first_imgMan Utd target Pochettino: I’m focused solely on Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down speculation he could replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half-years at the club, with Pochettino listed as a heavy favourite to join the Red Devils.”I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham,” said Pochettino.”I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football.”I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.”A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.”We have ahead of us a very busy run of fixtures, tomorrow we play another derby.”It is so important for us – the quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone understand I am focused on tomorrow and doing my best job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgZico insists Barcelona ace Messi doesn’t need World Cup to be legendby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZico insists Barcelona ace Leo Messi doesn’t need to win the World Cup to be considered an all-time great.Despite his enormous success with Barcelona, the biggest prize in international football has eluded Messi so far, with Argentina only reaching the final in one of the four World Cups the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has appeared at.Zico told Omnisport: “Football is a collective sport and many times it doesn’t depend on you playing well. It depends if the team is playing well.”Sometimes you decide games, but you can’t decide a competition.”So, Messi’s merit is not undone because he hasn’t won a World Cup. “[Johan] Cruyff didn’t win any World Cup and was one of the great players of history and he will always be. And many others the same. “It is too much me, and not us. If you take a young man he doesn’t ask about your career, he asks: ‘Have you been the best in the world? Have you been the best of this, or that?’.”Everything is based on being the best. Football is a collective game, not and individual game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img​Tottenham wanted Chelsea signing Pulisic – Redknappby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says that his old club wanted to sign Christian Pulisic.Spurs have not completed an incoming transfer in the summer or in this window.And Redknapp believes they were priced out of a move for the American winger, who moved to Chelsea for £58 million.Pulisic will be back at Dortmund until the end of the season, where he has scored a goal and provided 2 assists in the league this term.Former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I’ve got a feeling, I don’t think they will.”I heard they were interested in the boy who went to Chelsea [Pulisic]. He was on their radar but was too expensive.”I think they will stick with what they’ve got.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Gundogan: We needed response after Norwichby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his side had to show a response after their poor result at the weekend.City were humbled by Norwich City in the Premier League, losing 3-2 away from home.But they showed their quality in the first game of the Champions League group stages, with an impressive 3-0 away win against Shakhtar Donetsk.Speaking about the win, in which he scored, Gundogan said to the club’s official website: “We played quite well I think. The first goal away helps you but we never relaxed, kept the ball well and created a lot of chances. the result is great for us at a tough ground.”We had at least a couple of clear chances. But the third goal killed the game and we were able to play down the last 15 minutes.”It was necessary to respond and respond well (to the Norwich defeat) All of us, not just individually. They created good chances but we were solid at the back.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa manager Smith wary of Norwichby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith is wary of Norwich City and the threat they pose to his side.As two of the teams that were promoted last season, Villa and Norwich know that every point is vital in the Premier League.And a game between the two sides could be seen as a six pointer in the relegation battle.Smith wants to ensure his team are prepared to handle the attacking threat of Norwich.”Anybody who can beat Manchester City in this league is a team to be reckoned with and they’ve done that already at Carrow Road,” Smith said to reporters.”We know they’ve got firepower within their team and they are tough to play against. We had two tough games against them last season and came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 [defeat] both times.”But they won’t have played against this Aston Villa and some of my players won’t have played against them before.”It’s a game we are looking forward to and I’m sure it’s a game both sides will be looking at to get three points.