Who made Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad?

first_imgWorld Cup Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who joins Cristiano Ronaldo in the 23-man squad? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Images World Cup Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo was more or less guaranteed to be on the plane to Russia, but who else will join him at the tournament? Portugal qualified automatically for the 2018 World Cup by the skin of their teeth. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. finished top of qualifying Group B, but only by virtue of goal difference, having ended the campaign level on points with Switzerland.Indeed, each side won nine and lost one of their 10 games, but Portugal were able to avoid a play-off, while Switzerland had to beat Northern Ireland over two legs to qualify.Having won the European Championship in 2016, manager Fernando Santos will now plot a way to assert global domination and he has revealed his 23-man squad for Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 Who made Portugal’s 23-man squad?It’s no surprise to learn that Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in Santos’ final panel for the tournament and the Real Madrid man hit a timely patch of form towards the end of the season, which bodes well for Portuguese hopes.In terms of goalkeepers, Sporting’s Rui Patricio is set to be number one, with veteran shot-stopper Beto and Lyon’s Anthony Lopes providing back-up. The defence will have a grizzled complexion to it, with seasoned players such as Pepe, Bruno Alves and Jose Fonte amassing 215 caps between them.That trio will be joined by a younger contingent that includes Southampton full-back Cedric Soares, Borussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro and new Leicester City signing Ricardo Pereira.Napoli’s Mario Rui has been included after an impressive season with Napoli, while Benfica’s 21-year-old defender Ruben Dias is the only uncapped member of the panel.Joao Moutinho PortugalThe midfield has a relatively youthful feel to it, with Man City’s Bernardo Silva and Sporting’s William Carvalho among the star names, but Monaco man Joao Moutinho is set to play in his third World Cup, bringing some valuable experience.Joao Mario and Adrien Silva, both of whom recently moved to the Premier League, are named, with Manuel Fernandes and Bruno Fernandes capping the midfield selection.In attack, Ronaldo will be joined by fellow veteran Ricardo Quaresma and AC Milan’s Andre Silva has been included despite an inconsistent campaign at club level. Paris Saint-Germain youngster Goncalo Guedes and Sporting’s Gelson Martins complete the panel.Who didn’t make the Portugal squad?Andre Gomes PortugalSantos has made some bold calls for the 2018 World Cup squad, leaving out a number of experienced players, as well as those who ply their trades at the biggest clubs in the world.Despite enjoying a decent season with Lazio, the vastly experienced Luis Nani missed out, as did Barcelona duo Andre Gomes and Nelson Semedo.Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches was one of the stand-out players for Portugal in their Euro 2016 triumph, but the 20-year-old has endured a difficult season on loan at Swansea and has been snubbed as a result. Another Euro 2016 hero, Eder, who scored the winning goal against France in the final, has also been left out of the 23-man squad. Inter defender Joao Cancelo may feel aggrieved to have missed out, while Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is another player who has not been deemed worthy of inclusion by Santos.last_img read more

