TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martinez urges Hazard to choose Chelsea stay over Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has told Eden Hazard to stay with Chelsea.Martinez believes a move to Real Madrid wouldn’t work for the Belgian.“I do not know if a new challenge would be good for him. He knows how much they love him at Chelsea and there’s chemistry between Sarri and him. Besides, he is enjoying his time at Chelsea, where he has reached an exceptional level,” said the Spanish coach in an interview with HLN.“It’s uncertain that a new project will suit him. I am convinced that he can reinvent himself at the club.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Ramsdale hugely impressiveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed the performance of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for last night’s win at Southampton.The England under-21 international produced a stellar performance to help Cherries deliver their first ever win in an away fixture against Southampton. Howe told the Daily Echo: “He did really well. He was hugely impressive.“His distribution was good, he was brave, which we want him to be and he made a couple of really good saves in that second half.“He is growing all the time. He has adapted very well to Premier League life.”
Lawyer admits Ronaldo joined Juventus due to favourable financial environmentby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer admits Spain’s tax laws contributed to his decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus.Ronaldo left Real over a year ago for the Turin giants.And legal rep José Antonio Choclan told AS: “In the thinking of a player when making his decision, he does not think only of the sporting aspect, the element of taxation also counts. “The Italian tax system is very attractive. I guess that’s not the only reason a player decides to go. In Spain, it is difficult to assume such a flexible system, but they are trying to change it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer accuses Liverpool striker Mane of divingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer has accused Liverpool striker Sadio Mane of diving to win an injury-time penalty in their 2-1 win over Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday.Mane went to ground inside the area under pressure from Marc Albrighton, with referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot. VAR upheld Kavanagh’s original decision and James Milner converted from the spot to extend Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to eight points.After the game an angry brawl unfolded between both sets of players, as Leicester vented their frustration at their late defeat and Shearer felt they were right to feel aggrieved.”I don’t think it’s a penalty, I think it’s a dive,” said Shearer on Match of the Day. “It’s a contact sport. Mane takes a touch against Albrighton and then decides to go down.”
Twitter/@BigJah15By now, you’ve heard that Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones met in third grade, roomed together and became best friends in ninth grade, and chose to play for the same college so that they could potentially win a national championship together. Thursday, with Okafor officially declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season, Jones took to Twitter with a cool tribute to his teammate. He urged Okafor to go make “another dream” a reality.So happy for my brother/bestfriend. We had a goal since 9th grade, & we did it Jah. Now go make another dream a reality. You earned it!— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) April 9, 2015Currently, it isn’t known whether Jones will join Okafor and declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. But if he does decide to take the jump, it would be pretty cool to see them both drafted on the same night.
N’Golo Kante is pleased with the news that Chelsea have secured the £58 million signing of Christian Pulisic, amid a run which has seen the goals dry up for the Londoners and their forwards fall to injury.Pulisic will have to wait until next season to make his Chelsea debut as he spends the rest of this season on loan at Dortmund.Meanwhile, Kante has been one of Chelsea’s goal-scorers in a barren run which has seen Chelsea score only 11 goals in their last 10 games. 