10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: Super sub Hazard made difference

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: Super sub Hazard made differenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe accepted the class of Chelsea matchwinner Eden Hazard after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Chelsea.Substitute Hazard struck in the 84th minute for Chelsea’s winner.Howe said, “Hazard always has a habit of scoring against us, he’s a quality player who made the difference tonight.”He’s a nice sub for them to bring on, we knew we were going to be tested but when you go against the best that’s the best way to judge yourselves.”Hazard has got such good feet in tight areas that can swing a game, but we should be pleased with the positives from our display.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba still frustrated over contract talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba still frustrated over contract talksby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba remains in the dark over new contract talks.The former Valencia man is keen on a renewal which will bring him in line with some of the club’s higher earners such as Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets and talks have been ongoing.However, speaking after his side’s win over Eibar, he offered some clarity on the latest developments.”Everything is still the same for me, I have a year left on my contract and I don’t know what the club thinks,” he explained.”I’m calm.”They have to see if they want to renew me and when they do want to renew me if that is the case.”I want to stay here as this is the club that I love and have always supported, but it depends on them.”For me, I can only control my own performance which I think has been good, but I don’t expect anything from anyone.” last_img read more

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18 days agoWolves winger ​Traore delighted hard work paying off after Man City brace

first_imgWolves winger ​Traore delighted hard work paying off after Man City braceby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore expressed his delight at helping his side to a 2-0 win over Man City away from home.Given their league position going into the game, few expected Wolves to put up a fight at the Etihad.However, Traore scores two goals through Raul Gimenez assists to give his side the points in the Premier League clash on Sunday.Speaking about the result and his contribution, Traore told the club website: “I’ve been working with the manager and with everyone, not only in the aspect of defending, which I know is an important thing with Nuno, but I have worked so hard in offensive things.”I know my speed and my dribbling, but I must have the end product, and I have to keep working on that. But I’m so happy to help the team, I think not only me, all the team worked so hard today and I’m so happy to keep winning and keep pushing.”The important thing is the spirit we have – we fight until the end.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Liverpool nemesis Vardy the PL’s best big-game striker

first_imgIf Liverpool are to maintain their strong position at the top of the Premier League this week, they will need to silence the man who has caused them more problems than most in recent years.Jamie Vardy arrives at Anfield on Wednesday evening seeking to extend a remarkable personal record against the Reds. The Leicester striker has scored in each of his last five appearances against Jurgen Klopp’s side, home and away.In fact, only two men, Andrew Cole and Thierry Henry, have scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool. Vardy has seven in eight appearances, and has scored seven of Leicester’s last 10 in the fixture. He can equal Henry’s tally with a goal in this game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The former England international was suspended when the sides met at the King Power Stadium back in September, a game Liverpool won 2-1. The 32-year-old will be back at Anfield, and will hope to cement his reputation as one of the best big-game forwards around.The evidence is compelling. Since the start of Leicester’s miraculous title-winning season of 2015-16, Vardy has played 40 league games against ‘big six’ clubs, scoring 26 goals. He scored at the Emirates, the Etihad, Anfield and Wembley last term, and he has already netted at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge this time around. He is, as they say, no respecter of reputations.His record compares to anyone. In the same period, for example, Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in 34 ‘big six’ league games, while Sergio Aguero has netted 13 times in 30. The likes of Romelu Lukaku fare even worse, while even the prolific Mohamed Salah couldn’t match Vardy’s total of 11 goals against the big boys last season. Salah managed seven, albeit in two games fewer.“I don’t know why [Vardy] has such a good record against us,” said Klopp when asked by Goal on Tuesday, though he joked the striker’s record should have “minus one goal”, referring to a strike at Anfield two seasons back which was put on a plate by Lucas Leiva.“Did he get an assist for that?” Klopp smiled. “I would have scored that goal!”Still, there is clear respect and admiration from the Liverpool boss, who recalled another Vardy strike against his side, an outrageous long-range volley at the King Power during Leicester’s title campaign in January 2016.“The best one he scored was that one,” he said. “He was just past the halfway line and he shot, right? Yeah, that was a good year for them!”Jamie Vardy Leicester City LiverpoolLiverpool head into this game with at least one defensive headache to deal with, though it might have been worse. Virgil van Dijk should shake off a recent bout of illness to start and Dejan Lovren is fit to return if needed, but Klopp has a decision to make at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold injured and James Milner suspended.Fabinho looks the likeliest option, though at his press conference on Tuesday, Klopp hinted, perhaps mischievously, that he may even look to change system, which would bring the teenager Rafa Camacho into the equation as a wing-back. A gamble, by anyone’s standards; the 18-year-old made his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Crystal Palace in Liverpool’s last fixture.Whoever is selected, though, will need to beware the threat of Vardy, whose relentless running gives Leicester a dimension many teams in the Premier League’s middle and lower reaches lack. Liverpool’s defence has been rock-solid in the league this season, but they had trouble with Wilfried Zaha last time out, and Vardy is similar enough in that he thrives on space in behind and counter-attacking opportunities. And, unlike Zaha perhaps, he has the work ethic to force mistakes even when things are not going his way.“It’s quality, the speed he has, the finishing skills he has,” Klopp said. “Jamie is a fantastic striker, one of the best in the league, and you can see that each fibre of his body is really ready for this decisive situation. He always waits for the balls over the shoulder. He’s involved more in defending than he maybe was in the past, but it doesn’t make him easier to defend to be honest.James Maddison Jamie Vardy Leicester City 01122018“He’s a massive threat, and he always was, but he’s not the only one in that team. [James] Maddison, wow, really, really good player, not only from set-pieces, he’s a fine footballer. [Demarai] Gray, [Ricardo] Pereira, [Marc] Albrighton….they’re just a lot of either experienced and well-tuned, or very skilful and quick players, and with [Ben] Chilwell on the left side, up and down, up and down. They’re a very dangerous opponent.”Manchester City’s shock defeat by Newcastle on Tuesday night gives Liverpool the chance to bring an end to a testing January by going seven points clear at the top of the table.And keeping Leicester’s main man quiet this evening will be high on their list of priorities, you can bet. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Mariano wants Real Madrid stay despite Monaco interest

