Manchester United Matic sees Man Utd under ‘more pressure’ after trophy failure Chris Burton 23:07 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils finished the 2017-18 campaign empty-handed, meaning that even more will be expected from Jose Mourinho’s side next season Nemanja Matic concedes that Manchester United have put themselves under “more pressure” by failing to land a trophy in 2017-18.The Red Devils finished as runners-up in the Premier League title race and FA Cup final, but major silverware proved elusive.Jose Mourinho had overseen three successes in his debut campaign – in the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League – but ended his second at Old Trafford empty-handed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now More will now be expected from the Portuguese and his troops in 2018-19, as United seek to return to the winners’ enclosure, with Matic aware of the need to deliver for a demanding fan base.The Serbia international midfielder told the club’s official website: “When you don’t win one year, the next year there is always more pressure. This is football. When you play for Manchester United, it is a normal thing and we have to accept that and deal with that.“When you win the trophy it’s different and you feel better but the most important thing is that we can look in the mirror and know we gave our best. The team was sad after the game [FA Cup final]. We know we deserved more but this is football. This is a final – everything can happen – so as I said we have to be focused on the next challenge. “I think that we have improved this year. As you know, United last year were sixth. The year before that, fifth. So we improve, we are second. The only team who is better than us this year is Man City. “Obviously, they play amazing football. But we are second and we are in the Champions League next year, which is the most important thing.”Inconsistency ultimately cost United dear in their efforts to secure silverware, with Matic conceding that more 90-minute performances will be required next term.He added on the back of a 1-0 Wembley defeat to former club Chelsea which saw the Red Devils pay the price for some sloppy defending and toothless attacking: “We played 90 minutes’ good football at Wembley.“I don’t know how it looked from the outside but I felt in the first half we also played football. Obviously it was better in the second half but in the first half we controlled the game, though we conceded a goal from one mistake.“Some games we played much better in the second half. We have to try to play 90 minutes in the same way.”
Marcus Rashford Rashford will set the world alight, promises Young Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 17:41 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Marcus Rashford England Manchester United World Cup Premier League The Manchester United star is primed to star for England at the World Cup in Russia and will go on to great things, says his Old Trafford team-mate Marcus Rashford has the potential to “set the world alight” and will be a key player for England at the World Cup, according to Ashley Young.The forward heads into only his second major tournament for his country following a difficult season at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.Rashford made 52 appearances in all competitions in 2017-18 but struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up, while he came under scrutiny for his tame performance in the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Young, though, has no doubt his United team-mate has the potential to become one of the game’s leading players, starting in Russia next month.”It’s the World Cup and it could be his stage to show everybody how far he’s come since his debut,” he told a news conference.”He produces at United and will be a major player for us at the World Cup. He’s going to cope really well.”I’ve said it from the time I saw him in the youth team – he’s got a massive future ahead of him. He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps going the way he is, he’ll set the world alight.”He has his feet firmly on the ground and he wants to learn every day. He’s one of them that the manager has to tell him ‘come inside’ because he wants to stay out and play non-stop.”If you look at the goals he has scored on how many different debuts, it just shows he steps up in the big games.”Young has forced his way back into the England fold following consistently good performances as United’s first-choice left-back.However, the former Aston Villa man admits he still feels like more of an attacking player, despite having played in a more defensive role for much of the last three seasons at club level.”I don’t pretend, I still see myself as an attacker, especially the way that we play with the full-backs or wing-backs high up,” he said.”Different managers play different formations. I think I am one of those players who has a good footballing brain. Wherever the manager calls on me to play I will give 100 per cent for the England shirt and go to do as well as I can.”
