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Guardiola signs Man City deal until 2021

first_imgGuardiola Guardiola extends Man City contract to 2021 Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Premier League Transfers The Catalan has signed a two-year contract extension after leading the Blues to a record-breaking Premier League title victory Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, the Premier League champions have confirmed.Guardiola is two years into the three-year deal he penned in the summer of 2016, but has now pledged his future to City until the summer of 2021.”I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” Guardiola told City’s official website. 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 “I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years. As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players – and I feel good.”I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players. We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season.”The 47-year-old’s new deal marks a coup for the Blues, who are keen to keep hold of their coach for as long as possible.During his time at Barcelona Guardiola only signed one-year extensions, and even said at one point that if he could sign six-month deals he would do so. At Bayern Munich he honoured his three-year contract before moving to the Premier League.City have long wanted to tie Guardiola down to a longer deal and their resolve has only increased as the team’s impressive season progressed.Initial talks had taken place not long into last season, but the decision was made to push back formal negotiations until the summer as it had quickly become obvious that all parties were keen to renew.We’ve got Guardiola! #mancity pic.twitter.com/JIpTiZB5rc— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 17, 2018City had established a lead at the top of the Premier League table at that time and neither Guardiola nor the club wanted any distractions.However, by early spring it became clear that City would win the title and Guardiola’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, began ironing out the terms of an extension with the City hierarchy.“This season has been another step of our strategic plan and the continuous effort to improve the football we play,” said CEO Ferran Soriano. “We are very pleased with the progress. There is more work to do and having Pep committed to Manchester City for the next three seasons gives us the stability to be able to continue our journey to beautiful football and success for the club.”last_img read more

WAGGA RUNNING TOURNAMENT FOR CHARITY

first_imgWagga Wagga Touch Association are running their annual charity day knockout on Sunday 7th of August at 9am at Jubilee Park. The cost will be $10 per player, per team with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald incorporated Kids Cottage appeal. Nominations are being accepted in the following divisions: Mens/Womens/Mixed Open Mens/Womens/Mixed Under 18’s Mens/Womens/Mixed Over 35’s Divisions may be merged if there are not enough nominations for a certain division, with alll games being 30 minutes long with teams changing ends after each touchdown. Players can register in as many different divisions as they like and each team must be prepared to supply a duty referee. Registration forms must be returned by August 1 to: OPSM, DON Tuckwells Audio or mailed to WTA, PO BOX 2037, Wagga Wagga, 2650. The registration forms can also be faxed to 02 69312290 or emailed to waggatouch@itxpress.com.au Get a team along to support the Kids Cottage Appeal!last_img read more

X-Blades New Styles Out Soon

first_imgThe Vibe 2.0 and Fortis Blue will be released soon in the runners, while the casual shoes to be released include the Reedeti, Edge Leather and Urban Red. For more information please click on the flyer below. Don’t forget to visit the X-Blades website in the lead up to the 2012 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) for all of your footwear needs – www.bladesfootball.com.au, or they’ll once again be available from the X-Blades tent at NTL. Related Filesntls_runnersandcasualflyer-pdflast_img

