World Cup Real Madrid & Barcelona legends make Cafu’s star-studded all-time Brazil XI Chris Burton 08:01 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Instagram World Cup Brazil Barcelona Real Madrid Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Pele, Zico and Roberto Carlos are just some of those to have been included in the selection of a two-time World Cup winner Cafu graced three World Cups, winning two, and it is no surprise for him to select a star-studded Brazil all-time XI featuring legendary figures from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Santos.One of the finest full-backs to have ever played the game could not find room for himself in a side of global icons, but plenty of talent was squeezed into a difficult selection.With such a deep talent pool from which to draw from, the former Roma and AC Milan defender faced a tough task narrowing his choices down to just one starting line-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Cafu was, however, able to get some of the brightest global stars into his Brazilian galaxy, with only two members of his selection having failed to collect a World Cup winners’ medal – and both of those graced the 1982 side considered to be one of the best in history.Between the sticks, Taffarel gets the nod on the back of 101 appearances for his country which included global glory at USA ’94.Cafu happily surrenders the right-back berth he made his own to 1970 legend Carlos Alberto, while two more World Cup champions occupy centre-half berths in the form of Lucio and Aldair.There was only ever going to be one choice for the final defensive spot, with Cafu telling The Guardian of a Real Madrid icon: “Left-back, for sure, is Roberto Carlos.“A world champion, he played at a high level for many years, with the same quality and intensity whether defending or attacking. He was a giant. I have never seen a shot as powerful as his. He had a missile in his leg!”Zico and Falcao are the two men without World Cup honours to their name to make the team in midfield, with their qualities complemented by the creative qualities of a former Barcelona star.Cafu added: “Rivaldo, he was a genius. Come on! It was so wonderful to see him with the ball. He played with the same style as Falcao. Rivaldo was brilliant.”Brazil have also had their fair share of prolific frontmen down the years, but two names stand out above the rest.“Picking the two attackers is easy,” said Cafu.“The first is the best player of all time – Pele. Do I need to say anything more?“The athlete of the century, he scored more than 1,000 goals, and won the World Cup three times. He was complete. I don’t need to say anything more. Pele is Pele. No one can beat him.”And alongside the greatest of all-time sits ‘O Fenomeno’.“Pele’s partner up front is Ronaldo,” added Cafu.“He was incredible too. You had to pay attention to both feet with Ronaldo as they were as good as each other.“He was an example to other players, too. He suffered three serious injuries during his career, and was always fighting against these problems. Ronaldo was essential to us in 2002 when we became world champions.”A team with so much star dust would hardly need a manager to tell them what to do, but the final choice made by Cafu sees Mario Zagallo get the nod in the dugout – with a Brazilian icon the first man to have won the World Cup as both a player (1958 & 1982) and coach (1970).
Over 100 people attended the Ball, including Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy as well as several other politicians. 2011 World Cup Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Dean Russell, was part of a panel interviewed by MC Stephanie Brantz and joined Australian Opals squad members Liz Cambage, Carly Wilson and Marianna Tolo, Opals coach, Carrie Graf and Capital Football Chief Executive, Heather Reid on stage. Russell told the crowd about Australia’s impressive record at the Women’s Open level, having never lost a game at World Cup level as well as the amount of females taking part in Touch Football across Australia. “The international program for Touch Football started back in 1985 for women. It’s been an extremely successful program. We are extremely proud of the results we’ve produced on the field and the athletes we’ve produced off it,” Russell said. “We do have a lot of females playing (Touch Football) but we are probably lucky in the sense that we have a category at social level and domestic that is very popular which is Mixed Touch. A lot of families get together and play with their Mums and Dads and sons and daughters which introduces them into the sport and then they can see the pathways that develop through regional, club, state and international level.”Recently named as the Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Lundy spoke about her passion for sport and in particular women’s sport. “I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be here tonight, I’m so privileged and honoured to have this portfolio. It’s something that is a part of me, my love for sport. It has always been a big part of my life and part of my family’s life,” Senator Lundy said. “Tonight we are particularly acknowledging the role that so many women have played in our sporting landscape. As Senator for the ACT I am incredibly proud of the local women in sport and the Canberra community’s wonderful response to the successes, their support when they are not going so well and most of all drawing from the participation base in the community that finds itself again and again inspired by the performance of our elite female athletes.”“The Government is committed to supporting women in sport and despite all the work that has been done, we recognise that more must be done to bring women’s sport to its rightful place in this country.”Chief Executive Officer of Sports Hydrant, Andy Turnbull, told the crowd that the promotion of elite women’s sport through the event was just one of the Sport For Women initiatives that the organisation drives. “Sports Hydrant, through the Sport For Women website, seeks to increase participation through we believe redefining the definition of sport. We want sport to be an integral part of the sporting landscape by including dance, individual fitness initiatives and not actually separating sport and recreation from leisure,” Turnbull said. Thank you to Bec Lewis from BL Imaging for providing the photos.
