Manchester United Be afraid, Antonio! FA Cup foe Mourinho has an incredible record in finals Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho UEFA Champions League League Cup Coppa Italia Copa del Rey Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea Stats The Portuguese coach will be suiting up for the 15th showpiece event of his career when Manchester United take on Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday
Belgium 4 Costa Rica 1: Lukaku stars as Red Devils cut loose Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 04:43 6/12/18 Getty Images Belgium fought back from a goal down in Brussels as Romelu Lukaku inspired a resounding victory over Costa Rica. Romelu Lukaku scored two goals and set up another as Belgium wrapped up their preparations for the World Cup with a resounding 4-1 win over Costa Rica in Brussels.Roberto Martinez’s side conceded for the first time in 2018 but fought back impressively in their final friendly before the tournament, in the process extending their unbeaten run to 19 matches.Costa Rica went ahead at the King Baudouin Stadium when Bryan Ruiz capitalised on a poor clearance from Jan Vertonghen to volley home from the edge of the penalty area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Dries Mertens grabbed an equaliser from close range before setting up a second for Romelu Lukaku, who volleyed home his team-mate’s cross with his right foot.The Manchester United striker used his head to convert substitute Nacer Chadli’s delivery after the break and then unselfishly set up Michy Batshuayi for the home side’s fourth and final goal.Yet victory potentially came at a cost for Belgium, with Mertens and Eden Hazard both leaving the field with injuries, a worrying sight ahead of their Group G opener against Panama on June 18.Full time | 4-1#REDTOGETHER #BELCRC #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/ZDvF9EPVKS— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 11, 2018Costa Rica took the lead with their only on-target effort of the first half when Vertonghen inadvertently teed up Ruiz – an unused substitute in the friendlies against Northern Ireland and England – in the 24th minute.The Belgium defender’s header as he back-pedalled towards his own goal dropped kindly to the waiting Ruiz, who sent a low, left-footed volley beyond the diving Thibault Courtois.Los Ticos’ advantage lasted only seven minutes, though. Hazard’s driven low ball from the right zipped across the face of the penalty area paid off to reach the late-arriving Mertens, who provided the finishing touch at the back post.That’s 14 #BEL goals for our nr.14 @dries_mertens14 #REDTOGETHER #BELCRC #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/GNHLHHlwBa— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 11, 2018Mertens turned provider for Belgium’s second before the break, sending in a right-wing cross that Lukaku – who had seen an earlier on-target attempt kept out by Keylor Navas’ face – turned home.It was Chadli who provided the centre from the same flank for Lukaku to score his second five minutes into the second half, though he surprisingly passed up the opportunity to grab a hat-trick soon after, instead squaring the ball across for Batshuayi to tap home.Lukaku was withdrawn immediately after the goal by Martinez, who watched Hazard worryingly limp off with 20 minutes to play, spoiling an otherwise solid workout before they head to Russia. read more
The rain held off for the entirety of the day, before proceeding to fall just moments after the final siren of the day sounded. In the Men’s Open division, last year’s premiers the South Queensland Sharks got off to a good start, defeating the home side the Sunshine Coast Pineapples. The Sharks were tested by the Pineapples, but took the game 6-4. The Hunter Western Hornets and the Central Queensland Bulls were both four touchdown winners over the Defence Warriors and the ACT respectively. After being runners up in 2009, the Sydney Scorpions started their campaign strongly, defeating the Northern Territory 12-1. Other winners included the Brisbane City Cobras over the Northern Eagles 12-4, Tasmania defeated Victoria by three touchdowns, while the Sydney Rebels defeated the Western Tigers 9-7. There were some big scores in round two of the Men’s Open division, with the Cobras beating Victoria 14-8, the Sharks defeating Tasmania 12-2, the Scorpions defeating the Tigers 13-8 and the ACT proving too strong against the Hornets 11-2. The local hopes, the Pineapples, got their first win of the tournament in round two, defeating the Tropical Cyclones 9-2, while other winners included the Rebels over the Bulls by two touchdowns and the Northern Territory over the Defence Warriors 9-3. The Western Tigers were impressive in round three, defeating the Defence Warriors by seven touchdowns, 10-3. The Pineapples got their second win of the day, defeating the Northern Eagles by four touchdowns, while the Pirates challenged the Rebels to only go down by two touchdowns. The Scorpions and the Sharks were at their brilliant best, beating the Hornets and Victoria respectively, to end day one without a loss. In other games, Central Queensland were five touchdown winners over the Northern Territory, while the Cobras defeated North Queensland 9-3. After the end of day one, the Scorpions, Sharks, Cobras and Rebels all sit on 12 points on the ladder, following their respective undefeated starts to the tournament. After finishing runners up last year in the Women’s Open division, the South Queensland Sharks started their campaign with