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World chess champion goes top of overall fantasy football table

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, changing it to: "World Chess Champion. The highest ranked chess player in the world. Current (live) £1 Fantasy Premier League player".

He also addressed his fantasy football performance on social media, citing analytics company Opta as one of the factors behind his success.

"Since a lot of people are asking about my £FPL strategy, mine is the not so groundbreaking one of part stats and part gut feeling," the Norwegian tweeted. "Part @Opta-mist and part optimist."

arlsen is currently competing in the Premier League’s official FPL competition for the sixth successive season, his previous best finish (2397th) coming in 2017/18.

Carlsen’s current squad boasts premium midfielders such as Sadio Mane and SoUnited-Unai-Emery-Wayne-Rooney-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic”>Sunday Expressrdinand says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in football.The 24-year-old netted his first Champions League hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Atalanta.”We are running out of great words to say about him,” Englan says he is currently the second-highest-paid player in the Premier League behind Alexis Sanchez earning £350,000-a-week.Gunners bosses are keen to get him off the payroll and his reprn Heung-min, while he is one of the many millions who are bacng Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz.After a tough season in Madrid, the former Lyon forward is ready to leave for regular first team football.And Valencia are keen as they see Mariano as a replacement for Rodrigo Moreno – should the Spain internationking Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

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‘I’m Jan Siewert and I have to do it my way’: New Huddersfield manager rejects comparisons with David Wagner and Jurgen Klopp

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Siewert, who began to focus on coaching at the age of 23 after a series of knee operations that evenhan Barnett, speaking with Sky Sports, has refused to shut down the prospect of Bale joining United this summer.”Manchester United? He could go,” revealedNorwich City striker Teemu Pukki says he’s having “fun” this season.The Finn scored in defeat to Italy in last night’s Euros qualifier.He told TMW: “I’m having fun playing football. “I’ve had two very good years, I have confidence in myself, scoring so many goals makes you confident in your abilities. “Things are going very well, I hope to continue like this.” Barnett. “I think he could get there, he’s still one of the best players in the world. “But it’tually forced him to retire, is also keen to avoid comparisons with Klopp.

“Jurgen is definitely an inspiration,” he said. “But please, I can’t be compared to Jurgen Klopp, you know what I mean, because he has had so many successes, and he’s an outstanding manager. And I’m Jan Siewert.”

The new manager’s early days in England have also seen him involved in a more comical identity mix-up, after he was confused with the chief executive of a Yorkshire-based children’s charity during Sunday’s match against Manchester City.

Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davison approached a man he thought was Siewert during the game, only to discovan coach Antonio Conte.The Italy international was brought to Stamford Bridge by Conte in January 2018.Now at Inter, Conte is getting to work with setting up his characteristic 5-3-2 system.Ivan Perisic is the favourite to fill the LWB role, however,er it was Manchester City supporter Martin Warhurst, head of the Martin House charity.

Siewert confirmed he was at Sunday’s match, but hidden elsewhere at the John Smith’s Stadium to avoid the media.

“I have to thank Martin from Wakefield because it was fantastic that I could observe the game,” Siewert said. “And he’s a good-looking guy, yeah? I’m not kidding; for me it was good to have a silent look at the game and get the atmosphere and the feeling.”

Siewert takes charge of a club who face a near-impossible job to avoid relegation, sitting bottom of the Premier League, 10 points from a position of safety, having won just two of 23 matches.

Wagner left by mutual consent on January 14 after more than three years in charge, having taken the club into the top division for the first time since 1972, then kept them there last season.

Julian Winter, Huddersfield’s chief executive, said that Wagner had indicated before Christmas that he needed to take a break from management.

Winter said: “David is a good man. We maybe first had a conversation four weeks ago, something of that order.

“David, being the human being that he is, sort of said building up to a January transfer window: Does the club want to adapt, think about different things? The maturity of that conversation was exactly as it was publicised.”

Winter added that Huddersfield had made preparations so that the club would not suffer off the field in the event of relegation.

He said: “To be blunt, this club has been prepared for getting into the Premier League and it will be prepared if it is not in the Premier League.

“We retained our status last season, which was fabulous. But we know that if this club does get relegated, it doesn’t fall into crisis. There aren’t fire sales.”

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Jose Mourinho admits ‘media manhunt’ is getting him down

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Mourinho, who  has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge, would have been free to sit in the dugout regardless at Stamford Bridge, where he has vowed not to “celebrate like crazy” if United score or win ght.Barcelona star Leo Messi won a sixth Ballon d’Or title at the Paris ceremony.But Onana told TMW: “Leo is the best in the world but I think Mané deserved the award too. “He and (Mohamed) Salah did very well last year and this must be recognised eout of respect to his former club’s fans.

Mourinho is also concected to blood James into his starting XI once the full-back has been brought up to full fitness.Chelsea shared a video of 19-year-old James dropping his crutches to the floor, captioning it “drop those”.The player himself then shared a photo of him trned that the persistent talk about his future is undermining the team and suggested the dismal first-half showing against Newcastle, when United trailed 2-0 after 10 minutes before recovering to win, was partly down to players waking up to reports that the manager was about to be sacked.

“Some of the players looked depressed in the first half with the result, and with the pre-match, because the pre-match was difficult for them,” Mourinho said. “We didn’t sleep in the hotel, everyone stayed at his own house, and I think the players when they woke up – because they read on social media – the pre-match was not easy for them.”

Nonetheless, Mourinho has been no stranger to criticising his own team and again appeared to damn his players with faint praise when asked why they have been unable to replicate the second-half performance against Newcastle over 90 minutes. “We try,” he said. “The key is for the players to be able to do it.”

 Mourinho believes United could be facing the champions in waiting at Stamford Bridge this lunchtime if Eden Hazard can maintain his blistering form. Hazard said this week that he would like to play for Mourinho again but, as much as the Portuguese would love to have him at Old Trafford, he said Chelsea would never sell to them.

“I would love to have him in Manchester United but … Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people and they would neicated Manchester City are already thinking about next season.City look unlikely to catch Liverpool in the Premier League this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having a 14 point lead and game in hand.”No. It’s unrealistic to think about that,” Guardiver sell Eden to Man United,” he said.

“History says that when Eden Hazard is the best player of the Premier League, Chelsea is the champion. It happened with me [in 2014-15] and Antonio [Conte, in 2016-17], and this season he is the best player until now and Chelsea is top of the league because he is the kind who can make a huge ­difference.”

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Bills DE Chris Kelsay calls it a career

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Defensive end Chris Kelsay has said for years that he wanted to spend his entire playing career with the Buffalo Bills. On Wednesday he made sure that would be the case. After 10 years with the club Kelsay announced his retirement Wednesday.

“I want to thank Mr. Wilson for the opportunity he gave me 10 years ago to be a Buffalo Bill,” saisays Arsenal are confident of completing a loan deal for Ceballos – and beating Tottenham to a second summer signing.Gunners boss Unai Emery has targeted Ceballos to join Arsenal on a one-year loan deal to bolster his squad and become a much-needed ad Kelsay. “One of my goals was to finish my career with the team that drafted me and that came to fruition. I feel very blessed to say that.

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“The Buffalo Bills’ fans are the best in the NFL. Having played in every NFL stadium over my 10 years, there are no other fans like the ones we play in front of at the Ralph. It’s inspiring, it’s emotional and it’s exciting every moment you step on the field,” Kelsay continued.

“Your teammates are a big reason why you do this. Being around long enough you establish a lot of lifelong relationships, not just in the locker room but around the building. That’s something I’ll carry with me and cherish for the rest of my life.”

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Kelsay appeared in 147 games for the Bills since the time the club made him a secondnham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’ll need to utilise his squad depth this season.The manager admits there is a frustration over their lack of consistency.He said, “England is a very competitive country. I’m lucky to have the possibility to pla-round draft choice in 2003. That ranks 16th most in team history. The defensive end stands ninth on the team’s all-time sack list with 32.5 in his career. Kelsay also ranks eighth in team history in forced fumbles with eight and is tied for first in team annals in career safeties with two along with Ron McDole.

The Nebraska product was a locker room leader for the defense and remarkably durable throughout his career. After missing just three games in his first eight seasons, Kelsay missed 11 total in 2011 and 2012. After sustaining a torn ligament in his neck in the middle of last season he was eventually placed on injured reserve for the last four weeks of the year.

ormer Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce says he could manage again.Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Everton at the end of last season and, while insisting he is in no rush to get back into management and enjoying his work as a pundit, t

One of the more notable highlights of Kelsay’s career came in the home Monday night game against Dallas in 2007 when Kelsay tipped a Tony Romo pass in the air to himself for an interception return for a touchdown.

In retirement the 32-year old will return to his native Nebraska with his wife Natalie and three children.

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Rafa Benitez remains untouchable at Newcastle as he insists ‘2nd place would be fine with me’

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However, there is also no disguising the fact, Benitez has a squad that is the envy of the division, with the highest wage bill seen outside the top flight. A failure to go up as champions will be just that, regardless of the relief that will pour out of St James’ Park as soon as promotion is assured.

“Second place would be fine with me,” said Benitez, when asked if the title was Brighton’s to lose, although midfielder Isaac Hayden perhaps gave a more honest appraisal of the situation.

“It always matters if you finish first or second doesn’t made eight Premier League appearances and played a crucial role out a January loan move for Vinicius Junior.Looking ahead to Los Blancos’ clash with Alaves at the Estadio de Mendizorrotza on Saturday, Zidane hinted that Vinicius may get his chance to play in the coming weeks.”Vinicius is not going to leave,” Zid in Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup but he is now being considered by LaLiga club Real Betis, according to Estadio Deportivo. Adrian is being considered as a signiit?” said the former Arsenal and Hull City player. “As much as you want to say it doesn’t matter or promotion is the main thing, and of course it is, everyone wants to get promoted, that’s the aim.

“But I think there will be a little bit of a sour taste if we weren’t to go on and win the title. But at the end of the day, promotion is the main objective and you don’t get promoted without winning the games.

“It doesn’t matter about Brighton or Huddersfield, as long as we perform and we get the points necessary in the last few games we are promoted anyway.”

Despite Newcastle’s slightly surprising vulnerability, particularly at home, Benitez has rarely stopped smiling since he became manager.

It is all part of the charm offensive and if it looks forced at times, there is no questioning the positive impact he has had since he arrived in March last year.

Even if they fail to return to the Premier League as champions, Benitez has healed wounds at a club that was tearing itself apart before he arrived 13 months ago. Promotion, in whatever form it is achieved, will prevent financial meltdown, as well justify his own extravagant salary and reputation.

Benitez has united Newcastle with it supporters again and has therefore been spared the sort of criticism that would have been fired at others in his position during the various setbacks this season. It is that calmness under pressure that makes him ideal and two wins and a draw from their remaining four games, will guarantee promotion, with Huddersfield eigndes.The Sun says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has handed United a transfer boost by cooling his interest in Portuguese goal machine Fernandes.Guardiola is making a long-term successor to Fernandinho his No1 priority in the summer window.It meaht points behind with only 15 left to play for.

“After the performance against Leeds, you say to anyone who is a Newcastle fan, that the team will do well in the next games and get the points we need, they would say yes please,” said Benitez.

“I am not pleased because we could not get the three points, but I am happy with the performance and the way the players have reacted.

“We have had a defeat [sic] and made some mistakes but we should have won easily and the performance of the team was so good that we have to be positive.”

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Arsenal’s latest setback exacerbated by midfield crisis ahead of daunting trip to Chelsea

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Wenger caused further frustration after when he admitted that his players were not “mentally” up to the challenge of facing a team who have not won in the league since early December. There was an air of complacency around the Emirates.

There was an angry reaction from Petr Cech with the goalkeeper admitting that so bad wa a move to CSKA Moscow over racism fears.The Russian Premier League giants offered the Everton winger a contract worth £75,000-per-week, according to the Daily Mail.However, Bolasie rejected the deal over fears he would receive racial abuse in Russis Arsenal’s first-half performance that they deserved to lose and did not warrant any “luck” even though Lucas Pérez came close to salvaging a point, striking the crossbar.

It is not over yet, but there is an enveloping sense of familiar failings about Arsenal this season as they spurned another chance to put pressure on the leaders.

“I think we didn’t play well at all,” Cech said. “We were second best in the first half. We made so many bad passes, we lost every challenge, we were simply second best.

“I always say that at this level you cannot play 80 minutes, or 85. You have to play 90 minutes with full concentration and everybody on top of their game.

“In the second half we improved, we had a lot of chances. I thought we were brilliant second half, but obviously we only scored one goal.

“We had chances but the keeper made some very good saves, we hit the bar and we could say we were unlucky in that way. But for the first-half performance, we actually didn’t deserve a little bit of luck.”

Cech added: “This was a huge setback because this was the game we wanted to win and we wanted to put ourselves in a better position going into the weekend.”

There were questions as to why Wenger did not start with Theo Walcott, who scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup away to Southampton last Saturday, after recovering from a spell out injured, with the winger coming on as a half-time substitute. Ramsey limped off early with a damaged calf and the extent of yet another injury is still being assessed.

Wenger left Danny Welbeck, who also featured against Southampton on his return from 10 months out injured, out of his squad and justified the decision. “We still have to be cautious with him,” Wenger argued. “Physically he looks readyed the refereeing after their 2-2 draw with Burnley.The boss was unhappy with Burnley’s first, lamenting referee Lee Mason who awarded the Clarets a throw-in which lead to Jay Rodriguez’s header to make it 1-1.Smith was critical of the handling of hi to play. However we still have to manage the times we use him and the times we rest him for a while.”

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Antoine Griezmann’s brother teases Manchester United fans with Old Trafford tweets

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Depay’s largely unsuccessful two-year spell at Manchester United was brought to an end after Lyon agreed to meet Manchester United’s £12m valuation. 

The former PSV winger impressed in his first appearance for Lyon, coming on as a substitute during Lyon’s win over Marseille on Sunday evening. 

Griezmann tweeted a picture of the 22-year-old as he conducted his first post-match interview following Lyon’s 3-lback has underlined the importance of being capable of clinching the LaLiga Santander title, despite missing out on the Champions League and the Copa del Rey silverware this season.”It’s a very difficult moment for the whole team as we were very clo1 win over Marseille.

"Sorry Memphis I think Old Trafford is better!" wrote Griezmann.

Just days later the French DJ sent out another Manchester United tweet, attaching a picture of Old Trafford without any caption.

Theo Griezmann, who is thought to support Manchester United, reactivated his Twitter account earlier this month after temporarily suspending his account.

The tweets sen plans to replace wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba.The Daily Mail says Pogba still wants to leave after pushing for moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid over the last two years.The Frenchman only has 18 months left on his £290,000-a-week contract, althot a number of Manchester United fans into a minor frenzy, with some club in the summer.The player has confirmed discussions over the contract extension are ongoing and that he would very much like to stay at St James’ Park.Ritchie became a fan favourite in the recently finished season as he impressed in a left wing-baalling on Theo Griezmann to persuade his brother to sign for the club.

As reported by James Ducker earlier this week, Manchester United are understood to be already working on a £86m deal to bring Griezmann to the club in the summer.

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Simeone is likely to leave the Vicente Calderon at the end of this season after taking the unprecedented step of reducing his Atletico contract and his imminent departure is likely to hasten Griezmann’s exit.

"I don’t tie anybody down. I simply work in order to continue getting better for the good of the club," said Simeone. 

Despite admitting his star striker has been attracting plenty of interest

“There are many offers,’ Cerezo said. “I don’t know what will come of Manchester United’s interest. What I can say though is that Griezmann will be an Atlético player for a long time.”

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Dimitri Payet: I’m staying at West Ham

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But the former Marseille player, who helped the Hammers to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier Leag a season-long loan.”Real Madrid strongly recommended I should come to the Premier League to improve my football,” said Vallejo, whose side face Busea meet City on Saturday evening.Looking back on how pivotal those 12 months at City under Manuel Pellegrini were in where he is now, Lampard said: “The year in Manchester, in terms of wher Kevin de Bruyne.De Bruyne has complained about the Euro2020 draw, claiming “90 per cent” of the groups were already settled before yesterday’s lottery.Platini said, “Among other things, I have chosen the playing cities, but I have nothing to do wiat I’m doing here now, was perfect for me because it opened myrnley today.”I think it was the right decision. I feel really wanted here. Nuno called me saying he neeue last season, has stressed his commitment to Slaven Bilic’s team.

"I’ve heard about all the interest and I’m flattered. But I love West Ham," Payet told The Sun.

"We had a fantastic season and I can’t wait to play in the Olympic Stadium.

"I’m 100 per cent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that."

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San Diego State vs. Fresno State odds: 2019 college football picks, best predictions from expert who’s 5-0

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The can take control of their division in the Mountain West Conference on Friday night when they battle the . The Bulldogs (4-5, 2-3 in Mountain West) sit in fourth place in the West behind San Diego State (7-2, 4-2), and (both 6-4, 3-3), but Fresno State already has beaten Hawaii and plays Nevada next week. The Bulldogs remain in control of their own destiny. Meanwhile, the Aztecs can inch closer to the division title with a win over Fresno. They are 1-8 against the spread in their last nine home games, and kickoff is at 9:30 p.m. ET. The Aztecs are favored by one in the latest San Diego State vs. Fresno State odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 42.5, down two from the opener. Before making any Fresno State vs. San Diego State picks of your own, you need to see who SportsLine’s Mike Tierney is picking.

No one knows football like Tierney. The veteran sportswriter, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, has covered of all levels for decades. And that expertise has been evident since he joined SportsLine in 2017. Since the start of the 2017 season, he has gone 136-114 with his against the spread picks in college football. Last season was his best, going 59-46. 

In addition, he is a perfen of the influence of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.After a disastrous spell at Monaco in which he was sacked in under three months Henry is now in charge of MLS side Montral Impact.Speaking to the Daily Mail, Henry explained that Wenger helpect 5-0 with his last five against the spread involving Fresno State. Anyone who has followed him is way up. Now, he has analyzed San Diego State vs. Fresno State from every possible angle and locked in another confident against the spread pick. . 

Tierney knows that San Diego State has a playmaker in the secondary in . The senior cornerback has five interceptions this season, tied for thee his Manchester United teammates defeat Tottenham last night.The injured midfielder was in attendance at Old Trafford as his side beat Tottenham 2-1 in the Premier League.Marcus Rashford was the matchwinner for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, scoring b second-most in the FBS. He also is tied for second in passes defended per game (1.88). By virtue of his play, he has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the best defensive back in college football. 

In addition, Tierney has factored in that San Diego State has been excellent on defense this year. Through nine games, the Aztecs have held every opponent below its season point and total offense averages. They rank eighth in the country in both scoring defense (14.4 points per game) and total defense (277.1 yards per game).

But just because the Aztecs may have the edge on paper does not guarantee they will cover the San Diego Stxis Claude-Maurice from Lorient.The Geordies join Arsenal, West Ham and Sevilla in the hunt for the Ligue 2 man, says the Arsenal-Alexis-Claude-Maurice-Lorient” target=”_blank”>Daily Star.Claude-Maurice scored 14 goals in 16 Ligue 2 appearances last ate vs. Fresno State spread on Friday.

The Bulldogs have scored at least 30 points in four straight games. Only seven other teams in the country have a longer streak of scoring 30 points than Fresno State. Much of the success can be attributed to an improved rushing attack, as over the last four games, the Bulldogs have averaged 223.5 rushing yards per game (6.3 per carry) and scored 18 touchdowns.

In addition, Fresno State has enjoyed recent success against the Aztecs. The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings between the teams by a combined score of 50-17. The last time these teams met in San Diego, in 2017, Fresno State whipped the Aztecs, 27-3. 

We can tell you Tierney is leaning over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He’s found a critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread hit hard on Friday. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine. 

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Notre Dame vs. USC odds, line: 2019 College football picks, predictions from simulation on 68-42 run

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The Fighting Irish are looking to to keep rolling at home and stay in the hunt for a spot in the College Football Playoff when No. 9 hosts its longtime rival, the Southern Cal Trojans on Saturday. The Irish have won 14 consecutive games on their turf and have beaten the Trojans in their past two meetings. Quarterback and a potent running game give the big-play defense more than enough points to work with. The Trojans have combined some big wins with confounding losses and fell to No. 17 before a bye week. Kickoff from Notre Dame Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Fighting Irish are 10.5-point favorites in the latest Notre Dame vs. odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 58.5. Before making your Notre Dame vs. USC picks, be sure to check out the predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen huge returns. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an eye-popping profit of over $4,300 for $100 plnager Maurizio Sarri’s system for his problems with fans this season.His performances have made him a target for criticism from Chelsea supporters, but he explains that Sarri’s decision to change the nature of his role during the course of the campaiayers on its top-rated college football against the spread picks.  

The model enters Week 7 of the 2019 season on a strong run, going 68-42 on its top-rated college football picks. It also called (-27.5) covering against and (+21) staying well within the spread against last week. Anybody who has been following it is way up.

Now, it has analyzed Notre Dame vs. USC from every angle. We can tell you it’s leaning under, but it also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine. ster United are prepared to pay massive money on two new centre-halves.ESPN says United are targeting Harry Maguire and Kalidou Koulibaly after being snubbed by Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt was given the chance to join Manchester United but

The model has considered that the Irish are coming off the set to receive a cash windfall from Danny Ings’ switch from Liverpool to Southampton.The striker has joined Saints on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell last season.The move is reportedly worth £18 million fee rising to £20 million.Their first shutout since 2014 after routing 52-0 last week. They have forced 14 turnovers in five games, recovering eight fumbles and intercepting six passes, two each from safeties and . The freshman Hamilton returned one of his 34 yards for a touchdown in his first game at Notre Dame Stadium. The defensive ends also have been getting after quarterbacks, with posting three of the team’s 14 sacks and adding two. The home team is 6-0 against the spread  in the last six meetings, and the Irish are 4-0 ATS in their past four non-conference games.

Book threw a career-high five touchdown passes in a little more than two quarters last week, and he has 1,254 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. . had his third 100-yard game last week to run his total to 381. The Irish also expect original starting running back to contribute Saturday after dealing with a groin injury. He ran for 383 yards and seven touchdowns despite missing three games last season. Notre Dame is perfect in the red zone this season, going 20-for-20 with 17 touchdowns.

But just because Notre Dame gets the job done on both sides of the ball doesn’t mean the Irish will cover the Notre Dame vs. USC spread on Saturday.

That’s because the Trojans will start freshman Kedon Slovis at quarterback after he missed time with a concussion. He has completed 77.9 percent of his throws and has 732 yards and five touchdowns in four games. He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-20 win against then-No. 23 . He will be bolstered by receivers Michael Pittman Jr. (31-501), and  (31-414).

Southern Cal has a young defense, but it has largely been effective, limiting teams to 411 yards and 24.8 points per game. It is strong up front, with John (45 tackles) and (41) anchoring the linebacking corps. and anchor the middle of the line, and has three sacks coming off the end.

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Pick Six: Bowl season kicks into full gear with a busy slate of games to choose from

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We’re through the warm-up period of bowl season. No more of this one game a day stuff. We’re approaching the full-blown “ignore your responsibilities and family” portion of bowl season. The time when there are multiple games on just about every day.

It’s the best time of year, and it’s made even better when you’re making money during it. Luckily for you, I’m here to help make sure that happens, so let’s get to it.

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: They say a man would have to be insane to take an under in the Bahamas Bowl. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m that whack job. I assure you that there’s a method to my madness, however. You see, Ohio has an efficient offense, but it’s not one I’d consider explosive. Plus, it’s strength is running the ball, and that always helps to chew up precious seconds when you need an under.

As for the UAB offense, it’s not great. Sure, it’s terrific that the Blazers are going to a bowl game in their first year back as a program, but UAB’s offense doesn’t light the world on fire. Using S&P+, its rushing offense ranks 82nd in the country while its passing attack is 107th. When it comes to explosiveness, UAB ranks 114th. So I can’t help but believe that total is a wee bit too high here. You know, as long as we can avoid a unt and Fikayo Tomori believe their confident starts to their Chelsea first team journeys is down to Frank Lampard.Both youngsters have stepped into the Blues first team and not looked out of place for a minute.The duo, who were on loan at Derby withtriple-overtime mind-melter, and since it’s the Bahamas Bowl, it’s a real possibility.

: Listen, I might be crazy enough to take an under in the Bahamas Bowl, but I’m not foolish enough to take one in this game. Instead, I’m going to go with the obvious answer in a game that’s likely going to come down to whichever team has the ball last.

South Florida leads the AAC in points allowed this year, giving up only 22.5 points per game. That number is very misleading, though. Against teams with winning records, the Bulls defense has allowed 38.5 points per game while Texas Tech is allowing 31.8 points per game. There are going to be touchdowns, and a lot of them.

Fun fact for you about San Diego State coach Rocky Long. Since he took over the program, the Aztecs have played 12 games against teams that run an option attack. Long has gone 11-1 in those games, winning by an average of 12.8 points per game. The one loss — which came to in the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl — came by a point.

San Diego State has played two options teams this season, beating 28-24 and 35-10. The Falcons and Lobos averaged 3.21 yards per carry against an Aztecs defense that ranks 37th against the run using S&P+ this season, and Army cannot throw the football. Do you get what I’m saying yet?

: I can picture it now. It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re surrounded by family and friends, growing frustrated because they keep trying to talk to you while you’re watching the Hawaii Bowl. Can’t they see you’re sweating an under? Don’t they realize that this third-and-three ae Belgium fullback has declared he expects to leave this summer – and L’Equipe says PSG management have now obliged by naming their price to sell.PSG are seeking €25m for Meunier, with Manchester United and Everton keen.Just recently, Meunier, who t midfield is the most crucial play of the game?

Well, fear not, because I’m quite confident about the under here. Neither team has what I’d consnchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more additions before next week’s Premier League transfer deadline.United have agreed a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire. Solskjaer told PA: “We’re still hope one or two deals ider to be a potent offense, and current forecasts show that there will be 14+mph winds during this game. If you’ve read this column before, then you know how high winds and unders go together like Christmas and capitalism.

: I do fear that this could be a scenario in which Bill Snyder tells his team before the game that he’s retiring, and then they go out and play the game of their lives for their coach. I just can’t rely on that happening. What I can count on is that UCLA is the far more talented team in this matchup and that I believe the Bruins are being undervalued here. Now, I also know that I’m betting on UCLA, but I don’t think it’s a stupid decision now that Jim Mora is no longer coaching the team.

And, yes, I would like this even if  isn’t playing in the game. It’s equal parts roster talent and fading the public.

: I bet you’re surprised to see that I didn’t take the under in this game. Now, if that’s the direction you want to go here, I don’t blame you, but it’s just too popular an option for me. Instead, I’d rather take advantage of an Iowa team that’s being underestimated.

I’m not saying the Hawkeyes are much better than Boston College, but 2.5 points just seems small. Neither team has a great offense, but Iowa’s better defensively. So I expect a lower-scoring affair, but one the Hawkeyes will win.

Last Week 2017 Overall

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Dante Pettis breaks NCAA record with ninth career punt return for a touchdown

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Why anyone puts to wide receiver anymore is one of this world’s great mysteries. Still, teamsAlisson is frustrated with Liverpool conceding “stupid goals”.The Brazilian was helpless when Trezeguet found himself free inside the box to score Aston Villa’s opener on Sunday.The Reds eventually secured a dramatic late, but Alisson doesn’t want his team to put themselves in difficult positions by conceding poor goals.”It annoys me always when we concede,” Alisson said. “Stupid goals! When we concede that way, it annoys me and the team. “We always have a common goal to win the game and to keep a clean sheet. You are closer to the victory with a clean sheet and you always have a draw.”When you concede, the games become more difficult. We need to work better at that if we want to do great things.”He added: “We can do better in our concentration. Against Genk we conceded late on, so this annoyed me and the team. We need to keep our focus.”We need to learn from these moments to make sure it does not happen again.” do, which is a good thing for Pettis. 

It was a good thing for the Huskies, too, during SaturdInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has quickly been impressed by new teammate Romelu Lukaku.Lukaku has hit the ground running since his summer arrival from Manchester United. “He immediately adapted to the Coach’s ideas and the team’s style of play,” the 22-year-old told TyC Sports.“He’s a striker with incredible characteristics, he’s very powerful. “I was surprised by his sheer stature.”ay’s game against as Pettis took a 64-yard punt return to the house. It was his ninth career punt return for a score, breaking the NCAA record of eight previously set Wes Welker and Antonio Perkins.

For the record, imnasia La Plata as coach.The 59-year-old was only appointed in September and had improved their fortunes, winning three of his last five games in charge.But it was also reported Maradona would quit Gimnasia if president Gabriel Pellegrino did not stthe most punt returns in a single season is five. Pettis already has four on the year. 

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Notre Dame is running out of reasons to keep Brian Kelly after latest indiscretion

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The totality of Brian Kelly’s nearly seven years at Notre Dame have been marked by multiple scandals, the newest of which involves academic misconduct. As far as Kelly’s tenure is concerned, it’s another demerit for a coach that has been a part of two bad ones already.

Actually, “bad” doesn’t even do them justice. But more on those later.

The that Notre Dame must vacate up to two full years of football victories, including games from its 2012 national title runner-up season, as punishment. The crux of the misconduct stems from a former student athletic trainer who completed coursework for two student-athletes; additionally, the former trainer provided “six other football student-athletes with impermissible academic extra benefits.” Some of the athletes took part in misconduct on their own as well.

The NCAA can punish Notre Dame how it sees fit. It can fine the Irish $5,000. It can publicly reprimand the university. It can enforce a two-year show-cause for the former trainer. And, yes, it can take away the wins. Few outside of the NCAA, the school and maybe some fans likely care about the sanctions anyway.

The bigger issue is that Notre Dame is dealing with yet another off-field issue with Kelly in charge. Barring a change of heart from the administration, however, it appears for now as though Kelly will survive this.

There’s a reason, of course. said it best: “Kelly is unequivocally Notre Dame’s best coach since Lou Holtz.” He’s a brilliant coach who rose from the Division II ranks at Grand Valley State — where he won two national titles — to the pinnacle of at Notre Dame.

Still, Kelly’s ever-growing legacy is complicated. He has just two seasons of at least 10 wins in South Bend, but he did take the Irish to a national championship appearance; of course, that season is on its way to being vacated now. This year, the Irish are 4-7 and are guaranteed their first losing season since 2007.

There are the controversies, too. There have been since Year 1.

In October of 2010, Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old Notre Dame student, was killed while filming the team’s practice when the hydraulic scissor lift he was on crashed due to high wind gusts exceeding 50 mph. Kelly said in the following days that despite the weather conditions.

Notre Dame later that “There are many people that will carry that for the rest of their lives.”

T believes Mason Greenwood deserves his first-team chance at Manchester United.But the Geordie has warned the teenager over the pressures of Premier League stardom.With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both struggling for fitness while midfielder Phen there’s the Lizzy Seeberg story published by .

The Seeberg case was, in the big picture, far more about Notre Dame’s failures than Kelly individually. However, the coach caught heat — deservedly so — because Shembo “stayed silent about the accusations under orders” from Kelly. Shembo in the lead-up to the 2014 .

So when put in context, academic misconduct is far down the list of important issues Notre Dame has faced in recent years. However, given Dani Ceballos will make his debut for Arsenal against Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.Ceballos has joined the Gunners on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.The Spaniard will take the number eight jersey vacated by Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal-Liverpool-Chelsea-Barcelona-Gossip-Latest”>The Expresssays Arsenal fans won’t have to wait long to see their second signing of the summer.its academic reputation, it is an issue the university takes seriously.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said as that Kelly will “lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year.” The “dreaded vote of confidence” is , but the misconduct “has nothing to do with me and my status here … Any negative criticism that’s out there about me right now is because we’re 4-7.”

Sure. In Kelly’s defense, he’s not the one committing the misconduct. But the best way to describe a coach’s role in these types of situations is that while they’re not “responsible” per se, they are “accountable.”

Over the course of the last six years, Kelly hacardi to leave.Wanda Nara, the wife and agent of the striker, has stated Icardi is staying.But Marotta says: “We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.“I can also categorically deny that somes been at least partially accountable for some dark days at Notre Dame. At some point, Notre Dame has come to a conclusion whether it will hold Kelly (and itself) accountable for those things. If nothing else, he doesn’t seem interested in doing it himself.

This isn’t the worst moment for Kelly and Notre Dame. Those were years ago, and if there were ever reasons to fire Kelly, they would have been it. This is, however, the latest incident. And they eventually add up quicker than many realize.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just missed the cut: Champ Bailey, Mark Richt

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College Football Player of the Week: Stanford RB Christian McCaffery

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It must be nice to have a player like Christian McCaffery on your team. Stanford lists him as a running back, but he does so much more than that for the Cardinal, and during Saturday night’s 35-22 win over rival Cal, all of McCaffery’s talents were on display.

McCaffery finished the game with 389 all-purpose yards (nearly a quarter-mile of yardage) for Stanford. He carried the ball 29 times for 192 yards, caught a 49-yard touchdown pass, and also had a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown in the final minute of the first half that just seemed to suck the ernandes.Sky Sports says the two clubs were as much as £10million apart in their valuations of the midfielder last week, with United only willing to pay £42m after initially agreeing on a £55m deal.But United are expected to continue their pursuitair out of the Golden Bears.

McCaffery’s performance was a key factor in Stanford’s win, and the victory wrapped up a Pac-12 North division title for the Cardinal, but this display was nothing new for McCaffery.

Saturday night was more of an encore than anything else, as McCaffery leads the nation in all-purpose yardage, averaging 255.2 yards per game. That’s nearly 50 yards per game more than his closest competition, San Jose State’s Tyler Ervin (206.7 yards per game) and a full 77 more yards per game than the guy in third, Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant (178.2 ypg).

With the Heisman ranage the fitness of Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the final weeks of the season.Sarri acknowledges how integral Loftus-Cheek’s fitness is to his good form, and he hopes he will not require surgery this summer on his troublesome back.He said, “We have to conace seemingly wide-open right now, you have to imagine that the Stanford back has as good a chance of anybody to wind up in has defended Jose Mourinho over his decision at Chelsea to let Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah leave.Now Tottenham manager, Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge when Liverpool striker Salah left, along with Manchester City star De Bruyne.But New York as a finalist this year.