TagsOpinionAbout the authorEdward StratmannShare the loveHave your say Three key issues Solskjaer must address to clean up Man Utd messby Edward Stratmann10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIn the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking from Manchester United, the club have chosen to replace him with former hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Stepping into the role of interim manager, the Norwegian has many issues to address in his quest to arrest the side’s fortunes and the negativity surrounding the club. Our columnist looks at three key issues he’ll need to confront…Boost morale and team happinessUnder the stewardship of Mourinho, a man who was never shy in criticising his players in public and letting his opinion fly in a forceful manner, there was no escaping the detrimental impact this had on the squad. Couple this with his pragmatic tactics and the palpable tension surrounding United was rife. On a massive downhill spiral, Man Utd currently find themselves 19 points behind table leading Liverpool as a result, an unacceptable position to be in for a club of United’s quality and stature. With Solskjaer now taking over the reigns, his first challenge will be to return some much needed confidence and positivity into this group. Crucially, he’s shown from his previous posts that he backs his players and shows plenty of belief in his troops. This should unquestionably be a breath of fresh air for a United team who had clearly grown tired of Mourinho’s demoralising style and approach. Sort out PogbaThe strained relationship between Paul Pogba and Mourinho had become a disappointing, ongoing saga, as the duo had been battling it out for the best part of a year. While Mourinho stoked the fire by publicly lambasting him many times and dropping him regularly, the French World Cup winner didn’t cover himself in glory either due to his antics, with his outspoken nature getting himself into hot water and frustrating Mourinho on many occasions. Never really seeming to trust Pogba, Mourinho duly struggled to get the best out of his £89 million star.Having previously stated his admiration of Pogba and worked with him during his time coaching the United reserves, Solskjaer will relish the opportunity to involve the former Juventus whizz. “I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt,” he said back in August. “That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.”It’ll therefore be expected we’ll see the tremendously talented Pogba immediately restored to the starting lineup against Cardiff City this weekend, with the enigmatic midfielder set to be an integral component of the 45-year-old’s plans.Offensive football to returnAs the unrest grew on many fronts, the stifling tactics often implemented by the Portuguese manager were a key bone of contention among many. Judging on Solskjaer’s previous experiences, the new man in charge should bring some bolder, more attackingly geared football to Old Trafford, something that will be music to the United faithful’s ears.Although it’ll take some time for his ideas to bed in, once they’ve been taken on board, Solskjaer will be hoping to get his team playing some progressive and exciting possession football. Previously noting Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson as two of his idols and never afraid to give youth a chance, he’ll insist on United building out from the back, pushing the full backs high and using the breathtaking pace and dynamism of the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to stretch defences.All things considered, he’s certainly got a massive task ahead of him to get things back on track to revive the ailing Manchester giants. Possessing an invaluable love and knowledge of the club, a desire to play offensive football and wanting to get his players back enjoying their football, watching him go about his work will be fascinating as he’ll do everything in his power to rejuvenate his beloved United.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock hails away fans for Crystal Palace stalemateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock hailed the away support for their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.Warnock made a point of instructing his side to applaud the 1,700 away end, with the players handing over shirts to supporters in the crowd.He said: “When you’ve got fans like that and a club supporting you, you’ve always got a chance. Our dressing room is our strength, but I think we play a lot more than we get credit for.”I think the lads get tainted because they’re my team, whereas I think we play as well as a lot of teams in the league and we’ve got a bit of steel about us.””I’m really pleased for the fans. We’ve had one point in I don’t know how many games. To keep that volume up is unbelievable, so all credit to them.”Warnock added: “We looked at the last time they played Burnley and I think they had 30-odd shots, so we knew what we’d be up against.”But I thought we were really well organised and broke at pace when we got time. I thought their keeper made the best save of the game if I’m honest from Kadeem and at the end we kept going and nearly won it at the death.”I know it was a 0-0 draw but I thought it was an exciting 0-0 draw if I’m honest.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hoedt free to leave Southampton admits Hasenhuttlby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted Wesley Hoedt is free to leave the club this month.The Dutch defender has yet to feature for Saints since Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes last month.”Nearly every player [has] played a game until now but he didn’t. It’s difficult,” Hasenhuttl said.”I made a decision for (Jannik) Vestergaard, Jack Stephens at Derby. I think Jack will take the part of Maya Yoshida who is gone for one month.”Yeah, it’s not the best for Wesley, that’s right. It’s the same for Gabbiadini or Steven (Davis). The guys went away to find other solutions, it’s better for them.”For Wesley it can be the same. We don’t send any player away but if he feels like he is not used like wants from us, he should think about it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
PSG chief Leonardo to try again for Tottenham defender Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Leonardo is ready to try again for Tottenham defender Serge Aurier.With the January market looming, Leonardo still wants to bring Aurier back to PSG, says Sportmediaset.The Ivorian was on Leonardo’s shopping list over the summer, but ran out of time to do the deal.The pair are close and talks will resume ahead of the market reopening in the New Year.PSG would favour an initial loan arrangement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal post new update on Lacazetteby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have posted an update on Alexandre Lacazette.The Frenchman has been recovering from an ankle injury that has persisted since preseason.He has missed the club’s last three games and won’t return until October.A statement on the club’s website said: “Left ankle. Alex continues to rehabilitate the injury to his left ankle and is likely to be back in action in October.”
