About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner: We score thousands of training goalsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner has called on his players to start converting their chances as they look to escape relegation this season.The Terriers have scored just four goals in their last six matches ahead of their bottom of the table clash with Fulham on Saturday.Wagner said: “In training it’s not about a lack of effort or attitude. In training they hit the back of the net thousands of times.”But in games it hasn’t clicked so far. This is the truth, but I think it is all about seeing the chance and taking the opportunity that is in front of you.”Recent results have affected our performances. In other games performances were on a very good level.”We defended well and created unbelievable opportunities but we didn’t score and this is the truth.”This is where we have to improve – we have to take steps to convert our chances, our performances and our ball possession.”
Newcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was differenceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Chelsea’s quality made the difference for Saturday’s defeat.Chelsea won 2-1 with Willian proving the matchwinner.Benitez said afterwards, “When you’re playing against a very good team, sometimes these things can happen. We made a mistake but to be fair, Willian was great and we had to make double effort. To be fair we cannot complain about what the players were doing on the pitch.”We made a couple of big mistakes with the first goal and the first goal after we scored but overall we were fine in a lot of parts of the game. Always I talk about the final third decisions. Willian or Hazard or Pedro can make the difference and they have.”It’s even more important now. We know that we have difficult games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row. We have to get the points we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll set for Brighton chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Andy Carroll is set to be named on the bench against Brighton this weekend.It will be Carroll’s second debut for Newcastle after joining as a free agent in the summer.Carroll visited a specialist in London last week and was given the okay to speed up his recovery, according to the Daily Mail.The former Liverpool man has trained well over the past two days, giving Steve Bruce enough confidence to include him in the match-day squad to face the Seagulls. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Parker delighted as Fulham thrash Readingby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott Parker was delighted with Fulham’s ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.Parker’s Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift’s red-card.The win pushes Fulham up to fourth on the Championship table after 10 games.Speaking after the match, Parker said: “I was delighted with the performance.”I’ve been delighted with the performances over the past four or five weeks but the results have been missing a little bit.”That’s what most people usually look at and I understand that. But tonight, I thought that we were first class from start to finish.”In the first 30 minutes, we were devastating – even though they had a man sent off.”But, prior to that, I felt that we had really stamped our authority on the game and showed our quality.”We’re going to be a team very hard to deal with in the first 20 or 30 minutes. Even when Reading had 11 men, it was still difficult for them.”We moved the ball very quickly and with an intensity. And we were really clinical in the final third.”Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked a lot on getting that cutting edge about us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino dismisses Keane hugging blastby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has dismissed Roy Keane’s blast after seeing Liverpool and Manchester United players for ‘hugging and kissing’ in the tunnel before Sunday’s game at Old Trafford.Firmino and his team-mate Fabinho were seen embracing United’s Fred and Andreas Pereira in the tunnel, with all four players having played for Brazil.Firmino told ESPN Brazil: “I don’t want to create controversy with anyone.”I find it quite normal before the game to greet each other, ask how they are doing. That’s all. Nothing more than that.”But on the pitch, they aren’t friends, each one defends his club to the best of his ability. Then the rivalry increases on the pitch.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Terry Richardson #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is a bona fide Ohio State great after his tenure as All-Big Ten quarterback and later a dynamic wide receiver.His status with the program wasn’t in question, but now he is officially in the ranks of the “greats” at Ohio Stadium, where his poster has been added.Miller and defensive end Joey Bosa are the two latest Buckeyes to receive the honor.Bosa and Braxton have been added into the Hall of Greats at Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/7N9gVoNy3a— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) August 31, 2016Miller is incredibly grateful to have his posted hanging at “The Horseshoe.”Miller proved to be a threat at every level of offense during his time at Ohio State. As quarterback from 2011-2013, he threw for 5,295 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. He rushed for 3,315 yards and 33 touchdowns, including 1,000 yard seasons on the ground in 2012 and 2013. As a receiver in 2015, Miller caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.While his numbers at receiver won’t blow anyone away, it was his first year playing the position, and the team dealt with issues at quarterback, as J.T. Barrett did not win the job back from the up-and-down Cardale Jones until midway through the year. Even so, Miller showed enough to be a third round pick by the Houston Texans, where he now plays alongside superstar DeAndre Hopkins and promising receivers like Jaelen Strong and Will Fuller.
