Report: Swansea City 3 Arsenal 1

first_imgSwansea City 3 Arsenal 1: Clucas at the double as Swans move off the bottom Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:40 1/31/18 Clucas - cropped Twitter (@PremierLeague) Swansea City continued their resurgence under Carlos Carvalhal as they fought back to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Tuesday. Sam Clucas scored twice as Swansea City moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.Bottom of the table prior to kick-off – Carlos Carvalhal’s Swans followed up their 1-0 triumph over Liverpool by beating another heavyweight on home soil, with the result lifting them up to 17th.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential arrival has dominated the conversation around the Gunners recently, but Arsene Wenger now has another on-pitch aberration to digest. 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 Arsenal even took the lead thanks to Nacho Monreal’s fourth league goal of the season, only to concede an equaliser just a minute later when Clucas coolly converted a one-on-one opportunity.A shocking error from Petr Cech, who scuffed a clearance straight to scorer Jordan Ayew, gifted Swansea the chance to go ahead just after the hour mark.Despite utilising both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Olivier Giroud off the bench, the Frenchman perhaps playing for Arsenal for the last time as Chelsea reportedly plot a late bid, the visitors’ fate was sealed when Clucas slammed home a loose ball in the 86th minute, meaning the travel-sick Gunners have now picked up just 13 points on the road this season.3 – Sam Clucas has scored with all three of his shots on target in the Premier League this season. Efficient.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2018After ringing the changes for Saturday’s FA Cup draw away at Notts County, Carvalhal unsurprisingly reverted back to the same starting XI that had ended Liverpool’s 18-game unbeaten run.Alfie Mawson grabbed the winner against Jurgen Klopp’s side and came close to finding the net again in the opening minutes, Aaron Ramsey diving in to make a crucial block at the back post just as the centre-back seemed certain to convert Nathan Dyer’s low cross.Instead, Arsenal grabbed the opening goal against the run of play.Given time and space on the right, Mesut Ozil picked out the run of Monreal with a floated cross to the back post that the latter converted on the half-volley.4 – Nacho Monreal has netted four goals in his 21 Premier League games this season, after managing just one in his previous five top-flight campaigns with Arsenal (134 games). Influx.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2018However, the lead didn’t last long. Ozil was involved in the game’s second goal too, losing possession inside his own half to spring Swansea onto the attack. Mawson’s pass allowed Clucas to run clear of the Arsenal defence before slotting low beyond the advancing Cech.With the visitors struggling to create much in the early stages of the second half, Wenger sent on Mkhitaryan on the hour mark, but the Armenian hadn’t touched the ball before his side fell behind in embarrassing fashion.Cech made a complete mess of clearing Shkodran Mustafi’s square pass to present Ayew with a gift. The goalkeeper connected with nothing but air as he swung his left foot at the ball, resulting in it striking his standing leg and dribbling perfectly into the path of the Swansea forward.Ayew wasted a glorious chance to put Swansea further ahead in the 71st minute, firing wide with his left foot, but the miss didn’t prove costly in the final reckoning, as Clucas made sure with a firm finish from six yards out. KEY OPTA STATS- Swansea have won consecutive Premier League games for the first time this season.- Carlos Carvalhal is just the fifth manager to win his first two matches against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in all competitions (also Alex Ferguson, Luis Enrique, John Gregory and Roy Evans).- Arsenal have accrued 13 points from their 13 away games this season; only in 2005/06 had they won fewer points on the road at this stage of a Premier League season (12).- Arsenal have lost 15 points from winning positions this season in the Premier League; only Watford have dropped more (16). read morelast_img read more

