About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.”
Steven Davis pushing to leave Southampton for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Davis is set to leave Southampton for a return to Rangers.Davis is in the final six months of his contract and Steven Gerrard is keen to bring him back to Ibrox, says the Daily Mail. Gers will try to sign him for a small compensation fee this month.The 33-year-old, who has started just two times this season, is understood to be keen on the idea of returning to Ibrox to gain more regular playing time. The experienced Northern Ireland international is a firm favourite with the Rangers fans having made over 140 appearances for the club during a four-year spell between 2008-12. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid striker Benzema unimpressed by L’Equipeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema is unimpressed by L’Equipe ignoring his work in 2018.The striker failed to make the top 15 strikers list, which featured fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, yet Benzema took the news relatively well as he made a joke out of the situation.”L’Equipe, my friends, can I be the 16th?” he wrote on Instagram.Benzema on the paper’s 2018 best strikers shortlist: “L’Equipe, my friends, can I be the 16th?Should’ve just let it go ma man pic.twitter.com/wlaZL4aOiT— (@Ultra_Suristic) January 4, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Quique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play forby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”Three years ago, we were never there. The last three years, it was impossible to think about that, but football’s very hard right now. It’s very equal, very even and everything is pure competition, so everything is possible.”We need to go out of this position as soon as possible.”The ambition is the same. This is a club that is very clear about the way they want to grow and so I realise of course they have changed a lot of things, the training ground, the players, the squad.”But [what they want] is exactly the same what they wanted from me three years ago.”Now it’s a little bit different because they’re established in the Premier League, they want to keep going in the same category, so the pressure is the same, but the squad and the objective of the club they are different.”I’m confident we can work together and we can do something special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson quits Twitter after Napoli backlashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool left-back Andrew Robertson may have deactivated his Twitter account.The decision could be connected to the Reds’ 2-0 defeat at Napoli on Tuesday.The Scot gave away a late penalty when he was adjudged to have fouled Jose Callejon in the box, with Dries Mertens slotting home from the spot.Fernando Llorente then nipped in ahead of Robertson to seal victory for the home side in stoppage time.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at the decision to award the the penalty – and the failure to overturn it through VAR – after the game, although former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has claimed it was the right decision.The Mirror reports a search for his Twitter account ‘@andrewrobertso5’ shows up no results, although his Instagram account is still online at the time of writing.
Twitter/@BigTenNetworkThe first episode of Big Ten Network’s Hard Knocks-style documentary series about Ohio State football, Scarlet & Gray Days, premiered tonight, and it promises to be an incredibly fun look inside the defending national champions as we head towards the season. The episode highlighted a few players, including quarterback Cardale Jones, QB-turned-receiver and h-back Braxton Miller, and linebacker Josh Perry. Here are our five favorite moments from the pilot episode.1.) Josh Perry describes his Ronda Rousey-based beef with Cardale Jones:Cardale may have the shirt, but Perry has the photo. We expect this to be a recurring storyline.2.) Braxton Miller gets burgers and hot dogs, while Cardale Jones gets the first class meal:Lesson learned: even former Big Ten Players of the Year have to eat the worse meal if they oversleep before a workout.3.) Big brothers are chosen for Ohio State freshmen:Very cool, and funny look inside the process.4.) Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs trash talks h-back Jalin Marshall:Every year when HBO does Hard Knocks, one of the assistant coaches is a breakout star. For Scarlet & Gray Days, it looks like Coombs will be that guy.5.) Urban Meyer coaches up Braxton Miller at wide receiver:Is there a more intriguing skill position player in the country right now?Overall, very fun first episode from Big Ten Network. This will certainly help us get through these long last few weeks before football officially begins.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed rumours that his side could be ready to move for Italy international striker Giuseppe Rossi as a short-term replacement for Harry Kane.England forward Kane has scored 14 times in 22 Premier League outings for Spurs this season but faces an extended period on the sidelines due to an ankle injury. He is not expected back before the beginning of March.Additionally, they are temporarily without Son Heung-Min, who is away on Asian Cup duty with South Korea. 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? As such, there has been speculation that the White Hart Lane side, who remain at Wembley as their ground redevelopment has run overschedule, could move for 31-year-old Rossi, a free agent since leaving Genoa in the summer.“There are many names that appear in every transfer window,” said Pochettino, who became the first Premier League manager in history not to make a single signing during the summer transfer window of 2018.“I think he is another name to add on the list but it is only a rumour. We have not considered him.“I don’t think it’s a possibility.”New Jersey-born Rossi started his senior career with Manchester United in 2004 but truly rose to prominence during his time with Villarreal in La Liga. However, his development was stunted by a series of serious injuries, which effectively cost him three seasons.Fiorentina signed him up and, during the 2013-14 campaign, reaped the rewards of his goalscoring instincts as he notched 16 times in 21 games, though a knee injury struck in January when he was the league’s top scorer.He has struggled to regain his full capacities since, spending time on loan at Levante and Celta Vigo and most recently the second half of the 2017-18 season with Genoa.During his time with the Serie A side, he tested positive for the banned substance dorzolamide and, though he strenuously denied any wrongdoing, was given a warning.In a bid to regain his fitness, he has recently been training with Manchester United, who are now managed by his former team-mate at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He has won 27 caps for Italy and has scored nine goals.
