Burns backs ‘legacy player’ Castro

first_imgPerth Glory Burns backs ‘legacy player’ Castro to star Dejan Kalinic 15:23 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DiegoCastro - Cropped Getty Images Perth Glory A-League Jacob Burns believes Diego Castro will be even better for Perth Glory after a full pre-season. Perth Glory star Diego Castro will be even more valuable for the A-League club after a full pre-season, according to football director Jacob Burns.Castro, 35, signed a one-year extension with Perth last month, the superstar midfielder set for a fourth season at the club.Unlike previously, the Spanish playmaker is set to join his Glory team-mates from the start of pre-season on Monday in a huge boost to Tony Popovic’s men. 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 Burns believes that will only help Perth, who have been led by the 2015-16 Johnny Warren Medallist since his arrival.”‘Cas’ is a very unique player, he’s been a legacy player for us and still has fantastic football in him,” he told Omnisport.”I think it was a very important one for us as a club, for Popa as manager, to have him back for a full pre-season. I think that’s something that in the past we haven’t had, we haven’t had him at the very start.”He’s a fit, professional guy and he always looks after himself, but I think it’s going to have even more value him starting day one with the group, being in all the pre-season, through the FFA Cup games, and we’ve got some exciting games coming up, including Chelsea here on July 23.”We can’t wait to witness more magic from El Maestro next season #OneGlory pic.twitter.com/xzMQ8tyLXz— Perth Glory FC (@PerthGloryFC) June 5, 2018Glory are looking for an improved campaign after finishing eighth and missing the finals last season.The arrival of former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Popovic – who won the AFC Champions League in 2014 – has already given them a boost.”I think first and foremost he [Popovic] has been successful, he’s taken a start-up club to the AFC Champions League and won it in the first season and he’s been involved in finals,” Burns said.”It’s his professionalism and his winning mentality I think that players want to come and play for. They know it’s not easy but they know they’re going to be a better player for it .”The general consensus in and amongst football circles is that yes, it’s going to be a tough time when you’re working under him, but it’s one that I think everyone embraces.”last_img read more

7 days ago​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukaku

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukakuby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is sticking by the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan out Alexis Sanchez.The Red Devils manager is under increased scrutiny after his side made a poor start to the season.Their biggest problem is a lack of goals, but Solskjaer does not regret letting two experienced attackers leave in the summer transfer window.Speaking about those departures in an interview with Gary Neville, Solskjaer said: “In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience. “Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.”That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.”We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.” last_img read more

Photos: Texas A&M’s Kyle Field Now Has Grass

first_imgview of Texas A&M's Kyle Field.@12thManFor much of the offseason, the playing surface at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field has looked more like a parking lot than it has a football field. With the Aggies’ renovating their stadium, Kyle Field has been without grass for months. The grass is back. Texas A&M has been installing its playing surface at Kyle Field over the last day or so. It looks great. Real spot! The NEW Kyle Field!! #12thman #GigEm pic.twitter.com/d8OIn7sOyQ— Jeff Banks (@jbsttamu) July 29, 2015West side almost done #kylefield pic.twitter.com/kNNkm2yMF8— Mendl (@CzechMendl) July 31, 2015Took a tour of Kyle Field at Texas A&M this morning. Impressive stuff. Largest SEC stadium. pic.twitter.com/GDOstRYXn1— Jarom Jordan (@jaromjordan) July 31, 2015 @12thMan@12thManLooking good, Aggies. Texas A&M’s first home game is set to take place Sept. 12 against Ball State.last_img read more

ESPN’s Mike Golic Will Attempt To Eat 36 Mini-Doughnuts In 1 Hour Tomorrow

first_imgESPN's Mike Golic.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Sports media personality Mike Golic attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN radio host Mike Golic will attempt an interesting feat Thursday morning. Golic, in response to a bet from Jon “Stugotz” Weiner over at The Dan Le Batard Show, will try to eat 36 mini-doughnuts in an hour, live on-air during Mike & Mike. Stugotz accomplished the feat in a three-hour time period last week, but had a rough time in the process. Tomorrow, @espngolic will attempt to eat 36 powdered mini donuts in ONE HOUR! Retweet if you think he will do it. https://t.co/x9qtyV0uaC— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) November 11, 2015Wondering just how big these doughnuts are? Here’s a shot of Stugotz’ plate before he started chowing down.Happy Thursday from the @LeBatardShow!!! pic.twitter.com/KMf6a53O2F— Charlie Hulme (@charlie_hulme) November 5, 2015The stakes? Should Golic finish the doughnuts in an hour, Stugotz will have to shave his head. If Golic cannot get through them, he’ll have to do something on the Le Batard Show’s “Grid Of Death.”Will he pull it off? We’ll find out tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Jordan Coaches’ Hat Revealed

