10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock makes clear Camarasa plans

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock makes clear Camarasa plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock insists Victor Camarasa will not leave in January.Camarasa has arguably been Cardiff’s best player since signing on loan from Real Betis in August.The 24-year-old has been linked with a January move, but the Premier League club have stated their season-long deal is binding.”He’s definitely here (for the season),” the Cardiff manager said. “I think he has matured beyond all recognition. I’d like to think that knowing”I have given him the freedom to do what he’s good at.” last_img read more

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10 months agoAston Villa raiding Wolves for Kortney Hause

first_imgAston Villa raiding Wolves for Kortney Hauseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are raiding neighbours Wolves for a new defensive signing.The Mirror says Wolves defender Kortney Hause is heading for Aston Villa.Hause only signed a new deal last season but is surplus to requirements at Molineux.The defender is set to undergo a medical with the Championship side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoAston Villa boss Smith confident keeping hold of on-loan Chelsea striker Abraham

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith confident keeping hold of on-loan Chelsea striker Abrahamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith remains confident of keeping hold of on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.Rumours are rife that an £18million move to Wolves is imminent.Smith says he still expects the 21-year-old to be at Villa Park next week though.“I haven’t heard anything,” Smith said following Villa’s 3-0 defeat to Swansea. “I believe Tammy was here today.“I believe he will be in training on Monday.” last_img read more

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a month agoDe Gea: Man Utd improving under Solskjaer

first_imgDe Gea: Man Utd improving under Solskjaerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid de Gea insists Manchester United have improved under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Despite a relatively indifferent start to this season, De Gea – who signed a new long-term contract on Monday – says the Norwegian has the full backing of everyone at the club.”From the moment he arrived here he showed his faith in me, right from minute one,” the Spain international told United’s official website.”I think he had a massive impact with the team. I think we won 10 or 11 games on the bounce. Everyone has faith in him, that’s the most important thing.”The fans are behind him and he’s a manager who knows the club really well and the people who work here and I reckon that is essential.”He also shows a lot of confidence in the younger players, which is important for us and so he’s a really great manager.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal youngster Maitland-Niles raps Xhaka and… Emery!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles raps Xhaka and… Emery!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has questioned manager Unai Emery’s approach for their 2-2 draw at Watford.The Gunners academy star has also questioned club captain Granit Xhaka’s claim that his team were “scared”.Maitland-Niles believes Arsenal should have been streetwise enough to have mixed up their game-plan of playing out from the back.He told Sky Sports: “Words can’t describe how I feel about it.”I don’t think (that the team was scared), I think we tried to play the way we played. We should have changed it instead of being so persistent and trying to play out from the back.”We’ve spoken to each other as a team and the manager has also spoken to us.”We know we’ve done wrong, we can all hold our hands up and blame each other if we wanted to, but we’re a team and we take the responsibility as a team to be better.” last_img read more

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a month agoCrisis club AC Milan approach Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko

first_imgCrisis club AC Milan approach Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenkoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have made an approach to Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko.Milan coach Marco Giampaolo is under huge pressure after defeat to Fiorentina on Sunday.TMW says Milan have opened talks with legend Shevchenko, who has been on the Ukraine bench since the summer of 2016. He is under contract until July 2020.Giampaolo will be given one more game to turn things around and that is next weekend against Genoa, who are also in crisis.Indeed, it’s claimed Genoa have told Aurelio Andreazzoli he’ll be fired if he doesn’t win that match and will be replaced by former Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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19 days agoEx-Chelsea defender Boulahrouz: Wake-up Arsenal! Buy Ziyech

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea defender Boulahrouz: Wake-up Arsenal! Buy Ziyechby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz is urging Arsenal to move for Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech.Boulahrouz says Ziyech’s playing style fits “very well” with “a number of clubs”.”In that regard, I think Bayern Munich and Arsenal have really gone to sleep,” he said on FOX Sports. “He is a player who is important in attack, with his passes and creativity, but who also has an enormous zest for work. “That zest for work was brilliant in the semi-final of the Champions League against Tottenham Hotspur.”Boulahrouz acknowledges that due to his risky fit, Ziyech can lose the ball a lot. “But that is the player he is and you shouldn’t try to take that away. Often enough the balls arrive and goals or dangerous moments arise. Ziyech knows what he wants. He feels good and he doesn’t just go for something unknown, such as Sevilla or AS Roma. He earns well at Ajax, gains confidence and is appreciated. You don’t just trade that in.” last_img read more

