10 months ago​Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will look at Eddie Howe if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club this summer.With Pochettino linked to jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid, there is a possibility he will leave Spurs.And according to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth boss Howe is the man chairman Daniel Levy would target to replace the Argentine.It would cost a club £40 million to buy out Pochettino’s contract at Spurs, as he signed a new deal this past summer.English papers have suggested he is open to a move to United, as he knows it is an opportunity that may be too good to turn down. last_img read more


10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palace

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says they won’t lose their fighting spirit after defeat at home to Crystal Palace.With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.”We have an incredible team – fantastic players,” he stated. “We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.”The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.“We reacted well to the second goal and in the second half, we started okay. We put more people in the box.”The third goal… the penalty was really tough for us. We cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this – three shots on goal and three goals.“We scored a goal – a little bit late but even then, we had chances to score. We did absolutely everything.“They arrived two times and before the penalty, they hit the post but they didn’t have another shot on target.“Congratulations to Palace. Defensively, they were brilliant. I give a lot of credit.“That is football and sometimes it happens. The teams are good and there is a lot of quality.“Now, we must go onto the next one. There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompany

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompanyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt fortune wasn’t with them for defeat at Manchester City.Klopp was also left angry that City captain Vincent Kompany escaped dismissal for a challenge on Mohamed Salah.He said, “It was a big pressure. Very intense game. We were unlucky in our finishing moments. Unluckier than City I would say. Sane scores and the situation with Sadio when he hit the post. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity. But we came back and had big chances. It is always like this. You have to score in those moments. When Aguero scores there is no angle. In similar situations we didn’t score.”It was not our or City’s best game because we both made it difficult for the other team. I have already said to the boys this is OK. We lost it but it will happen. Tonight it is not nice but it is not the biggest problem.”I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.”Our expectations are high. We can play better. On the other side it was an intense game. You have to take the game how it is. You can’t always dominate it. With a bit more luck we could have got 2-2, which would be perfect for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


a month agoLiverpool legend Aldridge: We must be ready for Klopp’s eventual departure

first_imgLiverpool legend Aldridge: We must be ready for Klopp’s eventual departureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge says the club must prepare for manager Jurgen Klopp’s eventual departure.Klopp this week laughed off a suggestion from his agent that he could leave Liverpool because of the inclement English weather with the comment coming amid constant speculation over whether he will sign a new Reds deal. “It will be a sad moment when the time does come for him to say goodbye but hopefully that’s a long way off yet,” Aldridge said in his column for the Liverpool Echo. “I’d love him to stay forever but ultimately we can trust him to do what’s best for himself and Liverpool Football Club.”One thing we do know… when he does go, he’ll leave us in a really good situation and a better state than he found us in when he arrived, which is not always the case with other managers. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Dabo Swinney Yelled At Refs In The Tunnel After First Half Clock Controversy

first_imgDabo Swinney celebrates and talks to an ESPN reporter.dabo swinney hype video clemsonClemson ended the first half with a 44-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Alabama and fell short. The Tigers were forced to burn their final timeout and lost an additional play after referees somehow allowed several seconds to tick off the clock after a first-down completion.The refs are taking heat for this on social media, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to let them know they messed up on his way into the locker room. In hallway on way to locker room, Dabo Swinney screamed repeatedly at officials “you made us use a time out” on late first half scenario— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2016Our only hope? That clock snafu and the points it might have cost Clemson doesn’t end up costing the Tigers the game in the long run.last_img read more


Here’s An Updated 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Ahead Of The Sweet 16

first_imgSweet Sixteen Bracket for the NCAA bracket.If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Sweet Sixteen BracketHere’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?last_img read more


