Man City midfielder De Bruyne on Cup triumph: Sheer reliefby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne admitted relief after beating Leicester City on penalties in the Carabao Cup last night.De Bruyne struck for City as the scores were 1-1 at fulltime. City went onto win the quarterfinal 3-1 after the shootout.De Bruyne said, “It’s a relief, it was difficult for us. It was a lot of players who hadn’t played a lot. We did a good game, it was an open game and in the end the keeper helped us. He’s got veins of ice! He did what he had to do in the shootout.”It is difficult to start when you are injured for five months but it felt good to play for 70 minutes. It is a good sign for me.”I feel stiff but I am happy to contribute. We want to win titles and now it’s two games more and we can battle for another trophy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Besiktas move for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovicby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas are moving for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic.The 22-year-old joined Milan as a free agent from Hamburg last summer.Sky Italia says a January exit is imminent with his agent meeting Besiktas to consider personal terms on Tuesday.Halilovic is a Croatia international with nine senior caps, but made no impact at San Siro. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, who is now an NCAA executive, is embroiled in a rather unsettling controversy this week. According to Twitter user @StocktonShorts, Luck, in a Columbus bar ahead of the Mountaineers’ contest against Maryland last Sunday, made disparaging remarks about Syracuse and its men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim. The story, which the Twitter user claims was told to him by two friends independently of one another, went viral after screenshots of the tweets were posted to Reddit Tuesday morning. There’s also a photo of Luck taking a shot.According to the tweets, Luck allegedly joked that he joined the NCAA to help “f***” over Boeheim.Oliver Luck Story (1/7): Some WVU fans were hanging out at a bar before the WVU game in Columbus on Sunday— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (2/7): Into the bar the WVU fans are in walks Oliver Luck with a man he introduces as “My Arab Friend David”.— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (3/7): Oliver joins this group of Mountaineer fans for some drinks, someone asks him why he moved to work for the NCAA— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (5/7): Oliver then calls over the waitress and orders 10 shots of Crown for him and his new WVU friends.— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (6/7): They all hammer the shots down and Oliver immediately leaves….leaving them with the $70 bill for the shots. #Boss— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Brent Axe of syracuse.com reached out to Luck, who denied the allegations. He did not, however, deny being in the bar at the time in question. “The Twitter account is not accurate,” Luck said. “I do not use language like that. I have the utmost respect for the infractions process and would not say such things about a member school and its head coach.“Secondly, I have not had any involvement whatsoever in the investigatory process of this particular case nor do I have any involvement with the penalties levied in this case. The latter is determined by the Committee on Infractions, an entity that does not report to me.”Last month, Syracuse was hammered by the NCAA after a lengthy investigation, as the school was penalized with the loss of 12 scholarships and five years probation. Boeheim was also suspended for nine league games and was forced to vacate over 100 victories.We’re not sure what course of action, if any, there will be here. Regardless, it’s eye-opening.
Duke Laken TomlinsonFormer Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson was taken at No, 28 overall by the Detroit Lions in this year’s NFL Draft. He is the first player to be taken in the first round out of Duke since 1987, when linebacker Mike Junkin went No. 5 to the Cleveland Browns.Round 1 – Pick 28 The @Lions select Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/ORgcpuDylk— #NFLDraft (@nfl) May 1, 2015Tomlinson was rated as a three-star player coming out of Lane Technical High School in Chicago, but developed into one of the top guards in the country under David Cutcliffe at Duke.At 6-foot-3, 323 pounds, the First Team All-American projects to be one of the best interior run blockers in the 2015 draft class. His athleticism is a bit of a concern, but he should be a good fit on the inside for the Lions.According to NFL.com, Tomlinson’s closest comparison is Chris Watt. Here’s more: Tomlinson has treated defenders like a squat rep at times, but getting defenders centered and jacked will be tougher in the NFL. His lack of athleticism is a major concern and will cause problems winning initial engagements as defenders will get into him first.The Indianapolis Colts are now on the clock.
Jemele HillESPN personality Jemele Hill is a proud Michigan State alum, and she let Michigan fans know this during a two-minute segment on her show His and Hers. Hill used the time to call out Wolverine supporters who had been talking smack after the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and the team’s 5-1 start before Saturday’s stunning loss to the Spartans.Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo was obviously impressed by Hill, and he expressed his feelings when speaking with the media today.Tom Izzo: “Jemele Hill should run for president. She was awesome.” @jemelehill— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) October 20, 2015If Hill did run, it would be interesting to see how well she’d fare in the state of Michigan.
