Month: October 2019

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: We need miracle for survival

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We need miracle for survivalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez has admitted Newcastle will need a “miracle” to avoid relegation this season. Toon are currently 15th on the table, five points ahead of the drop zone.Benitez said: “We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season.”For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.”It was a miracle last year. People were thinking, ‘Oh, you finished 10th…’, but with a couple fewer wins, we could have been in the bottom five, so it was a miracle.”If we do the same this year with teams spending even more money than last year, it will be a miracle.” last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus forward Ronaldo: I’m not obsessed with individual awards

first_imgJuventus forward Ronaldo: I’m not obsessed with individual awardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo denies being obsessed with individual awards.Ronaldo says he doesn’t live to break records and leaving the national team was his decision, although he will return in 2019.”I’m not obsessed with individual prizes,” said Ronaldo. “The important thing is helping the team, always, and therefore the rest arrives naturally.”I don’t hide that I’m happy when I win but it’s not the end of the world if it can’t happen.”He added that “leaving the national team for a while after the Russia World Cup was the best decision” although he said he would be ready to come back in 2019. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton draw

first_imgWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham’s two goal Marko Arnautovic praised their team spirit after drawing 2-2 with Brighton.But the 29-year-old was disappointed he and his teammates could not take the win in Wednesday’s match but was satisfied with how the side fought back from going behind. “I’m very pleased that we’ve come back from two goals down,” Arnautovic said. “I think we didn’t play the football we wanted to play and we know that Brighton are a threat from set-pieces. We lost two goals from set-pieces but we kept believing. After those two goals, it was a good performance. “I don’t know what we started so late but we started to play good football, started to attack and press them high, and scored two goals. I think we had some chances to win the game but we couldn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff striker Gary Madine explains Sheffield Utd move

first_imgCardiff striker Gary Madine explains Sheffield Utd moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City striker Gary Madine insists he’s happy to move to Sheffield United on-loan.The 28-year-old was with United’s city rivals Sheffield Wednesday between 2011 and 2015.In February 2017, Blades boss Chris Wilder accused Madine of “a lack of respect” after the forward was filmed criticising striker Billy Sharp.Madine has failed to score in 20 appearances for the Bluebirds.He told the Sheffield United club website: “There were other teams interested, but believe it or not when I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance.”I’ve played with some of the lads and against them too, I was dying to make the move happen.”Some people have this perception I don’t like Sheffield United, but that’s not true. I’ve had over 20,000 supporters booing me when I’ve played here before, it’s an intimidating place to come and some players would crumble.”But I’ve always thought I wouldn’t mind being part of that and it is certainly a club on the up, one who play some excellent football.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoDONE! Hudson-Odoi delighted to sign £180k-a-week Chelsea extension

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE! Hudson-Odoi delighted to sign £180k-a-week Chelsea extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has officially signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.After year-long negotiations, the 18-year-old winger has signed a £150k-per-week, but with performance add-ons could end up totalling £180k-per-week.”It’s an amazing feeling,’ Hudson-Odoi said. “It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.”I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well.”As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January and was the subject of four rejected bids from Bayern Munich. last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl talks Adams, Ings form

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl talks Adams, Ings formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says Che Adams retains his confidence.Adams appears to be suffering a slight loss of belief as his wait to open his Saints account continues. Hasenhuttl said, “He also tried to help the team and was working hard but still he is not getting the goal so far but I think it will come.” On Danny Ings after his brace in the Carabao Cup win against Portsmouth.“It’s important for every striker if you score,” said Hasenhuttl of Ings.“He is fit now and he showed he can help us massively and I am very happy for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

7 days agoJuventus boss Sarri admits Man Utd target Mandzukic not training with squad

first_imgJuventus boss Sarri admits Man Utd target Mandzukic not training with squadby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri admits Mario Mandzukic is not training with his first team squad as he prepares for a January exit.The Croatian striker has been tipped to join Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens and bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options. “Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club,” the Juve head coach told a news conference on Friday.”If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.”Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed talks with Mandzukic over his future this week.”With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us,” Paratici said.”Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January. We are evaluating, he is also evaluating. We need maximum calm, he is a great player.”It has been an added value in recent years, we must thank him. If he considers it appropriate to leave, we will satisfy him, otherwise he will consider other solutions.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoBournemouth captain Francis: Howe would suit England