LIVE RESULTS: State of Origin day two

first_imgLive results from day two of the State of Origin series as they come to hand:Division wins: NSW 8 – Queensland 5.Game three:Men’s openNEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1.Women’s open:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Louise Winchester 2, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Peta Rogerson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Marikki Watego touchdowns). HT: NSW 4-1; NSW won division 2-1.Mixed open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 4 (Lucy Botten 2, Ashleigh Kearney, Michaela Jacks touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Chloe Cheney 2, Rachelle Davis touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Gabrielle Rose 2, Belinda Grech, Kristi Miller, Melissa McCall, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Katie Shaw, Kate Barker, Jessica Pulley touchdowns). HT: NSW 5-1. NSW won division 3-0.Women’s 35s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Tracy Williamson, Tracy Upton, Wendy Evans touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Dominique Bruce, Kristie Mosely touchdowns). HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Lisa Wilkes, Shanie Singleton, Julia Simons touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Jodie Gair touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 2-2; HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 6 (Cormac Hoch 2, James Baartz, Dylan Doak, Michael Fallon, Sam Carmody touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Lincoln Little 2, Patrick Coelho, Mitchell Wickham, Christopher Williams touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-3; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Manu Wakely 3, Michael Stone 2 touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Aaron Jones 2, Scott Prince touchdowns). HT: NSW2-1; NSW won division 2-1. Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Darren Reynoldson 2, Nathan Martin, Dean Murphy, Steven Sopher, Brad Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Joshua Woo, Tristan Mana, Mark Henricksen touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW won division 3-0.Men’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Corey McLeod 3, Lars Hanson, Chris Benfield, Jason Toby touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Hookey, Adrian Lam touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 45s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Shane Cooper, Michael Lennon, Edward Fong touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Frank Beer, Ian Smith touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-0; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl, John Samin, Amir Ayoub, Scott Collins touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Steve Womersley, Michael Boyd, Peter Feldman touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 3-3; HT: QLD2-0. NSW won the division 3-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 4 (Frank Stampa, Ian Kerr, Trevor McPhillips, David Baulch touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 2 (John Cattell, Gary Newman touchdowns). HT: 1-1.Game two:Men’s open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Shaun Francis 6, Michael Law, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Justin Otto touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Stephen Roberts 2, Terry Deegan, Scott Buckley, Matthew Prowse, Tim Good touchdowns). HT: QLD 3-2; Division tied 1-1.Women’s open:QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.Mixed open:NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Tom Maher 2, Cameron Nicholls, Daniel Stone, Luke Tonegato, Michael Singh, Kylie Hilder, Trent Touma, Claire Moran, Patricia Michaelopoulos) def QUEENSLAND 9 (Greta Doherty 3, Adam Pryde 2, Sean Hooper 2, Rebecca Lapraik, Tim Glazebrook touchdowns). HT: NSW 8-7; Division leads 1-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 8 (Ashleigh Kearney 2, Katherine Stevens, Toni Wells, Georgina Friedrichs, Georgina Rackerman, Laura Gleeson, Tavla Rosin touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Logan Flanagan, Laura Coleman, Tayla Clifford, Zara Nichols, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Lily Goodchild touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 7-7; HT: 3-3; Division tied 1-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Trish McCarthy 2, Amanda Burdett, Melinda McMah, Gabrielle Rose, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 0. HT: NSW 3-0; NSW leads division 2-0.Women’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Kirstie Wakely, Kristie Mosely, Nicole Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Natalie Leicht, Tracy Upton touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1.              Women’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Sue Ginns touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 1 (Lynda Davis touchdown). HT: 1-1; QLD leads division 2-0.Men’s 20s:NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Josh Rozario 3, Lincoln Little 2, Alex Nicholls, Jonathan Huskins, Christopher Williams touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Lachlan Hoch 3, David Richards 2, James Baartz, James Western touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-2; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Josh Sparke, Michael Stone, Todd Liubinskas touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Boston, Michael Watson touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-0; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 9 (Steven Sopher 2, Nathan Martin, Darren Reynoldson, Garry Sonda, Christopher Jonson, Brad Mitchell, Ahmad Daizil, Adam Fahim touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Stephen Prince 2, David Walsh, Joshua Woo, Robert Powley touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 9 (Clynton Wastell 3, Craig Scharer, Troy Morgan, Adrian Lam, John Linden, Kevin Eckersley, Matthew Barclay touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Jack Jardim, Christian Browne, Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi, Corey McLeod, David Roberts touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-1; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 45s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Owen 2, Neville Norris touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Derek Duguid, Brandon McDonald touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl 2, Scott Collins, Andre Andrews touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Ron Keleher 2 touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Hawes, Ian Kerr, Brian Prove touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 1 (David McLean touchdown), HT: NSW 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksState of Origin live resultslast_img read more

