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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson sets NCAA career sack record


defensive end set an NCAA record for most career sacks during his team’s win over in the Hawaii Bowl Saturday night.

Ferguson entered the game with 42.5 sacks for his career, 1.5 sacks shy of former star Terrelle Suggs, who finished his career with 44. Ferguson finished the night with 2.5 sacks to move to 45, and just ahead of Suggs.

Ferguson could have had 3.5 sacks in th should be competing for trophies.The Giallorosso haven’t won a title for 11 years.“It’s such a shame for a club like this not to have won anything in the last years,” Dzeko told the Athletic. “Hopefully this can change, because this club, first e game. His second sack of the game came during the second quarter of the game, budown deep-lying defences.The Red Devils have been criticised at times this season for their struggles to penetrate the low block.But Solskjaer has pointed to wins over Burnley and Newcastle United as a sign of United’s improved ‘creativity’.“I thint it was waived off due to a facemask penalty on Ferguson as he tried to bring the quarterback down. Fortunately, it wouldn’t matter in the long run, as Ferguson would pick up a half-sack in the third quarter to tie the record, and then another sack on Hawaii’s next possession to set the new standard.

Of course, while Ferguson now holds the official NCAA record, it’s important to note that the NCAA did not begin offian coach Antonio Conte has taken a swipe at Italian fans.Conte returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.“Racism is a problem in Italy, but so is any kind of insult, and after three years away, I find Italy has recially tracking sacks as a statistic until the 2000 season. The unofficial NCAA sack record is held by Derrick Thomas and Tedy Bruschi. Both players were credited with 52 sacks by their schools during their playing careers.

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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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LOOK: Buffalo’s long snapper has some snapping skills


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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Tulsa fires coach Bill Blankenship after 2-10 season


Tulsa made things official ofered a return to football in Italy.Emery was offered the job at Everton before Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment, but felt it came too soon – just days after being axed by the Gunners earlier this season.However, Corriere dello Sport says Emery is undern Monday morning, announcing that coach Bill Blankenship will not be back with the program in 2015.

“We are grateful fortart in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United.The inclusions of Nelson and Willock meant it was the first time Arsenal had named two English teenagers in their starting XI for a Premier League game for the first time since February 1998.And Emery sa the service and commitment of coach Blankenship to our university, our student-athletes and our community, but we have decided that the program needs to go in a different d his breakthrough at Chelsea with a new deal.The 19-year-old right-back’s current contract runs until 2022 and he will be given improved terms to bring him closer into line with the club’s first-team stars.James has made 14 appearances for the Blues irection,” said Tulsa athletic director Derrick Gragg.

Gragg also said that a search committee would be formed immediately as the school looks for Blankenship’s replacement.

Blankenship spent four seasons at Tulsa, but the last two failed to live up to the promise of his first two years on campus. Blankenship took over the Tulsa program after Todd Graham left for the Pittsburgh job following the 2010 season, and he went 19-8 in his first two seasons at the school. The success faded quickly, though, as the Golden Hurricane were only 5-19 the last two seasons, including a 2-10 mark in 2014.

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Change isn’t coming easy at Texas, but Strong has the track record to do it


Two games in, Texas coach Charlie Strong has suspended or dismissed 11 players.

You’ve heard the snark: He’s getting down to the 53-man roster limit.

Two games in, Strong has lost his starting quarterback, center and may be missing Saturday against UCLA. He has only eight offensive linemen available — with 10 career starts to their credit. A month ago two of them were playing defense.

Two games in, Texas’ coach remains in the process of shaping the Longhorns in his image. You know, the one that produced 37 victories in four years and a Sugar Bowl win at Louisville.

Two games in, a cynic could call the season a wash. Come back fresh next year. The 41-7 loss to BYU was the worst at home since 1997. There’s a symmetry there. That game 17 years ago was the infamous Rout 66 against UCLA (66-3) that ushered John Mackovic out the door.

Recall, again, who the Horns play this week?

But two games in, Strong also doesn’t need anyone telling him how to do his job. Except that’s part of the job at Texas.

That was a UT truth before Strong arrived, before his first season sputtered to a depressing 1-1 start.

Before Red McCombs returned my call this week.

The 86-year old former owner of the Spurs, Vikings and Nuggets still holds significant power at a place that traffics daily in it. There’s a statue of him inside the stadium. His name is on the business school. McCombs reportedly has donated more than $100 million to the school, has a reported net worth of about $1.5 billion.

Who is going to tell him no regarding … anything Texas? He’s the , then apologized. He’s the guy who was also at the season opener.


“Expectations have been lowered by the results of our first two games,” McCombs said. “I don’t think our expectations are going to get much lower than what they are now. I think our move is going to be up.”

McCombs spoke to a group of boosters Saturday and was asked what impressed him most about the Horns Saturday.

“The fact that three of the guys sweated enough to have to take a shower after the game,” he said. “The players and the coaches wouldn’t want to hear that. They knew that was a joke.”

We’re not saying this follows any logical, linear form. It is merely Week 3 of 2014 in Austin. It must be endured. Mack Brown was everybody’s friend until he didn’t win enough games. In the state, Texas A&M has assimilated nicely into the SEC. Baylor won the Big 12 (beating Texas to do it). Rival Oklahoma is coming off an Alabama win in the Sugar Bowl and is ranked in the top four.

Strong deserves the time and space to reshape the Horns, to toughen them up — to win. From this perspective, he has and he will.

Strong has a track record. Perhaps the biggest criticism of Texas football is its alleged country club atmosphere. Perhaps it is ridiculously early to be talking about any of this.

It’s also fair to the take the temperature of a program that has the largest budget in the country. McCombs is one [rich] man with one [significant] thermometer.

Hey, Strong was the guy who told us the Horns . Honesty has turned into accuracy.

McCombs said he didn’t crieir support of coach Marcelino.Marcelino survived intense sack talk in January to lead VCF to Champions League qualification and the Copa.Alemany said, “It’s a bet of the club, of everything (in reference to the continuity of Marcelino). I am very haticize Strong’s hiring — although he did say at the time Strong would make “.”  Instead it was what McCombs called the school’s “practice and process,” in replacing Brown that bothered him. McCombs says he was told by former Texas president Bill Powers at one point “no big hurry, we’ve got another couple of weeks.”

“[At the time] I was talking to a coach who I think is one of the top five coaches in the nation,” McCombs said. “I think I had him at the five-yard line …”

Whether that was Jon Gruden, a replacement McCer Roman Abramovich.The former Blues manager returns to Stamford Bridge this weekend to face his former club.On Abramovich, Ancelotti said: “I probably spoke three times with Abramovich after leaving Chelsea. “It was always a pleasant conversatioombs reportedly courted, is not known. He did say it was not Nick Saban.

“The next day they announced they’d hired Coach Strong. Obviously, something happened … It fell out like I was disappointed in Coach Strong. I was disappointed in the decision being made.”

McCombs has made peace with Strong, says he is a strong Samatta is pinching himself over his Carabao Cup final appearance against Manchester City.On Sunday he will play for his new club against Manchester City at Wembley. “This is huge,” the Tanzania striker told the Daily Mail. “It’s a final. At Wembl Still, is there that a temptation to write off a season to misfortune and transition?

“You can’t do that,” McCombs said. “You’ve got to improve every day. They’ve got kids to work with. They’ll be getting better. I’m sure that Coach Strong and his staff have been surprised with some of these kids because they thought they’d get more out of them.”

What about optimism?

“It’s always OK — honest to God — to be optimistic in Texas. We have the greatest high school football factory in the world …

“Coach Strong’s stronghold was his relationship with Florida high school coaches. Now he’s going to have to develop that background with Texas high school coaches. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to do that …

“Will that take another couple of years? Probably so?”

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Report: Manziel gets boost from ‘Johnny Football’ trademark ruling


Johnny Manziel won a battle in his effort to trademark the nickname ‘Johnny Football,’ as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reportedly refused to register the same trademark with a College Station investment firm.

ESPN to Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments rejecting its argument that the phrase ‘Johnny Football’ did not refer to any particular individual. 

“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark consists of or includes a name, portrait, or signature identifying a particular living individual whose written consent to register the mark is not of record,”  — in other words, that yes, “Johnny Football” does refer to a “particular living individual,” and that that individual ve for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.The World Cup winner has been linked with a loan switch to Ibrox in January.But Gerrard says: “We are getting linked with some good playThe agent of has revealed how manager Frank Lampard inspired them to victory at Tottenham on Sunday.It was not just the tactics the 41-year-old got spot on, it was his chest-pumping words before kick-off that got the Stamford Bridge side firing on all cylinders.Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout admits he wants to join Napoli.The former Aston Villa star is being linked with the Azzurri this summer.“I won’t rule out the possibility of Napoli signing Veretout, even if they keep Allan,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“Napoli are going to build a very strong side and have changed their strategy, focusing on players who already know Serie A and are ready to deliver straight away.“I wouldn’t rule Veretout out of their midfield. There are several clubs interested in Veretout, but the lad is in love with Napoli. If I can make something happen for my hometown club, I’m more than happy to do so.”ers. I don’t know anything about it, to be honest.“If someone knows somehasn’t “consented” to giving the firm the trademark.

On the contrary, , though its filing came some weeks after the Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments claim in late 2012.

The firm, ESPN reports, can appeal this week’s ruling.

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Miami’s Stephen Morris calls South Florida a ‘dirty team’


On Saturday Miami took care of in-state rival 49-21 with quarterback throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, so you’d think Morris would have been happy following the game. Well, oss Unai Emery ahead of the Europa League final.It was Emery who shuffled Luiz out the PSG exit door as the Brazilian made his return to Chelsea three years ago.But Luiz told “They have done great because it is never easy to change thehe wasn’t.

It’s not that Morris was unhappy with the way his team performed, but instead he did not appreciate the tactics he claims South Florida used. Morris was asked after the game why he motioned to the bench during the second quarter to leave the game, and .

“South Florida is aea after his howler against Everton on Sunday.The Spaniard was labelled as ‘arrogant’ by United’s midfield can handle the departure of Ander Herrera.Mata believes they have the quality in the current squad to fill the void left by the new PSG midfielder.”Ander is a friend and on a personal note I will miss him a lot. We know he is a very gited legend Roy Keane after his lax passing resulted in a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal in the 1-1 draw.And Bosnich believes a lot of the criticism is over the to dirty team to say the least,” Morris told the Miami Herald. “I don’t know man. When your down under [the pile] and everybody is on top they’re going to try and go for your ankles and everything. We were already up three, four touchdowns so I was like there ain’t no point for me to try to mess with these guys. They’re dirty. It is what is. I wanted to score 70 points on them. They disrespected us. I had no respect for them at all. At that point I felt like we should just keep pushing it, keep killing them.”

Morris would not go into specifics of what it was South Florida was doing, instead just saying it was “dumb stuff.” Morris came into the game with a bad ankle and implied that the Bulls were going after it.

“They obviously got the injury report,” said Morris.

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Royal Purple is new sponsor of Las Vegas Bowl


We have important bowl game sponsorship news! The Las Vegas Bowl has a new sponsor and has been rebranded as the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. New name, same Vegas flavor!

“Today marks a wonderful new alignment between our bowl, our city and Royal Purple,” said the bowl’s executive director, Dan Hanneke, in a release. “Our event will only continue to grow with the addition of a great title sponsor and we can’t wait for the 22nd edition of the game, which is now just three months away.”

I know, I’m pretty excited about it all too.

If you’re wondering what Royal Purple is, well luckily the release was kind enough to include that information. According to the release Royal Purple is a Texas company that “produceurt Zouma.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wan ideal choice for manager.Ratcliffe was delighted to see caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson lead the team to victory over Chelsea on Saturday in his first game in charge.He wrote for the Everton-pick-boss-knows-club-attract-Mauricio-Pochettino.html”>Dts to assess his squad before making a decision on the 24-year-old defender, who excelled on loan at Goodison Park last season.Silva says the Toffees will move on to other centre-back targets if a move doess a wide range of high performance lubricants for nearly every consumer and industrial application.”

And let me assure you that there are oh so many jokes I could write about “high performance lubricants” and Las Vegas,an’t escape the daily grind by sipping on posh Lavazza coffee. The Italian brand, which is the clubs’s official supplier, is available throughout the Emirates.However, the club’s hardworking behind the scenes crew are told to sup instant coffee on ma but I’d like to keep my job, so I won’t.

Oh, and also because they’re motor oil products. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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Eddie Vanderdoes needs to win his appeal; Brian Kelly needs to lose


The National Letter-Of-Intent board can make amends for the selfish hypocrisy of coach Brian Kelly as soon as Monday, when it’s scheduled to hear the final appeal of former Irish recruit Eddie Vanderdoes.

Vanderdoes, a five-star defensive lineman from Northern California, signed with Notre Dame in February but changed his mind. He says he wants to play for a school closer to home to be near his ailing grandmother, and he chose . The grandmother story doesn’t matter to me. The kid changed his mind before reporting to Notre Dame? That’s all I need to know.

It’s all the NLI board needs to know, too.

The board — which already has ruled against Vanderdoes once — won’t necessarily make a ruling Monday, but it won’t take long. Vanderdoes needs the NLI board to do what Brian Kelly would not, and release him fully from his NLI, or he will lose a full season of eligibility.

Way too harsh, y boss Pep Guardiola wants a reunion with Daniel Alves.The Brazil fullback is a free agent after being allowed to come off contract by PSG last month. Tuttosport says Guardiola is keen on a reunion with his former Barcelona defeer.Hector Bellerin and Dinos Mavropanos have not feature since last season.New signing Kieran Tierney has continued his recovery from a groin injury since arriving from Celtic. A statement on the club’s website said all three players were: “Continuesnder.Indeed, so much sconsidering coaches like Brian Kelly pes the best for former manager Maurizio Sarri.Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus this month, leaving the Londoners as Europa League title winners.Asked about Sarri, whose reign was overshadowed by recriminations from fans and rumours of dressing-room ucan leave — and Brian Kelly has left — one school for another at the drop of a hat. Kelly has done it twice in Division I, leaving for in 2006, and then leaving Cincinnati for Notre Dame during the 2009 season. He considered leaving Notre Dame for the a few months ago, but decided to stay.

How noble.

But Eddie Vanderdoes, an 18-year-old kid, will lose a year of eligibility because Brian Kelly wants to teach him a lesson — and cater to the other Division I schools hoping he sends the “right” message to recruits, that message being this:

Coaches can leave one school for another — for more money — whenever they want. But high school seniors? You cannot change your mind. Not for free, anyway. It’ll cost you a season.

Fans of Notre Dame are or playing the “make a decision and stick to it!” card, which is laughable. We change our mind a lot — all of us. At age 18? It happens even more often. My older son turns 18 in a few weeks, so I’m feeling the pain of Eddie Vanderdoes and his family. I’m not feeling the pain of Notre Dame fans who want to make Vanderdoes pay, just because they don’t want their coach to be wrong.

Pathetic, that rationale. Absolutely awful.

Good luck, Eddie Vanderdoes. Do the right thing, NLI board.

You’re wrong here, Brian Kelly.

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Preview: Liberty Flames at Wake Forest Demon Deacons


(US Presswire)

: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)

: No line

: It’s a chance to see Turner Gill’s debut as Liberty coach. Or you can get the Labor Day cookout started a little early instead.  

: Kevin Fogg set a Big South record last season with a 33.5 yard average on kickoff returns.  He was one of two players in the FBS or FCS to have three kickoff return TDs last year. : WR had 833 yards receiving and also passed for 106. He was the only FBS player to reach the 800/100 club last season and the first ACC player since Anquan Boldin in 2002.  

: RB Sirchauncey Holloway has rushed for 1,103 yards and 21 TDs. With last year’s leading rusher, Aldreakis schamps has told Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in January.The veteran striker, despite his limited playing time at club level this season, has proved crucial in Euros qualifying for France.Indeed, Deschamps acknowledges Giroud is a first-choice – bAllen, suspended for the first game, Holloway will get the ball early and often against the Deacons. : DT Nikita Whitlock has 24.5 tackles-for-loss in the last two years — more than one a game.   

BBang is Arsenal’s designated penalty-taker after he passed on the responsibility to Nicolas Pepe against Aston Villa.Pepe converted the spot-kick to level the scores and grab his first goal for the club.Aubameyang eventually capped of Arsenal’s comeba&T Field is worth a trip. The renovations that were completed five years ago make it a modern but cozy venue. The crowd is a little laid back, even for big games.

14.7. Pz.The Brazilian, signed from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, made his first start for the club in Saturday’s win over Burnley.Sokratis said: “When [David] came we spoke a lot that we will have moments when we struggle, but we have to struggle all tlayers who will dress for Liberty’s opener accounted for 14.7 percent of the team’s offensive yards last season.

5. Under coach Jim Grobe, Wake is 5-0 against FCS opponents. “We try to get our players to realize that anybody we’re playing is capable of beating us,” he said.

Wake’s rebuilt line holding up and giving QB a chance to run the offense. The Demon Deacons struggled to get the offense on track in the preseason scrimmages.  

Wake Forest 21, Liberty 10

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Carl Edwards denies Amanda Beard’s accusations in book


says he’s unsure why had so many critical things to say about their relationship in her current book.Edwards, who dated the Olympic swimmer before marrying his wife Kate, was surprised by the many things Beard said about theirca says Juanfran’s departure leaves Atletico coach Diego Simeone looking for a right-back and Semedo’s performances from Barcelona have caught the eye.Nevertheless, Barcelona are under no pressure to sell as he isenham Hotspur are willing to sell Christian Eriksen this winter.The Danish international is showing no signs of committing to a new, long term deal at the club.Given his current contract runs out in the summer, Spurs do not want to lose him for free. a useful part of the squad and has a time together.“Absolutely but I wouldn’t know where to start,” Edwards said Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. “I don’t know if I am supposed to talk about the psychology of feelings and opinions when you have a relationship that doesn’t work out or if I am supposed to talk about the strategies to sell books or whatever. To be honest with you guys, it is just weird. I don’t know how to address things that I don’t even remember happening. That is tough. It is pretty far out there out of left field for me.”Among the things Beard wrote about Edwards in her book “In the Water, They Can’t See You Cry”was “He never asked me what I might like to do, because he only wanted to be on Carl time. He couldn’t imagine any other kind of time.”

She also said that she has cut ties with Edwards “severely and permanently” and that she felt “relieved and energized” when they split. Edwards was surprised by those words. 

“I thought about that a lot and I couldn’t really come up with a good explanation or answer for you guys because I truly didn’t know what to think about it,” he said. “I guess all I can say is that I considered us friends and I didn’t realize that she had all those problems. I would have done anything in the world to have helped her with io Ferdinand says it’s unfair to compare Harry Maguire with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.Ferdinand says Maguire should not be expected to carry too much of the burden at United.“Inevitably he is going to be judged against someone like Virgil those. As always, regardless of what she writes in her books and things like that, if she ever needs something from me I would be there to help her out. I don’t know what else to say about that.”

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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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2019 Farmers Insurance Open tee times, pairings: When Tiger Woods starts in Round 2


il Wood he Israel international only joined Sevilla this past summer from RB Salzburg.Dabbur is seen at West Ham as an alternative to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.West Ham are in contact with Dabbur’s agent, Milos Malenovic, though aren’t alone with Bordeaas new U23 coach.Wood, a former United youth team player, will be assisted in his new role by Quinton Fortune, who played 126 t Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.The two forwards are by far the most prolific players for the Gunners, often bailing them out in games with moments of individual brilliance.But it appears they could have a short future at the club, as neither is imes for the Old Trafford side during his playing career and won the Premier League.Academy chief Nicky Butt said:

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Pat Perez leads CIMB Classic by one through two rounds in Malaysia


ea’s transfer ban was overturnedghton defender Leon Balogun.The African side are involved in a friendly against Zimbabwe, which will be a good chance for Balogun to get 90 minutes under his belt.Balogun had a stop start season with the Seagulls, with his last game coming in the FA on appeal on Friday.And the Chelsea-transfer-news-Man-Utd-Liverpool-Jadon-Sancho-January-Borussia-Dortmund”>Daily Express s Elneny.Currently on-loan with Besiktas, Elneny has been linked with a permanent January move to Milan.However, says Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban are believed to see the 27-year-old Egyptian as no priority targetays Chelsea have put Sancho at the top of their January shopping list after their transfer ban