Transfers Orlando City acquires Oriol Rosell from Sporting CP Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 05:55 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Denis Doyle Transfers Orlando City Sporting CP MLS Taça da Liga The holding midfielder returns to Major League Soccer after spending more than three years in Portugal Orlando City has announced the acquisition of midfielder Oriol Rosell from Portuguese side Sporting CP. In order to sign Rosell, Orlando sent $400,000 in targeted allocation money to FC Dallas to move up to the No. 1 spot in the allocation order. Rosell, 25, was a key member of Sporting Kansas City from 2012 to 2014, helping the club to a 2013 MLS Cup title before being sold to Sporting CP the following year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Uri brings many attributes to our midfield. He is a proven MLS midfielder with great vision and outstanding passing abilities to contribute offensively and defensively to the team,” Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said in a club release. “We’re excited to have him join the team.”Rosell made just 22 total appearances with Sporting in three-and-a-half years, spending time on loan with fellow Portuguese sides Vitoria Guimarães SC, CF Belenenses and most recently with Portimonense SC.The holding midfielder came up through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, and signed with Sporting KC from Barcelona B in 2012.
Chelsea Chelsea team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:47 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Watford Antonio Conte Morata David Luiz Willian Olivier Giroud The Blues are aiming to turn their back on a disappointing January as they enter the new month with a Monday fixture away to their rivals Chelsea are on the brink of a crisis. Their 3-0 midweek defeat at home to Bournemouth has seen them drop into the thick of the Champions League battle, having once been relatively comfortable in third. The Cherries blew Chelsea away thanks to goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake. Meanwhile, Watford are also in poor form having recently sacked their manager Marco Silva and replaced him with Javi Gracia. Now they find themselves on the fringes of the relegation dogfight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player CHELSEA INJURIES Andreas Christensen is the latest injury worry for Chelsea after he pulled up midway through the first half in midweek with a hamstring problem. The young defender has joined Willian, who also has a hamstring problem, Alvaro Morata (back).The good news is David Luiz has been in full training with the Chelsea first team and he could return to ease the loss of Christensen. Thibaut Courtois returned from his ankle problem against Bournemouth, while Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to come back from a hamstring complaint of his own. Willian is also likely to be in for a return against Watford but the others remain serious doubts for the match at Vicarage Road. New signing Olivier Giroud needs his condition checked.Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy and Charly Musonda all left the club on loan in the transfer window. Conte spoke about potential injuries ahead of the game on Monday. “Alvaro is still out. I hope to be able to solve his situation,” Conte said at Cobham Training Centre. “For a problem in his back, he’s missing a lot of games, and this is not a good situation for me or the team.”I hope in the future that the medical department is able to solve this situation. And then Christensen, the first clinical examination was positive, but we have to wait. For sure he’s out against Watford, and then I have a couple of other situations for the game against Watford.”I have to check a couple of situations. Today is Friday. We have two and a half days. Don’t forget that maybe Willian will be able (to play). That would give me an opportunity to change in a way I didn’t against Bournemouth.”CHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Conte currently has no players suspended, with Morata and Pedro having recently completed their respective bans.Spain striker Morata is, however, two yellow cards away from a two-match ban. POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Chelsea’s newest recruits Giroud and Emerson Palmieri could be in contention to make their debuts on Monday but are likely to do so from the bench. Giroud joined Chelsea on transfer deadline day for a fee of £18 million, while Emerson joined the day before from Roma for a fee of £17.5m, with a further £8m in possible add-ons. Their arrivals are a welcome boost for Conte, who had been forced into using 17-year-old academy forward Callum Hudson-Odoi in the most recent defeat to Bournemouth. Eden Hazard started as a false nine on Wednesday and he could continue in that role. Christensen’s injury may mean that Gary Cahill plays in the centre of the defence with Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta alongside him, as the only senior defenders available. Courtois will likely remain in goal, while Victor Moses will return after being left out against Bournemouth. WATFORD TEAM NEWS Gracia saw Watford have 12 players doubtful ahead of the 0-0 draw away to Stoke City in midweek. Heurelho Gomes, Mollo Wague, Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes, Miguel Britos, Younes Kaboul, Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah, Craig Cathcart and Tommie Hoban all missed out. However, Tom Cleverley started after shaking off a knock but Gracia’s job on Monday won’t be helped with such a huge injury list. TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match