About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says Manchester United have no excuses if they fail to finish in the top four.United travel to St James’ Park to face Benitez’s Newcastle on Wednesday.”It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” said the Newcastle boss.”They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.”The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.”When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.”For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes agrees Chelsea contract termsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes has agreed terms, it has been revealed.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, after victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, declared he wanted to see a replacement for Cesc Fabregas after his departure for AS Monaco.Gazzetta dello Sport says Paredes has been lined up by the Blues and already settled personal terms.Now Chelsea must reach an agreement with Zenit over a fee for the Argentine.An opening offer of £27m has already been lodged.
West Ham boss Pellegrini talks ‘value’ of Man Utd target Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini insists midfielder Declan Rice is fully committed to the cause.Rice has been linked with their next opponents Manchester United.”It is important that he continues with what he is doing so far,” Pellegrini said.”He always listens, improves when he makes mistakes. “His value will depend what happens this season but his mind is not thinking about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sheffield Utd manager Wilder talks Van Winckel influenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder insists he’s happy to work with Jan van Winckel.Van Winckel, who was appointed a United director before the dispute between Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah spilled into the public arena, has been a close confidant of the Saudi Arabian for over two decades.Wilder said, “There was talk about improving certain aspects of the club. I know the angle (about) Jan. He has been a member of the board for sometime so he has, of course, been involved in the decisions. Anything to improve the club, I am open to.”But I am a hands-on manager. In terms of Jan’s expertise, it is there to be seen in terms of his track record. He has been involved in all of the decisions, recruitment and the like because he’s on the board. I’m not pig headed enough to think I know everything.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Neither star actor Samuel L. Jackson nor country musician Luke Bryan actually attended the University of Georgia, but they’re both still huge Bulldogs fans. Usually, they both show their support when the football team has a big game on the gridiron. This week, obviously, they’re all in on a different Bulldogs team. Both have sent Twitter videos to basketball head coach Mark Fox ahead of the team’s game against Michigan State in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Check them out:The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @SamuelLJackson pic.twitter.com/oX3lpVs5kG— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 16, 2015The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @LukeBryanOnline pic.twitter.com/5EYj3mdd9t— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 16, 2015The Bulldogs and Spartans tip off Friday at 12:30 PM EST. It’s safe to assume that these guys will be watching.
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says that the club are in a good moment under manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer following their 4-1 win over Bournemouth, adding that the players are enjoying themselves.Former Red Devils striker Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis until the end of the season earlier this month, having been allowed to take a sabbatical to Old Trafford by Norwegian outfit Molde.Since his arrival, United have seen a significant turnaround in form, with Solskjaer inspiring three emphatic victories in his first three games in charge, making him only the third manager to achieve the feat at the club after Mourinho and Sir Matt Busby . 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? Herrera got on the scoresheet within the first half-hour of the Solskjaer era, netting in United’s 5-1 win against Cardiff and notching an assist for Paul Pogba’s second goal against Bournemouth on Sunday.Speaking in the wake of their victory, which lifted United to within touching distance of fifth-place Arsenal, the Spaniard was effusive in his praise for the new man in the hotseat, though he refused to contrast the current mood of joy with his predecessor’s tenure.“We have won the last three games but I do not like to make comparisons,” the 29-year-old told the BBC’s Match of the Day. “I am very thankful to Jose for what he did to the club.“Now we are in a different moment and we have a new manager and that is it. We are in a good moment and everyone is playing very well.“Our attacking players are enjoying it and they are making it easier for the rest of the players.“Our manager told us on the first day, the best way to win a game when you are in the lead is to keep attacking and this what the club has always been about.“When you win and score lots of goals you want to play as soon as possible and I hope we perform on Wednesday against Newcastle as we have today.“We are still sixth but we should not be because of the quality we have.”United face Rafa Benitez’s Magpies to kick off their 2019 schedule before they host Reading in the FA Cup on January 5. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Paco Alcacer says he feels important again since joining Borussia Dortmund after being overlooked for two years at Barcelona.The 25-year-old striker joined the Catalans from Valencia in 2016 but made only 23 league appearances in two years at Camp Nou, struggling to displace the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.After signing for Dortmund on a season-long loan deal in August, Alcacer impressed so much that the German club announced in October they would make it a permanent switch for €23 million (£20m/$26.5m). 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? Speaking to Sport Bild, Alcacer said: “Since joining BVB, I’m finally feeling important again. I’ve played very little in Barcelona for the past two years. That’s why I understand that I haven’t always played from the start so far.”Every footballer wants to play. I’m not happy when I’m sitting on the bench. But if we’re having so much success as a team, it’s OK. Because getting a title is always great.”I only have one thing in my head: I want to score goals and help the team. This has worked perfectly in the past few months.”Actually, I’ve been a little surprised with the ease that I’ve been scoring the goals with. But I have to say that my teammates have a big part in it. They often make it easy for me to score.Alcacer is the joint top scorer in the Bundesliga, tied with Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic on 12 goals despite playing half as many minutes as the 21-year-old.In fact, Alcacer has made just 12 appearances in the league and only five starts after being hampered by injury problems, although a substitute role has suited the forward with 10 of his strikes coming from the bench.”If you suddenly have to play every three days after not playing regularly for two years, that’s a big change for the body. I was aware of that,” Alcacer continued.”But I work with the coaching team to get my body up to 100 per cent efficiency. I want to avoid injuries in the second half of the season.” Dortmund return to action with a trip to RB Leipzig on January 19 following the winter break in Germany.
