Arsenal will build their future around Ozil

first_imgArsenal How Arsenal plan to build a successful future around Mesut Ozil Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil Arsenal v Everton Everton Opinion The decision to commit the best years of his career to Arsenal is a sign of both the player and club’s greater ambitions Arsenal made three acquisitions in January, with Konstantinos Mavropanos joining at the start of the month, Henrikh Mkhitaryan arriving as part of a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang becoming the club’s record acquisition on transfer deadline day. Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan are the start of more playing staff arrivals set to happen this summer, with an experienced defender and defensive midfielder at the top of Wenger’s wishlist.However, Mesut Ozil might turn out to be the most important signing of all, with the attacking midfielder having finally pen to paper on a new, three-year contract, after months of negotiations with the club.Quite simply, the German’s decision to commit his long-term future to the Gunners is a massive boost for everyone at the Emirates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Since making his league debut in August 2006, the Germany international is the only player to have created over 1000 goalscoring chances within Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues. He’s also provided more assists than any other player (49 in 136 appearances) and created more goalscoring chances from open play (60) than any other player operating in the Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A or Ligue 1 this season.The numbers are astounding yet Ozil has received his fair share of criticism during his four and a half years at the club. Ex-players have been quick to lambast the playmaker for “not tracking back enough” or only being a “luxury player”, but none of those accusations add up.In an article published on Goal last season, it was revealed that Ozil had covered more ground per 90 minutes in the league than Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny.Results have been inconsistent in the Premier League this season but the rejuvenation project at Emirates Stadium is well and truly underway.A new de-facto director of football in Raul Sanllehi, a new head of recruitment in Sven Mislintat and a contracts negotiator in Huss Fahmy have been in put in place by chief executive Ivan Gazidis, meaning that when Arsene Wenger is eventually replaced, the transition from one manager to another will be a far smoother process that it would have previously been.Furthermore, as the Frenchman’s power becomes gradually divided among a group of innovative, well-connected football figureheads, Arsenal will aim to build their team around one man.Ozil admitted last summer that he is just as ambitious as his former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.“I am also a perfectionist,” the 29-year-old has said. “I want to be successful with everything I do. “During the time I played alongside Ronaldo [at Real Madrid], I saw that he always wanted to win everything, even on the training pitch. He is never satisfied and always wants more. He always wants more titles and there are not a lot of players with that attitude.”Ozil, though, possesses the same drive and insatiable appetite for silverware. His decision to extend his contract was founded on the belief that he can realise his goals in north London.Indeed, he knows that Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan are just the start of a planned revamp of the Arsenal squad, with an experienced defender and defensive midfielder at the top of Wenger’s wishlist.OzilThere are other factors behind Ozil’s decision to commit to Arsenal, which go beyond football, including his relationship with Swedish-Turkish actress Amine Gulse. The two plan to settle in London and with Ozil’s network of close friends also based in the capital it was a logical choice to sign on the dotted line as the city is where he feels at home.Furthermore, Ozil ignored overtures from Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain, as well as astronomical offers from clubs in the Chinese Super League. This may well have been his last chance to land a colossal contract but his decision was not solely motivated by money. It was a carefully considered choice, based on happiness and future ambition.The contract extension gives Ozil the chance to become a club legend. He has the opportunity to be mentioned in the same breath as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira if he continues to break records on the pitch. With three FA Cups to his name and surely more silverware on the horizon, the deal means a lot more than a world-class player signing a new contract.Can Arsenal match Ozil’s ambition? The signings of Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan are a good start and Mislintat’s wide scouting network bodes well for the future.Clearly, there are more issues to resolve, particularly in defence, but a Carabao Cup-winning opportunity later this month and a chance to pick up a European trophy at the end of the season are achievable aims for Ozil and Arsenal.Wenger has challenged him to lead the team to success on the pitch after signing his new deal and there is no-one more focused at doing that at that right now than the talismanic World Cup winner. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Roma rocked by Nainggolan injury blow

