Newcastle defender Javi Manquillo: No way could I reject Liverpool chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Javi Manquillo says he enjoyed his experience at Liverpool.Manquillo had a spell on-loan at Anfield.And he still has fond memories of his time on Merseyside. “In hindsight, was I too young to join Liverpool? No, I don’t think so,” he told the Daily Star before yesterday’s defeat. “How many 19-year-olds get the chance to play in the Premier League for such a famous club?“Of course I wanted more game time and that’s why I eventually went to Marseille. But I loved being at Liverpool and I would not change a thing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan receive 2-match stadium banby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan have been punished with two games behind closed doors after the racial abuse aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The FIGC’s sporting judiciary ruled on Thursday that Inter’s Curva Nord would also be closed for an extra match, on the grounds of ‘offensive chants’ towards Napoli fans, ‘a great majority of which came from that stand’, as well as those of a ‘racist’ nature in Koulibaly’s direction.The committee adds ‘the aggravating circumstances related to their repetition and the climate created inside the stadium’ were taken into account.Fans will not be allowed entry for Inter’s next two home games against Benevento and Sassuolo, while the Curva Nord will not be open for the visit of Bologna on February 3.
Leicester eyeing several of Guingamp’s prospectsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are eyeing several of Guingamp’s young prospects.Foot Mercato says a number of the club’s young players are on the radar of Leicester.Mohamed Ali Gueddar (20, striker), Ryad Hachem (20, midfielder), Mehdi Boudjemaa (20, defender) and Matthias Phaeton (19, striker) are all interesting the Foxes.Ali Gueddar has already refused a professional contract offer from Guingamp.Along with Leicester, Stoke City are also interested in the youngsters. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard admits Chelsea being ‘careful’ with Kanteby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard says Chelsea are being careful with N’Golo Kante.The midfielder missed Saturday’s win over Brighton after starring against Liverpool the week before.Lampard told reporters at Stamford Bridge. “My feeling is that he has played a lot and that’s because he has been so successful and so important to the teams he has been in. At the minute, he has injuries.”This little niggle he had is a small, small injury. We just need to get it right. We are just careful and it is my duty to work with him. The medical team are working so hard with him.”I have been there as a player and, if you miss a pre-season through an injury in particular, then you are playing catch-up. At the moment he is playing catch-up and that’s no fault of his own. He has played four seasons now full-on, game after game with international tournaments.”So, it is right to be a bit careful. Let’s be happy. We got a result here, we are doing okay. With N’Golo, when we do get him to where we want him to be, we will be stronger with him.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kane reveals Spurs frustration: This is my toughest spellby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane admits this is his toughest spell at Tottenham Hotspur.Spurs have won just three times in 12 matches this season, including Saturday’s scrappy 1-1 draw with Watford.”Yeah, probably, I’d say [this is the toughest spell],” he said. “When you look at the results it’s not been easy. Of course we all want to be winning games. The manager wants to be winning games.”It’s another challenge, another challenge in my career, the club’s time and team’s career. It’s about trying to overcome that. It’s not going to be a straight path to success.”There’s going to be bumps along the way. At the moment we’re at one and we’ve got to overcome that.”I think the standards we’ve set over the last four or five years have been very high. We’ve spoken about maybe being ahead of the plan when the gaffer and myself first started.”Now when things are not going so well, people are going to wonder why of course and try to put a finger on it. This season little things haven’t gone our way which in other years might have done.We’ve got to find a way to overcome that. It’s not easy, we’re playing in a league and the Champions League with the best teams in the world. We’ve become one of them.”We’ve got to find a level back to where it has been and all we can do is work harder and take that on the pitch.”If we can win tomorrow night it will put us in a better position [in the Champions League] than last year and we ended up going to the final.”Kane added: “We have to believe and every game fight and fight for each other and who knows what’s possible.”It is important to start well, come out of the blocks with loads of energy, with and without the ball, and try and get ahead and win the game.”It is important for us as a team to stick together, keep working hard, doing our best on the pitch and hopefully we can win tomorrow and it can kick us on to another winning run.”
