Watford midfielder Doucoure rules out Marseille moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has ruled out a move to Olympique Marseille.Doucoure has talked up a January move to PSG in the last 24 hours.But asked about Marseille, Doucoure told RMC: “No OM no, it does not interest me at all. “Marseille already contacted me at the time with my agent, there were some tracks, it did not really interest me at the time, because I really wanted to move to England. “Marseille, it’s still a big French club, but as I said, my heart club is PSG and then that’s it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Ince blasts De Gea for Newcastle interview: Would Schmeichel say that?by Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince has blasted David De Gea for his post-match interview after Sunday’s loss to Newcastle United.The Spaniard was at a loss for words when speaking to reporters after the 1-0 defeat at St. James’ Park.”I watched David de Gea’s post-match interview and I was at a loss,” Ince said to PaddyPower.”He’s meant to be one of the leaders. If that was Peter Schmeichel standing there, there’s no chance you’d have seen that interview. Rather than him addressing and recognising where the team were going wrong, it just felt like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.'”This is one of the top players, the leaders at Man United, who has just signed a five-year contract. And he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.”If you’re a United fan listening to your goalkeeper, one of the main leaders in the team, and that’s the interview you hear you’d be right to [think it was a disgrace]. I’d be looking thinking, ‘he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on – I bet he’s regretting signing that contract.'”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona comms chief Vives denies Valdes kicked out back doorby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona comms chief Josep Vives denies the club kicked Victor Valdes out the back door.Valdes was sacked as U19 coach this week.Vives said, “It is a technical decision and it is not the responsibility of any spokesperson. The club always tries to make people, not just the referents, leave in the best way possible. “We disagree with the issue that Valdés has gone out the back door.”He added: “It always hurts when a person leaves the club, and more with the history of Victor. The club wanted it to work well and that his stage was long and successful.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness scoffs at Man Utd youth policyby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness has questioned Manchester United’s youth policy.He warns that United won’t be able to nuture these players if they are drafted into a squad low on confidence.”Ever since the Busby Babes, the club have made a fetish out of youth,” Souness wrote in the Sunday Times. “In itself, that is no bad thing, especially at a club which subsequently brought George Best through its ranks and then produced the Class of 92. “It’s possible that the likes of Marcus Rashford, James Garner and Mason Greenwood might go on to emulate their illustrious predecessors — though I’m sceptical — but just because they have been picked to start for United while they are still teenagers doesn’t make it so. “The difficulty is compounded by the fact that they are being thrust into a team which is shorn of authority and confidence.”
Twitter/@bobarcher1We’re still over six months away from the start of the 2015 college football season, but it’s never too early to start debating which teams have the best shot at reaching the second College Football Playoff. While most fans believe that Ohio State has a great shot at repeating as national champion, there will be plenty of challengers. ESPN has already put together its Preseason FPI Ratings – which is basically an estimate of team strength (more on that here). Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes check in at No. 1, with Alabama sitting at No. 2. It may shock some fans to see LSU at No. 3 and Baylor at No. 4, however. Here are the top 25 schools, per ESPN. You can see the entire list here – all 128 teams are ranked.1. Ohio State 2. Alabama 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. Oregon 6. TCU 7. Notre Dame 8. Ole Miss 9. Georgia 10. Arkansas 11. Texas A&M 12. UCLA 13. USC 14. Tennessee 15. Oklahoma 16. Michigan State 17. Stanford 18. Auburn 19. Clemson 20. Arizona State 21. Florida State 22. Mississippi State 23. Georgia Tech 24. Missouri 25. Virginia TechSome other surprises? Notre Dame, despite a quarterback controversy, sits at No. 7. Arkansas and Texas A&M – two teams that did not finish with winning records in the SEC West – come in at No. 10 and No. 11. And in total, there are 10 SEC teams in the top 25.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers arrived at Michigan last year as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. However, his freshman season was cut short due to injury, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt.Michigan began spring drills this week, and judging by this video Peppers posted on Twitter, he’s 100 percent healthy and very fired up to be on the field.TURNT‼️ pic.twitter.com/GrnGLVUX6N— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 25, 2015That backflip was in the middle of special teams drills. Imagine how excited Peppers will be when he gets to play in the secondary.It will be interesting to see how Peppers looks in 2015, assuming he stays healthy. He has the ability to be a breakout player for the Wolverines.