Losing to Chelsea “would’ve done Arsenal a favour”, says Paul Merson, with the Gunners not good enough to compete for a top-four finish in the Premier League and chase down Europa League glory.Unai Emery’s side, who have raised their game for the big occasion of late, secured derby spoils when beating their London rivals 2-0 at Emirates Stadium last time out.That result has seen them close to within three points of the Blues and the final Champions League spot. 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? Forcing their way into that pack is considered to be a priority, having seen Arsene Wenger’s reign end with failures in successive seasons, while they are also still in the hunt for a continental prize.Arsenal have reached the last 32 of the Europa League, where they will face BATE, and Merson believes an enforced narrowing of the focus on that competition would have aided the Gunners’ cause for 2019.He told Sky Sports: “It would’ve done Arsenal a favour to get beat the other day, I think, and then they could have put all their eggs into the Europa League.“Now they’ve got to go for the league too but I just don’t think they’re good enough.“They’re hot and cold, you’ve got to be consistent. One minute they’re getting well-beaten by West Ham, but then they’re well-beating Chelsea. The manager’s got to be scratching his head.“This is Arsenal, they need to be playing Champions League football, not Thursday night.“I think Chelsea will edge it, but only just. It’s more the three-point headstart if I’m being honest.”Merson added on the inconsistency which could work against Arsenal, with Manchester United also in the top-four picture after enjoying a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Arsenal will get beaten by a team in the bottom half next week probably, they were getting beaten by West Ham last week and they were very poor.“They won’t have the consistency, I think Manchester United will get found out – they can’t keep on being that lucky, and I say lucky but they’re poor at the back.“Tottenham’s games they’ve got without [Harry] Kane are winnable, so I don’t see a problem with them, the top two will look after themselves and I think Chelsea will get it.“Man for man they’re a lot better than Arsenal I think. Defensively, they’ll be more reliable before the end of the season.“Manchester United have got a couple of nice games coming up, they’ve had some nice games, but I’m a great believer that what follows easy games is difficult games. What about when PSG get hold of them?”Arsenal’s next game is set to see them take on United, with a heavyweight FA Cup fourth round clash to be staged at Emirates Stadium on Friday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Scott McTominay says that he is proud of Scotland team-mate Andrew Robertson’s Champions League title with Liverpool, but the Manchester United midfielder admitted the Reds’ win was a “tough watch”.Robertson and Liverpool lifted the Champions League title on Saturday as the Reds topped Tottenham 2-0 in the finale.The Scottish fullback started and went all 90 minutes as an early Mohamed Salah finish from the penalty spot and a late Divock Origi clincher sealed the club’s sixth Champions League title. 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? McTominay, a Manchester United academy product, says he takes pride in seeing one of his countrymen shine on the biggest stage, but his Scotland team-mate’s achievement was the only positive from Saturday’s result.“I’m a Man United man through and through so I can’t lie it wasn’t easy, it was a tough watch,” McTominay told the Herald. “But it was still good to see a fellow Scotsman on the pitch and beautiful to see what he’s gone through from 2012 to now.”Robertson is set to join up with Scotland in the coming days, having been given a break to recover from Liverpool’s Champions League run.The defender has served as Scotland’s captain, having earned 29 caps for the team since making his debut in 2014.McTominay says his team-mate’s achievement will serve as inspiration for the rest of the team going forward.“It’s amazing for him and we’re relishing getting him back and hopefully kicking on in a Scotland jersey,” said the 22-year-old midfielder, who made 16 Premier League and three Champions League appearances for the Red Devils this campaign.“If that’s not inspiration for the whole team right there I don’t know what is.“He’s done incredibly well and that’s my aim – to be replicating something like that winning big trophies and hopefully playing in major tournaments in the future with Scotland.”Scotland are set to host Cyprus on Saturday in a Euro 2020 qualifier before visiting Belgium on June 11. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester United target Harry Maguire is no closer to departing Leicester City for the Red Devils, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.The England international featured for the full 90 minutes of the Foxes’ pre-season friendly with Stoke at the weekend, as speculation continues to swirl around his future.Maguire, who joined Leicester in the wake of their famous Premier League title-winning season, has been a standout performer for the club since his arrival, and was a key man for his country at last year’s World Cup in Russia. 