The 2015 Final Four is set to tip-off Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The first game of the night features the Duke Blue Devils, the No.. 1 seed out of the South, against the Michigan State Spartans, the No. 7 seed out of the East. Today was the first day the teams spent in Indy, and Duke released a video chronicling the players’ activities. The footage includes a team photoshoot, morning shoot-around, freshman forward Justise Winslow interviewing classmate Grayson Allen, and more. Take a look:Duke and Michigan State face off at 6:09 PM EST on Saturday, with the winner facing either Kentucky or Wisconsin in Monday’s championship game.
ESPNIn the world of college football recruiting, four websites stand out as the major services in the industry: Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. With a recent run of commitments, Ohio State had taken over the No. 1 spot on a number of the sites. Today, ESPN’s RecruitingNation bumped the Buckeyes to No. 1, giving OSU the unanimous top spot, at least for the time being.Ohio State has soared to No. 1 in our @ESPNInsider recruiting rankings. Rest of the top 40: https://t.co/vdCkCmt4b3 pic.twitter.com/JKLmYbV8jV— ESPN (@espn) January 20, 2016 There are two weeks until National Signing Day, and there will undoubtedly be a ton of movement in all four of these ranking systems. However, it is impossible to deny that the class that Ohio State is putting together is pretty special.[Eleven Warriors]
Vinicius Junior said he is happy with his role at Real Madrid, insisting he just wants the LaLiga giants to win.Madrid teenager Vinicius has impressed in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu, making 10 league appearances, though only four have been as a starter.The 18-year-old Brazilian winger was in the starting line-up for Sunday’s 4-2 victory against Espanyol. 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? Asked whether he considers himself a starter, former Flamengo star Vinicius told reporters post-match: “No, I just arrived not long ago.”I am playing more and I’m happy.”I want Real Madrid to win and whoever is the best player will play.” Heading home with the points! #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/zcFYd7jzjS— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 27, 2019On Madrid head coach Santiago Solari, Vinicius added: “The coach tells me to show personality and to play well.”He’s told me that ever since I arrived. The group helps me a lot and I’m content.”Madrid are third in the table and 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona following three consecutive wins.”We’ve started 2019 very well,” Vinicius said. “We played well once again and now we’re getting players like [Gareth] Bale and [Marco] Asensio back.”The group is getting better and we’ll keep trying to win every game and to go into the Champions League in the best possible form.”
YouTube/Marsh WesCollege football in Texas has reached a new low point, the likes of which it hasn’t seen in about two decades.What has been a pretty bad year for college football in Texas has only gotten worse.For the first time since September 14, 1997, not a single team from the Lone Star state made the AP Top 25 Poll. Depending on how the rest of the season shakes out, this could be a first for Texas college football in the 80-year history of the AP Poll’s existence. A Texas team has always finished in the Top 25 by season’s end.Houston (9-3) and Texas A&M (8-4) were ranked the week prior, but both suffered losses this past weekend to knock themselves out. It’s up to those two teams to keep the state from making history in the wrong way.Baylor, Texas and TCU have all appeared in the Top 25 at one point this season, but have since disappointed. While Baylor and TCU have bowl eligibility with 6-5 records (and UTSA will likely get in at 6-6), losses would mean that Houston and Texas A&M will probably be the only Texas teams to finish above .500 this year. Yikes.Houston was the closest Texas team to making the cut, with 98 points. Pitt and South Florida both occupied the last spot of the Top 25, with 168.[AP]
