World Cup 2018: German fans left speechless, Mexicans celebrate wildly

first_imgDefending champions Germany suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the tournament. But the North Americans had other ideas as they pulled off a massive upset against the reigning world champions.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE Mexico fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium (Reuters Photo)The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURESIt was the second successive World Cup that the champions were beaten in their opening match after Spain were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands in Brazil four years ago. The result left the German fans in absolute shock (Reuters Photo)Fans on social media celebrated goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s performance, circulating memes depicting him as president of Mexico. Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory (Reuters Photo)Others riffed on U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, placing photos of Ochoa guarding the goal alongside the caption “Hey! We already have a wall.”advertisementGerman newspaper today:”Sorry Mexico, today we build the wall”Karma’s:México beat Germany in the #WorldCup #GERMEX 0-1 Tiwari (@43kinglove43) June 17, 20181-0!! S/o to all my Mexican homies back at home who couldnt make it to Russia #GERMEX White (@TonyWhiteMM) June 18, 2018Another popular meme depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel holding a phone to her ear with the text: “Donald? It’s me Angela. Please build the wall.”Hello @realDonaldTrump, please build the wall. #GERMEX #WorldCup Kyallo (@paulokyalo) June 17, 2018Leroy Sane at home like #GERMEX Latim (@brianlatim) June 17, 2018Mexico will face South Korea in their next game on Saturday in Rostov-on-Dov, Russia.The Mexico Goal by Hirving Lozano that beat Germany with some classic commentary from Enrique Bermudez#worldcup #GERMEX Of The Kop (@_RoarOfTheKop_) June 17, 2018The Germans, who are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, next play Sweden on June 23 before facing South Korea in their final group game four days later.last_img read more

James Rodriguez doubtful for Colombia’s World Cup 2018 opener vs Japan

first_imgColombian star James Rodriguez may not start for Colombia when they begin their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Japan on Tuesday.Rodriguez had set alight the Brazilian soil four years ago with his six goals, that helped Colombia reach the quarter-finals. He had won the Golden Boot for being the highest scorer of the tournament.Rodriguez, along with Radamel Falcao, is the key for Colombia if they are to advance from the group.However, as the Colombians prepare to begin their Group H battle against Japan, Rodriguez is a doubtful starter.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe 26-year-old had missed a training session in Kazan on Friday due to muscle fatigue and his left calf has reportedly been the trouble.Even as the Bayern Munich man did train at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Monday, the state of his fitness was unclear.”We are waiting to see what the doctors will say after the last check,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman told a news conference.Also read – World Cup: Saudi Arabia players safe after plane engine catches fireGreat expectations have been placed on Rodriguez as the spearhead of the best generation of Colombian players since the 1990s. He won over many neutral fans in Brazil for his spectacular style — and his salsa-dance goal celebrations.But his club performances since 2014 have been inconsistent and he is currently on loan to Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.Pekerman insisted several other players could step up to the mark should Rodriguez not take the field on Tuesday.advertisementAlso read – Earthquake at home, false alarm at hotel disturb Japan’s World Cup team”We always wait until the very last minute before we decide,” Pekerman said.”World Cups are played after a very heavy season. It is true some players arrived here in Russia not feeling very comfortable. They have all improved very much, even if some of them are a little tired.”One ace up his sleeve is striker Radamel Falcao, Colombia’s all-time top scorer. “El Tigre” is raring to make his World Cup debut, having missed the 2014 tournament through injury.Pekerman mentioned Jose Izquierdo, Juan Quintero and Mateus Uribe as potential match winners.Also read – World Cup 2018: FIFA investigating homophobic chants by Mexico fans”We have enough players for all alternatives,” he said. “Our team is much richer, much stronger (than in 2014). We’ve got much more flexibility.”If Rodriguez’s absence would disappoint Colombia’s legions of fans, it would be a relief to Japan coach Akira Nishino.Colombia walloped Japan 4-1 in the group stage in 2014 on their way to the quarter-finals, with Rodriguez among the scorers.”He is almost like a symbol of the Colombia team, a points-getter, a mood-maker,” Nishino said. “It is difficult to mark him. Who is going to mark him? The whole of the team. We cannot give him time or room….he is everywhere on the pitch.”With Colombia ranked 16th by FIFA and Japan 61st, “Los Cafeteros” (the Coffee-makers) are favoured to win. But Pekerman made clear he was not under-estimating the Blue Samurai and their quick, fast-breaking style.Group H, which also features Poland and Senegal, is one of the more open of the tournament.”We think Japan is going to be a very tough team. We have completely forgotten what happened in the last World Cup,” said Pekerman, an Argentine who has managed Colombia since 2012.”In the short term our main aim is to go through to the next stage. The group phase is really tough. We’ll see what happens this time. We hope to be at least as good or better than four years ago.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Roger Federer is the clear favourite to win Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic

first_imgNovak Djokovic does not consider himself among the favourites at next month’s Wimbledon and shares the popular view that defending champion Roger Federer is likely to win a record ninth trophy at the All England Club.The Serbian, who is making a comeback from a long-term elbow injury, claimed his first victory over a top-10 opponent since last May at Queen’s Club on Thursday as he thrashed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-finals.The 12-times grand slam champion won the most recent of his three Wimbledon titles in 2015 and believes it is too soon to think about a fourth trophy at the elite tournament.”Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves too early. I’m definitely not one of the favourites for Wimbledon,” Djokovic told British media.Also read – Djokovic thrashes Dimitrov to reach quarters at Queen’s Club”Roger is the clear favourite without a doubt. (Rafa) Nadal maybe hasn’t played well at Wimbledon by his standards, but he’s won it several times. He’s definitely one of the candidates to win the title.”World number two Nadal, who last won the Wimbledon title in 2010, will enter All England Club without any competitive matches on grass this year after the Spaniard withdrew from the Fever-Tree Championships.Also read – Federer battles past Benoit Paire to enter Halle Open quartersDjokovic also backed two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who returned from a year-long injury layoff at Queen’s Club but fell to a hard-fought defeat by Australian Nick Kyrgios, to make an impact.advertisement”Andy (Murray) and myself if we play well (can be contenders). We dropped in the rankings, but Andy played really well against Nick Kyrgios here,” Djokovic added.”He has home support, things can go in a good direction if he plays well at Wimbledon.”last_img read more

United to step up chase of England star Maguire: reports

first_imgLondon, July 28 (AFP) England central defender Harry Maguire’s impressive performances at the World Cup has made him a prime target for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, according to British media reports on Saturday.The 25-year-old is believed to want to secure the move although Leicester’s Thai owners are reluctant to sell after another of their stars Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez moved to champions Manchester City last month for a club record fee of USD 79million. Maguire, who impressed alongside John Stones in England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, will cost 65 million pounds with part of the outlay being offset by selling Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo — United value him at 30million pounds — and Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, the Daily Mirror claims.Rojo is attracting interest from Premier League newboys Wolverhampton Wanderers whilst Darmian is coveted by both the Milan clubs.According to the Daily Mail the injury-prone 28-year-old Rojo — who cost United 16million pounds when he signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2014 — has been removed from the club’s branding by the marketing department for the upcoming season.The Sun reports that Maguire’s chances of moving to United could depend on whether Leicester are successful in buying Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles, they are preparing a 35million pounds bid for the player voted by the fans The Magpies player of last season.Maguire, who played every minute of ‘The Foxes’ league campaign last season after signing from Hull City on a five year contract, not only stood out in defence at the World Cup but crowned his first major finals with a goal in the 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals.advertisementAdding extra spice should the move go through — transfer deadline day is August 9 — United and Leicester kick-off the new season on August 10. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Rejuvenated Ross Barkley relishing freedom under new Chelsea manager

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley says that he is feeling “better than ever” after recovering from a long-term injury and he is relishing the freedom under new manager Maurizio Sarri.Barkley missed majority of last season due to a hamstring injury and made only four appearances for Chelsea across all competitions after moving to London from Everton in January.”I arrived here with a long-term injury,” Barkley is quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. “I didn’t play many games because of that… from the time that I joined in January, I have got my body feeling better than ever before.”Barkley started both of Chelsea’s pre-season games against Perth Glory and Inter Milan and is excited to play Sarri’s brand of football.”The new manager obviously has a different style…There will be freedom because you have three men in the midfield,” he added.”You can go forward, get close to the box, have shots, try to create but obviously we have to be disciplined and organised without the ball.”Chelsea face Arsenal in a pre-season match in Dublin later on Wednesday followed by their Community Shield clash against Manchester City on Aug. 5 and a friendly against Olympique Lyonnais two days later.The Stamford Bridge outfit kick off their league campaign against Huddersfield Town on August 11.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Boxers Sarjubala Devi reaches quarters, Manoj Kumar loses