Raul Jimenez scored twice after Romain Saiss’ opener as Wolves earned a fully deserved 3-0 win over a lacklustre West Ham at Molineux.Lukasz Fabianski had done his best to keep the Hammers in the contest, but there was little he could do to stop Saiss scoring from Joao Moutinho’s 66th-minute set-piece.Jimenez’s clever finish made sure of the points with 10 minutes remaining and a deft effort for his second completed the most routine of wins for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who go seventh in the Premier League. 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? It marks the first ever league double for Wolves over the Hammers, who have lost back-to-back top-flight games for the first time since October and failed to rebound from a humiliating 4-2 loss to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup on Saturday.FT | #WOL 3-0 #WHU A stunning second-half display from Wolves sees @Nuno ‘s men run out 3-0 winners over @WestHamUtd . Goals from Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez (2). #WOLWHU pic.twitter.com/meZWNagAAR — Wolves (@Wolves) January 29, 2019 Wolves had a strong penalty claim waved away in the 21st minute.Matt Doherty burst into the area and was felled in a tangle of legs by Arthur Masuaku with referee David Coote awarding only a corner.Leander Dendoncker tamely struck Doherty’s centre straight at Fabianski, while Jonny was unlucky his stooping diving header from Jimenez’s sublime cross trickled past the right post.The hosts had a goal chalked off when Dendoncker headed in the rebound after the crossbar was rattled by Jimenez, who was adjudged offside.Wolves’ pressure did not relent in the second half and Diogo Jota and Saiss were both smartly denied by Fabianski.Fabianski made another fine stop from Jonny’s stinging effort, but the goalkeeper was finally beaten when Saiss headed in Moutinho’s delivery from the resulting corner.There was no coming back when Jimenez beat his marker to flick Moutinho’s left-wing free-kick past Fabianski and the Portugal striker lifted a third over the goalkeeper from Jota’s pass to a complete a rapid Wolves break. What does it mean? Wolves deliver another Hammer blow West Ham, whose misery was compounded by a seeming right foot injury to Marko Arnautovic, were desperately disappointing in their fourth-round loss at Wimbledon, and a third straight defeat in all competitions sees them stuck in a bit of a rut. But Wolves were slick, full of ideas and unlucky not to have more goals.Doherty delights Molineux before Jimenez brace There were several performances worthy of praise from a Wolves perspective with Doherty, who was denied what looked a good shout for a penalty and saw a shot saved by Fabianski, putting a particularly industrious performance down the right. Jimenez led the line with aplomb and scored two excellent goals late on that added the gloss Wolves’ performance deserved.Miserable evening for Masuaku It was a tough outing for Masuaku, who constantly found himself in two-on-one situations with Wolves’ midfield three providing support for Doherty. Struggling full-backs proved a trend for West Ham with Jota’s guile and movement providing a tough evening for veteran Pablo Zabaleta.Key Opta Facts: – Wolves have completed a league double over West Ham for the very first time in their history – in the 30th different campaign in which the sides have faced.- Raul Jimenez has been involved in 13 Premier League goals for Wolves this season (eight goals, five assists). The only player to have had more goal involvements in a Premier League season for Wolves is Steven Fletcher in 2011-12 (14)- West Ham have now lost their last three Premier League away games without scoring a single goal – their longest losing run without scoring a goal since December 2006 (a run of seven).- Wolves’ Diogo Jota has had a hand in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances (5 goals, 2 assists), including a hat-trick against Leicester City last time out. He had not scored or assisted a single goal in any of his first 13 appearances this season.- Joao Moutinho has assisted two goals in back to back league Premier League games. He only managed two assists in his first 22 games this season.What’s next? Wolves are next in action at Everton on Saturday, while West Ham welcome Premier League leaders Liverpool to London Stadium two days later. read more
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both been included in the Champions League squad of the season despite failing to reach the final.Ronaldo’s Juve only reached the last eight before being knocked out by Ajax, while Barca fell to eventual champions Liverpool despite Messi’s dazzling display in the first leg of their semi-final meeting.Messi’s 12 goals in the 2018-19 Champions League saw him claim the competition’s top scorer honour. 