Zinedine Zidane’s comments about Gareth Bale were remarkable but by this point we should no longer be surprised.Real Madrid legends leave the club amid storm clouds time and time again and Bale is set to be the latest to depart the Santiago Bernabeu through the back door.”We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone,” said Zidane on Sunday. “I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.” 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? The comments marked the end of the cold war between Bale and Real Madrid and the first shots fired in the open.They are astounding words for Zidane to speak when Bale’s overall impact at Madrid is considered – even if the club believe now it is time for him to leave.When able to play Bale has been productive, with 102 goals in 231 games, adding 65 assists.More importantly than the raw statistics though, he has delivered on the biggest occasions for Madrid, including in four Champions League finals, to help Los Blancos win the trophy they crave most.The forward headed home in extra time to net the goal which sent Real ahead against rivals Atletico Madrid in their eventual 4-1 Champions League final victory in 2014.That came after scoring a stunning individual goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Clasico final to win Madrid that trophy.In the 2016 Champions League final against Atletico, Bale set up Sergio Ramos for Madrid’s goal in a 1-1 draw and converted in the penalty shoot out as Real triumphed again.He would have loved to feature in Cardiff too but didn’t recover from injury in time to start the 2017 final against Juventus which Madrid won 4-1, instead appearing as a substitute.Thrown on from the bench in the 61st minute of the 2018 final in Kiev against Liverpool with the score tied at 1-1, Bale struck twice – with his scissor kick arguably the best ever Champions League final goal ever scored – inspiring Madrid to a 3-1 victory.Of course there have been ups and downs with Bale, with his detractors wielding his perceived failures against him.Bale’s struggles with the language and Spanish culture – including snubbing a team-meal because he wanted to stick to his bed-time – were highlighted by the media.In captain Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid fans see someone who stands for them. Bale’s standoffishness sometimes translates as a lack of passion for the team’s cause.The 30-year-old’s persistent injury problems didn’t help either, feeding the image that he could not be relied upon.But none of these reasons are strong enough for Zidane or the fans to treat Bale as harshly as they do, given what Bale has done for the club.These are areas which Bale could have done better in but not enough for his relationship with Madrid to sour completely.It is not only the Welshman who has suffered at the Santiago Bernabeu. Other club legends have also been spat out – it almost seems like tradition at Madrid that their best players depart in acrimony.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas left in tears, sitting alone on a stage as he gave his farewell press conference in 2015, no club presence alongside him.His parents blamed president Florentino Perez for Casillas’s departure, even claiming they would prefer to see him play for Barcelona, “because they are gentlemen” rather than Porto.Casillas joined Madrid’s academy at nine years old, going on to captain the team and playing for the first team for 16 years.But in an ugly denouement to his career at the Bernabeu he fell out with Jose Mourinho and was labelled a ‘mole’ by some fans, who backed the coach over the player, tainting the relationship for good.Even Cristiano Ronaldo, the club’s finest ever player, was whistled by Madrid’s supporters at times and seemed to be at war with Perez for years before he left for Juventus in 2018.Ronaldo later blamed Perez for his departure, claiming the president no longer saw him as ‘indispensable’.In his final season at Madrid, David Beckham was left out when coach Fabio Capello claimed he would never wear the shirt again, although the Italian later relented.Even legendary striker Raul Gonzalez left in unfortunate circumstances, with some sectors of the crowd whistling him for not hitting his previous heights. Despite his status, he left the club he had hoped to retire at without fanfare, later saying his send-off “could have been better”.Other heroes like Alfredo Di Stefano and Zidane himself have felt ire from supporters in the past, adding to the strangeness of the club’s relationship with their most loved players.As well as ego clashes with the president, part of it comes from being so successful for so long. Players come and go, but the club keeps winning. Anybody who seems bigger than the club itself gets cut down to size.And in a team where there have been, over the past two decades, so many changes to the coaching staff and the squad, it creates a feeling of disposability.The Galacticos era is another factor, with it seeming like if one star left, another would arrive to replace them, meaning it was less important for the fans to show their key men how much they are adored.Madrid as a club have an almost ingrained arrogance, which on the one hand makes them special, and on the other leaves them in bizarre positions that no other sides experience. Bale is the latest to feel the brunt of it.Decades down the line, some may look back and regret not treating the Welshman with a little more respect.
