About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba danced on Mourinho’s graveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Paul Pogba was “dancing on the grave” of Jose Mourinho yesterday.Pogba posted to his social media channels a photo of himself smirking shortly after the announcement of Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford.Adidas claimed the promotional post was booked in advance, but Neville isn’t buying their excuse.”Manchester United are a better team with Paul Pogba in it,” Neville told Sky Sports.”That’s the first thing to say – he has huge talent, I actually have belief in him as a player. I actually liked him when he was at the club as a player as a kid, it’s not a personal thing.”Paul Pogba, there is no doubt, has fallen out with the manager. He doesn’t believe in him, he doesn’t like him, he doesn’t think he’s a good coach probably, and vice-versa.”Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Paul Pogba is as good a player as he thinks he is. There’s been a complete breakdown in the last six months between the pair of them, probably [over the last] year.”I do believe that dancing on the grave of the manager who has just been sacked is out of order.”Jose Mourinho lost his job and Paul Pogba and his people put that Instagram post out – don’t fall for this coincidence scheduled tweet nonsense, it’s garbage, absolute garbage.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club.
REVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinhoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was approached by Valencia earlier this month.Before the appointment of Albert Celades – after the sacking of Marcelino – Mourinho is being discussed inside the club’s boardroom.Superdeporte says VCF owner Peter Lim would have made an attempt for Mourinho. Before formalising the dismissal of Marcelino on September 11, Lim put in a call to the ex-Real Madrid coach. But no agreement was found, despite the good relations between the two. The Valencians were also interested in Leonardo Jardim, a former VCF coach, who is in trouble at AS Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for placeby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Christian Pulisic to fight for his place.Some in the USA have accused the Chelsea boss of favouritism because he is picking young English players ahead of the big-money signing from Pennsylvania.But Lampard said: “This is one of my difficult problems in this job, that I have good players and everyone has a story.“Christian Pulisic has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, Mason Mount is an international player.“Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer, he is an international player.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player — and I can’t pick them all in the game, unfortunately.“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game when they get the chances to play that they are worthy of their place.“That’s not to make me sound like a hard taskmaster, that’s just a brutal reality of my job. Next week I might be asked about two other names.”Lampard gave the USA international a chance against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup — and the implication is that he did not take it.Boss Lamps said: “I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards.“And we have to give him the fact he has moved country, moved leagues and is as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He has just turned 21.“What he needs to do is work daily and work to show within the group that he deserves to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know betterby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is not happy with club legend Emmanuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular criticism.”That annoyed me a lot [Petit calling him the king of blunders],” he told Der Spiegel. “It’s the one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.”I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger. In the past, that might have been in the paper one day, and then people would have forgotten it. Today it’s on the Internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.”Former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back fourby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle says Mauricio Pochettino must start by fixing his defence if he wants to turn around their poor run of form.Pochettino has been thrown under pressure after Spurs’ terrible start to the season, which has seen them win 3 games from 11 matches across all competitions.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “Tottenham have the best training ground in the country and probably the best stadium in the world, it’s certainly the best I’ve ever been to. Everything is geared towards success. But success is determined on the pitch.”There are key players who will soon be out of contract. You don’t see that with Liverpool or Manchester City. Big clubs nail down long-term deals for their best players.”Looking at the back four, Serge Aurier wanted to leave but they kept him and got rid of Kieran Trippier, who didn’t want to leave. Toby Alderweireld is out of contract, Jan Vertonghen wants a new deal and defence is a weakness for Spurs. It doesn’t help that they play very high.”Alli was poor last season and Lucas Moura is a hit-and-miss player. Christian Eriksen is running down his contract and should never have been allowed to get in that position.”The Champions League and new stadium should have been a stepping stone but Spurs have lost confidence and shape – the system which was working before isn’t now. Playing against them at the moment is very easy.”For what Mauricio Pochettino has done at the club, he has to be given time. The club must sit him down and ask him what he needs.”If it means signing five players then that’s what it takes. If it means playing on the counter-attack against big teams then so be it. They can’t keep playing so high or they’ll be carved apart. Tottenham need to finish in the top four – it’s as simple as that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.”
