About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ben Chilwell hails spirit inside Leicester squadby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City fullback Ben Chilwell has hailed the spirit inside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foxes’ official website.”The confidence is very high in the club, the training is very good.“We’ve made sure that we’ve trained very hard. Just because we’ve won 5-0, we’ve not relaxed.”The manager (Brendan Rodgers) came in the changing room after Newcastle and while he was very happy, he doesn’t show it with us.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid keeper Courtois on 5-star performance: I never doubt myselfby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was delighted with his performance for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal, with Courtois making three exceptional saves.Courtois said, “Tonight’s was an important match, we had to win to get some breathing space in order to stay alive in the Champions League. It’s a stadium with a big atmosphere and they really get behind their team. We were in the match from the start, although they had two big chances at the beginning that I saved well. In the second half we controlled the match more, but we failed to kill the game off.”Everyone was really up for it and that’s the sort of intensity we have to produce in every game to win. We had chances that could have ended up in goals, we didn’t manage to score a second, but are happy to have got the win, although we need to improve on that. We’re going to keep on working and let’s hope we win more games.”He added: “I never doubt myself, but we know just what a club we’re at and I’m only interested in constructive criticism from my teammates and the coach. I’ll keep on training hard to keep performing to this standard.”
new usc trojan logoFriday, USC unveiled a new set of logos, calling the updates part of a “design evolution” for the program. But don’t worry, Trojans fans – the football team won’t be moving to the new Trojan logo on its helmets just yet.USC says that it’s been working with Nike for the last 18 months on the brand evolution.#USC has unveiled a new Trojan logo but it will not be used for football helmet pic.twitter.com/KO0MpW8csV— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) April 15, 2016From USC: –A new Trojan Head logo has been designed. However, the current Trojan Head on the football helmet will continue on the helmet.— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) April 15, 2016Here’s what the school is calling the highlights of the unveiling:–The SC interlock remains the primary logo and mark for USC Athletics, but the current script-face TROJANS above the SC interlock has been eliminated. However, the specific logos currently used by USC baseball (SC monogram) and track (SC shield) will continue to be used by those programs.–A new Trojan Head logo has been designed. However, the current Trojan Head used on the football helmet will continue in use on the helmet.–A new custom alphabet and numeral type font–based on Greek Doric architecture–is used for USC’s word marks (“USC,” “Trojans,” “Fight On”), its sport-specific logo lock-ups and other typography.–A new ornamental Greek key pattern is available for use as trim on uniforms, gear and promotional material.–USC’s primary colors remain Cardinal and Gold. But secondary colors of Black and White and a tertiary color of Metallic Gold have been added for occasional use.The refreshed look will be used on the uniforms, gear, stationery and promotional material for all 21 Trojan sports.You can see all of the new designs over at usctrojans.com. There is apparently already new USC merchandise with the changes in the bookstore.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)When someone says something about Michigan football, Jim Harbaugh can’t help but respond. We saw it yesterday, when a Rutgers secret society played a prank on Michigan at its camp in New Jersey, and a few weeks ago, Harbaugh fired off a pretty heated tweet in the direction of Alabama’s Nick Saban after the Crimson Tide head coach criticized satellite camps. He later doubled down, calling Saban “hypocritical.”Saban, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with the largely-manufactured controversy. He was asked about Harbaugh’s comments once again today, and refused to get in the mud with the Michigan Man.Alabama HC Nick Saban on his thoughts regarding perceived beef with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh: pic.twitter.com/32hhBUjgFJ— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) June 9, 2016That’s not quite as fun, but we wouldn’t expect Saban to handle it any other way.[Saturday Down South]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Thomas Tuchel says that was not surprised by Paris Saint-Germain’s struggles to break down Pontivy GSI in Sunday’s Coupe de France tie.The Ligue 1 champions eventually ran out 4-0 victors over their fifth-tier opposition, but Sylvain Jule’s own goal was all that separated the sides until the 70th minute, when Neymar finally got the better of the impressive Clement Daoudou.Kylian Mbappe’s penalty added further gloss soon after, with Julian Draxler getting in on the act late on to give a flattering impression of PSG’s performance. 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? Tuchel acknowledged that his side’s showing may not have been reflective of the scoreline, but he stressed that he was nonetheless impressed with their display.“I was expecting this type of match,” the German told reporters post-match.“If you play seriously, it’s not possible for a fifth division team to beat us. That’s what the team did.“We did two very intense and very serious training sessions, so I was confident before the match.“It was not easy because the opponent was very organised and we lost a lot of easy balls.“The last passes were not precise enough to score two or three goals in the first half. We have no injuries, we have won the merit and for that, I am happy.“We can play better, but it was not necessary today, that’s why it’s a good start to the year for us.”Moussa Diaby, who came on from the bench to score the winner in PSG’s Coupe de la Ligue clash with Orleans in December, again impressed as a substitute, teeing up Neymar for the Brazilian’s 17th goal of the season.“Even at 1-0 after an hour of play, I knew we could always accelerate the match with players like Moussa Diaby and our technical skills,” Tuchel added.“Moussa was decisive, it’s important. I knew that the opponent could not play with this intensity for 90 minutes and we would find spaces between the lines in the last twenty minutes.”Tuchel’s focus will now switch to the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final tie with Guingamp, before PSG return to Ligue 1 action against Amiens.