Real Madrid target Donny van de Beek to sign new Ajax contractby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland midfielder Donny van de Beek is set to sign a new contract with Ajax.Voetbal International says the Dutch club wants to reward the 22-year-old for his contribution to their impressive Champions League run last season. However, the length of his contract will not be extended beyond 2022 and he may still leave the club at the end of the season. Real Madrid postponed a move for the Ajax player last month on the request of coach Zinedine Zidane, who wanted the club to concentrate all efforts on Manchester United star Paul Pogba in the final days of the transfer window.The Bernabéu board still has Van de Beek high on its agenda and it is understood that it is in the mutual interest of both clubs to close a deal sooner rather than later. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Last week, the Alabama chapter of Alpha Phi released a recruiting video which included an appearance from Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake. Just one week later, the school has pulled the footage and issued an official apology. Why? Well, we’re not really sure.Fox Sports’ Clay Travis was able to obtain the statement, which is a bit vague. The decision comes after a columnist at AL.com wrote a scathing piece on the subject, calling the video “worse for women than Donald Trump.”“This video is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens. It is important for student organizations to remember what is posted on social media makes a difference, today and tomorrow, on how they are viewed and perceived,” said Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations.The school’s decision is causing a great deal of controversy, to say the least. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s been re-posted below. You can form your own opinion on it.
Those who use social media may have happened across the term ‘GOAT’ being used in association with the best sports starts in the world.Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Tom Brady and LeBron James are just some of the names that have been branded the GOAT.AdChoices广告The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are also regularly present on similar lists of elite-level athletes. 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? So what does GOAT mean and who is the GOAT? Goal takes a look.What does GOAT mean? GOAT (or G.O.A.T.) is an acronym which stands for ‘greatest of all time’. It is a tag which is reserved for the individual who is deemed to be the undisputed master of their sport.As well as exceptional talent, in order to be considered the GOAT, the individual must also maintain a consistent high level of achievement.While it has been in use for a long time, the term was popularised in the 20th century by heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who, in 1964, declared himself “the greatest” after defeating Sonny Liston.It subsequently became a moniker for Ali throughout his career and he famously revisited the catchphrase after defeating George Foreman by knockout, against the odds, in 1974.“Everybody stop talking now. Attention! I told you, all of my critics, I told you all that I was the greatest of all time when I beat Sonny Liston,” Ali said following the fight dubbed the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.”I told you today, I’m still the greatest of all time. Never again defeat me. Never again say that I’m going to be defeated. Never again make me the underdog until I’m about 50 years old. Then you might get me.”As the name suggests, the GOAT is not only deemed to be better than all of their contemporaries, but better than everyone who has gone before them as well.Who is the GOAT in football? Football’s GOAT is a matter of continuous debate within the community, but the consensus in recent years has narrowed the question down to one of two players: Ronaldo or Messi.The very nature of the game means that there is no hard and fast method by which to measure who exactly is the greatest of all time, but that reality hasn’t stopped the arguments.Both Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d’Or – given to the player who is considered the best in the world – on five occasions, which is more than any other player.Messi edges things when it comes to the European Golden Shoe, which he has scooped five times to Ronaldo’s four, and they each have four Champions League winners’ medals.Is Leo the GOAT? 🐐@papermagazine certainly thinks so! pic.twitter.com/Lx8DmjNgsJ— Goal (@goal) June 4, 2018The gauge for discerning who the GOAT is can vary, but some have highlighted Ronaldo’s ability to excel in a number of different countries as a reason for placing him ahead of the Argentine.As well as that, the Portugal captain has lifted major honours with his country (winning the European Championship in 2016), a feat Messi has yet to achieve at senior level with Argentina (he has won an Olympic gold medal and the Under-20 World Cup).The fact that Messi plays for Barcelona and Ronaldo played for Real Madrid added to the layers of the rivalry and served to fuel the debate, given that they were going head to head in El Clasico.Both players spurred each other on and embraced the tag of GOAT, with Messi sheepishly