Pogba wanted to be just like Beckham

first_imgPaul Pogba Man Utd star Pogba wanted to be just like Beckham Chris Burton 20:06 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba, Tottenham v Man Utd, 17/18 Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United Premier League The French midfielder grew up not just wanting to follow in the footsteps of an Old Trafford icon on the field, but off it as well Paul Pogba has revealed that Manchester United legend David Beckham inspired him as a youngster, off the field as well as on it.Having graduated out of the Old Trafford academy system alongside the famed Class of 92, it did not take long for a starry-eyed youngster to announce himself on a global stage.Beckham’s exploits for United’s helped him to build up a loyal fan base, with countless honours collected as part of a dominant side managed by the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson. 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 The former England captain was, however, as much of a brand away from the football pitch as he was a star turn on it, with his global appeal stretching to ever corner of the world.Pogba was among those to place Beckham on a pedestal growing up in France, with there a desire on his part to tread a similar path.He has achieved that goal, with the 24-year-old back with the Red Devils as an £89 million asset having previously burst out of their youth team set-up.Pogba is now the one providing inspiration for the stars of tomorrow, but he is prepared to admit that he was once a Beckham wannabe.Not only is Pogba now dominating the same midfield that Beckham once graced for United, he also wears the same brand of boots.He is one of the star turns in the adidas talent pool, with the footwear that he was once so desperate to get his hands on in order to be like his heroes now freely available to him.last_img read more

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Jones over ‘cr*p’ FA Cup final outing

first_imgManchester United Jones over ‘cr*p’ FA Cup final outing as he prepares for Hazard reunion Guy Atkinson 19:55 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Phil Jones - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Tunisia Tunisia v England England World Cup England v Belgium Belgium Eden Hazard FA Cup Premier League The Manchester United defender endured a disappointing afternoon against Chelsea at Wembley, but his focus now is on England duty at the World Cup Manchester United defender Phil Jones insists he has put a “cr*p” FA Cup Final performance behind him as he gears up for England’s World Cup campaign.Jones endured a torrid time in United’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in May, giving away a decisive first-half penalty that was dispatched by Eden Hazard.The two could come face-to-face again in the final Group G match between England and Belgium, but Jones is adamant that his display at Wembley has been consigned to history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “The FA Cup Final was cr*p,” he said. “But that’s football. These things happen. You move on. You have to, because I can’t sit on my ar*e and dwell on it for weeks and weeks and weeks. I’d be ready to jump off a bridge if I think like that. It was disappointing.”Can I discard that baggage? Of course, you have to. It happens to every single player, all over the world, every day. Some get highlighted more than others, that’s football.”I’m used to it now and I like to think I’m wise enough and experienced enough to deal with it and get on with it.”He’s [Hazard] sharp, he’s quick, he’s agile. And he’s a difficult player to play against. We’ve got some of them in our squad as well.”I’m not too worried about other players, I’m more worried about what we’ve got. When I look at the squad, the training that we’ve done and the games that we’ve played, I see us doing well.”England’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Tunisia on Monday at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd.last_img read more

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TFA Annual Report

first_imgThe TFA Annual Report that will be put out for membership is now available to view.TFA will send an original to every TFA affiliate and some to each State office.The report will be presented at the TFA AGM which will occur on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filestfa_annual_report_200708-pdflast_img

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‘PARTY HEADQUARTERS FOR THE NTL’

first_imgFlying outside the Greenhouse Tavern is a giant sign; `Australian Touch, Party Headquarters’, is what it reads. The Greenhouse Tavern is one of Coffs Harbour’s major sponsors for the NTL’s, being held in Coffs Harbour until Sunday the 21st. The Greenhouse has been supporting the NTL tournament since it first began at Coffs Harbour in 1997. For owner Tony Haslam and his staff, the support is not just financial but the provision of a well-run, safe, convenient and quality venue for the tournament. This includes the parties, functions, dinners for referees and officials and general facilities for the participants to use. “The very first function we held for touch was pretty disappointing, only about 30 or 40 people showed up”, he says. “But at the second function that year, we were absolutely inundated with about 500 people, since then it’s been great every year.” With recent exploits of sporting teams well publicised in our local and national media, Tony is quick to praise the behaviour of the touch players visiting Coffs Harbour. “The touch people have always been great, they’ve never given us any problems”, he says. “If they had brought us grief in any way, we would not have continued our support of them.” The site for the next three NTL’s is currently being considered, with Coffs Harbour one of five applicants to host the tournament. Tony admits that losing the NTL tournament would be very disappointing for the Coffs Community. “Not only would we be losing a great sporting event, but we would also lose a big two weeks of business”, he says. “It’s not just us, but also our suppliers and companies that provide us with stock, as well as the resorts, motels, local shops and restaurants.” Tony believes it is important for local businesses to support sporting events that visit Coffs Harbour, so when other events consider Coffs as a venue, they know they will be well received and local business will continue to grow. “We want to be seen as pro-active in looking after sporting events, so when new ones come we will be approached to also support them”, he says. The NTL tournament is in its second phase, with the Open and 20 years divisions already completed. The Senior divisions are well underway and will conclude with the play-offs and grand finals on Sunday 21st at Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium. With grand finals to be contested in eight divisions, they begin at 11:00am and conclude at 6:00pm on Sunday. Rachel Moylelast_img
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10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Home cheer for Leicester a shock!

