10 months agoNapoli coach Ancelotti delighted for matchwinner Milik

first_imgNapoli coach Ancelotti delighted for matchwinner Milikby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with their 1-0 win over Cagliari.Arkadiusz Milik struck late to earn the points for Napoli.“He is a smart guy, who is able to deal with various situations in a balanced manner,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“The Liverpool defeat was a heavy blow, but the reaction had already come a long time before this evening. I didn’t need to win at Cagliari to know this team had already shaken off the Anfield game.“This is a team with good prospects and we are doing very well, but in my view can do far better. We are very competitive. We were in the Champions League, we are in Serie A and will be in the Europa League.“I share the project with the club, so this is a structure that doesn’t let itself be influenced by one victory or defeat. We can really do well here.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace him

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Isco to play with Eden Hazard – not replace him.The Sun says Chelsea are readying a £70m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.Sarri sees Real Madrid maestro Isco, 26, as the perfect foil for the Belgian.As a creative midfielder with brilliant technical ability, Isco would no doubt slot in seamlessly to ‘Sarriball’ at Stamford Bridge.And the plan for the Italian gaffer is to use Isco, who plays mainly on the left-wing, to allow Hazard to flourish in his new central role.They will make a £70m bid for him today with the hope of securing a £250,000-a-week, four-and-a-half-year contract in the first week of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid convinced Levy faces having to sell Spurs ace Eriksen

first_imgReal Madrid convinced Levy faces having to sell Spurs ace Eriksenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are convinced they can prise Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham in 2019.AS says Real management believe the Dane’s decision to suspend new contract talks has handed them an advantage in their battle of wills with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.With Eriksen’s deal due to expire in 2020, this summer represents the best time for Levy to sell – a situation even manager Mauricio Pochettino recognises is now becoming reality.”Of course he is an important player and as coach you want to have him with you, but in the end it is a negotiation and there are different parties that have different interests, it would be great if he stays here, but, if not, it is in your right to do what you want,” said the Argentine.For their part, Real are prioritising Eriksen as the player to succeed veteran Luka Modric as their prime playmaker. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechu

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechuby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are closing on a deal for Malaga prospect Chechu.Marca says Malaga defender Jose Martinez Lopez, known as Chechu, is on Real’s radar.The centre-back has been capped three times with the Under-17 national team and has drawn the attention of La Fabrica for his power and physical attributes.His height of 187 centimetres means that he dominates in the air in both areas.Chechu has been capped at U17 level by Spain. last_img read more

9 months agoAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancy

first_imgAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancyby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town will not appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.The Terriers parted ways with David Wagner on Monday by mutual consent.The German leaves with the club currently bottom of the table and eight points from safety. Reports had suggested that Allardyce was in the running for the role, given his history with saving clubs from relegation.But the former England boss has distanced himself from those links.He told talkSPORT: “As much as I like Huddersfield, it’s very difficult job indeed. For me, and I know the fans won’t want to hear this, it’s got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.”For me, at this stage of my life if they made an approach I would chat with them, but I think it’s very unlikely, Alan.”They’ve only scored 12 goals in 22 matches, and while I’ve managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe and at Crystal Palace I had Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.”Huddersfield’s trouble is not their performances, it’s a lack of goals and we all know what it means when you have a goalscorer.”It’s a very difficult task.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoArsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emery

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emeryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSome Arsenal players are growing increasingly frustrated with Unai Emery’s training methods. The Gunners criminally blew a two-goal lead to draw with Watford last Sunday, with lacklustre defending at fault for both goals.Emery was criticised for his tactics and decision making during the match, which saw Watford accumulate 31 shots.It isn’t only the problem Emery is facing as his players have become increasingly frustrated with his refusal to practice pressing in his training sessions.The Athletic says Emery does not view pressing as an essential tactic to work on in training.This has annoyed some of his players who want to see Emery change up his training methods.The Spaniard is still liked by his playing group, but that could change if the situation continues this season. last_img read more

