Report: Italy 2 Saudi Arabia 1

first_imgItaly 2 Saudi Arabia 1: Balotelli repays Mancini’s faith Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 04:47 5/29/18 Mario Balotelli - cropped Getty Images Mario Balotelli scored his first Italy goal in almost four years as Robert Mancini’s Azzurri side claimed a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia. Mario Balotelli marked his return to international football in style as his goal helped Italy secure a 2-1 friendly victory over Saudi Arabia in Robert Mancini’s first match in charge.Having recalled Balotelli to the Italy squad for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, Mancini – instilled as boss on 14 May – showed no hesitation in starting his former Inter and Manchester City prodigy as the spearhead in a relatively inexperienced line-up.And Balotelli duly repaid Mancini’s faith, capping his first start since the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on June 24, 2014, with a sublime solo strike 21 minutes into Monday’s clash in St. Gallen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Unlike the Azzurri, Saudi Arabia have qualified for this year’s World Cup, up against Egypt, Uruguay and hosts Russia in Group A, but Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side were lacklustre throughout – Domenico Criscito hitting the woodwork as Italy pressed for a second.Balotelli made way to a standing ovation just before the hour, and that change proved decisive when substitute Andrea Belotti drilled in Italy’s second on 68 minutes.Sloppy play from Davide Zappacosta enabled Yahya Al Shehri to pull one back for Saudi Arabia, but Italy – thanks to a great stop from Gianluigi Donnarumma – held firm to get Mancini’s tenure off to a winning start.26 – Tonight’s starting XI is the youngest fielded by Italy since November 2010: average age is 26 years 8 days. Fresh.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) May 28, 2018 Balotelli had the ball in the net inside two minutes, having capitalised on Mohammed Al Owais’ dreadful clearance, but Italy’s celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.Italy’s striker looked in the mood, and – after going close with a powerful header – turned a sublime pass into Alessandro Florenzi, who failed to apply the finish after rounding Al Owais.But Balotelli did not have to wait long to get on the scoresheet, the 27-year-old twisting and turning his way clear of three defenders before thumping an unerring finish into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards out – his first international strike since netting against England four years ago.GOAAAALL!!! #Balotelli !20’ WHAT A HIT! Back with a bang! #SaudiArabiaItaly 0-1 #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/Ks0PAvSdFP — Italy (@azzurri) May 28, 2018 Saudi Arabia offered little attacking threat, and Italy were just inches away from extending their lead when Criscito’s venomous strike rattled the crossbar.Salem Al Dawsari’s introduction gave Saudi Arabia some impetus after the restart, though Lorenzo Pellegrini squandered a great chance to put the result beyond all doubt when he scooped over from Zappacosta’s cross.Balotelli’s impressive return came to an end on 58 minutes, and the substitution soon proved another masterstroke from Mancini as Belotti made his case for a starting berth.Having seen his initial header well saved, the Torino forward followed up the rebound, lashing in from point-blank range.Lorenzo Insigne drew a fine save from Al Owais as Italy threatened to run riot, but the Azzurri’s lead was reduced with 18 minutes remaining.Zappacosta’s slip allowed Al Dawsari to pounce and feed Al Shehri, who got the better of the onrushing Donnarumma before prodding home into an empty net.Donnarumma was Italy’s hero late on, though, AC Milan’s youngster brilliantly keeping out Fahad Al Muwallad’s close-range strike to ensure Italy claimed victory. read morelast_img read more

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Sagna: Pogba can cope with pressure

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Confident’ Pogba can handle France pressure, says Sagna Rob Lancaster 05:02 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup France Paul Pogba France v Australia After experiencing disappointment at Euro 2016, the Manchester United midfielder is being backed to make a huge impact at the World Cup finals Paul Pogba can cope with the weight of expectation and shine for France at the World Cup, according to Bacary Sagna.After experiencing an up-and-down season with Manchester United, his second back at Old Trafford, midfielder Pogba is considered a pivotal member of Didier Deschamps’ national side.He missed out on glory at Euro 2016 on home soil after losing in the final to Portugal, though France will hope to go one better in Russia. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Sagna, who played against the Portuguese in Paris two years ago, believes Pogba – so often scrutinised for his performances for club and country – has the “big character” required to thrive at the tournament.”People expect him to be decisive every single game but he is a human being, he has his own qualities,” Sagna told Omnisport at the launch of social media ranking tool Primetag.”He is very talented, naturally gifted, but he is a holding midfielder player. As midfield players you need to defend first and that is what he is doing, he is focusing on the team.”He has a big character and he is really confident in himself and I know Paul will shine during the World Cup.”Still only 25, Pogba has already made 54 international appearances, while he has also experienced playing in finals at club level with Juventus and United.Sagna feels his compatriot’s presence with France can have a positive impact on the younger members of Deschamps’ star-studded squad, including teenage Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.”He can deal with the pressure and he is maybe going to remove the pressure off the other players because some of the players are very young, they are only 19 or 20,” the former Arsenal and Manchester City full-back added.”He has been playing big games with Juventus, Manchester United and the national team so, yeah, he can deal easily with it.”Pogba and France open their campaign in Group C against Australia at the Kazan Arena on Saturday, followed by fixtures against Peru and Denmark.last_img read more

