Spain ‘I’ve no doubts’ – Lopetegui backs De Gea after Switzerland blunder Jamie Smith 14:56 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Spain David de Gea Spain v Switzerland Switzerland Friendlies The goalkeeper’s mistake allowed Ricardo Rodriguez to secure a draw for the Swiss but his coach has moved to back his No.1 David de Gea retains the trust of Julen Lopetegui despite making an uncharacteristic error that cost Spain victory in a World Cup warm-up against Switzerland.After Alvaro Odriozola scored his maiden international goal with a sensational volley, Spain looked on track to win their first friendly ahead of Russia 2018.But a shot from Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner was spilled by De Gea, allowing Ricardo Rodriguez to tap in from close-range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 Spain remain unbeaten in the 19 matches since Lopetegui was appointed following Euro 2016 and the coach will make no rash decisions in the wake of De Gea’s error.”David knows that I know he’s going to take us forward in many games and I have no doubt [about him],” Lopetegui told reporters after a 1-1 draw in Villarreal.Spain have one more warm-up game scheduled before opening their World Cup campaign with a derby clash against Iberian neighbours Portugal.But with next Saturday’s match against Tunisia taking place in Krasnodar, this weekend’s game at Estadio de la Ceramica may have been the last time former Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta represented Spain on home soil.Iniesta was substituted early in the second half to a standing ovation after shaking off a bang to the knee sustained in a challenge with Switzerland striker Breel Embolo.”The ovation has been won by the performance of his entire career,” Lopetegui added of Vissel Kobe’s new signing.”But the most important thing is the match he has made, showing his absolute validity.”We are in the preparation phase and we were thinking of replacing him. What matters most to us is what he is still about to give us.”I liked that we were able to generate a lot of chances against a complicated team like Switzerland.”We have maintained a very high level, we had to adjust some things at the break, but in general we have many positive things, no injuries and we continue preparing to arrive in perfect condition to the World Cup.”
France ‘England not strong enough in the head’ – Gallas backing France for World Cup glory Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty France World Cup Chelsea The former Les Bleus defender thinks the Three Lions have no chance in Russia but he is backing his countrymen to win the tournament William Gallas believes that France are major contenders to win the 2018 World Cup, but has already written off the possibility of England reaching the latter stages of the competition.France boast a frightening array of attacking talent which includes the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Lemar.England, meanwhile, have continually disappointed at major tournaments, and Gallas is expecting Gareth Southgate’s men to struggle with the pressure once again, while the former Arsenal and Tottenham defender places France next to Brazil, Spain and Germany as favourites to reach the final in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 “I will go for Brazil because they look like they are really strong,” Gallas told Goal in response to who will be the favourites for the tournament. “For me, Brazil look very strong in every part of their line-up.”You still have teams like Spain, Germany, France and I am sorry, I don’t say England because it is always the same problem with England.“They are not strong. They are not strong enough in the head. That’s always a problem for them. I remember when we used to play against them and even in the European Championships in 2004, they had a strong, strong squad and they were leading 1-0, three minutes before the end of the game.“But then we won 2-1, when I looked at that squad I thought ‘my God’. Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ledley King, Steven Gerrard, for me they were unbelievable, but they didn’t qualify I think for the quarter or semi-final. In the World Cup it was the same thing. This England have the same problem, they are not strong enough.“Maybe [the shirt is too heavy]. Maybe they are also too young. They don’t have a lot of experience. I don’t know why it is so difficult for them to play in the national team. Maybe there is something wrong.