Early Man: The caveman birth of football

first_imgWTF Early Man (2018): The caveman movie that shows the birth of football Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 04:10 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WTF Premier League The latest movie from Aardman Animations is a stop-motion film that focuses on the beginnings of football at the dawn of time Early Man is the fourth feature-length film to be directed by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, and is set at the dawn of time, where football helps bring a group of cavemen together.Park always had wanted to make a caveman story, but to make it unique compared to other movies or animations, he introduced football into the plot.”Well I guess a lot of ideas start with sketches and, you know, I’ve always loved the idea of a Stone Age movie,” Park told Goal. 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 “And I was doodling as a lot of ideas start with just doodles in sketchbooks. And I remember, you know, the typical caveman with a club. And I started thinking about sport, you know, rounders or baseball. And then I started to think what if a bunch of lunkhead, idiotic caveman had to – for some reason – play a game and then football came in.”What if they couldn’t use their fists any more or their hands and their clubs and stone axes and had to learn a game? I started getting into the whole idea of how the Brits invented football and the whole tribal aspects to the game. Also, very positive how it is a very civilising force in the world as well.”Goal takes a look at one of the most unusual – and most entertaining – movies about the beautiful game ever made.PlotEarly Man is a new take on a classic tale – where caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his pet wild boar Hognob are forced to battle enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) to save their home.Dug and Hognob get help from a Bronze City resident called Goona, who is played by Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams.They must unite their tribe to defend against Lord Nooth, with football serving as the one thing that can bring all the cavemen together! We won’t give away too much else about the film, as you will just have to watch it!Early Man Cast, Crew, Directors & ProducersEarly Man PremiereEarly Man features some of Britain’s top actors including Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as the lead, Gloden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston as the villain, as well as the likes of Timothy Spall, Maisie Williams and Miriam Margoyles.The animated comedy also includes a number of comedians in its cast, with Johnny Vegas, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams and Rob Brydon all involved.Like all of Nick Park’s films, it is produced by Aardman Animations, and was co-written by Mark Burton, who also worked with Park on Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Character Actor Eddie Redmayne Dug Tom Hiddleston Lord Nooth Maisie Williams Goona Timothy Spall Chief Bobnar Richard Ayoade Treebor Selina Griffiths Magma Johnny Vegas Asbo Mark Williams Barry Gina Yashere Gravelle Simon Greenall Eemak Richard Webber Grubup Rob Brydon The Message Bird Kayvan Novak Dino Miriam Margolyes Queen Oofeefa Early Man ReviewsEarly Man has received mostly positive reviews from film critics, who praised the film’s use of humour and simple storytelling to appeal to a broad range of audiences from children to adults. Publication Rating Review Daily Mail 5/5 “Early Man is a joy.” Guardian 4/5 “Its straightforward storytelling and gentle humour still work a treat.” Independent 3/5 “There’s no single shot, movement, joke, or line of dialogue that seems wasted.” Little White Lies 3/5 “An eccentric little film..often very funny.” Radio Times 4/5 “Early Man finds a place somewhere at the top of Aardman’s evolutionary tree with Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep.” Variety N/A “Early Man is as charming as they come.” Early Man SoundtrackThe soundtrack of Early Man is mostly compositions from Harry-Gregson Williams and Tom Howe, but does include some well-known tracks including the Kaiser Chiefs’ ‘I Predict a Riot’ as well as new songs by The Vamps and New Hope Club. Number Track Artist 1 Good Day New Hope Club 2 Hope The Vamps 3 Tiger Feet New Hope Club 4 I Predict a Riot Kaiser Chiefs 5 Dug’s Theme Original Soundtrack 6 Prehistoric Prologue Original Soundtrack 7 In the Valley Original Soundtrack 8 Meet Dug Original Soundtrack 9 Meet the Tribe Original Soundtrack 10 Rabbit Ambush Original Soundtrack 11 Bronze Attack Original Soundtrack 12 City of Bronze Original Soundtrack 13 Dug in Bronze Land Original Soundtrack 14 Stadium Chase Original Soundtrack 15 The Ancestral Call Original Soundtrack 16 The Message Bird Original Soundtrack 17 Giant Badlands Duck Original Soundtrack 18 Stealing Footballs Original Soundtrack 19 She Shoots, She Scores Original Soundtrack 20 Challenge the Champions Original Soundtrack 21 Harp Escape Original Soundtrack 22 They’re Not a Team Original Soundtrack 23 Message from the Queen Original Soundtrack 24 Foul Play Original Soundtrack 25 Revelations in the Mine Original Soundtrack 26 Royal Game Day Original Soundtrack 27 Forfeiture and Humiliation Original Soundtrack 28 Do it for the Valley Original Soundtrack 29 The Final Game Original Soundtrack 30 Chief is Down Original Soundtrack 31 Hognob in Goal Original Soundtrack 32 Mousing Around Original Soundtrack 33 Trophy Presentation Original Soundtrack Related MoviesJohnny Vegas Early Man PremiereFans of Early Man are definitely sure to enjoy some of Park’s other films – for which he has won four Academy Awards. Chicken Run was nominated for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 2000 Golden Globes, but was overlooked at the Oscars. The award for Best Animated Feature Film did not start until 2002. Despite this, is the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time.Aside from Aardman Films, the 2009 movie Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the most popular stop-motion features. It was director Wes Anderson’s first animated film, and features an all-star cast including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. Related Movie Year Chicken Run 2000 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 Flushed Away 2006 Arthur Christmas 2011 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! 2012 Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015 Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 Early Man trailerEarly Man’s official trailer was released online on September 7, 2017, providing a two-minute preview of the film. The trailer lays out the plot of the film, introducing the key characters and provides a few laughs along the way – giving you a tease of the full-length movie, which has a running time of 1 hour 40 minutes.Watch Early Man onlineEarly Man is currently not available for streaming anywhere online as it only is getting a general release in cinemas on Friday, January 26.However, some of Park’s older films including Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit are currently available to stream via Netflix in the UK and Ireland. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Australia Hits Back To Keep Division Alive

