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Bukayo Saka ready to challenge Alexandre Lacazette for starting spot in Arsenal’s attack

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“Different games require different players but I feel like I’ve shown the boss he nuary.A slow start to the season has left the Red Devils in tenth on the Premier League.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to top up his squad when the transfer window opens this winter.And the Daily Star claims Newcastle midfielder Longstaff and Lyocan trust me. Whatever game he puts me I’ll always give it my all.

“The players give me a lot of confidence, the boss gives me a lot of confidence. When the bosshe didn’t see enough of Erling Haaland last night to make an assessment.The striker came off the bench to score in RB Salzburg’s 4-3 Champions League defeat at Anfield.Van Dijk said, “I don’t know how long he participated, maybe thirty minutes, but is going to start you at Old Trafford it’s going to give you a lot of confidence.

“I just try to go out there, do my best, play without fear and doubt. If the boss trusts me to do it I can do it.”

against a promoted side that has not lost a game by more than a single goal this season. Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in their ngster set to sign a pre-contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The 19-year-old goalkeeper is set to leave London for Paris in the summer.His contract is up in June and he has already agreed terms with PSG, according to Goal.Bulka moved to Chelsea at 16 flast 23 away matches in the Premier League.

Chris Wilder’s team have won just once at home in the league this campaign, though, against Crystal Palace in August, and are looking to avoid losing four home league matches in a row for the first time since April 1965.

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Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saves Kenedy penalty to deny 10-man Newcastle victory at the death

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eadline-day signings Victor Camarasa and Harry Arter were included to inject a much-needed boost into the midfield ranks after Cardiff failed to register a shot on goal in their opening defeat to Bournemouth.

There was to be no reunion for twins Josh and Jacob Murphy after Benitez chose to only swap Javier Manquillo for DeAndre Yedlin in the backline.

Kenedy unleashed the first shot on target of the game when he shimmied past Sean Morrison to test Neil Etheridge in the Cardiff goal, before the hosts went close to taking the lead.

Sol Bamba was left unmarked to head Joe Ralls’s corner towards goal, but Ayoze Perez was there to block it short of the line.

Kenedy, who became the first player for eight years not to complete a pass in the opening 45 minutes, was lucky not to see red when his kick-out at Camarasa was not spotted by Craig Pawson.

erez had another chance to break the deadlock before half-time after latching onto Jonjo Shelvey’s sweeping ball, but the Cardiff stopper closed down the space to keep it level.

Vincent Tan was almost sent jumping out of his seat after the restart when Zohore crossed for Camarasa, but Shelvey nipped in to send it behind.

Newcastle were left scrapping for a point when Hayden, who had come on as a stand-in right back for Javier Manquillo, went flying into the back of Murphy after 66 minutes. He was shown a straight red card to leave Newcastle with 10 men for the remainder of the match.

But they should have stolen it after Morrison raised his arm to block Yoshinori Muto’s cross and concede a penalty deep into stoppage time.

ut Kenedy’s nightmare afternoon ended with a twist of justice as he saw his weak penalty comfortably saved by Cardiff hero Etheridge. The search for Cardiff and Newcastle thinks Arsenal have a good player in Pablo Mari.The Spaniard, on loan from Flamengo, made his debut for the Gunners in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Portsmouth.And Arteta was impressed with his performance when speaking after the game.”I thin’s first victories of the season continues, but both sides now have a foundation to build their Premier League campaigns.

“We knew it would be difficult,” said Newcastle manager Benitez. “We had some problems in the right full-back position and we had to move players around when Hayden was sent off so too many things were against us and in the end the penalty we missed to get the three points.

“We had some problems in the beginning but still we had two clear chances and we have to defend well and take chances but we didn’t do it.”

Etheridge 9; BennFormer Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta expects Ivan Rakitic to stay.The midfielder has opened the door to leaving.But Vissel Kobe star Iniesta told GOL: “I don’t know if he’s non-transferrable.”But I know he’s happy and wants to stay at Barcelona.”I hope that he can keep performing like before. I’d be happy for him.”ett 7, Morrison 6, Bamba 7, Manga 6; Camarasa 7 (Reid 76), Ralls 6, Arter 8; Josh Murphy 7 (Mendez-Laing 78), Hoilett 6 (Paterson 83), Zohore 6. Richards, Sme title race is over.Liverpool have won their last 14 matches leading to Pep Guardiola to jokingly congratulate them as “champions” after Manchester City’s shock defeat at Norwich.Klopp said: “Nothing is won already. We have seen teams make big stepsithies, Cunningham, Madine. Camarasa, Arter, Morrison.

Dubravka 6; Dummett 6, Clark 6, Lascelles 7, Manquillo 5 (Hayden 46); Ritchie 6 (Jacob Murphy 70), Diame 7, Shelvey 7, Kenedy 4; Perez 6 (Muto 65); Joselu 5. Ki, Rondon, Fernandez, Darlow. Ritchie, Manquillo. Hayden.

Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

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Rafa Benitez dismisses criticism of Newcastle tactics – ‘I will not waste time on that’

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“The difference with the other leagues, you go to Germany or Spain, is that here you have five or six teams that can compete financially. They have the resources to compete. This is totllian has rejected Chelsea’s new attempt to secure him to a fresh terms.UOL says Willian, 31, has been offered a two-year deal by Frank Lampard after taking over from Eden Hazard as Chelsea’s main playmaker.But it’s reckoned Willian wants a three-yeaally different to other leagues.

"Leicester won the league, and nobody was expeJurgen Klopp has declared Divock Origi as a “Liverpool legend” ahead of their clash with his former club Genk on Tuesday.The Belgian scored the decisive goal in last season’s Champions League epic semi-final win over Barcelona, following it up with acting in 100 years that that could happen. Why? Because the other teams were in transition and made some mistakes.

"At this moment, it’s very difficult for them [City] to lose the title. In the future? You never know. With the money that everyone can spend, anything can happen. The teams with the most money win the league.”

Asked about Neville’s own managerial career – he lasted just four months at Valencia before he was s7 shots on goal in the first half without a goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton.”We needed it,” the Brazilian told the club’s website. “We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three pointsacked – Benitez’s response can best be described as barbed diplomacy.

“I don’t want to go down this route,” he said. “Valencia is Valencia. I won two titles with Valencia and the Uefa Cup. They are [sic] at the top of the table. Why? Because Valencia is a massive club and a massive city, but I don’t want to go this way…

“I will not waste too much time on that [criticism from pundits]. I had the same in Spain and Italy. They have to say something because they need the audience, and then you have to understand they are doing a job that is totally different. They don’t take any responsibility and they can make mistakes and the day after, it doesn’t matter.

“You are a manager, you have a group of players, you have fans, the city, responsibility and then you make the decisions you have to make to win games and that’s it.”

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Southampton 1 Arsenal 1: Olivier Giroud rescues a point after Charlie Austin terrorises chaotic defence

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The positive for Arsenal was the benefit again of having such a distinct option off the bench as Giroud, whose goals to minutes ratio continues to overshadow most of his team-mates. With the January transfer window fast approaching, Wenger again also reiterated his opposition to the French striker leaving. “Why should we lose an important player?” he asked. “It’s up to us. He will start games.”

Austin had been similarly frustrated at a lack of starting opportunities at Southampton until his recent recall coincided with a wider improvement, and he finished emphatically here after three minutes. Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker had come back insays they’re set to offer a new deal to Ryan Fraser.Arsenal have been tracking the 25-year-old Scottish winger, who is about to enter the last year of his contract at the Vitality Stadium.It led to Fraser being linked to the Gunners in a potential £to the team following a thigh injury to Shkodran Mustafi but was easily dispossessed by Austin who then exchanged passes with Dusan Tadic before shooting confidently past Petr Cech. 

The presence of Mertesacker seemed to have disorientated Arsenal defensively, and Southampton could and should soon have been further ahead. Austin was then released by Tadic after Mertesacker had again been caught, but Cech got down well to save his low shot. 

The Soul van Dijk.Van Dijk is UEFA’s player of the year and has a fan in Lampard ahead of tomorrow’s showdown.Lampard said: “Van Dijk is an incredible player. Seemingly, he has every attribute needed to be a defender and more. It is a test for our centre thampton striker was then only marginally offside after again getting behind the Arsenal defence before also hitting the post from a narrowly offside position after running onto Ryan Bertrand’s cross. 

Austin has now scored four goals in his past four games but admitted that Southampton missed their big chance in that opening salvo. “We get the second and it’s over – one’s not enough in the Premier League,” he said. 

Arsenal remained defensively vulnerable throughout, but they did eventually at least settle into a passing rhythm that allowed them to dominate possession. 

Alexandre Lacazette had again been preferred to Giroud as the main striker and wasted an excellent counter-attacking chance when his heavy first touch just gave Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sufficient time to make a goal-saving block.

Aaron Ramsey did also almost equalise, but his low shot was quite brilliantly saved at his near-post by Forster following Sanchez’s cross. 

The pattern was set, and while Arsenal continued to have most of the ball, Southampton’s defence was solid and they also always retained their threat. Cech made another save from James Ward-Prowse, and from the resulting corner, a header back across goal by Bertand was almost inadvertently turned in by Granit Xhaka. Oriol Romeu also shook Cech’s crossbar with a powerful dipping shot from 25 yards. 

Arsenal’s supporters were becoming increasingly frustrated, and there were persistent chants for Jack Wilshere. But Danny Welbeck was Wenger’s choice when he did make his first change after 64 minutes, predictably replacing Mertesacker as Arsenal switched to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 formation. 

They were almost immediately punished, with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal getting themselves into a mess and fortunate that Bertrand just lofted his finish wide after lifting the ball over Cech.

Wenger did then bring on Wilshere for Xhaka in an attempt to add some cutting edge. Southampton, however, are a class above BATE Borisov, and Wilshere had nothing like the time or space that had allowed him to exert such influence on Thursday. 

The more telling change was Giroud, whose introduction for Lacazette was still greeted with groans from Arsenal fans. Sanchez, who again kept losing possession, had just tested Forster with a curling free-kick before producing a perfectly weighted cross for Giroud to glance his header past Forster. 

“We missed players in the box so I tried to bring it. This was a good point,” said Giroud, whose 17th goal as a substitute places him level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the all-time Premier League list. 

It was just about what Arsenal deserved – but there is little doubt now that their Premier League season will again be about no more than fighting for a top-four place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Pellegrino’s Alaves side played with four at the back for all but a handful of games last season and when he switched to five against Real Madrid, they were still humped Liverpool are set to go head to head with Borussia Dortmund to sign Ferran Torres from Valencia.The 19-year-old Spanish winger is producing some eye catching displays in La Liga this season.And Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will do battle with his old cl4-1 and 3-0, though they did knock off Barcelona at the start of the campaign 2-1. 

 Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin,  Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette.   Ospina, Wilshere, Giroud, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles,  Coquelin. 

 Robert Madley (Leeds) 

 

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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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Mary Wilson helps impact girls with sports

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Saturday, Mary Wilson and the Buffalo Bills celebrated the eighth annual Westerto Nicolas Pepe to edge ahead in the race for the Lille striker.Pepe will sign a five-year contract at Arsenal having been offered wages of £105,000 a week after at one stage it looked like he would be heading to Italy, says the Arsenal-Nicolas-Pepen New York Girls in Sports program. The platform, founded by Mary Wilson, wife of Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr., began in 2006 with tr Inter beat Serie C side Gozzano 2-0 on Sunday.He struck four goals on his Inter debut last weekend, but the focus since then has been on his weight.Nonetheless, the striker went some way towards answering critics as he started up top with Lautaro Mhe goal of enriching young girl’s lives with sports.

“It’s become more than I ever expected,” said Wilson. “For many of the girls, it’s their first time attending, many of them could have come a total of eight times. I’m hoping that even a little bit makes an impact.”

The WNY Girls in Sports program, hosted in partnership with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and the Girl Scout Council of WNY invites 250 Buffalo Public School girls ages 9-12 from “Closing the Gap” schools to the Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse for an afternoon of sports.

Girls rotate in stations around the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse trying old sports and learning new ones, from soccer, golf, track, volleyball, and tennis, to basketball, agility exercises, Double Dutch and Zumba.

Wilson, who has always been active in sports began the program to teach adolescents the life lessons that sports offers. Mary learned the structure sports provides at an early age. At age 60, she was the top ranked tennis player in the country. Today, she loves to share her passion with the girls, helping them learn core qualities such as discipline, sportsmanship and working as a team.

“Sports impact your whole life,” Wilson told buffalobills.com. “Learning how to work together… there are a lot of times you’re going to lose in life and you need to be able to move forward from there. There’s no doubt that for me sports has given me more than I have given it, and this is my way to pay it back.”

The program coincides with the NFL and Buffalo Bills PLAY 60 initiative, encouraging kids to get out and play at least 60 minutes per day.

“Whether it’s running or going to the gym, sports makes a difference, and affects you in a positive way,” said Wilson.

And Western New York Girls in Sports wouldn’t be what it is without the volunteers. Tlkeeper Anders Lindegaard insists there’s no one individual to blame for the club’s slide since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.Lindegaard stayed with United under David Moyes before leaving during Louis van Gaal’s time in charge.He told the London Evhe program has gathered a vast following of community organizations eager to help out. This Saturday, over 80 volunteers from the University at Buffalo, Canisius College, Medaille College, Upstate NY Jr. Golf – First Tee of WNY, Niagara Frontier Jr. Olympic Volleyball Club, Buffalo Soccer Club, Girls on the Run, United Way, and members of the Buffalo Bills Strength and Conditioning Department attended the event to encourage the young girls.

The annual WNY Girls in Sports clinic takes place twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

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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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The Top 10 Coldest games in Bills history

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The summer weather isDeeney is back in light training.The attacker is going through rehabilitation following a knee injury.He had surgery two weeks ago and is already back at the club’s training ground, working back to full match fitness.”It’s my first proper day back an finally here for good in Western New York, but most Bills fans relish the times when frigid temperatures play a factor in a Sunday home game during the season. If you’re a transplanted Bills fan down south or out west and you need some relief from the recent heat gripping most of the country, hopefully the countdown of the coldest games in team history will cool you off a bit.

We compiled the 10 coldest contests in descending order. In the event of a tie temperature-wise we used the wind chill as a tiebreaker. Buffalonians are all too familiar with the term “real feel” when talking about how cold it is come the winter.

It was far from a star-studded matchup as Bills QB Bruce Mathison squared off against Steelers’ signal caller Scott Campbell. With snow flurries in the forecast, both teams got good performances on the ground.

Greg Bell’s 77-yard touchdown run opened the scoring and Buffalo would tack on two more touchdowns to stake Buffalo to a 21-0 first half lead. But the Steelers would outscore the Bills 30-3 the rest of the way en route to a 30-24 victory in Buffalo’s second straight 2-14 season.

Snow flurries convinced the Chiefs to keep their offense on the ground and they had great success against the Bills run defense rolling up over 240 yards rushing.

Bills wideout Frank Lewis had a huge day with 126 yards receiving on seven catches including a 40-yard touchdown, but Buffalo couldn’t make a slim 10-7 third quarter lead stand up.

Chiefs tight end Walter White pulled in a three-yard touchdown pass from Mike Livingston late in the third quarter for the game-winning points in a 14-10 final.

Fifteen mile per hour winds and snow didn’t seem to slow Minnesota’s offense very much at what was then called Rich Stadium. The Vikings, who would just miss advancing to the NFC Championship game that season, sprinted out to a commanding 21-0 lead in the first half.

Despite O.J. Simpson’s best efforts, which included a 24-yard touchdown run and a 64-yard touchdown catch late, Minnesota won going away way Xavi Simons has settled.The former Barcelona whizkid quit La Masia for Barca last month after turning 16.Roche said, “His way of being is different from what’s going on around him. He is simple in the relationship with his teammates, even if he 35-13.

The kickoff temperature of 19 was the high for the game as 22 mile per hour winds had the mercury dropping throughout the game, but Buffalo’s special teams was hot in this one.

Rookie big man Jason Peters blocked a Cincinnati punt late in the first quarter and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie and Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes made his former team pay with a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Rian Lindell rounded out the scoring with four second half field goals for a 33-17 drubbing of the Bengals.

Replacing injured starter Marshawn Lynch early in the second half, Fred Jackson had 113 all-purpose yards including an eight-yard touchdown run that proved to be the game winner in a 30-23 comeback win.

After falling behind early 13-0 Buffalo clawed their way back into the game thanks in part to a fumble recovery by Reggie Corner.

Late in the game an interception by Kawika Mitchell at the Bills one-yard line preserved a seven-point Bills lead with five minutes remaining. The Broncos still had a chance to win at the end as they rolled up over 500 yards of offense (532), but Corner broke up a 4th-and-5 five pass to the end zone from the Bills 15-yard line to cement the victory (30-23).   

Ironically, the Bills were forced to spend Sunday night in Denver, as winter weather back home prevented them from traveling back to Buffalo after the game.

The Bills felt right at home in the blustery Meadowlands as Buffalo’s offense had it in cruise control and the defense had the hapless Jets stymied from start to finish.

Buffalo’s defense held the Jets to just 54 yards rushing with Cornelius Bennett and Bruce Smith both logging aez.The Sun says the Gunners have reportedly joined Inter Milan in the race for £25million-rated Perez .Napoli are also thought to be chasing the Spanish forward, 25, after netting a career best 12 Premier League goals this term.Arsenal boss Unai Eme pair of sacks. Bennett also had an interception.

Fullback Larry Kinnebrew had a big day with 91 yards rushing and a touchdown, with Thurman Thomas and Kenny Davis combining for another 106 rushing yards and two scores en route to a 37-0 whitewash of the Jets.

With the win Buffalo clinched the AFC East title.

It was the final regular season game of the 2009 season and the playoff-bound Colts weren’t going to play their starters for long. With the snow flying and Fred Jackson seeking his first career 1,000-yard rushing season, Indianapolis didn’t appear as though they wanted to be at the game in the first place.

Jackson rushed for a career-high 212 yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau on the season, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdowns passes.

Buffalo entered the game with the league’s worst ranked run defense, but held the Colts to just 25 yards on the ground and did not allow Indianapolis any further than the Bills 42-yard line in the second half in a 30-7 rout.

On a gray, windy day in Buffalo the rushing tandem of Rob Riddick and Thurman Thomas was too much for the Raiders. The pair combined for 150 of the team’s 255 rushing yards and three touchdowns vaulting the Bills to a 27-7 third quarter lead.

The Raiders could only close the gap to 14 points in the second half as Butch Rolle’s two-yard touchdown catch from Jim Kelly put the game out of reach in a 37-21 final. Buffalo locked up the AFC East title weeks before, their first since 1980.

It was a tightly contested back and forth game in the bitter cold of Orchard Park. Jim Kelly led a 10-play 71-yard drive to open the game that was capped by a two-yard Thurman Thomas touchdown run. The Jets answered with a touchdown drive of their own with a 24-yard TD pass from Boomer Esiason to Johnny Johnson to tie it late in the first quarter (7-7).

From there three Buffalo turnovers helped keep the game close for New York as they posted a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery. Former Bills receiver Chris Burkett gave the Jets their only lead of the game in the third quarter on a six-yard touchdown catch from Esiason (14-13).

Steve Christie’s third field goal of the day however, would prove to be the winning points as he hit from 40 yards away with 3:48 left. Cary Blanchard had a shot to win it for the Jets with under a minute to play, but missed a 42-yard attempt to give the Bills a 16-14 victory and their fifth AFC East title in six years.

The AFC Divisional playoff certainly appeared to represent a home field advantage for the Bills as bone chilling temperatures had Rich Stadium in a frigid grip. The Raiders however, jumped out to a 17-6 lead at the two-minute warning of the first half thanks in large part to a pair of Napolean Kaufman touchdowns runs.

Buffalo was able to close the gap before halftime staging a four-play 76-yard drive capped by a Thurman Thomas 8-yard scoring run to make it 17-13.

From there Jim Kelly took over as the Bills lost both Pete Metzelaars (dislocated finger) and Thomas (concussion) in the third quarter. The Hall of Famer, who was 27-37 for 287 yards, spread the ball around in the second half with Bills Brooks as his main target. Brooks made six catches for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns including the game winner with 12:08 left to send the Bills to their fourth straight AFC Championship game with a 29-23 win.

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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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Too many snaps for Buffalo's defense

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In the NFL one side of the ball is often required to carry more of the load than the other at times through the course of a 16-game season. There are stretches where a defense may struggle to keep points off the board and the offense has to pick up the slack and score more to win a shootout. At times a team’s offense may have a turnover-fie.Bayern were eager to sign Sane over the summer – before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield. The German giants, at that point, pulled back.However, contact has been maintained between the two parties.BILD says Sane’s representative Dalled day and need to lean on their defense to win a low-scoring affair.

For Buffalo’s defense the added burden from start to finish this past season ultimately became too much to bear as the Bills offense could not hold up their end of the bargain for much of 2009.

When the regular season came to a close last Sunday there was no defensive unit in the NFL that had been on the field for more plays in 2009 than the Bills, 1,086 to be exact. Part of the reason why was Buffalo’s offense, which was last in the league in third down conversion percentage (26%) and last in first downs per game (14.6). They were also last in total offensive plays for the season with just 911.

That difference of 175 plays left the Bills defense out on the field longer than almost any other team in football this season. Their average time on the field in a 60-minute game was 32:34. Only Kansas City’s defense spent more time on the field on average (32:49) than Buffalo’s.

“That’s three maybe four games if you have 50 snaps in a game, which we had,” said Donte Whitner. “That’s a lot of extra plays, not even including the preseason and the grind there. It’s tough, it was tough, but we pride ourselves on that, being able to go when it gets tough out there.”

“It’s hard when you have that big of a discrepancy between one side of the ball than the other,” said Kyle Williams. “When you put that much pressure on one side.”

Buffalo’s defense did its level best to keep the Bills in games ranking a respectable 16th in points allowed, but they could only hold off opponents for so long. Time on the field was partly the reason why come the third and fourth quarters the defense was worn out.

“When you’re going three and out every time and you need the defense to make a play its tough because they’re spent,” said Terrell Owens. “Offensively we never got it done and that’s the key thing. The defense shut down a lot of offenses that could put big numbers on the board. You look at the scores and they can be misleading, but we put the defenses back against the wall.”

The Bills were tied or had the lead entering the fourth quarter this season 10 times and won only half the time. Buffalo was outscored by 42 points in the final stanza in 2009 and by 53 points in the second half. But defensive co-captain Paul Posluszny said it’s too easy to fault the offense.

“If we get off the field on third down then those numbers decrease,” Posluszny said. “That goes hand in hand. We were on the field a lot, but that’s fine, that gives us more of an opportunity to make plays. That’s on us, being on the field a lot. That’s on us because we feel like it’s our job to get off the field on third down and put our offense back out there. And when you don’t do that that’s when the amount of plays keeps increasing.”

Buffalo did rank 24th in the league in third down defense allowing opponents to convert just over 40 percent of the time (40.4%). Being on the field as long as they were the Bills ranked 31st in third down conversions allowed with 97. Only the Indianapolis defense allowed more (104).

All that time on the field also put extra wear and tear on bodies. It’s not unrealistic to believe that all the extra snaps contributed to the bounty of injuries that befell Buffalo’s defense.

“We had a ton of injuries on the defensive side of the ball,” said Whitner, who missed six games this past season. “That’s probably a reason, guys laying it on the line, guys taking on blocks and not ducking them, they’re running into peoplacked by home fans.The whistles from a small section of the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano when Koke was substituted during Tuesday’s visit from Bayer Leverkusen is still a talking point in the red and white half of the capital. The player himse and when you have that many more plays it adds up and thPogba away from Manchester United – despite his massive price-tag.The Mirror says Real are facing up to paying £150m straight cash for Pogba but are still pressing on with his potential signing.Unsettled Manchester United ace Pogba is in-demand and e percentage of the risk of you getting hurt is greater when you play more plays.”

The starting linebacking corps alone spent all of a quarter and a half on the field together in 2009. Posluszny was hurt in the opener and missed the next four games. By the time he returned Kawika Mitchell was out for the season with a knee injury, and Keith Ellison soon followed three weeks later.

“Unfortunately I got hurt and by the time I got healthy Kawika was out,” said Posluszny. “Keith and I got to play a little bit together and he got hurt. It’s a tough part of the deal. Guys do get hurt, but this season was particularly difficult. I guess that’s sometimes just the way it works out.”

“If you’re playing that much things are going to tend to happen,” said Williams, who missed most of three games with a knee injury. “That being said we still had so many guys get hurt and we were still able to stay in a lot of football games.”

Looking ahead to next season the men on Buffalo’s offense realize that they’ve got to be better in a lot of areas, but chiefly with keeping drives alive. “Third down is definitely going to be the key,” said Lee Evans. “We left our defense out there for a lot of plays this season. That has to change.”

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Dutch football has not produced enough good players in recent years, admits Danny Blind

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Tomorrow night at Wembley will be much about Johan Cruyff, whose face will loom over the crowd in the 14th minute – in honour of his No 14 shirt – and begin a round of applause for the great Dutchman who died, aged 68, on Thursday. To say that the current team are in the shadow of the great 1970s “Total Football” generation is putting it mildly – Dutch football is approaching the kind of ice-age that the English game was once living in fear of itself.

“It is currently very difficult because Holland was second at the 2010 world Cup and third in 2014 so people expect a lot from our team and it is very disappointing we did not qualify for the Euro 2016 tournamet off Real Madrid lightly last night.City earned an historic 2-1 win at the Bernabeu, which has put them in pole position to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals.“They dropped in the last 10 minutes, we detected that and if the game had lnt,” Blind said. “Especially because the third place in the group would have been good enough to get to France. It’s very disappointing … it’s going to be a tough summer.”

The fear from Holland is that against a resurgent England, they could be in for a scoreline like the one of 20 years ago. That defeat is the only one suffered by the Dutch in their last ten games against the English although they have never had to field such an inexperienced side as the one likely to play tomorrow night.

There are around ten injured players missing from the current squad before you consider that the likes of Robin Van Persie, Nigel De Jong and Rafael Van der Vaart have all been put out to pasture. Against England there will be no Arjen Robben or Wesley Sneijder. Neither will goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen play – he broke his nose last week against France. Daryl Janmaat of Newcastle is out, so too Stefan de Vrij of Lazio, Ajax’s Davy Klaassen, Davy Propper of PSV Eindhoven and Erik Pieters of Stoke City

Blind did select the former Aston Villa centre-back Everton.With the Blues languishing at the wrong end of the table, the Dutch sports director is bearing the brunt of criticism.And TMW says Brands could yet be replaced.Everton have made contact with Shakhtar Donetsk sports director José Boto about Ron Vlaar, 31, for the first time in a year but the AZ Alkmaar man is also injured. Sniejder’s injury means a promotion to captain for Blind’s son Daley, of Manchester United, and when father and son came into the room at Wembley it was hard to avoid an old joke about this being the blind leading the blind.

Danny praised the change in English football as “less predictable, more modern, and in keeping with a European style.” He added: “England used to have lots of foreign players but it looks like they now have homegrown players in their league so they are building a good national team. That’s a contrast to us. We are rebuilding our national team with extremely young players.”

The Blind family can be absolved of any blame in having produced two international footballers themselves but elsewhere serious questions are being asked of Holland’s academy footballers. The worry is whether the likes of Jetro Willems, 21; Riechedly Bazoer, 19 and Memphis Depay, 22, will be good enough to get the team to Russia for the 2018 World Cup finals. How has it come to this, in a country that was once the byword for good practice in development?

“It’s always difficult to find one special reason for what has happened,” Danny said. “There were periods in the 1980s when we did not qualify [1982 and 1986 World Cup finals]. That’s football. We had galy Giuseppe Conte admits they may call for the suspension of all Serie A matches next weekend.Coronavirus concerns led to a raft of games being scrapped this past weekend.There were four Serie A matches postponed on Sunday, Inter-Sampdoria, Atalantareat players with Robben, Van Persie, [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar, De Jong, Sneijder. The players aged 25-28, they are not around. We have to deal with that. The only thing we can do is bring in young players for games like this one.”

The Opta Stats still say that the Dutch are producing more homegrown players for the Eredivisie than any other top league in Europe. Of the players who started games in Holland’s top-flight in the last round of league matches, 64.6 per cent were Dutch. That compares with 27.7 per cent English in the corresponding Premier League games. The next highest after Holland was France with 58.2 per cent homegrown players in their league. The question, clearly, is about the quality of the league itself.

As for the Cruyff memories, they are strong for Danny who was signed by the great man when he was manager of Ajax in 1986. Danny went on to play 13 years at the club, winning five league titles and all three of the major European trophies. “Maybe I was a good player but not a special one and that move gave me the possibility to develop in a better team,” Danny said. “It changed my football life totally … it changed my whole life.”

Alongside him, Daley said that his generation knew Cruyff through the footage they watched on the television screen. “It’s clear he was one of the greatest footballers from Holland and the world … every young player knows who Johan Cruyff is and what he stands for. That’s the most important thing and everyone has special memories of him. He’s still a legend, even for my generation.”

Before the Holland team of Cruyff reached the 1974 World Cup finals they country had missed the previous six final tournaments, failing to qualify for 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 and not even entering a team in 1950 and 1954. Once again there must be a transformation in Dutch football although this time they have the Cruyff template with which to do it.

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Training Camp Practice Report: Aug 19

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It happened on the most innocent of plays. With their pads off the first team offense faced the starting defense for a segment of 11-on-11 work. On the first play of the segment Trent Edwards turned to hand off to Marshawn Lynch and the two players knocked knees sending Edwards hobbling further into the backfield.

The collision got more of Lynch’s kneecap and more of Edwards’ quadriceps muscle. After being checked by trainers on the field Edwards walked under his own power to the locker room to get the muscle iced down as quickly as possible.

“Trent ended up getting a quad contusion and it was a pretty deep one so they took him in and treated it quickly and tried to get it before it swelled,” said head coach Dick Jauron. “The collision was with Marshawn and his knee was a little bit sore by the end of practice so we took him off right at the end. He finished practice, but hopefully they’ll both be fine as we move forward.”

Edwards did not appear to be favoring his right leg at all as he walked off the field to the locker room. For Jauron who saw his team wind up with 17 players on injured reserve last season, he could only accept the result of the play for what it was.

“It’s just the nature of life,” said Jauron. “Things happen. There’s nothing guaranteed. You just go out and practice and hope everything comes out alright. Hopefully he’ll be fine.”

At this point Jauron will not assess whether or not Edwards will be healthy to play in Sunday night’s preseason game at Indianapolis.

“We’ll just have to see what happens because sometimes they come back very quickly and sometimes they don’t,” said Jauron. “Sometimes it turns into a deep bleeding thing and we’re hoping it’s not that.”

Getting repsNaturally with Edwards leaving practice early J.P. Losman took all the first team reps with the starters on offense. Losman took a series or two to adjust as the plays Edwards was to run in practice were different from those chosen for Losman.

So stepping in for Edwards in the practice setting didn’t quite resemble a game situation.

“You kind of study your plays that you have for that day and you get thrown in with some plays that you weren’t going to run that particular day,” said Losman. “So all of a sudden your mind has to concentrate and focus on that.victory over Torino.Ante Rebic scored the only goal of the game on Monday night.“I think the result and the performance were good tonight, we risked little,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.“There are 14 games left, and I’m already thinking about the It’s a little bit different from a game because in a game they’re set plays and you’re ready to go. Just being ready.”

In the ever rotating right defensive tackle position, Kyle Williams was back with the first unit next to Marcus Stroud. John McCargo and Spencer Johnson had been in there the past two days. Williams has taken the most reps with the ones thus far.

Tight end Courtney Anderson got some first team reps on some running plays, while Derek Fine took some first team reps as well.

Bryan Scott continues to fill in for the absent Donte Whitner (excused) at strong safety, which also brings John Wendling up to the second unit.

Ryan Denney was also mixed in for some first team reps working on both the left and right side in place of Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel.

Felton Huggins, Justin Jenkins and Steve Johnson continue to get more reps with James Hardy and Roscoe Parrish out.

Injury updateAs for Hardy (hamstring) and Parrish (sore knee) both will be out at least through Wednesday.

“We’re hoping Thursday and Friday,” said Jauron of his two receivers. “But we’ll have to wait and see. They have made a lot of progress.”

New to the injury list was linebacker John DiGiorgio who has been dealing with a strained calf.

“John’s calf muscle got a little bit weak on him, just today,” said Jauron. “It’s been bothering him today and it really was weak so we want to make sure we take care of that for the game.”

Derek Schouman is also out indefinitely with his knee sprain.

HighlightsRyan Denney almost made a gigantic play as practice started. On the first snap from scrimmage in 11-on-11, Denney coming from the left defensive end position got up field so quickly that he almost intercepted a swing pass from Edwards intended for Marshawn Lynch, but the pass caromed off his arm so all he got credit for was a pass breakup. Still a good play.

Fred Jackson had a good looking reception as he made an outstretched grab coming across the middle. Jackson has been just as good as some of the top wideouts in camp when lined up wide.

Derek Fine had a good night in the receiving game. After an early drop Fine was back on track quickly and had a handful of receptions on the night incer Mauro Icardi.Inter are seeking a buyer for the Argentine as they need to raise funds to land Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.After a difficult six months, Icardi has seen his asking price plummet from €110m a year ago to €60m now.Such luding a nice catch down the seam as he got behind his defender on a throw from Gibran Hamdan.

C.J. Hawthorne made an acrobatic catch along the far sideline as he leapt high in the air to pull in a deep out pass from Hamdan.

Jason Jones had a good read of zone coverage and sat down in a hold in the coverage to pull in a pass from Matt Baker.

Defensively, Ashton Youboty had a pass breakup on a touchdown pass intended for Jones from Baker.

Felton Huggins made plays again Tuesday night including a touchdown reception on a throw from Losman who threaded the pass between three defenders for the score.

Dwayne Wright was running downhill all night and looked powerful through the hole. Some of his decisions with the ball in his hands earned praise from running backs coach Eric Studesville.

Jaas favourites.The Reds kickoff their defence at Napoli tonight.Fabinho said, “We are among the favourites, having won it a year ago. “The competition is very difficult, there are the best teams in Europe. Our goal can only be to qualify by thinking gson Jefferson had a batted pass while lining up at the defensive end position.

Two minuteDuring the first two minute drill the first team offense needed only a field goal to win. Losman hit tight ends Courtney Anderson and Robert Royal on two of his first three passes on the drive. A reception by Josh Reed and Royal got the team into suitable field goal range before the clock expired.

On the second two minute series the offense needed a touchdown. Gibran Hamdan got a big chunk of yardage on the first play as he hit Derek Fine for a big gainer. He followed that up with a strike to Felton Huggins for first down yardage. After an incompletion he hit Huggins again for a first down.

However, after two incomplete passes and a sack on third down by Bryan Scott with the defense bringing the heat, Hamdan lofted a fourth down pass with five seconds left to Steve Johnson in the middle of the field. Johnson made an athletic leaping grab, but when he came back down to the turf he had only reached the one-yard line where he was touched down by the defense. 

Special teams updateBlocking field goal attempts was a big focus for the special teams unit. Blocking kicks when coming off the edge came first and Justin Jenkins proved most successful with three blocks.

Then the linemen worked on blocking kicks up front. Aaron Schobel and Kyle Williams had blocks during the drill.

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Army vs. Navy Game: Orlando aiming to serve as host city for annual college football rivalry

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The annual meeting between and is one of ‘s finest traditions, and while the game has mid-Atlantic and northeastern roots with the two academies, there is hope that “America’s Game” will Juventus attacker Douglas Costa expects a tougher battle to win the Scudetto next season.Under new coach Maurizio Sarri, Juve are going for nine in a row.“Each year Serie A gets more difficult,” he said.“With Antonio Conte at Inter and Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, next season will be even tougher, but we’ll do our best to improve too, especially in the Champions League, which is our objective.”make its way down the coast for a more tropical location in the future. 

Florida Citrus Sports, the organization responsible for hosting the Camping World Kickoff Classic, the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, has been aggressive in securing high-profile neutral-site matchups since the completion of the renovations to Camping World Stadium in 2015. Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said earlier this month that the group hopes to be included in the next round of bidding when the two schools look to secure its host sites for 2023-28. 

“When you think of events, I love that Orlando can have the opportunity to be a part of something that’s special,” . “The Army-Navy game would be an experience for people in Central Florida and the people who have traditionally attended the game in Philadelphia or Baltimore.” 

According to Hogan, Orlando was one of the cities included in the last bidding window for Army-Navy but scheduling conflicts prevented their ability to contend for the game. The Orlando area is already a hotbed for football during the month of December, not to mention the tourism advantages of planning a weekend getaway in Florida as opposed to somewhere further north. 

“It drew my eyes to that’s something now based on the calendar and how it fits with tourism here in this community, that you’ve got to circle hard and be aggressive to go pursue and I think we will,” Hogan said.  

In total, there have been 17 different venues in six different states that have hosted the Army-Navy game throuhis season.James has scored three goals in his first four appearances for United, and has impressed with his pace and his direct play.”I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United careghout its history, but the game hhance.For the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, Tomori was one of three Chelsea Academy graduates who started the game, alongside Mason Mount and two-goal Tammy Abraham, while Billy Gilmour also made his first appearance late on as a substitute.”I’m heas never made its way to the southeastern United States. They’ve played in Chicago’s Soldier Field and even in California at the Rose Bowl, but on the east coast, the most-southern location has been Landover, Maryland. 

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What makes going to a Texas college football game in Austin a unique game-day experience

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If there is one thing Texans are known to be passionate about it’s college football. They say everything is bigger in  and that includes the football fandom and the love for the the Longhorns. Going to a UT game means being witness to some of the most enthusiastic fans in . 

Decked out in burnt orange, the fans flood into 100,119-seat Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, to cheer on their Longhorns. One major element that separates attending a game over watching it on television is being able to participate in singing the “The Eyes of Texas”, the school’s spirit song. 

The fans also participate in a call and response that rumbles through the stadium where one side of the crowd chants “Texas” and the other yells back “fight.” Cowboy hats and the iconic “Hook Em” hand symbol are seen everywhere in the crowd of excited game-goers. 

In true Texas fashion, Bevo, a real life Texas longhorn steer, makes his way onto the field in front of the electhrough at Barcelona.The winger has been a big revelation this season and admits he had lucrative offers to leave Barca at 16.Perez told Radio Catalunya: “There are people who are guided more by money, I respect all decisions, but I always say that Itric crowd each game. The profile of the animal’s head is where the hand symbol and “Hook ’em Horns” saying comes from.

When their live mascot is absent their other mascot “Hook ‘Em” named very appropriately for the team, can be found around the stadium encouraging fans to show off their Texas pride.  

Austin is a city rich with music, good food and of course, footbalardi is successfully rebuilding his relationship with the Inter Milan locker room, it has been revealed.The striker angered many senior teammates over the way he refused to take part in training for over a month after being sacked as captain in Februl. Most people who visit the city find themselves heading to Sixth Street, the pedestrian friendly hub of the city that features many restaurants and bars with live music. . 

From the momentseille midfielder Maxime López has revealed an approach from Barcelona.Lopez admits Barca were in contact two years ago.”In the summer of 2017, the sports director of Barça ( Robert Fernández) spoke with my agent, who said there was interest in th you arrive in Austin to the end of the game, the entire experience is filled with traditions and entertainment. 

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Army vs. Navy odds, line: 2018 college football picks, predictions from advanced computer model on 45-25 run

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The vs. game is arguably the most historically significant sporting event in the history of our nation and the rivalry will be played for the 119th time on Saturday on CBS. Ranked No. 22, Army will be looking to make history of its own against its arch-rivals, with a win giving them the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever. Kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, home o he has already admitted he is looking forward to next season.The midfielder has been subject to rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United over recent weeks.However, he told Chronicle Live: “It’s tough. It doesn’t look as bad as last yeaf the ‘s Eagles, is set for 3 p.m. ET. Kelvin Hopkins Jr. will lead the Black Knights at quarterback, and his team is favored by a touchdown in the latest Army vs. Navy odds over Zach Abey and the Midshipmen. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, has dropped steadily to 39.5 after opening at 42. But before you lock in your selections, be sure to check out the top Army vs. Navy game picks from SportsLine’s Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated Dortmund want to get a jump on arch-rivals Bayern Munich in the race to land Parrott.Dortmund have been boosted by the successful signing of England international Jadon Sancho from Manchester City two years ago, and are looking to potentially repeat point-spread picks.

The model made some huge calls during Championship Week, including nailing (-16.5) against and (-9.5) against . And when it comes to all top-rated picks, the model has been red-hot, entering the 2018 college football bowl season on a blistering 45-25 run. Anybody who has followed it is way, way up. 

The model has simulated every possible play for Army vs. Navy ( won the trophy in 2016). As if this game needed any extra incentive, that should help make sure Navy is sharp.

Despite their lack of victories this season, the Midshipmen are still averagingy Italia says the former Roma captain has been included in the pre-selection list by Italy coach Roberto Mancini. Italy will play the next qualifying games for Euro 2020 against Greece (12 October) and Liechtenstein (15). The Greece match will be sta 289 yards rushing per game and have found an explosive playmaker in . He’s accounted for six total touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving and one passing) in the last three weeks.

Navy has covered the spread in three straight games against , , and Central . They’re 4-3 against the spread as underdogs.