TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille defender Jose Fonte has urged teammate Nicolas Pepe to think carefully about his next move.Pepe is being linked with Arsenal and Barcelona ahead of the January market.But former Southampton captain Fonte says, “If you go to Manchester City and it does not work, you come out of the team. “And that’s not a problem for (Pep) Guardiola who has another player with the same talent, and he will continue to win. “So if you want to be in City, Barcelona or another big team, you have to work hard.”
Slip Cup New Idea Beer PongLet’s face it – beer pong, for as fantastic a tailgating game as it is, is also a bit unhygienic. Players throw ping-pong balls onto the ground, clean them off with dirty water, and then drink the beer they’ve come in contact with. After you’ve played a while, you get used to it. But apparently, you no longer have to. Five friends from Connecticut have invented the “Slip Cup”, which sits on top of each cup, blocking the balls from hitting the beer. They also don’t interfere with gameplay at all – they’re basically smaller versions of the normal cups you already use. It’s a genius idea. KickstarterThe Slip Cup is trying to raise $70,000 on Kickstarter to get the product into major retailers. So far, they’ve racked up just over $13,000.Here’s the video from the Kickstarter page. Needless to say, this is a game-changer both for tailgating and house parties. Would you buy one?[Patch]
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it’s time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn’t set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.With Monday night’s domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.Wednesday’s first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday’s games are on ESPN2, and Saturday’s championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12’s official website. The Big 12 standings won’t be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.More Big 12 Tournament notes:Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can’t wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Tonight, Coach Jim Harbaugh swapped his Michigan swag for Cubs attire.The crosstown rivalry game between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox tonight was kicked off by none other than Harbaugh himself.Harbaugh is no stranger to throwing off the mound, as he threw out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game last year. Tonight, decked out in a Cubs jersey, he lifted his hat to the cheering crowd in thanks before taking his arms above his head in preparation for his throw.You can see Harbaugh’s powerful throw to the Cubs’ Matt Szczur here:Jim Harbaugh throws the first pitch and #CrosstownCSN Game 3 is underway! pic.twitter.com/kNwVIdDt9d— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNChicago) July 27, 2016While it was way too high to be a strike, the coach’s pitch was still an impressive attempt!
Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham fans to keep dreaming of Premier League glory but insists he will keep his own feet on the ground.Spurs followed up a 6-2 win at Everton with a 5-0 demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday, lifting them above Manchester City into second place in the table.Pochettino’s side remain six points adrift of leaders Liverpool but their recent hot streak has propelled them back into the title race. 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? “Our fans are allowed to dream all they want,” the Spurs boss said. “Here inside [the club] it’s different, of course.”Football is about dreaming and believing but also respecting the competition and the opponent.”Liverpool and Manchester City have the culture and the history because in recent years they have won a lot.”We are there because we deserve to be but there is still a long way to go and we need to go step by step, always believing that we can do better, improve.”Dreaming is important but at the same time to manage in the right direction.”On the Bournemouth victory, which saw Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all get on the scoresheet, Pochettino added: “I think it’s so important to keep the momentum.”I’m very pleased because we had one day less to prepare for the game – Bournemouth played one day before us [at the weekend].”I think to arrive and show that energy and that level is a fantastic thing for us and we need to be sure to be ready for next Saturday here again [against Wolves].”Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, bemoaned his side’s shortcomings at both ends of the pitch.”It was a tough one. One of those days every shot they had went in, every shot we had didn’t,” he told BBC Sport.”You have to admire the qualities they have. But it is disappointing we created so many opportunities ourselves, if we had got one back it might be different, but a disappointing day.”We conceded some bad goals today, hugely frustrating on the back of a clean sheet, we wanted to build momentum.”It is a tough Christmas period, we go to Manchester United [on Sunday] and try and put it right.”Howe added that a first-half injury to captain Simon Francis “doesn’t look good” but did not elaborate on the exact nature of the problem. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku believes Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to win their upcoming Champions League second round tie.United welcome the Ligue 1 leaders to Old Trafford for the first leg of the last 16 clash on February 12. The Premier League side are in good form again after recovering from a difficult start to the season, winning nine of their 10 matches in all competitions since caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped in to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho in December. 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? The United boss was in the stands to see PSG lose in the league for the first time this season against Lyon on Sunday, and centre-back Thiago Silva said he expects the Norwegian to have come away from the game with a boost in confidence.But Lukaku believes it is PSG who will be in better spirits heading into the encounter and would not be surprised if they went far into the competition.”For me, they are the favourites, but we will come well prepared and we will see what will happen on the field,” he told Canal+.”We know we will play against a team that is, for me, one of the favourites in this tournament.”You just have to see their squad, there are players with great talent and a good coach, good fans and leaders who have a great plan for their club. It will be a difficult match.”United’s resurgence under Solskjaer has brought them back into contention for a top four finish in the Premier League, as they moved into fifth in the table with Sunday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City to leave them two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Lukaku has noticed a big change in spirits in the dressing room, saying star players like himself, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are happy again.”Since the departure of Mourinho, it’s different, it’s much more positive,” he said. “Already in the game people smile a lot more, right now everything is going very well, and we must continue like that. We are benefitting. “[Pogba] is happy. In training, he is told all the time: ‘Paul, we see you happy!’ And after he laughs. So now, everything is going very well, everyone is playing at their level.”Paul, Marcus, myself, Anthony, everyone, the competitive spirit is coming out in every player and it’s already starting in training when we play small matches, six against six, eight against eight, it shows that the players want to prove themselves in front of the coach, because they want to seize their opportunity.”When we play a game, we know that each player can play. But the most important thing is the team.”Before their meeting with Thomas Tuchel’s side, the Red Devils travel to Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday as they aim to continue their fine recent run.
After Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio was hit low and suffered a knee injury, head coach Jim McElwain went crazy on the North Texas bench.Florida sophomore signal-caller Luke Del Rio and the Gators currently hold a 25-0 lead over North Texas, but there is now reason to worry for UF fans. Del Rio, the team’s starting quarterback, took a hit to his left knee after a North Texas defender lost his balance lunging at him. Here’s video:Florida QB Luke Del Rio takes bad hit to lower leg. Had to leave the game https://t.co/3zXx50hQLb— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 18, 2016Florida head coach Jim McElwain was not pleased with the situation, and reportedly teed off on both the referees and the North Texas bench.McElwain (and some players) at midfield screaming after Del Rio’s hit. #Gators https://t.co/LcEPrn5WyE— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) September 18, 2016Jim McElwain is NOT HAPPY. HE flipped out and screamed at the North Texas sidelin. Del Rio is being taken to the locker room— Jacquie Franciulli (@JacquieFran_) September 18, 2016#Gators QB Luke Del Rio walking off the field….. but @CoachMcElwain spent time during the TV timeout yelling at the UNT bench— **620 WDAE** (@620wdae) September 18, 2016Replay shows Del Rio taking a shot to his left knee. Meanwhile, Jim McElwain goes nuts on the officials. So much for a boring game.— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) September 18, 2016Del Rio has been taken to the locker room to be evaluated. Let’s hope he’s alright – we’ll keep you updated.
YouTubeFOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd thinks the only team that can match up with Alabama likely won’t be part of the College Football Playoff.Colin Cowherd has a lot of hot takes, and Friday, he dropped another. Cowherd, who earlier in the week said that Clemson is a “fraud”, told his listeners the team he believes is the only one capable of matching up with defending national champion Alabama. It isn’t Ohio State.Cowherd believes that Michigan, citing size and experience, is the team that matches up with Alabama best. He doesn’t appear to be high on the odds of Ohio State, Washington or Clemson beating the Crimson Tide.Michigan is the only team that matches up with Alabama pic.twitter.com/zRRkAdFGRo— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 2, 2016We may never know if Cowherd is right, considering the fact that Michigan is currently on the outside looking in regarding the College Football Playoff rankings. At the moment, it would take real mayhem for the Wolverines to land in the field.
