9 months agoCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no fluke

first_imgCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no flukeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success at Manchester United is no fluke.Former United midfielder Paul Ince has downplayed the immediate impact made by the Norwegian boss by insisting that “anyone could have gone in and done what he has done”.But Carragher told Sky Sports: “A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything being very, very positive on the surface.”I think underneath that, a lot of people were looking at it before the Spurs game and thought: ‘Anyone could have gone in there and done that’. It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense.”He’s made big decisions by leaving people out – (Romelu) Lukaku, an £80million striker, on the bench. When he’s brought him on he’s made an impact.”You think of Jose Mourinho, people were saying these games were easy. Last season, when Manchester United finished second and got to an FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.”So it’s not easy to go and wipe the floor with these teams. He’s (Solskjaer) made a great start to his career.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days ago​Joint official energy partner for AC and Inter Milan

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Joint official energy partner for AC and Inter Milanby Ian Ferris17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC and Inter Milan have announced A2A Energia as their official energy partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The two Serie A rivals have both agreed a deal with the Brescia-based company, confirming the agreement in a joint announcement. The length and financial terms of the partnership have not bene made public.The Milan clubs have signed several commercial deals of late, though this is the first joint tie-up of note recently.Paolo Scaroni, AC Milan chairman, said of the new deal: “Milan and A2A are brought together by strong ambition and constant evolution, this agreement has come about thanks to our club culture as a socially-progressive body that also focuses on the well-being of the area in which we work. We hope that this partnership marks the start of a constant process of growth alongside one another.” last_img read more

8 days agoArsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has spoken about his form this season, and the connection he shares with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The England U21 star has already set up Aubameyang for two goals in the Premier League this season.And he mentioned how working on the timing of his runs have allowed him space to deliver quality crosses.”I only got two assists last season and I’ve got two already this season, which is a good start,” he told the club website.”Hopefully I continue with my assists and maybe create more opportunities to get my stats higher this season.”I worked on it a lot when I was younger because I used to play on the wing, so the timing of my runs is everything to me. “That’s what’s going to get me in on goal, that’s what’s going to get me behind the defence to either pass to someone else or to shoot on goal myself. It was very important for me to learn how to time my runs and create opportunities for others.” last_img read more

2 days agoReal Madrid coach Zidane praises Rodrygo, Valverde for Galatasaray win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane praises Rodrygo, Valverde for Galatasaray winby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was delighted with his young players for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal.On Rodrygo and Fede Valverde, Zidane said: “They’re part of the squad and I made the decision that Rodrygo would play. “He’s performing and training well. In a 4-3-3 formation his natural position is as a right winger and we’re happy with his performance. Nothing changes with regards to him. Today we’ve just got to focus on this game. “He’s a member of the first-team squad and he can play for Castilla also. He did well tonight and I’m pleased with his performance. We’ll have to see what happens in the next game.” last_img read more

Uber Is Offering Free Rides If Rutgers Upsets Ohio State Tonight

first_imgUber promotes free rides if Rutgers beats Ohio State.Rutgers UberNo. 1 Ohio State is on the road tonight in New Jersey, taking on Rutgers. It will be J.T. Barrett’s first start of the season at quarterback, and the Buckeyes are heavy favorites.If the Scarlet Knights spring the upset, there will surely be Pandemonium in Piscataway. Any fans partaking in celebrations will be able to travel around campus and in the neighboring city of New Brunswick for now cost, as Uber is offering free rides if Rutgers wins. If by chance you’re a sad #Buckeyes fan tonight here’s something to make the ride home easier. Uber with free rides. pic.twitter.com/ONkGCYKp2I— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) October 24, 2015This is a pretty cool move by Uber. Odds are they won’t have to pay up but this is tremendous promotion.last_img read more

