first_imgFROM THE FISHBOWL Days 2 & 3 – Senior’s With the smell of Dencorub lingering in the air and the sound of elastoplast being torn from the roll, the action on day 2 promised to be electrifying. The spirit amongst the competitors is what sets this tournament apart from all the others. It’s all about the friendships forged, old rivalries re-visited, the memories reminisced and those classic stories just getting longer and longer and longer. The old adage of `The older I get, the better I was’ really rings true at this time of year. Extra significance to day 2, with St Patricks Day bringing a feeling of celebration to the tournament. Apparently several players were over heard exclaiming they couldn’t wait to play so they could get to the pub for some celebratory pints of Guiness. All of this was upstaged by a tremendous storm which rolled into town three timeslots from the end. As the thunder rolled and the lightning struck nearby, the electrifying Men’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s ducked for cover having their games stopped at the halfway point due to the dangerous situation. Referee’s and players, usually natural enemies, cowered together under the nearest cover to avoid becoming `Touchy Fricasee’. As the heavens opened, at least 2 Sydney Harbours worth of water flowed onto the stadium, making for scenes straight out of CASTAWAY, I swear the FISHBOWL actually saw a volleyball looking strangely like Wilson slipping over the southern scoreline for a well earned touchdown. With the strained cries of “Wilson, Wilson” echoing through the stands, the players left with an early mark allowing them time for those Guiness. The FISHBOWL witnessed the beauty and the irony of nature when two ducks decided that there was enough water on Field 1 for a water top landing. After the first came to a graceful floating halt, the second followed for an inglorious attempt. Having hit the surface he floated a short distance before hitting a dry spot. This caused him to topple over and roll for a few paces before righting himself and shaking his head vigorously. It truly looked like he glanced around nonchalantly in the hope of looking cool in case any other ducks had seen him. It would appear that being cool is important throughout the whole animal kingdom. However, Day 3 has been a totally different story with the games on the stadium fields being moved outside to give the playing surface time to recover. This was a strange feeling for the FISHBOWL looking at the green grass, all alone, no one to pick on, until Willy the Wag Tail entered the picture, standing at a stout 4 inches tall he came up against the might of Larry the Lawn Beetle in a thrilling encounter. Willy had Larry’s measure until a freak flying mishap saw Willy cramp in the left wing crashing to the ground in agony. Luckily the on-site veterinarian (Usually used to treat the NTL dinosaurs) was on to provide much needed tweatment. See ya’ when we’re looking at ya’!last_img


first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official photographers, Sporting Images have released all photographs on their Website from the 2007 X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.Michael Broadbent and the rest of the Sporting Images team worked tirelessly to capture all the action and excitement from the showcase junior event on the TFA calendar.Please click on the below link to view team photos, and some great action shots from the 2007 tournament. The photographs are available for purchase by following the information on the Sporting Images website.http://sportingimages.com.au/gallery/Touch/NTL/2007u18coffs/?g2_page=1last_img


first_imgThere was wall-to-wall action on the final day of the X-Blades 2007 National 18 Years and Under Championships.As well as all the semis and grand finals for Plate, Shield and Championship, there were a number of other spectacles to keep the masses entertained.One surprise ingredient on the final day that had been absent for the first three days of the tournament was rain.Relentless, powerful, drenching rain which put a dampener on the creative licenses of teams but not on the spirits of the players and spectators. The footy wasn’t the only competition on offer. A ‘Scoot for Boots’ took place with some of the quickest players from the girls and boys’ competitions. The event involved picking up a ball on the five-metre line and dashing the length of the field to be the first to score. NSWCHS players Ricky Mason and Kimberly Resch won their respective races through the downpour, earning not only glory but a new pair of X-Blades boots. X-Blades also awarded a Player of the Tournament prize to Brisbane Cobras star Rhys Jacks. Jacks received a pair of boots and an X-Blades bag for his good form. Not to be outdone, KooGa awarded an apparel package to TouchWest talisman Jenaya Quan for her outstanding play throughout the Championships. There were interviews with the captains participating in each of the major games as well as coin tosses and insights from experts such as Australian Men’s Open coach Tony Trad, and Australian Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman. All in all the 2007 Championships were a fantastic success. Get ready for 2008!last_img read more

