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first_imgPuel praises Leicester players after Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel was full of praise for his players after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Manchester City.City overcame Leicester 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out in the fifth round clash at the King Power Stadium after the sides had been tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes. “Of course, it’s a disappointment,” Puel told LCFC TV at the full-time whistle. “It’s the second time after last season against the same opponent. We lost with the lottery of penalties and it’s harsh.“We have a good feeling like the one before in the League Cup, but I think it’s disappointing because we played a complete game with a good structure, good organisation and good performance in the first half.”The details to allow us to make a better counter-attack… it was a shame to concede this goal without conceding a chance. After, we came back in the second half with more confidence. We corrected some details at half-time and we played well in the second half. “We deserved to come back in the game. We were close to this team. We came back and perhaps we could have won at the end if we were a little more clinical in some situations, but I praise our game.“Of course, I’m disappointed for my players because they gave their best. They worked hard on the pitch and showed togetherness. I think we had quality.“Sometimes, we played under pressure in the first half, but we had good organisation and in the second half we played with more quality, with more confidence. Step by step, we’re improving our play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgNapoli sporting director Giuntoli proud of Milik and Ruiz dealsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has spoken of their recent transfer business.He admits they’re pleased with the impact of Fabian Ruiz since his arrival from Real Betis.“Fabian Ruiz? We already wanted him last January, but it wasn’t possible,” Giuntoli told Sky Sport Italia.“However, we managed to wrest a promise from the player and his agent. When Ancelotti arrived, he asked us to sign him.“Strangely he was the only player we’d already locked up, so it was a strange and pleasant coincidence.“Negotiations for Higuain’s replacement? I took Milik to Capri. He came from Ajax and I wanted to impress him with the excuse that there was work in progress…“My biggest regret? We’d closed a deal for Tolisso, who only had to undergo a medical, but Lyon qualified for the Champions League that year and the player preferred to stay in France.“It was a shame as he went to Bayern Munich the following year.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_img​West Ham keeper Fabianski explains Arsenal exitby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has spoken about the reasons for his Arsenal exit.The Polish keeper was at the club for seven years, but he only played 78 appearances for the Gunners.Since leaving, he has gotten the chance to shine at Swansea and West Ham United.Now Fabianski is speaking about the reasons for his Arsenal departure.He told Sky Sports of his experiences at Arsenal: “I wanted to prove myself on the pitch, but I didn’t have many chances, so it put a lot more pressure on every single game that I played.”I found myself in situations where I was so keen to show my qualities, but many times it worked against me and I was punished for being too eager.”I think what happens when you don’t play regularly is that all the little things that are very important for our position are a little bit off. “Even when I started pre-season this year, I could feel a bit of a difference. Your timing is not there, your feeling of the game, your distances. When I made the decision to leave Arsenal, it was based on that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Norwich play some extremely good footballby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is concerned meeting with Norwich City.He admitted to watching the Canaries opener at Liverpool – a 4-1 defeat – and thinking “they are a very good team”.”I think they are very good and they play some extremely good football,” Hodgson said. “I’m pretty certain the win against Manchester City tells you everything you need to know about them.”I would rather we played against another team than Norwich, a team I feared a bit less, but this is the fixture that is in front of me.” last_img read more


first_imgJuventus in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Tuttosport says Eriksen is being courted by Juventus, who are eyeing up the midfielder on a free transfer next summer. Eriksen, who arrived at Tottenham from Ajax in 2013, was keen to leave the club in the summer, but a preferred move to Spain never materialised. But despite scoring in the North London derby against Arsenal on September 1, the Dane is yet to hit top form this season as speculation continues to swirl on his future and Juventus are now interested.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be dissatisfied with Eriksen’s current situation, and unhappy that a player keen for a fresh challenge in the summer was not offloaded. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth keeper Travers open to loan in Januaryby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers is open to a loan move in January.The shot stopper has gotten a chance in cup matches with the Cherries this term.However, it is regular league football that he desires above all else.Travers has played second fiddle to Aaron Ramsdale this season.Speaking about his circumstances, Travers told the Daily Echo: “Yeah of course, that’s always an option [January loan], it’s up to the manager to see what he wants to do.”But you never know what can happen between now and January so, at the minute, I’m just focused on Bournemouth.”If a loan does come up in January, of course everyone wants to play football and if that’s my opportunity, I’m sure I will go there.” last_img read more