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USMNT ratings: Parker & Green grab result vs. France

first_imgFrance v United States USMNT player ratings: Parker stands out as Green grabs a result vs. France Ben Valentine 05:39 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julian Green Tim Parker USA France friendly 2018 JEFF PACHOUD France v United States United States France Friendlies The defender was there when called upon against tough opposition, while the attacker netted the only U.S. goal A young, inexperienced United States national team was not expected to do much against France, one of the favorites for the 2018 World Cup, but it managed to turn out an impressive performance in a 1-1 draw.Despite France controlling large stretches of the game, and Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann not finishing solid chances, the USMNT performed well against superior opposition.The USMNT goal came courtesy of Julian Green , who pounced on a Djibril Sidibe mistake and delivered an excellent shot to beat Hugo Lloris and give the visitors a shock lead. 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 Kylian Mbappe managed to pull the hosts level late in the second half, but Les Blues were unable to find the winner as they leave for Russia following the friendly draw.While Mbappe got the goal, he found life difficult thanks to the efforts of center-back Tim Parker, who was there to break up attacks and was a big part in a strong performance by the USMNT back line.It won’t count for much this year, as the USMNT will now head home after missing out on the 2018 World Cup, but it is a nice feather in the caps of this young squad as they look to build off their success in this contest and take that momentum with them as they return to their clubs.G Zack Steffen, 8: Did not have to stand on his head despite France’s control of possession. However, he was there when called upon and sure-handed as well. Nothing he could do on the goal made a great save on a rebound chance by Ousmane Dembele at the death.D Shaq Moore, 6: Had his issues defensively, as Mendy and Hernandez both gave him problems. But his dangerous cross not dealt with by Sidibe led to the USMNT goal.D Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7: May have a touch fortunate to avoid a penalty in the first half but for the most part defended well. He was the closest to Mbappe on the goal, but couldn’t really be faulted on it.D Matt Miazga, 7: Like his partners on the back line, had plenty to do. France did not score while he was on the field, however, and he deserves credit for that. Unlucky to be forced off after clashing heads with Giroud.D Tim Parker, 8: Made good clearances when the USMNT was under pressure and had plenty questions asked of him. He answered nearly all of them well and was the best defender on the night.D Antonee Robinson, 7: Used his pace to great effect and was better at identifying runs than he did against Bolivia, against much better opposition.M Wil Trapp, 7: Had a lot to do with having to track runs from Griezmann and Mbappe. Was composed the rare times he had the ball, and was efficient in his passing.M Tyler Adams, 7: Did a lot of little things with a lot of interceptions and clearances. His passing however, was the worst of the midfielders and does deserve some of the blame for the USMNT struggling with possession in the early going. Improved as the game went along.M Weston McKennie, 7: Ran a great deal but did not get to see a lot of the ball. Missed a few tackles, but overall, a solid performance in difficult circumstances.F Julian Green, 7.5: Struggled in the early going with few touches and had an early giveaway that Pogba hit the post on. However, more than made up for it with his effort on the goal, beating Sidibe to the ball and hitting a well-struck shot on target. Aside from the mistake early on, was actually very tidy with his passing. F Bobby Wood, 6.5: Struggled with the timing of his runs all game, but did contribute to the build up of the first goal by spraying it out to Moore. Understandably lacked service.Substitutes: D Eric Palmer-Brown, 6: Came in for Miazga and was not as good on the ball, but made some clearances. Solid performance given the difficulty of opposition.D DeAndre Yedlin, 6: Came on for Moore and never really got involved in anything offensively. However, seemed to handle threats down his side a little better than Moore.D Jorge Villafana, NA: Came on in late and didn’t do anything wrong as he helped the USMNT close out the draw.M Joe Corona, 5: Came on for Green as was less involved offensively, making just a handful of passes. Made a dangerous run forward but couldn’t put his chance on goal, and then lost Thomas Lemar for a France chance late.F Josh Sargent, 5.5: Had just two passes in the entirety of his time in the field, though he did have a part in the build up to Corona’s chance in the second half.last_img read more

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FIFA 19: Have EA Sports finally got the best of PES?