first_imgWhile Real Madrid are continuing to offload players this week, one departure that is not expected is that of striker Mariano Diaz despite interest from Monaco, Goal has learned.Thursday brought confirmation midfielder Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on a season-long loan, while Jesus Vallejo is close to joining Wolves on a temporary deal, and reports continue to link Jorge Mendes with negotiating James Rodriguez’s exit to Napoli.It might be expected Mariano would follow, given he has not featured in either of the club’s first two pre-season matches, against Bayern Munich and Arsenal respectively. 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? His lack of appearances were a message of what to expect this season, where playing time is likely to be scarce behind Karim Benzema and new €60 million (£54m/$67m) signing Luka Jovic.Furthermore, as the Gareth Bale situation has shown, head coach Zinedine Zidane will not bend on using players who are not in his plans for the season.Yet, Mariano remains determined to stick his original plan for the summer which dates back to the end of the season – staying at Real Madrid.The 25-year-old striker believes he still can succeed at the club, even despite the Jovic signing and Madrid theoretically giving his No.7 shirt to big-money signing Eden Hazard, though the club have not asked Mariano to surrender his number.Injuries have been a major factor in Mariano’s struggles to establish himself at Madrid as he scored just three goals in 13 La Liga appearances last season.But he does not want those fitness issues, which he believes are behind him, to ruin his dream of success at the capital club, and feels he is closer to the form he showed with Lyon in 2017-18, when he scored 18 goals and added four assists with Lyon.And another Ligue 1 side, Monaco, have been interested in bringing the striker back to France, even before the recent issues in their attempted transfer of AC Milan’s Andre Silva.Indeed, Mariano has multiple suitors, as many clubs, including Real Betis, have inquired about his availability over recent months.But they have all found a player who wants to continue at Madrid and, at the current time, is unwilling to move on and end his second stint with Los Blancos.last_img read more

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FIFA eWorld Cup: MSDossary and NRaseck eyeing all Rogue final