Alphonso Davies’s Bayern shirt number revealed

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed that Alphonso Davies will wear the No.19 shirt for the Bundesliga giants following his move from Vancouver Whitecaps.The 18-year-old is considered one of the brightest talents in football, with Bayern having agreed to sign him back in July 2018 for $13.5 million (€11.5m/£10m) – the highest fee ever paid for a Major League Soccer player.Davies was allowed to finish the MLS season with Vancouver – who ended the campaign in eighth in the Western Conference, with the Canadian teenager scoring twice in his final game against Portland Timbers. 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? And having now officially joined up with Bayern, Davies has been included as part of the 29-man squad that will travel to Doha for the club’s annual winter training camp.Indeed, head coach Niko Kovac confirmed back in October that, despite Davies’s inexperience at the top level, he would be considered a first-team player.He told reporters: “If you spend so much money on a young player, you will not park him in the second team.”In announcing the squad that heads to Qatar on January 4, Bayern also revealed that Davies will wear the No.19 shirt for his new club.He follows the likes of Sebastian Rudy, Mario Gotze, Alexander Baumjohann, Jan Schlaudraff, Julio dos Santos and Carsten Jancker in inheriting the squad number.Our squad for the training camp in Doha 🔴⚪#FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/sMrKvaBmoU— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) 3 January 2019Bayern will spend six days in Doha although will not play a friendly match, as has been the case in the past.Speaking about the trip, and what he aimed to get out of it, Kovac told the club’s official website: “We want to fine-tune a lot of things in Doha, including fitness and technical-tactical elements.”And we have to begin preparing for our first opponent so we can get off to a good start at Hoffenheim.”The lads got a little programme for the days after new year so they weren’t starting from scratch in Doha. It means they’ve already had some sort of workload.”Bayern face Hoffenheim on January 18 as they aim to claw their way back into the Bundesliga title race.Kovac’s side trail Dortmund by six points – the first time in eight years that they’ve not been leading the standings going into the winter break in Germany.last_img read more


Sevilla hold talks over Morata loan deal

first_imgSevilla have held preliminary talks with the agent of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata as they look to sign the Spain international on loan until the end of the season.Goal  understands that Morata’s representative, Juanma Lopez, met with the Liga club recently in a bid to earn his client a move back to his homeland.Sevilla are willing to pay the entirety of Morata’s £140,000-a-week wages to bring him to Andalusia as they aim to continue their unlikely title bid. 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? Pablo Machin’s side currently sit third in the Liga table, seven points behind leaders Barcelona, and remain in contention to win a fourth Europa League title in six seasons.Chelsea are unwilling to let him leave Stamford Bridge unless they can secure a replacement themselves during the January window.Morata signed for the Blues from Real Madrid in a deal worth an initial £58 million in the summer of 2017, but the 25-year-old has struggled for consistency in front of goal.In total he has scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the west London outfit – nine of those goals coming this season – with his place in Maurizio Sarri’s side far from assured.Eden Hazard has been prefered to him in recent weeks as Sarri introduced a false nine into his formation while Olivier Giroud has also provided competition for Morata over the last 12 months.Morata Fabregas ChelseaAnd his lack of celebration after scoring two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday has seen some suggest he would rather be anywhere else than Chelsea.”I don’t know [if he is happy],” Sarri said on Tuesday ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham. “I hope so but I don’t know.”It is more important to score than celebrate. He scored two goals in the last match, in the season he has nine.”In his best season at Madrid he scored 20 goals, so he will be able to have a very good second part of the season and he will try to reach his best.”Quite where Morata would fit into the pecking order at Sevilla is unknown, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva having netted 24 goals between them in all competitions this season.The latter’s form, however, has dropped off in recent weeks after a fast start following his loan arrival from AC Milan, and with Luis Muriel having left for Fiorentina already in the winter window, Morata could yet earn a starting berth should he move to the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.Chelsea’s search for a replacement will not see them resurrect their interest in Milan’s Gonzalo Higuain, with the Blues deciding against pursuing the deal after it was deemed too complicated by the club’s hierarchy.Bournemouth’s top scorer Callum Wilson is an option , though the Cherries are understood to be standing firm in not selling the England international.And with more than three weeks of the window still left and a number of possibilities still to emerge, Morata could yet be made to wait before finding out his fate over the next month.Additional reporting by Paco Rico and Romeo Agresti.last_img read more


Simeone focused on matches, not transfer dealings

first_imgDiego Simeone insists his focus is solely on Atletico Madrid’s upcoming matches, as he cannot control what happens in the January transfer window.Key defenders Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) and Diego Godin (Inter) have been linked with moves away from the Wanda Metropolitano this month.Meanwhile, Goal understands the club are chasing out-of-favour Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata. 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? Ahead of the second leg of his side’s Copa del Rey tie against Girona, Simeone made it clear he was only concerned with on-field matters.”I live in training to training, match by match, day by day,” said the Atletico head coach.”I focus on looking for those who can hurt Girona. The rest will happen no matter how much you analyse or not analyse, think or not think. No matter what you want or not, what will happen will happen. That is our reality.”Simeone refused to comment on reports linking Atletico with Morata but did outline the value of experienced centre-half Godin.”The importance of Godin for us is clear,” Simeone added. “I hope he continues in the same way because he has had a very good level in the last three matches.”last_img read more


