Buffon signs off on a high with emotional Juve farewell

first_imgJuventus 2 Verona 1: Buffon signs off on a high Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 22:59 5/19/18 Buffon - cropped Getty Images Juventus celebrated their Serie A triumph in style with a 2-1 win over Verona, as Gianluigi Buffon made his final Bianconeri appearance. Gianluigi Buffon signed off in style as Juventus celebrated their seventh straight Serie A title with a 2-1 victory over relegated Verona.Having already wrapped up the Scudetto, it was party-time in Turin for Massimiliano Allegri’s men, with Buffon taking centre stage on his final game for the Bianconeri.The Italy goalkeeper announced on Thursday that he would be calling time on his 17-year Juve career at the end of the campaign, although it is not yet clear whether he will retire altogether. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And the 40-year-old provided the highlight of a sluggish opening period, making a fine save to parry away Mohamed Fares’ strike, while Paulo Dybala clipped the woodwork at the other end.Juve wasted little time in asserting their authority following the restart, however – Daniele Rugani capitalising on Nicolas’ error in the 49th minute before Miralem Pjanic converted a superb free-kick.Buffon stole the limelight just after the hour, receiving a standing ovation as he made way for debutant Carlo Pinsoglio and bid an emotional farewell to the Bianconeri faithful. Alessio Cerci pulled one back for Verona before Stephan Lichtsteiner – also making his final Juve appearance – failed to convert from the penalty spot as the Serie A champions ended another successful campaign in winning fashion.640 – Gianluigi Buffon played 640 Serie A games, only Paolo Maldini had more in the competition. History.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) May 19, 2018Buffon was called into action on 16 minutes, reacting sharply to keep out Fares’ curling effort – much to the pleasure of the home faithful.Mario Mandzukic should have put Juve ahead shortly after, only for the Croatia striker to head straight at Nicolas following good work from Douglas Costa.Refusing to be outshone by his illustrious counterpart, Nicolas was also on top form just after the half-hour, lunging to his right to tip Mandzukic’s acrobatic strike over.Dybala nearly grabbed the opener with a wonderful attempt just before the interval – Nicolas only able to watch on as the playmaker’s delicate chip rebounded away off the crossbar, while Mandzukic’s poor showing in front of goal continued as he hooked over from close range.Juve did not have to wait long after the restart, though, as Rugani tucked home on the rebound after Nicolas had spilled Costa’s low strike.The floodgates were open, and Pjanic netted Juve’s second three minutes later with a sublime free-kick that nestled into the top-left corner.52′ PERFECTION FROM PJANIC !!!!!#FINOALLAFINE #FORZAJUVE #JUVEVERONA 2-0 pic.twitter.com/2nWJ05QPjR— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 19, 2018Buffon had to be alert on the hour, rushing out to prevent Ryder Matos going through after Rodrigo Bentancur conceded possession.That was to be Buffon’s final act in a Juve shirt, the veteran making way moments later to a standing ovation from the crowd, a guard of honour as he reached the touchline and tears in the stands.Juve’s hopes of setting a new Serie A clean sheet record were ended in the 76th minute, Cerci taking advantage of sloppy defending to nudge home from close range.Enrico Bearzotti was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area with five minutes to go, handing Lichtsteiner the opportunity to end his Juve career with a goal, but the full-back’s tame effort was easily kept out by Nicolas.Grazie, Capitano #UN1CO #FINOALLAFINE pic.twitter.com/dqqCMeQqSu— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 19, 2018While the match continued, Buffon was embarking on a hand-shaking mission among the Juve fans with Lichtsteiner also afforded a late send-off.Key Opta stats:- Juventus have picked up 95 points this season – only in 2013/14 have they earned more in their Serie A history.- Verona have lost 32 Serie A meetings against Juventus: more than against any other team in the top-flight.- Verona and Benevento are the only two teams to have scored against Juventus in both games in the 2017-18 season.- Juventus had 13 shots on target against Verona, their record in a single Serie A game this season.- Juventus have missed four of eight penalties in Serie A this season, only Sassuolo (six) have missed more.  read morelast_img read more