first_imgBoxer Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarter-finals at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Sunday. However, Manoj Kumar suffered a second round exit.Sarjubala, the reigning national champion, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0 in a qruelling pre-quaterfinal bout of the flyweight 51kg category.Sarjubala was up against a sprightly opponent and took a while to find her bearings in the bout.The diminutive Manipuri, after being rattled a bit in the opening three minutes, came back strongly in the next two, hitting straight and hitting hard to get the judges’ unanimous nod.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSHowever, Manoj went out in the round of 16 after being bested by Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhamanov in the welterweight 69kg category.Earlier, two-time Commonwealth Games medallist Manoj was outwitted by Abdurakhamanov in both ring-craft and precision.ASIAN GAMES DAY 8 LIVE UPDATESThe Indian’s punches lacked in power and he also struggled to find his way through Abdurakhamanov’s shell guard in the first two rounds.The Kyrgyz boxer dropped his guard in the final three minutes but dominated with his aggressive approach to come out trumps.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Cricket Australia may lift bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) may lift bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.Smith and Warner are into the 8th month of their one year bans while Bancroft, who was banned for 9 months, will be eligible to play after December.The trio was handed substantial suspensions for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March this year. The bans extend to the domestic Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.CA has come under pressure from the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to end the bans following the release of the Longstaff review, which laid some of the blame for the fiasco at the door of the board.”The ACA submission around the players’ sanctions was received by the board a few days ago,” CA CEO Kevin Roberts told reporters.”It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration.”Also Read – Mark Taylor resigns from Cricket Australia’s board of directorsA depleted Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with the test team losing two of their last three matches since Tim Paine took over the captaincy in South Africa.The one-day team, now led by Aaron Finch, have lost their last seven including a 5-0 whitewash by England and a stinging defeat in Sunday’s series-opener against South Africa in Perth.Amid the teams’ struggles, a number of prominent cricket pundits and former players have said the ball-tampering bans were overly harsh and offered various suggestions as to how the three should be rehabilitated.advertisementRead – Stung by Longstaff report, Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever steps downRoberts, who was at the centre of an acrimonious pay dispute with players last year, said repairing relations with the players’ union remained a top priority.”I think what’s really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia,” he said.”There’s no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organisation hasn’t been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides.”Earlier on Wednesday, CA axed high-performance chief Pat Howard and broadcasting boss Ben Amarfio as fall-out from the Longstaff review continued.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Go live in some other country: Kohli to fan who says he doesn’t like Indian batsmen

first_imgVirat Kohli has found himself in the middle of a controversy after telling “non-Indian” cricket fans to leave the country, according to a video that has gone viral on social media.Kohli launched his mobile app on his 30th birthday on November 5. He read out social media messages and reacted after reading a particular tweet on his app.”Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the tweet.To which Kohli replied: “Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then…you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”Is #Kohli asking his non-Indian fans to leave their country and come to India.. Or to sort their priorities? #WTF (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018Kohli has earned a legion of fans through his good work on the cricket field. He has a huge following on social media with most of his posts showing him sweating it out at the gym, which strikes a chord with the youth of the country. He is well aware of his influence on the youth of the country and that he is closely followed not only by the media but millions who profess him their hero.Kohli’s exploits on the field have been well documented as well as the multitudes of records he has broken and set over the course of his now-illustrious career.advertisementKohli scores runs for fun these days. He recently became the first Indian batsman to smash three successive hundred in one day internationals when he hit 107 against West Indies in the recently concluded series.During the series, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of becoming the fastest to complete 10,000 runs in the format. The India skipper blazed his way to 10,000 runs from only 205 innings.Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to join the elite club.In fact, the modern great completed 1000 runs in a calendar year six times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 and 2018). This year, he became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.Kohli now also has 150-plus scores in ODIs four times.Kohli has come a long way now — from leading the country’s U-19 team to World Cup glory back in 2008 to leading India’s charge in dominating the world of cricket in all forms of the game.As the captain of the team, he leads by example and his obsession with fitness is no secret. He spends hours at the gym, watches what he eats and expects his men to do the same.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon promises to fight and defy India on Sunday