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? Understandably, Maurizio Sarri is hoping for an attacking option to boost his misfiring forward line which is also beset by injuries – as Willian joined the likes of Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in recent spells on the sidelines.Kante says that Pulisic is a good signing for Chelsea and admits that his side missed too many chances against Southampton, in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw.”We know he’s a good player. He’s doing well for Dortmund and we are glad to welcome him to Chelsea,” Kante said at Stamford Bridge, before outlining the issues against Southampton. “It was a little bit difficult. We didn’t complete our objective at home.”We played against a very compact Southampton team, we had some chances but we didn’t score. I think we defended very well in this game. We tried to keep the ball in the first half, in the second half we continued with our plan.”We had more spaces and we tried to find a way to score but I think we missed some chances, the keeper made some saves and they fought until the end and got the point.”Chelsea are now preparing to play in the competition they won seven months ago, as the FA Cup winners welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the competition.Kante insists that Chelsea aren’t looking to get back to playing in the league to right the wrongs against the Saints and the beginning of their cup trophy defence. “No, no we want to do the best we can in every competition,” Kante added. “The FA Cup is coming, we won it last season and we are ready to play.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Maurizio Sarri should think twice before going public with criticism of his Chelsea players, Ruud Gullit has warned.The Italian questioned his team’s mentality after last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal, but Thursday’s penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final represented a telling response.After that game, Hazard was asked about Sarri’s comments and insisted “I don’t care”, with Gullit suggesting it was a bad idea for a manager to speak negatively about their squad. 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? “It is very, very risky to criticise your players in public like Sarri did this week – even if you know you are right,” Gullit wrote in a BBC Match of the Day column.”Sometimes as a manager you really want to be open about what you are thinking, good or bad, and for the right reasons. You are hoping your players respond in the right way.”But if that openness is misinterpreted by them, then you have more problems.”What you really don’t want is a situation that plays out in the media like the one we have just seen at Chelsea. The only people who benefit when that happens are the newspapers.”On the subject of Sarri’s specific criticism of star man Hazard and the Belgian’s response, Gullit was unequivocal, telling Sarri to “shut up”.“Sarri spoke about Hazard, calling him an individual and not a leader, and then Hazard responded by basically saying he does not care what his manager thinks, he is still going to do his thing – so shut up,” he said.”That is already a sign of what can go wrong when you call your players out.”I have never really felt like Sarri’s job was at risk through all this but, if they keep talking about each other then, as a manager, he is in trouble.”That has nothing to do with the power of the player involved, either.”Yes, Hazard is Chelsea’s best player, and they rely on him too much, but it is the whole dressing room that Sarri has to handle here and keep happy, not just an individual.”Chelsea host Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday and will take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@NiceKicksJim Harbaugh, what are you doing? Michigan isn’t sponsored by adidas anymore.So Michigan used to be sponsored by adidas, but on April 26 of this year the Wolverines signed a new deal with Nike. It wasn’t just any deal either, it was worth $173.8 million through 2031. Michigan’s football team also became the first “Jumpman” school in the country, but Jim Harbaugh does what he wants.The Michigan head coach obviously kept a few things he had with the adidas logo on it and didn’t think anyone would notice:.@UMichFootball traded Adidas for @jumpman23, but @CoachJim4UM is still rocking with the Adidas belt. pic.twitter.com/EXyfPfZTzj— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) September 25, 2016So are Nike belts just not good enough for Harbaugh? A plain black belt with the Jordan logo just doesn’t have that same feel to it as the adidas belt?Who knows, but regardless it is a bit strange that Harbaugh was rocking an adidas belt. The head coach of a Nike sponsored school and the first Jordan branded football team in the country should maybe stay loyal to those brands.Darren Rovell hit the nail on the head by saying that there is no way he gets away with this again.We’ll keep an eye on Harbaugh’s belt for you next weekend.
