TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nice chief Julien Fournier a target for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNice chief Julien Fournier is a target for Southampton.The Daily Mail says Fournier, the general manager of French club Nice, is lined up to be the next director of football at Southampton.The vastly experienced 44-year-old who played a key role in persuading Patrick Vieira to become Nice’s manager, has worked previously as secretary general of Marseille and was the youngest president of Strasbourg.Southampton sacked Les Reed as vice-chairman in November and technical director Martin Hunter.The club’s Chinese owner, Gao Jisheng and his family, who took control in the summer of last year, have been working on a restructure of the club after appointing highly-rated Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham eyeing Leicester fullback Danny Simpsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Leicester City fullback Danny Simpson.The Mirror says Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri wants a Leicester reunion with Simpson to help Fulham ‘s battle against relegation.Ranieri led Leicester to the title in 2016 and is desperately looking to strengthen his squad in the January window.Leicester full back Simpson, 32, could be available to loan this month.
Kuyt says Liverpool too strong for Man Utdby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Dirk Kuyt says they’ll be too strong for Manchester United.Liverpool travel to United on Sunday to rekindle what is one of the fiercest rivalries in football. “If you look into the Liverpool side now, I think they have a lot of confidence, and they should have because they are a great team,” Feyenoord youth coach Kuyt said.“I think they can win there.“It’s a belief, and you always give everything for the shirt. Play as a team and never give up. That’s what we did at the time.“If you watch the Liverpool team now, they never give up, even in difficult times they’re winning games, they keep winning and hopefully they will do at Old Trafford as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country committed to Ohio State this evening and with his pledge, a five-star wide receiver (or two or three) could be following him to Columbus. Tate Martell, a four-star quarterback in the 2017 class out of Las Vegas, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Twitter. The 5-foot-10, 203-pound prospect out of Bishop Gorman (Nevada) is very close with Tyjon Lindsey, a five-star wide receiver in the same class. They played together at Bishop Gorman before Lindsey moved back to California this winter. Lindsey congratulated Martell on Twitter regarding his commitment. Martell responded, “You are next!” OMM I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS COMING..CONGRATS TATE MAN NO MATTER WHAT WE’RE ALWAYS BROTHERS, TOGETHER OR NOT. Love u https://t.co/fs6kw8Z08x— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) June 13, 2016Thanks bro! You are next! https://t.co/GtChALHEPf— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 13, 2016There has long been speculation that Martell and Lindsey will end up playing for the same school. Ohio State has now obviously added half of the potential package deal and the Buckeyes are believed to be the favorite to land the other half. Lindsey, a speedy 5-foot-8 wideout out of California, is currently crystal-balled to Ohio State. 247Sports.He recently did this at Rivals’ 5-Star Challenge. HOUSE CALL . #RivalsChallenge WR MVP @RivalsCamp pic.twitter.com/g3cStTWmMg— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) June 12, 2016Martell will surely be recruiting Lindsey to Columbus, but the Corona, Calif. product won’t be the only five-star wide receiver the quarterback tries to push to the Buckeyes. Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors says five-star wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Donovan Peoples-Jones will also be a “priority” for Martell. Martell (@TheTateMartell) will three five-star WRs his priority: Trevon Grimes, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tyjon Lindsey.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) June 13, 2016Peoples-Jones (No. 6), Grimes (No. 28) and Lindsey (No. 30) are all ranked in the top 30 of 247Sports’ Composite Rankings for 2017.Ohio State’s 2017 class is the No. 1 class in the country. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Gareth Bale’s recent performances have “annoyed” Real Madrid fans and Predrag Mijatovic thinks Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Clasico against Barcelona could be his “last chance”.Wales international Bale missed three weeks at the start of the year with a calf injury but made a goalscoring return as a substitute in the 4-2 victory over Espanyol on January 27.He again featured from the bench in last week’s Copa triumph over Girona but was replaced after an underwhelming 63 minutes when he returned to the starting line-up for Sunday’s 3-0 win over Deportivo Alaves. 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? With teenage winger Vinicius Junior stringing together some strong performances – including a goal against Alaves – Mijatovic feels Bale could find himself out of favour under Santiago Solari, particularly if he fails to impress against Barca at Camp Nou in the semi-final first leg.”Somebody has to defend and Lucas [Vazquez] knows how to track back and help. On the left wing, Vinicius is playing well and Bale has his difficulties,” Mijatovic told Cadena SER .”If he [Solari] plays Bale, it’s the last chance he has. We’re all annoyed with his game. Vinicius plays better at the Bernabeu.”Barcelona have tremendous attacking power. They’re capable of scoring three goals in five minutes. They’re the leaders [in LaLiga], they’re in the Champions League and the Copa.”It’s a two-legged eliminator. We have to go out and make a good result and take it into account regardless of how it ends. If you get a good result, Barca can also win at the Bernabeu.”Lionel Messi has been included in Barca’s squad despite being hurt during their 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday, but Mijatovic doubts any risks will be taken with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”He’s a key player and he knows himself. He’ll tell him [Ernesto Valverde] if he can start, and if there’s a risk he’ll be on the bench. With the experience Messi has, I don’t think he’s stupid enough to take the risk,” he added.Barca head into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Valencia that has seen the gap at the top of the Liga table extend to six points, following Atletico Madrid’s failure to beat Real Betis.Real Madrid, meanwhile, find themselves in third, eight points behind the Catalans, with Solari’s men currently on a run of four wins in a row in the league.
