AA Gent in Crystal Palace talks for Alexander Sorlothby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have welcomed an approach from AA Gent for Alexander Sorloth.The Belgians are keen on a loan deal for the Norway international, says HLN.And Palace are happy with the proposal, believing six months away will do Sorloth’s self-belief some good.At Gent, the striker will be reunited with his former FC Midtjylland coach Jess Thorup.With FCM, Sorloth scored 10 goals in 19 games in 2017 before joining Palace for €9m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: I know my January targetsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he’s better prepared for the January transfer window after the hectic festive period.The Austrian looks lightly to make some acquisitions next month with Saints currently sitting one spot out of the drop zone on goal difference.”I knew it from the beginning when I was coming here. I knew exactly what a brutal schedule is waiting for us in the first weeks,” he admitted.”To prepare a new team, to know the new players, how they play and what they can do for you and that’s an important part today to give players a chance. I saw them only for now just practicing and not under pressure in a Premier League game.”If I want to make decisions in January about new transfers I need to know everyone in the team.”Therefore, I need the impressions that I got and it’s an important game for me.”I saw a young Kayne Ramsay who made a good job, I saw Prowsey performed really well and that’s important for me so I can make decisions in January.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi interesting Evertonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi is interesting Everton.The Mirror says they sent a scout to watch the 28-year-old Algeria international in action during his club’s 3-1 victory over Nacional on Monday night.And Brahimi enhanced his reputation by scoring twice as Porto moved six points clear at the top of the Portuguese League.Brahimi is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, so could be available at a knock-down price.Born in Paris, the attacking midfielder started his career with Rennes in France before moving to Spanish club Granada in 2013 following a loan spell there the previous season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Barkley insists Chelsea have proven they can beat Liverpoolby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley believes Chelsea have already shown they can beat Liverpool.The two clubs will meet at Stamford Bridge this Sunday for their second meeting of the season after Liverpool defeated the Blues on penalties in the Super Cup final last month.”Every side is beatable on the day. It just goes down to hard work, putting extra yards in, being clinical as well and a bit of luck. The big games bring the best out of all players,” Barkley told reporters.”As you have seen in the Super Cup final and how well we performed in that game, and we can perform to those levels again on Sunday and hopefully it goes our way.”We are joint-third [in the league on points]. We’re not doing badly. We won at the weekend, scoring goals. We have got a confident bunch of lads in the team. We have got a big game on Sunday and we are confident we can win the game.”
nick saban press conference sec media daysWednesday morning, Alabama head coach Nick Saban raised a few eyebrows at SEC Media Days when he mentioned that NFL Draft grades, which are delivered on December 15, might have caused some of his players to play “not to get hurt” during his team’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State. The comments were perceived by many, including ESPN’s Danny Kanell, as an excuse for his team’s loss. Saban doesn’t appear to agree.This afternoon, Saban joined Paul Finebaum and defended his statement, clarifying that he wasn’t making an excuse for his team losing the game. He wasn’t thrilled with the whole situation.Glad Finebaum asked Saban to address whether this draft distraction thing was an excuse. Saban accepted blame for the loss. Clears that up.— David Ching (@ESPNChing) July 15, 2015Saban: “It wasn’t an excuse at all for losing to Ohio State. There’s no excuse.”— Saturday Down South (@SDS) July 15, 2015Saban: “It kind of surprises me that somebody in the media would take it that way when you make a suggestion that would make things better.”— Saturday Down South (@SDS) July 15, 2015Whether Saban meant to sound like he was making an excuse or not, that’s the way it came across to many. That being said, he does make a decent point – when players see how much money they can make if they stay healthy, they are naturally more incentivized to preserve themselves. Whether it’s ethically right to move the day back is up for debate.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re still seven months away from bowl season, but that’s okay. Bowl projections are already a thing as we head into summer.Sporting News released its predictions for every bowl game, from the Gildan New Mexico Bowl through the College Football National Championship.You can view all 40 projections here. Below are the ones for the New Year’s Six.New Year’s Six Bowl Predictions:Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Miami vs. Michigan (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: UCF vs. Stanford (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)AllState Sugar Bowl: TCU vs. Georgia (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Rose Bowl Game: Wisconsin vs. Washington (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff): Oklahoma vs. Alabama (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Playoff): Clemson vs. Ohio State (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A few other noteworthy games include:Citrus Bowl: Penn State vs. AuburnOutback Bowl: Michigan State vs. South CarolinaBelk Bowl: Florida State vs. LSUCamping World Bowl: Notre Dame vs. West VirginiaYou can view all 40 projections here.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska is two quarters into its Scott Frost debut. The Huskers had a somewhat rocky start, but they’re starting to get things going heading into halftime.Nebraska is leading Colorado, 21-17, heading into the second half. The Huskers had a couple of turnovers to start the contest, but things turned around quickly from there.Adrian Martinez, Nebraska’s true freshman quarterback, has looked spectacular. He’s thrown for more than 80 yards and rushed for more than 80 yards.The Huskers’ defense has started to get some stops, too.ESPN is confident in Nebraska’s ability to hold on for the win, too. The Worldwide Leader has released its second half prediction.Nebraska is currently listed as 75.2 percent likely to win this game, per ESPN’s Football Power Index.Colorado will get the ball to start the second half. Nebraska won the opening toss and elected to receive. The Huskers looked good on their opening drive, but it ended with a fumble.Nebraska and Colorado are playing on ABC. The second half will begin momentarily.