a 11-0 win over South Australia, while the Northern Eagles were also big winners over the Defence Warriors, 10-0. The Hunter Western Hornets also had a 10-0 win in round when they defeated Singapore. Last year’s premiers the Sydney Mets also had a win in round one, when they defeated Tasmania 8-1. Other winners in round one include the Southern Suns over the South West Queensland Swans by two touchdowns, while the Brisbane City Cobras just edged out Victoria, 4-3. The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones were three touchdowns victors over the Sydney Rebels, while the Sunshine Coast Pineapples were 7-2 winners over the ACT Pirates. The Mets continued their dominance in round two, defeating Victoria 16-3, while the Sharks and South West Queensland played out a 2-all draw. South Australia and Tasmania both got their first wins of the tournament in round two, defeating Singapore and the Defence Warriors respectively. In other results, the Suns defeated the Pineapples 2-1 in a close encounter, the Cobras were too good for the Rebels 4-1, while the Eagles were two touchdown winners over the ACT. Following the first day of play, five teams sit on top of the ladder following their two wins, namely, the Mets, Eagles, Hornets, Cobras and Suns. The Sydney Mets asserted their dominance early in the Mixed Open division following their title win in 2009, defeating the Western Tigers 13-0. The Sydney Rebels also made their mark early, defeating South West Queensland 16-2, while the South Queensland Sharks also made their intentions clear, defeating the Sunshine Coast by nine touchdowns, 10-1. Other winners included the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones over the Sydney Scorpions 9-4, the Brisbane City Cobras, who were five touchdown winners over the ACT and the Hunter Western Hornets over Central Queensland, 11-3. In round two, the Sharks boosted their percentages with a 16 touchdown win over the South West Queensland Swans, 19-3, while the Mets were nine touchdown winners over Central Queensland. In other results, the Cyclones were four touchdown winners over the Pineapples, the Cobras defeated the Tigers 8-0, the Hornets were seven touchdown winners over the ACT, while the Rebels were three touchdown winners over the Scorpions. Six teams are undefeated after the first day of play in the Mixed Open division, with the Sharks, Mets, Rebels, Hornets, Cobras and Cyclones all on eight points. In the Men’s 20’s division, the Brisbane City Cobras got off to a good start in round one with their 8-4 win over South West Queensland. The Hunter Hornets were big winners, defeating Central Queensland by six touchdowns, while the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones had a strong win over the Sydney Rebels 9-5. The Sydney Scorpions and the Southern Suns were also winners in round one, defeating the South Queensland Sharks and the Sunshine Coast Pineapples by one touchdown respectively. In round two, Central Queensland got their first win of the day, beating South West Queensland while the Hornets made it two from two when they defeated the Pineapples 10-3. Other winners in this round include the Rebels over the Scorpions, the Cobras over the Sharks and North Queensland over the Suns.South West Queensland got their first win of the competition in round three, when they defeated the Scorpions 6-4. The Cobras were also 5-3 winners over the Cyclones, the Rebels were four touchdown winners over Central Queensland and the Pineapples and the Sharks played out a 4-all draw. In the Women’s 20’s division, the Sydney Mets got out to an impressive start, defeating Singapore 13-0, while the Sunshine Coast Pineapples were also in good form early, beating the Northern Eagles 7-0. The South Queensland Sharks were five touchdown winners over Central Queensland, as were the Brisbane City Cobras over the Hunter Hornets. The Southern Suns were also winners in round one, defeating North Queensland. The Suns continued their good form in round two, with their 9-1 win over the Eagles, while the Cobras were also big winners over Singapore, 12-1. Other winners for round two included the Mets over Central Queensland, the Sharks by two touchdowns over the Hornets and the Rebels, defeating the Cyclones 6-3. In the Women’s 27’s division, the Western Tigers started their campaign strongly, defeating Central Queensland 8-1, while the Hornets were also comprehensive winners, beating the Sunshine Coast 6-0. Nothing separated the North Queensland Cyclones and the Sunshine Coast, playing out a 1-all draw, while Victoria started their quest for a second title in three years with a three touchdown win over the Brisbane City Cobras. Victoria continued their winning ways in round two, defeating the Cyclones 6-4, while the Tigers also made it two from two after beating the Cobras by three touchdowns. The Pineapples hit back in round two, defeating Central Queensland 9-0, while the Hornets had a five touchdown win over the Sharks. The Hornets won their third game of the day in round three, defeating the Tigers by one touchdown, while Victoria also remained undefeated following their 7-4 win over the Pineapples. The Sharks were three touchdown winners over Central Queensland, while North Queensland defeated the Cobras by two, 7-5. In the Men’s 30’s division, the ACT started their campaign off strongly, defeating the North Queensland Cyclones team (30’s) 17-3. The Sydney Scorpions, the Western Tigers and the Sydney Mets were all five touchdown winners, beating the South Queensland Sharks, the Cyclones 35’s side and