Why Tielemans failed at Monaco & why he’ll be reborn at Leicester

first_imgYouri Tielemans was in the right place at the wrong time. Joining Monaco in the summer of 2017 was supposed to be his big step in the right direction.He has long been regarded as the breakout star-in-waiting of Belgian football and the Ligue 1 champions should have been the perfect move. But that summer Monaco were hollowed out.Headlining the departures was wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, who moved to Paris St-Germain on a controversial loan deal. 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? Manchester City picked up both Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, and Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea.The standard of those players coming in – overall – was not as high and Monaco had no chance of overhauling PSG and repeating their feat of winning the French championship and remaining competitive in the Champions League.And within a remodelled squad, Tielemans struggled to find his place.The return of Leonardo Jardim and the subsequent departure of the young Belgium midfielder this month are very much in sync. Jardim is a naturally conservative coach and prefers to play with two deep midfield players to stymie opposition attacks.The platform of Bakayoko and Joao Moutinho in the title-winning team gave Bernardo, Mbappe and Radamel Falcao the freedom to win games.Youri Tielemans BelgiumTielemans though is a very different kind of footballer to Bakayoko. While he can win the ball adeptly, he is primarily a playmaker with an eye for goal. A midfield of Tielemans and Moutinho was not built to coexist, certainly not in a Jardim system.He made only 19 starts in his first season at Monaco and never truly convinced. And this season – though Tielemans has played more often – things all around him have plummeted.Once Moutinho was sold to Wolves, Monaco simply did not have enough quality in the squad any more. Thierry Henry, who replaced Jardim, was often forced to play with unproven young players before his harsh dismissal last week.As such, Tielemans had no one to play with.TielemansHe is a tempo-setter; the kind of player who makes others play better. But he requires a well-functioning unit around him. As has proven with Monaco, he is the type of player who can fail in the wrong system.However, Leicester City fans should be excited by this signing. He is a premium talent and one who could very well go on to world class level. They are picking him up at a time when his stock is not at its highest, but he should not be written off as damaged goods.He will come into the Leicester line-up and immediately dictate the play. He should slot in alongside Wilfried Ndidi but see a lot more of the ball than the Nigerian. That is if Puel can be persuaded to ease Namplays Mendy out of the lineup. Leicester fan frustration has centred on the team’s inability to get the ball moving effectively through the midfield and to connect the defence and attack. Tielemans is a progressive option in this sense and should bring about an improvement.He is comfortable receiving a pass to feet in midfield with his back to the opposition goal and excels in turning with the ball either left or right. He has a happy knack of being able to go past people in midfield and that should help Leicester tilt the numbers game further up the field. And if Tielemans finds himself with a chance to strike at goal, expect him to take it. He possesses a goal threat from distance.Youri Tielemans Belgium Philippe Coutinho BrazilTielemans may only be 21 but already has vast experience. He started in the Anderlecht first team aged only 16, like Romelu Lukaku before him, and captained the team when he won his second Belgian title at the age of 20.He forced his way into Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad for the World Cup last summer and featured in their most memorable victory at an international tournament, that being the win against Brazil in the quarter finals.Those who have worked with Tielemans speak of a top mentality and describe him as a midfielder who is technically gifted. His range of passing – short or long – is unerring and that should help a Leicester team attempting to become more possession-based under Claude Puel. He will be tasked with becoming the main man.Monaco might well come to be regarded as a mis-step but the move to Leicester will reinvigorate him. This could well be a game-changing signing. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

What is Volta and why has FIFA Street been renamed?

first_imgFIFA 20 is fast approaching and the video game franchise is determined to make a splash when it releases on September 27, 2019.Along with the usual tweaks and upgrades, the return of street football looms as the biggest addition for FIFA 20.Seven years on from the release of the last FIFA Street game, EA Sports will return to the pavement this year but have adopted a new name and approach to the small-sided game.  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? What does ‘Volta’ mean?The name Volta is Portuguese and translates to ‘return’ – something EA is finally doing when it comes to street football.”We’ve focused on the 11-side form of the game for many years successfully – well there’s a whole other world of football out there and that’s the street scene,” FIFA 20 creative director Matt Prior told Goal.”The idea is we’re bringing the other half of the football world to the game.”Fans have been demanding a return of small-sided football to FIFA for many years now with EA deciding the time was right to bring it back.”When we hit out on the road every single year one of the top requests is bring back street football,” FIFA 20 executive producer Aaron McHardy said.”Bringing it back now has a lot to do with the technological innovations we’ve had over the past few years, particularly with the frostbite engine. It’s allowed us to do this in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to do it justice in the past.”  Why has FIFA Street been renamed?FIFA 20 Volta AmsterdamWhileEA are bringing street football back, they are looking to distance themselves from FIFA Street by adopting a new name and approach to gameplay.Though some people that were involved in FIFA Street have helped out on Volta, the new mode is aiming to be more realistic.”We travelled the globe to do our research and look at the street football game to understand the culture of it,” McHardy said.”FIFA Street we built many years ago was fantastical, over the top and probably not authentic, we wanted to root (Volta) in authenticity.”The FIFA family at EA is quite large and there was a ton of experience from people that did work of FIFA Street.”But we weren’t looking back intentionally trying to recreate this experience because we wanted to make something more authentic and more befitting of the culture of street football.” Volta will also take place on more than just streets with the game set to include a variety of locations from a rooftop in Tokyo to a classic futsal court.last_img read more