Spain, Germany and Norway made winning starts to their Women’s World Cup campaigns on Saturday.In the first game of the day, Germany stuttered to a 1-0 victory against China in Rennes.Carolin Simon hit the crossbar for the two-time world champions, who needed a moment of magic from teenager Giulia Gwinn to break the deadlock. 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? Germany are now unbeaten in their last 17 Women’s World Cup group-stage games with Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side among the favourites to triumph in France.We need to talk about Giulia Gwinn for a minute…Player of the Match in her debut in the 2016 #U17WWC vs VenezuelaPlayer of the Match in her debut in the 2018 #U20WWC vs NigeriaPlayer of the Match in her debut in the #FIFAWWC todayWow. pic.twitter.com/fRfgXugCMY — FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 8, 2019 Spain trailed to Thembi Kgatlana’s excellent looping finish in the first half of their game against South Africa in Le Havre.But they came from behind to win 3-1 as Banyana Banyana imploded in the last 20 minutes with Jennifer Hermoso converting a brace of penalties, the second of which was awarded following a VAR check and saw Nothando Vilakazi dismissed for a second bookable offence.Substitute Lucia Garcia added a late third for Spain, who face Germany in a crunch Group B clash on Wednesday.2 – Spain’s Jenni Hermoso is the first player to score two penalties in a Women’s World Cup match. Composed. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/nV7MkbOtN9 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 8, 2019 Norway cruised to a 3-0 victory against Nigeria in Reims despite being without the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, who has opted not to play at the tournament.Guro Reiten’s deflected effort opened the scoring in the 17th minute and she then set up Lisa-Marie Utland for Norway’s second goal before Osinachi Ohale put through her own net to compound Nigeria’s misery.Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby will hope an injury to defender Faith Michael, who left the field on a stretcher, was not as serious as it appeared with his side taking on South Korea next.We wish you a speedy recovery, @ikidifaith!#NORNGA | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/siEIwqcuJv— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 8, 2019
Perseverance, sweat, tears, VAR and pure-as-it-comes belief – it still wasn’t enough to stop England suffering a heartbreaking Women’s World Cup semi-final defeat to the U.S.And this was as heartbreaking as they come for the Lionesses. A missed penalty by captain Steph Houghton, a goal disallowed by mere inches that could have secured Ellen White’s Golden Boot – it was excruciating.There was absolutely no shame in their loss, coming to the reigning world champions and upsetting no odds whatsoever after they rallied with everything they had to come back – even when reduced to 10. 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 There was no hiding from it either. In a cauldron of noise in the Stade de Lyon, chants of “U-S-A” rang around the ground as the players slumped to the grass, aware of just how close they had come to making the country’s first-ever Women’s World Cup final.But after years of disappointment, their performances in France bookended 12 months that have seen England fall back in love with their national teams – with the Lionesses themselves breaking countless TV records back home with each game.And, among the millions tuning in at home, there will be many whose stereotypes and stigmas around women’s football were rightfully changed on Tuesday night.It’s become an unfortunate theme in modern football that the most hyped-up games don’t live up to expectation.For recent examples, watch France’s clash with the USA in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals, or the men’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham.But when a game bucks that trend, surviving all the build-up to produce an absolute spectacle, it rightfully earns its place among the classics.This game perfectly fit that criteria.This was a blockbuster movie of a football match, complete with all the drama and plot twists that the best have.The United States assumed the role of the villain from the start of this tournament. The reigning champions, the team everybody wanted to beat – plus, they met the tournament hosts in the quarters.They seemed happy to assume that role from the off. Anyone still on the fence about their feelings for this team was quickly swayed one side or the other when Ali Krieger said: “We have the best team in the world, and the second-best team in the world.”Annoying arrogance or commendable confidence? Depends which side you are on.England have never been the neutral’s favourite. Their renditions of ‘It’s Coming Home’ at last summer’s World Cup rubbed many people up the wrong way, particularly Croatia, who duly dumped them out in the semi-finals.But as the plucky underdog in this tale, especially when drowned out by the sea of American fans who had flooded into Lyon for the clash, they were the choice of many – particularly the French.“A lot of people at Lyon have text me over the past two days. They didn’t text at the start of the tournament, but since France have gone, they’ve sent me a few messages,” Lucy Bronze said before the game.