Chelsea are ready to offer Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech a role with them at the end of the season when he retires from football, Goal understands.The 36-year-old announced that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after a glorious career which included 11 years at Chelsea – a period that was the most successful in the club’s history.The decision to bring back Cech would follow their strategy of wanting to recognise the contributions of some of their top former players by offering them roles when their playing careers come to an end. 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? The Gunners goalkeeper has yet to make a concrete plan over his next step after he leaves the north Londoners, preferring to focus on helping Unai Emery’s side win a trophy in his final season.He could, though, be offered roles ranging from a coach to an executive, or an ambassadorial role.The former Czech Republic international has a personal relationship with Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich, with Cech having recently moved house to a location that’s closer to Chelsea’s training ground than Arsenal’s.He would be following a host of ex-Chelsea players in having worked with the club after retirement, with John Terry, Frank Lampard and Jody Morris having all coached the club’s youngsters in recent years.They went onto secure positions with Aston Villa and Derby County, with Lampard having taken the manager’s job at Pride Park.Joe Cole has also returned to the Blues’ Cobham training ground to coach youngsters across all age groups, helping out the likes of Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo.Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, is part of Maurizio Sarri’s first-team backroom staff, alongside the likes of Carlo Cudicini and Hilario.Andy Myers and Joe Edwards are another two ex-players coaching the club’s younger players this season, while Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien have all done work for Chelsea in ambassadorial roles.The club’s policy is understood to extend to Ashley Cole, who is currently playing in MLS with LA Galaxy.The Blues hope that their policy of incorporating club legends can help them maintain their identity and avoid a situation similar to Arsenal, who saw former midfielder Patrick Vieira end up in a youth development role at Manchester City.Cech won 13 major trophies at Chelsea including four Premier League titles and the club’s only ever Champions League success back in 2013.The Blues travel to face Arsenal on Saturday but Bernd Leno is likely to start ahead of Cech, after establishing himself as the club’s No.1 goalkeeper.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued his flawless start to life as Manchester United manager as the team made it eight out of eight under the Norwegian with a 3-1 win at Arsenal.Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial dragged United to victory at the Emirates despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike which temporarily cut the deficit.Solskjaer had already set a club record at Old Trafford for consecutive wins at the beginning of a managerial tenure, clocking up victories in each of his first seven games since succeeding Jose Mourinho as boss on December 18th. 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? And the caretaker boss has now moved one match further ahead of previous record-holder, United legend Sir Matt Busby, becoming the club’s first-ever manager to win his first eight games at the helm.Solskjaer is still due to step down as manager at Old Trafford at the end of the season, but his case for serious consideration as the club’s next permanent boss is getting harder by the week for United chief Ed Woodward to ignore.The Red Devils have hauled themselves into contention for a top-four Premier League place since Mourinho was removed, and look a good bet to rescue a season that had seemed to be drifting towards disaster under the Portuguese.And victory at the Emirates – United’s sixth since Arsenal left their former home Highbury, more than any other visiting side – reinforced their credentials as possible winners of the FA Cup for a joint-record 13th time.Lingard has now scored four goals for United against Arsenal in all competitions – double the number he has scored against any other opponent for the Red Devils.Arsenal and United are neck and neck in the race to secure the Premier League’s final Champions League place in what is likely to be three-way race with Chelsea.Unites still have to visit the Emirates in the league later this year.