first_imgIt has been an extremely busy year of FIFA esports, but the FIFA 19 season is approaching its end, culminating with the FIFA eWorld Cup.Two of the tournament favourites are reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion Mossad “MSdossary” Aldossary and Xbox sixth seed Niklas “NRaseck” Raseck. They represent esports organisation Rogue Esports, which is co-owned by world-renowned DJ Steve Aoki and also has investment from pop-rock band Imagine Dragons.Goal caught up with the duo to find out how confident they are ahead of the tournament and how they feel about having to face each other in the group stages: 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? Both of you finished in the top 10 of the Xbox FIFA Global Series Rankings, how do you feel about how your seasons went overall?MSDossary: My season until now has been pretty good, I didn’t play that many FUT Champions Cups, I won two and I was in the Xbox final of another so I think I needed to finish in a good way, especially at the FIFA eWorld Cup.NRaseck: I feel like this season was pretty good, but last season was a little bit better. Last year there were only two FUT Champions Cups and I got to the final both times, but this year I only got to one FUT Champions Cup final. So I feel like this has been the second-best season of my career but it was still really good and I’m looking forward to the grand final.Niklas, you’ve been competing in FIFA for quite a few years now and you’re still looking for that first, major trophy. What would finally winning one mean to you?NRaseck: It would mean a lot to me. I’ve been to the grand final three times now, I’ve been close to winning a trophy so many times and never did. It’s the thing that’s missing for me right now and I hope I can do it at the FIFA eWorld Cup.Are you guys feeling confident ahead of the FIFA eWorld Cup?MSDossary: I know I usually win when tournaments are in the UK so that’s given me a lot of confidence, and hopefully I can do it.NRaseck: Of course I’m really confident going into the FIFA eWorld Cup. In the last tournament, the Xbox FIFA Global Series Play-Offs, I went to the semis and showed that I can be there in the top two. I think I played a really good tournament so of course I’m feeling really confident.Are there any players at the eWorld Cup that you’re hoping to face or excited to be matched-up with?MSDossary: I would definitely like to play one of my Rogue team-mates in the final so we could get more for the team. But I’m not scared of anyone, I will just see how things go.NRaseck: For me, a Rogue final would be great but I also want to play F2Tekkz and beat him. One of those two, either playing one of my team-mates in the final or playing Tekkz would be amazing, I need to get revenge for the Play-Offs.Speaking of an all Rogue final, yourselves and your team-mate Goal Machine are all in Group B of the FIFA eWorld Cup. How do you feel about having to face your team-mates so early on in the tournament?MSDossary: Maybe it benefits us, we might be able to help each other like warning them about something we notice with an opponent. Three of us can make it out, if we do that and are still winning then we could play in the final and that’s something we really want and I hope we can do it.NRaseck: I think it can be good because I’m confident all three of us can get out of groups and the good thing is we won’t play each other in the first knockout round. It’s bad we have to play against each other but at the same time I think it can help us go further in the tournament and I’m also confident all three of us can do that.MSdossaryYou say you want an all Rogue final but is there a friendly rivalry there? You two faced each other at the Xbox Play-Offs with Niklas coming out on top.Niklas: I almost don’t like to play against my team-mates because I don’t really feel a rivalry. They’re friends so you don’t like to play against them in a knockout match. But in the game you have to forget about that because it’ll distract you from playing your best. The Play-Offs were the first time I faced Mossad this year and I think it was a pretty even game, I just had luck on my side and won it.MSDossary: We’re just trying to help each other, we think Rogue is the best FIFA organisation right now so we just want to benefit them.All of your hard work this year now comes down to the final tournament of the year. How are you guys preparing for the FIFA eWorld Cup?MSDossary: I’m not really doing anything special, I try to analyse my opponents and try some new tactics just to make sure I reach the top level.NRaseck: It’s kind of the same for me, I’ll play a few games to keep my level and then I’ll try to analyse the game and see what I’m doing wrong. I know there’s still a lot of things that I can do better so I’ll try to improve on that so I can reach my top level.And finally, it’s been a very busy year. You’re both very experienced FIFA players but this has probably been the biggest season of competitive FIFA yet, what do you guys think of the FIFA 19 format with the rankings and having a lot more tournaments than in previous years?MSDossary: It’s always good to see this many tournaments, especially as a player as it helps you get more teams and organisations in the scene. It’s a busy year and it’s hard for players as every one or two weeks you’re going out to other countries for events but that’s how things should be. I’ve enjoyed this year and I hope I can finish it in a good way.NRaseck: I think competitive FIFA has made a really good step this year. This season has been all about finding the top 60 players per-console whereas last year qualifying for the FIFA eWorld Cup all came down to one tournament. It’s good to have a lot of tournaments, that’s what it should be like. It’s more stressful of course but I really like it.last_img read more

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Ozil reveals the secret behind his trademark ‘chop’ finish

