Mourinho set to receive £24m pay-out from Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have to fork over a massive sum of money to part ways with manager Jose Mourinho.With the Portuguese boss losing his position on Tuesday, news of his payout soon came out as well.Per the Evening Standard, the total sum will be £24 million, which is the amount of money that was left on his contract.It is now the third manager United have sacked since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.They will hope to appoint someone as caretaker in the next 48 hours, followed by a permanent boss in the summer.Mourinho left United in 6th place in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
REVEALED: Man Utd due Mourinho windfall if Real Madrid return madeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will be due a tidy windfall should Jose Mourinho return to Real Madrid.The Sun says Real will be hit by a £10m bill from United if they make Jose Mourinho manager for a second time.Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes have negotiated the Portuguese boss’ £15m severance payment after he was sacked by the Old Trafford club before Christmas.As part of Mourinho’s departure deal from Chelsea in December 2015, compensation was due to the Stamford Bridge club if he joined another club within 12 months.If Mourinho joined a Premier League rival, the payment was to be £15m, with the fee set at £10m if the Portuguese joined a club in another league.And it is understood United chief Ed Woodward drafted a similar clause in Mourinho contracts and release agreement to ensure United would not catch a financial cold if the sacked boss walks into another job. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kieran Tierney: Arsenal deserve to be in the Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Tierney was delighted to be part of Arsenal’s Europa League win over Standard Liege.Arsenal have not competed in the Champions League since 2015-16.Speaking after the win on Thursday, Tierney said: “The club is a massive club and deserve to be in the Champions League.”We know the ambitions of the club and the supporters and we’re all in it together and hopefully we can do that.”We’ve got the potential, we’ve got the ability.”Tierney is yet to feature in the league, but is staying positive as he looks to impress manager Unai Emery enough to earn himself a spot.”I’m just doing my best every day, I work hard, the manager trusts me and I’m giving 100 per cent,” he said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd cop mixed injury news ahead of Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are hoping for a fitness boost before Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.Star midfielder Paul Pogba is definitely out of the match with an ongoing ankle issue and David De Gea pulled up with a groin complaint on international duty that is likely to sideline him, says the Mirror.However Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return against Liverpool on Sunday, while Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard have also stepped up their respective injury comebacks.But question marks hang over the likes of Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sits on the sideline during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The most famous Ezekiel currently living in Ohio is the Buckeyes’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott. There are plenty of other Ezekiels currently running around the Midwest, though, and not all of them are humans. Ezekiel, “Zeke” for short, has become a very popular dog name for Ohio State fans following the impressive performance of the Buckeye tailback during his program’s national title run this past season. Many Buckeye faithful have been tweeting pictures of their newly-named canines at Elliott. @EzekielElliott ZEKE getting bigger! All my Nikes bleed Scarlet & Gray! pic.twitter.com/ADI323KcUa— Josh Salapack (@OilOperator154) January 30, 2015@EzekielElliott our new puppy Zeke! Pretty sure he’ll love to hunt ducks! #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/nDXv1MZqXQ— Q.J. McDowell (@joey_56) January 30, 2015“@MichaelFess55: Had to name this little guy Zeke after @EzekielElliott. #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/a5CMtFO9gZ”— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) January 28, 2015@EzekielElliott my best friend got a new puppy and named it after you!! Meet Zeke the Shiba Inu! pic.twitter.com/HlT894SGpd— Stacy Marie (@StacySothard) January 25, 2015Hey @EzekielElliott we named our puppy zeke after you! Now bring us that ship!!! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/CnoF4dxlfN— Nate Nealon (@NateNealon) January 3, 2015S/O to @EzekielElliott though. Absolutely killed it and you have the cutest puppy in the world named after you #Zeke pic.twitter.com/dQhq9YMxw8— Caitlin Curtis (@caitlincurtis12) January 2, 2015Winning a national championship is nice, but nothing is greater than having a bunch of cute puppies named after you.
