‘Salah more like Ronaldo than Messi’

first_imgMohamed Salah ‘Salah more like Ronaldo than Messi’ – Carragher Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:21 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Premier League Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Kevin De Bruyne The Egyptian forward has been in stunning form this season, with his efforts seeing him compared to iconic figures at Barcelona and Real Madrid Mohamed Salah’s stunning form at Liverpool has put him more in the Cristiano Ronaldo bracket than the Lionel Messi mould, says Jamie Carragher.The Reds broke their transfer record to bring the former Chelsea forward back to England from Roma in the summer of 2017.Jurgen Klopp placed £36.9m worth of faith in the Egypt international and has been handsomely rewarded, with Salah contributing 31 goals and nine assists across all competitions . 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 His quick feet and predatory instincts in the final third have drawn comparisons to the very best in the business , with Carragher of the opinion that the 25-year-old is now more like a Real Madrid talisman than a Barcelona icon.The Liverpool legend wrote in a column for the Telegraph : “Cristiano Ronaldo is the prime example of how the role [of wide forward] has changed.”When he joined Manchester United he liked hugging the touchline, performing his step-overs and terrorising right-backs.”Now he is completely different player – a goalscorer more than provider. He is disappointed if he comes off the pitch and has not scored.”He does not want to be indulging in his party tricks out wide because he cannot shoot from there, so his game is all about cutting inside and getting into the penalty area to swell those extraordinary numbers.”That is why although there has been some comparisons made between Salah’s style and that of Lionel Messi – obviously he is not at the level of either Messi or Ronaldo yet – the Liverpool forward has more of Ronaldo’s approach about him.”Messi likes to come deeper for the ball and involve himself in the build-up. That is not Salah’s way. He has the mindset of a prolific striker, as demonstrated by how disappointed he is whenever he is substituted late in a match as he craves more goals. It is refreshing to see.”Mohamed Salah more Ronaldo than Messi Jamie CarragherSalah’s exploits have made him a leading contender for the 2017-18 Premier League Player of the Year award , and Carragher believes he will offer the greatest threat to Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne in pursuit of that particular prize.He added: “If you had asked me a few months ago who deserved this year’s accolade I would have said it must be De Bruyne, especially given the massive gap between the champions-elect and the rest.”It will be no surprise if City’s domestic dominance ensures their best player is rewarded.”But with respect to the Belgian, the more I assess Salah’s contribution, the more I feel he deserves to push De Bruyne far closer than I imagined.”He has the potential to go ahead in the next few weeks, particularly if he produces a match-winning performance at Old Trafford next weekend.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Austria 2 Germany 1

first_imgAustria 2 Germany 1: Neuer makes comeback in surprise defeat Guy Atkinson 03:41 6/3/18 Manuel Neuer - cropped Bongarts A returning Manuel Neuer was unable to prevent Germany falling to an unlikely defeat to Austria at a sodden Worthersee Stadion. Manuel Neuer made his long-awaited comeback as Germany slipped to a surprise 2-1 pre-World Cup friendly defeat to Austria.The Bayern Munich goalkeeper’s first appearance since suffering a foot injury in September had looked in jeopardy after heavy rain hit Klagenfurt shortly before kick-off.After officials undertook three separate pitch inspections, the game finally started an hour and 45 minutes later than originally scheduled. 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 However, that uncertainty did little to disrupt Mesut Ozil, who took advantage of an early error from Austria goalkeeper Jorg Siebenhandl to give Joachim Low’s side an 11th-minute lead.Yet Austria were a much tougher proposition in the second period, with Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf scoring fine goals to seal a memorable triumph over their neighbours and stretch their winning streak to an impressive seven games. Germany will look to get their preparations back on track when Saudi Arabia travel to Leverkusen on Friday before starting their bid to retain the World Cup against Group F rivals Mexico on June 17.Game over Our first #WorldCup dress rehearsal ends in defeat in Austria: #DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #AUTGER 2-1 pic.twitter.com/lq9GAUs7TX— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 2, 2018After such a lengthy delay, it was hardly surprising that the game started in disjointed fashion with neither side able to fashion anything resembling a chance. That changed after 11 minutes, though, thanks to Siebenhandl’s mistake. The Sturm Graz keeper inexplicably clipped his attempted clearance straight to Ozil, who took a touch before curling a left-footed strike into the far corner.  Germany really should have doubled their advantage 10 minutes later, but Julian Brandt’s low effort after a flowing move was diverted agonisingly past the far post by the legs of Siebenhandl.Shortly before half-time, Neuer demonstrated that his lay-off had done nothing to diminish his agility. Florian Grillitsch must have thought his low strike was creeping in at the near post, only for the 32-year-old to get down sharply and push the ball past the post.Class is permanent  #NeuerTheWall#DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #AUTGER 0-1 pic.twitter.com/tTrcfVYNG5— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 2, 2018The hosts started the second period with the type of intensity that was lacking in their tepid first-half display and were duly rewarded with a fine equaliser after 53 minutes.David Alaba’s deep corner from Austria’s right was met at the back post by the unmarked Hinteregger, who flashed a fierce, first-time volley from a tight angle beyond the helpless Neuer.Marko Arnautovic was denied just moments later by Neuer’s outstretched hand as Austria pinned their illustrious opponents against the ropes.Their deserved winner arrived in the 69th minute when Schopf met Stefan Lainer’s back-post knockdown, the Schalke midfielder sweeping a first-time effort into the net to complete the turnaround. Low made a raft of substitutions in the closing stages, but none of the changes had the desired impact as Germany’s World Cup preparations suffered an unlikely setback. read morelast_img read more