first_imgJim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team.ANN ARBOR, MI – DECEMBER 30: Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching hat has been revealed.Alejandro Zuniga of MaizenBrew posted a photo on Twitter today of the Michigan head coach’s new Air Jordan hat that he will wear on the sideline.Here it is:Jim Harbaugh’s hat for the 2016-17 football season: pic.twitter.com/DVibrXctVX— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) July 29, 2016Harbaugh’s coaching shirt (which he designed) was revealed earlier this month. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016Michigan officially becomes a Nike school on Aug. 1. The Wolverines signed a $173 million contract with The Swoosh that will run through 2027.As part of the deal, the Wolverines’ football team will be outfitted by Nike’s Jordan brand. All of the football gear – including the uniforms – will have the Jumpman logo.The football jerseys are set to be unveiled at a special ceremony in Detroit on Tuesday.last_img read more

‘Man City will still win the Premier League’

first_imgCraig Bellamy says he expects Manchester City to defend their Premier League title despite Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table.City were tipped as pre-season favourites after winning the English top flight last term, finishing 19 points ahead of runners-up Manchester United.However, three defeats in their last four matches have seen them slip seven points behind Jurgen Klopp’s leaders. 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? While Liverpool remain the only team in the league not to have suffered a defeat so far, former Reds and City star Bellamy believes Pep Guardiola’s men are still in with a good chance of taking the title.”I don’t believe Liverpool will go unbeaten, they will lose one or two games, and I personally think Man City will win the league,” he told Sky Sports.”I think Pep Guardiola would be rubbing his hands saying ‘game on – last year, we won it so comfortably, now let’s see what we’ve got’.”They have a manager who is a serial winner so they have a lot of factors that they can look back on.”With seven points to make up, especially over the Christmas period, you can get that back. Don’t write Man City off yet.”The ex-Cardiff City striker believes the key detail will be in how the Reds bounce back from their first loss of the season.”It’s how they respond, those are the key moments,” he added.”I remember losing the league title on the last day at Celtic. Having that experience next time around with Cardiff in the Championship, it was like ‘calm down, take one game at a time, just win the next game and don’t worry about who we have got in three weeks.'”Man City’s next game is against Southampton on Sunday, a day after Liverpool take on fifth-placed Arsenal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Chelsea’s profit on player sales fuel record turnover

first_imgChelsea’s player sales reached £113 million ($144m) last season and have helped the club to achieve a record-high profit, after tax, of £62m and a best ever turnover figure of £443.4m for the year ending on June 30 2018.The player sales were for last season and included the likes of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid for £53m, Nemanja Matic to Manchester United for £40m, Nathan Ake to Bournemouth for £20m and Juan Cuadrado to Juventus for £17.3m. There were 17 further deals done out of the club, not including loans, leading to the figure to rise to £113m.It was a season that ended in former manager Antonio Conte leaving the club after a fifth-place finish and an FA Cup win. The manager’s complaints about the club’s business in the transfer market lead to the club becoming unsettled in the dressing room and in the board room. Conte’s severance pay is not included in the figures. 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? However, Chelsea have managed to break-even under Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and have increased many revenue streams – including those from broadcasting by £41.7m to £204.1m.Chelsea increased match day revenues by £8.4m in the 2017/18 season, having won the FA Cup and to the Carabao Cup semi-final, but having disappointed with a last-16 exit in the Champions League.The Blues also increased sponsorship from commercial activities, rising by £32m after signing a new kit deal with Nike and having other major sponsors including Carabao and Yokohama Tires. There will now be calls for Chelsea to dip into the transfer market in January, as they aim to give their star player Eden Hazard a record-breaking new deal worth over £300,000-a-week.Bruce Buck released a statement, alongside Chelsea’s accounts to celebrate a year of success away from the pitch for the club.”The club has now posted a series of record-breaking revenue figures and our profit margin has increased in consecutive years. This has occurred against a backdrop of varying participation in European football, and different degrees of achievement in the Premier League, which demonstrates we have built a sound business footing to support our on-pitch quest for success.”With our matchday income steady, despite not finishing in the top four of the Premier League last season, and our global fanbase increasing, we thank our loyal supporters as well as our hard-working staff and valued partners for helping to make a successful financial year.”Bruce Buck Chelsea 2018-19The strong financial figures will be welcome news to Roman Abramovich, who has paused the development of the club’s stadium, amid a geopolitical situation which has halted the renewal of his UK investor visa.Chelsea sources have insisted that Abramovich is committed to the club, but he is rumoured to have contracted the Raine Group to broker a sale of around £2.5bn, which would be a global record sale for any sports club.The Blues parent company which represents the interests of Abramovich, Fordstam Limited, earned a profit of £24.9m for the year.last_img read more