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? After securing their sixth European crown with a 2-0 win over Tottenham in Saturday’s fina, Liverpool have three defenders in the squad – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk – along with Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane and goalkeeper Alisson.Following their stunning run to the last four, Ajax have five representatives in the squad – captain Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, David Neres, Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic – while losing finalists Tottenham contribute Jan Vertonghen, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko.The selection, which was made by UEFA’s technical observers, also includes Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.Among UEFA’s technical observers are Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez, England manager Gareth Southgate and former Manchester United boss David Moyes.#UCL Squad of the Season 2018/19 UEFA’s Technical Observers have selected their 20-man squad from this season’s UEFA Champions League… pic.twitter.com/OTCmSlp8KF — #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 2, 2019 Champions League squad of the season in full: Alisson (Liverpool), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk (both Liverpool), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham); Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), David Neres (Ajax), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax); Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Lucas Moura (Tottenham), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Dusan Tadic (Ajax). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves has hailed his international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of all time, after the Juventus man guided his country to Nations League success on Sunday night.The reigning European champions emerged victorious from the four-team tournament last week after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the showpiece final, thanks to Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike.While Ronaldo gave more of a selfless performance against the Dutch, he put in another individual masterclass in the semi-final, when his hat-trick helped Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1. 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? It means that with Ronaldo at the helm Portugal have won two major international honours in three years – their only major honours to date.Often exonerated for his club performances, Ronaldo’s success for his country will undoubtedly help cement his status as one of the planet’s best ever players, perhaps even more so than Lionel Messi, who is yet to win any major silverware on the international stage.For that reason, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves feels the former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker is the world’s greatest ever player.“Cristiano is the best,” he said, as quoted by the Express and Star. “He showed that in the semi-finals and again. We are lucky to have him in our team.”Asked whether he thought Ronaldo was the best of all time, Neves responded: “Of course, yes. For me, he’s the best ever, and I’m a really lucky guy to play with him.”As well as Ronaldo’s international triumphs, his list of accolades include five Champions League winners’ medals and domestic titles in Spain, England and Italy.However, it is the Portuguese star’s individual success which set him apart from the world’s other premier players – namely the five Ballon d’Ors he has claimed.Along with Messi, no one was won the award more times than the Juve no.7 and after his success with Portugal there have been suggestions that Ronaldo could well win the trophy again for a record-breaking sixth time.However, the 34-year-old failed to be drawn on the subject when asked after Portugal’s triumph over the Netherlands.Next up for Ronaldo is a return to club action with Juventus. However, with the Italian season not set to start until the end of August, he can look forward to a few weeks off before returning to pre-season training.
Juventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Paul Pogba but accept that they will face stiff competition from Real Madrid for the Manchester United midfielder.According to sources close to the Serie A champions, the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici met with United officials to discuss a potential deal for the France World Cup winner while he was in the UK finalising a move for Maurizio Sarri.And Juve are now planning to put together an official offer for the 26-year-old, who left them to rejoin United in 2016, expected to be in the region of €130 million to €140m (£116m/$145m to £125m/$157m). 