De Gea keen to delay Man Utd contract talks

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first_imgTransfers De Gea happy to delay Man Utd contract talks Jamie Smith 07:41 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David de Gea Getty Images Transfers Manchester United David de Gea Manchester United v Stoke City Premier League Although Jose Mourinho is hoping the goalkeeper commits his future to the Red Devils, De Gea is concentrating on the weekend’s game David de Gea is keen to delay talks over a new Manchester United contract until the end of the season.United manager Jose Mourinho this week called for De Gea to be given a bumper extension to his current deal, which is set to expire in 2019, although it has an option to be increased for a further 12 months.Long-term Real Madrid target De Gea has developed into one of the world’s finest goalkeepers since joining United from Atletico Madrid in 2011. 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 But despite near-constant speculation linking the 27-year-old with a return to the Spanish capital, De Gea is in no rush to sit down for contract talks.”I don’t think it’s the time to start talking about the future, it’s not the time to be talking contracts,” De Gea told Sky Sports.”We have lots of games between now and the end of the season and the first thing we need to think about is Burnley this weekend.”It’s all about getting your head down, focusing, working hard, competing in training, keeping fit and picking up points.”Just being part of this club is special in itself. Being a player and a part of this club is special, so when you get to wear the shirt, you go to away games, that’s something you are always proud of and is very special.”Being part of such a great club like Manchester United fills you with emotion and you gradually realise how much the club means to the fans and the people who work here. They really live for the game, so that does become part of you and you can only appreciate that having spent time here.”Love to Win #mufc pic.twitter.com/BqE54NtF89— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) January 15, 2018Although United are 12 points adrift of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, De Gea’s 13 clean sheets from 23 appearances is more than any other goalkeeper has recorded in the division this season.And the Spain international still believes it is possible for Mourinho’s men to catch neighbours City, who suffered their first domestic defeat of the season at Liverpool in a 4-3 thriller last week.”You have to be honest and say it’s difficult, but in the Premier League you never know what will happen,” De Gea added. “It’s a very difficult league to compete in. Obviously it will be tough.”There is quite a big gap, 12 points is a lot, but we will fight very hard every game to get as many points as we can and then see where we end up at the end of the season. It’s about not giving up – and fighting until the end.”last_img read more

‘Usain Bolt probably not going to be Ronaldo’

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first_imgBorussia Dortmund ‘Probably not another Ronaldo but…’ – Olympic champion Enefiok Udo-Obong backs Bolt’s football dream Shina Oludare Chief Editor Nigeria Last updated 1 year ago 08:00 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo, Usain Bolt Goal Nigeria Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga The African track icon has backed the eight-time Olympic gold medallist’s aspirations of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics Olympic gold medallist Enefiok Udo-Obong has thrown his weight behind Usain Bolt’s desire to become a professional footballer.Bolt, who won an amazing 19 global titles during a glittering career walked away from the track at the end of the 2017 World Championships and is keen to carve out a niche for himself in football.The Jamaican did not look out of place during his two-day training with Borussia Dortmund and he would fancy a chance to be signed on a permanent basis in Peter Stoger’s squad.And Udo-Obong who won a gold medal in 4 x 400 metres relay with Nigeria at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, as well as a bronze medal in the 2004 edition, believes the 30-year-old has what it takes to switch sporting codes.        “He’s a sportsman who has reached the highest level of his career and all he is looking for is a new challenge,” he told Goal. 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 “Bolt is someone who is known to honour new challenges. He ran the 400 metres, 200 metres before he dominated the 100 metres.“At each time he got a new challenge, he loved it; he conquered it and did very well. So going into football is not something that is going to be difficult for him.”Bolt PSDespite this optimism, he feels football fans should not expect him to replicate his successes in athletics in the round leather game.“He is probably not going to be Ronaldo [Cristiano] but he’s somebody who can cut his way across for the next three to four years as a footballer,” he continued.“In terms of training, it’ll be easier for him because training for individual sports requires more from you than team sports.“In terms of match fitness and game-play situations, I think it’ll be more challenging because you learn football when you’re younger when you’re 20 and in your late teens. That might be one or two problems he might have.“In terms of actually playing the football, if he’s skilful and he’s good, he’ll probably be a good footballer.”last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us break

