League Cup No defence, no fight, no leaders – the same old story for Wenger in Wembley humiliation Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:43 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Julian Finney League Cup Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Opinion Arsenal’s defence was dismantled once again in a dismal second half showing against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final It started so well and ended with young supporters in tears. Arsenal’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City presented an opportunity of winning silverware midway through the season, a trophy that Arsene Wenger has yet to get his hands on throughout his two decades at the club.Quite simply, Arsenal weren’t at the races for much of Sunday’s showpiece Wembley match and the second-half performance bordered on embarrassing. Despite the Gunners starting impressively and looking composed on the ball, it took Sergio Aguero just 18 minutes to score the opening goal, latching on to a goal kick from Claudio Bravo which Shkodran Mustafi couldn’t deal with.Mustafi’s decision to appeal what looked like a shove in the back from Aguero was one that cost him extra seconds in recovering from the mistake and drew criticism from his former Valencia coach Gary Neville, who labelled the German’s defending as “pathetic”.Aguero has scored in each of his past five games in all competitions against Arsenal and he terrorises the Gunners defenders every time he comes up against them. Mustafi wasn’t the only culprit for the goal, though, with captain Laurent Koscielny ball watching and slow to react to Aguero’s run.The aged old quip of ‘Arsenal lacking leaders’ could not have rung more true at Wembley. They looked lost for ideas as Vincent Kompany struck City’s second from the edge of the box, once again exposing Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies and inability to assert themselves in games against elite opposition.Koscielny may have been captain but there was certainly no visible leadership on the pitch from him. Only the fired up Jack Wilshere, who won four fouls in the match, looked like he wanted to take the game to City along with the returning Aaron Ramsey, who was impressive before City’s dismantling of the defence.Arsenal’s team imbalance can be tracked back to the summer of 2015 when Petr Cech was the only player signed by Wenger despite the team clearly needing reinforcements across the pitch. The January arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund was an excellent piece of business but clearly not a priority for a team who leak goals on a week by week basis.Per Mertesacker is set to retire at the end of the season, Koscielny is injury and error prone, Calum Chambers proved again that he is not good enough to play for a top Premier League side, and 20-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding undoubtedly need some time out on loan. 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 A solid spine is the cornerstone of any successful football team and that is something Arsenal don’t have right now. City managed to overcome the Gunners through simple route one football on Sunday and that is damning on Wenger’s management nous more than anything.The Europa League remains Arsenal’s only realistic chance of winning a trophy this season and with a trip to the San Siro against AC Milan awaiting them, Wenger’s chances of salvaging a final year at the club are beginning to look slimmer with every match.
Transfers Klopp details how Liverpool can keep Salah and Co. at Anfield Chris Burton 02:31 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Reds have seen star turns such as Philippe Coutinho head for the exits while Emre Can could be next, but they are working to retain prized assets Jurgen Klopp has no intention of losing more key men at Liverpool, with the Reds aware of what it will take to keep Mohamed Salah and Co. happy.Philippe Coutinho saw his head turned by Barcelona in January, leading to a £142 million move, while Emre Can is continuing to run down his contract at Anfield and could be next to head for the exits.Liverpool are, however, planning long term with those at their disposal and acknowledge that on-field success will help to fend off interest from afar. 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 Salah is among the star turns to be generating transfer talk at present, amid strong links to Real Madrid, and Klopp is aware that sporting and financial factors have to be considered by the Reds as they seek to keep prized assets on Merseyside.He told reporters when quizzed on the future of in-demand talent: “Of course we want to keep them but they all have long contracts so it’s not like we have a big rush to do it tomorrow.“We are in constant talks, but our first job is to create something that everybody wants to be part of. “There are a lot of football clubs around and if they pay then it’s normal that a player thinks about it.“We cannot convince them with money, we have to do it with the football. I believe it is a really interesting project here at the moment.”Adding to that project is the priority for Klopp heading forward, with Liverpool having opted to wait until the summer before reinvesting the cash generated from Coutinho’s sale back into their squad.Klopp added on his transfer plans: “We want to keep this team together and strengthen it.”The Reds recently announced encouraging financial results, with chief operating officer Andy Hughes confirming that funds will be made available when the window of opportunity re-opens.He said: “Performance on the pitch and the reinvestment in our squad is always a priority and following the club’s record signing last month we will look to invest again in the summer.”Liverpool made Virgil van Dijk their record signing in January, with £75m paid to Premier League rivals Southampton, and they already have a summer deal in place for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Seven of Australia’s nine debutants took to the field in the first match against New Zealand, with the side proving too strong for the Kiwis, claiming