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.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Week 3 of the 2018 college football season has arrived.The upcoming weekend’s slate is highlighted by Ohio State’s road trip to TCU and a massive showdown in the SEC between Auburn and LSU.Will there be any upsets?OddsShark’s computer is predicting one.The sportsbook’s prediction has Miami losing to Toledo. Yikes.Miami and Toledo are set to kick off at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Through the first half of the college football season, quarterbacks are stealing the show. Tua Tagovailoa, Dwayne Haskins and others have established themselves as bona fide Heisman Trophy candidates.This afternoon, ESPN released its updated “Heisman Watch” for Week 7. It indicates how the 10 experts on ESPN’s panel are voting for the Heisman at this point in the season.There are a number of non-QBs who have their names in the mix right now, but it is clear that a quarterback is likely to win. The top four vote-getters are all signal callers.The full Heisman voting from ESPN looks like this.NamePositionSchoolYear1st2nd3rd4th5thTotalTua TagovailoaQBAlabamaSoph.10000050Dwayne HaskinsQBOhio StateSoph.0360131Kyler MurrayQBOklahomaJr.0334029Will GrierQBWest VirginiaSr.0312120Ed OliverDTHoustonJr.010015Jonathan TaylorRBWisconsinSoph.000215Laviska Shenault Jr.WRColoradoSoph.000113Darrell HendersonRBMemphisJr.000102Travis EtienneRBClemsonSoph.000022Justin HerbertQBOregonJr.000022McKenzie MiltonQBUCFJr.000011It is amazing how Tagovailoa is the clear-cut Heisman favorite considering he hasn’t played in the fourth quarter yet this season. That’s how dominant Alabama has been.As long as Tua plays well and the Crimson Tide keep winning, the award seems to be his to lose. Haskins could jump him if he leads Ohio State to a 12-0 season and Alabama/Tua falters though.Either way, it looks like 2018 will be the third-straight year (and eighth in the last nine) that a QB wins college football’s top award.
FS1Illinois football hasn’t been much to write home about for a few years now. After an early touchdown during today’s game against Purdue, the Fighting Illini have struggled mightily.The game has largely gone as quarterback AJ Bush Jr.’s afternoon has.On the touchdown drive, he had runs of seven, eight, five, and five again for the score, as well as a 52 yard completion to Reggie Corbin to set things up.Since, he is just 4-for-9 through the air, has just three yards on a number of carries, and has lost 22 yards on sacks.Purdue is on a 23-0 run since Bush’s touchdown.The play most indicative of Illinois’ struggles is probably this horrendous botched option play.Something clearly went awry, and both running backs Mike Epstein and Ra’Von Bonner seemed to think they had a handoff option on the play, and ran into each other right in front of Bush.He wound up keeping it, and lost a big chunk of yards on the play.Illinois Football, everybody pic.twitter.com/0y8FYxAQJB— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 13, 2018Illinois is 3-2 on the year, and picked up a Big Ten win last week against Rutgers. Things are going to be much tougher in the back half of the schedule, and Lovie Smith has some work to do to avoid a very hot seat.Plays like that won’t get it done.
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Big 12 gets crazy every week, and that is definitely the case in Lubbock so far. Conference favorite and College Football Playoff hopeful Oklahoma football is in a shootout against Texas Tech.With just under a minute left in the half, Texas Tech scored on a Da’Leon Ward run from one-yard out to go up 31-28.Tech went 75 yards in nine plays on the go-ahead drive. It was the second score of the afternoon for Ward, who broke a big touchdown on a screen earlier in the game.Texas Tech ran a screen and Da’Leon Ward took it 45 yards for a touchdown! #WreckEm #CollegeFootball pic.twitter.com/acDp1R01Lt— The Game Haus Sports (@TGHSports) November 4, 2018Of course, it looked like they may have left OU’s explosive offense too much time. Kyler Murray got the ball into OU territory, but a bad drop over the middle prevented the Sooners from getting into field goal range, and the offense went four-and-out to end the half.Oklahoma football already dropped a game at Texas, and got a huge scare from Army. Another loss would greatly endanger the Sooners’ College Football Playoff aspirations.Army presented a giant difference in style. The triple option attack ate up the clock, and while the Sooners scored quickly when they had the ball, the defense couldn’t get off the field.This Texas Tech game is being played in a style much more comfortable for Oklahoma, but it is also Texas Tech’s preferred pace.Alan Bowman has actually been the slightly better quarterback thus far, at least through the air, with 227 yards and two touchdowns. Murray has 208 and two scores, but also a pair of interceptions. He remains a game changer on the ground, with 72 yards and a score.Texas Tech has 14 points off of those turnovers though, which is the difference in this one. It should be a very exciting second half on ABC.