The 2016 Harvey Norman Schools Cup Results can be viewed hereRelated LinksSchoolsâ€™ Investment Paying Dividends The inaugural and national Harvey Norman Schools Cup heralded a great success; on and off the field, in and out of the schoolyard.By @JulianTFAâ€œThey might have to move those large prize cheques, before the schoolsâ€™ presentations come out,â€ came the innocent remark with a casual index finger aimed at the large format cheques in question, leaning in against the presentation dais.That it came from a parent watching intently on to the presentation ceremony about to get underway this past weekend in the bowels of the Sunshine Coast Stadium presentation area, was nothing too remarkable. Given this was a joint national TFA youth, seniors and schools event, it was probably a fair comment.Just an innocuous statement that the schoolsâ€™ awards ceremony was about to commence and perhaps, as she casually observed, that the event staff might just have innocently missed something in their preparations.Meanwhile, the winning and runners-up schools from the inaugural Harvey Norman Schools Cup from Brisbane were being corralled and marshalled adjacent to the dais, in readiness to accept their trophies and medallions.Each with beaming smiles and mud and grit adorning their proud school playing uniforms, straight from their grand final encounters and much to their own parentsâ€™ delight, no doubt. Their success on the field, rather than the state of their outfits that is.Each of the players trying to push towards the back, such is the exuberance and then sudden bashfulness of youth when the spotlight emerges and, god forbid, a question being asked of them in public!With the large crowd assembled, schools teams roll-called and the official speeches underway, you know the look you observe on someoneâ€™s face when the jaw and, excuse the pun in this example, penny drops?â€œAre those cheques for the schoolsâ€?!With said parent and her husband looking at each other and away twice in such a way that they just answered their own question, and then to see the smiles emerge on both, was both a metaphor and a moment to reflect on just how far the idea and concept of a national schools Touch Football event had come.Indeed, those prize cheques (and trophies/medallions) had just the desired effect on these two; along with their children playing at their feet and the near-100 people bearing witness to the culmination of the inaugural Harvey Norman inspired and partnered event. Now, while it is acknowledged that we are not talking Australian Open Tennis prize cheques here, for those schools invested in the sport of touch football and competing here at the first running of the event, the $7,000 prize allocation adorning the oversized cardboard currency wasâ€¦.well, gold.As one school principal also in the crowd dryly observed: â€œthe size of those prizes exceeds anything we possibly get though a (schools) submission.â€In addition to the prestige of being crowned national champions, the winners in each division received a $3,500 Harvey Norman prize voucher for their school.A worthy investment clearly and worth every penny according to Harvey Normanâ€™s national promotions and sponsorship manager, Stephanie Crockford.â€œItâ€™s a really exciting opportunity to sponsor with TFA this successful inaugural event,â€ she said in readiness of her conferring of awards with TFA CEO, Colm Maguire.â€œTo have so many schools to be so excited and to sign-up in this first year is amazing and we really look forward to seeing the growth.â€œAnd the footprint is enormous; there is just so much opportunity for growth within the sport and particularly through schools.â€Touch Football Australia (TFA) working closely with major partner Harvey Norman went back to school literally in 2015, with the establishment of the school series and cup finale; engaging closely with schools and principals to be part of the national concept.The alignment of individual state all schoolsâ€™ events under the one school series and banner is also crucial element of TFAâ€™s strategic focus and investment in junior participation growth for the current strategic cycle. Notwithstanding, working closely too with partner states and their strong affiliation to respective education systems and schoolsâ€™ networks. The new three-day round robin Touch Football tournament involved the top performing school teams from the Harvey Norman School Series events over the preceding 12-month period, with teams invited by Touch Football Australia to participate in the Harvey Norman Schoolâ€™s Cup.This alignment would not have been possible, according to Maguire, without the support of Major Partner, Harvey Norman. Who, through their investment in significant prizes and the sport more broadly, have provided the incentive for schools across the country to participate in not only Touch Football but something bigger.â€œLooking back, the Harvey Norman National Schoolâ€™s Cup and the great feeling among the players, parents was incredible and we already canâ€™t wait to go again next year,â€ he said.â€œThe fact that the sponsorship and support through Harvey Norman has allowed us to utilise it as a mechanism to engage effectively with schools, which in some of the states across Australia has already resulted in growth of around 75% in terms of participation numbers, is immense,â€ he added.â€œCertainly when we start to put in place our ambassador and field officer programs over the next 12 months, we look forward to growing in this space as well.â€œIt goes without saying we thank Harvey Norman for their valued investment in this space and indeed across the sport.â€The Schools Cup event also provided a great opportunity for players and coaches to participate in development activities with Australian coaches and representatives also in attendance.While the winning schools of Brisbane State High School in the girls and Cavendish Road State High School also of Brisbane in the boys, will no doubt be pleased the cheque is in the mail, their investment in their Touch Football and coaching programs, along with all other competing schools, is paying off. Handsomely.