a month agoMaguire tells Man Utd fans: Goals coming soon

first_imgMaguire tells Man Utd fans: Goals coming soonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire is confident he’ll break his Manchester United scoring duck. The summer signing has yet to score in six Premier League appearances for United. Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Arsenal, Maguire said: “I see myself as a threat.”I’ve had a couple of headers this year up to now and I’m sure to get on the end of many more crosses and create chances in the box. It’s something I take pride in as I work on it on the training pitch. “I like to say I’ll chip in with some goals to help the team out in terms of getting some good results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days ago​Indian outfit Bengaluru FC partner with Rangers

first_imgTagsAustralia/Asia NewsScottish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Indian outfit Bengaluru FC partner with Rangersby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGlasgow Rangers have signed a two-year partnership with India’s professional outfit Bengaluru FC as part of a commercial push into the Asian sub-continent, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Established in 2013, the serial Indian Super League champions will present a staging point for Rangers to grow its presence and fan base in the region, where the Scottish Premier League (SPL) club will also seek to identify India’s best club talent.As part of the arrangement, the Rangers Academy will also travel to India to train at Bengaluru’s facilities, which will also host several school soccer training camps Rangers are planning, as well as various club ambassadors and former players.Rangers managing director, Stewart Robertson, said: “We’re excited and proud to announce our partnership with reigning Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC, especially at this time when football in India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is entering a period of unprecedented growth.”The club’s international strategy is a core-pillar to our growth plans and this partnership opens up Rangers to the vast football community in India and provides a great platform for us to engage with our wider fan base, and the South Asian communities at home here in Scotland”A Rangers ‘legends’ side will travel to India to feature in exhibition matches and to also strengthen the club’s fan engagement around training camps, while screen events will also be made available for fans in Bengaluru.Mandar Tamhane, Bengaluru FC’s chief executive, said: “It is a matter of pride for us to be partnering with Rangers FC – a club that is laden with history and is one of the top football brands globally.”The partnership is based on an exchange of knowledge and services, one that we are looking to make the most of. Bengaluru FC’s endeavour has been to help grow Indian football and our association with Rangers is a big step in that direction. last_img read more

Oklahoma Now No. 1 In Both College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege basketball polls.oklahoma no 1 in both college basketball pollsThe Oklahoma Sooners, sporting a 15-1 record after knocking off both Oklahoma State and West Virginia last week, are your new No. 1-ranked college basketball team. OU made the jump Monday in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll, replacing Kansas, which lost to the aforementioned Mountaineers. The Jayhawks dropped to No. 3 in both polls – with North Carolina coming in at No. 2. There was a major shakeup in both polls this week, considering the fact that 16 of the top 25 teams in the land (per the AP Poll) lost games.In 1 week, 16 of the AP Top 25 teams have lost a game. Welcome to College Basketball. pic.twitter.com/l47tBWc02e— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 17, 2016Here are the AP Poll rankings. You can see more over at the Associated Press.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Xavier6. West Virginia7. Maryland8. SMU9. Iowa10. Texas A&M11. Michigan State12. Arizona13. Virginia13. Baylor15. Miami (FL)16. Providence17. Louisville18. Butler19. Iowa State20. Duke21. USC22. Purdue23. Kentucky24. South Carolina25. Indiana …and here are the Coaches’ Poll rankings, released by USA Today.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Maryland6. Xavier7. West Virginia8. Texas A&M9. Iowa10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Duke13. Virginia14. Miami (FL)15. Baylor16. Louisville17. Providence18. South Carolina19. Kentucky20. Pittsburgh21. Iowa State22. Purdue23. Indiana24. Butler25. USCOklahoma begins its reign at No. 1 with a tough game on the road against No. 19 Iowa State tonight.last_img read more