first_imgNathan Lyon and Pat Cummins combined for the 9th wicket as the pair frustrated the Indians on day four of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.Australia will resume the fifth and last day on 258 for 8, still 141 runs away but Lyon promised India a fight after the end of play on Saturday.”Pat and I are going to come out tomorrow and we are going to fight. We have to show a lot of pride and fight hard, and show what it means to wear the Baggy Green cap,” Lyon said at the press conference at the end of second day’s play.”We are going to win first ball in first over, and show a lot of fight and pride in playing for Australia. And we will enjoy doing that,” Lyon added.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDLyon had special praise for Pat Cummins, who soldiered on for Australia with ball and bat.”Pat Cummins has been exceptional in this match and he keeps getting better every day. I enjoy batting with Pat, helps calm down my nerves and it was an exciting challenge. It was a pretty special knock from him.”He is a great bloke but even better cricketer. Seeing where he started from and seeing where he is now, he has a hell of a long career ahead of him,” said Lyon.”First innings’ runs are counted in whichever Test match you play. Basically you are ahead of that game if you have runs on board. Unfortunately we missed that and now we are up against it,” he added.advertisementLyon also came to the defense of the Australian batsmen, who have drawn criticism of late after their meek surrenders to the Indian bowlers.”I see how much hard work the guys are doing in the nets and in training. We know they are working hard and not going out to fail. They have all my support,” Lyon said.”We are up against a world-class bowling attack, one of the best Indian attacks I have ever seen. They are disappointed but I know how hard they are working. Success for them is around the corner.””I am a massive fan of Aaron Finch. He is working hard and seeing a lot of balls in nets. We have seen him in international cricket in all three formats as a world-class batsman. He is disappointed as anyone else is,” Lyon added.Lyon was all praise for Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up eight wickets.”Bumrah is quick and has a very good slower one. He is world class and has all skills a very good all-round package. Not surprised that he is a top bowler in Test cricket so quickly because I have seen him in white ball cricket. So he is obviously a top class bowler,” Lyon signed off.Also Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018last_img read more

FIFA confirms Chelsea appeal against transfer ban

first_imgFIFA confirmed on Tuesday that English Premier League club Chelsea have appealed against a transfer ban imposed after they were found guilty of breaching rules on overseas players under the age of 18.The London side, banned from the next two transfer windows and also fined 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000), had already said they would appeal against the decision taken by FIFA’s disciplinary committee last month.FIFA said in a statement that it could not give a schedule for the process, nor say whether the ban would be lifted pending the appeal hearing.”Any decision on the sanction remaining in place during the appeal process is to be taken by the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee,” it said.Also Watch:last_img read more

