first_imgTransfers Besiktas boss Gunes hints at Liverpool move for Talisca Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:58 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anderson Talisca Besiktas 472018 AA Transfers Liverpool Beşiktaş Benfica The Brazilian has drawn interest from around Europe, but the Turkish side’s boss has hinted that a deal has been made with the Premier League club Besiktas coach Senol Gunes has revealed that the Turkish outfit won’t be signing Anderson Talisca from Benfica, and hinted that the 24-year-old could already have a deal in place with Liverpool. The Brazilian has spent the last two years on loan with the Turkish side and his impressive showings have drawn interest from around Europe. Premier League outfit Wolves and Serie A side Roma have both been linked with a move for the attacker, while Besiktas had the option to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool were also linked with a move for Talisca during the winter window, and it now seems as though Jurgen Klopp’s side may have locked down a deal for the emerging star to join the club this summer. “Talisca was already gone at the winter break,” Gunes said after their last game of the season against Sivasspor, in which they won 5-1 with Talisca on the scoresheet. “I’m sorry that he won’t be with us any longer. I wish he could stay for his sake and ours. He already had a deal in place.”Gunes then hinted that the Premier League outfit would be his landing spot, alluding to Talisca being a rival for Everton star and former Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun. “He might be rivals with Cenk Tosun,” the manager said. Rumours have also linked Talisca to Manchester United in recent days, and exactly what Gunes means by “rivals” is up for debate. Klopp and Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League this term but found plenty of success in Europe, where they will take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26. If Liverpool have already locked up a deal for Talisca, he will be joined in their summer signing class by Naby Keita, who last August signed a club-record £48 million ($65m) deal to move to Anfield this summer.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Are Real Madrid the greatest Champions League team in history? Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(35) Sergio Ramos Marcelo Real Madrid 2017-18 Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Los Blancos have claimed the European Cup in each of the past three seasons and four times in five years. So where do they stand among the very best? Real Madrid made history on Saturday night. Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Liverpool in Kiev to win the Champions League for a third season in a row and secure a record 13th European Cup for the Spanish side.Such success is unprecedented. Until last year, no team had won back-to-back editions since the competition changed format from the old European Cup to the Champions League in 1992-93. But Zidane’s side achieved that with victory over Juventus in Cardiff and Real’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday made it three in a row.”It’s something unbelievable, it’s something historic,” midfielder Luka Modric told BT Sport after the game. “I don’t know if anyone will repeat this in the future. It will be very difficult. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Twice was something amazing but this is heroics. We watched a movie yesterday about basketball teams like Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. When they won it three times in a row and they called it a dynasty. I think this it is a dynasty in football.”It is hard to disagree and with 13 European Cups now in their trophy cabinet at the Santiago Bernabeu, this latest run of wins in the continental competition – which stretches to four in the past five seasons – is the club’s second such dynasty.Madrid won the first five editions of the old European Cup between 1956 and 1960, before adding another in 1965-66. Those were the days of the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Paco Gento, the latter being the only player to win the trophy six times.Ajax and Bayern Munich each won the competition three times in a row in the 1970s, while Liverpool claimed four between 1977 and 1984. More recently, Arrigo Sacchi’s superb AC Milan side was the last before Real to take home the trophy back to back (in 1989 and 1990), while Pep Guardiola’s great Barcelona team won it twice (in 2009 and 2011).Those last two are considered to be two of the best sides in modern times, but in European competition at least, this current Real Madrid team has eclipsed them both.Cristiano Ronaldo Champions LeagueSacchi’s side, like this modern-day Madrid, were less consistent in the league. During his tenure, Milan won Serie A only once, in 1987-88, with the team’s biggest successes arriving in Europe.Something similar is happening at Real. With Barcelona continuing to dominate in La Liga, Los Blancos have claimed the title only twice in the past decade and just once in the last five seasons.That is despite the fact they have been able to win four Champions League crowns in that time. In Europe, of course, Madrid have been able to avoid both Barca and Lionel Messi in each of those successes.Yet while Barca have dominated domestically, the Blaugrana are without a Champions League win now since 2015 and the Catalan club have not been able to win the competition in successive seasons – not even under Guardiola.”In my country, you can’t talk about hegemony when nobody has won two Champions Leagues in a row,” Jose Mourinho said in 2012 when asked about the success of Pep’s teamZinedine Zidane Real Madrid Liverpool UCLHe also claimed that, despite not winning the Champions League with Real, his team had been “the best in Europe” in 2011-12, when they claimed La Liga with a record 100 points and lost in the semi-finals in Europe.Mourinho described La Liga as “the most difficult competition” and both Guardiola and Zidane have said similar things this season. And if anything, Real’s recent results are proof of that fact. Because despite winning the Champions League this term, Madrid finished third in the Primera Division.In fact, Zidane’s three Champions League wins have come in just 33 games in the competition, having taken over after the group stages in 2015-16. That is five games fewer than a single season in La Liga. And none against Barcelona.”This is a great achievement, but no, this Real Madrid is not one of the great sides,” former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson said after Saturday’s game. “Not as the good as the Barcelona side with Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi, it wasn’t and isn’t as good as that.”Pep Guardiola Lionel Messi Barcelona 25052012Three Champions Leagues in successive seasons and four in five means Madrid must be considered a great team, but winning in Europe does not necessarily make them the continent’s best side, much like Liverpool are not the finest from the Premier League.For all its glamour and glory, the Champions League is still a cup competition and unlike in the old European Cup, teams do not need to win their domestic league to qualify. “It is seven games and, one bad game, you are out,” Guardiola said in April, referring to the knockout stages of the tournament.After finishing second in their group, in which they lost to Tottenham, Real got past Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final, albeit with a healthy dose of good fortune along the way, and Saturday’s win over Liverpool saw Zidane’s side write a new chapter.However, the feeling persists that despite the significance and the sparkle surrounding the astonishing achievement of their three in a row, the historic feat means this Real Madrid team will be remembered for being a better side than they actually are. 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first_imgThat’s a statistic that Women’s Health is trying to combat in their new campaign, I Support Women In Sport. On Wednesday, 19 January 2011 – Australia’s biggest-selling healthy lifestyle magazine, Women’s Health, and Rexona announced a 12 month partnership for I Support Women In Sport, the country’s most significant female sports awareness campaign in history.Felicity Harley, editor, Women’s Health, comments, “I Support Women In Sport has two clear objectives: participation and recognition.”“Firstly, we aim to encourage over 100,000 Australian women who currently do not participate in sport, to pledge their support and become involved in a sporting activity during 2011. Secondly, we will celebrate female athletes from all fields whose achievements are often undervalued or unrecognised.”“We believe the campaign is the most significant of its kind in history – and our goals are timely and ambitious, but ultimately achievable,” adds Harley.Rexona will feature up-and-coming female athletes in advertorials throughout the course of 2011, commencing with the February 2011 issue of Women’s Health and professional triathlete Courtney Gilfillan.Women’s Health magazine will support the drive with a dedicated website which will track the number of sporting “commitment pledges” made and simplify the participation process, with a directory to find the nearest sports team, key calendar dates, a library of relevant information and social media to start community conversations. Each issue of the magazine will dedicate at least six pages of editorial showcasing inspirational female athletes and actioned-orientated tips to motivate and inspire readers.The campaign will culminate in a finale awards ceremony in October, which formally and publicly recognises Australian female sporting achievements.Harley adds, “I Support Women In Sport seeks to support Australian sportswomen from the grassroots level to our next generation of female stars. For too long, Aussie sportswomen have lacked the support they deserve – from sponsorship dollars, to community backing and public recognition of their achievements. The campaign seeks to address the imbalance by promoting positive female role models, recognising female sporting achievements and by actively encouraging female sports participation via highlighting its many physical and mental benefits.”Women’s Health has created a special subscriptions offer in conjunction with this program. This link: will allow a discounted Women’s Health discount subscription offer.For more information on the I Support Women In Sport campaign and to find out how you can get involved please visit the following To keep up-to-date with Women’s Health and the I Support Women In Sport campaign, please visit their Facebook and Twitter pages: read more

first_imgLee Clark joins Tribalfootball: Newcastle & Fulham so special to meby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWe here at Tribalfootballare proud to announce our new guest columnist for 2019, former Newcastle United and Fulham midfielder Lee Clark.Lee brings with him almost 30 years of experience playing and managing in the Premier League and across the Football League. As a player, Lee quite literally lived the dream. Not many players get to play for their boyhood heroes, let alone help reignite an entire city. But that’s what Clark did, having played 46 league games as a 20-year-old in Newcastle’s record breaking 1992/93 season, which ended their four-year exile from the top flight.It was a golden period for Toon. In the 1995-96 season, when Kevin Keegan’s side, dubbed ‘The Entertainers’, famously finished second behind Manchester United.The likes of David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and Peter Beardsley lit up St. James’ Park on a regular basis and Clark was right there alongside them. He says the experience helped raise his game to another level.”Absolutely, every training session and game really, really mattered,” Clark tells Tribalfootball. “We could never rest on our laurels even in training, you knew you had someone, senior players, internationals. “And you knew that one, you wanted to get a place in the team. And two, you wanted to keep it, which was the hardest bit. You had to perform every single day in training. I think that’s the reason why most players during that period had there most successful time of their careers, really.”In 1997, Clark crossed the north-east divide for a brief two-year stint at Sunderland under Peter Reid and helped the Black Cats lift the First Division trophy in 1999. Fulham then paid £3m for Clark’s signature in the early days of the Mohamed Al Fayed revolution. Clark secured his status as a promotion specialist when he picked up another First Division title in 2001. Wearing the captain’s armband, Clark led the Cottagers to their then-highest Premier League finish in 2003/04. Speaking about his six-years in west London, Clark says: “I love the club. The people there, the way me and my family got treated. “The six years I had there as a player were magnificent. We had a great time and I love going back. And it’s quite ironic that it’s Newcastle vs Fulham at St. James’ on Saturday. I’ll be at the game and it will be pulling on the heartstrings really because