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Video: Cardale Jones Pulls Hamstring While Running 40-Yard Dash

first_imgCardale Jones pulls up after running the 40-yard dash.Twitter/@jdavhillUrban Meyer said that he thought Cardale Jones would “kill it” at today’s NFL Scouting Combine. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out that way for the former Ohio State quarterback. After running an unofficial 4.83 on his first 40-yard dash attempt, Jones pulled his hamstring towards the end of his second attempt.Here’s video of both runs:A 4.83u 40-yard dash by a 6’5″ 250lb QB.That’s @OhioStAthletics‘ Cardale Jones, everybody.#NFLCombinehttps://t.co/G2mGgiqy9w— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 27, 2016Cardale Jones pulls hammy during second 40. pic.twitter.com/akyDcHIl0O— Josh Hill (@jdavhill) February 27, 2016Unfortunately, this means that Jones won’t be able to show off his arm today, as he announced that he’s done with today’s events.Man. #Buckeyes Cardale Jones injures hamstring in 40, out of the rest of the day. No throws. Bummer.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 27, 2016NFLN reporting #OhioSt QB Cardale Jones done for the day (hamstring)..probably a good thing for other QBs not to get compared to that arm.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 27, 2016Jones will have more opportunities to impress NFL scouts, but he had a chance to make a splash today in the throwing drills.last_img read more

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Giggs: Top-four finish is on for Man Utd

first_imgRyan Giggs says “the top four is on for Manchester United”, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having helped to establish momentum and keep the Red Devils from looking over their shoulder.Under Jose Mourinho, qualification for the Champions League appeared to be a distant dream for those at Old Trafford.A difficult start to the 2018-19 campaign had left United well off the pace and having to contend with constant talk of internal rifts and unhappy players. 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? Smiles have been returned to faces under Solskjaer, though, with a former fan favourite having overseen six successive wins, and there is now just a six-point gap to be bridged in order to secure a return to Europe’s most prestigious club competition.United legend Giggs believes a lofty finish will be secured, telling Sky Sports: “I believe the top four is on for Manchester United. Momentum is key. When you get to this part of the season and have a bit of momentum it is hard to stop.“Chelsea are at Arsenal on Saturday, and we fancy ourselves against Brighton, so we could get even closer to Chelsea.“If you look back a month ago it was not even on the table really so to turn it around in such a short space of time, with the games we have coming up, top four is definitely the target. Rather than looking over our shoulders we are looking up and it is great to see.”Solskjaer has earned plenty of plaudits for the impact he has made, with a fresh approach bringing the best out of key men such as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19Giggs has added his voice to those quick to praise the Norwegian, with the Welshman delighted to see a fellow treble winner thriving in a high-profile post.He added: “I’m not surprised by how well Ole has done. At any level when you win six on the trot it is a fantastic achievement. Obviously everyone says they are games he should have won but there were some tricky games – Newcastle and Tottenham away for example.“Ole has done fantastic, the players have as well, the place has been lifted. It’s a different atmosphere now, I’ve been to a couple of games and it’s been brilliant, the manner we have won them by scoring lots of goals.“Then we had to dig a result out at Tottenham, first half we were fantastic and the second half David de Gea put on an amazing performance and we rode our luck a little bit. You have to do that to win games sometimes.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Celtic expecting improved Tierney bid from Arsenal