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth captain Francis: Howe would suit Englandby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth captain Simon Francis says manager Eddie Howe can coach England in the future.Francis is one of those who have made the journey from League One with Howe, who he believes would make a perfect successor to Gareth Southgate as England coach. But not yet.He told the Daily Express: “Eddie would be suited to the England job – but further down the line.“His sole aim right now is to be as successful as he can with Bournemouth. We were 9th a couple of seasons ago – and this squad is much better.“He will know that. He still has targets in mind, where he wants us to finish, what he wants to do before he thinks about going.“Eddie deserves a chance. I would love to see him one day – not anytime that I am still here – go and manage a top team, because he would be successful. He has everything.” last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: Photo: Andrew Harrison Skies For A Dunk To Dispel The Notion That He “Lacks Athleticism”

first_imgKentucky's Andrew Harrison throws down a one handed dunk.IG/drewroc5Coming out of high school, Aaron and Andrew Harrison were known as physical, athletic guards who could dominate most of the competition at the college level. Many analysts don’t believe the twins will have the same advantages as they head to the NBA. Draft Express‘ Andrew Harrison profile says his “athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness.” Apparently Harrison is taking the critique pretty seriously, and he took to Instagram to try to change that reputation. We’re not sure if this will shake up any perceptions about Harrison as an athlete, but it looks like he has pretty impressive ups. Draft Express currently has Harrison going No. 32 to the Houston Rockets.last_img

Barca consider move for Man Utd free agent Mata

first_imgBarcelona have made contact with the representatives of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata as they weigh up a move for the Spain international.Goal understands Barca are interested in bringing Mata to Camp Nou this summer, with the 30-year-old available on a free transfer at the end of the season as his contract at Old Trafford runs down.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown an interest in the former Chelsea star, meaning there is likely to be a battle for his signature should he fail to sign a new deal with the Red Devils. 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? It is understood that Man Utd remain in discussions with Mata relating to a new deal but there has yet to be a positive conclusion reached, though they remain hopeful they can persuade the Spaniard to remain at Old Trafford beyond this summerThe club triggered a one-year option in his current deal to keep him until July 2019, but interest from elsewhere could see his head turned.Mata’s current contract sees him earn £140,000-a-week, but the fact that his signing would involve no transfer fee means Barca see him as a bargain among an ever inflated market.The Blaugrana have already secured the services of one midfielder for next season after completing the €75 million (£65m/$85m) capture of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong on Wednesday.They continue to be linked with PSG’s Adrien Rabiot, who is also set to be available on a free this summer, with Ernesto Valverde keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Having joined Man Utd in January 2014, Mata has made 208 appearances for the 20-time champions of English football, scoring 44 goals and contributing 35 assists.Juan Mata Man Utd 2018He has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth under any of his three permanent managers at the club, with just nine of his 15 league appearances this season coming from the start.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s sacking Mata has found himself on the bench more often than not, with the Norwegian coach prefering a front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.As such it is difficult to see him having a medium to long-term future with the club, and a move away might be in his best interests.Mata did come through the Real Madrid youth system before moving to Valencia at the age of 19, and a potential move to Catalunya would mark his first return to Spain since leaving Mestalla for Chelsea in 2011.last_img read more

Ronaldo the ‘legend and myth’ stumps Futre

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s stunning achievements have left fellow Portuguese Paulo Futre calling for “new adjectives in the dictionary”, with “legend and myth” the only words he considers to be suitable.At 34 years of age, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to raise the bar of individual excellence.Over the course of his remarkable career, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been the only man to match him. 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? Ronaldo has collected league titles in England, Spain and Italy, while also securing five Champions League crowns across spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.With Portugal, he has become a European Championship and Nations League winner, while scoring 88 goals in 158 appearances.A standing among the all-time greats is already safely secured, with many of the records he has set expected to stand for many years to come.When reflecting on his career to date, and looking ahead to what may still be to come, Futre admits it is nigh on impossible to find the right superlatives.The former Portugal international, who began his own career at Sporting, told reporters of a legendary countryman: “I have already said many times that they will have to invent new adjectives in the dictionary, other fantastic words, because Cristiano Ronaldo has used all of them.“I would stay with two words that I do not get tired of, legend and myth.“All the rest: genius, fantastic, phenomenon, extra-terrestrial, wonderful, unique, I’m tired of saying them.”Ronaldo’s debut campaign at Juventus in 2018-19 saw him claim a Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana.He netted 28 times in 43 appearances and now has 601 goals at club level to his name.A record-setting tally of strikes in Champions League competition continues to rise, with his remarkable haul taken to 126.Both Ronaldo and Juventus will be hoping that there are many more to come, with the Bianconeri having acquired an iconic figure in an effort to end their long wait for European glory.last_img read more