About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say West Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgeryby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham have lost Jack Wilshere for another five weeks due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder is struggling with the latest in a long line of ankle problems that the club believed would only need a few weeks’ rest.Wilshere has instead been ruled out for the entire festive period, with the Hammers worried he could need yet another operation.The club already have midfielder Manuel Lanzini out with a severe knee injury suffered on international duty ahead of the World Cup finals. Despite suggestions he could be back in February, the Argentinean playmaker could miss the rest of the season.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is involved in another consortium seeking to buyout Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.The Mirror says Cook is now fronting a bid to buy the Tyneside giants, with Ashley looking to bank £300million from the sale.Cook was the Manchester City chief executive who sold Sheikh Mansour a Premier League back in the summer of 2009.Mansour had also registered an interest in buying Newcastle from Ashley.But the Arab prince was sold on the idea presented to him in a Power Point presentation made by Cook.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United attacker Juan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for all he did at the club.With the Portuguese boss now gone and replaced by club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a few United players have been saying their piece on Mourinho’s departure.The Spaniard remained his classy self in his comments about his former boss.He wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.”It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.”It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.”
WATCH: Cesc Fabregas in tears for Chelsea farewellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was in tears at the end of their FA Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest.The Spaniard is expected to leave the Blues in the coming days and join up with Thierry Henry’s AS Monaco, in what will be a reunion with his former Arsenal captain.Fabregas has just five months remaining on his Chelsea contract and would have been required to take a significant pay-cut to his £160,000-a-week salary to have stayed at Stamford Bridge.He was named captain for what will be his final game, a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round. The occasion was somewhat soured after he missed a penalty in the opening 45 minutes.Cesc Fábregas’s emotional farewell to Stamford Bridge today after 500 games in English football. What a player.Thanks you, Cesc. pic.twitter.com/JTdIqnmoUG— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 5, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd striker Lukaku: Solskjaer style benefits meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he’s working closely with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Lukaku scored in the FA Cup win over Reading.He told MUTV: “I take it one day at a time, work as hard as I can and help the team.”I am really happy and try to improve along the way.”He [Solskjaer] helps us a lot in the training when we’re doing finishing practice with things like how to strike the ball, how to move away from the ball.”The way he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in positions where I want to be.”He understands what type of striker you are and plays to your strength.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hudson-Odoi best youngster I’ve seen at Chelsea – Rudigerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Antonio Rudiger hopes the club can hold onto Callum Hudson-Odoi.The English youngster is wanted by Bayern Munich, while he has failed to get much game time this season at the Blues.But there is a clear feeling at Chelsea that he is a huge talent. And they would rather not lose him.”To be honest, of all the young players I have seen at Chelsea, he is the shooting star for me,” Rudiger said to reporters at Wembley after his side’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham. “He has all the tools to become a big player, but he has to work a lot. I think for him everything is going very well at the moment.”He is a young lad and has less pressure so he can show what he can do. He did very well and caused a lot of problems to them. “He is trying very hard. You have to because he is a young lad and is on his way forward to the next step so he needs to improve where he can.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the worldby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits David De Gea’s performance earned them the 1-0 win at Tottenham.De Gea made a string of superb saves to make it a sixth consecutive win for Solskjaer since taking charge.The manager said, “[David was] fantastic. Obviously when you make 11 saves that is a top, top performance but then again I thought that one or two were really good saves and then the rest of them you would expect David to save. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world, I have said it many times. It is about positioning and concentration to be in the right position. Maybe one or two of them were uncatchable, but the saves he makes are because he is so in tune with the game. He is following the game, moving all the time. They don’t always look fantastic because he is in the right position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann: We failed to test Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann admits they weren’t at their best for the 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.Barca needed Marc-Andre ter Stegen to save a penalty to leave Germany with a point.Griezmann said, “The penalty that Marc has stopped, other important stops. I think we have not knocked on the door … These are things that need improvement. We must work and in the end a point is a point.”A game away from home is always different, here or in any club. People press more and the local rival plays with more confidence. It costs us more. “These are things to improve, let’s see what we did wrong and improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man City seek social media influencers to promote Champions League gamesby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are seeking social media influencers to help promote the experience of attending games at the Etihad.The Mirror says City are advertising for social influencers to help sell the “great atmosphere” at the Etihad Stadium during Champions League games.The ad, which was posted on influencer marketing platform Tribe, also calls for males – preferably students, young professionals and those new to Manchester – to post content that can “tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game”.In the ad, City said: “The Champions League this year has given us three relatively unknown teams meaning our core fans are less likely to attend.”We identified students, young professionals and those new to Manchester who are our ideal audiences, however we can’t ignore core fans either as they still account for most ticket sales.”We want to get across the great atmosphere of the Etihad through the use of influencers who can tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona are at risk of a last-16 exit from the Copa del Rey after a 2-1 first-leg loss at Levante left their trophy defence in doubt.Memories of the 5-4 thriller at Ciutat de Valencia last season that cost Ernesto Valverde’s men an unbeaten LaLiga campaign came flooding back during an end-to-end first half in which Levante thrived.Jeison Murillo and Chumi, afforded opportunities amid a raft of Barca changes, floundered at the heart of defence and the hosts took full advantage, storming to an early two-goal advantage thanks to Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hampered the holders’ hopes of extracting a result although they do have a goal to take back to Camp Nou on January 17 thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s potentially pivotal 85th-minute penalty.Barca’s experimental defensive partnership of debutant Murillo, on loan from Valencia, and teenager Chumi came unstuck in the fourth minute as Cabaco rose unchallenged to head in Ruben Rochina’s free-kick.Emmanuel Boateng squandered two good chances to double the advantage but made amends in the 18th minute, prodding through a pass for Real Madrid loanee Mayoral to dispatch into the bottom far corner.Opportunities were flowing at both ends with Ousmane Dembele and Malcom both failing to beat Aitor Fernandez from promising positions.2 – Barcelona have conceded two goals in a Copa del Rey’s first half for the first time since January 2017 vs Athletic at San Mamés (2-0 at the half time, 2-1 at the full time). Slept pic.twitter.com/jysVTH7fAe— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 10, 2019Jasper Cillessen routinely came to Barca’s rescue in the opening 45 minutes and the Netherlands goalkeeper did so again just beyond the hour, rushing off his line to foil substitute Jose Luis Morales in a one-on-one.Valverde introduced Arsenal-linked Denis Suarez off the bench and it was the midfielder’s mazy dribble that invited Coke into a clumsy challenge, allowing Coutinho to give Barca a much-needed foothold ahead of the return encounter.What does it mean? Stars will return for second legThe return leg of this tie is one of three matches Barca must negotiate within the space of eight days, but this disappointing result leaves Valverde with little scope to rest the likes of Messi, Suarez and Gerard Pique next time around.That is, of course, unless the Blaugrana boss decides a fifth successive Copa del Rey triumph is not among the club’s pressing priorities.Mayoral makes Madrid proudHe took his goal with aplomb and Mayoral was an influential factor throughout Levante’s proactive performance.As if to provide a service to parent club Madrid, the Spanish striker saved his best for the LaLiga leaders, complementing the first-half strike with two key passes, one of which should have resulted in a goal for team-mate Morales.4 – Borja Mayoral is the fourth former Real Madrid’s player to score vs Barcelona in all competitions this season after Pablo Sarabia (Spanish Supercup), Ezequiel Garay (#LaLiga) & Sergio Canales (#LaLiga). Motivation pic.twitter.com/BeaU7vX5GB— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 10, 2019Murillo’s awkward auditionColombia international Murillo has voiced a desire to turn his short-term stay into a permanent deal – which Barca can push through for €25million – but his first 90 minutes in the shirt did not do much to advance that cause.The 26-year-old too often afforded Mayoral space in which to operate around the penalty area and paid the price on Levante’s preventable second goal.What’s next?Barca must regroup in time for Sunday’s date with Eibar in LaLiga, the first of three straight home matches in all competitions, while Levante visit Atletico Madrid ahead of the Copa del Rey return leg. read more
James Harden may be an NBA MVP, but he’s now got ties to Major League Soccer as well. The Houston Rockets star has bought into the Houston Dynamo of MLS and Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League as minority owner in the two clubs. Harden joins fellow celebrity athlete Oscar De La Hoya in the ownership group, which is headed by Gabriel Brener. 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? “I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said in a press release. “Houston is my home now, and I saw this as a way to invest in my city and expand my business interests at the same time. Soccer in general, and especially MLS, have exploded in this country throughout my lifetime. I’ve been a fan of the game for several years, and I know that Houston has a massive soccer fanbase, so it was an easy decision for me when this opportunity arose.” Harden joined the Rockets in 2012 from the Oklahoma City Thunder and has become one of the faces of the NBA since making the move to Texas. “We are thrilled to welcome James into our club. He’s an icon in the Houston community, and not only is he a great basketball player, he has an extremely smart and savvy mind for business,” Brener said. “James will bring a very unique perspective to our ownership group, and I’m looking forward to hearing his thoughts and opinions on the club going forward.” The 29-year-old has a history of branching out from basketball and has a portfolio which includes the sports drink BodyArmor and Art of Sport (A.O.S.), a body- and skin-care brand for athletes, among others. “James is already at the top of the game in his sport, so it’s only natural to want to take on new challenges beyond the court,” De La Hoya said. “He knows the drive and the determination it takes to be the absolute best, and I’m excited that he’s going to bring that attitude to our club.”
Toni Duggan has joined Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on a free transfer after her contract with Barcelona expired, signing a deal until 2021.The England international spent two seasons with the Catalan club in which she played 72 games and scored 29 goals in all competitions, winning the Copa de la Reina and Copa Catalunya in 2018.Duggan also finished as a Champions League runner-up and twice a Primera Division runner-up, with Atletico winning the title by one point in 2017-18 and by six in the season just gone. 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? She left Barca midway through this summer’s Women’s World Cup, at which injury limited the former Manchester City star to just three appearances as the Lionesses finished fourth in France.Rumours had linked the 28-year-old with a return to her homeland to join newly-promoted Manchester United, who will compete in the FA Women’s Super League this season.However, Duggan will instead remain in Spain and hope to bolster the reigning champions’ bid for a third successive league title.”I am very happy to play at Atlético de Madrid,” Duggan told the club’s official website.”It is a club that is very supportive of the women’s team and the staff it has is very good.”I am a creative player who can bring goals and assists.”I am a winner and I come to the club to help you in everything I can in all competitions.”Last season’s game at the Wanda Metropolitano made me realise how big this club is,” Duggan added, referring to the clash between Atletico and Barcelona which attracted 60,739 fans – a world record crowd for a club match in women’s football.The forward is a welcome addition to an Atletico side who lost last season’s top-scorer, Jennifer Hermoso, to Barcelona earlier this summer.No one in the Primera Division scored more than the Spain international last term, with her bagging 24 goals and also registering seven assists on the way to a league title.Atletico have also lost Esther Gonzalez, who netted 13 times last term, but in Duggan and Charlyn Corral, whose 20 goals for Levante last season were only bettered by Hermoso, the champions have two talented forwards who can replace the goals they have lost.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Paul Finebaum is criticizing Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh for not living up to the hype.Finebaum has put Harbaugh on blast multiple times in the past, most recently after this season’s Week 1 loss to Notre Dame. Today, he called the coach out during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take with Stephen A. Smith.Asked by Smith about college coaches who have not lived up to expectations, Finebaum paused briefly and then said Harbaugh is probably the one who has underachieved the most.“I think it’s probably Harbaugh,” Finebaum said.. “I was flying up to Connecticut (ESPN) on Saturday and the only game on was Michigan-Northwestern. I watched the last quarter of that game. It was one of the worst football games I have ever seen.“There’s not much else to do on a plane, but it was unwatchable. Jim Harbaugh just can not develop an offense. Having said that, he’s probably going to end up with a pretty good record this year.”Finebaum also mentioned Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly as someone he thought was in trouble a year ago but has rebounded. He added that Texas’ Tom Herman “is going to have to beat someone” but is “doing better than it looks.”It seems like the only thing that Harbaugh can do to impress Finebuam would be to win a title of some sorts, either the Big Ten or the national title.The Wolverines still have a shot at the former, but the latter will be tough to attain this year as they already have a loss on their resume.