first_imgIt’s two apiece at the Emirates after a scintillating comeback by Arsenal.Just three minutes ago Arsene Wenger’s side were trailing Liverpool 2-0 and had looked down and out after Mohamed Salah’s breakaway goal.But the hosts have turned the game on its head, first through an Alexis Sanchez header and then thanks to a Granit Xhaka thunderbolt. 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? A stadium that had been near silent, aside from 3,000 ecstatic Liverpool fans, was now rocking – and things were about to get even better.A neat combination between Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette set the German free and as Simon Mignolet came out to meet him, Arsenal’s playmaker lifted the ball over the keeper and into the net. Delirium!That goal, which was scored in 2017, has been watched time and time again by Arsenal fans during the past two years. And it’s a goal that needs to be watched more than once to truly understand the artistry behind the finish.Most would have opted for a dinked lob over the onrushing keeper, but not Ozil. Instead he chopped down on the ball as Mignolet rushed out to meet him, directing it into the ground so that it purposely bounced over the Belgium international and into the net.On first glance you would perhaps think that it was a fluke, a miskick even, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.That is made clear by the fact that the goal against Liverpool wasn’t a one-off, it was just one of several that Ozil has scored in recent years with that same trademark finish.We saw it again last season, against Bournemouth and most recently against Crystal Palace – we’ve even seen the 30-year-old take penalties in the same unique way on the training ground.And if you go back to Euro 2012, you will find Ozil outrageously using the technique to dissect two Denmark players to pick out his international team-mate Sami Khedira with a pass.The skill is so unique to the Arsenal man that it has now become known as ’the Ozil chop’.But what is the science behind it and why, when any normal footballer would try to just lift the ball over a keeper, does Arsenal’s creator in chief often buck the trend when he goes through one on one?DAZN spoke exclusively to the 30-year-old to find out.“As a player you always want to try and discover new things,” said Ozil. “So if I think of something new I want to try it on the pitch and see how it works.“It’s always been the case that I’ve scored goals like that in training, but in games I just shot normally.“But I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s easier for me to score this way because the goalkeeper has already come out at you and if you try a chip, maybe a recovering defender can reach the ball before it crosses the line.“So with this technique you kind of eliminate that because you hit the ball harder, it then travels faster and it’s harder to stop.”Ozil grew up honing his skills on the streets of Gelsenkirchen.He would play street football, usually against children who were far older and larger than he was. But his outrageous talent got him through and helped him bridge that physical gap.So was the ‘chop finish’ something he first thought of back then on the streets as a teenager?“If I’d tried that shot on the concrete I would have ended up breaking my knee,” he joked.“It would have been a lot harder then, but now you play on these amazing pitches it’s a lot easier.“I think the people like seeing it, my team-mates do in training as well. If I score a goal in training that way they all celebrate so I think it’s just a nice shot that people like.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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James Franklin Surprised A Penn State Walk-On With A Scholarship Today

first_imgPenn State walk-on Kyle Vasey is presented with a scholarship.One of the most underrated traditions in college football is coaches surprising walk-ons with scholarships. It never gets old.The ways coaches use to announce the surprise are getting more creative each year. The videos of walk-on athletes learning they’ve been put on scholarship are priceless.Penn State head coach James Franklin gave some good news to one of his walk-ons today, long snapper Kyle Vasey.At the end of a team workout, Franklin gathered his players together and informed them that Vasey was being put on scholarship.The heartfelt reaction can be seen below.That moment when 4 years of hard work pays off…! ?⚪️Congrats, @kfv1996!!!#WeAre pic.twitter.com/CKmxF0qygL— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) June 12, 2018Vasey is a rising senior from Lackawaxen, Pa. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, Vasey started all 13 games last season as a long snapper.When he takes the field this fall, he’ll do so as a scholarship athlete.Congrats Kyle!last_img read more

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Photos: The Fan Who Went Viral Last Saturday Is Back Today

first_imgA view of fans attending a Florida Gators football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 2: University of Florida Gators fans watch the action during the game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 2, 2006 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Eagles 34-7. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A Florida fan went crazy viral in the stands during last week’s game. The Gators were taking on Dan Mullen’s former team, Mississippi State.A photo of the Florida fan – well, a photo of a couple of Florida fans – went crazy viral in the stands.Busted Coverage later identified the fan.Kelsie is the Florida Gators chomp fan who was being hit on by Crocodile Dundee during the Miss. State game https://t.co/aF0N3PESiu pic.twitter.com/RsTHpgM1LN— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) October 6, 2018Kelsie has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram and that’s a number that will likely be growing throughout the 2018 college football season.Kelsie is back rooting on the Gators today, too.She posted the following photo on her Instagram Story:Florida is on the verge of a major win today. The Gators are leading No. 5 LSU with 2 minutes to play. The game is on CBS.last_img read more

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ESPN Analyst Is Predicting A Huge Upset Today

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Week 12 of the 2018 college football season has arrived.There aren’t a ton of top 25 matchups on the schedule this week. What does this mean, usually, when it comes to the college football world? Upsets are coming.Right on cue: four ESPN reporters are picking one of the top teams in the country to fall.Four ESPN reporters have decided to pick No. 12 Syracuse to upset No. 3 Notre Dame in New York, as the game is being played at Yankee Stadium.This would be Notre Dame’s first defeat of the season. It would, in all likelihood, eliminate the Fighting Irish from College Football Playoff contention.Notre Dame and Syracuse are set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC.You can view all of ESPN’s picks here.last_img read more

