TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich chief Salihamidzic confirms talks for Atletico Madrid defender Lucasby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed interest in Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Bayern are prepared to meet Lucas’ buyout clause to the tune of €85m.However, Salihamidzic says any deal won’t happen until the end of the season.”We have already had conversations and there will be more,” he confirmed. “But him arriving in the winter is not realistic.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings: Something has to changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings says something has to change at Aston Villa following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal.With just 10 men, the Gunners came from behind twice to claim the home victory over Mings’ Villa outfit.It wasn’t the first time Villa have blown a lead this season, and Mings wants to see a different attitude from his teammates.Speaking after the game, Mings said: “We were good at times but it feels like when we go ahead there is desperation to hold onto the lead rather than going and getting another goal and really being ruthless.”I don’t know what it is at the moment but something needs to change, especially when we go either ahead or have a man advantage. It seems to have the opposite effect.”We know that we should have done the same things as we did in the first half that got us into the lead.”The manager didn’t really give us a message but we should have been able to troubleshoot on the pitch. We’re a pressing team and we like to go and press. We just stopped doing that.”As a team we need to be a bit braver and go and stop teams higher up the pitch, especially with a man advantage. But we said the same after Tottenham when we appeared to drop off so it’s a tough one to take.”I don’t question the group of lads that we’ve got one bit. There’s just certain elements of our game – and when certain things happen – it seems to affect us in a negative way, rather than a positive.”The mentality we have has got us into the lead on two occasions. It’s a natural thing to drop off when we’ve got a goal, but we need to start doing what we did when we got into the lead in the first place. It’s been our downfall.”
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands with head coach Lincoln Riley during the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)It is hard to do much better as a first-year head coach than Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley in 2017. He guided the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, and very nearly a national championship appearance, losing a dramatic Rose Bowl semifinal to Georgia.Things may get tougher, as Baker Mayfield is off in the NFL this year. Oklahoma breaks in new quarterback Kyler Murray for a year, before he starts his baseball career.Still, most of the worries that Riley, who turns 35 around the start of the year, wouldn’t be able to effectively steer the ship in a post-Bob Stoops world should be gone.Today, Oklahoma made a big commitment to Riley, extending his contract and bumping his pay up to $4.8 million for next season.Way #Sooners coach Lincoln Riley contract will work?Year 1 – $4.8 millionYear 2 – $4.9 millionYear 3 – $5 millionYear 4 – $5.1 millionYear 5 – $5.2 millionFive years, $25 million.— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) June 19, 2018Last season, Riley made $3.1 million in his first season as head coach. He was also paid $380,000 in performance bonuses.According to USA Today‘s coaching salary database, this new contract would make Lincoln Riley the 11th-highest paid coach in the country, per last year’s numbers.At $4.8 million, Riley vaults just ahead of Gus Malzahn’s 2017 pay, per the database. Of course, some of the guys ahead of him, like Jimbo Fisher who got a massive deal at Texas A&M, and former Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin, are in new spots.Other extensions make it hard to know exactly where Riley will rank for the 2018 season. It is a fair estimate that he will be floating just outside the top 10, which is pretty good for a coach entering his second year at the head of a program.It also should be noted that Riley is once again the highest paid member of the Oklahoma football program. Murray briefly held that spot, with a signing bonus from the Oakland A’s that came in just shy of $4.66 million.The new contract comes almost exactly a year after he received his first head coaching deal from the Sooners. The school would be smart to keep him happy as well. The NFL is reportedly interested in Riley as a coach.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NCAA has ruled on the eligibility of a five-star freshman days before the 2018 regular season is set to begin.Josh Belk, a five-star defensive lineman who transferred to South Carolina from Clemson, has been ruled eligible to play in 2018.The five-star recruit enrolled at Clemson in early 2018 and then transferred to South Carolina this summer.Here’s the full announcement from the NCAA:There it is pic.twitter.com/FVEhDdpB1d— Hale McGranahan (@HaleMcGranahan) August 30, 2018Belk was ranked a five-star recruit and the No. 25 overall prospect in the 2018 class by 247Sports.It’s unclear how much he’ll play for the Gamecocks this season, but this is still a boost for their defense.South Carolina is set to open its season on Saturday against Coastal Carolina.