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aaron Cresswell convinced by West Ham potentialby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Cresswell is convinced West Ham United can achieve something special with the current team.The fullback has extended his deal with the Irons until 2023, which could take the No3 up to nine years in Claret and Blue. He said, “Going back to the last year we had at the Boleyn, we had a good squad. But look at this squad, the depth, the players and the signings we are making. “We’ve got two players for each position so if someone gets injured there is always someone to step up. Certainly, in the time I’ve been here, it’s been the best squad I’ve been involved in.“We want something special to happen. Come the end of the season, whether we have a good cup run or finish as high as possible in the league, that’s what we’re aiming to do. We want to take each game as it is and try to take maximum points and play good football at the same time. “This year we’ve shown some brilliant results and played some brilliant football. Long may that continue.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder McTominay reveals Williams advice: Like you’re in the park with mates!by Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott McTominay handed Brandon Williams some valuable advice before the teenager’s Manchester United debut.19-year-old Williams was excellent in the goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar last week.”I thought he did brilliantly,” McTominay told MUTV.”I said to him before the game to just be himself and told him he had nothing to worry about.”I told him to go and play the game like it was a Reserves match or he was playing in the park with his mates… you don’t want to think too much about it, you just need to go out, express yourself, show what you can do and that’s what he did.”A fellow United academy graduate, McTominay exactly what Williams must do from here.He added: “He just needs to concentrate on how he’s performing on the pitch and listen to Ole and the coaches and I’m sure they’ll be pleased with him.”Obviously, we didn’t create as many chances as we hoped [against Alkmaar] but we still got a point away from home and didn’t concede again so they’re positives we can take.”And, of course, Brandon was a big, big plus and I’m very pleased for him. To have a game like that this early in his career is great.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton strugglesby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he’s surprised by Everton’s early season struggles.The Blues currently find themselves in the relegation zone after eight matches of the campaign despite being handed what looked to be a relatively favourable early fixture list.Pellegrini said, “[Surprised by their position?] Maybe, yes. They have very good players and a team that is very strong every year.”I suppose I expected them to not be in that position in the table.”Because we won that game last season, it is in that moment we played in the way we wanted to. We want the same result again this time as well.”It is difficult to analyse their situation. Last season we beat them there when we were in a position that they are now.”Games are always different though, I am sure we will find an Everton with high pace and looking to get better results than their last games.” last_img read more

first_imgJames Conner escaping an Iowa player's tacklePITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tailback James Conner #24 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during a college football game at Heinz Field on September 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Hawkeyes defeated the Pitt Panthers 24-20. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)Pitt running back James Conner has inspired many during his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Panthers star was diagnosed in December, and has participated in off-season workouts and practices while undergoing chemotherapy.Conner, who missed almost all of last season with an MCL injury, is aiming to be back in action when Pitt opens up its 2016 season against Villanova on Sept. 3. This afternoon, Conner’s story will be detailed on The Ellen Show. The full show airs at 4:00 p.m. ET, but you can check out Conner’s segment on YouTube below. Conner is truly an amazing story and someone worth pulling for.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the blame for his side’s poor showing against Reading on Saturday.The Red Devils beat the Championship side 2-0 at Old Trafford but Reading were arguably the better side and had 60 per cent possession.The Royals also completed nearly 600 passes, compared to United’s 400 and had five more shots than the hosts. 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? However, speaking to BBC Sport after the game, the Norwegian blamed United’s lack of cohesion on the number of changes he made to the side.