‘Liverpool should be inspired by City’ – Alexander-Arnold

first_imgTrent Alexander-Arnold feels Liverpool can take inspiration from Manchester City after the champions ended the Reds’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season.Liverpool went down 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, Leroy Sane scoring a second-half winner for Pep Guardiola’s side after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener.City therefore, cut Liverpool’s lead atop the table to four points and, with Tottenham only two points further back, an exciting title race looks to be on the cards. 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? Last season, City’s unbeaten run in the league was ended by Liverpool at Anfield in January, but Guardiola’s men responded by going on to win the title with a record-breaking 100 points.And Alexander-Arnold, who helped set up Firmino’s equaliser on Thursday, feels Liverpool can use the pain of their first league loss of the campaign to drive them on.”Every defeat hurts. But losing to City is really hard because we’ve been on such a long unbeaten run,” the England defender said.”We’ve had a lot of wins this season and we were dreading this moment. In the back of our minds, we knew we would lose a game eventually because football is like that.”But City lost their unbeaten record at Anfield last season – and at the same time of year – and they responded by going on another long run of winning games.”That’s what the top teams do and it’s what we’ve got to do. Listen, this is a bitter one to take. What we’ve got to do is get better and move forward. We don’t let one defeat ruin our season.”We are Liverpool #YNWA pic.twitter.com/dvu5iRjdc3— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) December 29, 2018Liverpool have a chance to respond to their City setback when they travel to fellow Premier League side Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Monday.Despite the progress the Reds have made under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership, Liverpool are yet to win a trophy under the German, and Alexander-Arnold wants to end that record.”We’re going there to win,” he added. “It’s not a free hit against Wolves. It’s a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things. We’re not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.”I remember Steven Gerrard’s goal against West Ham [in the 2006 final]. It was a great final and a great day for the club. We’re all trying to get back to those days again – and hopefully that will happen this season.”Liverpool is a great club with a massive history, and the players who are here now must carry that responsibility. We haven’t won a trophy for a few years. It’s been too long, really, for a club like this. But it is what it is. We can only try to do our bit and add to that history.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Girona 1 Atletico Madrid 1

first_imgAntoine Griezmann continued his goalscoring streak as Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Girona to edge them towards the last eight of the Copa del Rey.Diego Simeone’s side have not beaten Girona since they were promoted to LaLiga in 2017, but the visitors looked prime to end that run when Griezmann fortuitously put Atletico into the lead after nine minutes with his seventh goal in eight games.However, the hosts hit back 25 minutes later as Anthony Lozano netted only his second goal of the season on a night when he was a thorn in Atletico’s side. 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? Simeone will fancy his chances of guiding Atletico to a seventh consecutive appearance in the quarter-finals given they are unbeaten at home this season, but Girona will stand a chance in the second leg if they put in the kind of spirited display that saw them fight back to earn a draw.The hosts’ good start turned sour when Griezmann met Nikola Kalinic’s neat pass with a side-footed first-time shot from just inside the box that went in off goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.Girona hit back when Aleix Garcia’s clever ball picked out Lozano, who took a touch and stroked a dipping shot towards goal that Antonio Adan could only help into the net with a punch that lacked the strength to push it over the crossbar.Lozano then crashed a header onto the underside of the bar, only to see it bounce back out as Atletico ended the half fortunate to be level.Kalinic missed two chances early in the second half, heading straight at Iraizoz with the first before turning the Girona defence and blazing over the target from 12 yards with the second.Seydou Doumbia had plenty to aim at when the ball fell to him on the edge of the six-yard box but he scuffed his shot in what proved to be Girona’s last clear-cut chance of the evening, leaving them needing to spring a surprise in Madrid next week.93′ | 1-1 |  The game ends at Montilivi! All to play for at the Wanda @Metropolitano!#AúpaAtleti #CopaDelRey #GironaAtleti pic.twitter.com/6z1j78hM8y— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 9, 2019What does it mean? Atletico still short of their bestAfter a disappointing draw at Sevilla in LaLiga on Sunday, Atletico looked set for a morale-boosting win after Griezmann’s opener but they were peggedIraizoz atones for early errorGirona’s goalkeeper should have done better with Griezmann’s goal but he kept his side in the tie with a string of saves, none better than a one-handed block over his head to prevent Vitolo’s close-range thunderbolt.Godin struggles to cope with LozanoLozano found himself with time and space inside the Atletico box twice inside the first half hour as Diego Godin and the Atletico defenders lacked their customary composure.What’s next?Atletico are in action in LaLiga on Sunday morning when mid-table Levante are the visitors to the Wanda Metropolitano, while Girona will hope to end their five-game LaLiga winless streak at home against Deportivo Alaves a day earlier. read morelast_img read more

Armed Forces Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Navy Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

first_imgThe Armed Forces Bowl logo.Twitter/@ArmedForcesBowlLooking for a Louisiana Tech vs. Navy preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the matchup.Friday, Dec. 23, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Navy Midshipmen. The game, to be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium, is slated for a 4:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Louisiana Tech vs. Navy preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Louisiana Tech wins the matchup between the two teams 52.7% of the time. The spread also favors the Bulldogs.Spread: Louisiana Tech -7Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNLouisiana Tech vs. Navy preview:The middle of the season saw plenty of success for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The team racked up seven straight wins after opening the season with a 1-3 record. At 8-3, the Bulldogs looked like they were headed for a very successful season, yet they lost their last two games of the season to slide to 8-5. Now they face Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.Navy also lost its last two games of the season after putting together a very successful 2016 campaign. The Midshipmen pulled off a few very impressive victories this season, such as the win over Houston, and a 44-point win over SMU. However, Navy also mixed in a few suspect results, such as a 14-point loss to Air Force and a surprising loss to Army.The Midshipmen and Bulldogs have played two times in history, with Navy winning both contests. The last game between these two programs was played in 2010.Louisiana Tech vs. Navy prediction:Both Louisiana Tech and Navy boast high-powered offenses. The Bulldogs feature a pro-style approach that could cause problems for the Midshipmen.However, after losing its last two contests, Navy will look to rebound with a solid win. It will do just that.Navy 42, Louisiana Tech 31,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Louisiana Tech wins the matchup between the two teams 52.7% of the time. The spread also favors the Bulldogs.Spread: Louisiana Tech -7Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNLouisiana Tech vs. Navy preview:The middle of the season saw plenty of success for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The team racked up seven straight wins after opening the season with a 1-3 record. At 8-3, the Bulldogs looked like they were headed for a very successful season, yet they lost their last two games of the season to slide to 8-5. Now they face Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.Navy also lost its last two games of the season after putting together a very successful 2016 campaign. The Midshipmen pulled off a few very impressive victories this season, such as the win over Houston, and a 44-point win over SMU. However, Navy also mixed in a few suspect results, such as a 14-point loss to Air Force and a surprising loss to Army.The Midshipmen and Bulldogs have played two times in history, with Navy winning both contests. The last game between these two programs was played in 2010.Louisiana Tech vs. Navy prediction:Both Louisiana Tech and Navy boast high-powered offenses. The Bulldogs feature a pro-style approach that could cause problems for the Midshipmen.However, after losing its last two contests, Navy will look to rebound with a solid win. It will do just that.,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Louisiana Tech wins the matchup between the two teams 52.7% of the time. The spread also favors the Bulldogs.Spread: Louisiana Tech -7Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNLouisiana Tech vs. Navy preview:The middle of the season saw plenty of success for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The team racked up seven straight wins after opening the season with a 1-3 record. At 8-3, the Bulldogs looked like they were headed for a very successful season, yet they lost their last two games of the season to slide to 8-5. Now they face Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.,Navy also lost its last two games of the season after putting together a very successful 2016 campaign. The Midshipmen pulled off a few very impressive victories this season, such as the win over Houston, and a 44-point win over SMU. However, Navy also mixed in a few suspect results, such as a 14-point loss to Air Force and a surprising loss to Army.The Midshipmen and Bulldogs have played two times in history, with Navy winning both contests. The last game between these two programs was played in 2010.Louisiana Tech vs. Navy prediction:Both Louisiana Tech and Navy boast high-powered offenses. The Bulldogs feature a pro-style approach that could cause problems for the Midshipmen.However, after losing its last two contests, Navy will look to rebound with a solid win. It will do just that.,Navy 42, Louisiana Tech 31,Navy 42, Louisiana Tech 31last_img read more