10 months agoFulham boss Claudio Ranieri frustrated after West Ham setback

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri frustrated after West Ham setbackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri felt they let themselves down for defeat to West Ham.After an encouraging start to the game, two first-half goals against the run of play from the Hammers did all the damage and gave the visitors maximum points at Craven Cottage. “I think that our half first was the best,” said Ranieri.“We created a lot of chances and shot at goal a lot. Of course, in the second half, two-nil against a team full of confidence, with experienced players, it was very difficult for us. We showed a very good will, but it wasn’t enough.“I’m disappointed about the two goals we conceded, but also when we missed chances – we shot at goal sixteen times.“We need to be more effective and have to score. They created two counter attacks and they scored. We created something more, but we didn’t score.“I can’t say anything today because they tried to do their best. Of course, when you play against a team with experience, quality and confidence, you try to do your best and we tried, but after two counter-attacks, they scored twice.“In the second-half, it was difficult. They have experienced players and slowed down the tempo. Every time we looked to create, we became a little more nervous to score a goal.“When you play a team who take one or two touches, it’s difficult to press – we ran a lot.“I saw my players fighting until the end, until the last second. When they slowed the tempo, took possession and moved the ball, it’s not easy.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea tell Barcelona to forget Christensen deal

first_imgChelsea tell Barcelona to forget Christensen dealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea plan to reject any offers for Andreas Christensen. Reports earlier on Wednesday claimed Barcelona have made an approach for the Danish centre-back, who has found himself on the fringes of Maurizio Sarri’s squad this season.However, Sky Sports say Chelsea are not interested in parting with the 22-year-old.The Catalan giants were interested in signing Christensen on loan with a permanent deal in mind at the end of the season.Christensen has voiced his frustration at his current situation at Stamford Bridge and could still push the club for a move.Chelsea reportedly value Christensen and do not want to part with a player who they have helped develop since he was a teenager. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoTottenham midfielder Harry Winks: Use Madrid heartache as motivation

first_imgTottenham midfielder Harry Winks: Use Madrid heartache as motivationby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Harry Winks says they can take inspiration from last season’s run to the Champions League final.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 victory after taking the lead inside the first three minutes in Madrid in June.Winks said: “We know, getting to the Champions League final, there is going to be high pressure on us getting there again and maybe to go one further and win it.“We don’t read too much into that, we take it game by game.“So our first thought is Olympiakos on Wednesday, we have to take that game as it comes and then hopefully we can get a result.”He added: “When you get that close to winning the final, it is upsetting and disappointing.“There is no better way than trying to go one step further like Liverpool did.“It is obviously everyone’s dream to get back there but we can’t look too far into the future, it is all about taking it game by game and hopefully we can pick up as many wins as possible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

12 days agoNewcastle eyeing Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle eyeing Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakirby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are eyeing Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.It is thought Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all interested in the 23-year-old stopper.61 Saat says the Toon have sent scouts over to Turkey to watch him in action.He is worth an estimated £17million and has been an ever-present for the Turkish outfit this season.Cakir has not kept a clean sheet all season, from 13 appearances in all competitions.His side sit third in the Turkish Super Lig and are without a win in their Europa League group. last_img

Video: Texas A&M Players Entered Crowd, Sang Fight Song With Fans After Epic Comeback Win

first_imgTexas A&M player in the crowd singing fight song.Texas A&M advanced to the Sweet 16 tonight thanks to an epic comeback victory over Northern Iowa. The Aggies erased a 12-point deficit in the final 44 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime, where they would eventually win.Following the victory, Aggie players jumped into the crowd to sing the school fight song and celebrate with giddy fans.  Video: Ecstatic Aggies and the Aggie War Hymn following 2OT win over Northern Iowa: pic.twitter.com/UmqPBq3VNX— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) March 21, 2016 What an incredible night for A&M.last_img