first_imgBarcelona v Roma Roma rocked by Nainggolan injury blow ahead of Barcelona clash Patric Ridge 20:07 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RadjaNainggolanCropped Getty Images Barcelona v Roma UEFA Champions League Edin Džeko Bologna v Roma Bologna Roma Barcelona Serie A The Belgium international midfielder suffered an injury early on against Bologna, casting doubt over his availability for a key Champions League clash Radja Nainggolan could miss Roma’s Champions League quarter-final showdown with Barcelona after suffering what appeared to be a muscular injury against Bologna.Nainggolan, a key figure in Eusebio Di Francesco’s midfield, limped out of Saturday’s Serie A clash after 16 minutes, clutching his right thigh.It remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old – who was recalled to Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad for the friendly win over Saudi Arabia – will be fit to feature in the first leg at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Another concern for Di Francesco is winger Cengiz Under, who sat out the match against Bologna following a knee injury sustained on international duty with Turkey, although the youngster is expected to recover in time for the trip to Spain.Top scorer Edin Dzeko, meanwhile, started on the bench at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, with Patrik Schick filling in up front.Roma have never before made it beyond the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, so will be looking for all of their key men to be available.Nainggolan certainly falls into that category, with his presence in the heart of midfield set to be vital as the Serie A outfit seek to contain Barca’s attacking threat.last_img read more


first_imgQueensland Touch & TFA are seeking applicants for a GDO. The main focus of this position will be to deliver services to affiliates, with the aim of improving touch football competitions and providing quality experiences for all participants.Remuneration will be in the range of $30-$45K plus super.The position will be based in either Brisbane or Rockhampton, depending on suitability of applicants.Applications addressing selection criteria must be sent via email to by Monday 12th February 2007.For more information go to or phone 1300 654 002.Game Development Job Descriptionlast_img read more

Touch Football on Totally Wild!

first_imgTouch Football South Australia juniors featured on popular kids program, Totally Wild on Monday, 21 December.Totally Wild presenter Seamus Evans joined Touch Football South Australia Operations Manager, Miles Wilson and junior participants, explaining the rules of the game and what they enjoy about the sport of Touch Football. To view the video, please click on the link below (starting at 9:15) – LinksTotally Wild!last_img read more

10 months agoSTUNNER: Australia name injured Huddersfield midfielder Mooy in Asian Cup squad

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say STUNNER: Australia name injured Huddersfield midfielder Mooy in Asian Cup squadby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAustralia have named injured Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy in their Asian Cup squad.Mooy will be assessed by the Socceroos medical staff on Friday when team physio Phil Coles travels to the U.K.Terriers supporters were shocked to hear the news considering Mooy was recently ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury. However, the Australians are checking every box in order to get one of their best players on the pitch.”Aaron Mooy’s knee injury will be assessed independently and by FFA’s High Performance Coordinator – Senior Physiotherapist, Phil Coles, in the United Kingdom on Friday, 21 December 2018,” said their statement.”FFA expects to be able to provide an additional update regarding Mooy on Monday, 24 December 2018 following consultation with Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon (UK time).”Nations competing in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 have until six (6) hours before their first match of the tournament to replace a player in their squad due to injury.” last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool star

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool starby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has claimed he could make it into Liverpool’s first team if he was still playing at Anfield.The Belgian striker made the move to Palace in 2016 after just one season with the Reds.He told Sportbible: “Yeah. It’s easy to say now because I play for Palace and they play for Liverpool, but when you train every day with the same players and the manager believes in you, it’s easier.”People will say I’m making excuses, but everyone knows the club was going through a transition when I was there.”If you compare the team from when I was there to the current team, I think there are only three, four players still in the first XI, most of them are new.”Benteke scored 10 times in 42 appearances for Liverpool following his transfer from Aston Villa in 2015. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Arsenal stuck with overpaid Ozil as transfer window closes