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Xhaka pens long-term Arsenal contract

first_imgTransfers Xhaka commits long-term future to Arsenal with new contract Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:11 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Granit Xhaka Arsenal Premier League Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Burnley Premier League The 25-year-old played a part in all 38 of the Gunners’ Premier League games last season and has been rewarded with a new deal Arsenal have announced midfielder Granit Xhaka has committed his future to the Premier League club by signing a new “long-term” contract.Switzerland international Xhaka featured in all 38 Premier League games in the 2017-18 season, starting 37 and making a single appearance off the bench.And Arsenal confirmed on Friday that Xhaka has agreed to extend his stay at Emirates Stadium, although the length of his contract remains undisclosed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Hi Gunners, it’s Granit, I’m happy and proud to sign a new contract here for Arsenal,” Xhaka said in a video message posted on social media. I hope for good results in the future.”Xhaka can #GunnerGranit pic.twitter.com/dwCp4KCG6c— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 15, 2018Xhaka shook off an injury scare before the World Cup and is set to be involved for Switzerland in their opening Russia 2018 clash with Brazil on Sunday.Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery, who has replaced Arsene Wenger at the club, is looking forward to working with the 25-year-old midfielder.”I’m delighted that Granit has extended his contract with us,” Emery told Arsenal’s website.”He’s an important member of the squad and is still young so will be able to develop even more.”I hope he has a successful World Cup with Switzerland and comes back fit and ready for the new season.”last_img read more

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BLK Update – Fiji Cyclone

first_imgTouch Football Australia offers its thoughts and well wishes to the people of Fiji following the recent devastation caused by Cyclone Winston. Fiji is the manufacturing base of long term TFA major partner and apparel provider, BLK. As a result of this natural disaster, members are advised that there may be a delay in the production and delivery of some orders as the country deals with the recovery from Cyclone Winston.Please find attached an open letter from BLK CEO Tryon Brant.  We thank you for your compassion and understanding at this time.Related Filesfiji_letter_feb_2016-pdfRelated LinksBLK Updatelast_img read more

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Bucking Bulls eyeing revenge

first_imgEden RichardsA grand final rematch is looking more and more likely in the 18’s Boys after a great day of competition at Touch Football Australia’s National Youth Competition on the Sunshine Coast.QSST and the Central Queensland Bulls battled it out for the title in 2016 and history is inching closer to repeating.The two Queensland teams are the only sides that have won all their matches after Day Two, with the Bulls sitting atop Pool B and QSST Pool A.Pool C is a battle in two between the South Queensland Sharks and NSWCHS and it would take a brave punter to separate the pair heading into Day Three.Below is a summary of the day’s results headlined by some outstanding team performances. Pool BThe Bulls are on a mission to avenge their 2016 grand final loss and their opposition teams in Pool B are feeling the wrath of a side hungry for success.The Bulls gave NSWTA their first loss of the competition on Day Two, recording a 10-3 win to sit clear at the top with three wins from three attempts.NSWTA are joined by the South West Queensland Swans on two wins and one loss, with the Swans suffering their only defeat of the tournament to NSWTA on Day Three.NSWTA’s for and against means they currently sit third, but a win over the Northern Territory on Day Three could change that, as their nearest rivals the Swans face the almost impossible task of beating the Bulls. Pool AQSST had just the one game on Day Two but and they made the most of it, running out 12-5 winners over NSWCCC.A tough match-up against the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones awaits QSST on Day Three, with the Tropical Cyclones needing victory to jump the second-placed Sunshine Coast Pineapples.The Pineapples have completed their four matches and will be hoping to scrape into the finals after a hard-fought 8-8 draw with the Cyclones late on Day Two.NSWCCC and the winless Western Tigers will meet on Day Three, with the Tigers desperate to record a victory after a tough campaign.center_img Pool CThe most open pool of the competition sees the Sharks and NSWCHS battling it out for top position after the two teams played out a thrilling 8-8 draw in the last match-up of Day Two.Neither side has lost a match and they have both sewn up a top-two finish heading into an absorbing Day Three.If Sharks touchdown machine Declan Keen keeps his form up then they will be hard to stop, with the South Queenslander leading the competition with 10 to his name after doubling his tally on Day Two.In other results, Touch New Zealand had a great second day, winning both their games to climb up the ladder and prove they can match it with the best Australia has to offer.Day Three is set to begin at 10:30am as teams put together one final push for finals Touch Football.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Chelsea defender Cahill will fight for his place – Zola