Gattuso: Stop matches after racism

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso joined Napoli counterpart Carlo Ancelotti in calling on referees to suspend matches marred by racism.Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly the subject of racist chants during Napoli’s loss to Inter at San Siro on Boxing Day.Ancelotti claimed the visitors asked three times for the game to be called off and suggested the Partenopei would “stop play ourselves” the next time an incident occurred. 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? Gattuso echoed his former coach’s demands for a zero-tolerance stance.”I could not agree more with what Ancelotti said,” Gattuso told Milan TV.”Certainly we’re not the only nation where these things happen. Just look at England, which has a great sporting culture.”I think it’s time for football to stop, for the games to be interrupted. We have to improve, it’s almost 2019. Too often there are four idiots starting these chants.”I don’t think Italy is a racist country, because there are so many immigrants. It’s right that games are halted.”Players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter captain Mauro Icardi have publicly condemned racism in the aftermath of the ugly episode.Liverpool star Mohamed Salah also shared a message of support for Koulibaly, posting a picture of himself in action against the defender on Twitter and writing: “There’s no place for racism in football. There’s no place for racism anywhere at all.”There’s no place for racism in football. There’s no place for racism anywhere at all. pic.twitter.com/d2YwWSbXJe— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) December 27, 2018All eyes will be on Serie A this weekend as the last round of fixtures takes place before the Italian winter break takes effect, bringing the 2018 calendar to a close.AC Milan host SPAL on Saturday evening, while Napoli are also in action against Bologna on the same day.last_img read more

Gabriel Jesus takes No.9 shirt at Man City

first_imgGabriel Jesus has changed his shirt number at Manchester City, with the Brazil international striker to wear No.9 from the 2019-20 campaign.The South American arrived at the Etihad Stadium in the winter transfer window of 2017.He took No.33 at that stage, with none of the regular striking shirts available. 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? Sergio Aguero is very much the No.10 at City, with the Argentine frontman still a prolific presence for the Blues.When Jesus was signed, Nolito had number nine but he has since moved on, freeing Jesus to step into his shoes.The City star has told the club’s official website: “It will be an honour to wear the City number nine shirt and I’ll do so with great pride.“I hope to score many goals wearing this jersey and help City to more trophies in the coming seasons.“It’s the number I wear with Brazil and as always, I’ll be giving everything for City when I’m wearing it.”Sergio Aguero Gabriel Jesus Pep Guardiola Manchester City Swansea 160319Jesus has netted 45 goals in 100 appearances for City so far.He was not a guaranteed starter in the 2018-19 season, but made a telling contribution when called upon.A personal best return of 21 efforts across all competitions were recorded, including two in an FA Cup final destruction of Watford that wrapped up a historic domestic treble for City.The hope is that there are many more goals to come.Jesus had sparked exit talk at one stage, with it suggested that he may look to move on with Aguero established as the first choice frontman under Pep Guardiola.The 22-year-old has seemingly brought that speculation to a close with his change of number.Jesus will be hoping to fare better in the No.9 shirt than some of those to have filled it for City in the recent past, with the likes of Nolito, Alvaro Negredo, Valeri Bojinov and Emile Mpenza among his predecessors.The jersey has not always been a curse, though, with cult icons Paulo Wanchope and Paul Dickov having also been City No.9s, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Niall Quinn have also donned that shirt during the Premier League era.last_img read more

Lampard: I have no pre-conceived ideas of Chelsea players

first_imgFrank Lampard met the first members of his Chelsea squad as they arrived at Cobham Training Centre for medical tests and a meeting with their new head coach ahead of their pre-season preparations.The group then immediately flew out to Dublin where they will take part in their first two of their seven pre-season matches against Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic.Chelsea will then fly to Japan to take on Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona, before returning to Europe for away friendlies with Reading, Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach ahead of their opening match of the season away at Manchester United in the Premier League. 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 Lampard has already spoken of his desire to give youth a chance next season, as he contends with the club’s two-window transfer ban that has been imposed by FIFA. He will bring back a host of loanees including Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kurt Zouma who have travelled to Dublin.Further loan stars such as Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Izzy Brown will be with the squad on Sunday or Monday, while further first-teamers are going to be brought back in stages.Former Wigan Athletic loanee and Player of the Season Reece James is recovering well from ankle ligament damage and he is racing to be on the plane for the Japanese friendlies after already being told that the club isn’t yet looking to loan him out next season.Lampard detailed that anyone will have a chance to break through into his team next season, including Danny Drinkwater, who didn’t play a competitive match under Maurizio Sarri last season.“Everybody who joins up to train, and it will be staggered, will have the opportunity to show what they can do their attitude, the way they play and train in pre-season onwards,” Lampard told journalists at Stamford Bridge.”I would be a fool to come here with ideas about I’m going to freeze anybody out, I want to get the best out of the squad. Everybody has an opportunity.”I have no pre-conceived ideas about anybody, I have got a good knowledge of the squad but I need to see them over the next month.”Frank Lampard quote GFXLampard has had a busy week since returning to his former club where he fully agreed his deal on Tuesday, before coming into have meetings on Wednesday and then he was unveiled as the new Chelsea boss to the media on Thursday.Chelsea squad in Dublin: Willy Caballero, Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta, Kurt Zouma, Ethan Ampadu, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy, Pedro, Michy Batshuayi, Lewis Baker, Kasey Palmer, Trevoh Chalobah, Dujon Sterling, Lucas Piazon, Fikayo Tomori, Jamie Cumming, Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, Ike Ugbo, Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: MLS All-Stars 0-3 Atletico