first_imgAfter last week’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United, Arsenal manager Unai Emery was asked why Mesut Ozil had not started at the Emirates.The Spaniard’s response was curt: “He played.”Factually correct but also a fittingly terse summation of Ozil’s situation at Arsenal right now. 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? He played. He made an appearance. He was not a game-changer, not the first name on the teamsheet, not even guaranteed to make the squad. But, at least, he played.Since becoming Arsenal’s highest-paid player in February 2018, the German has featured in 32 Premier League games, but contributed just four goals and 11 assists. Not the kind of statistics one would associate with someone earning £350,000 ($460,000) every week.As a result, Ozil has been often surplus to requirements under new manager Emery, who has put a different stamp on Arsenal than predecessor Arsene Wenger.The new boss indicated that someone of Ozil’s ability would be needed as they compete in Europe as well as domestically, but their FA Cup exit means that their fixture list will be less hectic over the coming months.There was a strong possibility Ozil would leave in January in order to get regular game time elsewhere but his agent Dr Ekut Sogut insisted that the former Germany international was happy to stay at the Emirates Stadium.“I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football,” he told  Goal.“Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.“Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.”He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans.”Ozil agentIt always seemed as if Ozil was destined to stay at Arsenal once the transfer window closed.There was interest in the attacker, but clubs across Europe were put off by his enormous wages. Inter were in contention, but the Serie A side wanted the Gunners to foot some of the bill and pay a percentage of his salary.The contract he signed just a year ago priced the majority of clubs out of the market, with only Europe’s elite capable of affording £350,000 per week.Ozil still has the qualities to succeed at the highest level and despite criticism that saw him retire from international football, he was one of few Germany players who actually performed well at last summer’s World Cup.This season, he has often shown those playmaking abilities, but not regularly enough for Emery to start him in every game.The former Paris Saint-Germain boss wants his attacking players to defend from the front, an aspect of Alexandre Lacazette’s game that has improved sufficiently to turn him into a regular starter. Emery, though, does not have the luxury to start Ozil, despite his ability to unlock any opponent.Now, the Arsenal manager is stuck with the pressure of having his highest-paid player on the bench, a position that he cannot do anything about.Ozil is not part of his plans but Arsenal have no way of getting him off the books because of their own ill-advised decision to give him the most lucrative contract in club history.Mesut Ozil Unai Emery ArsenalThe situation sums up the systemic problems at Arsenal at the very top of the club. In recent years, the club has been run appallingly.Until he finally departed last summer, Wenger had been virtually untouchable, possessing absolute power – despite not winning the Premier League since 2004.The new management structure put in place to take Arsenal forward in the post-Wenger era has not impressed. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis left the club in November, while Sven Mislintat has announced he will also be departing this month, despite only taking over as Head of Recruitment 18 months ago.Numerous first team players have seen their contracts wind down in recent seasons. Last season’s star man Alexis Sanchez moved to Manchester United in the January 2018 transfer window six months before his deal was due to expire. This summer, Aaron Ramsey is set to join Juventus on a Bosman deal after contract talks broke down with Arsenal. Right now, Arsenal are not being run like an elite football club should be.Ozil still will get chances at Arsenal this season, especially with Europa League success important to Emery. Beyond that, though, it’s difficult to see him becoming a regular again under Emery.His current status could just as easily be summed up by the equally terse statement: “He’s paid.”last_img read more

Watch: Gus Johnson Criticized For Comments About Penn State’s Win Aiding “Healing Process”

first_imgGus Johnson calling a game on FS1.Gus Johnson is facing heavy criticism for comments he made late during Penn State’s win in the Big Ten Championship about the victory aiding in the school’s “healing process.”The comments came right after mention of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, which rocked the program in 2011, resulting in the ouster of longtime head coach Joe Paterno as well as much of the school’s administration. The PSU football program was subject to a post-season ban and significant scholarship reductions by the NCAA, penalties that were lifted a few years later.Deadspin has video of Johnson’s call. He said the win was a “milestone in the healing process” for Penn State:C’mon, Gus.— Deadspin (@Deadspin) December 4, 2016The comments were not very popular among the college football community:Who is this clown of a commentator who thinks that winning a football game is part of the healing process of a sexual abuse scandal— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) December 4, 2016I will pile on Gus Johnson here, too. Healing process for PSU, get right the hell out of here with that.— Bob Lesh (@Bob_Lesh) December 4, 2016Gus Johnson called Penn State winning “a milestone in the healing process” as if children who got raped will take solace in the victory— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) December 4, 2016Gus Johnson thinks Penn State’s win is a “milestone in the healing process.”Last I checked PSU wasn’t the victim.— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) December 4, 2016Pretty unfortunate comments by Gus Johnson at the end of the game about this win helping “the healing process.”— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 4, 2016And rightfully so. Penn State football was certainly impacted by the scandal. It was in no way the “victim” of this situation. The program is on its second post-Paterno coaching staff. Every player on the roster was recruited by non-Paterno staff coaches, after the Sandusky scandal had already broken.Tonight was a great night for Penn State football, to be sure. It doesn’t have any impact on what happened decades ago.[Deadspin]last_img read more