‘Luiz is not the answer to Arsenal’s prayers’

first_imgDavid Luiz is not Arsenal’s “answer to their prayers”, says Martin Keown, with an unnecessary gamble being taken on a player who will be “exposed” in a much-criticised defensive unit.The Gunners have sought to build for the future at the heart of their back four by agreeing a deal for William Saliba, but have allowed him to spend the 2019-20 campaign back on loan at Saint-Etienne.Unai Emery is therefore eager to find an experienced addition to his ranks for the current campaign, with Laurent Koscielny having forced through a switch to Bordeaux. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Chelsea star Luiz is the man Arsenal have set their sights on, with Goal able to confirm that an £8 million ($10m) agreement is in place, but Keown has questioned the logic of swooping for the 32-year-old Brazil international.The former Gunners centre-half told the Daily Mail: “Yes, Arsenal want a centre back, but is Luiz the answer to their prayers? I don’t think so. “The way the 32-year-old plays, he would be exposed in that Arsenal defence. He would not get the same protection that he enjoys at Chelsea, where N’Golo Kante patrols in front of the back line. “In possession, Luiz is a wonderful passer, but he makes mistakes when playing as part of a back four.“He has a tendency to lose his marker and is one of those all-or-nothing players — if he doesn’t win the ball in a challenge, then congratulations because you’re in. “Luiz is clearly a big personality. Maybe Emery thinks he can control the Brazilian — they crossed paths at Paris Saint-Germain — but him missing first-team training with Chelsea on Wednesday is a red flag. “Let’s not forget that Arsenal have just been forced to sell a player to Bordeaux who did this to them.“Laurent Koscielny was club captain and always came across as a good egg, but he still made sure he got his move. “He refused to take part in their pre-season tour of the United States. That proved how even the most well-balanced player is prepared to rock the boat in a bid to get his way. “Do Arsenal really want to be on the receiving end of someone willing to kick up a similar fuss now? That’s why I question whether he (Luiz) would be suitable for Emery.”If Arsenal do push through a deal for Luiz, and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, then it could be that Emery fields a new-look line up in a Premier League opener against Newcastle on Sunday.The Gunners have already broken their transfer record this summer to acquire £72m ($88m) forward Nicolas Pepe, while also taking midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid and exciting teenager Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano.last_img read more

Ohio State Safety Jordan Fuller Ejected vs. Nebraska After Questionable Targeting Call

first_imgJordan Fuller was ejected on this play.Every week, there are a half-dozen questionable targeting calls that lead to ejections in college football. We just saw another in the Ohio State vs. Nebraska contest.Early in the second quarter, with Ohio State leading 16-7, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez attempted to find tight end Kurt Rafdal across the middle. Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller attempted to tackle Rafdal, leading with his shoulder. Rafdal didn’t make the catch and fell to the ground, right as Fuller hit him.Fuller wound up hitting Rafdal in the head/neck area. It was called targeting. The call was held up and Fuller was ejected.It certainly doesn’t look like Fuller was being malicious. But that’s the rule these days. Here’s the play:Ohio State’s Jordan Fuller was ejected for targeting. pic.twitter.com/cccZ7MKgzd— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) November 3, 2018Jordan Fuller gets ejected for confirmed targeting on Kurt Rafdal. In Fuller’s place, Brendon White enters at safety next to Shaun Wade. Tough play for Fuller with Rafal falling down during Adrian Martinez’s short pass on 1st-and-10 from Nebraska’s 11 but Ohio State buckles down. pic.twitter.com/BENkyNqQek— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) November 3, 2018Jordan Fuller has been ejected for targeting. #OSUvNEB pic.twitter.com/xQ02smkkrr— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 3, 2018Ohio State, after a rough start, has scored 16 unanswered points and holds a 16-7 lead midway through the second quarter.last_img read more

