Arsenal Wenger admits Arsenal ‘couldn’t afford’ derby defeat as top-four hopes fade Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:46 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur The Gunners boss admits Champions League spots are starting to slip out of reach for his side following a costly loss to arch-rivals Tottenham Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal could not afford to lose Saturday’s derby to Tottenham and fears their top-four hopes are beginning to look slim.Harry Kane’s second-half header secured the 1-0 win for Spurs at Wembley, which leaves the Gunners six points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, having played a game more.Winning the Europa League is beginning to look like Arsenal’s best chance of securing a return to the Champions League and Wenger accepts their league campaign has suffered a major blow. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It was a game we couldn’t afford to lose,” he told a news conference. “It makes it more difficult now [to finish in the top four] but we have to fight.”[Our away record] is very poor. I believe as well, once they scored, that played a part.”Wenger appeared frustrated that Kane escaped punishment for a push on Laurent Koscielny when he headed in Ben Davies’ cross, but he later conceded the goal was fair.”I have no complaint,” he said. “I watched it again, it’s a regular goal. We can only look at ourselves.”He is a super striker, one of the best in the world who scores against everyone.”Arsenal offered very little in attack for much of the match, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil all disappointing, before substitute Alexandre Lacazette missed two clear chances in the closing minutes.The Gunners have been criticised for their defensive displays at times this season but Wenger believes it is a failure to take their chances that has cost them most dearly.”The game should have been finished at half-time for me. We missed opportunities on the counter-attack. That is not acceptable at this level,” he fumed.”The second half, we should have lost the game in the first few minutes, they had lots of chances. At the end, we should have come back to 1-1.”Football is about scoring goals. You can say we are not strong enough, but you look at the numbers and we don’t score enough goals.”I believe that we had opportunities, dangerous situations that we didn’t transform into opportunities. That’s where my regret was. In the final ball, we missed something.”Overall, when you have two or three opportunities like we had in the final part of the game, you have to take your chances. You will not have 10 chances; if you don’t take them, you will suffer at the end of the day.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Wayne Rooney Rooney reveals why he snubbed lucrative offers to trade Man Utd for Everton Chris Burton 21:53 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Everton England Manchester United Transfers The experienced forward opted to return to his roots after leaving Old Trafford, with big money rejected elsewhere in order to embrace “more pressure” Wayne Rooney says he turned down more lucrative offers to head for Everton from Manchester United because he wanted “more pressure”.After 13 goal-laden years at Old Trafford, which saw him become the Red Devils all-time leading scorer, the 32-year-old was allowed to head for the exits in the summer of 2017.Various landing spots had been mooted for a man who has also found the target for England on more occasions than anybody else in history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Big-money offers were rumoured from China and America, but Rooney opted to return to his roots on Merseyside as he believes he still has plenty to offer at the very highest level.Quizzed by the BBC on why he snubbed approaches from abroad, Rooney said: “That’s not me, I need those goals, I need that pressure. That desire to play would have been lost if I’d chosen that other option.”I knew that coming back to Everton was more pressure – that’s what I wanted. I wanted to prove myself again to the Everton fans and to try to help this club move forward and win silverware.”I think it was the perfect fit for me and hopefully in the next two or three years we can do that.”Rooney also believes that his career at the top can be extended by a positional switch which has been in the pipeline for a number of years – with his game no longer all about goals.He added: “The one thing which stays is my attitude to playing, my attitude to win, but of course you change and adapt your game and that’s what I feel I’ve done over the last few years.”Two years ago, I thought my best position to play was midfield, and that’s starting to happen now.”Rooney will not, however, be dragging his career on once his powers start to fade, with the decision to retire from international football proving that he knows when to walk away.”I’m an honest player – if I feel I’m not good enough to play, I wouldn’t put myself in that position where I’m hanging on and thinking I need to keep going and keep trying,” he said.”If I’m not good enough to be in the team then I’m honest enough to say that will be the time to finish playing.