Neymar Emery defends PSG’s Neymar injury communication Peter Hanson 00:18 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Neymar PSG Brazil v Switzerland Brazil World Cup Troyes v PSG PSG v Real Madrid Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League There were plenty of conflicting reports over the severity of the Brazilian’s injury, but his manager believes the situation was handled correctly Unai Emery has defended Paris Saint-Germain’s communication over Neymar’s injury.It was confirmed this week that the Brazil captain needs surgery on a hairline fracture to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot, an injury he sustained in the 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille last weekend.Head coach Emery initially dismissed suggestions that his star forward would go under the knife, despite media reports to the contrary, and stated his optimism that he would face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in which they trail 3-1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The player’s father, Neymar Sr, quickly weighed in, though, insisting that an operation would result in a quicker recovery time.Brazil’s team doctor Dr Rodrigo Lasmar then claimed that Neymar would be absent for around three months, and there have been suggestions that PSG’s preferred treatment options were at odds with the national team’s.But Emery, addressing a news conference ahead of PSG’s clash against Troyes, says the club only released information when it was available and that the plethora of stories and reports over such a high-profile player are “normal”.”Firstly, it is an injury that can happen to any player,” he said. “As it is Neymar much more information and speculation came out.”We communicated clearly, from our team doctor, the national team doctor, our sports director. The choice was made. We tried to do the best for the player and the club.”I saw his [x-ray], I saw a fifth metatarsal [fracture], I had this injury, I know it. There is a recovery process. He is an important player, but we will have to answer without him.”On the differences in communication, he added: “When I arrived, I was told about the surroundings. Many things that come out are not true.”We are not going to spend our time confirming or denying [reports]. Inside the club we are united and strong. We talk a lot around PSG and it’s normal, it’s a big club.”Emery added that it remains unclear if Neymar will play again for PSG this season, and confirmed that Kylian Mbappe (foot), who was hurt in the Coupe de France win over Marseille in midweek, remains a doubt for the fixture against Troyes.”We’re going to wait for the afternoon training, Alphonse Areola, Marquinhos and Kylian [are doubts],” he said. “The next few hours are important and we’ll see this afternoon if they feel ready, they are 100 per cent, it is important to wait.”
World Cup Will Smith, Nicky Jam & Era Istrefi to collaborate on official 2018 World Cup song Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:35 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup WTF The two American-born stars will combine with the Albanian to make the official anthem for this summer’s event in Russia Will Smith and Nicky Jam will be combining with Era Istrefi to create the official 2018 World Cup anthem for this summer’s tournament in Russia, according to Billboard and various other reports. Vibe and Colombian radio station W Radio first reported the collaboration between Smith and Jam, with other reports confirming that Istrefi is set to join them. The song will be produced by American producer Diplo and is set to be released on May 25. 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 Smith, the well-known actor and rapper, began his musical career alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff before launching into a lucrative acting career, though he hasn’t released a solo album since 2005. Jam is among Latin America’s biggest stars and he and Smith became friendly earlier in the year when the actor posted a video of him doing karaoke and dancing along to Jam and J Balvin’s hit “X”.Smith later asked Jam to join his son Jaden on the song remix, which is set to drop later in May. The official World Cup anthem is usually performed at either the ceremony to open the tournament or the one to close it, with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez singing We Are One at the 2014 opening ceremony, while Shakira’s Waka Waka closed out the 2010 competition in South Africa.
