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Glenn Murray says Brighton’s win at Crystal Palace is perfect preparation for Millwall FA Cup tie

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lthough Chris Hughton, Brighton’s manager, maintains Premier League survival remains the priority, dressing-room attention is fixed firmly on FA Cup progress.

“That’s our focus now. We can do special things. We can get to Wembley for the semi-finals and you never know what might happen,” said Lewis Dunk, the stand-in captain who showed true leadership qualities in Brighton’s backline on Saturday.

Dunk played a full part in Brighton’s wild celebrations at the final whistle on Saturday. While a clearly emotego Maradona was superior to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.Comparisons are being drawn between the Argentine pair with Napoli to host Barca tonight in their Champions League first-leg round 16 clash.Alemao won the Scudetto with Maradona and told Radio ional Knockaert  removed his shirt to display tattoos of both his father and son, the Brighton-born Dunk also made the most of the moment.

Dunk said: “It’s giving something back to the fans. I’m a local boy, they are the rival club so I’m always going to get it. It’s just nice to celebrate in their ground at the end.”

He also hailed Knockaert’s stunning winner, saying “It was a special finish and you could see what it meant to us at the end. We need people to stand up like that and he did. He couldn’t have placed it any better.”

Dunk epitomised Brighton’s determination and resilience, and is being backed by his manager for a call-up to the England set-up when Gareth Southgate names his squad for the two forthcoming Euro qualifiers on Wednesday.

Hughton said: “He’s at that level. What got him the cap in the first place is what he has now. There would not be any player in the England manager’s thinking that is not going to be up and down. I don’t think he’s changed. He is still the same level of player as he ever was.”

alace also have an interest in the FA Cup but the mood around Selhurst Park was in stark contrast to that of their fierce rivals.

Roy Hodgson’s side face a similarly awkward quarter-final on Saturday when they travel to Watford.

Palace, however, can draw hope from the fact their away form is significantly better than that they produce in front of their home supporters, where they have now won just one of their last seven league matches.

Milivojevic summed up south London frustrations after they emerged with nothing to show from a game in which they enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession.

The Palace captain said: “For 90 minutes we controlled the game and in the end they hey’re confident signing Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.McAllister believes Rangers will be “first in line” to loan Ryan Kent this summer – should Liverpool decide against selling the winger in the transfer window. “It is ongoing, but the decisions at Lad two shots and scored two goals. Brighton defended very well. We are very disappointed. What can we do? That’s football.”

Palace, like Brighton, are on the fringes of the relegation battle but can lend their season a whole new dimension with FA Cup success.

Milco Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.The Mirror says with his proposed move to Barcelona suddenly in jeopardy, Griezmann could yet find himself at Old Trafford.The 28-year-old has already confirmed he will move on from Atletico, and it looked almost ivojevic said: “We’re going to try to reach the semi-final to bring our fans to Wembley. We’re going to have a whole week to prepare for that game and from Monday we are turning our attention to that one."

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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.

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Important Dates in Bills History: Jan. 23, 1994. Bills win fourth consecutive AFC Championship

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Important Dates in Bills history presented by M&T Bank helps fans recognize what’s important. In the NFL, titles are important, and on Jan. 23, 1994 the Buffalo Bills solidified their fourth consecutive AFC Championship.

Thomas, the iconic ball carrier, led the offense with 33 carries for 186 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Averaging 5.6 yards per carry, Thomas ran through Kansas City’s defensive unit. Buffalo’s defensive game leaders include, safety Henry Jones and defensive back James Williams. Both Jones and Williams were credited with an interception. Other key contributors were defensive end Bruce Smith, defensive end Phil Hansen, linebacker Darryl Talley and nose tackle Jeff Wright, who each accumulated a sack.

Despite Kansas City’s efforts, the Bills managed to secure the conference title while playing aughas gone AWOL amid interest from Sheffield United.Verrips, reports HLN, has gone missing from training as the Blades move for the shot-stopper.An approach to KVM is yet to be made, though it’s claimed contact is ongoing with the player’s camp.KVM coact the eye of Arsenal scouts.Arsenal spotted Lochereau while he was playing in a junior tournament in France recently.Little is known about the playenard Mensah has been cut loose by Atletico Madrid.Kayserispor have signed Mensah on a permanent transfer from Atletico Madrid.The player from Ghana joined the Spanish side in 2015 from VitoriaGuimaraes, but was loaned back out to the Portuguese team r other than that he was turning out in the competition while on a trial period with Nice.Lochereain front of a sold out crowd. Advancing to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in franchise history, the Bills prepared to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The feat also marked the first time since the Super Bowl’s 1967 inception, that a team would reach the championship four seasons in a row.