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? Since then, he has been consistently linked with a move to Old Trafford, first when Jose Mourinho was at the helm and subsequently after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins.The club, as well as rivals and champions Manchester City, both tabled offers earlier this year for the 26-year-old, which Leicester subsequently rejected.United however have been undeterred and are widely tipped to get their man before the transfer window closes in August.However, former Celtic boss Rodgers has described himself as “relaxed” over the rumour mill that suggests the centre-back’s impending departure.”He’s been brilliant since the first day of pre-season,” the manager stated.”There’s a lot of speculation around Harry, but he’s just got on with it. Like I’ve always said, we’re all pretty relaxed with it.”We’re looking to prepare the whole team and squad and Harry’s a part of that. He was excellent [Saturday], he’s working very hard.”There’s no discussion. I know you guys [the media] are looking for updates, but there’s no change from the other night.”Regarding whether Leicester would point-blank refuse to sell after a certain peiod, due to the club’s lack of time to secure a replacement, he added: “I haven’t really thought about that.”We have two weeks left to go in the window for all of the players. I think it’s just a case of everyone staying focused.”Rodgers will see his side open their new Premier League campaign at the King Power Stadium on August 11, when they host last year’s surprise package Wolves.Nuno Santo’s side will be hoping to replicate the Foxes’ own post-promotion feats and transform themselves into a genuine major top-flight side.
David de Gea “is staying” at Manchester United, says Peter Schmeichel, with the former goalkeeper claiming the Spaniard has been “tied down” despite no official announcement of a new contract.The future of the Red Devils’ No. 1 has been a subject of much speculation for several months.De Gea has entered the final year of his current deal at Old Trafford and initially appeared reluctant to commit to fresh terms. 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? It has, however, been suggested that a long-term extension has been thrashed out with the 28-year-old.Schmeichel says that agreement is done, with United able to rest easy after securing the services of a talismanic presence and four-time Player of the Year.The Red Devils legend told The Mirror: “David was a great signal that we start off with arguably our best performer over the last five years.“We have tied him down, he is staying and now we move on and build on that.”While De Gea appears to have been talked into staying, United have parted with the vast experience of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia at the end of their respective contracts.Moves are being made to counter those departures, with Schmeichel pleased to see former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turning to youth for inspiration.The Dane added: “We had a few guys who have been instrumental like Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera who have left with their contracts running out.“They have had to be replaced by Manchester United youth which is a very position thing.“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has come in and Daniel James who are good exciting young British players.“They are still a bit raw but massively talented and that is proper Man United DNA. You find those kind of players and develop them.“I also know Ole has worked really hard on getting the players fitter than they have ever been and that is going to stand them in good stead.“That is going to be a big difference to last season and the season before. I think it is about longevity – duration not only in games but in the course of the season as well.“The fitter you are, the longer you last. It is an interesting season and I am really looking forward to it.“We all want Man United to do a lot better. I am very positive we will see a big improvement.“But I don’t think you change from being one to the next over the course of just one summer.”United could only muster a sixth-place finish in 2018-19, meaning they are without Champions League football once again, but opened the current campaign with a morale-boosting 4-0 victory over Chelsea.
Raymond James Stadium scoreboard and pirate ship as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Baltimore Ravens September 10, 2006 in Tampa. The Ravens defeated the Bucs 27 – 0. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is on the move. It isn’t going very far though.For the last decade, the bowl has changed its name many times but was always played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. However, it will head to Tampa Bay this year, according to Brett McMurphy.The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the annual Outback Bowl.Sources: After 10 years, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is leaving St. Pete’s Tropicana Field for Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium https://t.co/rXokphvjNJ— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 23, 2018According to McMurphy, attendance is a major reason for this change. The game hasn’t topped 17,000 fans in each of the last three seasons.What the game has lacked in fan support, it has more than made up for in names. In the past, the bowl has been known as the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl; St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s; Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl; Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl.It was renamed the Gasparilla Bowl in 2017, with Bad Boy Mowers signing a three-year naming rights deal.The Gasparilla Bowl is typically played in the week before Christmas as one of the earlier bowl games, although it was held on December 26 from 2014-16. Temple won last year’s game over FIU by a score of 28-3.Past MVPs of the St. Petersburg/Beef O’Brady’s/Gasparilla Bowl include current NFL players Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers), Jacoby Brissett (NC State) and Blake Bortles (UCF).