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first_imgNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribers

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first_img​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribersby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga Sports TV, the multi-sports OTT platform launched by Spanish football’s LaLiga, has reached 300,000 registered users, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas who was speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, reports SportBusiness.LaLiga Sports TV offers free live coverage of various sports, including matches of the ASOBAL Handball league and Spain’s second-tier basketball division Liga LEB Oro, plus sports such as badminton, petanque and weightlifting.It went live in March of this year as a multi-sport proposition but also streams live games from Spanish football’s second-tier Segunda División, but behind a paywall. Short highlights from Spain’s top two leagues are also offered on the platform.LaLiga Sports TV was launched in March with the intention of boosting the exposure of Spanish sports, becoming the first European league to launch its own OTT service in doing so. Viewers can access it on mobile devices – both mobile phones and tablets – and smart TVs. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoInter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelona

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan attacker Nicolò Barella says they can leave Barcelona with their heads held high.Inter lost their Champions League tie 2-1, despite taking a third minute lead through Lautaro Martinez. Barca eventually winning via a Luis Suarez brace.Barella said, “We came here to play, the Coach told us that, and we wanted to win. We tried to fight back after the equaliser and conceded at the other end.“It’s disappointing, but we have another big game coming up and will start to focus on that.“We proved our character and put in a strong performance, but it’s always disappointing when we leave with no points. We are Inter, we’ve got Conte on the bench, so we want to win every game.” last_img read more

16 days agoRichards has dig at Man City kids: Only Foden has right attitude

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Richards has dig at Man City kids: Only Foden has right attitudeby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City defender Micah Richards believes Phil Foden is a class apart from the other promising youngsters at the club.City now possess one of the best youth teams in the country and Foden is the shining light of the club’s academy.”Phil Foden is an exceptional talent,” he told the Gloved podcast.”He is going to get games.”Whereas some of the young players are just happy to say they play for Man City.”They’ve got pictures on Instagram, they’ve got the nicest cars and they’re earning good money.”No disrespect to them, but they think they’ve made it already.”It’s only really Foden who’s probably going to get a chance within the current squad because he’s the only one who is showing the signs that he could play at that level.” last_img read more

2 days agoNewcastle target Jarrod Bowen can’t rule out Hull exit

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle target Jarrod Bowen can’t rule out Hull exitby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City winger Jarrod Bowen admits he’d be open to leaving the Championship club.The 22-year-old’s contract is up in the summer, and is being linked with Newcastle United.“If I leave, I leave, if I don’t, I am loving it here,” Bowen told the Hull Daily Mail.“What will be, will be.”I have just got to keep my head down, I have got agents that take care of all of that.“I am playing football so I am not surprised that I didn’t leave.”It is out of my hands what happens off the pitch, I have just got to (perform) on the pitch.” last_img

Gerrard leads Rangers to first Old Firm win since 2012

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first_imgSteven Gerrard secured his first Old Firm Derby win as Rangers manager on Saturday as his side recorded their first victory over Celtic in over six years.The Gers won 1-0 in front of a fevered Ibrox crowd to move level on points with their first-placed rivals.Ryan Jack’s 30th-minute deflected strike proved enough for Gerrard’s men, their first victory over Celtic since 2012. 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? In 2012, the Gers won 4-2 and 3-2 in two meetings with Celtic, though they were also beaten by their rivals twice as they eventually finished second in the SPL.The season following, Rangers dropped into the Scottish Third Division after an investigation into a takeover attempt into the club.Of course, in the years since they have risen back to the top-flight, with Gerrard now looking to bring trophies back to Ibrox.Rangers’ latest win over Celtic broke a run of four consecutive home defeats to the Bhoys.And it also ended a remarkable record for Brendan Rodgers; the former Liverpool manager had never previously tasted defeat in an Old Firm Derby, with his first loss coming in his 13th game in all competitions.Under Gerrard, Rangers have won 12 and drawn six of their opening 21 league games, losing just three times.They subsequently sit second, with the same amount of points as Celtic, but their fierce rivals do have a game in hand.last_img read more

