Transfers Dani Alves had Liverpool agreement and still harbours Premier League ambition Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 16:57 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) FRANCK FIFE Transfers Liverpool PSG Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League The iconic Brazilian full-back has revealed that he came close to sealing a switch to Anfield prior to taking in a trophy-laden spell at Barcelona Dani Alves has revealed that he “pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool” in 2006 and that he still hopes to play in the Premier League.The Brazilian full-back was a much sought-after talent following a productive stint at Sevilla, with Europe’s top clubs clamouring for his signature.Liverpool were among those in the mix and came agonisingly close to pulling off a transfer coup, but were left empty-handed and, two years later, Alves joined Barcelona where he spent eight trophy-laden seasons. 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 “I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” the bucaneering defender told FourFourTwo.”But for whatever reason it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why, as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations.”I had other people representing me back then.“Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.”Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona supporters] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”Alves was once again heavily linked with a move to England over the summer, with Manchester City looking to tie up a deal which would have reunited the 34-year-old with his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.French giants Paris Saint-Germain scuppered those plans, though, with a switch to Ligue 1 made once negotiating an exit from Juventus.Alves 4/1 to lift CL with PSGHaving signed a two-year contract at Parc des Princes, the chances of Alves now gracing the English top-flight appear to be slim, but an iconic figure of the modern era is still open to the challenge.He added: “I still have this ambition, yes. But I don’t know if it will happen now.“I think there are plenty of things to do here first with PSG.”Alves has helped PSG to set the early title pace in Ligue 1 this season, while a 5-0 mauling of Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday has them already guaranteed of a place in the last-16 of Europe’s premier club competition.
Zack Langston was hauled off the field on a stretcher and brought to the team’s medical room. His mother, who was watching the game, followed close behind – terrified.Langston was a linebacker for Pittsburg State University in Kansas. A remarkably strong kid, he was known as a “wedge-breaker” and a “workhorse”. In high school, he won a “hammer” award for being the team’s hardest hitter. More than 1 million boys play football in high school each year, but less than 2% make it to elite schools like Pittsburg State. Langston was one of them. He was only dehydrated when he was taken out of the game, but as his mother, Nicki Langston, sat by his side, something else seemed amiss. “He’s just laying there on the bed, and all of the sudden tears just start rolling down his cheeks, and he’s still staring at the ceiling,” said Nicki Langston. “I said, ‘Zack, what’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’”“I kind of look back now, and I think maybe something was going on then that he wasn’t aware of, we weren’t aware of,” said Nicki. “That was his sophomore year.” He was 20 years old. Ex-NFL player confirmed as first case of CTE found in living person – researchers Topics Just a few years after playing for the “Pitt State” Gorillas, Zack had bouts of depression, rage and anxiety. He stunned his mother and brother when he tossed a barstool across a hotel room on vacation, and worried everyone when, on three occasions, he bought guns. Langston told his mother he believed football had “messed up his brain”, but could not explain how. Just a few years after he graduated, at age 26, Zack Langston shot himself, ending his life but preserving his brain, which he had told his girlfriend he wanted examined. He left behind a two-year-old son, three siblings, a mother, father. He also left behind many questions. “They did the autopsy here at the coroner’s office locally, and said his brain was totally healthy,” said Nicki. “That made things very disturbing, in a way.”In the last decade, American football’s “concussion epidemic” has become an existential crisis for the sport. Lawsuits against leagues at all levels – from elementary school age to the National Football League (NFL) – have flooded courts. Fewer children are playing. Debates and controversies about brain injuries have enveloped the sport as mounting medical evidence shows the long-term effects of heavy contact and collisions. In 2005, a Pennsylvania neuropathologist provoked a backlash from the NFL when his paper explicitly linked the degenerative brain disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, to playing in the NFL. The league tried to discredit the physician, Bennet Omalu, and more recently to influence concussion research with a $16m grant. The latest research connecting concussions to degenerative brain disease came in July, when researchers from Boston University released a study of the 111 brains of former NFL players that had been donated to their “brain bank”: 110 players, or 99%, had CTE. It is no longer newsworthy when stars say they won’t let their sons play the sport, or for former players to divulge struggles with homelessness, chronic depression or drug abuse. But after years of focus on the professional game, attention is now turning to college football, as plaintiffs in a new class action lawsuit seek to bring the same reckoning to college football. Researchers from Boston University, the leading research institution on the topic, found CTE in the brains of 48 of the 53 college football players, the largest such study to date.Nicki Langston, whose son’s estate is now party to the lawsuit, first heard of CTE eight months after Zack’s death in February 2014. Her sister “just happened upon” League of Denial later that year, an award-winning documentary on the NFL’s refusal to acknowledge the dangers of repeated head trauma, despite mounting evidence.CTE’s symptoms are now well documented. “Impulsive, explosive and sometimes violent behavior; depression; and a tendency toward suicidality” is associated with “younger age and an earlier stage of CTE pathology”, the most recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said.Nicki Langston said: “This was the very first time I’d heard of CTE … I watched [the film], and I called her back afterwards and said: ‘Oh my God, he had every single symptom.’” Reflecting on Zack’s life now, the Langston family believes he could have had as many as 100 undiagnosed concussions through the 13 years he played school and college football.•••What makes this lawsuit more acute than similar lawsuits in the professional league is the odd economic dynamic between college athletes and institutions they play for. Unlike in other countries, US college sports are a multi-billion dollar industry. Schools make millions from television broadcasting contracts and ticket sales. The days around this Thanksgiving weekend are packed with some of the most high-profile games.Elite college football is divided into 11 regions, called conferences. One of those conferences, called the Big Ten, signed a television contract last year worth $2.6bn. By contrast, one of the top academic institutions in the country, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, spends $2.3bn annually on scientific research and development. Of the 10 largest sports stadiums in the world, eight belong to American college football teams. Professional American football stadiums don’t even make the list. The largest in the US belongs to the University of Michigan, is nicknamed “the big house” and is one of several to hold more than 100,000 people. The football-crazed University of Alabama pays its football coach Nick Saban $11.1m per year.But for all the money earned by the programs, athletes see little. The players, who are mostly black, are considered primarily students, and are not paid. They leave school without the sort of long-term health benefits the NFL players’ union has been able to negotiate.