Touch Football All Stars Shine Bright on the Big Stage

first_imgTry scorer for the Indigenous All Stars in game two, Watego was instrumental and sentimental about the week that was.“I identify with the Yugambeh people of Beaudesert and they are who I am representing in this great event,” she said.”It’s a great opportunity to be picked for this team. There are a lot of indigenous players that would love to have this opportunity, so we’re very honoured to be picked and compete.”It’s great to see some young talent coming through and even more players to represent our people and our culture. We’re really proud and lucky to have this opportunity. And as always with matches of some significance, winners are grinners;- no bigger grin than on the face of Manly All Star, Danni Davis.”I was really excited coming into this week and with the result.”This is my first time playing and it’s exciting to compete against the very good Indigenous team but also to play with the boys from the Australian Men’s side; they are the top team in the world and I really enjoyed mixing it with them.”Our team looked sharp all week; we have girls and boys that are used to playing mixed, and a lot that aren’t, but I was confident that we would all do our jobs and come together against a great Indigenous team. For the record, the games were typically of the highest level and intensity and fittingly finished in the very typical drop-off format to split the teams and spoils.Game one went to type and down to the wire with the All Stars edging out the two time winners 7-6 in a four-on-four stoush at Wallsend Touch HQ. only a try to the mercurial Pete Norman separated the two combatants. By @JulianTFACommunity and culture. Connection. Respect.The simplicity of the message was no less powerful as the symbolism. The messenger no less significant too; straight from the lips of one of the proudest and most prodigiously talented NRL players to ever lace on a boot of any colour, lands or creed.For Kangaroos, Queensland and Cowboys (and one time Touch Football) star, Jonathan Thurston, a leader among his Harvey Norman All Stars’ clan and Touch Football equivalents in Newcastle, this week is as important as those illustrious colours he proudly and regularly wears for club, country and the big ‘Q’ on the big stage through the regular season.‘JT’ to his friends and foes, captured better than anyone the mood, the vibe, and that connection to the Harvey Norman Indigenous v World All Stars week featuring both codes and pathways. It was a reflective JT before his upcoming master-class display on Friday evening in a News Ltd (The Australian) piece to mark the start of this most culturally important week in Australian sport. “This game means a lot to all the boys who play in it. We’re representing our culture and giving back to the game that gives us so much,” he said.“The game is the showpiece but it’s what we do in the community throughout the week that makes it so special. These weeks have made me have a deeper connection with my heritage and made me feel a lot more comfortable in my skin.”For the third year in succession the Australian Touch Football contingent have joined JT and his friends from near and far and been an integral part of the week through on and off field celebrations; and pivotal to the cultural celebration.This has afforded the best Touch Football talent on the planet the opportunity to wear their respective star spangled colours and reflect on their own connections to community and culture. To country. Nation.Traversing the stadiums of Gold Coast, Brisbane and now Newcastle, the positioning of the six-a-side mixed format shifted to a new and lofty level in 2017. Game three of a close fought tri-series the curtain raiser to the main Rugby League fixture on Channel Nine, effectively kicking off the 2017 NRL premiership. The spirit and significance of this week and event was not lost on two key Indigenous Touch Football figures who figured very prominently through the series and in their respective communities. For Australian Men’s and Women’s representatives, Scott Bundy and Marikki Watego it is about so much more than what goes down inside the stripe.”This tournament is a great opportunity for all the indigenous people to come out and showcase their skills, have a good performance in front of a big crowd, enjoy the game and have some fun. I’m representing my mob from Northern New South Wales and so proud of that fact,” Bundy said.”The other All Stars team did their homework and put on a good performance. They brought in a new coach (Tony Trad) and a couple of new players. But we had a good team and a couple of new faces and all gelled together well – full credit to the All Stars guys on their win.” Game two in a reduced format and on the McDonald-Jones Stadium in Newcastle saw both teams’ trade blows and go end to end, with Rebecca Mi Mi scoring for the indigenous team and followed by the game breaker in game one, Pete Norman.A great ball right from Hennessey to Hayley Maddick pushed the All Stars team ahead and inched them closer to their historic first series victory with eight minutes on the clock remaining.Two minutes left and 2-1 down, one last shot for the indigenous team went begging and with the clock winding down so too were the Indigenous team’s chances.Game three was effectively a dead rubber but with pride on the line and in front of the building stadium crowd, anything was possible.Buoyed by their series win for the first time, the All Stars went up a gear but so too the indigenous side. In a see-sawing battle they both saved their best till last with an awesome spectacle and 4-all draw to close out the series.At tournament end All Stars and Australian Men’s Open captain, Nick Good channeled the great Thurston and offered his own thoughtful perspective from across the fence.”The All Stars is such a great concept,” Good said at the close of a great week.”It allows the elite in the mens and womens to join on the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and culture and celebrate that too. “Irrespective of the result, as an All Stars team we are really proud of our (country’s) indigenous culture as well as our other cultures, we have people from all over the world, so for us its also about recognising where our parents and families are from. “And where we’re all from.”Connection and respect. Unity. To see all the action and behind the scenes images from the event, click here.Related Files2017_harvey_norman_all_stars_team_announcement-pdfRelated LinksAll Stars Shinelast_img read more