– Newcastle have now won five of their past seven home Premier League matches against sides starting the day in the top two (L2).- Manchester City have now dropped 16 points in their 24 Premier League games this season, having drawn twice and lost four times; already more than they dropped in the entirety of 2017-18 (14 – D4, L2).- City have lost three games in which they have been ahead in the Premier League this season, their most in a single campaign since 2008-09 (four).- Aguero’s goal after 24 seconds was the earliest goal scored in this season’s Premier League and the fastest Manchester City have scored since Jesus Navas netted after 13 seconds against Tottenham in November 2013.- All 30 of Salomon Rondon’s Premier League goals have been scored from inside the box – of current Premier League players, only Javier Hernandez (49) has netted more, with 100 per cent being from inside the area. Manchester City suffered a shock loss in defence of their Premier League title as Newcastle United came from behind to win 2-1 at St James’ Park.Matt Ritchie’s penalty 10 minutes from time sealed one of the most surprising results of the season to leave Liverpool with the chance to move seven points clear with a victory over Leicester City on Wednesday.Sergio Aguero looked to have set a predictable tone for Pep Guardiola’s 100th top-flight game at the helm, his goal after 24 seconds apparently teeing the Catalan up for a record 74th win from that century of outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But City failed to build on that fast start and the hosts levelled through Salomon Rondon with 24 minutes remaining.And when Fernandinho fouled Sean Longstaff in the box, Ritchie stepped up to drive his spot-kick underneath Ederson and strike what could be a pivotal blow in the title race.80′ – GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Ritchie puts the penalty away and the Magpies lead 2-1! #NUFC pic.twitter.com/XTkCkgZ9OX— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 29, 2019With City having taken 46 points from the last 48 available against the Magpies, Rafael Benitez may well have hoped just to keep things tight early on.Any such plans were shattered before he even had the chance to warm his seat.David Silva stumbled into Raheem Sterling’s cross, diverting the ball into Aguero’s path for the striker to volley home his 15th goal in 13 top-flight outings against Newcastle. 24 – Sergio Aguero’s goal after 24 seconds was the fastest Manchester City have scored in a Premier League game since Jesus Navas scored after 13 seconds against Tottenham Hotspur in November 2013. Rapid. pic.twitter.com/bbMqk4cwAW — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2019 Aguero was celebrating a second in the 18th minute, but referee Paul Tierney ruled that Kevin De Bruyne was a little too eager in executing a quickly taken free-kick and booked the Belgium midfielder.To their credit, the hosts held firm for the remainder of the first half, although Florian Lejeune had to be alert to block Silva’s shot on the line. Sterling came within a whisker of doubling the lead early in the second half but allowed Leroy Sane’s cross to go through his legs, while Silva stung Martin Dubravka’s palms.Then came the unexpected revival as Rondon, who had cut an isolated figure, sprung to life to lash home after City were caught napping by Isaac Hayden’s header over the top.Ritchie calmly converted from the spot and City could not muster a meaningful response, leaving Liverpool with a golden opportunity to put one hand on a maiden Premier League trophy triumph.What does it mean? They think it’s all over…Guardiola conceded that his City side could ill-afford to drop any more points in order to retain their crown. Even if they should now win all their remaining 14 games, City would fall short of the 100 points they achieved last season. The title may already have been Liverpool’s to lose, but they would have to throw it away now.Benitez the mastermindAll the talk will be about City losing, but Newcastle won this game fair and square and they did it despite going behind so early on. They stuck to the game plan, stayed in the contest and picked their moments. Credit has to go to the Newcastle boss for pulling this one off.Fernandinho floundersHe has been so important to City, and Guardiola has acknowledged as much, but Fernandinho’s moment of madness in conceding the penalty could be the act that ended his side’s bid for glory.Key Opta facts- Newcastle have beaten Manchester City in a Premier League game for the first time since September 2005, ending a run of 22 meetings without a win (D3 L19).- Only Jose Mourinho (W73 D18 L9 – 237 points) picked up more points than Guardiola (W73 D15 L12 – 234 points) in his first 100 games in England’s top flight.1 – Only Jose Mourinho (237 points) picked up more points in his first 100 Premier League games as a manager than the Pep Guardiola (234). Special. pic.twitter.com/Y8w7jLepmW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2019 What’s next?City will lick their wounds before hosting Arsenal on Sunday, having won 2-0 in north London on the opening weekend of the campaign, while Newcastle head to Wembley to face Tottenham the day before. read more