••• The Observer Facebook NCAA Soon after Nicki Langston learned about CTE, she sent her son’s brain to Boston University, a school at the forefront of the “concussion epidemic”, to be examined. Initially, she did not believe it would even be possible to send her son’s brain – he had died months prior – but the local coroner had saved enough of it for Boston University to perform tests. It took eight months for neuropathologists to conclude what Langston already believed: her son had CTE. “I was not at all surprised,” said Langston. “I was totally expecting them to tell me he had CTE. There was actually a little bit of relief – not relief, but closure – to know this was what had been causing his issues and his problems.” Langston is part of a growing group of former college football players and relatives suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which they say failed to properly protect or warn its players of the danger of repeated concussions. Decades of scientific data, from the first peer-reviewed paper on “punch drunk” syndrome in boxers in 1928 through to Omalu’s 2005 article on CTE in a professional football player in 2005, should have provided ample evidence of potential harms, attorneys argue. Read more NFL concussion: researchers hope blood tests can better detect head trauma … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn College football news Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Some lawyers believe the case could grow larger than the roughly $1bn deal retired NFL players struck with their former employer, intended to care for 20,000 players. Each year, more than 70,000 young men play on teams like Zack Langston’s. “I am indeed very concerned about professional football players,” said Robert Stern, who co-authored the recent study from Boston University. Stern is part of a four member medical committee advising on a current NCAA lawsuit. “But from a public health standpoint, I’m much, much more concerned about the high school and college football players.”Though 91% of the 53 brains of college players examined by Boston University had CTE, it is not yet possible to estimate how many players might develop the disease. CTE can only be diagnosed after death, and the people whose brains were examined by Boston University almost all experienced symptoms during life. “It wasn’t until the early 70s that children from age six on began to experience these hundreds of subconcussive hits per season,” said Stern. “When you put it together, and you look at folks who only played in high school or who only played in college since 1970 … there’s around 12 million americans, at a minimum.”In a separate lawsuit, lawyers have already successfully sued the NCAA to establish a $70m medical monitoring fund for former college players. The current group of lawsuits, to which Langston’s estate is party, is gathering steam to compensate former players and their families. The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Mothers like Nicki Langston are hoping for more lasting change. She and a small group of football mothers who survived their sons, called Faces of CTE, argue no one younger than 14 should play tackle football. “I absolutely do not feel kids should be playing football, absolutely not,” Langston said.“I’ll drive by football fields – middle schools – and I see these boys out practicing and it just makes me ill … The first time I saw it this season, I wanted to jump out of my car and say, ‘Do you know what you’re doing?’”In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. College sports Read more Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Nicki Langston, Zack’s mother, said: ‘I was totally expecting them to tell me he had CTE. There was actually a little bit of relief – not relief, but closure.’ Photograph: Marcus Langston Since you’re here… NFL US sports Reuse this content
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wimbledon 2018 Andy Murray to play Wimbledon ‘unless I wake up and don’t feel good’ Since you’re here… Kyle Edmund’s Wimbledon buildup hits rough waters at Eastbourne Share on WhatsApp “I don’t know if he’s a nice guy,” the American said as Edmund, ranked 18th in the world but seeded 21 at Wimbledon, prepares for his first-round match at Wimbledon against the Australian Alex Bolt. “He seems like a nice guy. The times I’ve met him, he seems like a shy, nice guy. Maybe he’s a mean son of a bitch, I don’t know.“The killer instinct is extremely important. It feels that someone like [the Canadian teenager Denis] Shapovalov has that, if I had to pick one guy. He’s ready to go, he’s out there. That’s hard to come by at that age.“Edmund has done it the more traditional way. But there’s guys in the tennis books, even hall-of-famers you thought of as nice guys, like Pete [Sampras] – a guy you thought was soft, couldn’t win the big ones. Well, he ended up winning 14.”Edmund is still to win any titles [apart from the Estoril Open doubles with Cameron Norrie in May] but reached the Marrakech final this year, as well as the semi-finals of the Australian Open. There is a distinct feeling he is getting closer to his breakthrough but nobody is quite sure when that may happen.McEnroe said: “I saw him when he played a guy who was at my academy years ago in the juniors. I thought this guy is a big strong kid, nice kid, top 30 maybe. When I saw him in Australia it seemed like, OK, he was making progress, inching it up a little bit. Tennis The Observer “As I was looking over the course of four or five years, maybe it’s top 25, possibly top 20 – but not enough to do the whole thing. But then I was really surprised and impressed with the improvement.“I was watching when he had Jack Sock down 5-1 in the third in Paris [at the Masters in 2017] and then he blew that, Sock won and Edmund was like: ‘What the hell happened there?’ He lost a lot of close matches.“But battling the way he did in that heat in Melbourne showed me something about his fitness because it was brutal that first week and in a fair amount of that tournament. So I now look at him, long story short, he’s got top-10 potential.”But McEnroe would like to see even more “mongrel” from Edmund – more Eastbourne, even. “That was a tough loss [over five sets in the French Open third round against Fabio Fognini],” he said. “It’s a match he should have won. But I could see definitely how he could lose against Fabio. The guy throws everything at you, mentally and tennis-wise, and Kyle succumbed ever so slightly. So that was a tough one. To take that step where you’re actually winning majors? That would require more work.”Bolt, a left-handed six-footer with a big forehand who is finally delivering on his potential at 25, two years older than Edmund, is ranked 205 in the world, and up for the challenge.“He’s going to have the crowd all his way but it’s going to be an unbelievable experience and I’m just going to take it in,” Bolt said. “He’s dangerous on any surface but I’m sure if I play to my strengths and how I want to play I know I’m going to be able to take it to him.” Topics Support The Guardian Kyle Edmund Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger news Share on Pinterest Share via Email Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Wimbledon Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Read more When Kyle Edmund blew up at the chair umpire in Eastbourne this week, rousing the gentle citizens parked in the sunshine on Centre Court, it was as if an earthquake had rippled along the south coast.This, they thought, was not meant to be. However the most polite player in tennis has, what Australians call, a bit of mongrel in him. John McEnroe, who has a PhD in attitude, applauds the rousing of the beast, occasionally.