Youth Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_imgTroy Malcolm award – Oscar SanftRoxy Winder award – Kirsty Quince Australian 18’s Boys captain, Oscar Sanft, was given the Troy Malcolm award, while Australian 20’s Girls player, Kirsty Quince, was the recipient of the Roxy Winder award. 18’s GirlsPlayers Player – Emily ReedCoaches Award – Sarah PeattieEncouragement Award – Charlotte Caslick20’s Girls Players Player – Emilee CherryCoaches Award – Kirsty Quince18’s BoysPlayers Player – Brentt Warr and Zach StrasserCoaches Award – Simon Lang20’s BoysPlayers Player – Nick GoodCoaches Award – Dylan Thompsonlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp confident after Bayern Munich draw

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp confident after Bayern Munich drawby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his side face a tough two games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.The Reds were drawn against the German champions in the Round of 16.”For me it’s nice going to Germany. This is a different Bayern than what I played, we are already here for three years,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.”We all know the stadium, the atmosphere will be great. It’s a really nice trip for all our supporters, it’s a wonderful city, so that’s all good.”The flight is not too long and we obviously know more about German football than about any other league.”In the last couple of years they have dominated the German league in the best period of German football. It’s obviously long ago that I played Bayern in a competitive game so I’m really looking forward to it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes confirms Avispa Fukuoka move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes confirms Avispa Fukuoka moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes is leaving for Japan.Serantes has announced his move to Avispa Fukuoka on social media.He will sign for the J-League club tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/714QxafVi9— Jon Ander Serantes (@JASerantes) December 30, 2018 last_img

a month agoEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustrating

first_imgEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustratingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax and FC Twente star Jan van Halst has told Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to take the good with the bad when it comes to Jetro Willems.Willems joined Newcastle United on-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, though made his name in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, where he spent six years and won his first caps with Holland.And on Saturday, Willems scored the opener on Saturday in the Toon’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The goal was spectacular, but wasn’t enough as the Reds eventually steamrolled the visitors.Reviewing the action, Van Halst was delighted for Willems – though warned the Dutchman will always be occasionally loose defensively.Van Halst said on Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: “He makes it difficult for a football analyst. Before the game we say that he should play a little more carefully as a left back. It is of course the charm of Willems.”The good thing is too: if he does this for PSV in a home match against RKC, then you say: ‘This is of course not possible in the Premier League’. But it is foolish: he just does it. Charming. A great goal.”Indeed, Van Halst says that’s the ‘charm’ of Willems, who is capable of producing a moment of unexpected magic.He added: “He is playful. It makes you crazy as a football analyst. Of course you have to use him with his speed.”Defensively he just has his vulnerabilities. You have to take this for granted a bit. This is that playfulness of Jetro Willems. He will never get it out completely, because he is already 25.”Willems moved to Newcastle at the beginning of August. The defender has joined the Magpies on a season-long loan with the option to buy.- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini pleased with Rice progress