CSK has moved on from MS Dhoni controversy: Mike Hussey

first_imgChennai Super Kings team has ‘moved on’ from the controversy created due to an uncharacteristic outburst from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and will have no bearing during Sunday’s IPL encounter against KKR, batting coach Mike Hussey said Saturday.During an IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni lost his cool as he rushed into the field of play to confront umpire Ulhas Gandhe for backtracking on a no-ball signal. The former India captain was docked 50 percent of his match fees.”It’s (incident) like having a loss. And again, you move on to the next match as quickly as you possibly can. So to be honest, we haven’t spoken about it. It’s been dealt with and we’ve moved on,” Hussey said on the eve of their return leg match in Kolkata.”Yeah, it’s all happened and it’s been dealt with pretty much right after the game. And the game is finished and and that’s the thing about the IPL. You get to move on to the next match very quickly. There’s no point us dwelling on it. Worrying about and stressing about it, we’ve got to move on.”Hussey went on to say that Dhoni is a huge asset to any team, a brilliant player who can play to any situation of the game well.”So if he comes into the team’s in trouble, quite often you see him play slowly and just resurrect the innings, build a partnership, we’ve seen how dominant and how powerful that can be at the death as well.advertisement”So that that’s probably his value is that he can play a variety of roles. And he plays it very well with a calm head. So, so he’s a huge asset to any team that he plays for.”Asked whether he could be the answer to the No 4 riddle in the upcoming World Cup, Hussey said: “I’m sure the Indian selectors will think about lots of different combinations along the way. But at the end of the day, I don’t think it really matters whether you bet 4, 5 or 6, I think he’s going to be a great asset to the team.”Table leaders CSK are the team to beat this season with six wins out of seven matches, the latest coming against Rajasthan Royals when Santer sealed the game in the final ball with a six amind all the drama and controversy.”The lucky thing about the CSK batting order is that they are very experienced players. They know their own games very well. Quite a few of them have played here at the Eden Gardens on many occasions so they will know hat to expect and lets hope they can make the adjustments as quickly as possible. I’m expecting them to adjust pretty quickly,” he said.Andre Russell in ominous form with the bat, Chennai Super Kings will have their strategies clear to stop the Jamaican.”He is obviously in great touch at the moment. I just think every team is going to have some some clear plans against him. But I think you need to be really calm in the moment with him, very clear on where you want to try and ball and then execute that skill as best you can.”If he still is good enough to get it away, that’s okay then try and execute it again the next ball. not to complicate things too much keep things very simple but but the execution is probably the key.”With 10 wickets from seven matches, seamer Deepak Chahar has been in exceptionally good form doing a fine job in the Powerplay overs.Hussey said the 26-year-old’s ability to to swing the new ball with good control makes him a bankable bowler.”You watch the slow motions, the seam position coming down, it’s in beautiful position so yeah, he’s been very accurate and can swing the new ball and that’s why he’s used in the in the in the first few over and he’s ability to pick up wickets in that power plays very important as well,” he hailed.”In the last few matches, we have actually started using them at the death as well. And and I do see that continuing, maybe just one over towards the end. And it’s something that I know he really looks forward to.”Giving a team update, Hussey said Dwayne Bravo is not fit yet.”I am not hundred percent sure but he is well on his way to getting back from the hamstring injury, hoping he is back as soon as he can but I don’t think he is ready quite as yet.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni should have been banned for 2 matches over umpiring outburst: Virender SehwagAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni reveals reason behind post-match interactions with young cricketerslast_img read more

BCCI state officials bemused as CoA announce election dates

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will have its election on October 22 as per the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai. The CoA chief further mentioned on Tuesday that the elections of the state associations are to be completed by September 14. This has surprised the board officials as well as state association officials.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official asked if that meant that even an association like the Delhi and District Cricket Association will have a fresh election after they held an election in 2018. This would mean that people holding positions will have to be replaced even before their tenure ends.”The real funny part is if someone has been appointed as an official and he is qualified as per Lodha Panel recommendations and he has 2 years of his term remaining, how can he be asked to demit office?”If some association is in a situation that their elections are due then in that case it makes sense. How can you force an election in places where elections are not due? Rai seems to be feeling that he is above the law. What I am saying is that elections to the BCCI are one thing, they do not have the power to decide on elections of state association in any case,” the official explained.Speaking after the meeting, Rai said that while the elections will be held on October 22, the apex council of the state associations will now have 19 members in place of nine as discussed with the Amicus Curiae. However, a state association official questioned the whole process of announcement of dates.advertisement”Is it not suspicious as to how they have waited for the vacation of the Supreme Court to begin before coming up with these dates? Why could they not have raised this in court? They know very well, especially on account of various meetings that they have had with the Amicus and state associations that there are some issues that need to be addressed so is this an attempt to disenfranchise some state bodies that have people that are disliked by someone in the CoA?” the official enquired.Also Read | World Cup Countdown: 1975 – Slow Sunny, a broken foot and 4000 pounds within 5 daysAlso Read | No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay ShankarAlso Seelast_img read more