2 Top Assistant Coaches Reportedly Favorites For Temple Job

first_imgLincoln Financial Field ahead of a Temple football game.The Temple Owls are working quickly to find a replacement for head coach Geoff Collins, and are setting their ambitions relatively high this offseason.According to FootballScoop, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko and Miami (FL) defensive coordinator Manny Diaz are among the top candidates for the job.As with a wide variety of Temple head coaching hires from the last decade, Elko and Diaz have no prior college head coaching experience. Both coaches are also young, aged 41 and 44, respectively.Elko has put together Top-50 defenses in stints with Bowling Green, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame. Notably, his defense in 2013 at Bowling Green was ranked No. 10 in the nation and helped pave the way for the Falcons to win the MAC Championship.Diaz has served in a variety of different defensive jobs, including NC State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and Texas prior to his current stint in Miami.The Owls are coming off their fourth straight winning season, but are looking for their fifth head coach in the last nine years. Each of their last four head coaches has accepted a job at a different school. Most recently, Collins accepted the vacant head coaching job at Georgia Tech.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Nebraska Releases New Statement Regarding RB Maurice Washington

first_imgNebraska's flag waves in the wind.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: A flag of the Nebraska Cornhuskers flys before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)In the wake of the recent report that Nebraska running back Maurice Washington was the subject of an arrest warrant in California, the school appears to have been carefully getting all of the facts straight. Now, Nebraska has released a new statement providing an update.On Thursday evening, the Nebraska athletic department revealed how and when it was informed of the charges Washington is facing. The department revealed that it was first made aware of the situation in September 13, 2018 – more than two years after the event allegedly took place, and several months after the investigation apparently began.According to Nebraska, it was unaware of what the issues concerning Washington were in September. Via Corn Nation:On September 13, 2018, the UNL Police Department informed the Nebraska Athletic Department that the Nebraska Attorney General’s office was seeking to talk to Maurice Washington. UNLPD also provided contact information for Jamie Vaughn, Executive Associate Athletic Director-Compliance, to the Nebraska Attorney General’s office. UNLPD did not know the nature of the inquiry.The school revealed that it spoke to an investigator in the matter and ultimately introduced Washington to an attorney.The statement goes on to say that the school was first made aware of the exact nature of the charges on February 8, 2019, when Michael Bott of NBC Bay Area revealed that he would be publishing a story on the issue. Bott revealed to Nebraska that the charges were for felony child pornography and for misdemeanor “revenge porn.”Washington was Nebraska’s third-leading rusher in 2018, rushing for 455 yards on 77 carries and adding another 221 yards receiving.It remains to be seen if the school intends to impose any disciplinary measures on Washington.Stay tuned.[Corn Nation]last_img read more

Report: Alabama WR Runs Crazy 40 Time At Junior Pro Day

first_imgRoquan Smith tackling an Alabama playerATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Henry Ruggs #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama’s football program did not have anyone in the top 10 of the NFL Scouting Combine’s 40-yard dash times this year. That should change in 2020.According to AL.com, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III got his 40-time clocked at the school’s Junior Pro Day. Per the report, Ruggs ran a blazing 4.25 40-yard dash.Such a mark is only a sliver behind the all-time record held by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross. At the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, Ross clocked in with a 4.22 40-time.The mark for Ruggs may be stunning to those who don’t know him, but even in high school he had a sterling reputation as a speedster.Back in high school, Ruggs set a Class 7A 100-meter dash record, winning the race in just 10.58 seconds.Yesterday was further proof that Alabama junior wide receiver Henry Ruggs is really, really fast.Have been told that NFL scouts timed him in the 4.25 range in the 40-yard dash at Alabama’s pro day yesterday.https://t.co/VPVu2KUNHn— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) March 7, 2019Ruggs has demonstrated his blazing speed on the field as well.As a freshman, he caught only 12 passes but averaged over 19 yards per catch with six of them going for touchdowns.Last year, Ruggs’ production spiked as he caught 46 passes for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns.As a prospect in the Class of 2017, Ruggs was rated the No. 75 overall prospect in the country, the No. 11 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Alabama by 247Sports.last_img read more