“There were nine changes,” said Solskjaer. “It’s never easy to get the rhythm and the tempo and the relations because they take a touch and then look at each other, they’re not used to playing with together. “Even though we train together it’s different when you’re out there at Old Trafford. So, that was down to me a bit and again I need to see them out there to see how they reaction when we concede a goal. We struggled today but we came through.Solskjaer handed the likes of Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Fred rare starts, while also giving attacker Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Luakaku their first starts for a number of weeks as they step up their recovery from respective injuries.Despite voicing his disappointment United’s performance, Solskjaer was at least pleased with the game’s outcome.”It was a tough game, but 2-0 and a clean sheet [is good],” the 45-year-old said in a separate interview with MUTV . “I made it tough for us because when you make nine changes it is never easy for a team that has never played together so delighted that we are in the next round. “We work together every single day, every single game and of course we know we need some fitness work and work on relations but today I put a team together that has never played together and we are through so that is good.”last_img read more

first_imgGreat players win games. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.In Lionel Messi, Barcelona have the greatest of all time, and his strike partner Luis Suarez is no slouch either.The duo both produced magic moments to help the team earn a 2-1 win at Jose Bordelas’s impressive Getafe on Sunday to take control of La Liga. 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? After Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, second and third respectively, tied in Andalusia earlier on, the win leaves Barcelona five points clear at the top. Ten points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid.With Cristiano Ronaldo gone, Luka Modric and Marcelo ageing, Gareth Bale injured and nobody else on form, Los Blancos had nobody on the pitch who could produce the same magic as Messi and Suarez.That’s why they’re fifth, languishing in the dust while Santiago Solari waves his hands helplessly on the touchline, falling to a 2-0 defeat by Real Sociedad.Quality told at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, in a match where Getafe exhibited their strengths during an intense start to the game.They might have had a penalty for a foul by Arturo Vidal on Angel Rodriguez, scored a brilliant goal which was disallowed for a foul on Clement Lenglet, and generally had Barcelona under the cosh in the opening stages.With the second tightest defence in La Liga, Getafe were gearing up to give the champions an extremely tricky evening in the chilly Spanish capital.However Bordelas’s well-drilled troops don’t have to face players of Messi’s calibre every week.Lionel Messi Barcelona GetafeThe Argentine undid the defence with a quick burst which saw him beat two defenders and the goalkeeper to a ball dropping from the sky, maintaining his balance and composure to knock it through the legs of onrushing stopper David Soria before touching it home from a tight angle. It was a mixture of speed, skill and opportunism and few other players in the world would be able to manage such a goal.The same goes for the second, scored by Suarez. Getafe were ceding few clear chances to Barcelona, so the Uruguayan decided to try something different. Suarez sent a screaming volley into the top corner from outside the area, a brutal goal that left Getafe facing a scoreline they didn’t deserve.The hosts pulled one back before the interval, with Jaime Mata tapping home a few moments after his team struck the post, with their punchy attacks making Barcelona extremely uncomfortable.On another day they might have equalised, with Mata somehow blazing over after rounding Marc-Andre ter Stegen, an open goal beckoning.But Barcelona’s world-class stars were enough to carry the day for the reigning champions and see them tighten their grip on the title.What Madrid were lacking was this same quality, from top to almost bottom – goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois emerged unscathed – but the rest need to improve.Luka Modric Real Madrid SociedadPerhaps the exception to Madrid’s struggles against Sociedad was Vinicius Junior, whose running and skill up front was the only bright spot for supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, relying on an unpredictable 18-year-old is not a viable strategy.Speaking of which, there weren’t that many. Swathes of empty seats were visible, fans turned off by recent performances and the dark cloud over the club this season.“We will try to get them back again,” said Solari when asked about the supporters. The ones who did turn up weren’t happy, whistling the players and in some patches chanting for president Florentino Perez to resign.This is what crisis looks like for Madrid, but it is not a dramatic one, because, really, it wasn’t that hard to see coming.Last season they finished a mile behind Barcelona in La Liga and that was when they still had Ronaldo.Even if the Portuguese was never quite the equal of his Argentine counterpart, he was close enough to be spoken of in the same breath, to win the Ballon d’Or the same number of times.Brahim Diaz has arrived, with Madrid announcing his signing in the aftermath of the defeat, but the former Manchester City playmaker has only potential, not the power to instantly transform the club’s title bid, which can now be considered over.last_img read more

