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Man Utd counter-punch Watford into submission in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent manager

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et this was 90 minutes that supported that the only change from the “defensive, counter-attacking football” of Jose Mourinho “is that Solskjaer is winning”. United certainly do the counter punch well, and the game’s highlight was a sublime pass from Shaw for Rashford’s goal, but Watford had 20 shots all told and as many on target – eight – as their opponents had efforts at all.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera were uniformly dismal, outshone throughout by Doucoure, and with no platform in midfield, United were indebted to some robust defending and Watford’s tendency to snatch at chances. Pogba has had a lot more good games under Solskjaer than bad ones but it is telling that when he plays poorly – and he spent much of this match half-heartedly milling around and cheaply conceding possession – United suffer terribly for it.

Addressing that is one of several challenges for Solskjaer. “Paul is important for us and we couldn’t keep the ball,” he said. “He has been away, played two games with France – a bit deeper for them – so that is something we may have to think about to get him more involved.”

“This is the start of the start,” said Solskjaer in his programme notes, although that message had obviously not got through to his players before Rashford opened the scoring. United were slow, sloppy, sluggish and half asleep. Passes were underhit or misplaced, which invited needless pressure against a Watford side who could not have imagined they would be given so much room and who, with a little more composure, could and probably should have taken the lead. Doucoure dragged a shot wide from 12 yards as the goal opened up, Troy Deeney forced David De Gea to scoop the ball away with a header and an effort from Roberto Pereyra lacked the power to trouble the United goalkeeper.

olskjaer will have b boss Chris Wilder blew a fuse over VAR after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham yesterday.Wilder called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video reeen most grateful that his team scored first – and what a goal it was. Shaw has been United’s most consistent performer this season and he was their best on show again here. Winning the ball from Deeney deep inside his own half with a well-timed interception, the England left back galloped forward, looked up and, still in his own half, is “baffled” by Mesut Ozil’s lack of involvement this season.The German has not featured in Unai Emery’s last three match-day squads.”I want to see more offensive players on the pitch in positions where we’re going to be able to hurt teams,” Wright bent a quite superb low 40-yard pass in behind Christian Kabasele that Rashford, perfectly positioned in between the Watford defender and Miguel Britos, did not need to break stride to run on to. The England striker took one touch and then, with his second, dinked the ball past the onrushing Ben Foster.

he goal settled United. They were denied a second soon after when Foster made an excellent reaction save from Martial and created several other inviting openings but the momentum built up in the closing stages of that half evaporated after the interval. Off the pace and sitting deeper and deeper, Watford were encouraged to attack. De Gea had to be alert to push away a shot from Pereyra and Will Hughes shot wide from an attack that originated from Pogba squandering possession and it became very apparent that something had to change for United.

errera and Juan Mata made way for Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard just after the hour mark as Solskjaer sought more impetus and those two substitutes would eventually combine to tee up Martial for United’s second against the run of play, the Frenchman scooping the ball home on the rebound from close range after Foster had saved his initial backheel. Doucoure’s goal – slicing through the heart of United’s defence after a one-two with Isaac Success – simply came too late for Watford.

“It’s difficult to explain [how we lost] because we created chances, had more shots, spent a lot of time in the opposition half,” Gracia said. “We need to make a step forward against these teams but I believe we can do it. I see it every day, the commitment and belief from my players, I can feel it but we have to show it.”

was left out of United’s squad after the defender – whose wife Maja has just given birth to a baby son – had received death threats for pulling out of Sweden’s squad for their recent internationals. "We felt Victor was better off not playing because he’s had a couple of things to sort out," Solskjaer said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ere is Watford’s knocking on the United door visualised. No answer yet. 

atford line up thus:

"If I can walk out of here, when leaving the club, having won things – of course, the Premier League – then I’d be a proud man. I’m a happy man, I’m a determined man – the day I walk out of here, I hope to be a proud man."

alk will now be about transfer targets, new contracts and clearing out the deadwood: the bread-and-butter duties of a permanent Premier League manager. But, first, the tricky proposition of a visit from Watford. Honeymoon’s over, the real job starts now.

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Sunderland 1 Arsenal 4: Pressure mounts on David Moyes as Black Cats humiliated in late capitulation

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You can only beat what is put in front of you, of course, and there was something ominous about the way Arsenal moved through the gears, after Jermain Defoe had equalised for Sunderland midway through the second half from the penalty spot.

The Gunners responded to that setback with three goals in just six minutes and 20 seconds as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score twice and Alexis Sanchez added a second after he had opened the scoring in the first half. 

“I am happy with the performance, with the result,” said a pristine looking Wenger. “At some stage, we were questioned with our spirit as well, because we missed many chances.

“At 1-1, of course, you are thinking you have a chance now to lose a game which should be over. But we kept going again and had another go and won in the end in a comfortable way.

Sunderland’s lack of quality is obvious. Their next two games, away at Bournemoutayers are ready for the start of the campaign after a tough preseason.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino likened the pre-season schedule to the Champions League ter City’s defeat at Burnley has been revealed.The Daily Mail says the pair have been fined by their Leicester team-mates for turning up late to training. Both men were left out of the Foxes side that lost 2-1 against Burnley but Brendan Rodgers insiand having faced Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Inter provide thh and at home to Hull City, look crucial if they are going to have any hope of turning things around. 

Lose both and manager David Moyes’ future will have to be questioned, no matter how much the club want to give him time. It still seems ridiculous to sack him, because they brought him to do a long term job, but Sunderland have already equalled the worst start to a Premier League season – Manchester City in 1995/6 – and it is not showing any sign of ending.

Sunderland are in the same division – for the time being at least – as Arsenal, but this had the feel of a cup tie against lower league opposition. Having survived more by luck than judgement for the last four years, it seems the Black Cats have used up all their lives.

They began brightly, trying to take the game to Arsenal, but there was little they could do to hurt the visiting defence, who just soaked it all up and waited for the confidence to drain from the home team.

It did not take long as Arsenal scored at the end of a 22-pass move. This Sunderland defence make mistakes and when Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain skipped around van Patrick Aanholt and sent over a delicious cross, the danger should have been cleared.

Sunderland had three defenders inside the area. Arsenal had just one attacker, but Lamine Kone had no idea where Sanchez was, did not check on him once and then waited to head the ball clear. Sanchez was like a spider waiting for a fly, poised, but unseen. 

As the cross left his teammate’s boot, he pounced, dashing in front of the static centre back to glance a header into the top corner. A good goal from an Arsenal point of view A dreadful one from Sunderland’s. That is why they are bottom of the league.

It felt like the game was already over as a contest, but Arsenal did not manage to get the second goal they needed to kill the contest before half-time.

There is always a danger, when you have looked so comfortable, but failed to build a two goal lead that you will be punished. Arsenal were playing in third, possibly second, gear, but they did not create enough going forward.

Sanchez felt he should have had a penalty when he was tugged back by Kone, but he could have run on instead of throwing himself to the floor.

Minutes later, Sunderland were awarded a spot kick after Shkodran Mustafi lost the ball to Duncan Watmore, who was then brought down by Petr Cech. Defoe converted from the spot.

Sunderland’s foothold in the game lasted just six minutes as Arsenal moved back through the gears, Sanchez sent Kieran Gibbs away down the left and his cross was swept in by Olivier Giroud.

The natural order restored, Arsenal flexed their muscles as Giroud headed in a third off the back of his head and Sanchez was able to tap the ball past Jordan Pickford as the Sunderland defence disintegrated.

“I’ll keep doing what I do,” said Moyes. “I’m an experienced manager, I’m not experienced of being quite in this sort of position before, but I’ve had lots o United boss David Moyes is ready to introduce a new disciplined culture at the club.Moyes has declared there will be “zero tolerance” of bad behaviour under his new regime at West Ham.“I’ve come in today and it nearly feels like deja vu,” said tf games in the Premier League  and I’ll keep working them. 

“You might not see it, but we had to stick in the game, Arsenal were fantastic, a team of better quality than us. We grew in the game, got back into it, but the players they can bring on, the gap was too big in the end.”

I really don’t like managers being chopped so often but David Moyes has a real job on to deal with the mounting pressure. His team looks lost.

The Stadium of Light is basically the stadium of empty at the moment. Coquelin comes off to give Maitland-Niles some Premier League experience. It genuinely looks like there are more empty seats than spectators left in the ground. 

 

That’s Mr Sanchez celebrating his goal there. Arsenal build up another attack by passing and linking all over the Sunderland half and the defenders clear it away. Arsenal just keep on coming though and any attempts to play in Defoe are utterly pointless – he can’t hold it up on his own or even win headers against those defenders. 

 

Great cross by Oxlade-Chamberlain but what a header that is from Sanchez. An Alan Shearer-esque power drive off the noggin. The ball from the right was perfect – Kone should have done so much better defending it. 

Arsenal are made to pass the ball patiently around the Sunderland half in an attempt to get forward. They ping it about quickly and the movement is great. 

 Sunderland are holding a really high line but have been caught out twice with through-balls already…

Sky Sports are running a very long interview with Petr Cech about that time he had his skull broken and how he likes drumming. His YouTube channel is various videos of him playing drum covers of different songs. The best thing is that you can see him improving over time. Awww. 

I cannot believe he’s even considering this, especially with how good Arsenal have looked with Sanchez up front, but Wenger has said he . I do not understand. Giroud is a fine player, scores goals, gets injured, misses all his chances and Arsenal draw 0-0 and finish fourth. He is such a fourth place player, whereas the Sanchez + Ozil partnership is dynamic and exciting.

Today that partnership gets another chance up front. Enjoy it while you can Gunners fans!

This one has a draw written all over it. Sunderland are going to sit deep and keep the doors shut, the windows boarded and the chimney blocked to stop Arsenal getting past them. Without Cazorla pulling the strings Arsenal can become a bit predictable – expect Ozil to drop a lot deeper today to try and influence the passing away from the man marker he’ll have been assigned.

This Premier League match takes place at 12.30pm on Saturday October 29 2016.

At the Stadium of Light..

Oh very much so. has exclusive rights to the match, and you can follow it all here with our live blog. 

, and have not won a league match all season. They’ve lost six out of their last seven league matches, and last won a league match in May. 

Arsenal by contrast are unbeaten in their last 13 matches and have won eight of their last nine in all competitions. 

Sunderland have a dreadful recent record against Arsenal, and have won just one of the last 25 league matches between the two sides ().

They did though earn a 0-0 draw in this equivalent fixture last season, and Arsenal fans will have painful memories of a late Darren Bent equaliser that earned the Black Cats a 1-1 draw in September 2010.  

Otherwise though Arsenal have largely been on easy street against Sunderland, and Mesut Ozil will recall fondly making his debut at the Stadium of Light in a 3-1 win three years ago. 

Well, how about…

Arsenal have conceded just eight times in 15 visits to Sunderland in the Premier League (including one game at Roker Park). The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four at the Stadium of Light.David Moyes has lost 14 Premier League games against Arsene Wenger – the only manager he’s lost to as often is Sir Alex Ferguson.Olivier Giroud has scored five times and assisted two goals in his last six Premier games against Sunderland in all competitions.Jermain Defoe has faced Arsenal 21 times in the Premier League but has only scored twice – once at Highbury for West Ham in January 2003 and again for Spurs in their 5-4 loss to the Gunners in November 2004.Sunderland have made the worst start to a Premier League season (two points after nine games) since Sheffield Wednesday had one point after nine games in 1999/2000.Theo Walcott has had more shots on target this season than any other Premier League player (17). A goal in this game means he would surpass five goals in a Premier League season for the first time since 2012/13 (14).Jack Rodwell hasn’t won any of his last 34 Premier League games he’s started, the longest run ever by a Premier League player.Arsenal are one of two unbeaten Premier League sides away from home this season – the other being North London rivals Tottenham.

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Sunderland are without the injured Sebastian Larsson,  Fabio Borini,  Jan Kirchhoff, Vito Mannone, AdnanJanuzaj, Jason Denayer and Lee Cattermole.

Arsenal will be missing Lucas Perez (who ), Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck. Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey are doubtful, but Olivier Giroud is fit to play. Granit Xhaka meanwhile is serving the final match of his three-game suspension. 

Pickford; Manquillo, Kone, O’Shea, Van Aanholt; Watmore, Pienaar, Ndong, Rodwell, Khazri; Defoe

Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez

– 8/1

Ar – 2/5

– 4/1

A 1-1 draw. 

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Burnley’s honest toil sets an example for all clubs to follow

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Amid the rush to over-complicate football, words such as respect, discipline, pride and passion sometimes seem quaint, but they are tenets of the Dyche regime and key ingredients in extracting the honest toil he expects from his players, without which the importance placed on sports science would not mean so much.

Endeavour is as entrenched at Burnley as ego is absent. Speak to what is largely a British core of players and they will tell you they have not encountered a dressing room like it. It helps that about 60 per cent of the squad relegated last season remain at the club, but there are no cliques. 

Visit tMoyes says he will “make it impossible” for West Ham United not to extend his 18-month contract.Moyes has returned to East London to replace Manuel Pellegrini.”There is a clause in my contract to extend the deal,” said Moyes. “I’m going to make it imhe training ground at lunchtime and every day a different group of players will be sat with each other. When Andre Gray signed from Brentford for £9 million last summer, the striker who has just been voted Championship Player of the Year for the 24 goals that have spearheaded Burnley’s promotion push presented a direct threat to Sam Vokes’s place in the team. The pair now car-share. 

Ashley Barnes, another forward, drives a Smart car. Anyone who even hints at getting a little big for his boots is playfully slapped down. The players take pleasure in recording personalised birthday messages for every young fan on the Junior Clarets membership scheme. Walk into the training ground wearing a cap and captain Tom Heaton is just as likely to tell you to remove it as the catering or security staff.

The impact on the dressing room of players such as Heaton, midfielder David Jones and centre-half Michael Keane, all of whom came through the ranks at Manchester United under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson, has been contagious. But it is another individual, whose professionalism has been the subject of multiple inquests during a controversial career, schedule for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Games Final Qualification Tournament for eight teams early in the New Year, with the United States, Canada and Jamaica, who all participated in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, participating along withwho has been as important as any. Eyebrows were raised when Dyche signed Joey Barton last August.

Only a few months earlier, Barton had reacted to some provocation on Twitter in the wake of QPR’s relegation by claiming that as “c–p” and “overrated” as his team might be, “at least we don’t have to live in Burnley”, alongside a picture of a desolate town centre. When one fan claimed he had ts Manchester City to steer clear of conceding free-kicks against Burnley on Tuesday.The Clarets pose a tough aerial threat with bruising forward duo Chris Wood and Ashley Wood.”Defend high and try to play as much as possible – to avoid set-pieces askilled his chances of ever signing for Burnley, Barton replied sarcastically: “Gutted. Always dreamed of living there.” 

Yet as Barton prepares to face his former club a year on,. He was one of four Burnley players, along with Gray, Keane and Heaton, named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and with good reason. He has been their beating heart, a symbol of their work ethic and spirit.

When Burnley trailed to Bolton Wanderers with 20 minutes left in February and Middlesbrough last month, it was Barton who grabbed the ball out of his own net, raced to the centre circle to get the game back under way and willed his team-mates to force their way back into the match. On both occasions they did.

Since losing 3-0 at Hull City on Boxing Day, Burnley have gone 21 matches unbeaten in the league, a post-war record for a single season. Incredibly, they have lost just 10 of their past 93 Championship games under Dyche, dating back to the 2012/13 campaign.

Off the pitch, the statistics look just as good. In their accounts for 2014/15, Burnley posted a post-tax profit of £30.1 million, with wages accounting for only 37 per cent of turnover, and by next summer they will open their new £10.6 million training centre. Few clubs in the country are as well run.

In an age when there is an obsession with possession-based football, the Premier League is likely to be won by Leicester City, while the Champions League and Championship could end up being won by Atlético Madrid and Burnley respectively, teams who run themselves into the ground and do not worry about dominating the ball.

With Burnley’s two title rivals, Middlesbrough and Brighton, playing each other on the final day, Dyche’s team could have secured promotion by this evening. Fortune certainly favours the hard-working. 

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LSU hires former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini as its new defensive coordinator

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A former face is returning to Baton Rouge. Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is set to become the new defensive coordinator at LSU, according to a release from LSU. Youngstown State also released a statement that Pelini had resigned his post as coach — a role served in for five years. The hir Samir Nasri has been flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enoted Spurs from the competition last night.”It’s a very difficult moment for us,” Lucas said. “But the only way that we have is to keep fighting, keep believing.”Now we have only the Premier League and we need to be in a better position.”Our objectiveugh to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, ing fills in a huge vacancy for coach Ed Orgeron’s staff after Dave Aranda left to take the head coaching job at after spending four years with the program.

Prior to his time in Youngstown, Pelini was the head coach at from 2008-14 and defensive coordinator from 2005-07.

“The opportunity to return to LSU is truly unique,” Pelini said. “Culturally, with my prior experience at LSU, I know it is a great fit for me. The chance to work with Coach (Ed) Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers defense. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us.  We are very honored and looking forward to this next chapter.”

Sports Illustrated reports that Pelini that will pay him around $2.3 million per season. Pelini’s hire is pending approval from the Board of Supervisors, .

Pelini’s defenses finished in the top 20 nationally in total defense in each of his three seasons with the Tigers, including in 2007 when they won the BCS National Championship over . That successful stint in Baton Rouge earned him the head coaching gig at Nebraska where he won nine or more games in each of his seven seasons. Despite that, he was let go following the 2014 season. 

He took over at Youngstown State and led the Penguins to a 12-4 record in his second season in 2016.h a shock move for unsettled Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Both Marca and El Chiringuito reports that Ramos is staring at a Real Madrid exit following a meeting with president Florentino Perez earlier this month.The experienced Spanish defender is They lost to James Madison 28-14 in the FCS National Championship Game. He has gone 33-28 in five seasons, including a 6-6 record in 2019.

“The past five years have been terrific,” Pelini said. “I can’t thank [Youngstown State] President Jim Tressel and [athletic director] Ron Strollo enough for the opportunity here and support along the way. For all of the people, honestly too many to name, who were part of my YSU experience, I also want to extend a heartfelt thank you.”

Pelini is 100-55 as a head coach in his stints at Nebraska and Youngstown State. 

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Weekly Confidence Pool: The Long Con

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For the last four years here at Eye On College Football I have run a weekly picks feature in which I competed against my girlfriend Lynn and my Playstation 3 in picking the week’s biggest college football games. Well, with EA Sports no longer producing a college football game, is no longer viable.

Who would have thought my relationship would outlast a video game that sold millions of copies a year?

Which means that we needed a new format because what’s the point of watching if you aren’t in the midst of a competition in which you can lord your superiority over your frirch is being linked with a move away from Aston Villa.The Birmingham Mail says according to reports, Pitarch is set to leave the club, regardless of how the season unfolds.The Villa sporting director has been with the club since 2018, when Dean Smithends and loved ones? So this year we’rr Milan coach Antonio Conte has taken aim at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s record.Conte says he should get more respect as a coach, after comparing his achievements at Chelsea to the current Reds boss and Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola.The Italie going a bit old school and starting a weekly confidence pool in which the Eye On College Football writers (, and the incredibly handsome and intelligent ) will compete against one another for the right to talk a lot of smack.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a confidence pool, it’s pretty simple. The three of us will pick any 10 games of our choosing each week and pick against the spread. The game we’re most confident in we’ll assign 10 points to, all the way down to one point for the game we have the least amount of confidence in. For each game we get correct we earn the amount of points we had assigned it.

At the end of the year the person with the most points will be crowned champion and showered with the scorn and jealousy of the two losers. I do not plan on being one of those losers.

So without further ado, let’s get to our picks for the week.

– No, the Buckeyes don’t have Braxton Miller. They do still have Joey Bosa, Michael Bennett, Adolphus Washington, and Noah Spence — quite possibly the best defensive line in the country, and one that should give even Navy’s savvy, experienced offensive line some major fits, even if Noah Spence isn’t playing. On the other side of the ball, J.T. Barrett doesn’t have the on-field exposure, but he does have the usual Urban Meyer-required athleticism and Meyer’s patented rushing schemes — the ones that made the Buckeyes the nation’s top rushing offense on a per-carry basis a year ago — at his disposal. Against the Midshipmen’s undersized (by Power 5 standards) front seven, that should be enough to cover a two-touchdown spread.

– Bo Pelini claims that FAU’s ugly split with Carl Pelini has no impact on Saturday’s game, but I’ll guess that biological loyalty will provide incentive to keep the gas pedal down on the Owls. FAU has been losing road games vs. P5 teams by 24-35 points, so I’ll gladly take the Huskers -21 and follow during the game for commentary.

– This spread is just too small. I know LSU is replacing a lot of skill players on offense, but some of the replacements (hello, Leonard Fournette) might actually be upgrades from last year. Plus the Tigers have four of five starters returning on the offensive line and it will be facing a Wisconsin defense without a single returning starter in the front seven. Oh, and Wisconsin will be starting Tanner McEvoy, who has thrown a total of zero passes in his college career. I only have to give up 4.5 points? Ok then.

Here are the rest of our picks.

Expert Picks: Confidence PoolConfidencenumberFornelliHinnenPatterson-4.5over Wisconsin-12.5over Navy-21over FAU-12.5over Navy-4.5over Wisconsin-24over Miami (Ohio)-17over Hawaii-23.5over UNLV-32.5over SMU+1.5over UCF-6.5over Tulane+20.5over Notre Dame-8over Rutgers-3.5over Miami (Fla.)-17over Hawaii-24over Miami (Ohio)-26.5over W. Virginia-10.5over California-23.5overaw with Eibar.Lionel Messi scored two goals in two minutes but champions Barcelona had to settle for a draw against an impressive Eibar side in the final La Liga match of the season.Marc Cucurella, on loan from Barcelona, grabbed the home side’s open UNLV-17over UMass-4.5over Wisconsin-21over FAU+38.5over Oklahoma-12.5over Navy-17.5over Okla. State+1.5over UCF-7.5over UTEP-10.5over Texas A&M+3over Kent State-10over Boise State

What stands out to me in our picks is that Chip has a lot of confidence in games Jerry and I won’t even touch. He has 34 points on Nebraska, Florida, Marshall and Rice while Jerry and I have eight points on those four teams between us, and Jerry doesn’t even touch any of them. Meanwhile Jerry and I assigned 10 points each to Ohio State and LSU respectively, while Chip only has a total of seven points on both.

So we can only assume that Chip knows something we don’t, or that he’s going to find himself in an early hole come next week.

Be sure to let us know how brilliant/stupid we are for our picks in the comments.

: Chip’s original eight-point game was Florida (-35.5) over Idaho. With that game being canceled due to weather, Jerry and I, being the kind, wonderful people that we are, allowed Chip to change his eight point game to Baylor (-32.5) over SMU.

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Dottie Sandusky: Victims were ‘manipulated’

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The wife of Jerry Sandusky appeared on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday and maintained that she believes her husband is innocent.

Dottie Sandusky told Matt Lauer that the victims were manipulated by lawyers interested in financial gain, and that her husband — who was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012 — has been telling the truth from the beginning.

“Do I believe him? I definitely believe him,” she said. “Because if I didn’t believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”

As for claims that she was a weak spouse, who was herself manipulated by her husband, Sandusky said that those allegations were baseless. Furthermore, she insisthed a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Nou Camp on Sunday.An excellent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike gave Arsenal the lead after 36 minutes.But Barca worked themselves into control of the game and exploited the Gunners’ defensive frailties in the ss the boys who had claimed they screamed were not telling the truth, since she would have heard it and done something about it.

“There was nothing that went on,” she said. “Because I was here. I will take you downstairs and let you see the basement. It is not a dungeon. It is not what those kids said. You can scream, and you can hear it up to the second floor.”

Sandusky was joined by filmmaker John Ziegler, who was adamant in his assertion that Sandusky is innocent. Ziegler has eager to keep hold of Jude Bellingham.Bellingham, 16, has been attracting scouts from a number of top clubs, including Manchester United. “The only thing I can say is that I have a lot of conversations with Jude to help him make the best of hims as important to them this season as the Premier League.Tottenham travel to Southampton, where they lost 1-0 on New Year’s Day, on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round, and Mourinho, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2007, insists he will be treatingelspent the past two years researching the case and claims that the accusations simply don’t add up, including an assertion that the boy allegedly involved in the incident viewed by Mike Mcqueary has maintained to this day the event never occurred.

Ziegler also points to the issues surrounding Victim 6, who testified that he told his mother about he and Sandusky showering together, and she apparently told the coach that he’d never see her son again. Sandusky was said to have apologized and said to her that he wished he were dead.

“In the 1998 [case], you said the mother said, ‘You’ll never see my son again,’ ” Ziegler said to Lauer. “Well, guess what happened? For 13 years, Jerry Sandusky had a close relationship with her son, and she was well aware of it and acknowledged its existence. Thirteen years later, the boy you’re referencing sends Jerry Sandusky text messages: ‘Happy Father’s Day. I love you. Thank you for being in my life.’ Not one allegation in 13 years after that.”

Lauer goes on to point out that the Sanduskys and Ziegler’s stance is that everyone on the other side of the case has either been manipulated, or is lying. 

The full interview, which runs for nearly an hour, is available at the Today Show’s .

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Miami’s Stephen Morris calls South Florida a ‘dirty team’

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On Saturday Miami took care of in-state rival 49-21 with quarterback throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, so you’d think Morris would have been happy following the game. Well, oss Unai Emery ahead of the Europa League final.It was Emery who shuffled Luiz out the PSG exit door as the Brazilian made his return to Chelsea three years ago.But Luiz told chelseafc.com: “They have done great because it is never easy to change thehe wasn’t.

It’s not that Morris was unhappy with the way his team performed, but instead he did not appreciate the tactics he claims South Florida used. Morris was asked after the game why he motioned to the bench during the second quarter to leave the game, and .

“South Florida is aea after his howler against Everton on Sunday.The Spaniard was labelled as ‘arrogant’ by United’s midfield can handle the departure of Ander Herrera.Mata believes they have the quality in the current squad to fill the void left by the new PSG midfielder.”Ander is a friend and on a personal note I will miss him a lot. We know he is a very gited legend Roy Keane after his lax passing resulted in a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal in the 1-1 draw.And Bosnich believes a lot of the criticism is over the to dirty team to say the least,” Morris told the Miami Herald. “I don’t know man. When your down under [the pile] and everybody is on top they’re going to try and go for your ankles and everything. We were already up three, four touchdowns so I was like there ain’t no point for me to try to mess with these guys. They’re dirty. It is what is. I wanted to score 70 points on them. They disrespected us. I had no respect for them at all. At that point I felt like we should just keep pushing it, keep killing them.”

Morris would not go into specifics of what it was South Florida was doing, instead just saying it was “dumb stuff.” Morris came into the game with a bad ankle and implied that the Bulls were going after it.

“They obviously got the injury report,” said Morris.

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Bears score commitment No. 8 from linebacker Raaquan Davis

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added to their already impressive recruiting class on Monday with the commitment of Rockwall (Texas) linebacker .”I committed to Baylor because it’s just the place for me. Since my first time visiting unter with Lille as the biggest match of their season.Los Che currently sit third in Group H but, with Chelsea and Ajax playing each other, they will move into the qualification spots with a Gunnar Solskjaer was furious after their penalty cock-up at Wolves.The Sun says Paul Pogba won the 68th-minute spot-kick after being fouled in the box. Both he and Marcus Rashford wanted to take it, before the French World Cup winner got his way.But win at Mestalla.”It’s a very important game, our moanchester United are battling for PSG Bosman Adrien Rabiot.The Manchester Evening News says United are ready to offer him an escape route as he plots his next destination.The Red Devils have been long-term admirers of Rabiot having followed his progrst importhere I just felt a feeling that I never felt from being at any other schools,” Davis . The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder also held offers from , and among others. “I also love Baylor’s mentality about everything,” he said. “Whatever they want they don’t care about the obstacles and hardships in their way. And being close to home is always a plus.”Davis becomes the eighth commitment for the Bears and third linebacker of the group. Last season as a junior he racked up 111 tackles and an interception.

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2018 holiday gift guide: Something for every golf lover you’re shopping for this year

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eturn to the first team.The Cherries star, signed from Club Brugge, knal partnership with Saudi Arabian based Al Wefaq Rent a Car, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAs the newly promoted Blades head into the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, Al Wefaq Rent a Car have become the first official Car Rental Partner of the club in ows that he can make a successful comeback from the stress fracture on his foot.He has been out siuth teams are continuing to train at Hotspur Way.The London Evening Standard says no players have shown symptoms of the coronavirus so far.The club’s training ground is unusually quiet, however, with no non-essential visitors allowed, while handshakence December, but believes that he can come back a better player and help the team

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2016 Players Championship: Leaderboard breakdown, highlights from Friday

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ea boss Frank Lampard is pleased with his yung strikers after their friendly win St Patrick’s Athletic/Lampard was full of praise for Tammy Abraham anighted to be back in action.Johnson was pleased to be back in action for West Ham U23s on Friday night, and is looking forward to progressing this season.The full-back, who made a memorable first-team debut at Premier League champions Manchester Cityd Michy Batshuayi after his first wublicly stated that his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri joining Juventus would be the ultimate betrayal.The Chelsea manager was previously at Napoli for three seasons before his move to Stamford Bridge, but rumours have been ripe that the Italian in as Chelsea boss, despite neither striker scoring in their 4-0

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Tiger Woods withdraws from Farmers Insurance Open after 11 holes

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talian football history in April when, after defeating rivals Fiorentina, they sealed an eighth successive legn Philippe Coutinho.Arsenal have been the latest team to be linked with the e has no regrets over his tough spell with Newcastle United.Doumbia appeared only three times for Newcastle during the 2015-16 season.But the FC Sion striker told the Evening Chronicle: “I was confident because looking back at the seasons before, I uBarcelona outcast.The Blaugrana are willing to allow Coutinho leave on loan this season.Sky Sports claim Spurs have overtaken their local rivals and are in pole position to ague title. Their dominance of Serie A is something that has never been seen before, and they already have plans in place to continue it. One

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Video: Phil Mickelson can’t convert million-dollar shot on ‘Monday Night Football’

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The 22 year-old was cleared to play for the Blades this week and was on the bench for the Carabao Cup win over Blackburn Rovers.KVM have complained to FIFA and HLNg coach Rafa Benitez admits he has plans to return to England.The former Liverpd-a-half year deal to join City, and Farke’s persuasive powers had a huge part to play.“He told me about Norwich, but also that he had been chasing me for a long time,” he said.“We had a long conversation on the phone when I was at the training cool and Newcastle United manager is in his first season in the Chinese Premier League.He told BBC Sport: “In the future I will return to England. I’m happy here, it’s not says they’re prepared to take case further.Verrips joined the Blades on a free transfe

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Marvin Lewis: Because of media, concussions seem to linger longer

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The NFL has fined linebacker Vontaze Burfict after he was shown Sunday twisting the ankles of quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen in what appeared to be an attempt to injure them. Olsen wental Palace wearing the captain’s armband.Xhaka finished the game as skipper with forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off the pitch.Arsenal captain Aubameyang – who opened the scoring at Selhurst – was sent off for a reckless fot so far as to suggest that Burfict, who has a history of committing personal-foul penalties (though he wasn’t flagged for either play Sunday), .

On Wednesday, during his weekly press conference, coach Marvin Lewis was asked about Burfict, who had been sidelined by a concussion for mostck McCarthy says he has no doubts that Connolly is ready to play from the start for his country.He was on the bench for the 0-0 draw against Georgia, but he may get into the team for the clash against Switzerland on Tuesday.McCarthy told reporters ab of the season.

Lewis’ response was not your typical “string together a bunch of words without really saying anything” coach speak — though, in retrospect, Lewis might wish it had been.

“Well, he had a concussion against Atlanta,” , via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s that biggest concern that way. You don’t want him to have, you know, but again I coached defenses and linebackers for a longp believes that Harney Elliott is the real deal.The youngster was among the players who faced Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter final on Tuesday night.While the Reds lost the game 5-0, Elliott was among the younger players who shone against more time and concussions didn’t linger. Now we have found that because of the media and things they seem to linger longer. There’s a lot of attention paid to it. I don’t know why they linger longer. I don’t remember them lingering like they do now.”

Like Lewis, we’re not doctors. But despite our lack of medical training, we know that the media doesn’t have anything to do with concussions lasting longer than they did, say, 10 years ago.

We can only imagine what Lewis was implying: Because of the media shining a light on head injuries, and the subsequent medical research, we now know that concussions are much more serious than any of us previously thought.

But as the Enquirer’s Paul Dehner points out, “An important fact to remember is that concussion protocol these days essentially eliminates all coaches from having any authority. Lewis has referenced … many times that a player goes into the protocol and he leaves it in their hands. Team doctors must go through the steps with the player and an independent neurologist must then clear them to play on Sunday.”

As for what Burfict can do to avoid personal-foul penalties and future fines, Lewis offered this:

“He’s got to continue to play within the rules. He got called for a penalty last week that again was not necessarily a penalty. We just have to continue to do — football is changing,” he said. “We are trying to really coach the head out of football. That has been the mission of the league for the last two or three years. That continues daily. We have got to do that. We are teaching young guys new habits. Sometimes when that ball goes in the air its difficult to do all the time.”

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PBS Frontline: 76 of 79 NFL player brains studied show signs of CTE

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Having studied the brains of 79 deceased NFL players, one of the nation’s largest brain banks has come to the conclusion that 76 suffered from some form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease.

According to .

Other former NFLers who were found to have sufferedan international call-up.The defender has represented France at U21 level butto see Lyon striker Moussa Dembele score in their 3-1 win over Brest.The frontman is on the radar of both clubs, says the Chelsea-Man-Utd-scouts-watch-Lyon-striker-Moussa-Dembele-score.html” target=”_blank”>Daily MailChelsea arplans.The Watford defender is on-loan at the Liberty to the end of the season.”It’s the same as everyone else,” Cooper told WalesOnline.”We can only have five out of our six loans in the squad when everyone’s fit. Ben is a part of the squad and we’ree thought to have a str is determined to catch the eye of Didier Deschamps.”It is the performance that I will make in the match that will determine if I have the level to play with Les Bleus,” Dio from CTE include Hall of Fame Steelers center Mike Webster, legendary linebacker Junior Seau, former Bears defender Dave Duerson and former Bengals receiver Chris Henry. Seau and Duerson both shot themselves in the chest, presumably so their brains could be studied after their deaths.

As Frontline notes, the did not respond to several requests for comment.

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Bill Belichick won’t show film of the Patriots’ opponent making mistakes

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The ‘ opponent this coming Sunday — the — has lost three straight games and has allowed 45 points in consecutive weeks. In those two games alone, the Eagles defense has yielded 10 touchdown passes, five each to and .

According to wide receiver , though, you would probably think they were the best defense in the league if you sat in on one of Bill Belichick’s film sessions.

“Man, the crazy thing about it is we haven’t seen [any] of those touchdown passes on film,” LaFell said, . “Bill doesn’t show all that. We’ve just been seeing all of them causing turnovers, guys making plays, the defensive line led by [Fletcher] Cox, get to the quarterback and stuff like that. We haven’t seen all the touchdown passes they’ve been giving up. We’ve just been seeing all the takeaways they’ve been having.

“He’s going to show us how to get open and stuff like that but, for the most part, he’s got us focusing on taking care of the ball, blocking their front fourikel John Obi is unsurprised by Frank Lampard’s success in management.The Nigeria midfielder, currently with Trabzonspor, says his former teammate was the hardest working he played with.Obi replied without hesitation when he was asked to name the har, beating man-to-man coverage and finding ways to make plays.”

Apparently, this is not a new tactic, but rather one Belichick routinely employs when gearing up to face the next opponent.

“It feels like every team we play against, it feels like the best defensive line we’re going to face in the year, the best secondary,” LaFell said. “Every time we watch film against a team, I feel lared he’s prepared to quit if his job hinges on winning the Europa League final next week.Ahead of next week’s clash with Arsenal, Sarri angrily told the Chelsea hierarchy that if they are judging him purely on the outcome of the Europa League finallike they’re undefeated because we never see [any] of the bad plays. We always see the positive things they do and I guess he has us going out there and just make sure we respect our opponent and make sure we study everything he’s showing to Liverpool.The Belgium international joined Club Brugge this summer after getting fed-up serving as back-up to Alisson.And he says staying and earning his wages at Anfield would have been the easy option.He said: “However, that was the easy option: sus so we can focus on that so they cannot beat us like they’ve been beating other teams.

“He does a great job every week. I’m telling you every week I’m like, ‘This might be the best defense we’re facing this week. These are the best DBs, best defensive line,’ so he does a great job and keeps us on our toes with all the questions he asks and everybody goes out there and plays.”

First of all, this is awesome. Second of all, it’s classic Belichick. Third of all, every team should probably do this, right? It seems to be working pretty well for the guy in the hoodie.