first_imgPitt shows where coaches are recruiting.Coaches often approach recruiting with CIA-level secrecy, but in the era of social media, it is tough to keep visits under wraps, whether it’s a prospect making it to campus or a coach out on the road. Some coaches are adapting with the times and not even trying to hide where they and their staff are recruiting, and you can add new Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi to that list.Pitt coaches were back #OnTheProwl #H2P pic.twitter.com/2w3pauQKVP— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) January 27, 2015This new development of coaches sharing their locations when out on the recruiting trail is a welcome one for fans, media and recruitniks alike. Here’s hoping more schools hop on this bandwagon.last_img read more


first_imgJohn Calipari's daughter Erin.As we noted Sunday night, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was on-hand for the NBA All-Star Game in New York City, and he brought his daughter Erin along for the festivities. It looks like the younger Calipari might have been on her own the whole night, however.Coach Cal took to Twitter Monday morning, telling his followers that he’d accidentally forgotten to introduce Erin to former President of the United States Bill Clinton. She also mentioned Sunday night that she’d been photobombing her father all night.I felt so bad yesterday at the NBA All-Star Game. My daughter @TheErinCalipari and I both go down to see @billclinton. …— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 16, 2015.@billclinton was so in to our team that when he started talking, I totally forgot @TheErinCalipari was standing there. LOL.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 16, 2015.@TheErinCalipari finally nudged me and said, “Hi, I’m his daughter Erin.”— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 16, 2015We’re not sure why Calipari admitted all of this, but it is fairly amusing. Luckily, his family is very supportive of his career, so he’s unlikely to get one of those work-life balance talks.last_img read more


first_imgBarcelona return to Camp Nou for the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie with Levante, facing a 2-1 deficit.Goals from Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral gave the Valencia side a flying start in this two-legged affair, though a late penalty from Philippe Coutinho allowed Barca to keep in touch.However, the Catalans will have to produce a much-improved display at home if they are to move into the quarter-finals of a competition they have won a record 30 times in the past. 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? Game Barcelona vs Levante Date Thursday, January 17 Time 8:30pm GMT / 3:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on beIN Sports or streamed via beIN Sports CONNECT. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports CONNECT In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Gonzalez, Chumi, Murillo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir, Malcom Barcelona starting XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Murillo, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Arthur, Vidal, Coutinho; Messi, Dembele. Position Levante squad Goalkeepers Oier, Koke, Fernandez Defenders Cabaco, Rober, Benito, Chema, Coke, Postigo Midfielders Jason, Rochina, Campana, Bardhi, Tono, Prcic, Vukcevic, Samu Garcia Forwards Roger, Morales, Mayoral, Simon, Dwamena, Boateng Levante are set to take a strong squad to Barcelona for this fixture, although they are without defenders Antonio Luno and Chema Rodriguez due to injuries.Paco Lopez has rotated his panel in the competition this season and remain likely to do so once more.Possible Levante starting XI: Aitor; Cabaco, Postigo, Rober; Coke, Prcic, Campana, Bardhi, Tono; Morales, RogerBetting & Match Odds Barcelona are hot favourites to win, with odds of 1/8 at bet365 . Levante are priced at 18/1, while a draw can be backed at 7/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Levante celebrate 2018-19Barcelona turned in a sub-par performance last week as they slipped to a 2-1 first-leg loss against Levante in Valencia but will be hopeful of turning that deficit around.Ernesto Valverde rotated his side heavily for that first encounter and after some failed experiments in that match – most notably in defence – he will be confident that he and his players have learned from the experience.Certainly, there was no hangover in La Liga, where Barca swept past Eibar 3-0 at the weekend . Luis Suarez might have scored twice in that encounter, but it was Lionel Messi who caught the headlines as he chalked up his 400th strike in the league.“Messi’s numbers are stratospheric,” Valverde enthused after the match . “They are incredible.“Not only the goals, but also what he creates. He’s from another galaxy.”Messi, though, is liable to be left out of Thursday’s encounter, showing just where the Copa del Rey currently ranks in the hierarchy of the Camp Nou side’s objectives this season.Valverde’s side have opened up a healthy five-point advantage in La Liga over second-placed Atletico Madrid, scoring an astonishing 53 goals in the process – 22 more than any other club has managed.Nevertheless, the focus lies on Sunday’s fixture with Leganes and then, more distant, their Champions League campaign.Levante, meanwhile, are 12th, but have proven an exciting attacking team this season. Indeed, with 30 goals only Barca, Sevilla and Celta have more in La Liga.They showed their potential as they scored twice in the first 20 minutes of this tie and if Barca are not on their mettle then there is every chance the side from Valencia could find themselves in the quarter-finals.last_img read more


