Schalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool attacker Shaqiri: Friends call me man who finished Mourinhoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed friends have labelled him as the man who got Jose Mourinho sacked. The Swiss scored two goals to help Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1.Mourinho was subsequently fired as United on Tuesday and Shaqiri has received some messages from his friends about the impact of his goals.”I had a lot of messages from my friends when it happened,” Shaqiri said in an interview with The Guardian.”There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes.”I don’t think it was just because we won that game that United wanted to change their manager.”There were other reasons but it means the game goes down in history. It will always be in my history too.”
LaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?by Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas has questioned whether Atletico Madrid can sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Tebas believes Atletico’s budget won’t stretch to cover Morata’s demands.He told AS: “They’re very limited; they would have to get rid of someone. I do not know exactly because that is what is needed for the economic controls.”Tebas was also asked about Real Madrid buying PSG star Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.He added: “Either one of the two. Or the two. I do not know if Florentino (Perez) wants to sign one of the two. We have worked hard on the brand and it is above the players because we have taken advantage of the synergy of the clubs. “What we do not know is how much more we would be favoured by them being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.”
Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Tells Colin Cowherd He Has To “Go To Church, Ask For Forgiveness” For His John Wall Criticism
John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.
Wazzu HuskiesWashington State capped off a bounce-back season with a 20-14 win over Miami in the Sun Bowl on Saturday. Apparently, however, the win wasn’t enough to earn respect from the local media. This morning’s El Paso Times headline about the game featured a colossal error: it referred to Wazzu as the “Huskies” instead of the Cougars.Take a step forward if you can report the correct team names in your local bowl. Not so fast @elpasotimes #gocougs pic.twitter.com/YLZ6LalYZM— Jeff (@saomonella) December 27, 2015Of course, the Huskies are Washington, Wazzu’s top rival. So not only did Washington win the Apple Cup over the Cougars by 35 points, they stole a newspaper headline from them.Ouch.[ CougCenter.com ]
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Today is the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which gives fans the opportunity to see recent draftees in their new uniforms for the first time ever.Here’s a look at former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, a fourth-round selection of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills haven’t had a long-term solution at quarterback since the Jim Kelly era. It may take Jones some time to acclimate himself to the professional level, but Rex Ryan and company are hoping he can eventually prove himself worthy of being a starter.
Franck Ribery has been defended by Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller after the Frenchman launched an expletive-filled rant at those who criticised him for eating a golden steak.The former France forward posted a video on social media during the recent Bundesliga winter break which showed him eating the £1,000-per-serving ($1,273) steak.That led to widespread outbursts against Ribery’s seemingly lavish lifestyle and arrogance, with journalist Audrey Pulvar in particular insisting Ribery should be putting his money into more worthy causes than golden steaks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The winger then made his aggressive response, but Muller said: “In those moments when he feels unfairly treated, where he is badly attacked, the horses go through with him and he just can not control himself.””He is a very emotional person, as he has experienced [criticism] so far in his entire career so far,” Muller continued. “But I think that it has become better in the course of his career, even if it is always such situations. It is also true that he is attacked a lot.”Asked if the Bayern players have been discussing Ribery’s off-field issues, Muller said they have been respectful to the 35-year-old: “Of course you talk about it at the table, but it’s more of a private matter.”No better way to start the year than with a dash of salt and a visit to my Turkish brother 🇹🇷👌🏼 #SaltBae #fr7👑 #ELHAMDOULILLAH🤲🏽♥️ pic.twitter.com/O5ztj4mueq— Franck Ribéry (@FranckRibery) January 3, 2019Bayern are currently second in the Bundesliga, six points behind Borussia Dortmund, and are not due to feature again until January 18 when they travel to Hoffenheim after the end of the league’s winter break.Ribery has already announced he will leave the German champions at the end of the season, along with Dutch forward Arjen Robben, after 12 years in Munich.Bayern have made a number of offers for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, who they view as a replacement for the two departing wingers, and Niko Kovac recently confirmed the club’s interest in the 18-year-old.