first_imgMarcos Llorente, Joao Felix and Diego Costa were the difference as LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid beat the MLS All-Stars 3-0 in Orlando on Wednesday.Llorente put Atletico ahead prior to half-time before substitutes Joao Felix and Diego Costa helped preserve the team’s unbeaten pre-season.After lightning delayed kick-off at Exploria Stadium, Atletico came out and won an evenly contested fixture thanks to midfielder Llorente, who latched onto a Rodrigo Riquelme backheel before finding the back of the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Big-money signing Joao Felix then added a second in the 85th minute after Nick Rimando failed to deal with the Atletico sensation’s shot from outside the penalty area, while Costa made it 3-0 deep into stoppage time.The All-Star team was headlined by plenty of star power, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Nani and Carlos Vela all in the starting XI, while Bastian Schweinsteiger was on the bench. @marcosllorente & Riquelme  ¡Gran jugada y golazo!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiSummerTour #MLSAllstar pic.twitter.com/Z0v8fFJXlv— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 1, 2019Atletico named the likes of Joao Felix, Costa, Koke, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar and Jan Oblak among the substitutes following their incredible 7-3 demolition of Real Madrid last week.And the absence of Atletico’s stars contributed to a first half with clear-cut opportunities few and far between in Orlando.Brad Guzan made a decent save in the 15th minute, getting down low to deny Atletico’s Carlos Isaac from distance.Rooney almost opened the scoring for the All-Stars with a ferocious long-range effort that fizzed just over the crossbar approaching the half-hour mark..@WayneRooney inches from adding to the fireworks here in Orlando. #MLSAllStar Game pres. by @Targetpic.twitter.com/zhMc7blDfe— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 1, 2019Atletico managed to break the deadlock two minutes prior to half-time when Riquelme’s stunning backheel played in Llorente, who finished past substitute keeper Andre Blake.There were a host of changes before and after half-time, and the All-Stars had two decent opportunities to restore parity inside nine minutes of the restart.Diego Rossi’s volley flashed just wide of the post and into the side-netting, while Nicolas Lodeiro was denied by the onrushing Atletico goalkeeper Antonio Adan in the 54th minute.Space opened for Gonzalez Martinez in the centre of the penalty area but he side-footed over the bar with 12 minutes remaining and the All-Stars continued to press as Ezequiel Barco’s free-kick was pushed away by Oblak.Joao Felix then put the result beyond doubt thanks to some help from Rimando, who failed to keep out the 19-year-old’s strike, before the Portuguese star set up Costa for Atletico’s third in the 93rd minute. read morelast_img read more

Chelsea boss Lampard reveals reasons behind Pulisic omission

first_imgChelsea boss Frank Lampard says he plans to be patient with Christian Pulisic after the USMNT winger was only named as a substitute for their season opener at Manchester United.With the Blues currently serving a transfer ban, Pulisic is the only new signing at Chelsea this summer after his £58 million ($73m) switch from Borussia Dortmund was agreed in January.Lampard opted against handing Pulisic a start in his first competitive match in charge of the club on Sunday, choosing instead to field Pedro and Ross Barkley in the wide areas with England youngster Mason Mount in support of forward Tammy Abraham. Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Pulisic eventually did make it onto the field in the 58th minute when he replaced England international Barkley. Chelsea were already 1-0 down at that stage courtesy of a first half penalty from Marcus Rashford.Pulisic had little time to make an impact on the game before United doubled their lead through Anthony Martial on 66 minutes.Further breakaway goals from Rashford and debutant Daniel James completed a sobering afternoon for Chelsea at Old Trafford, with the final 4-0 scoreline the heaviest ever opening-day league defeat in the club’s 104-year history.Speaking after the game Lampard revealed his reasons behind his team selection and his plans for Pulisic going forward.”Christian Pulisic is 20 years old and he’s come across from Dortmund. He will be a fantastic player for the club. He has got great ability. You saw little moments with his acceleration on the ball,” Lampard told reporters.”But I have also got other options in midfield and in those areas, and I don’t want to stick Christian straight into the fire without trying to help him along the way. It was one of those games where I felt it was better to start with Ross [Barkley] and Mason [Mount], who have been very strong in pre-season, and bring Christian on.”If the game had carried on at 1-0, or we were back in the game as we should have been, he would have been a great injection. In the end it was difficult for him because the game went quickly away from us.”last_img read more