Inglethorpe reveals Liverpool academy recruitment policy

first_imgLiverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe says the club’s recruitment policy is focused on local players rather than those from overseas.Dutchman Ki-Jana Hoever, Portugal Under-20 international Rafael Camacho and winger Curtis Jones all made their Reds debuts in the FA Cup third round defeat to Wolves on Monday.The trio each produced accomplished displays in the 2-1 loss, another reflection of the quality coming through the Melwood academy. 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? Seventeen-year-old Jones became the latest Scouser to play for the Liverpool first team during his 70-minute run-out.And despite Liverpool being able to attract players from across Europe and beyond, the club are focused on drawing on players from the surrounding area to supplement their first team squad.Inglethorpe told Liverpool’s official website: “The Academy is made up predominantly of boys from the north west, so we have more than our fair share of Scousers in the Academy but we’ll also have boys [from elsewhere].“We can recruit from either 60 minutes or 90 minutes away from Kirkby, depending on the age group. “Of course, as they get older that extends out, but what we don’t want to do is take away the heartbeat.“If anything, what we have tried to do is focus more on the local area. “We’ve really tried hard in our pre-Academy to get the recruitment right in there and to look after the age groups.“I’m really excited about some of the boys who are at the Academy, there are boys here who should and will play for Liverpool – I have no doubt in that we have boys here who will represent this club.“So, for me, I think it’s important that we are well represented from staff and from players from the Merseyside area, but of course that’s going to extend out into the north west. That’s logical.”Trent Alexander-Arnold became the latest local prodigy to become a regular in the first team last season, with Jurgen Klopp admitting having a Scouse contingent in his squad is important.“I love it, I love it! It’s important for this club,” the German told Goal during pre-season.“If you have the chance, then you should do it. How many people live in Liverpool? 500,000? Iceland has 330,000, I think, so Liverpool should have enough people to create our own team!“But of course, the more the better. With Stevie and Carra, it was great to have those kind of boys come through, really cool. We will see with Curtis, there is still a long way to go but the first signs are really positive. He’s a good player, he can be very good, we will see.“It’s always this little plus if they come from Liverpool. If I have two players, same quality, but one speaks proper English and the other one speaks Scouse, the Scouser is in! That’s why we are Liverpool.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lloris: Spurs ready to fight without Kane

first_imgHugo Lloris stressed Tottenham are “ready to fight” in all four competitions this season despite injury concerns over star striker Harry Kane. Tottenham could be without Kane for a month after the England international hurt his ankle in Sunday’s Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United.Kane had to be helped off the pitch at Wembley as Spurs sweat on the fitness of their talisman. 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? However, Lloris insisted Tottenham are not reliant on Kane as Spurs compete in the Premier League, Champions League last 16, EFL Cup semi-final and FA Cup. Mauricio on @MoussaSissoko and @HKane: “We need to assess Moussa tomorrow and see what happens. Harry suffered a big tackle, we hope it’s not a big problem but we will also need to assess him tomorrow.” pic.twitter.com/uaI2w8WiPV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 13, 2019″We all know how important Harry is in our team, but he is not all of our team,” said Lloris. “Football is about the team and every player is ready to help the team.”In football, during the season, you have ups and downs and you have to always adapt to those and we will see about ‘H’. But I think everybody is ready and the most important thing is the mind: being ready to fight, being ready to help, being ready to compete. It is better when you have all your best players on the field, but that can happen here or it can happen at other clubs.”Every season is different. Every player is different. With or without him, we will see how we do. The most important thing is to prepare for the games as well as we can.”We will see for Fulham in the next game with or without Harry, with or without Son [Heung-min]. Throughout the whole team you have important players but the main thing is the collective. “It is the only way to get trophies. It is not about one or two players, but, as you know, we all know the importance of ‘H’. We are still involved in all competitions, the main thing is to finish in the top four. We said this from the beginning and we don’t change our mind.”Tottenham are third in the Premier League, nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool, ahead of Sunday’s trip to lowly Fulham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Proud Pochettino targets another CL final

