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.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Solon, Ohio’s Najee Story is just a high school sophomore, but he’s likely to become one of the biggest recruits in the Midwest.Story’s season was unfortunately cut short due to a broken leg in the fall, but he showed enough to land an offer from Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia staff.Now, two of the biggest programs in the region have come calling.Last week, while on a junior day visit, Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua extended a scholarship offer to Story.From 247Sports:“Before we left, their new defensive line coach Shaun Nua came over to me and said he couldn’t let me leave without giving me a Michigan offer,” he added. “I was very surprised by that, to be honest. It felt amazing and I was pretty speechless because I had just met Coach Nua that day. This was my first visit to Michigan and everything was great.”When he returned from Ann Arbor, the Wolverines’ hated rival, Ohio State, came calling for the home-state star.A planned Ohio State trip earlier this month was canceled, but Buckeyes coach Tony Alford made sure to offer Najee Story.He has also spoken to new Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day, when he visited for bowl practice:“Shortly after landing his Michigan offer, Story talked with Ohio State assistant coach Tony Alford by phone. Story was supposed to attend the Ohio State junior day the week before, but that was canceled due to weather.‘I did speak with Coach Alford the night I got back from Michigan, and he told me he intended to do something in person but that wasn’t possible because things got canceled,” Story explained. “He went ahead and offered me a scholarship right then. Ohio State has been the team I’ve watched growing up, so for them to offer me is hard to put into words.’”Now, Story is heading back to Columbus this Saturday with his father.It is too early to know who the finalists will be, and there are dozens of offers inevitably coming Story’s way, but Ohio State and Michigan are definitely getting out ahead of their other recruiting rivals, and both appear to have made a strong earlier impression.[247Sports]
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Three-star running back Jaden Hullaby had plenty of suitors from all across his native Texas, as well as the rest of the country. With a year left to make his decision, though, Hullaby has made his choice to stay close to home.Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Hullaby announced that he was committing to the Texas Longhorns. The announcement included a picture of him in a Longhorns uniform, and another with his friends and family making the “hook ’em horns” gesture.100% Committed #HookEmPer 247Sports, Hullaby is the No. 830 prospect in the country. He is rated as the No. 58 running back in the country, and the No. 111 prospect from the state of Texas.100% Committed #HookEm 🤘🏽🤘🏽. pic.twitter.com/s6relaSGAF— Jaden Hullaby ⁶🧸 (@jaden_hullaby) March 31, 2019The 2018 season was a breakout one for the junior running back at Bishop Dunne. He finished the season with 1,181 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, along with another 33 receptions for 392 yards and five receiving touchdowns.The addition of Hullaby gives the Longhorns five commitments for the Class of 2020, tying them with arch-rival Oklahoma for the most in the Big 12.However, the Longhorns still trail the Sooners in the overall recruiting rankings. Per 247Sports, Oklahoma is ranked No. 13 nationally while Texas is rated No. 16.There’s plenty of time left for Texas to make a recruiting splash and win the offseason.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban updated the status of Crimson Tide five-star freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano this evening.“The guy basically quit,” Saban told reporters.Alfano, a five-star prospect and the No. 5 player overall in the 2019 class, has not been with the Crimson Tide team in recent weeks.Saban announced tonight that he believes the former top recruit has quit the team. “I just know that the guy basically quit. He quit going to class, he quit coming here. … Until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit,” Saban said.Saban on Antonio Alfano: “I just know that the guy basically quit. He quit going to class, he quit coming here. … Until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) September 18, 2019Alfano’s parents had taken to Twitter earlier in the month to update their son’s status.“Antonio’s grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support,” the statement read. “He is very close with her. Since this illness took effect, Antonio has taken it very hard. He has not attended classes and practices.“The University of Alabama has been extremely supportive and I couldn’t ask for better support from them. Yesterday, Antonio asked to be placed in the transfer portal to see what his options are.“Although he’s in the transfer portal, he still can decide to remain at the University of Alabama. My opinion is that Antonio should stay at the University of Alabama. However he’s an adult and it’s his decision. Antonio knows that his family has & will always be there for him.”Alfano’s name has reportedly not been seen in the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to 247Sports.The former five-star recruit has not played in any of Alabama’s games this season.Alabama (3-0) is set to host Southern Miss on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon E.T.