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers walks into their stadium prior to their game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)Auburn isn’t going to fire head football coach Gus Malzahn this year. Probably.The Tigers’ head coach has a massive buyout and the program appears to be committed to the head coach – for now, at least.Still, there’s been speculation about the head coach’s job security, and today’s loss to Georgia certainly didn’t help.Also, there’s this.Video of Malzahn on the sideline appears to show him saying that resembles “they’re gonna fire me.”I know my eyes aren’t playing games. Gus Malzahn just said “someone’s gonna fire me” ? pic.twitter.com/PLUWiyAgYf— blakejmorgan (@blakejmorgann) November 11, 2018Of course, Malzahn could’ve been saying something entirely different, and we’re all just seeing what we want to see out of his mouth.Still, it does seem like that’s what he said.Gus Malzahn: “Somebody’s gonna fire me. I’m gonna be out of a job.” #Auburn pic.twitter.com/YfVcDCuQu8— Blake Burkett (@blakeburkett) November 11, 2018Stay tuned.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)The third College Football Playoffs rankings are here. After 11 weeks of college football action, the College Football Playoff committee convened to determine the top 25 teams in the nation.Alabama once again entered the week as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country, followed closely by Clemson. With the top four programs all winning this weekend, there is no change at the top.Notre Dame and Michigan round out the top four, while Georgia and Oklahoma retained their No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively.There was, however, significant change after No. 10. With losses from Kentucky, NC State, Mississippi State and Boston College this weekend, several teams jumped up in the rankings.Take a look at the full top 25 below.Here’s the full #CFBPlayoff Top 2️⃣5️⃣ rankings for games played through November 10.Is your team in? ? pic.twitter.com/wBq7fDvI8Q— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 14, 2018Alabama remains in control of every poll and statistical analysis in college football and for good reason. With Tua Tagovailoa under center, the Crimson Tide offense is playing at a level we’ve never seen.Can anyone slow down the Tide? We’ll find out soon when Alabama plays Auburn to end the regular season and Georgia in the SEC title game.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)The class of 2019 will start locking in their decisions tomorrow, with the opening of the early signing period. Coaches are using the time ahead of bowl games to work on their 2020 classes as well.One of that class’ top receivers, four-star Georgia native Josh Downs, has narrowed his list of schools down a bit.247Sports ranks Downs as the No. 341 player in the country. He’s 68th among wide receivers, and No. 33 in the Peach State.He has one in-state option, which is under new management. Georgia Tech, now led by former Temple head coach Geoff Collins, cracks the group.The Yellow Jackets are joined by fellow ACC teams North Carolina and North Carolina State. Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, and West Virginia round out the list.Josh Downs announced the nine-team group on Sunday.From his Twitter account:I know who I am, and I give thanks to the man..Joshua 1:9..He’s with me and that’s all I need?? pic.twitter.com/TohNMkftU8— XI.. (@JoshDowns_) December 17, 2018
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)A college football scholarship offer seems like a fairly straightforward thing, but those who follow recruiting know it is anything but. Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz isn’t a huge fan of how things are often done.Players may receive a “scholarship offer,” only to later find out that it was conditional, or has a time limit, or that it wasn’t really an offer at all. We saw that situation play out with a recruit who claims that Michigan pulled his football offer weeks before the early signing period, just this week.Situations like that are part of the reason you see teams that have offered hundreds of players for 20-30 spots in a class.After inking much of his next Iowa football class on Wednesday, Kirk Ferentz railed against what he called a “scam” in recruiting.Ferentz says that if a player gets an Iowa offer, the Hawkeyes staff is genuinely interested in that player.From the Quad City Times:“If we offer someone, we’re serious about it. To offer multi, multi, multi players at one position, it’s kind of a scam because all you’re doing is you’re getting that guy to think hey, they like me, only to say we’ll let you know in a couple of weeks,” Ferentz said.“To me, that’s not real. We try to be very straightforward with our dialect. That’s approach we’ve always taken.”The numbers bare that out, more or less. The Atheltic’s Max Olson took a look at the raw offer numbers for every Power Five school, and Iowa is towards the bottom.How many offers have Power 5 schools made for the 2019 recruiting class? The total offer counts as of this weekend, according to 247. pic.twitter.com/cKJaJaVjUs— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 18, 2018Of course, this doesn’t mean that a more selective approach is better or worse. Alabama, which has the top class almost every year, is in that first column, with Georgia not far behind. Other recruiting powers like Texas and Clemson are closer to Iowa on the list.Being more straightforward about offers being legitimate, and what they mean for the player involved is something we should all be able to get behind, though.[Quad City Times]