REVEALED: Mourinho thought Man Utd sack summit was about transfersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho didn’t see the sack call coming at Manchester United last week.The Sunday Times says Mourinho believed his meeting with Ed Woodward last Tuesday was to discuss transfer strategy but instead he was sacked as Manchester United manager, it has been claimed.The former United boss went into the scheduled Tuesday morning meeting with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward still hoping to talk about potential January transfer targets.Mourinho knew his reign was coming to an end within hours of losing to Liverpool last Sunday. But the timing of his sacking caused surprise, according to the report. In addition, at least one player regularly selected by Mourinho called Woodward in the aftermath of United’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last Sunday “and told him Jose should leave”.Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half years with the club but the decision came as a shock to the Portuguese. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Edin Dzeko: 4-2 scoreline not good enoughby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma striker Edin Dzeko says they should do better after their 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo.Roma were 4-0 ahead after just 33 minutes with Dzeko, Bryan Cristante, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Justin Kluivert on target.“We should’ve done better in the second half, but the important thing was to get the victory and continue our improvement,” Dzeko told Roma TV.“After going 4-0 up, the Coach told us not to rest on our laurels or lose momentum, but we did anyway. It was a bit of a struggle in the second half.“When it’s 4-0, you have to let the ball do the work. If you keep possession, then Sassuolo have to run around after us. We wanted to go vertical a bit too quickly and the Coach didn’t like that.“It was a spectacular first half and we need to build on that. We also hope the second half mistakes are not repeated. We believe in the approach that the Coach has taken.”
Shrinks & scouts: Liverpool chief Moore lifts lid on new recruitment teamby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief Peter Moore has detailed how they’ve built up their recruitment team.Moore, speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, gave an in-depth analysis on how the club has combined data and analysis with traditional scouting.“There is a merging of data and the experienced eye – the analogue and digital coming together,” Moore told those in attendance at the summit.“We use applied science and technology to analyse players to create the best chance to win. From an analogue way, we look at the player and assess what they are about, both on and off the pitch. And we apply science.“We have four PhDs who are part of our club and we have a director of sports science, who is also a PhD and they look at data.“It is that combination, that amalgamation of an experienced eye – of looking at an athlete – combined with data, with psychological outputs, to see the person as a good player for Liverpool and also a good human being in the locker room.“Being a good person that happens to be a good football player is what you need to be for Liverpool Football Club. When I look at our squad, knowing most of the players, they fit that bill.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Evra slams ‘weak’ Arsenal: They’ve always been babiesby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United left back Patrice Evra did not hold back in his assessment of Arsenal and their players.The United legend was on Sky Sports as a guest pundit, analysing the Gunners’ clash against Sheffield United on Monday.Arsenal lost the game 1-0 and put in a limp display against the newly promoted side.Speaking about Arsenal and the game, Evra said: “First of all I’m really happy for Sheffield.”They deserved the win but I’m not surprised by Arsenal and I told you that before the game, make sure they don’t fall in the trap.”I used to call them my babies 10 years ago and they’re still, when I look at them, my babies and that’s the truth.”I’m not being disrespectful when I say that, it’s just the feeling I got with this team.”They look pretty, they look good but they don’t look like a winning team. They’re just here like playing good football.”When I looked at Arsenal, I was so happy to play against Arsenal because I knew I was going to win.”Even when Robin van Persie came and the first day I shake his hand and I said: ‘Welcome to a man club’.”At the beginning he was like upset but after one month he said ‘you’re completely right Patrice’ and that’s my feeling.”[Matteo] Guendouzi is the best in midfield but he is a player who was playing in the second league in France and he was even not like playing regularly, and he’s the best player on this team.”I know some are fuming when they see [Granit] Xhaka is the captain of Arsenal.’I respect them, like [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette, but you can see if those guys don’t score goals, they are in trouble and nothing’s changed.”I am like ‘where is Arsene? Where is Wenger?’ because it’s the same.”
Timothy Weah says he has “so much more to give” as he begins his loan move with Celtic, where he will be deployed differently than he has been with club or country.The U.S. national team forward joined the Scottish side from Paris Saint-Germain on Monday in pursuit of first-team minutes.Weah, the son of legend George Weah, has largely been deployed as a wide player with both PSG and the U.S. national team but, under Brendan Rodgers, the forward is expecting to be played centrally. 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 coach told me he just wants to see me playing my game, helping the team by making runs into spaces and stretching the game,” Weah said, according to the Scotsman.“He’s looking to play me as a nine and I can’t wait. I’m so excited to be here. I feel like the coach has a great plan for me and I think he’ll help me develop as a man.“The little bit of experience I have will benefit me but I feel that by being here, learning from all the other guys and the coaching staff, combined with hard work and dedication, then I’ll be able to give the fans what they want.”The 18-year-old said he is “so excited” about the move to Celtic, a place where he’ll be able to continue his development and impose himself more than he would have been able to at PSG.Weah scored two goals in six first-team appearances for the Ligue 1 champions, but, after a strong start to the season, found playing time hard to come by under Thomas Tuchel.”I went there knowing I had to put the work in to get where I wanted to be,” Weah told BBC Scotland.”A few years later, I am playing alongside Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe. It is an awesome feeling, but I know that is not even half the work done. I have so much more to give and improve on.”It is really hard to impose yourself with such great players in front of you. I feel like being at Celtic now is the place for me.”My father has played at Celtic before. He has told me it is really intense and it is good to grow as a footballer by playing for this club.”Weah said he “received “a lot of offers” to go on loan this winter, but Celtic was the one that stood out for him.The forward met with the squad met in Dubai on Tuesday as he began his stay with the club.Celtic return to action after their winter break with a Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Airdrieonians on 19 January, and Weah is already looking forward to getting going with his new club.”It is a wonderful moment for me, and such a blessing with such a great coach like Brendan Rodgers to lead me in the right direction,” he told BBC.”He and rest of the coaching staff are going to build me and form me into a really good player, and my team-mates are going to help me mature.”