Iceland out to add Messi’s scalp to frustrated Ronaldo’s

first_imgArgentina Messi the next star in Iceland’s sights after shutting out ‘pissed off’ Ronaldo Harry West 07:12 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CristianoRonaldo - Cropped Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Iceland Portugal Iceland Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi The Portugal captain was left fuming after failing to beat the islanders two years ago, and they are hoping for a similar outcome against Argentina Johann Gudmundsson hopes Iceland can keep a lid on Lionel Messi in their World Cup opener, after provoking the ire of Cristiano Ronaldo at Euro 2016.In their maiden appearance at a major international tournament two years ago, Iceland earned a 1-1 draw from a clash with Ronaldo’s eventual champions, drawing a frustrated response from the Real Madrid superstar.Ronaldo criticised his opponents’ defensive tactics and dismissed their approach as one of a team with a “small mentality”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Now preparing for their first World Cup, Iceland face Argentina and Messi, Ronaldo’s long-time rival in the quest to be recognised as the greatest player on the planet.Gudmundsson and his team-mates take on Jorge Sampaoli’s men in their Group D opener on Saturday, and the Burnley winger is calling on memories of Ronaldo’s tantrum as inspiration ahead of a meeting with Messi.”He was obviously p***** off because they couldn’t score a second against us,” Gudmundsson said. “It was our first game in a major tournament and they couldn’t beat Iceland so it was not nice for them. He’s a winner so he got a bit angry.”It will be tough to play against him [Messi] but as long as he is frustrated and can’t score, we’re happy. Let’s just go out there and try to beat them and make him even more angry [than Ronaldo was].”When the draw was made I said I wanted Brazil or Argentina and we got one of them. In the first game in the Euros we played Ronaldo and now it’s Messi. We kept Ronaldo quite quiet so hopefully will do the same with Messi.”We know we’re probably going to be defending a lot of the time and Messi can turn it on but we just have to see where it takes us.”Attacking wise they’re one of best in tournament but they have a few in defence who are maybe not at the highest level like their attackers so hopefully we use that to our advantage. days until we play  at the @FIFAWorldCup We had some fun during our official @FIFAWorldCup photoshoot!#fyririsland pic.twitter.com/wzqia52aiH— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 13, 2018″This is going to be bigger than the Euros but I think we will know more what’s going to happen now that we didn’t know in France. I think that will help us a bit.”After facing Argentina, Iceland move on to clashes against Nigeria and Croatia.last_img read more

New Zealand Takes Second Mixed Game In A Thriller

first_imgThe Australians ran out to a 5-2 lead at half-time only for the Kiwis to take the lead for the first time since early in the first half in the final minutes of the match to claim a 10-9 win.It didn’t take long for New Zealand to get on the scoreboard, with winger Toia Tiwha scoring in her side’s first attacking set, to take a 1-0 lead. A Trent Touma long ball saw Sarah Peattie score Australia’s first touchdown of the game soon after. New Zealand was next to hit the scoreboard, when a clever ball from Tiwi Davis set up Mohi Aupouri to take the one touchdown advantage again. A Peter Watkins long ball to Nikki Etheridge, not too dissimilar to the pair’s combination last night, saw Australia level the game up at two touchdowns-a-piece close to the midway mark of the half.Australia took the lead for the first time in the game with five minutes left in the half when another Touma long ball saw Kristy Brennan score. First gamer Michael Law then injected his speed and skill into the game to score his first touchdown against New Zealand, and soon after Gemma Etheridge scored her first touchdown at an international level, to give Australia a handy 5-2 lead.The Aussies defended strongly in the final seconds of the half after Jamie Chan got sent for a period of time, to hold onto their three touchdown advantage at half-time, 5-2. New Zealand took the field in the second half keen to take advantage of Australia being one man down with Chan still out of the game and it didn’t take long for them to capitalise, with Jaymin Ormsby scoring in their first set of six to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns. New Zealand then closed the gap even further when Tiwha scored her side’s second touchdown of the half soon after. Australia extended its lead to two when Nikki Etheridge was again on the receiving end of another Peter Watkins long ball in the fifth minute, before Tiwha had her third of the match down the other end of the field for New Zealand. Sebe Rey combined with Gemma Etheridge one minute later, with a great long ball setting up Etheridge for her second touchdown of the game. When Rachel Stephenson scored for New Zealand her side was back within one touchdown of Australia and when Clayton Ngawharau intercepted a stray Australian ball and ran the length of the field to score, New Zealand had levelled the match at 7-all. The Australian’s took the lead again at the midway mark of the half when Gemma Etheridge scored her third touchdown of the game, again off a Rey long ball. New Zealand levelled the scores at 8-all four minutes later with Lovey Woodhouse scoring for the side off the back of a penalty to the visitors. The Kiwis then took the lead for the first time since the early stages of the match when Tiwha her fourth of the game. Nikki Etheridge scored soon after, with the Etheridge’s taking their tally to six for the match, to lock the game up at 9-all with 30 seconds remaining. New Zealand raced down the field to get into good field position with just seconds left on the clock and made the most of the opportunity, with Tiwi Davis setting up Mohi Aupouri to dive over with seconds left on the clock to take the win for New Zealand, 10-9, and keep the series alive for game three. To view highlights of this game, please visit the TFA YouTube Channel by clicking on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5OPd6OSRXs&feature=youtu.belast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer market