10 months agoNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti warns against January signings

first_imgNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti warns against January signingsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti doesn’t expect any January signings.Ancelotti is satisfied with the quality of his squad.He said, “An extra player would result in problems for management. No-one will leave, unless somebody gets stuck in front of the gate at our training complex because they want to be sold.“At the moment I see a compact and happy group. If I said I liked Pavard then that would be a lack of respect for Hysaj, Malcuit and Maksimovic, who I’m very happy with.“The market doesn’t interest me much right now. My experience of Serie A as an outsider was different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNewcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come goodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good after their 0-0 draw with Brighton.They did have some presentable chances but neither Joelinton or Miguel Almiron could convert when it mattered.Bruce said: “I think it’s always been a concern, but if you look at the chances we’ve had, they’re big chances at this level.”They’re arguably better than what Brighton had.”Even though they’ve had 70 per cent of possession, we’ve probably had the best chances out there, which is a disappointment that we haven’t taken one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days ago​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions League

first_img​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his team is still not ready to win the Champions League.It is no secret that two-times defending Premier League champions City want to win Europe’s biggest club competition.But they have failed in the early knockout rounds for several seasons in a row.And Guardiola believes their profligacy in front of goal will cost them in Champions League matches.”We miss a lot of chances in the final third [during a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday] and we have to do that to be clinical. When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,” he told reporters.”We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve. We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot. I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Oregon Fan Gets Huge Ohio State Tattoo To Make Good On Bet

first_imgOregon's fans celebrate during the Pac-12 title game against Arizona.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 05: Oregon Ducks fans celebrate an impending victory against the Arizona Wildcats during the PAC-12 Championships at Levi’s Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)For some Oregon fans, last week’s loss in the College Football Playoff National Championship hurt a bit more than it did for others. One Ducks supporter, who made a bet on the game with his buddy, had to endure physical pain as a result of the Buckeyes’ victory.The fan in question, who made it clear that he still supports Oregon, was forced to get a huge Ohio State tattoo on his thigh. His friend posted a photo of the new ink, and he himself posted a sad face emoji.LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. HERE IS THE TATTOO. A man of his word @Debellonia88 pic.twitter.com/HWUah8BL5D— H (@Hlee3D) January 21, 2015— Sun Duck (@Debellonia88) January 21, 2015If the two schools ever meet in the playoff again, you can guarantee this guy will be looking to double down on his wager.[Deadspin]last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday in talks to buy Hector from Chelsea

first_imgSheffield Wednesday are in talks to sign Michael Hector from Chelsea but are struggling to match the Blues’ valuation ahead of transfer deadline day.Hector impressed on loan at Hillsborough last season after making 39 appearances in all competitions and he was named the Championship club’s player of the year.The Owls have been hoping to strike a deal for Hector all summer, with a large section of the fanbase urging the club to bring back the centre-half on a permanent basis. 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? The 27-year-old has never made a competitive appearance for Chelsea and he is hopeful of ending his spell with the Europa League winners after four loan moves in recent seasons.Chelsea signed Hector from Reading for £4 million in 2015 but a series of managers from Jose Mourinho to Frank Lampard have not been able to find a place for him in the first team.However, there are concerns that Hector might remain at Stamford Bridge until his contract expires next summer as talks heat up between the two parties before Thursday’s 5pm BST deadline, with Chelsea understood to want to recoup at least the £4m they paid for the player four years ago.Hector is a Chelsea fan and he is one of several players who could leave the Blues ahead of the transfer window closing in England on Thursday.Danny Drinkwater may leave before the deadline, with Premier League duo Norwich City and Brighton exploring how to fund loan deals to pay a proportion of the £35m ($43m) midfielder’s £100,000-a-week wages. Everton are interested in loaning Fikayo Tomori after Lampard signalled his intent to keep Kurt Zouma, who impressed on loan at Goodison Park last season.The France international remaining at Stamford Bridge means that Tomori is being allowed to leave on loan for another year, despite featuring heavily in pre-season and having done well at Derby County last season.Trevoh Chalobah is set to leave on loan after he agreed to extend his contract for another season, with Huddersfield Town and Norwich among the clubs interested.Baba Rahman has attracted interest regarding a permanent move away from Chelsea from clubs in England and France, while the Blues are looking to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko and have had talks with Galatasaray over a loan move .Davide Zappacosta, meanwhile, is also up for sale. Chelsea have raised well over £100m ($121m) from player sales this summer although they cannot buy anyone in the current transfer window due to the ban imposed upon them by FIFA.last_img read more