posing with a live goat in an edition of PAPER Magazine, while Ronaldo briefly fashioned a goatee at the 2018 World Cup.”The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and good for the fans,” the Barcelona captain told Marca following Ronaldo’s switch to Juventus. Other GOATs in football historyThe dominance of Messi and Ronaldo over the past decade has reduced other iconic football figures to mere afterthoughts, but plenty still lay claim to the title of GOAT.Messi’s compatriot Diego Maradona, a World Cup winner with Argentina in 1986 who shone at Barcelona and Napoli, is one example, though interestingly, Maradona considers Messi to be his heir and has proclaimed the Rosario native to be the greatest.Netherlands and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff is another individual who is considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time. He won three Ballons d’Or during his career and was the creative force which drove Ajax on to three European Cup triumphs in the early 1970s. Cruyff’s influence is still felt at Barcelona to this day, with the Dutchman dubbed El Salvador, or The Saviour, by fans of the Catalan club.Others who have been declared the greatest include Pele, Ronaldo (O Fenomeno), Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer. More recent candidates include the likes of Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Xavi and Ronaldinho.Future football GOATs?When Messi and Ronaldo eventually hang up their boots, a void will emerge into which a pretender will step, and already a few stars are being touted as their successors.Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has long been heralded as the natural heir to the throne of the GOAT, but injuries and poor form have taken the shine off his name in recent seasons.Neymar’s PSG team-mate – and World Cup winner – Kylian Mbappe cemented his status as one of the best young players in the world in 2018, but he will have to maintain his high standards in order to earn the tag of GOAT.Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann have catapulted themselves into the vicinity of Ronaldo and Messi, but the feeling is that they will all have to raise their games in order to reach the same level.The aforementioned stars have been earmarked, but there is always a chance that some phenomenon will emerge from the fog of obscurity and exceed both Messi and Ronaldo. That would require a gargantuan effort and may seem highly unlikely at this point.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford claims the squad are better prepared for the challenges of a new season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than they were when Jose Mourinho was in charge.Solskjaer will lead the Red Devils into their Premier League curtain-raiser with Chelsea on Sunday in what will be his first full campaign in charge at Old Trafford.And it is his appointment, following a successful spell as caretaker boss between December and March last term, that Rashford believes has been key to the players’ fitness and mind-set this summer. 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 England international, who is expected to play a significant role in attack now that Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter has finally been confirmed, will jockey for position with United’s new number nine Anthony Martial for the central striker spot.And ahead of their showdown with the Blues, the 21-year-old says his fitness, along with the rest of his team-mates’, is much further advanced than it was this time last year under former boss Mourinho.“It definitely feels different,” he admitted to Sky Sports. “For starters, physically we’re at a much better position than we were this time last year, going into the season. “We’re already three or four steps ahead of where we were last season, and now it’s about putting the fundamentals down about how we’re going to play.”When asked to pin-point specifics when it comes to the differences between Solskjaer and Mourinho, he added: “I’d say the intensity change, from how we were towards the end of last season, to where we are now. “It’s so clear to see the difference in terms of intensity, especially without the ball. That’s where we’ve taken a lot of strides forward.“You learn different things under different managers. The time under (Louis) Van Gaal, it was perfect for me at that time to have a manager like that, he was patient with me and gave me time to learn the game. It wasn’t too much information thrown at me.