Malmo midfielder Brorsson: We’ll give Chelsea a hard, tough matchby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalmo FF midfielder Franz Brorsson has mixed emotions drawing Chelsea in their Europa League tie.The two teams will meet in the round of 32.Brorsson stated: “It was the toughest possible. Interesting in terms of sport. What a challenge. I would love to see an easier opponent. I immediately thought, ‘a really big team’. There are many friends who will ask about tickets.”On their chances, Brorsson added: “It’s hard to put numbers on it. We are a giant, great underdog. There is no arguing on the matter. There are probably not many who think we’ll do this, but we’re going to give Chelsea a hard, tough match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden must stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t consider loaning out Phil Foden after his performance in the FA Cup win over Rotherham.Foden has started just five games in all competitions this season, all of which coming in the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and EFL Cup, and has been limited to just 91 minutes of Premier League football.Despite that, Guardiola insisted that Foden would remain with his group of players for the remainder of the season.“No way, impossible,” Guardiola stated when asked about the possibility of a temporary move, “He is going to stay with us many, many years!”The City boss did though discuss the importance of minutes to continue Foden’s development.“(Today was) 90 minutes more for his experience, his self-confidence. Of course, there are mistakes to improve.“He lost three or four balls. That is normal at 18 years old, the best way to learn is play. Play and he will learn in the future and he will be better.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane hails goalscorers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with their Brazilians for the 2-0 win over Osasuna.Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo stole the show with their goals and Zidane praised the Brazilian pair.”I”m happy for them,” he explained.”Sometimes we forget that they’re both teenagers and we saw the emotion of scoring at the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu.”I liked Rodrygo’s control, and scoring here for Vinicius was very important so he’s very happy.”Madrid were tight and compact defensively, finally keeping a clean sheet, which pleased the coach.”It’s what we’ve been looking for,” Zidane admitted.”I think we’re better and we’ll try to continue this way.”When we don’t have the ball, everyone is worried about recovering it and then with the ball we know the quality we have.”
Juventus have confirmed the signing of Martin Caceres on loan from Serie A rivals Lazio.The Uruguay international returns for a third stint with the Bianconeri, who were in need of additional defensive cover following the departure of Medhi Benatia to Al-Duhail.Caceres spent the 2009-10 season at Juve on loan from Barcelona and returned in 2012, initially signing on loan from Sevilla before moving to Turin on a permanent basis and staying until 2016. 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 31-year-old, who can play in the centre of defence or at right-back, won five Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia twice during his previous spells at the club.Juve have paid €600,000 to sign the player until June 30, Caceres having made just four league appearances for Lazio this season.UFFICIALE | Martín Cáceres ritorna bianconero https://t.co/K8fqYHodQU#WelcomeBackMartín pic.twitter.com/2p2zcesCg3— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) January 29, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri had discussed a potential deal for Caceres before a move was pushed through.He is hoping to have an experienced performer available to him for a Coppa Italian clash with Atalanta on Wednesday.“Caceres is completing his transfer and, if all goes well, he could be available,” said the Bianconeri boss.Over the course of his two previous stints in Turin, the South American has taken in 110 appearances.He has managed six goals during those outings.
Amazingly, Clemson and LSU have never played in the college football regular season. That is coming to an end.Earlier this month, reports emerged that the two teams of Tigers, both of whom play in stadiums known as “Death Valley,” were working on a series.Today, it became official. And luckily for fans, it is a true home-and-home slate of games, unlike the recent LSU deal with Florida State, which will have games in Orlando and New Orleans.Clemson and LSU announced the series today.A theme of this series will almost definitely be about which stadium deserves the name “Death Valley.” Clemson takes ownership of the name in its tweet, while LSU is more diplomatic.JUST ANNOUNCED || Home-and-Home vs. LSU in 2025-26!In 2025, LSU travels to Death Valley and, in 2026, Clemson plays in Baton Rouge!Details on the games and match-up history here: https://t.co/Gh9NIkQpRX pic.twitter.com/y6S1USOMda— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 15, 2018Death Valley vs. Death ValleyMike the Tiger vs. Howard’s RockFour Notes vs. 25 Seconds2025 & 2026https://t.co/r25InxcOqz pic.twitter.com/A6MqU9jhIh— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) August 15, 2018According to a recent article by The Post and Courier‘s Grace Raynor, Clemson had the nickname first.Back in the 1940s, it was tradition for the Clemson football team to open its season against the Presbyterian Blue Hose, whose coach at the time was Lonnie McMillian.In 1943, Presbyterian defeated Clemson, 13-12. A year later, Clemson avenged the loss with a 34-0 victory. In 1945, it was even worse for visiting Presbyterian — a 76-0 defeat.That’s when McMillian, who had visited Death Valley, Calif., on his way to Los Angeles for the 1932 Olympic Games, coined Clemson’s Memorial Stadium as college football’s Death Valley. He noted that the stadium, which is located in a natural ravine and built of concrete instead of metal because of shortages during Wold War II, is brutally hot in early fall and one of the toughest places for visiting teams to play.[…]Blackman and Bourret say Clemson’s coach at the time — Frank Howard — liked the nickname and proudly embraced it. When a jovial, good-natured Clemson graduate, Sam Jones, took a trip to Death Valley, Calif., in the 1960s, he brought back a rock from his travels that he gave to Howard.In fact, according to a former LSU SID, the school borrowed the nickname for its own Tiger Stadium after the two teams met in the 1959 Sugar Bowl, a 7-0 LSU win.According to Bud Johnson, the SID from 1966-71, LSU only started calling itself Death Valley after the SEC Tigers swiped it from the ACC Tigers following the two teams’ meeting in the 1958 Sugar Bowl.LSU referring to itself as “Deaf Valley” before it became Death Valley originates from a gas station in the adjacent commercial area not far from LSU’s campus. Crowe Peel, a former LSU boxer and 1949 national champion, named his gas station “Deaf Valley” because of the noise that boomed from Tiger Stadium.“I’m an LSU fan but I side with Clemson,” Johnson said. “I believe that LSU’s creative enough to do their own thing. I think there’s enough of creative strength on that campus and enough tradition here.That Sugar Bowl, played on January 1, 1959, was the first match-up between the two programs. All three have come in bowl games.In 1996, LSU beat Clemson once again, this time in the Peach Bowl 10-7. Clemson picked up its first win in the battle of the Tigers in 2012, with a dramatic 25-24 Chick-fil-A Bowl victory.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The month of October featured a bunch of major college football upsets, with teams like Ohio State and Texas, among others, both losing as top 10 teams.What will the month of November bring?Some more upsets, probably.One ESPN college football analyst is predicting a big one on Saturday afternoon.ESPN released their picks for Week 10’s massive college football slate today and one expert is going with a big upset in one of the top games.ESPN college football analyst Sam Khan Jr. is picking No. 14 Penn State to upset No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon. He’s predicting a score of 28-24.Michigan and Penn State are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on ESPN.You can view the full picks here.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Players from Georgia Tech celebrate their victory after the Capital One Orange Bowl between Mississippi State and Georgia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Georgia Tech defeated Mississippi State 49-28. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)The Orange Bowl trophy is one of the most-iconic in college football, with the multi-leveled trophy topped with a glass bowl full of oranges.You would think that those oranges would be from the state of Florida, where the Orange Bowl is played.You might be wrong in thinking that this year, though.A controversy is brewing on social media surrounding the Orange Bowl trophy, as a box of California oranges was spotted next to it.Check it out:The trophy. pic.twitter.com/DsT67vmL2E— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) December 27, 2018Uh oh.Hopefully this is nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence and the Orange Bowl trophy will be using oranges from Miami.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off from the Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program is reportedly hiring one of Michigan’s top assistant coaches.The Buckeyes will reportedly not retain defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, according to Marc Givler of BuckeyeGrove.com.Ohio State will reportedly be hiring a top Michigan football assistant coach to replace him.Wolverines’ defensive line coach Greg Mattison is reportedly leaving Michigan for the defensive coordinator job at Ohio State.Breaking: Greg Mattison Leaving Michigan for Ohio State… also according to @BillBankGreene, Greg Schiano is OUT at OSU – https://t.co/3woQOHA9MD pic.twitter.com/guLe9OeeBE— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) January 7, 2019From the report:Greg Mattison’s coaching tenure at Michigan was always going to end at some point. Most thought it would be due to retirement. Instead, The Michigan Insider has learned that the coaching veteran of almost 50 years is leaving Ann Arbor will continue his career in Columbus. After spending the last eight years in Ann Arbor, first as the defensive coordinator under Brady Hoke (2011-2014) and then as the defensive line coach under Jim Harbaugh (2015-2018), Mattison is heading to Ohio State to be the defensive coordinator. That Buckeye post came open last when one of their prior co-defensive coordinators, Alex Grinch, was hired recently by Oklahoma to coordinate the Sooners defense. Whether Mattison will be also be a co-coordinator remains to be seen, but 247Sports’ Bill Greene has confirmed that Greg Schiano has been relieved of his defensive coordinator duties and will not be returning to Ohio State.Ohio State has yet to officially announce the news.Stay tuned.
Internet sportsbook BetOnline.ag has opened the line at Ohio State -26 against visitor FAU.Clearly the odds maker isn’t concerned with it being Ryan Day’s first game as the full-time head coach.Some Week 1 betting odds from @betonline_ag:Miami (-8) over FloridaTulane (-2.5) over #FIUWisconsin (-10) over #USFOhio State (-26) over #FAU #FSU (-3.5) over Boise StateAuburn (-2) over Oregon Oklahoma (-26) over HoustonNotre Dame (-20) over Louisville— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) June 11, 2019With how well the Buckeyes acquitted themselves under Day last year, during Urban Meyer’s suspension to start the year, it makes sense there is plenty of confidence in the team in this spot though. The real questions will come down the road, for games against the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State.Ohio State-FAU will kick off at noon on August 31.[BetOnline.ag] COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A detail of an Ohio State Buckeyes helmet during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)With months to go before the college football season, some early betting lines have started to come out. Most of the Week 1 slate is available, well before teams even break camp.Among them is Ohio State’s opener against FAU. The Conference USA side may be a bit more intriguing than your average bodybag Week 1 Group of Five opponent.The Owls are just a season removed from an incredible first year under Lane Kiffin. In 2017, the team went 11-3, and a perfect 8-0 in conference play. They came back to the pack in a big way, going 5-7.The team has brought in some major transfers and has plenty of talent. That doesn’t mean they’re ready to test the Buckeyes in Columbus though.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is still employed by Ohio State – he’s the assistant athletic director – but he has another side gig this year that college football fans will find interesting. Meyer will be an analyst for FOX’s college football pregame show on Saturdays. Friday, we got a taste of what Meyer will bring to the table.Appearing on The Herd, which was being guest-hosted by Doug Gottlieb, Meyer talked about what ultimately led him to choose Florida over Notre Dame. He also revealed his favorite team he’s coached.Later on in the segment, Meyer was joined by his new coworkers, including Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn. He gave an interesting bit on Oklahoma’s “biggest issue” heading into 2019.Meyer believes it’s Oklahoma’s defense that will its biggest question. He also said he believes that head coach Lincoln Riley is making the necessary changes to address it.“Lincoln Riley is such a good offensive coach – the staff consistency, the offensive consistency – he’s very adaptable to different players. My issue at Oklahoma is going to be on defense. It’s the obvious.I think the offense will pick up right where they’re going. He’ll change a little bit. Because obviously Kyler Murray is a different player than Hurts. However, it’s all about defense at Oklahoma.You can’t advance and be 100th in pass defense. You can’t. So they have to get better. And they did. You have to give them credit. He identified a weakness. Made wholesale changes. Brought in a new defensive coordinator. That’s going to be Oklahoma’s issue.”Trevor Lawrence has the attention of @MattLeinartQB:”He just gets it, he understands it… I’ve never seen a freshman quarterback play like that.” pic.twitter.com/J5iCMaOyCy— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2019It’s the obvious answer, but it’s also right. Meyer’s Ohio State teams played Oklahoma in a home-and-home in 2016 and 2017, so he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to facing the Sooners.Oklahoma’s title hopes will hinge on Jalen Hurts’ play and whether the defense can improve from a year ago.