Ederson has admitted that it was win or bust for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium last week when Pep Guardiola’s men rose to the occasion.City secured a hard-fought 2-1 home victory against the Reds which closed the gap at the top of the Premier League table to just four points, with 17 matches remaining.Defeat would have seen the 2018 winners fall 10 points behind their rivals but the title race has now been blown wide open, with Tottenham also in the hunt, sitting two points further back in third. 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? Goalkeeper Ederson has confessed that the team were under pressure to produce the goods against Liverpool in front of their own fans and he hopes that now they can maintain that high level of performance until May.”For us, it was a matter of life or death,” Ederson told Sky Sports. “We knew the circumstances around the game – drawing or losing was not an option. We only contemplated winning, and we did a great game.”It was our best game in the Premier League so far, and hopefully we will continue at the same level as of now.”City have won their last four games in all competitions to bounce back from a disappointing December, with a home clash against Wolves up next on Monday.Ederson will retain his place between the sticks after a strong first half of the season, despite coming under the microscope at times for his unorthodox style in possession.The Brazil international often shows off flashes of skill and takes risks in dangerous positions, with one ‘no-look’ pass against Southampton recently the subject of intense scrutiny.He went on to reveal that his team-mates were not impressed by his antics that day, but he stands by his methods.”It was a play during the game,” Ederson continued. “The forward was pressing high and it was over very quickly. It was my only resource at that time and I executed it well”I got into the dressing room and my team-mates are telling me ‘why did you dare to do that when we were 1-0 up?”I told them that you need to have that personality and that calm as well and luckily it worked out very well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Major League Soccer has announced Austin FC as its 27th team, with the club set to begin play in 2021.The expansion team was confirmed at an event in Austin on Tuesday, with former Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt set to take charge of the Texas-based franchise. Precourt originally tried to move the Crew to Austin but after months of fan protests, he sold the team to new ownership who will keep the club in Ohio. 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? Instead, Precourt will be at the helm of the league’s 27th team, as expansion continues apace in the North American top division. FC Cincinnati will join the league in 2019 as its 24th franchise, followed by teams in Nashville and Miami that are expected to enter in 2020. Austin FC will be the first major professional sports franchise in the Texas capital. “We are extremely proud to be the first major professional sports league to become part of the fabric of this important and thriving American city,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league release. “In their support of a world-class soccer stadium that benefits the entire community, the leadership of the city of Austin has shown tremendous faith in our league and the sport of soccer in North America.”Groundbreaking for a new stadium in Austin will take place later this year and the venue is set to open with Austin FC’s first home game in the spring of 2021.“This is a historic day for Austin, as MLS becomes the first major league to plant roots in our beautiful city,” Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin said“We believe professional soccer will bring a great and especially needed benefit to our city. In two years, this team and an elite soccer stadium will bring together all kinds of people from all over Austin in a way that we do not gather today.”Precourt was also pleased with the outcome and promised to build a contender in central Texas. “This is a very proud moment, and we are so happy to share it with the people of Austin, City leadership, the dedicated soccer fans of the region, and everyone who believed in our mission to bring Major League Soccer to this incredible community,” said Precourt.“The greatest way we can show our gratitude is in our actions as leaders of Austin FC. Our intent is to build a team that will be a perennial contender for MLS Cup, to build a stadium at McKalla Place that rivals the best sporting venues in North America, and to cultivate a club culture that brings people together and always give back.”
