9 months agoBurnley fullback Taylor: Players are behind Hart

first_imgBurnley fullback Taylor: Players are behind Hartby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley fullback Charlie Taylor says the players are behind Joe Hart.Hart, who had played in each of the first 19 league games this term, was dropped after the Everton match and Burnley have instead had Tom Heaton in goal for the last two league outings.Taylor said when asked about Hart: “Joe is a top professional and a top player.”We have a lot of top-class goalkeepers here and only one can play, so it’s a tough decision for the manager, and he made the call of putting Tom back in.”I think everyone would say Joe has played really well this season and is unlucky to lose his place, but that’s football, and Tom has come in and results have happened.”It’s unlucky on Joe, but he’s not changed anything around the place – he’s still a top pro, a top player and is brilliant to have in the dressing room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoChelsea No1 Kepa: I don’t bother with nerves

first_imgChelsea No1 Kepa: I don’t bother with nervesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga admits nerves do not affect him.Kepa says he rarely feels pressure ahead of a match, whatever the stage and whoever the opponents, instead focusing on his love of the game in the moments building up to kick-off.”I’m not really a person that is prone to anxiety, or feeling nervous,” he told chelseafc.com. “I generally don’t feel that way before a game. What I always think is, at the end of the day, it’s football – that’s what it is – and football is what we do, it’s what we like, and it’s what we enjoy.”Of course, when there are really important games there is a bit more tension, a bit more adrenaline, but I wouldn’t call it nervousness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Injury Update For Star Oklahoma WR Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown

first_imgAn Oklahoma Sooners player resting his helmet on the field.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 07: Fullback Dimitri Flowers #36 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 38-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football team has already lost star running back Rodney Anderson to an injury in this afternoon’s game against UCLA. Now, the Sooners appear to have lost a star wide receiver to one.Marquise Hollywood Brown just exited this afternoon’s game against the Bruins. The star wideout was being helped off the field by trainers. He appeared to suffer an injury to his left leg.Further details of the injury aren’t clear yet.“Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown helped off field with an apparent left leg injury. Sooners already had Rodney Anderson go down earlier (no word on severity) with what appeared to be a right knee injury. That would be two huge blows,” George Schroeder tweeted.Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown helped off field with an apparent left leg injury.Sooners already had Rodney Anderson go down earlier (no word on severity) with what appeared to be a right knee injury.That would be two huge blows.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 8, 2018Schroeder has added that it might just be cramps for Brown, though it’s unclear if that has been made official.“Might only be cramps for Marquise Brown. (If so, Oklahoma would breathe a sigh of relief.)” he reports.Might only be cramps for Marquise Brown. (If so, Oklahoma would breathe a sigh of relief.) https://t.co/yljIqPx4V8— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 8, 2018Brown is one of the best wide receivers in college football. He had 6 catches and 100-plus yards in the blowout win over FAU in Week 1.Stay tuned for more injury updates on Marquise Brown. Oklahoma should provide an update on his status soon.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Names The “Only Team” That Can Beat Alabama

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit appeared on Get Up! this morning to preview tonight’s College Football Playoff rankings.Alabama, of course, will be No. 1 in the second week of the College Football Playoff rankings, as the Crimson Tide are coming off a dominant win at No. 3 LSU.Herbstreit was asked by ESPN’s Mike Greenberg if any team actually has a chance of beating Alabama this season.The ESPN college football analyst thinks that just one team has a legitimate chance of competing athletically with the Crimson Tide.“Clemson is the only team athletically that can beat Alabama,” he said.Herbstreit added that the reason Clemson made the change at quarterback, going from Kelly Bryant to Trevor Lawrence, was because of Alabama.The Tigers were dominated by the Crimson Tide last season. Lawrence, a potential future NFL Draft first-round pick, is the kind of athletically-gifted QB that could give Alabama problems.Do any other teams have a chance of toppling Nick Saban and Co.?We’ll find out.last_img read more

