Morata ‘If you are at Real Madrid, you don’t leave’ – Morata paying for mistake, says Michel Chris Burton 21:05 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Morata Chelsea Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Chelsea striker endured a testing debut campaign in England after departing Spain, with his struggles ultimately costing him a World Cup spot Alvaro Morata has been told by Real Madrid legend Michel that his troubles at Chelsea and subsequent snubbing by Spain in their World Cup 2018 squad can be traced back to his departure from Santiago Bernabeu.Having struggled for regular starts over the course of two spells in the Spanish capital, the 25-year-old striker found himself looking for opportunities elsewhere.He found them at Juventus between 2014 and 2016, before completing a £70 million ($94m( switch to England in the summer of 2017. 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 Morata was, however, to endure a testing debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, which ultimately led to him being overlooked by his country, and Michel has pointed out that leaving Real Madrid is rarely a good idea.A man who won six La Liga titles during an iconic spell with the Blancos told Marca: “I don’t know why he left, if it was because he wanted to play more, if it was because he wanted a better contract and because he wanted to play in the English league.”At the end of the day he is in a similar situation as to when he was at Real Madrid, he will know personally why he took the decision.”I’m of those who think that if you’re at Real Madrid the best thing is to not leave but I don’t know what his thinking is.”Morata did manage 15 goals for Chelsea across all competitions in 2017-18, but found himself slipping out of favour once Olivier Giroud arrived from Arsenal in January and was unable to prove his worth to Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.”He’s playing less at Chelsea, Giroud is playing more,” added Michel.”The most informed one on this is the coach and he knows exactly why he took one decision of another. He’s a good player but any of them are too.”It’s a sensitive decision, if you made a list of 50 then number 51 and 52 would miss out too, you have to accept it, respect it and support it.”Morata will now be watching on from afar when 2010 champions Spain open their latest campaign against Portugal on June 15, before going on to face Iran and Morocco in Group B.
World Cup Kane and Unable: England must improve finishing to avoid further World Cup woe Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Opinion The Three Lions may have secured a late victory over Tunisia in their World Cup opener, but their talisman needs more support going forward in Russia Buzzing around where you least expect them, swarming to create more problems and causing havoc to those who oppose them. No, not the plague of flies that have taken over Volgograd in recent days but, somewhat remarkably, the England football team. Gareth Southgate has long promised a brave new dawn of exciting, aggressive, possession-based football from the Three Lions, and throughout his tenure the signs have certainly been there that he might just come good on his word. But this is a major tournament. England never produce in a major tournament. Certainly not since the turn of the millennium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Here they were, though, at times during the first 35 minutes of their World Cup opener, tearing through the Tunisia defence with ease. That was, until, they realised they were, in fact, England. Though the penalty conceded by Kyle Walker was soft if not incorrectly awarded and Harry Kane twice should have earned his side a spot-kick having been unceremoniously wrestled to the floor while challenging from set-pieces, their performance was, in large parts, England in a nutshell. Wasteful in front of goal, nervy at the back and lacking any cutting edge once they had conceded – as opening games at a tournament go this iteration of the Three Lions had it almost down to a tee.Again, though, they managed to come up with something very un-England – a stoppage-time winner. But as ‘Three Lions’ kicked in over the tannoy at full-time it was difficult to shake the feeling that they had got away with it somewhat.No England team since those likely lads in 1966 had managed more than the six shots on target England mustered up in the first half here. Unfortunately, it was the numerous efforts from close range that they failed to hit the target with that almost cost them. Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Dele Alli were all guilty of missing the target when presented with opportunities from inside 10 yards. Raheem Sterling had an offside flag to thank for perhaps the worst miss of the lot; not that certain corners of the English media will likely let him forget it.This was an England team that very much felt like one with only 25 international goals between them prior to the tournament. Ashley Young’s contribution of seven only highlights the issue this young but improving team has in front of goal.They do, though, have Kane, who remains clinical. Though he may not have netted the hat-trick he joked he wanted to keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo in the early running for the Golden Boot, his two goals were just as priceless.England must now ensure that, unlike Portugal and Ronaldo, they do not become dependent on their captain to dig them out when others are lacking the same bite of the winged pests that were here to greet them in their numbers over the past two days.Southgate now has five days to prepare his team for Panama on Sunday, with finishing practice set to be very high on the agenda in Repino after what was – on the 22nd anniversary of England’s uber-clinical 4-1 win over the Netherlands at Euro ’96 – very much a tale England supporters have been told far too often.Fortunately for them, this one had a twist ending they’d not seen before.