first_img​Chelsea defender Cahill will fight for his place – Zolaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea veteran Gary Cahill will stay and fight for this place.That is according to assistant manager Gianfranco Zola.The club legend, who is assisting Maurizio Sarri this term, says that Cahill is always one who will compete for a first team spot.There is speculation that Cahill will move on in January as he is not getting much playing time.”It is difficult to say about that,” Zola said during the press conference.”It was not Gary has done badly when he played, but at the moment there are players performing very well. “I don’t know what will happen, but he is a fighter. “It was a surprise to find out his personality, he will try to fight for a place.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBurnley boss Dyche open to rotating squad for Norwich

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche open to rotating squad for Norwichby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche will likely rotate his squad for Saturday’s clash with Norwich City at Turf Moor.Substitute Jeff Hendrick popped up to score a stoppage-time equaliser against Brighton on Saturday.Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez also impressed off the bench, and Dyche says he might give his fringe players a chance when the Canaries come to town.”All three of them affected the game so I was pleased with that,” the Burnley boss said.”I’ve told them there will be certain players (rotated), obviously defenders it doesn’t change as much, but you have to keep everyone involved.”I think that’s the important thing here, we’ve always worked on a group mentality, so I want to keep everyone’s mind on it.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Liverpool assistant Lijnders: Klopp impact like Cruyff at Barcelona

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool assistant Lijnders: Klopp impact like Cruyff at Barcelonaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has compared Jurgen Klopp’s impact at the club to that of Johan Cruyff at Barcelona.Klopp has been credited by many for restoring a winning mentality and positive atmosphere at the Anfield club.They won the Champions League last season and came within a whisker of the Premier League title.And Lijnders believes that Klopp deserves all the credit for those successes.When asked about Klopp winning the Best Manager award at a FIFA gala, Lijnders said at a press conference: “[It is a] big compliment for our structure, I think. For our owners to have faith in Jurgen from the start, giving him a six-year deal. That helps with the trust, to build.”Big compliment for our team, because without success the individual prizes will never come. Then of course a big compliment for Jurgen himself. I’m really proud. It says a lot.”He is not only the face of the team, he’s the face of the club and not many foreign managers in a different country made the impact he has made.”An example I always say is that Cruyff at Barca had an impact in that it’s not only about now, but about the future also.”He [Klopp] created a real identity about the way we play, the way he wants to play, and that could last for a long time.” last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Thinks Chip Kelly, Kevin Sumlin Will Be USC’s 2 Leading Candidates

first_imgpaul finebaum talks on tv.paul finebaumESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum usually sticks to covering the SEC, but given the turmoil out in Los Angeles this week, he’s broadening his horizons. Tuesday, he commented on USC’s heading coaching situation. He thinks there are two “leading candidates” for the job.Finebaum said that former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, is one. The other is current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. He joined ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning:On @MikeAndMike, @finebaum just said he believes the two leading candidates for the USC HC job will be Chip Kelly and Kevin Sumlin.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2015Finebaum expanded on Philadelphia radio station 97.5 Middays later on:On NOW: @finebaum with @975Middays to discuss his claim that Chip is a leading candidate for the USC head coach job.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: Chip Kelly will be high on USC’s list. He may not want the job, but USC is the Pac 10 & has talent, so it may entice him.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum on dealing w/ boosters: USC isn’t a job like Alabama. LA is LA. You may have to do lunch w/ Spielberg once in a while but that’s it— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: To me it all comes down to what makes Chip Kelly tick. I don’t know what interests him (but USC seems like a fit).— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: Chip is the Jon Gruden of five years ago; he is the most coveted coach by colleges.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Regarding Kelly, we’re obviously a few steps from it even being a possibility. Kelly would have to either coach his way out of his job with the Eagles or make the decision that he wants to return to the college ranks. As for Sumlin, given the momentum the Aggies have right now, it’s hard to see him jumping ship for a job that’s been very unstable recently.That being said, USC is still one of the most desirable jobs in college football. It’ll be interesting to see if Finebaum winds up being right.last_img read more