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: Jake Butt #15 of the Michigan Wolverines has some fun talking to Jabrill Peppers #5 during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan tight end Jake Butt is getting in on the Odell Beckham Jr. impression game. The New York Giants’ wide receiver posted a video of himself making some crazy catches while lying down earlier this week. Butt has attempted to replicate the video. It’s pretty impressive. A little work from today.. pic.twitter.com/jOmzgujgmg— jake butt (@JBooty_88) July 9, 2015Not bad, Jake.
After beating Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona are taking all necessary precautions to ensure they do not end up losing their incoming star for a cut price in the future.The Catalan side struck a deal with Ajax that sees a long transfer saga come to an end as 21-year-old midfielder De Jong will head to Camp Nou in the summer for an initial €75 million (£65m/$85m) which could rise to €86m (£75m/$98m) depending on performances.AdChoices广告Speculation surrounding the Netherlands international’s future had been circulating for over a year, with PSG, City and Barca all seemingly determined to land him. 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 he will complete a “dream move” to the Spanish champions at the end of the season after assessing all of his options.”The fact that they were so serious about getting me and that I have a good chance of getting playing time made the decision a bit easier,” De Jong said. “It’s not like I’m going to Barcelona as a tourist to watch Messi in action. I am not going to say that I will bench Sergio Busquets or anything! But I think I have a good chance of getting plenty of minutes.”Just as De Jong is determined to make the best of his time in La Liga, though, his new club are hoping to prevent the young star from being lured away by one of his many suitors.Perhaps still feeling the sting of being forced into selling Neymar to PSG in 2016, Barca have handed De Jong a contract that will run for five years and Goal understands it comes complete with a €400m release clause.Indeed, only a few Blaugrana players have bigger release clauses than that. Lionel Messi’s is the biggest at €700m, while the likes of Gerard Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti have theirs set at €500m.De Jong will become the 20th Dutchman to represent La Liga giants Barca, and he admits he has long wanted to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Johan Cruyff and Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.”I already watched Barcelona as a kid and then when I was a bit more aware of the game you had the Guardiola era with all their successes,” he said.”That turned me into an even bigger fan. I have always been a big fan of Messi, although I liked the entire team.”
Mexico manager Tata Martino has watched the film. He’s analyzed Haiti’s strengths and weaknesses – as well as those of his own team.Martino’s calculus for Tuesday’s semifinal, however, is relatively simple. Give Haiti an opening, and it will take it. Les Grenadiers have trailed in three of their four Gold Cup matches. They’ve won all four, including a stunning come-from-behind victory against Canada in the quarterfinal, making the first semifinals for the first time in Gold Cup history.Mexico’s task is making sure there are no openings for Haiti to exploit. 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 first thing I have to say is Haiti is a tremendously effective team that has taken advantage of the chance the opponent has given them to get into the game,” Martino said at a news conference Monday. “Costa Rica allowed it, and they took advantage. They turned it around. Canada let them get into the game, with a mistake on a ball played back and later a penalty, and they took advantage. “So, it occurs to me that it’s an opponent against which you have to play the 90 minutes with a lot of intensity and attention because the smallest concession you give to the opponent they’re going to take advantage.”Focusing for a complete match hasn’t always been easy for Mexico. In friendly matches this season, El Tri have scored a minimum of three goals in each match. But their only clean sheet to this point in eight games during Martino’s tenure. That was against Cuba.Haiti is a team who can take advantage of a team’s errors. It’s not always apparent exactly where Haiti