Now that the community touch season for Juniors draws to an end in many parts of Australia, it is time to consider planning for the next season, particularly if you are considering starting a junior competition, growing an existing one or allowing 5 – 8 year olds to be a part of your competition. It’s been four years since the introduction of the AusTouch program, and it continues to play a fundamental role in the development of touch football for juniors with success and growth all over the country.AusTouch is the basics of touch football in a fun and progressive program, which builds on the skills, concepts and rules over the sessions. If you local school or affiliate/club is not yet involved then this is the perfect opportunity to have a look at the program with Development Staff all over Australia starting to plan their activities for the upcoming months to roll into a bumper Summer Season. Please see the link below for an example for an implementation plan that has been previously been developed and executed. This can be used as a guide to starting your Centre; you can take this document and adjust it to suit your own requirements. Implementation PlanFor more information about AusTouch or running an AusTouch program please click on the AusTouch icon on the left hand side of the page. Small sections that maybe relevant are included below: What is AusTouch?Includes benefits, implementation and promotional footage of the program. http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=702Centre HighlightsAre practical applications of the program in a variety of models and methods.http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=773AusTouch in SchoolsHighlights the versatility of the program and its use as a Leadership Model in a school framework. http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=698 AusTouch Centre AdministrationSorts of information that can assist in the administration of a Centre and a sample of information contained on the AusTouch Leader Resource Kit.http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=695Don’t forget also that affiliates are able to purchase the AusTouch Leader Resource Kit, which is a DVD and CD Rom which can assist with ideas for junior coach’s in doing training sessions. This can be purchased through the Canberra Touch Football Australia Office by calling 02 6212 2800.
The Penrith Panthers Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League Team will be sporting Pink headbands to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) when they hit the field against 2006 State Cup finalists Wests at Bankstown at 7.00pm this Friday night 31 August, 2007.The youthful Penrith team will be wearing and selling the bright Pink headwear at Bankstown on Friday night.The fluro pink headbands are donated by AH Clothing, and the girls will be collecting cash donations from the touch fraternity in pink piggy money boxes courtesy of the ANZ Bank St. Mary’s Branch at Bankstown on Friday night before and after their game.The girls have also pledged to donate $50 for every touchdown they score against Wests, and the Penrith Touch Association are weighing in with a donation from the club.Penrith Women’s and Australian 18 Years Girls Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick and her young team were moved to do their bit to try to counter the insidious disease that affects so many families across the nation.More Women die of breast cancer than any other cancer.Over 13,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. That equates to 36 women a day, and of those, 7 will die.Jacky Patrick as a teacher and a Coach, is mindful of her young charges understanding the responsibility they have as representative players to contribute meaningfully to their friends, the touch fraternity, and the wider community, and believes this initiative is a great way to make a positive contribution to a situation that has the potential to affect so many.“Most of us have been touched in some way or another with relatives and friends who have been diagnosed with the illness. Raising funds for research into this terrible disease is a great way to show our support for the community in which we live. Our Assistant coach lost her Aunty to the disease a few years ago and one our founding players was diagnosed two years ago, so it’s close to home for us all,” Jacky said. The “Pink Panthers” join an impressive list of community conscious groups, affiliates, and individuals within our sport to pledge time, energy, money, and support generously and consistently in the fight against cancer and its various forms. Queensland affiliate Coomera Comets hold an Annual “Touched by Cancer” tournament to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer, and the Redlands Touch Association’s 17 Years girls Team did the “Walk for Life” event in 2006 to do their bit for cancer research. In February the victorious 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup Touch Football Team proved themselves to be Gold medal citizens as well as Gold medal athletes with a healthy portion of their World Cup fundraising efforts being pledged to the McGrath Foundation Charity. In July NSW Level 2 Referee Francis Wood raised $1,500 when she cut her long hair off for the World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds for the fight against Leukemia.The Western Suburbs Magpies raised over $20,000 in a fundraiser earlier this month to carry on the work of the Millennium Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital which were the charities of choice of their late Manager and team mate Matt Essey, who passed away from Cancer after a brave three year fight in May 2007.The Penrith Panthers would like to encourage all Touch Football players to make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.The NBCF can be contacted to pledge a contribution by phoning 02 92994090 and quoting the number 140028777. The challenge has now been set down by the Penrith girls for the rest of our Touch playing members across the nation to get involved with a worthwhile community initiative of their own.At Bankstown on Friday night show your support for the NBCF by purchasing a Pink Headband or making a cash donation when the girls do the rounds with their Pink Piggy moneyboxes during the night.With apologies to Wests supporters, let’s hope the ‘Pink Panthers’ cross the stripe for a few ‘meaties’ to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.