Forlan tips Joao Felix to fulfil his potential at Atletico

first_imgJoao Felix has a “big future” ahead of him at Atletico Madrid following his record-breaking move from Benfica, according to Diego Forlan.The 19-year-old completed a switch to Wanda Metropolitano for £113 million ($139m) at the start of July, becoming the most expensive signing in Atletico’s history.Felix had attracted attention from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, but he opted to continue his development with Atletico.The 19-year-old’s vast potential has caught Diego Forlan’s eye, with the ex-Uruguay international now backing him to achieve great success in the Spanish capital.”I saw him at Benfica and he did spectacular things,” Forlan told Marca of Joao Felix.”He’s a different player and he’s lucky to now be part of a hard-working and humble 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? “They know that they’ve achieved what they have through effort and sacrifice and some of that is down to the coaching staff.”If he’s humble, respectful and can listen, he’ll be a player who grows up to give us a lot to talk about. He has a big future.”Forlan played for the Rojiblancos for four years, scoring 74 goals in 134 matches while picking up a Europa League winners’ medal in 2010.The 40-year-old has been impressed with the work that Diego Simeone has carried out since taking the helm at Wanda Metropolitano in 2011.The Argentine boss has guided the club to seven major trophies in total, including two Europa Leagues, one La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.Atletico have also reached two Champions League finals under Simeone only to lose both games to cross-city rivals Real Madrid, in extra time in 2014 and on penalties two years later.The Uruguayan believes that Atletico Madrid are on the right path to finally win the European Cup one day and thinks that they can now be considered one of Europe’s most feared clubs.”They came very close twice,” Forlan said.”Once leading until the 93rd minute and losing the other on penalties.”They’re on the right track but everyone prepares themselves to win the Champions League.”Nobody wants to cross Atletico because of what they’ve achieved. They’ve earned respect.”Forlan went on to praise the club’s steady progress over the last decade before singling out Simeone for his influence in the dugout, adding: “They grow year after year.”They changed the stadium and they’ve shown their development in the most important way – with results.”Simeone’s arrival has meant that year after year the players change but the requirements are the same.”last_img read more

Pogba ‘happy’ at Man Utd despite Madrid speculation

first_imgPaul Pogba says he is fully committed to Manchester United despite a summer that saw him heavily linked with an Old Trafford exit.The France international hinted during the close season that he was unhappy at the club and ready for a new challenge after three seasons back in the Premier LeagueRumours of an impending move were fuelled still further by his agent Mino Raiola, who said that he was “in the process” of ensuring Pogba would find a new club ahead of the new season. 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? The 26-year-old was the Red Devils’ top-scorer across all competitions last season, netting 16 goals from midfield in what was largely a disappointing season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.Pogba’s former club Juventus as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid were heavily linked with a move. However, a deal failed to materialise and Pogba returned to pre-season training as normal.The chances of a transfer now appear slim following the closing of the Premier League transfer window last week, as United would be unable to bring in a replacement.The 2018 World Cup winner recovered from a back spasm to take his place in the Manchester United starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League season opener against Chelsea at Old Trafford.In an eye-catching performance, Pogba laid on two of United’s four goals as Solskjaer’s side opened the campaign with a thumping victory. Speaking after the game, Pogba sought to reassure the United supporters that he was happy and enjoying his football.”I’m always happy when I play football,” Pogba told RMC Sport. “I do what I love, it’s my job.”I will give my best every time I’m on the pitch. Now, we know that there were words. The future will tell.”One always remains on this point of questioning. I am in Manchester. I’m having fun with my team-mates, I always want to win the matches.”I will always give myself thoroughly when I am on the ground.”Marcus Rashford scored twice with Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James also on target against Frank Lampard’s side, as United recorded their biggest league win over Chelsea since 1965.Next up for the Red Devils is a trip to Molineux to take on Wolves on Monday August 19.last_img read more

