N.C. State freshman forward Abdul-Malik Abu was very close with Deah Shaddy Barakat, one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting earlier this month. In the wake of the tragedy, Abu posted a touching tribute to Barakat, his wife and her sister on Instagram. At Barakat’s wedding in December, Abu vowed he would beat UNC and Duke for his friend, a die-hard N.C. State fan. Barakat posted this photo to remind Abu after the Wolfpack upset Duke last month. “I’m gonna beat Duke and UNC for you as my wedding gift” @malikabuA photo posted by @arabprodigy0 on Jan 11, 2015 at 12:47pm PST On Tuesday, N.C. State stunned rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Abu made sure to let his friend know that he had fulfilled his promise, even if he was no longer alive to see him do it. Thanks Deah for being a special person to all of us. This one was for you your family and and the wonderful people of #WPN !!!!! Love you man #RIP #WeDidIt #iPromisedYouManA photo posted by Abdul-Malik Abu (@malikabu) on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:07pm PSTWhat an awesome way for Abu to keep his friend’s memory alive.[ SBNation ]
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***The image of Charles Woodson walking off the Michigan Stadium field with a rose in between his teeth following the Wolverines’ victory against Ohio State is an iconic one for those associated with the program. One Michigan fan has gotten said image tattooed on their body. Check out this incredible piece of art a Wolverines’ fan recently had done: First tattoo is done. #GoBlue. 〽️ pic.twitter.com/pFwAweC8zt— Honey Breezy (@BHugh_215) March 1, 2015Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, helped Michigan win the Rose Bowl and a share of the national championship that season.
Iowa’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship knocked the Hawkeyes out of the College Football Playoff chase, though the team still earned the No. 5 ranking and a spot in the Rose Bowl opposite Pac-12 champion Stanford. All season long, Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd has mocked the Hawkeyes and challenged their credentials. He’s called the team overrated and “a fraud” even as it started off 12-0. Today, in typical Cowherd fashion, he got in one final parting shot at the black-and-gold clad program and its fans. Cowherd released a light-hearted video set to the tune of Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You.” He stares wistfully into the camera as lyrics poking fun at the Hawkeyes’ wins over lesser opponents play. My heartfelt message to Hawkeye Nation https://t.co/OizoLJnYeu— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) December 8, 2015For Iowa fans still looking for a reason to be mad at Cowherd, here’s another alley-oop for you, straight from the man himself.
Chelsea are set to miss out on signing Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes, with Paris Saint-Germain willing to meet the Russian club’s asking price.Goal understands the Ligue 1 leaders have made an offer of €40 million (£34.9m/$45.5m) for the Argentina international, with a further €5m (£4.1m/$5.7m) to be paid in commissions.Chelsea value the player are closer to €30m (£27m/$34m), and as such will be forced to look elsewhere in their search for midfield reinrforcements with Zenit chief Alexey Miller likely to accept PSG’s offer. 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 Blues had hoped to bring the 24-year-old to Stamford Bridge as they try to replace the hole left in their squad following Cesc Fabregas’ departure to Monaco.Maurizio Sarri is keen to bring in a midfielder with a strong technical ability to act as a deputy to first choice Jorginho.That player is unlikely to be Paredes, however, with PSG’s hunt for a defensive midfielder of their own during the January transfer window set to come to an end.They have been linked with Everton’s Idrissa Gueye, Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl during the course of the winter window as Thomas Tuchel looks to add to his own roster.The Parisiens’ need for a central midfielder has been intensified by an injury picked up by Marco Verratti against Guingamp on Saturday, with Adrien Rabiot also not in contention as he runs down his contract at Parc des Princes.“It’s January 21 and we have needs,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of his side’s Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg on Wednesday. “We lost Adrien Rabiot, Lass Diarra and Marco Verratti, the situation has not improved.”We stay with our decision [on Rabiot] because Marco returns in a few weeks. We stay with our basic choice.”We have recovered Dani Alves in this role but it is very, very serious for us. Who do I want? Yeah, yeah, I know. Unfortunately I cannot tell you!”PSG had previously held an interest in Chelsea’s own N’Golo Kante, but following his decision to sign a new five-year deal with the Blues in November the French champions have decided taking that any further.
Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. will sit out today’s game against Nevada after suffering a concussion last week.Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed Torii Hunter Jr.’s status at last night’s pep rally on campus.At pep rally, Brian Kelly says senior wide receiver/captain Torii Hunter Junior will not play tomorrow vs. Nevada— Pete Byrne (@PeteByrneWSBT) September 9, 2016Hunter Jr., the team’s top wide receiver, was concussed on a wicked (and controversial) hit by Texas safety DeShon Elliott. No flag was thrown on the play, and it was ultimately ruled that it wasn’t targeting.Without Hunter Jr., expect sophomores Equanimeous St. Brown and C.J. Sanders to have bigger roles. Freshman Kevin Stepherson could also see an uptick in usage.Notre Dame hosts Nevada at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Turkey stunned world champions France with a dominant and well-deserved 2-0 triumph in Euro 2020 qualifying on Saturday.First-half goals from Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under sealed Turkey’s triumph as their revival under boss Senol Gunes continued at pace.Turkey have won all five matches they have played in Gunes’ second stint in charge of the national team and they now sit three points ahead of France in Group H after three games played. 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? Their latest triumph, achieved in front of a passionate crowd in Konya, came against a France side who simply were not at the races and did not manage a shot on target.2 – France have conceded 2+ goals in the first half for the 1st time since June 2015 against Belgium. Surprise.#TURFRA pic.twitter.com/7i9z72zIsT— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 8, 2019Tottenham pair Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko and Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud were available for selection again after featuring in European finals and all three were included from the start in a strong-looking France side.But the first half was a drab affair, with the game’s first real opening ending in the 30th-minute opener.Under’s free-kick was smartly headed across the face of goal by Merih Demiral and Ayhan met it fiercely, nodding in from seven yards with a header that was too hot to handle for Lloris.France were far too casual with the ball at the back and conceded again in the 40th minute when Paul Pogba was outmuscled by Burak Yilmaz, with Dorukhan Tokoz pouncing on the loose ball and playing in Under, who finished smartly from an angle.France were in disarray as Demiral nodded a free header just wide and Deschamps made a double change at the break, introducing Kingsley Coman and Ferland Mendy in place of Blaise Matuidi and Lucas Digne.But it made little impact as Lloris made smart saves to keep out Yilmaz and Kenan Karaman before he tipped a well-hit Mahmut Tekdemir effort over the bar.Yilmaz nearly added a third in the 86th minute before France’s woeful night was summed up when Coman was booked for simulation when trying to win a late penalty. What does it mean? Turkey seize Group H initiativeTurkey’s winning start to Euro 2020 qualifying leaves them three points ahead of France, who sit just goal difference ahead of Iceland.And while it is extremely unlikely France will fail to qualify for next year’s showpiece event, only two nations will progress from Group H.The result only increases the importance of France’s visit to Iceland, scheduled for October.Under impresses suitors with star showingA host of top English Premier League clubs have been linked with Roma winger Under and he showed exactly why with another eye-catching showing.His delivery from set-plays was consistent and he took his goal with class.Blunt attack misfires in every wayA forward line containing Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann should never be this quiet but none of the front three contributed in a meaningful way.Turkey were compact and organised, it must be said, but fans have come to expect far more from the star trio.What’s next?Both nations are in action again on Tuesday, with France travelling to Andorra for a clash against a side who have won just one competitive match since 2004.Turkey are on the road, too, and meet Iceland in Reykjavik. read more
Mino Raiola has revealed that he is “in the process” of ensuring Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for pastures new this summer.Pogba has been the subject of transfer rumours since the summer window opened, and is reportedly a target for former club Juventus as well as Real Madrid.The 26-year-old was the Red Devils’ top-scorer across all competitions last season, netting 16 goals from midfield in a disappointing season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The France international has his sights set on a move away from Old Trafford this summer however, and news comes just two days before the club’s pre-season trip to Australia.Speaking to The Times, Raiola said: “Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes.“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.”Despite the Red Devil’s pre-season trip to Australia fast approaching, Raiola would not be drawn on whether the midfielder would be joining his team-mates.“I cannot tell you anything. I live day by day,” he added.Pogba has proved to be a divisive figure since returning to the Premier League in August 2016, when he became a world-record signing from Juventus at £89 million ($111m).He enjoyed the highest-scoring season of his career at Old Trafford in 2018/19, netting 10 more goals than in the previous season and seven more than in his debut season with the club.At Juventus, Pogba reached double figures in terms of goals in his final two seasons in Turin with 10 across all competitions in both campaigns.Since returning to the club with whom he spent his youth career however, the 26-year-old has not struggled to grab headlines no matter the quality of his performances.Rumours of a move away were given new life earlier today as Pogba was absent from Manchester United training, after he was given time off by manager Solskjaer.His contract with the club is set to expire in 2021, and the player himself admitted in June that it “could be a good time to have a new challenge.”
Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has refuted claims that the club only have £40 million ($50m) to spend this summer, while head of football Raul Sanllehi is expecting further movement before the window slams shut.It had been suggested that Gunners boss Unai Emery would have to work on another limited budget as those in north London endeavour to force their way back into contention for Champions League qualification.Venkatesham is, however, adamant that no cap has been put on spending, with deals having already been tied up for William Saliba and Dani Ceballos and there the promise of more to come. 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? He told fans at the annual supporters’ club Q&A: “I don’t recognise this £40m figure, I have read it a lot. That doesn’t come from us, that doesn’t come from the club. The numbers never come from us.“We never ever, ever, ever talk about how much money we have to spend because that’s the least helpful thing you can do. Raul’s job is hard enough, if you go into a negotiation and everyone knows how much money you’ve got, it doesn’t really help.“It is true that our funds are more limited after three years in the Europa League, but the budget isn’t £40m. We have the budget to make a difference but this is a particularly tough window and we’re in the middle of it. I sense and understand the frustration, but there is a huge amount of misinformation out there in the market.“I read and am sent articles about players we’re supposed to have missed out on and they’re players we’ve never even talked about. I get why sometimes it’s hard for fans to understand what we’re doing, but I’d say that’s because about 85% of what you read just isn’t true.”Arsenal continue to be linked with the likes of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, with Sanllehi conceding that talks with targets are ongoing.He said when asked if a centre-half would be acquired for this season, with Saliba set to spend the 2019-20 campaign back on loan at St Etienne: “I cannot say a name because I wouldn’t be doing my job.“If I say a name, I walk out the door tonight and he’s £10m more expensive. The transfer window is a moving target, I have been doing this for 16 years now and I know that some windows are harder than others. This is a particularly hard window. When I talk with other clubs, this is a common knowledge.“There is a bit of stagnation in the market and you don’t see the number of signings you normally see just yet. I don’t know exactly how things will turn out, but I can assure you we are working every hour of every day. I think it’s a bit like school, where you evaluate your grade at the end of the school year and not in the middle.“What is most important is to talk with the coach, about how he is feeling about the team, what system he wants to play. He knows more than anyone, more than me, about what he wants. We’re going to do our best and we will keep working, but I will not mention any names.“Edu joined us recently and is doing great work, but he is not going to be responsible for this window, I want to make this very clear. His real job is going to start in September and he will start planning and working with scouts then. Having said that, he is helping us now, but it would be unfair to say this window is him.”
NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)An SEC team just got a little more thin at the quarterback position. Vanderbilt will be without backup quarterback Deuce Wallace for the entire 2018 season.Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason announced the news at fall camp on Thursday. The nature of the suspension is not known at this time.Wallace’s suspension leaves the team with two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in starter Kyle Shurmur and true-freshman Alan Walters.The team also has junior college transfer Mo Hasan in as a preferred walk-on.Vandy backup QB Deuce Wallace will not play this season due to suspension, violation of university policy – Derek Mason says— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) August 2, 2018Wallace saw action in four games during the 2017 season. He played against Alabama A&M, Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Wallace finished the season completing 11-of-22 for 94 yards.It’s tough news for the Commodores. The team has to hope Kyle Shurmur does not get injured during the season, or they’ll have to field a true-freshman or JUCO transfer under center.We’ll update this post when more becomes known about Wallace’s suspension.
We had a referee field goal controversy late in college football on Saturday night.Florida, which saw its 31-game win streak against Kentucky come to an end, appeared to be costed three points by an officials mistake.A Gators’ field goal appeared to be just inside the uprights, but the officials said it was no good.Here’s the replay:Why aren’t there lasers atop the goalposts?This was ruled a missed FG for Florida. pic.twitter.com/n6me6eIPqq— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 9, 2018Here’s another look:Refs called this Florida FG wide, was higher than the goalpost so couldn’t be reviewed ?(? via @SBNation) pic.twitter.com/nIbkUheoIx— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 9, 2018Unfortunately, the play was not reviewable. From the NCAA’s rulebook:“Reviewable plays involving a potential score include: … Field goal attempts ifa nd only if the ball is ruled (a) below or above the crossbar or (b) inside or outside the uprights when it is lower than the top of the uprights. If the ball is higher than the top of the uprights as it crosses the end line, the play may not be reviewed.”Florida ended up losing, 27-16.