Chelsea No2 Zola hails matchwinner Hazard: He always makes differenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola hailed matchwinner Eden Hazard after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat of Bournemouth.Hazard came off the bench to score the only goal of the tie.Zola enthused, “We have a lot of games. Players like Eden we need to keep fit and in good condition. But we also know Eden is the type of player when he comes on, even for 20 minutes, he can make a big difference. Also Pedro. He was excellent.”He is certainly one of the players who has given this club a lot of satisfaction. Considering he is only 27, hopefully he will stay longer with us and become even bigger.”I am really looking forward to seeing Eden achieving great things with the club, and to help us coaches achieve something important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southampton veteran Yoshida scores in Japan winby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton veteran Maya Yoshida scored for his country in a 6-0 win over Mongolia.The Japanese were runaway winners in the World Cup qualifier in Saitama.The inexperienced Mongolians did not stand a chance against seasoned veterans such as Yoshida.The Saints man netted the second goal of the game in the 29th minute, while he made it through all 90 minutes of the clash.Their next game is a clash against Tajikistan away from home on Tuesday, who are in excellent form.Japan will be hoping to qualify from their group to continue their bid to earn a place in the 2022 World Cup.
Vine/College GameDayEvery great college football Saturday starts with ESPN’s College GameDay, and today, the show revealed its first stop of the season. The crew will be heading to Texas for the week one neutral site game between Alabama and Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium.We’re headed to Fort Worth for Wisconsin-Alabama on Week 1! https://t.co/IEvwbhalvq— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 3, 2015Announced here @cfbhall : @CollegeGameDay will open season at Ft. worth in @sundancesquare and continue on to #VaTech that Monday.— Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) August 3, 2015We’re not all that surprised by the choice. Alabama and Wisconsin are two of the nation’s premiere programs, and the game is one of the best of the week one slate. GameDay also announced its plans for December 12.It’s official: We’re going to Army-Navy on Dec. 12 for the final week of the regular season.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 3, 2015 College football is almost here, everyone. Get excited.
Paul Pogba admits he is starting to “enjoy playing football” again after overcoming his struggles under Jose Mourinho to produce the performances expected of him for Manchester United.Despite being a World Cup winner and £89 million ($114m) record signing at Old Trafford, the Frenchman struggled to deliver under a Portuguese manager.A dip in form and reports of conflict with an outspoken coach led to Pogba being benched towards the end of Mourinho’s reign. 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? That absence from the United side sparked talk of a possible move being made elsewhere, with Juventus leaving the door open for a second spell in Serie A.The 25-year-old has, however, thrived since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins, registering four goals and as many assists in December to end 2018 on a high.Pogba told United’s official website of his return to prominence: “Obviously it’s good.“The month before that [November] I wasn’t playing a lot so just being back on the pitch, playing and enjoying with the guys is good.“It’s always good for me and I enjoy playing football and being with the guys.”Pogba’s efforts have seen him land United’s latest Player of the Month award, with that prize recognising the braces he bagged against Huddersfield and Bournemouth.Asked to pick his favourite goal of his haul, he said: “I would say the header [against Bournemouth].“It’s not my best attribute, I would say, but yes, the header. The timing was good and the cross [from Ander Herrera] was good, so it was a good goal.”Just another day at the office for @PaulPogba 😎 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ZxkZIVAJff— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 9, 2019Pogba was denied the opportunity to build on those exploits after picking up a knock in a 2-0 victory over Newcastle.He missed an FA Cup third round win over Reading as a result, but is closing in on full fitness and is hoping to come back into contention for a trip to Tottenham on Sunday when United will be looking to stretch their faultless run under Solskjaer to six successive victories.“We’re Manchester United so that [winning] should be a basic thing for us,” added Pogba. “Obviously we know that the Premier League is hard and we have a lot of games [to play] but those five games give us more confidence.“Mentally we’re strong and ready. For the rest of the season, we just want to do the same and carry on like that.”United continue to occupy sixth spot in the Premier League table at present, but have closed to within six points of the top four in an ongoing battle for Champions League qualification. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea’s Willian brushed off reports that he might be leaving the club after securing a vital three points against Newcastle United on Saturday.The Brazilian curled home what proved to be the Blues’ winner at Stamford Bridge after 57 minutes, making it 2-1 against a stubborn Magpies side.Pedro had opened the scoring for the hosts after just nine minutes, before Ciaran Clark levelled prior to the break to set nerves on edge at Stamford Bridge. 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? Certain reports have suggested that Willian is unsettled in west London and looking for a way out of the club he has represented since 2013.Barcelona has been mooted as a possible destination, with Blaugrana flop Malcom rumoured to be part of a potential deal to take the player to Catalunya.But Willian gave the topic short shrift after his match-winning turn at the weekend.”My future is Chelsea, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he fired to BT Sport when quizzed on his transfer situation.Fellow goalscorer Pedro also chimed in, stating to his team-mate “your future is here”.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri added his voice to those playing down the transfer rumours.”Willian is very important for us. He is a great player. I think that he has to stay with us,” the Italian stated.Prior to Saturday’s kick-off, Sarri had also moved to pour cold water on a possible Willian-Malcom swap.”I think he can do better, because the potential is higher, but he’s very important for us, so I think it’s impossible to lose him in January,” he explained.”I didn’t receive anything [about Willian] yesterday [Thursday]. You’ll have to ask the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market you put me in trouble, because I don’t know.”