first_imgFormer UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained by police in France as part of an investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.An investigation into the controversial decision to allow Qatar to host the tournament, despite the Western Asian country’s human rights record and logistical problems posed by the nation’s laws, has led to the former France star being detained by French prosecutors. The French Ministry of Justice confirmed that anti-corruption officers took the 63-year-old in for questioning in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre on Tuesday morning. 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? A statement from the Ministry of Justice, given to Omnisport, read: “Platini was taken in for questioning on Tuesday by officers of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.”Following questioning, he was detained.”French newspaper Le Monde reports that the arrest is in relation to a meeting Platini admitted attending with former France president Nicolas Sarkozy and then Qatari crown prince – now Emir – Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani just days before the vote to decide which country would host the 2022 edition of the tournament.In 2015, Platini was banned from football-related activity for four years – reduced twice from an initial eight – due to a breach of FIFA’s code of ethics after it was found he received a “disloyal payment” from the governing body’s ex-president Sepp Blatter in 2011.Platini has always maintained his innocence in the face of those charges, though, insisting in 2016 that he “committed not the slightest fault” and then saying last May that he was a victim of Blatter trying to pass the blame along.”In the end, he tried to save his own skin,” Platini told Le Monde in 2018. “Blatter does not defend anyone else, he never defended me. He’s the most selfish person I have seen in my life.”He always said I would be his last scalp. I know he was fixated on me, to the end, ever since the ‘enough is enough’ comment, even without considering the jealousy he had for the footballer I was.”last_img read more


first_imgAtletico Madrid have denied having any contact with Eintracht Frankfurt regarding a bid for Ante Rebic.Rumours had linked the Croatia international forward with a €40 million (£36m/$45m) switch from Germany to Spain, but Atletico president Miguel Angel Gil Marin has moved to quell those stories.Martin denied that Rebic would join Joao Felix at the Wanda Metropolitano next season after the Portuguese teenager made a €126m move to Madrid from Benfica on Wednesday to become the fifth-most expensive transfer of all time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “We have not talked to either the player or the club,” Marin told Goal and SPOX.Frankfurt are perhaps resigned to losing the player they acquired from Fiorentina for €2m in 2018.The Bundesliga club narrowly failed to qualify for the Champions League last term after they fell away at the end of the league season, dropping out of the top four and eventually finishing sixth.They also lost a chance to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition when they were eliminated at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Chelsea.“It may be that [Rebic] is looking for a new challenge and wants to take the next step,” Frankfurt coach Adi Hutter said before the German team began pre-season training.There is a great deal of uncertainty regarding Atleti’s striking options for next season, despite the addition of the 19-year-old Felix.Antoine Griezmann has announced he will leave the club, with a transfer to Barcelona expected to be confirmed in the coming days.Diego Costa’s future with the club is in doubt, and it is also unconfirmed that Alvaro Morata will definitely be staying at the club.Morata, a Chelsea loanee, wants to remain in Madrid, but may be recalled by the Premier League club.Despite this uncertainty, Gil Marin would not be drawn on Rebic, instead saying that his club had a range of options for their attack.“We’re not sure which player we’re going to buy for our attack,” the club executive concluded.Atletico confirmed the arrival of Mexico international Hector Herrera on Wednesday, while Rodri is close to completing his long-awaited move to Manchester City from the Spanish capital.last_img read more