first_imgUEFA Champions League FIFA 19: EA Sports embracing PES rivalry after claiming Champions League edge Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 12:59 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA 19 Cristiano Ronaldo UEFA Champions League After years of waiting, FIFA finally have the Champions League rights again and it could spell disaster for PES When it comes to football video games, FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer are very much like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – both brilliant in their own right but constantly compared to one another.Having finally claimed the UEFA Champions League rights from PES, FIFA undoubtedly now has a crucial edge in the supposed rivalry.Aaron McHardy, an executive producer of FIFA 19, explained just how important the licence to Europe’s biggest club competition was for EA Sports.  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 “Konami has had that licence and done well with it in PES,” McHardy told Goal.  “In an effort to get as much authentic content as we can we brought the world’s biggest league back to FIFA and we’re quite excited about the opportunities that opens up for us.”Champions League is important…it’s the trophy every kid on the playground is dreaming of winning when they’re playing growing up.”FIFA 19 Champions LeagueWhile FIFA certainly has the flash of Ronaldo, PES does boast a Messi-like mastery when it comes to actual gameplay with the franchise winning over a number of fans in recent years as a result.Much like Messi and Ronaldo though, FIFA doesn’t see the presence of PES as a bad thing with McHardy explaining that they push each other to keep improving. “It’s always good to have a good competitor in the market place,” he said”It’s the best thing for our fans ultimately, they push us, we push them and ultimately everybody wants to make the best experience they can which means there’s more choice for fans.”We obviously are doing everything that we can to make the best video game we can every single year.”I mean at the end of the day it forces two big companies to put everything they’ve got behind the biggest sport in the world and replicating it in video game form and ultimately we get great products at the end of that and it creates an opportunity for our fans to choose what’s best.” After ten years in the hands of PES, the Champions League licence certainly looms as a massive advantage for EA Sports, who are going all out to incorporate the competition into FIFA 19.FIFA 19 releases globally September 28 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.last_img read more

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2004 NTL DRAW AVAILABLE

first_imgThe 2004 National Touch League draw for both Opens/20’s and Seniors can now be found by going to the Tournaments tab on the left side of the homepage. Go to the National Touch League page and look in the 2004 National Touch League page. This is a draft draw and can be subject to change prior to the National Touch League. Participants are reminded to check the web page for updates as the take place.last_img

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“THE HAPPY SNAPPER”

first_imgWhen his camera crashed to the ground this morning Michael probably questioned exactly why he was taking photos of touch players in the middle of a storm (especially when you consider the fact the camera is part of the $35,000 worth of equipment that he brings to a tournament). Michael Broadbent has been taking photos of touch football events since 1994, but has no hesitation in praising the events, the players and the people involved. “Both at a state and national level the people and events are as good as any that I work with. The players and officials have a great attitude and there is a real community sense about the sport, especially compared to some other sports,” he said. Broady (as we all affectionately know him) has been a photographer since he was 18 years old and together with business partner Duane Hart, established the company Sporting Images Australia. Sporting Images now have three office staff, another four photographers and shoot every major touch tournament in Australia, as well as traveling with ATA to overseas events. “We work at around 13 touch tournaments each year, including National tournaments like NTL’s and Australia Cup, as well as State events,” he said. The marvels of technology and `military precision’ (as Broady describes) allow him and his team to take team photos, produce the photos and ship them back to the tournament before its conclusion. With around 2000 being the average number of photos taken each tournament Broady definitely works hard for touch. Having traveled to New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Jersey Isles, England and Japan, Broady has certainly scored trips away some people can only dream of. “The 2003 World Cup in Japan was absolutely awesome, definitely my touch highlight, I loved the culture there,” he said. Combined with the relationships and camaraderie it makes touch a very enjoyable working experience. “Some of my best friends are people that I’ve met through touch. How can you go past Kerry Norman (current Australian Womens Open Coach) trying to change the tv channel with her mobile phone?” Broady said. “But seriously, we do really enjoy taking good action pictures of people we know and the touch community.” “We enjoy showing the face of touch to the world through our photos and especially taking pictures of touch legends that have passed on and people will always see and remember.” By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img
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FINALS REFEREES APPOINTED

first_imgAfter three days of solid refereeing performances, the National Referees Panel have made the appointments for the finals matches,  naming Dave Baggio and Kathy Sweeney as the leading male and female referees respectively. Tournament Referee Director Ian Matthew said it has been a challenging tournament for the referees, some of whom have officiated in up to four games a day. “We lost a few referee’s with injury, so that made it tough,” Matthew said.“But they’ve all come through really well I think, and have done a great job in the circumstances.”Mens Open: Dave Baggio, Keith Steel, and Adam FoleyMixed Open: Richard O’Connor, Mike Medlin, and Luke McKenzieMens 20s: Dale Lawrence, Sam Mournehis, and Greg MyersWomens Open: Nic Hollingworth, Kathy Sweeney, Annabelle ConnollyWomens 20s: Anthony Smith, Jamie Oliver,  Bill SladeMens Open Plate: Brendan Antrobus, Damien Carlson, and Bernard O’DonohueWomens Open Plate: Matt Vernon, Mark Kelly and Mark Leonard.last_img read more