Puebla brings back El Chelis a fourth time

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first_imgIf at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.Puebla announced Wednesday it is once again turning to Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as “El Chelis”, as it looks to get back to respectability in Liga MX. It will be the fourth stint in charge of La Franja for El Chelis, after the manager coached the club between 2006-2008, 2009-10 and in 2014.The manager most recently was working as a pundit but previously had a spell with the USL Championship’s Las Vegas Lights in 2018.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His links with Puebla extend back to the second division, with Chelis helping the club earn promotion from the Ascenso in 2006 (though even during his time with the club in the second division, he was let go and rehired). From there, he achieved mixed results. Twice he has taken the team to the semifinals of the Liguilla but he also has led several campaigns in which the club failed to make the postseason.Puebla was the third club to part ways with its manager this season, letting Enrique Meza go after an uninspiring start of one win from its first five contests. However, the club sits only two points outside of the eighth and final playoff place with plenty of time to go.El Chelis, a colorful character known around North American soccer not only for his television appearances and time with Puebla but also for his colorful time leading Chivas USA in 2013, has some pieces to work with. Canadian international Lucas Cavallini already has a pair of goals on the season, while wingers Alejandro Chumacero and Christian Tabo help provide depth in the attack. However, the team already has conceded eight goals this tournament without an obvious answer to its defensive deficiencies.  The 60-year-old will need to figure it out quickly, with a visit to Atlas coming Friday. Cavallini is suspended for that match after seeing a red card in the club’s 4-1 loss to Necaxa last week. He’ll have a bit more time to put his imprint on the team after that, though, with the club not in action again until hosting Pachuca next Friday.last_img read more

Skip Bayless: Michigan Deserves To Be In College Football Playoff

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first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Fox Sports personality Skip Bayless believes Michigan should be in the College Football Playoff.Skip Bayless is known for his hot takes. But chalk this one down as a lukewarm take. Many across the college football landscape believe Michigan is one of the four best teams in the country.However, when the selection committee released its final rankings, Michigan found itself at the No. 6 spot. That irked Bayless, who went on a semi-rant about Michigan’s omission from the playoff.”Michigan to me is clearly one of the four best teams in the country.” — @RealSkipBayless on the #CFBPlayoff pic.twitter.com/Y1JMME6vFt— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) December 5, 2016Michigan’s resume is impressive, but it also features two losses, both of which came in the last three weeks of the season. While the Wolverines trended downward at the end of the season, Penn State trended the opposite.Bayless hinted at the fact that the Big Ten could have three teams in the College Football Playoff, as the conference had been arguably the best all year.Their resumes will be debated for a long time to come, but two losses kept the Wolverines and Nittany Lions out of the final four.last_img read more

