Transfers Walcott: Rooney convinced me to join Everton Dejan Kalinic 11:27 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Everton Premier League The former Manchester United star played a big part in convincing the Arsenal forward to make the move to Everton Everton signing Theo Walcott revealed Wayne Rooney played a big role in his decision to make the move to Goodison Park.Walcott, 28, completed a move from Arsenal to Everton Wednesday in a deal reportedly worth £20 million.The attacker joins Rooney at the Premier League club and Walcott said his former England team-mate helped convince him to make the switch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told evertontv.”He told me it was a great place to play football and a club that is on the up. Those are the reasons I came here. “This is a club with great history. The fans are brilliant, they are always passionate … and I used to find it very tough playing here.”You want to be part of something and Wayne feels Everton are really going to improve.”Happy to confirm I have today joined @everton #EFC pic.twitter.com/BSoTJgRXq2 — Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) January 17, 2018 Walcott scored 19 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, but he struggled for game time this campaign.The 47-time England international believes he can recapture his best form at Everton.”I was very proud of what I did last season – scoring 19 goals,” Walcott said.”I want to bring that [scoring form] to Everton Football Club. I want to be part of the attacking force that is here.”It always comes down to hard work and I think the manager here will get the best out of all the players.”I just want to play football and enjoy it again. I feel this move will make that happen.”Walcott could be back at Arsenal in just a couple of weeks, with the Gunners set to host his new club in early February.
Manchester City Sane ahead of schedule and closing on Man City return Dom Farrell 23:44 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Leroy Sané Manchester City v Leicester City Basel v Manchester City Leicester City Basel Premier League UEFA Champions League Guardiola Pep Guardiola expected to be without the Germany international for up to seven weeks with ankle ligament damage, but the winger is progressing well Manchester City winger Leroy Sane could be set for an ahead-of-schedule return from ankle ligament damage.Sane was sidelined following a rash challenge from Cardiff City’s Joe Bennett in a 2-0 FA Cup fourth round victory two weeks ago.The initial prognosis was for the Germany international to be out for between six to seven weeks, ruling him out of the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal at the end of this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Sane was photographed working on the training pitches at his club’s training base on Thursday and, although Guardiola insisted that merely amounted to running drills, he did not entirely rule him out of the Champions League last-16 tie against Basel.The Premier League leaders travel to Switzerland for the first leg next week and, asked whether Sane would play, Guardiola replied: “I don’t think so. He is much better but he is still not ready.”Top scorer Sergio Aguero is expected to once again lead the line for City when Leicester City visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday but Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus is closing in on a return from medial knee ligament damage.”I would like to give [Aguero] a rest sometimes but he is the only striker we have,” Guardiola added, with commitments across four competitions on the agenda this month.”He is making a huge effort and doing really well.”Gabriel is coming back soon. Maybe in one week, 10 days or two weeks he will be ready.”
Chelsea Eden Hazard wants to play wide left but is it really his best position? Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:55 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Manchester United v Chelsea Eden Hazard Manchester United Stats Opinion The Belgian attacker is versatile enough to play in three positions but he feels he is best deployed on the wing — and the stats support that claim All great players can play in many positions and Eden Hazard is certainly proving his versatility at Chelsea this season. The brilliant Belgium international has already been deployed in three roles, with Blues boss Antonio Conte having utilised the 27-year-old as a wide forward, a second striker and, as against Barcelona on Tuesday night, a ‘false nine’.The Italian’s decision to switch to a three-man defence during the triumphant 2016-17 Premier League campaign not only brought the best out of David Luiz at the back, it also allowed Hazard to play in his preferred position. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He started on the left-hand side of the attack on 31 occasions, contributing 11 goals to an impressive 27 victories.This season, he has featured on the flank in just eight games yet still managed to score five times and racked up four assists.In addition, Chelsea’s win record with Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 stands at 82 per cent, so why is Hazard more likely to reprise the false nine role he performed against Barca in Sunday’s crucial Premier League clash with Manchester United? Quite simply, because of his issues with his fellow forwards’ form and fitness. With Conte having rarely put his trust in Michy Batshuayi before sending the striker out on loan to Borussia Dortmund in January, and summer signing Alvaro Morata having struggled to justify his £58 million transfer fee, Hazard has had to play more centrally.Indeed, Conte has deployed his best player alongside Morata on 13 occasions this season in a 3-5-2 formation in the hope of bringing the best out of the Spain striker. However, while that move has worked out well for Hazard — seven of his 15 goals in all competitions have come while playing up top — Chelsea have not fared quite as well, winning just 38.5% of the games in which they’ve used 3-5-2 this term.As a result, Conte has experimented with using his best player on his own up top. While Hazard creates more chances per game (3.26) than in any other position, he has scored and created just two goals apiece in his eight outings as a ‘false nine’.Furthermore, Chelsea had lost their three previous games before claiming a creditable draw with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge. As for the player himself, he stated on Tuesday night, “To be honest, I like the role as a false nine.” However, he immediately clarified that it is only an enjoyable role when Chelsea have possession of the ball.”In game against quality opposition like Barcelona, it’s difficult,” he confessed. “You don’t get a lot of passes. “I might have touched the ball 25 times and 15 of those were flying toward my head! That is not really playing to my qualities. I won some aerial duels against Gerard Pique, and that’s not bad.“But if I had to choose, I prefer to play like I did in the last 10 minutes, which was out wide. “It’s the manager who has the final word. On the wing, I feel more comfortable. That’s my place.”That stats support that claim too. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
African All Stars Video: Karl Toko-Ekambi’s strike amongst the best in Ligue 1 Goal 18:34 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) African All Stars Videos Lille v Angers SCO Angers SCO Lille Ligue 1 Here is the top 5 of the most beautiful goals scored during matchday 27 of Ligue 1 French league
Transfers Modric appears to tell Neymar Real Madrid are ‘waiting for you’ Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 16:20 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Real Madrid Neymar Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Friendlies The Croatian midfielder seems to be doing his best to tempt the Brazilian back to Spain after meeting him at Anfield on Sunday Luka Modric appeared to encourage Neymar to join him at Real Madrid following Sunday’s friendly between Brazil and Croatia.Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to La Liga with the European champions, less than a year on from his world-record €222 million (£194m/$259m) move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona.The 26-year-old played a starring role at Anfield in his first appearance since February, coming off the bench to score a brilliant opening goal in Brazil’s 2-0 win. 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 Afterwards, he was filmed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) swapping signed shirts with Madrid midfielder Modric, and it seemed he could not resist a cheeky hint at a transfer in the coming weeks.As they wrote messages and exchanged jerseys in the tunnel after the match, Modric could be heard saying, “We’re waiting for you,” prompting a smile from Neymar.Modric was later asked about the transfer rumours and, according to Globo, replied: “Let’s see what happens!”Neymar has also refused to be drawn on the Madrid speculation of late, with his focus locked on international matters ahead of World Cup 2018.He told reporters when quizzed on the latest reports: “The focus is now on the Brazilian team.”They are talking nonsense. It’s not worth answering.”Olha que momento nos bastidores de Brasil x Croácia! O reconhecimento de dois craques pelo trabalho do outro. Bonito de se ver! #GigantesPorNatureza pic.twitter.com/Z7llPygWzn — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2018 Despite Neymar’s reluctance to be drawn on his links to the Blancos, Goal has revealed that the Brazilian is eager to find a way out of Paris this summer.That suggests Modric may get his wish of playing alongside the former Barca man in the near future, with the Croatian doing his best to act as an agent in a mooted big-money deal.
World Cup Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:39 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Russia v Saudi Arabia Russia Saudi Arabia The midfielder was forced off just 24 minutes into his side’s opening clash against Saudi Arabia in Moscow Russia’s strong start to the World Cup took a blow after Alan Dzagoev limped off with a hamstring injury in the tournament opener against Saudi Arabia.The 27-year-old was forced off in the 24th minute after going down with the injury, with Denis Cheryshev taking his place.Russia were 1-0 up at the time of Dzagoev’s injury after Yuri Gazinsky headed the hosts in front after 12 minutes. 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 And Dzagoev’s replacement, Cheryshev, was able to make his presence felt as he scored twice to help Russia down Saudi Arabia 5-0.Villarreal man Cheryshev blasted home Russia’s second on the 43rd-minute mark before scoring a beautiful goal with the outside of his left foot to make it 4-0 in the second half.Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin completed the scoring in what was a dream start to the tournament for Stanislav Cherchesov’s men.Shortly after limping off, Russia released a statement confirming Dzagoev will now have a scan which could rule him out for the rest of the competition.”Alan Dzagoev damaged the muscles in the back of the thigh,” Russia said in a brief statement. “The terms of treatment will be determined by the results of the upcoming MRI [scan].”When healthy, CSKA Moscow man Dzagoev is an important part of Russia’s efforts on the international stage. He was a standout performer during Euro 2012 qualifying, scoring four times to help Russia make the tournament.Then at Euro 2012, Dzagoev scored three times in as many games, which was good enough to secure him joint-top scorer in the competition, alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Mario Balotelli, Mario Gomez and Mario Mandzukic. However, injury has plagued Dzagoev the last two international tournaments for his country. He had to pull out of Euro 2016 with a broken foot after picking up the injury playing for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev also missed out on the 2017 Confederations Cup, also in Russia, due to injury.It was Dzagoev’s 58th cap for Russia against Saudi Arabia. He has scored nine times with the national team so far.
November has been a busy month for affiliates all around the nation with several tournaments and numerous summer competitions cranking into top gear.None of these events or affiliates operate without the industry, commitment, expertise and passion of a dedicated volunteer army.Touch Football Australia have recognised the efforts of some special Volunteers who have been hard at work in their affiliates this month with personal calls from the TFA Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Peter Rooney.Roberta Mc Broom from the Western Australia affiliate of Goldfields has made an outstanding contribution to Junior development in the West, establishing a successful Junior Touch competition off the back of a highly popular AusTouch program that has seen the Kalgoorlie Goldfields affiliate regularly turn out 100 plus AusTouch graduates over the last 3 years.Roberta’s hard work and leadership has led to Goldfields developing a local junior competition that is leading the way in the establishment of junior competitions in Western Australia.TouchWest’s Operation’s Manager, Angela Doyle has assisted Goldfields to develop as a progressive, innovative affiliate and is impressed with Roberta’s efforts to corner the market and put Touch Football on the map in the Country affiliate located 600 kilometres from Perth.“Roberta has done a magnificent job, and has established Western Australia’s first formalised Junior competition off the back of her enthusiasm and passion for the participation of juniors in the AusTouch program. Roberta is an integral part of the development of juniors in the sport and we’re very appreciative of her role in nurturing young talent in the West,” Doyle said.Goldfields will be sending four teams to the Inaugural “Be Active” WA Junior Regional Championships in April 2008 and are hopeful of producing strong performances across the board to ensure the sport has a strong foothold in the State’s isolated areas.Roberta has been extremely keen to improve her technical understanding of the sport and to access opportunities for local participants and was instrumental in a recent Level One Coaching accreditation course being conducted in the Goldfields affiliate.Roberta had been a long running servant of the sport having worked in tandem with husband and Goldfields Touch Association President Neil Mc Broom to develop the Goldfields affiliate for a huge chunk of the affiliate’s history.WA State Manager Mr. Matt Bamford believes the work Roberta does is pivotal in the continued growth of the game in Kalgoorlie.“Roberta has served the affiliate in numerous capacities over the years, and her work with the AusTouch program has led to the development of a fully fledged junior competition, as well as a flow on effect with the AusTouch graduates joining senior affiliated competitions. The work Roberta is doing is vital not just for now, but more importantly for the future membership of the association,” Mr. Bamford said.In Victoria, Peter Cramp, Treasurer of the Geelong Touch Association has been recognized for his tireless efforts in the development of the Geelong affiliate, but particularly his stellar contribution to the business management of the association in the last 12 months.Peter has been extremely diligent in the thankless task of debt collection, enabling the Geelong Touch Association to clear pressing financial debts that had been weighing on the association.Peter has been a long serving member of the Geelong Touch Association, filling roles in the past as president, general member, and treasurer.Peter is well respected as one of the founding father’s of the association and is well regarded for his professional approach to affiliate development.The 22 team Geelong competition is well administered in all aspects of operation from uniform requirements to referee development and Peter has been a driving force in Geelong’s rise and rise as a key venue for the sport in Victoria, establishing great connections with local council and the community along the way.Peter has ensured that Geelong is always represented at the State Affiliates Cup in both Open and Seniors divisions and is a prime reason the affiliate is expanding and growing.Victorian Touch State Operations Manager, Nick Mooney was full of praise for Peter Cramp’s contribution to the Geelong Touch Association.“Peter is an extremely dedicated individual who has been selfless and industrious for Geelong. Geelong is one our oldest affiliates and he has helped framework a great competition that is going from strength to strength. He has worked hard to help the affiliate navigate their way through some financial issues and he is a driving force in the association’s development,” Mr. Mooney said.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate both Roberta and Peter for their selfless, quality contributions to their local affiliates and our sport.If you know of any worthy volunteers who deserve recognition for their contribution to your local association, please contact your State Branch Manager with the details.
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Liverpool not planning new Robertson dealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson is not on the verge of signing a new contract with Liverpool.Given the Scot’s emergence as a key player for Jurgen Klopp over the past 12 months, reports had suggested that he was close to earning a bumper deal from the Reds.However, the Evening Standard believe the club have no plans to renegotiate Robertson’s contract, which expires in 2021.Robertson is not upset with the decision from Liverpool, contrary to reports. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery pushed about Cahill: Arsenal looking at different possibilitiesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery refused to rule out moving for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill after victory over Fulham.Emery confirmed plans he hoped to buy this month.He said, “It’s not easy to change or improve our team with the possibilities in the transfer market, but the club is working. We are looking at different possibilities. “Maybe we can improve in the transfer market if we get the opportunity. Maybe we can sign one or two players, but it’s not easy.”Asked directly about Cahill, he added: “We didn’t speak about him.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio president Claudio Lotito has eased talk of a deal for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.The defender was expected to join Chelsea this week, but Lotito now appears to be putting the brakes on the deal.”Zappacosta? The market is not made from the collection of stickers,” rapped Lotito.”If I even like him, I wonder if he is functional and necessary.”The president continued: “These assessments are not made by the president. The president hears and listens to people. I have a coach, a sports director, a team manager who contribute to the formation of my conviction.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool captain Henderson tribute to Leicester boss Rodgersby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson paid tribute to Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers in his match programme notes yesterday.Ahead of the meeting, Henderson has detailed how Rodgers’ influence during his time as Liverpool boss helped develop him as a player.He wrote in his column: “I will always be grateful to Sir Kenny Dalglish for having enough belief in myself to bring me here in the first place. But as well as Sir Kenny, Brendan played a massive part in my Liverpool career and development as a player here.“It’s already apparent that Brendan is doing for the Leicester players what he did for us when he came to Liverpool. It’s obvious how much the lads there have bought into what he and his staff are looking to create and achieve, and it’s genuinely no surprise to me that they’ve made such a positive start to this season.“In the three years-plus I spent working for Brendan I learned so much from him. He was massively generous when it came to giving time to explain what he wanted from you, in terms of improvement and development.“I mentioned the faith Sir Kenny showed in offering me the chance to become a Liverpool player, and I have the same appreciation to Brendan for making me captain. I was still relatively young at that time and I’m sure there would have been ‘safer’ choices to make.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan face MLS competition for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan face MLS competition for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. Off contract in June, Giroud is a January target for Inter coach Antonio Conte, who sees the veteran as cover for Romelu Lukaku.However, Gazzetta dello Sport says interest from MLS is also arriving.New York City FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are the latest two teams keen.This season, Giroud has played nine matches for Chelsea, in which he’s scored four goals.
Chelsea star N’Golo Kante has been removed from the France national team as the result of a knee injury, the French Football Federation have announced.Kante picked up the knee injury in training for Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ Europa League final clash with Arsenal.That injury threatened the midfielder’s chances of playing in the Europa League showcase, but Kante managed to suit up and go the full 90 minutes in the 4-1 victory over the Gunners on May 29. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The performance would have seemed to herald Kante’s fitness and he joined France’s squad for European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra on June 8 and 11.However, Kante played no part in France’s 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia on June 2 and has since been evaluated by the squad’s medical team.The decision has been reached Kante will take no part in either qualifier, with the midfielder leaving the team Thursday evening.A statement from the FFF read: “After meeting with the medical staff following the evolution of his right knee injury, coach Didier Deschamps decided to release the international midfielder from Chelsea FC before leaving for Konya, Turkey, scheduled for Friday morning.”France also stated a replacement for Kante will not be called in.Kante was honoured this week as he and his France team-mates received the country’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honour, for winning the 2018 World Cup.The Chelsea midfielder enjoyed another strong season at Stamford Bridge, despite controversially being used further up the field by Maurizio Sarri.Kante managed a new goals high for himself with Chelsea, scoring four times with the Blues this term, while his four assists matched his high set with Leicester City during their shock title-winning season in 2015-16.Without Kante, France travel to Turkey and Andorra looking to build on their positive start to Euro 2020 qualification, which began in March with victories over Moldova and Iceland.Les Blues are expected to have Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe available for the contests despite the forward being substituted with a knock against Bolivia.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp should be making a new left-back and another creative midfielder his top priorities for the summer transfer window, claims Mark Lawrenson.The Reds are expected to reinforce their ranks over the coming weeks.A sixth European Cup may have been secured, but even Champions League winners have room for improvement. 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? Those at Anfield acknowledge as much, with the Liverpool board vowing to make more funds available.It remains to be seen where Klopp will seek to invest those, amid links to star names from back to front, but Reds legend Lawrenson believes there are areas in obvious need of strengthening.He said in The Mirror: “You’d look at Liverpool now and think, ‘It’s really time to kick on’. But if people are thinking there are going to be five or six new players, I don’t see that.”Klopp might need another left-back with [Alberto] Moreno going, because if Andy Robertson was out for two to three months, would you be happy with James Milner in there?“This is where Liverpool have to get a little bit closer to Manchester City, who just have world-class replacements everywhere.“So maybe a young left-back with loads of potential who Klopp can train on and who you hope won’t play for the first four or five months if Robertson is fit.“Maybe a No.10, too. They tried to get Nabil Fekir, which didn’t happen because of his knee, but that kind of player would be good.”Liverpool have been linked with Fekir again, as well as a possible move to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Merseyside from Barcelona.Whoever is targeted, Lawrenson believes the Reds are in a good place after bringing a seven-year wait for major silverware to a close.“I’m obviously delighted and as much as anything for Jurgen Klopp,” said a man who spent seven years of his playing career at Anfield.“For Klopp, it was a little bit of a crossroads after having lost six finals in a row. It doesn’t matter how mentally strong you are as a manager, you have to start to question yourself when you have lost a series of big finals.“You got a sense of that when he said that it was very important he won this one for his family, because they have had to go through it with him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Brett McMurphy’s reporting on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga has provided us with the story of the college football preseason. That story is set to come to a conclusion later this week, as Ohio State’s Board of Trustees is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss personnel matters following the investigation.McMurphy has come under scrutiny from some – Ohio State fans, mostly, but also others – and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn went at him a bit on the radio.Quinn, a Dublin, Ohio native, is questioning McMurphy’s motive following his latest report.”What he’s doing is taking one side of it and reporting it in a very twisted and calculated way which makes me think he’s got a motive”@TheJonasKnox & Brady Quinn (@3rd_Goal) have some questions about how Brett McMurphy has chosen to release informationhttps://t.co/IzYSbTEKBH— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) August 20, 2018Quinn says he is not defending Zach Smith, but he doesn’t feel like McMurphy’s reporting has been balanced.“If you’re a reporter, your job is to be objective,” Quinn said. “Even if things are as one-sided as they seem, you still have to paint the entire picture for people. That’s where he hasn’t done that. He hasn’t at all. At no point has he come back with a counter-point to his own discussion within everything he’s reported.“I’m not defending Zach Smith and he should probably go to jail for some of the stuff he’s done if it’s all true, but what (McMurphy) is doing is taking one side of it and reporting it in a very twisted, calculated way which makes me think he’s got a motive and there’s something else going on in all of this.”Jeff Snook, who’s authored several college football books (including some on his alma mater, Ohio State), has published a couple of things that could be labeled as the “other side.” You can read some of that here.Regardless of everything that’s gone on, this is all set to wrap up soon. The BOT is set to meet at 9 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday. A decision on Meyer’s future could come later in the day.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 02: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up prior to their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In a strange twist in the Deondre Francois’ story that led to his dismissal from the FSU football team, Francois’ ex-girlfriend is apparently recanting the allegation that he hit her.Diamond Lindsey, who published a video on Instagram over the weekend depicting a domestic dispute with Francois, published a new post where she apologized to Francois and regretted posting the video in the first place.Francois was dismissed from the FSU program yesterday.I want to first start by apologizing to Deondre and his family for ultimately diminishing his character. I should have never posted a video from our past situations that were already handled. The motive of the video was to scare him not to ruin anything he had going for hisself.Lindsey goes on to explain that the video was made to threaten him, and took responsibility for the seemingly-violent sounds in the video.She stated that she did not call the police and further apologized for misleading people.The full transcript of the post is available here:The Instagram account that posted the Deondre Francois video Saturday evening just posted this. pic.twitter.com/92KW1pCcRz— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) February 4, 2019Despite the apology, it is unlikely that Lindsey’s statement will give FSU any cause to reconsider Francois’ status. The video does appear to indicate some form of abuse coming from Francois, even if there is no visual evidence to reinforce what he was apparently saying.Since his dismissal from the football team, Francois has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Twitter poll instead of coin toss in cricket: ICC announces Test reforms on April 1On April 1, the International Cricket Council came up with a series of tweets, informing fans of the game about the changes that will be brought about in Test cricket when the ICC Test Championship begins later this year.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 17:02 IST @BCCI PhotoHIGHLIGHTSICC announced an array of reforms to Test cricket to improve the format’s popularity on April 1Fans will decide who will come to bat first and who will have to go for bowling by participating in a Twitter poll: ICCICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits: Cricket body on TwitterInternational Cricket Council (ICC) started their Monday morning by posting a prolific number of tweets announcing the changes they are planning to bring in longest-format cricket during the World Test Championship to make it more distinctive and appealing to the younger generation.Some of the changes they planned to bring in Test cricket for the World Test Championship, which is scheduled to commence in the month of July this year, from traditional Test cricket are:Numbers and Instagram handle on jerseysICC tweeted to bring numbers and Instagram handles to the jerseys of the players to make it more appealing to the younger generation.Using their official Twitter handle, ICC tweeted: “As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship.”As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship. pic.twitter.com/XnvantQfc9ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019Twitter polls rather than traditional coin tossNow the fans will decide who will come to bat first and who will have to go for bowling by participating in a Twitter poll. Many players did ask to bring technology into play after Mankad incident to check for No-balls but ICC took it a bit serious and replaced traditional coin toss with social media polling.advertisement”In further changes ahead of the World Test Championship, the tradition of the coin toss will be replaced by a @Twitter poll, allowing fans at home to decide who bats and bowls!,” ICC tweeted.Option to wear shorts to beat the heatTest Players will now also get an option to wear shorts so that heat does not take a toll on the players and sway their performance.ICC tweeted: “Should the temperature reach 35degC, the ICC’s updated playing conditions will allow all Test players the option to wear shorts.”Other decisions to transmute the Test Cricket and bring fans even closer to the sport, ICC announced that they will give broadcasters an option to position commentators on the field of play behind the slips cordon and will also permit the fielding team to complete a ‘Double Wicket Play’ by running out the other batsman after taking a catch.All these tweets were tweeted with a ‘CricketNotAsYouKnowIt’ hashtag on the picture.It’s the April fool day, so, there is a colossal chance that ICC is celebrating the day in a very peculiar way but it is yet to be confirmed by the global governing body of cricket whether it is just a prank or not.Two minor changes will be made to cricket terminology with no balls and dot balls to henceforth be known as ‘Faults’ and ‘Aces’. pic.twitter.com/3gFdhO4c59ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019Runs scored in the evening session of day/night Tests will count double, creating a new and exciting strategic element ???2?? pic.twitter.com/Hqzzwe8sbYICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019And finally, should teams be level on the World Test Championship table, the first tie-breaking criteria will be ‘Away Runs.’So which of these initiatives are you most looking forward to? ??#CricketNotAsYouKnowIt pic.twitter.com/HHxUvxdv7kICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli proud as India win ICC Test championship mace for 3rd successive yearAlso Read | Got to admire how MS Dhoni takes the game deep and gets the job done: Ben StokesAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICCFollow April Fool’s DayFollow ICC Test ChampionshipFollow April 1Follow InstagramFollow Coin toss
Sunil Chhetri named AIFF Player of the Year for a record 6th timeIndian captain Sunil Chhetri who recently overtook Lionel Messi to become the 2nd highest international goal scorer among active players in the world is now also the most capped Indian footballer.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 22:54 IST Sunil Chhetri has been awarded the Player of the Year award for a record-extending 6th time (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Chhetri has already won Player of the Year award in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017Ashalata Devi was named the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the YearDangmei Grace was adjudged the AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the YearTalismanic Indian captain Sunil Chhetri was Tuesday named as the AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year for a record-extending sixth time.The 34-year-old striker, who has been in peak form in the last couple of years, has earlier won the honour in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017. He currently plays for Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League.Chhetri is currently the second highest international goal scorers among active players with 70 strikes to his name, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (149). He has gone past Lionel Messi (68), who is third in the list, during the 2019 Intercontinental Cup opener against Tajikistan.Chhetri is the most capped player of the country with 109 matches, ahead of former captain Bhaichung Bhutia (107).India midfielder Abdul Samad was named the AIFF Emerging Men’s Player of the Year.Ace India international Ashalata Devi was named the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19, while Dangmei Grace was adjudged the AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19.Best Grassroots Development Programme award will be given to Jammu and Kashmir Football Association while R Venkatesh of Tamil Nadu won the award for the best referee.Also Read | Copa America 2019: Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to clinch 1st title since 2007Also Read | Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no place for others but himself in his Dream XIFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow AIFFFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Lionel MessiFollow Cristiano Ronaldo Next
Asian News International LondonJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 17:27 IST Stuart Broad holds the key to England’s bid to reclaim the Ashes this summer. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland and Australia will meet for the first Ashes Test on August 1 at EdgbastonEngland pacer Stuart Broad urged teammate and fast bowler Jofra Archer to be patientAshes mark the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC)England pacer Stuart Broad on Wednesday urged teammate and fast bowler Jofra Archer to be patient ahead of the forthcoming Ashes, starting August 1.”Patience Jof, only 1 more day..,” Broad replied to Archer’s 2015 tweet, “Why is it not ashes Yet.”England will host Australia for five Ashes Test series from August 1 to September 16. Both the teams will wear names and numbers on their jerseys, which is an ICC initiative to help fans connect with the players. Screen Grab of the Twitter chatAshes mark the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).ICC World Test Championship was announced last year, with the top nine full member nations — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — competing in a total of 71 Test matches across 27 bi-lateral series over two years.The top two teams with most points as of April 30, 2021, will then contest in the WTC final in June 2021 in the UK. Each of the nine teams will play six of the eight possible opponents across a two-year period, with three series at home and as many series away and a total of 120 points up for grab within each series.Following are the Ashes squad:England: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.Australia: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.advertisementEngland and Australia will meet for the first Ashes Test on August 1 at Edgbaston.Also Read | Ashes 2019 England vs Australia, Edgbaston Weather Forecast: Will rain play a spoilsport in first Test?Also Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso See: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Stuart BroadFollow Jofra Archer Stuart Broad comes with cheeky reply to Jofra Archer’s old tweet on AshesStuart Broad replied to an old tweet from the Jofra Archer ahead of the forthcoming Ashes Test series, which starts on August 1 in Birmingham.advertisement