Wisconsin man has #HOTSPORTSTAKE on OSU

first_imgThis is going to be a problem.I laughed my way this post by “Wisconsin’s Sports Talk Leader” Bill Michaels.He suggests the death penalty for OSU, that none of its administration or coaches should ever work again. Hey, here’s an excerpt:Those who are within the program will suffer the wrath of the NCAA.  The coaches, Les Miles (now with LSU) and current OSU head coach Mike Gundy, can move on and find work almost anywhere. Yes their reputations are somewhat tarnished but a year or so removed from the situation, they are as good as new elsewhere.All eyes are now on the NCAA, remembering the Miami investigation, I can only say “Don’t screw this one up!”The problem is that he wrote about it on Tuesday — after Part 1 — but implied that he’d already seen the whole thing. Now unless “Wisconsin’s Sports Talk Leader” Bill Michaels has insiders at Sports Illustrated that I’m just totally unaware of then you see the larger issue here.People aren’t, you know, going to read the articles. And if you think they read the articles they sure aren’t going to read a detailed breakdown by me or anyone else or follow up in six months (or 60 months) when all this is over.So for all intents and purposes — Thayer Evans’ work is done here. Whatever comes of this — whether it fizzles out or ends in court — if his goal was to tackle Oklahoma State, he’s already succeeded to a large degree.Now I wrote yesterday that I’m not sure as many people care as Sports Illustrated originally thought but the ones that do will likely join Mr. Hotsportstake Wisconsin and remember OSU for this scandal and this scandal alone.For shame.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Justin Gilbert is about to get paid

first_imgIf you’re a reader of this here blog you know I have a Calvin Barnett-sized sports crush on Justin Gilbert so I’m pretty pumped about tonight.Gilbert is going to go in the first round, get paid lots of dollars, and make some GM look wise over the next few years. Plus, if he walks out to the fight song we’re all going to die.Anyway, here are three spots he might land tonight if he doesn’t land at the other 29..1. Detroit Lions: This is where most of the CBS guys plus Mel Kiper have him going. He’ll get to take Jacob Lacey’s spot as the best former OSU player in the history of Detroit secondary history.2. Dallas Cowboys: This is where Jason McIntyre has him and since nobody knows anything and Jerry Jones clearly loves Oklahoma State athletes, why not?!3. San Diego Chargers: If he falls, this is probably where he’ll fall to. From what I’m hearing. Which is nothing.By the way, if Gilbert goes to the Lions at No. 10 he’s going to get $12 million plus. Last year’s No. 10 pick got four years and $12.6 million.Also, this is the greatest mock draft in the history of mock drafts you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Jalen McCleskey Helped Recruit Tyron Johnson to Oklahoma State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! When LSU transfer Tyron Johnson made the decision to transfer, he talked with sophomore receiver Jalen McCleskey about his decision and even put a plug in for Oklahoma State.“He talked to me when he said he was transferring,” McCleskey said on Thursday. “I just told him it was a great fit and that Coach Dunn [the receivers coach] really wanted him.”The connection between the two is undeniable. Jalen Mccleskey’s father, J.J., is a well known trainer and has known Johnson for some time. They are both from the 504 New Orleans area and have that connection, too.Even more, according to a report from the media member speaking with Mccleskey, Tyron and his father played a large role in how Jalen eventually ended up at OSU. So for OSU and Mccleskey, they have to be excited to see that process come full circle. And just further proof that at Oklahoma State, players remain the best recruiters.last_img read more

Real Madrid injuries mean nothing – Bosz

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Real Madrid injuries will make no difference, says Bosz Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 02:18 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) peter bosz - cropped Getty Images Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Real Madrid The likes of Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic will be out against Dortmund, but the Germans’ coach is not taking anything for granted Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz does not expect Real Madrid to be any weaker in Tuesday’s Champions League clash despite their injury concerns.Midfielder Toni Kroos is back for the trip to Signal Iduna Park but Marcelo, Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Theo Hernandez are all sidelined.Dortmund 9/5 to beat Madrid Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Madrid have endured a shaky start to their LaLiga title defence, winning only three of their opening six matches, while their quest to win a third Champions League in a row started with a less-than-convincing 3-0 win over APOEL.Dortmund lost to Tottenham on matchday one but have won five of their six Bundesliga matches this season and boast a formidable record against Madrid, having not lost any of the last six meetings in Germany.That record, combined with Zidane’s injury worries, has prompted some to make BVB favourites but Bosz is expecting a stern test.”I don’t think Madrid are not good enough because of their injuries,” he told a news conference. “They have enough good players. They won’t be any worse.”I like to watch Real Madrid. I like technical players. Since Zidane’s been there, they’ve had this kind of player and I like this way of playing football.”Dortmund & Real Madrid meet again.Who will come out on top this time?  #UCL— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 25, 2017Midfielder Mario Gotze likewise anticipates a difficult match but says Dortmund’s high-intensity football under Bosz has him brimming with confidence.”They’ve always been great matches against Real Madrid. We know about their situation. It’ll be a good game,” he said.”We’re looking forward to a tough game and we have a lot of respect for them. We’re in very good form and we’ll have a lot of self-belief.”The team is particularly good at pressing. I’ve never experienced it like this. You can see from our results in the Bundesliga that this is a very good idea, which I can identify with. I like having the ball, so it’s good for a midfielder.”Bosz, however, has warned his side to be smart in the way they approach the match against the 12-time champions of Europe.”It’s possible to play an aggressive pressing game against Real Madrid. But we have to do it in a good way,” he added.last_img read more