Former NRL, Queensland Maroons, Kangaroos and now Touch Football star, Scott Prince will be the face of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup, confirmed as the event’s inaugural Ambassador. The tournament is a joint initiative between Touch Football Australia, Queensland Touch Football, Tourism and Events Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council, and will be the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia. Register Now!50 things to do in BundabergMore Bundaberg Cup informationThe event will draw players from overseas, interstate and across Queensland to the Bundaberg Region. The former Clive Churchill Medallist (2005), is eager to play a key part in the event and to enjoy the region as a destination. “I’m really excited to be heading to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to experience what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,” he said. “I hear from the locals that it’s great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs – a moment the family and I would love to see,” Prince said.”My primary focus as I’m sure it is with all competitors, is the inaugural Bundaberg Cup – it’s an exciting event and one that will become a major part of the Touch Football calendar. “The prize money on offer is outstanding which should see the best of the best in town. “I am confident that our team can do well and that we will be there when it gets interesting on Sunday afternoon,” Prince added. The inaugural running of the Bundaberg Cup will take place on 14 – 15 November with nominations for team entry still open. For more information and event information visit the Bundaberg Cup registration page at the Queensland Touch Football website. Stay tuned in the lead-up to the event as Scott introduces the best tourism and destination options available to competitors and entourage alike: the ‘50 things to do’ highlighting the best the Southern Great Barrier Reef Region has to offer. The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar. While he is looking forward to his time in the region, Prince has his eye firmly on the Bundaberg Cup.To read the story on Prince in the Bundaberg News-Mail, please click here: http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/cup-lands-nrl-star/2807677/ Related Files151012_scott_prince_the_ambassador_for_the_bundaberg_cup_mr_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksBundaberg Cup
Man Utd have started killing teams claims Lingardby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJesse Lingard believes that Manchester United are finally being ruthless.The Red Devils have won all three games under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.And they have scored 12 goals in the process. They next face off against Newcastle United away from home on Wednesday.”If we go into the game like we have done the first three matches we’ll win,” Lingard said to reporters after the 4-1 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford”We’ve had the right mentality, killing teams. That mentality is very important.”Ole has told us to start quickly, press teams and make sure we’re on the front foot and make sure that the first 15-20 minutes can decide the game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Fulham boss Ranieri confident beating Arsenal to Chelsea captain Cahillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri is closing on a deal for Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.The Sun says Ranieri has targeted Cahill, 33, to sort out his defence at Craven Cottage on a six-month loan.And he is AHEAD of Arsenal, who defeated Ranieri’s team 4-1 today, in the battle to land the ex-England centre-back.Cahill will be granted a loan for the final months of his Chelsea contract if a permanent deal cannot be thrashed out.After winning the Champions League and two Premier League titles during his glittering career at Stamford Bridge the club will allow him to leave for the regular football he wants.Cahill was willing to stay if he was picked for enough games in the first half of the season – but he has been limited to one Premier League sub appearance. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Souness: Leicester defender Evans would walk into Man Utd XIby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Graeme Souness says Leicester City defender Jonny Evans would “walk” into Manchester United’s starting XI.Evans left United for West Brom in 2015 before ending up at Leicester, who are now flying high in third place in the Premier League while United are languishing in 11th.Souness said of the central defender: “Evans is 31 and has maybe not hit his peak yet.”He walks into the Manchester United team for me when you look at what United have at the back.”He can make passes, senses danger. He’s all round a top class centre-half for me.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool to provide free coaches for Leicester Boxing Day clashby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool will provide free coaches for their supporters to reach Leicester on Boxing Day.Supporters were upset to find out the Premier League confirmed the match would kick-off at 8pm.No trains usually between Leicester and Liverpool on the day after Christmas.Instead it will cost fans only 5 pound for a seat on the coaches booked by the club, with the money donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank.A statement read: “Our biggest concern is that our Boxing Day fixture away at Leicester City could be 8pm – that’s awful – with public transport difficulties, the expense, late returns and beyond.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Keane ‘solves’ Man Utd recruitment strategy: Go and sign Tottenham striker Kane!by Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Keane says Manchester United should sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane.United continued their worst start to the season in 30 years with a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, leaving them in 13th place. And Keane believes England captain Kane would remedy United’s current woes.”Just go and get Kane from Spurs,” said Keane on Sky Sports. “Easy. Just go and get him. What are you all staring at?”
Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah on Leeds scoresheet againby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah helped rescue a point for Leeds against Preston on Tuesday night.The 20-year-old has yet to start a league game this season, having been limited to 11 substitute appearances.Nketiah’s goal against promotion rivals Preston was his third of the campaign.The Whites had gone ahead after 74 minutes thanks to Tom Barkhuizen.Marcelo Bielsa quickly sent for Nketiah, who rewarded his manager with a fine equaliser. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Alexis Sanchez will be “desperate to prove a point” against Arsenal, says Martin Keown, with the Manchester United star tipped to be the man who could “destroy” the Gunners’ FA Cup dream.The Chilean forward is preparing for a return to familiar surroundings in fourth-round action.United are due in north London on Friday for an eagerly-anticipated clash between two arch-rivals and Premier League top-four hopefuls. 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? The Red Devils will make the trip buoyed by a run of seven successive victories under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Sanchez has played little part in that record-breaking sequence after nursing a series of niggling knocks, but is ready to step back into the fold and ignite his United career against a former club.Ex-Arsenal defender Keown told the Daily Mail of the threat posed by a man who has endured a difficult time since moving to Old Trafford in January 2018: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been waiting for the perfect moment to re-introduce Alexis Sanchez.“What better opportunity for the forward to relaunch his Manchester United career than by going back to his old club and knocking them out of the FA Cup?“Not only will he be desperate to prove a point to the Arsenal fans, but Sanchez gets a real buzz from playing in this competition.“He has scored in two FA Cup final victories with Arsenal and found the net in three semi-finals — including for United against Tottenham last season.“He could cause Arsenal serious problems down their left flank. Sead Kolasinac plays as more of a wing-back than a defender, often leaving gaping holes behind him.“Those are the kind of spaces Sanchez will be looking to exploit to destroy Arsenal’s FA Cup dream. This is a player who needs the love of his manager.“Solskjaer has been talking him up in recent weeks as if readying him for this huge clash at the Emirates.”Sanchez will not be the only attacking star on show at Emirates Stadium, with Keown expecting an entertaining encounter between two sides full of confidence.He added: “Friday night will be a stern examination of both sets of defenders. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are as good as any strike partnership in the Premier League.“United can threaten Arsenal’s centre-backs with their pace, too. Sokratis is quicker than he is given credit for, but has a habit of getting the wrong side of his opponent and fishing for the ball.“Both sides have kept just four clean sheets in their 23 Premier League games, so this could well be a high-scoring game.“I’m hoping for a thrilling contest that ends 3-2… and I believe Arsenal’s firepower will be enough to inflict a first defeat on Solskjaer.”
Toni Duggan has left Barcelona following two successful seasons with the club.Duggan joined the Spanish side in 2017 and went on to play 72 games, scoring 29 goals in the process.The Liverpool-born forward leaves having won the Copa de la Reina and the Copa Catalunya, while also collecting runners-up medals twice in the Primera Division and also once in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Upon the announcement of her departure, Duggan said: “It was a dream come true to wear the famous colours of FC Barcelona.“To represent one of the biggest and most special clubs in the world has been a huge honour – but I feel the time is right for me to pursue a new challenge.“Together with my teammates and, of course, the wonderful supporters, I was able to win two trophies and enjoy many other memorable moments.”A great many people have helped me over the last two years and I want to thank them all – you will always be in my heart,” the 27-year-old added.“Forca Barca!”Duggan began her career with Everton, breaking into the first team as a 16-year-old due to injuries.Just two years later, she would be named the FA Women’s Young Player of the Year, although her senior England debut wouldn’t come until 2012, in a 3-0 win over Croatia.The forward moved to Manchester City a year later, where she would win the FA Women’s Super League, the Women’s FA Cup and the FA Women’s League Cup – the latter twice.After two years abroad, her next club will be revealed in due course, with a decision to stay out of England unlikely to surprise many given how fondly she has spoken of her experiences in Spain.“It’s been an unbelievable experience,” she told the Guardian earlier this year.“I’ve loved every minute of it and I’d recommend it to youth coming through because, like I said, it takes you out of your comfort zone: you learn a new language, a new style of play.”Duggan is not the only member of England’s Women’s World Cup squad to be playing outside of England either.Both Jodie Taylor and Rachel Daly are currently playing in the United States, for Seattle Reign and Houston Dash respectively, while Lucy Bronze is at Lyon and Mary Earps is at Wolfsburg.So far in France, Duggan has played three games, having missed the opening two through injury.