I want neither of them to be involved [in the relegation battle].”And also another club close to me where my managerial career started, Huddersfield, they’re down in the mix as well. So it’s like I don’t want any one of these three to go down, but unfortunately I think that’s the way its going to be.”There was no break from football for Clark, who immediately joined United’s coaching staff after retirement in 2006. Two years later, he would take up the manager’s position at Huddersfield, spending four successful years in Yorkshire before joining Birmingham City in 2012.Stints at Bury, Blackpool and Kilmarnock have followed and at just 46 years of age, Clark still has plenty left to give to the game.”You learn from the ups and you learn from the downs. I’m a much improved manager than I ever was from the start. And I’m wanting to get back in. I love it. I love being on the graft. I love coaching players and trying to improve them. “I’m absolutely wanting to get back in the game but you know everything has to be right for me and also its not just the U.K, I’d quite enjoy and it would be a good test to work abroad.” TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazzari backing Muriel for big Fiorentina successby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Fiorentina star Andrea Lazzari says fans will enjoy new signing Luis Muriel.The attacker has arrived on-loan from Sevilla.“Luis can make Florence fall in love,” Lazzari told Radio Bruno Toscana.“He has the characteristics of a champion. His movement is reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo, though I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two.“I don’t see him as an out-and-out striker, I prefer it when he plays a bit further from the goal. That’s the area of the pitch where his qualities shine best.“He’s also a good lad who gives everything in training and is really committed.” last_img read more

first_img​Ex-Chelsea keeper Green: Hudson-Odoi kept smiling during Bayern Munich sagaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has spoken about Callum Hudson-Odoi and how the youngster handled rumours of a move to Bayern Munich.Hudson-Odoi was unhappy at a lack of playing time under previous Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.Bayern were offering big money for a January transfer, but Chelsea refused to entertain any bids for the player.He has since committed to the club by signing a new contract.Green spoke to BBC 5 Live about the situation, saying: “We would hear the Bayern Munich chat, the chat about other clubs and Callum would just be there smiling.”He knew it was all going on but it was water off a duck’s back for him. “Pressure didn’t exist for him. It still doesn’t.”You look at someone like that, the way he carried himself, the confidence that he had in and around the dressing room was incredible to watch.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgDabo Swinney address the media during an interview.Where do Dabo and the defending champs come in?Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made it clear a few weeks back that he’s tired of reporters asking about the term “Clemsoning”, given how consistent his team has been the past few years. Still, he got another question about it Wednesday on the ACC teleconference. His response was predictable. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney on “any anti Clemson factions” and “Clemson-ing: “I don’t why people keep asking questions like this. Next question”— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) November 4, 2015Uh oh. Swinney gets a “Clemsoning” term question on ACC teleconference. “I don’t know why people keep asking about this. Next question.”— Brad Senkiw (@BradSenkiw_AIM) November 4, 2015Clemson is the No. 1 ranked team in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2015 campaign. Perhaps it is time to hang up the phrase.last_img read more

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayESPN has updated its college football “future” power rankings. The “FPR” is a projection of which college football teams will dominate the sport over the next three years. Here’s ESPN’s description:FPR is a projection of a program’s strength over the next three years, not just the 2016 season. An eight-person panel of ESPN reporters and analysts — Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach — graded teams based on five criteria, which were weighed differently to account for their impact on overall sustained success. The criteria: coaching (27 percent of the formula), current talent (27 percent), recruiting (20 percent), title path (16 percent) and program foundation (10 percent).Which team does ESPN think will rule the sport over the next three seasons? The reigning national champions.Alabama, which was overtaken by Ohio State in the 2015 edition of the FPR, has its No. 1 spot back. The Crimson Tide continue to recruit as well as ever and, coming off a national title, they’re an obvious choice for No. 1. Here’s the rest of the top 25:  Alabama's at No. 1, of course. Alabama’s at No. 1, of course.AlabamaOhio StateFSUClemsonMichiganLSUStanfordOklahomaNotre DameMichigan StateFloridaGeorgiaUSCTennesseeTCUUCLATexasAuburnMiamiOle MissWashingtonOregonLouisvilleOklahoma StateNebraskaYou can view ESPN’s full rankings here.last_img read more

first_imgMauritania claimed their first ever point at the Africa Cup of Nations after grinding out a 0-0 draw against Angola in a game that leaves both sides hopeful of progressing from Group E.The Lions of Chinguetti might have picked up their maiden victory at the competition had Adama Ba buried a golden opportunity to score after an hour of a contest that saw Corentin Martins’ men grow in confidence as it unfolded.Mauritania went into the game still smarting from a 4-1 drubbing by Mali and their determination to run a tighter ship at the back paid off as they kept Angola’s talented front four at bay, although they breathed a sigh of relief when Wilson Eduardo misfired with the goal at his mercy and a late Geraldo strike was correctly ruled out for offside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The result leaves Angola with two points from two games and a strong chance of qualifying from Group E if they can get a result from their final game against Mali.Meanwhile, Mauritania will need another gritty performance as they attempt to get something from their clash with Group E favourites Tunisia.A few shots from #MTNANG #TotalAFCON2019— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 29, 2019Djalma headed narrowly wide from Bruno Gaspar’s cross and the