first_imgAs India’s search for a reliable No. 4 in batting order gets real tricky before the start of the World Cup, former skipper Gautam Gambhir feels a lot of crucial time has already been lost.”If you want a settled batting order in the World Cup, then the No. 4 has to be decided beforehand and he should be backed completely,” Gambhir opined as the Indian players get ready for an action-packed season of Indian Premier League, followed by the World Cup in England immediately after.The Indian team management has tried and tested many players at No. 4 in recent times but failed to lock the crucial batting slot.Gambhir feels that skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri should have backed Ambati Rayudu instead of dropping him after three consecutive failures against Australia in the recent ODI series at home. Rayudu scored 13, 18 and 2 in the first three ODIs against Australia at Hyderabad, Nagpur and Ranchi, respectively.”You have backed others too. You backed MS Dhoni too last year and even Shikhar Dhawan. Ambati Rayudu averages nearly 50 in ODIs, he hasn’t done anything wrong. Failures are part and parcel of the game. You didn’t drop any other player after two or three failures,” said the former India opener.The left-hander who scored a World Cup-winning 97 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in the final of the 2011 edition believes tinkering too much with the batting positions of players can unsettle the team in the quadrennial tournament.”No. 4 should have been a settled position by now. Virat Kohli played the 2011 World Cup at No. 4. Whoever the team management decides to back should be backed to the hilt and they should stay patient with him. It is a very important slot and you can’t have a floater at No 4 because the No. 3 and No. 4 makes the core of your middle order,” Gambhir said.advertisementAlso Read | Nothing wrong with forfeiting World Cup match against Pakistan: Gautam GambhirAlso Read | Virat Kohli defends experimentation after India lose 1st ODI series since 2015 at homeAlso Read | India vs Australia series review: India have Plan A in place but what about Plan B?last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s number one singles player, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, beat Jay Clarke in straight sets to make the main draw of the Miami Open, his second straight Masters appearance.Prajnesh defeated Great Britain’s Clarke 6-4 6-4 in the second qualifying round of the ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Miami to progress to the main draw.Having reached a career-high rank of 84 earlier this week, the India number one began on a strong note, breaking Clarke in the first game of the match. He saved two break points in the other games on his way to sealing the first set.The starting of the second game was no different as the 29-year-old Indian again broke his 20-year-old opponent in the first game. Clarke managed to save two break points but could not prevent Prajnesh from sealing the set and match in his favour.This is Prajnesh’s second straight Masters main draw appearance, coming a week after reaching the third round at Indian Wells.The Indian will meet Jaume Munar of Spain in the first round main draw Friday.Also Read | Rain again spoils Miami Open party, wiping out playlast_img read more

first_imgNot smart, Joe Randle (USATSI)Not smart, Joe Randle (USATSI)Joe Randle was arrested on Monday for shoplifting a bottle of cologne and some underwear at a Dillard’s near Dallas.I know. I can’t believe I just typed that either.Frisco Lt. Jason Jenkins said Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was arrested for stealing underwear and cologne from Dillard’s.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 14, 2014Randle will make $555,000 this season with the Cowboys.And the story just got better…”Guilty” cologne!Per WFAA, Police say Randle attempted to steal a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne, worth $84, and Polo underwear worth $39.40.— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 14, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgI now know.“Blake Jarwin,” said Gundy on Media Day. “You guys obviously knew about him, but he has shown up and made some plays.”Jarwin is joined by Jeremy Seaton, Zac Veatch and others big bodies who will be x-factors on offense, if not for OSU’s season as a whole.“(Cowboy Backs will) do multifaceted things. That’s the vision that Coach Gundy had,” coach Jason McEndoo told the Oklahoman. “He wanted a multifaceted guy that could line up in an in-line position or wing position then split up, play wide receiver and line up in the backfield as a fullback.”Sounds a lot like what Ian Boyd said in this piece from last fall on the rise of the fullback.There are a large number of ways in which a “mega-back” or other blocking specialist playing fullback or H-back can serve an offense and set-up the smaller athletes to wreck shop.“I tell you what, if you’re a tight end or a fullback out there, then you want to play in this offense,” added McEndoo recently. “We’re on the field 90 percent of time. The guys have got a lot of things they’re doing and a lot of versatility, and they’re relishing that role.