Conte slammed as Chelsea embarrassed again

first_imgChelsea ‘Surely the end of the road for Conte’ – Chelsea manager slammed after Watford defeat Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 06:03 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(27) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Watford v Chelsea Watford Premier League Many supporters called for the Blues boss to be sacked after their 4-1 away defeat at Watford, just five days after losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth Antonio Conte’s days as Chelsea manager seem numbered after the Blues suffered yet another disappointing result, falling 4-1 to Watford on Monday evening.Tiemoue Bakayoko’s early red card reduced Chelsea to 10 men after just half an hour and they never recovered from that setback. Troy Deeney put Watford ahead from the spot before half-time, and despite Eden Hazard pulling one back, Watford could not be stopped.Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra all found the net in the final 10 minutes to see Conte suffer a second big defeat in a row. 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 The loss means Chelsea now sit just one point above fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the battle for a Champions League spot, though they are just one point back of third-place Liverpool. Conte has been vocal about his desire to remain , but the club has yet to deny the rumours suggesting he is on the hot seat, and this performance is unlikely to lessen the heat on the former Juventus and Italy boss.Supporters on Twitter were quick to voice their displeasure at the Blues boss, who has underperformed this season despite leading the side to the Premier League last year.Breaking news: “Chelsea FC have sacked head coach Antonio Conte after a run of poor results the club confirmed on their website”This is the news I want to wake up to tomorrow. #CFC — Niza (@TheGrandMaestor) February 5, 2018 When you remember who the owner of Chelsea is, then you get scared for Antonio Conte.— Okon ‘Ediye’ Nya (@iamOkon) February 5, 2018 2015-16 vibes. The death of Antonio conte. I can sense it, smell it, taste it. I want to snort it, inject it, inhale it.— Antonio Conte wears a wig (@CriminalCosta) February 5, 2018 Antonio Conte meeting Roman Abramovich in the morning: pic.twitter.com/rKJRf6V9gw — ᴺᴷ7 (@NGoloFC) February 5, 2018 Seems like conte will be out in feb.We’re Chelsea fans, we’ve seen this play out the same way, time & time again.No sympathy from me, these managers are always scared to make changes or risks. They stick with their systems till the end.Never accept their tactics dont work— NiiNiiFC-BlueLionsTV (@NiiNiiFC) February 5, 2018 Since Antonio Conte feuded with José Mourinho:Chelsea:Games: 10 Wins: 2 Draws: 5 Defeats: 3Out of the League Cup4th in the League pic.twitter.com/p1smu7G4LY — Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) February 5, 2018 Roman has clearly lost his ruthless. Back in the day he’d have sacked Conte in the locker room & Cahill would probably come out as manager in the 2nd half— Simeon (@SJftbl) February 5, 2018 It’s clear the players want Conte out. Costa saga never sat right with them. Haven’t tried once today, speaks volumes.— CarefreeDaily (@CarefreeDailyFC) February 5, 2018 Watford 3-1. And that’s surely the end of the road for Antonio Conte. Sad.— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) February 5, 2018 Chelsea losing but now they might finally sack Conte pic.twitter.com/fN8FuXUuaB — 20 Wave Caps (@CapreseMus) February 5, 2018 Antonio Conte on the ropes at Chelsea? pic.twitter.com/gaNhae8RKP — Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 5, 2018 Chelsea are next in action against West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Feb.12. It remains to be seen if Conte will still be with them.last_img read more