Alanyaspor forward’s pace caused Mauritania problems as Angola dominated the first half.Fredy Ribeiro’s clever pass played Gaspar in for a shot at goal from close range but he hesitated and fluffed his lines, while Mauritania threatened through Bakary N’Diaye, who headed straight at Tony Cabaca after rising to meet Khassa Camara’s free-kick.Mauritania’s best chance of the game fell to Ba after the interval. He met Ismael Diakite’s fizzing cross from the right with a first-time shot that Gaspar did brilliantly to slide in and block with his legs.Moments later Angola squandered an even better opportunity when Gelson Dala burst into the box and pulled the ball back to substitute Eduardo but the Sporting Braga forward scuffed his shot and sent the ball wide to the left of the gaping net.Geraldo thought he had won it when he volleyed Paizo’s cross into the net at the far post in stoppage time, but an offside flag was correctly raised against him and Mauritania breathed a sigh of relief before celebrating a historic result.last_img read more

first_imgOklahoma Sooners players running onto the field.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners takes the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Oklahoma is nine days away from opening up its 2018 football season. The Sooners host FAU in Week 1.When the two teams take the field that day, the turf at Owen Field will have a different look to it. Oklahoma is rolling out a new field design.The update was unveiled today. Most notable are the changes at midfield and in the end zones.Overall, nothing too crazy, but it looks a little sharper in our opinion.Owen Field will sport a new look this season. New streamlined logo at midfield, new wordmarks in the endzones, and new number font for the yardlines.— Sooner Tracker (@SoonerTracker) August 23, 2018The Sooners have been playing home games at Owen Field (otherwise known as Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium) since 1923. The stadium attendance record was set in last year’s win over TCU.Oklahoma will play rival Oklahoma State at home this season, as well as two big non-conference opponents, Florida Atlantic and UCLA.The FAU and UCLA games will be the first two of the regular season. Overall, four of OU’s first five games are at home.Oklahoma and FAU will kick off at noon ET on Sept. 1. FOX will broadcast the game.last_img read more

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top cornerbacks in the 2019 recruiting class has flipped his commitment.Jeffery Carter, a four-star defensive back, had been committed to Texas A&M, though the top prospect de-committed and pledged to another school on Saturday.The four-star prospect has flipped to Alabama.Carter announced his decision on Twitter.What’s understood don’t need to be explained? RESPECT MY DECISION!— Scooby (@jcarter2133) December 9, 2018Carter is ranked the No. 11 CB and No. 91 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Alabama has the No. 1 class in the country.last_img read more

first_imgA photo of Nebraska's Little Red mascot during a game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Mascot Lil Red of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks on the sidelines during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes on November 24, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 37-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Nebraska football is no stranger to selling out football games.The Huskers have a regular season streak dating back to 1962, even through some lean years recently.Now, for the second straight season, the spring game has sold out too.Last year’s game presented the first opportunity to see Scott Frost’s Nebraska team in action. 86,818 fans packed Memorial Stadium for the event.Things didn’t sell at quite the same pace, but the Huskers have now sold out the event for a second straight year. It is made more impressive by the fact that the tickets are priced at $10 for most seats, while many other programs give away spring tickets for free.This afternoon, Nebraska football announced that the April 13 game has sold out as well.From the Omaha World-Herald:The game will be Scott Frost’s second spring game at Nebraska. Last season, NU set a school attendance record with 86,818 fans. The game sold out quicker in 2018, as it was Frost’s debut. This year, tickets went on sale to season ticket holders on Tuesday, with the general public being able to purchase them Wednesday. Roughly 80,000 tickets were distributed in the first 48 hours.Frost’s first team finished the year just 4-8, but the team improved a ton throughout the season, and won four of its last six games, and was very competitive in losses to Ohio State and Iowa.With quarterback Adrian Martinez entering his sophomore year, the hype has not dissipated much.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We can debate for days and weeks on end about which college football team is the best, or has been the best over a certain period of time. But nothing helps to make an argument quite like cold, hard data.ESPN college football insider Phil Steele compiled the FBS records and determined the teams with the best win rates over the past decade.Unsurprisingly, Alabama leads the pack with a record of 127-13. Given that they’ve won five national titles and eight SEC titles, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise.Coming in second is Ohio State, which despite only winning one national title in that span has been the dominant force in the Big Ten. They’ve lost more than two games in a season only once in the past 10 years.Here is the full list from Steele:15. Michigan State – 91-4114. Appalachian State – 89-3813. Georgia – 96-3912/11 (tie). TCU/Oklahoma State – 94-3610. Florida State – 97-369. Oregon – 99-338. LSU – 97-327. Wisconsin – 102-336. Stanford 102-325. Oklahoma – 105-284. Clemson – 112-273. Boise State – 109-242. Ohio State – 115-191. Alabama – 127-13FBS records last 10 years1 Alabama 127-132 Ohio State 115-193 Boise St 109-244 Clemson 112-275 Oklahoma 105-286 Stanford 102-327 Wisconsin 102-338 LSU 97-329 Oregon 99-3310 Florida St 97-3611 TCU, Okla St 94-3613 Georgia 96-3914 App St 89-3815 Michigan St 91-41— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) August 18, 2019Perhaps the most surprising name to see on the list so high is Boise State. The Group of Five titans haven’t been in the national title conversation since their Western Athletic Conference days, but have won at least eight games every year since 1999.The inclusion of Appalachian State on the list may also seem a bit out of place. Though they now dominate the Sun Belt Conference, the Mountaineers spent half of the previous decade in FCS.How, if at all, will this ranking change after the 2019 season?last_img read more