Halpin is the coach of the Northern Eagles 18’s Girls team at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC), the third year that she has coached the side at the event. It was only a year prior to this that Halpin was competing in the event, for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Girls division at the 2008 NYC. Halpin got into coaching about four years ago at the Eagles level, and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to teach the next generation of Eagles players some of her skills. “Peter Vincent was a pretty big inspiration for me. I just coached at a local level at Tamworth and there was an opportunity to coach at Eagles and I thought it would be good to step up and learn a bit more and teach the girls what I have been learning in the Australian side,” Halpin said. “It’s good. It’s really rewarding, especially watching the girls develop over the years. It’s been really good for me as a player as well, getting that coaches perspective.”Someone that has helped her along the way is Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, who coached Halpin in the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges team while she was in school.Halpin has since progressed into the Australian Women’s Open team alongside Winchester, debuting for her country at the 2010 Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand. Being able to learn from Winchester whilst playing for NSWCCC is something Halpin describes as a ‘really great experience’. “Louise has done a lot for me in terms of inspiration, and learning the technical side of the game and just giving me those little pointers that I didn’t get off anyone else, she’s a really special coach and I admire her for what she’s done for me in the sport of Touch,” Halpin said. “She did for me what I’m trying to do for the girls, which is quite inspiring.”Halpin’s Eagles’ team sits in fourth place in their pool after the first day of the NYC. Halpin is hoping her young team can win a few games and grow in confidence throughout the tournament. She is enjoying her time coaching the side and hopes that she can continue to coach into the future. “The Eagles are developing now with a few really good players and they are learning to work well as a team so just coming away from it knowing that they’ve accomplished something is mainly what I am after. There are a lot of very young girls, most of them are 15 or 16 years old but they are all quite confident and definitely have the heart to push hard and win some games.”“It’s good to see the young talent coming through as well because I really aspire to coaching at a higher level once I’ve finished playing.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Chelsea and Valencia trying to find Batshuayi solutionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia and Chelsea are this week locked in talks over Michy Batshuayi’s situation.The Belgium striker is on a season-long loan at Valencia, where coach Marcelino wants to see him moved on during the January market.Chelsea have accepted the situation and Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur states talks are underway to place Batshuayi elsewhere.A final decision hasn’t been made as yet, but Chelsea and Valencia are actively trying to find a solution for Michy Batshuayi, currently on loan in Spain. #cfcpic.twitter.com/Yx2BhONpuM— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) December 20, 2018
Liverpool defender van Dijk needs trophies for greatness – Redknappby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes that Virgil Van Dijk must win trophies to be considered a great centre-back.Van Dijk has helped transform Liverpool into one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League.They are currently top of the league by four points, ahead of Manchester City.But Redknapp knows unless the side win trophies in the coming years, the likes of Van Dijk cannot be seen as great players.”Never mind player of the season — if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League’s greatest ever defender,” said Redknapp to the Daily Mail. “I am just surprised that it has taken until now for him to be starring in a team competing for Premier League titles.”To become the greatest, Van Dijk has to win trophies. He reached the Champions League final last season and now has a great chance of winning the Premier League.”If Liverpool are to be crowned champions this season, Van Dijk is the one player they can least afford to lose to injury.