Transfers James to dictate his own future after ‘really tough’ Real Madrid exit Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:20 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Transfers Bayern München Real Madrid Primera División Bundesliga The Colombia international found it difficult to leave Spain, but is enjoying a loan spell at Bayern Munich and will continue to focus on the present James Rodriguez admits he found it “very tough” to leave Real Madrid, but is determined to dictate his own future at Bayern Munich.The Colombia international was allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu for the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2017 after struggling to hold down a regular role under Zinedine Zidane.Both he and his family initially struggled to come to terms with the snub, having proved his worth when given the opportunity to impress, but a loan spell in Germany is being embraced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player James is due to spend two seasons with Bayern before another career crossroads will be reached, and the 26-year-old intends to be the one calling the shots when another decision is made.He told El Chiringuito: “I don’t know if Madrid miss me. I did my work well and with all my heart. I was always eager, and everyone could see that when I was doing things well, I could make a difference.“All the people who were close to me offered great support, such as my ex-wife, mother… they all supported me a lot and I’m eternally grateful to them.“For now, I’m only thinking about Bayern. No-one knows what’ll happen in the future.“My present is at Bayern, and it depends exclusively on me if I’m going to leave or stay.”James added on his parting of ways with Real: “I knew I was going to leave the club.“That last game [against Sevilla] was like me giving my thanks to everyone. It was very tough.“When I got home, I told my four-year-old daughter: ‘Come here, I want to talk to you.’“I told her: ‘We’re going to live in another city. You’re going to change schools, we’re not going to live in this house anymore,’ and she cried a lot.“That was very hard. It broke my heart. I always arrived in the dressing room with a smile and had good vibes with all my team-mates. I think they loved me like I loved them.“With the Real Madrid fans, there was a real bond between us and I think they loved me like I loved them too.“The fans always told me: ‘James, stay.’ I felt a lot of affection for them. I love the Madrid fans very much because they, like me, always want to win.”James has impressed since swapping Madrid for Munich, with his exploits standing in stark contrast to the struggles currently being endured by those he left behind in the Spanish capital.He has made 20 appearances across all competitions this season, contributing three goals and five assists.
Transfers Manchester United sign Alexis Sanchez as Mkhitaryan joins Arsenal Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:06 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Getty/Man Utd composite Transfers Manchester United A. Sánchez Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Crystal Palace The Chilean has left Arsenal for Old Trafford, with the former Borussia Dortmund star heading to the Emirates as part of the deal Manchester United have completed the transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining the Gunners in a straight player swap with no fees involved.The Chile international looked destined for Manchester City until recently, with the Sky Blues appearing set to wrap up a move for around £20m having originally agreed a £60m fee with Arsenal last summer.But United stole in with a late approach to secure the signing of Sanchez, who is set to earn a Premier League record of around £350,000 a week, on a four-and-a-half-year deal having allowed his Arsenal contract to run down to its final six months. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world,” Sanchez, who takes the club’s No.7 shirt, told Man Utd’s official website. “I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.”The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho – who got one over his old rival Pep Guardiola at Man City with the signing – praised his new player’s impressive attributes and thanked Mkhitaryan for his contribution at Old Trafford.“Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players,” the Portuguese said.”He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.A natural on the pitch AND in front of the cameras! #Alexis7 pic.twitter.com/xRprFt6YAQ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018″I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.”Mkhitaryan, who successfully sorted out his visa on Monday afternoon along with Sanchez, said it was a “dream” to play for the Gunners.”I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here,” the attacker told Arsenal’s official website.”It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history.”Arsenal coach Wenger added: “Henrikh is a very complete player. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well. I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.”The arrival of Sanchez will be considered a real coup by United after the player had come so close to signing with rivals City, who finally pulled the plug on their own interest in the 29-year-old last Sunday.Sanchez spent three-and-a-half years at Arsenal, having arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in 2014 for around £32m. He previously had spells with Cobreloa, River Plate, Colo Colo and Udinese.The completion of the transfer comes almost a decade after United’s first serious interest in the Chilean while still playing with Udinese in Serie A, and is the first deal to see an Arsenal player leave for Old Trafford since Robin van Persie’s high-profile move in 2012.Mkhitaryan’s exit as part of the deal ends the Armenian’s 18-month spell at rollercoaster Old Trafford since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016, with the 29-year-old signing with the Gunners until the summer of 2021.He spent two lengthy periods out of favour under Mourinho but did play a huge part in United’s Europa League triumph in 2016-17, scoring the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Ajax in last May’s final.