the Hunter Hornets respectively. In the other games, the Sunshine Coast Pineapples drew with Central Queensland, while South Australia defeated the Defence Warriors 6-5.In round two, the Mets had a strong win over Central Queensland 11-0, while the Suns were 11-2 winners over the Cyclones 30’s side. Other winners included the Scorpions over the Tigers, Defence over the North Queensland 35’s side, the Sharks over the Cobras and the ACT were 9-4 winners over the Pineapples.The Scorpions continued their winning ways in round three, defeating the Cyclones 35’s side, as did the ACT, defeating Central Queensland 12-2. The Mets also remained undefeated, beating the Suns 5-3, while South Australia beat the Sharks 4-3. The Hornets were 6-4 winners over the Cyclones’ 35’s and the Cobras defeated the Defence Warriors 7-1. In the Women’s 35’s division, the South Queensland Sharks started off strongly, defeating the Tigers by six touchdowns. The Hunter Hornets and the Sunshine Coast played out a 3-all draw, while South West Queensland beat North Queensland 5-2. In round two, the Sharks got their second win of the day, defeating the Pineapples 4-1. South West Queensland also got their second win, defeating the Tigers 3-1, while the Hornets defeated North Queensland 7-2. In the Women’s 40’s division, South West Queensland started strongly, defeating Central Queensland 8-1. The South Queensland Sharks and the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones were both three touchdown winners, defeating the Sunshine Coast and the Brisbane City Cobras respectively.The Cobras turned their form around in round two, defeating Central Queensland 8-0. The Scorpions were five touchdown winners over the Pineapples, while South West Queensland defeated the Sharks 3-2. North Queensland got their second win of the day in round three, defeating the Pineapples 4-1, while the Cobras were also three touchdown winners over the Scorpions. In the other game, the Sharks were too strong for Central Queensland, winning 7-2.In the Men’s 40’s division, the South Queensland Sharks were impressive in round one, defeating the Hunter Hornets 17-4, as was the Sunshine Coast Pineapples in their game against the Defence Warriors, winning 11-1. South West Queensland and the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones were also big winners, beating the ACT and Central Queensland 9-2 respectively. Other winners for round one were the Brisbane City Cobras over the Western Tigers 3-1 and the Sydney Scorpions over the Northern Eagles 9-3. In round two, the Defence Warriors and the Hornets played out a 5-all draw, while the Sharks were big winners over Central Queensland, 11-2. The Cyclones were three touchdown winners over the Pineapples, as were the Cobras over the Eagles 5-2. The ACT just edged out the Tigers 6-5, while the Scorpions won their game against South West Queensland 7-4.In the Men’s 45’s division, South West Queensland were unstoppable in the first round, defeating Central Queensland 11-0, while the South Queensland Sharks were just as impressive against the Defence Warriors, winning 10-0. The Sydney Scorpions recorded a 6-2 win over the Western Tigers, while the Sunshine Coast Pineapples were five touchdown winners over the Hunter Western Hornets. The Sharks were just as dominant in round two, defeating Central Queensland 14-2, while the Scorpions defeated the Defence Warriors 8-1. The Sunshine Coast and North Queensland were both 4-3 victors in round two, defeating the Tigers and the Hornets respectively. The Scorpions and North Queensland played out a 5-all draw in the third round, while the Defence Warriors just edged out Central Queensland 4-3. The Sharks were 7-2 winners over the Hornets, while South West Queensland were three touchdown winners over the Tigers, 6-3.In the Men’s 50 division, the ACT started strongly, defeating the South Queensland Sharks 10-0. The Brisbane City Cobras were five touchdown winners over the Northern Eagles, while the Hunter Hornets were 6-2 winners over the Western Tigers. The Scorpions were two touchdown winners over Central Queensland, while the Southern Suns and North Queensland played out a 5-all draw. The Sydney Mets were also one touchdown winners, defeating South West Queensland 4-3.In round two, Central Queensland and the Mets were three touchdown winners, beating the Cobras and the ACT respectively. The Suns were two touchdown winners over South West Queensland, as were the Cyclones over the Sharks. The Scorpions were also winners, beating the Tigers 4-1, while the Hornets were 6-1 winners over the Eagles. In the Senior Mixed division, the home side were dominant early, with the Pineapples defeating the Hunter Hornets 10-1. South West Queensland was also a big winner, beating 9-2 the Defence Warriors 9-2. The Brisbane Cobras were one touchdown winners over the Northern Eagles, as were the Sydney Scorpions against Central Queensland. In round two, the Sharks posted a big score against the Hornets, winning 13-0. The Eagles were also big winners, defeating the Pineapples 12-3. The Scorpions and South West Queensland played out a 7-all draw, while the Cobras defeated Central Queensland 4-2. In round three, the Cobras were 5-2 winners over the Sharks, while Central Queensland was defeated by South West Queensland 5-3. The Scorpions were big winners over the Hornets, 8-0, while the Defence Warriors defeated the Eagles by one touchdown. Stay tuned to the TFA and NTL websites, as well as the Touch Football Australia Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest information.