takes place at 20:00 GMT on Monday and will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports. BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Watford are winless in 13 matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D3 L10) since a 1-0 win in the Premier League in September 1999. Chelsea’s 50-point tally after 25 games this season is 10 fewer than they’d won at this stage last season on their way to the title (60). Watford have won six points from 11 games since the start of December (W1 D3 L7) – the worst points tally of any Premier League side in this period. Olivier Giroud has started only one Premier League game this season (vs West Ham in December). Seven of his last nine goals in the competition have been as a substitute, including each of the last four in a row. Chelsea have scored a league-high 13 headed goals this season, while since his Premier League debut in August 2012, Olivier Giroud has scored the most headers in the competition (27). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool FA clears Firmino of racism charges after Holgate claim Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:49 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Liverpool Everton Premier League The allegation was made against the 26-year-old by the defender in the FA Cup Merseyside derby at Anfield Following a thorough investigation, the Football Association has cleared Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate due to insufficient evidence.The decision has arrived 47 days after the on-field incident as the governing body prioritised a rigorous inspection of the flashpoint that occurred in the third round of the FA Cup on January 5, rather than a swift conclusion.The Everton defender raised the claim during a verbal on-pitch alteration with the Brazil international, whom he had just shoved into the advertising hoardings in his side’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Firmino has responded to the judgement, saying: “I would like to place on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, I did not say the word, or a variation of the word, that was claimed and subsequently reported in the media. I did not use any language that referenced race.”I did not – and would never – reference a person’s skin colour or culture, by means of insult, during a dispute or an argument.”There is no place for discrimination on a football pitch, or anywhere else in life for that matter.”I am pleased after exhaustive reviews of all the evidence, in this specific incident, the matter is resolved.”The finding of insufficient evidence was coupled with the FA being “completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation,” according to a statement.On the process, it further read: “During a fixture between Liverpool and Everton on 5 January 2018, Holgate alleged that he had heard Firmino use a discriminatory term towards him.“On hearing this, Holgate followed correct procedures by immediately alerting the match referee of the allegation, along with other Everton players who were in close proximity. The incident was formally reported to the match officials following the fixture and subsequently reported to The FA.“We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino.“Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him.”As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation.“We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Xavi says Barcelona must persist with Ousmane Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Xavi says management must persist with Ousmane Dembele.The World Cup winner is again on the outer at Barca following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and a catalog of more disciplinary problems.But Xavi told ARA: “Always trust Dembélé? Yes, he has a huge potential. He is fast, skillful and uses both his feet, which complicates the life of defenders. But if (Lionel) Messi asks from him more professionalism, it must be true. He has injuries. He is a young boy and he has the ability to mature, no doubt. “But it also depends on him. I knew players with a lot of potential who did not evolve afterwards. And at the same time, players with less potential have been in Barcelona for many years. It’s a question of mentality.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal director Venkatesham plays down January transfers: It must be tacticalby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has played down the likelihood of the club making moves in the January transfer window.The Gunners were active in the summer market, signing Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli.But Venkatesham says any more signings in January will only come out of necessity.He told Bloomberg: “Well listen, we’ve just been through the transfer period in the summer, that’s what we always call the main transfer window. “We were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we’re very excited about, predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years. “When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.The January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer and we’re really pleased with what we did in the summer.’Asked whether the defence would be strengthened again, he continued: “Listen, as I’ve said, we’ve been really focused over the summer, we made some defensive reinforcements signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.”We’re looking forward to seeing how those players progress and how they do over the course of the season. “The players that we look for are the players we believe will make the biggest impact on the pitch from a sporting perspective.”