a four touchdown win. Speaking to austouch.com.au following the game, Prasad said that to make the start that his side did and get that first win on the board was an ‘unreal feeling’. “The team was a bit nervous heading into it, it was unreal, it was good to get a good start,” Prasad said. “We’ve got nine debutants in the team, for them to go out like they did today was awesome.”Prasad knows what it’s like to be the debutant, having only made his first national team last year when he represented Australia in the Mixed Open division at the 2011 World Cup. To be now named co-captain with Kylie Hilder is something that is special to both players. “Lambo and I were both in the room when Mick announced it and getting it (the captaincy) off Ryan Pollock, that means a lot because he led us all through World Cup and getting it after he led us the way he did at World Cup was just unreal, I’m just so proud.”The new look team has had a short lead in time for the series, and despite so many new people in the team has bonded well. “We were a bit slow to begin with but Trent Touma is a bit of a clown, so he’s doing really well to get the team vibe together but we hang out in Lambo’s (Kylie Hilder’s) room most of the time and the team clown comes in.”The Australian Mixed Open team will aim to take out the division tomorrow afternoon when it meets New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex at 4.00pm. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: www.austouch.com.au www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
Birkirkara name Liverpool hero Riise as ‘first’ sporting directorby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool Champions League winner John Arne Riise has been named new sporting director of Maltese club Birkirkara FC.Birkirkara have announced the role has been created for Riise.“John shall work together with the Club Technical Director, Mr. Michael Valenzia and Senior Team Manager, Mr. Jeffrey Farrugia in a new set-up which shall commence with immediate effect,” a club statement read.“Further details of the clubs plans for the future shall be published in the next few days.”Birkikara are four-time Maltese League winners, winning the title the last time five years ago. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny: Why I had to leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny has opened up on his departure from Arsenal.The French defender left Arsenal under somewhat of a cloud as he forced his way out by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour to America.But the 34-year-old has now revealed he wanted to leave for the sake of his family.Koscielny told L’Equipe: “A Premier League season is very long. It requires a lot physically and mentally. I didn’t feel I could play 40-50 matches and I didn’t want to end my career with injuries.”I’ve gone down a level, but to take more pleasure.”Either I finished there or changed clubs. With my family, we felt it was time.”Everything was in my thinking: football, my physical state, my wife, my children, the daily life we could have.”I can only say that I left with my head held high. All of those I worked with for nine years… everyone respected my decision to return home with my family.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard ready to face Spainby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard is ready to play for Norway against Spain on Saturday night.The two nations will meet in Oslo as they look to take a step towards qualification for the 2020 European Championship.Odegaard is set to go up against his current Real Sociedad teammates, as well as his teammates at his parent club, Real Madrid.”It’s going to be very special because I’m going to play against teammates and friends,” he told the Norwegian press.”But we’re only thinking about the game and we want to do our best.”We know that the first thing tomorrow is to be good in defence. The work that we’re doing on the pitch and our positioning will be the most important things.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learnby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc says dropping Jadon Sancho yesterday was the right call.Sancho had returned late from international duty with the England squad and was dropped for the win over Borussia Monchengladbach.”We did not make the decision easily, but it was without alternative. Sancho is an excellent player, but we have a responsibility for the club, for the spirit in the team,” said Zorc.BVB coach Lucien Favre also spoke of the former Manchester City winger: “Jadon is a great player, not a discussion. But he still has a lot to learn. He must continue to enjoy training and progress.”
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has paid tribute to his team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who is set to depart the club after four and a half seasons. The 31-year-old is closing in on a move to Monaco, where he will link up with manager Thierry Henry, a team-mate of Fabregas at Arsenal. Before leaving Chelsea, Fabregas had one final chance to say farewell to the Stamford Bridge faithful on Saturday. 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? Fabregas captained the Blues in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, and was emotional when he was taken off the pitch late in the match.Hazard has been at Chelsea every step of the way with Fabregas, winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup together. And the Blues star has praised his outgoing team-mate, while also taking the chance to get a playful jab at a player now on the wrong side of 30.”In five years I can say that I was lucky to play with him,” the Belgium international told reporters after the Forest game. “Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together. “Top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, a great friend of mine. I hope he will have a good future.”He’s a bit old now! But he’s still very good and he will enjoy.”Fabregas all but confirmed his move away after the match, saying: “I can’t say anything out of respect for Chelsea but everyone knows the situation.”
Hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero was quick off the mark again as Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to two points with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.Pep Guardiola’s side had faced the prospect of falling seven points behind Liverpool after Tuesday’s shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle United, but the league leaders could only manage a home draw with Leicester City the following day.And with Jurgen Klopp’s charges not in action again until Monday’s trip to West Ham, City got to within touching distance of the summit as Aguero broke the deadlock after just 46 seconds. 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? Laurent Koscielny’s leveller against the run of play reminded City of their opponents’ quality, but unlike at St James’ Park – when Aguero’s goal after just 24 seconds came in a losing effort – the reigning champions bounced back to wrap up the points.Aguero took the match ball with two close-range finishes, the latter having hit his arm, to ramp up the pressure on the Merseysiders and keep Arsenal in sixth, three points adrift of the Champions League spots.10 – Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick is his tenth in the Premier League for Manchester City; only Alan Shearer (11) has more in the competition’s history. Magic. #MCIARS pic.twitter.com/Avmh184Z6J— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2019City started the match in third spot following Tottenham’s victory over Newcastle but had won their last four home games with an aggregate score of 24-0, and another three points seemed inevitable after Aguero’s early stooping header from Aymeric Laporte’s cross.Indeed ,Guardiola, who has never lost a match to Arsenal boss Unai Emery in all competitions, saw his side make a barnstorming start and Aguero had a penalty appeal waved away following contact from Shkodran Mustafi before Raheem Sterling stung the palms of Bernd Leno.An offside flag cut short celebrations when Laporte nodded in Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick, but a seemingly beleaguered Gunners side hit back when Nacho Monreal flicked on Lucas Torreira’s corner and Koscielny headed in.Ederson had to be alert to clear from in front of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he looked to get on the end of Alexandre Lacazette’s throughball, with the visitors evidently growing into the contest.But their hard work was undone a minute before the interval as Aguero tapped home from Sterling’s low cross.The hosts sought to put the game to bed in the second half and De Bruyne should have done better at the end of a swift counter-attack in which he had played a key role, but the Belgian’s finish was tame.It took until after the hour mark for City to end Arsenal’s hopes, Aguero getting the scruffiest of goals after the ball struck his arm as he slid in when Leno failed to collect Sterling’s cross.A late Denis Suarez debut cameo did little to lift the Gunners’ gloom and City will now watch Liverpool’s trip to West Ham with interest.FULL-TIME | @aguerosergiokun’s 10th @premierleague hat-trick means we take another valuable three points! Back to winning ways!3-1 #MCIARS #mancity pic.twitter.com/vgS7gPyX6e— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 3, 2019What does it mean? City title tilt back on trackThe defeat at Newcastle, though somewhat mitigated by Liverpool’s slip-up 24 hours later, was a shock to the system for a City side who were uncharacteristically lacklustre in midweek. This showing was far more befitting of champions and once more the pressure is back on Liverpool.Aguero the goal machineDoes Aguero always get the credit he deserves? A prolific striker in the Premier League season after season, and yet who raises his name in conversations about modern greats of the game? This treble moved him onto 157 top-flight goals for City and you can be sure there are more to come.Kolasinac lacking tactical disciplineWhen you visit the Etihad, you have to be prepared to do a great deal of work without the ball, but Sead Kolasinac did not seem up for that. Despite ostensibly being deployed as a left wing-back, the German’s average position was higher up the field than Lacazette. His passing accuracy of 52.6 per cent will also have contributed to Emery’s decision to take him off after 66 minutes.Key Opta facts- Manchester City have won four consecutive top-flight games against Arsenal for the first time since April 1937.- Since the start of 2018, only two teams have lost more away games than Arsenal (12) in the Premier League – Brighton (14) and Huddersfield (13).- Manchester City have won eight of their nine games in all competitions in 2019 (L1), scoring 34 goals and conceding just four in return.- Aguero has been directly involved in 27 goals in his last 15 home starts in the Premier League (22 goals, 5 assists).- At the age of 24 years and 57 days, Sterling has become the seventh youngest player in Premier League history to register 100 goal involvements in the competition (59 goals, 40 assists).- 50 per cent of Manchester City’s goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been from set pieces; the highest ratio in the division (10/20).What’s next?City travel to Everton on Wednesday having beaten the Toffees 3-1 on home soil in December, while Emery’s side are next in action at rock-bottom Huddersfield Town next Saturday. read more
(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Referee Ron Cherry took a nasty shot to the head and was knocked out by a USC player.Ron Cherry is a well-known referee in football. He’s well-known for one play call individual.But we’ll get to that later.First things first. Cherry took a helmet-to-head hit and went limp right away. With so much concern surrounding helmet-to-helmet hits, its easy to see why Cherry went down. Although he wasn’t hit too hard, the contact was more than enough to knock him down.Ron Cherry just got knocked out in the USC-Notre Dame game. @RedditCFB pic.twitter.com/7XMUkSm2xl— Henry Skutt (@henryskutt) November 26, 2016Cherry did get up and walk off the field under his own power, but looked clearly dazed.This is the same ref who gave us one of the best moments from a referee in football history.Ron Cherry is a legend. Not sure “giving him the business” is in the refereeing dictionary, but that won’t stop this guy.We wish him a very speedy recovery and wish him well.