Australia’s Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Mixed Open finals against New Zealand have all been uploaded to the channel, with the Men’s 35’s and Men’s 30’s finals to be uploaded in the near future. As well as this, match highlights, interviews and ‘play of the day’s’ have also been and will continue to be uploaded to this channel, with all of the highlights from the World Cup. To view, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
The National Touch League 2018 and Elite 8 draws have been released!Games tap off at 9am on Wednesday 7 March, and run through till Saturday 10 March, all at C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour!🏉Click here to see the NTL 2018 & Elite 8 Draws🙋Click here to see the team lists💻Click here to visit the National Touch League event website
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Matuidi: Now I realise why Ronaldo has achieved so muchby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has paid tribute to teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.The Frenchman admits Ronaldo’s work ethic has stunned him.He told JDD: “He’s a very big one. He works a lot … You have to see him to understand, because you can say ‘yes, but hey, everyone works’. OK, but the way he works, also putting into perspective everything he has already won. “I had heard about it, of course, but I was surprised. The day after a game where we were all tired, he was already working in the gym. One of the first arrived, one of the last out. At his age, with his record, he would not need all that. But he still wants to prove, to win everything, even in training. “When I look at him and go through his career, I tell myself that everything is deserved.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche scoffs at ‘phantom rumours’ for Tarkowski and Liverpool: Bizarre!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has scoffed at reports of Liverpool being interested in James Tarkowski.Wild rumours have the defender being linked with a loan move to the Reds.And Dyche agrees: “We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.”We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say so you play two weeks and after that the others come in.”There are a lot of rumours out there, and not much fact.”The most amazing one is the Tarky one. That is just bizarre. It’s that time of the season, and everyone is looking for a snippet, but there is a lot of phantom stuff out there.”
Twitter/@markpantoniFor all of the crazy expectations placed on defending national champion Ohio State, the Buckeyes are about as loose as a team can be. No group seems to have as much fun off the field. Even special teams meetings, which you’d expect to be fairly dry and dull, get pretty live. Director of player personnel Mark Pantoni posted a video from a recent specials meeting, which features a number of Ohio State players—most notably linebacker Chris Worley—dancing. Even assistant coach Kerry Coombs gets into it a bit.Just your typical start to kicking meeting pic.twitter.com/7nqoAA3AF2— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) August 31, 2015In 2015, just about everything is a party in Columbus.
Dontavious JacksonESPN released its official FPI rankings Thursday ahead of the 2016 college football season, which includes projected win-loss records for every FBS squad. The Florida State Seminoles, despite having the third-toughest schedule in the nation, have the highest projected win total, at 10.6 games.Clemson, FSU’s main competition in the ACC, has virtually the same projected win-loss record, at 10.5-1.9. LSU, not Alabama, is the SEC’s top dog, with a projected 10.5 wins in 2016.Here’s a look at the top 20. You can head over to ESPN to see numbers for every team in the country. Kansas is actually the team projected to record the lowest number of wins this year – at 2.5. That would be an improvement, considering the Jayhawks went winless in 2015.Some other notes:Tennessee, not Alabama, is given the second-best chance at winning the SEC.While Washington has the highest projected win total in the Pac-12, USC is the favorite to win the league.Michigan is given the best chance to win the Big Ten – in Jim Harbaugh’s second year.Oklahoma is given the highest percentage chance at going undefeated.Boise State is the non-power five school with the highest number of projected wins.It’ll be interesting to see how the season plays out – and how accurate ESPN’s projections wind up being.
