TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero McGrath: Players have been disgracefulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul McGrath says several players should follow sacked manager Jose Mourinho out the door.McGrath hit out at the club’s players after the announcement.”Three or four players should be getting their suitcases at the ready, because what’s been going on, on the field, is disgraceful,” McGrath said. “I’d have a mirror put in the dressing room.”United announced Mourinho was gone yesterday as the club slumped to its worst points return after 17 matches in the Premier League era, with Sunday’s chastening 3-1 loss at Liverpool leaving them 19 points behind their bitter rivals.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic plays down Euro heroicsby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic played down his heroics for their 2-1 Europa League win over Rennes.Milinkovic-Savic came off the bench, scored the equaliser and provided the assist for Ciro Immobile’s winner at the Olimpico.“I didn’t change the game, it was the whole team that raised the tempo. The first half was not the performance we wanted, but we won and can now prepare for Celtic,” the Serb told Sky Sport Italia.“The lads wanted to give their all, we weren’t able to in the first half, but the game lasts 90 minutes and it was important to get the points.“It’s especially important to win when you don’t necessarily play well. We now have two wins in a row under our belts and hope to get a third with Bologna this weekend.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority targetby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Erling Haaland is now Manchester United’s priority target for 2020.AS says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the teenager his top target ahead of next season. However United will face a battle with Madrid, who are also believed to be keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.It is claimed that Haaland ‘fits like a glove’ as Madrid are keen on finding a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema, who turns 31 in December.The 19-year-old has scored a remarkable 18 goals in 11 appearances this season, and after a recent illness, he climbed off the bench to notch Salzburg’s equaliser in this month’s Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield, which the Reds ultimately went on to win 4-3.
Mike Davis NFL Phone CallFormer South Carolina running back Mike Davis is off to San Francisco to become the newest member of the 49ers’ backfield. Davis was taken in the fourth round of this past weekend’s draft as the 125th pick overall. When he received the call from the team, his family, as you’ll see below, was beyond excited. Verizon captured the moment and put it on YouTube – check it out:Davis should help fill a void, now that longtime 49er Frank Gore is gone. Davis is also excited about getting to watch Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry play in person, for what it’s worth. oh man i get to see @StephenCurry30 play now !!!— IG MikeDavisRB (@MikeDavisRB) May 4, 2015In his three years at South Carolina, Davis racked up over 2,400 yards and 22 touchdowns.
YouTube/ScooterMagruderThe Big Ten is in the midst of a comeback after a few years being overshadowed by the SEC, and have a number of very intriguing, strong programs. Ohio State and Michigan State have been powerhouses for years now, while Michigan, last night’s brutal loss aside, looks to be back. YouTuber Scooter Magruder has been making very funny “Thing ___ Fans Say” videos about every conference for weeks now. His SEC and ACC editions are both very funny, and on Saturday, he dropped the Big Ten. It’s a shame that he didn’t wait until the Michigan-Michigan State game to record. We think those characters might’ve had a bit more to say. Either way, this was well done as always.