College basketball fans, particularly student fans, have long looked for different ways to distract visiting teams during games. Some of the more creative methods have been displayed when opponents go to the line to attempt free throws, and such was the case with some fans at Davidson during last night’s game against Dayton. With 7:16 remaining in the game, and Davidson leading 66-49, Dayton shooting guard Jordan Sibert stepped up to attempt a pair of foul shots. It was then that TV cameras caught five Davidson fans, clad only in black speedos, dancing and gyrating in an attempt to throw off Sibert’s concentration.The tactic failed, as Sibert nailed both shots. Still, the Wildcats knocked off the 22nd-ranked Flyers, 77-60, and this quintet of fans left an indelible image on the minds of anyone who saw their stunt.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: The Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Back in late December, five-star defensive end recruit CeCe Jefferson told reporters that Ole Miss was the leader to land his services this upcoming National Signing Day. Judging by the Instagram video he posted Saturday night, it doesn’t look like much has changed.Jefferson posted a video of himself, four-star linebacker recruit Jeffery Holland and Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze bobbing their heads to a Lil Jon song. He then made the team’s “Landshark” gesture. Freeze followed suit.Turn up coach freeze! With @holland_jeffA video posted by Hi Im Carl (@thatboycece7) on Jan 24, 2015 at 5:59pm PST Jefferson would be a huge get for Ole Miss, which currently has the 17th-ranked class in the country, according to 247 Sports.
Twitter/@Follow24HodgeOn Monday, N.C. State received a commitment from three-star forward Shaun King. It did not take long for Kentucky to muddle up this recruitment, offering King shortly after his decision. King did not sign anything tying him to the Wolfpack, and is reportedly weighing his options.Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge is not happy about this develop, and took to Twitter to express his discontent. He doesn’t specifically call out John Calipari, and denies that he is referring to Kentucky, but that is pretty clearly the target here.I remember when there was a time when coaches respected already “committed” athletes. I only had ONE not do so…seems old dogs=old tricks.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015CBB recruiting is a vicious part of the business. It’s the guy trying to get a woman’s phone # and she says “I have a bf” and he says “so?”.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Why is #BBN on my back? I made no mention of Coach Cal in my tweets. Seems to me Cinderella’s shoe must fit huh? http://t.co/qQebzKBWs2 #WPN— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015College basketball is about the perfect fit. Choose the morally hollowed/sexier pick? Don’t be mad when they cheat on you/over recruit.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015@shacker56 this argument NEVER gets old.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015“@shacker56: I am not 1 of the fans that trash plyrs 4 who they pick.Trashing a coach is not cool** which coach YOU THINK fit the narrative?— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Hodge has a point, and generally, college basketball recruiting does not get as cutthroat as college football does after commitments occur. However, it is up to Kirk to make the decision that is right for him, and if Kentucky causes him to reevaluate things, so be it.
Frank Lampard will regret it “forever” if he turns down the chance to return to Chelsea as manager this summer, claims former team-mate Mark Bosnich.A Blues legend is the firm favourite to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.He is only one season into a coaching career, with Championship side Derby having been guided to the play-off final in 2018-19. 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? That experience is considered to be enough for Chelsea to make a move, with Lampard’s strong ties to the Blues making him of obvious appeal to the club’s board and fans.Some have suggested that it may be too soon for the ex-England international to take such a jump up the management ladder, with more of a schooling required before heading back to west London.Bosnich, though, believes that a transfer ban will have lowered expectations and provided the perfect platform for Lampard to ease his way into life in a Premier League dugout.The former Blues goalkeeper told talkSPORT: “I think it’s a great move for both parties.“From a Chelsea perspective, the fact they’re banned for two transfer windows and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, it may not be a smooth ride for them, but having a club legend will give them some breathing space.“And for Frank, it’s a fantastic move.“It’s a dream job, very few people in the world will be offered this job.“If he stays with Derby and just say, for example, he loses seven of the first 10 games and things aren’t going particularly well, he’ll forever be saying to himself, ‘I should have taken that opportunity’.“I think it’s a really good move and I really do hope it works out for him.