Alonso urges Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcos Alonso has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelsea and ignore Bayern Munich.Although Bayern are regarded as one of the heavyweights of European football, Alonso feels Chelsea can match them if Hudson-Odoi is prepared to be patient and wait for his chance.”He is a good player, but he is very young,” he said. “He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.”That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.”Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-upby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez says it is a dream come true to earn a call-up to the Argentina national team.The goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the national team. We’ve got two big games to play now, preparing for the Copa America next year.”I’m more than ready to play for the national team now. I’m getting more minutes so my confidence is really high right now. I’m delighted with the call-up.”Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1. I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man.”I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina. That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.”If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work. I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest. I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona sensation Carlos Perez: They compare me with Pedroby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Perez is delighted with his breakthrough at Barcelona.The winger has been a big revelation this season and admits he had lucrative offers to leave Barca at 16.Perez told Radio Catalunya: “There are people who are guided more by money, I respect all decisions, but I always say that I want to succeed here. “Money always arrives and for me being here is the most important thing and not leaving for €1.5m at 16 years of age. “My dream is to succeed here.”He added: “They have told me that I look like Pedro, they have also compared me to (Arjen) Robben. I would sign to have Pedro’s career.”
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas bid a tearful farewell to the Stamford Bridge crowd on Saturday as he closes in on a move to Monaco. The 31-year-old started against Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup third-round tie, wearing the captain’s armband for the Blues. Fabregas had the perfect opportunity to sign off with a goal, but he saw a 30th-minute penalty saved by Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele. 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? Nevertheless, Alvaro Morata scored a brace to give Chelsea an advantage heading into the game’s closing stages. With Chelsea up 2-0 late in the game, Fabregas was given a chance to say farewell to the Blues faithful as he was subbed off by manager Maurizio Sarri. Fabregas embraced team-mate David Luiz before taking his time exiting the pitch, applauding the Stamford Bridge crowd. An emotional farewell for Cesc Fabregas 👋😢pic.twitter.com/zR0cRNaywy— Goal (@goal) January 5, 2019The Spaniard was seen holding back tears as he made his way to the bench for the last five minutes of Chelsea’s victory. The emotion Fabregas displayed seemed to confirm his impending move to Monaco, which Goal reported was nearing on Tuesday. Fabregas saw his playing time diminish this season, as Sarri prefers to use Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic ahead of the Spaniard in his system. After moving from Barcelona in 2014, Fabregas has spent four and a half seasons with the Blues, winning two league titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. He will join a Monaco side managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry. The principality side is in the midst of a difficult season, sitting second from bottom in Ligue 1.
Stoke City have sacked manager Gary Rowett after just eight months in charge.Rowett left Derby County to take over at the bet365 Stadium in May, with Stoke having been relegated from the Premier League.However, things have not gone as planned for the 44-year-old, and the Potters have failed to win any of their last four games. 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? The final straw for Rowett came following the disappointing 1-1 draw with League One side Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.Stoke were only saved from a humiliating exit by a 78th-minute Peter Crouch goal.The club have stated they intend to appoint Rowett’s replacement ‘as swiftly as possible’ but have placed Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy in charge of first-team affairs in the interim.A club statement read: “Stoke City have terminated the contract of manager Gary Rowett.”Members of his immediate coaching staff have also left the bet365 Stadium.”The club would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months.”It has been a subpar showing from Stoke for much of this season, and they immediately struggled adjusting to their first campaign back in the Championship for a decade, taking just two points from their first four games.Yet results improved through October and November, leading to renewed hope at the Bet365. A disappointing December and early January, however, has seen the former Birmingham City receive the sack.Stoke sit 14th in the Championship, eight points adrift of the play-off places and 14 away from a spot in the top two.The Potters were one of the pre-season favourites to gain promotion, and with established names such as Jack Butland, Joe Allen and Ryan Shawcross many have been shocked by the extent of their troubles this campaign.Next up for a Rowett-less Stoke is a trip to Griffin Park to face Brentford on Saturday, before they host Shrewsbury in the FA Cup replay three days later.As for Rowett, he is left looking his fourth managerial job in as many years. His first senior coaching position came with Burton Albion in 2012, before moving to manage Birmingham.He helped steer the Blues as high as seventh in the table before being sacked in December 2016. A few months later he took up the reigns at Derby. He managed the East Midlands club for 14 months and left after a Play-Off semi-final defeat to Fulham in May 2018.