“I don’t know if there’s something wrong with the players, I would say maybe yes. But they also have to have the right manager.”Can England improve on past World Cup performances this year?William Gallas has his doubts pic.twitter.com/VOkVf8K5tH— Goal (@goal) June 8, 2018Gallas now works as SFR Sport’s Premier League pundit after a successful international career in which he earned 84 caps for Les Bleus and played in a World Cup final.Didier Deschamps’ side will face Australia, Peru and Denmark in the group stage, but Gallas believes the manager will struggle to select an XI, such is the talent in the country’s squad.“I want to know if France can win that World Cup,” Gallas added. “We have a good opportunity because we have got some great players, some talented players. It is a young squad. We are not afraid of any team, we know we can compete against anyone but when you play a World Cup, it is a different story.“You have a lot of pressure on your shoulders. You are going to realise that you are playing in a World Cup, you can be very emotional and that’s why the players have to understand the World Cup is a completely different competition.”I am sure the France squad can do the right job, the manager is good and he knows how to speak to his players. The players are very clever and intelligent to know what they have to do. That’s what’s very good about that group, you need to have a good relationship with your manager.“The manager knows the World Cup very well because he won it in 1998. He used to be a player, he knows how the players can react so that’s why communication is very, very important. From when he was manager of the national team, he has had good results. The players like him because he understands them.“We have got so many talented players. I wouldn’t want to be in the position of the French national manager because I don’t know how he can make that selection.“If you look, at the back it is maybe a little bit easier to select players but in terms of midfielders and strikers, to be honest I wouldn’t want to be in his position. All of them are good, we have got so many good wingers and strikers. You don’t know which ones you would have to choose.”France’s neighbours Belgium have a golden generation of their own with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku likely to line up for them in Russia. Gallas believes that Belgium can contend for the trophy but remain outsiders due to their inexperience.“Yes, but Belgium, they let me down for the last competition,” he continued. “Euro 2016, they let me down. They had the same squad, maybe they didn’t have the experience that they had now. They let me down because everyone said Belgium has a great chance to win the Euros and it didn’t happen.“Maybe for this World Cup, they will go to the final, because they have got great players. When you look at the players, all of them play in big clubs. They are unbelievable. When you don’t have experience in the big competitions, then sometimes you can have pressure.“In 2006, we went to the final because we had some experienced players. Zidane was there, Vieira was there, Makelele was there, Henry was there. Barthez was there. For the younger players, it was good, because we didn’t have that pressure on our shoulders. The pressure was on the experienced players.“So it was easy for us to do what we have to do, focus on our job. For example, I was playing with Lilian Thuram so I didn’t feel the pressure on my shoulders, because he was used to playing in many World Cups. For the Belgian squad, how many players have played in the World Cup? I don’t think a lot of players have played in it.“That’s why I said when they have to play against the big teams, maybe it will be a little bit difficult for them.”
Transfers Balotelli would fit in at Marseille – Raiola Stephen Creek 03:50 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Ligue 1 Olympique Marseille Nice Mario Balotelli The former Manchester City and AC Milan striker could be on the move from Nice this summer, with a move to another Ligue 1 club on the cards Mario Balotelli would be well suited to a move to Marseille according to agent Mino Raiola, who said the Italian striker can “marry well with the Marseillais mentality”.Reports have linked the Nice target man with a €10 million switch to Marseille that would bring an end to his two-year spell at the Allianz Riviera.Balotelli has scored 33 Ligue 1 goals in 51 appearances for Les Aiglons, but Nice slumped to a disappointing eighth-placed finish in the 2017-18 season. 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 Marseille, meanwhile, finished fourth and reached the Europa League final under head coach Rudi Garcia, and Raiola told RMC that a move to OM could be on the cards.”We have good relations with Marseille, I know the director very well,” said Balotelli’s agent. “We’re going to see – it’s too early.”Mario is an emotional player, he always gives 100 per cent. He can marry very well with the Marseillais mentality, that’s for sure.”The Marseillais are like that, they are hot. Mario is hot. We’ll see.”
