TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Zinchenko agent leaves door open to Man City exitby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Oleksander Zinchenko admits he’s still frustrated over his status at Manchester City.The Ukraine international has won great praise from City manager Pep Guardiola this season, though is eager for regular football.Agent Alan Prudnikov told Radio Marte: “It’s still not enough to be happy, but the situation is better than two months ago, he’s played three games in the Champions League, we appreciated these chances he’s had, he needs this to grow, we are always open for possible solutions for the boy.”But City does not want to sell him because they need him, but we remain at the window to listen to other proposals, especially for the summer.”
Big Sam: Why would Pochettino bother with Man Utd?by Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England coach Sam Allardyce has taken another dig at Manchester United.He claims Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would reject Old Trafford if there was a vacancy.Speculation around Pochettino’s future has increased as United and Tottenham struggle this season. But Allardyce said: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.“At the moment, Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.“It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’, but has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 7: Denzel Ward #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes hits Taivon Jacobs #12 of the Maryland Terrapins after a reception in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Ward was ejected from the game after being assessed a targeting penalty for the hit. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The most grueling workout of the year for the Ohio State football program takes place today. The Valentine’s Day Massacre, held the day before the holiday each winter, is led by Buckeye strength coordinator Mickey Marotti, Urban Meyer’s right-hand man and one of the major reasons why the OSU football team seems to get stronger as the season goes on. The workout has been completed by some players, and it’s fair to say they’re pretty worn out. Man that workout was too real— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 13, 2015Walking around like a zombie— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 13, 2015Massacre completed.— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) February 13, 2015You know it’s a real workout when an hour and 15 mins has passed and you still can’t see straight…. #Gains— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) February 13, 2015Just got massacred Valentine’s Day style— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) February 13, 2015We out here hunting while yall sleep— Jalyn Holmes (@JayHolmes_) February 13, 2015The realist workout I have ever done in my life…still can’t walk straight #ValentineMassacre— Jashon Cornell (@JayRock_9) February 13, 2015Valentine’s Day massacre… Keep grinding.. Stay prayed up— Tracy Sprinkle (@TSprinkle93) February 13, 2015Valentines day workout got him all types of sad!! #Massacre #BadDemeanor pic.twitter.com/CZwWYUrC1p— Dylan Thompson (@BRONCODE59) February 13, 2015Happy Valentine’s Day Massacre everyone!!— Kyle Berger(@K_Bergs) February 13, 2015I’m hurt hibernation mode after class. St. Valentine’s Day massacre lived up to all the hype once again. #GoBucks— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 13, 2015 There are many reasons why Ohio State has become one of college football’s top programs under Meyer. The strength program led by Marotti is one of the main ones.
Twitter/@chengelisIt’s official: no one is more of a Michigan Man than head coach Jim Harbaugh. Tonight, while leading fans on a tour of Forest Hill Cemetary to see the graves of Michigan legends, Harbaugh smashed a buckeye nut with a hammer next to Bo Schembechler’s grave. No one has ever done anything more Michigan than this.Jim Harbaugh also smashed a buckeye with a maize hammer at the foot of Bo Schembechler’s grave: pic.twitter.com/AWdLt6swic— Derick Hutchinson (@Derick_Hutch) November 25, 2015Harbaugh smashing a buckeye after speaking to the group on the walk to visit graves of Bo, Yost and Ufer pic.twitter.com/uPgt8tKfQt— angelique (@chengelis) November 25, 2015Before that, he led a prayer and a rendition of the fight song for Chad Carr, the grandson of former UM head coach Lloyd Carr who tragically passed earlier this week.Jim Harbaugh led the fight song and the Lord’s prayer (for Chad Carr) here at Bo Schembechler and Yost’s graves. #UM— Derick Hutchinson (@Derick_Hutch) November 25, 2015Jim and Jack Harbaugh spoke to the UM fans at Bo’s grave tonight as part of the walk to Bo, Ufer and Yost’s graves pic.twitter.com/10ubFPGc35— angelique (@chengelis) November 25, 2015I didn’t think it was possible for Jim Harbaugh to endear himself even more to UM fans, but he’s found a way to do just that.