Major School’s AD Discusses Possibility Of Program Joining New Conference

first_imgA general view of BYU's football stadium.PROVO, UT – NOVEMBER 12: General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium during the game between the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Brigham Young Cougars on November 12, 2016 in Provo Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After years with the WAC and then Mountain West, BYU football struck out on their own and went independent after the 2010 season.That doesn’t mean the Cougars aren’t interested in a conference partnership again.Outside of Notre Dame, BYU is probably the most competitive FBS independent out there, especially now that Navy is in the AAC for football. If a Power Five league came calling, though, the Cougars would listen.The school had a dalliance with the Big 12 a few years ago, as one of the primary programs mentioned as potential expansion candidates. Ultimately, the league decided to stay at 10 teams.BYU Cougars athletic director Tom Holmoe won’t rule out joining a league, but it won’t come for a few years.He spoke to KUTV about the possibility of moving to a new league. BYU definitely sounds interested, but the timetable is put off until the leagues start the next round of media rights negotiations.Holmoe put the year that it could happen at 2023. Via CollegeFootballTalk:It sounds as though that will be the case for at least the next four or five years, as athletic director Tom Holmoe told KUTV that he doesn’t foresee realignment involving the school happening again until at least 2023 and only after then could the program consider a move to a league even if it’s not of the Power Five variety.“When they say 2023, it’s a little bit before and a little bit after when those big conferences renew or redo their broadcast rights agreement. After that time, if there is a change for BYU, then he would have to think about it and what the future would hold for sure,” said Holmoe. “We’re paying attention to see how those things go but you’re not going to see any movement for the next couple of years.”In terms of the current Power Five, the Big 12 probably makes the most sense for BYU. It is anyone’s guess what the college football world will look like in a few years though.[CollegeFootballTalk]last_img read more

Upset Alert: A Major Upset Is In The Works In The Big 10

first_imgCornerback Trae Waynes #15 of the Michigan State Spartans and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa #18 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers reach for a pass during their game at Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 16: Cornerback Trae Waynes #15 of the Michigan State Spartans and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa #18 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers reach for a pass during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)There was a major upset in the Big Ten last weekend, with Purdue falling at home to Eastern Michigan. Could another one be on the way today? It looks like it.Nebraska, which fell in its season opener to Colorado last Saturday, is without starting quarterback Adrian Martinez this afternoon. The Huskers’ offense is hurting in a major way.Walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch is starting in Martinez’ place. Nebraska’s offense has struggled to protect him. The Huskers also have multiple turnovers.It’s Troy 10, Nebraska 0 with about 12 minutes to play in the second quarter.ROOKARD TO THE ?!!!!Cedarius Rookard with a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown and Troy leads Nebraska 10-0 in second quarter.2Q | 12:17 | #RTW #OneTROY pic.twitter.com/Chx1GW1GCv— Troy Trojans Football ⚔️ (@TroyTrojansFB) September 15, 2018Nebraska hired Scott Frost knowing it was a multi-year project to get the Huskers back to the level they want to be at. However, starting the season 0-2 with back-to-back home losses would be quite the blow.The Huskers and the Trojans are playing on BTN.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield Was Asked About Lincoln Riley Coaching The Browns