Womens grand final: QSST (5) def NSWCHS (2) Player of the Final: Kirstie Jenkins- NSWCHS Player of the Series: Emily Hopkin- QSST Bronze medal: SQBD (4) def CQ (2) Mens grand final: QSST (6) def NSWCHS (4) Player of the Final: Jerome Waitohi- QSST Player of the Series: Chris Lukins- Sydney Mets Bronze medal: Sydney Mets (6) def NQ (3) Team MVP’s: WOMENS: SunCoast- Chelsea Pratton NSWCIS- Kate LeBrocq ACT- Danielle Goodwin SQBD- Claire Giarola QSST- Delwyn Tupuhi NT- Lakeisha Baird CQ- Natasha Fry Tasmania- Elise Trethewie TouchWest- Rebecca Senior Sydney Scorpions- Tanya Willoughby SWQ- Meghan Ballon NSWCHS- Kelly Basford Hunter Western Hornets- Lee Beneke NSWCCC- Kate Bradley Sydney Mets- Tina Mohi NQ- Kellie Higgings SA- Tara Stanford Southern Suns- Stephanie Jackson Brisbane City Cobras- Ali Briginshaw Sydney Rebels- Brittany Primmer MENS: SunCoast- Kyle Welch NSWCIS- Steve Bristow ACT- Benny Appo SQBD- James Doolah QSST- Chris Small NT- Chris Kickett CQ- Nathan Butcher Tasmania- Will Bibby TouchWest- Craig Sealey Sydney Scorpions- Harry Berryman SWQ- Josh West NSWCHS- Dylan Hennessey Hunter Western Hornets- Mitchell Cook NSWCCC- Danny Youseff Sydney Mets- Aaron Tandek Northern Eagles- Ricky Morris NQ- Gian Guerra SA- Sean Lounder Victoria- Lewis Murray Southern Suns- Trent Fynn Brisbane City Cobras- Terry Thompson
The Australian Teams for the Youth Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand in January next year have been announced.Australia will take six sides to Auckland to compete against New Zealand at the Trusts Stadium, Waitakere, in 18’s Girls, Boys and Mixed, as well as 20’s Girls, Boys and Mixed. The first Trans Tasman game will be played on Friday 16 January, with Games 2 and 3 being played on Saturday 17 January 2009. International matches against South Africa and other teams will also be played before and after the Trans Tasman Series.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate all players on their selection and wish them the best of luck in the Series. 18 GirlsAlicia QuirkCandice HummEmilee CherryEmily ReedGrace GriffinKirsty QuinceKristin WurukiLizzie CampbellMarriki WategoSamantha HammondKirsty BeerJessica ShawKimberley ReschSophie BroadheadPeter Bell – CoachPeta Rogerson – Assistant CoachMaree Tomlin – Manager18 Boys Kristian CongooJake EvansLawrence OberleuterCody GreenDylan Taikato-SimpsonMatthew MoylanNicholas GoodPeter NormanJosh WilkinsonMitchell LauderMatt AtkinsDaniel O’BrienDaniel ChiddyChris TaitersKathy O’Brien – CoachRick Luland – Assistant CoachBarry Jackson – Assistant CoachGreg Taylor – Manager18 MixedPatricia MichaelopoulosHaylee HendersonElin Mortimer Emily EdwardsSavannah PrattenLeah OpieJacob KaraDavid ShawAndrew BaartzSam BrisbyScott DaleyRyley JacksMitchell FanningGrant O’DonnellMichael Macdonald – CoachDanny Goodwin – Assistant Coach20 BoysMichael ChapmanGreg DillonRhys JacksBen MoylanJustin OttoMichael SinghBen AntonioDean SpringfieldChris DowellJustin O’DonnellAlyd OwenMichael PetrieDylan ThompsonBen AbsolumMick Lovett – CoachJohn Singh – Assistant CoachMark Edwards – Manager20 MixedStephanie JacksonJess McCallAmanda SkwarkoEmma HainesMegan CampbellKelly JonesBrendan AndrewsStuart HayesNathan WongBen WierczorekJason SchmidtRyan JacksOscar SanftKarley Banks – CoachSimon Hausler – Assistant CoachPeter Shefford – Assistant Coach20 GirlsAli BrigginshawAlyce HulbertElesha DougalAmy RegalAshleigh DobbinsBelinda HammettBianca MounseyCobie-Jane MorganNicky AlberyNicole BeckSamantha HopkinStephanie HalpinAshley DindJustine JohnsonDean Russell – CoachNick Smith – Assistant CoachSteve Hughes – Assistant CoachJenny Benson – Manager
Six Port Macquarie Touch Football representatives will have the privilege of representing their state in front of a home crowd on Friday and Saturday as they take part in the 2012 State of Origin Series. Women’s 20’s players, Simone Smith and Kate Coleman, Men’s 20’s player, Paddy Coelho, Women’s 30’s player, Anna Gleeson, Women’s 40’s player, Lisa Wilkes and Men’s 40’s coach, Peter Vincent will battle it out against Queensland at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in the series, the first time the event has been played in four years. We caught up with Smith, Coleman and Coelho on what it means to them to make their first New South Wales teams and what they are expecting from the series. Congratulations on all making New South Wales teams, how much are you looking forward to playing in the Origin Series?Simone – I’m pretty excited and especially in front of the home crowd, I think if they get behind us it will be pretty good, and I’m pretty excited to play alongside Kate who I’ve played all of my junior Touch with so I’m pretty excited to step onto the field tomorrow, it will be fun. Kate – I’m really excited, I’ve got that feeling in my