“I think they’re doing a great job with that. They’ve embraced the role themselves, and they’ve embraced the versatility, which is great. Five out of the seven are Oklahoma kids, so that’s very important to them. It’s a real hard-working group. It’s easy to coach guys who want to be coached. They show up every day to go to work, and they’re very coachable. We’re having a great time.”Blake Jarwin, Jeremy Seaton and Co. won’t get any headlines and won’t post the stats James Washington and Rennie Childs will. But they’ll be important to the versatility of the offense which is something that becomes incredibly important as the season wears on.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The attitude I’ve taken towards seeing a tight end or fullback on the field on the offensive side of the ball for Oklahoma State has been an evolution.It has gone from “why are we only playing 10 guys, where is the 11th?! Oh wait…is that a…” to “I think I can get used to this, Legoman” to “Cowboy Backs is a sweet name  are these dudes going to win is a Big 12 title.”And if last season was a baptism, and  this year will be a discipleship.“We’ll continue to take one a year for that Cowboy back,” Mike Gundy told the Oklahoman. “The 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, 260-pound, 265-pound guy. … It’s a really good opportunity for them if they desire to play in the NFL if they can play on the line and in the backfield.”They allow OSU to bridge the gap between being a true air raid team and being the power-I squad I think Gundy secretly wishes he ran.Recruits have taken notice.The first time I took notice was last year against Texas Tech when Blake Jarwin caught this TD pass. Blake Jarwin? Who is that?last_img read more

first_imgnews Topics Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Twitter Read more Joy of Six Nations overshadows Spain’s pain and fears for the game Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Romania have said they will appeal against the decision, which comes following a remarkable sequence of events in which the father of the England internationals Billy and Mako Vunipola has been embroiled and kills off Spain’s hopes of a reprieve after their controversial defeat by Belgium in March – an independent committee review ruled the result will stand.World Rugby announced last month that it felt the match between Spain and Belgium, refereed by a Romanian official and which Belgium surprisingly won to allow Romania to qualify for the World Cup, should be replayed. But in light of a number of complaints about ineligible players, World Rugby called for an emergency inquiry, which found that the result could not be overturned or annulled, because doing so “would undermine the respect to which decisions of referees are entitled, absent corruption or bad faith”.Russia had initially finished in third place in the qualification table, behind Romania and Spain, but advance in top spot while Germany, who were sitting in fifth and final place, move up to second and will face a playoff against Portugal – the winner of which will play Samoa. Russia last competed at the World Cup in 2011 but will now contest the opening match of the 2019 tournament against the hosts Japan.Georgia topped the Rugby Europe Championship but they had already qualified for the World Cup next year by finishing third in their pool in 2015. As a result, matches against them in the Rugby Europe Championship did not count towards qualification and while some of the games in which ineligible players were fielded were against Georgia, the review committee found enough examples of foul play elsewhere to dock sufficient points for Russia and Germany to advance.In Romania’s case, the review found that Sione Faka’osilea played in eight matches – including six that counted towards qualification for the World Cup – despite having represented Tonga. Romania’s defence included an email from Fe’ao Vunipola, the acting chairman of the Tonga federation, which stated the player in question was eligible to play for Romania. The committee accepted that both parties had acted in good faith but chose to dock Romania 30 points – five for each match played in qualifying.For Spain, the committee found that two players were ineligible having appeared for the France Under-20 side. In total the two players played in nine matches – eight in qualifying – meaning Spain were docked 40 points.The case of Belgium meanwhile, who initially finished fourth in qualifying, was more straightforward. The committee found that five players, who between them had played in six matches that counted towards qualification, were ineligible because neither they, nor their parents or grandparents had been born in Belgium.“While the independent disputes committee has determined that mistakes were not made in bad faith by Rugby Europe and some participating unions, World Rugby is extremely disappointed with the unfortunate and avoidable events,” a World Rugby statement said.Complaints that Russia and Germany had fielded ineligible players were also brought before the committee review but proved to be unfounded. Spain and Belgium have 14 days to appeal. Share via Email Russia will appear at the World Cup next year after Romania, Spain and Belgium were all sanctioned for fielding ineligible players in the Rugby Europe Championship, which acts as the qualification tournament.center_img Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. 