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Home cheer for Leicester a shock!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits home fans celebrating Manchester City’s defeat to Leicester City took him by surprise.Klopp joked that he thought that the Anfield fans’ wild reactions to Leicester City’s goal against Manchester City were for his Liverpool side’s win over Newcastle United.He said, “No, I thought it was because of us! I’m really naive, I thought that is really nice, thank you very much!”Then now I heard after the game it was about another result!“Obviously nobody told our crowd that Tottenham won 5-0.”It is fine, atmosphere for Boxing Day, people coming from all over, around the world to watch, the atmosphere was really good and exceptional in that moment. But I thought it was because of us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoVan Dijk: Liverpool will ask me about De Ligt if we want him

first_imgVan Dijk: Liverpool will ask me about De Ligt if we want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits there’s little talk about Matthijs de Ligt.The Ajax stopper is expected to leave for a major European power, though Van Dijk says there’s been little talk of his Holland teammate at Melwood.He told AD: “It does not work like that. A big club like Liverpool has so many scouts looking around, they will keep an eye on him. “If they want to know something, I’ll hear about it.”Asked how much he would pay for De Ligt, Van Dijk laughed: “Well, less than that for me, hahaha. But Ajax is in a luxurious position. We will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoTottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains on

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains onby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpool and Manchester City – but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way,” Ardiles told Sky Sports.”We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well. “We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.” last_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feisty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.” last_img read more

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a month agoDONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month. last_img read more

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3 hours agoGenk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come true

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.” last_img read more

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Ezekiel Elliott Just Trashed Jim Harbaugh On The Paul Finebaum Show

first_imgEzekiel elliott talks about Jim Harbaugh on the Paul Finebaum show.Jim Harbaugh was only Michigan’s head coach for one of the program’s three rivalry contests against Ohio State during Ezekiel Elliott’s tenure, but he seems to have made quite an impression on the star running back. Friday, Elliott, who is going through the ESPN car wash today, trashed Harbaugh, telling Paul Finebaum that he’s “tired” of hearing about him. Elliott also called out Harbaugh for talking smack when he hasn’t won a rivalry game. Yikes.“I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh he needs to get in check with reality” – @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/QHElXCl7QV— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016more from @EzekielElliott: “you can’t talk smack about a rivalry when you haven’t won a game. You have to win ballgames to talk behind it.”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016Here’s @EzekielElliott‘s full quote about Jim Harbaugh on @finebaum pic.twitter.com/FkeSmMrqZa— John Hayes (@johnP_hayes) April 15, 2016This isn’t exactly a surprise – Elliott has made a living off of trolling Michigan the past few years. But it’s still hilarious, and reminds us that there is no better college football rivalry than Ohio State vs. Michigan.last_img read more

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Emery’s tinkering fails as Arsenal slip up