Chaotic goals, desperate defending and controversial VAR calls – Australia’s exhilarating 3-2 comeback win over Brazil on Wednesday evening had it all.The Matildas’ resurrection from being dead and buried in the Women’s World Cup at 2-0 down wasn’t without an enormous chunk of luck, though.Chloe Logarzo’s cross flew all the way in and Monica headed into her own net in a strange VAR call after Caitlin Foord got Australia back into the game just before half-time. 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? Brazil had appeared to be in cruise control too, with goals from Marta and Cristiane put them comfortably ahead in the first half. But the former and 41-year-old Formiga, booked early on, were withdrawn at half-time and it would prove key.Without those two leaders out there, Brazil capitulated, with the seemingly doomed Australia, who lost their opening game to Italy, taking full advantage.If there was a feeling of desperation among the Matildas, it showed early on. An ambitious strike from Elise Kellond-Knight and a header from the edge of the box from Sam Kerr came among a handful of penalty appeals, all of which were waved away without a second thought.They did create the first real chance of the game when Tameka Yallop nodded a cross down into Kerr’s path, but the bounce was unkind to the prolific forward, who came into the game fresh off the back of breaking her World Cup duck against Italy.And then that sense of desperation reared its ugly head again, and in damning fashion. Kellond-Knight, filling in at left-back due to injuries, came in through the back of Brazil’s Leticia Santos in the box and the referee had no doubts.There were few doubts about it giving Brazil the lead too when their returning talisman Marta stepped up. Cool and composed, she fired it past Lydia Williams for her 16th World Cup goal – putting her level with Germany’s Miroslav Klose at the top of the all-time scoring charts.It didn’t take long for Brazil to double that lead, with Cristiane continuing her fine goalscoring form after bagging a hat-trick against Jamaica. Tamires’ brilliant nutmeg on Emily Gielnik and even better pass through the channel to Debinha started the move, before the forward whipped in a great cross which Cristiane headed home after out-jumping Steph Catley.But just as the Matildas appeared to be on the brink, they were suddenly back into the game. Yallop sent a teasing ball into the box in first half stoppage time and Monica was in complete disarray as Logarzo flicked the ball on for Foord to stab home at the far post.Brazil had a fantastic chance to regain their two-goal cushion just after the restart, with Cristiane and Debinha making fools of their markers before the latter chose to shoot instead of picking out the unmarked Andressa Alves, but their wastefulness would come back to bite them.Australia, channelling their desperation through some great high-pressing now, won the ball back in Brazil’s defensive third and were rewarded for their hard work when Logarzo watched her cross run all the way into the bottom corner untouched.If they were warranted further luck, they certainly got it. In what was probably the most decisive VAR call so far, Australia were the ones to benefit as Kerr’s interference from an offside position was not enough for the referee to disallow Monica’s own goal, as she headed a long hopeful ball up to the forward past Barbara.If Brazil had been missing Marta and Formiga in this second half, they missed them even more so when they fell behind. Two vastly experienced and talented players were not there to lift their visibly dejected team-mates, who struggled to compose themselves and get back into the game.After Vadao’s side came into the World Cup under heavy fire from the Brazilian press, they will no doubt find themselves back under it now, with them now having just one win in their last 11 games.Australia, on the other hand, showed the character they lacked in that opening match.However, Italy are the real winners of this result, with a result over Jamaica tomorrow putting them in pole position to finish first – while Brazil and Australia scrap over second and third, and a place in the top-heavy side of this World Cup draw.
Valencia are interested in making a move for Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez.According to sources close to the club, the Spaniard would be keen on a return to his native country and the Liga side are close to putting together an offer.Perez intends to leave the Premier League club this summer, especially following the news that manager Rafael Benitez will be exiting once his contract expires at the end of June. 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? One barrier to any potential move would be the valuation set by Newcastle, with the quoted price of €25 million (£22m/$29m) too high for the Spanish outfit as things stand.Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last season and qualified for the Champions League as a result, which adds even more appeal to the move for Perez, who has been at Newcastle since 2014.The 25-year-old was the club’s top scorer across all competitions last season, finding the net 13 times in 41 appearances, with 10 of his 12 league goals coming in the second half of the season.He has scored 48 goals in 195 appearances for Newcastle since joining the club from Tenerife, with 33 of those coming in the Premier League.The revelation that Benitez would be leaving the north east came on Monday, as Newcastle announced that he would be departing after the two parties failed to agree terms regarding a contract extension.A statement on the club’s official website read: “We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time.”However, it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.”The news came as a blow to Magpies supporters, who hold the former Liverpool manager in high regard after he led them back to the Premier League at the first attempt before consolidating their position in the top flight in the following two seasons.The Champions League-winning boss has been linked with a money-spinning move to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, who reportedly offered Benitez a contract worth £12 million ($15m) per year.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Fans congratulate the Ohio State Buckeyes as they leave the field following their 42-7 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Arizona native Kelee Ringo is ranked No. 11 overall in the class of 2020. He is the second-ranked cornerback in the country, and the top player from his state.The five-star recruit has offers from most of the nation’s major powers, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, MSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Texas, USC, Washington, and others.Ohio State is also on that list, and Ringo is going to check out what Columbus has to offer very soon.Kelee Ringo will head up to see this weekend’s Ohio State football game against Minnesota.He made the announcement on Wednesday.In Columbus, Ohio this weekend #Buckeyes ??— KR7 (@KeleeRingo) October 10, 2018This will be Ringo’s second unofficial visit of the season. In September, he went to in-state school Arizona State for the team’s win over Michigan State.The Buckeyes kick off against the Golden Gophers at noon.It is very early, but the three people who have logged predictions for where Ringo will commit all believe he will be a Washington Husky. This recruitment should still be pretty wide open though.
This is the fifth season of the College Football Playoff. The debate still rages on about whether to modify the system or leave it as is.We’ve seen plenty of suggestions. Expand to six teams. Expand to eight teams. Leave it as is with four. It seems likely that change is coming at some point, but no one knows what it will be or when it will happen.Kirk Herbstreit is a fan of a different kind of suggestion. It comes courtesy of former Nebraska star Adam Carriker.Instead of picking the playoff after the conference title games, Carriker wants to eliminate conference championship games and start bowl season the way it used to be. Then, after all the bowl games have been played, pick the four best teams for the playoff.Herbie is a fan of this proposal.“Love this idea from @AdamCarriker94 And it makes a lot of sense. Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select “best” 4,” he wrote on Twitter.Love this idea from @AdamCarriker94 And it makes a lot of sense. Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select “best” 4.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 2, 2019It seems unlikely that this suggestion would ever come to fruition. Conference championship games are still a fixture and this type of system could extend the season further into January, depending on how it is structured.Still, it is a fun scenario to consider.