belly. I can’t wait to play, I really want to beat Queensland, I’m pretty pumped. Paddy – I’m very excited, I think we’ve got a very good side, and it’s a good experience for me, being from the country as most of my team is from Sydney. I’m really excited, hopefully we get a win. How has the training schedule been over the past couple of months, have you had the opportunity to train with your respective teams a bit?Simone – I think we’ve had two compulsory training camps with most of the girls there then we’ve had a few Sunday training sessions but most of the girls have all got there, it’s been a pretty good turn up and it’s been heaps good. Paddy – I’ve been going down to Sydney most weekends when we have had our camps and in Wollongong, because that’s where our coach is based, we’ve gone down there a bit and we just train over the weekends so it’s been good. How about you Kate, being in Townsville currently, have you been able to make it back?Kate – I’ve been back for all of the training sessions that I could. It’s been good, I enjoy the training so I don’t mind coming back as well and it’s good catching up with Simone and my Mum when it happens anyway. What do you know about your Queensland teams that you are playing?Simone – I guess it will come down to whoever plays better on the day but I think they’ve got a strong side but if we all work together and gel really well we can take the win. Paddy – We know that the Queenslanders are going to be quick and fast and they are going to be fit so we’ll have to be on our game. What have your coaches told you about Origin?Kate – We had a big team dinner at our big camp in Wollongong and they got pretty into it and said how dedicated we have to be, not only on the field but also off and they said some great speeches to motivate us.How much would it mean to you all to win Origin?Simone – I think it would be a very big honour, especially being our first time to put on the New South Wales jersey, especially in front of the home crowd, if we can get the win, having all the home crowd behind us would be very pleasing. Just to already be part of the team is a big honour, I think if we win it will be an ever bigger bonus. You are all in Australian 20’s squads at the moment too, how is that going?Kate – Very nerve racking. They are going to pick it after Origin so I’m hoping to play well. But I’m trying not to think about it too much, I’m just stoked we all got in it in the first place. Simone – If we all got into the Australian teams it would be a bonus, being in this Origin team like I said is a massive honour but it will be a pretty big honour if us three could make it into the Australian team, we know how hard it is to get there but I reckon we’ve prepared pretty well and if we play our best we will hopefully get a spot. PC – Our squad is good, we are down to 20 now. Hopefully if I play well enough I’ll be lucky enough to get selected which would be exciting. It’s great to see a number of you from Port Macquarie playing Origin and in Australian squads, how exciting is that for you?Kate – It’s heaps good coming from a country town because you always hear that the big city comps help you get in but just playing for Port Macquarie and the Eagles, it’s been really good to get in these Origin and Aussie squads. Who’s helped you along the way?Simone – I think Peter Vincent, he’s been a really big help, and Steph Halpin, she’s been pretty good because she’s been in a lot of Australian representative teams, she’s been a pretty big inspiration to us. Paddy – For the boys it’s obviously Peter Vincent, he’s promoted us Port players and Eagles players to the city coaches and selectors I guess. Your families, everyone in Port that gets behind you, I know that there are a lot of people around town that are excited that we are playing here and they are really looking forward to seeing us out there on the paddock. 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Touch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered to attend the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC) from Wednesday, 17 September until Saturday, 20 September 2014. The event will be held at Stockland Park, Kawana Waters, Queensland. This year the event will run concurrently with the Touch Football State of Origin Series to be contested by New South Wales and Queensland. Touch Football is one of the few sports that School Sport Australia and a National Sporting Organisation (TFA) have been able to provide a combined event. The opportunity to integrate a prominent National Youth tournament and a Schools Sport Australia National Championships is mutually beneficial and provides leading practice for other sports to follow. The NYC event has proven to be a highlight for the Touch Football community, providing a great opportunity for referees to be identified for future Australian representation.For more information, please see the attached memo.Related Files2014_nyc_-_referee_nomination_information1-pdfRelated LinksNYC Ref Nominations