Newcastle United and Wolves open up the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.It has been a shambolic summer so far for the Magpies, who begin their pre-season campaign without a manager – much less having signed a player – following the drawn-out departure of Rafael Benitez at the end of his contract. Wolves, meanwhile, are quietly seeking to build upon a promising 2018-19 season, which will see them return to Europe on July 25 with a tie against either Crusaders or B36 Torshavn. 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? Game Newcastle vs Wolves Date Wednesday, July 17 Time 11am BST / 6am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast. US TV channel Online stream n/a n/a In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Newcastle squad Goalkeepers Dubravka, Darlow, Woodman, Harker Defenders Clark, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Lazaar, Sterry, Bailey, Watts, Allan Midfielders Ki, Colback, Shelvey. Ritchie, Hayden, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff Forwards Aarons, Murphy, Gayle, Muto Newcastle starting XI: Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Clark, Lazaar, Hayden, Shelvey, Colback, Murphy, Ritchie, Muto.Subs: Harker, Woodman, Dummett, Manquillo, Bailey, Fernandez, Schar, Watts, Ki, M.Longstaff, S.Longstaff, Aarons, Allan, Sorensen Position Wolves squad Goalkeepers Patricio, Ruddy, Norris Defenders Bennett, Boly, Otto, Coady, Vinagre, Francis, Kilman, Marques, Miranda, Sanderson Midfielders Neves, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Gibbs-White, Cundle, Perry, Taylor, Wan Forwards Jota, Traore, Corbeanu, Ennis, Samuels Wolves starting XI: Patricio, Bennett, Neves, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White, Jota, Otto, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traore.Subs: Ruddy, Sanderson, Miranda, Perry, Vinagre, Norris, Cundle, Francis, Marques, Samuels, Taylor, Ennis, Kilman, Hong Wan.Betting & Match Odds Wolves are odds-on favourites with bet365 , priced at 19/20. Newcastle can be backed at 11/4, while the draw is 5/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview The Premier League Asia Trophy is supposed to be an opportunity for managers to begin to finalise their plans for the forthcoming season, but for Newcastle, matters are rather more complicated as they play their first pre-season fixture of the season against Wolves.The St. James’ Park side have yet to replace Rafael Benitez in the dugout, and while Steve Bruce appears poised to take over , he faces a massive challenge in filling the void the popular Spaniard has left.Indeed, Benitez was widely believed to have performed miracles last season to make Newcastle as competitive as they were, and with not a single signing made yet this summer, the club is already playing catch up in a big way.Just how far they lag their rivals will become clearer after their two-game trip to the Far East, though captain Jamaal Lascelles is looking forward to the challenge.“We are travelling to China and it’s going to be a great experience playing in a completely different country with different surroundings and environment. We are very thankful to be taking part,” he told the club’s official website.“Winning games will put a marker down and set an example for what we are going to do during the new season.“I do think every game we play, especially in pre-season, will push us toward a good start of the season. We will be looking to win the games.”Wolves, meanwhile, are not without question marks themselves this summer, having seen the size of their squad trimmed, with popular players Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro leaving on loan.The Molineux club are, however, expected to answer these challenges later in the summer, although the situation complicates the early part of their campaign, which will see them thrust into Europa League action.Nuno Espirito Santo accepts the limitations of his squad before the China trip but has talked up the importance of the matches to his team.“It going to be tough because we have a very short squad – we brought a lot of boys, U18s to help us,” the Portuguese noted.