Transfers RB Leipzig sign 16-year-old Danish sensation Bidstrup Tom Webber 19:59 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers RB Leipzig København Bundesliga Superliga Copenhagen have agreed the sale of a highly-rated midfield talent to Champions League hopefuls in the German Bundesliga RB Leipzig are keeping an eye on the future with the signing of 16-year-old midfielder Mads Bidstrup from Copenhagen.The Denmark Under-17 international is yet to make a senior appearance for Copenhagen but has moved for a fee reported to be in the region of €2.5 million.”There is great interest of players from our strong talent department, and in this case we have been offered an extraordinary amount for Mads Bidstrup,” said Stale Solbakken, coach of the Danish side. 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 “We know that Mads and his family have considered thoroughly if they wanted to take this step, and now we cry with one eye and smile with the other.”We are happy on Mads’ behalf, and we wish him all the best in the future.”The talented teenager is set to link up with a side currently say fourth in the Bundesliga table, with those sides filling positions from second to fifth all locked on 31 points and scrapping for Champions League qualification.
Gaming Fantasy Football: Cavani leads the line of World Cup sleepers Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 17:49 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Gaming World Cup Portugal v Spain France v Australia Croatia v Nigeria Sweden v South Korea Belgium v Panama Tunisia v England South Korea Croatia Sweden Tunisia Panama Spain Portugal France Australia Nigeria Belgium England Olivier Giroud Our Fantasy writer bypasses the superstars heading to Russia and looks at eleven of the best values in the Goal game including Cavani, Son, and more There are a lot of high profile stars that will be heading to Russia soon. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and many more will dominate headlines in both the build up to, and during the World Cup. Obviously the Fantasy side of the football world is not immune to the profile and coverage of these stars causes. The prices and ownership percentages of the games elite all soar as people clamber to boast having the best in their squads.This mindset is not necessarily wrong. It’s understandable that you would want the best players in your team but, in Fantasy, it’s often better to prioritise value over quality. There are some players that look worth their hefty price tag, like Ronaldo’s £8.2m, but today we’re going to look at the other side of that coin.With so much money and attention being spent on superstars, many good players can be had for a relatively low cost and ownership. We have included 11 players in this article who fall under these categories but don’t feel limited by them. There are over 800 players in our game this summer an plenty of great options among them. Remember, picking the right sleepers can be the difference in you winning your mini leagues or some of the fantastic prizes on offer! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move GK: Jordan Pickford – England, £5.8m, owned in 4.93% of teamsDEF: Victor Moses – Nigeria, £5.8m, owned in 3.81% of teamsMoses has been a reliable Fantasy asset for Chelsea over the past couple of years, amassing an impressive 28 clean sheets since. Before that, he played as a winger and that’s what makes him such an interesting option in the World Cup game. Moses still features as a winger for his national team, having played there in all four of his starts during qualifying. With the attacking threat he poses (3 goals and an assist during qualifiers), and the fact that he would earn an extra five points for any clean sheet, Moses is likely the best OOP (out of position) player headed to Russia.DEF: Miguel Layun – Mexico, £5.5m, owned in .92% of teamsDEF: Sime Vrsaljko – Croatia, £5.8m, owned in 1.46% of teamsMID: Dries Mertens – Belgium, £7.1m, owned in 2.58% of teamsThe Napoli man is somehow still flying below the radar despite putting in fantastic performances for Belgium en route to the World Cup. He managed five goals and six assists, with only Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Meunier being part of more goals for the Red Devils. This is even more impressive considering the fact that Belgium had the third best attack of all the teams that qualified for the World Cup. There is a slight chance of rotation but, if Roberto Martinez’s men keep up their scoring ways, two starts from Mertens could well be just as good as three from other options.MID: Paulinho – Brazil, £6.7m, owned in 3.21% of teamsWe discussed Paulinho previously here.MID: Mile Jedinak – Australia, £5.6m, owned in .41% of teamsThis inclusion may surprise some but Jedinak could be one of the best values on offer in the Goal game. The easy comparison for him would, funnily enough, be the player that replaced him at Crystal Palace: Luka Milivojevic, who was the third best value in our Premier League game almost exclusively off the back of his penalty goals. Likewise, Jedinak scored six goals, second most for Australia during qualifiers, and five of them came from the penalty spot. Now, you certainly cannot guarantee that the Aussies will get penalties but, considering his price and ownership, he’s definitely a worthwhile gamble.MID: Son Heung-Min – South Korea, £6.8m, owned in 4.92% of teamsFOR: Diego Costa – Spain, £7.8m, owned in 3.26% of teamsFOR: Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, £8.0m, owned in 4.78% of teamsWho do you think had the most goals for Uruguay during qualifiers? It wasn’t Luis Suarez. In fact, not only did Cavani lead his national side in goals, but he scored more than any other player in South American qualifiers. He racked up an impressive 10 goals in 15 starts and his 0.67 strikes per game lies almost perfectly with his five-year average (0.69 per game), so this is certainly no fluke. Add the fact that Uruguay will not face a top 20 defence in the group stages and Cavani looks an elite option in the World Cup game.FOR: Olivier Giroud – France, £7.3m, owned in 3.39% of teams