Hazard: I’ll support Egypt for Salah

first_imgWorld Cup Hazard: I’ll support Egypt at World Cup for Salah Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:16 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Egypt Getty Images World Cup Mohamed Salah Eden Hazard Belgium v Egypt Belgium Egypt Friendlies African All Stars The Belgium attacker praised Egypt’s performance in the absence of their star, who he hopes will take part at the World Cup Belgium star Eden Hazard said he will support Egypt at the World Cup for his friend Mohamed Salah following Wednesday’s international friendly.Egyptian sensation Salah is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final last month and the Liverpool forward missed Belgium’s dominant 3-0 victory in Brussels .Egypt are optimistic Salah will be fit for their World Cup Group A campaign against Uruguay (June 14), hosts Russia (June 19) and Saudi Arabia (June 25). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 Hazard was on target in the first half at Stade Roi Baudouin after Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring against Egypt midweek before Marouane Fellaini completed the win in the second minute of stoppage time.Speaking afterwards, Hazard praised Egypt’s performance in the absence of Premier League Golden Boot winner Salah, who he hopes will take part at the showpiece tournament.”Egypt have good players. We managed to take control of the match and scored an early goal which made things easier for ourselves,” Hazard told ON Sport .”We are glad about defeating Egypt 3-0. I wish Salah the best and hope he returns. I will support Egypt in the World Cup for him.”Egypt are so different without Salah but they still performed well with compact lines. Their playing style is close to that of Tunisia.”I spoke with Salah after the Champions League final and sent him a message, as I said he is my friend and I want to see him in the World Cup.”We’ve beaten the @Pharaohs ! 3-0 ! Great support once again by @fanclub1895  See you Monday   @fedefutbolcrc  Tickets available on https://t.co/xgvqgq2WIn ! #REDTOGETHER #BELEGY #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/WuU1PC2afV — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 6, 2018 Belgium manager Roberto Martinez also hopes to see Salah at the World Cup, adding: “Mo Salah is not just a good player, he’s an outstanding footballer, he’s a world class footballer after what he’s done this season.”Any team is going to miss the goal scoring threat of Mo Salah. We all wish him a speedy recovery and we want to see him in the World Cup.”Belgium led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Lukaku and Hazard following a comfortable opening 45 minutes against Egypt.Martinez made a host of changes at the break and it impacted Belgium’s fluency, though substitute Fellaini added a third in the 92nd minute.”I don’t think we are physically, tactically and mentally ready … and that’s why the Costa Rica game will be important,” said Martinez, whose Belgium will face Panama (June 18), Tunisia (June 23) and England (June 28) in Group G after Monday’s friendly against Costa Rica.”I don’t think our performance was perfect, far from it. There are many aspects that we need to improve. But what I like is that when we make mistakes we’ve got the togetherness to try to overcome them and I don’t think we had that before and that’s very pleasing.”last_img read more

‘France can win the World Cup’

first_imgFrance ‘France can win the World Cup’ – ex-Man Utd striker Saha backing Les Bleus Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 16:21 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe France USA Friendly 09062018 Gettyimages France World Cup Manchester United The attacking talent at their disposal has seen Didier Deschamps’ side tipped to be major contenders at Russia 2018 due to their style of play Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes France have the required ability to win the World Cup, due mainly to their brilliant attacking players.Les Bleus face Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C, and boast such attackers as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona’s brilliant youngster Ousmane Dembele.Saha won 20 caps for France during his career, and believes that Didier Deschamps’ men are one of the favourites to win the competition because of their embarrassment of riches in the final third of the pitch. 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 “France have very good players in every position. So why not? They could win the World Cup,” Saha told Goal.”I think the most important thing is that, when you look at all the 32 teams, they have players who can disrupt and it is very attacking minded. There is no team like Italy from back in the day.”France also have a deep pool of defenders, including Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.However, Saha insists that football has changed since he was playing, and believes that attack-based teams are more likely to succeed in Russia.”You can’t defend like you used to before,” he added. “Defending is not an option, you have to get possession and be technically gifted enough to get chances.”It is not about crossing anymore, so it is going to be a very entertaining World Cup with a lot of goals, I think. A modern team with an exciting style of play will win it and France have all that.”France kick off their tournament on Saturday against Australia before facing Peru and Denmark in Group C.Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the competition on Thursday.last_img read more

Lozano could be breakout star of World Cup – Gutierrez

first_imgWorld Cup Lozano could be breakout star of World Cup – Gutierrez Dejan Kalinic 11:41 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HirvingLozano - Cropped Getty Images World Cup Mexico After starring for PSV in 2017-18, the 22-year-old has been tipped for big things at the global showpiece Hirving Lozano could be the breakout star of the World Cup, according to team-mate Erick Gutierrez.Lozano, 22, enjoyed a fine season with Eredivisie giants PSV, scoring 17 league goals and adding 11 assists to help his side to a Dutch title. Gutierrez believes the attacker could shine in Russia, where Mexico face Germany, Sweden and South Korea in Group F. 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 “‘Chucky’ [Lozano] could be the revelation player of the tournament. He has grown a lot,” he said on Thursday.”We practically know each other since we were kids. I know about his capacity. He is very adventurous. He doesn’t care who is in front of him.”Hopefully he will have a great World Cup and will help Mexico to go far in the tournament.”Mexico begin their campaign with a clash against Germany in Moscow on Sunday.last_img read more