Attached is further information in relation to the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM).It includes:* Agenda* Previous Minutes* Nominations for DirectorsThe AGM will occur at 11am AEDST on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filesstatement_of_claims_2008_noms-pdfagm_2008_agenda-pdf
This week, the National Talent Identification Panel announced the men’s, women’s and mixed open teams that will represent Australia at the 2007 Touch Football World Cup. The World Cup tour is being held in Stellenbosch in South Africa from January 17 through to the January 21, 2007. Teams will head to Sydney from September 22 to 24 for their first team camp. Further training camps will be held in September, November and December, followed by a pre-tournament camp where all open team players will assemble in Perth on January 12, 2007. Teams will then fly to South Africa on January 13 for preparation for the intense competition they will face as they take on teams from around the world.Congratulations to all players on their selection in the World Cup. Team lists are as follows: Men’s TeamMatt Curran ACTDrumayne Dayberg-Muir QLDAsh Farrow QLDChris Farrow QLDPhillip Gyemore QLDNathan Jones QLDScott Mitchell NSWBen Robinson QLDDaniel Rushworth NSWGavin Shuker QLDGarry Sonda NSWJason Stanton NSWPeter Stoddart QLDJamie Stowe NSWJoel Willoughby NSWAnthony Ziade NSWWomen’s TeamBo De La Cruz NTKylie Hilder QLDRachel Holden NSWAmanda Judd NSWKristy Judd NSWStacey Lapham NSWDom Maher NSWShelley Matcham WATeena McIlveen QLDMelissa Pitfield NSWPeta Rogerson QLDSharyn Williams QLDClaire Winchester NSWLouise Winchester NSWRoxanne Winder QLDKelly Woods NSWMixed TeamAndrew Baggio NSWKarina Castle NSWTony Eltakchi NSWAmy Fong QLDBelinda Grech NSWBrad Holden NSWBen McCullen QLDBen Roberts QLDSteve Roberts NSWHayley Rogerson QLDStephanie Sorrensen NSWMary Steele QLDSelene Thornton NSWMatt Tope NSWJarod Tump QLD
TFA would like to congratulate and wish luck to all who are representing Australia at the 2007 FIT World Cup, and you have the opportuniy to show your support for the Aussies and do the same.Messages of support and congratulations can be sent to all Aussie players, teams, coaches, and officials currently at the tournament.Send your message by fax to:Protea Hotel Stellenbosch, South AfricaFax: 0015-27-218-809-505
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio up for African Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Premier League is again dominating the African Player of the Year awards.The Daily Mail reports Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, along with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have again made the shortlist for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) player of the year award.It is the second year running the trio have battled it out for the prestigious prize, to be named Africa’s finest player.Egypt striker Salah claimed the honour last year and will be favourite again, hoping to become the fourth player to win back-to-back titles after Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure.The award is voted for by the national team coaches and captains of CAF’s 56 member associations and the winner for 2018 will be announced in Dakar on January 8.
Juventus coach Sarri defends scratchy victory over Hellas Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri admits they weren’t at their best for victory over Hellas Verona.Miguel Veloso had put Verona in front, even after Samuele Di Carmine missed a penalty, but Aaron Ramsey’s deflected effort and a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick secured the 2-1 victory.“Perhaps there was some mental fatigue, because you need to immediately recharge the batteries a couple of days later. With a lot of changes, you lose some balance, and that’s what we saw today, as we played in fits and starts,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.“Dybala had a very good game. Ramsey still needs to adapt, but that’s pretty natural in the circumstances. Our central midfielder was man-marked, but I think we could’ve done more with the other two midfielders. Changing two out of three in the middle meant it was clear we could’ve lost some balance.“This is a team under construction and you can tell. We far too easily forget to defend moving forward and tend to run backwards under pressure, so it’ll take a while to get that out of them.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd Double winner Parker: If Solskjaer sacked – then Woodward must goby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Double winner Paul Parker says if manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacking Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesn’t make sense for Manchester United to sack a manager, whether you want to call it a sacking or leaving by mutual consent,” Parker told talkSPORT.“I don’t think they can because they’ve got enough issues going on.“I think they are in such a bad place at the moment it would throw more mud at the club if they were to get rid of Ole.