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? They do, however, accept that Madrid will also be at the front of the queue to sign Pogba.He is considered a top target for head coach Zinedine Zidane and the Liga side would very much be interested in taking him to the Bernabeu.The ABC newspaper in Spain goes as far as saying that Real are willing to bid €125m (£112m/$140m) for Pogba and offer him a salary that would see him paid the equivalent of Eden Hazard, just short of the amount earned by club captain Sergio Ramos.That said, Juve, who appointed former Chelsea manager Sarri as their new head coach on Sunday, are still ready to go toe-to-toe with Madrid in the race to sign the midfielder, with the deal to take Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin proving that nothing is impossible.United, meanwhile, remain determined to keep Pogba and do not want to sell him in a move that would undermine manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has always been adamant that he wants to build his team around the Frenchman.That puts the Red Devils in a stronger position over negotiating a potential sale, whereby they would demand as much money as possible should talks progress, and interest from Juve and Madrid be followed up with concrete offers.Juve have continued to dominate domestically in Italy, winning their eighth league title in a row under former boss Massimiliano Allegri, although Champions League progress has been more of a struggle.There was hope that the signing of Ronaldo would help end their 23-year wait to win Europe’s biggest prize, although they came unstuck against Ajax in the quarter-finals of the 2018-19 version of the competition.A move for Pogba would further show their ambition to finally conquer Europe, with Aaron Ramsey having joined on a free transfer from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot having also been linked.Mauro Icardi is another who interests the Serie A holders, although Juve are not keen on allowing Paulo Dybala to move to Inter as part of any deal for the Argentine striker.Right-back Joao Cancelo, meanwhile, is all set to depart, with Manchester City close to finalising what is likely to be a €50m (£45m/$56m) move, plus bonuses, for the Portuguese.Additional reporting by Kris Voakes and Alberto Pinero
Josh Kroenke has issued an open letter to Arsenal fans just 24 hours after 16 influential supporters’ groups, websites and bloggers launched the #wecaredoyou campaign.On Monday morning Arsenal fans came together in an unprecedented showing of unity, calling on owner Stan Kroenke and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) to prove they have the ambition to get Arsenal back competing alongside Europe’s best.A joint statement was issued demanding Kroenke and the club start reversing the decline that has been seen in recent seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It read: “As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team’s football performances have declined over the past decade. When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares the club had just competed in a first Champions League final. Twelve years on, Arsenal are about to play in the Europa League for the third year running.“Off the pitch, fans have never felt more marginalised, less listened to or valued. This was sadly illustrated when Stan Kroenke forcibly bought out the last remaining supporter-shareholders without even a word of appreciation for their custodianship role in the club.“It feels as though Arsenal is at a crossroads. Things need to change.“What all of us as signatories to this statement want to see is meaningful action by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our football club.“This requires work to strengthen the club’s board and football executive and to once again make Arsenal a place where fans have a real sense of belonging. Change needs to start with better leadership.”And now Josh Kroenke, Arsenal director and the son of owner Stan, has responded with an open letter addressing some of the points made in the campaign’s statement.The 39-year-old, who was in attendance on Monday night as Arsenal kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids in Denver, said: “I’d like to start by clarifying that my family owns Arsenal together, and when it comes to the Club, my father and I are in constant dialogue. “So when you hear from him you are hearing from me, and the other way round. So I pen this on behalf of myself, my father, my family and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. “We know we have some of the most passionate fans in any sport, anywhere in the world. It’s part of what makes us such a special and unique Club.“And while we understand, appreciate, and agree with concerns about our Club failing to achieve our goal of qualifying for the 2019-20 Champions League, we respectfully disagree about our Club being at a crossroads and that things need to change because so much change has recently occurred.”The letter continues with Kroenke saying Arsenal now needs some stability following a 12-month period which saw huge amounts of change at the club, following the departure of Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.Kroenke highlighted the appointment of Edu as technical director, an appointment he describes as the ‘final piece of a very important jigsaw’ in the club’s football operational structure.