TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Solskjaer signing right players for Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville supports manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach to the transfer market.Neville feels focusing on the long-term is the right approach.He told TV2: “Ole does everything to make the club stay where it belongs instead of recruiting players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo (sic), who have all come and gone.”They have to recruit players for the next five or ten years as Manchester City did Sergio Agüero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroudby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench World Cup winner Stéphane Guivarc’h praised matchwinner Olivier Giroud yesterday.The Chelsea striker hit the only goal of their Euros qualifying win over Iceland.And ex-Newcastle forward said: “He plays little in England. 17 minutes last month and yet he gives (France coach Didier) Deschamps the confidence that he gives him. “He was great in fighting spirit and had the talent to turn the penalty. “Congratulations to him.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Everton chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunezby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League interest is growing in Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.Marca says Arsenal and Everton are keen on the 22-year-old Spaniard.The Gunners have already sent scouts to Athletic matches several times to watch Nunez this season.His contract with Bilbao runs to 2022. The deal includes in the amount of €30m.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Ajax clash massive, massiveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham has declared their Champions League clash with Ajax as “massive, massive”.Abraham insists they’re capable of winning in Amsterdam.He said, “We know it’s a massive game for us. “Massive, massive. Ajax are like us, they have a lot of young players who like to keep the ball and play good football. Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly.”We know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in myself and my team that we can hopefully get a result there.”We got ourselves back on track in Lille. It’s not an easy place to go to, we dug deep and got that win. Who says we can’t do the same at Ajax?”
minnesota frogger tcuThe Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3. Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger. Round One. Primetime on @ESPN. pic.twitter.com/0e4k11ixHC— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Pretty cool, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. For their Halloween night game against Michigan, they used a Gopher in a Jason mask from the Friday the 13th movie series.Happy Halloween, #Gophers. Primetime on @ABCNetwork, @ESPN or ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/5AMcXj3EHM— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Nice touch again, but perhaps a Mike Myers mask from the old Halloween movies would have been better.
Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.
YouTube/Colin CowherdColin Cowherd spent the entire 2015 season mocking the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes. This year, he’s starting to clown Nebraska along those same lines.Cowherd was brutal towards the Hawkeyes as they ran through the regular season undefeated, before losing to Michigan State and Stanford in the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl, respectively. He ripped the program’s weak non-conference scheduling, and in November, called Iowa a “‘C’ student who got an ‘A’ on a test,” a “fraud,” and often said Iowa’s undefeated record was the college football equivalent of having a fake I.D.Even after the season, Cowherd trolled Iowa when the Hawkeyes only had one player drafted.Iowa has lost a few times already this year, so Cowherd needs a new target, and on Wednesday he found it: the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He framed his argument, comparing Nebraska fans to Iowa fans at this point last year, complaining about a lack of respect despite an undefeated record. He gives Nebraska a bit more credit for the schedule, but ultimately says that this year’s Huskers are the same thing as last year’s Hawkeyes.Colin Cowherd is clearly trying to rile up those same Nebraska fans. Of course, this comes ahead of the Huskers’ biggest game of the year thus far. No. 7 Nebraska travels to No. 11 Wisconsin, which is 5-2, but has two close losses to Michigan and Ohio State, and is extremely battle tested. The winner will take the mantle of Big Ten West favorite. If Nebraska pulls it out at Camp Randall, it will be hard to argue that they aren’t legit, considering how good Wisconsin has looked this year.Wisconsin-Nebraska is set for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick-off. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. Wisconsin opened as a 7.5-point favorite at home, and that line has moved farther in the Badgers favor thus far, according to OddsShark.