will attack from, with six different goalscorers during the tournament and no goal quite alike.”It’s a really powerful team. Honestly, they’re also a bit disorganized but with that disorganization, they can generate big chances,” Mexico defender Cesar Montes said Monday. “They came back in three games, and that’s a fact you have to keep in mind.”The winning goal against Canada, a chaotic symphony of a counter-attack that started with a ball won in their own half, a long cross to spring the attack and a fantastic if fortunate finish, is an example of the type of goal Haiti could find against El Tri.While Martino’s initial reviews of his team have generally been positive in the first six months, the manager recognized his team is vulnerable in moments of transition. Some of it is, as the coach points out, simply down to playing style. Put the fullbacks as high up the field as he wants them, and there will be space. Other times, “We’ve got an attacking position with a lot of players, so we can take charge of the game,” Martino said. “While we do prepare well for the moments in which the opponent can pressure us or command the match, don’t forget the first goal in the Martinique game, we also prepare to go to the space and the reality is we play a lot of time in the opponent’s half with possession of the ball, putting a lot of players into the attack. What we have to do is slow down the quick exits the opponent makes. “With the way we play, there really aren’t that many chances teams create on us with counter-attacks, with how much time we spend in the opponent’s half. Even so, we have to analyze them, realize and fix the situations that were conceded in every one of the matches.”Martino’s side have dominated most matches in which he’s coached them. Even the contest against Costa Rica was controlled by El Tri. The Gold Cup finalist isn’t decided by who controls the game, though. Mexico will win the possession battle. It will have more talent on the field. But Martino rightly recognizes Haiti is a team who will take advantage of any error possible. Every team makes mistakes, but Mexico has had matches (including one against a French-speaking island eager for an upset, sound familiar?) in which it has made mistakes and been punished.A cleaner match is needed in the semifinal, even if Haiti isn’t as much of a traditional power in the region as the Ticos were in the last round. As it should be in the semifinal, there is little room for error.
Hoffenheim coach Alfred Schreuder has admitted that Joelinton is leaving the club amid reports he is close to completing a move to Newcastle.The Premier League side have been linked with the striker since the beginning of this year while RB Leipzig were also said to be interested.The Magpies are reportedly advancing on a €40 million (£36m/$45m) move for Joelinton, 22, which would set a new record transfer fee for the club. 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? Hoffenheim left the Brazilian out the squad for their friendly with Jahn Regensburg on Wednesday and confirmed that he was “in concrete negotiations with a club from the Premier League”.And Schreuder has now revealed that the star is on the way out, admitting he is sad to see his side lose a key player.”Of course it is a pity that he’s leaving,” he told Kicker. “It’s not my decision, that’s what the club does. “It’s always the same in football: when players leave, it also opens up room for other players, and of course it’s a shame he’s leaving, but it’s also a matter of philosophy.”The attacker joined Hoffenheim from Brazilian side Sport Receife in 2015 but was loaned to Rapid Vienna for two seasons, scoring 21 times in 79 games.He returned from Austria last summer went on to make 35 appearances for the German outfit in 2018-19, scoring 11 times and setting up a further nine as they finished 10th in the Bundesliga.Joelinton will be Newcastle’s first signing of the summer in what has been a busy close season for the St James’ Park side.They have already seen star attacker Ayoze Perez leave for £30m ($38m) to join Leicester City and striker Joselu depart for Spanish side Alaves, while Salomon Rondon’s loan from West Brom came to an end.Meawnhile, Newcastle have also undergone a change in manager, seeing Steve Bruce appointed to the role this week, replacing fan favourite Rafael Benitez, who left after guiding them to 13th in the English top-flight.