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe marks ten years in managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe marks ten years in management facing Manchester United this weekend.With 10 more points at the halfway stage than the previous campaign, boss Howe insisted he would never stand still in search of perfection.He said: “For me as a person, I have just thrown myself into the job on every level. The job has consumed me.“I am just a walking football person. I am thinking football constantly. Every minute is evolved around the job and making sure I’m continuing to take the team and the club forward and it never stops.“The thing I have noticed in recent years, when you get to the Premier League, is how quickly the game changes.“You can never be complacent or content with your work. You have to consistently try to push new boundaries.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Arce, Kerr away on-loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Billy Arce has returned from his loan at Segunda Division club Extremadura UD.The 20-year-old signed for the Seagulls in August 2018 from Ecuadorian side CSD Independiente Del Valle, and moved straight to Spain on a loan deal.Arce made three substitute appearances in the Segunda Division, but played 90 minutes in the Copa Del Rey, as Extremadura were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Alcorcon.Meanwhile, Brighton under-23 defender Josh Kerr has joined Derry City on a six-month loan deal.The 20-year-old has linked up with the SSE Airtricity League side for the remainder of the season.Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This is a good loan move for Josh, and one that will allow him to play first-team football on a regular basis.“We will keep a close eye on his progress, and wish him well for the rest of the season.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton rival Man Utd for Lyon striker Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United face fresh Premier League competition for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.United are tracking the OL star, but are now being joined by Everton in their interest.Dembele, 23, moved to Lyon in 2018 from Celtic for €22m. His contract with the French club is valid until 2023. This season, the striker has played 11 matches in all competition and scored 6 goals.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted the interest of United and Juventus in August.
Real Madrid encouraging Arsenal, Man City offers for Iscoby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are encouraging offers for Isco.The Spain midfielder has been on the outer of coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season.And AS says Real are eager to find a buyer in January.Arsenal are keen and hope to repeat the same move that landed Dani Ceballos, on-loan to the end of the season. But Manchester City have been following Isco long-term. City boss Pep Guardiola has long appreciated the midfielder and sees him as David Silva’s successor. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
No. 6 Notre Dame took a 20-14 lead over No. 8 Stanford on a 73-yard touchdown hook-up from DeShone Kizer to big-play wide receiver Will Fuller late in the second quarter.The Fighting Irish took over at their own 27 following a Stanford punt. Kizer then immediately connected with Fuller on a deep ball down the left sideline.Will Fuller 73 yard TD reception to make it 20-14 Notre Dame #STANvsND pic.twitter.com/6Szni9qU95— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) November 29, 2015 Fuller has four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown already. Notre Dame needs this win to maintain in the CFP hunt, but the Cardinal just scored to re-take the lead.
Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoJermichael Finley didn’t beat around the bush with his Halloween costume, dressing as Charlie Strong in a trash can.After the Longhorns started the season with a huge win over Notre Dame, we all thought that Texas was back. Now, the Longhorns are 3-4, headed toward another losing season and head coach Charlie Strong is headed towards the exit door.Former Longhorn Jermichael Finley, who played under Mack Brown, decided to weight in on the dismal Texas season with a hilarious Halloween costume.Check it out:#halloweencostume #CharlieStrong pic.twitter.com/0Xytngm20x— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 29, 2016Jeez, tell us how you really feel Jermichael. Honestly though, you have to give Finley props, that’s a pretty spot-on costume, complete with the khakis and orange polo shirt.The Longhorns have lost four of their last five and take on the No. 8 Baylor Bears today, who are 6-0 and a 3.5-point favorite. You can catch the game on ABC at 3:30 p.m. E.T.
