Luan rubbishes Liverpool link

first_imgTransfers Gremio star Luan rubbishes Liverpool link Harry Sherlock 19:07 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luan Gremio Copa Libertadores Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Grêmio Premier League The Brazilian striker, who has also been mooted as a possible target for Barcelona, insists that no offer has been received from the Reds Gremio star Luan has denied that Liverpool have made an offer for his services.Rumours this week have suggested that the Reds have entered into talks with the Brazilian club, as they prepare to trigger his £15.75 million release clause.However, the 24-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with Barcelona, has now rubbished such reports. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “If I knew, I wouldn’t hide. I always said that I would leave it to Gremio and to my agent, and if they had something concrete, they should talk to me,” he said, via the Liverpool Echo.”No one has come to me so there is nothing. It has to be good for me, it has to be good for Gremio. I will not rush to want to leave soon, just like in the middle of last year.”For the moment that we were through, I decided to stay. It was my decision alone. Now it’s the start of the season and I want to regain my form and rhythm to play.”What I know is that I want to play the next game as soon as possible here at Gremio.”Luan has won two caps for Brazil, and has made over 130 appearances for Gremio, scoring 36 goals. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Laporte makes first Man City start

first_imgManchester City Manchester City team news: Laporte makes first start Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 03:02 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion The club’s record signing, bought for £57m from Athletic Bilbao, starts in defence while Daniel Sturridge is on the bench for the Baggies Aymeric Laporte will make his Manchester City debut against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.The club’s record signing – purchased from Athletic Bilbao in the January transfer window – will partner Nicolas Otamendi in central defence.Laporte cost City £57 million earlier this week, and will be joined in defence by Kyle Walker at right-back and Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back. John Stones misses out with illness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sergio Aguero leads the line, and will be supported from the flanks by Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva named in midfield, along with Fernandinho.Captain Vincent Kompany starts on the bench, along with youth products Tosin Adarabioyo and Brahim Diaz.Meanwhile, West Brom have named Daniel Sturridge on the bench after completing the loan signing of the England international from Liverpool.Salomon Rondon will lead the line ahead of him, as the Baggies aim to inflict only the second defeat of the season on City.City XI: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, D Silva; Sterling, De Bruyne, B Silva; Aguero. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Kompany, Adarabioyo, Gundogan, Toure, Diaz.WBA XI: Foster; Nyom, McAuley, Hegazi, Dawson; Rodriguez, Krychowiak, Yacob, Field, McClean; Rondon. Subs: Myhill, Phillips, Brunt, Sturridge, Burke, Barry, Harper. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Man Utd flop Bebe back at Rayo Vallecano

first_imgTransfers Manchester United flop Bebe returns to Rayo Vallecano Dom Farrell 04:41 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bebe Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Rayo Vallecano Athletic Club v Eibar Rayo Vallecano v Lorca Eibar Segunda División Primera División The Portuguese has continued his nomadic career after rejoining one of his former clubs on loan from Eibar Former Manchester United flop Bebe has sealed a return to Rayo Vallecano on loan from Eibar.The Portuguese forward, a famously eyebrow-raising recruit towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford, spent the 2015-16 season at Rayo while on the books at Benfica.His form there persuaded Eibar to take a punt on the 27-year-old and he scored five times in 26 appearances last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bebe has been more of a bit-part player for Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men this time around, making 11 appearances and failing to score.He will now join Rayo’s promotion push as they aim to end a two-season absence from La Liga.Bebe memorably joined United in a shock £7.4 million deal in 2010 and he scored twice in seven appearances for the club.The attacker had loan spells at Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos Ferreira before leaving United for good in 2014 to join Benfica.last_img read more

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PSG’s Emery happy to avoid injuries ahead of Madrid

first_imgSochaux v PSG PSG coach Emery happy to avoid injuries ahead of Champions League tie with Real Madrid Jamie Smith 08:32 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Unai Emery AFP Sochaux v PSG PSG Neymar Sochaux Coupe de France Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid UEFA Champions League With a last-16 Champions League tie against the Blancos just a week away, avoiding injuries in a Coupe de France win pleased the Paris side’s manager Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was happy to avoid injuries ahead of facing Real Madrid in the Champions League as his side cruised through to the Coupe de France quarter-finals with a 4-1 win at Sochaux.With Neymar rested after celebrating his 26th birthday at the weekend, Angel Di Maria took a starring role with his first PSG hat-trick helping secure a comfortable win for PSG, who are seeking a fourth straight Coupe de France title.Edinson Cavani was also on target in a win that never felt in doubt despite Florian Martin cancelling out Di Maria’s first-minute opener at the Stade Bonal on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After Di Maria wrapped up his first treble since 2010, Emery was able to rest Marco Verratti and Cavani for the closing stages, although Dani Alves had to go in goal for the last few seconds after Kevin Trapp was dismissed for a foul on Thomas Robinet outside his penalty area.Layvin Kurzawa came through an injury scare after initially appearing to be hurt in a collision with goalkeeper Lawrence Ati that was reminiscent of a similar clash between Kylian Mbappe and Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes last month.And Emery, who welcomed Thiago Motta back to action after the midfielder missed a month of action with a calf injury, was pleased his squad is intact ahead of next Wednesday’s trip to the Spanish capital to play Champions League holders Madrid.”The goal was to qualify, without injury and to collect information for the future,” Emery said.”We respect the Coupe de France and an opponent who has already won this competition and recently knocked out Ligue 1 clubs.”Even though Sochaux equalised, I knew it was an offensive team and I respected them, and in the second half they had fewer chances.”125 – @PSG_English have scored 125 goals in all comps this season, at least 23 than any other team in the top 5 leagues (Man City – 102). Scary. pic.twitter.com/6o4LcNI3oi— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 6, 2018Sochaux captain Florian Tardieu suggested pre-match that PSG players attending a birthday party for Neymar in Paris on Sunday demonstrated a lack of respect for his Ligue 2 side, but PSG skipper Thiago Silva denied that was the case.”We wanted to play technically today, the pitch was not very good, but the quality of our players made the difference,” the Brazilian said.”The statement of the opposing captain that we do not respect the teams is wrong. We respect all teams we play against – that’s why we win, that’s why tonight we played well.”last_img read more

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Wallsend Touch recognised

first_imgWallsend were awarded the Good Sports Club of the Year for the safe practices they have implemented for their players, committee and supporters. The Good Sports Club of the Year is an initiative from the Australian Drug Foundation which encourages community sporting groups to responsibly manage alcohol consumption.After receiving the award from Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate, Wallsend Touch administrator Julie Andrews said the club had concentrated on providing a family friendly environment. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Wallsend Touch Association for their efforts and recommends other clubs following their footsteps. For more information about the program and to sign your club up please visit the Good Sports Website  Thanks to Kellie Johnston for providing the content for this article.last_img read more

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New Zealand Preview – Trans Tasman 2010

first_imgThe series opened last night with a Pre-Match dinner at which Steve Price presented on what it takes to be represent your country, be the best you can be and have self confidence to win.  He then interviewed all the captains and it was obvious the desire and focus each team has to win this.  Both teams stated how important this series is going into the World Cup in Scotland 2011. To see the full story, please visit the New Zealand Trans Tasman website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-6976-0-0-0&news_task=DETAIL&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=11112994&sectionID=125624last_img read more

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Volunteer Grants Available

first_imgThe Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) Volunteer Grants 2013 are now available. Volunteer Grants 2013 recognises the valuable work of Australia’s volunteers. This initiative forms part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to organisations whose volunteers assist disadvantaged communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life. Funding of $16 million is available to support and encourage volunteering.  Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to:·         Purchase portable, tangible, small equipment items to help their volunteers;·         Contribute to the reimbursement of fuel costs for their volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, deliver food, assist with medical appointments or help people in need;·         Contribute to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability who are unable to drive;·         Contribute to the cost of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for their volunteers.Funding is limited and applications will be assessed and prioritised according to how strongly they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria, eligibility requirements and other essential information about Volunteer Grants 2013 are provided in the Application Guidelines below:·         Volunteer Grants 2013 Application GuidelinesApplications close on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 5pm AEST. For more information please click on the following link:http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/communities-and-vulnerable-people/grants-funding/volunteer-grants-2013-call-for-applications-now-open Related LinksVolunteer Grantslast_img read more

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Position Vacant: Community Engagement Coordinator

first_imgAre you an innovative person, that is both community minded and enjoys making a difference to people’s lives?Are you looking for a thrilling career in what will arguably be ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for suitably qualified applicants for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator in our National Office in Canberra (Deakin). The Community Engagement Coordinator role provides a critical function in the TFA National Sport Operations Unit. The key focus of the role is to develop and drive the delivery of the TFA Strategic Plan and Participation Plan (2011-2015), with particular emphasis on the implementation and support of improved engagement and relationships with the Touch Football community, specifically the following key stakeholders/areas:o    International interaction and communication; o    Expanding participation and formalising relationships within specific segments including female, multicultural, and disability areas; ando    Referee Engagement – events and logistics.  The Community Engagement Coordinator reports to and works closely with the General Manager, National Sport Operations (SO), other TFA portfolios, national/state operational staff and the breadth of the wider Touch Football affiliate network of up to 320 associations.  Candidates will be required to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a two page letter of introduction addressing the role’s selection criteria, a strong desire to work in the sporting industry and any supporting comments aligned to the position description.Applications close 5pm Sunday, 13 October 2013.  To view the position description and TFA Certified Agreement please click on the following attachments.For enquiries about this exciting opportunity, email marianne@austouch.com.au .Related Files130924_community_engagement_coordinator_job_description_final-pdftfa_certified_agreement-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

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9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signing

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to buy a new centre-half this month.Klopp’s Liverpool team recorded an impressive win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table. Injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez left Liverpool short on central defensive options and forced Klopp to drop midfielder Fabinho back into defence. “Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of credit for playing Fabinho at centre-back against Brighton & Hove Albion,” Cascarino wrote in his Times column. “I don’t understand why more teams don’t do something similar.“Yes he’s a defensive midfielder but they can do a job at the back. Most teams don’t play two strikers anyway these days and the likes of Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho could all do it. Liverpool don’t need to waste any money on a centre back this month. And, let’s face it, I could probably play alongside Virgil van Dijk.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jahlil Okafor Is “Obsessed” With Netflix, Believes In Mermaids, Loves Documentaries About Bigfoot

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15 Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah15Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is a 6-foot-10 center with one of the most refined offensive post-games in college basketball, and is almost guaranteed to be the top overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. That we all know. The Wall Street Journal dug a bit deeper into the Blue Devils star, and found out that he’s much more than a talented basketball player… he is also a very unique personality. Specifically, he loves cryptozoology and is adamant about the existence of mermaids.Okafor is obsessed with Netflix. He keeps a teenager’s diet of action movies and soapy television series, but his secret soft spot is for documentaries about odd phenomena—the weirder, the better. Okafor is well-versed in the legend of Bigfoot, for example. He also likes mermaids.“That’s always been my interest,” Okafor said. “Things of the unknown.”…What he likes to do instead—when he’s not playing basketball, of course—is watch television by himself. He has a taste for the mythical. Okafor has tipped multiple people off to a Discovery Channel special that promised new evidence that mermaids are real.“I tried to tell them,” he said. “They wouldn’t listen.”He was doing this in high school, too. Okafor once raved to his coach about a Bigfoot documentary he had just devoured. “He tried to get me to watch that,” said Tyrone Slaughter. “I was like: I’m not watching that.”His college teammates now know who to ask if they ever need a movie recommendation. Okafor even found a kindred spirit in his roommate Tyus Jones, who joined him for a documentary about monster snakes, though he struggled to remember the exact names of Okafor’s favorite films. “A lot of them are just about nature,” Jones said.Jones added: “He’d be a good person to talk to during Shark Week. That’s the kind of stuff he’s really into. And I’m a pretty big fan of Shark Week, too.”Luckily for Duke fans, the Blue Devils’ title hopes are a bit more believable than many of the things that Okafor binge-watches.[WSJ via SB Nation]last_img read more

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Guardiola: Right now it’s Bernardo and 10 more players

first_imgManchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva has made himself virtually undroppable for manager Pep Guardiola.City’s player of the season last term, Kevin De Bruyne, has been forced to battle two medial knee ligament injuries this time around and only recently returned to full fitness.De Bruyne’s absence has largely left former Monaco star Silva picking up the slack – playing in central midfield as opposed to the wide-right berth he usually occupied when called upon during his debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium. 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? With the exception of club captain Vincent Kompany, who is once again laid low by a calf problem, Guardiola boasts a clean bill of health heading into Wednesday’s trip to Everton, where victory would edge the reigning champions back above Liverpool at the Premier League summit on goal difference.It means competition for places is fierce, but one gifted Portugal international seemingly need not fear the axe.”For me, to drop Bernardo Silva right now is almost impossible,” Guardiola said.”Right now it is Bernardo and 10 more players.”I don’t know what this guy has done this season. Playing in the middle and outside, every single game he played perfect.Bernardo Silva Pep Guardiola Manchester City“Taking decisions, how he fights, reading the movements offensively and defensively, the way he lives the game.”Every time we miss a chance he makes that reaction [puts head dramatically in hands]. He lives that, he is involved absolutely.”They have to compete with Bernardo in that position.”Across 32 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, Silva has eight goals and seven assists.Last season, the Portuguese midfielder nine goals in 53 total appearances for the club in his first campaign in English football.Manchester City take on Everton on Wednesday before hosting Chelsea on Sunday.Title rivals Liverpool, meanwhile, face off with Bournemouth on Saturday before turning attention to the Champions League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Valverde: Coutinho wanted to leave

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho wanted to leave Barcelona at the end of last season as he prepares to join Bayern Munich on loan, according to Ernesto Valverde.Barca and Bayern confirmed on Friday that an agreement is in place for Coutinho to move to the Bundesliga champions for the 2019-20 campaign – the deal including an option to buy the playmaker.Coutinho had been linked to Paris Saint-Germain as a makeweight in a possible deal for former Barca star Neymar, however, the Brazilian is now set for Munich after watching Friday’s shock 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao from the stands. 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? Barcelona were toppled by a late goal from Artiz Aduriz, who fired a spectacular scissor-kick finish in the game’s waning moments to spoil the debut of summer signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong.The La Liga champions also suffered another setback in the form of Luis Suarez, who left the match early with an injury.Asked about Coutinho following Barca’s disappointing La Liga opener, head coach Valverde told Movistar: “It is a situation that last season when the league ended the player had it in his head.”This has come up, he has accepted and hopefully he is lucky.” Der #FCBayern und der @FCBarcelona haben grundsätzlich Einigung über einen Transfer von @Phil_Coutinho nach München erzielt. https://t.co/tXdyp5JS1d — FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 16, 2019 Coutinho, who will help to replace James Rodriguez after his two-year loan from Real Madrid ended, has struggled to cement his place at Camp Nou since joining Barca in a reported £142 million ($201m) transfer from Liverpool in January 2018 – a move that saw him become the world’s second-most expensive player.The 27-year-old Brazil international scored five league goals as Barca retained their La Liga crown in 2018-19, while he managed 11 in all competitions as the club fell short of Champions League glory with a stunning semi-final defeat to Coutinho’s former club LiverpoolCoutinho is set to follow another loan signing – Ivan Perisic – through the door, though sections of Bayern’s fanbase were not impressed by the deal to sign the Inter forward, who came in as an alternative to Leroy Sane after the Manchester City winger suffered a serious knee injury.Bayern were also heavily linked with Callum Hudson-Odoi during the winter window, although the currently-injured winger is set to remain with Chelsea for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum On If Auburn Will Fire Coach Gus Malzahn

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.The Auburn Tigers opened the season with a huge win over Washington in what looked like a College Football Playoff resume builder. However, the wheels have fallen off the Tigers program lately and the team currently trails Tennessee in the third quarter.With Auburn’s recent struggles, some might be wondering about the job status of head coach Gus Malzahn. ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum gave his take Malzahn’s job security after last weekend’s loss to Mississippi State.Here’s what Finebuam had to say last week.“When the president of a university gives a coach a seven-year deal at that price, he’s very likely not going anywhere,” Finebaum said onWJOX in Birmingham today, per 247Sports. “That will not make him any more popular. In fact, I would imagine based on what I’m hearing from most Auburn people is that he’s certainly unpopular at the moment, but that’s the deal that you make. Whether fans like it or not, they’re stuck with Gus Malzahn.”Even if the Tigers lose to the Volunteers today, Malzahn is likely locked in as the longterm option at head coach for Auburn – given his massive contract extension.Tennessee leads 27-17 late in the third quarter.last_img read more

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Alabama Football Star Crushes Heisman Trophy Voters

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished second in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting, losing out on the prestigious award to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.Tagovailoa was the favorite for most of the season, but a late push by Murray – and a tough SEC Championship Game for the Crimson Tide quarterback – tilted the voting in the Sooners’ quarterback’s favor.Alabama isn’t happy.One Crimson Tide player, linebacker Mack Wilson, took to Twitter shortly after the ceremony to voice his displeasure with the voters.“Bullshit..,” he tweeted.Wilson then added:“Make them regret it 13.. Not saying Kyler isn’t good but he took 200 snaps more than Tua,” he wrote.Bullshit..— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) December 9, 2018Make them regret it 13.. Not saying Kyler isn’t good but he took 200 snaps more than Tua ??‍♂️— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) December 9, 2018Murray and Tagovailoa can settle this on the field at the end of the month.Alabama is set to play Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff in a couple of weeks. The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.last_img read more

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Ohio State Lands Massive Recruiting News Following Urban Meyer’s Retirement

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to his Ohio State football players.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes chats with his players on the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has one of the best classes in the country for 2019 and keeping those prospects committed in the wake of Urban Meyer’s retirement is paramount.OSU landed some huge news in that department today.Harry Miller, a five-star center out of Georgia, will remain committed to Ohio State following Meyer’s retirement.Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts reports that Miller will be signing with Ohio State on Dec. 19.It’s a “done deal.”Done deal as 5-star OL @h_miller76 will sign with #OhioState on Dec. 19. This is a must read story on a truly unique person and his relationship with @ryandaytime , @OSUCoachMeyer and the OSU staff. https://t.co/2ggmjpbZ6s.— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) December 10, 2018Miller, a 6-foot-4 offensive lineman, is ranked the No. 31 overall recruit in the class.Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked No. 9 in the country.last_img read more

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Oklahoma OC Comments On Kyler Murray’s Illness

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The big news out of the Orange Bowl this morning is that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is missing today’s media availability because he is apparently “under the weather.”If you recall, Baker Mayfield missed some media sessions before last year’s Rose Bowl with an illness. This caused a minor stir in the days leading up to the game, but Baker was completely fine to play and played well in the Sooners’ College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Georgia.As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be a large amount of concern about Murray, at least for OU offensive coordinator Cale Gundy.In fact, Gundy told reporters he didn’t even know Murray wasn’t feeling well.Unlike last year when it was very clear Baker Mayfield was sick, there is a noticeable lack of concern about Kyler Murray’s “illness” preventing him from todays media session. “I didn’t know anything about it,” Cale Gundy said.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 26, 2018The Orange Bowl is in three days, meaning we should know by tomorrow if Murray being sick is something that OU should be worried about.As of now, there’s no reason to expect that the Heisman Trophy winner won’t be able to ply on Saturday.The winner of Alabama-Oklahoma will take on the winner of the Clemson-Notre Dame Cotton Bowl matchup in the national title game.last_img read more

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Brandon Wimbush, Brian Kelly Respond To Transfer Report

first_imgBrandon Wimbush dropping back for a pass for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Brandon Wimbush is one of the many big-name quarterbacks to be replaced as QB1 since the start of the season, as Notre Dame made the switch to Ian Book a few weeks into the year.Clearly that change worked out for the Fighting Irish.The team is undefeated, and about to play as the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff.Wimbush is also the subject of new transfer reports, and he hasn’t exactly denied them. It makes sense that the veteran QB will look to play elsewhere after getting his degree from Notre Dame.Ahead of tomorrow’s match-up with No. 2 Clemson at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, both Wimbush and head coach Brian Kelly discussed the reports.Everyone is pretty much saying the right things, and keeping the focus on the Clemson game first.Here’s what Brandon Wimbush had to say about a potential transfer from Notre Dame.Via NDInsider:“Preparing for the 29th. We’re a couple days away from this game, and I don’t want anything to be a distraction. I’m excited for what’s to come and what lies ahead. I have a year of eligibility left, so I’m excited to fulfill that.”[…]“They know it wasn’t my decision to release that information,” Wimbush said of his teammates. “I didn’t have to worry about that being a distraction to the team and my guys. They asked me and joked around with me about it.”Given how college football has changed, the bigger surprise would have been if his Notre Dame teammates had taken major umbrage with the move.Brian Kelly says that no decision has been made as to whether Wimbush transfers at all, but that he is fully supportive of his former starting quarterback if he makes that decision.“But I honestly think he’s in a position where he’s focused on these games, that he hasn’t gone all in on saying ‘I’m going to X, Y, Z school.’ So our conversations have been supportive. And I truly would tell you, I’m supportive of whatever his decision is. He’s earned the right to transfer and play in his senior year for what he’s done for Notre Dame.”We’ve outlined some potential options for Wimbush, assuming he does leave South Bend. While he might not draw the same attention as a Kelly Bryant or Justin Fields, there’s always a strong market for a veteran starting quarterback.[NDInsider]last_img read more

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Brennon Scott, No. 15 ILB In 2020 Class, Announces Commitment

first_imgKansas cheerleader runs with a Jayhawk flag during football game.LAWRENCE, KS – SEPTEMBER 29: A Kansas Jayhawks cheerleaders runs with a Jayhawk flag after a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)One of the top linebackers in the 2020 recruiting class just shocked the nation when he announced his commitment on Tuesday night.Four-star linebacker Brennon Scott took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce his commitment to the University of Kansas.Scott chose the Jayhawks over elite programs like USC and Texas.It’s a huge recruiting win for new Kansas head coach Les Miles. After taking over the program following the 2018 season, Miles has put together a solid recruiting class thus far. “I want to congratulate myself for never giving up on my self even though I went through a lot in my recruitment but I stayed strong and trust the process. All in all I wanna say I’m committed to the University of Kansas,” Scott said in a post on Twitter.#RockChalk ….Ima make a name for myself regardless of what people think 💯🤩 y’all get out my boiii @BigDawgEditz for edits pic.twitter.com/mDKLtp9U60— B͓̽r͓̽e͓̽n͓̽n͓̽o͓̽n͓̽ S͓̽c͓̽o͓̽t͓̽t͓̽ #9 ❄️ (@goliveB) August 6, 2019Scott is the No. 15 inside linebacker recruit in the 2020 class. He’s the No. 50 player from a stacked state of Texas and the No. 334 recruit in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Scott immediately becomes the top recruit for the Jayhawks’ 2020 class. Kansas now owns the No. 38 class in the 2020 cycle after finishing the 2019 cycle with the No. 70 class in the nation.Miles’ work in the offseason is paying dividends for the future.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Weighs In On Michigan’s Struggles This Season

first_imgESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)No team suffered a more devastating loss this past weekend than Michigan. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines were dismantled by the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.Michigan entered this season with playoff expectations, but any dreams about making a national title run might be over.With games remaining on the schedule against Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Notre Dame, it’s possible that Michigan loses a few more matchups this fall.ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed what’s been wrong with the Wolverines, and his answer is quite surprising. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Herbstreit has stated in the past that offensive coordinator Josh Gattis needs to get the offense rolling. However, it turns out the defense hasn’t played up to its standards either.Here’s what Herbstreit had to say, via 247Sports:“We’ve talked about that for weeks, if not months, about what’s going to happen with Josh Gattis,” Herbstreit said on his podcast. “He’s got all of this talent to work with. Boy, this is going to be fun to watch. … The troubles continue on that side of the ball. But what in the world has happened to Don Brown and the Michigan defense? I can’t believe … you go back to the Ohio State game and the bowl game and the way they’ve looked here early. I just can’t believe it. I really can’t. I’m a big fan of that style of defense and that aggressive nature. … They don’t look prepared, which is mind boggling. They’re out of position. They look like they’re thinking too much at times instead of just playing.”Both sides of the football need to bounce back this weekend when Michigan faces Rutgers.“The season’s not over,” Herbstreit added. “They could get this thing going. I think all of us expect them to do that. … There’s still a year that can be exciting and still a year that can win some big games. They’re 2-1. It’s not like they’re 2-3. They’ve got a win this week against Rutgers to get to 3-1 and then Iowa. Then you go to Champaign. Then it’s go time, back-to-back games against Penn State and Notre Dame at home. They need to right the ship right now. I’m guessing (Harbaugh) takes more of a hands on approach with the offense. He’s going to have to.”It should be a nice opportunity for the Wolverines to get back on the winning track.last_img read more

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