Ellis: USWNT win the ‘most intense game I’ve ever been a part of’

first_imgU.S. head coach Jill Ellis has praised her side’s defeated rival France, saying that Friday night’s World Cup quarterfinal was the most intense match she’s ever been a part of.The USWNT got past the host nation with a 2-1 win at Parc des Princes, as Megan Rapinoe’s two goals were enough to see her side through to the semifinals.Unlike most U.S. matches, however, Ellis’s side ceded much of the possession and initiative to their opponent. France had 60 percent of the possession while taking 20 total shots, in comparison to 10 for the USWNT. 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, in front of a vociferous sold-out crowd in Paris, the U.S. held on and made the most of their chances. After the game, Ellis said the combination of the atmosphere and the opponent made Friday’s game unparalleled for her. “That’s a fantastic team we played tonight,” Ellis said. “That is the most intense match I’ve ever been a part of. They have superb players, coaches, so it was very special.”Part of France’s dominance in possession can likely be attributed to Ellis’s controversial decision to bench Lindsey Horan for a second consecutive game. Horan, known for her aptitude with the ball among other qualities, entered the game in the 62nd minute as a substitute and Ellis explained that her benching was simply because she preferred Sam Mewis instead.“Just playing Sam, that was kind of it,” Ellis said of her decision. “I think Sam is in-form, you saw that in the domestic games [before the World Cup] and Lindsey is as well, so the beauty is we have legs. You make those decisions every day as a coach.”That decision didn’t cost the U.S. on a night when the Parc des Princes was a cauldron of noise. It seemed like every fan – most of them French but a solid contingent of American supporters as well – was chanting, cheering and singing the entire game. “What a feeling to be able to play in front of a crowd like this,” U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara said. The night’s two-goal hero agreed.“It was everything you want,” Rapinoe said. “Obviously we’re not at a home World Cup so [there was] a good healthy hostile crowd. “Our fans were amazing, they screamed their little hearts out but they were no match for the Frenchies tonight. It was unbelievable obviously, there was so much energy in the stadium tonight.”last_img read more


Mane in contention for Norwich clash, Klopp confirms

first_imgSadio Mane is in contention to start Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich City, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.Liverpool get the new season under way on Friday when they host the winners of the Championship at Anfield.And Mane’s participation has been in doubt following his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer. 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? Mane played in the final for Senegal on July 19 as his side lost out to Algeria in Cairo, and missed Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City as he completed his holidays.The former Southampton forward returned to training on Monday, and Klopp insists that Mane is being considered for a starting berth against the Canaries.”He only had two weeks off, so you don’t lose anything – that is the good news at least!” he told a press conference.”He looks fit. Yesterday was the first session with the team. He looks absolutely OK. Yes, he’s an option.”Mane is not the only Liverpool player to have returned late to training ahead of the new campaign, with fellow forward Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita having also participated at AFCON for the hosts Egypt and Guinea, respectively, while Roberto Firmino and Alisson were both key in Brazil winning Copa America on home soil.As such, Klopp has been forced to hand opportunities to fringe players during pre-season as well as experimenting with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum as wide forwards in the absence of his normal front three.Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019And the Champions League-winning coach believes that will allow him some flexibility when it comes to selecting his team to face Daniel Farke’s newly-promoted outfit.”We have a lot of options, a lot of different line-ups. No player gave me a reason to leave him out, so we have hard decisions on a squad.”It is not about playing the best football in history tomorrow. It is about playing the best football in this moment.”We have to stay the team that nobody wants to play against because of that intensity.”Klopp also confirmed that James Milner will be fit for Friday’s match having missed the Community Shield with a minor muscular injury.last_img read more