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)It’s been several days since Ohio State were upset by Purdue, but the jokes at the Buckeyes’ expense have hardly died down.The latest outlet to poke fun at Ohio State’s expense is Google Maps, who per an image captured on Reddit, changed the name of Purdue’s football stadium to reflect the stunning result.The venue, Ross-Ade Stadium, was found on Google Maps to have been renamed “Nutcracker Stadium” – a clear reference to Purdue’s 49-20 win on Saturday.As of writing, the change is still visible on Google Maps.Google Maps has apparently changed the name of Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium ? #BoilerUp #OSUvsPUR ? pic.twitter.com/w9ygEEFNbN— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 22, 2018Purdue took a 7-0 lead in the game towards the end of the first quarter and never lost it the rest of the game.QB David Blough and RB D.J. Knox combined for six TDs. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Markus Bailey intercepted Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins for a 41-yard TD.The Boilermakers have won four straight games after starting the season 0-3.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Over the weekend, an Alabama football player was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Hunter Brannon arrested in Tuscaloosa, Ala. early Sunday morning.Head coach Nick Saban released a statement about the player’s arrest on Sunday.“We are very disappointed any time a player makes a choice that leads to this kind of behavior,” Saban said. “We are still in the process of gathering all of the details on the situation, and we will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward.”On Tuesday night, Saban revealed the action took to discipline the player. Brannon has been suspended from the team and is not allowed to dress for games.Nick Saban: We suspended Hunter Brannon from the team. He’s not going to dress for any games right now.Said he’ll have some things to do behind the scenes (police ride around, community service, etc.)— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 23, 2018Alabama moved to 8-0 on Saturday with an impressive victory over Tennessee. The Crimson Tide get the weekend off before its hardest matchup of the season when the team travels to Death Valley to take on LSU.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 05: Penn State Nittany Lions players and fans sing to celebrate the team’s win over Iowa Hawkeyes on November 5, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Iowa 41-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)A major head coach has called out his own conference following the College Football Playoff selection committee’s decision on Sunday.The Big Ten’s champion has missed the College Football Playoff for the third season in a row. Ohio State has missed it in back-to-back seasons and Penn State missed it in 2016.Penn State head coach James Franklin believes the Big Ten needs to take a serious look at its makeup and scheduling process moving forward.The Big Ten plays nine league games – unlike the SEC – and the East Division has been significantly more top heavy than the West Division.“We’ve got to look at our model and see it if makes sense, especially on our side of the conference,” Franklin told reporters on Sunday. “We’re beating each other up week in and week out.”Franklin continued:“Obviously when you play eight conference games, then each school has a little bit more ability to schedule what they think gives them the best chance to be undefeated,” Franklin told reporters. “In my mind, that’s what you need to do. You need to do everything in your power to give yourself the best chance to be undefeated at the end of the season.”It really comes down to one key point for Franklin (and, likely, the rest of the league’s coaches).“Then, we’ve got to ask [in the Big Ten], are we putting our programs in the Big Ten in the best position to compete for national championships?”At this point, the answer to that question is probably “no.”