American soccer fans were left disappointed when Frank Lampard snubbed Christian Pulisic from his starting line-up for Sunday’s embarrassing 4-0 opening day defeat to Manchester United.However, the youngster announced himself in style on Wednesday on his first start for Chelsea as he dazzled in a thrilling UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool.The two sides played out an absorbing 2-2 draw in Istanbul – with Liverpool emerging victorious on penalties – and Pulisic proved that he is more than ready to star for the Blues. 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? A £58 million ($70m) signing from Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic showed he can cut it at the top level and that he was not merely signed for marketing reasons (there were record Premier League viewing figures from America during Sunday’s game).His direct running and high-speed dribbling were a feature throughout his 74 minutes on the pitch, as he linked up well with fellow attackers Pedro and Olivier Giroud.And it was Pulisic who assisted the first goal of the Frank Lampard era as he glided through midfield and released Giroud, who finished past Adrian with aplomb.The American thought he had added a brilliant goal of his own soon after as he dribbled out of a tight space before burying the ball into the bottom corner. However, the strike was ruled out for offside.The only Chelsea player who truly outshone Pulisic on the night was N’Golo Kante, who put in an indefatigable man-of-the-match performance in midfield on his return from injury.Liverpool improved in the second half after the introduction of Roberto Firmino. Sadio Mane equalised just after the break and then put the Reds ahead early in extra time – both from Firmino assists.But Chelsea showed they have plenty of spirit to force a penalty shoot-out. Substitute Tammy Abraham earned a penalty in the 100th minute, which was coolly dispatched by Jorginho.Unfortunately for Chelsea, they lost 5-4 in the shootout lottery – with Abraham missing the decisive kick – but Lampard will be pleased with the performance and reaction of his side in Istanbul.He will also be pleased that – unlike against Man Utd where they collapsed in the second half – they managed to maintain their high levels for the full 120 minutes.A number of players who were heavily criticised on Sunday – such as Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro – went some way to answering their doubters.Chelsea gave as good as they got against the champions of Europe, and while they will be disappointed at not lifting the one trophy missing from Roman Abramovich’s cabinet, there are plenty of reasons for fans to be positive.And the most positive reason of all is the prospect of seeing Pulisic on a regular basis after his wonderful performance on Wednesday.
It’s always the ones you love that hurt you the most.Southampton know all about Sadio Mane but, at St Mary’s on Saturday, they got a painful reminder of their former star’s quality. Liverpool, his new love, left the South Coast with three points and their perfect start to the Premier League season intact after a 2-1 victory that was more rugged than stylish, but nothing if not important. 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? No Super Cup hangover for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who just about shrugged off their midweek workload. They’ll play better this season, for sure, but they won’t get many better wins, given the context. “The mentality giants were in town,” said Klopp afterwards, reflecting on his side’s capacity to dig out points when pushed to their physical limit.It was Mane who set them on their way here, lighting up a drab first half with a marvellous strike seconds before the break. His finish, whipped viciously round two defenders and inside Angus Gunn’s left-hand post from the edge of the box, was fit for any game, any team, any stage. “The perfect moment,” Klopp remarked.Before that, Liverpool had struggled, as if zapped by their exploits in Istanbul on Wednesday night. Sloppy and sluggish, they had to ride out a Southampton storm in the opening 45 minutes, grateful to goalkeeper Adrian’s reflexes and the home side’s lack of real punch in the final third. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side huffed and puffed, but Liverpool’s house remained unbreached.They always travel with a healthy contingent of former Saints these days, and all of them impressed here. Virgil van Dijk was back to his imperious best in defence while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first league start since April 2018, looked far more effective in midfield than he had on the wing against Chelsea. “Outstandingly good,” Klopp said of the England man.Mane, though, was the game-changer – just as he had been against Chelsea in the week. His brilliant strike, a minute into first-half stoppage time, broke open a game that looked like it might pass Liverpool by. After the break, as the visitors found more of their rhythm, it was