first_imgREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe presence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back with Manchester United is helping their new recruitment push across his native Norway.The Manchester Evening News says Molde wonderkid Erling Haaland, who won his chance under Solskjaer, has been watched extensively since scoring four goals in front of United scout Tommy Moller Nielsen back in July.United hope to take Ranheim youngster Odin Thiago Holm on trial in 2019 after the midfielder caught the eye at the Sambor Youth Cup in Poland last summer with five goals from midfield.And United’s head of scouting and recruitment, David Harrison, was pictured in Tromso in October with Isak Hansen-Aaron among those grabbing his attention.The 14-year-old spent time at United in December, 2017, where he was put through his paces by coaches at Carrington after previously having a trial at Liverpool.Solskjaer has already confirmed he will have an input when it comes to January recruits. And United’s interim manager may yet have one or two names in mind when it comes to aiding his side’s wonderkid search in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Brighton boss Hughton weighs up Murray recall

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Brighton boss Hughton weighs up Murray recallby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton must decide on whether to recall Glenn Murray to his starting lineup.The veteran attacker has enjoyed success against West Ham United, Brighton’s upcoming opponents, in recent games.He scored twice in the 3-0 win at the Hammers last season. But Florin Andone has also been in good form.Speaking on their last win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, Hughton told The Argus: “It was an emphatic win but I also remember the two centre-halves had to defend really well, deal with a lot of crosses.”Glenn got the first one and Jose (Izquierdo) scored a wonderful goal, it was almost like one of those games that everything went our way.”It was a memorable one but they have certainly come on since then. All we want to do is be right in the game but they are a very good team at the moment.”It will absolutely be a more difficult game than last year. They will start as favourites, they are at home, and we will have to make sure we turn up.” last_img read more

10 months agoNapoli legend Diego Maradona tells fans he’s fine

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli legend Diego Maradona tells fans he’s fineby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli legend Diego Maradona has told fans he’s fine after a health scare.A routine check-up showed blood in his stomach last week.However, he was sent home a few hours later and spoke to supporters via social media.“I want to thank you for the messages of encouragement. I’m fine and sorry to have worried you for no reason.“I wish to reassure you that there’s nothing serious, I am fine. Today I am taking care of my grandchildren Benja, Dieguito Matias and my son Diego Fernando.“A kiss to you all.” last_img read more

a month agoWolves boss Nuno pleased with victory over Watford

first_imgWolves boss Nuno pleased with victory over Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was pleased for his players and supporters after they ended their wait for three Premier League points against Watford.Matt Doherty’s opener was added to by Daryl Janmaat’s own goal after the break, which saw Wolves pick up three points and rise up the table. Nuno said, “It was a good performance. First-half we began very well, creating a lot of problems, good in possession, with good lines and I’m happy for that. We did a very good game.“We organised defensively well, we didn’t allow many situations for Watford, they didn’t create much and we had clear chances to score.“I’m happy for the boys and I’m happy for the fans because it was important, everybody felt that, but we have to grow.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch: We go to Liverpool to win

first_imgRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch: We go to Liverpool to winby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch says they’re going to Champions League opponents Liverpool to win.But Marsch is under no illusions of the challenges his side face when they meet the European Champions.”It is a terrible match-up for us in one sense because all the things we do well they are better at,” Marsch told The Times.”They like games to feel the same way that we like them to feel, so I think stylistically, it will be a big challenge for us but we will also make things difficult for them.”We will have to be incredibly good on the day at what we do. We are certainly going there to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoBarcelona battling to have Dembele red card overturned

