Liverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler is keen on the Bristol Rovers job.Fowler has moved to declare his interest in the post at the Memorial Stadium which became available when Darrell Clarke left earlier this week.Clarke had been at the club for four and a half years but left with them 21st in League One and four points from safety.“I’ve thrown in a few [CVs] over the years, still waiting for a call,” Fowler told Soccer AM.“Bristol Rovers has obviously come up; would I be interested? Of course I would!“I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager.”People in this country think I’m inexperienced but I’ve done it before.“I came home, did all my badges, I’m properly, properly qualified, so I think it’s just a case of watch this space.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to meet Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in this season’s final of the Europa League.Sarri left Napoli to be replaced by Ancelotti last summer.And the latter says: “I will be judged on the results of the team, but I think Napoli is doing a very good job. We did not qualify for the Champions League, but we knew from the start that it would be very difficult. “Napoli was up against two of the best teams in Europe. I would like to reach the final. It would be even better to be able to play against the Chelsea of Sarri. I think even Sarri would be happy to face Napoli. “Napoli versus Chelsea in the final of the Europa League, it would be magnificent. For me, it would be special to play Chelsea, one of my former clubs.”
andrew harrison racial slur frank kaminsky final four kentucky wisconsinKentucky sophomore guard Andrew Harrison took to Twitter early Sunday morning to apologize for an offhand comment he made regarding Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky at his team’s post-game press conference after the Wildcats’ Final Four loss. As his teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns, was being asked a question about Kaminsky, Harrison appeared to mutter the words “f*** that n****” to himself. Unfortunately, his microphone was turned on, and his words were far more audible than he’d likely have hoped. Harrison told his followers that the phrase was “used in jest.” He also claims that he called Kaminsky himself to wish him good luck in Monday’s title game.First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015Here’s a Vine of the incident, if you somehow haven’t seen footage yet. Harrison is most likely headed to the NBA, so we’re not sure if there will be any repercussions here. Regardless, it’s good that he addressed the situation immediately and took ownership for the mistake.
Mobile app and interactive website GamePlan4Me.com has announced that Kobe Bryant, NBA champion, has added his personal story to those of other accomplished athletes on the site.Featuring videos from leading athletes sharing their strategies for success in competition and in life, GamePlan4Me encourages visitors to create their own plans that will prepare them for the expected and the unexpected in their careers, personal lives and health.Over the past two weeks, President Barack Obama applauded the success of GamePlan4Me on a national radio show, plus pro baseball player CC Sabathia and TV sports analyst and Super Bowl champion Keyshawn Johnson have brought the site to the attention of an ever-growing audience. In addition to the athletes’ videos, the online and mobile experience includes interactive games, facts on health topics and links to informational sites.Professional football players Will Allen, Stevie Brown, Jonathan Casillas, Kurt Coleman, Jermichael Finley, Paris Lenon and O’Brien Schofield have joined GamePlan4Me this week to share their personal stories. They added their insights to those of other Olympic and sports champions from track, golf, football and basketball including: Tamika Catchings, Victor Cruz, Mark Herzlich, Dikembe Mutombo, Sanya Richards-Ross, Bill Walton and Michelle Wie. Since its launch, participating athletes have been tweeting about GamePlan4Me and the social media campaign will continue.George Pyne, business leader and entrepreneur, David Kristal, founder and chief executive officer of Augeo, and Juan Sabater, Latino entrepreneur, are leading GamePlan4Me, a non-political, private initiative and collaboration among athletes, sports executives and industry leaders.“We are thrilled that more athletes are sharing their personal stories about how having a game plan has been vital in their lives, especially for their careers, health and wellness,” commented Kristal. “Our hope is to encourage young Americans to learn about and embrace the importance of health care planning and coverage. Participating athletes sharing their ‘game planning’ anecdotes greatly help us to advance our efforts.”GamePlan4Me is adding more athletes each week and will also soon add the ability for users to upload their own game plan videos. To view the personal video stories from these athletes about their game plans, visit www.GamePlan4Me.com.Source:PR Newswire
Companies in this story: (TSX:SHOP) OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. says it has acquired Swedish e-commerce company Tictail.Terms of the deal were not immediately available.Like Shopify, Tictail aims to bring trendy products to the marketplace by helping businesses create an online presence.Tictail was founded in 2012 by four friends, including one who wanted to create the company after he watched his mother struggle to build an online shop for her ceramics.The acquisition comes as Shopify eyes international markets for growth and attempts to add more merchants outside North America.Shopify products are already used by brands including Nestle, Kylie Cosmetics, Tesla and Red Bull. The Canadian Press
Following the collision, one lane was closed, with alternating traffic, during the investigation and clean up of the collision site.According to the RCMP, one person was pronounced as a result of the collision.For road condition updates at any time, you can visit DriveBC.ca DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The section of the Alaska Highway north of Dawson Creek is now completely open as of Friday at 4:00 p.m.A fatal collision between a Pick-up truck and a Tanker truck north of Dawson Creek closed the Alaska Highway yesterday afternoon.The accident took place at around 2:40 p.m. and closed the Alaska Highway, at 214 Road, 9 km north of Dawson Creek for several hours.