Jurgen Klopp accepted he would be judged on trophies despite insisting he will never forget Liverpool’s “brilliant season”.Liverpool have a chance to win their first piece of silverware under Klopp when they face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino defended Klopp, saying the German should not be judged for losing two Champions League deciders. 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? While he agreed with Pochettino, Klopp said he knew why he would be judged based on trophies.”I think Poch is right but that’s not important,” he said, via The Guardian.”The thing is, you – the outside world – it is your right to judge us by what we win and what we don’t win.”Look back in 20 years and nobody will talk about our brilliant season unless another team comes close to 97 points but for me, as a person, it will stay forever.”That is probably what Poch is like as well but the outside world is like this and we have to accept that. To judge a coach by what he is winning is a silly thing because we all have different circumstances. We all have different teams, different clubs. We have to fight with or against different things.””Whatever you had in the past, it helps, but you need to be ready for this game.”It’s been a memorable season but we need YOU one last time. pic.twitter.com/rrzGfcXl7t— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 31, 2019Klopp has already lost three finals since taking charge of Liverpool in October 2015, including last year’s European decider.But the former Borussia Dortmund boss said there was more to judge coaches on than just silverware.”Coaches, most of us, judge each other not on trophies. And not because most of us don’t win but because we know about the job,” Klopp said.”I don’t say [Manchester City manager] Pep Guardiola is the best – which is what I really think – because he constantly wins the league he’s in.”It’s because of the football they play and the things he’s doing.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
It was not pretty, nor particularly convincing at times, but Brazil will take it – and so will Philippe Coutinho. With a little help from the struggling Barcelona star and a welcome hand from VAR, the Copa America hosts overcame the loss of Neymar and sealed a 3-0 victory over Bolivia that on another day could have finished with a result far less favourable to the South American giants. The Selecao caused the first stir of the Copa America as they walked out decked in white, a nod to their original colours that were all but jettisoned in the wake of the 1950 World Cup ‘Maracanazo’ at the hands of Uruguay in favour of the now more familiar yellow. By the time the whistle blew for the end of the first half, though, the overall mood was rather grey. Bolivia have proved tricky opening game opposition for more than a few nations in the Copa and so they proved again, ceding control of the ball and inviting their illustrious rivals to try and break them down. 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? By and large Tite’s men fell short. There were a few interesting incursions into Bolivian territory, mostly inspired by the lively Richarlison, and no end of possession, corners and snatched chances. Overall, though, their approaches on goal were stilted and predictable, giving the Verde plenty of time to regroup and repel. Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe had little reason to feel threatened over the first 45 minutes and was barely called into action despite the intense home pressure. Brazil were reduced to seeing Fernandinho take speculative efforts from well outside the area, hardly the sign of a well-drilled attacking unit. The end of the half was greeted by a hail of boos and jeers from a frustrated Morumbi crowd which had spent much of the game in stony silence, furious at the lack of spark and invention shown by the pedestrian Selecao. It did not take long for those in Sao Paulo to find their voice after the restart. A matter of minutes into the second half Bolivia found themselves cursing VAR when referee Nestor Pitana turned to the technology – present for the first time at a Copa – to investigate a marginal handball. The Argentine pointed to the spot and up stepped Coutinho, giving Lampe no chance with a fine hit to the keeper’s right-hand side to give Brazil a lead that looked unlikely to arrive through open play. That advantage established, the rest of the game was a stroll. Barely 120 seconds had passed before Coutinho found himself celebrating again, nodding home a free header teed up perfectly by former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino, the first time Bolivia had been really exposed by the hosts and favourites. It was the perfect response from Coutinho, who endured a disappointing term with Barca and was not even certain of a starting spot at the Copa before Neymar’s ankle injury and the subsequent tactical reshuffle ended any doubts over his selection. He would doubtlessly benefit from the presence of another passer in the Brazil midfield, rather than the staid defensive combination of Casemiro and Fernandinho, to aid him in his creative endeavours; but the much-derided playmaker nevertheless stood up when the Selecao needed a hero and sent them through a tricky first Group A match with three points. Brazil, meanwhile, will hope certain pre-competition nerves have been banished for good following this underwhelming introduction to the Copa. Certainly, they will need to show more against Venezuela and Peru, both more accomplished sides than their rival on Friday. The only real moment of dazzling individual skill came late on, from the boot of late substitute Everton, who let fly with a wonderful long-range shot to put the game out of reach at 3-0. But the show is on the road for the hosts, who proved that the absence of Neymar is not an insurmountable obstacle. With Coutinho finding his feet, and the proper application of VAR, the Selecao dug themselves out of a hole and can now look forward to hopefully more impressive displays to come.
Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane is expected to complete a loan move to the Championship this week.Hull City, Brentford and Charlton Athletic are all keen on signing the 20-year-old, who enjoyed a standout campaign at Doncaster Rovers in League One last term.Millwall and Luton Town have also expressed an interest in the former Bristol City youngster, who has been training and playing with Liverpool’s under-23 side for the past 10 days. 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? Kane is yet to make a senior appearance for the Reds, but played 49 times for Doncaster last season, scoring seven times as Grant McCann’s side reached the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Charlton.McCann has since moved on to Hull, and hopes to use his existing relationship with Liverpool, and with Kane, to secure a season-long deal. The Tigers have also enquired about the availability of Ben Woodburn.Kane was scheduled to be part of the under-23 team that travelled to Scotland to face The Spartans FC in Edinburgh on Monday evening, but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case. He played 90 minutes last Wednesday as Neil Critchley’s side drew 0-0 with Crewe at Kirkby.Liverpool are set to give both Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent the chance to shine on the club’s three-game tour of the USA. The Reds depart for South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday and the young wingers are both expected to be in the travelling party. Both featured in the win over Tranmere on Thursday night and in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Bradford.Both players will have suitors, both loan and permanent, but with numbers depleted, particularly in attacking areas, Jurgen Klopp is keen to give them further opportunities. Bobby Duncan, the top scorer for Barry Lewtas’ under-18s side last season, has featured in both friendlies so far and will be hoping to make the cut for the US tour, though the returns of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum mean Klopp’s squad should have a more senior look to it.Liverpool are still yet to discover the full extent of the knee injury sustained by Paul Glatzel against Tranmere, amid fears the 18-year-old could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while young goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros has been ruled out for the rest of the Reds’ pre-season campaign after damaging ligaments in his elbow during a training session at Melwood. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 12: Two fighter jets perform a flyover before the game between the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Even though the Florida Gators are finally forming an identity this season, Dan Mullen’s team almost experienced a near disaster yesterday.The Gators had a successful trip to Mississippi State, defeating the Bulldogs on the road. However, the drive back home to Gainesville could’ve have been a nightmare.According to the Gators equipment Twitter account, the equipment truck got a flat tire that resulted in a small fire. Fortunately, everyone involved in the incident was safe.FYI… our equipment truck got a flat tire last night on its way back to Gainesville, it sparked a small fire. Everyone involved is ok. We will be ready for our game this weekend against LSU ! #GoGators @GatorsFB— GatorsEquipment (@GatorsEquipment) September 30, 2018As of right now, the Gators should be fine heading into their next matchup against LSU.Photos of the equipment truck were found on social media, and it’s clear that Florida avoided a dangerous accident.@RyanBrownWJOX @jimdunaway @spann imploding from without. Just outside T-Town of course pic.twitter.com/6tCpzOQQB3— Jabba Jake (@jabbanojedi) September 30, 2018Hopefully the Gators can have all their equipment ready for next weekend.While the drive back to Florida wasn’t exactly ideal, entering Sunday at 4-1 should keep their spirits high. When it comes to the status of the truck, it might not be in the best shape for another road trip.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and 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 Brett Davis – Pool/Getty Images)This weekend, the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Baton Rouge to take on the No. 13 LSU Tigers.Any conference game between two Top 15 teams is going to be consequential. There is a good chance this one has serious College Football Playoff implications though.USA Today‘s Dan Wolken laid out a scenario in which an LSU win over the Dawgs could help the SEC get three (!) teams into this year’s College Football Playoff.It involves plenty of other dominoes falling, including an Alabama loss, but it isn’t the most crazy thing I’ve ever read.Here is how the SEC can get three teams into the College Football Playoff, according to Wolken.First off, LSU has to beat Georgia tomorrow. The Tigers are a very tough team at home, and have one of the most talented defenses in the country.As of now, Georgia is a 7.5-point favorite on the road at most sportsbooks, per OddsShark. That’s a pretty big line for a road team, but touchdown favorites lose every single week.Of course, LSU already has a loss, falling at Florida last week. That means, they need to pick up another big win in November: against Alabama.The Crimson Tide look absolutely dominant right now. I certainly wouldn’t pick them to lose to the Tigers. Still, Saban teams have weird games on occasion, and LSU has talent. This game is the biggest obstacle.Wolken has Georgia and Alabama each winning out from there, but like last year with Auburn, LSU jumps the Tide with the head-to-head win to make the SEC Championship Game. There, the Dawgs need to get their revenge over the Tigers. Again, this is very similar to last year.Of course, the SEC needs a lot of help for this to work out. Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, and the one-loss Pac-12 contenders all probably need to lose games. He lays out a scenario in which Clemson falls to Miami in the ACC title, Notre Dame loses to USC, Texas falls to Oklahoma State but beats Oklahoma again in the Big 12 Championship, and Ohio State runs through the Big Ten.If that all happens, Ohio State and Georgia are virtual locks. Alabama likely gets in based on the precedent from last year, with how dominant they’ve been outside of the proposed LSU loss. And, despite two-losses, LSU with its brutal schedule, gets in over the field.That means for the final spot, we’re comparing Miami, LSU and Notre Dame. The committee wouldn’t have an easy time picking one, and the decision would be controversial no matter which direction they went.The path of least resistance would be to pick Notre Dame, but when you really dig in to the résumé, there’s not a lot of substance there. Though the Irish beat Michigan and Stanford, those wins depreciated in value pretty significantly. And at this point, any loss for Notre Dame — including to USC — is a bad one.Meanwhile, even though LSU would have two losses to Miami’s one, it would be hard to overlook how thoroughly the Tigers beat them head-to-head, 33-17, on a neutral field in Week 1. Miami’s only impressive win would be Clemson, and that would count for a lot, but does it trump an LSU team that would have beaten Georgia, Alabama and Miami?The odds of this all working out are pretty low, and there’s a good chance that members of the selection committee would go out of their way to avoid having three teams from the same league. Still, there is definitely an argument for LSU to crash the party in this scenario.[USA Today]
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Every year, one week of the college football season wrecks absolute mayhem on the landscape of the sport.Week 7 was that week.Four Top 10 teams fell last Saturday, with a few other Top 25 clubs going down, or at least looking very shaky in near-losses.With that, it was a tough week for our picks contest. Just two of the seven members of staff picked 20 games correctly.After seven weeks, here are the staff pick standings:1.Matt Lombardi224-592.Dan Lyons222-61T-3.Matt Hladik221-62T-3.Andrew McCarty221-62T-3.Chris Rosvoglou221-626.Andrew Holleran215-687.Steve Driscoll208-75We’ve added another staff member to pick games this week as well: Tzvi Machlin.Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 8 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouMachlinStanford at Arizona State6 Michigan at 24 Michigan State9 Oklahoma at TCUMaryland at 19 Iowa20 Cincinnati at TempleIllinois at 23 WisconsinTulsa at ArkansasAuburn at Ole MissNorthwestern at RutgersNorth Carolina at SyracuseVirginia at Duke1 Alabama at Tennessee16 NC State at 3 ClemsonColorado at 15 Washington18 Penn State at IndianaWake Forest at Florida StateMinnesota at NebraskaKansas at Texas TechMemphis at MissouriCal at Oregon State22 Mississippi State at 5 LSU10 UCF at ECUUConn at 21 USF2 Ohio State at Purdue12 Oregon at 25 Washington StateVanderbilt at 14 KentuckyUSC at UtahArizona at UCLASeason Record224-59215-68222-61221-62208-75221-62221-62208-75
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans answers questions after defeating the Stanford Cardinal 24-20 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)In the aftermath of Michigan’s win over rival Michigan State, there has been a lot of talk about a confrontation between the players of both teams just before the game.A day later, Spartans HC Mark Dantonio has chimed in again on the behavior of the two sides.“I’m not gonna bother commenting on it. The whole thing to me was sort of juvenile to me,” Dantonio said, per Matt Charboneau.According to USA Today, Michigan and Michigan State players exchanged words as Spartans players walked across the field.Dantonio on pregame: “I’m not gonna bother commenting on it. The whole thing to me was sort of juvenile to me.”— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) October 21, 2018Michigan captain Devin Bush Jr., in particular, had to be held back by staffers after one heated exchange.Bush proceeded to drag his feet across the Spartan logo at midfield, damaging the white paint.Devin Bush was ruining the Michigan State logo at midfield before the game. pic.twitter.com/dx7GqdwplX— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) October 20, 2018Michigan ended up winning the game, 21-7. The Wolverines are now ranked No. 5 in the country.