Talk of James Forrest being lured to Liverpool from Celtic in an £8 million ($10m) deal has been branded “laughable” by Bhoys legend John Hartson.The Anfield ranks are already well stocked with creative attacking talent, but it has been suggested Jurgen Klopp would be open to bringing in another option.Admiring glances are said to have been cast in the direction of Parkhead and a player currently working under former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. 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? Forrest, who is a product of Celtic’s academy system and a Scotland international, is the man reported to have caught Liverpool’s eye, but Premier League suitors have been told the 27-year-old winger will be going nowhere for the figures being mooted.Ex-Hoops striker Hartson told the Evening Times: “I have to say that I laughed when I saw the figures quoted for James Forrest this weekend.“£8m? That might get you his big toe.“Aside from the fact that the lad himself has signed a long-term deal with Celtic, the club he has been with since primary school, the money quoted for him is laughable.“We are not talking about a pup at 16 or 17. We are talking about a boy who has scored goals at international and Champions League level and who has blossomed into a winger who guarantees double-figure goals.“So spare me the £8m chat. If – and it is a big if – there was anyone looking at Forrest then they would need to triple that number just to get Celtic interested.“The days of English clubs coming in and getting players for pennies are long gone. Peter Lawwell isn’t the type to let players slip out of the club without getting their market value and in Brendan Rodgers you have a guy who knows exactly what a player is worth.“So you can forget anyone coming in for Forrest or any other player and taking them away for a song.”Forrest has made more than 300 appearances for Celtic and remains on course to top the personal-best goal return of 17 he managed last season.Hartson added: “There is a suggestion that Forrest will go on to become the most decorated Celtic player of the modern era and that will mean a lot to him too.“But right now it is little more than chat.“If Liverpool or anyone else want him then they will have to have very deep pockets.”Forrest committed to a new four-year contract with Celtic in September 2018, with that deal intended to keep him in Glasgow for the foreseeable future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Sadio Mane has called on Liverpool to win the Premier League and Champions League in 2019-20 following the club’s European victory against Tottenham on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side missed out on becoming English champions by just one point this year, despite amassing an impressive 97 points over the course of the season. But they made amends for last year’s disappointment in Kiev when they finished runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League, beating Spurs 2-0 to bring the trophy back to Liverpool for the sixth time. 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? “I think it’s the start of something special, like everybody mentioned, because last year we were close and this season we won it,” Mane said after the memorable night in Madrid.”So, next year [we go] for the league and Champions League. We know it will not be easy but we are Liverpool, we are strong, we will do everything and we still have a young team. We will keep learning and working hard to get more trophies.”Asked if the win felt extra rewarding after last year’s final defeat, Mane said: “I think so. I think last year was not easy. It was really, really hard but that’s football.”That makes people love football. We have learned a lot this year, so we’re just really happy.”The lessons we learned came in many ways, in many things. We’ve got more experience and at the same time we’re used to playing this type of game. It made it easier today.”Liverpool’s players and staff showed plenty of emotion after the final whistle.Jordan Henderson was seen crying and hugging his dad, who revealed the Reds’ captain had promised him as a 10-year-old he would play in a Champions League final.”To be honest I think the dream became true,” Mane continued. “I don’t even know how happy I am, I could not believe until now.”I think I’m still dreaming! But at the end of the day I won, so very happy, very proud.”I don’t have the words to describe how happy I am. Of course, it’s one of the best [nights of my life].”It was not easy, it was a long way, but at the end of the day we did it together so really happy and really proud.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Romelu Lukaku isn’t short of pace, and he has the data to prove it.A lack of mobility is one of the issues that fans have held against the Manchester United striker during his time in the Premier League, but he has taken to Twitter to prove his doubters wrong.He posted a video showing the results of a speed test from United’s training, with the Belgian clocking the second highest speed of the session – and there were other surprises as well. 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? Diogo Dalot was at the head of the pack with a top speed of 36.43kph, with Lukaku just behind him on 36.25kph.Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford and new signing Daniel James, renowned for his explosive pace, rounded off the top five.There may be some eyebrows raised at the order further down the list. Chris Smalling, for example, registered a higher top speed than forward Anthony Martial, while his fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof beat Paul Pogba.Luke Shaw was the slowest of the players shown in the video, his 31.03kph sprint leaving him behind the likes of Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Scott McTominay. Mata at least enjoyed the video, tweeting: “Thanks for finally showing the world that I’m quicker than Luke Shaw bro.”Lack of pace 🏃🏿♂️😂 https://t.co/bdfVGBuOHC pic.twitter.com/XDEfaye4wU— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) August 2, 2019There is one small caveat, with the training session having taken place way back on July 10. That was three days before United’s 2-0 win over Perth Glory in the first game of pre-season, with players still working their way back to full match fitness.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been focusing hard on improving United’s fitness in pre-season, having expressed concerns about his squad’s inability to keep up with the high-intensity game he is looking to implement at Old Trafford.Lukaku was one of the players to struggle under Solskjaer, and now seems set for the exit door with Serie A pair Juventus and Inter vying for his signature.He scored two in his first two games under the Norwegian, but only added four more goals – in braces against Crystal Palace and Southampton – in the rest of the season.He is being offered as a makeweight as United attempt to bring in Paulo Dybala from Juventus, having already agreed a record-breaking fee for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea is guaranteed to be an historic occasion before a ball is even kicked.That’s because it will be the first time a female referee runs the rule over a major UEFA men’s showpiece event.UEFA confirmed the news at the beginning of August, revealing that Stephanie Frappart would be the chief official for the game between the two Premier League sides. 