Juan Quintero claims he has emerged as a possible target for Manchester City, with his agent having met with the Premier League champions.The Colombia international playmaker spent 2018 on loan at River Plate from Porto.Over the course of the calendar year, he put in a number of eye-catching performances. 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 25-year-old scored one and assisted two others for his country at the World Cup finals in Russia, with that campaign ended by a penalty shootout defeat to England in the last 16.He then went on to shine in the Copa Libertadores final, with his extra-time effort settling a keenly fought two-legged clash with arch-rivals Boca Juniors.A spell in Argentina has helped to revive the South American’s career, which had stalled after slipping out of favour at Porto.His renaissance has thrust him onto the transfer radar of a number of clubs, with City seemingly among his many admirers.Quintero told Radio Continental: “My agent has had a meeting with Manchester City, which makes me very proud.”Despite attracting interest from England, the highly rated midfielder has suggested that it will take a special offer to lure him into a move.He added: “If I’m to return to Europe it has to be for the benefit of all, not just a financial thing.Quintero would prefer to remain at River if given the choice, with the club aware of his feelings on the back of a memorable campaign which took them to the Club World Cup.He said: “I’m a River Plate fan and I want to stay here, and the president knows that.”With that stance being made clear to all concerned, Quintero has also moved to distance himself from reports suggesting that he could be another high-profile addition to the ranks in Asia.“Going to China would be important on an economic level, but this does not come to mind,” he said.Quintero is under contract at Porto until 2021, so anybody hoping to secure his services on a permanent basis will need to part with a sizeable fee in order to get a deal done.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich have been made aware that Ander Herrera, Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez are wanted back at Athletic Bilbao.The Liga club is famed for its production of home-grown talent as it places great emphasis on fielding players brought up in the Basque region of Spain.Unfortunately for them, retaining players of such promise has proved more difficult than nurturing them down the years. 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 doors remain open, though, for former favourites to head back to their roots if the opportunity presents itself.That may be the case in the current transfer window, or ones in the near future, with several players on the recruitment radar of those at San Mames.United midfielder Herrera is among them, as his contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer, while Spurs striker Llorente has expressed a desire to find regular football outside of north London.Bayern defender Martinez could be another option, as those in Bavaria prepare to freshen up an ageing squad, and Ibai Gomez of Alaves are also of interest to Athletic.The club’s new sporting director, Rafael Alkorta, told Cadena Ser: “We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai, Ander Herrera, Llorente… we’re interested in all of them.“It is clear that any player who can play for Athletic interests us. Nothing is easy, but we are interested in having everyone we can.“We still haven’t made progress. We’ll get together on Tuesday to see what can be done. I have just returned and this week we will look at our options.”Herrera is free to discuss pre-contract terms with any club outside of England after entering the final six months of his deal at United.He has figured four times under interim Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, and may still have a future at Old Trafford.Llorente, meanwhile, netted a hat-trick in Spurs’ recent FA Cup drubbing of Tranmere, but finds himself behind Harry Kane in the pecking order and has started just one Premier League game since joining Tottenham in 2017.Martinez, who is now 30, has remained a regular for Bayern this season but could be free to leave the club this summer if they decide to freshen an ageing squad.
Thomas Tuchel has denied asking for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot to be reinstated into his Paris Saint-Germain squad.Rabiot has not featured for the Ligue 1 champions since informing the club in December that he did not wish to sign a new contract.The 23-year-old’s deal expires at the end of this season and he has been heavily linked to Barcelona, while PSG have a shortfall of their own in his position after Marco Verratti suffered an ankle injury. 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 signing of Leandro Paredes from Zenit has remedied those concerns to an extent, although it was reported Tuchel’s preference was to reintegrate Rabiot.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash at Lyon, however, Tuchel presented a united front with his club.”I did not ask for Rabiot’s reinstatement,” he told reporters.”The situation is the same as in November. The club decided to suspend Adrien.”I can understand the club and I accept this decision. The situation has not changed.”We’re coming for you on Sunday, @OL_English#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/QRhUFBXGla— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 1, 2019Tuchel went on to praise the signing of Argentina international Paredes.”I say clearly yes, I am very satisfied,” he said. “I really believe he can be a very important player for us.”He has the quality, the personality to play for PSG. He has a good vision of the game.”He can accelerate the game with his quality, make a lot of passes. He can find good positions on the pitch to help others, when we have the ball. This is his strength.”Verratti remains sidelined alongside left-back Layvin Kurzawa, but Tuchel added the duo may be able to return to training at the start of next week.