Franck Ribery appears set for a spell on the sidelines after Bayern Munich confirmed the winger suffered a hamstring injury at their training camp in Doha.The 35-year-old, who has four Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances this season, sustained the problem during a practice match in the club’s warm-weather camp in Qatar.Bayern are yet to place a timescale on the Frenchman’s recovery, announcing that he will be out of action “for the time being”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The German giants said in a fitness update on their official website: “Bayern’s mid-season training camp in Doha ended with the unfortunate news that Franck Ribery is facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring in Wednesday’s evening’s internal friendly match between members of the Bayern squad.”Arjen Robben (recovering from a thigh injury) and Corentin Tolisso (sports rehab after rupturing a cruciate) are also unable to train with the team at present.”Ribery was fined by the club last week after publishing a foul-mouthed tweet hitting back at those who accused him of flaunting his wealth in uploading a video of himself with a gold-coated steak in an exclusive Dubai restaurant.The Frenchman said: “Let’s start with the envious, the angry, the people that have been spawned from a broken condom. F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree.“I owe you nothing, my success is thanks to god, myself and my family and friends who believed in me. The others were always merely stones in my shoes.”He added: “Secondly, to the pseudo-journalists that always criticised me and my actions (last example, the price of my food!).“When I give [to charity] (because I’ve been taught to always give when I receive a lot) why no big national media is talking about it?“You would rather talk about the vacation that I spent with my family, you watch my every move, what I eat and so on… You’re always here for this kind of futility.”
A stunning hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo fired Portugal into the final of the Nations League with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in Porto.A closely fought contest at Estadio do Dragao was settled by the individual brilliance of the host nation’s captain, who opened the scoring in the first half before striking twice in two minutes just as extra time looked likely.Switzerland looked the better team for long spells and deservedly drew level after half-time thanks to Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty, which was awarded in remarkable circumstances after a Portugal spot-kick was overturned by VAR. 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? But Ronaldo ensured Portugal will contest the final of this inaugural competition against either England or Netherlands on Sunday thanks to two stunning pieces of finishing in the closing moments.53 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Switzerland was his 7th for Portugal and his 53rd for club and country. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/xkmewmQsut— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 5, 2019Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic each missed presentable openings as Switzerland started the stronger.They were made to rue those misses 25 minutes in. Ronaldo, having won a free-kick thanks to a robust challenge from Kevin Mbabu, fired the ball past a messy wall and into the bottom-right corner beyond the static Yann Sommer.There was a further chance for Seferovic, whose half-volley from Mbabu’s cross clipped the crossbar, and Joao Felix spurned an opportunity to mark his debut with a goal when Ronaldo played him through.Switzerland drew level 12 minutes after the restart, though – and in extraordinary fashion.Portugal were awarded a penalty after Bernardo Silva was clearly fouled by Fabian Schar, but referee Felix Brych overturned the decision and awarded a spot-kick to Switzerland as, earlier in the same passage of play, Nelson Semedo made the slightest of contact with Steven Zuber and tripped him in the box. Rodriguez dispatched the ball from 12 yards despite Rui Patricio’s best efforts.There was a further blow to Portugal when Pepe went off with an arm injury, and Switzerland began to look the most likely to snatch a winner, with Shaqiri causing particular problems and Mbabu setting up chances for Zuber and Renato Steffen.But Ronaldo came to his side’s aid when it mattered most. He struck his second goal with a low first-time finish from a Silva cut-back, and he added a third in the 90th minute, racing into the penalty area, bamboozling Manuel Akanji and rifling past Sommer. What does it mean? Portugal are favourites with Ronaldo on formPortugal were outperformed at times by Switzerland but, with Ronaldo in this sort of mood, they are the favourites to win almost any match. The Juventus star might find things tougher against the English or Dutch defences, but there is little reason to bet against him making his mark in the final.Ronaldo still setting the standardThis was not his finest all-round display by any means, but when you can score goals like that, it rarely matters. This was his seventh international hat-trick and 53rd of his career, showing he remains the man around whom Fernando Santos must build his team.Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against 38 different countries in international football! #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/TOunPMkb4k— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 5, 2019Felix freezes in the spotlightThe much-hyped 19-year-old struggled badly to make an impact on his international debut, sending his only half-chance wildly over the bar.Key Opts Facts- Portugal have won five of their last eight games against Switzerland (D1 L2), despite conceding in six of those matches.- Portugal have lost just one of their last 16 games across all competitions (W6 D9) and are unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat against Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup (P9 W4 D5 L0 since).- Cristiano Ronaldo’s 53rd hat-trick for club and country (seven for Portugal) ended his four-game goalless streak at international level. He has now scored five goals in six previous semi-final appearances for Portugal (including World Cup, Euros, Confederations Cup and Nations League).- Two of Ronaldo’s last five goals for Portugal have come from direct free-kicks; only two of his previous 52 goals prior to this were scored in the same manner. – Five of Ricardo Rodriguez’s last six goals for Switzerland have come from the penalty spot, including each of his last three.What’s next?Portugal are back in Porto for the final on Sunday. Switzerland will meet the loser of Netherlands’ clash with England in the third-place play-off in Guimaraes. read more