“Then under Jose I feel like we all understood the game a bit better, especially defensively. And now under Ole we’re trying to combine the two, and at the same time he knows the club for what the club is so he can spread his own messages too. “For me it’s like it’s back to normal, and that is the most important thing. It’s been good. It’s been tough, but as a team I feel we’ve taken a lot of strides forward, so it’s been worth it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)College football stadiums are some of the most majestic structures in our country, but usually, fans putting together rankings for venues value things like atmosphere and capacity above all else. Popular Mechanics went a different route.This week, the popular publication decided to rank the top 25 college football stadiums in the country based on architecture – the structure of the buildings themselves.Oddly enough, the list doesn’t read that much different than any other college football stadium list. The No. 1 school on the list – Nebraska – also happens to have the nation’s longest sellout streak.You can view the entire list below – or head over to Popular Mechanics to read about each stadium. Yale, Ohio State, LSU and Florida State join Nebraska in the top five.Here’s the list:Memorial Stadium – NebraskaDoak-Campbell Stadium – Florida StateTiger Stadium – LSUOhio Stadium – Ohio StateYale Bowl – YaleAutzen Stadium – OregonNotre Dame Stadium – Notre DameCalifornia Memorial Stadium – CalMichigan Stadium – MichiganBryant-Denny Stadium – AlabamaHarvard Stadium – HarvardLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum – USCMichie Stadium – ArmySun Devil Stadium – Arizona StateKyle Field – Texas A&MFolsom Field – ColoradoMcLane Stadium – BaylorVaught-Hemingway Stadium – Ole MissRose Bowl – UCLAWilliams-Brice Stadium – South CarolinaNeyland Stadium – TennesseeCanvas Stadium – Colorado StateHusky Stadium – WashingtonSanford Stadium – GeorgiaMemorial Stadium – ClemsonHere’s what they had to say about Nebraska:Get wowed by the 2013 expansion that offered Big Red faithful a new towering brick façade, while creating a new corridor and a three-story glass window that displays historic domed Gate 20 in the original exterior. The remodel uses the original exterior as an interior wall.The “Sea of Red” has now grown to around 85,000, which famously qualifies the stadium as the third-largest city in Nebraska anytime the Cornhuskers take the field. Memorial Stadium creates one of the country’s most canyon-like bowls for a steep seating rake.Very cool. Nebraska fans, this season, will be packing the stadium to see if Scott Frost can turn the program around in his first year.
After losing backing from Popeye’s after its first three seasons, the Bahamas Bowl has a new sponsor: the town of Elk Grove Village, Illinois.Yes, really.This evening, the town of just over 30,000 people announced sponsorship of the scenic MAC vs. Conference USA bowl game, which will now feature the town’s slogan “Makers Wanted”.Elk Grove Village, which is located right near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, is home to over 5,500 business and 300 manufacturers. The town previously advertised during Chicago Cubs games, and saw a serious increase in traffic to the town website. That sports hook inspired this new deal.The bemused, and largely entertaining reaction is probably exactly what mayor Craig Johnson was looking for. Forbes spoke to Craig Johnson about the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl in line with today’s announcement.“Last season, I was watching all these bowl games for four straight days,” explained Johnson. “And as I was watching one of the smaller bowl games, I could just see our slogan painted on the field.”[…]“Last year when the Cubs started baseball at the end of March, our website traffic jumped up to 50 times higher than before the season. Then at the end of the season we looked again, and it was down 150-200%.”Johnson also shared anecdotal evidence from a recent car buying experience.“I went to buy a car and the salesman save Elk Grove Village on my paperwork. He looked at me and said, ‘Makers Wanted.” I asked him how he knew our slogans and he said it was from the Cubs games.”Even the smallest bowl games tend to rate quite well in December, especially in the days during the holiday season when people are home and there isn’t much competition on television.The Bahamas Bowl has been particularly entertaining in its short history. The first edition of the game in 2014 featured one of the wackiest finishes you’ll ever see. Johnson and his town are definitely hoping for more of that in what is now the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.[Forbes]
TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Brian Lewerke #14 of the Michigan State Spartans drops back to pass during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan State has struggled on offense against Michigan on Saturday afternoon, and very late in the contest, it looks like the Spartans have made a quarterback change. Rocky Lombardi is in for starter Brian Lewerke.Lewerke, a junior signal-caller, had trouble getting anything going against the Wolverines’ staunch defense all day. His stats were ugly, to say the least. On the day, Lewerke was 5-of-25 for just 66 yards. He also rushed for -11 yards.Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, on the other hand, is 14-of-25 for 212 yards with two touchdowns.Rocky Lombardi, a freshman, is now in the game. He was inserted with just a few minutes left in regulation.Lewerke is 5-for-25 for Spartans, and he’s coming out. In comes Rocky Lombardi with 2:38 left and Michigan leading 21-7. Grinding to a tedious finish.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) October 20, 2018It remains to be seen whether Lewerke’s benching is permanent or just for the rest of this game.Michigan currently leads Michigan State 21-7 with just over two minutes to play.With a win, Michigan would move to 7-1 and stay in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East. The Ohio State contest could be a huge one.