Arturo Vidal holds no concerns about Barcelona pursuing Neymar as the Brazilian’s return to Camp Nou reportedly edges closer.Reports in Spain indicate the two parties are growing increasingly optimistic of pushing through an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.The 27-year-old enjoyed four successful seasons in his first stint at Camp Nou but questions have been raised about the wisdom of a reunion. 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 Ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola pondered whether Neymar would return as the “same person” but midfielder Vidal, who is away on Copa America duty with Chile, is not about to question his club’s decisions.”I am already playing with the best in Barcelona, and if Barcelona want Neymar that is none of my business,” Vidal said.”I am focused on the national team, on trying to win this tournament, then to get some rest.”There are people in Barcelona in charge of those matters.”Vidal and Chile, winners of the past two Copa America tournaments, are preparing for a crunch semi-final date with Peru in Porto Alegre.The dynamic former Bayern Munich man and team-mate Charles Aranguiz will have to be on their best behaviour after each picked up a yellow card in the quarter-final victory Colombia.Another on Wednesday would mean a suspension for the final, should favourites Chile overcome their less experienced opponents.Vidal said: “Neither me nor Charles are worried about our bookings.”If we have to give our lives out there, if we have to risk another yellow card we will do it.”Our most important goal is to produce the best game in this tournament for the team so we can reach the final.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hopeful last season’s treble winners can add another centre back before the new season starts while also admitting that he hopes to see Leroy Sane remain with the club.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager addressed speculation surrounding the future of the German winger, who has been linked with Bayern Munich for a majority of the summer.Former Germany star Lothar Matthaus says that he believes Sane can be the new face of Bayern Munich, while Guardiola has already stated that he thinks Sane’s career would best be served by staying at City and is hoping to keep hold of the winger if possible. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We want him to stay. Hopefully he can stay this season and another one and another one, that’s why we offered him a new contract,” Guardiola said.”I want him. He has special qualities, we play wingers and we need specific wingers. But it is his decision, it’s the same as what happened with [Jadon] Sancho. We want him, we are giving everything, but in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing.”City have made two signings this off-season with Spanish midfielder Rodri joining for a club-record £63 million and full-back Angelino returning to the club from PSV Eindhoven.Last season’s Premier League champions are set to face Wolves on Saturday in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.Manchester City took down West Ham United by a 4-1 scoreline to book their place in the finale of the pre-season tournament while Wolves cruised past Newcastle 4-0 in their semi-final. The Citizens are in the market for a new defender after club captain Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad following 11 seasons at the club.Kompany, who had been with City since 2008, has returned to his boyhood club Anderlecht as the Belgian side’s new player-manager.City has been linked with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, as has Manchester United, and while Guardiola refused to discuss the England international specifically, he acknowledges that they are looking at transfer targets.”We will see,” Guardiola said when asked if City needed to replace Kompany. “But yeah, we are looking for some names.”At the same time, we have three centre-backs who can play there and we have two young players in the second team who can help us.”We shall see if the market is possible and if the club believes we can spend that money. But if they don’t, we shan’t spend it.”
When your father represented Barcelona with distinction, making the decision to leave Catalunya behind to represent Real Madrid is a major step.But that is exactly what Andri Gudjohnsen – son of former Barca forward Eidur – did during the summer of 2018, and if his first season in the Spanish capital is anything to go by then he is destined to follow in his dad’s footsteps of representing some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs.Born in London in 2002 while his father was plying his trade for Chelsea, Gudjohnsen took his first steps into academy football at the age of eight. While Eidur was helping Pep Guardiola’s senior Barcelona side to domestic and European success, Andri was beginning his football education in the shadows of Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He spent three years with the Blaugrana before moving