PSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerousby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola says they’ll be ready for Manchester United in their Champions League round of 16 tie.However, Areola also recognises they cannot underestimate United after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He stated, “Manchester is a very big club with or without Mourinho.”They are back, they have a story, they know how to handle those moments. “We had difficulties during this group phase, we came out even bigger and we will be ready on the day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Juventus star Ronaldo collects two more titles at Globe Soccer Awardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has collected two more titles at the Globe Soccer Awards.Ronaldo received the awards for Best Goal of the Year and Best Player of the Year, beating Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.“It’s an honour to receive this trophy. I want to say thank you to my family, my girlfriend, my son, my friends, Jorge Mendes and all the staff.“While it has been a tough year, I win many trophies, including the Champions League, and it was an unbelievable year again.“Now 2019 is a new year, I am dreaming of winning many important trophies for Juventus, which is my new club. I am a person who likes a challenge, so my new life is in Turin and I want to win as much as I can.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard: Time to start winningby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says it’s time to start winning consistently.He knows that positive performances must translate into victories as soon as possible.”I bump into Chelsea fans all the time,” Lampard said. “I live five minutes away so it’s hard not to but everyone has been really supportive with what we’re trying to do and now I want to repay that. I want to do it quickly but I also know it’s a bit of a process. A lot of the fans are saying they see it might take a bit of time so that’s nice but we have to work like we want it tomorrow.”I don’t want to just keep extending the honeymoon period based on passion and desire but I believe it’s also the responsibility of the manager to try to connect the club, the fans and everyone behind the scenes.”That’s the good thing about having a connection between the fans and the team because it works both ways – you feed off them but then you feel they deserve a win because of the way they stay and clap when you lose. I really appreciate their support but now I want to give them wins.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Cardoner warns Man Utd, PSG off Dembeleby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has warned interested clubs off Ousmane Dembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the team and in addition he is young. “We made a big effort to rejuvenate the team. We have to balance the positions. He has a very special way of playing, but aside from his injury handicap, which is sometimes cyclical, he contributes a lot. We do not plan to sell Dembélé. We want him to evolve and bring us positives.”
Paul Finebaum Notre Dame National ChampionshipFighting Irish fans likely aren’t fans of pro-SEC ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum in the first place. After hearing what he has to say about Notre Dame’s 2015 title chances, that likely won’t change.Friday, Finebaum made a bold prediction, stating that he doesn’t believe that the Fighting Irish will compete for a national championship this year. While he believes Notre Dame has a good team, he thinks the schedule, which features Georgia Tech, Clemson, USC and Stanford, is too difficult. He added that he isn’t sure when the school will be able to compete for a national title, either.Notre Dame isn’t competing for a national championship in 2015 http://t.co/DmXr6tar5U— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 7, 2015Here’s a link to the video, if it doesn’t work for you on mobile.There are many who believe that Notre Dame needs to start putting together easier schedules to compete for the College Football Playoff. It’ll be interesting to see whether the school changes its ways.
Real Madrid, despite being decimated by injuries and struggling for goals across the board since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, are showing no signs of reintroducing Isco to the starting XI under Santiago Solari – but why?The situation is a complex one, especially given the lack of communication coming out of the Spain international’s camp, but Goal will attempt to explain.Firstly, Solari is not a big fan of the four-time Champions League winner’s style of play. The Argentine coach prefers a 4-3-3 system without a recognised number 10 – the very position that the playmaker plays his finest football. 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? In addition, Isco has not been in his best form since Solari’s appointment (one only has to watch his performances to note that as fact), but is seemingly showing no interest in training sessions to rectify that situation.Indeed, it is thought that Isco had counted on being given more game time to return to his best, but Solari has no intention of giving additional minutes to someone who seems not to be pushing personal limits to return to 100 per cent match fitness.Instead, Solari prefers players with a good engine and willing to run themselves into the ground for the team. One must only look at Lucas Vazquez, Fede Valverde, Vinicius Jr. and even Brahim Diaz being picked ahead of him to recognise that.So what chance does Isco have of regaining his spot in the starting XI? Well, he has been named on the bench several times, so there is nothing to suggest that he has been frozen out. It is more likely that his coach won’t place his trust in him until he returns to match fitness.That’s all well and good, you might say, but how does he feel about Dani Ceballos, four years his junior, being introduced off the bench against Betis, with 15 minutes to go and Madrid needing a goal?In general, the people in Isco’s camp are staying quiet, but one look at the player’s face during matches paints a picture of an unhappy and angry young man.One friend of the 26-year-old did speak out via Instagram, however, stating: “Solari has the same idea of football as I do of engineering” before calling the Real boss a “murderer of football”.Another large matter of note is the complete lack of public support from Isco’s team-mates – not a single member of the squad has defended him during his time in the wilderness. That could be a suggestion that the players are in agreement with the coach that Isco’s style simply doesn’t suit the club’s football.And let’s not forget being booed by his own fans in Madrid’s clash with CSKA Moscow. Couple that with a lack of support from the club and it’s easy to imagine that a departure from the Santiago Bernabeu could be on the cards as soon as is feasible.So is Isco’s Real Madrid career over? In short: yes. Certainly as long as Solari remains in charge and Isco is not at 100% fitness. Even if Madrid do appoint a new boss in the summer, however, the damage may already be irreversible.What happens next? A January move is unlikely. Even with Castilla players being preferred ahead of Isco, the club are still in tatters with regards to injuries, and a player with such a high profile means negotiations will not be fast.Although he has been linked with Manchester City in the past, Goal understands that a move to the Etihad will not be forthcoming as he does not fit into Pep Guardiola’s plans. Instead, reports suggesting Juventus as a potential destination are probably closer to reality.For now, Isco’s seat on the bench is likely to stay warm until the summer at the earliest.