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester City Guardiola provides Aguero fitness update ahead of Liverpool clash Sam Lee 05:30 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Raheem Sterling Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero The Manchester City boss believes the striker’s best chance of returning from a knee injury at Anfield will be from the bench Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has suggested that Sergio Aguero will not be fit enough to start Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Liverpool.Aguero has been out of action since injuring his knee in training ahead of City’s win at Stoke on March 12.City doctors initially feared a two- or three-week lay-off and Guardiola, speaking after Saturday’s victory at Goodison Park, believes the Argentine’s best bet is an appearance from the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We will see,” he said when asked if Aguero could return at Anfield. “Still he didn’t train. One training session.”Hopefully he is much much better. Tomorrow we will see. In these situations it is day by day. Hopefully he can help us.”Maybe not in the beginning, maybe the bench.”Or because after that we have [Manchester] United and after that you have Liverpool in the second leg and maybe you have to change the system and have six strikers to win the game and we’ll need Aguero and Gabriel [Jesus] and Lukas Nmecha and Raz [Raheem Sterling] and everybody. “So this is not one game, Liverpool. It is 180 minutes. You have to try and make a good performance there for the second leg.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
After day three quarter final action, the semi final contenders have been decided for the National Touch League.In the Mens Open the Suns have progressed after defeating the Rustlers in a high scoring match 9-8. Both teams were quick to score from the outset, trading touchdowns in the opening minutes. The Rustlers took a 5-4 lead at half time, but with three touchdowns to Matt Hope and two touchdowns to Matt Ryan for the match, the Suns finished on top.The Scorpions Kennedy twins Maurice and John produced the flair they are renowned for to defeat Cobras 5-4 in a heated encounter. Both teams showed speed and desperation throughout the match, with Scorpions coming up with the winning touchdown midway through the second half. Solid defence held out Cobras numerous times, and Scorpions finished with the victory. In the Womens Open, the Sharks have demolished the Suns 7-1 to not only progress to tomorrows semi finals, but also have chance to avenge the loss to Cobras sustained in the rounds.Barbarians have also advanced after defeating Cyclones 9-4. Barbarians always looked in control, and will now meet Mets in what promised to be an entertaining encounted.In all other divisons the top four teams qualify automaticalluy for semi-finals.
Day 2 of the 2007 X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships has commenced at the BCU International Stadium Coffs Harbour. TFA keeps you up to date with all the latest results.There are 39 games scheduled on four fields in 11 timeslots with game after game of fast-paced action.Touch Football Australia keeps you updated with all the news, views, and information from the tournament throughout each day on the TFA Home page.This rolling results page will be updated at the completion of each timeslot.For further information and comprehensive results visit the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Website at: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=742&pID=1410.00amBoys’ Pool B R3 NSWCHS (10) def Scorpions (0)Boys’ Pool B R3 CQ (12) def Sunshine Coast (5)Boys’ Pool C R3 QSST (9) def Hornets (5)10.50amGirls’ Pool A R3 QSST (9) def CQ (0)Boys’ Pool B R3 Eagles (11) def Rebels (3) Boys’ Pool C R3 TouchWest (7) def NT (5) Boys’ Pool C R3 Suns (7) def ACT (6) 11.40amGirls’ Pool A R3 TouchWest v EaglesGirls’ Pool A R3 Sunshine Coast v NSWCCCGirls’ Pool B R3 NSWCHS v NTGirls’ Pool C R3 Sharks v Tasmania12.30pmGirls’ Pool B R3 Rebels v MetsGirls’ Pool B R3 Cobras v NSWCISGirls’ Pool C R3 ACT v ScorpionsGirls’ Pool C R3 Suns v Hornets1.20pmBoys’ Pool A R3 SA v SharksBoys’ Pool B R4 NSWCHS v CQBoys’ Pool C R4 QSST v Tasmania2.10pmBoys’ Pool A R3 Mets v NSWCISBoys’ Pool B R4 Scorpions v RebelsBoys’ Pool C R4 NT v ACT3.00pmBoys’ Pool A R3 NSWCCC v CobrasBoys’ Pool B R4 TouchWest v HornetsBoys’ Pool C R4 Eagles v Sunshine Coast3.50pmGirls’ Pool A R4 QSST v NSWCCCGirls’ Pool B R4 NT v RebelsGirls’ Pool C R4 Sharks v Hornets4.40pmGirls’ Pool A R4 Eagles v Sunshine CoastGirls’ Pool B R4 NSWCHS v NSWCISGirls’ Pool C R4 Scorpions v SunsBoys’ Pool C R5 QSST v Suns5.30pmBoys’ Pool A R4 NSWCIS v SAGirls’ Pool A R4 CQ v TouchWestGirls’ Pool B R4 Mets v CobrasGirls’ Pool C R4 Tasmania v ACT6.20pmBoys’ Pool A R4 Mets v CobrasBoys’ Pool A R4 Sharks v NSWCCCBoys’ Pool C R5 ACT v TouchWestBoys’ Pool C R5 Tasmania v NT
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ings return has boosted Southampton – Targettby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are boosted by the fact that Danny Ings is back in contention, according to Saints fullback Matt Targett.Ings was in excellent form as he played a part in the side’s 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.And Targett believes that Ings has a lot more to offer when he is up to full fitness.He said to the Daily Echo: “He is a massive player for us.”When we can get him on the pitch and playing, it’s a massive boost for us.”Hopefully, he can stay fit for a long time and continue to score goals for us.”We tried to push it and get him back for the Fulham game, but it backfired a little bit.”It was nice to have him back, even though he isn’t 100 per cent fit yet.”That fitness will continue coming with more games, and hopefully, he can carry on scoring.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan winger Perisic: Man Utd offer was trueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has again spoken of missing out on a summer move to Manchester United.The Croatia World Cup star was one of the names on Jose Mourinho’s list of potential summer signings, the lack of which largely contributed to the Portuguese’s unhappiness at the club prior to his sacking last month.”It’s true that an offer from Manchester United was on the table and I was close to leaving Inter,” he said.”But I decided to stay and, as I said, Spalletti’s perseverance to keep me played a big role.”In football, small details in these situations are key.”Admiration from a coach like Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me.”It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances.”When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Manchester United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer.”I’m glad he has a high opinion of me and these things motivate me to work hard and train hard, to achieve the best performances.”
Shilton pays tribute to Arsenal keeper Cech after retirement: Terry was rightby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Peter Shilton has paid tribute to Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech after he announced his retirement.Cech will hang up the gloves at the end of the season.Shilton wrote for the Daily Mail: “I always say all keepers make mistakes, but the best ones make the fewest. That certainly applies to Petr.”Keepers are all dependent to an extent on what is in front of them and Petr played in front of some great defenders.”But his technical judgment, shot-saving and consistency were all of the highest standard and that marks the great from the very good.”There is no doubt that his confidence was affected after he fractured his skull in that horrific collision with Stephen Hunt at Reading in 2006, which is understandable.”Many years ago Brian Clough said I was worth 15 points a season to Nottingham Forest. “That is also what John Terry repeated about Cech and it sums up my memories of the great Czech keeper.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chimbonda tells Spurs: Back Pochettino and buy!by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham fullback Pascal Chimbonda says manager Mauricio Pochettino is not to blame for their poor start to the season.Spurs have won just three out of 12 games in the Premier League so far this season and are on a desperate winless away run that dates back to January last season.”It’s been pretty much the same team for two years in a row, and if you want to be a big team, you have to buy players and keep your squad fresh,” Chimbonda told Gambling.com. “I don’t think they should change the manager. I think some players’ heads have gone and the manager has no alternative options, and that’s what’s causing problems in the Spurs team.”Sometimes Pochettino only has one player available in a certain position, and that’s not necessarily his fault. Things have become stale because of the lack of options.”