“I’ve had a few messages saying good luck, beat the USA for us. So I think we have a few more supporters than we normally have in the French.”England women’s manager Phil Neville predicted as much in his pre-match press conference, but light-heartedly and reluctantly. Yet, when the Stade de Lyon opened on Tuesday evening, the locals were wearing the colours of England, with St George’s Cross painted on their faces.It was going to take everything for the Lionesses to beat the U.S. and they tried everything.The mind games added a dramatic twist to things just before kick-off, with England’s line-up absolutely unpredictable while Megan Rapinoe – the undoubted star of Jill Ellis’ side – was on the bench.U.S. Soccer refused to comment on whether it was an injury, adding further chaos. Rapinoe stood on the sideline, fully kitted with her boots on, and watched her team-mates warm up, begging the question – is she really injured, or was this a mind game?Neville tried similar. When asked about the match up of Bronze and Rapinoe before the game, he suggested Rachel Daly could play that position and Bronze could be deployed in midfield, as happened when these two played out a 2-2 draw in March.It wasn’t until at least 10 minutes into the match that regular followers of England could figure out just what the starting XI was.The teams that took to the sparkling Lyon field could have tipped the scales from hype to over-hype – but it wouldn’t be the case.This was 90 minutes of relentless, attacking, unpredictable football, so much so that fans of defending should have been warned when switching on to watch.Three goals by half-time – all of great quality but from bad defending – summed up the end-to-end nature of this exhilarating affair.The heartbreaking scenes came in White seeing a goal ruled out for offside by VAR, and when captain Houghton stepped up to take a pivotal penalty, which was saved by Alyssa Naeher.It had everything for the neutrals, but at the end of the day, not everyone is a neutral.“Americans love winners,” Hope Solo said before the game.These England players will get a hero’s welcome all the same when they return home, just as they did in their heart-breaking 2015 semi-final defeat. But not the winner’s medal they wanted.
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero has hit out at the refereeing decisions during his side’s Copa America semi-final defeat to Brazil, claiming VAR was at fault for the Selecao’s second goal.With the hosts 1-0 up through a goal from Aguero’s Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus, the Argentine looked to be tripped by Dani Alves inside the Brazil box in the 70th minute.Referee Roddy Zambrano waved away the Albiceleste’s appeals for a penalty, with Brazil able to launch an attack of their own which ended in Roberto Firmino making it 2-0 and all but ending the tie. 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 Despite the presence of VAR the decision not to award the penalty for Argentina was not officially reviewed – a call Argentina captain Lionel Messi blasted as “bullsh*t” in an angry post-match interview.And Aguero concurred with his team-mate, believing that the blatancy of the foul on him meant some of his team-mates switched off in the build-up to Firmino’s goal.”The feeling is not good. The second goal was controversial,” he told reporters. “Juan [Foyth] stops thinking that the referee was going to stop. VAR worked very well until today – incredible!”We do not pay attention to those things on the pitch, except for the blow that Dani Alves gives me from behind.”I do not know why he did not check it. At the time, he [Zambrano] may not see it, and they told us that the VAR would become like a fifth referee.”Defeat means Argentina’s wait for a senior trophy at international level goes on, with the South American superpower having failed to win anything other than the Olympics (which is contested predominantly by Under-23 players) since lifting the Copa America trophy in 1993.Performances have improved throughout the tournament in Brazil, however, and Aguero – a veteran of 94 international caps – believes the future is bright under rookie coach Lionel Scaloni.He added: “It was all very new. We’re leaving with a good feeling. There are team-mates who have not previously had the chance to play in competitions like this, and they did very well.”They are the future of the national team. Rest assured that this is going to change, and we need to give them confidence.”Brazil’s win means they will meet either Peru or defending champions Chile in Sunday’s final as they look to secure a first Copa America title since 2007.
Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is in hot water with boss Neil Lennon over comments made regarding the quality of football in the Scottish Premier League. The 23-year-old, formerly of Manchester City, revealed he had “failed to develop” at the club, also adding that the level of football in Scotland’s top division was “not high.” Reports suggest that Celtic are struggling to hold on to the player, with Marseille the front-runners to prise him away from his current club. 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 Fellow Ligue 1 side Lyon are also said to be interested in the player, who appears desperate to force a move away from Scotland. “That will be addressed when Olivier comes back,” said Lennon ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier away to Sarajevo.”I think it is fair to say that a lot of us, whether it be management, players or people at the club were not satisfied with the comments.”Ntcham signed a four-year deal with Celtic after his arrival from Manchester City in the summer of 2017, after having spent two years in Serie A on loan with Genoa.His time in Scotland has been a winning one as the Hoops collected League, League Cup and Scottish Cup doubles in each of his two seasons at Celtic Park. The Frenchman has made a total of 84 appearances, scoring 14 goals during his two seasons with the SPL club, and will have to face the music on his return to training. “When I speak to Olivier it will be done privately but you can imagine, we find the comments untimely and not particularly accurate,” added Lennon.Lennon admitted that the player had not completely burned his bridges, but it seems like the relationship will be tough to repair if Ntcham is determined to leave.“He still has a future [at Celtic], he is under contract. But I will be speaking to him about his mindset and his attitude toward the club as well which, the way it came across, didn’t look good.”Ntcham previously refused to sign a professional contract with Le Havre when he was a youngster, before joining Manchester City’s youth sector for a €1 million fee back in 2012.