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini pleased with Rice progressby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is pleased with the progress of Declan Rice.Rice came in for some criticism for his defensive error which contributed to Kosovo’s second goal against England in Tuesday’s European Qualifier at St Mary’s.Hammers manager Pellegrini is confident Rice has the mentality to take everything in his stride and flourish for the national side.”Declan is a very young player, he is improving in every game he plays,” said Pellegrini.”He is only 20 years old and I think with his age it is important he plays for England and it is important for him the way he can demonstrate how he works.”You can expect these mistakes for any kind of player. He is improving and for the moment he is doing well in that position.”If you are 20 years old you always want to play, but we will see if he has any muscle problem. For the moment Declan must continue playing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days ago​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke future

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke futureby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathan Jones expects Stoke City to clarify his position imminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’t improve, I fully expect a decision to be made on my future. I fully expect it and I have no argument about it, absolutely not.”If I’m honest, if this wasn’t such the club that it was, and has the owners it has, I would’ve been gone a while ago because my results haven’t been good enough and I know that.”I’m under no illusions, just as I knew in my previous job I was not untouchable, but, I was in a very secure position because my win rate was 55 per cent and we’d been promoted and we’d changed everything about it.”We’ve changed a lot here but we haven’t got results and that’s the be-all and end-all. So trust me, I fully expect if I don’t get results in the next few games that a decision will be made on my future.” last_img read more

Darius Rucker Will Play A Concert At South Carolina’s Horseshoe If Gamecocks Win 6 Games

first_imgDarius Rucker singing while wearing a South Carolina hat.Twitter/@dariusruckerDarius Rucker is a huge South Carolina fan, but he’s not going too crazy with expectations for the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s first year. All he wants is a bowl game. Any bowl game.If South Carolina reaches six wins this year, the country star and former leader of Hootie and the Blowfish will play a concert at the famous ‘Horseshoe’ on his alma mater’s campus.Rucker agreed to the arrangement after receiving a tweet suggestion from a ‘Cocks fan. School president Harry Pastides quickly agreed.I think if we get 6 wins this season @dariusrucker should have another concert on the horseshoe— Croc (@WhiteJungleboi) August 10, 2016I’m dying to play the horseshoe. Start a petition tell them I’m in!! https://t.co/mgiW6vV9WF— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) August 10, 2016No need for a petition…consider it done! Darius in concert on the ‘Shoe after we get to 6! https://t.co/FMKYZ56Cpa— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) August 11, 2016This isn’t the first time Rucker has put a performance on the line with South Carolina athletics, although this is a show he definitely wants to have. Last June, the country star serenaded ESPN’s Mike Golic with the Notre Dame fight song, after Golic’s Fighting Irish women’s basketball team beat the Gamecocks in the Final Four.With an SEC schedule, getting to six wins won’t be easy for South Carolina this season. Win at Vanderbilt, vs. ECU, at Kentucky, vs. UMass, vs. Missouri, and vs. Western Carolina. That’s probably the easiest path.[The State]last_img read more

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Messi not fit to start Clasico

