West Ham midfielder Obiang content with supporting roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang is content with his current supporting role.The 26-year-old has found it hard to break into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up, with both Declan Rice and Mark Noble thriving in central midfield.”In this sport you have to have 20, 23 players all ready to help the squad,” Obiang toldStandard Sport.”I don’t feel pressure from Mark and Declan, I feel happy! It’s always better when we win than when we lose. I prefer that they keep playing well and make me try to train better and improve.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’re (sort of) title contendersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is adamant they’re title contenders after victory at Everton.Tottenham have now won seven of their last eight league games and remarkably have gone 18 games since the start of the season without a draw – their second-best ever start to a top flight campaign. The best-ever was by the double-winning side of 1960-61.Pochettino said: “I still believe Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders and favourites to win the Premier League. We are there but (so are) Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.“I think there is still a long way for me to say we are real contenders. In the past years, it wasn’t enough. If you compare the result with the past of Tottenham, yes, we were consistent, but not enough to be a real contender.“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game. We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.”
Twitter/Coach KMike Krzyzewski was not happy with his Blue Devils’ Monday night loss to Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium. During his post-game press conference, he referred to the end of the game, which featured a few controversial calls that helped the Orange, as “amazing.” Of course, many fans found comedy in that statement because of Duke’s reputation for getting questionable calls throughout the years. North Carolina’s SportsChannel 8 made a very funny remix of K’s presser, using his quotes over Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak hit “Amazing,” spliced with clips of many, many controversial calls that have helped the Blue Devils over the years. We’re sure ACC fans, especially supporters of the Tar Heels, will appreciate this one.[SportsChannel 8]
Arkansas has been a hard out in the SEC West in recent years, especially when it starts to hit its stride at mid-season. Bret Bielema continues to improve the talent level, and this year, signed his fourth straight class ranked in the Top 30 nationally. This group finished No. 25 overall, and No. 9 in the SEC, per 247Sports. Six members of the class, led by five-star defensive end McTelvin Agim, are blue chip prospects.Here is Arkansas full 20-man recruiting class.Bielema introduced the 20 new players via Twitter.Today is like the New Years Day of College Football. It’s the end of last years recruiting and the start of 2017. #WoooPig Signing Day!— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Let’s officially welcome @deionm72, who enrolled early in January! NSD16#Uncommon pic.twitter.com/EWcgBjS4eV— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) February 3, 2016Also enrolled earlier this spring @So_Splash! NSD16 #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/uRdEnfOLTC— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) February 3, 2016Welcome @Edwards2Dede to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/SJjaOIlSOF— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @devwah_whaley, new member of the Razorback family! #WoooPig #RBU pic.twitter.com/n4bJNKtTgp— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Last_King131, great addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/dnwz5FmEPy— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @jordan10jones, representing his home state as a Razorback! #WoooPig #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/rtSagb4hw8— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Scoooota2, a great young man joining the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/kD7EIprLS2— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @capps_austin44, a great young man representing his home state as a Razorback! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/8iiZSkvbp7— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @graysongunter, new member of the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/Ia0MxMVgpS— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @BGKofiBoateng, joining our family as a Razorback! #WoooPig #UnCommon #TexHogs pic.twitter.com/6bzhp4KMva— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @JAKEHEINRICH1, great new addition to the Razorbacks! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/7ImZvo0hp6— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @_France9, another great addition to the Razorbacks from Louisiana! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/GIvOVGH9ob— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Just_Theron, representing his home state as a Razorback! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/rQxmnKDmPb— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @jonathanmarsh40, new addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon #TexHogs pic.twitter.com/K9I1bL88zu— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Alexy_badger, new addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/qY8ZtQoC3Q— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @ColeKelley10, another new member of our Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/29osrAGItw— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Hayden__johnson, great young man joining the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/ns5ul0A4pz— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @theneptunes_, newest addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/5JPdcZ7eip— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @deemontana11111, newest addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/oXD0tacURS— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @micahhsmith_21, another new addition to the Razorbacks! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/tYKyAJ43mo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Arkansas opens its season hosting Louisiana Tech on September 3.