ESPN Names Team With The “Most To Lose” In Week 1

first_imgGeorgia's cheerleaders waving pompoms.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Georgia Bulldogs cheerleaders on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re a little more than three months away from the start of the 2018 college football season. Week 1 will be here before you know it.In anticipation of this, ESPN has published an early preview for the 2018 season’s opening weekend.Which team has the “most to lose” Week 1?According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, it’s last season’s national title runner-up.Team With Most to Lose: Georgia (vs. Austin Peay)If you’re wondering why we use an adjusted leverage (and not just regular leverage) to determine the most important games for the playoff race, this is the reason. If we strictly consider what a team’s chance to finish with a top-four SOR is now versus if that team lost its Week 1 game, no one has a bigger difference (38 percent now, 10 percent with a loss) than the Bulldogs. But something tells me Georgia fans won’t be sweating the 0.2 percent chance they have to lose this one.A Week 1 loss would obviously be devastating for Georgia, but the chances of that happening are extremely slim.You can view ESPN’s full preview here.last_img read more

How Much The Oakland A’s Are Paying Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

first_imgkyler murray plays at ohio stateThe Oakland A’s and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray have reportedly come to an agreement after the college football player was taken with the No. 9 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft.Murray, a junior QB, will be playing one more season of college football. He’ll suit up for the Sooners this fall before heading off to the minor leagues in 2019.The former five-star recruit is going to be a very rich student athlete.Oakland is guaranteeing the star college football quarterback close to $5 million to sign with the A’s.MLB insider Jon Heyman first reported the news.“Kyler Murray and the A’s have a deal that guarantees him close to $5M and allows him to play football (he’s a QB and could be Baker Mayfield’s replacement) at Oklahoma for 1 year,” he reported.Kyler Murray and the A’s have a deal that guarantees him close to $5M and allows him to play football (he’s a QB and could be Baker Mayfield’s replacement) at Oklahoma for 1 year.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 6, 2018Good for Kyler. He should have one hell of a fall semester.Oklahoma is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against FAU.last_img read more

OddsShark Computer Predicting Major Upset In Week 1

first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)We’re a month and a half away from the first week of the college football season. We hope you are as excited as we are.This year’s Week 1 slate features a number of intriguing matchups. There are some games that not only could have a major impact on the early polls, but on the College Football Playoff race as well.One of those games is Oklahoma-FAU. The Sooners are hosting Lane Kiffin’s squad in this one, and Oklahoma enters the season as a top-10 team and national title hopeful.But OU will also be breaking in a new starting quarterback, and FAU brings back a lot of offensive firepower. They could make things interesting.Is the potential there for an upset? OddsShark certainly seems to think so.OddsShark’s computer model is currently predicting FAU to knock off Oklahoma in Week 1.OddsShark's score prediction for FAU-Oklahoma.You can read all of OddsShark’s Week 1 predictions here.Oklahoma and FAU will meet on Sept. 1 in Norman.last_img read more

Ohio State AD Gene Smith Has Shown Up To Today’s Urban Meyer Meeting

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The meetings to determine Urban Meyer’s fate have been going on for nearly nine hours. We’re still waiting to see if a resolution will come today.Meyer has been at the Longaberger Alumni House virtually all day. He can’t sit in on the meetings but he has been around for the whole process.Meyer’s wife Shelley joined him earlier this afternoon. There are fans gathering outside awaiting any announcement. It’s pretty crazy.Now, Ohio State AD Gene Smith has arrived on the scene. He and his wife were photographed walking into the building moments ago.Mr. and Mrs. Gene Smith arrive at OSU. The Athletic Director enters the Longaberger Alumni House. pic.twitter.com/tBykEZtWqE— 97.1 The Fan (@971thefan) August 22, 2018The latest intel courtesy of Dave Biddle of Bucknuts is that there is an impasse between the Board of Trustees and university president Michael V. Drake. The Board of Trustees want Meyer to get off with time served and be reinstated immediately, while Drake prefers a suspension.Meyer, meanwhile, is reportedly refusing to serve any kind of suspension.CliffsNotes version (from what I’ve been told): Ohio State’s BoT wants to reinstate Urban Meyer immediately. University president Michael Drake is balking at that; wants Meyer to serve a suspension. Meyer refuses to serve suspension since he thinks he did nothing wrong. #Buckeyes— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) August 22, 2018The longer things drag out, the more interesting they become. Stay tuned for the latest.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Surprising Playoff Take On Alabama