Primera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Espanyol Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Espanyol v Barcelona Espanyol Everything you need to know ahead of the Derbi Barceloni as Ernesto Valverde’s side look to continue their unbeaten Liga season… Barcelona might still be in unbeaten in La Liga this season, but on Sunday they return to the setting of their only defeat of the campaign.Local rivals Espanyol were able to secure a 1-0 victory over the Blaugrana in the first leg of their recent Copa del Rey quarter-final.Ernesto Valverde’s side were able to turn the tie on its ahead back at Camp Nou to secure a place in the last four, and now they will be looking to avoid a further slip-up at the RCDE Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The home side have not won any of their last 10 league matches on their own patch, and Barca will be hopeful of taking another step towards the Primera Division title.BARCELONA INJURIES Summer signing Ousmane Dembele is out for a couple of months after picking up another injury in the 4-2 win at Real Sociedad last month.Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is also out, but there are no other injury concerns for coach Ernesto Valverde following Thursday’s win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey.BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS The Barca boss has no players suspended for the clash.BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPPhilippe Coutinho was left on the bench for Thursday’s win over Valencia but is likely to make his second Liga start since arriving from Liverpool.Who he replaces is the big talking point, with Sergio Busquets the man who was benched against Alaves last week. He may return, with Ivan Rakitic instead missing out.Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Paulinho and Nelson Semedo should also earn recalls while Jordi Alba will keep his place having been rested from the start on Sunday.ESPANYOL TEAM NEWS Quique Sanchez Flores’s side have struggled for consistency this season, and are not safe from relegation yet, sitting seven points above the drop zone in 14th.The former Watford boss does have a relatively clean bill of health for the derby, however, with only Pablo Piatti a doubt.Colombia international Carlos Sanchez could be handed a debut in midfield after completing a loan move from Fiorentina in the final week of the January window.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Barcelona versus Alaves kicks off at 16:15 local time on Sunday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Football from 15:10 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN Sports and kicks off at 10:15 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Espanyol are winless in their last 17 La Liga games against Barcelona (D3 L14), failing to score in 13 of them. They have never gone 18 games without a win against them in the competition. Barcelona are unbeaten in their 21 first games of La Liga this season (W18 D3) – Real Madrid (24 in 1996/97) were the last team to record a longer unbeaten start in the competition. Barcelona have fired in the most shots on target in La Liga this season (159), while Espanyol have landed the second fewest (70), after Levante (66). Luis Suarez has been directly involved in 11 goals in his seven games against Espanyol in La Liga (seven goals, four assists). At home, the Parakeets have failed to win in their last 10 league games (D4 L6), failing to score in the last five.
Liverpool Salah to travel to Spain for rehabilitation in bid to make World Cup Omnisport 04:44 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Egypt World Cup Mohamed Salah Amid conflicting reports on whether he will recover in time for Russia 2018, the Egypt star will work with Liverpool staff in Spain Mohamed Salah will travel to Spain for treatment on his injured shoulder on Tuesday, according to the Egyptian Football Association.The Liverpool star went off in tears after half an hour of his side’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, having hurt his shoulder when falling awkwardly under a challenge from Sergio Ramos on Saturday.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the problem looked “really serious” and, although he was eager to wait for tests, he admitted Salah’s prospects of going to Russia were in jeopardy. 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 The Egyptian FA have since moved to calm fears he will miss the World Cup, claiming tests have shown the injury is not as bad as first suspected.And on Monday they said in a statement that the 25-year-old will be accompanied by Liverpool’s medical staff to Spain to start an intensive period of rehabilitation.Egypt’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Uruguay on June 15 in Group A.Get well soon @MoSalah pic.twitter.com/qUiuWwlXU9— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) May 26, 2018The Pharaohs then take on hosts Russia before closing out their first round campaign against Saudi Arabia. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
World Cup ‘World-class France have everything to win World Cup’ – Trezeguet backs countrymen to succeed in Russia Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 02:07 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup France France v Australia The former France international believes that Les Bleus have everything required to come out on top and lift the World Cup trophy David Trezeguet believes France have “everything” required to win the World Cup for a second time.Former forward Trezeguet was in the France squad when they lifted the trophy on home soil in 1998, before featuring again in a run to the final eight years later.Despite disappointment in more recent tournaments, the ex-Juventus man is confident that the current France squad, led by coach Didier Deschamps, can triumph at Russia 2018 . 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 “I think they have the level [to win the tournament]. They have shown their strength,” Trezeguet told Omnisport .”Individually, it’s a world-class team with a very experienced head coach, both as a coach and as a player. We have everything to see this through.”Obviously it’s a very difficult tournament and the other teams are also ambitious, but I think France have a say.”Just as Trezeguet featured alongside the likes of Thierry Henry, Christophe Dugarry and Nicolas Anelka, France again have a wealth of options in attack.Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Nabil Fekir have all been included in Deschamps’ World Cup squad , but Trezeguet is confident his former captain will settle on a front line that will work.”Deschamps has a lot of options,” he said. “When you see the quality of the players, considering what they do with their clubs, it is obviously a difficult choice to make.”I personally think that there are some interesting choices to make. He’ll find the right players to start well at the World Cup.”