Antonio Conte accepts some Inter fans might object to his appointment as coach due to his Juventus background but he insists he is the right man to lead them because he shares their “fearlessness”.Following Thursday’s announcement of Luciano Spalletti’s dismissal, the hiring of Conte looked a formality after prolonged speculation.Inter confirmed Conte’s arrival on Friday, with the ex-Italy, Juve and Chelsea coach signing a three-year contract at San Siro. 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? Despite Conte’s successful track record, some Inter fans are less than enthusiastic due to the 49-year-old’s strong ties to bitter rivals Juve, whom he represented for 13 years as a player and later coached to three Scudetti.But Inter released a video shortly after the announcement in which Conte explains why he is a good fit for a “club that’s not for everyone”.I’m here, Inter. # WelcomeAntonio #ForzaInter #FCIM #NotForEveryone pic.twitter.com/aIprrGciUD — Inter (@Inter_en) May 31, 2019 “Finally, it’s time to get back to it,” he began, referencing his season away from coaching. “I have many reasons to do so, perhaps even too many and just as many challenges are ahead of me.”But I can’t wait. A club that’s not for everyone, with its fans who will be wondering, why me exactly?”Because we share the same ambitions, fearlessness, hunger and determination. Now it’s my turn. I’m here, Inter.”Conte’s main priority will be turning Inter into a title-winning side again, having not claimed the Serie A crown since 2009-10.The Nerrazurri finished fourth in the top flight this season, 21 points behind eventual champions Juventus, who have now won eight successive league crowns.Major changes are expected at San Siro this summer, with the transfer window now open and a number of high profile stars have been linked with an Inter transfer since Conte emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Spalletti.
Steve Clarke believes there were plenty of positives for Scotland to take after Oliver Burke’s late winner against Cyrpus.In his first game as Scotland boss since replacing Alex McLeish in May, Clarke’s team looked to be heading for a lacklustre draw, with Ioannis Kousoulos’ 87th-minute header having cancelled out a stunning strike from Andrew Robertson.But substitute Burke came to the rescue two minutes later to lift Scotland onto six points in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I. 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? Group favourites and leaders Belgium are up next for Clarke’s side, who sit third, level on points with Russia after three games played.And though he acknowledged that Scotland’s play – which was at times sluggish and toothless – will not change until he has had more time with the team, Clarke is feeling buoyant ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Belgium.”The way we showed character to bounce back gives us good hope for the future,” he told Sky Sports.”I’ve only had seven training sessions, so it won’t change overnight. I’ve given the lads a lot of information and I think some of them have taken it on too literally.”It was a game we couldn’t afford to lose and we handled that pressure.”I thought we did okay. At 1-0, I thought we were comfortable but we switched off from a set play. It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves but the players showed great resilience and that’s a good sign.”I’m confident we have a group players who will certainly make it a difficult night for Belgium. A lot of things to be pleased about and a lot of things to work on.”Meanwhile winning scorer Burke was delighted to be the one to secure a vital three points for his side.”It was made for me to make an impact, coming on,” he said. “Conceding so late, it drove us on in search of the second goal and I think we deserved it.”