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils shouts against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Last week, we brought you a story about both Georgia coach Mark Richt and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher responding to a fan’s wedding invitation. Well, for whatever reason, this seems to be becoming a trend. A Duke fan named Sheldon Farrell invited Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to his wedding earlier this month, and excitedly shared what he got back in the mail. Coach K actually took the time to reply and autograph the invite. He also included a 2015 National Champions poster as a gift.Nvr thought n my wildest dreams I’d get a response from Coach K 4 wedding. What a great man! @Duke_ATHLETICS #honored pic.twitter.com/FrnEBLI0Wb— Sheldon Farrell (@SheldonFarrell) May 29, 2015This is great, but we’re waiting for the first time a college coach actually shows up to one of these weddings. That’ll make serious headlines.[Buzzfeed]
Jabrill Peppers AutographSomeone claiming to be a Michigan fan on Twitter attempted to frame Wolverine defensive back Jabrill Peppers and linebacker Jared Wangler this afternoon. The attempt was a poor one.The Twitter user, @jbiggs24, posted a series of tweets claiming he paid Peppers and Wangler $50 apiece in an elevator for their autographs, which would be an NCAA violation and put the student-athletes’ eligibility in question. A “photo” of the autographs was even posted. @JabrillPeppers @Jwangles2 hey guys thanks for letting me buy your guys autographs from U!! Go blue!! #michigan pic.twitter.com/FUU16INXef— Jason biggs (@jbiggs24) June 16, 2015@JeffFromOhio I met them I an elevator and gave them 50— Jason biggs (@jbiggs24) June 16, 2015@JeffFromOhio I didn’t even have 2 ask them, they offered after I told them I was big fan #goblue— Jason biggs (@jbiggs24) June 16, 2015This seemed sketchy right away. The account has been active for less than 24 hours. The Twitter user whose questions were being answered belongs to an Ohio State fan – why would a Michigan fan admit to an obvious NCAA violation on Twitter thanks to the prodding of a Buckeye supporter? And the autographs, after viewing real photos of Wangler and Peppers’ signatures, are clearly forged. Wangler shot down the framing attempt on Twitter. Neither of our signatures you clown. https://t.co/kDotJTQxs6— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) June 16, 2015We (hopefully) probably don’t need to tell you this, but don’t believe everything you see on Twitter, folks.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Many other top college football coaches are annoyed with Jim Harbaugh, but he’s formed an interesting alliance with Art Briles and Baylor. Briles served as keynote speaker for Michigan’s March 10 coaching clinic. Now, Harbaugh and his entire staff are working Baylor’s instructional camp. We’re sure they don’t mind getting some time to work with recruits down in Texas.Pumped to have Jim & crew down – two top-5 programs giving student athletes the opportunity to learn! #RealityNoHype pic.twitter.com/VuU1iiFcNW— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) March 17, 2016Now give us a Baylor-Michigan non-conference game, and we’ll all be happy.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>
England cruised into a second consecutive Women’s World Cup semi-final courtesy of a dominant 3-0 win over Norway on Thursday.After the unsavoury narrative surrounding England’s ill-tempered last-16 win over Cameroon, the focus was back on football in the quarter-finals and, with defenders Steph Houghton and Millie Bright fit to start, Phil Neville’s side controlled proceedings.Jill Scott netted in a third different World Cup to put the Lionesses ahead, before Ellen White scored her sixth finals goal – the most ever for an England player – and fifth of this tournament. 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 irrepressible Lucy Bronze added a brilliant third and England were able to take their foot off the pedal for the final 30 minutes, running out comfortable winners even with Nikita Parris missing a late penalty.England were beaten by Japan in the last four in 2015 but will have the opportunity to improve on that performance against either hosts France or defending champions the United States.It was a flying start for England, who recorded their fastest ever Women’s World Cup goal, timed at two minutes and six seconds.Bronze stormed down the right and pulled the ball back from the byline for Scott to prod in off the left-hand post after White initially missed her kick.Parris should have done better as she shanked wide after working space on her left foot in the area, before White crashed a powerful strike against the post from a similarly promising position.The two made amends five minutes before the break, though, as Parris squared for White – compared by Neville to Alan Shearer and Michael Owen – to tap into the net.4 – Ellen White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 & 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition. Unremitting. #FIFAWWC #NOR #ENG #NORENG pic.twitter.com/ycNCfkufZz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2019And a slow start to the second half was quickly forgotten when Bronze powered into the roof of the net from 20 yards following a right-wing Beth Mead free-kick in the 57th minute.Houghton cleared off the goal line from Lisa-Marie Utland in a brief England blip, while Karen Bardsley denied Isabell Herlovsen, but Neville’s side could have had a fourth.Captain Houghton was shoved to the ground in the area by Maria Thorisdottir and Parris took the spot-kick, only for Ingrid Hjelmseth to save well and limit the damage for Norway.Key Opta Facts:- England have reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in back-to-back editions of the tournament (also 2015); they had never reached the final four in the competition before this.