‘Germany could be affected by Ozil & Gundogan backlash’

first_imgGermany ‘Germany World Cup team could be affected by Ozil & Gundogan backlash’ Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 19:07 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ilkay Gundogan Mesut Ozil Getty Germany World Cup Mesut Özil İ. Gündoğan Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany South Korea Sweden Mexico Oliver Bierhoff believes that the decision of the two midfielders to take a picture with Turkey’s president could affect the side in Russia Former Germany international Oliver Bierhoff believes Joachim Low’s team selection could be influenced by a row over Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s involvement in a photo taken with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Both the Arsenal and Manchester City midfielders, who were each born in Gelsenkirchen but are of Turkish descent, were criticised for taking the picture in London.The head of Germany’s Football Federation (DFB) insisted that “it was not a good thing” for the players to take the picture, and Bierhoff believes that Low could be influenced by the backlash, which saw Germany fans whistle Gundogan during their friendly against Saudi Arabia. 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 “Jogi [Low] does not make any populist decisions just to satisfy someone, he rather looks at the sporting side of things,” Bierhoff told Bild when asked about a possible influence on the starting formation. “But [the scandal] could as well be a small aspect [in the decision-making process].”Ozil has not commented on the issue, and Bierhoff does not expect him to, which has reignited a discussion over Turkish immigrants within Germany.”It’s obvious that the discussion over integration should not end here, and also not that over the photo,” Bierhoff added.”We must continue to face this issue and account for it. We have a lot of players in our academies with a migrant background. This goes far beyond the Erdogan photo.”But my request is only to allow the players to focus on the tournament during the World Cup.”Germany face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F in Russia, and are considered one of the favourites to win the World Cup.Ozil has won 90 caps for Germany, compared to Gundogan’s 26.last_img read more

Cheer up, Leo! Argentina need not fear Croatia

first_imgWorld Cup Cheer up, Leo! Even Messi’s Argentina have nothing to fear from Croatia & Nigeria Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 05:04 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Lionel Messi, Ante Rebic Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Croatia v Nigeria Croatia Nigeria Ivan Rakitić Opinion Luka Modric scored as the Eastern Europeans took all three points to top Group D after one game, but their next opponents have little to worry about Argentina’s shock draw with Iceland provided Croatia and Nigiera with an extra incentive to make a postive early impression on the 2018 World Cup. Both failed dismally in that regard in Kaliningrad on Saturday night.Lionel Messi’s missed spot-kick in Moscow earlier in the day ensured that the South Americans would not have a simple passage to the knockout round, as it left Croatia and Nigeria with an excellent opportunity to take control of Group D.And, after a 2-0 win, Croatia sit at the top of the table but only after an underwhelming performance against a poor Super Eagles side. Two set-pieces proved the difference: one a sloppy own goal from a corner and the second a converted penalty following clumsy defending from Nigeria defender William Ekong. 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 A lot had been made of Croatia’s better technical ability in the build-up to the game, with Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr highlighting his side’s underdog status while referencing the quality of their opponents.”They have very big players, five or six play in Serie A, three in Spain and the others in big clubs,” he said. “We have players who do not play in these championships and not in their teams. They are young but we hope with enthusiasm they can improve in this tournament.”The Spanish-based duo of Modric and Rakitic proved instrumental in the game, with Nigeria’s lesser-heralded names unable to match what the La Liga pair had to offer. Croatia looked to build all their attacks through these two players, with either dropping deep to collect the ball before distributing it into a more attacking position.Modric was instrumental in the opening goal, delivering a brilliant ball in from the corner, with Ante Rebic nodding on for Mario Mandzukic, whose diving header was turned into the net by the hapless Oghenekaro Etebo. The lesser-ranked side trailed at the break, but the difference in technical ability was less evident on the pitch.For all Croatia’s alleged advantage in quality, they had no shots on target in the opening 45 minutes. Nor did Nigeria, who showed plenty of flair to entertain their fans, particularly through Chelsea winger Victor Moses and veteran John Obi Mikel, but no end product.With the youngest squad at the tournament, the Super Eagles’ side was filled with relative newcomers to the international stage. Stoke’s Etebo battled hard in the centre of the field, but was often second-best to his more experienced opponents. Fellow 22-year-old Alex Iwobi was ineffective on the left, failing to get the better of Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko before being withdrawn just after the hour mark.Croatia’s first shot on target was actually the converted penalty, with Modric doing what Messi failed to do and put his shot beyond the goalkeeper. Francis Uzoho could do little about either goal, with the 19-year-old helpless to prevent his side losing their opening game.Luka Modric Croatia Nigeria World Cup 2018Uzoho looked bright when he was tested later on after some more good work from Modric, pushing Ivan Perisic’s cross to safety after the Real Madrid midfielder had played the winger in with a defence-splitting pass.”We look back at history and whenever Croatia won the first game, we emerged from the group. In Brazil we did not win, this is key,” Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic said in the pre-match press conference.Now that they have kicked off their campaign with a victory, they stand a great chance of continuing that World Cup tradition, but will not have given Argentina anything to worry about in the battle to progress into the last 16 as group winners.Nigeria’s omens are less positive. Any time they have lost their opening game, they have failed to progress. Luckily for them, they sit only a point behind Argentina and Iceland, meaning a win in their next game against Iceland would put them back in contention. However, they did do anywhere enough in Kaliningrad to worry either side.Still, while Nigeria are looking at World Cup 2018 as a platform to build for 2022, Croatia do not have such luxuries. Modric is now 32 and Rakitic 30, so this is the last chance for the “golden generation” to leave their mark on the international stage.But to go far in Russia, they will have to start creating chances, something they did very little of in their World Cup opener – their first shot on target from open play did not arrive until the 92nd minute.Now, Messi and Argentina await, in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday, eager to make and take chances of their own. After seeing what Croatia served up on Saturday, the struggling Albiceleste will be slightly more confident of doing just that.last_img read more