Louisville President ‘Evaluating’ Possibility Of Changing Stadium Name In Light Of Papa John’s Controversy
LOUISVILLE, KY – OCTOBER 30: Louisville Cardinals mascot run on the field prior to their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)After admitting to using the n-word during a conference call, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is out as company chairman. He has also resigned from Louisville’s board of trustees. The name of the school’s football stadium—Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium—is a more complex issue.Schnatter had been a huge benefactor of the school for years. That includes a strange naming rights deal that may be more difficult to get around, without Schnatter’s cooperation.On Wednesday, Louisville players began to voice their displeasure at the name of the stadium. A few called for it to be renamed “ASAP.”Louisville’s stadium naming rights deal is with John Schnatter himself, though, not the Papa John’s company.That means he controls what the stadium is named, through the expiration of the deal in 2040. From ABC News:Schnatter remains prominently linked to the school through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In a complicated arrangement, the school’s deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John’s brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. His current deal with the university runs through 2040.There’s a chance that he will surrender the name willingly. Louisville can also try and buy him out.School president Neeli Bendapudi says that the administration is looking into the issue, per WDRB.com:University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi said she is “evaluating” the status of university naming-rights agreements tied to John Schnatter, including that of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.[…]“We haven’t had a chance to discuss it formally but yes, certainly we are aware that there is a lot of interest in this and we are hoping to come together to discuss it,” she said.If Louisville can pull it off, the school shouldn’t have a tough time finding a new name. Receiver Keion Wakefield had a pretty good idea, which he shared via Twitter: Muhammed Ali Stadium.[WDRB.com]
TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Balloons for the Oklahoma Sooners fly outside of Sun Devil Stadium before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Fresh off of a rout of a promising FAU team, Oklahoma hosts its second straight home game. This time, it welcomes in Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins.The Sooners were absolutely dominant last week. The offense didn’t miss a beat from last season, but the more impressive performance was the defense shutting down Lane Kiffin’s offense, which was dynamic last year and brought back a 1,900 yard rusher and a former four-star quarterback.The Sooners’ first team defense did not allow a point. Oklahoma wound up with a 63-14 win.UCLA’s start to the season was not as good. The Bruins are clearly rebuilding, and showed it in a 26-17 loss to Cincinnati. Quarterback Wilton Speight, a transfer in from Michigan, left the game with a back injury. He is day-to-day as we approach tomorrow’s game.Oklahoma vs. UCLA is slotted for a big Saturday afternoon match-up.Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on FOX, in Norman.Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Gus JohnsonGame analyst: Joel KlattSideline reporter: Jenny TaftOklahoma is a 30-point favorite in this game.,Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Gus JohnsonGame analyst: Joel KlattSideline reporter: Jenny TaftOklahoma is a 30-point favorite in this game.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)The son of a former NFL star defensive player announced his college commitment this morning. It’s a big one.Joey Porter Jr., the son of former NFL standout linebacker Joey Porter, announced this morning his decision to commit to Penn State.The son of the four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro announced on Twitter his decision to commit to the Nittany Lions.Porter Jr. is a four-star defensive back.#WeAre ⚪️?⚪️ Better #DC5 #T4L pic.twitter.com/TWMU9GuvJe— Joey Porter Jr (@jjporter_1) September 11, 2018Porter Jr. is a 6-foot-1 cornerback out of Wexford, Pa. He’s ranked the No. 30 CB in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Penn State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 14 class in the country.
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former four-star quarterback has decided to transfer away from his program. UCLA quarterback Devon Modster announced on Friday that he plans to leave the Bruins.Modster started two games for the Bruins in 2017, but has yet to see the field this year. He’s stuck behind Wilton Speight and true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the depth chart and wasn’t likely to see any playing time this season, barring injury.Modster took to Twitter to make the announcement.“I’d like to thank Coach Kelly and the strength coaches for allowing me to continue to play the game I love, BUT I’ve decided to leave UCLA and pursue other opportunities,” Modster said on Twitter.Excited for a new chapter❗️ pic.twitter.com/YLiTN3ilqP— Dèvøñ Mödśtēr (@DModster) September 21, 2018Modster is a former four-star recruit from the 2016 class. He was the No. 13 pro-style quarterback from that class and committed to UCLA when Jim Mora was the coach.It’s a tough decision, but Modster likely didn’t have a place in Chip Kelly’s offense.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Jeff Brohm already had plenty of momentum after taking Purdue from the dregs of the Big Ten to a bowl in his first year as head coach. Beating Ohio State by 29 last weekend shot him into a new tier of potential candidates for big jobs this off-season.Of course, one of those jobs that becomes available could be his alma mater.Brohm is a former Louisville quarterback and assistant coach. UL has really struggled this season, and with a revamped athletic department, Bobby Petrino could be in trouble.Jeff Brohm is the most popular candidate for the Louisville football job if it opens, but obviously, he remains outwardly committed to Purdue.He was asked about the rumors that he could be up for another opportunity once again last night.From Gold And Black, the Purdue Rivals site:“I don’t think people realize how good it is here (at Purdue),” Brohm said Thursday evening following practice.Following the 49-20 win over Ohio State last week, Brohm has done several national television, radio and print media requests. Inevitably in the midst of those interviews, the questions surrounding Brohm’s future ultimately pop up. Asked if he’s tired of answering questions about where he’ll be coaching next year or for several years to come, Brohm had a simple response.“On that one, yes I am. For sure,” Brohm said.Brohm went on to promote how well recruiting has gone for Purdue. Landing Rondale Moore, a four-star 2018 recruit who has instantly become a college football star, was a coup, and he’s not slowing down with the Boilermakers.Purdue’s 2019 class already has three four-star players committed, and a class currently ranked in the Top 30.[Gold And Black]