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? It is a decision that has been welcomed by both Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard, with the Chelsea boss describing it as “a step in the right direction”.Ahead of the match, Goal brings you everything you need to know about Frappart as well as her predominantly female team of assistants.Who is Stephanie Frappart?Stephanie Frappart is a French football referee who has been on the FIFA international list of referees since 2009.She has been described by UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti as “one of the best female referees, not just in Europe, but across the world.”Hailing from the north of France near Paris, Frappart, who recently refereed the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands, has already officiated a number of men’s games.In 2014, she became the first woman to referee a match in Ligue 2, France’s second tier of professional football, and five years later she made more history by graduating to Ligue 1 in a game between Amiens and Strasbourg.”I feel a lot of pride,” Frappart said after that game, which took place in April 2019. “I can say that I have the qualities to officiate in Ligue 1.”I realise that this match has gone down in history. There was a lot of expectation, but I took it as any other game. I showed that I have the skills and the ability to be there.”She will continue to referee Ligue 1 games in the 2019-20 season and believes that the experience at that level will help when toting the whistle in the Super Cup.”I’m now popular all over the world,” she said. “But I was also appointed in Ligue 1, so I know the feelings and emotions and how to manage them and how to train for [the occasion].”This is not my first appointment.”When announcing the news that Frappart would take charge of the Super Cup game between Liverpool and Chelsea, UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin expressed his hope that it would inspire women.”As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas,” said Ceferin.”I hope the skill and devotion that Stephanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”UEFA has also used the historic occasion to amplify issues of sexism in the sport by inviting two female referees from Italy – Annalisa Moccia and Giulia Nicastro – to the game.Mocchia and Nicastro were both subjected to sexist abuse from a television commentator and a player when officiating a domestic game.Who will assist Stephanie Frappart in the UEFA Super Cup?Frappart will be assisted by two other female officials – Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill – as well as Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir.Nicolosi, who is from Italy, and O’Neill, from Ireland, have both worked with Frappart before, serving as assistant referees for the Women’s World Cup final in 2019.Nicolosi has been a FIFA-listed assistant referee since 2010 and O’Neill has been on the international list as an assistant since 2011.”It’s pretty nice to inspire young girls, to open up the pathways for kids coming up. That’s pretty special,” said O’Neill of the occasion.”But this is not our first time on the big stage. I am one of the first Irish officials in a World Cup final, man or woman, so I already know how to react to all the emotions and keep focus on the task on hand.”Have other female referees officiated men’s matches?Female referees have taken charge of other elite level men’s football games, but it is a relatively new development in the sport.While Frappart is the first women to referee a major men’s UEFA match, she is not the first female to take charge of a men’s UEFA game.Swiss referee Nicole Petignat was the first, having refereed three UEFA Cup qualifiers between 2004 and 2009.Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in Bundesliga history when she ran the rule over a game between Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin in 2017. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
We’ve been awash in big college football news over the last day, with the drama out of Ohio State. Today also marks a big moment in the build-up to the season: the release of the preseason Coaches Poll.USA Today announced that the first poll of the year is coming out today. It is set to drop at noon.As of now, it is unclear who will be No. 1. Defending national champion Alabama is a fair bet though.The preseason Amway Coaches Poll will be released in just a few hours. https://t.co/QuAr90RwBX pic.twitter.com/sMVxPCCIYz— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) August 2, 2018The preseason Coaches Poll will have to hold us over for more than a month.In its release about the upcoming poll, USA Today revealed that the first regular-season poll will not be out until September 4.The final regular season poll comes out on December 2, following the conference championship games.As one would expect, Alabama swept the first place votes after winning the College Football Playoff national championship at the end of last season. Runner-up Georgia finished No. 2, followed by fellow playoff teams Oklahoma and Clemson.Ohio State and Wisconsin, the top two teams in the Big Ten, which missed out on the Playoff thanks to two SEC teams making the field, finished fifth and sixth.UCF, an undefeated team out of the AAC that finished the season with a big bowl win over Auburn, ended at No. 7 in the Coaches Poll.[USA Today]
YouTubeThe weird string of high-profile cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease in sports has hit college football. Five members of the West Virginia Mountaineers came down with the infection.WVU was set to hold Fan Day tomorrow afternoon. Because of the disease, the event has been postponed.West Virginia football put out a statement about the hand, foot, and mouth disease issue this afternoon.From the school:Fan Day with the Mountaineer football team set for tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. will be postponed and rescheduled if a later date becomes available.Five cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease have been identified within the program. Hand, foot and mouth is a mild but highly contagious viral infection that is very common among children but can spread to adults. The virus usually goes away on its own in a period of less than a week, and there is no specific treatment, just steps to ease the symptoms.Because it is highly contagious, it is in the best interest of the general public to postpone the event. WVU’s medical staff continues to monitor the situation, taking proper steps to control the virus and communicating with the proper campus personnel.Athletic director Shane Lyons says the program plans to reschedule the event.WVU did not disclose which players came down with the disease.Earlier this summer, hand, foot, and mouth disease became part of the sports lexicon when Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard was diagnosed just after the All-Star break. Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ was also diagnosed with the disease last month.Luckily, the disease, while very contagious, is not super serious. Recovery time can last over a week though. With two weeks until WVU’s opener against Tennessee, it is unclear whether players could be at threat of missing time.[West Virginia]