Malcolm Jenkins/TwitterEagles players Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Graham had a bet for the Ohio State-Michigan game, and things did not end well for Graham.Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Graham had a bet on the Ohio State-Michigan game.The Buckeyes won in double-overtime, which led to the following paying-up-of-a-bet by Graham, Jenkins’ teammate on the Philadelphia Eagles and a former Wolverines’ defensive end.Check it out:.@brandongraham55 ? you mad?? pic.twitter.com/QtdQsrabFY— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) December 1, 2016Yeah, that’s Graham on the right, looking oh-so-pleased to be draped in an Ohio State jersey. Apparently, him and Jenkins, a former Ohio State CB, had a bet that the loser would be forced to don the rival team’s jersey for a nice photo op. Jenkins looks mighty pleased with himself, while Graham looks like Jim Halpert from The Office.I’m so glad the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is competitive again.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Quintez Cephus, one of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten, announced a leave of absence from Wisconsin football.Cephus announced that he has been charged with an unspecified crime, after a three month investigation. The investigation stems from an alleged incident that occurred in April.Cephus did not go into much detail about what he is being accused of. He did say it stems from a “consensual relationship.”Here is the full statement released by Wisconsin football’s Quintez Cephus.He tweeted the statement moments ago.“Late yesterday afternoon, my lawyers informed me that the Dane County District Attorney’s office intends on issuing unspecified charges against me for an incident that occurred in April of this year. I have been wrongfully accused of unlawful and I am innocent of any allegations associated with this consensual relationship.Coincidentally as the football season approaches, the three plus month investigation is now leading to unwarranted charges. I am now forced to take a leave of absence from the team in order to focus all of my attention on clearing my name. My football family has been supportive to me and I have too much respect for Coach Chryst, his staff and my teammates to become a distraction in what I know will be an outstanding year for the Badgers.I realize that I don’t have the relationships and political pull that others may have here at the University or with the Dane County District Attorney’s office, but I am going to find to clear my name of these allegations. As an Academic All Big 10 selection and an Honorable Mention All Big 10 receiver, I look forward to resuming both my academic and athletic careers in the near future.I will not be defined by these allegations or this episode. I have great hope in my future and know that My Lord and Savior uses all situations for his good.”Cephus went for 501 yards and six touchdowns last season for the run-oriented Badgers.Wisconsin opens the season against Western Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 31.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The SEC had a huge 2017 season. The conference sent Alabama and Georgia to the College Football Playoff national championship game, with the Tide winning it all.The league is expected to have another banner year this fall. Alabama and Georgia should be title contenders again, and Auburn is also ranked in the preseason top 10.ESPN’s Mark Schlabach unveiled his predictions for all of the Power 5 leagues. Schlabach picked the conference champs, award winners and much more.He also made three bold predictions for each league this fall. For the SEC, they are:Alabama wins another SEC titleTexas A&M will pay Jimbo Fisher more than $1 million per victory Georgia will have two 1,000-yard rushersOkay, is that first prediction really a bold one? Alabama winning another SEC title is as chalky as a pick can be.The Jimbo one is the most interesting. He is making over $7 million this season.Schlabach picked the Aggies to go 7-5.While Texas A&M’s president and its fan base might already be dreaming about SEC titles and national championships under Fisher, who was lured away from Florida State with a 10-year, $75 million contract, the Aggies first have to finish higher than fourth in the SEC West, which they’ve done only once since joining the league in 2012. The Aggies won’t do it this season, as they’ll lose to Clemson at home in Week 2 and drop each of their four SEC road games.You can read all of ESPN’s preview here.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For tonight, the Alabama quarterback battle went the way most of us expected. Nick Saban gave Tua Tagovailoa the start, the majority of the snaps, and looked like a transcendent player for the Crimson Tide in their 51-14 steamrolling of Louisville.We’ve all seen enough of Saban to know that the score of a win has zero impact on how he will react after a game.After the game, ESPN’s Maria Taylor asked the obvious first question of Saban.“Alright coach, everyone had questions about who was going to start at quarterback when this game started. What answers did you have about your quarterbacks after watching both of them play tonight?”There was a 0.00-percent chance that Saban wasn’t going to be asked about the quarterback situation tonight. He’s definitely going to be asked about it later on at the press conference too.Still, he was pretty rude to Maria Taylor in his answer, to be honest.Video of Nick Saban’s answer about the question about Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts:Wow. Nick Saban was FEISTY with Maria Taylor. pic.twitter.com/zlEq4PHd13— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) September 2, 2018His full answer:“Well I still like both guys, I think both guys are good players, I think both guys can help the team. Alright, so why do you continue to try to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them? I’m not going to, so quit asking.”To Taylor’s credit, she hung in there, and asked some more questions of Saban. Still, he could’ve been a bit more gracious in the response, when every college football fan in the world could have told you he’d be asked about it.Hurts spoke up this off-season about being less-than-pleased with how things were handled. There have been transfer rumors for months, and in all likelihood, that will come to fruition after he graduates this winter.It sounds like Saban is already going down the same road at the post-game presser:Nick Saban: “If I sound a little bit pissed, you’re right. I am. So be careful.”— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) September 2, 2018That should be an interesting one.
