World Cup Germany unsure over Boateng return date as World Cup looms Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 01:10 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts World Cup Germany Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany Although he completed individual work this week, it remains to be seen when the Bayern Munich defender will be ready to join full team training The timescale for Jerome Boateng’s return to team training remains uncertain but Germany are pleased with the Bayern Munich defender’s progress in recovering from injury, assistant coach Marcus Sorg has said. Boateng has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in Bayern’s 2-1 defeat at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg on April 25.Nevertheless, the 29-year-old centre-back is expected to be fit for Germany’s defence of the World Cup, which starts against Mexico in Moscow on June 17. 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 “Jerome trained individually this week,” Sorg said at the national team’s training camp on Saturday.”I have to take this moment to really applaud the work which the medical staff have been doing with him and how he’s already at a very good level. “Right now, I can’t say exactly when Jerome will re-join team training. “The important thing is that he is ready for the start of the World Cup. It’s not about when he comes back to training as long as that happens.”According to Sorg, head coach Joachim Low and his staff will soon be able to start preparing the team in earnest for their Group F matches, with Sweden and South Korea to follow the opener against Mexico. “It’s great that we’re now almost at full strength,” he said.”It really benefits the atmosphere in and around the squad. “In the first few days of the camp, it was about bringing all the players on to the same level after going through varying levels of strain throughout the domestic season. “Over the next few days, it will be about maintaining that level so that we can start to implement tactical elements.”
Maurizio Sarri Napoli president vows to be ‘reasonable’ with Sarri suitors Chris Burton 17:37 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Napoli Chelsea Serie A Premier League Chelsea have been heavily linked with a man who finds himself out of work but still tied to a contract at a Serie A club includes a release clause Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has vowed to be “reasonable” with any clubs seeking talks with Maurizio Sarri, with the Chelsea target currently left in coaching limbo.Despite leaving a post with the Serie A club at the end of the 2017-18 season and seeing Carlo Ancelotti appointed as his successor, Sarri remains tied to a contract in Naples.That deal still has two years left to run and includes an €8 million (£7m/$9m) release clause. 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 Goal revealed recently that Chelsea were prepared to trigger that deal, but no agreement has been reached as Napoli play hardball and the Blues turn their attention elsewhere.De Laurentiis is the man with the power to free Sarri and he claims that he will listen to offers, telling Corriere dello Sport: “If anyone comes to negotiate for him, I will be very reasonable.”I am not a vindictive person and, I repeat, Sarri will always have my thanks.”Sarri has, however, irked those in power at Napoli with his decision to walk away from a long-term deal.Despite leading the club agonisingly close to the Serie A title in his final season at the helm, the 59-year-old refused to commit his future to the club and expressed concerns as to the direction in which things were heading.De Laurentiis admits that he ultimately lost patience with a highly-rated coach, saying: “I have always been very polite to him, I have always supported him.”But at a certain point, if you have a contract with me for another two years but you start publically expressing doubts – saying things like ‘I don’t know if I’m staying,’ ‘I don’t know whether the club will be able to keep their best players,’ ‘in life sometimes it’s best to end stories while they are good,’ – it sends clear messages of impatience and a lack of confidence.”Maurizio never answered me [about whether he was staying]. If you close the door in my face, I will politely stay away so as to not disturb your work, but only up to a certain point.”After that I have the right and the duty to protect the interests of the club and start to look elsewhere.”