Georginio Wijnaldum admits it “would be stupid” for Liverpool not to believe that they can capture the Premier League title this season.The Reds have gone 29 years since they last captured the English top-flight crown, but that long wait could be ended in 2019.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have suffered just one defeat so far, currently hold a four-point lead over defending champions Manchester City. 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? As the side to catch, Wijnaldum concedes that those at Anfield have to feel as though they are capable of crossing the line in first place.The Dutch midfielder told Sky Sports: “I think it would be stupid if I said ‘no’ [I don’t think we will win].”If you ask people from Manchester City ‘will they be champions?’, they’ll say ‘yes’.”It’s a bad sign if you say no, but we’ll see what happens until the end of the season. We will give everything we have, try to win every game and see what happens at the end of the season. There’s still a long way to go.”I’d prefer to speak about games, like now against Crystal Palace, than about the championship. We just want to make the season as good as possible.”We are trying to give everything during the season and hope we will succeed in the season. When we look back at the end of the season we will say, ‘Ok, what we have right now, we gave everything to reach that’.”Wijnaldum has experienced a title chase before during his time at PSV.He emerged victorious in 2015, with the benefit of playing first on a regular basis allowing the Eindhoven-based giants to edge out arch-rivals Ajax.Quizzed on whether a similar situation could aid Liverpool’s cause this season, as they prepare to face Palace on Saturday and City wait until Sunday to take on Huddersfield, Wijnaldum said: “It’s difficult to say.”I had the feeling it felt like an advantage when I was at PSV, we felt like we were putting pressure on them whenever we won a game, but we were not thinking we have to win today to put pressure on Ajax.”We went out, tried to enjoy it and win the game – and we won nearly every game so it worked well. We concentrated on our own game, that’s the only thing you can control.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Antoine Griezmann says the most exciting part of his move to Barcelona is teaming up with Lionel Messi, comparing him to basketball legend LeBron James.The France star joined the Spanish champions this week in a €120 million (£107m/$134m) move from Atletico Madrid, bringing an end to over a year of speculation linking him to a move.And Griezmann, 28, is looking forward to playing alongside his iconic new team-mate Messi, who he says will go down as a legend like the LA Lakers star. 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? “The thing that makes me happiest is playing with a partner like him,” Griezmann said at a press conference. “Messi will be a legend for my son and my son’s children. He’s like LeBron James for basketball.”I want to be an important player at this great club and try to win La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey, which is what I’m missing on my list.”Barca had been strongly linked with a move for Griezmann in 2018 and were even reported to have struck an agreement with him, as Atletico reported the Catalan club to FIFA at the end of 2017.The prolonged saga reached its conclusion with a documentary following Griezmann as he made up his mind about whether to move or stay in Madrid, with the clip produced by Gerard Pique’s production company.In the end he revealed his choice was to remain and sign a new five-year contract at Atletico, but 13 months later he became a Barca player after his release clause was triggered on Friday.Griezmann received significant criticism for the documentary, but says he did not regret making the film. “I’ve done some bad things in my past and I’ve never regretted it because it’s something I wanted to do at the time,” he said.”I wanted to show what is not seen and I have not toyed with both parties. The most important thing is that we are now together. You have to ask for forgiveness, for some it will be on the field.” When asked whether Luis Suarez and Messi could be annoyed with him, he added: “They could be, but I think that with the assistance that I can give them, we can fix everything.”Given the fairly short amount of time between rejecting Barca and then joining them, many have wondered why there was a change of heart, particularly given he signed a five-year deal with Atletico last year.For Griezmann it is simple – he was not ready to make such a step in 2018.”I have a family to move,” he said. “I saw my wife, my world, and I was not ready to take the step, and this year has been different.”It’s always difficult to leave a home where we felt comfortable with family and friends, it was difficult. I only have admiration and respect for Atletico.”I wanted a new challenge, to try to improve myself, not be comfortable. I look for my place in a great club and try to win the three titles.”