Nation’s No. 1 Recruit Zachary Evans Gives Update To His Timeline

first_img Evans said he’ll cut his list of 11 – Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas A&M, Texas and Washington – down to four “in the next week or two.”“I’m planning on taking a couple of visits out of state after I release my list,” Evans said. “I’ve got The Opening Finals coming up at the end of June, but other than that I’ll be focused on working out and getting better.”Smith previously said that his plan was to go from 11 down to six schools, and then five when it comes time to set official visits. It looks like things have progressed a bit further than that.He also planned to commit in December, and enroll at his new school in January.At 247Sports‘ crystal ball, 43-percent of the voters believe he will be a Texas Longhorn, with Texas A&M sitting at 29-percent. Five-star RB Zach Evans scores touchdown.MaxPrepsHouston native Zachary Evans is the composite No. 1 recruit in the entire 2020 recruiting class. The five-star running back understandably holds offers from over 40 schools featuring most of the biggest programs around.Unsurprisingly, many of those college football behemoths make up his top schools list as well. Earlier this year, he cut that down to 11 programs.Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas A&M, Texas, and Washington remain in contention for his services. We’ll have a clearer look at where these schools stand soon.Zachary Evans says that he plans to trim that list of schools down in the next few weeks.He spoke to USA Today about where things stand in his recruitment right now:last_img read more

College Football Player Found Dead Days Before Graduation

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Elon University senior and football player was found dead on Thursday afternoon, according to an email from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley.“I am deeply saddened to share the news that an Elon student died today. We were notified by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office that Nicholas Kavouklis, a member of the Class of 2019…passed away shortly after 2:00 p.m. ET in a rural area of southern Alamance County,” Dooley said in a statement.Nicholas Kavouklis, a long-snapper on the football team, was found dead just one day before he was set to graduate from the university.University President Connie Book released a statement about his passing: “Our community is devastated by the death of Nicholas Kavouklis, a member of the Class of 2019,” she said.“He & his family will be in our thoughts & prayers during Commencement tomorrow. May we all take strength knowing that Nick’s shining spirit will live on forever through his classmates.”Elon senior and former football player Nicholas Kavouklis was found dead in southern Alamance County just after 2 p.m. today according to an email from Jon Dooley.A gathering will be held tonight in Rhodes Stadium at 9 p.m.Read More:https://t.co/8sR9mvha8q— ENN Sports (@SportsENN) May 23, 2019Kavouklis was a two-time selection to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Academic All-Conference Team – in 2015 and 2016.He played in 11 games for the Phoenix in 2018 and played in 39 games for the team during his collegiate career.Our thoughts are with the Kavouklis family and Elon community.last_img read more

Athlon Sports Says Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez Is A Top-10 QB This Year

first_imgAdrian Martinez warms up for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska enters the 2019 season with increased expectations in Year Two under Scott Frost. Quarterback Adrian Martinez is a big reason why.Landing Martinez was viewed as a coup for Frost, who scooped the four-star signal caller up shortly after being hired in December 2017. After enrolling early and earning the starting job as a true freshman, Martinez showed plenty of promise last season.Some pundits were clearly impressed with what they saw. Athlon Sports released its rankings of the 130 starting quarterbacks in college football earlier today.Martinez checks in at No. 9, right behind Big Ten counterparts Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Shea Patterson (Michigan). The continued development of Martinez is a big reason why coach Scott Frost’s team should take a big step forward in 2019. Martinez did not play as a high school senior due to injury but showed no rust in his freshman season. The California native connected on 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns to just eight picks. Martinez finished second on the team with 629 rushing yards and chipped in eight scores on the ground. With a full offseason to develop under Frost, look for Martinez to contend for All-Big Ten honors this fall.Slotting Martinez in the top 10 seems pretty bold, though he deserves to be ahead of Fields based off their current track records.No matter where you put him nationally, there is no reason why Martinez shouldn’t be one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten in 2019.You can view Athlon’s full rankings here.last_img read more