The 5 Most Overrated Teams In The Preseason Coaches Poll

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first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)With yesterday’s release of the preseason Coaches Poll via USA Today, college football season is upon us. We’re less than a month away from kickoff.And really, putting out polls before we’ve seen any of these teams play is a silly exercise. Inevitably, one of the teams around the top of the poll will wind up going 8-5, and there will be some team that is unranked right now that will factor into the national conversation.If preseason polls are going to exist, though, we may as well evaluate them.Based on what we know right now, these are the most overrated teams in the preseason Coaches Poll: A closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's bench(Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)3. Ohio State BuckeyesOhio State is undoubtedly one of the most talented teams in the country. Its placement on my list is 100-percent a result of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Urban Meyer. I assume many of the votes were submitted prior to the current situation surrounding the legendary head coach.Meyer was recently placed on administrative leave as the school investigates the Zach Smith situation. As of now, it is unclear whether he will be reinstated before the start of the year, if he’ll be suspended a few games, or if he’ll be fired. People have various opinions on that, but as of now, he isn’t coaching the Buckeyes.Ohio State has two former head coaches on staff in offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Defensive assistant Alex Grinch, who joined the staff from Washington State, was rumored to be the choice to replace Mike Leach if he had left the Cougars. And Ryan Day, who was selected as interim head coach, is clearly an ascendant name in the coaching world.Still, no one in that group is Urban Meyer, one of the two or three best coaches in the sport. If he isn’t on the sideline this year, Day may pull a Lincoln Riley and the Buckeyes may still be great, but I don’t have the confidence to be comfortable with them at No. 3. If Meyer returns, forget I wrote any of this. Oklahoma players warming up before a game.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)5. Oklahoma SoonersLed by Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Sooners had one of the best offenses that college football has seen in some time. With Lincoln Riley entering year two, the Sooners should be able to put up points, especially in the Big 12.However, without Mayfield, it is hard to imagine OU having a historic offense again. Kyler Murray is very talented, but he’s largely unproven, and expecting him to be Baker Mayfield is very unfair.The Sooners defense should take a step forward, but it struggled last season. The Georgia College Football Playoff semifinal game drove that home. Oklahoma will be very good. No. 5? That is an extremely high bar for a team that has a ton to replace from a playoff team.NEXT: 3 More Overrated Teams >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2last_img read more

Turner Gill Has Announced That He’s Retiring From Coaching

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first_imgTurner Gill coaching his team.LAWRENCE, KS – OCTOBER 15: Head coach Turner Gill of the Kansas Jayhawks watches from the sidelines during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 15, 2011 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Turner Gill, who has been the head coach at Liberty the past seven years, announced his retirement on Monday. Gill, before coaching the Flames, was also the head coach at Buffalo and Kansas.Gill played quarterback at Nebraska from 1980-1983 and had a short career in the CFL. In 1989, he returned to the sport to become a graduate assistant at his alma mater.Gill had stops at North Texas, SMU, Nebraska again and the Green Bay Packers before taking the head coaching job at Buffalo. He parlayed that job into a Power 5 gig – at Kansas. But after just a 5-19 record in two seasons, Gill needed a new job.Gill then took the job at Liberty. In his seven seasons on campus, he had a 47-35 record. He also helped lead the program from FCS to FBS.#BREAKING: @LibertyFootball coach Turner Gill announces his retirement from coaching. Press conference to be held tomorrow, as program begins search for 9th head coach in team history. @13Sports @ABC13News— Dave Walls (@DaveWallsWSET) December 3, 2018Unfortunately, it looks like Gill is retiring to help take care of his wife. According to Brett McMurphy, she has a heart condition.Liberty coach Turner Gill has informed his team he is retiring immediately to take care of his wife, Gayle, who has a heart condition— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2018It’s unclear where Liberty will turn for its next head coach. The school will be entering its second year at the FBS level in 2019.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins Reveals Whether Urban Meyer Retirement Will Impact His NFL Decision

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first_imgOhio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws a pass.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)The Rose Bowl this season will be more significant than it already is, as Urban Meyer will appear in his final game as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. While that news was important for fans in Columbus, Dwayne Haskins’ choice to stay or leave for the NFL might generate even more buzz.Haskins put together an amazing season with the Buckeyes, throwing for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns. Although he’s still lacking tons of experience at the collegiate level, he has all the physical tools to become a star.Many analysts believe he’s destined to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, and with the news of Meyer leaving the Buckeyes, the chances could be even greater. However, Haskins made it clear that his decision will not be dictated by his coach’s retirement.Regardless of whether he leaves or stays for another season, Haskins has confidence in Ryan Day’s ability to coach this program up to its standards.Dwayne Haskins says “it wasn’t surprising” that Urban Meyer decided to retire this week, because he knew that he would retire sooner than later due to his health issues. Said it won’t affect his decision on his future, because he expects Ryan Day to do a great job as head coach. pic.twitter.com/jyYnASnLj6— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 7, 2018In three games as the interim coach, Day led the team to wins over then-ranked TCU, Rutgers and Oregon State.As for Haskins, his legacy at Ohio State would still be phenomenal if he left after one season as the starter. Whether he was surpassing J.T. Barrett on several lists or shattering Drew Brees’ records in the Big Ten, this year was full of great moments.Ohio State will face Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, which might just be the final collegiate game for Haskins.last_img read more