Eric Dier has been ruled out of Tottenham’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai having undergone an operation on an unspecified injury. The England international featured in the Three Lions’ penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off on June 9, and had been hoping to play a full part in Tottenham’s preparations for the 2019-20 season. But the club have confirmed that, while the procedure to correct Dier’s injury was successful, the 25-year-old midfielder will not travel with the rest of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad when they visit Singapore and Shanghai for matches against Juventus and Manchester United. 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? Dier has been troubled by a groin injury in recent months, and he started just 18 of Tottenham’s 38 Premier League matches in 2018-19. Prior to last season, he started at least 30 league matches in each of the previous three seasons, and Pochettino will hope he returns to full fitness ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League opener against Aston Villa on August 10. A statement on the club’s official website said: “Eric Dier has undergone a medical procedure to correct an issue detected during medical assessments on the first day of pre-season training. “Following the successful procedure Eric will now undertake a short period of rehabilitation. He will therefore not travel on the club’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai.” Prior to the start of the new league campaign Spurs will also take part in the Audi Cup, where they will take on Real Madrid in a semi-final clash at the Allianz Arena in Munich on July 30. The club will also take on Inter in London as part of the International Champions Cup on August 4. Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League last season, finishing the season behind champions Manchester City, runners up Liverpool and third-place Chelsea, but inside the Champions League places yet again. Dier was also part of the side that made a run all the way to the Champions League final last season, losing out to Liverpool 2-0 in the showpiece. The midfielder did not start the final, but did come to replace a struggling Moussa Sissoko in the 74th minute. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over a move for Dani Ceballos.There has been significant interest in the attacking midfielder from Premier League clubs this summer, with Tottenham long thought to be his most likely destination.But Arsenal are pushing to get a deal done for the 22-year-old and talks are progressing over a season-long loan. 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? Gunners boss Unai Emery is a fan of Ceballos, who wants to get out of Madrid to secure regular first-team football.The Spanish giants have yet to fully agree to the move, but it is believed manager Zinedine Zidane will not prevent the Spain international from leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.Should Zidane give the green light for Ceballos to complete the transfer, it should be finalised relatively quickly – with Arsenal keen to wrap up a deal.The potential move coincides with comments from Arsenal director Josh Kroenke – the son of owner Stan Kroenke – telling fans to be excited about what could come before the close of the transfer window next month.“I would say ‘be excited’,” Kroenke told Arsenal.com. “There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep. “Nothing is ever a done deal until it’s a done deal, obviously, but we know we have key areas we want to address in our squad, both now and in the future. “Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as expressive as possible.”Ceballos joined Real Madrid for £15 million ($19m) in 2017 from Real Betis, but has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot at the Bernabeu.The Spanish outfit are reluctant to lose him on a permanent basis, however, which is why a loan move to the Emirates looks the likely outcome from the talks between the two clubs.Arsenal would have to pay a loan fee to take him for the season, while also covering his wages – which are thought to be around £2.7m ($3.3m) a year.Meanwhile, the Gunners are expected to return to Celtic with a third bid for left-back Kieran Tierney.The Scottish champions have knocked back two offers for the defender so far, with the latest being rejected over the weekend.The offer totalled £25m ($31m), which is understood to be Celtic’s asking price, but it included a number of instalments and add-ons which were deemed unacceptable.There is confidence at Arsenal that they will eventually get their man, but Hoops boss Neil Lennon has warned that Celtic will not be bullied by the Premier League side.”We can’t do anything about what clubs do in England,” he said.”£50m for Wan-Bissaka is a lot of money and we feel that Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.”He’s an asset for us and we do have a value for the player and we rate the player very highly.”So, disrespectful is the wrong word, but we’re certainly not going to be pushed over in any negotiations and we’re in a very strong position with regards to a number of our assets in the team.”The club’s valuation of Kieran has not been met and until then we don’t have a discussion.”
