Ghoulam faces month out after surgery

first_imgNapoli Napoli blow as Ghoulam facing a further month out after knee surgery Tom Webber 21:16 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FaouziGhoulam - cropped Getty Images Napoli Serie A Napoli v Lazio The full-back was close to a return from a torn ACL for the Serie A side, but a fractured right patella will keep him sidelined for a few more weeks Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam will spend another month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a fractured patella in his right knee.Ghoulam has been out of action for Napoli since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee during the 4-2 Champions League group stage defeat to Manchester City on November 1.The Algeria international returned to first-team training last month but suffered a setback in his recovery and required an operation. 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 “Ghoulam was operated on at Villa Stuart by Professor [Pierpaolo] Mariana due to a transverse fracture of the right patella,” a Napoli statement announced.”The intervention was perfectly successful. Faouzi will start rehabilitation [on Saturday]. He will be evaluated in 15 days and should return to the training pitch in a month.”Napoli slipped to second in Serie A after Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday, but Maurizio Sarri’s side can return to the summit with victory over Lazio on Saturday.last_img read more

Conte: Chelsea must prepare to suffer

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘We must be prepared to suffer’ – Conte’s Chelsea bracing for tough Barca test Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:40 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) UEFA Champions League Chelsea Antonio Conte Lionel Messi Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Videos The Blues manager knows his side must work hard to keep Lionel Messi and Co. in check in the Champions League last-16 clash Antonio Conte hailed Lionel Messi as the best player in the world but warned his Chelsea players not to become fixated with Barcelona’s talisman in Tuesday’s imposing Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has an unusually poor record against Chelsea, failing to score in eight previous encounters with the reigning Premier League champions in Europe’s top competition.AdChoices广告But Conte is not placing too much stock in the prospect of that record continuing and observed La Liga’s leaders can hurt opponents from all angles. 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 Asked whether Chelsea would grant Messi any special attention, Conte replied: “This is a good question. We are talking about the best player in the world.”Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score. This means that, with this player, we are talking about a fantastic player.”We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi. [Luis] Suarez is a fantastic striker. The rest of the team are very dangerous, so we have to work as a team to try and stop Barcelona — Messi, Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, the whole team of Barcelona.”We have to work very hard. We have to know that, during the game, we must be prepared to suffer. But, at the same time, we must have the idea to go and score at any moment.”As Italy boss at Euro 2016, Conte put forward a tactical masterclass as his unfancied side deservedly beat a Spain team featuring the likes of Iniesta and Gerard Pique 2-0 in the round of 16.He conceded there were some parallels between that encounter and the two-legged battle about to unfold.”I think we start this game as underdogs, for sure. Barcelona — on paper — are favourites to go into the next round,” he said.”But, for this reason, I think we must be excited to take on this challenge. These two games will be very important to understand what is our level in this competition.”We’ve worked and prepared well. It won’t be easy. We are playing against Barcelona.”Conte added: “When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare everything. You have to prepare big things, but the smaller details too. They can move a result a lot of the time.”We have an idea. We have a plan in our heads. I think that, in this specific moment, it’s very important to pick the players who are at the top of their form and then try and do our best to win the game.”last_img read more

11-15 years old? TFA wants YOU!

first_imgTFA is proud to announce the development, piloting and introduction of the AusSquad program. TFA is focused on the continued development of junior participation in sport and the growth of community links in sport. The AusSquad program will become a key element in the TFA junior framework and a key link between the AusTouch Program and pre-elite senior competition.11 to 15-year-olds are the target of the launch, which will involve a demonstration of the program’s clinics and will be conducted by a number of Australian Open players and coaches. The participants need to be there at 5.00pm for the launch to commence at 5.30pm. The participants are then encouraged to stay at the fields to watch the National Training Squads take on the Alliance in their first ever encounter. The participants will receive a free AusSquad shirt as well as a free barbecue taking place on the night. To be a part of the launch, please contact TFA’s National Sport Development Coordinator, Adam Raptis on adam.raptis@austouch.com.au by Thursday, 9 September 2010. Please click on the attached flyer for more information. Related Filesaussquad14-jpglast_img read more

