How Wolves pulled off Rui Patricio transfer coup

first_imgTransfers How Wolves pulled off the biggest and most controversial transfer coup of the summer for Rui Patricio Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rui Patricio Pepe Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Images Transfers Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton Portugal v Morocco Everton Morocco Portugal World Cup Premier League Opinion Portugal’s No.1 will be at Molineux next season following a controversial free transfer which sees Jorge Mendes at odds with Sporting Wolves will be restarting life in the top flight with one of the world’s best goalkeepers in their line-up; a player with 70 international caps to his name, a player with a European Championship winners’ medal locked in his safe, a player with his name on the list of candidates for the Ballon d’Or less than two years ago.And right now it would appear that the Championship title winners are getting Rui Patricio – Portugal’s starting goalkeeper at this World Cup – for nothing.It will be some time before the complexities of the 30-year-old’s free transfer from Sporting CP are unravelled. To understand why that is, the role of Sporting’s maverick president Bruno de Carvalho must be analysed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Having taken over the role in 2013, De Carvalho takes credit for saving the club from financial oblivion but his abrasive, confrontational style has won him few friends in the corridors of power.It culminated in the events of May 15 this year when Sporting’s players and staff were attacked by up to 50 ultras. Top scorer Bas Dost was left with cuts to his head and images captured on the day show the Dutchman perplexed with tears in his eyes.The president had gained a reputation for lashing out at opponents, journalists, agents, the football federation and even his own fans on social media throughout his tenure and in April of this year he attacked his own players on Facebook after they had lost 2-0 in their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.The squad – led by captains Rui Patricio and William Carvalho – responded saying that the president should make more attempts to support and lead the club.From there, De Carvalho suspended 19 of them and described the players as ‘spoilt children’. The suspension was lifted after a crisis meeting but the atmosphere remained toxic. And on May 15 one of the most shameful days in the history of Portuguese football unfolded.Rui Patricio Sporting, Diego Costa AtleticoArmed with makeshift weapons, around 50 masked ultras gained entry to Sporting’s training facilities and carried out their assault. The attack was met with outrage in Portugal with prime minister Antonio Costa formalising a national body to combat violence in sport. A couple of days later, Sporting lost the Portuguese cup final having earlier seen their Champions League ambitions washed out.Rui Patricio and others had by that stage resolved to leave the club. The goalkeeper enlisted the services of Jorge Mendes and his Gestifute agency – heavily involved with Wolves – to find a new place to work. A move to the Premier League newcomers fell through at the end of May with De Carvalho blaming Mendes for asking for a high commission.Gestifute hit back, saying “nothing could be further from the truth” and claiming it did everything in its power to secure an €18 million (£16m/$21m) fee for the ‘keeper. It claimed that an 11th-hour request from the Sporting president for another €2m scuppered the deal.Rui Patricio, William Carvalho and five more senior players have since taken the extraordinary step of terminating their club contracts invoking ‘just cause’ stemming from the training ground attack. Coach Jorge Jesus is also gone.The goalkeeper released a 34-page statement detailing the reasons for his exit from his boyhood club. Through the passages he lamented the fact that the club could not guarantee his physical and psychological safety.Jorge Mendes WolvesSome Sporting fans have since criticised Rui Patricio for “betraying” the club that formed him and warned Wolves that a day in court would come. That’s because this week Sporting’s Board of Directors proclaimed that the contract terminations were “illegal.” The club maintains there was no just cause for the players to cancel their contracts and are seeking damages and losses in court.For now though, Wolves may well have pulled off the transfer coup of the summer. It appears the club president – Bruno De Carvalho – will bear the brunt of the blame for his foul-up and his future could well be decided at a General Assembly on June 23.Rui Patricio will be between the posts for Portugal’s second World Cup Group B match against Morocco having conceded three against Spain on matchday one. It was not an ideal start to the competition but the Euro 2016 winners will be expected to realign their campaign today in Moscow.And at the conclusion of the campaign he will be off to Molineux for a new chapter. What else plays out remains to be seen.last_img read more