Rudiger edges closer to return from injury

first_imgChelsea centre-half Antonio Rudiger has stepped up his comeback from injury after completing the full 90 minutes in the Blues Under-23s’ win over Liverpool on Monday.In front of head coach Frank Lampard – who was watching on from the stands at Stamford Bridge – Germany international Rudiger made his first appearance since suffering a meniscus injury against Manchester United at Old Trafford in AprilHaving missed all of pre-season, Rudiger returned to full training at the start of August and came through unscathed as Chelsea’s development squad ran out 3-0 winners in Premier League 2 – with another senior squad member, Michy Batshuayi, scoring twice. 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? Back on the pitch for 90 min. thanks to the @ChelseaFC development squad   #cleansheet #homevictory #comebackwork #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve pic.twitter.com/UsjdfkrvLp — Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) August 19, 2019 Rudiger’s comeback will be welcome news for Lampard, who is yet to win a competitive match in charge of Chelsea with losses to the Red Devils and Leicester City in the league and a Super Cup defeat against Liverpool.Lampard has had only three centre-backs  – Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and youngster Fikayo Temori – to choose from so far this campaign, with Cesar Azpilicueta naturally a right-back, following the sale of David Luiz to Arsenal and Gary Cahill’s free transfer to Crystal Palace.Christensen and Zouma have been the preferred pairing, though the latter has come in for some criticism after a costly mistake in the 4-0 defeat against Manchester United on the opening weekend.Former Blues defender Ashley Cole, who retired from football on Sunday, insists there is no cause for alarm at Chelsea  just yet, but there are issues for Lampard to address early on in his tenure in charge.”Chelsea have got the players and everyone expects them to be in the top four or six, but the Premier League has changed,” Cole said. “The manager needs time, the players need time and I don’t think everyone should panic yet.”With only one point in the league from the home draw against Leicester, the Blues will be keen to bounce back with a trip to Norwich on August 24.They will then host another promoted team, Sheffield United, on August 31 before a tough stretch of games involving Wolves and Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


The 5 College Football Teams On ‘Upset Alert’ Week 3

first_imgToledo's football stadium, the Glass Bowl.We’ve already seen some pretty big upsets during this young college football season. More could be coming in Week 3.Here are the five teams on “upset alert” heading into College Football Week 3.At least three ranked teams have tough road games that they need to be very prepared for, or else they could add a big ‘L’ to their records.No. 10 Washington (-6.5) at Utah Utah fan holding up a giant U.(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)Night games at Rice-Eccles Stadium can be a tough place to play, especially at night. While The Salt Lake Tribune has peeled back the numbers to counter the narrative of the MUSS, Utah has knocked off some huge opponents at home in the Pac-12.In 2013, No. 5 Stanford fell in Salt Lake City. In 2014, the same happened to No. 20 USC, and in 2015, it was No. 23 Cal. The 2016 USC team that wound up winning an epic Rose Bowl against Penn State was unranked when it visited Utah, falling to the Utes 31-27. It proved to be the team’s final loss that year.So Rice-Eccles Stadium may not be a night game at LSU, but Washington definitely can’t let its guard down on Saturday night.No. 21 Miami (-10.5) at ToledoToledo's football stadium, the Glass Bowl. Toledo has been one of the most consistent Group of Five teams in the country for years. That hasn’t changed with Jason Candle at the helm. He is 22-7 as head coach, with a 11-3 record last season, and is off to a 1-0 start this season.Miami won last weekend’s game against Savannah State 77-0, but it doesn’t erase a seriously disappointing loss to LSU to open the year.Miami has a talent edge, and it is very early in the season, but the S&P analytics-based college football ratings system actually ranks Toledo (No. 19 in the country) ahead of The U (No. 32). This will be a real road test for the ‘Canes.No. 23 Arizona State (-5.5) at San Diego StateThe San Diego State Aztecs get pumped up before a game.San Diego State has been a consistently dangerous Group of Five team, and gets Herm Edwards’ upstart Arizona State Sun Devils at home.ASU is coming off of an upset of its own, edging out Michigan State at home in Week 2. That win propelled the team into the rankings. Of course, Michigan State was nearly knocked off at home the week before by Utah State, so there are serious questions about how good Mark Dantonio’s team is.So far things have looked good for the former NFL head coach. If this has been smoke-and-mirrors so far, we’ll find out soon.Nebraska (-11.5) vs. TroyTroy football player celebrates a Pick Six vs. Boise State.Troy has turned into a power in the Sun Belt Conference, and broke through on a national level with its win at LSU last season.The year before, the Trojans gave eventual national champion Clemson a serious run, falling 30-24.Neal Brown’s team is a real threat, and with the status of Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez up in the air for now, this is no gimme first win for Scott Frost. Even with Martinez healthy, this could be a very close one.Arkansas (-7) vs. North TexasNorth Texas wide receiver celebrates a touchdown.The Razorbacks were handed a surprising loss to a Group of Five squad last week, falling to an 0-2 Colorado State team that had just been beaten up by Hawaii and Colorado.Unfortunately for the Hogs, North Texas is probably a better team than the Rams.Seth Littrell has installed one of the country’s most explosive offenses in Denton, and the Mean Green put up points in bunches. They blew out SMU in Week 1, 46-23, and Incarnate Word last week, 58-16. Quarterback Mason Fine has 862 passing yards and 7 touchdowns through two games.Last season, North Texas went 9-5 and won its Conference USA West division. They should be even better this year.last_img read more