ESPN Reveals Where Urban Meyer Will Be Watching Today’s Ohio State Game From

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer isn’t allowed to be at Ohio Stadium for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Oregon State game. The Buckeyes’ head coach has been suspended for the first three games of the season. He’s not allowed to be at the stadium or have contact with the team within a 24-hour period of kickoff.The three-time national champion-winning head coach can return to practice on Sunday. He’s eligible to start coaching in games Week 4.What will Urban Meyer be doing today? He’ll be at home, according to ESPN.ESPN host Rece Davis reported this morning on College GameDay that Meyer will be at his Dublin, Ohio home at noon E.T. today when Ohio State kicks off against Oregon State.It’s unclear if Meyer’s family will be at Ohio Stadium.Urban’s wife, Shelley Meyer, had a message for all of Buckeye Nation:“TO ALL OF BUCKEYE NATION: Thank you , in advance, for supporting these awesome young men as they represent this GREAT university tomorrow in the Horseshoe, along w TBDBITL and the BEST FANS IN THE LAND. Love and respect, Shelley, Urban, Nicki, Gigi, and Nate GO BUCKS!” she wrote.TO ALL OF BUCKEYE NATION: Thank you ??, in advance, for supporting these awesome young men as they represent this GREAT university tomorrow in the Horseshoe, along w TBDBITL and the BEST FANS IN THE LAND. Love and respect, Shelley, Urban, Nicki, Gigi, and Nate GO BUCKS!— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) August 31, 2018Urban Meyer can return to the practice field on Sunday as per his suspension terms.Ohio State and Oregon State are set to kick off at noon on ABC.last_img read more

ESPN Ranks The Country’s 10 Toughest Remaining Schedules

first_imgGeneral view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)We’re through three weeks of the college football season, but there is still plenty of action left. After three weeks of the season, we’re finally getting a picture of which teams have what it takes to compete at the highest level.Following the Week 3 slate of games, ESPN updated its Football Power Index – a computer model that measures overall team strength. Alabama remains a heavy favorite in every poll and metric after finally finding an elite quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa.While updating its FPI, ESPN’s computer model also projects win/loss, percentage chance to win a team’s respective conference, and strength of schedule.According to ESPN’s FPI, here are the 10 hardest schedules for the rest of the season.KansasArkansasKansas StatePittPurdueBaylorTexas TechNebraskaTennesseeUCLAYou can see the full results here.None of the top-10 teams are in the College Football Playoff race at this point in the season. these teams could be in for a rough final stretch.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Head Coach Is Getting Crushed For How Starting QB Was Benched

first_imgA view from the end zone of Boston College's football field.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 11: A referee watches a point after try by the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Louisville lost its fifth game of the season on Saturday, falling at Boston College, 38-20.Cardinals’ head coach Bobby Petrino was not happy with his team’s quarterback play during the game, so the head coach made a change in the fourth quarter, benching Jawon Pass. The sophomore QB was struggling, completing 17 of 31 passes for 170 yards and 1 interception.Pass, though, says he wasn’t actually told by anyone that he was being benched. He just saw his team’s backup, Jordan Travis, warming up and assumed it.This is not sitting well with Louisville fans.Jawon Pass said Petrino didn’t tell him he was out in the fourth quarter. He saw Jordan Travis and assumed.— Jake Lourim (@jakelourim) October 13, 2018If you’re going to bench your starting quarterback, you should probably let him know that he’s being benched.Louisville fans have been calling for a change in head coach for most of the season, bu Petrino has a massive buyout. A firing probably isn’t happening.Cardinals fans are left to dream.when I hit the mega millions, I’m buying petrino out……— Q (@osuseq) October 13, 2018Louisville returns to the field in two weeks against Wake Forest.last_img read more