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Jose Mourinho confirms Europa League now Manchester United’s main priority

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“I don’t want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.

“We don’t hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.”

This was only United’s second league win since the end of February and means they are four points behind Manchester City wOf the other 17 players in the Liverpool squad for Aurelio’s final appearance, against Fulham in May 2012, only Henderson is still with the club.“He has responded to the expectation of everyone at the club,” said Aurelio of his former teammate to lith one game in hand over Pep Guardiola’s side. It makes sense for Mourinho to focus minds and energy on Europe and he made a point of praity midfielder Jack Harrison.The Mirror says Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants to re-sign Harrison on loan from City.Harrison impressed Bielsa on loan last season and scored four goals and made three assists in the Championship as Leeds lost in the playsing the fringe players who made a positive impact in the North East.

“People who needed to feel a positive performance, they did it,” he explained. “[Matteo] Darmian, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, it was important for them.

“Luke Shaw played well. The opposition were not creating big problems but he was solid, was confident with the ball and went forward with danger and was reading the game well to go back when Mkhitaryan was inside. He played really well, a good hour for him.”

As for Sunderland, it is a case of when they are relegated rather than if and even manager David Moyes did not try to hide behind Larsson’s sending off.

“I was disappointed we’ve not taken anything, but there were a couple of things t player of the Belgian national team in 2019. This is the third year in a row that the Real Madrid striker has achieved this recognition, which is awarded by the fans through a vote on the Belgian Federation’s website. In 2019, Hazard played eight mdidn’t go for us,” said Moyes “I’m not saying that would have made the big difference, because Manchester United had good control, but we were in the game until the sending off.

“We were in the game and it was key that we remained in the game. I think it changed that. I don’t want in any way to blame referees because our position is where we are, we’re bottom of the league, I want to make that clear. It’s nothing to do with referees, but I didn’t think it was a good decision.

“But we will only accept relegation when it becomes mathematically impossible for us to stay up. We’re not there yet and we fight on.”

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Bills heading west early this week

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The Bills will make their one and only west coast trip of the season this week to San Diego for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. What will make this trip different from those of the past is head coach Chan Gailey has his team flying out a day earlier than usual.

Gailey has his team departing Buffalo just a couple of hours after their typical Friday practice wraps up in the early afternoon. They’re due to arrive in San Diego at 5:15 pm Pacific time on Friday.

“You can go a day early and try to get acclimated a little bit or go just like your normal schedule and everyone has a comfort level with the schedule,” said Gailey. “With this it’s different because you’re doing Saturday walk through at a different place and you’re staying in a hotel for two nights. That’s different, but your body is getting acclimated to the time and hopefully that helps you.”

A lot of west coast teams typically come east early to adjust to the early kickoff times, which typically would be at 10 am Pacific time. The San Francisco 49ers went so far as to spend an entire week in the eastern time zone with back-to-back games on the east coast back in September against Cincinn about Tottenham’s appointment of Jose Mourinho.Mourinho is close to Lille management and there is talk of sports director Luis Campos moving to the Londoners to join the Portuguese.And Le 10 Sport says Mourinho could well raid LOSC in 2020 to boost ati and Philadelphia.

Buffalo’s players don’t seem to feel they’ll be all that affected by the time change.

“It’s much harder going west to east,” said Dwan Edwards. “You’re losing three hours and you’re playing at what is 10 am for you normally. Going east to west it doesn’t really matter because you’ve got three extra hours to restays Southampton pushed them hard for Saturday’s 4-0 win.The Reds emerged victorious fro play on after his release from PSG this summer.Sky Italia says talks between Buffon and Juve are ongoing as he ‘inches closer’ to the Bianconeri. Juve will first wait to offload Mattia Perin with Roma and Sevilla keen. Once Perin leaves, everythingom a tough clash with Saints at Anfield as second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah (two) secured the win.Klopp said, “Fir anyway. It’s a four o’clock game for us back home basically.”

“They say getting acclimated to the time change is going to help,” said Justin Rogers. “But I don’t know if it really will.”

“I guess you’re more rested,” said Kirk Morrison. “So I suppose it’s better than going the day before.”

For most road trips the Bills usually have their Saturday practice, and after lunch they head to the airport for travel. This weekend they’ll be waking up in San Diego on Saturday and will be taken to La Jolla high school for their Saturday practice. Meetings will follow as usual in preparation for Sunday’s game.

Next season the Bills will be facing the NFC West as their interconference division with one road game at Seattle or at San Francisco, but Gailey isn’t committed to this approach just yet.

“To be honest with you this is a test run,” he said. “If it goes well knowing we have to go out there next year then we’ll evaluate it at the end of this trip and see what we thought.”

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Bills ink OL Calloway

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The Bills are now a third of the way toward having their entire draft class under contract. Buffalo signed seventh-round draft choice Kyle Calloway to a multi-year deal Tuesday shortly after the team’s OTA practice.

“It’s awesome,” Calloway told Buffalobills.com moments after signing. “It’s a relief to finally actually feel a part of the team when I signed that contract. It’s a relief. I’m thankful. Thirty-two teams had a chance to draft me and Buffalo did and I’m glad that they had enough faith in me that I could help the team in whatever way they need me to.”

Calloway (6’7″ 315) was the second of two seventh-round draft picks made by the Bills this past April. The offensive lineman was initially projected by Buffalo’s coaching staff as a guard, but to this point in OTAs and the most recent voluntary minicamp offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris has had Calloway primarily lined up at right tackle.

“Coach ‘D’ made it perfectly clear to me that I need to know both positions and be able to prospect of re-signing PSG star Neymar.While the Brazil attacker’s return has the support of the players, there’s disagreement inside the boardroom over the prospect.A high level source told L’Equipe: “A return of Neymar? This is not the majority op play both,” said Calloway. “I did rookie camp at guard and after that I c Vardy is up for a big performance tonight against Manchester City.Vardy has scored nine goals in eight games under Rodgers, including two in last week’s 3-0 win over Arsenal.”Well he does [strike fear into opponents] there’s no getting away from thaame back for OTAs in May and he just said that watching college tape he saw I was playing a lot of tackle and that I’d probably be more comfortable at tackle. So they kind of want me to learn the system as a tackle for now and be able to switch and go wherever.”

The Iowa productis wary blunting their attack by fixing their defensive lapses.Spurs have conceded 14 goals in eight games under their new head coach.”I know how to do it,” said Mourinho. “But to do it 100 per cent I am going to take away from the team some qualitie has fared well on the strong side, having played tackle for most of his last two collegiate seasons.

To make room for Calloway on Buffalo’s roster the Bills released cornerback Stephan Virgil. The rookie from Virginia Tech was an undrafted free agent signing of the club last month.

Calloway is the third of Buffalo’s nine draft choices to sign with the club joining Danny Batten and Ed Wang, who both signed over the past two weeks. Fellow seventh-round pick Levi Brown and sixth-round pick Arthur Moats are the only late round draft choices yet to sign.

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Middlesbrough 1 Brighton 1: Boro return to Premier League as draw secures promotion

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In Steve Gibson, Middlesbrough have a chairman who is one of the great philanthropists of English football. An owner who  – like every supporter – always tends to let his heart rule his head.

They have a bright young manager in Aitor Karanka, a protégé of Jose Mourinho, who despite a mid-season meltdown, in which he threatened to quit after a row with senior players, has transformed a team that was worrying about relegation when he arrived in November 2013.

But it is what promotion means to this proud, but deprived region, that makes it special. Mocked in television documentaries about the unemployed, hammered by government cuts and cruelly ignored when the Redcar Steel plant closed last year, with the loss of thousands of precious jobs, this is a timely lift for Teesside.

Forget the boost to the local economy – which will be significant – this is about restoring pride and prestige for a town and area that has always been obsessed with football, even when gates fell below 20,000 during the harshest months of the recession.

“I have always had incredible support from the fans,” said Karanka. “They have always been one of the main motivations for me. They have always backed me, even when we lost in the play-off final at Wembley last year.

“People maybe laughed when I said Middlesbrough should be in the Premier League, but I always believed. Now we have done it, a year after losing in the play-offs, when people said it would be hard to go again,

“For the steelworkers, who have had so much hardship, hopefully their lives feel a little brighter after this.

“I’m so pleased for the owner, the players, but most of all the supporters. This area deserves a Premier League football club. There are 20 privileged people who manage in the Premier League and I’m going to be one of them.”

Boro just about deserved this, although they made harder work of it than they should. Karanka’s side dominated the first half and should have had more to show for it than just one goal, scored by Cristhian Stuani, after David Nugent had guided a brilliant free-kick from Gaston Ramirez back across goal.

Stuani had another volley, which had beaten goalkeeper David Stockdale, diverted over the bar by the knee of Connor Goldson.

There were a series of other openings, some gilt-edged, that were wasted with a poor final ball, while a chip from Ramirez landed on the roof of the net with Stockdale in no-man’s land.

, something Hughton will have stressed in his half-time teamtalk. Score first and Boro’s nerves would hopefully do the rest.

His players responded, cranking up the pressure, winning a series of free kicks in promising positions. Eventually they got one right, Anthony Knockaert picking out the run of Dale Stephens, who did brilliantly to send a looping header into the far corner.

Brighton began to believe, but they self-harmed. Moments after he had been warned by referee Mike Dean for shoving Ramirez, the Brighton goalscorer, Stephens, went in studs up on the Spaniard, who crashed to the ground with a deep gash in his shin.

Referee Mike Dean initiaace earned Arsenal the three points in a thrillingly chaotic contest at the Emirates on Sunday that, as expected, was defined by Arsenal’s skilful young attackers, Everton’s sharp counter-attacks, and two error-prone defences.Everton dominated the filly appeared set to boalkeeper Adrian is pushing to make their clash with Southampton.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was angry when his club endured a third pitch invasion in three European finals, this time resulting in an ankle injury to the Spaniard, when a fan barrellok the Brighton player, but a glance at the extent of the wound, prompted him to show a straight red. Stephens looked bemused as he left the pitch, followed by Ramirez on a stretcher. Down to ten men, Brighton simply could not build up enough pressure to take advantage of their host’s nerves, despite eight-minutes of stoppage time.

“I’m extremely disappointed a red card was shown,” said Hughton, who will have to lift his players quickly ahead of their clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Friday. “I had a goothroughout the second half of the season.Toon’s home numbers returned to full strength for Saturday’s loss to Everton, which included the club’s new half season ticket holders.And Bruce hopes the attendance numbers continue ahead of Wednesday’s clashd view of it and we all know he was going to show a yellow card at first.

“We’ll appeal. That decision cost us the chance to really push for another goal. It is a distraught dressing room, they are devastated, but these are the highs and lows of football and we’ll lift them for Friday. It won’t be easy, but we’ll be ready. We’re still in good form.”

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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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Nine reasons why LSU’s Joe Burrow may be on his way to the best season ever by a college QB

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Best ever? That might be a label worth considering for LSU’s Joe Burrow.

Check that. Best season ever … by a quarterback. It’s worth discussing considering the numbers, the winning, the personality and the transformation of a career, a team and a program.

Six players have thrown for more yards in a season than Burrow’s 5,208. Only one has thrown for more touchdowns in a season (55).

But none of them went from afterthought to projected No. 1 overall pick. None of them packaged an undefeated season with an SEC title and survived a Playoff to get to the brink of a national championship.

That national crown is the last step. Chasing it is a kid from rural Ohio, a transfer from Ohio State who embraced Louisiana, its culture and its team.

“Standing at the 50-yard line before each game and the Saints run out … Drew Brees is gathering his thoughts before he walks in that huddle and gives them a pregame speech,” recalled LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, a former Saints offensive assistant. “And you know there is not a person in that stadium or person in that huddle who doesn’t feel like we have an opportunity to win. … We have that at LSU. I feel that way about Joe Burrow.”

What follows are 10 things to consider about Burrow and his incredible 2019 season as we begin that best-ever debate. In the process, CBS Sports mixed in the reaction of various football sources.

That was the year Jameis Winston led Florida State to the national title in the last year lback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was left frustrated by his U21 Euros campaign with England.The Daily Mail says Wan-Bissaka has been left fuming by his treatment from England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd.The right back was in the process of completing a move fromof the BCS. (Pay attention to Winston’s shockingly low interception total that season, 10.) Before that, it was Cam Newton, almost as a one-man offense for Auburn. Before that, it was Matt Leinart (2004 USC), Danny Wuerffel (1996 Florida) and Charlie Ward (1993 Florida State).

Going into Monday’s game, Winston had 15 fewer touchdown passes than Burrow. Newton had 2,366 fewer passing yards. Leinart finished with 22 fewer touchdown passes. The record for a Heisman-winning quarterback is 48 touchdown passes. Burrow has 55 with one game to go.

“This transformation from a seemingly average guy is truly amazing! Remember, Ohio State let him walk out the door!  … On the run? When was the last time something bad happened when he extended the play? Ability to make plays with his legs? Check. Freakish football season.” — Rick Neuheisel, CBS Sports college football analyst, former Pac-12 coach

Seventeen players have thrown for at least 5,000 yards. Seven have thrown at least 50 touchdown passes. What makes those benchmarks so remarkable is Colt McCoy. In becoming the Heisman runner-up in 2009, the former Texas quarterback completed 76.7 percent of his passes. That record has stood for 11 years. Burrow would have to go 13 of 25 (52 percent) in the CFP National Championship to finish below McCoy’s 2009 mark of 76.7 percent. The last time Burrow finished below 52 percent was 19 games ago in the 2018 Alabama game.

To put it in perspective, Burrow completed 57.8 percent of his passes in 2018 (219 of 379). To reach his 2019 mark of 77.6 percent, Burrow would have had to complete an additional 336 consecutive passes.

In his last two games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Burrow has thrown 11 touchdown passes. The Atlanta Falcons threw 11 touchdown passes all season in their home stadium.

“Not a fan of absolute judgments in the moment but who’s ever had a better year?! Never had a clunker game this season, either.” — Charles Davis, Fox analyst, former Tennessee defensive back

This is real simple to put in perspective. Brennan set that record in a conference that no longer exists — the Western Athletic Conference.Twelve of those 58 scores came against four Power Five schools: Alabama, Arizona State, Purdue and Oregon. The rest came against the likes of Eastern Illinois, New Mexico State and Idaho.

Burrow has faced 12 Power Five opponents (throwing 46 touchdown passes), including nine SEC foes (37 TDs).Oh, and there were seven scoring passes against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semifinal. Burrow needs four touchdown passes vs. Clemson to break Brennan’s record. Five would give him 60.Fasten your seat belts. He’s thrown four in a game nine times in his career. Five times Burrow has thrown five touchdown passes.

“Never seen anything close to his performances in a single season!” — Steve Clarkson, owner of Dreammaker quarterback camps, throwing coach for Leinart

One of the results was Burrow becoming arguably the best quarterback in the last five years. Since Pro Football Focus has begun keeping stats in 2014, Burrow’s had the best season in Wins Above Average (2.52). Ohio State’s Justin Fields was second this season at 1.78. “He’s the highest-graded passer under pressure and is setting LSU and PFF College records in the process of a historic season, the likes of which we haven’t seen,” PFF wrote in November 2019.

“Quarterbacks are not gameid chief Emilio Butragueno admits they’re fed-up with VAR.Butragueno was left frustrated by the use of VAR in Los Blancos’ 0-0 draw at home to Real Betis on Saturday night, with a Zou Feddal handball the subject of much debate.”We are confused about managers. You don’t come to LSU to manage games. That’s not what we are looking for. You come to excel at the biggest stage.” — Joe Brady

“Impressive but also a product of the times. Spread offenses/formations have given these guys such easy completions. Not to mention protection for pass catchers with targeting. Quarterbacks can make tighter window throws not worrying about repercussions.” — Brady Quinn, CBS Sports HQ analyst, former Notre Dame quarterback

“We have five guys in routes every single snap, and it’s tough to cover. You kind of have to pick your poison. We have three receivers that can beat you at all times and a tight end and a running back that can beat yo says the club should not stop Paul Pogba from leaving.The Frenchman looks set to stay at Old Trafford despite stating earlier this month that he wanted a new challenge next season.Juventus and Real Madrid are still interested in the World Cup winneru in routes, as well. We’re a tough match-up for a lot of people, and then I just try to get the ball in their hands on time and accurately and then let them do the rest.” — Joe Burrow

 

“LSU fans have always had this running joke that the answer to every trivia question was always Billy Cannon. So now we have a new answer.” — Jason Ramezan, former LSU vice president of alumni engagement

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Boston College vs. Kansas odds, predictions: 2019 college football picks from model on 18-6 run

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It’s the Big 12 against the ACC on Friday night as the head east to face the . The nationally televised non-conference matchup kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Boston College (2-0) rolled to a 35-28 opening week win over . Meanwhile, Kansas (1-1) is coming off an eye-opening 12-7 loss to , but improvement is expected under new head coach Les Miles, who guided to a national title in 2007. Against the spread, the Eagles are 20-point favorites in the current Boston College vs. Kansas odds, down from an open of 21, with the over-under set at 51. These teams have never met and each had to replace more than half its starting lineup to begin the season, so before locking in any Kansas vs. Boston College picks and predictions, you need to see the results from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model simulates every FBS game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past four years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,530 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated spread picks. 

The model enters Week 3 of the 2019 college football season on a blistering 18-6 run on its top-rated picks. It also called (+158) straight-up upset of and was all over (+23) against No. 10 in a game the Black Knights pushed to overtime and covered with a ton of room to spare. Anybody who has been following it is way up. 

Now, it has set its sights on Boston College vs. Kansas. We can tell you the model is leaning under, but it also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is available over at SportsLine. 

The model knows quarterback and the Eagles have lit up oppadrid.Okdiario says Real president Florentino Perez sees Kane as a replacement for veteran Karim Benzema.Florentino has long been a big fan of Kane and pushed hard for the striker last season.Just last Friday, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino recogniseosing defenses so far, scoring 35 and 45 points in their two victories. And he’s not afraid to go downfield, averaging a whopping 19 yards per completion. He faces an inexperienced Kansas defense that is breaking in a new 3-4 scheme. Last season, Kansas gave up at least 48 points three times.

Boston College had its best season at home in a while last year, going 5-2. Kansas, meanwhile, has won just one road game since 2009 and covered the spread only 16 times in its last 53 road games. The Jayhawks have lost 18 of their last 22 road openers.

But just because the Eagles are humming and favored Friday doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Boston College vs. Kansas spread.

Kansas’ offense remains a work in progress, though the run game got it done on Saturday against Coastal Carolina. Pooka Williams, who last year rushed for 1,125 yards and seven touchdowns, gained 99 yards, while added 82. On Friday, the model says the pair will combine for 130 yards on the ground and over five senal job.Guardiola said he would not object to Arteta taking the Arsenal manager’s job should the Gunners decide to turn to their former player to succeed Unai Emery, who was dismissed on Friday morning.”I said many times with my players, staff, theyards per carry.

The Jayhawks’ defense has been a strengr factor.Arsenal are the visitors to Old Trafford on Monday night.And Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “The fear factor has been leaking away from Old ­Trafford for several years now – but now it has ­vanished entirely.”That is a huge problem for Oleth so far, allowing just 12 points per game and a scant 151 yards passing per game. B.C. likes to throw the ball, but its quarterback has completed only 57 percent of his passes.

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Georgia vs. Kentucky odds, line: 2018 college football picks, predictions from proven model that called Texas’ upset

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An SEC East title is up for grabs Saturday as the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs visit the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats in a marquee showdown on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs are looking to overcome another challenge in their quest to make a return visit to the SEC title game, and perhaps a second consecutive trip to the four-team playoffs. But standing in their way is a Kentucky club that could play spoiler and build on what has been a breakout season. The Bulldogs are 9.5-point favorites in the latest Georgia vs. Kentucky odds, down from openers as high as -10.5 in some markets. The Over-Under for total points scored is offered at 47.5, up significantly after opening at 44 points. Before you lock in your Georgia vs. Kentucky picks, check out the results from the SportsLine 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 point-spread picks. 

The model made some huge calls in Week 9, including nailing outrightid de Gea this summer.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also survey homegrown talent Dean Henderson, who is set to rejoin newly-promoted Sheffield United for another year as he gains Premier League experience, says the Daily Mail. French champions PS upset of No. 6 . It also was all over Georgia (-6.5) covering against Florida, and recommended (+12) against , as well as Kentucky (+7) against Missouri. Anyone who has followed it is way up. 

Now the model has crunched the numbers for Georgia vs. Kentucky. We can tell you it’s leaning Under, and it also has a strong pick against the spread, saying one side hits almost 55 percent of the time. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was considered on the hot seat after failing to produce a winning record in each of his first three seasons. The heat cooled down after he led the Wildcats to seven wins and bowl berths in each of the past two seasons. The Wildcats have already matched that win total by notching two SEC victories as a double-digit underdog against Florida and Mississippi State.

The Wildcats have transformed from a passing-based attack to one that features a power run game, and the results have been impressive. Junior Benny Snell leads the SEC with 935 yards and nine touchdowns. But perhaps Kentucky’s biggest strides have been made on the defensiveadrid has cooled.The Brazilian youngster was expected to join Atletico in January, ahead of rival interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.However, Guimaraes’ latest comments will offer encouragement to both London giants.”My representatives have told me th side, as it ranks second in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points per contest. 

Just because Kentucky has made huge strides this season, doesn’t mean it is ready to stay within the spread against Georgia in a matchup with so much on the line. 

The Bulldogs had a letdown against two weeks ago and paid for it with a blowout loss. But last week, they gave perhaps their most impressive performance of the season in taking down the improved Gators. threw for 240 e for the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) presidency.El Larguero says Casillas has already communicated his decision to the National Sports Council.He will be Luis Rubiales’ rival in the next presidential elections.In a poll conducted by MARCA, 94yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in an efficient outing. Georgia managed 189 rushing yards against a stout Florida defense, led by 104 and a touchdown.

The reigning East champions also have far more experience in critical matchups such as these. They’ll look to use that experience to pull off a convincing win that will not only clinch a spot in Atlanta, but also boost their College Football Playoff hopes. 

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WATCH: Baker Mayfield tears up, gets emotional talking Oklahoma punishment

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The punitive response to obscene gesture to ‘ players during Saturday’s win was announced by head coach Lincoln Riley on Monday. Mayfield, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and the frontrunner to win the award with two weeks left to play in 2017, will not start against in the regular season finale. He is still expected to play, but . 

Having a captaincy removed is a punishment that has a varying severity depend clear at the top of the table, have started a trend of scoring late goals to win games this season.And Klopp insists the never-say-die attitude is something the squad pride themselves on.”How important is the mennchester City but new boss Carlo Ancelotti has told his money men to make sure he stays.And so Holgate, 23, signed as a kid from Barnsley, is in for a lucrative new deal to bring him more into line with what his team-mates earn.Holgate is on a lower tal side in football? It’s all, if yoing on the player, program and timing. That part on to the Chelsea squad.The German manager was asked whether Frank Lampard’s team would be a title threat in the coming season.Many are writing off Chelsea due to their transfer ban.However, Klopp believes that with players such as Abraham added to tof the punishment struck a nerve with Mayfield, considering that Saturday’s game against the Mountaineers is Senior Day in Norman. 

Mayfield spoke about the punishment after Monday’s practice and got emotional not about losing his starting job, but about not being a team captain for the final home game of his college career. 

“Not being a team captain is so much more,” Mayfield said. “It would be hard if it were a regular game or not, but it being my last one here ever, it means a lot more. It’s going to be tough, because Saturday was going to be — without all of this — an emotional one. It’s going to be hard to handle. It’s going to be hard.” 

Check out video above.

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Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia prediction, pick, odds, watch live stream, TV channel

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For years, the Black Diamond Trophy was awarded to the winner of and , border rivals and bitter conference rivals during their days in the Big East. The two squads haven’t played since 2005, and an offseason full of smack talk has added to the hype for this Sunday night showdown at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.. 

Both teams enter 2017 with e’s unsure of his next move.While his father has pushed for a switch to Napoli, James is said to be eager to hear from Manchester United before making a final decision.In Brazil for the Copa America, the Colombia captain said: “I do not know, I have new starting quarterbacks — redshirt freshman for Tech, former quarterback for the Mountaineers — and VT comes into it after winning 10 games and finishing in the top 25 a year ago, starting this season in the preseason poll. Dana Holgorsen and Justin Fuente both ascended the coaching ranks as well-respected offensive coordinators, and this game is expected to be very informative in terms of how each team has handled the turnover and whether either squad is primed to make a run at the favorites in their respective conferences.

Viewing information 

Sunday, Sept. 3 | 7:30 p.m. ET FedEx Field — Landover, Maryland ABC |

Storylines

: Hokie fans seemed to know the names of all the offensive staff members prior to Justin Fuente’s arrival — and not for good reasons. The slide from winning ACC Coastal Division and cor Mikel Arteta admits that he needs to get into the Champions League to sign better players.The Gunners are among several teams that are trying to find a route into the top four in the Premier League.Given they are out of theback Juan Miranda.RAC1 says Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is in Barcelona today for negotiations over Miranda.Juve have offered Daniele Rugani as part of the deal.However, Olympique Marseille remain ahead of the Bianconeri as they want to tak Europa League, the leagunference titles to fighting for bowl eligibility was defined by an offense that could never get on the same page and produce consistently across an entire season. Logan Thomas and Michael Brewer each had games — and moments in games — where everything was clicking. Bud Foster’s Lunch Pail Defense was complemented by an offense that could go toe-to-toe with anyone in the country. But there were also moments, like this one against in 2014, that haunt Virginia Tech fans to this day. 

Fuente brought a strong offensive reputation with him and quickly put his system in with a first-year starter in , who meshed well with some proven pieces already on the roster (, to name a few) and went on to break or tie 10 offensive school records on the way to a Coastal Division title and the program’s first 10-win season since 2011. The defense still looks loaded, so the main intrigue is whether Fuente’s instant offensive impact has another act with a new cast in 2017. 

: Are the Mountaineers a legit top-25 team? Holgorsen has expressed a lot of confidence in Grier, who did go 6-0 as Florida’s starter before his PED suspension, but WVU a handful of key contributors on both lines and two of its top receiving targets. The running back position is loaded, and Tony Gibson has done a great job with the defense in recent years, but like Virginia Tech, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered early to back up hype that seems to be more residual from last year’s 10-win season (the program’s best finish since joining the Big 12) than a projection of performance in 2017. 

The good news for West Virginia is that this is nothing new. Entering his seventh season, Holgorsen has moved from being a hot name to temporarily flirting with the hot seat and now seems firmly entrenched with his system and people in place. This is a program where a postseason appearance is the floor and every few years they’ll creep up and challenge for the Big 12 title. These transition years after the peak seasons are always going to be interesting to track because West Virginia could very well be a top-25 team, but in a tough Big 12, that can only be determined by they how they perform against comparable foes from other power conferences, like Virginia Tech.

Prediction

FedEx Field has been a house of horrors for Virginia Tech, but I think they’ll exorcise some demons in a game that should be much lower scoring than you’d think based on the offensive reputation of both coaches. Bud Foster has been scouting the one-back attack of WVU all summer and while I’m sure Holgo will have some wrinkles that can catch the Lunch Pail D off guard I favor the Hokies in that matchup against a first-time starter under center. It’s going to be a rock fight that probably ends on a field goal, so I’m taking the underdog but think Virginia Tech ultimately wins straight up.

VT -4.5 SU

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LOOK: Buffalo’s long snapper has some snapping skills

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Long snappers generally don’t get a lot of attention, but they have an important job. While fans typically only pay attention to the field goal attempts or the punts themselves, if the snapper doesn’t get off the perfect snap, things can go really bad in a hurry.

But I’m guessing won’t have the problem very often.

Bulls punter Tyler Grassman tweeted some video of his long-snasea’s move to buy outright Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.The Blues are close to signing loan flop Kovacic for £45million in a permanent deal.Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio claims Lampard will make the Real Madrid midfielder his fipper performing some impressive tricks on Wednesday. That long snapper just happens to be Tyler’s brother, as well, Corbin Grassman.

My Snapper is better than yours 

— Tyler Grassman (@TylerGrask concedes the pressure is something that turns him off.”At the moment I don’t think the profession of trainer is reserved for me,” Van Dijk told Optus Sport. “The world can be very cruel. There are many people with opinions and that can affect yousman)

Did I mention my snapper is better than yours? 

— Tyler Grassman (@TylerGrassman)

These are both rather impressive, and there’s no way I could do either without an enormous amount of luck, but you know what? I would rather see the video where the Grassmans practice knocking the Gatorade bottle ofedly made it clear that there is no future for Sanchez at Old Trafford.The Chile international was sent out on loan to Inter Milan for this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there’s no way back for him, says the Daily Express.United are hopingf somebody’s head that didn’t work.

In the battle of impressive feats vs. dudes getting hit in the face by footballs, getting hit in the face by footballs is always going to win the battle for my heart.

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WATCH: Kentucky football managers re-create ‘Full House’ intro video

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Ah … the offseason. First, (even though he isn’t) and now the  managers appear to be auditioning for Full House: CFB Edition.

The Wildcats’ managers recreated to reports.Leicester City are demanding £80m for their star centre-back.The price has put off Manchester City, but ESPN says United would prepared to pay the money.The report also claims the 26-year-old would be happy joining the Red Devils.The Foxthe famous Full House opening montage and did a pretty great job with it. It shows one of them polishing a Gator cart, one hiding in an equipment trunjoined Wlo on Sunday.It will be the first time he’s returned to his former club since leaving for Chelsea.“It is a special game for me, but we mustn’t spend too much energy on personal issues and focus on the collective,” said the coach in his press conferolves in a deal worth £1m, but will remain on loan at Rochdale until the end of the season.The 17-year-old England Under-18 international scored against Manchester United in the EFL Cup in September.Matheson has made 15 starts for the Leaguek and several doing laundry.

I’ll just leave both of them here and let you judge for yourself which one is better.