10 months agoChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spirit

first_imgChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spiritby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says Sunday’s win over Brighton showed the club’s spirit.The Blues went up 2-0 before Solly March’s second-half goal made for a nervy finish.And Luiz thinks it was a display of courage to take all three points.”It was a big win and good for us to get another three points,’ said the Brazilian. “Normally when you don’t kill the game in the Premier League the other team believes until the end. Brighton were trying to play more long balls and get fouls to put the ball in the box. I think they only had one shot on goal so it wasn’t a difficult game mentally, it was more about the spirit.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham Transfer Watch: Four left-backs Pochettino should target

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your say Tottenham Transfer Watch: Four left-backs Pochettino should targetby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDanny Rose’s performances have waned over the past season – whilst he still has it in him to put up great displays, he’s nowhere near as consistent as he once was, which has sparked concerns amongst the Tottenham faithful. Ben Davies when featuring in the squad has been decent, but not particularly impressive thus leaving Spurs with the need to sign a new left-back going into the second half of the Premier League campaign.Alex TellesPorto star Alex Telles has been linked with a host of European clubs over the past few seasons thanks to his impressive performances in the Liga Nos where he’s established himself as one of the best left-backs in the League.He’s exceptional at defending but his blistering pace and dribbling ability also allows him to make overlapping runs so he often appears like a winger in game’s where he’s been tasked with doing so due to his expansive skill set.Telles is an amazing crosser of the ball as he’s able to find his teammates in the midst of opposition players with great balls into the box.Video Courtesy of SoccerAlejandro GrimaldoAnother Liga Nos star that’s attracted a lot of attention from top European sides recently, including Tottenham’s – Alejandro Grimaldo is a pacey left-back with great awareness and positioning.The Benfica star draws parallels with his countryman, Jordi Alba, as they have similar styles of play. Grimaldo utilises his pace to get into positions that will allow him to intercept the ball – his dribbling ability also allows him to play the ball out of the back and venture forward when need be.Tottenham reportedly tried to acquire his services back in July but had a bid turned down – they could yet make another attempt out of necessity come January.Video Courtesy of ScoutNationHDPatrick Van AanholtVan Aanholt is well known in the Premier League for his pace and strength. The Dutchman is undoubtedly one of the fastest players in the entire league thus making him a key asset at Crystal Palace as he’s able to defend against other fast players who would normally have an easy time running in behind defensive set-ups.He’s been linked with moves to Juventus and Roma with Alex Sandro reportedly on his way to Chelsea and Aleksander Kolarov not getting any younger but considering Spurs’ need – Mauricio Pochettino need not look any further than Van Annholt.Video Courtesy of MPGKieran TierneyOver the past few seasons, Kieran Tierney has proven to be the best left-back in the Scottish Premier League. He’s got all the attributes of a quality left-back, he just needs the right manager and the right team for him to become a world-class player – Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham can offer that.He’s got blistering pace, and whilst he might not be particularly strong, he’s an amazing defender who’s able to read the game well and would be a great signing for Spurs.Video Courtesy of WorldOfFootballHD last_img read more

a month agoChelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Didier Drogba is happy seeing Tammy Abraham succeeding this season.Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign.”Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba explained.”These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game. So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.”It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.”So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].” last_img read more

Anton Gill Had To Turn Off His Cell Phone Because Of All The Texts He Received After Game vs. N.C. State

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Earlier, we posted a photo of little-used sophomore guard Anton Gill getting mobbed by his Louisville teammate. Gill hadn’t scored since February 28 and had played just 23 total minutes in March before last night’s game, when he came in for 11 minutes and scored seven clutch points, hitting all three of his shots from the field. Gill’s surprise performance helped Louisville outlast N.C. State in the Sweet 16 match-up, and afterwards, he told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel that he received so many texts that he had to turn his phone off.Anton Gill after his big night. “I had to turn my phone off.” Said he had 30-35 texts.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 28, 2015Louisville can use another big left from Gill tomorrow, when the Cardinals face Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State Spartans for a chance to make the Final Four.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Players Call Out Ignorant Fans For Telling Them To Just Worry About Football

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A couple of Ohio State’s best players, Cardale Jones and Michael Thomas, took to Twitter this morning to voice their opinions on a social matter. The Buckeyes’ quarterback and wide receiver each published a series of tweets regarding the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While college football players (and most of the population) would probably be better off not ever going on Twitter, it was nice to see two of the sport’s premier players speak their minds. This apparently upset some of Ohio State’s fan base, as Jones and Thomas were both told by Twitter users to stop talking and just worry about the 2015 season. Jones, Thomas and Buckeye quarterback Stephen Collier then used Twitter to call out these fans. Cool it.. We can’t afford the NCAA suspending you https://t.co/bP2TJ9EqtJ— Smash Williams (@matteojustquit) July 23, 2015This my Twitter my voice so mind yah business buddy.. Thank you https://t.co/yon6DFmOK2— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 23, 2015@DanGustafson1 Sorry Mr master, I aints allow to tweet nothing but foolsball stuff I donts want you think I more than a foots ball playa sir— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Ignorant. https://t.co/HtVjQSG1SH— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) July 23, 2015One thing about your own opinion, ITS YOURS!— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Every college football fan base has its share of psychos, so this is not an indictment on the type of people who root for Ohio State. Keep speaking your mind, Cardale and Michael.last_img read more

Video: BYU Ran One Of The Worst Plays In College Football History Last Night

first_imgBYU's punter preparing for a fake punt.BYU ran what might be the worst play in college football history on Thursday night.There are some video game players who, when playing Madden for example, go for it on fourth down, regardless of where they’re positioned on the field or how many yards they need to earn a first down. BYU basically did that on Thursday night against Boise State.Trailing Boise State 14-10, BYU punter Jonny Linehan, from his team’s own 5-yard-line, ran a fake on 4th-and-19. He was tackled after a loss of three at his own team’s 2-yard-line. It has to be one of the worst play calls we’ve ever seen.Somehow, Boise State didn’t score on its ensuing possession because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a missed field goal. But that doesn’t make BYU’s decision any better.last_img

Kirk Herbstreit: It’s Been “Fun To Watch” This Team So Far This Season

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talks during college game day.Through three weeks of the 2018 college football season, perhaps no team has put the country more on notice than LSU. The Tigers have already beaten a pair of marquee opponents.LSU’s season-opening blowout win over Miami (Fla.) was eye-opening, but it was last weekend’s win at Auburn that moved Ed Orgeron’s team into the top 10. Kirk Herbstreit has certainly been paying attention to them.In an appearance on SportsCenter on Tuesday, Herbstreit had plenty of praise for the surging Tigers.“They’re doing this the old-fashioned way,” Herbstreit said. “Their defense has been lights out for Dave Aranda and that’s keeping them in the game. They’re playing so inspired, as if everybody doubts them and we all know what that can do to a college football team when you feel doubted. LSU is a great representation of that.[ … ]“It’s going to be tough for them to continue this, but man it’s been a lot of fun to watch a team feel doubted and just go out there and make a lot of plays. Let’s keep sitting back and watching this and see how long the Tigers can make a run.”Even with new quarterback Joe Burrow, few expected much from LSU this season. In fact, Ed Orgeron found himself at or near the top of many off-season “coaches most likely to be fired” lists.Now, LSU has a chance to close out the first month of the season at 5-0, providing they beat Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss at home, as expected.However, things get much tougher when the calendar flips to October. The Tigers begin the month at Florida, and then have to go play Georgia on the road as well. Finally, there is a matchup with No. 14 Mississippi State.Oh, and when the month ends and it is November, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be waiting on Nov. 3.[ 247Sports ]last_img read more

Vegas Computer Releases Score Prediction For Oregon-Auburn

first_imgAuburn's mascot greeting fans.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 17: The Auburn Tigers mascot , Aubie, greets fans at Tiger Walk before an NCAA college football game against the Texas A&M Aggies on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Oregon and Auburn are gearing up for a big-time contest this Saturday. National experts continue to go back-and-forth on who they believe will win.Quarterback Justin Herbert — who many expect to be a top-five NFL draft pick in 2020 — leads Oregon behind an experienced offensive line. But will he have enough help from a receivers unit, hampered by injuries, to win?Auburn is turning to a true freshman quarterback to lead the offense in Bo Nix. Nix has received plenty of praise from Auburn coaches, but will he be able to handle the big stage against the top-ranked Pac-12 team?ESPN experts have weighed in on the match-up, but there isn’t a clear consensus. Out of 15 experts, eight pick the Ducks while the remaining seven side with the Tigers.How does Vegas feel about the game? OddShark’s computer projection sees a close game panning out, with Auburn edging out the Ducks by several points.The official projection gives the Tigers a 30.6-26.8 win over Oregon. With a projected score that close, it may just come down to the wire on Saturday evening.Auburn is projected to cover the spread seeing as they’re currently a 3.5 point favorite. The total is set at 56 points and the score prediction indicates the total will go over by 1.4 points.Auburn and Oregon kicks off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. E.T. from AT&T Stadium. The game will be televised on ABC.Who do you think will win?last_img read more