Argentina Lanzini to miss World Cup after knee ligament injury Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 18:18 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Iceland West Ham United Premier League The West Ham winger looked set to play a key role for Jorge Sampaoli’s team at the tournament, but now faces a spell on the sidelines Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini is set to miss out on the World Cup after suffering a ruptured anterior knee ligament injury in training.The news of the knee injury comes as a major blow in the build-up to the tournament, which gets under way in just under a week.The West Ham star had worked his way into the Albiceleste’s first choice team under Jorge Sampaoli and was set to start against Iceland in his country’s opening match in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move But he now faces a long spell on the sidelines following the injury as Argentina’s preparations for the tournament go from bad to worse.Having only just scraped into the tournament in Russia thanks to a Lionel Messi-inspired win over Ecuador in their final qualifying match, the two-time winners have been one of the most talked about nations in the build-up for all the wrong reasons.Sampaoli’s decision to leave Mauro Icardi out of his 23-man squad has raised eyebrows given the Inter man finished as the top goalscorer in Serie A last term.The former Chile boss has also struggled to fit both Paulo Dybala and Messi into the same team, with the Juventus star regularly left on the bench to accomodate for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – a decision that had benefitted Lanzini in terms of him becoming a regular starter.As well as that, the squad found themselves pulled into a diplomatic row after the controversial cancellation of a friendly game against Israel amid political pressure. #FuerzaManu @manulanzini pic.twitter.com/sxntb4v2nF — Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 8, 2018 That fixture was supposed to be the Albiceleste’s final warm-up game ahead of the tournament, meaning they will have gone 17 days without on-field action by the time they meet Iceland on June 16.Sampaoli will now be forced into a tactical re-think following Lanzini’s injury and the Argentina boss will be able to call up a replacement for the stricken winger.The likes of Diego Perotti, Enzo Perez and Leandro Paredes are believed to be among the likely substitutes, but the former Chile boss could also turn to Lautaro Martinez or Icardi. Argentina follow their Group D opener with games against Croatia and Nigeria on June 21 and 26 respectively.
Croatia World Cup over for Kalinic as Croatia star sent home Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 23:43 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Croatia World Cup Croatia v Nigeria Argentina v Croatia Argentina After reports that the Milan striker had refused to come off the bench during Saturday’s win, he will play no further part in the tournament Croatia have sent AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic home from the World Cup due to a back problem, head coach Zlatko Dalic has confirmed.Reports emerged earlier on Monday that Kalinic had refused to come off the bench during his country’s opening 2-0 win over Nigeria in Group D, citing his back complaint.Speaking after Saturday’s match, Dalic told reporters his side had finished the 90 minutes without injuries but “with a problem”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Dalic told a specially arranged news conference that Kalinic would depart Croatia’s team base in Roschino but due to recurring back spasms, as opposed to any disciplinary issue.”During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half. However, he then stated that he wasn’t ready to come on due to a back issue,” Dalic said. “The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday. “I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have [to make] this decision.”Kalinic struggled to find his best form after joining AC Milan from Fiorentina last season, scoring six goals in 31 Serie A appearances.The 30-year-old’s absence means Croatia lack a specialist alternative to Mario Mandzukic, although Andrej Kramaric – who started the Nigeria game playing off the Juventus man – can lead the line if needed.Croatia are back in action against Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal target Denis Suarez: What I think of Emeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has long been a fan of Arsenal boss Unai Emery.Suarez is expected to soon sign for the Gunners. The pair worked together at Sevilla.Suarez discussed the Spaniard during his time at the club, and spoke very highly of the then Sevilla boss.”He is one of the best coaches around. He really gets the best out of us,” Suarez told UEFA’s official website in 2015. “He considers each and every one of his players and always puts those who are in the best possible shape in his starting line-up.”I have been playing for him for a year and I am really happy.”He always talks to you, both in good moments – to prevent you being distracted – and bad, to help you recover. The way he treats players is exceptional.”
Leicester defender Morgan defends under-fire Puelby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Wes Morgan has come to the defence of under fire manager Claude Puel.The Premier League side were in good form recently, but suffered two surprising defeats to Cardiff and now Newport County in the FA Cup.The League Two side defeated Leicester, after Puel made several changes to his side.But veteran defender Morgan believes the players are to blame.”If you look at the chances and opportunities we had, we could have won that game quite easily,” Morgan said after the game.”We’ve got a good squad and the gaffer’s got the problem of finding the right balance.”He’s got to give players rest and other players opportunities.”It’s the same for every manager and every team – and I thought we were definitely strong enough.