About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace captain Milivojevic: Chelsea deserved their winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic had no complaints after defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to N’Golo Kante’s winner.Looking back over the match, Milivojevic said, “I think we didn’t create enough today, they were the better side for 75 minutes. We tried in the last 15 to 20 minutes to do something, we tried to score and had some chances but I think from my point of view they weren’t clear-cut chances.”They played well and in the end I think they deserved it.”The Serb added: “We all know [what we need to do], we had a lot of chances this season and didn’t convert them. We have to improve. The good thing is we create a lot but still, we don’t score. I think we have to keep our shape, our defensive work as well as our offensive work in the final third, and I think we have to be more clinical. We have to score more and I hope that will change in the future.”
Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich approach Chelsea for Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Alvaro Morata is the subject of German transfer interest this week.While he scored twice in victory over FA Cup opponents Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Morata’s future this month remains clouded.Marca says Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have approached Chelsea about a price for the Spaniard. Bayern are also in talks for Morata’s teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi.AC Milan and Sevilla have also registered their interest for Morata this month.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will sanction his departure if a replacement can be found. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard confirms Kante fully fitby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante came through the midweek Champions League contest against Lille unscathed.While the boss will be keeping a close eye on his recovery over the coming days due to a lack of match action so far this campaign, there is every chance he will be involved again at Southampton.”It’s something we’ll have to watch over the next 24, 48 hours to make sure he’s okay,” said Lampard. “All the players are on a semi-recovery programme after the Lille game but it’s also the fact he hasn’t played much.”In terms of the injury, he’s fine and there was no fallout with that from the Lille game so it’s just about making sure he’s fit and ready, which is a call for me to make.”
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 15: A Michigan State Spartans helmet on the bench during a college football game against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on November 15, 2014 in College Park, Maryland. The Spartans won 37-15. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)Walt Kowalczyk, a star running back for the Michigan State Spartans in the 1950s, died today. He was 83 years old.Kowalczyk played during one of the best stretches in Spartans football history.MSU finished in the top three in both 1955 and 1957, his final season at the school. The team captured the 1956 Rose Bowl, a 17-14 win over UCLA, with Kowalczyk winning the game’s MVP award.He was an All-Big Ten player in 1955 and ’56, before being named an All-American in 1957. That year, he finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Texas A&M’s John David Crow, the award’s winner, and Iowa’s Alex Karras.Michigan State football announced the unfortunate news of Walt Kowalczyk’s death this afternoon.Via Twitter:We are saddened to hear of the passing of Walt Kowalczyk, a former Spartan All-American who was named the 1956 @rosebowlgame MVP. #RIPhttps://t.co/XqQyDdgFhf— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) November 8, 2018More on his impressive Spartans career, from the school:Kowalczyk finished third in the 1957 Heisman Trophy voting, which is tied for the best finish ever by a Spartan (Sherman Lewis placed third in 1963). A native of Westfield, Massachusetts, Kowalczyk was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection after leading the Spartans in rushing (101 carries for 545 yards; 5.4 ypc and 60.6 ypg), rushing touchdowns (9) and scoring (54 points), and ranking second in all-purpose yards with 732. He also caught seven passes for 128 yards and had four punt returns for 39 yards.Nicknamed “The Sprinting Blacksmith,” Kowalczyk’s biggest rushing game during the 1957 season was a 113-yard effort on 17 carries in a 35-6 win at No. 6 Michigan. With Michigan State trailing on Homecoming against Illinois, Kowalczyk scored the game-winning 36-yard touchdown with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter to lead MSU to a 19-14 triumph over the Fighting Illini. The Spartans went 8-1 overall (5-1 Big Ten), finished No. 3 in the AP and UPI Polls, and were crowned National Champions by the Dunkel College Football Index (officially recognized by the NCAA).Kowalczyk went on to be the sixth overall pick in the 1958 NFL Draft, by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played two years for the club, one for the Dallas Cowboys, and four games for the Oakland Raiders before retiring.[Michigan State]