Four-Star Safety Chris Thompson Jr. Announces Commitment

first_imgan overview of auburn's jordan-hare stadiumAUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers on September 15, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Scholarship offers have been flying in for four-star safety Chris Thompson Jr. this summer. With interest from across the country, Thompson has decided to end his recruitment and make his college decision.Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Thompson announced that he would be committing to Auburn. He visited the Tigers campus back in April before taking visits to Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC this summer.If you never leave, you never learn… Be comfortable with being uncomfortable ~ Lebron #COMMITTED247Sports rates Thompson as the No. 210 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 18 safety in the nation, and the No. 33 recruit from the state of Texas.A starter at Duncanville High School in Texas, Thompson earned District Defensive Sophomore of the Year honors in 2017. If you never leave, you never learn… Be comfortable with being uncomfortable ~ Lebron #COMMITTED 🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/ymEFnBS5u4— ChrisThompsonJr (@cdotcaash_) August 4, 2019Thompson’s addition is big for Auburn, who coming into the day had only one other defensive back in the Class of 2020. His choice also came as a surprise to 247Sports, whose Crystal Ball Predictions unanimously had him picking Texas.Recruiting analysts have called the decision a “shocking” one.BREAKING: #Rivals250 DB Chris Thompson Jr. has pulled off a shocker and commits to #Auburn #WDE over #Texas. Analyzing the ebbs and flows of Thompson’s decision and the game-changing safety that Auburn added to the back end of its defense➡️ https://t.co/8Xf35N3EI8 pic.twitter.com/UKaa4ibrQP— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 4, 2019Auburn now has the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation for 2020, and the No. 6 class in the SEC.The Tigers are coming off their sixth straight winning season under Gus Malzahn. They went 7-5 in the regular season before torching Purdue 63-14 in the Music City Bowl.last_img read more


Eden Hazard can leave Chelsea if he wants, says Maurizio Sarri

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 15:38 IST Eden Hazard has 10 goals and 10 assists in the league this season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said Eden Hazard is free to leave the club if he wants toHazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent monthsChelsea are looking to renew his contract, which expires next seasonChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said Eden Hazard is free to leave the club if he wants to but the Italian hopes the forward stays at Stamford Bridge.Hazard has been linked with a move to Spanish side Real Madrid in recent months and the Belgium international had said in October last year that it was his dream to play for the reigning European champions.Chelsea are looking to renew his contract, which expires next season, and the west London side risk losing him for free in the close season in 2020 if he does not extend his current deal.”Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” Sarri told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Bournemouth.”Of course, I hope the opposite, I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”Hazard has 10 goals and 10 assists in the league this season, often playing up front in a ‘false nine’ role to lead the attack but Sarri might play him on the wing again after the arrival of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.”It’s my job to improve him and put him in a position to do his best,” Sarri added.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Eden HazardFollow Maurizio SarriFollow Chelsea Eden Hazard can leave Chelsea if he wants, says Maurizio SarriEden Hazard has been linked with a move to Spanish side Real Madrid in recent months and the Belgium international had said in October last year that it was his dream to play for the reigning European champions.advertisement Nextlast_img read more