NSW JUNIOR STATE CUP PLAYED AND WON

first_imgThe NSW Junior State Cup went off without a hitch in Wollongong, with no wild weather or electrical storms…there was simply 277 teams of enthusiastic young Touch players and 777 fine games of Touch. The Manly Sea Eagles were amongst the strongest overall performers, grabbing four of the ten Championship grand finals, as well as one runner-up. Wagga Wagga and Wollongong each claimed two Championships grand final titles, with Parkes and Muswellbrook claiming one each.Wollongong seem to be thriving with the event on their home turf, also claiming three Plate final titles. With Wollongong sides making two Championship and three Plate finals and going on to win all five, the hometown support must surely make a difference in the big matches. The Tamworth Thunder also showed they’re a country region on the improve, especially in the female divisions, finishing second in the Under 14 and Under 18 girls Championship finals and also the Under 18 girls Plate final. The grand finals were all showcases of some of the most promising future Touch players NSW has to offer, with the following results:Championship Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies 1 (6)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (2) def Parramatta Eels (0)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Wagga Wagga (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Parkes Pumas (13) def Griffith (2)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Manly Sea Eagles (3) def Parramatta Eels (2)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Tamworth Thunder 1 (2)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Muswellbrook Mambas (10) def Penrith Panthers (9)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: Wagga Wagga (13) def Taree (10)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies (2)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4)Plate Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (4)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Central Coast Dolphins (13) def Blacktown Broncos (2)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Taree (8) def Penninsula Piranahs (5)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Port Macquarie vs LBM Rangers (to be confirmed)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Wagga Wagga (3) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (0)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: City of Orange Thunder (5) def Penrith Panthers (3)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Central Coast Dolphins (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: LBM Rangers (6) def Cronulla Sharks (3)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (13) def Mudgee Mudcrabs (12)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4) All results can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au, photographs were taken by Sporting Images and can be purchased at www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img read more

SPORTSCOVER SPONSORSHIP FUND GRANTS AVAILABLE

first_imgSports Cover Australia in Association with SBS is poised to allocate the second round of 2006 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF) grants to amateur sporting clubs nation wide. Applications for the ten remaining $1000 grant close on Friday 24 November 2006. Between August and December 2006, The SSF will have awarded 20 x $1,000 grants to amateur sporting clubs and associations throughout Australia. Southern Districts Touch Football Association in Western Australia were successful in their Grant application in Round 1 of allocations in September.Southern Districts received the grant to assist with the purchase of a new line marker and a coaching development program for their association to increase junior participation levels.If your affiliate/assoication applied in Round 1 there is no need to reapply for Round 2 as your application will be automatically re-entered for round 2.Winners will be announced during the week of 4 December 2006.For an application form and further information visit the Sports Cover websitelast_img read more

7th Annual Touched by Cancer Touch Football Carnival

first_imgThis day is a great fun day of social touch. It is a great opportunity to play with friends or family that haven’t played before. All profits from the day go to the Gold Coast Prostate Cancer Support and Network Group. To date this carnival has raised over $50,000 to support local families afflicted by this disease.Please find attached a flyer with information on the carnival. More information can be found at the website www.coomeracometstouch.comRelated Filestbc_flyer_final-docxlast_img