first_imgLincoln Riley hugs Baker Mayfield.In the aftermath of the Cleveland Browns firing head coach Hue Jackson, many people put Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley at the top of the list of candidates. Given his history with rookie QB Baker Mayfield when he was a star for the Sooners, it might seem reasonable.Of course, Mayfield himself might have a role in who becomes the team’s next head coach, and he was asked what he thought about Riley this week.In a relatively safe response, Mayfield said that while he loved his former college coach, he was going to make due with what he has in Cleveland now.“I love Linc, but we have what we have,” Mayfield said. “He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine.”Would Baker Mayfield like to see Lincoln Riley become the Browns head coach?“I love Linc, but we have what we have. He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine.” pic.twitter.com/Cb3ukeb3QD— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 31, 2018Riley has recently stated that he doesn’t have “that itch” to coach at the NFL level at this time.Last year, in his first year as head coach of the Sooners, Riley coached Mayfield into college football’s top QB. Their year together culminated in a Heisman trophy for Mayfield, a Big 12 title for Oklahoma, and a spot in the College Football Playoffs.Hue Jackson was fired after a 2-5-1 start to the season.last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Issues Statement After Today’s Performance

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts issued a statement on Twitter following his performance in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.Hurts, who had been relegated to backup duty with Tua Tagovailoa’s emergence, was thrust back onto the field today when the Heisman Trophy frontrunner went down with an injury.The dual-threat quarterback played like anything but a backup. Of course, this is unsurprising, as the only reason Hurts is a backup is because he’s playing behind the best quarterback in the country.Hurts took to Twitter with the following message after the win:“You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!” he tweeted.You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!#AllGlory2God #NeverLoseFaith #Blessed #Wow pic.twitter.com/RrcgdUFTQu— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) December 2, 2018Good for Jalen.Alabama will learn its College Football Playoff fate on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson Tide will undoubtedly be ranked No. 1, but there are serious questions about the No. 4 spot.The College Football Playoff field will be unveiled on ESPN.last_img read more

Kyler Murray Has Officially Made A Decision On The NFL/MLB

first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Former star Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has officially made a decision on his future, announcing whether he’ll be pursuing a career in the MLB or the NFL. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is choosing football.Murray, a top 10 pick in last year’s MLB Draft, has been flirting with both football and baseball over the past couple of months, refusing to reveal which way he was leaning.This afternoon, Murray took to Twitter to announce his decision. He is fully committed to pursuing a career as an NFL quarterback.“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray tweeted.“Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.”Here’s his full announcement:pic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019This is tough news for the Oakland A’s, who took Murray in the first round of last year’s MLB Draft and allowed him to play one season of football at Oklahoma before heading to the minor leagues.However, it’s not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. There are some who believe he could be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.The NFL Combine begins at the end of February. Murray is expected to participate.last_img read more

Report: Oregon DC Jim Leavitt Leaving Ducks Program

first_imgA general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A major college football program’s defensive coordinator is reportedly moving on from his team. According to a report from 247Sports, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is leaving the Ducks football program for an unknown reason.The reports suggests head coach Mario Cristobal will promote co-defensive coordinator Keith Heyward to defensive coordinator. Heyward spent the 2017 season as the team’s safeties coach before his promotion to co-defensive coordinator for the 2018 season.As for Leavitt, he was hired by former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart ahead of the 2017 college football season. After Taggart left for Florida State, he attempted to lure Leavitt with him to coach the Seminoles, but Leavitt decided to stay in the Pac-12.Now it looks like he’ll be in search of a new opportunity.BREAKING: According to multiple sources, Defensive Coordinator Jim Leavitt is moving on from Oregon. Oregon is expected to promote its new DC from within the program. https://t.co/A77MZsP0QN— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) February 14, 2019Rumors of Leavitt’s long term future with the Ducks came into question after Cristobal took over as the team’s head coach.After leading the Oregon defense in 2018, Leavitt will be on his way out as Cristobal takes full control of his staff at the university.The longtime South Florida head coach could look to get back into coaching a Group of Five program or perhaps take his talents to one of the developing professional leagues.Stay tuned for an official announcement from the team.last_img read more

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Video Of Coach O Lookalike Running On The Beach Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of LSU football coach Ed Orgeron.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers watches warm ups before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Update: The video of “Coach O” running on the beach is unfortunately (or fortunately) just a lookalike.“Well, it turns out it was not Coach O. It was just a man living his best life at the beach. A beautiful thing,” the updated report states.Earlier: You probably didn’t come into this weekend thinking you needed to see video of someone who appears to be LSU head coach Ed Orgeron running on the beach, but trust me, you do.Video has emerged of “Coach O” chasing down a youngster on the beach. It doesn’t go well for the running man.Check it out:Coach O struggling with the running game already. pic.twitter.com/NxwPrQuwkQ— Patrick Shuck (@PShuck) July 13, 2019Hey, you can’t knock the effort.LSU can certainly use that kind of effort when it opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Georgia Southern.last_img read more