first_imgCeltic boss Neil Lennon has admitted he would not be at all surprised if Arsenal came back in with another offer for full-back Kieran Tierney before the transfer window closes next Thursday.The Gunners have been unsuccessful in their summer-long pursuit of the 22-year-old, and have been left frustrated despite lodging two separate bids – the second of which was for £25 million ($31m).So far, the Scottish champions have held firm over their valuation of the left-back, but Hoops manager Lennon has not ruled out another bid from the north Londoners before the August 8 deadline. 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? Speaking to the press ahead of Celtic’s season opener at home to St Johnstone this Saturday, he said: “Normally these things tend to happen again so it would not surprise me, put it that way.“That’s not from personal knowledge of anything, that’s just my own experience of things. “We know the window shuts on Thursday, so if we are talking about Arsenal then they have five or six days to come back with a revised offer.”Scottish international Tierney, who has 12 caps for his country, is currently recovering from a double hernia operation but is hopeful of a return to full-fitness soon.And transfer talk aside, Lennon freely admits that getting the fan-favourite back up to speed in training has been one of his top priorities.“We will continue on and get Kieran back with us and fit as quickly as possible because he is such an important player,” he said.Despite making Nicolas Pepe his third signing of the summer on Thursday, following deals for William Saliba and Daniel Ceballos, Gunners boss Unai Emery is thought to be keen to bolster his back-line before the big kick-off.Celtic, meanwhile, will not make any new signings before the Champions League third qualifying round tie against Cluj.However Lennon believes his squad is more than ready to launch their bid for what would be a record-equalling ninth-successive Scottish league title.“They don’t really talk about it (nine in a row),” he said. “That’s for fans and media, it gives them something to talk about.“We’ve asked the players whether it’s your first, fifth, seventh or ninth title, have you got the hunger to go again? You can see it in their eyes, they’re well set to go.”last_img read more

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Pep factor key in decision to join Man City, says Cancelo

first_imgJoao Cancelo cited Pep Guardiola as a key factor in his decision to join Manchester City, where he is ready to battle with Kyle Walker for the right-back slot.Portugal international Cancelo completed his €28 million (£25.8/$31.4m) switch to the Premier League champions on Wednesday, with Danilo moving in the other direction to Juventus as part of the deal.Guardiola has made his use of full-backs an integral part of his tactics at the Etihad Stadium and Cancelo is relishing getting to work with the fourth club he will represent in as many seasons. 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? “Obviously, Pep Guardiola was a big reason for me to join Manchester City. I’ve always admired him and the way his teams play since he started at Barcelona,” he told a news conference.”It’s not by chance that Manchester City have won the last two Premier Leagues and all the domestic trophies in England last season.”I love his style of play, his character – he’s very detail-orientated. That’s why I’m here today.”Including the valuation of Danilo, City’s deal for Cancelo tallied up to around €60million, although such a hefty price tag does not weigh heavily for the 25-year-old.Nor does the prospect of challenging for a starting spot against Walker, the England international who signed a new five-year contract in June and starred in Sunday’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool with a magnificent goal-line clearance.In his first training session?! MAAAD!  #mancity pic.twitter.com/araes5XqQ1— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 8, 2019″It’s a high price for a right-back but the responsibility is good for me as it will push me to be a better player and to mature to be a better player than I was when I joined,” he said.”I’m aware how Kyle is one of the best full-backs. But I always love challenges, bringing myself to the limit.”I’m going to compete with him and I’ll try to get my place. It will be up to the manager to choose one or the other, but I promise I will try to work hard and compete as best as I can.”As a player I like new challenges; I was aware of the competition I would find here. Walker is a great player but the more competition you have the better you become as a player. “I have a dream to be the best in my position and the only way to do that is by challenging yourself. Only by playing with the best can you do that.”Someone Cancelo places in that bracket is Bernardo Silva, his international team-mate and former Benfica academy colleague with whom he is now reunited in Manchester.”I’ve talked with Bernardo Siva several times before and he’s said this is an amazing place to be,” Cancelo added.“Bernardo is a great player. We have a great relationship. For me, he is one of the best players in the world. It’s a pleasure to play with him.”The style of play of Manchester City is very good. I feel it is an ideal place for me to develop.”last_img read more