first_imgWith the Youth World Cup so close, the ATA has updated the poll on the website, asking who do you think will take home the Youth World Cup title? At the 2001 Youth World Cup Australia claimed the Womens 18’s, Mixed 18’s and Womens 20’s, while New Zealand claimed the Mens 18’s, Men’s 20’s and Mixed 20’s. The 2001 Youth World Cup title was therefore held jointly by both Nations. Can Australia claim the 2005 Youth World Cup title ahead of the Kiwi’s? Will it be another draw? Or are there other nations to be called title contenders? Check out the poll on the right hand side of the page and have a vote.last_img read more

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Masters Trans Tasman Squad – Selector Nominations

first_imgFollowing along the lines of the successful National Youth Squads and National Training Squad programs, TFA will be looking to instigate a Masters Training Squad Program. The Masters Squads will follow the same process as the Youth and Open Programs where larger training squads will be selected and participate in training camps in the lead up to the international program.To assist in the selection of these Australian Masters Squads, TFA is now seeking expressions of interest from interested selectors.For more information, please click on the attachment below. Related Filesmasters_squad_program_selectors_memo-pdflast_img read more

2012 Cobras Cup Finals

first_imgThis Saturday, 17 November will see the conclusion of the 2012 Cobras Cup competition as some of Queensland’s best battle it out to be named the champion team for the year. Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane will play host to what will be an exciting afternoon of grand finals. The Men’s Open division will see First Contact take on the Uni-Rebels in the deciding match of the season at 8.00pm. After securing the top position at the end of the season and following a convincing 12–2 victory over the Southern Storm in the preliminary final, First Contact look the favourites for the final. The Uni-Rebels had a harder run to the final however were impressive in their 7–5 victory over the Dodgers in their preliminary final and will be defending the title that they won last year in an impressive display over the Dodgers. Last time the two teams met First Contact were 10–4 victors and with a line-up that includes Australian representatives Dan Withers, Peter Norman and Michael Law as well as Queensland Men’s Open players Cody Green, Dave Zanette, Shaun Francis and Trevor Moran and the experience of Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, First Contact will be tough to beat. The Uni-Rebels too have a wealth of talent, with former Australian Men’s Opens representative Phil Greymore and State of Origin Men’s Open player, Justin Mitchell leading a team of young guns including Oscar Sanft, Lachlan and Cormac Hoch and Matt Goodrope as well as last year’s Player of the Final, Tasi Cordtz, they are worthy opponents to contest the final. The Women’s Open final commencing at 7.00pm will see the Dodgers L & T side battle it out with the Country Club Colts for the right to be crowned Women’s champion. The Colts progressed through to the final after a close 3-2 victory against the dominant side of the competition and last year’s champions in the Southern Storm, while the Dodgers were impressive in their preliminary final defeating the second placed Uni-Rebels 8–3. With the Dodgers finishing fourth and the Colts finishing third in what was a very close season as well as a 4-all draw last time the two met, the final is sure to be extremely close. The Dodgers have travelled to Brisbane every Friday night from Toowoomba, led by their coach Kathy O’Brien and are well deserving of their finals berth. The Dodgers are a youthful side, led by the talented Emilee Cherry, Lauren Potter and Etheridge sisters, Nikki and Gemma, but will be missing Cherry and the Etheridge twins for the final due to Australian Rugby Sevens commitments. The side has plenty of exciting up-and-coming players including Shenae Ciesiolka (Australian 18’s Girls team), Brooke Walker and Toni Wells (Australian 20’s Girls team) as well as Dom Du Toit, while Potter’s experience will be invaluable for the Toowoomba side. The Colts however also have a wealth of experience, including Australian representative and Queensland Women’s Open captain, Peta Rogerson as well as her Queensland vice captain, Mary Steele and fellow Queensland Women’s Open representatives Catherine Sargent and Savannah Pratten. With a host of talented youth players as well, the Colts will be out to make amends for losing last year’s final to the Southern Storm in this year’s decider. The second divisions will kick off at 6.00pm, with the Southern Storm taking on the Uni-Rebels in the Men’s final and the Eagles in the Women’s final. In the third divisions, the Uni-Rebels will feature in both the Men’s and Women’s finals taking on the Brisbane Eastern Suburbs and First Contact sides respectively. 2012 Cobras Cup FinalsWomen’s Division 3 Grand Final – Field 1 – 5.00pm First Contact v Uni Rebels Men’s Division 3 Grand Final – Field 3 – 5.00pm Brisbane Eastern Suburbs v Uni Rebels Women’s Division 2 Grand Final – Field 3 –  6.00pm Eagles v Southern Storm Men’s Division 2 Grand Final – Field 1 – 6.00pm Southern Storm v Uni Rebels Women’s Open Grand Final – Field 1 – 7.00pm Country Club Colts v Dodgers L&T Men’s Open Grand Final – Field 1 – 8.00pm Uni Rebels v First Contact For more information, season stats and results from the finals please visit the Cobras Cup webpage and stay tuned to for all of the latest results from the 2012 Cobras Cup finals – Related LinksCobras Cup Finalslast_img read more

Kiwi whistle-blowers here to learn

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is a New Zealand invasion not just on the touch fields but in the refereeing ranks.Six Kiwi referees are officiating at the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium to not only enhance their skills as a whistle-blower but to experience Australian touch football.Nelson Akast, George Haswell, Josh Marshall, Aiden Tibbotts and Dali Tui-Taylor have joined the world’s No.1 touch football referee Miah Williams at the tournament.The referees join the four Touch New Zealand teams participating at the tournament, and like the players, the referees need to develop their skills.“We have an elite youth referee system back home, much like they do in Australia and it is about having an appropriate type tournament to bring them across for their development and this [National Youth Championships] works out perfectly,” Williams said.“We want to get them use to refereeing Australian teams, refereeing with Australian referees, and when they do eventually get through to Tran-Tasmans and World Cups, they are not learning while they are there, they already have learnings under their belt so they can get amongst it.“The speed of the game over in Australia is a lot higher and better than what it is in New Zealand, also the way they play the game is different to back home.”Australia has six touch football referee levels while New Zealand have four.A New Zealand level four badged referee is the equivalent of a level six badged referee in Australia.Most of the referees brought over by Touch New Zealand are level twos and level threes (level four and level five in Australian referee terms).Williams said he has been happy with what he has seen so far from his referees at the tournament.“They are not far off and I have no doubt they will be better at the end of the week,” Williams said.“It’s more the learnings and experiences off the field that I’m really enjoying they are getting involved. That makes you grow as a person and the better you are as a person the better you are as a referee.”Williams has also refereed some National Youth Championships’ matches but will only be a spectator for State of Origin.“I would love to do State of Origin, if I could pay someone off I would. I’m just part of NYC,” he said with a laugh.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – LinksNational Youth Champslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool captain Henderson: Van Dijk and Alisson transforming us

