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Auburn vs. Mississippi State: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, kickoff time, odds, pick, prediction


No. 7  is coming  off a big road win at Texas A&M and will be looking to keep the momsays Rangers and Roma have enquired about taking Phil Foden on loan.The City youngster has been the centre of attention in Glasgow and Rome ahead of the closing of the transfer window.Foden, one of the bright sparks of England’s otherwise disappointientum going Saturday night when the roll into town in a key SEC West battle. The Tigers defense was flat out nasty against the Aggies and only gave up just 2.7 yards per rushing attempt. That, coupled with the fast start from the offense, helped them build a big lead before alla defender Gabriel Paulista is on his radar.Gabriel is set to gain Spanish nationality in the near future and Enrique has revealed that the Valencia centre-back is among his options for La Roja’s defence.”I am aware of every player who could be calleowing a few late touchdowns to make it interesting on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs rebounded from the loss to Kansas State two weeks ago with a resounding win over Kentucky in Starkville, Mississippi, last weekend.

If Auburn is to keep its hopes of reaching the SEC and national title games alive, they will need to win tough conferences test like this down the stretch. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, could play spoiler in one of the deepest conferences in football once again.

What will happen Saturday night on The Plains? Let’s break down the game and make picks straight up and against the spread.


 It’s safe to say that the Tigers’ defensive front is one of the best in the nation, and will keep them in every game they play. Because of that, and the rest of the rushing attack has been the centerpiece of an offense that is still building with true freshman taking the snaps. Nix is 13th in the SEC in passing with 161.3 yards per game, and coach Gus Malzahn has essentially ignored short and intermediate routes over the middle despite those typically being a big part of an RPO-based offense. The Bulldogs have given up 143.2 yards per game on the ground, which means that you’ll probably see more of the same attack from Malzahn.

Quarterback ‘ status is still in doubt heading into the matchup. What isn’t in doubt is that his backup Garrett Shrader was pretty solid in his first start last week when he completed 77.3% of his passes. Why was he so efficient? Because running back is an absolute monster. The junior has topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in all four games this season, ripped off 120 yards and three touchdowns last weekend and leads the nation with 20 rushing plays of 10 or more yards. The problem for the Bulldogs is that they’ve given up 4.5 yards per rushing attempt — 12th in the SEC.

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Game prediction, picks

Auburn’s philosophy is simple — run the ball, play defense and pick spots for Nix to open things up just enough in the passing game to keep opposing teams honest. The same plan will work on Saturday night. Whitlow will wear down a Bulldogs defense thak-four has given his side more freedom.The Magpies blew West Bromwich Albion away by scoring three goals in the first-half of their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Tuesday.And Bruce thinks moving from a back-five has freed up his attacking players.He said:t lacks depth, allow Nix to work off play-action and lead the Tigers to an ugly, yet efficient win and cover. It might be sketchy deep into the second half, but the Tigers are just too much for these Bulldogs. 

AUBURN -11.5 S/U

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TCU tabs Shawn Robinson as its starting quarterback to open the 2018 season


coach Gary Patterson announced Saturday that sophomore will be the starting quarterback for the Horned Frogs when they open the season at home against Southern on Sept. 1, . Robinson beat out Penn transfer for the starting gig.

“Both of them will play in the first game but Shawn will be the starter,” Patterson said. “Mike will have a chance to get his reps.”

Robinson is a 6-foot-2, 228-pound native of DeSoto, Texas, who signed in the Class of 2017. A four-star prospect out of DeSoto High School, Robinson went 13-of-27 passing last year for 184 yards and three touchdowns as ermanent option be included in Inter Milan’s deal for Alexis Sanchez.The Mirror says Alexis’s proposed loan to Inter is edging closer, with United “demanding that the move includes a £20million obligation to buy” at the conclusion of the Chilean’s iKenny Hill’s primary backup. He added 159 rushing yards on 23 carries.

Patterson is committed to Robinson for now but is clearly trying to build some depth and experience at a position that has very little of both.

“Both of them will play in the first game but Shawn will be the starter,” Patterson said. “Mike will have a chance to get his reps.”

TCU was picked to finish third in the Big 12 at media days last month behind Oklahoma and West Virginia, and did receive onis side to try and defend their Champions League title.The Reds are the reigning champions in Europe, given their 2-0 win over Tottenham in last year’s final.But now they have to do it all again as they received their draw for the group stages of thee first place vote to win the Big 12 title. TCU finished second in the Big 12 regular season last year and fell to Oklahoma in the Big 12 r work this summer.Cole believes Liverpool may regret not making at least one big-name signing this summer.The former Reds midfielder told the Mirror: “Jurgen Klopp has done a great job. For him to take the team and take it to the next level – he’s dChampionship Game.

The Horned Frogs travel to SMU in Week 2 and then take the national stage with a showdown with Ohio State in Week 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Arkansas QB Cole Kelley charged with driving while intoxicated after LSU loss


Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley was arrested early Sunday and charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated. d wonderkid has been pictured in a Manchester United shirt for the first time this Saturday in a video posted to his Instagram page.The Dutch youngster rejected professional terms with Ajax this season, which was confirmed by the head of the club’s yAccording to a local report from KNWA, Kelley refused a breathalyzer test, was booked in Washington County jail and faces a hearing on Monday morning. 

“I was informed early this morning of an incident involving Cole Kelley,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Sunday. “We are gathering all information from the proper authorities and will make a determination upon review of that information.”

Kelley, 20, has appeared in nine games this year and taken over as the Razort with PSG teen Kays Ruiz.The youth teamer is inside the final 18 months of his current PSG deal and courting interest from across Europe.Foot Mercato says Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Juventus are all in talks with Ruiz’s representatives,backs’ primary starter after leading the team to wins against Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina. The redshirt freshman struggled in the 33-10 loss at LSU on Satntina international told Fox Sports Argentina he wanted “a change of scenery” at the end of the season. “He’s a very interesting character and I will just judge Roberto as I will every player based on what I see when we’re training and playing,” saidurday, completing just 3-of-10 passes for 33 yards and an interception. 

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AP Top 25 poll: Clemson takes Oklahoma’s No. 2 spot, closes in on Alabama


remains the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 , but has overtaken the No. 2 spot from and picked up more than a dozen first-place votes after beating and on Saturday night. 

The AP Top 25 voters has not given up on . Thward for the world’s best player for a record sixth time.It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga.Virgil van Dijk was second – one ofe Tigers fell 13 spots from the No. 12 ranking from a week ago but held on in the new poll at No. 25, while showed up in the rankings for the first time this season at No. 17. 

Ranked teams losing on the road was a theme this week, and it’s possible that LSU’s standing in the poll was heler Aaron Wan-Bissaka is at Carrington today as Manchester United prepare to announce his £50m transfer.Wan-Bissaka, 21, has agreed a six-year deal with the Red Devils, worth £80,000-a-week and becomes United’s fifth-most expensive signing in historped by other results that changed up the order in spots 15-25, like losing at , losing at , and losing at on ‘ absurd Hail Mary. 

Those upset wins were impressive enough to not only put the Bulldogs in the top 25 but also San Diego State, making its 2017 poll debut at No. 22. and also broke into the rankings this week.   

Here’s how the entire poll looks going into Week 4: 

Alabama (first-place votes — 45)Clemson (1arry Kane ahead of the summer market.Juve sports chief Fabio Paratici has launched plans of tempting Kane to Turin for next season. Paratici sees the England captain as the ideal foil for Cristiano Ronaldo in Juve’s attack.However, Tuttosport says Ka5)Oklahoma (1)Miami Mississippi StateLouisvilleFloridaSouth FloridaSan Diego StateUtahOregonLSU

Dropped out: Kansas State (18), Stanford (19), Tennessee (23), (25)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That dream seems so long ago.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tiger Stadium on a Bud Light rush? Yikes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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College Football Player of the Week: Stanford RB Christian McCaffery


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

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

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

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

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

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NCAA D-I board chair doesn’t want O’Bannon appealed to Supreme Court


DESTIN, Fla. — NCAA Division I board of directors chairman Harris Pastides said he is not inclined to have the NCAA try to get the US Supreme Court to hear the Ed O’Bannon case if the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rules unfavorably against the association.

Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina, said that an NCAA committee is currently working on creating new NCAA bylaws allowing football and men’s basketball players to be paid if the O’Bannon injunction goes into effect. Depending on the outcome of the NCAA’s appeal, schools could begin offering players deferred payments for use of their names, images and likenesses (NILs) beginning Aug. 1. The payments would go into effect in the 2016-17 academic year.

Pastides said he thinks the NCAA made a good case in its appeal and described the O’Bannon decision as a “hybrid ruling” that at least would allow the NCAA to limit how much money could flow to athletes. The NCAA could cap the amount of money for NILs at no less than $5,000 per year.

“My hope would be that we’d get beyond this,” Pastides said in an interview with from the SEC spring meetings. “You ask me if I’d like to see it appealed to the Supreme Court. I’m one member of the board. I’m eager to see us turn the page on that and start working within whatever framework we have to start working in.”

Here are excerpts of the interview with Pastides, who in January was elected chair of the NCAA board of directors.

Aug. 1 is the date when schools would be allowed to start offering payments to players for use of their names, images and likenesses. Are bylaws being created now if needed?

 There is a committee that is working on preparing for that eventuality if this rolls forward and we’ve got to implement it. We’ll be prepared. Let me say, $5,000 is not that different from the numbers we’re all declaring relative to cost of attendance. Some of us said $2,500, $3,000, $3,500, $4,000. But it’s not like (US District Judge Claudia Wilken) said $20,000. It’s not like she said $100,000. It’s not like big business can come in and pay a hundred grand to one, two, three or 10 or 20 high-profile basketball and football players and say that’s the new model. I think her decision, although noWatford and Rennes are still haggling over a price for Ismaila Sarr.The Rennes winger is eager to move to Vicarage Road, though a fee is still to be settled.Watford’s last offer of €30m, reports Le 10 Sport, has been turned down by the Ligue 1 outfit.Rennes are insisting €40m to sell Sarr.The two clubs will continue negotiating this weekend over a deal for the Senegal international.t exactly what we would have hoped, is somewhere in the middle.”

Wilken did include cost of attendance in the O’Bannon injunction in addition to the allowance of money for NILs. So is it your understanding that it would be $5,000 plus cost of attendance, or it would be a combination?

I thought it would be a combination. I really do. That’s why I think (the dollar amount is) not that far away. … I think her decision would be just a bump up to five grand. But there are details that would have to be figured out. In fairness to us, if it goes through unobstructed by appeal, there would be some clarification. The NCAA would immediately have questions back: What did you mean by that? How does that get adjudicated? Literally, if we wanted to implement that ruling, it’s not clear. Just like the questions you had for me.”

My understanding was the O’Bannon injunction was cost of attendance plus NILs, not a combination.

I’m not sure. (Note: Wilken’s opinion supports theWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. conclusion that she’s saying NILs ands and cost of attendance are two separate numbers. Wilken wrote “the injunction will not preclude the NCAA from implementing rules capping the amount of compensation that macult for him to watch the UEFA Nations League.The Spurs midfielder was not involved at the World Cup or in the Finals of the Nations League, despite helping England reach the event this past summer.But Winks wants to put his head down and earn back hy be paid to student athletes while they are enrolled in school; however, the NCAA will not be permitted to set this cap below the cost of attendance, as the term is defined in its current bylaws. The injunction will also prohibit the NCAA from enforcing any rules to prevent its member schools and conferences from offering to deposit a limited share of licensing revenue in trust for their FBS football and Division I basketball recruits, payable when they leave school or their eligibility expires.”)

Is the Jeffrey Kessler case that seeks a free market for players the biggest lawsuit you’re worried about?

It’s a big one. We of course talk about it. I am hopeful there will be an agreement there of all parties. Of course, the devil’s in the details. I understand that the former players say that we were close to implementing something like full cost of attendance several years ago and there was an override. Now the courts are saying you need to do that, so the players want some of that money retroactively. I understand that point of view.

On the other hand, how far back do you go? Do you go to ancient times? That’s something we’re going to let the lawyers figure out. But we don’t want the players and former players to be against us. I know where money is involved it’s a contentious thing. But the NCAA can’t be seen as anti-player or anti-former player. We don’t want that.

Do you think there could be a way to create group licensing for athletes?

Maybe. I think when you think about a jersey, just to use that as an example, and when there’s a very popular player whose name is on the jersey and they’re flying like hotcakes but the university’s name is on the jersey too, I could see something where that player benefits later on. Maybe a group license is the way to do it.