the Senegal man who stood above everyone else. If there’s a better wide attacker in the game right now, he’s well hidden.He’d already laid on a chance for Mohamed Salah, which the Egyptian missed, by the time his persistence down the left, 19 minutes from time, saw him win the ball from Jan Bednarek and feed Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian, sharp as a tack so far this season, shimmied his way across the box and fired beyond Gunn for 2-0.Mane then pulled out the party pieces, setting up Andy Robertson with an impudent backheel. This time, Gunn was equal to the shot, as he was to Mane’s back-post header from a Salah free-kick. Liverpool were off the leash, and they threatened to run riot.Having shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season, Mane looks ready for another big campaign this time around.He scored at a rate of exactly one in three (25 in 75 games) in his two seasons at Southampton, but since moving to Liverpool that’s improved dramatically. It’s 63 in 127 at Anfield, almost one in two. He has, as Klopp would say, found an extra level and the German still suspects there is more to come from the 27-year-old.His team made life a little more uncomfortable than necessary in the closing stages, Adrian clearing the ball against former Reds striker Danny Ings to make it 2-1. “He must have thought he’d played well like Ali,” said Klopp, referring to injured No.1 Alisson Becker, “so he thought he’d make the same mistake as Ali!” He could smile now, but it was a horror moment for the Spaniard.Southampton pushed for an equaliser, but Van Dijk and Co. held firm. And when they needed somebody to run down the clock in stoppage time, guess who stepped up? Mane. Who else?Six points from six, then, to start the season. The pace shows no sign of slowing. You don’t need to play like title contenders in August; you just need to win like them.Here, Liverpool did exactly that. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 16: The Nebraska Cornhuskers marching band takes the field beg or their game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska head coach Scott Frost announced on Sunday morning that Adrian Martinez would be starting at quarterback on Saturday against Akron. Martinez, a four-star recruit in the 2018 class, becomes the first-ever true freshman to start at QB Week 1 for Nebraska.Martinez, a dual-threat prospect formerly committed to Tennessee, won the starting job over Tristan Gebbia, another former four-star recruit.Gebbia was considered the favorite to win the job by many, but Martinez ended up being too impressive to sit.What does this mean for Gebbia’s future in Lincoln, Neb.? That is unclear.According to reports, Gebbia did not practice today. He is reportedly weighing his options, a.k.a. considering a transfer.“Tristan Gebbia didn’t practice Monday. Weighing his options,” Christopher Heady reports.Tristan Gebbia didn’t practice Monday. Weighing his options.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) August 27, 2018Frost told reporters that Gebbia initially took the news of being QB2 well, but added that he wants players who want to be here.At this point, it is unclear if Gebbia does actually want to stay at Nebraska as the backup quarterback.Tristan Gebbia did not practice today. Frost said he took the news initially well, but he didn’t practice today. Frost says he wants kids who wants to be here. #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) August 27, 2018Gebbia committed to Nebraska when Mike Riley was the Huskers’ head coach. He was ranked the No. 9 pro-style QB in the country coming out of high school by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Well, it appears Ferris State’s magical season on the football field might be all for nothing. Despite being the No. 2 team in the country for Division II, an eligibility issue could derail its hopes of playing for a national title.Earlier this week, the university announced that the team used an athlete that was actually ineligible. Although it didn’t last the entire season, Ferris State had this player during four games.It turns out that the ineligible athlete is Dan Perry, who was a wrestler for the Michigan Wolverines in 2016. After that season, he transferred to Kent State to play football, but ended up redshirting that season.Following his decision to sit out, Perry transferred to Ferris State. However, the NCAA rules would require him to miss the 2018 season, which he obviously didn’t follow.D2 Ferris State used ineligible player in 4 games; team is ranked #2 (7-0): https://t.co/H3fFp81HWG— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 18, 2018The university released a statement about the issue, saying “The student-athlete’s transfer history was complex, and the error by the department that certifies student-athlete eligibility was the result of a misinterpretation of a transfer rule.”It’ll be worth monitoring this situation to see the possible consequences for Ferris State.While the team is currently undefeated, it’s certainly possible that they forfeit the wins from the four games with Perry.