College Football Head Coach Shoots Down Job Rumors On Twitter

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first_imgGeneral view of Wagner Field.30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportKansas State’s search for Bill Snyder’s replacement as head coach will not be including Memphis head coach Mike Norvell.Norvell, who was rumored to be a top candidate for the Wildcats’ job, has taken to Twitter to address the coaching rumors.The Tigers’ head coach will be staying put.“Stop speculating that I’m going anywhere else, I told you I have one of the BEST jobs in the country and I love me some #Memphis,” he tweeted.Stop speculating that I’m going anywhere else, I told you I have one of the BEST jobs in the country and I love me some #Memphis #StripeUp #TigerFam #KeepCLIMBing #901Love #MemphisRising https://t.co/Gf9iwDv23l— Mike Norvell (@Coach_Norvell) December 10, 2018Norvell is one of the fastest-rising head coaches in the sport, and more job offers are likely to come, but he appears to be intent on staying at Memphis……for now, anyway.last_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa Has Strong Message Following Alabama’s National Title Game Loss

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first_imgTua Tagovailoa puts on his helmet at the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa lost his first game as a college football starting quarterback on Monday night. It could not have come at a worse time.Alabama was blown out by Clemson, 44-16, in the College Football Playoff national title game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.The Crimson Tide just couldn’t get anything going against the Tigers, as Tagovailoa threw two interceptions and got stuffed on some big fourth down attempts.It was a humbling night for Alabama and its players.Tagovailoa had a strong message while speaking to reporters after the game.“We had a good season, but five words: Good is not good enough,” he told the media.Tua Tagovailoa: “We had a good season, but five words: Good is not good enough.”— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) January 8, 2019Tagovailoa completed 22 of 34 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Crimson Tide’s running game was working decently, as three players averaged more than 4 yards a carry, but Clemson’s lead got too big for Nick Saban to go it as much as he wanted.Alabama will have a chance to get some revenge next season.It’s highly possible we get the Crimson Tide and the Tigers back in the College Football Playoff next season.last_img read more

Oklahoma Addresses Rumor Swirling About QB Kyler Murray

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first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Kyler Murray appears to be choosing football, as the former star Oklahoma quarterback declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday.This doesn’t mean that Murray is locked into football – he can still report to Oakland A’s spring training – but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the quarterback has told the MLB his heart is set on the NFL.Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, is expected to be a high draft pick this spring.The main question for Murray, of course, is his height. Can a player of his stature succeed in the NFL?Many aren’t sure about that. There are some who think Murray is probably a couple of inches shorter than his listed height, too.“Murray is probably actually 5-foot-8, not 5-foot-10” has been a popular theory among some Twitter users.Oklahoma addressed those theories on Monday.“Keep hearing TV talking heads question the 5-10 height at which we list Kyler. Have heard a couple even say they think he’s more like 5-8. Before the season, our strength staff measured him at 5-9 7/8 in socks,” Oklahoma’s Mike Houck tweeted.Keep hearing TV talking heads question the 5-10 height at which we list Kyler. Have heard a couple even say they think he’s more like 5-8. Before the season, our strength staff measured him at 5-9 7/8 in socks.— Mike Houck (@mhouckOU) January 14, 2019So, there you go.Murray is definitely 5-foot-10, which is still a little small for a quarterback, but it’s not much different than the heights of Russell Wilson and Drew Brees, who have both found quite a bit of success in the NFL.Those quarterbacks are outliers, of course, but they should help NFL teams feel better about taking a chance on Murray.last_img read more

