A. Sánchez Alexis Sanchez’s Man Utd announcement video given brilliant parody by Motherwell Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:49 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty A. Sánchez Manchester United Yeovil Town v Manchester United Motherwell v Ross County Motherwell Premiership FA Cup Former Blackpool and Plymouth defender Peter Hartley was the unlikely recipient of the treatment that Alexis had at Old Trafford Manchester United’s video for the announcement of Alexis Sanchez won widespread acclaim for its execution, and one Scottish Premiership club were so impressed that they jokingly reinvented it for their own use.Sanchez’s switch from Arsenal to Old Trafford is one of the most significant moves of the January transfer window to date and was given the acclaim it deserved as the Red Devils put together a classy sequence for the Chile international’s arrival. To the strains of ‘Glory, Glory, Man United’ played on a solo piano, the former Barcelona attacker is seen in the middle of an empty Theatre of Dreams considering the exploits that he will achieve there. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Introducing #Alexis7…#GGMU #MUFC @Alexis_Sanchez pic.twitter.com/t9RIIx4mE4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018Needless to say, Motherwell’s cut is not quite so lavishly put together.| Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Introducing #Pete6… #SIWY #MFCAre we doing this right, @ManUtd? pic.twitter.com/4d14hXW7bN— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) January 23, 2018Whereas Alexis is greeted at Old Trafford on a grand piano, the Well’s new signing, Peter Hartley, formerly of Plymouth and Hartlepool among a number of other English sides, is seen playing club anthem ‘When I Was Young’ on a toy equivalent.And, when Hartley, who had been at Motherwell on loan for the first half of the season from Blackpool, steps out onto the Fir Park turf to see his dreams play out, of course it’s hammering down with rain.At the end of the video, where Alexis is seen to be finishing off his virtuoso performance on the piano, the Motherwell player simply picks it up and smashes it.They even cheekily asked in the tweet: “Are we doing this right, Man Utd?”pic.twitter.com/hnzvQX3Mhg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 23, 2018United, though, seemed to approve, sending back a reply with Alexis winking knowingly.
Real Madrid ‘It’s crazy to question Zidane’ – Modric hails Real Madrid boss after beating Valencia Goal 19:22 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JAVIER SORIANO Real Madrid Valencia Primera División Zinédine Zidane The Croatia midfielder jumped to the defence of his coach as they still have a mountain to climb in the league this season Real Madrid star Luka Modric says it is “crazy” to doubt coach Zinedine Zidane after his side’s struggles this season given everything he has achieved so far in his career.Legendary midfielder Zidane led the Spanish side to the Champions League crown in his first spell as head coach and followed that up by making them the first team to retain the title in its current format.The Frenchman has received a great deal of criticism this term, however, as Madrid’s lousy start to their league campaign has seen them fall far behind Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Saturday’s 4-1 win over third-placed Valencia may have given Madrid a boost, but they remain with a 16-point deficit to clear.Still, Modric insists they have no reason to question their coach’s ability.”I can’t believe that the boss is questioned after everything he’s achieved, it’s crazy,” he told reporters.”We know that sometimes things go well in football and other times they go badly.”Questioning the coach is something that I can’t understand, of course we support him.”What has happened in recent matches isn’t a physical issue. We must defend better and cover the gaps more efficiently.”La Liga may look beyond them, but Madrid are still aiming to win the Champions League again, but they face a tough second round opponent in Paris Saint-Germain, who are looking strong at the top of Ligue 1.And Modric insists the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will be worried heading into the tie.”I think everybody respects Real Madrid, nobody wants to play against us. We hope that this result will help us prepare for that tie better,” he said.”Fear doesn’t exist in football, especially for Real Madrid. We are the only team to win it twice in a row, why should we be afraid?”
Liverpool Liverpool’s Champions League history: How many European titles have they won? Goal 00:43 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Real Madrid v Liverpool The English club are one of the most successful teams to take part in the vaunted European tournament, enjoying success in three different decades Liverpool have a long and illustrious history in the Champions League and they will attempt to add to that rich tapestry when they face Real Madrid in the 2018 final on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s men are the latest in a celebrated line of players to propel the club into the final of Europe’s premier club competition, following a tradition laid down by teams led by Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Rafa Benitez.The Merseyside outfit boasts an impressive record in Champions League finals, tending to win those that they manage to reach, but they come up against the most successful team to grace the tournament when they take to the pitch in Kiev. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ahead of the game, Goal takes a look back at the Reds’ history in the Champions League, how many titles they’ve won and finals they’ve lost.How many Champions League titles have Liverpool won?Liverpool have reached the final of the Champions League (or European Cup as it was previously known) a total of seven times, emerging victorious on five occasions.That makes them one of the most successful teams in the history of the competition, putting them level with Bayern Munich and Barcelona in terms of titles won. Only AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (12) can claim to be more successful than the English club.In a British context they are the undisputed European kings, boasting two more titles than bitter rivals Manchester United and three more than Nottingham Forest.The Reds’ first ever European title came in 1977 when they defeated Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome and they defended the title the following year by overcoming Club Brugge in Wembley.Their next triumph came three years later in 1981 as they beat Real Madrid in Paris and they won it for the fourth time in 1984 by beating Roma on penalties in Rome. Liverpool lost to Juventus in the final in Brussels the following year in a game that was tragically overshadowed by the Heysel Stadium Disaster, which resulted in a five-year ban from European competitions for English clubs, with the Merseyside outfit serving six years.In 2005 – 20 years after their last appearance – the club reached the Champions League final, coming out on top against AC Milan. They came up against the Rossoneri again in the 2007 final, but lost out on that occasion.Liverpool Champions League final appearances: Year Result Venue 1977 Liverpool 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach Stadio Olimpico, Rome 1978 Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge Wembley Stadium, London 1981 Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid Parc des Princes, Paris 1984 Liverpool 1-1 Roma (4-2 pens) Stadio Olimpico, Rome 1985 Juventus 1-0 Liverpool Heysel Stadium, Brussels 2005 AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (2-3 pens) Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul 2007 AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool Olympic Stadium, Athens 1977 European Cup final (first title)Liverpool 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach (Rome, May 25, 1977)Bob Paisley was the man who guided Liverpool to their first ever European Cup as they reached the final of the 1976-77 competition, the year after they won the UEFA Cup.The format of the premier club tournament was totally different during that time, featuring fewer teams and a series of knock-out games, and the Reds overcame Crusaders, Trabzonspor, Saint-Etienne and FC Zurich en route to the final, where they met Borussia Monchengladbach.Paisley’s team, which boasted the talents of Kevin Keegan, Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence among others, comfortably won the game 3-1.Terry McDermott scored the opener, which was cancelled out by Allan Simonsen, but Tommy Smith restored the lead shortly after. The game was put beyond doubt in the closing 10 minutes after Keegan was fouled in the box by Gladbach captain Berti Vogts and Phil Neal scored the subsequent penalty to seal glory.1978 European Cup final (second title)Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge (London, May 10, 1978)Paisley’s Liverpool emulated European greats such as Real Madrid, Benfica, Ajax and Bayern Munich when they retained the European Cup in 1978.As reigning champions the Reds received a bye in the first round of the competition, but they had a difficult path to the final nonetheless, coming up against Dynamo Dresden in the second round and Benfica in the quarter-finals, while the semi-finals saw them renew acquaintances with Borussia Monchengladbach, who they met in the previous year’s final.The Reds came up against Club Brugge in the final and the Belgian outfit had shown their credentials by beating Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.A single goal separated the sides at Wembley, with Kenny Dalglish hitting the back of the net mid-way through the second half to grant the Reds their second European Cup.1981 European Cup final (third title)Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid (Paris, May 27, 1981)Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest had usurped Liverpool as England’s top team in 1978-79 and 1979-80, but the Reds were soon back at the summit of European football in 1981.Having overcome Oulun Palloseura, Aberdeen, CSKA Sofia and Bayern Munich, Liverpool set up a final encounter with behemoths Real Madrid, who were appearing in their ninth European Cup final – though, notably, for the first time since 1966.The game took place at Parc des Princes in Paris, with just under 50,000 fans in attendance. Liverpool’s squad included the likes of Dalglish, Phil Thompson and Graeme Souness, while Madrid featured Vicente del Bosque and Uli Stielike in their squad, as well as Englishman Laurie Cunningham.As with their previous European Cup final in 1978, the game was decided by a solitary second-half goal, with Alan Kennedy scoring in the 82nd minute.It was a historic occasion as Liverpool became the first British club to win the European Cup three times and Paisley became the first manager to win the competition three times.1984 European Cup final (fourth title)Liverpool 1-1 Roma (4-2 on pens) (Rome, May 30, 1984)In 1984 Liverpool returned to the site of their first ever European Cup triumph as they sought to clinch the trophy for the fourth time, but their task was made all the more difficult by the fact that the other finalists – Roma – had home advantage. Joe Fagan took over as manager following Paisley’s retirement in 1983 and the team was evolving, with the likes of Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan and Bruce Grobbelaar complementing the old guard.The Reds took an early lead at the Olimpico thanks to Neal, who had also previously scored in the 1977 final, but Roma equalised before half-time through Roberto Pruzzo. The sides could not be separated after 90 minutes and extra time, so penalties were required to decide the winner.Things weren’t looking good for Liverpool when Steve Nicol missed the first penalty and Agostino Di Bartolomei scored his, but Grobbelaar’s famous theatrics in goal – which involved wobbling his legs – appeared to have an effect on the Roma players as Bruno Conti and Francesco Graziani fired their spot kicks over the bar.Alan Kennedy, who scored the decisive goal in the 1981 final against Real Madrid, dispatched the winning penalty to clinch Liverpool’s fourth European Cup.1985 European Cup final: Heysel Stadium DisasterJuventus 1-0 Liverpool (Brussels, May 29, 1985)Liverpool reached their fifth European Cup final in 1985 as reigning champions and