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Australia Claims Fourth YTT Title

first_imgThe Australian 18’s Boys team has come from 1-0 down in the series to claim games two and three of the series and win the division title. Their 5-4 win in today’s third and deciding match saw them win the series 2-1. 18’s Girls Australia has claimed a 3-0 series win in the 18’s Girls division following their 6-0 win in game three of the series today. The Australian 18’s Girls started game three strongly, with Shannon Rose scoring in the eighth minute before Zara Nicholas scored in the 11th minute to take a 2-0 lead at half-time.  The Dominique Du Toit scored in the fifth minute of the second half, before touchdowns to Lucy Botten, another to Zara Nicholas and Shellie Davis saw them runaway with a 6-0 win. 18’s Boys  The Australian boys have won the 18’s Boys deciding game by one touchdown, 5-4 to claim the series two games to one. After a 9-8 loss on Friday night, the Australian turned the series around yesterday with a convincing win before they dominated game three early to set up the win from the fast finishing Kiwis. Kalyn Ponga turned defence into attack in the third minute, when he ran the length of the field after intercepting on the line to give Australia an early 1-0 lead. Corey Russell set up David Richards soon after, and when a Kai Simbolon half run saw Matt Wilson score the Australians had a 3-0 lead. Ponga soon had his second touchdown of the half, before Taylor Haugh scored for the Kiwis. Australia took a 4-1 lead into the half-time break. New Zealand scored the first two touchdowns of the second half, through Rory Van Vugt and Te Hauora Campbell bringing their side within one touchdown of the Australians before Damon Moore extended the Aussies lead by two, 5-3. New Zealand scored in the final minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough, with the Aussies taking a 5-4 win and claiming the series 2-1. 20’s GirlsThe Australian 20’s Girls have continued their dominance in the 20’s Girls division, winning game three 13-3 and taking a 3-0 series win. Game three started in similar fashion to the two previous games, with the Australians taking a 6-1 lead into half-time.They further extended their lead in the second half, to take a 10 touchdown win and finish the series with three wins. 20’s BoysThe Australian 20’s Boys finished their 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign in style, winning their third game 10-7 on Sunday. Australia raced out to a 6-2 lead at half-time, before the Kiwis hit back in the second half, scoring five touchdowns to Australia’s four. But it was too little too late, with the Australians taking the series whitewash 3-0 with their three touchdown win.  Related LinksYTT Day Threelast_img read more

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10 months agoHazard off bench to fire Chelsea into Carabao Cup semifinals

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard off bench to fire Chelsea into Carabao Cup semifinalsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard came off the bench to fire Chelsea into the Carabao Cup semifinals after victory over Bournemouth.The match was six minutes away from going to penalties when Pedro’s back-heel gave Hazard a chance, with his shot deflecting off Charlie Daniels and past Artur Boruc.Bournemouth, who were aiming to reach the semi-final of a major cup competition for the first time in their history, had chances but Callum Wilson shot just wide and Lys Mousset had an effort saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.Chelsea join 2018 winners Manchester City, Tottenham and League One side Burton Albion in the last four. last_img

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10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner on Southampton defeat: Not good enough

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner on Southampton defeat: Not good enoughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner was unhappy with his players after defeat at home to Southampton.Saints were impressive for the 3-1 win.Wagner lamented, “The first-half was not good. For the first time in a long time we looked nervous in ball possession and did not perform. The second-half was better. Everyone was lively after the goal.”We passed too many times backwards when we had the opportunity to go forward. We were not brave enough.”Hopefully Jonathan Hogg (knee) is back next week. Losing four midfielders together is not easy, but we have belief in every squad player. That is why they are at the football club.” last_img read more

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a month agoWATCH: Liverpool’s 2-goal Sadio Mane gives one young fan unforgettable birthday present