‘Tottenham have to do Eriksen deal’

first_imgTottenham “have to tie Christian Eriksen down with a new contract”, says Danny Murphy, with it imperative that the Dane is not allowed to head towards free agency if no transfer is made this summer.As things stand, the 27-year-old could be on the move before the current window closes, with reports of interest from Spain refusing to away.Spurs, though, are hoping to see a key creative influence – one who has entered the final year of his deal – stay put and commit to fresh terms. 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? Murphy told bwin of an unwelcome distraction for those in north London: “Tottenham have to tie Eriksen down with a new contract if he doesn’t leave this summer.“They may have to add a clause to the contract that allows him to leave if certain teams come in for him, but they can’t afford to let him leave on a free next season.“I don’t believe Eriksen will sulk if he doesn’t leave this summer, but he needs to make sure his head is 100% in the right place come the first game of the season.“If he does kick up a fuss then [Mauricio] Pochettino will have no issues dropping him and that will only make matters worse. I really don’t think Eriksen is that type of player though.“These situations are the exact reason why teams shouldn’t let players get down to one year on their contract.“Tottenham can’t afford Eriksen to leave on a free next season so will want him to sign a contract if they can’t sell him. Eriksen then has to put his faith in the board if he signs a contract, that they will let him leave if a big team comes in for him.”Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 2018-19While hoping to see Eriksen remain at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Murphy is looking for more additions to be made.He feels Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos would a be shrewd signing, amid competition from Arsenal, while Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon is considered to be another long-standing target that should be snapped up.Ex-Spurs star Murphy added: “Tottenham need to sign Sessegnon regardless of whether [Danny] Rose stays or not.“Being young and English makes Sessegnon a typical Tottenham signing and one they should definitely make.“Pochettino’s track record with young talent means he will be confident that he can unlock Sessegnon’s full potential.“Rose had a fantastic end to the season and I don’t think Tottenham should let him go, but Sessegnon is the ideal replacement in the long term.“Rose was back to his best at the end of last season and I think he’ll have a great season. Keeping them rotating will keep them fit and there’s plenty of games to get minutes under their belt.”last_img read more

ESPN Predicts The Winners Of Top SEC Quarterback Battles

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Spring football may be over, but there are still an abundance of quarterback battles raging in the SEC. About half of the league is still searching for its answer at the most important position in sports. Today, ESPN logged new predictions for the winners of those jobs.Alabama’s quarterback battle is probably the biggest in the sport. Few schools have one quarterback anywhere near the level of either contender in the Crimson Tide battle.Jalen Hurts has a sterling record as starter at ‘Bama. He took over midway through the 2016 season opener, and has led Alabama to back-to-back national championship berths.The Crimson Tide won the title this year, but it wasn’t Hurts under center when the clock hit zero. Little-used true freshman Tua Tagovailoa took over at halftime, and brought the offense back to life, coming from behind to knock off SEC Champion Georgia.ESPN’s Alex Scarbrough gives Tagovailoa the edge in Alabama’s quarterback battle.There’s a good chance that this one lasts into the season, as Nick Saban has done in previous years with new quarterbacks. However, Tagovailoa is the expected winner here, whenever that is finally decided.The momentum is in Tagovailoa’s favor after the way the national championship game ended. His ability to unlock the offense — specifically getting the ball more downfield — gives him a distinct advantage.Alabama is far from the only school with a decision on its hands. Even some of the races that have been decided don’t feel totally settled.Feleipe Franks is set to start at Florida, after an up-and-down first season. He could still get pushed by newcomers Emory Jones and Kyle Trask.Georgia has its guy in Jake Fromm, who led the team to a national championship appearance as a freshman. The Dawgs leaned on a dynamic run game last season, so Fromm’s role in the offense will have to expand in 2018. The team also bring in five-star Justin Fields, who should see the field in some capacity.LSU is a true race. Myles Brennan was the front-runner, but the addition of Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow adds a serious contender, who is probably now the man to beat.Burrow is the favorite, but he’s not a shoo-in to start. Not according to coach Ed Orgeron, who shot down the idea that Burrows was promised the job.Tennessee is in a similar spot to LSU. Jarrett Guarantano was the likely starter, until the team added Stanford transfer Keller Chryst.Given Chryst’s edge in terms of experience (23 games played, an 11-2 record as a starter) and fit (he’s a dropback passer), he has to be considered the favorite to win the job.Texas A&M has a new coach who knows how to get a quarterback to the next level. Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel might be the tightest of these races. Scarborough seems to be leaning Starkel.Mond might be the more dynamic QB, but Starkel could be the best fit. He surely made a good impression on Fisher when he threw for 499 yards and four touchdowns in the bowl game.So there is plenty to watch for in the SEC over the next few months. Quarterback play has been inconsistent in the league as of late, so these quarterback battles are especially crucial.last_img read more