“We prepare ourselves, but at the same time we are in a different environment, so we have to be flexible, patient. The Asia Trophy is very important, a very good competition. It’s one more step in preparation for the season ahead.”The winner of this tie will play the winner of the later semi-final between Manchester City and West Ham on July 20 in Shanghai, while the loser will take part in a third-place play-off immediately before that clash. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas football’s Jeffrey McCulloch had a very scary moment on Thursday in rainy Austin.The area experienced heavy rain, leading to numerous road closures and flash flood warnings in the region.McCulloch, a junior linebacker who has played in every game this year and started one, hydroplaned and hit a telephone poll.Tom Herman updated Jeffrey McCulloch’s status after practice on Tuesday.From the Austin American-Statesman:Texas linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch was involved in a single-car crash on Tuesday after his vehicle hydroplaned on a wet road and hit a light pole, UT coach Tom Herman said.McCulloch was treated at the scene and went for more treatment at a local hospital. After complaining about neck soreness, McCulloch was expected to have a CT scan, the coach said.“All early indications are that he should be OK,” Herman said after Tuesday’s practice. “He hydroplaned and hit a light pole. Single-car accident and want to make sure everything is OK.”McCulloch has recorded 15 total tackles in seven games, including three tackles for loss. He also has one pass break-up through seven games.Hopefully any issues he’s dealing with are minor. The Longhorns are on bye this week, ahead of an Oct. 27 game at Oklahoma State.[Austin American-Statesman]
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)The College Football Playoff has been around for five years, and in four of them, Alabama has taken on Clemson in one of the games. Three times, they’ve played in the national title contest against one another.The general public – along with the rest of the teams in college football – is getting tired of the matchup.Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN and currently with Stadium, has a clear and simple message for those hating on the situation college football finds itself in.He says that if you’re sick of this matchup – beat one of them. Makes sense.Alabama & Clemson are combined 106-4 last 4 years when not playing each other. If you’re sick of Bama & Clemson in @CFBPlayoff title game, then beat them— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 31, 2018Of course, that isn’t really up to the fans. It’s on the other programs in college football to find a way to stop this cycle.As for the game itself, tickets are a bit cheaper this year. The field also could be an issue, given the location.This year’s title game will take place on Monday night.
“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys… All that stuff you write about how good we are and all that stuff they hear on ESPN, it’s like poison. It’s like taking poison, like rat poison, aight.”Hurts left Saban’s side after the 2018 college football season. He had lost the starting job at the start of the season and had been used mostly in spot duty.Now a member of the Sooners, Hurts has quickly emerged as a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy.Are Oklahoma and Alabama on a collision course for the College Football Playoff once again? NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban celebrate thier win after the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)You can take Jalen Hurts out of Alabama, but you can’t take all of Alabama out of Jalen Hurts. During a press conference this week, Hurts reminded everybody of his time with Nick Saban with one simple reference.Speaking to the media this week, Hurts downplayed the idea that Oklahoma would breeze by South Dakota in Week 2. But when he referred to the media coverage of the upcoming game as “rat poison,” that got a big chuckle from the crowd.Via 247Sports:“We’re going to treat every game the same… We’ll let y’all (the media) talk about the rat poison of it (laughs). We’re going to focus on what we need to focus on, and, you know, try to get better; fix our mistakes.”Nick Saban famously referred to positive media coverage as “rat poison” in 2017 following a narrow win over Texas A&M. The Alabama boss said that hearing that kind of positive stuff from ESPN was “like taking poison.”