Where is Mesut Ozil? That’s the question a lot of Arsenal fans have found themselves asking in the stands, on Twitter and in their own heads when Unai Emery’s starting XI has been revealed in recent weeks.And it’s a legitimate question.The dictionary definition of ‘false dawn’ provides a decent summary of Ozil’s situation. “Something that seems to show that a successful period is beginning or that a situation is improving when it is not.” 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? On the subject of false dawns, Arsenal are pretty familiar with them. Particularly when it comes to Leicester City.Their 2-1 home win against the Foxes in 2016 was supposed to be the springboard for Arsene Wenger’s fourth league title, but the Foxes recovered and ultimately went on to claim that scarcely believable title win. Less dramatically, there’s the Gunners’ 3-1 victory against Leicester in October this season and what seemed to be Ozil’s breakthrough moment under Emery. The German playmaker captained the side, scored Arsenal’s equaliser, pre-assisted the second goal and assisted the third, the latter destined to be the best team goal of the season.And yet here we are, three months on and Ozil seems further away from featuring in the starting XI than ever before.Indeed, Ozil, the fastest player in Premier League history to 50 assists, has barely featured since Emery replaced Wenger. Since that impressive showing against Leicester, he has created just one more goal, in the twilight zone that is a home match against Qarabag.But, his record and reputation aside, why should Ozil be playing? Well, just look at Paul Pogba’s rebirth at Manchester United.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, no player has been involved in more Premier League goals than Pogba. There was a time last year when the World Cup winner couldn’t string two passes together. He was ineffective and lacking in confidence. Nowhere near an £80 million ($105m) footballer. But now look at him. His revival is as good a demonstration as any that a player’s ‘form’ is hugely dependent on the system and the demands of the manager within that.Ever since Mourinho left and Solskjaer came in, Pogba’s been given the freedom to get forward and play his own game. His touches in the opposition box per 90 minutes have risen significantly from 3.1 under Mourinho, to 4.4 now. Conversely, Ozil’s figures under Emery (2.8) have declined by about the same amount, when compared to the role he had under Wenger in 2017-18 (4.0). No one is suggesting the Spaniard is curtailing an entire team, but his chosen approach is almost certainly hampering the highest paid player in the club’s history.The signing of that hefty new contract, back in February 2018, was an extremely unusual move for a club who used to recoil at the thought of even offering players approaching 30 a new deal. Their German playmaker turns 31 in October this year. The departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United a week earlier was probably one of the factors behind Ozil’s bumper deal and is certainly one of the reasons why Aaron Ramsey will be leaving the club in 2019.Incidentally, all three feature in the top six of the most creative Premier League players this season who have played less than 1000 minutes, with Ramsey, Ozil and Alexis in first, second and sixth respectively for chances created in open play. Player Open play chances created Mins played (2018-19) Ramsey 19 885 Ozil 18 980 Vietto 18 766 Armstrong 17 966 Success 17 858 Alexis 17 505 Arsenal fans can argue about which of the three would have been the best to retain at the club but the reality is that only Ozil is signed up, and his relationship with Emery seems challenging to say the least. Ozil’s stuck with Emery and Emery’s stuck with Ozil, at least until the summer. They may as well make it worth their while.The truth is, Ozil’s ability to play well and not get credit is almost unparalleled. Unfairly attacked by Bayern president Uli Hoeness after the World Cup for not winning tackles – Ozil’s rate of 5.5 chances created per 90 minutes in Russia was better than any other player in the entire tournament.The sad fate of the creative midfielder who plays with team-mates who squander the opportunities he creates is that he’ll be criticised for ‘not doing enough’. The assists aren’t there so he’s not either. No one epitomises this more than Arsenal’s No.10.As well as Ramsey played in the win over Chelsea, he’s not going to be in north London come the summer. Carry on like this and Ozil probably won’t either.It’s time Emery gave his most creative talent more of a chance, and in the role where he thrives most – behind the central striker. It worked for Pogba, it might just work here too.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insists he is happy to sanction Memphis Depay’s summer departure after the attacker expressed his desire to leave for one of Europe’s top clubs.The 24-year-old has played a vital role for the Ligue 1 giants since his transfer from Manchester United back in January 2017, scoring 33 goals in 93 appearances across all competitions.Depay has successfully bounced back from his ill-fated two-year spell at Old Trafford , which saw him branded as a major flop after failing to establish himself in the first team under Jose Mourinho. 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 mercurial winger revealed earlier in the week that he still hopes to earn a second chance at the highest level in the near future, admitting he would like to play for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain .Aulas reacted to Depay’s comments on social media, stating that a summer transfer for the former United man would ‘suit him well’.”Memphis Depay would like to leave Lyon this summer,” he began. “He comes from MU (Manchester United) to progress to OL. He became a very good European player. He wants to go even higher, in the top 4 and it suits me well.”Memphis Depay (OL) souhaiterait quitter Lyon cet été – L’Équipe @OL @lequipe Memphis vient d MU pour progresser à l’OL il est devenu 1 des très bons joueurs Européens:qu’il veuille aller encore + haut ds le top 4 cela me va bien https://t.co/8OLIxbx1ly — Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) January 29, 2019 Manchester United were linked with re-signing Depay last year when it emerged that the club inserted a buy-back clause in his Lyon contract .The Netherlands international has not been distracted by rumours or dreams of a transfer this term, however, producing some of his best form to help the French giants reach the Champions League knockout phase.Depay has managed to contribute six goals and nine assists across all competitions for Lyon this season, with the club currently occupying third place in Ligue 1.No concrete offers have been tabled for the Dutchman during the current transfer window, with just two days left before the market closes until the summer.Lyon are back in action this Sunday in the French top flight, with a huge top-of-the-table clash against PSG at home to negotiate.