- Norway have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s World Cup for just a second time (also 2003 v USA), having previously progressed from four of their five ties at this stage.- Norway have been eliminated from the Women’s World Cup by England in consecutive tournaments (also 2015 last 16); England are the second nation to knock them out of more than one edition of the competition (also USA, 1991 and 2003).- Ellen White is now England’s outright record goalscorer at the Women’s World Cup (six goals), with her strike today moving her ahead of Fara Williams (five).- White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 and 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition.- Jill Scott (2007, 2011 and 2019) is only the second ever player to score in three separate Women’s World Cup tournaments for England, after Fara Williams (2007, 2011 and 2015). read more
Patrick Vieira has ruled out a return to English football at Newcastle, with the Frenchman fully committed to his role at Nice.There is a managerial vacancy to be filled at St James’ Park following the departure of Rafa Benitez.It has been suggested that the Magpies could turn to a man with considerable Premier League experience after Vieira spent nine memorable years with Arsenal during his playing days, before bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career at Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He cut his coaching teeth with the Blues, within their academy system, before heading to New York City in MLS.Nice brought the World Cup winner back to Europe in the summer of 2018 and secured a seventh-place finish in their first season under Vieira.The 43-year-old believes there is still much work for him to oversee with the Ligue 1 outfit, meaning that he will not be heading to Newcastle any time soon.Vieira told reporters when quizzed on his future: “I am at OGC Nice long term. I have no intention of going elsewhere.”I’ve always felt good here and with the people around me. I can’t see myself anywhere other than OGC Nice.”While Vieira has sought to distance himself from a role at Newcastle, it has been suggested that a position with the Magpies may be a useful “stepping stone” in his career.Former team-mate Ray Parlour is expecting to see the Frenchman back at Arsenal at some stage, with it possible that another Premier League post could be used as a springboard.“I always tipped him to be the Arsenal manager one day. I’d love to see him back at Arsenal, but this could be the stepping stone, who knows,” Parlour told talkSPORT.“He was a fantastic player, a really intelligent guy. He knew exactly what he brought to the table every game and he never let you down, he could handle the pressure.“Not all great players become great managers, but I could always see him going down that road.“To take over from Tony Adams as Arsenal skipper, that was a big loss for us because Tony was a big, big player at centre-half, but Patrick did a wonderful job. He was skipper for about eight years and everyone looked up to him.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tonight’s Alabama-Louisville game didn’t have a lot of drama heading in, at least with regard to which team would probably win.Alabama was a heavy favorite entering the game. The major storyline entering the day centered on Alabama’s quarterback situation.Tua Tagovailoa started the game, and has taken the vast majority of snaps for the Crimson Tide, so it is pretty clear that he’s the guy. He’s shown why, as well, with some incredible throws.With Tua under center, Alabama has run out to a 28-0. If anything, it is a smaller deficit than many imagined, as the Crimson Tide have been a bit sloppier than they often are.Louisville can’t make anything happen on the other end though. Alabama has outgained the Cardinals 340-113.Will Nick Saban’s club hang on in the second half? Uhh…yeah, probably.Here’s what ESPN is predicting for the second half of Alabama-Louisville.ESPN‘s football power index gives Alabama a 99.7-percent chance to hold on for the win.Tua is 11-for-15 for 195 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jerry Jeudy. Alabama has 109 yards on the ground as a time, paced by Damien Harris’ 51 yards, though Tua and Najee Harris have scored on the ground.In his first start, Louisville’s Jawon Pass is 10-for-19 for 100 yards, and one interception. Stepping in for Lamar Jackson was never going to be easy, especially when the Crimson Tide is the first opponent for the young quarterback.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, had a critical tweet about Paul Finebaum in response to the ESPN college football analyst’s comments about her husband.Finebaum, unsurprisingly, has been bashing Meyer pretty hard this season, suggesting that he’ll be quitting on the Buckeyes at the end of the year.Shelley Meyer was asked about this on Twitter. She had a strong response (that has since been deleted).“He gets NONE OF MY ATTENTION. Should get no one else’s either. I don’t listen or watch him or his network anymore,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.Finebaum responded to the tweet this morning.“After Urban was asked about it Monday, Shelley Meyer deleted the tweet … deleting seems to run in the Meyer family,” Finebaum said. “Remember the deleted texts? Now Shelley Meyer … I don’t believe in deleting a tweet. If you say something, everybody already knows it and it’s been disseminated across the country. I don’t know what to say to her. I know her fairly well. She’s a nice woman. I think she has bigger problems right now dealing with what Urban is going through than to slap back at me.”There’s been a lot of drama surrounding the Ohio State football program this year. The Buckeyes return to the field on Saturday against Nebraska.