first_imgMiami (OH)'s Doug Costin celebrates a sack against Ohio State.Big Ten NetworkOn paper, Miami (OH) should be way overmatched against Ohio State in Columbus today. Don’t tell RedHawk star Doug Costin that his team entered the game as a 38.5-point underdog.Costin is one of the better players on Chuck Martin’s roster. Last season, he was second-team All-MAC, with 52 tackles (10.5 TFL), six sacks, and two forced fumbles on the year.He’s made his presence felt early today. He recorded his first sack of the year on Justin Fields, and made sure to troll the Big Ten powerhouse in the process.After taking down the star signal caller, he threw up the “O-H.” I’m sure he won’t have too many Buckeye fans responding with “I-O” if he keeps it up. oh no he didn’t— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 21, 2019We got off to a pretty weird start in Columbus this afternoon. Miami actually got on the board first, recording a safety with a sack on Fields by Myles Reid on Ohio State’s first drive. The RedHawks tacked on a field goal on its ensuing possession, but it has been all Buckeyes since that 5-0 start.Three of Ohio State’s next four possessions resulted in touchdowns.Fields is off to another hot start, completing 7-of-8 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown strike to K.J. Hill. He also has a score on the ground, while J.K. Dobbins has added 51 rushing yards and a score of his own on seven carries.The Buckeyes lead 21-5 early in the second quarter.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 20:46 IST Nathan Lyon said Australia will not give up easily even on day five (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPat Cummins and Nathan Lyon stitched a 43-run partnership to deny India a win on day 4Lyon had special praise for Cummins,saying he “was special” for Australia with ball and batAustralia will resume the day 5 on 258 for 8, still 141 runs away, as India need 2 wicketsNathan Lyon and Pat Cummins combined for the 9th wicket as the pair frustrated the Indians on day four of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.Australia will resume the fifth and last day on 258 for 8, still 141 runs away but Lyon promised India a fight after the end of play on Saturday.”Pat and I are going to come out tomorrow and we are going to fight. We have to show a lot of pride and fight hard, and show what it means to wear the Baggy Green cap,” Lyon said at the press conference at the end of second day’s play.”We are going to win first ball in first over, and show a lot of fight and pride in playing for Australia. And we will enjoy doing that,” Lyon added.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDLyon had special praise for Pat Cummins, who soldiered on for Australia with ball and bat.”Pat Cummins has been exceptional in this match and he keeps getting better every day. I enjoy batting with Pat, helps calm down my nerves and it was an exciting challenge. It was a pretty special knock from him.”He is a great bloke but even better cricketer. Seeing where he started from and seeing where he is now, he has a hell of a long career ahead of him,” said Lyon.”First innings’ runs are counted in whichever Test match you play. Basically you are ahead of that game if you have runs on board. Unfortunately we missed that and now we are up against it,” he added.advertisementLyon also came to the defense of the Australian batsmen, who have drawn criticism of late after their meek surrenders to the Indian bowlers.”I see how much hard work the guys are doing in the nets and in training. We know they are working hard and not going out to fail. They have all my support,” Lyon said.”We are up against a world-class bowling attack, one of the best Indian attacks I have ever seen. They are disappointed but I know how hard they are working. Success for them is around the corner.””I am a massive fan of Aaron Finch. He is working hard and seeing a lot of balls in nets. We have seen him in international cricket in all three formats as a world-class batsman. He is disappointed as anyone else is,” Lyon added.Lyon was all praise for Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up eight wickets.”Bumrah is quick and has a very good slower one. He is world class and has all skills a very good all-round package. Not surprised that he is a top bowler in Test cricket so quickly because I have seen him in white ball cricket. So he is obviously a top class bowler,” Lyon signed off.Also Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Nathan LyonFollow Pat CumminsFollow India vs AustraliaFollow MelbourneFollow 3rd TestFollow Day 4 India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon promises to fight and defy India on SundayNathan Lyon promised to put up a fight on the fifth and last day of the third Test however despondent it may be for Australiaadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 13:05 IST KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya may even miss India’s tour of New Zealand, starting later this month (Hotstar Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh said Hardik and Rahul’s comments aren’t a true reflection of the dressing room atmosphereHarbhajan said he wouldn’t want to socialise or travel with the two cricketers ever againKL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been handed suspensions pending an inquiry over their commentsWorld Cup-winning India cricketer Harbhajan Singh has come down on KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya who have been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over their controversial comments during an appearance on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.Rahul and Pandya have been facing a lot of ire for their borderline racist and sexist comments. From references to getting distracted by cheerleaders to claiming they had slept with women in their teammates dressing rooms, both the cricketers were seemingly carried away by the nature of the show, which is known for getting celebrities to open up on their personal lives.The latter had boasted about his dates and hoookups with multiple women and even shed light on how his parents were “cool” with him seemingly objectifying the opposite gender.India vs Australia 1st ODI in Sydney – Live Score”At a party, my parents asked me acha tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai, so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like ‘waah proud of u beta’,” Pandya had said.