first_imgEverton have confirmed the signing of Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, for a fee believed to be around £8.5 million ($11m), which could rise to £10m ($12m).The 29-year-old has penned a three-year deal with the Toffees and hopes to enjoy more playing time with his new employers than he did in Manchester.Having been a key figure during City’s 100-point campaign in 2017/18, the England international was restricted to just 11 Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side last season, with only one in 2019 after falling behind Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy in the pecking order for a starting berth at left-back. 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? As a result, Delph – who can operate in midfield or at full-back – was widely reported to be keen on leaving City after entering the final year of his contract with the club.”I’m really happy to be here, I’m going to give absolutely everything – nothing less than 100 per cent,” Delph told the club’s website upon signing.“Every time I have played against Everton, whether it was home or away, straight away the first thing that comes to mind when you see the fans is passion.“The Everton fans seem to know football, seem to understand it, it seems to be in their blood and they really back the team.”You are always going to hear Evertonians and I’m excited to play at home and hear them when I am playing.”Delph departs City having wracked up 89 appearances for the club in four years. The Bradford-born centre-midfielder had previously played for Aston Villa, whom he represented on 134 occasions in six seasons, and boyhood club Leeds United.The new Everton recruit, therefore, has a wealth of experience, including the 20 England caps he has earned, the last of which came during this summer’s Nations League.For that reason, Everton manager Marco Silva is delighted with his new acquisition. “When I look to bring a new player into our squad, the first thing I look for above all the other things is quality and Fabian is a player with high quality,” he said.“But what they can bring to our dressing room is also important and if you can put those two things together then that can only be good for the club.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s almost college football time. You can start to feel it in the air.Media days are taking place across the country. Teams are set to report to fall camp in the coming weeks.Opening weekend will be here before you know it.In anticipation of the start of the 2018 season, let’s take a look at ESPN’s latest preseason top 25, which comes from its Football Power Index.There are little surprises on top.Here is the latest preseason top 25 poll from the Worldwide Leader, which includes projected win-loss records from the FPI.Clemson: 11.4-1.5Alabama: 10.8-1.9Georgia: 10.9-1.9Ohio State: 10.3-2.1Notre Dame: 10.0-2.0Washington: 10.6-2.1Auburn: 9.1-3.1Penn State: 9.7-2.5Oklahoma: 10.4-2.3Michigan State: 9.5-2.7Michigan: 8.6-3.6Wisconsin: 9.6-2.9Stanford: 8.4-3.8Miami: 9.5-3.0USC: 8.7-4.0Mississippi State: 8.4-3.7Texas: 8.6-3.9FSU: 7.3-4.8Texas A&M: 7.4-4.7Oklahoma State: 8.4-3.9Florida: 8.2-4.0Virginia Tech: 8.0-4.2Oregon: 8.3-3.8Georgia Tech: 7.1-5.0Iowa: 8.2-4.1The season can’t get here soon enough!last_img read more