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first_imgReal Madrid Zidane: Madrid ready for ‘most special game of the season’ against Liverpool Sacha Pisani 10:53 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga 2018 Manuel Queimadelos Alonso Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Villarreal v Real Madrid Villarreal Primera División Gareth Bale Los Blancos squandered a two-goal lead at Villarreal but their manager believes his team are in good shape ahead of the Champions League final Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said the two-time reigning Champions League holders are ready for their European showdown with Liverpool despite Saturday’s draw at Villarreal, while he praised Gareth Bale following his goal-scoring performance.Madrid closed out their La Liga season with a 2-2 draw against hosts Villarreal on matchday 38 – Zidane’s men squandering a two-goal lead.Goals from Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid in control as they tried to pip city rivals Atletico Madrid to second position in the Spanish top flight. 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 But the visitors were pegged back after substitute Samu Castillejo rounded debutant and Zidane’s son Luca with five minutes remaining as Villarreal salvaged a point.Zidane, though, was relatively upbeat post-match as he looked ahead to the Kiev showpiece on May 26.”I haven’t got my starting XI for the Champions League final in my head,” Zidane told reporters. “We’re ready. Also we haven’t picked up any injuries tonight, which was important.”We’re ready for this last match and Kiev final, which is the most special game of the season.”Zidane added: “La Liga is now over. We have the Champions League to play and we’re thrilled to be in the final. It shouldn’t be a case of choosing. We want to win everything we can, but this year it wasn’t possible to win La Liga and we are going all out for Champions League glory.”I’m not happy with our La Liga campaign. It has been a difficult season, especially at the beginning. We were able to make things better. We know that is the case and that’s that.”We did other good things this year: the trophies we won at the start of the season, the Club World Cup and now we have the final still to come.”Bale VillarrealBale continued his lethal form in front of goal on Saturday – the often out-of-favour Wales forward scoring in his fourth successive league match.Linked with a move away at the end of the season, Bale made it five goals in four games and Zidane said: “At no point has [Gareth] Bale thrown the towel in. He’s training well and the only thing that’s changed is that he’s now scoring goals, as he has done in the last few games.”I’m pleased with his performance and what he brings to the team. Nothing has change. The only difference is that he’s been scoring of late.”last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool ready to offer Pep Lijnders the chance to return to Klopp’s coaching staff Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:15 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pepijn Lijnders NEC 2017-18 Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Dutchman was in Kiev to see the Reds beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League final – and is set to be offered a role Liverpool are ready to offer Pep Lijnders the chance to return to the club as part of Jurgen Klopp’s coaching team.The Dutchman left Anfield in January to take up a role as head coach of NEC Nijmegen in his home country.But he was sacked earlier this month having failed to earn promotion to the Eredivisie, and the highly-rated 35-year-old is now set to be given the opportunity to make a swift return to the Reds. 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 Lijnders was in Kiev to watch Liverpool’s Champions League final with Real Madrid on Saturday, and was seen in conversation with a number of club officials and staff members. He is understood to be keen on a return.Zeljko Buvac, meanwhile, is unlikely to return to the club. Klopp’s long-term assistant missed the last four games of the season due to “personal reasons” but it appears his 16-year coaching partnership with the German is over, for now at least. Liverpool are already planning for life without him.Changes are also expected in the club’s medical department, where head physio Andy Renshaw was sacked back in October. Further down, Liverpool are seeking a new Under-18s coach to replace Steven Gerrard, who has been appointed manager of Rangers . Gerrard will take several Academy staff members to Ibrox with him, including the highly thought of Michael Beale.Lijnders’ return would certainly be welcomed by Liverpool’s players and by Klopp, who is a big fan. Upon his departure in January, the Reds boss spoke of being “gutted” at losing “a valuable member…and a brilliant person”.“He has such a big football brain,” Klopp said. “But it’s his willingness to learn and absorb information and always look to improve and be better as a coach that makes him stand out.“Of course, one of his biggest legacies at LFC will be the development and integration into the first-team squad of so many young and exciting players. The role he played in making us aware of these players and then helping us get the best out of them will have a lasting impact here.”HD Jurgen Klopp HD Pepijn Lijnders LiverpoolLiverpool will seek to have their new backroom team in place early, with their non-World Cup players expected back at Melwood in the first week of July. The club have a three-game tour of the United States later that month, where they will play against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup. A further friendly, against Napoli in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, is also confirmed.Meanwhile, Liverpool expect a definitive update on the injury suffered by Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final during the next 24 hours. Salah was forced off after just half an hour against Real Madrid after falling awkwardly on his shoulder in a challenge with Sergio Ramos, but said on social media on Sunday that he hoped to be fit for the World Cup with Egypt.A full diagnosis of the injury is yet to be confirmed, but there is hope that the problem is not as serious as it might have been . Egypt’s World Cup campaign gets underway against Uruguay on June 15, but Salah is unlikely to be fit for that. Their second group game, against Russia on June 19, is a more realistic target. Their final match is against Saudi Arabia on June 25. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup If Messi was Brazilian he’d have won the World Cup already – Roberto Carlos Chris Burton 16:26 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) HD Lionel Messi Argentina EITAN ABRAMOVICH World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina Brazil The Barcelona forward will be going in search of global glory again with Argentina this summer, with a Real Madrid icon among the interested observers Lionel Messi will be hoping to end his international woes with Argentina this summer, with Roberto Carlos rubbing salt into the wounds of a Barcelona icon by pointing out that if he was Brazilian “he would be a world champion” by now.A man who has collected a remarkable haul of club honours at Camp Nou, along with five Ballons d’Or, is still waiting on a first senior success with his country.Final heartache has been endured at the World Cup and Copa America, with an inability to get over the line leading the 30-year-old to briefly slip into international retirement at one stage as he struggled to cope with crushed dreams and unfair criticism. 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 Messi is, however, back in the mix at Russia 2018 and will be desperate to get his hands on the top prize and enhance his standing as an all-time great. It remains to be seen whether his presence can inspire Argentina to global glory, with a Real Madrid legend of the opinion that the 30-year-old would have already completed his medal collection had he been born across the border in a different South American nation.Roberto Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, told TyC Sports: “If Messi were Brazilian, he would be a world champion.”Brazil have not managed to claim the global crown during Messi’s international career to date, with his bow made in 2005.The Selecao reached the quarter-finals at the 2006 and 2010 events, before finishing fourth on home soil in 2014.They are among the favourites to go all the way in Russia, with Tite boasting a star-studded squad which includes the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus and Douglas Costa.Brazil will be looking to their star turns to guide them towards a sixth World Cup crown, with Neymar in particular considered to be their talisman.Neymar Brazil Austria friendly 2018Roberto Carlos would appear to agree with that, with the Paris Saint-Germain forward part of an elite collection of talent that the legendary full-back would have liked the opportunity to play alongside.Messi also makes that list, while it is no surprise to find that a former Madrid stalwart considers an iconic figure currently turning out at the Santiago Bernabeu to be the finest player on the planet.Quizzed on who he would have welcomed the opportunity to work with, Carlos said: “With Neymar, with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.“Cristiano is the best for me.”Ronaldo is also in Russia this summer, with the 33-year-old looking to provide the spark for Euro 2016 winners Portugal on a World Cup stage.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) and State of Origin (SOO) series is a big deal for the players and coaching staff but it is also an important event for the men and women who control the game – the referees.Love them or loathe them, the referees are an integral part of the running of events such as NYC and SOO.Without referees there wouldn’t be these type of tournaments.For the 60-odd referees who will be blowing the whistle during the NYC and SOO, it is an important event for them as much it is the players.Making the right call could be the difference between a championship win and a loss.Helping the referees throughout the week will be some of Australia’s best men and women to ever don the white-diamond shirt.New South Wales and Australian number one referee David Baggio is one of the referee mentors who will be lending his experiences to the NYC referees, which began this morning.“Helping some of the refs, mentoring them, passing on my knowledge and what I know on to them so we can get their skills up and assist them and make them better refs,” Baggio said.“There will be at least 50 or 60 refs so there are a few games for them to do.“They will get a lot of experience out of it especially this being a develop tournament as well, so there are a lot of up and coming referees and new referees, first timers at a national event, which is good to see.