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Oklahoma Players Respond To Oklahoma State Star’s Trash Talk

first_imgJustice Hill sheds an Oklahoma football tackle.STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 04: Running back Justice Hill #5 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys is hit by defensive back Steven Parker #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma State junior tailback Justice Hill is one of the most dynamic players in the Big 12. One thing he hasn’t done: beat Oklahoma football in Bedlam.OU is riding a three-game winning streak in the series since Okie State’s epic overtime win in 2014. All three games have been by double-digits.That includes both games that Hill has participated in.He has had personal success against the Sooners. As a freshman, he rushed for 99 yards in the game. Last year, he had what is probably the best game of his college career.In a 62-52 loss, Hill went for a career-high 228 yards, and added two touchdowns on the ground.Ahead of this weekend’s Bedlam game at Oklahoma football, Justice Hill had some trash talk for the Sooners on Instagram.He posted a picture of one of his 2017 touchdown runs against the team, tagging defenders as “little boys” and “kids.” (He also made sure to identify the turf and the Okie State fans, in case anyone was confused).The Sooners took noticed.Sophomore cornerback Tre Brown reposted the picture to his own Instagram story. He was one of a few Sooners to address Hill’s post. From OU Daily:“Justice is really good, don’t take anything away from him, but it was just disrespect,” Brown said. “I wanted to let him know, we’re not worried about that. We’re going to play our game, do what we gotta do.”“We’ll do our talking on the field,” sophomore safety Robert Barnes added. “He’s a great running back, like I said, that’s all I got to say. We’ll do our talking on the field.”After a 1,467 yard, 15 touchdown sophomore season, Hill has 895 yards and eight scores through nine games. He’s tough to stop, but OU is a heavy 20-point favorite in Norman.[OU Daily]last_img read more

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Iowa Stars Address NFL Draft Decisions

first_imgAkrum Wadley celebrates a touchdown with his teammates.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 3: Running back Akrum Wadley #25 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates with wide receiver Jerminic Smith #9 and offensive lineman Sean Welsh #79 after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Miami (OH) RedHawks on September 3, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Saturday’s 63-0 demolition of Illinois aside, Iowa football hasn’t been a dominant offensive club this year. The team does have some playmakers at tight end, though.T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are among the Hawkeyes’ best offensive weapons, regardless of position. Both were Mackey Award semifinalists (Hockenson is a finalist), and have potential NFL Draft aspirations.Fant has been the center of some serious speculation in recent weeks, as his playing time has trailed off.Ahead of last weekend’s game, head coach Kirk Ferentz called Hockenson the “more versatile” player, when asked about the situation.Noah Fant is viewed as the potential first tight end off the board and first round pick in the NFL Draft.The junior was asked about the possibility that he will leave Iowa after the season. From Hawkeye Nation:“We’ll see what happens,” Fant said. “A lot of people are expecting me to leave and it all kind of depends on what’s given back to me (from the NFL Draft advisory board).”[…]“I’m just going to see what happens. A good start would be getting my grade back from the draft advisory board and going from there.”As a redshirt sophomore, Hockenson is also a possible departure. He also addressed the possibility:“It’s definitely an option,” he said of the NFL. “Obviously I wouldn’t have an answer until the season is done. KF (Kirk Ferentz) and Brian (Ferentz), I still need to talk to them about everything. But I think that’s for the end of the season.”Fant has 38 catches for 507 yards and seven touchdowns on the season, after scoring 11 times as a sophomore. Hockenson has gone for 41/663/6 on the year thus far.[Hawkeye Nation]last_img read more

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CFB Expert Releases Score Prediction For Penn State’s Bowl Game

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State and Kentucky may have been disappointed with how the regular season turned out, but they have a chance to finish the season strong when they play each other in the VRBO Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.The Nittany Lions couldn’t keep pace with Michigan or Ohio State, and finished the regular season at 9-3. The Wildcats similarly struggled against SEC powerhouse Georgia and also finished 9-3.But when they play in the Citrus Bowl, Associated Press college football expert Ralph D. Russo projects that the Nittany Lions are going to take home the win.Why watch? Kentucky LB Josh Allen, who has won three defensive player of the year awards — Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott Impact … PENN STATE 21-17.Penn State and Kentucky have only played each other five times, with Penn State winning the most recent outing – the Outback Bowl in 1999.The two teams played each other in four straight regular seasons from 1975 to 1978. The teams split that four-game series.The Wildcats are hoping to make history with a Citrus Bowl win, as it would give them a 10-win season for the first time since 1977.last_img read more

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Photo Shows Scott Frost’s New House In Nebraska