Luciano Spalletti insists he retains the full support of his Inter squad despite the Nerazzurri slipping to a shock 1-0 defeat to Bologna in Serie A.For the third successive league match Inter failed to score, let alone win, as Federico Santander gave Sinisa Mihajlovic victory on his return to Bologna.The pressure is growing on Spalletti and he was jeered by sections of the San Siro crowd during Sunday’s game, though he is adamant he can rectify the situation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The team is with me and as far as I’m concerned, I don’t have any issues there,” he said.”We created problems for ourselves today. Even when we should’ve been comfortable or were in a position to score. “You then lose confidence in your own ability and if the level of insecurity grows, you start to make mistakes, while the opposition can score.”It takes a strong character to react, and we must improve on this.FT #InterBologna 0-1The Rossoblu secure a narrow win at the Meazza. pic.twitter.com/Bj6wRTx3rb— Inter (@Inter_en) February 3, 2019″Every time we fall beneath the standards that we’ve set, we even make the most basic of errors. “The football wasn’t fluid but we still had three clear chances to take the lead. At times, one chance would’ve been enough but we didn’t manage to score and then you start trying to force it too much.”And when asked about the reaction from some of the home support, Spalletti was not too concerned, insisting the paying public were perfectly within their rights to express their opinions.”Whistles don’t change anything in my attitude,” he added. “The fans deserve better, because this is Inter.”Serious responses are needed with what we do on the pitch and how we think.”
Liverpool are hoping to complete the signing of teenage defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, but will face competition from a host of top European clubs for the Netherlands youth international.The Reds are keen to bring the 17-year-old centre-back to Anfield this summer, but Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are all keen on the Dutch under-19 star, while Sampdoria are understood to have bid €2.5m (£2.25m) for him in January.After a 2017-18 in which he made his first-team debut with seven matches in the Eredvisie, Van den Berg enjoyed a breakthrough year at Zwolle last season, playing 16 Eredivisie games under former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, helping them to a 13th-place finish in the Dutch top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The defender would go into Liverpool’s Academy setup initially, playing for the under-18 and under-23 sides, with a view to progression to Melwood should he impress at that level.Liverpool enjoyed success after recruiting another young Dutch defender, Ki-Jana Hoever, from Ajax last summer. Hoever shone at youth level and made a surprise senior debut in the FA Cup at Wolves in January. Reds chiefs hope the 6ft 3in van den Berg can follow in those footsteps.Van den Berg’s signing, although not yet confirmed, would be seen as a real coup for the Reds’ recruitment team, given the level of competition. Dave Fallows, the head of recruitment, and chief scout Barry Hunter have in been particularly keen to pursue the deal, and believe significant progress has been made in the past few days.Hunter was instrumental in the signing of Joe Gomez from Charlton in 2015. Then, Liverpool recruited a young, promising defender with a view to developing him as a first-team player for the long-term. Gomez’s impact on Merseyside was almost immediate, though injuries hampered his progress thereafter.Liverpool’s recruitment team are confident that van den Berg, who is about to enter the final year of his contract with Zwolle, is at a similar level to Gomez four years ago, and expect him to, like Hoever, push for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad before too long. Like Hoever, he already speaks excellent English and the scouting reports and character references from the Netherlands have been overwhelmingly positive.The defender, who does not turn 18 until December, has already represented the Netherlands at under-19 level, playing for them three times and scoring once during the UEFA U-19 championship qualifying rounds. His younger brother, Rav, is also on Zwolle’s books and has been previously linked with Liverpool, although sources have told Goal that Sepp is the only one the club are pursuing at present.Liverpool released a number of under-23 and under-18 players earlier this month, including defenders Corey Whelan, Patrik Raitanen, Conor Masterson, Juanma and Connor Randall. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri has been handed a six-game ban by the FA for using racist language against an opponent during a friendly game against Mansfield last July.The 29-year-old forward, who was acquitted in March of racially aggravated harassment at Mansfield Magistrates Court over the incident, has also received a £25,000 ($30,000) fine.An FA regulatory commission found Forestieri guilty of abusing Mansfield’s Krystian Pearce during a mass brawl when the sides met in a pre-season game at the League Two side’s Field Mill stadium last summer. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His sanction comes on the day the FA announced it has increased the minimum ban for anyone found guilty of racial abuse from five to six matches for the forthcoming season.An FA spokesperson said: “It was further alleged that the words constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.“The striker has also been warned as to his future conduct and must attend face to face education but the sanction is currently set aside pending appeal.”Forestieri, an Argentine-born former Italy youth international, has always denied that he racially abused Pearce.The striker signed for Wednesday from Watford in 2015 and has scored 38 goals in 111 Championship games.