@Eden_RichardsThe New South Wales Scorpions have made history in the Women’s Elite Eight grand final, defeating the Queensland Broncos 8-5 in an entertaining affair at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour. The Scorpions failed to win a game in 2016, but just 12 months later they have achieved the ultimate fairytale by getting the better of a highy-fancied Broncos team. The Broncos were aiming for three titles in a row, but it wasn’t to be, outplayed from start to finish by a highly talented Scorpions side. Hat-tricks to Scorpions stars Yasmin Meakes and Samantha Rodgers capped off a great tournament for both. Despite the comfortable three-touchdown win, the Scorpions did not always look comfortable. The Broncos had all the momentum after the half-time break and they used this to their advantage, scoring through Rebecca Lapraik just minutes into the second half to make the score 4-3. Lapraik’s touchdown cut the margin to one and the Broncos’ appeared to have all the legs heading towards the last 15 minutes of play. But after five minutes of great defence, the Scorpions hit back, scoring in the left corner through hat-trick hero Rodgers. The score quickly became 6-3 to the Scorpions, with Yasmin Meakes grabbing her first of the afternoon with ten minutes to play. Meakes then grabbed her second in the 33rd minute, all but icing the game for the Scorpions as they stretched their lead to four touchdowns. Paige Parker hit back in the 35th minute for the Broncos to give them some hope, but as the minutes ticked by it became clear that it was going to be the Scorpions year. Meakes capped a great tournament for herself in the 38th minute, scoring her third touchdown to kick-off the celebrations for the Scorpions team. The Broncos managed a consolation touchdown in the 39th minute, with Catherine Sargent adding some respectability to the scoreboard to make it 8-5 in favour of the Scorpions. The Scorpions were deserved winners, leading from the outset after opening the scoring in the 7th minute. They did that through Rodgers who found open space on the right wing to stroll over for a touchdown after some lazy defence. She doubled her tally just a minute later in an almost identical play, and it soon became clear that the Scorpions would look to target the Broncos’ left-side defence. The Broncos were always going to hit back and they did so through Emily Hennessey just seconds after the Scorpions last score. The match was beginning to open up and with the game on the line it was either teams to win. In the 15th minute, the Scorpions regained their two-touchdown lead, with Zara Nicholas crossing in the left corner after a slick team play to make it 3-1. The Broncos defence were caught napping by Stephanie Maiolo in the 18th minute and the Scorpions suddenly hit a 4-1 lead. But the Broncos regained some momentum heading into half-time through the handy work of Sargent who crossed just seconds before the hooter to make the score 4-2 at the break. It wasnâ€™t enough, with the Scorpions going on with it in the second half to take the 2017 title. New South Wales Scorpions 8 (Meakes 3, Rodgers 3, Nicholas, Maiolo touchdowns) def. Queensland Broncos 5 (Sargent 2, Parker, Hennessey, Lapraik touchdowns) Related LinksE8 winners
Man City boss Guardiola dismisses Klopp title claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed the claims of title rival Jurgen Klopp in their battle with Liverpool.Guardiola has rejected his suggestion that City are infallible and that the only threat to them comes from within.”Any team has strong points and weak points of course we have weaknesses, of course we have, but that’s normal,” Guardiola said. “These kind of comments have to be put into perspective.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Boca Juniors chief Anro insists Ibrahimovic wants moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBoca Juniors chief Jorge Anro insists ex-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is interested in a move to the club.Previous reports linking the 37-year-old LA Galaxy star with a switch to the Argentine giants had been denied by Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola, although the club’s chief has now insisted they would be able to afford the financial package.Speaking to Mundo Boca Radio, Anro said: “It is true that Ibrahimovic wants to play for Boca and it is true that we are in a position to bring him in.”The club is in a very good moment institutionally. It is so good financially that it can afford those luxuries. We would be able to pay Zlatan’s contract.”
