Fulham striker Mitrovic named Serbia’s Player of the Yearby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been named Serbia’s Player of the Year.He played a major role in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League by scoring 12 times in the Championship following a January move from Newcastle.”It’s nice when you are appreciated in the country where you play, but there’s nothing more beautiful than when you are at home, with your people,” Mitrovic told the Serbian FA’s website.Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and former Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov are among the previous recipients of the award. About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Marseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench pundit Pierre Menes has urged Olympique Marseille to re-sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian has just had his loan at Valencia cut short and will not be returning to the Blues.Instead, Valencia are helping Batshuayi to find a new club.Menes, meanwhile, says OM should move for him:Houhou l’OM c’est pas une bonne idée ça? RT @lequipe Valence : Michy Batshuayi officiellement indésirable https://t.co/htcZe4MFrI— Pierre Ménès (@PierreMenes) January 10, 2019
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enriqueby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Robert Moreno has dedicated Euros qualification to Luis Enrique.La Roja have made the 2020 Euros after their 1-1 draw with Sweden.And Moreno says qualification is tribute to former Barcelona coach Enrique, who stepped down earlier this year to be with his daughter before her passing.Moreno said, “We have played a good game, and even if we had lost, I would have been happy. Because we have played more with our style. We are qualified and now we have to try to be the top of the group.”Spain is a high-level national team and qualification is a must, but achieving it has its value I want to take the opportunity to dedicate this to Rubiales and Molina because they trusted me, and also Luis Enrique. “It releases tension and doubt, and gives us time to work more comfortably, but without losing tension because the goal is to be one of the six best to go to the draw as seeded teams. It will not be easy, but we will try.”
Twitter/@MattRHintonAlabama’s defense and special teams score more often than some programs’ offenses. A Jonathan Allen touchdown is the latest non-offensive score.Defensive end Jonathan Allen picked up his second touchdown of the year on a fumble return, giving Alabama its 12th non-offensive touchdown of the season.Texas A&M had a high snap, and then the hand-off from Trevor Knight to Keith Ford was botched, in part due to a nice play by Ryan Anderson, and Allen was right there to scoop it up and take it to the house.You can always count on Alabama for a non-offensive TD #TAMUvsBAMA pic.twitter.com/xpoWxsizyE— Athlon Sports (@AthlonSports) October 22, 2016Ryan Anderson almost took the handoff. pic.twitter.com/BMCj6Im28Q— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 22, 2016Allen has been an absolute menace for the Crimson Tide this afternoon. Earlier in the game, he took flight to sack Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight, who is not finding his second career outing against Nick Saban’s club as fun as his first.Texas A&M took a 14-13 lead on a Knight to Christian Kirk touchdown early in the third quarter, but it has been all Crimson Tide since. Alabama now holds a 33-14 lead. After Allen’s touchdown, Alabama missed the two-point conversion. The Crimson Tide then forced a punt, and Jalen Hurts ran for a 37-yard touchdown on the third play of the ensuing Alabama drive. What looked like a close game may be turning into another Alabama rout.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has pulled out of the Germany squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying games against Belarus and Estonia due to injury and been replaced by Sven Ulreich.Leno, 27, was on the bench for Arsenal as they went down 4-1 to Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday, but has been struggling with a ligament injury in his thumb for several weeks.”I know that Bernd has been in pain for weeks, his thumb is immobilised with a splint, so we’ll have to do without him in the upcoming internationals,” said Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke. 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 shot-stopper has not featured for Germany since December 2017, with captain Manuel Neuer still first choice and Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp competing for a place on the bench.With Barcelona star Ter Stegen out injured, Leno had been called up alongside Neuer and Trapp for the games on June 8 and June 11, but his withdrawal means Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has been given a spot in the squad for the first time.Ulreich stepped into Neuer’s place at Bayern towards the end of the season as the latter struggled with a muscle injury. Ulreich made nine appearances in the Bundesliga as the Bavarian side claimed a seventh straight title and Kopke is convinced he will be a fine replacement for Leno.”Sven deserves this call,” he added. “When he was needed this season, he was there and put in top performances at Bayern, which is a great quality.”Kopke will act as assistant to Marcus Sorg for the upcoming games in the absence of Germany manager Joachim Low.After suffering an accident, Low has been told to rest for a few weeks by his doctor, meaning he will miss the trip to Borisov as well as the meeting with Estonia in Mainz.”I’m feeling very well again, but I have to rest a bit in the next four weeks,” the coach told the German Football Association’s website this week.”I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches. Sorg, Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience together and together we will bridge this short break.”