World Cup 2019: Match against South Africa will be challenging, admits Liton Das

first_img Asian News International DubaiJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 16:25 IST Playing against South Africa will be difficult but the team can win if they play to the best of their abilities, says Bangladesh’s wicket keeper Liton Das (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSBnagladesh had finished as semi-finalists of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017The team is captained under Mashrafe MortazaBangladesh will be facing South Africa at the Oval on June 2Wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das admitted that Bangladesh’s opening ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against South Africa would be a tough challenge but stressed that his team can win if they play to best of their abilities.Bangladesh have improved in multi-nation tournaments. The team had qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2015 edition and finished as semi-finalists of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Bangladesh, captained by Mashrafe Mortaza, will meet South Africa at The Oval on June 2.”Nothing will be easy. South Africa has a bowling attack and the batsmen. They are used to these conditions and it will be challenging for us but it’s not like we won’t be able to do it. If we play well on that day, then we will win,” ICC quoted Liton, as saying.Liton further said Bangladesh will start their World Cup campaign with a mentality to win.”It’s not about this being the first match. Even if it was the last match, we would be thinking of winning because that is what we came here for. So we will play with the mentality to win,” he said.Bangladesh were handed a 95-run defeat at the hands of India in their second warm-up match after their first practice game against Pakistan was washed out. Liton impressed with his 90-ball 73, which included 10 boundaries, against India. The right-hander stressed that he is preparing to bat in the middle if the team requires.”So far I have been opening the innings. Now I will have to grow this mentality (to play down the order) in the practice session so that I am prepared to bat anywhere.”advertisement”It is not that only three cricketers are looking for a spot, all the 15 members are looking to get in. But you cannot play more than 11 cricketers, so naturally a few will be warming the bench. All I can say is that I will wait for my opportunity and try to utilise it to the best of my ability when it comes my way,” he concluded.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says WaqarAlso Read | World Cup 2019 Match 3, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: When and Where to watch live streamingAlso 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Bangladesh vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019Follow Liton Das World Cup 2019: Match against South Africa will be challenging, admits Liton DasBangladesh is rising up the ladder as the team is getting ready to face South Africa in their World Cup opening match. 24 year-old Liton Das said that the team will start their match with a mentality to win.advertisementlast_img read more


The week in social media| Chatter

first_img Shougat Dasgupta June 21, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 23:51 IST Image for representationShameThe first day of the first session of Parliament saw the swearing-in of MPs, but Rahul Gandhi only showed up at four in the afternoon. Perhaps he wanted to avoid the love-in for the prime minister, the chants of Modi, Modi’ resounding through the hall. Predictably, Pragya Thakur’s induction met with protests. She took her oath in Sanskrit and appended to her name both the title of Sadhvi’ and the name of her guru, causing considerable confusion and prompting a reminder that she could swear only upon God or the Constitution. It took three attempts to quieten the protests. The hashtag #Ashamed trended on Indian Twitter, with many users claiming that seeing Sadhvi Pragya take her seat in Parliament made them feel ashamed. This, in turn, caused a lot of pious harrumphing from BJP supporters. Feeling shame and anger at the sight of a woman still fighting terror charges in court becoming a parliamentarian, they argued, amounted to disrespecting democracy and the choice of the people. It’s specious nonsense. As citizens in a democracy, we must respect the right of all voters to have a choice. But why should anyone respect the choice itself? Lots of awful, even villainous, people have won elections. And even if not awful or villainous, one can profoundly disagree with the election of an MP on ideological grounds or otherwise. These dissenters are not advocating overthrowing the government; they know they will have to tolerate the parliamentary presence of those whom they find unpalatable. But, surely, they can voice their resentment and disgust. That’s democracy to borrow the phrase right-wingers trot out so smugly whenever anyone expresses despair over the election result.advertisement Who Let the Cats OutPakistan’s cricketers embarrassed themselves before an audience of millions against their arch-rivals. Perhaps in a sympathetic attempt to take the public glare off Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co., Shaukat Yousafzai, information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, also embarrassed himself in comic fashion on a public platform, inspiring laughter and mockery. Someone on Yousafzai’s social media team managed to turn on a cat filter while recording a video so that the honourable minister and his colleagues conducted their serious press conference while sporting pink ears and sweetly cartoonish whiskers. To be fair to Yousafzai, he took it well. I wasn’t the only one, he said, pointing to the two officials sitting beside him. It shouldn’t be taken so seriously, he added through gritted teeth. No doubt there’s a social media coordinator in Peshawar looking for work. 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Next The week in social media| ChatterTake a look at the social media highlights of the week.advertisementlast_img read more