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Mein karke aaya hai aaj (I had sex today)’,” he added.You don’t say this kind of things on national television: HarbhajanHarbhajan said Hardik and Rahul had made cringe-worthy comments and that they had made a fool out of themselves by trying to act cool on the show.”It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan told India Today on Friday.advertisement”They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.”He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.”This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”Hardik and Rahul have lost the trust of their teammates: HarbhajanHardik and Rahul were sent show-cause notices in which they were informed about their suspensions. Either an internal committee of the BCCI or an ad hoc ombudsman will conduct the inquiry within 15 days, according to the Press Trust of India.Harbhajan though believes it’s not about the quantum of the punishment but that the two cricketers have ruined their reputations with the comments they made on the show. He also added that former cricketers have been hurt by the way the two cricketers portrayed the dressing room atmosphere.”Look, the punishment could be a two-match or three-match ban. That will not change anything. Their reputation was at stake, they have lost the trust of their teammates. If he comes and stands next to you at a party, would you like to stand next to him? I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus.. how would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle? That’s not right.”It’s actually hurting us. He is bringing everyone’s reputation on the stake, including Sachin Tendulkar’s and all that of these great players who have played for the country for more than 20 years.”He’s talking about using other teammates’ room. ‘C’mon man what are you talking about? You have been in the team for only one year. What do you know about the team?'”We never created this kind of culture…party till 5 and come to play the next day. ‘You’re here to play cricket not to do this kind of stuff. When you have free time, you can enjoy, do what you want to do.’Harbhajan also raised pertinent questions about the role of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit [ACU] when it comes to monitoring players’ activities during tours.”Obviously, the ACU needs to see, which player is going where. The ACU should report to the BCCI. Where was the ACU when KL [Rahul] was out till 5 in the morning,” Harbhajan added.”The rules now are so strict. No one can come to your rooms without prior permission? Where was the ACU?”advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended for Koffee With Karan, to return homeAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul set to miss Australia ODIs after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Sydney ODI: Kohli not worried about Hardik situation, banks on Jadeja for all-rounder’s roleAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Harbhajan SinghFollow Koffee With KaranFollow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow BCCIFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Hardik Pandya fatherFollow Hardik Karan Johar show Hardik and Rahul weren’t cool, they acted like fools: Harbhajan on Koffee With Karan rowKoffee With Karan controversy: Harbhajan Singh pointed out that the suspension is not going to change anything but the two cricketers have lost their reputations due to the “inappropriate” comments made during the show that was aired on Sunday. advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 17:18 IST HIGHLIGHTSGoogle just announced two new Pixel phones in India and globally.Google is reportedly prototyping technology for foldable phones to cope up with brands like Huawei, Samsung.Google is yet to reveal the launch timeframe of the Pixel foldable phone.Google just announced two new Pixel phones in India and globally — the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL — that are also affordable, unlike the Premium Pixels. Looks like Google needs no time to rest as the company has already started working on upcoming Pixels. No, we are not talking about the Pixel 4 series here that is expected to launch around October this year. Google is reportedly prototyping technology for foldable phones to cope up with brands like Huawei, Samsung who have their foldable phones already.Having said that, it is safe to say that Google will soon launch a Pixel foldable phone. However, the company is yet to reveal the launch timeframe of the Pixel foldable phone.At I/O Google announced Android Q that comes with display support for foldable phones, unlike the previous Android versions. Google’s lead for the development of Pixel phones Mario Queiroz has confirmed that the company is already experimenting with the foldable form. But Queiroz did mention that Google will take some time to make the Pixel foldable phone official for the consumers.Commenting on the foldable phone Queiroz in an interview last week said, “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time. but I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.”Queiroz further said that foldable phones are good but it needs to be more innovative than what it is currently. As of now, all that is known about Google’s foldable phone is that the company is working on a prototype. There are no reports on when the foldable phone from Google will reach the consumers. There’s also no information on how will the screen of the foldable Pixel phone work — will it fold like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X.advertisementCommenting on the availability of the Google Pixel foldable phone Queiroz said, “We’re prototyping foldable displays and many other new hardware technologies, and have no related product announcements to make at this timewe’re focusing our excitement today on the new members of the Pixel family, the awesome and affordable Pixel 3A and 3A XL.”ALSO READ | Realme X, Realme X Youth Edition full specs listed on TENAA ahead of launchALSO READ | Apple will soon finalise location for first retail store in IndiaALSO READ | Redmi flagship will offer long-lasting battery life and sport in-display fingerprint sensorGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Pixel Google working on foldable Pixel phone but official release will take timeGoogle’s lead for the development of Pixel phones Mario Queiroz has confirmed that the company is already experimenting with the foldable form but the phone will take some time to reach the consumers.