Second half surge for New South Wales

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales are one win away from claiming the men’s open division following a 10-7 victory against Queensland as the first games of the State of Origin series wrapped up on Friday night at Sunshine Coast Stadium.Boyed by seven touchdowns in the second half, New South Wales ran over the top of Queensland towards the end of the match to lead the three-game series 1-0.As expected, the match was fast, skilful and had the odd push-and-shove between opponents.In the opening three minutes the score was 3-1 to Queensland.Both teams scored in their first set of six of the match.Matthew Prowse had an early double for New South Wales as his team trailed by one touchdown after five minutes.The quick scoring subsided and was replaced by brilliant defence.New South Wales levelled the scores at 3-all in the 15th minute when Sam Brisby scored the first of his three touchdowns.But a minute before the break, Queensland hit the lead again when Shaun Francis was the beneficiary of quick hands to make the scores 4-3.Much like how the first half had started, the second stanza began with two touchdowns inside 90 seconds.Both were scored by New South Wales and the boys in blue had hit the lead for the first time.Four more touchdowns scored inside two minutes of each other had the scoreboard attendant calling for assistance as New South Wales blew the score out to 8-6 in their favour.Queensland’s Lachlan Pierce bagged his second for the night, which gave the home side some life but when Scott Buckley snatched an intercept and raced away to score, it was game over.New South Wales need to win one of the two matches on Saturday to take out the division.NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Sam Brisby 3, Matt Prowse 3, Terry Deegan, Ben Moylan, Scott Buckley, Stuart Brierty touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Shaun Francis 2, Lachlan Pierce 2, Theo Majid 2, Justin Mitchell touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; NSW lead the division 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO men’s openlast_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits his brief is to qualify for the Champions League.Gattuso admits their midweek draw with Bologna was a setback.He said, “We could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth at Bologna but didn’t. We played like schoolboys and didn’t play.“We weren’t good technically, whereas they all sat back. I worry about the heads of my players as we’ve struggled in our last few games.“Since my first day here, the club have asked me to qualify for the Champions League. It’s difficult, but we’re fourth at the moment.“We must make as little mistakes as possible, but there’s no problem on my part. I’m not thinking about being hunted.“I’m calm and I just think about working. The exit from Europe was a blow and we all expected more at Bologna, but we must analyse the situation with clarity and only think about working to improve.“I have to keep improving the team. Everything else is just hot air for me.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town have joined the race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sky Sports says Huddersfield will battle Crystal Palace to snap up Liverpool forward Solanke.The Terriers were keen on the 21-year-old earlier this season and want to sign him on loan.But Palace, who sit 14th in the Premier League table, will challenge Town for the signature of Solanke, who is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this term. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also watching developments. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoChelsea manager Sarri: Italy must do more to eradicate racism

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Sarri: Italy must do more to eradicate racismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has called on Italy to fix their racism problem following the alleged racist abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly at the San Siro.Koulibaly alleged received the abuse during Wednesday’s loss to Inter Milan, before being sent off after two quick yellow cards.Sarri sympathises with his former player and wants his homeland to do more to fix the problem.”You know in Italy there are some problems in football, especially for Naples,” Sarri said.”When I was there we stopped two matches; one against Lazio in Rome, one against Sampdoria in Genoa.”I’m really very sorry for Kalidou because he is a wonderful man. I’m sorry for him, but I think in Italy we can do something more for this problem.” last_img read more

10 months agoShevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in charge

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Shevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in chargeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndriy Shevchenko says former AC Milan teammate Rino Gattuso is the right coach for the club.The former Milan striker admits he’s a fan of Gattuso’s style.The Ukraine coach told Gazzetta dello Sport, “Very good, I like this attitude of the club, there are people who have clear ideas, who do not dance in the periods of difficulty: Leonardo and (Paolo) Maldini are working calmly and competently, Leo and Paolo know the reality better than anyone else, and then there is the blocking of the market: if you can only work on loans, getting back to the top is not easy. “I hope that Milan can continue to work serenely for the ascent. Rino’s support is very important because he is working well, he has given the team a sense of belonging. This is the right man for Milan, and I am happy with the confidence that he is collecting from the club.” last_img read more