“If they could come out and say ‘we are getting rid of him and we are going to have a clean slate, we’re going to start with someone fresh’, in other words Ed Woodward is going to move away from his position and someone else is going to take that position and the club is going to be run as what it should be, a football club, I would say yes.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Simeone happy with progress of his new-look Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is happy with the progress of his new-look team.The Argentine is confident that the young signings such as Renan Lodi and Joao Felix will improve with time.”It is clear that since we renewed for the club we understood the changes that were going to be made,” Simeone told the press.”Hopefully time will allow the youngest players [such as] Lodi and Joao Felix to improve.”With time and matches they will be better.”Patience only respects those who win.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Today is college football’s National Signing Day, which means that two things are happening. One – the nation’s top recruits are deciding where to spend the next four years of their lives. Two – former players are reminiscing about the decisions they made. Former Florida star Brandon Spikes, who now plays for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, is looking back quite fondly.Spikes took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to post photos of the title rings he was able to accumulate during his stay in Gainesville. He was part of two BCS title teams. He said that playing for UF was the “best decision” he’s ever made.Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/ivq2rQtc1Q— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/bmerDzrtam— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Florida’s class is currently ranked No. 46, but new head coach Jim McElwain hasn’t had as much time to recruit as his peers. Tweets from former stars like Spikes certainly don’t hurt the cause.
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Mike Leach of the Washington State Cougars looks on against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)The Pac-12 was one of the many conferences that voted against satellite camps, which the NCAA banned last Friday. Not every coach is in agreement with the league. While some in his league, like Stanford’s David Shaw, don’t care about the ban, it makes sense that Washington State’s Mike Leach would be an advocate for them. The Palouse is probably not the easiest place to get recruits to visit. Leach hopped on with SiriusXM College Sports Nation today, and the hot topic of satellite camps came up. Leach rarely holds back on big subjects like this, and he certainly didn’t disappoint here.“A bunch of people need to worry about what they’re doing and not what Jim Harbaiugh’s doing.” — Mike Leach on @SiriusXMCollege— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) April 11, 2016Leach also said the majority of Pac-12 schools were for satellite camps. Isn’t sure how the league wound up voting to ban.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) April 11, 2016Leach: “They don’t need satellite camps (in SEC). … But for those in the SEC who don’t like satellite camps, quit being such babies.”— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) April 11, 2016Wasn’t happy about that, either. Bet B1G only Power 5 that would be unanimous pro. Varying opinions within leagues. https://t.co/AUy6gCDlYt— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) April 11, 2016Most coaches wouldn’t go so far as to call the SEC “babies.” Mike Leach is not one of those coaches.
Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal team-mate Hector Bellerin should try to “enjoy life” during his injury lay-off and has backed the Spaniard to return “stronger than before”.Gunners right-back Bellerin has been ruled out for the rest of the 2018-19 season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in a Premier League win against Chelsea on Saturday.Bellerin was making his first start since recovering from a calf strain sustained in December, but he could now be out of action for as long as nine months. 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? Koscielny, though, feels his fellow Arsenal defender can use the opportunity to explore opportunities away from the pitch before making his comeback.”Like I said to him yesterday, ‘Put football on the side and enjoy a bit of your life with your family and friends’,” Koscielny told Sky Sports. “He is starting a new chapter of his career.”It will be long but he is a strong boy and I know he has the people around him to help him and be back as soon as possible and stronger than before.”He knows all the team are here to help him because we know he will have some difficult moments during his rehab, like Rob [Holding] and Danny [Welbeck], but they know all the team are here and behind them to help them come back with us and help us to have results together.”There are no obstacles in life you can’t get over. Been a difficult couple of days but I’m positive and ready to take whatever challenge comes my way. Thank you so