first_imgEngland Women’s team manager Phil Neville has not backed away from his criticism of the behaviour of Cameroon’s players and staff during their controversial defeat to Neville’s team in the Women’s World Cup second round game on Sunday.The Cameroon players reacted poorly to two VAR decisions – one awarded to England after initially being disallowed at the end of the first-half, while Cameroon had a goal chalked off after it had been given just after the restart. Each was the result of a marginal offside call.The African side protested both decisions, and after the England goal was awarded they delayed the subsequent kick-off to have an impromptu team huddle in the centre-circle. 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? Neville was clear that he would not accept similar actions from his charges, and laid the blame at the feet of Alain Djeufmadid in the opposition dugout.“When I started in management, I think Arsene Wenger told me the team mirror the manager,” Neville told a press conference after the game.“And their team mirrored the manager. If that was any of my players, and it wouldn’t ever be any of my players, they would never play for England again with that sort of behaviour.”The former Manchester United man sought to praise the referee, Qin Liang of China, for the way she handled the protests, and even her failure to award what he thought should have been a penalty to England as the game wore down.“I feel sorry for the referee,” he continued.“The decisions were correct, and I think at the end the referee was probably trying to protect football by not giving the penalty, not giving the sending off.“She was trying to protect football and I admire her unbelievably for that.”Neville also urged Cameroon to back away from criticisms of the officials after the game, saying they should consider their own behaviour.“I think what we’ve seen today is we’ve seen people fighting in the VIP area, we’ve seen Cameroon people fighting at our hotel and we’ve seen that behaviour on the field.“So I would say get your ship in order before you start throwing stones.“I’m just proud of my players, I’m proud of the organisation I work for, because we’ve handled ourselves with class.”last_img read more

first_imgArgentina’s Copa America adventure may have ended with their heads held high, but once again it was shown that the Albiceleste fall short when it comes to challenging for major honours.With a host of new faces in the squad and captain Lionel Messi in far from optimal form, the team coached by Lionel Scaloni stumbled through to the knock-out phases in Brazil. A single win against Qatar along with a stalemate played out with Paraguay and defeat to Colombia in Group B was not exactly impressive, yet it was just enough to seal a quarter-final place.  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 There, they finally gave fans something to cheer, dispatching dogged Venezuela 2-0 to book a mouth-watering Superclasico in the last four. But while hosts Brazil were given a few scares along the way, goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino meant that, unlike in 2015 and 2016, there would be no final appearance for Argentina. While the third-place play-off still remains for Messi and Co., thoughts have already turned towards what will come after the Copa. A significant part of this inexperienced side should still have a role to play when World Cup qualifying kicks off in 2020 – others, however, may have played their last match for the Albiceleste. GOALKEEPERSEverton Armani Brasil Argentina Copa América 02072019The No.1 shirt seems to have settled on the back of one player over the last 12 months. Franco Armani is yet to excel between the posts for Argentina, but the River Plate star has proved dependable enough and will hope to retain his place beyond the Copa. Armani’s place is by no means secure, though. Behind him America star Agustin Marchesin and young Udinese talent Juan Musso were his deputies in Brazil, and will hope to put pressure on the shot-stopper in the short and medium-to-long term, respectively. Musso, 25, is considered one of the best bets for the future in the Argentina ranks and is likely to add to his single cap as the nation uses the rest of 2019 to prepare for qualifying. There could also be room for Esteban Andrada of Boca Juniors, who was forced to miss the Copa through illness. Behind that quartet the options are scarce. Geronimo Rulli has never quite managed to follow through on his early promise, while Tottenham reserve Paulo Gazzaniga has also been considered under Scaloni. Could there be a way back for Sergio Romero ? The Manchester United man has been entirely overlooked by Scaloni but, at 32, is younger than Armani and could come back into contention if there is a change of coach post-Copa. His lack of first-team action, though, will continue to be used against him despite the keeper’s