Texas A&M fans have had a lot to cheer for tonight.The Aggies, hosting No. 2 Clemson, have hung right with the College Football Playoff favorites. This is a contest that seems to be going down to the wire.It’s Clemson 28, Texas A&M 20 with just under 12 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.Two Texas A&M fans went viral earlier in the game when ESPN captured an adorable moment in the stands.“GIVE HER A LITTLE SUGAR!”GIVE HER A LITTLE SUGAR! pic.twitter.com/zTCHEzYN04— ESPN (@espn) September 9, 2018Well played.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Week 3 of the 2018 college football season is nearly here. In just a few days, Boston College and Wake Forest will kick off the weekend of college football with a Thursday night game.The upcoming weekend’s slate is in danger due to Hurricane Florence threatening the East Coast. Several games have already been canceled as a result.Will there be any upsets?OddsShark’s computer is predicting one.The sportsbook’s prediction has Maryland losing to an 0-2 Temple program.Maryland enters the contest as a 15.5-point favorite to win the game.The Terrapins host Temple on Saturday at noon.
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)So far, two teams have emerged as strong contenders for Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant: North Carolina and Arkansas.He’s checking out one of those schools right now.The Tar Heels are hosting Virginia Tech tonight. It has been a second straight tough season for Larry Fedora’s program.UNC is off to a 1-3 start, with a loss at Cal, and blowout losses to struggling ECU, and Miami. The team did beat Pitt, and a game—and probably loss—to undefeated UCF was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.If Kelly Bryant wants a school that he can start at right away, North Carolina football may be a decent option.He came out of the tunnel ahead of the game. Bryant has posed for a few photos from the field ahead of the ACC match-up.Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant visiting UNC today. pic.twitter.com/mMS8Ht1zyc— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) October 13, 2018Kelly Bryant at the UNC/Tech game. @KellyB125 pic.twitter.com/T5sS8BL9j8— Jenna Miller (@sheshootsports) October 13, 2018Former Clemson star quarterback Kelly Bryant is HERE in Chapel Hill @Sports_Night pic.twitter.com/4LH2WMHHaT— Mike Toper (@MikeToper1) October 13, 2018According to Jonathan Alexander of The News & Observer, North Carolina students are chanting for him as well.Kelly Bryant just walked through the tunnel— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) October 13, 2018Bryant is also scheduled to visit Arkansas later in the year. Louisville and Missouri are among the other schools that have been mentioned as options.While the chance to stay in the ACC and play for a pretty big brand like North Carolina is enticing, Bryant may want to leave his options open. If Fedora doesn’t get things turned around, the school may be bringing in a new coaching staff after the season.The Tar Heels and Hokies kick off at 7 p.m. ET.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)If Penn State is going to continue finding success from its running backs, then landing Noah Cain has to be the ultimate goal for this month. With the four-star tailback ready to make his decision very soon, the Nittany Lions might just be the favorite to receive his commitment.This season was the year for Miles Sanders to breakout, as the junior finished with 1,223 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. However, his time with Penn State will eventually come to an end, whether he leaves for the NFL Draft this year or next, which means another running back will have to take his place.As of right now, the current projections from 247Sports have the Nittany Lions as the favorites for the No. 7 tailback in the 2019 class.From 247Sports:Instead, Penn State is trending as the anticipated destination. A recent Crystal Ball run toward Texas has subsided and the last six predictions — starting with 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong — point to PSU as his landing spot. Nittany Lions running backs Ja’Juan Seider previously pursued him on behalf of the Florida Gators staff and was instrumental in getting Cain on campus twice this year.Even though Texas is given a 39 percent chance of landing Cain, it’s pretty interesting that all the expert predictions lately side with Penn State.Cain also has Auburn and Georgia on his list, but it sounds like it’ll come down to the Longhorns and the Nittany Lions.His official decision will be on Dec. 19, which was the date he announced on Twitter.7 days…✍?, Tune into @espn at 10:30 A.M. CT. on December 19th. College Decision will be made! #7era pic.twitter.com/w7B4tEh7cH— Noah Cain (@therealnoahcain) December 13, 2018Landing Cain for next season would be the perfect gift for the holidays for Penn State.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season is in the books and provided plenty of storylines heading into the rest of the season.Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines entered the 2019 season as favorites to win the Big Ten. Now it looks like the Wolverines might not even finish in the top-three in the conference.Ohio State is now the overwhelming favorite to win the Big Ten, even over a Wisconsin program that just dominated Michigan and sits undefeated on the season.After four weeks of action, college football fans are finally getting a clear picture on what teams have what it takes to compete for a conference title. ESPN released a new Football Power Index which reveals which teams have the best chance to win their respective conference.ACC: Clemson, 92.2 percentBig 12: Oklahoma, 69.9 percentBig Ten: Ohio State, 56.8 percentPac-12: Oregon, 58.4 percentSEC: Alabama, 47.8 percentClemson is nearly a lock to take home the ACC this season with no legitimate contenders in the conference.Alabama has Georgia looming on the other side of the SEC. The Bulldogs took down a solid Notre Dame program this weekend and looks like a College Football Playoff contender once again.As for the Pac-12, it’s up in the air.Check back for updated conference win percentages after Week 5.