first_imgLiverpool captain Henderson: Van Dijk and Alisson transforming usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk is proving the difference in their title push this season.Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Wolves last night and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match. Henderson said: “I think the biggest difference [to 13/14] is the clean sheets. Back then we were conceding too many goals. We need to continue on that.”I just feel we are defending really well as a team. Virgil [van Dijk] and Alisson have made a big difference but the whole team have been important.”The win over Wolves sent the Merseyside club four points clear at the top of the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva admits Niasse and Martina out of his plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits Niasse and Martina out of his plansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina are out of his first team plans.An injury scuppered Martina’s hopes of a deadline day move away, while Niasse also didn’t land a move before the market shut.Silva told Liverpool Echo: “They have known my plans since I joined.“Unfortunately, Martina had the injury. We were looking to something for his future but he had an injury during an under-23s training session.“Like you say, Oumar was more with me but in some sessions not participating in all of the sessions because in my mind were the players for the matches.“He understood what were my plans and unfortunately for him and us we didn’t find the right move for him but Oumar is a professional, he is here, he knows what my plans. He and Martina have known everything since the first day of pre-season.” last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid boss Zidane defends giving his players day off

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends giving his players day offby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended giving his players the day off after their humbling at PSG.There was criticism of the decision after the 3-0 Champions League defeat.Zidane said, “I’ve also heard that the club wasn’t happy about that. When I look at organising things with the squad, there are many players who’ve been away on international duty and we have to give them a day off.”It’s not a question as to whether they deserved it or not. With seven games in the space of 21 days, that was the day to give them the day off. It’s also important to spend time with the family. We got back at 4am… People don’t see it like that and say that we’re going to kill them for having a day off. We always want to win, but at times you’ve got to accept it and try to change things to win.” last_img read more

a day agoAgent of Taison says AC Milan move was close

first_imgAgent of Taison says AC Milan move was closeby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Taison says AC Milan have made an attempt for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger.Milan made an attempt for Taison over the summer.“It’s true, Milan were very interested,” agent Diego Dornelles told“Shakhtar did not accept the offer presented by the Rossoneri. They demanded the full release clause, which is €30m. I am not authorised to say how much they did propose, but it was insufficient.“Taison is very happy at Shakhtar, as he is the captain of the team and having a great season. Clearly, he admires Milan a great deal and would’ve been proud to represent the club, but he respects his current team and their fans.”Asked about a January deal, Dornelles added: “We’ve had no contact so far, but it all depends on Shakhtar Donetsk and what they want to do.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trippier joins Atletico Madrid in £20m deal

first_imgTottenham’s England full-back Kieran Trippier has completed a move to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday. Trippier, 28, put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitana. Atletico paid out £20 million ($25m) for the player, a fee that could rise in the future due to add-ons and bonuses negotiated between the two clubs.  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? “Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have come to an agreement for the transfer of Kieran Trippier,” Atletico confirmed on the club’s official website.”The English player, 28, has signed for the next three seasons.”We welcome Trippier to the Atletico family and wish him the best of luck in his new home. Welcome, Kieran!”The Colchoneros have invested heavily in shoring up their defence so far in the summer transfer window. With stalwart centre-back Diego Godin leaving for Inter, Atleti swooped for Porto’s Felipe as a replacement for the Uruguayan. Felipe’s fellow Brazilian Renan Lodi also joined from Athletico Paranaense, making Trippier the third defensive signing of the summer; while Atletico have also moved for Joao Felix and Marcos Llorente further up the field in the wake of Antoine Griezmann’s exit to Barcelona.Trippier had already been left out of Tottenham’s pre-season touring squad as he closed on a switch to the Spanish capital. Tuesday saw the right-back travel to Madrid to undergo his medical and bring to a close four years with Spurs. He joined the north Londoners in 2015 from Burnley, and went on to make over 100 appearances under the watch of manager Mauricio Pochettino. But having represented England at the World Cup just 12 months ago, the 2018-19 season saw his form take a noticeable dip. His poor performances led to his exclusion from the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League squad while also convincing Spurs they could afford to dispense with his services. Now he will look to bounce back under Pochettino’s compatriot Diego Simeone and take on the mantle of legendary Atletico right-back Juanfran, who left the club in May 2019.last_img read more