first_imgIn recent days several affiliates from Queensland have been asking why the deadline for affiliation with Touch Football Australia (TFA) has changed from June 2006 to October 14, 2005. Question: As a Qld affiliate, originally we understood that we had a year to become a part of the model. Why do we now have to sign up before 14 October? Answer: The situation has changed. Since the new constitution was passed on 25 June, the management of the four regions (NQ, CQ, SWQ and SQBD) have formally declared that they oppose the new model and are actively campaigning against it. The sport suffers while there is ongoing uncertainty about which affiliates will be part of the model and which will not. People involved in the sport have better things to do than play politics. The longer this drags on the more time and resources are wasted when they should be being used to develop the sport. An independent audit found the structure of the sport in Qld to be `dysfunctional’ and recommended a new structure. Only the four regions in Qld do not want to be a part of the new model; the rest of Australia is already moving forward. The declaration by the management of the four regions that they will not be part of the new structure (in opposition to the rest of Australia) has forced the timetable forward. Touch faces challenges from competitors in its own market – Oz Tag, Premier Touch, NTRA etc. They have capitalised on our own willingness to compete against ourselves rather than cooperate for the good of the development of the sport. Touch also faces competition from other codes and other sports. We will lose participants the longer uncertainty reigns. The sport in Qld cannot be left to suffer until June of 2006. We need to move ahead and can only do so knowing exactly who our members are.last_img

Mets Women’s Open Champions

first_imgThe Sydney Mets are the Women’s Open’s Champions, after beating the South Queensland Sharks 5-4 in a tight match at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League.The Mets, with a raft of Australian representatives, had defeated the Barbarians in the semi-final, whilst the Sharks, who had Australian captain Sharyn Williams plus other Australian representatives in their ranks, beat the Rustlers in a tight encounter.The Sydney Mets had first touch of the ball, and scored straight away. Bojana Marli latched on to the end of a cut out pass to score. The Sharks then scored immediately after, through Roxy Winder, to level the scores after just a minute.The cut out pass was the play of the day early in the match, with two of the first three tries coming from them.The third touchdown, scored in the very next set, was the second from a cut out ball, and Maribel Ziade scored to give the Mets the break.It was not until the 17th minute that there was another score, this time The Sharks’ Emma Giarola scoring after some quick running from the half. The start of the second half mirrored the first, this time however the Sharks scored in the first set, through Kristy Brennan, who latched onto another cut out ball. Two minutes later, a good run from Nicky Albery gave Leah Opie a touchdown and brought the Mets back onto level pegging with the Sharks.Some quick hands by the Mets just a minute later put Marli over the line again, to get her double and give the Mets  the lead.Mets captain and Australian representative Louise Winchester was the next to score, after some great work from fellow Australian representative Seline Thornton, and gave the Mets some breathing space, taking them two points ahead.It was short-lived, however, after some great ducking and weaving and switching play from the Sharks to put Shae McLeaod through with a minute and a half left on the clock.Unfortunately, the Sharks could not score again, giving the Mets the title of Women’s Champions at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League.last_img read more

10 months agoDe Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibility

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibilityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that he struggled to get the input of Maurizio Sarri on transfers.De Laurentiis has claimed that Sarri preferred to worry about coaching and improving his players.And it was tough for the owner to sit down with Sarri and figure out the ideal players to buy in transfer windows.”Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance],” he said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno.”For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction. “I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. “I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.” last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a point

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the players have a clean slate – to a point.Predecessor Jose Mourinho fell out with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, but Solskjaer says he is prepared to take a fresh look at every player.He told MUTV in his first interview: “Playing games is the best time of your life!”The more games you get, the better it is. For me as a manager now it’s great because you have to rotate, so you’ll get to see many players; they’ll get that chance and everyone in”Everybody in the squad knows ‘I’ve got a chance now’ because whatever’s gone, whatever’s happened has happened.”Now it’s just about from here everybody starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform and to give them a chance.”Asked whether that meant everybody in the squad had a ‘blank piece of paper’ going forward, Solskjaer said: “Well you’ve got to start somewhere.”Of course you look at a couple of performances I’ve seen the last few games, but you look at the merits, you look at the team, you pick a team now and you move on; they’ll all get chances.” last_img read more

10 months agoMan City defender Aymeric Laporte: Don’t punish me for Spain talk

first_imgMan City defender Aymeric Laporte: Don’t punish me for Spain talkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City defender Aymeric Laporte insists he doesn’t deserve punishment for flirting with Spain.Laporte, while qualifying for La Roja, has committed his international future to France.”Spain? It was a story that goes back … years ago! Everyone has the right to speak and to make mistakes too. We all know that everyone has frustrations, in football as in everyday life. That’s not why you have to kill someone for that,” he said. “These are really small details that people want to come out with when it does not matter. It is not the player that you hurt, it is especially the entourage who is influenced.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Naeher shakes off critics to earn place in USWNT lore

first_imgShe has been criticized. She has been questioned. She has been compared unfavorably to her predecessors.  But on Tuesday night, Alyssa Naeher became a U.S. women’s national team hero.  The U.S. goalkeeper made a massive fingertip save in the first half to deny a long-range strike from Keira Walsh in what was her best moment of the World Cup thus far.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare But Naeher most certainly saved her best for last.  The USWNT and Naeher had been saved once by VAR, the video assistant having ruled out an Ellen White goal that seemed to be the leveler.  But VAR then awarded England a penalty with just five minutes remaining in the World Cup semifinal in Lyon, handing the Lionesses a chance to tie the game from the spot as the USWNT clung to a 2-1 lead.  It was a moment the U.S. needed their goalkeeper to step up, and Naeher certainly obliged. Naeher produced a sprawling save to her right to deny Steph Houghton, coming up with the moment she’s been hoping for the entire World Cup.  “I don’t really remember to be honest,” Naeher said of her save. “I just tried to let instincts take over at that point and just try to get a good jump on it, get a good read and hope to make a save.”Alyssa Naeher USWNT USA England Women's World Cup 2019Alyssa Naeher USWNT USA England Women's World Cup 2019The U.S. would hold on to win 2-1, advancing to the World Cup final for the third consecutive tournament.  “There’s no words I can give you to let you know how proud I personally am of Alyssa and how proud our entire team is,” Christen Press said. “It was so epic.”For Naeher, it was vindication in the biggest possible way. She’s been constantly questioned in her first major tournament as the team’s starter, as she takes over from Hope Solo as the USWNT No. 1. All along, Naeher has stayed even-keeled, trying to avoid getting caught up in comparisons.”I’ve said from the beginning that I just try to be me,” Naeher said. “My goal every day is being a better person and a better player than I was yesterday.”To me it’s not about comparisons, it’s about how I can help this team win here in 2019.”Naeher has had some questionable moments to be sure. Against Chile in the group stage, she whiffed on a through ball that went straight past her into the goal, only for the offside flag to save her.  Then against Spain in the last 16, Naeher was partially at fault on Spain’s opener, as she played Becky Sauerbrunn the ball in a tight spot before the defender lost possession and watched Jenni Hermoso find the back of the net.  Throughout it all, Naeher has kept her cool as her teammates and coach Jill Ellis have continued to back her, insisting she would come through for them.On the biggest stage and on the biggest moment, that’s exactly what Naeher did.”She’s making her own mark and creating her own legacy,” Ellis said after the game, “and that’s fantastic.”The USWNT goalkeeper may not be Briana Scurry and she may not be Hope Solo. But she is Alyssa Naeher. On Tuesday night, that’s all she needed to be.last_img read more