Premier League clubs have led the way for revenue generation according to the UEFA’s annual benchmarking report, with England seeing the highest revenues and profits across Europe.The UEFA benchmark report is the confederation’s comprehensive look at the financial situation of the league’s of its member associations, along with the clubs in those nations.The report covers a wide variety of subjects, including transfer activity and value, revenue for clubs and leagues, investment, stadium ownership and more. 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? And when it comes to revenue, there is no league that earns more than the Premier League taking in €5.3 billion (£4.7b/$6b).La Liga, at nearly €2.9 billion, is next, followed by Germany at nearly €2.8 billion, then Serie A at approximately €2.2 billion. Ligue 1 rounds out the top five with revenues of €1.6 billion, and is the last of the leagues top top a billion euro in revenue in 2017.UEFA also released figures regarding club wage bills, revenue, squad expense and club debt. As one might expect, the biggest sides in UEFA feature prominently on these lists, with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool all represented as well as clubs like AC Milan.English clubs in general are to be found often near the top of many of these lists, with clubs in England moving from a net €186m loss in 2016 to a net €549m profit in 217 on the back of their increase in TV revenue.The report also notes Premier League clubs, in general, pay much higher wages than their counterparts across the top five leagues. For example, the teams in the Premier League ranked five through eight in wages are similar to the clubs ranked one through four in the other top leagues.Likewise, teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table spend more in average wages (€98m) than clubs in Europa League places in Germany, Italy and Spain, with the Bundesliga closest (€86m), thanks in large part to the English top-flight’s TV rights revenue.The report also notes that transfer spending doubled between 2014 and 2017, with the big difference being the amount spent on the transactions, rather than more transfers occurring.It likely comes as no surprise the top five European leagues are the big drivers of that transfer spending, with English clubs accounting for over a quarter (26 per cent) of global transfer spending over the past decade. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tite slammed the state of the pitch at the Arena do Gremio after Brazil scraped past Paraguay to reach the Copa America semi-finals on Thursday.The tournament hosts were held to a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final in Porto Alegre, but edged through 4-3 on penalties to set up a meeting with either Argentina or Venezuela.But Tite – whose team squandered numerous chances after Fabian Balbuena was sent off for Paraguay – was unhappy with the state of the surface, labelling the situation “absurd”. 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? “It is absurd, at a high level, to have a field so difficult to play,” he told a news conference.”The guy has to take three touches to play. It’s absurd.”Brazil were unable to make the most of their chances in the final half-hour after Balbuena was sent off for denying Roberto Firmino an obvious goalscoring opportunity.But a save from Alisson to deny Gustavo Gomez and Derlis Gonzalez miss in the shoot-out set up Brazil, with Gabriel Jesus tucking away the winning penalty after Firmino also failed to convert.Tite knows what could await his team in the last four, especially if Argentina can overcome Venezuela on Friday.”Very large individual technical quality. As a challenge for all teams, they have to adapt when they have the best in the world,” he said.Disputa de pênaltis é assim: emoção, suspense e, no fim, uma explosão de alegria. Vamos para a próxima! (4) 0 x 0 (3) | #JogaBola #BRAxPAR #CopaAmérica Fotos: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/Jopgincl7k — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 28, 2019 “Messi is unquestionable.”Argentina are no sure bet to join Brazil in the semi-finals. Lionel Scaloni’s side have struggled throughout the competition, with the rookie manager having yet to settle on starting side, and only just squeaked through to the last eight with a win over Qatar in their group finale. Venezuela, on the other hand, come into the Friday’s quarter-final unbeaten, albeit with two 0-0 draws and their only win coming against Bolivia. The Vino Tinto also have conceded just once in their three matches, while Argentina surrendered three goals in the group stage.
Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has claimed that he played with chicken in his boot for four months while at Monaco.The French defender had sustained an injury in an international fixture, but then-manager Didier Deschamps needed him to play through the pain and club doctors suggested that putting chicken into his boot would help.Evra’s chicken-assisted performances were so impressive that Manchester United eventually came calling and brought him from the Ligue 1 side to the Premier League, where he won five league titles, three League Cups and a Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “People talk about when we made the Champions League final in 2004, but the craziest part [of my career] at Monaco came after I had played a game for the French U21 team,” Evra told The Players’ Tribune. “An opponent had stamped on my foot and damaged it badly. In hospital I told the Monaco coach, Didier Deschamps, ‘It’s too painful. I can’t play. I can’t even walk!’“But the team needed me, so the doctors tried everything to take away the pain. Nothing worked. Then someone from the club staff said, ‘Why don’t you just go old school?’ “Everyone said, ‘What do you mean?’“He said, ‘Just slide a chicken down his boot.’“It sounded crazy but, you know me, I’m open minded. So I went to my local butcher. The butcher said, ‘What do you want?’“I said, ‘A piece of chicken. But just a tiny one.’“He said, ‘A tiny one? How come?’“I said, ‘I’m gonna put it in my boot.’“He just laughed. I went home with the chicken. I ordered new boots: one in size 42.5, the other in size 44. I passed the ball. [It] felt okay. Painful, but okay. So I ended up playing with chicken in my boot for four months. I didn’t train with it — my mother would never have forgiven me for wasting food — but before every game I would visit the butcher. ‘Morning, Patrice. The usual, yeah?’“The chicken enabled me to play so well that, in January 2006, I was signed by Manchester United.”
Pep Guardiola saw Manchester City start their Premier League title defence with a 5-0 mauling of West Ham, but still considered their display to have been “sloppy” at times.City opened the new campaign as they finished the last, with a 15th successive win collected in the English top flight.Their manager was able to take positives from the result, with Raheem Sterling netting a hat-trick in a contest which delivered VAR controversy on its introductory weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Quizzed afterwards on whether he was happy with City’s day, Guardiola told reporters: “In terms of the result, yes.“I cannot deny I am delighted for the first game. After winning the last 14 games of last season, that’s 15 now. It is good.”Pressed on whether the performance pleased him, the Catalan added: “No.“In the first half we were sloppy with our passes, we were not precise. But that’s normal. The first game, away, 12.30 kick-off, hot. It’s normal.“In the second half, from the beginning we were better, more calm, more passes. After 3-0, the game was over.”City were made to wait for their third goal of the afternoon, with technology chalking off what Gabriel Jesus thought was his second of the afternoon.Sterling was adjudged to have drifted fractionally offside in the build up to the goal and Guardiola admits VAR is going to take some getting used to, with added pressure being introduced.With Sterling seeing his second goal of a treble checked and Sergio Aguero converting a retaken penalty that he initially missed, Guardiola added: “We had to be strong because at 3-0 we can say the game is almost over.“But then it is 0-2 and Ederson is having to make amazing saves to stop it being 1-2. In this league, anything can happen. So you have to be 100 per cent ready, always be focused.“My only wish is that VAR does not make mistakes. Please. If it is offside, it is offside. If it is hand, it is hand. Rules and rules. No problem. That is OK. My only concern is when VAR makes mistakes. But I think this will be more fair.”Finally, when asked if City can improve, with others expected to challenge them again for domestic dominance in 2019-20, Guardiola said: “We have to.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 02: Malik Rosier #12 of the Miami Hurricanes takes the field during a game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami’s quarterback depth has taken a hit ahead of the Hurricanes’ Week 1 game against LSU.Four-star freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry, the Hurricanes’ backup quarterback, has reportedly been suspended for the team’s season-opening game against the Tigers.Miami is set to take on LSU in a neutral-site game in Texas on Sunday night.N’Kosi has reportedly not made the trip due to a violation of team rules.“N’Kosi Perry is not making the trip to Texas for the LSU game due to a violation of team rules,” ESPN’s David Hale tweeted.N’Kosi Perry is not making the trip to Texas for the LSU game due to a violation of team rules.— A David Hale joint (@DavidHaleESPN) September 1, 2018Perry, a 6-foot-4 quarterback, was the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school.Cade Weldon will now be Miami’s backup vs. LSU.