Chloe Logarzo dedicated her first ever World Cup goal to team-mate Laura Alleway, as Australia fought from 2-0 down to beat Brazil 3-2 on Thursday.Alleway was ruled out of the tournament just days before the Matildas kicked off in France, the centre-back having suffered a foot injury.It was a blow that hit the whole team, but Logarzo in particular, who revealed just why after her strike in their second group game. 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? Asked what the tape around her arm was, she replied: “This is for Laura Alleway.“She got injured before [the tournament] so my goal celebration was for her because she sings ‘Superwoman’ [by Alicia Keys] to me before I play.“She sings it every game,” the midfielder continued.“She sits right next to me so it was hard for me to lose her but she sang to me in the phone so I listen to it before I go out.“I know, that’s so cheesy! She’s in the grand stand watching us, she wasn’t going to miss a game.”Alleway wasn’t the only person that Logarzo had in mind though as Australia defied the odds to keep their World Cup dream alive.“That win was definitely for Ante [Milicic, head coach],” she said, with him having come under fire after the Matildas’ defeat to Italy.“The criticism has come more on his behalf and it’s really disheartening for us to hear that because the amount of belief that he’s instilled in us and the amount of work that he’s put in is just incredible.“I don’t think people see that so that’s definitely for him.“We’re not listening to the criticism,” the 24-year-old continued.“We have belief in our team and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.“Ante’s given us that belief and what we have within this team is something special. If no one sees it, we definitely have the belief to show them.“I don’t know if you saw it but the amount of emotion that came onto that field was just incredible.“It was finally the football that we wanted to play. I think we showed the world what we have and it was the relief that we’ve been waiting for.”The rivalry between Australia and Brazil showed once more in what was a passionate game of football, influenced even further by Alleway’s absence and the recent criticism.After netting in a World Cup in what Logarzo calls “a dream come true”, the Matildas now have one final group game against Jamaica and they can still top Group C by winning it.“We could [top the group] but we need to take one game at a time. We can’t be thinking about that.“Jamaica will be a hard game, we can’t really take it lightly. The World Cup is showing right now that everyone has stepped up a little and we just need to get our recovery on track and think about the next game.“If we keep level-headed and not get ahead of ourselves I think the momentum can push us all the way through but we need to just not be on our high horse.”Australia take on Jamaica, who face Italy on Friday, on Tuesday, June 18.
Brazil thumped Peru 5-0 to reach the Copa America quarter-finals by topping Group A.The tournament hosts were far too good for Ricardo Gareca’s side at Arena Corinthians on Saturday, scoring three goals in the first half and extending their run of Copa clean sheets.Casemiro’s first Brazil goal opened the scoring and Roberto Firmino quickly made it 2-0, with Everton’s superb drive adding to the Selecao’s lead before the break. Captain Dani Alves and Willian scored fine goals after the interval before Gabriel Jesus saw a late penalty saved. 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? The next opponents for Tite’s side will be set when Groups B and C conclude, while Peru must wait for other results to see if finishing third behind Venezuela is enough to see them through.FIM DE JOGO!5 x 0 | #JogaBola #BRAxPER #CopaAmérica pic.twitter.com/HWV6KO7rPj— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 22, 2019Brazil bundled in an untidy opening goal in the 12th minute when Peru failed to defend a Philippe Coutinho corner from the left wing.Marquinhos somehow headed against the inside of the post from point-blank range and was fortunate the ball bounced up perfectly for Casemiro to make sure, with Brazil soon doubling their lead with a similarly strange goal.Firmino charged down a clearance from goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and appeared to celebrate prematurely before the ball rebounded off the post, but the Liverpool forward recovered his composure to round the goalkeeper and slot into the open goal with a trademark no-look finish.Everton, who impressed off the bench in Brazil’s first two games, made it 3-0 before the break with a drilled 20-yard finish after cutting in off the left wing.Brazil hit top gear with a brilliant fourth goal in the 53rd minute. Barcelona midfielder Arthur was heavily involved in the build-up before Alves swapped passes with Firmino and smashed his finish home.Coutinho’s fine performance was rewarded with warm applause when he was substituted in the closing stages, his replacement