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Tonight’s Kentucky-Louisville game has not been very close.The Wildcats, the No. 15 team in the country, are leading the lowly Cardinals, 49-10, midway through the fourth quarter.It’s getting ugly on the field and it’s getting ugly in the stands, too.A fight has broken out in the stands.Check it out:Everything’s fine over here … pic.twitter.com/ZaNwjnCqzX— Annice McEwan (@AnniceMcEwan) November 25, 2018Welp, that’s not good.Thankfully, it didn’t appear to escalate too much (and the game was already such a blowout that a bunch of fans had left the stands).The end of the game is on ESPN2, for those interested.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 29: Defensive end Amani Bledsoe #72 and defensive end Tyreece Lott #93 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a play against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 66-33. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma football has a serious depth issue on the defensive line. News of junior Tyreece Lott’s departure will undoubtedly exacerbate things.Lott was expected to be a veteran presence on the line for the Sooners this year. Last season, he played in 11 total games as a reserve for Oklahoma, recording nine tackles and one tackle for loss.The year before, he played in five games, recording five tackles. Lott was a three-star member of OU’s 2017 class.Details on Lott’s decision are extremely scarce thus far.Former Ardmore Tiger Tyreece Lott is leaving the Sooners football program according to OU, we’ll have more details for you tonight on @KTENnews at 10 @SportsKTEN @ardmorefootball pic.twitter.com/eg3ulTy98W— Brendan Agans (@BrendanAgans) April 12, 2019Lott had previously made headlines this off-season, as one of a few Sooner linemen to make impressive body transformations. He dropped 20 pounds, as new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch pushes for more speed up front.Tyreece Lott is the fourth defensive lineman to become unavailable for the Oklahoma Sooners program this off-season.Earlier in the off-season, redshirt freshman defensive end Ron Tatum left as a transfer. 2019 early enrollee Derek Green left the program after a few weeks, first with the intention to enter the military. He will instead transfer and play elsewhere.Redshirt freshman Jordan Kelley is out indefinitely due to an ACL injury.Lott, an Oklahoma native, starred at Ardmore High School. He was the No. 19 ranked player in the state in the class of 2017.