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‘Bellamy knows nothing about being a coach’

first_imgAnderlecht Under-21s boss Craig Bellamy is “nothing” as a coach, according to former coach Aad de Mos, who launched a scathing critique of the Welshman’s skillset.The 40-year-old was brought to the Belgian club to lead their youth side by former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany following the latter’s appointment as player-manager.Bellamy, who previously led other junior set-ups at Cardiff City, was once considered for the managerial job at both Wales and Oxford United. 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? His style and approach, however, has not yet delivered results ahead of the reserve season getting underway, with defeats to Dender and West Ham in friendlies sending warning signs to accompany Kompany’s own tough start as first team manager.Now, De Mos, who found famed success in charge of Ajax during the early eighties before coaching Anderlecht between 1989 and 1992, has blasted the former Liverpool star’s methods.“I saw Bellamy at work at the Ottencup in Eindhoven,” the 72-year-old told La Derniere Heure. “He knows nothing about it. I have never seen such bad coaching in the last five years at Anderlecht’s youth side.“There was no structure in the game. After ten minutes I already understood that he really is nothing as a trainer.”De Mos led Anderlecht to the 1990 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, where they lost to Sampdoria.The club has won none of its first four Belgian Pro League games under Kompany this season, drawing two and losing two, leaving them eight points adrift of leaders Club Brugge.They failed to qualify for Europe last season, too, leaving them seeking a return to form in 2019-20 that is yet to materialise.Bellamy played for nine clubs throughout a busy career that saw him lift the League Cup during a second spell with Liverpool in 2011-12 against former side Cardiff, who he then returned to for another stint before hanging up his boots.He was capped 78 times for Wales and was a member of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic football team, with whom he made five appearances and scored one goal.last_img read more

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CBS Has Bombshell Report On Oregon QB Justin Herbert

first_imgJustin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Any NFL team hoping to tank for an elite QB prospect in the 2019 NFL draft may have just felt a sharp kick in the gut. Because as of now, one of the top QBs on the board might not be going to the NFL next year.In a new report from CBS Sports, it was revealed that Oregon QB Justin Herbert is likely returning to school in 2019.The report states that NFL scouts and even agents are not optimistic about Herbert joining the NFL next year.The 6’6″ Herbert is considered the top QB prospect by many pundits. Some have predicted Herbert would be the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.2018 has been a breakout year for Herbert. He has 1,883 passing yards with 18 TDs and just five INTs – just shy of career highs in all categories.Several NFL QBs who were No. 1 prospects in their junior year ultimately stayed for a senior year and were still the No. 1 overall draft pick. Peyton Manning chose to stay at school in 1997, while Andrew Luck stayed at Stanford in 2011.The 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 25.last_img read more

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Kirby Smart Addresses Fans Pushing For Georgia To Wear Black Jerseys vs. Auburn

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart wearing a Georgia Bulldogs visor.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No. 5 Georgia football has a big game against rival Auburn this weekend, and some fans of the Bulldogs are calling for the team to mix it up on the uniform front.Georgia has a set of rarely-worn black uniforms that look awesome, but obviously aren’t the traditional look for the Dawgs.The team last wore them during Kirby Smart’s first season in Athens, during a game against Louisiana-Lafayette.With the Tigers coming to town, a number of Georgia fans and some members of the media have tweeted #BlackoutAuburn in a push for the unis to come out of the closet.Georgia famously wore the black uniforms during a game against Auburn in 2007, and blasted the Tigers 45-20.Kirby Smart was asked about the black Georgia football uniforms this weekend, and seemed to shoot down the idea.According to UGA Wire, Smart said “I don’t think you need energy and enthusiasm for Auburn,” when asked about the possibility of wearing the alternate uniforms to get fans excited.Sounds like no black jerseys on Saturday night, per Kirby Smart, who is quite bemused at the fan interest in it but not in the media’s interest: “I’ll let you guys get the hits and the likes on that.”— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) November 6, 2018Earlier this year, the Georgia football equipment account tweeted a picture of the black uniforms leading some to think they might make an appearance this year.Based on Smart’s answer, it doesn’t sound like it is in the cards this week.[UGA Wire]last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Is Extremely High On This Program’s Future