“He [Edu] is first and foremost an Arsenal man who understands the ethos of our Club and, as an Invincible, he understands the mentality required from top to bottom across the entire Club for us to return to the level at which we all expect to be competing,” said Kroenke. “He joins Freddie, Per and Steve Bould, all winners with Arsenal DNA, who love our Club.”A major part of the #wecaredoyou campaign that was launched on Monday centres around the perceived lack of ambition from KSE to get Arsenal back challenging for major titles.The Gunners are preparing for a third successive campaign of Europa League football having missed out once again on a top-four finish in the Premier League last season.And currently the north London club have made just one summer signing, with Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli the only new addition to Unai Emery’s squad.Monday’s statement said: “In his takeover document Stan Kroenke said: ‘KSE’s ambitions for the club are to see it competing consistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League’.“We see little evidence of how this is to be achieved. Instead our club feels like an investment vehicle, personified by the owner’s statement that he didn’t buy Arsenal to win trophies.“It is sad that an institution like Arsenal FC has such passive ownership. All of us want to see a clear sense of purpose and direction. KSE should start by being more open and accountable and explain how they intend to achieve the goal of winning the game’s major trophies.”Kroenke, however, insists KSE are ambitious and their aim is very much to win titles.“We want to be clear we are in sports for one reason and one reason only…to win,” he said. “There is simply no better feeling in sport than winning at the highest level.“We know there is a lot of hard work ahead and understand that supporters want success now. We will continue to push forward trying to balance the short and long term vision without abandoning the core principles of the Club that have sustained us for the past 133 years.“We are not naive in our thinking that our ambitions can be achieved overnight, and are putting processes in place to ensure we are stacked not only with talent, but talent with the proper mentality to help us achieve our highest goals in the future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones has talked about a lot of things on Twitter. One of them is his diet.Jones has expressed his love for Chipotle. He’s also talked about going vegan.Jones first brought up cutting out all meat and meat-related products last fall. Apparently, he did not officially make the switch though.Today, Jones again tweeted that he’s looking to go vegan and was soliciting help from his followers.Need help transforming to complete plant based diet. Who or where?— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) June 10, 2018At least one former teammate wants to inherit Jones’ Chipotle card if he’s serious about his new diet.Soooo… about that chipotle card..— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) June 10, 2018Do you think Cardale is for real this time?Also, Buckeye fans who are vegan, help your former QB out.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Tabari Hines #6 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons lets a punt bounce as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish close in for the tackle during the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 14, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 28-7. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)When full class of 2021 rankings roll out, expect IMG Academy’s Greg Crippen to be high up there. The Massachusetts native has offers from many of the top programs in the country.Alabama, Boston College, Duke, Michigan, Pitt, Purdue, and Syracuse are among the early offers that have rolled in for Crippen. Notre Dame hasn’t pulled the trigger yet, but he’s firmly on their radar.Crippen recently spoke to Rivals, and revealed that he is set to make his third trip to South Bend since last football season. This time, it is more about his recruitment, while earlier he camped with the Fighting Irish.He will be on campus on Thursday:Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 2021 offensive lineman Greg Crippen visited Notre Dame during the 2018 football season and for a lineman camp over the summer, and will return to South Bend on Thursday for another look at the program.The 6-foot-4, 270 pound Crippen said the visit has been on his mind for a while.“I have been looking forward to this for a while,” Crippen said. “I’m Looking forward to getting there early and spending the day watching practice, talking to academics and talking to coaches and players.”Notre Dame’s combination of academics and athletics helps Notre Dame stand out for Greg Crippen.He said as much in the interview:“Academics with athletics,” Crippen said of what’s most important in his recruitment. “I’m looking for a great combination of them both.”Offensive line coach Jeff Quinn leads the way in Crippen’s recruitment, and has built a solid bond with the IMG star.While a decision could be a way’s off, Notre Dame has already started to build its 2021 class. The Fighting Irish recently landed four-star quarterback Tyler Buchner to get the ball rolling with the current high school sophomores.[Rivals]