Ohio State Coach Calls Draymond Green ‘A Clown’

first_imgDraymond Green pounding his chest.OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 12: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts late in the game in his teams 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Draymond Green doesn’t have many fans in Ohio. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are facing off in their fourth straight NBA Finals. During Game 1 last night, we got the full Draymond experience.Early in the game, the versatile forward got after Cavs superstar LeBron James both verbally and physically. In the second quarter, Green caught up in the eye with a questionable contest of Green at the basket. It left James with a red spot in his left eye.Battle wound.#NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/3UIAgpHMf1— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2018After JR Smith’s unbelievable gaffe that helped get the game to overtime, the Warriors took control of the game. With a pretty safe 10-point lead, Draymond mocked Cavs’ bench forward Kendrick Perkins, referring to him as a cheerleader with by mimicking a dance with imaginary pom poms.With just a few seconds left in the game, Green turned his attention to Tristan Thompson, who was fuming over a shot taken late in the shot clock by Shaun Livingston. Green clapped in the Cavs’ big man’s face, and Thompson responded by hitting him in the face with the ball. He was ejected with a few second left on the clock and the game in hand for the Warriors.When told that Smith insists that he did not forget about the score of the tie game at the end of regulation, Green had another viral moment. He couldn’t help but crack up at that notion.So yeah, Draymond isn’t a favorite of those over in Ohio. As you can imagine, there is a pretty significant crossover between Cavaliers and Ohio State fans.Among them is OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith. He’s never shy about sharing his feelings on Twitter.Zach Smith ripped Draymond Green shortly after the game, calling him a “clown.”Draymond is a clown. Never has he not been. Good player. Not great. Has the luxury of playing with elite players so he’s relevant. ???— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 1, 2018It probably doesn’t help matters that Green is a very notable former Michigan State star. The Spartans have long been one of the best college basketball programs in the Big Ten, and a rival of the Buckeyes.This definitely has more to do with his NBA career though. Green has a reputation as a dirty player, and it has caused controversy during these four NBA Finals series.last_img read more

Former Nebraska 4-Star QB Has Decided On A Transfer Destination

first_imgNebraska fans play football outside Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska four-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia decided earlier this week to transfer out of the Huskers’ program before the start of the 2018 season.Gebbia, a top recruit in the 2017 class, lost the Huskers’ quarterback competition to true freshman Adrian Martinez.The former four-star recruit decided shortly after that to ask for his release from the program, which he was granted.The quarterback is reportedly heading to the Pac-12.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel is reporting that Gebbia is transferring to Oregon State.“Source: Former Nebraska QB Tristan Gebbia has committed to transfer to Oregon State. He’ll be eligible in 2019 after sitting this season. OSU coach Jonathan Smith had recruited Gebbia hard at Washington,” he reports.Source: Former Nebraska QB Tristan Gebbia has committed to transfer to Oregon State. He’ll be eligible in 2019 after sitting this season. OSU coach Jonathan Smith had recruited Gebbia hard at Washington.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 30, 2018Gebbia was one of the top pro-style QBs in the country coming out of high school. He committed to Mike Riley at Nebraska.last_img read more