“Donny nog een jaar” went the chant to the tune of the KC & the Sunshine Band hit Baby Give It Up, and it spread rapidly and repeatedly around the Johan Cruijff Arena on Saturday.Ajax’s dominant display in the 5-0 trouncing of Emmen suggested they can survive in the Eredivisie without Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, but their fans made clear there is one star they are not ready to let go.Seconds after Donny van de Beek put the Dutch champions into the lead, the crowd hijacked the 1980s disco classic to beg the 22-year-old to reject an offer from Real Madrid and stay in Amsterdam for another year. 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? The approach from the Spanish giants was common knowledge, but the supporters had reason to be optimistic.The Dutch press claim Van de Beek is hesitant due to uncertainty about the role he would have at the Santiago Bernabeu, while the latest reports in Spain say Madrid want to wait until next year to sign him.Even Van de Beek is unsure if Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying game against PAOK will be his last in an Ajax jersey: “I really can’t tell you,” he said on Saturday. “I want clarity as well.”Madrid have embarked on a rebuilding project that has cost them over €300 million in this transfer window. Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo have all been bought to aid their recovery from a dismal 2018-19 season.The new signings add the firepower, speed, flair and defensive options they were missing when they plummeted to a third-place finish in La Liga – 19 points behind champions Barcelona, with their lowest goal tally for 19 years and worst defensive record for a decade.There is, however, one area they haven’t addressed: the midfield.Madrid identified Paul Pogba as the top target for the position in their bid to complete their spending spree, but Manchester United’s inability – or refusal – to sign a replacement before the window ended in England last Thursday suggests their pursuit has hit a dead end.In comparison to World Cup winner Pogba, Van de Beek may be a surprise alternative for Zinedine Zidane’s side but the Netherlands international has shown that he may be an adequate and much cheaper solution.Stuck with the ageing Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro as their midfield trio, Madrid need an injection of youth, pace and especially goals from the centre of the pitch. Last season, Modric and Casemiro struck only four times in all competitions, and Toni Kroos five. Van de Beek scored 17 goals, four of them in the Champions League.Ajax are four games into the new campaign and Van de Beek already has two goals and three assists to add to the impressive record he has maintained over the last four years.Since his senior debut in 2015, Van de Beek has progressed steadily into a dangerous attacking midfielder capable of upsetting the strongest defences.Alongside Bayern Munich, Juventus and Tottenham, Madrid witnessed the threat Van de Beek poses first-hand as his goals and assists against them played a pivotal part in Ajax’s surprise journey to the Champions League semi-finals last season.Always on the move and available for a pass, Van de Beek puts his good technique and simple but effective passing to good use for a side that is always looking for holes in the opponents’ defence with quick and imaginative combinations.Keeping his eye on the situation around him, Van de Beek easily identifies big spaces and can drift into them so easily it is as if acres open in front of him. Whether he needs to go wide, drop deep to support the striker or advance to fill in for the No.9, he is always looking to help his side into dangerous positions. He is a direct threat and always seems to pop up at the right place to find the net or set up a team-mate.After waving goodbye to new Barcelona hero De Jong and Genoa’s Lasse Schone, the Nijkerkerveen native is the last piece of the midfield that helped fire them to the domestic double and Champions League final four.Erik ten Hag’s team are still in good shape despite the loss of three key players, but Van de Beek’s departure may be one too many if they want to replicate last season’s achievements.”We all hope that Donny stays for another year,” Ten Hag told reporters. “With his dynamism, vision and strength in front of goal, he has a crucial role in midfield. Donny has played in the spotlight of the biggest clubs in Europe.”He may not be as high-profile or glamorous as Pogba or other summer target Neymar, but it is no surprise Madrid are chasing a player who does such a good job tying the midfield and attack together.Van de Beek would offer Zidane’s side a dimension they clearly lacked last season. He would help create intricate moves to set up chances for the likes of Hazard, Jovic and Karim Benzema, just like he did for Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.Pogba and Neymar may be the signings Madrid really want this summer, but as they look to address the glaring issues that caused such a disastrous 2018-19 season, Van de Beek could be the signing they really need.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh is no stranger to going viral for his general ridiculousness. Today, a story came out that was extra weird, even for him.Quarterback Wilton Speight transferred from Michigan to UCLA this off-season. He spent the last few years playing for Harbaugh in Ann Arbor.According to Speight, Harbaugh doesn’t want his players eating chicken. In fact, he links chicken consumption to some sort of bizarre degradation of American society, or something.From Bleacher Report:How do you explain the Harbaugh Experience? Former Michigan (and current UCLA) quarterback Wilton Speight tells a story to sum it up nicely. Early in his Michigan tenure, Harbaugh pulled Speight aside and told him not to eat chicken, a protein that is considered fairly safe by nutritionists. When Speight asked why, Harbaugh said, “because it’s a nervous bird.”“He thinks some type of sickness injected its way into the human population when people began eating white meats instead of beef and pork,” Speight says. “And he believes it, 100 percent.”Jim Harbaugh didn’t always take such an anti-chicken stance.In fact, there is Twitter evidence that Harbaugh felt less foul about fowl just over three years ago.He wished fullback Nick Volk a happy birthday on March 4, 2015, and promoted his hometown of Frankenmuth for its chicken.Happy 19th Birthday to UofM Fullback Nick Volk from The Great Michigan town of Frankenmuth, also known for the Best Chicken you’ll ever eat— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) March 4, 2015It’s unclear what has changed in the last three-plus years. All I know is that I really need some parents to serve Harbaugh their best chicken dishes during in-home visits now, just to see what happens.