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Place kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the ball off to the Oregon Ducks to start the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The new College Football Playoff rankings are set to be released tonight.The new College Football Playoff Top 25 likely won’t feature too many changes, at least at the top of the poll, as there were no major upsets this past weekend.More big news is reportedly coming from the College Football Playoff, too.The College Football Playoff has teased some “big announcements.”“BIG announcements coming the next few days,” they tweeted. “Follow our official accounts to be the first to know about all things.”?BIG announcements coming the next few days.?Follow our official accounts to be the first to know about all things #CFBPlayoff! pic.twitter.com/7UkimC5Unv— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 13, 2018What could these announcements be?In an ideal world, it would be an expansion from four teams to eight teams, but it’s not going to be that. Most likely, it’ll be an announcement for future playoff sites. Perhaps it’ll be something more exciting than that, though.Stay tuned.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – NOVEMBER 06: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates against the Kentucky Wildcats during the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Maui Invitational tips off this afternoon, and to no one’s surprise, the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils are the favorite. They’ll need to win three games to take the title.Duke will open on Monday afternoon with San Diego State at 4:30 PM ET. The Aztecs enter the contest with a 2-0 record and wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Texas Southern.Should the Blue Devils win, we could have a potential top-10 matchup on our hands. No. 9 Auburn takes on Xavier this afternoon, and if the Tigers can win, they’ll meet Duke on Tuesday night.If Duke can beat both San Diego State and the winner of Auburn vs. Xavier, they could face an even tougher opponent in the title game.??? pic.twitter.com/arhvV34sJf— Maui Invitational (@MauiInv) November 13, 2018No. 3 Gonzaga is in the bottom half of the bracket. The Bulldogs would have to get past Illinois and the winner of Arizona vs. Iowa State to make it happen.So Duke, potentially, could have to play San Diego State, No. 9 Auburn and No. 3 Gonzaga in consecutive days.If Duke gets through that gauntlet, the Blue Devils will be deserving of the No. 1 ranking they currently own. It should be an awesome week.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is carted off the field after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury in the Crimson Tide’s comeback win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Here’s the latest on the status of Nick Saban’s star QB.Tagovailoa went into the medical tent multiple times during Alabama’s game against Georgia, eventually getting replaced at quarterback by his backup, Jalen Hurts, who led the offense on its game-winning drive.The Crimson Tide’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback did not look good after the game. He was able to stand up for the post-game ceremony, but he had to get carted off the field.Tagovailoa appeared to be in a decent mood thanks to the comeback win, at least.Tua leaves the field on a cart after the celebration waving to Alabama fans as he made his exit. pic.twitter.com/FQmTOOKgFb— WVUA 23 (@wvua23) December 2, 2018Even though he was on a cart, Tua Tagovailoa was all smiles: pic.twitter.com/QmYakA87b5— Christopher Walsh (@BamaCentral) December 2, 2018Tagovailoa was getting consoled by his family members following his injury.“Tua Tagovailoa is currently on the back of a medical cart surrounded by family in the tunnel at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He has both shoes off, and Alabama trainers are speaking with him. Tua is beside himself after leaving the #SECChampionship with an injury,” one reporter on the scene tweeted.Tua Tagovailoa is currently on the back of a medical cart surrounded by family in the tunnel at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.He has both shoes off, and Alabama trainers are speaking with him. Tua is beside himself after leaving the #SECChampionship with an injury. (No pics in tunnel)— Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) December 2, 2018Alabama head coach Nick Saban had the following update on Tagovailoa after the game.“Saban says Tua sprained ankle in 1st half and had his foot stepped on in the 2nd half. Doesn’t think it’s a significant injury but could miss a little time,” John Talty tweeted.Saban says Tua sprained ankle in 1st half and had his foot stepped on in the 2nd half. Doesn’t think it’s a significant injury but could miss a little time.— John Talty (@JTalty) December 2, 2018Stay tuned for more updates on Tua moving forward.