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Videos: Clemson Hosted A Pretty Fun Looking National Signing Day Party

first_imgWhen it came to big National Signing Day events, Michigan definitely led the way with its “Signing of the Stars” fundraiser. The Wolverines weren’t the only ones to have a good time celebrating the big day, however. Clemson posted three videos from its party, and it looked like a pretty good time in its own right. No Derek Jeter, Lou Holtz, or Migos, but I don’t think the Tigers are complaining.  What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #Clemson #NationalSigningDayA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 3, 2016 at 6:14pm PST  (Part I) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:07am PST  (Part II) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:08am PST  (Part III) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:09am PST Most importantly: Clemson’s class finished in the Top 10 nationally, and No. 2 in the ACC. Wednesday was a good one for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers.last_img read more

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‘Great offer’ could land Barcelona target Rodrigo

first_imgValencia have no intention of parting with highly-rated forward Rodrigo, but head coach Marcelino has admitted to Goal that a “great offer” for a man being linked with Barcelona could alter that stance.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international has enjoyed two productive campaigns in Spain.He has been in La Liga since being acquired by Los Che from Benfica in 2014, but has burst into life with 19 goals in 2017-18 and another 15 this term. 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? His exploits have been drawing admiring glances from afar, with Barca and Roma among his mooted suitors, and Marcelino has told Goal of his future: “Rodrigo is not going to leave Valencia because that is not a thought in his head. “But, like every player of that age and trajectory, if a great offer arrives, a good one for both parties, the coach has to accept it. “I have tried to have an important role in discussions, but in sales the coaches cannot be part of that process. “For us, Rodrigo is a very important player, but it will be the club and the player who decide. There must be an offer that is good for both parties. The market will dictate that.”The financial muscle of Barca and Real Madrid allows them to continue cherry picking talent from across Europe, but Marcelino admits it would be better for Spanish football if the playing field were to be levelled.He added: “It would be great for the league if the distances were shortened, it would be nice for the competition and there would be six or seven teams competing. “We are seeing it in the Premier League. I hope it can be done here, because Barcelona and Madrid are two monsters. “Atletico [Madrid] are bearing the fruit of their magnificent work over recent years and are moving away from the rest and right now it is leaving a league for the remaining 17 clubs.“Fortunately, Valencia has been the champion of ‘the other league’ these last two years. “I hope there can be more candidates. But Barca and Madrid have had two geniuses, [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have marked an era. “Messi with that ability to be different, there are few like him and Cristiano. His legacy will be more evident when he is gone. It’s complicated at the moment.”Marcelino ValenciaFor now, Valencia are hoping to find value of their own in the summer transfer market, allowing them to try and close the gap on the Liga elite.“We have to strengthen the squad,” said Marcelino.“Teams grow when, in addition to winning, they are thoughtful and smart in how they grow. “There is always a condition, which are sales, which are dictated by the offers that arrive. “The club must be prepared for important players to leave and react in the market. “From there, we want to grow. On the offensive side we have not been effective, although we have good players. “We have to assess the offensive side, not only the strikers, but all attacking players. We will analyse the market and see what can be done.”last_img read more