Reuters MelbourneJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 11:15 IST Rafael Nadal (R) is looking for his 2nd Australian Open title while Novak Djokovic will be aiming for his 7th. (@AustralianOpen Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNadal and Djokovic are meeting in an Australian Open final for the first time since 2012Djokovic leads Nadal 27-25 in the head-to-head tallyNadal is looking to become the first player in Open Era to win all 4 Grand Slam titles at least twiceAfter winning one-sided semi-finals that few will remember in years to come, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will face off in a blockbuster Australian Open decider on Sunday that offers much more than a clash of great players.Both have landed in the final in outrageous form, with second seed Nadal conceding only six games to Stefanos Tsitsipas before top seed Djokovic gave up only four to Lucas Pouille.Having proved, once again, untouchable by the younger generation, Serb Djokovic and Spaniard Nadal will meet for an eighth time in a Grand Slam final and their first at Melbourne Park since the record five-hour 53 minute epic in 2012, a match regarded as one of the greatest of all time.A packed crowd at Rod Laver Arena will see two of the modern day greats slug it out in their 53rd match, with Djokovic leading Nadal 27-25 in the head-to-head tally.Well might tennis fans feel privileged.While both players have added to their pile of Grand Slam silverware in recent years, they have not had to face each other in a title match at the four majors since the 2014 French Open.Nadal won that meeting in four sets, nudging to a 4-3 lead in their Grand Slam finals count, but given his fitness issues and unremarkable record at recent hard-court Slams there was those who doubted the 32-year-old would get to Sunday’s decider.”Maybe with less passion, I’d have less injuries… but I don’t change that.”@RafaelNadal @kia_motors pic.twitter.com/OXQAHvywfQadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019The lefthander retired hurt in the quarter-finals at last year’s tournament and again at the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.But all that has been thrown aside during a scintillating run at Melbourne Park in which he has not dropped a set.Older but wiser, Nadal has added pace to his serve, allowing him to be more aggressive on the second shot and shorten the points to preserve his body.The quality of his tennis and his “happiness” in his game bodes well for his chances of upsetting the Serb, who is clear favourite to claim a record seventh title in Melbourne.”(There) have been very special moments that we share together in the court, with Novak, during all our careers in the most important stages,” 2009 champion Nadal, bidding for a second Melbourne title, said on Saturday.”We push each other to the limit of our tennis level. Tomorrow (is) going to be another episode.”‘GREATEST RIVAL’In contrast to Nadal, few would have expected anything less than seeing Djokovic feature in Sunday’s final.It has been a tournament he has owned for much of the past 11 years since beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for his first Grand Slam title in 2008 as a 20-year-old.That stays as probably the most epic match and special match I was part of, without a doubt @DjokerNole on the 2012 #AusOpen final vs #Nadal.Will tonight’s final, seven years later, dethrone the 2012 final in his memory bank? pic.twitter.com/dvV7PpeRLP#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Now bidding for his 15th Grand Slam title and third in succession, Djokovic’s run has not quite been as dominant as Nadal’s, surviving a four-set test in the last 16 against Russian Daniil Medvedev and later complaining of back soreness.Yet he crushed all doubts about the state of his game with a 83-minute demolition of Pouille on Friday.Describing 17-times Grand Slam champion Nadal as his “greatest rival”, Djokovic has watched the Spaniard with interest in Melbourne.”With everything he possesses, all the qualities in his game, adding to that also a lot of free points on the serve makes him much tougher to play against,” he noted.While the 2017 Melbourne final between Roger Federer and Nadal was seen as a throwback for the sentimentalists, Sunday’s match may open up a new and thrilling phase to one of tennis’s greatest rivalries.It may also reopen the “greatest of all time” debate.Victory for Nadal would make him only the third player to claim both Grand Slams twice after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, while bringing him within two of Swiss Federer’s total of 20.A win for Djokovic would move him past Pete Sampras (14) to outright third on the list of Grand Slam title winners.Also Read | After US Open drama, Naomi Osaka savours Australian Open victoryAlso Read | Naomi Osaka forgets her victory speech after Australian Open gloryAlso Read | Australian Open: Novak Djokovic ready to face biggest rival Rafael Nadal in finalAlso Read | Barbecued chicken – Frances Tiafoe coins term for the ball hit by Rafa Nadal’s poweradvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Sustainable academic excellence in eastern IndiaEmbracing technology and research, upskilling, setting up entrepreneurship cells, and promoting industry-academia collaboration are mantras for academic excellence in eastern India: Expert speakadvertisement IMPACT FEATURE india today digital March 27, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 12:06 IST The eastern part of India has long been a hub of education and culture, a region that can boast of academic institutes of global repute, a land where Nobel laureates have their roots. But has the region been resting on its laurels? This question is likely to come into the minds of all stakeholders in the face of the currently diminishing importance of East India as a destination for higher education. Education in this region has been plagued with a multitude of problems in recent times, including inadequate infrastructure, lack of industrial collaboration, lack of research facilities, politics playing a big part in academics and institutes, all these resulting in a steady exodus of good students, and even faculty, to other parts of India, or even overseas.In this issue, we seek to explore the reasons behind the current situation. We try to find out, from experts in the area of higher education, how we can identify the problem areas, eliminate the obstacles, and stop bright students from moving to other regions in search of higher education. They also share their vision about the prospect and future of education in the East, with special reference to the measures adopted by their own institutes to take the region forward in the realm of higher studies.Techno India Group Prof. Goutam Roy ChowdhuryProf. Goutam Roy Chowdhury, Founder Chairman of Techno India Group (TIG) & Techno India University (TIU), shared his vision on ways to elevate the eastern region to feature among the top destinations