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)This week, leading up to the Big 12 title game, the league issued a notice, warning Oklahoma players about the consequences of doing the famous “horns down” gesture on the field against the Longhorns.During the contest, which Oklahoma won 39-27, none of the Sooners were flagged for the gesture – which is classified by the league as being “unsportsmanlike.” But after the contest? All bets were off.Dozens of Oklahoma players were seen making the hand signal on the field after the contest ended. It was predictable, but still amusing.Here are a few shots of OU’s players having some fun with the whole thing.Can’t be penalized for Horns Down after the game is over.#Big12Championship pic.twitter.com/uDoCvFFqcA— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 1, 2018The #Sooners defense earned the Horns Down. pic.twitter.com/v3nYl8H2jB— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) December 1, 2018Don’t show this to @Big12Conference without giving them a trigger warning #HornsDown pic.twitter.com/ynNTeHnTuL— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 1, 2018Oklahoma, with the win, will wait to see if the College Football Playoff selection committee thinks they’re one of the four best teams in the country.Texas, meanwhile, could be headed to the Sugar Bowl if the College Football Playoff takes the Sooners. We’ll know the final answers on Sunday afternoon.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Throughout the entire season, Kyler Murray was running second to Tua Tagovailoa in the Heisman Trophy race. Even as Tua sat out fourth quarter after fourth quarter, and Murray put up crazy numbers every week, “aided” in part by Oklahoma’s leaky defense, Tagovailoa remained a heavy favorite.That changed last weekend.Murray threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-27 Big 12 Championship revenge win over the only team to beat the Sooners this year, rival Texas.Tagovailoa, on the other hand, had his worst game of the year. He was just 10-of-25 for 164 yards, a touchdown and two uncharacteristic interceptions against Georgia. He left the game with a high ankle sprain, and Jalen Hurts came in and led Alabama to the win.Those performances were enough to sway a large chunk of voters over to Murray’s side.Kyler Murray is your 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.The award was announced on ESPN moments ago.Congrats to Kyler @TheKylerMurray, your 2018 Heisman Trophy winner! @OU_Football #Heisman #Heisman2018 #HeismanTrophy #BoomerSooner— The Heisman Trophy (@HeismanTrophy) December 9, 2018Murray edged out Tagovailoa, as well as Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Most years, all three quarterbacks would have been Heisman favorites, but this year’s race proved to be one of the craziest in years.On the season, he has 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions through the air, and is completing over 70-percent of his passes. He also ran for 892 yards and 11 scores.Murray is now the second-straight Oklahoma quarterback Heisman winner, following Baker Mayfield. Of course, the comparisons to his predecessor may end there.He is set to play professional baseball after the year, though he has made some noise about wanting to test out NFL waters in recent weeks. He also hopes not to fall in the College Football Playoff semifinal later this month, liek Mayfield and the Sooners did in last year’s Rose Bowl.Murray and Tagovailoa will get their chances to battle this one out on the field on December 29. Murray’s Sooners are sizable underdogs to Tagovailoa’s Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)The Texas Longhorns got quite a scare last week when recruited running back Derrian Brown was hospitalized for unknown reasons. Fortunately, the latest update from head coach Tom Herman should provide fans with some relief over Brown’s long-term health.Speaking on National Signing Day, Herman stated that Brown is improving, alert, and moving his extremities.Texas coach Tom Herman provides medical update on RB recruit Derrian Brown who is hospitalized “for undisclosed reasons.” Says he’s improving, moving his extremities and is alert.Per BurntOrangeNation, Brown was hospitalized for an “undisclosed medical situation.”Brown is a four-star recruit out of Buford, Georgia. 247Sports rates him as the No. 220 prospect in the country, the No. 12 running back in the country, and the No. 23 prospect from the state of Georgia.Texas coach Tom Herman provides medical update on RB recruit Derrian Brown who is hospitalized “for undisclosed reasons.” Says he’s improving, moving his extremities and is alert.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) February 6, 2019While it remains to what degree if the issue that sent Brown to the hospital will affect his ability to play at a high level for Texas, Herman indicated that it is possible he can still play.Tom Herman said playing football for RB recruit Derrian Brown “is not off the table.”Tom Herman said playing football for RB recruit Derrian Brown “is not off the table.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) February 6, 2019Brown is a part of a Texas class that 247Sports rates No. 3 in the nation as of writing.The Longhorns’ acquisitions of star skill players Bru McCoy and Jordan Whittington gave them the highest-rated class in the Big 12, with only Alabama and Georgia sitting ahead of them in the rankings.We wish Brown the best of luck in his recovery.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL has announced its invitees for the 2019 NFL Combine in Indianapolis without too many surprises.You can probably predict which college football conference is sending the most players to the NFL combine: The Southeastern Conference.Per Max Olson of The Athletic, the SEC is sending a whopping 90 players to the combine this year.The number is higher than the Big Ten (53) and Big 12 conferences (33) combined. It’s also higher than the ACC (46) and Pac-12 (39) combined.Most NFL combine invites by conference, by my count:SEC: 90Big Ten: 53ACC: 46Pac-12: 39Big 12: 33https://t.co/b999JYbN3j— Max Olson (@max_olson) February 7, 2019The mark shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The SEC has been an absolute factory of NFL talent for many years now.Alabama, in particular, with its historic dominance in the recruiting process, has typically sent double-digit players to the combine, and this year is no exception.In the 2018 NFL Draft, 53 players were drafted out of the SEC, with the 20 from the first two rounds exceeding any three conferences combined.The SEC has had 50 or more players drafted in every NFL draft since 2015.The other Power 5 conferences have been gaining ground on the SEC at the very top – Clemson and Ohio State stand out as teams that have overcome SEC opposition in the College Football Playoff.But it looks like the Southeastern Conference is going to be particularly well represented in Nashville this April.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A detail of an Ohio State Buckeyes helmet during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)A shooting that took place on the 4th of July took the life of a former member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. DerJuan “PeeWee” Gambrell, who briefly played under Urban Meyer, lost his life this week. He was 27 years old.According to WTOL, Gambrell was shot in the stomach after an argument on Thursday, and died of the wound. Per the report, a suspect has been arrested and is being charged with murder. He is being held on a $1 million bond.A man is in custody after a Fourth of July shooting in central Toledo that claimed the life of former Rogers High School and OSU football standout Derjuan Elston ‘PeeWee’ Gambrell. https://t.co/YRRmC0M2ZW— WTOL 11 (@WTOL11Toledo) July 5, 2019Gambrell played high school football at Rogers High School in Toledo, where he was also a track-and-field athlete. He earned third-place in the 400-meter dash at the Division I state track and field meet, and All-Ohio honors in football. Coming out of high school in 2011, Gambrell was a highly-regarded three-star safety prospect. He was the No. 20 safety in the nation and the No. 17 prospect from the state of Ohio, per 247Sports.Gambrell’s time in Columbus was short-lived though. After redshirting the 2011 season, he was dismissed from the team in January 2012 after being arrested for an incident at an Ohio State dormitory.Friends and fans of Gambrell quickly took to Twitter to express their condolences.I played with him a few years back on the @ToledoThunder semi pro football team. Great guy. Awesome personality. So sad…..— Gary Allen (@Coach_Allen511) July 5, 2019Please tell me this not true man my boy Derjuan Elston-Gambrell really gone.. I’m so hurt n sick to my stomach right now man 😔— Kenny Hayes (@klhjr92) July 5, 2019Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Gambrell’s family and loved ones.
Is it QB Trevor Lawrence or OL John Simpson from Clemson? The Hybrid ‘carnated’ at #ACCKickoff @1010XL pic.twitter.com/sce982s7ie— Joe Cowart (@1010xljoec) July 17, 2019Of course, as funny as Simpson’s imitation may have been, one player was noticeably absent: Trevor Lawrence himself.Clemson has garnered some pretty heavy criticism this week for not sending Lawrence, the team’s biggest star, to answer questions from the media.Their disappointment is understandable of course. Lawrence is considered a Heisman Trophy contender and quarterback of the undefeated, defending national champions.LOOK: John Simpson trolls media with blonde wig at ACC Kickoff: https://t.co/daEL1eWnIp pic.twitter.com/mFEiSR7AL2— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) July 17, 2019As a true freshman, Lawrence took over the Clemson starting job in the middle of the season and would finish the campaign with 3,280 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only four interceptions.He may have dominated the regular season, but saved some of his best performances for the biggest competition in the College Football Playoff.Lawrence threw six touchdown passes and completed over 66-percent of his passes in huge wins over Notre Dame and Alabama to claim the title. In the process, Clemson became the first-ever program to finish a season 15-0. CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the Tigers’ football game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Trevor Lawrence’s flowing hair has quickly become an iconic part of who he is, and his Clemson teammates know it full well. One Clemson player decided to tease Lawrence this week by mimicking his signature hairdo.During interviews at the ACC Football Kickoff, Tigers junior guard John Simpson came to the table as John ‘Lawrence.’ To make the outfit work, he came to the table wearing a blond wig on top of his short black hair.He perfected the getup by doing his best surfer impression and talking about the products he uses to keep his hair flowing.“I’m Trevor 2.0,” John ‘Lawrence’ said. “I’m better. I’ve got a better arm, a bigger arm. It might not be as accurate, but it’s going to go about 75-80 yards.”