first_imgUnai Emery has been lauded for his ‘in-game genius’ at times this season but his substitutions in the 1-1 draw at Brighton showed a manager who has yet to work out what his best Arsenal team is yet.It could be called game management due to the number of matches Arsenal have in their packed festive schedule, but the decision to take Mesut Ozil off at half-time for Alex Iwobi will prompt further questions over the manager’s relationship with the German playmaker.It proved to be a hasty substitution, too, when the Gunners required creativity in the final third in the second half. Without wingers, Emery’s side are forced to produce most of their creativity in central areas. 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? Arsenal started off in typically impressive style, as they have done in the first half of games this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on seven minutes was symptomatic of his brilliance since joining for a club-record fee last January.The Gabonese forward has been directly involved in 30 goals in 32 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (23 goals, seven assists) and, if Aubameyang had finished off a one-on-one shortly after his goal, then the Gunners may have been walking away from the Amex Stadium with all three points, but he shot straight at Mat Ryan instead.The lack of defensive organisation for Brighton’s equaliser, which came through Jurgen Locadia, wasn’t surprising, although Stephan Lichtsteiner’s rustiness at right-back was to Arsenal’s detriment. Starting in place of the injured Hector Bellerin, the Switzerland international was guilty of heading the ball into the path of Locadia, who rounded Bernd Leno to strike home. No team has committed more errors leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League than Arsenal this season (six), although some of that can be put down to the defensive injuries recently suffered at the back.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Alexandre Lacazette was hauled off on 62 minutes for Aaron Ramsey, much to his frustration. The Frenchman threw his gloves on the ground for the second game running and, while Emery has previously admitted that he ‘likes’ that kind of response from his striker, it’s already becoming evident that certain players are becoming irked by the manager’s mid-game decisions which aren’t working.Lacazette’s harrying of Brighton players was integral in the opening goal so questions will certainly be asked over bringing him off and leaving three defensive midfielders on the pitch.The lack of intensity from Arsenal in the second half will undoubtedly frustrate Emery and, ahead of Saturday’s match against Liverpool at Anfield, it appears that the Gunners find themselves in a similar position to when Jurgen Klopp took over at the Reds.A team in transition with much improvement needed, particularly where keeping the lead is concerned. What looks like an enthralling match on paper could expose Emery’s tinkering methods even further if the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have their way on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Lukaku hits out at ‘lies’ amid Man Utd exit talk

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has hit out at the “lies” being spread about him as speculation builds regarding a possible transfer away from Manchester United.The Red Devils invested £75 million ($96m) in the Belgium international back in the summer of 2017.Jose Mourinho moved to prise him away from Everton after seeing the 25-year-old become one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League. 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? He delivered a 27-goal return in his debut season at Old Trafford, before going on to net four times for his country at the 2018 World Cup.Lukaku was, however, to endure a slow start to the current campaign, going 12 games without finding the target for United at one stage.As he toiled, Mourinho was eventually shown to the exits and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The new man at the helm is yet to hand Lukaku a Premier League start, with a substitute role having to be accepted as Marcus Rashford shines in a central striking berth.A lack of minutes has sparked talk of a move being made, with Juventus among those said to be open to the idea of landing a proven frontman.Lukaku, though, appears to have quashed the exit talk with a post on Instagram which read: “When the hate don’t work they start telling lies.”Romelu Lukaku hate don'e work start telling liesSolskjaer has already sought to assure Lukaku that he still has a part to play in his plans.The Norwegian knows all about life in a star-studded squad at Old Trafford from his own playing days.He often had to contend with being an impact option off the bench, and thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson to establish a reputation as one of the best in the business in that role.Lukaku may have to do likewise, but has impressed enough in training to suggest that he will get regular opportunities to impress.Solskjaer said: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”Despite starting just one FA Cup game under the Red Devils’ new boss, Lukaku has managed three goals in his last five appearances.More chances will come his way, but for now Rashford is leading the line with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial offering support from wide attacking posts.last_img read more

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‘Pogba needs to work harder for Man Utd’

first_imgPaul Pogba is “not working hard enough getting back”, says Clayton Blackmore, with there more an in-form Manchester United midfielder could be offering to the collective cause.Having endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign which ultimately led to him being benched by Jose Mourinho, a World Cup winner is currently enjoying a welcome upturn in form.He has delivered five goals and four assists across his last six Premier League outings, with his efforts helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to open his reign as interim United boss with eight successive victories. 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? Plaudits are raining down on the 25-year-old once more, with another all-action performance put in during the Red Devils’ recent 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Arsenal.Pogba has, however, been told that he could do even more, with former United defender Blackmore telling Love Sport Radio: “It’s a team game.”You can have fantastic individuals who can win you the game over and over again but if the team aren’t playing well… I was a little bit disappointed with Paul [against Arsenal].”He was really good going forward but he’s not working hard enough getting back.”I know he’s got [Ander] Herrera and [Nemanja] Matic there but I like to see the whole team working as hard as each other.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19While suggesting that Pogba could do more for United, Blackmore admits the same accusation could not be levelled at Solskjaer.The Norwegian has made a remarkable impact since being appointed as interim successor to Mourinho, with calls for him to be handed the reins on a permanent basis now growing in intensity.”Whoever is going to come in won’t do as well as he’s doing now so why would you bring someone else in?” said Blackmore, who spent 10 years as part of United’s senior squad after emerging out of their youth system.”It’s not just him either. He’s got Mick Phelan in there. There was a lot said about when [David] Moyes came in and he got rid of Mick Phelan.”You lose, on the coaching side of it, pretty much everything we had before.”They’ve got great experience now there in terms of the coaching side and obviously playing at the club.”For me, it’s a no-brainer. It was a no-brainer a few weeks ago.”Solskjaer, Phelan and Pogba will be looking to make it nine wins in a row on Tuesday when United play host to Burnley in Premier League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Mane would swap CL win for AFCON crown