A Big 10 Football Program Is ‘No Longer Allowed’ To Recruit At This High School

first_imgA general view of Northwestern's football field inside Wrigley Field.CHICAGO – NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the Northwestern Wildcats practice for a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday November 20 at Wrigley Field on November 18, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)A Big Ten football program is reportedly no longer allowed to recruit at a Michigan high school. And, no, it’s not Ohio State.Northwestern had been forbidden from stepping foot inside the facilities at Mona Shores in Michigan after allegedly pulling a scholarship offer from an injured player.Damari Roberson, a 2018 athlete, allegedly had his scholarship offer pulled by the Wildcats after coaches at Northwestern learned that he tore his ACL.From“He wanted to commit to Northwestern, however he wanted to be up front with the coach. He said, ‘Coach, I want to commit, but I’ve got to be honest with you, I tore my ACL again,’” Koziak shared about the exchange between Roberson and Northwestern receivers coach Dennis Springer.“And Northwestern was like, ‘We can’t take your commitment.’ So I’m texting the coaches and I said, ‘What if he would have committed to you guys before he tore his ACL – would you have honored his commitment?’ (They responded) ‘Absolutely, 100 percent, if he would have committed (before telling them about the ACL injury).’“And so I said, ‘So he should have lied to you. He should have said, “Hey, I want to commit,” because you didn’t know he tore his ACL and then maybe two weeks from now say he tore it.’”The school’s head coach is now saying that Northwestern is no longer allowed to recruit his players.“Northwestern is no longer allowed in our building. They’re not allowed, at least to me, to recruit our kids. They are no longer welcome in our building,” he said.Northwestern’s 2019 football class is ranked the No. 38 class in the country, No. 9 in the Big Ten.last_img read more

Video: Michigan DB Josh Metellus Ejected vs. Notre Dame

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)We’re a couple of minutes into tonight’s Notre Dame-Michigan showdown in South Bend, Ind. It hasn’t been a great couple of minutes for the Wolverines.Jim Harbaugh’s squad is trailing the Fighting Irish, 7-0, with about 9 minutes to play in the first quarter.Michigan just lost one of its top defensive backs, too.Wolverines’ DB Josh Metellus has been ejected from tonight’s game due to a targeting penalty.Here’s the play:Michigan’s Josh Metellus was ejected for targeting— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 2, 2018Right call or not?Regardless, Michigan is now down a defensive back.The Wolverines and the Fighting Irish are playing on NBC.last_img read more

Nebraska Fans Will Love What Scott Frost Said After Team’s First Win

first_imgScott Frost roams the sideline for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost is back where he belongs – on the sidelines with the Huskers. Frost’s tenure got off to a rocky start as the Huskers lost their first six games, several in heartbreaking fashion.That losing streak is over. Nebraska dominated Minnesota on Saturday afternoon en route to a 53-28 win –  which moves the team to 1-6 on the season.After the game, Frost gave a short and sweet answer when asked about the win.Here’s what Frost had to say.Scott Frost: “This was a long time overdue”— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) October 20, 2018This is only the beginning of the Frost era at Nebraska, and Huskers fans should be excited about what the future looks like with Frost and freshman phenom quarterback Adrian Martinez.Next up for Nebraska is a home game against Bethune-Cookman.last_img read more

Adam Schefter Says Michigan Looks Like A Playoff Team

first_imgAdam Schefter on the phone.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Sports Writer Adam Schefter attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)Michigan beat the brakes off of Penn State on Saturday night, and the college football world seems to be acknowledging the Wolverines as a true title contender. One famous alum seems to agree.Adam Schefter, ESPN’s NFL reporter, was clearly watching Saturday’ contest. He chimed in on Twitter towards the end of the game, saying the Wolverines “look like” a College Football Playoff team to him.Michigan, in the first College Football Playoff rankings this past Tuesday night, came in at No. 5. They’ll be no worse than that this week.With No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 3 LSU tonight, there will seemingly be a spot open in the top four. Michigan will likely fill that spot.Looks like a playoff team to me….— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2018Schefter, who has been at ESPN since 2009, graduated from Michigan in 1989 before heading to Northwestern to get his journalism degree. He’s a big Wolverines fan as a result.Michigan, with the win, is now 8-1 and in firm control of its destiny in both the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff race. The Ohio State game is going to be absolutely huge this year.last_img read more