first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: The North Carolina State University Wolfpack kicks off to the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 18, 2004 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)NC State football went 9-4 last season, and has high expectations again, with the return of senior quarterback Ryan Finley. The Wolfpack are in a fight today though, with FCS power James Madison.The Dukes are no stranger to upsets of FBS programs. Back in 2010, the team knocked off ACC power Virginia Tech. Just last year, James Madison dominated ECU 34-14, a year removed from winning the 2016 FCS national title.The Pirates were a pretty bad team last year, but rarely do you see any FCS team beat one from the higher division by 20 points.James Madison has a former ACC quarterback under center in Pitt transfer Ben DiNucci, and they’re giving the Wolfpack all they can handle.DiNucci just led the Dukes on a scoring drive to cut the NC State lead to 17-13 in the third quarter.NC State football is trying to avoid becoming the second FCS-over-FBS upset of the year, with a loss to James Madison.On Thursday night, San Jose State earned that “honor,” falling to UC Davis 44-38.NC State isn’t alone being in trouble against an FCS team right now. Temple trails Villanova 19-17 in the early fourth quarter, and the Ohio Bobcats, one of the better teams in the MAC, trails Howard early, 10-3.Neither of those teams has the profile of NC State, expected to be one of the better sub-Clemson teams in the ACC by many. We go to an NC State student for comment.omg the nc state fan on the right pic.twitter.com/yXNcTQ5y0T— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 1, 2018We agree, this does look like a stressful afternoon in Raleigh.last_img read more


first_imgmichigan star defensive player chase winovich on the fieldANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan football star Chase Winovich might be hinting at his status for Saturday’s game against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.Winovich, the Wolverines’ star senior defender, was injured in last week’s victory and his status for this weekend’s rivalry game is up in the air.The standout Michigan pass rusher might be hinting at his availability for Saturday’s game on his Instagram Story, though.Check out what Winovich just posted on his account:Take this for what you will, but Chase Winovich has this in his Instagram story pic.twitter.com/SfHHW2UTfU— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) November 24, 2018Of course, this is all speculative, but that doesn’t look like something a person would post if they’re not playing in the game.Michigan star quarterback Shea Patterson told reporters earlier in the week that he thought Winovich would play against Ohio State.“You’d have to kill him to take him out,” Patterson said. “I’m not sure on the progress yet, but he’s a tough guy.“I’ve talked to him. He says he’s feeling better. I’d assume he’d play but you never know the severity of it. Knowing him, I think he’ll play.”We’ll likely get a final update on Winovich come Saturday morning.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more


first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer on the sidelineCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Another week, another weird reaction from Urban Meyer captivating the college football world.Ohio State has to be content with its opening quarter of play, but that won’t stop Meyer from making odd expressions. Following Michigan’s field goal on its second drive of the game, the Buckeyes head coach clearly wasn’t pleased with the result.Even though Ohio State leads 7-3 over Michigan, his reaction will most likely circulate all over Twitter.Here is the video:Urban Meyer is the gif that keeps on giving pic.twitter.com/McVKtvCZkX— Grant (@Muessel) November 24, 2018The Buckeyes came out on fire against the Wolverines, as Chris Olave’s 24-yard touchdown had Columbus rocking.After finally getting over the nerves of playing at the Horseshoe, Shea Patterson and Michigan have settled in. If they can continue keeping pace with Ohio State, then they’ll have an excellent chance of finishing their ‘revenge tour’ with a victory.In the event that Ohio State falls short at home, we can certainly expect another reaction from Meyer.The game is available on FOX.last_img read more