World Cup World Cup 2026: What cities will host USA, Mexico & Canada finals? Cady Siregar Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup With FIFA having announced the winners of the bid to host the finals in eight years, Goal takes a look at which cities will be participating FIFA has decided to host the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada as part of a joint bid that defeated Morocco on Wednesday.The North American nations’ pitch outscored Morocco on the official evaluation, which laid the groundwork for a return to the continent for the first time since USA hosted alone in 1994.Goal takes a look at the joint bid from the USA, Mexico and Canada joint bid to see which cities will be hosting the 48-team tournament – as well as the major cities who notably are excluded from the 23-city longlist. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Which cities would be hosting the 2026 World Cup? The three bidding countries submitted a 23-city list to FIFA – whittled down from an initial list comprising of 44 – and the governing body will pick from 16 cities.Chicago is a notable major American city to have not participated in the bid, with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel spokesman Matthew McGrath telling PA: “FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk. The uncertainty for taxpayers, coupled with FIFA’s inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid wasn’t in Chicago’s best interests.”Three countries from Canada and three countries from Mexico were also submitted, leaving the United States with the bulk of the hosting duty – with 17 cities submitted in the longlist.Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, will not be participating in the 2026 bid.United States: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.Canada: Edmonton, Montreal, TorontoMexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara, MonterreyHave any of the bidding nations hosted a World Cup before? The United States was the last of the three nations to have hosted a World Cup, last hosting the finals in 1994 which were won by Brazil. The final was held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles, California, and were played across nine cities throughout the country – a small handful compared to their 2026 bid.The nine participating cities were Los Angeles, Stanford, Pontiac, East Rutherford, Dallas, Chicago, Orlando, Foxborough and Washington, D.C. – mostly at professional or college American football teams.Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986 – the most recent finals taking place in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey, Queretaro, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nezahualcoyotl, Toluca, Leon, Iprapuato and Zapopan.Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup final but hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, which was won by the United States.What was the bidding process?As per the FIFA rules, the 2026 World Cup is not allowed to be held in Europe or Asia due to the two continents hosting Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022 respectively. There must be a 12-year gap between continents hosting the finals. An African bid, a North American bid, a South American bid and an Oceanic bid were the only possible outcomes.There are set principles as relayed by FIFA as part of the process to select the host nation of the 2026 World Cup, such as: requirements relating to stadium and infrastructure, sustainable event management and human rights, and environmental protection.Morocco has been deemed “high risk” in the above factors – including transport, accommodations and stadiums – leading the United States to outscore them ahead of the June 13 bid. However, the North African country is believed to be popular among many of the voting countries and could cause an upset ahead of Russia 2018.How many teams are participating in the 2026 World Cup? The 2026 World Cup is expected to be the first tournament to feature an expanded 48 teams, following FIFA’s expansion from 32 participating teams.This will likely mean three-team groups in which 16 winners quality for the knockouts, where the format will remain identical to the one that has been present since 1986.
In the forty-second edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Stacey Lapham, speaks about what it means to her to be representing her country at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on her Touch Football career.Name: Stacey Lee LaphamNickname: SlapsAge: 30Affiliate: Western Suburbs Occupation: OsteopathPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: 2002 Australian Mixed Open 2005 Australian Women’s OpenCareer highlights so far: Winning 2003 Mixed World Cup, Winning 2007 Women’s Open World Cup How you got involved in Touch Football: Both my older sisters, Julie and Natalie played so I wanted to!Favourite player: Currently to play alongside – Louise and Bear Bear (Claire) Winchester, Nola Campbell and KJ (Kristy Judd)What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It is an honour to play for your country at any time but this World Cup will be so special to me as it may possibly be my last. I want to enjoy every minute of it playing alongside KJ and Weezo who have been there with me from the start. I have a very supportive family so this World Cup will be a big thank you to them and for everything they have helped me achieve throughout my life. Every time I put my jersey on I will think of my Mum and Dad who are always so proud of me, who gave me all my opportunities and remember my late Nan who always came to support me. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My Mum and Dad. Without their encouragement and support both on and off the field, I would not have had the opportunities or success I have had in my sporting career.Favourite sporting moment: Winning Vawdon Cup with my Wests girlsWhat do you know about Scotland: It’s cold, the Loch Ness monster lives there, they wear kilts! Not much really!! Any superstitions: NoFunniest Australian teammate: Ash Dobbins always makes me laugh and smile.Favourite quote: The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.Any travel plans for after World Cup: YES! Scotland, Ireland, England, Paris, Switzerland, Croatia and Dubai!!With less than two weeks left until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
