World Cup World Cup absentees: Players who will miss Russia 2018 & major doubts Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty/Goal composite World Cup South Korea Croatia Russia Brazil Sweden Tunisia Switzerland Panama Morocco Spain Colombia Saudi Arabia Japan Uruguay Egypt Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Nigeria Serbia Costa Rica Germany Mexico Belgium England Poland Senegal With the tournament getting closer, Goal takes a look at the stars who may miss out on a place in their respective national team squad The 2018 World Cup is just a month away and national team bosses are beginning to figure out and finalise the best possible squads to bring to Russia.In the coming weeks they will be paying close attention to the health of their players because, with plenty of football to be played, injuries will happen, which can throw their plans into disarray.No footballer – not even the best – is completely invulnerable and sometimes fate can deliver cruel blows to individuals whose talents deserve to be showcased on the world stage. That is simply an unfortunate hazard of the profession. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As well as that, personality clashes, bans and other issues can end up preventing players from taking part.As 32 teams get set for the big kick-off in June, Goal casts an eye over those stars who are major doubts for the World Cup as well as those who have been ruled out completely.Confirmed out of World Cup 2018 The question of which players are definitely out of the 2018 World Cup will yield a much clearer answer as we get closer to the tournament in June, with coaches generally keen to give their playing pool the best possible chance of making the final cut. However, the cases of some players missing out are understood, if not officially communicated.France are hoping to claim their second world title when they compete in Russia this summer but one man who is almost certain not to be part of that journey is Karim Benzema, who has not featured for his country since October 2015. The Real Madrid star does not hold much hope for the prospect of a recall ahead of the World Cup though, explaining his view that he will not be picked as long as Didier Deschamps is head coach.Laurent Koscielny went down in excruciating pain during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid after appearing to lose his footing and the club later confirmed that the defender had suffered a torn Achilles tendon. Unfortunately for Koscielny that means his chances of going to Russia as part of the France contingent this summer are now gone and he faces a number of months in recovery.Dimitri Payet had a memorable Euro 2016 but he’s going to be watching from the sidelines for Russia 2018 after picking up a hamstring injury in the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid. The former West Ham United attacker limped off in tears in the first half to end his chances of a call-up from Deschamps, having forced his way into contention with his star performances for Marseille.Dani Carvajal will endure more heartbreak after an injury in a Champions League final ruled him out of a second successive major international tournament. The Real Madrid full-back missed Euro 2016 after being injured in the final against Atletico Madrid and he suffered a hamstring injury against Liverpool in Kiev to force him out of the World Cup.England will definitely have to make do without the services of Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered a knee ligament injury in the Reds’ Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Roma. The former Arsenal star sustained the injury while making a tackle and it comes as a major blow to both the player and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.He will be joined on the sidelines by club-mate Joe Gomez, who had forced himself into contention, and even earned a Man of the Match award during the Three Lions’ draw with Brazil having kept Neymar quiet. Ankle surgery, however, has ended his hopes of heading to Russia.Both Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart have also been excluded from the squad, with Southgate preferring to take Nick Pope instead of the experienced West Ham shot-stopper who has been having a terribly lukewarm season in East London.Brazil are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but they will have to make do without marauding full-back Dani Alves, who picked up a knee injury during the Coupe de France final and will instead spend the summer recovering ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s 2018-19 campaign.Germany boss Joachim Low has a massive pool of talent to draw from, but two potential additions to his World Cup panel have been ruled out. Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry, who is on loan at Hoffenheim, has been laid low with a groin injury, while Borussia Monchengladbach captain Lars Stindl, who played a key role in the 2017 Confederations Cup win, has suffered a serious ankle injury.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner felt aggrieved to have missed out on a spot and World Cup winner Mario Gotze also failed to make the cut.Fernando Gago was part of the Argentina squad that finished runners-up at the 2014 World Cup but he did not make Jorge Sampaoli’s final 23 for Russia 2018. Now playing for Boca Juniors and aged 31, the former Real Madrid midfielder suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of 2017 and has thus been left out of the squad. Other notable absentees are Serie A top scorer Mauro Icardi, who was cut from the 35-man shortlist, while Man Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ruled out through a knee injury.The likes of Javier Pastore, Angel Correa and Carlos Tevez, meanwhile, were also omitted from the preliminary squad and will play no part in Russia.There had been vague suggestions – encouraged by the man himself – that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could potentially make a return to the Sweden set-up for the World Cup, but the Swedish FA chief, Lars Richt, has ruled out any such possibility.More players will undoubtedly join the aforementioned, particularly those who are considered major doubts to make the plane to Russia (see below), and we will keep you updated.Major doubts for World Cup 2018 Mohamed Salah is a concern for Egypt’s World Cup squad after suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. The forward left the pitch in tears in the first half in Kiev after being hauled to the ground by Sergio Ramos.Five-time winners Brazil head to the tournament as one of the favourites but one of their star players finds himself in a desperate race to recover full fitness in time for the kick-off. Neymar underwent surgery on his foot in March after suffering a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle while playing for Paris Saint-Germain. The expectation is, however, that he’ll be ready to feature for his country in their warm-up clash with Croatia on June 3.Germany could have been forced into a defensive reshuffle following the news of Jerome Boateng’s thigh injury, which has brought his domestic season to a premature end. The Bayern Munich centre-back had been expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks but he has been included in his country’s provisional squad and appears likely to be ready for Russia.Despite Michy Batshuayi’s domestic season ending prematurely due to an ankle injury, he has made Belgium’s World Cup squad wich was announced on May 21.Iceland will be taking part in the World Cup for the first time in their history and Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will be involved. A knee ligament injury in March had cast serious doubts over his availability for the tournament in June but he was named as part of manager Heimir Hallgrimsson’s squad and looks all set to ready to feature in Russia.Peru’s Paolo Guerrero looks almost certain to miss the World Cup after seeing his doping ban extended to 14 months by Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). FIFPro are in the process of appealing to FIFA that he should be allowed to play, however, having previously tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.Potential doubts for World Cup 2018 While Manuel Neuer has been named in Germany’s provisional squad, the Bayern Munich keeper will be assessed further before Joachim Low makes his final call on the 23 players who will feature in Russia. Low said at a press conference on May 15: “We want to see for ourselves if Manuel Neuer is fit, we have a chance to see and assess him. And after the training camp we want to talk fair and square.”