ISL: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-0 to book play-offs spot

first_imgISL: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-0 to book play-offs spotFC Goa with the 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to go top of the Indian Super League points table.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MargaoFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 23:24 IST Ferran Corominas, Edu Bedia and Hugo Boumous scored a goal each to give FC Goa a 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-0 in their ISL matchWith the win, FC Goa booked position in the play-offsFC Goa also leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to top ISL points tableFC Goa became the second Hero Indian Super League side to book their place in the play-offs after a convincing 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC in Margao on Monday.Quickfire goals in the first half from Ferran Corominas (22’) and Edu Bedia (25′) and a third by Hugo Boumous (78′) helped the hosts do the double over the Kerala outfit in the season.To make the result all the more sweeter, the Gaurs have leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to go top of the table. Goa has 31 points from 16 games same as Bengaluru FC but with a better goal difference now occupies table top position. On other hand, Kerala Blasters, remain ninth after slumping to their seventh loss of the season.FC Goa were on the money right from the start as Jackichand Singh threatened the Kerala defence as he twisted and turned the likes of Lalruatthara and Anas Edathodika on a couple of occasions. One of his efforts did beat Dheeraj Singh but came off the woodwork, much to Kerala’s relief..@FCGoaOfficial continue their form and rise to the top of the #HeroISL standings after convincingly winning 3-0 against @KeralaBlasters.More videos: https://t.co/mrtZlxvu6i#ISLRecap #GOAKER #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/U5T3GvTE4DIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 18, 2019Kerala then found the back of the net through Slavisa Stojanovic after a quick interplay with Matej Poplatnik. However, the linesman had his flag raised after Courage Pekuson was deemed to be in an offside position.Goa got a deserved breakthrough midway into the first half through Ferran Corominas. Brandon Fernandes’ cross from the left was headed home with ease by the Spaniard after he was afforded a lot of space inside the box by Anas Edathodika and Sandesh Jhingan.advertisementIn the 25th minute, Edu Bedia doubled the lead by slotting the ball into an empty net. This was after Anas sent a back-pass to Dheeraj whose clearance was straight at Corominas. The Spaniard took a touch and laid the ball on a platter for Bedia who applied the finishing touch to make matters worse for the visitors.Here’s a look at the #HeroISL standings after tonight’s #GOAKER and there’s a new league leader who also became the second club to secure a semi-final berth!Congratulations, @FCGoaOfficial #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/4id5xe8cxXIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 18, 2019Goa continued to see more of the ball with Kerala struggling to create any opportunity of note.However, the first chance in the second half fell to Kerala when Sahal Samad let loose from outside the box which finally forced a save from Goa custodian Naveen Kumar. But that was about it for Kerala, with Goa exerting control.Before the hour mark, Ahmed Jahouh sent a brilliant ball over the top for Corominas who made a bustling run and managed to get beyond Anas and Dheeraj only for a last-ditch tackle from Poplatnik to avert the danger.Jahouh could have added his name on the score-sheet with a long-range effort which went inches wide of Dheeraj’s goal.Goa sealed the victory in the 78th minute when the substitute Hugo Boumous dribbled past a couple of players and evaded the challenge from Jhingan to beat Dheeraj at his near post to make it 3-0.There were late chances for Goa to increase their tally with Bedia seeing a wonderful lob over Dheeraj Singh come back off the post. However, Serio Lobera would not have been disappointed, having notched their fifth cleansheet in a row.Also Read | Top I-League clubs say ISL promoters interfering, want clarity on futureAlso Read | I-League: Chennai City trump Shillong Lajong through late goals from Pedro ManziFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow ISLFollow FC GoaFollow Kerala Blasters FCFollow Play-offsFollow points tablelast_img read more