Touch Wine is the Hutt Street Centre’s largest fundraising event for the year and 2011 marked the sixth year combining Australia’s three big passions – wine, sport and food. Touch Wine enables Hutt Street Centre to continue to rebuild the lives of those who are homeless in Adelaide. All funds raised on the day are injected back into the Hutt Street Centre’s essential services particularly for people with mental illness.With the temperature gauge nudging 33 degrees, 40 teams battled it out in the ever-growing tournament. With many participants experiencing Touch Football for the first time, some teams eased into the action but come lunchtime all had picked up the game and the competition was as hot as the Adelaide weather. A bumper crowd estimated at 3,000 was on hand for the action and of course to indulge in the fine food and wine available. The ever popular crowd favourite celebrity match lived up to its hype with an entertaining 2-all draw played out. Bruce McAvaney was again on hand to commentate the match which featured Australian Netball Diamond Erin Bell and her Thunderbird team mate Emily Beaton, alongside four time Olympian Josh Slack (Beach Volleyball), former Adelaide Crows Players Kym Koster, Matt Clarke and Shane Ellen and media personalities Troy Gray, Rabbit and Tim Noonan. Local players Abbey Freer and Jason McNamara were also fortunate enough to feature in the celebrity sides. As for the winery teams, most headed to the numerous bars after pool play however Angrove’s Touch Ups managed to claim back-to-back Touch Wine championships defeating Motiv Design in the final.The day was once again a huge success and Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) is proud to support the Hutt Street Centre deliver this great event. The final figure of the funds raised won’t be known until the dust settles however it is anticipated that the event will raise over $100,000 for the charity.TFSA would like to thank all teams and participants especially our referees who volunteered their time to ensure this tournament could run.Check out the TFSA Facebook page for pictures of all the action from the event:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384#!/pages/Touch-Football-South-Australia/162946213729398 To view a story from the Adelaide Advertiser, please click on the link below:http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/confidential/girls-add-touch-of-glamour/story-e6fredq3-1226193978366
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelseaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was delighted with Liverpool’s ‘big win’ over Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s venomous free-kick opened the scoring after 14 minutes, with Roberto Firmino making it two before half-time with a fine header.Chelsea had chances to get back into the game, with N’Golo Kante taking one of them in the second-half to give the hosts a chance. But Liverpool staved off the Blues fightback to maintain their perfect record for the season.Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “Very good in moments, in a lot of moments I would say, in periods. Chelsea had their moments, of course, because they are just a good team. “Two wonderful goals, a lot of brilliant pressing situations where we won the ball in the perfect space but then we didn’t use the ball and that situation well enough; we could have had much [more] chances in these situations. “After half-time, two big chances, could have been three and four, but we didn’t score so it was clear the game was still open and when Kante scored his wonderful goal then it was clear ‘game on, let’s go for it’. “Chelsea did that, we had to defend it and that’s a job to do. It is a difficult place to come, it is a while ago we won here, so it feels big, to be honest. It’s a big one.”
fivethirtyeight playoff oddsThe regular season, at least for most college football teams, has ended. Which means that after next Saturday’s slate of contests (many of which are conference championship games), the playoff selection committee will have all of the info it needs to make its decisions. Will their be chaos on the final Saturday? Or will it all hold?At this point, according to ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, a few things are clear. Oklahoma, after winning the Big 12, is in the playoff field. Alabama, with a win over Florida in the SEC title game, will also have a spot. Clemson, with a win over UNC, is in. And the winner of the Big Ten title game between Iowa and Michigan State will qualify as well. The question marks? Does UNC, with a win over Clemson, get in? And if Alabama loses to Florida, does Ohio State sneak back in? Here are the odds that FiveThirtyEight has at the moment.Oklahoma is in. The next four are locks if they win. Lurking: UNC, Stanford, Ohio State. https://t.co/ZvsQO702Hb pic.twitter.com/djQVtog8wY— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 29, 2015In just a week, we’ll have all of the answers. Until then, expect a great deal of debate.
Google Maps. The Sept. 10 meeting between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway is hoping to be the highest-attended college football game in history. Organizers for the event believe the record of 115,109 (Notre Dame at Michigan in 2013) can be broken. There’s certainly enough room at the 150,000-seat track for that to happen. Photos of the field outline are now visible on Google Maps, and it’s pretty clear that there is a ton of space for even more seating. Check these out: Google Maps. Google Maps.It was announced on Wednesday that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 10. The game will be televised on ABC.