enviable track record at major competitions for his country.IN: Andrada, Romero.OUT: Marchesin.DEFENCEOtamendi Argentina Colombia Copa AméricaOnce more, Argentina’s backline proved the side’s Achilles heel when it most counted. Brazil benefited from two huge defensive mistakes to score in Belo Horizonte and much work will have to be done in that sector to restore the Albiceleste to international football’s top table. Of the current squad, Renzo Saravia and Nicolas Otamendi fared worse than most. Saravia was erratic at right-back and ended up losing his spot to Tottenham rookie Juan Foyth , while Otamendi showed an alarming lack of speed during a calamitous campaign, while his distribution was often atrocious.With Ramiro Funes Mori also likely to face the chop after failing to play a single minute in Brazil, Argentina are not exactly blessed with alternatives in the back four. Gabriel Mercado could benefit from Saravia’s woes to regain his place on the right, while young centre-back pairing Emanuel Mammana and Lisandro Martinez are perhaps best-placed to enter the fray. IN: Mercado, Mammana, Martinez.OUT: Saravia, Otamendi, Funes Mori.MIDFIELDANGEL DI MARIA ARGENTINA LUIZ GUSTAVO BRAZIL 14112015Of all the Argentina players who failed to shine at the Copa, the case of Angel Di Maria was perhaps the most telling. Brought back from the international wilderness after a year out just before the tournament, the PSG winger was immensely frustrating and consistently among Argentina’s worst performers. At 31, and with memories of his finest displays for the Albiceleste rapidly fading, it may be time to once and for all close the door on Fideo. The rest of the midfield was sharply divided between those who took advantage of the Copa to advance their Argentina cause, and those who fell flat. Leandro Paredes , the side’s new midfield marshal, Rodrigo De Paul and, to a lesser extent, Giovani Lo Celso, fall in that first group and look set to remain in the Albiceleste’s plans for years to come.The jury is still out, though, on Guido Pizarro , who received just 23 minutes in the entire Copa, while Marcos Acuna never stopped working to give the team balance and defensive cover, even if his individual contributions were limited.On the other side, the likes of Guido Rodriguez and Roberto Pereyra failed to shine and will most likely be ditched as Argentina explore other options in the middle of the pitch. Among those may be Manuel Lanzini , Santiago Ascacibar and young Superliga pair Exequiel Palacios and Matias Zaracho , who both fell victim to injury and were unable to make the plane to Brazil.IN: Lanzini, Ascacibar, Palacios, Zaracho.OUT: Di Maria, Rodriguez, Pereyra.ATTACKLionel Messi Argentina 2019Barring injuries or other misfortune, Argentina’s attack should pick itself for the forseeable future.Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero formed a promising partnership over the last three games of the Copa America, scoring three of the nation’s last four goals to take them into the semi-finals. Behind them remains Lionel Messi , who if Tuesday’s fiery criticisms of the refereeing against Brazil are anything to go by, will not be repeating his retirement announcement of three years ago after defeat to Chile. While that first-choice trio seems set, there should be plenty of competition behind them. Matias Suarez was the fourth striker in Brazil, a curious choice who barely featured and, we trust, will not be repeated.Mauro Icardi should come back into contention once his interminable soap opera with the Inter board is resolved, while Angel Correa and Gio Simeone are two young faces hoping to play themselves back in contention after being overlooked for Brazil.IN: Icardi, Correa, Simeone.OUT: Suarez.COACHScaloni Argentina Guatemala Amistoso 08092018Despite battling through to the semi-finals, Lionel Scaloni’s future at the Argentina is far from certain once the team makes its way back from Brazil. A complete coaching novice at senior level, the former Deportivo and Lazio defender looked way out of his depth at the start of the Copa. And while results improved, some of his decisions betrayed his inexperience, particularly up against an old warhorse like Tite with almost 30 years of tweaking tactics under his belt. The substitutions against Brazil for one did nothing to aid Argentina’s fightback and unbalanced the Albiceleste at a crucial time.The decision on Scaloni’s future will be made by AFA president Claudio Tapia and Argentina manager Cesar Luis Menotti shortly after he returns to Buenos Aires. Early indications suggest he may well stay in the job, for lack of other options rather than any great confidence in his work so far at the helm. If Scaloni is removed , Gabriel Heinze , currently impressing with Velez Sarsfield, is a popular choice to succeed him; while Marcelo Gallardo is also coveted following his two Copa Libertadores titles with River, but would be tough to acquire, given his commitment to the Millonarios.last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan is 0-1 after an opening weekend loss to Notre Dame. The criticism of Jim Harbaugh in the media has mounted.Harbaugh is in his fourth year at his alma mater. He hasn’t won the Big Ten yet, and will face increased pressure if his team goes 8-4 again this season.However, he is not on the hot seat, according to university president Dr. Mark Schlissel.Speaking during a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club, Schlissel commented on Harbaugh’s job status..