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde warned against underestimating the Madrid teams in this season’s LaLiga after his side beat Getafe 2-1 to go five points clear at the top of the table.On a day when second-placed Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Sevilla and Real Madrid suffered a 2-0 home defeat against Real Sociedad, Barcelona edged a tight game at Coliseum Alfonso Perez to open up a gap on their rivals.Memorable first-half goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez put Barcelona in charge before Jaime Mata scored in a brave Getafe fightback, but the champions proved too strong for Pepe Bordalas’ side. 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? Valverde’s future at Camp Nou had been the subject of speculation in the week leading up to the game and, having delivered a result that leaves his position and the Blaugrana’s title defence looking all the more secure, he issued words of caution.”It has been a hard match,” Valverde told reporters. “We knew it would be as well.”We withstood the challenge and picked up more points than those behind us.”For us it was crucial to be focused. Getafe is a strong rival and pressured us a lot. We have to recognise that they had chances too.”One very good reason to go to sleep happy tonight pic.twitter.com/S7yJlfDd0f— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2019Getafe are seventh in the table, just five points behind fifth-placed Real Madrid, whose chances of pushing Barcelona for the title appear to be fading.Valverde underlined Getafe’s quality while indicating that he felt the title race remains open.”Getafe is an uncomfortable rival for Barca and for anyone,” he said. “They are experts in winning second balls. They are a hard and difficult team, as the table reflects.”I don’t think too much on the rest of the results. I think about what we have in front of us and never rule out the teams in Madrid or the rest.”Valverde’s opposite number Bordalas lamented the decisions that went against his side, who had a goal ruled out in the ninth minute.Getafe could have been playing against 10 men after Arthur appeared to connect an elbow with Angel Rodriguez’s face but the Barcelona midfielder escaped with only a booking.Mata also missed a glorious opportunity to equalise after rounding Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and Bordalas said: “The feeling is bittersweet.”We have had occasions: one goal annulled, a possible red card. We feel very much harmed.”We made a great match. It is true that they have Messi, the best player in the world, but all in all I think that we have been able to play in the match.”We had clear chances that we could not take.”
Arsene Wenger’s presence at Arsenal could help the club to attract top transfer targets, says Charlie Nicholas, with the Gunners urged to consider bringing an iconic former boss back to the club.After 22 years of loyal service in north London, a legendary Frenchman walked away from Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2018.Unai Emery was appointed as his successor and charged with the task of returning Champions League football to the club. 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? He failed to deliver on that remit last season and is reported to have been given a limited budget with which to try and strengthen his squad.Getting deals over the line is proving to be tricky, amid links to the likes of Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, but Nicholas believes Wenger could aid the cause.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports Transfer Talk Podcast: “Sometimes I like to throw one [an idea] in every now and then, like we all do.“It’s not just because I’m trying to be controversial but Arsene Wenger has been out of a job for a long time.“Now, Arsenal tried to keep him as a director of football or on the hierarchy because he can help guide us in case there was trouble that was going to be there for the club.“Bayern Munich have had [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge and [Franz] Beckenbauer, Man Utd have Alex Ferguson, Liverpool have King Kenny Dalglish.“We missed out on that because Arsene said he wanted to take a break. But he’s been out of a job a long time.“I would have simply have said: ‘Well, why don’t you go after Arsene Wenger?’.“Wenger still knows the game inside out and people will say ‘well, he wanted to leave Arsenal’.“Yeah he did at that time as a manager, it was painful because he felt hurt and damaged. But I still think he loves the club.“If Arsene Wenger sits in a room with these different players that we are trying to attract, if he’s sitting in a room representing Arsenal Football Club, I think we’d get more of a say and more of a feel that they can generally attract these players.”Wenger has opened the door for a return to English football to be made, but claims to be in no rush to find another role after enjoying 12 months away from the dugout.