Florida State is losing to Virginia Tech 17-3 in the fourth quarter right now in Tallahassee. It has been a rough season opener for the Seminoles thus far.Even a couple of the home fans are having a tough night. During the third quarter, the ESPN camera panned to a group of men decked out in Florida State colors.That isn’t unusual in and of itself, but what was weird is that two of those guys were wearing FSU superhero costumes.To say they are taking some abuse on Twitter would be accurate.Grown men dress up as superheros at FSU game https://t.co/qiLzSpOxEo— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) September 4, 2018At what point do you look in the mirror and realize you are an adult? pic.twitter.com/rXFgXY6DX2— Derek Tyson (@DerekJTyson) September 4, 2018Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything. pic.twitter.com/7j6TG1huvM— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) September 4, 2018Florida State pic.twitter.com/pW3WfNOUsE— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 4, 2018Fans, you do what you will but…unless you are unable to drive a car…don’t wear a cape. Yeah, I’ve already changed my mind, don’t do what you want if that thing is wearing a cape.— Josh McCuistion (@JLMcCuistion) September 4, 2018IF you insist a cape is the move, though, couple it with a mask to hide your identity and protect your loved ones… from the embarrassment pic.twitter.com/vM7kFcpGKF— Josh Helmholdt (@JoshHelmholdt) September 4, 2018Something a little bit different with Florida State football fans ? pic.twitter.com/nwhM0YzhUW— WonderousATX (@wonderousATX) September 4, 2018Note to those fans: love the enthusiasm fellas, but next time, just leave the costumes at home.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season is in the books. We have a new Coaches’ Poll for Week 5.There was only one change in the Top 10, with Virginia Tech plummeting from No. 10 to No. 24 after losing to Old Dominion. In the meantime, Kentucky and Texas each made sizable leaps to get into the rankings.We have a fun slate on tap for next weekend as well. There’s a pair of matchups between top 10 teams–Ohio State vs. Penn State and Notre Dame vs. Stanford.Here’s the full top 25.1Alabama4-01597611–1/12Clemson4-0149722–2/23Georgia4-0147303–3/44Ohio State4-0143114–3/45Oklahoma4-0130005–5/56Louisiana State4-0123406–6/247Stanford4-0120607–7/138Notre Dame4-0113508–8/119Penn State4-0110809–9/1010Auburn3-199701117/1111Washington3-195901216/1212West Virginia3-0946013112/2013Wisconsin3-177601636/1614Central Florida3-0705018414/2315Michigan3-1603021614/2216Miami3-155402048/2117Kentucky4-05310NR917/NR18Michigan State2-1376023512/2419Mississippi State3-1311014-514/1920Oregon3-1281019-119/NR21Oklahoma State3-1199015-615/2522Texas3-11710NR1921/NR23Duke4-01700NR423/NR24Virginia Tech2-1160010-1410/2425Boise State2-1145024-117/25The latest Associated Press Top 25 is set to be released this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.The first College Football Playoff rankings won’t be released for a while, but you can see ESPN’s current playoff predictions here.
YouTubeMany of the top names are off the board, but we still have a few months before the usual National Signing Day in February. The U.S. Army All-American Game remains a big spot for blue-chip commitments as well, and in a few weeks, four-star wide receiver David Bell will be one of them.Bell is the No. 2 player in Indiana, and his recruitment is quite Big Ten-focused.Back over the summer, he announced an All-B1G top five, which appears to be the one that he is sticking with: Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, and Purdue.Top 5 (No specific order) #RipD3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/BkCOiQWsux— David Bell (@TheRealDBell_) June 8, 2018Even with recruiting powers like Ohio State and Penn State involved, Purdue football might be the favorite for David Bell.The Boilermakers have had two impressive seasons to start Jeff Brohm’s tenure, and have serious momentum.Brohm proved that he can make star freshman a huge part of the offense right away, with his use of receiver Rondale Moore this year. At 6-foot-2, Bell’s a much different player than Moore, but it didn’t go unnoticed.From USA Today earlier this year:“I don’t think we’re similar,” Bell said with a laugh. “He’s a lot quicker and faster than I am. But if I do go there, I think we would make a good combo with him on the inside and me on the outside. It would be hard to double team both of us. It’s amazing that he’s on the Biletnikoff watch list as a freshman. I’m happy for him.”90-percent of the 21 247 crystal ball predictions have Bell as a Boilermaker, with Penn State and Ohio State splitting the additional predictions.Moore is the No. 101 player in the country and No. 17 wide receiver. The U.S. Army All-American Game will be played on January 5.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the first half against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban wasn’t in the best of moods on Monday night, as his Crimson Tide team got dominated by Clemson in the College Football Playoff national title game.Saban took some time to give the media a heartfelt message at the end of his press conference, though.Alabama’s head coach, whose press conference rants often go viral, appeared much more appreciative than usual on Monday night.“I really do love you,” Saban said of the media.Check it out:Nick Saban’s final words of the season gives thanks the media for all we have done: “I really do love you.” pic.twitter.com/9tjiO3BXr0— Kyle Burger WVTM (@KyleWVTM13) January 8, 2019That was very nice, Nick.Alabama, meanwhile, should be just fine.The Crimson Tide will likely start the 2019 season ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the country. Alabama should be back in the College Football Playoff next season, competing for another national championship.Saban and Co. aren’t going anywhere.
MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: N’Kosi Perry #5 and Jarren Williams #15 of the Miami Hurricanes in action during the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The Miami Hurricanes have announced their starting quarterback for the 2019 season. In a surprise twist, it’s not a certain Ohio State transfer.Miami head coach Manny Diaz announced that he would be naming redshirt freshman Jarren Williams as the starter. Williams beat out former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell and sophomore N’Kosi Perry for the job.Diaz pointed to Williams’ passing ability, instincts and determination in coming to the decision. He added that Martell and Perry will now compete for the backup role.“All three guys showed tremendous improvement and development, which is a credit to their hard work and the work of Dan Enos and his offensive staff,” Diaz said. “We believe we can win with all three guys, however, we feel like Jarren has the greatest upside due to his passing ability, his instincts and his determination.“As we move into preparation for the Florida game we will continue the competition to determine who will serve as the backup quarterback.”Williams is a former four-star prospect who joined the Hurricanes in 2018. Per 247Sports he was the No. 77 overall recruit, the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback, and the No. 10 prospect from Georgia. He appeared in one game for Miami last year, scoring a touchdown on the ground in a win over Savannah State.Congrats to @Jarren2Williams on winning the QB1 job at the 🙌🏽! #TNM https://t.co/FbLfN9Yh6g— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) August 12, 2019Williams is going to have his work cut out for him in his first college start. He’ll have 12 days to prepare before the Hurricanes head to Orlando for a game against Florida.The announcement is certainly a major blow to Tate Martell. He left Ohio State in the offseason and got a transfer waiver to play in 2019.
Hardik Pandya showed he went back to India and worked hard: Virat KohliIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli was impressed with Hardik Pandya who made a strong comeback after returning from suspension. Pandya picked up crucial wickets and took a brilliant catch in India’s 8-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI on Monday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 17:32 IST India tour of New Zealand 2019: Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets and a catch on his comeback following the suspension over Kofffe With Karan (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said it was good to have Hardik Pandya back in the Indian teamPandya returned after his suspension over Koffee with Karan was liftedPandya, who replaced Vijay Shankar, picked 2 for 45 in the 3rd ODI vs New Zeaand3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). (SCORECARD)Virat Kohli heaped praise on Hardik Pandya, who picked 2 for 45 off his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson in the third ODI on Monday. India, chasing 244, won with 8 wickets to spare and clinched the five-match ODI series with an unbeatable 3-0 lead.Hardik was suspended and ordered to return home from the tour of Australia along with KL Rahul after the duo made sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan. Soon after the episode aired on Indian television early in January, the Indian cricket community was left shocked. Pandya apologised but BCCI punished him and Rahul.After the Indian board lifted the suspensions pending the appointment of an ombudsman, Pandya flew back to New Zealand and replaced Vijay Shankar in the third ODI. And he made an immediate impact, picking up the crucial wickets of Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls off successive overs to derail the Black Caps. Despite a gutsy 93 by Ross Taylor, New Zealand managed only 243.Virat Kohli was naturally thrilled to have his star all-rounder back.”It’s very, very good to have Hardik back. He is someone who provides a lot of balance to the team. And the way he bowled today showed he went back and practiced his skills.”He put his head down and focussed on what he needed to do and you could tell from the way he bowled with intensity straightaway.. picking two crucial wickets at that stage.advertisement”He’s someone who will give you those important contributions in all three departments and that’s something any team would want to have and when he comes in, the team looks a lot more balanced,” Kohli told the media after India’s comprehensive win.”It’s good to have him back in the right headspace and the right kind of mindset to perform for the team and I hope he can keep growing with this performance,” he said.Virat Kohli said he hoped Pandya would emerge as a stronger cricketer after the Koffee with Karan row. Pandya lost a major endorsement deal and his membership with an iconic Mumbai club.”You can either be broken by a situations or emerge stronger by focusing your energies on cricket. If you respect the game, the game respects you in return. We have seen players who have been able to change their careers historically after such situations.”We hope he emerges as a stronger cricketer and am sure he can do that,” Kohli said.Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar lauded Pandya for his efforts with the ball.”(It was a ) terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar told Star Sports. “He’s bowled a very good line, he has used the bouncers to very good effect. He has been like a live wire on the field.”That’s the plus that Hardik Pandya brings to the team. He is such an outstanding fielder. He will get you some impossible catches, get you some terrific run-outs and then with the bat and the ball, he does well.”He was very, very impressive. You know why this team management wants him in the side. He actually fills that little blank that was there. This allows the team to be balanced. He covers all the bases for the team,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Mohammed Shami your English bahut acha, Simon Doull tells India pacerAlso Read | India are teaching us a lesson: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after series defeatAlso Read | Scott Styris trolls New Zealand after Virat Kohli’s India win ODI seriesAlso 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. 