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Frank Lampard makes no excuses after Bournemouth condemn Chelsea to fourth league defeat in five


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rank Lampard was not in the mood for excuses after watching hiss, which is quickly eating away at what had been a healthy top-four cushion.

Lampard could easily have joined the group of managers who have pointed at the Video Assistant Referee following defeats. He could have questioned the atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge that often seems flat on a Saturday afternoon. He might also have blamed physical and mental fatigue his young players might be suffering.

But Lampard was having none of it. He sympathised with the supporters who had been waiting for a moment of magic that never came and he told his players that they need to show some “balls” when teams like West Ham United, Everton and now Bournemouth set up to make life difficult for them.

All three clubs had been struggling for form and confidence before facing Chelsea and yet all three beat Lampard’s team. and an injury list that grew to 10 players, when Joshua King was forced off.

King had three times threatened to go through on Chelsea’s goal before being replaced, but Dan Gosling managed to find an unlikely late winner for the visitors that was awarded by VAR following a lengthy check.

here was no booing at the final whistle, just as there had been very little in the way of energy from the stands at the start, but Lampard said: “I don’t blame the fans. I’m a Chelsea man and I will be the first one to say the fans were flat today and we needed them. But today I’m never going to say that because if I’m a fan sitting there today, I’d also say ‘pfft, too slow. Centre back to centre back, full back with the manner of victory over Norwich City on the weekend.The Blades are back at Bramall Lane this weekend for the visit of Aston Villa, who joined United and Norwich in the Premier League this term after winning last season’s Championship play-ofto full back, back to centre back, back to full back and I don’t want to come and see that’.

“So I won’t blame the fans, they come here to support the team, they will come to Tottenham next week, they will go to Southampton on Boxing Day ahampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Before defeat to Everton on Saturday, the fullback declared he would be leaving at the end of the season when his contract expires.Speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport, Sutton said: “You’ve got to question some of the playend some responsibility is on the players to excite them, to have the personality and the balls to take the ball in an area and beat someone or play forwards. That’s up to the players as well, it’s a joint thing.”

t must be a worry for Lampard that Chelsea have not. And the Blues have not led at home in the Premier League since the draw with Sheffield United at the end of August.

Lampard said: “I don’t know about fear, but in front of our own fans it’s clear now we aren’t playing well enough and getting enough results. Today wasn’t a ‘we’re creating loads of chances day’, we created two or three great chances and we need to take them if we want to improve.

“But today we just didn’t get the fans excited enough. The fans shouldn’t be excited if we’re going to play 10 balls across our back four. They shouldn’t be. I think that’s not the team I want to manage.”

ournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale had to make a brilliant point-blank save from Emerson Palmieri, but, other than that, he enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon.

Abraham twice missed the target, sweeping a Cesar Azpilicueta cross wide and heading over the crossbar, but he was often isolated as Wilian, Christian Pulisic and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi failed to make an impact.

Other than struggling in attack, Chelsea are panicky at the back as proven by the fact they have kept one clean sheet in their last 12 games. On Saturday, the defence were caught out by a Jefferson Lerma header over the top.

Chelsea defenders, plus the assisponed their upcoming Under-23s game against Swansea City.The Red Devils’ youngsters were set to play against the Swans in Premier League 2 on Friday.But the game is now postponed for a later date.The issue is due to the visitors Swansea having an illtant referee on the far side who raised his flag, thought Gosling was offside but the midfielder brilliantly hooked the ball back over himself and Kepa Arrizabalaga to find the net. Following a long VAR check, the goal was given to the delight of Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

“We needed it,” said Howe. “Certainly for a while, today has been the best we have fought, the best we’ve competed, the most desire I have seen from the group. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel there has been a lack of effort, but when things have gone against us, there has been a feeling of everything is conspiring to try to break us. Today we never had those moments and were able to build the other way.”

ottenham can now cut the gap between themselves and Chelsea to just three points, ahead of next week’s clash between the two clubs, by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. But, of course, Jose Mourinho is already well aware of that.

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Top 10 reasons why Bills-Raiders is a must-watch matchup


10. White on blue

For this week’s contest, the Bills boys will be wearing a white on blue uniform combination. Take a look.

After two consecutive victories against AFC opponents, the Bills are looking to secure a third against a tough Oakland squad on Sunday. With the Raiders sitting at 9-2 in the competitive AFC West, the Bills will have their work cut out for them and will be ready to rise to the occasion.

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For a few Bills players and coaches, Oakland is far from uncharted territory. Bills sack leader LB Lorenzo Alexander is a native of Berkeley, Calif. and also spent the 2015 season with the Raiders. Additionally, Bills assistant head coach/defense Rob Ryan, wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, outside linebackers coach Jeff Weeks and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer all spent time on Oakland’s coaching staff.

Buffalo’s offensive line will be tasked with containing one of the NFL’s top pass rushers in DE Khalil Mack this weekend. Coming ofgainst Newcastle United.The United right back has been excellent defensively this season, but has seemed tentative going forward.He was at his explosive best against the Magpies, getting an assist for Marcus Rashford’s header that sealed the win for f an elite Week 12 performance, the University at Buffalo product will look to disrupt Buffalo’s rhythm. It won’t be easy, but the Bills are up for the challenge.

One of the biggest surprises on Buffalo’s offense this season has been wide receiver Justin Hunter. Signed in late September to help bolster the team’s receiving corps, Hunter has managed four touchdowns on just seven receptions. With those stats, expect Hunter to continue to find the end zone.

In Week 13, players around the NFL will be able to showcase the causes they are passionate about through the “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative.  The league-wide program allows each participant to customize their cleats and wear them during the game. Several members of the Buffalo Bills will be taking part in the campaign to help share their unique stories and raise awareness for various causes.

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It’s no secret that Bills running back LeSean McCoy is on a roll. The eliteclash with crosstown rivals Manchester United. The Belgian was absent for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth-round. And manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed DeMarcus McGuane has ended his loan with Telstar.McGuane’s time at Barcelona has come to an end, reports Sport.He signed in January 2018 from Arsenal but after being loaned out to Telstar, in Holland, he’s ready to sign permanently for Nottingham Fores Bruyne has suffered an injury.”He [Kevin de Bruyne] fell down ball carrier has already racked up four 100-yard rushing performances this season and he’s ready to make it five.

In his first game back since he was placed on the injured reserve list in September, Bills top wide out Sammy Watkins definitely made an impact. On just three receptions, Watkins racked up 80 yards and helped the Bills come away with a Week 12 win. Although he’s listed as questionable to play in Oakland, the Bills expect that the difference maker will take the field.   

1. Playoff implications

At 6-5, the Bills are in eighth place in the AFC and still very much alive in the hunt for the playoffs. Aware that they’ll need to continue to stack up wins to earn a trip to the postseason, the Bills are prepared to do what it takes.

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Premier League decides against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve


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As it is, they will be putting the Leicester City v Manchester United game up against primetime Saturday television. The BT game at 5.30pm on Dec 23 is Burnley v Tottenham ed a new one-year deal with Chelsea.During his time as a Chelsea player, Giroud has become a World Cup winner with France and has continued to perform well on the European stage at club level, scoring 10 key part of Rafael Benitez’s Reds side that won the Champions League, the goalkeeper believes history is repeating itself.”It’s similar,” Reina tells “It’s good for football itself. That’s where Liverpool belongs and hopefully it wi times in the Europa League this season while hHotspur.

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust had been lobbying on behalf of fans over the Christmas Eve plans, with a survey showing that 99 per cent did not want the game played at 4pm on that day and almost half woulith a La Masia move.Sport says Kluivert remains the favourite to become the new Director of La Masia at FC Barcelona. The Dutch legend rumoured to be finalising the minor details of his contract and the club hopes to make an official announcement on d not attend. 

As part of the Premier League’s £5.135 billion broadcast deal, Sky owns the rights to three matches each weekend; usually two on a Sunday and one on a Saturday. Christmas Eve fell previously on a Sunday in 2006 and 2000 but Sky had exclusive domestic rights and so could happily move their televised fixtures to the Saturday.

The situation will not again arise on a Sunday until 2023. Liverpool and Arsenal are obliged to make every effort to meet the requirements of broadcasters; and clubs receive additional payments of more than £1 million for each televised game.

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Jurgen Klopp: No price could tempt Liverpool to sell Philippe Coutinho… who would we replace him with?


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“Our goal is to have the best possible team. So we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.”

Klopp indicated one of the issues is how little opportunity Liverpool would have to replace a player of Coutinho’s class with only three weeks left in the transfer d AC Milan scouting chief is well aware of talk of Messi becoming unsettled at the Nou Camp.Braida told Radio Anch’io Sport: “Leo is an extraordinary player, we all know that. In Barcelona he is doing too well, he as well as his family, and it is verwindow.

He has been frustrated already with his and Virgil van Dijk, whose valuations demonstrate Klopp still has a kitty well in excess of £100 million at his disphristian Eriksen has backed up the Dane’s words today about leaving Tottenham.Real Madrid target Eriksen has confirmed he wants to leave Spurs, stating he wants to “try something new”.And Martin Schoots told the London Evening Standard: “Last seaosal this summer.

He would have almost double that if he sold Coutinho, but s a necessary decision for the club’s future.”There’s no doubt it’s harsh from a human and personal perspective,” he said.”I get that. But I’ve got to make a professional decision and what I think is best for the football club is not perhaps what thesecuring players has been a problem and Liverpool could .

Klopp is exploring which players to add, not sell his senior stars.

“Today no player on the planet is untouchable. But a transfer is also a question of timing and if you have the opportunity and the need to react to such a transfer,” said Klopp.

“Also you have to ask, if you have the time to react. But just because of one request of one club, we don’t have to think about that. We are not in that situation.

“Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.”

Barcelona are expected to return with a bid nearer £100 million, but Liverpool’s response will be the same.

Coutinho has been reporting for training every day as normal but he has a back injury which makes it unlikely he will face Watford this weekend.

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Glenn, Urbik likely to miss two weeks


They both left with ankle sprains in Sunday’s game and did not return. According to head coach Chan Gailey right guard Kraig Urbik and left tackle Cordy Glenn will both be on the shelf for the next couple of games.

“It may be two (weeks) minimum on both of them, but we’re not going to rule out the second game today,” said Gailey Monday. “I’ve not been very good about doing that lately, so we’re going to say it’s probably two but I don’t know about that.”

Urbik left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with what he confirmed was a high-ankle sprain. He was hobbling around the locker r behind the rest of the players in terms of fitness having joined up with them after taking part in the Copa America with Chile. He suffered a hamstring injury in his final game of the competition which also set him back.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists oom Monday in an immobilizer boot.

“It’s always a disappointment toor Nolito.Celta are enjoying an impressive transfer window and are in talks with Sevilla to sign Nolito.”We have to see them reach an agreement, Sevilla and Celta, and in turn our club with Nolito. I would like him to come back, as I said last season lose a game like that and to go out in the first quarter like that is always heartbreaking to not finish the game,” said Urbik. “I’m going to take it day by day and see how it goes from here on out.”

For Urbik the injury is particularly frustrating because it’s the third straight season he’s missed time due to injury. He missed three games last season and was placed on injured reserve toward the end of the 20 with Sergio Guardiola about his journey from Spain’s fourth tier Tercera to leading the line in the LaLiga, his career hopes – and of course, we ask the striker about playing for his idol Ronaldo – the president of Real Valladolid.A: Well, it’s a dr10 season.

“You can’t really avoid it if a guy falls on your legs,” he said. “It’s a part of football and it happens sometimes and unfortunately it’s happened to me each of the past three years.”

Urbik will be replaced in the lineup by veteran Chad Rinehart, who has appeared in 20 games for the Bills over the past two seasons.

Glenn’s injury was also an ankle, as he too had his leg rolled up on from behind at the end of a pass play late in the third quarter.

The left tackle walked off the field under his own power, but his ankle was bent awkwardly inward as it was caught under the pile on a Ryan Fitzpatrick sack.

Glenn will be replaced by Chris Hairston, who started seven games at left tackle last season.

S Jairus Byrd, TE Scott Chandler and WR Donald Jones all left Sunday’s game with injuries. Byrd’s hip contusion is not considered serious.

“It’ll take a few days to get it moving again, but I think he’ll be fine,” said Gailey.

Gailey said all indications are Chandler and Jones will be fine looking ahead to the team’s Week 5 game at San Francisco. 

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Bills show lots of thanks and giving


Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller remembers his mom’s home cooking and her sweet potato pie for his Thanksgiving. This and many other Thanksgiving memories were stirred up at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center (NWBCC) on November 23, 2010 as the Buffalo Bills Toyota Rookie Club served their 10th Annual Rookie Club Thanksgiving dinner for over 300 children and their families.

Bills players in attendance included C.J. Spiller, Torell Troup, Ed Wang, Arthur Moats, Alex Carrington, Antonio Coleman, David Nelson, Levi Brown, Marcus Easley, Dominique Harris, Cordero Howard, Donald Jones, Danny Batten, Montez Billings, Naaman Roosevelt and John Russell.

The support of the Bills was noticed and appreciated by the players.

“I still can’t get over how supportive the community of Buffalo is to the Bills,” said Troup. “Despite records or what happens on the field, this community will never turn their back on us. Because they are so supportive of us I can’t help but give back to the community as well. This community has left an imprint in all of us and I will always remember nights like tonight.”

The gym at the NWBCC was jam packed like never before but there was plenty of food for everyone. Ms. Juanita Anderson, who is largely responsible for all of the delicious food and cooking at the event, was presented with a personalized #10 Bills jersey by the Bills players.

“Ms. Anderson definitely knows how to cook and the fact she cooked for over 300 people is amazing,” said Moats. “We passed out Thanksgiving dinners to those who may not have the opportunity to have another meal on Thursday. It was really special for us because we got to sit with them and eat with everyone who came out tonight.”

After the dinner, the Bills rookies introduced themselves and said what they were most thankful for this year.

Wide receiver Donald Jones, who was excited to score his first career touchdown last weekend, is also very excited to spend his first Thanksgiving with his newborn son. All of the players were looking forward to spending some time with their family and eating a good home cooked meal from their mothers.

The players, children and their famig pitch after their 1-1 draw with Valencia.Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata have been misfiring this season and although the former opened the scoring on Saturday with a penalty against Valencia, his first home goal of the season, they’re not deliveringli defender Matthijs de Ligt has hit out at Manchester United.The former Ajax captain moved to Juve last week and revealed he was aware of the story that United chose not to move for him as a junior over predictions he would put on weight later in his es all had a fun time, but it was the food and fond memories that everyone was talking about.

“The Bills rookies came along to show their appreciation and celebrate thanks and show how thankful they are for everything,” said Diamond Solomon, 17, and NWBCC member. “Ms. Anderson did some great cooking and definitely got people fed tonight and my favorite part was the eating part – everything was delicious!”

“For us to come and spend time and share a piece of our Thanksgiving with them is a very humbling experience and a very joyful experience,” said David Nelson. “It’s something I will remember forever.”

The Bills were active in a host of other Thanksgiving related events this past week.  Some of those events included:

Players and coaches donated money for Thanksgiving meals from Tops Friendly Markets on November 22, 2010 for the Valley Community Center in Buffalo.  75 large meals were donated by John Gamble, Eric Ciano, George Cortez, Bob Sanders, George Edwards, Reggie Torbor, Akin Ayodele and Andra Davis.  Each meal included a 25 – 30 pound turkey, 12 fresh bakery rolls, 10 pounds of potatoes, three cans of green beans, three cans of corn, two cans of homestyle gravy, two cans of cranberry sauce, two boxes of stuffing, a gallon of apple cider, a gallon of fruit punch, one apple pie, and one pumpkin pie!With the help of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, the Food Bank of Weante admits winning trophies with his teammates is what he values most as a footballer.While the French midfielder has received several individual accolades including the Footballer of the Year award in 2016/17, it is the team prizes he treasures mosstern New York and the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, safety George Wilson donated 100 “boxes of love” (turkey dinners) to select families on November 21, 2010 as part of his SAFETY Foundation and Home for the Holidays program.Cornerback Drayton Florence donated 110 turkey dinners to students and their families in the local “Take Stock in Children” program in Ocala, Florida on November 22, 2010.Bills alumni Booker Edgerson, Ed Rutkowski and Lou Piccone served up turkey dinners at the Buffalo City Mission on November 16, 2010 for the annual Thanksgiving Community Meal.Bills alumni Booker Edgerson, Charley Ferguson, Bob Dugan, Ed Rutkowski, Ernie Warlick, Hilton Crawford, Will Fowler and others were on hand to distribute Thanksgiving packages with all the trimmings to over 60 needy families at the Urban Christian Ministries (UCM) Center in Buffalo on November 23, 2010.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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. 

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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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Notre Dame is running out of reasons to keep Brian Kelly after latest indiscretion


The totality of Brian Kelly’s nearly seven years at Notre Dame have been marked by multiple scandals, the newest of which involves academic misconduct. As far as Kelly’s tenure is concerned, it’s another demerit for a coach that has been a part of two bad ones already.

Actually, “bad” doesn’t even do them justice. But more on those later.

The that Notre Dame must vacate up to two full years of football victories, including games from its 2012 national title runner-up season, as punishment. The crux of the misconduct stems from a former student athletic trainer who completed coursework for two student-athletes; additionally, the former trainer provided “six other football student-athletes with impermissible academic extra benefits.” Some of the athletes took part in misconduct on their own as well.

The NCAA can punish Notre Dame how it sees fit. It can fine the Irish $5,000. It can publicly reprimand the university. It can enforce a two-year show-cause for the former trainer. And, yes, it can take away the wins. Few outside of the NCAA, the school and maybe some fans likely care about the sanctions anyway.

The bigger issue is that Notre Dame is dealing with yet another off-field issue with Kelly in charge. Barring a change of heart from the administration, however, it appears for now as though Kelly will survive this.

There’s a reason, of course. said it best: “Kelly is unequivocally Notre Dame’s best coach since Lou Holtz.” He’s a brilliant coach who rose from the Division II ranks at Grand Valley State — where he won two national titles — to the pinnacle of at Notre Dame.

Still, Kelly’s ever-growing legacy is complicated. He has just two seasons of at least 10 wins in South Bend, but he did take the Irish to a national championship appearance; of course, that season is on its way to being vacated now. This year, the Irish are 4-7 and are guaranteed their first losing season since 2007.

There are the controversies, too. There have been since Year 1.

In October of 2010, Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old Notre Dame student, was killed while filming the team’s practice when the hydraulic scissor lift he was on crashed due to high wind gusts exceeding 50 mph. Kelly said in the following days that despite the weather conditions.

Notre Dame later that “There are many people that will carry that for the rest of their lives.”

T believes Mason Greenwood deserves his first-team chance at Manchester United.But the Geordie has warned the teenager over the pressures of Premier League stardom.With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both struggling for fitness while midfielder Phen there’s the Lizzy Seeberg story published by .

The Seeberg case was, in the big picture, far more about Notre Dame’s failures than Kelly individually. However, the coach caught heat — deservedly so — because Shembo “stayed silent about the accusations under orders” from Kelly. Shembo in the lead-up to the 2014 .

So when put in context, academic misconduct is far down the list of important issues Notre Dame has faced in recent years. However, given Dani Ceballos will make his debut for Arsenal against Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.Ceballos has joined the Gunners on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.The Spaniard will take the number eight jersey vacated by Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal-Liverpool-Chelsea-Barcelona-Gossip-Latest”>The Expresssays Arsenal fans won’t have to wait long to see their second signing of the summer.its academic reputation, it is an issue the university takes seriously.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said as that Kelly will “lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year.” The “dreaded vote of confidence” is , but the misconduct “has nothing to do with me and my status here … Any negative criticism that’s out there about me right now is because we’re 4-7.”

Sure. In Kelly’s defense, he’s not the one committing the misconduct. But the best way to describe a coach’s role in these types of situations is that while they’re not “responsible” per se, they are “accountable.”

Over the course of the last six years, Kelly hacardi to leave.Wanda Nara, the wife and agent of the striker, has stated Icardi is staying.But Marotta says: “We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.“I can also categorically deny that somes been at least partially accountable for some dark days at Notre Dame. At some point, Notre Dame has come to a conclusion whether it will hold Kelly (and itself) accountable for those things. If nothing else, he doesn’t seem interested in doing it himself.

This isn’t the worst moment for Kelly and Notre Dame. Those were years ago, and if there were ever reasons to fire Kelly, they would have been it. This is, however, the latest incident. And they eventually add up quicker than many realize.

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CBS Sports 2015-16 All-Bowl team: ACC edges SEC with most players


The ratings were down for the New Year’s Six. There were too many blowouts and too many games overall, but the bowl season still left us with some spectacular individual performances.

Here are the 27 best players from an (overall) entertaining bowl season: the 2015-16 CBS Sports All-Bowl team.

It makes sense that the two conferences with teams in the Playoff National Championship (ACC, SEC) placed the most players on the team with seven for the ACC and six for the SEC.

So let’s get to it. (And yes, we’re counting the CFP National Championship as a bowl game for these purposes.)

There’s a reason Watson’s name was trending alongside Vince Young’s during the title game. Watson turned in a VY-esque performance with 478 yards of total offense. That was a national title game record since the start of the BCS era (1998). If not for special teams busts, Watson may have led the Tigers to the title. He gets another chance in 2016.

Remember him? We had Fournette winning the Heisman Trophy halfway through the season. He ended up leading the nation in rushing, going for 212 yards and four touchdowns against Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl. Can’t wait to see what will certainly be his final college season in ’16.

Coach Art Briles is onto another innovation. Missing his top two quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, he ran the ball. And he ran and he ran again. Jefferson was one of five players to line up in the Wildcat, rushing for 299 yards and three touchdowns against North Carolina.

In a blowout loss to LSU in the Texas Bowl, Grant caught 10 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns. Grant led the Big 12 with 90 catches and had 254 for his career.

aff to quit for Manchester United.Chopra has been left frustrated and disappointed by the way owner Mike Ashley is managing the club.And he told the Evening Chronicle: “I would go. What is keeping him at Newcastle United? They have no ambition.”At le Justin Fuente inherits quite a weapon. Ford, a sophomore, went for career highs in catches (12) and yards (227) in the Independence Bowl win against Tulsa.

Going into the playoff, Howard had largely been ignored as a weapon. Against Michigan State and Clemson, he caught eight passes for 267 yards, scoring two touchdowns — his first in two years. Howard had 44 percent of his season output in the playoff. Not bad. Even better? Howard, a junior, is staying in school.

The performance by the Outland Trophy winner in the Rose Bowl win over Iowa . “We want Bama!”? Dude, perhaps you should have played them.

The Eagles’ highest-graded O-lineman from the GoDaddy Bowl. The 295-pound Kwon helped spring quarterback Favian Upshaw for 199 yards and four touchdowns vs. Bowling Green. The Eagles’ 58 points were a bowl high.

The Bears’ All-America tackle had five knockdown blocks and graded out at 91 percent in the decimation of North Carolina (645 rushing yards).

LT started the season in trouble with the NCAA. He ended it with a Big Guy touchdown against Oklahoma State. That clinches his spot on the all-bowl team.

In the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Bulldogs’ for more kids to make their breakthrough this season.Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all been given their chances in the early stages of this season and they have rewarded that faith. Andreas Christensen, who established himself inleft tackle held national sack leader Carl Nassib without a tackle in Georgia’s 24-17 win over Penn State.

In only 59 snaps, the Cougars defensive end had a sack, three hurries and eight tackles on running plays. According to ProFootballFocus, the 6-foot-7, 280-pounder had his highest grade of the season against Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Rose Bowl defensive MVP with 10 tackles, 3.5 for a loss. In the last two games of his career, the All-Pac 12 performer had 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

A big reason why the Vols are favored to win the SEC East in 2016. In a blowout win over Northwestern, Barnett had eight tackles, a forced fumble and a sack.

Three sacks and 8.5 TFLs vs. Alabama. Along with Shaq Lawson, practically unstoppable in the natty.

The former bad boy at TCU had eight tackles, three sacks and two PBUs against Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. The eight tackles tied a career high.

In arguably the most dominating defensive performance of the bowl season, the Broncos destroyed Northern Illinois 55-7 in the Poinsettia Bowl, holding the Huskies to all of 33 yards. Gray, a senior, had seven tackles, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.

The former national defensive player of the year went out with 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles and two sacks against New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl.

After quarterback Gary Ward Jr., Jackson, a cornerback, might have been Tom Herman’s best player. In the Peach Bowl against Florida State, Jackson made 10 tackles, had two interceptions and broke up two passes.

The Noles’ safety may have had the most dominant bowl game by a defensive back. Houston got most of the attention for upsetting FSU. But don’t blame James. He made 14 tackles, including a TFL, had a sack and knocked down a pass.

Yes, there two Cougars in the all-bowl defensive backfield. Stewart picked off two passes and recovered a fumble — a school-record 10th of his career — againh to take.Tielemans has been a substitute for four of the club’s last eight Premier League matches, including their most recent two outings, against Norwich and Aston Villa.“It is true that, personally, I have played less,” Tielemans told Sport/Foost the Noles.

Matched up with Notre Dame star Will Fuller, the Buckeyes’ corner allowed him only five catches for 32 yards. Apple also made five tackles to become the Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP.

A 66 percent career kicker (not great) and the guy who will forever be known as the beginning of the Kick Six (missed 60-yard field goal against Auburn), Griffith perfectly executed one of the most audacious trick plays of the BCS era. His onside kick against Clemson landed perfectly in the arms of Marlon Humphrey, turning the, uh, Tide in the fourth quarter of a tie game.

It’s tough to beat Tom Hackett of Utah’s 50 yards per punt average and 21-yard fake punt run, but Teasdall did. He booted a long punt of 57 in the title game and .

Derrick Henry’s tailback caddy broke open the CFP National Championship with a 95-yard fourth-quarter kickoff return for a touchdown against Clemson. A living, breathing example of why it’s worth it to use top-tier players on special teams.

In a wild Independence Bowl, the talented sophomore corner returned four punts for 132 yards, including a 67-yarder for a touchdown against Tulsa.

Obviously, the Heisman runner-up could be at running back, returner or even receiver. But in his Rose Bowl-record performance, he rushed for 172 yards and surpassed 2,000 for the season. The only other player to do that (Derrick Henry) won the Heisman.

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WATCH: Navy QB Keenan Reynolds ties NCAA all-time rushing TD record


Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds is a bad, bad man.

In his fourth year at the helm for the Midshipmen, Reynolds tied Montees past season is due to the opposition playing defensively at Selhurst Park.Lewington also says some teams underestimate them on their own turf.He said, “I think it’s the opposition. The opposition come to us and at [their] home obviously they’ve got Ball’s all-time NCAA rushing touchdown record on this one-yard sneak on 4th-and-goal. 

Reynolds now has 77 career rushing touchdowns, tying the former Wisconsin star running bacnsfer budget of just £40m following the failure to qualify for the Champions League.That has dented Arsenal’s hopes of landing Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) while they also look set to miss out on Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) and Yannick Carrasco (Dalk’s record. Against USF, Reynolds rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as the Midshipmen beat the Bulls 29-17 to move to 6-1 on the season. 

On the season, Reynolds has 753 yardsnuary transfer window is now in it’s final stretch…There are stories and speculation swirling around everywhere. Sometimes it feels overwhelming.But please don’t stress, because here at Tribalfootball we will summarise the biggest stories throughou rushing and 13 touchdowns on the ground and is on pace for a third consecutive season with over 1,000 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.

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Marshall RB Butler dismissed after allegedly beating same-sex couple


running back Steward Butler was arrested by Huntington police and charged with two counts of battery after allegedly beating two homosexual men last month, . He has since been dismissed from the Thundering Herd football program.

Butler turned himself into authorities on Wednesday morning but offered no comment to the media. The charges are both misdemeanors, but the case has been turned over the FBI for a review of any possible civil rights violations.

Shortly after news of the arrest broke, Marshall athly are interested in Gianluca Busio.Busio, 17, is a winger and USA U17 international.Burleson told TMW: “He’s a great talent. He is a player who can play safely in Europe.“He has great technique, he is a smart player, a box to box and he works hard. has been recalled from his loan spell at Championship side Stoke City, and will now join Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag in a similar deal.Duffy has made nine appearances for the Potters in all competitions since moving to the bet365 Stadium in etic director Mike Hamrick announced that Butler has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. By Wednesday afternoon, Hamrick announced his dismissal. 

“Coach [Doc] Holliday and I have decided to rinho expects Eden Hazard to leave after the Europa League final.Mourinho, who managed Hazard during his second spell at Stamford Bridge, expects the 90 minutes in Azerbaijan to be the attacker’s last for the south west London side. “It looks like itdismiss Steward Butler from our program in light of additional information regarding his charges,” Hamrick wrote on his official Twitter account.

According to the Herald-Dispatch, Butler allegedly struck both victims in the face with a closed fist after witnessing the two men kiss at 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington on April 5. Before the alleged punches, according to the criminal complaints, Butler also “.” 

Per Huntington police, one of the victims captured the attack on video.

Marshall president Gary White released a lengthy statement regarding the charges and Butler’s future with the school.

“The entire university community is shocked and disappointed to learn the details surrounding the alleged actions that led to Mr. Butler’s arrest this morning,” White said. “The type of violent, bigoted behavior reported to have been perpetrated by this student is not tolerated at Marshall University. Period. This is an extremely serious matter.

“We will allow the legal process to run its course and will act swiftly and appropriately within our Student Conduct System and according to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities as more details become clear.”

Butler was Marshall’s second-leading rusher last season with 798 yards and seven touchdowns on 107 carries.

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College Football Rewind: Jameis Winston sits, Florida State survives


Welcome back to Rewind. This is your first look back at what happened each week and what it means moving forward. Every Saturday night, I will analyze the week’s games and the always colorful world of college football.

The look on Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s face bordered on confusion and annoyance.

Jameis Winston — you can’t spell Jameis without “me” or “I” — was suspended for the entire Clemson game due to vulgar comments he made in public. Yet there he was in pregame warmups dressed as if he would play. Winston was showing up his coach on national TV. Fisher sent Winston back to the locker room to take off his shoulder pads — par for the course in the never-ending circus surrounding the Heisman Trophy winner.

Without Winston, No. 1 Florida State survived for a 23-17 overtime victory. In this new world of the College Football Playoff, surviving is all the Seminoles needed to do without Winston. But it was high drama in the process and a credit to the Seminoles they won without Winston.

Sean Maguire demonstrated why he’s Winston’s backup, but did throw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Green to tie the score late in the fourth quarter. Clemson’s defensive line dominated much of the game. Florida State had only 13 rushing yards on 27 carries, but gained 25 yards on two plays in overtime for the win.

Deshaun Watson displayed his immense talent as Clemson’s new quarterback. Dabo Swinney had to make the move to bench Cole Stoudt and Watson didn’t disappoint. But the Tigers squandered chances for a huge road win.

Clemson missed field goals. Clemson snapped the ball over Watson’s head from the 1-yard line. Clemson lost a fumble with 2:14 left at the Florida State 26-yard line. Clemson got stuffed in overtime on a fourth-and-inches play out of a shotgun formation.

Clemsoning happened before the nation’s eyes again.

Meanwhile, Winston remained the storyline, especially because Florida State oddly allowed him on the sideline. I counted 54 television shots of Winston during the ABC broadcast of a game in which he didn’t play.

Why did Winston come out in full pads during warmups? “Because he loves his teammates,” Fisher told the media afterward.

This much is certain: Florida State survived and the College Football Playoff committee escaped having to determine what a Seminoles loss without Winston means.

What We Learned in Week 4

As if the SEC West needed any more depth, Mississippi State knocked off No. 8 LSU with a statement 34-29 victory. It was Mississippi State’s first win over LSU since 1999 and first win at Tiger Stadium since 1991. Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and ran for 105 as the Buity.The Belgian midfielder made the move from Serie A outfit Sampdoria for around £18m in the summer having been a long-term target of City’s.He told Sporza: “I was open to a step higher.”I also knew that Leicester would be very good. I had seen thelldogs gained 570 yards, the most LSU has ever allowed under Les Miles. Mississippi State typically beats the teams it should and loses to the SEC elite. Dan Mullen entered Saturday with a 1-16 combined record against Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M. Now Oct. 4 is shaping up to be a monumental day in the state of Mississippi: Alabama at Ole Miss and Texas A&M at Mississippi State.

Not even Blake Sims could have imagined throwing for 445 yards (second most in Alabama history) and four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Florida. “I didn’t think I would be able to do that,” Sims said. Sims is the latest example of why it’s foolish to anoint a starter (Jake Coker) or toss aside a player (Sims) before we actually see him given a chance. Alabama had a 400-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time. That’s a credit to Lane Kiffin, who is thriving with the most offensive talent in Nick Saban’s tenure with the Crimson Tide. Alabama and Baylor are the only teams ranked in the top 10 in total offense and total defense through four weeks. Alabama tried its best in the first half to give the game away to Florida with turnovers. Saban wants Sims to communicate and manage the game better. Sims suffered a scare when he bruised his shoulder in the second half but later returned. Contrary to what the public would have thought a couple weeks ago, Alabama is counting on Sims staying healthy. “People have to respect him as a passer,” Saban said. “He has made too many plays and too many good throws for people to not respect him as a passer.”

The Sooners continue to impress somewhat quietly under the radar. With running back Keith Ford injured, 243-pound freshman running back Samaje Perine ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-33 win at West Virginia. Perine averaged 7.1 yards a carry and ran over two defenders on one touchdown. The Sooners outscored West Virginia 21-3 after the game was tied at 24 at halftime until the Mountaineers scored a late touchdown. West Virginia star quarterback Clint Trickett threw for 376 yards, but the Sooners forced three turnovers by Trickett. The West Virginia trip may have been Oklahoma’s toughest road game left. The Sooners get Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State all at home.

over ? In another sign of how wide-open the SEC East is and how much weaker it is compared to the SEC West, 31-27 by Indiana. The Hoosiers ran for 241 yards on a Missouri defense that was supposed to be a strength for the team. Indiana was coming off a loss last week to . The win won’t make up for all of the September disappointments for the Big Ten, but the conference needed a win like that. The Big Ten also had Iowa beat Pitt, Nebraska defeat Miami, and Maryland triump over Syracuse. Missouri now has a bitter taste in its mouth before playing and in its next two games.

The Hokies have gone from 2-0 darling to 2-2 enigma within two weeks. Virginia Tech followed a road win at State” data-canon=”Ohio Bobcats” data-type=”SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM” id=”shortcode0″> on Sept. 6 by for the first time since 1995, falling to and . Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer, the Tech transfer, has eight interceptions in four games. Even more puzzling is the Hokies’ seasonlong problem with penalties (10 per game, including 12 in the loss to Georgia Tech). This can’t help the ACC in the College Football Playoff picture. The ACC’s signature win of the season has lost a lot of luster in a short amount of time.

How bad has it gotten for ? Not only did the Wolverines lose 26-10 at home, a kick returner from either trolled or paid tribute to Desmond Howard in the Big House. After Kaelin Clay returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown, from 23 years ago. ’s Leonard Fournette struck a pose against Sam Houston State after his first career touchdown. That was bad taste for a rookie against weak competition. But Clay doing it the only time he will ever play in the Big House? I can dig that.

East Carolina 70, 41. One year after whipping the Tar Heels 55-31, . Even with wide receiver Cam Worthy out with a two-game suspension due to a “verbal disagreement” with a male student on campus, the Pirates’ offense didn’t miss a beat. It’s time to stop expressing surprise at East Carolina. This is a good tea Rodriguez insists their 0-0 draw with Arsenal was two points dropped.The Clarets ended a 10-game losing Premier League run against Arsenal and made it seven points from three games with a first home draw for 12 months to climb to 11th in the table.Bm and clearly the best one in North Carolina. East Carolina has won four straight games against the ACC.

rushed for 644 yards, the most in the Big Ten’s modern era, dating back to 1946. The only instance when a Big Ten team ran for more: (832 in 1905), Ohio State (718 in 1930) and Minnesota (663 in 1927). and five touchdowns on only 13 carries. The only blemish: Gordon lost his first fumble in 322 carries.

Arizona scored 19 points in the final 3:30 to stun Cal in a 49-43 victory. Anu Solomon (47 of 73, 520 yards) threw a 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown for the winner. The Wildcats scored 36 points, ran 31 plays and totaled 278 yards in the fourth quarter alone.

Here’s video of the Hail Mary:

My weekly look at the evolving trends, successes, failures and all-around moaning about up-tempo offenses.

Stop the presses: A Nick Saban team ran 87 plays for 645 yards against Florida. Credit Lane Kiffin for bringing a more consistent up-tempo style than Alabama has tinkered with briefly in the past. Credit Florida’s overwhelmed secondary for some major blown assignments. Alabama isn’t going or Texas A&M fast, but the pace seems to suit the Crimson Tide as long as Blake Sims can communicate the calls in a consistent manner. Still, the irony is rich that Saban — the coach who questioned whether faster tempo is what football should be for safety purposes — has turned to more tempo himself. Alabama is averaging 78 plays per game — the most in Saban’s eight seasons. Alabama averaged 65.9 plays in 2013 and was under 69 plays every year from 2008 to 2013. A Saban team is now averaging more plays than a Gus Malzahn Auburn team (73) or a Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M team (76). Go figure. The FBS leaders in plays per game through Week 4: Western Kentucky 92, West Virginia 88.5, Northern Illinois 86.8, Hawaii 86.3, Arizona 85, Texas State 85.

No. 12 UCLA and No. 15 meet in Tempe for an intriguing Thursday night game. A year ago, Arizona State held off UCLA 38-33 in Pasadena to win the Pac-12 South in late November. Each of the past three meetings have been decided by five points or fewer. This season, UCLA has looked vulnerable after a lot of preseason hype, and Arizona State has three easy wins but hasn’t played a quality team. This could be a game of backup quarterbacks. The Sun Devils will be without injured quarterback Taylor Kelly, and UCLA coach Jim Mora won’t say if his starter, Brett Hundley, will play after injuring his elbow against Texas.

It’s -Georgia and South Carolina-Missouri next week. In some years, you might say the winners of those games would be in good position to win the SEC East. This isn’t one of those years. Expect a wide-open SEC East race until the very end. South Carolina struggled on Saturday to put away Vanderbilt in an ugly 48he 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 Bordea-34 win in which the Gamecocks allowed two kick returns for touchdowns. “It’s one of the worst (wins) I have ever had, no question,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier told reporters afterward in an epic press conference. More Spurrier: “The way we play is embarrassing. I told the guys it’s embarrassing the way we play. And I’m the head coach of these embarrassing group of guys. … We’ve got all the voters fooled thinking we’re pretty good. I guess because we beat Georgia. I don’t know what all can help us. I really don’t.”

The Brady Hoke and Will Muschamp watches are officially on. Michigan has no identity and Devin Gardner continues to struggle at quarterback. Making matters worse, cameras caught Hoke jawing with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison following a sideline-infraction penalty. Alabama’s victory over Florida demonstrated how far the Gators remain behind the SEC’s elite teams. Jeff Driskel, once the highest-rated quarterback recruit in the country, had a 23.3 quarterback rating while completing 9 of 28 passes for 93 yards with two interceptions. The next month or so will help determine if two of the most prominent coaching positions in America will soon be open.

“I barely know what’s going on with ISIS to tell you the truth. I’m oblivious.”

— coach Charlie Weis, following a 24-10 win over , on the scrutiny he’s facing so far in two-plus years

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Arizona State’s Marion Grice likely out for Pac-12 championship


Things are prthe best striker in the world.Momentum is building for the Frenchman to move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal interested.”I would like to become the best striker in the world,” Edouard said upon receiving his season one of the best of his career.It is the first time in history an English team has won the men’s domestic treble – the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.Asked where this season’s remarkable achievement ranks amongst his career highlighthe Scotetty good for these days. The Sun Devils are six days away from playing in their first Pac-12 Championship Game; beating Arizona Saturday night means that ASU will host that game rather than traveling to Stanford; and they didn’t just “beat” Arizona, , the Sun Devils’ most decisive victory in the series since 1996.

But that’s not to say things are perfect. Todd Graham that all-purpose running back Marion Grice is still struggling with the leg injury he suffered Nov. 23 against UCLA, and is not likely to be available for the championship game.

“It’ isn’t thinking about abandoning Manchester City amid their UEFA crisis.The Mirror says Sterling is fully committed to Manchester City as they battle to overturn their European exile.Real Madrid are already being linked with a £150million summer movs probably a three-week deal,” Graham said, . “He’d probably be doubtful. I think I’m safe in saying that. Our deal is we want to go win this thing, and he’ll be ready for the next one.”

Grice spent the Arizona game on the sidelines, . Graham , calling it “day to day.”

D.J. Foster excelled in replacing Grice against the Wildcats, rushing for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries and adding 26 receiving yards to boot. But the loss of Grice would still be a major one, as the senior leads the Sun Devils with 996 yards rushing, is the team’s third-leading receiver with 438 yards through the air, and leads the entire Pac-12 with 20 touchdowns.

And of course, even with Grice available, the first meeting between the Sun Devils and Cardinal this season ended in  that was only that close thanks to a furious second-half ASU rally. No one in Tempe will believe things can’t be different with the venue shifted to Sun Devil Stadium and Graham’s team having improved substantially since then, but nonetheless, Grice’s injury won’t do a thing to help their chances.

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Bob Stoops calls SEC’s reputation ‘propaganda’


Plenty of fans across the country have said the SEC isn’t nearly as strong as its reputation — or standing in the polls — might suggest, seven consecutive BCS titles or not. But even if they’d agree in private, few coaches have agreed in public as strongly as Bob Stoops did . 

“So they’ve had the best team in ,” Stoops said at a “Sooner Caravan” Sooner fan gathering. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ’em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me …

“So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you,” . “You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing? “What’d we [the Big 12] have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out.”

Stoops isn’t wrong when he argues that the r United midfielder Fred is emerging as a target for AS Roma.New Roma coach Paulo Fonseca worked New Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso is eager to hold onto Federico Chiesa.The attacker is being linked with a big money move away this summer.But Commisso says: “What I know is that Chiesa has a three-year contract, he will stay here for now, let’s hope. “I discovered what I read in the papers, but when as far as I know, Chiesa is a Fiorentina player and will remain for at least another year.”with Fred at Shakhtar Donetsk and has already recommended his addition to management.United paid €60m for Fred 18 months ago, but the Brazil internatiobottom rungs of the SEC haven’t offered much in recent years, or even that the Big 12 has been a deeper league of late; the latter actually put nine of its 10 teams in bowl games in 2012. Meanwhile, Kentucky and Auburn both finished a miserable 0-8 in SEC play with Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee all falling short of the postseason. All told, over the past two seasons, 38 percent of the SEC has failed to make a bowl game, compared to just 15 percent of the , or even that Kentucky’s better than, say, Iowa State. The SEC teams against which the Sooners are judged are the ones in its top half, the ones that have played eight BCS championship games against teams from other conferences and have won all eight — including, in both 2003 and 2008, games against none other than Stoops’ own Sooners.

The one way in which one league or the other’s bottom half might matter to the top teams in another is gauging which national title contender has played a more difficult schedule del Rey rout of Leganes.Barcelona eased into the next round of the Copa with a 5-0 victory over Leganes at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening and, with Griezmann opening the scoring on the night, the Frenchman has reiterated he is ready to play as a c– a factor that didn’t seem to make much difference to pollsters choosing between Alabama and Oklahoma State in 2011, but might matter substantially more with the forthcoming playoff selection committee. But again, even if the bottom end of the Big 12 offers more of a challenge than the bottom end of the SEC, does it matter when the SEC boasts four or five legitimate national title contenders to the Big 12’s two or three?

Again, Stoops can speak to that difference first-hand, since it was just January when his Sooners met Texas A&M — the SEC West’s third-place team in 2012, one that lost games to two SEC teams that didn’t make the SEC title game — and were destroyed, .

In short: is the SEC really so strong that teams like last season’s train wreck of an Arkansas squad deserve the benefit of the doubt? No. Is it strong enough that Bob Stoops should probably find other targets at which to aim his “propaganda” barbs? Yes.