Manuel Neuer is reaching the end of his career.Now 33, the four-time FIFPro World XI goalkeeper is pondering what the future holds for him after seeing long-time team-mates Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery leave Bayern Munich earlier this summer.The wingers’ exits leave Neuer as the elder statesman at the Allianz Arena, playing for a very different club than the one he joined eight years ago. 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? Since then, he has won everything at club level, as well as the World Cup with Germany. Only one major trophy eludes him, the European Championship, but his agent revealed that the goalkeeper is also eager to add another Champions League triumph to his list of honours.However, Thomas Kroth believes that his client has little hope of doing that at Bayern, whom he believes can no longer compete with the Premier League’s finest, on the field or in the transfer market.”He wants to win Euro 2020 and he wants to win the Champions League again,” Neuer’s representative told the Suddeutsche Zeitung.”Manuel is success-oriented. My impression is that the gap to the top four English top teams is already serious and the Munich squad is currently not yet as competitive or set up to tackle Manuel’s goals seriously. When he realises that Bayern are responding, then he will probably blossom again.”He does not want to retire in 2021. Now, he is in the phase in which he has to decide: how will things progress in the future? Signing a contract extension and ending his career at Bayern is of course the obvious option, but it’s not the only one.”With these statements, Kroth has essentially put Neuer on the market.Germany’s No. 1 remains one of the world’s best shot-stoppers, and would surely be in demand if Bayern were willing to do business.Neuer arrived in Munich in 2011 from Schalke, having earned a reputation as the new wunderkind goalkeeper of German football. History could be about to repeat itself, with Bayern once again looking to Gelsenkirchen for their next No.1.Germany Under-21 international Alexander Nubel usurped club captain Ralf Fahrmann as Schalke’s first-choice shot-stopper last season but has just one year left on his current contract.Some prominent figures at Bayern are unhappy with Kroth’s comments and that could hasten the arrival of Nubel, with 19-year-old prodigy Christian Fruchtl presently not deemed ready to make the step up to the starting 11.Indeed, club legend Lothar Matthaus believes that Neuer is fully responsible for his agent’s actions.”Manuel’s behaviour is totally unacceptable,” the 1990 World Cup winner told Bild. “As the captain of Bayern, he should speak to the club if he has a problem with the situation over signings.”The doors of the management are always open. I know his agent – he’s someone who doesn’t usually show up in public of his own free will. Manuel will have agreed with him. My representatives would not have been able to express themselves in this way without my consent.”Injuries have hit Neuer hard in recent years, which perhaps helps to explain why he might feel concerned at how long it will take Bayern to put themselves back in a position to win the Champions League for the first time since 2013.He missed the end of the 2016-17 campaign and then the majority of the 2017-18 season with a metatarsal fracture. He returned to play for Germany at last summer’s World Cup in Russia but did not look at his best as the then-world champions crashed out at the group stage. Neuer’s 2018-19 was also hindered by various problems, resulting in him being unavailable for almost a quarter of this club’s Bundesliga games.Bayern can no longer rely on Neuer to put the gloves on every week as his body is breaking down. This, coupled with his agent’s comments in the media mean that Neuer is no longer an integral member of the squad.Head coach Niko Kovac will look to assert his dominance on his players after surviving a difficult first season in Bavaria by finishing strongly to record a domestic double.Having outspoken players in the dressing room has long been an issue for the club, but Ribery moving on means a lot less noise should emerge in the media.Perhaps a separation would be best for both Bayern and Neuer, allowing the club to extend its regeneration project to the goalkeeper position, while also giving their loyal servant a chance to move to a club with greater Champions League prospects.His agent’s comments about the distance between Bayern and England’s top clubs may also indicate a desire to test himself in the Premier League.At 33, this is probably the last chance Neuer will have to move to a big club. Maybe the time has come for him to say goodbye.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has made the right decision to stay at Chelsea and turn down Bayern Munich, according to Shaun Wright-Phillips as the winger looks set to renew his contract in the coming weeks.The Blues are understood to have verbally agreed to a new five-year deal, worth up to £180,000 a week , with their 18-year-old talent, as lawyers look over the paperworkA signing date has yet to be agreed between the club and the player but the final arrangements are thought to now be a formality after Hudson-Odoi rejected long-standing interest from Bayern to commit his future to Chelsea. 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? Wright-Phillips knows what it means to be sought after by two major clubs after moving from Manchester City to Chelsea in 2005.The former Blues winger is impressed with Hudson-Odoi’s early career and believes Eden Hazard’s £88 million ($107m) departure to Real Madrid means that the pathway is now open for him in west London.”For me, I thought he always had to stay,” Wright-Phillips told Goal at the finals of the #BetRegret Cup , part of the nation’s largest safer gambling campaign. “Especially with Hazard leaving. It has opened a pathway for him. He can become that person.”Maybe not to Hazard’s capability, but he has the potential to create a lot of problems for teams in the Premier League. He is an entertainer. He likes to take people on, create chances and score goals. I think, as a fan, when you are sitting there in the stadium you want to be on the edge of your seat.”He brings that X factor of what will he do next? So, I think he will be good for Chelsea. Sometimes, for me, age doesn’t matter if you have the maturity of a man, which is something he has. He has learned and the more games he has played in and around the first team, the more experience he gets.”I think he has grown into it really well. Now he just needs to keep his consistency level up to show what he is capable of. I love watching both (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi. I think they are going to have big seasons for Chelsea.”You have seen them do it at the end of last year and I think now they will do it on the big stage this year.”Chelsea are going to have to discover a way to be creative and score goals in the absence of Hazard after the Belgian superstar scored 21 goals and provided 18 assists last season, and Hudson-Odoi will be part of the formula to replace their departed playmaker.Christian Pulisic is the only major incoming of the summer in west London, as he was signed before FIFA’s transfer ban was implemented on the Blues. The £58m ($70m) signing from Borussia Dortmund has made an impact with two goals in pre-season and he is likely to start against Manchester United for his side’s first game of the 2019-20 season on Sunday.Wright-Phillips hopes that comparisons with Hazard do not put undue pressure on the USMNT international, but he is happy that his old club have attracted a player who he has watched for some time.”I like the way Pulisic plays,” he added. “I have kept an eye on him from when I was in the United States. I watched a lot of Dortmund. I like the way he plays; he drifts in and out of games. Nice touches, takes people on and he knows where the net is as well.”So, for Chelsea, they have two exciting wingers. They need to get them on the ball as much as possible. I don’t think you should compare either of them to Hazard. He was in a league of his own when he was there. I feel like they have just got to show the world what they are capable of.”Wright-Phillips was speaking from the final of the #BetRegret Cup, part of the UK’s largest safer gambling campaign . Teams from across the UK have been battling it out throughout the summer, which culminated at the national final at Powerleague Shoreditch on August 4. Bet Regret is that immediate sinking feeling you get when you place a bet you know you shouldn’t have, for example when you’re bored, drunk or chasing losses.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 05: A general view as the Florida State Seminoles take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 5, 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida. NC State defeated Florida State 20-15. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)While we’re still a few months away from the start of the 2018 college football season, some major 2019 scheduling news is set to be announced today.A major non-conference game has been scheduled as the 2019 season opener. Florida State and Boise State will get things started in Jacksonville.College football insider Brett McMurphy broke the news yesterday on Twitter. An official announcement is expected today.The game is set to be played at TIAA Bank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.Florida State vs. Boise State Aug. 31, 2019 season opener in Jacksonville will be officially announced at Wednesday news conference— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 15, 2018While this matchup will technically be a neutral site game, the two teams will meet again on Sept. 19, 2020 at Albertson’s Stadium in Boise.Boise State has played early-season non-conference games against Washington, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Washington State in recent years. The Broncos don’t shy away from anyone.Florida State opened last year up against Alabama and began the 2016 season against Ole Miss. The Seminoles also kicked off the 2014 campaign against Oklahoma State.This should be a fun one in 2019.
We’re now three weeks into the 2018 college football season, and the top eight teams in the nation, according to the AP Poll, are as follows:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateOklahomaLSUStanfordNotre DameNone of those teams ranked above have lost a game – yet.When will the first losses be coming? Here are the predictions from ESPN’s Football Power Index:1. Alabama: No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Nov. 32. Clemson: No lossMost-likely loss: at Boston College on Nov. 103. Georgia: No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Oct. 134. Ohio State: at Penn State on Sept. 295. Oklahoma: No lossMost-likely loss: at West Virginia on Nov. 236. LSU: vs. Georgia on Oct. 137. Stanford: at Notre Dame on Sept. 298. Notre Dame: at Virginia Tech on Oct. 13***You can view ESPN’s full projections here.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 05: A general view as the Florida State Seminoles take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 5, 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida. NC State defeated Florida State 20-15. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Florida State is having an extremely tough Year 1 of the Willie Taggart era and things have gone from bad to ugly in this afternoon’s game against Clemson.The Seminoles, who entered today’s game hoping to pull off an upset against the No. 2-ranked Tigers, are getting beaten in every facet of the game.It’s Clemson 45, Florida State 0 midway through the third quarter.For those wondering, this would be the Seminoles’ worst home loss in the history of Doak Campbell Stadium.“FSU’s worst loss in Doak was 44 points (58-14) against Southern Miss in 1981. This certainly has potential to get there,” Ira Schoffel tweeted.We’re there now.“And it’s now 45-0 with one and a half quarters to go.”FSU’s worst loss in Doak was 44 points (58-14) against Southern Miss in 1981. This certainly has potential to get there.— Ira Schoffel (@IraSchoffel) October 27, 2018And it’s now 45-0 with one and a half quarters to go. https://t.co/2elxxc7lMr— Ira Schoffel (@IraSchoffel) October 27, 2018Taggart had said coming into today’s game that he thought his Florida State team had been gaining confidence.“I thought our team was gaining confidence for a while now,” Taggart told reporters. “Since the Syracuse game I thought each week our guys were getting better. We stubbed our toe against Miami, but I felt like we were getting better. Each week our guys are gaining confidence and it is showing and we’re improving.”The confidence is probably taking a hit today, unfortunately.Florida State trails Clemson, 45-0, midway through the third quarter. The game is on ABC.
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)This week’s college football action featured dominant performances from Alabama, Clemson and Michigan and a handful of surprising upsets. Let’s see how it’ll all shake out in the polls on Sunday.Alabama, despite finally facing a tough opponent, rolled yet again – blasting LSU on the road. Clemson, meanwhile, hung 77 points on Louisville. Michigan looks like the class of the Big Ten after the way it dominated Penn State.As for the upsets – Florida, Utah and Iowa all lost. As such, we’re going to see a major shakeup yet again.This is how we think the Coaches’ Poll will look on Sunday morning:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateWest VirginiaUCFLSUWashington State (game not over)Washington (game not over)Mississippi StateSyracuseBoston CollegeKentuckyFloridaUtah State (game not over)Penn StateUtahTexasFresno State (game not over)WisconsinOregonIowaCollege football fans – do we have it right?
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stretches for an extra yards against defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere #46 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has released a statement regarding the troubling report about running back Maurice Washington that surfaced earlier today. Washington is reportedly facing charges for revenge porn and child porn in California.NBC Bay Area is reporting that Washington, a California native, is facing those charges in his home state after allegedly sending an explicit video of a 15-year-old female victim teen being sexually assaulted.Washington himself is not believed to be part of the alleged assault – nor is he believed to have recorded the video – however he is accused of keeping and sending the video to the victim last spring. Washington and the victim reportedly dated while in high school.Washington, who dated the victim during his freshman year at The King’s Academy High School in Sunnyvale, is being charged under the “Revenge Porn” law because he’s accused of sending the video to inflict emotional damage on the victim. Because the victim was 15 when the video was recorded, he’s also being charged with distribution of child pornography, a felony.“I tried so hard to forget it, and then to have someone just throw it back in my face like that and taunt me with it was just so evil,” Taylor, the victim, told NBC Bay Area on the condition we not use her last name. “Maybe that’s the wrong word to use, but I felt like it was evil, like why would you ever want somebody to feel that pain that I felt that day?”Nebraska has released a statement regarding the report: Statement from Nebraska athletics regarding Maurice Washington. #huskers pic.twitter.com/iemHiB4Tqt— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) February 11, 2019Washington’s attorney, John C. Ball, also spoke to NBC:“Mr. Washington will continue to be fully cooperative with the authorities in this situation,” he said. “We are in contact with those authorities, and are in the process of making arrangements to move forward and resolve this matter. Mr. Washington has confidence in our justice system, and knows that he can rely on the fundamental constitutional rights of due process and the presumption of innocence.”Washington, a four-star recruit, averaged nearly 6 yards a carry for the Huskers during his freshman season.You can view NBC’s full report here.
Oklahoma Sooners“No days off” is a pretty common refrain for star athletes. For Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, “no hours off” may be more apt.Before he ever played a snap for the Sooners, his new team found out at least one thing: the man is a workout warrior. The high school powerlifter proved as much with a viral squat video when he got to OU back in February.Now, the former Alabama quarterback has the supercharged Sooner stats to match. Through two starts, Hurts is 34-for-41 for 591 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’s on pace for career best numbers though the air, and he hasn’t been a slouch on the ground either.The dual-threat QB has 24 rushes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Houston and South Dakota aren’t the most daunting defenses to face, but Hurts is on pace for a 3,500/1,300 yard regular season, without counting any likely post-season games.After Saturday’s 70-14 win over South Dakota, most players probably hung out and enjoying the win. Hurts went to the training facility for a workout.From Bennie Wylie’s Instagram:Jalen Hurts going through a workout after the game. Dude doesn’t stop. pic.twitter.com/PGPyUOdSf3— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) September 8, 2019Hurts was asked about what spurned on that Saturday night workout. His answer: he had it on his mind to “get more work in.”Immediately after OU’s 70-14 win over South Dakota Saturday night, #Sooners QB Jalen Hurts went to the weight room. He said he had something on his mind. When asked what that was: “Getting more work in.”— Caleb McCourry (@CalebMac21) September 9, 2019Jalen Hurts has seemed unbelievably focused on proving himself as an elite quarterback since making the move from Alabama to Oklahoma. Head coach Lincoln Riley has gotten plenty of deserved credit for what he’s done with guys like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Clearly, his offense puts QBs in a position to shine.Still, you can’t take away any credit from Hurts, either. To step in to a very different program in February, win the starting job, and display at least early mastery of a brand new offense is incredibly impressive, and Hurts’ work ethic has to play a large part there.
Akshay Ramesh JaipurMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 15:35 IST Steve Smith will make his IPL return on Monday in Rajasthan Royals’ opener vs Kings XI Punjab. (@steve_smith49 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOne year and one day after the ball-tampering controversy, Steve Smith will make his IPL comebackSteve Smith is expected to make a huge impact for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019On Sunday, David Warner smashed a 53-ball 85 for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight RidersRajasthan Royals will begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign at home — the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday against former finalists Kings XI Punjab.While there are a lot of things to look forward to in the fourth match of IPL 2019 but the dominant narrative is about Steve Smith’s return to IPL cricket.The former Australian captain, who is still serving the one-year ball-tampering suspension, has landed in India amid a lot of hype. Having not been selected for the ongoing ODI series in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan, Smith has a point to prove to the Australian selectors in the lead up to the World Cup.While Smith is likely to be an inevitable part of Australia’s World Cup squad, a good performance in IPL 2019 will not just boost his own confidence but also that of the Australian team management.At this point in time, last year, Smith was under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The ball-tampering scandal brought disrepute to Australian cricket and the infamous incident happened under the leadership of Smith during Australia’s Test match against South Africa. Smith had conceded that he had chosen ignore the developments in the Australian dressing room.Cut to March 2019, Smith has certainly moved on from the incident and is hoping to win back fans. The right-handed batsman, known for his consistency across all formats, is donning pink and gearing up for Rajasthan Royals’ season opener.There were doubts over his availability as he had underwent a surgery on his injured elbow in January after picking up the injury during his Bangladesh Premier League stint that was short lived.advertisementSmith is clearly pumped up about getting back on the field at one of the biggest cricket tournaments going around. He has been quite active on social media and is keeping his fans posted about the preparations for his IPL comeback.”Rajasthan Royals are a great franchise.. great people and hopefully we have a great year. It will be great – never got the chance to play in Jaipur with the Royals.. I am sure the fans will come out in big numbers and support us,” Smith had said.Smith will be keen on emulating his Australian teammate, David Warner’s performance. The left-handed opener, on his comeback match for Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, was in a destructive mood as he took the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers to the cleaners.Warner had smashed 85 runs from just 53 balls but his free-flowing knock went in vain as SRH lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets despite posting 181 runs on the board.Also Read | Only BCCI can answer why I didn’t play IPL last year: Steve SmithAlso Read | Chris Gayle far from a spent force, he is very confident, says KXIP coach HessonAlso Read | Pooran flattered by Gayle comparison but wants to carve his own identityFor 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 Steve SmithFollow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow RR vs KXIP Excited to put on the pink: Steve Smith eager to emulate David Warner’s IPL returnSteve Smith took to social media to share his excitement on returning to Indian Premier League. The former Australia captain is expected to play for Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 2019 opener against Kings XI Punjab on Monday.advertisement
Associated Press RomeMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 19:02 IST Karolina Pliskova defeated Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday in the Italian Open final (AP Photos)HIGHLIGHTSKarolina Pliskova defeated Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win Italian Open titleItalian Open is the biggest clay-court title of Pliskova’s careerWith this win, Pliskova will move up to no. 2 in the WTA rankingsKarolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final.Adding to a very consistent year from the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, the victory will move Pliskova up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of the contenders for the French Open, which starts next weekend.”I just hope to take the tennis I was playing here to Paris,” Pliskova said. “For sure there’s going to be a chance for me if I play this way.”Pliskova also reached the Australian Open semifinals and the Miami Open final after opening this season with a title in Brisbane, Australia.The unseeded Konta appeared nervous at the start, double faulting then landing a backhand into the net to hand Pliskova a break in her opening service game.In the second set, Pliskova used a swinging forehand volley putaway to break for a 4-3 lead and never looked back.After converting her third championship point, Pliskova went over and slapped hands with Conchita Martinez, the four-time Rome champion who she recently named her head coach. Pliskova then asked Martinez and the rest of her team to come down onto the court for her victory celebration.Also Read | Italian Open: Roger Federer out of quarters with leg injuryAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburstAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Karolina PliskovaFollow Italian OpenFollow Australian Open Karolina Pliskova wins biggest clay title of career at Italian Open2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova defeated Johanna Konta to win the Italian Open title. Pliskova will also become world no. 2 after this winadvertisement Next
Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSGoogle launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL earlier this month.The Google Pixel 3a XL costs Rs 44,999 in India.The 64GB variant of the Apple iPhone XR costs Rs 59,900 in India.The best of Google is the Pixel 3. The Best of Apple is the iPhone XS. But the best of Google and the best of Apple are also prohibitively expensive. The iPhone Xs, for example, costs close to Rs 1 lakh. So both Apple and Google now also offer more “affordable” variants of their best: these are the iPhone XR and the Pixel 3a.Recently, Google launched the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL at its annual developers conference, Google I/O 2019.The two new Pixel smartphones, which only differ in screen size and battery capacity, were launched in black and white colour variants in India for Rs 39,999 and 44,999 respectively. The good thing about these budget Pixel smartphones – especially for the Pixel lovers – is that they feature the same camera sensor as the one present in their pricier sibling – Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – making them equally proficient at capturing images if not more.Apple’s so called “affordable” budget iPhone – the Apple iPhone XR – recently has become more economical as its market price has come down. The base variant of the iPhone XR with 64GB memory went from costing Rs 76,900 to Rs 59,900 while the 128GB variant of the device went from costing Rs 81,900 to Rs 64,900. The top variant now sells for Rs 74,900.With this context in mind, lets tackle the big question: If you are looking to get a new “affordable” premium phone, should you go with the iPhone XR or will the Pixel 3a be a better deal for you? Let’s try to find an answer. To keep prices of these in play, I am going to compare the iPhone XR with the Pixel 3a XL, the pricier of the new Pixels with its price of Rs 44,999.advertisementDesign and DisplayThe Google Pixel 3a XL comes with a 6-inch full HD+ OLED display with a pixel density of 402ppi. As far as the overall design is concerned, the Pixel 3a XL looks and feels quite similar to the original Pixel 3 XL smartphone. However, there is one small difference. Unlike the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3a XL comes with a plastic back. To the naked eye, it poses no difference but if you look up closer, you would understand that a glass back is what distinguishes Pixel 3a XL from Pixel 3.The iPhone XR – Apple’s budget phone – on the other hand comes with a 6.1-inch LCD display with a pixel density of 326ppi. In terms of the overall look, it features a glass design that give it a more premium look. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRIf you go by specifications, you will believe that the OLED panel, which due to its technology can show blacker blacks and more contrast in colours, will be superior to the LCD screen of the iPhone XR. But that is not the case. The LCD panel used in the iPhone XR is one of the best ever put in a phone, and not only it shows sharp and punchy colours, which match what the Pixel 3a XL display can show, but it is also brighter than the screen in the Google phone.Just to summarise, I believe that the iPhone XR looks more premium. On display part too, I believe the iPhone XR has an edge.Performance and softwareThe Google Pixel 3a XL is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 and it sports 4GB RAM with 64GB storage space. The Pixel 3a XL runs on Android 9.0 Pie. Pixel 3a XL, just like its pricier siblings, comes with some really cool Pixel-y features such as Active Edge, Digital Wellbeing and Now playing among others. The slower processor, as I had mentioned in my review, did water down the overall Pixel experience but it does great in some of the other aspects, which makes up for it.The iPhone XR, on the other hand, is powered by Apple’s very own A12 Bionic chipset and it is available in three memory variants – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, which is the same as its pricier siblings, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. In terms of the operating system, it runs on iOS 12. What it does is that it makes Apple’s budget iPhone equally powerful and smooth at handling various as its pricier siblings. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRWhile the Pure Android aka Android 9 Pie in the Pixel 3a XL sports clean and white UI and it comes with number of versatile features, I believe that the performance is significantly better on the iPhone XR. This iPhone is fast.advertisementCameraGoogle’s premium budget Pixel phones are known for their camera quality. A simple single rear camera setup at the back, using image processing algorithms powered by Google’s mighty machine learning systems, can turn an ugly duckling into a dark swan in Pixel 3 XL. This is true for Pixel 3a XL as well. The Pixel 3a XL comes with a 12.2MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor and optical and electronic image stabalisation technology. In the front, it sports an 8MP camera.The iPhone XR, on the other hand, comes with a 12MP wide-angle lens at the back with optical image stabalisation technology and a 7MP camera in the front.Now, the difference might seem quite negligible on paper but in practice it is definitely noticeable. Let’s start with the daylight shots. When taken to the sun, both the phones produce images with stunning depth and detail. But there is a fine difference between the two. While Pixel 3a XL produces images with higher colour saturation – which looks a tad bit closer to the actual scene — the iPhone XR produces images that look like they have been fine tuned or colour corrected for social media posts. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRHere’s another example. The red in the image captured by Pixel 3a XL looks quite close to the real flowers while the one captured by iPhone XR looks a bit more red and a bit brighter. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRNow take a look at the sunrise captured by the two phones. Stunning, isn’t it? But here the tables are turned. Here iPhone XR effectively manages to capture what sunrise looks like from my home. Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, darkens the low light areas of the images and tones down the entire view. The HDR is better with iPhone XR. In fact, stunning sunset photos are a speciality of all the current gen iPhones — the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRThe case, however, is entirely different when it comes to low night-time photography. Pixel 3a XL is the only smartphone you need if you are out clicking images in the dark. No matter what the light conditions are and no matter what the image you are capturing looks like, Pixel 3a XL, thanks to Google’s software prowess beautifies every image. The iPhone XR does a decent job but can’t match the Google phone. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRAnd in case you are curious to see how well these two smartphones fare while clicking objects in indoor lighting. The result is quite the same. Pixel 3a XL captures images closer to how they look in reality while iPhone XR brightens the things up a bit. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRBatteryThe Google Pixel 3a XL comes with a 3,700mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. In practice, Pixel 3a XL’s battery when used under optimum conditions lasts for close to two days.advertisementApple, on the other hand, doesn’t disclose its battery size. But what we do know is that it supports 18W fast charger. We also know that of the three iPhones that Apple launched last year, iPhone XR performs the best when it comes to battery performance. In reality, iPhone XR too provides you close to two days of run time. So, if you were planning to make battery your tie breaker, there ain’t no relief.Pixel 3a XL or iPhone XR – which one should you buy?Picking the right phone from two of the most polished and most proficient budget smartphones in the market is a tough nut to crack. And it’s not just because there is a difference of Rs 15,000 involved but also because we are talking about two different ecosystems – Android and iOS. Both have their pluses and both have their drawbacks. To someone who loves interoperability, iOS might seem like a death trap but to someone who is more bent towards some of the security features that are likely to come to Android universe only with Android Q, iOS is the answer.It all boils down to what you are looking for in a smartphone and how much cash you have at your disposal. If you are looking for a mid-budget phone with premium features (and some compromises) and a great camera, then Pixel 3a XL is the best fit for you. But if you want a premium experience and you are willing to pay for it, iPhone XR is an option to consider.ALSO READ: | Apple iPhone XR India price drops by Rs 17,000 to compete with Galaxy S10e, here are the new pricesALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyoneALSO READ: | iPhone XR long-term review: Still the best iPhone for most peopleGet 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 GoogleFollow Pixel 3a XLFollow iPhone XR Next Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XR: It’s a choice between slick iPhone and versatile Google cameraIf you are looking for a mid-budget phone with premium features (and some compromises) and a great camera, then Pixel 3a XL is the best fit for you.advertisement
I am not finished yet, says India’s golden girl Dutee ChandAce sprinter Dutee Chand proclaimed that she isn’t done at this point and the gold she succeeded at the World University Games a week ago would goad her to accomplish more notwithstanding the negative vibes from certain quarters after her ongoing affirmation of same-sex relationship.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 14:21 IST Dutee Chand runs during the Women’s 100m Final at the 30th Summer Universiade in Naples (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand holds the 100m national record of 11.24 secondsDutee is yet to qualify for both the World Championships, to be held in Doha later this yearDutee ran her season’s best of 11.26 during the Asian Championships in Doha in AprilAce sprinter Dutee Chand Wednesday declared that she is not finished yet and the gold she won at the World University Games last week would spur her to achieve more despite the negative vibes from some quarters after her recent admission of same-sex relationship.The 23-year-old Dutee became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World Universiade after she won the 100m dash event in Napoli, Italy on July 9.Dutte said the gold was an answer to her critics, who had written her off after her admission of same-sex relationship.”Many people have commented in bad languages. They said that Dutee is now focussed on her personal life and her athletics career will be over. I wanted to let them know that I am not finished yet,” she told PTI in an interview.”Just like any other human being is concerned about his or her personal life, I also need to think about my personal life. That is why I came out and made everybody know about my relationship (with a girl of her village).”But that does not mean that I will neglect my athletics career. I have done (admitted the same-sex relationship) what I thought was needed and now I am focussing on my athletics more than even before,” she added.After winning the yellow metal at the World Universiade, she had also tweeted: “Pull me down, I will come back stronger!”Dutee also described her history-scripting gold in the World Universiade as the “highlight” of her career but wants to keep her feet rooted to focus on the “tougher” tasks of qualifying for the World Championships and Olympics.advertisementShe is yet to qualify for both the World Championships, to be held in Doha later this year, and next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.Dutee, who holds the 100m national record of 11.24 seconds, will have to be at her best if she is to qualify for the September 27-October 6 World Championships.”The 100m gold was my first at World level, it is my career highlight so far. But it is a tough road ahead. My target is to qualify for the World Championships and then the Olympics,” she said.”I am overwhelmed by the congratulatory messages from so many people including such important people. But I am not going to be carried away by this (historic 100m gold at World Universiade) and I have to focus on the important events ahead,” said the Odisha runner.The World Championships qualification timing is 11.24, which is higher than the 2017 standard of 11.26, while the Tokyo Olympics 100m qualifying time is 11.15 which is a much tougher task.Dutee ran her season’s best of 11.26 during the Asian Championships in Doha in April and she will have to at least repeat it in less than next two months’ time.”I have not qualified for either the World Championships or the Olympics and the qualifying timings have been made more difficult this time. I have asked the AFI (Athletics Federation of India) to arrange for some meets in Asia or Europe so that I can qualify for the World Championships,” she added.The AFI, on its part, said it’s trying to give Dutee two or three meets in Asia or Europe so that she can try and qualify for the World Championships. The World Championships qualification period ends on September 6.”Dutee and her coach (N Ramesh) have requested for some meets and we are trying to arrange two or three races in either Asia or Europe. She should get them,” AFI Communication Manager Divesh Bhal said.”Even otherwise also, Dutee may get to run in the World Championships just like in the 2017 edition when she got the quota place after the total number of qualified athletes did not reach the stipulated number for the event (women’s 100m),” he added.Dutee took part in the 2017 World Championships in London, where she could not reach the semifinals after clocking a much below-par 12.07 in heats.Talking about the 2020 Olympics, Dutee said, “Olympics is the ultimate target and I could not do well in the 2016 Games. So I want to do better in the 2020 Olympics but I will have to qualify first and it is not going to be easy.”The 2020 Olympics qualifying mark has got tougher this time and Dutee will have to breach the 11.15 seconds as compared to 11.32 seconds for the 2016 Rio Games.She could not advance to the semifinals after clocking a poor 11.69 seconds in the heats.Read more | My medal is an answer to my critics, says Dutee ChandAlso see: advertisementFor 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Dutee ChandFollow Rio GamesFollow 100m race Next