little slower and turning a bit. The wicket here has been good and quick, but it’s a little bit on the slower side this time. There is natural variation in the wicket,” he said.advertisementWith Morris coming in, there might be a change in Rishabh Pant’s batting position, but the all-rounder said the wicketkeeper-batsman is a quality performer and can bat at any position.”Doesn’t matter where Pant bats, he is good wherever he bats. My role is to play hard at the end,” Morris said with a smile on his face.Also Read | IPL no-ball controversy: Cricketing fraternity slams umpiring blooperAlso Read | Sanction unlikely for Ravi, Nandan as only 11 Indian umpires for IPL postingFor 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 Andre RussellFollow Chris MorrisFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow DCFollow KKRlast_img read more

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