Tottenham will bid for a sixth straight Premier League win on the bounce to keep themselves in the Premier League title picture when they host Wolves at Wembley.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were given a late Christmas present when they went second on Boxing Day courtesy of their 5-0 win over Bournemouth .Wolves have a decent record against the top six this season having beaten Chelsea and held Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United to a draw. 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? They are 14 points clear of the bottom three and are set for a comfortable campaign back in the top-flight, despite a recent 2-0 loss to Liverpool. Game Tottenham vs Wolves Date Saturday, December 29 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being shown on TV or being streamed live online, but highlights will be available on BBC. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Son, Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Skipp Forwards Kane, Llorente Dele Alli returns to the starting line-up after missing the 5-0 win over Bournemouth with a hamstring injury.Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier are all absent while Mousa Dembele is not yet fit enough to return to the squad.Moussa Sissoko partners Harry Winks in midfield, with youngster Oliver Skipp on the bench.Tottenham XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Walker-Peters, Foyth, N’Koudou, Skipp, Lucas Moura Position Wolves players Goalkeepers Patricio, Ruddy, Norris Defenders Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Hause, Boly, Vinagre, Iorfa, Ebanks-Landell Midfielders Neves, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Jota, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Giles, Watt, Pote Forwards Cavaleiro, Costa, Bonatini, Jimenez, Traore, Ashley-Seal Leander Dendoncker makes his first Premier League start for the club against Spurs, alongside Ruben Neves in midfield.Neves had been left on the bench against Fulham, while Raul Jimenez leads the line.Possible Wolves XI: Patricio; Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Otto; Neves, Dendoncker; Traore, Raul, Cavaleiro. Subs: Ruddy, Costa, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre, BonatiniBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are major favourites and are favoured at odds of 4/11 to win according to bet 365 . A draw is priced at 17/2 with Wolves an outsider at 9/1 for the three points.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Spurs can complete a stunning December in which they have gone second in the Premier League, qualified for the last 16 phase of the Champions League and reached the Carabao Cup semi-final.The North Londoners last won six league games in a row in April which cemented their top-four status, but they have grander designs this time around.Manchester City’s shock back-to-back defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Leicester buoyed Spurs to second table in the league, and they have now emerged as surprise title challengers – remaining just six points behind table-toppers Liverpool one point above Pep Guardiola’ side.Pochettino has played down Spurs’ title hopes , however, refusing to acknowledge that his side are major contenders despite sitting comfortably in second place.”I repeat like yesterday now I’m more relaxed I think the same,” Pochettino told reporters. “We are in a very good position. I think we are in a position that the team deserves to be.”But another thing is to be a real contender at the end of the season. We need to show that we can be consistent throughout the whole season.”Manchester City have shown in the past they can be real contenders because they won the last Premier League and of course Liverpool made an unbelievable investment and they are doing well and they are at the top of the table.”It’s good news for the North Londoners, though, as Liverpool’s next two league fixtures are massive clashes against Arsenal and Man City.Any fears Wolves may have had that the second half of the campaign would be consumed in a battle against relegation have been firmly eased.Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had a knack of causing the top six problems this term and have come away from Old Trafford and The Emirates Stadium with well-earned draws.The comeback win over Chelsea at Molineux was perhaps the most impressive display, however, and the Midlanders will need similar levels of intensity to cope with Spurs. 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Crystal Palace host Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday with the intention of causing another upset.Roy Hodgson’s side have been in good form lately and dealt a blow to Manchester City’s title challenge when they surprisingly won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium a week ago.Though they were held by Cardiff subsequently, they played a strong match. 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? Chelsea, meanwhile, have been a little inconsistent of late, with losses against Wolves and Leicester causing them to fall 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool and set their sights simply on a top-four finish. Game Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Date Sunday, December 30 Time 12 noon GMT / 7am ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky 1 and Sky Sports Main Event. It can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Crystal Palace players Goalkeepers Hennessey, Guaita, Speroni Defenders Sakho, Tomkins, Dann, Riedewald, van Aanholt, Schlupp, Souare, Ward, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly Midfielders Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Meyer, Puncheon, Williams, Kaikai, Townsend, Zaha Forwards Ayew, Wickham, Sorloth Christian Benteke is training once more but is not expected to return to action until the middle of January.There are doubts over goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy and defender Martin Kelly.Crystal Palace starting XI: Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp; Zaha Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Chelsea will have a strong squad to select from, with all of their regulars available. Andreas Christensen and Victor Moses, however, are sidelined.There are doubts over Pedro and youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, with both missing out. Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas have been left out as they are linked with moves away in January.Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 8/11 on an away win. Palace’s chances of victory are rated 17/4 and a draw is available at 29/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Fourth in the league, some of the lustre has been lost from the beginning to Maurizio Sarri’s time at Chelsea. Despite a couple of recent hiccups, though, the Italian has made good progress and has put the Stamford Bridge side in the thick of a highly competitive fight for Champions League football next season.The biggest headache he currently faces comes in the form of Eden Hazard, who has refused to commit his future to the club .Reports linking the Belgium ace to Real Madrid refuse to go away, and yet his value to the Blues is undoubted, with 10 goals and nine assists already this season in the Premier League, including a double that carried his side to victory over Watford on Boxing Day. “It’s time to decide,” he said when quizzed on the player’s future .“I am the coach. I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.“I think we have to solve the problem.”The speculation has not affected the attacker, who has been used as a false 9 of late and is now up to 100 goals for the club .Palace boss Roy Hodgson is only too aware of the threat that he will carry against his side.“He is a top player and widely regarded as one of the top forwards in Europe,” the ex-England boss said. “He showed that in the World Cup and his performances taking Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals.“He has got all the skills that make him hard to contain but he is always wise in his play.“He knows the right moment to produce those skills. When he gets past his defender he has a very good finish as he showed the other day when he rounded the goalkeeper [in the win at Watford].“When people do that you think: ‘That was obvious, an easy goal to score.’ But it’s having that knowledge, composure and understanding and not least the physical and technical ability to do it.“All good goals have people in pubs all around the country saying: ‘I might have done that,’ when in actual fact it’s much harder sometimes!”Having subdued Manchester City a week ago, Palace are out to continue an unbeaten run of three matches. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans prior to the game at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan is the heavy favorite against Michigan State this weekend, but Jim Harbaugh still praised his counterpart Mark Dantonio on Monday.Speaking with media, Harbaugh called Dantonio’s rebuilding of the MSU program “one of the best coaching jobs ever.”Harbaugh calls Mark Dantonio’s tenure at Michigan State “one of the best coaching jobs ever.”— Brandon Justice (@LandOfJustice) October 24, 2016Jim Harbaugh: Mark Dantonio has done one of the best coaching jobs in the history of college football https://t.co/pGAd0wuEt5— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 24, 2016Perhaps there is a bit of hyperbole in what Harbaugh said, but it is tough to argue that Dantonio has been awesome in East Lansing. Since taking over the Spartans in 2007, he’s won 11 or more games in a season on five occasions. From 1966-2006, Michigan State won 10 games in a season exactly one time, in 1999.Dantonio has also led the Spartans to three of the program’s nine Big Ten titles, and took them to the College Football Playoff last season. His teams have never missed a bowl game, either, though that streak might end this season. He’s also led Michigan State to seven wins over Michigan in the last eight tries, though again, that streak might end soon.Michigan State (2-5) takes on No. 2 Michigan (7-0) at noon on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
Twitter/@OrlandoPace_HOFOrlando Pace, the legendary Ohio State lineman and Hall of Famer, will serve as guest picker on College GameDay in a few moments.We’ve had an interesting mix of College GameDay guest pickers this season, but for today’s huge Ohio State-Michigan match-up, ESPN didn’t mess around. They got Orlando Pace, an NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and former Buckeye great, to choose games along with Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, and the GameDay crew.Many speculated that LeBron James, who is at today’s game, would serve as guest picker, but we’re sure Ohio State fans are pretty content with one of the best players in program history taking on the role.No offense to Lebron but the real GOAT – Orlando Pace – is here. pic.twitter.com/opzVxVXtc3— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) November 26, 2016After a sterling college career, which landed him in the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013, Pace went on to be the No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, behind just Peyton Manning. He spent 11 seasons with the St. Louis Rams and one with the Chicago Bears, making seven Pro Bowls, three All-Pro teams, a spot on the NFL All-Decade team for the 2000s, and of course, played a key role in the Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV win. At Ohio State, he won the 1996 Outland Trophy and was a two-time All-American.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Any Michigan fans worried about Jim Harbaugh possibly leaving for the NFL?Don’t be, according to some current Wolverine players.A number of current UM players told reporters this afternoon that Harbaugh reassured the team this week he will not be leaving Ann Arbor.Dymonte Thomas said Harbaugh told the team yesterday he’s not leaving for any job— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 13, 2016Erik Magnuson says Jim Harbaugh talked to the team the other day: ‘He said he ain’t going nowhere.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 13, 2016So does this put an end to any Harbaugh-to-the-NFL speculation? Of course not, not at least until every NFL coaching vacancy is filled this off-season.Still, the indications continue to be that he is planning on being at his alma mater for a long time.