FIFA 20 is just a couple of months away from release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, but what has changed compared to FIFA 19?Goal spoke to FIFA producer Sam Rivera at a preview event in Germany and he outlined 10 notable differences on FIFA 20 compared to last year’s game.1. More one-on-onesRivera sees one-on-ones as a key area where player skill makes a difference, as well as being one of the most interesting elements to a match. 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? However, to do this he and his team recognise that players need time to make these decisions and, to help with that, the power of AI defending has been reduced, meaning there’s less chance of the AI crowding you out before you can make your mind up on where you want to go next.2. Skill moves will be more importantBetter get practicing those skill moves as, with more one-on-ones, players will need more tricks up their sleeves to beat the player in front of them and one of the best ways to do so is skill moves.While fake shots and the new straight dribbling mechanic play their part, everyone knows that skill moves are the most fun way to win a one-on-one.Also, with the introduction of the Volta street football mode in FIFA 20, players will have more chances to practise their favourite flicks and tricks. 3. FIFA 20 will be more realisticRivera commented that it’s still possible to notice the difference between FIFA 19 and real life, and that this was mostly down to the gameplay being too hectic as players keep changing their mind on where they want to run and, when they do, they can go crashing into other players.One way that is changing for FIFA 20 is through changes to the positioning and locomotion system which results in players making smarter decisions about where they’re going and why, resulting in a more natural motion as they’re not constantly changing their mind on the best route to take.4. Fewer outside the box screamersDue to changes to the fundamentals of shooting in FIFA 20 it will be harder to score from outside the box than in FIFA 19 as long-range shots will have less chance of going in.The same applies to ‘el tornado’ which should please a lot of fans who were sick of being beaten by unrealistic strikes, even if they do look good on highlight reels.5. Neymar inspired dribblingInspired by videos of the likes of Neymar, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, players in FIFA 20 will be able to dribble left and right by holding down the right bumper button and moving the left stick, as they roll the ball with their foot while remaining upright as they look for an opportunity to run by the defender.The technique will be of most use to avoid tackles and lure players in so players can create space.6. Set-up shootingPlayers in FIFA 20 will be able to set the ball where they want to strike it, reducing shot error.To perform the move players will need time on the ball, which they can make through beating players with straight dribbling and should be helped by the reduction in AI defending.The set-up touch itself can also be used to beat players and it’s possible to cancel out of the move, fooling the opponent and creating space as a result.7. Defenders aren’t being forgottenWith the changes being made to the attacking game and reduction of AI defending, defenders will need a few more tricks up their sleeves and this comes from Composed Dribbling.Similar to the Active Touch system in FIFA 19, players will now make better decisions when they go into tackles, which is helped by the AI being able to choose from more, and better, tackle animations.Jockeying has been improved with more assistance and improved responsiveness. In FIFA 19 it was common that a player would go into a tackle from a jockey and maintain the same speed, even if they’ve overshot the tackle. In FIFA 20, the player will notice they’ve missed and will slow down.8. Big changes to penalties and free-kicksThe aiming system for free-kicks will be simpler in FIFA 20, but still have the depth for those wanting to do something special.First, players will be able to aim their free-kicks with a target. Once the position is decided, players can use the same system to determine the spin on the ball by using the right stick – it’s like you’re drawing the desired path of the ball with the right stick.A similar system can be found in FIFA 20’s penalties system. Once you’ve chosen the position of your penalty you choose the power, with the strength of shot increasing the chance of error. To reduce error, players need to press the shot button a second time as the player strikes the ball, just as they would when using the timed finishing mechanic in the main game.Oh yeah, timed finishing is still in FIFA 20.9. Bouncy ballsEven on the smoothest pitches, a football bounces and bobbles around.But, when playing FIFA 19, it looked like ball glided along the turf. In FIFA 20 the ball will bounce around more on the pitch and when it collides with a player, making a player’s first touch more important than before. In our time with the game, the change here was noticeable.10. Dribbling and strength to play a bigger roleIt was a common complaint with FIFA 19 that slow defenders found it too easy to catch up with pacey strikers. This is being rectified for FIFA 20 with the dribbling statistic playing a bigger role in a player’s ability to run by defenders.Also, a player’s own skill will come into play, as knock-ons will be a more effective way to beat a defender but require more skill than simply trying to run by a defender with pace.Although little information was given at the preview event, steps are being made to make physically strong players like Harry Kane and Edinson Cavani, who were rarely seen in Ultimate Team due to their low pace ratings, more effective by increasing the importance of the strength and physicality stats.