We also at the NCAA care deeply about the players whose names aren’t on the jersey being bought. I’m one of those people who was strongly in favor of cost of attendance sharing more money with the players to help college become more affordable. … What I’m equally vehement in opposition is that we allow a small number of elite athletes to benefit egregiously because of their talent financially while they’re still college students. But if you were to ask me might there be some way where those students who are directly contributing to the financial gain of the university because they are so good, shouldn’t they benefit a little more? I think that’s something we can continue to work on.

Playing devil’s advocate, you’ve got regular students who are actors, musicians, writers and can get paid while being a student in college. When I was in college, I could work at the student newspaper and get paid and also get paid professionally as a freelancer.

But you did that on your own.

Right. So that’s another model that has been suggested. Couldn’t you say athletes could receive sponsorship money they’re able to obtain from the outside and universities wouldn’t be on the hook to directly pay for it?

Well, a track and field athlete arguably has that opportunity. But how does that happen for a football player or basketball player who has no value until they become a pro other than they’re part of the university team? If the benefits to accrue are moderate, I’m always going to want to talk about it. If the path forward is like remove all control, you know, then I’m not [in favor of it].

I know we have a student [at South Carolina] who used to be a Disney actor and made a lot. We understood it. How could she not have her big payday? But she took a leave of absence, she made money, she put the money in the bank. I don’t know how much. She didn’t have to tell me how much. The studios paid her money. She comes back to school at the right time. She has ample time to pay her tuition. That’s a good story.

It’s a little different in athletics when you’re playing a team sport. And by the way, I realize that young woman was different than other students. She came back, she was a little bit of a celebrity, just like athletes can be a celebrity. I’m one of those forces in the NCAA who wants to talk about these things. We’ll talk about them with Congress, we’ll talk about them with business interests. I just think the courts, plaintiffs, defendants, probably are not the best way to get the right thing done.

But change probably wouldn’t get done without pressure, right?

Well, it’s the American way. I think people would understand that we can’t just cave and roll over and say well, you’re applying pressure so here’s the treasury. … Then people say take the money away from the coaches’ salaries. But our hands are restricted there because of federal antitrust and you can’t restrict competitiveness.

To be fair, that’s what the players are saying. They’re saying they’ve been restricted and their value is capped at zero after a scholarship.

I know, but I would say 90 percent or more of NCAA members — even the 65 universities in the five autonomy conferences — are not going to find it easy to find the extra money because you can’t divert it from the coaches. The only thing you really can do is either in the best case defer projects that are of value to the university and the players themselves, or increase tuition or take state appropriations away in order to pay the athletes more. There’s not a huge treasury that allows us to do that. We’re fortunate with the [SEC] Network we have some new income. That’s where we’re going to get the money.

Some members of Congress want to create a presidential commission to examine issues in college sports. Do you think that is going to happen and what do you believe Congress’ role should be in college sports?

I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think there will be a constant din. There will probably be a minority of people wanting this anytime there is a flagrant problem [in college sports], because there will be these problems, I’m sure, every year. Congress’ role ought to be inquiring, to be interested, to be observant, but not to be managing or legislating because I think we’ve done very well all these years.”

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Bowl Bits: Louisiana Tech 35, Illinois 18 (Heart of Dallas Bowl)


Louisiana Tech picked up its first bowl win since 2008 by beating Illinois 35-18 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Thster City youngster Brandon Barker is wanted by Celtic.The Celtic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”>Daily MailCeltic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”> says Celtic are lining up a cut-price e Bulldogs win was just the latest for Conference USA, which is having a very nice bowl season as the conference now sits at 4-1.

: If you were to look at the box score and not know the final score you’d probably think Illinois won the game. The Illini outgained Louisiana Tech by nearly io has been named new coach of SPAL.Di Biagio replaces Leonardo Semplici, who had been with the club since 2014 and brought them up from Serie C to A, was given his marching orders yesterday after a poor run of results.He will sign a six month contra100 yards (they had a 200-yard advantage in the third quarter) and held on to the ball 10 minutes longer than the Bulldogs, but it was Louisiana Tech making the big plays that Illinois couldn’t.

The Bulldogs finished with only 361 yards of offense, but 150 of them came on two plays: an 80-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Dixon and a 70-yard pass to Carlos Henderson that set up another Dixon score. T fans while stuck in traffic following Sunday’s draw against Crystal Palace.A video posted to social media shows a number of supporters surrounding Aubameyang’s chrome Lamborghini Aventador as he tries to make his way home from the Emirates Stadium.Ohe Bulldogs also had a pick-six courtesy of Xavier Woods, who picked off a Reilly O’Toole pass in the second quarter and took it 69-yards to the house.

: It has to go to Louisiana Tech defensive end Houston Bates. Bates was in an odd position in this game, as he spent the beginning of his career with Illinois before transferring to Louisiana Tech for the 2014 season. Bates was not kind to his former team in this one, finishing the day with 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He had 3.5 sacks for the Illini in the entire 2013 season.

: I’ll let you decide. It’s either Kenneth Dixon’s 80-yard touchdown catch and run…

Add 7 more Cody Sokol finds a wide-open Kenneth Dixon for an 80 yd TD. 14-3 Louisiana Tech »

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB)

…or it’s the kicker slipping and falling down on the opening kickoff. You tell me.

: Reilly O’Toole is Illinois’ quarterback, and he also has a name that sounds like a restaurant chain.

Present your ticket stub for half price jalapeño poppers tonight at any Dallas area Reilly O’Toole’s

— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini)

. Listen, the game wasn’t good. If you are somebody who thinks there are too many bowl games every season, this is probably a game you’d point to as evidence. And I get that. I wouldn’t agree with you, but I get it.

But even though the game itself wasn’t the best-executed football you’re ever going to see, it had enough moments to warrant the C+ grade. Even if some of those moments were just for the belly laughs at the sheer idiocy of it all.

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Archie Manning takes leave of absence from CFP selection committee


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

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

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

ESPN first reported the news.

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

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

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

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

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Report: Lane Kiffin meeting with Saban to discuss Alabama offense


Former USC coach Lane Kiffin will spend time with Nick Saban discussing the offense, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Citing a source, McMurphy reports that Kiffin will visBenfica midfielder Florentino Luis is interesting Manchester City.Record says City boss Pep Guardiola remains unconvinced by his midfield and is having Florentino watched.Rodri has arrived from Atletico Madrid, but Guardiola still wants another addition.And his search has led him to watching Florentino.The young midfielder has a deal with Benfica until Tuscaloosa this week “.” 

While Kiffin is a free agent in the coaching community, the meeting does not necessarily mean that future employManchester United strik United boss Steve Bruce is disappointed by Neil Redfearn’s departure.Redfearn left his role as U23 coach earlier this week.Bruce replied to questions on Redfearn’s exit: “We’re disappointed, I like Neil.“I am disappointed that he has left. The Aer Dimitar Berbatov has laid into the team, by suggesting that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would struggle in it.United are enduring a miserable start to the season that sees them only two points above the relegation zonement is going to be a topic of conversation. Coaches frequently meet during down time in the football calendar to exchange ideas or simply “talk ball.” Kiffin and Saban have both been prominent members of the coaching community long enough that this meeting is not a huge surprise. 

However, the meeting is intriguing because Kiffin is a free agent. Alabama is not currently looking to fill an offensive position on the staff, but offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been mentioned as a possible candidate for head coaching jobs elsewhere. The Texas coaching search is expected to set the coaching carousel in motion again, so it would benefit Saban to consider possible replacements should Nussmeier leave Alabama.

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No. 11 Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse Orange: Preview, prediction, TV info


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Saturday, noon ET (ABC)

Louisville by 3

The Cards seem to be playing everyone close (except Temple), so there is a very good chance the Orange stay in this one until the end. 

QB . His star is steadily rising. Bridgewater started the season as the front-runner an Henderson has stepped out of the shadow of former captain Steven Gerrard. Henderson inherited the armband in 2015 and was captain in last season’s Champions League triumph.Aldridge told the Irish Independent : “Plenty of Liverpool fans rushed to jfor Big East offensive player ofves Mount will be able to deal with increased scrutiny after starting the season in fine form and earning an England call-up.He said, “We’re delighted for Mason, it is great recognition.”He had it (a call-up) at Derby but missed out with injury. He w the year — hardware he’s likely running away with — and he’s progressed into the Heisman discussion. His last four outings have been nothing short of legendary: 1,300 yards (325 per game), 10 touchdowns and just one interception. WR . Prolific quarterback gets all the pub, but he has two pretty good receivers in Lemon and . Lemon has come on of late, after an injury caused him to have a slow start. Lemon has scored a touchdown in each of the last three games, and he’s averaging better than six catches for 100 yards in that span.

RBs and/or Jeremy Wright. Louisville’s two-headed monster at running back had a solid outing last week against an over-matched Temple defense, and they’ll face a defense Saturday that’s giving up better than 160 rushing yards per game on average. If the Orange put all their attention on Bridgewater, either or both of the Cardinals running backs can ntus on Sunday.The two Portuguese will meet at the Olimpico.Fonseca said, “I don’t know what I’ll say to him, but I hope he’s angry after the game.“Juve are a great team, the best in Italy together with Inter, so it’ll be a tough game. Zaniolo wimake them pay. QB Nassib. With all eyes focused on Bridgewater, Nassib may come in and light up the Cardinals’ defense. Nassib, who ranks 11th nationally in yards per game, has proven that he can lead his team back from almost any deficit in 2012. Syracuse figures to be playing from behind Saturday, so Nassib should have plenty of chances to show off his arm.

It’s not basketball, but the Carrier Dome will be rocking as one of the nation’s last undefeated teams comes to Syracuse. No excuse not to be there if you fancy yourself a Syracuse fan, especially since it’s senior day as well.

31. In their three road games, the Cardinals have fallen behind their opponents — Florida International, Southern Mississippi and Pittsburgh — by a combined 52-43 in the first half. The Cardinals, though, have owned the third quarter, outscoring the opposition by a combined 31-0 in those three games.

463.8. The Orange lead the Big East in total offense, racking up 463.8 yards per game. If they want to pull the upset Saturday, they’ll need all those yards — and some points.

Emotion. Syracuse will be hyped — playing a ranked, undefeated opponent on senior day — and Louisville has the propensity to play a little flat on the road. The Cardinals are the better team, but if they fail to match the Orange’s intensity they could be in for a world of hurt.

Louisville 31, Syracuse 30

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Northwestern Wildcats at Minnesota Golden Gophers: Preview, prediction, TV info


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Saturday, noon ET (ESPN2)

Northwestern by 3

The Wildcats blew a double-digit, third-quarter lead at Penn State to miss a chance for their first 6-0 start since 1962. Now, Northwestern must travel to plaeammate Dean Henderson.The talented goalkeeper, who is on loan from Manchester United, is in line for his first call up to the England national team.And Moore, who is the second choice keeper at Sheffield, believes that Henderson fully deserves the ay the Gophers on homecoming at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota is coming off a bye week, but its last game was a 31-13 loss to Iowa on Sept. 29.

QB/WR needs to rebound quickly. The versatile playmaker has rushed for 395 yards with seven scores this season and caught 12 passes er League interest.The Mirror says Everton are keeping tabs on Bordeaux attacker Genuardi.French sources claim Toffees scouts made a check on the Nigerian attacker against Nantes last month and followed it up with another visit a fortnight ago.Howevefor 148 yards. Colter also has passed for two scores this year, but he am del Rey run this season.The Basque side reached the semi-finals of the tournament this week with a 4-3 win over Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and they will next face Mirandes in the last four.”It’s a unique chance for the four of us,assed only 41 yards against Penn State. : WR A.J. Barker is emerging as one of the top pass-catching threats in the league. Barker has 19 catches for 357 yards with four touchdowns and has routinely turned short crossing routes into long runs down the sideline. No other Gopher has more than nine catches.

LB has a team-high 53 tackles — 39 solo — to go with two pass break-ups. Proby excels at stopping the run, and his tackling will be instrumental in keeping Minnesota receivers from turning short catches into long gains. : DB Derrick Wells is the backbone of one of the better defenses in the league. Wells has a team-high 36 tackles, including 24 solo stops, to go with nine passes defended and two interceptions. Wells likely will be playing close to the line of scrimmage to mirror Colter.

The Gophers are trying to equal a TCF Bank Stadium record with their fourth home win, and our advice is that you show up early. The kickoff is at 11 a.m. CT and doesn’t allow much time for tailgating.

180.5. All-purpose yards per game for RB , the second-most in the Big Ten and seventh-most nationally.

132. Combined points for the Gophers through five games. Minnesota didn’t reach that mark until its eighth game last season.   

Can Minnesota contain Colter? Minnesota has generated a respectable 11 sacks through five games and must pressure the pocket to prevent Colter or QB time to find space. Penn State used a diverse coverage scheme and elite pass rush to disrupt the Wildcats, but Minnesota is not nearly as talented.  

Northwestern 34, Minnesota 20

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USC falls to No. 13 in the AP poll after loss to Stanford


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The , and has fallen to No. 13 after its 21-14 loss at on Saturday night. replaced USC in the No. 2 spot after defeating 63-14, with (3) and Florida State (4) also seeing a one-spot bump from the Trojans’ loss. Stanford made the biggest jump, moving from No. 21 to No. 9. moved closer to the top 10, from No. 20 to No. 11 following its convincing 20-3 win over  in East Lansing. Here’s how the Top 15 shook out in the recent balloting:  1) (58) (3-0) 2) LSU (2) (3-0) 3) Oregon (3-0) 4) (3-0) 5) (3-0) 6) (2-0) 7) (3-0) 8) (2-0) 9) Stanford (3-0) 10) (3-0) 11) Notre Dame (3-0) 12) (3-0) 13) (2-1) 14) (3-0) 15) (3-0)The , with Alabama, LSU leading the same top four and Okss Steve Bruce is confident keeping hold of Dwight Gayle.Bruce previously tried to sign Gayle on a number of occasions and was looking forward to finally working with the 29-year-old when he was appointed last summer. Gayle only returned from a calf lahoma at No. 5 instead of No. 6.  Southern California fell to No. 12 in that poll, which is the one used for the BCS formula.  Notre Dame did not get the boost they got from the AP voters, only moving up to No. 15.   said he returned to USC for his senior season to take care of some “unfinished business” with his teammates. Whether that was something as simple as a national title or a collection of goals, beating Stanford for the first time was likely part of the quarterback’s plan. On Saturday night, Stanford made Barkley’s goals far more difficult to attain. The Cardinal knocked off the Trojans in the physical battle that saw Barkley throw zero touchdown passes in a game for Miilan boss Antonio Conte took aim at the board after their Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Inter blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 in Germanited full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has earned praise from Micah Richards.The former Manchester City defender is impressed with what he has seen from United’s new signing this season.Wan-Bissaka has impressed during his first two appearances in the Preny.Conte barked: “We have too limited a squad to face both Serie A and Champions League football th the first time since 2010.The Trojans can still bounce back from this and find themselves in the national title discussion in November. After all, we witnessed an Alabama team bounce back from a conference loss to eventually overtake its SEC West rival, LSU, to win the national championship. USC has even more time than Alabama did to climb back to the top of the polls, but there is no more room for error. USC’s title hopes aren’t gone, but the Trojans no longer control their own destiny. Keep up with the latest news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, has you covered with this. View a.

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Augusta National Golf Club donates $2 million to aid in coronavirus testing, emergency relief


nuary.A slow start to the season has left the Red Devils in tenth on ready to cough up for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen next month.The Mirror says the Spanish giants are trying to offload players to make way for a move for Eriksen.Eriksen will be free to talk to foreign clubs in January with his contracthe 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 his week.Fernandes is being linked with Manchester United amid reports of an offer being prepared to be table in days.However, after seeing the midfielder score twice in victory at Vitoria Setubal yesterday, Silas remained hopeful of Fernandes stayinLyo

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U.S. Open 2019: How to win a major championship at the Pebble Beach course


behind schedule.United host Newcastle United on Boxing Day having lost at Watford on Sunday.Solskjaer said, “At the moment we’re a little bit further behind than what I was hoping for.”He added: “We kague, but adds the Catalan won’t leave Manchester City regardless of how the season ends.City entered thhas defended Reds counterpart Jurgen Klopp’s decision to rest his first-team squad for the replay against Shrewsbury, reports SkySports.He said: “He’s well within his rights to [rest his players]. That’s why you have your first-team squad, reserve ple season attempting to complete a historic three-peat of the Premier League title.However, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been unstoppable this seanew this season was going to be a season of some