first_imgPenn State's mascot and marching band.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittnay 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)Penn State suffered a huge blow to its 2020 recruiting class last week, when Julian Fleming made it official that he won’t be playing football near his hometown of Catawissa.Fleming, the No. 1 wide receiver in his class according to 247Sports, announced on Friday that he would play football at Ohio State. It wasn’t exactly the most shocking move, but it definitely hurts for Penn State.Due to Fleming’s connection with the state of Pennsylvania, the expectation for the majority of his recruitment is that he would play for the Nittany Lions. Clearly, the Buckeyes did more than enough to influence his decision.While Fleming won’t be taking visits at this time, the five-star recruit did speak to reporters about his decision to choose Ohio State. Two factors that weighed into Fleming’s decision were how he viewed Penn State’s effectiveness on offense and the program’s overall success in big games.From PennLive:“For a long time I told everybody that I was going to go there,” Fleming said. “It was hard. I had to crunch some stuff down. They weren’t stable on offense, defense; they weren’t pulling out games, their coaching has been unstable for the past couple years. A lot of stuff weighed into it.”On the other hand, Fleming spoke highly about Ohio State’s future under Ryan Day and the rest of the coaching staff. Wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has already established a strong relationship with the future Buckeye.Watching Penn State and Ohio State battle on a yearly basis is quite the spectacle, and the latest recruiting decision from Fleming shows that the rivalry lives on even in the offseason.[PennLive]last_img read more


first_imgSamsung Galaxy A40 certified by FCC with 5.7-inch display, may launch soonSamsung may launch the Galaxy A40 with a compact 5.7-inch display for consumers who want a phone that offers easy one-handed use.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 09:40 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Samsung Galaxy A40 has been certified by the FCC, suggesting imminent launchThe Galaxy A40 has been listed with a 5.7-inch displayThe Galaxy A30 and A50 both offer bigger 6.4-inch displaysThere have been on and off reports on the Galaxy A40 for a few weeks now. It is very likely that Samsung will launch the phone soon considering the Galaxy A10, A30 and A50 are already official. Samsung is looking to rapidly expand its portfolio this year, and the Galaxy A40 announcement could be around the corner now that it has been certified by the FCC.The Galaxy A40 has been spotted on the US certification website with model number SM-A405FN/DS soon after it was listed on Samsung’s UK website last week. The FCC listing, doesn’t reveal a lot of information about the Galaxy A40, apart from its display size and connectivity features.According to the FCC listing, the Galaxy A40 will sport a 5.7-inch display, which is notably smaller than the Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50, both of which come with 6.4-inch displays. We haven’t seen a 5.7-inch Samsung smartphone in quite some time, and even the Galaxy A10 comes with a 6.2-inch display, so it would seem Samsung is looking to offer a compact Galaxy A-series phone for people who want easy one-handed use.Going by past rumours, the Galaxy A40 will also come with an AMOLED panel and a possible Infinity-U waterdrop display. An earlier Geekbench listing told us that the Galaxy A40 will be powered by an Exynos 7885 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and will ship with Android Pie-based One UI.The FCC listing also mentions connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 LE. We can also assume a USB Type-C port for the Galaxy A40 considering the Galaxy A30 and A50 also get the same charging port. There is no timeline yet for when the Galaxy A40 will come out, but rumours say the phone may carry a price tag of 249 Euro (approx Rs 19,500). We also expect the Galaxy A40 to launch in India soon as Samsung aims to bring one new Galaxy A-series phone to the country every month until June.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20e, A40 and A90 listed on Samsung UK website, may launch soonGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A40last_img read more