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenham

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenhamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is full of praise for Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino left the St Mary’s side to join Spurs back in 2014 and guided them to the Champions League final last season.Hasenhuttl said: “Last year he wasn’t allowed to sit on the bench which is maybe the reason why we could take the three points.“It was an unbelievable game from us. I didn’t know how we could end up winning this game because in the first half they should have been four goals up.“If you want to take points against such a team then you need to have a nearly perfect performance and even then, you are not sure.“I think he has done a fantastic job in Tottenham and took them from being a struggling team to Champions League finalists. It’s unbelievable the job he does there.“We don’t look too much on them because I think it’s important for us to concentrate on the qualities that we have.“We know that it’s a big challenge, but we like these challenges.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoChelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clashby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is out of their clash at Ajax in the Champions League.Blues attacker Ross Barkley will also miss the game.The pair of midfielders missed the final training session on Tuesday morning in Cobham ahead of the flight to Amsterdam after failing to recover in time from their injuries.Barkley limped off before half-time against Newcastle on Saturday after damaging his ankle. Kante, meanwhile, has been out since picking up a groin injury while on international duty with France.Chelsea were handed a boost as defender Emerson Palmieri took part in the session, warming up with his team-mates before doing some ball work, reports the Daily Mail. last_img read more

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7 hours agoAustralian bank helps Crystal Palace collect Man Utd fee for Wan-Bissaka

first_imgAustralian bank helps Crystal Palace collect Man Utd fee for Wan-Bissakaby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have managed to land £22.5 million of the Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer fee early thanks to a deal with Australian bank Macquarie.The Premier League side sold one of the instalments they are owed by Manchester United for the right back.Wan-Bissaka moved clubs in the summer, while the deal was structured based on payments over the course of the next few years.United were set to pay Palace the £22.5 million figure in the coming summer.The Evening Standard says Palace have the money early, which allows them to continue reinvesting it in the club.Chairman Steve Parish wants to improve the main stand at their Selhurst Park stadium, among other upgrades. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Higuain’s Chelsea move on with Piatek set for Milan medical

first_imgGenoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is set for a medical at Milan on Wednesday morning, Goal understands. With the Polish striker joining the Rossoneri, on-loan forward Gonzalo Higuain will be clear to complete his long-rumoured move to Chelsea. Chelsea will land Higuain on a six-month loan with an option to buy the striker outright at season’s end for £32.5 million (€36m).  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? Higuain spent the first half of the season with Milan on loan from Juventus, with the Rossoneri keen to find a replacement before sanctioning the Argentine’s move to Stamford Bridge. That replacement will come in the form of Piatek, who has shot to prominence this term by scoring 19 goals in 21 games with Genoa. Milan will reportedly pay €35 million (£31m/$40m) to land the 23-year-old Polish international, who has been compared to his countryman Robert Lewandowski. Piatek and Higuain were both left out for their respective sides on Monday, as Milan defeated Genoa 2-0 in Serie A action. Prior to the match, Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso lamented the way Higuain had been affected by consistent talk of him joining his former manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. “I want to be honest with you all. We had a poor training session today due to all these rumours,” Gattuso said.”We spoke after the training session and I did not consider him [Higuain] ready for this game.”I accept his decision. Surely he could have done more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better.”Higuain has not hit his usual goalscoring standards this term, netting just eight times in all competitions for the Rossoneri. He will look to reignite a Chelsea attack that has suffered as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have failed to hit top form at the striker position this term. Morata also appears to be on the move, as Goal understands Chelsea have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to allow the Spain striker to leave on loan, with the Liga club having a £48.5m ($62m) option to sign the forward on a permanent basis.last_img read more