first_imgLiverpool forward Sadio Mane claims he would happily trade his Champions League winners’ medal for Africa Cup of Nations glory with Senegal.The 27-year-old enjoyed a standout 2018-19 campaign at Anfield.A 22-goal return in the Premier League saw him land a share of the Golden Boot, while four efforts in continental competition helped Liverpool to a sixth European Cup. 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? Mane would, though, give all of that up for international success this summer.He is currently in Egypt chasing down another major prize and is aware of what the AFCON crown would mean for his homeland.“It is up to us to achieve something great,” Mane told France Football.“Of course we are one of the favourites, we cannot hide from that. But this standing is not enough to go all the way.“Winning with my country, which has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, that would be magnificent.“I am even ready to swap a Champions League to win an Africa Cup of Nations.“The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. This is my biggest and most crazy dream.”Moussa Konate and Sadio Mane - SenegalMane has been chasing that dream since childhood, with the stage he currently graces having been reached from humble beginnings.Reflecting on his career path, which started with a trial back in Dakar when he was a young hopeful, Mane said: “There were 200 or 300 youngsters who were waiting in line for their chance.“It started badly for me because when I presented myself, I was laughed at.“I did not look like a footballer. I was wearing pants that looked nothing like football shorts. And my football boots were completely shredded on the sides and had been repaired by me with wire the best I could.“Those who oversaw the trials would look at me with a bizarre facial expression: ‘You really want to become a footballer?’“I understood them but I did not have a choice. As I was not that bad, they took me. That was the beginning of my adventure.”Mane sat out Senegal’s opening fixture at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations through suspension, as they saw off Tanzania 2-0.Aliou Cisse’s side will be back in action on Thursday against Algeria, before wrapping up their Group C campaign in a meeting with Kenya.last_img read more

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Big Ten Starting QB Injured On Huge Blindside Sack

first_imgNick Bosa sacks Rutgers' Arthur Sitkowski.Rutgers went with true freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski as its starter to begin the year. He can’t be a big fan of drawing Nick Bosa and the Ohio State defense in his second start.Bosa has been a monster for his entire career as a Buckeye, as was his older brother Joey before him. He’s been incredibly impressive against the Scarlet Knights today.Moments ago, he blew by a Rutgers offensive tackle, and took Sitkowski down hard on a blind-side sack.The first half ends with a @nbsmallerbear sack. pic.twitter.com/utVRxKUiBN— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 8, 2018Artur Sitkowski was reportedly shaken up after the Nick Bosa sack.That play ended the half for the Buckeyes.Artur Sitkowski wincing and holding his shoulder as he walks to the locker room at halftime. The first half could not have gone worse for Rutgers. pic.twitter.com/OeekFDgI89— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) September 8, 2018Hindsight is 20/20 but calling a pass play with 5 seconds before the half was ridiculous and Rutgers may have paid the ultimate price with Sitkowski getting clocked by Bosa and appearing to hurt his shoulder. Half couldn’t have gone any worse.— Aaron Breitman (@aaron_breitman) September 8, 2018Rutgers should probably just take Sitkowski out of the game. That poor QB is getting annihilated, the game is over, and he is a true freshman with a future.— Mike Dury (@MikeDury) September 8, 2018Sitkowski was 6-for-18 for 38 yards and an interception in the first half for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights trail the Buckeyes 35-0.Last week, in a 35-7 win over Texas State, he showed the ups and downs of playing a freshman quarterback.He completed 20-of-30 throws for 205 yards and a score, but also had three interceptions.Still, he should have a bright future for Chris Ash’s squad. Hopefully any injuries he suffered are minor.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit: This Team “Needs Help” To Get Into The CFB Playoff