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 17: Place kicker Wesley Wells #38 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets celebrates with teammates after kicking a field goal during the fourth quarter in their game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)This past Sunday, Georgia Tech defensive lineman Brandon Adams, just 21 years old, passed away unexpectedly. Adams reportedly collapsed at a house near campus and was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive.Unfortunately, what one Georgia Tech coach tweeted in the aftermath has gotten a lot of press. Brent Key, an assistant who recently came over to Georgia Tech after working at Alabama, tweeted something rather tone deaf.The same day that Adams passed away, Georgia Tech received a commitment from a four-star cornerback named Miles Brooks. Key tweeted about both bits of news at the same time.“GT has always, and will continue to attract GREAT MEN. Today we lost a GREAT MAN, and gained another GREAT MAN! Even in dark days the future is bright.”This is #not how you show respect a valued #teammember #teammate who passed away #dobetter #BrentKey #BrandonAdams #awkward #muppet pic.twitter.com/fguZnD9mwE— ohsixoneoh (@ohsixoneoh) March 27, 2019Obviously, he wasn’t trying to equate the death of a player with the commitment of another player. But many think the tweet comes off that way.Key, who got crushed after posting the tweet, eventually deleted it and posted somewhat of an apology. Here’s what he had to say:I’m devastated by the loss of a great man. I never meant to disrespect Brandon, his family, or the legacy he left. RIP Big B— Coach Brent Key (@CoachBrentKey) March 25, 2019Obviously, the Georgia Tech community is devastated after Adams’ death. This situation didn’t make it any better.It’s unlikely that Georgia Tech takes any action against Key here, since the post wasn’t meant to be offensive. But it’s a good lesson for other coaches to watch what they tweet in difficult times.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Helmets for the LSU Tigers on the field following the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the UCF Knights at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Knights 40-32. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It looks like the NCAA transfer portal has claimed yet another prized prospect in college football. This time, it’s LSU cornerback Kelvin Joseph who is deciding to go in a different direction.According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, Joseph has entered his name into the transfer portal following his freshman season. He had 12 tackles and one pass defended last season.Coming out of high school in 2018, Joseph was a four-star prospect ranked No. 42 in the nation by 247Sports. He was the No. 5 safety prospect in the country, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Louisiana.No favorite for his transfer has been identified as of writing. LSU cornerback Kelvin Joseph, a top-50 player nationally in the 2018 recruiting class, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source.Had 12 tackles last season as a freshman.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 20, 2019It’s certainly a surprising loss for the LSU Tigers, who have garnered the well-earned nickname “DBU” in the past few years for their stellar defensive backs that have transitioned into NFL stars.Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid, and Jamal Adams have all gone from LSU stardom to NFL stardom in the past few years.Fortunately, DBU probably won’t be feeling the sting of Joseph’s loss for too long. The No. 1 cornerback in the nation for 2019 – Derek Stingley – has already enrolled at LSU. Class of 2020 top-two cornerback Elias Ricks is also on his way to LSU.Suffice it to say, the defensive back pipeline doesn’t appear to be drying up anytime soon.
Rapoport calls Friday the “most likely” date a trade could happen.With the #Jaguars playing the #Titans tomorrow night, a trade of Pro Bowl CB Jalen Ramsey prior to the game is unlikely. Friday is the most likely target date, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2019As of yesterday, a report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini indicated Jacksonville’s asking price for Ramsey was “too high.”Russini added that two teams, one from the AFC and another from the NFC, had reportedly made offers for the two-time Pro Bowler.All of this adds up to a rather awkward situation, as Ramsey will seemingly suit up for the Jaguars Thursday night.It seems reasonable that it could be his final game with the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2016. JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars lines up during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has made it clear he wants to be traded. He made this request following last Sunday’s game.The tension between Ramsey and the Jags has been boiling for a while now, and it came to a head in a sideline altercation with head coach Doug Marrone in Houston last weekend.Now, it seems like a matter of when, not if, the fourth-year pro is shipped out of Jacksonville.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has some new info on when that might be. The Jaguars play the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football tomorrow, and Ramsey will probably still be with the team for that game.