@DrMarkSchlissel on @CoachJim4UM: “He’s not on the hot seat. He’s under contract for four more years.” #econclub— Detroit EconomicClub (@deteconomicclub) September 5, 2018Harbaugh is still a much better bet to be successful at Michigan than many other head coaches. He might not have hit every benchmark just yet but it makes sense for the school to be dedicated to him for the long haul.Of course, could Harbaugh leave on his own accord and go back to the NFL? That could happen, but don’t expect him to be forced out.Michigan looks to get in the win column this weekend when they host Western Michigan. Kickoff is set for noon ET at the Big House.FS1 will broadcast the game.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium during a game against Georgia Tech.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Earlier today, Maryland announced the news that head football coach D.J. Durkin was returning to the team for the remainder of the season. Durkin has been on paid leave since August 11 in the wake of the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair.Reports at the time claimed Durkin had allowed a “toxic culture” to form at Maryland. It looked like the school would eventually have to part ways with him, but now, he’s coming back.As you might imagine, Maryland has taken plenty of heat for this decision from the media and general public. Some Terps players are also unhappy, and multiple players reportedly walked out of a meeting with Durkin today.One of those players was McNair’s close friend, high school teammate and fellow offensive lineman Ellis McKennie.Confirmed that three players walked out of #Terps practice today. One of them, lineman Ellis McKennie, returned. McKennie was a close friend and high school teammate of Jordan McNair and has been a key figure in the team’s memorials. So, not surprising.— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) October 30, 2018McKennie wasn’t done expressing his feelings. He took to Twitter tonight to offer his thoughts on the situation.“Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate,” McKennie wrote. “Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right.”Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate. Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right.— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) October 30, 2018Very likely, McKennie isn’t the only Terp who feels this way. It is hard to blame him either, given the circumstances.Going forward, it will be interesting to see the fallout from Durkin’s reinstatement.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Missouri Athletics announced this evening that it has filed its notice of appeals with the NCAA. The Tigers are filing an appeal following the sanctions handed down by the NCAA.The Tigers have been punished by the NCAA for allegations involving a former tutor. The sanctions include a 2019 football bowl ban and postseason bans for baseball and softball.Missouri announced tonight that it’s appealing.?️ NEWS | University of Missouri Files Notice of Appeal With NCAA?— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) February 14, 2019From the school:The University of Missouri has filed its Notice of Appeal with the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced. The appeal was filed late Thursday afternoon.“We believe that the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in applying penalties to the University of Missouri Athletics program, and we look forward to appearing before the Appeals Committee in the future to present our case,” Sterk said. “Mizzou’s case involved an isolated incident within our program, however, the penalties applied are overly harsh, not in line with established precedent and negatively impact student-athletes who chose to attend the University of Missouri and had nothing to do with the actions of one rogue individual.“It appears that our cooperation throughout this process went largely unnoticed, which I believe will have a chilling effect and force other institutions to take a different approach in dealing with these type issues, which will not be in the best interest of the NCAA or intercollegiate athletics,” he added.The appeals process is expected to take roughly six months.last_img read more