New Delhi: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday kicked off the fourth Asia Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation-Resilient Cities 2019 in New Delhi hosted in association with the United Nations. The three-day event is being hosted in India for the first time with 31 participating countries.While inaugurating the forum, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that with climate change reaching new heights by the day, green solutions are not just welcome but necessary to combat the adverse impact brought on by this, specifically in Asia. “Our cities are battling the consequences of climate change on a daily basis,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe added that with the massive number of migrants moving to cities and the rapid surge of urbanisation, problems caused by climate change need to be addressed. “More than 60% of the world’s population resides in Asia and nearly half of this resides in cities and towns. It is extremely crucial to link every aspect of urbanization with sustainability. Cities account for 2/3rd of global energy demand and 70% of carbon emissions. The new urban infrastructure should be low carbon, green and climate resilient,” Vice-President Naidu said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn his inaugural address, SDMC Commissioner, Puneet Kumar Goel said that climate change is a “global challenge and its impacts are serious, urgent and growing”. Saying that the mantle for tackling these issues must not be passed on to future generations, he said that if sustainable approaches to climate change are not adopted soon, the coming generations will be “consigned to irreversible catastrophes”. Citing SDMC projects that have taken proactive steps to adopt green solutions to problems related to rapid urbanisation, Commissioner Goel said the municipality has shaved of millions of dollars just by using energy-efficient LED lights in streets. He also mentioned that electric cars and solar power used in MCD buildings are valuable steps in proceeding towards sustainable urbanisation. “The SDMC is also taking result-oriented steps for management of solid waste. Our waste to energy plant has been one of the steps to convert waste to electricity,” Commissioner Goel said. SDMC Mayor Narendra Chawla was also at the event, where he said that Delhi is facing the brunt of problems that come as a result of converging urbanisation and climate change, adding that a “dialogue such as this one is the need of the hour”.
Kolkata: The fourth phase of elections in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bengal concluded peacefully on Monday, with a few stray incidents reported from some parts.The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to lodge an FIR against BJP candidate Babul Supriyo, for threatening the presiding officer and a Trinamool Congress polling agent inside booth number 199 of Barabani. Meanwhile, incidents of firing by Central Force jawans have been reported from Birbhum’s Parui and Dubrajpur. The Election Commission has asked to register an FIR in this connection. Trinamool Congress has lodged a specific complaint with the Election Commission in this regard, whereas a separate complaint was lodged by the Central Force officials. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab said that an altercation broke out in both the areas over the use of mobile phones by the voters, following which a Central Force jawan in each area fired a blank round. The ceiling of a polling booth at Dubrajpur was damaged as the Central Force jawan fired inside the booth. Supriyo is contesting the election from Asansol on the saffron party’s ticket and has been pitted against Trinamool Congress heavyweight Moon Moon Sen. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySupriyo lost his cool inside the polling booth and threatened the presiding officer and a TMC agent in a fit of rage. He had stormed into the booth with his bodyguard, without prior permission from the presiding officer. However, he clarified the issue by saying that he had stepped into the booth after hearing about an untoward incident. The Election Commission has sought a report in connection with the incident. Supriyo subsequently had to face the wrath of some Trinamool Congress activists, who staged a demonstration in front of him at Barabani and Pandabeswar. An irate mob also ransacked his vehicle. The overall polling percentage in the eight constituencies remained at 76.44 till 5 pm. Berhampore recorded 76.16 percent, with 76.55 in Krishnanagar, 78.33 in Ranaghat (SC), 76.92 in Burdwan East, 75.31 in Burdwan-Durgapur, 73.64 in Asansol, 77.95 in Bolpur (SC) and 76.69 in Birbhum. Two presiding officers from Ketugram in East Burdwan and Mayureswar in Birbhum were removed by the Commission as some allegations of booth jamming surfaced in the two areas. The Commission has sought a report from the district administrations in this regard. A total 6 FIRs were registered by the Commission and five persons have been arrested for creating trouble on Monday. Special Observer Ajay Nayak told media persons that the election was peaceful. He, however, assured that if there is any specific complaint, it will be looked into.
Mumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he is not part of the Hrithik Roshan starrer superhero film Krrish 4. There were reports that Nawazuddin will play a baddie in the fourth installment. Asked if the reports were true, Nawazuddin said: “This is the first time, I am hearing about it from you (media) and there is no truth in it.” The Raman Raghav 2.0 star was at the launch of a book. Asked what book, according to him, can be adapted into a film, the actor replied: “It depends… sometimes you have to simply translate the book or sometimes you have to make an adaptation of the book.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerNawazuddin made a mark in the industry coming from a non-filmy background. He is known for his films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, Badlapur, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manto among many others. Asked if he feels that outsiders are not given enough opportunities in film industry, he said: “I think the good thing about this industry is that if you have talent then someday people recognise it and no one can stop that person from getting work.”
Those same numbers haven’t exactly been on-brand for the Pats so far this year. Although they’ve still forced opponents to drive from the league’s third-worst field position, their takeaways per drive have slipped to 12th, and their goal-to-go efficiency has fallen to 30th. And no defense has yielded more touchdowns per drive — the most elemental sign of whether a defense is bending or just flat-out snapping into pieces.Indicators of a defense’s ability to bend and not break are notoriously noisy, so the Patriots may very well rediscover their usual form before long. But by the same token, it was remarkable that the Pats’ D was able to survive as long as it had with such fickle metrics serving as strategic cornerstones. Given the team’s dynastic track record, nobody should think about counting New England out yet — particularly as long as Brady keeps playing at such a high level — but with their usual defensive formula disrupted and their home-field aura shaken, the Pats suddenly have more issues to address than they’re accustomed to.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Takeaways per drive115.7%1211.1% 2015Saints+0.8-11.2-11.2 2010Texans-0.4-9.2-9.5 2016Browns-1.1-8.6-9.5 YEARTEAMRUSHPASSTOTAL 2008Lions-2.5-7.5-9.9 2017Patriots+0.4-12.4-12.2 Goal-to-go efficiency allowed364.5%30100.0% 2011Buccaneers-2.3-4.9-7.7 2008Broncos-1.9-6.4-8.3 Touchdowns allowed per drive317.0%3231.1% The Patriots’ D is bending — and now breakingKey defensive metrics for New England EPA Total EPA may not match passing + rushing because of penalties.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group CATEGORYNFL RANKAVG. VALUENFL RANKAVG. VALUE Opponent’s avg. starting field position127.4325.9 2001-20162017 Opponent yards per point118.02214.3 Red zone efficiency allowed1252.0%2764.3% 2010Jaguars-1.0-6.9-7.7 2014Saints-2.1-6.1-7.7 The worst defenses since ’06Most expected points added (EPA) allowed per game by NFL defenses, 2006-17 But even that by itself understates just how bad the Pats’ D has been this season. So far, New England is allowing a staggering 116.5 passer rating — essentially turning every opposing QB into Peyton Manning — and has also been carved up for 5.1 yards per carry. With an average of 12.2 EPA allowed per game, the Pats’ defense is tracking to be the single most porous D of the past 12 NFL seasons.New England has been in a similar position before. In 2011, the Patriots were roughly as good on offense as they’ve been this season — they ranked third in offensive EPA behind the Saints and Packers — and although they weren’t as much of a defensive dumpster fire as the 2017 edition has been, they still ranked eighth-to-last in EPA allowed and had the league’s sixth-worst pass defense.That team went 13-3, finished third in point differential (+171) and eventually made it to the Super Bowl before being upset by the New York Giants. This year’s version, by contrast, is barely outscoring opponents (they have a +1 point differential) and might be lucky to extend the franchise’s streak of winning a double-digit number of games to 15 years.So how were the Pats able to survive this kind of all-offense configuration in the past? By bending but not breaking. As we noted before the Super Bowl in February, one of the hallmarks of Belichick’s Patriots has been a defense that readily yields yardage but refuses to let opponents ultimately convert ball movement into points. From 2001 to 2016, the Pats’ average ranking in yards allowed was 16.1, while their average ranking in points allowed was 7.7; they ranked better by points allowed than yards allowed 14 times