Sweden 1 South Korea 0: Granqvist’s VAR-assisted penalty settles tight game Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 21:57 6/18/18 Getty Images Sweden needed a second-half penalty, given after a VAR consultation, to edge past South Korea and move joint top of Group F. Andreas Granqvist’s VAR-assisted penalty handed Sweden a deserved 1-0 World Cup win over South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday.The win takes Janne Andersson’s side joint top in Group F with Mexico after their shock win over reigning champions Germany.The European side were dominant throughout and were twice denied by goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo before another dramatic intervention by VAR shortly after the hour. 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 Substitute Kim Min-woo appeared to have hacked down Viktor Claesson, and, after initially waving away furious appeals from Swedish players, referee Joel Aguilar consulted VAR and eventually pointed to the spot.South Korea were disappointing throughout, with star man Son Heung-min unable to demonstrate any of the threat that has made him a firm favourite with Tottenham fans in recent seasons.Sweden now have the chance to all but knock Germany out of the tournament on Saturday, while South Korea face Mexico desperately needing a win to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.FT // #SWE win!They join #MEX on three points in Group F after today’s result against #KOR #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/K4EQFaRY7F — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 18 June 2018 Sweden started without Victor Lindelof after the Manchester United defender fell ill overnight, with his replacement Pontus Jansson and the rest of the defence scarcely tested by a tepid South Korean attack in the early stages.Granqvist was denied a shot at goal by a superb last-ditch interception by Kim Young-gwon in the game’s first notable moment before Marcus Berg squandered a golden opportunity to hand his side the lead midway through the half.The Al Ain striker ghosted in at the back post to meet Ola Toivonen’s low ball, but his effort was too close to Cho Hyun-woo, who kept it out with his leg and then punched away the loose ball.The all-action Kim was in the thick of the action again soon after, throwing himself in front of Berg’s scuffed effort from a corner, while Claesson saw a header deflected narrowly over on the stroke of half-time.20 – The first shot in this match came after exactly 20 minutes – the second longest wait for a first attempt in a World Cup match since 1966 (20:59, Netherlands vs Costa Rica in 2014). Shy. #SWEKOR #WorldCup #SWE #KOR pic.twitter.com/vyIIJQPrWm — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 In a bright start to the second half, both sides exchanged chances within the first six minutes.First, Emil Forsberg flashed a shot over after a flowing counter-attack before Koo Ja-cheol sent a header into Robin Olsen’s side netting as South Korea belatedly woke from their slumber.A teasing free-kick from Sebastian Larsson was met by the head of Toivonen soon after, but once again it was too close to Cho, who was able to parry away.Sweden then got the breakthrough their positive approach deserved after Kim’s clumsy challenge on Claesson. A surprising choice to take the spot-kick, Granqvist coolly slotted into the bottom corner for his seventh international goal.Hwang Hee-chan spurned a glorious opportunity late on, heading wide from 10 yards out, as Sweden ultimately held on for a precious three points. Key Opta stats:- Sweden are unbeaten in all five of their previous meetings with South Korea (W3 D2).- This was Sweden’s first win in their opening match at a World Cup since beating Mexico 3-0 as hosts in 1958, drawing five and losing two since then.- South Korea have lost their opening match at a World Cup for the first time since 1998 (3-1 versus Mexico), ending a run of three wins and one draw.- Sweden’s goal was the first they had scored in 402 minutes of international football, since Ola Toivonen scored against Chile back in March.- South Korea are winless in their last seven World Cup matches (D2 L5), losing their last three in a row.- The first shot in this match came after exactly 20 minutes – the second longest wait for a first attempt in a World Cup match since 1966 (20:59, Netherlands vs Costa Rica in 2014).- Andreas Granqvist’s goal was the first scored by a Swedish player at a World Cup since Henrik Larsson netted against England in 2006.- Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist (33y 63d) became the oldest player to score on his World Cup debut since Martin Palermo (36y 227d) for Argentina versus Greece in 2010. read more