Bryant led Clemson to an ACC title and a spot in the College Football Playoff in 2017. The Tigers would lose to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.He was Clemson’s starter at the beginning of the 2018 season, but lost the starting job to Trevor Lawrence. Since announcing he would leave the Tigers, he has joined Missouri.The controversy emerged several days ago when Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced that Bryant would not be receiving a championship ring because “You’ve got to be on the team to get a ring.”Those comments from Swinney did not go over well with many people, particularly ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum.But whether Kelly cares about about getting a ring or not, people will likely continue to argue on his behalf.It’s also worth noting that Kelly was a part of the 2016 Clemson team that also won the national title game. Assuming he got his ring from that one, he’s probably satisfied with letting bygones be bygones. CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Quarterback Kelly Bryant may have left Clemson in the middle of the season, but he was still the starter for their first four games. As a result, there’s been quite a bit of controversy over the team’s refusal to offer him a championship ring.Though fans and pundits have fought tooth and nail over whether he deserves the ring, Bryant has been rather silent on the matter. Until now.Speaking to the media this week, Bryant brushed off the controversy, stating that it doesn’t bother him. He told the media, “It’s not really a story.”Kelly Bryant diffused the hot takes about not getting a ring from Clemson after today’s practice, or at least tried to. “It’s not really a story.”— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 9, 2019
Smriti Mandhana moves to third spot in ICC T20I women’s batting rankingsSmriti Mandhana shone with the bat in the three-match T20I series against England despite India suffering a 3-0 whitewash. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service DubaiMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 19:25 IST India opener Smriti Mandhana is among the top three batters both in ODIs and T20Is (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana recently became the top-ranked batter in women’s ODI rankingsSmriti Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin on the T20I batter rankingsMandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues fell to the sixth spot after a poor series vs EnglandIndia opener Smriti Mandhana broke into the top three of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 International batting rankings, released on Sunday.Mandhana was India’s highest scorer, with 72 runs in three matches, in what was a dismal series for the home team as they suffered a 3-0 sweep by England in Guwahati.Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin who rose to the second spot to second place displacing Mandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues.Rodrigues totalled just 15 runs in the three-match series and took a tumble to sixth position. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates continued to hold the top spot, with 765 points, extending the gap between her and second-placed Dottin to 38 points.The rest of the top-five remained unchanged, with Australia captain Meg Lanning retaining the fourth position with 695 points, followed by Stafanie Taylor with just one point less.Harmanpreet Kaur slips to ninth spot after missing England seriesIndia captain Harmanpreet Kaur who missed the England series with ankle injury went down two spots to No.9, allowing New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine to climb to No. 7, followed by Australia wicket-keeper Beth Mooney. Mooney’s team-mate Alyssa Healy retained her position to round off the top ten.Meanwhile, England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor fell six places to No. 24, as did her team-mate Jenny Gunn who slipped to No. 61. Lauren Winfield, however, moved up eight places to No. 45. India’s Deepti Sharma moved up five places to the 71st position.But the biggest mover was England’s Sophia Dunkley, who barged into the top 100 by moving 16 places to 86th position. India’s Pooja Vastrakar went out of the top 100, tumbling 11 places to 103.advertisementRadha Yadav biggest mover in bowlers’ rankingsThere were significant changes among bowlers too. While Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav the top two in the bowlers’ charts, Ellyse Perry, the Australia all-rounder, moved up one spot to No. 3, followed by New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek, who was fourth after jumping two places.The biggest mover, however, was Radha Yadav. She moved up five positions and is now No. 5 in the bowlers’ rankings, level with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. However, that meant Anya Shrubsole slid two places to No. 7. Her team-mate Sophie Ecclestone also took a massive tumble, falling seven places to No. 10.Deepti Sharma was another to have a poor time of it against England, and she fell ten places to No. 24 after the latest update. However, Katherine Brunt rose 12 places and is now No. 35.The all-rounders charts were largely unchanged — Dottin still leads the charts, and Bangladesh’s Salma Khatun rounds off the top ten. However, Hayley Matthews has displaced Natalie Sciver at No. 6.Also Read | ustralia series will help India gain confidence ahead of the World Cup: HarbhajanAlso Read | Shane Warne explains how to dismiss Virat Kohli, Australia do exactly thatAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Smriti MandhanaFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow Radha YadavFollow Harmanpreet Kaur