Chris Webber To Serve As Michigan’s Honorary Captain For Penn State Game

first_imgMichigan Wolverines forward Juwan Howard, guard Jalen Rose, and forward Chris Webber (l to r) look on during a game against the Indiana Pacers.8 Mar 1992: Michigan Wolverines forward Juwan Howard, guard Jalen Rose, and forward Chris Webber (l to r) look on during a game against Indiana.He’s coming home. Former Michigan Wolverines star Chris Webber is returning to Ann Arbor this fall after a lengthy ban kept him from the university.Webber will serve as the honorary captain for Michigan’s game against Penn State. Set for November 3, the matchup will go a long way to determining which team will come out of the Big Ten East (Ohio State included).It’s a significant moment for Webber, who hasn’t returned to campus since he left following his sophomore year. After turning pro, Webber implicated in an NCAA investigation for accepting improper benefits from booster Ed Martin.Now, he’ll be back in a big way. Head coach Jim Harbaugh got the ball rolling when he invited Webber to a game earlier this year.Whether or not Webber will rekindle his relationship with the Fab Five remains to be seen.Regardless, he’ll be in attendance as the Wolverines hope to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive as the Nittany Lions come to town.last_img read more

ESPN Computer Ranks The Only 10 Real CFB Playoff Contenders

first_imgGeorgia's band playing on the field at the National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs Marching Band on field prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Through four weeks, we’ve already seen a number of potential College Football Playoff contenders rise and fall. While most of the teams that were considered legitimate contenders entering the year still have a shot, it is still a very limited group.ESPN Sports Analytics has a formula that calculates teams’ chances to make the College Football Playoff, make the National Championship Game, and win the National Championship.Entering Week 5, ESPN only sees 1- programs as legitimate College Football Playoff contenders, with a 10-percent chance or better of making the field. Every other team is at 2-percent or worse, so it is a big gap.Nine of those teams have a better than 1-percent chance to taking home a title.Via ESPN, here are the only 10 teams that have a legitimate shot at the College Football Playoff, as of today.Team:Make CFP:Make NCG:Win Title:Alabama81%58%39%Clemson62%30%13%Georgia58%31%15%Ohio State51%28%13%Penn State40%19%8%Notre Dame35%11%3%Oklahoma28%10%4%Washington13%4%1%Stanford11%3%<1%Michigan10%4%2%On the methodology used:The Playoff Predictor provides every team’s chance to reach the Playoff in the preseason and each and every day of the college football season. It’s telling us not who would make the Playoff at the end of the day, but rather, who will get in on selection day. This isn’t some arbitrary formula based on the feeling of a few people in Bristol: it was created by studying the selection committee’s rankings during the season and on selection day each of the last four seasons.West Virginia and Michigan State are next up, with two-percent chances to make the Playoff, while Auburn, Miami, LSU, and Wisconsin have a one-percent shot. Every other team is under one-percent.Obviously, some teams could emerge out of nowhere and surprise, but usually you have a good idea of the general field at this point. It would be surprising to see a team outside of this list in the real playoff hunt down the stretch.[ESPN]last_img read more