on to low-level Catalan club Gava. From there he was snapped up by Espanyol, for whom he played for three further campaigns before Madrid came knocking on the door shortly after Gudjohnsen’s 16th birthday.Goal has learned that the Blancos did all they could to tempt Gudjohnsen across Spain, meeting with the teenager personally as well as offering to move his family – including younger brother Dani, who was enrolled into the ‘Infant B’ team – to Madrid. There were other offers, but Gudjohnsen was unlikely to have his head turned once the then-reigning European champions came calling.Given his family connections the news made some headlines across the continent, but few would have expected the sensational campaign that Gudjohnsen has enjoyed during his first 12 months as a Madridista.Playing for Madrid’s Under-17 side – or ‘Juvenil C’ – he scored 31 goals in 29 appearances, including six on the final day of the season in a 9-1 win over Escuela Concepcion. He was the spearhead behind which Manu Fernandez’s side romped to the Regional First Division title, suffering just one defeat on their way to a points total of 95 and a record goal tally for a single campaign.Despite standing at just over 6′, Gudjohnsen’s strength means he can be an imposing physical presence for many defenders in his own peer group, with a number of his goals coming having brushed off opposition centre-backs. His penchant for first-time finishes is a fine illustration of his ability with the ball at his feet while he also possesses a strong aerial ability.“He has had a very good season,” Manu Fernandez told RealMadrid TV when asked about Gudjohnsen’s development. “He has evolved a lot this year.”He is a complete player. He likes to drop deep to receive the ball and support his team-mates, and is very intelligent on the field. He has grown a lot in his interpretation of the game.”Gudjohnsen’s showing at his own age-group level saw him on occasion earn promotion to the Under-19s (or Juvenil B) side, who themselves are coached by legendary Madrid striker Raul. He appeared in the prestigious Mediterranean International Cup, a tournament which has previously been graced by the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Marcelo on their way to the very top of the game.Gudjohnsen started and scored in the 3-1 final victory over Atletico Madrid to further enhance his credentials at the end of a memorable season.He also found the net for Iceland’s Under-17 side at this summer’s U17 European Championship in Ireland and has already earned international caps at U19 level. And, while he will be unable to replicate his father’s achievement of playing in the same international fixture as his own father, Arnor, it is unlikely to be long until he gets the chance to lead the line for the nation’s senior side.For now, his development continues in Madrid, and while first-team opportunities are unlikely to be forthcoming in the next 12 months as Zinedine Zidane’s rebuild at Santiago Bernabeu kicks into gear, it is unlikely to be too long until the name Gudjohnsen begins to make an impact on the biggest stage yet again.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys watches the replay board in the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Mike Gundy is regarded as one of the top coaches in college football. He has turned his alma mater Oklahoma State into a remarkably consistent competitor in the Big 12 and nationally, despite the fact that it is the clear No. 2 team in the state, and not among the bigger brands in the region as a whole.Still, the Cowboys are always dangerous. The team is currently riding three straight years of 10 wins, and has hit that mark in four of the last five seasons. Back in 2011, the team probably would have played for a national title, had it not been shocked in overtime by a middling Iowa State team.Gundy has built one of college football’s winningest programs despite some limitations in recruiting. The Cowboys have finished in the Top 25 in recruiting a few times, topping out at No. 18 back in 2006, Gundy’s first full recruiting cycle after taking over for Les Miles.In recent years, Oklahoma State has typically finished in the 30s or 40s. Even with on-field success, that apparently isn’t high enough for athletic director Mike Holder’s liking.Mike Holder appeared on the Pistols Firing podcast this week, and had some interesting things to say about Mike Gundy’s recruiting strategy.Holder, who took over as AD in September 2005, less than a year after Gundy was hired as head coach, complimented his coaching ability, but raised concerns about the level of talent that he brings in. From Pistols Firing:“You’ve got to give credit to Mike Gundy. He’s really matured into a difference maker as a coach. I would approach recruiting a little differently than he does. I’d want to finish higher in those recruiting rankings than we consistently do. I think that ultimately puts a ceiling on what you’re able to achieve. We do a great job of overcoming that with Rob Glass down in the weight room, and I think our coaches do a great job of disciplining and motivating and channeling what talent we have in the right direction. I just think we would be better served with a few more James Washington’s coming in the front door – you know, he came in as a two-star, three-star, left a five-star – we need to take some of those five-stars and turn them into seven-stars, which I think Rob Glass could do, and I think Mike Gundy could as well.