10 months agoPhilippe Sandler delighted with Man City debut

first_imgPhilippe Sandler delighted with Man City debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhilippe Sandler was delighted to make his debut for Manchester City in yesterday’s FA Cup win over Rotherham.The Dutch defender, who was played at centre-half, featured as a second-half substitute for the 7-0 thumping.Sandler said, “I always play there. Honestly, I have never been in the midfield. Why now? I stood there during the training session. Sending passes. Since I’ve been here, I try to develop as a central defender. “Vincent Kompany helps me enormously. I learn a lot from him. “I do not know if I will get another chance again soon. I especially want to be completely fit first.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month ago​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like this

first_img​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like thisby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens admits that he has never played on a team with such quality.The Albion have gone through a change in style this summer, with manager Graham Potter favouring a possession based, attacking game plan.And Stephens admits that having so much of the ball in games is a change for him, given the way his teams have usually played throughout his career.Asked by reporters if he has played in such a team before, Stephens responded by saying:”No, honestly not.”It’s the first time I have played in a system that probably suits me better, I would say.”It probably suits the players and individuals we have at the club at the minute.”Everyone is enjoying playing in a team that is dominating possession.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoMan Utd ponder Jan bid for Ajax ace Donny van de Beek

first_imgMan Utd ponder Jan bid for Ajax ace Donny van de Beekby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are looking at signing Donny van de Beek in January.The Ajax star was close to joining Real Madrid this past summer.Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown an interest in the 22-year-old, who was part of Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final last season.Reports in Italy claim United want to bolster their options in midfield by bringing in the Dutchman.United, on nine points, have made their worst start to a league campaign in 30 years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 days agoWatford reject Fluminense request for Joao Pedro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford reject Fluminense request for Joao Pedroby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have rejected a request from Fluminense for Joao Pedro to remain with them until mid-2020.The player has been the subject of booing from home supporters in recent weeks, after an eight game spell without a win and a public appearance at a music festival two days before a game, reports the Watford Observer. Despite his falling out with supporters, reports in Brazil claim the team have asked Watford if they can hold onto the teenager until a later date, but the Hornets are not interested in allowing him to stay in South America after his originally-agreed arrival date of January 2020. The 18-year-old has scored ten goals for Fluminense so far this season, but drew criticism for appearing at Rock In Rio festival last month. last_img read more

7 days ago​Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United are planning to expand Elland Road stadium to 50,000 if they get promoted to the Premier League, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The announcement was made by the club’s managing director, Angus Kinnear, during a civic reception to mark the team’s 100th anniversary.The planned extension will take place on the West Stand, matching the East Stand in terms of height, with Kinnear wanting the venue to “compete with other stadiums in the Premier League and in Europe.”But any move to take Elland Road’s capacity from just over 37,000 to 50,000 is dependent on a top-flight return for Leeds, according to the Yorkshire Post’s Graham Smyth.Last season, they had the second highest average attendance in the Championship with 34,033, second only to eventual playoff winners Aston Villa. last_img read more

Video: Awesome Footage Of Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo Discussing Their Recruiting Battles

first_imgJohn Calipari and Tom Izzo are interviewed.John Calipari Tom IzzoJohn Calipari and Tom Izzo were together at an event to fight cancer at the Oakland Hills Country Club on Monday. During the event, put together by Oakland coach Greg Kampe, the Kentucky and Michigan State coach spoke with reporters. Recruiting came up. Calipari, who’s notorious at this point for being the best recruiter in the country, said Izzo has beaten him for prospects “way more than I’ve beaten him.” Izzo reacted appropriately. Here’s the full conversation, courtesy of the Lansing State Journal.  Perhaps Izzo was beating out Calipari for recruits when the Kentucky coach was at Memphis, but it seems pretty crazy for him to say Izzo’s beaten him “way more than I’ve beaten him.” [LSJ]last_img