“I was very close to Frank during my time at Chelsea. He not only was a wonderful player, he is a wonderful man as well and I think this will be ideal for him.”Sources close to a mooted deal have revealed that moves to take Lampard back to Chelsea remain ongoing.The Blues have already appointed Petr Cech to a technical advisor role and could appoint another former star in the shape of Claude Makelele to a similar backroom team post. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jose Mourinho is longing for a return to football management seven months after being sacked by Manchester United, but has stressed that he is waiting for “the right project” to present itself.The Portuguese, 56, spent two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, winning them the Europa League, but otherwise struggled to transform them back into serious title challengers.He was dismissed after a bad run of form, while he also attracted criticism from supporters for appearing to alienate several United players during his time at the helm. 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? Mourinho has been linked with numerous jobs since leaving United, with Benfica, Lyon and most recently Newcastle said to have been interested.But, after rejecting speculation surrounding the Magpies due to a desire to challenge for honours, the former Real Madrid boss reiterated his plan to only accept the perfect offer.When asked by Sky Sports if he was hungry to return to management, Mourinho said: “I am, but I will wait for the right club, for the right project.”And, in the meantime, I am doing things I like to do. I prefer to work, but I like other sports and this is a good opportunity to enjoy [things other than football].”Clearly enjoying his downtime, Mourinho was pictured at Silverstone watching qualifying for Sunday’s British Grand Prix, where Valtteri Bottas pipped Lewis Hamilton into pole position.The day before, he had been seen further south at Wimbledon as Roger Federer booked his place in Sunday’s showpiece with a semi-final defeat of eternal rival Rafael Nadal.Back on the football pitch, the Portuguese has been linked with a first foray into international management, a challenge he has admitted to being keen on.But with plenty of big clubs under pressure to deliver results early in the new season, Mourinho may prefer to bide his time and wait for one to turn to him in their time of need.Whether his time as a Premier League manager is up remains to be seen, but with bridges burned at Chelsea and United it is hard to imagine he will be making a return at either club.This is already his longest spell away from management in over a decade; after his shock exit at the end of his first spell at Chelsea, it was almost nine months before he took over at Inter in the summer of 2008.
Jordan Henderson wants Liverpool to “dream big” in 2019-20, with the Reds skipper eager to keep focus locked on the future and “The. Next. One”.Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the new season as holders of the Champions League crown and serious contenders for the Premier League title.Much is expected of the men from Merseyside, with impressive progress having been made over recent years. 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? Henderson is determined to deliver on the hopes and dreams of a loyal fan base, with everyone connected with the Reds needing to focus on the challenges to come rather than the success of the past.He said in his programme notes for a season opener at home to Norwich on Friday: “In this league, the moment you’re complacent or arrogant you are done for. It’s why staying focused and staying hungry is critical and I’m confident as a dressing room we have those qualities.“Someone showed me a Twitter exchange over the summer that actually captures the mentality we’re looking for, not just this coming season but in general. It was a poll by supporters asking to pick the club’s greatest ever European night at Anfield. A Liverpool-supporting journalist replied “The. Next. One”.“For us, that’s the focus for this season – on to the next one. But for us that mantra isn’t about just European nights or trophies and titles in general, it’s about each and every match we play.The Reds were beaten in the Community Shield final by Manchester City on penalties last weekend, after a tense 1-1 drawn in normal time.Henderson expressed his delight with the support Liverpool received at Wembley before insisting that team is now fully focused on making even greater strides forward during the new campaign.“As a team we want our supporters to dream and dream big,” he added.“At Wembley [in the Community Shield] the passion and noise from the Liverpool fans was magnificent. They showed the right mentality – when Liverpool play it always matters. They gave everything to make the atmosphere special and it made a difference to us and how we attacked the game. The supporters who went to Wembley helped set the tone. For each game, give everything you have.“We want everyone to have the biggest ambitions possible. It’s our job to deliver and to do that we can’t afford distraction and we can’t afford to pause and feel satisfaction.