The Eagles Mens 20’s have suffered enormously as a team in recent weeks. Their son, their friend, their brother, their team mate, Kieran Luland was killed in a tragic car accident in late January.Team mate Anthony Cowan was also involved in the accident, not long after he had attended the Australian Under 18’s camp and the accident sent shock waves around the Australian Touch community. The Eagles players, their team management, friends and family banded together, supporting their young men, as well as their mentor and assistant coach, Ricky Luland, Kieran’s father.On Monday night they honoured their lost team mate in the best way they could, with the 2006 National Touch League Mens 20’s title.Wearing leg bands with the words ‘Kieran Luland, 8, Kakadu’, the crowd who had stayed for the final were witness to a team intensely focused and committed to each other, a team with a desire to honour their friend and a team that performed in such a way it brought tears to the eyes of all.In honour of ‘Kakadu’ (Kieran’s nickname) and his number 8 jersey, the Eagles amazed the crowd with their silky smooth skills and incredible pace. With great support from family members and local viewers, the side capped their most difficult time together with an 8-5 title win.For those who stayed to watch the presentations and the celebrations, they were like no other gone before them.Anthony Cowan was named as Player of the Final, scoring two touchdowns and setting up several others, a remarkable feat considering the time he spent in hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the accident.He also spoke as team captain, explaining to all how Kieran was the heart of their team, how they had played for him, that they knew he was there watching. The depth of passion and respect these young men held for Kieran was made incredibly obvious. It was fantastic to see the family and friends supporting their side, the young children following them around like heroes, the cameras and videos well in hand.For the team, the meaning in each handshake and hug, the relief, the passion, the emotion as all let their guards down and hugged and cried together was an honour to witness.For Ricky Luland, the moment was understandably emotional, as he hugged and spoke privately with all of the players. It was the added emotion of caring deeply for the group of boys that have been playing and growing together for several years, seeing them develop as a team that can now call themselves national champions.For coach David Scholes, himself a quiet achiever, the win was a result of the hard work of his team, the way they had pulled together and stuck by each other through the most difficult of times.For the spectators, it was a privilege to see the hearts of these players, these coaches, these family and friends and it will never be forgotten. It was an honour to the team and most importantly, it was an honour to Kieran.
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eric Garcia: Man City debut justifies Barcelona exitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEric Garcia says making his Manchester City debut justifies his decision to quit Barcelona last year.Just 17, the defender shone for City’s Carabao Cup shootout win over Leicester City this week.”I’m really proud of my decision,” Garcia said. “It’s difficult because you leave your friends, your family and your old team-mates, but at the end I need to think about my career and I’m really happy for this.”On his debut, he continued: “First I wasn’t expecting even to be in the squad then Pep told me I was starting, so I was really happy. “I wasn’t expecting this because last week I played my first full 90 minutes [post injury] against Hoffenheim so I was focused on the Youth Cup.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan termsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has assured Inter Milan he’ll join them in the summer, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, El Larguero says Godin has assured Inter he’ll make the move in June.He has agreed terms over a two-year deal worth €5.5m-a-season with the option for a third.Godin has made the decision after Atletico refused to offer more than a 12-month deal for the veteran to renew.The captain had been seeking a two-year contract and is disappointed by Atletico’s unwillingness to meet his demands.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Evra: Man Utd must rediscover arroganceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra has called for them to get their “arrogance” back. United face West Ham – two of the Frenchman’s former clubs – this weekend.Evra told United’s official website: “West Ham is a good club and I think Manuel Pellegrini is doing a great job.”They will go for it. I remember I was still playing for West Ham and they played against United. “During the week, actually all the players were so focused in training and not one of them was thinking they were going to lose against United.”They were like we are going to beat them and win against United. I was a West Ham player but a United fan and I was a little bit hurt to say: “Wow, my club is getting really down”, if they don’t think even one per cent they are going to lose that game. “The problem is they won that game 3-1, West Ham, so I was happy but really upset. Wow, we need to fix my club and it’s why we are Manchester United.”We played against Leicester and many people said it was going to be a tough game because they’re in form but it’s what I’m talking about. “Where is the respect for Manchester United? I want people to fear us again and people have to go out and play better and win the games.”