Vawdon Cup – Round Two Wrap

first_imgIn the Men’s Premier League, 2007 Vawdon Cup winners, the Canterbury Bulldogs, scrapped home on the bell 5 – 4 over an ever improving Sharkies line-up. Wests had their second consecutive draw sharing the points with Parramatta. Hornsby proved too strong for Manly while Penrith defeated Easts.In the Women’s Premier League, Wollongong was impressive in defeating an Easts line-up minus Kristy and Amanda Judd. Manly drew with 2007 Vawdon Cup winners, Wests and Canterbury defeated a defiant Cronulla Sharks outfit.It was raining touchdowns in the Mixed Premier League. Wests put seventeen past the hapless Parramatta Eels with Tevea Terangi scoring five. Penrith also had a big win over Easts while Central Coast and Menai scored three touchdowns a piece. Men’s Premier League ResultsCanterbury Bulldogs – 5 (no scorers listed) defeated Cronulla Sharks – 4 (no scorers listed)Hornsby Lions – 12 (Jonathan Palau 3, Drew Davies 2, Maurice Kennedy 2, Dean Murphy 2, Michael Abood, Dylan Hennessey, Joseph Parau) defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 4 (Joe Biskup, Sam Brisby, Darrin Forster, Michael Irvine)Penrith Panthers – 6 (no scorers listed) defeated Easts Roosters – 3 (no scorers listed)Parramatta Eels – 4 (Daniel Barton, Troy Malcolm, Adam Springfield, Dean Wilbow) drew with Wests Magpies – 4 (Justin O’Donnell, Michael Moussa, Adrian Tan, Anthony Ziade)Women’s Premier League ResultsCanterbury Bulldogs – 8 (Stephanie Halpin 3, Rachel Ackroyd, Ashleigh Dind, Kate Fitzsimmons, Erin Hardes, Tanya Willoughby) defeated Cronulla Sharks – 3 (Kirby Bosden, Sarah Bowling, Courtney Collings)Wollongong Devils – 4 (no scorers listed) defeated Easts Roosters – 2 (no scorers listed)Wests Magpies – 2 (Nicky Albery, Jaya Callinan) drew with Manly Sea Eagles – 2 (Kelly Irvine, Phillipa Robinson)Mixed Premier League ResultsMenai Bulls – 3 (no scorers listed) defeated Central Coast Dolphins – 3 (no scorers listed)Wests Magpies – 17 (Tevea Terangi 5, Rohit Prasad 2, Kate Hilyard, Zoe Koskinas, Kasey McDonald, Patricia Michaelpolous, Elin Mortimer, John Mouawad, Anthony Nader, Rashik Prasad, Louise Scrutton, Trent Touma) defeated Parramatta Eels – 3 (Megan Hayes, Serena Prout, Liam Simbolon)Penrith Panthers – 15 (no scorers listed) defeated Easts Roosters – 2 (no scorers listed) For more details, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-714-0-45019-0last_img read more

2013 NYC Day Two Summary

first_imgIt was a massive day of exciting Touch Football action on day two of the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park, Sunshine Coast. Last year’s 18’s Boys winners, New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges are undefeated after day two of the event, with six wins, sitting on top of Pool A. The South Queensland Sharks sit in second place, with four wins, closely followed by the Brisbane City Cobras, while the Central Queensland Bulls round out the top four with three wins and two losses so far. In Pool B, the Queensland Fire is also undefeated, with six wins from their six games. New South Wales Combined High Schools sit in second place after the two teams met on Thursday afternoon, with the Fire running out 12-11 winners. North Queensland, the Western Tigers and New South Wales Combined Independent Schools sit in third through to fifth places respectively, all with three wins and two losses. 2012 winners in the 18’s Girls division, Queensland Fire sit on top of the Pool A ladder, with six wins from six games. The fight for the second position in Pool A will be tight on day three, with the Sunshine Coast, New South Wales Touch Association and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges all with three wins, one loss and one draw after two days. In Pool B, New South Wales Combined High Schools are undefeated after two days, with six wins from their six games. The South West Queensland Swans sit in second place with four wins, with New South Wales Combined Independent Schools, Brisbane City Cobras and the ACT Pirates all with three wins after two days. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from day three of the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships, please visit www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Related LinksNYC Day Two Summarylast_img read more