“I’m patting them on the back at the same time I’m challenging them to get out there and do a little bit more recruiting … Recruiting’s the most important thing we do, and you’re only as good as your athletes.”Holder went on to say that he feels like Gundy “settles” for players on occasion, though acknowledged that he, a former golf coach at OSU, doesn’t know the ins and outs of college football recruiting.The comments echo what you’ll probably read on your typical college football message board, and there might be some truth there as well. However, the timing is interesting. After being targeted by a number of big programs for openings in the off-season, in January Gundy said that he is a “Cowboy for Life.”Overall, things seem to be pretty good between Gundy and Oklahoma State, which hasn’t always been the case. His relationship with mega-booster T. Boone Pickens gets rocky on occasion. Either way, it is definitely in everyone’s best interest to keep Gundy happy in Stillwater, as there is definitely no guarantee that whomever comes next is nearly as good.[Pistols Firing]
Week 8 of the college football season may have kicked off earlier this week, but the main slate of games is set to begin in just a few hours. Ahead of a huge Saturday of college football, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum broke down the day’s action.He’s calling for an upset. Finebaum didn’t go out on a limb with this one, but he’s picking Oregon to take down Washington State.The Ducks, despite being ranked higher in the polls, enter this game as the underdog.Finebaum likes No. 12 Oregon to take down yet another college football team from the state of Washington – No. 25 Washington State.Oregon and Washington State kick off tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 02: Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (left) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)New Miami football coach Manny Diaz didn’t waste much time in delivering a scalding hot take on the state of recruiting.Weirdly, it resulted in a shot at Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.Diaz rejoins the staff a few weeks after taking the head coaching job at Temple.With Mark Richt’s sudden retirement, the Hurricanes reached back out to Diaz, and got him to take the job in his hometown.He had served as The U’s defensive coordinator since 2016.Manny Diaz was asked about recruiting, and said that Kevin Durant and the NBA are to blame for players flocking to “winning” programs.I’m not sure where Diaz thinks players were heading before the summer of 2016, but sure.From the Miami Herald:“Sometimes it just takes one,” coach Manny Diaz said of snagging top recruits. “Sometimes it just takes that one guy that’s like, ‘I’m staying’ and then it goes. There’s going to be more skill guys [in South Florida] than what we can take, but there’s no doubt [UM needs more of the elite recruits.]“Look, the world has changed, and I’m going to blame the NBA. Once Kevin Durant went to the Warriors after they were 3-1 up when he was at Oklahoma City — kids want to go where the winning is. So, that’s hard because you have to create the winning to get them to come to where the winning is. So, there’s a natural tendency to be drawn to the places that are currently on top, which, that’s fair.The funniest part here is that with this line of thinking, you could more accurately trace the blame back to LeBron James forming a superteam in…Miami.Of course, that wouldn’t fly.Either way, complaining about kids wanting to play for championship caliber teams seems like a strange strategy for a coach who should ostensibly have championship aspirations.[Miami Herald]
COMMITTED TO THE VILLE!! #GOCARDS #Flyville20 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/l03V9jaAY5— Brock Travelstead (@KP12Travelstead) June 16, 2019Travelstead, a 6-foot-1 kicker, is ranked the No. 4 kicker recruit in the country by Chris Sailer Kicking rankings.The five-star recruit had scholarship offers from several notable programs, including Air Force, Army, Wyoming and UMass.The elite prospect joins a Louisville class that includes commitments from 15 players. LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 07: A general view of the Louisville Cardinals game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)One of the highest-rated field goal kicker recruits in the country for 2020 has announced his commitment.Brock Travelstead, a five-star kicker out of Georgia, announced late on Saturday his commitment decision.The No. 4 overall kicker recruit has committed to Louisville.“COMMITTED TO THE VILLE!!” he wrote.