“I am devastated and disappointed with the decision of the Regulatory Commission,” said Forestieri in a statement issued via the club.”Throughout that period of time, throughout both the criminal proceedings and the FA’s disciplinary proceedings, I have consistently and strenuously denied the allegations that have been made against me.”Whilst I was shocked and saddened to face criminal charges regarding this matter, I was equally happy to be found not guilty of those charges in March 2019 by the criminal court and considered that to be the end of a very distressing time. As I said at the time, I felt vindicated by the decision of the judge.”The decision goes against everything about the person I am and the person I was brought up to be.”It is absolutely no comfort to me that, when charging me with misconduct, the FA were very clear that they did not consider me to be racist but instead believed that I had acted in the ‘heat of the moment.”Wednesday begin their Championship season away at Reading on Saturday as they look to return ot the top flight for the first time since being relegated in 1999/00.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Nothing says chaos like an FCS team beating an FBS opponent. We’ve already seen a couple of those upsets so far this season and its only Week 1.Is another one brewing in North Carolina? It certainly seems that way.ECU is hosting North Carolina A&T this afternoon. Late in the fourth quarter, the Aggies lead 28-23.A&T scored to take the lead on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Kylil Carter to Elijah Bell with 7:05 remaining.TD AGGIES! 3rd lead change in the 4th quarter as N.C. A&T takes a 28-23 lead with 7:05 remaining! #NCATvsECU pic.twitter.com/aTIe9B4ncU— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 2, 2018Now, there’s less than five minutes remaining. However, ECU just got the ball back, so maybe they can get something going.ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery is on the hot seat after back-to-back 3-9 seasons. Losing this game certainly won’t help his cause.We will keep you posted on the outcome of this game.
Iowa State and Baylor are doing battle on Saturday, and it looks like tension between the two squads boiled over a bit in the second half. Two players were ejected after a fight on the field.Tempers were already flaring after Iowa State running back David Montgomery was pushed out of bounds late by Baylor safety Chris Miller. Two plays later, it got worse.After a one-yard run by Montgomery, Baylor defensive end Greg Roberts jumped over a referee to try to punch the running back in the face. Obviously, that led to a scrum involving players on both sides.Both players wound up being ejected, which means both won’t be allowed to play in the first half of their respective games next week.Here’s footage of the insanity:Baylor’s Greg Roberts reaching over a ref to throw a punch at Iowa State’s David Montgomery. Wow. Ejected, obviously. pic.twitter.com/Excycl0PgX— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 10, 2018Terrible video of the fight between Iowa State and Baylor pic.twitter.com/AcjhjezPpu— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 10, 2018Iowa State, at the moment, leads Baylor 20-0. Hopefully, both teams calm down moving forward.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)As far as freshman seasons for quarterbacks whose teams finished two wins short of a bowl game, Adrian Martinez is getting all sorts of hype heading into his second year under center for Nebraska football.Martinez finished with 2,617 yards, 17 touchdowns, and eight interceptions through 11 games. He completed over 64-percent of his throws, for a solid 7.54 yards per attempt.He was also a real threat on the ground, and a part of a very good Huskers rushing attack. Martinez carried the rock 140 times for 629 yards and eight additional scores.Those numbers are not Heisman-worthy. However, assuming the team takes a leap forward as a whole in 2019, sophomore Adrian Martinez could be in the running.Adrian Martinez is already drawing some Heisman Trophy hype, days removed from Kyler Murray capturing the 2018 award.Right now, the award looks like Tua Tagovailoa’s to lose. Of course, the preseason Heisman favorite rarely winds up taking it wire-to-wire and winning the award.Tagovailoa opens as a major favorite at +200 over at MyBookie, courtesy of the Action Network. Martinez is a few spots down, with the 14th best odds to win it at +2000. That puts him tied with Tagovailoa teammate (and likely transfer) Jalen Hurts, Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, and Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin.Publications have Martinez mentioned in their early lists for the award, as well. Bleacher Report put him No. 8 on its new watch list.“The 6’2″, 220-pound quarterback from Fresno finished the year having completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,617 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He added 629 rushing yards and eight more scores on the ground, proving to the nation he is worth the price of a ticket.“He’s only going to get better as he grows and matures and gets more star athletes around him. Martinez ran the ball nearly 13 times a game, and that probably needs to decrease if he’s going to stay healthy. But it will once the offense gets in a groove. When that happens, the sky is the limit.”USA Today‘s Paul Myerberg did B/R one better, putting Martinez at No. 7.“As a true freshman in 2018, Martinez threw for 2,617 yards with 17 touchdowns with another 629 rushing yards despite missing all of one game and being physically limited in several others with a knee injury. As seen during his coaching career, Frost’s quarterbacks explode as second-year starters. Martinez will be no exception.”Former Scott Frost quarterback McKenzie Milton finished sixth in this year’s Heisman voting, even after missing the AAC Championship Game against Memphis. With a full year in Frost’s system, and some talent developing around him, Martinez could put up some wild numbers next year.