first_imgTennessee's head coach Jeremy Pruitt on the sideline for Tennessee.COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts after a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers could have gotten off to a better start to the 2019 college football season. And that’s an understatement.Tennessee is on the verge of a disastrous upset loss to Georgia State, as the Volunteers are trailing, 35-23, late in the fourth quarter.Expectations were decently high for Pruitt as he entered his second season with the program. The Vols were coming off a 5-7 season in Year 1, though a bowl game appearance was expected this year.It’s early, of course, but things are not looking good for Pruitt.Tennessee fans are not happy.“Building a football program in the SEC is hard but this is bad on a different level. At this point, Jeremy Pruitt does not deserve to coach this team,” one fan tweeted.“Massive red flag for Jeremy Pruitt today. I learned a long time ago not to ignore red flags. This is a big one,” another added.Pruitt, a former assistant under Nick Saban, deserves time to get things going in Knoxville. However, the panic button might be getting hit by some.Jeremy Pruitt 🤦🏻‍♂️. I have no words.— Jared Stillman (@JaredStillman) August 31, 2019Pruitt wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in the first half and things have only gotten worse since.“Well, we got a lot of youth on the defensive side of the ball,” Pruitt said on ESPNU. “Offensively, we’ve turned the ball over, put the ball on the ground a couple of times, gave them a short field right there and they stuck it in. One drive, we get a penalty and we don’t execute on third down but you’ve got to give their guys credit, they are doing a nice job.”Tennessee faces another tough opponent in Week 2. The Vols are set to host BYU at 7 p.m. E.T. next Saturday.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk DubaiJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 22:00 IST USA Cricket was established in 2017 shortly after the expulsion of USA Cricket Association (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUSA Cricket has become the 93rd Associate Member in accordance with the ICC ConstitutionUSA Cricket was formed in 2017 shortly after the expulsion of USACAUSA Cricket can now sanction domestic and international matches in the United StatesUSA Cricket achieved a significant milestone on Tuesday as it was inducted as the 105th member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is a significant landmark for the governing body that was established in 2017 to develop the cricket community in the United States following the expulsion of the USA Cricket Association (USACA).USA Cricket’s application to become the 93rd Associate Member in accordance with the ICC Constitution was approved by ICC Members following the Membership Committee’s recommendation to the ICC Board late last year and is implemented with immediate effect, according to a ICC media release.As a Member of the ICC, USA Cricket is now eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.A transition plan has been agreed for the governing body, which has, to date, been managed by the ICC Americas regional support programme. This will see all governing body obligations transferred to USA Cricket under the auspices of the USA Cricket Board of Directors this month. The recruitment of a Chief Executive and key management roles will begin in due course as the immediate priorities of the new Member.Notably, the USACA was suspended thrice between 2005 and 2015 as the ICC had constantly expressed concerns over governance, finance, reputation, and cricketing activities before it was expelled in 2017.ICC chief congratulates Paraag MaratheICC Chief Executive, David Richardson said: “This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and I would like to congratulate the Chair of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe, and the Board, on this important milestone and wish them all the very best for the future.advertisementUSA Cricket Board Chair, Paraag Marathe said: “USA Cricket was established to bring together the cricket community in the United States, develop the game and unlock the sport’s undoubted potential for growth. Today’s confirmation that it is the ICC’s newest Member is a significant staging post on that journey.”As David mentioned, this recognition is not just the work of our Board but is a result of thousands of volunteer hours over the last 18 months and USA Cricket appreciates the time, effort and sacrifice of all those involved.”On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire U.S. cricket community, I also want to thank the ICC and the other 104-member countries for your faith in us to deliver on the nearly limitless potential for cricket in the United States. We do not take this responsibility lightly and pledge to lead this great game with the integrity, passion and tireless work ethic that is a foundation for global cricket.”Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 to be played in India from March 23Also Read | India vs Australia: BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makersAlso Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICCFollow International Cricket CouncilFollow USA CricketFollow USA Cricket AssociationFollow USA cricket international matches USA Cricket joins International Cricket Council as its 105th memberAs a Member of the ICC, USA Cricket is now eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 19:48 IST Pakistan Super League had many music performances for the closing ceremony. (@PSLt20 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB chairman Ehsan Mani said cricket must not stop due to terrorismMani said they did tone down the closing ceremony for Christchurch attackMani said the fourth edition of the PSL had been a big success”Cricket must not be stopped due to terrorism,” PCB chief Ehsan Mani said, defending the decision to organise a music-filled PSL closing ceremony despite terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch.The Pakistan Cricket Board is facing public ire for not being sensitive enough considering that at least 50 people were killed during the Friday prayers in the terrorist attack.Mani said the ceremony was actually ‘toned down’.”We acknowledged the incident, observed a minute’s silence, released pigeons and cut out dancing. All the songs too were iconic Pakistani songs,” said Mani.He claimed that Pakistan is the worst victim of terrorism and cricket should not be stopped because of terrorism or terrorists.Mani said that the incident in New Zealand proves that terrorism is a global menace.”We had a dilemma due to the unfortunate New Zealand incident. People forget that we are also the victims of terrorism. Now the world knows what challenges are there. Pakistan’s problems are not different to anyone else’s.Superstar @_fawadakhan_ and dynamic Young Desi on stage with #KhelDeewanoKa. (@thePSLt20) March 17, 2019″It doesn’t mean we should gloat. We will work with them and share our experiences but cricket should not stop. If cricket stops due to terrorism then it’s a victory for the terrorists. Players’ safety is of course important and cannot be risked but the game must go on too.”Mani said the fourth edition of the PSL had been a big success with some 35 foreign players coming to Pakistan to play for their franchises.advertisement”The comfort level of the foreign players while coming to Pakistan is different now from two years back. They now want to move and explore the city and meet the people.”The most impressive bit was how the Karachi crowd supported us. Some 200,000 came to watch these matches, and from what I believe, 150 million saw the matches on TV.”This was a remarkable endorsement of PSL. Due to the geo-political situation, it was important that we demonstrated that Pakistan is capable of holding such an event.”Mani said they had invited security experts from other countries so they can themselves see how we organise PSL.Also Read | Pakistan Super League: Quetta Gladiators win maiden title in one-sided finalAlso Read | PCB pays USD 1.6 million to BCCI after losing case in ICC’s Dispute Resolution CommitteeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Pakistan Super LeagueFollow Ehsan ManiFollow Christchurch mosques terror attack PCB defends music-filled PSL closing ceremony despite Christchurch mosque attackPakistan Cricket Board is being criticised for having a closing ceremony of the Pakistan Super League despite the horrific Christchurch mosque attack on March 15.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBristol County GroundWorld Cup 2019: In the recent past, the Bristol County Ground hosted eight matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, including England’s semi-final win over South Africa.advertisement India Today Web Desk BristolMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 17:06 IST Bristol County Ground, Bristol (Reuters Photo)The Bristol County Ground will have three matches will be played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, doubling the number of Men’s World Cup games the ground has held – one in 1983 and two in 1999.In the recent past, the Bristol County Ground hosted eight matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, including England’s semi-final win over South Africa.The ground came into existence in 1889, and was bought by the legendary English cricketer WG Grace, as he was a neighbour. The Bristol County Ground has since changed ownership quite a few time until reverting to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in 2004 with the county calling it home for nearly 130 years.Opened: 1889Capacity: 7000 (15,000 ODIs)Known as: The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground; Ashley Down Ground; Fry’s Ground; Phoenix County GroundEnds: Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road EndLocation: Bristol, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -18:00 IST: AFG vs AUS, Match 415:00 IST: PAK vs SL, Match 1115:00 IST: BAN vs SL, Match 16STATS – ODITotal matches: 24Matches won batting first: 10Matches won bowling first: 13Average 1st Inns scores: 239Average 2nd Inns scores: 210Highest total recorded: 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAWLowest total recorded: 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs EngHighest score chased: 272/5 (49.3 Ov) by AUS vs EngLowest score defended: 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs EngFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 2019 World CupFollow bristol cricket groundlast_img read more