The pageantry, the tradition and the pride …… they’re all coming through that tunnel in just 25 days.(📍@ChickfilA ) pic.twitter.com/HKW1SdhFmW— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) July 30, 2019The 2019 college football season gets underway with a pair of games on August 24, highlighted by a Sunshine State showdown between Florida and Miami in Orlando. It will be the first time the in-state rivals have met since 2013.Florida will be looking to make a huge leap in its second year under Dan Mullen. Meanwhile, Miami will try to open the Manny Diaz Era on a high note.Arizona and Hawaii will face off in the other game that night. Most of college football will open up the following weekend, with a four-day slate of games running from Thursday through Labor Day night. SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a 62 yard touchdown reception thrown by Tua Tagovailoa #13 against the Clemson Tigers during the first quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Every year, ESPN selects a theme song for the upcoming college football season. They revealed the 2019 version on Tuesday.Say goodbye to Imagine Dragons and hello to The Score, an alternative rock and indie pop band from New York City. Their song “Can’t Stop Me Now” will be played ad nauseum on every ESPN promo and game broadcast from now through the college football playoff.The song is fairly catchy, and it seems to fit with football. You’ll probably either love it or hate it very soon, considering how often it will be on the air.Here’s the official announcement from ESPN on Twitter.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks on before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The official Associated Press college football preseason top 25 poll will be released later this month.In the meantime, media outlets are updating their college football preseason top 25 polls heading into the season.Sporting News has updated its preseason top 25 poll.Alabama, not Clemson, is No. 1 in the poll.Here’s the top 10:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateOklahomaTexasLSUFloridaNotre DameMichiganClemson is the near-unanimous preseason No. 1 in most polls, so having Alabama at No. 1 here is a bit of a surprise.It’s hard to argue against what Nick Saban is bringing back, though.You can view the full poll here.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It’s been a big day for starting quarterback announcements. Ohio State just made their starting quarterback decision official, and now Oklahoma is doing the same.On Monday, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced that Jalen Hurts would be the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2019. Hurts joined Oklahoma in the offseason in a transfer from Alabama.Hurts was the starting quarterback for Alabama from 2016 to 2017. He led Alabama to back-to-back College Football Playoff title games, but lost one and was benched for the other.In 2018, Hurts lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa, which preceded his transfer to Oklahoma. Coach Riley names @JalenHurts the starting quarterback.https://t.co/DAc7GEqu3m | #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/tddLZVcm5Y— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 19, 2019Hurts joins an Oklahoma team that has produced the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Though he was not much of a Heisman contender at Alabama, he is currently on the award’s shortlist.In three seasons under Nick Saban, Hurts totaled 5,626 passing yards, 48 touchdowns, and only 12 interceptions. He has a completion rate of 62.9-percent.Hurts also presents some options as a runner. He has rushed for 1,923 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.Oklahoma heads into the 2019 season as a top five team in the AP preseason poll. Expectations will certainly be high.Hurts will make his debut on September 1 in Oklahoma’s home opener against Houston.
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Jared Lorenzen #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball during the SEC football game against the Tennessee Volunteers on November 17, 2001 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Tennessee won 38-35. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)The Kentucky football community suffered a real tragedy this summer. Former UK and New York Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen, one of the most beloved former Wildcats out there, passed away at just 38 years old.As you’d imagine, plenty of tributes have been planned for Lorenzen. Kentucky is currently opening its season against Toledo in Lexington.The Wildcats are up 24-17 early in the fourth against the MAC power. The game has been pretty tough-fought so far.At halftime, the Kentucky marching band paid touching tribute to the late Lorenzen.During the show, the band formed Lorenzen’s No. 22 at midfield.Kentucky’s band formed a 22 to honor Jared Lorenzen. pic.twitter.com/WxXPoceltS— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 31, 2019Second-year starting quarterback Terry Wilson has taken it upon himself to pay respects to Lorenzen on the field. Earlier this off-season, he floated the idea of wearing Lorenzen’s No. 22 for the opener.He is in his normal No. 3 today, but is wearing custom-painted “Hefty Lefty” cleats.He also had a very touching moment with Lorenzen’s mom on the field during warm-ups.Terry Wilson embracing Jared Lorenzen’s mom before the game. pic.twitter.com/Kt5CIStSik— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) August 31, 2019Courier-Journal writer Jon Hale reports that Wilson wearing No. 22 is still on the table and being worked out. It sounds like the Oct. 12 date against Arkansas, when the program will be having its official tribute to Lorenzen, is the most likely game.There will be no shortage of tributes to Jared Lorenzen this season in Lexington, and it is well deserved. He is probably the face of that program for many, even 15 years after his final game for the Wildcats.
Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t mean to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeIndia vs Australia: Veteran Australian commentator Kerry O’Keeffe said his comments on Mayank Agarwal, and “Cheteshwar Jadeja” were negatively interpreted and opined some fans may not get his sense of humouradvertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 15:29 IST Kerry O’Keeffe in a an open letter said he has been “devastated” by the reaction to his on-air comments (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKerry O’Keeffe has written an open letter to Team India and its fansO’Keeffe had made an insensitive comment on Mayank Agarwal on Day 1 of the MCG TestHead coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun have responded to O’Keeffe commentsFormer Australia crikceter-turned commentator Kerry O’Keeffe has responded to the criticism he has been facing over the controversial comments he had made on air during the course of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia in Melbourne.In an open letter to India cricket team and its fans, O’Keeffe said he has been “devastated” by the reaction to his on-air comments that are being labelled distasteful and even racist by a section of Indian fans and the media.O’Keeffe also conceded that some of the fans may not be able to “relate to my sense of humour” and that what he meant is “vastly different” from what is being represented in the media.”I have been devastated by the reaction to my on-air comments on Fox Cricket during the recently completed Third Test between Australia and India. I am coming to terms with how negatively those words have been interpreted,” O’Keeffe wrote in his open letter, as quoted by foxsports.com.au.”That interpretation is not who I am. It is not what I represent. My style as a commentator is to attempt to find a quirky view to lighten up some of the serious analysis.”When I made a remark about Indian first-class batting averages within their domestic cricket competition being made against a “canteen” bowling attack, I was being entirely tongue in cheek. I was certainly not disrespecting Indian cricket, where I toured as a schoolboy and for which I have the greatest admiration as a cricketing nation.advertisement”I accept that some fans may not always relate to my sense of humour – but missing the mark on a joke between overs is vastly different to what I’ve been accused of on Twitter and in some sections of the media in recent days.”O’Keeffe’s open letter comes after his comments hit the nerve of the fans and the India dressing room. The veteran commentator had kicked up a storm when he said that debutant Mayank Agarwal’s Ranji Trophy triple ton may have come against “Jalandhar Railway canteen staff” and that the said opposition had bowlers who were “chefs and waiters”.Despite facing severe backlash for his comments, O’Keeffe didn’t stop there as he went on to make distasteful joke about difficulty in pronouncing India players’ names during the Boxing Day Test.Sharing the commentary boxing with legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne and Mark Waugh, O’Keeffe was heard from behind the mic on Saturday, saying “Why would you name your kid Cheteshwar Pujara?”Insisting that he does extensive research before commentary, O’Keeffe added that he had no intention to ridicule Indian players or the premier domestic tournament of the country.”I pride myself on doing extensive research before a match and when I stumbled over the names of Pujara and Jadeja on Day Four, I took a swipe at myself for getting them wrong,” O’Keeffe added.”There was no intention to ridicule those two wonderful players and I am horrified by any suggestion to the contrary. I had spent months researching and analysing these two players and when the moment arrived, I stuffed it up. The joke was on me.”… I respect India, its cricketers and its supporters for their deep love of the game and it hurts me to think a couple of misplaced attempts at humour might compromise our mutual joy in all things cricket. While I’ve listened to the feedback to some of my calls, it’s now important for me to move on and look to the Sydney Test.”I love calling cricket for a living and I’ll continue to do it in my slightly offbeat style. I’d like to think I produce more diamonds than rocks in the commentary box and that viewers will give me the benefit of the doubt if I bowl the occasional no-ball.”India head coach Ravi Shastri had hit back at O’Keeffe over his comments on Mayank Agarwal. Speaking during a post-day show on Friday, the former captain had said: “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry… ‘when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’.”Meanwhile, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, who addressed the press after Saturday’s play in Melbourne, said India are hurt by O’Keeffe’s comments but insisted that the team is not thinking about an official complaint against the Australian commentator at the moment.Notably, captain Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, who won the Man of the Match award for his nine-wicket match haul, talked up India’s first-class cricket after the visitors crushed Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-Test series.advertisementAlso Read | Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coachAlso Read | Virat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as India captainAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah scary for opposition batsmen, would not want to face him: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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