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Jio News introduced with over 12 Indian language support, uses AI to bring most relevant news updatesJio News uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring the “most relevant” news to users. The company says that the Jio News app scans thousands of news sources before bringing the best news to the readers.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 12:07 IST HIGHLIGHTSJio News is mainly focused at offering real-time news updates on various topics.The Jio news app is available for Android and iOS users and also for web users.Jio News comes with over 150 live news channels, over 800 magazines, over 250 newspapers, among other .Reliance Jio leaves no stone unturned to mark its presence. Jio has ruled the telecom market for a while now. The company has also become the top feature phone selling company in India and the credit goes to its JioPhone and JioPhone 2. Some rumours suggest that JioPhone 3 is coming soon. Looks like Reliance Jio now wants to enter other spheres of the market. On Thursday Reliance Jio introduced Jio News, an online news application that is mainly focused at offering real-time news updates on various topics including the on-going Lok Sabha elections, Indian Premier League (IPL), and others.The Jio news app is available for Android and iOS users and also for web users. Jio news stands out when compared to other news apps as it supports over 12 Indian languages like Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, among others.With this, Jio mainly wasn’t to connect to more and more audiences and reach each and every corner of the country. The Jio News comes with over 150 live news channels, over 800 magazines, over 250 newspapers, among other things like online blogs from India and also from around the world. The news app is also said to bring over 150 live TV news channels and alert readers about the trending videos across genres.The company explains that Jio News uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring the “most relevant” news to users. The company says that the Jio News scans thousands of news sources before bringing the news to the readers or viewers. Jio News also allows the readers to personalise the app as per their interest and requirements. The new app comes with various categories like politics, sports, entertainment, business, technology, lifestyle, fashion, health, among others. The readers can select the topic they want to be aware of.advertisementReliance Jio has informed that the Jio News app is a consolidated offering of Jio XpressNews, Jio Mags, and Jio NewsPaper. The company has informed that all the existing users of Jio XpressNews, Jio Mags, and Jio NewsPaper will be able to use Jio News. If you’re a Jio network user you’ll be able to get “premium access”. All non-Jio users will need to logging in to Jio News to use the app.ALSO READ | ACT Fibernet launches Android-powered 4K streaming box, supports Netflix, Hooq and other platformsALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 quick review: Bold and beautifulALSO READ | Xiaomi Poco F1, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 6 sell at lowest ever prices on Flipkart todayGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Jio
MS Dhoni an era of cricket, not just a player: Matthew HaydenMS Dhoni has guided Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles and will be vying for a fourth one against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. For Dhoni’s IPL achievements and his temperament, former CSK player Matthew Hayden has tagged him as ‘an era of cricket’.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 16:21 IST Former CSK player Matthew Hayden with MS Dhoni (Twitter/@ChennaiIPL)HIGHLIGHTSMatthew Hayden called MS Dhoni not just a player but an era of cricketUnder MS Dhoni, CSK have won the the IPL thrice and made it to the final 8 timesCSK will be competing against MI for a fourth IPL title on SundayMS Dhoni has nothing to prove when it comes to captaincy or finishing any game in his trademark style and the stumper has yet again led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) final in 10 seasons and is just one win away from clinching the prestigious trophy for the fourth time.The Yellow Brigade will square-off against Mumbai Indians, who are also a three-time IPL champion, in this year’s summit clash and praising the CSK skipper, his former teammate and Australian great Matthew Hayden has termed Dhoni as “not just a player, he is an era of cricket”.Speaking on a Star Sports special programme for CSK — ‘The Super Kings Show’, former team opener Matthew Hayden said: “You know Dhoni, he is not just a player, he is an era of cricket. In many ways I think MS is like the captain of the gully cricket team, he is one of us, he will do anything.”Talking on the temperament of the veteran, Hayden said: “You see how he warms up, he bowls his leg spinners, he catches, he asks players and people around the squad on how they are doing and he is so relaxed, I think we can all relate to him because we all have busy lives working around with friends and families and that’s a big commitment.”So, someone like that at the helm will make you feel calm, will make you feel relaxed and that’s why Thala Dhoni that word Thala’, obviously meaning the leader of Chennai, but you it’s almost like leader of a nation.”advertisementWith an average of 103.5, the Chennai skipper is so far the leading run-scorer for his side after accumulating 414 runs from 11 innings.His side was second in the league points-table with nine wins from 14 games but CSK went down against Mumbai in the first Qualifier at thier home and later defeated Delhi Capitals by six wickets in the second qualifier on Friday to enter their eighth IPL final.Also Read | CSK vs MI IPL 2019 Final: Road to final for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in title clashAlso Read | IPL 2019 Final: Prize money on offer and everything you need to know todayAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow CSK vs MI IPL finalFollow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super Kings