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona battling to have Dembele red card overturnedby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele’s red card against Sevilla is unlikely to be overturned.It will mean he is set to miss the clash with Real Madrid. The RFEF code says insulting a referee comes with at least a two game ban.Mateo Lahoz sent off Dembele for saying “very bad, you’re very bad” after he dismissed Ronald Araujo on the defender’s Barca debut.In 2016 Celta midfielder Fabian Orellana was banned for three games for telling the referee “how bad you are”. Two for the insult and one for getting two bookings. last_img read more

13 days agoAgent Empacher offers AC Milan Premier League players

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent Empacher offers AC Milan Premier League playersby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Sacha Empacher is in talks with AC Milan about several of his clients.Calciomercato.com says Empacher met with Milan directors yesterday ahead of the January market.During the summit Empacher offered loan deals for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba.Baba is currently on loan with Real Mallorca, while Elneny is on loan from Arsenal at Besiktas.Milan are also interested in Schalke fullback Ozan Kabak, another Empacher has on his books. last_img read more

4 days agoArsenal, Everton target Unai Nunez drops agent

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Everton target Unai Nunez drops agentby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Nunez is edging closer to leaving Athletic Bilbao.The Athletic Bilbao defender was linked with Everton and Arsenal last week.AS the Spain international, who is currently out of favour at Bilbao, wants to leave the club in January and has taken the step of changing agents.Nunez is leaving agent Felix Tainta to be represented by the Leaderbrock Sports agency in Valencia.A move inside LaLiga is also being considered. last_img read more

Video: Former Florida Golfer Bill Horschel Does Gator Chomp After Birdie, Trolls Florida State “Bandwagon” Fans Following Round

first_imgflorida golfer bill horschel celebrates birdie with gator chomp.florida bill horschel gator chompThe Florida-Florida State rivalry has surfaced at the PGA’s The Players Championship event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this weekend. Former Gators’ golfer Billy Horschel wore his Florida colors during the tournament’s third round on Saturday. On the course’s famed No. 17 hole, he was taunted by some FSU fans with the tomahawk chomp. He responded by birdieing the hole. Then he did the Gator chomp. After his round, he was asked about that moment. He responded by criticizing Florida State’s “bandwagon” fans.   Billy says fsu fans are bandwagon fans. Go Billy! Go Gators!Posted by Glenn Irvine on Saturday, May 9, 2015As of 3:25 p.m. E.T., Horschel is tied for sixth at -8. He’s six holes into his final round. We could be seeing some more Gator chomps today if he continues to play well. [247 Sports]last_img read more

Video/Photo: Iowa State Crowd Rushes Court After Knocking Off No. 1 Oklahoma

first_imgIowa State fans storm the court after beating Oklahoma.Iowa State Court StormOn the same day they were voted No. 1 in both major polls ,Oklahoma suffered its second loss of the season, 82-77 at the hands of No. 19 Iowa State.And how did the fans in Ames celebrate the big victory? With a huge court storm, how else?Another No. 1 goes down, another court storm https://t.co/s9C2OvR5bO— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) January 19, 2016Shout out to security. Great protection of OU in court Storm pic.twitter.com/vXv9ipdypT— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) January 19, 2016Storm that court! pic.twitter.com/4XTDIyoE8A— Anthony Samuelson (@ajsamuelson) January 19, 2016Storming the court when your team is also ranked? We’re not sure about that. But we do know one thing: the Big 12 is flat-out awesome this year. Every Big Monday game in the conference is must-see TV.last_img read more