Barcelona are ready to pay Frenkie de Jong €16 million (£14m/$18m) a year in order to beat a host of rivals to the young Ajax midfielder’s signature, Goal understands.The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after young players after impressing in the Ajax midfield since making his debut in 2016.De Jong’s profile increased still further when he broke into the Netherlands side earlier this campaign and it seems a big-money move is not far away. 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? Barcelona have long been linked with a move for the talented youngster but face competition from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.Man City were previously thought to be leading the race after telling Ajax they were willing to pay €70m plus €20m in bonuses to sign De Jong.However, the Catalan club see De Jong as a key player for the future and are ready to offer bumper personal terms in order to edge ahead of the Premier League champions in the race to sign him.Barca are willing to offer De Jong a net salary of €10m per season, plus €6m more in relatively easy-to-achieve bonuses based on trophies and appearances.That would represent a break in their policy of offering young players such high wages but reflects how highly the club’s board rate De Jong and their determination to sign him.The offer is so good that even De Jong is said to be surprised at how much the Blaugranes are prepared to pay in order to take him to Catalonia.PSG and Man City remain in the hunt for De Jong but Goal understands that Barcelona are confident the midfielder and his agent are happy with their offer and that he would prefer a move to Camp Nou.Once they are confident of landing De Jong, Ernesto Valverde’s side are ready to open negotiations with Ajax and would have no issue paying in excess of the reported €70m transfer fee.De Jong admitted last week that he was growing tired of the speculation about his future and was eager to make a decision quickly and it seems his new club could be decided very soon.
As they look towards a glittering future, Liverpool must first confront a ghost from their recent past.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds travel to West Ham on Monday evening looking to restore their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League. After victories for Tottenham on Saturday and Manchester City on Sunday, the pressure will be right back on the league leaders at the London Stadium.AdChoices广告These are heady times for the men from Anfield, who have their eyes on a 19th league crown, and a first since 1990. Rarely since then have they found themselves in a better position at this time of year. 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? Their success has been built on stability, on consistency, on sound recruitment and strong management. It’s taken them a while, but Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, appear to have found the winning formula. They have the manager they want, the players they want, and they’re getting the results they want.Apt, then, that on Monday night they could run into Andy Carroll, a weathered, robust reminder of the way things used to be at Liverpool.Carroll, it is fair to say, represents a different Anfield era; an era of gambles and mistakes, of muddled thinking and expensive missteps. He’s the sixth most expensive player in the club’s history, whose 11 goals came at a cost of more than £3 million each. He’s the man who scored in an FA Cup final, who settled a Goodison derby and a Wembley derby, and yet he’s still, at £35m, one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory.Who could forget the excitement when Carroll arrived at Melwood on the final day of January 2011? It was the day Fernando Torres left for Chelsea, the day Luis Suarez joined from Ajax. Carroll, though, was the story. Amid a sea of flashbulbs and supporters eager to catch a glimpse of their new hero, the grinning Geordie with the ponytail and the prodigious leap became the costliest English footballer of all time.It was, by any measure, a remarkable transfer. Carroll’s form at Newcastle had been good, but he was in the middle of his first full Premier League season, and his off-field reputation on Tyneside was far from perfect. There had been scrapes in bars and clubs, a fight with team-mate Steven Taylor and an assault charge which had seen him ordered to move in with club captain Kevin Nolan as part of his bail conditions.The signs were there early on that this was not a marriage made in heaven. Carroll had not wanted to leave Newcastle, and admitted later that he had spent the helicopter journey to Liverpool Googling some of his new team-mates. He arrived on Merseyside injured, having not played in over a month. It would be five more weeks before he took to the field.That, as much as anything, helps sum up Carroll. A career that could have been defined by goals has instead been about pulls and strains, aches and pains. In the seven full seasons since his move to Liverpool, only twice has he managed to play 20 or more games. Not once has he reached double figures in terms of scoring.“I honestly don’t know what I’ve done in my life to get the sh*t I get,” Carroll said recently, opening up admirably about the struggles of being injured for long spells. The ‘crock’ tag clearly irks him, though he has also been honest enough to admit that he contributed to his own problems earlier in his career, when his drinking was excessive and his approach to training far from perfect. “That is the old me,” he says. “I have regrets looking back.”Carroll played regularly for Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish – the pair shared a relationship good enough to justify them once attending a Boyzone concert together – and helped Liverpool win the League Cup in 2012. He scored the winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, and grabbed his side’s goal as they lost to Chelsea in the final. Had it not been for Petr Cech and one of the great cup final saves, he may well have written his name into Anfield folklore.But Brendan Rodgers, Dalglish’s replacement, was never convinced. “Not a Liverpool player,” was his initial assessment of Carroll, relayed to local journalists in an off-record briefing soon after his appointment. A month later, Liverpool’s record signing was heading to West Ham on loan, admitting he “could never get a grip” on Merseyside. Rodgers, he said, gave him mixed messages, telling him one minute that he was part of his plans, then offering him the chance to leave. “I lost respect for him,” Carroll said.There have been highs since – a hat-trick against Arsenal at Upton Park sticks out, as does a spectacular overhead kick against Crystal Palace – but 95 starts in six-and-a-half years tells its own story. Carroll has lost 142 games to injury – be it hamstring, groin, ankle, foot, knee or heel – since moving to East London.For now, he’s fit, although he is likely to start on the bench on Monday if Marko Arnautovic shakes off a foot problem.Liverpool, whose defence has looked shakier than usual in recent games, will certainly be wary of the threat he will pose, though the Reds have bigger things to concern themselves with than their former striker. Klopp’s men are going for glory this season, their team is evolving into one of Europe’s finest and the club is better run now than it has been for years. Aberrations like Carroll, or Stewart Downing or Charlie Adam, or even Lazar Markovic, who left for Fulham last week, belong in the past.A win in Stratford will give them their 20th league win of the campaign, only one fewer than they managed in the whole of last season. Their progress is unarguable.You’ll see it on Monday night, in fact. From Carroll to Mohamed Salah, that’s how far Liverpool have come. Beat West Ham, and they will take another huge step towards that glittering future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea’s Jorginho has revealed that he ‘didn’t want to play football any more’ during his youth days after finding out that his agent had been secretly stealing money from him as he handed the young midfielder just €20 per week to live.Jorginho’s footballing story began in the coastal Brazilian town of Imbituba, often playing with children older than him due to his natural ability on the ball, before moving to Italy to play for Verona at the age of 15.The Europa League winner admits that moving to the country of his great, great grandfather was a dream come true, but that dream would become a nightmare after finding out that he was being financially exploited. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I was playing in a tournament in Brazil and an agent scouted me,” Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website . “He took me to his soccer school. The idea was he used it to scout players and anyone he thought was good enough he took over to Italy. “That’s what he did with me when I was 15. He set me up with a trial at Verona in their youth section and they took me on. Initially when I moved over to Italy it was really easy because I was living my dream. Everything was brand new. “Then I began to get into the routine: training, school, home, home, school, training. That’s all I did for 18 months. I had 20 euros to live on a week and I couldn’t do anything else, because you can’t with that amount of money. All I did was literally train and go to school. That was really tough.“Because Verona weren’t in Serie A at that time, they didn’t have a youth team so I played in a local youth team called Berretti. Whilst I was playing for Berretti, I met a fellow Brazilian and I got friendly with him. “He was asking me about what I was doing, how long I had been there for, and I told him I was living on 20 euros a week. He said ‘hang on a minute, there’s something not quite right about that’. “He made some enquiries and it turned out my agent had been taking money and I knew nothing about it whatsoever. At that point I wanted to give up. I was completely devastated. I was fed up. “I phoned home in tears and told my mum I wanted to come home and I didn’t want to play football any more. She said: ‘Don’t even think about it! You’re so close, you’ve been there for a few years, I won’t let you back in the house! You need to stay there and hang tough.”A clear favourite of Maurizio Sarri heeded his mother’s words and would go on to seal a £50 million ($64m) move to Chelsea in 2018 . Again, however, it was far from plain sailing, with a young Jorginho finding it difficult to convince his coaches that he deserved to start. He added: “So I stayed and continued to train with the first team. I could have continued playing for Berretti, but at that point I decided I would go on loan. I went to a professional team in Serie C2 called Sambonifacese.