scorecard No data available! advertisement graphs Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 yearsIPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane hits a hundred days after being removed as Rajasthan Royals captain for the remainder of the 2019 Indian Premier League. view more view less commentary Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 21:27 IST Ajinkya Rahane hit his 2nd IPL hundred as Rajasthan Royals moved into a strong position vs Delhi Capitals. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his 2nd IPL hundred as Rajasthan Royals moved into a strong position vs Delhi CapitalsRahane had last hit a hundred in the IPL back in 2012On Saturday, Ajinkya Rahane was removed as RR captain and replaced by Steve SmithAjinkya Rahane hit his 2nd hundred in the Indian Premier League and his 1st since 2017 as Rajasthan Royals dominated Delhi Capitals in Jaipur in a crucial 2019 IPL match on Monday.Rahane had last scored an IPL hundred in an emphatic win for Rajasthan Royals over Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15, 2012. Rahane had smashed 103 not out off 60 balls and was named man-of-the-match.Ajinkya Rahane has been under the pump this summer. After a fluent 70 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rahane was dismissed for a duck in Chennai against the Super Kings. Following a string of low scores, low strike rate and defeats, Rajasthan Royals sacked Ajinkya Rahane as captain and asked Steve Smith to take over, albeit for a handful of matches.Against Mumbai Indians, Steve Smith hit a classy fifty and young Riyan Parag made 43 and a strong impression as the Royals stormed to a win. Meanwhile, there was growing criticism around Rahane’s performance at the top of the order.It was time to deliver and in style.Ajinkya Rahane was dropped on 16 by Ishant Sharma off Axar Patel. He was relentless after the lucky escape and made Delhi Capitals pay. He was particularly harsh on Chris Morris – a flick over fine leg for six was a shot of magic. The very next ball, Rahane lofted Morris over cover with typical grace to move into the 80s.That’s a well-made half-century for @ajinkyarahane88 #RR 71/1 after 8 overs. pic.twitter.com/HfC9BqWsqM IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019There was a time when Ajinkya Rahane played some classy knocks in the IPL. His most productive season came in 2012 when he hit 560 runs including an unbeaten 103. In 2013, he hit 488 runs before a 540-run season in 2015. The next year, Rahane hit 480 runs including 6 fifties from 14 matches.advertisementAjinkya Rahane had started to cement his place in the Indian ODI team after the 2017 Champions Trophy. With runs in West Indies and at home against Australia, there was a feeling Rahane would be a strong contender for the World Cup in England.However, the Indian team management never went back to him after the tour of South Africa but he continues to remain a key member of the Test team.Also Read | When Dhoni bats, it is difficult for bowlers: RR skipper Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | IPL 2019: Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Delhi Capitals
graphs Next No data available! commentary scorecard Saurabh Kumar PuneOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 16:17 IST Virat Kohli lead Team India to another win with a majestic double hundred. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli now ranks 3rd on the list of captains with most wins till their 50th Test with 30 victoriesMS Dhoni had registered 26 wins in his first 50 Test as captain and is ranked joint 5thVirat Kohli also became the 1st Indian Test captain to force South Africa to follow-onIndian captain Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his already bulky cap but this time after leading his team to an innings and 137 runs win over the South Africa in the second Test in Pune. This was India’s biggest margin of victory against South Africa in the longest format of the game.Kohli now ranks 3rd on the list of captains with most wins till their 50th Test with 30 victories. Steve Waugh leads the list with a record 37 wins with Ricky Ponting following second with 35 victories in 50 Test matches. Kohli’s predecessor MS Dhoni had registered 26 wins in his first 50 Test as captain and is ranked joint 5th along with Michael Vaughan and Mark Taylor.Kohli also joined the likes of Stephen Fleming, Alastair Cook and Steve Waugh as only the 4th ever captain to score a century in his 50th game at the helm.What a Test match for this man and his team #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/4ul30wmFz7ICC (@ICC) October 13, 2019During the course of his innings, Kohli also went past Bradman to become the player with most 150+ scores as Test captain. While Bradman had achieved the feat eight times in his career, Kohli has now done it nine times so far.Michael Clarke, Mahela Jayawardene, Brian Lara, and Graeme Smith are all tied at the third spot as they all achieved the milestone seven times.Virat Kohli also became the 1st Indian Test captain to force South Africa to follow-on, after sitting on a hefty overnight lead of 326. Kohli, who didn’t have any ton to his name this year, has now become the Indian batsman with most number of double tons to his name.advertisementVirat Kohli is also the only Indian to smash 40 hundreds in international cricket as captain and is now just two tons away from surpassing Ponting’s tally of 41.India outclassed South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test of the three-match rubber to clinch the Freedom Trophy with a contest to go.After winning the toss, India rode skipper Virat Kohli’s double century, opener Mayank Agarwal’s 108 and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s 91 to amass a mammoth 601/5d on the board and later the host bowlers wrapped up both innings