Leicester’s midfield marvel James Maddison is the man to take Liverpool to the next level, Jamie Carragher believes.The talented playmaker continues to catch the eye for the Foxes and created 100 chances last season, more than any other player in the Premier League.Maddison has started where he left off this term, whipping in the corner for Wilfred Ndidi to head home in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. 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? Reds legend Carragher insists Maddison is the player Liverpool should look at to bolster their midfield ranks.“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he’s gone to Bayern Munich, but if you’re looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you’re going to that next step up.”Fellow pundit Gary Neville is another big fan of the attacking midfielder and even went as far as comparing him to two Premier League greats.“I think he’s outstanding,” he added. “No 10s aren’t as fashionable nowadays, it’s more about wide strikers who score the goals.“It used to be about the [Gianfranco] Zolas and [Eric] Cantonas, and he is a genuine creative player who will go on to play for England and be involved in the European Championship. I think he is fantastic.”The 22-year-old started his career at hometown club Coventry City before moving to Norwich in 2016.Maddison spent two seasons at Carrow Road, netting 16 goals in 53 matches in the Championship while also spending a spell on loan at Aberdeen.Having lit up the second tier, Maddison sealed a switch to Leicester and took to the Premier League with ease. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Urban Meyer investigation at Ohio State was supposed to wrap up on Sunday night. The Buckeyes announced on Friday that the investigation was going to finish on time. The school had previously said on Sunday, Aug. 5 that it would take two weeks.It’s unclear if the investigation did in fact wrap up on Sunday night, but we’ve yet to hear anything to the contrary.Now, we wait.When is an Urban Meyer decision coming? In a couple of days, probably.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees still needs to meet. Following protocol, a 24-hour notice needs to be given prior to any meeting. As of yet, no notice appears to have been given.So, Tuesday morning appears to be the earlier that a meeting could take place. It’s possible that we could get an official decision soon after that, but it could take longer.At this point, an official Urban Meyer decision could be expected for Wednesday or later.Ohio State reporter Kyle Lamb tweeted the following:What to expect: investigation should wrap up today. Formal report delivered likely tomorrow or Tuesday (will not include recommendations, just facts/findings). OSU Legal counsel will review. Once report is rec’d/rev’d, BOT will set up exec. session w/ 24 hour notice. (1/2)— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018After notice is set up, the 20 trustees will discuss the case & report. They will consult with Drake and determine a course of action. Probably within 24 hours of the ES, they will announce their findings. I don’t anticipate a presser, but who knows with them. Guess: Wed. (2/2)— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018Although Ohio State may well send out a press release in this case announcing Executive Session, if they don’t, you can follow anything posted at https://t.co/c4drqVnPut as their calendar of meetings is updated there.— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018Ohio State’s football team, meanwhile, is less than two weeks away from opening its season. The Buckeyes begin the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Ryan Day is leading the team in Urban Meyer’s absence.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama’s quarterback situation was settled on Saturday night, even if Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is refusing to admit it publicly.Tua Tagovailoa started behind center for Alabama in its blowout win over Louisville in Orlando. The sophomore quarterback played extremely well. He made the kind of throws Crimson Tide fans (and the rest of the college football world) are drooling over.Jalen Hurts played, too, but there was an obvious drop-off in Alabama’s offensive potency when he was behind center compared to Tagovailoa.So, while Saban might not be publicly admitting that Tua is clearly his QB1, it would be shocking if that’s not the case moving forward.What does this mean for Hurts? Well, he’ll probably continue to get some playing time, and his running ability is still valuable for Alabama’s offense, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be starting any games at quarterback.This means the Jalen Hurts transfer rumors are going to heat up like they did this summer. He’s set to graduate this year and that means he can transfer to another school in 2019 and play right away.What school might he transfer to? One is being named a lot – Texas.The Longhorns, after their second straight loss to Maryland, clearly need some help at the quarterback position. Hurts’ dual-threat ability could be special in Tom Herman’s offense.Texas fans are convinced it can happen.Jalen Hurts….Texas needs you young brotha— Ryan Mouton (@RMout29) September 2, 2018Jalen Hurts to Texas?— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) September 2, 2018I’m fascinated to see where Jalen Hurts transfers to next season. Maybe back to his home state of Texas. #RollTide— John C. Frémont (@SaturdaysInReno) September 2, 2018hey @JalenHurts I hear my texas longhorns are looking for a quarterback ?— matty b (@ohhmatty) September 2, 2018This is premature, of course, as any kind of decision from Hurts on his future is likely months away. He seems intent on sticking it out at Alabama this season (and probably winning a national championship).Still, stay tuned for Jalen Hurts transfer rumor season once the year is over.