Next AP NEET merit list 2019 to be released today: Here’s all you need to knowThe AP NEET merit list will be released today, on June 30 (Sunday) at the official website, ntruhs.ap.nic.in.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 11:57 IST The list of selected candidates for admission to medical or dental courses in state-based colleges will be released today.The Dr NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS), Andhra Pradesh will release the list of selected candidates for admission to medical or dental courses in state-based colleges. The list will be released today, on June 30 (Sunday) at the official website, ntruhs.ap.nic.in. The selected candidates will then have to undergo a medical exam and document verification.The date of verification exams for health and documents along with time and venue will be declared today only. The process is expected to be held in July first week. Following the verification rounds, a final merit list will be released based on the same admissions will be granted.AP NEET merit list 2019: Documents neededNEET scorecardDomicile certificateDate of birth certificateEducation Qualification mark sheetsCaste certificate, if applicablePWD or EWS certificate, if applicableSports certificate, if applicableAP NEET merit list 2019: FeeCandidates will have to pay an application cum counselling fee of Rs 3,540. For reserved category candiates, the same is Rs 2,950.AP NEET merit list 2019: Eligibility criteriaTo be declared pass in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), candidates need to score 50 percentile of 134 marks out of 720. For reserved category candidates, it is 40 percentile or 107/720 marks. For people with disability, the cut off is 45 percentile or 120 marks.AP NEET merit list 2019: Seat matrixThe non-local candidates are eligible for 15 per cent unreserved seats only. The local candidates are also eligible for 15 per cent unreserved seats and 85 per cent local seats. The Medical Council of India (MCI) conducts the counselling for top 15 per cent candidates under the All India Quota seats (across the country). For the rest of 85 per cent seats, every state authority conducts counselling to fill seats in state-based collegesadvertisementThe NEET result 2019 was declared on June 5. Rajasthan’s Nalin Khandelwal has obtained the All India Rank (AIR) 1 in NEET UG 2019 with 99.99 percentile and 701 marks. Among females, Madhuri Reddy from Telangana with 695 marks and all India Rank 7 has topped.A total of 15,19,375 candidates registered for the exam of which 14,10,755 students appeared in the exam. Of the 14.10 lakh candidates, 7.97 lakh could clear the medical-dental entrance exam.Read: Bharathidasan University UG,PG Result 2019 declared: See how to checkRead: Telangana TSBIE Inter supplementary result 2019 to be out on this date, check detailsGet 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 byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow AP NEET merit list 2019
5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations Need an easy ten step process on how to become a drug dealer? “How To Make Money Selling Drugs” is right up your crack alley. The movie is a stylistic, sometimes tongue-in-cheek documentary about the scary and intense war on drugs. The film is produced by Adrian Grenier from Entourage and Bert Marcus. Cooke and Grenier worked together on a previous documentary titled “Teenage Paparazzo”, and their newest collaboration features interviews with Susan Sarandon, David Simon (creator of HBO’s “The Wire”), Russell Simmons and Eminem. The film steps out of the box when it comes to traditional documentary style filmmaking. We interviewed Matthew Cooke, the writer and director to get his take on filmmaking and talk a little bit about his style.Tell me about your background in regards to documentary filmmaking?I’m a huge fan of action films, sci-fi, noir, mystery, thriller, so in coming into documentary, I wanted to do something that would capture the excitement of fiction.Why did you choose to make this movie?I think this particular [drug] policy is one of the worst public policies in the history of the US. It’s sad, absurd, embarrassing, racist, in the reality of how the policy is exacted today. It’s an extremely important topic.How long did it take to make? When did you start production?We started about three years prior to now, the majority of the time was spent in editing, finding the right tone and balance.It’s a touchy subject – how did you get some of the characters (ex-drug dealers) to go on record?There were quite a number who said no – the characters we picked were picked because of the level of excitement and adventure [in their stories]. I think the majority are all people who have inspiring turn around stories – hero journeys. Part of the process is sharing with others. Marshall Mathers [Eminem] had a certain story to tell. It was compelling, open and honest, and he was unflinching in his fearlessness. Revealing the horrors of addiction – he was the perfect person to share that story.How did you incorporate style into your film?I spent quite a bit of time painting the backdrops [for the interviews]. I wanted aggressive backdrops for the interviews. The interviews went so well with the colors and it was so fun and exciting to wrap the motion graphics. Hopefully people get a kick out of it.What are some of your favorite brands right now?I’m a huge fan of Opening Ceremony in LA. They have great stuff- I really like Dave Appel – he has a brand called Cohesive – I like his stuff a lot. I also like Band of Outsiders.What is your relationship to fashion?If I had more time I’d get more into clothes. A lot of my friends are stylists and designers- it’s a cool industry.What would you consider the manliest thing you do everyday?I trim my man-beard. If I don’t shave it off completely I will have a man-growth within two to three hoursWhat are three things you can’t live without?I can live without anything – I am fully prepped to surrender at any moment. If I had to choose – I’d prefer to not live without the Internet. I was recently on a flight from Paris for 11 hours without the Internet. I was upset when I couldn’t connect to Facebook. I also can’t live without Game of Thrones and Venice Beach. “How To Make Money Selling Drugs” is playing at the IFC Center in New York and also available on demand via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.For more information on Matthew Cooke, you can check out his website here. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective)
Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons, or fiending to catch some waves someplace other than the North Shore. One day we may highlight a new ultra-light camping stove or minimalist water filter, and the next you may find us getting wrapped up in a set of Norquayco’s handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace and home, so get outside and live it.Quality outdoor gear is an investment, whether it be in your health or your happiness. Sure, you could spend years amassing a ragtag collection of budget-based outdoor apparel and goods — from bottom-of-the-line synthetic sleeping bags to behemoth camping stoves that weigh more than your entire pack — but there’s no guarantee the equipment will stand the test of time or even withstand the duration of your next summer trek through the woods. Thankfully, you rarely have to pay full price for premium gear so long as you maintain an open mind when it comes to the logo stitched on the front. There’s a myriad of online retailers specifically dedicated to selling quality outdoor gear at discounted rates, sometimes at up to 50 or 80-percent off the initial retail price for a limited time. Below our a few of our favorites, whether you’re in need of a 60-liter, Black Diamond backpack or a Arc’Teryx down hoody. After all, we all know a good bargain is hard to pass up when you see it.Launched in Portland, Ore., in 2009 by a seasoned team of industry insiders and outdoor enthusiasts, the Clymb has quickly become the premiere site for acquiring outdoor goods of all nature. The company buys its products outright from big-name brands such as Columbia and Alps Mountaineering, only to then resell the goods at discounted rate to consumers. The site’s offerings include everything from cycling and climbing to tents and snowboards, much of which is steeply discounted at more than 40-percent off. Sales typically last 72 hours, or until supplies last, and the site even offers select vacation packages to round out your next adventure. Nonetheless, it’s about the gear — not that five-day, luxury trip to the humid coast of Guatemala for $849.Essential buys featured on the Clymb: Danner boots and Topo Designs day packs.Gear Trade is essentially the Craigslist of outdoor gear. The site rarely features new products, but instead, allows sellers to post their used wears online at a discounted rate. Nearly every product posting on the site features an accompanying set of images — some more so professional than others — along with a seller rating directly based directly on his or her previous interactions with other users. Moreover, the site features a slew of pages with products discounted as low as $5, allowing you to pick up up a couple stuff sacks or an extra carabiner for next to nothing. The site is owned and operated by Backpacking.com as well, and though all sales are final, Gear Trade holds the money in between transactions so you never pay for an item that was misrepresented online.Essential buys featured on Gear Trade: Black Pine Sports six-man tents and vintage lanterns.San Francisco-based Huckberry isn’t as concerned with technical gear as it is the atmosphere and apparel surrounding it. The notable site features a melange of American-made products, from Woolrich footwear to Stone River knives, many of which the site features at the top for quick access. In addition to lifestyle accessories such as wallets and watches, the site offers an abundance of high-quality outdoor gear, letting you save big on fishing gear from renowned manufacturers and more off-the-beaten path equipment. Huckberry may not offer steep discounts on big-name brands, but as evident from recent interview with founders Andy Forch and Richard Greiner, the company showcases a remarkable appreciation for its customers. Case in point: the Explorer Grants.Essential buys featured on Huckberry: Polar 1-man tent and Tenkar Rod Co lures.With more than 25 years of retail experience, Sierra Trading Post has become a mainstay in the discount realm. Although the company offers deals on a variety of goods, from luggage to electronics, its the site’s robust selection of outdoor apparel and goods that easily earns it spot on our list. Sierra Trading Post provides deals from renowned brands such as Keen and Burton, with a bevy of other notable manufacturers thrown in the mix for good measure. You can easily score a sleeping bag or pair of climbing shoes for up to 70-percent off, but it’s the site’s clearance section that truly shines. Where else can you find waterproof camo pants and pristine, semi-dry diving suit for less than $300 with free shipping? Nowhere, that’s where.Essential buys featured on Sierra Trading Post: North Face trunks and SmartWool socks.The outdoor offerings on Steep & Cheap may not be the most unique or discounted on the Web, but there’s a good deal to be said for phenomenal customer service and a crackshot return policy. Though the site’s homepage always highlights a current deal, one that lasts a mere 10 minutes or until it sells out, there’s also an assortment of deals lining the various sections featured elsewhere on the site. For instance, you can quickly browse a handful of climbing gear based on the brand and your desired size, or merely peruse the site’s seasonal clearance options if you’re not looking for anything in particular. Just don’t forget to check back often for that aforementioned steal, or better yet, sign up for Steep & Cheap’s daily newsletter.Essential buys featured on Steep & Cheap: La Sportiva climbing shoes and Icebreaker baselayers. Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Editors’ Recommendations An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever