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Manchester City put Fulham to the sword with straightforward win

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Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan addressed Manchester City supporters for only the second time since he bought the club 10 years ago this month. “It feels that we are only halfway up our Everest,” the billionaire said as he reflected on the past decade and, spelling out his vision for the future, declared that there was “much more to win”.

For opponents, coming to the Etihad must invariably feel like trying to scale a treacherous mountain in relentlessly suffocating conditions. Fulham became the latest to more or less accept defeat at base camp. Pep Guardiola had said his team would get fully up to speed after the international break and so they are.

Bernardo Silva was the pick of a brilliant bunch, David Silva marked his 350th game for City with his 50th goal in the Premier League and rumours of Leroy Sane’s demise have, evidently, been greatly exaggerated. Restored to the team after recent criticism, the Germany winger capped a memorable week after becoming a father to a baby girl with a goal.

The only slight disappointment for Guardiola was that his side squandered so many chances and Sergio Aguero will require assessment before Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Lyon about being substituted early in the second half with a sore ankle.

“Three-nil is a good result but we created a lot of chances to score five, six, seven goals and we have to be more clinical because the contenders are so tough and the goal difference is important,” the City manager said.

A word or two on the man-on-the-match, Bernardo, first. His touch and quality has never been in doubt but he has now adjusted to the physicality of the Premier League. City’s second goal was a clear case in point.

This time last year, the Portugal playmaker would probably have been knocked over when Stefan Johansen tried to barge him out of the way as they challenged for the ball near the right byeline. But it was Bernardo who won this duel, outmuscling the Fulham midfielder, and then showing awareness to turn and feed Aguero.

The Argentine’s shot was deflected into the path of Silva, who controlled on his chest before rifling home off the bar.

“It is almost impossible to be more pleased as a manager with him,” Guardiola said of Bernardo. “I don’t forget the behaviour he had last season when he didn’t always play. He is a good example to all the others.”

City’s second goal was scored after 22 minutes and already by then there was no way back for Fulham. If you come here you have to at least make yourself competitive. That does not involve playing careless passes deep in your own half less than two minutes in that are just asking to be punished. But that is what Jean Michael Seri did, turning over the ball with a feeble pass intended for Odoi that Fernandinho intercepted. The Brazilian surged forward and squared for Sane – with a clear point to prove after his omission against Newcastle – to tap home.

“Even when he didn’t play we never doubted Leroy’s quality,” Guardiola said. “At his age, sometimes these things happen – a little bit up and down but I’m delighted for his performance.”

Fulham paid the price for backing off and giving fast, skilful players too much time and space. Ryan Sessegnon’s insistence on standing off Raheem Sterling was baffling while his positioning was suspect throughout. Had Sterling not been so wasteful in front of goal, the damage could have been more severe. “This will be a huge learning experience [for Ryan]”, said Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic.

Twice Fulham were indebted to keeper Marcus Bettinelli for shutting out Sterling. The first was a particularly disappointing miss. Bernardo showed outrageous skill to spin away from Seri and Kevin McDonald before releasing Sterling, whose shot was knocked on to the crossbar by the visitors’ No 1.

Ederson, the City goalkeeper, twice denied Andre Schurrle but Fulham were very vulnerable defensively. The second half was only two minutes old when Aguero powered down City’s right, with Sessegnon in no-man’s-land, past Alfie Mawson and squared for Sterling to score from a yard out. This time the England forward could not miss. City oozed control and the only blemish for Bernardo came late on when he blazed over fros Chelsea mustn’t give up hope of upsetting Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.The Blues have a mountain to ce time under former manager Unai Emery, and looked certain to leave the Emirates in the January transfer window.But Arteta made it clear he considered Ozil to be an important player for Arsenal in his fist press conference as boss, and already appearlimb after being beaten 3-0 by Bayern at Stamford Bridgelon D’Or.The Dutchman was integral to Liverpool’s Champions League final triumph, which included beating Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-finals. And Barnes thinks van Dijk has done enough this season to be crowned as the world’s best player.Aske on Tuesday.”We have to go to Munich and play withm 10 yards.

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Bills Today: A bigger role for Justin Hunter?

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Here’s the Bills news of note for Nov. 29th

All he’s done since joining the Bills is catch touchdowns. Of his seven receptions for Buffalo this season, four of Justin Hunter’s catches have gone for scores including last Sunday’s game winner in the fourth quarter.

“I think so,” said Ryan of more playing time for Hunter. “All he does is catch touchdowns. I remember that quote. Just like we had T-D Mike (Gillislee), now we’ve got TD Hunter, touchdown Hunter. He gives us a huge red zone threat, but also I think he does warrant more playing time. With some ofity to sign Lloyd Kelly, who joined Bournemouth from Bristol City earlier this week.The Sun claims Liverpool have moved their sights towards Leeds United teenager Leif Davis.The 19-year-old made only four Championship appearances this season but has the injuries we have there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to play more.”

Robert Woods is still dealing with by coach Quique Setien.Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde at the turn of the year.”Honestly, after seeing the last few Barcelona matches, I haven’t seen any improvement since they sacked Valverde and brought in Setien,” he admitted. ‘With the great pla knee injury suffered in Week 11 and Walt Powell exited Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Percy Harvin is dealing with debilitating migraine headaches that kept him out of the Jaguars game. That leaves the team with four healthy receivers in Hunter, Marquise Goodwin, Brandon Tate and Sammy Watkins.

Through the first half of the season the Bills had a top five red zone defense. Through the first six games of the season Buffalo allowed just six touchdowns on 18 red zone possessions by their opponents, good for just a 33 percent success rate to rank first in the NFL.

In the last five games however, the success rate for opponents has skyrocketed to 81 percent (13-16), with the last three opponents a perfect eight for eight scoring touchdowns once theala remains high on Manchester United’s shopping list.Tuttosport says United are willing to reopen negotiations to sign Dybala from Juve.United failed to sign the Argentine in the summer window but remain on the hunt for a new forward after selling Ry reached Buffalo’s 20-yard line. The Bills now rank 19th in red zone defense.

So what gives?

“That’s an area in particular that we have to get better at,” said Ryan. “We’ve already studied where we’re failing in the red zone and I think we’re amongst the leaders in the league from the 20 all the way down to the five-yard line, but it’s when we get inside the five-yard line they’ve scored 12 times on 22 plays. So that’s a huge area of concern.”

Buffalo’s defensive staff is already devising ways to improve their performance in goal line situations, and it hasn’t all been short yardage runs. Two weeks ago at Cincinnati, Andy Dalton scored on a two-yard run outside the tackle box, but he also threw a one-yard fade to the corner for their other red zone score to go two-for-two against the Bills.

“There are some things to look at obviously,” said Ryan. “Everybody runs the same call down there we just have to get better playing down there. That’s an area where you can’t focus a whole lot, but that area right there is killing us. So we have to do some internal things down there so we can get better there.”

“I wish we knew, but that’s when you’ve got to be at your best to stop them, but unfortunately we have given up quite a few of those, two back to back this past game,” said Ryan. “You’ve just got to line up and play every play and find a way to get them off the field. That was the thing that was disappointing to me (Sunday).”

Ryan felt the defense was particularly hurt by the read option keepers and scramble runs by Jaguars QB Blake Bortles. He was Jacksonville’s leading rusher with 81 yards on eight carries to average better than 10 yards per rush. Bortles converted two third downs for the Jaguars with his legs.

“I thought we had some calls set up to give our coverage a chance and the quarterback makes some big runs on us to convert third downs,” said Ryan. “Those are killers. I’ve mentioned how that can be frustrating for the defense when you have them all covered up and then the quarterback makes a play. Now we know how other teams feel when they play us because Tyrod does the same thing. We’ve got to balance up the rushing lanes and not let these quarterbacks take off on us.”

Fortunately for the Bills, Oakland QB Derek Carr, doesn’t run with nearly the success that Bortles has this season. He’s averaged less than two yards per carry.

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Crystal Palace to decide Frank de Boer’s fate in next 48 hours after fourth straight defeat

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Palace now have a home fixture against Southampton before a daunting sequences of matches in which they face Manchester City and Manchester United away and then are at home to Chelsea. They fear another relegation battle.

An obvious contingency plan is in place for the club’s newly-appointed sporting director, Dougie Freedman, to take control of the first-team should De Boer be sacked. A decision is expected within the next 48 hours on what will happen.

, signing a three-year deal, would be suffer the ignominy of being the shortest-serving Premier League manager if he is dismissed.

The former Ajax and Inter Milan coach was defiant, however.

Asked whether he feared the worst over his future, De Boer said: “I don’t know. I just focus on what I can control and my staff, the players and keep thinking about Southampton from today. That is all I can do. What other people think, they have to decide but when I’m still the manager of Palace I will give 100 per cent.”

Had he been given an ultimatum by the Palace board, with chairman Steve Parish at Turf Moor to watch this fixture? “No, no,” De Boer said. “I have very good contact with the chairman and the board. Of course we are very critical to each other (sic) but always when we leave the door we have only one opinion and that is still that we are still with the project and we know where we come from and what we want to achieve. I’m convinced we are going to achieve it.”

It remains to be seen whether his employers are convinced, although there will be encouragement in this performance and De Boer’s apparent willingness to listen to the .

Still Palace have now lost at home to Huddersfield Town and Swansea and away to Liverpool and Burnley – they have played better away from home – with an aggregate score of 7-0 and with a squad of players who achieved wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea with Allardyce last season.

In fairness De Boer is without, probably, Palace’s three best players with Wilfried Zaha and on-loan Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured and with Mamadou Sakho, y assistant Robert Moreno after less than a year in charge.Enrique had been absent since March because of “a family matter of an urgent nature” according to the Spanish Football Federation.”It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grsuch a crucial figure last season on loan from Liverpool, having only just been signed and not yet deemed fit enough.

“I am very disappointed about the result, very disappointed,” De Boer said. “I am not disappointed about how we playegrowing in unsettled Olympique Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson.Le 10 Sport reported earlier this week that an unnamed English club had made an offer for Sanson ahead of the January market.Wolves failed with a bid for the midfielder last summer – rd. I think it is a fantastic starting point. I will sign for every game if we create that amount of chances against any opponent. You will get your points and get what you deserve. Today we didn’t get what we deserved.”

Was it the kind of performance that will ‘buy’ him ed Ashley Barnes to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.The pair will go head-to-head at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and Dyche says they are an example to any aspiring non-league player.“They’re both fine players in different ways,” said the more time, though?

“I don’t know, they have to decide,” De Boer said. “I think this is a good starting point and this is what I want to see from any team that I manage. I want them to play with courage and maybe we didn’t start with it but after the goal we showed what we can do. That gives me a lot of hope for the future.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche – who had been a candidate to take over from Allardyce at Selhurst Park in the summer – said that Palace “looked a more familiar side on paper” which had “worried” him.

“Changing the style of play can be tricky,” Dyche said. “I would have preferred it to be . We have had to work very hard.” Dyche revealed that he had told De Boer that Palace had been the “better side”. Whether that it is enough to save him remains to be seen.

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Premier League decides against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve

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As it is, they will be putting the Leicester City v Manchester United game up against primetime Saturday television. The BT game at 5.30pm on Dec 23 is Burnley v Tottenham ed a new one-year deal with Chelsea.During his time as a Chelsea player, Giroud has become a World Cup winner with France and has continued to perform well on the European stage at club level, scoring 10 key part of Rafael Benitez’s Reds side that won the Champions League, the goalkeeper believes history is repeating itself.”It’s similar,” Reina tells Liverpoolfc.com. “It’s good for football itself. That’s where Liverpool belongs and hopefully it wi times in the Europa League this season while hHotspur.

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust had been lobbying on behalf of fans over the Christmas Eve plans, with a survey showing that 99 per cent did not want the game played at 4pm on that day and almost half woulith a La Masia move.Sport says Kluivert remains the favourite to become the new Director of La Masia at FC Barcelona. The Dutch legend rumoured to be finalising the minor details of his contract and the club hopes to make an official announcement on d not attend. 

As part of the Premier League’s £5.135 billion broadcast deal, Sky owns the rights to three matches each weekend; usually two on a Sunday and one on a Saturday. Christmas Eve fell previously on a Sunday in 2006 and 2000 but Sky had exclusive domestic rights and so could happily move their televised fixtures to the Saturday.

The situation will not again arise on a Sunday until 2023. Liverpool and Arsenal are obliged to make every effort to meet the requirements of broadcasters; and clubs receive additional payments of more than £1 million for each televised game.

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#21 – Will Gilmore be a difference maker as a rookie?

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Every summer leading up to training camp Buffalobills.com asks 25 of the most pressing questions facing the team as they make their final preparations for the upcoming regular season. With Year 3 under head coach Chan Gailey and veteran player report day at St. John Fisher fast p.Minamino picked up the language over the past four years he’s spent at RB Salzburg in Austria.And the Japan international says his ability to speak with Klopp with help his transition at Anfield when arrives on January 1.”I’m looking forward to worapproaching, here is the latest daily installment as we closely examine some of the answers the Buffalo Bills have to come up with between July 24th and Sept. 9th.

Players selected in the first round of the NFL draft are expected to be instant contributors, if not starters heading into their first professional season. Some first round picks come in and simply contribute, but others become game changers for their team in year one. Bills first round draft choice Stephon Gilmore could eamed Salah.The former AC Milan star is widely regarded as one of the greatest fullbacks of all time.But even he thinks it would be difficult to prevent Egypt international Salah from causing damage.”Salah is an amazing player, his best quality is thaasily be a steady role player, but can he be a game changing starting cornerback this season?  

Gilmore has already been lining up as one of the starting outside cornerbacks during both OTAs and mini-camp. He has been very impressive to this point and the team’s number one wide receiver has taken notice.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has now had a chance to get a good look at the rookie during team drills. He is not shy about saying what Gilmore is capable of becoming, but does caution that it is still early in the process.

“I think Gilmore is going to be a great player,” said Fitzpatrick. “He’s done some good things so far and we’re not in pads yet.”

Players will have to wait until training camp to put on the pads, but based on firsts planning for a lucrative career swansong in China.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda insists Messi has no immediate plans to quit Barca, but does have an ambition to play in the Chinese P impressions, head coach Chan Gailey is very impressed with what he has witnessed from the rookie cornerback. 

“He has done really an excellent job,” said Gailey. “Everything that we have asked him to do, to pick up, to adjust to—he has handled it so well. He is very mature beyond his years.”

His physical play and style have also been apparent this offseason, which should only help when the pads do go on. It is very difficult for some corners to play this kind of physical brand, but Gailey sees it as just a normal element to his game.

“It is something that I think is very natural for him,” Gailey said. “Some guys have to learn how to feel a receiver. I think he has instincts in that regard of understanding what great receivers (do).”

Gilmore has always believed in his abilities and he feels like there are no limitations to what he can accomplish this year.

“I always play with confidence,” said Gilmore. “So I think that comes with me and if I just keep learning the sky is the limit.”

This kind of confidence made it easy for scouts and upper management to gravitate to a player like Gilmore during the draft process. General Manager Buddy Nix continues to be nothing but impressed with how Gilmore handles himself and he believes that the rookie can be a difference maker for this team.

“From what I’ve seen I’d say he definitely can,” said Nix. “He’s done more than we thought he’d do with what we’ve exposed him to. So nothing surprises him. He’s a very patient guy. He doesn’t bite on every move. He’s smart and has deceiving strength and great speed.”

Gilmore will likely start at corner and serve as a game changer on a defense that is already loaded with playmakers. The Bills first round pick will benefit from a much improved pass rush, which will only provide the secondary with more playmaking opportunities. It will also allow the corners to take more risks than usual because quarterbacks will be in a hurry to release the football. The early praise from teammates and coaches illustrates how much talent and potential Gilmore has as a player.

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Manchester United 4 Leicester 1: Jose Mourinho’s men back on track after four goal first-half

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Rooney played just seven minutes of the game, summoned as a substitute for his 528th appearance for the club, replacing Marcus Rashford, who had scored United’s third. Mourinho was prepared to play any tune necessary to get the show back on the road, and despite his protestations about a tactical decision to introduce pace and width to the side this was unquestionably a significant chapter in the Rooney years.

The last time United were four goals up at half-time Rooney had bywill leave Manchester United next month.The French midfielder has been linked with Real Madrid and Juventus.But Raiola insists Pogba will not force his way out of Old Trafford in January.“Paul has always respected Manchester United just as Manchest then scored one of two goals he would get in that game, against Fulham on Aug 20, 2006. The first time in a new manager’s era that a big name is left out – and it happened to Rooney under Sir Alex Ferguson – is always an awkward moment for all concerned but it is always a case that life moves on to fresh controversies.

As for United, they scored an improbable three goals from corners, while the second was a brilliant passing movement finished by Juan Mata, Rooney’s replacement. They blitzed Leicester at the end of the first half, and Ranieri’s men were complicit in their own defeat, but it was a strange game that was played out without much note in the second half, save from a brilliant strike from the substitute, Demarai Gray.

Afterwards, Ranieri said that his team had been the more likely to score the first goal, and then having conceded Chris Smalling’s header direct from Daley Blind’s corner from the left, fell apart seven minutes before half-time, when United scored their remaining three goals. At half-time Ranieri replaced Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to save the legs of his key players for the Champions League game against Porto on Tuesday.

There was also Paul Pogba’s first goal for United, the fourth before half-time. Sam Allardyce was in the directors’ box to witness Gray’s right-footed hit on the hour and also to see Michael Carrick come on in the second half for his first minutes in the Premier League this season.

Mourinho said before and after the match that he selected Jesse Lingard and Rashford because he expected a “phenomenally intense and fast” game and wanted those two young players to offer width and pace. Mata was having a quiet afternoon until he shaped the move that ended with his brilliant 37th-minute goal, the pick of United’s four, and for now it is the Spanish midfielder who is ahead of Rooney in his manager’s mind.

In spite of Mourinho’s predictions it was a slow burner in which United only came alive in the last third of the first half. Without the intensity to overwhelm their opponents, United required the quality of their passing to pick their way through the substantial defensive line that Leicester had established to stop them.

The first decent sequence of United passes came on 22 minutes and won them the corner from which they scored their first. Daley Blind, an accomplished left-back for the day, whipped a left-footed ball in from the left and amid the general Leicester confusion, Smalling got above Islam Slimani to head the ball down past Ron-Robert Zieler.

From there, United hit a groove that would deliver another three goals before half-time. Ander Herrera was outstanding in midfield. He seems to have played his way into favour under Mourinho, who says the Spanish midfielder offers a defensive intensity others do not. Herrera played arguably the ball of the game to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who teed up Rashford with the outside of his right foot, but the teenager missed.

The three goals in five minutes in the lead-up to the break finally got Old Trafford on its feet. Mata started the move for his goal with the ball going to Pogba and then to Lingard, whose sharp flick with his right foot put the ball on track for a fine left-footed finish from Mata. Lingard seems to have been forgiven earlier than expected for his first-half performance against Manchester City two weeks’ previously.

Leicester looked broken, and two more goals followed quickly, both from corners from the left. Blind played the first low into the inside-left channel, where Mata struck it hard across the face of goal, and Rashford finished. Then Pogba met another Blind corner to head past Zieler with three minutes of the half remaining.

Gray’s right-footed shot from the left with Lingard hanging off his arm was a fine goal for the half-time substitute, who had a good 45 minutes for his team. The game was long over by then, and a victory over the champions – however flat Ranieri’s team might be – was just what Mourinho needed. He says that he is still weaning them off Van Gaal’s negative approach – and this, you might say, was the start of the shock treatment.

 

 

Perhaps too nonchalant … Gray picks the ball up on the left, drops his shoulder to get past Valencia and rifles a missile that dips over De Gea and under the bar. What a goal! 

 

 

 

That’s one way to shut the Einsteins up, isn’t it? It’s self-evident that United have been working intensely on set-pieces, both defending and attacking them, since  looking so feeble at Watford. It’s a third goal from a Blind corner. The left-back whips it to 12 yards where Pogba beats and beasts Fuchs in the air and buries a header with tungsten-necked force.  

Oh dear. I fear I rather jinxed Amartey who was dozing at a corner. Mata was wholly unmarked so Blind passed it to him at the near post and he squared it to Rashford who slid in and stabbed his shot home. 

 

First Rooney’s replacement as captain and now his replacement as No 10 score. Mata cuts in from the right, passes to Pogba and continues his run towards the box. Pogba clips it out to Lingard who pushes it into Mata’s path and he hits it on the half-volley from 15 yards and watches as it arcs into the corner around Zieler’s dive. 

 

 

 

Made by Pogba’s first-time early pass down the left and Rashford’s deft, cushioned header out to Blind on the overlap. The left-back wins the corner off Simpson, clips in an attractively whipped cross and Smalling gets up to bury the header from eight yards.  

 

He tackled well, bombed forward in support and was effective and energetic throughout in a man of the match display. You could tell how much his team-mates appreciated his contribution when about half a dozen of them converged on him, rather than the scorer Jamie Vardy, when his tackle set up the opener. 

City have lost both their away games, they need Amartey today because Fellaini isn’t there to plod about and Herrera and Pogba will push on. 

 

And meanwhile, a sign that exiles can be much worse:

 ht he guided them into the Champions League round of 16.Despite the result against Genk, Ancelotti has been axed just three hours after the final whistle.In a statement, Napoli announced:”The Sporting club Calcio Napoli has decided to revoke the role

 

 

 

The champions, Leicester City, were full of the old verve against an admittedly feeble Swansea and ran Club Brugge and Burnley ragged. That defeat at Anfield, though, was alarming even if Liverpool were unstoppable. They haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1997-98 when Tony Cottee’s goal at the end of January took the points and, lest we forget, United were pipped to the title by eventual Double-winners Arsenal by only one point. Islam Slimani has been terrific so far and it will be interesting to see if United pick Chris Smalling to cope with him even though they look better with Daley Blind in the side. We shall find out imminently.  

Manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about his new charges reacting badly to "negativity",b after departing Millwall in the summer, says the Millwall-goalkeeper-searches-new-club.html”>Daily MailMillwall-goalkeeper-searches-new-club.html”>.Archer was released by the Lions at the end of the last campaign and would be an experienced option which some observers felt he increased with public criticism of defender Luke Shaw after the 3-1 defeat by Watford last weekend.

A 3-1 win over Northampton Town in the League Cup on Wednesday night prevented a fourth straight defeat, but it was not an entirely convincing United performance against the third-tier outfit.

There will particular interest in Mourinho’s team selection at home to Leicester and whether England and United captain Wayne Rooney, who has been in poor form, keeps his place.

Manchester United are unbeaten in seven home Premier League games against the Foxes, winning five, drawing two and conceding just four goals in that time.Leicester have won one of their last 18 league trips to Old Trafford (D5 L12), claiming victory in January 1998 courtesy of a Tony Cottee winner.United have scored in each of their last 14 Premier League games against Leicester, netting 33 goals.Jamie Vardy has scored in three of his four games against United for Leicester in all competitions.Jose Mourinho has suffered 12 defeats in his last 23 league games as a manager. His previous 12 league defeats as a boss came over a period of 110 games.Mourinho has not won any of his last four league meetings against a team led by Claudio Ranieri, including defeats in the last two games.Islam Slimani has scored 22 goals in 23 league appearances so far in 2016, after adding to his 20 Portuguese Liga goals with two more on his Premier League debut last weekend.

"He played in England, of course, when he was younger and he has quality so it’s a matter of time and he will be playing really well.

"It’s difficult to adjust – new manager, some new players. They have some good players and of course you need time for everybody, but unluckily in football, time is not what you have every time.

"But I think the directors and everybody knows that this could happen and that some games you have to be patient."

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Greer torn with free agency approaching

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Free agency is often seen as a jackpot opportunity for players that have made the most of their first four or five years in the league. Even players say you work hard every day and perform every week for your second contract. For Jabari Greer it will be different.

The Bills starting cornerback, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, has already had a second contract. After signing with the Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2004, his rookie deal wase talks with Fifa and Real Madrid about funding rival global club competitions, according to the Financial Times.The business newspaper reports that CVC is in discussions with soccer’s global governing body about acquiring the commercial rights to th up after the 2006 season. Greer went untendered by the Bills as a restricted free agent, but was eventually re-signed to a modest two-year pact.

This offseason Greer will sign his third contract after maximizing his pure talent with rigorous offseason training and learning from the experience 26 NFL starts can provide.

“I’ve gained that experience and become a better player,” said Greer. “So I now have the maturity and know how to play the game and how to study and how to take care of my body. I’ve taken that step up and I feel like there are a lot more steps that I’m still going to take.”

But the step into free agency is a different one. One that was much different from the last time he was not under contract. Coming out of the 2006 season Greer was a sub-package cornerback. He had yet to hold down a starting role on defense. The jury was out.

Now two years lar victory over Finland.The Azzurri won their Euro qualifier 2-1 through a Lazio striker Ciro Immobile goal and a Jorginho, of Chelsea, penalty.”There was a little bit of suffering, but we created it ourselves. We were dominating the game and gave awater with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns this season and solid performances against high profile receivers like Terrell Owens on his resume, Greer figures to be a hot commodity on the open market.

“I hope that’s what they say when they see me,” said Greer. “The funny thing is I know those plays and those plays feel good, but I’m worrying about the interception I missed against Jacksonville. And those plays are motivating for me when it comes time to conquer the offseason and know when there’s opportunity you’ve got to grab it.”

The opportunity rsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg’s staff.The former Gunners captain has been working as an agent in recent years.But The Sun claims Gilberto could come in and help Ljungberg pick up the pieces after Unai Emery was sacked.Silva still lives ithat could be coming his way in the offseason is a big pay day if the Bills elect not to re-sign him prior to the opening of free agency in March.

A week ago cornerback Corey Webster was re-signed to a five-year deal worth a reported $43.5 million with $20 million guaranteed. It’s not unrealistic to think in an open market Greer, with comparable career numbers, could command as much.

Being heavily invested in top pick Leodis McKelvin, and with the contracts of Terrence McGee and Ashton Youboty set to expire after the 2009 season, it’s hard to definitively say what the Bills will do at the cornerback position.

“That’s the business aspect of the game,” said Greer. “Unfortunately it’s like that, but you also have a chance to do what’s best for your family. And that’s what I want to do. I’m not money hungry, but at the same time you have to take care of your own.”

On the positive side Greer has respect for the organization that took a chance on him and a good relationship with Bills COO Russ Brandon, who played a large role in landing him as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2004 draft was over.

“I think they know where my heart is and that whatever happens and whatever business negotiations go on that I’ll always be thankful for the opportunity I got here,” said Greer. “There’s a difference between loyalty and self interest and I want them to know that as long as the opportunity is here I’m going to be here. But if the opportunity is someplace else then I have to do what’s best to provide for my family.”

If that opportunity does prove to exist elsewhere, Greer knows moving on will be difficult when he thinks of his teammates.

“That’s the toughest thing,” he said. “The relationships that you establish in this locker room. I know when everything is said and done there are guys in this locker room that will be with me for the rest of my life. They understand what I’m up against. I don’t want to speculate on what might happen, but whatever happens I know that I’ll have the support of my teammates.”

The road hasn’t been easy for Greer in carving out a career for himself. From undrafted rookie, to special teams contributor, to sub-package defensive back to proven starter Greer has steadily climbed the ladder. And there will be a reward for that. But for once Greer is content with sitting back and letting that reward come to him.

“My mom always told me, ‘Jabari, what’s yours is yours and nobody can ever take that away from you.’ Not only when they drafted Leodis or they brought in Will (James) in the offseason. There have been so many things that have been stacked against me. Through it all she’s always told me what’s meant for you is meant for you. So what’s meant for me in the future in this game is going to be for me. If it’s meant for me to be one of those guys that’s blessed with the ability to provide for my family then it’s going to happen. And I hope it does.”

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2017 SEC spring meetings: Hot topics that will be discussed this week in Destin

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DESTIN, Fla. — This week’s annual SEC spring meetings have become sort of a collective collegiate muscle flex.

It wasn’t just conference groupthink. The league was the best because it cared the most — and vice versa. There are college students in the South who know nothing else but SEC excellence. The last time prior to 2016 the SEC wasn’t unanimously the best in football (Texas beat USC in the 2006 BCS Champntus midfielder Blaise Matuidi is encouraging interest from Manchester United.Corriere di Torino says Matuidi is interested in a move to United this summer as he sees his first-team opportunities being limited at Juventus next season.Juve have broughionship Game), they were in third grade.

New species have evolved on this planet since the last time the SEC didn’t lead the country in average football attendance.

The new and sometimes easily-mocked marketing slogan — “It Just Means More” — resonated. It described the Southeastern Conference’s fervor perfectly.

Whether it was gymnastics, softball, basketball or big, bad voodoo daddy football, sports in the conference reflected the region and its pride.

Let’s just say there is some work to be done this week. From Paul Finebaum to Gus  Malzahn and back again, the SEC has lost the football high ground, if only for the moment. In the conference where it means more, the SEC is no longer No. 1 in football.

Heck, it may not even have been No. 2 at the end of last season. The ACC was/is No. 1, having won its second title in four years (both at the expense of the SEC champion).

Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh have forced the Big Ten to a new level. Anyone notice Vanderbilt’s former coach (Penn State’s James Franklin) just won the league?

Yes, SEC flagship Alabama came within a second of locking down another al has shouldered the responsibility of being United’s main striker during Marcus Rashford’s absence, with Keane highlighting just how well he has performed over the past few weeks.”We have definitely seen something more out of him over the last few national championship. But that 35-31 loss to Clemson only seemed to rubber-stamp what qualified as a down year.

Each one of the other 13 SEC programs lost at least four games for the first time in league history. Someone has to start stepping up to reinforce the reason the Playoff exists in the first place. Former commissioner Mike Slive dreamed of having multiple teams in the top four.

That dream seems so long ago.

SEC coaches, athletic direcotrs and administrators used to gather here each spring at the Sandestin Hilton with that  collective confidence. There was a celebration of excellence, a reveling in record revenue, an SEC Network live set out by the pool.

None of that has gone away or will anytime soon. The network is just beginning to spew cash like one of those oil well platforms out there in the nearby Gulf of Mexico.

But something’s missing this week, and the SEC knows it. The conference has a chip on its shoulder.

There was a time not too long ago when the league sported five coaches with national championships on their resume (Meyer, Steve Spurrier, Phil Fulmer, Nick Saban, Les Miles). This year, they’ve got five who are entering their first (LSU’s Ed Orgeron), second (Missouri’s Barry Odom, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, Georgia’s Kirby Smart) or third (Florida’s Jim McElwain) season at their current schools.

The league’s overall quarterbacking must get better. Ole Miss won’t be going bowling and faces possible probation.  Is it just me or has Clemson cornered the market on five-star defensive linemen?

These are the week’s other main talking points at the 2017 SEC Spring Meetings.

It can be argued the SEC has been at a competitive disadvantage because of its stance on graduate transfers. Florida is currently banned from taking grad transfers for a three-year period (ending in 2018) because two previous transfers didn’t meet academic requirements

Unless the SEC amends its rules, Zaire — the former Notre Dame starter — seems likely to head to Texas. Zaire doesn’t seem to be a game changer. If he fit that bill, he would have beaten out Deshone Kizer last season. But at Texas or Florida, he would at least be quality depth.

Tom Herman at Texas has doggedly pursued Zaire citing injury concerns about Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger. Needless to say, Jim McElwain could use any upgrade at quarterback as the Gators’ current competition is between a pair of redshirt freshmen.  Zaire appears to literally be awaiting the SEC’s decision to determine whether he can go through with a transfer to Florida.

It’s coming … everywhere. That would be booze sold to the general public in stadiums. It’s revenue. It’s a way — wink, wink — to control binge-drinking at tailgates (and the money that’s spent on it).

It’s been common for a while for alcohol to be served in private club seating in college stadiums.

Texas, with its 100,000-seat stadium, now serves alcohol to the public. The NCAA started a pilot program last year to serve booze at the College World Series. (What could go wrong? College students, fake IDs, foul balls reigning destruction from above.)

There are giant stadium vendor companies who are experienced at serving alcohol. But there seems to be something different — perhaps dangerous? — about combining in-stadium booze with Deep South football fervor, especially at night.

Tiger Stadium on a Bud Light rush? Yikes.

There will be something Alabama’s coach will go off on this week. He seems to store up all his angst for this time of year after the draft, after passage of NCAA legislation, and for whatever perceived threat to the empire exists.

I thought Alabama’s coach had aired his grievances fairly succinctly in . If I had to guess, Saban will focus on staff sizes, .

First of all, dismiss anything Pat Dye says because, well, he’s Pat Dye. The former Auburn coach has been out of coaching for a quarter century and has no real say in the situation. He does like to hear himself talk, though. 

But it seems the idea of has at least become a conversatiin this week.Arsenal are now 10th in the Premier League — just five points above the relegation places and 10 off Chelsea in fourth. The match was interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in charge at the Emirates Stadium and he saw his teon piece. It would supposedly balance out what has become an imbalanced SEC.

The East hasn’t won a conference title since 2008. In fact, the East champ has been within two touchdowns once in the title game since that year.

So, yeah, maybe move Missouri to the West for the “better” geographic fit. I’m sure Saban and Malzahn would absolutely love the possibility of playing twice a year. Hey, and maybe in back-to-back games! 

 A new home for the SEC Baseball Tournament. Stronger nonconference schedules for basketball. A review of collaborative replay. A handful of athletic directors — including Greg Byrne at Alabama and Scott Stricklin at Florida — attend the spring meetings for the first time. Student-athlete time demands. College football staff sizes.

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LOOK: Vanderbilt’s got the ‘shoe game popping’ with new Dark Knight unis

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Vanderbilt’s black and gold color scheme looks great under the lights. Thhted to make his full Roma debut for their 4-3 defeat of Cagliari.Villar arrived in January from Elche.“I’m veryhester United this summer.The Evening Standard says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s willingness to play young players has given them a good chance of signing Sancho. The Borussia Dortmund star is the Red Devils’ top transfer target for the summ happy that Fonseca has faith in me. I worked hard to earn this opportunity. It was a great result,” he told Roma TV. “We have been woey may be a little bit hotter for early kickoffs during September, but once those lights come on, the Commodores become one of the best-dressed teams in the SEC.

Coach Derek Mason took to Twitter on Monday to show off the latest upgrade to the “Dark Knight” uniforms for 2016: some slor says Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Isco in a £44 million deal by Real Madrid.The Spanish giants are trying to offload players to make way for a move for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen next month.Spain midfielder Isco, 27, has struggick new black-and-gold Nike cleats. According to Mason, the shoe game is “popping.”

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Report: Davon Durant suspended by Arizona State following arrest

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A projected starter at “Devilbacker” for Arizona State has been suspended as theuel Almiron needs to do better in possession.Almiron hasn’t scored ied with his first months at Real Betis.The 26-year-old joined Los Verdiblancos from Lyon, having previously been linked with a wide range of top European clubs.”I can understand that my decision to come to Seville was difficult to understand when youn 14 Premier League matches for the club thus far and also failed to register an assist.”Almiron must start creating chances because he has been here long enough now. He runs around Sun Devils open their 2015 spring camp.

, Durant was suspended indefinitely following an arrest on allegations of domestic violence and aggravated assault. Tempe police say that Durant was arrested on March 6. Police were reportedly called to a scene after witnesses reported a man had struck a woman with an SUV.

Durant told the police that he had a verbal argument with his girlfriend in theelished testing himself against Manchester City ace Leroy Sane last night.Swanson was tasked with facing against the Germany international and delivered a mature performance, despite the U23’s 4-2 defeat.He told arsenal.com: “I think to play against car, but Durant’s girlfriend told police that he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. The police report also stated that Durant’s girlfriend had visible injuries, including a bruise beneath her left eye and bruising around her neck.

Durant is facing charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated assault, and his preliminary hearing is March 18.

Not currently with the team for spring practice, Durant is not even listed on the spring roster after enrolling early out of Butler (Kan.) Community College. Durant was one of the top JUCO prospects at any position in the class of 2015, by the 247Sports composite.

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Monday Pickups: Setting the TV slate for Week 10, Nov. 1

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Each Monday, conferences, TV networks, and schools announce when and on what network they’ll be kicking off a week from this coming Saturday — in this case, Week 10, Nov. 1. Here’s the rundown of this Monday’s television announcements, conference by conference. All times ET. Post will update as announcements go live.

SEC on CBS TeamsComment VS. Even Will Muschamp’s most ardent supporters would have to admit: this is just about it. With his Gators sitting at 3-3 and with games against South Carolina and Florida State still to come, forget coaching for his job — Muschamp might be coaching just to get the Gators to a bowl game. Unfortunately for him, Nick Chubb’s ascension and a fearsome front seven have the Bulldogs playing as well as any SEC team outside the state of Mississippi. This will be the 12th consecutive season the World’s Largest Ourdoor Cocktail Party will air on CBS.

Florida vs. Georgia , with Army playing Air Force at 11:30 a.m. ET en Klopp admits Pep Lijnders’ return to the club last year has been a big boost.The Dutchman had previously worked under Brendan Rodgers and Klopp at Anfield before a six-month stint in charge of NEC in his homeland at the start of 2018.“Pep Lijndeand Notre Dame vs. Navy from FedEx Field airing at 8 p.m. ET

GameTimeTVULM at Texas A&M12 p.m.SEC NetworkKentucky at Missouri4 p.m.SEC Neing to stay at the club.The Austrian wanted to move on loan so he could compete for a spot in his natio down in defeat at Chelsea.Burn arguably had Albion’s best chance of the game when his downward header clipped the bar, and reiterated the need for the team to start taking their chances.He said, “I thought Chelsea were the better team on the day anal team’s Euro 2020 squad.But that did not happen, and he knows the tournament is now beyond him.Bachman has only played two FA Cup games for WatftworkOld Dominion at Vanderbilt7 p.m.ESPNUArkansas at Mississippi State7 or 7:15 p.m.ESPN or ESPN2Auburn at Ole Miss7 or 7:15 p.m.ESPN or ESPN2Tennessee at South Carolina7:30 p.m.SEC Network

*Final decisions on kickoff times and broadcast partners for the 7:00/7:15 games will be made after the SEC games of Oct. 25.

GameTimeTVFlorida State at Louisville7:30 p.m.ESPNGameTimeTVDuke at Pitt12 p.m.ESPNUBoston College at Virginia Tech12:30 p.m.ACC Network (regional, split)North Carolina at Miami12:30 p.m.ACC Network (regional, split)NC State at Syracuse3 p.m.Regional Sports NetworksVirginia at Georgia Tech3:30 p.m.ESPNU

Direct from the source:

ABC/ESPN will use a 6-day pick for Nov. 1 selections, so times & TV will be announced no later than next Monday.

— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball)

According to

GameTimeTVKansas at Baylor3 p.m.Fox Sports 1

The Big 12 has exercised a six-day window for its other four games. will air on Fox Sports 1 at either 12 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. and will air on either ABC/ESPN2 (regional mirror) or Fox Sports 1, with options for kickoff times including 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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PHOTO: Jeremy Hill has a Tiger Stadium back tattoo

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SEC Media Days begin Monday, and and it’s too bad t at Tottenham, Townsend was fined in June 2013 by the Football Association and suspended for four months for breaching betting regulationsTownsend, 28, wrote on The Plachael Owen trained with Manchester United as a 13 year-old.He would go on to establish himself as one of the world’s premier marksmen during his time at Anfield before leaving for Real Madrid in 2004. Fergie said: “It was easy to follow Michael’s cyers’ Tribune: “I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t think I’ve ever been insihat Jeremy Hill is no longer playing running back for LSU and won’t be there. Because if he was we’d have the chance to ask him about the back tattoo he showed off on Twitter over the weekend.

Look at this thing.

If you gone go hard why not go the hardest

— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33)

Now if you can’t tell what’s going on there,ria on-loan.The centre-back has moved to Italy for the remainder of the season, ahead of his St Mary’s contract expiring in the summer.Sampdoria, where former Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini plays, are currently 16th in the Serie A table, and Yoshid it’s a tattoo of LSU’s Tiger Stadium, with Jeremy himself petting Mike the Tiger in the foreground. What I’d like to know, though, is what the deal is with the helicopters flying over the stadium. 

Is there some kind of military operation going on? Is Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin to illegally scout the game that’s going on? What’s happening there?

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Judge keeps Ed O’Bannon trial scheduled for June 9

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A federal judge on Friday set the stage for the Ed O’Bannon antitrust trial to occur as scheduled on June 9.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken denied the NCAA’s outstanding motions seeking to delay or redefine the case and kept the scheduled trial date. She also separated the O’Bannon antitrust case from the Sam Keller right-of-publicity case that’s mainly focused on videogames and set a March 23, 2015 trial date for the Keller case.

Wilken denied the NCAA’s request to sever all evidence and claims related to videogames from the antitrust case. That means the O’Bannon plaintiffs can use evidence and arguments about the NCAA’s relationship with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company over videogames.

“We got everything we wanted from the ruling and that was to stop the efforts by the NCAA of diverting the issue,” said Michael Hausfeld, lead attorney for the O’Bannon plaintiffs.

The NCAA had most recently sought to delay all of next month’s trial until February, citing Seventh Amendment rights due to the overlap of issues in the two trials. That came after the O’Bannon plaintiffs dropped their individual damage claims against the NCAA last week.

The O’Bannon plaintiffs are seeking an injunction that would end the NCAA’s restrictions that prevent college athletes from being paid based on their names, images and likenesses. The case could dramatically alter how college players are compensated moving forward.

Hausfeld said there is always a possibility of a settlement “if sensible people would approach the issue rationally.” When asked if anyone from the NCAA has come close to settlement talks he deems appropriate, Hausfeld said no.

NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement: “Although the plaintiffs’ eleventh-hour change in strategy has denied a jury the opportunity to decide the important issues in the O’Bannon litigation, we are prepared for trial and look forward to presenting our case to the Judge. At the same time, we will continue to prepare for a jury trial in the Keller case that is scheduled for March.”

Hausfeld noted the push this week by Pac-12 presidents calling on their colleagues in the other four major conferences to make significant changes to benefit athletes. The 10-point plan outlinedch Ernesto Valverde doesn’t want to lose Ansu Fati to Spain’s U17 World Cup squad.Fati is set to be called up n Dijk has warned teammates not to get carried away after yesterday’s victory over Manchester City.Ver Marco Silva’s system.The Arsenal forward was brought in for £28million on deadline day earlier this month.Brands said: “[Signing Iwobi] was not an easy one, a young boy that played already a lot of games in the Premier League, Champions League anan Dijk has warned Manchester City can still come back in the title race as he insisted they must accept VAR decisions.He said: “They are the champiby Spain U17s and the coach said he would rather keep the young forward.“Let’s see if they call him up. They needed to do up paperwork and in the Pac-12 letter, which was first reported by The Associated Press, includes making scholarship awards up to the full cost of attendance. The Pac-12 seeks a response by its colleagues by June 4, five days before the O’Bannon trial starts.

“You’re admitting the failings of the system and your responsibility to the legitimate grievances of the athletes,” Hausfeld said. “It is not a satisfactory response to impose a unilaterally dictated reform. That’s not an open market. In order to really address the situation and your deficiencies, there has to be a level playing field between the association, the conferences, the schools and the athletes.” 

When asked if he would trust whether NCAA members would even be on the same page for settlement talks, Hausfeld responded: “They obviously don’t trust each other. You have the Pac-12 writing one letter and the head of Boise State writing another.” Boise State president Bob Kustra has vowed to fight NCAA reform efforts that would increase the value of scholarships.

Instead of allowing the courts to dictate the NCAA’s future, Hausfeld said what the NCAA and its members “have going for them is the fact there is right now a single entity in the form of a class of all former and current athletes with which they could negotiate.”

Wilken maintained the trial will start June 9 and last up to 15 days. A pretrial conference remains scheduled for May 28.

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QB Phillip Sims no longer on Virginia roster, not enrolled for fall

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Quarterback Phillip Sims is not enrolled at  for the fall semester and will not play for the team in 2013, Cavaliers coach Mike London announced Friday.

Sims transferred to Virginia for his sophomore season in 2012 after spending his freshman year at Alabama. The Chesapeake, Va., native received a waiver from the NCAA to compete immediately, splitting time at quarterback with Michael Rocco. Sims played in all 12 games, completing 114 of 203 passes for 1,263 yards and nine touchdowns.

“The thing we tell the young meted midfielder Andreas Pereira believes that he has the confidence of his manager.The 23-year-old stepped up for the first team last term, earning greater playing them than any of his previous seasons at United.However, Pereira knows that he still han who come to the University of Virginia to receive a world-class education and play for our football program is pretty simple,” London said in the official release. “Go to class. Show class and treat people with dignity and respect. Those directions are pretty easy to follow and they will lead you on a path of success.

“When an individual strays from those directions, it is very disappointing to me. Phillip Sims did not make the commitment he needed to succeed here. I appreciate his efforts last season. He is a very talented young man who is blessed with some extraordinary athletic abilities. I still believe Phillip Sims can and will be a successful person. We will do what we can to assist Phillip in continuing his academic and athletic opportunities elsewhere.”

London’s stern message in the university release leaves little to the imagination regarding why Sims is ineligible. He went on to boast about the team’s spring semester GPA, which according to London is the highest it has been in the past 10 years. 

Sims was one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school, but this development is yet another setback. It is difficult to imagine the NCAA will grant anothgen Klopp has slammed the Nations League.He has long been a strident critic of staging the Nations League this summer, originally insisting it was senseless.Klopp said: “Everybody looked at me when I said it was not such a good idea.”And whoops, twer waiver, meaning he will likely have to drop a division to compete immediately or sit out the 2013 season due to the transfer rules.

For the Cavaliers, Sims’ departure actually clears up a very murky quarterback situation. London had Sims, the quarterback withster United are hoping for a fitness boost before Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.Star midfielder Paul Pogba is definitely out of the match with an ongoing ankle issue and David De Gea pulled up with a groin complaint on international duty that is likely the most game experience on the roster, slotted at No. 3 behind redshirt sophomore David Watford and redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert on the post-spring depth chart. With Sims gone, Watford and Lambert can battle head-to-head for the starter’s reps in fall camp.

Watford redshirted in 2012 after seeing spot duty as Rocco’s backup in 2011. He appeared in 10 games, but completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw only three touchdown passes and four interceptions. The decision to redshirt in 2012 — while Rocco battled with Sims throughout the season for snaps — has worked out in Watford’s favor. He still has three years of eligibility remaining, yet gained another year of experience in Charlottesville.

Lambert, a 6-foot-5, former four-star prospect from Jesup, Ga., was impressive during spring practice. He was one of the top prospects in London’s 2012 recruiting class, picking the Cavs over Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. With Steve Fairchild entering his first season as London’s offensive coordinator, Lambert has a good chance to push Watford when camp opens in the fall.

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ACC Notebook: More good news on Maryland injuries

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(US Presswire) coach Frank Beamer announced that freshman RB will redshirt the season. Edmunds dressed for the first two games but didn’t play. “Right eir pursuit of Ryan Fraser after the Europa League final.The Gunners will know more about their summer transfer budget after Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea in Baku.The Mirror says Bournemouth winger Fraser has become a top target for manager Unai Emenow, I think the four backs have worked out well and hopefully they can stay healthy,” .  was blown out by Kansas State last weekend, and the Hurricanes received bad news on the injury front. Coach Al Golden announced that LB wouls game.City’s approach was revolutionised by his arrival, with his ball-playing ability adding a new dimension to the team’s play and helping fully realise Guardiola’s vision.He admits it’s a high-risk strategy but says he loves it.“Since I arrivedd need knee surgery and miss the rest of the season, and S will miss Saturday’s game with a knee injury. “Our team just got significantly younger,” .  continues to recover from the outbreak of defensive injuries that struck the team late in the presor his old friend Frank Lampard after their 1-0 win at Ajax in the Champions League.The Blues battled to keep the Dutch side at bay for parts of the game, but they were also able to play their football and show offensive quality.They were the team theason. The Terrapins got DLs Keith Bowers and Isaiah Ross back for last weekend’s game against Temple. They get two more defensive players back for Saturday’s game against Connecticut.  CB Isaac Goins (mononucleosis) and S Matt Robinson (shoulder) will return, coach Randy Edsall confirmed at his weekly press conference. plans to shuffle its offensive line, coach . Will Jackson will move from LG to RT, Ray Beno from RT to LT and will take over at LG.

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