The 2019 MLS draft doesn’t have a clear-cut best player, no can’t-miss prospect teams can pencil as a day one starter like Cyle Larin or Andrew Farrell in years past. What this year’s draft does have is potential, and several players who teams see being able to develop into productive starters with some time.There are some prospects with higher upside, like the top talents in the Generation Adidas class, but this year’s draft class does boast some depth at some areas of need for MLS teams – mainly central defense and fullback. Teams looking for some defensive reinforcements have more options to choose from this year than last, when New England’s Brandon Bye was the only defender drafted who became a productive starter in year one.MLS teams will also have to make decisions on international players, and whether to gamble on taking a player who will require using a valuable international roster spot. Atlanta United’s successful gamble on Julian Gressel two years ago has served as the evidence of what can come to teams that take that chance, but even the Gressel success story isn’t going to keep promising international players from having their draft stock hurt by their international status. That holds true for players like Denver striker Andre Shinyashiki and UCLA midfielder Anderson Asiedu, who would both be projected to go much higher in the draft if they counted as domestic players. 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? This year’s draft boasts a strong contingent of Canadian prospects, and the recent rule change allowing some Canadians to count as domestic players is a major boost for those players, including Tajon Buchanan, Callum Montgomery and Dayne St. Clair, all of whom are projected to be top 10 picks.Which 24 players will be taken in Friday’s MLS Draft first round? Here is a look at the prospects we could see being chosen:1. FC CINCINNATI- Frankie Amaya, UCLA, Central MidfielderFC Cincinnati will be choosing between Amaya and Siad Haji, and ultimately go with Amaya. The U.S. Under-20 international is a skilled box-to-box midfielder who showed in the Concacaf Under-20 Championships that he is a special talent. He will need time to develop, but FC Cincinnati should be able to afford him time to mature, and also make a run at the U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad.2. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES- Siad Haji, VCU, Central MidfielderMatias Almeyda probably came away from the MLS combine a bit discouraged by what he saw overall, but he was very likely impressed with Haji’s ability to keep the ball under pressure and deliver line-splitting passes. The Earthquakes would likely prefer Amaya, but Haji is an excellent consolation prize. The big question about Haji is whether he has the speed to be an effective winger, but he has too much skill not to grab with the second overall pick.3. ORLANDO CITY – Andre Shinyashiki, Denver, StrikerOrlando City stands a good chance of trading out of this spot, but if the Lions stand pat, they have a variety of options. Florida International striker Santiago Patino is a player Orlando City tried to sign as a homegrown player, only to have MLS reject the homegrown player tag. The Lions could take him, but Shinyashiki is a very tempting alternative who would be a better fit playing alongside Dom Dwyer than Patino, who is a bit too similar to Dwyer. There’s a better chance the Lions deal this pick.4. FC DALLAS – Callum Montgomery, Charlotte, Central defenderThe Luchi Gonzalez era is underway at FC Dallas, and with a wealth of young talent already on the books, Dallas has to look at the draft pool and target positions where its academy isn’t ready to provide an option. The looming departure of Chris Richards to Bayern Munich leaves a need for a central defender to develop and Montgomery is the most pro-ready player in the draft. He can step in and learn from veterans Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler, and be groomed to replace Ziegler eventually.5. CHICAGO FIRE – DeJuan Jones, Michigan State, Right winger The reported loss of standout Fire academy product Andrew Gutman to Scottish champion Celtic was a big blow, especially after the surprising retirement of starting left back Brandon Vincent. That could leave the Fire tempted to reach here at left back and take John Nelson. It will be hard to pass on Jones though, who several teams fell in love with this winter because of his blazing speed and improving technical quality. The Fire could be tempted to trade down and stockpile picks, especially if they don’t rate Jones and decide not to take someone like goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.6. TORONTO FC – Dayne St. Clair, Maryland, GoalkeeperTFC currently has starting goalkeeper Alex Bono, but with back-up Clint Irwin having left, making a play for the Canadian goalkeeper makes plenty of sense. St. Clair has serious upside, and some scouts believe he could develop into the type of player who generates a transfer fee one day. TFC could also look to add some fullback depth and go after Akeem Ward or John Nelson.7. MINNESOTA UNITED – Tajon Buchanan, Syracuse, Right wingerThe Loons have bolstered their central midfield this winter, and expect to have an improved defense in 2019, so rather than reaching for a defender, look for Adrian Heath to add a young winger to help push what is a bit of a mixed bag on the flanks. Buchanan has speed and the ability to beat defenders on the dribble, and Minnesota United will be thrilled to take a player who was, and is, in contention to be the first player chosen in the draft.8. HOUSTON DYNAMO – John Nelson, North Carolina, Left backThe Dynamo could look for some depth at forward, and both Santiago Patino and J.J. Williams could be tough to pass up, but Nelson is a promising left back prospect who could be groomed to replace legendary defender DaMarcus Beasley. Nelson is the highest-rated left back in the draft, and a player New England covets, but the Dynamo pounce first.9. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – J.J. Williams, Kentucky, StrikerBrad Friedel could be tempted to trade up to ensure the selection of John Nelson, who he rates and knows from his time as U.S. Under-19 national team coach, but if the Revs stand pat and Williams falls this far, the Revs will count themselves fortunate. Williams is a raw but talented striker with a big frame and impressive athleticism. He needs time to develop, but he has a strong mentality and would be a good fit for Friedel.10. FC DALLAS – Santiago Patino, FIU, StrikerIf Dallas keeps both its first-round picks and lands Montgomery and Patino, it will be a good day. Patino is a strong lead forward in the Dom Dwyer/Alejandro Moreno mold, and he could definitely go higher in the draft. If he slips this far, he won’t go any further.11. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – Akeem Ward, Creighton, Right BackThe Revs have a reliable right back in Andrew Farrell, but adding depth at fullback is a priority for New England and Ward is capable of playing either fullback position. There are a few good fullbacks available, including Logan Gdula, who might have more upside than Ward, but Ward’s a more polished defender and goes here.12. LA GALAXY – Sergio Rivas, Seattle, Central MidfielderThe Galaxy have a need for some defensive reinforcements, but we should expect them to hit the international market for that. Look for Dennis te Kloese to grab the best player available, regardless of position, and that is Rivas, one of the most technically skilled players in the draft, and a player who should fit in well with Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s style of play.13. FC CINCINNATI – Logan Gdula, Wake Forest, Right BackCincinnati’s stockpile of draft picks should be able to land a quality right back, and Gdula is the best one in many teams’ eyes. His size and ability to get forward make him an exciting prospect, and he should have time to develop on a Cincinnati team that already boasts Alvas Powell at the position.14. D.C. UNITED – Griffin Dorsey, Indiana, Right WingerD.C. United doesn’t have many glaring needs, but avoiding international players and securing some cap relief are on the list, and selecting Dorsey would address both. A U.S. Under-20 winger/forward, Dorsey is the last Generation Adidas player available, and he would be joining a D.C. team where he could learn from the likes of Paul Arriola. A right back would be a smart pickup as well, and another Indiana product, Rece Buckmaster, could be an option.15. COLORADO RAPIDS – Tucker Bone, Air Force, Central MidfielderThe Rapids rate Shinyashiki, and could be tempted to trade up to land the Denver forward, but if they stand pat, the Rapids can grab another player they should know well in Bone, who was very impressive at the MLS Combine. One of the knocks on Bone is the fear that he would be bound by remaining service time with Air Force, but Bone believes he could play right away, which should help him secure a place in the first round due to his mobility, passing ability and quality in attack.16. FC CINCINNATI – Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, UConn, Central DefenderCincinnati did its homework before stockpiling draft picks, and that homework will help the expansion team land a promising central defender in Hauser-Ramsey, who missed the MLS Combine because of an injury, but impressed scouts at another player combine earlier in the winter. An athletic and composed center back, Hauser-Ramsey would offer some good depth at a position where Cincinnati still needs to add a player or two.17. REAL SALT LAKE – Ryan Sierakowski, Michigan State, StrikerRSL has been searching for pure striker options for some time, and while Sierakowski won’t be expected to step in and start, he would give Mike Petke a strong target player who could be valuable off the bench, and eventually a starter if he can develop.18. COLUMBUS CREW – Rece Buckmaster, Indiana, Right BackThe Crew enter the draft with no glaring needs, though some depth on the wings and at fullback would make sense for Caleb Porter’s squad. Enter Buckmaster, who really impressed at the MLS Combine as one of the steadier defenders at the position. Porter, an Indiana University alumnus, would be starting his tenure as Crew coach with a pick from the Midwest, but also a player who plays a position where it isn’t always easy to find talent.19. NEW YORK CITY FC – Camden Riley, Pacific, Central MidfielderNYCFC could use some depth in central defense, but Dome Torrent will find it difficult to pass on the versatile and skilled Riley, who can play in central midfield and as a central defender. If NYCFC elects to go for a more pure central defender option, then Kamal Miller or Wouter Verstraaten would make sense in this spot.20. SEATTLE SOUNDERS – Wouter Verstraaten, Pacific, Central DefenderThe Sounders can use some depth in central defense after letting Tony Alfaro leave to Chivas Guadalajara this winter and Verstraaten is an excellent fit. He has the combination of size (6-foot-3) and technical quality to be a steal at this point in the first round.21. SPORTING KANSAS CITY – Chase Gasper, Maryland, Left BackSporting KC has a promising fullback prospect in Jaylin Lindsey, and newly-acquired Rodney Wallace could theoretically provide some left back cover, but Peter Vermes won’t mind grabbing Gasper, who won a national title at Maryland and impressed at the MLS Combine with his tenacious defending.22. NEW YORK RED BULLS – Roy Boateng, UC-Davis, Central DefenderThe Red Bulls need center back depth after unloading Aurelien Collin and losing Hassan Ndam in the expansion draft. They could be tempted to take Virginia bruiser Prosper Figbe, but Boateng is more athletic and counts as a domestic player due to him possessing a green card.23. PORTLAND TIMBERS – Anderson Asiedu, UCLA, Defensive MidfielderAsiedu’s impressive showing at the MLS Combine drew comparisons to Diego Chara, so who better to take the tenacious defensive midfielder than the Timbers, who won’t be troubled by his international status due to Portland’s penchant for securing green cards for its foreign players.24. ATLANTA UNITED – Nils Bruening, North Carolina, StrikerThe reigning champions don’t have very many needs, and it makes sense that the team that scored big with a foreign player in the draft in Julian Gressel goes that route again with Bruening, a German-born forward who was very impressive at the MLS Combine. If Atlanta decides to go the domestic player route, then Wake Forest’s Brad Dunwell or Oregon State’s Hassani Dotson could be options.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Damon Webb #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Malik Hooker #24 react during the first half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Damon Webb welcomed Tommy Armstrong Jr. to the Horseshoe with a pick-six.Well, that didn’t take long. On Nebraska’s first possession, Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was picked off by cornerback Damon Webb, who then returned the interception for a score. Webb’s pick came off of a deflection by the intended receiver.Webb weaved his way past potential tacklers on the return, giving Ohio State an early 7-0 lead.Damon Webb welcomes Tommy Armstrong to The Horseshoe pic.twitter.com/F13eAnSBLN— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 6, 2016Both Ohio State and Nebraska need to win to stay in the College Football Playoff race. There’s a ton of time left, but the Buckeyes have to like where they are.