Ohio State Fans Want This Coach Fired After Saturday’s Loss

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State’s season came crashing down on Saturday. The Buckeyes were blown out by unranked Purdue, losing 49-20 in West Lafayette.While the Buckeyes aren’t eliminated from the College Football Playoff, their margin for error is razor thin. Ohio State has to win out and win the Big Ten title game to have a shot at cracking the four-team field.As you might imagine, many OSU fans are frustrated. Some are calling for the dismissal of associate head coach/defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.Schiano’s defense has come under fire this season, because the unit has struggled with allowing chunk plays even in wins. Last night was the culmination of those struggles, as the Buckeyes allowed over 600 yards of total offense.Greg Schiano’s defense also made a ton of mental errors in this game. Two defenders covering in the same space, keying run on play-action (not RPOs). pic.twitter.com/VhiUKjkt79— Ollie Connolly (@OllieConnolly) October 21, 2018A quick search of Schiano’s name on Twitter reveals plenty of fans calling for his head. He’s not a popular guy in Columbus right now.Ohio State has a bye week to work on its problems before returning to action against Nebraska on Nov. 3. The Buckeyes still have a pair of huge games on the schedule against Michigan and Michigan State.If they can’t get their defense in gear, it could be a rough finish.last_img read more

Star College Quarterback To Skip Bowl, Focus On NFL Draft

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the best quarterbacks in college football has decided to skip his team’s bowl game in order to get ready for the NFL Draft. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, who turned in one of the most impressive seasons this year, is headed to the NFL and doesn’t want to risk injury.The Mountaineers star addressed his decision.“Since arriving in Morgantown, Jeanne and I have been welcomed into the Mountaineer Family and we, along with Eloise, have been so blessed by the support and love of so many. I hope that, in return, you know that I have given my all and worked hard each and every day to help our football program and University.“While we did not win every time we took the field, and I shoulder that responsibility, I can assure you that we tried. After discussions with Jeanne and my family, and after receiving professional input, I have decided not to participate in our upcoming bowl game and focus on preparing myself and my family for what I hope is the next step in our journey. I want to thank Coach Holgorsen, Coach Spavital and all of our coaches for believing in me and, most importantly, to my teammates, who are now lifelong friends who taught me the true meaning of TEAM.“It has been an honor to wear the WVU uniform, and I sincerely thank all of Mountaineer Nation for allowing my family and I to be a part of something so special. Country roads, take me home…”Grier finished the season with 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns – plus another three on the ground. He figures to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board in the 2019 NFL draft.It’s an interesting decision from Grier, though this seems to be the new normal.[WVU Sports]last_img read more

4-Star Arizona State Commit Chad Johnson Jr. Says Texas Would Be His ‘Dream Offer’

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns football stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Chad Johnson Jr., son of the mercurial Cincinnati Bengals great, is shaping up to be an impressive wide receiver in his own right. Johnson is a four-star in the class of 2020.He didn’t take long to come to a decision on his recruitment. Johnson Jr. gave his pledge to Arizona State in December.Of course, he can’t sign with the Sun Devils until December. It is unclear to what extent he is still considering other programs.He isn’t afraid to share his excitement about at least one, though. Responding to news that he was being evaluated by Texas, Chad Johnson Jr. said it would be a “dream offer.”It does not appear that he has been offered quite yet. The article he is quote tweeting is behind 247’s paywall.Dream Offer 👀 https://t.co/LoFaqdegCN— Chad Johnson Jr. (@ChadYoloJ) March 5, 2019As of now, Johnson claims offers from ASU, Lane Kiffin and FAU, and his father’s alma mater, Oregon State.The Cathedral High School star is ranked No. 297 overall, per 247‘s composite rankings.He is the No. 57 wide receiver in the class, and the No. 27 recruit in California for the class of 2020.It should be noted that Johnson followed the Texas tweet with a retweet of one supporting ASU head coach Herm Edwards, so the Sun Devils may still be in decent shape. They may want to watch out if Tom Herman comes calling though.last_img read more

College Football’s 10 Best Recruiting Classes For 2020

first_imgHead 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.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)Recruiting for the class of 2020 is already in full swing. Every single Power 5 program has at least one verbal commitment for next year.As each recruit comes off the board, 247Sports’ Composite Team rankings adjust. The composite calculates the rankings from all major recruiting sites into one rating.Thus far, Clemson, Alabama and LSU have taken turns owning the top spot in the 2020 composite team rankings. Miami and Georgia aren’t far behind.Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, UNC and Penn State round out the top 10. The full top 10 can be found below. You can find the entire 2020 composite team rankings here.Of those programs in the top 10, UNC is probably the only major surprise. Mack Brown has been hot on the recruiting trail since returning to Chapel Hill.It is fun to see the three major Florida programs all in the top 10 as well. Manny Diaz is starting off on the right foot at Miami, while Willie Taggart needs a huge class to take some pressure off in Tallahassee.Meanwhile, Dan Mullen seems to be on his way to bringing Florida back to elite status.last_img read more

