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Bukayo Saka ready to challenge Alexandre Lacazette for starting spot in Arsenal’s attack

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“Different games require different players but I feel like I’ve shown the boss he nuary.A slow start to the season has left the Red Devils in tenth on the Premier League.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to top up his squad when the transfer window opens this winter.And the Daily Star claims Newcastle midfielder Longstaff and Lyocan trust me. Whatever game he puts me I’ll always give it my all.

“The players give me a lot of confidence, the boss gives me a lot of confidence. When the bosshe didn’t see enough of Erling Haaland last night to make an assessment.The striker came off the bench to score in RB Salzburg’s 4-3 Champions League defeat at Anfield.Van Dijk said, “I don’t know how long he participated, maybe thirty minutes, but is going to start you at Old Trafford it’s going to give you a lot of confidence.

“I just try to go out there, do my best, play without fear and doubt. If the boss trusts me to do it I can do it.”

against a promoted side that has not lost a game by more than a single goal this season. Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in their ngster set to sign a pre-contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The 19-year-old goalkeeper is set to leave London for Paris in the summer.His contract is up in June and he has already agreed terms with PSG, according to Goal.Bulka moved to Chelsea at 16 flast 23 away matches in the Premier League.

Chris Wilder’s team have won just once at home in the league this campaign, though, against Crystal Palace in August, and are looking to avoid losing four home league matches in a row for the first time since April 1965.

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How Pep Guardiola is already exploiting the new goal kick rules

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Under the old rules, Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte split wide to the edge of the penalty area with Stones alongside United players how to play a high-press while on preseason tour in Australia.The Red Devils kicked off their preparations for the 2019/20 campaign with a win over Perth Glory on Friday night.They will take on Leeds United in Perth on Wednesday and GFernandino centrally to form a 1-2-2 structure with goalkeeper Ederson. 

The new goal kick rules have offered Guardiola the chance to innovate. In the Community Shield, one of the centre-halves would drop to the six-yard line to form a pivot with stand-in goalkeeper Claudio Bravo – this gave Liverpool another horizontal line of City players to think about. 

In this example it was Nicolas Otamendi. Stones and would form the next line just outside the area, making sure they were not standing on the same vertical line as Bravo or Otamendi. 

After Bravo and Otamendi hadBurnley.The Hornets are bottom of the table after the 3-0 reverse.Asked about his own position, the Hornets boss responded: “It’s time, it’s time, it’s belief, it’s belief, it’s fight, it’s fight, it’s all these kind of things that we can do to hel exchanged passes, Roberto Firmino shuffled across to cut-off a pass to Stones which opened up a lane for Bravo to find Rodri. Had that pass not been available, there was a safer option to either full-back who were wide against the touchline. 

It looks risky and still causes anxiety among fans in the stands, but the idea was to either discourage Liverpool from pressing altogether or to “tomorrow” if he was allowed to for the Championship side.The 34 year old former Manchester United star joined from Major League Soccer side DC United but is not eligible to play until January.”I could play. I didn’t have long off – if the game was create overloads higher up the pitch by playing through them. 

At the other end, Liverpool employed a more orthodox set-up with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk standing inside the penalty area but split with a central midfielder dropping between them. 

City’s build-up is not all about obsessively playing short, though. They use the element of surprise by Ederson or Bravo kicking long to catch out defences who creep too high up the pitch, exploiting the speed of Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sane. Sergio Aguero’s opening goal against Arsenal in the 2018 Carabao Cup final was a perfect example. 

Guardiola is a Johan Cruyff disciple and Cruyff’s maxim was simple: make the pitch small when defending but make it as big as possible when you have the ball. 

With defenders dropping into the six-yard box and forwards on the shoulder of the last defender, Man City make the pitch huge and create so much depth. Here Bravo decides to kick long and has Liverpool’s defence scrambling to recover: 

Do you try and condense the space but risk being felled by one straight ball over the top, or drop off and allow City to play out from the back with ease? It is a conundrum coaches will wrestle with all season. 

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Genuine wing-backs and a focus on attack – why Sheffield United could be one of the most interesting teams to watch

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The cliches in Sheffield United’s were all there if you wanted to look for them: a club who hpeaking to L’Equipe, agent Seran Diabate has praised his cilent and played down previous fears about his fitness.He said of the on-loan Monaco fullback: “Djibril has taken his trouble with patience, with the objective of showing his qualities when weave spent the past 12 years in the wilderness, battening down the hatches away from home and grabbing a point with almost their only clear chance of the game.

Is this what we can expect for the remaining 37 games of the Sheffield United season? Seasoned observers of Chris Wilder’s team will answer with an emphatic “no”.

Wilder’s team drew lots of neutral admirers last season, not just because of the “sleeping giant wakes up” narrative but also due to their innovative tactical approach.

Most spoken about has been the inventive movement of the three-man central defence, which, coupled with genuine wing-backs, offers an unusual challenge for opponents.

The dangers of this based on Saturday’s evidence are that they themselves looked vulnerable down the flanks, with Bournemouth also opting for a three-man central defence and wing-backs – with Adam Smith, in particular, having plenty of joy down the right side in the first half.