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Next Chinki Sinha New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 10:35 IST A portrait of Dutee Chand. (Photograph by Bandeep Singh/India Today) The photo of the doll with rainbow-colored braids she posted with the medal on social media, saying no matter how much they pulled her down, she would come back stronger, was symbolic. On July 10, she clocked 11.32 seconds and won the gold at the World University Games in Naples, becoming in the process only the second Indian sprinter to win a gold at an international event (after Hima Das, who finished on top in 400m at the 2018 World Junior Athletics Championships).In May, she had declared she was in a same-sex relationship with a woman from her village. They shunned her. Her mother, sister and the village people. It was unnatural, they said. But India’s fastest woman, Dutee Chand, has put it all behind her. She knows from experience that rejection can play havoc with performance. And she also knows from experience that she must fight back. Her coming out was hailed as a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, where she is now the first openly “gay” athlete.Soon after she declared her relationship, the dailies reported on May 26 from another part of her home state Odisha that a 19-year-old woman had been tied to a tree and beaten by villagers for being in a lesbian relationship. The Asian Games medallist said she had been in a relationship with a girl who she calls “saathi” since 2017.After her mother and sister turned against her, Chand has held steadfast to her statement–nobody can live without love. There is a little laugh at the other end of the line when we talk. The 23-year-old is currently training in Hyderabad for the World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October.advertisement”But my life has never been without issues,” she says.As she trains for the upcoming World Championship (she will have to shave off 0.06 seconds from the 11:32 seconds she did at the Universiade to qualify), Chand is trying to keep everything else at bay. Once it affected her. That was 2014, when they called her a “boy” after a “gender test” and banned her citing her high testosterone levels. At just 5′ 6″, Chand was, competitors and coaches said, suspiciously fast. They told the federation her physique seemed masculine.It was because of a clinical condition called ‘hyperandrogenism’ and she appealed the verdict at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). That one victory, in what was a landmark case, set a precedent. She is today an advocate of the athletes’ rights over their bodies pitched in a battle against patriarchy in the domain of sports.And again it’s happening. South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya is facing the same ordeal after the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport in Lausanne dismissed her appeal. International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rules require that female athletes with higher testosterone levels regulate their condition by taking suppressive treatment or medication if they wish to compete as females in 400m, 800m and 1500m.”This is wrong of the IAAF, and whatever reasons they give for their rules, it is still wrong. I fought my case and I won, but now Semenya and some others are again battling for their rights,” Chand has said in support of the sprinter who has been in a gender row since 2009.Chand was dropped unceremoniously from the 2014 Commonwealth Games squad for failing a hyperandrogenism test. She had no clue what it meant then, but she challenged it and eventually won the case after the athletics body found “insufficient evidence”.The IAAF says women’s sport is a “protected class” and placing conditions is necessary in order “to ensure fair and meaningful competition.”Back then in 2015, Chand had shut up critics with her electric performances to qualify for the Rio Olympics. It is a long battle, she says.In a brown waist coat and pants, she looks happy in her photos from Rome this July. She is like any other girl – taking selfies, posing and smiling with a dash of lipstick.Once, she thought that just being able to hold down a job, and survive on her own added up to a good life. Growing up in a household with seven children in Gopalpur in Odisha was tough. Her father was a weaver and money was hard to find. With less than Rs 100 per day, her father found it difficult to feed the family. Her elder sister Saraswati was a runner too and got a job with the police. She was the one who encouraged Dutee to run, who bought her her first pair of sneakers. But Dutee’s sprint would take her elsewhere. At 10, she was accepted into a state-sponsored program where boarding and lodging and food were covered. That was in 2006.advertisementIn 2008, she started winning medals at junior national-level meets.To be a runner meant getting a job. Until she started breaking records, she says. In 2016, she got a job as a manager in the state-run Odisha Mining Corporation. And now, she will return to her native state to train fellow at the ‘Dutee Chand Athletic Track’, named after her at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar.”We have many sprinters in Odisha. We need a training academy for them,” she says.Chand studied at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, a deemed university in Bhubaneswar.She has come a long way from being a girl who ran barefoot along the banks of the river. She has built a house for her parents, and now plans on making one for herself.She has been unapologetic about everything. At one point, she owned 15 cars. “I love cars,” she says. And then sold them all off. She bought a blue BMW last year and also owns a Ford EcoSport.”Right now, I want to build a house for myself and then buy more cars,” Chand says.And again, there is that laugh on the end of the line. “I want to live freely,” she says.Chand is girl, uninterrupted.READ | The battle to save the Great Indian Bustard | India Today InsightALSO READ | They hail you or they hate you, it’s all equally illusory: Boris Johnson | India Today InsightALSO WATCH | From Jajpur to Jakarta. Here’s Dutee Chand’s inspiring rags to riches storyGet 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 byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Dutee Chand Girl, uninterrupted | India Today InsightDutee Chand comes out in support of South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya and says freedom to run is important.