they found themselves up against Italian opposition once more, in the form of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus, who were equipped stars such as Michel Platini, Marco Tardelli and Zbigniew Boniek in their ranks.However, the final was marred by a disaster that occurred prior to kick-off, which claimed the lives of 39 people, injuring hundreds more. Violent confrontations broke out between supporters and a fatal crush ensued.Despite the distressing scenes around the stadium officials made the decision to go ahead with the game and Juventus won thanks to a Platini penalty.As well as criminal proceedings against individuals, the aftermath of the disaster saw punishment meted out in the form of a ban on English clubs in general and Liverpool in particular. UEFA prohibited teams from England from competing in their competitions for a period of five years, while the Reds were barred for six years in total.2005 Champions League final (fifth title)AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (2-3 on pens) (Istanbul, May 25, 2005)The ban that followed Heysel and a subsequent downturn in fortunes on the field in the 1990s and 2000s brought an end to Liverpool’s period of European dominance, but they reached the top for the fifth time, when they won the Champions League under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez in 2005.With the likes of Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher and captain Steven Gerrard leading the team, Liverpool progressed through a group containing Olympiakos, Deportivo La Coruna and 2004 finalists Monaco. The Reds defeated Bayer Leverkusen in the first knock-out stage before progressing past Juventus and Chelsea in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan – champions in 2003 – were waiting for them in the final and the Serie A giants were the clear favourites going into the game, with some of the best players in world football, including Paolo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo and Cafu, in their ranks.And it looked as though the Rossoneri would run away with the trophy by half-time after they took a three-goal lead. Maldini netted within the first minute and Hernan Crespo bagged two in quick succession shortly before the interval.What followed was one of the most memorable comebacks in the history of football. Gerrard pulled one back for Benitez’s side on the 54th minute and Vladimir Smicer scored two minutes later. The Liverpool captain then won a penalty on the hour mark and, while Alonso’s spot-kick was saved by Dida, the Spaniard scored on the rebound to level matters.Having forced the game into extra time Liverpool subsequently managed to keep Milan scoreless and penalties ensued.Just as Grobbelaar was hailed as the Reds’ hero back in 1984, Jerzy Dudek came to their rescue in 2005, helping Serginho send his penalty over the crossbar before saving efforts from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko.2007 Champions League finalAC Milan 2-1 Liverpool (Athens, May 23, 2007)Benitez guided Liverpool to the Champions League final for the second time in 2007 and, as luck would have it, they found themselves up against AC Milan once again.The Merseyside outfit topped a group ahead of PSV, Bordeaux and Galatasaray before beating Barcelona, PSV and Chelsea in the knock-out stage to reach the final.However, there was to be no repeat of their Istanbul heroics and the Italians were to have their revenge.Filippo Inzaghi scored on the stroke of half-time to send the Rossoneri into the break with the lead and the Italy international struck again with just under 10 minutes left in the game.Dirk Kuyt reduced the deficit on the 89th minute, but it was to be no more than a consolation goal for the Reds as Ancelotti and his side exacted revenge for 2005. 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Atlético Madrid Gimenez not thinking about Atletico exit as he eyes Salah clash at World Cup Sacha Pisani 14:31 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Atlético Madrid World Cup Mohamed Salah Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Uruguay v Russia Primera División Uruguay v Uzbekistan Friendlies Uruguay Linked with European champions Real Madrid, the Uruguay defender insists he is only focused on the tournament in Russia Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez says he is solely focused on the World Cup with Uruguay and a showdown against Egypt star Mohamed Salah in Russia amid question marks over his future.Gimenez has been linked with a move to neighbours and LaLiga rivals Real Madrid, who are reportedly ready to meet the 23-year-old’s €60million release clause.However, Gimenez – a key member of Atletico’s triumphant Europa League campaign – insists the World Cup is the only thing on his mind following Uruguay’s 3-0 win over 10-man Uzbekistan on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I don’t think on that,” Gimenez told reporters when asked if he thought about leaving Atletico. “I’m thinking on playing a good tournament and to prepare myself well for it, and that’s all.”I feel good. I had played a lot of minutes specially at the end of the season and that’s always a plus for me, it gives me confidence. Physically I feel good, mentally I feel even better.”Gimenez was on target in Montevideo as Uruguay played their final warm-up match before the World Cup.Luis Suarez doubled the lead from the penalty spot nine minutes into the second half after Giorgian De Arrascaeta opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark.Gimenez sealed the victory with a header 17 minutes from the end as Uruguay turned their attention to the country’s Group A opener against Egypt on June 15.All eyes are on Salah and whether he will be fit in time for the clash following a shoulder injury sustained in Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Madrid in the Champions League final last month.Gimenez said: “I hope he goes there, because he wants to play this World Cup. Personally I like to play against the best players of the world and Salah is one of the best, so I hope he goes.””This is like every other cup we had played before. Of course we are going for the victory, but fear is a factor which plays a role there too,” he added.
Ben’s long time commitment to start back in 2001 when he made his Open Debut for Fremantle, a commitment carried through until 2011 where he filled roles as a player, coach and manager for Men’s and Mixed Teams at various times. In 2015 Ben was made a Life Member of Fremantle for he continued contributions to the affiliate whilst being involved in the game elsewhere on much larger scale.At a State Level Ben has once again shown his commitment in all areas of the game. Ben has previously been a player, manager, selector and referee. After being a player in the 2002 WA Under 18’s Boys Team he was then Team Manager for the 18’S Boys in 2009, NTL Mixed Open Manager in 2011 and Selector in 2012.Over the past two months, ben has been active in driving change in two key areas of our sport that have had a significant impact on the sport and engagement with our members in WA. In February, this year Ben sought election to a position on the WA State Operations Panel “to give back to the sport that I enjoy being involved in”. Ben felt that as a player, referee, coach and local volunteer I thought that I had a wide range of experience across the sport that I could help contribute back to the future direction of Touch Football in WA.Post the Annual Meeting in February, Ben further nominated himself to Chair of the SOAP to help set targets and realise the achievements possible for Touch Football in WA towards our 2020 goals. The SOAP in WA had been fairly inactive in WA for a period of time and Ben’s enthusiasm, passion and leadership have helped create a new level of engagement with this panel which has set the sport up for a period of long term success.The other vital role which Ben had undertaken was with the Lead Role at the 2016 WA Junior State Championships. With the WA Referee Panel in transition and a number of key members unavailable Ben volunteered to take on this key role at the WA’s premier junior touch football event. Ben’s leadership, integrity, professional and excellence in this role enabled this key part of our sport to operate successfully ensured a quality event experience for referee, participants and spectators through his operation in this role. Ben even managed to referee a few games himself where needed across the weekend. Ben’s previous work as a Referee at State Events since 2000 and being part of the Referee Coaching Team since 2015 held in a good stead to undertake this position.What consistently is shown in Ben’s work is his embodiment of the TFA Values and this has been the key to being such a successful contributor across all facets of our game for a long period of time. Ben’s contributions over the last twelve months have highlighted his passion to see the ongoing success of Touch Football in WA which, under his leadership and guidance will be achieved for many years to come. Ben has been a long time contributor to Touch Football in Western Australia. Ben’s contribution covers – playing, refereeing, referee coaching and also administration at both an affiliate and State level. In WA, Ben is a key driver of the TFA Values and these are consistently showcased in his work throughout Touch Football.At Ben’s affiliate, Fremantle Touch Association, he remains as treasurer on the committee, after previously holding the following roles: President – 2010 to 2012Treasurer – 2012 to currentGeneral Committee – 2008 to 2010Referee Director – 2009 to 2012
By Julian Buckmaster (@JulianTFA) and Mark BarnesAs a young woman in today’s fast-paced society across metropolitan, regional and remote centres, opportunities in the workforce can be few and far between.It takes a great deal of hard work, dedication and commitment and an acute awareness of where opportunities might arise and tellingly, when. This is particularly where Danielle Davis shines and is a beacon for other young women to follow; inside and outside the office environment.As a third-year Policing/Criminology student at Western Sydney University and international Touch Football star of some repute, Danni is supporting ‘Project Sydney’s’ wider campaign to increase opportunities for young people to break into today’s workforce. Using her voice and burgeoning social media profile, along with other equally inspiring young women, to promote positive role modelling and messaging for others to seek out and seize those opportunities.The campaign aims to create significant awareness and pathways for Sydney’s ongoing growth and development; and to specifically showcase how young women can dream big and pursue a successful career through a variety of disciplines.Promoted today in The Daily Telegraph and across the News Ltd network, ‘Project Sydney’ is a rolling campaign initiative by the NSW Government and commercial partners including Harvey Norman over coming weeks. Danni couldn’t be more excited about her advocacy role and sharing her own back story and experiences.“I was humbled by the opportunity to do the shoot and story for The Daily Telegraph in conjunction with Touch Football Australia and Harvey Norman,” she said on her experience.“I didn’t know what to expect but playing for Australia in Touch Football, you have that role model status and privileged position; and being someone who studies at University and doing what I do, it is just humbling to be part of the campaign and contribute to the message,” she added.“I think for girls in Sydney particularly, it is tough for young people and girls especially to get out, do things and be successful. If they are driven and determined to achieve their goals though, there are so many opportunities in across the city and indeed other centres’ for them to do so.”As an international Touch Football star, student and role model for young women, Danni expressed the difficulty of balancing these responsibilities but with a keen eye on the rewards.“It is tough! I am not going to lie; it is hard – you get back what you put in.”When put into perspective, she confessed she wouldn’t be where she is without the support network around her.“I am forever thankful to my family and how much they support me. Western Sydney University regularly supports me too in my studies: giving me extensions on multiple assignments and my various workplaces over the years have been understanding too and given me the time and the support I need.“It has been tough but I am lucky for all the people and support structures around me.”Danni added that while hard work and support networks are a given, critical to success is for young women to have role models to admire and achievements to aspire to.“The more role models that girls have to look up to, particularly sports people, it gives people something special to strive for,” she said.“I know a few girls in the Rugby Sevens like Dominique Du Toit and Brooke Walker who have previously played Touch and are now studying at university while playing for Australia. There are many girls who are achieving like-goals through Touch Football and Rugby League particularly and I think they are setting such a great example for future generations to come.”Davis’ advice to young women aspiring to take a leaf out of her playbook and be like her is simple:“Be true to yourself. Stick to your values and be honest with yourself and others and not lose yourself in the moment. If you stay humble, grounded, driven and focused, you can’t go wrong!”Top marks to Dani on all she has achieved on and off the field; and blazing a trail and lighting a path ahead with her peers for generations to come.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester manager Rodgers urges Maddison to resist Man Utdby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester manager Brendan Rodgers has warned James Maddison off a move to Manchester United.The England international has been linked with United and Tottenham in recent weeks.”There’s nothing to add to that,” Rodgers said at his press conference on Wednesday when asked about the possibility of a new contract for Maddison. “The club hasn’t indicated anything as of yet.”He’s a player that we very much want to keep here. He’s a very talented young player that has a lot of development to make over the coming years.”He recognises this is a great place for him to be, and gives him that opportunity to flourish and develop.Anything contractual, that will be between James’ representatives and the club. For me, my job is to coach them and make them better.”
The college football recruiting dead period is over. Starting today, coaches can visit with recruits and host them on campus. This means that basically every college football coach is currently traveling the country, making in-person contact with high school football players. Do you know where your teams’ coaches are? Nebraska fans now do, thanks to this cool graphic tweeted by the Huskers’ new coach, Mike Riley. Check it out: Curious where we are recruiting today? Paint the Nation Red! #GBR pic.twitter.com/GBUl8q2xaG— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) January 15, 2015Riley has gotten off to a good start recruiting at Nebraska. On Wednesday, the Huskers received a commitment from one of the best offensive linemen in the country. National Signing Day is Feb. 4.
Lane Kiffin.The Cotton Bowl wasn’t the most exciting affair, as Alabama dominated Michigan State from start to finish in a 38-0 victory. Apparently, Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin also found the contest a bit boring. Well, maybe.Following a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Coker to Calvin Ridley, which put Alabama up 31-0, Kiffin reportedly jokingly mouthed “boring” to his players. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported the news.When Alabama scored to go up 31-0, Lane Kiffin jokingly mouthed to some Bama players: “boring”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 1, 2016The question, of course, is whether Kiffin is trolling the Spartans. Instead, he might actually be trolling FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd. Cowherd, who didn’t believe the Crimson Tide belonged in the playoff at all, went on a rant two weeks ago regarding Alabama’s “bland” program, comparing them to Wal-Mart. You can listen to it here.Either way, expect this to get some play.
Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City players are ready to position themselves for glory over the course of a “terrible” February schedule.The reigning Premier League champions will return to the top of the table above Liverpool on goal difference if they beat Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.That fixture was moved forward to accommodate City’s appearance in the EFL Cup final against Chelsea later this month – two weeks on from this Sunday’s Premier League home match versus Maurizio Sarri’s 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? There is also the first leg of a last-16 encounter against Schalke in the Champions League and an FA Cup fifth-round tie to negotiate – leading Guardiola to conclude that the true peril of a season in England lies just beyond the fabled festive period.”When I was abroad before I came here, everyone talked about December and Boxing Day, these kind of things,” he said.”After Boxing Day was finished I looked at the schedule and said ‘this is worse!’ and that’s true. If you are out of some competitions it is more comfortable but [if not] February is tougher.”The depth of City’s squad makes them well-equipped for such challenges, with Guardiola saying Bernardo Silva is the only player he truly considers undroppable at the moment.Guardiola was keen to point out that the race is “a privilege”, with the battle for Premier League glory against Liverpool and Tottenham primed to go to the wire.I prefer to be in the position of Liverpool. The pressure is when you are behind and you lose points, it’s tougher.Prefiero estar en la situación del @LFC. La presión es cuando estás por detrás y pierdes puntos. Es más duro.#MCIARS #ManCity pic.twitter.com/EyChOwMdSH— PepTeam (@PepTeam) February 3, 2019″I’m pretty sure the winner will be [decided in] the last fixture or the last two,” he said.”At some point it is a problem, with all the games and the mental effort to be successful in all competitions, when you lose one game you can lose that competition.”In the Champions League we know that – a bad 30 minutes and you are out. That demands a lot of stress and sometimes you need a little bit of a break.”But at the same time, when you arrive in this month and in March, when the days are longer and you see the end of the season closer – the pitches are in better condition and you can take a coffee outside – and you are in four competitions you think, ‘wow, we can do something special’. That is a plus.”We are not right now in that position. This month is terrible. Every game is a final and you have to wait.”City suffered their half-hour nightmare in the Champions League at Liverpool last season, finding them 3-0 down midway through the first leg of a quarter-final at Anfield before going down 5-1 on aggregate.While this triumph arguably did much to fuel Jurgen Klopp’s bid to unseat City, Guardiola pointed to the reaction to that setback as a demonstration of the character his players must show over the coming weeks and months.”I trust my players,” he added. “I always put this example: we were 3-0 down in a Champions League game at Anfield and the way we reacted, our personality to play was good.”I have a feeling that when I put on pressure, they react good. They accept the challenge to show me again how good they are.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Real Madrid signing and former Barcelona youth player Takefusa Kubo has called his new team “the best club in the world” after recently signing at the Santiago Bernabeu.Kubo signed for Real Madrid in June as the Japan international joined the Spanish side from FC Tokyo on a five-year deal.The 18-year-old attacker is set to join up with Real Madrid Castilla for the 2019-20 campaign. 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? Kubo previously played in Barcelona’s academy system from 2011-15, becoming top goalscorer in the league with 74 goals in 30 games as an Under-11 before rising to the U14 level.However, his time in Spain was cut short as Barca were found to have violated FIFA’s international transfer policy for under-18 youths, forcing Kubo to leave the club.But he is now loyal to his new club, Real Madrid, one that he sees as the best the game has to offer.”In Japan there is a lot of passion for Real Madrid,” he told Real Madrid TV, “and I am very proud to play in the best club in the world.”Kubo was promoted to FC Tokyo’s senior side at the age of 15, and became the youngest player to score in J.League history at 15 years, 10 months with a goal in April 2017.Including a brief loan spell with Yokohama F. Marinos, Kubo went on to score seven goals in 36 senior appearances in Japanese football.He’s also earned four caps for his national team, with his first call-up coming ahead of Japan’s participation in the Copa America.Kubo earned his first cap in a pre-tournament friendly against El Salvador before featuring three times in the South American tournament as Japan were eliminated in the group stage.But the move to Real Madrid presents a massive step up for the teenager, and he says he’s looking forward to the opportunity to grow as a player. “Above all, I am struck by the quality that everyone has. The team-mates and coaches are very friendly and I have been able to adapt very well,” he said. “I have to take advantage of this opportunity that they have given me but I also have to have fun because not everyone gets this opportunity.”He added: “I’m learning a lot as a footballer and as a person, both on and off the field. I’m having a great time”.
EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 26: Michigan State Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio speaks to the media at a press conference before the Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers basketball game at Breslin Center on January 26, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State is facing criticism for its handling of sexual assault accusations on campus. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is attempting to end his feud with Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.The Spartans and the Wolverines have been feuding since the start of Saturday’s rivalry game. There was an incident on the field before the game and both head coaches have taken shots at each other since.Dantonio would like it all to be over.Michigan State’s head coach issued the following statement today:“Might as well get things out of the way here in regards to recent comments, etc,” Dantonio said. “Every week I sorta get a gold card, I sit down and make a gold card. Every week. And on that gold card, I try and prioritize what’s important in my life. So when I look at it and I go ‘boom, boom, boom’ right down the list, and the first thing I’m going to say about this I’m not going to have any more comments about the (Michigan) situation.I’ve made my comments. I’m going to let God take care of my battles. That’s number one. Number two I’m going to take care of my family, number three I’m going to take care of this football program and represent it with class, and number four I’m going to worry about Purdue, the X’s and O’s, and the personnel involved in that and that’s it. So I’ll take no other questions about that and we’ll get on to Purdue.”Harbaugh, however, is taking a different approach. He’s calling for an investigation from the Big Ten.Rivalries truly never sleep.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 7: Georgia Bulldogs mascot Hairy Dawg at the conclusion of the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on November 7, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won the game 27-3. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Alabama-LSU may be the marquee game of Week 10 in college football, but Georgia-Kentucky will likely determine the other half of the SEC Championship game.Much like Alabama, Georgia’s offense has been an SEC juggernaut. The Bulldogs have scored 36+ points in all seven of their wins this season.Kentucky, to their credit, have already matched their best win total from the past ten years thanks to a dominant defense. The Wildcats have yet to allow more than 20 points to an opponent this season.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that Georgia has this game in the bag. The computer model gives the Bulldogs an 81.0 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.Georgia has a decisive edge in the historic results between the two teams. The Bulldogs have won the last eight meetings against the Wildcats, and are 57-12-2 overall against them.Additionally, a case can be made that Georgia has a competitive edge. Their sole loss this year came to LSU, while Kentucky’s came against Texas A&M.The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. EST on CBS.
PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 17: The Washington State Cougars take the field against the Oregon State Beavers at Martin Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Pullman, Washington. Washington State defeated Oregon State 52-31. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)The Washington State Cougars put together an admirable campaign behind Gardner Minshew, earning an opportunity to play against the Iowa State Cyclones in the Alamo Bowl.Although the Cougars were on pace to play in a New Year’s Six bowl, an unfortunate loss to the Washington Huskies ultimately sealed their fate. Now, the program will have to forget about its previous game and focus on the challenge ahead.With Washington State’s prolific offense and Iowa State’s hard-hitting defense preparing for war, it should be an entertaining game.ESPN released its prediction for the Alamo Bowl, as the early edge is with the Cougars.It would have been great to see Uncle Rico (Gardner Minshew) and the Pirate (Mike Leach) in the New Year’s Six, but this isn’t a bad consolation. Iowa State is extremely well-coached and boasts a solid defense led by lineman Ray Lima and others. But after struggling in a snowy Apple Cup, Minshew shines in the dome as the Cougars finish 11-2.Prediction: Washington State 41, Iowa State 34Iowa State and Washington State are set to kick off at 9:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 28 from the Alamodome.The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
STARKVILLE MS -OCTOBER 10: General view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between Troy and Mississippi State on October 10, 2015, in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State was still within striking distance of defeating Iowa in the Outback Bowl, but one costly turnover would prove to be the difference in this matchup.While Nick Fitzgerald struggled for the majority of the game, the senior quarterback threw the perfect pass to Stephen Guidry in the end zone. Unfortunately, the wideout made arguably the biggest blunder of the bowl season.Not only did Guidry fail to complete the catch, but he also deflected the football into the air, which gave Jake Gervase the chance to intercept Fitzgerald.Considering that Iowa was leading by just two points at that specific time, Gervase’s interception truly shifted momentum toward the Hawkeyes.As for the Bulldogs, the mistake from Guidry resulted in the defense giving up another field goal.Here is the play:lol man wtf pic.twitter.com/dloiUyEU0V— Richard??Johnson (@RJ_Writes) January 1, 2019Usually it’s unfair to blame one player on such an important play, but Guidry really should have finished that drive with a touchdown.At the end of the day, Iowa won 27-22 over Mississippi State.The Hawkeyes will finish the season with a 9-4 record.
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Once the national championship was over between Clemson and Alabama, the college football season officially moved on to the 2019 season.With this past season now in the rearview mirror, the odds for the 2019 Heisman Trophy have emerged. It shouldn’t surprise many that the top three candidates all play the quarterback position.Trevor Lawrence currently has the best odds to win the prestigious award, and that makes tons of sense after watching him decimate Notre Dame and Alabama in back-to-back playoff games.Right behind the freshman gunslinger is Tua Tagovailoa, who almost won the Heisman Trophy this past year. After the Crimson Tide superstar is Jake Fromm of the Georgia Bulldogs.Although quarterbacks dominated the entire list of candidates, Jonathan Taylor and Travis Etienne received strong odds.The Heisman Trophy has been won by a quarterback over the past three years. However, Derrick Henry did win the hardware back in the 2015 season.Check out additional odds for other candidates here:Updated odds to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy (@BovadaOfficial):Lawrence +300Tagovailoa +350Fromm +850Taylor +900Swift/Etienne +950Ehlinger +1000Kendall/Jeudy/Martell +1400Dillon/Moore/Patterson +2000Martinez/Benjamin +3000Hurts/Costello +3000King/Bryant/Tate +4000— OddsShark (@OddsShark) January 8, 2019Perhaps the most stunning snub is not seeing Justin Herbert with great odds to win the Heisman Trophy. Nonetheless, the college football world will have the privilege of watching several great quarterbacks lead their respective programs in 2019.Who’s y0ur early favorite to win the award?
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the tops recruits from the 2019 class is on the move. Earlier this week it was reported that five-star athlete recruit Bru McCoy was leaving the USC Trojan football program after Kliff Kingsbury left his position as the school’s offensive coordinator to become the new head coach for the Arizona Cardinals.McCoy signed with the Trojans during the Early Signing Period and arrived on campus for the spring semester. Just two weeks later he added his name to the transfer portal and USC gifted him a release from his National Letter of Intent.So, where is he going? According to college football insider Pete Thamel, McCoy filed his financial aid papers with the University of Texas.He’s going to Austin.Breaking: Five-star recruit Bru McCoy has signed his financial aid agreement to go to Texas, sources tell @YahooSports. https://t.co/rlU1wiwdiq— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 25, 2019McCoy was the No. 1 athlete recruit in the 2019 class and the No. 9 recruit overall. He was between USC and Texas when he made his initial collegiate decision.The report states McCoy will begin classes at Texas next week. While this is a huge step in his transfer process, there’s another major hurdle McCoy needs to clear in order to see the field in 2019.After enrolling early at USC, McCoy needs to be granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA in order to gain eligibility for the upcoming college football season.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Iowa and Iowa State is the biggest game of this upcoming college football weekend.For the first time ever, ESPN’s College GameDay is heading to Ames, Iowa — home of the Iowa State Cyclones.No. 19 Iowa faces their first big test of the season. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 so far this year with wins over Miami (Ohio) and Rutgers. Iowa beat the first two opponents by a combined score of 68-14.The Cyclones escaped a near-disaster loss to UNI on Aug. 31. It took three overtimes to come away with a 29-26 victory. With a bye last week, Iowa State has now had two weeks to prepare for Iowa. Ahead of the game, several ESPN analysts have weighed in on the match-up. Iowa is the heavy favorite.Out of 13 experts, 11 pick the Iowa Hawkeyes to come away with the win. Here’s what some of the experts have to say about the game.Edward Aschoff: I guess someone has to take that Cy-Hawk Trophy home with them. Iowa 24-21Kyle Bonagura: Iowa State couldn’t do much against Northern Iowa; why would that change vs. Iowa? Iowa 20-10Bill Connelly: GameDay in Ames, best atmosphere of the weekend. Iowa 31-27David M. Hale: Iowa won’t be able to run on the Cyclones, who’ve allowed just 34 yards on the ground this year. ISU 14-10Alex Scarborough: Get ready for Brock Purdy’s coming-out party. ISU 31-30Iowa is a two point favorite heading into the game. Who comes away with the victory on Saturday?The big-time match-up takes place at 4 PM ET. The game will be televised on FS1.
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 and Chris Olave #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate a touchdown in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)Ohio State was a heavy favorite heading into its contest against Nebraska on Saturday night, but many believed the Cornhuskers would at least keep the game competitive early. It’s been nothing short of a massacre in Lincoln.Despite College GameDay being on campus, it’s the Buckeyes who came out fired up and ready to go for the contest. At the end of the first half, it’s 38-0 Ohio State.The Buckeyes have excelled on both sides of the ball. Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez, who was getting Heisman hype before the season, is 2-of-8 for 10 yards with three interceptions. Ohio State signal-caller Justin Fields, meanwhile, is 10-of-14 for 148 yards with two scores. He’s also added a touchdown on the ground.Nebraska gained just 76 yards total in the first half. Many are starting to wonder just how good the Buckeyes are.Nebraska has completed more passes to Ohio State than Nebraska— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) September 29, 2019I know this isn’t 1997 Nebraska, but think about how amped up that stadium was at kickoff. Ohio State up 31-0 with five minutes left in the first half. This is something.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 29, 2019This definitely feels like the best Ohio State team since winning the title in 2014.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) September 29, 2019Barring an insane comeback, Ohio State is going to move to 5-0 with a date against Michigan State looming. The Buckeyes will be a favorite in every game they play during the regular season moving forward.As for Nebraska, this is certainly a wake-up call. The Scott Frost era is only in year two, but the Cornhuskers have a long way to go.