first_imgMauricio Pochettino wants to “experience this again” despite seeing his Tottenham side suffer Champions League heartache against Liverpool.Spurs saw a stunning run through European competition reach a disappointing conclusion in Madrid.They had arrived at Wanda Metropolitano confident of downing domestic rivals, with striker Harry Kane returned to their ranks following an injury lay-off. 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? But Spurs’ title dreams took a hit with less than two minutes on the clock when Moussa Sissoko was pulled up for a debatable handball call.Mohamed Salah converted from the penalty spot, while Divock Origi wrapped things up three minutes from the end.Pochettino is now being left to reflect on a season which promised much but only delivered a fourth-place finish, with questions being asked of his future in north London.The Argentine is, however, eager to take plenty of positives from 2018-19 and look to ensure that similar stages at the very top of the game are graced again.He told BT Sport of his spirited Spurs side: “I feel very proud about their effort, how we fight.“We were unlucky, we conceded a goal on a penalty. We were fighting, and we played so well in the second half.“I feel so proud, a little bit unlucky. To start 1-0 down from the start was tough, we changed our plans but we are very proud of these players and these fans. We can be optimistic.“That [penalty] was the circumstance we cannot manage or prepare for. You can never believe you will be 1-0 down after a minute.“Mentally it was very tough, it’s about learning and experience, like Liverpool were in this position last year.“I am so pleased to manage this group of players, but congratulations to Liverpool.“The standards are so high, it wasn’t enough today. It’s a shame. You want to experience this again and repeat it. It is the best game in the world after the World Cup.“It’s about trying, believing and building the journey so it happens again as soon as possible.”Spurs have put all of the pieces in place off the pitch in order to enjoy long-term success, with a move made into the new Totteham Hotspur Stadium.They now need that ambition to be matched on the field, with the club expected to dip back into the transfer market this summer after going through two windows with no additions. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Draw, groups & how to watch