“I think every state is represented and that is excellent to get them from all over Australia here.”Baggio will be stepping out on to the field to referee when the SOO begins on Friday.He said he enjoys being a referee.“I got involved because I knew I wasn’t going further as a player. I had to make a decision if I wanted to play or referee and see how far I wanted to go,” Baggio said.For more information on the NYC and SOO events, check out their websites.NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comSOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auRelated LinksBlowing the whistlelast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Leicester defender Maguire: Atmosphere can help us beat Man Cityby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Harry Maguire believes that his side must take advantage of being at home in the Carabao Cup.They are facing off against Manchester City in the quarter finals of the competition, with the game in Leicester on Tuesday.While they have lost the last two league games, Maguire is still confident Leicester can turn up for a one off cup game.”Whenever you lose a game you are always looking for the next one and thankfully it is only in a couple of days,” he said to Leicestershire Live.”We’ll prepare for Tuesday, another big game in the quarter final of the cup.”Hopefully it will be packed out at the King Power Stadium and the atmosphere is buzzing. Hopefully we can put on a performance and produce a result that warrants it.” last_img read more

first_imgTottenham will activate Alderweireld clause confirms Pochettinoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur will activate Toby Alderweireld’s one-year extension clause in his current contract.Alderweireld was set to become a free agent at the end of the season. The decision also means Spurs have activated a clause that states the Belgian international can leave for £25m this summer.Teams must lodge their bid 14 or more days before the end of the summer 2019 transfer window in order to buy Alderweireld at that price, should he not agree to a new contract beforehand.Pochettino said of triggering the 29-year-old’s clause: “Yes, for sure. It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen).”The Belgian was a target for Manchester United in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Sorloth on his way to AA Gentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth is on his way to AA Gent.Sorloth, reports VG, will join Gent on-loan – which will extend into next season.Jess Thorup, the Gent coach, is driving the deal having worked with the Norway striker at FC Midtjylland.He is leaving just as Palace wrap up a loan deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sorloth has managed just one goal for Palace. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgJahlil Okafor drives the ball against North Carolina defenders.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devil drives between defenders Brice Johnson #11, Marcus Paige #5 and Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Duke stars Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow seem like locks to be lottery picks on June 25, when the 2015 NBA Draft rolls around. Point guard Tyus Jones has a great shot at being a first round pick. Senior guard Quinn Cook? He was vital to Duke’s success this season, but his NBA potential is a little less clear. Well, at least to those who didn’t play with him on the 2015 national championship team.Basketball Insiders‘ Alex Kennedy wrote a great piece on Cook’s NBA prospects, and spoke to Okafor, who had nothing but praise for his former teammate..@JahlilOkafor praised @QCook323 and said he’d love to play with Quinn again. Full article: http://t.co/1lRWwrBv01 pic.twitter.com/p4ZfERqzrL— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 17, 2015Cook is ranked as the No. 55 prospect in the draft by Draft Express, but the site’s mock draft doesn’t have him being selected. While the other three Blue Devils all look like safe bets to be drafted, we imagine Duke fans would like nothing more than to see Cook land with a team. If that team winds up being Okafor’s? They’d probably sell a bunch of gear in North Carolina.[Basketball Insiders]last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh at a press conference.Jim Harbaugh Michael Jordan StoryEarlier this month, Michigan announced that it would become the first Nike school to sport the Jordan brand logo on its uniforms, instead of the company’s traditional Swoosh. Apparently, Michael Jordan himself even called Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh to talk about the deal. It turns out Harbaugh initially didn’t believe he was talking to the former NBA superstar.Thursday, Harbaugh, during his press conference ahead of the team’s opener against Utah, made it clear that at first, he couldn’t believe it was actually Jordan on the other line. Check out his reaction:Michael Jordan called @CoachJim4UM. His reaction to learning it was the Greatest of All Time? That’s right here! http://t.co/VVSlwn0Oe5— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 27, 2015Michigan will remain with adidas until the 2016 season, but it’s clear that the Wolverines and their fans are pumped for a new era in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgDamon Webb with a pick six for Ohio State against Nebraska.Ohio State’s 62-3 rout of Nebraska got off to a good start thanks to a pick-6 from Damon Webb.The junior safety stepped in front of a Tommy Armstrong pass and took it back 36 yards for the touchdown to put OSU up 7-0 in the first two minutes.According to Webb’s mom, ESPN analyst and former Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit predicted (requested?) her son’s TD.When @KirkHerbstreit tells your husband before the game that @DameWebb need to get him a pick 6 tonight and he gets one. ??#HerbstreitEffect— Stephanie Webb (@ProfessorSWebb) November 6, 2016The OSU defense was dominant last night, holding Nebraska to only three points and 204 yards of total offense.last_img read more