David Luiz believes Chelsea are capable of challenging for “every title around the world” in 2019-20.The Blues ended their 2018-19 campaign on a high with a Europa League triumph over domestic rivals Arsenal.A third-place finish in the Premier League was also secured, with Champions League football set to return to Stamford Bridge. 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? Luiz sees no reason why Chelsea cannot compete for continental glory, while chasing down more success at home, with confidence restored despite the uncertainty surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s future in west London.The Brazilian defender told the club’s official magazine: “I think a few months ago, nobody would have believed that Chelsea could come back and finish in the top three. We did that and now we have also won in a European final against Arsenal.“I think if we keep this mentality, take all the positive things we did this season and if we continue to improve and learn, we are going to be fighting for every title around the world.“You think about winning every single competition because if it’s not like that, you cannot play for a big club.”Luiz added on what Chelsea need to do in order to build on the foundations they have put down: “Now we have to understand what we have to do and what we can improve. I think we can see Liverpool and City have had the same philosophy for a few years.“We have to realise that and to have the humility to say they’ve had more time than us to reach this level, and it’s also an example for us to try to improve ourselves.”Luiz will be back for more next season after committing to a new contract.The 32-year-old had been approaching free agency, but is now tied to terms with Chelsea through to the summer of 2021.“The new contract means a lot as well,” added the flamboyant South American.“I’m glad to be here, so happy to be at this club. I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player, so that’s why I have this opportunity to show I have the same hunger.”Across two spells at Stamford Bridge, Luiz has already savoured two Europa League triumphs, two FA Cup wins, a Premier League title and Champions League success. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Stetson Bennett transfer update: the highly touted former Georgia walk-on has a new home. Bennett announced that he would leave the Bulldogs a week ago. The move leaves a pretty big hole in Georgia’s depth chart.Bennett was praised for his work on the scout team last season. After spring football, he was third on the depth chart at quarterback, behind starter Jake Fromm and five-star freshman Justin Fields.A few days before Bennett made the decision to leave, head coach Kirby Smart acknowledged the possibility. Smart didn’t want to lose the quarterback, but assisted him in finding an appropriate landing spot. From DawgNation:“It was really nice,” Bennett said. “That just showed me more of what I already knew about Coach Smart. That showed me even if I wasn’t going to be here that he still cares about me and whatever I’m going to turn out to be.”Now, we know where Stetson Bennett will transfer.Bennett will head to the junior college ranks in order to gain some exposure. Rivals writer Anthony Dasher reports that he will play at Jones County Junior College.Stetson Bennett has decided on a new college home – Jones County Junior College in Miss.— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) June 2, 2018As a recruit, Bennett was lightly recruited by some FBS schools, including Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. He also got a number of FCS looks, including Ivy League options.After deciding to leave Georgia, something he called the “hardest decision of his life,” Bennett opened up about the decision. He wants the chance to play, and with the QBs ahead of him, UGA was not going to present the best opportunity:“The dream is to play,” Bennett said. “It was cool being at Georgia. I loved sharing those moments at Georgia last year but the dream is to play. It just wasn’t the same growing up a boy who wanted to play at Georgia if you are not out there. That’s the thing. It was cool. I would love to be the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia. But just being there and being on the team. That’s not good enough for me.”“I’m going to go play somewhere,” Bennett said. “I think that’s evolved to more of the dream than just being somewhere at a place because you grew up loving it. I think now the dream is to go play and go win championships somewhere. That’s what I feel like. I am going to go chase that dream now.”Hopefully Stetson Bennett finds that opportunity soon.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Once again, Alabama flexed their muscles against their competition, decimating Ole Miss last weekend. This week, the college football world is in for a treat, as the defending champions host Texas A&M.Jimbo Fisher has already left his mark on the Aggies, as they continue to excel on offense. Although they weren’t able to shock Clemson at home, Texas A&M will have their chance to stun Alabama.However, the Crimson Tide are heavy favorites entering this matchup.As of right now, ESPN’s FPI gives them a 90.3 percent chance of winning. With Tua Tagovailoa and Kellen Mond having fantastic starts to the season, this SEC clash could result in a shootout. Yet, Alabama’s defense did have success against the high-scoring Rebels over the weekend.Alabama and Texas A&M are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday from Bryant-Denny Stadium.The game will be available on CBS.