much for the love and messages, you are incredible pic.twitter.com/onwrMvIKui — Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) January 22, 2019 Koscielny is no stranger to the treatment room himself, with the 33-year-old having only recently returned to action after rupturing his Achilles.”It was very hard during some moments because I missed the World Cup,” said the France defender. “But you learn a lot about life, you are more positive about football because you know it’s just a small part of your life, and you have some good things off the pitch.”I discovered a lot about life so I was surprised about that. I was very focused on my rehab so sometimes you are in a bubble and you can’t see people trying to help you to be back as soon as possible.”It’s important to open your eyes because there are good things. Now I am more positive about my life and career and try to keep the negative things outside of my body.”When you are a football player you are focused on football, media, results and you forget a lot of things around you. You can forget family and kids a bit because you are with your team-mates all the time. It’s important to open your eyes and enjoy life as well as your football career.”I enjoy my career more now than before I was injured because I learned a lot about football and life. I just want to enjoy it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Wesley Sneijder has dismissed reports that he paid Yolanthe Cabau a €15 million (£13m/$17m) settlement in their divorce.Earlier this year reports emerged that Sneijder and the actress had split after the former Netherlands star admitted in an Instagram post in March that he had “messed up several times”.The pair were in the headlines in Turkey again this week when it was claimed that Yolanthe had demanded more money from Sneijder but settled for €15m. 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 while the former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter player took to Instagram to confirm they are no longer married, he says he did not pay his now ex-wife anything.Posting an image that read: “Rumours are carried by haters, spread by fools and accepted by idiots”, Sneijder hit out at the media in the caption, writing: “I’m not gonna be nice anymore to all the bullsh*t people that are talking sh*t about Me and Yolanthe.”Let me be very clear. First of all, yes we are not together anymore for a while now. No we are still not divorced yet. I made a lot of mistakes in our marriage. But that’s nobody’s business. That Yolanthe is still so good to me I respect so much. She takes care of our son every day AND ME even though we are not together.”Second of all she doesn’t need anything from my part because she has her own. “The Turkish press wrote she wanted 19 million and I gave her 15?! Haha you guys are getting crazier every time. If people would only know how the reality is.”People without brains will always believe what they read. Just so you all know: Yolanthe didn’t ask me for anything and I will not ask her for anything. We don’t need each other’s money. This stories are all lies.”I find it disgusting what the press is writing about me, all bullsh*t and lies all the time and now this bullsh*t about her. I know we don’t need to respond to anything and I respect the mother of my child so much for staying so calm and taking all this sh*t. “But I’m not like that. I don’t let people mess with my life all the time!”Sneijder previously played five seasons in Turkey with Galatasaray winning the Super Lig twice. He last suited up with Qatari club Al Gharafa, with his latest appearance for the side coming last January.
TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Brian Lewerke #14 of the Michigan State Spartans drops back to pass during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Michigan Wolverines went into East Lansing and dominated the Michigan State Spartans. The Wolverines stifled Michigan State’s offense allowing the Spartans just 94 total yards of offense.Quarterback Brian Lewerke put together a truly awful performance, completing 5-of-25 passes for just 66 yards through the air. At one point late in the game, Lewerke was benched in favor of backup QB Rocky Lombardi.After the game, some wondered if Lewerke was hurt. As is turns out, Lewerke entered the game with a right shoulder injury and didn’t practice the week leading up to the game.MSU QB Brian Lewerke confirmed after the game that he has a right shoulder injury.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) October 20, 2018The Spartans quarterback revealed head coach Mark Dantonio left the decision of whether or not to play up to him. It’s an interesting tactic from the head coach – especially given Lewerke’s struggles on Saturday.The junior quarterback revealed he injured the shoulder in Michigan State’s win over Penn State last weekend.Next up for the Spartans is a home game against Purdue.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ahead of the final stretch of their season, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is hopeful that he’ll have all of his players healthy – including quarterback Jalen Hurts.Saban addressed the status of his injured former starting QB this past Thursday. And he had some good news to share.