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes prior to the game Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program doesn’t have a game this weekend, as the Buckeyes are off following their surprising blowout loss to Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.Urban Meyer and Co. will return to the gridiron next Saturday. Ohio State is set to host Nebraska at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.The Buckeyes will be returning to the field in style, too.Ohio State will be wearing special black uniforms for the game. The Buckeyes are calling for all of their home fans to wear black, as well.OSU insider Andrew Lind has photos of what the retail version of Ohio State’s new black uniform looks like.Check it out:First look the retail version of Ohio State’s black alternate jersey, which will be worn on Nov. 3 against Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/NEKLQO03Y8— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) October 25, 2018Ohio State has worn black uniforms before, in 2015 against Penn State. These new black uniforms look extremely similar to the ones the Buckeyes sported in that game.the same as these ? pic.twitter.com/PHmSoRe6A7— Brandon (@bthollz) October 25, 2018These new uniforms are essentially the same, except for a new template.Ohio State and Nebraska are set to kick off at noon on FOX on Saturday, Nov. 3.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State held a press conference to announce head football coach Urban Meyer will retire following the team’s Rose Bowl game against Washington. Former offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as the team’s new head coach entering the 2019 season.Immediately following the news, Meyer’s former players and Buckeyes fans around the country flooded social media with messages for the head coach. While most were positive, there remains a question about Meyer’s legacy at Ohio State following his three-game suspension from earlier in the season.Ohio State suspended Meyer after Brett McMurphy reported the coach failed to remove Zach Smith from his coaching staff despite claims of abuse by Smith’s wife. Meyer had a combative relationship with the media leading up to the suspension.On Wednesday morning, Dan Le Batard revealed he and Meyer shared the same agent – though that agent bailed on Meyer when the Ohio State coach failed to heed his advice.“During that mess, my agent bailed — my agent got out of that because he wasn’t taking advice. He was just doing the same thing he always does — being smug, arrogant Urban Meyer. He got into this mess because he taunted the media with arrogance about that entire incident. That’s how it started, and people started following up.”Clearly a divide developed between Meyer and former agent Trace Armstrong. Regardless, Meyer leaves Ohio State as one of the most-accomplished coaches in college football.The impact of the Zach Smith saga on his legacy remains to be seen.[The Big Lead]
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Four-star defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao is a West Coast-based star getting serious looks from major Pac-12 programs. Hoping to get such a talented lineman, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have now joined the fray.According to the the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska sent two defensive coaches to Pola-Mao’s school in Arizona to “show some love” to the four-star prospect.In an interview with the publication afterwards, Pola-Mao spoke glowingly about Nebraska.“It was like, ‘Oh, Nebraska. Shoot, Nebraska’s on the radar,’” Pola-Mao said. “It’s pretty cool; I like them.”The Cornhuskers will have plenty of work ahead of them if they want to pry Pola-Mao from the west coast though. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions give Pola-Mao a 67-percent chance of going to Arizona State and a 33-percent chance of going to USC.Nebraska already has an offer in place for Pola-Mao’s cousin, Noa Pola-Gates, who has already visited the school. Another cousin, Keana Pola, is already enrolled in Nebraska for softball.As of writing, Pola-Mao has not made any official visits, but USC will likely be in the running.Pola-Mao is the nephew of NFL legend Troy Polamalu, who played at USC before his long career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His brother, Isaiah, is currently enrolled there.[Omaha World-Herald]
Many Michigan fans are probably greatly concerned after today’s narrow overtime win over Army. Braylon Edwards does not appear to be one of them.The former star Wolverine wide receiver shared his thoughts on the 24-21 escape on Twitter this afternoon. He’s not sweating the slim victory.He also isn’t shying away from taking a jab at Notre Dame, Michigan’s final non-conference opponent for 2019.“At the end of the day a win is a win. Let’s watch the tape learn then move forward. Notre Dame isn’t ready for the Big House or that Golf course tail gate. #GoBlue,” Edwards wrote. At the end of the day a win is a win. Let’s watch the tape learn then move forward. Notre Dame isn’t ready for the Big House or that Golf course tailg gate. #GoBlue 〽️— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) September 7, 2019Michigan and Notre Dame don’t play until October 26 in Ann Arbor. Needless to say, a lot can happen before then.The Wolverines still have to play Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State before they get to the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has to go to Georgia in two weeks and play USC in October.One positive for Michigan: they have a bye next week. That gives them extra preparation for their trip to Wisconsin on September 21.That game will have a major impact on the season and the Big Ten race.
Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 17:02 IST Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul made sexist remarks on the TV show Koffee with Karan (Hardik Pandya Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have replaced Pandya and Rahul in the ODI team in AusrtaPandya and Rahul have returned home from Australia after being suspended by the BCCIBCCI is currently trying to set up an inquiry committee to look into this caseHardik Pandya and KL Rahul are back home, cooling their heels, suspended for their crass comments in TV show Koffe with Karan. Replacements have been called for the remaining three ODIs in Australia and the subsequent limited-overs games in New Zealand. Five months before the 2019 World Cup, their future remains uncertain.The much maligned duo’s fate hangs in the balance as the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) continue to spar over the composition of the inquiry committee. COA member Diana Edulji wants CEO Rahul Johri out of picture, arguing it would be ‘bad optics’ for Bthe CCI due to the sexual harassment case around him.COA Chairman Vinod Rai wants to administer through the CEO as per the new constitution. “The COA is duty bound to follow the new constitution and what you are suggesting is neither in consonance with the constitution nor is it as per the legal advice received.”It cannot be the case that we follow legal advice only when we consider it, ‘justifiable’. I can’t be party to this decision and process,” he told Edulji in an internal communications accessed by India Today.The letter gets terser. “Also please note that since you do not want to follow the suggestion of legal to have an ad hoc ombudsman, your suggestion runs the risk of your committee being ‘judge, jury and executioner’. Please go ahead and take it forward. I will keep away and leave it to you,” he wrote.Edulji in reply, accused Rai of following the constitution on a selective basis. “COA can’t be duty bound in selected matters and that’s what I have been highlighting all through, that we should act as per the rules and regulations being the new constitution at all times.advertisement”Your point of not going against a Supreme Court Direction/Constitution is what I have been time and again warning about as you have acted against the Supreme Court Direction/Constitution in the matter of Women’s team Head Coach where a committee was appointed inspite of CAC being there and also in the case of sexual harassment matter of Rahul Johri, you unilaterally appointed the independent committee which is not as per the Constitution and I had opposed for that also,” she replied.Edulji’s communication indicates, Pandya and Rahul, currently thrown a seven-day show cause notice, could have to wait until January 17th at least, when the Supreme Court takes up the BCCI case.”As the SC hearing is scheduled for 17th Jan, let the court be informed about this situation and let an Ombudsman be appointed by the court instead of taking a wrong step of appointing the ad hoc ombudsman, which is not as per the new constitution,” she wrote.Meanwhile, BCCI members have asked the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a Special General Meeting (SGM) for the appointment of the Ombudsman of the BCCI to adjudicate the case, once the investigations are complete.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingAlso Read | As Hardik, Rahul stand suspended, BCCI official questions Harmanpreet in fake degree controversyAlso Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Indian cricket teamFollow BCCIFollow Committee of AdministratorsFollow Koffee With Karan Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s future uncertain, hit by BCCI red tapeThe much maligned duo’s fate hangs in the balance as the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) continue to spar over the composition of the inquiry committee.advertisement
Reuters MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 12:58 IST This was the first time Maria Sharapova was facing Caroline Wozniacki since 2015 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaria Sharapova won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 against Caroline Wozniacki to enter the round of 16Sharapova will play Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the fourth roundBarty eased past Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-5 6-1 in her third round matchFormer champion Maria Sharapova battled past holder Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a third round thriller at the Australian Open on Friday.Denmark’s Wozniacki raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but Sharapova raised her level and reeled off the next five games to grab the early advantage in the contest.The second set followed a similar pattern before Wozniacki took advantage of Sharapova’s sloppy serving late on to drag the match into a decider.The Russian was not to be denied, however, as she closed out the win on her second match point in two hours and 24 minutes.”