Harry Kane Derby hero Kane mocks Piers Morgan over Aubameyang tweet Goal 05:27 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Arsenal Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The Spurs striker scored the only goal in a North London derby win over Arsenal after the pundit tweeted the Gabon international was superior Harry Kane took to Twitter to poke fun at pundit and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan after Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over the Gunners on Saturday.The Spurs striker proved the match-winner with the only goal of the match, giving his side a victory in the latest edition of the north London derby.Prior to the match, Morgan had tweeted the rate of scoring for Kane and new Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. With the Gabon international scoring 100 times in 117 games compared to Kane’s 92 goals in 117 games, Morgan wrote: “Can’t wait to see the best striker in Europe tomorrow” and tagged Aubameyang, while copying Kane. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On the field Aubameyang and the new Arsenal signings failed to score in the defeat, thus leaving no doubt who, at least for the day, was the best striker.It appears Kane took notice as after the match, quoting the original tweet and responding with a simple “Thanks”.Kane hardly needed any more motivation for the match, as he previously wrote in the Players’ Tribune about how being released from Arsenal’s youth system as an eight-year-old gave him a drive that has fueled him throughout his career.It was Kane’s 23rd goal of the Premier League season, in a performance which prompted Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to declare him “a blessing” in his post-game comments.The victory took Tottenham into third place in the Premier League, one point ahead of Liverpool and two in front of Chelsea, who play Sunday and Monday respectively. Thanks #NLD https://t.co/k7DTNym3Ti— Harry Kane (@HKane) February 10, 2018Meanwhile Arsenal remain six points behind Liverpool and five behind Chelsea as they attempt to chase down a Champions League place.
World Cup World in Motion: England’s World Cup 1990 song by New Order Ryan Kelly 16:37 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup England England v Costa Rica Tunisia v England England v Nigeria England v Panama England v Belgium Tunisia Panama Nigeria Costa Rica Belgium Friendlies With the services of one of the nation’s most popular bands enlisted, the song for the Three Lions’ 1990 campaign was a big hit 28 years ago The news that England will not have an official World Cup song for Russia 2018 will be a bitter pill to swallow for some fans in the lead up to this summer’s showpiece, but thankfully they can soothe any lingering disappointment with a decidedly rich back catalogue of tournament tunes.One of the most memorable England World Cup anthems was born 28 years ago as the Three Lions were gearing up for Italia ’90, with the familiar synth-pop tones of English band New Order providing an optimistic campaign soundtrack for Bobby Robson’s team.The song was called ‘World in Motion’ and it shot straight to the top of the UK Singles Chart following its release that summer, remaining there for two weeks in June before eventually being succeeded by Elton John’s more downbeat love ballad ‘Sacrifice’ as the nation’s mood shifted. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Written by New Order and comedian Keith Allen, the song famously featured a rap segment by England player John Barnes and a number of other players contributed vocals, while also appearing on the official music video.Interestingly, while New Order boast classics such as ‘True Faith’ and ‘Blue Monday’ in their extensive discography, the World Cup song ‘World in Motion’ has the distinction of being their only UK number one.In the absence of an official song for Russia 2018, ‘World in Motion’ is bound to get some airtime on radio and television this summer, which will evoke feelings of nostalgia for some generations. However, younger Three Lions devotees may not be au fait with it, so here’s everything you need to know about the song.World in Motion lyricsExpress yourself, Create the space, You know you can win, Don’t give up the chase. Beat the man, Take him on, You never give up, It’s one on one.Express yourself, It’s one on one. Express yourself, It’s one on one. Express yourself. You can’t be wrongWhen something’s goodIt’s never goneChorus:Love’s got the world in motionAnd I know what we can do. Love’s got the world in motionAnd I can’t believe it’s true. Now is the time, Let everyone see, You never give up, That’s how it should be. Don’t get caught, Make your own play, Express yourself, Don’t give it away. Express yourself, Its one on one. Express yourself, Its one on one. Express yourself, You can’t be wrong. When something’s goodIt’s never wrong. (Chorus)You’ve got to hold and giveBut do it at the right time. You can be slow or fastBut you must get to the line. They’ll always hit you and hurt you, Defend and attack. There’s only one way to beat them:Get round the back. Catch me if you can’Cause I’m the England manAnd what you’re looking atIs the master plan. We ain’t no hooligans, This ain’t a football song, Three lions on my chestI know we can’t go wrong. We’re playing for England, We’re playing the song,We’re singing for England,Arrivederci it’s one on one.(Repeat x4)World in Motion music videoThe official music video for ‘World in Motion’ featured a number of England players as well as clips of team in action during the qualification phase.As one of the stars of the team – and the song – it was no surprise to see Barnes headlining the music video and the first image viewers were presented with was the midfielder spinning a ball on his finger. He appeared throughout, doing tricks in the background as lead vocalist Bernard Sumner – wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘World in motion…’ on it – sang.Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley also featured in the video, as did Nottingham Forest’s Des Walker and Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon.The music video for New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ can be watched in full above.John Barnes World in Motion rapThe genre of the World Cup song is known to stretch conventional musical boundaries and New Order did precisely that with ‘World in Motion’ by incorporating a rapping player into the composition.Barnes, who had previously performed in the Liverpool’s 1988 ‘Anfield Rap’, won a mini-competition between a handful of England stars to earn the right to contribute a verse to the song, beating the likes of Gascoigne and Beardsley.The lyrics to Barnes’ World in Motion rap can be read below:You’ve got to hold and give But do it at the right time. You can be slow or fast But you must get to the line. They’ll always hit you and hurt you, Defend and attack. There’s only one way to beat them Get round the back. Catch me if you can ‘Cause I’m the England man And what you’re looking at Is the master plan. We ain’t no hooligans, This ain’t a football song, Three lions on my chest I know we can’t go wrong.Despite contending with some ridicule for his rap, the former Liverpool man fully embraced the notoriety and has playfully tapped into his musical side in the years since. In 2010, for example, he worked with chocolate bar manufacturer Mars for a TV advertisement ahead of that year’s World Cup, in which he delivered a rendition of the rap. How did England do at the tournament?Unfortunately for England ‘World in Motion’ did not inspire them to glory, but they did manage to reach the semi-finals of the competition, where they lost on penalties to West Germany.Robson’s men topped Group F ahead of the Republic of Ireland, Netherlands and Egypt before navigating their way past Belgium and Cameroon in the round-of-16 and quarter-finals respectively.The semi-final against West Germany finished 1-1 after extra time, with Gary Lineker’s 80th-minute strike cancelling out Andreas Brehme’s opener.However, the Three Lions endured what would become familiar penalty heartache when Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed their spot kicks, allowing the Germans to win the shootout 4-3.England ultimately finished fourth at the tournament after losing the third-place play-off game against tournament hosts Italy, while West Germany went on to lift the trophy, beating Argentina in the final.
Belgium 0 Portugal 0: Kompany hurt in dull pre-World Cup draw Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 6/3/18 Getty Images An injury scare for Belgium defender Vincent Kompany was one of the few incidents of note in Saturday’s goalless draw against Portugal. Vincent Kompany was replaced with an apparent injury as Belgium and Portugal continued their World Cup preparations with a low-key 0-0 draw in Brussels.Jan Vertonghen, already Belgium’s most-capped player, made his 100th appearance for the national team, the Tottenham centre-back lining up in Roberto Martinez’s back line, but the coach will be concerned about Kompany after he was substituted early in the second half.It was defences on top for the majority of Saturday’s clash of the European heavyweights at the King Baudouin Stadium, goalkeepers Beto and Thibaut Courtois untested during a flat first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Vertonghen’s strike produced a fine save from Beto in the 55th minute, while Martinez avoided further selection headaches after opposite number Courtois shook off an apparent wrist injury after being caught by Ricardo Quaresma.Despite Belgium boasting talent including Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku in their XI the hosts failed to find top gear against a stodgy Portugal side that toiled creatively without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on holiday following the Champions League final.Euro 2016 winners Portugal will welcome the Real Madrid superstar back before Russia 2018, but Belgium coach Martinez will face more questions about his tactics after a flat display from his hotly-tipped side.The mother of @JanVertonghen ha(d/t) a surprise ! #Jan100 #BELPOR #WorldCup #REDTOGETHER pic.twitter.com/ogF7heLT9g — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 2, 2018 Goncalo Guedes and De Bruyne sent early efforts off target as both sides took time to settle into any rhythm in Brussels.Courtois made the game’s first save in the 23rd minute, but the long-range strike from Joao Moutinho was likely sailing wide of the Chelsea goalkeeper’s right-hand post.Yannick Carrasco rippled the side-netting with a drive after beating a series of defenders with a dangerous dribble, before Courtois was called into more routine action at the other end, saving comfortably from Raphael Guerreiro.Portugal were the more threatening side before the interval and when Gelson Martins teased an inswinging cross into the box in the 40th minute, Guedes should have hit the target.Vertonghen almost marked his 100th appearance with a lovely strike, but when he collected a lay-off from Marouane Fellaini and fired at goal, Beto made a fine flying save high to his right.100 – Jan Vertonghen has become the first player to reach 100 caps for Belgium. Centurion. pic.twitter.com/wNRzwU73Su — OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 2, 2018 Martinez had to replace Kompany with Dedryck Boyata in the 55th minute after the Manchester City captain appeared to pull a muscle in the process of making a tackle, potentially putting his World Cup place in doubt.And there was an injury scare for Courtois mid-way through the second half, substitute Quaresma accidentally treading on the goalkeeper’s wrist as he raced through on goal.Thomas Meunier forced another decent Beto stop in the 64th minute as Belgium had the better of the second half, but they were unable to break the deadlock as the scoreline from the last meeting between these sides on Belgian soil in 2000 was repeated.With the World Cup less than two weeks away, Fernando Santos will hope for a positive prognosis on Beto after the Portugal goalkeeper appeared to hurt his thigh late in the game.Belgium have two more warm-up games scheduled, the first of which is against Egypt on Wednesday, while Portugal will head to Russia after their final fixture against Algeria on Thursday, but Martinez will be hoping for positive news on Kompany before naming his final 23-man squad. read more
Filipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilipe Luis will make this his final season as an Atletico Madrid player.Off contract in June, the Brazil fullback will be allowed to leave at the end of the campaign, says Marca.Luis was blocked from moving to PSG last summer by Atletico management and the relationship hasn’t been the same since.The defender will now be allowed to leave next summer after finding himself on the outer of coach Diego Simeone’s plans.A move to Italy has been mooted for Luis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Lampard insists Chelsea not getting overconfidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has warned his Chelsea about getting ahead of themselves. The Blues are sixth after Saturday’s first home win of the season against Brighton.”I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because what we have shown so far this season is moments and patches of games with good stuff where we want to get to, and other moments where we haven’t done so,” he said. “So I think to get overconfident at this point would be wrong on my part and the team’s part.”With the young players, and some have been making their full debuts for Chelsea this season, we must give them time and we will get better. I think it was the movement of the ball. We are working a lot on trying to keep switching the play and in moving it from side to side.”Sometimes we forget that and we forget ourselves that we slow it down too much. It is something I don’t like to see. I don’t think it helps the crowd or the atmosphere when you slow it down and go back to the goalkeeper and across sideways when you can play forward.”At times when we were at our best, we play forward, we played punchier, we were sharper and that’s what made us create so many chances. I was pleased and that’s why I wanted to be really positive at half-time because it is easy to lose patience or to stop doing the right things because it is not coming off.”We were actually creating. The point was to keep doing the right things, to keep moving it quickly and believe it was going to come and it did. Every game is different, you have to consider that, but at our best I want us to have a feeling that we are a team that I like watching myself – a team that are sharp and have energy because we have that quality. It is about trying to put that all together.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer forced to delete Twitter accountby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deleted his Twitter account.Solskjaer has left Twitter after being targeted by vicious trolls in the aftermath of Thursday’s dire goalless draw at AZ Alkmaar.According to reports the abuse forced the Norwegian, who used to manager Molde in his native Norway, to close his account, @olegs26_ole.Although it was not verified with a tick it had had a total of 124,000 followers, including a number of players including club captain Ashley Young.The biog read: “Dad of 3 fantastic kids, married to a wonderful wife and Manager of Molde FK, ex footballer.” This was accompanied by an image of him with Ryan Giggs.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wanyama admits Tottenham exit talk made unsettled himby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has admitted that he was unsettled by talk about his future this summer.The veteran defensive midfielder was linked with a move away to the club, and he almost got it through a transfer to Club Brugge.But the move fell through and Wanyama is focusing on fighting for his place in the team.And he admits the summer speculation had an impact on his focus.”Of course I was unsettled with the transfer news because it was coming in the news every day,” Wanyama told Goal.com.”What happened in the transfer window is passed me now and my main focus is to train as hard as I can to make sure I regain my position in the team.”I don’t think it is difficult to win my position back, I just need to push myself even harder and keep working hard in training to achieve the same and I know it will happen soon.”
TwitterOklahoma freshman-to-be Dede Westbrook hasn’t even played a snap for the Sooners yet, but he’s already talking a bit of trash to the team’s biggest rival. Westbrook, a four-star wide receiver who will begin his freshman year in 2015, decided to randomly tweeted a “horns down” logo Thursday night. It’s a strong move out the gate. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/y4vkHztQy5— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) March 6, 2015The Texas vs. Oklahoma rivalry took a back seat in 2014, as TCU and Baylor reigned supreme in the Big 12. Perhaps Westbrook will help bring it back to the forefront.
Steve Sarkisian USC OregonThe two most successful program in the Pac-12 over the last decade or so have been Oregon and USC. So, it’s only natural for there to be a little bit of a rivalry between the two programs. And there is one, whether or not the players and coaches will actually admit it. The rivalry’s hotness level rose a bit this afternoon, when Trojans’ coach Steve Sarkisian took a low-key shot at the Ducks when discussing USC’s uniform plans. “We’re not going to take the field this year in 13 different uniforms in 13 games this year.” – Sark, taking a low-key shot at Oregon.— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) July 31, 2015Oregon media relations staffer Joe Waltasti fired back at the USC coach in awesome fashion. Sark 0-5 vs. Oregon as a head coach… https://t.co/WKSvSwdk6K— Joe Waltasti (@GoDucksJoe) July 31, 2015Oregon has outscored Sark coached teams 227-97. #tradition https://t.co/dIEbwrVhvj— Joe Waltasti (@GoDucksJoe) July 31, 2015Oregon and USC are set to meet Nov. 21. in Eugene. We can’t wait for that one.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Georgia Tech, one of the ACC favorites, went to South Bend as three point favorites over a Notre Dame team reeling from the injury to quarterback Malik Zaire, and the result was pretty shocking. The Irish wound up blowing out the Yellow Jackets, and running back C.J. Prosise put the exclamation point on things, busting a 91-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Tech defense to make the lead 30-7.CJ Prosise 91 yard run pic.twitter.com/nCPbvk9G3z— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) September 19, 2015How do our guys celebrate a 198-yard, 3 TD rushing performance from CJ Prosise? Take a look: pic.twitter.com/ekdyANzYxC— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 19, 2015Late in the fourth quarter, Prosise has 198 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Prosise is filling in for the injured Tarean Folston, who went down in the season opener. He certainly looks the part thus far.
draymond green snowball michigan fanThursday, Nike released a new two-minute commercial dedicated to “Snow Days” which features over a dozen of the brand’s professional athletes lining up against each other on the football field. One of those athletes is former Michigan State star Draymond Green, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors.Nike also released a “Behind The Scenes” look at the commercial, and asked a few of the athletes who they’d hit with a snowball, given the chance. Green’s answer? A University of Michigan fan. Check it out:This isn’t the first time Green has expressed his dislike for the Wolverines. If you’re interested, here’s the actual commercial – it’s actually very cool.
HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 04: The Butler Bulldogs mascot performs before taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Butler basketball program lost a Bulldog great this week, with the passing of Andrew Smith, who played center on Brad Stevens’ back-to-back Final Four teams. Smith lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday, and today, Butler honored the 2013 grad before today’s game against St. John’s with an incredibly moving video tribute and moment of silence.The video tribute and moment of silence for Andrew Smith today at Hinkle Fieldhouse…. https://t.co/MLMRQbE3sc— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 16, 2016Andrew’s widow Samantha Smith gave a speech at halftime. The Bulldogs will wear an “AS44” patch for the rest of the season.“AS44” patch to be worn by #Butler rest of season in memory of #AndrewSmithStrong. Team will attend service Sunday. pic.twitter.com/eUnaZfCbAq— Rich Nye (@TheSportsGuy13) January 14, 2016Our thoughts go out to the Smith family, and the Butler community.
Dani Ceballos scored a late winning free-kick against his old club as Real Madrid battled to a 2-1 LaLiga victory at Real Betis.Madrid had taken an early lead at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday thanks to a fine drive scored by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.But Sergio Canales hit back with a goal that survived a lengthy VAR review to seemingly claim a point for Quique Setien’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Former Betis star Ceballos had other ideas, though, coming off the bench to net a 20-yard free-kick with two minutes to go to move Madrid up to fourth.Madrid started well and they took the lead in the 13th minute, Modric blasting a drive into the top-left corner from just outside the penalty area.Vinicius Junior fired straight at Pau Lopez at the end of a flowing move as Madrid kicked through the gears, Antonio Barragan making a wonderful challenge to halt another rapid break.Canales recorded the first Betis shot on target two minutes into the second half but Keylor Navas, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got everything behind the shot.Navas was beaten in the 67th minute, however, the impressive Giovani Lo Celso sending Canales clear of the Madrid defence to squeeze his shot through the goalkeeper and over the line.The goal was subject to a lengthy VAR review, giving the home fans an agonising wait, but replays showed Dani Carvajal was playing Canales onside and the goal stood.Solari ignored Isco as he used his last two subs to bring on Ceballos and Brahim Diaz for his LaLiga debut, with the decision justified in the 88th minute.William Carvalho gave away a free-kick on the edge of the Betis box and Ceballos took responsibility, bending the ball round the wall to beat Lopez.Super-sub Ceballos with a super free-kick winner! #RealBetisRealMadrid 1-2 pic.twitter.com/0hOAg8LyJF— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019What does it mean? Injuries mount for struggling SolariMadrid, who are now 10 points back from leaders Barcelona, will hope an injury that forced Karim Benzema off at half-time is not too serious. Solari is already without forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, while Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente were also absent.Ceballos justifies Solari faithBringing on Ceballos instead of Isco appeared a curious move and a decision Solari seemed certain to have to defend in his post-match news conference. But the former Betis midfielder settled the contest with a beautifully hit free-kick, earning Madrid an important three points.MATCHWINNER #RealBetisRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/pgv3vzUFXv— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019Lopez wrongfooted by late winnerCeballos took his winning goal nicely but, when he sees replays of the strike, Betis goalkeeper Lopez will surely feel he should have done better. The placement of his wall appeared odd as Lopez seemed to leave himself unsighted, allowing Ceballos to place a fine finish into his goal.What’s next?Both sides are in Copa del Rey action, with Madrid heading to Leganes while Betis visit Real Sociedad. At the weekend, it’s Sevilla at home for Madrid and Betis host Girona. read more
YouTube/Rivals.comCJ Lewis, a three-star quarterback from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, will no longer be heading to Tennessee.The dual-threat quarterback recruit announced via Twitter that he has decommitted from the Volunteers.pic.twitter.com/mJ7qR8jn2Y— Drip Lewis ✞ (@SavageLew_14) November 23, 2016Lewis is ranked the No. 28 dual-threat QB in the class of 2017, and the No. 8 player in the state of Connecticut.With Lewis out of the fold, Tennessee currently has 26 players in the 2017 recruiting class. He was the only quarterback pledged to join the program in this class.Tennessee loses star quarterback Josh Dobbs after this season. Sophomore Quinten Dormady, redshirt freshman Sheriron Jones, and freshman Jarrett Guarantano will battle it out to replace Dobbs next season. All were blue-chip high school recruits.Lewis committed to Tennessee back on July 23. He also holds offers from Boston College, Buffalo, and UConn, according to his 247Sports profile. There’s a chance that a number of other schools jump back into this recruitment, however, now that he is available once again.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Christian Hackenberg never took a snap in two season with the New York Jets. He didn’t even make it to training camp with the Oakland Raiders.Oakland, which traded for the 2016 second-round pick on May 22, released the former Penn State quarterback today.He’d only been with the team three weeks.By dumping Hackenberg now, the Raiders are able to retain their conditional seventh-round pick.Source: the Raiders have waived QB Christian Hackenberg.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 12, 2018That was fast: The #Raiders have waived QB Christian Hackenberg, per the NFL’s transaction wire. That negates a trade from earlier this offseason. Oakland keeps its 7th round pick.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 12, 2018Hackenberg is already regarded as a colossal bust due to his draft status. In fairness to him, he probably was overdrafted by the Jets after struggling for most of his final two years at Penn State.In a league that is always looking for quarterback play, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Hackenberg got one more look.The odds of him having a career in the NFL don’t look good right now though.
DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Every year, we see some changes to the bowl schedule. After this year, the Heart of Dallas Bowl may have to head to the heart of another city.The game, played at the Cotton Bowl, is coming off of one of its more sad match-ups.On paper, it looked like a potentially fun game. The 2017 edition of the Heart of Dallas Bowl pit Utah against West Virginia, two solid Power Five programs.However, the day after Christmas was a poor weather day in Dallas, neither fan base is very local or was enthused for the trip, and as a result, attendance was incredibly sparse.Fans didn’t exactly flock to the Cotton Bowl to see Utah and West Virginia pic.twitter.com/Z1N3YjcbSC— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 26, 2017More first half shots from the #HeartofDallasBowl. #BowlSeason (https://t.co/WQVNZwgbgt + https://t.co/rTZFYCdIfw) pic.twitter.com/Bx4dAvCrI8— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) December 26, 2017Attendance for the game was listed at over 20,500. That’s a bad look for the 92,000-seat stadium, and based on the actual photos, the number was definitely much lower in reality.Now, the future of the Heart of Dallas Bowl is in serious jeopardy.The city nearly voted against paying ESPN to host the game. The decision was punted, but this could be the last year that the bowl game is in Dallas.As Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky reports, the city council nearly voted against renewing a deal this morning, instead electing to punt the decision to September.A deal would mean $300,000 to ESPN, a number at which it sounds like the majority of the council has balked. If the city elects to lose the game, it could move down I35 to Austin.Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission, said she has been talking with ESPN about getting better teams in the future — which would mean higher attendance and better ratings. But she said in an interview she’s concerned that if the council votes against the incentive, ESPN will simply take the game elsewhere — like Austin, which wants a bowl game.The Heart of Dallas Bowl is the only bowl in Dallas proper, but the area has a few other existing games. The Cotton Bowl Classic is now played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, while nearby Fort Worth (Armed Forces Bowl), and Frisco Frisco Bowl) also host games.[Dallas Morning News]
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A petition is attempting to get rid of one of college football’s most iconic mascots.The petition, which was started by Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members, has 35,000-plus signatures.The group is calling for LSU to get rid of its live tiger mascot. The Tigers have had multiple “Mike the Tigers” over the years.“We believe that animals shouldn’t be used as entertainment, they aren’t here for our amusement,” said Rebecca Gerber of Care2.From The Advocate:Though LSU has spent millions improving the mascot’s enclosure, Gerber said Wednesday the point is that having a wild animal on campus as a tourist attraction makes it easier for people to accept killing animals for consumer trifles, which is the most likely end for tigers bred in captivity.“They should be in the wild and respected,” she said. “Even treated very kindly, it’s easier to see them as here entertainment, disposable props for football … We’re trying to stop that message completely.”This isn’t Care2’s first stab at petitioning LSU on behalf of Mike VII. Soon after Mike VI died of cancer, the group gathered 142,000 signatures asking LSU not to replace him with a new tiger. In comparison, the petition asking to create the City of St. George had about 13,000 signatures in June.LSU never responded.LSU has reportedly responded with the following statement:“The university does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers. By providing a home for a tiger that needs one, LSU hopes to raise awareness about the problem of irresponsible breeding and the plight of tigers kept illegally and/or inappropriately in captivity in the U.S.”Happy second birthday to our favorite tiger in the world – @MikeTheTiger! ?? pic.twitter.com/ZVKSR4GNtj— LSU (@LSU) September 13, 2018You can view the full report here.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Ohio State RB Bri’Onte Dunn has been found not guilty on multiple counts of rape.On Friday afternoon, Dunn was acquitted on two charges of rape stemming from an alleged incident with a woman on August 20, 2017.Per 10TV.com, the woman said she and Dunn had dated that summer. But on the day in question, she testified that Dunn forced himself on her at her apartment.During the course of the trial, Dunn testified that she had performed explicit acts on him. He added that he had attempted to have sex with her, but was unable to perform.JUST IN: Former Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn found not guilty in rape trial https://t.co/X5mJk8NkEd #10TV pic.twitter.com/HcCKOdmlY6— 10TV.com (@10TV) October 19, 2018Per the report, Dunn’s accuser admitted to contacting him multiple times after his arrest – at one point as many as 27 times.Dunn was a backup RB for the Buckeyes for four seasons.In 2012, his freshman season, Dunn had 25 carries for 133 yards and two TDs.Dunn’s 2014 and 2015 seasons saw him used even less. He totaled just 25 touches over the two seasons, but was a part of the team’s National Championship run.He didn’t play in 2013.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Another head coaching vacancy has been filled.After a tumultuous 2018 college football season, Maryland has finally found its new head coach. Former Maryland assistant and interim head coach Mike Locksley – currently offensive coordinator for Alabama – is headed back home.Maryland took to Twitter to make the news official.Welcome Home!We are excited to announce Michael Locksley as the head coach of Maryland Football. #LOCKedIn ? | #FearTheTurtlehttps://t.co/7ysnt51mQz pic.twitter.com/CLeCcqVDuC— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) December 5, 2018Matt Canada, who entered the season as the offensive coordinator at Maryland, assumed head coaching duties after the school placed DJ Durkin on leave. He took over as the interim head coach when Durkin was fired as well.Despite his close proximity to the program, Canada did not get the “interim” status removed from his title.Locksley formerly coached at New Mexico where he racked up a rough 2-26 record. After his stint there, Locksley took over as the offensive coordinator at Maryland and then served as the team’s interim head coach for six games – going 1-5.Now there’s an opening on Nick Saban’s staff.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football bowl season rolls on today with a handful of solid contests. Four match-ups highlight the action today including a few teams that are hoping to finish the season in the top-25 – Army has a shot at the polls with a win today.No ranked programs are in action, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. Here is the four-game schedule coming up Saturday afternoon and night:Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPNLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Army at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNDollar General Bowl: Buffalo vs. Troy at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNSofi Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPNThe late college football games today will be up against two NFL games as the Tennessee Titans face off against the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Chargers face off against the Baltimore Ravens.There’s plenty to watch this weekend.