Mauricio Pochettino does not know if Tottenham have made a bid to sign their former player Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.Zinedine Zidane revealed on Sunday that Madrid are working on selling the Wales international after omitting him from the squad that lost to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup (ICC) on Saturday.Zidane seemed to indicate the club were in negotiations with a particular club, saying: “We are working on his transfer to a new team.” 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? Newspaper reports on Sunday have suggested that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in a swap deal involving Neymar, while Pochettino – speaking after his side’s 3-2 ICC win over Juventus – refused to rule out if his chairman Daniel Levy has tabled an offer for the 30-year-old.”I saw the reports in the media but I don’t know which club is trying to sign him,” he told reporters.”I don’t have any information from my chairman; I don’t know if it’s us or another club. It’s the job of my chairman.”Harry Kane struck a sensational stoppage-time winner from the halfway line as Pochettino’s side opened up their pre-season campaign with a win over Juve in Singapore.Whether any deal for Bale is in the pipeline or not, Spurs fans were treated to a fine assist from their marquee summer signing Tanguy Ndombele, who came off the bench. He intercepted a loose ball high up the pitch before playing through a fine pass for Lucas Moura to slam a shot into the net.Tottenham face Real Madrid in a week’s time – though Bale is clearly unlikely to feature – with games against Manchester United and Inter Milan making up the rest of their pre-season schedule.They get their new Premier League campaign underway with a home fixture against newly-promoted Aston Villa, who themselves have been extremely busy in the transfer window so far.By contrast, Ndombele is the only signing Spurs have made who is likely to play in that fixture, with winger Jack Clarke immediately loaned back to Leeds United following his move.Right-back Kieran Trippier has been sold to Atletico Madrid while left-back Danny Rose is also expected to leave the club in the coming weeks.
What do you do when you sign the richest contract in NFL history for an offensive lineman? Well, if you’re Taylor Lewan you get dressed up.Lewan didn’t just show up at his press conference dressed in formal wear. He came in costume.Lewan wore an all-white suit and top hat with brown shoes. He was going for the look of Boss Hogg of the famous TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”You can see photographic evidence of Lewan’s sartorial splendor below.The Boss Hogg has arrived. @TaylorLewan77 pic.twitter.com/NAKel9XMRW— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) July 27, 2018With new deal, @TaylorLewan77 comes out with Boss Hogg suit and hat and his line mates. Suit finished couple days before camp opened. He came out to Dukes of Hazard theme song. #Titans pic.twitter.com/jYKAxSOor5— Teresa Walker (@TeresaMWalker) July 27, 2018I guess this sort of fits? “The Dukes of Hazzard” was set in the South–Georgia, not Tennessee–and Lewan is an offensive lineman, which are sometimes referred to as “hogs” or “hog mollies.”Perhaps I’m just reading way too much into this though.Anyway, however much that suit cost him, Lewan should have no problem covering the price. His new contract is worth $80 million over five years.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A legal expert has made a prediction for Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State following what transpired in Columbus on Friday afternoon. Meyer, currently on paid administrative leave, issued a strong statement. Former OSU assistant coach Zach Smith did several interviews, denying allegations of domestic abuse.Meyer, in his statement, admitted to knowing about the allegations against Smith back in 2015, but says he reported them and followed proper protocol.He admitted to mishandling his press conference at Big Ten Media Days.“Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts,” Meyer said in his statement. “My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”Meyer’s future at Ohio State is now in question. He’s been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.One legal expert with dealings in situations like these has since made a prediction for Meyer’s future at Ohio State.The legal expert believes a buyout is coming.“An attorney with dealings in intercollegiate athletics told me today that he believes Urban Meyer’s statement and Zach Smith’s interview was a coordinated negotiating tactic to help Meyer get a better buyout,” The Blade’s Kyle Rowland tweeted.An attorney with dealings in intercollegiate athletics told me today that he believes Urban Meyer’s statement and Zach Smith’s interview was a coordinated negotiating tactic to help Meyer get a better buyout.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 4, 2018Meyer’s buyout is a massive one – close to $40 million – and if he followed proper protocol, you would think Ohio State would be unable to fire him for cause and, thus, he’d be due his buyout.Stay tuned, though. This situation could be far from over.