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, one of the best quarterbacks in college football through the first four weeks of the 2018 season, will not be starting under center for Oklahoma today. The Sooners are starting his backup, Austin Kendall, against Baylor this afternoon.Murray, a Heisman Trophy candidate, is being punished by head coach Lincoln Riley. This is not believed to be a serious situation, but he did enough to earn an early benching against the Bears today.Why is Murray being benched to start the game? Here’s everything we know.Rumors were swirling this morning of Murray’s potential benching, with most attributing this to a possible late arrival at practice.Dean Blevins, an Oklahoma reporter for a TV station in the state, tweeted the following:“Lotta rumors that QB Murray suspended. My sources indicate nothing major … but possibly would not start v Bay for minor violation — possibly something like late to practice. Nothing serious long term, as some suggested. Nothing confirmed.”An Oklahoma insider for 247Sports, meanwhile, said the issue is “no big deal.”From his report:“It’s basically (Lincoln) Riley and the OU staff making sure Murray understands that he abides by the same rules as the rest of the team, despite being a millionaire,” he wrote late Friday. “It’s not something that has been a repeated issue, so OU was merely nipping it in the bud before it potentially got out of hand. Punishment looks like it will be handled and OU will still have Murray tomorrow. End of story.”Murray will be missed by Oklahoma, but it doesn’t seem like the star quarterback is going to be out for too long.ESPN had more on the Murray situation:There’s been speculation since Friday that Murray wouldn’t start for unknown reasons, but Oklahoma has yet to confirm. It’s also unclear how long Kendall will play after starting the game.Murray has completed 68 percent of his passes this season for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s rushed for another three touchdowns.Murray’s QBR (95.4) is second nationally, trailing only Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Kendall, a sophomore, completed 8 of 10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners’ opening 63-14 win against Florida Atlantic, but hasn’t seen action since.The dual-threat quarterback has been brilliant so far this season, throwing for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns with a completion percentage close to 70 percent.Murray, obviously, is replacing a program legend in Baker Mayfield, but he’s done such an incredible job that he’s already drawing comparisons to the Heisman Trophy winner.News of Murray’s benching was actually first reported by Austin Kendall’s mother, who announced that her son was starting in a tweet. She has since made her Twitter account private.Oklahoma and Baylor are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ABC.
There have been several cool trick plays ran during the 2018 college football season so far.The best one, though, just happened in this afternoon’s Iowa-Minnesota game.The Hawkeyes ran an extremely cool trick play down by the Golden Gophers’ goal line. It worked like a charm, too.Check this out:On 4th down, Iowa got ultra creative and it worked. ? pic.twitter.com/i1gacvDBRa— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 6, 2018That is just awesome.Well done, Iowa.The Hawkeyes currently lead the game, 41-24.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 07: A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet on the opening kickoff during the game against the Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Notre Dame football inked 23 players with the opening of the early signing period on Wednesday, but the Fighting Irish are not done. Brian Kelly and his staff are still targeting a few other top players.One of them is already committed elsewhere, but he still may end up heading to South Bend.Four-star safety Asa Turner is the lone player in Washington’s 2019 class that has not yet signed with the Huskies. Chris Petersen isn’t happy about it.While he can’t refer directly to an unsigned player or situation, he was clearly thinking about Notre Dame when he discussed “vultures” in the recruiting game on Wednesday.Asa Turner could flip to Notre Dame football, and the Fighting Irish are clear favorites for four-star defensive end Isaiah Foskey.Unlike Turner, Foskey isn’t committed anywhere. All 16 247 crystal ball predictions for him have him signing with Notre Dame.He is set to make a commitment on National Signing Day in February. The California native is the No. 168 player in the country and No. 10 weak-side defensive end.Back in September, he announced a top five featuring the Irish, as well as Cal, Michigan, Ohio State, and Washington.A Man’s Gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16 pic.twitter.com/rgBpveFGfA— Isaiah Fos? (@IFoskey) September 5, 2018Right now, 247 has Notre Dame at No. 13 in the country, with 21 players in the fold. With those two, they’ll push for a top 10 finish.