“Jalen was able to practice a little bit today, but he’s limited a little bit still,” Saban said, per 247sports. “But he’s getting well very rapidly now. He’s kind of turned the corner a little bit.”A week after undergoing a procedure for an ankle sprain, #Alabama backup QB Jalen Hurts is back on the practice field.Here’s the latest there as he’s listed as “day to day” by the Tide. https://t.co/VJFZiZtXP8 pic.twitter.com/Cu2vJY65SD— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) October 30, 2018Hurts suffered an ankle sprain after a 21-yard run against Tennessee. He underwent a procedure to fix the problem during the bye week and was back in limited practice this week.Alabama has not missed a beat since transitioning from QB Jalen Hurts to Tua Tagovailoa. In fact, the Crimson Tide seem even more unbeatable now.Also addressed in the injury report was the status of WR DeVonta Smith, who missed Alabama’s last game with a hamstring injury.Saban said that Smith has practiced this week and should be “…very close to 100 percent by game time.”Alabama play LSU this weekend in a game that could ultimately determine this year’s SEC West Champion.[247sports]
Mack Brown , Head coach of the Texas Longhorns. The Texas Longhorns defeat the Texas A&M Aggies 46-15 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)Mack Brown has returned to college football following a five-year absence from the sideline. The former Texas head coach has been hired at North Carolina to replace Larry Fedora. The Tar Heels are officially announcing the hire this afternoon.The former Longhorns’ head coach revealed in his press conference today that he had interviewed for several head coaching positions in recent years.Brown’s wife, though, was only going to let him coach in three places, he joked.Those three places:HawaiiThe BahamasChapel Hill, North CarolinaMack Brown said his wife Sally told him he could return to coaching in only 3 places: Hawaii, Bahamas & Chapel Hill— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 27, 2018Brown, of course, coached at North Carolina before leaving for the Texas job. His family is obviously very familiar with the area and there are few college towns better than Chapel Hill.This hiring has drawn some criticism from some, but it should be fun to see what Brown can do with the Tar Heels in the coming years.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)The final week of the college football season is here. Championship weekend holds several significant matchups and a few that have major College Football Playoff implications.With the final few games upon us, ESPN’s Heather Dinich predicted what the possible playoff foursome would look like in different scenarios. Among the scenarios run, Dinich predicted the outcome if all of the favorites win their respective matchups this weekend.Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State are all in play for the playoff. But who makes it if all win their conference titles this weekend?According to Dinich, Oklahoma would make it in over Ohio State – unless the Buckeyes destroy Northwestern the way they did Michigan last weekend.HD’s prediction: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Oklahoma (unless Ohio State looks like the Ohio State that crushed Michigan)This is the consensus prediction at this point, though anything is possible in the final weekend of the season. The playoff committee’s decision to put Oklahoma at No. 5 and Ohio State at No. 6 suggests a win by both programs this weekend puts the Sooners in the playoff.[ESPN]
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)A college football player was reportedly arrested on felony charges on Wednesday afternoon.Arkansas sophomore linebacker Dee Walker, a former three-star recruit, was reportedly arrested on multiple charges on Wednesday.Walker, a Georgia native, was arrested for “delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver both marijuana and xanax, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia,” per NWA.NWA has more details:According to a preliminary report, Demetrius Walker, 21, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver both marijuana and xanax, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia.Police obtained 95.8 grams of marijuana, 40 xanax pills, multiple individual and sandwich baggies, a digital scale and an AR-15 with one loaded magazine.The 21-year-old linebacker has been suspended indefinitely from the program.“We are aware of charges involving Demetrius Walker, a student-athlete on our football team. The student-athlete has been suspended from our football program indefinitely, and we will continue to monitor the situation and cooperate fully with any related legal and campus processes. Our continued expectation is that our student-athletes conduct themselves and represent the University of Arkansas in an appropriate manner at all times,” Arkansas announced.Arkansas went 2-10 this season, failing to make a bowl game.