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College Football’s 5 Biggest “Sleeping Giants”

first_imgAn interior view of Texas A&M's football stadiumCOLLEGE STATION, TX – APRIL 13: An interior view of the stadium before the start of Texas A&M Aggies Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The term “sleeping giant” gets thrown around a lot in the college football world. Which programs best fit that mold in 2018?A year ago, Georgia would’ve made the list. The Bulldogs have long been considered one of the programs that should be better than they are. Some believe UGA is one of the two or three best jobs in the country.Kirby Smart is starting to help prove why. Georgia is bringing in ridiculous recruiting classes and is coming off a national title game appearance.Clemson is another program that could’ve made the list a couple of years ago. The Tigers are now firmly one of the sport’s best.What programs have the potential to do something similar in the next 10-15 years?Here are five.5. Maryland (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland has been on a lot of these lists. Maybe it will never happen, but the Terrapins possess a couple of things that could propel them to elite status. The deal with Under Armour is big, as is being located in the Washington, D.C. corridor. UMD will likely need Ohio State and Penn State to falter a bit before they can really take advantage of all of this, but if that were to happen, and the Terps are ready to pounce, big things could come to College Park.4. Arizona State Arizona State Sun Devils cheerleaders perform during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the USC Trojans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Will Herm Edwards be the man to take Arizona State to a higher level? Maybe not. But it only takes a couple of minutes on ASU’s campus to realize that it shouldn’t be too difficult to get top high school recruits to want to play for the Sun Devils.3. Nebraska (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Nebraska has everything an elite program could want, except for an elite recruiting state. That’s never going to change, but with Scott Frost at the helm of the program, the Huskers might just need consistent top 15-20 recruiting classes to vault to College Football Playoff contention. Wisconsin is really the only program in their way from making the Big Ten Championship Game a near-yearly trip.2. UCLA UCLA Bruins takes the field for the Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Chase Field.(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)UCLA is located in one of the best recruiting states in the country and the Bruins are now led by former star college coach Chip Kelly. It shouldn’t take the program too long to get back to the top of the Pac-12, right?1. Texas A&M (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Texas A&M is spending so much freaking money that the Aggies almost have to become a top 10 program at some point in the future. Jimbo Fisher has proven to be able to take a team to a national title level. The recruiting area and program infrastructure are in place to make that happen.last_img read more

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Lou Holtz Reveals He Was Involved In Car Accident This Week

first_imgLou Holtz on the field before a game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A former college football coach and current analyst revealed he was involved in a car accident earlier this week. Former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz took to Twitter to share the news that he was in a car accident in the Miami area.The accident occurred on Wednesday, though Holtz made sure to announce that he’s okay. He even made a joke that now he knows how football players feel after a game: sore.Holtz, 81, was speaking at an event at a Buffalo Wild Wings before the crash.Here’s the announcement from the man himself.Spoke for Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday in Miami. Was in a car accident on I-95 as I was headed south, but I’m ok. Now I know how players feel when they are sore all over.— Lou Holtz (@CoachLouHoltz88) October 12, 2018We’re glad Holtz is doing well despite the accident.The Hall of Fame coach has traveled all around the country delivering speeches to different schools and organizations.Holtz is most well-known for delivering a national title to the Fighting Irish though he found success with six different teams and compiled a 249-132-7 over the course of his career.last_img read more

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Why Tate Martell Thinks He Should Be Eligible For 2019 Season

first_imgTate Martell runs for Ohio State vs. Rutgers.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is transferring to the University of Miami. He announced the move on Twitter on Tuesday night.Martell, a former top recruit, is a rising redshirt sophomore. Unless he’s able to graduate by the end of the spring semester – or get a waiver from the NCAA – he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season.It looks like Martell will be attempting to get that waiver.His reasoning: Ohio State underwent a coaching change, as Urban Meyer surprisingly decided to retire following the 2018 season.247Sports had the details:The Ohio State transfer, who just finished his redshirt freshman year in Columbus, would appear to be an unlikely candidate for a waiver without any known hardships. But according to another source — this one close to the Martell family — he has “a better shot than you’d think.”Early indications are that Martell will try to use Ohio State’s sudden coaching change, from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day, as grounds to be immediately eligible.Obviously, if Martell can expedite his graduation at Ohio State by summertime, he’d be clear to play immediately at Miami.Ohio State’s new quarterback, Justin Fields, is also seeking a waiver. He’s hired notable attorney Tom Mars.Will Mars be representing Martell, too? He’s not saying at the moment.Tom Mars said last week he would not represent Tate Martell. I asked him today if the former Ohio State quarterback reached out for his services. The response: pic.twitter.com/ix6GpKqcq8— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 16, 2019Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Former Texas, Atlanta Falcons Great Tommy Nobis Had ‘Most Severe Form Of CTE’

