Newcastle defender Dummett confident Longstaff will pen new termsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Paul Dummett is confident Matty Longstaff will pen new terms.Longstaff is now in talks over a six-year deal following his dream debut.Dummett said: “He’ll probably have the same thing that happened to me.“I signed the contract quite soon after that game and the club will be looking to tie him down as quickly as they can — because they know how much of an asset he can be.“He fully deserves that. So hopefully they can agree on something and we can have him here for a long time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chris Clark doesn’t know where he will be playing college football, but UCLA claims to know the future of the four-star tight end. As a recruiting pitch to the 6-foot-6, 247-pound prospect, the Bruins’ recruiting staff wrote a fake, two-page ESPN The Magazine article about what Clark will do at UCLA. According to the story, Clark will: Score a 57-yard touchdown on his first snap as a Bruin. Be a consensus first-team All-American all three seasons at UCLA.Lead the Bruins to the College Football Playoff as a sophomore. Win the Mackey Award and a national championship as a junior. Leave school for the NFL after his junior season, become “Rob Gronkowski 2.0.”Here’s the story. It’s pretty great. Coolest recruiting pitch pic.twitter.com/hbDZO5ztLt— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) January 15, 2015Creating mock magazine covers is commonplace in recruiting, but a two-page article is something we haven’t seen before. Well done, UCLA.
CFB Map“Sleeping giant” is a term people love to throw around in the college football world. Everyone kind of has their own definition for what a “sleeping giant” is, but it can basically be summed up like this: a college football program that, for whatever the reason, has yet to reach its full potential, a potential that is at a national title-level. Who are the biggest sleeping giants in college football, then? SB Nation’s Bill Connelly tweeted out this question this morning. Sunday pop quiz: What program do you consider the biggest potential sleeping giant in college football?— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) July 10, 2016He didn’t himself give an answer. Other people responded, though. Here are the answers: @SBN_BillC UNC UCF is a P5 starter kit but in P5 probably UNC but that’s 60% bc of schedule. I can’t believe I’m typing this but Miami?— Geoffrey Mitchell (@geoffmitchell) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Miami— ᴏsᴄᴀʀ ɢᴀᴍʙʟᴇ (@OscarGambler) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Neb or Miami. I would say my AU Tigers but they never really sleep, they just nap from time to time. They’re waking up for ’16.— Jarred Graves (@guitarist1984) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Houston or Colorado— Joel Smith (@joelestra) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Georgia should be way better. Top 5 HS FBall state and no in state rivals for the top crutes. They could be ‘Bama.— That Guy (@improbus00) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Maryland.— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC unc— Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Arizona State.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Washington.— RS (@godaytonflyers) July 10, 2016You can read all the responses here.My answer: Georgia.
Ernesto Valverde is convinced the officials made the correct decision in allowing Luis Suarez’s goal to stand despite Leganes’ protests in Barcelona’s 3-1 win on Sunday.Leganes had made things interesting in Camp Nou when Martin Braithwaite cancelled out Ousmane Dembele’s opener in the second half.The goal forced Valverde to introduce Lionel Messi from the bench, and he inspired Barca to go on and win – playing a role in Suarez’s goal before then rounding things off late on. 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? Suarez’s goal was contentious from Leganes’ perspective, as Ivan Cuellar saved Messi’s strike and then the Uruguayan netted from close range, appearing to collide with the goalkeeper at the same time.Replays showed that, although there was contact, it was minimal and the goal stood even after a VAR review, angering Leganes.Valverde thinks sense prevailed, however.”I thought it was a goal,” Valverde told Movistar. “What can I say, everyone sees it from their point of view, but if the referee has given it, it will be a goal.”With VAR, the controversy is not over. It’s a clear goal. Suarez does not touch the goalkeeper, they have reviewed it.”There will always be controversy, mistakes will follow and you have to accept the error. That [errors] will not end with VAR, nor if it was a robot refereeing.”Carles Alena impressed in midfield before being withdrawn for Messi shortly after the Leganes equaliser.The crowd reacted negatively to Alena’s withdrawal, but Valverde made the change for a specific reason.Speaking in his post-match news conference, Valverde said: “Alena played a great match, but we thought it was a good idea to make changes at 1-1.”[Ivan] Rakitic and Messi are used to playing together and we have opted for a turn, but that does not mean it [Alena’s performance] was not good.”The other day the full game, Alena did not play and today he did. We have to give everyone games because they are all important.”
