Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: Transfer news always a concernby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admits player issues are always a concern at this time.Simeone was asked transfer window questions yesterday, but only wanted to discuss the game at Sevilla.”These are things that happen every year.”Some end their contracts, others want to sign them because they are very good, others want more minutes.”We are focused on what matters most – Sevilla.”They are a strong team who are even stronger at home and they always play positively and generate a lot of enthusiasm.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/Speak For YourselfDak Prescott has been a revelation for the Dallas Cowboys this season after being drafted in the fourth round. FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt think that may help the stock of Deshaun Watson in next year’s NFL Draft.Every NFL team that can use a franchise quarterback today passed on Prescott in the spring. The former Mississippi State star went 135th overall. Yet, when Tony Romo went out with injury, he answered the call, and has the Cowboys at the top of the NFC East. If it wasn’t for his teammate Ezekiel Elliott’s monster year, Prescott would likely be running away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.Klatt went on FS1’s Speak For Yourself on Wednesday and argued that Prescott’s immediate success could help the stock of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who he sees as a similar player.“The direct comp for Deshaun Watson is a guy who’s having a lot of success, and you can tie his draft stock to his success…I’m talking about Dak Prescott from the Cowboys. As long as Dak Prescott continues to play well, and show the ability to not only throw the ball well, but improvise outside of the pocket, make great decisions in the run game, get the ball to Ezekiel Elliott, Deshaun Watson’s stock is going to go through the roof. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ends up in the top five, maybe even the top three picks in the entire draft, and in large part, due to what Dak Prescott’s doing for the Dallas Cowboys.”Prescott will certainly impact how some scouts view quarterbacks, but we’re not sure how much of an impact it will have on Watson. The Clemson signal caller has been on the NFL radar for some time, and has been seen as a potential top pick since before Dak was even on the Cowboys roster.
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has offered his support to Neymar as the Paris Saint-Germain forward faces allegations of sexual assault – allegations that the player strenuously denies.Sao Paulo police recently confirmed to Goal that there has been a complaint made against the player from a Brazilian woman he met in Paris.The police would not discuss details of the ongoing case, which was filed by a woman on May 31. 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? Brazilian outlet UOL was the first to report the accusations and claim statements made to authorities are being kept confidential.Neymar’s camp maintains the 27-year-old’s innocence, stating that he was the target of a blackmail attempt.In addition, the player’s father believes WhatsApp messages sent to his son’s phone from the alleged victim will be used to help clear his name.Bolsonaro, a controversial figure, has also positioned himself on the side of Neymar, stating that he hopes to embrace the Selecao striker on Wednesday evening and offer his support.“I hope to give Neymar a hug before the match,” Bolsonaro said at a farmers’ event in Goais state, not far from where Brazil will face Qatar in a pre-Copa America friendly on Wednesday. “He’s a boy. He’s in a difficult moment but I believe him.”The president also singled out one of Brazil’s most popular news outlets, Folha de S.Paulo, for their coverage of the allegations levelled at Neymar, accusing the publication of reaching conclusions before knowing all of the facts involved.“You [Folha de S.Paulo reporter] are judging Neymar, Folha de S.Paulo is already judging Neymar as it has always judged me all this time. The woman crosses the continent, many things happen and then she came back to Brazil.“Tonight we are all together to score two goals at the Mane Garrincha [Stadium].”Neymar himself spoke ahead of the match, thanking fans for their support ahead of what he described as potentially the most difficult match of his life.“I just want to thank God, my family, my friends and all those who sent positive messages so that I could stay balanced and focused,” he wrote on Instagram. “I never felt so loved by you all, thank you. “Today I have one of the most difficult matches of my career, if not the most (given the circumstances). ‘The joy of the lord is our strength’.”Brazil’s national team set-up will be keen to move on from the allegations quickly with the Copa America starting next week.The former Barcelona star is part of a Brazil team that will be hoping to triumph in a tournament they have failed to even reach the semi-finals for since 2007, which they won under Dunga.