Georgia AD Ordered One Kentucky Fan Sign To Be Confiscated

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first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)It would appear that some members of the Georgia athletic department are still a little salty over not landing Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.In an interview with Kentucky Sports Radio, a Kentucky fan named David revealed that Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity ordered that he remove a sign that said “Eddie Gran [loves] UK” that he brought to the Georgia-Kentucky basketball game yesterday.“When we came in, they checked our sign, security did. They okayed it coming through. We were very front row underneath the basket where the players come out. A security guy came over, we’d been there about 30 minutes, and said, ‘I’ve gotta confiscate your sign.’ We thought he was joking. We kind of laughed it off. He said, ‘No, I’m sorry.’ I said, ‘Is it offensive?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘Do you even know who Eddie Gran is?’ He said, ‘No.’ He said the athletic director told his boss to come get that sign.”David said he could see McGarity watching the exchange go down and security came back to check their tickets.“He was standing — we watched him because people around him pointed him out. He was standing watching them take the sign. Then, security came over and wanted to check our tickets to make sure that’s where we belonged.”Gran led the Kentucky offense to one of its best years ever as the team finished with a 10-3 record that included a win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.Under Gran’s tutelage, running back Benny Snell broke Kentucky’s all-time rushing record and first bowl win since 2008.Georgia reportedly tried to recruit Gran to replace the recently-departed Jim Chaney. But Gran responded by taking to Twitter and re-committing to the Wildcats football team.As for David, he got the last laugh on Georgia as the Wildcats trounced the Bulldogs in a 69-49 win.last_img read more

Statistical Model Getting Crushed For Grading Shea Patterson Above Dwayne Haskins

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first_imgShea Patterson of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Calling Dwayne Haskins and Shea Patterson the two best quarterbacks in the Big Ten last season is not a controversial stand. Most would acknowledge that Haskins was the league’s best signal caller though.In Ryan Day and Urban Meyer’s system, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions in his only year as Ohio State’s starter. He threw for an impressive 9.1 yards per attempt and completed 70-percent of his throws.As a result, Haskins is the odds-on favorite to be the first quarterback taken in the upcoming NFL Draft.Other quarterbacks like Kyler Murray and Drew Lock may give him a run, but as of today, it would be surprising to see him make it out of the top 10 picks.That isn’t to say that Patterson wasn’t good, but his stats don’t stack up with Haskins, his team had a worse season, and lost the head-to-head match-up handily.Patterson threw for 2,600 yards, 22 touchdowns, and seven interceptions on the season, with a 64.4 completion percentage and yards per attempt number of 8.0.Despite the disparity in raw numbers, analytics site Pro Football Focus had Shea Patterson graded ahead of Dwayne Haskins for the 2018 season.The site does play-by-play grading and analysis on every player during the season, and published its numbers for Big Ten’s quarterbacks.From its explanation on its quarterback grades:How does PFF actually grade quarterbacks? The basic grading system at PFF is a plus/minus scale, in which players are rewarded for positive plays above expectation and penalized for negative plays in increments of 0.5. Executing a simple screen pass will earn the quarterback a zero grade, as it is entirely expected.Missing on the same screen will earn them a negative grade, because you expect an NFL quarterback to make that pass, but there is still room in the scale to punish them more severely if they miss in a way that puts the ball in danger of a turnover, or worse still if they manage to make such a mess of it that they pitch the ball straight to a defender for a pick-six with nothing to mitigate that negative grade.The Big Ten QB race was very close, and given the tweet sent along with the numbers, PFF had to know this would be controversial.The highest-graded quarterback in the B1G this season was Shea Patterson, who narrowly edged out Dwayne Haskins in overall grade. Both were spectacular this season. pic.twitter.com/lWzdRpOUEh— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 11, 2019Ohio State fans are not taking this one well, and even some Michigan fans are confused by the numbers.Im a Michigan fan and this still confuses me….— Sherbs (@JoeySherbs) February 11, 2019I’ll stick with the eye test on this one.— Adam (@abierOU) February 11, 2019Huh??? Haskins and it is not close. And we are Michigan fans.Haskins: 70% comp., 50(!!!) TD, 8 Int., 4,831 yards, 174.1 Rating, 13-1 record (drilled Michigan)Patterson: 64% comp., 22 TD, 7 Int., 2,600 yards, 149.4 Rating, 10-3 record (got blown out by Ohio State)— Perfect Fit Athletic (@PerfectFitAR) February 11, 2019Pretty sure someone forgot to carry the one somewhere in this calculation.— William Frenchek (@wmfrenchek) February 11, 2019Michigan fan here, no way Haskins should finish below 1st in this list— Tyler Patterson (@michiganPat) February 11, 2019If your formula ended with this result, you need to reevaluate your formula— Ryan (@Rycrev) February 11, 2019You are talking about Haskins at Ohio State right? The guy who broke Brees single season TD record? And the most pass yards in a single season. Same Haskins right?— Chris Smith (@ChrisSm100904) February 11, 2019PFF does good work, and its system is unique and often produces enlightening results, but occasionally you get something controversial like this.While Haskins is off to the NFL, Patterson is set to return to Michigan, with former Alabama co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis taking over the offense, and potentially turning it in more of a spread direction, given the success that Tua Tagovailoa has had in Tuscaloosa.While most of us certainly preferred Haskins this season, the book isn’t shut on Patterson’s college career yet.last_img read more