Sarri: Pochettino must win trophy

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes he and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino must win a trophy if they are to leave a legacy at their respective clubs.Pochettino has transformed Spurs into Champions League regulars and they remain well in contention for the Premier League title this term with only six points separating them and leaders Liverpool.His impact is even more impressive in the context of Tottenham regularly being outspent by their main rivals in the transfer market. 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? But Pochettino’s critics often beat him with the stick that Spurs have yet to win silverware under his stewardship, and Sarri says the Argentine will be aware of the need to deliver trophies as it is a reality he also faces.”I agree because he [Pochettino] is a very good coach, one of the best at the moment, I agree he has to win a trophy, I hope not this [trophy],” Sarri said ahead of Chelsea’s EFL Cup semi-final first-leg meeting with Spurs on Tuesday.”I think it is the same [for me]. Of course, Pochettino is at Tottenham from four years ago and I am here from six months and I think that here in the first season it is really very difficult for everybody.”For Pochettino, four years, for [Jurgen] Klopp, four years [without a trophy]. It was really very hard in the first season also for [Manchester City manager Pep] Guardiola, so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team. You need time.”Spurs up next… #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/lsiwzCeg4l — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 7, 2019 Chelsea were completely outplayed by Spurs in a 3-1 reverse at Wembley in November, and Sarri says the aftermath of that humbling defeat helped him realise the gravitas of the fixture. “I saw my players in the dressing room after the match,” the Italian said. “They were destroyed, so I realised that the match against Tottenham is a very important match for the club, the fans and the players as well.”They needed only to realise why the match was so bad and it was really very easy because the video of the first 15 minutes was clear.”There was a big difference in mentality, aggressiveness and determination so it was clear. Clear for me and also for the players.”Sarri is convinced his side have since rediscovered their determination, however.”I think so because the level of determination is good, now we have to solve some problems, of course,” he added.”Sometimes during the match we were not able to have the right reaction to the difficulties to a negative situation.”In the last match we were not able to have the right reaction to a positive situation because after the second goal we conceded four shots on goal in two minutes, so we need to learn that we cannot lower the application in the defensive phase.”last_img read more

Hudson-Odoi still wants Bayern Munich move

first_imgBayern Munich are unlikely to give up in their efforts to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi, who remains hopeful that Chelsea will allow him to leave in the summer, Goal understands.Chelsea rejected the 18-year-old’s transfer request on Monday and told him that they are not willing to sell him in January or in the summer, but the winger is still keen to join Bayern. The Bundesliga champions hope that, as his contract winds into its final year, their leverage to do a summer deal with Chelsea will increase, as they target Hudson-Odoi to replace the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. 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 last official offer was for £35 million ($46m) but there is hope from Bayern that Hudson-Odoi could be signed for a slightly cheaper price as Chelsea’s hand begins to weaken. They are also willing to offer him Robben’s number 10 shirt in what they believe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Hudson-Odoi’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2020 and the attacker has so far rejected all offers by Chelsea to renew it, despite promises of improved playing time and wages of at least £70,000 a week.The Chelsea academy product has seen increased game time under Maurizio Sarri since Bayern’s approach. Having played just 217 competitive minutes before the Bavarian club’s first offer, he has played 320 minutes in the subsequent month or so.However, he is still to make a Premier League start and he was dropped entirely from the matchday squad as Chelsea lost 4-0 to Bournemouth on Wednesday night.Sarri confirmed Hudson-Odoi’s absence was for tactical reasons as the youngster watched events unfold on the south coast after travelling with the squad.“He was with us. But he played three days ago,” Sarri told reporters at the Vitality Stadium. “So, on the bench, there was Willian. But we could play only with two wingers. So, in your opinion, I have to put off Pedro, Hazard or Willian?”He played a few days ago, he will play in the future, but we have four wingers: two on the pitch, one on the bench, and one not in the squad.”last_img read more

Nick Chubb Injury Update: Star RB Sprained Ankle vs. Ole Miss, Could Not Have Returned To Game

first_imgNick Chubb walking on the sidelines following a touchdown.TwitterNick Chubb injury update: Georgia’s star running back sprained his ankle against Ole Miss earlier today.Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, injury was added to the insult that comes along with an embarrassing 45-14 loss to Ole Miss today. Star running back Nick Chubb left the game with four minutes remaining in the first half after a 10-yard run. After the game, head coach Kirby Smart confirmed that his lead back went down with a sprained ankle, and could not have returned if the contest was closer.From DawgNation:“Don’t know the severity yet. He couldn’t come back in the game,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “If he could have come back, I know he wanted to. So we’ll see how that goes the next couple days.”Chubb had 57 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game, his lowest output of the season for the 3-1 Dawgs. Georgia’s rushing game was actually a relative bright spot this afternoon. Brian Herrien rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns, Sony Michel picked up 66 yards, and Elijah Holyfield added 27 yards; all three averaged at least six yards per carry. As a team, Georgia rushed for 230 yards on 44 carries, good for 5.2 yards per touch.Of course, Georgia freshman quarterback Jacob Eason had a dreadful performance, completing just 16-of-36 passes for 137 yards (3.6 yards per attempt) and a pick. Against an SEC defense, that is not going to fly.Georgia will attempt to right the ship at home next week against SEC East favorite Tennessee. The Vols are currently struggling with archrival Florida, trailing the Gators 21-3 mid-way through the third quarter. Kirby Smart will certainly hope to have his full complement of offensive weapons against an athletic Tennessee defense, but ankle injuries can be very tricky. We’ll keep you updated on the Nick Chubb injury as we learn more about his status.[DawgNation]last_img read more

England vs Netherlands: Sterling captains Three Lions in Kane absence

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate will attempt to build upon the success of the Three Lions’ World Cup 2018 campaign by winning the inaugural Nations League, with a semi-final against the Netherlands in Guimaraes their next challenge.Fourth in Russia, England will expect to go better in Portugal this summer, though the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham only five days before this fixture has been a pleasant complication for the squad.The Dutch, meanwhile, are seeking to regain respect after failing to qualify for the World Cup and after topping a group involving world champions France, have successfully done so to some extent already. 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? Game England vs Netherlands Date Thursday, June 6 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream ESPN2 / Univision Deportes / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. It can be streamed from Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position England squad Goalkeepers Pickford, Butland, Heaton Defenders Walker, Rose, Stones, Maguire, Gomez, Chilwell, Keane, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Dier, Lingard, Henderson, Rice, Delph, Barkley, Alli Forwards Kane, Sterling, Sancho, Rashford, Wilson Raheem Sterling will captain the side on his 50th appearance for the Three Lions in the absence of regular skipper Harry Kane, who is on the bench. The other remaining six members of the squad who took part in the Champions League final – Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez of Liverpool and Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier of Spurs – are also among the substitutes.Ross Barkley, Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice also start in a side that shows five changes from their Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro in March.England starting XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell, Delph, Barkley, Rice, Sterling, Sancho, Rashford. Position Netherlands squad Goalkeepers Cillessen, Vermeer, Bizot Defenders Hateboer, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Van Aanholt, De Vrij, Blind, Dumfries Midfielders Propper, Wijnaldum, De Roon, Strootman, Vilhena, Van de Beek, De Jong Forwards Bergwijn, Babel, Depay, Promes, De Jong Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum start for the Netherlands, despite turning out for Liverpool last weekend. Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, currently the subject of sustained transfer interest from a host of top European clubs, also starts alongside Van Dijk in the backline.Netherlands starting XI: Cillessen, Blind, Van Dijk, De Ligt, Dumfries, De Jong, Wijnaldum, De Roon, Babel, Depay, Bergwijn.Betting & Match Odds England are slim favourites to win this match with Bet365, priced at 17/10. The Netherlands are 19/10 while a draw is available at 9/4 in a match the bookies are struggling to call.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jordan Henderson EnglandEngland have their sights on international silverware, with the inaugural edition of the Nations League well within their grasp. According to the FIFA Ranking, Gareth Southgate’s side are the team to beat, placed at No.4, three spots ahead of hosts Portugal and 12 better than the Netherlands side they face in the semi-final on Thursday.Moreover, this is now a group with big-tournament experience, having made a promising run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia last summer, when they were ultimately unseated by Croatia, having led at one juncture.They travelled east 12 months ago with little sense of expectation, though that has now transformed, particularly after qualifying for the Nations League final by winning a group that contained Spain and the Croats.Ironically, perhaps the greatest barrier to the success of the international team has been the success of England’s club game, with Liverpool and Tottenham’s run to the final of the Champions League depriving Southgate of seven players until the beginning of the week. Of course, the Dutch have had that issue, too, with Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum arriving to their squad late, but not to the same degree.While England are seeking to build upon recent success, the Netherlands are in the midst of reconstructing a new era after missing out on the World Cup entirely. Spearheaded by Van Dijk and the bright crop of Ajax youngsters that were so heartbreakingly dumped out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Spurs, they successfully negotiated a group containing Germany and world champions France.They did so with fine margins, Memphis Depay’s 96th-minute penalty against Les Bleus in Rotterdam critical before two goals in the last five minutes against Germany, including a Van Dijk strike in stoppage-time, dumped Kylian Mbappe et al. out.Ronald Koeman has the Dutch playing with the swagger that has long been expected of them, and as a player who infamously struck to effectively eliminate England from World Cup 94 qualifying, he will be seeking to deal a similar hammer blow from the dugout.last_img read more

A Top 25 Team Just Made A Big Change At Quarterback

first_imgA closeup of Miami helmets sitting on a bench.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Miami Hurricanes helmets sit on a case during the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Miami football turned the ball over on downs on its first drive, and was forced to punt on its second. After that, Mark Richt pulled starter Malik Rosier for N’Kosi Perry, and it has made all the difference.Rosier has been the starter since the beginning of last season, which turned out to be one of Miami’s best in recent memory.Things turned sour late in the year though, with losses to Pitt, Clemson in the ACC Title game, and Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl. Rosier did not perform well during that run, and some wondered if Miami could move on from him.After the LSU loss this year, there were more whispers, but Rosier remained the starter against Savannah State, and got all of the work against Toledo last week.After two poor drives with Malik Rosier in the game, N’Kosi Perry led Miami to 24 points and four straight scoring drives.The ‘Canes lead 24-0 at the half against FIU, and now there are very legitimate questions about the future of the quarterback position.Mark Richt pulled Malik Rosier for Perry early in this game and I’m not sure Rosier is getting his job back. https://t.co/Wx2PHW9k7j— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 22, 2018As Manny Navarro notes in the tweet above, Perry has been almost perfect. Rosier, meanwhile, was 2-for-3 for 16 yards, along with two rushes for no yards.Earlier in the year, Perry was 9-for-13 for 93 yards, three touchdowns and a pick.We’ll see what Mark Richt says after the game, but I have to imagine that ‘Canes fans want to see more of Perry going forward.Next week, Miami has ACC Coastal foe UNC, which has had a brutal last season and a half, but did pick up a win vs. Pitt this afternoon.last_img read more

The Latest On Alabama Quarterback Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts had a minor surgery on his ankle last week after the Alabama quarterback suffered an injury during a Week 8 victory. Here is the latest on his status heading into this weekend’s game against LSU.It’s seeming unlikely that Hurts will be a major factor in Saturday’s game against the No. 4 Tigers. This isn’t a huge loss for No. 1 Alabama, as Hurts is Tua Tagovailoa’s backup, but the Crimson Tide have used him in various packages throughout the season and his running ability could be powerful against a tough LSU defense.Alabama insider Travis Reier says he would be surprised to see Hurts doing anything of significance this weekend.From 247Sports:“In the parts of practice we have access to, I didn’t see him do much in anything but walking,” Reier said. “The concern is it’s apparently his right ankle. When it came to Tua’s knee a few weeks ago, it was the knee on his non-drive leg which he throws the football off of. With Jalen you’re talking about the ankle on his drive leg. Also, his skillset is largely based on his mobility.”Even if Hurts was healthy, those Tua-to-Jalen packages had a lessened chance of occurring in such an important game. With Hurts hobbled, the likelihood of both appearing on the field simultaneously is even further lessened.“I’d be very, very surprised to see that this week,” Reier said. “His mobility is obviously limited. With that in mind, the chances are almost nil.”Hurts has thrown for nearly 600 yards and 5 touchdowns this season, adding 136 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. The quarterback had a little more than 200 total yards and 2 touchdowns in a win over LSU last season.Alabama and LSU are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

What Texas’ Bowl Game Situation Looks Like After The Loss To Oklahoma

first_imgOklahoma and Texas play in the Big 12 championship gameARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Heading into the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma, Texas was in a weird spot when it came to its bowl game situation. The Longhorns were likely headed to the Sugar Bowl, regardless of result.If Texas won, the Longhorns would almost certainly get left out of the College Football Playoff but get the league’s auto-bid into the Sugar Bowl for winning the conference.If Texas lost, Oklahoma would probably get into the College Football Playoff, meaning the Sugar Bowl bid would go to the Big 12 title game loser – the Longhorns.Oklahoma exacted revenge on Texas on Saturday, taking the Longhorns down 39-27. It’s possible that an impressive Ohio State performance against Northwestern still knocks the Sooners from the top four, but it’s unlikely. There’s also a possibility that Georgia beats Alabama, but the committee still chooses the Crimson Tide over the Sooners.If Oklahoma does get left out of the Playoff, it will get the league’s auto-bid into the Sugar Bowl. In that case, Texas could possibly get selected for a New Year’s Six game – or get relegated further down the pecking order. It depends how other games play out at this point.We’ll know the answer for sure on Sunday after the College Football Playoff rankings are released.last_img read more

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