first_imgIndian or foreigner, profile of coach counts: Bhaichung BhutiaFormer India captain Bhaiching Bhutia said the next coach the Indian national football team should be chosen on the basis of merit and track record rather than which country he comes from.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 15:41 IST Bhaichung Bhutia feels that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are on the hunt for a new coach after the tenure of Stephen ConstantineThere has been a debate on whether India should hire a foreign or Indian coach”It depends on the kind of profile the person has” Bhaichung Bhutia saidEveryone has had an opinion on the next person who should take over as the head coach of the Indian football team. While some have spoken about the need to have foreign coaches, others have questioned the need to look at other countries when there are enough experienced people in India.Speaking to IANS, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has put all debates to rest and said that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality.”It depends on the kind of profile the person has. Indian or foreigner isn’t the question here. It is about the kind of work he has done,” he explained.The first global face of Indian football said that for him to debate the standard of Indian and foreign coaches is very difficult and the decision should have nothing to do with the origin of the coach.”It is very difficult to say whether I prefer a foreigner or I prefer an Indian. The decision needs to be taken keeping only the experience and the caliber of the person and nothing else,” he added.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to participate in the upcoming edition of the King’s Cup in Thailand after four decades – India last participated in the tournament in 1977 – and a call on the next India coach is now a matter of priority.AIFF has already expressed its inability to hire a high-profile coach owing to the financial constraints that comes with it and now, with Bhaichung focusing on the profile of the next coach, it will be interesting to see if the AIFF pays heed to one of the best footballers to have played the game for India.advertisementIn the past it has been observed that whenever a coach is given a longer stint, results have been achieved. Bob Houghton, one of the most successful foreign coaches, worked with the Indian team from 2006 till 2011. Stephen Constantine was the head coach from 2015 till 2019. If the national team achieved its best ranking (FIFA Ranking 94) in 1996 under the Uzbek coach Rustam Akramov, the lowest ranking of 173 was also achieved in 2015 when Wim Koevermans was in charge of the Indian team.So, what matters is not the nationality, but the profile as well as the tenure given to him to adapt to Indian players and understand their needs and requirements. With the success that the team attained in the Asian Cup, it will be crucial that Indian football doesn’t take any step backward from here.Also Read | Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest-ranked national teamsFor 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 India football teamFollow India football coachFollow Bhaichung BhutiaFollow AIFFlast_img read more


first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 16:47 IST ajinkyarahane Instagram PhotoHIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane uploaded a photo of himself relaxing in front of a TV set at homeRahane scored 393 runs from 14 matches for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019Rahane will be heading to England for the County Championships. He will play for HampshireAjinkya Rahane and Rajasthan Royals’ campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 ended prematurely as the former champions failed to make it to the ongoing playoffs stage of the T20 tournament.Ajinkya Rahane seems to be making best use of a break between his busy schedule as the India batsman took to social media to upload of a photograph of him relaxing in front of a television set at home. While doing so, Rahane also asked his followers on Instagram to predict what he was watching on TV.While suggestions ranged from Avengers Endgame to the pilot episode of popular American thriller series, Designated Survivor, Rahane’s India teammate Shikhar Dhawan came up with a tongue-in-cheek reply.”TV, Aur Kya? (TV, What else),” Dhawan wrote on Instagram. Rahane has been struggling for form over the last few months. The Indian Test vice-captain was sacked as captain of Rajasthan Royals midway through the tournament and was replaced by Australia’s Steve Smith who returned to the IPL after missing the last season due to ball-tampering ban.Rahane though return to form as he smashed his second IPL hundred in the second match after he was stripped of the captaincy. Incidentally, he smashed 105 against Delhi Capitals but Rajasthan Royals lost the match after Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant hit quickfire half-centuries.Rahane managed only 644 runs in 12 Test matches in 2018 at an average of 30.66, well below his career average and failed to score even a hundred.Having not considered for the 2019 World Cup, Rahane will head to England to play county championships for Hampshire in a bid to prepare for India’s tour of West Indies that marks the start of World Test Championships.advertisementAlso Read | Mumbai Indians oversee Alzarri Joseph’s surgery, rehab to continue in MumbaiAlso Read | Rishabh Pant credits ‘muscle memory’ for his big-hitting prowess in T20sAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow County Championships TV aur kya! Shikhar Dhawan trolls Ajinkya Rahane in hilarious social media postAjinkya Rahane seems to be making good use of a break he has ahead of his County Championships stint for Hampshire. Rahane found form towards the latter stages of IPL 2019 but it wasn’t enough to help Rajasthan Royals seal a playoffs berth.advertisementlast_img read more