“While I was there, Verona got promoted to Serie B. When I went back, the coach, Andrea Mandorlini, said he didn’t need me because I had only played in C2 and now they were in B. But one of the directors who I knew quite well stuck up for me, and argued my case with the coach.“By the October I hadn’t played a single game and had thought about the possibility of leaving in January. Then the first team player who had my position got injured, and his natural replacement was injured as well. The coach didn’t know what to do. He had to either improvise or play me.“He played me and I did pretty well!” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Marco Silva was pleased with Everton’s late swoop for Alex Iwobi after confirming his side missed out on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.Everton announced the arrival of Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day in a deal thought to be worth up to £40 million ($48m).The Nigeria international was widely thought to be a back-up option, as the Merseyside club were heavily linked with Zaha in the latter stages of the window and reportedly had offers knocked back by Palace. 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? The Ivorian ended up staying at Selhurst Park despite being the subject of interest from Arsenal as well, who also had bids rejected by the Eagles.On the eve of Everton’s trip to Selhurst Park for their opening Premier League match of the season, Silva has insisted he is “happy” with his side’s overall transfer business despite failing to land Zaha.| Another target captured!The boss has his say on summer signing #7 #EFC pic.twitter.com/f8IKdwRGSD— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2019He said at his pre-match news conference: “When you are planning a squad you plan with some names, and I did my job with the names to my football structure. We cannot just have one name.”The market was difficult and when we lost [Ademola] Lookman we looked for a winger, not two wingers. We have tried to do the deals and we’ve signed a good player. It was not just our club that had an interest in Zaha.”We are happy. We always want more, but we are happy.”6 – No @Everton player had more league assists than Alex Iwobi(6, level with Gylfi Sigurdsson) last season. Justified. pic.twitter.com/xjL0Rdv0E1— OptaSuperEagles (@OptaSuper) August 8, 2019Iwobi spent four years in Arsenal’s first team after graduating from their academy and was used 51 times in all competitions last season, scoring six goals.Silva talked up the versatility of the 23-year-old, who has never scored more than three times in a single league campaign, but admitted his latest signing needs to improve in front of goal.”The position we are looking for him is clear – coming inside from the left,” Silva said. “He can also play behind the striker really well and if you need to play him on the right he can do that also.”He’s a strong player with good skills. One thing I will be demanding from him will be scoring more goals, because it’s important in that position.”But he will help us. He’s a strong player as you know, a fast player, and he can put good intensity in a match which I like from my attacking players. He will give me different solutions.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts remains a quarterback at the University of Alabama – for now, at least. The Crimson Tide signal-caller has been impressing, too.The junior quarterback recently impressed at a quarterback camp, making a lot of nice throws while competing with Tua Tagovailoa.An NFL Draft analyst was impressed.“The best thing was that I got a chance to interview him and talk to him for about 10 minutes and, you guys know, he’s just so mature. If an answer requires five words, he’s not going to give you 100. He’s going to be brief and business-like and to the point. He’s a big, thick, strong kid who was very classy in my interactions with him. I wasn’t going to go deep into the whole ‘Who’s going to start? Are you coming back?’ I didn’t want to go down that road with him. I just kind of wanted to learn more about him as a kid,” Daniel Jeremiah told 247Sports.It’s looking like Hurts will remain at Alabama, at least for the 2018 season. If he does end up transferring, though, where could he go?Here are five options.5 potential transfer options for Jalen HurtsEarlier this year, Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Staples laid out some options.Would the Houston-area native head back to his home state and play in the Big 12? He’d fit well in the offenses at Texas and TCU. If he were to watch video of Quinton Flowers playing for Willie Taggart at South Florida, he might be intrigued by the idea of playing in that offense for Taggart at Florida State.Hurts is a native of Channelview, Texas, just outside Houston. Texas A&M is the most local Power Five program, and one that was the main competition to Alabama in his recruitment. It is highly unlikely that he will be allowed to become an Aggie though, as he would then face Alabama every year.Greg McElroy also thinks the Longhorns are a strong option, should Jalen Hurts transfer. From an interview with The Dan Patrick Show earlier in the year:“I think that’s a real possibility,” McElroy said of a potential Hurts transfer. “He’s from Texas and the Texas Longhorns are in the quarterback market. And, by the way, he didn’t redshirt. So when he does transfer– if he does– and I would assume that’s what he will do because he’s a quarterback and it’s hard to go to a guy and say ‘You mind playing outside linebacker? Are you good moving to running back?’ Not a lot of guys take kindly to that move, especially at the collegiate level.TCU has a recent history of using dual-threat quarterbacks like Hurts well, and the Horned Frogs are a pretty consistent program in his home state. There are few coaches with a better reputation than Gary Patterson.Florida State is also very intriguing. Willie Taggart turned Quinton Flowers into one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in college football during his time at USF. He accounted for 11,739 total yards as a Bull.There’s a chance that Hurts could also drop down to a smaller school, although he probably won’t need to. However, Houston has been a Group of Five power, turning into one of the best schools outside of the Power Five under Tom Herman. Also, keep an eye on whatever happens with Lane Kiffin. FAU may not land Jalen Hurts, but if he plays out the year at Alabama, and Kiffin moves on to a bigger job, which is definitely in play, that could be an option. Kiffin was one of the lead recruiters for Hurts at Alabama, and obviously got a lot out of him as offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Jalen Hurts transfer and join Kiffin at a bigger school, if he moves on from FAU to a Power Five job.***It seems unlikely that Hurts will be making a decision anytime soon. Stay tuned.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top four-star recruits in the country has opened up his recruitment.Chris Steele, a four-star prospect out of Bellflower, California, announced on Twitter that he’s opted to de-commit from USC.The cornerback is ranked the No. 6 player at his position and the No. 42 overall recruit.Steele announced the news on Twitter.“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” pic.twitter.com/mloKbtMfVJ— ?? (@KinggChris7) October 18, 2018Steele has offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.Florida, LSU, South Carolina and Oklahoma, among others, are all interested.
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 19: The Denver Broncos run an offensive play against the Cincinnati Bengals in a general view as the sun sets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)The world of sports broadcasting lost one of its true legends today following the passing of longtime Colorado sports personality Irv Brown at the age of 83.As iconic face in the city of Denver and the state of Colorado, Brown served as an NCAA basketball referee, a coach in baseball, basketball, and football, as well as a radio personality for over 40 years.Working alongside Joe Williams, Brown co-hosted the popular “The Irv and Joe Show” on Mile High Sports Radio for 25 years until his retirement in 2016.Per FOX Denver, Brown coached three sports at Arveda High School, baseball at the University of Colorado, and baseball at Metropolitan State University of Denver.We lost a Colorado icon today. Irv Brown – coach, ref, radio/TV raconteur. He worked for ESPN before it became the world leader. He practically invented sports talk radio here in Denver. He knew EVERYBODY. He helped EVERYBODY.We are forever indebted my friend. pic.twitter.com/MMSLhnnVrR— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) February 3, 2019Brown also served as a basketball analyst for ESPN.Per Benjamin Albright, he was also the color commentator for ESPN’s first-ever college football broadcast, pitting Oregon against Colorado.Irv Brown, he was a legend.Pioneered sport talk radio in the 70’s, coached baseball at Colorado, refereed six NCAA Final Fours, was the color guy for the first broadcast of college football on ESPN (Oregon/Colorado), an NBA analyst for ESPN & a baseball exec.RIP pic.twitter.com/JdDjRpiIZE— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 3, 2019Among Brown’s accomplishments as a referee are the six Final Fours that he officiated, as well as five NCAA championship games.He oversaw three of John Wooden’s NCAA title wins with UCLA, and the 1976 title game between Indiana and Michigan, where the Hoosiers won 86-68, capping off a 32-0 season that remains the last undefeated NCAA title winner.In 1997, Brown was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