Kieran Tierney will be a “sensation” for Arsenal, says Celtic legend Davie Hay, with the Gunners considered to have landed themselves a bargain in a £25 million ($30m) transfer deadline day deal.After several weeks of speculation regarding the 22-year-old full-back, he was finally prised away from Parkhead before the summer window slammed shut in England.Celtic had been understandably reluctant to part with a prized asset, with an academy graduate having flourished after stepping onto a senior stage in Glasgow. 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? Hay, though, acknowledges that the lure of the Premier League was always going to be too great, with Tierney now ready to show a wider audience just how good he can be.The Hoops icon told the Evening Times: “The moment Kieran Tierney burst onto the scene four years ago as a 17-year-old, which is when he made his debut, and who played as if he was a seasoned pro, I quickly concluded that one day a club from a bigger league, and importantly with a lot of money, would come in with a record bid.“It didn’t take long for most of us to realise the Celtic had produced a real gem. The best we’ve seen in a long time. That this was a lad who could play anywhere he wanted. Keeping Tierney a secret was never on the cards.“Arsenal bid £10million for him when he was 19. That was knocked back. They were never going to go away forever. Everton had a nibble a year ago. God knows how many other clubs have sent a scout to Celtic Park“KT was always, one day, going to say his goodbye to the club he will always support to go on an adventure.”Hay added: “Arsenal have done well to get him for £25million and I’m sure most Celtic supporters, while disappointed, understand why one of their own is now an English Premier League player.“How good is he? I was fortunate to play with Tommy Gemmell and Danny McGrain. I have no hesitation putting young Kieran in that bracket in terms of the great full-backs produced by Celtic.“My guess is that Tierney didn’t want to leave Celtic. There was no banging on Neil Lennon’s door, he didn’t put in a transfer request and never once spoke about playing elsewhere.“However, some opportunities are too good for anyone to turn down.“Arsenal haven’t won so much in recent times; however, we are talking about a huge club in a fantastic league, and it’s a team which I believe is getting better.“I have no fear about Tierney being good enough. He is going to be a sensation.”Tierney will be hoping to make an immediate impact in a new-look Arsenal side, with it possible that a number of fresh faces will line up for the Gunners in their 2019-20 season opener away at Newcastle on Sunday.
The college football world is gearing up for another weekend of action, and this one might be the best yet. Two top-10 matchups will go down on Saturday with College Football Playoff implications all over the map.ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit broke down the weekend of action, as he always does. Herbie named the games he’s most-looking forward to this weekend.No surprise, he’s looking forward to seeing his alma mater in what he calls the “best atmosphere” in college football when Ohio State travels to Happy Valley for the Whiteout game against Penn State.Herbie thinks the winner of the game will go on to take the Big Ten and have a great chance of making the College Football Playoff. Listen to Herbstreit’s comments on the weekend upcoming games.This week has some games that could have serious implications come bowl season. Check out my thoughts below and upgrade your gameday ritual by heading to @TGIFridays with your crew for game-time apps and a cold @CoorsLight draft! #spon pic.twitter.com/3qAZJ5KXxy— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 28, 2018Penn State and Ohio State kick off on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.The action gets started early Saturday morning as College GameDay goes live from Penn State at 9:00 a.m. ET. Stay tuned.
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)In early May, it seemed USC quarterback Matt Fink reportedly made a decision on his transfer destination. The Trojans’ QB was reportedly heading to the Big Ten.Fink, a former three-star dual-threat quarterback recruit, reportedly decided to transfer to Illinois. His own father reportedly confirmed the news.“Mike Fink said Lovie Smith made it clear to Matt he’ll be needed in a leadership role and will have every chance to win the starting job this fall,” Brady McCollough reported.However, just a week later, Fink revealed he had NOT committed anywhere yet – though he remained on the transfer market.On Thursday afternoon, Fink revealed he’s not going anywhere. He’ll remain with the Trojans for the rest of his career.“Thank you to all the coaches that have reached out to me and gave me an opportunity to continue my career elsewhere, but after a long month of soul searching, I have decided that my football future will continue here at USC with this special ‘Band of Brothers.’ #FightOnForever,” Fink said on Instagram.Fink was ranked the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school in 2016. He threw for 46 yards and 1 touchdown in 2018.Stay tuned for the latest.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 29: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners watches warm ups before the game against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 66-33. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)In Lincoln Riley’s two years as head coach of Oklahoma, the Sooners have seen unparalleled brilliance on offense. But defensively, the team has been woefully lacking, and it’s cost them in some big games.Speaking to Tulsa World over the weekend, Riley has given Sooners fans reason to believe that things will improve in 2019 and beyond. He credited newly-hired defensive coordinator Alex Grinch with building the defense into one that’s more competitive.“I think there’s momentum. There’s hope. There’s energy. We’ve got a lot of (veteran defensive players) – guys who’ve been a part of good teams. They want to be the strength of this team. And then you’ve got some really talented newcomers who are excited about our direction, too. You can feel the momentum of the change. Alex and the defensive staff have done a nice job of building that momentum. You can see it starting to come together.”Despite boasting the No. 1 scoring offense in college football last season, Oklahoma’s defense ranked a paltry 101st, allowing over 33 points per game. The year before was only slightly better as the defense was ranked 68th in the country while allowing over 27 points per game.It should come as little surprise that Oklahoma’s four losses came against teams that managed to score at least 38 points on them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Despite their defensive struggles though, Oklahoma has had little problem cruising to back-to-back Big 12 titles and spots in the College Football Playoff.But even though they were largely able to keep pace with Georgia and Alabama in the CFP, their defense ultimately let them down.Could Oklahoma’s defense be poised to turn the corner this coming season?