“What we achieved last season will be cherished by everyone connected to this club forever, not least myself. But now, for us as a group of players, we’re already focused on 2019-20.“Quite simply we have to be if we want to have a chance of success again. What we can afford is to keep the focus on what’s ahead and what we can positively affect.“The. Next. One.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Ohio State Buckeyes make their way out onto the field before the AllState BCS National Championship against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver Marcus Washington was set to announce his college decision on August 7. The St. Louis native is considering Ohio State, so this week’s news involved Urban Meyer (and Zach Smith, who would have been his position coach before being fired) has thrown a major wrench in his recruitment.Smith is still listed as his lead recruiter at 247Sports. Obviously, that has not yet been updated.The Buckeyes are believed to be one of the major contenders to land the blue-chip receiver. Ohio State has 20-percent of the predictions over at 247Sports’ crystal ball.His home state Missouri Tigers are the favorite, per the crystal ball, with the other 80-percent. However, the Buckeyes are obviously the more prominent program between the two.In May, Washington’s top six also featured Florida State, Georgia, Oregon, and Texas. That was the last list he put out via Twitter. The tweet featuring the six schools in pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline.With the uncertainty at Ohio State, Marcus Washington has delayed his decision.He made the announcement earlier this evening via Twitter.Due to everything happening in college football right now my family & I have decided it’s best I delay my commitment date and reopen my recruitment fully….— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) August 2, 2018Washington took a visit to Columbus back on June 22. It is unclear when his decision will now come, but he has until December for the early signing period and February for National Signing Day. Choosing against rushing to make a decision with Ohio State’s situation up in the air is the right choice.The four-star wide receiver is ranked No. 154 in the class of 2019, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. He is the No. 26 wide receiver and No. 3 player in Missouri.The Buckeyes have one receiver already pledged to the class of 2019: five-star Garrett Wilson out of Texas. He is the No. 2 player at the position.On Wednesday, another blue-chip receiver appears to have reacted similarly to the Meyer news. Five-star 2020 recruit Julian Fleming, who is ranked No. 1 at the position in his class, tweeted that his recruitment is now “100-percent open.” Rivals analyst Adam Friedman tweeted that he believed it was a reaction to the Ohio State situation, though he has denied as much.
SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 30: Arena Stadium view as the Syracuse marching band takes the field during the game between the University of Miami and Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome on November 30, 2002 in Syracuse, New York. Miami won 49 to 7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)Syracuse’s football program is off to one of the best starts in recent history this year.The Orange are 4-0 and set for a major showdown this weekend against No. 3 Clemson.Things got a little dicey in the stands during Saturday’s game against UConn, though.Video has emerged of a fight in the stands:Syracuse is 4-0 & the ladies seem ready for Clemson pic.twitter.com/YFBGsPaoAT— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 24, 2018Welp, hopefully no one was hurt too badly.Syracuse and Clemson are set to kick off at noon on Saturday.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Once again, Ohio State defeated Michigan handily this season. Michigan signee Joey Velazquez sees this tide shifting in that rivalry once he hits campus though.Earlier this week, Velazquez, a three-star Michigan defensive back signee, was quoted saying that he doesn’t “think anybody is going to get any gold pants any time soon.”Ohio State players receive small gold pants pins for beating Michigan.The Buckeyes have defeated the Wolverines every year since Urban Meyer took over the program in 2012, and 16 of the last 18 editions of The Game.As you can imagine, the Buckeyes have not taken well to Velazquez’s assertion.OSU star defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones tweeted back at Velazquez on Thursday.Now, former Ohio State star quarterback J.T. Barrett has fired back at Joey Velazquez over his “gold pants” comments.He said that the future Wolverines is probably “bitter” because Ohio State didn’t recruit him.That boy bitter because Ohio State didn’t recruit him probably @RIP_JEP https://t.co/wIyRfrxRdz— Jt Barrett (@JT_theQB4th) December 27, 2018That appears to be true, and more glaring given the fact that he is a Columbus native. Ohio State clearly knew about a Big Ten-level player in its back yard.It’s certainly hard to begrudge the young UM signee for being confident and brash. It would actually be nice if he can live up to the talk too, since the rivalry has been so one-sided for so long.