Next Varun Singh New DelhiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 18:56 IST BMW Group India President (act) Dr Hans-Christian Baertels with BMW 620d Gran Turismo.HIGHLIGHTSBMW 620d Gran Turismo can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds.BMW 620d Gran Turismo is the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.It gets several safety features like six airbags, ABS with brake assist, DSC and HDC.BMW launched the 620d Gran Turismo in India today at a starting price of Rs 63.90 lakh. Available in the Luxury Line design scheme, BMW 620d Gran Turismo will be locally produced in India at the BMW Group plant in Chennai. BMW 620d Gran Turismo gets four metallic paintworks — Mineral White, Glacier Silver, Mediterranean Blue and Royal Burgundy Red.BMW 620d Gran Turismo gets a diesel engine from the BMW EfficientDynamics family. The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds. The BMW Driving Experience Control in the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo enables the driver to choose between several driving modes like Sport, Comfort, Comfort+, Eco Pro and Adaptive.The exteriors of BMW 620d Gran Turismo are characterised by its long bonnet, adaptive LED headlights, frameless windows, coupe-style low roofline and large automatic tailgate. The boldly designed kidney grille slats, front bumper, rear apron and tailpipe in chrome high-gloss augment its style. There is an active rear spoiler that reduces lift at touring speeds.The cabin of BMW 620d Gran Turismo feels luxurious as well as comfortable. Also, one will find aluminium door sill plates, sports leather steering wheel, exclusive colours for the ambient lighting and chrome edging for the air vents. There is ample room with elevated seat position. The rear compartment provides three full-sized seats with generous legroom and headroom. A two-part panorama glass roof, electrically operated adjustable rear seats and electrically operated sunblinds for the rear side add to the luxury feel. There is Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional System with two 10.2-inch colour screens behind the front-seat backrests.advertisementIn terms of safety features, the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo comes with six airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with brake assist, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) including DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), HDC (Hill Descent Control), side-impact protection, run-flat tyres with reinforced sidewalls, electronic vehicle immobiliser, crash sensor and emergency spare wheel.BMW 620d Gran Turismo gets several technologically advanced features like BMW gesture control, BMW display key and welcome light carpet. It is also equipped with several BMW ConnectedDrive systems like 8.8-inch digital instrument display with the individual character design for drive modes, BMW iDrive, BMW navigation professional (with 10.25-inch touch screen), Apple CarPlay with wireless functionality, rearview camera with park distance control and BMW apps and connectivity through Bluetooth and USB.ALSO READ | BMW Z4 Roadster launched in India, price starts at Rs 64.90 lakhALSO READ | Tata Altroz spotted in near production-ready form, to be launched in mid-2019ALSO READ | MG eZS electric SUV unveiled, to be launched in India in December 2019Get 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New car launchFollow 2019 car launchFollow New BMW launchFollow BMW carFollow New BMW car BMW 620d Gran Turismo launched in India, price starts at Rs 63.90 lakhBMW 620d Gran Turismo gets a diesel engine from the BMW EfficientDynamics family. The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque.advertisement
Akhila Krishnamurthy New Delhi April 12, 2019 ISSUE DATE: April 22, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 08:56 IST AR Rahman (Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP)Having composed and sung the rousing Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame, music director and Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman talks about his inspiration and his reactions to criticism.Q. Marvel released your Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame last week. What inspired ‘Roke Na Rukenge’?A. The energy of India’s youth is like ‘Roke naHaving composed and sung the rousing Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame, music director and Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman talks about his inspiration and his reactions to criticism.Q. Marvel released your Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame last week. What inspired ‘Roke Na Rukenge’?A. The energy of India’s youth is like ‘Roke na Rukenge’. I tried to tap into that with the emotion of the film, and then take it further. I found that both these were similar and unstoppable, come what may. We all need energisers, right?Q. What is your relationship with the Avengers? What do you think of the series?A. My son Ameen and nephew Kaashif got me hooked on to the Avengers series. It has become a part of world culture now.In our present times of adversity, cinema, sports and music are unifiers. I feel blessed that I’m a part of it.Q. There have been mixed responses to your Marvel Anthem. What is your mechanism to deal with criticism and compliments?A. Director Joe Russo and many others heard the song and they had amazing things to say about it. Some of them even teared up. Criticism is my obsessive lover; it has followed me since day one. People need an open mind when it comes to music and art. But even I’m not excluded from being judgemental. For me, music should trigger an emotional response and, for that, sometimes you need courage in making the sound raw and unpretentious.Q. At any given point, you are creating music that is meant for a national audience and for the international cinema as well. Is there a distinction between the kinds of music you create, or have those lines begun to blur?advertisementA. Yes, the line is blurred now. It’s based on whether I feel it or not.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 byKritika Bansal Even I am judgemental: AR RahmanHaving composed and sung the rousing Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame, music director and Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman talks about his inspiration and his reactions to criticism.advertisement Next