UCF football hasn’t lost a game since the 2016 Cure Bowl. AAC rival Memphis football had the Knights on the ropes, but a horrendous final few moments cost the Tigers a chance for a huge win.Memphis jumped out to a big lead at home. With around two minutes left in the first half, Memphis held a 30-14 lead, and looked ready to cruise to a win over the No. 10 Knights.The second half was all UCF, though.The Knights ran a two-minute drill to get a field goal before halftime, and in the second half, McKenzie Milton and company outscored the Tigers 14-0.Memphis had the ball last, and still had a shot to win the game, down 31-30 in the waning moments.Complete mismanagement of the last 38 seconds took Memphis out of field goal range, and ultimately cost the Tigers the game against UCF football.The Tigers forced a UCF punt, and got the ball back at their own 15 with just under a minute left.Brady White hit on a big 31-yard pass to Damonte Coxie for 31 yards on the first play of the drive, moving things all the way down to the Memphis 46.Two plays later, White had another long pass, connecting with Sean Dykes for 19 yards to the UCF 35. That’s where things fell apart.With 38 seconds left, the Tigers took too long to get set. A false start on Trevon Tate then pushed Memphis back to the 40, knocking out a chance for a long field goal to win it. On the next play, White scrambled around, and wound up settling for a nine-yard completion on the final play of the game.KNIGHT NATION!! COMING HOME WITH THE W ?? #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/ZWg9hZMgyN— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 13, 2018UCF moves to 6-0 on the season, and will likely remain in the Top 10.This one has to sting for the Tigers, who fell just short in last year’s AAC Championship Game against Scott Frost’s Knights as well.UCF is now an amazing 12-1 all time against Memphis, with those 12 wins coming in a row. The Tigers won the first meeting between the programs in 1990, but UCF has absolutely dominated the series since.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)At this point of the college football season, there are plenty of star players competing at less-than 100-percent health. Georgia football quarterback Jake Fromm is on that list.Fromm didn’t have to do much in Georgia’s SEC East-clinching win at Kentucky on Saturday.He completed just 14-of-20 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Somewhat surprisingly, he was outplayed by Terry Wilson, who posted just his second 200+ yard day of the season.Of course, it didn’t matter when Georgia was able to run the ball the way it did. The Dawgs had 331 total yards on the ground, good for 6.6 per carry, and three scores in the 34-17 win.On Monday, Jake Fromm was spotted with a wrap on his knee.247Sports‘ Jake Rowe said that the Georgia QB had a distinct limp during drills as well.The first thing we noticed when we got out to the practice field was sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm wearing a wrap on his right knee during a zone-read/handoff drill. Fromm was noticeably limping as he carried out his fakes during the drill but still participated in full.When the team transitioned to routes against air, Fromm seemed to move a little better but still favored that right leg. He delivered the ball accurately during this drill and still took the first-team reps. We don’t speak to Kirby Smart until tomorrow evening but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.It doesn’t sound like he’s in danger of missing Saturday’s game against Auburn, but you definitely want a healthy Fromm against the No. 13-ranked scoring defense in the country.The Dawgs also have Justin Fields, last year’s No. 2 player in the country, on the roster. During some of Fromm’s lesser performances this year, some have clamored for Fields to get a longer look. He did not appear during the Kentucky game.[247Sports]