Willian curling in an unstoppable fifth.And Gallese salvaged some pride in added time by denying Jesus from the penalty spot after bringing down the Brazil forward.What does it mean? Brazil recapture rhythm at lastAfter toiling in their opening two Copa matches Tite’s side found fluency, albeit against a poor Peru outfit few would have guessed had taken four points from their Copa campaign. The Selecao – brushing off pre-match accusations Tite had spied on Peru training with a drone – looked more balanced and clinical in the final third, which bodes well for the last eight.Everton proves a worthy Neymar deputyWith an injured ankle keeping Brazil’s star man out of the tournament, Gremio winger Everton showed why he is being linked with a move to the Premier League ahead of the new season. His second goal of this year’s Copa America took advantage of Gallese’s poor positioning.2 – Against Peru, Everton scored his second goal in the 2019 Copa America, both from outside the box; only Chile’s Eduardo Vargas has scored as many goals from long range in this tournament. Talent.#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/dm8uqdtir3— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 22, 2019Gallese errors decisive for PeruDespite conceding a soft opener, Peru were still in the game before Gallese dallied on the ball and hit his clearance into Firmino. The goalkeeper then looked to be beaten far too easily at his near post by Everton for Brazil’s third.Key Opta facts- Brazil have lost just one of their last 19 meetings with Peru in all competitions (W12 D6), with that loss coming in the 2016 Copa America (0-1).- Brazil have kept a clean sheet in each of their last nine Copa America home games (W6 D3) – they last conceded at home in this competition against Venezuela, in 1989.- Brazil scored eight goals in the 2019 Copa America group stage, their most in this stage in the 21st century.- Brazil have defeated a CONMEBOL nation by 5+ goals in a Copa America game for the first time since the 2007 quarter-finals (6-1 v Chile).- Aged 36 years and 47 days, Dani Alves became the oldest Brazilian player to score in a Copa America game of, at least, the last 96 years.- Everton scored his second goal in the 2019 Copa America, both from outside the box; only Chile’s Eduardo Vargas has scored as many goals from long range in this tournament.What’s next?Brazil will be back in action on Thursday against an opponent yet to be determined. Peru’s fate lies out of their hands and will depend on how Groups B and C finish in the coming days. read more
Pep Guardiola has hinted that Manchester City could dip back into the transfer market, but is not expecting much movement before the summer deadline.As things stand, the reigning Premier League champions have taken in a relatively quiet window.They have been linked with a number of big-money deals, but have only pushed through a club-record one for Spain international midfielder Rodri and a return to England for Angelino. 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? As domestic treble winners in 2018-19, the Blues have no need to oversee a squad refresh and, with that in mind, Guardiola has suggested that only minor tweaks will be made from this point, if any are made at all.Asked for an update on his recruitment plans and whether he expects to get more bodies in, the Catalan coach told reporters: “No, not many. I like the faces that we have.“Maybe but the transfer market is so difficult and the team is good enough. Maybe zero, maybe one, maybe one and a half.”One of those to have been linked with a switch to City is veteran full-back Dani Alves.Guardiola has previously worked with the Brazilian at Barcelona and came close to luring him to England in the summer of 2017, before the 36-year-old headed to Paris Saint-Germain.Alves is now a free agent again after leaving the French champions, but City have no plans to make an approach as they already have “two incredible full-backs”.With Guardiola seeing no need to bolster his ranks on the edges of his defensive unit, it could be that efforts are made to strengthen the heart of the back four.Vincent Kompany has departed the Etihad Stadium, with City bidding farewell to a talismanic skipper.They were expected to bring in cover, but Guardiola is in no rush despite having been heavily linked with Leicester centre-half Harry Maguire.He added: “If we believe we can, if not we will survive without a new central defender.”It could be that there is more movement out of City over the coming days than there is coming in.Bayern Munich remain keen on taking Germany international winger Leroy Sane back to his homeland.They have made no secret of that fact, but Guardiola does not have an issue with his former club talking up interest in a player on his books.He said: “I love Bayern Munich. I appreciate them a lot, they gave me an incredible opportunity to work in Germany. “Football is what it is. Sometimes I say things the opposite side don’t like.”
Thierry Henry did not take too kindly to being told that he need to be “more humble”, says Emmanuel Petit, with the Arsenal legend failing to change his ways when moving from playing to coaching.Back when the Gunners were regular challengers for the Premier League title, two World Cup-winning Frenchmen graced the books in north London.Petit was of the opinion that Henry, who matured into a fearsome striker during his time in England, should change his ways slightly as he got older and more experienced. 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? That advice fell on deaf ears and ultimately cost an iconic figure dearly.Henry flopped badly in a first managerial post at former club Monaco, picking up just five wins from 20 games, and Petit believes that is partly down to character traits which have not changed down the years.He told Paddy Power Magazine of a countryman he once enjoyed considerable success alongside: “Thierry was a tremendous player. “Everyone knows what he has done on the pitch. Now he wants to be a manager and his first job at Monaco did not go well – I think he is still a player in his mind.“You have to change the mentality – you can’t keep the player’s mindset if you want to be a manager. “The way you talk to players and control training sessions is very important. Even if it’s your first job, footballers will test you constantly.“As a player, Thierry was terrific and I hope he achieves the same as a manager. But I remember saying something to him at ArsenaI.“I told him, ‘Every time you score a goal, you should be more humble and try to have a connection with the fans, rather than living in your own world’. He didn’t like it.”Petit has also suggested that Henry’s personality meant that he was never as well received by the French public as he was by Arsenal supporters.One incident in particular held him back in his homeland, with an infamous handball episode seeing him dash the World Cup dreams of the Republic of Ireland in a 2009 play-off clash.Petit added: “He enjoyed huge recognition in England, but in France he doesn’t have the same image, especially after what happened with Ireland – the handball and then ‘comforting’ the Irish players after the final whistle.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes rallies his team during the pregame warmups before taking on Hawaii at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Last month, Ohio State freshman defensive back Marcus Hooker was arrested for DUI. Today, Urban Meyer announced Hooker’s punishment.Hooker will be suspended for the season opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1. The three-star recruit will be eligible to play starting in Week 2 against Rutgers.Hooker, a New Castle, Pa. native, was arrested by Neshannock Township police on in late June.“Marcus James Hooker, 18, of New Castle, by Neshannock Township police with driving under the influence, disregarding traffic lane, careless driving, no rear lights and purchase of alcoholic beverage by a minor,” read the original report.Ohio State safety Marcus Hooker will be suspended for the first game of the season after his DUI arrest this summer.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) July 24, 2018Hooker was the 60th-rated cornerback and 20th-rated player in Pennsylvania in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He will begin his OSU career at safety.The 6-foot, 185-pound Hooker is the younger brother of former Ohio State star and current Indianapolis Colts defensive back Malik Hooker.Ohio State’s season opener against Oregon State is set for noon ET at Ohio Stadium.The game will be televised on ABC.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)A member of the Maryland football staff is already out in the wake of the death of former Terrapins player Jordan McNair: strength and conditioning coach Rick Court.Court was perhaps the most central member of the bombshell ESPN report about a “toxic” culture within the Maryland football program.In the article, Court is said to have established an environment based on “fear and intimidation.” Among the specific examples included him slapping meals out of players’ hands, and throwing small weights at Terrapins players when angry.Athletic director Damon Evans announced that Rick Court had been fired during today’s Maryland press conference.He did not identify the individual who had been let go at first. When asked specifically, he revealed the staff member as Court.Maryland has fired head S&C coach Rick Court per Damon Evans.— Scott Greene (@TerrapinNation) August 14, 2018According to Yahoo! Sports Pete Thamel, Court resigned yesterday, and reached a settlement with the university.SOURCE: Maryland strength coach Rick Court reached a financial settlement with the university. He resigned yesterday and a settlement was finalized today.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 14, 2018There is no update on the status of head coach DJ Durkin. He remains on administrative leave, as the investigation goes on. It is expected to last into mid-September.Court was one of the first staff members that Durkin hired when he landed the head coaching job at UMD. As ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura pointed out on Twitter, a Sports Illustrated interview with Durkin in early 2016 does not paint a great picture for him now.“Rick Court, our strength coach, is our most important hire I made. That guy is unbelievable. When you’re changing a culture, that’s where it starts. And so we’ve flipped the world upside down on these guys. There have been struggles, but there hasn’t been any, This is garbage. None of that. [The players] want to be good. That’s all been good. There hasn’t been much pushback that way.Rick and I are as about in line with how we see things as you can possibly be. There are 8,000 things coming your way, especially when you’re starting a new program. That’s one area I don’t have to worry about. The guy is relentless with his energy every day, but has a great rapport with the kids. He’s a guy that can coach guys hard, but they love him. It’s not where he’s yelling at you for no reason. He’s going to grind you, get after you. But the guys love him.”Maryland opens the season against Texas on September 1. Former LSU and Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada is the interim head coach with Durkin on leave. He is in his first year at Maryland.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh told ESPN’s Adam Schefter this morning that the talk of him leaving Michigan for the NFL is completely false. He’ll be staying with the Wolverines.“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” Harbaugh told ESPN. “It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda.“But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”Harbaugh is in his fourth season at Michigan. He has the Wolverines playing in a New Year’s Six game this bowl season following a 10-win regular season.The head coach is 0-4 against Ohio State, though, so it’s unsurprising that Buckeyes fans have reacted in joy to his NFL decision.“And all of Ohio takes a deep breath of relief,” one fan tweeted.And all of Ohio takes a deep breath of relief.— Al Gonzalez (@chesspoof) December 9, 2018“Give him the lifetime contract!!!!” another added.Give him the lifetime contract!!!!— Buckeyes Crootin’ ?✌️ (@BuckeyesCrootin) December 9, 2018Harbaugh will be facing a new-look Ohio State program in 2019, as the Buckeyes will be led by Ryan Day, who’s replacing Urban Meyer.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In less than 24 hours, the college football bowl season kicks off with a handful of games on Saturday afternoon. Five match-ups highlight the beginning of bowl season – and after two weeks off of football action – it’s about time our favorite teams are back in action.Only one ranked program is in action, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. Here is the five-game schedule coming up tomorrow afternoon and night:Autonation Cure Bowl: Tulane vs. Louisiana at 1:30 p.m. ET on CBSSNNew Mexico Bowl: Utah State vs. North Texas at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPNMitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. No. 21 Fresno State at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABCRaycom Media Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPNR+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNAfter Saturday’s action college football takes a two-day break as the NFL dominates TV’s around the country.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year in college football, as the bowl season continues with San Diego State taking on Ohio in the Frisco Bowl.The Aztecs had an uncharacteristic season, finishing the season with five losses for the first time since 2014. On the other sideline will be the Bobcats, as they own an impressive 8-4 record.Ohio features one of the best rushing attacks in the country, meanwhile San Diego State has a very stout defense. This game should be decided within the trenches, which makes for a physical matchup.Although the Aztecs arguably play in a tougher conference, ESPN is very confident in the Bobcats for this showdown. In fact, the matchup predictor gives Ohio a 64.4 percent chance of winning the Frisco Bowl.Another key factor will be the play from the quarterbacks, as Ryan Agnew and Nathan Rourke will try to finish the season strong.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET from Toyota Stadium.The game will be available on ESPN.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: The Georgia Bulldogs enter the field to face the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia has been a thorn in Auburn’s side on the field over the last decade-plus. Today, the Bulldogs beat out the Tigers for five-star wide receiver George Pickens.Pickens had been committed to Auburn since July 2017. The Hoover (Ala.) star flipped to Georgia this morning in a Signing Day ceremony at his high school. He also considered Miami and Tennessee.The top player in the state of Alabama, Pickens is the No. 4 wide receiver and the 24th-ranked overall recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Georgia has also signed the No. 5 wide receiver in the 2019 cycle, Marietta (Ga.) Walton four-star Dominick Blaylock.BREAKING: 5-star WR George Pickens has flipped from #Auburn to #Georgia. Huge get for the ‘Dawgs. pic.twitter.com/Mxva6DRrng— Keith Niebuhr (@Keith247Sports) February 6, 2019Overall, Pickens is the fifth five-star recruit the Bulldogs have picked up in this year’s class. Georgia has the No. 2 recruiting haul in the country, trailing only Alabama.You can view 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings for 2019 here. Four of the top six schools are SEC programs.Also, stick with the Spun all day today for the latest National Signing Day news. Today isn’t as busy as it used to be thanks to the early signing period, but there will still be plenty of action to follow.
Head coach Dabo Swinney is optimistic that he’ll have Galloway back next season, but understands the team needs to focus on getting to that point first.From The State:“If we’re fortunate enough to be in a high level postseason game that’s after the middle of December (he is eligible),” Swinney said. “If we’re playing early in December we probably didn’t have a very good year. But he would have the opportunity, I think, to be back for that.”Galloway showed signs of potential in his freshman season, totaling five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.Clemson’s road back to the national championship begins with a home contest against Georgia Tech.[The State] SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks with his team prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)While Clemson is poised for another impressive season this year, tight end Braden Galloway must watch from the sidelines. He’s still under suspension for failing a drug test back in December.Galloway was one of three members on the Tigers to fail a drug test heading into the College Football Playoff. The other two suspended players, Dexter Lawrence and Zach Giella, are no longer with the program. Lawrence was taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, while Giella is out of eligibility.Clemson could use Galloway for depth at tight end, where the Tigers , but the NCAA rule calls for the suspension to last a calendar year.Even though Galloway is set to miss the entire regular season, it’s possible that he could return for the postseason. However, the Tigers will have to once again punch their ticket into the playoff.