Jürgen Klopp Read more Champions League quarter-finals: tie-by-tie analysis and verdict Reuse this content Share on Facebook Klopp also dismissed the idea that his reign will be judged on trophies alone. “You can’t imagine how less I’m interested in that,” he said on Friday. “I never thought about myself in that way. My job is to do everything I can to help the team be as successful as possible. I’m not searching to be remembered in 50 years or whatever. For me it’s no pressure, only opportunity. I love what I do, I think I have a fantastic team out there, and that’s all that I need to be a happy person.“I respect a lot the desire of all the people and the players, and I can be really part of that, I can be part of that dream. But it’s not for me at the end, it’s for the people. I am not interested in who judges me. God judges me one day and that is the only thing I am interested in. What other people say about me I couldn’t be less interested.” Topics Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool are unlikely to “spend the big money” on signings this summer, with the club investing to consolidate his title-chasing squad instead.Liverpool were the biggest-spending Premier League club last summer as Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri arrived to help close the domestic gap to Manchester City. The club’s financial strategy has altered, however, to focus more on contract renewals rather than signings. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Rhian Brewster have signed new long-term deals since last April that will cost Liverpool £150m-£200m in wage rises over the coming years.That investment, and the dividends it is returning on the pitch, means Klopp does not expect a repeat of last summer’s spending. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Share via Email Liverpool news Share on Pinterest “I don’t want to talk exactly what we will do but I don’t think this is a team at the moment where we have to spend the big money or whatever,” the Liverpool manager said. “The best way to do it is bring together a group of players, try to develop them altogether and then stay together for a while. And that was maybe the main problem of Liverpool for the last decade. When they had a good team after a season they went all over the world. That will not happen this year for sure.”Klopp believes Liverpool’s development took “a big step” with Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Bayern Munich, a result that set up a quarter-final date with Porto who they beat 5-0 on aggregate in last season’s competition. That growth, however, rests on Liverpool’s players recognising how good they are.“It [Liverpool’s development] is massive,” Klopp said. “I think the steps are really obvious but it is still about a natural confidence. We have to start looking at ourselves how other teams see us. When you think about how Bayern faced us here – I saw Bayern playing a lot in the last years but I never saw them being that defensive-orientated. When Manchester City came here, it was similar. They had a lot of respect for us but I am not sure we always have the same amount of respect for ourselves.“For sure it will come, step by step, that is why I was so happy for the game at Bayern. There was a little sign at least for that. All the other things, the boys have so much space for improvement in all departments, so many things to come. For the future we have to be lucky that they all stay healthy and we can work with them and use the little time we have in training to bring the group together, so that we don’t have to develop only in games which is modern football. In pre-season if we have three weeks all together that would be great.” Share on Messenger
Manchester United need to start planning for life without Paul Pogba. When asked about his future this week, Pogba said it could be “a good time for a new challenge somewhere else”.When it comes to transfers, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has made it clear he wants the club to move away from the model that has failed in recent years. The manager wants to bring in young, hungry players whose wage demands will not break the bank. So, who could fill the void if Pogba leaves?We have taken Pogba’s statistics from last season and compared them against six players who could fit into the United midfield. The players were all compared against Pogba’s numbers per 90 minutes for non-penalty goals (0.18), assists (0.27), passes into and inside the final third (27.19), key passes from open play (1.62), dribbles (1.79), dribble success (65.2%) and tackles (1.41).Pogba is a unique and mercurial talent whose style of play makes him a magnet for the spotlight, but Manchester United should not be too panicked about replacing the numbers he posts. If the club want a player who produces similar statistics to Pogba, Maddison would be a good option; if they want a more creative, team-orientated player, Ruiz may be their man; and, if they want a goalscoring midfielder, Van de Beek is one of the finest in Europe. Like Tielemans, Van de Beek has been linked with a move to United but he isn’t particularly similar to Pogba either. The Dutch international may be good signing but he wouldn’t really fill Pogba’s boots.The 22-year old enjoyed a fantastic season in front of goal, helping to fire Ajax to the Eredivisie title. He is a midfielder who likes to arrive late in the box and take up goalscoring positions. A Lampard-like player in that sense, Van de Beek comes out on top in terms of goals (0.33 per 90 minutes) and assists (0.37 per 90 minutes). Although he isn’t really the sort of player who will link play in advanced positions (he made just 13.61 final third passes per 90 minutes) or break the lines with his dribbling (0.77 per 90).In summary, there are players out there with bags of potential who could take Pogba’s place in the team. Getting value for money may prove tougher than replacing a player who has blown boiling hot and freezing cold during his second spell in Manchester.