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Brett Rypien #4 of the Boise State Broncos throws against the Oregon Ducks during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 38-28. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Marquee non-conference matchups are part of what makes college football awesome. Getting to watch teams prove themselves in matchups we don’t typically see is always fun.Boise State and Oregon announced the scheduling of a three-game series today. The two programs have played three times before.The three future games are scheduled for 2024-2026. The 2024 and 2026 meetings will be at Oregon, while Boise will host the 2025 contest.Boise State and Oregon announce a three-game series. Two in Eugene (2024, 2026) and one in Boise (2025).— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 9, 2018Boise State announces a 3-game football series with Oregon. Dates:Sept. 24, 2024 (Eugene, Ore.)Sept. 13, 2025 (Boise, Idaho)Sept. 5, 2026 (Eugene, Ore.)— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) August 9, 2018Back in May, we named Boise State-Oregon as a game we’d like to see become a yearly rivalry. It goes to say we are pretty happy to see these Northwest powers play each other.Boise State has captured all three previous matchups against Oregon, most recently last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, which they won 38-28.In 2008, the Broncos won a 37-32 thriller in Eugene. The following year, Boise State was victorious at home in a game most famous for LeGarrette Blount’s infamous post-game punch.This series should be an entertaining one.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Perhaps the Georgia Bulldogs needed that loss against Florida last month because they are finally playing fantastic football. In arguably their best performance of the season, the SEC titans decimated Kentucky on the road.Georgia’s defense was tremendous from the beginning of the game, holding Kentucky to just 17 points.The biggest key to the game was to neutralize Benny Snell Jr. of the Wildcats. Although he still had 72 rushing yards and a touchdown, that production is below his standards.J.R. Reed of the Bulldogs revealed that the defense was focused on keeping Snell in check. In addition, he also gave his respect to one of the best players in the history of the program, Herschel Walker.Bulldog safety J.R. Reed on the job the defense did against Benny Snell: “We understood that Benny Snell was maybe the next Herschel Walker or something like that. We wanted to go out and prove that there’s only one Herschel.”— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) November 5, 2018Walker will always be an icon for this program, especially considering the success he had in the NFL.If Georgia can maintain this exact mentality through the remainder of the season, maybe the Bulldogs will run the table.The SEC East champions have to move forward to their showdown with Auburn, as they try to make back-to-back trips to the College Football Playoff.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)An Ohio State football player had a message for the Michigan running back who “guaranteed” a win over the Buckeyes today.Michigan’s star running back, Karan Higdon, “guaranteed” a win over the Buckeyes earlier in the week.To be fair to Higdon, he was basically pressured into it by the reporter who asked the question, but he didn’t back down.Ohio State players are having some fun with him after the game.Check out what Ohio State defensive lineman Tyreke Smith tweeted after the contest:“Guaranteed win” ?— Tyreke Smith™ (@T_23_baller) November 24, 2018Well played, Tyreke.Ohio State is set to play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is facing some major criticism for a new comment on players skipping bowl games.Swinney explained that he is not in favor of people living their lives in fear.“You have different influences. Everybody kind of lives their life in fear. Anybody can get hurt in any game. Why play your senior year at all?”“I personally don’t live my live that way — wrap yourself in bubble wrap. You can get hurt doing anything.”Dabo on skipping bowls: “You have different influences. Everybody kind of lives their life in fear. Anybody can get hurt in any game. Why play your senior year at all?”I personally don’t live my live that way — wrap yourself in bubble wrap. You can get hurt doing anything.”— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 18, 2018Unsurprisingly, this comment is not going over well. While Swinney’s comments might have some legitimacy, they ring pretty hollow when they come from a man who’s making more than $6 million a season.The best argument for paying college football players is Dabo Swinney’s existence.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) December 18, 2018Pretty easy to say when you’re cashing $7.5 million checks until 2024 regardless of health or professional competence https://t.co/JqH5z1VBp5— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) December 18, 2018″let them eat cake,” said dabo swinney from the throne made out of his thirty five million dollar buyout https://t.co/ekeCrfthLE— The Smoking Musket (@smokingmusket) December 18, 2018Dabo Swinney makes $6.2m this year. https://t.co/9jcU5LaU1V— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) December 18, 2018The problem with people like Dabo Swinney is that they absolutely believe the bullshit they spout.