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard says Mount could make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Mason Mount could make their clash on Sunday against Liverpool.Mount, who has scored three goals in Chelsea’s opening five league games, was forced off early in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Valencia.”He’s got a chance,” Lampard said. “The image of the tackle afterwards made it look really bad, but hopefully it’s not so bad.”We’re trying to get him moving today and it’s one I’ll have to call just before the game with another 24 hours in the bank.”The good thing with Mason is his attitude is so good that he’ll give everything to get out there and play for this club, particularly in a game of this size.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Granit Xhaka ‘very proud’ of Arsenal captaincyby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits that he is extremely proud that he was named club captain recently.Boss Unai Emery took the decision to give Xhaka the armband after consulting with the coaching staff and other squad members.The Swiss midfielder is divisive among supporters, but those who train with him every day see his value.”I’m very proud,” he told Arsenal Player. “It’s made me very happy because when I came here, I had a lot of experience before with the Switzerland national team and I was the captain in Germany as well. “When I came here, there were a lot of great players, good personalities, and it was a big step for me to be the captain here as well. “Now I’m the official captain here and it makes me very proud to be the captain of this great club.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wijnaldum insists Liverpool not getting carried awayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they’re not getting carried away by title talk.The season is only eight games old but already Jurgen Klopp’s men hold a significant eight-point lead over last season’s champions Manchester City.”We don’t want to think we are already champions. That would be a really wrong thing to do,” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports.”I’m sure the manager will keep us grounded and say that we just have to think about ourselves, and try to play good and try to give 100 per cent every week.”We just have to do what we did before and look at ourselves and not look too much to other teams because we don’t have influence on other teams – we can’t control the performance of other teams.”We just have to make sure we are ready for the games that are to come and to make sure we are ready and try to have good results because we know that it can change quickly.”Then at the end of the season we will see where we stand.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hit back at critics of his style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had a profanity laden response to his critics.”It is probably because I didn’t play like Rooney or Tevez,” Berbatov told Goal.com.”I didn’t like that because I can show you six or seven current world-class players who run less than me back then. When you label something like that, it sticks. Even if it isn’t true.”People can go f*** themselves. People don’t understand and try to look smart. “I would check my stats after every game and I was running 10-11km every game. It doesn’t make any difference for me. I was more bothered how I move and make space.”
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)SEC Media Days continued Wednesday morning, with Alabama’s Nick Saban taking the podium first. The Crimson Tide head coach didn’t face very many tough questions, however, and the ESPN broadcast team apparently noticed.After Saban’s presser ended, ESPN forgot to cut the audio on a few of its analysts’ microphones. Host Dari Nowkhah was heard making chicken noises, implying that the media was scared to ask Saban tough questions. He also said that Saban “owns” the media. He later owned up to the mistake on-air.ESPN broadcasters (not realizing mic was live) made chicken sounds and said Saban “owns the media” because nobody asked about Cam Robinson— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 13, 2016@SECNetwork cuts to commercial and you hear @ESPNDari ask the question “You think he (Saban) owns the media?” #SECMD16— Justin Nails (@justinnails) July 13, 2016When @SECNetwork doesn’t realize their still live & says “Nick Saban Owns The Media” #Whoops #SECMD16 @finebaum @johnP_hayes— #Tribe17 (@NoleNationFSU) July 13, 2016And @ESPNDari owns up to it. Kudos to him. Great segment all around on reaction to Saban’s presser— Eric Bowman (@E_ROCK12) July 13, 2016It was expected that someone in the media would ask Saban about the status of star offensive lineman Cam Robinson, who was arrested on multiple charges this past May. That didn’t happen though.Saban likely won’t make it through the day without being asked about Robinson, but it was a bit surprising that it wasn’t one of the first questions on the docket.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has suggested that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been getting fair playing time as rumours continue to swirl around the teenager’s future.The 18-year-old starlet enjoyed a breakthrough 2018 with the Blues but is understood to be frustrated at his lack of regular starting action under the Italian for the Blues.Chelsea are keen to renew his deal but they could be forced into a sale at the right price, with his contract expiring in 18 months and Bayern Munich widely tipped to secure his signature. 