IOWA CITY, IOWA – OCTOBER 26: A fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes wears a foam corn hat during the first quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 26, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 17-10. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It is hard to think of a program more attractive to a tight end right now than Iowa. The Hawkeyes expect to have two first rounders at the position taken in today’s NFL Draft at the position: T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant.Now, Iowa is in contention to land yet another tight end. This one comes from another Big Ten program.Rutgers’ Travis Vokolek is leaving New Jersey after two seasons. He will have three years to play two, wherever he winds up transferring.This weekend, he is making a trip to Iowa City. It is one of three major programs he’s set to visit.From Rivals:“Iowa, Arkansas, and Kansas State,” said Vokolek. “I’m still looking at my options, but I plan on visiting those three.”That process will begin this week as Vokolek leaves tomorrow for an official visit to Iowa, which is the first trip that he has scheduled.“I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the guys on the team and get a better feel for the campus,” Vokolek told HawkeyeReport.com.Travis Vokolek caught 16 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in 2018.He started seven games for the Scarlet Knights last season.The 6-foot-6 pass catcher is originally from Missouri, though he has family in Iowa as well, which may help the Hawkeyes. He was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class.247Sports ranked him No. 2030 overall in the class, and No. 94 among tight ends.[Rivals]
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 22: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field during warm ups before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Edgerrin Cooper, the No. 34 linebacker in the 2020 recruiting class, has officially announced his commitment.Cooper finished his senior season of high school football with 85 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. His production at Covington High School earned him 21 offers during his recruitment process, but decided that the right choice resides in the Big 12.The three-star linebacker announced on social media that he’ll be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners.“I’m thankful for my family for helping me through this long adventure. I would be lying if I said this recruitment process wasn’t stressful,” Cooper said in his statement on Twitter. “With that being said, I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Oklahoma University!”Here is the announcement from Cooper: Please Respect My Decision!! @TFB_Sooners pic.twitter.com/nGM2eP0uQH— Edgerrin Cooper (@edgerrincooper1) June 21, 2019Lincoln Riley now has a total of 12 commits for his 2020 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 10 according to 247Sports. More importantly, the Sooners have the No. 1 class in the Big 12 by a wide margin.Oklahoma is putting together an outstanding week of recruiting for its 2020 and 2021 classes. On Thursday, the program landed a commitment from five-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff.The Sooners are definitely built to compete for a championship right now, and yet, the future may look even brighter for them.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits just 21 days away. That’s right, we’re just three weeks away from Florida and the University of Miami kicking off the new campaign.Before the season officially begins, 12Up decided to take a look at the most-annoying coaches across the country.Familiar names popped up, Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban to name a couple.However, only one could reign supreme on the list as the most-annoying college football coach in the country. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh took home the honor.Here’s why:Harbaugh was supposed to make Michigan title contenders again. Instead, he’s failed to beat Ohio State, has been embarrassed in bowl games, and has wasted the talents of NFL players with three and four-loss seasons.The problem with Harbaugh, however, is that he’s kept up this tough football coach bravado and Stanford-esque “smartest guy in the room” persona despite the fact that his archaic offense isn’t translating into Ws at the college level. I’m sure when he goes 10-4 next year, he’ll find some way to blame someone other than himself.As for the archaic offense mentioned on the post, Harbaugh hired former Penn State and Alabama assistant coach Josh Gattis to fix that problem.The spread offense will be in full swing in Ann Arbor this season. We’ll have to wait and see if it translates to wins.
60-year-old Faridabad govt employee travels by chopper on retirement day, fulfils lifelong dreamKure Ram, who worked as a peon in government school, travelled to his work place on his usual mode of transport; his modest bicycle, but when he returned home, he came by a chopper.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 17:02 IST Man travels by helicopter on last day of workA class four government employee from Faridabad is going viral online and for all the right reasons. Kure Ram, who worked in a government school, got to fulfill his life-long dream of riding a chopper on his last day of service.He travelled to his work place, where he used to work as a peon, on his usual mode of transport; his modest bicycle, but when he returned home, he came by a chopper.Ram, sporting a turban and garlands as he got down from the chopper, proved that dreams do come true with his incredible story. When he returned home, which was hardly three kilometers away from his village in Satpura, he was welcomed by dhol and a huge crowd.Kure Ram told India Today, that he wanted to do something extraordinary on the day of his retirement, hence the helicopter.He also revealed that he was intoxicated by the idea of flying home by a helicopter on the last day of his service, so he fulfilled it and also got his family to ride the helicopter.But the ride wasn’t cheap for Kure Ram, along with months of planning he had to pay Rs 3.25 lakh to hire the helicopter for a couple of hours. He also had to acquire a host of permissions from many departments.advertisementThe 60-year-old managed to fulfill his dream of 40 years, talk about ending his last day of service on a high.ALSO SEE | Viral Hindu-Muslim, India-Pak lesbian couple celebrates anniversary with new pics. They are stunningALSO WATCH | Govt employee fulfills his dream of a chopper ride on his last day of serviceGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Government employeeFollow HelicopterFollow ViralFollow Twitter Next
Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 22:33 IST File Photo of CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji (PTI)The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Delhi on Monday cleared the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory committee (CAC) to pick the next head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Some BCCI officials however, fear this move could be self-defeating if the appointment process of the coach itself is embroiled in conflict.”WV Raman was appointed women’s coach by the ad-hoc CAC. CoA member Diana Edulji questioned the process and now Ethics officer DK Jain has to decide if Raman can continue. One hopes we don’t face a situation again where the Ethics officer has to play the third umpire on whether due process was followed with the head coach’s appointment,” a BCCI official told Indian Today.In Monday’s meeting too, the CoA could not be unanimous on the move to allow the ad hoc CAC to pick the Coach. “I wanted the matter to go to the Ethics officer to decide on the conflict. I also reasoned in the meeting that appointing any ad hoc CAC would be going against the BCCI constitution. I voiced my dissent but the committee went ahead with a 2:1 verdict,” CoA member Diana Edulji told India Today.The three committee members which also include Shanta Rangaswami and Anshuman Gaekwad were told to submit an undertaking declaring their involvement in any other cricketing activities to clear them of conflict of interest charges.CoA Chairman Vinod Rai told the media after the meeting, their declarations were fine. “We are satisfied with the declarations submitted by the CAC. They will now go ahead with the selection of the next Indian CoAch once they receive the shortlist for the post from the BCCI. We are hoping to organize the interviews on August 13 or 14 and we’ll be able to announce the name of next CoAch in a couple of days.”advertisementCurrent head Coach Ravi Shastri starts favourite to keep the job with no high-profile candidates having thrown their hat in the ring. Australian Tom Moody and former Indian cricket manager Lalchand Rajput are amongst the few others who have applied for the top job. A section of the BCCI says the very public nature of talking up Shastri by captain Virat Kohli and CAC members has discouraged big names from applying.”What’s the tearing hurry to pick the head CoAch for two years by an outgoing CoA? The new BCCI dispensation when it comes to power in October can make the appointment. In any case Ravi Shastri and the rest of the support staff have been given an extension for the West Indies tour. They could have been asked to continue for two more months,” a BCCI official said.The conflict charge against Kapil Dev pertains to his Directorial position in Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) and his business that supplies floodlights to some Indian cricket grounds.Anshuman Gaekwad is member of BCCI affiliation committee while Shanta Rangaswami is a director with ICA. Opinions are divided if holding these posts can be seen as conflicts with their CAC role but strictly going by ‘the one person, one post’ principle they could be deemed ineligible.Also Read | BCCI CoA clears Kapil Dev and team to pick next India head coachFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Team India head coachFollow cricket advisory committeeFollow COA India head coach interviews next week but will Ethics officer play third umpire again?The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Monday decided that the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy is clear of any conflict and is free to pick the next head coach of Team Indiaadvertisement