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners is tackled by Jerrod Heard #13 of the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A college football rules expert says that Oklahoma’s game-clinching touchdown score against Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game should not have counted.ESPN college football host Chris Fowler says he spoke to a rules expert who claims Oklahoma’s game-clinching score against Texas came off of an illegal formation.Oklahoma was already winning at this point, and Texas turned the ball over on its ensuing possession, so maybe the penalty call wouldn’t have changed anything.Still, a flag likely should’ve came.“Was pointed out to me and then verified by @CFBRulesExpert that OU’s TD (amazing catch) to go up 12 late was on an illegal formation. Only 6 men on the line. Top WR a yard off the ball. Oops,” he tweeted.Was pointed out to me and then verified by @CFBRulesExpert that OU’s TD (amazing catch) to go up 12 late was on an illegal formation. Only 6 men on the line. Top WR a yard off the ball. Oops. pic.twitter.com/vhRiMRq1mv— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 1, 2018There were complaints about the officiating during Oklahoma-Texas for most of the contest. This is just another addition to the list.Oklahoma ended up winning today’s game, 39-27, to inch closer toward the College Football Playoff.Stay tuned for the release of the College Football Playoff foursome on Sunday.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top dual-threat quarterback recruits in the country has made his college decision.Jayden Daniels, a four-star dual-threat quarterback recruit out of California, announced his commitment this afternoon.He’s committed to Arizona State.The four-star prospect chose the Sun Devils over UCLA, USC and Utah, among other programs.Daniels was the top uncommitted dual-threat quarterback recruit.ESPN 300 quarterback Jayden Daniels committed to Arizona State. The Sun Devils have four ESPN 300 commitments, three of them are quarterbacks. Daniels, ranked 109 overall, joins Joey Yellen and Ethan Long as the quarterbacks in this class for head coach Herm Edwards— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 13, 2018Daniels is ranked the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He’s ranked the No. 82 overall prospect in the class.
SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 4: A general view of fans of the Syracuse Orange cheering in the stands during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Carrier Dome on February 4, 2013 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)The best commitment announcement of college football’s early signing period came from Syracuse prospect Cooper Dawson.Dawson, a three-star defensive end out of Charleston, South Carolina, got the help of a friend to announce his commitment this morning.“Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson picks Syracuse- but does it by first telling close friend Kingsley Feinman. Kingsley announces the decision- Dawson adds that Kingsley taught him the only disability is a bad attitude,” tweeted Scott Eisberg of WCIV.Check it out:This is one of the greatest signing days you will ever see. Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson picks Syracuse- but does it by first telling close friend Kingsley Feinman. Kingsley announces the decision- Dawson adds that Kingsley taught him the only disability is a bad attitude. @ABCNews4 pic.twitter.com/3OGJzJmlXg— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 19, 2018Cooper Dawson will certainly be a college football player everyone roots for in the years to come.He’s joining a college football program on the rise, too. Syracuse was one of the most-impressive teams in the country this past season and has signed head coach Dino Babers to a longterm extension.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)For the fourth straight year, Alabama and Clemson are slated to face off in the College Football Playoff. Unlike last year, this one will be for all the marbles: The national title game.The quarterback matchup between Alabama and Clemson will be very different from the last two times they’ve faced off.Whereas last year the game pitted Alabama’s Jalen Hurts against Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, this year will pit Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa against Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit gave his initial thoughts this morning on the national title game matchup and how the various new faces for the game will respond to the pressure.“I don’t think the big stage is going to make (Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence) up tight or nervous,” Herbstreit said. “He plays with unprecedented poise. The big thing will be the way Tosh Lupoi and Nick Saban create ways to disguise pressures. They do a very good job of showing one thing pre-snap and then going to another. If there’s one area you’ll see Dabo Swinney and his offensive staff come up with a plan, it’ll be to make sure those late blitzes don’t affect him.”Herbstreit made it clear that avoiding turnovers would be key for Clemson.“You’ve got to be able to avoid costing yourself the game by turning over the football. Trevor Lawrence was inserted for Alabama. I think (Clemson) was envisioning going up against this Alabama team with Trevor Lawrence’s ability to stretch the field. This is the matchup we’ve been waiting for and we’re excited about it.”Turnovers shouldn’t be a huge issue for Trevor Lawrence though. He has only four interceptions in 14 games this season.Alabama and Clemson are set to meet on Monday night at 8 p.m. E.T.