first_imgA general view of fans before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of fans before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Tommy Nobis was one of the greatest Texas Longhorns ever, and was nicknamed “Mr. Falcon” for his NFL career.The late Longhorns great died in late 2017, at 74 years old.He was an All-American two-way player for UT, playing both linebacker and offensive guard.In 1965, his senior year, he captured the Outland Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy.He went on to become the No. 1 pick for the expansion Atlanta Falcons, the first pick in franchise history, and went on to make five Pro Bowls and win Rookie of the Year.Both his alma mater and former NFL home have retired his jersey.Tommy Nobis’ family had his brain tested for CTE, and the results are pretty harrowing.According to Dr. Ann McKee of the Boston University CTE center, Nobis had extremely advanced brain deterioration.From the Associated Press:Dr. Ann McKee, the director of Boston University’s CTE center, said Monday that Nobis had the most severe form of the disease, showing a “severe loss of neurons and large CTE lesions throughout the cerebral cortex.”His family was not surprised.“We knew there was going to be something wrong on his pathology report,” said (Nobis’ daughter, Devon) Jackoniski, who is a physician assistant. “But it was shocking how a human being could still be alive with that little functioning brain.”Nobis’ daughter says that her father displayed signs of the disease during much of his life, and even shared some cautions about the sport of football late in his life.“We were pretty uneasy growing up,” she said. “Although my dad had just some beautiful moments of being a wonderful man, emotionally he was so unstable it was just hard to get close to him.”[…]“He told me before he became very ill he would never turn his back on football or do anything different. But he would educate kids a little different in the game,” Jackoniski said. “There’s something very wrong with slamming your head against a brick wall over and over and over again.”It is a sad but unsurprising result of the test, and a sobering reminder of the impact that football can have, days ahead of the Super Bowl.[Associated Press]last_img read more

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NFL Analyst Trashed 1 Major College Program At The Combine

first_imgnfl coaches watch the scouting combineINDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Several schools dominated the NFL Combine, meanwhile others witnessed disappointing performances. Well, the Tennessee Volunteers were unable to be on either side of the spectrum.There was a multitude of prospects from the SEC that saw their draft stock increase over the weekend. On the flip side, the Volunteers didn’t even have one player present in Indianapolis.It’s surprising to see Tennessee not even have one member of its team sent to the combine in large part because of its history. However, the harsh reality is that Jeremy Pruitt still has work ahead of him to restore prominence in Knoxville.During the broadcast of the combine, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah couldn’t help but take a shot at Tennessee.“You put 110,000 fans in the stands and you can’t put one dude in the combine,” Jeremiah said.Jeremiah has joked about this topic before with his colleague Charles Davis, who graduated from the University of Tennessee.The biggest issue for the Volunteers is that they usually produce strong prospects. After all, Derek Barnett and Alvin Kamara have shown they have superstar talent despite joining the league recently in 2017.As for the rest of the SEC, programs such as Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss were trending throughout the scouting event due to their talent.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Former Georgia, Miami Coach Mark Richt Joins ESPN’s ACC Network

first_imgMark Richt looks on before a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Mark Richt of the Miami Hurricanes looks on during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Former Georgia Bulldogs and Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is the latest former college football coach to join ESPN’s ranks as an analyst.After stepping down from the Hurricanes in surprise fashion late in 2018, Richt becomes the newest analyst for ESPN’s ACC Network. Richt made the surprise decision to leave Miami – a move that shocked the college football world.Miami athletic director Blake James said he was “in shock” when Richt made his decision to walk away from the program.The former college football coach released a statement about the move.“I was able to coach for 12 seasons in the ACC, and so, I’m very excited about the opportunity to join ACC Network as a football analyst. I’m not only looking forward to helping tell the story of one of the greatest football conferences in America, but also staying close to the game that I love so much.”Former Miami QB @MarkRicht is joining @accnetwork’s football family! pic.twitter.com/WqTF4Q40B6— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) April 20, 2019Richt’s Hurricanes went 7-5 in the regular season before getting blown out by Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. Miami lost the game 35-3, one of their worst bowl defeats ever.Richt compiled a 26-13 record at his alma mater before walking away after just three seasons. His former defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, is the new head coach.last_img read more