(feels good?) It really is. I thought the level was quite high, I knew it was going to be tough. She loves this arena, I haven’t played many matches prior to this but this is what you train for and it’s really rewarding.”I am definitely not walking around thinking that I have experience because that will be dangerous but definitely experience helps.”(About next opponent Ashleigh Barty) I think her story is phenomenal, she loves playing here. She did really well in Sydney really well and she loves it here. She took a break and came back and is doing incredibly well. I know the crowd is going to be tough but I look forward to playing,” Sharapova said after the match.Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who won her last major at the 2014 French Open, hit 37 winners against 10 from her opponent and converted her second matchpoint to set up a fourth round clash with local hope Ashleigh Barty, who eased past Greek Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1.advertisementMeanwhile in other matches, young American Amanda Anisimova upstaged 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2, hitting her way into the fourth round.The fearless 17-year-old bullied her much higher ranked opponent who looked shell-shocked by the power being generated at the other end of the court.It was Anisimova’s third consecutive straight sets win, which included a 6-0 6-2 destruction of 24th seed Lesia Tsurenko, signalling the arrival of a genuine new talent in the women’s game.Anisimova, the youngest competitor in the draw, will play the winner of Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic in the fourth round.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Maria SharapovaFollow Caroline WozniackiFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Sharapova knocks out defending champion Wozniacki in Round 3Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles match to enter the round of 16 on Friday.advertisement Next
England drop to No.5 in ICC Test rankings despite 232-run victory over West IndiesWest Indies won the series 2-1 despite the thrashing in the final Test. The hosts, under Jason Holder, had clinched dominant wins to seal an unbeatable lead in the three-match seriesadvertisement Reuters St LuciaFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 08:33 IST West Indies vs England: Joe Root said England’s win in the dead rubber will give them a lot of confidence going into a busy summer (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have dropped to fifth in ICC Test team rankings after 2-1 defeat to the West IndiesDespite a hundred from Roston Chase, West Indies were bowled out for 252Joe Root top-scored for England in the 2nd innings with a match-winning 122England wrapped up a comprehensive 232-run victory over West Indies in the third Test in St Lucia on Tuesday after home batsman Roston Chase made a century but got little help.Number five Chase scored an unbeaten 102 for his fifth Test ton, after England pace bowler James Anderson ripped through the home side’s top order with three quick wickets.This week a confidence booster: Joe RootAlthough West Indies had already won the series with victories in the first two tests, England’s win in the finale will provide a pick-me-up as they eye a home Ashes series against Australia starting in August.”This week should be a real confidence booster going into a very exciting summer of cricket,” England captain Joe Root said at the victory presentation.Chasing an unlikely target of 485 runs for victory on day four, West Indies made 252 in their second innings.Chase brought up his century with his team already nine wickets down when he cut part-timer spinner Joe Denly for four.He was aided by an entertaining 34 by tailender Alzarri Joseph, who slogged three sixes, but pickings were otherwise slim for the hosts, who crumbled again after scoring only 154 in their first knock.”We still have a lot of improvement to make but lots of positives came out of the series,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder, who was suspended for the match due to his team’s slow over rate in the second test.James Anderson shinesWest Indies’ top order had no answer to Anderson’s movement off the seam, with John Campbell (golden duck), Kraigg Brathwaite (eight) and Darren Bravo (duck), all caught in the slip-gully cordon.advertisementMark Wood, who picked up five wickets in the first innings, continued his outstanding match when he had Shai Hope (14) caught at cover off a leading edge just before lunch. Wood was later named Player of the Match.”He bowled fantastically well, a huge amount of pace,” Root said. “It’s great to see him come back into the side and put in such a strong performance… and now prove how good a player he is.”Anderson finished with 3-27, while spinner Moeen Ali had 3-99 as England won with more than a day to spare.Denly also did his part, delivering an excellent throw from the outfield to run out Shimron Hetmyer for 19.Earlier, Root declared his team’s second innings immediately upon his dismissal for 122, with the visitors 361 for five. Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 48.England batted for only 5.2 overs, adding a quick 36 runs to their overnight total.Also Read | Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Root for standing up against homophobic slurAlso Read | West Indies, England bowlers bowl most number of wides in a Test matchFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow 3rd TestFollow Joe RootFollow Roston ChaseFollow Jason Holder
Irani Cup: Umpire Nandan, who ruled Faiz Fazal out erroneously, hit on the head by ballPlay was halted for a few minutes in the second session on Day 4 after a throw from the fielder at long-on hit umpire CK Nandan flush on the back of his head forcing him to go down on the ground.advertisement Rohan Sen NagpurFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 19:37 IST Umpire CK Nandan went down on the ground after being hit on the back of his head (BCCI video screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSCK Nandan was hit on the back of his head in the 2nd session on Day 4The umpire was attended by physios on the ground as play halted for a few minutesVidarbha reached 37 for 1 at stumps and need another 243 runs to win on Day 5Umpire CK Nandan suffered a nasty blow while officiating during the fourth day of the Irani Cup match between Vidarbha and Rest of India in Nagpur on Friday.During the second session of play and with Rest of India reaching 287 for 3 in their second innings, Hanuma Vihari took a single towards long off, the fielder picked up the ball and threw towards the stumps, at the non-striker’s end, but missed his aim and the ball hit umpire Nandan hard on the back of his head forcing him to go down on the ground.The impact shattered the sunglasses that Nandan had kept on the back of his hat as he winced in pain. Physios rushed to check on him and play was halted for a few minutes.The match referee also came on to the field to check on Nandan and even asked him if he could continue to which the umpire replied in the affirmative.pic.twitter.com/5q8o2cI4O0Dhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 15, 2019Vihari was batting on 144 at the time along with Shreyas Iyer on 8 as ROI led the Ranji Trophy Champions by 191 runs. ROI eventually declared their second innings at 374 for 3 with Vihari finishing unbeaten on 180 while Iyer made 61 not out, setting Vidarbha a target of 280 to win the match.They lost the wicket of captain Faiz Fazal for a duck but Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide steadied the innings and took the team to 37 for 1 at stumps. Vidarbha need another 243 runs to win the match with 9 wickets and one full day’s play remaining.advertisementThis was the second incident involving umpire CK Nandan in the past three days in this match as he was also the one who gave Faiz Fazal out under controversial circumstances on Day 2 when Vidarbha were batting in their first innings.Nandan was criticised for taking a lot of time to give Fazal out on the second day when the left-handed opener was batting on 27 with Vidarbha 50 for no loss.Fazal edged a delivery from Krishnappa Gowtham which ended straight in the gloves of wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. All the players in ROI team went up in appeal but Nandan shook his head initially but suddenly raised his finger after his colleague, umpire Nitin Menon standing at square leg, confirmed that the ball had hit Fazal’s gloves.pic.twitter.com/e3oF3Q0haYDhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 13, 2019The decision left Fazal in shock while the ROI players, including the bowler Gowtham, were also confused as to what had just happened. But after realising the umpire’s final call they celebrated.Vidarbha managed to post 425 in their first innings and grabbed a crucial 95-run first innings lead after bowling out Rest of India for 330.Also Read | Irani Cup Day 4: Hanuma Vihari 180, Rahane 87 leave Vidarbha with tricky chaseAlso Read | Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya SarwateAlso Read | Hanuma Vihari creates Irani Cup history with hat-trick of hundredsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow CK NandanFollow umpire NandanFollow Irani CupFollow Vidarbha vs Rest of IndiaFollow VID v ROIFollow Faiz Fazal