first_imgAfter New Zealand shocked the hosts last night in game one of the Trans Tasman Test Series, it was up to the World Champions to step up to the challenge and try and tie the series. The result was another nail-biting match between the two teams with Australia winning 4-3 in a high quality match the sets up a decider to savour tomorrow.Australia got the game going with a nice scoot into the in-goal but couldn’t make the pass to score. New Zealand’s Kristina Sue then replicated this in the Australian touchdown zone with the same no score result.On their next visit to Aussie territory, the Touch Blacks’ Morgan Morrow found herself in the middle of the field with defenders in good position; somehow she made her way through the line and put her team ahead.Kelly Woods and Louise Winchester used their experience to organise their teammates and Australia looked dangerous although New Zealand managed to hold them out. Chyna Hohepa then stepped into the spotlight with a quick break down the side; the Aussie defence was up to the challenge.Soon after Mere Nock combined with her vice-captain Megan Campbell to give the Touch Blacks a 2-0 lead. The advantage didn’t last long with Emilee Cherry combining Ashleigh Quinlan to make it 2-1 after a nice long ball play.Alicia Quirk then squared things up after Cherry again made the play with a long ball to the corner. Australia had reduced their error rate from game one and were up to the Kiwi challenge.The next scoring play by New Zealand was one to savour as they moved the ball across the field with quick hands and found Marama Davis with room to spare and speed enough to cross untouched. The New Zealanders left the field with a 3-2 lead at half-time.Australia stepped up as the second half began and Kristin Boss put the icing on the cake after some smart play. The New Zealand defenders were millimetres away from making the Touch but the Sydneysider got the score and a 3-all score.With the scores level the two teams upped their intensity; Bianca Mounsey collided with Marama Davis and Boss and Chyna Hohepa also made contact in periods of desperate attack and defence.Australia’s defence on both wings was excellent tonight; they managed to shut New Zealand out on a number of occasions to keep the scores level. With this platform in place they made the crucial play – Nicole McHugh with quick hands to Louise Winchester for a 4-3 lead.New Zealand kept trying for the win but Australia held them out and the scored remained 4-3, the reverse of last night’s result. With two skilful and entertaining matches behind them, tomorrow’s deciding encounter will be hotly anticipated.The TFA YouTube channel has the highlights of the game – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iufiHbOnE88&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=2&feature=plcplast_img read more

NYC and NSC dates announced

first_imgAustralia’s best youth Touch Football talent will be on display at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 12 September until Saturday, 15 September 2018 when they compete in the 2018 National Youth Championships and the National Schools Cup.National Youth Championships The National Youth Championships (NYC) is a unique event, with school, community and state 18 and under teams competing in a national championship.The opportunity to merge a National Youth Tournament and a School Sport Australia National Championship into one integrated event provides significant scheduling and other benefits and savings/economies to both entities and participants alike.Dates: Wednesday 12th September 2018 – Saturday 15th September 2018Location: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Caloundra QLDMore Information: Click hereNational Schools CupThe National Schools Cup (NSC) features the best U15 school teams from around Australia, competing to be crowned National School Champions.Teams have qualified for the NSC by finishing in the top four of their respective state School Series events.The NSC is another key junior pathway and commercial opportunity for Touch Football Australia, that will be expanded in future years.Dates: Wednesday 12th September 2018 – Friday 14th September 2018Location: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Caloundra QLDMore information: Click herelast_img read more

10 months agoHull boss Adkins warns Premier League suitors of Bowen price

first_imgHull boss Adkins warns Premier League suitors of Bowen priceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City boss Nigel Adkins insists Jarrod Bowen won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap.Bowen has been scouted by a host of Premier League clubs including Spurs, Everton and Brighton, plus Leeds, who he scored twice against at the weekend.Adkins wants to keep Bowen and is not under pressure to sell.He said, “We’re not looking to sell. The owners have said we don’t need to. However, we all know what football can be like.”Jarrod has scored 14 last season, he’s got 10 this season. He’s a young English player who’s exciting and has got flair. Who knows what will happen?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoEverton eyeing Southampton right-back Cedric Soares

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton eyeing Southampton right-back Cedric Soaresby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are eyeing Southampton right-back Cedric Soares.The Sun says Everton are hot on the chase for Cedric.The Toffees are preparing a £15m bid for the Portuguese defender, after Marco Silva dropped Seamus Coleman for their most recent game with Leicester on New Year’s Day.“After his injury it’s always the same, if the guys who play in your position do it well you are out and you have to wait,” said Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.“At the moment he stands behind. If he gets a chance he must show he deserves to play.” last_img read more

a month agoThe Week in Women’s Football: Exclusive interview with world-class Venezuela international Deyna Castellanos

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorTim Grainey FollowShare the loveHave your say The Week in Women’s Football: Exclusive interview with world-class Venezuela international Deyna Castellanosby Tim Graineya month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis week, Tribal Football.com talked to Deyna Castellanos, the Venezuelan international, about where she intends to play professionally once her college career ends in a few months, her hopes for the Venezuelan national team in the future and her social media presence along with her ambassador role for FIFA.Deyna Castellanos, the Venezuelan international, is a world class star who is finishing her collegiate career this season at Florida State University this fall and then will turn professional. Castellanos has been capped at the youth and full national team level and is now a senior at Florida State University, which won an NCAA title in 2018; she is one of the favorites to win the college national player of the year award (MAC Herman Trophy). Castellanos scored 19 goals (second in the NCAA) in 2017 and the second-most goals scored in a single season in FSU history, trailing only Mami Yamaguchi’s 24 goals in 2007. (Yamaguchi went onto a professional career in Sweden with Umea and Halmstad, in Japan with Nippon TV Beleza and Okayama Yunogo Belle, in the States with the WUSA’s Atlanta Beat and played with her national team, where she was in late consideration for the 2011 Women’s World Cup team that won the title. Yamaguchi now plays in the semiprofessional United Women’s Soccer League for AFC Ann Arbor near Detroit, Michigan). Besides an outstanding collegiate career, Castellanos has compiled a plethora of awards on the international stage. She was a FIFA Best Female Player of the Year Top 3 Finalists (2017), when she was selected as a finalist over Sam Kerr who had set an all-time and single season goal scoring mark that season for Sky Blue FC as well as key goals for the Matildas, drawing the wrath of Megan Rapinoe—which typically is a sign that you have arrived on the international scene when Rapinoe turns her vitriol on you. Rapinoe said at that time, “The award just doesn’t hold a lot of weight when you’ve got someone on the list ”ve never heard of. It signals to us and it signals to the rest of the world that FIFA doesn’t really care.” It is quite disingenuous of Rapinoe, one of the self-proclaimed leaders on women’s football in the world today, that she hadn’t of heard of her. If she still doesn’t know of Castellanos, she will over the next year or two after she turns professional.” The final list was compiled from input from national team coaches, national team captains, media representatives and fans, with each group getting a one-quarter weighting.Castellanos became just the third current NCAA student-athlete to be a top 10 nominee for the FIFA Best Female Player of the Year Award, after two Canadians—Christine Sinclair (2002) from the University of Portland and now Portland Thorns in the NWSL and Kadeisha Buchanan (2015) from the University of West Virginia and now Olympique Lyon, while Castellanos was the first to be among the top three award finalists.She was also a top 3 finalist for the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year when she was with the Venezuelan U-17’s at the Women’s World Cup in Jordan in 2016. Her goal against Cameroon from the center circle was outstanding and she won the Bronze Ball and Bronze Boot in that tournament. She was the only female scorer among the 10 goals in consideration for the award and made the final three along with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke, who at the time was with Baroka FC and is now with TS Sporting in South Africa. Castellanos scored five goals in seven games at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, earning Bronze Ball and Bronze Boot honors, as Venezuela finished fourth for the second consecutive time—in 2014, she was tied for the Golden Boot award on 6 goals with her teammate Gabriela Garcia (who now plays with Deportivo de La Coruna in Spain). Castellanos now holds the all-time record for scoring in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with 11 goals. She also led all goal scorers with 7 in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics (for developing nations) as Venezuela won the silver medal. In addition, she scored four goals against Bolivia in the Copa America Femenina 2018 (a 8-0 win), which doubled as the 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifiers, but Venezuela finished third and out of WWC race with WWC finalists Argentina and Brazil in their group.Deyna Castellanos in action for FSU. Photo Source: Courtesy Florida State University AthleticsFlorida State is now 4-0-2 (W-T-L) with the two defeats coming in narrow losses on the road to UCLA (2-1) and USC (3-2 in overtime) on August 29 and September 1 respectively, with Castellanos scoring her club’s second against USC from a long-range shot into the top left corner of the net. She discussed the importance of those matches, even though FSU lost both games, “[It is] for when we get to, later in the season, to know what to do to be perfect; it is very important for us to be playing against these teams.” She particularly cited the more physical play that they encountered in their western trip as different as what they face typically in their region.When asked about where she intended to play club soccer after her college season ends later this calendar year, considering between the U.S.-based NWSL, Europe and South America, she had no hesitancy when she said, “My goal is to go to Europe after the season. [I’m] not focused on any [specific] countries right now.” When asked why Europe is her target she said that, “The best soccer is there; I like the possession soccer that they have and the style and it is more like my style of play—the ball on the ground, passing and dribbling—that is why I am going to Europe.”Since she is still in college, NCAA rules prevent student-athletes from signing contracts with clubs or even with agents until their college season is finished, when seniors then can start that activity. She explained that in terms of finding an agent—for which we have seen huge growth recently in the women’s game—and ultimately a club, “When that moment comes. I will see how I will handle it; for sure probably a lot of teams will reach out when they know the season is over.”When asked what Venezuela needs to do to improve their national team performances and perhaps make the 2023 expanded Women’s World Cup, she replied, “Venezuela needs more support from our federation, from our government, from all the people who have the money and have interest in our job and support it.” Most of Venezuelans from 2018 Copa America Femenina side are currently playing abroad and many play in the Colombian league.Castellanos is also known for her 1.2 million followers on Instagram, an incredible number and streets more than some well-known actors and actresses. She explained, “I post about soccer, who I am and what I do. I am honest and transparent with my social media. Having a very big platform will open many doors when I finish school.” She explained that she has had social media fans from all over Venezuela since she was 14-year-old. When she arrived in Tallahassee, Florida for school when she was 17, she had 200,000 followers, gaining 1 million in three-plus years. She has done this work on her own as again, due to NCAA rules, “I can’t have people helping me.”Deyna Castellanos (in maroon) for FSU. Photo Source: Courtesy Florida State University AthleticsShe also has added to her visibility abroad as a FIFA Ambassador at the 2018 Men’s World Cup in Russia, 2019 Women’s World Cup in France and 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, “I was a [FIFA] Legend, how they call it, promoting the World Cup and posting on my experiences. They give you courses and you prepare yourself and I want to be a reporter so they had me do interviews to people in Russia and posted them on social media in Spanish, [focused on] the female side of the men’s World Cup.” During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, she explained that she conducted interviews with players, retired players, coaches, fans and even with the current FIFA President Gianni InfantinoInfantino launched the FIFA Legends program in 2016 shortly after his election as President of FIFA, “to bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football.” The FIFA website states that, “The organization aims to reconnect with the roots of the beautiful game and the players and coaches that have helped write the history of the world’s most popular sport, through the FIFA Legends Programme. It is a programme, not a title or a hall of fame, designed to bring together former top players and coaches from men’s and women’s football to promote and support football and its wider mission around the world.”Deyna Castellanos wants to be a journalist as a career. She is intelligent, fluent in Spanish and English, and will do well in her field, but she first will grace the football fields of Europe and continue to drive the improvement of the Venezuelan national team program, has she has done for years at the U-17 level. She also has huge potential to be a modern marketing force with her social media presence and can cut across markets and deliver access for companies for global programs at a level which only a few women players can do at only a domestic level (Alex Morgan, and Sam Kerr are some pan-national exceptions). She has had a strong career so far in American soccer through her four years at Florida State and it will be interesting to see how her career progresses in Europe. A television reporter who is based in Europe and has covered the last three Women’s World Cup said that Castellanos will have a huge impact at the European Club level and that many teams will be vying to sign her to a long-term deal and build their side around her skills. Before she goes to Europe, she has a college season to finish and it will be interesting to see if she leaves for Europe with a second College Cup title to add to her international awards. She is definitely on the way to being an internationally recognized star, at the level of England’s Lucy Bronze (who went to the University of North Carolina for one year), France’s Wendie Renard, the Netherlands Vivianne Miedema, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg and Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd of the U.S. It will be interesting to see how Deyna Castellanos progresses in her various interests over the next two years but we will be hearing of her exploits on the field and likely in sponsorship and advertising roles with companies in the seasons to come.Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women’s football. Get your copy today.Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey last_img read more

Ohio State Wideout Mike Thomas Trashes Alabama’s Strength Of Schedule

first_imgurban meyer hugs michael thomas during ohio state's win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Michael Thomas #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with head coach Urban Meyer after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When the College Football Playoff rankings come out Tuesday night, Ohio State will likely be left on the outside looking in – mostly due to the team’s loss to Michigan State two weeks ago. Alabama, meanwhile, will likely find itself either at No. 1 or No. 2, depending upon what the committee thinks of Clemson’s questionable defensive performance against South Carolina. Both teams are 11-1 this year.That doesn’t sit well with Ohio State wideout Mike Thomas, who thinks that Alabama’s strength of schedule is overrated. Thomas posted a graphic of Alabama’s entire slate this year, which features only two games against teams that are currently ranked. Check it out:if everything was based on strength of schedule…. #shhhh pic.twitter.com/GKvUoYgJLD— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 30, 2015Strength of schedule argument aside, if Alabama wins the SEC, the Crimson Tide will be in the playoff. Ohio State, meanwhile, can’t win the Big Ten, considering the Buckeyes aren’t even playing in the league’s title game. Ohio State, as we noted yesterday, needs a few things to happen to slide back into the playoff. Alabama losing to Florida would be a good start – we know Thomas would enjoy that.last_img read more

Oklahoma’s Loss To Iowa State Costs Man $162,930 Payday

first_imgIowa State fans storm the court after beating Oklahoma.Iowa State Court Storm Iowa State Court StormIowa State Court StormWhen No. 19 Iowa State knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma last night, it did more than cause a shake up in the upcoming rankings. It cost one man a very large payday.  According to ESPN, a bettor in Las Vegas was a Sooners victory away from capturing $162,930 in the William Hill sportsbook’s multi-sport progressive 15-team parlay. Instead, he walked away five dollars poorer, unless he hedged his bet (we hope he did). A bettor at the William Hill sportsbook at the Downtown Grand Casino was one win away from turning a $5 wager into a $162,930 payday. The bettor needed a win by No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 19 Iowa State on Monday night to complete a 15-leg parlay and win William Hill’s multisport progressive jackpot.[ … ]The bettor had already picked 14 straight-up winners over the weekend. The selections were the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in the NFL; Villanova, Virginia Commonwealth, Baylor, North Dakota State, Florida, San Diego State, Cal Poly, Creighton and Wisconsin in college basketball; and the San Jose Sharks in NHL action.This is the definition of a gut-punch. To be that close, and end up seeing it all fall apart in the final minute (literally) is brutal. Whoever this bettor is, we feel for you, man. That’s not quite as good as having $162,930 in your pocket, but it counts for something. [ Barstool Sports ]last_img read more

Too old?! Ageist Chelsea won’t do better than Higuain

first_imgBefore selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, the biggest mistake Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had ever made in the transfer market was allowing Claude Makelele to join Chelsea.In the summer of 2003, the French defensive midfielder was seeking a pay rise that still would have only seen him earn half as much as his compatriot, Zinedine Zidane.In an embarrassing show of ignorance, Perez utterly dismissed the merits of a player who was integral to how Real were playing at the time and deemed Chelsea’s offer of £16.8 million for a 30-year-old far too good to turn down. 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? “He wasn’t a header of the ball and he rarely passed the ball more than three metres,” the Santiago Bernabeu supremo smugly reasoned. “Younger players will arrive who will cause Makelele to be forgotten.”The stupidity of the sale has never been forgotten, though, at least not in Madrid. Bizarrely, it seems they have shorter memories at Chelsea, with whom Makelele won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup during six successful seasons at Stamford Bridge. How else to explain the Blues’ ageist and self-defeating policy of nothing more than one-year deals for players aged 30 or over?Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has already publicly admitted he would scrap the restrictive stance if he could, given it has caused consternation with several members of his squad seeking contract extensions, including Willian, David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas, who has just departed for Monaco, leaving the Blues without a back-up for playmaker Jorginho.More importantly, the west London club’s reluctance to invest in players the wrong side of 30 is also frustrating the manager’s attempts to add some badly-needed firepower to his team, in the shape of Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine turned 31 last month and, as well as being put off by the complexities of negotiating a deal with two clubs – Juventus own Higuain but he joined AC Milan last summer on loan for €18M (£16m/$20m) with a view to a permanent transfer for €36m (£32m/$40m) – his age is clearly an issue for Chelsea. Their caution is understandable, of course. Higuain’s very best years may well be behind him. Furthermore, in England, he is primarily known as a mentally fragile player who misses big chances in big games (a.k.a. the reason why Messi has never won a major international tournament).Such a reductive appraisal does Higuain a great disservice. We are talking about one of the most prolific strikers of the past decade.Gonzalo Higuain Serie A Top Scorers PSIndeed, since he first arrived in Europe in 2006, only Lionel Messi (369), Cristiano Ronaldo (343) and Edinson Cavani (232) have scored more goals than Higuain (214) across Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues.He has proven himself even more prolific than compatriot Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (202), who joined Atletico Madrid at the same time that Higuain linked up with Real. Higuain may be 31 but there really isn’t any other striker on the market with such a pedigree, as underlined by Real Madrid and Barcelona’s struggles in finding a new forward.Frustrated by the fees being asked for even Genoa’s half-season wonder Krzysztof Piatek, the European champions have simply given up the chase, while their Catalan rivals have postponed the search for a Luis Suarez successor, and instead settled on an understudy, with Cristhian Stuani the leading candidate. The latter may be 32 but he is in form and affordable, thus making him the best option for Barca. The same goes for Chelsea with Higuain. In a winter window highlighting a dearth of promising young strikers, a forward with Higuain’s recent record (the top scorer in Serie A since touching down in Italy in 2015) represents an excellent option.However, it is not really about whether the stats suggest that Higuain is the right man for Chelsea. The point is that manager Sarri believes that Higuain is the right man for Chelsea.And, if Chelsea believe that Sarri is the man to create a stylish and successful side at Stamford Bridge, then they must back him in the transfer market, particularly when it comes to addressing their biggest failing at the moment.Alvaro Morata has failed dismally to score regularly in the Premier League, thus jeopardising Chelsea’s hopes of a return to the Champions League and only strengthening the belief he is not mentally strong enough to be the leading man at a major club.Of course, some will argue that Higuain suffers from the same syndrome. But nobody knows better than Sarri how to get the very best out of an equally complicated character. Gonzalo Higuain Maurizio Sarri PSHiguain has long been known as an awkward player to manage. Even his agent and brother Nicolas has acknowledged that the forward is “introverted”.Therefore, it was a bold move by Sarri to tell Higuain on the first day of Napoli’s pre-season training camp at Dimaro in 2015 that he was only playing at “70 per cent” of his potential.”You’re too lazy,” the straight-talking, chain-smoking Tuscan declared. “If you don’t change your attitude, you won’t become the best centre-forward in the world.”Higuain responded by changing his diet, losing four kilograms (eight pounds) and scoring 36 times in 2015-16, thus breaking the goals record for a single Serie A season.It was a stunning achievement but Sarri wasn’t surprised. “If he doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or in the future, then it’ll be all his fault,” he reasoned. “He’d be a right ****head.” The Ballon d’Or looks unlikely to happen at this stage but not because Higuain is not a bad guy, as Sarri well knows.Gonzalo Higuain Maurizio Sarri PS“Up until now, he has projected an image which isn’t in line with his character,” he argued. “He’s not only the best striker in the world, he’s also a man with genuine feelings.”Gonzalo can be a bit sensitive and it shows. But it’s enough to strike the right chord with him.”Sarri clearly failed to do that with Morata but he would clearly have no such issues with Higuain, who has previously praised the Italian for providing him with “peace of mind”.It is not in the least bit surprising, then, that he is so keen on a reunion with Sarri after being shunted out of Juventus by the arrival of Ronaldo and then being left bitterly frustrated by Milan’s maddeningly fluctuating form.Sarri, for his part, would be getting a striker that he has the utmost faith in, one capable of providing the goals that Chelsea need to secure a top-four finish. In that sense, Higuain would be worth the investment. His age may be an understandable concern. But countless thirty-somethings have proven inspired signings in the past: from Makelele and Gianfranco Zola at Chelsea to Higuain’s fellow Argentine attackers Gabriel Batistuta and Diego Milito, at Roma and Inter, respectively.To paraphrase the old adage, if you’re good enough, you’re young enough. As Florentino Perez has now twice found to his considerable cost.last_img read more

Allegri accepts red card after Juve defeat

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri conceded his dismissal in Juventus’ Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat to Atalanta was the correct decision as he stated his belief the result had been “in the air”.The Bianconeri suffered their first domestic loss of another excellent campaign on Wednesday, sensationally losing 3-0 as Allegri’s men saw their hopes of a fifth successive Serie A and Coppa double undone by an Atalanta side playing some of the most exciting football in Europe under Gian Piero Gasperini.Timothy Castagne opened the scoring for Atalanta and Duvan Zapata made it 2-0 six minutes before half-time, a goal that was followed by Allegri being sent to the stands after a heated exchange with the fourth official. 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? Zapata rounded things off with his second of the night and 20th of a superb season late on following a defensive mix-up, with Allegri accepting this performance had been coming after they needed a late fightback, which featured a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, to beat Lazio at the weekend.”They were right to send me off, as I was losing my temper at the time,” Allegri told Rai Sport. “This result was in the air for a while, frankly. We had players coming back from injuries, others who were out. You can recover one or two games from a negative situation, but you’re going to lose eventually.”It’s nothing to get dramatic about, as it was just an off day. Atalanta fully deserved to go through and had more verve about them.”It’s disappointing for us to go out, but it was mad to think Juventus could’ve won every single match this season. We really gave some goals away tonight.”I don’t see it as any alarm bell to be worried about, because it is impossible to win every game. We wanted to win the Coppa Italia for the fifth time in a row, but Atalanta were very physical and aggressive, so congratulations to them.”I think a lesson like this can be of use to a team. Last season, we drew with Crotone with a real struggle and then fell to Napoli. You rescue one, you rescue two, you’re going to fall eventually.”We were simply out of steam. It can happen after such a long successful run. We’ve got Parma on Saturday and they are really strong on the counter-attack too. Mario Mandzukic will be back on Saturday, Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic were back tonight. There are those who kept us afloat thus far.”Gasperini had a differing assessment, telling Rai Sport: “Something extraordinary happened this evening, seeing as even the most optimistic fan could not have foreseen such a victory. “We met Juve quite a few times and only ever got draws, so it was tough to even hope for a 3-0 result. It’s immensely satisfying, as doing this against Juventus gives it even more significance.”I could not have asked for more and I don’t just mean the result, but also the passion, the style of football, the quality. People think Atalanta just run hard and that’s it, but there’s more to it.”On Zapata, who has scored 17 goals in his last 10 games, he added: “He is a fantastic centre-forward and doing extraordinary things. If he continues like this, he’ll be considered among the top strikers in Europe.”last_img read more

‘Rodri will be great as he has holding midfielder hair!’

first_imgPep Guardiola is expecting Rodri to be an “incredible” addition for Manchester City, with the 23-year-old hailed for having no tattoos and holding midfielder hair.The reigning Premier League champions spent big over the summer to bring the Spain international onto their books.The club’s transfer record was smashed in completing a €70 million (£63m/$79m) agreement with Atletico Madrid . 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? Rodri has been acquired as a proven option for the present and future, with the intention being that he will slip seamlessly into Guardiola’s treble-winning squad from 2018-19.He will also, in time, be charged with the task of becoming a long-term successor to Fernandinho in the middle of the park.Guardiola is tipping a player who has an old school air about him to be an immediate success, telling BT Sport : “Rodri will be incredible for us.“He doesn’t have tattoos or earrings. His hair, he looks like a holding midfielder! A holding midfielder must be like this, think about the rest [of the team].”Rodri has already helped City to capture one piece of silverware in 2019-20, with Liverpool edged out in a Community Shield penalty shootout.Rodri Manchester City 2019-20He was then handed a first Premier League start in a season opener against West Ham.The hope is that he will help the Blues to cement their domestic dominance in English football, but Guardiola insists nobody at the Etihad Stadium is getting carried away in trophy-chasing quests.He said when quizzed on the club’s efforts to complete a hat-trick of Premier League title triumphs: “We will try. We have to be a little better than the last season. I think we will need to have about 90- points to be champions“I don’t speak to the guys about needing to win the Premier League. We think about what is next. You focus has to be close.”Guardiola has helped to turn City in a global superpower during his three seasons in Manchester and is hoping to leave a legacy which will be talked about for years to come.He added: “Since I arrived here, and right now, I am not pretending to build the best.“If maybe in five, 10, 15, 20 years people can talk about what we have done, then ‘wow’.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sydney knife attack: Ex-Bury player is citizen arrest hero

first_imgFormer Bury footballer Paul O’Shaughnessy and his brother Luke have been hailed as heroes after helping to bring down a knife-wielding attacker in Sydney.Local police have confirmed that a 21-year-old woman was killed on Tuesday afternoon and a 41-year-old woman was hospitalised with stab wounds when an unidentified man started attacking people in Australia’s biggest city.Police and ambulance services were quick to respond on Tuesday afternoon, but members of the public had already taken matters into their own hands. 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? O’Shaughnessy, who once turned out for struggling League One outfit Bury, was among those to approach the man in question and subdue the blood-covered attacker.The 37-year-old told The Guardian that “extremist” slogans had been shouted before adding on the distressing incident: “We just finished lunch… we’re just based on King Street and we have a window slightly open so we can hear noise and traffic.”And we heard a lot of shouting which was now obviously the attacker, and my brother opened the window even more and he said, ‘mate, there’s a guy wielding a knife’.”Our immediate reaction was, right, let’s go and help, if he’s wielding a knife. So we went down the escalator, ran out, and you could see all the public on this side of the road and we were like, ‘Where is he?'”Could see a little bit of blood so we knew he’d done something with that knife, so we just ran after him basically and people were shouting, ‘He’s down that way’.”In our heads we were saying to each other, ‘Be careful, be careful,’ and we were asking witnesses, we were saying, ‘What has he got, is there anything else?’ ‘Nah, it’s just a knife’ – so that made us press forward even more because you can tackle someone if it’s like that, not if he’s got a gun or whatever.Just witnessed incredible bravery from members of the public and ⁦@FRNSW⁩ officers chasing down a man on a stabbing rampage in Sydney’s CBD. He is now under arrest. ⁦@7NewsSydney⁩ pic.twitter.com/wNKatejHVp— Andrew Denney (@Andrew_Denney) August 13, 2019″So we went straight over, we got him near a cafe down near George Street. There was one guy already tussling and we just kind of like… everyone just jumped on the guy.”The attacker was eventually contained with cafe chairs and milk crates, with O’Shaughnessy adding: “He had blood on his hands and he was shouting radical things which I don’t want – I don’t think the world needs to see that kind of divide because, for me being a religious guy, I don’t think that is religion in any way from what I know of all the different religions.”I’ve always been that type of guy that I’ll analyse it a bit and see the risk but we’re also raised by good parents who were like, ‘Help people’, and that’s what we do. We have jobs where we help people and, without sounding heroic, helping people is the primary driver and then afterwards you’re like, ‘Holy, what have we just done there, that was a dangerous thing to do’.”But honestly it just didn’t enter into my head and I know definitely with Luke because Luke was straight in there and I just analysed the situation and, you know, as a brother he was my major concern. I was like, ‘Luke, be careful, be careful’. He was just on him and that was it then.”Sydney police subsequently asked people to avoid the area and said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attacks.last_img read more

From Sane & Bale to Perisic – Bayern’s doomed superstar search

first_imgBayern Munich’s search for a new winger began a long time ago. They knew it would not be easy either.The contracts of veteran duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were both due to expire at the end of the 2017-18 season. However, with Kingsley Coman deemed little more than a squad player because of his form and fitness struggles, the pair were given one-year extensions in order to allow Germany’s most successful side more time to acquire adequate replacements out wide.Serge Gnabry returned from loan last summer to bolster Bayern’s ranks but they still wanted to sign another winger as part of the succession plan. 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? Canada’s Alphonso Davies, 18, arrived in January and played six games before the end of the season. Bayern had also tried to land another teenager during the winter window but their public pursuit of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi ended in embarrassing failure.As a result, Bayern began their 2019-20 campaign with just three wingers: Coman, Gnabry and Davies. Only Coman started the dismal DFL-Supercup loss to Borussia Dortmund a fortnight ago.Gnabry was absent with a thigh injury, meaning Thomas Muller played in his place, while Davies began on the bench. Even when the latter was brought on midway through the second half with Niko Kovac’s side trailing to Paco Alcacer’s 48th-minute opener, Bayern looked blunt and Dortmund eased to victory adding a second goal through Jadon Sancho just minutes after Davies’ introduction.Gnabry was badly missed on the day. He has been a real success story at Bayern, surpassing expectations following his move to the Allianz Arena from Arsenal.Initially signed by Werder Bremen, and then permanently by Bayern, he scored 10 league goals on loan at Hoffenheim in 2017-18 and matched that tally last term, after finally getting his chance to shine in Munich.Coman netted just six times, but injury meant he played just 21 matches – nine fewer than Gnabry. Of course, that came as no surprise. Coman has never managed to feature in more than 23 league games in a single campaign during his entire career because of various ailments.This should have put further pressure on Bayern’s bosses to find a new winger, especially after club president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic used the media to court Hudson-Odoi in January only for Chelsea to refuse his transfer request. The England international later injured his Achilles tendon, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.Callum Hudson-Odoi, ChelseaWith Hudson-Odoi off the market, Bayern turned their attentions to Leroy Sane: a young and exciting winger who would have been as big a coup for Bayern as Robben 10 years previously. The 23-year-old is considered one of the game’s biggest and brightest stars, and has been frustrated by a lack of game time at Manchester City.However, Bayern’s hopes of landing Sane were hindered by Kovac publicly describing the Germany international as his “dream player”, which upset chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and then completely dashed by the attacker suffering an ACL injury in the Community Shield clash with Liverpool earlier this month that is likely to rule him out until 2020.That left Bayern in a bind. In fairness, they did manage to sign a winger this week – just not one anything like their previous targets.Ivan Perisic has arrived from Inter on a season-long loan that also contains a purchase option for €20 million (£18.5m/$22.5m).He brings Bundesliga experience, having played for Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg before moving to Serie A, but is 30 – just five years younger than Robben – and is nothing like either Hudson-Odoi or Sane as a player.Perisic is a short-term option for a team who should be building for the future.Coman’s persistent injury problems and Davies’ inexperience mean that even after signing Perisic, Bayern remain in the market for another winger. Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech, 26, fits the bill in terms of attributes and age, but he has now signed a new deal in Amsterdam after losing patience with Bayern.”I could have waited for them, yeah. But it felt like the right moment to clarify my situation, both for Ajax and myself,” he told AD. “If a club wanted me, they could have made their move.”Of course, signing Perisic on loan means Bayern still have plenty of scope to spend big. As a result, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Barcelona duo Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have all been linked with the Bavarians, as La Liga’s two biggest clubs look to balance their books and finance a Neymar pursuit.GFX Matthaus on BaleBale’s proposed move to China may have collapsed but with Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane still planning for the new season without him, the Allianz Arena is a possible destination for the Welshman, if only for the fact that Bayern are one of the few clubs that could afford the 30-year-old.Dembele, of course, represents a younger, more attractive choice but the acrimonious nature of his Dortmund exit, coupled with disciplinary issues at Barcelona, have provoked questions over his attitude.Indeed, Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus doubts Dembele would embrace the club’s ‘Mia San Mia’ mindset.”Dembele is a high-quality football player, but I don’t believe in his mentality because I know his story from the last three or four years,” Matthaus told ESPN. “He protested to leave Dortmund and then at Barcelona, he came late to training and this is not good for team spirit.”Gareth Bale is not what Bayern Munich are looking for because of his age. He also has his problems in Real Madrid and he is not the type of player for Bayern Munich to plan for the future.”Bayern’s chances of getting Coutinho, meanwhile, depend on whether the Brazilian will be used in any potential Neymar trade and thus leaves the German club waiting on other European giants to do business before they can even make a move themselves.After the delays with Hudson-Odoi and Sane, this once again reflects poorly on the Bayern bosses, who cannot seem to get deals done quickly.Ziyech’s Eredivisie rival, PSV’s Steven Bergwijn, has also been a summer target for Bayern, while RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has long been linked with a switch to Munich. However, Bayern have yet to submit a bid for either player despite the Bundesliga season starting this weekend.Perisic, for his part, brings experience to Bayern’s wing but he is little more than a stop-gap solution to a problem that the club have been trying to solve for two years.last_img read more

Report: Kansas Has Met With NFL Assistant Coach

first_imgMemorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats.LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)An NFL assistant coach is reportedly under consideration for the Kansas Jayhawks head coaching opening.CBS Sports is reporting that Kansas has met with Los Angeles Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch about the vacancy.Fisch, 42, is in his first season on the Rams’ staff. He’s previously coached at UCLA and Michigan, among other stops.From CBS Sports:Los Angeles Rams senior offensive analyst Jedd Fisch met this week with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long about the Jayhawks’ head football coach opening, CBS Sports has learned.***Fisch is believed to be aggressively pursuing the Kansas job and has a detailed plan on how to turn around the program. His representatives are pushing potential employers on Fisch’s experience with Harbaugh, Rams coach Sean McVay and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.Several notable names have been linked to the Kansas head coaching vacancy, though it’s unclear where the Jayhawks stand with the job search.Stay tuned.last_img read more

4-Star QB To Decide Between Michigan, Tennessee On Thursday

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh is looking for a new quarterback to mentor, and may have found an ideal protege in Marietta junior Harrison Bailey. The Michigan football coach is suddenly facing opposition from an upstart SEC team though.According to GoVols247 editor Ryan Callahan, Bailey’s recruiting decision is expected to come down to either the Michigan Wolverines or Tennessee Volunteers.Via the Knoxville News Sentinel:“It is pretty clear that it’s down to Tennessee and Michigan,” Callahan said. “If you’d ask people about a week ago, I think the consensus was that Michigan was probably the favorite, even though he has been to Tennessee more the past few months.Harrison Bailey is scheduled to make his college decision on Thursday afternoon:On Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 2:45pm in the Marietta Performing Arts Center; I will be announcing my college decision. Any media who wish to attend, please contact Coach Richard Morgan at Marietta High School. #HB5@MHSFBFAMILY @Mansell247— Harrison Bailey (@HBailey_05) November 15, 2018Callahan noted that while the Wolverines have been the favorite for a while, the Vols have become a contender in recent days.“While the perception was maybe Michigan was the favorite up until the last several days, I think Tennessee still has a legitimate shot.”Among 2020 recruits, 247Sports has Bailey as the No. 59 ranked player in the country, the No. 3 ranked Pro-Style QB, and the No. 7 overall player from the state of Georgia.The Knoxville News Sentinel report notes that Tennessee’s 2020 recruiting class does not have a QB yet, but are bringing in three-star Florida native Brian Maurer. But the Wolverines don’t have a QB for either their 2019 or 2020 recruiting classes yet.Notably, one of Bailey’s teammates, wide receiver Ramel Keyton, is already committed to Tennessee for 2019.[Knoxville News Sentinel]last_img read more

Betting Odds Predict When Nick Saban Will Retire From Alabama

first_imgNick Saban crossing his arms.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Washington Huskies at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)At 67 years old Nick Saban is one of the oldest coaches in college football. While he certainly looks like someone who can coach forever, Father Time is undefeated, and sports books are taking bets as to when Saban finally hangs up his headset.Per AL.com, the sports book MyBookie has created a prop bet on when Saban will retire. As of writing, the lowest odds are for “After the 2025 season” at +175, with approximately 36.4-percent implied odds. Saban will be 73 at that time.The highest odds are for “After the 2019 season” at +700, while “After the 2026 season” comes in at +650. There’s hardly any chance that Saban would leave after next season, while expecting him to play until he’s 74 may be a bit of a stretch.The odds are about the same for “After the 2021 or 2021 season” (+350), “After the 2022 or 2023 season” (+300), and “After the 2024 season” (+300). Saban recently underwent hip replacement surgery, but seemed to recover from the procedure almost immediately. Aside from that, he has been in very good health for a man his age.Coaches like Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden managed to coach into their 80s, but found very little success in their final years.A school like Alabama – even despite having won countless accolades under Saban’s watch – likely wouldn’t let him stick around too long if he wasn’t producing.Of course, Saban has done nothing to suggest that his Alabama dynasty is approaching any kind of slump.last_img read more

4-Star CB, Brother Of Current Longhorn Includes Texas In Top 5

first_imgShot of the Texas Longhorns cheerleaders performing during game.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Winter Park (Fla.) four-star cornerback Ethan Pouncey holds over 20 scholarship offers. Right now though, he has cut his list down to five.Pouncey announced his top five over the weekend. It features four SEC programs and Texas.Pouncey is down to Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Texas. His older brother Jordan is currently a wide receiver with the Longhorns.This month, Pouncey has visited Auburn and added offers from Texas and LSU. What’s next 👀 pic.twitter.com/0qT0szW0jC— EVP (@EthanPouncey) June 15, 2019Pouncey is the No. 12 cornerback and the No. 26 rising senior in Florida, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He’s also the 178th-overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class.As a junior, Pouncey compiled 43 tackles, broke up 21 passes, intercepted eight and returned three for touchdowns.last_img read more

Photo: Justin Fields Celebrates His First Win At Ohio State

first_imgJustin Fields meets with the officiating crew prior to kickoff.COLUMBUS, OH – AUGUST 31: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes meets with officials before a game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ohio Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Justin Fields’ debut at Ohio State was one of the most highly-anticipated moments of Week 1. The new Ohio State starting quarterback did not disappoint.Fields opened the game red-hot, leading Ohio State to a big first half lead. The Buckeyes slowed down a bit in the third quarter, but wound up with a respectable 45-21 win over Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls.Fields’ individual numbers were tremendous. He completed 18-of-25 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns, good for a rock solid 9.4 yards per attempt.He also showed off his ability to run, with 61 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.After the game, Fields looked to be in a celebratory mood after a strong first start of his college career. From photographer Kyler Robertson:I have a hunch #1 is going to be a fan favorite this year. pic.twitter.com/amRNLLFxcx— Kyle Robertson (@KRobPhoto) August 31, 2019Fields famously transferred to Ohio State after one season at Georgia, where he played behind Jake Fromm. Fields was the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2018 class, behind only Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and was considered a similar-level college prospect to the national title-winner.After making the move, and being granted immediate eligibility, he has his own college football powerhouse to lead, under new head coach Ryan Day.He has the tough job of stepping in for Heisman finalist and first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, who lit it up for the Buckeyes in his lone season as starter. It is very early, but so far it looks like Justin Fields is up to the task.Ohio State has a tougher match-up in Week 2, with former OSU coordinator and interim head coach Luke Fickell returning to Columbus as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincy is coming off of an impressive win over UCLA.last_img read more

College GameDay Announces Its Week 5 Destination

first_imgLee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay announced this evening its destination for Week 5 of the 2019 college football season.The beloved college football pregame show is heading to Lincoln, Nebraska.The 3-1 Huskers are set to host 4-0 Ohio State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.ESPN’s College GameDay announced following Nebraska’s win at Illinois that it’s heading for Lincoln next weekend. “See you next week, Lincoln!”See you next week, Lincoln! 🌽@OhioStateFB 🆚 @HuskerFBNation(📍 @HomeDepot) pic.twitter.com/mqtELDCqrk— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2019Nebraska has disappointed through four games, though the Huskers – a preseason top 25 team – are still 3-1 heading into a huge home game.Ohio State, meanwhile, is 4-0 and has looked dominant, blowing out each of its opponents.This should be a fun one in Lincoln next Saturday night.ESPN’s College GameDay will air from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

Honda CB300R deliveries start, new range of official accessories introduced

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 13:11 IST A customer taking the delivery of Neo Sports Cafe inspired Honda CB300R in Gurugram.HIGHLIGHTSThe deliveries of Honda CB300R have begun in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Gurugram and Delhi.The company has introduced new accessories, including 16 independent options and four customised kits, for Honda CB300R.Honda CB300R is available for sale in India through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route.Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has commenced the deliveries of Neo Sports Cafe influenced CB300R. The deliveries have begun in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Gurugram and Delhi. Honda CB300R was launched in India on February 8, 2019, at an introductory price of Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom).While the deliveries in other cities will start soon, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has introduced new accessories, including 16 independent options and four customised kits, for CB300R. The company had claimed that in just 25 days since the start of bookings in January 2019, Honda CB300R was booked for over three months based on the two-wheeler manufacturer’s current production plan.”Indian middleweight biking enthusiasts welcomed the Neo Sports Café inspired Honda CB300R with a lot of enthusiasm. Overwhelmed by the response since its launch in February, we have revised our production plan to meet the additional demand,” Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing Yadvinder Singh Guleria said in a statement.Following are the 16 official accessories now available with Honda CB300R.– Crank case cover– Radiator cover– Kitaco under guard– H2C washer set– Kit fuel lid pad– Handle grip weight– Oil brake cap– Oil brake cap rear– Handlebar clamps– Frame bolt– G craft headlight mask– Kitaco short rear fender– Oil filler cap black– Rear service stand H2C– Air valve cap– Bike body coverCustomers can also choose from four customised kits now available with Honda CB300R.advertisement– Premium kit– Protection kit– Standard kit– Sports kitHonda CB300R is available for sale in India through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. The middle-weight segment motorcycle is the company’s third ‘Make in India’ model under the CKD line-up. Inspired from CB 1000R, the new bike is available in two colour options — Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red.HondaCB300R gets a 286cc, DOHC, four-valve, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine with PGM-FI technology that produces 31 bhp and 27.4 Nm of torque. The engine’s interior has a two-room structure for increasing acceleration efficiency. The company is also claiming the best-in-class torque-to-weight ratio for the bike. The motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox, with a multiplate wet clutch. The motorcycle features disc brakes both up front and at the back. It gets dual-channel ABS.The new frame on Honda CBR300R mixes pressed and tabular steel and is anchored by pressed steel swingarm pivot plates. These are complemented by 41mm USD front forts. It also gets fat bar-style handlebars.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue first design sketches unveiled, might be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 11 lakhALSO READ | Jawa, Jawa Forty Two official mileage figure announcedALSO READ | 2019 Suzuki Intruder launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.08 lakhGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow new bikeFollow 2019 bikeFollow 2019 Honda bikeFollow sports bikeFollow 2019 sports bike Honda CB300R deliveries start, new range of official accessories introducedEarlier, the company had claimed that in just 25 days since the start of bookings in January 2019, Honda CB300R was booked for over three months based on the two-wheeler manufacturer’s production plan.advertisementlast_img read more