How to watch England & Portugal on US TV

first_imgThe UEFA Nations League Finals will be underway on June 5 and June 6, contested by the four group winners of the Nations League Group A. The mini-tournament will consist of two semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final to determine the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.This year, Portugal will face off against Switzerland at Estadio do Dragao in Porto and Netherlands are to battle it out against England at Estadio D. Afonso Henrique, Guimaraes.Both the final and third-place play-off will be played on June 9. If the scores are level at the end of normal time, 30 minutes of extra time is played followed by a possible penalty shootout. 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? Below are the US channels for the two games… What US TV channel is Portugal vs Switzerland on? Newly-crowned European champions such as Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will face off against their Liverpool team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum in the second semi-final, and could be set to lift another piece of silverware in just a matter of days following their Champions League victory.England captain Harry Kane and UCL final runner-up with Tottenham is set to captain the Three Lions following an extended injury layoff that caused him to miss a chunk of the end of the season.Portugal vs Switzerland will be televised in the US on Univision NOW and Univision Deportes on June 5 at 2:45pm BST. Subscribers to ESPN 2 and Univision will also be able to watch the game on the website.A live text commentary of Portugal vs Switzerland can followed on Goal here.What US TV channel is Netherlands vs England on? Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been called up to the Portugal squad to face Switzerland.Netherlands vs England  will be televised in the US on Univision NOW and Univision Deportes on June 5 at 2:45pm BST. Subscribers to ESPN 2 and Univision will also be able to watch the game on the website.A live text commentary of Netherlands vs England can followed on Goal here.last_img read more

USWNT not taking upstart Dutch lightly in World Cup final

first_imgAfter a relatively easy group stage, the U.S. women’s national team has come through a gauntlet to reach the World Cup final. The U.S. has defeated Spain, France and then England in the knockout stage, all by a 2-1 scoreline. It hasn’t been easy, as Jill Ellis’s side has struggled at various points to get through all three formidable European opponents. But as the USWNT seemingly always does these days, they found a way to win. Now, a fourth European opponent in a row, the Netherlands, is the only thing standing between them and a second straight World Cup title.  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 After getting through the host nation France and a powerhouse English side, a final against the Netherlands may seem slightly anticlimactic. But the Dutch, who have won all six of their games at this tournament, are no slouch.“Netherlands is a great team and they are at the top of their game right now,” U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle said. “We don’t take them lightly at all.”Though they perhaps aren’t as strong as the English and French, the Oranje are champions of Europe, having won the title in 2017 in just their third appearance at the tournament. “We’ve seen firsthand the last three games what it’s like to try to go through Europe like that,” Megan Rapinoe said. “It’s very difficult, the quality is so high and for them to be champions of Europe and to have that sort of pedigree and experience under their belt, they’re a great team for sure.”Still, the U.S. are heavily favored to win in Lyon on Sunday and clinch their fourth World Cup title overall. But that doesn’t mean that Ellis’s side are going to take their opponents lightly, despite some charging them with overconfidence and even arrogance at this World Cup.“I don’t think we ever underestimate anything,” U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara said. “I think that’s what people project onto us.”Kelley O'Hara USWNTO’Hara and her teammates have consistently pushed back against being called arrogant, insisting that the term is hurled at them mostly due to their confidence and winning track record. “We know other teams can compete with us so it’s not like we feel invincible,” Lavelle said. “We’re just confident in what we’re putting out on the field.”The Dutch, in just their second World Cup, can be safely filed in the “happy to be here” category, though that certainly doesn’t preclude them from being able to pull off one of the great upsets in the sport’s history.“They’re a massive team, they have massive players, obviously we know that they’re the biggest team,” Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen said of the USWNT, “but I can’t wait to play them and who knows what can happen.“I think we have to play our own kind of football. If we can manage that, we can beat them.”Jackie Groenen Netherlands Sweden Women's World Cup 2019If the Netherlands do pull off a shock and add a world championship to go along with their European title, they will need to execute their game plan to perfection.“This is a team that wants to have the ball and get in a good shape and wear you down with their passing game,” Ellis said. “They have a good variety, meaning they’ll look to get in behind immediately and they’ll look to play in front of you.”Even if they do produce a good performance, it may not be enough for the Dutch, who, despite their underdog status, will not encounter a team that’s taking them lightly.“They’re one of the top teams in the world and they’re playing in a World Cup final,” U.S. midfielder Lindsey Horan said. “I think it’s going to be a great game.”last_img read more

