first_imgChelsea Mikel accuses Conte of showing a lack of respect in forced Chelsea exit Chris Burton 22:23 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD John Obi Mikel Chelsea Getty Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The Nigerian was quickly deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge once the Italian coach took charge, despite what he had previously achieved John Obi Mikel has accused Chelsea boss Antonio Conte of displaying a lack of respect as he was forced towards the exits at Stamford Bridge in 2016-17.The Nigeria international had spent a decade on the Blues’ books when another change in the dugout brought an Italian tactician to west London.Conte quickly deemed Mikel surplus to requirements, despite a loyal servant boasting two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a Champions League crown and Europa League triumph on an enviable CV. 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 Once frozen out a parting of ways became inevitable and the 31-year-old eventually moved on to CSL side Tianjin Teda in January 2017.Mikel is disappointed at how his time at Chelsea came to an end, but the club still holds a special place in his heart regardless of Conte’s actions.He told The Sun on his time in England: “Definitely it was the right time [to leave] because when you have a manager who… you have to come in whoever you are – manager or player – there are people who have been there before who made this club what it is today.“Chelsea was nowhere near what it is 10, 15 years ago. There are players that build and build and build, then it’s all about respect.“When you don’t get that from a manager who comes in and after five minutes decides to make a change you deal with it, you move on.“My connection with the club has not changed because of the manager or because of a certain person.“My relationship with the club remains. I am a blue and I want to remain that way for years and years to come.”Antonio ConteConte could be heading through the exits himself this summer, with Chelsea seemingly ready to move in a different direction after missing out on a top-four finish in 2017-18.There are clearly issues for the Blues to address, with Roman Abramovich’s visa problems and the shelving of stadium development plans providing more unwelcome distractions.Mikel is, however, convinced that the club will remain a global superpower and that problems on and off the field will soon be addressed.He added: “It doesn’t concern me at all. The club is in really good hands, run by Marina [Granovskaia] now. She loves the club.“I think she makes decisions purely on the betterment of the club, which is how a club should be run. She does exactly what Roman wants her to do.“Roman loves the club. He has devoted his time, money into this football club. He has made Chelsea what it is today.“I don’t care what anyone says, Roman made Chelsea what Chelsea is today and I think, because of the amount of wealth he has brought into this country, everybody owes him a little bit of appreciation.”last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Tottenham told to consider Alderweireld sale amid Man Utd interest Chris Burton 22:41 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Former Spurs star Jermaine Jenas believes the Belgian defender could be considered surplus to requirements following the emergence of Davinson Sanchez Tottenham have been advised to consider parting with Manchester United target Toby Alderweireld, with Jermaine Jenas of the opinion that Davinson Sanchez is a more than capable replacement.The Belgium international has become caught up in a transfer storm ahead of the summer window, with a 2019 release clause in his contract proving to be problematic.Spurs had been hoping to agree fresh terms with the 29-year-old, remove a £25 million breaker and tie a proven performer down in north London for the foreseeable future. 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 Failure to reach an agreement means Alderweireld continues to be linked with moves elsewhere, with talk of a switch to Old Trafford having been bubbling away for some time, and Jenas believes now may be the time to cash in.The former Spurs midfielder told Yahoo Sport: “I love Toby, he is a phenomenal player and Tottenham are better when he is in the team, but he is approaching his 30th birthday and I know how Daniel Levy operates at Spurs when a player gets towards that age. The wage demands, what they can afford and where they need to prioritise and maybe Alderweireld doesn’t fit into that structure.“Also, when I said that Spurs had to do everything they could to hang on to Alderweireld, I was not thinking Davinson Sanchez would have had as good as season as he has just had.“That Spurs defence looked pretty solid for most of the campaign and Sanchez was a key part of that, so the club may look at how much it would cost to keep Alderweireld and believe they have a better value for money option in Sanchez. In many respects, I probably agree with that.