Romelu Lukaku will be a “big loss” for Manchester United, says Paul Ince, with the Red Devils taking a risk in “copying a Liverpool model” and parting with an old school striker.A Belgium international frontman has been allowed to leave Old Trafford for Serie A giants Inter.Lukaku has taken a proven record in the Premier League with him and those left behind at Old Trafford have opted against bringing in a like-for-like replacement. 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? Ince fears that could cost United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly taking inspiration from arch-rivals at Anfield when it comes to piecing together a new-look attacking unit.The former Red Devils, Liverpool and Inter midfielder told Paddy Power: “It’s a tough one with Romelu Lukaku, because the fact of the matter is he is always going to score you goals. Last season you could see the signs that he wasn’t happy, that he wanted to leave.”There were signs that the end was approaching for him, but what he does offer is guaranteed goals in the net.”As a club, for United to suddenly lose 20 or so goals that he nets, that’s a big loss and they should have replaced him – his goals will be missed.”It puts a lot of pressure on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. In my eyes, for United to be performing well, Rashford needs to be netting 20-25 goals this season and I’m not yet sure if he’ll do that.”I look at United and I feel like they’re almost copying a Liverpool model. They got Virgil van Dijk in and United got Harry Maguire in, and it seems they’ve gone for three forwards too, pacey players like [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Marcus] Rashford – I don’t see where Lukaku fits into that – so I’m not surprised Ole let him go.”But that does put extra pressure on the younger lads to find the net. The fact is, Lukaku is a goalscorer, he’s always been a natural goalscorer but the ball has to be placed right in front of him.”He has to be fed and he will score you goals, and I’m sure he’ll show that at Inter Milan.”Having played there myself, it’s a great move for him. It’s a wonderful club and a wonderful place to live, it’ll be a great experience. The expectations will be huge on him because he’s come from United, and there’ll be nowhere to hide, but he should relish that.”Solskjaer’s side had no problem finding goals without Lukaku in their 2019-20 season opener against Chelsea, as they ran out 4-0 winners on home soil, but there will be tougher tests to come.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)We all probably should have assumed that Arkansas would have a rebuilding year. Still, Hogs fans are naturally a bit disappointed with a Week 2 loss to Colorado State.CSU had looked disappointing to start the year, with a home loss to Hawaii to start the year, and then a blowout loss at the hands of rival Colorado.Still, they were able to upend Arkansas 34-27 last weekend to pick up their first win of the year. Arkansas beat Eastern Illinois to start the year, and now has another tough Group of Five draw, with explosive North Texas.So far, Ty Storey and Cole Kelley have each started one game, only to be replaced by the other. Neither has grabbed hold of the job.Storey has had a bit more work, completing 17-of-30 throws for 297 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, good for a strong 9.9 yards per attempt. Kelley’s YPA number is a tad lower (9.24), but he’s been more accurate, completing 71.4-percent of his throws, and is yet to throw a pick, while matching Storey’s touchdown mark.Still, some fans want to see the team’s third quarterback, Connor Noland, get involved in the ongoing QB battle.Saturday Down South writer Trent Shadid laid out the argument for getting Connor Noland some run.Noland, a two-sport star at Arkansas, was a four-star recruit in 2018.Arkansas’ chances at becoming bowl eligible took a major hit with a loss at Colorado State in Week 2. If the Hogs aren’t going to be playing this postseason, they might as well start preparing for the future. Noland is their most talented option in the hope to find a future star.He also argues that if Noland is able to compete for the starting job early on, it may help keep him with the football program, rather than jumping fully into a potential baseball career.Others agree that he should get a look:I for one am ready to see Connor Noland. Its painfully obviously that Story and Kelley are not the answer.— Layne Sanders (@watertech81) September 9, 2018We are playing North Texas I suggest that start Connor Noland or John Stephen Jones— A1vsNino OUT NOW (@KungFuMarc) September 9, 2018Connor Noland for QB ?— Trey Gentry (@trey_gentry) September 9, 2018Should Arkansas start Connor Noland Saturday against North Texas? Storey and Kelley aren’t the answer. I was about 90% sure of this before the season ever started. The last thing we need to do is throw Noland out there against Auburn on the road for his first start.— JP Baugher (@BaugherJp) September 10, 2018Mannnn I hope we see Connor Noland this Saturday— Daniel (@dboone_11) September 11, 2018QB.. Situation… Sad… If we gonna lose…. Get Connor Noland experience.. Start him for the future.. Let these recruits know you will play THE BEST no matter the Class… #WooPig https://t.co/F6WcKFt9Ca— ⛳Hole?️♂️Hawg?️♂️In?️♂️One⛳ (@hogcephus) September 13, 2018For now, it looks like Storey and Kelley will remain the top options. If the season starts to get away from Arkansas though, it wouldn’t be crazy for first-year coach Chad Morris to see what he has in the young QB.
HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: A member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders waits on the field before the start of their game against the LSU Tigers during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The Texas Tech Red Raiders appear to be closing in on their replacement for recently-ousted head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Whether or not Texas Tech fans will be thrilled with the selection is another matter entirely.According to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reporter Don Williams, Texas Tech is in negotiations with Utah State head coach Matt Wells to take over Kingsbury’s position.Wells is coming off a 10-2 season in the Mountain West Conference that included their highest AP ranking since 1961.During the 2018 season, the Aggies scored at least 50 points six times, and 60 points on four occasions. Their win over Tennessee Tech of the FCS came by a stunning 73-12 margin..@cmsilvajr and I have confirmed with two separate sources that Texas Tech is in negotiations with Utah State coach Matt Wells to make Wells the Red Raiders’ next head coach.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) November 29, 2018Wells’ overall record is 44-34, including two bowl wins.Should the deal be made official, Wells will take over a Texas Tech team that finished this past season at 5-7.The team started 5-2 before losing their final five games, including a 51-46 loss to Oklahoma where the Red Raiders blew multiple leads.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep running back Jalen Berger has trimmed his list of 30 scholarship offers down to a top 10. The four-star revealed the 10 schools earlier tonight.In alphabetical order, Berger is still considering Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia.The 6-foot, 187-pound back is the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey and the No. 9 running back in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Overall, he’s the No. 54 recruit in the cycle. Top 10!! (No Order)🤝 pic.twitter.com/ql4fVsr54J— Jalen Berger (@JalenBerger) June 18, 2019Recently, Berger has visited a number of programs in his top 10, including Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan, Pitt and Syracuse.Ohio State already has a commitment from the No. 2 rising senior in New Jersey, four-star offensive lineman Luke Wypler. The Buckeyes are also involved with a number of other top prospects in the Garden State.You can see the state prospect rankings for New Jersey for the class of 2020 here.
Press Trust of India MumbaiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 20:44 IST Ricky Ponting feels that Rishabh Pant is at his best whenever a platform is created (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant’s 27-ball 78 not out helped Delhi crush Mumbai by 37 runsPant brought up his fifty in 18 balls, the fastest by a batsman vs MI”I have seen Rishabh mature in his game and as a person,” said PontingNot only as a player, Rishabh Pant has matured tremendously as a person in the last one year and the knock against Mumbai Indians is one of the many he will play in coming years, said Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting.Pant, Delhi’s top scorer last season, has set the tone with a blistering 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians during his team’s 37-run win in Mumbai last night.”I have seen Rishabh mature in his game and as a person and that won’t be the only game he wins for DC. He will win many more games for sure,” a proud coach said on the eve of Delhi’s match against Chennai Super Kings here.Ponting said while he always knew that the young left-hander possessed x-factor, what has impressed him is his ability to win games.”I have known for a couple of seasons now that Rishabh Pant has got that X-factor but what I like more and more about him is how he is turning that into match winning performances more and more often as well,” Ponting said.Terming Rishabh as a finisher, Ponting feels that he is at his best whenever a platform is created.”If you look at the back half of the last edition, he was playing his best when our team was playing its best in those games. Even yesterday, we set up a good platform for him to go and express himself.”Colin Ingram did a great job to change the momentum for us and giving Rishabh a platform to go and finish off the innings. But he is something special. You don’t see innings like that every day and he is doing it more and more often.”advertisementShikhar Dhawan played the role of an anchor compared to his free-hitting self.”That is what we want from Shikhar. Hold the top-order together. Probably, the reason he was more subdued was because it wasn’t easy to bat early on. First three or four batsmen told me that there was a bit of seam movement.”We needed Shikhar to play that sort of role and get through the tough overs and that was going to allow Ingram and Rishabh to play the way they did later on. It’s been a really encouraging start for Shikhar.Also Read | We respect Rishabh Pant but won’t focus on him alone: Stephen FlemingAlso Read | Important to groom Rishabh Pant well as he is the next big thing: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Took my chances and it came off: Rishabh Pant after match-winning knock vs MIFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019Follow MI vs DCFollow Ricky Ponting Rishabh Pant turning his X-factor into match-winning efforts: DC coach Ricky PontingIPL 2019: Rishabh Pant, Delhi’s top scorer last season, has set the tone with a blistering 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians during his team’s 37-run win in Mumbai on Sunday.advertisement