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Analyst Names “Perfect” Transfer School For QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgjalen hurts during the national title game at alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts is probably playing in his final game for the Alabama Crimson Tide tonight. The junior quarterback is likely to transfer out of the program following the College Football Playoff national title game against Clemson.Several major programs have been named potential landing spots for the former Alabama starting quarterback.Where will Hurts end up?One analyst has named the “perfect” landing spot.Former college football quarterback Kenny Hill says his old school, TCU, could be the ideal place for Hurts.“Absolutely. You look at how we play offense, we have a balanced attack. You have a running game. You don’t have to put up 50 points every week. You’re going to have a defense. You’ve got one of the best defensive coaches in Coach P [Gary Patterson].“As a quarterback, there are not too many other places that can offer all of that. I think this is the perfect landing spot for anybody really,” Hill said.Happy 2019, #TCU fans!The off-season is here, and the Frogs are in the market for a grad transfer QB. So, what are the odds of Gary Patterson & Co. landing Jalen Hurts? That’s just one of several questions to think about: https://t.co/GhmX2T5Cyb— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) January 1, 2019Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, named a Big Ten school as the favorite to land him.“Hurts has a relationship with new Terps head coach Mike Locksley, who served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator this year,” Sports Illustrated writes.Hurts has refused to address any transfer talk during the season, but that’s going to have to change after tonight.last_img read more

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An Early Look At Notre Dame’s 2019 Schedule, Game Times, Channels

first_img Sept. 2 – at Louisville – 8 p.m. ET – ESPN Sept. 14 – vs. New Mexico – 2:30 p.m. ET – NBC Sept. 21 – at Georgia – TBA Sept. 28 – vs. Virginia – 3:30 p.m. ET – NBC Oct. 5 – vs. Bowling Green – 3:30 p.m. ET – NBC Oct. 12 – vs. USC – 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC Oct. 26 – at Michigan – 7:30 p.m. ET – ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 Nov. 2 – vs. Virginia Tech – 2:30 p.m. ET – NBC Nov. 9 – at Duke – TBA – ACC Network Nov. 16 – vs. Navy – 2:30 p.m. ET – NBC Nov. 23 – vs. Boston College – 2:30 p.m. ET – NBC Nov. 30 – at Stanford – TBAThe big “unknown” remaining is Georgia, but all indications is that will be a rare CBS appearance for the Fighting Irish. That should be fun, for one of CFB’s premier non-conference match-ups of the entire season. A closeup of a Notre Dame football helmet.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With three months until college football season, we got a ton of news about various schedules around the country today. Schools, leagues, and networks announced game times and info for a bunch of games, especially over the first few weeks of the season.Obviously, Notre Dame doesn’t have an official conference. The Fighting Irish have an agreement with the ACC to play a slate of games every year, but they remain an independent program.Brian Kelly’s club is coming off of a first-ever trip to the College Football Playoff. The team has a pretty tough slate coming up this fall as well.Here is what Notre Dame football’s 2019 schedule looks like as of today.There are a few games for which we don’t know the game time or network quite yet.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Show Names Team ‘Under Most Pressure’ To Win National Title

first_img Which programs are under pressure to win the #CFBPlayoff National Championship in 2020? pic.twitter.com/L2RrX7YGDN— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 3, 2019Personally, I don’t think Alabama should be in the top spot. The Crimson Tide lost some of their invincibility last season when Clemson routed them in the national championship game, but saying Nick Saban is under a lot of pressure to win it all again seems to be an exaggeration.Speaking of Clemson, they should be knocked down a few spots, at least behind Ohio State. The Tigers have won it all two of the last three years.Other than that, we don’t have too many issues with this list. Maybe Notre Dame gets moved up because it is Brian Kelly’s 10th year and they haven’t won it all since 1988?What are your thoughts on this list? Georgia's offense lined up against Alabama's defense.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A national championship is technically every team in college football’s goal at the start of a season, but only a select group of programs can realistically contend for one. That number seems to get smaller and smaller every year.Today, the Paul Finebaum Show staff ranked the top 10 teams under the ‘most pressure’ to win a national title. Their No. 1 choice might surprise you.According to the results, Alabama is facing the most pressure, followed by Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.The full top 10 is below. Remember, this isn’t solely Finebaum’s personal opinion, but the input of him and his entire staff.last_img read more

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The Game Georgia Is Most Likely To Lose, Per ESPN’s FPI

first_imgAuburn football players tackling Jake Fromm.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 10: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is stopped by members of the Auburn Tigers defense on November 10, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)College football is right around the corner. Georgia opens up its 2019 season four weeks from today.Georgia is coming off an 11-3 season in 2018. For the second year in a row, Alabama broke the Bulldogs’ hearts.Two seasons ago, the Crimson Tide beat Georgia with an improbable rally in the national title game. Last year, they did the same in the SEC Championship Game.Entering 2019, Georgia is expected to be a College Football Playoff contender once again. In order to get there and win an elusive national championship, they will probably have to beat Alabama at some point. Georgia is ranked in the top five of the recently-released preseason Coaches Poll. ESPN’s FPI projects them to be favored in all 12 regular season games this fall.Their most likely loss? At Auburn on November 16.The FPI gives the Bulldogs a 54.7 percent chance of winning that game. They are still the favorite, but that’s a lower percentage than for any other regular season matchup.Florida and Tennessee are projected to be the next toughest games games for the Bulldogs. You can see all of ESPN’s FPI predictions for them here.Georgia opens its 2019 season against Vanderbilt on Saturday, August 31.last_img read more