first_imgEl Clasico is back, with Barcelona playing host to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou.The Catalans have had to work tremendously hard to get themselves into this position, notably staging a stunning second-leg comeback against Sevilla last week , while Madrid’s progress to this juncture has been rather more serene.Having lost the first match of each of their last two ties, Barca will have to be on the mettle from the beginning on Wednesday or face their biggest challenge yet as they strive for their 31st triumph in the tournament. 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? Game Barcelona vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, January 6 Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Ezkieta Defenders Pique, Semedo, Lenglet, Alba, Chumi, Vermaelen, Roberto, Todibo, Jeison Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Vidal, Boateng, Samper, Alena Forwards L. Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Messi Confirmed  Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Malcom, Suarez, Coutinho Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Courtois Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Odriozoloa, Reguilon Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos, B. Diaz Forwards Marcelo, Benzema, Bale, Vinicius Junior Confirmed Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Llorente, Modric, Kroos; Lucas, Benzema, Vinicius.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona can be backed at 4/5 to win this encounter, with Real Madrid offered at 7/2 by bet365 . Meanwhile, a draw is available at 3/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Vinicius Real MadridWhile La Liga and the Champions League may be the main target for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, having been paired together in the Copa del Rey, suddenly the knockout competition has taken on a new importance.The rivalry between these clubs runs deep and both will be determined to reach the final in Seville, which will be played on May 25.Throughout this competition, the respective teams have typically been shuffled to allow the star men to rest for the more important league matches, though that logic will now go out of the window for these clashes. Indeed, Barcelona already seemed to be thinking ahead to this match as they struggled to find their best form against Valencia at the weekend, fighting back to draw 2-2 but potentially losing their ace in Lionel Messi due to injury for this fixture.Nevertheless, on paper, it is Barca who hold the upper hand. They boast a six-point lead at the summit of the Primera Division ahead of Atletico Madrid and are eight marks clear of Real, having shown greater consistency over the season to date. Indeed, when the teams played earlier this term, Barca swept to a stunning 5-1 victory, without Messi, which proved the end of Julen Lopetegui in the Madrid hotseat, paving the way for Santiago Solari to take interim charge.Moreover, the manner in which Barca swept aside Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg of their quarter-final last week was utterly formidable and signified a team coming to the peak of its power.Nevertheless, the capital side are bullish about their prospects of causing an upset.“I play at Real Madrid, the best team in the world,” Vinicius Junior said ahead of the fixture . “I do not fear anything.”Historically, Barcelona have gotten the better of the Clasico, which was first played in 1929, with 113 overall wins to Real Madrid’s 99. Meanwhile, there have been 60 draws.As Los Blancos go chasing a historic 100th victory in the fixture, these are encounters that mean more to them, especially Solari, who is doing his best to show the board that he is worth the coaching job on a full-time basis.Barcelona, meanwhile, are the undoubted kings of the cup, having appeared in 23 successive rounds of the competition. Indeed, the last time they were knocked out before the final was February 2013, when Madrid beat them 4-2 on aggregate.The four-time defending champions will not want history to repeat itself.last_img read more

Sports Analytics Professor’s “FourCast” Reveals What Current College Football Playoff Rankings Would Be

first_imgA 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.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)University of North Florida sports analytics professor Jay Coleman has a formula that reveals what the College Football Playoff rankings would be today.Next Tuesday, the first College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled by the selection committee, reflecting the first nine weeks of games. However, we’ve all been speculating about the four teams that will be included in the field since Week 1.Coleman has designed a formula, based on trends from the 2014 and 2015 seasons, that reveals what the Playoff rankings would look like, if they were out today.From UNF:The predictions below are based on strongly consistent patterns found in the CFP Selection Committee’s weekly rankings during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. If the current CFP selection committee follows these same patterns during 2016, the ranking shown below should closely match the actual CFP ranking. Obviously, there is no guarantee that the current committee will follow a similar protocol.While the committee only ranks the top 25 each week, Coleman’s rankings go all the way from No. 1 to 128 (sorry, Buffalo).The top 25:25. Navy (5-1) 24. Washington State (5-2) 23. Penn State (5-2) 22. Colorado (6-2) 21. LSU (5-2) 20. North Carolina (6-2) 19. Western Michigan (8-0) 18. Utah (7-1) 17. Oklahoma (5-2) 16. Tennessee (5-2) 15. Boise State (7-0) 14. Florida (5-1) 13. Auburn (5-2) 12. Florida State (5-2) 11. West Virginia (6-0)For the top 10 College Football Playoff contenders based on Jacobs’ “FourCast,” click through below.last_img read more