New Sideline Video Of Urban Meyer vs. Michigan Is Going Viral

first_imgurban meyer on the sideline of the maryland gameCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Urban Meyer on the sideline against Maryland and Urban Meyer on the sideline against Michigan might as well have been two different people.The Buckeyes’ head coach looked extremely distraught on the sideline during the overtime win over Maryland.Then, against Michigan, he looked extremely different.Check out this video of Meyer reacting to a play in the first half:Look at the reaction by Meyer and OSU players after McLaurin plows for a first down. pic.twitter.com/lSLdZxn1fJ— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) November 26, 2018That’s not something you’ve seen from Meyer very much this season.Of course, Ohio State hadn’t been playing very well for most of the year, so it’s understandable for Meyer to be frustrated. Now, with the Buckeyes finally playing well – and on a massive stage – it makes sense for him to look a lot better.Ohio State now moves on to the Big Ten Championship Game, where it’ll face Northwestern.last_img read more

Ohio State Reporter Names 2 Transfer Destinations For Tate Martell

first_imgTate Martell runs for Ohio State vs. Rutgers.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)On Thursday afternoon, Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell’s name popped up in the transfer portal, suggesting he’s exploring a transfer from the university. The news comes on the heels of former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields’ transfer to Ohio State.Before Fields announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State, Tate Martell was bullish on his ability to lock down the starting role once Dwayne Haskins left for the NFL. Now it appears Martell is second-guessing his ability – or his opportunity.After Martell’s name popped up in the portal, Ohio State reporter Jeremy Birmingham named two schools to watch out for as transfer destinations for Martell.He named Miami and West Virginia as potential landing spots.Can confirm that Tate Martell is now in the NCAA transfer portal. He’ll begin to explore options outside of Ohio State — believe Miami and West Virginia are two schools that are worth watching.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) January 10, 2019Martell’s decision likely hinges on whether or not Fields earns eligibility for the 2019 college football season. Martell will enter the 2019 season as a redshirt sophomore and would have to sit out for the season if he transfers – unless he petitions the NCAA on behalf of Urban Meyer’s retirement, which would open up a whole new can of worms.Ohio State fans will be watching the news wire to see what happens with their quarterbacks.last_img read more

Analyst Names College Football’s Hardest Schedule In 2019

first_imgA gneral view of the goal post at the Rose Bowl semifinal game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)We’re still a few months away from the start of the college football season, but news on the college football front never stops.Before the 2019 season kicks off, 247Sports went through a list of the most-difficult schedules in the country. Not surprisingly, the SEC owns the list as teams face off against the likes of Alabama and Georgia.But which school has the hardest schedule?That title belongs to South Carolina.Here’s the breakdown from 247Sports:Senior quarterback Jake Bentley and a host of key returning starters on both sides of the football provide reasons for optimism, but we’re talking about battling a slate that includes four preseason Top 10 teams, Texas A&M, Appalachian State and North Carolina, who will be itching to win Mack Brown’s debut in Charlotte to open the season. Eight wins would be a Houdini act for Muschamp.The Gamecocks play host to Alabama, Kentucky, Florida and Clemson – which is difficult enough. However, it doesn’t stop there.Muschamp and company will head on the road to face off against Georgia, Tennessee and Texas A&M, giving the Gamecocks the most difficult schedule in the country.247Sports isn’t alone in crowning the Gamecocks, as ESPN believes they face the toughest test during the 2019 season as well.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Announces Injury Update For QB Dylan McCaffrey

first_img QB Dylan McCaffrey has a concussion, per Jim Harbaugh— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) September 21, 2019McCaffrey was 3-for-8 for 40 yards through the air, and wound up leading the team with 21 rushing yards on three carries in his short outing.Patterson would take back over, and padded his stats a bit to finish 14-for-32 for 219 yards and two late touchdown passes.Even with the late scores, Wisconsin outgained Michigan 487 yards to just 299, turned the Wolverines over four times, and held the ball for over 41 minutes of game time to just 18L53 for Harbaugh and Gattis’ offense.As with any concussion, the timetable for Dylan McCaffrey’s return is very unclear. The Wolverines have a manageable game next weekend, with Rutgers coming to Ann Arbor, but on Oct. 5 they host a very solid Iowa squad.Hopefully he’s able to clear the concussion protocol soon, but the most important thing is that he is 100-percent before trying to return from any serious head injury. Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey drops back to pass.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 01: Dylan McCaffrey #10 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The score wasn’t the only brutal thing to happen to Michigan football in Madison today. Midway through the game, Jim Harbaugh elected to replace starting quarterback Shea Patterson, who got off to a very poor start, with backup Dylan McCaffrey.Michigan has been toying with playing both quarterbacks. Patterson is more of a pocket passer in this Michigan offense, while McCaffrey is a dynamic athlete, with whom Josh Gattis has drawn up some interesting option looks and gadget plays.While in the game in the second half, McCaffrey took a massive hit from a Wisconsin defender. Targeting was appropriately called, but McCaffrey had to leave the game after the big blow to his head.As many feared, the young quarterback suffered a concussion on the play. Jim Harbaugh confirmed as much after today’s 35-14 loss to the Badgers.last_img read more

3rd Test: Duanne Olivier shines as South Africa beat Pakistan to sweep series

first_img Reuters JohannesburgJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 17:03 IST Duanne Olivier finished with 24 wickets from the series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDuanne Olivier took 3/74 while Kagiso Rabada finished with figures of 3/75South Africa had won the first two tests by six and nine wickets respectivelySA and Pakistan will play a five-match ODI series beginning Saturday in Port ElizabethFiery fast bowler Duanne Olivier took key early wickets as South Africa wrapped up a clean sweep of their series against Pakistan with victory by 107 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test on Monday.Pakistan resumed their second innings needing a further 228 for victory with seven wickets in hand, but their chances faded when Olivier removed the dangerous Babar Azam (21) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (0) in consecutive balls.The home side chipped away at the wickets to bowl the visitors out for 273, with Olivier (3-74) and Kagiso Rabada (3-75) the pick of a hostile South African attack that has been key to the team’s success.The teams begin a five-match one-day international series on Saturday with the first game in Port Elizabeth. They will also play three Twenty20 matches.”I’m extremely proud, a 3-0 series win is just what we asked the guys for,” stand-in South Africa captain Dean Elgar said at the post-match presentation.”It’s a good way to start the year, we have set our goals and are halfway there with one more Test series against Sri Lanka to come.””Our fast bowlers know what they want to do, which makes your life easier as a captain. They have worked out their game-plans and know how to execute,” he added.Run out and it’s all over at the Bull Ring! Pakistan are all out for 273, congratulations South Africa on the 107-run victory and the series white wash! You BEAUTIES!#ProteaFire #SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/SJgGxg2Ta8advertisementCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 14, 2019Olivier was asked to open the bowling on the fourth morning and took his wicket tally in the series to 24 with two quick scalps.The pace and bounce proved too much for Azam, who could only fend a vicious delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Pakistan’s in-form captain Sarfraz was bowled the very next ball, a double-strike that appeared to take the fight out of the visitors.Faheem Ashraf (15) and Mohammad Amir (4) both steered Rabada deliveries to Aiden Markram at gulley, while Hasan Ali (22) became the latter’s third victim when he was caught and bowled.Shadab Khan (47 not out) was impressive as he took the attack to the South Africans with some excellent stroke-play, but was denied a fourth Test half-century when number 11 Mohammad Abbas (9) was run-out trying to pinch a quick single.Olivier’s tally over the three games, the second highest by a South African in a three-match series, is just one behind record-holder Buck Llewellyn, who took 25 wickets against Australia in 1902.Standing ovation to the Man of the Series @Duanne992! Take a bow, you biscuit!#ProteaFire #SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/IQlAWZGbmtCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 14, 2019″We were in a nice position after the first day (having bowled South Africa out for 262), but could not capitalise on that with our batting,” Sarfraz said.”Their bowlers played really well and are very difficult on these wickets. Well done to them.”Shan Masood played really well (with the bat) and Babar showed his class. Shan and Babar were the positives (from the series).”South Africa won the first two Tests by six and nine wickets respectively, their seam attack leading the charge to victory on wickets that Pakistan’s vulnerable batting line-up found too spicy for their liking.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 Tags :Follow 3rd TestFollow Duanne OlivierFollow South Africa vs PakistanFollow South AfricaFollow PakistanFollow Series whitewash 3rd Test: Duanne Olivier shines as South Africa beat Pakistan to sweep seriesDuanne Olivier, made early inroads in the Pakistan batting line-up as the visitors collapsed to lose the third Test by 107 runs, finishing with 24 wickets from the seriesadvertisementlast_img read more

Working on variations to keep up with wrist spinners: Nathan Lyon

first_img Press Trust of India RanchiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 19:07 IST Nathan Lyon is still trying to become a permanent fixture in Australia’s ODI set-up (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNathan Lyon is looking to add a few more variations up his sleeve in order to remain relevant in limited-overs cricketLyon believes that there should be a proper balance of finger and wrist spinners in any set up”Wrist spinners are a valuable part to any side but I am working on a couple of variations to make sure I am keeping up with the game,” Lyon saidAustralia’s premier off-spinner Nathan Lyon is looking to add a few more variations up his sleeve in order to remain relevant in limited-overs cricket at a time when wrist spinners are ruling the roost.Whether its Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for India, Yasir Shah for Pakistan, Adil Rashid for England or Adam Zampa for Australia, they have all posed challenges for the finger spinners but Lyon is up for it.”Wrist spinners are a valuable part to any side but I am working on a couple of variations to make sure I am keeping up with the game. The game is moving so fast. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn,” Lyon said on the eve of the third ODI.However, Lyon believes that there should be a proper balance of finger and wrist spinners in any set up.”I think it is a pretty important balance to have, a couple of really good spinners to have in your side. Look at India, they have a couple of really good ones. Kuldeep, his skills are unbelievable but their reliance on Jadeja has been quite impressive as well,” Lyon said.”I think it is very important for any international side to have a couple of decent spinners going into the World Cup.”Possibly the best off-spinner in current Test arena, Lyon is still trying to become a permanent fixture in the ODI set-up but said he is not putting any additional pressure on himself.”No, it hasn’t put any extra pressure. Really enjoy playing the shorter formats and being in coloured clothing for Australia,” he said.advertisement”For me, it is just about enjoying the challenge and trying to get better in shorter formats. Yes, there is added pressure I guess but none I am putting on myself.”One of Lyon’s main weapon is bounce but the pitches on offer has been low and slow in nature.He feels one needs to bowl differently on these tracks.”I still believe bounce is a massive weapon. It is about me having the ability to change the pace, variation and the mindset depending on who I am bowling to,” the 31-year-old said.”It is really about me trying to read the game, what’s going to happen before it actually happens and try and control the moment.”Australia may have lost two close games but Lyon feels that terms like “choker” is too harsh.”We are playing against one of the best sides in the world. Choke is a pretty strong word, we are a young cricket side, we are trying to get better and we are learning about the game on the training field,” he said.”It has been a close contest if you actually break down the games — I have just come from a team meeting — into all the little numbers we look at, it is quite close.”I think a lot of people will be surprised as to how close it is. So there is a great feeling inside the Australian change room at the moment, a lot of belief,” the senior player came to his team’s defence.Lyon has a lovely sense of humour and it showed when his take was sought on the newly unveiled “MS Dhoni Pavilion” and whether he would like something like that in any of the Australian grounds.”I don’t think it will be grand anywhere in the world that will have my name on it. But obviously, MS Dhoni and Nathan Lyon are two different characters. He is an absolute legend and I am not comparing myself to him.Also Read | Bhabhiji ruining our fitness levels: Rishabh Pant after dinner at MS Dhoni’s houseAlso Read | After dinner at MS Dhoni’s house, Team India begin preparations for Australia ODIAlso Read | MS Dhoni hosts Team India for dinner at Ranchi home: Thank you bhai, says ChahalAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan could have played Ranji Trophy: Aakash Chopra on Shikhar Dhawan’s formAlso Read | Pat Cummins says Australia looking at positives despite loss in 2nd ODI vs IndiaAlso 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 Nathan Lyon Working on variations to keep up with wrist spinners: Nathan LyonIndia vs Australia: Wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Yasir Shah, Adil Rashid and Adam Zampa have all posed challenges for the finger spinners but Nathan Lyon is up for it.advertisementlast_img read more

It’s a message of peace, says Somdev Devvarman as India set to play Davis Cup tie in Pakistan

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 12:22 IST Former India No. 1 tennis player Somdev Devvarman (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia Davis Cup team is set to go to Pakistan in SeptemberFormer India tennis No.1 Somdev Devvarman feels it would be a message of peaceIndia has skipped most of the sporting events in Pakistan due to border tensions between the two countriesFormer India No. 1 tennis player Somdev Devvarman feels it’s a great opportunity for the Davis Cup team to “build relationships” with their Pakistan counterparts when they go there for the two-day Asia-Oceania Group 1 tie in September.”It’s great. Honestly, I wish I was part of the team,” Somdev told IANS in an interview facilitated by Sony Pictures Networks.”It’s a fantastic opportunity for our players to go and experience Pakistan. Amazing opportunity for young athletes to go and build relationships with countries that we have problems with historically,” said Somdev who is now the national observer for tennis.”It’s a message of peace and play tennis in a competitive environment with mutual respect. I hope they make the most of it,” he added.After the International Tennis Federation (ITF) gave Pakistan the green signal to host the Davis Cup tie at the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has begun the process of checking player availability and sorting visa applications.”We got the invitation yesterday. Now we will apply for visas. It’s a lengthy process, so we have to do it beforehand,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told IANS on Friday.The sports ministry has also cleared the Indian team’s participation in the tie. This will be the first time since 2006 that the two countries will meet in the Davis Cup.Pakistan did not host a Davis Cup tie for 12 years due to security reasons. The ban was lifted by the ITF in 2017.advertisementIf India do not turn up for the away tie, they would be slapped with a fine like Hong Kong were after they refused to play an away tie in Pakistan. They were not only fined but also relegated to a lower division.”None of the players or coaches have voiced any concern and I am hopeful they all will go,” Chatterjee said.There is no official announcement yet from AITA on their decision to send the team.Also Read | Hall of Fame Open: Leander Paes and Marcus Daniell crash out in semifinalAlso Read | Rogers Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal top seed after fatigued Novak Djokovic withdraws 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 Somdev DevvarmanFollow India Davis Cup It’s a message of peace, says Somdev Devvarman as India set to play Davis Cup tie in PakistanAmid political tensions between the two countries, India Davis Cup team is set to go to Pakistan for the first time in 55 years to play the Asia/ Oceania Group 1 away tie.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

A Book About Men of Style: Artist/Rebel/Dandy

first_img Russell Wilson’s Good Man Brand is Now Available on Amazon The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet Editors’ Recommendations According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a dandy is “a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance.” Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, an exhibition at the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, celebrates the dandy in all forms, from the likes of Beau Brummell, who revolutionized menswear in the early 19th century, to the dandies of present day, like Waris Ahluwalia, Thom Browne and Rick Owens. Unfortunately, we know not everybody will be able to get out to Providence to check out this exciting exhibition by the time it wraps up in August, but luckily, there’s also an in-depth book of the same name to coincide with the show published by Yale University Press.The book, Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, is 208 pages of men’s style, with photographs dating back 200 years up until now. “The dandy is often interpreted incorrectly as a fussy and flamboyant fellow,” writes Browne in the book’s preface. “But when we look back at the original dandy — the early-nineteenth-century figure of Beau Brummell—we find a silhouette that is pared down, fitted, and uniform-like. This is precisely what I relate to as a menswear designer — clothing that is no less and no more than suits the role.” The book indeed dismisses notions that a dandy is a man with theatrical sense of fashion. Instead the dandy is defined as a man with good taste who appreciates style.In the book we see an 1805 painting of Brummell — who the book says, “basically invented the modern suit” — clad in a wool broadcloth with brass buttons, a ruffled shirt, and a top hat and cane. From there are images of notable dandies throughout history — a 1922 portrait of Tsuguharu Fujita dressed in round-framed glasses, a bow tie, plaid shirt and jacket by Man Ray; a 1974 black-and-white photograph by Oliviero Toscani for L’Uomo Vogue of Andy Warhol in a button-up shirt and bathrobe carrying a Polaroid camera; and a 2008 image of André “André 3000” Benjamin in a dashing white tuxedo and straw Trilby from the Met Gala that year. In addition are numerous texts — an essay by Patti Smith on Charles Baudelaire, a look back at Oscar Wilde by his grandson Merlin Holland and former member of Warhol’s Factory, Daniela Morera, reminiscing about the legendary artist’s style.Anyone curious about men’s fashion and its history should read this book, which offers one of the most thorough and whimsical accounts of the evolution of male style.Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, $50 at yalepress.yale.edu. You Can Rent Jimmy Chin’s Personal Camper Van How to Netflix and Chill: Mastering the Invite, Finding the Best Shows, and Morelast_img read more