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players let the club down last night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” Lloris said.”It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer has ‘no excuses’ after Man Utd fall to lowly Newcastleby Freddie Taylor19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says there are “no excuses” for Manchester United after their 1-0 loss to Newcastle United on Sunday.The Red Devils poor season went from bad to worse with the defeat at St. James’ Park, caused by Matty Longstaff’s first goal for Toon.United now have nine points from eight Premier League games.They were without a number of senior players, including Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, but Solskjaer refused to blame the result on their absence.He told Sky Sports: “We’re disappointed. We did lack quite a few key players but that’s no excuse.”The players worked hard and ran their socks off but at the moment we’re in a place we’re not used to. Some of the boys lack a little bit of composure and we don’t create enough chances to win a game of football.”They stay together as a team but we don’t create.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
JACKSONVILLE, FL – MARCH 19: A cheerleader for the Arkansas Razorbacks watches on against the Wofford Terriers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Arkansas and Alabama are currently in overtime, but ask any Razorback fan, it should have never gotten this far. With under five seconds left, and a three point lead, Arkansas committed the cardinal sin of fouling a player on a layup, and sending him to the line for a game-tying free throw. Arkansas’ Bobby Portis fouled Alabama forward Michael Kessens, who made the bucket, and sunk the free throw to send the game to overtime. The game is tied at 86 with under two minutes remaining.
No. 9 Stanford just beat No. 6 Notre Dame 38-36 on a 45-yard field goal as time expired. The win by the Cardinal eliminated Notre Dame from College Football Playoff contention, and kept Ohio State’s hopes alive after the Buckeyes thrashed Michigan today to finish the regular season 11-1. Naturally, Ohio State’s players and coaching staff were very happy with the outcome, and celebrated it on Twitter. If he makes this….God is a buckeye— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) November 29, 2015 Let’s gooo— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 29, 2015 Go Cardinal!!!!— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 29, 2015 Man man man— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) November 29, 2015 With Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan State, Alabama and Clemson all winning this weekend, Ohio State needs some chaos next week to sneak into the CFP. But today proved the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team if they get there.
Twitter/Big 12The regular season is over, and we’re now jumping into one of the great events on the sports calendar: March Madness. The major conference tournaments kick off next week, with things kicking off on Wednesday, March 9. Kansas State and Oklahoma State open things up from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, with the winner advancing to face regular season champion Kansas. West Virginia finished a wild regular season in second place, and will get the Texas Tech-TCU winner. Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Texas have also all spent time in the polls this season. Kansas is the definite favorite here, but all of these teams are capable of making a run. Ticket information for the Big 12 Tournament is available here.Here is the full tournament bracket:Every Big 12 Tournament game will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.Favorite: KansasThe Jayhawks ran away from the pack in February to lock up an astounding 12th straight Big 12 title. At this point, a Kansas regular season championship just feels like a certainty. The tournament has provided a bit more drama in recent years, but right now the Jayhawks are playing the best ball in the league. Veteran forward Perry Ellis mans the frontcourt for KU, averaging 16.5 points, tops on the team. He’s surrounded by a very talent group of guards. Juniors Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., and sophomore Devonte’ Graham all average over 11 points per game, and all shoot over 40-percent from three point range. They make for a very difficult group to shut down, because of their scoring balance. Kansas is currently a favorite to land the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a decent showing in Kansas City, they may lock it up.Sleeper: TexasIt took a little while for the Longhorns to adjust to Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” system. Texas dropped a number of non-conference games early, and even fell to lowly TCU early in Big 12 play, 58-57. At that point, Smart’s team was 9-6, and looked like a great bet to miss the NCAA Tournament. Three days later, the Longhorns upset No. 17 Iowa State, and they’ve been competitive since. They split the season series’ with the Cyclones, Baylor, and Oklahoma, and swept West Virginia. Kansas handled Texas in both of their games, including a blowout 86-56 win on February 29, so running into the Jayhawks may make things tough, if that match-up comes to fruition in the Big 12 semifinals. We never count out Shaka Smart in a tournament, though. The system can be very hard to prepare for with quick turnarounds, and the Longhorns get better at playing in it by the game.