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Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep Dasgupta

first_img Rohan Sen New DelhiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 08:50 IST Rishabh Pant has established himself as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in Tests with is performances in Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDeep Dasgupta says Rishabh Pant will be India’s first-choice wicketkeeper even after Wriddhiman Saha returns from injuryDeep Dasgupta expects Rishabh Pant to get better with time when it comes to his gloveworkThe former India wicketkeeper also said it’s unfair to compare Vijay Shankar and Hardik PandyaRishabh Pant’s rise in international cricket, especially his ability to score big runs in tough conditions, has made it difficult for Wriddhiman Saha to make a comeback in the side but the Bengal wicketkeeper should be a part of the Test squad on the tour to West Indies later in the year, feels former India stumper Deep Dasgupta.Saha, who has been out of the Test squad since July last year due to a thumb injury, has been India’s No.1 wicket-keeper ever since MS Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format in 2014. But coming back in the side will be tough for Saha after Pant’s exploits in the format as he grabbed his chance with both hands, scoring hundreds in England and Australia.Pant has also been good with his wicketkeeping on both tours but still has a some distance to go before he can match up to Saha’s standards, who is known as the best behind the stumps in terms of technique and efficiency.Dasgupta however, picks Pant ahead of Saha in India’s Test squad when they tour West Indies in August. Speaking to indiatoday.in, Dasgupta said even though Pant is “a work in progress”, he is still the first choice in the Test side with Saha as the second option.Q. What route do you see for Wriddhiman Saha to make a comeback in the Indian team now?A. It’s like any other route, there is IPL which will happen and then you know try and come back. The most important thing is the fact that he is fit enough to play in a match situation. First you have to prove to yourself and everyone else that your fit and ready to go.advertisementQ. Do you see Saha coming back into the playing XI for the West Indies Test series or should India persist with Rishabh Pant? A. It’s going to be a tough one. What I see ahead is a good competition when he’s back. These two are according to me No.1 and 2. It’s going to be difficult for Saha, because of the way Rishabh is batting and scoring runs. If I have to pick a wicketkeeper for the first Test match in West Indies, I will start off with Rishabh. But having said that I also see Wriddhiman Saha being part of that squad.Q. Do you think his fitness was badly handled by the Indian team management?A. I don’t think the team management handled Saha’s injury badly. Every injury has its own time recuperation. You cannot push it because the moment you do that, then there is a good chance of that injury coming back. He’s been operated and a lot of care which has been taken in Bengaluru with the BCCI physios and trainers present. Ajay Ratra was appointed to help him out as well. I think he’s been looked after well.Q. What are the areas where Pant needs to improve and work on in his wicketkeeping?A. Rishabh Pant will get better with time, with more experience. He’s working on it. I was there for the semi-finals in Bengaluru and I saw him working really hard on his wicketkeeping. It’s very easy for us to say he needs to work x, y, z… but the bottomline is he needs to figure out what works for him. And that he will figure out with hard work and practice.Q. Do you think Pant is under more pressure because he’s been looked at more as a batsman in the middle-order in limited-overs cricket?A. Don’t think he is under any pressure because he is not getting to keep wickets in the limited-overs sides. At the end of the day this is what you play for. You play for the country and if a certain position is available, you try and grab that.Q. When Dhoni came on the scene he wasn’t a finished wicket-keeper, but now he’s the best in the business. What traits or qualities should Pant should pick up from Dhoni?A. Just like Dhoni, when he came into the side initially…. Even Rishabh is a work in progress. Let’s not forget he’s only 21-22. The best part of his career is ahead of him. Not just as a wicketkeeper, but even batting wise.He needs to try and figure out what works for him. When you look at MSD, he looks very unorthodox but he’s brilliant. Pant himself needs to figure out what he needs to improve on as a wicketkeeper and batsman. Nobody’s perfect but he has to find a way to figure out what works for him. Like I said, it was really good to see him working hard in Bengaluru. He was putting in those hours. And I’m sure he will figure out what works best for him.advertisementQ. Has Vijay Shankar done enough to get a place in the playing XI for the World Cup or do you still see Hardik Pandya as the frontrunner despite the controversies surrounding him?A. It is unfair to compare Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya. How I see it is Hardik Pandya is somebody who India will get 10 overs out of. If you see him since the South Africa series, more often than not he’s bowled his full quota of 10 overs.Vijay Shankar is more of a batsman who can bowl. I would look at Shankar completely differently, I would look at him as the sixth bowling option. I think the team management is also looking at him as a batsman who can bowl. He is a proper top-order batsman, Vijay Shankar.Also Read | This is special, so good to be back: Rohit Sharma posts picture with baby SamairaAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik responds to Hamilton controversy: Genuinely believed I could hit a sixAlso Read | Virat Kohli would have smashed me out of the park too: Shane WarneAlso 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 Rishabh PantFollow Wriddhiman SahaFollow MS DhoniFollow Deep DasguptaFollow India national cricket teamFollow 2019 World CupFollow West Indies vs India Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaSpeaking to indiatoday.in, Deep Dasgupta said even though Rishabh Pant is “a work in progress”, he is still the first choice in the Indian side with Wriddhiman Saha as the second option in Test cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

