TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Bottle thrower at Emirates identified by Arsenalby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal say they have identified an image of the person who threw a bottle at Tottenham’s Dele Alli on Wednesday.The 22 year old was struck on the head by a plastic bottle during Spurs’ 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium.Police are investigating the incident.”Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings,” said the club.Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd as Arsenal prepared to take a throw-in in the 73rd minute.The Metropolitan Police says it is working with Arsenal to try to identify the person responsible, but no arrests have been made.”We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli,” Arsenal added in a statement.”Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect.”We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.”Arsenal’s statement added: “We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.”We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Angel Gomes thrilled to see action in Man Utd winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAngel Gomes was delighted with his cameo for Manchester United in their 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Gomes, who was handed his Premier League debut by Jose Mourinho in 2017, came on as a second half substitute to replace Juan Mata with United 3-0 up.And the 18-year-old was asked by MUTV what advice his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave to him before he came on.”He told me enjoy myself get on the pitch,” Gomes explained. “He said to come inside and get on the ball and get as many touches as you can and enjoy the atmosphere and I tried to do that coming on and it was a great experience.”The academy graduate is hopeful of more opportunities under United’s interim manager as he has promised to give more youth team players a chance.”Of course it’s just the start. It was good me and Jimmy travelled last game too, so to travel again and to get some minutes was an added bonus,” Gomes said. “I think United is about bringing youth through and I think with the new manager and how things are going it’s there for the taking really.”He’s a legend at the club and the fans will get behind him because of the things he won at the club and how great of a player he was. For me to learn from a manager like Solskjaer is great for me and the other younger lads because growing up we were watching him. It’s a great feeling.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso acknowledges sack pressureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso acknowledges he was under pressure ahead of victory over SPAL.There was talk he could be sacked if they lost.Gattuso said, “The Milan jersey and history of this club naturally means people expect more, including the club owners, Leonardo and Paolo Maldini too.“This team can give more, even if we have many young players who need to gain experience. Every time we look as if we’re ready to make the step up to the next level, we fall down, and that’s where we have to improve.“We also have to deal with players who can make mistakes and the San Siro crowd does not let anything go, but remember this is a tough league.“All I can bring is honesty. We look each other in the eyes with respect and clarity every day, as those are the elements we need to sort things out.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs hero Berbatov: Would Kane turn down Real Madrid?by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could walk into any team into the world, according to Dimitar Berbatov.The England captain scored and played well despite Spurs losing to Bayern Munich 7-2 on Tuesday night.”I was watching Harry Kane against Bayern Munich and even though it was a bad result, throughout the game his movement, control of the ball, passing, play with his teammates and finishing was excellent,” Berbatov wrote in his column for Betfair. “For me he is the complete striker, I know that he can walk into any team and play. He is big enough and knows what he needs to do to win trophies in his career and he’s probably asking questions himself, it’s up to him.”I would love to see him win something with Spurs because he is Spurs. In the case of Kane and every other Spurs player, I think that every fan wants to see them win something in the end because they have good players and the manager is so good, but if that isn’t happening you start asking questions and you will probably disappoint many people if you decide to leave but you have to follow your own path because time flies.”There will always be lots of rumours about him because he is a top player and I would like to see Kane continue here in England, the same goes for [Mauricio] Pochettino but I know when Real Madrid come calling, you are going to ask yourself a million questions.”
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: Quarterbacks J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes watch alongside Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes as Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the offense for the Ohio State Buckeyes Gray team against the Scarlet team at Ohio Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Noted Florida State fan Mia Khalifa, who is also one of the world’s most famous adult film stars, has been trying to recruit Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to play for her Seminoles for weeks now. Last Friday, Khalifa tweeted at Miller in an attempt to persuade him to finish his college career in Tallahassee. Apparently she needed more than 140 characters to outline the reasons that the Buckeye star should make the move to FSU, so she put together a video for her full pitch. Among her pitches are Florida’s beaches and vacation spots, which he can’t find in Ohio, Jimbo Fisher’s coaching acumen, the ability to beat Clemson, and, of course, the girls of Florida State. She also makes sure to play it safe when it comes to NCAA. We’re not sure if this will help sway Miller at all, but it certainly can’t hurt.