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Mike Tirico Will Call Notre Dame’s First 3 Home Games

first_imgMike Tirico with Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.ESPN.Mike Tirico will be the voice of Notre Dame football for three games this season.The NBC sportscaster will be calling the Fighting Irish’s first three home games of the 2016 season (Nevada, Michigan State and Duke) while Dan Hicks is out on assignment.Tirico will do play-by-play for Notre Dame’s first 3 matchups (Nevada, Michigan St, Duke) while Dan Hicks is on assignment.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 30, 2016The schedule for those three games:Sept. 10 vs. Nevada, 3:30 p.m. E.T. on NBCSept. 17 vs. Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. E.T. on NBCSept. 24 vs. Duke, 3:30 p.m. E.T. on NBCTirico left ESPN for NBC earlier this year. It was presumed by many that Tirico would be calling NBC’s Thursday Night Football NFL games, but that won’t be happening, as the league mandated that the Sunday Night Football crew (Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth) also calls TNF.Notre Dame opens its season Sunday against Texas. That game will be televised on ABC at 7:30 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

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Promising Big Ten RB Has To Retire Due To Injuries

first_imgQuarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Early last season, Tre Bryant looked like he could be a star in the Big Ten. Through two games against Arkansas State and Oregon, he ran for 299 yards and two scores.That game against Oregon wound up being his last. Bryant’s football career has been unfortunately cut short.With 107 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Ducks, Bryant went down with an injury. After surgery, he wound up missing the rest of the season.He has had two additional surgeries since, and despite feeling better, his knees are both “bone on bone,” according to head coach Scott Frost.Tre Bryant announced his retirement from Nebraska football on Friday night.He made the announcement in a lengthy note posted to Twitter.“Time waits for no Man” #GBR pic.twitter.com/kqeQsYsbTV— Tre Bryant (@TreBryant_8) August 24, 2018From his note:“Football is a physically demanding game as I would come to learn later in my career. Three knee surgeries later, I began to notice the passion I had for the game being replaced with frustration. Frustrated with the results I would witness on film, seeing a hole on the field and just not being able to make the cutback. I began to hate the game I grew to love so damn much. When fresh, I was able to rock but my daily performance was honestly nowhere near my standards. My body couldn’t keep up with the college grind and I had to learn to accept that. I am forever grateful for my journey as a football player. The relationships and memories made along the way will last a lifetime. Having the opportunity to wear that ‘N’ and represent Nebraska every time I took the field was a true blessing.”[…]When I got injured last season, I told myself I would jog off the field when my last day of football came, rather than being carried off in pain. Thanks to this staff and fall camp, I was able to make that a reality. I jogged off the practice field with a smile on my face, enjoying my last day of Football. Time waits for no Man… My time with Football is up… #GBR”Frost, who did not have the chance to coach Bryant in the regular season, hoped that he would have a role in the new Huskers offense this fall. From the Omaha World-Herald:“He’s good enough to be a great player, and I feel terrible for the kid because I think he had a future in the game and a bright future in the game. But it’s hard. Without saying too much, he talks about going home and not being able to sleep at night because of aching and pain in there.”[…]“He’s been incredible since we’ve been here,” Frost said. “He’s had some knee issues and at the beginning of camp looked great and I think he felt great. I think he’s just kind of figured out that he can’t do it with the condition that he has. So we’re going to support him and help him any way that we can. But I just don’t think that his knees will hold up right now.”It’s really rough news for a player with such upside, but it appears that he’s taking things okay, and stepping away from the game at the right time.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

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College Football Analyst Reveals “Upset Special” Pick For Week 2

first_imgGeneral view of Sun Devil Stadium as the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks warm up prior to the college football game on September 19, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona.TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 19: General view of Sun Devil Stadium as the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks warm up prior to the college football game on September 19, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Warhawks 38-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Week 2 of the 2018 college football season is arriving. This weekend’s slate isn’t filled with appealing contests, but typically, a boring schedule on the surface turns into craziness on the field.Will that be the case for Week 2?Maybe.One college football analyst, Ralph D. Russo, is predicting a major upset.Russo revealed his picks for the week on Wednesday. They include a top 15 team falling on the road.The pick: Arizona State over No. 15 Michigan State.From the AP:No. 15 Michigan State (minus 5½) at Arizona StateSun Devils are 9-0 against Big Ten teams in Tempe, not including losses to Nebraska and Penn State before they were in the conference … ARIZONA STATE 34-27, UPSET SPECIAL.Michigan State and Arizona State are set to kick off at 10:45 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Names His Top 2 Teams In College Football

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.Earlier this week, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made the difficult decision to bench quarterback Kelly Bryant in favor of freshman Trevor Lawrence. Bryant then announced his decision to transfer from the Tigers program.ESPN’s Paul Finebaum commented on Swinney’s decision to switch quarterbacks. The sports personality thinks Swinney made the right call saying he’s “not impressed with Clemson” through four weeks.Finebaum thinks the change at quarterback helps, but he’s still not predicting a championship for Clemson. According to Finebaum, Clemson is not one of the two best teams in the country.He thinks Alabama and Ohio State are the best so far. Here’s what he had to say via 247Sports.“Right now, Alabama and Ohio State are the two best teams in the country and I’m just not impressed with Clemson,” Finebaum said. “I think it’s evident by what Dabo did. He’s not happy either. I still can’t understand (Clemson) struggling. Alabama played a C-plus game and probably should’ve had a five-touchdown win over Texas A&M.”It’s hard to argue with Finebaum given how Alabama has looked on the offensive side of the ball with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback. The Buckeyes also have a star under center in Dwayne Haskins who has completed better than 75-percent of his passes this season.Ohio State gets a tough matchup on the road against Penn State this weekend while the Crimson Tide look to coast against Louisiana.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Injury Update For Michigan State WR Felton Davis

first_imgA closeup of a Michigan State football helmet.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 29: A Michigan State helmet sits on the sideline during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Saturday’s Big Ten matchup between Michigan and Michigan State has lived up to the hype. It’s been a defensive struggle for much of the first half – after a lengthy weather delay held the game for over an hour.Michigan currently leads 7-0. It’s been tough sledding for the Michigan State offense, and it just got a lot worse for the Spartans.Star wide receiver Felton Davis went down with a non-contact injury and was immediately carted off the field by Michigan State medical personnel. Davis lined up to run a route, took one step and went straight to the ground.He appeared to suffer a lower leg injury, possibly an Achilles. Here’s the play where Davis suffered the injury.Michigan State star receiver Felton Davis goes down at the snap. Cart was brought out immediately. pic.twitter.com/e8QnIaIV2p— Shawn Spencer (@Spencer_NFL) October 20, 2018If he’s done for the day – which looks likely – it’s a huge loss for the Michigan State team. Davis leads the Spartans in receiving and it coming off of a game-winning touchdown reception against Penn State.Stay tuned for the latest injury news for Davis.last_img read more

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Penn State’s Made A Change To Its Helmets For This Weekend’s Game

first_imgJames Franklin directs Mike Gesicki during a game.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki #88 following a touchdown reception during the second half against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)Penn State football very rarely changes up its classic uniform look, and for good reason. Most Nittany Lions fans can probably get behind what it is doing this weekend, though.The No. 20 Nittany Lions face Wisconsin on Saturday. It is the program’s annual THON game, supporting the school’s famous drive to fight childhood cancer.PSU offensive tackle Charlie Shuman, president of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board, has been pushing for the addition of a “THON” sticker to the back of his team’s helmets.After three years, it is becoming a reality.Penn State football unveiled the addition of the THON stickers earlier this week.It is a minor change, but an impactful one.Our players will be sporting a @THON sticker on the back of their helmets this Saturday in support of #PennState’s annual THON Game. @Dev_Still71 & Leah Still will be our Honorary Captains! ?#WeAre #FTK pic.twitter.com/MQmv2NNROm— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 5, 2018Shuman spoke to reporters about what the whole process means to him, after the prolonged process. From the Daily Collegian:“I met with some of the people upstairs in the football building and we got a letter together and sent it over to [Deputy Athletic Director] Phil [Esten] and [Athletic Director] Sandy [Barbour],” Shuman told reporters Tuesday. “They were extremely supportive knowing it was coming from a student athlete and how much Penn State’s involved with THON and how much THON means to us. They were very supportive right off the bat for it.”Shuman knows that it’s not just the THON sticker that’s important. He recognizes that having a THON game helps make a huge difference.“At the end of the day, we’re going to play a football game on Saturday, but it’s exciting to have all the THON families and to have THON on a national stage while we play Wisconsin,” Shuman said.Penn State football’s game against Wisconsin is slated for a noon kick-off.[Daily Collegian]last_img read more

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