first_imgNebraska football coach Scott Frost ahead of his team's game against Troy.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)With his first season at Nebraska officially over for Scott Frost, the head coach is making himself at home in Lincoln. Considering that he signed a seven-year deal in May, he’ll be part of the community for the foreseeable future.This season wasn’t easy by any stretch for Frost, but the Cornhuskers continued to show improvement as the year progressed. In fact, the program nearly upset Ohio State in Columbus.Although Frost hasn’t restored Nebraska to prominence just yet, it’s clear that he generates quite the buzz around the neighborhood. His new home is currently undergoing renovations, but it already looks spectacular.Here is the latest photo:Neighbors are buzzing that this is the home of #Nebraska’s new head football coach, Scott Frost. Reportedly purchased for about $1.3 million, a major renovation is underway. One of his neighbors in the southwest Lincoln development is Huskers bkb head coach Tim Miles. #huskers pic.twitter.com/8Yxuve3Kvn— Norm Clarke (@NormLasVegas) December 26, 2018It is being reported that Frost spent $1.3 million on this home. He’ll also live near Tim Miles, who is the men’s basketball coach for the Cornhuskers.Nebraska owned a 4-8 record in the 2018 season, but should seen significant strides next year with its latest recruiting class. The offense will rely on Adrian Martinez once again, meanwhile the defense will add several impact players, including linebacker Nick Henrich.If Frost can coach the Cornhuskers to national rankings in 2019, he’ll be considered a rockstar around Lincoln.last_img read more

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Star Oklahoma Recruit Announces Decommitment

first_imgOklahoma flag is run on field ahead of home game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma already has one of the best recruiting classes in the country for 2020, but it’ll take quite the hit after this recent development. Four-star cornerback Darion Green-Warren will decommit from the Sooners and look for another opportunity.Green-Warren is the No. 10 recruit at his respective position, per 247Sports. His ability on the field clearly caught the attention of top programs around the country.The Mater Dei product has the size and speed to excel at the college ranks. Unfortunately for the Sooners, Green-Warren won’t be representing the program any longer.In a heartfelt message on social media, the California native announced his decision to decommit from Oklahoma.“I would like to thank coach Riley for giving me the opportunity and believing in me. With that being said I’ve decided to decommit from the University of Oklahoma and reopen my recruitment,”  Green-Warren said.Here is the full statement from Twitter:Philippians 4:6-7 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/yrhUjkok1w— Darion Green-Warren (@gogettadarion) March 8, 2019Now that Green-Warren is back on the market, programs around the country will have another chance to recruit him. Michigan, Texas Tech and Colorado all have interest in the four-star recruit.With Green-Warren out of the picture in Norman, five-star tailback Jase McClellan and four-star athlete Drew Sanders headline the 2020 class.The Sooners still have a plethora of incoming talent, and Lincoln Riley will most likely add even more. Besides, high school recruits will want to play for a perennial contender.last_img read more

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India play out 1-1 draw with Spain in second tour game

first_img Next India play out 1-1 draw with Spain in second tour gameAfter going down 2-3 to Spain in their opening match on Saturday, the Indian team put up a spirited performance in a high-voltage second encounter in Murcia on Sunday. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MurciaJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 10:11 IST India failed to hold on to their lead in the second match of their tour to Spain on Sunday (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGurjit Kaur scored the only goal for India in the 43rd minute before Maria Tost equalised for the hostsIndia came up with a spirited show in Murcia a day after they lost a closely-fought match 2-3India will play the third match of their Spain tour on Tuesday, January 29The Indian women’s hockey team drew 1-1 with hosts Spain in an intense second match of their tour here.Gurjit Kaur (43′) scored her second goal of the tournament while Maria Tost (49′) scored for Spain.After going down 2-3 to Spain in their opening match on Saturday, the Indian team put up a spirited performance in a high-voltage second encounter in Murcia.While the first quarter ended in a stalemate, the second quarter saw India make a breakthrough with their first penalty corner of the match. The penalty corner was re-taken but well-saved by the Spanish goalkeeper.India’s lead in the third quarter falls short as @rfe_hockey equalize in the final quarter of the proceedings to finish the second match of the Spain Tour in a hard-fought draw. #IndiaKaGame #INDvESP pic.twitter.com/HyrPxx0Md4Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) January 27, 2019The score continued to be 0-0 at half-time but Spain created a penalty corner opportunity soon into the third quarter. The Indian goalkeeper made an impressive save to deny the hosts.In the following minutes, India increased their tempo that resulted in yet another penalty corner which was brilliantly struck by dragflicker Gurjit in the 43rd minute.The 1-0 lead against the 2018 Women’s World Cup bronze medal winners didn’t last too long as a defensive lapse by India gave way to Spain scoring a beautiful field goal through Maria in the 49th minute to level the scores 1-1.The final quarter remained intense until the hooter with both teams taking their game a notch above and pushing for a winning goal but neither succeeded with the match ending in a draw.advertisementOn Tuesday, India will play their third match against Spain.Also Read | Spain tour a great opportunity for India ahead of Olympics qualifying: RaniAlso 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 India women’s hockey teamFollow India vs SpainFollow India hockey tour SpainFollow Gurjit Kaurlast_img read more

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