“R-Fr. Cade Weldon will be the backup to Malik Rosier in the opener. His dad is former Nole Casey Weldon, whom Mark Richt coached at Florida State,” Andrea Adelson tweeted.R-Fr. Cade Weldon will be the backup to Malik Rosier in the opener. His dad is former Nole Casey Weldon, whom Mark Richt coached at Florida State. https://t.co/QiIhMUWvLp— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 1, 2018Miami and LSU are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be on ABC.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One week after James Carville accused the SEC of having a pro-Alabama conspiracy when it comes to its referees, we have a major officiating controversy in this afternoon’s game against Mississippi State.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa might have fumbled on the Crimson Tide’s opening drive of the game. The ball did pop out and it was recovered by Mississippi State.However, the officials ruled that Tagovailoa was down.Unfortunately for Mississippi State, there was no review of the play.This isn’t going to quiet the “SEC has an Alabama bias” narrative…Alabama fumbles. Runner called down. No review. Somewhere James Carville fumes.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 10, 2018Alabama Fumbles with “NO” Review…and you wonder why!— Josh Lemoine (@LsuFBallTruth) November 10, 2018So we don’t get a review on the obvious Alabama fumble??— Cole Catledge (@yo_boy_cole) November 10, 2018I swear Alabama pays their refs how do you not review that?? Fumble clear as day— Kobie Buglioli (@kobieb18) November 10, 2018Carville had ranted on ESPN’s College GameDay last week that the SEC’s officiating helped the Crimson Tide too much.“Tennessee’s best defensive player couldn’t play against Alabama because of the SEC, Missouri’s best defensive player couldn’t play against Alabama because the SEC kicked him out,” Carville said. “A&M’s best defensive player couldn’t play against Alabama because he was taken out.“And now, the best defensive player in the conference is not going to play the first half for nothing, he did nothing wrong.”ESPN ended up apologizing for Carville’s rant.Alabama, meanwhile, went on to score a touchdown on its opening drive against Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide are leading, 7-0. The game is on CBS.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Bowl season is officially a couple of weeks away, but a few teams have already officially accepted bids. Arkansas State is the latest to do so.The Red Wolves will appear in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, the program announced earlier this evening. Their opponent for the December 29 contest will be a Mountain West school.The Arizona Bowl will be the eighth straight bowl game for the Red Wolves, and the ninth in school history. Arkansas State is 3-5 all-time in bowl games.Another bowl bid is official: Arkansas State is going to the Arizona Bowl.Also, winner of App St-ULL Sun Belt title game will go to New Orleans Bowl, loser to Cure Bowl.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 27, 2018Arkansas State joins Toledo and FIU as teams with confirmed bowl games. Toledo and FIU will face off in the Bahamas Bowl, it was announced over the weekend.PASSPORTS STAMPED: It will be @FIUFootball vs, @ToledoFB in the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl on Friday, Dec. 21 at 12:30 pm ET in Nassau’s Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. #BowlGamesAreBetterInTheBahamas pic.twitter.com/UFtvztYpFa— Bahamas Bowl (@TheBahamasBowl) November 26, 2018The Red Wolves went 8-4 in the regular season this fall, including non-conference wins over UNLV and Tulsa.Bowl season begins on Saturday, December 15.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)On Saturday, Dwayne Haskins had to watch Kyler Murray win the Heisman Trophy. This afternoon, the Ohio State quarterback learned that he wasn’t named to the AP All-America team.For some inexplainable reason, the unquestioned leader of the Buckeyes isn’t receiving the respect he deserves. Coming into this season Ohio State was loaded with controversy, but Haskins never let that affect him or the offense.His record-breaking season included 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns. Regardless of the inconsistent play on defense for Ohio State, Haskins always had his team fighting until the final whistle.Instead of letting this latest news get to his head, the star quarterback will use it as yet another motivation tactic.Keep adding fuel to my fire. #ScaryHours https://t.co/AynqMwxn7A— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) December 10, 2018This is bad news for the Washington Huskies, as they’ll face the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl.Eventually Haskins will have to decide whether he’ll enter the 2019 NFL Draft or not, but until then he can continue to dismantle opposing NCAA defenses.Haskins might not finish with the accolades that Murray or Tua Tagovailoa have, yet that doesn’t mean he won’t succeed at the next level. If New Year’s Day will be his last college appearance, then fans should expect one more star performance from arguably the best quarterback in the nation.