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LSU QB Joe Burrow’s Response To A School Professor Is Going Viral

first_imgLSU quarterback Joe Burrow warms up before the Fiesta Bowl.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)LSU’s football program unveiled an incredible new facility over the weekend. The insane $28 million complex features everything from sleeping pods at every players’ locker to a world-class cafeteria.Photos and videos of the new facility were released by LSU on Sunday night and quickly went viral.So, too, did a response to the photos from an LSU professor.“Meanwhile, across campus, I vacuum my faculty office with a Dust Devil I bought at Walmart,” LSU Media & Public Affairs professor Robert Mann tweeted.“But, please, Louisiana elected officials, continue to brag that Louisiana higher education is now ‘fully funded.’ By the way, the LSU custodial staff are amazing people and work hard, but they are stretched beyond their capacity to much more than empty the trash, clean the restrooms, mop the floors, etc.”Meanwhile, across campus, I vacuum my faculty office with a Dust Devil I bought at Walmart. https://t.co/fsVSPhmsOO— Robert Mann (@RTMannJr) July 22, 2019LSU’s star quarterback, Joe Burrow, has responded to the professor’s tweet.Burrow deleted that tweet, though he discussed the issue in an earlier post.“Also the money we bring into the university could have more than paid for it even if we didn’t have such generous boosters,” he tweeted.Also the money we bring into the university could have more than paid for it even if we didn’t have such generous boosters. https://t.co/WeO6sYvI48— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) July 22, 2019Most football programs across the country pay for their upgraded facilities with donations from boosters, including former players, which appears to be the case at LSU.Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu made a seven-figure donation to the program to help pay for the players’ lounge.last_img read more

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Video: Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb With The Catch Of The Day

first_img Tell me how CeeDee caught this. TELL ME. pic.twitter.com/jY34BPi9IA— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 8, 2019He’s really freaking good, that’s how.Oklahoma is dominating South Dakota in all aspects this evening, as the Sooners are leading the Coyotes, 63-14, midway through the fourth quarter.Lamb has six catches for 144 yards and one touchdown. Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb catches a pass against South Dakota.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 07: Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb #2 of the Oklahoma Sooners cuts inside on cornerback Bakhari Goodson #35 of the South Dakota Coyotes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is one of the best at his position in college football and the junior wideout didn’t take very long to prove it tonight.Lamb made arguably the catch of the day in the college football world this evening.Oklahoma’s junior wide receiver made a ridiculous falling catch early in the Sooners’ game against South Dakota.“Tell me how CeeDee caught this. TELL ME.”last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tie

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 13:32 IST File photo of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli was spotted with wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma in LondonShikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma posed with their familiesThe wives and family members were allowed to join India players after the 1st 20 days of World Cup 2019India cricket team captain Virat Kohli was spotted in London with wife and Bollywood actor, Anushka Sharma earlier this week even as Team India is on a brief break between matches at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.India had comfortably outclassed arch-rivals Pakistan in a much-anticipated World Cup 2019 clash at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. The second-ranked ODI side, led by Kohli, will next face Afghanistan after a five-day break in Southampton.Images of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma hanging out on a London street has gone viral on social media.Notably, the wives and family members of the India players seem to have joined them in England. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had reportedly allowed the wives and family members of the India players and the support staff to stay with the team for a 15-day period during the ongoing World Cup.However, the wives and family members were not allowed to travel with the cricketers for the first 20 days of World Cup 2019, which included India’s big-ticket tie against Pakistan.Shikhar Dhawan took to social media to post a photograph of himself and his family with his opening partner Rohit Sharma and his wife, Ritika Sajdeh and daughter Samaira.”Enjoying the local train journey with the Sharma family,” Dhawan wrote on Instagram.Notably, Ritika Sajdeh was cheering for Rohit and Team India from the stands at Old Trafford even as the India vice-captain went on to blast 140 in India’s 89-run (DLS) win over Pakistan on Sunday.Speaking after the match, Rohit Sharma credited his family for helping him be in “good space” in the initial stages of his World Cup 2019 campaign.”I am in a very good phase in my life. I have a newly born daughter and that has really put me in a good space. I’m enjoying my cricket, coming off a great IPL campaign and then starting off here,” Rohit Sharma had said.Having won 3 out of their first 4 matches, India next face Afghanistan at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: This India team intimidates Pakistan, says Waqar YounisAlso Read | Diamonds are forever: Hardik Pandya unveils his World Cup accessories on Chahal TVAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Anushka SharmaFollow India cricket teamFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Next World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tieICC Cricket World Cup 2019: While Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were spotted in London, Shikhar Dhawan took to social media to share a photo of himself and his family with the “Sharma family”.advertisementlast_img read more

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