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)It would appear that former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is stocking up on his airline miles in order to get a new job.After reportedly meeting with the New York Jets on Monday, Kingsbury is set to meet with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport.The Cardinals job was vacated after the team fired head coach Steve Wilks following a league-worst 3-13 season. It was Wilks’ first year at the helm.There are certainly some appealing aspects to the Cardinals job, not the least of which is the presence of rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.The #AZCardinals are interviewing former #TexasTech coach & #USC OC Kliff Kingsbury for the vacant head-coaching job today, source said. He spent yesterday impressing the Jets, now has a chance to do the same to Arizona. They’ve had sincere interest in the innovator for a while.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2019OverTheCap projects that the Cardinals will have upwards of $65 million in cap space for GM Steve Keim and the new head coach to replenish the roster.Kingsbury is current the offensive coordinator at USC, though the school initially blocked him from interviewing for NFL jobs.The school has since let him talk with NFL teams, though his exact status with the program is somewhat unclear.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers catches a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is no stranger to the big stage.The Tiger pass catcher made a career of tormenting Alabama in national championship appearances, playing huge roles in two title wins.At long last, for those who root for opposing ACC and College Football Playoff squads, Renfrow’s college career is over.He finished with 186 catches for 2,133 yards, and 15 touchdowns in his college career.Now, he is at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., trying to prove that he can compete at the highest level as well.His measurables were never going to stand out. Renfrow came in at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.However, he is excelling on the field, and drawing rave reviews for his route running.Multiple people are praising Hunter Renfrow’s play from Senior Bowl practices.Obviously, Dabo Swinney was there to stump for his guy, but unbiased observers are impressed as well.“When he puts that helmet on, he’s Superman” – @TomPelissero talked to @ClemsonFB HC Dabo Swinney about @renfrowhunter and more prospects in the @NFLDraft ??: @seniorbowl Practice pic.twitter.com/9RwHJmSHyg— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 22, 2019Jim Nagy on @ClemsonFB WR Hunter Renfrow: “He might not be the most popular guy in Mobile this week … Weigh-ins might not be his thing but one-on-one’s will be. He’s going to turn some people out in one-on-one’s.”#SeniorBowl— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) January 21, 2019Hunter Renfrow has 7 2/3 hands and he NEVER DROPS THE FOOTBALL. Smallest hands I’ve seen here that I can recall— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 22, 2019Hunter Renfrow’s stop-start ability and quick twitch in routes are unreal. He’s been unguardable and impossible to jam at the LOS.— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 22, 2019Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow can break off his routes at an elite pace #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/SBIbz1bjJB— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 22, 2019WR @adamhumphries13 er… Hunter Renfrow out of @ClemsonFB fielding punts at South practice.Got a chance to talk to him today and he and Hump are even more similar in person. Should be a very productive slot player at the NFL level, too. pic.twitter.com/XJvQZ9HEL6— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) January 22, 2019Hunter Renfrow #Clemson is such a great tactician at running routes. so fluid #SeniorBowl— Austin P. Baumer (@ScoutBaumer) January 22, 2019Early winners from the first round of practice– Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn– Foster Moreau, TE, LSU– Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson– Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolin— Andrew Harbaugh ? (@DHH_Mandrew) January 22, 2019Day 1 @ the #SeniorBowl seemed to show favor for the WR’s. Deebo Samuel (SC), David Sills (WVU) Anthony Johnson (BUFF), Andy Isabella (MASS), Penny Hart (GaSt), and Hunter Renfrow (CLEM) all with great showings. Will be interesting to see how they pan with their QB’s this week— Grant Weaver (@therealweaves) January 23, 2019There have been Renfrow-New England Patriots jokes since the 2015 title game, but Bill Belichick may have some competition if he continues to play this well.