We take a look around the college football world and rank the best teams in the country. It’s the college football power rankings.The 2016 college football regular season is over and wow did it fly by. It was a wild final week of the season with some very good conference championship games. Sure, we already know where teams are headed for their bowl games and who will battle it out in the College Football Playoff, but we’re missing one final set of rankings. It’s time for the college football power rankings.25. Pitt (8-4)The Panthers closed out the year with three straight wins including their upset at Clemson which jumpstarted their strong finish to the season. 24. Temple (10-3)Temple flew under the radar as one of the hottest teams in the country to close out the season as it won seven straight games including the AAC Championship game at Navy 34-10.23. Nebraska (9-3)A loss at Iowa to end the regular season wasn’t what the Cornhuskers were looking for, but nevertheless it was a strong nine-win campaign for Big Red.22. Iowa (8-4)A three-game winning streak highlighted by a win vs Michigan is a nice way to end the year and that’s exactly what the Hawkeyes managed to do. 21. Florida (8-4)Everyone knew it was going to be tough for the Gators to compete with Alabama in the SEC Championship game on Saturday and that it was. Florida looked completely overmatched in its 54-16 loss to the Tide.20. South Florida (10-2)What a year it was for the Bulls. Losses to Florida State and Navy aren’t bad at all and scoring 30 or more points every single week is extremely impressive.19. LSU (7-4)The Tigers’ season doesn’t necessarily jump off of the page, but wins at Arkansas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss help the cause. 18. Auburn (8-4)Auburn lost two of its last three games of the regular season, but the Tigers still deserve a spot inside the top 20. Their six-game winning streak in the middle of the year was impressive. 17. Stanford (9-3)The Cardinal flew under the radar winning its five last games in which three of those came away from home. 16. Virginia Tech (9-4)The Hokies nearly pulled off the upset over Clemson in the ACC Championship, but it wasn’t meant to be as they fell 42-35. It was still a strong first year for Justin Fuente’s squad.15. Louisville (9-3)The No. 15 spot may actually be a bit low for the Cardinals after they fell to Kentucky and Houston to close out the year, but the Lamar Jackson led team is still a top 15 team in the land.14. Western Michigan (13-0)Perfection, that’s what this year was for the Broncos. Western Michigan closed out their year with a 29-23 win over Ohio for the MAC title last Friday.13. West Virginia (10-2)The Mountaineers held on to beat Baylor 24-21 to end the regular season on a high-note. A 10-win year in the Big 12 is nothing to scoff at. 12. Oklahoma State (9-3)The Cowboys had a shot to send a statement last weekend against Oklahoma, but fell to the Sooners 38-20 handing Oklahoma the Big 12 title.11. Florida State (9-3)Florida State’s 60-23 loss to Louisville early in the year is a sore spot, but the ‘Noles other two losses came by a combined five points. Florida State also ended its regular season winning four straight.College Football Power Rankings: No. 10 – 1
Former Slovenia star Zlatko Zahovic has slammed David Alaba as “disrespectful” for not knowing Jan Oblak and Josip Ilicic’s names.Austria beat Slovenia 1-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash thanks to a 75th minute strike from Guido Burgstaller. Their first win of the campaign moved above them above their opponents in Group G.After the game, Austria and Bayern Munich full-back Alaba praised Slovenia keeper Oblak and attacker Ilicic, even though he did not know the Atletico Madrid and Atalanta stars’ names. 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 goalie is pretty good, and they have one [a good player] on the right of the attack,” the 26-year-old said. Alaba has faced Oblak four times in the Champions League and the goalkeeper has established himself as one of Europe’s best in his position after five years with Atletico Madrid.The 26-year-old has won La Liga and the Europa League with the club, making 208 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side.Meanwhile, 31-year-old Ilicic has represented Palermo, Fiorentina and Atalanta and has 58 caps for Slovenia to his name. Alaba’s ignorance surrounding the pair provoked a strong reaction from ex-Valencia and Benfica man Zahovic, who says Ilicic and Oblak deserve more recognition for their exploits.Zahovic told Ekipa: “It is disrespectful not to know one of the best goalkeepers in the world and a player like Josip Ilicic – that does not show a mark of respect.”Meanwhile, Slovenia boss Matjaz Kek praised Alaba’s talent as a player but was as surprised as Zahovic by the eight-time Bundesliga winner’s attitude.”I know everything about Austria, Jan Oblak is no stranger,” he said. “Everyone respects their opponents in their own way. Alaba is a great player, his career is impressive.”Austria’s next Euro 2020 qualifying game comes against North Macedonia on June 10, while Slovenia take on Latvia.Poland are top of the group on nine points from three games, with Israel two behind.North Macedonia sit third in the group, with Austria and Slovenia closely behind, while Latvia sit bottom with zero points.