LAFC meet the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a clash between two of the superpowers of MLS.Spearheaded by Carlos Vela, the hosts come into this match the runaway leaders of the Western Conference, having recorded three wins in their last four.Their New York rivals, however, are five points off the pace in the Eastern Conference, despite a 2-0 win over Toronto last time out. 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? Who will prevail at the Banc of California Stadium? Game LAFC vs New York Red Bulls Date Sunday, August 11 Time 3:00am BST / 10:00pm 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 Fox Sports 1 / Fox Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on FreeSports but will not be streamed. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports n/a Squads & Team News Position LAFC squad Goalkeepers Miller, Sisniega Defenders Zimmerman, Segura, Jakovic, Batista, Harvery, Beitashour, Blackmon Midfielders Atuesta, Guido, Kaye, Nguyen, Vassell Forwards Rossi, Blessing, Rodriguez, Vela, Perez, Diomande, Zelaya, Perez Mohamed El-Munir and Javi Perez miss out, while it seems highly unlikely that either Pablo Sisniega or Alejandro Guido might play.Brian Rodriguez has been added to the roster from Penarol, while Christian Ramirez was surprisingly traded to the Houston Dynamo.Possible LAFC starting XI: Miller; Harvey, Segura, Blackmon, Beitashour; Atuesta, Kaye, Blessing; Rossi, Diomande, Vela Position New York Red Bulls squad Goalkeepers Robles, Meara, Louro Defenders Parker, Long, Tarek, Nealis, Lawrence, Buckmaster, Murillo, Lade, Duncan Midfielders Davis, Rzatkowski, Casseres, Koffi, Gamarra, Bezecourt Forwards Royer, Sims, Muyl, Ivan, Mines, Wright-Phillips, Jorgensen, White, Barlow, Fernandezz Long-term injury concern Florian Valot continues to miss out for the New York Red Bulls, who will need to check on Alex Muyl late on.Southampton midfielder Josh Sims has arrived on loan.Possible New York Red Bulls starting XI: Robles; Murillo, Long, Parker, Lawrence; Casseres, Davis; Rzatkowski, Gamarra, Royet; WhiteBetting & Match Odds LAFC are red-hot 3/10 favorites to win this match with bet365. New York Red Bulls are out at 8/1, while the draw is on offer at 9/2.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview LAFC will attempt to continue its dominance of MLS Sunday when the club tackles the New York Red Bulls at the Bank of California Stadium in the highlight clash of the weekend. The Black and Gold is firmly established as the team to beat this season. Having picked up 52 points from a possible 69, they are 10 points better off than any other side in either division – and that is despite playing two matches short of Eastern Conference leaders the Philadelphia Union. In Carlos Vela, LAFC has MLS’ hottest property, with the Mexico international having contributed 22 goals in 22 games this season, while the team’s offense has struck 61 times, again a league-leading statistic by an enormous margin. “Concentration has been high,” Walker Zimmerman said when as to explain the high level of the team. “I think guys are realizing what we’re doing doesn’t happen every year. What we’re doing is special and I think guys notice that. And that kind of helps in our preparation because every game still matters. We’re chasing trophies, we’re chasing records in points and wins. It presents a challenge each and every game. And it helps guys get motivated every game.” But with such a strong record, LA has become a target for opponents, too. It recently lost the derby to the LA Galaxy, their third defeat of the season, and though the team bounced back with wins against Atlanta United and New England, it will face a massive test against a Red Bulls outfit that has specialized in playing the big guns this season. While Chris Armas’ side has been inconsistent, it has typically saved its best performances for the greatest stages. “I think we’ve done well against better teams this year,” midfielder Sean Davis said. “But we have to continue to improve against all teams. It doesn’t matter who we play, we have to show up with the right mentality. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing teams that are just trying to kick it long, we have to show up with the right mentality and how to combat that and play well.” New York boasts wins over MLS Cup champions Atlanta and the LA Galaxy this season, but as Luis Robles admitted, it will have to be at its best to take the points on Sunday. “Something that has become apparent this season is that we play to the level of our opponent,” the goalkeeper said. “So I’m hoping that plays out the same way against LAFC because they’re the top team. They’re the team that everyone’s gunning for. And it’s going to be a really good test for us.” Come full-time, the Red Bulls will know exactly where they sit in comparison to MLS’ star team.