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Urban Meyer on Fox show said his coaches started approaching him mid-season about looking at other QBs in case Haskins went pro. Meyer said he watched some Fields, Hurts and “it didn’t feel right. It feels like free agency.”— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) August 24, 2019Urban Meyer said Ryan Day, Mark Pantoni told him after fifth game (Penn State) last season they should start watching QBs in case Dwayne Haskins left, and he watched Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts, Brandon Wimbush, among others. “It just didn’t feel right. It feels like free agency.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 24, 2019Plenty of others have raised similar concerns over the transfer portal. Of course, this is easy for Meyer to say, since he wasn’t there to ultimately take on the transfer.There’s little doubt that if he was still head coach, though, Justin Fields would probably still be a Buckeye. Turning down a five-star talent when the program had serious quarterback questions is much easier said than done.This also doesn’t say great things about the staff’s faith in former Buckeye quarterback Tate Martell’s ability. After Fields came in, Martell transferred to Miami, where he is now working with wide receivers after losing the starting QB job.Urban Meyer went on to compare Fields’ athletic ability to Braxton Miller, so clearly he’s impressed with his former team’s new QB1, no matter what he thinks about the manner in which he became a Buckeye. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)As expected, Justin Fields will be under center when Ohio State opens against FAU next week. Of course, it won’t be Urban Meyer coaching him, but Ryan Day, OSU’s former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach who was promoted after Meyer’s resignation following the 2018 season.Day ultimately went out and signed Fields when he made the decision to transfer from Georgia. He is a former five-star recruit who was ranked behind only Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence in the entire 2018 class. Day has named him the Week 1 starter, over Matthew Baldwin.Meyer says that it was just after Week 5 last year when he started hearing rumblings about some of the quarterbacks that would be available. Fields was one of a number of prominent QBs in the transfer portal, along with Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush.On the FOX Sports college football preseason preview show today, Meyer said that he wasn’t particularly comfortable with the “free agency”-like feel of the portal, even when it came to Fields, who wound up joining the Buckeyes.
commentary No data available! graphs Embarrassing and disgraceful: Shane Warne rants about R Ashwin’s mankading in IPL 2019Former Australia captain and Rajasthan Royals’ brand ambassador Shane Warne has lashed out at Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin after the off-spinner mankaded Jos Buttler in an IPL 2019 match on Monday scorecard advertisement view more view less Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 12:39 IST Rajasthan Royals suffered a collapse after R Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler in their IPL 2019 match on Tuesday (Kings XI Punjab Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSo disappointed in R Ashwin as a captain and as a person: Shane WarneRajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler became the first batsman in the history of IPL cricket to be mankadedR Ashwin defended his actions saying he doesn’t understand the spirit of cricket debate when what he did was well within the rules of the gameIndia off-spinner and Kings XI Punjab captain, R Ashwin has kicked up a storm on social media after he mankaded Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match in Jaipur on Monday.The opinions are divided over the controversial run out that has brought back the spirit of the game debate. Rajasthan Royals were cruising towards a 185-run target in their IPL 2019 opener before Ashwin ran Buttler out at the non-striker’s end. Buttler was batting on 69 runs from 43 balls and was looking set to take the Royals past the finish line.Buttler and Ashwin had an animated mid-pitch conversation after the KXIP captain appealed for a wicket. Even as the third umpire was called into play, the two players had a go at each other. Eventually, Buttler was given out, prompting critical social media reactions from former players.Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne went on a rant about R Ashwin’s action during the fourth match of IPL 2019. Warne said he is “so disappointed” in Ashwin “as a person and as a captain” and urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to act against the KXIP skipper.”So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball – so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI – this a not a good look for the #IPL (sic),” Warne wrote on Twitter.advertisementRR vs KXIP, IPL 2019: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT”As Captain of your side – you set the standard of the way the team wants to play & what the team stands for ! Why do such a disgraceful & low act like that tonight? You must live with yourself & FYI – it’s too late to say sorry Mr Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act (sic),” Warne added.Warne didn’t stop there as he insisted that “win at all costs mentality” has to stop and that cricketers need to set examples for “young boys and girls playing cricket”.”Last point on the embarrassing & disgraceful act of @ashwinravi99 ! This win at all costs mentality has got to stop & the integrity of the game along with the spirit of the game must be of the most importance, as we need to set examples to the young boys & girls playing cricket!” Warne added.”And to all the people (including ex players) saying it’s in the laws of the game, but you don’t like what he did & you wouldn’t do it – I ask you this “why wouldn’t you?” ! Simple answer – it’s disgraceful and embarrassing plus it’s against the spirit of the game !”Sorry – one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli it would be ok? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity & class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls ! I do hope the BCCI does something (sic).” Notably, this is not the first time Buttler has been run out in this fashion as Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake had run him out at the non-striker’s end in 2014.Ashwin’s action is well within the rules of cricket as the updated 41.16 law says: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.”While some members of the cricket fraternity questioned if Ashwin deliberately waited for Buttler to walk out of the crease before mankading him, the KXIP skipper insisted he hadn’t even loaded when he noticed Buttler leaving the crease.”It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place,” Ashwin said.Defending his actions in the post-match press conference, Ashwin added: “I don’t know where the spirit of the game things comes because if it’s within the rules, it is. I don’t understand the point of sporting spirit because it is within the rules.”Notably, several England cricketers, including their limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jason Roy, lashed out at Ashwin for mankading Buttler without giving prior warning to the Royals batsman.advertisementAlso Read | England cricket stars slam R Ashwin after he Mankads Jos ButtlerAlso Read | Remember Ashwin doing the same in an international game: Kaif on Mankad controversyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Associated Press GeorgiaMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 17:54 IST 11 soccer players arrested in Georgia in match-fixing case. (REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSOf the 11 arrested in Georgia for match-fixing, 8 are current players and 3 formerFive were members of the WIT Georgia squad and two lower-league clubs are among the suspectsSecurity services say players were approached by an “organized group” which made USD 34,000 off the fixingEleven soccer players in Georgia have been arrested on suspicion of match-fixing and face lengthy prison sentences.The State Security Service says eight current players and three former players have been arrested in relation to matches in the country’s two top divisions.Five were members of the WIT Georgia squad which lost to league leader Dinamo Batumi 2-0 on Sunday in one of the games under investigation. Players from two lower-league clubs are also among the suspects.The security service says the players were approached by an “organized group” which made 93,500 lari ($34,000) off the match-fixing.The players face between four and six years in prison under Georgian legislation.Also Read | Kylian Mbappe hints at move away from PSGAlso Read | Napoli leave Inter Milan’s Champions League hopes hanging in balanceAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow GeorgiaFollow WIT GeorgiaFollow Dinamo Batumi Next 11 soccer players arrested in Georgia in match-fixing caseEleven soccer players in Georgia were arrested and will face between 4-6 years in prison under Georgian legislation, on suspicion of match-fixing.advertisement
Federer played well, he deserves it: Nadal on Wimbledon semi-final defeatRafael Nadal was disappointed with his performance against Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2019 Men’s singles semi-final as he missed out on a chance to claim his third Wimbledon crown.advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 09:01 IST Rafael Nadal waves after losing to Roger Federer in a men’s singles semifinal match. (AP Photo)Rewarding as it was for Rafael Nadal to become the only player to win the same Grand Slam 12 times by chalking up his dozen at last month’s French Open, the Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon this year like a man on a mission.In the end, however, it became mission impossible as he lost to inspired Roger Federer in Friday’s blockbuster semi-final.Not since 2010, two years after his epic final triumph over Federer proved the king of clay had mastered grass, has the Spaniard been the last man standing at Wimbledon.Since that win over Tomas Berdych it has not been a particularly happy hunting ground for the Mallorcan.After losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Nadal has never contested a title decider on Centre Court, suffering shock losses to the likes of Lukas Rosol, Dustin Brown and Gilles Muller, not to mention Nick Kyrgios.Last year he was close, losing an epic semi to Djokovic when victory would have left him facing an exhausted Kevin Anderson in the final — a virtual open goal.This year Nadal was irritated by being dropped to three in the seedings for this year’s tournament, despite being ranked two — meaning he would likely have to beat both Federer and Djokovic to get his hands back on the Challenge Cup.That, along with a stormy second-round win over Kyrgios, fuelled his fire and the only set he dropped in a marauding run to the semi-final was against the maverick Australian.Most observers marked him down as favourite against eight-time champion Federer — especially with a 24-15 career record, a 10-3 advantage in Grand Slam play and a 4-0 record in semi-finals at the majors.advertisementBut Federer made a nonsense of such predictions with a vintage display, largely outplaying the Mallorcan in a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory on a spellbound Centre Court.FRUSTRATIONWith Djokovic awaiting in the final it would have still been a tall order for Nadal to claim his third Wimbledon crown and move to 19 Grand Slams in total — one behind Federer.At 33, Nadal knows he may not get many more chances and he could not hide his frustration on Friday.”I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam. Just have to accept that was not my day,” he said.”I played a great event. Today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever. Last year I had chances. I had another one, and I was not able to convert to win one more time here.”Nadal admitted he was disappointed with his performance, despite playing his part in some spellbinding passages of play.”I didn’t play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well. So he deserves it,” Nadal said of only his fourth loss in 14 Grand Slam clashes with Federer.”He was doing a lot of things well. Honestly, I didn’t have the great feelings that I had the other days. I was not able to open the court as the other days.”Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in 4 sets to set up final clash with Novak DjokovicAlso Read | I am ready to knock down Mike Snider: Vijender Singh on his comeback boutAlso See: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Rafael Nadal Next