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Thomas More has been a consistently strong NCAA Division III program, making a number of playoff appearances during its time at that level. Still, he school has announced that it will leaving the NCAA after next school year.The Saints are moving over to the NAIA. Thomas More competed there for much of its history, before joining the NCAA after the 1990 season.The small Catholic Kentucky college will compete in the Mid-South Conference. That league features a number of other Kentucky schools, as well as some in Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee.From Thomas More’s release:Thomas More College Director of Athletics, Terry Connor, announced today (Tuesday, July 24, 2018) that Thomas More will move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Mid-South Conference effective July 1, 2019. Thomas More was a member of the NAIA from 1947 to 1990 when it left for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, which it will leave at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.“In our conversations with representatives of the NAIA, their dedication to placing student development first was evident,” stated Acting Thomas More President Dr. Kathleen Jagger. “Their character focus is consistent with our institutional mission. We are delighted to have this opportunity to join a competitive conference, with common academic standards and geographic proximity that will minimize the travel time for our student-athletes.”Thomas More offers 11 men’s and 11 women’s varsity sports.At the NAIA level, it will also be able to offer junior varsity teams. As the released states, this will also cut down on travel.Still, given the success that many Saints teams have had a Division III, it is a bit surprising to those of us who aren’t super tapped in to the lower level of college sports. The football program was a relatively regular participant in the Division III playoffs, and had posted a number of undefeated regular seasons during its time in Division III.[Thomas More]
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been asked a lot of questions about his former assistant coach, Zach Smith, over the past couple of months.Those questions have died down during the regular season, with Smith long gone from the program and Meyer’s suspension ending.They’re back now, though.Smith had a diabolical Twitter rant on Sunday evening, making some major accusations against Tom Herman, and Meyer was asked about them this afternoon.His response is appropriate:“Move on.”Meyer on his approach to Zach Smith’s Twitter rant: “Move on.”— Derrick Webb (@dw1509) November 12, 2018That’s a pretty fair response at this point.Smith, meanwhile, continues to go at it on Twitter. You can follow him here.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes one of the country’s top head coaches can no longer be considered an “elite” one.The ESPN analyst reacted to Michigan’s blowout loss to Florida during an appearance on WJOX.Finebaum has been critical of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching performance this season, as the Wolverines ended the year with back-to-back blowout losses on big stages.“Jim Harbaugh is not an elite coach. All the pundits on all the networks can make him out to be one,” Finebaum said. “He was, at one time. At Stanford, he was a superb coach in the NFL, but he’s no longer an elite coach. His stock is crashing to earth and what Michigan does from here on is their business, but I’m pretty bored talking about Jim Harbaugh.”Finebaum says that Michigan is a very good program, but it’s not a great one.The Wolverines have yet to reach a truly elite level during Harbaugh’s tenure. The program is 38-14 over his four seasons.“No one should really be surprised by what we saw from Michigan, that’s what we’ve come to expect,” Finebaum said. “And this is the Michigan program that the Wolverine fans want. They want a good program that will never be great. Michigan will never be great under Jim Harbaugh. Michigan will never be elite under Jim Harbaugh. Michigan will always be somewhere right below that line, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with 10-11 wins — maybe eight or nine one year.“When you lose to your rival on an annual basis and this year, in one of the worst beatdowns in big-time college football history and then you go out again and lose to an SEC school — last year to South Carolina, this year Florida — you get what you pay for.”Michigan will enter the 2019 season with some major pressure. Will the Wolverines finally be able to live up to it?
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Ohio State will be without the services of star quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the 2019 season and beyond after he announced he’s entering the NFL draft. No worry for Buckeyes fans though, as the team landed former five-star quarterback recruit Justin Fields over the weekend.Fields transferred from Georgia after sitting behind starter Jake Fromm for the 2018 season. Fromm will likely hold down the starting spot again in 2019, so Fields took the opportunity to transfer to Ohio State – though a starting spot isn’t guaranteed with Tate Martell in competition.First things first, Fields is seeking immediate eligibility at Ohio State, despite transferring this year. Fields’ attorney, Tom Mars – who helped Shea Patterson gain eligibility at Michigan – expects to know whether or not Fields will be eligible by February, per the Toledo Blade.“Unlike the situation with the Ole Miss transfers, the process of obtaining a waiver for Justin isn’t going to drag on for months,” Mars told The Blade, adding he believes a decision by the NCAA will be made by February.It will be an interesting month for Ohio State fans awaiting the decision. If Fields is eligible, he’ll enter a battle with Tate Martell to earn the starting quarterback job.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)This past weekend consisted of several huge days of recruiting for some of the top programs in the country. At its conclusion, dozens of commitments to the 2020 recruiting class were announced, altering the college football recruiting landscape.247Sports has updated its 2020 recruiting class rankings to reflect the changes. While there was no movement in the top two – Clemson and Alabama still dominate the field – there was plenty of movement in the remaining top ten.Here are the current 2020 recruiting rankings, with the star rating of the committed prospects included.From 247Sports: 10. Texas A&M – One 5-star / five 4-stars / seven 3-stars9. Michigan – Seven 4-stars / 10 3-stars8. Miami (FL) – One 5-star / six 4-stars / 12 3-stars7. Ohio State – Two 5-stars / six 4-stars / five 3-stars6. Florida – Nine 4-stars / Nine 3-stars5. Notre Dame – One 5-star / eight 4-stars / five 3-stars4. Georgia – Two 5-stars / 10 4-stars / one 3-star3. LSU – Two 5-stars / 13 4-stars / five 3-stars2. Alabama – Two 5-stars / 14 4-stars / four 3-stars1. Clemson – Five 5-stars / nine 4-stars / four 3-starsUnsurprisingly, the SEC makes up the bulk of the top 10 with six teams on the list, including three of the top four. The Big Ten and ACC each had two representatives, while independent Notre Dame also made the cut.Clemson, the country’s leader, has not made much noise since securing a commitment from five-star defensive tackle Demonte Capehart earlier this month. But they are still trending for several more five-star prospects that could make their 2020 recruiting class a historic one.As always, Alabama is high on the list as Nick Saban is putting together yet another class of NFL-quality players.
Alabama, which finished the regular season undefeated, knocked off Georgia in the SEC title game and dispatched Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, ultimately fell to Clemson in the national title game, 44-16.Clemson supporters, fair or not, believe that their team has not been given enough credit for the win.This year, the two programs are favored to reach the College Football Playoff yet again. If they meet in the event, it’ll be for the fifth year in a row. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)A few months back, during an interview with Greg McElroy of the SEC Network, Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered up an explanation as to why the Crimson Tide were blown out against Clemson in the national title game. In short, Saban blamed it on“internal distractions” for both his players and coaches.Wednesday, at SEC Media Days, Saban doubled down. Saban noted that his players learned from the experience of losing. He also said that “personal numbers” may have been a contributing factor as to what went wrong against the Tigers.Clemson fans will likely roll their eyes at Saban’s words.Saban said the team will learn and get better after the Clemson game. He feels the team had too many distractions at the end of the year. Players need to focus on the team and not personal numbers. #SECMD2019 #ALABAMA #WBRC pic.twitter.com/bp5AMGHvpy— Russell Jones (@russellwbrc) July 17, 2019
Rohan Sen NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 11:02 IST India vs New Zealand 1st ODI in Napier: Kuldeep Yadav picked four wickets. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav picked four wickets in his 1st match in New ZealandKuldeep also got the big wicket of New Zealand captain Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand were bowled out for 157 in the first ODIBrief scores – New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Kane Williamson (64), Kuldeep Yadav (4/39), Mohammed Shami (3/19). Full ScorecardKuldeep Yadav has made an early impression in his maiden one-day international series in New Zealand as he bagged a four-wicket haul in the ongoing first match in Napier on Wednesday.Kuldeep finished with figures of 4 for 39 as India bowled out New Zealand for 157 after Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat.Kuldeep got the wickets of the skipper Williamson (64), Doug Bracewell (7), Lockig Ferguson (0) and Trent Boult (1) to rip through the Kiwi batting lineup.”It’s my first tour in New Zealand. The grounds are small here. And the wicket is very flat. We just stuck to our basics. Me and (Yuzvendra) Chahal. That’s it. This total is chaseable. It’s very easy. I’m sure we should win it.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCORE”Looking forward to the World Cup, these games are important, in all three departments, especially fielding. When we play in Australia also, there was a lot of home support. Coming here, to New Zealand, we’re getting the same support. It’s really amazing,” Kuldeep said at the mid-innings break.The spin twins – Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal – made the most of the situation after fast bowler Mohammed Shami gave India the perfect start by removing openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro inside within four deliveries inside the first five overs.The spinners then came to play as they chocked the run-flow by picking up wickets at regular intervals.advertisementShami finished with three wickets for 19 runs from just 6 overs while Chahal got two wickets. Even part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav managed to get a wicket.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow Mohammad ShamiFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 1st ODI India vs New Zealand: Sticking to basics works for Kuldeep Yadav in NapierBrief scores – New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19). Kuldeep Yadav starred in his very first match in New Zealand as he bagged four wickets to help India bowl the hosts out for 157 in the Napier ODI on Wednesday.advertisement