It looks like he’ll be wearing No. 1 for Oklahoma this season.Ya Feel Me? #UNTAMED #RAREBREED pic.twitter.com/DAIdBEDR0o— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) March 6, 2019Hurts wore No. 2 with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but he decided a change was necessary.Alabama fans are sad to see Hurts go, but Oklahoma fans are looking forward to what Hurts can do for the Sooners this season.After Kyler Murray took his talents to the NFL, the Sooners were left with limited options at the quarterback position – before Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, of course.Oklahoma opens the season against former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and the Houston Cougars on August 31.Can Hurts become the third-straight Oklahoma quarterback to take home the Heisman Trophy?We’ll have to wait and see if Lincoln Riley can work his magic once again. TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts took his talents from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Norman, Oklahoma for the 2019 college football season.It was the year of the transfer quarterback, as Hurts was just one of several high-profile quarterbacks to transfer.Ohio State landed Justin Fields, followed by Tate Martell’s decision to leave for Miami. It’s been a busy offseason in college football, but things are finally starting to settle down before spring ball kicks off.On Tuesday night, Hurts showcased his first outing in the Sooners uniform.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Draft is only a few days away and there’s still almost no indication of where Kyler Murray will go. But projections ranging from No. 1 overall to outside the first round (or several), Dak Prescott had a message for the Oklahoma quarterback.In a commercial posted on the Oklahoma Football Twitter page, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback delivered a heartfelt message to Murray. He explained that he has experience with being doubted, recalling his own draft experience.Prescott made it clear that Murray shouldn’t worry about people doubting him. “So what if they doubt you? They doubted me too,” Prescott declared.The Cowboys quarterback does share some similarities with Murray from his own days at Mississippi State.So what if they doubt you.@dak ➡️ @TheKylerMurray #NFLDraft April 25 @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/ayrW2AppEL— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 21, 2019As a prospect, Prescott was seen as slightly undersized – less so than Murray, though – but also as a player who might have been better served trying other positions.But the Dallas Cowboys took a chance on Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and were rewarded for their confidence.Prescott went on to have one of the best seasons by a rookie quarterback in NFL history and has led the Cowboys to two playoff appearances in his three years as a pro.Kyler Murray might not be heading to the same situation as Prescott, but if he has the skills, he can certainly find a way to duplicate his success.