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is scheduled to call this afternoon’s Michigan-Penn State game in Ann Arbor, but the former Ohio State quarterback might be late to the game.The top ESPN analyst was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this morning for College GameDay in anticipation of this evening’s Alabama-LSU game. Now, he’s on his way to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines-Nittany Lions contest, but he might not make it on time for kickoff.Herbstreit left ESPN’s College GameDay right at noon E.T. and got a police escort to the airport. Currently, he’s not scheduled to land in Ann Arbor until 3:21 p.m. E.T.That gives him less than 25 minutes to make it to Michigan Stadium and get up into the broadcast booth.Can he make it?You can follow along with Herbstreit’s flight here.Michigan and Penn State are scheduled to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T. ESPN has Dan Orlovsky at the game as a backup analyst in case Herbie is running late.Stay tuned.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The latest College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled last night. There were no real surprises, as the top 10 teams remained unchanged.Right now, the top four teams all control their own destiny, as do Georgia and possibly Ohio State. Oklahoma likely needs some help to get in.ESPN’s Eliminator was updated today to show how many teams can still find a path to a national title. According to the latest update, the number is 10.Here’s the 10 teams with a shot at a title, listed according to record and FPI ranking.AlabamaClemsonNotre DameGeorgiaMichiganOklahomaOhio StateWest VirginiaLSUWashington StateNone of these names are terribly surprising, though LSU, Washington State and West Virginia seem like extreme long shots at this point.You can read ESPN’s full analysis here.A couple of these teams will be eliminated over the next two weeks, as Michigan has to play Ohio State and Oklahoma will face West Virginia.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There are a great deal of Notre Dame fans spread out across the country, and it looks like a number of them have been willing to put some money on Saturday’s College Football Playoff tilt against Clemson. ESPN’s David Purdum says fans are “flocking” to put money on the Fighting Irish ahead of the game.Clemson is a 12.5-point favorite heading into the Cotton Bowl. Purdum says that fans aren’t just betting on the Fighting Irish to cover the spread – they’re picking them straight up to win. Some have even placed massive wagers on the money line.Vivid Seats also reported earlier that Notre Dame fans are going to be out in full force at the Cotton Bowl.Purdum says one man even put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win it all at 7-1 odds.The Fighting Irish — 12.5-point underdogs to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN) — have attracted the vast majority of the money wagered at sportsbooks across the nation. Bettors are backing the Fighting Irish not only to cover the spread but also to pull the outright upset over the heavily favored Tigers.At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, 84 percent of the money wagered on the Cotton Bowl money line — the odds on the straight-up winner — has been on the Fighting Irish, including a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame placed Dec. 23 in New Jersey at +360 odds. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook also reported taking a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame on Dec. 17 at +400. And in November, a bettor at Oceans Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win the national championship at 7-1 odds.Notre Dame will certainly have enough motivation heading into the contest. The last time the Fighting Irish had a shot at a national title, they were waxed by Alabama.One thing is clear – if Clemson wins, sportsbooks are going to make a lot of money.The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 4:00 PM ET.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after their 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Big Ten has consistently proven to be right at the very top of the Power Five conferences in terms of talent, recruiting ability, and (perhaps most important of all) making money. When making more even money is on the table, you can bet that expansion talk will be right around the corner. One college football writer has an idea of which schools the Big Ten should be looking at as potential additions.On Sunday Bob Asmussen of The News-Gazette created a list of ten schools he’d like to see added to the Big Ten.His picks for the top-three? The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Texas Longhorns, and Oklahoma Sooners (in that order).For Notre Dame, Asmussen explained that while Notre Dame will likely never join a conference for football, the appeal could lie in the fact that it is so close to the epicenter of the conference, and the fact that it would enable the school to play rival Michigan every single year.Yeah, yeah, I know it’s never going to happen. But maybe someday the Irish brass will realize the school is located in the middle of the Big Ten footprint and far away from the bulk of the ACC. Plus, it would guarantee a football game every year against Michigan.As for Texas and Oklahoma, Asmussen considers the Longhorns to be a candidate since many Big Ten schools