Brazil boss Tite is optimistic midfielder Arthur will be fit for the Copa America after an injury scare.The Barcelona player was caught by a poor challenge from Honduras winger Romell Quioto, who was sent off, during Brazil’s 7-0 friendly victory.Although Arthur was treated before being substituted, concerns about the state of his affected knee were soon allayed by coach Tite. 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? He said to reporters: “Arthur is fine. I spoke to him. He told me it was just a knock. And I saw in his face that he is well.”I don’t want to second-guess the doctor, he’ll confirm all this for you, but from his mood, I saw it was just a knock.”Hosts Brazil begin their Copa America campaign against Bolivia on Friday in Sao Paulo, with star man Neymar already ruled out of the tournament by injury.They then face Venezuela and Peru as they seek a first continental triumph since 2007.The last thing that the Selecao need before their latest trophy quest gets underway is to see more key men ruled out.Tite is already having to work out how to counter the loss of Neymar.His Paris Saint-Germain team-mate, Thiago Silva, has suggested that Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho will be the man Brazil look to for inspiration.He told reporters: “Coutinho had a difficult season in Barcelona. It was demanding and they booed him many times, but here in the team he is our reference, especially when we don’t have Neymar.”Coutinho calls for the game. In the two friendlies we played he was the best player on the pitch, not only because of passes and goals, but also with his defence. He is finding his happiness again.”I’m very happy and not at all comfortable talking about this player because we are very close.”We need him, especially now with the absence of Neymar.”Brazil called up Chelsea winger Willian to replace Neymar in their Copa America squad.
Liverpool tackle Sevilla in Boston on Sunday in what is their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer.Jurgen Klopp watched his side succumb 3-2 in a thrilling match against Borussia Dortmund on Friday, having previously eased past local opposition in the form of Tranmere and Bradford on British soil.The Spaniards, meanwhile, will play their third match this summer, having already seen off English opponents in the form of Reading. Last week they beat FC Dallas 3-1, but this stands as the biggest test for new coach Julen Lopetegui so far. 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? Game Liverpool vs Sevilla Date Sunday, July 21 Time 11:00pm BST / 6:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match can be streamed live on B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream n/a B/R Live In the UK, the match will be shown on LFC TV and can be streamed via LFC TV GO. UK TV channel Online stream LFC TV LFC TV GO Squads & Team News Position Liverpool squad Goalkeepers Mignolet, Ojrzynski, Atherton Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Van den Berg, Phillips, Lewis, Hoever, Larouci Midfielders Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Jones Forwards Brewster, Origi, Kent, Woodburn, Wilson, Duncan, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are both missing due to injury, while Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all on holiday.Free agent Andy Lonergan has joined the squad to train in the USA as Caoimhin Kelleher and Vitezslav Jaros are both injured, leaving the Reds short of cover.Liverpool starting XI: Lonergan; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Phillips, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson; Woodburn, Wilson, Origi. Position Sevilla squad Goalkeepers Vaclik, Sergio Rico, Javi Diaz Defenders Diego Carlos, Sergi Gomez, Kjaer, Carrico, Wobber, Kounde, Gnagnon, Corchia, Aleix Vidal, Escudero, Arana, Reguilon Midfielders Jesus Navas, Roque Mesa, Fernando, Jordan, Banega, Franco Vazquez Forwards Nolito, Ocampos, Oliver, Dabbur, De Jong, Munir, Ben Yedder, Juanpe, Lara, Pozo, Mena Sevilla have named a 33-man squad to travel to the USA, including newest signing Oliver Torres.Ibrahim Amadou has not travelled due to beaurocratic problems.Sevilla starting XI: Sergio Rico; Reguilon, Carrico, Diego Carlos; Jesus Navas, Fernando, Banega, Jordan; Nolito, De Jong, Ocampos.Match Preview Liverpool face a quick turnaround following their 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Friday, with less than 48 hours recovery time before tackling Sevilla at Boston’s Fenway Park.Despite goals from youngsters Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster, head coach Jurgen Klopp was disappointed to see his side go down against his former side in Notre Dame, but is not expecting miracles from his European champions this early in the summer – particularly with key players still on holiday following international duty.The German, nevertheless, played it cool after watching his side concede three goals in under an hour against BVB in a fixture he described as Liverpool’s first “proper test” of the summer. “How we conceded the goals was due to the lack of organisation around the situations,” he indicated. “When you change a lot in the team then it’s quite difficult to have the perfect organisation. That will be better later in the pre-season and in the season of course, it has to and it will be. Apart from that, all good.