Scaloni on Argentina: We think we’re good

first_imgLionel Scaloni hopes Argentina can take confidence from their win over Qatar into their Copa America quarter-final against Venezuela.Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero helped Argentina beat Qatar to move into the last eight, where Venezuela await at the Maracana on Friday.Scaloni said that victory had given his side plenty of confidence as they eye the semi-finals. 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? “We think we’re good because we came from a win that gave us a significant emotional boost,” he told a news conference.”It’s going to be a difficult game, but we are confident.”Argentina have dominated Venezuela at the Copa America, winning their five meetings and scoring 28 goals while conceding just three.But Scaloni said he expected his team to be challenged by a Venezuela side that were unbeaten in Group A.”Football has evolved,” he said. “Nowadays, every team has difficulty.”#SelecciónMayor ¡Última práctica!Con la mente puesta en @SeleVinotinto . #VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/xyxJNhs293 — Selección Argentina  (@Argentina) June 27, 2019 Argentina have seen their share of struggles at the competition in Brazil. It started on matchday one when they were outclassed in a 2-0 loss against Colombia and spilled into the side’s second match when they were held to a 1-1 draw against Paraguay. That left the team in desperate need of a win against visitors Qatar just to reach the knockout rounds. Their opponent on Friday, Venezuela, have earned just one win over Bolivia so far, but played to a draw with Peru despite going down a man on matchday one and held hosts Brazil to a draw as well. Scaloni has yet to settle on a first-choice side, bringing both he and the players under pressure, but he encouraged his country to get behind the club earlier in the week rather than making the team feel as though they were going to war.  “Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play,” he said. “The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side.”last_img read more

Penn State’s Class May Be Better Than Its Ranking – Here’s Why

first_imgPenn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State has reloaded with young talent once again, and although 247Sports ranks its latest group of recruits as the No. 10 recruiting class, the Nittany Lions might actually have one of the top classes in all of the country.With Brandon Smith and Noah Cain leading the next group of Nittany Lions, the future is bright in Happy Valley. If Penn State is a firm believer in quality over quantity, then James Franklin and his coaching staff should be thrilled with their latest haul.The rankings might list other schools ahead of the Nittany Lions, but the average player ratings for each class actually bodes well for the prestigious program. Outside of Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State, Penn State ranks above every other college when it comes to talent alone.Top 2019 recruiting classes by 247Sports composite average player rating:1. Alabama 94.042. Georgia 93.713. Ohio State 92.164. Penn State 92.125. Auburn 91.906. LSU 91.397. Oklahoma 91.138. Texas A&M 91.099. Oregon 90.9710. Texas 90.90— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) December 20, 2018Unlike other recruiting classes, Penn State doesn’t even have 20 commits as of now. For example, the Crimson Tide have 26 commits for the 2019 season, meanwhile the Nittany Lions have 18 incoming players.Headed into today, FSU, Ohio State, Auburn and Penn State are the only teams with top 15 2019 classes while having fewer than 20 commits.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) December 21, 2018Numbers can be deceiving at times, and in this case it shows that Penn State’s recruiting class definitely has the necessary playmakers to keep the program running at an elite level.While the Nittany Lions will have to say goodbye to several seniors this season, a new core of impact players will take their place.last_img read more

Report: Vast Majority Of Clemson Football’s Black Players Skipped White House Trip

first_imgclemson football players at the white houseWASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 14: (AFP OUT) Members of the Clemson Tigers football team prepare to dine on fast food served by President Trump to celebrate their Championship at the White House on January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)Clemson football’s White House trip following the program’s national championship drew a lot of attention, thanks to the unconventional spread provided by President Donald Trump.It was unclear why Clemson’s trip was rushed along and done during a government shutdown—the Tigers’ trip two years ago was in June—but they were greeted by a spread of fast food from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Domino’s.What was not really reported upon was the group of Tiger players that made the trip.Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was present, and drew the President’s attention. Trump said that he wanted to be the superstar freshman’s agent in a few years.Many of his most prominent teammates were not there, however, per a new report.The Root spoke to three anonymous Clemson football players who say that the vast majority of the roster’s black players did not make the trip.According to the players, who were standouts on the Tigers’ title team per the site, the President was the reason that many decided not to go. Those who did were largely younger players, or those whose roles on the team were less certain.From the report:The Root spoke with three black Clemson players who each separately confirmed that many players, both black and white, had no interest in making the trip. All three acknowledged that Donald Trump was the reason they chose not to attend. Even more telling, most of Clemson’s white players were in attendance while nearly three-fourths of the school’s black football players took a hard pass on the chance to eat cold fries with the president of people who eat salads from McDonald’s.“It wasn’t like we had a team meeting or anything,” said one of Clemson’s offensive stars who spoke with The Root on the condition of anonymity. “Players were talking amongst each other but everybody was like: ‘I’m not going to that.’”Another defensive standout noted that coaches didn’t pressure players to accompany the team to Washington, D.C., but said that almost every black player he knew didn’t want to take the trip. However, he noted that he knew that some players only attended because they worried that refusing to attend the traditional White House visit might affect their scholarships or playing time.“Not saying anything against the players who went,” the junior explained, “but if you look at who went—freshman and people fighting for playing time—you’ll see what I’m talking about.”The Root says that just 15 of the at least 57 black players on the Tigers roster attended the trip, 11 of whom were underclassmen.More revealing than that: only six of the black players in attendance were on the depth chart for the title game against Alabama.Clemson gave a statement to The Root, saying that 76 players made the trip, with a number of others missing due to “class obligations,” as well as those who had already graduated and were no longer on campus. One of the anonymous quoted players said that the decision to go was left up to the players, and that many of those who stayed behind had the option of missing class, but instead chose to stay behind.The three players did say that the program and school did not pressure players towards making the trip.[The Root]last_img read more

Tate Martell Is Dominating Miami’s Spring Game Today

first_imgtate martell holds a football during a campCORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)This year’s spring game has finally arrived for the Miami Hurricanes, and it appears so has Tate Martell. Earlier this year, the former Ohio State quarterback decided to transfer after former five-star recruit Justin Fields joined the Buckeyes.Martell didn’t start his career with the Hurricanes on the right note. Last week, the reports coming out of Miami were that he struggled mightily in a scrimmage.Not only did the dual-threat quarterback go through growing pains, but N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams had better performances. As of right now, Martell is third on the depth chart for the Hurricanes.It’s still way too early for Manny Diaz to pick which quarterback will start this season. However, the clock is certainly ticking for Martell to make an impact.Fortunately for the Ohio State transfer, his first-half performance in the spring game is quite impressive.All signs from today point to Martell looking much more comfortable under center.Tate Martell look looking much better out of shotgun. N’Kosi Perry looking real good. Jarren Williams was just skipped in the qb rotation— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) April 20, 2019Tate Martell connects for an 80-yard touchdown with KJ Osborn.Transfer portal magic at the Miami spring game.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 20, 2019The spring game is taking place at Camping World Stadium, which will be the host of this year’s battle between the Hurricanes and the Florida Gators.Perhaps Martell will pass Williams on the depth chart for the backup spot, but it might take time for him to win the starting job.last_img read more

ESPN’s Early Prediction For Nebraska-Illinois Game

first_imgAdrian Martinez throws a pass for Nebraska.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Nebraska football hasn’t had the start to the season it was hoping for. With coach Scott Frost at the helm for his second year, expectations are high.But a disastrous Week 2 loss to Colorado wasn’t a part of the plan. Not mention the Buffaloes lost to Air Force the following week.Still, the Cornhuskers are 2-1 heading into conference play. All is not lost for Frost and his team. A road game versus Illinois on Saturday kicks off Nebraska’s Big Ten slate. A big win would go a long way before the Cornhuskers head back home for a pivotal game versus No. 6 Ohio State.Heading into the Nebraska-Illinois contest, ESPN’s Matchup Predictor has determined a projected outcome for the game. The Matchup Predictor gives the Cornhuskers a 74.1% chance to win. Certainly a high percentage. But it makes sense. Illinois suffered an embarrassing 34-31 loss to Eastern Michigan this past Saturday. The week prior, the Fighting Illini pulled off a close win over UConn — a game which shouldn’t have been close in the first place. It’s safe to say this won’t be a fun season for Illinois fans.Week Four. #GBR x #TheGoodLife pic.twitter.com/mk7j48a8Ay— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 16, 2019Nebraska, on the other hand, struggles with inconsistency. One week, the Cornhuskers look like a legitimate Big Ten contender. The next, they struggle against an inferior team. What will they look like on Saturday against Illinois?Nebraska and Illinois kicks off at 8 PM ET on Big Ten Network.last_img read more

Former Goa Ranji cricketer Rajesh Ghodge, collapses on field, dies in hospital

first_imgFormer Goa Ranji cricketer Rajesh Ghodge, collapses on field, dies in hospitalRajesh Ghodge collapsed while playing in a local tournament on Sunday afternoon and died soon at a local hospitaladvertisement Indo-Asian News Service PanajiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 20:25 IST Rajesh Ghodge played two Ranji matches for Goa and represented the state in several one-day matches in the 1990s (Representative Photo)Rajesh Ghodge, a 46-year-old former Goa Ranji cricketer, collapsed on a cricket ground while playing a local tournament in Margao town in South Goa on Sunday afternoon and died soon at a local hospital, said the tournament organisers.The deceased cricketer had scored 30 runs and was at the non-striker’s end, when he collapsed, Poorv Bhembre, secretary of the Margao Cricket Club, which had organised the tournament, told IANS over phone.After he collapsed, Ghodge was immediately shifted to the nearby ESI hospital, from where he was shifted to a private health facility in Margao town, located 30 km south of Panaji, before he was declared dead, the club official said.The deceased was also the honourary joint secretary of the tournament organising club.Bhembre said that Ghodge, who has played two Ranji matches for Goa and represented the state in several one-day matches in the 1990s, had no history of medical issues.”He used to play cricket almost everyday. We are completely shocked with what has happened today (Sunday),” Bhembre said.Also Read | Shubman Gill ready for international cricket: Chief Selector MSK PrasadAlso Read | Not thinking about about World Cup, says Vijay Shankar after India ODI call-upFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow GoaFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Cricketlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 years

first_img Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 09:39 IST Dinesh Karthik replaced MS Dhoni in the Indian playing XI for the third ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni is nursing a sore back and missed the 3rd ODI vs New Zealand as a resultDinesh Karthik has donned the gloves for the first time since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2014India also brought back all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the playing XI in place of Vijay ShankarBrief scores – New Zealand 75/3 (21 overs) vs India. Ross Taylor (15*), Tom Latham (10*); Chahal (1/27), Bhuvneshwar (1/23), Shami (1/13). ScorecardAn injury to Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given Dinesh Karthik the opportunity to shine as the wicketkeeper after almost 6 years in the ongoing third ODI against New Zealand on Monday.Dhoni has a sore hamstring which is why he was not included in the playing XI for the crucial game, one that could decide the fate of the series with India already leading 2-0. This is only the third occasion when the veteran stumper was forced out of the playing XI.India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Live Cricket ScoreThe last time he was out of the playing XI was way back in 2013 when he missed three ODIs due to a hamstring injury in a tri-series in the West Indies.While the first time, he missed out was 12 years ago when he was out of two ODIs against Ireland and South Africa in Belfast in 2007 due to viral fever.Dinesh Karthik, who did not feature in the first two ODIs, has donned the gloves for the first time since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2014, the tournament which Dhoni had missed.He remained out of the team for three years before making a comeback in 2017 in the ODI series against West Indies. Since then Karthik has been in splendid form with the bat having scored 183 runs in 2017 at an average of 61, 167 runs last year at 41.75. He has played four matches this year and scored 37 runs till now.advertisementAlready 2-0 up in the five-match ODI rubber, India made two forced changes by leaving out an injured Dhoni and all-rounder Vijay Shankar with Hardik Pandya coming back into the side.This is Pandya’s first match after his ban was lifted by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for his alleged “sexist comments” on Karan Johar’s TV show Koffee with Karan.Pandya returns to the playing XI for the first time since an injury he picked up in the Asia Cup in September last year. After gaining full fitness, Pandya joined the team during the Test series in Australia and was expected to play in the ODIs before the Koffee with Karan controversy erupted.Pandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and skipper Virat Kohli has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all-rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.On the other hand, the hosts made a single change by including the left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner in place of Colin de Grandhomme.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow IND v NZ 3rd ODIFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow MS Dhoni India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 yearsIndia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Dinesh Karthik came into the playing XI as a replacement for MS Dhoni, who was ruled out of the third ODI against New Zealand with a hamstring injury. Brief scores – New Zealand 75/3 (21 overs) vs India. Ross Taylor (15*), Tom Latham (10*); Chahal (1/27), Bhuvneshwar (1/23), Shami (1/13)advertisementlast_img read more

Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss film

first_imgDarbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmRajinikanth is acting in a film titled Darbar, which is directed by AR Murugadoss. The film stars Nayanthara in the lead role and has music by Anirudh Ravichander.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 12:05 IST Darbar posterRajinikanth is playing two different roles in Darbar. Reportedly, he will be seen as an IPS officer and as a social activist in the film. Now, it is revealed that the Superstar will sport two different looks for the film.It is rumoured that in the first half of the film, Rajinikanth will be seen as an activist and from the second half he will take on the IPS avatar. Rajinikanth’s Alex Pandian role from Mundru Mugam is still spoken about as Rajinikanth’s performance as a police officer was stunning.AR Murugadoss is planning to recreate the same magic with the upcoming film. The film has music by Anirudh Ravichander and stars Nayanathara in the female lead role.Other than Nayan, Yogi Babu is ts confirmed to be part of Darbar. Now, it has been announced that Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar has been chosen to play the antagonist in the film.Confirming the news, Prateik, in a statement, said, “It is such a dream come true to have bagged this project in such little time. This year is looking very positive for me and Sanya (Sagar) has been such a great influence on my life professionally and personally.”Darbar will hit the theatres on Pongal 2020. The film marks the 167th film of Rajinikanth and might also be the last film of the actor, who might take the political plunge after this.ALSO READ | Happy Birthday Rajinikanth: Thalaivar’s untold love story with wife Latha RangachariALSO READ | AR Murugadoss on his film with Rajinikanth: It is NOT a political ventureadvertisementALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna MemorialGet 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 byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow RajinikanthFollow Darbarlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: We were chasing too many runs, Alex Carey defends Australia batsmen

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: We were chasing too many runs, Alex Carey defends Australia batsmenWorld Cup 2019: After losing to India by 36 runs, Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey said that Australia were chasing too many runs at the end of the match as they failed to chase a mammoth 353-run target set by the Men in Blue.advertisement Press Trust of India LondonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 15:30 IST Alex Carey said that Australia fell short of runs against India (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia fell short by 36 runs despite David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey scoring fiftiesAustralia had a target of 353 runs at the beginning but they were bowled out for 316Australia will face Pakistan next on June 12Australia have the depth in their batting to chase a big total but it proved “a few too many runs” in the end against India, said Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey.Chasing a massive target of 353, Australia fell short by 36 runs after being dismissed for 316, despite fifties by David Warner (56), Steve Smith (69) and Carey (55 not out).It was an unusually slow innings from opener Warner as he took 84 balls for his knock.”We still backed the players out in the middle to get us there. If they’ve faced a few balls they have a better understanding of the situation. The deeper we take it, we trust our batters to soak up a few balls. They’ve done it in the past,” Carey said.”There are so many options but we trust the batters we have. We had a good shake at it but we were just chasing a few too many runs in the end.”Australia needed 115 runs from the last 10 over and Carey, who came to bat at no. 7, said he still had hopes of chasing the total.”There was a job to do to go at 12 runs an over for the best part of 10 or 15 overs. It was more the state of the game that dictated the way I played. With guys like (Glenn) Maxwell and (Nathan) Coulter-Nile we still back ourselves to go out and do that. We lost a few wickets against a really good attack,” he said.”Bumrah and Kumar are really good finishers and unfortunately we fell short and didn’t have that set batter like India did. Shikhar (Dhawan) played really well and the stats say if you get 120 you will win most games.advertisement”It would have been nice to have one of our players in the top five who had 40 or 50 to go on and make a big score and win the game for us,” said Carey.Also Read | South Africa vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Match 15: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | South Africa vs West Indies Live Score, ICC World Cup 2019: Cottrell removes AmlaAlso SeeFor 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 Australia vs IndiaFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Alex Carey Nextlast_img read more