of South Africa in less than two days.It was also India’s 11th consecutive series win at home, which is another world record. India’s current streak started in February 2013 when they blanked the visiting Australians 4-0.Also Read | Pune Test: Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and bowlers star in India’s biggest win over South AfricaAlso Read | 25 wins, 1 loss: India complete record-breaking 11th consecutive home Test series winAlso Read | Wriddhiman ‘Superman’ Saha: Fans hail wicketkeeper as best in the world after stunning catch in Pune TestAlso Read | Pune Test: Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to enforce follow-on vs South AfricaAlso See: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 Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow Test captain advertisement Virat Kohli betters MS Dhoni record with 30 wins in 50 Tests as captainVirat Kohli registered his 30th win till 50th Test as India outclassed South Africa by innings and 137 runs in Pune Test to take 2-0 unbeatable lead in the 3-match series. view more view less
Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men If you are unfamiliar with Anthem Wares, our go-to online store for discovering the best new labels, you are missing out on some seriously cool and innovative design. Launched in September 2012, Anthem Wares may be a young gun, but its team has a true eye for style in discovering covetable, hard-to-find pieces from independent luxury brands and artisans. Choosing only the best and brightest products from each designer collection, Anthem Wares also works with brands on exclusive collaborations to offer customers unique access to their craft.With spring on the horizon, we are all itching to stash winter clothing and bust out the shorts and sunglasses. We are once again on the hunt for new pieces to update our current warm-weather wardrobes. But sometimes, all it takes is a great accessory or two to make your current closet situation feel shiny and new. What are we coveting more than anything this season? There is nothing like a sleek bag with timeless appeal to give your outfit instant cohesion. Take a backpack, for example. This simple piece becomes extraordinary when the design details are on point. “Leather, canvas and suede appear to be the backpack fabrics of choice by high-end fashion houses, offering an organic and masculine aesthetic whilst remaining lightweight and durable,” Cristina Salazar, Anthem Wares buyer said.And backpacks aren’t the only grips getting attention. We asked four cool guys with great personal style to peruse Anthem Wares and choose a spring bag they can’t live without. Check out their picks below.Drek Martinez, DJ/ProducerAs a DJ, I travel and spend a lot of my time on a plane. I love to carry my laptop with me everywhere, so the Haerfest Shell Backpack would be perfect for me. Haerfest Shell BackpackMcArthur Joseph, Creative Director of Daily MisterThere’s nothing chicer and more elegant than a man toting a leather portfolio. Versatility, lightness and the ability to carry essentials make the Bonastre Document Holder the perfect option for spring. Bonastre Document HolderJeff Laub, Owner of The Blind BarberRight now, I am looking for a bag that allows me to have all my essentials to go about my day in NYC. It’s tough to go back and forth from work to the apartment and back out again, so the bag really needs to have all the pockets necessary to compartmentalize my life. Plus, it would fit my dog Moose. Sandqvist Ingo Duffel BagCharles Thorp, Senior Entertainment Reporter/Critic at Us WeeklyAs a writer, my Macbook goes with me everywhere. So he must be properly suited up for all occasions, whether it’s at the café or a buttoned-up business meeting. Case Logic is great, but Bonastre is better. Bonastre Large FolderTo learn more about Anthem Wares and to shop for all of the above bags, visit anthemwares.com. Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Best American Liqueur 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make
The Preakness Stakes can very often be the forgotten race in horse racing’s Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby is the first race in the series and is full of pageantry and Southern charm. The Belmont Stakes is usually the home of history, since any Triple Crown hopeful will have to win at the longest track in order to achieve their ultimate goal.However, the “middle child” of the Triple Crown has it’s own history and charms—including the fifth annual Infield Fest on Saturday, May 17. Infield Fest is billed as the Baltimore region’s biggest party and caps off a week of festivities in and around the Pimlico racetrack. This year, the festivities start at 8:20 AM when Kristen & The Noise play the first of their three sets of the day. The music continues through the afternoon with sets by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chevelle and Pitbull all before the horses take post position. An eclectic lineup to be sure, but, again, the Preakness has its own sense of tradition—it is not the Kentucky Derby Part II.If this all sounds too early, then you will be reassured by both the Beer Garden and MUG Club tickets that can be purchased. In those venues, you’ll be able to get your hands on a variety of beers and cocktails, including the traditional drink of the Preakness, the Black Eyed Susan—a mixture of vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, blackberry simple syrup and bitters named after the flower of the Preakness—which many find to be more refreshing than the Kentucky Derby’s mint julep.And this year, the Pimlico racetrack will host the first ever Preakness Eve Infield concert on Friday, May 16. The Friday before the Preakness is known as Black Eyed Susan Day, which celebrates the running of the Black Eyed Susan stakes for three-year-old fillies. The Preakness Eve concert will feature performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, Rodney Atkins and Rachel Farley; and will also be another chance to throw back a few Black Eyed Susan cocktails.This Saturday, don’t let the Preakness pass you by. It’s an American sporting tradition. A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races
Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master National Martini Day is over, but there is never not a good time for a Grey Goose cocktail. No matter the season or the reason, the premium vodka is versatile and craft bartenders around the country are proving that, lately more than ever. Check out these new cocktails and the ways bartenders across the country are using the spirit’s flavor profile to bring their cocktails to new heights.Grey Goose Such is Mango(Dan Sabo, Beverage Manager and Bartender at the Ace Hotel)1.5 oz Grey Goose le poire.75 oz Mango puree.5 oz Ginger Syrup.5 oz Lime juice.25 oz Benedictine2 Dashes Brother’s Aztec Chocolate Bitters5 Drops SrirachaMethod: Add ingredients to mixing tin with cube ice and shake. Double strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lime and ginger slice.Related: Blue Tooth Enabled Vodka: What Hath God Wrought?Grey Goose High Five(Created by Guillaume Jubien for the 2015 ESPY Awards)1.5 oz Grey Goose1 oz Watermelon juice (cold press)2 oz Coconut water (cracked open).5 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice.5 oz Habanero pepper syrup*Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice and strain over fresh ice in a long glass and garnish with a red-hot chili pepper.*Habanero Pepper Syrup:32 oz water1 lb. sugarMethod: Heat up on a pan and dissolve sugar until it become a syrup. Slice 1 habanero pepper without seed and infuse cooling down syrup. Strain.Kings’ Highway(Jeff Bell collaborating with fashion company Ovadia & Sons)2 oz Grey Goose® VX.25 oz Belle de Brillet Pear LiqueurBarspoon Honey SyrupLemon TwistRocks 2″ cubeMethod: StirGrey Goose VX Martini Exceptionelle5 oz. Grey Goose ® VXAbsinthe rinseSpray of honey waterGarnish or skewer of frozen grapesMethod: Rinse absinthe in glass. Stir VX over ice and strain in martini glass. Spray honey water into glass. Garnish with frozen grapes, a peach slice, or no garnish at all.(“Such is Mango” pictured above) 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Editors’ Recommendations 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient
This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Instead of shedding serious cash at Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, or Pitchfork music festivals this summer, take a more adventurous approach to summer events and join a Cotopaxi Questival ($42 per person).Outdoor gear brand Cotopaxi (look for its trademark llama emblem), created an adult, 24-hour adventure scavenger hunt where participants race to complete 300+ challenges (from cannonballing into a natural body of water, seeking local urban art murals, speed pitching a donut at a teammates face, or volunteering at a soup kitchen).After starting their Questival event in 2014, Cotopaxi expanded the scavenger hunt to more than 50 locations in the U.S. and Canada in 2017.The Manual caught wind of this somewhat bizarre team-based event and enrolled for the challenge, taking to Denver, Colorado to see whether it’s worth skipping your favorite music festival or bacon-eating bonanza for a weekend of eating worms, camping in a hand-made shelter, holding a log-toss competition, and pretending an avocado is a dragon’s egg from Game of Thrones.Consensus: Questival is so worth it.Questival kicks off with a welcome party where all teams gather to receive their “totem.” This totem must be present when each experience on the scavenger hunt list (different for each city) is completed. Using the Questival app on your phone, any teammate can capture a photo of the experience being completed. (You’ll have a hilarious archive of photos and videos after the event is completed.) Once a task is completed, your team earns points.At the welcome party each team member also receives a badass Cotopaxi Luzon backpack, plus some tasty provisions. Once the race commences, teams scatter throughout the city doing hilarious challenges (i.e. trust fall a stranger, give someone a compliment in your best foreign accent, eat a raw clove of garlic).Our suggestion: get a big team together (6 people max is allowed). Having more people to complete different challenges makes earning points easier. Even if you invite your neighbors who you kinda-sorta know, you’ll become best mates by the end of the first evening. It’s also great as an untraditional double date.Gaining points becomes addictive as you can watch how your team ranks among the other competitors.But what’s the winning strategy? Getting outdoors!Although many of the challenges involve being in an urban city setting, you’ll earn the most points by completing outdoor challenges that involve camping, hiking, and campfires. (Tip: campgrounds fill up quick so reserve your spot in advance.)A rep for Cotopaxi told The Manual that nobody has ever completed every challenge… which isn’t surprising considering some of the events are drinking milk from a lactating farm animal and going to Mexico.But hey, if you’re adventurous enough you could be the first to win them all. And trust us, once you begin a Questival, the energy of the event and rush of getting out of your comfort zone makes you game for staying up all night completing wild tasks.Once the race closes, the teams with the most points win wicked prizes including travel vouchers, Cotopaxi gear, outdoor equipment, and additional prizes from sponsors.So take that Bonaroo.To locate the closets Questival to you, check out the nationwide events schedule here. Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Editors’ Recommendations