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 26: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field before their game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska began its 2018 season in odd fashion on Saturday. In fact, they didn’t technically begin their season at all.The Huskers’ season opener against Akron was cancelled after a lengthy weather delay. The two teams only got the opening kickoff in before lightning stopped the action.For a while, it looked like the game would be played Sunday morning instead. However, that alternative was ultimately nixed.The Scott Frost Era will officially begin next week against Colorado. It remains to be seen if the Huskers will add another game to their schedule.Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos issued a statement this afternoon on the decision to cancel the game.Bill Moos statement about last night’s cancellation. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/q1LeI9EU2u— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) September 2, 2018It will be interesting to see if Nebraska ultimately adds a game to its schedule. The Huskers could be around a .500 team, so adding a game might be the difference between making a bowl and not.In the meantime, Nebraska and Colorado will play next Saturday at home. It will be a rematch of the old Big 8/Big 12.The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Syracuse football commit Anthony Red has reportedly suffered an unspeakable loss.Red, a three-star offensive lineman in the 2019 class, reportedly lost his dad today. The father of the ACC commit reportedly collapsed on the sideline before a game and was later pronounced dead.“Word has come down to STM sidelines that Anthony Red’s father, who collapsed pregame, has died. He’s being consoled on sidelines by teammates. Just awful,” reports Sean Patrick Bowley.Word has come down to STM sidelines that Anthony Red’s father, who collapsed pregame, has died. He’s being consoled on sidelines by teammates. Just awful.#cthsfb— Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) September 15, 2018Red was being consoled by his teammates before kickoff.Waterbury’s Tyler Rudolph (4) embraces St Thomas More teammate and lineman Anthony Red, whose father died during their game vs. Choate. #cthsfb Red, from Bloomfield, is committed to Syracuse. pic.twitter.com/VV8rWymmkN— Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) September 15, 2018The Connecticut native later took to Twitter.Rip to my pops?— Ant⚡️ (@AnthonyRedJr1) September 15, 2018Red is ranked the No. 13 player in the state of Connecticut. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time. May his father rest in peace.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after the victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Few college football head coaches have been speculated about more this season than Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.Malzahn, who will apparently return to the Tigers in 2019, has heard his name surface in a bunch of rumors late in the season.Another one can be added to the list.Football Scoop is reporting that there’s “buzz” around Malzahn and the Georgia Tech job, which is opening up with Paul Johnson’s departure.From the report:Additionally, we were hearing buzz among SEC coaches that Gus Malzahn may be involved in the Georgia Tech search. We are not able to confirm whether talks took place or whether talks will take place in the future, but reports emerged Sunday that Malzahn told his staff he plans to return to Auburn in 2019.There is significant interest in this job among the coaching community, so expect other candidates to emerge as this search develops. Georgia Tech offers a strong degree and is located smack dab in the middle of one of the most talent-rich, football-crazed metro areas in the country.A former NFL coach, Ken Whisenhunt, has reportedly already interviewed for the Georgia Tech job. It’s unclear if the Yellow Jackets are seriously interested in any other candidates.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Penn State’s football program had a disappointing finish to the 2018 season.The Nittany Lions lost to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl on Tuesday afternoon, 27-24, to fall to 9-4 on the season.Penn State, which began the season with some College Football Playoff hopes, will finish the season ranked way outside of the top 10.James Franklin has decided to make some big changes.Penn State’s wide receivers coach has been fired.“Breaking: Penn State announces that wide receivers coach David Corley has been relieved of his duties effective immediately.”Breaking: Penn State announces that wide receivers coach David Corley has been relieved of his duties effective immediately“I appreciate David’s efforts this season but feel it is in our program’s best interest to make a change at this time” – James Franklin— John McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) January 2, 2019Franklin released the following statement:“I appreciate David’s efforts this season but feel it is in our program’s best interest to make a change at this time,” he announced.Stay tuned.