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 09: The Navy Midshipmen run out on the field before the game against the Army Black Knights on December 9, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)A Navy football legend who delivered the school its first-ever Heisman Trophy has passed away.On Thursday, the Capital Gazette reported that former Navy halfback Joe Bellino has died in his Massachusetts home at the age of 81. Per the report, he had been in declining health for a while.Bellino came to prominence as a versatile running back for the Navy Midshipmen in the late-1950s. In three years with the team, Bellino had 2,284 yards from scrimmage and over 30 touchdowns while averaging 6.1 yards per touch.In 1960, Bellino was a key part of a top-five Navy team, rushing for 834 yards and 17 touchdowns on 168 carries. He had another 17 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns, as well as two passing touchdowns.Joe Bellino, Heisman winner and Patriot, dies at 81 https://t.co/C80Ejgx9iv— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 29, 2019For his efforts, Bellino was named a unanimous First-Team All-American and was awarded the Heisman Trophy. He beat out such future NFL legends as Mike Ditka, Tom Matte, and Billy Kilmer for the distinction.The 1960 Midshipmen would go on to lose the Orange Bowl to the Missouri Tigers, but still finished ranked No. 4 in the country – their highest ranking since 1945.Following his college football career, Bellino served four years in the military before spending three years with the Patriots in the AFL.Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Bellino’s family and friends.
IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Tight End T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes catches a pass during the first half in front of defensive back Travis Whillock #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away. But while most players will be happy to go just about anywhere, it would seem Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson has (or had) one particular destination in mind.On Thursday, NFL Network’s Good Morning Football uncovered a tweet Hockenson made back in 2015 that may have revealed which team he’d prefer to get drafted by. The post showed Hockenson at the podium for the NFL Draft being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs.We may not know which team Hockenson supported growing up, but Kansas City is closer to his hometown in central Iowa than any other NFL city. It’s certainly understandable that he’d want to play for a team close to home.The Chiefs hold the No. 29 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Hockenson is widely expected to go in the first round.Been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid! #cywatch16 #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/T0R5lF4Mob— TJ Hockenson (@TheeHOCK8) April 29, 2015Hockenson is coming off a very impressive sophomore campaign for the Hawkeyes. He finished the season as the team’s leader in receiving yards with 760.For his efforts, Hockenson was awarded the Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year award.Dallas Clark is the only Iowa tight end to go in the first round of the NFL Draft, but between Hockenson and fellow Iowa tight end Noah Fant, that number could easily double or triple this year.
From KMTV News Now Omaha:“We’re vastly improved at that position from the number one guy all the way down the roster,” Frost said following Friday’s practice. “It was a little depressing last year going into certain games with one, maybe two healthy quarterbacks. Noah’s been doing really good things. He’s throwing the ball as well as I’ve seen him throw it. Luke’s doing some really good things, throwing the ball really well but also making a bunch of plays with his legs. Bunchy (Andrew Bunch) has improved drastically. Matt Masker’s making some good plays. I wish the season would come down to a 4×1 with our quarterback group against everyone else’s cause we’ve got some guys that can run.”While the Cornhuskers have depth on their roster at quarterback, Martinez should be the star of the show. In fact, the dual-threat quarterback is a potential favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.Nebraska faces South Alabama on August 31 to kick off its regular season. LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Last season, the Nebraska Cornhuskers only had Adrian Martinez to rely on at quarterback. Although his status as the starter hasn’t changed, the football program has more depth this season if needed.With the regular season just over two weeks away for Nebraska, head coach Scott Frost spoke about the team’s depth heading into the fall.Frost is obviously confident in Martinez as his starting quarterback, but he’s not the only signal-caller that is looking good in preseason camp.When discussing how Nebraska’s quarterback play has improved this offseason, Frost highlighted both Noah Vedral and Andrew Bunch.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 16: Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pushes for more yardage against Mike Marry #52 and Lawon Scott #96 of the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Once upon a time, Ole Miss was one of the most dangerous games on Alabama’s annual schedule. Under Hugh Freeze, the Rebels picked up back-to-back wins in the SEC West rivalry in 2014 and 2015.Alabama remains one of college football’s elite programs. With Freeze ousted amid scandal, and the NCAA hitting the program with violations, the Rebels haven’t had the same success maintaining the program that the now-Liberty head coach built.In Freeze’s final year, Alabama won 48-43 in Oxford. In the two years since, the Tide have won by a combined score of 128 to 10.The game returns to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Ole Miss will try to close the gap a bit, but based on the early betting line, an Alabama rout is still very much the expected outcome. Ride the Wave. 