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? Sarri explained that he has not spoken to Hudson-Odoi about remaining at the club and added detail on why he has, so far, ignored calls to play the match-hungry teenager to keep him satisfied with his position at Stamford Bridge. “I am not in charge of the market and so I want to speak to him only about the pitch,” Sarri told reporters. “I don’t know [if the young players are too impatient], also the fans sometimes [and] the club sometimes. And so I am in the middle. I have to win. “I think that he is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve. With the ball, he is a very good player. He has to improve, I think, in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for the English football I think but for the European football. “I think [that he could play more] but it’s not easy. It’s not easy at this level to take the young players from the academy and he’s ready to play, not only here, everywhere in Europe. Sometimes there is one, two young players in Barcelona, from the academy, sometimes one, two Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain. “It’s not easy, and I think that we are lucky because we have Ampadu, we have Christensen, we have Odoi, so we are lucky. For players in the academy, we are really very lucky, or the academy is very good. “In Europe, there are few players, [18-year-old] players, with eight matches at this level. Odoi I think in this season played six, seven official matches in Europe, so I think that he has to be lucky. He is not lucky. He is good.” Sarri was booed by Chelsea fans who travelled to Watford’s Vicarage Road on Boxing Day after substituting Hudson-Odoi after bringing him on as a substitute for the injured Pedro. A poll conducted before Sarri’s arrival in April 2018 suggested that success on the pitch remains paramount to Chelsea fans, but the promotion of the club’s youngsters received the most votes to a question regarding the most important issues impacting the club.The issue has remained a hot-topic for a number of years, as Chelsea’s academy teams dominate at youth level with little representation in the first team. Sarri understands the balance that fans want him to achieve and he is now in a position where he might need Hudson-Odoi, despite doubts over his future, with a host of first team players out ahead of a busy fixture schedule. “He was injured, so I don’t know what to say, but I can understand that a fan loves young players from the academy, I can understand very well, but in the long run I have to win matches, and the fans I think want me to win matches, and also the club I think,” Sarri added about being booed. “I don’t know [when Hudson-Odoi will return]. I have to speak with the doctor. I hope to have good news. But I don’t know at the moment. It’s a muscular problem, and so I think that we need to be careful.”Chelsea face Southampton next at Stamford Bridge, after back-to-back away wins, in their first match of 2019.
Tahith Chong became Manchester United’s 229th youth product to play for the first team on Saturday when he made his debut against Reading in the FA Cup.The Curacao-born wide man played the final 30 minutes of the 2-0 win at Old Trafford, sparking a roar from the home crowd and an immediate new chant of “One Chong, we’ve only got one Chong!”It was little surprise that the 19-year-old was given the nod by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, given the manager’s recent insistence that he would do everything he could to maintain United’s tradition of blooding youth players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But more than that, it could have been a small glimpse into the future of United’s right-side of attack going forward.United have struggled to find a compelling solution on the right wing since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford, with Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Anthony Martial all being used there to varying degrees of success.The addition of Alexis Sanchez was considered by some to be an attempt to solve that issue, but the Chilean has largely been utilised on the left, first under Mourinho and now Solskjaer, and fans are looking at potential answers elsewhere in the Old Trafford stocks.Chong plays primarily off the right despite being left-footed but was also used on the left of midfield on occasion by assistant boss Kieran McKenna during his tenure as under-18s coach before the Dutchman suffering a season-ending injury against Everton in January 2017.If anything, his game has improved since returning to full fitness later that year, providing the sort of threat which is a throwback to Manchester United sides of old.With great strength and speed, the rangy Feyenoord youth product loves nothing more than to take on opposition players. His fearlessness on the ball leads to him creating many an opportunity for both himself and his team-mates, and his ability to get into goalscoring positions is one of his most attractive features.Like many of United’s recent graduates to the first-team squad, Chong boasts a great work-rate, with his willingness to cover his full-back without a second’s thought making him a manager’s dream.He also reads the game well, with several of his goals at age-group level helping to show what he can achieve thanks to his clever footballing brain.The winger provides an aerial threat, too, and can often be found drifting in to the centre to cause havoc from crossing positions.While the likes of Demi Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe and Josh Harrop got fleeting chances under Mourinho, Chong, Jimmy Garner and Angel Gomes could get significant opportunities to shine as this term pushes towards its close thanks to their form across the youth levels.Gomes might well have become the club’s youngest player since Duncan Edwards when he came on against Crystal Palace in May 2017, but there is another United prodigy ready to cause a stir too.And for some, Chong’s arrival on the big stage was even more anticipated than that of Gomes, with many seeing his frame and poise as key attributes which could help him to become a more regular part of the senior set-up in the very near future. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Harry Maguire may not be ready to take the Manchester United captaincy on the back of his record-breaking £80 million ($96m) transfer, says Rio Ferdinand.The former Red Devils centre-half knows all about big-money deals, having become the most expensive defender in world football when making a move to Old Trafford from Leeds in 2002.Maguire is now the holder of that title, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having seen his board dig deep to get a deal done with Leicester. 