But Oliver Norwood provided discipline at the base of the midfield and David McGoldrick did an excellent job of providing an attacking focal point so that no one player ever appeared too isolated. It remains to be seen how flexible Wilder can be and how quickly opponents can work them out.

But it was through one of their wing-backs, George Baldock, that the chance came to earn a dramatic point on their Premier League return after all had looked lost following Chris Mepham’s goal for Bournemouth.

Baldock pressed forward, s League qualification.Sarri’s team are at home against Watford on Sunday as they try to secure fourth place in the Premier League and return to the Champions League next season.There would also be another cup final on the horizon if they can finish crossed low for Ollie McBurnie who could not convert, but Billy Sharp did so with the rebound ensuring a memorable day for him and the club.

“Maybe it was written in the stars. All my family were down and to get the first Sheffield United goal in the Premier League after 12 years, it’s something I’ll never forget and I’m just glad it meant something to the club,” said the 33-year-old Sheffield-borntract in June and already has fielded interest from keen clubs.ESPN says Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Napoli are all interested.Indeed, these four clubs have regularly made attempts for Cavani in recent years, but without ever United fan. “I’m disappointed I didn’t start but he [Wilder] knows that and we’ve got five good strikers at the club now so I think it is going to chop and change at the top of the pitch.”

When relegated from the Premier League, Sheffield United scored just eight goals in their 19 away league games and signed three attackers this summer – Callum Robinson, Lys Mousset and Ollie McBurnie – breaking their transfer record on each occasion.

“We’ve got to score goals,” said Wilder. “Our recruitment this year was based on that at the top of the pitch. We’ve signed some good players all over the pitch to give it balance and strength and competition but we wanted goals in us. Can they score in the Premier League? We feel they are natural goal scorers and people talked about Billy – can he score in the Premier League? He’s had 10 minutes on the pitch and scored. Will that continue? Who knows.”

There is a sense of togetherness about the club which is perhaps untypical of the corporate, social media led communication of most present day Premier League organisations.

The team were mobbed by fans as they walked past a pub in Bournemouth on the morning of the game, something that Wilder says is not unusual or unwelcome.

“I remember going to Marbella a couple of years ago and us being on a coach and the supporters have just appeared from nowhere, about 500 or 600 of them, surrounding the bus. There’s an obvious connection between the supporters and the players and there has to be, this club has been at its best when there has been,” said Wilder.

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Broadcast information: Chiefs at Bills

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Jose Mourinho confirms Europa League now Manchester United’s main priority

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“I don’t want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.

“We don’t hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.”

This was only United’s second league win since the end of February and means they are four points behind Manchester City wOf the other 17 players in the Liverpool squad for Aurelio’s final appearance, against Fulham in May 2012, only Henderson is still with the club.“He has responded to the expectation of everyone at the club,” said Aurelio of his former teammate to lith one game in hand over Pep Guardiola’s side. It makes sense for Mourinho to focus minds and energy on Europe and he made a point of praity midfielder Jack Harrison.The Mirror says Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants to re-sign Harrison on loan from City.Harrison impressed Bielsa on loan last season and scored four goals and made three assists in the Championship as Leeds lost in the playsing the fringe players who made a positive impact in the North East.

“People who needed to feel a positive performance, they did it,” he explained. “[Matteo] Darmian, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, it was important for them.

“Luke Shaw played well. The opposition were not creating big problems but he was solid, was confident with the ball and went forward with danger and was reading the game well to go back when Mkhitaryan was inside. He played really well, a good hour for him.”

As for Sunderland, it is a case of when they are relegated rather than if and even manager David Moyes did not try to hide behind Larsson’s sending off.

“I was disappointed we’ve not taken anything, but there were a couple of things t player of the Belgian national team in 2019. This is the third year in a row that the Real Madrid striker has achieved this recognition, which is awarded by the fans through a vote on the Belgian Federation’s website. In 2019, Hazard played eight mdidn’t go for us,” said Moyes “I’m not saying that would have made the big difference, because Manchester United had good control, but we were in the game until the sending off.

“We were in the game and it was key that we remained in the game. I think it changed that. I don’t want in any way to blame referees because our position is where we are, we’re bottom of the league, I want to make that clear. It’s nothing to do with referees, but I didn’t think it was a good decision.

“But we will only accept relegation when it becomes mathematically impossible for us to stay up. We’re not there yet and we fight on.”

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Everton are planning to crack the top four

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Much of it comes from manager Ronald Koeman, an A-list coach who since the New Year has been achieving (Everton would be the top of the Premier League if only results in 2017 counted).

Inevitably, it also comes from confidence instilled since .

But mostly it comes from a determination to ensure the phrase ‘knocking on the door of the top six’ is made redundant as the foundations that have kept Everton close to the European elite are rewarded.

In nine of the last 14 years, Everton finished in the top seven. Three times they were 5th. Once they took a coveted top four place only to (controversially) lose a Champions League qualifier.

Building on or maintaining the momentum of encouraging seasons has been challenging, but for chief executive Robert Elstone the years defying the economic trends in the Premier League are the ideal base now the financial picture is healthier.

“Leicester City aside, more often than not, you do get what you pay for,” says Elstone.

“Having said that, our average finishing position over the past ten years sits well above our average wage bill and net transfer spend, though, evidently, not well enough to break into the Champions League elite.

“We said for many years that the clubs above us had either big, modern stadia they filled every week, a billionaire owner or a global fan base built on the back of lengthy periods of on-field success. Add in the recurring, substantial benefit of European football, and the income that generates, and the gap in spending power – wages and transfer fees – is substantial. Everton’s wage bill is significantly below the six clubs sitting above the club in the League table. In the latest Deloitte Report, Everton’s total wages are 70% of Spurs’, less than half of Liverpool’s and around one-third of Chelsea’s. 

“To underscore the optimism in the club, the new investor has arrived and is demonstrating his ambition.

“Stadium plans have gathered pace and this is significant in that the other clubs in the Premier League either have a new stadium, are building one or arguably don’t need to move from their existing stadium. Delivering the stadium would be an important step towards the top four.

“Also, perhaps an ingredient less tangible, there’s a widening belief that it’s not just about money. As the club has proven many times in the past, it is possible to outperform budget.

“The signs are very positive. Young players are pushing for places, results are good and confidence is running high – and the manager is at the heart of that. His steely determination, his burning ambition and his calm and understated approach are very Everton. And, as he would say himself, it is ultimately about actions, not words.

“We can only convince by results and we relish that challenge.

“When Man City or Chelsea made the step up, they were less constrained by Financial Fair Play rules than we are today. This, along with the overall player wage and transfer inflation, means that the gap is even harder to bridge now, hence we have to be smarter going about it, from our academy operations to player recruitment and building the right infrastructure at the club.”

Bridging the gap is not just about Premier League points, but also revenue streams. European qualification – at the very least Everton should be in the Europa League next season – will open further opportunities.

“By pretty much all measures – total income (dominated for most clubs by broadcast fees), commercial income and wage spend, there’s a relatively flat curve from the 20th placed club to the teams playing in Europe,” says Elstone.

“The curve then kicks up dramatically, reflecting European football, billionaire owner or big stadium full every week. Commercial revenues are polarising all the time and the big brands and the big cheques want the profile of Europe and the platform of a new stadium. Of course, for some, commercial revenues alsoico.The striker scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton, with Rico’s left-foot providing assists for both goals.Asked about the £10.7million signing, Wilson told the Daily Echo: “Full-backs and wingers like to get assists and if you get the op come from friendly sources. Everton’s challenge is to move from the point at which the curve kinks, to a place firmly on the upwards slope. It can only do this by securing success on the pitch and success in delivering the new stadium. It’s a substantial challenge. 

“Commercially, life outside the Champions League is tough. Likewise finding the hundreds of millions of pounds to build a new stadium is tough.

“We have taken some steps forward commercially but we are not there yet and we will never rest on our laurels.

“We’re highly likely to have to cap season tickets next season which means for the second season in a row every seat at every game will be full. That’s the reward for an industry-leading community-led marketing strategy winning hearts and milo Ancelotti has found himself at the forefront of an FA misconduct charge.The veteran boss was incensed when his team was denied a winning goal against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday.He thought his side had won the game 2-1, but the gonds all over the city. It also means one in four of the fans at Goodison every week are under 22 years of age, significantly better than the Premier League average.

“The future is in good shape. It’s also the reward for a clear, long-standing strategy of fan and community engagement based on traditional football values, values encapsulated by a title with which we’ve become synonymous, The People’s Club.

“Expectations are high, demands are tough and only the best will do and that’s exactly how it should be."

Another advisable requirement to fulfilling European ambitions is ensuring top players move to rather than from the blue half of the city.

When , where once there might have been resignation and even some private understanding, this time there was defiance and exasperation.

Koeman’s appointment is in itself a demonstration of the changing natta admits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must commit to the club long-term if he wants to keep the captaincy.Arteta is keeping faith in the Gabon striker, who has been talks over a new deal with Arsenal but negotiations have broken down.He has just 18 monure of the club, and his response to the suggestion Everton’s ambitions do not match some of their players was emphatic.

“In every aspect we are striving to improve, grow stronger and be as good as we can possibly be and we are showing that ambition,” he said.

“We are trying to make the team as strong as possible and the strong run of results in 2017 show this as well. The new stadium will be a big statement, but no less significant is the work we’ve doing at USM Finch Farm, improvements that will cement our training ground as one of the top, professional facilities in football. “Always you have to get better, you cannot stand still.

“We want to play an attractive game, solid and strong yes, but also good football, exciting football that the fans want to watch and will stir their passion. As I said before, if this club was not ambitious, I would not be the manager of Everton. It takes time and there are steps to take and the first will be qualifying for Europe this season. Next season we will look to take the next step.”

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UCF vs. South Florida odds: 2019 War on I-4 picks, top predictions from proven computer model

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The look to build momentum towards the postseason when they meet the in the 11th edition of the War on I-4 rivalry game. The Bulls (4-7), who are fourth in the American Athletic Conference East Division at 2-5, are 2-2 on the road, while the Knights (8-3), second in the AAC East at 5-2, are 5-0 at home this season. Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET from Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla. UCF has won two of its last three games against South Florida at Orlando. The Knights are favored by 23.5-points in the latest South Florida vs. UCF odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 61.5. You’ll want to see the predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model before laying any South Florida vs. UCF picks down.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college fo president Jean Michel Aulas has revealed Karim Benzema turned down a bigger offer from Manchester United to sign for Real Madrid.Benzema moved to Real ten years ago, having also been courted by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.Aulas recalled:otball game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen huge returns since its inception. Over the past four-plus years, the draw from his time with Everton.The former Ajax captain had a year at Goodison Park before leaving for Werder.He told Spox: “It also had something positive, because otherwise I would not be with Werder Bremen now. Moreover, I had no clear plan, beproprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $4,000 for $100 players on its top-rated  against the spread. Anyone who has followed it over that time is way up and consistently beaten .

Now, the model has set its sights on . We can tell you that the model is leaning under, and has generated an extremely strong against the spread pick that is hitting in 70 percent of simulations. You can . Now, here are the betting lines and trends for South Florida vs. Central Florida:

South Florida vs. Central Florida: UCF -23.5South Florida vs. Central Florida over-under: 61.5 pointsSouth Florida vs. Central Florida money line: South Florida +1048, Central Florida -2423USF: South Florida leads the all-time series 6-4UCF: Central Florida is averaging 43.8 points per game

The model has taken into account that UCF is one of the best offensive teams in the nation over the past three seasons. Prior to the 27-24 loss at , the Knights had scored 30 or more points in 31 consecutaka and Dan James to be fit for Sunday’s derby against Manchester City.Maguire missed Thursday’s FA Cup win at Derby County after twisting his ankle in training, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the United skipper will recover in time to five games, which is the longest streak in The Associated Press poll era, which began in 1936. Since the loss to the Bearcats, UCF has scored 30 or more points in each of its last five games.

Defensively, the Knights are led by senior linebacker , who has a team-high 92 tackles, including 56 solo, with three passes defensed. He is on pace to surpass his total from a year ago, when he made 99 tackles – 55 solo – with 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and four passes defensed.

But just because the Knights can put up a lot of points does not guarantee they will cover the South Florida vs. Central Florida spread on Friday.

That’s because the Bulls are used to success, having had 13 winning seasons since 2000. Under third-year coach Charlie Strong, South Florida is 21-15. Sophomore linebacker has been a disruptive force all season, posting a tackle for loss in eight of his last 10 games, including a team-high three at earlier in the year. He leads the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and is second with three sacks.

Freshman quarterback has carried the Bulls’ offense this season with starts in each of the last nine games. He has completed 115-of-203 attempts for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has also rushed 93 times for 245 yards and four scores. South Florida is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games following an against-the-spread loss.

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Georgia vs. Kentucky odds, line: 2018 college football picks, predictions from proven model that called Texas’ upset

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An SEC East title is up for grabs Saturday as the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs visit the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats in a marquee showdown on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs are looking to overcome another challenge in their quest to make a return visit to the SEC title game, and perhaps a second consecutive trip to the four-team playoffs. But standing in their way is a Kentucky club that could play spoiler and build on what has been a breakout season. The Bulldogs are 9.5-point favorites in the latest Georgia vs. Kentucky odds, down from openers as high as -10.5 in some markets. The Over-Under for total points scored is offered at 47.5, up significantly after opening at 44 points. Before you lock in your Georgia vs. Kentucky picks, check out the results from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks. 

The model made some huge calls in Week 9, including nailing outrightid de Gea this summer.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also survey homegrown talent Dean Henderson, who is set to rejoin newly-promoted Sheffield United for another year as he gains Premier League experience, says the Daily Mail. French champions PS upset of No. 6 . It also was all over Georgia (-6.5) covering against Florida, and recommended (+12) against , as well as Kentucky (+7) against Missouri. Anyone who has followed it is way up. 

Now the model has crunched the numbers for Georgia vs. Kentucky. We can tell you it’s leaning Under, and it also has a strong pick against the spread, saying one side hits almost 55 percent of the time. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was considered on the hot seat after failing to produce a winning record in each of his first three seasons. The heat cooled down after he led the Wildcats to seven wins and bowl berths in each of the past two seasons. The Wildcats have already matched that win total by notching two SEC victories as a double-digit underdog against Florida and Mississippi State.

The Wildcats have transformed from a passing-based attack to one that features a power run game, and the results have been impressive. Junior Benny Snell leads the SEC with 935 yards and nine touchdowns. But perhaps Kentucky’s biggest strides have been made on the defensiveadrid has cooled.The Brazilian youngster was expected to join Atletico in January, ahead of rival interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.However, Guimaraes’ latest comments will offer encouragement to both London giants.”My representatives have told me th side, as it ranks second in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points per contest. 

Just because Kentucky has made huge strides this season, doesn’t mean it is ready to stay within the spread against Georgia in a matchup with so much on the line. 

The Bulldogs had a letdown against two weeks ago and paid for it with a blowout loss. But last week, they gave perhaps their most impressive performance of the season in taking down the improved Gators. threw for 240 e for the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) presidency.El Larguero says Casillas has already communicated his decision to the National Sports Council.He will be Luis Rubiales’ rival in the next presidential elections.In a poll conducted by MARCA, 94yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in an efficient outing. Georgia managed 189 rushing yards against a stout Florida defense, led by 104 and a touchdown.

The reigning East champions also have far more experience in critical matchups such as these. They’ll look to use that experience to pull off a convincing win that will not only clinch a spot in Atlanta, but also boost their College Football Playoff hopes. 

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Former four-star LB Darrin Kirkland Jr. decides not to leave Tennessee after all

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 Now this is what you call an about-face. Less than a week after Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. announced on Twitter that he was transferring, it now appears he will be stayiis demanding strict discipline during the coronavirus suspension.Laporte revealed Guardiola has warned his team to stay in shape – and not go out in public.He said: “They have given us a daily training schedule. They trust in you and you have to beng with the Vols. 

First-year coach Jeremy Pruitt on Tuesday that Kirkland will remain at Tennessee. Gridiron Now on Monday night that Kirkland had changed his mind. According to Pruitt, the decision came after he met with Kirkland and his parents over the weekend to discuss his plans. The consensus from the meeting was that Tennessee would be the best place for Kirkland to finish out his career despite injury problems. 

Kirkland’s original tweet has since been deleted. 

linebacker career started out with a bang, when he finished fourth on the team in tackles as a freshman in 2015 and earned freshman All-SEC honors. 

It abruptly ended on Thursday when the redshirt junior announced pool have included new signing Harvey Elliott in their 25-man Champions League squad.After becoming the youngest player to feature in the Premier League last season for Fulham, the 16-year-old decided to sign a professional contract with the Reds.Ki-his transfer from the program.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound native of Indianapolis notched 45 tackles in eight games in 2016, but an ankle injury suffered in the middle of the season prevented him from playing a full season. The injury bug bit Kirkland again in 2017, when he that ended his season before it even began.

He was limited in spring practice after a minor procedure to address a torn meniscus, but new coach Jeremy Pruitt seemed upbeat about Kirkland’s future when he addressed it in late March.

“Darrin had his knee cleaned up, so he’ll back, probably in two or three weeks,” . “He had done really well, progressed, worked in the offseason and (had) just a minor little clean-up there, so he’ll be back ready to go.”

He might be reourinho returns to Old Trafford as Tottenham manager on Wednesday with only two points and four places separating the sides.”Yeah, I think it’s massive,” the 22-year-old told Manchester United’s website. “Obviously, we go into every game wanting to wady to go, but it won’t be in Knoxville.

The former four-start prospect will have two seasons of eligibility at his new school.

Of the 30 players in Tennessee’s 2015 recruiting class, 15 have left the program for various reasons. Three of those — running back , defensive lineman  and running back — left for the (although Kamara’s eligibility would have been exhausted by 2018). Fourteen members of the class either transferred or were dismissed from the program.

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Despite two transfers in a week, Clemson’s quarterback situation is just fine in 2018

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For the second time in less than a week, has lost a quarterback to transfer. Fortunately for the Tigers, their depth chart at that position remains insanely good. 

Clemson announ it has been revealed.The ex-Manchester United manager dismissed calls for van Dijk to be includedoved second-half performance for their 0-0 draw with FA Cup opponents Manchester United.Despite Wolves having the ball in the back of the net when Matt Doherty’s header beat Sergio Romero which was then disallowed for a handball by the Irishman, the in his squad during his time at Celtic, as he “didn’t defend forward”.The Athletic reports Van Gaal’s scouts also warned their boss that van Dijk had sced on Monday that will transfer to another program after getting his degree. Israel, who appeared in two gamstar Fabrizio Maiello admits he was the brains behind the plan.He hatched the plan when he was behind bars along with a another group of inmates who were members of a notorious crime syndicate.But the plan failed after Maiello lost his nerve and instes and completed all four of his pass attempts as a redshirt freshman in 2016, did not play this past season. In high school, he surpassed Tim Tebow’s state record for touchdown passes in a single season. At one point last offseason, Israel was in the competition to be the Tigers’ starting quarterback, but an illness over the summer derailed those hopes. 

Israel is the second quarterback to transfer from Clemson in the past week. Last Friday, also he was transferring out. 

But these aren’t hard times for Clemson’s quarterback room. Kelly Bryant returns as a senior and the situation behind him is loaded thanks to a depth chart with , Chase Bryce and Trevor Lawrence. Johnson and Brice were members of the 2017 class with the former earning a five-star label as one of the top quarterback recruits in the country. Johnson also saw playing time in seven games this past season. Lawrence was the No. 1 overall recruit for the 2018 signing class and enrolled early. 

Barring injury, Bryant’s job is likely safe for next season; the real battle will begin in 2019 with (presumably) two former five-star recruits in the mix. 

Interestingly, Clemson won’t be the only playoff-caliber program with an intriguing quarterback situation. and have incumbent starters in and . However, Hurts was benched in the national title win in favor of freshman and Fromm’s backup will likely be former five-star recruit Justin Fields. 

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Georgia football’s Mount Rushmore: Who stands next to Herschel Walker?

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When you consider Georgia football in 2016, you think about one thing: running backs for days. Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Co. will lead the Bulldogs’ offensive attack once again. The long lineage of great backs to pass through Athens, though, is where the program’s Mount Rushmore begins.

Put simply, you cannot think of Georgia football without thinking of Herschel Walker. From his first season running over defenders to his Heisman Trophy reception, Walker left a mark on not only Georgia, but the SEC and all of .

Walker’s coach, Vince Dooley, also makes an appearance, but like other programs featured in our series, the Bulldogs’ “top four” was heavy on players.

There is no player more synonymous with Georgia football than Walker, nor is there any one more beloved. Walker is not only the greatest player in the history of the program, he is one of the all-time greats in college football. In other words, this Mount Rushmore would be glaringly incomplete without him as the first and most recognizable face.

Listing Walker’s accomplishments would take pages, but the important ones include a Heisman Trophy in 1982. He was the program’s second Heisman winner but finished in the top three of the Heisman voting in each of his three seasons in Athens. Additionally, he won the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards, and was a three-time consensus All-American.

Walker’s post-college life was eclectic, to say the least. In addition to his time in the , Walker was a MMA fighter and a member of the United States Olympic bobsled team in the 1992 Winter Olympue Marseille striker Habib Bamogo has confirmed he’s now working as a France-based scout for Everton.Bamogo admits he’s been talent spotting at youth level for the Toffees for the past year.He told Foot Mercato: “It’s going to be a year in January, sics.

Accomplishments: 1982 Heisman Trophy, consensus All-American (three times), Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, SEC Player of the Year (three times)

Walker may be Georgia’s most famous player and Heisman winner, but Sinkwich was the first Bulldog to receive college football’s most prestigious trophy. In that sense, ina management are willing to include Jean-Clair Todibo in their offer for PSG star Neymar.Barca have made multiple offers this week for the Brazil captain, but are yet to strike terms.Yahoo Sport France reports Todibo’s agents have confirmed Barca hat’s also hard to imagine a Georgia Mount Rushmore without Sinkwich on it. Sinkwich led the country in rushing in 1941 (1,103 yards) and totaled nearly 2,200 total yards in his Heisman-winning effort the following year, which set a NCAA record at the time.

Accomplishments: 1942 Heisman Trophy, consensus All-American (twice), SEC Player of the Year

Georgia claims a few great coaches, including Mark Richt and Wallace Butts, but no coach in program history has a longer tenure than Dooley. Over the course of more than two decades, Dooley won 201 games, which still ranks among the top 20 of FBS coaches to this day. In all, Dooley won about 72 percent of his games.

He also s focus again.The player was flustered after last minute interest from Manchester United during the transfer window.The Cherries denied him the move, and United went on to loan Odion Ighalo instead.But Francis thinks that King will bounce back.Francicoached Georgia to it second claimed national title in 1980 while producing a dozen consensus All-Americans during his time with the program, including Walker. There just isn’t a more prolific or longer-tenured coach at Georgia than Dooley.

Accomplishments: 1980 national championship, SEC Coach of the Year (five times), AFCA, NFAA and Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1980)

Georgia has had its share of great players over the years, but few are more decorated than Pollack. Champ Bailey had a legitimate case here, but Pollack was more well-known for what he did in college. For that reason, Pollack squeaks into the program’s immortalized top four.

From the start, Pollack was a force in the SEC. He became the program’s all-time leader with 36 sacks, a number that still ranks among the best all-time in the FBS. His “zero-yard” interception for a touchdown against South Carolina (seen below) remains one of the most famous plays in Georgia football history. As far as disruptive defensive players go, Pollack is the best to ever pass through Athens.

Accomplishments: Consensus All-American (twice), SEC Player of the Year (twice), Hendricks Award (twice), Lott Trophy, Lombardi Award, All-SEC (three times)

Just missed the cut: Champ Bailey, Mark Richt

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2015-16 College Football Bowl Schedule, TV info, more

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Tth Everton.The 18-year-old impressed as part of David Unsworth’s side last term which won both the Premier League 2 title and the Premier League Cup later in the campaign.The youngster signed his first professional deal with the club last summer, andhe 2015-16 bowl season will be one of the sport’s biggest yet, with 80 teams participating in 41 games after the conclusion of conference championship Saturday. With slots available for 62.5 percent of FBS teams, the odds are in favor of you’re team extending the season into December or January. 

A word of advice as we show you the full bowl schedule for the 2015-16 postseason. If you go ahead and block off these dates with for family events during the holiday season now, they won’t suspect that the reason is for . Instead, since we are still more than six months from the first bowl game, they may suspect you have a really, really important thing at work, or something. 

Anyway, here is the full 2015-16 college football bowl schedule with TV info and times if available. 

2015-16 Bowl ScheduleCollege Football PlayoffDateGameLocationTime (TV)MatchupTicketsJan. 11Championship GameGlendale, Ariz.8:30 p.m. (ESPN)Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal WinnerDec. 31Orange (Semifinal)Miami, Fla.TBA (ESPN)TBA vs. TBADec. 31Cotton (Semifinal)Arlington, TexasTBA (ESPN)TBA vs. TBASelection Committee Bowl GamesJan. 1SugarNew Orleans, La.8:30 p.m. (ESPN)SEC vs. Big 12Jan. 1RosePasadena, Calif.5 p.m. (ESPN)Big Ten vs. Pac-12Jan. 1FiestaGlendale, Ariz.1 p.m. (ESPN)At-Large vs. At-LargeDec. 31PeachAtlanta, Ga.Noon (ESPN)At-Large vs. At-LargeOther Bowl GamesJan. 2TaxSlayerJacksonville, Fla.Noon (ESPN)ACC/Big Ten vs. SECJan. 2LibertyMemphis, Tenn.3:20 p.m. (ESPN)Big 12 vs. SECJan. 2AlamoSan Antonio, Texas6:45 p.m. (ESPN)Big 12 vs. Pac-12Jan. 2CactusPhoenix, Arizommitment of Christian Eriksen.Pochettino says Eriksen is unaffected by rumours linking the midfielder with a move away from Tottenham.Regarding the playmaker’s uncertain future, Pochettino said: “The player [Eriksen] is not affected about the rumour.10:15 p.m. (ESPN)Big 12 vs. Pac-12Jan. 1OutbackTampa, Fla.Noon (EPSN)Big Ten vs. SECJan. 1CitrusOrlando, Fla.1 p.m. (ABC)Big Ten vs. SECDec. 30BirminghamBirmingham, Ala.Noon (ESPN)SEC vs. AmericanDec. 30BelkCharlotte, N.C.3:30 p.m. (EPSN)ACC vs. SECDec. 30Music CityNashville, Tenn.7 p.m. (ESPN)ACC/Big Ten vs. SECDec. 30HolidaySan Diego, Calif.10:30 p.m. (ESPN)Big Ten vs. Pac-12Dec. 29Armed ForcesFort Worth, Texas2 p.m. (ESPN)Big Ten vs. Mountain WestDec. 29Russell Athletic BowlOrlando, Fla.5:30 p.m. (ESPN)ACC vs. Big 12Dec. 29TexasHouston, Texas9 p.m. (ESPN)Big 12 vs. SECDec. 28MilitaryAnnapolis, Md.2:30 p.m. (ESPN)ACC vs. AmericanDec. 28Quick LaneDetroit, Mich.5 p.m. (ESPN2)ACC vs. Big TenDec. 26St. PeteSt. Petersb.Luis comes off contract at the end of the month.”I still haven’t signed for any club, I haven’t said yes to any club and I will not do so until the Copa America finishes,” Luis told Fox Sports.”I’ve given my word to the Brazilian national team [to nurg, Fla.11a.m. (ESPN)ACC vs. AmericanDec. 26SunEl Paso, Texas2 p.m. (CBS)ACC vs. Pac-12Dec. 26Heart of DallasDallas, Texas2:20 p.m. (ESPN)Big Ten vs. C-USADec. 26PinstripeBronx, N.Y.3:30 p.m. (ABC)ACC vs. Big TenDec. 26IndependenceShreveport, La.5:45 p.m. (ESPN)ACC vs. SECDec. 26Foster FarmsSanta Clara, Calif.9:15 p.m. (ESPN)Big Ten vs. Pac-12Dec. 24BahamasNassau, BahamasNoon (ESPN)C-USA vs. MACDec. 24HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii8 p.m. (ESPN)American vs. Mountain West/BYUDec. 23PoinsettiaSan Diego, Calif.4:30 p.m. (ESPN)Mountain West vs. ArmyDec. 23GoDaddyMobile, Ala.8 p.m. (ESPN)MAC vs. Sun BeltDec. 22Famous Idaho PotatoBoise, Idaho3:30 p.m. (ESPN)MAC vs. Mountain WestDec. 22Boca RatonBoca Raton, Fla.7 p.m. (ESPN)American vs. MACDec. 21Miami BeachMiami, Fla.2:30 p.m. (ESPN)American vs. C-USADec. 19CureOrlando, Fla.Noon American vs. Sun BeltTBADec. 19New MexicoAlbuquerque, N.M.2 p.m. (ESPN)C-USA vs. Mountain WestDec. 19Royal PurpleLas Vegas, Nev.3:30 p.m. (ABC)Pac-12 vs. Mountain West/BYUDec. 19CamelliaMontgomery, Ala.5:30 p.m. (ESPN)MAC vs. Sun BeltDec. 19New OrleansNew Orleans, La.9 p.m. (ESPN)Mountain West vs. Sun BeltTBAArizonaTucson, Ariz.TBA C-USA vs. Mountain WestTBA

Note: All times Eastern. The Group of Five consists of the American Athletic Conference, MAC, Mountain West, Conference-USA and Sun Belt. Notre Dame counts as an ACC team in bowl selection.

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South Carolina State football player killed in campus shooting

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Brandon Robinsoat Watford.The Austrian international spent last season on loan with Kilmarnock.“I’m keen to push on,” he said.“I’m coming back on July 1 with the others and I’m looking forward to the challenge. Obviously I know Ben [Foster] has had an incredibln, a junior outside linebacker and defensive end on the South Carolina State football team, was shot to death by another student outside of a dorm on Friday.

Authorities have arrested Justin Singleton, a full-time sophomore student at South Carolina State, and charged him with murder. Police declined to provide further information on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

“Brandon was a fine young man who was paying his way through college. All he wanted to do was play football for the university,” South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough said. “We are at [a] loss for words right now.”

Robinson was shot to dea with his new deal at Tottenham.The Brazil international yesterday put pen to paper on a new deal with Spurs until 2024, citing the club’s family atmosphere as a key in his decision.“To play football you need to feel comfortable, you need to be freth Friday afternoon outside Hugine Suites after arguing with Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said. Singleton was charged with murder and arrested early Saturday at an Orangeburg apartment complex.

Singleton “pulled out a gun and firationship with captain Mark Noble will benefit the playing group.Former Hammers skipper Nolan was named as part of David Moyes’ backroom staff this week.”Kevin has been out in the wilderness too long,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.”I think the experienceed at Robinson, hitting him in the neck area,” according to an arrest warrant filed by a SLED investigator.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow by the senseless act of violence,” university president Thomas Elzey said.

Robinson, a native of Orangeburg, S.C., was 20 years old.

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Virginia Tech, Ohio State to kick off 2015 on Labor Day

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Virginia Tech and ‘s future home-and-home series, scheduled for 2014 and 2015, got upgraded with the announcement that the game in Blacksburg will be held on Labor Day night.

Hokies athletic director that the Buckeyes return trip to Blacksburg will take place in the ACC’s now-coveted Labor Day primetime slot with ESPN. According to the school’s website, the initial date for the 2015 contest was Sept. 19. Moving the date will likely require to move or back out of their scheduled contest with Furman.

Ohio State will host the first meeting in the series in Columbus on Sept. 20, 2014.

The Monday night game on ‘s opening weekend was included as part of the ACC’s most recent media rights deal with ESPN. This year, Pittsburgh will make its ACC debut by hosting Florida State in the Monday night showdown. Virginia Tech appeared in the game against Georgia Tech in 2012 (a 20-17 overtime win in Blacksburg) and Boise State in 2010 (a 33-30 loss at FedEx Field in Landovlled up to the Wales squad.Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out of the Wales squad for matches against Azerbaijan and Belarus, with United youngster Levitt drinton is not a “typical Brazilian.”The Magpies fans are hoping the attacker will be able to show the type of quality that justifies spending a club record fee to sign him from Hoffenheim.The attacker won a penalty for Newcastle in his first appearancafted iny Promes can see Memphis Depay leaving Lyon in January.Depay has been linked with Tottenham, while OL chief Juninho has confirmed Manchester United boast first refusal on the attacker.Promes, meanwhile, believes it could be the right time for his Hol as his replacement.The Football Association of Wales announced the news of Ramsey’s wither, Md.).

Lane Stadium references are occasionally accompanied with Enter Sandman videos. This is one of those times.

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Bob Stoops calls SEC’s reputation ‘propaganda’

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Plenty of fans across the country have said the SEC isn’t nearly as strong as its reputation — or standing in the polls — might suggest, seven consecutive BCS titles or not. But even if they’d agree in private, few coaches have agreed in public as strongly as Bob Stoops did . 

“So they’ve had the best team in ,” Stoops said at a “Sooner Caravan” Sooner fan gathering. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ’em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me …

“So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you,” . “You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing? “What’d we [the Big 12] have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out.”

Stoops isn’t wrong when he argues that the r United midfielder Fred is emerging as a target for AS Roma.New Roma coach Paulo Fonseca worked New Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso is eager to hold onto Federico Chiesa.The attacker is being linked with a big money move away this summer.But Commisso says: “What I know is that Chiesa has a three-year contract, he will stay here for now, let’s hope. “I discovered what I read in the papers, but when as far as I know, Chiesa is a Fiorentina player and will remain for at least another year.”with Fred at Shakhtar Donetsk and has already recommended his addition to management.United paid €60m for Fred 18 months ago, but the Brazil internatiobottom rungs of the SEC haven’t offered much in recent years, or even that the Big 12 has been a deeper league of late; the latter actually put nine of its 10 teams in bowl games in 2012. Meanwhile, Kentucky and Auburn both finished a miserable 0-8 in SEC play with Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee all falling short of the postseason. All told, over the past two seasons, 38 percent of the SEC has failed to make a bowl game, compared to just 15 percent of the , or even that Kentucky’s better than, say, Iowa State. The SEC teams against which the Sooners are judged are the ones in its top half, the ones that have played eight BCS championship games against teams from other conferences and have won all eight — including, in both 2003 and 2008, games against none other than Stoops’ own Sooners.

The one way in which one league or the other’s bottom half might matter to the top teams in another is gauging which national title contender has played a more difficult schedule del Rey rout of Leganes.Barcelona eased into the next round of the Copa with a 5-0 victory over Leganes at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening and, with Griezmann opening the scoring on the night, the Frenchman has reiterated he is ready to play as a c– a factor that didn’t seem to make much difference to pollsters choosing between Alabama and Oklahoma State in 2011, but might matter substantially more with the forthcoming playoff selection committee. But again, even if the bottom end of the Big 12 offers more of a challenge than the bottom end of the SEC, does it matter when the SEC boasts four or five legitimate national title contenders to the Big 12’s two or three?

Again, Stoops can speak to that difference first-hand, since it was just January when his Sooners met Texas A&M — the SEC West’s third-place team in 2012, one that lost games to two SEC teams that didn’t make the SEC title game — and were destroyed, .

In short: is the SEC really so strong that teams like last season’s train wreck of an Arkansas squad deserve the benefit of the doubt? No. Is it strong enough that Bob Stoops should probably find other targets at which to aim his “propaganda” barbs? Yes.