Ritayan Basu New DelhiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 15:51 IST Gillette have started a new campaign “#TheBestMenCanBe”, just days after parting ways with Hardik Pandya (Hardik Pandya Instagram Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya was bashed for his misogynistic comments on Koffee with KaranHardik Pandya lost his endorsement deal with Gillette after controversyPandya on Tuesday also lost his honorary membership with Khar GymkhanaHardik Pandya saw his life change since his appearance on Koffee with Karan. The Indian cricketer drew ire from the entire nation for his misogynistic comments.Since the episode aired on TV, Pandya has appolased twice and seen his image take a nosedive with him losing out on a brand endorsement deal with personal care giants Gillette.Within a week of airing the episode, Pandya fell out with Gillette, who are also one of the sponsers of the India-Australia one-day international series.Gillette on Tuesday came out with “#TheBestMenCanBe” campaign on soocial media as the company will help “inspire, educate and help men of all ages achieve their personal ‘best’ and become role models for the next generation.”Boys will be boys? Isn’t it time we stopped excusing bad behavior? Re-think and take action by joining us at https://t.co/giHuGDEvlT. #TheBestMenCanBe pic.twitter.com/hhBL1XjFVoGillette (@Gillette) January 14, 2019Many have already started to wonder whether the parting with Pandya and the start of their new campaign, is not mere co-incidence.Not jumping to conclusions, as to which inspired the other (the move to cancel deal or idea of the campaign), the whole incident has become somewhat of a PR nightmare for all.On Tuesdayy itself, Khar Gymkhana revoked the honorary three year membership offered to Pandya. “Our 4000 member strong social media handle has received a lot of outcry against Hardik Pandya and his comments. They, particularly the women members wanted the club to take some action and be pro active. So in our managing committee meeting, we decided to revoke the three year membership we had given him last October,” Gaurav Kapadia, Khar Gymkhana Gen Secretary told India Today.advertisementPandya had appeared on the celebrity chat show (Koffee with Karan) along with KL Rahul.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted on the show.The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya loses Khar Gymkhana honorary membershipAlso Read | Hardik Pandya loses Gillette endorsement deal after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul suspended for Koffee with Karan controversy: What lies ahead for the two?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 Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow GilletteFollow The Best Men Can BeFollow CampaignFollow Koffee With KaranFollow Hardik Pandya ban Is this new campaign why Gillette snapped its ties with Hardik Pandya?Hardik Pandya fell out with Gillette, who are also one of the sponsors of the India-Australia one-day international series.advertisement
PM Narendra Modi to lead Yoga Day celebrations in Ranchi, Rajnath Singh in DelhiWhile the Prime Minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Amit Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 00:29 IST All necessary arrangements were being made at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, amid tight security, officials said | File PhotoTop government functionaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, and other senior BJP leaders will attend International Yoga Day events across the country on Friday.While the prime minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president J P Nadda will perform yoga, along with other party leaders and workers, at a park opposite the headquarters of the saffron party on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Marg here.Besides, newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will participate in an event to be held on the premises of the Parliament House complex, officials said on Thursday.In Delhi, a host of events have been planned to mark the day celebrated globally on June 21.All necessary arrangements were being made at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, amid tight security, officials said.The defence minister will attend an early morning yoga session at Rajpath, along with New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi and a large number of people.The Delhi BJP would host around 300 yoga sessions across the national capital, in which about 10 lakh people were expected to participate, its chief Manoj Tiwari said.”Senior BJP leaders and Union ministers will take part in 40 big events on International Yoga Day,” he added.Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir will attend a yoga session at the Yamuna Sports Complex in Shahdara.advertisementOther Union ministers who would be attending International Yoga Day events in Delhi were Ravi Shankar Prasad (Hauz Khas), Piyush Goyal (Lodhi Garden), Harsh Vardhan (Kudesia Garden, Civil Lines), Smriti Irani (Dada Dev Ground, Raj Nagar), Thawar Chand Gehlot (Sangam Vihar), Dharmendra Pradhan (Talkatora Garden), Ramesh Pokhriyal (Burari), Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (Ramjas Sports Ground, Patel Nagar) and Arjun Munda (Lado Sarai), among others, a Delhi BJP leader said.The events were scheduled to begin at 6.30 am, he added.Tiwari, who represents North East Delhi in the Lok Sabha, will perform yoga, along with BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and Union minister Purushottam Rupala, at Ghonda in his constituency.All three BJP-led municipal corporations in the national capital have also planned events for the day.The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) will host an event at Qudsia Bagh, near Kashmiri Gate, ISBT, while the south corporation will hold an event at Talkatora Stadium.Also Read | I’m fakir trying to make country strong: Baba Ramdev rubbishes reports of falling Patanjali salesAlso Read | Baba Ramdev demands capital punishment for adulteration in foodAlso Watch | Organise yoga demonstrations on International Yoga Day: UGC to universitiesFor 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 bySrijit Das Tags :Follow Yoga DayFollow Prime Minister