Twitter/@TheSpunMark May may really hate Ohio State, but he’s not down on every Big Ten program. In fact, earlier tonight he was on Twitter promoting Iowa football.The Hawkeyes knocked off Maryland today 23-0. It was a very Iowa football experience.The team ran the ball 52 times for 224 yards. Nate Stanley didn’t have a good game at all, finishing with just 86 yards, but he didn’t need to do much.Iowa held the Terrapins to just 115 yards on the day.Iowa football is now 6-1, and Mark May thinks the Hawkeyes deserve more respect.He hopped on Twitter to argue as much.Why am I the only one giving the Hawkeyes love? Very quiet with 1 loss, a great defense, good QB, O-Line and WR play!— Mark May (@mark_may) October 20, 2018Iowa’s resume is pretty solid. The team’s lone loss came by 11 points to Big Ten West favorite Wisconsin.Since that game, the Hawkeyes scored blowout wins on the road against Minnesota and Indiana, ahead of today’s game.We’ll find out a lot more next weekend, when Iowa heads to Penn State. The rest of the schedule features games at Purdue, at home vs. Northwestern, at Illinois, and vs. Nebraska.The team probably isn’t getting itself into the Playoff conversation or anything crazy, but Iowa is in line for a really nice bowl game, and another very strong season overall.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Georgia-Texas Sugar Bowl matchup will feature two conference title game runner-ups seeking redemption.Georgia lost the SEC Championship Game to Alabama after blowing a fourth quarter lead, while Texas lost similarly blew a lead in the Big 12 Championship Game against Oklahoma.However, some experts think that despite the similar manner in which they made it to this point, the Bulldogs have the upper hand.According to Associated Press writer Ralph D. Russo, the Georgia Bulldogs will win the Sugar Bowl handily.Why watch? The Bulldogs missed the playoff, but could still finish No. 2 in the country for a second straight season, depending on how the bowls go … GEORGIA 35-17.Georgia is the favorite in this game with Texas a +11.5-point underdog.The two sides have not faced each other since 1984, when Georgia won the Cotton Bowl Classic.Prior to 1984, Texas owned a 3-0 record against the Bulldogs, with two regular season wins and an Orange Bowl victory.
CORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is reportedly taking another major transfer visit today.The Buckeyes’ rising sophomore QB, who’s entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, visited West Virginia on Sunday.Martell posted a photo of Morgantown, West Virginia on his Instagram Story on Sunday morning. He reportedly met with the Mountaineers’ staff later in the day.Another transfer visit is reportedly taking place today.247Sports reports that Martell will be visiting Miami.The Hurricanes are one of three programs in contention to land Martell.247Sports has learned that Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is looking at Louisville, Miami and West Virginia as potential transfer destinations.Martell is expected to visit all three this week beginning with West Virginia on Sunday. Per Eersports insider Chris Anderson, Martell will head to Miami on Monday. 247Sports has been told the Louisville visit will be Wednesday and Thursday.Martell had previously said that he wouldn’t be transferring from Ohio State, but his plans appeared to change with the arrival of Justin Fields.Fields is expected to be granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State and most believe the former Georgia five-star QB will start behind center.Martell will reportedly be pursuing a waiver from the NCAA so he can play in 2019, though it’s unclear if that will be granted.
Alabama freshman kicker Will Reichard is headed to the locker room.Was just in the medical tent.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) September 21, 2019Reichard will reportedly not return to the game, according to Alabama’s sideline report.“Alabama sideline reporter, Rashad Johnson reports on the Crimson Tide Sports Network that Reichard will not return today, he has a lower extremity injury,” Ryan C. Fowler tweeted.Alabama sideline reporter, Rashad Johnson reports on the Crimson Tide Sports Network that Reichard will not return today, he has a lower extremity injury https://t.co/Np5gAptqKS— Ryan C. Fowler (@RyanCFowler) September 21, 2019Reichard was 4 of 7 on the season with a long of 49 yards coming into today’s game against Southern Miss. He was 19 of 20 on extra points.Alabama has had several kicking issues in recent years and it appears that another thing can be added to the list.Stay tuned for the latest on Reichard.Update: Reichard, according to Nick Saban, has a pulled hip flexor. “Will Reichard has a pulled hip flexor, which as a kicker may be difficult for him to manage.”It’s unclear how long Reichard will be out. TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama is having little difficulty with Southern Miss at Bryant Denny Stadium today, as the Crimson Tide are leading the Golden Eagles, 28-0, early in the second quarter.Nick Saban’s team is having some injury trouble at kicker, though.Alabama freshman kicker Will Reichard was getting looked at in the medical tent at the beginning of the second quarter.Reichard has since gone into the locker room with the trainers.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Butch Jones of the Cincinnati Bearcats (L) shakes hands with head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights after a game at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Rutgers may seem completely overmatched in the Big Ten. But that isn’t stopping the Scarlet Knights from pursuing top candidates to replace Chris Ash.According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, Rutgers has contacted three notable coaches about their head coaching vacancy. Per the report, Greg Schiano, Butch Jones, and Jim Leavitt have all been contacted in the past two weeks to gauge their interest.Rutgers fired Chris Ash following a 1-3 start, capped off on Saturday by a 52-0 loss to Michigan. Ash went 8-32 as Rutgers’ head coach after being hired in 2016.After going 2-10 in 2016, Ash led Rutgers to some slight improvement with a 4-8 record in 2017. But the team regressed in 2018, going 1-11. Individuals representing Rutgers contacted Greg Schiano, Butch Jones & Jim Leavitt among others in past 2 weeks to gauge interest in RU job, sources told @Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 29, 2019Schiano, of course, has the strongest ties to Rutgers. He led the Scarlet Knights to national prominence in the mid-2000s before leaving to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano spent the previous three years at Ohio State before joining the New England Patriots coaching staff at the start of 2019. But he curiously left the team just one month later for vague reasons.Butch Jones made his name as head coach at Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He won four conference titles and had two top 25 finishes before getting his big break at Tennessee. But Jones was fired from the Vols in 2017 and has since found work as an analyst at Alabama.Leavitt is the oldest and most experienced coach on the list. He was the head coach of South Florida from 1997 until he was controversially fired in 2009. Since then he has taken up various jobs in the NFL and across college football and now works for FSU.Whoever Rutgers ultimately hires will need to have a strong acumen for recruiting. The Scarlet Knights have seen the top prospects from New Jersey go everywhere but Rutgers for years.Who will be the next head coach of Rutgers?