India vs Australia: India lose Sydney ODI despite Rohit Sharma hundredIndia vs Australia 1st ODI: Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Rohit Sharma tried heroically but his stunning 133 was not enough as India lost the first ODI to Australia by 34 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Jhye Richardson (4 for 26) and Peter Handscomb (73) were the stars for Australia on Saturdayadvertisement Rajarshi Gupta SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 18:14 IST Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni strung the 3rd highest fourth-wicket ODI partnership vs Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (254 for 9) lost the first ODI to Australia (288 for 5) by 34 runs in SydneyRohit Sharma scored 133 but he did not get enough support from the other Indian batsmenJhye Richardson, a 22-year-old pacer, rocked India with figures of 4 for 26 off 10 oversIndia vs Australia 1st ODI (Full scorecard): Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs to take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Rohit Sharma (133), MS Dhoni (51), Richardson (4/26)Rohit Sharma’s classy 133 went in vain as India failed to chase down 289 against Australia and lost the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground by 34 runs. Rohit got virtually no support from the other Indian batsmen: MS Dhoni with 51 off 96 balls was the second highest scorer.Shikhar Dhawan was out for a golden duck, Virat Kohli fell for 3 and Ambati Rayudu perished for a two-ball duck as India slipped to 4 for 3 off 3.5 overs against a top-quality Australian pace attack. Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson bowled with a lot of heart to leave the strongest batting line-up in the world shaken and rocked.But India were not willing to give up that easily. Rohit Sharma, the second highest run-scorer in ODIs in 2018, was slow to get off the blocks but when he got off the mark with a six, it was clear he was going to keep India in the hunt and wage a heroic battle. He had in MS Dhoni an able ally but the former captain had not scored an ODI half-century since December 2017.Slowly and steadily, Rohit and Dhoni started fighting back. Rohit and Dhoni both hit Nathan Lyon for sixes and manipulated the field cleverly. But Rohit was still waging a lonely battle. For the most part of his innings, Dhoni struggled to up the ante and the asking rate kept climbing up.advertisementIndia were still hoping for a miracle. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni added 137 for the fourth wicket to lay a foundation. From 4 for 3, India were 141 for 3 before Behrendorff removed Dhoni. TV replays showed the ball had pitched outside leg-stump but India had lost both their reviews by the 33rd over.AUSSIES WIN! The hosts take a 1-0 lead in the @GilletteAU ODI series with Jhye Richardson leading the way with the ball! https://t.co/rHhkFrd50M #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6xrBZMOr6ocricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019Rohit was still taking the fight to the Australians. He brought up his 22nd ODI hundred and 7th against Australia soon after Dhoni’s dismissal and kept the hosts on their toes. But Rohit needed someone to bat along at the other end. He had begun to tire and when Dinesh Karthik dragged a Richardson delivery on to his stumps, it looked like end-game for India.But there was no way Australia could relax with the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumara – capable bats both – to follow. Jadeja did not last long and fell to Richardson with India slipping to 213 for 6. And when Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 133 in the 46th over, it was only a matter of time before Australia wrapped up the game.Bhuvneshwar Kumar delayed the inevitable and managed to lower the deficit of defeat but at the end of the day, Australia were just too good.After winning the toss, Australia, in retro jerseys, decided to bat. Aaron Finch would have regretted his decision immediately when he fell to Bhuvneshwar in the third over of the innings. Finch’s opening partner Alex Carey was the second Australian wicket to fall in the 10th over.But Australia finally managed what they could not during the Test series – a substantial batting effort by the middle-order.Usman Khawaja (59), Shaun Marsh (54) and Marcus Stoinis (47 not out) made significant contributions but the real star for Australia was Peter Handscomb, who endured a poor Test series. Handscomb top-scored with 73 off 61 as Australia finished with 288 for 5.Australia would be particularly pleased with the efforts of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis whose cameo at the end helped Australia plunder 93 runs off the final 10th over of their innings.Also Read | Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record for 22 ODI hundredsAlso Read | MS Dhoni hits 1st ODI fifty since December 2017Also Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsAlso Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his actionFor 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. 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PM Modi encourages Rashtriya Bal Puraskar winners to stay connected with naturePrime Minister Narendra Modi spent some light moments with the children asking them about their activities.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 12:22 IST PM Modi felicitating Rashtriya Bal Puraskar winners.Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent some time with the winners of the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, in New Delhi on January 24. On congratulating the winners, PM Modi also urged the extra-ordinarily gifted children to stay connected with nature. You must be role models in the society: PM ModiPM Modi said that winning the award is a great opportunity and they must be role models in the society. The Prime Minister also obliged the children who asked him for his autograph.Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent some light moments with the children asking them about their activities.PM Modi shared stories from his childhood too.Total number of application for Rashtriya Bal PuraskarA total of 783 applications were received for the Baal Shakti Puruskar. Rashtriya Bal Puraskar: Total awardsSix awards for innovationThree for scholaristicThree for social serviceFive for art and cultureSix for sportsThree for braveryThe names of awardees were finalised by the National Selection Committee under the chairpersonship of union minister Maneka Gandhi.Read: Students-professors cycle to spread awareness about pollution: All you should knowRead: No more ragging, bullying in schools! Delhi govt high-level panel to form policy soonGet 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 byDivya Chopra Tags :Follow PM ModiFollow Narendra ModiFollow Prime Minister Narendra ModiFollow Rashtriya Bal Puraskar