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Prithvi Shaw returns from injury, named in Mumbai squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali T20

first_imgPrithvi Shaw returns from injury, named in Mumbai squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali T20Prithvi Shaw had sustained the injury while fielding and subsequently missed the entire Australia Test series, which the visitors won.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 22:46 IST Prithvi Shaw has been out of action since December last year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw did not play a part in India’s 2-1 Test series win vs Australia due to an ankle injuryPrithvi Shaw scored a hundred on Test debut vs the West Indies at home last yearAjinkya Rahane will lead the Mumbai team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournamentYoung opening batsman Prithvi Shaw will be returning to competitive cricket after sustaining an ankle injury during a practice game in Australia prior to the Test series as he was on Saturday included in Mumbai’s squad for the upcoming Mushtaq Ali Trophy.The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) announced the 15-member squad for the domestic T20 tournament on its website after the senior selection committee, led by former India pacer Ajit Agarkar, met here to pick the team.India international Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Mumbai team in the T20 tournament, which will be played in Indore from February 21 to 28.Shaw had sustained the injury while fielding and subsequently missed the entire Australia Test series, which the visitors won.It was was India’s maiden Test series win Down Under.Subsequently, on his return to India, Shaw underwent a rehabilitation programme.Other batting regulars Shreyas Iyer, Siddhesh Lad, Surya Kumar Yadav and experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare have made it to the squad.The bowling attack will be led by former India pacer Dhawal Kulkarni.Mumbai, who flopped in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy, had won the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic One-day tournament, earlier in the season.Mumbai squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Surya Kumar Yadav, Akash Parkar, Eknath Kerkar, Dhurmil Matkar, Shams Mulani, Shubham Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande and Royston Dias.Also Read | Prithvi Shaw gets pep talk from Sachin Tendulkar ahead of possible return from injuryAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill should just enjoy their cricket now: Sachin TendulkaradvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Prithvi ShawFollow Mumbai cricket teamFollow Syed Mushtaq Ali T20last_img read more

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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot makes registration of FIRs mandatory

first_img Rohit Parihar JaipurMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 23:40 IST Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (Photo: PTI)Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has ordered mandatory registration of FIRs for any cognizable offence.Gehlot chaired a meeting of the state home department and said a complainant, whose FIR has been declined, would be free to lodge a complaint against non-registration of complaint (FIR) on the portal.The concerned station house officer (SHO) would have to answer that within a time bound frame.Ashok Gehlot said this would result in increase in number of FIRs. It is well known that police often turn down registration of the FIRs to keep crime figures low, but Gehlot insisted that an FIR cannot be rejected unless there is a concrete reason to do so.”However, we do feel that more FIRs means more requirement of investigations and, we have decided to have more manpower for which new appointments will be made,” he said.Accordingly, as a priority, all promotions of head constable to Inspector will be done within this financial year, he added.Besides, a thousand sub inspectors and will be appointed directly. Eleven thousand vacancies of constables will be filled.Constables and head constables will be allowed to investigate smaller offences to reduce load on ASIs, SIs and Inspectors.Gehlot doubled the police sports fund to Rs two crore. He also announced recruitments of 40 thousand volunteers from registered unemployed who will work for two years to publicise and coordinate implementation of government policies.Read | Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot inaugurates Jaipur’s 2nd government medical college and hospitalAlso Read | People believe PM Modi can do anything to win elections: Ashok GehlotadvertisementFor 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 byKoustav Das Tags :Follow Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot makes registration of FIRs mandatoryGehlot chaired a meeting of the state home department and said a complainant, whose FIR has been declined, would be free to lodge a complaint against non-registration of complaint (FIR) on the portal.advertisementlast_img read more