first_imgContents1. Africa Cup of Nations format 2. Tables, fixtures & results 3. What is the Africa Cup of Nations? 4. TV channels & live streaming 5. Previous Africa Cup of Nations winners The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to take place this summer with teams battling it out to be crowned continental champions.Title holders Cameroon had their hosting duties stripped after CAF stated that they were not satisfied with the country’s preparations. 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? Following the news of Cameroon no longer hosting the competition, it was announced in January that CAF had chosen Egypt as the new host nation .It is good news for fans of European teams as the Africa Cup of Nations will be held in the summer and not in the usual winter period for the first time in the tournament’s history, and so players participating in the tournament will not have to disrupt their league season to represent their country.Goal takes a look the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, qualified teams, how it works and brings you all the dates and fixture information.What is the format of the Africa Cup of Nations? At the final stage of the competition, 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams each.The teams in each group will then play in a single round-robin format, and after the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third teams will advance to the round of 16.The winners will advance to the quarter-finals stage, and from then on, progress to the semi-finals. The semi-final losers will contest a third-place match, while semi-final winners will advance to the final.Group stage games kick off on June 21 and the final will take place on July 19. Return to top Africa Cup of Nations finalThe two semi-final winners will meet in the showpiece in Cairo. Date Match Kick-off time Venue Jul 19 Senegal-Algeria 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals The four winners from the quarter-finals make up the semi-finalists in Egypt. Date Match Kick-off time Venue Jul 14 Senegal 1-0 (AET) Tunisia 5pm BST / 12pm ET 30 June Stadium Jul 14 Algeria 2-1 Nigeria 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals The eight winners from the last 16 make up the quarter-finalists in Egypt. Date Match Kick-off time Venue Jul 10 Senegal  1-0 Benin 5pm BST / 12pm ET 30 June Stadium Jul 10 Nigeria 2-1 South Africa 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium Jul 11 Ivory Coast 1-1 (3-4 pens)  Algeria 5pm BST / 12pm ET Suez Stadium Jul 11 Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia 8pm BST / 3pm ET Al Salam Stadium Africa Cup of Nations round-of-16 The first knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations consists of 16 of the 24 teams – with two teams progressing from each one of the six groups and the four best third-placed teams also qualifying. Date Match Kick-off time Venue Jul 5 Morocco 1-1 (2-4 pens) Benin  5pm BST / 12pm ET Al Salam Stadium Jul 5 Uganda 0-1 Senegal 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium Jul 6 Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon 5pm BST / 12pm ET Alexandria Stadium Jul 6 Egypt 0-1 South Africa 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium Jul 7 Madagascar 2-2 (4-2 pens) DR Congo 5pm BST / 12pm ET Alexandria Stadium Jul 7 Algeria 3-0 Guinea 8pm BST / 3pm ET 30 June Stadium Jul 8 Mali 0-1 Ivory Coast 5pm BST / 12pm ET Suez Stadium Jul 8 Ghana 1-1 (4-5 pens)  Tunisia 8pm BST / 3pm ET Ismailia Stadium Africa Cup of Nations Group A tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇪🇬 Egypt 3 3 0 0 +5 9 2 🇺🇬 Uganda 3 1 1 1 0 4 3  🇨🇩 DR Congo 3 1 0 2 0 3 4 🇿🇼 Zimbabwe 3 0 1 2 -5 1 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue June 22 Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe 9pm Cairo International Stadium June 22 DR Congo 0-2 Uganda 3:30pm Cairo International Stadium June 26 Egypt 2-0 DR Congo 9pm Cairo International Stadium June 26 Uganda 1-1 Zimbabwe 6pm Cairo International Stadium June 30 Uganda 0-2 Egypt 8pm Cairo International Stadium June 30 Zimbabwe 0-4 DR Congo 8pm Cairo International Stadium Africa Cup of Nations Group B tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇲🇬 Madagascar 3 2 1 0 +3 7 2 🇳🇬 Nigeria 3 2 0 1 0 6 3 🇬🇳 Guinea 3 1 1 1 +1 4 4 🇧🇮 Burundi 3 0 0 3 -4 0 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue June 22 Nigeria 1-0 Burundi 6pm Alexandria Stadium June 22 Guinea 2-2 Madagascar 9pm Alexandria Stadium June 26 Nigeria 1-0 Guinea 3:30pm Alexandria Stadium June 27 Madagascar 1-0 Burundi 3:30pm Alexandria Stadium June 30 Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria 5pm Alexandria Stadium June 30 Burundi 0-2 Guinea 5pm Al Salam Stadium Africa Cup of Nations Group C tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇩🇿 Algeria 3 3 0 0 +6 9 2 🇸🇳 Senegal 3 2 0 1 +4 6 3 🇰🇪 Kenya 3 1 0 2 -4 3 4 🇹🇿 Tanzania 3 0 0 3 -6 0 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue June 23 Senegal 2-0 Tanzania 6pm 30 June Stadium June 23 Algeria 2-0 Kenya 9pm 30 June Stadium June 27 Senegal 0-1 Algeria 6pm 30 June Stadium June 27 Kenya 3-2 Tanzania 9pm 30 June Stadium July 1 Kenya 0-3 Senegal 8pm 30 June Stadium July 1 Tanzania 0-3 Algeria 8pm Al Salam Stadium Africa Cup of Nations Group D tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇲🇦 Morocco 3 3 0 0 +3 9 2 🇨🇮 Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 +3 6 3 🇿🇦 South Africa 3 1 0 2 -1 3 4 🇳🇦 Namibia 3 0 0 3 -5 0 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue June 23 Morocco 1-0 Namibia 3:30pm Al Salam Stadium June 24 Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa 3:30pm Al Salam Stadium June 28 Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast 6pm Al Salam Stadium June 28 South Africa 1-0 Namibia 9pm Al Salam Stadium July 1 South Africa 0-1 Morcoco 5pm Al Salam Stadium July 1 Namibia 1-4 Ivory Coast 5pm Cairo International Stadium Africa Cup of Nations Group E tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇲🇱 Mali 3 2 1 0 +4 7 2 🇹🇳 Tunisia 3 0 3 0 0 3 3 🇦🇴 Angola 3 0 2 1 -1 2 4 🇲🇷 Mauritania 3 0 2 1 -3 2 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue June 24 Tunisia 1-1 Angola 6pm Suez Stadium June 24 Mali 4-1 Mauritania 9pm Suez Stadium June 28 Tunisia 1-1 Mali 3:30pm Suez Stadium June 29 Mauritania 0-0 Angola 3:30pm Suez Stadium July 2 Mauritania 0-0 Tunisia 8pm Suez Stadium July 2 Angola 0-1 Mali 8pm Ismailia Stadium Africa Cup of Nations Group F tables, fixtures & results Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts 1 🇬🇭 Ghana 3 1 2 0 +2 5 2 🇨🇲 Cameroon 3 1 2 0 +2 5 3 🇧🇯 Benin 3 0 3 0 0 3 4 🇬🇼 Guinea-Bissau 3 0 1 2 -4 1 Fixtures Date Game Time (UK) Venue June 25 Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau 6pm Ismailia Stadium June 25 Ghana 2-2 Benin 9pm Ismailia Stadium June 29 Cameroon 0-0 Ghana 6pm Ismailia Stadium June 29 Benin 0-0 Guinea-Bissau 9pm Ismailia Stadium July 2 Benin 0-0 Cameroon 5pm Ismailia Stadium July 2 Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Ghana 5pm Suez Stadium Return to top What is the Africa Cup of Nations? Mohamed Salah Egypt Africa Cup of Nations 2017The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).This summer’s tournament will be the 32nd edition of the competition and it will be the first Africa Cup of Nations where the competition format has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams.When does the Africa Cup of Nations take place?It will take place from June 21, 2019, to July 19, 2019 , following the decision made by the CAF Executive Committee in June 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from the January/February period to June/July for the first time. The exact dates of the tournament were switched when Egypt was chosen to replace Cameroon as hosts in order to avoid clashing with Ramadan.This means that Europe-based players intending to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations with their country will not be forced to take leave of their club duties during January and February, as had been the case in previous seasons.It is good news for fans of the Premier League as players such as Sadio Mane (Senegal), Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) will not be withdrawn from club duty mid-season with Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively. Return to top TV channels & live streaming The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be broadcast live on Eurosport in the UK. The Eurosport Player provides a live streaming service.In the US, games will be shown on the beIN Sports network and they can be streamed live online using beIN Connect. Return to top Previous Africa Cup of Nations winners Egypt Africa Cup of Nations 2010Cameroon are defending champions after winning their fifth title in 2017 against Egypt in the final, triumphing 2-1 courtesy of goals from Nikolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboukabar. The Pharaohs have won the competition the most times, having been victors on a record seven occasions, but have not won the tournament since 2010 when they defeated Ghana in the final.Ivory Coast were victors of the 2015 edition, with Nigeria and Zambia having won the 2013 and 2011 tournaments respectively.Premier League stars in Salah, Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mahrez all featured in the 2017 tournament, with all four bagging two goals apiece.Congolese striker Junior Kabananga won the award for the competition’s top-scorer, and Cameroonian Christian Bassogog was awarded the honour of the tournament’s best-performing player. Return to toplast_img read more