World Cup 2019 final: England, New Zealand seek history and bragging rights

first_img Next Akshay Ramesh New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 09:42 IST England and New Zealand renew their rivalry in the World Cup 2019 final. (Twitter: Cricket World Cup)HIGHLIGHTSCricket will have its new world champion in the 50-over format after 23 years on SundayEngland face New Zealand in World Cup 2019 final on Sunday at Lord’sEngland have been billed as favourites but write off New Zealand at your own perilEoin Morgan was watching from the Adelaide Oval dressing room when Rubel Hossain knocked James Anderson’s stumps off the pitch and sent England crashing out of the 2015 World Cup. England’s campaign in Australia was a major disappointment as they bowed out as early as the group stages that was tailor-made for top teams to progress.Cut to 2019, Eoin Morgan is on the cusp of becoming the first-ever captain from England to win the men’s 50-over World title.Eoin Morgan himself conceded that he would not have believed you had you told him that England would play in the final of World Cup 2019 after their performances in Australia 4 years ago.It’s been a massive change — change in personnel, change in the way England and Wales Cricket Board dealt with the domestic structure, change in the selection policies and more importantly change in the senior national side’s approach to the 50-over format.Eoin Morgan’s men have played a brand of 50-over cricket over the last 4 years that has never been associated with English sides in the past– aggressive, full of intent and imposing.Led by Morgan, one of the most astute reads of the game, the young England side has helped reignite the dreams back in the country. “It’s coming home!”England started the tournament as favourites and it is safe to say they have lived up to the billing. The hosts were in danger of getting knocked out early after losses to Sri Lanka and Australia but the way they have fought back from the setbacks speaks volumes about the character of the team.advertisementEngland had to bounce back and they did so in emphatic style by handing India a 31-run in Edgbaston before clinching a comfortable win against their Sunday’s opponents by 119 runs in Chester-le-Street.If there was any doubt about this England side’s ability to handle the big moments, their 8-wicket thrashing of Australia, who had never lost a World Cup semi-final before Thursday, in the semi-final is a testament to their ruthless intent.More than 5 of their batsmen have scored over 350 runs, 2 of their new-ball bowlers are among the top 10 wicket-takers in the tournament. Their openers are firing, all-rounders are chipping in, pacers are hitting the batsman’s bat (helmets) hard and their spinner is bamboozling batsmen in the middle overs. What a time to be an England cricket fan!Can Morgan help extend England’s fairytale into the big final as well? What about the pressure of expectations? Over the years, only 2 teams have won World Cups at home — India in 2011 and Australia in 2015.Chants of “it’s coming home” are a year after they were heard on the streets of London, Manchester, Birmingham et al.Is the support going to be England’s strength or is the burden of expectations going to prove too much to handle in the end?Sunday’s final will be their most important match in more than 2 decades and they face New Zealand, who are World Cup virgins as well despite having made 8 semi-finals in 12 editions.New Zealand, unlike England, scraped through to the final. While England’s demolition of Australia in Edgbaston was a statement in itself, New Zealand’s astute reading of the Manchester pitch and execution of their skills in their 18-run win over Virat Kohli’s India is one as well.Their top-order hasn’t fired. Their middle-order has been inconsistent. However, Williamson and their new-ball bowlers have been on top of their games in England so far.In Kane Williamson, New Zealand have one of the coolest and sharpest minds of the game. It’s not an exaggeration to say the skipper has carried his team on the shoulders single-handedly into the final.Williamson has been their top-scorer, their crisis man, their leader who has never backed down from a fight in World Cup 2019. The soft-spoken Kane has one final fight at the Home of Cricket on Sunday.Can he achieve what Brendon McCullum could not 4 years ago?New Zealand are once again being considered underdogs for the final but as Williamson stresses, regardless of the breed of the dog, you have to play good cricket in the final. New Zealand have been doing so in crunch moments so far. Can they do it one more time?ALSO READ | World Cup 2019 Final: England’s batting might up against New Zealand’s fearsome bowling as history beckonsALSO READ | England vs New Zealand, World Cup head-to-head: Kiwis hold the edge over hosts in final showdownALSO WATCH: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 byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019 final: England, New Zealand seek history and bragging rightsICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England and New Zealand it is in Sunday’s final at Lord’s. Both teams haven’t tasted World Cup glory yet but one of them will be crowned as the sport’s new world champions at the Home of Cricket. Eoin Morgan or Kane Williamson – who will it be?advertisementlast_img read more