— Red Cup Rebellion dot com website (@RedCupRebellion) December 18, 2018Clemson is set to play in a major bowl game this year. The Tigers are taking on Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff at the Orange Bowl.Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)The New York Jets are searching high and low for their next head coach, and may be looking to raid the college ranks for their man.According to NFL insider Jason La Canfora, the Jets have met with Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to discuss the head coaching vacancy.Rhule is coming off his second year as head coach of the Bears.He led the team to a 7-6 record in 2018 that included a thrilling win over Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl.The Jets have in fact already discussed their head coaching vacancy with Baylor’s Matt Rhule. A native New Yorker with an impressive resume, including NFL coaching experience.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 7, 2019Prior to his time with Baylor, Rhule spent four seasons as head coach of the Temple Owls.Before that, Rhule served as assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants in 2012.Rhule has several connections to the Jets even now.He is a native-New Yorker, hailing from New York City, and coached Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during his time at TempleThe Jets fired head coach Todd Bowles after finishing the season 4-12. It was their third straight season with 11 or more losses under Bowles.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MARCH 20: Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders perform against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 20, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Oklahoma Sooners took on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the Big-12/SEC Challenge. The Sooners outclassed the Commodores for much of the first half to the tune of a 41-23 lead heading into the half.During halftime, a familiar face dominated the cameras. Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was in the building to watch the Sooners in action on Saturday afternoon and it looks like the Oklahoma faithful was glad to see him.There was a massive line to meet the former Alabama football star.Check it out.Halftime turned into a Jalen Hurts meet-and-greet: pic.twitter.com/55Fhy5X6sR— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) January 26, 2019Hurts graduated from Alabama in the fall and will be immediately eligible to play for the Sooners when the team takes the field for the 2019 college football season.After announcing his plans to transfer to Oklahoma, Hurts’ odds to win the Heisman jumped – making him the third-favorite behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Lincoln Riley and company have produced the past two Heisman winners, so the jump in odds shouldn’t come as a surprise. Now the college football world just have to wait over seven months to see what Hurts can bring to the table.In the meantime, he’ll be a celebrity walking around campus like only a true football star can.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 27: Tommy Stevens #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after rushing for a 3 yard touchdown in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes on October 27, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Former Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens received huge news on Thursday afternoon.Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead announced Stevens will be the team’s starting quarterback when the season opens next weekend.Three months ago, Stevens decided to take his talents away from Happy Valley. After spending a short time in the transfer portal, Stevens revealed his decision to transfer to Mississippi State.“I am very blessed to have the opportunity to go to a place like MSU, where I can create more relationships and more experiences,” Stevens wrote on Twitter. “A place that will give me the opportunity to compete at the highest level and also a place where I can expand my education even further.” After just three months on the team, Stevens won the starting job.BREAKING: Tommy Stevens has been named Mississippi State’s starting quarterback. #HailState🐶 pic.twitter.com/3cB8jhF4oU— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) August 22, 2019At Penn State, Stevens backed up Trace McSorley, but was also used as a receiver and runner. Over the last three seasons, Stevens rushed for 506 yards and eight touchdowns on 76 carries while catching 14 passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns.As a passer, Stevens is 24-of-41 in his college career, throwing for 304 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.The former three-star quarterback got comfortable in Moorhead’s system before he left to become the head coach at Mississippi State.Now he’ll lead the Bulldogs on the field.