World Cup 2019: Thrilling win over Afghanistan gave us confidence, says Imad Wasim

first_img India Today Web Desk LeedsJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 23:46 IST Pakistan defeated Afghanistan in a thriller in Leeds on Saturday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSImad Wasim smashed 49 as Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by 3 wicketsGulbadin Naib gave 18 runs from the 46th over to put Pakistan back in the gamePakistan moved to 4th on the points table after Afghanistan winPakistan went past England to get to the fourth spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points table after trumping Afghanistan by three wickets in a last-over thriller at Headingley on Saturday.Pakistan have 9 points from 8 matches and if India manages to defeat England in their high-voltage clash on Sunday, the chances for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to qualify for the semi-finals will receive a huge boost.Delighted with the turnaround that has seen Pakistan jump from the 9th spot to the top-four in a span of 3 matches, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed thanked Pakistani fans for their unconditional support throughout the match.”Thanks to almighty. Thanks to all the supporters, they have been cheering us from ball one and I think this is a great win for us,” Sarfaraz said after the win.When asked about the India-England match, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan is not thinking about the game and he hopes that the better team comes out victorious.”Obviously we all are watching (India v England game) but we are not thinking about it and hopefully the better team wins.”Sarfaraz Ahmed was full of praise of Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam for their continuous good run with the ball and bat. Sarfaraz also lauded Imad Wasim for his heroic performance under immense pressure.Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a much -needed win. The left-handed all-rounder held his nerves even as he was losing partners in their chase of 228 runs. Imad stitched an unbeaten 24-run stand with Wahab Riaz as Pakistan sealed the thriller.advertisement”It was not an easy pitch to bat on but, credit should go to Imad for the way he batted till the end. We all know he (Shaheen Afridi) is a good bowler and he is improving day by day and I think he is working hard and he bowled really well today,” added Sarfaraz in the post-match ceremony.Meanwhile, losing captain Gulbadin Naib credited Pakistan for playing well under pressure.”We fought really well, the boys gave their 100%. We missed opportunities to win. Credit to Pakistan, they controlled their nerves. Imad played really well,” Naib said.Also 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 World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Thrilling win over Afghanistan gave us confidence, says Imad WasimWorld Cup 2019: Imad Wasim remained unbeaten on 49 to help Pakistan defeat Afghanistan by 3 wickets with 2 balls to spare in Leeds thriller. advertisement scorecard view more view less No data available! graphs commentary Nextlast_img read more


India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier Live Streaming: When, where and how to watch

first_img Next India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier Live Streaming: When, where and how to watch2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, India vs Qatar Live Streaming: After succumbing to Oman in their opening match of the World Cup qualifier, India now face an uphill task when they take on Asian champion Qatar. Ranked 62nd in the world, Qatar have been the dominant side against 103-ranked India, having won three out of four official matches in their encounter thus far. One match ended in a draw.advertisement India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 13:07 IST 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, India vs Qatar Live Streaming (Twitter/@IndianFootball)A heart-breaking loss in the campaign-opener has dented their chances of moving ahead and the Indian football team faces another uphill task when it takes on Asian champion Qatar in its most difficult match of the World Cup second round qualifiers here on Tuesday.India let in two goals in the last eight minutes after taking an early lead to lose their opening match against Oman on September 5 in Guwahati.Ranked 62nd in the world, Qatar will start Tuesday’s Group E match against 103-ranked India as overwhelming favourites. They will look to claim their second consecutive win after crushing Afghanistan 6-0 in their opening match on September 5 here.The World Cup hosts have improved by leaps and bounds in the last few years. They won the Asian Cup in the UAE earlier this year and they gave good competition to the top South American sides in the recent Copa America where they took part on invitation.India have also shown improvement in recent times as was seen during the Asian Cup in January where they gave scares to the likes of the UAE and Bahrain and missed qualifying for the knock-out round by a whisker.Historically, Qatar have been the dominant side, having won three out of four official matches played against India. One match ended in a draw.The last time the two sides played an official match was in September 2007 in the World Cup qualifiers where Qatar had thrashed India 6-0.India defeated Qatar 2-1 in Doha in 2011 in a friendly but that match was not considered an official game as India made more substitutions than the rules allowed.advertisementIn the match against Oman in Guwahati on September 5, India clearly dominated the first half with a 1-0 lead only to concede goals in the 82nd and 90th minute to suffer a heartbreaking loss.Captain Sunil Chhetri, who scored the lone Indian goal against Oman in the 24th minute, conceded that Tuesday’s match will be the most difficult of the campaign.Where and when is India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier match being played?India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier match will be played on September 10 at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha.What time does India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier begin?India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier will begin at 10:00 PM IST.Where to watch India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier live in India (TV channels)?India vs Qatar live telecast will be available on Star Sports Network.How and where to watch online India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier live streaming?The India vs Qatar World Cup Qualifier live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website.What are the squads of the two teams?SquadsQatar: Saad Sheeb, Meshal Barsham, Mohammed Al-Bakri, Pedro, Salem Al-Hajri, Tareq Salman, Abdulkarim Hassan, Boualem Khoukhi, Hassan Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Abdulaziz Al-Ansari, Hashim Ali, Bassam Al-Rawl, Assim Madibo, Almoez Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Ali Afif, Musaab Keder, Ahmed Fathy, Yousef Abdelrazzaq, Al Mahdi Ali, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Abdulaziz Hatim, Abdullah Abdul Salam.India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith, Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai, Nikhil Poojari, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.Also Read | 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Amarjit hopeful of India’s chances against Asian champions QatarAlso Read | Difficult to swallow: Sunil Chhetri after FIFA World Cup Qualifier loss to OmanAlso 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 India vs QatarFollow Indian football teamlast_img read more