Instagram/American_confComing into the season, Temple looked to be one of the easiest games on Notre Dame’s schedule. Two months later, Temple is 7-0 and a favorite in a very solid AAC conference, and Saturday’s game in Philadelphia is one of the best on the schedule. Now, College GameDay is officially heading to the City of Brotherly Love, making this potentially one of the biggest weekends in Temple football history.We’re coming to Philly! See you Saturday, @Temple_FB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/g0EVhjJMAn— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 26, 2015Temple is very excited..@CollegeGameDay @Temple_FB @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/Ty29yP0eXV— Temple Owls (@TempleOwls) October 26, 2015While we love seeing GameDay at places with a ton of history and classic college football Saturday atmospheres, it is always cool when the show heads somewhere new and unique. Temple certainly fits that bill. The Owls and Fighting Irish kick off at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Notre Dame opens as a 10.5 point favorite in the game.
Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente has said his dramatic late winner against Watford on Wednesday could prove to be a huge goal for him and the entire team.Mauricio Pochettino’s men had to come from behind to earn all three points at Wembley against the Hornets, and were still trailing 1-0 with 10 minutes left.But Heung-min Son, who only recently returned from international duty with South Korea, fired them on level terms and, just before stoppage-time, Llorente headed home the all-important winner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Spaniard has been forced to step up in recent weeks following the injury to Harry Kane, but he made the worst possible start after returning to the starting XI against Fulham when he scored an early own goal at Craven Cottage.Thankfully for Spurs, Llorente has recovered from that tough return to the side and has netted in two of the last three games.His goal against Watford proved the 33-year-old is still capable of producing in the Premier League, however, he again faced a knock to his confidence earlier in the game after missing a golden chance after 51 minutes.“It was difficult because I had a big chance, normally, in 10 chances (like that) I’d score nine but sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go in,” he told Spurs’ official website.“In that moment, you have to forget that chance, keep fighting, believe, always believe in the team, believe we can win and in the last minute I had an amazing chance and this time, I scored.“This goal is very important for me. It gives me confidence to keep fighting, to keep running, to be stronger every game.”Spurs have been criticised for their supposed mental weaknesses in recent times, but Llorente believes the comeback against Watford shows how strong the team are.“We suffered a lot,” he said. “Watford created a lot of problems for us with their goal from the corner. We were strong, strong mentally, because after the two defeats in the cups this wasn’t easy.”We played well in the second half. We were 1-0 down but I think we’re a very strong team because we played really well in a difficult situation. I’m really happy to help the team.The 2-1 win could prove to be hugely important for Tottenham, whose confidence was at rock bottom following eliminations from the FA and Carabao Cups last week. It also closes the gap to leaders Liverpool to just seven points.“It’s a massive result, a massive win,” said Llorente. “At that moment [when I scored], it was very special – and after all that running, I was really tired! We ran a lot, we were aggressive, we played well.”
Kirk Herbstreit.The top eight teams in the latest edition of college football’s Coaches Poll top 25 are all undefeated.Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, LSU, Notre Dame, and West Virginia are all undefeated heading into the sixth week of the 2018 season.When are losses coming for these eight teams?Here are the latest predictions from ESPN.The Worldwide Leader’s Football Power Index projections predict when the first losses are coming for these eight teams.1. Alabama: No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Nov. 32. Clemson: No lossMost-likely loss: at Boston College on Nov. 103. Georgia: No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Oct. 134. Ohio State: No lossMost-likely loss: vs. Michigan on Nov. 245. Oklahoma: No lossMost-likely loss: at West Virginia on Nov. 236. LSU: vs. Georgia on Oct. 137. Notre Dame: at Virginia Tech on Oct. 138. West Virginia: at Texas on Nov. 3You can view ESPN’s full projections here.
EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a first half touchdown by Saeed Blacknall #13 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Penn State head coach James Franklin was direct to the point after the Nittany Lions’ tough loss to Ohio State at Beaver Stadium a couple of weeks ago.The head coach said that Penn State’s football program was a great one, but it wasn’t “elite” yet.Franklin said he was determined to get Penn State to that “elite” level following his team’s loss to the Buckeyes.Well, it hasn’t happened – yet, anyway.Penn State, the No. 8 team in the country, just suffered one of its most-disappointing losses in recent years, falling to Michigan State at home in the final minute.The Spartans scored a touchdown with about 20 seconds left to win the game, handing Penn State its second loss of the season, basically eliminating PSU from any conference title or College Football Playoff contention.Fans aren’t happy.James Franklin is now 3-11 against Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) October 13, 2018James Franklin just moved Penn State’s program from “great” to “good”— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) October 13, 2018Joe Moorhead left. James Franklin looks very September of 2016 again. #Science— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) October 13, 2018Starting to think James Franklin is a cliche’ machine. Completely mismanaged a lead and lost to Ohio St at home and now they have lost to a horrible Mich St team at home as well. Tired of hearing about Good to Great…….I read that book too! Win games!— Jerry “Big O” Ostroski (@Ostroski_BigO) October 13, 2018Beaver Stadium stunned in back to back games. James Franklin walked back on the field to console CB Amani Oruwarye. D-line coach Sean Spencer was in disbelief. pic.twitter.com/K3pnDvKsVA— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 13, 2018Losses happen, of course, but it’s understandable for Penn State fans to be furious after back-to-back heartbreaking losses at home.
ORCHARD PARK, NY – OCTOBER 18: The Buffalo Bills plays the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of an NFL football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Michael Adamucci/Getty Images)The Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars just gave us one of the craziest fights of the NFL’s 2018 regular season. Things got pretty heated.A brawl broke out between the Bills and the Jaguars following a touchdown pass from Blake Bortles.ESPN’s Buffalo Bills reporter, Mike Rodak, had the details:“Big brawl breaking out between Bills and Jaguars after a Blake Bortles touchdown pass. Shaq Lawson throws a punch at Leonard Fournette amid a huge scuffle.”“Bills-Jaguars scuffle started when Donte Moncrief caught a pass at the pylon with Bills CB Levi Wallace also trying to grab ball. They both went to ground, fighting for ball. Call on field was TD. Then teammates started brawling. Punches thrown.”Big brawl breaking out between Bills and Jaguars after a Blake Bortles touchdown pass. Shaq Lawson throws a punch at Leonard Fournette amid a huge scuffle.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 25, 2018Bills-Jaguars scuffle started when Donte Moncrief caught a pass at the pylon with Bills CB Levi Wallace also trying to grab ball. They both went to ground, fighting for ball. Call on field was TD. Then teammates started brawling. Punches thrown.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 25, 2018Here’s video of the crazy fight between the Bills and the Jaguars:#Jaguars–#Bills went crazypic.twitter.com/zcNwoFOhXO— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 25, 2018The Bills-Jaguars game is being televised on CBS.
TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is now the head coach of an NFL franchise with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.Kingsbury, who was USC’s offensive coordinator for a couple of weeks, was introduced as the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday.The Cardinals will be picking No. 1 overall in this spring’s NFL Draft.Who will they be taking?Well, back in the fall, Kingsbury said that if he was running an NFL franchise, he would take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1.Wednesday night, reports surfaced saying Murray, a top 10 pick in the MLB Draft, was expected to declare for the NFL Draft.In October 2018, Kliff Kingsbury said he would take Kyler Murray as the first pick of the NFL draft if he could.There’s a San Francisco Chronicle report that he’s expected to declare and Kingsbury’s @AZCardinals are first on the clock ? pic.twitter.com/ERF1lFz5qg— ESPN (@espn) January 10, 2019Now, we have ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying Murray going No. 1 is a real possibility.#Cardinals might be open to Draft Kyler Murray 1st overall and trade away 2018, 10th overall pick QB Josh Rosen, per @AdamSchefter pic.twitter.com/N0JO8XUvYv— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 10, 2019Most assumed the Cardinals hired Kingsbury to help Rosen, their former first round pick, but if the franchise really loves Murray, it seems like that could happen, too.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Nick Saban and Alabama’s football program have reportedly lost another top assistant coach.The Crimson Tide have already lost two key assistants in offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who’s taken the Maryland head coaching job, and offensive line coach Brent Key, who’s taking an assistant gig at Georgia Tech.Now, Alabama has reportedly lost another one.Josh Gattis, the Crimson Tide’s co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, is reportedly leaving for Maryland.He’ll become the Terps’ offensive coordinator.Alabama’s Josh Gattis to join Mike Locksley’s staff at Marylandhttps://t.co/M2qkk1H0rs— Tony Tsoukalas (@Tony_Tsoukalas) January 10, 2019From Rivals.com:Josh Gattis is set to join Mike Locksley’s staff at Maryland, BamaInsider.com has learned. After serving as Alabama’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach this past season, Gattis is expected to take on the role of offensive coordinator at Maryland.Gattis joined Alabama this season after spending the past six seasons working as a receivers coach under James Franklin at Vanderbilt (2012-13) and Penn State (2014-17). He played an integral role working with Locksley in Alabama’s offense this past season, helping the Crimson Tide finish No. 3 in scoring offense (45.6 points per game) and No. 6 in total offense (522 yards per game). Gattis also helped develop Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy, who recorded 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns through 15 games.It’s going to be an interesting offseason for Saban and Co.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of Nick Saban’s top recruits from last year appears to be sticking with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2019 after a brief flirtation with the transfer portal.Per ESPN, Saban announced on Wednesday that former five-star linebacker Eyabi Anoma has removed his name from the NCAA transfer portal just 24 hours after putting his name in.Anoma was Alabama’s top-rated prospect in the Class of 2018. 247Sports had Anoma rated as the No. 4 prospect in the country, the No. 1 weak-side defensive end, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Maryland.He was also rated the No. 48 all-time prospect since the onset of 247Sports’ rankings.Nick Saban just told ESPN that linebacker Eyabi Anoma is no longer in the Transfer Portal— Rocco DiSangro (@RoccoDiSangro) February 6, 2019Per the reports, Saban convinced Anoma to avoid transferring.Saban just said he talked Eyabi Anoma out of the transfer portal.— Chris Cato FOX 13 (@chriscato) February 6, 2019AL.com’s Matt Zenitz reported on Tuesday that Anoma had entered the transfer portal. CBS Sports then speculated that Anoma might be a prime candidate to join former Alabama assistant and new Maryland head coach Mike Locksley back at his home state program.Anoma appeared in 12 games as a true freshman this season, making nine tackles (two for loss).Retaining Anoma is obviously a huge win for Saban. Alabama has lost former starting quarterback Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) and offensive lineman Richie Petitbon (Illinois) to transfer this offseason.Earlier this week, two other Alabama players entered the transfer portal: defensive back Kyriq McDonald and long snapper Scott Meyer.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Draft is just under two months away, but NFL teams have been analyzing talent for months. Earlier this week, the NFL combine kicked off, giving NFL teams a close-up view of the college football players making their case for a top draft selection.While the quarterback class is deemed to be “weak,” Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray could force an NFL team to move up in the draft in order to select them, but each has their own red flags. The biggest question mark facing Murray headed into the draft is his height.While some NFL teams claim height doesn’t matter, one NFL GM all but ruled out drafting Murray. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway “hinted” that Murray might not be a good fit in the Broncos offense due to his height.According to Elway, “height comes into play when taking a snap from under center.”Murray played the majority of his snaps at Oklahoma in the shotgun.Elway hinted Kyler Murray might not be a good fit for his offense cuz height comes into play when taking snap from under center. Height not a factor from shotgun. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 27, 2019Elway’s comments here don’t make a ton of sense. The team recently traded for Joe Flacco, who played a significant portion of his snaps from under center with the Ravens.However, in Baltimore, Flacco had the most batted balls at the line of scrimmage (11) when he was benched in favor of Lamar Jackson. Elway is just enamored with tall quarterbacks: he drafted Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, both of whom stand over 6-foot-7.Of course, the point could be moot as the Broncos hold the No. 10 overall pick. Murray could be long gone by then.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the exterior of the Rose Bowl before the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)The Washington Huskies and the college football world lost a legend this week. Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Schloredt, formerly one of the best multi-dimensional players in college football, has passed away.Per ESPN, the University of Washington released a statement that Schloredt passed away on Thursday night. He was 79 years old and reportedly battling illness for a long time.As a player, Schloredt was an option quarterback who led Washington to its first-ever bowl win in the 1960 Rose Bowl. He shared MVP honors with George Fleming after a 44-8 win over Wisconsin.Schloredt made history with the Huskies the following year, becoming the first player to win Rose Bowl MVP honors twice after leading the team to a 17-7 Rose Bowl victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The feat would only be replicated three times, by Charles White, Ron Dayne and Vince Young. He would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989, and into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.Bob Schloredt, one of @UW greatest football players ever, died. Schloredt quarterbacked the Dawgs to two straight Rose Bowl championships after the 1959 and ’60 seasons. Always a leader and a gentleman, Bob Schloredt died after a long illness. He was 79 years old. pic.twitter.com/dJzfJy8PRK— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) May 17, 2019Schloredt’s pro career was short-lived. He was drafted by the CFL’s BC Lions and the AFL’s Dallas Texans, opting to sign with the former.He played two years of professional football before returning to Washington as an assistant coach, where he worked from 1963 to 1973.Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Schloredt’s family and loved ones.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Ayron Monroe #23 of the Penn State Nittany Lions waves to the crowd as he runs out for the game against the Indiana Hoosiers on September 30, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Indiana 45-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index has released its projections for every game on Penn State’s regular season schedule. Compared to some other metrics, the FPI is pretty bullish on the Nittany Lions.PSU has one glaring question on offense. Trace McSorley, perhaps the best quarterback in the program’s history, has graduated, and is now a Baltimore Raven.Sean Clifford, a talented but inexperienced quarterback, is expected to take over for him. The season may hinge on his ability to lead the offense.ESPN’s FPI has a full season projection of 8.9-3.2 for Penn State football in 2019, and ranks the team 12th.That is one spot ahead of Big Ten East power Ohio State.The game-by-game projections line up with that number as well. Penn State is the underdog, per FPI, in just three games this year, though it has at least a 41-percent chance in every game.Here are the full projected results:Week 1 vs. Idaho: WinWeek 2 vs. Buffalo: WinWeek 3 vs. Pitt: WinWeek 5 at Maryland: WinWeek 6 vs. Purdue: WinWeek 7 at Iowa: WinWeek 8 vs. Michigan: LossWeek 9 at Michigan State: LossWeek 11 at Minnesota: WinWeek 12 vs. Indiana: WinWeek 13 at Ohio State: LossWeek 14 vs. Rutgers: WinGiven the recruiting talent that Franklin is bringing in, a 9-3 season during a quarterback transition year would be a solid accomplishment.[ESPN]
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches first half action against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)One of the trendiest picks for the most improved team heading into this season of college football is Nebraska. The program is entering its second year under Scott Frost.Nebraska won just four games last season, but most analysts expect to see a major jump in production. In fact, USA Today has it ranked among the top six teams in the Big Ten.With the upcoming season almost here, coaches within the Big Ten spoke anonymously about Nebraska’s outlook for 2019.It’s evident that Nebraska has the attention of its rivals in the Big Ten. The two names brought up the most were Frost and his dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez.If the Cornhuskers are going to turn their fortune around, opposing coaches believes their coach-player duo will be the reason why.From Athlon Sports:“Scott Frost is going to get it turned around. He’s already set the tone, you can tell right away. That’s a different team in terms of behavior and attitude on the sidelines. We noticed it immediately.”“The QB (Adrian Martinez) is a hell of a player. He’s going to improve a lot over a true freshman year of being thrown into bad situations. As long as that kid’s at Nebraska, they’re going to be a problem in the West. They’re real thin behind him — they’re thin at most positions, which is why they’re still a work in progress.”Another coach referred to Nebraskas as the “most-talked about team” when it comes to recruiting in the Big Ten.Expectations will be somewhat high for the Cornhuskers as they enter this fall.Nebraska opens the season against South Alabama on August 31.