• Visit WhoScored for more statistics and ratings• Follow WhoScored and Martin Laurence on Twitter features Paul Pogba Manchester United Reuse this content Infographic: WhoScored Share via Email Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Facebook Transfer window James Maddison, Leicester CityOf the six players selected here, James Maddison is the closest match to Pogba based on his statistics from last season. It was the 22-year-old’s first campaign in top-flight football, but he stepped up with ease.Maddison’s figures for assists (0.22), dribbles (1.58) and passes in the final third (23.2) fell short of Pogba’s. However, the two players created a near identical number of chances from open player (1.61 per 90 minutes) and Maddison was on top when it came to goals (0.19), successful tackles (1.52) and dribble success rate (68.5%).Fabián Ruiz, NapoliHaving been forced to bide his time for a starting role at Napoli, Fabián Ruiz became increasingly influential for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as the season wore on. His form towards the end of the campaign has reportedly aroused the interest of Real Madrid, with Napoli apparently demanding at least double the €30m they paid to sign the Spaniard from Real Betis last summer.Given the transfer fees United are thought to be weighing up, that wouldn’t necessarily be a stumbling block for a player who outperformed Pogba last season by a significant margin in many areas. While Fabián registered notably fewer assists, his overall creativity was sensational, averaging a remarkable 2.8 key passes from open play, 31.93 passes in the final third and an impressive 2.44 tackles per 90 minutes.Giovani Lo Celso, Real BetisGiovani Lo Celso was effectively Fabian’s replacement at Real Betis last season and he was an extremely shrewd signing for the club, who are now in line to make a huge profit on the Argentinian. The 23-year-old’s versatility would make him an asset to any side; he previously operated as a deep-lying playmaker at PSG before adopting a far more advanced role in Spain.Lo Celso, who is currently representing his country at the Copa América, is coming off a prolific season. He averaged 0.26 goals per 90, but he isn’t as creative as Pogba, or indeed much of the competition here. He makes up for that with his dribbling (2.35 successful dribbles per 90 minutes) and tackling (1.98 per 90 minutes).Houssem Aouar, LyonIf a move for Maddison proves too costly for United, Houssem Aouar offers a startlingly similar skillset. The Frenchman usually operates from a deeper position than Maddison, but he matched his tallies for both goals and assists last season (seven each). And, at just 20 years old, he is the youngest player analysed here. Aouar beat Pogba in term of goals and tackles per 90 minutes, but he fell short of his countryman in the other five metrics.Youri Tielemans, Monaco (on loan at Leicester)Another player reportedly on United’s radar this summer, Tielemans impressed during his loan spell at Leicester City and looks set for a permanent move away from Monaco this summer. The Belgium international, like Pogba, isn’t shy to shoot from distance but, aside from his goalscoring (0.23 goals per 90 minutes) and tackling (2.01 per 90 minutes), his figures don’t quite stack up to the competition.The 22-year-old has an eye for a pass, but he isn’t overly creative, averaging modest returns for assists (0.16), passes in the final third (19.95) and key passes from open play (1.04) per 90 minutes. Nor does he really drive his team on in possession when it comes to dribbling. If United want a like-for-like replacement for Pogba, Tielemans isn’t the right man.Donny van de Beek, Ajax Guardian Sport Network Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter The top transfer targets in action at the Copa América Topics Share on WhatsApp
Transfers Chelsea January transfer news LIVE: Chelsea consider Arnautovic approach Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:20 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Chelsea Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blues as the January transfer window heats up Chelsea consider Arnautovic approachWest Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic is the latest name on Chelsea’s list of potential January striker signings, claims ESPN .Chelsea are in the market for a new forward and had been interested in Arnautovic’s team-mate Andy Carroll before injury scuppered a possible deal .Stoke City’s Peter Crouch – a former team-mate of Arnautovic’s – and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes are other names under consideration before the transfer deadline. 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 Hazard scolds father for fuelling Real Madrid talkEden Hazard has admitted he scolded father Thierry over the latter’s claims that the Chelsea star was holding out for a Real Madrid move.”I talked with him [to tell him off], no, no worries,” he joked to reporters, before underling his commitment to the Blues.Read the full story here! Roma vow to replace DzekoRoma have plans in place if Chelsea’s reported swoop for Edin Dzeko and Emerson comes to pass.The Premier League club have been linked with a surprising selection of strikers over recent days, with former Wolfsburg and Manchester City man Dzeko one of the men understood to be in their sights .Asked whether Dzeko and Emerson might join Chelsea, Roma’s director of football Monchi told reporters: “Whatever will be will be.”Read the full story on Goal right here! ‘No chance’ of Vidal January moveArturo Vidal says there is “no chance” of him leaving Bayern Munich in January as he wants to challenge for the Champions League this season.The 30-year-old has been linked with a move to Chelsea despite head coach Jupp Heynckes’ insistence nobody would be sold during the transfer window.Get the full story right here! Conte admits possible Batshuayi exitChelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted Michy Batshuayi could leave the club during the current transfer window. The Belgian has attracted strong interest from Sevilla, although any move would appear to hinge on whether Chelsea manage to find a striker over the course of January.Read the full story here! Chelsea can still secure Crouch dealDespite Stoke City manager Paul Lambert telling Chelsea that Peter Crouch is not for sale, a deal for the striker could still happen, reports The Independent .Crouch is believed to be keen for the switch to happen, and if the right offer comes along and Stoke can find a replacement, the 36-year-old will be allowed to leave.Chelsea turn to Burnley’s BarnesChelsea have turned to Burnley striker Ashley Barnes in their attempts to bolster their forward line, Goal understands.The Blues have been linked with Andy Carroll, Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch in recent days.And now Antonio Conte’s side are interested in bringing Barnes – who has scored three Premier League goals this season – to Stamford Bridge.Get the full story here! Cole close to Championship returnJourneyman striker Carlton Cole is close to a move to the Championship, claims the Sun . The former Chelsea man is currently training with League One’s AFC Wimbledon. But he might step up a division after Hull City and Birmingham City targeted the forward in a bid to avoid relegation.
