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4 things to watch in the AFC wild card race and Bills-Dolphins this weekend

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It all comes down to the final weekend for the Bills. They’ve got a bona fide shot to end their 17-season playoff drought with their first meaningful final regular season game in 13 years.

Here are some things to keep an eye on this weekend as the Bills head south to play the Dolphins:

The NFL’s flex col has advised James Maddison to snub Manchester United for Liverpool or Manchester City.Nicol believes the Leicester City star could stagnate his career at Old Trafford, in a similar vein to Paul Pogba.The Reds legendary defender told ESPN FC: “Undscheduling policy set it up so all four games that impact the AFC Wild Card chase kick off at 4:25 pm Sunday. So, Bills fans will be busy tracking all four games at once. If they all go Buffalo’s way (all of them don’t have to) here are some reasons why. Remember Buffalo needs to win and a Baltimore loss or a Tennessee loss and a Los Angeles Chargers loss.

They just did two weeks ago in Orchard Park. The Dolphins have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Tyrod Taylor has had his best games against Miami. Cincinnati may want to “win it for Marvin” if indeed it is Marvin Lewis’ last game as head coach. In his last three games in Baltimore, Andy Dalton has averaged 322 yards passing per game, with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. WR A.J. Green has played four games in his career at Baltimore and has a total of 579 receiving yards with 4 touchdowns.

Jacksonville has the third ranked defense in the NFL. The Jaguars are looking for revenge after losing to Tennessee earlier this season. Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles owns the Titans – he has thrown 9 TDs and 1 INT in his last three games at Tennessee, and averaged 332 yards per game.

The Raiders have won 4 of their last 5 against the Chargers. Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio is 6-3 lifetime against the Chargers. “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch ran for 95 yards last week against the Eagles and the Chargers are dead last in the NFL in rush defense.

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You hear the cliché “coming up big” a lot in the hockey world. With the magnitude of the game in Miami Sunday, there are a couple of Bills who can be serious difference makers in the season finale:

 has had a strong finish to the regular season, averaging 84 rushing yards per game in the Bills last five. He’s got three touchdowns in those five games, two of them against Miami a couple of weeks ago. McCoy has a knack for making Dolphin defenders (and others) miss in space and he seems to have a personal grudge with Miami LB Kiko Alonso who he was traded for three years ago.

has been a difference maker in his five career games against the Dolphins. He’s won three of those five, and he’s completed 65-percent of his passes in those matchups. Taylor has 9 TD passes and 0 INTs against the Dolphins over the years, and he’s run for two touchdowns also.

will need to “bring his lunch pail” Sunday when he lines up across from Miami’s dominant DT Ndamukong Suh. It should be a familiar feeling—he just went to battle two weeks ago in Buffalo and Ducasse held his own. Offensive line coach Juan Castillo was singing Ducasse’s praises after the Miami win but it won’t be any easier this weekend. Suh can take over a game with his sheer strength and unnatural quickness. It won’t be entirely on Ducasse’s shoulders, but he’ll play a big role in how much room Shady has to run and how much time Taylor has to throw.

The Bills will finish ahead of Miami and the Jets in the AFC Eden Hazard.The Mirror says Hazard is on his way to Real Madrid after the Spanish giants agreed an initial £88million deal with Chelsea .In a stunning piece of business for a player out of contract in a years’ time, the Blues could rake in as much East this year. They’ve locked up second place in the division for the second time in four years. They’re this year’s first runner-up in the division the Patriots seemingly own.

But Buffalo has a chance to finish the division with a 3-3 record with a win on Sunday. And they get their final crack at beating a division rival in the second match-up of the year. They lost previous rematches this year to the Jets and the Patriots.

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Right before kickoff Sunday, look at the field at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. It could look a little worn out.

At 8 pm Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes play Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock. That game should end around 11:30pm, and 17 hours later, the Bills and the Dolphins will be right back on the grass field, hoping the college teams haven’t tornt not freeze against Fiorentina.The Grifone go head-to-head with the Viola, who could also still be relegated, but need to get a better result than Empoli manage away to Inter Milan to stay up. Prandelli said, “It’s marvellous to see and feeling th it up too much.

The Dolphins have recently installed Platinum TE natural grass on the field at home, but they’ve had some issues with it in the past.

Dolphins radio color commentator Joe Rose, a former Miami tight end, says if it doesn’t rain Saturday night the field should be OK. Should be.

“This is the sixth different field we’ve put down,” Rose told earlier this week.

“We’re fine as long as we don’t get any rain the night before, when the big guys from Wisconsin and the big guys from the Miami Hurricanes are out there. Quick turnaround–we’ve had some of those games when it’s been rough.”

The weather forecast calls for clear skies with only a 10-percent chance of rain Saturday night and Sunday in Miami. And that’s good, according to Rose.

“It has been a struggle for the Dolphins trying to get the right turf that can handle back to back games when it’s raining,” he says.

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Jose Mourinho admits ‘media manhunt’ is getting him down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AP: Early NFL Draft entries announced

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Keenan Allen, WR, California

Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

Gio Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

Mike Edwards, DB, Hawaii

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada

Joe Kruger, DE, Utah

Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse

Eric Reid, S, LSU

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

Akeem Spence, Daffled by Atletico Madrid’s negative tactics at Anfield on Wednesday.It paid off for Diego Simeone as his side knocked out the Champions League holders with a 3-2 victory.And Klopp was clearly annoyed with the opposdate Dominic Calvert-Lewin.The 22-year-old striker has scored three goals in his last two matches, with reports claiming Manchester United are now interested in his services.Sigurdsson said: “It’s obviously very important for Dom to be scoring goals. eal to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.Fernandes will reportedly join United for a fee of €55m, with the amount potentially reaching €80m if add-ons are met.”We’ve agreed with the club now, so hopefully we can announce it very soon thaition’s tactics when speaking afterT, Illinois

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

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Mauricio Pochettino urges Tottenham players to react positively to Marcelo Bielsa-style tough love

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. He stuck to his guns after watching three replays of the match and also revealed he has been unhappy with the way in which his team has started all of their matches this season, including the thrashing of Stoke City.

Now, after he decided to follow the example of Bielsa and deliver some home truths.

Flushed with pride at being heralded as the best central defender in La Liga while at Espanyol, Pochettino was asked to assess his form by Bielsa.

“In my head I was a nine or a 10, but I decided to be very humble and say maybe a seven or eight,” said Pochettino. “He said to me ‘you were s***’ and my face was like this (shockeUnited have madwould be a great fit for Manchester United, according to former defender Wes Brown.United are expected to be heavy players during the January transfer window.”I think Ole will try and buy in January. United need another striker and an attacking midfie an opening offer of £35million to sign Dembele, according to reports in France.The former Celtic and Fulham striker has netted 23 times in Ligue 1 this season and has attracted attention from a number of top European teams.Ole Gunnad). He said ‘because of this, this and this’ and showed me why, and said ‘if you perform like this then you cannot play for me and you cannot play for the national team’.

“It was tough for me. I drove to my house crying, but, after time, I recognised it was true. I was s***, yes I was s***. And then I improved, I played for Argentina in the World Cup and I got a big offer from Paris Saint-Germain to buy me. When I believed I was the star man, maybe from the news or the fans, this big offer never arrived.

“I was a person that liked the reality, that the manager never lied to me. If I was s***, I was s***. But I needed to know sometimes. When you are young, you need to know the reality because when you are in your bubble, you believe that always all you do is right. And sometimes you need people who say ‘hey, come on, what happened with you?’.”

Following last season’s title challenge and all the plaudits that came with it, Pochettino accepts an element of complacency may have crept into the minds of his players.

“It is difficult to understand why in every game we have some period in the first half that is difficult to get the pace of the game and to manage and handle the game like we normally used to do,” said Pochettino.

“And then in the second half it is like we need something from the manager and the staff to wake up and say ‘this is the reality’. You know always the human mind is a very difficult matter to deal with. We need to change that.”

Midfielder Mousa Dembele has returned from the six-game ban he received for an eye-gouge on Diego Costa and Pochettino is confident the incident was a one-off.

Pochettino believes any player is capable of losing his head and once again used himself as an example.

“At Paris Saint-Germain, I remember the striker I was playing ang.The Reds are two games away from clinching the Premier League title as they wait for the season to resume.“I like it, but being obsessed, I’m not sure,” he told the JD In The Duffle Bag podcast when asked about winning. “The first thing I leargainst was big and was s***. Not great,” said Pochettino. “My team-mate was Gabby Heinze who played for Manchester United. I said to Gabby ‘the next time the ball comes in the air, please, move aside, let me challenge’. The next time it did, I jumped and put my studs in his neck. As I got him, I closed my eyes and said ‘what have I done?’ I was sent off and I said sorry. I was 27-years-old and captain of Paris Saint-Germain.

“Mousa knows that it is one thing is to play aggressive and to tackle and to go always to the ball and be honest on the pitch. Another thing is to do what he did. He paid for that and it was difficult for us because he was an important player and then you miss the talent of him in the last few games.”

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6 – Will the pass rush be reliably effective?

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Every summer leading up to training camp Buffalobills.com asks 25 of the most pressing questions facing the team as they make their final preparations for the upcoming regular season. With a new regime and practices at St. John Fisher fast approaching, here is the latest installment as we closely examine some of the answers the Buffalo Bills have to come up with between July 28th and shed for being too passive in the first half against Leicester City.The Albion were in control of the game for large periods, but they were unable to make their dominance count when it mattered.Leicester eventually got a counter attacking goal througSept. 12th.

The potency of the Bills’ pass rush has centered around Aaron Schobel for the better part of the past decade. He has been the linchpin on which Buffalo’s pressure packages have relied most, and entering the 2010 campaign he is still at the forefront of the discussion. Unfortunately his tie to the pass rush question is whether or not he’ll be around to be a part of it.

With Schobel admitting in June that he’s leaning toward retirement, the burden of carrying the pass rush mantle could soon fall to secone a one club man.The 20-year-old has been a revelation since breaking into the Reds side in recent seasons and is now considered to be one of the finest full-backs in European football. He told Sky Sports: “I am fortunate to have the people around med-year linebacker and former first-round pick Aaron Maybin. He has his share of veteran support in players like Chris Kelsay, Reggie Torbor and inside linebacker Kawika Mitchell, who times his blitzes as well as anyone on the roster.

But what figures to help Maybin and his teammates the most is the new 3-4 scheme being implemented by defensive coordinator George Edwards.

“I just think its better suited to us because when you run a 3-4 defense it just gives you the opportunity to throw so many different things at the offense,” said Maybin. “When you run 4-3 packages you’re a little bit more limited in certain things you can do from a blitz perspective and certain looks that you can give.

“When you run a 3-4 defense it’s really hard for the offense to match up with a lot of the guys, especially when you have a lot of the athletes that we have on this team. Athletically it’s going to definitely create a lot of matchup (problems) for some teams.”

Buffalo is expected to have a hybrid type of 3-4 system that may morph into some 4-3 looks depending on down and distance, but the 3-4 scheme is largely what will define their defensive approach this season. A system isn’t always the defining factor in a team’s success in developing a consistent pass rush. Sometimes it’s premier talent that carries the day (see: Bruce Smith). But with Buffalo’s talent largely unproven in a 3-4 scheme, Edwards’ system will be depended upon to create opportunities.

What has Buffalo’s players encouraged about their new scheme when it comes to the pass rush is a track record of proven success for the 3-4. With coordinators able to more effectively disguise their intentions in a 3-4 front it makes it more difficult for offenses to adjust their protection schemes to account for anyone and everyone that might be bearing down on their quarterback.

“If you look at the trend that’s gone on in the league, if you get the right guys in and play it right it seems like we should be able to make more plays and get guys on the quarterback,” said Paul Posluszny. “It seems like there are always a lot of good pressure schemes coming out of the 3-4. I’m excited aboullessen.Cillessen is moving in a deal independent of Barca’s swoop for Valencia keeper Neto.Although it has not been confirmed, everything is pointing towards current Los Che shot-stopper Neto replacing Cillessen as Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s back-up att it. It should be a good change for us.”

In 2009, 3-4 defensive units accounted for seven of the 10 highest sack totals in the NFL, seven of the 10 lowest completion percentages allowed by opposing passers and six of the 10 highest pass breakup totals. It’s a small indication as to how effective the 3-4 scheme can be in creating pressure and disrupting the opponent’s passing attack.

In a league where passing is becoming more and more prevalent year after year, being able to thwart that propensity is critical.

“We think it will be the most advantageous thing to start out with because it gives us the flexibility to adjust to a lot of things where offenses will have to guess who is rushing and who is dropping, what we’re doing coverage-wise, it should help with the disguise aspect of what we’re doing,” Edwards said of his 3-4 scheme.

But how much can be accomplished in year one?

Buffalo is coming off a season in which they did increase their sack totals from 24 in 2008 to 32 in 2009, but that was with a healthy Schobel, who was responsible for 10 of those quarterback takedowns. If he is not in the picture can the likes of Maybin, Chris Ellis, Kelsay and Torbor lead the charge?

One good example of what’s possible can be found in the switch to the 3-4 by the in 2009 under defensive coordinator Dom Capers, a coach under whom Edwards has worked in the past.

Last season the Packers were able to increase their sack total by 10 to go from a ranking of 25th to 11th in the league. Their opponents’ completion percentage, which was already very low, also improved dropping to 54.4 percent to rank second in the NFL in 2009. And their interceptions and pass breakups went up by eight and 10 respectively, with the Packers leading the league in interceptions with 30 last year.

Most important is the fact that they did it without one of their best pass rushers for half the season as Aaron Kampman played in just nine games last year logging just 3.5 of the team’s 37 sacks.

As proven as the 3-4 system might be in generating pressure opportunities, ultimately Maybin and his teammates realize they can’t rely on the scheme to make plays.

“I think the fact that you never really know where the blitzes are coming from, where the pressure’s going to be coming from, just from an offensive standpoint, it makes it a lot more difficult,” said Maybin. “But at the end of the day X’s and O’s are only X’s and O’s. As players we’ve got to go out and make things happen.”

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Too many snaps for Buffalo's defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Night practice 2 and 4 ticket availability

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The Buffalo Bills announced that tickets will be made available for the July 30th and August 6th night practices during the Verizon Wireless Training Camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester beginning Friday, July 24th at 9:00 a.m. Tickets for all night practices are complimentary.

**Night Practice Date****Time****Availability Date****Price**Thursday, July 307:00-9:05 p.m.Friday, July 24ComplimentaryThursday, August 67:00-9:05 p.m.Friday, July 24Complimentary

Each ticket will be scanned at the entrance to the camp and no duplicate tickets will be allowed entry. Ticket orders for the night practices are limited to six (6) per person per practice. Tickets are available for the July 30th night practice by visiting any of the following Tops Friendly Markets locations:

**Address****City****Hours**710 Lake AvenueRochester, NYOpen 6 a.m. – midnight2345 Buffalo RoadRochester, NYOpen 24 hours6720 Pittsford/Palmyra RoadRochester, NYOpen 24 hours3201 Southwestern BoulevardOrchard Park, NYOpen 24 hours2101 Elmwood AvenueBuffalo, NYOpen 24 hours2351 Maple & TransitBuffalo, NYOpen 24 hours

The July 30th night practice will also feature a special Bills 50th Season celebration immediately after practice. The Bills players will model and unveil their new throwback jerseys, a special 50th Season video will be shown, Bills players will be introduced and speak to fans from a field stage, Rochester’s Empire Statesman Drum and Bugle Corps will play and a grand fireworks display will take place.

Tickets are available for the August 6th night practice by visiting either Bills Store locations:

Orchard Park, NY Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.One Bills Drive Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Victor, NY Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.7979 Pittsford-Victor Road Sunday 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

A limited number of July 25 and 26 Opening Weekend training camp practice tickets remain available. Fans may visit the Rochester Verizon Wireless Store locations for the Opening Weekend tickets. A list of the Verizon Wireless Store locations is available on Buffalobills.com in the Training Camp section.

The July 28 and Au seeking tdespite interest from Arsenal.Arsenal are believed to be keen on the 13-times capped defender, who was viewed as a potential upgrade on both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac by Unai Emery. Speaking to InterDipendenza.net, Ricardo Schlieper said: “No shed fringe players before the summer market shuts.The news however may spell the end for unpopular centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, whose Emirates future remains uncertain amid speculation over a move to Roma. Kroenke told BBC Sport: “I wgust 4 training camp night practice tickets are sold out.

As a long standing partner of the Bills, M&T Bank will staff a booth and supply an ATM for fans attending training camp. Fans may obtain information on the many products and services offered by M&T, the official bank of the Bills. Fans who open a new checking account will receive a free Bills white panel football while supplies last. Bills giveaways and raffle sign-ups will also be available for anyone who visits the booth.

Ticket availability for the final three night practices on Tuesday, August 11, Thursday, August 13 and Monday, August 17 will be announced each Tuesday beginning July 28 and ending on August 4. Tickets will be made available on each Friday following the Tuesday announcement through various Bills partners including Ticketmaster, Tops Markets, Delaware North Companies (Bills Team Stores), Verizon Wireless and Anheuser-Busch.

In addition, all of the daytime practices that are open to the public do not require tickets. For a complete listing ofau Lopez is aware of interest from Barcelona.The former Tottenham keeper is seen at Barca as a replacement for the wantaway Jasper Cillessen.Lopez told Sport: “I’m happy at Betis. I signed for five years and I have four left. I improved a lot and I f the training camp practice schedule and more information please visit the Buffalo Bills Verizon Wireless Training Camp page at .

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Roberto Martinez losing battle to save Everton job after questioning ‘desire’ of his players

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Having earlier seemed secure until at least the final home against Norwich City next Sunday, Martinez could now be gone sooner. The Everton board knows theelder Youri Tielemans.Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has told the board he wants Tielemans to remain at the club permanently after his impressive loan stint during the second half of the season at the King Power.Rodgers wants a deal completed as soon manager will face a hostile environment if he is still in charge at the end of this week.

As Martinez seeks a reprieve from the concerned Goodison hierarchy, rival candidates are manoeuvring into position with Ajax’s Frank De Boer publicly declaring his interest in the post.

Another dire performance has threatened to wreck Everton’s hopes of finishing in the top-half of the Premier League.

The Spaniard faced renewed calls for his dismissal from a mutinous travelling support and there appeared to be friction with midfielder Ross Barkley, who stormed down the tunnel after being substituted late in the game.

Martinez’s post-match press conference lasted only 104 seconds and he later insisted that Wednesday’s trip to Sunderland is now their biggest game of the season.

Sunderland could secure survival with a victory at the Stadium of Light but Martinez has demanded a response as he fights for his future.

“There is a lot riding on the game for us after the performance we had today, we need to react and we need to perform in the highest possible level,” he said.

“It is good that we have a game around the corner but the importance of our performance is as big as you could feel we had in any other day in the season. I expect to have a performance on Wednesday.

“We played last week and we had all the attributes you need to win a football game. Today is a contrasting performance, we got caught up into what was a celebration for the home team and we didn’t look ready.

“A young player who could maybe have been caught by the occasion was Matty Pennington and he was the only player who played with intent, with meaning and desire and it is a shame no one else on the pitch could match that focus.”

A ‘Martinez Out’ banner was unfurled in the away end towards the end of the game and Everton’s season has been one of dismal underachievement.

After losing the FA Cup semi-final Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis admits they were outbid by Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners paid €80m last week to land the Lille striker last week.De Laurentiis told Sky Italia: “I made an important offer for Pepé, but we have not managed to get him. “Arsenal has five times the income of Napoli, so they will have simply offered him more money. “No matter, we will find another Pepe.”against Manchester United, Martinez was targeting a top-ten finish as a means of saving the campaign. That now looks unlikely and supporter has been ebbing away at boardroom level.

Farhad Moshiri, the new major shareholder, has pledged to invest millions this summer but it noster City are at risk of a Champions League ban.The Mirror says City could reportedly face a Champions League ban if they are found guilty of financial irregularities.The Premier League champions have been under investigation by a regulatory committew seems certain Martinez will not be the man to take the club forward.

He also knows others are coveting the post and the board is assessing its options.

Ajax coach De Boer’s agent says his client would love to join Everton. He would be under consideration, alongside others of the calibre of Southampton’s Ronald Koeman.

“He would love to join a club like Everton or Valencia,” said De Boer’s agent Guido Albers. “It’s all about the right philosophy and how they play football. That is what Frank is looking for.”

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National championship: Projections favor Alabama, Clemson over Georgia, Ohio State and UCF

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The College Football Playoff is getting , and it’s the third time in the playoff era that these twh former manager Jose Mourinho.Mata was sold by Mourinho when the pair were at Chelsea, only for them to be reunited at Old Trafford two years later.In the latest extract from his new book, Suddenly a Footballer, Mata recalls his reunion with Mourinho teams will be meeting in the national championship. With No. 1 besting No. 4 and No. 2 handling No. 3  in the semifinals, these two programs are head and shoulders above everyone else right now. 

But what would it look like if this season’s national championship, played on Monday, Jan. 7, was different? What if , or — the three teams that at least had an argument to make the final four — wound up in the title game against either the Crimson Tide or Tigers? 

According to our simulations from SportsLine data analyst Stephen Oh, the upcoming national championship would still go chalk if it involved either Alabama or Clemson. Below is a table for all six possible matchups with accompanying win percentages and average scores. One thing to keep in mind is that you have to suspend a little disbelief here because we’re going straight to the title game; we’re not recreating the entire playoff field. These are numbers in a vacuum and should treated as such. 

MatchupWin percentageAvg. slham have signed Cardiff City striker Bobby Decordova-Reid on a season-long loan.Reid last played in the Championship in 2017/18 when he netted 19 league goals and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.The former Bristol City man last played in the Ccore

Alabama

81

32

Georgia

19

19

MatchupWin percentageAvg. core

Alabama

83

35

Ohio State

17

19

MatchupWin percentageAvg. score

Alabama

89

38

UCF

11

18

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Clemson

59

25

Georgia

41

22

MatchupWin percentageAvg. score

Clemson

61

27

Ohio State

39

22

MatchupWin percentageAvg. score

Clemson

67

29

UCF

33

21

As you can see, Alabama would still be sizable favorites against the three different opponents. Then again, Alabama would be a double-digit favorite against most teams in (for the record, Las Vegas books have the Tide as a 6.5-point favorite against the Tigers). Either way, Alabama would be projected to win at least 81 percent of the time in all three matchups with average scores ranging from 13 points against Georgia — the Tide needed a thrilling comeback to beat the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game 35-28 — to 20 points against UCF. 

Conversely, the Clemson projections run a little closer, which is to be expected. A Clemson-Georgia matchup would be the closest of all with an average point differential of only a field goal. However, a matchup with Ohio State or UCF still projects to end in single digits with the Tigers never winning more than 67 percent of the time. 

These are simulations, though, and Clemson just easily covered against Notre Dame, while Oklahoma kicked down the back door in its semifinal against Alabama. It would certainly be fun to get some different matchups in the championship game down the road, and if college football eventually expands to an eight-team playoff, maybe that’ll happen. 

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College Football Power Rankings: Alabama keeps rolling along as five new teams enter the fray

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Suddenly, we’re one-third of the way through the 2018 college football season. What do we know for sure already? Plenty, we think. Let’s take a quick look.

Alabama is so dominant that Nick Saban is pleading with the press not to compliment his team so much: “I would sort of appreciate it if you would … sort of look atRonaldinho and Deco during his time at the club.He played just 36 games during his four-year spell with the club, though was part of Pep Guardiola’s squad during the 2008/09 campaign before going on loan to Stuttgart, Birmingham City and Wolfsburg.Ho some of the things we didn’t do well,” he said after a 22-point win over Texas A&M.

Kentucky is worth watching. The Wildcats make their Power Rankings debut after a 28-7 win over Mississippi State. Give me Benny Snell Jr.’s ability and personality anytime. It is one of five new entries in this week’s top 25 of the Power Rankings.

All is not lost in the Pac-12. Stanford is the conference’s top team, solidly in the top 10 and has a quarterback in K.J. Costello to go along with quick-strike tailback Bryce Love.

Notre Dame has introduced itself as more than a fringe Playoff contender because of a dynamic quarterback named Ian Book. What is it about Brian Kelly not finding the right No. 1 guy at the beginning of the season? ()

The CFP Selection Committee already has something to think about. Let’s say it’s a choice between Oklahoma and … anybody. The Sooners fell into the trap of chasing Army’s option all over the field. It almost cost the Sooners in a 28-21 overtime win that avoided one of college football’s biggest upsets in years.

We are set up for our first Big Ten mega-matchup of the season: Ohio State at Penn State. The winner has the inside track in the Big Ten East … and a playoff berth.

Yup, even one-third of the way into the season.

Let’s take a look at the latest Power Rankings.

  1 For the first time this season, Bama failed to score 50 points. Texas A&M had the audacity to hang around until the second quarter. Anybody out there in Bama Nation panicking? Didn’t think so. You may have missed the fact Alabama will be a double-digit favorite against every remaining opponent. –11-2 2 It never rains in Tiger Stadium, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Louisiana Tech made a surprising run after being down 24-0. LSU committed its first turnover of the season (Joe Burrow interception) and Ed Orgeron grumbled. “Obviously, we’re not happy,” Coach O said of a 17-point win over the Bulldogs. Up next: An interesting SEC West battle with Ole Miss. –15-0 3 The Return of Urban Meyer looked a lot like Ryan Day never left. The Buckeyes slammed Tulane in a tune-up for a season-defining trip to Penn State. Just don’t let me hear anything about “redemption” for the sitting coach. The Athletic reported Saturday a plan is forming to make Day the coach-in-waiting. 113-1 4 Trevor Lawrence seems to have become the starting quarterback without starting. That was the takeaway from a four-touchdown win over Georgia Tech. Lawrence came off the bench to complete 13 of 18 for 173 yards. But you can’t just put Kelly Bryant on the bench … can you? 114-1 5 The Dawgs are vulnerable to the run! That’s one way of looking at it after a two-touchdown win at Missouri. Here’s another: Georgia already has four non-offensive touchdowns this season. –12-2 6 The Tigers don’t play a true road game until Oct. 6 at Mississippi State. They’d better take care of business. An unremarkable win over an unremarkable team (34-3 over Arkansas) keeps the Tigers in the SEC West hunt. 19-4 7 The Cardinal may have just become the Pac-12’s best playoff hope. A stunning comeback at Oregon made it so. After Justin Herbert missed on only two throws in regulation, the Stanford D forced him into five incompletions in overtime. 24-8 8 Looks like Brian Kelly has himself a quarterback. Ian Book threw for 325 yards in a rout of Wake Forest. Irish are suddenly back in the playoff race with Stanford coming up. –11-2 9 Did OU really run only 40 plays? Did Army almost beat its first top five team in 55 years? Yes to both. The Sooners just weren’t ready for the Black Knights’ clock-eating option. That’s why OU gets nicked here moving down three spots. 312-2 10 In a somewhat easy win over Kansas State, Bill Snyder may have provided the quote of the day: “I can’t coach a team that can’t get six inches on a play.” Sure the Wildcats failed in a first-half, fourth-down gamble, but that wasn’t the main reason the Mountaineers dominated 35-6. –5-der Paul Pogba this summer.Tuttosport says Juventus are determined to land a reunion with the player they sold to United for £89milSG star Neymar.Jesus scored a hat trick against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League yesterday.His goals got the Blues all three points in the fixture.And it means he is the fastest Brazilian to reach 10 Champions League goals, surpassing the mark slion back in 2016. Pogba has played a bit-part role at United this season due to troubles with injury but remains one 7 11 Hey, here’s a new one. Jake Browning was steady in a 27-20 win over Arizona State. Browning became the second Huskies quarterback in history to top 10,000 career passing yards in a 27-20 win over Arizona State. Linebacker Ben Burr-Kiven had 20 tackles. –8-5 12 I’ll say it again: The Knights can play with anyone in the country. The offense under McKenzie Milton is explosive. FAU couldn’t keep up in a 56-36 loss. The Knights are one of nine teams to average at least 50 points this season. Power Five chance this week with Pittsburgh coming in. 210-3 13 Goodness, that was a boat race in the second half Friday at Illinois — 32 total plays on six possessions produced 291 yards and six touchdowns. Nice message to send the Buckeyes. 211-2 14 The N’Kosi Perry era may have begun. The celebrated redshirt freshman threw for 224 yards in place of Malik Rosier. Miami beat FIU, and now Mark Richt says he has a decision to make at quarterback before Thursday’s game with North Carolina. 46-7 15 Go ahead and celebrate, Kentucky. The Wildcats are 2-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1977. A shutdown of Mississippi State sends a message for athletic directors everywhere: Patience. Mark Stoops may be turning the corner in Year 6. NR8-5 16 All that nostalgia from 1997? Forget it. Any similarity between Nebraska and its last national championship is an LSD-induced flashback. Michigan sent the Huskers to their first 0-3 start since 1945. 39-4 17 What would you expect of the Badgers after the BYU bummer? A workmanlike 28-17 win at Iowa seemed about right. Alex Hornibrook rebounded nicely completing 17 of 22 for 205 yards and three touchdowns. The Badgers continue to control their destiny in the Big Ten West. 610-4 18 Are the Longhorns back? Yes! Back in the polls, at least. Tom Herman’s biggest win since becoming Texas coach (over TCU) will have reverberations around the Big 12. One of them: The Texas-Oklahoma game on Oct. 6 just became a lot sexier. NR8-5 19 The Ducks may never forget this one. Up 24-7 at home, they watched Stanford methodically claw back to win in overtime 38-31. Bad clock management and questionable play calling allowed Stanford to tie it in regulation. 312-2 20 A tune-up win against McNeese State went about as expected. A visit to Washington is next. Kalani Sitake got an opportunity to empty the bench a bit on Saturday. NR7-6 21 The rain, the Wildcats and Benny Snell. In less-than-ideal conditions the Bulldogs were exposed at Kentucky. Snell, the SEC’s leading rusher, ran for four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, to seal the upset. 46-7 22 Bye. Sorry, you don’t play, you’re at the mercy of being moved around Buffaloes. Down two spots this week. CU hosts UCLA on Friday. 25-7 23 As much as the world likes to unload on Kliff Kingsbury’s defensive sensibilities, the win at Oklahoma State was one of the biggest of his career. The Cowboys were shut out in the second half at home in a 24-point loss. The Red Raiders (3-1) are undefeated under freshman QB Anthony Bowman. Their only loss is to Ole Miss. NR4-8 24 Pick up the pieces and get ready for Kansas. The 24-point loss to Texas Tech was Mike Gundy’s worst (by margin) since the 2016 Sugar Bowl loss to Ole Miss. 118-5 25 The Aztecs have one of the most physical teams in the nation. Without its starting quarterback and after blowing a two-touchdown lead at home, SDSU beat a stubborn Eastern Michigan in overtime. NR10-3

Out: Virginia Tech, TCU, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Boise State    

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Kyler Murray playing for Oklahoma is equal parts possibility and hypocrisy from NCAA

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quarterback will be making close to $5 million this year. That’s a fact, and perhaps a record for the Sooners’ . Somehow, the pillars of amateurism haven’t collapsed just yet.

You know, the pillars that say money is the root of all evil in college athletics, unless it is being made by those who control college athletics.

The pillars that hold up the NCAA’s amateur ideal. The disparate ideals that get a kid suspended taking a lunch from a booster, but allow that same millionaire to win a Heisman Trophy.

The pillars that prop up the NCAA’s indefensible version of amateurism.

The irony of Murray being an amateur college quarterback and a professional baseball outfielder at the same time is rife with equal parts possibility and hypocrisy.

Murray was by the Oakland Athletics. In the midst of competing for the starting quarterback job at Oklahoma, Murray signed his baseball contract on Friday. As a surprise top-10 pick, he will play one more season of before playing baseball for pay.

NCAA rules allow professionals in one sport to receive compensation while retaining college eligibility in another. Nothing new there except to question Oakland’s wisdom in allowing its top pick to put his body and baseball career at risk for one more season under center.

The likes of John Elway and have played pro baseball and college football at the same time, but perhaps never at this powerful of a program, at college football’s most important position or for this much money.

Murray signed for a reported $4.7 million, took batting practice with the A’s then declared, “Right now, it’s about getting ready to go win a [football] national championship.”

Just so as the Sooners know who’s paying for the after party.

Whether Murray wins the starting job at Oklahoma is sort of irrelevant. It’s what he represents. Whatever money he gets, he has earned. It’s that his teammates pretty much can’t (legally) earn a dime.

Aside from the head coaches and perhaps a coordinator or two, Murray will be the highest paid person on the field at his games this fall.

He will be a highly-compensated symbol for a system that has never been more under attack. How do you justify not paying players something further when a defensive coordinator ( Dave Aranda) is making more than 80 head coaches ($2.5 million)?

How do you deny them something more when last year it was revealed the .

“The optics are what the writers make of them,” Delany said smugly.

How is a scholarship enough when 29 NCAA football players have died — mostly in workouts — since 2000?

The walls are closing in on the NCAA. The administrators who continue to defend the system just have to know where they escape hatch is.

It’s been less than four years since a district court judge found the NCAA was in violation of anti-trust laws in the landmark O’Bannon trial. It seems inevitable that sooner or later players are going to be able to earn something from their name, image and likeness.

The argument against is practically neanderthal. president Harris Pastides testified in the O’Bannon case that payments “would create a wedge between those student athletes who receive the funds and those who don’t.”

In the same case, NCAA president Mark Emmert said payments would “certainly impact the way other student-athletes perceive them.”

The suits seem to be actually suggesting that paying players would divide a locker room. How preposterous.

In the case of Oklahoma, Murray might be the best chance the Sooners have of returning to the College Football Playoff. That’s not a locker room poison, that’s hope for life after .

It has come to this: Murray’s baseball salary allowed by the NCAA is literally the NCAA’s argument for corruption.

“Google the NCAA’s definition of amateurism,” said Gerald Gurney, University of Oklahoma assistant professor and NCAA reformer. “Essentially it says athletes should not be paid because they need to concentrate on schoolwork. They can’t juggle two balls at the sameGreenwood.The Sun says United are not planning on rewarding Greenwood with a new deal after his first-team breakthrough.Greenwood, 17, made four appearances for United last term and started against Cardiff on the final day.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitt time. That’s asinine and ridiculous.”

At first, it might seem the root of this discussion is NCAA rules allow an athlete to turn pro in one sport and retain amateur eligibility in another.

But the real argument is how much the public and fans can stomach any college athlete being paid before they’re not considered college (thus, amateur) athletes.

Apparently, quite a bit.

Cost of attendance provides players between $5,000 and $10,000 per year just for being … athletes.Bowl gifts — typically capped at $550 — are nothing more than rewards for playing football. Men’s and women’s Final Four participants have their own gift suites to enjoy. Sports Business Daily reported basketball players who win their regular-season conference, conference tournament and .All three military academies (, , ) routinely pay salaries to cadets in service to the country.Olympic stipends allowed by the NCAA range from the modest to the extravagant. swimmer for his home country of Singapore for winning Ole a new hero in Bruno Fernandes.The Portuguese, signed from Sporting Lisbon last month, scored his first goal for United in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford. And Crouch believes Fernandes’ bravado is exactly what the Red Devils have beenympic gold.Schools are allowed to pay five-figure insurance premiums of their prospects.One anonymous coach told me last year a player at  legally over the course of his career.

Most of these are not benefits allowed to the normal student. Just don’t ask the NCAA what a normal student is.

No one is going to deny that Murray deserves every penny he can get from the A’s. It’s only because he plays a different sport that he is not considered corrupted by NCAA standards.

“It’s very confusing,” Kyle Parker said.

Parker might be the best and most recent comparison to Murray. The former quarterback played football after getting a $1.4 million bonus with the in 2010.

After six years spent mostly in the minors, he returned to Clemson in 2017 to complete his degree.

“It’s leaning more toward the athlete,” Parker said, “but it’s still completely lopsided how much money college athletes make and [how much schools] generate off of amateur [athletes].”

In a way, it’s not a matter of paying players, it’s about semantics. What one man calls improper compensation, another calls amateurism.

“I have no issue with Kyler Murray at all,” Gurney said. “This is a demonstration of the NCAA’s inconsistent and ridiculous definition of amateurism.”

Parker said he was offered endorsements as a baseball player but th the Azzurri.“My relationship with Naples is normal,” he told Otto Channel.“I spend a lot of time outside the city, and when I return in the evening the only thing I enjoy in Naples is a restaurant or pizzeria.“This city could be nicer with scouldn’t accept them because he was still playing college football.

The same standard would apply to Murray.

“Any kind of advertising that you would have cashed in on playing in a big league city, you have to decline,” Parker said.

More absurdity. As a football player, Murray cannot accept so much as a free burger from a booster. As a baseball player, he has enough money to buy his entire offensive line a steak dinner. I’m getting headaches just writing about it.

For 50 years, until 1956, the NCAA essentially banned players from getting anything in outside compensation.

Now? Some players are sending cash home because of the myriad ways they can get money.

Some of the progress is common sense. Some of it reflects increasing pressure from the courts. All of it is way overdue.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby perhaps provided the most insight. He told the reform-minded Knight Commission college athletes are neither pros nor amateurs.

“I think it’s a completely different genre of his own,” Bowlsby said. “It doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world …”

Maybe that’s the biggest problem. Kyler Murray isn’t the outlier. The system is.

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Las Vegas shooting: UNLV to wear helmets featuring a ribbon instead of its logo

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will be hosting at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night, and it will do so wearing special helmets to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vets it was a real physical battle on Saturday – particularly against Andy Carroll.He said: “Big Andy did me in the first few minutes — I’ve still got whiplash from that one. We get bumps and bruises but get back up and win football matches. “I didn’gas on Sunday nnjuries to Emerson and Andreas Christensen.Both po 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, everythinglayers were substituted in the first-half on Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “Emerson is a similar injury to what he had, with a muscle. “When you do that it meansight.

The matte black helmets feature a red ribbon with “Las Vegas” written on it as opposed to the typical team logo.

There were 59 people killed and more than 500 injured when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a concert from his 32nd-floor hotel room on the Las Vegas strip. The death toll from the shooting makes it the largest massacre in United States history.

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

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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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WATCH: Arkansas’ Bret Bielema has hot takes on eggnog during the holidays

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Orange juice isn’t just for breakfast anymore, and eggnog isn’t just for the holiday season — at least according to Bret Bielema. The Arkansas coach went on an inspired rant about eggnog and when/where it’s acceptable. In short, Ber United star Dimitar Berbatov has revealed his way of celebrating his first league title win.The Bulgarian claimed the honor at the end of the 2008-2009 season, when United won their third successive Premier League trophy.And he revealed that he coielema is of the “do you” belief in which eggnog is drinkable whenever, wherever.

Eggnog in July seems like a bad idea, but if that’ progress.The defender is starring on-loan with Leeds UnitoriaGuimaraes in Portugal to draw this Europa League tie 1-1.Shkodran Mustafi had provided the Gunners with the breakthrough with an unmarked header from a Nicolas Pepe free-kick with 10 minutes to go.But Vitoria came to life in the closing stages ited this season.Potter said: “It’s a great experience for him at Leeds.“It’s why you go on loan, to have that challenge.“He’s done really well and now they have a chance to get to the Pres Bielema’s M.O., by all means, go for it.

So don’t be surprised if Bielema is drinking something other than Gatorade in those little cups on the sideline during the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 against Virginia Tech.

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Five reasons you should be watching college football in Week 2

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Week 1 of the college football season was paraded as its best ever. It only makes sense that the follow-up week is downright dreadful. You know, law of averages and all that.

But I’m here to tell you that while has never loved you back, rarely has it ever fully disappointed, either.

Sure, Week 2 doesn’t look promising at a glance. Troy vs. Clemson? UTEP vs. Texas? Nicholls State vs. Georgia? There are dozens more of those types of games. No thanks.

Despite all that, however, there are reasons to watch on Saturday. We’ve compiled five of them, hoping to restore your faith in what this beautiful and crazy sport can do.

In fact, there’s a good one potentially between Arkansas and TCU in Fort Worth (7 p.m. ET). Both teams struggled in Week 1. The Razorbacks needed a late rally to upend Louisiana Tech 21-20 while the Frogs needed a late surge to put away South Dakota state 59-41. Certainly, both teams must play better this week or the outcome won’t be as friendly. Still, this is a fun clash of styles between Arkansas’ ground-and-pound vs. TCU’s spread. Neither team is a stranger to quirky endings, either.

Sometimes, the crappiest weeks on paper end up producing the wildest finishes.I can’t tell you which game this is going to be, bno Ronaldo has thanked Juventus fans after a successful first season in ItalyRonaldo won the Scudetto with Juve and set several personal records after joining from Real Madrid last year.He posted to social media: “What an unforgettable season!” wrout I am confident it’s going to happen. That’s basic odds-making. Last year, Week 2 actually produced a number of unexpectedly close games, including Auburn’s 27-20 overtime victory over Jacksonville State. And it was two years ago when Virginia Tech went into Columbus and shocked Ohio State 35-21.

There’s no trend capable of predicting where the next upset or near-upset will occur. You’re just going to have to tune in to find out because it’s going to happen to some team. Just hope it’s not yours.

Tennessee-Virginia Tech (7 p.m. ET) should young fullback Brandon Williams plays like a South American.Williams, 19, only made his United bow against Rochdale in the League Cup on September 25 but is poised to make his full Premier League debut against Brighton since Ashley Young is suspende pique your interest anyway, but the fact that this thing is being played in Bristol Motor Speedway is Vaudeville-esque. We’ve had football games in baseball stadiums and overseas, but this is tops as far as off-the-wall venues go. Put another way, holding a game a week early in Australia is now the second-most interesting thing college football has scheduled this year.

There are so many questions involved with this. What will the sight lines be like? Will people even know what’s going on? Even if the speedway is packed, will there be crowd noise? Just look at this…

Final Fours held at indoor football stadiums think this is absurd.

The first hope is that the game itself lives up to the hype, but you should tune in just to see what a football game in the middle of an arena looks like.

We are here for all the goodness that is #Pac12AfterDark. The late-night specialty has a knack for producing outcomes dabbling in the obscure and outrageously hilarious. You like 500 yards passing? You got 500 yards passing. Want 17 points in Carlo Ancelotti gives them an advantage.“I am convinced that we have an advantage compared to the teams that have hired new Coaches,” Insigne told Gazzetta dello Sport.“This is a squad that has been working together for five or six years, we chathe final two minutes? They’re yours.

Late-night kickoffs in Week 2 are excellent. Texas Tech at Arizona State (10 p.m. ET) could hit 100 total points… by the third quarter. Washington State at Boise State (10:15 p.m. ET) is mixing Mike Leach and, well, Boise State. Expect at least two trick plays and probably a failed two-point conversion that’s taken back by the defense for a score. Someone’s going to pass for 400 yards in this game and still lose. Meanwhile, Cal at San Diego State (10:30 p.m. ET) is a good opportunity to see one of the more underrated players in the country, Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphery, who will be going up against a Cal defense that allowed 6.53 yards per rush… against Hawaii.

Plus Cal quarterback Davis Webb’s headshot!

As you can see, the games kick off within 30 minutes of each other. The potential for absurd endings within a close proximity of one another is high. And before you gripe about 2:30 a.m. game endings, remember that Week 1 also near the witching hour.

Conference realignment has been one of the worst things to happen to college football. That is the truth and I will die on the hill saying so, because no other shift in the sport has taken away so many great rivalries. Thankfully, some of those long-standing games will be restored on Saturday. The heated rivalries to watch are…

This game used to matter in college football back when Pennsylvania, not the Southeast, was one of the premier college football settings. These teams last played in 2000 and Penn State holds the overall series lead at 50-42-4.

The Holy War is intense. perhaps more so than people realize nationally. Conference realignment is an especially touchy subject here with Utah now among the Power Fives while BYU hopes desperately it receives an invite to join the Big 12. Utah beat BYU 35-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl last season.