“We said preseason that when you install a new offense – when I’ve ever taken a job and you put something in – it’s a five- to six-week period where everybody is getting used to each other, what’s the quarterback’s comfort, what’s the skillset of the people you’re playing with,” Meyer said on Saturday, per 247Sports. “So it’s absolutely the right time to evaluate the offense and I think there has to be some hard conversations. What’s your top three, four or five runs? And that’s it, get great at them. What’s your top three, four or five passes? Get great at them.“And that’s the luxury that you have. I know it’s hard that they didn’t play well, they haven’t really played well for two weeks on offense. They haven’t had the explosive plays that you thought they would have. Don’t panic. Keep going. You made a commitment to the spread offense. You can’t turn back now. You have to or the players will look at you like you’re out of your mind. You keep pushing, keep pushing, keep pushing, but you have to identify what they do well.”Michigan has a bye this week, so the Wolverines will have some more time to figure things out. Then, Jim Harbaugh’s team travels to Wisconsin.The two programs are set to kick off at noon E.T. on Sept. 21. The game will be on FOX. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer dominated Michigan during his time in Columbus, so if anyone is qualified to analyze what needs to get better in Ann Arbor, it’s probably him.The former Buckeyes head coach turned FOX analyst weighed in on Michigan’s struggles following the Wolverines’ overtime win over Army.Michigan has struggled on offense through two weeks. The Wolverines have a new offensive coordinator in Josh Gattis and the offense was expected to explode this year. That hasn’t happened yet, though.Meyer says that’s not surprising, though. He believes it’ll take a month-plus for everything to start to click on offense.
BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 13: Members of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown during the game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Warhawks 51-0. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Lost in LSU’s dominant victory over Vanderbilt was that Terrace Marshall Jr. suffered a foot injury. The sophomore wide receiver was having a solid performance prior to exiting the game.The Tigers decimated the Commodores on the road in large part because of their offense. Joe Burrow broke the school’s record for most touchdown passes in a single game with six.Burrow found a lot of success throwing to Marshall early in the game. He reeled in four passes for 75 yards before leaving the game with an injury.Marshall’s injury occurred in the second half against Vanderbilt. Later in the afternoon he returned on crutches with a boot on his left foot. Check it out:Terrace Marshall on crutches with a boot on his left foot. He left the game in the second half. #LSU pic.twitter.com/F3ls1SCmU7— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) September 21, 2019Ed Orgeron spoke to the media after the game about the injury, saying “It didn’t look good.”Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Marshall suffered a foot fracture. LSU should have an update on the talented wideout following more medical tests.Not having Marshall for at least a month would be tough for the Tigers. Nonetheless, the offense has more than enough playmakers to overcome his absence.It also helps LSU that its bye week is coming up. That’ll give the offense a chance to figure out how they’ll fill the void left behind by Marshall.
How Kedar Jadhav and Imran Tahir celebrated their birthdays with Chennai Super Kings. WatchKedar Jadhav and Imran Tahir’s birthday celebrations with Chennai Super Kings were of contrasting fashion. Watch the team in full celebration mode.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 15:24 IST Kedar Jadhav was bathed in cake on his birthday by his CSK teammates. (@ChennaiIPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKedar Jadhav wildly celebrated his birthday after CSK’s win over Delhi CapitalsImran Tahir’s birthday celebration was a sober oneChennai Super Kings next play Rajasthan Royals at homeKedar Jadhav and Imran Tahir celebrated their birthday with their Chennai Super Kings family in contrasting fashion after CSK registered a big win over Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday. While Jadhav’s celebration happened on the eve of the win, Tahir celebrated his on Wednesday.While both the birthday celebrations had the basic cake-cutting ceremony, what followed after Jadhav and Tahir cut the cake was in complete contrast.Jadhav celebrated his birthday shirtless. He sang and laughed a bit with his CSK teammates before cutting and eventually bathing in it.After Jadhav cut the cake and fed it to a couple of people, his CSK teammates started applying the cake all over his face and body. Dhoni was even seen poking a bit of fun at Jadhav.When you become Mudhalvan Arjun but only due to all the #Yellove! Super scenes from Kedar’s big day! Special cameo mention: @DJBravo47! #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/ZabqerYjcUChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 27, 2019Thereafter, Jadhav, in that cake-filled state, took pictures with Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina.In complete contrast, Tahir’s birthday celebration was a lot more sober and low key.Tahir calmly cut the cake after which Deepak Chahar went forward and took a piece of cake to feed him and applied just a little cream on his cheeks.For a change, #ParasakthiExpress didn’t run and the Lions did the honours very delicately! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/Kif8d9SK7HChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 27, 2019Bravo and the other teammates also then came forward and shared the cake with Tahir.advertisementChennai Super Kings, who have so far won both their IPL 2019 matches, will next take on Rajasthan Royals at home on March 31.Also Read | Fans breach security to meet MS Dhoni at Feroz Shah KotlaAlso Read | Great to be able to reconnect with Chennai guys again: Shane WatsonAlso Read | CSK are not 60 year-olds, we are all 32-35, says Dwayne BravoAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s strategic skills unmatched, says Suresh RainaFor 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 Kedar JadhavFollow Imran TahirFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019
advertisement Australia complete series whitewash vs Pakistan after 20-run win in 5th ODIAustralia (327 for 7) beat Pakistan (307 for 7) by 20 runs to clinch the five-match ODI series 5-0 in Dubai on Sunday. graphs commentary Reuters DubaiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 09:43 IST Usman Khawaja missed out on a hundred by just 2 runs (Cricket Australia Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia (327 for 7) beat Pakistan (307 for 7) by 20 runsKhawaja top-scored for AUS with 98 while Maxwell (70) registered his 3rd straight fiftyJason Behrendorff was the pick of the bowlers for AUS as he grabbed 3 for 63 in 8 oversAustralia’s top four batsmen all posted half-centuries as they beat Pakistan by 20 runs to complete a 5-0 one-day series whitewash in Dubai on Sunday.Sent out to bat, Australia finished with a commanding total of 327-7 on a flat Dubai International Cricket Stadium pitch.Opener Usman Khawaja was all set for his third hundred this month but fell for 98 to fast bowler Usman Shinwari.Glenn Maxwell, meanwhile, celebrated his 100th one-day international with an impressive 33-ball 70, Shaun Marsh scored 68-ball 61 and captain Aaron Finch made 69-ball 53 to put Australia in control at halfway stage.It was Maxwell’s third consecutive 50-plus score, giving him a timely boost in intense competition for the middle-order spots for the World Cup starting on May 30 in England and Wales.Khawaja and Finch laid the foundations with a solid 134-run opening stand but it was Maxwell’s 10 fours and three sixes that helped Australia to 107 runs in the last 10 overs.What an unbelievable couple of months it’s been! From being 0-2 against India and fighting back and winning shows the resilience and courage of this group of players. To then continue on https://t.co/5J47lxocimAaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) April 1, 2019Pakistan lost opener Abid Ali, who scored a century on debut in the last match, for a golden duck in the first over but Shan Masood and Haris Sohail got the run chase on track with a steady partnership of 108 for the second wicket.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa celebrated his 27th birthday by trapping Masood (50) leg-before to give Australia a crucial breakthrough, before Maxwell’s off-spin removed Mohammad Rizwan for 12.advertisementSohail smashed his second century of the series but holed out to paceman Kane Richardson for 130 when the run-rate pressure forced him to go for broke in the 41st over.Captain Imad Wasim scored an unbeaten 50 to reduce the deficit but the task proved too big for Pakistan who finished 307-7 after 50 overs.”It’s very satisfying,” said Australia coach Justin Langer.”We came here in September and Pakistan showed us how to play cricket (with 3-0 Twenty20 series win). We worked really hard in the summer to turn it around, and 5-0 is a great result.”Everyone in world cricket is working towards the World Cup, and it’s always nice to go into the tournament with confidence. We’ve got some now.”The win was Australia’s eighth in a row after their 3-2 comeback victory in the series in India this month.Also Read | 5th ODI, Highlights: Australia complete 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan in the UAEFor 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 Pakistan vs AustraliaFollow PAK vs AUSFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Jason Behrendorff No data available! scorecard view more view less