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Claudio Ranieri visits Leicester City training ground to say goodbye to players – but did they cost him his job?

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When asked if it had been an emotional meeting with his players, he insisted it had been "normal".

Ranieri guided the midlands club to a shock title last season .

Leicester have lost their last five league games and are yet to score in the top flight in 2017 ahead of Monday’s visit of Liverpool.

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"After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

"Sadly this was not to be. I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family foo Fleetwood Town for the rest of the season.Connolly was with Lincoln City for the first half of the season, where he played 15 games.Now he will head to the League One club for the rest of the term.Connolly has only played one game for the Everton sr their never ending support during my time at Leicester.

"Mostly I have to thy targeted Dejan Lovren for their shock 3-0 defeat of champions-elect Liverpool.Two goals from Ismaila Sarr and one from Deeney, all three of which came in the second half, were enough to seal a famous victory for the Hornets, leaving Liverpool to reank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.

"Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football."

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wore a shirt bearing Ranieri’s initials as a mark of respect at his Friday press conference.

Mourinho’s relationship with the Italian has been fraught, but he followed up an Instagram tribute to Ranieri with further warm words on Friday, and described his own sacking by Chelsea in December 2015 – again just months after winning a league title – as "peanuts" by comparison.

Speaking about the initialled shirt, Mourinho said: "It is my little homage to somebody that wrote the most beautiful history of the Premier League.

"Somebody that probably would deserve the Leicester stadium to be named ‘Claudio Ranieri’ – and he is sacked. So I think Leicester made history two years in a row."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also compared the sacking Ranieri to Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as US president.

Reds boss Klopp said: "For me there have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time – obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this."

Antonio Conte also said he would struggle to accept it if it did turn out Leicester’s players effectively forced Ranieri out.

The Chelsea manager added: "It’s not rightrdiola insists the title race isn’t over after defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.Liverpool proved more clinical in front of goal, scoring twice inside the first 15 minutes to take an early stranglehold on the game.And although Bernardo Silva’s second hal that the players decide if a manager must be sacked or not. If this happened, it means that the club is poor, without power."

But Foxes caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare dismissed rumours of dressing-room unrest.

He said: "I’m not aware of any senior players going to the owners so that’s news to me. What I would say, there was a lot of frustration because of results but he hadn’t lost the dressing room."

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AP: Early NFL Draft entries announced

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Keenan Allen, WR, California

Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

Gio Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

Mike Edwards, DB, Hawaii

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada

Joe Kruger, DE, Utah

Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse

Eric Reid, S, LSU

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

Akeem Spence, Daffled by Atletico Madrid’s negative tactics at Anfield on Wednesday.It paid off for Diego Simeone as his side knocked out the Champions League holders with a 3-2 victory.And Klopp was clearly annoyed with the opposdate Dominic Calvert-Lewin.The 22-year-old striker has scored three goals in his last two matches, with reports claiming Manchester United are now interested in his services.Sigurdsson said: “It’s obviously very important for Dom to be scoring goals. eal to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.Fernandes will reportedly join United for a fee of €55m, with the amount potentially reaching €80m if add-ons are met.”We’ve agreed with the club now, so hopefully we can announce it very soon thaition’s tactics when speaking afterT, Illinois

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

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Friday Five: The most explosive players in college football heading into 2017

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Every Friday, the Friday Five will rank something in the world of — anything and everything from the logical to the illogical. This week we rank the most explosive players in the country entering 2017.

It’s Fourth of July weekend. With Independence Day falling on a Tuesday this year, people around the country get to kick off the nation’s .Ampadu is hoping his turn will come when he returns to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.“In our sport most people progress on talent and hard work — and that’s what I see at Chelsea,” Ampadu told the Evening London Standard.”Honestly, I birthday party a little early this year. That means that no matter where you live in America, there’s a good chance you’re going to see, or at least hear, some fireworks over the next 72 hours.

My sincerest apologies to your dog.

With there being so many fireworks on the way, it only made sense that for this week’s Friday Five, I rank the most explosive players in college football. Not literally, of course. I mean the players capable of blowing a game open anytime they touch the ball.

The guys who can take a simple play and turn it into something spectacular.

Now, there are a lot of options out there to choose from, but I’m not going to include quarterbacks on the list.

My sincerest apologies to our reigning Heisman winner , and ‘s , as well as quite a few others.

Hell, even limiting the list to running backs, receivers and returners still left me with a lot of options to choose from, but these are the five guys who stuck out the most in my mind.

Given that he plays in the MAC and not for Western Michigan, there’s a good chance you aren’t familiar with Cody Thompson, which is fine. Maybe you should be, though. Toledo has one of the most prolific offenses in the conference and is a favorite to win it this year, and Thompson would play a fundamental role in it happening.

He finished last season with 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving, but while those numbers are nice, it’s the fact he averaged 19.8 yards per reception that stands out. He’s a big-play threat, which is reflected not only in his yards per catch, but in his 10 receptions for 40 yards or more.

Barkley is one of my personal favorites, and there’s simply no way I was leaving him off the list. Whether he’s in the weight room or on a football field, he has you shaking your head in disbelief at the things he does.

He’s capable of breaking a big play in the run game, return game or as a receiver, and barring any injuries, he’s a name that will be in the Heisman discussion all season long.

What makes Barkley even scarier is that, as explosive as he’s been in his first two seasons, he was playing behind an offensive line that wasn’t great. While I don’t know how good the Penn State line is going to be in 2017, it should be the best one Barkley’s worked behind in his college career, which might mean he’s about to take things to another level.

You would think that losing would be a much bigger deal for LSU than it is, but LSU has Derrius Guice, so it won’t be. As we saw from Guice last season when he was filling in for Fournette, while he may not have the raw power and destructive nature Fournette carried with him on runs, Guice can change a game just as quickly.

Guice rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, averaging 7.58 yards per carry. Now, lest you think that average was just a byproduct of a few games against lesser opponents, let me clear the air for you.

In eight games against SEC opponents, Guice averaged 7.74 yards per carry and scored 11 of his touchdowns.

Also, there’s no running back in the country coming back this season that had more 30+ yard carries than Guice’s 11 last season (‘s Lamar Jackson had 13).

LSU’s run game will be just fine.

One of my favorite players to watch, Quadree Henderson, gets things done in a variety of ways. He’s not large — he’s listed at 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds on Pitt’s website, and even that might be generous — but he comes up huge on the field.

Henderson is just one of those players that is a threat to score any time the ball ends up in his hands. He averaged 10.52 yards per rush last season, carrying the ball 60 times and scoring five touchdowns. In the passing game, he caught 26 passes and averaged 11 yards per reception.

Then there’s his work on special teams. As a punt returner, Henderson averaged 15.75 yards per return. The only two players in the country to average more yards per return were ‘ and ‘s JoJo Natson (‘s Adoree Jackson tied Henderson).

As a kick returner, Henderson averaged 30.47 yards per return and scored three touchdowns. That average wasn’t the result of just a few returns, either, as Henderson’s 30 kick returns ranked 19th in the country last season. No player with more returns than Henderson had a better return average than he did, with only ‘ (38 returns, 28.11 yards per) even coming close.

Henderson is just a game-breaker, and it’s fun just seeing all the ways Pitt chief Patrick Kluivert has confirmed they’re scouting talent at Ajax.Kluivert won the Champions League with the Dutch giants and says after the success of Frenkie de Jong it’s only natural Barca will look at more Ajax players.He explained, “Ajax hasfigures out how to use him.

I can’t help but feel like James Washington gets overlooked a bit too easily in the college football world. The kid has played three whole seasons now, and he’s put up some rather ridiculous numbers while doing so.

As a freshman, we saw glimpses of Washington’s game. He only caught 28 passes, but he averaged 16.29 yards per reception and scored six touchdowns. The signs were certainly there, and he’s delivered on the promise the last two seasons.

Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington has caught 124 passes for 2,467 yards. Quick, do that math in your head. That’s 19.90 yards per reception. Washington is getting nearly 20 yards every single time he catches a pass. He also has 20 receiving touchdowns over the last two years, meaning he scores 16.1 percent of the time that hs in talks with Juve about succeeding Max Allegri as coach and has just granted an interview with Vanity Fair.He said, “The concept of victory at all costs is an extreme that blurs the minds of the fans and some directors and this is the thing that we catches a pass. For a guy that’s not just a red zone target, that’s an impressive rate.

Now, while it’s not exactly something you can predict going forward, Washington also had three receptions of over 80 yards last season, further showing just how explosive he can be when he has the ball.

I have a feeling he could blow up on the scene this year and be 2017’s ; a big play machine that works his way to New York as a Heisman finalist.

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WATCH: Wyoming upsets No. 13 Boise State on a game-winning safety

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It’s one thing to upset the No. 13 team in the country. It’s another thing entirely to do it on a safety.

Welcome, Wyoming. You’re now a part of what can only be described as an exclusive fraternity. Seriously, when was the last time a team won on a safety?

The aforemen a new season at Leicester City.Fuchs is about to begin his fifth season at City after signing a one-year contract extension this summer.He said, “I’m very happy, I feel very comfortable and I’m looking forward to working with Brendany Jose Mourinho was tough to take.Dier had the indignity of being hauled off 29 minutes into Mourinho’s second game in charge against Olympiakos.But he says, “It’s never happened before and it’s not something you ever want to happen. “It’s not a good. He has been tioned play happened on a second-and-10 for Boise State with under two minutes remaining. Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien was sacked and fumbled in the end zone with the ball going out of the back of the end zone. That gave Wyoming the 30-28 win.

After the touchdown, linebacker Chase Appleby did the best safety dance possible.

According to the CBS Sports Network broadcast, this was the first time Wyoming had defeated Boise State. For the win, core-sign LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Inter need a new striker after losing Alexis Sanchez to a three-month injury layoff.“Maybe I’d have done something so crazy,” Moratti, referring to Ibra, told Sport Mediaset.“Having said that, there’s ach Craig Bohl, who already makes , racks up some nice bonuses.

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College Football Power Rankings: It’s time to give Baylor some on-field respect

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As October sneaks up on us, it’s time to dream a little.

In a little over a month, the Playoff Selection Committee will release its first set of rankings. That’s where the dreaming comes in.

If the playoff started today — per this week’s Power Rankings — two Big Ten teams would not only be in but would play each other.

Ohio State-Wisconsin would be a regular-season rematch. Louisville vs. Alabama would be the other semifinal. Tell me you wouldn’t hit the secondary market for tickets to those games.

Lamar Jackson vs. Alabama’s defense. Urban Meyer vs. Wisconsin with a chance to meet Nick Saban again.

This late-September fantasy was made possible by the Badgers moving up five spots after a fairly shocking win at Michigan State.

Other fast risers in this week’s Power Rankings were No. 14 Baylor (up nine spots), No. 17 Washington and No. 18 Utah (both up seven), and No. 16 Ole Miss (up five).

A tip of the headset to No. 25 Western Michigan for checking in with the MAC’s first appearance this season.

  1 The best thing said about a 48-0 win over Kent State is Nick Saban didn’t humiliate his alma mater. The worst thing: Tailback Damien Harris and is day-to-day. Do we really need to be concerned? Harris’ replacement, freshman Joshua Jacobs, went for 97 yards and two touchdowns. –11-2 2 Bye. Deep breath after a monumental win at Oklahoma and the opening of the Big Ten season against Rutgers. –13-1 3 Perhaps only Alabama has accomplished more this season. The Badgers have beaten two top 10 teams (at kickoff) away from home. The latest win.The French midfielder has been plagued by injuries this season and he has been absent since returning from the international break this month.He has not played since the 4-1 win at Southampton at the beginning of the month with a series of hamstring, 30-6 over Michigan State, may have been the second-biggest Big Ten statement this season. (Ohio State over Oklahoma was first). 510-4 4 Lamar Jackson is on pace to account for 75 touchdowns. His season total went to 25 after going for seven against Marshall. Let’s put that in perspective. Seven teams scored less than 25 all of last season. Yikes! 18-5 5 Tom Herman had no mercy on his old employers at Texas State with a 64-3 win. The serious part of the schedule resumes Thursday with UConn, the only team to beat the Cougars last season. 14-8 6 The Tigers aren’t as dominating offensively, but they are a bitch defensively. Clemson goes into the Louisville game third nationally in total defense. Only five teams have given up fewer touchdowns than the Tigers’ five. –14-1 7 You never got the feeling UCLA had things wrapped up Saturday at Rose Bowl. The Cardinal led for less than nine minutes the whole game until Ryan Burns game-winning touchdown pass. Defensive end Solomon Thomas had an All-America performance (three tackles, a sack, two TFLs and a touchdown). –4-8 8 Trevor Knight had a Lamar Jackson-like performance vs. Arkansas — 382 total yards, four touchdowns. With a 21-point win, the Aggies are back in the top 10 for the first time since last year’s 5-0 start. This 4-0 start is the third consecutive matching the previous best run from 1939-41. 48-5 9 The Vols rid themselves of a 12-year hangover in beating the Gators. The difficult slate continues — at Georgia, at Texas A&M and Alabama in the next three weeks. 48-5 10 In Week 5, the Big Ten favorite (to some) plays its first ranked team (Wisconsin). To get there undefeated, the Wolverines forced two turnovers and recorded seven sacks against Penn State. –9-4 11 Nice get-well game by the Noles. Dalvin Cook woke up with 267 rushing yards en route to a clubbing of South Florida. Cook still has a ways to go to be the self-proclaimed best back in the game. The Noles remain an ACC sidebar with Clemson-Louisville this week. 36-7 12 Coming off the worst home loss since 2009, the Spartans must rebound quickly. “Now we’ll take some shots,” Mark Dantonio said after a 30-6 loss to Wisconsin. Ominous sign: That was also Michigan Sthave shifted shirt sponsors from Puma to Adidas.And Gunners stars Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been pictured wearing the new kit.The design is inspired from the 1986 kit.Aubameyang and Lacazette with the new Arsenal kit for ate’s last losing season. 77-6 13 In a program that’s had a few notable running quarterbacks, Tommy Armstrong is making his mark. Armstrong went for a career-high 132 yards rushing in a workmanlike win at Northwestern. In the last two weeks, Armstrong has had 12 runs of at least 11 yards. 45-7 14 There’s a book somewhere to be done on the 2016 Bears. This Big 12 championship dream is gaining legs despite the firing of their coach. The Bears moved to 4-0 after beating Oklahoma State 35-24chance.Willians has impressed since getting the call this season from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Ryan said, “I just think Brandon is another inspiration for all the players. You’re always looking at the players ahead of you and, if you see someon. Ishmael Zamora in his first game since being suspended for beating his dog had a career-high 175 receiving yards. 911-3 15 Bye. Three nonconference wins over teams that are 3-9. Now comes big-boy football. ACC season opens this week at Georgia Tech. 16-7 16 That’s how you rebound. The SEC’s best quarterback, Chad Kelly, threw for 282 yards in routing Georgia to show the Rebels ain’t dead yet. Ole Miss hadn’t beaten Georgia in 10 years. 54-8 17 What did the Huskies expect after playing their first legitimate opponent? Washington survived in overtime at Arizona, 35-28. A first-team defense that hadn’t allowed a touchdown gave up four. Stanford comes to Washington on Friday in an early Pac-12 North showdown. 78-5 18 The Utes rallied back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat USC. Quarterback Troy Williams, who grew up 15 minutes from USC, threw the winning touchdown pass with 16 seconds left. 711-3 19 That escalated quickly, didn’t it? One week after a coming-of-age win at Missouri, Jacob Eason and the Dawgs were run out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium 45-14. There will be more days like this for Eason, a freshman (137 passing yards, three sacks). 1012-2 20 Fifth consecutive loss to Texas A&M (45-24) clouds the remainder of the season. The Hogs snapped it 20 times inside the Aggies’ 20 and came away with 17 points. Not enough. 92-10 21 Bye. Longhorns had a hand in the firing of Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder. The 50 points against the Irish earlier this month was the only second time in 31 years Notre Dame’s D gave up at least half a hundred. 28-5 22 Never have the fortunes of a team switched so dramatically. Tennessee scored 38 straight Saturday to beat Gators for the first time in 12 years. Florida now needs help to win the East. 411-2 23 The 14-7 win at Rutgers was a 60-minute advertisement for Sominex. The Hawkeyes try to wake up this week against Northwestern. 310-3 24 Bye. Aztecs face New Year’s Six Group of Five competition from Navy, Air Force and Western Michigan. All are undefeated as well. 210-3 25 The Fightin’ Flecks have done something no Big Ten team has done so far — go 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Broncos have won at Northwestern and Illinois. Coach P.J. Fleck (20-10 since 2014) has to get a few calls this offseason, doesn’t he? NR7-6

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Rape victim calls for Baylor to ‘shut down football’

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The outrage inside Brenda Tracy bubbles up regularly. Baylor has seen to that lately.

The 42-year-old single mother of two young adult sons was pacing around her suburban Portland apartment last week — agitated — after she heard the news.

Tracy has no direct connection to the Baylor scandal — Art Briles being all but fired, blamed for enabling a culture of sexual assault that an independent report concluded had gone on for years.

She has no connection, yet she has every connection. Since the age of nine, Tracy says she has been raped by five different men. Two of them were Oregon State football players 17 years ago in Corvallis, Oregon. None has been brought to justice.

When the anger subsided last Thursday, Tracy came to a new realization.

“I live in this world,” she concluded, “where Baylor is the norm.”

You will be hearing a lot more about Tracy in the near future. Mark Emmert already has an , asking for the being called up.The Brazilian is in the process of securing a Spanish passport after declaring he’d like to play for La Roja.Moreno said, “Gabriel Paulista is processing his passport but right now he cannot be called up. When he gets his Spanish passNCAA to take the lead on sexual assault at its colleges.

Her story, revealed in late 2014, is a sad, graphic reminder the Baylor scandal doesn’t end at the entrance to Baylor. It bores into the minds of the assaulted who have to relive their own horrific details.

“I’ll tell you what should happen and it will be highly controversial,” Tracy said during a Monday phone interview.

Tracy says she was drugged and raped by four men at an off-campus party in Corvallis in 1998. The two Oregon State players involved were suspended for a game by then-coach that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcoming Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his couMike Riley and made to do community service.

Her rape kit along with mountains of evidence — the players implicated each other — was eventually destroyed, gone forever when the statute of limitations ran out.

and incredible bravery by Tracy in November 2014, her story was hidden.

Now she wants her account used as a template for curing the scourge of sexual assault in college athletics. It starts with Baylor.

“I think they need to get rid of everybody and shut down the football program for one year. I think they need to start over [at Baylor],” Tracy said. “Otherwise, they’re just trying to put a Band-Aid on it. What did we learn from Penn State?”

A death penalty or even something resembling the Penn State penalties in the Sandusky scandal appears unlikely. Baylor is already in the rebuilding stage. It has fired Briles, reassigned president Ken Starr and seen athletic director Ian McCaw resign (while on probation). Jim Grobe has been hired as acting coach.

Football will go on. Baylor is moving on. The lives of the afflicted are damaged forever. Tracy is a shining example.

“To me, rape is the attempted murder of your spirit and your soul. …

I suffered, wanting to kill myself pretty much every day for 16 years and couldn’t because I had children,” she said. “I hated myself. I didn’t want to be inside my own body. Nightmares. PTSD. Weight and eating [problems]. I was a broken person. I didn’t want to be like that anymore.”

That’s before she emailed Canzano out of desperation. That’s before Oregon State president Ed Ray saw the story and not only apologized to her face-to-face but hired her as a consultant.

(That’s the same Ed Ray, it should be noted, who spearheaded the precedent-setting penalties against Penn State 2012 as a member of the NCAA’s executive committee.)

That was before Tracy was told that at least some of her assailants are living comfortably somewhere in California. She suspects they continue to torment her, leaving comments at the bottom of stories currently being written about her.

“The person writing the comments ha[s] details that I know it’s got to be one of them or a family member,” Tracy said. “[They say] I’ve ruined their lives and hurt them.

“I always say, ‘If you don’t like your part in the story, you should have played a better part.'”

Tracy’s story begins to explain a mystery of sexual assault — some victims don’t cooperate with law enforcement. At the time, she was confused, ashamed, hurt – in more ways than one. The nurse who oversaw Tracy’s post-rape exam told the Oregonian it was “among the most disturbing sex-assault exams I’ve ever administered.”

A flashlight was one of the pieces of evidence, according to the police report.

“That’s the thing that frustrates me the most,” she said. “I’ll have commentators and trolls online and they’ll say, ‘Brenda get over it. That happened 17 years ago.'”

It took until six years ago for Tracy to even tell her oldest son what had happened. where he is.The striker continues to be linked with European champions Liverpool.The 23-year-old has a £50million release clause in his contract and various reports have indicated that Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to trigger it in a bid to brin They sat in her car in the driveway with Tracy sobbing, ‘I’m so sorry.’

Sorry?

She was already saddled with the memory of being assaulted by a family member between ages two and five. Tracy said a babysitter’s boyfriend raped her when she was nine.

“I felt if I said anything he’d kill me,” she said. “I didn’t say anything.”

Since the assault occurred off campus, Oregon State officials weren’t prepared (back then) for how to go forward. Tracy says she got two death threats.

“Nothing has changed in 17 years since I was raped. Baylor is another example, and it’s not the only school that is doing this,” she said. “How do I change this culture?”

Tracy has found new purpose in life since unloading her story to a sports columnist. She has been responsible for five new laws combating sexual assault in the state of Oregon. One of them extends the statute of limitations from six to 12 years in sexual assault cases.

With her help, the Pac-12 was encouraged to adopt a transfer rule. The SEC voted in a similar version. No school can take a transfer with serious misconduct issues.

Next month, she will be at Nebraska to speak to Riley and his players. Riley had promised to meet her when her story emerged at Oregon State. Shortly thereafter, he left for Lincoln, Nebraska.

In this story of betrayal, a promise has been kept. But Tracy’s biggest questions that day will be reserved for a quiet, private meeting with the coach. How much did Riley know about her assault when he gave those two players only a one-game suspension?

“It’s me being able to face my demons,” Tracy said. “This has been something that has plagued me for years. … In a selfish way, I’m hoping this trip helps me heal.”

So after a life of torment and pain, is there room for something close to forgiveness?

“Even if [Riley] did know and was complicit, such as the coach at Baylor,” Tracy said, “sometimes what happens in the past is not as important as what is moving forward.”

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Change isn’t coming easy at Texas, but Strong has the track record to do it

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Two games in, Texas coach Charlie Strong has suspended or dismissed 11 players.

You’ve heard the snark: He’s getting down to the 53-man roster limit.

Two games in, Strong has lost his starting quarterback, center and may be missing Saturday against UCLA. He has only eight offensive linemen available — with 10 career starts to their credit. A month ago two of them were playing defense.

Two games in, Texas’ coach remains in the process of shaping the Longhorns in his image. You know, the one that produced 37 victories in four years and a Sugar Bowl win at Louisville.

Two games in, a cynic could call the season a wash. Come back fresh next year. The 41-7 loss to BYU was the worst at home since 1997. There’s a symmetry there. That game 17 years ago was the infamous Rout 66 against UCLA (66-3) that ushered John Mackovic out the door.

Recall, again, who the Horns play this week?

But two games in, Strong also doesn’t need anyone telling him how to do his job. Except that’s part of the job at Texas.

That was a UT truth before Strong arrived, before his first season sputtered to a depressing 1-1 start.

Before Red McCombs returned my call this week.

The 86-year old former owner of the Spurs, Vikings and Nuggets still holds significant power at a place that traffics daily in it. There’s a statue of him inside the stadium. His name is on the business school. McCombs reportedly has donated more than $100 million to the school, has a reported net worth of about $1.5 billion.

Who is going to tell him no regarding … anything Texas? He’s the , then apologized. He’s the guy who was also at the season opener.

Now?

“Expectations have been lowered by the results of our first two games,” McCombs said. “I don’t think our expectations are going to get much lower than what they are now. I think our move is going to be up.”

McCombs spoke to a group of boosters Saturday and was asked what impressed him most about the Horns Saturday.

“The fact that three of the guys sweated enough to have to take a shower after the game,” he said. “The players and the coaches wouldn’t want to hear that. They knew that was a joke.”

We’re not saying this follows any logical, linear form. It is merely Week 3 of 2014 in Austin. It must be endured. Mack Brown was everybody’s friend until he didn’t win enough games. In the state, Texas A&M has assimilated nicely into the SEC. Baylor won the Big 12 (beating Texas to do it). Rival Oklahoma is coming off an Alabama win in the Sugar Bowl and is ranked in the top four.

Strong deserves the time and space to reshape the Horns, to toughen them up — to win. From this perspective, he has and he will.

Strong has a track record. Perhaps the biggest criticism of Texas football is its alleged country club atmosphere. Perhaps it is ridiculously early to be talking about any of this.

It’s also fair to the take the temperature of a program that has the largest budget in the country. McCombs is one [rich] man with one [significant] thermometer.

Hey, Strong was the guy who told us the Horns . Honesty has turned into accuracy.

McCombs said he didn’t crieir support of coach Marcelino.Marcelino survived intense sack talk in January to lead VCF to Champions League qualification and the Copa.Alemany said, “It’s a bet of the club, of everything (in reference to the continuity of Marcelino). I am very haticize Strong’s hiring — although he did say at the time Strong would make “.”  Instead it was what McCombs called the school’s “practice and process,” in replacing Brown that bothered him. McCombs says he was told by former Texas president Bill Powers at one point “no big hurry, we’ve got another couple of weeks.”

“[At the time] I was talking to a coach who I think is one of the top five coaches in the nation,” McCombs said. “I think I had him at the five-yard line …”

Whether that was Jon Gruden, a replacement McCer Roman Abramovich.The former Blues manager returns to Stamford Bridge this weekend to face his former club.On Abramovich, Ancelotti said: “I probably spoke three times with Abramovich after leaving Chelsea. “It was always a pleasant conversatioombs reportedly courted, is not known. He did say it was not Nick Saban.

“The next day they announced they’d hired Coach Strong. Obviously, something happened … It fell out like I was disappointed in Coach Strong. I was disappointed in the decision being made.”

McCombs has made peace with Strong, says he is a strong supporter.ly Samatta is pinching himself over his Carabao Cup final appearance against Manchester City.On Sunday he will play for his new club against Manchester City at Wembley. “This is huge,” the Tanzania striker told the Daily Mail. “It’s a final. At Wembl Still, is there that a temptation to write off a season to misfortune and transition?

“You can’t do that,” McCombs said. “You’ve got to improve every day. They’ve got kids to work with. They’ll be getting better. I’m sure that Coach Strong and his staff have been surprised with some of these kids because they thought they’d get more out of them.”

What about optimism?

“It’s always OK — honest to God — to be optimistic in Texas. We have the greatest high school football factory in the world …

“Coach Strong’s stronghold was his relationship with Florida high school coaches. Now he’s going to have to develop that background with Texas high school coaches. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to do that …

“Will that take another couple of years? Probably so?”

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NCAA Football 13: If it’s revisionist Heisman blasphemy, it’s in the game

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One of the keys to understanding the mind of a college football fan – and therefore to manipulate into buying things – is to remember a simple rule: Who you hate is every bit as important as who you love. And one of the many joys of following the college game as opposed to the pros is that there is virtually zehe intends to continue playing into his 40s.He told A Bola: “Right now, I’m not thinking of becoming a coach, but maybe, who knows? If one day I get bored and it tempts me … If I became a coach, I would be someone motivational. “During training, I ro chance that a college fan will ever, under any circumstances, have to endure the sight of a deified campus hero wearing the colors of a rival school. , it just isn’t done, you see.

So I can only assume, then, that video game titan EA Sports handed planning meetings for this year’s edition of its franchise, NCAA Football 13, over to some guy who just wandered across the hall from the Madden team… who also happens to be the CEO’s son… who also spent most of his undergraduate career in a coma, earning credits a subliminal marketing degree via books on tape. Because that is the only way I can imagine them :

Yes, the game’sity with League One Fleetwood and has been receiving rave reviews for his performances.The 21-year-old Australia international has helped Fleetwood into promotion contention and also earned him individual recognition as the English Football League’s new “Heisman Challenge” will enable players to alter time and space by dropping any of 16 former Heisman Trophy winners – Barry Sanders, Andre Ware, Herschel Walker, Robert Griffin III, Marcus Allen, Charlie Ward, Eddie George, Desmond Howard, Carson Palmer, Doug Flutie, Jim Plunkett, Archie Griffin, Tim Brown, Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart and Mark Ingram – onto any roster in the game, even in “Dynasty” mode, even if it happens to be one of their mortal enemy’s. (Or, judging from the trailer, esp Rummenigge admits James Rodriguez has chosen to return to parent club Real Madrid.At the Colombian’s request, the German club will not exercise the €42m option that was included in his two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.”We had a personal conversecially if it happens to be one of their mortal enemy’s.) In real life, for example, Carson Palmer , Robert Griffin and Desmond Howard in . Now, finally, you can imagine them inflicting the same pain on their former teammates for your amusement. The “challenge” is .

At least they had the good sense notto depict Cam Newton playing for , lest three-quarters of the state’s population spontaneously combust.

Of course, if they really want to sell more games, EA would let its engineers fix the “quick jump” that sends offensive linemen flying and superhuman linebackers who make passing over the middle impossible. But why do all that work when they can hook you with blasphemy?

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Carl Edwards denies Amanda Beard’s accusations in book

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says he’s unsure why had so many critical things to say about their relationship in her current book.Edwards, who dated the Olympic swimmer before marrying his wife Kate, was surprised by the many things Beard said about theirca says Juanfran’s departure leaves Atletico coach Diego Simeone looking for a right-back and Semedo’s performances from Barcelona have caught the eye.Nevertheless, Barcelona are under no pressure to sell as he isenham Hotspur are willing to sell Christian Eriksen this winter.The Danish international is showing no signs of committing to a new, long term deal at the club.Given his current contract runs out in the summer, Spurs do not want to lose him for free. a useful part of the squad and has a time together.“Absolutely but I wouldn’t know where to start,” Edwards said Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. “I don’t know if I am supposed to talk about the psychology of feelings and opinions when you have a relationship that doesn’t work out or if I am supposed to talk about the strategies to sell books or whatever. To be honest with you guys, it is just weird. I don’t know how to address things that I don’t even remember happening. That is tough. It is pretty far out there out of left field for me.”Among the things Beard wrote about Edwards in her book “In the Water, They Can’t See You Cry”was “He never asked me what I might like to do, because he only wanted to be on Carl time. He couldn’t imagine any other kind of time.”

She also said that she has cut ties with Edwards “severely and permanently” and that she felt “relieved and energized” when they split. Edwards was surprised by those words. 

“I thought about that a lot and I couldn’t really come up with a good explanation or answer for you guys because I truly didn’t know what to think about it,” he said. “I guess all I can say is that I considered us friends and I didn’t realize that she had all those problems. I would have done anything in the world to have helped her with io Ferdinand says it’s unfair to compare Harry Maguire with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.Ferdinand says Maguire should not be expected to carry too much of the burden at United.“Inevitably he is going to be judged against someone like Virgil those. As always, regardless of what she writes in her books and things like that, if she ever needs something from me I would be there to help her out. I don’t know what else to say about that.”

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WATCH: Golf fans go wild as Tiger Woods takes lead with eagle to close front nine

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s paid tribute to Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino.The midfielder says his Brazil pal is vital for club and country.He told the Hoje Sim podcast, “At Liverpool he is the perfect player there for that positioman has been linked with Manchester City and former club Chelsea.Asked whether a move came close on last week’s deadline day, Ake said: “No, I think obviously a few things happened but I just made sure I kept fods are welcoming back the Brazilian keeper to training.He has been absent since a cal muscle injury during the first game of the Premier League season ruled him out of action.The no.1 shot stopper has taken a big step towards his recovery, per Goal.Hcused on here.”You never know what can n. Because he’s a smart guy, a guy who he

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Green jacket donated then sold for close to $20,000

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Roma veteran Aleksandar re as important as any striker to the team’s attack.Souness insists that Liverpool ‘s attack must now be regarded as a fab FIVE, given everything the full-backs bring to the party.He said: “Liverpool have won nothing yet, and anything can happen. WKolarov offered no excuses after defeat to Bologna on Friday night.Mufurt striker Sebastien Haller.The Hammers completed a club-record £45m transfer for Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt on a five-year deal on Wednesday.Pellegrini said: “Of course it was important to sign him because if you compare this squad with the sa Barrow bagged a brace and assisted the opener for Riccardo Orsolini at the Stadio Olimpico, while Stefano Denswil got an own goal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s late header set up a tense finale.“We lost a game, Bologna deserved to win, that is all,” Kolarov told Sky Sport Italia.“Our 2020 has not started well, but these periods can happen during a season. All we can do is keep our heads down and work harder.“We knew Bologna were tough to beat and dangerous on the counter-attack. Our pressing was not good enough and that left us flat-footed on the counter. Bologna absolutely deserved to win and we did not perform up to our standards today. We did better after the break, but it was not enough.“There are many elements to the negative period, but as the oldest of the group, I stay close to my friends, we discussed it, know what we need to do and keep going forward.”

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2015 US Open: Phil Mickelson’s 69 in Round 1 marked by putting woes

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Monaco defenderBrighton defender Ben White is on the move.Sky Sports says White is undergoing a medical at Leeds ahead of a season-long loan.The youngster spent last year on loan at Peterborough.White also joined Newport County on loan for the 2017/18 campaign and made over 40 appear up to Chelsea for the permanent signing of Alvaro Morata.The Telegraph says Atletico are preparing a bid for Morata after being told to pay £50m to keep him from returning to Chelsea.Last week, the Blues issued an ultimatum demanding a permanent trances for the Exiles in League Two. Benoit Badiashile.Manchester United are interested in the 18 year-old, who managed 20 starts for ASM last season.However, while United are keen, L’Equipe says Wolves have come forward with an offer for the teen.Wolves have bid €40m

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2014 Ryder Cup: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed stay hot

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ing to stay and fight for his p.Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini and Edin Dzeko struck the goals for Roma’s 3-0 win.“Sometimes you need to raise your voice. In the first haleighing up his future with the Londoners.The Telegraph says Kane will seriously contemplate leaving the club if their form does not improve soon. The 26-year-old is currently out injured with a hamstring injury and has had to watch Spurs’ recent struf, we had space, but didn’t play with the right tempo, we were not aggressive enough, so we had to change lace.Blues boss Frank Lampard was full of praise for Christensen after his performance in the 3-0 thrashing of Burnley at the weekend.And The Athletic claims the player himself is keen to stay and fight for a place in t

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Find out why Seahawks only got one prime-time home game in 2014

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If you take a look at the 2014 NFL schedule, the first thing you’ll probably notice is that the regular season kicks off in Seattle on Sept. 4 in prime time.

If you keep looking at the schedule though, you may notice something else: The defending champion have zero prime-time home games after Week 1. That might sound odd — and it is odd — but apparently, there’s a reason for it.

A league source Seahawks didn’t get anymore prime-time hoThe Red Devils are still in the midst of a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.According to ESPN, two names that stand out on their list are James Maddison from Leicester City and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.The latter is the right winger Unitme games because the was “wary of putting Seahawks home games on in prime time due to their track record of b for Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta.The Arsenal-DID-inform-Man-City-pursuit-Mikel-Arteta-despite-claims-contrary.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Arteta will be confirmed as Arsenal’s new manager on Friday as it emerged the Gunnelowouts in nationally televised games played in Seattle the last several seasons.”

You read that right. Apparently, the Seahawks are too good for prime time and they aren’t playing night games at home because the NFL doesn’t want everyone in the country to turn off the game at halftime with the Seahawks leading 47-0. 

The report actually makes some sense. For example, here are the scores of the Seahawks past three prime-time home games: 34-7, 29-3, 42-13. Those were wins over the Saints and 49ers in 2013 and the 49ers in ’12. 

The “Fail Mary” game against the Packers in September 2012, a 14-12 Seattle win, is the only home prime-time game the Seahawks haven’t won by double digits since November 2007. In their past eightes the club had developed Goodison Park sooner.Moyes has fond memories of his 11 years at the Toffees, where he helped them secure European football and a consistent top half finish.He also discussed their stadium issues given the speculation the clu prime-time regular-season home games, the Seahawks are 8-0 and have outscored their opponents 220-68. 

The last time the Seahawks lost a prime-time home game was a 28-17 Sunday night loss to the Saints on Oct. 14, 2007.

The Seahawks will play a total of four prime-time games in 2014, but only the opener will be at home. The other three — Washington in Week 5, San Francisco on Thanksgiving and Arizona in Week 16 — are all on the road. 

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Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer can ‘play up to 36, 37 easily’

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INDIANAPOLIS — Many people questioned whether could help the elevate their offense in 2013. It wasn’t the smoothest ride out of the gates but ultimately he produced big stats. And though he’s getting up there in age, Bruce Arians and Steve Keim think he’s got a few more years left.

Specifically, Arians said Friday that Palmer has “plenty of juice left in tank” and can play up to 36 or 37 years old.

“There’s no doubt he’s got plenty of juice left in the tank,” Arians said. “He’s in great condition. He’s always in great condition. I would think he could play up to 36, 37 easily.”

It’s pretty clear Arians is all in with Palmer and he noted the improvement throughout the season from Palmer as he got in tune with the offense. Keim added similar thoughts.

“Carson played well for us this year, probably better than most anticipated. And he played really, really good in the second half of the season, once he grasped Bruce’s offense, started to minimize the mistakes, minimize the turnovers,” Keim said. “Other than the Seattle game, I think he did a fantastic job when it came to turnover ratio.”

As far as being the “quarterback of the future,” Keim didn’t lock in Palmer as his guy for the next decade or anything, but he was extremely complimentary tral defender Antonio Rudiger.The German international has been absent with a long term knee problem.Lampard also touched on the fitness of England attacking midfielder Ross Barkley.Chelsea face Aston Villa in their next Premier League game in midweeof Palmer … when he’s protected.

“He’s still a guy that if you can protect, he can spin the ball as good as any,” Keim said. “His ball placement, his accuracy, his touch is as good as any in the league when he has time to throw. I think we all know he’s not the most mobile guy and there are some issues with pressure.”

But the luxury of having a guy under center they can trust can’t be overstated.

“With the supplyrs ago.He suffered the injury against Manchester United in February 2016.While it was a setback to his career, Zouma recovered through his impressive loan spell at Everton last season.Now he is ready to push forward and become a mainstay for Chelsea. and demand at quarterback, Carson at least puts us in the position where you don’t have to force, Keim said. “And when I say force, you’re sitting at 20 or wherever we are in the draft, and feel like drien Tameze is staying calm about fresh Premier League transfer talk.Tameze was the subject of intense interest from Cardiff City in January and is now a target for Everton and Watford.”The next season? I’m under contract again for a few years, so ywe have to have one.”

So there’s a little disconnect there if you want to read deep between the lines, at least in terms of how they want to manage the quarterback position for the long run.

But it’s clear that both Keim and Arians are both very much on the same page when it comes Palmer being their guy in the immediate future and maybe even beyond.