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils directs his team against the Eastern Michigan Eagles during the first half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 14, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)While the sports world was fixated on football this past week, there was actually a huge college basketball result that will provide a shake-up at the top of the rankings. Duke fell to Gonzaga in Maui – meaning the Blue Devils are no longer the No. 1 team in the country.Gonzaga, which also took down Illinois and Arizona in the event, is the new No. 1 team in the country – just barely. The Bulldogs wound up with 1,590 points in the voting.Kansas, which is now 5-0 after wins over Marquette and Tennessee, is the new No. 2 team in the country. The Jayhawks had 1,584 points.Duke defeated San Diego State and Auburn before falling to Gonzaga. The Blue Devils are now the No. 3 team in the country in this week’s AP Poll.Virginia, Nevada, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Michigan State and Kentucky round out the top 10.Here’s the entire Top 25:GonzagaKansasDukeVirginiaNevadaTennesseeMichiganAuburnMichigan StateKentuckyNorth CarolinaKansas StateVirginia TechIowaFlorida StateOhio StateTexasOregonPurdueTexas TechBuffaloWisconsinVillanovaMarylandMississippi StateArizona State, Clemson, Furman, Creighton and LSU are the first five out of the rankings.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State has picked up at least one major commitment on National Signing Day, with four-star offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi entering the fold.Vimahi announced his commitment to the Buckeyes moments ago during a ceremony at his high school in Kahuku, Hawaii. He chose OSU over Oklahoma and USC.The Buckeyes offered Vimahi late in the process, extending a scholarship on January 4. He officially visited campus three weeks later.Vimahi is the ninth four-star commit for Ohio State in the 2019 class, along with three five-stars and four three-stars. He is also the seventh-ranked offensive guard in 2019, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. It’s official. #Kahuku’s @enokkvimahi is headed to THE @OhioStateFB @polynesiabowl #Cover2 pic.twitter.com/EDobDqbtYa— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) February 6, 2019Ohio State officially announced Vimahi’s signing shortly after he committed.Just landed a BIGGGG fish… all the way from Hawaii… and the newest #Buckeye…Aloha @enokkvimahi ? Welcome to the family!#GoBucks #Dynasty19 #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/lAnLpQy5Wt— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) February 6, 2019The Buckeyes might not be done for the day either. Three-star offensive lineman Dawand Jones out of Indianapolis is slated to reveal his commitment later today.Jones is also considering Penn State and Indiana. His announcement should come around 5:30 p.m. ET.Stay with The Spun all day for your up-to-the-minute National Signing Day news.
You never know how those games are going to evolve. I might’ve been tempted honestly had I not been at a place like Oklahoma. But this is one of the best jobs there is in football. Like I’ve said before, I’ll never say never. I never want to promise things that I can’t 1,000 percent guarantee. It’s not something that really tempts me at all right now.”Lincoln Riley “certainly wasn’t tempted” by NFL this year https://t.co/ooSK0ssRbP— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 25, 2019Riley, 36, could certainly stay at Oklahoma for as long as he wants.The Sooners’ head coach has been with the program since 2015, serving as the offensive coordinator for two seasons before replacing Bob Stoops.Oklahoma will likely have plenty of competition for his services moving forward, though, especially in the form of NFL teams. MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)No college football head coach was mentioned for the NFL more than Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley this offseason. The Sooners’ head coach was constantly brought up as a potential candidate for NFL head coaching gigs.Riley, though, opted to stay put at Oklahoma. He has the Sooners rolling both on and off the field, primed for another College Football Playoff berth with the transfer addition of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.The Oklahoma head coach spoke to Peter King for this week’s installment of Football Morning in America. He addressed the talk of him leaving for the NFL and revealed if he felt tempted to leave.“I certainly wasn’t tempted at all this year,” Riley told King. “I would say right now it wouldn’t surprise me at all if I am a college lifer. I think it’ll be interesting how a lot of things go on from here … if there’s a lot of changes in both games. Football is evolving; there’s a lot of changes obviously at the NFL level right now. There’s a lot of changes with all the transfers and recruiting and all the different things going on at the college level.