West Ham fullback Ryan Fredericks: Top ten not good enoughby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham fullback Ryan Fredericks insists they must not settle for a top-10 finish.The Hammers missed the chance to go third when they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. Fredericks said: “We are a confident bunch and have as good a squad as the top six. That is where we want to be, we have a lot of good players who are way too good to just be happy in the top 10.“We are a massive club with a massive fanbase and we need to be kicking on now. I think we have the players and the manager to do that. “We have started well, but Saturday was a big opportunity missed. We know how intense this league is and when you get chances like that, you have to take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tallahassee.comTwo weeks ago, reports emerged that suspended Florida State freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson was accused of punching a woman at a Tallahassee bar. Tallahassee.com has obtained video of the incident, which took place at Yiannis on West Tennessee Street, and things look very bad for Johnson. Warning: the attack, which occurs just after the two minute mark, is quite violent. If Tallahassee.com’s version does not work, here is another version of the video:Johnson, a former four-star recruit in the 2015 class, was suspended for an unnamed “a violation of athletic department policy” on June 25. Tallahassee.com describes the incident in more detail.The incident occurred while the woman was waiting in line for a drink at Yianni’s nightclub and felt Johnson push past her aggressively, court records say.When she addressed him at the bar, she raised her arm to defend herself, and he grabbed her arm and began pushing her. She raised her knee into his midsection to push him away and attempted to punch him, court records say, before Johnson punched her on the left side of her face.The woman suffered bruising near her left eye, swelling of the left cheek and upper lip, and a small cut near the bridge of her nose, according to court records.We’ll keep you updated on this story as we learn more.[Tallahassee.com]
arkansas golf team reenacts playAt this point, you’ve probably seen Arkansas’ 4th-and-25 conversion against Ole Miss, which allowed the Razorbacks to extend (and eventually win) the game in overtime. But have you seen it done with a golf ball instead of a football? Yeah, probably not.Arkansas’ golf team pulled it off this week and posted video as proof. Enjoy, Razorbacks fans:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Marouane Fellaini is facing up to four weeks on the sidelines, but Alexis Sanchez is ready to come back into contention for Manchester United.The interim Red Devils boss has seen a versatile Belgium international pick up a calf complaint.That issue is likely to keep Fellaini on the sidelines until into February and could bring an end to the speculation which has surrounded his future in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford. 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? Not that Solskjaer has offered any indication that he is seeking to part with a stricken performer who continues to offer an “X factor” to the United squad when fit.The Norwegian said of Fellaini ahead of a home date against Brighton on Saturday: “He’ll probably be at least three or four weeks, he’s got a calf problem and that’s sad.“There’s X factor in different players and we all know Felli’s X factor and he’ll be working hard to get back in when all the big games are coming as well.”Solskjaer added on the overall fitness levels of his squad: “There’s not many issues, I think just small niggles as there always is at this point of the season.“Chris [Smalling], Marcos [Rojo] just started running lightly so not fit yet.“Alexis has trained all week so hopefully he’ll be available and Felli is the long-term one that’s out. He’ll be out for a few weeks.”Sanchez has taken in just two appearances under Solskjaer so far, with the Chilean forward continuing to nurse niggling knocks.He is still searching for the spark which persuaded United to snap him up from Arsenal 12 months ago.Questions have been asked of him on a regular basis since his arrival, but his current boss believes a proven performer will come good once clear of injury issues and full of confidence.Solskjaer said on what can be expected from Sanchez: “You have to ask him, a player loves to play football, doesn’t matter who you are and he’s been hindered by injury.“I know how frustrating that can be and how eager you are to get back.“Maybe in the Reading game at half-time he should have told me to come off because the next 15 or 20 minutes were a setback.“But he’s champing at the bit in training. His attitude has been fantastic in training and I’m looking forward to seeing him, I’ve got loads of good players to choose from.”United, who have collected six successive victories under Solskjaer so far, will welcome Brighton to Old Trafford this weekend sat six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four and seeking to force their way ever closer to the Champions League spots. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@steven_davis23That’s a bold strategy, Butch Jones.Tennessee destroyed Tennessee Tech during its homecoming game on Saturday, 55-0, but head coach Butch Jones still didn’t please Vols fans from start to finish.Up 35-o, Jones elected to send his field goal unit out just before halftime, but the fans didn’t like that decision as the boos rained down. Jones wasn’t happy with the fans in Neyland Stadium.Thanks @UTCoachJones pic.twitter.com/gOzSpPQ1hW— Steven Davis (@Steven_Davis23) November 5, 2016It’s pretty obvious what Jones says in the video towards those booing the Vols’ decision to kick the field goal.Sure, Tennessee is up 35-0, but can you really blame the fans? The Vol faithful have watched Tennessee drop three straight games and they’re hungry for a massive win.Tennessee could’ve won the game by 80 if it wanted to, but Vol fans will have to be happy with a 55-point shutout.