With Urban Meyer’s impending retirement, there will be questions about some of Ohio State’s assistant coaches sticking around under Ryan Day. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson will reportedly stick around.Johnson isn’t one to jump jobs, as many other college football assistants do.Johnson coached at Penn State from 1996-2013 as defensive line coach, only leaving after Bill O’Brien’s departure to the NFL. He then joined Urban Meyer’s staff in where he’s coached since.Sophomore Ohio State defensive end Chase Young says that Larry Johnson has assured players he’ll be back for next year.He spoke to Eleven Warriors‘ Dan Hope, and revealed what Johnson said.Forget the teens, Ohio State’s biggest recruiting win this year might be landing a 66-year-old veteran coach for another season.Folks, Larry Johnson is coming back.“He told me he’s going to be back,” Chase Young said on Wednesday, according to my esteemed and beloved colleague Dan Hope. “If y’all know who coach Johnson is, he’s a man of his word. So he’ll be back.”Eleven Warriors hinted that it could have a big impact on the decision of five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, the local prospect who may be leaning towards Michigan over the Buckeyes.Even if it doesn’t seal the deal there, Johnson has long been known as an ace recruiter. Keeping him on campus is a huge win for Ryan Day.[Eleven Warriors]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinals are set to take place later today, but they’re not the only major bowl games on tap for this afternoon.There are five major college football bowl games taking place today.Here’s a look at the full schedule for today’s games.Peach Bowl: Michigan vs. FloridaKickoff time: Noon E.T.TV: ESPNBelk Bowl: South Carolina vs. VirginiaKickoff time: Noon E.T.TV: ABCArizona Bowl: Nevada vs. Arkansas StateKickoff time: 1:15 p.m. E.T.TV: CBS Sports NetworkCollege Football Playoff at the Cotton Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre DameKickoff time: 4 p.m. E.T.TV: ESPNCollege Football Playoff at the Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. OklahomaKickoff time: 8 p.m. E.T.TV: ESPN***Which game are you most looking forward to watching today?
Oklahoma SoonersIt is not every day that a college team’s quarterback has a weightlifting video go viral. Lest we forget, Jalen Hurts is an absolute monster.The Alabama-turned-Oklahoma signal caller was a power lifter in high school. When he was in Tuscaloosa, he was recorded squatting a reported 600 pounds.He’s still got it with the move to Norman. Oklahoma just put out a video of Hurts at the squat rack, surrounded by his new teammates, and he does a perfect rep of what appears to be 585 pounds.In LOVE with the grind.@JalenHurts #RareBreed #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/Tv4aGGTVDT— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) February 14, 2019Oklahoma is definitely getting a different kind of quarterback in Jalen Hurts.So far, head coach Lincoln Riley has thrived with pretty different talents behind center for the Sooners.Baker Mayfield was athletic, but it was his incredible precision that earned him the Heisman Trophy, and the No. 1 spot in the 2018 NFL Draft.Kyler Murray followed it up as one of the better dual-threats we’ve seen in recent years, though he has a big arm of his own. He also won the Heisman, and is a potential first round NFL pick, as it appears that he will pass up baseball for now.Hurts had a ton of success at Alabama, but he doesn’t have the refined passing of Mayfield or Murray, and he brings more of a power rushing element than Murray, as you may glean from that squat video.He will benefit from playing for Riley, whose scheme should give him plenty of open targets to work with. Hurts’ development in that system will be one of the great plots of the 2019 college football season.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)For the past three seasons, Trace McSorley has been the leader for Penn State. The offense isn’t lacking talent next season on offense, but it won’t be easy replacing one of the more successful quarterbacks in program history.McSorley finished his collegiate career with 9,899 passing yards, 107 total touchdowns and only 25 interceptions. His value both on and off the field will certainly be missed at Penn State.The front-runner to become the starting quarterback is fifth-year senior Tommy Stevens. However, it turns out Penn State will need additional time to figure out this position battle.During last weekend’s spring game, the Nittany Lions saw a heavy dose of Sean Clifford under center. The former four-star recruit had an impressive performance, while Stevens sat out to avoid further injury to his lower leg.Head coach James Franklin spoke about the quarterback battle brewing in Happy Valley, which definitely saw an uptick in competition due to the emergence of Clifford.