10 months agoFC Andorra members approve sale to Barcelona defender Pique

first_imgFC Andorra members approve sale to Barcelona defender Piqueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFC Andorra members have approved the club’s sale to Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.Pique will be the president of the club, in which Gabri and Albert Jorquera, both ex-Barcelona players, will form the coaching staff.FC Andorra are eighth in Group 2 of the Catalan First Division.This is the statement issued by FC Andorra:”The members approve all the points in the assembly.”This morning FC Andorra have held an extraordinary general meeting with the inclusion of different items on the agenda, all of them approved by the members broadly without any votes against.”The recent approval of Sports Law allows the creation of a sports property, anonymous companies and in this sense an Andorran company, which has different investors including the Kosmos group, who will take charge of the assets and liabilities of the entity.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Greenwood becomes first Man Utd scorer born after 2000

first_img​Greenwood becomes first Man Utd scorer born after 2000by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Greenwood is the first player born after 2000 to score a goal for Manchester United.The teenager broke his senior team duck with an impressive strike in a 1-0 win over FC Astana.United created many great chances against their Europa League opponents, but could not finish those moments.Eventually, a stunning narrow strike from Greenwood’s right boot got them ahead.And they held on to claim all three points.Greenwood is close to turning 18, and will be hoping to break many more records as he transitions to the first team. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

8 days agoBournemouth striker Josh King: Norway players must learn

first_imgBournemouth striker Josh King: Norway players must learnby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King says Norway’s players must learn from their failed Euros qualifying campaign.Their 1-1 draw against Romania on Tuesday night has all but ended their hopes.King said, “What I said in the locker room was: ‘Remember this feeling here and let’s make sure we don’t get it again when we go out into the Nations League. We will not sit here again to be disappointed’.”We’re down now. Nobody wants to feel that way. All the boys want to bring their country a championship, so we have to remember this feeling here and not let it come again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Ohio State Football: Shelley Meyer Apparently Endorses Going To The Bathroom In Michigan Stadium

first_imgMichigan football stadium.Twitter/@spinnershellsOhio State took the crown for top average attendance in the country from archrival Michigan, and weren’t shy about trolling the Wolverines in the process of promoting that fact this morning. Those efforts are far from over, courtesy of one Ohio Stadium parody account and Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley, who is a consistently active social media presence. @The_Shoe_OSU cracked a joke about Michigan Stadium having the second highest attendance, and being a toilet, and Meyer appreciated the crack.@spinnershells I can sit here when I need to #2 LOL pic.twitter.com/xaNr2NjvHL— #TheSHOE (@The_SHOE_OSU) June 9, 2015@The_SHOE_OSU OMGOSH! I am rolling laughing at you, Shoe! #ThatsAbigSeat— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 9, 2015November 28 can’t get here soon enough.last_img read more

Schweinsteiger: I couldn’t play for another European team

first_imgGermany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger says he left Manchester United for Chicago Fire in 2017 because he could not imagine playing for another club in Europe.Having spent 17 years at Bayern Munich, World Cup winner Schweinsteiger fulfilled a lifelong dream by joining United in 2015.He was taken to the Premier League by former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal, but fell out of favour at Old Trafford following the arrival of Jose Mourinho. 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? But, having represented two of the biggest clubs in world football, he was happy to make the step to MLS as he began to wind down his career.”I did not want to go elsewhere in Europe,” he told TZ.”FC Bayern and Manchester United were the clubs I always wanted to play for.” Schweinsteiger, who retired from international duty in 2016, scored on his debut for the Fire to set the tone for a productive spell there.After starring in his side’s run to third place in the Eastern Conference, his debut campaign saw him voted into the MLS All-Star Fan XI to play in the 2017 MLS All-Star game, hosted in his new home city of Chicago.While he has enjoyed life in the United States, he has also noticed differences with his old life – not least the American media.”You do not have as many game weeks as in England and not the same level as Europe,” he added. “Sometimes you need a bit of patience.”[Punctuality] is not taken so seriously. If the meeting starts at 6 o’clock and the last player comes in at 6.10 o’clock in the cabin, that is quite normal.”While this might have come as a shock to the Bavarian, a more relaxed life suits him in the twilight of his career.He has been linked with a return to Bayern in a coaching role, with club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying earlier this year that he would like to see him back at the club. He is still a hugely popular figure there, and made a scoring return in a testimonial match last year.Former team-mates Philipp Lahm and Hasan Salihamidzic have already taken up non-playing roles at the Allianz Arena, but Schweinsteiger says he has not decided what his future holds just yet.”I usually do it in the autumn when I decide how to go on,” he said. “That’s the way it will be.“I’m still a player. I really appreciate that Bayern say such things about me.“The question is always when, how, and where [he will take the next step in his career].”last_img read more