Transfers Neymar: I really want to work with Guardiola Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 19:19 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Frederic Stevens Transfers Manchester City Premier League PSG Ligue 1 Neymar Guardiola The lure of playing for the Manchester City coach is one that remains tempting to the world’s most expensive player Neymar has reiterated his desire to one day play under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar missed the chance to feature under Guardiola at Barcelona, joining the club a year after the Catalan had left his role as head coach.Brazil forward Neymar spoke in January 2016 of his admiration for Guardiola, who enjoyed a spell at Bayern Munich between his jobs at Barca and City. 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 And working with Guardiola is an ambition that Neymar still holds.”I have always wanted to work with Guardiola,” he told ESPN Brasil. “It’s different, I arrived [at Barca] after he left. I really want to work with him.”Neymar joined PSG from Barca last August in a world-record €222 million move, but has already been strongly linked with a return to La Liga and his former club’s great rivals, Real Madrid.
The ACT Touch Association would like to invite you and your team to participate in the Canberra Carnivale being held on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of November 2008 at the Deakin Touch fields in Canberra.This event will be quite different to the usual Touch Football Knock-out. The emphasis will be on the social teams and having several activities over the weekend that will make this tournament different to other knockouts.They will have a dash for cash, 2 on 1 defence comps for cash, a referees’ dash for cash, jumping castle for the kids, kids novelty events and a big function on the Saturday night. Of course there’ll be prize money as well for the winners in each division!While there’ll be the usual elite competition open to all teams, the emphasis will be on the social teams and creating a carnival atmosphere, with everybody having fun.If you’d like to find out more about our Canberra Carnivale and any teams in your competitions would like to nominate, please visit our website at http://www.acttouch.com.au and click on Canberra Carnivale 2008.Please come and join us for what is shaping to be a great Carnival. We look forward to having you and your team involved in the Canberra Carnivale. You won’t regret it!Related Filescanberra_carnivale_poster_2008-pdf
Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, 2015@finebaum harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, 2015@finebaum that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.
Rangers host Celtic on Saturday aiming to close the three-point gap that has opened up between the Glasgow rivals.Steven Gerrard’s men slipped to a 1-1 draw against Hibs on Boxing Day, allowing the Parkhead outfit to open up daylight between the teams thanks to a dramatic 4-3 victory away against Aberdeen.The Hoops can take full command of the league for the first time this season if they win at Ibrox, but the Gers could theoretically end 2018 on top of the standings, even if a four-goal victory seems far fetched. 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? Game Rangers vs Celtic Date Saturday, December 29 Time 12:30pm BST / 7:30am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched via B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream N/A B/R Live In the UK, the game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football and available online via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Robbie McCrorie Defenders Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Worrall, McAuley Midfielders Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Kelly, Grezda Forwards Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Middleton Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Halliday; Jack, McCrorie, Arfield; Kent, Morelos, Candeias Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard, Mullen Defenders Izaguirre, Benkovic, J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Church, Duffy, Deas, McInroy, Ralston, Walsh, Tierney, Bell Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Allan, Ntcham, Robertson, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kennedy, McLaughlin, McKay, Marku Forwards Hayes, Christie, Edouard, Miller, R. Hendry, Hill, McGrath, Diver, Johnston, Savoury, Aitchison, Okoflex Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, McGregor; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair; JohnstonBetting & Match Odds Celtic are favourites to come out on top at Ibrox, with bet365 offering odds of 19/20 on a Bhoys victory. Rangers are considered an 11/4 bet to win, while a draw is 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is acutely aware of how much hinges on Saturday’s derby clash with Celtic, in which victory would draw them level with their rivals but defeat leave them trailing by six points.He believes that the Gers have made a strong start to the season but wants one more big effort before the winter break begins.“I feel we’re a couple of results away from having the perfect six months, if you like,” said Gerrard.“We have to bring our ‘A’ game. We’re playing against a good team with good players. They will be well drilled, I know that for sure.“We know that we have to bring our best to get the result we want. I’m confident the players can do that.”Only Aberdeen have won at Ibrox in any competition this term and the former Liverpool man wants to see his side at their best in the high-profile encounter.“I think we’ve shown at Ibrox this season against high-level opposition that when we play with freedom, back ourselves and go out with confidence then we’ve played some really nice stuff,” he added. “It’s the last fixture, there’s 90 minutes to go empty it for and give everything you’ve got. “We’ve certainly got respect for the opposition but what a fantastic opportunity for the players to go try to get the result we need.”Brendan Rodgers’ side will take some stopping, though. The Northern Irishman has won on his four previous visits to Ibrox, with his side scoring 12 goals and conceding only four.After losses to Red Bull Salzburg and Hibs, there are signs that they are getting up a head of steam again, with comfortable successes over Motherwell and Dundee followed by a dramatic win over Aberdeen on Boxing Day, in which the Hoops showed character to score twice late on to negate a controversial penalty decision.