Varun Singh New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 18:05 IST BMW Group India President (act) Dr Hans-Christian Baertels with the all-new BMW Z4 Roadster.HIGHLIGHTSThe BMW Z4 Roadster comes in two options — the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and the BMW Z4 M40i.The BMW Z4 M40i can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.5 seconds.Both the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and the BMW Z4 M40i are available in Alpine White non-metallic paintwork.BMW launched the all-new Z4 Roadster in India today at an introductory price of Rs 64.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The launch sees the German carmaker introducing BMW M Performance model for the first time in India. The BMW Z4 Roadster is now available at all company dealerships across India as a CBU (Completely Built-Up Unit) model.The BMW Z4 Roadster comes in two options — the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and the BMW Z4 M40i, the BMW M Performance model. While the company is claiming that the latter is the sportiest model combining the elegance of a roadster and athleticism of an M automobile, certain striking individual touches can also be added to the former by opting for Sport Line or M Sport package.Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom) of the BMW Z4 Roadster.– BMW Z4 sDrive20i – Rs 64.90 lakh– BMW Z4 M40i – Rs 78.90 lakhThe BMW Z4 sDrive20i gets a 2-litre, inline, 4-cylinder, petrol engine that delivers 197 hp and 320 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.6 seconds. The BMW Z4 M40i comes with a 3-litre, 6-cylinder, in-line engine that produces 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque and can make 0-100 kmph in 4.5 seconds. Both the engines get an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.The BMW Z4 Roadster gets features such as auto start-stop, ECO PRO mode, brake-energy regeneration, 50:50 weight distribution and lightweight construction. The driver can also choose between several driving modes like ECOPRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ to suit diverse driving conditions.advertisementThe silhouette of the BMW Z4 Roadster is defined by its long bonnet, classic soft top and the short overhangs. The soft-top opens at the push of a button and closes electrically in ten seconds. The newly designed BMW kidney grille sports a new mesh design. There are vertically aligned headlights, which are either standard LED or optional BMW adaptive LED.There are large air breathers on the front wheel arches and aerodynamic air vents. The distinctive rear spoiler stands out along with the slim LED rear lights. The rear apron combines with the diffusor and exhaust tailpipes. The BMW Z4 Roadster features an increased storage space behind the seats with a retaining net, large cupholders under the centre armrest cover and roomy door pockets.The BMW Z4 M40i roadster comes with some standard features like 19-inch M light alloy wheels, cerium grey finish in the BMW kidney grille, exterior mirror caps and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes. On the inside, it gets a leather and Alcantara interior with blue contrast stitching and blue piping.So far as safety features are concerned, the BMW Z4 Roadster gets front and side airbags for the driver and passenger, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with Brake Assist, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor.The new roadster also features a revised and modernized cockpit. There is a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster in a hexagonal frame and a high-resolution touchscreen information display. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional also features an adaptive navigation system (integrated Global Positioning System) with 3D maps, the next generation BMW iDrive with touch controller, wireless Apple Car Play and connectivity through Bluetooth and 2 USB ports.Both the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and the BMW Z4 M40i are available in Alpine White non-metallic paintwork and metallic paintworks like Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and San Francisco Red, among others.ALSO READ | Toyota Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport, Fortuner launched with more comfort features, improved interiorsALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakhALSO READ | Royal Enfield launches Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with ABS, price starts at Rs 1.21 lakhGet 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 2019 BMW launchFollow Two-seater launchFollow New BMW car Next BMW Z4 Roadster launched in India, price starts at Rs 64.90 lakhThe BMW Z4 sDrive20i gets a 2-litre, inline, 4-cylinder, petrol engine that delivers 197 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The BMW Z4 M40i comes with a 3-litre, 6-cylinder, in-line engine that produces 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque.advertisement
Next Cristiano Ronaldo 1000 percent certain to stay at JuventusCristiano Ronaldo clinched the Serie A title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.advertisement Reuters TurinApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 18:23 IST Juventus managed to bounce back from their shock Champions League quarter-final exit against Ajax on Tuesday (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSCristiano Ronaldo said he is “1,000 percent” certain to remain at JuventusJuventus managed to bounce back from their shock Champions League quarter-final exit against Ajax on TuesdayCoach Allegri said injuries had prevented Juventus from producing better performancesCristiano Ronaldo is “1,000 percent” certain to remain at Juventus, he said after they clinched the Serie A title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.Ronaldo, dismissing suggestions that he could cut short his three-year contract, said he was delighted to have won Serie A at the first attempt, adding to his three English Premier League titles with Manchester United and two La Liga crowns with Real Madrid.”I’m really happy to have won the Italian title in my first season here. It has been a great season for this Juventus, we also won the Italian Supercup,” said the Portuguese forward, who has scored 19 league goals.”We didn’t do so well in the Champions League but there is always next year,” he added. “I will stay, 1,000 percent.”Defender Leonardo Bonucci, meanwhile, explained how Juventus had managed to bounce back from their shock Champions League quarter-final exit against Ajax on Tuesday when they lost 2-1 at home and went out 3-2 on aggregate.”I’m sorry about the Champions but we transformed the disappointment into anger and energy. This scudetto, the eighth in a row, is something unique,” he said. “We really want to celebrate, this success makes the season’s sacrifice all worth it.Coach Massimiliano Allegri said winning with five games to spare was a “testimony to our great season”.”We put aside the elimination that brought us disappointment and bitterness. Fortunately, we had this match that allowed us to close the championship,” said the 51-year-old who has been in charge for the last five campaigns.advertisementAllegri said his team, who fell behind after six minutes, needed to deal better with setbacks.”We came from Tuesday’s disappointment, then entered the field and conceded a goal,” he said. “We have to work on dealing with the unexpected, on Tuesday we suffered four devastating counter-attacks, today we did the same after we conceded the goal.”He said injuries had prevented Juventus from producing better performances.”In general, during the season, we were unable to find continuity,” he said. “There were constant new injuries and recurring fitness problems, so at times I had only 14 players to train with. Despite it all, we won by a big advantage.”Also Read | Arsenal, Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after hard-fought winsAlso Read | My players are heroes: Pochettino after Tottenham stun Man City in Champions LeagueAlso Watch: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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow FootballFollow Juventus
UP Board result 2019: Check passing marks for UPSMP board class 10th, 12thUP Board Result 2019 class 10th, 12th will be declared Today at 1:15 pm at the official website of upsmp– upmsp.edu.in. Students can check their result on Education today as well as at the UP Board official website.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 11:09 IST UP Board Results 2019 class 10th, 12th will be declared tomorrow. Students can check their result on Education today tomorrow.UP Board Result 2019: The UPMSP is all set to declare the UP Board Matric and intermediate result today, April 27, 2019. The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) will be releasing the UP Board result 2019 10th on the official website of UPMSP at upmsp.edu.in or upresults.nic.in.The official website of UP Board might crash due to heavy traffic at the time of result declaration. To spare the hassle you can also visit the Education Today web page as the India Today Group is hosting the UP Board Result 2019 for both the classes of 10 and 12 and check your result.How to check UP Board Result 2019Step 1: To check the UP Board Result 2019, click on the official website upresults.nic.in or and upresults.nic.in.Step 2: Look for the link which says UP Board Result 2018 Class 10th and 12th Result 2019Step 3: Click on the link and fill up all the details to get your UP Board High School and IntermediateStep 5: Enter Roll Number and click submit.Step 6: Download your result and take a print out for further reference.Passing Marks rules for UP Board Exam Class 10Each state board has its own passing marks criteria. Passing marks rules of UP Board Class 10.Students need to score a minimum of 33 percent marks in high school.The practical subject marks are also added in preparing the final mark sheet for UP Board Class 10.Read: UP Board Results 2019 Live Updates: Check UP Board Class 10th, 12th results at 1:15 pm on upresults.nic.inadvertisementPassing Marks Rules for UP Board Exam Class 12Described below are the minimum marks that you should score to pass the Class 12 of UP Board.To pass the class 12th UP Board Exam, students need to score minimum 35 percent marks.Also, the marks obtained in practical subjects, sports, and physical education are added to prepare the final result of UP board Intermediate.Read: UP Board Class 10th , 12th Result 2019 to release on April 27 @12:30 PM: See how to check 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 byKajari Goswami Tags :Follow up board result 2019