for higher studies. According to him, the emergence of the online medium in education is a vital development. Hence, it becomes imperative to embrace technology. Educationists must also change focus from full-time degrees to skills. Hiring companies are focusing more on Value to Company than Cost to Company. Hence, students today strive to stand out, thanks to their continuous self-improvement. There is a need for faculty development too as the role of teachers has evolved from being Gurus’ to being facilitators of knowledge.advertisementHe shared Techno India’s journey and roadmap for bringing quality education to the masses and arresting the exodus of students from the East. TIG introduced affordable engineering education to the masses and arranged for campus placements from top tech companies resulting in the initiation of a generation of new-age engineers empowered by private education. TIG, now, has strong management teams and offers added opportunities to students like student club involvement, volunteering, entrepreneurial projects, international internships/higher studies, etc.He listed TIG’s own initiatives regarding adoption of tech to enhance academics. These include: Wi-Fi enabled campuses, labs, hackathons, and boot camps on emerging technologies, faculty development programs on advanced technologies, etc. The group is among the first academic institutes in eastern India to set up an advanced Internet of Things lab, a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Lab, a 3D Printing lab and a massive co-working space and incubator for student entrepreneurs, truly living up to its name: Techno India’.Smart education and smart classes are other initiatives of the group to stay ahead in the competition. These include the Entrepreneurship Skill Development Programme and attached facilities for students to help them develop their team spirit, organization skills, sense of initiative and responsibility, and leadership. TI also strives to augment pedagogy through enhanced interactivity, activity-based learning or flipped classrooms. It has a definite agenda to build empathy and emotional intelligence in the students, and boost their employability. The group has a Sustainability Director in its management team, who is working towards integrating sustainability into all existing engineering and business streams.Mr. Roy Chowdhury signed off with a message to the young students: Don’t let society determine your worth, go beyond the mediocre challenges. The path you choose, however unconventional, is your own. Embrace it.NERIM Group of Institutions Prof. (Dr) Sangeeta TripathiProf. (Dr) Sangeeta Tripathi, Director, NERIM Group of Institutions attributes the trend of exodus of students from the East, particularly northeast India, to three primary factors namely, students’ desire to seek quality education, unstable political environment in the past, and the ability of certain section of students to financially afford such education outside the northeast region. She explained that although the 1990s saw the setting up of many higher education institutes in the region, they were not in a position to accommodate all the students due to their specialized academic streams. At the same time, public institutes could not align themselves to the changing business environment and the need of the market. These public institutes had frameworks of the past, which did not appeal to the students.advertisementWith the emergence of private universities and institutes, which were much more flexible in their curriculum and which worked towards meeting the aspiration of the students, at least some students were able to find the right place to pursue higher education.Dr. Tripathi recommended that if the northeast and the east have to emerge as educational hubs, then there would be certain prerequisites. The foremost requirement is the ability to identify and offer courses which could empower students to meet the requirement of the changing business environment. This needs to go hand-in-hand with high-quality delivery of courses, which is only possible by engaging quality faculty resources. Finding and retaining good quality faculty in this region may remain a challenge. The moving-out trend of students can only be reversed if the institutions in this region have high standards of academics and the capability to provide value addition to students.Dr. Tripathi shared how NERIM group of institutions is the pioneer institution in the self-financing category in this region, has been playing a pivotal role in providing affordable yet high-quality education. It has already completed 27 years in the field of professional education. From the very beginning, NERIM has believed in empowering its students with professional skills to help them handle and excel in real-world business situations. Its constant emphasis on quality of education, professional ethics and flexibility have paid its dividends. Today, NERIM’s alumni are well placed in many top-rated organizations.She signed off by stating that NERIM could achieve this goal because of its vision of making its students strong professionally and ethically so that they could face the demand and challenges not only in this region but also anywhere in the professional world.Adamas University Prof. Samit RayProf. Samit Ray, Chancellor, Adamas University, offered valuable insights on how East can be brought back to the top of the game. With the advancement in technology, our lives are changing.Technological development has created a plethora of career opportunities. Therefore, it is imperative that educational institutions brace themselves to face challenges, identify future technologies, fulfil the demand for future employability and prepare courses to impart education at par with technologies. We need to ensure that our responsibility as educators of the future generation continues with the same indefatigable tenacity and fulfils the demands of global and modern societies.He pointed out that the main challenge faced by educational institutions is high land prices impacting expansion. Apart from this, the mindset of students and guardians create an obstacle.The students need to become more sincere in terms of studies, he observed.He discussed different initiatives adopted by Adamas University to achieve excellence in education, by providing relevant and comprehensive education to students in an environment that impresses upon ethics, values and mutual respect. The university’s international conference programme is rich and varied, comprising plenary sessions, paper presentations, workshops, and tutorials, along with opportunities for informal networking. The institute has also focussed on newer forms of teaching-learning methods, in keeping with the internet age.advertisementHe described his own journey of setting up Adamas International School, followed by the setting up of Adamas World School and Adamas Institute of Technology. These institutes along with the tutorial home came together to realize the vision I had of making a university which would challenge the set processes of imparting education, he shared. He said that his mission and inspiration behind setting up of Adamas University was to create employable graduates, able to face any challenge, belonging to families which have slowly ventured into the path of acquiring education.Infrastructure and research are other focus areas of Adamas. In keeping with this, the university has formed various collaborations for setting up of a Biotechnology and Innovation Park. Future plans include an institute for the study of Fine Arts.He concluded by saying: I aim to foster industry-academia collaboration. In the last three decades, the education industry in the region has grown exponentially, especially with respect to infrastructure, quality of teaching and number of students. Compared to universities in other states of India, East is no longer left behind and we have arrested brain drain too. Our university has students hailing from other states as well. We need to keep up the good work.Sister Nivedita University Mr. Satyam RoychowdhuryMr. Satyam Roychowdhury, Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University (SNU), believes that the status of eastern India in terms of education is prominent, largely due to the integration of technology-driven, industry designed curriculum. There is a knowledge revolution, technology has become a way of life and there are new innovations every single day. There may be some challenges that the region might face. But enterprises throughout the world are experiencing revolutions: rising costs, competition, new technology, use of automation and computers. It is our responsibility to be industrious and innovative to address these challenges. Educationalists have a major role to play in turning ideas into reality. Our concept of KG to PG’ education not only boosts intellectual growth but also nurtures innovative teaching-learning pedagogy to bridge the gap between entrepreneurship and the global economy.We must also offer a plethora of course options to ensure a student’s growth goes beyond academics. We need to reorient the education system according to the unconventional futuristic model of the day, supported by technological advancement.He shared the journey and milestones of SNU in building a robust education system in the region. At SNU, the intention is not to offer just employment opportunities, but to create innovators, upskill aspiring entrepreneurs and business pioneers to leave a legacy.He discussed several initiatives of the institute to incentivize bright young minds to choose East as their preferred location for higher studies. Students today are not homebound, hence it is our responsibility to offer them opportunities aligned to a stable and prospective career at home. The curriculum at SNU has been defined keeping in mind the industrial needs of Generation Y. We offer international collaborations, exchange programs, e-learning tools like LMS, Moodle and start-up ideas. Some of our courses are designed by experts from renowned companies. SNU, with state-of-the-art infrastructure and other facilities, places heavy emphasis on experiential learning through internships, practicum or service learning programmes, which provide students a real-world context for their learning. The Centre of Excellence established aims at fuelling the principal ambitions of the students. Apart from an advanced industry-ready curriculum, the Centre of Excellence plays an additional role in improving expertise and knowledge through co-scholastic activities for the overall organizational development.He summed up by saying students aspiring to pursue higher studies in eastern India, must be offered innovative opportunities, research-oriented curriculum, and an entrepreneurship cell.Personally, my effort is to drive business to make a lasting impact by helping the students learn from the pros across the globe.Assam Don Bosco University Fr. (Dr.) Stephen MavelyFr (Dr) Stephen Mavely, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Don Bosco University (DBU), bemoaned the exodus of students from the East. He went on to explain that the situation in the northeast is somewhat distinct. Shillong, Darjeeling, and Guwahati were well-known educational hubs, ever since the British established their summer haunts in these towns and the Christian Churches followed with quality schools and colleges. However, the political unrest in the region due to the agenda of certain factions made the students, concerned about their security and future, move to other states for education if they had the means to do so. As the years went by, the trickle turned into an exodus and status indicator.He pointed out that by the time a sense of normalcy returned, the tide seemed irreversible.However, peace has returned now and the situation in the region has stabilized. Picking up the pieces and starting all over again is always an arduous task, but the process has started afresh with gusto. The people of the region have emerged as serious contenders on the national scene, drawing upon their innate qualities and strengths to make development the mantra. Both established and new institutes are making their mark in an increasingly competitive and globalized academic environment.Fr Mavely further said that DBU is constantly striving to shape the landscape of academics in India.The university was founded on the belief in the psyche of Don Bosco Society that we should be there where the leaders of society are being formed. It is an institution that draws upon the strength of an international educational society engaged in education at every level in 134 countries from looking after children from the streets to university education. As far as DBU is concerned, the fundamentals are strong, inherent strength is guaranteed, and commitment to quality is a given.Starting from very humble beginnings in 2008 as the first state university in the private sector inAssam, Don Bosco University today has over 7500 students on its rolls, on campus and online. Its formula for making itself a favoured destination for higher studies is starkly simple- a steady introduction of meaningful courses of study (not just market-driven ones) coupled with the creation of an ambience for serious study, research and social life on its three campuses in and around Guwahati (at Tapesia, Azara and Kharguli). In the process, gaining recognition from many organizations and rating agencies.Bhawanipur Education Society College Mr. Miraj D. ShahMr. Miraj D. Shah, Vice Chairman, Governing Body, Bhawanipur Education Society College (BESC), pointed out that the exodus of students from the East might be more due to increased mobility and willingness to relocate in search of knowledge than a simple migration to better pastures.But this outbound movement is balanced by an equal number of students coming in, which provides the opportunity to develop eastern India as a knowledge hub. We have competitive advantages in segments like IT, ITeS, medical tourism, etc. To scale up, we need manpower that has to be skilled and educated, which can be done locally. The region has other advantages like cerebrally inclined people, necessary infrastructure, a trained pool of dedicated teachers and a conducive socio-political environment. He recommended that steps should be taken to eliminate political activities from campuses. The Government should identify education as a priority area, tax breaks and other relevant incentives should be extended, and institutions should be given greater autonomy in ensuring that the course curriculum is up-to-date. More industry-academia interaction should be encouraged.Mr. Shah spoke about the unwavering commitment of BESC towards offering a high-quality academic experience to students in the region which includes a campus with state-of-the-art amenities like electronically empowered classrooms, a well-stocked library, well-equipped auditoria, sports arenas, plus an outstanding and dedicated faculty.We are perhaps the only institution where once the syllabus is completed, revision classes are held in regular courses so that no student is left in the dark. In the third phase, teachers take the students on the examination mode where trends of questions and the best possible ways of answering them are hammered in. We are also consciously working towardsthe eradication of menaces like ragging and sexual harassment, even private tuitions. We work towards boosting skills of students to make them industry and life ready, and have opened the organization of all college events to them. A number of certificate courses on topics like Corporate Communications, Digital Marketing, GST and many more, are offered to the students.Mr Shah said that BESC aims to help unleash the inherent intellectual, social and emotional capacities of all students who pass through the gates of the institution, and give them wings to realize their dreams. There is excellence in the East, let education lead the way, urged the visionary.Hence, not all is lost. Like we have critics, we also have crusaders who are working tirelessly to ensure that the region regains its lost glory and that students here have access to world-class higher education. The region should further work its way to position itself to not only stop the exodus, but also to ensure that students from other parts of India choose it as their preferred destination for higher studies. The right steps have been taken in that direction and the government has also lent its support. New partnerships are being formed. There are new prestigious institutes set up in the east, including IITs and IIMs. The good work should continue as higher education is one of the pillars for the success of the nation as a whole.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 bySania Ahmad Next
commentary No data available! Sunil Ambris hundred leads West Indies to 5-wicket win over IrelandWest Indies completed their highest successful ODI run chase to book their place in the final of the ODI tri-series with a 5-wicket win over Ireland. advertisement scorecard view more view less graphs AP DublinMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 08:49 IST West Indies are in the final of the ODI tri-series (@windiescricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies completed their highest successful ODI run chaseWindies beat Ireland by 5 wickets to book their place in the finalSunil Ambris scored a 126-ball 148 to trump Andy Balbirnie’s hundredSunil Ambris hit his first one-day international century to help the West Indies to a five-wicket win over Ireland at Malahide on Saturday.Ambris hit 19 fours and a six in his 126-ball 148 as Ireland’s 327-5 was overhauled with 13 balls to spare. West Indies ended on 331-5 in 47.5 overs to complete its highest successful ODI run chase.The match looked in the balance when the West Indies slipped to 112-2 in the 20th over.But Ambris and Roston Chase (46) shared 128 for the third wicket to put the visitors firmly on top.Boyd Rankin took three wickets for Ireland but Jonathan Carter (43 not out) and skipper Jason Holder (36) saw the West Indies home for a second Tri-Nations series victory over the tournament hosts.Ireland’s innings had been underpinned by Andy Balbirnie, who struck 135 off 124 balls for his fourth ODI century.West Indies moved above Bangladesh, and Ireland is without a win after three matches.Also Read | Sanath Jayasundara charged under ICC anti-corruption codeFor 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 Tags :Follow Sunil AmbrisFollow west indiesFollow IrelandFollow ODI tri-seriesFollow Ireland vs West Indies
Press Trust of India DubaiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 19:37 IST Representative Image. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHall has been in senior consultative roles for a number of international and UK sports organizations iHe worked for The Football Association (The FA) for 11 years firstly as the Director of GovernanceBefore joining The FA, Hall was General Counsel and Company Secretary at the Rugby Football UnionThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday named Jonathan Hall, who has legal experience of 27 years across sports such as football and rugby, as it’s General Counsel and Company Secretary.Hall has been in senior consultative roles for a number of international and UK sports organizations including the UEFA and Laureus, the ICC said in a statement.He worked for The Football Association (The FA) for 11 years firstly as the Director of Governance overseeing all regulatory and governance matters and later as the Director of the Football Services Division.Before joining The FA, Hall was General Counsel and Company Secretary at the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Prior to that, he was Senior International Vice President, Legal Affairs for IMG on commercial legal matters across cricket, football, rugby, tennis, golf.”I am delighted to welcome a lawyer of Jonathan’s caliber to the ICC to lead our legal division following a comprehensive global search. Jonathan brings extensive experience across a range of sports that will be of great value to the global cricket community,” ICC CEO Manu Sawhney said.Hall said he loves the game of cricket and would look to make a positive impact during his stint.”Cricket is a personal passion of mine so it is a source of great pride to be able to combine it with my professional life and utilize my experience in a game I love,” he said.Hall will take up the post in mid-September and will be based at the ICC headquarters here.Also See:advertisementFor 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ICCFollow UEFA ICC appoints Jonathan Hall as its General CounselJonathan Hall worked for The Football Association (The FA) for 11 years firstly as the Director of Governance overseeing all regulatory and governance matters and later as the Director of the Football Services Division.advertisement