Henry Gray’s Commitment Moved Nebraska Up 14 Spots In The Recruiting Rankings

first_img Committed🙏🏾💯Thank You God pic.twitter.com/YfEMxjTU2z— Popular Loner…🖤 (@D1bound_zay2121) September 19, 2019Gray is the Cornhuskers’ 12th commit in the 2020 class (includes a transfer player). Seven of the commits play on the offensive side of the ball while the remaining play on defense.Nebraska’s recruiting class ranking is 38th overall and 10th in the Big Ten as of right now. But that’s due to quantity, not quality. The average star-rating of the class is 89.19 which is 16th overall.The Cornhuskers’ 11 commits is also the lowest total commits within the top 63 teams in the 2020 rankings. Quality clearly isn’t an issue for this class. Nebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 26: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field before their game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football received good news on Thursday. 2020 4-star cornerback Henry Gray has committed to Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers. As a result, Nebraska has moved up in the 2020 recruiting rankings.Previously ranked 52nd overall, the Cornhuskers 2020 class jumped 14 spots to No. 38. That large of a jump is rare. But given Gray’s talent, the improved ranking makes sense.Gray, Miami (FL.) Miami Central cornerback, is rated the 12th best player at his position in the 2020 class. He also ranks 201st overall. Gray’s commitment is a big win for the Nebraska program.Florida is littered with talent across the state and it’s difficult to get these prospects to head so far west. Given Nebraska’s upward trajectory under Frost, getting players like Gray to come to Nebraska is big.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan Singh

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 20:28 IST The pace trio of Bumrah, Shami and Ishant has been key to India’s success in Australia (@MdShami11 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan said India’s pace trio, consisting Bumrah, Shami and Ishant, is the best in the worldHarbhajan also lauded the batsmen for stepping up and supporting the bowlers in AustraliaIndia defeated Australia by 134 runs at MCG to take an unassailable 2-1 leadThe success of India’s pace battery is arguably the biggest talking point of Indian cricket in 2018. Over the years, India’s primary weapon had been their spinners, albeit a few world-class pacers stepping up and going on to become legends of the game.However, the Asian giants have been able to battle fire with fire, especially in overseas conditions as their pace unit, consisting Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, have stepped up and delivered big time.World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was one of the team’s premier bowlers since early 2000s, has said he is delighted to see India dominate oppositions with their pace might. Harbhajan, who is third on the list of all-time Indian Test wicket takers, added that this is the “golden era of pace bowling in Indian cricket”.”Most definitely [best bowling attack]. We never had the luxury of three great fast bowlers who could pick up wickets at the same time. They all bowl 140-plus throughout. We had the great Kapil Dev, then after that, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan. However, there was always concerns around the third and even the second seamer,” Harbhajan told India Today after India’s historic Boxing Day Test victory on Sunday.He added: “So, this is probably the first time we have the luxury of having three fast bowlers who can run in and bowl the guys out.”It’s great to see India dominating with pace, which was never our strength. Even in Indian conditions, in the recent past, Umesh Yadav, who is now not in the playing XI in Australia, took 10 wickets against the West Indies. That shows the bench strength we have. Then we have Bhuvneshwar Kumar. We have five bowlers who could take anyone’s place. This is probably the golden era of fast bowling of Indian cricket.”advertisement”Hats off to Jasprit Bumrah, he has been outstanding to watch. Ishant Sharma has been able to bowl 20-25 overs every match. Mohammed Shami he is a class apart. These guys have done a great job. Hats off to them for putting up such great performances.”What a win!! Proud to be part of this unit . Onto Sydney now. Jai hind pic.twitter.com/DsW8WXRMGjVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 30, 2018Harbhajan’s comments come after the pace trio of Bumrah, Shami and Ishant broke a 34-year-old record of legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding for the most number of wickets [130] in a calendar year.After some fine performances in South Africa, England and now in Australia, the Indian pace trio has picked up 136 wickets between them.Bumrah’s five-for in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test broke the back of the Australian batting unit and swung the momentum in India’s favour as the hosts were bowled for 151, in response to India’s first innings total of 443 for 7 declared.’10 out of 10 for Virat Kohli and the team management’Harbhajan also pointed out that India have been able to achieve success in Australia because their batting unit stepped up, unlike how they fared in the previous overseas tours of 2018 in South Africa and England.Meanwhile, Harbhajan also backed Virat Kohli and the team management’s ability to keep backing their decisions despite the criticism they had faced after the defeat in Perth.”It [criticism] doesn’t bother either him [Kohli] or the team management. Everybody have their own opinions to say and judge whether this should be done or that should be done. But in the end, it comes down to them [the team management]. They exactly did what they felt was right at that point of time and got the right results. 10 out of 10 for them,” he said.Shedding light on India’s decision of not enforcing the follow-on despite taking a lead of 292 runs in the Boxing Day Test, Harbhajan added: “Even I had said that India should have enforced the follow-on, considering the rain forecast. But we’re sitting here and they’re in Australia. They know better… whether they wanted to rest their fast bowlers… whatever the reasons were, in the end, they were good. Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the entire team for creating history.”Having taken a 2-1 lead, Kohli’s men will now head to Sydney for the final Test, starting January 3 in a bid to become the first-ever Indian team to win a Test series in Australia.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Watch: India players congratulate 7-year-old Aussie co-skipper Archie SchillerAlso Read | WC in mind, Bumrah may be sparingly used during Australia, NZ ODIs as well as IPLAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow MCG TestFollow Virat KohliFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow India national cricket team India vs Australia: Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghWorld Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also praised Virat Kohli and the team management for not paying heed to the critics and creating history in Australia in the ongoing four-Test series.advertisementlast_img read more