A new Premier League campaign comes with a new season of Soccer Saturday, where the likes of Jeff Stelling and company keep you updated on the 3pm scores in the Premier League, Football League and beyond every Saturday afternoon.Here’s all you need to know about Soccer Saturday.What is Soccer Saturday?Soccer Saturday is a weekly television programme aired on Sky Sports during the course of the football season. 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? The show airs exclusively on Saturday afternoons with the bulk of the programme dedicated to covering the “3pm football blackout”, where broadcasters are forbidden to televise top-flight matches from 3pm to 5pm.The football blackout follows the rule that no Premier League, Football League or FA Cup matches be broadcast on live television on Saturday between 2:45pm and 5:15pm. Games may be played on that day and on that time, but they are forbidden to be televised – with Saturday televised kick-offs mostly occurring at 12:30pm or 5:30pm.This rule has been implemented to encourage the attendance of lower-league games.And so, from 12pm each Saturday, Soccer Saturday gives running coverage and live commentary of the 3pm matches provided by the studio pundits, graphics showing updated live scores as well as insight by correspondents at the scattered football grounds across the country connected to the studio by video.High-profile incidents, often occuring in the Premier League, are described out loud by the studio panel who watch the events unfold through their own individual monitors.For the final 45 minutes of the programme the studio pundits discuss and recap the games they have been watching, and post-match interviews with players and managers are shown.Who are the Soccer Saturday pundits?Soccer Saturday has been presented by Jeff Stelling since 1994 (under its former name of Sports Saturday).The regular team of pundits and studio analysts include Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas.How can I watch Soccer Saturday?Soccer Saturday is available to watch on Sky Sports News.What time is Soccer Saturday?Soccer Saturday airs from 12pm and lasts for up to six hours. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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)Stetson Bennett transfer update: the Georgia preferred walk-on is officially leaving Athens. Bennett, a lifelong Georgia fan, found himself behind incumbent starter Jake Fromm, who led the team to the national championship game last season, and No. 2 recruit Justin Fields on the depth chart. He believes he is good enough to start for an FBS club.Kirby Smart revealed that the redshirt freshman was considering a transfer earlier in the week. Bennett served as scout team quarterback last season, and really impressed the coaching staff, and was set to be the third-stringer for the Bulldogs this season. There was also a chance that he’d be placed on scholarship.Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, whose unit had to face Bennett every week in practice, was effusive in his praise of the young quarterback. From The Telegraph:During the postseason, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was complimentary of Bennett’s ability to challenge his unit on a daily basis.“Stetson Bennett is a beast, man,” Tucker said. “Stetson Bennett puts a lot of pressure on our defense because he is extremely quick, he’s fast and he can throw. He can throw in the pocket and he can throw on the run, and he’s very, very competitive.”Now, the Stetson Bennett transfer is official.Bennett reportedly called the decision “the toughest of his life.” DawgNation spoke to him about the transfer:“The dream is to play,” Bennett said. “It was cool being at Georgia. I loved sharing those moments at Georgia last year but the dream is to play. It just wasn’t the same growing up a boy who wanted to play at Georgia if you are not out there. That’s the thing. It was cool. I would love to be the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia. But just being there and being on the team. That’s not good enough for me.”“I’m going to go play somewhere,” Bennett said. “I think that’s evolved to more of the dream than just being somewhere at a place because you grew up loving it. I think now the dream is to go play and go win championships somewhere. That’s what I feel like. I am going to go chase that dream now.”Bennett was a relatively unheralded high school recruit, but did have offers from schools like Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss, as well as some Ivy League options. Instead of looking at programs like that, he will go the junior college route, and hope to expand his options.He says head coach Kirby Smart has even assisted him in finding some good junior college options.“It was really nice,” Bennett said. “That just showed me more of what I already knew about Coach Smart. That showed me even if I wasn’t going to be here that he still cares about me and whatever I’m going to turn out to be.”[…]“I’m thinking somewhere in Mississippi,” he said. “I am going to take some visits out there. Or I already have visited them. I’m thinking it might be Jones Community College or Gulf Coast Community College.”This Stetson Bennett transfer has a much bigger impact than your average walk-on leaving a program. It leaves a very big hole in the depth chart behind Fromm and Fields, the program’s only two scholarship players at the quarterback position.[DawgNation]
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been injured since the spring, unable to take part in much of the Crimson Tide’s activities. Here’s the latest on his status.Tagovailoa appears to be recovering well. He was reportedly back throwing at a private QB camp.CBS Sports reports that Tagovailoa looked fine.“Rising sophomore Tua Tagovailoa — the hero of the 26-23 overtime win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship in January — appeared fine at the “QB Retreat,” which is an offseason quarterback camp hosted by private coach Steve Clarkson. He missed the majority of spring practice with a broken finger suffered in the first practice of the season,” CBS Sports reports.Video of Tagovailoa can be seen below:Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa out here @steveclarkson #TheQBRetreat in Palisades. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/yhUT0p6Yel— The Nation. (@SportsRecruits) May 26, 2018Alabama is expected to have one of the most-heated quarterback competitions in the country this fall, but it was unable to really take place in the spring due to Tagovailoa’s injury.We’re back with it now, though. It should be a good one.Alabama is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Louisville.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Flag members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers perform before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football will play a 12th game after all here in Scott Frost’s first season. The team’s season opener against Akron was canceled during a bad storm in Week 1.The Huskers are adding a team from the FCS ranks to their schedule: Bethune-Cookman.The Wildcats shared an open date with the Huskers on Oct. 27, making it a logical match. The team only had 11 games scheduled.Nebraska’s football’s game against Bethune-Cookman was announced moments ago.Via Nebraska:“Our great fans and our football student-athletes deserve a full schedule, and we are glad to be able to provide an additional game on Oct. 27 against Bethune-Cookman,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “We appreciate the patience of our fans through this process. While there may be some conflicts on what was originally a bye week, we know Memorial Stadium will be packed to watch the Huskers on a fall Saturday.“I would like to thank Bethune-Cookman for their great cooperation as we put this agreement together. Athletic Director Lynn Thompson and Head Coach Terry Sims are excited to bring their team to Lincoln, and we look forward to their visit.”The school will add the Bethune-Cookman game to the season ticket package, and those who had Akron tickets will be eligible to receive a ticket through the ticket office.Bethune-Cookman will receive $800,000 for the trip. This game eliminates the Wildcats’ bye week, but the team wraps up its 12-game schedule on Nov. 17. Last week, the Wildcats lost their lone FBS game to Lane Kiffin and FAU, 49-28.Nebraska is 0-2 on the year, with close home losses to Colorado and Troy. The team heads to Ann Arbor to face Michigan on Saturday.[Nebraska]
At the conclusions of each week of the college football season, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit shares his thoughts on Twitter regarding which teams and players impressed him the most over the weekend.This afternoon, Herbstreit tweeted out his top five team and individual performances from Week 5. His No. 1 team isn’t a surprise.Herbstreit tabbed his alma mater, Ohio State, as the top team performance of the weekend. He’ll get grief from some people accusing him of being a homer, but you can’t really argue with that pick.The Buckeyes went into Happy Valley and overcame a double-digit deficit in the final eight minutes to win 27-26. The victory over Penn State puts Ohio State in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East.Here are the five teams that impressed Herbstreit the most:Ohio StateKentuckyNotre DameOregonVirginia TechMy performances of WEEK 5Team 1-@OhioStateFB 2-@UKFootball 3-@NDFootball 4-@oregonfootball 5-@VT_Football Player1-Chase Young @OhioStateFB 22-Trace McSorely @PennStateFball 3-Kyler Murray @OU_Football 4-Eno Benjamin @ASUFootball 5-Travis Etienne @ClemsonFB— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 1, 2018As you can see, the top two player performances on Herbie’s list came from the Ohio State-Penn State game. Defensive end Chase Young was a monster all night, while Trace McSorley ran and passed wild to keep Penn State in contention.Looking ahead to Week 6, two of Herbie’s top five teams from this week play each other. Notre Dame travels to Virginia Tech for an 8 p.m. ET game Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In the aftermath of Ohio State’s 49-20 loss to Purdue that knocked them out of the Top 10 in the college football rankings, the analysts for FOX Sports gave their updated rankings for the College Football Playoffs.Robert Smith, Dave Wannstedt, Matt Leinart and Joel Klatt all agreed that Michigan, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Alabama would be No’s 4-1 in that order.The addition of Michigan makes sense. The Wolverines control their own destiny in the Big Ten – if they win out the regular season and claim the Big Ten Championship, there’s no reason they won’t be a playoff team.Brady Quinn and Tim Brando, however, did not feel that the Wolverines would be going to the playoffs. Instead, the pair though that LSU would make it..