Twitter/@CoachKatieMeierMiami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier was not happy with the sexist slides from the Texas A&M football women’s clinic, which have gotten the Aggies criticized nationally and led to the suspension of two staff members.Last night, Meier blasted A&M on Twitter for the slides. She also expressed disapproval for only punishing offensive line coach Jim Turner and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks with two-week suspensions.Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier fires back at the Aggies’ presentation.This cannot be REAL life in 2016 college athletics. We are EDUCATORS. We WORK in higher education. W set standards https://t.co/WMvuRgXn8e— Katie Meier (@CoachKatieMeier) July 30, 2016 The actual slides are degrading and offensive. I have seen them. 2 week suspension is a joke. Change the culture https://t.co/586e9HTevu— Katie Meier (@CoachKatieMeier) July 30, 2016Meier is a well-respected coach, having compiled a 283-188 record (.591 winning percentage) at Charlotte and Miami. She has taken the Hurricanes to five NCAA Tournaments in the last six years.One of the suspended A&M coaches, Jim Turner, has been in hot water before. Turner was the offensive line coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2012-13 and was a major figure in the team’s bullying scandal.A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin released a statement apologizing for the action’s of his staffers.“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent.[…]“On behalf of Aggie football, I want to apologize for the comments at Chalk Talk and also for my failure to review their individual presentations. I want to thank the almost 700 women who came out this week who not only participated in the program but who supported a worthy cause in the Twin City Mission.”For a coach rumored to be on the hot seat, this is probably the last thing Sumlin needed.
PHOENIX, AZ – DECEMBER 26: UCLA Bruins takes the field for the Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Chase Field on December 26, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)We’re a little more than three months from college football season. Get excited folks.Not every team will face the same tests this upcoming campaign. Some schedules are harder than others.ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) has updated its preseason rankings as of the spring. One of the metrics they use is strength of schedule rankings.So which team has the toughest 2018 slate? According to the FPI, it is UCLA.Here’s the slate the Bruins have.As you can see, it is no joke. The Bruins have to go to Norman to play Oklahoma and even the home non-conference games (Cincinnati, Fresno State) aren’t easy.In Pac-12 play, the Bruins have to play arguably the three best teams in the league: USC, Stanford and Washington. Sure the games are at home, but they’ll be challenging nonetheless.Additionally, UCLA has to go to Oregon, and road trips to Colorado and Arizona State are not easy.You can view the full strength of schedule rankings here.
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Florida Gators versus South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The rivalry runs deep between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers. Recent history suggests the Tigers are in control of the series, with the past four games between the two teams being won by Clemson.Bad blood runs deep. In the last contest, set in Columbia, SC., Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after he complained that the South Carolina fans were throwing bottles and trash.Clemson went on to win that game, and move its consecutive wins streak to four.However, the Gamecocks just received the most-recent win.The No. 1 college football recruit from the state of South Carolina announced his commitment.On behalf of @ZP62019, we are happy to announce his commitment to the @UofSC! @CoachWMuschamp #SpursUp #VizorSZN pic.twitter.com/dZM03rAXZj— Vizor Carolina (@VizorSportsSC) May 25, 2018He’s headed to South Carolina, which he, naturally as a kid from South Carolina, picked over Clemson.The recruiting battles between the Gamecocks and Tigers have been tight over the years, but count this one for Will Muschamp and company.The addition of Zacchaeus Pickens vaulted the Gamecocks up to No. 7 on the 2019 recruiting rankings list, just three spots behind Clemson.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)We’re less than a month away from the 2018 college football season. Teams across the country have already begun the rigors of training camp.As Clemson opens up its summer camp, the Tigers will once again be preparing for a run at a national title. Clemson being a championship contender has become a yearly tradition.Another annual custom for Clemson players is the deactivation of social media accounts before the season starts. It’s been around a while and is supposed to maximize each player’s concentration on football and minimize distractions.This morning, ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted about the social media moratorium.Clemson football players sign off of Twitter & Instagram for the season for the fourth straight year. Many majoring in marketing & communications. https://t.co/RWS22vTFn2— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 5, 2018Rovell’s last line about players doing this while majoring in marketing and communications is probably some commentary on brand-building, which is something he’s big on.Former Clemson offensive lineman Jay Guillermo clapped back at the veteran business reporter shortly after his tweet.It’s actually been going on since 2011. No one really cared until 4 years ago, though. Seniors of the 2011 season decided it was best to eliminate distractions, every class after that has agreed. This, the continuation of this now, “tradition”. https://t.co/UJxltSRLE9— Jay Guillermo (@Jay_Guillermo57) August 5, 2018Well then. Now we know where this tradition originated.Since 2011, Clemson has registered seven straight double-digit win seasons, an 82-15 overall record and won a national title.It looks like whatever they’re doing is working.