Michigan Star Rashan Gary Has Big Plans For The 2018 Season

first_imgRashan Gary crushes Hayden Moore.Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary should be one of the top players in the country this fall. He also should be a top-five pick in next year’s NFL Draft.That doesn’t seem to be what is motivating Gary though. The former five-star recruit has a major team goal on his mind.Speaking with reporters this weekend, Gary made it clear he is after one thing: a national championship.A national title is something Gary says he has intended to bring to Ann Arbor. This might be his last year to do it if he turns pro.“I need a national championship. I need that. That’s something that me and (linebacker Devin) Bush and our whole 2016 class was talking about is winning that national championship. That’s something I need a taste of” — Rashan Gary https://t.co/CMFuHUT3ff— angelique (@chengelis) June 10, 2018Michigan should be ranked in the top-15 preseason. The Wolverines have a ton of talent returning on defense and now seem to have finally settled on a quarterback with the arrival of Shea Patterson.However, like any team in the Big Ten East, the margin of error for Michigan is slim. The Wolverines have to play at Michigan State and Ohio State, plus a non-conference season-opener at Notre Dame.Did we mention Michigan also has to play Penn State and Wisconsin? Sure, both games are at home, but those are two elite teams.If Gary accomplishes his goal of winning a national championship, he and his teammates will have truly run the gauntlet to get it done.last_img read more

What Zach Smith Allegedly Said He’d Do If Ohio State Fired Him

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Zach Smith was fired by Ohio State’s football program in July. The Buckeyes’ former assistant coach has since been re-brought into the spotlight thanks to a story from college football insider Brett McMurphy. Smith was accused of domestic violence in 2015 and Urban Meyer’s potential knowledge of those accusations have caused quite the story in the college football world.Smith did multiple interviews on Friday, standing up for Meyer, who he claims told him he would be fired “immediately” if he ever found out about a domestic assault.The now-fired assistant coach stood up for the program, too, saying it would be a “crime” if Ohio State fired Meyer.This, allegedly, goes against what he had previously told his ex-wife. According to text messages acquired by McMurphy, this is what Smith had previously told Courtney Smith:“Zach once told me,” Courtney said, “if he ever got fired and this all comes out: ‘I’ll take everyone at Ohio State down with me.’”Here’s what Smith said on ESPN about Meyer and the Buckeyes:“I’d be heartbroken for Ohio State, for the players, for him and his family, because it’s not right. If that happens, it’s dead wrong. Coming from somebody who knows, I was in all the meetings, I know exactly what he knew, I know exactly what he did. If he loses his job, it’s flat wrong. And this is the guy who fired me. It would be a crime.”Smith then said on the radio that he believes he never committed domestic violence.“I was not a good husband. I pushed her buttons. I could make her mad easily. There’s a lot of things I did wrong. That’s between her and I. There was never domestic abuse. I never hit her. Never got arrested. Never got charged.”Urban Meyer and Ohio State are since being investigated for their role in the Zach Smith allegations. It’s unclear what kind of timeline the Buckeyes are operating on. OSU is set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1.last_img read more

2 ESPN Analysts Are Predicting A Huge Upset On Saturday

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)There were several major upsets in college football last weekend, with three top 10 teams falling.What upsets are coming this weekend?ESPN has released its predictions for Week 7’s biggest games. Two ESPN reporters are picking a major upset.Is No. 2 Georgia going to fall on the road at LSU? Most aren’t predicting it, but two ESPN analysts are.ESPN reporters Heather Dinich and Alex Scarborough are both predicting No. 13 LSU to upset No. 2 Georgia at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday night.LSU and Georgia are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Makes Surprising Admission About Ohio State, CFB Playoff

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer on the sidelineCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made a surprising admission about the Buckeyes and the College Football Playoff this afternoon.OSU was left out of the College Football Playoff field this year.The Buckeyes came in at No. 6 in the committee’s final rankings, trailing Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Georgia.Meyer revealed to reporters this afternoon that he didn’t actually think Ohio State would make it into the field.Urban Meyer said he thought Ohio State was going to make the College Football Playoff after winning the Big Ten Championship Game last year. Didn’t actually think Ohio State would make it today after Oklahoma won yesterday.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 2, 2018That’s a pretty honest quote from Meyer.It’s not too surprising, of course, as most of Buckeye Nation felt they would be left out this year.Ohio State now gets to play Washington in the Rose Bowl.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Star Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)An Ohio State football star has officially announced his NFL Draft decision – and his status for the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game.It’s good news and bad news for Ohio State fans.Ohio State star defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones will not be returning to the program in 2019. He’s deciding to declare for the NFL Draft.Jones, though, will be playing in Ohio State’s Rose Bowl matchup against Washington.The star defensive lineman had hinted at his NFL Draft decision earlier in the year, but made it official today.“Despite reports to the contrary, Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones confirms he will play in the Rose Bowl. Jones also confirmed it will be his final game as he will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft,” Eleven Warriors tweeted.Despite reports to the contrary, Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones confirms he will play in the Rose Bowl. Jones also confirmed it will be his final game as he will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/YhDYG3duu2— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 12, 2018Jones is one of a couple of top NFL Draft prospects playing on Ohio State’s defensive line. He’s considered to be a first-round prospect.The Buckeyes’ star quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, is also considered to be a first-round prospect. Haskins, though, has yet to announce his NFL Draft decision. Like Jones, he’ll be playing in the Rose Bowl.Ohio State is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

A Top 2019 QB Recruit Has Flipped His Commitment

General view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Mack Brown scored a major recruiting win in his return to North Carolina today as he was able to flip four-star Florida State quarterback recruit Sam Howell.Howell hails from Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley High School. He had been committed to the Seminoles since April, but had been pursued heavily by UNC since then.Howell visited his in-state program unofficially in September and officially in November. He appeared to be trending toward UNC for some time now, and made it official today.BREAKING: #Rivals100 QB Sam Howell flips from #FloridaState to #NorthCarolina. #RivalsNSDHowell talks about his commitment to the #TarHeels here-> https://t.co/pxLgBEUrQDWhat does his commitment mean for #UNC & #FSU-> https://t.co/touZNnVGap pic.twitter.com/3Yw7Zcq1mF— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) December 19, 2018While UNC wooed Howell while Larry Fedora was still the coach, this is a crucial win for Mack Brown. Being able to flip an in-state kid from FSU is a great start to his first recruiting class in his second stint in Chapel Hill.UNC assistant Tim Brewster celebrated the commitment on Twitter soon after it was announced.What a great moment in Tar Heel football history!! #MackIsBack!!— Tim Brewster (@TimBrewster) December 19, 2018Howell is the No. 3 Pro-Style quarterback in the 2019 class and the 87th-rated prospect overall, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. read more

Nebraska Freshman Myles Farmer Got Into Legal Trouble This Week

first_imgNebraska's football team takes the field against Bethune-Cookman.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska has dealt with multiple legal issues this offseason, and unfortunately the hits keep coming for the program. Late on Monday night, freshman safety Myles Farmer got himself into a little bit of trouble.Farmer is a three-star prospect from Atlanta, Georgia. Although the talented safety still projects to have a nice career with the Cornhuskers, and he could be in the mix for immediate playing time this fall, his latest act won’t help him make a strong impression on the coaching staff.Similar to other players on Nebraska this offseason, Farmer was cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana. In fact, three teammates of his have been caught for the same reason.Jeremiah Stovall, Maurice Washington and Wan’Dale Robinson were all cited for for possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia. With the season approaching very soon, the Cornhuskers will have to figure out these issues off the field.#Huskers freshman DB Myles Farmer was cited on suspicion of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana last night.He’s at least the fourth Nebraska football player this summer to be cited for possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia https://t.co/QzUzXlnZpS— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) July 23, 2019During Big Ten media days, Scott Frost spoke about his players and all the trouble they went through in the offseason. To be more specific, he told his team about how they need to follow NCAA rules when it comes to marijuana use.Regardless of all these distractions surrounding the Cornhuskers, many preseason predictions have Frost leading the team to a much-improved record.Hopefully, Nebraska can avoid further legal troubles as they get closer to its season opener against South Alabama.last_img read more

Ed Orgeron Asked If LSU Will Provide Texas Air Conditioning When They Visit Next Year

first_img Asked about possibly not providing A/C to Texas when they visit LSU, Orgeron laughs and says, “I’m sure we have a plan or two to make them as comfortable as they can possibly be.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) September 11, 2019To be fair, most visiting team locker rooms in college football are bare bones. But LSU fans have been rather upset that their players were supposedly given no air conditioning when the temperature at kickoff was nearly 100 degrees.It remains to be seen whether LSU will actually attempt to even the score when the Longhorns show up.As for the game itself, LSU outlasted Texas 45-38 in an offensive affair. Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow put together the best performance of his career in the victory. A closeup of LSU football coach Ed Orgeron.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers watches warm ups before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)This past Saturday night, in the blistering heat, LSU took down Texas on the road to notch an absolutely massive non-conference win. After the game, Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron implied that his team was not provided air conditioning in the visiting team’s locker room.Wednesday, Orgeron was again asked about the air conditioning issue. He was also asked if his program plans on returning the favor when Texas heads to Baton Rouge a year from now.Orgeron gave an eye-opening response, suggesting that they’ll have “a plan or two” to make LSU feel comfortable on the road.The two schools are scheduled to meet at LSU on September 12, 2020.last_img read more

Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarks

first_img Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 19:34 IST Jasprit Bumrah picked up his maiden five-for in Australia on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah said India bowlers used their first-class experience to get reverse swing on Day 3Bumrah said first-class cricket played a big role in shaping up his ODI and Test careersBumrah broke a 39-year-old Indian record with a six-wicket haul on Day 3 at the MCGEver since former Australia cricketer-turned commentator, Kerry O’Keeffe’s distasteful comments on Mayank Agarwal and Ranji Trophy hit the headlines, members from the India cricket team have been talking up the country’s premier domestic tournament and the role it has played in shaping up their careers.Call it coincidence or not, Jasprit Bumrah, on Friday, made it a point to attribute his success to the experience he had gained from playing first-class cricket back in the country.Speaking to the media in Melbourne after running through Australia’s fragile batting order on Day 3 of the ongoing Boxing Day Test, Bumrah said India’s pacers were trying to use their first-class experience to get the Kookaburra ball to reverse swing.Notably, Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma got the ball to reverse swing on the slow MCG pitch and troubled the Australian batsmen. The hosts were bowled out for 151 in their first innings, thanks to Bumrah’s maiden fifer on Australian soil.”When we play on similar wickets back home, the ball reverses. So you try to make the most of it. We were trying to use our experience in First-Class cricket where we have bowled with reverse-swinging balls. That was the plan,” Bumrah said.Bumrah also insisted that first-class cricket played a bigger role than his Indian Premier League (IPL) stints with Mumbai Indians in shaping up his Test and ODI careers.”… Yes, I have played in the IPL. But for Test match cricket, I always credit first-class cricket. IPL is four overs but over there you have to continuously bowl. So first-class cricket has really helped shape my career, even in ODI cricket and Test matches,” Bumrah said in a video interview available on BCCI’s official website.advertisementNotably, O’Keeffe had kicked up a storm during the opening day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test by passing a deplorable comment on Mayank Agarwal’s achievements in Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament.O’Keeffe had quipped behind the mic while commentating on air that Mayank Agarwal would have got his triple hundred in the Ranji Trophy against a team that had “Railway canteen staff”.The senior commentator was forced to apologise after his distasteful comments hit the nerve of Indian cricket fans and the head coach, Ravi Shastri.Making a cheeky comment, Shastri responded to O’Keeffe’s remarks: “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry… ‘when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’.”Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal showed once again that he belongs to the highest level by coming up with a solid knock in the second innings even as Pat Cummins was removing established Indian batsmen, including Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, at the other end.Agarwal remained unbeaten on 28 (79 balls) as India huffed and puffed to 54 for 5 at stumps on Day 3.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah bowled one of the best spells ever in Australia: Javagal SrinathAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah reveals Rohit Sharma suggested slower ball to Shaun MarshAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow India vs AustraliaFollow MCG TestFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Kerry OFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Ranji Trophy Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarksIndia vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah, who decimated Australia on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test with a six-wicket haul, insisted that first-class cricket played a big role in shaping up his ODI and Test careers.advertisementlast_img read more