Liverpool will have to spend again this summer as they need to “keep on improving their squad” in order to remain competitive, says Patrick Berger.The Reds have seen investment in recent transfer windows richly rewarded.Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have proved to be shrewd additions, while the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane continue to thrive in the final third of the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Jurgen Klopp’s side are now serious Premier League title challenges and Champions League winners.They are, however, having to start from scratch again ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, with domestic and European rivals in the process of reinforcing their own squads.Liverpool have to do likewise, says Berger, with it imperative that more quality and depth is brought into Anfield this summer.The former Reds star told The Mirror when reflecting on a memorable 2018-19 season which saw the Reds pipped to a first top-flight crown in 29 years by a solitary point: “I said at the time that the only thing Liverpool could do was win every single game until the end of the season and hope that Manchester City dropped points.“They didn’t, but the boys couldn’t have done more. It just wasn’t enough at the end.“It was a magnificent season. They played some brilliant football, they were unbeaten at Anfield in the league and they should be very proud of the way they played.“What Manchester City have done is unbelievable. You can only put your hands up and say they were too good for the last two seasons. But Liverpool have taken a huge step closer to Manchester City and in any other season they would have been crowned champions.“At least they know they are at the same level and know they can challenge for the Premier League next season. But remember that two years ago Chelsea were the champions and you thought that they would be right up there for the foreseeable future. That didn’t happen.“And I think that shows Liverpool and even Manchester City must keep on improving their squad and keep the same quality and hunger in order to be up there again next season.”Berger believes that the battle for Premier League supremacy may not be a two-horse race again next term, with the Czech adding: “I don’t really expect the other teams to be that far behind Liverpool and City again next season.“I think they’ll strengthen and they’ll get much closer. Liverpool and City were almost playing in a different competition last time and the others far, far behind. I’m just not sure that will be happening again.”Liverpool are set to kick off the new season with a home date against newly-promoted Norwich on August 9. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Brendan Rodgers says he is “relaxed” over the future of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, who continues to be linked to Manchester United.England defender Maguire was the subject of two rejected bids from United earlier this month, while their Premier League rivals Manchester City are also reportedly interested.Maguire, said to be valued in the region of £80 million ($99m) by the Foxes, started for Leicester in a pre-season win at Cambridge United on Tuesday, scoring their first goal with a header. 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? And although Maguire’s future is still the subject of strong speculation, Rodgers claims not to be concerned about Leicester’s prize asset.”We’re very relaxed,” Rodgers told Sky Sports. “The clubs that have spoken to Leicester have not met any valuation that the club has put on him, so at this moment in time he’s very much a Leicester player, and you can see where his concentration is, and it’s very much here.”I’m quite relaxed. It’s all ‘what if?’ At this moment in time there’s nothing there that is going to tempt the club at all. The club don’t need to sell, the club don’t want to sell.”Harry is working with a group of fantastic players and is at a great club, and like I say times have changed in football, where at times with other clubs you would have had to sell a player, but it’s not the case.”He’s a player that is training, working. What I would say is he’s been the ultimate professional. It’s actually been a joy to work with him, because I’ve been in this situation with a number of players, but his concentration is fully on Leicester.”You see by his performance, and in training every day he’s been absolutely first class.”But asked if Maguire wants to stay with the Foxes, Rodgers added: “That’s not really for me to say.”
After beginning the Premier League season on fire with Liverpool, scoring in the Reds 4-1 win over Norwich, Mohamed Salah’s good form has continued off the pitch. On Saturday, a young fan was attempting to get Salah’s attention as he left training at Melwood but ended up running into a lamp-post and knocking himself out in the process. As the blood began to pour, the tears were very quickly halted as Salah turned his car around and went to check on the injured Reds fan. 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 Egyptian star also happily posted for pictures with the two kids in a moment their dad admits is still hard to believe. “We live just opposite Melwood and the two boys have been spending their holidays trying to get pictures of their heroes,” Joe Cooper told the Liverpool Echo .”Unfortunately Louis went straight into a lamp-post while running after the car and busted his nose when he hit the floor. We were still trying to work out what had happened when Mo arrived. He’d seen one of the boys had hurt himself and he had the decency to drive back into the close to check that he was ok.”No-one could believe it. Everyone was gobsmacked. Mo asked if the boys were all right and gave them a big hug which was what they both needed.”It was a touch of class on Mo Salah’s part to turn round and actively come looking for the boys. He was really apologetic and saying sorry for something that wasn’t his fault. “I’d just like to say a big thank you to him. He’s a top bloke.” @MoSalah thank you for coming back to check on my boys after Louis KO’d himself trying to get a wave! He loves you so much and the pain went away instantly when you came to give them a hug. A nose reset worth well worth it he said. You are a top man and a true gent! #EgyptianKing pic.twitter.com/wrmHc4vxB9 — Joe Cooper 🐺 (@joecooper93) August 10, 2019 Salah, who was named as one of Times 100 most influential people in 2019, is no stranger to a gesture of goodwill and late last week made a £2.5 million donation to help renovate the National Cancer Institute in Cairo following a terrorist attack. As he shines off the pitch, the Liverpool winger will be hoping to reach new heights on it this season after having to share his Golden Boot last season with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Egyptian has started the new Premier League campaign on the right foot as he struck in the Reds 4-1 win over the Canaries on Friday and will next face off against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the Rice Owls in the second quarter at McLane Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The Baylor sexual assault scandal is one of the worst that