(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)One of the best defensive Big Ten football players of the last decade has been waived by his NFL team.Shilique Calhoun, a three-time first-team All-Big Ten player at Michigan State and a former All-American, has been waived by the Oakland Raiders.The 26-year-old defensive lineman was taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.Calhoun had been with the Raiders since the start of his career.Raiders have waived former third-round pick, LB Shilique Calhoun.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2018Calhoun has totaled 18 tackles and 0.5 sacks during his NFL career so far.Stay tuned for more updates.
(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield is having a pretty good year, winning the Heisman trophy, becoming the No. 1 pick, and looking like a franchise quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. He can’t be thrilled with how his Saturday afternoon went though.Oklahoma lost to Texas in the Red River Showdown for the first time since 2015, Mayfield’s first appearance in the game.Before the game, Mayfield got the trash talk going on Instagram, as you’d expect from the brash former Sooner.He’s definitely hearing it from Longhorns in the comments there. He also apparently deleted an old tweet, where he called a Texas commit “naive” for thinking he’d see a win in the rivalry.??DELETED TWEET?? by @bakermayfield(? by @jonvillanueva_)#TEXvsOU pic.twitter.com/xvplCSXKB5— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) October 6, 2018Now, former Texas basketball superstar Kevin Durant is trolling Baker Mayfield after the game.With the 48-45 win on the leg of kicker Cameron Dicker, Texas is 5-1 with three ranked victories, and the first win over Oklahoma since that 2015 game.The Longhorns are also in the driver’s seat in the Big 12, which was unthinkable a few weeks ago.After the game, Durant used a video of one of Mayfield’s famous dances to poke fun at him.That’s pretty high quality trolling.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh remains unsatisfied with what happened before the Wolverines’ game at Michigan State on Saturday afternoon.There was an incident between the Spartans and some Wolverines’ players during MSU’s pregame walk across the field. Harbaugh and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio continue to go at each other in response.Michigan State released a statement on Monday afternoon, claiming that Michigan’s players shouldn’t have been on the field during the pregame walk.Harbaugh claims Michigan State is not being truthful in its statement. He is calling for the Big Ten to get involved.Michigan’s head coach wants an investigation.“That is not (true),” Harbaugh said of Michigan State’s claims. “There’s a conflict in the explanations. It should be investigated, and I look forward to seeing the outcome of that.”Harbaugh went after Dantonio during his Monday afternoon press conference and he was asked about everything again on Monday night.“You know all my feelings,” Harbaugh said. “You know what I think. That was putting it mildly.”The Michigan-Michigan State game in 2019 should be pretty, pretty good.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Justin Fields, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, is reportedly planning on transferring out of the Georgia football program.USA TODAY first reported news of Fields’ transfer on Monday night. ESPN later reported that while Fields might end up transferring, he hadn’t yet made a decision.A couple of major schools have been mentioned potential options for Fields.The Toledo Blade is now reporting that Ohio State has emerged as the favorite.“Ohio State is the front-runner to land Georgia quarterback Justin Fields. Ryan Day is a primary reason for the former five-star’s interest in the Buckeyes,” Kyle Rowland tweeted.Sources: Ohio State is the front-runner to land Georgia quarterback Justin Fields. Ryan Day is a primary reason for the former five-star’s interest in the Buckeyes. https://t.co/NRL8X4A6Vz pic.twitter.com/rtAHcsCWYu— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 18, 2018From the report:The true freshman backup at Georgia has alerted coach Kirby Smart of his intent to transfer. Ohio State coach Ryan Day is a primary reason for Fields’ interest in the Buckeyes.Fields, who will be the most coveted free agent in college football, is also considering Florida State and Oklahoma.He intends to petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility. UGASports.com reported that Fields is expected to retain Tom Mars, the attorney who helped Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson gain immediate eligibility. Mars has become a transfer whisperer, winning several waiver cases in 2018.It’s unclear if Fields will actually be made eligible for the 2019 season. Ohio State is expected to lose Dwayne Haskins to the NFL, but has former top recruit Tate Martell ready to step in.Stay tuned.
DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Red River Rivalry is one of the fiercest rivalries in college sports. But it’s taking on a different form for four-star safety Bryson Washington.Via Twitter on Tuesday, Washington revealed that he had narrowed his college choice to the two Red River schools: Texas and Oklahoma.“My Top 2 Schools Please Respect My Decision……” he wrote on Twitter before showing a promo for the two schools.Washington is the No. 161 overall prospect in the country per 247Sports. He is considered the No. 11 safety in the country, and the No. 20 prospect from the state of Texas.He had a breakout campaign in 2017 with 56 tackles, 23 passes defended, five interceptions and four pick-sixes.My Top 2 Schools Please Respect My Decision…… pic.twitter.com/znyqN9a2rP— ¹⁵ (@ChasingDream8) April 16, 2019It’s still early in the Class of 2020 recruiting process, but Texas and Oklahoma are neck-and-neck in the race for the top recruiting class in the Big 12 Conference.As of writing, Oklahoma leads the way with the No. 13 class in the country, while Texas is hot on their heels with the No. 22 class in the country, per 247Sports.Texas and Oklahoma faced each other twice in the college football this past season. Texas narrowly won the regular season matchup, while Oklahoma got revenge in the Big 12 Championship Game that ultimately propelled the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Wherever you are, Paul Finebaum is dropping all the scalding-hot takes for you on this Labor Day.Earlier today, Finebaum had some bold statements about Notre Dame and whether they deserve to ever be back in the CFP. Now, he’s turned his attention to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.During a segment on his show this afternoon, Finebaum was discussing Saturday’s Clemson-Texas A&M game. The conversation turned to the two head coaches, Swinney and A&M’s Jimbo Fisher.Finebaum declared Fisher the better coach, while saying Swinney has a “great staff.” He added that if he were at a school, he’d take Fisher over Swinney and it’s “not even close.” Jimbo or Dabo, which National Championship-winning head coach would you choose? pic.twitter.com/2EdxUrrmPR— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 2, 2019Look, Fisher won a BCS national title and reached the College Football Playoff during his time at Florida State. He’s proven himself, no question.But there’s no way Dabo isn’t ahead of him at this point. Dabo not only overtook FSU when Fisher was still there, but he’s turned Clemson into an absolute machine that has beaten ‘Bama twice in three years.Finebaum may or may not actually believe this opinion, but it’s a bad one either way.
He ranked his top three teams in the Big Ten. The toughest decision for him was whether to rank Penn State or Iowa as the third-best program in the conference.“I think it’s a combination of Penn State and Iowa,” Klatt said. “If you made me pick one today I’d probably say Iowa because its defense has been a little stronger.”You can listen to Klatt’s breakdown of the Big Ten here:Most would agree that Ohio State and Wisconsin have proven the most so far this season.But who’s next?@joelklatt says @HawkeyeFootball. Agree? 👇 pic.twitter.com/sa7JCLD2Pq— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 25, 2019In three weeks from now, the Iowa Hawkeyes will host the Penn State Nittany Lions. The winner of that showdown should cement their status as one of the elites in the Big Ten.As for Ohio State and Wisconsin, it’s hard to argue against Klatt’s assessment of those two powerhouses. BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 07: Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt and Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports speak during the Fox segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Reggie Bush; Joel Klatt; Kevin BurkhardtThrough the first month of the college football season, the Big Ten has displayed a handful of top teams. FOX analyst Joel Klatt was on the Big Ten Network to discuss which teams are the best in the conference.Klatt is extremely confident in Ohio State and Wisconsin. Both programs are coming off dominant victories and remain undefeated.In fact, Klatt ranked Ohio State and Wisconsin as the first and second-best teams in the conference, respectively.While the Buckeyes and Badgers receive most of the attention in the Big Ten, the Iowa Hawkeyes are also on Klatt’s radar.
Samsung Galaxy Fold may offer a smaller battery than Galaxy A70, new leak suggestsThe Galaxy F is said to come with two batteries while the Galaxy A70 is rumoured to get a large 4,400mAh battery.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy January 22, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 11:00 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy Fold will come with two 2,190mAh batteriesThe Galaxy A70 is said to come with a 4,400mAh batteryThe Galaxy Fold may launch alongside the Galaxy S10 on 22 FebruarySamsung’s upcoming Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone is assumed to come with a large battery because it is going to be a large device with two AMOLED display, one of which is said to be around 7 inches in size. While it was previously rumoured that the device would offer two batteries with a total of around 6,200mAh, a new report claims a much smaller battery. In fact, the rumoured Galaxy A70 smartphone may just get a bigger battery in comparison.According to a report by GalaxyClub, the Galaxy Fold will come with two 2,190mAh batteries which makes a total of 4,380mAh. The batteries were spotted with model numbers EB-BF900ABU and EB-BF901ABU and are considered to be related to the Galaxy Fold. The report further reveals some information about the Galaxy A70, claiming the phone will come with a 4,400mAh battery capacity. If true, this means the Galaxy A70 offers a bigger battery than the Galaxy Fold, and is 400mAh bigger than the Galaxy Note 9 as well.Samsung looks far more confident this year in increasing the size of its batteries in smartphones than ever before. Last year, the company released the Galaxy Note 9 with a 4,000mAh battery after playing it safe the year before following a major Galaxy Note 7 battery issue in 2016. This year, Samsung will be releasing its first smartphone with a massive 5,000mAh battery with the Galaxy M20, which is due to launch in India on January 28.The Galaxy Fold will most likely go official alongside the Galaxy S10 series on February 20 at the company’s Unpacked event. As for the Galaxy A70, not much is known at this time about its release date. What we do know from rumours is that the Galaxy A70 will be powered by a Exynos 9610 chipset based on a 10nm process and will sport an AMOLED display. Other Galaxy A series phones rumoured so far like the Galaxy A50 and A40 are tipped to come with LCD panels.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable phone gets certified in China, may go official on February 20ALSO READ | Exclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A40 spotted with Exynos 7885, Android Pie after Galaxy A50Get 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy FoldFollow Galaxy FFollow Foldable smartphoneFollow Galaxy A70
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 09:39 IST Rishabh Pant managed just four runs from 10 balls in the first T20 vs New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh said Rishabh Pant cannot afford to waste his chances like he did in the first T20I vs New ZealandPant managed just four runs in 10 balls as he struggled to put bat to ball during his short stay at the crease”Pant has to understand his game and strengths and play accordingly,” Harbhajan saidIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said Rishabh Pant cannot afford to waste his chances like he did in the first T20I against New Zealand in Wellington as veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is breathing down his neck for the back up wicketkeeper slot.Harbhajan was extremely critical of Rishabh Pant’s shot selection that led to his early dismissal in India’s unsuccessful chase of 220 on Wednesday. Pant was bowled by New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner when the wicketkeeper-batsman tried to play a reverse sweep.Pant managed just four runs in 10 balls as he struggled to put bat to ball during his short stay at the middle after coming in to bat at No. 4 in the T20I series opener. Despite it being his first international outing since the Sydney Test in January, Pant paid the price for trying too much even as the asking rate was constantly rising.India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs after a shoddy batting effort. The Rohit Sharma-led visitors suffered their biggest defeat in terms of the margin of runs.”I was a bit disappointed with his [Pant’s] shot selection. He tried to reverse sweep the fast bowler a couple of times. When you see a batsman playing shots like that, it tells he is not backing himself,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.”He has to understand his game and strengths and play accordingly. He has all the shots in the book. He should keep the reverse sweep as the last option but he should keep it as his last option.advertisement”Rishabh is a talented cricketer and that’s why we are backing him a lot. We know, he can be a big match-winner. But if he keeps wasting his chances, keeps on playing innings and keeps making such shot selections, then I feel, Dinesh Karthik may take his spot.”Dinesh Karthik is a proper batsman… he has been doing enough in the last few matches as well. So I think, Rishabh Pant needs to get going in the upcoming matches.”Meanwhile, Harbhajan also said India should play Rishabh Pant at No. 3 instead of Vijay Shankar in the second T20I, which will be played in Auckland on Friday. After having comfortably won the ODI series 4-1, India are facing a must-win situation as the upbeat New Zealand will be hoping to seal the series and render the Hamilton ODI on Sunday a dead rubber.”Rishabh Pant should play at No.3. When you are chasing a big total [like the game in Wellington], he needs to go inside the powerplay overs and get himself set. Once he is set, he is capable of scoring big,” Harbhajan said.He added: “But the team thought Vijay Shankar should play at No. 3. I think a mistake was made there. Rishabh needs to bat higher up the order. He has the game to make use of the powerplay but he needs to improve his game a bit.”Also Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarFor 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Harbhajan Singh Rishabh Pant can’t afford to waste chances, may lose spot to Dinesh Karthik: HarbhajanWorld Cup-winning India off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh also said India needs to play Rishabh Pant at No. 3 in the upcoming T20Is in New Zealand in order to give the youngster more time to settle in and then go for the big knocks.advertisement