Nation’s No. 1 S Recruit Announces Commitment

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThe nation’s No. 1 safety recruit took to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce where he’ll be playing his college football. Daxton Hill, from Tulsa, Ok., announced he’s heading to Michigan to play for Jim Harbaugh and company.It’s a huge get for the Wolverines. Hill is the No. 1 safety recruit in the country and the No. 12 recruit overall in the 2019 class.His announcement was somewhat of a surprise. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions had the star safety trending to Alabama, but Hill decided Ann Arbor was right for him.He immediately becomes the school’s top recruit, replacing 5-star defensive end Chris Hinton.Here’s the news from the man himself.Committed‼️ #918 pic.twitter.com/Td4PyyKSED— Dirty30 (@daxhill5) September 18, 2018Oklahoma State was viewed as the early favorite in Hill’s recruitment. However, once Nick Saban and company jumped in, the Tide was seen as the favorite entering Hill’s decision tonight.Hill announced a final six of Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.last_img read more

Ohio State Is Draining Mirror Lake 2 Weeks Early To Prevent “Jump”

first_imgOhio State's band does a performance against Ohio.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For years, Ohio State students would “jump” into freezing cold Mirror Lake on campus the Tuesday night ahead of the Michigan game. While some undergrads want to bring the tradition back, it doesn’t look like the school is going to let it happen.In 2015, a student at the university –  Austin Singletary – died after breaking his neck jumping into the lake. In response, the school’s student government vowed to end the tradition.The past two years, Mirror Lake has been undergoing a renovation. This year, it looks like the school has a way of ending any possibility of the tradition returning.They’re draining the lake – two weeks ahead of time. The announcement was made Saturday morning:“Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:The safety of our campus community is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and with the university’s focus on safety at top of mind, we are sharing that Mirror Lake has been temporarily drained. The lake will be refilled at a later date.”Hope you weren’t planning on jumping into a full Mirror Lake. Because Ohio State has started draining it in advance of the Mirror Lake jump. pic.twitter.com/5GqRAmpcIx— Edward Sutelan (@EdwardSutelan) November 10, 2018Here’s the entire statement, via the school’s on-campus police:Statement on Mirror Lake Safety: pic.twitter.com/OWZqd4cFG5— OSU Police (@OSUPOLICE) November 10, 2018Ohio State takes on Michigan on November 24 at Noon ET.last_img read more

Injury Update For Oregon QB Justin Herbert

first_imgJustin Herbert throws the ball for Oregon.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass during the second quarter of the game against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)It hasn’t been a good few minutes for college football’s best quarterbacks. Moments after undefeated UCF’s McKenzie Milton went down with an extremely gruesome leg injury, Oregon’s Justin Herbert has been knocked out of tonight’s Civil War game.Oregon is up 28-3 early in the second half against rival Oregon State.In the first half, Herbert, a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, was 9-for-12 for 102 yards and a touchdown.Herbert was hit hard by a Beavers defender late in the first half, and looked like he suffered a hang injury.Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert not on field for second half per @Erik_Skopil and @Prehmmr247.Took a shot late in the second quarter and came up grimacing with his hand on his throwing shoulder. pic.twitter.com/hJ9v2ulOY2— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) November 23, 2018Herbert was spotted on a cart leaving the locker room after the play.Just now: Justin Herbert leaving the Oregon locker room?Was holding shoulder after last OSU sack, backup QB Tyler Shough played last drive of 2Q #GoDucks photo cred @cburkhardtNBCS pic.twitter.com/mcFozyTB0O— Bri Amaranthus (@BriAmaranthus) November 23, 2018With the Justin Herbert injury, Braxton Burmeister will be tasked with finishing out the rivalry game.Freshman Tyler Shough entered the game after Herbert left, and handed it off twice. Reporters at the game say it is Burmeister, a sophomore, who is leading the Ducks now.Burmeister has thrown just eight passes this season, completing four for 27 yards.Last season, he threw for 330 yards, two touchdowns, and six interceptions.Luckily for Oregon, the rushing game has been impressive so far. C.J. Verdell has 16 carries for 125 yards and two scores, while Travis Dye has carried the ball 19 times for 106 yards and a score.last_img read more

Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley Has A Message For Baker Mayfield

first_imgBaker Mayfield and Lincoln Riley shake hands during the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands with head coach Lincoln Riley during the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the 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)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had a message for Baker Mayfield following the Cleveland Browns’ big win on Saturday night.The Browns, who remain in NFL Playoffs contention, took down the Denver Broncos on the road to improve to 6-7-1 on the season.FOX NFL analyst Troy Aikman was impressed.“Looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot of Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns in the years to come,” he tweeted.Looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot of Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns in the years to come— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) December 16, 2018Riley agrees.“You will-” he tweeted back.You will- https://t.co/Ix6QqDuNP1— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 16, 2018Will we be seeing Baker with Lincoln in the years to come? The Oklahoma coach is being mentioned as a candidate for the Browns’ head coaching job.Mayfield hasn’t commented on the idea of Riley leaving for the Browns, but he does think his college coach is ready for the NFL.“Lincoln’s been ready,” Mayfield said earlier this month, per Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan. “The respect level he’s had from all of his players. He’s ready, but that’s his decision.”last_img read more

Major Assistant Coach Leaving Football For A Business Opportunity

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)It’s not rare for college football assistant coaches to switch jobs during the offseason, but it is rare for them to leave the sport altogether, especially at a young age.That’s what Washington assistant coach Matt Lubick is doing, though.The Huskies’ co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers’ coach has decided to leave college football.Lubick, 46, has decided to leave football for a “business opportunity.”“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work w/ UDub football. It’s an amazing place w/ special ppl. I have a great opportunity w/ a new challenge I’m looking forward to,” Lubick said.Lubick will reportedly be pursuing a business opportunity in his home state of Colorado.#UDub co-OC/WRs coach Matt Lubick is leaving coaching for a business opportunity in his native CO: “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work w/ UDub football. It’s an amazing place w/ special ppl. I have a great opportunity w/ a new challenge I’m looking forward to.”— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 7, 2019Lubick has been considered one of the top recruiters in college football. This will be a significant loss for the Huskies.ICYMI: #Washington Co-OC Matt Lubick, long regarded as one of the best recruiters in college football, is leaving coaching. Here’s his comments to me last night about his transition. https://t.co/2E2ZID8yXA— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 7, 2019Lubick had coached at Washington since 2017. He previously coached at Oregon and Duke, among other programs.last_img read more

Miami Insider Has Update On QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A Miami football insider had an update on the status of Alabama transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts this evening.Hurts, a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining, was visiting the Hurricanes today.The Alabama quarterback had taken two transfer visits prior to arriving at Miami. Hurts was at Maryland on Friday and Oklahoma on Saturday.Miami insider Manny Navarro had details on Hurts’ visit to the Hurricanes.“Told by #UM source Alabama QB Jalen Hurts met with coaches today and was having dinner at Prime 112. He visited Maryland (Friday) and Oklahoma (Saturday) over the weekend,” he tweeted.Told by #UM source Alabama QB Jalen Hurts met with coaches today and was having dinner at Prime 112. He visited Maryland (Friday) and Oklahoma (Saturday) over the weekend.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) January 14, 2019It’s unclear if any other programs will be contenders for Hurts.TCU and Houston have been mentioned on various lists, but there have been no reports about Hurts taking a visit to those schools.Miami reportedly believes it has a “50-50” chance of landing Hurts.Told internally #Canes feel like they have a 50/50 shot to get Hurts.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) January 14, 2019Based on Oklahoma’s success with recent transfer QBs – Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray – it’s tough to imagine Hurts passing on the Sooners, but the Hurricanes did hire former Alabama assistant Dan Enos, which could give them a leg up.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Birmingham Iron Announcer Says Alabama Would Beat AAF Team By ‘A Few Touchdowns’