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)As of right now, the College Football Playoff committee hasn’t had to deal with much chaos, but that could all change in an instant. Even with Alabama’s dominance throughout the season, Kirk Herbstreit thinks one loss from the defending champions could affect the entire playoff picture.The Crimson Tide will face Auburn and Georgia in consecutive weeks, and both opponents could possibly pull off the upset. With Clemson and Notre Dame currently owning undefeated records like Alabama, the committee would have a difficult choice to make.Well, at least Herbstreit won’t hold back the truth from Alabama in the event of an upset. If they lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship, he believes they’ll miss the playoff.During Tuesday evening’s episode of SportsCenter, ahead of the College Football Playoff rankings reveal show, Herbstreit discussed the impact of a hypothetical Alabama loss.His comments, via 247Sports:“I need an hour here to (discuss) the scenarios and all the games,” Herbstreit said on SportsCenterbefore Tuesday’s rankings. “Let’s say Clemson wins and Notre Dame wins out, it could come down to a debate between more than likely Michigan and Alabama. The committee would have o take into consideration where Alabama has been all year, to be candid.“I think there’s too many good teams right now hovering around that Top 4. I think it would very hard if Michigan, Clemson and Notre Dame were to win and Georgia were to beat Alabama, I wish I could make a case, but I think Alabama would be left out.”Of course, this nightmare scenario would be avoided if the Crimson Tide remain perfect on the season.Fortunately for Nick Saban and his crew, this hypothetical question probably won’t have to be answered. With the Iron Bowl occurring this Saturday, Alabama will have another opportunity to flex its muscles.[247Sports]last_img read more

Texas Star Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns cheerleaders holding Texas flags.DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Another member of the Texas Longhorns appears to have made a decision on whether he’ll opt for the NFL.On Thursday, veteran safety Brandon Jones announced on Twitter that he would be returning for his senior year with the Longhorns.“And the show goes on . . .” he wrote in a post that also included a highlight video from his time at Texas.The message “Brandon Jones Back For 2019” flashed at the end of the video.In 2018, Jones had one of his best years with 70 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, an interception, and two fumble recoveries.Against TCU, Jones had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.In three seasons with the Longhorns, Jones has appeared in 32 games, making 146 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, three passes defended, two fumble recoveries, an interception, and a forced fumble.And the show goes on . . .?DKR. #Texas2019?? pic.twitter.com/bAoycAZvk4— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) January 10, 2019Jones has also shown some versatility in the return game.He had eight punt returns for 98 yards and three kickoff returns for 55 yards during his three years at Texas.last_img read more

2020 Pro-Style QB Ethan Garbers Announces Commitment

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)One of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the 2020 class has announced his college commitment. He’s heading to the Pac-12.Ethan Garbers, a pro-style quarterback out of Newport Beach, California, announced on Twitter his decision.The Southern California quarterback has committed to Washington.I’m a DAWG!! #PurpleReign pic.twitter.com/vDq7ISHZ3O— Ethan Garbers (@ethan_garbers3) March 4, 2019“Being able to go up with my family, sitting down with coach Chris Petersen and coach Bush Hamdan for breakfast, it was just a great experience and I knew it was the place to be,” Garbers told 247Sports. “Being around all their coaches and on that campus, as soon as I got to see everything up there, it just clicked and I know it’s a great fit for me.“I’m already excited to get up there and start competing as a freshman. Everywhere you go there’s going to be competition and I’ve never been one to run away from that, so I’m going to embrace it. I really like the offense and I feel like it’s a great fit for what I can do, so I’m really excited.”Garbers is the younger brother of Chase Garbers, a quarterback at California.The 6-foot-2 quarterback is ranked the No. 25 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Garbers is Washington’s second commitment in the 2020 class.last_img read more