@NDFootball, @ClemsonFB and @AlabamaFTBL are locks through Week 8. Meanwhile, @UMichFootball and @LSUfootball battle it out for that 4th Playoff Picks spot. ? pic.twitter.com/x8k0BkKSI7— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 25, 2018Quinn had LSU at No. 4 and Notre Dame at No. 3, while Brando had those two reversed.LSU have a slightly harder path to the College Football Playoffs. Having lost to Florida already, the Tigers would need to beat Alabama on November 3rd and/or win the SEC Championship afterwards in order to have a chance.Ultimately, all six analysts held firm that Clemson would be No. 2 and Alabama would be the ultimate winner at No. 1.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: Herbie Husker awaits the arrival of the team before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The Nebraska Cornhuskers are not staying quiet on National Signing Day. They already have the one of the top recruiting classes in the country and look poised to add even more big players on Wednesday.Among those players is Westbury Christian School OL Brant Banks, who made his commitment to Nebraska official today.Brant Banks has officially signed with the #HuskersHere’s his Signee Spotlight giving you even more information on the newest Nebraska recruit https://t.co/8mzcCvdWl5 pic.twitter.com/gbkJs8xHsb— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) December 19, 2018247Sports rates Banks as a three-star OT prospect. He is ranked No. 1002 in the nation, No. 85 among all OTs, and No. 131 from the state of Texas.Banks is a mammoth of a human being at 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds. However, as the Omaha World-Herald reported, Banks is going to start out with the team as a converted defensive end instead.Most schools recruited Brant Banks as an offensive lineman, but he’ll start out as a defensive end with the #HuskersAnd he’ll enroll early so he’ll be in Lincoln for spring practices https://t.co/hTzEcPvHph— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) December 19, 2018247Sports has the Nebraska Class of 2019 as the No. 23 recruiting class in the country, and the No. 4 recruiting class in the Big Ten.As of writing, the Cornhuskers have only four 4-star recruits coming in next year.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With Tua Tagovailoa firmly entrenched as Alabama’s starting quarterback next year, former starter Jalen Hurts chose to enter the NCAA’s “transfer portal” earlier this week. That doesn’t mean he’s transferring just yet – but it does mean he’s looking into it.In the few days since, there has been plenty of speculation regarding where Hurts could wind up. One school appears to be emerging as a favorite.Friday morning, Miami officially hired away Alabama assistant Dan Enos – bringing him on as its new offensive coordinator. Enos worked with Hurts a great deal at Alabama.Now, CaneSport.com is reporting that Hurts is expected to visit Miami this weekend.Miami’s pursuit of transfering Alabama QB Jalen Hurts could continue Sunday with a visit to Coral Gables. See https://t.co/Pl5q2WnOUE for details. https://t.co/UTf4la7cFy— CaneSport (@CaneSport) January 11, 2019Hurts, a two-year starter at Alabama, lost his job in the national title game a year ago to Tagovailoa. While he saw some action this year, Tagovailoa was the team’s starting quarterback.If Hurts does choose Miami, it could influence where Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell lands. If Martell is eligible to play in 2019, he likely won’t want to sit behind Hurts at Miami.We’ll know more after this weekend.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With only a few days remaining until the opener against Houston, the Oklahoma football team has one last formality to complete: Naming the captains. .On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Football Twitter account revealed the four captains selected for the 2019 season. Among them was newly-minted Oklahoma starting quarterback Jalen Hurts.The former Alabama quarterback joined the Sooners as a grad transfer this offseason. He clearly made an impression on Lincoln Riley, winning the starting job, and earning a captain’s mantle.The other three were defensive lineman Neville Gallimore, offensive lineman Creed Humphrey, and linebacker Kenneth Murray. Chosen by us, to lead us.2019 Captains:@Path2Greatwork@creed_humphrey @JalenHurts @Kmurrayy_9 #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/vG09KNoD1o— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 28, 2019In his first two seasons, Hurts led Alabama to an SEC title and two appearances in the College Football Playoff. He was the SEC Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 2016.But after being benched at halftime of the 2018 national title game, he lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa.Rather than ride the bench again for the 2019 season, Hurts opted to transfer, and has now joined the program that has produced the last two Heisman Trophy winners and No. 1 overall draft picks.Hurts will get his first chance at showing off his skills and leadership this Sunday against Houston.