Indigenous All Stars Claim Inaugural Match

first_imgThe Indigenous All Stars team created history on Friday, winning the inaugural All Stars Touch Football game by one touchdown, 5-4 at Cbus Stadium.The Indigenous All Stars took an early lead before the TFA All Stars hit back to level the game at 4-all with five minutes remaining. Lachlan Pierce gave his side a one touchdown lead with minutes remaining, before solid defence by the Indigenous All Stars stopped the TFA All Stars from forcing the game into a drop-off, with the Indigenous All Stars taking the match, 5-4. Pierce was recognised for his impressive performance, being awarded the Shane Frederiksen Medal, with Indigenous All Stars teammate, Carly Walsh receiving the Bo De La Cruz Medal. Stay tuned to the TFA social media channels for highlights and photos. To read the www.nrl.com match report, please click on the following link: http://www.nrl.com/indigenous-side-too-slick-for-tfa-all-stars/tabid/10874/newsid/83827/default.aspx To watch a replay of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.nrl.com/live-stream-womens-all-stars-and-more/tabid/10874/newsid/83807/default.aspx Related LinksAll Starslast_img read more

10 months ago’Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilson

first_img‘Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz has talked up Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson amid interest from Chelsea.The Brazilian will have the task of marking Wilson when the Cherries take on Chelsea in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola yesterday confirmed the club’s interest in the 26-year-old. And Luiz certainly rates his abilities.”I think he is amazing, a great player,” said Luiz. “He is doing really well. He is a top number nine with power and great movement. “He is scoring a lot of goals, he did well in his first game for England. If he continues in this way, he is a player to play in the best teams in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeat

first_imgWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says they must learn from defeat to Liverpool.Coady, facing his former club, believes that the clinical manner of the two goals underlines the quality of the Premier League.He said, “They’re top drawer, with their movement and the way that they drag people out of position, so fair play to them, but from our point of view we have to look at the goals and improve, and make sure we’re focusing for the full game.”The first goal is a great finish but we could have stopped that happening by stopping the quick free-kick being taken. However, we’ve switched off there and we’ve switched off when the cross comes in for the second one.”You can’t afford to do that against any team in this league, but they’re at the top of the league and they’re really going to punish you.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer tells Man Utd (& fans): I don’t want to leave

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd (& fans): I don’t want to leaveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to keep the job.Victory at Newcastle United meant Solskjaer continued his 100 per cent start as interim manager and he challenged his players to continue that form with tougher tests ahead.He also became the first United manager to win opening four games since Sir Matt Busby 73 years ago.”I don’t want to (leave) – of course I won’t,” Solskjaer said. “It’s such a great bunch of players, fantastic atmosphere, but it’s the next game, it’s the next game.”I’m doing my job as long as I’m here. If you win four you can win another four with this club.”That’s the challenge, that’s the standard we know. That used to be the challenge from the gaffer (Sir Alex Ferguson).” last_img read more

Missouri Man Arrested For Posting Threats On Yik Yak Towards Mizzou Students

first_imgyik yak app logo.Twitter/@EMichiganEagles The issues at Missouri continue to escalate, following the resignation of system president Tim Wolfe after a string of racially-charged incidents across the Columbia campus spurred large-scale protests by students. Things took a frightening turn on Tuesday night, when a local man posted terroristic threats towards black Mizzou students on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak. Warning: some of the posts contain explicit language.University of Missouri police arrest suspect for posting online threats https://t.co/Beq5jfNSIK pic.twitter.com/8baXsfJXTu— Mary Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) November 11, 2015Update on Missouri University: Anonymous posts death threat towards black students on Yik Yak!#ConcernedStudent1950 pic.twitter.com/cIZGhhfFib— Ray Warren Symposium (@rwsymplc) November 11, 2015screenshotted this before it got removed #Mizzou pic.twitter.com/tK2MjCRvM9— Lara Haft (@badpriestess) November 11, 2015Early this morning, a local 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making the threatening posts, though it has not yet been confirmed that he was the poster. According to reports, he is not a Mizzou student, and was not near campus when the messages were posted.19-year-old Hunter M. Park for making terrorist threats towards the Mizzou campus on social media. pic.twitter.com/wx5YcjqhmW— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) November 11, 2015Have apprehended suspect who used multiple accts to threaten @Mizzou students. He was never physically near campus @MUalert— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015The school sent out this email to students this morning.#Mizzou sent this email to students this morning. pic.twitter.com/PvbiK4YwJp— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) November 11, 2015We hope these issues pass, and Missouri proves to be a safe, inclusive place for all students soon enough. Please stay safe, everyone.last_img read more