CFB Starting QB Will Miss Rest Of Season With Injury

first_imgA general view of Wake Forest's football field.WINSTON SALEM, NC – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Wake Forest football lost yesterday’s game to Syracuse. In the process, they also lost starting quarterback Sam Hartman.Hartman will miss the rest of the 2018 season after injuring his leg late in yesterday’s game. Amazingly, he is the 12th Demon Deacon to suffer a season-ending injury.Head coach Dave Clawson confirmed the news a short time ago.Head coach Dave Clawson has announced that freshman Sam Hartman will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a leg injury late in Saturday’s game.MORE:— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) November 4, 2018A true freshman, Hartman has started every game for Wake Forest this season. He connected on 161 of 291 passes for 1,984 yards and 16 touchdowns.Hartman has also rushed for 275 yards and two touchdowns.Wake Forest is back in action on national TV this Thursday at NC State. They’ll face the Wolfpack at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.Jamie Newman and Kendall Hinton will likely fill in for Hartman over the final three weeks.last_img read more

QB Tate Martell Reportedly Taking A Major Transfer Visit

first_imgTate Martell runs for Ohio State vs. Rutgers.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is considering a transfer, as the former top recruit has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.Martell, a rising redshirt sophomore, had said that he didn’t intend on transferring, but Justin Fields’ arrival to Columbus appears to have changed that.Several major programs have been linked to Martell, including Miami, Penn State and West Virginia.Martell is reportedly visiting one of those programs today.Dub V Nation is reporting that Martell is visiting West Virginia.According to a source, former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is on an official visit in Morgantown.Martell was expected to be the Buckeyes starter next year prior to Georgia quarterback Justin Fields transferring in.This season in mop-up duty he completed 23 of 28 passes for 269 yards and 1 touchdown, while also rushing 22 times for 128 yards and 2 scores.Martell’s Instagram appears to have confirmed this.According to his Instagram, Tate Martell is apparently doing a little sightseeing in the mountains of West Virginia today.— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) January 13, 2019Stay tuned.last_img read more

Nick Saban Recruiting Brother Of An Alabama Superstar

first_imgJosh Jacobs takes a carry in the national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)After  three years at Alabama, running back Josh Jacobs departed the team to declare for the NFL draft. But head coach Nick Saban may not have to wait long before having a member of Jacobs’ family in his backfield.Speaking to BamaOnLine this past week, running back Isaiah Jacobs – Josh Jacobs’ younger brother – revealed that Nick Saban is working to recruit him to Alabama. Isaiah said that Saban will give him a shot once he sees more significant tape and agility drills.The nation’s No. 61 running back, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings, says all Saban wants to see are better times on his 40 and his agility testing this spring and/or summer.“He said that’s the only thing stopping them,” Jacobs said of his testing numbers. “He said for me to come to their camp or that they’ll also be down here this spring to see me. He said all I gotta do is show them and they’re going to offer me.”Isaiah Jacobs is a three-star running back, per 247Sports. He is rated as the No. 850 overall prospect in the country, the No. 61 running back in the country, and the No. 10 prospect from the state of Oklahoma.Nick Saban might want to make him an offer though. Isaiah Jacobs already has offers on the table from the likes of Arkansas, Ole Miss, Maryland, and Iowa State, as well as in-state Tulsa.Last year at Owasso, Isaiah Jacobs recorded 1,024 yards and nine touchdown on the ground, and added another 27 receptions for 296 yards and a touchdown through the air.Josh Jacobs finished third on the team in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage last year. He led the team in rushing touchdowns and finished tied with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in total touchdowns.Suffice it to say, if Isaiah is anything like his brother, the Crimson Tide can look forward to a very productive star.[BamaOnLine]last_img read more