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Next Tokyo Olympics marathons to be moved to Sapporo to avoid searing heatThe International Olympic committee on Wednesday came up with a plan in which marathons and race walking events will be moved from Tokyo to Sapporo wherein the forecast temperatures are 5 to 6 degrees cooler during the day than in Tokyo. Associated Press TokyoOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 20:08 IST World Athletics Championships: Men’s marathon in Doha (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarathons and race walking events at Olympics 2020 to be held in SapporoDecision to move marathons and race walking out of Tokyo due to heat fearsAn Olympic panel has been assessing heat and weather issues for Tokyo GamesThe International Olympic Committee wants to move the Tokyo Games marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to avoid the searing heat in the city.The IOC detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events in Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics, which “will mean significantly lower temperatures for the athletes.”Forecast temperatures in Sapporo are “five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day than in Tokyo,” the Olympic body said.”The Olympic Games are the platform where athletes can give ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ performances, and these measures ensure they have the conditions to give their best,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.An Olympic panel has been assessing heat and weather issues for the July 24-Aug. 9 games and is consulting with sports governing bodies.”The IOC working group identified the marathon and race walk as the events that would put particular heat stress on the athletes,” it said.The marathons were already due to start at 6 a.m. in Tokyo to ease the heat effect on runners. The men’s 50-kilometer race walk final was slated for a 5:30 a.m. start.Marathons were run after midnight in 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) this month at the track and field world championships in Doha, Qatar.The IOC said it informed the track body and said it will consult with Olympic teams and broadcasters.An Olympic panel overseeing games preparation will discuss heat measures at its Oct. 30-Nov. 1 meeting in Tokyo.”These include better shade, water sprays, better access to water supplies and an initiative to help the athletes in their preparations,” the IOC said.advertisementThe plan driven by increasing summer heat cuts into a key promise of Tokyo’s bidding, first for the 2016 Olympics won by Rio de Janeiro and then its successful 2020 campaign, to deliver a “compact games” with 85% of venues in an 8-kilometer (5-mile) city center cluster.Also Read | Dharun Ayyasamy plans to undergo surgery after OlympicsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow marathonslast_img read more

first_imgWe just returned from South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX where we spent a glorious week listening to endless live music, dancing into the wee hours of the morning and, of course, eating our fill of delicious BBQ. As the music conference approaches it’s 30th year, there were around 2,200 national and international acts performing at more than 100 stages around the city. In addition to all of these official SXSW showcases that take place at night, there are dozens of daytime parties where you can get your booze on and dance to even more live music. We hung out with everyone from Spotify to Soundcloud, but spent most of our time at House of Vans at The Mohawk – a collaboration with SPIN, Stereogum and VIBE – where we saw acts like Trinidad James, Bad Suns and a killer closing set by Flosstradamus.Looking back on an incredible week of music, we handpicked five of our favorite acts you need to check out this year. From a funky five-piece band from London to the hottest rapper coming out of Chicago, take a look and listen below and pump some new music through your speakers.JungleWe first saw Jungle at Spotify House during the first of their day parties and loved them so much, we caught them again at House of Vans at The Mohawk later in the week. Hailing from London, the five-piece band has remained quite mysterious and were able to hide their identities until their most recent breakout shows. Funky and soulful, their music will have your feet tapping nonstop until their debut album drops later this year.ASTRHere’s something you don’t hear every day. Adam, one half of New York City duo ASTR, met front woman Zoe at the yoga studio where she worked as an instructor. Even though they never intended to play professionally, show-goers already know every word to their debut Varsity EP. We boogied down to their performance in the sun-drenched NYLON Loft at Malverde Thursday afternoon and can’t wait to see them again.WetThis Brooklyn trio puts out the kind of seductive sound that will get stuck in your head for weeks – and you certainly won’t mind. We caught them during The Windish Agency Annual Day Party at House of Vans at The Mohawk on Friday, and we were floating on their minimalistic pop sounds for the rest of the afternoon. Not to mention, we can’t get enough of their laid-back 90s style. Check out their four song, self-titled EP and get in the mood.Future IslandsIf you’re familiar with Future Islands, it’s for good reason: the band’s fourth album Singles drops on March 25. But after seeing them perform twice at SXSW – first at Spotify House then at Cheer Up Charlie’s – we can tell this is going to be the North Carolina synth pop trio’s year. Lead singer Samuel T. Herring is absolutely electrifying on stage – his dance moves, facial expressions and energy are those of a true performer. The band also won SXSW’s second annual Grulke Prize for Developing US Act, an honor given to artists who are breaking new ground with their creativity and show the most promise in achieving their career goals.Chance the RapperAfter dropping his stellar mixtape Acid Rap last year, Chance the Rapper started popping up all over the hip hop community. A 20-year-old from Chicago’s South Side, his style is a healthy mix of spoken word and fast flow. Unfortunately his SXSW show was truncated by the fire marshal for being over capacity, but he took home the MTV Woodie Award for Best Video for Everybody’s Something. Check him out if you haven’t already.Photo credit: Bryan Derballa 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture Editors’ Recommendations An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Sound of Lapland Captures the Pristine Beauty of Finland on a Mixtape Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine?last_img read more