The Champagne Connoisseur: David Speer

first_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Editors’ Recommendations What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine In a city filled with myriad craft breweries, it’s sometimes hard to find a man that loves wine more than beer. But fear not, dear reader, they do exist. Enter David Speer, owner of Ambonnay, a sparkling-wine bar named after a picturesque Grand Cru village in Champagne. An 11-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, Speer only became a bubbly connoisseur a decade ago. Since late 2011, he has operated his Portland, Oregon, Mecca to bubbles—the only bar of its kind in the United States—with the intent on making Champagne accessible to everyone. With this egalitarian attitude and a revolving list of small producers, he’s succeeded. The Manual recently sat down with Speer for a Q & A.Why did you open a Champagne and sparkling wine bar in Portland of all places?Portland, unfortunately, isn’t known for its wine and it should be. We have a great wine culture here and the consumers here are open to lots of interesting and esoteric wines, especially if they are a good value. I opened this Champagne bar because I love Champagne and we have a lot of really good importers here with some of the best selections of Champagne in America.How do you select the wines for your list since you rotate your stock a lot?One, I work with small producers and worldwide demand for a lot of their wines is high so we only get so much. Beyond those logistics, I want to keep the list fresh. Being a small place focused on only one thing, it can get stagnate. I don’t have a strict set of rules on where it has to be from, I just really want top quality wines, whether it be a grand marc or from a smaller negotiant or cooperative. I just want it to be a great wine with a price that is appropriate.Not everything is Champagne, however. I have some great Austrian and Italian sparklers and French sparklers that are not from Champagne.Do you think the average drinker in Portland is hesitant to try wine because they are intimidated by it or because they are beer drinkers? What have you done to get them to try wine?There are a lot of people who are really into wine and part of that is because of the Willamette Valley [an hour’s drive away]. When I was in New York a few months ago, there were places with great lists and I thought Portland pretty much stood shoulder to shoulder with them. Here, a lot of it is getting people to try Champagne for the first time. A lot of people have had Cooks or another low-grade sparkler and they’ve developed headaches and they say, “that’s Champagne and I hate it. It’s too sweet.” Part of it is getting the Champagne in their mouths. A lot of guests don’t know a lot about Champagne. They know they like it but they don’t know much more about it. Part of it is making it accessible and not being snooty. A lot of places are snooty restaurants or clubs that are trying to be exclusive.  I have tried to make it accessible, not just price wise, but by allowing them to have fun and not being snobby.You were recently named one of the top-10 sommeliers in the country by Food & Wine magazine. How did that come about?Back in the October 2012 issue, they included Ambonnay as one of the 25 coolest places in America to drink wine. They were putting together a selection of top sommeliers in 2013. I think their focus was on sommeliers who were pushing boundaries and doing new and interesting things and I guess Ambonnay was on their radar. It was a pretty amazing list of people.last_img read more