Liverpool have confirmed their first signing of the summer, with teenage defender Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle.The 17-year-old centre-back arrives at Anfield for an initial fee of £1.3m (€1.5m/$1.7m) after the Reds saw off competition from Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV to land the highly-rated Dutch under-19 international.Liverpool have also agreed £3.1m (€3.5m/$4m) worth of add-ons, which will be activated should Van den Berg establish himself as a first-team regular at the club. 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? Sources have told Goal that those add-ons relate to Premier League and Champions League appearances, and that the maximum cost of the deal to Liverpool, which would require the player to make close to 350 starts, is £4.4m (€4.9m/$5.6m).The deal will be formally completed on July 1.“It’s just an amazing feeling,” Van den Berg told the official Liverpool website. “It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.“Of course, the trainer [Jürgen Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.“I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.””I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.” ✊ pic.twitter.com/Uep7fwEtTM— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2019Van den Berg, who has made 22 senior appearances for Zwolle in the Eredivisie since his debut in March 2018, is expected to start life in Liverpool’s academy, with a view to moving him into the first-team ‘development group’ should he impress.The Reds enjoyed significant success with another young Dutchman, Ki-Jana Hoever, after signing him from Ajax last season. Hoever progressed swiftly from under-18s football to the under-23s, and in January became the third-youngest debutant in the club’s history when featuring against Wolves in the FA Cup third round. Liverpool sources have told Goal that Van den Berg, meanwhile, is viewed similarly to Joe Gomez when he signed for the Reds from Charlton in 2015. Gomez established himself quickly in Brendan Rodgers’ side, but there is an acceptance that Van den Berg is joining a more developed team and that patience will be required.Liverpool’s academy setup will welcome the arrival of a specialist centre-back, having seen a host of defenders leave the club over the summer. The likes of Juanma, Connor Randall, Conor Masterson and Corey Whelan were all released, while teenage Finn Patrik Raitanen has joined Fortuna Sittard on a four-year deal.Van den Berg, who stands at 6′ 3″, will hope to play some part in the first-team’s packed pre-season schedule, with the eight-day tour of the USA next month perhaps to offer an immediate chance to bed in to his new club.Subscribe to Neil’s weekly newsletter than brings you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Tata Martino and Gregg Berhalter are set to square off again Sunday, this time on a grander stage than their previous meetings in MLS. Martino, the Mexico coach who previously led Atlanta United, holds a 4-1 advantage over Berhalter, the U.S. coach who coached the Columbus Crew, in previous meetings. That one win for Berhalter, however, was significant, with current U.S. goalkeeper Zach Steffen helping the Crew win a shootout after a 0-0 draw that put them into the next round of the 2017 playoffs at Atlanta United’s expense. Despite the history, there appears to be no animosity between the two coaches, who will lead their respective national teams into the Gold Cup final at Soldier Field on Sunday night. In fact, there exists a mutual admiration between the two men. 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 “I have a lot of respect for the person and manager. I think he’s among the best coaches I faced in MLS. Evidentially, the football he practices needs time. I think that’s what he had in the friendlies,” Martino said before adding, “It’s not easy the way Gregg wants his team to play.” Berhalter also highlighted Martino’s human side and complimented the Argentine’s playing style. “I really like him as a coach. I think he’s, first of all, a very nice person, a very good person,” Berhalter said. “Also, the way his teams play, he’s very clear, very specific. He gets them to compete, there’s a very certain, specific intensity level that he gets with his teams. “I really like the offensive transition that they perform. I really like the defensive pressing that they do. There’s nice interchanging movement on the wings – they get three players on the wings and that really create problems for each opponent. Overall, I have a lot of respect for him. His Atlanta teams really performed well. They had some good talent, and I’m looking forward to the match tomorrow.” Obviously, both coaches know each other well and Berhalter said he and his staff have watched every match of the Martino era as they’ve kept an eye on the regional rival’s progress and later jumped into scouting the final. When asked how he stacked up and how long he’d been watching Berhalter’s side, Martino quipped, “since the manager was in Columbus.” Both managers took over their teams in January, but Martino was not a candidate for the U.S. job. General Manager Earnie Stewart said during the coaching search that the Americans’ coach needed to be fluent in English. Despite being overlooked, Martino said he has no desire to send a message to the U.S. Federation with Sunday’s match. “I think is that the United States is in very good hands. Gregg is coaching the United States national team, I’m managing Mexico’s national team,” the 56-year-old said. “Tomorrow there’s no lesson of any type. We’re two managers, the teams in front of us are in front of us and one will go out happy and the other sad.” We will find out who is who Sunday, with kickoff set for 9 p.m. ET.