Honor View 20 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowThe Honor View 20 will look to take on the OnePlus 6T in the premium mid-range segment. Here’s what you need to know about the new Honor flagship.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 14:02 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe View 20 offers a bunch of new and unique features apart from the display hole.It is also the first phone in the world to offer a 48MP camera.The View 20 will go on sale on Amazon India and Honor’s website starting Wednesday, January 30 at 12pm.After the Honor 10 Lite, Honor has launched its next major smartphone in India in the very first month of 2019. This time, it’s the Honor View 20 flagship smartphone which recently saw its global launch in Paris. This is an important flagship from Honor as it is the company’s first phone to sport a hole punch display, which is all set to go mainstream this year.The View 20 offers a bunch of new and unique features apart from the display hole. It is also the first phone in the world to offer a 48MP camera. The View 20 touts a large battery and a unique glass back design, among other things. The View 20 will look to take on the OnePlus 6T in the premium mid-range segment. Here’s what you need to know about the new Honor flagship.Honor View 20 specificationsDisplay: The Honor View 20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2310×1080) AllView display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It gets an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset which is based on a 7nm process and comes with Dual NPU and GPU Turbo 2.0RAM: The phone is offered with 6GB and 8GB of RAMInternal storage: The 6GB RAM variant will come with 128GB of internal storage, while the 8GB RAM version comes with 256GB of inbuilt storageRear camera: The Honor View 20 comes with 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor and a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) cameraFront camera: The View 20 sports a 25MP selfie snapper housed in the display holeBattery: The Honor View 20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with support for fast chargingadvertisementSoftware: It ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top.Honor View 20 features– The Honor View 20 is the company’s first smartphone with a display hole. Like the Infinity-O display on the Galaxy A8s, the All-View display on the View 20 gets a small, circular cutout on the top left corner to house the selfie camera. This means the View 20 does not come with a notch of any kind. The hole measures 4.5mm in diameter and Honor has design the UI to utilise the display hole in intuitive ways.– The company has also given the View 20 a unique design on the back. The glass panel comes with a unique chevron finish with V-shaped pattern that shimmers and runs down the back. This has been accomplished through nano laser coating process and the intensity of it varies depending on how light hits the surface. — Apart from the punch hole display, the View 20 also highlights a 48MP rear camera with AI support. Honor has used a Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor that will use pixel binning technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into one to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels.The Kirin 980 chipset will offer a 48MP AI HDR mode to offer high definition images. There is a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board that can be used to obtain depth information.– The camera is also heavily backed by AI and is capable of recognising over 30 categories. The View 20 also gets a 25MP front-facing camera housed in the punch hole on the display. The flagship also offers a TOF (Time of Flight) camera on the back which is used for 3D depth sensing.– Powering the Honor View 20 is an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset with Dual NPU. This is the same chipset that powers the Huawei Mate 20 Pro as well. The Kirin 980 is Huawei’s first 7nm-based processor that offers a significant bump in performance and improved power efficiency compared to its predecessor. The Dual NPU offers advanced AI and machine learning computation as well as GPU Turbo 2.0 which reduces jitter rate and lag while playing games.Honor View 20 price in India and availabilityThe View 20 has a starting price of Rs 37,999 the 6GB + 128GB configuration. There is a higher variant as well with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage which has been priced at Rs 45,999. The View 20 will go on sale on Amazon India and Honor’s website starting Wednesday, January 30 at 12pm. The flagship will also be available offline via Reliance Digital in February. Customers who have pre-booked the View 20 by paying Rs 1,000 will also get a free pair of Honor Bluetooth earphones worth Rs 2,999.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 brings a punch-hole display, 48MP camera at Rs 37,999: Specs, India launch detailsALSO READ | Honor View 20 quick review: A hole new experienceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor View 20 Next