“I would love Toby to stay because I believe he is the best defender in the world when he is right at it, but we will see where it goes from here. I’m sure there will be plenty of big clubs trying to sign him, with Manchester United believed to be among those.”While the exit door may be opened for Alderweireld this summer, Spurs are determined to retain the services of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.Mauricio PochettinoThey have been able to extend his deal through to 2023, but have also seen the Argentine heavily linked with a vacant managerial post at Real Madrid.Jenas does not expect a man who has already sought to distance himself from that position to head to Spain in 2018, but concedes that a move may be made at some point in the future.The ex-England international added: “The Real Madrid job is always likely to be the one that takes Mauricio away from Spurs, but I’m not sure this is the right moment for him.“There is no rush. He has the ability to go on and achieve something historic with this Tottenham side and that must appeal to him.“Two or three years down the line, he might feel as if there is nowhere else for him to go with Tottenham and then he can look to go to Real Madrid or the other big clubs and have a real go at winning the Champions League and major trophies.“The new stadium looks amazing, they are back in the Champions League, he had a lot of power and influence at Tottenham and that is a lot to walk away from. There are so many factors why he signed that contract and now we see what happens.”last_img read more

first_imgGermany Ozil out of Germany’s Saudi Arabia clash Robin Bairner 19:35 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Germany Getty Images Germany World Cup Mesut Özil Germany v Saudi Arabia Germany v Mexico Saudi Arabia Mexico Friendlies The playmaker will miss the opportunity to win his 91st cap for his country in Leverkusen, but his World Cup is not in doubt Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will not be risked for Germany’s World Cup warm-up clash against Saudi Arabia, the German FA (DFB) have announced.The 29-year-old’s participation in Russia 2018, however, is not under any threat as he simply has bruising on his knee, which restricted him to running during Thursday’s training session.The defending world champions are slated to face the Saudis on Friday. 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 Leaving him out for the friendly match in Leverkusen on Friday is only a precaution, the DFB explained via a statement published on Twitter.“Precautionary measure: Mesut Ozil could not complete the final team training in Eppan and instead completed an intensive running session. He is out with a slight bruise (left knee) for Germany vs Saudia Arabia,” the association confirmed.Ozil will take part in his third World Cup in Russia, having participated in 2010 and been a winner in 2014.The playmaker has won 90 caps for his national team and has scored 23 goals.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Pressure on Paul Pogba ahead of World Cup clash, says Socceroo Massimo Luongo Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 11:36 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba France 2018 Getty Images World Cup Australia Paul Pogba France v Australia Denmark v Australia Australia v Peru France France’s stars will be expected to shine against Australia and that could work to the Socceroos favour Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo has put the emphasis on France’s star midfielder Paul Pogba ahead of the Socceroos World Cup opener against the French.The Manchester United player has been a mercurial figure for France with plenty expected of him and a mixed view on how he performs for the national team.  Luongo will be looking to line-up against Pogba when their two countries meet in Kazan, with the Australian midfielder admitting the eyes and the pressure will always be on the Frenchman.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “His price tag says how good of a player he is, the pressure is always on him because of how much he costs,” Luongo said.”Maybe he’s not doing enough, but as a midfielder, if a lot of midfielders can do half the things he does, then I think they’re a pretty good player.”A lot of eyes will be on him, I think he’s capable of doing something special.”Paul Pogba FranceThe Socceroos aren’t fancied of causing an upset when they take on the Les Bleus but should be buoyed by the fact France were held to a recent 1-1 draw with the USA.As a result, Luongo believes Australia should back themselves to take the French down. “At this level, everyone is even, the win is there for the taking,” he said.”Individually, yeah, they’ve got some big, world class players especially in midfield.”As I said, we’ve been working on a way to play as a team and the manager’s experience is doing it with a really good team, not individuals.”It’s up for the taking… we’ve got to make sure we’re on, more than 100% because of their individual talents.”last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Griezmann expecting ‘big things’ from Pogba under World Cup spotlight Jon Fisher 16:19 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GriezmannPogba - Cropped Getty Images World Cup Paul Pogba France v Australia France Australia Kylian Mbappé Antoine Griezmann Paul Pogba has been tipped to shine at he World Cup by France team-mates Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Antoine Griezmann says France are expecting big things from Paul Pogba, ahead of their World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.Pogba comes into the tournament on the back of another mixed season at Manchester United with critics still questioning the 25-year-old’s ability to impose his authority on matches on a consistent basis.Griezmann, though, is convinced of the former Juventus midfielder’s ability and has backed him to show it in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He told FIFA.com: “We’re expecting big things from Paul – all his touches of brilliance and his long-range goals.”We’re expecting him to get the crowd on their feet. There isn’t a leader in the side, but when Paul talks, everyone listens.”Teenage striker Kylian Mbappe also hailed Pogba’s qualities and talked up his leadership skills.The Paris Saint-Germain man said: “Paul is a creative player. He also makes his physical presence felt on the pitch and he’s a quality passer of the ball as well.”He’s important. He’s a great player, and great players are always leaders. Wherever we go, he leads everyone, and you feel like following him too.”After suffering disappointment on home soil two years ago when Les Bleus were beaten in the final of the European Championship by Portugal, Griezmann wants to go one better this time round.”We just missed out on being champions at the Euros. The time has come for us to set the seal on everything we’ve done in these last four years,” added the Atletico Madrid forward, who on Thursday confirmed he would be staying at the Wanda Metropolitano next season after rebuffing interest from Barcelona.last_img read more

first_imgMadeira Airport has new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/Q1woRYFXv1 — Madeira Islands (@Madeira) June 17, 2018  The man behind the original design was Madeiran artist Emanuel Santos, who previously worked at the airport in which the statue was revealed. After the widespread criticism of his work, Santos noted that not even Jesus pleased everyone, and subsequently made another attempt at recreating Ronaldo.“It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans,” he said. “Neither did Jesus please everyone.“This is a matter of taste, so it is not as simple as it seems. What matters is the impact that this work generated. There is always the possibility of making a difference, I was prepared for all this. I used as a base some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet, nothing specific. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.”Santos also stressed that his efforts were appreciated by the man himself, saying: “I was with the brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw.”He only asked for some wrinkles to be changed, that give him a certain expression in his face when he’s about to laugh.”He said it made him look older and asked for it to be thinned out a bit to make it smoother and more jovial. But they gave it the go-ahead before they liked what they saw.”The new bust was unveiled after Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s World Cup opener, earning his side a 3-3 draw in an instant tournament classic.The real CR7 will also take on Morocco and Iran in the group stages. Should Portugal repeat their Euro 2016 heroics, Madeira may need to commission a few more Ronaldo busts. Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo bust changed at Madeira airport Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 19:10 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristiano Ronaldo statue Madeira Airport Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo WTF Portugal v Morocco Iran v Portugal Morocco Portugal Iran World Cup The Real Madrid and Portugal star’s likeness has been updated at the airport named in his honour A widely-mocked bust of Cristiano Ronaldo has been replaced by a new, improved model.The Portugal captain was ‘celebrated’ by a commemorative statue at Madeira airport, which has been renamed in Ronaldo’s honour. However, fans on Twitter were quick to tear apart the likeness, comparing it with F1 driver David Coulthard, the head from British television show Art Attack and even former Sunderland striker Niall Quinn. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move It has now been changed, with the grinning, or gurning, statue now replaced by a more serious-looking effort.Madeira Island News reports that the change came about after Ronaldo’s family requested that it be replaced.Per their report, Duarte Ferreira, the director of the airport, said: “The (Ronaldo) museum asked us to replace and put this bust in honour of the athlete and we thought we should change, but in any case we have the old one saved.”last_img read more

first_imgThe School Sports Australia Combined Touch Tournament commenced on Monday, 20 October 2008 at Prospect Park, Launceston.Master of Ceremonies, Maree Tomlin welcomed the participants to the Opening Ceremony as the junior referees lead the march past. Hosts, Tasmania where introduced last to the applause of the home crowd.School Sport Australia Life Member, Ray Grieshaber wished everyone the best of luck for the tournament and expressed his gratitude to Maree and Steve Tomlin for the work they had put in for the event.Tasmanian 15’s Captains, Rosie Downer and Patrick Fisher, read the Players Oath stating a desire to achieve the highest level of personal performance and conduct.The crowd was treated to a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem  by Tasmanian 12’s player, Ellie Couch. The performance was even more considerable since Ellie’s usual acoustic accompany was sick on the morning and a replacement had to be made very hastily. Tasmanian Australian 20’s Mixed representative, Emma Haines, declared the games open with results going to script on the opening day.For full results, visit http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-0-0last_img read more

first_imgThe iconic Yass Touch Knockout will again be held on the Australia Day weekend (24 and 25 January 2009). The biggest touch knockout in Australasia is celebrating 21 years next year and is calling on teams to help them enjoy the party.The six a side competition will hold men’s, women’s and mixed divisions in A and B divisions.$12,000 prize money is up for grabs in the two day knockout which will be held at Walker Park. The tournament which attracts teams from all across Australia and beyond has long been a solid hit-out for teams in preparation for the National Touch League. If you wish to participate in this unique Touch Football event, visit the Yass Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=508&pID=14 or see the attached Nomination Form.Nominations close on Friday, 9 January 2009.Thanks to Rod Wise for providing the article content.Related Files2009_yass_touch_knockout_form_211008-pdflast_img read more

first_imgPSG to compete with Juventus for Man Utd outcast Paul Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are expected to compete for Manchester United outcast Paul Pogba in January.The Daily Star says United’s £89million Frenchman has become such a divisive figure in the dressing room that club chiefs are ready to flog him less than three years after making him the most expensive player in the world.Jose Mourinho has run out of patience with the midfielder, 25, and it is understood United are planning to cash in on him next month regardless of whether Mourinho continues as boss.The feeling is it is best to part ways now – to help Mourinho turn the season around and ensure any prospective new boss does not inherit the problem.Juventus are in contact, though Paris St-Germain are also sure to join the bidding. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid to use Bale to beat Man Utd for Pochettino dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are ready to use Gareth Bale as a bargaining chip in talks with Tottenham for manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Daily Star says Spurs want £45million at least in compensation for Pochettino, who is also a top target for Manchester United.Sources close to Real suggest they will give Spurs the first option to buy back the Wales international on the cheap – if it paves the way to lure Poch to Madrid.Certainly, the prospect of Bale, 29, returning to the club he left five years ago for a then-world record £85m would be a tempting one for Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy.Re-signing the three-time Champions League winner – even at a reduced price – would be a significant statement going into their first full season at the new White Hart Lane. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino: Brahim Diaz has quality, magic and personalityby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez has welcomed new arrival Brahim Diaz from Manchester City.Los Blancos completed the signing of the 19-year-old from City on Sunday evening and he was presented on Monday.”It’s a special and exciting day,” Perez said.”We are working to strengthen the present and the future with talent of the highest quality.”Brahim Diaz has special talent, the values of this club, quality, magic and personality.”He dreams of winning with this club.”He has chosen this club ahead of other big clubs that wanted to sign him and the Madridistas are going to realise why he came here.”Perez also turned and addressed the player directly.”You’re coming from a friendly club like Manchester City,” he said.”You are arriving at the most demanding club in the world and it will require all your determination.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMan City plan Sterling extension to warn off Real Madridby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling is eyeing a move to Real Madrid in the summer, per journalist Alex Kay-Jelski.The reporter, who has very good sources at City and with Sterling’s camp, believes that Real are serious about signing the English winger.Sterling is only 24 and has emerged as one of the best and most consistent players in the Premier League.He has come on leaps and bounds since manager Pep Guardiola took over at the club, helping them to two Premier League titles in a row.While Real are serious in their interest and Sterling would fancy the move, the source also claims that City will offer him a bumper new deal to convince him that his future lies in Manchester.City would loathe to lose Sterling, given he is one of their most prolific attacking players. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCody Riley dunks so hard the rim breaks.YouTube/Marcus WilliamsFew basketball players have the raw power to destroy a basketball hoop with a dunk. Add 2017 power forward Cody Riley to that small fraternity. The 6-foot-7 five-star out of California went up for a big slam at this weekend’s 2015 Summer Block Party, and brought the rim down with him. Try not to be impressed by the raw power here—it is impossible. Riley is rated as a four star player by Scout and five stars by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. His impressive list of suitors includes offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, UCLA, and USC. He is also receiving interest from Duke and Kentucky.[Scout]last_img

first_imgCardale Jones swings and misses at a softball.Twitter/@STN_Sports Every year, NCAA member schools have to self-report dozens of violations, the vast majority of which are quite inane. Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern reports that the school reported 29 minor violations, six of which came from the football program. The most interesting of them centers on quarterback Cardale Jones’ attendance as a celebrity softball game hosted by Cleveland Browns star Joe Haden.Cardale Jones and Prime Time at Joe Haden’s Celebrity softball game pic.twitter.com/tYUaV2G0Gk— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 6, 2015In one case, an OSU football player was told that he was neither permitted to participate in nor attend the Joe Haden Celebrity Charity Softball game in Cleveland on June 6. However, on the morning of the event he called his position coach and was told he could attend the event but not participate.Because the school had not provided written approval to attend, a violation had occurred. An OSU spokesman could not confirm the identity of the player, but redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones was documented to have attended the game.In response to the violation, a letter of education was provided to all football coaches and staff emphasizing the rules regarding promotional activities, as well as reviewed with football student-athletes.Braxton Miller’s Instagram photo promoting AdvoCare from the spring was also included in the report. It should be noted that there should not be an repercussions for minor offenses like these, but it is always interesting to look at the things that are deemed violations by the NCAA. Many of them are pretty ridiculous.[The Lantern via Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

first_imgjaron blossomgame seals win over Duke with a dunk.ESPNJust when you thought ACC basketball couldn’t be deeper, Clemson is throwing its name in the ring with an incredibly impressive win streak. The Tigers, picked to finish 12th in the league, have now won four straight against Florida State, at Syracuse, vs. Louisville, and now vs. Duke. Star forward Jaron Blossomgame led the way for the Tigers with 17 points, none bigger than the dunk which put Clemson up 66-63. Duke could not score on the ensuing possession, and Clemson held on for a 68-63 win.#SCtop10 Clemson ballin tonight #DidDukeWin.com pic.twitter.com/pt9xWRieDZ— Asher Lucas (@AsherLucas) January 14, 2016(Click here for a better video, via ESPN.)With a 4-1 record in league play, the Tigers are making some serious noise.Brad Brownell has now beaten Syracuse, Louisville, & Duke back-to-back-to-back. That deserves a free meal folks. Palpable buzz at Clemson.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 14, 2016The court rush left something to be desired, however.That moment when you watch Clemson beat Duke… @kendallsilvers pic.twitter.com/1eAQh7L9FF— James Mattos DeHart (@MattyIceBaller) January 14, 2016Clemson is now 11-6 overall, and seem to be improving by the game. This is not a bad year at all for Clemson Tiger fans.last_img read more

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)North Carolina officially has its new head football coach, as the Tar Heels have hired former Texas coach Mack Brown, who previously coached in Chapel Hill.UNC announced the hire this morning.“Mack Brown has a proven record of building great teams, and he doesn’t just develop football players – he also develops people of strong character,” said Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “He knows how to win championships, and he expects his student-athletes to win in the classroom and community, as well. We are excited about his plans for our football program, and I am thrilled to welcome Coach Brown and wife Sally back to Chapel Hill.”Brown has been out of coaching for five years, but he’s been working as an analyst for ESPN and has been putting his name out for several coaching openings.Details are starting to emerge from Brown’s contract.North Carolina has reportedly given him a five-year deal.“Mack Brown will receive a 5-year contract at UNC, source told @WatchStadium. Brown will be officially introduced as Tar Heels coach at noon today,” Brett McMurphy reports.Mack Brown will receive a 5-year contract at UNC, source told @WatchStadium. Brown will be officially introduced as Tar Heels coach at noon today— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 27, 2018Brown released the following statement:“Sally and I love North Carolina, we love this University and we are thrilled to be back,” Brown said. “The best part of coaching is the players – building relationships, building confidence, and ultimately seeing them build success on and off the field. We can’t to wait to meet our current student-athletes and reconnect with friends, alumni and fellow Tar Heel coaches. We thank UNC’s Board of Trustees, Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham for supporting our return to the Carolina family.”last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)USC’s new offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, revealed this morning that he was “close” to taking another major job before joining the Trojans.The former Texas Tech head coach said on The Dan Patrick Show that he nearly accepted an offer from Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams.“I really have a ton of respect for Coach McVay and what he’s done. Great dude who treats people the right way, innovative on offense, high energy. I would’ve loved to see, on a daily basis, how he does things and would’ve tried to contribute anyway I can. But just felt like this was the right spot for me at the right time,” he said.Kingsbury has been linked to other NFL jobs, too.FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that NFL teams might try to pluck Kingsbury from USC before he coaches in a game.Kingsbury, though, says the USC opportunity was too good to pass on.“I played in [the NFL.] I’ve been fascinated by that League… But this opportunity was too great to pass up with the talent we have [at USC.] It’s a great city to work and live in,” he said.”I played in [the NFL.] I’ve been fascinated by that League… But this opportunity was too great to pass up with the talent we have [at USC.] It’s a great city to work and live in.” – @KliffKingsbury on @dpshow— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) December 17, 2018We’ll see if that ends up being the case.If NFL teams are actually really interested in Kingsbury, it’ll be tough for him to stay put.last_img read more

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s computer model has released its initial rankings for the 2019 college football season. The Football Power Index rankings are out.Clemson comes in at No. 1 in the new Football Power Index rankings. The reigning national champions are the preseason No. 1 for the second year in a row.“Clemson is predicted to be better than every other team in the country, so it makes sense that we’re forecasting the Tigers to have a dominating edge over every other team in the conference. The ACC is thin on upper-tier teams. In fact, after Clemson, it has basically … nothing.Clemson is more than 17 points per game better than every other team in the ACC. Our conference and playoff projections won’t be out for a couple of months, but it’s safe to say that the Tigers’ outlook for both of those will be awfully strong,” ESPN writes.Most of the usual suspects are at the top of the rankings, too. Alabama comes in at No. 2 and Georgia is No. 3.What team is projected to be the worst in college football, though?UTEP is getting that honor. The Miners are coming in at No. 130 in the rankings following their 1-11 season in 2018.The worst Power 5 team, meanwhile, is projected to be Kansas. Les Miles certainly has his work cut out for him.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season kicks off on August 24, but there won’t be any Big Ten teams in action until a few days later. Let’s take a look at who each of the league’s 14 members will be opening with.The first game of the bunch will feature Minnesota vs. South Dakota State on Thursday, August 29. The Golden Gophers are being picked by some to be the best team in the Big Ten West this year.On Friday, August 30, there will be four more Big Ten teams in action, as Michigan State takes on Tulsa, Wisconsin takes on South Florida, Rutgers takes on UMass and Purdue takes on Nevada.Saturday, August 31 will feature the rest of the games – Maryland vs. Howard, Illinois vs. Akron, Indiana vs. Ball State, Nebraska vs. South Alabama, Ohio State vs. FAU, Penn State vs. Idaho, Northwestern vs. Stanford, Iowa vs. Miami (OH) and Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee.Northwestern is the only Big Ten team that is not favored in week one. Stanford, at the moment, is a 6.5-point favorite in that one.Week two will feature the first actual Big Ten vs. Big Ten game when Iowa and Rutgers do battle.The 2019 college football season will kick off when Florida and Miami meet on August 24.last_img read more

first_img Both the athletic department for Florida State and Boise State are monitoring the incoming weather.Florida State released a statement, saying “We continue to be in contact with the Governor’s Office, our partners in Jacksonville, and Boise State’s athletics department. At this time there is no change in the status of the game.”FSU statement regarding potential weather issues: We continue to be in contact with the Governor’s Office, our partners in Jacksonville & Boise State’s athletics department. At this time there is no change in the status of the game. We will provide an update Thursday morning.— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 28, 2019Hurricane Dorian is projected to strike Florida this weekend, which could then cause trouble for the Seminoles. The fear would be that Jacksonville – the host site of the game – gets hit with tropical-storm-force winds.It’s still too early to tell, but this will be developing story to watch for the new few days.Stay tuned for more updates on Florida State’s season opener. A general view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 01:General view of Doak Campbell Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)Florida State’s first game of the fall is currently scheduled for this Saturday. However, Hurricane Dorian could potentially impact the team’s season opener.The Seminoles are looking to put last season’s shortcomings behind this weekend. Another year under Willie Taggart’s belt should go a long way for the program.Week 1 won’t be easy for Florida State as it faces off against Boise State. Well, that is if the weather holds up for the game.As of right now, the plan is for the Seminoles and Broncos to hold their season opener on Saturday. The next update for the status of the game will be available on Thursday morning.last_img read more