David de Gea put in an inspired performance on Sunday to lead Manchester United to a clean sheet and vital victory over Tottenham – and he had the Red Devils faithful falling over themselves to pay tribute.United took all three points in a tense top-six clash, with the only goal coming before half-time.Marcus Rashford took full advantage of a terrific Paul Pogba pass and converted past Hugo Lloris to make it 1-0, a strike which proved the only goal of the game at Wembley. 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? At the other end, however, De Gea had to be at his very best as Spain’s No. 1 was bombarded throughout the game by Spurs.No fewer than 11 shots on target were repelled by the goalkeeper, whose heroics helped United move level with Arsenal in fifth place and keep up their brilliant start to life under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.It was the most shots De Gea has stopped in a top-flight league match without conceding. And he took all the plaudits from observers for his latest match-winning display in a United shirt.RT if you believe De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the World 🌍 🧤 pic.twitter.com/2VFd0GHKKP— THE POWER MUFC 🇾🇪 (@EamonnPower23) 13 de enero de 2019The £18.9 million United spent on De Gea. Well worth it. #mufc pic.twitter.com/r7mq9ntt5f— Aditya Rathod (@aditya_reds) 13 de enero de 2019How the Man Utd players greet David De Gea every training session pic.twitter.com/4BG8xVoNHx— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) 13 de enero de 2019It wouldn’t take much for me to tattoo @D_DeGea’s beautiful face on my body right now… 🔥🔥🔥 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/w8wC35jCQ9— Corey Andress (@EACoreySA) 13 de enero de 2019David De Gea that was brilliant 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Y1kXcUt10O— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) 13 de enero de 2019De Gea my goat— Santan (@Santandave1) 13 de enero de 2019Goal – DE GEAAssist – DE GEAJoke! Only thing he’s not done so far though 😉#TOTMUN #FPL pic.twitter.com/9TVs3Ui5pJ— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) 13 de enero de 2019David De Gea’s legs could save the UK from Brexit.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 13 de enero de 2019De Gea’s been better with his feet today than every Arsenal outfield player combined yesterday. #THFCvMUFC— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 13 de enero de 2019Where would we be without @D_DeGea 🙌🏽🙌🏽 @ManUtd— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) January 13, 2019Cracking game of football. Big win for @ManUtd and the difference in them post Mourinho says much. Having said that @SpursOfficial were terrific in the 2nd half and but for Spiderman in goal could well have won.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 13, 2019I did a #DeGea edit and he saved it. pic.twitter.com/rUKbbOpN5O— Emilio Sansolini (@EmilioSansolini) January 13, 2019 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Everton do not have the “financial conditions” to sign players in the January transfer window, according to Marco Silva.The Toffees are 10th in the Premier League having responded to back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City with a 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth.Reports suggest their forward line is set to be depleted with Oumar Niasse said to be nearing a loan move to Cardiff City. 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? But they may not be able replace the forward, with boss Silva telling reporters: “When you asked me the last few weeks the possible players coming or not in the market, I told you that you just can’t sign someone if someone leaves the club or we sell someone.”We don’t have the financial conditions to go in the market, [that] is the feedback I have at the moment. I have to find different solutions.”Everton are thought to be keen on signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea following his struggles while out on loan at Valencia during the first half of the campaign.However, Silva added: “It is not the moment for us to talk about player A, B, C or D [and] if they could interest our model as a team.”We have to work with the players we have here, develop them, let them get better every day. This is our job.”What can happen in the market you know already, what are our possibilities as a club and my possibilities as a manager to do or not.”
The family of missing footballer Emiliano Sala have hit the required target on a fundraiser with the intention of resuming the search for the Cardiff City player.Search and recovery efforts were called off on Thursday evening , three days after the plane carrying the Argentine from former club Nantes to his new side disappeared from radar over the English Channel .A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) has been met on a GoFundMe page set up to enable the family of the forward to resume a private search for him and pilot David Ibbotson. 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? As of Sunday January 27, the total raised surpassed €320,000, having met the target within the two days since it was posted.The funds have gone towards two watercraft that began operations on Saturday.Efforts to find the missing plane, a PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft, were conducted for just under 72 hours before they were concluded earlier this week.Guernsey harbourmaster David Barker had described the decision to put an end to operations as difficult, but citied that he was sure no more could have been done, adding that chances of survival were likely “extremely remote”.There have been calls from several major figures both inside and outside of the football community for the search to be resumed.Barcelona star Lionel Messi and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri were among those speaking out in support of Sala’s family.Numerous players, including Adrien Rabiot, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, contributed to the GoFundMe page.Sala moved to France in 2010 to join the youth set-up at Bordeaux and has, to date, played his full professional career in the country.He joined Nantes in 2015 following stints with Orleans, Niort and Caen, and made 132 appearances for the club, scoring 48 goals.He had been in excellent form for them in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 13 goals across all competitions.Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side for £15m ($19.8m) earlier this month.He previously turned down a bid from the Chinese Super League in order to join the Premier League club.
As if Los Angeles FC needed more attacking firepower, the club has signed a new young designated player in the form of Brian Rodriguez from Uruguayan giants Penarol. The 19-year-old forward comes to MLS to join up with an LAFC attack that has already netted 61 goals through 23 matches and boasts the league’s leading scorer in the form of Carlos Vela. LAFC has a comfortable lead atop the MLS standings heading into the closing run of the season, but the second-year club wasn’t alone in making big moves on deadline day. 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? Minnesota United also landed a young DP, signing a Uruguayan of their own in 18-year-old Thomas Chacon from Danubio FC. The Loons lead the chasing pack in the Western Conference but currently sit 14 points back of Bob Bradley’s outfit. Not to be outdone, the New York Red Bulls brought a young DP in on loan, with the club landing Southampton winger Josh Sims for the rest of the MLS season. Fresh off of the news that Wayne Rooney would be leaving at the end of the season, D.C. United jumped back into the transfer market on Wednesday as well. United landed Norwegian international Ola Kamara from Chinese side Shenzhen F.C. for a fee of $2.5 million, bringing the striker back to MLS. The club also landed MLS veterans Emmanuel Boateng and Felipe as the capital side looks to make a push for an MLS Cup title before Rooney heads back to England. The Montreal Impact were also active in the transfer dealings. The Canadian club made headlines by signing former Barcelona midfielder Bojan Krkic from Stoke City, but the Impact weren’t done there. The Impact also reached a deal to bring back 20-year-old Ballou Tabla on loan from Barcelona B. The Impact sit sixth in the Eastern Conference, with the top seven teams earning playoff spots. The club also reportedly sent MLS veteran Micheal Azira and a second-round draft pick in the 2020 MLS draft to the Chicago Fire in exchange for Jorge Corrales and the top spot in the allocation order, which the Impact used to land Tabla. The Houston Dynamo, on the outside looking in as it stands in the Western Conference playoff race, also made a move to bolster their attack, trading for LAFC forward Christian Ramirez. Another team hoping to make a push for the playoffs in the West, Real Salt Lake, landed some help for the midfield in a trade with Sporting Kansas City which sent Kelyn Rowe to Utah in exchange for international roster slot for 2019 and $75,000 in targeted allocation money.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier today, we got a few big updates on Big Ten football scheduling, including new crossover opponents starting in 2022, and schedules from 2022-25. That means we now know the dates and locations for a ton of new Ohio State football match-ups.The Big Ten rolled out its 2022-25 schedules this afternoon. The full list is available here.Starting in 2016, Nebraska has been Ohio State’s annual crossover opponent. The other two crossover spots rotate on an annual basis.In 2022, the five-year cycle changes. Ohio State will have Wisconsin on its schedule through 2027.Here are the upcoming Ohio State football schedules, after today’s announcement.Teams have not fully filled their non-conference slates yet, so there are still a few openings for the Buckeyes.Ohio State football 2022 schedule:Sept. 3: vs. Notre Dame Sept. 10: Open Sept. 17: vs. Toledo Sept. 24: at Michigan State Oct. 1: at Penn State Oct. 8: vs. Rutgers Oct. 15: vs. Iowa Oct 22: Open Oct. 29: vs. Indiana Nov. 5: at Northwestern Nov. 12: vs. Wisconsin Nov. 19: at Maryland Nov. 26: vs. MichiganOhio State football 2023 schedule:Sept. 2: at Indiana Sept. 9: Open Sept. 16: Open Sept. 23: at Notre Dame Sept. 30: Open Oct. 7: vs. Maryland Oct. 14: at Purdue Oct. 21: vs. Penn State Oct. 28: at Wisconsin Nov. 4: at Rutgers Nov. 11: vs. Michigan State Nov. 18: vs. Minnesota Nov. 25: at MarylandOhio State football 2024 schedule:Aug. 31: Open Sept. 7: Open Sept. 14: at Washington Sept. 21: Open Sept. 28: vs. Illinois Oct. 5: vs. Rutgers Oct 12: at Nebraska Oct. 19: Open Oct. 26: vs. Wisconsin Nov. 2: at Maryland Nov. 9: at Penn State Nov. 16: vs. Indiana Nov. 23: at Michigan State Nov. 30: vs. MichiganOhio State football 2025 schedule:Aug. 30: at Texas Sept. 6: Open Sept. 13: vs. Washington Sept. 20: at Indiana Sept. 27: at Iowa Oct. 4: vs. Maryland Oct 11: at Wisconsin Oct. 18: Open Oct. 25: at Rutgers Nov. 1: vs. Northwestern Nov. 8: Open Nov. 15: vs. Penn State Nov. 22: vs. Michigan State Nov. 29: at Michigan
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football’s Week 1 game against Akron, set to be Scott Frost’s debut, was postponed after the storms that rolled across the country a few weeks ago.UCF was supposed to travel to North Carolina this weekend, but with Hurricane Florence set to hit the state, that game has met the same fate. Both are very unlikely to be made up.Losing a game really hurts a team like Nebraska, which could find itself fighting for six wins and bowl eligibility, thanks to a tough Big 12 schedule.Obviously, UCF is not the same type of opponent as Akron, which Nebraska’s staff knows all too well. Both teams do share an open date on Oct. 27, though.So, would Scott Frost and Nebraska football look to add a mid-season game against his former team, UCF?That seems very unlikely.Frost was asked about that possibility today, and he more-or-less shot it down, and admitted it’d be hard to see his new guys hitting his old players.Nebraska coach Scott Frost says he wouldn’t rule out trying to add UCF to the Huskers’ schedule on Oct. 27. But it’s not something that sounds likely: “Personally I’d cringe a little when our defensive end hit their quarterback. That’s not how you want to go into any game.”— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 13, 2018The quarterback in question is UCF’s McKenzie Milton, who, with Frost, led the Knights to last year’s undefeated season.This year, he’s being discussed as a fringe-Heisman candidate, and has already put up big numbers through two weeks. He has 589 yards and six touchdowns through the air, along with three interceptions, in wins over UConn and South Carolina State.UCF is 2-0 on the year. Nebraska is 0-1, with last week’s loss to Colorado. The Huskers host Troy this weekend.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A major college football coach is getting criticized for what he said after his team’s heartbreaking loss on Saturday.Nebraska suffered one of the toughest losses of the season on Saturday, blowing a 10-point lead with less than 3 minutes to go. The Huskers then lost in overtime.Frost was asked after the game about his team’s defensive meltdown. His answer is drawing some criticism.The Nebraska head coach told the media that he doesn’t call the defensive plays and that his players need to simply make plays.“One, I don’t call the defense, and two, make a play,” he said. “One more play. We had two 4th and 10s. We obviously can’t get a 15-yard penalty when they’re buried on the 1. Can’t get pass interferences. Gotta make one more play. Somewhere.”Here’s his full answer:Full context of Frost’s quotes on last couple defensive drives. #huskers pic.twitter.com/L2VdtynIoQ— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 13, 2018It makes sense that Frost is not happy, but there are still going to be some who are going to be upset with his “I don’t call the defense” comment, as some will say he’s not taking accountability.Regardless, Nebraska is now 0-6. The Huskers are set to play Minnesota on Saturday.
Kirk Herbstreit isn’t afraid to state his argument, even if it will ruffle some feathers. Well, he put that theory to the test once again, as the analyst went after one major program on ESPN’s College GameDay.During the show, the panel discussed the UCF Knights and their undefeated record. While a comeback victory over Memphis was quite impressive, Herbstreit isn’t ready to crown them as a title-contending program.In fact, Herbstreit believes other programs are more deserving than UCF.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”The knock on the Knights is their weak schedule, which features teams such as Connecticut, South Carolina State and Florida Atlantic.Clearly, these comments didn’t sit well with UCF, as the program took its thoughts to Twitter.Hi @KirkHerbstreit pic.twitter.com/5wKKG4gINZ— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 20, 2018Although UCF isn’t exactly thrilled with Herbstreit’s rant about strength of schedule, the Mountain West Conference is absolutely loving it.?☕️ pic.twitter.com/Ybx49C2HNb— Mountain West (@MountainWest) October 20, 2018If the Knights are going to change the perception of the program, they can’t afford to lose a single game. Perhaps, victories over USF and Cincinnati toward the end of the year will help.UCF will play East Carolina tonight, as the pursuit of perfection lives on.
(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Virginia native Chris Tyree is a five-star recruit and the top-ranked all-purpose back in the class of 2020. He has gotten plenty attention from the best programs in college football.247Sports’ composite rankings have Tyree as the No. 23 player in the class, overall. He’s the second-ranked player in Virginia.Tyree says that his recruitment remains open to all comers. However, 10 schools stand above the rest right now.This afternoon, Chris Tyree announced his current Top 10 schools.All 10 are major conference teams, and every Power Five league is represented, making this a pretty diverse list.The list currently features Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.Top ? pic.twitter.com/aKNcKAoavF— Chris Tyree4️⃣ (@chris_tyree4) December 5, 2018Tyree’s full note:I would like to thank ALL of the schools that are giving me an opportunity to be a part of their program. I’ve really enjoyed this process and I appreciate all the people I’ve met and created relationships with. Although MY RECRUITMENT IS 100% STILL OPEN and I will not be shutting any schools off, I feel like the following 10 schools show that they are the best fit for me at this time.It is very early, but Penn State is the early favorite to land Tyree, at least based on the first few 247 crystal ball predictions.Three of the four predictions logged have him becoming the next five-star Nittany Lions running back, while the lone dissenter believes he will stay in Virginia and play for the Hokies.
BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)After the Texas Longhorns play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, they will have plenty of time to reset and reload for the 2019 season. After today’s start to the early signing period, it looks like they’ll be in great shape to do so.The Longhorns now have the No. 9 ranked recruiting class in the country.Texas still trails Big 12 rival Oklahoma, who finished just ahead at No. 8.The Longhorns’ recruiting class includes 22 commits: 13 4-star prospects and nine 3-star prospects.Headlining Texas’ class are three Top-100 prospects: OT Tyler Johnson, the No. 37 ranked prospect in the country; WR Jordan Whittington, the No. 53 ranked prospect in the country; and, De’Gabriel Floyd, the No. 64 ranked prospect in the country.Fam ✊? pic.twitter.com/tS0nTRvf1Z— Tyler Johnson (@TylerJohnson_74) December 19, 2018STARGAZING. ? @J_Whitt3#fUTure19 #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/EBP5SlJ9uG— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) December 19, 2018Welcome to the family De’Gabriel Floyd. ?#fUTure19 #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/OcnXlxxljw— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) December 19, 2018Unfortunately, the ranking is not an improvement from last year, when the team had the No. 3 ranked class in the country and the No. 1 ranked class in the Big 12.The Longhorns are the only team in the top-10 unable to secure a five-star recruit by today’s start to the early signing period.