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? It has been suggested that, with United looking for someone to take the armband for 2019-20, the England international could immediately be appointed as skipper in new surroundings.Ferdinand is, however, wary of such a decision being taken, with it important that the new arrival is given time to justify his hefty price tag before worrying too much about leadership.He told BT Sport of Maguire: “It’s huge pressure. I remember when I went to United and every training session you are thinking about the price tag.“That’s what he would have been brought in for that [the captaincy]. Initially though he has enough pressure just to perform, let alone to be captain. He needs to perform first.“Every day in training people will be wondering if £80m is worth it. From people I’ve spoken to he will handle the pressure and has broad shoulders.”Maguire is one of three high-profile additions to have been made to the United squad.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have also joined the ranks, with Ferdinand pleased to see the Red Devils bringing the club’s “DNA” back by buying young and British.He told talkSPORT: “I really hope this season is a step in the right direction.“From what I have been seeing in the media, from the manager, from some of the players, is the team look fitter, they look stronger, and they are understand what the needs are now from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Our era wouldn’t understand not being fit. That was part and parcel – you have to be fit from day one – but certain managers have a certain style of play and that has all been upped since he has been in there.“I think the philosophy in terms of their transfer signings has been a good step in the right direction. They are younger, fresher, hungrier players. All British boys as well, which has always been a mainstay at Manchester United.“Part of the fabric has been having young British hungry players who understand the club and the DNA and these boys will be shown that straight away.”United are expected to hand out competitive bows to their new boys when they open their 2019-20 campaign with a home date against Chelsea on Sunday.
Every week, Tom Rinaldi greets the college football world with a heartwarming story that brings tears to the viewers’ eyes. Things were a little different today, as his latest story has the social media world buzzing.With ESPN’s College GameDay getting ready for the battle between Clemson and Boston College, Rinaldi went in-depth on an awesome relationship involving former Notre Dame players.In order to keep in touch with each other, Tim Ryan and Pat Terrell ride together on their motorcycles. For today, the two were joined by Rinaldi for an epic journey.Unlike the former members of the Fighting Irish, Rinaldi went with a scooter as his ride. Either way, fans couldn’t help but take their thoughts to social media.Nov. 10, 2018.The day that Tom Rinaldi officially jumped the shark.#TomRinaldi#CollegeGameday @CollegeGameDay @jumptheshark @jonhein #ridingirish#NotreDame pic.twitter.com/KjptYKF3CI— Chuck Monan aka The Pigskin Preacher (@monan_chuck) November 10, 2018It’s safe to say that he won’t be joining any motorcycle club in his future.Tom Rinaldi riding a motorcycle on @CollegeGameDayI am HERE for it pic.twitter.com/FB4Dcl7gpn— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 10, 2018As for Ryan and Terrell, this segment showed their unbreakable bond created on the football field.Check out our #RidingIrish ???story with @TRiceQB9, Tim Ryan and Pat Terrell with #TomRinaldi on @ESPN’s @CollegeGameDay soon… pic.twitter.com/QpNdj15QJo— Christopher Zorich (@chris_zorich) November 10, 2018It’ll be interesting to see if Rinaldi can find a way to have an even better segment next weekend for College GameDay.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes are searching high and low to find players to add to their roster for 2019, and may have found a key special teams player in the Pac-12.In an interview with Hawkeye Nation, Arizona State punter Michael Sleep-Dalton revealed that he is looking into Iowa as a graduate transfer destination.Sleep-Dalton revealed that he had spoken to Iowa special teams coach LeVar Woods, and that the school is “very interested” in bringing him into the fold.“I’ve been in contact with (special teams) coach (LeVar) Woods. They are very interested in me,” Sleep-Dalton told HawkeyeNation.com.Sleep-Dalton spoke glowingly of Woods, and expressed that he was encouraged by the prospect of working with him.“I really like coach Woods. He’s very relatable and knows what it takes to get from college to the next level. We get along very well,” he said.Iowa punter Colten Rastetter had a respectable 38.9 yards per punt average in 2018. But Sleep-Dalton exceeded those marks in both of his two years as a starter for the Sun Devils.In 2017, Sleep-Dalton recorded 39.9 yards per punt, while in 2018 he increased that number to 43.8 yards per punt.He has 19 punts of 50 yards or more over the past two seasons, with another 36 punts inside the 20, and another 33 that were fair caught.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton continues to recover from the brutal leg injury he suffered in the regular season finale against USF. He underwent another surgery on Friday.Tonight, Milton’s mother Teresa provided an update on his progress. He was released earlier today.“Meet the dream team. Less five other attending ‘s. KZ will be realeaaed today 100% success! Now for the recovery work. We had Gods healing And amazing surgeons . Please keep prayers coming!” she tweeted.Meet the dream team. Less five other attending ‘s. KZ will be realeaaed today 100% success! Now for the recovery work. We had Gods healing And amazing surgeons . Please keep prayers coming ! pic.twitter.com/x99vWIBie9— TeresaMilton (@milton6teresa) January 27, 2019Given how serious Milton’s injury was, there’s a good chance he won’t be able to play next season. UCF seems prepared for that possibility.The Knights landed Notre Dame grad transfer quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Wimbush will compete with Darriel Mack Jr. for the starting job in 2019.Mack played in nine games, making two starts in place of Milton as a redshirt freshman in 2018.In the meantime, Milton will continue to recover. The most important thing is he gets his health back, regardless of when he can return to the gridiron.