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WADA retrieves more than 2,000 samples from tainted Moscow labWADA voted last September, amid widespread protests, to conditionally restore RUSADA’s accreditation as long as it allowed inspectors access to the Moscow lab and data to which it had long been deniedadvertisement Next Reuters MoscowMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 12:11 IST WADA said in a statement a 5-person team retrieved 2,262 samples from the laboratory (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWADA said in a statement a 5-person team retrieved 2,262 samples from the laboratoryAll samples are currently being sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory outside of RussiaThe Russian Anti-Doping Agency was suspended in 2015 following a WADA-commissioned reportThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday it had retrieved more than 2,000 samples from a tainted Moscow laboratory that will be used to strengthen cases against athletes who may have cheated.WADA said in a statement a five-person team retrieved 2,262 samples from the laboratory, which had been split into A and B samples contained within 4,524 collection bottles.All samples targeted in advance of the mission were located and extracted and are currently being sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory outside of Russia.”These samples will be used to strengthen cases against those who may have cheated and may exonerate athletes who have not committed an anti-doping rule violation,” WADA Intelligence and Investigations Director Gunter Younger, who is leading the process, said in a statement.WADA also said the authentication process of the Moscow data it extracted in January, one of the final hurdles to be cleared in the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) conditional reinstatement, is close to completion.According to WADA, a progress report on that process will be sent in early May to the independent Compliance Review Committee and an update will be presented at the May 15-16 WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings in Montreal.WADA voted last September, amid widespread protests, to conditionally restore RUSADA’s accreditation as long as it allowed inspectors access to the Moscow lab and data to which it had long been denied.RUSADA was suspended in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report outlined evidence of systematic, state-backed doping in Russian athletics. Another report the following year documented more than 1,000 doping cases across dozens of sports, notably at the Winter Olympics that Russia hosted in Sochi in 2014.advertisementAlso Read | WADA lifts suspension on Russia’s anti-doping agency but with conditionsAlso Read | Indian cricketers providing whereabouts details to WADA since 2017For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow WADAFollow RUSADAFollow Doping
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 13:04 IST Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected the Vice President of the Badminton Asia Council (BAC).The 50-year-old got 35 votes from a total of 40 polled on Saturday.”The BAI President is making his foray in the continental committee and we are sure it will help the BAI to get added support from the Asian body and work to develop badminton in the region,” said BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania.BAC President Anton Subowo also appointed BAI Secretary (Tournaments) Omar Rashid as the Deputy Chairman of Badminton Asia’s Development Committee.Sudhakar Vemuri will also assume charge as BAC Technical Committee’s Deputy Chairman.Also Read | Pullela Gopichand blames hectic calendar for shuttlers’ poor run in 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Badminton Association of IndiaFollow Badminton Asia CouncilFollow Himanta Biswa Sarma Next Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia CouncilAssam’s health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was last year unanimously elected the Badminton Association of India president.advertisement
French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaWhile Rafael Nadal, chasing a record-extending 12th title at French Open demolished German qualifier Yannick Maden in straight sets, Kei Nishikori needed 4 sets to beat local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second-round match on Wednesday.advertisement Associated Press ParisMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 20:18 IST Nadal will be up against 27th-seeded David Goffin in the third round of French Open 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal eased into the 3rd round after 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win7th seed Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens posted straight-set winsAnother German qualifier named Yannick, another easy win for Rafael Nadal.Chasing a record-extending 12th title at the French Open, Nadal posted a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Yannick Maden on Wednesday to reach the third round of the clay-court Grand Slam.Nadal lost only six games in the first round against Yannick Hanfmann. He was on the verge of doing even better on Wednesday but lost focus briefly in the third set and dropped his serve twice.”That’s just about concentration,” Nadal said. “Because the feeling on the match has been positive. Positive thing is, every time that I (made) the mistake, then I had the break again, and that’s the good news.”In the next round, Nadal will be up against 27th-seeded David Goffin.Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas also advanced, making it to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time. The Greek player overcame a slow start to beat Hugo Dellien of Bolivia 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.Also, seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.Muguruza, Stephens posted straight-set winsIn the women’s draw, former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins to progress to the third round.On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Seeded 19th this year, Muguruza won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 when she upset Serena Williams in the final. The Spanish player is expected to face tougher opposition in her next match against ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who progressed to the third round without hitting a shot.advertisementSvitolina was set to play 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova but organizers said the Ukrainian player withdrew with a virus.Stephens, who lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final, needed a bit more time to defeat gritty but error-prone Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 7-6 (3).In a match that featured 11 breaks of serve, Stephens could not hold on to a 3-0 lead in the second set and Sorribes Tormo twice had the opportunity to level at 1-set apiece on her serve. A turning point came in the 11th game when the 22-year-old Spaniard hit two consecutive double-faults to drop serve.The seventh-seeded Stephens hit a series of winners in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with a backhand down the line.”Just decided to keep it exciting, to play a bit longer on that court,” Stephens joked. “I missed it from last year.”Also Read | Rohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenAlso Read | French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev survive 1st-round scaresAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Kei NishikoriFollow French OpenFollow Roland Garros 2019Follow Jo-Wilfried TsongaFollow Sloane StephensFollow Garbine Muguruza Next
World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar close to playing a big knock for us, says Virat KohliWorld Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan but has failed to impress with the bat as he managed scores of 29 against Afghanistan and 14 versus the West Indies.advertisement Press Trust of India BirminghamJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 19:34 IST Vijay Shankar has failed to impress with the bat. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has backed Vijay Shankar to score a good knockVijay Shankar had replaced Shikhar Dhawan in India’s squadShankar scored 29 against Afghanistan and was involved in a 50 plus stand with his skipperPutting his weight firmly behind under-pressure Vijay Shankar, skipper Virat Kohli Saturday said the all-rounder is very close to playing a defining knock for India in the World Cup.Kohli’s vote of confidence ahead of the England game means that Rishabh Pant will have to wait to get his first game.Asked about his assessment of Shankar, Kohli said, “It’s a strange one because he had a decent game against Pakistan. I think against Afghanistan on that pitch he looked really assured. Shot selection, again, we discussed with him for that game. Last game, again, he came out, he looked really good, and he got a beautiful ball from Kemar Roach.”Shankar scored 29 against Afghanistan and was involved in a 50 plus stand with his skipper.”So you can’t really sit down and pinpoint things. But I personally felt he looked really solid. There’s not much that needs to be tinkered. Sometimes in cricket you just need a bit of luck to get over from 30 to 60, and then you play a defining knock for the team.”He’s very close to that, and we’re very confident he’s going to end up playing that kind of knock for us,” said the world number one batsman.He did not read much into Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s slow strike-rate in the previous couple of games and Kohli once again reiterated that the former skipper “knows what he’s doing”.”I don’t think that he’s ever been a cricketer that’s ever had the need to be told what exactly he needs to do,” he made his point clear.advertisement”What we experience and what we know inside the change room is the most important thing to us, and we have total belief in him (Dhoni), and he stood up for the team many times, especially if you look at this calendar year and the kind of performances he’s given. I don’t think it’s fair to point out one or two performances which anyone can falter with the bat,” Kohli was certainly not pleased with the criticism aimed at Dhoni.The middle-order issues remain and Kohli’s defence for the under-fire number 4, 5 and 6 is “lack of balls due to good show from the top-order” on most occasions.”Look, that discussion is always going to go on because we’ve had such a strong top order that these guys have hardly had a chance to bat. When they bat, out of four times, if once or twice it doesn’t come off, then we feel like, oh, it’s not a strong middle-order, but we overlook the times that it has come good,” he added.”If you look at the first three games that we played, the contribution was absolutely fine. We were getting 300 plus, and no one said anything. We were like, oh, this is an amazing batting order.”Then one game where we could not accelerate as much, everyone says that maybe it’s not as strong,” he made his displeasure clear.However this argument from the skipper doesn’t hold much ground since the groundwork in most occasions was done by Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli, himself.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni must bat at No. 4, says Dean JonesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Dear Virat and Ravi, please don’t drop Vijay Shankar, tweets Kevin PietersenAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Indian cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow Vijay Shankar Next