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer coached his final game for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday night against the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl. In his final game as the team’s head coach, he did something he’s never done before: win a Rose Bowl.It’s the first of his career at the end of his career with the Buckeyes. Meyer ends his tenure with the Buckeyes as one of the most-successful head coaches in college football history.However, on Tuesday night, it was all about beating the Huskies. After Ohio State secured the onside kick in the final seconds of the game, cameras panned to Urban Meyer to see his reaction.Check it out.thank you @OSUCoachMeyer @OhioStFootball @OhioStAthletics #rosebowl2019 #BigTen pic.twitter.com/Mgzp7aweCE— TMC JR (@bubba0401) January 2, 2019After the game Tom Rinaldi asked Meyer if he plans to coach again. Meyer said he doesn’t see himself coaching again, though Florida fans might not believe him.Ohio State turns the page on the Urban Meyer era and Buckeye fans will see what Ryan Day can do with the program.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners scrambles with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Yesterday, Kyler Murray made the biggest decision of his career, choosing the NFL over the MLB. Now, the Heisman Trophy winner is taking the next step to insure he’s prepared for every scenario leading up to the draft.One of the main concerns surrounding Murray was his lack of an actual agent that worked with other clients in the NFL. Due to the fact that he was previously drafted by the Oakland Athletics, Scott Boras represented him from the baseball side of business.With Murray fully committed to becoming a quarterback at the highest level, his agent choice has been announced. It actually might spark an interesting debate around the league.According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Murray has chosen Erik Burkhardt as his agent.Considering that Burkhardt also represents Kliff Kingsbury, there could be a plethora of people wondering if the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals selects Murray with the first overall pick.Even though Arizona drafted Josh Rosen last season fairly early, Kingsbury raved about Murray during his time in college football.Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray chose Erik Burkhardt as his agent, per sources.Burkhardt also represents Cardinals’ HC Kliff Kingsbury, who said last fall he would take Murray if he had the No. 1 overall pick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019While every step closer to football is encouraging for those ready to watch him on the gridiron, it’s unfortunate for the Athletics to lose out on their top selection.However, it’s not everyday that an athlete has the talent and potential to be a first-round pick in two drafts for professional leagues.Murray will have his opportunity to impress scouts later this month during the NFL Combine.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to avoid a sack by linebacker Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)There are plenty of big games between huge college football programs in the years ahead. The latest matchup in the works could be a major showdown between the Big 12 and SEC.According to Dawgs247, the University of Georgia is in talks with Oklahoma University for a home-and-home series between the two programs. No date or time for the potential series has been revealed yet.The University of Georgia continues to work furiously behind the scenes in beefing up its future football schedules.Dawgs247 has learned Georgia is in talks with Oklahoma for a future home-and-home series, with no specific dates mentioned at this time, per sources. The Bulldogs and Sooners have only met once all-time and that came in the Rose Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game at the end of the 2017 season, an epic overtime affair that sent Georgia to the national championship game.Georgia won that lone game between the two programs in double overtime, 54-48, to advance to the College Football Playoff national championship, where it lost to Alabama.Earlier this week, Georgia added to its increasingly stacked non-conference schedule by adding ACC powerhouses Clemson and Florida State for future games.Georgia now has Power Five non-conference opponents on the schedule in 13 of the next 15 years. Among them is Texas, Oklahoma’s arch-rival, who the Bulldogs are slated to play in 2028 and 2029.Oklahoma’s next decade worth of non-conference opponents is a little murkier. Aside from games against Big Ten giants Michigan and Nebraska, and a 2020 game against Tennessee the Sooners have relatively little meat on their non-conference schedule.Georgia and Oklahoma have each played in their conferences respective title games in the last two years. Georgia won the SEC title in 2017, while Oklahoma has won back-to-back Big 12 titles.[Dawgs247]