“There were a lot of good things, some things which I didn’t like, that’s normal in pre-season. I decide what we do in training and I know how much we did yesterday in already pretty warm weather conditions.”I still don’t like what I see in the game very often in the pre-season, but I know the reason for it. I’m not over the moon when I think about our performance but I know there’s a lot to come and it’s all okay.”Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, who is in his first role since being sacked by Real Madrid less than a year ago, was similarly circumspect after watching his side beat FC Dallas 3-1.“The important thing to take from this match is that everyone played,” he said. “It’s all the better that we gave minutes to all players.“There are positives to take but we must be back. It’s important to fine tune and make sure there are no injuries.”It seems that neither manager will be particularly concerned by the outcome of Sunday’s match, so long as they see an improvement from their respective sides. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma fans were calling for Lincoln Riley to fire defensive coordinator Mike Stoops for most of Saturday’s disappointing loss to Texas. According to a new report, Sooners fans have gotten their wish.Stoops, the brother of former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, has reportedly been let go.TFB Sooners broke the news tonight, reporting that Stoops is out as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator. The news was broken by TFB Sooners contributor James Hale.From the report:TFB contributor, James Hale has learned through sources that Mike Stoops is no longer the defensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma. No word yet on who will replace him moving forward.Stoops has been Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator since 2012. He was previously on the staff from 1999-2003, but led Arizona’s program from 2004-11.The defensive coordinator took the blame for Oklahoma’s 48-45 loss on Saturday.“I’m extremely disappointed in my inability to get this team to play at a higher level,” Stoops told reporters. “It takes everybody pulling the same way, and I certainly take a lot of that responsibility.”Riley was frustrated with the defensive performance, too.“We didn’t tackle well … I didn’t think we covered well … And the glaring deal was the third-and-longs,” Riley said. “We didn’t get enough stops.”There were some who doubted Oklahoma would be willing to make a change, considering Mike Stoops is the brother of the Sooners’ legendary head coach, but it appears the loss to Texas was the final straw.Stay tuned.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Given all the surprising results from Week 7 in college football, the bowl picture has been greatly altered. The latest predictions show that.Four top-10 teams lost yesterday, including an undefeated Georgia squad. The top 25 rankings were shuffled tremendously.Coming off Saturday, ESPN has unveiled its latest bowl projections. As we said, there are changes from last week’s edition.Here are the bowl predictions after Week 7 from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Ohio State Sherman: Clemson vs. Ohio StateCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Notre Dame Sherman: Alabama vs. Notre DameTexas Bowl Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Iowa State Sherman: Auburn vs. West VirginiaCamping World BowlBonagura: Duke vs. Texas Tech Sherman: Duke vs. Iowa StateAlamo BowlBonagura: Washington vs. West Virginia Sherman: Texas Tech vs. OregonPeach BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. NC State Sherman: Georgia vs. NC StateGator BowlBonagura: Auburn vs. Michigan State Sherman: Tennessee vs. WisconsinFiesta BowlBonagura: Texas vs. UCF Sherman: UCF vs. OklahomaRose BowlBonagura: Michigan vs. Oregon Sherman: Michigan vs. WashingtonOutback BowlBonagura: Mississippi State vs. Iowa Sherman: Kentucky vs. Penn StateSugar BowlBonagura: LSU vs. Oklahoma Sherman: Texas vs. LSUCitrus BowlBonagura: Florida vs. Penn State Sherman: Florida vs. IowaYou can view their full bowl predictions here.
BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)One of the top players on Virginia Tech’s defense has issued a stunning announcement, revealing that he’s transferring out of the program.Rico Kearney, a standout linebacker for the Hokies, announced on Twitter today that he’s going to transfer out.The linebacker announced the news on Twitter:Humbled beginnings ??✊?…. leaving it in God’s hands. pic.twitter.com/xvVKByhQ3x— Rico Kearney (@38savage_VT) November 18, 2018Kearney, a class of 2017 recruit, had nearly 20 tackles in a game just two weeks ago.“Wow. Linebacker Rico Kearney announces on Twitter that he plans to transfer. Had 18 tackles against BC two weeks ago when Rayshard Ashby was hurt. Gave way back a healthy Ashby against Miami. That was quick,” Andy Bitter tweeted.Wow. Linebacker Rico Kearney announces on Twitter that he plans to transfer. Had 18 tackles against BC two weeks ago when Rayshard Ashby was hurt. Gave way back a healthy Ashby against Miami. That was quick. #Hokies https://t.co/q6prNdKGgb— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) November 18, 2018Stay tuned.