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)It hasn’t always been the best first season for Scott Frost leading Nebraska football, but Husker fans should be extremely encouraged by the last few weeks.After an 0-6 start, the Huskers have won four of five games, with the sole loss coming by just five points at No. 10 Ohio State.This week, Frost said that his team is “dangerous,” and can play with anyone in the Big Ten. The Huskers continue to prove him right.Nebraska has done well to adjust to Frost’s modern offense, but on Saturday, it won a classic Big Ten slugfest. Nebraska knocked off Michigan State 9-6, behind three field goals by freshman kicker Barret Pickering.Kirk Herbstreit has been complimentary of Nebraska football over the last few weeks, and it continued today.He tweeted about the Huskers this afternoon.Congrats @HuskerFBNation on a big win!! This team has a BRIGHT future with Scott Frost teaching them a winning culture. Great win!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 17, 2018Nebraska has a chance to finish up on extremely high note on Friday.The Huskers travel to Big Ten West rival Iowa on the day after the Thanksgiving. The Hawkeyes got off the schneid in a big way Saturday, drubbing lowly Illinois 63-0 to break a three game losing streak.That could be a pretty fun one for everyone enjoying leftovers next week.last_img read more

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Former Star RB Recruit Visiting Major Program This Weekend

first_imgA General view of Auburn's stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)One of the top running backs recruits from the 2018 class spent just one season with his college program. Former four-star running back Asa Martin committed to Auburn, but unfortunate circumstances led to his transfer from the school.Auburn accidentally burned his redshirt by allowing Martin to play in five games during his freshman season – the new redshirt rule only allows a player to play in four games. After the error, Martin took to Twitter to announce his plans to leave the program.One week later, Martin is reportedly visiting a major program. Recruiting insider Chad Simmons revealed Martin plans to visit Miami this weekend.Auburn transfer RB Asa Martin @TheAsaMartin_ is taking an official visit to Miami this weekend. The #Canes have turned it up and Martin is going to give them a long look this weekend. @CaneSport— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) December 13, 2018Every major program in the country will be after Martin, who was one of the top recruits in the country. The now former Auburn running back was the No. 9 running back recruit in the 2018 class.Stay tuned for the latest transfer news for the former Auburn Tigers running back.last_img read more

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Georgia Unveils Sugar Bowl Uniforms

first_imgGeorgia's mascot posing before the game.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 29: Georgia Bulldogs mascot Hairy Dawg poses before the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 45-42. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs are slated for a Sugar Bowl showdown with Texas this weekend and are making their final preparations.Over the weekend, the team’s official Twitter account revealed the uniforms the players will be wearing when they take on the Longhorns.Georgia is going with its standard home uniforms.The jersey will be dark red with black and white outlines, and an Allstate Sugar Bowl patch in the corner. The pants will be white with black and red stripes.You can take a look at the uniforms here:Sugar falling out of the sky❄️#ATD @sugarbowlnola pic.twitter.com/z5nI7hIbfh— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 22, 2018It just means more ?#ATD #AllstateSugarBowl pic.twitter.com/k0zlBUEmV7— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 23, 2018?❄️#ATD #AllstateSugarBowl pic.twitter.com/HmRbDUGGXY— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 23, 2018The Bulldogs go into the Sugar Bowl as heavy favorites against the Big 12 Championship Game runner-ups.They are 13-point favorites with ESPN’s FPI giving the team a 77.4-percent chance to win as of Monday.Georgia and Texas have played each other four times before, with Georgia winning the most recent contest between the two back in the 1984 Cotton Bowl.The Longhorns have claimed victory in the three other matches between the two sides.The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Dec. 29 at 9:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.last_img read more

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Analyst Names 2 Losers At The NFL Scouting Combine