S Kannan New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 10:03 IST India are likely to have a foreign coach following Harendra Singh’s exit earlier this year (Hockey India Photo)The hunt for a foreign coach to take charge of the men’s hockey team will be over by the end of March. Mail Today has learnt from sources that Hockey India has gone through the bio-datas of applicants and in the next 10 days it will prepare a shortlist.The final decision on who gets the coach’s job will be held after consultations and discussions with the Sports Authority of India, who are officially the employers and pay salary.Since the time India lost in the quarter-finals of the FIH World Cup in December in Bhubaneswar, there was a huge doubt over the continuance of Harendra Singh.Once Hockey India held its review meeting in January and decided the performance of the team under Harendra was not good enough at the Asian Games in Jakarta and the World Cup, going back to a foreign coach became the obvious choice.Hockey India had on its website advertised for the coach’s job and various applications have been received. It is learnt two of the three short-listed coaches are from Europe and Australia. Names are being kept as confidential as there is no point in upsetting the current employers of these coaches.When the Indian team left for the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia recently, with no coach in charge, it looked a bit strange. David John, the high performance director is virtually in command, though his hockey acumen is questionable.However, this time around, Hockey India has not been in a rush to find a foreign coach as they need someone who can be of huge help to the team. At stake are the Olympic qualifiers later this year and hopefully preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.advertisementWord has it that good coaches are willing to come and work in India as the salaries paid are quite handsome.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India men’s hockey teamFollow Hockey IndiaFollow India hockey coachFollow SAIFollow Harendra Singh Hockey coach search will be over soonThe Hockey India has gone through the applications for the post of head coach of the men’s hockey team and will prepare a shortlist in the next 10 daysadvertisement
Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 09:39 IST File Photo (Hima Das Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSHima Das has won 5 gold medals in the last 19 days in five different competitions in EuropeFrom India’s President and Prime Minister to Bollywood and sports personalities, everybody congratulated Hima on social mediaHima made sure to reply to every congratulatory tweet and message on social media on SundayAce Indian sprinter Hima Das, who has been on a golden roll in July, has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she will continue to work hard and bring more medals for the country.On Sunday, Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Hima and said: “India is very proud of Hima Das’ phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours.”To this, Hima responded: “Thank you Narendra Modi sir for your kind wishes. I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for our country.”Thank you @narendramodi sir for your kind wishes. I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for our country. https://t.co/wR8uXR1CL0Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 21, 2019Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and various other politicians and personalities showered praise on the 19-year-old after she won her fifth gold medal inside three weeks in Europe.The “Dhing Express” had revealed she got a congratulatory call from Tendulkar on Sunday evening. “Today evening was like a dream come true for me, have got a call from the god of cricket and my inspiration Sachin Tendulkar sir. Thank you sir for your good wishes and inspirational words. I will leave no stone unturned for my mission.”Sure sir. Will definately come and take your blessings whenever i am back in India. https://t.co/VakKAjKBaCadvertisementHima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 21, 2019Hima’s fifth gold of the month came on July 20 in Czech Republic where she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds to win the gold in 400m at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix.On July 17, she won her fourth gold in 200m at the Tabor Athletics Meet. Before that on July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds.On July 8, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. And in her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Hima clocked 23.65 seconds to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.Also Read | Salaam boss: Rishabh Pant congratulates Hima Das after 5 gold medals in 19 daysAlso Read | PM Modi, Sachin Tendulkar congratulate Hima Das for dream run in EuropeAlso Read | Hima Das wins 5th gold of the month after successful return to 400mFor 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 Hima DasFollow Narendra ModiFollow PM Modi I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for India: Hima Das promises PM ModiHima Das’s fifth gold of the month came on July 20 in Czech Republic where she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds to win the gold in 400m at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix.advertisement