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We could see it from the bus: Bangladesh team manager on Christchurch mosque shootings

first_imgWe could see it from the bus: Bangladesh team manager on Christchurch mosque shootingsBangladesh cricketers were approaching the mosque when they ran back to the bus after a gunman opened fire inside the building.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChristchurchMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 12:30 IST Bangladesh cricket team members were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAt least one gunman shot and killed 49 people in two mosques in ChristchurchBangladesh cricket team members were at the Al Noor mosque when the shooting beganAs a result of the shootings, New Zealand Bangladesh boards decided to cancel the 3rd TestBangladesh cricket team manager Khaled Mashud Pilot recalled the harrowing details which took place in Christchurch on Friday and revealed how his team members and colleagues escaped unhurt after a gunman opened fire inside a mosque.At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as “a terrorist attack”.The Bangladesh cricket team members were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque on the eve of the third Test against New Zealand at nearby Hagley Oval when the shooting began.”Most of you saw what happened, it was terrible, wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else. We were really lucky, there were 16-17 of us in the bus.”Including Soumya Sarkar. We were on our way to namaaz. Just two members of the team had stayed back at the hotel. We were really close to the mosque, about 50 yards, we could see it from the bus,” Khaled Mashud Pilot told reporters on Friday.”Had we arrived 3-4 minutes earlier, we would have been inside the mosque. A massive disaster could have occurred. We watched the whole thing from the bus, like a movie, people bleeding as they came out of the mosque.”We were inside the bus for nearly 8-10 minutes, keeping our heads down in case we were shot at. Later we realised that the shooters could have inflicted more damage if they had found us inside the bus all at once, we took a collective decision to escape through the back gate,” Khaled Mashud Pilot said.advertisementBangladesh Team Manager Khaled Mashud Pilot speaks to the media following the incident of shooting in Christchurch. Blackcaps (NZC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Bord : Tigers (BCB) has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test pic.twitter.com/CH80ohDFMOBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019As a result of the shootings, New Zealand and Bangladesh Cricket Boards decided to cancel the third Test at the Hagley Oval with the three-match series ending 2-0 in favour of the home side.”Arrangements are being made for the return of the Bangladesh team home as soon as possible,” NZC said in a statement.BCB President Nazmul Hassan later told reporters in Dhaka that the team would now demand better security on all of their overseas tours.”When any foreign team comes to our country, we always ensure proper security. To be honest, New Zealand is such a country that no one expects such kind of incident there.”We’ll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future. If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go, otherwise not.”I can say that everything will change after this incident. We will set a plan from now on to ensure proper security when our team will be on tour in future,” Nazmul Hassan said.Also Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test called off: Major cricket tours affected by terror attacksAlso Read | Shocking and tragic: Virat Kohli reacts to Christchurch mosques terror attackAlso Read | A bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horrorFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Christchurch shootingFollow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow Bangladesh tour of New ZealandFollow christchurch mosque shootingslast_img read more

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Tencent kills PUBG MOBILE in China, replaces it with another game where dead players bid goodbye

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 17:27 IST HIGHLIGHTSPUBG MOBILE is currently one of the world’s most popular games.Tencent Games has pulled off the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China.Tencent rolled out a new game that does comply with the Chinese government regulations.PUBG MOBILE is currently one of the world’s most popular games. Whether for all the right or wrong reasons, the game has gathered a lot of attention. Lately, the game started facing bans from many countries, including some Indian states, on account of affecting players across all age groups. A few weeks ago, the Chinese government also changed regulations to tackle some negative aspects of games and PUBG MOBILE falls prey to it – it is dead.Tencent Games has pulled off the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China after the Chinese government required all games to eliminate blood and gore from games. According to a report from Reuters, Tencent took to Weibo announce that the test version of PUBG MOBILE is withdrawn. Therefore, players won’t be able to play or download the test version of the game.However, to counter the effects, Tencent rolled out a new game that does comply with the Chinese government regulations. Called the Game for Peace, this game is more in-line with the requirements of the new regulations. At the same time, it does eliminate the blood and gore that PUBG MOBILE had in abundance. The game is developed by Krafton, previously known as Bluehole – the same South Korean studio that developed PUBG MOBILE. Hence, the graphics quality is pretty similar to what players experienced in PUBG MOBILE.The new game also carries military-themed gameplay similar to the PUBG MOBILE. However, the overall theme falls in line with the anti-terrorism theme. For those who have been playing PUBG MOBILE, their progress will be transferred to the new game with all the achievements and rewards adjusted.advertisementBut you must be wondering how have the developers managed to get rid of dead bodies and blood in a military-themed game? Instead of crates and bloodshed, the new game makes the dead bodies get up and wave goodbye before disappearing.While the new game has replaced PUBG MOBILE in China, Tencent hasn’t mentioned anything about PUBG MOBILE”s plans in other markets. The game is still available to download and play in India on both Android and iOS platforms.ALSO READ | Redmi flagship will offer long-lasting battery life and sport in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Google working on foldable Pixel phone but official release will take timeALSO READ | Apple will soon finalise location for first retail store in IndiaGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow PUBG Tencent kills PUBG MOBILE in China, replaces it with another game where dead players bid goodbyeTencent Mobile has pulled the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China after the government regulations for gaming changed. Tencent has introduced another game with similar gameplay.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ravi Shastri reappointed as head coach, to continue till T20 World Cup 2021

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