are already recruiting strongly from the state of Texas. Additionally, the Longhorns would bring “value in terms of name recognition and TV sets.” He considers Oklahoma to be a part of a package deal – that you can’t have Texas without also bringing in Oklahoma.Illinois and the rest of the Big Ten schools are already recruiting in the Lone Star State. The Longhorns bring value in terms of name recognition and TV sets. And …… if you are going to add Texas, you might as well bring the Sooners, too. Oklahoma won’t provide as many new TV sets as Texas, but Oklahoma is a national brand with a long run of success in the sport that matters most.Of course, all three of those schools appear to be very satisfied with their current arrangements.Notre Dame has proudly been independent for generations while the Longhorns and Sooners have created a fierce rival since joining the Big 12 in the mid-1990s.Still, it’s always fun to envision expansion. Who wouldn’t want to see Lincoln Riley going toe-to-toe with Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines, or the Buckeyes on a regular basis?You can view his full list here.
We did not win the series but we learnt a lot: Harmanpreet KaurNew Zealand beat India by four wickets in the second T20I to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third match on Sunday in Hamilton has now been rendered inconsequential.advertisement Press Trust of India AucklandFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 17:24 IST The match went into the last over thriller with the White Ferns winning the game off the last ball (White Ferns Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand women beat India women by 4 wickets in the second T20I in AucklandWith the win, New Zealand bagged the series having won the 1st match by 23 runsThe final match of the three-match series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on SundayThe Indian women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday conceded that New Zealand women deserved to win the T20 International series but said her “young” side gave a tough fight and learnt valuable lessons from the defeats.New Zealand beat India by four wickets in the second T20I to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third match on Sunday in Hamilton has now been rendered inconsequential.”No doubt, New Zealand played better cricket than us and so they won. But I am not disappointed that we lost the series. We are here to play good cricket and we did that. We played really well, especially the bowlers,” Harmanpreet said after the match.”We were defending 130-odd and it was difficult for the bowlers. They bowled really well and took the match to the last over. Overall, we played good cricket.”She said it was a learning curve for a lot of players in the team.”We did not win the series but more than winning and losing, we learnt a lot. We have a very young squad, there are very few players who have played more than 30 matches. Most of the players have played less than 10 T20I matches. It is a good learning process for us,” said the 29-year-old batswoman.”We are building a team. Today, we may be facing difficulties but in future we will do well as the young players gain experience. I think the future is good for the team and results will follow.”advertisementThe Indian women won the ODI series 2-1 but Harmanpreet said T20 was a totally different format and the inexperience of her players showed.”It (T20) is a totally different format. In ODIs, you can come back even if you do make a mistake. But in T20, you have very less time to think about that. You have to be always on your toes,” she said.”But as I said we are a young side and we are not disappointed (by the loss). We have learnt a lot from this series.Also Read | India lose series as Suzie Bates leads New Zealand to 4-wicket win in 2nd T20IFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Women’s T20IFollow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow Harmanpreert Kaur
Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 12:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSApple launched its Apple TV app on Monday.Apple TV app will also feature content from Amazon Prime.Apple announced video subscription service Apple TV+.Video streaming services have become popular and there are millions of people who use services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar and others. So why do millions more, and manyfold more than the number of people who use a streaming service, continue to use a television? The answer probably is because these services live in Silos. You get Netflix but not Amazon Prime unless you subscribe to another service. With Prime, you get Amazon content but not Hotstar. This is where Apple TV and Apple TV+ enter the picture, and I believe they may change we watch TV.But before I talk why and how, some context first: Apple has finally launched its subscription-based video streaming service – the Apple TV+ app — along with the rejigged version of its TV app – the Apple TV app — after months of anticipation. The announcement about its ad-free, on-demand service video subscription service came on a star-studded night at the Steve Jobs theatre at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California on Monday where Hollywood celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, Steve Carell, Kumail and Steven Spielberg and others took to the stage to introduce their shows. The night, as