Baker Mayfield no longer plays for Oklahoma, but he’s still catching some heat for his former team’s performance on the field against Texas on Saturday – partially because of something he tweeted this past February.Mayfield, back in February, took exception what a Texas recruit had tweeted about playing the Sooners in their annual rivalry game. Keondre Coburn, a four-star player who is now a freshman at Texas, promised his followers on Twitter that during his time in Austin, his team would beat Oklahoma.Mayfield responded, calling Coburn “naive” – adding that he has “no idea” what it’s like to step into the Cotton Bowl and win. He later deleted the tweet after getting criticized for blasting an 18-year-old.Well, it may not have been Coburn’s doing, but Texas stepped into the Cotton Bowl and knocked off Oklahoma on Saturday. Fans have been letting Mayfield know just how wrong he was earlier this year.??DELETED TWEET?? by @bakermayfield(? by @jonvillanueva_)#TEXvsOU pic.twitter.com/xvplCSXKB5— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) October 6, 2018Texas, with the 48-45 win, moves to 5-1 on the year with just a loss to Maryland. Oklahoma also now owns a 5-1 record, but loses the tiebreaker against the Longhorns, should it matter.As for Mayfield – he’ll be fine. He was the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft and he’s looked solid as a rookie so far for the Cleveland Browns. But he likely did not like what he saw on his television screen on Saturday afternoon.
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)We’re at Week 8 of the college football season and some stadiums are having a tough time filling up. Despite sitting at 5-2 on the season with a legitimate shot to win their sixth game of the season, but don’t tell that to the fans.A large portion of the stadium remains empty as the team’s took the field for kickoff.Check it out.Yikes. pic.twitter.com/a5h6lRs62l— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) October 20, 2018That’s not what you want to see, especially when your team has a chance to win Game No. 6 on the season. Perhaps the fact that Ole Miss can’t go bowling this year has something to do with the decreased attendance.Auburn is a significant opponent, but that didn’t entice fans to show up.The two teams kick off at noon ET.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football transfer market was flush with talent following the 2018 season. A few major names, including Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields and Tate Martell are all headed to new teams – though we’ll have to wait and see if any can lock down the starting role.In the immediate aftermath of the 2018 season and the bevy of transfers, ESPN college football analyst Mark Schlabach broke down and ranked the transfer quarterbacks.Schlabach ranked the quarterbacks on who will have the biggest impact on their team during the 2019 college football season. Unsurprisingly, Jalen Hurts held down the top spot after going 26-2 as a starter for the Alabama Crimson Tide.Schlabach believes the tandem of Lincoln Riley and Hurts can be highly successful.Few coaches handle quarterbacks better than OU’s Lincoln Riley, and there’s enough talent returning for Hurts to have big success in his only season with the Sooners.After Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won back-to-back Heisman Trophies thanks to the offensive scheme from Riley, Hurts is among the favorites to take home the award in 2019 – just behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Here’s Schlabach’s top five transfer QB’s:Jalen Hurts – OklahomaKelly Bryant – MissouriJacob Eason – WashingtonJustin Fields – Ohio StateBrandon Wimbush – UCFFields is still waiting to hear back from the NCAA on his eligibility heading into the 2019 season, but he’s expected to gain eligibility for the year after earning a hardship waiver.