UEFA Champions League Liverpool in race to avoid fans’ Champions League heartache after Kiev flight chaos Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author 00:53 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid A string of cancellations by World Choice Sports have led to despair for supporters travelling to Ukraine and the club will aim to help those affected Liverpool are striving to save supporters from Champions League final heartache after around 1,000 fans were left without flights to Kiev for this weekend’s game.Travel company World Choice Sports announced on Thursday that it had been forced to cancel three separate trips, one departing on Friday and two on Saturday, with Kiev’s Boryspil airport unable to allocate times for its aircraft.The company claimed it had “exhausted all avenues” and that it had “applied for [landing] slots in the correct manner and time frame”. Apologising and placing the blame squarely at he door of the Ukrainian authorities, it said supporters, who have paid close to £1,000 for their trips, would be issued with refunds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool, though, say they will work with all relevant authorities to find a resolution.A statement on the Reds’ official website said: “Liverpool Football Club is continuing to work with all of the relevant stakeholders in the UK and Ukraine in an attempt to resolve a situation which has left around 1,000 fans without flights to Kiev for the Champions League final.“Flights chartered by World Choice Sports had been set to take supporters to Ukraine, but a dispute between the Widnes-based travel company and the aviation authorities in Kiev over the size of the aircraft has led to the trips being cancelled.“Along with officials from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool City Council, UEFA and the authorities in Kiev, Liverpool FC has been endeavouring to resolve the issue since it first came to light and will continue to do so until all avenues have been exhausted.”Meanwhile Joe Anderson, the Mayor Liverpool, Tweeted that he was working with his opposite number in Kiev, former World Champion boxer Vitali Klitschko, in order to find a solution. Regardless of whether a solution is found or not – Goal understands that Liverpool are hopeful of a resolution – the episode is yet another in what has become a stressful ordeal for many supporters hoping to see their side in European football’s biggest club game.With match tickets costing as much as £400 – and many being sold for three times that on the black market – and accommodation prices in Kiev rocketing, many Reds have been forced to spend upwards of £1500 to make the trip. Some are paying in excess of £1000 for just a day trip.Liverpool’s players flew out of John Lennon Airport on Thursday afternoon, and will train at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Friday.Meanwhile, for many of their supporters there will be an anxious wait. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur are targeting Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.According to football.london, Spurs have been scouting the 22-year-old on numerous occasions.He ha scored 10 goals this season from the right wing.Besides his obvious talent, Spurs are interested in Bowen because he is not cup-tied for the FA Cup and will help fill their homegrown quota.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: Liverpool have grown since winning Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Champions League opponents Liverpool are stronger than last season.The Azzurri host the European champions this week.“Liverpool have grown because last season gave them so much awareness,” Ancelotti said at a Press conference.“On the other hand, we’ve also grown because we’ve added more quality to their squad.“It’ll be a hard-fought match as we’ll be facing the best team in Europe. We hope to get the same result as last season.“As for formation, we mustn’t distort our identity and idea. We must take inspiration from the good things we’ve done and the problems we’ve been faced with.“We defended very well against them last season, and the defensive aspect is very important in games like these.“I expect a team capable of defending when necessary, attacking when the opportunity arises and keeping the ball when needed. We’ll need the perfect game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Burnley boss Dyche delighted with manner of goals for victory over Norwichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche was delighted with the manner of their goals for victory over Norwich City.The Clarets boss celebrated becoming the fourth longest serving manager in the club’s history with three deserved points, thanks to Chris Wood’s early brace.Wood struck twice in the 10th and 14th minutes, first with a near post header from a perfect Ashley Westwood corner and then with a smart near post flick to get on the end of Dwight McNeil’s delicious cross.“For the set piece I was pleased with my staff because there are certain things they work on and they deserve a lot of credit for that,” explained Dyche.“For the second, we know what a good young player Dwight is. He keeps developing all the time and he’s got great feet and pulls a lovely ball back.“Woody is on the spot and it’s a great bit of movement and a good finish because they are not easy.My only gripe was that we didn’t capitalise on so many counter-attacks in the second half, but they’ve shown me enough, yet again, that we are a force when we get things right.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Former Nebraska Star RB Lawrence Phillips Describes Prison To HS Coach, “It Is Completely Nuts In Here”
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) @KETVFormer Nebraska star running back Lawrence Phillips is currently in prison, serving a 31-year sentence following a 2009 assault conviction. How has his time in prison been? Unsurprisingly, not great. Thanks to USA Today Sports, we’ve gotten an inside look at what Phillips’ life at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif., is like. The media group obtained letters that Phillips wrote to some of his high school coaches. Here are some excerpts from his letters: We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me.All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall.—-I do not have a cell mate. All of these dudes want to use drugs and (illegible) weapons in the cell. I’m in the process of applying for single-cell status. I will let you know how that goes.—–Well, there is nothing new happening here. We are still locked down. One of the guards was assaulted so it may be awhile. Coach D, this place is a jungle. Trouble everywhere. One must swallow his pride constantly or one will always be in the hole. But we must deal with the situation we put ourselves in.Terrifying. You can read all of the letters obtained by USA Today Sports here.
college football playoff field Twitter/PlayoffWe’re just four days away from the College Football Playoff field being announced, but per usual, nothing is even close to set in stone. The current field – Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa – is bound to change, given the list of conference championship games to be played this Saturday.Obviously, the television networks have their favorites – they’d love to see Alabama stay in the field and have Ohio State sneak in. The bigger the fan bases, the more money they’ll make. Plus, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are the best two coaches in the game.But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be good for the sport, long-term. We’ve gone through and picked out the playoff foursome (one that is possible this year) that we believe would be the best for college football, long-term. You’ll be surprised to see which teams are included.Get Started: No. 4 – Iowa >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
CNN.A bus carrying a JUCO football team got into a severe accident in North Carolina on Saturday.The JUCO team was traveling from Rock Hill, South Carolina to play University of God’s Chosen in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The bus hit an overpass bridge on the Highway 74 bypass and crashed.The accident tragically left four people dead and 42 people injured.From CNN:Initial reports said the team was from the Ramah Jucco Academy in Rock Hill, but the Highway Patrol said the majority of the passengers were from Clinton College, also in Rock Hill. The patrol said it was unclear if they played for an off-campus football team.The four deceased have been identified as: the driver, 43-year-old Brian Andre Kirkpatrick of Chester; Clinton College students Devonte Gibson, 21, of Rock Hill and Tito Hamilton, 19, of Pahokee, Fla; and Darice Lamont Hicks Jr., 8, of Rock Hill.
The dream, says Pep Lijnders, is simple.“We want like four or five players in the box,” the Liverpool assistant manager told Goal back in February. “We always said that our dream is one full-back crosses, and the other full-back scores. That would be perfect.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The dream wasn’t quite realised this season – there’s still one game to go, in fairness – but in terms of attacking full-back play, the Reds have taken things to the next level.In Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, they surely have the best pair in the world right now. Forget Dani Carvajal and Marcelo, or Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba, Joao Cancelo and Alex Sandro, it is the pair from West Derby and Glasgow who are changing the game.Between them, they have been responsible for 27 per cent of Liverpool’s goals this season. The Reds have netted 113 times in all competitions, and 31 of those have been scored or assisted by their right or left-back.It was Gianluca Vialli who once opined that the right-back in any football team is usually its weakest player, the one who wasn’t quick enough for the wing, tall enough to play centre-back or skilful enough to play in midfield or attack. The Italian’s point seemed a fairly logical one when it was made, 13 years ago, but one imagines he has revised his viewpoint since. Alexander-Arnold, of course, makes a mockery of it. Technically immaculate and athletic with it, the 20-year-old is the perfect embodiment of the all-action, modern-day full-back. And the scary thing is, he’s only likely to improve in the coming years too.“If he doesn’t go on to become the best right-back in the world, he should be disappointed,” says Jamie Carragher. Plenty believe Alexander-Arnold is already there.He is already well on the way to 100 senior appearances for Liverpool, and on Saturday he will start his second Champions League final – the youngest player to achieve such a feat. He’s played – and scored – for England, featured at a World Cup and been named in the PFA Team of the Year. He doesn’t turn 21 until October.It was the youngster’s quick thinking which brought Liverpool to their second European Cup final in a row, his corner swept home by Divock Origi while Barcelona’s experienced stars stood with their backs to the play. “A genius moment,” Klopp called it. It was one of 16 assists the Scouser has racked up across the campaign.On the other flank, Robertson has been equally productive. For the first time in Premier League history, two defenders from the same team provided 10 or more assists in a single season. Meanwhile, they were part of the league’s meanest defence too. Liverpool conceded just 22 goals in 38 Premier League games. “How many runs Robbo and Trent make, I don’t know,” says Joel Matip. “It has a big impact on our defending, because the wingers of the other team get tired.”Even Jose Mourinho is a fan. “I am still tired just looking at Robertson,” he said after what turned out to be his final game as Manchester United manager, a 3-1 defeat at Anfield back in December. “He makes 100 metre sprints per minute, absolutely incredible.”Incredible, too, is the fact that between them, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson cost just £8 million (€9m/$10m). You could add a zero onto that figure now and still wouldn’t come close to buying them. Both are on long contracts, both will be at Liverpool for many years to come.“He has exceeded expectations,” Klopp said of Robertson in January.“He might be from Glasgow originally, but everything about him screams Liverpool. His progression is an example to any player joining us.”The manager is right. Robertson had to wait for his chance at Liverpool, but Alberto Moreno’s misfortune – an injury suffered in a Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow – was the 25-year-old’s gain. Like Alexander-Arnold, he seized his opportunity and never looked back.When Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, his first-choice full-backs were Nathaniel Clyne and Moreno. Both will be allowed to leave the club this summer. Reasonable players, both of them, but Liverpool have evolved past ‘reasonable players’. They need exceptional ones.And in Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, they now have arguably the world’s best full-back duo. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The last that most casual fans saw of Cristiano Ronaldo during the club season was for Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals against Ajax. He scored in both legs, which ahead of the UEFA Nations League final against the Netherlands will give Matthijs de Ligt and Daley Blind in particular cause for concern.Ronaldo showed on both evenings that even in a malfunctioning team he is capable of deciding outcomes. Juventus failed in the Champions League this year and as a result there will be big changes in Turin this summer, starting with the coach.Ronaldo was the only player to score for them in the knockout rounds; he followed up his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 with a goal in each leg against the Dutch champions. It wasn’t enough. He carried more than his fair share for the Italians and was let down by what was going on around him. 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? He doesn’t need time, he doesn’t need space, he doesn’t need five chances. He needs barely a chink of light.The 34-year-old, according to one coach who prepared a team against one of Ronaldo’s, is actually straightforward to plan for in general play. A defensive line knows where he is going to be, whether he’s going to stand in the front line or drop off to the wings or further back, and can keep him in their sights. It’s in in the breakdown that he becomes unmarkable.And his hat-trick goals against Switzerland on Wednesday night in the Nations League semi-final demonstrated that. The first is a great free-kick which he won himself and despatched. But in the analysis of the second and third goals you can see the danger which faces the Netherlands tonight.Portugal built a sweeping back-to-front goal for Ronaldo to go ahead with only a couple of minutes remaining. Minute one or minute 89, Ronaldo is alert to the possibility of chances. The ball from Ruben Neves to Bernardo Silva puts Switzerland on the back foot and the Manchester City man then conjures a successful pull-back.But the pull-back is only successful because it is Ronaldo meeting it. Look again at the movement to evade Manuel Akanji at the edge of the box. If you’re wondering why Akanji is not close by the time Ronaldo shoots at goal, well, the devil is in the detail. He only needs a split second to strike in a move like this, and rarely fluffs it. In a team that goes slow – slow – fast in the creation of chances, he is lethal.But the third goal shows the other side of Ronaldo; what he is capable of when opposition possession breaks down. From the moment Granit Xhaka loses the ball in the midfield due to a lack of concentration, Portugal put the stranglehold on Switzerland.Ronaldo with half a pitch to gallop into on the break is a foreboding sight for any defence in world football, at club or international level. In the chaos which envelops the field after a turnover, he is ruthless. All he needs is the right ball and he will do what he did against the Swiss. Two stepovers later, the ball is in Yann Sommer’s bottom corner.“We know he’s one of the best, and the nicest thing in football is that you cannot stop [a player like him] 100 percent [of the time] because sometimes he’s too good,” Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said on Saturday.“We know the qualities of that player, and of course we need to defend well when we have the ball, we need good defensive organisation, but it’s not a special marking [system], one on one, because we don’t like that.“But, Ronaldo is good enough to create [chances], even against really good defenders, and that’s the nicest part of football, that you can’t do everything because his quality is at such a high level that sometimes it’s difficult.“They can stop him, of course, it’s all about the match and how it starts, and the ball possession, and that will be really important for us.”Portugal are sometimes criticised for their fundamental football but they are a far better side than given credit for. Fernando Santos has given a platform to Ronaldo to shine, as he should do considering the captain has now scored 88 international goals, second only to Iran’s Ali Daei in the all-time reckoning.“The reason that explains how a player can keep up this kind of level at 34 – and I think he will keep going for three or four more years – is that he is a player who has very specific and strong goals,” the Portugal coach said.“That’s what makes him have a great life in terms of his determination, his physical well-being, he keeps his intensity levels very high and always trains at his limits.“His life beside that is also very important. It was always an ambition of his, he always kept it as a purpose.“That’s why, although it isn’t very usual, a player can be 34 years of age, scoring 50 goals per season and will continue to do so for a little while longer.”Portugal can play on the counter and hit on the break, or else they can probe through the possession-retention capabilities of Neves, William Carvalho and, especially, Bernardo Silva in the middle. Ronaldo provides them a threat both ways.In order for Portugal to win the Nations League, Ronaldo won’t need to be come the first player in 65-odd matches to dribble past Virgil van Dijk. He won’t even need to be in the game for long spells. All he needs is a moment to pounce.De Ligt has suffered it this season, Blind has suffered it this season, and having struggled against Lionel Messi in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Barcelona, the biggest test there is now awaits Van Dijk.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has gotten into a war of words with the wife of one of college football’s top head coaches.Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, called out Finebaum on social media last week, saying that she never watches him or ESPN.“Ummmm, newsflash? Or Maybe not. He gets NONE OF MY ATTENTION. Should get no one else’s either. I don’t listen or watch him or his network anymore,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.Finebaum was asked about this on the air earlier this week. He didn’t hold back in response.“Deleting seems to run in the Meyer family,” Finebaum said. “Remember Urban Meyer deleted texts [about a former assistant accused of domestic violence]; now Shelley Meyer — I don’t believe in deleting the tweet. You say something, everybody already knows it, it’s been disseminated across the country.“I don’t know what to say to her. I know her fairly well. She’s a nice woman. I think she has bigger problems right now dealing with whatever Urban is going through than slapping back at me.”ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke up, too.“With all due respect to the lovely Mrs. Meyer, when your husband left his coaching job [at Florida], where did he come to work? To the very network you said you no longer want to watch,” Smith said. “You didn’t have a problem with ESPN then. So why do you have a problem now? Because something happened at the Ohio State that every network discussed and somehow we’re the problem?“I respectfully disagree.”Finebaum has been quite critical of Meyer this season, crushing him for the Zach Smith controversy and suggesting that he’ll be leaving Ohio State at the end of the 2018 season.“This is observational. I’m watching him. Don’t forget the month of August, one of his worst months ever. I still feel like it’s a bad marriage. We’re hearing him talk about his health. Most coaches don’t talk about their health unless it’s a very serious situation. I think this is a precursor to him walking away at the end of the season much like he did six or seven years ago at the University of Florida.“The signs are there.”Meyer, meanwhile, has maintained that he wants to coach at Ohio State and plans on leading the Buckeyes in 2019.Ohio State is back on the field today, taking on Nebraska at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the college football bowl season continued with a plethora of action. In all, five games are on the docket today – with two already in action.The third contest of the day is slated to kick off in just a few minutes. Nevada and Arkansas State meet in the Arizona bowl and look to head into 2019 with one last win on their resume.Nevada enters the game as a slight favorite, but the Red Wolves head into the bowl with a four-game winning streak on the line.Despite what is expected to be a close contest, the fans for both programs didn’t show up in droves. They didn’t really show up at all, unfortunately.Here’s the crowd just before kickoff.BOWL TIME! A beautiful morning for some Wolf Pack football! pic.twitter.com/0Y7eTDAwNx— Nevada Sports Net (@NevadaSportsNet) December 29, 2018Ouch.Perhaps the early kickoff time is taking its toll.Arkansas State and Nevada are slated for a 1:15 p.m. ET kickoff time. The game will be broadcast on CBSSN.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis’ flip from Ohio State to Georgia was one of the biggest surprises of the early signing period. As you’d imagine, the Justin Fields rumors that popped up right around that time played a major part.Just ahead of the early signing period, word came out that Fields was considering a transfer from Georgia, just one year into his college career.Fields, a five-star member of the 2018 class, was one of the top quarterback recruits in recent memory.At No. 2 in the country overall, Fields was only ranked behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Unlike Lawrence, he was unable to overtake sophomore Jake Fromm, who led Georgia to the national title, and took a step forward as UGA’s QB1 this season.Ohio State quickly emerged as the leading candidate to land Fields, and he made it official this week.Dwan Mathis would up essentially taking Justin Fields’ spot at Georgia, after the Ohio State staff told him they were not recruiting the coveted transfer.He recently spoke to DawgNation‘s Mike Griffith, and explained how things went down from his end.From the interview:Former Bulldogs’ backup Justin Fields had been talking with the Buckeyes about transferring into Columbus, leading Mathis to consider other options.“I called before I went in to sign, I had papers from both schools in front of me,” Mathis said. “… I asked if they were talking to Justin Fields, and I got a ‘No’ ”Mathis, however, said all signs on social media suggested otherwise, and he originally been enticed to come to Georgia during a visit in July of 2017.Where Georgia’s quarterback room was the more stacked situation at the time of Mathis’ commitment to Ohio State, the two schools have totally flipped. Fromm is now the only experienced QB in Athens, with the transfers of Fields and Jacob Eason to Washington last year, while Ohio State will feature yet another heated quarterback battle between Fields and Tate Martell, if Fields is granted immediate eligibility.It’s not a great look for Ohio State, but unfortunately this type of thing isn’t that uncommon in recruiting, especially in the lead-up to players signing their Letters of Intent.Good on Mathis for doing the due diligence on his situation, and not getting blindsided here.[DawgNation]
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 02: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up prior to their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Following the news that Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois has been dismissed from the team, it looks like Francois still intends to play in 2019.According to college football insider Brett McMurphy, Francois has entered the NCAA transfer portal with the intention of moving to another school.Francois was kicked off the team shortly after a video emerged that alleged he got into a domestic dispute with a woman. Florida State has yet to officially reveal the reason for his departure.He was the Seminoles’ starter for the 2018 season.A day after being dismissed from Florida State, QB Deondre Francois has entered the NCAA transfer portal, source told @WatchStadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) February 4, 2019As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Francois looked like a rising star, going 10-3 with a win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl. He threw for 3,358 yards and 20 touchdowns, while completing 58.8-percent of his passes. On the ground, he added another 198 yards and five touchdowns.It will be interesting to see if any sort of a market emerges for Francois’ services though.Even if one were to remove the circumstances that led to his dismissal from FSU, his play on the field might not be good enough to make top programs want to pounce on him.Since his breakout season in 2016, it seems that Francois has regressed to an extent.In 2018, Francois threw for 2,731 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing 57.3-percent of his passes. The Seminoles went 5-6 with him as a starter and finished 5-7, missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 1981.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Former Georgia five-star quarterback Justin Fields has yet to be ruled eligible for the 2019 season at Ohio State.Fields, who transferred out of Georgia and into Ohio State following his freshman season, is appealing the NCAA for immediate eligibility.The attorney for the talented quarterback had a promising update on his case today.Tom Bars, the attorney representing Fields, spoke to CBS Sports about his status:Mars represents Georgia transfer quarterback Justin Fields, who is filing a waiver appeal so he can be eligible immediately at Ohio State. “I spent my career digging up [stuff], taking all the jigsaw pieces and telling a story,” Mars said. “I do the same thing at trial. I’ve done the same thing in the Fields case.” Mars had high praise for Buckeyes’ coach Ryan Day, Ohio State compliance and the entire experience. Regarding the Fields case, Mars told CBS Sports on Sunday, “I think we’re very close to the finish line.”Fields is expected to receive immediate eligibility at Ohio State and it’s great news for the Buckeyes that his attorney still believes that will happen.Is this overview of the transfer portal in Year 1, some really good news for @OhioStateFB fans. https://t.co/pnxCixEN6N— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) February 4, 2019Ohio State has little quarterback depth outside of Fields, so getting him eligible for the 2019 season could be paramount to their College Football Playoff hopes.The Buckeyes are expected to start the 2019 season ranked inside the top five.
COLUMBIA, SC – SEPTEMBER 14: Fans of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver Mike Wyman currently has 38 scholarship offers. 10 of those appear to stand out right now in his recruitment.Wyman announced a top 10 on Twitter this morning. It is unclear if this list is final, or if he remains open to other schools.Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, and West Virginia all make the cut. From his Twitter account:pic.twitter.com/JoeeVzEs2k— Michael Wyman✝️ (@MikeWyman22) March 29, 2019Mike Wyman, a Greensboro, N.C. native, is ranked No. 142 in the class of 2020 overall.247Sports has him as the No. 25 wide receiver in the country. He’s the seventh-ranked recruit in North Carolina for the 2020 class.This weekend, he is making his second recruiting visit to Penn State. In an update with 247, he said he had a forthcoming top five list, but it sounds like he wasn’t quite ready to trim things down that far.So far, four analysts that have logged predictions for where Wyman will ultimately play. All think he will be a South Carolina Gamecock. Bryan McClendon leads his recruitment from Will Muschamp’s USC staff.Next month, he is set to make visits to Oklahoma on April 12, and South Carolina on April 19.During his 2018 season for Dudley High School, he caught 46 passes for 664 yards and five touchdowns.
I will try to make a comeback at Commonwealth Championships, says Soumyajit GhoshTable tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh and his family members were granted an unconditional bail in the domestic violence case.advertisement Next Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 21:11 IST Soumyajit Ghosh has been accused of domestic violence (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSoumyajit Ghosh’s wife filed a complaint of domestic violence against him and his familyGhosh and his family members were granted an unconditional bail in the domestic violence case”All the allegations against me are false,” Ghosh saidEmbroiled in a case of domestic violence, former national champion Soumyajit Ghosh on Wednesday said he is eyeing a competitive return with the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in June, after being granted an unconditional bail by Barasat Courts.”All the allegations against me are false and myself and my family have got bail,” Ghosh, who had become the youngest national champion back in 2013, told reporters.”I will try to make a comeback in the Commonwealth Championships. I will try my best. But at the same time I’ll have to appear in courts whenever they summon.””With the bail, I can concentrate on playing again. It’s a very difficult battle and I consider myself lucky that my family and well-wishers stand beside me.”Ghosh and five of his family members and relatives were charged with IPC sections 498A (physical and mental torture), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 195A (threatening to give false evidence) and 34 (common intention) at the Barasat Courts on January 16.”We all made an effort to reunite but I’m clueless why all these allegations were made against us. I was really shocked to see the complaint. I’m innocent and waiting for the verdict.”After getting a notice, they appeared at the Barasat Courts and after the hearing, the chief judicial magistrate granted bail without imposing any condition, his lawyer Sibashish Pattanayak Dey said.Ghosh married the same girl who had accused him of rape and after the case was dismissed, the same girl filed fresh charges against the Olympian.Also watch:advertisementFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Soumyajit Ghosh
Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 16:06 IST Mohammed Shami was adjudged man-of-the-match for his bowling performance in the 3rd ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami was adjudged man-of-the-match for figures of 3 for 41 in the first inningsThis is the second time Shami got the MoM award in this seriesIndia (245/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series leadIndia (245/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). ScorecardIndia made light work of the 244-run chase and registered a comfortable 7-wicket win to bag the five-match series with an unbeatable 3-0 lead against New Zealand on Monday.The win made Kohli the first Indian captain to win back-to-back ODI series in Australia and New Zealand.It was yet another cakewalk for the star-studded Indian batting lineup after the bowlers put in a outstanding performance to bowl New Zealand out for 243 in 49 overs after losing the toss.Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli then stitched together a 113-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the foundation for the run chase.The vice-captain top-scored with 62 while the skipper scored 60 before Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik took India over the line with an unbeaten 77-run stand for the third wicket. Rayudu remained unbeaten on 40 while Karthik scored 38 not out.Finishing touches courtesy @DineshKarthik & @RayuduAmbati after half centuries from @ImRo45 & @imVkohli takes #TeamIndia to a 7-wicket win in the 3rd ODI. 3-0 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XGTwOHmetMBCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019The match was nicely set up for the Indian team by the bowlers led by Mohammed Shami, who finished with 3 wickets for 41 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged a couple of wickets each.Shami was adjudged man-of-the-match for his bowling performance. He had skipper Kohli for company as his translator at the presentation but he didn’t need any help as it turns out.advertisementThe Bengal pacer, who had won the award in the first game as well, needed Kohli’s help in Napier where he answered the questions in Hindi which the Indian captain translated in English for the viewers.But this time Shami decided to go for it and gave it his best shot. “It’s really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard. Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key,” Shami said.Innings Break!New Zealand all out for 243 in 49 overs (Shami 3/41, Hardik 2/45)The dinner break has been reduced to 30 minutes for today’s gameScorecard – https://t.co/0SXKeJvZSs #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/lukAdaoZwcBCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull, who was conducting the presentation ceremony, was so impressed with Shami’s effort that he complimented him in Hindi after the interview.”Your English bahut acha, congratulations,” Doull told Shami as Kohli burst out laughing.The win was Kohli’s 47th as ODI captain which is the second most for a skipper after 63 matches. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and ex-Australia skipper Ricky Ponting are ahead with 50 wins.”Amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me.”We really enjoy ourselves and even at the end when Rayudu and Karthik were batting, we were sitting in the change room and cheering for every run. That’s how the environment in the dressing room is. The guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field,” Kohli said at the presentation.The 30-year-old will now take a break from international cricket after he was rested for the final two ODIs of this series. Rohit will lead the side in Kohli’s absence.”Hopefully we can win the last 2 games. I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been a very hectic Australian tour and now I go on a break very happy 3-0 up sealing the series. I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how the game goes,” Kohli added.Also Read | I can enjoy my break now: Virat Kohli after India win ODI series vs New ZealandAlso Read | Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni’s record for most ODI sixes for IndiaAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli hits 100th 50-plus score in List A cricketAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, 3rd ODIFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Mount Maunganui ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow Simon Doull Mohammed Shami your English bahut acha, Simon Doull tells India pacerIndia made light work of the 244-run chase and registered a comfortable 7-wicket win to bag the five-match series with an unbeatable 3-0 lead against New Zealand on Monday. Brief scores – India (245/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*).advertisement
When you have MS Dhoni at the other hand, you just have to listen to him: Kedar JadhavBrief scores: India (240/4) beat Australia (236/7) by 6 wickets to take 1-0 lead in 5-match series. Jadhav (81*), Dhoni (59*), Kohli (44), Coulter-Nile (2/46). Kedar Jadhav attributed his and MS Dhoni’s match-winning stand against Australia in the first ODI on Saturday to the latter’s guidance and mind-reading abilities.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri HyderabadMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 23:27 IST India vs Australia 1st ODI: Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni took India to victory over Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Australia by 6 wickets in the first ODI vs AustraliaKedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni stitched a 141-run stand to take India homeJadhav said Dhoni’s presence on the other end helped himBrief scores: India (240/4) beat Australia (236/7) by 6 wickets to take 1-0 lead in 5-match series. Jadhav (81*), Dhoni (59*), Kohli (44), Coulter-Nile (2/46) Full Scorecard | Highlights | Match ReportKedar Jadhav said that batting with Mahendra Singh Dhoni is extremely easy as he just guides you how to go about a chase after their 141-run partnership helped India register a 6-wicket win over Australia in the first one-day international at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.Jadhav and Dhoni took ownership when India were 99 for 4 and batted till the end to take India home. Jadhav spoke candidly about how Dhoni influenced his batting and had he not had the former captain on the other side, he might have gone for his shots earlier in the innings.”I would have tried to play more shots early had Dhoni bhai not been there. That’s what he does, he tells you exactly. He reads your mind.”Plenty of times when you feel this ball can be hit for boundaries, he’ll tell you ‘I can see that but the team needs more solidity and you have to bat till the end’. Every time you think of the team, most of the times, you’ll cross the line and end up on the winning side,” Jadhav said at the post-match presentation ceremony after receiving the man-of-the-match award.Earlier this year in Australia, Jadhav and Dhoni had won India the third ODI in Melbourne by stitching a 121-run stand. Jadhav said that run chase was on his mind and he knew he just had to listen to Dhoni in order to take the match.advertisement”Recently in Australia, we pulled off a similar kind of a chase. I had that in the back of my mind. When you have Mahi bhai at the other end, you just have to listen to him. I just did that again today. I tried to learn a lot from him (MS).”MS and Cheeku are the best chasers in the game, I feel. The intensity has to be there all the time. That’s what we learn from the captain and that’s what we tried to do,” Jadhav further said.According to statistics, if Kedar Jadhav bowls a minimum of four overs, India go on to win 85.71 per cent of those matches. On Saturday, Jadhav picked just one wicket but that was an important one as he broke the dangerous partnership of Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja.”My bowling is all about reading batsmen’s mind. I have two or three options with the angle. I tried to bowl stump-to-stump. Best part about my bowling is, I don’t think like I’m a bowler, there’s no extra responsibility. I enjoy my bowling.”With the win in Hyderabad, India take a 1-0 lead in the five-ODI series against Australia. India will play the second ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday.Also Read | Virat Kohli praises Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni and bowlers after India win Hyderabad ODIAlso Read | Why Kedar Jadhav is India’s lucky charm. A look at key statsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 5th ODIFollow Kedar JadhavFollow MS Dhoni
Is this why Parineeti Chopra replaced Shraddha Kapoor in Saina Nehwal biopic?Shraddha Kapoor, who was preparing for the last one year to portray ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on the big screen, has opted of the film as she was not able to fit into the character. Parineeti Chopra has replaced Shraddha in the film. India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 15:21 IST Parineeti Chopra replaced Shraddha Kapoor in Saina Nehwal’s biopic.In the recent years, biopics have become the sure-shot success formula for filmmakers. Going by the trend, biopics often works well at the box office and which is why director and producers want everything perfect when it comes to making a biopic.Recently, Shraddha Kapoor, who was preparing for the last one year to portray ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on the big screen, has opted of the film as she was not able to fit into the character. It is reported that Parineeti Chopra has replaced Shraddha in the film.According to a report in an entertainment website, Shraddha was unable to cope with the training schedule of the film.A source close to the development told the entertainment website, “Even after being trained for more than a year, this chirpy actress has failed to get the nuances of the character right. She had been struggling to ace the sport that she was training in, forcing the makers to reconsider her.”The source added, “And while one would think that the Shraddha would be upset about being ousted from the film, nothing of that sort has happened. In fact, she was relieved to have been out of the project, knowing that she wasn’t able to get the character right.”Earlier, it was reported that Shraddha opted out of the film due to her hectic schedule but according to the recent report the reason for the actress’s exit is said to be her lack of success in portraying the character well.advertisementShraddha’s first look from the film had been released and had created much interest. She had been intensively training for the film, before she was diagnosed with dengue last year. This derailed the film and rumours of her opting out of the film started brewing at that time.Also See | Shraddha Kapoor exits Saina Nehwal biopic, Parineeti Chopra steps inALSO READ: Prabhas’s Saaho fight sequence took 100 days of preparationALSO WATCH: Baahubali 2 storm blows away Khans of BollywoodGet 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 byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Shraddha KapoorFollow Parineeti ChopraFollow Saina Nehwal