became apparent after a time, ended with the golden lady, Oprah Winfrey, announcing two projects exclusively for the Apple TV+.Star-studded launchNotably, details of some of these projects have been in the public domain for quite some time. For instance, we knew that Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon would star in a show on Apple’s video streaming service. We knew that the service would also feature a science fiction show. We also knew that Oprah had signed a multi-year deal with the company. However, it is only during Apple’s extravagant event that the exact details of these shows and the company’s streaming service came to light.advertisementSo here’s what we know now: Apple is introducing an Apple TV app that would contain shows from the subscription channels and streaming services including Amazon Prime and Roku (this is conditional but about that in a while). It would also include the Apple TV+ or what we like to call the ‘Apple Originals’, which would feature shows by Hollywood celebs. Reese and Jenny would be starring in The Morning Show with Steve Carell, Steven Spielberg would revive his 1985 anthology series Amazing Stories, Kumail Nanjiani would bring immigrant stories with Little America and Aquaman Jason Momoa would be a part of an alternate universe called See. And in case you are eager to know what Oprah is up to, well, she would work on two docuseries – one called Toxic Labor and the other untitled. In addition to this, she would also revamp her famous Book Clubfor Apple’s platform.But what we don’t know so far is when exactly will these get to see these original shows by Apple. Or more importantly, how much will this video subscription service cost, that is if it does decide to charge its users. It also remains unclear if Apple would offer a differential charging plan to Apple device users vs the non-users.Apple has announced that its Apple TV app will be coming to Apple devices – the iPhone, iPad and the Apple TV – this May. Yet the subscription charges to the cable TV channels – HBO, Showtime, Starz, CBS, ESPN+, ABC to name a few — are still a mystery. And now, amid what is being said and what’s not, the service which combines the Apple TV app and the Apple TV+, is being touted as the ‘Netflix killer’. But there is a flaw with this stream of thoughts. Netflix started a DVD rental company almost two decades back in 1997 and it gradually introduced a library of TV shows and movies before taking a step further and introducing its originals almost a decade back around 2011. The video streaming giant since has explicitly focused only on content and improving the overall user experience via mobile and desktop platforms over its user interface. Netflix is a service to access Netflix content. It’s exclusive. It doesn’t give you access to the latest match played between Nadal and Federer.Amazon Prime is similar. It also gives users access to great Amazon Prime only content, like delicious The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. Both Netflix and Amazon also give users access to fantastic old content, including thousands of movies and hundreds of TV shows.In a way, and also because Apple is starting so late, the Apple TV+ may never catch up to Prime and Netflix in terms of the depth of old content and movies. Even it’s originals, despite the star-studded cast, may not match the depth of what Netflix and Prime can offer. But I believe this is not what Apple is trying to do. It is not trying to create a Netflix or Prime, which are content services.advertisement(Apple) TV of futureInstead, Apple is trying to build a TV platform of future that uses streaming. And at the heart of the service is the Apple TV. The Apple TV+ is just the icing on the cake.So as a platform, here is what I think Apple TV is trying to be: It is trying to be a hub where you will have access to other streaming services as well as TV channels. In addition to that, via the Apple TV+ you will have access to some originals.This is very much evident when you see how the Apple TV is going to work. Unlike Netflix and even Prime, Apple TV is not another platform where users would find some original content along with TV shows and movies that they can’t select. Instead, the service offers users an option to select the content from their cable TV subscription, be its cricket matches, news, fashion shows or even movies, that they want to see along with exclusive access to the Apple Originals.In fact, users will also be able to subscribe to services like Amazon Prime and Hulu on Apple TV. Now – for now – this is conditional. After users subscribe to these services on Apple TV, they will still have to watch the Hulu or the Prime content in their respective apps. But it is possible that in future this may change, particularly if Apple TV proves popular with well-paying iPhone and Mac users. Same you can say for Netflix, which right now has said that it won’t join the Apple TV platform. But what happens in future is something that is difficult to pertain right now.One bit that should help Apple is the number of the screens it owns. Apple has the screen power in its hands and its string of devices — majorly iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs — ensure that it can further its agenda and perhaps even convince more people to subscribe to its video subscription service.The big takeaway is this: if you are just looking at the Apple announcement through the prism of “originals”, you are missing Apple’s big TV play. Apple’s idea seems to be putting everything together – the TV, the streaming services, the originals, the sports channels, the news – in one place and it is hoping that it will be able to pull off something that no other company has succeeded in doing so far. Not Netflix. Not Prime. Not Google with its Youtube. And here is the key bit: It is a big task to pull off something like this but then Apple is a big company with deep pockets. If it can get the right content partners, and if it can show to the world that it is finally time to move away from TV by combining the best of the TV with the best of streaming service, it may leapfrog the likes of Netflix and Prime with ease.advertisementALSO READ | Apple’s video streaming will not be free; HBO, Showtime and Starz to cost $9.99 eachALSO READ | Missed the Apple event? 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graphs commentary IPL 2019: Time away from the game is helping me now, says World Cup-bound Hardik PandyaHardik Pandya, who was suspended by the BCCI over controversial comments during his appearance in a TV show, has roared back to form in IPL 2019 with some consistent performances with the bat for Mumbai Indians. advertisement view more view less No data available! scorecard Rasesh Mandani MumbaiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 09:47 IST IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya’s late cameo helped MI beat RCB by 5 wickets on Monday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya smashed a 16-ball 37 not out to help MI beat RCB on MondayHardik Pandya said it’s important for him to maintain form in the lead up to his maiden World Cup appearanceHardik Pandya was named in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup announced on MondayHardik Pandya’s 21 runs of Pawan Negi’s 19th over for Mumbai Indians to overcome a tricky chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2019 match on Monday was yet another instance of the all rounder’s unmatched ability to finish games. This was the fifth instance in this IPL that Hardik’s ability to up the ante in a short burst proved decisive.Pandya’s ability to switch gears at will towards the end overs is going to be crucial for India at the 2019 World Cup. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder was named in the 15-man squad announced on Monday in Mumbai. Add his bowling ability and genuine all-round skills, Hardik becomes a crucial match-winning resource in India’s World Cup team.Important to keep hitting the ball well in the lead up to World Cup: HardikApproaching his first World Cup, Hardik wants to keep it ticking. “It’s pretty important to keep hitting the ball well because the World Cup is a big stage. This is the first time I will be playing. I was out of the game for some time and it was important to keep hitting,” he spoke in Mumbai after the win against RCB.Playing down his success ratio of finding and clearing the boundary in pressure situations, Hardik says that’s precisely his role. “I have been doing this for the past four years now. That’s my role for any team that I play for. I practice the same thing in nets. It’s all about handling situations and if you are smart enough then more often, you will get the result that you desire,” he said.advertisementTime away gave some time for my body and game: HardikA brief period of suspension and the criticism that followed could have easily bogged down another player. Not Hardik. The in-form all-rounder has come back strong from the Koffee With Karan controversy that cast doubts on his international cricket future.Asked about learning lessons from the enforced break, Hardik replied dismissively, “Nothing it’s ok. Everyone has a setback and I got to improve.”A more considered and remorseful stance would have earned him some brownie points but that’s not his personality.”It gave some time for my body and game. And the time I was out is helping me right now. I am in good mind space and everything is coming right,” he added.This will be his first brush with a 50-over World Cup but Hardik has played long enough at the highest level and was part of a World T20 at home and Champions Trophy in England, two years back. It’s with those lessons from the good and bad from India’s Champions trophy campaign that Hardik is looking to improve.”Learnings are a lot. It’s (Champions trophy) in the past and as a cricketer I have changed. But the conditions (in World Cup) we will have to see because the last time people told me that it will be swinging and it will be cold and I realised, I hadn’t played on such flat wickets before. So it depends on the conditions and situations that we play in. If it’s the same as it was last time in Champions trophy, it will be a help,” he said.Hardik said he wanted to continue what he has been doing for this long in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup. Simply put, he doesn’t want to complicate things.”Cricket is the same whether it’s the World Cup or IPL. I have always followed my basics and that’s what has got success for me and I will keep backing myself that way,” he said.Also Read | RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso Read | MI vs RCB Highlights, IPL 2019: Mumbai crush Bangalore by 5 wicketsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Pawan NegiFollow Koffee With KaranFollow 2019 World CupFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore