About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton finds positives from Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton drew positives from defeat at home to Chelsea.Solly March pulled a goal back for the Seagulls after first-half strikes from Pedro and Eden Hazard, and Hughton decided to focus on his team’s second-half reaction, as they created chances to equalise against the Blues.He said, “We have to take the positives from how we finished the game. We were up against a very good side — whether it was at home or away, they’ve spent big money and brought in exceptional players.“They’re a team that will be pushing at the top end of the division, so we have to understand that and respect that.“But I thought we were in the game for large periods, and that’s what you want. I can’t fault the effort our players put in, particularly in the second half.“We said ‘if you can get that first goal back, anything can happen’. If one of those scrambles in the last few minutes goes in, then it’s a different outcome.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery surprised by Mourinho news: Not good for coachesby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Manchester United manager came as a surprise.The Spaniard added that the news did not bode well for other coaches.Speaking before Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final against Tottenham, Emery said: “The only thing I can say to you is that it’s a surprise for me and not good news, because when one coach finishes his work like that, it’s not good for coaches.”My focus is only on our way, our work. We have a lot of work to do to improve and also find a solution in every match with our players. My focus is on the big derby tomorrow, the north London derby, and that’s the focus of the players as well. Only that.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio missed Barcelona move over medical concernsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio underwent a Barcelona medical – though missed out on a move this week.Globoesporte says Caio underwent a medical with a Barcelona club doctor who was sent to Brazil, following concerns which previously saw Atletico Madrid and Valencia having pulled out of deals for the 25-year-old.The physical condition of the defender eventually led Barcelona to instead opt for Jeison Murillo, who joined the club on loan from Valencia on Thursday.The deal for Caio would have been a free loan move with an obligatory purchase option worth €15m.
Facebook/Leah PaskeTravis Rudolph, a wide receiver for the Florida State Seminoles, made the day of a young fan and his mother.During a visit to a local middle school, Rudolph sat down to eat lunch with a student with autism, so that he wouldn’t have to eat alone.Leah Paske, the boy’s mother, received a picture of the gesture, and penned an amazingly heartwarming Facebook post thanking him. It is absolutely worth a read. The full text of the post:Several times lately I have tried to remember my time in middle school, did I like all my teachers, do I even remember them? Did I have many friends? Did I sit with anyone at lunch? Just how mean were kids really? I remember one kid on the bus called me “Tammy Fay Baker” bc I started awkwardly wearing eye liner in the sixth grade, I remember being tough and calling him a silly name back, but when he couldn’t see me anymore I cried. I do remember middle school being scary, and hard. Now that I have a child starting middle school, I have feelings of anxiety for him, and they can be overwhelming if I let them. Sometimes I’m grateful for his autism. That may sound like a terrible thing to say, but in some ways I think, I hope, it shields him. He doesn’t seem to notice when people stare at him when he flaps his hands. He doesn’t seem to notice that he doesn’t get invited to birthday parties anymore. And he doesn’t seem to mind if he eats lunch alone. It’s one of my daily questions for him. Was there a time today you felt sad? Who did you eat lunch with today? Sometimes the answer is a classmate, but most days it’s nobody. Those are the days I feel sad for him, but he doesn’t seem to mind. He is a super sweet child, who always has a smile and hug for everyone he meets. A friend of mine sent this beautiful picture to me today and when I saw it with the caption “Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son” I replied “who is that?” He said “FSU football player”, then I had tears streaming down my face. Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my sons school today. I’m not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I’m happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten. This is one day I didn’t have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes. Travis Rudolph thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life! #travisrudolph #gonoles#FSU #autismmom #fansforlifeRudolph was showed the post before practice, and his reaction was fantastic as well.Just spoke with #FSU WR Travis Rudolph. He told me he read the mother’s post before practice and that it nearly brought tears to his eyes.— Kenny Morales (@KennyMoralesTV) August 30, 2016Travis Rudolph: “He’s a cool person, I’ll hang out with him any day. And for the mom, if he needs my (cell) number, he can get it.” #FSU— Kenny Morales (@KennyMoralesTV) August 30, 2016Unfortunately, we have to deal with a lot of horrible issues in covering college football, often on a daily basis. It makes it far easier to know that the vast majority of players, like Travis Rudolph, are legitimately good people, and prove it with their actions off the field.[CBS Sports]
COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Today’s Ohio State-Maryland game came down to the final play, with the Buckeyes stopping the Terrapins on a two-point conversion attempt in overtime.Ohio State emerged with a crazy victory, topping Maryland, 52-51, in College Park.The referees appeared to miss a big call on that final play, though. Thankfully, it didn’t end up costing the Buckeyes.The officiating crew appeared to miss a Maryland player blocking downfield on an Ohio State defensive back, which led to a Terrapins’ player being wide open.Check it out:Check out Maryland go for 2 play, No.58 RT Damian Prince blocking downfield on Ohio State safety Brendon White. No wonder Jeshaun Jones was wide open, but pass was wide. Game over. pic.twitter.com/LtgZ22VdOh— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) November 17, 2018These are the kind of calls that can easily go missed in moments like that.It wasn’t the only missed call in a situation like that today, either.56 4 yards down the field, no call. pic.twitter.com/zsR8Epf6Lq— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) November 17, 2018Regardless, Ohio State emerged with the win, staying in the College Football Playoff race.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts will be playing at least one more game for the Crimson Tide, but the dual-threat QB will likely be seeing the field elsewhere in 2019.Hurts, a junior, is expected to graduate and transfer to another major program before the 2019 season.Several programs have been named potential options for Hurts on the transfer market.Sirius XM College Sports radio host Jason Horowitz and Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples discussed two major programs as potential options on Monday.“He will wind up on a team with a good roster,” Staples said. “He’ll have a good supporting cast. Put Jalen Hurts in the right offense and he can put up some really good numbers. I say Oklahoma, because look, Austin Kendall was the backup and he’ll be the presumed favorite to win the starting job next year.But if the guy was the SEC freshman player of the year couple years ago was interested in coming, that would be an interesting spot because Lincoln Riley has been really good with quarterbacks. (And) if Justin Herbert leaves Oregon, I would imagine Mario Cristobal, who was involved in Jalen Hurts’ recruitment …. (sic).”Hurts could be a lot of fun on either Oklahoma or Oregon. Both programs have had a lot of success with dual-threat quarterbacks.The Sooners could get an up-close look at Hurts in a couple of weeks, too. Alabama is set to play Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff and Tua Tagovailoa’s health status is up in the air.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The major news in college football this afternoon isn’t about yesterday’s playoff semifinals. It’s about Miami head coach Mark Richt stepping down.Richt announced his retirement from coaching after three seasons in Coral Gables. Miami finished 7-6 this season after being ranked in the top 10 in the preseason.Earlier, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman tossed out three coaches as potential candidates for Miami. They are familiar names for Hurricane fans.Butch Davis was Miami’s head coach in the late 1990s, while Mario Cristobal played for The U and was also an assistant coach at his alma mater.Manny Diaz just left Miami to take over at Temple, as Feldman notes.Rumors on Mark Richt stepping down at #Miami heated up late last night. Very curious where #Canes look now. Butch Davis has done a very impressive job at FIU. Mario Cristobal has folks in Oregon excited. Manny Diaz, the best part of Rich’s tenure, just took the Temple job.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 30, 2018Rivals.com’s Justin Rowland also indicated that Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops could be a fit.Source: Mark Stoops likely to be candidate for Miami opening https://t.co/e523mJYhfB— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) December 30, 2018Richt compiled a 26-13 record in three seasons at Miami.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney has quickly become one of the most popular coaches in America. With a long time before the start of the 2019 season, Swinney is enjoying one of the country’s other top sports.On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Swinney had given a speech to the team at their spring training in Jupiter, Florida. The club thanked Swinney for his visit and posted a picture of him posing with manager Mike Shildt.The Cardinals missed the playoffs for the third straight year in 2018. They were only two-and-a-half games out of the Wildcard race, so any motivational service Swinney could provide was likely appreciated.Special thanks to @ClemsonFB head coach Dabo Swinney for visiting camp this morning to speak with our team. pic.twitter.com/w5ZoUzO0El— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 3, 2019In a few short years, Swinney has transformed Clemson into one of the top programs in the country.He has guided the Tigers to four straight College Football Playoff appearances with three different quarterbacks, and has won two of the last three national titles with wins over the Alabama Crimson Tide.Clemson’s 44-16 win over Alabama capped off the NCAA’s first-ever 15-0 season.As for the Cardinals, the team is heading into an important one with Mike Schildt starting his first full season as manager of the team. As of writing, the team is a 50/50 pick to make the playoffs in 2019.
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver Josh Jackson has been getting offers from around the country, and has his pick of top programs from each conference. But it looks like he’s going to be staying on the west coast by committing to a Pac-12 titan.Jackson has committed to the USC Trojans for the Class of 2020. Jackson confirmed the announcement on his own Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.Jackson joins a USC 2020 recruiting class that only includes two other commitments so far: Five-star quarterback Bryce Young and kicker Parker Lewis.The 6-foot-2 wide receiver from California had offers from Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, and just about every Pac-12 team.@bonnefootball 4-Star WR Joshua Jackson commits to #USC @USCScoop #FightOn✌️ https://t.co/hSIX6V5LE3— Scott Schrader (@Scott_Schrader) March 23, 2019Per 247Sports, Jackson is the No. 304 prospect in the country, the No. 57 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 28 prospect from the state of California.Jackson joins a USC program that has had a little bit of turmoil over the past few months.Would-be offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury abruptly left the program in early-January to take over as head coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.Kingsbury’s move would be followed by a mini-exodus of 2019 recruits, including five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy.Getting Jackson may not be the move that puts USC over the top, but it’s a great start as they try to right the ship.
YouTubeIn a few hours, we’ll know where the nation’s top recruit will play his college ball. Five-star defensive tackle Bryan Bresee’s decision is coming this afternoon.Bresee, a star at Damascus High School in Maryland, is the top player in the country, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. Those roll in 247’s internal rankings, as well as those from Rivals and ESPN.Six major programs have been vying for his services. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State are all finalists.Bryan Bresee’s decision will come at around 2:45 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.To get people excited, 247 included Barton Simmons’ Ndamukong Suh comparison in their graphic.Big day tomorrow: No. 1 2020 recruit Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) will annnounce his decision live on @CBSSportsHQ. Details https://t.co/2qOCcpo4bK pic.twitter.com/tJSZ0iHwWF— 247Sports (@247Sports) April 22, 2019Simmons has some concerns about his pass rushing technique, and says that he doesn’t play very difficult competition, but thinks Bresee has the potential to be the No. 1 pick in a few years:“Wide-bodied, bulky frame with the ability to grow into an inside defender or trim down into a big edge lineman,” Simmons wrote in an eval. “Has elite get-off and first-step quickness, particularly given his size and bulk. Shows quick hands as a pass rusher. Diagnoses plays effectively in the run game and has the agility to navigate through trash. High-level basketball player that translates that athleticism to the football field effectively. Plays poor competition in high school and is not challenged on a play-to-play basis. Limited polish as a pass-rusher. Trending towards an inside defender but possesses edge first-step quickness. No-doubt immediate impact elite Power 5 player with No. 1 overall NFL Draft choice upside.”One program is seen as the overwhelming favorite to land Bresee. With 26 predictions logged at 247’s crystal ball, 96-percent believe he will be a Clemson Tiger.