PSG coach Tuchel unsure of future for Barcelona target Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel admits Adrien Rabiot’s situation is in flux.The Parisians do not want to lose the 23-year-old and will fight until the end as they look to sign him to a long-term deal, though Rabiot’s agent – his mother Veronique – has reportedly been in Barcelona negotiating a move.”It’s not an easy situation for him,” Tuchel said about Rabiot.”He’s not the first player to have this problem in the dressing room, but he’s still working everyone else and is very professional.”It is what I expect of him and I am sure it will stay like that; we must be [professional], too.”The dressing room knows his situation.”It is a complicated market situation, he is our player and everything can happen.”It is a situation between the club and the player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Two Liverpool fans assaulted in Naplesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo Liverpool fans were assaulted prior to the Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday.Both fans were assaulted before kick-off but were able to attend the game.The police statement read: “At around 6pm local time (5pm GMT), it was reported a number of males on scooters approached the fans at a bar in the city before assaulting them.”Two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, sustained superficial cuts and grazes to the head and were treated at the scene before continuing to attend the match.”Local police are aware and Merseyside Police are working with police colleagues in Naples to assist in the policing of the Champions League fixture.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal hero Podolski mocks Spurs with Gnabry nominationby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Lukas Podolski enjoyed a dig at Tottenham by claiming Serge Gnabry should be the Gunners’ player of the month.Former Arsenal youngster Gnabry bagged four as he returned to north London to take on his former side’s biggest rivals, Spurs.The four goals of strikes helped complete an staggering 7-2 victory for Bayern Munich at White Hart Lane.On Thursday evening, Arsenal tweeted a pole for their player of the month for September – and Podolski came back with a cheeky response, reports the Mirror.Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Calum Chambers and Emiliano MartInez were listed by Arsenal as the nominees.But Podolski had other ideas – and replied to the tweet with a GIF video of Gnabry waving. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
bayless smith ncaa tournament picksSkip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith may be 1-seeds in our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket, but it’s also true that they have a very highly-rated morning show on ESPN. Earlier this week, the duo made their NCAA Tournament picks – and neither picked a 1-seed to cut down the nets.That being said, they did pick big programs. Bayless took a shot on 4-seed Kentucky relying on talent to make its way through the tournament. Bayless cited Tom Izzo’s experience, taking Michigan State. You can view the segment below.Do you agree with either? Or will another team be winning it all in early April?
The Cleveland Browns made Baker Mayfield the No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. In doing so, they announced they plan on having Mayfield as their quarterback of the future.But is he their QB of the future? The Browns acquired Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, and most indications are that Taylor will begin the season as the starter.This morning, Cleveland.com Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show.” While Patrick had her on, he asked if Mayfield had any shot at being the Week 1 starter.Cabot’s answer was an emphatic no, and it is because the Browns want it that way.“No, because they’re setting it up so that he really can’t win this job, and they’re also setting it up to keep Mayfield-mania at bay,” Cabot said.DP- “Is there any way Baker Mayfield can win this job?”@MaryKayCabot– “No because they’re setting it up so he can’t win this job.” pic.twitter.com/pdEarIiFHD— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 7, 2018This makes sense. The Browns are a franchise starved for success and to finally find a competent quarterback. There’s no need to put too much pressure on Mayfield too early in his career, especially if he’s not ready to handle it.Cleveland won’t go 0-16 this year. There is actually some talent on this roster, so they should win a handful of games. Still, playoff contention seems beyond the pale, so sooner or later, it will be time to turn the reins over to Mayfield and let him get his feet wet.That time just won’t be Week 1.
CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after a ruling on the field during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)You can’t accuse Clemson football of backing down from a big game.The Tigers have regularly scheduled tough non-conference series, despite playing in the tough ACC Atlantic, and having a standing rivalry game with South Carolina out of the SEC.Under Dabo Swinney, the Tigers have played games against Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, and TCU, with multiple series against AU.This year, Clemson travels to Texas A&M. To their credit, the program seems more interested in true home-and-home series than many other powerhouses, which have flocked to neutral site games in pro stadiums.Just yesterday, Clemson football officially inked a deal with LSU. The two sets of Tigers will play a home-and-home in 2025 and 2026.That series won’t stop Clemson football from continuing to add powerhouse programs to future schedules.Athletic director Dan Radakovich says the program is still in negotiations with another Georgia series, even after scheduling the program’s first ever series with LSU.Just chatted with Dan Radakovich. Said the deal for the home & home with LSU doesn’t stand in the way of nailing down a home & home with UGA, too, and that discussions remain ongoing.— Hale yes! (@DavidHaleESPN) August 16, 2018Clemson hosts Texas A&M next year, has a bunch of Notre Dame games set as part of the team’s agreement with the ACC, and now has LSU on the schedule.Two potential years for Georgia games: 2021 and 2024. It is unclear if the programs want the home-and-home that spread out.In 2021, Clemson has its South Carolina game, and will host UConn and Wyoming, while Georgia brings in San Jose State and UAB and travels to its annual ACC rival Georgia Tech. Clemson just has Appalachian State, The Citadel, and the Gamecocks in 2024, while Georgia only has Tech on the schedule so far.Clemson and Georgia have played a bunch through the history of the two programs. Georgia has a 42-18-4 all-time edge in the series, with the last games coming in 2013 and 2014. The two sides split that home-and-home.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 02: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a stadium flyover before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 2, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame looked like one of the best teams in the country in Week 1. The Fighting Irish played like a College Football Playoff contender in the season-opening win over Michigan.Fast forward a week, and things are getting dicey for Brian Kelly’s team.Notre Dame is hosting Ball State. The Fighting Irish are in a dog fight.It’s Notre Dame 14, Ball State 6 after two quarters of play.That’s…not the score anyone expected.“Ball State’s second drive of 10+ drives that ends in a field goal. This one included a 4th-and-7 conversion and 3rd-and-10 conversion. Notre Dame up 14-6 while asking its quarterback to only use two of his four limbs in the game,” Pete Sampson tweeted at halftime.Ball State’s second drive of 10+ drives that ends in a field goal. This one included a 4th-and-7 conversion and 3rd-and-10 conversion. Notre Dame up 14-6 while asking its quarterback to only use two of his four limbs in the game.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 8, 2018ESPN remains confident in Notre Dame’s ability to hold on, at least.The Football Power Index gives Notre Dame a 97 percent chance to win. That seems a little high for an 8-point game at halftime, though.Notre Dame and Ball State are playing on NBC.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum made two bold claims about the upcoming College Football Playoff today.The first one: A one-loss Michigan team will make the playoff over a one-loss Notre Dame team.“This college football committee consists of 13 people and they don’t just look at the first game — they look at the body of work,” Finebaum said this morning. “I can’t pretend to replicate them because I can’t stand to listen to them every Tuesday night either when they go on ad nauseam about stuff that I don’t understand, but the point is that you have to look at what’s happening now. You have to compute that. What happened on Sept. 1 , the first weekend, should not have that much gravity even thought they did play.”Notre Dame, of course, beat Michigan during the opening week of the season, so some would surely have an issue with this. However, it’s tough to argue too much with what Finebaum is saying.The second: Alabama can still lose and make it in – even if that loss is in the SEC Championship Game.“I was fascinated by LSU being at No. 7,” Finebaum added. “We all watched them lose 29-0 at home, they were ineffective across the board and they didn’t drop very far. And don’t forget — LSU also lost to Florida which lost to Missouri, a mediocre team. What does that tell us? This committee values Alabama supremely. In other words, Alabama has a mulligan.“If Alabama loses a game, this week vs. Mississippi State, in two weeks to Auburn or the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia, I think they’re still getting in.”Will he end up being right? Stay tuned.
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 04: Running back Justice Hill #5 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys is hit by defensive back Steven Parker #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Oklahoma State Cowboys have a 6-6 record, but may still wind up in a decent bowl game in a few weeks. Let’s take a look at the latest regarding where Oklahoma State football could land.A look at the Big 12 standings shows Oklahoma State in second to last, tied with Kansas State and Texas Tech with a 3-6 conference record.Of course, the Cowboys’ highs were higher than those two clubs, both of whom beat them head-to-head. They blasted Boise State early in the year, beat Texas at mid-season, and knocked off West Virginia, eliminating them from the conference title race, in Week 12.It was a weird year.Still, current projections could send the Pokes to a bowl game on New Year’s Eve, which is rarely the case for a 6-6 (3-6) club.A new bowl projection has Oklahoma State football heading East to Memphis to play in the Liberty Bowl.On Friday, Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single released a new set of bowl projections. He projected that the Cowboys will head to the Liberty Bowl to face Missouri out of the SEC.These two programs used to be conference mates in the Big 12, of course. Mizzou has a 29-23 all-time lead in the series.The two sides last played in 2014, a few years after Missouri defected to the SEC. The Tigers beat the Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl 41-31.The Liberty Bowl takes place on December 31. The game kicks off at 3:45 p.m., and is broadcast on ESPN.[Sports Illustrated]
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The younger brother of star Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to announce where he will play his college football. It should come as no surprise that Jake Ehlinger will follow in his older brother’s footsteps and attend the University of Texas.Although he’s not the highly-recruited athlete his brother was, Jake isn’t backing down from the challenge of competing at the highest levels of collegiate football.Ehlinger will likely continue his football career as a preferred walk-on for the Longhorns. As a two-star recruit, Ehlinger held just a few offers – Penn and Brown – to play football, but now he’ll link up with his brother in Austin.“So blessed to be able to say I have officially decided to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of Texas,” Ehlinger said on Twitter.So blessed to be able to say I have officially decided to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of Texas ???? pic.twitter.com/hdfymBKvZ3— Jake Ehlinger (@jehlinger2) January 19, 2019Sam Ehlinger led the Longhorns to a 10-4 record this season and a huge upset bowl win over then-No. 5 Georgia. Now his brother will join him in Austin and have a chance to quarterback the Texas defense.Tom Herman and company finally put together the season college football fans have been waiting for and there’s plenty for Longhorns fans to be excited about moving forward.