first_imgKirk Herbstreit thinks a team could be out of the playoff.Last night, the updated College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled. There were few surprises.Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan made up the top four, in that order. Right behind them were Georgia and Oklahoma.While Georgia is on the outside looking in, the Bulldogs control their own destiny. Win out, beat Alabama in the SEC title game and they’re in. The same probably can’t be said for Oklahoma.Even if the Sooners go 12-1 with a win in the Big 12 Championship Game, they might still be left out. Kirk Herbstreit thinks so.During his analysis of the rankings last night on ESPN, Herbie said only five teams control their own destiny, and did not include the Sooners.“They need help. Oklahoma needs a Michigan loss or a Notre Dame loss. That’s not controlling their own destiny,” Herbstreit said.In our estimation, Herbstreit seems to be correct. If Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are all undefeated, they will all be in the playoff. If Michigan and Oklahoma are both 12-1, the Wolverines likely keep the edge because they will have road wins over Ohio State and Michigan State, plus wins over Penn State, Wisconsin and whoever the Big Ten West champion would be.It is hard to imagine that resume not being good enough to make the CFP.[ 247 Sports ]last_img read more

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Fans Booed Their Own Head Coach Following Game On Saturday

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)It might be time for a head coaching change in Los Angeles.USC’s football program, led by head coach Clay Helton, fell to 5-5 on the season following a home loss to Cal on Saturday night.It’s unclear just how hot Helton’s seat is at USC, but there are certainly some fans ready to move on from him.Helton was reportedly booed as he made his way off of the field on Saturday night.“USC fans booed Clay Helton as he walked up the tunnel.”USC fans booed Clay Helton as he walked up the tunnel.— Keely Eure (@keelyismyname) November 11, 2018USC is, without a doubt, one of the most-disappointing teams in college football this year. The Trojans have a talented roster, but have played nothing like a top 25 team.Helton and Co. finish the year with games at UCLA and home vs. Notre Dame.If USC loses out, a head coaching change seems probable. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Maury Povich Is The Celebrity Guest Picker For College GameDay At UCF

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayCollege GameDay has struggled this season to get relevant celebrity guest pickers. That was apparent against on Saturday afternoon.ESPN’s flagship college football show is down at UCF, and to be honest, it’s been an incredible scene. Fans brought hundreds of signs and the energy has been fantastic. But we’re still scratching our heads regarding the guest picker.ESPN just announced that talk show host Maury Povich is the guest picker. College football fans are miffed.Povich was born in Washington D.C. and attended UPenn. It doesn’t seem like he has any tie to UCF – at least not that we know of.Twitter erupted when Povich was announced. It seems that most are not thrilled with the pick.Maury Povich as Guest Picker?And the results determined @CollegeGameDay whiffs again!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/GkacUY01o3— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) November 17, 2018Whose idea was Maury Povich? Why not have Donald Duck pick using that inimitable voice? The Oregon pick alone would be worth it.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 17, 2018Maury Povich? Really? That tops it… Screw you, @ESPN. You come to Orlando and disrespect #UCF with Maury Povich as the guest picker. Makes me so angry. 3 hours of backhanded compliments. #CollegeGameDay sucks.— Derek J. LaRiviere (@DerekJLaRiviere) November 17, 2018@ESPNCFB really!? Maury Povich…That’s really beneath you isn’t it!?Are you gonna have someone come out and surprise one of your panelists,i won’t be watching the picks off goes your channel.We all know coach will pick UCF.He’d be run out of town otherwiseBS guest picker— Michael Jackson (@Mjcrjdrvrsoonrf) November 17, 2018It’s been a weird year for College GameDay. We imagine next week should be a good episode though – since it’s likely headed to either Ohio State vs. Michigan or Oklahoma vs. West Virginia.last_img read more

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LSU QB Joe Burrow Has A Message For UCF

first_imgJoe Burrow prepares to throw a pass for LSU against Miami.LSU’s starting quarterback, Joe Burrow, took one of the biggest hits of college football’s bowl season early in the Fiesta Bowl.A UCF defender drilled Burrow following a pick-six in the first quarter of today’s game.Replay of the massive hit went viral on social media.Keep that head on a swivel ? pic.twitter.com/HqWI4xLp0P— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2019Burrow took to Twitter shortly after the game ended to send a message about the hit.“That’s Ight I’ll take the 4 tds and the dub,” he tweeted.That’s Ight I’ll take the 4 tds and the dub https://t.co/VVDLdQbqNW— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) January 1, 2019Burrow threw for 394 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 40-32 win over UCF this afternoon.LSU finished the season at 10-3 with today’s victory.Burrow had an impressive season, leading the Tigers to a 4-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10.LSU surpassed almost everyone’s preseason projections, too. The Tigers will head into the 2019 season with high hopes.last_img read more

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