Fans Are Already Crushing This Major Bowl Game Matchup

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Fans don’t seem to be too happy with one of the New Year’s Six bowl game matchups.Florida and Michigan are set to meet in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl this year. It’s the third time Jim Harbaugh will face the Gators as the Wolverines’ head coach.People seem to be tired of the matchup.“Yuck. Is anybody clamoring for another Florida-Michigan game?” Dan Wolken tweeted.Yuck. Is anybody clamoring for another Florida-Michigan game?— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2018Most seem to have wanted a Florida-UCF matchup.The Knights will be taking on LSU in the Fiesta Bowl instead.Yeah I thought arranging Florida UCF bowl would be a no-brainer— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) December 2, 2018The one interesting Michigan-Florida storyline – Jim McElwain – is no longer there, either. The former Gators’ head coach is leaving for a head coaching gig.With McElwain leaving, the one interesting story is gone, soooo— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) December 2, 2018Florida and Michigan are set to meet on Dec. 29 at noon. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Look At What This Boise State Player Did After Bowl Got Canceled

first_imgBoise State's football players running onto the field.BOISE, ID – OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver Bubba Ogbebor #18 of the Boise State Broncos leads a group of teammates out of the tunnel prior to the start of action between the Brigham Young Cougars and the Boise State Broncos on October 20, 2016 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)Boise State and Boston College didn’t even make it through one quarter of today’s First Responder Bowl before the game was canceled due to lightning in the area.The game was officially ruled a no-contest, so it is as if it never even happened. Tough luck for the players and coaches who traveled all the way to Dallas for the game.At least one Boise State player wanted to make sure he got his money’s worth. He took time out post-game to get his uniform dirty.In the video below, the unnamed player uses his hands to make his jersey appear game-used.The First Responder Bowl has been cancelled, but one Boise State player decided he had to get his jersey dirty anyway ??: @WillHallKTVB— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) December 26, 2018Today’s game was the first bowl game ever canceled due to weather.Fortunately, it looks like the ADs of both schools are in the process of working something out to compensate fans who made the trip.Bowl considers ticket sales final. Boise State AD Curt Apsey said he wants to do something for fans who made the trip but no specifics yet.— Chadd Cripe (@chaddcripe) December 26, 2018To our fans who purchased tickets through BC, you will get a full refund by Jan. 2nd. Also, pick any home athletic event between now and next December and get free tickets for the number of bowl tickets purchased compliments of @BCEagles . Thank you for your support! #WeAreBC— Martin Jarmond (@MartinJarmond) December 26, 2018Boise State finished with a 10-3 record this season, while Boston College was 7-5.last_img read more

ACC Grad Transfer Makes Penn State Announcement

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)With transfer decisions coming in left and right, it appears Eric Kumah will take his time before choosing his final destination.The former Virginia Tech wideout was productive in 2018, finishing with 42 receptions for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.Kumah is a former three-star recruit from the 2016 class. He redshirt during his first year with the Hokies yet quickly made his presence felt for the offense in his sophomore season.Although there should be a solid amount of programs interested in Kumah, one team is already pulling away from the pack for the upperclassman’s services.Penn State isn’t necessarily the favorite to add the graduate transfer, but he did reveal that he’ll visit the Nittany Lions in April.Kumah announced the official date for his visit to Happy Valley on Twitter.Here is the post:Official Visit to Penn State April 6th ?✊? #WeAre— ⚡️EK3⚡️ (@Eric_Kumah11) January 28, 2019The Nittany Lions have a plethora of talent in their receiving corps, but James Franklin can use a pass-catcher that can bring experience to the table.Kumah would be eligible to suit up immediately for Penn State this upcoming season.Stay tuned.last_img read more