10 months agoMonaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer fee

first_imgMonaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer feeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Monaco are fighting over a suitable transfer fee for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has flown into the principality and agreed personal terms over a two-and-a-half year contract, which included a signing bonus worth in excess of £9m. Fabregas, who waved goodbye to supporters after Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest, could have joined the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season when his Chelsea contract expires.However, Chelsea want to cash in while on the 31-year-old and are holding out for £10m, but Monaco aren’t willing to meet their evaluation. A deal is still expected to be completed before the transfer window shuts at the end of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blow

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.” last_img read more

9 days agoArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballos

first_imgArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballosby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring forward plans to sign Dani Ceballos.The midfielder is on-loan at Arsenal this season from Real Madrid – without the option to buy.AS says Emery has seen enough and wants to buy Ceballos in January as a priority.The manager sees the Spanish midfielder as the man to replace Mesut Ozil, who he is eager to move on.Arsenal are set to open talks with Real in the coming weeks to discuss a fee for Ceballos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Monday Cheat Sheet: Everything That’s Gone Viral The Past 24 Hours (2/23/15)

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-02-21 at 10.09.04 PMTwitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/lo7oP969qO— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheetlast_img read more

De Bruyne admits to being below his best

first_imgKevin De Bruyne admits he has been below his best for Manchester City but believes regular game time will help to rediscover his spark.The Belgium international enjoyed a stunning 2017-18 campaign, in what was a record-breaking season for all concerned at the Etihad Stadium.He delivered eight goals and 16 assists in Premier League competition, having posted six efforts and laid on 18 more in 2016-17. 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? The target has been found just once this term, but De Bruyne has been severely hampered by injury.Ligament damage in his right leg kept him out for three months early in 2018-19, while a similar ailment in his left knee sidelined him in November.He has been restricted to just two Premier League starts as a result, and told reporters of his form after the most recent of those against Huddersfield: “I’m getting better.“You need a run of games where you play a lot because I’m not used to playing every three days, but I’m getting there.“I’m happy with the way I’m performing. It’s not the same record as last year, but you can expect that because I’ve been out since the World Cup.“To come back twice is not mentally not that easy, but I’m happy to be back playing football again.”De Bruyne Manchester City Burton 2018-19De Bruyne concedes that the only way he is going to make the contribution expected of him is to take in more minutes.With that in mind, he is eager to figure as often as possible over the coming weeks.City’s next outing is set to come against Burton Albion in the second leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final clash that they already lead 9-0 on aggregate.“I want to play every game,” said De Bruyne.“We know with Burton, we should go through, but every game you need to show respect to the other teams. What they did is amazing for them. In the end, it is the manager’s decision who plays on Wednesday.“We want to go as far as possible and until now we have done well, so we will try to keep that going.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Video: Alabama Freshman QB Jalen Hurts Shows Off Ridiculous Arm On 39-Yard Touchdown Pass

first_imgJalen Hurts throwing a touchdown pass.Jalen Hurts didn’t start for Alabama, but he’s making his presence known against USC Saturday night.Blake Barnett started at quarterback for Alabama on Saturday night, but it’s true freshman Jalen Hurts who led the team to its first score. Hurts, who wasn’t even supposed to be playing per Nick Saban’s statement earlier this week, found ArDarius Stewart for a 39-yard score in the second quarter. Hurts had some serious zip on the ball.This is Jalen Hurts.You have been warned.@AlabamaFTBL 7-3. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/pCZFhkdsXb— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 4, 2016Saban had mentioned earlier in the week that it would be Barnett and Cooper Bateman who saw action in the contest. So much for that.Alabama now leads 7-3. It’s shaping up to be a great one.last_img read more

Lingard: We were complacent in World Cup semi-final

first_imgEngland got complacent in last year’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia, says Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, and were ultimately defeated by players with more big-game experience. The Three Lions are preparing to line up for another last-four clash on Thursday, this time against Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League. Gareth Southgate’s side delivered England’s best showing at a major tournament since 1996 last summer but were ultimately defeated by Croatia, despite taking the lead through a Kieran Trippier free-kick in the fifth minute.  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? A second-half effort from Ivan Perisic took the clash to extra time and Mario Mandzukic made it 2-1 with 11 minutes to play to ensure Croatia took a spot against France in the final. Looking back on the game while filming a YouTube video with former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, Lingard, who played the full semi-final in Russia, said of the moment Trippier put England 1-0 up: “It was mad.”I think we got a bit too ahead of ourselves, thinking we could actually win it.“Then we just got complacent at the end, we should have seen the game out.“That whole tournament was up there, that’ll live in the memory,” he continued.Croatia went on to finish runners-up, losing 4-2 to France in the final, although Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award as the most outstanding player of the tournament. “I think it was the experience, they had Modric and [Ivan] Rakitic and they had been in semi-finals before, they know how to handle situations,” added Lingard.England went on to finish above Croatia in their Nations League group campaign, defeating Zlatko Dalic’s side 2-1 at Wembley in the last fixture to ensure qualification for the finals. Lingard was named in Southgate’s 23-man squad to face Netherlands, but last summer’s semi-final scorer Trippier missed out to right-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker.The Tottenham defender admitted he deserved the snub, though, having been below par for his club last season and struggling with a number of minor injuries.Should England be successful against a talented Dutch side, a final against either Portugal or Switzerland would await.last_img read more

Kean’s father: My son nearly joined Man Utd

first_imgMoise Kean’s father has said that he stopped his son from joining Manchester United several years ago.The Juventus striker has emerged as one of his country’s top young talents, but he appears on the verge of a move to England. Goal reported earlier this week that the 19-year-old is set to join Everton in a deal worth an initial €32 million (£29m/$35m). Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But it could have been different for the Italy international, who nearly joined United in his early teens according to his father. “I did stop his transfer at the time, his mother wanted to send him to Manchester [United],” Biorou Jean Kean told Omnisport.”I said no because I wanted him to stay at Juventus and keep learning. He was not mature enough yet. “To send a young boy abroad aged just 14-15 years old didn’t convince me at that time.”Kean is now ready to make that move, having scored six Serie A goals for Juve last season despite making just 13 appearances and five starts.  The striker has represented Italy at every youth level, and has now scored two goals in three caps for the senior national team. Kean’s father, who was born in the Ivory Coast, believes his son has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League. “I completely trust my son, he will make a big impact in English football with his new team,” Kean said. “He is someone who brings joy wherever he plays. “I’m sure my son will not look bad in England. He will make our family, Italy and Ivory Coast proud.”Man Utd may have missed out on Kean several years ago, but they do appear close to landing another Juventus striker this summer. United have opened discussions over a move for Paulo Dybala in what could potentially be a swap deal with Juve involving Romelu Lukaku.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Coach Appearing In Court After May Arrest

first_imgThe opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith is appearing in court today after a May arrest for criminal trespassing. The school is reportedly aware of the Zach Smith arrest.Smith was taken in by officers back on May 12. The alleged incident occurred in the city of Delaware, Ohio, a bit north of Columbus.Eleven Warriors broke the news about his court appearance this afternoon:Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith is set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon following a May arrest for criminal trespassing, according to a Delaware Municipal Court record.Per case No. 18CRB01399-A, Smith was arrested May 12 by Sgt. Ron Sallows for criminal trespassing and has since pleaded not guilty. His court date is set for Wednesday at 2 p.m.Ohio State did not comment at the time of publication.Further details of the Zach Smith arrest are unknown at this time.Smith is the only assistant coach that remains at Ohio State from Urban Meyer’s first staff. He is the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, who passed away earlier this year.He is known as one of the better recruiters on the staff. Non-Buckeye fans may also recognize the name from his active social media presence.We’ll have more on Smith’s arrest as we learn it.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

A Photo Of Jim Harbaugh’s Crazy Whiteboard At Michigan Is Going Viral

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh is kind of a weird guy. You know this already, obviously.So, it shouldn’t be surprising to see that Michigan’s head football coach has a huge whiteboard in his Wolverines’ office, complete with a bunch of odd phrases like:“FAT IS THE ENEMY OF SPEED.”And:“IF YOU ARE BORED YOU ARE BORING.”OK then.Here’s a look at the full board, shared by ESPN’s Marty Smith.Within his office, @CoachJim4UM has a massive whiteboard covered with Harbaughisms. “Fat is the enemy of speed.” ? pic.twitter.com/IIRdBpnypQ— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 20, 2018Smith was in Ann Arbor, Mich. doing a piece on Harbaugh for ESPN’s College GameDay. The piece will air Week 1.Like you’ve never heard him before…Airs @CollegeGameDay, Sept. 1. pic.twitter.com/lot4zFOr8Z— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 20, 2018ESPN’s College GameDay is set to air from South Bend, Ind. on Sept. 1 prior to Michigan’s game at Notre Dame.last_img read more

A Major Upset Is Currently Brewing In The SEC

first_imgA football game between LSU and Ole Miss.OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)Upsets during the first few weeks of college football aren’t all that common. Most major programs enter their seasons against inferior opponents to get ready for stiffer competition.It’s not working out too well for Ole Miss. The Rebels kicked off against FCS program Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon with dreams of a 2-0 start in their future.However, the Salukis didn’t come to play for second place. Southern Illinois currently leads the contest at the half by a score of 38-35.It’s been an offensive outburst for both program who have racked up nearly 800 combined total yards in just two quarters of play.The #Salukis lead Ole Miss 38-35 at halftime. #RunWithUs pic.twitter.com/c1IrtwQI80— Saluki Football (@SIU_Football) September 8, 2018Can the Salukis hold on to take down the Rebels in their home stadium? Or will Ole Miss battle back and spoil the upset plans Southern Illinois has worked on for 30 minutes.Tune in to the SEC Network to find out who will take home the win and move to 2-0 on the season.last_img read more

Alabama Player Issues Statement After Getting Caught Throwing Punches

first_imgalabama player caught punching an opponentAlabama standout defensive lineman Raekwon Davis appeared to get caught throwing multiple punches at a Missouri offensive lineman during the win on Saturday night.Replay showed Davis throwing some jabs at the Tigers’ lineman after the play had been stopped. Many were calling for Davis to get ejected, but he only got a personal foul penalty.Here’s replay of what happened:Alabama’s Raekwon Davis Throws Punches During Game Against Missouri; No Ejection From The Refs & Head Coach Nick Saban Allows Him To Stay In The Game pic.twitter.com/Y9LJOmMnvn— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 14, 2018Davis took to Twitter after the game to issue an apology:“I would like to apologize to Kevin Pendleton, the Missouri Tigers, their fans, Alabama Fans, and my teammates and coaches for my actions during tonight’s game. I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and that’s unacceptable. Again I’m sorry and it will never happen again.”I would like to apologize to Kevin Pendleton, the Missouri Tigers, their fans, Alabama Fans, and my teammates and coaches for my actions during tonight’s game. I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and that’s unacceptable. Again I’m sorry and it will never happen again.— Raekwon Davis (@Raekwondavis_99) October 14, 2018While there was no ejection, it’s possible the SEC will look into this play and decide on further punishment for Davis.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Gus Johnson Receives Flak For “Tone-Deaf” Comments About Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes dominated Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines on Saturday en route to a 62-39 win. The win moved Ohio State to 11-1 on the year and secured a date with Northwestern in the Big Ten title game.During the waning moments of the game, FOX broadcaster Gus Johnson spoke about the winning head coach. Urban Meyer, who was suspended for three games earlier in the season after a report suggested he covered up allegations of abuse against an assistant coach, received praise from Johnson for everything Meyer has “gone through.”Viewers watching at home were unhappy with Johnson’s comments, suggesting Meyer should not receive praise for winning football games after the allegations against him earlier in the year.A quick Michigan-Ohio State thought: FOX really needed a far more muted presentation of Urban Meyer. Seriously…..Gus Johnson saying there aren’t many men like him, the whole crew talking about “all the things he’s gone through”….Just a really tone-deaf, bad look all around.— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) November 24, 2018Is Gus Johnson being paid every time he mentions Urban Meyer’s cyst? Let’s please avoid portraying Meyer as a victim and having overcome the domestic violence suspension.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) November 24, 2018Clearly viewers at home weren’t happy with the way Johnson talked about Urban Meyer and his tumultuous 2018 season.In the end, Ohio State walked out with a win and Meyer’s season will continue against Northwestern.last_img read more

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Tweets Message After Win vs. Michigan

first_imgDwayne Haskins throws a pass for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins had quite the performance against Michigan this afternoon, throwing for more than 300 yards and 5 touchdowns in the blowout win over his rival.The Buckeyes improved to 11-1 on the season with the win. Urban Meyer and Co. will head to the Big Ten Championship Game next weekend, where they’ll take on Northwestern.Haskins is excited.Ohio State’s star quarterback took to Twitter to issue a message following the win over Michigan.“You can sleep if you wanna but not on me baby… #NotDoneYet #Shhh #SeeYouNextWeek,” he wrote.You can sleep if you wanna but not on me baby… ?? #NotDoneYet #Shhh #SeeYouNextWeek pic.twitter.com/dPMAN2TDtG— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) November 24, 2018You’ll certainly be seeing Ohio State next weekend.The Buckeyes and the Wildcats are set to meet in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.If Ohio State wins, it’ll be in serious contention for the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Iowa Adds 20 Recruits On National Signing Day

first_imgVeiw from the front of Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: General view as fans walk outside Kinnick Stadium before the match-up between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa is getting ready to bring in an important recruiting class in 2019 and took a major step towards getting those players on the field during National Signing Day.The Iowa Hawkeyes Football Twitter page revealed 20 players that had joined their Class of 2019 by signing a letter of intent.Among the players announced were three 4-star prospects: OT Ezra Miller, OLB Jestin Jacobs, and OT Taylor Endres.247Sports has Miller ranked as the No. 25 OT in the country, Jacobs as the No. 17 OLB, and Endres as No. 33 OT.He holds the record for most campus visits during the Coach Ferentz Era – ?OL Ezra Miller | #Swarm19 https://t.co/wAIrCXFeUH pic.twitter.com/UUQLuzWlXb— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 19, 2018Bucked the rest for the Hawkeye State – ? LB Jestin Jacobs | #Swarm19 https://t.co/wAIrCXFeUH pic.twitter.com/qT4tMchD1P— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 19, 2018OLine U just got better – ? OL Tyler Endres | #Swarm19 https://t.co/wAIrCXFeUH pic.twitter.com/xTOq5HfhvJ— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 19, 2018Five of the players recruited were ranked in the top-10 in their respective states, according to 247Sports: Miller (Iowa), Jacobs (Ohio), Endres (Iowa), along with TE Logan Lee (Indiana) and OG Justin Britt (Indiana).Naturally, an Iowa recruiting class would not be complete without some tight ends.In addition to Logan Lee, the Hawkeyes added tight ends Josiah Miamen and Sam LaPorta.last_img read more

4-Star Clemson Signee Reportedly Suffers Knee Injury Playing Basketball

first_imgThe Clemson Tigers prepare to take the field prior to the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: The Clemson Tigers prepare to take the field prior to the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Clemson four-star 2019 signee Bryton Constantin reportedly suffered a knee injury during a recent high school basketball game. Per TigerNet, Constantin potentially tore his ACL.The Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab linebacker also plays hoops for his high school team. During a game last week, he told TigerNet he felt “a pop” in his knee.“I went for an MRI two days ago but I had too much blood in my knee to do an MRI, so they drained all the blood out and they were like, the only way you’d have this much blood in your knee is if you did tear your ACL,” Constantin said. “I go back for an MRI this weekend or Monday, so I’ll know for sure what it is coming up soon.”On Twitter, Constantin has begun to acknowledge his injury situation.“God got this, I don’t have one worry in the world #ALLIN,” he wrote.God got this, i don’t have one worry in the world. #ALLIN https://t.co/HxjDWp4Mad— Bryton Constantin (@Kxng_Bryton) February 20, 2019Appreciate it ! God does everything for a reason… I’m not even worried https://t.co/0dFIjL9ttZ— Bryton Constantin (@Kxng_Bryton) February 20, 2019Constantin is the No. 8 outside linebacker in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is also the 11th-rated player in the state of Louisiana.last_img read more

Penn State QB Sean Clifford On Biggest Challenge He Faces As Presumptive Starter

first_imgPenn State quarterback Sean Clifford throws a pass during warm-ups.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions warms up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers on September 30, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Indiana 45-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)With Tommy Stevens heading to Mississippi State as a grad transfer, the Penn State quarterback job likely falls to Sean Clifford. James Franklin hasn’t decided as much just yet, insisting that he remains in a quarterback battle with Will Levis.Clifford is the overwhelming favorite to win that quarterback battle, though. Levis is coming off of a redshirt year as a true freshman, while Clifford got his feet wet a bit, as Stevens missed time due to injury behind star Trace McSorley.As a redshirt freshman in 2018, Clifford appeared in four games. He was 5-for-7 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.Most of that production came in a 63-10 win over Kent State, in which he completed all three of his throws for 117 yards and a touchdown. His other score came on his only throw against Pitt.With Tommy Stevens’ transfer, Sean Clifford recently addressed the biggest issue he faces, should he step into the starting quarterback role at Penn State.From StateCollege.com:Assuming Clifford is, in fact, named the starter, what is the biggest challenge now? The details, all the little things that go from being important on the sideline to crucial in the backfield. Clifford has the physical tools, but in his eyes, it’s sharpening the knowledge to go with it.“The extra step of preparation is probably the biggest [challenge] because obviously you know the past few years, I was prepared as a starter but you know it’s not as pressing when you know you’re not going to go into that game or you’re not going to start the game off,” Clifford said.“So I would say that’s the biggest difference… that I’ve really got to know what they’re going to give me on third-and-3. You can’t be like when it happens and I’m on the sideline and I’m like ‘I think there is going to be in Cover-4 here?’ You have to be way more prepared but I think I’ve gotten better and better over the years.”Coaches will often talk about a quarterback “winning the team” in a position battle. Clifford’s reportedly taken big steps to instill confidence in his teammates since Stevens’ decision, per fellow Nittany Lion stars like Micah Parsons.Time will tell if he successfully lifts the heavy mantle left by McSorley.[StateCollege.com]last_img read more

4-Star Recruit Joseph Johnson Announces Commitment

first_img Blessed pic.twitter.com/pPvIhG4XMW— (J3)Joseph Johnson lll (@joseph_johnson7) July 2, 2019Johnson is now the second defensive back to commit to the Nittany Lions’ 2020 recruiting class, joining safety Ji’Ayir Brown.Here is Johnson’s official announcement:247Sports lists Johnson as the No. 20 cornerback and No. 7 recruit from Virginia in his class. His six-foot-two frame should allow him to fend off bigger wideouts at the collegiate level.Coming into Tuesday, the Nittany Lions held the No. 11 recruiting class in the entire country. That ranking should change due to the program landing commitments from Johnson and three-star wideout Parker Washington.Penn State only trails Ohio State and Michigan in 247Sports’ recruiting rankings for the Big Ten.After going through a rough patch throughout June, the Nittany Lions are gaining momentum on the recruiting trail heading into the rest of the summer. Long shot view from fan's perspective of Penn State's Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 11: Penn State fans take in the game during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium on November 11, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With programs around the country adding several recruits at this time of the year, four-star cornerback Joseph Johnson announced his commitment to a powerhouse in the Big Ten.Johnson originally commit to N.C. State in the spring, but then decided to reopen his recruitment. The Wolfpack remained in the hunt even during the second time around.The other programs in the mix for Johnson were Ohio State, Penn State and Texas A&M.It turns out that the winner of the sweepstakes is Penn State, as Johnson announced his commitment to the school on his Twitter account.last_img read more

LSU QB Joe Burrow Explains Why He Waved At Texas Fans In Final Seconds Of Saturday’s Game

first_imgTexas fans haven’t been thrilled with how Burrow has acted in the wake of his team’s victory. This likely won’t help matters. Tuesday night, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt asked Burrow about his decision. Burrow said that Texas fans were “talking some trash” behind his team’s bench.Burrow’s wave came with just under two minutes left and the Tigers holding a 14-point lead. They went on to win 45-38.“Yeah, that was just a little wave. They had been talking some trash behind us all night and I had enough of it for a little bit.” Here’s the clip:Joe Burrow talks about his 👋to Texas fans.(via @notthefakeSVP) pic.twitter.com/bmjRhWR8p2— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 11, 2019 Regardless, LSU scored a huge win and put the rest of the country on notice that it may now have an offense to go with its always-loaded defense. The real test, per usual, will come against Alabama later in the season.Texas, meanwhile, likely now has to win out (and beat Oklahoma twice) to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff. BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – AUGUST 31: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Tiger Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)This past Saturday night, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, in the midst of the game of his life, had a message for Texas fans who doubted him earlier in the week. Burrow was shown on television mockingly waving at Longhorns supporters as they left the stadium.last_img read more