Leicester sign Tielemans in club-record £40m deal

first_imgLeicester City have announced the club-record £40 million ($50m) signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco on a four-year contract.The deal, which is subject to Premier League and international clearance, comes after the 22-year-old impressed during a six-month loan spell with the Foxes last season.Indeed, in just 13 appearances, Tielemans contributed three goals and four assists for the East Midlands side. 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 The Belgium international becomes the third signing made by Brendan Rodgers’ side this summer, following the arrivals of Ayoze Perez and James Justin.Speaking to Leicester’s official website, Tielemans spoke of his excitement at completing the move.”It is such a great feeling to sign for this football club,” he said. “Ever since I arrived on loan last season, all the players, the staff and the fans have been fantastic with me, so I’m thrilled to be able to become a Leicester City player.”I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of. I really can’t wait to get started again with this club and do everything I can to help my team-mates.”Rodgers also weighed in on the transfer, stating that the acquisition of such a talented player speaks volumes of the club’s ambitions.”I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey,” the manager said. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here.”Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City.”Capped by Belgium 23 times, the first of those coming back in 2016, Tielemans was part of the country’s 2018 World Cup squad that finished third in Russia.The Anderlecht youth product will now join up with the rest of his new team-mates in France, where the Foxes are undergoing a training camp as they prepare for the 2019-20 Premier League season.last_img read more

Maryland vs. Michigan Preview, Prediction, TV Channel, Game Time, Announcers

first_imgFans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 17: Fans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)This Saturday, the Maryland Terrapins will meet the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines in an appealing Big Ten showdown. The Wolverines enter tomorrow’s game with a 4-1 record, while the Terrapins have a 3-1 record.Preview: Maryland’s last performance was downright dominant, as the Terrapins defeated Minnesota by 29 points. The one loss on the season was against Temple.For Michigan, the season started off in disappointing fashion, losing to Notre Dame on the road. Since that rivalry game, the Wolverines have won their last four games in convincing fashion. Although Shea Patterson hasn’t had a breakout performance yet, Jim Harbaugh’s offense is creating an identity.Why Michigan must avoid a slow start against Maryland tomorrow ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ https://t.co/2DIVvfMS5h pic.twitter.com/aNxGSWtUKo— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 5, 2018Date: Saturday, October 6Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: ABCLocation: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MichiganAnnouncers: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShayPrediction: Maryland allows just 22.8 points per contest, but facing Michigan on the road is quite the challenge. With the crowd rocking and the Wolverines giving Karan Higdon a plethora of touches, it’s hard to envision the Terrapins pulling off the upset.Overall, Michigan provides balance on both sides of the ball, which should lead the Wolverines to victory. The Wolverines win by 13.last_img read more

Photos: No One Showed Up To This College Football Game Today

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Rutgers’ football program has not had a great start to its 2018 season, but the Scarlet Knights had special plans for this afternoon’s game.The team will be be sporting cool new black uniforms and the program was calling for its crowd to do a “blackout” in the stands.Unfortunately, the fan base didn’t appear to get the memo…Check out the crowd at kickoff:A live look at the “blackout” for Rutgers-Illinois. pic.twitter.com/KLf61vkrex— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) October 6, 2018Noon kickoffs often have late-arriving crowds, but that’s a pretty sparse one.Rutgers and Illinois are playing on BTN.last_img read more

Urban Meyer: Ohio State Has Spent Countless Hours Attempting To Fix This

first_imgUrban Meyer with his hands on his head.Ohio State football has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, in Dwayne Haskins, and elite running back in J.K. Dobbins, and highly-regarded offensive coaches like Urban Meyer and Ryan Day.And yet, the Buckeyes just cannot put the ball in the end zone once they get inside the opponent’s 20.Per CFB Stats, the Buckeyes have scored on just 28-of-37 trips into the red zone this season. That mark of 75.68-percent is ranked 117th in the country. They scored touchdowns on 21 of those trips, which ranks 98th in percentage.S&P+ shows that the issues get worse the closer that the Buckeyes get to the end zone. Ohio State is actually ranked 7th in the country in success rate between the 21-30 yard lines, but are 111th inside the 10, and 76th at the goal line.Urban Meyer spoke about Ohio State football’s red zone issues today.During his weekly radio show, he said that his staff is spending countless hours on the issue.Urban Meyer on his weekly show on @971thefan discussing Ohio State’s red zone problems: “I can’t tell you the number of hours we’ve spent on that.”— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 25, 2018The only Big Ten school converting at a worse clip in the red zone is Rutgers (125th nationally). Other Power Five schools below Ohio State include Texas, Pitt, Cal, Virginia, and Vanderbilt.Luckily for the Buckeyes, they have a bye week to work things out.Coming off of a rough 49-20 loss at Purdue, and Ohio State has the weekend off, before returning to action at Nebraska on Nov. 3.last_img read more