“We want to be able to name the starter as soon as we possibly can, but we are not ready to do that right now and it’s going to need to be more of a true competition,” Franklin said.Penn State’s quarterback competition between Tommy Stevens and Sean Clifford will linger into the summer. pic.twitter.com/Drc4RWMems— Penn State Football (@psufootball) April 16, 2019Franklin could potentially use the rest of this spring to determine the starter for the upcoming season.We’ll see if he chooses the upperclassmen in Stevens or the up-and-comer in Clifford.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and wide receiver JD Spielman #10 acknowledge the fans after the win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)After getting off to an impressive start against Colorado on Saturday, Nebraska suffered a collapse in the second half. Losing on the road to another ‘Power Five’ program isn’t necessarily a bad loss, but it did raise concerns from its fan base.The Cornhuskers entered this year with high expectations under Scott Frost. All the hype surrounding the program came crashing down when they lost to the Buffaloes.Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez looked great on the road in Week 2, but even his bounce-back performance wasn’t enough to lead Nebraska to victory.With the first two weeks of the season in the books, Sports Illustrated gave out its concern levels for notable programs that have suffered at least one loss. Sports Illustrated has its concern level at 5/10 for Nebraska, which isn’t too bad when you consider the circumstances.Nebraska still has a chance to right its season, mostly because it has a real talent at quarterback in Adrian Martinez, although he played a so-so game against South Alabama. It’s up to Frost, the former Huskers quarterback himself, to get more consistent play from his quarterback. Nebraska’s season may depend on it.The Cornhuskers have a chance to redeem themselves on Saturday when they host the Northern Illinois Huskies. It’s the final non-conference game on their schedule.Nebraska fans – are you concerned about how the team looks so far?
Global T20 Canada: All-round Yuvraj Singh show in vain as Chris Lynn blasts Winnipeg Hawks to victoryYuvraj Singh picked up a wicket and scored 45 off 26 balls but his all-rounder performance was still not enough for Toronto Nationals to defeat the Winnipeg Hawks.advertisement India Today Web Desk BramptonJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 08:32 IST Chris Lynn and Sunny Sohal added 117 runs for the second wicket (@GT20Canada Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSToronto Nationals posted 216 for 7 in 20 overs after winning the tossWinnipeg Hawks chased down the target off the final ball of the matchChris Lynn was adjudged man-of-the-match for scoring 89 off 48 ballsYuvraj Singh shone with the bat yet again for the Toronto Nationals but his knock went in vain as Winnipeg Hawks gunned down the massive total of 217 in 20 overs to win the match by 3 wickets at Brampton on Monday.Chris Lynn blasted 89 off 48 balls with the help of 10 sixes and two boundaries while Sunny Sohal made 58 off 27 as Winnipeg reached the target off the last ball of the final over. Shaiman Anwar also contributed with 43 runs.Salman Nazar and Chris Green finished with two wickets each for Toronto while Yuvraj also managed to pick up a wicket.Earlier, former India all-rounder Yuvraj continued his impressive run with the bat, scoring 45 off 26 balls to help Toronto Nationals reach 216 for 7 in 20 overs.After winning the toss, Winnipeg Hawks opted to bowl against Toronto Nationals. Chirag Suri and Heinrich Klaasen fell in the first 5 overs as Rodrigo Thomas and Yuvraj Singh heroics helped the Nationals get past 200.Yuvraj Singh’s knock was laced with 2 sixes and 4 boundaries in his 26-ball 45 before being falling to Kaleem Sana in the 13th over of the game. Sana bowled a slower ball that nipped back in as Yuvraj Singh got an inside edge to that while trying to play it to the third man.Other than the skipper, Rodrigo Thomas (65) and Kieron Pollard (52) also hit fifties to take their side to another big total of the tournament.This was not the first time that Yuvraj Singh entertained his fans in the Global T20 Canada. Before this, he scored 21-ball 35 that helped Toronto Nationals secure a two-wicket victory over Edmonton Royals in their 2nd match of league.advertisementYuvraj Singh is playing in the Global T20 Canada after announcing his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League earlier this month.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Chris LynnFollow Global T20 Canada