Emery: I don’t know if Ozil, Kolasinac will play next week

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery has admitted that he is not sure if Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will feature in next week’s Premier League clash with Burnley.The pair were victims of an attempted armed robbery outside Kolasinac’s house two weeks ago, with the left-back fighting off the attackers while Ozil was chased in his car.After being given some time off, they played in Arsenal’s final pre-season fixture against Barcelona – a 2-1 defeat in the Joan Gamper Trophy. 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? However, Arsenal announced on Friday that “further security incidents” had taken place that were under investigation by the police, and two arrests have been made outside Ozil’s house.A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.”Ferhat Ercan, 27, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”As a result, neither player travelled to Newcastle for Arsenal’s 1-0 opening-day win at St. James’ Park in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed the three points for the Gunners after converting Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross in the second half.And Gunners boss Emery has suggested that the two players may not play next week either, when Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.“The club is managing that circumstance [the safety of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac],” Emery told Arsenal’s official website.“We want to be with them as soon as possible and with normality in training and normality to be ready to play. I don’t know now [if they will play next week].”In their absence, Nacho Monreal will continue at left-back, with summer signing Kieran Tierney still recovering from a hernia operation after arriving from Celtic, while youngster Joe Willock and on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos will endeavour to fill in for Ozil.The good news for the Gunners is that the club will be able to rely on Aubameyang​ to carry the load up front, with the forward having posted the best shot-conversion rate in the Premier League since his debut in the league in February 2018.last_img read more

‘Neymar could’ve succeeded Messi & Ronaldo before PSG move’

first_imgMarseille coach Andre Villas-Boas believes Neymar’s move to PSG has seen him stumble in his quest to potentially succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best footballer. In total, Neymar has managed 51 goals in 58 games for PSG – who opened their latest title defence with a 3-0 win over Nimes without the 27-year-old.But the Brazilian’s time with the club has been impacted by injury and, more recently, transfer speculation which has seen both Barcelona and Real Madrid circle for him .  Article continues below 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? While Neymar’s future is far from clear, Villas-Boas claims his move to PSG has seen the attacker fail to build upon the promise he showed while at Camp Nou. “He is an important player in the world of football. For me, it was the player who could succeed Ronaldo and Messi for the Ballon d’Or. But he did not recover all the qualities he had shown in Barcelona,” Villas-Boas said. Despite that claim, the Marseille coach conceded Neymar’s potential departure from France would leave a big hole to fill. “For Ligue 1, it’s not good if he leaves,” Villas-Boas said.”This type of player has an important image in football, a bit like when Ronaldinho was here in Paris.”There’s this attractiveness, the football world wants to watch these kinds of players. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I can’t comment on the separation because I’m not the PSG coach.”As it stands, Barca have finally opened face-to-face negotiations with PSG over a move for Neymar, though a potential deal still appears to be some way off. While the Catalans are willing to offer Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic as part of the transfer, the Parisians are reportedly keen on getting Nelson Semedo. With the tug of war over Neymar ongoing, the player himself has been left sidelined with PSG fans turning on their star player during the club’s season opener . Though fan sentiment has taken a turn, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has stressed Neymar remains crucial to his cause. “He was very decisive for us. If we lose Neymar, maybe I will not sleep,” Tuchel said on French TV show Canal Football Club . “Because it would be hard to lose him and find another player who can do the same things for us. Maybe no news is good news.“It’s hard not knowing. Because I want him at home. But we have to find solutions without him too.”last_img read more

Nebraska AD Provides Scheduling Update After Cancelled Home Opener

first_imgNathan Gerry runs onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 22: Safety Nathan Gerry #25 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and offensive lineman Dylan Utter #66 run on the field before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s 2018 season opener was cancelled last weekend because of inclement weather. The Huskers will instead kick off their season this weekend.Last week’s cancellation leaves Nebraska with a hole in its schedule. The Huskers only have 11 regular season games on the docket.The school is still looking to fill the void, and AD Bill Moos provided an update on the process.As of now, if Nebraska adds another game, it will either be against a new opponent on Oct. 27, which is the team’s bye week, or against Akron on Dec. 1.Moos said Nebraska is looking at Oct. 27 options and has a “loose end” that could be Akron Dec. 1— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 5, 2018Of course, the Big Ten Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 1. The Huskers would surely rather play in that contest than against Akron.Nebraska’s first game of the 2018 season and the Scott Frost Era will be this Saturday at home against Colorado. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.The game will be broadcast on ABC.last_img read more

Mark May Predicts There Will Be A Big Upset Saturday Night

first_imgMark May picking against Ohio State yet again.Twitter/@TheSpunSaturday, there are two major college football games that fans will be keeping an eye on when it comes to the College Football Playoff race. The first is an early rivalry contest between Texas and Oklahoma. The other is a night game between Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Mark May is calling for a major upset in one of them.May, who worked at ESPN for years as a college football analyst, believes that Virginia Tech, at home, will eke out a win over the undefeated Irish. He’s calling for a 31-30 win for the Hokies. He also tagged his former colleague Lou Holtz to rub it in.Notre Dame, at the moment, is favored by 6.5 points. The Fighting Irish have looked very good so far this year.There are many who believe that Virginia Tech is Notre Dame’s toughest opponent left on the schedule. The Fighting Irish still have Pittsburgh, Navy, Northwestern, Florida State, Syracuse and USC.Notre Dame is coming off of a dominant win over Stanford – one of its main rivals.Mark it down, Notre Dame loses 31-30 today. @CoachLouHoltz88 @kevinctrimble @TheCrowdsLine— Mark May (@mark_may) October 6, 2018Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 6 in the country – but if the Irish were to run the table, there’s no doubt they’d be included in the College Football Playoff.Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech kicks off at 8:00 PM ET. You can catch the game on ABC.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Could Be Making A Change To Ohio State’s Starting Defense

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)Ohio State is a team that wants to run the ball. Michigan State is a team that’s adept at stopping the run. When the two teams play each other on Saturday, something’s got to give.Ahead of the Ohio State-Michigan State game, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced that there could be some big changes would be coming to the lineup.Namely, Safety Brendon White is increasingly likely to get the start in the game.White had a breakout performance this past week against Nebraska, recording an impressive 13 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.Urban Meyer said the decision on whether Brendon White will start will come “in the next couple of days.”“He’s certainly going to play,” Meyer said. “He’s earned that right.”— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 5, 2018The Buckeyes went on to win the game 36-31.As for the prospect of facing the Spartans and their top-ranked rushing defense, Meyer assured reporters that he would adjust his scheme to account for it.Will what worked for Ohio State’s running game against Nebraska be sustainable against Michigan State’s No. 1-ranked rushing defense?Urban Meyer: “It has to be,” but he said the scheme will change this week because Michigan State’s defensive scheme is completely different.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 5, 2018Ohio State have won back-to-back games against the Michigan State, but the games have often been close.Four of the last seven games between Ohio State and Michigan State have been decided by three points or less.last_img read more

2020 CB Jalen Huff Decommits From Oklahoma

first_imgA general view of Oklahoma's football stadium.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: A general view of the stadium during the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. the Oklahoma Sooners game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Buford (Ga.) three-star cornerback Jalen Huff is back on the market. The 2020 recruit announced his decommitment from Oklahoma this evening.Huff originally committed to Oklahoma in November. However, his main recruiter Kerry Cooks left the Sooners for a staff role at Texas Tech in January, and it looks like that was a major reason he reopened his recruitment tonight.“Due to recent staff changes this decision has been put into consideration many times,” Huff wrote on Twitter. “This was not at all an easy decision to make. With that being said after much consideration and talking with my family in regards to what’s best for my future I would like to announce that I’ve decided to de-commit from the University of Oklahoma and re-open my recruitment.”The creator makes no mistakes ☝🏽 @Jujuogun— Jalen “Smooth” Huff ⅟ (@JalenHuffDB) March 19, 2019The 6-foot, 170-pound Huff is the 45th-ranked cornerback in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He owns over two dozen scholarship offers.Huff recently unofficially visited Georgia Tech, and the Yellow Jackets have been trending for him in his 247Sports Crystal Ball.For an updated look at Oklahoma’s 2020 recruiting class, click here.The national team composite rankings from 247Sports can be found here.last_img read more

New Iowa Coach Shares His Powerful Hawkeyes Recruiting Pitch

first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)58-year-old Jay Niemann was brought in to Iowa earlier this year as the new assistant defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator. Now a few months into the job, it seems he’s enjoying some success in the latter role.In an interview with Hawk Central, Niemann decided to share the story he tells parents of potential recruits. He revealed that he could have sent his two sons to any school, but they chose Iowa “because of how we felt as a family to send them here.”Niemann’s sons committed to the Hawkeyes before he joined the staff.“I can walk into any home … and I can tell any parent and look them straight in the eye… and tell them, ‘I had opportunities for my sons to go to several different programs. And they chose to go to Iowa because of how we felt as a family to send them here.’”The decision to send his eldest son Ben Niemann certainly seems to have paid off. He played four seasons at Iowa before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. Niemann’s younger son Nick is currently a linebacker at the school.The Hawkeyes recruiting coordinator replaced longtime coach Reese Morgan and also took up the role of coordinating recruiting efforts in one of the larger regions of the state of Iowa.Niemann’s efforts have already born some fruit as the team successfully recruited No. 2 in-state player Connor Colby last month.Per 247Sports, Iowa is currently trending for four of the top six uncommitted in-state recruits.Apparently Niemann’s story is very effective.[Hawk Central]last_img read more

Texas Hosted A Very Important 4-Star Monday

first_img Over the past six days, the Longhorns have added eight predictions for the 6-foot-0.5, 183-pound Thompson, including four on Monday evening alone. The Crystal Ball reads 100 percent for Texas.Thompson’s recruitment appears to be moving quickly now that he has an offer in hand as he made the trip to Austin on Monday for an unofficial visit. He previously took official visits to Arkansas, TCU and Oklahoma State in April, May and June, respectively.Texas’ urgency here makes sense, as the Longhorns are yet to land a safety in the 2020 class.That could change with Chris Thompson Jr.’s decision this week. Auburn, Ohio State, and USC are the other finalists in that recruitment.Still, it is a position that Texas clearly wants to bolster, and there is certainly no harm in adding a pair of four-star players at the back-end of the defense. Jerrin Thompson is the No. 194 player, No. 16 safety, and No. 32 Texas recruit in the class, per 247. Chris Thompson Jr. is ranked No. 210, No. 18 among safeties, and No. 33 in Texas. A closeup of a Texas Longhorns football helmet.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: A detailed view of a Texas Longhorns helmet with a sitcker remembering those affected by Hurricane Harvey before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Four-star safety Jerrin Thompson didn’t receive a Texas scholarship offer until last week. The Longhorns have quickly become a focus in his recruitment.It didn’t take long for many analysts to jump on board with Thompson winding up in Austin. Shortly after the offer, some crystal ball predictions at 247Sports starting rolling in, tabbing him as a future Longhorn.As of this writing, nine recruiting analysts have logged predictions. All have him going to Texas.Just a week after offering him, Texas football hosted Jerrin Thompson on a recruiting visit.247Sports was among the outlets reporting Thompson’s quick decision to visit Texas. He was on campus Monday.last_img read more

Wasim Jaffer creates Asian record with double century in Ranji Trophy quarter-final

first_img India Today Web Desk NagpurJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 17:25 IST Wasim Jaffer has scored 969 runs, including four hundreds, at an average of 80.75 from nine matches in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWasim Jaffer scored 206 for Vidarbha to help them take the first-innings lead against UttarakhandJaffer has become the first Indian and Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricketJaffer’s 206 on Thursday was also the ninth time he has gone past the 200-run mark in Ranji TrophyWasim Jaffer is aging like fine wine. The India batsman, who is the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy history, has been in fine scoring form in the ongoing season of the premier domestic tournament.On Thursday, Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket. The 40-year-old slammed a double hundred in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Vidarbha against Uttarakhand in Nagpur on Thursday.Jaffer scored 206 runs from 296 balls and stitched a 304-run stand for the second wicket with centurion Sanjay Ramasamy to help Vidarbha take the crucial first-innings lead against Uttarakhand, who had posted 355 in their first innings.Wasim Jaffer 200* – Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand @ Nagpur #RanjiTrophy 2018-19 QFHis ninth 200+ fc score, incl two 300+ scores!314* for Mumbai218 for India A267 for Mumbai212 for India202 for India256 for Mumbai301 for Mumbai286 for Vidarbha200* for Vidarbha#VidvUttMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 17, 2019Following Jaffer’s departure, wicketkeeper-batsman Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate joined hands to add to Uttarakhand’s woes. While the former had remained unbeaten on 65, the latter was unbeaten on 26 as Vidarbha reached 486 for 5 at tea, stretching their lead to 131, on Day 3 of the quarter-final.Notably, Jaffer had scored his first double century (286) after turning 40 during the 2017-18 season of Ranji Trophy in a drawn match against Rest of India in Nagpur.Thursday’s 206 was also the ninth time Jaffer had went past the 200-run mark in first-class cricket. He also has two triple centuries against his name at the domestic level.Jaffer, who last played for India in 2008, is nearing a tally of 1000 runs in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy. The Vidarbha No. 3 has scored 969 runs, including four hundreds and a two half-centuries, at an average of 80.75 from nine matches so far.Jaffer, who has scored more than 10,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy, made the switch from Mumbai to Vidarbha ahead of the 2015-16 season. The veteran opener has been one of the key players for Vidarbha over the years and played a key role in helping them to their first-ever Ranji Trophy title in 2017-18.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni gives us a lot of confidence, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Wasim JafferFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow Ranji Trophy quarter-finalFollow Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand Wasim Jaffer creates Asian record with double century in Ranji Trophy quarter-finalRanji Trophy 2018-19: Wasim Jaffer, who has been in fine form in the ongoing season of India’s premier domestic tournament, hit a double hundred to put Vidarbha in a commanding position in their quarter-final match against Uttarakhand in Nagpur.advertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic advances to semis after Kei Nishikori retires hurt

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 15:39 IST Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic advanced to semis after Kei Nishikori was forced to retire just 52 minutes in the match. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic will take on Lucas Pouille in the Australian Open semisDjokovic’s quarter-final ended in 52 minutes as Kei Nishikori retiredDjokovic stayed on course for a record 7th Australian Open titleIt was a disappointing end to a fighting campaign from Kei Nishikori while Novak Djokovic advanced into the semi-finals all fresh after a victory over Kei Nishikori. Nishikori retired with a right thigh problem while trailing 1-6, 1-4 in the quarter-final of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday.Nishikori has spent over 13 hours on court prior to this match but none saw this coming. Djokovic had also come into the match at the back of a physical four-set victory against Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.Even though Djokovic was sorry for Nishikori and the crowd for not having a full match, he joked that “this is what the doctor orderer”. Djokovic’s next opponent will be France’s Lucas Pouille.Pouille, just prior to Djokovic’s match, defeated Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 in three hours and two minutes. Considering how long his opponent played on Wednesday, Djokovic would cherish the relief to his body was afforded in the quarter-final. Kei Nishikori received treatment on his right knee after the 1st set loss to Novak Djokovic. (Reuters Photo)Djokovic came into the match with a bang on attitude and managed to break Nishikori right away. Nishikori fought and fought but Djokovic was just too strong.Nishikori even took a medical time-out after the first set loss with the trainer massaging his right thigh. Nishikori got his thigh tightly strapped but the effect lasted only for a while before he lost his movement again.Djokovic got through Nishikori’s serve once more and the Japanese decided that the pain was too much.advertisementBye for now, @keinishikori.We hope to see you next year!#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019Djokovic is a 6-time champion in Melbourne and will be looking for a record 7th Australian Open title.Also Read | Karolina Pliskova shocks Serena Williams to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | I didn’t choke on match points, Pliskova played her best tennis: Serena WilliamsAlso Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Kei NishikoriFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Novak Djokovic advances to semis after Kei Nishikori retires hurtAustralian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic made it to the semi-final in Melbourne Park after Japanese star Kei Nishikori retired with a thigh problem, trailing 1-6, 1-4.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeat

first_imgAlastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatEngland came into the contest having drawn their two warm-up games in the Caribbean against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI team earlier this month but Alastair Cook said the two-day matches had not fully sharpened the instincts of Joe Root’s side.advertisement Reuters LondonJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 22:00 IST England suffered a humiliating defeat in the first Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies beat England by 381 runs in the first Test in BarbadosEngland came into the contest having drawn their two warm-up games”They didn’t have their fighting edge,” Cook saidFormer England captain Alastair Cook has questioned the team’s preparations for their West Indies tour, after the visitors crashed to a humiliating 381-run defeat in the first Test in Barbados on Saturday.England came into the contest having drawn their two warm-up games in the Caribbean against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI team earlier this month but Cook said the two-day matches had not fully sharpened the instincts of Joe Root’s side.”Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail. That has become a cliche in sport but overuse does not erode its essential truth. Look at England over four days in Bridgetown,” Cook wrote in his column for the Sunday Times.”They didn’t have their fighting edge, and that is not surprising when you consider their pre-Test schedule.”West Indies, underdogs in the three-match series, bowled out England for 246 in the second innings after dismissing them for 77 in the first to seal the match.”I know what it’s like at the start of a tour. Physically, you might feel a bit tired by the end of the first week after the fitness training and nets, but mentally you’re relaxed,” Cook added.”It’s imperative that you then undergo proper competition… England did not get that. However hard they tried in the two warm-up games, those fixtures added up to less of an experience than four-day first-class cricket would have offered.”At the bare minimum, they should have had a two-day game in which 15 players were used… followed by a four-day match featuring the probable Test XI.”advertisementCook, who retired in September as England’s most prolific batsman, said the tourists would be hurting ahead of the second Test which begins in Antigua on Thursday.”If they weren’t match hardened before, they will be now. This side has a history of bouncing back,” Cook added.Also Read | Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against EnglandAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Alastair CookFollow Joe Rootlast_img read more

BCCI bans Mumbai Indians pacer Rasikh Salam for age fudging

first_imgBCCI bans Mumbai Indians pacer Rasikh Salam for age fudgingRasikh Salam had recently become the youngest player to feature in Indian Premier League when he made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians earlier this year.advertisement Asian News International MumbaiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 10:59 IST Prabhat Maurya has replaced Rasikh Salam in the India U19 squad (Photo: @mipaltan)HIGHLIGHTSRasikh Salam has been banned for 2 years by the BCCIThe Jammu and Kashmir pacer was withdrawn from India U-19 squadRasikh Salam has been banned by the BCCI for two years following a discrepancy: BCCI statementPrabhat Maurya has replaced Rasikh Salam in the India U19 squad after the BCCI on Wednesday banned the latter for two years for allegedly submitting a faulty birth certificate.The All-India Junior Selection committee named Maurya as a replacement for Salam in the squad that is set to play a One-Day Tri-series in England, beginning July 21.BCCI in a statement said, “Rasikh Salam has been banned by the BCCI for two years following a discrepancy – submission of faulty birth certificate to BCCI.”Following is the revised India U19 squad:Priyam Garg (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Thakur Tilak Verma, Divyansh Saxena, Shaswat Rawat, Dhruv Chand Jurel (wk), Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Vidyadhar Patil, Sushant Mishra, Prabhat Maurya, Sameer Rizvi, Pragnesh Kanpillewar, Kamran Iqbal, Priyesh Patel (WK), Karan Lal, Purnank Tyagi, Anshul Khamboj.Also Read | ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to be held from Jan 30-Feb 20, 2021Also Read | Ashes 2019: Booing Warner, Smith can backfire for England, says AndersonAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Prabhat MauryaFollow Rasikh SalamFollow India U19 squadFollow BCCIlast_img read more