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after beating the TCU Horned Frogs 40-28 during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)A New Jersey reporter revealed this week the bizarre conversation he had with the father of former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.Haskins, a New Jersey native, is expected to be a top pick in the first round of this year’s draft.NJ.com wanted to write a nice background feature on Haskins, the New Jersey native, and it led to a weird conversation with the father of the QB.The conversation started off tense:Me: It’s huge news for a New Jersey native to be in the mix to be the next Giants quarterback. I found my own sources and I’m going to write a story, but I’d really like to have you or Dwayne Jr. with a voice in the story. Can you give me some time?Haskins Sr.: I just want to be clear with you: What is the content of this article? What are you looking for? I’m familiar with aspects of reporters. I have an entertainment background. For me, I want the content to be consistent with our family core values. For me to participate in an interview, I want to make sure it’s accurate. What I came to realize throughout this process over the last 10 years, there are sources that are just not credible. They are self-serving and promoting to use Dwayne’s likeness. For me to participate, I need to know more in detail, who did you talk to? Because a two-minute or two-day encounter doesn’t define a relationship or know the core values or our faith and how we operate.And got weirder:Me: I’m listening to you, sir. I’m looking for the middle ground here. Who specifically are you talking about?Haskins Sr.: I’m not going to go into that. You should’ve come to me first.Me: I sent you a message two months ago. Respectfully, I did come to you first because I was looking for people you would recommend. When I didn’t get anybody, I started to talk to people I know. I found people who worked with or said they coached Dwayne as a young boy. I’m not interested in high school or college Dwayne. This is New Jersey Dwayne.Haskins Sr.: That’s not accurate, those people. That’s where I’m at on it. Let me pray on it.It’s reasonable for parents of top NFL Draft prospects to be on edge heading into the draft, and there’s been talk of Haskins’ stock dropping, so maybe this all just happened at a bad time for the family.Still, it’s a bizarre conversation, which can be read in full here.Mike Locksley, Maryland’s head coach who recruited Haskins out of high school, defended the family during a recent interview.“No not at all. It’s the exact opposite,” Locksley said in an interview with the Sports Junkies. “The very first day that he and his family touched down in Maryland, I had a chance to meet him. They came over to visit us here at Maryland. We had a summer camp going on. That was the first exposure that I had to he, his dad, his mom, his sister. I’m talking about a great, great family. I’m sure a lot has been made. Everybody likes to put some of these quarterback dads in these boxes, but I know this. His dad made a tremendous sacrifice in bringing his son down here to play in the DMV. They’re a very tight-knit family. Their family is based on faith. Good, good people.”It didn’t seem like Haskins and his family had any issues at Ohio State, either.Haskins will learn his NFL future in a matter of hours. The 2019 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. E.T.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)On Thursday afternoon, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was asked who the best quarterback he’s ever seen at the collegiate level.The Crimson Tide coach gave an honest reply: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.According to Alabama insider Cecil Hurts, Saban said Lawrence gave the Tide all they could handle in the national title game last season.“Trevor Lawrence played about as well against us in the championship game as anybody we’ve seen in recent times,” Saban said.Saban was asked, in a 150-year team context, about the best college quarterback he had seen: “Trevor Lawrence played about as well against us in the championship game as anybody we’ve seen in recent times.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) August 15, 2019During his time as a head coach in college football, Saban has faced his fair share of elite quarterbacks. Just last season he saw what Kyler Murray could do in the College Football Playoff.There’s also former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who gave Saban fits. Oh, and we can’t forget his battles against Deshaun Watson.However, perhaps no quarterback was as dominant against a Saban-led team than Lawrence. The star freshman passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers dominated the Tide in a 44-16 win.Lawrence is poised to assert his dominance of the ACC for at least two more years. Clemson enters the 2019 season as a favorite to make the College Football Playoff once again.An Alabama-Clemson national title rematch (again) is just what the doctor ordered.