You can view every pollster’s ballot below:Every #APTop25 Preseason ballot at a glance: https://t.co/gPdvqoljlW pic.twitter.com/PDUEjhDHWd— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 19, 2019As you can see, there aren’t too many outliers.Alabama and Clemson are in the top four of every pollster’s ballot. The top 10 teams are nearly unanimous, with only a couple of differences among most voters.The next Associated Press preseason top 25 poll will be out on Tuesday, Sept. 3. It comes out following the entire first weekend of college football’s Week 1 slate. TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action against the Citadel Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The 2019 college football Associated Press preseason top 25 poll came out earlier today and, mostly, didn’t feature any surprises.Clemson came in at No. 1 for the first time in program history, with Alabama coming in at No. 2 overall. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide were the only teams to receive No. 1 votes.Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top five. LSU, Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas were No. 6 to No. 10, respectively.The preseason Associated Press top 25 poll includes ballots from 62 voters.
Australian Open: Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in MelbourneAustralian Open: Indian men’s doubles players Leander Paes, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and the pair of Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan all bowed out from the Round of 64.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 14:32 IST Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan played their first Grand Slam tournament as a pair. (@Media_SAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan lost 1-6, 6-4, 5-7 to Pablo Carreno Busta-Guillermo Garcia-LopezJeevan Nedunchezhiyan-Nicholas Monroe were defeated in 2 hours 20 minutes vs Kevin Krawietz-Nikola MekticLeander Paes-Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela lost 5-7, 6-7(4) to Austin Krajicek-Artem SitakIndian doubles campaign at the Australian Open ended on Wednesday after Leander Paes, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and the pair of Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan all lost in the first round of men’s doubles at Melbourne Park. While Paes lost in straight sets with his partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, Bopanna-Sharan and Jeevan-Nicholas Monroe lost in three sets.Bopanna and Sharan were seeded 15th at the year’s first Grand Slam tournament but lost to an unseeded Spanish pair Pablo Carreno Busta-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 1-6, 6-4, 5-7 in an hour and 46 minutes.Even though Bopanna-Sharan hit far more winners (read 36) than the 13 by the Spanish pair, they were clearly beaten in almost all other respects.Bopanna-Sharan made more unforced errors and got in lesser per cent of first serve and second serve, which made a huge difference. Busta-Guillermo even hit one more ace than the Indian pair.On the other hand, Jeevan-Monroe were up against a German-Croatian pair of Kevin Krawietz-Nikola Mektic and battled for two hours and 20 minutes before losing 6-4, 6-7(8), 5-7 to bow out of the tournament.Krawietz-Mektic were just too powerful for Jeevan-Monroe and aced their way to victory. The German-Croatian pair hit 10 aces to just two from Jeevan-Monroe.Jeevan-Monroe hit more winners but also made more unforced errors, which cost them the match.Paes had a forgetful day at the Melbourne Park as he lost his men’s doubles Round of 64 match 5-7, 6-7(4) in just an hour and 20 minutes against the American-New Zealand pairing of Austin Krajicek-Artem Sitak.Paes and Reyes-Verala just stood no chance against the power and accuracy of their opponents. Krajicek-Sitak not only hit far more winners at Paes-Reyes-Verala but also aced them 11 to 2.advertisementWith India out of men’s doubles at the Australian Open, Indian challenge has ended in Melbourne.Also Read | Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses in 1st main draw appearance in MelbourneAlso Read | Meet Qai Qai: Granddaughter of Serena Williams, best friend of daughter OlympiaAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Leander PaesFollow Rohan BopannaFollow Divij SharanFollow Jeevan NedunchezhiyanFollow Australian OpenFollow indian tennis Next