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 21: The Mississippi State Bulldogs move down the field against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Justin Rogers, a Michigan native, is the top guard in the class of 2020. 247Sports ranks him as his state’s top player as well, and the No. 30 overall player in the 2020 class.The Oak Park star took to Twitter earlier this week to announce the five schools still in his recruitment. Rogers revealed the Michigan Wolverines are still in the hunt to land the top recruit from the state.The Wolverines aren’t alone.Rogers revealed five finalists: Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.However, after a productive conversation with one head coach, Rogers revealed there’s another school at the top on his list. Rogers spoke with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and it appears the Crimson Tide head coach wants Rogers on the team.Rogers revealed a new top six, including Alabama.Wow… Just had an amazing conversation with Coach Saban. I officially have a new top 6. Roll Tide!! 💯— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) May 9, 2019The Kentucky Wildcats, coming off their best season in a years, are the favorite, at least per 247Sports’ crystal ball. 48-percent of the predictions have him heading to UK.However, after Saban made his feelings known, the Crimson Tide could emerge as the favorites to land the four-star recruit.When announcing his top five earlier this week, Rogers revealed he plans to make his decision on Monday, May 20.Stay tuned for his announcement.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: The LSU Tigers warm up before a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)LSU has added a commitment from Ali Gaye, one of the top defensive ends in the 2020 junior college class. Gaye announced his decision earlier this afternoon.Gaye, a native of Edmonds, Wash., originally signed with the University of Washington in the class of 2017. However, he was forced to go the JUCO route, spending time at Arizona Western and now Garden City Community College.Gaye took an official visit to LSU over the weekend and committed while on campus, according to 247Sports. He will join the Tigers in 2020.Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and others all offered Gaye as well. pic.twitter.com/8cAXgVXnyw— ÂŁÎ#️⃣5️⃣ (@Ali_TheGreat94) June 10, 2019The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Gaye is the No. 24 overall junior college prospect in the 2020 class, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the fifth-rated strong-side defensive end in the group as well.LSU’s 2020 recruiting class currently ranks second in the nation.You can view the full 2020 team composite rankings here.
IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 12: Iowa Hawkeyes Kinnick Stadium against Michigan State Spartans November 12, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is just around the corner and analysts are getting their predictions out in droves. But CBS’s bowl game predictions will certainly be of interest to a number of schools, including Iowa.On Thursday CBS bowl expert Jerry Palm released his predictions for bowl games in the 2019 season. While the usual suspects are expected to be contending for the major bowl games, Iowa will be elsewhere.Palm is projecting the Hawkeyes to play in the Redbox Bowl against Pac-12 giant Washington State. It would be Iowa’s first appearance in the bowl.The Redbox Bowl is annually contested between a Big Ten and a Pac-12 team. Last year the Oregon Ducks beat the Michigan State Spartans, 7-6. Looking at the records of the teams that have been invited to the Redbox Bowl, it doesn’t bode well for Iowa.In each of the last five years, the Big Ten representative in the Redbox Bowl has had seven regular season wins or fewerSuffice it to say, Iowa getting into the Redbox Bowl would be a bit of a dropoff from last year’s 8-4 season.Iowa went on to beat No. 25 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl to finish 9-4.
Hardik Pandya responds to BCCI show-cause notice and apologises to India teammatesBCCI asked Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to respond to their show cause notices within 24 hours over the comments made on Koffee with Karan.advertisement Press Trust of India SydneyJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 07:27 IST Hardik Pandya has been under the fire for comments made at Koffee with Karan. (@hardikpandya7 Photo)Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya Wednesday responded to the BCCI show cause notice by saying that he was “sincerely regretful” for the comments he made on a TV show, which were slammed as sexist and misogynistic.In his response to the notice, which gave him 24 hours to explain himself, Pandya said he did not realise that his comments would be found offensive.”I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful,” he wrote in his response, which is in PTI’s possession.”I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive,” he added.The 25-year-old, who is here for the ongoing series against Australia, vowed never to repeat the behaviour.”Rest assured I hold the BCCI in highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future,” he said.Pandya appeared on the show with teammate K L Rahul, who was a lot more restrained in his responses to questions on women and relationships.It is learnt that Pandya has unreservedly apologised to the Indian team management and his teammates here.Although seen in high spirits in celebratory videos circulating on social media after India’s 2-1 series’ win over Australia, Pandya has since laid low. He wasn’t part of the optional practice session at the SCG on Wednesday.advertisementHe is said to have spoken with coach Ravi Shastri and other senior members of the Indian ODI team, expressing his regret over those remarks made on “Koffee with Karan”, a chat show hosted by film-maker Karan Johar.A source, close to the player, told PTI that Pandya was “drawn into making those comments as the show producers coaxed a carefree attitude” from him and Rahul.Also Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul asked to explain controversial remarks on TV show within 24 hoursAlso Read | BCCI considers barring players from non-cricket shows after Hardik Pandya controversyAlso Read | Hardik Pandya draws BCCI ire after making sexist remarks on Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried awayFor 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 Hardik PandyaFollow BCCIFollow Koffee With Karan