we’ve seen in college sports. It wound up costing numerous Baylor football officials their jobs, including head football coach Art Briles.When the story broke, some even wondered if the Big 12 might re-evaluate Baylor’s spot in the league. Apparently, those concerns existed in Waco as well.According to CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd, someone close to the situation was legitimately worried that the program could be kicked out, given the gravity of the scandal.A prominent source close to the ongoing Baylor sexual assault scandal was “worried” about the school’s continued membership in the Big 12 as the incident unfolded.The source made this assertion to CBS Sports as the NCAA and Big 12 are concluding ongoing investigations into the scandal that broke in 2016, spanning four years of sexual assault convictions and allegations surrounding the football team and athletic program.The source, who did not wish to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the proceedings, told CBS Sports that the still-ongoing legal issues threaten to make the Baylor scandal the “biggest in higher education.”“I was worried about [Big 12] membership,” the source said.It is unclear how the NCAA will handle penalties in the wake of the Baylor sexual assault scandal.The organization has been all over the place in its handling of other recent scandals. After the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State was originally handed down some of the most significant penalties since SMU football was given the “death penalty,” but many of those have since been reversed. North Carolina had a wide-ranging academic scandal that spanned decades, but the NCAA ultimately decided against major penalties on the men’s basketball program, pinning the issues on the university rather than the athletic department specifically.Baylor may get hit by the NCAA, however, it doesn’t sound like the Bears will needed to find a new conference home.[CBS Sports]
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)It’s been quite a day for Urban Meyer, Ohio State and the rest of the college football world, which has been following this Buckeyes’ saga since the school’s Board of Trustees meeting began at 9 a.m. E.T. We haven’t learned much since.As of right now, Urban Meyer and his wife, athletic director Gene Smith and his wife, and university president Michael Drake and his wife are all inside the building, along with the rest of the Board of Trustees.It’s unclear what exactly is happening inside. There is quite the scene developing outside, though.The location of the meeting is public and dozens of media members have been plopped outside, awaiting word. In the hours that have followed the meeting’s start, fans and others have begun to join the crowd.Lori Schmidt tweeted out a photo of the crowd at the loading dock area:The famous loading dock. pic.twitter.com/zrWGDVrYHo— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) August 22, 2018Doug Lesmerises tweeted out a photo of a bunch of people crowded around Urban Meyer’s (empty) car. It is a nice car.The wait by Urban Meyer’s car. Cameras went up when a police officer opened the loading dock door a few minutes ago. But then nothing @clevelanddotcom pic.twitter.com/V2nOddnUdw— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) August 22, 2018There’s even security trying to control everything.Things that you would have sworn was a joke six hours ago: There is a guy in an Event Staff Supervisor shirt here for the theoretical “event” at the loading dock. pic.twitter.com/nqGBxIt6K1— Ozone Communications (@theOzonedotnet) August 22, 2018The latest word from inside the building is this: There’s a debate between the board and the president when it comes to a suspension or an immediate reinstatement.“I’m told principal sticking point is OSU President Drake wants a suspension of Meyer & Board of Trustees does not. We wait to see if resolution occurs tonight,” Clay Hall tweeted.UPDATE: I’m told principal sticking point is #OSU President Drake wants a suspension of Meyer & Board of Trustees does not. We wait to see if resolution occurs tonight. @TheFeverABC6 @OhioStateFB— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) August 22, 2018Bucknuts’ Dave Biddle has shared this, too.CliffsNotes version (from what I’ve been told): Ohio State’s BoT wants to reinstate Urban Meyer immediately. University president Michael Drake is balking at that; wants Meyer to serve a suspension. Meyer refuses to serve suspension since he thinks he did nothing wrong. #Buckeyes— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) August 22, 2018Stay tuned. It doesn’t look like this is going to end anytime soon.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Syracuse Orange took the field for a football game in a baseball stadium. The two teams traveled to the Bronx for a match-up at Yankee Stadium.To pay homage to the great baseball tradition the Yankees have, Notre Dame thought it would be a good idea to wear pinstripes – like the Yankees. The idea sounded great, key word “sounded.”When the Irish took the field with pinstriped pants, college football fans watching at home cringed.Here’s just a sample of the reaction from those watching today’s game between Notre Dame and Syracuse.These Notre Dame uniforms are embarrassing. Don’t use someone else’s brand. You’re NOTRE DAME.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) November 17, 2018Surprised Notre Dame didn’t get some Duke and Lakers accents into these uniforms to fully represent their fanbase.— AG (@AndyGlockner) November 17, 2018Oh wow, those Notre Dame uniforms are even more hideous on the field.— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) November 17, 2018You can see the uniforms here.Notre Dame won’t care about the outrage. The Irish raced out to an early 7-0 lead and then intercepted a pass from Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey. Notre Dame kicked a field goal to take a 10-0 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Jeff Brohm of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on during warmups before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Jeff Brohm, a Louisville native, announced on Wednesday that he had decided to stay put at Purdue, passing on a head coaching offer from his alma mater.The decision was a tough one for the Boilermakers’ head coach, as he’s dreamed of coaching at his alma mater, but he believes he has something special brewing at Purdue. The timing wasn’t right, he said.Louisville fans aren’t happy, obviously, but one Cardinals’ fan appears to have gone overboard in an extreme case.The high school Brohm attended in Louisville, Trinity High School, announced late on Wednesday that classes have been cancelled for Thursday after a threat was made following the head coach’s decision.Classes are canceled on Thursday, Nov. 29. https://t.co/NN4FxJ31Se— Trinity High School (@GoRocks) November 29, 2018From the school:Trinity officials were notified by police of a threat against the school due to Jeff Brohm deciding to remain at Purdue.While police investigate the threat classes are canceled and offices are closed on Thursday, Nov. 29.You can view the school’s full statement here.