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)On Monday night the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will meet in the College Football Playoff national title game for the third time in four years. College football fans appear to be sick of the match-up as ticket prices for the game are falling rapidly.After opening with a face value of $475, prices have dropped to $135 on the secondary market. Popular e-ticketing site StubHub has title game tickets available for just $115.While the match-up might be stale, there are a multitude of factors to the decreased ticket sales. TicketIQ founder Jesse Lawrence spoke with ESPN and suggested the location of Monday night’s game – Santa Clara – is also a major factor.“It’s sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year. It’s a big ask for fans to come, and that’s why we’re seeing the prices the way they are.”Clemson and Alabama sit an average of 2,428 miles away from Santa Clara, which makes it difficult – and expensive – for fans to get there.Alabama and Clemson kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 05: Broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit speaks onstage during the “BCS Title Game” panel at the ESPN portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)The Ohio State football team announced its captains today. Jordan Fuller, Tuf Borland, J.K. Dobbins, Chase Young, K.J. Hill, C.J. Saunders and Jonathon Cooper will all be leading the Buckeyes in 2019. Fuller and Borland are the only returning captains from last year.A former Ohio State football captain in his own right, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had a message for the players picking up the mantle. Taking to Twitter after the announcement, Herbstreit called being a captain the “greatest honor you can have.”He wished the seven players luck and hopes that they serve as examples for the rest of the team moving forward.Congratulations fellas!! Greatest honor you can have—because YOUR teammates know what’s up!! They elected YOU to LEAD them through the 2019 season!! Good luck and serve your teammates!!Herbstreit played for Ohio State from 1989 to 1993, and was named a co-captain as a senior in 1992.Congratulations fellas!!Greatest honor you can have—because YOUR teammates know what’s up!! They elected YOU to LEAD them through the 2019 season!! Good luck and serve your teammates!! https://t.co/L0Y4k84ExB— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 19, 2019Getting the leadership right is going to be key to Ohio State retaining their Big Ten title in 2019.The team has a brand new head coach in Ryan Day, and as of today, has a new quarterback in sophomore Justin Fields.Ohio State heads into the 2019 season as a top five team in the AP preseason poll.
“It’s hard to predict the future… I think we’ve got to be creative in the ways that we look at it.”Franklin pointed out the different non-conference schedules affecting their outlook when it comes to their “scheduling philosophy.”Penn State plays nine in-conference games while Pitt plays eight.Franklin concluded that Penn State is open to continuing discussions with Pitt. But the deal must make sense for both sides.“We’re open to having discussions,” Franklin added. “But it’s got to equally make sense for both parties. It’s got to make sense for Pitt. It’s got to make sense for Penn State. I think this game will be sold out, but we had 104,000 last week, so we’re talking about probably an increase of 5,000 or 6,000. So it needs to be consistent for both parties.”The Nittany Lions have won back-to-back games against the Panthers, and own a 52-43-4 edge in the series.The game will be played on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. EST and will air on ABC.[Lions247] PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)This Saturday will mark the 100th meeting between Penn State and in-state rival Pittsburgh. It will mark the fourth and final year of The Keystone Classic under the current four-year scheduling agreement, but the rivalry might not be going away forever.Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Penn State head coach James Franklin gave his thoughts on the rivalry. He said that he’s enjoyed the games and the fans have too.Via Lions247:“The games have been awesome… That first game (Pitt won at home, 42-39, in 2016) was an unbelievable game. The environment, I think we had the largest crowd in Heinz Field history for any sporting event, isn’t that correct? I mean, that’s pretty cool. We’ve had environments and crowds here that we have probably two or three times a year, but good, really good.”But while Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi all but dismissed the possibility of The Keystone Classic continuing, Franklin was not quite as convinced.