first_imgNebraska's student section honors Sam Foltz.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: Students of the Nebraska Cornhuskers honor deceased player Sam Foltz with a banner before the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska produced an amazing tribute video for the late Sam Foltz on Senior Day.This past summer, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz was killed in a car crash that also claimed the life of former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. This season, a number of schools have found thoughtful ways to pay tribute to Foltz’s memory – often by giving the Cornhuskers signed jerseys in his honor. But Saturday, it was Nebraska’s turn to show its appreciation.Nebraska produced a tribute video in honor of Foltz ahead of what would have been his final game in a Cornhuskers uniform. Here’s his Senior Day video, which was played at the stadium:There’s one senior who couldn’t be here today, even though we know he’s watching out for us.#ForeverTwoSeven pic.twitter.com/gKvwpSwazH— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) November 19, 2016It’s certainly been an emotional season for Nebraska and its fans. The Cornhuskers will look to move to 9-2 with a win over Maryland on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgDevon Hunter in a graphic with a chain around his neck.Twitter/@devonhunter11Devon Hunter, a four-star safety out of Virginia, will announce his commitment on Christmas Eve.Some families like to open one Christmas gift on Christmas Eve, to kick off the holiday early. One of five college football programs will be getting a new safety on December 24, as Devon Hunter has chosen to make that his commitment date.I will be announcing my commitment on Christmas Eve ??‼️— Devon Hunter (@devonhunter11) November 23, 2016Hunter is choosing between Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, and his home state Virginia Tech Hokies.Final Five ?thanks to @Hayesfawcett3 for the edit ? pic.twitter.com/NDkqLZJmiy— Devon Hunter (@devonhunter11) October 31, 2016He cut down his list to that five back in October. He was also considering Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Tennessee earlier in his recruitment.247Sports’ composite rankings have Hunter at No. 43 overall in the nation. He’s the No. 4 safety in the class of 2017, and the No. 2 player in the state of Virginia. The 247Sports crystal ball prognosticators have Virginia Tech as a heavy favorite to win out for Hunter next month, but with programs like Alabama and Florida in the mix, it will be pretty competitive recruitment.last_img read more

first_imgProlific Netherlands forward Luuk de Jong has signed for Sevilla in a deal to take the PSV Eindhoven star to La Liga on a four-year deal, with the striker adding that he feels “in the best form” of his career.The 28-year-old, who had previous spells with Borussia Monchengladbach and Newcastle, has established himself as one of the leading lights of the Eredivisie since returning to the league in 2014.He brings to a close a half-decade spell with Mark van Bommel’s side, having won three league titles and finished last season as the division’s top scorer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare De Jong joins the Spanish club, who appointed former Spain and Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui as their new coach last month, as they look to continue to push for honours following a sixth-place finish in 2018-19.Speaking to their official website , the Dutchman expressed his delight at having the chance to push for silverware, adding that he considers himself to be at the peak of his powers.”I’m very happy to have this incredible opportunity,” he stated. “It’s a great step for me. I hope I can be important for the club and enjoy it here.”I’ve seen many matches in La Liga and I know of Sevilla’s European achievements which are incredible. For me, after five years at PSV, this is a big step. But this is a great club in an incredible competition, in an incredible league.”Looking back over my career, I think I am in the best form [I have ever been] right now. I’m dangerous in the opposition area, I’m good in the air and I hope to be able to show that here.”At PSV, I had a great season, I scored a lot of goals, and I played in the Champions League. I’m still growing but I feel strong. At 28, I think I’m in the best moment of my life.”De Jong represents a major incoming arrival for Sevilla, who have already parted ways with Quincy Promes and Luis Muriel this off-season, while PSV are meanwhile facing a fight to keep Hirving Lozano on the books following interest from Napoli.last_img read more