ISL: Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast United FC to return to winning waysISL: Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast United FC beat 2-1 in the Indian Super League to climb to the top of the table with 30 points after 13 games.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk BengaluruJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 22:42 IST Bengaluru FC players celebrate (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBengaluru FC beat NorthEast United FC 2-1 in the Indian Super LeagueThe win helped Bengaluru climb to the top of the table with 30 points after 13 gamesNorthEast United remained third with 23 points from 14 matchesBengaluru FC regained their position at the top of the Indian Super League table with a closely fought 2-1 win against NorthEast United FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, on Wednesday.A Mislav Komorski own-goal in the 14th minute gave Bengaluru the lead before Federico Gallego struck in the 60th minute to equalise. The hosts clinched a match-winner in the 71st minute through Chencho Gyeltshen.The win helped the Blues climb to the top of the table with 30 points after 13 games. NorthEast United remain third with 23 points from 14 matches.The hosts pressed for an early breakthrough and worked a brilliant set-piece routine in the 14th minute to force an own goal and take the lead. Dimas Delgado sent a low free-kick towards the edge of the box where Sunil Chhetri lobbed a ball over the defence and into the box for Udanta Singh. The Blues winger squared it across the face of the goal and the ball ricocheted off Komorski’s legs and went in..@GurpreetGK with a late save as important as a goal for @bengalurufc!#HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #BENNEU #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/qVos9Oc8iSIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 30, 2019NorthEast looked to mount a response and switched gears after going behind. Reagan Singh found joy on the right flank and posed a threat with two excellent crosses. A 26th-minute cross found Komosrki inside the box who headed the ball inches wide of the target. Two minutes later, top scorer Bartholomew Ogbeche rose above Albert Serran to send his header over the bar.advertisementThe visitors started the second half on the front-foot. Within minutes after the change of ends, Robert Lalthlamuana’s cross from the left fell perfectly for Komorski inside the box after Harmanjot Khabra failed to clear but the defender’s left-footer flew over the bar.Tempers boil over in the second half at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium!Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/synyaV5MQnJioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #BENNEU #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/ZZKP1gGn84Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 30, 2019NorthEast’s efforts bore fruit at the hour-mark. Lalthlamuana split the Bengaluru defence to release Federico Gallego into the box and the Uruguayan forward placed a neat finish in between the goalkeeper’s legs and into the net.A long punt up the field by Reagan in the 64th minute almost put NorthEast in the lead. Ogbeche raced past Serran, got inside the box and forced Gurpreet into a fine save with his legs..@GurpreetGK stands tall to Panagiotis Triadis before stopping Bartholomew Ogbeche on the rebound!Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/synyaV5MQnJioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #BENNEU #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/ZBYrrXXADuIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 30, 2019Substitute Panagiotis Triadis found himself one-on-one with Gurpreet in the 69th minute after latching onto an excellent lofted ball by Lalthathanga Khawlhring, but the new signing failed to beat the India international.Bengaluru regained their lead from a Rahul Bheke throw-in in the 71st minute. Juanan flicked the throw-in across the goal and Chencho turned up unmarked to slot home.NorthEast did threaten on a few occasions in the closing stages however, Gurpreet made the difference in between the sticks to deny the visitors and help his team clinch three points on home soil.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow Bengaluru FCFollow NorthEast United FC
Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 09:58 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi Go will launch in India on March 19 with an expected price of around Rs 4,000.The JioPhone 2 is a feature phone that is priced at Rs 3,000.Pricing of the Redmi Go will be key to attract feature phone users.Xiaomi has ruled the affordable smartphone market in India for a while now as the company has managed to introduce phones with incredible hardware and value, often at disruptive prices. This has mostly been the case with Redmi phones above Rs 5,000, but what about the sub Rs 5,000 market? Xiaomi could soon tap into the entry-level market as well with the launch of the Redmi Go Android Go smartphone in India on March 19. This could inevitably shake things up and challenge the dominance of Reliance’s JioPhone and JioPhone 2.A couple of reasons why the JioPhone and JioPhone 2 have done so well in India is because Reliance was able to offer feature phones with (some) smart features that provided just the right amount of convenience to entry-level phone users. Along with this, the company offered bundled plans with Jio data, bringing the “effective” price down and making it even more attractive for consumers.Redmi Go price in India will be keyThe Redmi Go, if priced right in India, could start a major wave that could see more feature phones users make the jump to smartphones. Xiaomi is perhaps more capable than any other brand to make this happen. Android Go has been designed by Google to enable low-cost smartphones to attract feature phone users.At this time, the Redmi Go is expected to launch in India at a price of around Rs 4,000, which would make it one of the cheapest Android Go smartphones in the market right now. So far, mainstream companies like HMD Global/ Nokia and Samsung have offered Android Go devices that come with slightly higher-than-expected prices, but the Redmi Go has the potential to launch well below Rs 5,000 if Xiaomi stays true to its “honest pricing” tag.advertisementCan Redmi Go take on JioPhone and JioPhone 2?The Redmi Go is an obvious challenger to other Android Go devices like the Nokia 1, Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and a few other phones from Lava and Micromax. But we are looking at the possibility of the Redmi Go competing against feature phones like the JioPhone or JioPhone 2 simply because it could be priced as much as or just a touch more than what these phones cost. The JioPhone costs Rs 1,500 while the JioPhone 2 is priced at Rs 3,000. Both feature phones run on KaiOS and offer basic hardware and 4G VoLTE support. The JioPhone 2, which was launched in July 2018, offers a QWERTY keyboard design along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It gets a 2MP rear camera, a 0.3MP front camera, 2,000mAh battery and support for apps like Facebook and WhatsApp. These are some absolute bare-boned features that a consumer can use to get by, but the JioPhone cannot offer anything beyond this.The Redmi Go, on the other hand, is a full-fledged smartphone that sports a 5-inch HD touchscreen display and is powered by a Snapdragon 425 chipset with 1GB of RAM and up to 16GB of internal storage. You get an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, dual SIM support and a 3,000mAh battery that promises to deliver up to 10 days of standby time.But the USP is that the Redmi Go is that the phone runs on the Android Go platform and ships with Android Oreo (Go edition). This means the phone will come with Google Go apps like YouTube Go, Gmail Go, Maps Go and a whole catalogue of lightweight apps optimised to run smoothly by using less RAM and storage.The Redmi Go offers a smartphone experience at a possible price of Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000. It offers more than enough reasons for feature phones users to make that jump to a smartphone and is clearly a better option compared to the JioPhone 2. It ultimately hinges on how aggressively Xiaomi can price the Redmi Go, and we will know that in just a few days from now.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go India launch on March 19, may cost around Rs 4,000ALSO READ | Redmi Go launching on March 19: What all we know about this Xiaomi phoneGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Redmi GoFollow JioPhoneFollow JioPhone 2 Xiaomi Redmi Go launch on March 19, it may end up killing Reliance JioPhone, JioPhone 2The Redmi Go Android Go smartphone is set to launch in India on March 19 with an expected price of around Rs 4,000. At this price, the Redmi Go offers some compelling features that could draw feature phone users away from the JioPhone and JioPhone 2.advertisement
Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1at Re 1 during MFF 2019: Here are the detailsDuring the Mi Fan Festival sale Xiaomi will be selling some of its products including the new Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1, Mi LED TV 4A Pro and others for Re 1. Here are the details.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 15:12 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi is about to turn nine years old in a few days.Xiaomi is hosting Mi Fan Festival (MFF) on Mi.com starting April 4.The sale will continue until April 6.Xiaomi is about to turn nine years old in a few days. On account of the occasion, Xiaomi is hosting Mi Fan Festival (MFF) on Mi.com starting April 4. The sale will continue until April 6. During the MFF sale, Xiaomi is offering heavy discount on smartphones, TVs, and other products available in India. You can be a part of the sale by clicking on this link. During the sale Xiaomi will be selling some of its products including the new Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1, Mi LED TV 4A Pro and others for Re 1.On day 1 of the sale, that is on April 4 at 2PM, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar will be available for Re 1. No, this isn’t an April fool joke. The Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar will actually be available for Re 1 on the stated date and time during the Mi Fan Festival 2019. The offer is a part of flash sale, this means that the stock will be very less and interested buyers must hurry before the products go out-of-stock.Similarly, on day 2 of the sale, that is on April 5 at 2PM Home Security Camera Basic 1080p White and POCO F1 6GB+64GB will be available for Re 1. Yet again, this will also be part of flash sale, which means the stock will be over soon. Likewise, on Day 3 – April 6, 2PM — of the sale the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi LED TV 4A PRO will also be available at Re 1. This will also be part of flash sale.advertisementThe good news is, if you miss the flash sale, you can still get the Redmi Note 7 Pro for Rs 13,499 — which is Rs 500 lower than the MRP of the phone. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was launched for starting price of Rs 13,999 in the country. This is for the base model that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The top-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model of the phone is priced for Rs 16,999 in India right now. During the same sale, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will sell for Rs 10,999, Mi LED Smart TV 4A 43-inch for Rs 22,999, and there will be other exciting offers too.ALSO READ | Apple kills AirPower wireless charging mat after unveiling it in 2017, cites quality issues for cancellation ALSO READ | New Oppo Reno renders give us our best look yet at design ahead of launchALSO READ | Jio GigaFiber is the fastest broadband service according to Netflix, Airtel and Hathway fall behindGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmi