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As the football season heads towards an exciting climax, the 10 domestic fixtures you must watch


data-js=”article-body” data-insert-mobile-adslot>3) Burnley vs Cardiff (April 13)

his game looks to be most crucial between now and the end of the season in the fight to avoid the drop. Burnley sit two points above Cardiff having lost their previous four Premier League games. They play Bournemouth and Wolves between now and this big match, while Cardiff have the daunting task of facing Chelsea and Man City. It could be the teams are still separated by two points come April 13. If that is the reality, it will be a must-win game for Neil Warnock’s side if they are to avoid the drop. It is also a hugely-important game in Burnley’s season as their final four matches are tricky: Chelsea (a), Man City (h), Everton (a), Arsenal (h). Cardiff still have to play Brighton, Fulham and Crystal Palace after this game.    

4) Liverpool vs Chelsea (April 14)

This is the final of the top-six fixtures Liverpool have during the run-in. The history between the two sides is rich: Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea went to Anfield in April 2014 and won 2-0 to ultimately destabilise Liverpool’s title bid. At least this time Liverpool know it’s unlikely Maurizio Sarri will go there and play 10 men behind the ball as Mourinho did five years ago. Indeed, Sarri’s Chelsea may well play into Jurgen Klopp’s hands. Liverpool will be confident they can beat Chelsea on their own patch but if the league is in their hands once this game comes around then Anfield is sure to be full of nervous excitement.

5) Walsall vs Southend (April 19)

hris Powell was sacked by Southend after 11 games without a win, a run stretching back to January 19. At that point, Southend were 10th and just nine points from a play-off place. Sinn Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the ce then though they have fallen like a stone and are now down in 20th with only goal difference keeping them out of the relegation places. The side below Southend are Walsall, who have only won two from 11 games themselves. Both sides aeat to Liverpool.Cherries are now on their worst losing run since promotion to the top flight, with losses against Newcastle, Wolves, Tottenham and Crystal Palace, as well as the setback against the Reds. Howe said: “I don’t want to make the excusere level on points as things stand so this game on April 19th could well decide which turns their season around to stay in League One. Harry Bunn scored twice as Southend comfortably beat Walsall 3-0 at Roots Hall in October. But Walsall will be fighting for survival and it promises to be a hotly-contested affair just three games from the end of the season.

6) Man City vs Tottenham (April 20)

Spurs’ record at the Etihad Stadium over the last decade has not been too strong. They have won just once there since that famous Peter Crouch goal which gave them Champions League football back in 2010. In the eight times since then, they have conceded 23 goals. The intriguing part about this fixture is it comes off the back of a two-legged Champions League tie between the sides, something which could have a huge psychological impact. It also comes in the middle of a pivotal week for City as they host Spurs twice and then travel to Old Trafford. So can one of the teams claim three victories? If Tottenham are taken apart in the Champions League, they may be on the end of a similar City performance to the one that put six past Chelsea in February.

7) Leyton Orient vs Solihull Moors (April 22nd)

The biggest game outside of the English Football League by a mile. The penultimate day of the season in the National League sees current table toppers Leyton Orient take on the team currently level on points and in second place on goal difference, Solihull Moors. Orient are bidding to get back into League Two at the second time of asking while Solihull have yet to reach England’s fourth tier since they were founded 11 years ago. With three teams going up, both sides are in line for automatic promotion but Wrexham and Salford City are both within earshot of top spot. There are many permutations that could be in play when April 22nd rolls around, but it’s likely both teams will be in the mix.

8) Manchester United vs Man City (24th April)

This is likely to be one of the games that decides the title. City will come into the Manchester derby having played six games in 17 days including an FA Cup semi-final and a two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Spurs. They can take solace in the fact that United will also have played five games in three weeks, though Solskjaer’s side are growing into a season after some incredibly sluggish displays under Mourinho pre-Christmas. But City have only lost once at Old Trafford in the league since 2011 and beat their fierce rivals convincingly 3-1 at the Etihad back in November. Meanwhile, United should still be in top four contention and would love to beat City on the way to achieving that, even if it did mean handing Liverpool the title.

9) Championship Play-Off Final (27th April)

t is estimated that Fulham’s Championship Play-Off Final win last season made them £160m in revenue and the number only increases every season. But it isn’t just the money. If you look at the teams in the play-off positions at present – Leeds, West Brom, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa – all of those sis down to draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Christian Eriksen, who wants to leave the club before Monday’s European transfer deadline, finished from close range to open the scoring after 10 minutes.Granit Xhaka’s rash challenge on Heung-min Son ides have tasted Premier League football in the past and their fans will be hungrier than anyone to get back there. It is often more of a tense, emotional affair than a platform for exciting football – only six goals have been scored in the last six Championship Play-Off finals – but it is one that is captivating in its own way. In an era where Premier League football is everything, the Championship Play-Off final showcases just what it means to both players and fans. Despite most people’s belief that finishing third is a curse, it is actually the position that produces the most winners – 11 out of 30 Championship play-offs have been won by the side which finished third in the table.

10) FA Cup Final (18th May)

Perhaps the FA Cup Final is no longer the biggest game of the domestic season given the importance and money that is now behind the Premier League. But this year’s FA Cup semi-finals involve three teams which have not won the competition since 1960, and another other side who are going for an unprecedented quadruple, of which this could be the completion of the domestic treble (which has also never been done before in England). If Brighton beat City then the final will be an exhilarating atmosphere between two unlikely trophy contenders. If City do get there, it will be David vs Goliath and that in itself provides a captivating spectacle. Whatever the make-up of the final, for most it will always be one of the biggest games of the season and a perfect curtain-closer to what has been a tremendously compelling campaign.

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John Faller named HS Coach of the Week


John Faller, Sweet Home High School head football coach has been named the Buffalo Bills High School Footballstle United.Bruce is the bookies’ favourite to succeed Rafael Benitez as manager on Tyneside, despite previously managing the Magpies’ fierce rivals Sunderland.But Bruce, who oversaw the Owls’ 2-0 win over Shrewsbury in a training game, cooled claims Coach of the Week after the tenth weekend of the 2008 high school football season.    

On Saturday, November 8th the Sweet Home Panthers defeated the Iroquois Chiefs 39-19 in the Section VI Class A finals at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Panthers were led on both offense and defense by Deshanaro Morris who ran for 174 yards, scored 5 touchdowns, recorded 4 tackles and had one sack.  The victory marks the second straight Class A championship for Sweet Home. The Panthers will play Section V champion Aquinas in the Far West Regional at UB Stadium on Friday, November 14th at 8:30 p.m.

Coach Faller has been the head coach at Sweet Home for the past 22 years with an overall record of 143-69-1. Under Coach Faller, the Panthers have won three Section 6 Class A Championships and have made ten sectional final appearances at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

This is the 12th consecutive year of the Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week program. Each week during the 11-week high school football season, a committee appointed by the Buffalo Bills selects a head football coach as Coach of the Week. The honorees will receive a certificaal side.The Gunners have won their opening two matches of the Premier League season.Speaking before the clash at Anfield, Emery said: “It’s a big stadium with a big atmosphere and I want to play every match in our amazing stadium with our amazing supte signed by the Buffalo Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron, Buffalo Bills Chief Operating Officer Russ Brandon and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, plus a Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week cap and $1,000 donation to the school’s football program from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation. Recognition of the winning coach will be shown on the Buffalo Bills official website ().  At the end of the season, one of the weekly award wive caught Barcelona fullback Junior Firpo being informed he was out of the squad for their defeat at Levante on Saturday.Firpo travelled with the squad to the Ciutat de València and was hoping to at least make the bench.But while on the pitch chattinners will be named Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $1,000 donation to the school’s football program.

Week 10-John Faller (Sweet Home “Panthers”)Week 9-Frank Payne (Iroquois “Chiefs”)Week 8-Eric Jantzi (North Tonawanda “Lumberjacks”)Week 7-Jim Maurino (West Seneca East “Trojans”)Week 6-Lance Cayea (Alden “Bulldogs”)Week 5-Bruce Lakso (Lackawanna “Steelers”)Week 4-Al Monaco (Bishop Timon St. Jude “Tigers”)Week 3-Curt Fischer (Maple Grove “Red Dragons”)Week 2-Rich Gray (Frontier “Falcons”)Week 1-Kraig Kurzanski (Williamsville South “Billies”)

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College bowl confidence pool odds 2019: Picks, best predictions from top-rated expert on 96-69 roll


With the start of bowl season quickly approaching, fans everywhere are locking in college football bowl confidence picks. The college football bowl schedule begins in earnest on Friday with the Frisco Bowl and Bahamas Bowl and continues on Saturday with an action-packed six-game slate. With tight college football spreads in the coming weeks like vs. (-2) in the Hawaii Bowl and vs. (-2.5) in the Belk Bowl, which confidence picks can you bank on?

Is relying on large college football lines like vs. (+7) in the Citrus Bowl a winning bowl confidence pool strategy? To get a leg-up on your competition during bowl season,  from SportsLine’s Emory Hunt.

Hunt is enjoying an incomparable 2019 season: He’s 96-69, returning a whopping $3,188 to $100 bettors. A former college football running back, Hunt rafford yesterday to see Manchester United’s victory over Norwich Citike an early deal with Feyenoord for midfielder Orkun Kokcu.The Gunners are keen on the 19 year-old, reports Fanatik, but face competition from Barcelona.As such, Arsenal chiefs wish to reach terms with Feyenoord for Kokcu before the end of the seasoy.The ’99 Treble hero is currently coaching at FK Eik Tønsberg and is in the frame for the Valerenge job in Norway.Indeed, Valerenga advisor Christian Eidem would love to see Johnsfounded Football Gameplan in 2007 and has been producing high-level analysis ever since. Now, his expertise is paying off big-time for SportsLine members. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up. 

So before filling out your college football pool picks, you need to see Hunt’s . He’s using a season’s worth of data gathered from game film, analytics and his strong feel for the game as a former player. He has analyzed each bowl matchup and ordered every game by level of confidence. He’s only sharing his final picks over at SportsLine. 

One pick we’ll give away: Hunt says No. 20 (-16.5) defeats in the 2019 New Orleans Bowl, assigning a whopping 39 confidence points to that selection, his most confident pick. “The most complete team in the Group of Five plays in Boone,” Hunt told SportsLine. The 12-1 Mountaineers repeated as Sun Belt Conference champions after downing Louisiana-Lafayette 45-38, and lost only to this season. 

Along the way, Appalachian State knocked off Power Five teams and . While coach Eliah Drinkwitz is moving on to coach at , the Mountaineers will retain continuity after offensive line coach Shawn Clark was promoted to the head coaching job. Quarterback passed for 2,57ent as manager expected in 48 hours.The Blues will pay Derby County around £4m to buy out the remaining two years of Lampard’s contract with the Pride Park club, according to Goal.Lampard, 41, spent 13 years at Chelsea as a player, winning three Pre6 yards and 26 touchdowns, and running back rushed for 1,323 yards and 17 TDs. UAB’s offense scored a relatively paltry 23.6 points per game and the 9-4 Blazers lost their regular-season finale 49-6 to .

Hunt also is assigning a huge confidence ranking of 30 to a small-conference underdog playing one of the big boys. This sneaky team is an underdog of more than a touchdown, even though it’s facing a favorite that’s in disarray on both sides of the ball. 

Hunt is highly confident in the winner, but many people in your pool may be skeptical. Picks like these could be the difference between winning your 2019 bowl confidence pool and going home empty-handed. 

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SMU vs. Houston odds, line: 2019 College football picks, predictions from expert on 62-32 run


The are perhaps the most surprising club among the 10 undefeated teams left in Division I . They aim to keep their record unblemished when they visit the  on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from TDECU Stadium in Houston. Southern Methodist (7-0, 3-0), which leads the AAC West Division, rebounded from a close call against with a 45-21 victory Saturday over a solid team. The Cougars (3-4, 1-2), who appear to be in rebuilding mode, scored a late touchdown to outlast downtrodden 24-17 on Saturday. SMU won last year’s matchup 45-31 as a two-touchdown home underdog. The Mustangs are 14-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 65.5 in the latest SMU vs. Houston odds. Before locking in your Houston vs. SMU picks, listen to whaArsenal hero Martin Keown has urged the club to move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.Smalling is currently on-loan with AS Roma.“Smalling is doing exceptionally well – £13 million, the price they are putting on his head, that’s not enough,” Keown said on BT Sport.”Arsenal could maybe do worse than to take him.”Smalling’s loan runs to June.t SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a fo’s according to his agent, Crescenzo Cecere.He told AllMercatoWeb: “(Luigi) Sepe was hurt at the closing of the market, director (Daniele) Faggiano called us and he (Radu) didn’t hesitate for a moment to go to Parma.”Without Sepe’s injury, maybe hermer running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game inside-out from a player’s and coach’s perspective.

The football analyst is enjoying another strong year for SportsLine members and enters this week with an incredible 62-32 record on college football picks against the spread, returning a profit of nearly $2,800 to his followers. Moreover, he has had a keen sense for the trajectory of these AAC programs, posting a 7-3 record on spread picks involving the Mustangs or Cougars over the past two seasons.

Now, he has analyzed SMU vs. Houston from every possible angle and locked in another confident against the spread pick. It’s available only at SportsLine.

Hunt knows the Mustangs can’t afford to look past a Houston club that will be inspired for a strong performance before a national television audience and its loyal fan base. Southern Methodist passed a test from Temple with perhaps its strongest all-around performance of the season. The Mustangs built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back against an Owls club that didn’t have the firepower to keep pace.

transfer had perhaps his best game as a collegiate signal-caller. He threw for a career-high six touchdowns and 457 passing yards while completing throws to eight different receivers. Reggie Roberson had eight receptions for a career-best 250 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on plays of 33, 60 and 75 yards.

But just because the Mustangs are clicking on all cylinders doesn’t mean they will will cover the Houston vs. SMU spread on Thursday.

The Cougars had high hopes in theiratthew Langston.The 17-year-old defender put pen to paper on his first pro contract on Friday, which will run until the summer of 2022. “Me and my dad have a special bond,” said the teenager.“He has helped me a lot over the years and I want to sa first season under coach Dana Holgorsen, but saw their season take a turn for the worse following close losses to ranked teams in and . Following a 38-31 loss to the Green Wave, standout dual-threat quarterback announced he was going to redshirt in order to preserve a year of eligibility.

However, they have responded to win two of three in King’s absence, beating 46-25 as a touchdown underdog and getting past Connecticut last week. Houston was down to its third-string quarterback because of an injury to , but Logan Holgorsen, the coach’s son, threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to in the fourth quarter that held up as the game-winner.

Hunt has broken down this matchup from every angle and identified the critical factor that has him all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine.

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Archie Manning takes leave of absence from CFP selection committee


The College Playoff Selection Committee is down a man before it gets started.

Legendary Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning has decided to take what is being termed a “leave of absence” from the organization, as a result of a recent surgery. .

“We will miss Archie,” CFP ver an alleged illegal approach for manager Alex Neil.Preston are angry over reports that Neil was Stoke’s favoured choice and that he was ready to take on the challenge of resurrecting the Championship’s bottom placed club.Bookmakers also installed executive director Bill Hancock said. “He has such a great knowledge of and history with the game, but we all understand his reason for taking a leave. I wish him all the best and look forward to his return in 2015.”

ESPN first reported the news.

The committte will not replace Manning, instead choosing to go with 12 voters for 2014; Manning expects to return to the organization in 2015. Manning’s absence will cause no change in the voting proce United have suffered a heavy injury blow with Martin Dubravka ruled out for the month.The Daily Mail says Dubravka was ruled out for the rest of the month with a knee injury.The Slovakian shot stopper picked up a knock from Saints’ striker Danny Inedure, Hancock told  

Committee members, which have been meeting since November 2013, will gather Monday for the first time in preparation for their first weekly poll.

The initial set of CFP rankings will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Manning is one of the most revered figures in the game, chairman of the National Football Foundation and father to current quarterbacks Elinny Jackett had no complaints after their 2-0 defeat to FA Cup opponents Arsenal.Pompey played well in the first half but trailed to Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ volley from Reiss Nelson’s cross just before the break.Eddie Nketiah bundled home from clo and Peyton Manning.

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PHOTO: Oregon gets Fiesta Bowl championship rings


The couldn’t fulfill their aspirations of winning either the national championship or the Pac-12 title in 2012 (or, thanks to Stanford, even the Pac-12 North), but that didn’t stop them from qualifying for their e Coronavirus pandemic grips the UK, that’s now on hold with the Premier League suspendedfter their victory over friendly opponents Real Sociedad.Trailing to a Mikel Oyarzabal penalty at half-time after a disjointed and sluggish performance in the opening 45 minutes, the hosts improved after the break and were rewarded with two Andre Gra until April 3 at the earliest.If and when Liverpool get their hands on the trophy Van Dijk will enjoy not hearing title taunts hurled his way.“I have been awafourth BCS bowl in four tries under Chip Kelly.

And, to commemorate the Fiesta Bowl championship that they won over Kansas State, Oregon has apparently awarded their players accompanying Fiesta Bowl championship rings. From of rising redshirt sophomore wideout :

That’s a shiny, shiny standard you’ve got to live up to, Mared details of a new multi-year partnership with Norfolk performance car brand Lotus, reports collaboration sees the state-of-the-art training facility at Colney renamed The Lotus Training Centre, and the all-new Academy buildik Helfrich.

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Pac-12: Oregon and Arizona State mascots in heated YouTube rivalry


Back in September, the Oregon Duck that he was running for President. He had a solid platform — bread crumbs and gummy bears for all — a nice and even a campaign slogan, “America needs a leader who isn’t afraid of not wearing pants.”

Four weeks into campaigning, it looked like the Duck was going to cakewalk to the White House. But the cakewalk is over now because the Duck has to deal with something he didn’t have to deter United after snubbing them at the beginning of the January market.The former RB Salzburg hotshot has revealed Borussia Dortmund blew United out of the race for his signature by going all out to convince him to play in the Bundesliga – and claimal with in September: opposition. 

Sparky the Sun Devil, Arizona State’s pitchfork wielding maroon mascot, has made it his personal mission this election season to make sure the Duck doesn’t get elected. The Duck claims to like puppies, kittens and all animals, but as Sparky and his group — Concerned Citizens of the Pac-12 — point out in the video below, the Duck once assaulted a Cougar. 

However, the Duck hasn’t been too concerned with Sparky’s smear campaign because, as the Duck’s video shows, he doesn’t even know who Sparky is.

Shortly after the release of the Duck’s video, Sparky dropped a bombshell on America claiming that the Oregon Duck isn’t even a duck at all — he’s a Canadian goose.

Instead of showing his duck birth certifica defender Ethan Ampadu continues to be frozen out at RB Leipzig.The Wales international moved to RBL this summer on a season-long loan.However, Ampadu is yet to see any action under new RBL coach Julian Nagelsmann – the youngster has not had a singlete to prove Sparky wrong, the Duck took another route: He made a video with a bunch of really cute puppies and kittens. Puppies and kittens don’t vote, but people who like puppies and kittens do. 

Sparky countered the Duck’s puppies and kittens video by making an entirely valid point that the Duck’s entire platform — you know, the one about gummy bears and bread crumbs for all — is unhealthy and will lead to more childhood obesity. 

With his “bread crumbs and gummy bears for all” plat’re selling midfielder Tomasz Soucek to West Ham United.Soucek arrived in London yesterday to undergo a medical – news which was confirmed by Slavia via social media channels.In Prague, it’s expected Slavia will sell Soucek to the Irons for a fee of form blown to pieces, the Duck, being an astute politican, quickly came up with something else: sporks for everyone. Sparky’s favorite utensil is a fork — specifically a pitchfork — and the Duck points out that not only are forks dangerous but they’re not economical. By combining all spoons and forks in the country into sporks, the national deficit will go down $1 billion and national spending will increase by trillions, according to the Duck. 

Remember Howard the Duck? Well, Sparky does. In his final video, his action group, Concerned Citizens of the Pac-12, said Howard was a duck genetic experiment gone wrong. 

Sparky and the Duck will see each on the field Thursday when Arizona State and Oregon meet at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

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After scaling new heights, Southern Miss takes quarterback auditions from the top


For Southern Miss fans, the name “Brett Favre” hov against Lyon.Both players have been absent from preseason training due to injury concerns.Speaking after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Napoli, Klopp said: “Shaqiri and Keita as well, they trained already with us once, one session. They will come tomorrow anders over the program like a benign yet omnipresent ghost, rarely making any trouble but occasionally changing the channel and always showing up in the background of photos. Last year, though, the specter of Old Man Fun-Out-There was invoked in an unfamiliar context: As the guy whose longstanding school passing records were being smashed on a weekly basis by . You know, for the record.

Which brings us back to the first stage of the Quarterback Cycle, right where Davis started out four years ago – in a new system, under an entirely revamped coaching staff, without so much as a garbage time pass attempt to his name. Of the five candidates seriously vying to replace Davis this fall, three of them are freshmen, and the only one who has appeared in a college game (sophomore Arsenio Favor, last year off the bench, for eight yards) has been set back by a knee injury. Neither redshirt freshman Ricky Lloyd nor junior Chris Campbell has taken a real snap. The most intriguing talent, incoming freshman Anthony Alford, is not yet on campus.

“[The quarterback competition] is going to be the focus. Of all the issues we’ve got to address in the preseason you have to put that one at the front,” first-year coach Ellis Johnson said Wednesda Eduardo Camavinga is attracting big Premier League interest.The 16-year-old midfielder produced a mature display in the middle of the park as the Ligue 1 side ran out 2-1 winners over the defending champions.The Rennes-wonderkid-Eduardo-Camavinga.hty at Conference USA’s media day. “As little practice time as we’ve got, we’ve got to find a way to get everyone repetitions with the best players around him to see who’s going to win the job. … But how do you rep five kids with the first string? It’s gonna be a magic trick.”

It’s also going to be a singular problem in a league in which every other team is beginning preseason drills with the quarterback question more or less settled. , , , and UTEP are all counting on returning starters; ‘s David Piland, a backup in 2011 to the prolific Case Keenum, got eight starts under his belt after Keenum blew out his knee in 2010. , SMU and will all be leaning on much-anticipated transfers from, respectively, Tech, Texas and . (Two of that number, SMU’s Garrett Gilbert and Tulsa’s , will be familiar as former starters in the Big 12.) Southern Miss’ stiffest competition in the East Division, UCF, has its choice of both a returning starter (sophomore ) and a touted transfer (sophomore Tyler Gabbert, ), as well as a third-stringer, Jeff Red Devils for one more season.Inter Milan have been linked with a move for the striker since the transfer window opened, while Juventus and Napoli are also said to be interested in the former Everton man.However, Solskjaer has now made one last attGodfrey, who was voted C-USA Freshman of the Year after leading the to the conference title two years ago. Besides USM, only East Carolina is planning on a new quarterback who didn’t come from a more prestigious program, and at least the ‘ projected starter, junior Rio Johnson, has set foot on the field.

If there was a clubhouse leader at the end of the spring, it was Campbell, who in the spring game. By then, though, Ellis Johnson may have already tipped his hand by , Steve Buckley, and promptly . Buckley and Johnson go back more than 20 years, to their first stints at Southern Miss under head coach Curley Hallman in 1988-89, and Buckley also coached under Hallman at before settling into the high school ranks just a few minutes outside Hattiesburg. “When I decided I wanted this job, [Buckley] was one of the first people I wanted on my staff,” Johnson said. “I thought he was one of the best recruiters I’ve ever worked with.”

That quickly proved true in the case of Alford, a 6-foot, 210-pound All-American who would have almost certainly ended up in the SEC if not for doubts about his commitment to football over pro baseball, but Johnson doesn’t expend much energy trying to paint the simultaneous arrival of his top recruiting target and said target’s head coach as some kind of happy coincidence. (“I was recruiting Anthony Alford at South Carolina and I would recruit him anywhere I went,” said Johnson, coming off four years as the ‘ defensive coordinator. “But we didn’t know if he was going to give up .”) Ultimately, over the possibility of a from a major league team, and the ‘ hopes were almost immediately pinned to the new hometown hero. Now, he just has to show up to school, begin digesting the playbook and convince his new coach he’s worth the gamble in the span of a few days.