first_imgnfl coaches watch the scouting combineINDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana is set to wrap up today, with the defensive backs taking the field for their set of drills.It’s been an eventful weekend in Indianapolis, with Kyler Murray making all of the headlines at the start of the event with his measurables. Since then, players like Ohio State’s Parris Campbell and LSU’s Devin White have received a lot of attention for their standout performances.Unfortunately, it’s not just the players who are performing well that are getting attention.As always, the players who are disappointing are getting headlines, too.NFL Draft analyst Bucky Brooks has named two “losers” at the NFL Combine this weekend.Those two players: Florida’s Jachai Polite and Alabama’s Mack Wilson.With scouts also murmuring about some uninspired team interviews, Polite has some work to do to reverse his sliding stock.***Although a number of prospects decline to work out on the big stage, Wilson’s partial participation coincides with some buzz about shaky interviews with teams that’s led to concerns about his potential and value.Brooks wasn’t the only analyst who was critical of Polite.Just landed back home, opened my phone and had 5 texts from scouts about how bad Jachai Polite interviewed. On top of bad workouts (one called his injury “bullshit”), his stock is taking a massive tumble.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 3, 2019This is just one step of the NFL Draft process, of course, but Polite and Wilson appear to have some work to do moving forward.last_img read more

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Recruiting Rankings Update After This Week’s Wave Of Commitments

first_imgDabo Swinney running off the field after a Clemson college football victory.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers leaves the field after the victory over the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)The spring is a very active time for recruits to camp and visit their top schools, leading to a number of summer commitments. This Fourth of July week has been no different.We’ve seen 44 different players announce commitments since the start of Wednesday, per 247Sports’ running list. Half of them have gone to the Power Five conferences.Naturally, that means we’ve seen a decent amount of shifting at the top of the recruiting rankings. While it is still early, we are closing in on the end of some of these classes, as a number of schools are already in the high teens and 20s in terms of commitments.Here are the current Top 20 recruiting classes for 2020, via 247Sports‘ composite rankings.The SEC is dominant as usual, with nine of the top 20 programs as of this writing:Clemson (18 commits, 14 four/five-stars)Alabama (20 commits, 16 four/five-stars)LSU (20 commits, 15 four/five-stars)Ohio State (19 commits, 10 four/five-stars)Notre Dame (17 commits, 9 four/five-stars)Georgia (14 commits, 11 four/five-stars)Michigan (22 commits, 10 four/five-stars)Florida (18 commits, 9 four/five-stars)Miami (21 commits, 7 four/five-stars)Penn State (20 commits, 5 four/five-stars)Texas A&M (15 commits, 7 four/five-stars)Oklahoma (14 commits, 8 four/five-stars)Florida State (15 commits, 9 four/five-stars)Auburn (13 commits, 8 four/five-stars)Oregon (15 commits, 6 four/five-stars)Ole Miss (21 commits, 3 four/five-stars)North Carolina (20 commits, 3 four/five-stars)South Carolina (14 commits, 5 four/five-stars)Mississippi State (20 commits, 3 four/five-stars)Iowa (21 commits, 2 four/five-stars)There are still some big-time programs with room to move way up. Stanford (No. 26, 11 commits), Washington (No. 29, 11 commits), Texas (No. 43, 7 commits), West Virginia (No. 57, 10 commits), USC (No. 61, 9 commits), and Nebraska (No. 64, 7 commits) are all programs that often recruit at a top 20-25 level that has relatively small classes as of now, and plenty of room to move up.last_img read more

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Gregory Tarr, Country’s No. 6 Long Snapper, Announces Commitment

first_imgA general view of Michigan's stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Michigan Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines on September 27, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)One of the country’s top long-snapper recruits announced his commitment on Saturday. It’s a big one.Gregory Tarr, the No. 6 ranked long-snapper in the 2020 class, had interest from several major programs across the country.The five-star recruit, per Rubio Long Snapping, will be heading to the Big Ten.Tarr has committed to Michigan. “Thrilled to announce that I have verbally committed to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of Michigan!  I would like to thank my family, coaches and friends for their continued support and prayers through this process,” he announced.Thrilled to announce that I have verbally committed to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of Michigan! 〽️ I would like to thank my family, coaches and friends for their continued support and prayers through this process. #Godsgotme #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/BrCexiGZcy— Gregory Tarr (@GregTarr2) July 28, 2019Tarr is ranked the No. 6 player at his position by Rubio Long Snapping. He’s one of 12 long-snappers given a five-star rating by the recruiting services.Michigan is building one of the best classes in the country for 2020.The Wolverines’ 2020 class ranks No. 7 in the country and No. 2 in the Big Ten by 247Sports.last_img read more

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