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Man Utd counter-punch Watford into submission in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent manager

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et this was 90 minutes that supported that the only change from the “defensive, counter-attacking football” of Jose Mourinho “is that Solskjaer is winning”. United certainly do the counter punch well, and the game’s highlight was a sublime pass from Shaw for Rashford’s goal, but Watford had 20 shots all told and as many on target – eight – as their opponents had efforts at all.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera were uniformly dismal, outshone throughout by Doucoure, and with no platform in midfield, United were indebted to some robust defending and Watford’s tendency to snatch at chances. Pogba has had a lot more good games under Solskjaer than bad ones but it is telling that when he plays poorly – and he spent much of this match half-heartedly milling around and cheaply conceding possession – United suffer terribly for it.

Addressing that is one of several challenges for Solskjaer. “Paul is important for us and we couldn’t keep the ball,” he said. “He has been away, played two games with France – a bit deeper for them – so that is something we may have to think about to get him more involved.”

“This is the start of the start,” said Solskjaer in his programme notes, although that message had obviously not got through to his players before Rashford opened the scoring. United were slow, sloppy, sluggish and half asleep. Passes were underhit or misplaced, which invited needless pressure against a Watford side who could not have imagined they would be given so much room and who, with a little more composure, could and probably should have taken the lead. Doucoure dragged a shot wide from 12 yards as the goal opened up, Troy Deeney forced David De Gea to scoop the ball away with a header and an effort from Roberto Pereyra lacked the power to trouble the United goalkeeper.

olskjaer will have b boss Chris Wilder blew a fuse over VAR after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham yesterday.Wilder called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video reeen most grateful that his team scored first – and what a goal it was. Shaw has been United’s most consistent performer this season and he was their best on show again here. Winning the ball from Deeney deep inside his own half with a well-timed interception, the England left back galloped forward, looked up and, still in his own half, is “baffled” by Mesut Ozil’s lack of involvement this season.The German has not featured in Unai Emery’s last three match-day squads.”I want to see more offensive players on the pitch in positions where we’re going to be able to hurt teams,” Wright bent a quite superb low 40-yard pass in behind Christian Kabasele that Rashford, perfectly positioned in between the Watford defender and Miguel Britos, did not need to break stride to run on to. The England striker took one touch and then, with his second, dinked the ball past the onrushing Ben Foster.

he goal settled United. They were denied a second soon after when Foster made an excellent reaction save from Martial and created several other inviting openings but the momentum built up in the closing stages of that half evaporated after the interval. Off the pace and sitting deeper and deeper, Watford were encouraged to attack. De Gea had to be alert to push away a shot from Pereyra and Will Hughes shot wide from an attack that originated from Pogba squandering possession and it became very apparent that something had to change for United.

errera and Juan Mata made way for Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard just after the hour mark as Solskjaer sought more impetus and those two substitutes would eventually combine to tee up Martial for United’s second against the run of play, the Frenchman scooping the ball home on the rebound from close range after Foster had saved his initial backheel. Doucoure’s goal – slicing through the heart of United’s defence after a one-two with Isaac Success – simply came too late for Watford.

“It’s difficult to explain [how we lost] because we created chances, had more shots, spent a lot of time in the opposition half,” Gracia said. “We need to make a step forward against these teams but I believe we can do it. I see it every day, the commitment and belief from my players, I can feel it but we have to show it.”

was left out of United’s squad after the defender – whose wife Maja has just given birth to a baby son – had received death threats for pulling out of Sweden’s squad for their recent internationals. "We felt Victor was better off not playing because he’s had a couple of things to sort out," Solskjaer said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ere is Watford’s knocking on the United door visualised. No answer yet. 

atford line up thus:

"If I can walk out of here, when leaving the club, having won things – of course, the Premier League – then I’d be a proud man. I’m a happy man, I’m a determined man – the day I walk out of here, I hope to be a proud man."

alk will now be about transfer targets, new contracts and clearing out the deadwood: the bread-and-butter duties of a permanent Premier League manager. But, first, the tricky proposition of a visit from Watford. Honeymoon’s over, the real job starts now.

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Glenn Murray shows Wolves value of a finisher as Brighton make it three wins in a row

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Chris Hughton acknowledged Glenn Murray’s fearlessness after Brighton’s 35-year-old striker secured a third consecutive win in the top flight for his club for the first time since 1981.

Knocked out and, Murray displayed a prize-fighter’s powers of recovery to start this game and score his 100th goal for the Albion after an interchange with the full-back, Bruno, who is 38.

“Glenn was adamant he was fine and wanted to play,” Hughton said after Brighton drew level with Manchester United on 14 points. “For us it was always about – wouldolari feels the club needs to consider the futures of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.Solari admits the pair are now in the veteran status.”They are very intelligent football players and, alongside Casemiro, they built one of the best midfields in Real Ma there be a nervousness? Because we followed the protocol we knew medically he was fine. So then really it’s about the player – [whether] we feel there might be some reluctance, a bit of fear. But we never got that feeling off Glenn. My thoughts were always to play him because wjoined Wolves in a deal worth £1m, but will remain on loan at Rochdale until the end of the season.The 17-year-old England Under-18 international scored against Manchester United in the EFL Cup in September.Matheson has made 15 starts for the Leaguee were able to.”

This victory against a stylish but blunt Wolves side marked the first time in 37 years since Brighton have won three in a row at this level. And they have now earned 39 of their 54 Premier League points at the Amex Stadium. 

Murray reached his century a week after he swallowed his tongue on the pitch at St James’ Park and ended up at the local infirmary. If his first-half performance was unconvincing, his work after the interval showed why he has become indispensable to Brighton’s new life at the top.

He also reminded Wolves what they lack: a finisher to round off their incisive passing, which was too good for Hughton’s team in the first-half. Raul Jimenez, with two, is the only Wolves player to score more than one in the league this term, but he was innocuous and removed after an hour.

Murray’s role as totem was further enhanced by his perseverance, which reflects Brighton’s talent for fighting back in games that seem to be going against them.

Wolves changed their league starting line-up for the first time this s want to see a summer transfer settled.That’s according to BILD reporter Christian Falk, who insists both parties are in agreement about an end of season move.Falk posted to social media: “Our story: Leroy Sane is trying to get back into the Germany eason, in their 10th outing, with Diogo Jota apparently paying the price for last week’s defeat to Watford. Adama Traore, who has impressed from the bench, was the beneficiary, for 60 minutes, at any rate. Frustrated by the lack of a goalscoring threat, Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolves manager, made a double substitution after an hour, sending on Ivan Cavaleiro for Jimenez and Kota for Traore. But still Wolves failed to convert possession into goals. Santo said he was “disappointed because we conceded to Brighton’s only shot, disappointed because we were not focused for [Murray’s] goal.”

Hughton on the other could reflect on another notable advance. “The focus in the changing room is on three on the spin, which for a team like ours is very difficult to do,” he said. “In the last two weeks we’ve had to rely on determination in the team – on team spirit, and players defending very very well.

“In the second season in this division you’re always looking down as opposed to up. It’s all about picking up points and securing as big a gap as you can from that bottom three.”

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West Ham fan clashes: Sir Trevor Brooking confirms David Sullivan was hit by a coin and questions stewarding

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Brooking was taken aback by Saturday’s events, which are being investigated by the Football Association and the Premier League, and believes the stewards were not equipped to deal with the situation. "The actual level of aggression was something I couldn’t believecelona.Setien was appointed as Ernesto Valverde’s successor on Monday, but the Barcelona head coach is still amazed the week he has had.Since leaving Real Betis last summer, Setien had been without a club, but the style of play he has wanted his team West Ham fans would get involved with," he said.

"A lot of the stewards who are on duty on mae scoring more goals.The towering centre-back found the back of the net during the Saints’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the weekend.But he admits that he should be helping out his side on the attacking front more often.Speaking to the Daily Echtchdays are not West Ham people – they’re actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven’t had any experience dealing with football crowds.

"They were quite young and couldn’t deal with the aggression they were faced with."

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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.

Philippe Coutinho is valued at £5.4m in Telegraph Fantasy Football, but is he good enough to make your team? –

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Bills trying to finish on winning note

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The 2012 season has fallen considerably short of expectations, but Bills players are determined to push their disappointment aside in preparation for Sunday’s season finale against the Jets. Going out on a winning note is one of the things the players in Buffalo’s locker room are emphasizing.

“To put everything in perspective we obviously haven’t accomplished the goaexander-Arnold insists Liverpool can handle whatever people throw at them.The Reds scored yet another late goal to seal victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.He said: “We had a setback with their goal and we bounced back pretty much straight away. ls we set out to for our team this season,” said George Wilson. “We’re not going to make any excuses for it. We have to take ownership of it. We’ve got to finish it out on a strong note this week. There’s nothing we can do right now to change what has happened up until this point. We can only focus on the Jets this week.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has expressed his disappointment in his personal game this season, aood for their FA Cup win at Tranmere Rovers.Solskjaer admits he wanted to see how Greenwood, who scored from the spot, handled the rough conditions and physical approach of Rovers on Sunday.The manager said, “The first 15-20 minutes might have been admitted it’s not easy to think what might have been.

“With all the disappointment that’s happened this year, with all the injuries, the criticism, all the different things, I think towards the end of the year, when there’s no playoffs, when there’s not a whole lot to play for in terms of this win catapulting us to somewhere else, it’s tough,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “You always at the end of the season kind of evaluate what went wrong, but this is a game where they’re not really playing for a whole lot in terms of playoff implications. But it’s a pride game, and it’s a game to go out there, and as Chan put it, who hates to lose?  You go out there, and we hate losing and I’m sure they do too, so we’ve got to go out there and prove we’re the team that hates to lose more.”

It’s a division game and that adds some measure of incentive, especially knowing that the Jets have won eight of the last nine against the Bills.

“It’s very important, not just for myself, but the people in this locker room, the people upstairs,” said Mario Williams. “For the fans, for the way the season is going. Obviously, it’s not going the way any of us wanted it. But we got to come out and we got to win, some way somehow. No matter what it is, no matter what we’re doing schematically. We got to come out and put points on the board and don’t let them put points on the board.”   

“It’s the last week. We’ve got to give it our all,” said Stevie Johnson. “Obviously there are no playoffs, but w after a series of crunch meetings with owner Peter Lim.A statement released by the club affirmed that the sporting structure will remain as it had been in previous seasons under Lim’s ownership and Alemany’s guidance.”In a meeting held on Friday in e’re going against the New York Jets. They don’t like us, we don’t like them and basically it’s going to be a physical battle and whoever hates to lose is going to be the team that wins this game. Right now we’re feeling like we’ve got to take this.”

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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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LSU hires former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini as its new defensive coordinator

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A former face is returning to Baton Rouge. Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is set to become the new defensive coordinator at LSU, according to a release from LSU. Youngstown State also released a statement that Pelini had resigned his post as coach — a role served in for five years. The hir Samir Nasri has been flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enoted Spurs from the competition last night.”It’s a very difficult moment for us,” Lucas said. “But the only way that we have is to keep fighting, keep believing.”Now we have only the Premier League and we need to be in a better position.”Our objectiveugh to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, ing fills in a huge vacancy for coach Ed Orgeron’s staff after Dave Aranda left to take the head coaching job at after spending four years with the program.

Prior to his time in Youngstown, Pelini was the head coach at from 2008-14 and defensive coordinator from 2005-07.

“The opportunity to return to LSU is truly unique,” Pelini said. “Culturally, with my prior experience at LSU, I know it is a great fit for me. The chance to work with Coach (Ed) Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers defense. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us.  We are very honored and looking forward to this next chapter.”

Sports Illustrated reports that Pelini that will pay him around $2.3 million per season. Pelini’s hire is pending approval from the Board of Supervisors, .

Pelini’s defenses finished in the top 20 nationally in total defense in each of his three seasons with the Tigers, including in 2007 when they won the BCS National Championship over . That successful stint in Baton Rouge earned him the head coaching gig at Nebraska where he won nine or more games in each of his seven seasons. Despite that, he was let go following the 2014 season. 

He took over at Youngstown State and led the Penguins to a 12-4 record in his second season in 2016.h a shock move for unsettled Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Both Marca and El Chiringuito reports that Ramos is staring at a Real Madrid exit following a meeting with president Florentino Perez earlier this month.The experienced Spanish defender is They lost to James Madison 28-14 in the FCS National Championship Game. He has gone 33-28 in five seasons, including a 6-6 record in 2019.

“The past five years have been terrific,” Pelini said. “I can’t thank [Youngstown State] President Jim Tressel and [athletic director] Ron Strollo enough for the opportunity here and support along the way. For all of the people, honestly too many to name, who were part of my YSU experience, I also want to extend a heartfelt thank you.”

Pelini is 100-55 as a head coach in his stints at Nebraska and Youngstown State. 

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday Five: The most explosive players in college football heading into 2017

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Every Friday, the Friday Five will rank something in the world of — anything and everything from the logical to the illogical. This week we rank the most explosive players in the country entering 2017.

It’s Fourth of July weekend. With Independence Day falling on a Tuesday this year, people around the country get to kick off the nation’s .Ampadu is hoping his turn will come when he returns to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.“In our sport most people progress on talent and hard work — and that’s what I see at Chelsea,” Ampadu told the Evening London Standard.”Honestly, I birthday party a little early this year. That means that no matter where you live in America, there’s a good chance you’re going to see, or at least hear, some fireworks over the next 72 hours.

My sincerest apologies to your dog.

With there being so many fireworks on the way, it only made sense that for this week’s Friday Five, I rank the most explosive players in college football. Not literally, of course. I mean the players capable of blowing a game open anytime they touch the ball.

The guys who can take a simple play and turn it into something spectacular.

Now, there are a lot of options out there to choose from, but I’m not going to include quarterbacks on the list.

My sincerest apologies to our reigning Heisman winner , and ‘s , as well as quite a few others.

Hell, even limiting the list to running backs, receivers and returners still left me with a lot of options to choose from, but these are the five guys who stuck out the most in my mind.

Given that he plays in the MAC and not for Western Michigan, there’s a good chance you aren’t familiar with Cody Thompson, which is fine. Maybe you should be, though. Toledo has one of the most prolific offenses in the conference and is a favorite to win it this year, and Thompson would play a fundamental role in it happening.

He finished last season with 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving, but while those numbers are nice, it’s the fact he averaged 19.8 yards per reception that stands out. He’s a big-play threat, which is reflected not only in his yards per catch, but in his 10 receptions for 40 yards or more.

Barkley is one of my personal favorites, and there’s simply no way I was leaving him off the list. Whether he’s in the weight room or on a football field, he has you shaking your head in disbelief at the things he does.

He’s capable of breaking a big play in the run game, return game or as a receiver, and barring any injuries, he’s a name that will be in the Heisman discussion all season long.

What makes Barkley even scarier is that, as explosive as he’s been in his first two seasons, he was playing behind an offensive line that wasn’t great. While I don’t know how good the Penn State line is going to be in 2017, it should be the best one Barkley’s worked behind in his college career, which might mean he’s about to take things to another level.

You would think that losing would be a much bigger deal for LSU than it is, but LSU has Derrius Guice, so it won’t be. As we saw from Guice last season when he was filling in for Fournette, while he may not have the raw power and destructive nature Fournette carried with him on runs, Guice can change a game just as quickly.

Guice rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, averaging 7.58 yards per carry. Now, lest you think that average was just a byproduct of a few games against lesser opponents, let me clear the air for you.

In eight games against SEC opponents, Guice averaged 7.74 yards per carry and scored 11 of his touchdowns.

Also, there’s no running back in the country coming back this season that had more 30+ yard carries than Guice’s 11 last season (‘s Lamar Jackson had 13).

LSU’s run game will be just fine.

One of my favorite players to watch, Quadree Henderson, gets things done in a variety of ways. He’s not large — he’s listed at 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds on Pitt’s website, and even that might be generous — but he comes up huge on the field.

Henderson is just one of those players that is a threat to score any time the ball ends up in his hands. He averaged 10.52 yards per rush last season, carrying the ball 60 times and scoring five touchdowns. In the passing game, he caught 26 passes and averaged 11 yards per reception.

Then there’s his work on special teams. As a punt returner, Henderson averaged 15.75 yards per return. The only two players in the country to average more yards per return were ‘ and ‘s JoJo Natson (‘s Adoree Jackson tied Henderson).

As a kick returner, Henderson averaged 30.47 yards per return and scored three touchdowns. That average wasn’t the result of just a few returns, either, as Henderson’s 30 kick returns ranked 19th in the country last season. No player with more returns than Henderson had a better return average than he did, with only ‘ (38 returns, 28.11 yards per) even coming close.

Henderson is just a game-breaker, and it’s fun just seeing all the ways Pitt chief Patrick Kluivert has confirmed they’re scouting talent at Ajax.Kluivert won the Champions League with the Dutch giants and says after the success of Frenkie de Jong it’s only natural Barca will look at more Ajax players.He explained, “Ajax hasfigures out how to use him.

I can’t help but feel like James Washington gets overlooked a bit too easily in the college football world. The kid has played three whole seasons now, and he’s put up some rather ridiculous numbers while doing so.

As a freshman, we saw glimpses of Washington’s game. He only caught 28 passes, but he averaged 16.29 yards per reception and scored six touchdowns. The signs were certainly there, and he’s delivered on the promise the last two seasons.

Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington has caught 124 passes for 2,467 yards. Quick, do that math in your head. That’s 19.90 yards per reception. Washington is getting nearly 20 yards every single time he catches a pass. He also has 20 receiving touchdowns over the last two years, meaning he scores 16.1 percent of the time that hs in talks with Juve about succeeding Max Allegri as coach and has just granted an interview with Vanity Fair.He said, “The concept of victory at all costs is an extreme that blurs the minds of the fans and some directors and this is the thing that we catches a pass. For a guy that’s not just a red zone target, that’s an impressive rate.

Now, while it’s not exactly something you can predict going forward, Washington also had three receptions of over 80 yards last season, further showing just how explosive he can be when he has the ball.

I have a feeling he could blow up on the scene this year and be 2017’s ; a big play machine that works his way to New York as a Heisman finalist.

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WATCH: Wyoming upsets No. 13 Boise State on a game-winning safety

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It’s one thing to upset the No. 13 team in the country. It’s another thing entirely to do it on a safety.

Welcome, Wyoming. You’re now a part of what can only be described as an exclusive fraternity. Seriously, when was the last time a team won on a safety?

The aforemen a new season at Leicester City.Fuchs is about to begin his fifth season at City after signing a one-year contract extension this summer.He said, “I’m very happy, I feel very comfortable and I’m looking forward to working with Brendany Jose Mourinho was tough to take.Dier had the indignity of being hauled off 29 minutes into Mourinho’s second game in charge against Olympiakos.But he says, “It’s never happened before and it’s not something you ever want to happen. “It’s not a good. He has been tioned play happened on a second-and-10 for Boise State with under two minutes remaining. Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien was sacked and fumbled in the end zone with the ball going out of the back of the end zone. That gave Wyoming the 30-28 win.

After the touchdown, linebacker Chase Appleby did the best safety dance possible.

According to the CBS Sports Network broadcast, this was the first time Wyoming had defeated Boise State. For the win, core-sign LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Inter need a new striker after losing Alexis Sanchez to a three-month injury layoff.“Maybe I’d have done something so crazy,” Moratti, referring to Ibra, told Sport Mediaset.“Having said that, there’s ach Craig Bohl, who already makes , racks up some nice bonuses.

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College football winners and losers in Week 12: Believe it, Colorado is for real

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Don’t look now, but the Big Ten isn’t the only Power Five conference that promises to have a fantastic finish. The Pac-12 would like to have a word.

The Apple Cup between and still has huge implications while — yes, Colorado — can wrap up the Pac-12 South with a win over in Week 13. Little was decided in the playoff race this week except for a few teams — and chief among them — gracefully removing themselves from the conversation.

Oh, yeah, and . Oh no, Texas.

With so much action going on around the country, we here at CBS Sports want to get you caught up on all the noteworthy things that went down — both the good and not so good. What were the highlights from Week 12? What were the moments some programs want to forget? We hash out the best and worst below.

Colorado’s sudden rise back to the top of has been one of the feel-good stories of the season. A doormat for the past decade, the once-proud program finally turned a corner under coach Mike MacIntyre. At first, the Buffs made good on that turnaround by achieving bowl eligibility. But then they kept winning, and a 38-24 victory over red-hot Washington State — by far the game of the day — completely changed the narrative. This is no longer just a nice story; Colorado is a legitimate team with a real chance to win the Pac-12 South, maybe more.

Full disclosure: I like Strong and I haven’t met a reporter or fan who doesn’t. I also think Strong is a good coach. He transformed Louisville from a flaming RV of a program to one that churned out -caliber talent and won a lot of games. He has the respect of guys like Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer and Lou Holtz. Those things count for something. But Strong can’t lose to 24-21 in overtime in Year 3 … and he especially can’t do that by blowing a fourth-quarter lead and having his team turn the ball over six times. Exactly when Texas opts to pull the cord on Strong is less important if only because it’s inevitable now that it will. Given that Strong was never a recipient of the boosters’ full support, it’s probably best the two sides part ways.

It’s been a minute since McCaffrey has been talked about, but he hasn’t had the Heisman Trophy-like year he was expected to have and Stanford experienced a bit of a drop-off. That’s nothing Cal’s run defense can’t fix, though! The dynamic playmaker rushed for a career-high 284 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-31 win over the Golden Bears. It’s probably too late to earn him a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony, but it was good to see McCaffrey do his thing again.

The Gators won their second straight SEC East title with a starting lineup made of duct tape, some wire and a flimsy piece of cheap gauze. They go to Atlanta — likely to get torn apart by a much better, deeper and healthier — because they beat 16-10 on a . It was not pretty; in fact, it was the opposite. The win counted all the same, though. And the Gators did all of this in the face of heavy criticism for refusing to play the previously-scheduled game against the Tigers on Oct. 8 because of reasons they felt were justified related to Hurricane Matthew. Others /looks directly at LSU/ and tensions boiled over into a . Through all the drama, one side was going to come out look good and the other not so good. Florida happened to come out on the good side.

As for LSU? “,” Gators coach Jim McElwain said.

Buried, but not totally lost in everything else that happened Saturday was LSU’s decision to allow star running back to suit up against the Gators. Reports before the game indicated Fournette, who has been nursing a nagging ankle injury all season, . But he suited up anyway in what appeared to be a change-of-heart after the pre-game confrontation in which he shoved a Gators assistant. He rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries, didn’t score and wasn’t given the ball when the Tigers needed one yard to win the game. And now he’s worse off with LSU vying for a mid-tier bowl bid.

How can a team win and still lose? Ohio State is in a tough spot. It got a hard-earned 17-16 win over with the final score reflecting a failed two-point conversion. However, it doesn’t control its divisional destiny. A win over in Week 13 means nothing in the conference title hunt if beats Michigan State. Would the College Football Playoff Selection Committee still give the Buckeyes a spot as a non-conference champion? We might have a couple of weeks to debate the possibility, though it would seem Ohio State has a shot.

If you haven’t seen Carrington’s spectacular game-winning catch against Utah, you can change that by viewing the video below. Carrington’s catch didn’t just win the game, it might have won the season for the beleaguered Ducks. There hasn’t been much to cheer about and coach Mark Helfrich’s job status has been a point of uncertainty. However, there’s promise at quarterback with freshman Justin Herbert, and Carrington’s touchdown grab, which capped off an impressive drive, shows there’s still heart on this team. Another win and Oregon can go into 2017 with some confidence that the program isn’t in shambles like it’s been projected.

This was shaping up to be a rough year in Lubbock, but did anyone expect a 66-10 loss to ? That’s a low point for coach Kliff Kingsbury, maybe the low point. Quietly, the Cyclones have steadily improved under first-year coach Matt Campbell, but they never had the win to show for it. That’s changed and the Red Raiders have an embarrassing box score to show for it. It’s the third time this year Tech has given up at ler Real Madrid and Argentina star Jorge Valdano has claimed.The Manchester City boss has won titles in England, Spain and Germany, and his famous ‘tiki-taka’ style has been replicated all over the world.And Valdano thinks the Catalan has a “God-like”east 60 points, a bowl game is out of the picture and a season-ending game against is for pride only.

The senior passed a former Pirates wideout, Justin Hardy, to break the FBS record for all-time career catches in a loss to . Hardy ended the day with 12 receptions, putting him with 392 catches for his career. It’s been a disappointing season for the Pirates, but they now have a comfortable spot in the record books with two top-tier pass-catchers.

Coach Butch Jones can . This was a disappointing season given the expectations. Yes, the Vols sustained a rash of injuries that would test any depth chart’s structural integrity. Yes, playing the October from Hell with games against Texas A&M and Alabama stunk. But with this roster that talented and a bad SEC East, there was no reason why Tennessee should not have won the division. Yet, with its own patchwork team, Florida managed to do it, and the Vols’ 63-37 win over hardly seems like a good consolation prize.

There were a lot of records broken today, but Cook surpassing Warrick Dunn for FSU’s all-time career rushing yardage is special. Cook needed 18 yards to bypass the Seminole great and did so easily with 225 yards in a 45-14 win over . The junior now has 4,166 yards for his career and counting.

Oklahoma State’s loss to happened. It’s in the record books and everything. It shouldn’t have happened since the game officials and replay officials botched the untimed down that gave CMU the chance at a successful Hail Mary-lateral, but it happened all the same. Now that Oklahoma State sits at 9-2 thanks to a big win over and on the verge of a possible Big 12 title, . What does the playoff committee do? So far, there have been no signs the Cowboys have a shot at the final four. But if things get weird elsewhere, it at least opens up a conversation that should include this team.

The 55-year-old — yes,n be proud of their stars in the Premier League.Both Ederson and Alisson are first choice keepers for their clubs but it’s the Liverpool shot-stopper who is the regular starter for Brazil.”I think it’s a good sign for all the goalkeepers in Brazil an 55 — made by becoming the oldest player to see South KoreaFormer Manchester United star Ji-Sung Park, and Tottenham star Heung-Min Son are donating to their country’s coronavirus fight.South Korea is one of the most heavily impacted nations from the outbreak, which originated in China.Park and Sthe field. Thomas made that history on senior day (save your jokes, please) with a three-yard rush (he finished with four rushes for -1 yard). Thomas is the father of linebacker Joe Thomas Jr., who also went to South Carolina State.

It was a long shot, but Louisville still had playoff hopes entering Week 12. No more. A 36-10 blowout loss to coupled with ‘s win over seals the Cardinals’ postseason fate. All is not lost, however. remains a frontrunner for the Heisman and 10 (or even 11) wins is still in the cards (no pun intended). But how different things could have looked for Louisville if this week had gone another way.

Coach Craig Bohl has done a remarkable job of turning Wyoming not only into a respectable program, but an actual threat within the Mountain West. The Cowboys picked up a signature win over , the ending of which featured compelling drama with a tipped touchdown pass and a failed two-point conversion by the Aztecs. If Wyoming (8-3) beats next, it will go to the conference championship game. Yes, over .

Scratch the Mountaineers off the longshot playoff list, too. Hosting was paraded as West Virginia’s biggest game since joining the Big 12. And what did the ‘Eers do? Oh, nothing, just got blasted 56-28 in a game that was over by the first quarter. This has been an overachieving season in Morgantown, no doubt. Get two more victories and West Virginia will have its first 10-win season since coach Dana Holgorsen’s first year in 2011. As for its ability to compete with the Big 12’s best, though? West Virginia, save for ‘s 331-yard effort, fell short in a big way.

Clemson quietly wrapped up the ACC Atlantic by handling Wake Forest 35-13 — presumably without the help of the Demon Deacons’ game plan . After the stunning loss to Pitt the week before, the Tigers could use a Saturday away from the spotlight. Assuming Clemson wins its next two games — against and a TBD opponent in the ACC Championship Game — it will be in the playoff easily, and the Pitt loss will be but a minor hiccup.

Last week, I implored top-25 voters to because the Trojans were 8-1 and the lone loss was by six points to Clemson. I should have guessed would get beat 35-3 by thanks to a hefty helping of five turnovers. Never mind. Don’t listen to us.

Way back at the beginning of the season, I at Kansas’ expense when some Jayhawk fans tried to rush the field and were promptly told to return to their seats. The good news is Kansas fans have learned how to properly celebrate a huge win. They successfully tore down a goal post and carried it off the field. That’s called evolving, folks.

It will likely get lost in all the games and upsets, but Notre Dame officially all but officially lost out on bowl eligibility with a 34-31 loss to . But it’s not just that; the Irish blew what was a 24-7 lead and allowed 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. If you’re going go out, that’s a hell of a way to do it.

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College Football Power Rankings: It’s time to give Baylor some on-field respect

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As October sneaks up on us, it’s time to dream a little.

In a little over a month, the Playoff Selection Committee will release its first set of rankings. That’s where the dreaming comes in.

If the playoff started today — per this week’s Power Rankings — two Big Ten teams would not only be in but would play each other.

Ohio State-Wisconsin would be a regular-season rematch. Louisville vs. Alabama would be the other semifinal. Tell me you wouldn’t hit the secondary market for tickets to those games.

Lamar Jackson vs. Alabama’s defense. Urban Meyer vs. Wisconsin with a chance to meet Nick Saban again.

This late-September fantasy was made possible by the Badgers moving up five spots after a fairly shocking win at Michigan State.

Other fast risers in this week’s Power Rankings were No. 14 Baylor (up nine spots), No. 17 Washington and No. 18 Utah (both up seven), and No. 16 Ole Miss (up five).

A tip of the headset to No. 25 Western Michigan for checking in with the MAC’s first appearance this season.

  1 The best thing said about a 48-0 win over Kent State is Nick Saban didn’t humiliate his alma mater. The worst thing: Tailback Damien Harris and is day-to-day. Do we really need to be concerned? Harris’ replacement, freshman Joshua Jacobs, went for 97 yards and two touchdowns. –11-2 2 Bye. Deep breath after a monumental win at Oklahoma and the opening of the Big Ten season against Rutgers. –13-1 3 Perhaps only Alabama has accomplished more this season. The Badgers have beaten two top 10 teams (at kickoff) away from home. The latest win.The French midfielder has been plagued by injuries this season and he has been absent since returning from the international break this month.He has not played since the 4-1 win at Southampton at the beginning of the month with a series of hamstring, 30-6 over Michigan State, may have been the second-biggest Big Ten statement this season. (Ohio State over Oklahoma was first). 510-4 4 Lamar Jackson is on pace to account for 75 touchdowns. His season total went to 25 after going for seven against Marshall. Let’s put that in perspective. Seven teams scored less than 25 all of last season. Yikes! 18-5 5 Tom Herman had no mercy on his old employers at Texas State with a 64-3 win. The serious part of the schedule resumes Thursday with UConn, the only team to beat the Cougars last season. 14-8 6 The Tigers aren’t as dominating offensively, but they are a bitch defensively. Clemson goes into the Louisville game third nationally in total defense. Only five teams have given up fewer touchdowns than the Tigers’ five. –14-1 7 You never got the feeling UCLA had things wrapped up Saturday at Rose Bowl. The Cardinal led for less than nine minutes the whole game until Ryan Burns game-winning touchdown pass. Defensive end Solomon Thomas had an All-America performance (three tackles, a sack, two TFLs and a touchdown). –4-8 8 Trevor Knight had a Lamar Jackson-like performance vs. Arkansas — 382 total yards, four touchdowns. With a 21-point win, the Aggies are back in the top 10 for the first time since last year’s 5-0 start. This 4-0 start is the third consecutive matching the previous best run from 1939-41. 48-5 9 The Vols rid themselves of a 12-year hangover in beating the Gators. The difficult slate continues — at Georgia, at Texas A&M and Alabama in the next three weeks. 48-5 10 In Week 5, the Big Ten favorite (to some) plays its first ranked team (Wisconsin). To get there undefeated, the Wolverines forced two turnovers and recorded seven sacks against Penn State. –9-4 11 Nice get-well game by the Noles. Dalvin Cook woke up with 267 rushing yards en route to a clubbing of South Florida. Cook still has a ways to go to be the self-proclaimed best back in the game. The Noles remain an ACC sidebar with Clemson-Louisville this week. 36-7 12 Coming off the worst home loss since 2009, the Spartans must rebound quickly. “Now we’ll take some shots,” Mark Dantonio said after a 30-6 loss to Wisconsin. Ominous sign: That was also Michigan Sthave shifted shirt sponsors from Puma to Adidas.And Gunners stars Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been pictured wearing the new kit.The design is inspired from the 1986 kit.Aubameyang and Lacazette with the new Arsenal kit for ate’s last losing season. 77-6 13 In a program that’s had a few notable running quarterbacks, Tommy Armstrong is making his mark. Armstrong went for a career-high 132 yards rushing in a workmanlike win at Northwestern. In the last two weeks, Armstrong has had 12 runs of at least 11 yards. 45-7 14 There’s a book somewhere to be done on the 2016 Bears. This Big 12 championship dream is gaining legs despite the firing of their coach. The Bears moved to 4-0 after beating Oklahoma State 35-24chance.Willians has impressed since getting the call this season from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Ryan said, “I just think Brandon is another inspiration for all the players. You’re always looking at the players ahead of you and, if you see someon. Ishmael Zamora in his first game since being suspended for beating his dog had a career-high 175 receiving yards. 911-3 15 Bye. Three nonconference wins over teams that are 3-9. Now comes big-boy football. ACC season opens this week at Georgia Tech. 16-7 16 That’s how you rebound. The SEC’s best quarterback, Chad Kelly, threw for 282 yards in routing Georgia to show the Rebels ain’t dead yet. Ole Miss hadn’t beaten Georgia in 10 years. 54-8 17 What did the Huskies expect after playing their first legitimate opponent? Washington survived in overtime at Arizona, 35-28. A first-team defense that hadn’t allowed a touchdown gave up four. Stanford comes to Washington on Friday in an early Pac-12 North showdown. 78-5 18 The Utes rallied back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat USC. Quarterback Troy Williams, who grew up 15 minutes from USC, threw the winning touchdown pass with 16 seconds left. 711-3 19 That escalated quickly, didn’t it? One week after a coming-of-age win at Missouri, Jacob Eason and the Dawgs were run out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium 45-14. There will be more days like this for Eason, a freshman (137 passing yards, three sacks). 1012-2 20 Fifth consecutive loss to Texas A&M (45-24) clouds the remainder of the season. The Hogs snapped it 20 times inside the Aggies’ 20 and came away with 17 points. Not enough. 92-10 21 Bye. Longhorns had a hand in the firing of Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder. The 50 points against the Irish earlier this month was the only second time in 31 years Notre Dame’s D gave up at least half a hundred. 28-5 22 Never have the fortunes of a team switched so dramatically. Tennessee scored 38 straight Saturday to beat Gators for the first time in 12 years. Florida now needs help to win the East. 411-2 23 The 14-7 win at Rutgers was a 60-minute advertisement for Sominex. The Hawkeyes try to wake up this week against Northwestern. 310-3 24 Bye. Aztecs face New Year’s Six Group of Five competition from Navy, Air Force and Western Michigan. All are undefeated as well. 210-3 25 The Fightin’ Flecks have done something no Big Ten team has done so far — go 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Broncos have won at Northwestern and Illinois. Coach P.J. Fleck (20-10 since 2014) has to get a few calls this offseason, doesn’t he? NR7-6

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Ohio State commit Nick Bosa suffers season-ending knee injury

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Nick Bosa, the St. Thomas Aquinas standout defensive lustration after their FA Cup elimination by Tottenham.Saints were behind, and then ahead, in a topsy-turvy tie in north London, where a penalty kick from Heung-mno admits he’s seeking an attacking signing this month.Nuno’s side are still sitting pretty in the Premier League, but Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle waloan spell with RB Leipzig.The 18-year-old’s move to Germany was confirmed on Monday.Lampard wanted to use Ampadu this season at Stamford Bridge, but understood the Wales international will get more playing time in the Bundesliga.He stated: “I tried s a frustrating affair. “Of course, we need solutions,” he said after the Magpies stalemate.”Win Son settled the outcome late in the second period.”Kicking ourselves a little bit,” Reineman, suffered a knee injury in Friday’s game that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. 

The school’s athletic director told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that after treatment. 

Bosa committed to , where his brother Joey is one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the country, in July. 247Sports has him rated as a five-star prospect and the No. 6 player in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite. 

According to the Sun Sentinel, no decision has been made on whether Bosa’s injury will require surgery, but Ohio State fans will keep a close eye on this story as it develops. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB)

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

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

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

— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini)

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

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