Troy Calls Out Alabama, Implies Trojans Want To Play Crimson Tide

first_img “We’re playing the best teams we can get to play us. Why don’t you start calling around and see if you can get somebody else to play us, and we’ll play ’em. We’ll play anybody you can get to play us,” Saban said to the media in a recent press conference.One program has stepped up and accepted that challenge. They’re local, and they have a recent history of taking down football powers: the Troy Trojans.👋 pic.twitter.com/p4YkKI9VmV— Troy Trojans Football ⚔️ (@TroyTrojansFB) September 11, 2019In recent years, Troy has knocked off LSU and Nebraska on the road. They’re definitely a bit more dangerous than some of the Group of Five teams Alabama has brought in in recent years, though losing head coach Neal Brown to West Virginia may take off a bit of the shine.Surprisingly, Alabama and Troy have never played one another since Troy made the jump up to the FBS in 2001, despite the fact that Troy is in state, just about 150 miles from Tuscaloosa.Given that proximity, maybe the Trojans would be a bit more attractive than your New Mexico States, but something tells me they wouldn’t be the type of program that would really keep butts in seats at Bryant-Denny Stadium through the fourth quarter. Luckily, Alabama’s scheduling will ramp up soon.Beginning in 2022, the Tide have true home-and-home series starting up with Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. A closeup of Alabama head coach Nick Saban.MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looka on in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Aside from all of the winning and the millions upon millions of dollars coming through the program, things are hard out here for the Alabama Crimson Tide. After Saturday’s blowout win over New Mexico State, Nick Saban wasn’t thrilled in answering criticism of his program’s scheduling practices.Obviously, Alabama has a tough road, with games against Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, and the rest of the SEC West every year. More often than not, that culminates with a meeting with Florida or Georgia in the conference title game, and clearly Alabama has proven itself in the College Football Playoff.This year’s non-conference schedule has left a lot to be desired though, especially for fans. Alabama’s premier Power Five opponent was ACC also-ran Duke, in Atlanta. At home, Alabama gets the less-than-impressive triumvirate of NMSU,  Southern Miss, and Western Carolina.According to Nick Saban, part of the problem is that teams are unwilling to schedule the mighty Tide.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant

first_imgSourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh PantIndia vs Australia: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly lauded Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah’s contribution to India’s historic Test series win Down Under.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 20:46 IST Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 159, his first hundred in Australia, in the drawn fourth Test in Sydney (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant finished the Australia series with 350 runs, 68 more than captain Virat KohliPant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in AustraliaCheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah topped the batting and bowling charts vs Australia, respectivelyFormer captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday hailed India’s historic Test series win in Australia and said wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is one for the “future”.Having made his Test debut in August 2018, the 21-year-old Pant has gone from strength to strength, scoring a Test hundred each in England and Australia within months.In Australia, Pant amassed 350 runs in seven innings, the second highest after Cheteshwar Pujara, while behind the stumps he broke the record for most catches — 20 — by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series.”He will be a superb player for India in the future. He has been so good in the series and in future also, he will shine,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture against Punjab.Rain played spoilsport in the fourth and final Test as the Virat Kohli-led side won the series 2-1, ending a 71-year wait to win their first series Down Under.Terrific win, India played excellent cricket: GangulyAustralia were 316 in arrears when the match was called off, leaving India with a 2-1 triumph after wins in Adelaide and Melbourne. Australia won in Perth.Terming their win terrific, Ganguly said: “It’s a terrific win. They played excellent cricket throughout and the batting clicked. They scored 400-600 runs and that was the key.””Bumrah and Pujara were simply brilliant. They played big roles behind the win,” Ganguly said, while also giving credit to pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed 21 wickets in four Tests at an average of 17.00, including a five-for.advertisementPujara amassed 521 runs at 74.42, scoring three hundreds to be adjudged both Man of the Match and Man of the Series.Asked to compare Kohli’s side with teams of the past including his side that drew 1-1 in 2003-04, Ganguly said: “I don’t compare ever. So I can’t answer that question.Also Read | This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | ndia vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso 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 byPTI Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Rishabh PantFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more