World Cup 2019: India players to leave for Mumbai on July 14ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India were ousted in the semi-final of the World Cup after an 18-run defeat to New Zealand in Manchester. The Virat Kohli-led team is expected to return together from London. advertisement Press Trust of Inda LondonJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:56 IST World Cup 2019: India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester on Wednesday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia were ousted in the semi-final of World Cup 2019All the players are expected to return together from LondonThere were speculations that the players will take a break before West Indies tourThe Indian cricket team, which lost in the semifinals of the ongoing World Cup, will head home on Sunday. The side went down by 18 runs to New Zealand in its last-four stage clash, which lasted two days owing to inclement weather in Manchester.”All players have dispersed. They will assemble in London tomorrow. On 14th everyone is returning together from London. They will arrive in Mumbai,” a BCCI source told PTI.The World Cup final is scheduled to be held on the same day between hosts England and New Zealand. England knocked out defending champions Australia on Thursday.Earlier, there was speculation that some Indian players will take a break after a gruelling seven weeks on the road during the World Cup.All eyes will be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is expected to lay out his future plans upon return amid speculation that he might retire from international cricket.It is learnt that the 38-year-old will leave for his hometown Ranchi after arriving in Mumbai.The wicketkeeper-batsman had an average World Cup, scoring a 50 in the semifinal loss, which is being considered his last outing in national colours.The former captain, who led India to two world titles (the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup), has been facing severe criticism for his waning finishing skills with the bat.Skipper Virat Kohli has, however, refrained from making any statement on the senior player’s future.”He hasn’t told us anything,” was Kohli’s response to a query on Dhoni’s future after the loss to New Zealand.advertisementAlso Read | We needed his experience later: Ravi Shastri defends decision to send MS Dhoni at No. 7 vs New ZealandAlso Read | Failed to deliver as a team when it mattered: Rohit Sharma on World Cup semi-final defeatAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MumbaiFollow LondonFollow India cricket team Next
Apurvi Chandela’s family elated with ISSF World Cup gold, hopes for Olympics medalIndian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar put in a dominant display to outclass China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in the final and clinch gold in the 10m air rifle mixed team event at the ISSF shooting World Cup.advertisement Next Dev Ankur Wadhawan New DelhiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 16:28 IST Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar clinched gold in 10m air rifle mixed team event at ISSF World Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSApurvi and Deepak blew away the Chinese pair to win gold at ISSF World CupThe Indian pair outclassed China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in the finalApurvi family now hopes she will win a medal at the Tokyo OlympicsThe family of Jaipur girl, Apurvi Chandela, is elated after she, alongwith Deepak Kumar, bagged Gold medal in the 10 metre air rifle mixed team event at the shooting World Cup on Monday.India Today spoke with Apurvi’s father and sister in Jaipur.”Family, alongwith the state and the nation are so happy that Indian shooters are doing so well and for us, its very big thing that Apurvi could win medal and especially on a range, where she could not perform that great during Olympics. So, it is very very satisfactory for her and she is working very hard towards it.”, Apurvi Chandela’s father, Kuldeep Singh Chandela, mentioned to India Today.Apurvi and Deepak had outshone China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan in the final winning it 166. Apurvi’s sister, Tejaswini, hoped that she wins Olympic medal.”Here’s hoping. I mean, that is the hope. Both Deepak and Apurvi performed really well. Its mixed event and has to be team effort and both of them played beautifully and here’s hoping that at the Olympics, they get a medal.”Definitely, the only focus right now is Olympics. Thats the only goal. Because now, for us, I mean, and for her, its almost as if the countdown has begun and she has to now start prepping for it totally… she has to eat, sleep, breath Olympics now.”, Tejaswini, Apurvi’s sister, mentioned to India Today.Apoorvi’s father also mentioned that her experience in the 2016 Olympics will help her.”Immensely, yes. That will help her. She is quite confident now and for her, Olympic is another important match to play.”, Apoorvi’s father, Kuldeep Singh Chandela, mentioned.advertisementAlso Read | ISSF World Cup: Apurvi Chandela, Deepak Kumar clinch gold in 10m air rifle mixed team eventAlso Read | ISSF World Cup; Manu Bhaker-Saurabh Chaudhary win gold as India finish on top in RioFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Apurvi ChandelaFollow ISS Shooting world Cup