first_imgTrent Richardson runs the ball for Alabama against OIe Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 16: Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pushes for more yardage against Mike Marry #52 and Lawon Scott #96 of the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Alliance of American Football hasn’t exactly taken the sports world by storm, but there is at least a decent baseline of interest in the nascent pro league. Alabama is accustomed to winning football, and the state’s AAF team, the Birmingham Iron, sits at 3-0.One of the most popular, and overdone, sports debates is whether an elite college team, like most Alabama national championship contenders, could beat a bad NFL team. Most reasonable people do not believe it would happen.An AAF team, though? When you fill the roster with lesser talents who aren’t accustomed to playing with one another, that changes the argument considerably.Mike Johnson played for a great Alabama team: the 2009 national champions. Now, he serves as the color analyst for the Iron.Johnson discussed the Birmingham Iron and the AAF, saying that the league is better than people think. He would take the Alabama Crimson Tide head to head, though.He joined the Sports Drive radio show on WNSP 105.5 FM in Mobile on Tuesday.While he does see the AAF continuing to improve, Alabama’s level of talent and coaching would be the difference, Johnson believes. From AL.com:“I think it’s a lot better than most people realize,” Johnson said. “The question I get most often is ‘how would the Birmingham Iron do against Alabama?’ … I think Bama wins by a few touchdowns, to be honest with you. This is a developmental league — they’re focusing on fundamentals, they’re focusing on making sure the product is good for a spring league. That doesn’t always lend itself to being the best possible football team.“At Alabama, you’ve got 5-star recruits and you’ve got a number of (future) first-round draft picks. A lot of those guys will play a ton of years in the NFL. These guys, with the AAF, they’re scratching and clawing to catch on. Not many of them were first-round picks, aside from Trent Richardson.So, congrats Alabama fans. The Tide can now say they would probably beat some pro teams, just not the ones in Buffalo or Cleveland.[AL.com]last_img read more

Taking A Look At Texas’ 2019 Football Schedule

first_imgA Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Texas’ 2019 football schedule is front-loaded with tough games, but the second half might be a breeze.Last year the Texas Longhorns came close but were unable to win the Big 12 title, falling short to arch-rival Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game. But Tom Herman’s team shocked the college football world with a big upset of Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to cap a 10-4 season.This season the expectations will be even higher as the Longhorns bring in a first-rate recruiting class that includes two five-star wide receivers.QB1. Mic’d Up. @sehlinger3 @LonghornNetwork#ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/v7XIOQiH3H— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) March 26, 2019Texas’ 2019 football schedule won’t require the team to leave the state of Texas too often though. On top of the team’s six home games, they will have two neutral-site games at other Texas venues, and two more games against in-state opponents. Only their games against Iowa and West Virginia will force them north of the border.Here’s a look at Texas’ entire 2019 football schedule:Aug. 31: vs. Louisiana Tech Sept. 7: vs. LSU Sept. 14: vs. Rice (at NRG Stadium in Houston) Sept. 21: vs. Oklahoma State Oct. 5: at West Virginia Oct. 12: vs. Oklahoma (at Cotton Bowl in Dallas) Oct. 19: vs. Kansas Oct. 26: at TCU Nov. 9: vs. Kansas State Nov. 16: at Iowa State Nov. 23: at Baylor Nov. 29: vs. Texas TechThe Longhorns have byes on Sept. 28, after the Oklahoma State Big 12 opener, and on Nov. 2, between the TCU and Kansas State games.last_img read more

4-Star CB Dontae Manning Announces Decommitment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Manning took to Twitter on Saturday morning to announce his decommitment from the Sooners.“This has been put int0 consideration countless times and most definitely wasn’t an easy decision. But with God, my family and friends, I would like to announce that I am de-committing from the University of Oklahoma. OU will still remain a top school of mine,” Manning said in a statement.Please respect my decision… pic.twitter.com/AbujRqEklh— CraZ 🎱 (@dontaemanning_8) July 6, 2019 Manning is the No. 7 cornerback and the 99th-ranked overall player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is also the third-rated player in the state of Missouri.Manning has been rising in the recruiting rankings over the past few months. When he announced his commitment to the Sooners in April, Manning was the No. 180 overall recruit in the country.Here’s a look at the current 2020 team composite rankings from 247Sports. Oklahoma checks in at No. 15 after losing Manning. Generic photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Nearly three months after announcing his commitment, a top cornerback recruit decided to re-open his recruitment.Kansas City (MO) Raytown four-star cornerback Dontae Manning announced his commitment to Oklahoma in April.He announced his commitment to the Sooners months ago on Twitter, calling OU “home.”However, after three months of being committed, Manning decided Oklahoma isn’t the place for him.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Mumbai Police rubbishes rumours of possible attack at Wankhede Stadium

first_img Mustafa Shaikh undefinedApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 11:36 IST Courtesy by BCCIHIGHLIGHTSMumbai Police has rubbished rumours of a possible attack on team bus in MumbaiPlease do not buy this fake news and do not believe in rumours: Mumbai PoliceMumbai Indians host Rajasthan Royals in an IPL 2019 match at the Wankhede on SaturdayMumbai Police on Saturday clarified that there is no input about a threat to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 matches at the Wankhede Stadium in the city. On Friday, rumours about a possible terrorist attack at an IPL match and one field stadium was being circulated.The rumours led to concerns among people who had booked tickets for the upcoming IPL matches involving Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. Notably, Mumbai Indians host Rajasthan Royals in an IPL 2019 match at the iconic venue on Saturday.Mumbai Police PRO, DCP Manjunath Shenge clarified that these were nothing but rumours. He went on to clarify that agencies don’t have any input regarding an attack. Sources with the police said that at this may be a conspiracy aimed at affecting the crowd turnout for IPL matches in Mumbai.The clarification from the Mumbai Police came as a relief for cricket fans, players and management of Mumbai Indians and IPL.In a statement, Mumbai police said, “Since yesterday, there is fake news being circulated about a threat at Wankhede stadium. There is no specific input or intelligence about a threat to IPL matches at Wankhede. Mumbai Police has been and will always take the highest possible security measures to keep Mumbai Safe. Please do not buy this fake news and do not believe in rumours, Mumbai Police is always alert!”As per the rumours, there was input from the agencies about a possible terror attack on the bus of international players. However, Mumbai Police has reiterated that Mumbai is safe and police are always on alert.advertisementAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s on-field outburst at umpires: Everyone is humanAlso 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 Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Mumbai policeFollow Bomb Threat IPL 2019: Mumbai Police rubbishes rumours of possible attack at Wankhede StadiumMumbai Police have confirmed that it has no input about a possible terror attack at the Wankhede Stadium during Indian Premier League 2019 matches. Police sources have stressed the rumours may have been aimed at affecting the crowd turnout for the Mumbai Indians matchesadvertisementlast_img read more

Ace sprinter Dutee Chand reveals she is in same-sex relationship with ‘soulmate’