in those 16 seasons.The gap was a function of several important factors, including forcing opponents to drive from the deepest field position in the league, grabbing the most takeaways per drive of any team and summoning the league’s third-best goal-to-go defense (i.e., the rate of touchdowns allowed per drive that contained a down with the goal to go). These were all markers of strong situational defense — meaning that the Patriots’ D would play better the more heavily the situation determined whether they would allow points or (ultimately) win the game. 2017Titans-0.2-8.8-8.9 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group The New England Patriots are usually immune to Super Bowl hangovers; you don’t win five championships and 14 division crowns in 16 seasons by resting on laurels. But early in this year’s title defense, the Pats find themselves with an uncharacteristic 2-2 record — including 1-2 at home, where they’re usually invincible.1According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, this is the first time since 2000 that New England has lost multiple home games before Week 5. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been doing this thing long enough that Pats fans shouldn’t be fully panicked quite yet — our NFL predictions still give them nearly a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs — but it’s worth dissecting these four games to see if they represent a momentary hiccup, or if the champs are truly in trouble.If someone had told you before the season that the Patriots would struggle through four weeks, it would have been logical to assume that the 40-year-old Brady had started to show his age, like so many QBs have before. But the funny thing is, Brady has been nothing less than outstanding so far: According to adjusted net yards per attempt,2A measure of passing efficiency that tracks yards per attempt with a bonus for touchdowns and penalties for interceptions and sacks. this is shaping up to be the most efficient season of Brady’s career, which is remarkable for a QB who might be the best in history.Brady has even done it despite having to abruptly adjust his quarterbacking style in the wake of a season-ending injury suffered in the preseason by top 2016 target Julian Edelman. Without Edelman running underneath routes to stretch defenses horizontally, Brady’s average air yards per attempt has skyrocketed from 7.5 a year ago to 10.0 this season. After throwing only 19 percent of his passes more than 15 yards downfield last season, Brady now airs it out 28 percent of the time, with newcomer Brandin Cooks ranking fourth among all NFL receivers in air yards per target.3Minimum 10 targets. And yet, in spite of the more difficult throws, Brady is also completing 66.5 percent of his passes, one of the best rates of his career. He hasn’t been perfect — he’s taking a lot of sacks despite facing less pressure in the pocket — but Brady has done some of his best-ever work under center so far in 2017.Because of Brady’s heroics, the Patriots have easily been the best offensive team in football thus far according to expected points added (EPA), generating 52.2 net points when they have the ball (nearly 7 more than the second-place Chiefs). Trouble is, they’ve also been the league’s worst defensive team. And it’s not even remotely close.The Pats’ defense is yielding 48.8 net points when the opponent has possession, 13.1 more than the second-to-last Titans. If that holds up, it would be the first time since 20064The earliest season in Stats & Info’s EPA database. for the same team to finish first in one category and last in the other. (No team has ever ranked first in defense and last in offense.)
Ohio State senior defenseman Josh Healey corrals the puck at the blue line against Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament semifinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on March 17, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiOhio State men’s hockey senior defenseman Josh Healey has been ruled ineligible to play in the NCAA West Regional, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday. The suspension comes as a result of a game misconduct penalty that occurred at the 17:32 mark of the third period in a game against Wisconsin on March 17 at the Big Ten Tournament. Healey, who received an automatic one-game suspension for his third game misconduct of the season, has been suspended for one additional game under the conference’s supplemental discipline process — and therefore, will ultimately miss both potential regional games.The Buckeyes will open the NCAA tournament Friday afternoon in Fargo, North Dakota, against the No. 2 overall seed Minnesota-Duluth. Puck drop from Scheels Arena is set for 6:30 p.m.
Western Michigan goalie Stephanie Heber saves a shot from Ohio State senior forward Eleanor Gabriel (8) in the first half of the Buckeyes’ 2-0 win over the Brocos on Sept. 1. Credit: Mac Connor | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (3-0-1) earned its second straight home win with a 2-0 victory over Western Michigan (2-1) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday night. Goals from forwards Meghan Kammerdeiner and Marissa Birzon propelled the team to victory.The game started off with a frantic pace, leading to many changes of possession in the center of the pitch. Forward Sammy Edwards provided the only early excitement five minutes into the game, forcing Western Michigan goalie Stephanie Heber to make a full extension save.The Buckeye offense found its footing 10 minutes into the game, applying pressure on the Western Michigan defense throughout the first half with sound passing and a frenzy of through balls and corners. Even when the Broncos moved the ball to midfield, the Buckeyes quickly regained possession, dominating possession in an effort to make Western Michigan midfielder Grace Labadie’s early shot the only one on goal.“Our team works really hard with the no-shot mentality”, said goalie Devon Kerr earlier this week. “Clean sheets are like really important for us this year, so that’s been huge.”The Western Michigan Broncos managed another shot by the end of the half, but were outshot by the Buckeyes 12-2 in the half. Ohio State also earned three corners, compared to Western Michigan’s zero. The teams went into halftime in a 0-0 draw, hoping the warmth of the locker rooms would provide a needed energy boost on the cold night.There was a visible adjustment period to the 30-degree weather drop this morning as the Buckeyes came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders to kick off the second half.“We have this saying called, ‘Control the controllable,’” Kammerdeinger said. “We don’t have control of the weather obviously, so we’re going to come in and take care of business of what we do have.”The second half started much like the end of the first, with the Buckeyes holding possession and earning a quick corner kick. The Broncos started a strong push 20 minutes into the half, earning a quality shot on goal and their first corner. The Buckeyes struggled to manage the corner, leading to another shot, which left the ball helplessly bouncing in front of the net until goalie Devon Kerr managed to gain control.Western Michigan continued to press over the next 15 minutes, applying steady pressure on the Buckeyes’ defense and doubling up their shot total in a matter of minutes.Ohio State responded by pushing the ball hard to the end line, earning a series of crosses culminating in a goal in the 69th minute from Kammerdeiner. Midfielder Nikki Walts provided the perfect cross landing the ball softly in the box for Kammerdeiner to finish it home and give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.“What helped us a lot, was that we have a lot of variety,” Kammerdeiner said earlier this week. “We have players that are able to play different types of balls and behind, get end line and change it up based on what the defense is showing us, and we can do that on the fly which has helped us a lot.”This versatility of the team proved fruitful in keeping the ball on the Western Michigan end the majority of the match, eventually leading to a Kammerdeiner score.The Buckeyes didn’t take long to add to their lead. Defender Izzy Rodriguez showed a bit of her ability to play the whole field in sending a curving cross landing right at the feet of forward Marissa Birzon. Birzon then chipped the ball high over goalie Stephanie Heber, who could only get her fingertips on the ball as it spun into the goal to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead.After the game Kammerdeiner said the versatility of the team she talked about earlier in the week helped lead to Friday’s win.“I think it’s just amazing how much depth we have on our team,” Kammerdeiner said. “We can have these freshman come in against everyone else’s rest and they’re just as good as us. They’re pushing us everyday to get better, and it really drives our team forward.”Although the Buckeyes held a comfortable lead, they continued to apply the pressure through the end of the match. Never appearing satisfied with the lead they held, Ohio State continued racking up shots and opportunities while trying to complete the clean sheet the team has placed such high value on.Ohio State outshot Western Michigan 19-7 and allowed just four shots to reach Kerr in net. The team has yet to allow a goal since the 30th minute of their opening match against Arizona State, making it 330 minutes since an opponent has scored.The Buckeyes’ next game is against South Florida Saturday at 6 p.m. at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) takes down Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing a 49-26 victory against Indiana, Ohio State has areas in its game to focus on moving forward.After allowing 300 yards to sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey, including multiple throws down the field with little pressure on the defensive front, the defense has things to work on coming into a matchup against Minnesota.Fortunately for Ohio State, the Golden Gophers’ offense offers an opportunity for the Buckeyes defense to work on these troubling areas.Minnesota heads to Ohio Stadium with a 3-2 record and a two-game losing streak to Big Ten opponents — a 42-13 beatdown from Maryland and a 48-31 home loss to Iowa.Minnesota comes in ranked in the bottom 50 in every major offensive category in the NCAA, including the 50th-lowest points per game, 31st-lowest passing yards per game, 35th-worst rushing yards per game, 17th-worst total yards per game and tied for the 21st-most turnovers.Freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad runs the Golden Gopher offense, completing 52 percent of his passes for 924 pass yds, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.“Obviously he’s a good player,” sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland said. “It’ll be a good test for us.”Three wide receivers — junior Tyler Johnson, freshman Rashod Bateman and redshirt freshman Chris Autman-Bell — have accounted for 90 percent of the receptions for the Golden Gophers this season.Johnson leads the team with 28 catches for 402 yards and six touchdowns. The touchdowns are tied for No. 10 in the nation. Bateman has the only other three receiving touchdowns of the trio, and has 27 receptions for 257 yards. Autman-Bell is up to 14 catches for 220 yards.In the run game, freshman and redshirt freshman running backs Bryce Williams and Mohamed Ibrahim take most of the carries, combining for 569 yards and one touchdown. The majority of the the rushing touchdowns go to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Seth Green, who has five touchdowns on 28 carries despite averaging only 3.3 yards per rush.“They run hard, you know they’re physical backs,” Borland said. “That goes for their whole offense, they’re gonna line up, they’re gonna run at you, and they’re going to see how tough you are.”The real strength for Minnesota is in its defense, where the Golden Gophers allows 324.2 yards per game, No. 21 in the NCAA. Their 23.4 points allowed per game is tied for No. 41.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said their defense is “outstanding,” while also calling them a “top-20 defense.”Minnesota’s defense is solid on both fronts, ranking in the top 40 in both passing and rushing yards allowed in the NCAA.Junior linebacker Carter Coughlin is the standout for the Golden Gophers, totaling 15 tackles, with 6.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks.“They’re not a big pressure team, but they’ve got a great pass rusher,” Meyer said. “[Coughlin]: Excellent player.”PredictionMinnesota’s defense has an opportunity to prove how talented it really is, and with Ohio State’s running game struggling as of late, it can look there for some big stops early on.Annexstad has three major targets to look for through the air to exploit a pass defense that has faltered in its past few games.But Ohio State is simply the better team on both sides of the ball.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been unstoppable through six games, with his biggest “slip up” coming in a 270-yard, three-touchdown effort on the road against No. 8 Penn State.The Golden Gophers might have a strong pass defense, but they have not faced a quarterback like Haskins. On the opposite side, redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore defensive end Chase Young should exploit this Minnesota offense, and Annexstad doesn’t have an arm strong enough to pick on these defensive backs who have struggles as of late.Expect Ohio State to win, and to win big, against an outmatched Minnesota team.Wyatt Crosher: 52-13 Ohio StateColin Gay: 56-14 Ohio State Edward Sutelan: 49-17 Ohio State
Nacho has defended his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo from the criticism that he has received this season and admits he finds it bafflingThe Portugal international suffered a dismal start to the current campaign with only one goal in his first eight appearances with Real struggling to keep up with Barcelona at the top of the league standings.But Ronaldo has now turned around his season and has amassed a total of 37 goals in just 35 appearances across all competitions this season.Nacho has nothing but praise for his famous teammate and does not believe that he is showing any signs of decline at the age of 33 years old.“The truth is that he scores everything he touches,” Nacho told Goal.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“We finished the match with the Spain national team [against Germany] and saw that he had scored twice in five minutes with Portugal. That is great for us. I hope he maintains this level until the end of the season.”He added: “I do not understand how people can doubt Ronaldo. He is the one who always makes the difference, he has goal stats in his career that are not normal for a player.“I do not understand how there can be people doubting him. The commitment he has to this club is 100 per cent and I, as his teammate, think there is nowhere better for him than Real Madrid.”Having now returned from international duty with Portugal, Ronaldo will now be setting his sights on Real’s upcoming La Liga game against lowly Las Palmas on Saturday.
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit accused Mesut Ozil of lacking any desire on the pitchThe former Real Madrid playmaker was brought off by manager Unai Emery at half-time in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.And Petit has been left far from impressed by Ozil’s mentality over the past two years for the Gunners.“Arsenal were magnificent against Brighton for 30 minutes,” Petit told Paddy Power.“They played good football but, just as they did at Southampton, disappeared all of a sudden.“The quality they had been showing vanished and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence. The goal they conceded was awful.“Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime. I’m a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years.“Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it’s not there any more.”The French World Cup winner also believes Arsenal’s defence isn’t good enough ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.Petit added: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.“But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool.“You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”Petit played for Arsenal in midfield between 1997 to 2000, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup before joining Barcelona.The Frenchman also had spells with AS Monaco and Chelsea before announcing his retirement in January 2005.