The 2019 college football season is set to begin this weekend, which means it’s time for 2020 NFL Draft talk to start heating up.ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper has updated his “big board” ahead of the upcoming college football season. The list is dominated by SEC players.Kiper has five SEC players in his top 10, including two players from Alabama inside his top four, with Tua Tagovailoa as the No. 1 quarterback on the board.The Big Ten, meanwhile, has two standout defensive lineman inside the top five.Here’s his full top 10, shown on ESPN today:Mel Kiper Jr Big Board 2020 #NFL Draft pic.twitter.com/RKGpLbZ8mP— InsideBamaRecruiting (@RTRnews) August 21, 2019Kiper released an entire top 25 ranking on ESPN.com today. He noted that these rankings are subject to change – a lot – before the 2020 NFL Draft gets here.“Keep in mind that several prospects here have started only one season, so a lot of projection is involved,” he wrote.You can view Kiper’s full top 25 big board here.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: A detailed view of a Texas Longhorns helmet with a sitcker remembering those affected by Hurricane Harvey before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The marquee game of college football Week 2 will undoubtedly be LSU vs. Texas, and ESPN is rolling out the red carpet for it. The two teams are ranked No. 6 and No. 9 respectively in this non-conference clash of titans.Both teams won their openers by multiple touchdowns, and looked completely deserving of their top rankings. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had five touchdowns against Georgia Southern, while Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger had four of his own against Louisiana Tech.Texas will be hosting LSU at Darrell K. Royal, but the Longhorns are a rare home underdog for the game. In fact, the line has only gotten more lopsided in favor of the Tigers over the past few days.Here are the details for the game:Game Time: 7:30 PM ETChannel: ABCSpread: LSU -6.5Over/Under: 57.5Announcers: Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria TaylorTexas and LSU both have College Football Playoff ambitions, and will need to overcome a dominant program in their conferences to have a chance of getting there.Unfortunately, the loser of this game will have a very tough time getting into the four-team event.It should come as no surprise that for a game with stakes this high, the tickets prices are exploding on the secondary market.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 07: Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt and Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports speak during the Fox segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Reggie Bush; Joel Klatt; Kevin BurkhardtEven though we’re only two full weeks into the college football season, we can already see some schools shaping up to be overachievers.It didn’t take an expert to see that Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and their ilk were going to be really good this year. But below that crop of elite teams is a group of schools lurking and potentially ready to contend.Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt has been rattling off superlatives through the first two weeks. Today, he dropped his five under-the-radar teams.Klatt’s five “sleeper” teams are Oklahoma State, USC, Washington State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. 5. Wisconsin4. Michigan State3-1.??@JoelKlatt picks his Top 5 sleeper teams to look out for during week 3 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/UEEnqZCgvj— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 12, 2019Wisconsin has certainly dominated its first two opponents. The Badgers have a bye this week but return to the field to face Michigan on September 21. That will be a major test for both teams.Michigan State’s defense is one of the best in the country, while their offense showed signs of life last weekend. We’ll see if that was a fluke or the beginning of a trend against Arizona State this week.Washington State will take on Houston in Week 3 with a trip to No. 11 Utah looming in two weeks. USC is 2-0 but the Trojans’ schedule is about to get markedly tougher.As for Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State, a trip to Texas on September 21 will let us know where the Cowboys stand in the Big 12.