TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer expands Man Utd coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expanded his staff.Mark Dempsey will assist Solskjaer with his first-team duties for the remainder of the season, with the pair working together at Cardiff and Molde.Dempsey is best remembered by United fans for playing a major role in their academy during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final decade at the club.And he will now be looking to help Solskjaer guide his team back up the Premier League table in a bid to finish in the top four.Dempsey isn’t the first familiar face to return to Old Trafford, with Fergie’s former assistant Mike Phelan also helping out.
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala hints at PSG ambitionsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits a move to France could be in his future.Dybala has been linked with PSG – and he says playing in Ligue 1 is something he is open to doing.”Join the Ligue 1 one day? Why not?! Never say never!” he told Canal Plus. “But for now it’s not part of my plans.”Over the weekend, it had been suggested in Italy that Juve would be prepared to sell Dybala this summer to fund their signing plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Faustino Anjorin set to earn Chelsea contract extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are set to offer youngster Faustino Anjorin a new contract.The young midfielder is on the fringes of the first team, despite only being 17.Boss Frank Lampard sees him as an exciting prospect.Now the club are trying to tie Anjorin down to a new, long term deal in the coming months, according to Goal.He should also be involved in the squad for their Carabao Cup game with Grimsby Town on Wednesday.The 17-year-old has a contract until 2021, but the club want to give him better terms and to increase the length of his deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal looking to extend Dani Ceballos loanby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are looking to extend Dani Ceballos’s loan deal, according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic., according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Former ref Halsey: Man Utd lucky to keep Rashford goalby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes Manchester United were fortunate in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Red Devils opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford, after an excellent cross from Daniel James.But the goal could have been been ruled out for an earlier foul from Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi.Ex-ref Halsey wrote in The Sun: “Victor Lindelof fouls Divock Origi by catching him from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s strike.”You could argue that it was a ‘clear and obvious’ error not to award a free-kick to Liverpool.”A far lesser infringement led to Burnley having a goal chalked off by VAR at Leicester — these inconsistencies need to be ironed out.”VAR was correct to disallow Sadio Mane’s goal, under new interpretation of law 12 (handling the ball), as replays showed the ball clearly touched his arm.”The ball hit Fred’s shoulder in Manchester United’s box in injury time but there is no way that is a ‘clear and obvious’ mistake so Liverpool were never going to be awarded a penalty for that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Jordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Man Utd drawby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.The Reds were unable to flex their muscles throughout the clash and relied on Adam Lallana to score an equaliser with time running out.Asked if a point was a fair outcome, the captain told the club’s website: “Probably. I didn’t think we performed well enough in the first half, not our usual selves really, especially with the ball.”We could have been a lot better but I thought second half was a lot better. We changed it a little bit tactically, which helped us, and I thought the longer the game went on we were pushing for that winner, and towards that last five to 10 minutes I thought we were going to get it.”Ox came close with a great strike with his left foot and we kept pushing but, overall, a fair reflection of the game would have to be a point.”But, like I say, we have got to be much better for the 90 minutes. I was disappointed we couldn’t come here and put on a top performance because I felt as though we could have done that today.”When you can’t win, you don’t lose, and that’s the sign of a good team. But we’ve got to learn from the game today and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Indiana’s Troy Williams will be looking to do this again on FridayToday’s game against Michigan State is huge for Indiana for a number of reasons. The Hoosiers can pick up a big win against another likely tournament team, and impress a pair of huge recruits that are attending the game at Assembly Hall. Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea is playing his part in the effort. The high-flying junior somehow split four Spartan defenders from just a few feet inside the foul line to slam home a missed three attempt. DUNK OF THE YEAR: https://t.co/NuDV8t1GV1— OHB (@ohholybutt) March 7, 2015We’d tell Michigan State to box out, but we’re sure Tom Izzo has already covered that.
Manchester United’s latest crop of talented youngsters have been taking the opportunities given to them so far, and Scott McTominay is using the example of the Class of 92 as inspiration.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to inject some of the exuberance of youth into his side following a disappointing end to last season, and youth academy graduates have been getting game time in pre-season.McTominay is closing in on 50 senior appearances for the club while the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood are all knocking on the door of the first team. 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 Class of 92 were absolutely exceptional and it’s going to be very, very difficult to replicate something like that,” said McTominay.“We’ve got a good group of young boys who are ready to learn and ready to go the extra mile and do everything to get into the team and push some senior pros to get their places.“That is going to be my aim, Axel’s aim, Mason’s as well.“So it’s important all the boys come together and have that real solid team spirit that young players always have going through the age groups.“From the Under-9s to the Under-23s, that’s the most important thing for us.”Greenwood has been on the scoresheet in United’s last two pre-season games, against Leeds United and Inter.With 15 goals in 13 appearances in the league for United’s Under-18s, he is one of the most talked-about prospects to come out of the youth academy in recent years.He will, of course, be looking at the example set by Marcus Rashford as well as United’s greats of yesteryear.For the likes of Tuanzebe, meanwhile, United’s growing frustration in the summer transfer window could bring about opportunity in a moment of adversity.Leicester City are refusing to budge on their valuation of Harry Maguire, while the clause making Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld available for just £25 million ($31.2m) expires at midnight on July 25.Tuanzebe was hugely impressive in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning side in the Championship last year, and will be confident of making the step up if he is handed an opportunity.The youngsters have three more games to earn themselves a spot on the opening day of the Premier League season against Chelsea, with pre-season friendlies against Tottenham, Kristiansund and AC Milan. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Paris Saint-Germain let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 against Rennes in their first away Ligue 1 outing of the season on Sunday.Penalty shoot-out winners when these sides met in the Coupe de France final last season, the hosts produced another shock result over the top-flight champions thanks to goals either side of half-time at Roazhon Park.Edinson Cavani profited from a defensive error to put Neymar-less PSG into the lead, but M’Baye Niang pulled one back a minute before half-time and Romain Del Castillo headed Rennes in front early in the second half. 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? PSG, who triumphed when these sides met in the Trophee des France two weeks ago, have now lost five of their last six away matches in the league.Cavani sent a glancing header crashing off the woodwork with 14 minutes on the clock but he was gifted a goal later in the half.Rennes captain Damien Da Silva played a stray pass across his own six-yard box and Cavani beat goalkeeper Romain Salin to the loose ball for a simple finish.But the home side levelled things up through their first on-target attempt of the match as Niang controlled Hamari Traore’s cross, swivelled and picked out the bottom-left corner a minute before half-time.The comeback was complete three minutes in to the second period when 16-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga sent in a delightful cross from the right, which Del Castillo guided away from the reach of Alphonse Areola.Niang was denied by Areola and Jeremy Morel struck a post with his volley as Rennes closed in on a third.Ultimately it did not arrive, but Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to truly test Salin at the other end as Rennes made it two wins from two.FINAL WHISTLE! @staderennais stuns @PSG_English! #SRFCPSG | :two:-:one: pic.twitter.com/Tu22Oy7XCZ— Ligue1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) August 18, 2019What does it mean? PSG’s away form a cause for concernIf PSG’s poor away form continues then Ligue 1 may well have a title race this season. Lyon, Nice and indeed Rennes all have six points from six after three matches, leaving the champions playing catch up at this admittedly early stage.Camavinga proves age is just a numberHe may not turn 17 for another three months, but Camavinga is starting to make a name for himself. The floated cross for Del Castillo’s winner was right on the money and he also managed a few attempts of his own.16 – Eduardo Camavinga (16 years & 9 months) is the youngest player to deliver an assist in Ligue 1 since Opta analyze the competition (2006/07). Diamond. pic.twitter.com/Xdcpymv20I— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 18, 2019PSG lack ideasPSG cruised to a 3-0 win over Nimes in their Ligue 1 opener last week – three of their forward players getting on the scoresheet – but they lacked creativity here in the absence of Neymar, who was overlooked despite returning to fitness. Cavani’s goal was a gift and they managed just one further shot on target. Key Opta Facts- Rennes are the team who have won the most games against Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 over the past 10 seasons (5 wins in 19 games).- Rennes are unbeaten in their last seven games in Ligue 1 (W4 D3) – only Lyon (8) are currently on a longer run among teams in the competition in 2019-20.- It is the first time since 1971-72 that Rennes have won their first two games in a Ligue 1 season.- It is the first time since 2011-12 that PSG have lost one of the first two games of a Ligue 1 season – v Lorient in August 2011 (0-1).- PSG have lost five of their last six away games in Ligue 1 (W1), as many as they had in their previous 44 combined (W32 D7).What’s next?PSG welcome Toulouse to the Parc des Princes next Sunday and Rennes travel to Strasbourg on the same day. read more
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Urban Meyer and Ohio State were once again in the headlines throughout Saturday, as it was reported that Texas head coach Tom Herman, a former Buckeyes assistant coach, was the man who leaked news of the allegations against Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy.This has since been denied by Herman, his wife, Michelle, and McMurphy.“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source,” McMurphy tweeted.Still, this didn’t prevent the story, reported by Jeff Snook, from going viral on Saturday.A five-star recruit was at the root of all of this, too.Garrett Wilson, a five-star wide receiver out of Austin, Texas, is committed to Ohio State, and Snook’s story alleges that Herman was very upset about that.From Snook’s report:Tom Herman’s motive? Herman was furious after five-star receiver Garrett Wilson committed to Ohio State in April over Texas, sources say. Wilson played at Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High, just miles from the Longhorns’ campus. Zach Smith was the Buckeyes’ primary recruiter, along with quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, in getting Wilson’s commitment. Day has the central Texas area in the Buckeyes’ recruiting system. Smith was fired July 23. Given that Texas is one of the most pressure-packed and highest-profile jobs in the country, and following a 7-6 season in his first year as Texas coach, Herman needs to secure a recruiting base close to home to turn the Longhorns around.Again, this has all been denied by Herman and McMurphy, but it didn’t stop Wilson from reacting to it.“I’m sick,” Wilson tweeted in a since-deleted message.Wilson is one of the top 2019 recruits in the country and is committed to Ohio State.
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans scrambles out of the pocket during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The first half of Notre Dame-USC did not go as people expected. The 5-6 Trojans lead the undefeated Fighting Irish 10-7 at intermission.USC led 10-0 until Notre Dame scored on an Ian Book to Chris Finke touchdown pass late in the second quarter. A Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the half nearly resulted in a Notre Dame touchdown, but Miles Boykin was tackled at the USC 3.If the Trojans didn’t turn the ball over twice in Notre Dame territory, they might be up even more. It has largely been an uninspired effort for the Fighting Irish.ESPN has released its second half prediction for the game. Despite the first half struggles, the computer likes the Irish.Notre Dame’s win probability remains a shade over 72 percent.You can watch the second half of Notre Dame-USC momentarily on ABC.If the Irish lose, you can stick a fork in their College Football Playoff chances, barring mass chaos.Ohio State and Oklahoma would both be in good position to make the field if they win their respective conference championship games next weekend.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts will probably be moving on from the Alabama football program following the 2018 season, as the Crimson Tide quarterback likely wants to be a starter somewhere.That’s not happening at Alabama, obviously, as Tua Tagovailoa has at least one more season in Tuscaloosa, Ala.Hurts can pursue a graduate transfer and play immediately elsewhere in 2019.Alabama head coach Nick Saban is reportedly on board with that idea.CBS’ Gary Danielson revealed during today’s Alabama-Auburn game that he talked to Saban about a Hurts transfer.From 247Sports:“We were talking to Coach Saban on Friday about the transfers of quarterbacks and he said I really think now Jalen has to think about transferring. And he said I’m for it, right? He said I’m for him to look at (a potential transfer). But look at the success in college football – and these are top rated teams – that transfer quarterbacks have had in football. I mean, right down the list, (they’ve made a) major impact.“And I think a couple guys are going to be sought-after. You know Kelly Bryant is going to be sought-after, Jalen Hurts is going to be sought-after. I mean, you don’t know – and I don’t want to throw anything in the middle of it – but what’s going to happen with Georgia? Jake Fromm’s playing and they’re not gonna bench Jake Fromm, he’s playing too good. And Justin Fields wants to play, too. And if he looks around and he goes, look at what other people have done when they’ve left, it’s hard to say I’m just going to stick it out and play one year.”Saban would reportedly help Hurts make a decision if that’s what he wanted, too.“I asked Nick in that same meeting, I said do you think he will ask your opinion on where he should go if he transfers, or when he transfers?” he said. “And Nick kind of looked at me and he goes well, you know what, we’ve been in this together since I recruited him and now the whole three years and the whole thing this year, I would think that he and his parents would probably ask my opinion at least and want to talk about it.”There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts if he does decide to transfer.Alabama has more football to play in 2018 first, though. The Crimson Tide are set to take on Georgia in the SEC Championship Game next weekend. The College Football Playoff comes after that.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon the Ohio State fanbase got the news it’s been waiting for: transfer quarterback Justin Fields received immediate eligibility from the NCAA.As a result, he’ll be the likely starting quarterback for the Buckeyes when they take the field in the fall.In the immediate aftermath of the decision, the odds for the eventual college football champion shifted and Vegas seems to like the Buckeyes.With Fields immediately eligible, Ohio State’s national title odds jumped from 12-1 to 8-1. The Buckeyes are now the third-favorite behind Clemson and Alabama to take home the title in 2019.Per @BovadaOfficial,#OhioState’s national title odds:– Before Justin Fields’ eligibility decision: 12/1– Now: 8/1 ? https://t.co/Nw6mhWOCEa— John Sabol (@John_Sabol) February 8, 2019The former Georgia quarterback played in 12 games for the Bulldogs in 2018 as the backup to starter Jake From.He racked up 328 yards and four touchdowns through the air, while adding 266 yards and four scores on the ground.Fields is the former No. 2 overall recruit in the nation – behind only Clemson star Trevor Lawrence – and one of the highest-rated recruits ever to don an Ohio State jersey.He’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with his new teammates before the Buckeyes open the 2019 college football season against Lane Kiffin and the Florida Atlantic Owls on August 31.Can Ohio State stop the sting of Clemson and Alabama titles?
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 02: Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf of Ole Miss runs the 40-yard dash during day three of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight end took the field at the NFL combine. The best college football players from the around the country displayed their skills in front of NFL scouts in Indianapolis.During Saturday’s action, there were a few impressive performances. Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell set the mark to beat with a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash – the fastest of the weekend so far.However, while Campbell’s blazing speed was impressive, there was one wide receiver who stole the show. Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf put together one of the best combine performances in recent memory.Metcalf, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 228 pounds, made headlines earlier this week when he was measured to have 1.9-percent body fat.After that, he displayed his athleticism with a 40-inch vertical and a 4.33 40-yard dash.Check out his 40-yard dash here.D.K. Metcalf just ran a 4.33u 40-yard dash! 🔥🔥🔥 @dkmetcalf14 @OleMissFB📺: #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/1mDnh8VjcG— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2019Those watching at home couldn’t believe a wide receiver with Metcalf’s size could run as fast as he did.Oh, and he also put up 27 repetitions of 225 pounds – tying him for most among wide receivers.He’s solidifying his spot in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. A few NFL scouts even mentioned his name as a potential top-10 pick.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2, wide receiver Deon Cain #8, and tight end D.J. Greenlee #87 of the Clemson Tigers celebrate following Bryant’s touchdown to start the second half of play during the Tigers’ game football game against the Auburn Tigers at Memorial Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Some of the Tigers taking in Missouri football’s spring game were from a much different program. New Mizzou quarterback Kelly Bryant got a visit from his former Clemson teammates for the event.Bryant left the Clemson program at mid-season last fall. After leading the team to the College Football Playoff in 2017, he lost his job to Trevor Lawrence.Obviously that move worked out. The freshman phenom led the Tigers to a national title.Bryant remains close with a number of Clemson players, and even after his departure, is close with his former teammates.On Saturday, Clemson receiver Tee Higgins posted a photo of a number of Clemson players who made the trip to watch Kelly Bryant at Missouri’s spring game.It’s a pretty cool gesture by Higgins and the other players who supported Bryant.After they made the trip, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney praised his players for supporting his former quarterback. From TigerNet:“Swinney said he was proud that several Clemson players, including Tee Higgins, Isaiah Simmons and Cornell Powell, made the trip to Columbia, Missouri, last weekend to support former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant during Missouri’s spring game on Saturday.“‘Guys come and go in the program, but relationships never end. These guys are friends. He’s a graduate. He graduated. Some guys graduate and they go to the NFL. He just graduated and went to Missouri.’ Swinney said. ‘But that doesn’t mean that their friendships end or their relationships end, that’s for sure. I think it’s neat that it worked out that way and those guys were able to go and support their former teammate.”Overall, it seems like things have worked out for all involved. Bryant will have the chance to showcase his talent in the SEC for one final year before a run at the NFL, and Clemson and Lawrence are national champions, and are a favorite to repeat.[TigerNet]
Georgia linebacker David Pollack celebrates victory with fans at the 2005 Outback Bowl January 1, 2005 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. Georgia defeated Wisconsin 24 – 21. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia is projected to be a top five team in college football this coming season, and one former Bulldogs star had some interesting things to say this week about the team’s prospects. ESPN College GameDay’s David Pollack talked to Mike Griffith of DawgNation this week about both the team’s offense and defense.In short, Pollack thinks that the offense will be elite and the defense could struggle. In fact, he’s worried about multiple position groups on the defensive side of the ball.Pollack is worried about the front seven, the linebackers and the secondary. He wonders if the Bulldogs lost too much.“Defensively, the linebacking corps was a place you looked at with them and you worried about,” Pollack said. “Losing Roquan Smith, obviously, you can’t just find that …. the defensive front seven and linebackers have question marks.”“Deandre Baker was the best cornerback in college football for the last couple years, it was fun to watch him, he was unbelievable, and now you lose him,” Pollack said.“You’ve got plenty of guys back there, but defensively, can they get back to dominating?” Pollack said. “Can they get back to being one of those teams that creates a lot of turnovers and you see those Savage pads out?Georgia, a year ago, lost in the SEC title game to Alabama before falling to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. We’ll see if Georgia can get over the hump and finally take down Alabama to gain control of the SEC this season.
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lions face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes, September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Back in 2018, the Iowa Hawkeyes were able to ward off stiff opposition to get three-star linebacker Jayden McDonald to commit. But after a year in Iowa City, it appears McDonald may already be on his way out.According to Sean Bock of 247Sports, McDonald has entered the NCAA transfer portal. As of writing, no teams have been named as a potential landing spot.Coming out of high school in 2018, McDonald was the No. 779 overall recruit in the country. He was the No. 49 outside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 78 prospect from the state of Georgia.Injuries kept McDonald off the field for the bulk of the 2018 season. Iowa redshirt freshman linebacker Jayden McDonald has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, a source tells @247Sports. #Hawkeyes— Sean Bock (@SBock247) August 14, 2019The timing of McDonald’s impending departure is certainly curious. Just a few days ago he did an interview with Rivals, where he expressed his optimism for the start of the season.McDonald initially committed to Rutgers in 2017 before decommitting six months later. Iowa was one of four Power Five schools he visited afterwards, along with Kansas State, Purdue, and Ole Miss.He ultimately committed to Iowa exactly one month after decommitting from Rutgers.Could McDonald be eyeing a move to one of the teams he visited before?
Next Depleted India hope for substantial medals at Asian Athletics Championships 2019India had finished on top of the table with a record-breaking haul of 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze) in the 2017 Championships held in Bhubaneswar. The Asian Athletics Championships offers automatic qualification berths for the World Championships.advertisement Press Trust of India DohaApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 18:42 IST Hima Das will be in action on Day 1 of Asian Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha (AFI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will be missing some of their key stars, including javelin thrower Neeraj ChopraNational record holders Dharun Ayyasamy (men’s 400m Hurdles), M Sreeshankar are not named in the India teamHima Das will be in action in the 400m event as early as the first day — SundayA severely depleted Indian contingent is unlikely to repeat its unprecedented top-of-the-table finish in the last edition but is still expected to win a substantial number of medals when the Asian Athletics Championships begins here on Sunday.India had finished on top of the table with a record-breaking haul of 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze) in the 2017 Championships held in Bhubaneswar. China had finished second with 20 medals.But this time, the 42-member Indian team is not expected to achieve that kind of success with several athletes, including star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, missing out of the continental flagship event due to various reasons, including injuries.The biggest name in Indian athletics, Neeraj has suffered an elbow sprain during practice in Patiala and he is not defending the title he had won in 2017. National record holders Dharun Ayyasamy (men’s 400m Hurdles), M Sreeshankar (men’s long jump) and Asian Games 800m gold medallist Manjit Singh were also not named in the team due to injuries.Triple jumper Arpinder Singh, training in the USA, did just 16.34m in the Federation Cup (against qualification standard of 16.50m) and later said he’s focusing on the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October.Veteran Sudha Singh, who won a gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 2017, was named in the team despite missing the Federation Cup — which served as the qualifying event — as well as the confirmatory trials, but the Sports Ministry has refused to clear her name.Her tickets to Doha were booked and the Athletics Federation of India made a request to clear her name but the Sports Ministry did not budge.advertisement”The Sports Ministry has refused to clear her name despite the AFI making another request,” a well-placed source told PTI on condition of anonymity.G Lakshmanan fails to make the cutAnother athlete who won two gold in 2017, Govindan Lakshman (men’s 5000m and 1000m) was not picked as he could not finish on the podium in the Federation Cup.The number of medals, as well as gold count, is certain to come down from the last edition. This will also be a climb down from the high at the Jakarta Asian Games last year, when the country won 19 medals including seven gold.Hima Das in action in 400m race on SundayThe first day on Sunday will decide eight gold medals and from the Indian perspective, the women’s 400m final will be the most anticipated one. Sprint sensation Hima Das will be running in the preliminary round in the morning while the final will be held in the evening.Bahrain’s Salwa Naser will start as the overwhelming favourite to take the gold in the women’s quarter-mile event. She had beaten Hima comfortably in the Asian Games 400m final. She was second in world lists last year (49.08s).This Asian Championships is crucial as the gold medallist gets the automatic qualification for the World Championships. This competition is also an ideal platform to accumulate ranking points if an athlete fails to achieve the stiff entry standards prescribed by the international federation.Jinson Johnson (1500m), Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (men’s shot put) and women’s 4x400m relay team could be considered as gold medal contenders. National record holder quartermiler Muhammed Anas and his women’s counterpart Hima Das are not expected to win gold but can bag a medal.Anas was not at his best during the Federation Cup last month as he was running a few months after suffering a leg injury in an accident. Hima has not been at her best after she took a break to prepare for her exams before coming back to win the Federation Cup with a 52.88 seconds.No one has crossed 20.0m in the shot put in Asia this season except Tejinder. That makes the Asian Games champion the favourite to take the gold.Dutee, a double silver winner at the Jakarta Asian Games, is also a medal contender in women’s 100m. She will be up against the likes of Wei Yongli of China and Kazakhstan’s Olga Saffronikova, who had won a silver in 2017. Dutee had won a bronze in 2017.Also 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 Dutee ChandFollow Hima DasFollow Asian Athletics Championships 2019Follow Doha Asian Championships
Premier League: 9-man Tottenham slump to Bournemouth lossTottenham Hotspur suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth after two of their players were sent off on Saturday. The Spurs remain third, two points clear of fourth-placed Chelseaadvertisement Next Reuters LondonMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 21:02 IST Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur suffered a crucial defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSon Heung-min and Substitute Juan Foyth were sent off Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by BournemouthSpurs stayed third, four points clear of fifth-placed ArsenalTottenham Hotspur had two men sent off and failed to make sure of a Premier League top-four finish after slipping to a 1-0 defeat by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.With Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United — Tottenham’s rivals for third and fourth — not in action until Sunday, a win for Spurs on the south coast would have sealed a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.They dominated early on in the sunshine at the Vitality, but found Premier League debutant goalkeeper Mark Travers in inspired form for the hosts as the 19-year-old made a string of fine saves.Tottenham’s task was made all the more difficult two minutes before the interval when forward Son Heung-min was sent off for pushing Jefferson Lerma and halftime substitute Juan Foyth lasted 125 seconds before seeing red for a lunging tackle.Bournemouth struggled to make their numerical advantage count until Nathan Ake climbed highest to meet a corner and head a dramatic winner in the 90th minute.Spurs, who trail Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 going into their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, stayed third, two points clear of Chelsea and four ahead of Arsenal with the top-four race set to go to the final day of the season.We need to move on: Pochettino”The first 40 minutes we played well and created chances but didn’t score,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “Then we know football can be cruel, they scored in the last minute.”We need to move on. I will respect the decision of the referee (on the red cards).”advertisementTravers, the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in 2006, produced a string of fine saves to deny Spurs an early goal.A moment of madness from Son earned him a straight red card for shoving Lerma to the floor right in front of referee Craig Pawson.Pawson was called into action again as he brandished the red card at Foyth for a dangerous lunge on Jack Simpson.Spurs, though, looked comfortable in defence before poor marking at a corner allowed Ake to power home a header and send Tottenham to their 13th league defeat of the season.”It’s important to do well against the top teams,” Ake said. “I think we want to do this more and it’s good we’ve done that today.”Also Read | Manchester United to stick with David de Gea as Sergio Romero suffers knee injuryAlso Read | Europa League: Chelsea set record, Arsenal register big win in semi-final 1st legAlso 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 Tottenham HotspurFollow Son Heung-minFollow Juan FoythFollow Premier leagueFollow Bournemouth