India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 19:15 IST The bridge will open next month.If you are in dire need of an adventure, head to China straight as a new walkway – set to be the longest glass bridge in the world – will open this month. What is so adventurous about it, do you ask. Well, then, you must know that the walkway spirals through the air and also provides a picturesque view of the scenery around it, CNN reports.The walkway, which is 550 meters long, will stretch across southwest China’s Huangguoshu Scenic Area. Pan Zhaofu, director of the Huangguoshu Scenic Area, said that the intention is to maximise the interest of tourists.”We want to create a resort where tourists can be entertained and enjoy sports and leisure as well as health care, by integrating innovatively the elements of leisure, recreation, stimulation, amusement and health care,” Pan Zhaofu, director of the Huangguoshu Scenic Area, said, as per the report in CNN.Almost $1 million has been invested into the construction of the bridge that commenced in March. China has several other glass bridges but CNN reports that this is the “first of its kind” in Suiyang County, Guizhou Province.Hongyagu glass suspension bridge in Hebei Province’s Hongyagu Scenic Area opened in 2017 and is 488 meters long. It was billed as the world’s longest glass-bottomed suspension bridge but the new walkway that will open in August has broken the record set by the aforementioned bridge.ALSO READ: Tourists dare to cross world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge in China. Watch viral videoALSO WATCH: Bihar boy tries making TikTok video, diesadvertisementGet 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 byRaya Ghosh Tags :Follow ChinaFollow glass bridge China to open world’s longest glass spiral bridge this month. Planning a trip?A new walkway – set to be the longest glass bridge in the world – will open this month. The bridge is one of a kind as it will spiral through the air.advertisement Next
Press Trust of India DubaiAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 20:38 IST ICC(International Cricket Council) World Cup trophy (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSICC’s League 2 will witness seven teams – Namibia, Nepal, Oman, PNG, Scotland, UAE and the USAThe top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of participating in the 2023 World CupThe inaugural League 2 series will be played among Scotland, PNG and Oman at Mannofield Park, ScotlandA month after England were crowned world champions, the ICC on Monday launched Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2, a part of the new four-year qualification for the 2023 World Cup.The League 2 will witness seven teams — Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA — contesting in 126 One Day Internationals (ODIs), to be played across 21 tri-series.Each of the seven teams will play 36 ODIs over a period of two-and-half-year from August 2019 to January 2022.The inaugural League 2 series will be played among Scotland, PNG and Oman at Mannofield Park, Scotland from August 14 to 21, which will include four ODIs for each team, worth two points per ODI that will contribute to the Men’s CWC League 2 table.After the completion of 21 tri-series, the top three teams will confirm their places in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.The bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022, which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier, and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B.The top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of participating in the 2023 World Cup, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley is excited by the prospect of four years of competitive men’s 50-over cricket.”The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup provided us with great entertainment and competitive cricket, I am delighted to see the start of the qualification process to India 2023. The new structure has given meaningful context to bilateral cricket for the Men’s Cricket World Super League, but also more competitive opportunities to Associate Members,” he said.advertisementICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Series one schedule: Wednesday August 14: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Thursday August 15: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Saturday August 17: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Sunday August 18: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Tuesday August 20: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Wednesday August 21: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh trolls Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United beat ChelseaAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow ICCFollow 2023 World CupFollow qualifiersFollow play-offFollow Men’s Cricket ICC’s League 2 schedule for 2023 WC qualifiers begin from August 14The League 2 will witness seven teams – Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA – contesting in 126 One Day Internationals (ODIs), to be played across 21 tri-series.advertisement