USC Dual-Threat QB Reportedly Enters Transfer Portal

first_imgA general view of USC's football stadium.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: A general view of the stadium during the game between the Washington Huskies and the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The USC Trojans will likely be without one of their quarterbacks when they head into the 2019 season.Former three-star dual-threat quarterback Matt Fink reportedly plans to transfer.According to a report from ESPN’s college football insider Kyle Bonagura, Fink entered the transfer portal and plans to leave the Trojans football program.Here’s the news from Bonagura.USC QB Matt Fink has entered the transfer portal, per source.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) April 17, 2019The sophomore quarterback saw limited action during the 2018 season when freshman phenom J.T. Daniels left with an injury.Fink competed in three games for the Trojans in 2018, completing seven-of-nine passes for 46 yards and one touchdown.His best performance came against Utah, when Fink completed six-of-seven passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. In two years with the Trojans, Fink threw a total of just 18 passes, completing 13 for 89 total yards.Despite seeing time in relief of Daniels, Fink did not have a great hold on the depth chart. Freshman quarterback Jack Sears started for the Trojans against Arizona State in 2018 when Daniels went down with an injury.The freshman performed well and earned the backup role for the rest of the season.It looks like Fink lost out on the backup role at USC and plans to finish his collegiate career somewhere else.Stay tuned for more on his decision.last_img read more

Florida Fans Are Furious With ESPN Analyst’s Comment On Feleipe Franks

first_imgFlorida QB Feleipe Franks throws a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators looks to pass against the Michigan Wolverines in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)Florida fans are not happy with ESPN college football analyst Brian Griese for his comment about Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks.Franks, the Gators’ starting quarterback, suffered what is likely a season-ending injury in the win at Kentucky on Saturday night.ESPN’s color analyst for the game noted that Franks had made “mistakes on the field and off the field” during his time at Florida.Save for some trash talking that caught Kirk Herbstreit’s eye, Franks hasn’t gotten into any trouble off of the field at Florida.Gators fans aren’t happy with the comment.What type of mistakes has Feleipe made “off the field” @briangriese ?— Beef Branard (@PastorBeef) September 15, 2019“In his nearly 4 years at UF, he’s never been suspended or arrested In this era, we are ok creating a poor image for a kid who’s been nothing but a competitor?” one fan tweeted in response to Griese’s comment.Pretty wild @briangriese and @espn said Feleipe Franks had off the field issuesIn his nearly 4 years at UF, he’s never been suspended or arrestedIn this era, we are ok creating a poor image for a kid who’s been nothing but a competitor?— Hale Hammond (@_FourVERTICALS_) September 15, 2019“To reference off the field issues of Franks (none exist) and to give the Gators no cred for rallying after losing their starting QB just seems like he has an an anti UF agenda,” another fan added.What did @uf ever do to @briangriese? To reference off the field issues of Franks (none exist) and to give the Gators no cred for rallying after losing their starting QB just seems like he has an an anti UF agenda.— Brett Hastings (@BrettHastings) September 15, 2019“Hey ESPN, I’d love to know what Feleipe Franks “off the field” issues were,” another fan tweeted.Hey @espn, I’d love to know what Feleipe Franks “off the field” issues were.— Dan Thompson (@DK_Thompson) September 15, 2019Franks, meanwhile, had a heartwarming moment following the game, as Dan Mullen had him break down the team in the locker room.Family on three ✊#GatorsTogether— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 15, 2019Florida improved to 3-0 with the win on Saturday night. The Gators will host Tennessee in Gainesville, Fla. next Saturday.last_img read more

Don’t know if Pant would fit in India’s World Cup squad at the moment: Sourav Ganguly

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 19:52 IST Rishabh Pant has been picked for the upcoming five-match ODI series vs Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGanguly said the selectors’ decision to drop Karthik from Australia ODIs hints they are not looking at him for the World CupGanguly also said he doesn’t see a lot of changes in the India team for the 2019 World CupIndia open their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5Rishabh Pant is definitely “one for the future” but former captain Sourav Ganguly is not sure if the young wicket-keeper batsman can fit into India’s World Cup squad.Pant has been picked ahead of Dinesh Karthik for the five-match ODI series against Australia, India’s last 50-over engagement before the mega event in England.In an interview at the Eden Gardens, Ganguly did not seem too convinced on how Pant, who has played only three ODIs, would fit into India’s World Cup squad.”He has to fit in. I don’t know whether he would be able to fit in at this moment. So it depends. But he’s obviously a player for the future,” Ganguly said about Pant, who has just played three ODIs all against the West Indies in India last year.Pant has made a big statement in Tests by scoring centuries in England and Australia but he’s yet to make an impact in the ODIs and T20Is.Playing as a special batsman, Pant’s scores read 4, 40 not out and 28 in the 1-2 loss in the T20Is in New Zealand last month, while in the recently-concluded two-Twenty20 series against Australia he made 3 and 1.India pretty much self-selected team: GangulyIndia skipper Virat Kohli has insisted on giving him more match time with the five-ODI series beginning in Hyderabad on Saturday.”Karthik is not part of the ODI squad then obviously they are not thinking him as an option. It depends on what the selectors want,” said Ganguly.”India are a very good side. It’s a very strong side. They are a pretty much self-selected team. I don’t see too many changes in the squad. Bowling is good in (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar). Batting picks itself. Spinners (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav). They are pretty self-selected team.”advertisementIPL does not bring in bad habits: Ganguly Kohli may have cautioned his players against picking up bad habits during the upcoming IPL but former captain said Indian players are too good and will adjust to the 50-over format easily.”It does not bring in bad habits. When you see Kohli bat the way he bats, there are no bad habits at all.”World Cup is how you play in the World Cup. It’s (IPL) a different tournament. You just play and move on to the World Cup.”Kohli has said more ODIs in the Australia series would have been more logical ahead of the World Cup.”I do not think so. They are too good and will easily adjust. The whole last year we played. How much we play?” Ganguly asked.Ganguly also hailed KL Rahul’s solid comeback in the T20I series with the opener hitting 50 and 47 after his return from suspension.”I’ve been harping for him. But he has to score runs away from home. He’s a superb talent. He played superbly in the two T20Is.”Terming this the strongest World Cup, Ganguly said: “It’s difficult to pick a winning recipe, you just have to play well. This will probably be the strongest World Cup because everybody plays everybody.”A lot of strong teams this time. India, Australia England, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan play very well in England. After winning against South Africa, I hope Sri Lanka turn it around.”What matters is how you play in the World Cup. India go with very good form with the way they played in Australia,” he signed off.Also Read | MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Harmanpreet Kaur unveil India’s new ODI jerseyAlso Read | India vs Australia: No plans to shift ODI matches from Mohali and Delhi, says CK KhannaAlso Read | Rohit Sharma eyes milestones in India vs Australia ODI seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Rishabh PantFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Virat Kohli Don’t know if Pant would fit in India’s World Cup squad at the moment: Sourav GangulyYoung wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant has been picked ahead of Dinesh Karthik for the five-match ODI series against Australia, India’s last 50-over engagement before the mega event in England.advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United’s top four ambition a disappointment in itself: Ashley Young

first_img Next Reuters ManchesterMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 17:00 IST Ashley Young feels Manchester United should be competing for trophies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United’s top four hopes ended with a draw vs HuddersfieldUnited lost four of the last six league games, as their rivals kept winningUnited host Cardiff City in their final league match on SundayManchester United should be looking to win trophies instead of targeting a top four finish to qualify for the Champions League, skipper Ashley Young has said.United’s quest for a top four finish ended with a 1-1 draw at already-relegated Huddersfield Town on Sunday and the highest the 20-times league winners can finish in the season is fifth, only enough for a spot in the second-tier Europa League.”I’ve said for years our club should be talking about winning titles and winning trophies,” Young told the club’s website.”We’ve done that in numerous years and for a club of our size, when you’re talking about finishing top four, I think that’s just a disappointment in itself.”Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had managed to reel in United’s top four rivals when he was appointed caretaker manager in December, the team’s form started to slide after he was made permanent manager in March.Four losses in their last six league games left United hoping for their rivals to lose points but Chelsea sealed their place in the top four this weekend while Tottenham Hotspur are all but assured of the final spot.”We haven’t managed to get ourselves in the top four,” Young added. “We needed other teams to help us out and we needed to help ourselves and we haven’t done that.”I think we need to go away, have a look at ourselves in the summer and come back fighting fit and ready to win titles and trophies.”United host Cardiff City in their final league match on Sunday.advertisementAlso Read | Vincent Kompany fires Manchester City to 1-0 win over LeicesterFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Manchester UnitedFollow Premier leagueFollow Ashley Young Manchester United’s top four ambition a disappointment in itself: Ashley YoungAshley Young said that Manchester United should be competing for trophies and titles and not be scrambling for a top-four spot at the near the end of the seasonadvertisementlast_img read more