Newcastle United have completed their third signing of the transfer window, bringing in Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin in a deal believed to be worth £16 million ($19m).The acquisition of Saint-Maximin, 22, followed the loan arrival of Jetro Willems on Friday, with the former signing a six-year deal at St James’ Park.The ex-Monaco winger scored six Ligue 1 goals in 34 appearances for Nice last term, and will wear the number 10 shirt for Newcastle. 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? “I’m delighted to bring Allan to St. James’ Park. He is a very talented young player with a big future ahead of him,” head coach Steve Bruce told Newcastle’s official website.”He has all the attributes you would want in an attacking player, including lightning pace, so I’m sure he’ll excite everybody. He is a great addition to Newcastle United and the Premier League.”Get ready for your new number .@asaintmaximin#SaintMaximinSigns pic.twitter.com/SzvjkvZdLI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 2, 2019Saint-Maximin could be in line to make his Newcastle debut against one of his previous clubs, with the Magpies taking on Saint-Etienne on Saturday.”I want to do everything I can for the club,” Saint-Maximin said in his first interview as a Magpie. “It’s my policy. My parents always said to me that when people give everything for you, you have to give 20 per cent more. I want to do more. If they give me one per cent, I will give 10.”The fans are very important to me. My play involves a lot of dribbling and I know a lot of fans love that. I want to not just that but to score and give some assists. It’s very important because to win, you have to not just dribble, but to score, to provide assists, to run and to work hard. That’s what I want to do.”As well as Saint-Maximin and Willems, Newcastle have also signed Joelinton from Hoffenheim this close season for a club-record fee.
Brazil coach Tite says star player Neymar would never be left out of one of his squads as long as he was fit to feature.Neymar was not involved for Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Ligue 1 fixture of the season against Nimes as speculation continues over his future.Barcelona have long been linked with a move for their former forward, with reports this week claiming PSG have turned down a bid from the Catalan giants, as well as their La Liga rivals Real Madrid. 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? PSG paid a world record €222 million (£203m/$246m) to sign Neymar from Barca in 2017 but his time in Paris has been blighted by injuries while team-mate Kylian Mbappe has become a key figure for Thomas Tuchel’s side.Neymar suffered a blow at the end of last season when, after recovering from a foot problem, he sustained an ankle injury which kept him out of the Copa America – a tournament Brazil won on home soil in his absence.But the 27-year-old, whose injury has “completely healed” according to PSG sporting director Leonardo , features in Tite’s squad for September friendlies against Colombia and Copa America finalists Peru.And the Brazil head coach claims there was not really a doubt over that, so long as the attacker is healthy enough to feature. “What I will say is that, concerning to a player with such a level and quality as Neymar, we would never leave him out of this group,” Tite told a news conference on Friday.”We talked about three aspects that we can make public, not all the conversation but these things we can. Firstly, his moment and how he felt. He said he was happy, feeling okay and he had been working normally.”I asked about his emotional situation because this influences the athlete’s performance. He said he was calm, that he knew things were taking their way and that he was waiting for PSG to give a definition of his situation.”The third aspect we talked about was how he felt about playing before our matches, because there’s an optimal time to play as long as he’s available.”Philippe Coutinho was reportedly included in Barca’s offer to PSG for Neymar, and though the playmaker has struggled to cement a place at Camp Nou, Tite is confident he will soon rediscover his best form for club and country.”He’s had highs and lows,” Tite added. “He started the Copa America, more precisely the first two matches, being the star of it.”And then he drops a bit, but gets back to his level. He’s a great player and hopefully he’ll get back to that pattern from Liverpool.”But it’s normal, sometimes, when you change clubs. I’m sure that getting back to his former level is his goal and ours too.”
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: General view of game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oklahoma Sooners on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Wildcats 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Oklahoma lost its starting quarterback from last season when Baker Mayfield’s eligibility expired. They might have lost their projected starter for next year tonight.Kyler Murray, who served as Mayfield’s primary backup in 2017 and is slated to take over for him this fall, was just selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the MLB Draft. Murray was expected to go somewhere in the first round, but No. 9 is eye-opening.By being chosen that early, Murray is in line for a sizable signing bonus. The slot value there is nearly $5 million.That will be tough to pass up.Via https://t.co/EX6CbvR2UG, ninth pick in the draft valued at $4.8 million. Will A’s want Kyler Murray to play college football if they’re paying him that kind of cash?— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 5, 2018Sure, Murray has said he plans to play football this fall. Technically, he could play both sports.But reality is that’s an incredible amount of money to pass up, and there’s no way Oakland would feel comfortable with him playing both sports and risking injury when they are investing that much.It seems like a likely conclusion that Murray will sign and put football on the backburner. That would be bad news for OU.The Sooners have little depth behind Murray. Former four-star recruit Austin Kendall is next in line, followed by walk-ons Connor McGinnis and Reece Clark.Murray’s decision could have a major impact on the Big 12 and College Football Playoff chases.
LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 20: A detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A starting NFL quarterback has taken to Twitter to address an embarrassing rumor that had been circulating on Twitter in recent weeks.Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had been accused of crying on the field during a game earlier this month.Video of the incident was unclear, though it was reported today that some of his teammates had lost trust in him because of it.Is Derek Carr… crying on the field? [@DamonBruce]pic.twitter.com/MbbtyWMS3h— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 14, 2018Carr took to Twitter today to address the rumors:“Don’t even waste your time with this big bro. On the ground I yelled get me up get me. Then I got to the sideline and yelled again. Not one tear. Not one time. There is the Truth. People will click on it because it sounds crazy. But stop playing with me,” he wrote in response to a tweet from Darren Carr.Don’t even waste your time with this big bro. On the ground I yelled get me up get me. Then I got to the sideline and yelled again. Not one tear. Not one time. There is the Truth. People will click on it because it sounds crazy. But stop playing with me.— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) October 23, 2018Carr also put out this statement on Twitter amid all of the turmoil in Oakland:“I’m a Raider. It’s not a “popular” thing to be a Raider right now, but I am and I love it. I love the struggle of trying to fight back for our city when not a lot of people believe in us. People can try all they want to tear us apart, but it’s not happening to the real ones,” he wrote.I’m a Raider. It’s not a “popular” thing to be a Raider right now, but I am and I love it. I love the struggle of trying to fight back for our city when not a lot of people believe in us. People can try all they want to tear us apart, but it’s not happening to the real ones. ?— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) October 23, 2018OK then.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)One major college football program has suffered some major recruiting losses over the past couple of days.Miami, which is coming off a disappointing 7-5 season, has some of top classes in the country for 2019 and ’20, but those classes have taken hits.This morning, the Hurricanes lost two defensive back recruits.Keshawn Washington, a four-star safety in the 2020 class, has announced his decommitment.I’m officially De-Committed from The University Of Miami…No interviews— Keshawn Washington (@KeshawnW_5) December 13, 2018Another 2020 defensive back, Jaiden Francois, has also de-committed.Please respect my decision…. pic.twitter.com/VwAkxKhAhD— 2️⃣✈️ (@jHumble22) December 13, 2018This is likely the result of Miami losing its defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, to Temple. He’s become the Owls’ head coach.More decommitments could be coming in the following days. Diaz is one of the top recruiters in the state of Florida.
Among today’s personnel actions – a contract extension for Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio through 2025 @LSJNews— RJ Wolcott (@WolcottR) February 15, 2019SB Nation had some details on his contract structure:Dantonio’s contract with the university says the term of his deal extends by one year, every year, unless the school gives Dantonio written notice by mid-January that it won’t make that extension. If the school decided not to extend Dantonio’s contract by a year, he’d have the option to resign and take an $875,000 payout.At base, Dantonio’s agreement with the school is for six years. This extension puts him under contract with the Spartans through the 2023 season.Michigan State is coming off a tough 2018 season, in which the Spartans went 7-6.MSU is expected to rebound in 2019, though the schedule is fairly daunting. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio looks on against the Stanford Cardinal during the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Michigan State’s football program has gone through some tough times in recent seasons, as the Spartans are 20-18 over the past three years. MSU remains committed to head coach Mark Dantonio, though.Dantonio, who had been rumored by some to potentially be on the hot seat, had his contract extended.Michigan State’s Board of Trustees authorized an annual contract extension for the head football coach.“Among today’s personnel actions – a contract extension for Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio through 2025,” RJ Wolcott tweeted.
According to the FPI, Michigan has a 76.6 percent chance of defeating Ohio State.The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan has been lopsided of late. Last season, the Buckeyes dismantled the Wolverines with ease by scoring 62 points in a blowout victory.Outside of this important showdown, the FPI has the Buckeyes winning every other game this season. However, their odds aren’t exactly overwhelming against Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State.Buckeye fans – are you worried about the Wolverines this year? PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks on during the second half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Following an overhaul to their roster and coaching staff, the Ohio State Buckeyes enter this season with a totally different look. With Urban Meyer gone from the sidelines, it’s time for Ryan Day to lead the program.As Day adjusts to life as the head coach of the Buckeyes, he’ll also have to help develop his new quarterback. They added marquee transfer Justin Fields, who decided to leave Georgia after one season.Ohio State should be among the favorites in the Big Ten this year. The preseason Coaches’ Poll ranked the program No. 5 in the country.While the Buckeyes will certainly be in the mix to win the Big Ten, ESPN’s FPI actually has them losing one conference game this upcoming season. Unfortunately for fans in Columbus, the projected loss is to the Michigan Wolverines.
Brave and smart team will win the World Cup: England’s Jos ButtlerEngland’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said that the team that plays brave and smart cricket instead of taking a cautious approach will win the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement ANI DubaiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 14:12 IST Jos Buttler said a cautious side will not win the 2019 ICC World Cup. (@englandcricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler said like always England have to play positive cricket at the World CupButtler said a side that plays brave, smart cricket will win the World CupEngland are one of the favourites to win the World CupEngland’s destructive wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Buttler has emphasised on the importance of playing brave and smart cricket to go far in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.”It won’t be a side that plays cautiously that wins the World Cup, even in knockout games, it will be a side that plays some brave cricket and smart cricket.””If we [England] are at crossroads, we’ve been going down the positive route,” ICC quoted Buttler, as saying, while talking about the team having maximum chances to win the World Cup.England has a really strong squad and the team is currently holding the number one position in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings. Naturally, the English team is coming up as the favourite of every prominent former player like Shane Warne, Sunil Gavaskar and Herschelle Gibbs.The other benefit they are privileged with is that the World Cup is scheduled to be hosted by them, so they will try to make the most out of it.Recently against West Indies, they posted their 400-plus total since the last World Cup, South Africa is the only other team to have managed such a high score in that period. Butler was the star of that record-breaking game; he scored 150 runs off just 77 balls.The prime event is scheduled to start on May 30 where the hosts will compete with South Africa.Also Read | Ricky Ponting backs Usman Khawaja to make Australia’s World Cup squadAlso Read | Team India may use Vijay Shankar as surprise element at No.4 in ICC World CupAlso Read | ICC expects India to honour members’ agreement and play Pakistan in World CupadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Jos ButtlerFollow EnglandFollow 2019 ICC World Cup
Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 09:53 IST HIGHLIGHTSApple is likely to release 31.6-inch 6K Apple Display in 2019.Apple is likely to launch MacBook Pro in 2021.Apple is likely to launch iPad between 2020 and 2021.If you were planning to buy the 16-inch MacBook Pro that was rumoured to release later this year, you might have to wait a little longer to get your hands on one as the device as its launch has been delayed until 2021.Noted Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo has revised his predictions for the MacBook Pro and the new iPad that he had predicted to launch in 2019. In his revised note, as obtained by MacRumours, Kuo states that Apple is now working on a new 15-inch to 17-inch MacBook Pro and a 10-inch to 12-inch iPad. While the new MacBook Pro will not be released before 2021, the updated iPad could be released anywhere between the final quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.Earlier Kuo had predicted that Apple would launch a 16-inch to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro model with a brand new design in 2019. He had also predicted that Apple may add a 32GB RAM option to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Talking about the iPad, the Apple analyst had said that the Cupertino, California based company could launch a 10.2-inch iPad later this year.Apart from the delays in some of the most awaited devices – iPad and the MacBook Pro — the revised note also has some good news for Apple fans. As per Kuo’s revised predictions, the launch of the 31.6-inch 6K Apple Display with a Mini LED-like backlight design is still on track and the device is slated to be released anytime between the second and third quarters of the year.advertisementInterestingly, Kuo, while making his predictions about Apple’s 2019 lineup had also said that Apple would launch three new iPhones this year that would be direct successors to the 2018 iPhones. He had said that all the three iPhones would sport a Lightning connectors and come with smaller notch areas.However, a new report by a Japanese blog Macotakara states that Apple would launch two new iPhones with a 6.1-inch and a 6.5-inch screen and that both the iPhones would come with an OLED display and a triple rear camera setup.ALSO READ: | Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup may include two OLED models with a triple rear camera setupALSO READ: | 3-year-old kid tries to unlock dad’s Apple iPad, device disables itself for 48 yearsALSO READ: | Amazon to take on Apple AirPods with its Alexa-enabled earbudsGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow Apple MacBook Pro Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad might be delayed until 2021Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo has revised his predictions. In his revised note he says that Apple could launch a new 15-inch to 17-inch MacBook Pro in 2021.advertisement
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 9, 2016UPDATED: June 9, 2019 18:27 IST Kiran BediKiran Bedi, the ‘Iron Lady’ who has single-handedly changed the face of the Indian police force, celebrates her birthday on June 9.Books can be written on Bedi and still one will fall short of mentioning all that she has done for women and the law and order in the country.On this occasion, we bring to you some inspirational facts about Kiran Bedi:Bedi before the brown uniform:Bedi was born in a well-to-do Punjabi family in AmritsarShe started her schooling at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar and later joined the Cambridge College, a private institute that offered science as a subject and prepared her for matriculation examinationDuring this time, she joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC)Bedi studied English in college. She is an alumnus of the Government College for Women in Amritsar. She also obtained her Master’s degree in political science from Panjab University in ChandigarhBefore her service in police force, Bedi was best known for her services in the tennis court. She started playing tennis at nine. Along with her sisters, Bedi had won several titles between 1965 and 1978 including Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India inter-varsity tennis title (thrice in a row), Northern India Lawn Tennis Championship, Asian Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India Hard Court Tennis Championship, All India Interstate Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship, and National Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship. She also won the Gold medal at the National Sports Festival for Women in 1976Bedi playing tennisBedi was also a member of the national tennis team that beat Sri Lanka in the Lionel Fonseka Memorial Trophy in Colombo. Bedi beat Mala Fernando 6-2, 6-4From 1970 to 1972, Bedi served as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar.Journey of a cop:Bedi started her police training at the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie on 16 July, 1972In her batch, she was the only woman among 80 menBedi became the first woman officer in the Indian Police ServiceAfter a foundation course of six months, Bedi spent nine months at Mount Abu in Rajasthan for another rigorous police training course. She did not stop there and went on to train with the Punjab Police in 1974Bedi was allocated to the Union Territory cadre, which is now called the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories cadre or AGMUTadvertisementBedi was first posted to the Chanakyapuri subdivision of Delhi in 1975She became the first woman officer to lead the all-male contingent of the Delhi Police at the Republic Day Parade in the same yearHer first major action took place on November 15, 1978. A clash broke out between the Nirankari and Akali Sikh communities in Delhi. Bedi, who was the Deputy Commissioner of Police then, dispersed the agitators and reestablished law and order. She was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 1980Bedi realised that there were not enough police officials to tackle the goons of West Delhi, who outnumbered policemenBedi started recruiting civilian volunteers. She was one of the very few police officers who promoted civil policing. She built teams of six civilians and one armed policeman to patrol each village in West Delhi at nightShe also arranged crackdowns on bootleggers and illegal liquor shopsShe was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) during the preparations for the 1982 Asian Games in DelhiShe was offered the Asian Jyoti Award for her excellent management during the games. Bedi refused to accept it and suggested that the award should be given to the entire traffic unitDespite her groundbreaking efforts in Delhi, she was transferred to Goa in March 1983 on a three-year assignmentShe unofficially inaugurated the Zuari Bridge, which was to be inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to divert traffic from a congested ferry area. This irked a lot of politiciansShe came back to Delhi on a short notice as her daughter was suffering from Nephritic syndrome, a fatal disease that affects the kidney. Bedi’s ‘unwarranted leave’ earned her a six-month idle period with no assignmentShe was appointed as the Assistant Inspector General of Police at the Railway Protection Force in New DelhiLater, she became the Directorate General of Industrial Contingency (DGIC). She acted as a mediator between agitated labourers on strike and the managementIn 1985, Bedi was reinstated in the Delhi police force on the request of the then Delhi Police Commissioner Ved MarwahBedi set up several detox and rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in Delhi. The centres were later institutionalised and renamed as Navjyoti Police Foundation for Correction, De-addiction and RehabilitationDue to a scuffle among the lawyers and the police, Bedi was again transferred, this time to MizoramIn Mizoram, Bedi faced a unique and stiff challenge. Many of her colleagues were addicted to Zu, the local liquor of Mizoram. Bedi did not stop them from having Zu as it is an integral part of the Mizo community and she did not want to be labelled as an outsider. Instead, she set up detox centres and they were a hit. She used Christian prayers to reduce drug abuseAll the while, Bedi was working on her thesis on Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence. In Mizoram, she completed a major part of her doctoral research.advertisementTihar Tales:In May 1993, Bedi was appointed as the Inspector-General (IG) of Delhi Prisons including the much dreaded Tihar Jail. The post was lying vacant for nine months and Bedi found herself amidst 9,000 hardened criminalsIn Tihar, Bedi found out that most inmates were under-trials charged under non-bailable terms, which was the reason behind such over-population in the jailBedi turned Tihar into a model prison. She set up separate barracks for criminals who had been recruiting gang members, selling contraband and extorting money from fellow inmatesBedi would go on daily tours of the prison, listen to the complaints of the prisoners, and check food quality and maintenanceShe also arranged vocational training with certificates for the prisoners so that they could find a job once they were freeDuring Bedi’s tenure in Tihar, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Open School built centres in the prisonShe introduced yoga to the prisoners and held Vipassana meditation classes for them. Despite her worldwide acclaimed reforms in Tihar, she was removed from the post on May 3, 1995.Life after Tihar:Bedi was appointed to many posts after her tenure in Tihar. She was posted as the Additional Commissioner (policy and planning) and head of training at the Police Academy on May 4, 1995She also served as the Joint Commissioner of Delhi PoliceShe was also appointed as the Special Commissioner (Intelligence) of Delhi PoliceIn April 1999, she was appointed as the Inspector-General of Police in ChandigarhIn 2003, Bedi became the first woman to honour the position of the United Nations civilian police adviserAt the United Nations ceremonyEven after all this, the lawyers did not want her to have any influence in administration in Delhi. As a result, Bedi was denied the post of Delhi Police Commissioner in 2007 as she was “too outspoken and radical”She resigned from the police service in November 2007Kiran Bedi has been voted as India’s most admired (The Week, 2002) and most trusted woman in India (Readers Digest, March 2010)She has also authored many books including ‘Demand for Swaraj’, ‘It’s Always Possible: One Woman’s Transformation of Tihar Prison’, ‘Galti Kiski’, ‘Indian Police. . . As I See’, ‘Empowering Women . . . As I See’, ‘Leadership and Governance. . . As I See’, ‘Be the Change: Fighting Corruption’ and so on.advertisementWATCH: Kiran Bedi’s share her experience of Tihar Jail at TED talks Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.comGet 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 Kim KardashianFollow Congress leader SiddaramaiahFollow Pakistanis in IndiaFollow PuducherryFollow Prabhat KhabarFollow English languageFollow United Nations Happy Birthday, Kiran Bedi: Story of a wonder womanKnow why Kiran Bedi is the modern day miracle worker as she turns 70.advertisement