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 10:01 IST Dutee Chand won silver medals in women’s 100m and 200m at the Asian Games 2018 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand is in a relationship with a girl from her hometown Chaka Gopalpur in OrissaDutee is currently preparing for the World Championships and Tokyo Olympics 2020Dutee won two silver medals in women’s 100m and 200m at the Asian Games last yearChampion sprinter Dutee Chand on Sunday became the first Indian athlete to come out and declare that she is in a same-sex relationship with someone. Dutee Chand revealed that she is in a relationship with a girl from her hometown Chaka Gopalpur in Orissa.Dutee though, refused to disclose the identity of the person as she did not want to make her “the centre of undue attention”.”I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her,” Dutee told The Sunday Express.Dutee won two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018 with second place finishes in the women’s 100m and 200m finals. The 100m medal was India’s first in the event in 20 years while the 200m silver was the first after 16 years in the event.”I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” Dutee said.advertisementDutee is currently preparing to compete in the World Championships after which she will start her training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”I wanted to be with someone who will encourage me to continue being a sportsperson. I have been a sprinter for the past 10 years and I will perhaps continue to run for the next five to seven years. I travel around the world to compete. It is not easy. Mujhe kisi ka sahara bhi chahiye (I need someone who will support me on the personal front),” she said.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dutee Chand Ace sprinter Dutee Chand reveals she is in same-sex relationship with ‘soulmate’Dutee Chand revealed in an interview that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her hometown.advertisementlast_img read more

Diego Costa hits 4 as Atletico thrash Real Madrid 7-3 in International Champions Cup

first_imgDiego Costa hits 4 as Atletico thrash Real Madrid 7-3 in International Champions CupReal Madrid fielded a strong side with Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic starting up front but they were trailing 5-0 at the end of the first-half in New Jersey on Friday. advertisement Next Reuters New JerseyJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 09:23 IST Diego Costa hit 4 goals before he was sent off in the 65th minute of the match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Costa scored 3 first-half goals for Atletico on FridayCosta was sent off in the 65th minute after he had hit 4 goalsZidane remained defiant after the match, insisting the club are not panickingDiego Costa scored four goals as Real Madrid were embarrassed 7-3 by rivals Atletico Madrid in the final match of their United States tour in New Jersey on Friday.Real fielded a strong side once again, with new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic starting up front and Gareth Bale again on the bench, but were 5-0 down at the end of a shambolic first half.Atletico fielded a host of new arrivals, including club record signing Joao Felix, who immediately caught Real cold on the counter before playing Costa in for his opening goal in the first minute.The 120 million euro ($133 million) signing Felix got among the goals himself seven minutes later before Angel Correa, an early substitute for the injured Alvaro Morata, shocked Real with a third in the 19th minute.Saul Niguez capitalised on more slack defending from Real to thread through to Costa who fired in the fourth with just 28 minutes on the clock.Costa capped a disastrous half for Real in stoppage time, winning a penalty before converting from the spot.The punishment did not stop after the break, as Felix again fed Costa six minutes into the second half before Nacho pulled one back for Real near the hour-mark.The Costa onslaught ended abruptly, with he and Real’s Dani Carvajal both red-carded for fighting, adding further drama to an incredible friendly.Vitolo added a fine seventh for Atletico, before Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez scored late for Real to avoid what would have been the side’s biggest defeat to their city rivals in a competitive match.advertisementHumbled Real head home with no wins from their three games in the U.S.With Bale’s future hanging over the tour which has seen them conceded 12 goals from three games, coach Zinedine Zidane remained defiant after the match, insisting the club are not panicking as the new Spanish league season nears.”You don’t have to spin it over,” Zidane said. “It’s a pre-season game. They’ve been better at everything. There is nothing more to talk about.”We are preparing a season and being calm. We have to be ready on August 17, with the first league game. For now, we have lacked things for sure tonight.”Atletico coach Diego Simeone said that he saw things in Real’s previous games he thought his team could target.”Having seen Madrid, we looked for where we could harm them,” Simeone told reporters. “We tried to find good places at the exit of the ball and we were very precise, that in football it is important.”We have had a great time here.”Also 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 Diego CostaFollow Real MadridFollow Atletico MadridFollow International Champions Cuplast_img read more