“You don’t give an incoming freshman three weeks. They’ve gotta do something in the first week of practice to grab your attention to say, ‘Hey, we’ve gotta give him some more time,’ or you have to start moving the competition to someone else,” Johnson said. But once Alford arrives? “I don’t have any doubt that he’s going to be in the mix.”

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Spurrier not fan of scrimmaging other schools


Clemson coach Dabo Swinney recently floated the idea of teams ending spring with aold is currently running down his contract at Stamford Bridge and looks set to leave the club in the summer. Willian was offered to the Spanish giants, but the move has been turned down by Zinedine Zidane, says Defensa Central.The French boss already scrimmage against another team, but coach Steve Spurrier is against that idea. “That gets all competitive,” Spurrier co Zola is backing Inter Milan’s move for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.Inter coach Antonio Conte has made it clear he wants to sign the Belgium international.Zola told FCInterNews, “Lukaku would have a big impact on Inter astalks with president Florentino Perez and his No2 Jose Angel Sanchez.Jugones says Zidane has pressed the pair about bringing Paul Pogba to Madrid.While Florentino has suggested alternatives, Zidane made it clear they must prioritise signing the Manch he has the idesaid. “I just think our sport is one where we have enough live action during this season.”

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WATCH: J.J. Watt makes golf club look tiny, destroys tee shot


ng named caretaker manager.The Swede has replaced the former Sevilla ands goalscoring drought against Astana on Thursday.The Englishman fired in a long-range strike after 10 minutes to give United the lead.And despite the Red Devils going down 2-1, Lingard was delighted to score his first goal since January.”It’s always Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery, whose Emirates Stadium reign hit a new low on Thursday night when the Gunners lost 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa Lhe Watford-boss-Quique-Sanchez-Flores-set-sacked-Sunday-following-just-one-win-10-matches.html”>Daily MailWatford-boss-Quique-Sanchez-Flores-set-sacked-Sunday-following-just-one-win-10-matches.html”> says Sanchez Flores is to be sacked on Sunday folleague.The Mirro

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VIDEO: Ernie Els three-putts from two feet at British Open


ll chief Eric Abidal over critical comments this week.Iners insists challenging Liverpool for the title was never on the agenda.After victory over Newcastle United, Rodgers has now opened up on his plans for the second half of the season, and why he isill be streamed live on a new platform dedicated to women’s football from the start of the 2019/20 season.The Football Association’s FA Player will offer live access to over 150 domestic women’s football fixtures.Highlights from England women games a more than happy with his team’s displays.He said: “We an interview with Sport, among several topics touched upon was the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, with Abidal claiming many of the players wanted the coach to be removed.After elimination from

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TaylorMade CEO makes cameo on ‘Undercover Boss’


r United midfielder Paul Pogba.Pogba remains a top target for Zidane, but Real need to sell players th delighted with Manchester United’s second-half display in Sunday’s win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.The hosts held a slender one-goal lead at half-time before piling on three more in the second stanza to make it a 4-0 victory.Speaking after the win,is month to fund a bid for the France international.Asked about the prospect of landing Pogba, Z give Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti a warm welcome back.Lampard fully anticipates the current Everton boss will receive a welcome from the Stamford Bridge crowd tomorrow on his first return in charge of an opposition side.”Carlo was very well-respeizou replied: “If Pogba will come? I will repeat exa

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The desperate Colts sign Josh Freeman ahead of must-win game


The ‘ season began with . Barring a series of miraculous events, it’ll end with the two-headed monster of Josh Freeman and .

At 7-8, the Colts , but they also need to win against the Titans to evkly turned down by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.The SPL team are adamant that they have no need to sell the midfielder, and believe that his value will continue to increase according to the Rangers-Brighton-Glen-Kamara-transfer-latest”>Daily Star.The Scoen give themselves a chance. With Andrew Luck still recovering from a lacerated kidney, dealing with a shoulder sprain, and on injured rehave handed two-year scholarships to 13 youngsters as part of its latest intake to the Under-18s squad.A proportion of players have come through the club’s youth ranks, but, significantly, have been joined by a handful of young talents from other cluserve, the Colts are in need of a quarterback.

So, on Tuesday, the Colts .

Freeman and Morris figure to be the only two healthy Colts quarterbacks Sunday. And yes, there is a good chance that Freeman is active for the game.

Colts announce the signing of Josh Freeman. Real chance he backs up this week. What a season in Indy

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)

Freeman, the former first-round pick of the Buccaneers, was last spotted in the — the Fall Experimental Football League.  didn’t go well.

This is Freeman’s first appearance in the since spending the summer with the Dolphins. That also .

Previously, Freeman played for the Buccaneers and Vikings. In his career, he’s completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 13,724 yards, 80 touchdowns and 67 picks, accumulating a passer rating of 77.8.

Morris, on the other hand, has never played in an NFL game. The former Miami quarterback entered the league in 2014 as an undrafted free agent. The Colts are already his third team.

In other words, the their two season Champions League ban.City were last night banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations. They were found to have circumvented FFP rules between 2012 and 20Texans shouldn’t fret. The AFC South title should be theirs soon enough.

The Colts weren’t done. 

ROSTER UPDATE: We have signed free agent quarterback Ryan Lindley.

— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts)

Lindley, a sixth-round pick in the 2012 , has played in nine games — all with the Cardinals. He’s completed just 50.8 percent of his passes, averaged 4.98 yards per attempt, and recorded two touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his career.

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LOOK: One Ravens reporter predicted bonkers Ravens-Browns ending


Officially, Luke Jones is a reponchester Unit admits he’s happy to have cut ties with Chelsea.Omeruo was sold by Chelsea this summer to the LaLiga outfit. The Nigeria international defender effectively cutting all ties with the Londoners after seven years on the club’s books.Despite spending soed midfielder Nemanja Matic wants to stay and help manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to develop his young team.The midfielder is one of the most experienced members of the United squad, having racked up nearly 200 Premier League appearances irter. He covers the and Orioles for WNST in Baltimore.

Unoffiions League thrashing of Atalanta.BT Sport cameras captured the Citizens boss heading to the substitutes bench in the Etihad dugout after summer signing Rodri went down with an injury on Tuesday.It appears that Guardiola was unhappy that Stones hadn’cially, Luke Jones is actually a clairvoyant — someone who can predict the future. We discovered Jones’ true identity on Monday night, just moments before the attempted a potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds.

Before the ball was snapped, Jones made a prediction.

I’m calling it now. block the field goal and return it for the game-winning touchdown. No one wants to win.

— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke)

This is :

You’ve now seen it all: walk-off blocked field goal returned for a TD…FOR THE WIN!

— NFL (@NFL)

In the end, all Jones could do was laugh.


— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke)

So, reporter? Or clairvoyant?

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Report: CB Cortland Finnegan agrees to two-year deal with Dolphins


After two mostly miserable seasons with the , in which went from playing as perhaps a top-10 cornerback while coming over from Tennessee into becoming one of the lowest-rated in the league, St. Louis released him earlier this month.

Now, it sounds like he’s going to land at a place that apparently enjoys giving cornerbacks who are down on the luck another chance.

A season after signing , who was coming off a torn Achilles, and watched him play as one of the best cornerbacks in the league, the are going to see if Finnegan can pull off the same kind of magic and will sign him to a two-year deal, according to Albert Breer.

When Finnegan — ranked as the No. 114 free agent onub’s website, feskey, who played with Milner at Aston Villa, has revealed just how much effort the Liverpool vice-captain puts in to perfect his technique.He said, “He was our penalty taker at Villa. He’s so good at them because of practice.”He knows the — signed with the Rams after the 2011, he finished a season in which, by the Pro Football Focus metrics, he was the second-best cornerback in the league (behind only ).

But this year, he ranked No. 109 out of 110 players, and he missed the final nine games of the season with an eye injury.

Aside from the new job, here’s something positive for Finnegan. After his prove-it deal in 2013, Grimes signg his career at risk by constamanager Unai Emery not to wreck his Golden Boot hopes.Aubameyang has 19 top-flight goals so far this season, two behind Liverpool’s Mo Salah and one behind Salah’s 20-goal colleague Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City. Arsenal host relegantly complaining about diving.Dyche is one of the most outspoken critics of players going down too easily when there is minimal to no contact.He recently spoke about Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea exaggerating contact.ned a four-year, $32 million contract with the Dolphins earlier this month.