ESPN Names College Football’s 5 Most “Entertaining” Teams

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The college football season is nearly here. In just two days, Week 1 of the college football season kicks off with 12 Thursday night games on the docket.As another season approaches, ESPN college football Mark Schlabach took a look at the “most-entertaining” teams in the nation. It’s an interesting list to say the least.The list is broken down into four scoring categories – which range from a team in the national spotlight, to how impressive its offense is. You can see the breakdown here.Here are the five most-entertaining teams entering 2018:ClemsonMichiganAlabamaFlorida StateTexas A&MThe full list of 10 teams can be seen here.Clemson, Alabama, and Michigan to a point, are in the College Football Playoff discussion. Meanwhile, Texas A&M sports a new head coach and Florida State starts Deondre Francois at quarterback once again.The 2018 season will be full of interesting plotlines.Stay tuned.[ESPN]last_img read more

Michigan DL Michael Dwumfour Carted Off Field After Lower Leg Injury

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling the University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan just finally took the lead against Maryland on Saturday afternoon, but Wolverines fans now have something else to worry about. Defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour suffered what appeared to be a serious injury near the end of the second quarter.Dwumfour, attempting to make a play, appeared to injure his right lower leg. Some have speculated that it looks like an Achilles injury – others think it might be his knee.Either way, he was unable to put weight on his leg and was walking with a noticeable limp. Michigan’s entire team eventually came out onto the field in support of their teammate.Dwumfour was able to avoid getting on the stretcher, but he still needed to be carted off the field.Stretcher came out for Michigan DL Michael Dwumfour but he didn’t need it to get onto cart that will take him off the field and it looks like he hurt his right knee. His teammates came on the field to show support with many giving him a tap and some words.— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) October 6, 2018The team comes out as Dwumfour is carted off pic.twitter.com/4mzWqiPfQC— Aria Gerson (@aria_gerson) October 6, 2018Dwumfour looked pretty sullen as the cart went up the tunnel. Radio says it looked like a non contact injury— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) October 6, 2018Michigan, with just one minute until halftime, holds a 10-7 lead. Despite the scoreline, they’ve dominated the Terrapins.We’ll keep you updated on Dwumfour’s status – but it’s a sure bet he won’t be playing the rest of the day.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Responds To Criticism Of Clemson’s 2019 Schedule

first_imgA closeup of Dabo Swinney.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)On Wednesday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney went to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta to receive the MacArthur Trophy for the Tigers’ national title win over Alabama.While there, Swinney was asked by a local South Carolina reporter about Clemson’s schedule.The reporter asked Swinney about the comparative schedules between Clemson and rival South Carolina. The Gamecocks feature the most-difficult schedule in college football this season, per ESPN.In asking his question, the reporter brought up the “lack of competition in the ACC.”Swinney laughed at the question before giving his response:“Boy that’s a loaded question isn’t it? I couldn’t disagree more on how you phrased the question. There’s no lack of competition in our league. There’s a reason we’ve won two out of the last three national championships and it’s not because we don’t play anybody.We’ve played everybody. We’ve played Alabama three times in national championships. We’ve played Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M…Our league had 11 bowl teams this year…our league is incredibly competitive and deep.”You can see his full response here.Clearly Swinney doesn’t think the Tigers need to schedule any differently heading into future seasons.Clemson opens the 2019 season against Georgia Tech.last_img read more

NCAA Expected To Pass New Guidelines Restricting Transfer Waiver Approval

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The NCAA Division I council is expected to approve a package of new guidelines that could make it more difficult for college football and basketball players who transfer to receive immediate eligibility via waivers, according to a document obtained by USA TODAY Sports.The NCAA instituted a new policy in 2018-19 allowing waivers to be granted on a case-by-case basis.Former Georgia transfer Justin Fields received immediate eligibility at Ohio State. Not long after, Tate Martell received immediate eligibility for Miami after transferring from Ohio State.However, the process did not work for former Georgia tight end Luke Ford, who transferred to Illinois to be closer to his ailing grandfather – a move the NCAA receive hefty criticism for.Perhaps the organization wants to avoid backlash on a case-by-case basis by instituting its new rules. However, most of the reaction to today’s new isn’t great for the NCAA.Stay tuned for an official announcement. A referee's outfit for an NCAA Tournament game.LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 19: An NCAA patch is seen on a referee’s shirt during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Hampton Pirates at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The NCAA appeared to be on the right track when it comes to allowing athletes in major sports to transfer and gain eligibility immediately for their new program.Until now.According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, the NCAA will meet in Indianapolis on Wednesday to discuss proposed new guidelines, which include an update to directions for decisions on whether waiver requests should be granted.Here’s more from the report:last_img read more

2021 4-Star DE Landyn Watson Announces Commitment

first_img This for you Granny…🙏🏽 COMMITTED… #LandOfWatson #KnowYourself 414➡️512➡️225 pic.twitter.com/N0IiWji8WX— Landyn Watson 💭 (@landynwatson) July 29, 2019The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Watson is the No. 11 weak-side defensive end in the 2021 class and the 33rd-ranked junior in the state of Texas, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The 176th-rated prospect in the 2021 cycle, Watson is the first commitment for LSU for 2021.Currently, the Tigers are near the top of the 2020 class rankings. LSU players warming up before playing Auburn.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: The LSU Tigers warm up before a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)One of the top defensive ends in the 2021 class made an early commitment tonight. Landyn Watson is LSU-bound.The Hutto (Tex.) four-star product announced his commitment to the Tigers this evening, choosing LSU over Baylor, Colorado, Texas A&M, Houston and others.Watson made it official with a post on Twitter.“I’ve dreamt of playing football at the next level since I was 6,” he wrote. “I’ve put in countless hours of hard work and dedication to be in this position today. With that being said I am proud to announce that I am committed to Louisiana State University.”last_img read more

Video: Urban Meyer Interviewed Ryan Day Ahead Of Ohio State’s Opener

first_imgOhio State coach Ryan Day on the sideline during a football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks on during the second half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The Ryan Day era is just about to begin at Ohio State, as the former offensive coordinator is now taking over as the head coach. He’ll have large shoes to fill due to the departure of Urban Meyer.Meyer’s decision to retire might not be as crucial of a blow as many expected because of Day. Throughout the 2018 season, the Buckeyes did an excellent job of grooming him for this position.On Saturday, the 40-year-old coach will have his first chance to show he’s a worthy successor to Meyer.Before Ohio State gets ready to face Florida Atlantic, Meyer conducted an interview with Day for FOX Sports. The full interview won’t be aired until this weekend, but a preview of it was just released. The main question that Meyer asked Day was how he feels when he walks into Ohio Stadium.“First off, my heart starts pumping,” Day told Meyer. “You think back on all the great players and great coaches that have been here before. The great games that have been played here at the Horseshoe just make you realize it’s such a responsibility when you step in here.”You can watch the preview of this interview here:”First off, my heart starts pumping.”Catch the full interview with Urban Meyer and Ryan Day on what it means to be the head coach at @OhioStateFB during Big Noon Kickoff Saturday at 11am ET on FOX. pic.twitter.com/wt2hHfCbQF— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 27, 2019Ohio State will try to make the College Football Playoff after missing out the past two years.Day is going to deal with a ton of pressure, but he seems ready for the challenge. As for his team, we’ll find out if they’re also prepared for this season when Week 1 begins later this week.last_img read more