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 12:54 IST IPL 2019: R Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler during Kings XI Punjab’s win over Rajasthan Royals on Monday (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler became the first batsman to be mankaded in IPL cricket on MondayR Ashwin has been facing criticism for mankading Jos Buttler during KXIP’s IPL 2019 openerIndia’s Vinoo Mankad was among the earliest to run a batsman out before delivering at the non-striker’s endJos Buttler’s run out during Rajasthan Royals’ home match against Kings XI Punjab on Monday was the first instance of a batsman being mankaded in the Indian Premier League (IPL).Buttler was run out at the non-striker’s end by Kings XI captain R Ashwin who claimed the Royals opener had left his crease before he could even load up into delivering the sixth ball of the 13th over of Royals’ 185-run chase in Jaipur.Ashwin immediately appealed for the wicket and the third umpire was called into play even as the Kings XI skipper and Buttler had a heated exchange mid-pitch. Eventually, Buttler was given out, prompting mixed reactions from former cricketers and experts on social media.If you’re wondering what’s all the fuss about mankading, here’s your guide to what has been one of the most controversial laws in the game of cricket.Mankading can come into play in situations where the batsman at the non-striker’s end leaves the crease before the bowler completes his delivery stride (or before the ball leaves the bowler’s hand). Batsmen, especially in limited-overs cricket, back up (or leave the crease at the non-striker’s end) in order to have momentum when the striker calls for a run.Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which takes care of the Laws of Cricket, in its rulebook states that a “bowler is permitted to attempt a run out” when the non-striker leaves his/her ground early.The 41.16 Law: Non-striker leaving his/her ground early”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. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one in the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.”Crucial modification to the law in 2017advertisementThe MCC had made corrections and clarifications to the controversial mankad rule in 2017, giving the bowlers more leeway to run batsmen out at the non-striker’s end.Under the previous rule bowlers could attempt a run out only before entering their delivery stride. After the rule change, bowlers are allowed to run-out the batsman at the non-striker’s end up to the instant at which they “would be expected to deliver the ball”.”… the Law emphasises the importance of the non-striker remaining in his/her ground until the ball is released, which is felt to be important. With TV now potentially ruling that a batsman has made his/her ground by millimetres, it seems wrong to allow them a head-start of sometimes several feet in setting off. So, the policy in the Law has not been changed but rather the,” an explainer on “slight change” to Law 41.16 reads.Vinoo Mankad’s Mankad and Don Bradman’s reactionIndia’s Vinoo Mankad, after whom the rule is named, was among the earliest bowlers to run a non-striker out. During India’s tour of Australia on 13 December 1947, Mankad had run out Bill Brown when Brown had left the crease before he delivered the ball.Mankad faced a lot of criticism back then from the Australian media but legendary Australian player and the then Australia captain, Don Bradman had defended the India player.”An early sensation came in Australia’s innings when Brown was once more run out by Mankad, who, in the act of delivering the ball, held on to it and whipped the bails off with Brown well out of his crease,” Bradman said, as quoted by news.com.au.”This had happened in the Indian match against Queensland, and immediately in some quarters Mankad’s sportsmanship was questioned.””For the life of me I cannot understand why. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the non-striker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered.R Ashwin defends Buttler MankadComing back to the recent incident in IPL, R Ashwin has been facing a lot of heat after he mankaded Buttler but the India off-spinner is not perturbed by the critical reactions.”It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Monday.”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.advertisementReacting to the incident, Rajasthan Royals coach Paddy Upton said the team will leave it to the fans to judge Ashwin.”Ashwin’s actions represent him. When I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. I think we will leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see. We’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. For us, we are here to play cricket and entertain fans, be good role models for people who love the game,” Upton said.Also Read | https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/story/ravichandran-ashwin-mankad-controversy-rr-vs-kxip-ipl-2019-1486444-2019-03-26Also Read | England cricket stars slam R Ashwin after he Mankads Jos ButtlerAlso Read | Embarrassing and disgraceful: Shane Warne rants about R Ashwin’s mankading in IPL 2019Also 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Mankad controversyFollow R AshwinFollow Vinoo MankadFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Jos ButtlerFollow Kings XI Punjab What is Mankading? All you need to know about the controversial cricket ruleR Ashwin has kicked up a storm after he mankaded Rajasthan Royals and England opener Jos Buttler in an Indian Premier League 2019 match on Monday. Here’s all that you need to know about mankading, which has been a controversial act over the years in the sportadvertisement