When ‘humble’ MS Dhoni declined to inaugurate the Dhoni PavilionMS Dhoni is all set to have a pavilion named after him at Jharkhand State Cricket Association stadium in Ranchi, which will be inaugurated ahead of the third ODI against Australia on Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India RanchiMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 22:10 IST MS Dhoni has played three out of the four ODIs that have been held in Ranchi. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni is in his hometown Ranchi for the third ODI against AustraliaDhoni will have a pavilion named after him at the JSCA Stadium in RanchiSunil Gavaskar has a stand at the Wankhede Stadium while Virender Sehwag has a gate on his name at the Feroz Shah KotlaMahendra Singh Dhoni is quintessentially a modest man and no wonder he has politely declined to inaugurate the pavilion named after him at the JSCA Stadium, ahead of India’s third ODI against Australia.Just like the Sunil Gavaskar stand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai or the Virender Sehwag gate at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, the swanky Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) stadium will have its very own ‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni Pavilion’.”At the AGM last year, the decision was taken that the North Block stand that comprises media enclosure as well as VIP boxes would be named after Dhoni,” Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) secretary Debashis Chakraborty told PTI on Wednesday.However, Dhoni didn’t agree to inaugurate the stand, said Chakraborty.”We requested him but he said ‘Dada apne hi ghar mein kya inaugurate karna.’ [What’s there to inaugurate in my own house]. He is still so humble and down to earth,” Chakraborty said.The third ODI against Australia on Friday is expected to be Dhoni’s last game in his home town but the JSCA top official said they do not have any special plans in place.RANCHI’S VERY OWN BOYThere is a bit of celebrityhood attached to reflected glory but the lives that Mahendra Singh Dhoni touched over the years have a sense of belonging to him without trying to own him.Whether childhood coach Keshab Ranjan Banerjee, biology teacher Sushma Shukla or Mecon Stadium in-charge Uma Kant Jena, there is a sense of fulfillment when they talk about their tiny but significant parts in the journey of one of India’s most successful captains.advertisementThe film ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, which is played often on TV, is a guilty pleasure for Dhoni fans.And there is a curiosity about how different or similar the real life characters are from the reel ones when one roams around the industrial town to understand the Dhoni phenomenon.”Some people asked me were you paid as they portrayed your character in the film and I was disgusted,” Banerjee ‘Sir’ said, sitting in his austere two-bedroom flat.”I am not his biological father but a father figure. It’s a shame if a father demands anything from his son,” he asserted.His Hindi has that distinct bengali accent much like Rajesh Sharma’s portrayal in the film.”He was and still is a very shy boy. He could always hide his feelings with a smile. He knew that cricket was his calling for a life he wanted for himself, even more for his family. Mahi is still like that,” Banerjee found it difficult to hide his pride.”I have got a couple of passes for the third ODI. I had called up Mahi’s mother and she had arranged for them,” he said referring to India’s third ODI against Australia here on Friday.Humility is something that almost everyone associates with Dhoni.”He was a very quiet child. I taught him biology in 7th and 8th standard. I remember asking him “Mahendra, you are Singh or Dhoni? He never liked that question. He replied ‘Maam hum Singh bhi hain aur Dhoni bhi’,” recalls Jawahar Vidya Mandir’s retired teacher Sushma Shukla.Sushma maam became nostalgic talking about “Mahendra”.”He was getting 60 percent even when he was fully devoted to cricket. I remember that he bunked biology practical test once as he had some match to play and boarded the same train by which I was travelling.”Probably, he knew I was there and one of his teammates came to me and said Ma’am you are Mahendra’s teacher. I said ‘who Dhoni?’. The boy informed that he has skipped biology practical test for a match. ‘But Ma’am, this boy will become world famous’. His words were prophetic,” Shukla said.Talk about minor celebrityhood, both Shukla and PT teacher Abha Sahay are mini celebrities in their localities.”I stay in my native town in Maharashtra and since we were shown for around 30 seconds in that film, they now know me as Dhoni’s teacher,” she added.For Sahay, the respect that she gets as Dhoni’s teacher is something that she will not trade off for anything.”We feel proud that probably we played a little role in the making of a humble human being. He is a great sportsman but that humility is something that lot of people don’t possess after enjoying heady success,” Sahay said.Uma Kant Jena, the ground in-charge of Mecon, had first seen Dhoni in 1985 when he was barely three and half years old.advertisement”That’s the colony gate and Mahiyaa (That’s how he calls him) would roam around with a plastic bat and ball. ‘Tum phir dhoop mein bahaar’,” Jena remembered scolding him.”Who would have thought he would achieve so much? Once, after he became India captain, he came and gave my son Bijay a bat and keeping gloves. He promised him a full kit if he performed well.”And you know what was most embarrassing? He would sit on the floor while I sat on the chair. I would tell him please don’t do this but he won’t listen,” Jena said.Banerjee recalled how Dhoni dropped in late at night to wish him for his marriage anniversary once.”Security becomes an issue as people come to know. He would just come in and ask my wife to make ‘chowmein’.”There is one gesture from Dhoni that Banerjee said he can never forget.”I wanted to take my wife to Vellore for treatment of acute arthritis and we were given appointment after three months. That’s the only time I called Mahi and asked if he could use his good offices.”Within 15 days, we got a call from Vellore and my wife received the treatment in time. I don’t know whom he called,” his voice choked a bit.There are no big photographs of Dhoni in his living room.”Why do I need his picture? He was my student and he always stays here (heart),” the coach said.Also Read | MS Dhoni comes home to Ranchi for India vs Australia 3rd ODIAlso Read | Why Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are in love with Team India’s latest jerseyAlso Read | Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh RainaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow RanchiFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 3rd ODI