🌊 #BamaFactor #RollTide pic.twitter.com/49tDQaWFRN— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) September 27, 2019The Tide and Rebels face off on CBS during the mid-day slate tomorrow afternoon.Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ETChannel: CBSSpread: Alabama -37.5Over/Under: 60Announcers:Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Jamie ErdahlThe SEC looks strong as ever this season, with Georgia consistently competing at the top of the sport under Kirby Smart, and LSU’s offense emerging as a power for the first time in years. The Crimson Tide may have some serious competition at the top of the league.Even if they drop a game, like the often-tricky Iron Bowl against Auburn, Alabama would be favored to make it to the College Football Playoff yet again. In that event ESPN‘s Football Power Index gives ‘Bama a 78-percent chance of making the four-team field, which it has never missed.Just a few years ago, we learned that ‘Bama has the ability to make the Playoff even without appearing in the SEC title game.Ole Miss is 2-2 to start the year, but it has had to contend with a pretty tough opening stretch. The Rebels lost to the Memphis Tigers in Week 1, 15-10. Memphis is 4-0 and is on the short list of best Group of Five teams in the country. They handled Arkansas and FCS program Southeast Louisiana, but then fell to Cal, one of the sport’s breakout teams thus far, last week.Now, Matt Luke’s team faces its toughest test of the entire season on Saturday.
Xavi says 48-team Qatar World Cup would be too longXavi feels 48 teams would not be the right option for 2022 Qatar World Cup as the orgainsers are doing everything they can to hold the tournament for just 32 teamsadvertisement Next Reuters MumbaiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 13:43 IST Xavi is currently seeing out his career in Qatar with top-flight club Al Sadd (Reuters Photo)Former Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says FIFA should abandon a proposal to increase the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 from 32.The World Cup will feature 48 teams for the 2026 edition, to be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, but FIFA President Gianni Infantino said last week increasing the number of teams for the 2022 tournament was “feasible”.Former Barcelona great Xavi, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and is seeing out his career in Qatar with top-flight club Al Sadd, said 48 teams would not be the right option for 2022, however.”It’s too much and too long. Imagine 48 teams in Qatar, it will not be good in my opinion,” he told reporters on Monday.”It’s still for the organisers to decide, but for now Qatar is doing everything to prepare for 32 teams and it will be difficult to change it for more teams. Also, it’s good for football to have 32. That’s more than enough.”Should FIFA and Qatari organisers agree on a proposal to increase the number of teams, it would be put to a vote at the FIFA Congress in Paris on June 5.Xavi, who was in Mumbai for a promotional event for Generation Amazing, a legacy programme initiated by Qatar 2022 organisers, also expected Qatar to acquit themselves well on the field at the tournament.The tiny Gulf state stunned four-times champions Japan to win this year’s Asian Cup and Xavi was not surprised by their breakthrough success.”I thought the football there was the worst when I first went there,” the 39-year-old said. “But they’ve improved a lot and very quickly since then, everybody saw it at the Asian Cup.”advertisementAlso Read | Pochettino backs Barcelona to overcome Man United threat in Champions League quartersFor 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 XaviFollow FIFA World CupFollow 2022 Qatar World CupFollow Gianni Infantino
No data available! advertisement graphs commentary IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers thrilled after RCB finally win one this yearIPL 2019: Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers added 85 for the 2nd wicket as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab for their first victory of the season. de Villiers was named man-of-the-match Rajarshi Gupta MohaliApril 14, 2019UPDATED: April 14, 2019 00:32 IST Virat Kohli (67) and AB de Villiers (59 not out) helped RCB win their 1st match of the 2019 IPL. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli (67) and AB de Villiers (59 not out) helped RCB win their 1st match of the 2019 IPLKohli and de Villiers added 85 for the 2nd wicket as RCB beat KXIP by 8 wickets in Mohali on ThursdayAB de Villiers was named man-of-the match for his effortsVirat Kohli and AB de Villiers were happy men after securing the first win for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli scored 67 while AB de Villiers remained unbeaten on 59 off 38 balls to help RCB defeat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets in Mohali on Saturday.Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 had helped KXIP set a 174-run target for RCB who had lost all their 6 matches in the 2019 IPL before Saturday. However, Kohli and de Villiers added 85 for the 2nd wicket as RCB won with 4 balls to spare.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the most prolific scorers in the IPL but RCB have had a poor time in the IPL in recent years. Both men were on fire when RCB reached the final in 2016 but 2017 and 2018 were nightmarish for the team. This season has been torrid too but their maiden win should spur them on.A victory to cherish for the @RCBTweets here in Mohali pic.twitter.com/vdUitnvd4R IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 13, 2019Virat Kohli said he was happy to finally give an interview to the broadcasters as a winning captain.”The most pleasing thing is coming for an interview at this time, and not immediately out of the field,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “It’s a great feeling to get across the line. We have been unlucky in couple of the games. Won’t say we’ve been unlucky in every game, but a couple of games we should’ve closed out before this,” he said.Virat Kohli said his men were determined and had the desire to earn their first points of the season.advertisementAB de Villiers was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten knock and he said the win against KXIP was a step in the right direction. He added his indifferent form did not perturb him.”We waited for a long time for this, so we’re very happy. It’s a very small step in the right direction, but also a big one. I’ve got too much respect of the game to be upset about that, to get ahead of myself, to get too hard on myself. It needs one knock to get back in that confidence zone, and hopefully I can maintain that now,” de Villiers said.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in form is great news for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Saturday was the 10th time both men scored fifties in the same innings for RCB.On Saturday, Virat Kohli also became the leading Indian run-scorer in T20 cricket.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers end Royal Challengers Bangalore’s losing streakAlso Read | IPL 2019: Pitch invader tries to hug Virat Kohli during RCB’s run chase vs KXIPFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019Follow RCB vs KXIP view more view less scorecard
World Cup 2019: Bangladesh will play according to conditions against India, says Courtney WalshBangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh says that they might introduce spinners to bowl early in the game, according to the pitch condition at Edgbaston.advertisement Asian News International DubaiJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 13:30 IST Bangladesh will play against India on July 2 (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh are ranked 7th in the ICC World Cup points table with 3 wins in 7 gamesBangladesh next face India and Pakistan in must-win games to keep their World Cup hopes aliveCourtney Walsh said that he is preparing every Bangladesh bowler to bowl with new ballIn a must-win game against India for Bangladesh to inch closer towards the semi-final spot, bowling coach Courtney Walsh said that the team will play according to the pitch condition at Edgbaston.”I think it’s on the day what the surface has to hold and how well we react on the day,” International Cricket Council quoted Courtney Walsh as saying.Bangladesh are currently at the seventh position of the teams standing with seven points. With two games remaining, they will play against India and Pakistan respectively.Walsh stated that Bangladesh will analyse the situation during the match and if there will be any help for the spin bowlers, then they will introduce spinners early to take a wicket. Although in the initial overs he wants seamers to swing the ball and give early breakthrough.”We have to assess what’s going to happen here in Birmingham. If the wicket’s going to turn then it’s best for us to have a spinner bowling earlier as well trying to get an early wicket. But obviously with the new ball if there is going to be any swing or movement, we would want the seamers to use it as well,” Walsh said.Walsh further added that he is preparing his every bowler to bowl with the new ball so he has many options available for the first powerplay. Bangladesh have skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, and Rubel Hussain in their bowling attack.”We are just trying to get everybody ready; saying anybody could bowl with the new ball. We have got three seamers playing now and Rubel Hossain played in one of the games before. So, any of those guys could bowl with the new ball because we are trying to get them ready for that,” Walsh added.advertisementBangladesh will play against India on July 2 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan supported India for the first time since partition, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | Sportsmanship of few champions got tested, they failed badly: Waqar Younis slams Team IndiaAlso 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs BangladeshFollow Edgbaston pitch conditionsFollow Courtney Walsh Next