ESPN College GameDay personality Kirk Herbstreit is probably one of the most unbiased analysts in college football, but of course, there are some who think he’s always out to get their team. Herbstreit often spars with fans on Twitter who think he holds grudges against certain schools.This week, Herbstreit was asked by a Nebraska fan why he hates the Cornhuskers so much. Herbstreit had a sarcastic answer – it’s because of fans like him.Herbstreit, obviously, is joking. But he probably does hate portions of every fan base – the ones who come at him on Twitter the second he says anything negative about a program.Former Nebraska star Eric Crouch commented on Herbstreit’s tweet. Herbstreit replied, calling the 5% of fans in a given fan base who go after him the “lunatic fringe.”Because of dudes like you. https://t.co/dJLxqRM0Om— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 6, 2018You and I are. Just having some fun with one of your 5%ers aka “lunatic fringe” https://t.co/P8IY0SRFfP— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 9, 2018Herbstreit played at Ohio State, and as such, many college football fans think he’s biased when it comes to the Buckeyes. Ironically, Ohio State fans often rip him for going too far in the other direction at times. He can’t really win.That said, he’s still the major personality on the top college football program every fall. So he’s got that going for him.College GameDay will open up at South Bend this year for Notre Dame vs. Michigan. It should be a good one.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)At 4-7, Nebraska football will fall short of the six wins typically required for bowl eligibility. However, there is still a remote chance of the Huskers cracking the post-season.In fact, it wasn’t long ago that Nebraska football was a beneficiary of the inflated bowl game schedule.In 2015, the team’s first year under Mike Riley, Nebraska went 5-7 but still managed to make the Foster Farms Bowl. There, it beat UCLA to move to 6-7 on the season.That year, there were not enough teams at 6-6 or better to fill the 80 spots. Entering the final week of the season, 72 teams are at that magic number with 78 total spots available.Thanks to that math, Nebraska football remains alive for a bowl, but it needs a lot to go right to make it there.Obviously the first step is beating Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. That game is set to kick off in a few minutes.Three games this weekend will decide bowl spots automatically.Indiana-Purdue, Tennessee-Vanderbilt, and Baylor-Texas Tech each pit 5-6 teams against each other. That will fll three of the remaining slots.From there, 15 teams are playing for win No. 6 this weekend. Omaha World-Herald writer Sam McKewon went through the trouble of compiling the full list of schools on the verge of eligibility.Florida Atlantic (-17) over Charlotte Southern Mississippi (-13) over UTEP Wyoming (-7) over New Mexico Tulane (-7) over Navy SMU (-2.5) over Tulsa Coastal Carolina (+1.5) over South Alabama Arizona (+2) over Arizona State TCU (+5) over Oklahoma State Florida State (+7) over Florida Wake Forest (+11) over Duke Minnesota (+11) over Wisconsin USC (+11) over Notre Dame Colorado (+12.5) over California Maryland (+13) over Penn State Kansas State (+13) over Iowa StateAs he notes, Akron and Virginia Tech both have two games remaining thanks to late additions to the schedule after early season cancellations, and could clinch bowl eligibility by sweeping those games.Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Minnesota, and Maryland have higher APR scores and would thus edge out Nebraska in a tiebreaker scenario at 5-7. Three of those teams are double-digit underdogs, which is good news for the Huskers. However, fans should actually root for a Vanderbilt win, since a loss could make both the Commodores and Tennessee Volunteers bowl eligible if things shake out correctly.Overall, it is a real long shot, but Nebraska fans may have a bowl destination in year one of the Scott Frost era yet.[Omaha World-Herald]
EVANSTON, IL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Pat Fitzgerald of the Northwestern Wildcats watches as his team takes on the Purdue Boilermakers at Ryan Field on November 11, 2017 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)News of Urban Meyer’s retirement has been the story of the college football world today. Meyer is supposed to make it official during a press conference that will begin shortly.Plenty of former and current Ohio State players have already weighed in on Meyer’s decision. Some former adversaries have done so as well.Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is the last head coach to square off against Meyer in a Big Ten game. His Wildcats lost the conference championship on Saturday night to Ohio State.Today, Fitzgerald shared his thoughts on Meyer with ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.“He’s a great guy and an amazing football coach. Obviously, any time someone of his success leaves our game, it’s disappointing, so we wish him nothing but the best health-wise, and the best in his future endeavors.”Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald just now on Urban Meyer’s retirement: “He’s a great guy and an amazing football coach. Obviously, any time someone of his success leaves our game, it’s disappointing, so we wish him nothing but the best health-wise, and… https://t.co/S5vbDylTrP— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 4, 2018It is expected that every statement you see from opposing coaches will be a respectful one. Even Jim Harbaugh will have nice things to say.Meyer will coach one more game for Ohio State, against Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over full-time after that.For some details on Day’s contract with OSU, click here.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)As you’d expect, the amount of rumors surrounding the NFL Draft is growing at an enormous rate as the event is almost here. The latest story going around is that a team that already has a franchise quarterback in place is expressing interest in Drew Lock from Missouri.It turns out that Green Bay hosted a visit with Lock leading up to the draft. This is shocking considering that Aaron Rodgers is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league.This could be an attempt to get teams to trade with the Packers, but it could also be the front office looking ahead. Rodgers hasn’t been too durable over the last few years, and he just competed this past season with an injured knee.NFL insider Matt Miller believes the Packers would be wise to consider selecting a backup to Rodgers with the No. 30 overall pick.After all, the team has two selections in the opening round of the draft.From Bleacher Report:So why are the Packers bringing in quarterbacks?With two first-rounders in the 2019 draft, the Packers are wisely looking at the quarterbacks in this class in case one they really like falls to No. 30 overall. Rodgers is 35 years old and coming off another season affected by injury. Having a reliable backup and potential successor to Rodgers under contract for the five-year deal first-rounders sign wouldn’t be a bad move for Green Bay.We’ll see if the Packers are genuinely interested in selecting a quarterback early in the draft on Thursday.It would definitely be one of the more surprising moves of the entire offseason if Green Bay selects a quarterback in the first round.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Len’Neth Whitehead is a superb athlete in the 2020 recruiting class. The Georgia recruit plays on both sides of the ball, but it sounds like he is destined to be a linebacker at the next level.Whitehead is ranked No. 218 overall in the class of 2020. He’s the No. 8 inside linebacker in the country, and No. 21 recruit from Georgia.This afternoon, he cut his list down to seven programs. It features the two Power Five programs from his home state, Georgia and Georgia Tech.They’re joined by South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin. Four-star linebacker Len’Neth Whitehead’s tweet, announcing those top schools:Please respect my decision. I am now down to the final 7🤫 @ChadSimmons_ @Mansell247 pic.twitter.com/AmEnVX5NwN— juice 2.0🦍 (@LenNethW4) July 4, 2019As of today, one program appears to stand out for Whitehead, per the early predictions from a few analysts over at 247Sports.The crystal ball has four predictions so far. All have Whitehead heading to the Bulldogs. He’s also an up-and-coming movie reviewer.Len’Neth Whitehead (@LenNethW4) is more than just a recruit. He has a life outside recruiting too, and last night he saw the movie ‘Ma’. He gives his review of the @MAmovie to @Rivals. How many stars did ‘Ma’ get from Whitehead? Profile: https://t.co/QK8Z9tQQb9 pic.twitter.com/rpzvDCBD91— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) June 5, 2019The Bulldogs currently have the No. 5-ranked class in the country, and No. 3 in the SEC. So far they have one linebacker in the class, though it is a big one: five-star, No. 10 overall recruit Mekhail Sherman.Of the other programs in the top seven, Texas A&M is ranked No. 10 overall in the class of 2020, followed by South Carolina (18), Georgia Tech (21), Tennessee (23), Wisconsin (32), and Texas (43).
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p According to Seminoles insider Josh Newberg, Knighton chose Florida State over Miami and Ohio State.BREAKING: Top100 RB Jaylan Knighton has committed to Florida State over Miami and Ohio StateNoles247 has more:https://t.co/PXVBelMhUB pic.twitter.com/aRrYEk00Zz— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) July 30, 2019247Sports rates Knighton as the No. 94 overall prospect in the country.He is the No. 3 all-purpose back in the nation, and the No. 14 prospect from the state of Florida.Knighton committed to Oklahoma in April of last year, but continued to visit other schools and attend camps. He ultimately de-committed from the Sooners in January.Ohio State held the early lead after his decommitment from the Sooners. However, Willie Taggart and company came on strong and did enough to land the top recruit.Knighton is the top commit for Taggart and company. With the latest recruiting news, the Seminoles moved up the rankings and now hold the No. 11 class in the nation, according to 247Sports. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Three weeks ago, four-star running back Jaylan Knighton listed the six schools remaining in his recruitment.Clemson, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma all made the list. The former Sooners commit left Lincoln Riley’s program among his top contenders, however, went in another direction when all was said and done.On Tuesday night, Knighton announced where he wants to play his college football.He’s headed to Florida State.