Owen backs Klopp despite defensive struggles

first_imgLiverpool Michael Owen backs Jurgen Klopp despite defensive struggles Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 06:02 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp_cropped Gareth Copley/Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Premier League The Reds are 12 points behind Manchester City and struggling in defence, but their former star does not think the manager is to blame Jurgen Klopp is doing a good job at Liverpool but needs defensive reinforcements if he is to take the club to the next level, according to the Reds’ former striker Michael Owen.Liverpool already sit 12 points behind early leaders Manchester City after an inconsistent start to the 2017-18 campaign that has included heavy defeats to Tottenham and Pep Guardiola’s side, as well as high-profile a win over Arsenal and an unbeaten opening four games in the Champions League.Reds 11/10 for top four finish Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp finished fourth in his first full season in charge and Owen feels it would be wrong to criticise him, even though there is a gap in quality between the club and City.Owen claimed the German is performing well, although he rued the club’s failure to sign a defender in the transfer window – the capture of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk having eluded them – and expects the boss to try again in January.”Jurgen Klopp is doing a good job, I think he is very popular,” Owen told Omnisport at the Golden Foot Hublot Award in Monaco.”The problem with Liverpool at the moment is in defence. I think Jurgen Klopp knows it and he tried to remedy that problem over the summer but couldn’t get the one or two targets that he had. “And that’s unfortunately been the problem, in defence. They have conceded far too many goals and now there is a bit of a gap from the top, from Manchester City to Liverpool. “Jurgen Klopp will definitely try to strengthen in the winter with defensive players because in attack Liverpool are very exciting.”Liverpool are top of their Champions League group, as are Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, while Premier League champions Chelsea are in a strong position to reach the last 16.Delighted to receive a Golden Foot Monaco award and join so many great names of the game. Even get my footprint on Promenade of Larvotto! — michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 7, 2017 Owen has been buoyed by the English top flight’s improvement in Europe as the dominance of Spanish clubs, who have won the competition for four straight seasons, is threatened.”I think we have been very disappointed in recent years with our Premier League in the Champions League,” he said.”But this year, I think this is the strongest set of teams that we have had for a long time. Manchester City are really playing well, a more attacking team, but then we have got Chelsea and Manchester United who are more defensive and solid, Tottenham as well. “And then we have got Liverpool, who are a good attacking team. So we have got a variety of different teams, but this year much stronger than last year.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ribery and Muller back in Bayern training

first_imgBayern München Ribery and Muller return to Bayern Munich training Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:26 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Franck Ribery Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund Supercopa Alemana 05082017 Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga Robert Lewandowski Jupp Heynckes could have two key men available again for the Bundesliga game against Hannover on Saturday Franck Ribery is back in training after two months out with a knee injury, while Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller is also on the comeback trail after a month on the sidelines with a torn thigh muscle.The return of the duo on Tuesday is a timely boost for the Bundesliga champions, who saw their lead at the top of the Bundesliga cut to three points after a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.Bayern 17/20 to beat Hannover to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ribery and Muller could be in contention for selection in the home match against Hannover at the weekend, while Rafinha also trained with the group after recovering from an ankle injury.Completed the whole session with the team today! I’ll be back #MiaSanMia #training #fcbayern #fr7@FCBayern— Franck Ribéry (@FranckRibery) November 28, 2017David Alaba stepped up his recovery from a back problem with a running session, but Bayern confirmed star striker Robert Lewandowski trained alone at the club’s performance centre.last_img read more