Report: Florida Defensive Coordinator Decides On Bengals Job

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first_imgFlorida Gators players huddled up before a game.TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 26: Florida Gators players get ready before the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Florida’s defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, has reportedly decided on the job with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Gators’ assistant coach is reportedly staying put.Grantham, 52, reportedly emerged as the favorite for the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator position. The job was reportedly his if he wanted it.Apparently, he doesn’t want it.Pick Sticcs is reporting that Grantham has decided to pass on the job and stay with the Gators. BREAKING NEWS: Gators Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham…… https://t.co/IyJ1KhCJLW pic.twitter.com/H2J7SxvlIe— Harrison Tenzer (@harrison_tenzer) February 14, 2019Graham Hall, a Florida insider for the Gainesville Sun, is confirming the report. Grantham will be staying at Florida.“Can confirm Harrison’s report at picksticcs.com : #Gators DC Todd Grantham no longer considering #Bengals offer at this time, plans to stay at UF per source,” he reports.Can confirm Harrison’s report at https://t.co/4LOcJVVh4M: #Gators DC Todd Grantham no longer considering #Bengals offer at this time, plans to stay at UF per source. https://t.co/ITM2WRmyfB— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) February 14, 2019Grantham, a former NFL assistant coach, has been with the Florida program since 2017. He previously coached at Louisville and Georgia. Grantham also spent time in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.News of Grantham’s decision to stay put at Florida has yet to be officially confirmed by the Gators. Stay tuned.last_img read more

2020 ATH Ladarius Tennison Announces Decommitment

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first_imgA picture of two sad Miami Hurricanes fans.MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 13: Miami Hurricanes fans look on during a game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Sunlife Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Class of 2020 athlete Ladarius Tennison had plenty of offers from across the country, but ultimately decided to give his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes. But it looks like Tennison might not be joining the ACC giants after all.Taking to Twitter on Monday, Tennison revealed that he had decommited from Miami and was reopening his recruiting process. He asked in his announcement that his decision be respected, and has already received support from fans.247Sports rates Tennison as a three-star prospect and the No. 469 recruit in the country. He is considered the No. 39 athlete in the country, and the No. 72 prospect from the state of Florida.Tennison made his commitment to Miami back in February, but still appeared to be making visits to other schools. He reportedly made an unofficial visit to Auburn several weeks after giving Miami his commitment.Support My Decision ‼️‼️ Thanking The Miami Family ✋🏾🤚🏾 And The Lord ‼️ pic.twitter.com/lJQdMJu4Cy— Ladarius S. Tennison (@almighty__Tenn5) April 8, 2019Tennison also continued to receive offers from schools after giving his commitment.He still has outstanding offers from such top schools as Michigan, Clemson, Florida State and Auburn among others.As for Miami’s 2020 recruiting efforts, losing Tennison is a blow, but the team is still on pace for one of the best recruiting classes in years.247Sports currently ranks Miami as the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, and the No. 2 class in the ACC.last_img read more